The Captiva Memorial Library will close on Saturday Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. for building renovations. The library reopening is scheduled for sometime during January of 2014. This renovation will expand the library juvenile room, patron reading room and computer area. The project scope includes a new Captiva Island Historical Society sponsored museum exhibiting the rich history of Captiva and an enhanced Civic Association Community Hall. Details of this donor funded community project are at ccacaptiva.org.
During renovation of the Captiva Memorial Library the outside book return will remain open. Materials may also be returned to any Lee County Library System location. While the Captiva branch is closed, enjoy the many branches of the Lee County Library System and a wide array of online books, audios, music, magazines and popular databases on the Lee County Library System website. Visit the Lee County Library System website at leelibrary.net or call 479-4636.
The City of Sanibel Public Library is always happy to serve newcomers and regulars alike. For information on their hours, services and requirements to be eligible for a Sanibel Public Library card call them at 472-2483 or visit the Sanibel Library website at www.sanlib.org.
At the Captiva Library. Ann Bradley.
Come into the Captiva Memorial Library to stock up on some good reading before closing day:
The Perfect Ghost by Linda Barnes
"Mousy and shy to the point of agoraphobic, Em Moore is the writing half of a celebrity biography team. Her charismatic partner, Teddy, does the interviewing and the public schmoozing. But Em's dependence on Teddy runs deeper than just the job - Teddy is her bridge to the world and the main source of love in her life. So when Teddy dies in a car accident, Em is devastated, alone in a world that she doesn't understand. The only way that she can honor his memory and cope with his loss is to finish the interviews for their current book - an "autobiography" of renowned and reclusive film director Garrett Malcolm. Ensconced in a small cottage near Malcolm's Cape Cod home, Em slowly builds the courage to interview Malcolm the way Teddy would have. She finds Malcolm at once friendlier, more intimidating, and much sexier than she had imagined. But Em soon starts hearing whispers of skeletons in the Malcolm family closet. And then the police begin looking into the accident that killed Teddy, and Em's control on her life - tenuous at best - is threatened. In this stunning breakout novel from the beloved author of the Carlotta Carlyle mystery series, Linda Barnes slowly winds the strings tighter and tighter, leading the listener ever more deeply into the lives of her characters with pitch-perfect pacing and mesmerizing prose." *
The Baker Street Translation: a Mystery by Michael Robertson
"In Michael Robertson's The Baker Street Translation, Reggie and Nigel Heath-brothers who lease law offices at 221B Baker Street in London, England and answer mail addressed to the location's most famous resident, Sherlock Holmes-find themselves pulled once again into a case straight out of Arthur Conan Doyle. An elderly American heiress wants to leave her entire fortune to Sherlock Holmes. A translator wants Sherlock Holmes to explain a nursery rhyme. And Robert Buxton-Reggie's rival for the love of actress Laura Rankin-has gone missing. Reggie must suss all these things out before an upcoming British royal event. If he doesn't, something very bad will happen to everyone at that event-and to Laura. Fast-paced, exciting, and clever, this is the perfect mystery for aficionados of the current craze for all things Sherlockian." *
Heart of Palm by Laura Lee Smith
"Utina, Florida, is a small, down-at-heels southern town. Once enlivened by the trade in Palm Sunday palms and moonshine, Utina hasn't seen economic growth in decades, and no family is more emblematic of the local reality than the Bravos. Deserted by the patriarch years ago, the Bravos are held together in equal measure by love, unspoken blame, and tenuously brokered truces. The story opens on a sweltering July day, as Frank Bravo, dutiful middle son, is awakened by a distress call. Frank dreams of escaping to cool mountain rivers, but he's only made it ten minutes from the family restaurant he manages every day and the decrepit, Spanish-moss-draped house he was raised in, and where his strong-willed mother and spitfire sister-both towering redheads, equally matched in stubbornness-are fighting another battle royale. Little do any of them know that Utina is about to meet the tide of development that has already engulfed the rest of Northeast Florida. When opportunity knocks, tempers ignite, secrets are unearthed, and each of the Bravos is forced to confront the tragedies of their shared past. Reminiscent of Kaye Gibbons, Lee Smith, Anne Tyler, and Fannie Flagg, Heart of Palm introduces Laura Lee Smith as a captivating new voice in American fiction." *
The Watch: a Novel by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya
"Following a desperate night-long battle, a group of beleaguered soldiers in an isolated base in Kandahar are faced with a lone woman demanding the return of her brother's body. Is she a spy, a black widow, a lunatic? Or is she what she claims to be: a grieving young sister intent on burying her brother according to local rites? Single-minded in her mission, she refuses to move from her spot on the field in full view of every soldier in the stark outpost. Her presence quickly proves dangerous as the camp's tense, claustrophobic atmosphere comes to a boil when the men begin arguing about what to do next. Told from various points of view, including those of the U.S. soldiers, Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya's heartbreaking and haunting novel takes a timeless tragedy and hurls it into present-day Afghanistan. Taking its cues from the Antigone myth, Roy-Bhattacharya recreates the chaos, intensity, and immediacy of battle, and conveys the inevitable repercussions felt by the soldiers, and their families, and especially one sister. The result is the most powerful expression to date of the nature and futility of war." *
Bride of New France by Suzanne Desrochers
"A richly imagined novel is about a young French woman sent to settle in the New World. Transporting readers from cosmopolitan seventeenth-century Paris to the Canadian frontier, this vibrant debut tells of the struggle to survive in a brutal time and place. Laure Beausejour has been taken from her destitute family and raised in an infamous orphanage to be trained as a lace maker. Striking and willful, she dreams of becoming a seamstress and catching the eye of a nobleman. But after complaining about her living conditions, she is sent to Canada as a fille du roi, expected to marry a French farmer there. Laure is shocked by the primitive state of the colony and the mingling of the settlers with the native tribes. When her ill-matched husband leaves her alone in their derelict hut for the winter, she must rely on her wits and her clandestine relationship with an Iroquois man for survival."
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