A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction
September 1, 2014 will mark 100 years since Martha, the last passenger pigeon, died in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo. John James Audubon once estimated a flock’s size flying over Kentucky at a billion or more--so many that the sky was black with birds for three days. Naturalist Joel Greenberg presents a shocking account of how this species swiftly became extinct due to overhunting, commercial exploitation, and delayed conservation efforts. For fans of John A. Ruthven’s ArtWorks mural, “Martha, the Last Passenger Pigeon," at 15 East Eighth Street near the Main Library.
Growing a Feast: The Chronicle of a Farm-to-Table Meal
In Growing a Farmer (2011), Kurt Timmermeister recounted the toil and joy of turning an empty plot of land on Vashon Island, Washington, into a dairy farm. Now he tells the story of making a feast for friends using only what his farm provides. It began two years earlier with the birth of a calf named Alice, who supplied the milk for the butter and cheese. Along the way, Timmermeister slowly walks readers through the many seasons, animals, plants, and people who contributed to this bountiful meal.
Murder as a Second Language: A Claire Malloy Mystery
Arkansas bookseller Claire Malloy once again finds herself in the midst of a murder investigation in Hess's (Deader Homes and Gardens, 2012) clever latest. After deciding to volunteer at the Farberville Literacy Council, Claire quickly finds herself railroaded onto the troubled Board of Directors. Embezzlement and vandalism are one thing, murder quite another. When an older Russian woman named Ludmilla is found dead in the council's offices, Claire's husband, Deputy Chief Peter Rosen, asks for her help in solving the case. Another winner in this long-running series.
Somewhere in France: A Novel of the Great War
A young woman struggles to break free of her aristocratic family in Robson's lovely debut. Determined to do her part to help the war effort, Lady Elizabeth (Lilly) Neville-Ashford defies her parents and signs up to be an ambulance driver. Assigned to a field hospital in France, Lilly is reunited with Robert Fraser, her brother Edward's best friend. Lilly has always yearned for her friendship with the Scottish surgeon to turn into something more. Will the war bring them together, or tear them apart? A skillfully told, engaging love story.
From the minute Lacey Miszlak spots the cozy colonial cottage with the beautiful staircase, she knows she's found her dream home. She can vividly imagine bringing up her unborn child there. But soon after she and her husband Eric move in, Lacey senses a malevolent presence in the house. Then there's Drew, a demanding little boy who only appears when Lacey is alone. To protect her unborn child, Lacey sets out to discover the truth about her dream house and what really happened there so many years ago. Set in rural South Carolina, Condit's debut is a spooky Gothic chiller.
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