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Free fall Lifelong Learning lecture series starts tonight

This evening (Thursday, Oct. 6), the first of the six free fall Lifelong Learning lectures takes place in the program room at the library from 6-7:15 p.m., when journalist and art historian Judith Reynolds speaks on “Revisiting O’Keefe,” a cultural icon and America’s most famous artist.

Buried in the O’Keefe legends lie many rarely discussed facts: youthful illnesses, a midlife nervous collapse, bouts of depression and her work as a commercial artist — not to mention the importance in her life of her hugely controlling mentor and husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz.

We hope you will attend tonight’s presentation and also mark your calendars for the other five lectures in this fall series on Thursdays:

• Oct. 13: “Growing Wings” by Allison Goss.

• Oct. 20: “Arborglyphs” by Peggy Bergon.

• Oct. 27: “What is a Healthy Diet? Part 1” by Zoe Groulx.

• Nov. 3: “What is a Healthy Diet? Part 2” by Zoe Groulx.

• Nov. 10: “Volunteer National Park Rangers” by Lynne and Rick Stinchfield.

Watch for more details on each of these presentations in upcoming Library News columns. Note that the two Healthy Diet lectures take place from 4-7:15 p.m. All others are 6-7:15 p.m. We hope to see you there.

Large print westerns

We have seven new westerns in large print: “Killer’s Gun” by Ray Hogan, “Black Valley Riders” by Ralph Cotton, “South by Southwest” by Johnny D. Boggs, “Damnation Road” by Max McCoy, “The First Mountain Man: Preacher’s Assault” by William W. Johnstone, “Thunder Over Lolo Pass” by Charles G. West,“The Badger’s Revenge: A Josiah Wolfe Texas Ranger Novel” by Larry D. Sweazy and “Ralph Compton: Rusted Tin” by Marcus Galloway.

Other large print

“Only Yours” is a Fool’s Gold Romance by Susan Mallery. “The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh follows the life of a former foster-care child whose skills flourish around flowers. “Acceptable Loss” by Anne Perry is the latest in the William Monk mystery series set in London. “Camouflage” by Bill Pronzini is the latest in the Nameless Detective series. “A Trick of the Light” by Louise Penny is the latest in the Chief Inspector Gamache murder mystery series. “1105 Yakima Street” by Debbie Macomber is the latest in the Cedar Cove series. “Pirate King” by Laurie R. King is a suspense novel featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes. This book also is available in regular size type. “Late Edition” by Fern Michaels is Book 3 in the Godmothers series. “Canyons of Night” by Jayne Castle is Book 3 of the Looking Glass trilogy.

Christian fiction

“The Mercy” by Beverly Lewis, part of the Rose Trilogy series, is set in Amish country.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Damage Control” by Denise Hamilton has Maggie Silver working to contain scandal from the murder of a senator’s young female aide. “The Informant” by Thomas Perry is the latest in the Butcher’s Boy assassin series. “Kill Me If You Can” by James Patterson is a thriller about a poor art student who finds a medical bag filled with diamonds. “Wicked Autumn” by G. M. Malliet is a mystery set in a small English village. “Abuse of Power” by Michael Savage is a thriller that follows a reporter investigating an apparently routine carjacking.

Nonfiction

“Demonic” by conservative commentator Ann Coulter outlines the author’s view that liberals exhibit all the psychological characteristics of a mob. “Stealing You Blind” by Iain Murray documents how the greed of government bureaucrats could tip our country into a financial abyss. “That Used to be Us” by Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum analyzes globalization, information technology, our chronic deficits and excessive energy consumption and spells out what we need to do to address these issues and sustain American power in the world. “Cocktail Hour under the Tree of Forgetfulness” by Alexander Fuller is a memoir of the author’s mother’s life in Africa. “Tension City” by Jim Lehrer is a look inside more than 40 years of televised debates in America.

Books on CD

“The Traitor’s Emblem” by Juan Gomez-Jurado is an epic novel set in Depression-era Munich amid the rise of Nazism. “Gone with the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell is a CD version of this classic contemporary American story. “Prey” by Linda Howard is a murder mystery set in western Montana. “The Cut” by George Pelecanos is the first in a new crime series featuring Spero Lucas, an Iraq veteran. “Robert Parker’s Killing the Blues” by Michael Brandman is the latest in the Jesse Stone mystery series. “Kill Me If You Can” by James Patterson and Marshall Karp follows the tribulations of a poor art student who finds a medical bag filled with diamonds. “New York to Dallas” by J. D. Robb is the latest in the series featuring homicide cop Eve Dallas. “That Used to be Us” by Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandlebaum analyzes globalization, information technology, our chronic deficits and excessive energy consumption and spells out what we need to do to address these issues and sustain American power in the world.

Other new novels

“Heartwishes” by Jude Deveraux follows the effect of a magical talisman on the members of the Frazier family. “Only Time Will Tell” by Jerffrey Archer is the first book in the new Clifton Chronicles series. “Second Nature” by Jacquelyn Mitchard features a young woman whose face is disfigured by a fire at age 13 and now gets a chance to change her life with surgery. “Emory’s Gift” by W. Bruce Cameron is about a little boy whose life is saved from a mountain lion by a grizzly bear.

Thanks to our donors

We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of love and donations to the library in memory of Peter Welch, husband of our director Jackie, from David Bright, Gil and Lenore Bright, Will Dunbar and Nancy Cole, Fawley-Bryant Architects, Susan and Dean Dussell, Bob and Carole Howard, Sherwin and Shirley Iverson, Judith James, Don and Elaine Lundergan, Phil and Susan McAdams, Ken and Linda Morrison, Janelle Pendleton, Lisa Peterson, Brett and Tessa Schmidt, Michael and Anne Tarleton, Thomas and Mary Lou Tarleton, Codi Wilson and the Women’s Civic Club of Pagosa Springs.

We also thank the Crossroad Christian Fellowship Church for their generous donation of books. And we are delighted to report that we received a check from Nancy Easter from Tucson, Ariz., complimenting our library.

Quotable quote

“Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer.” — Denis Waitley, American author, lecturer and productivity consultant.

Website

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