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At the Library: The estuary comes to Captiva Memorial Library

By Staff | Jul 8, 2015

Our local wetlands are home to many of the animals you are reading to support this summer. On Thursday, July 9, at 3 p.m., at the Captiva Memorial Library, J.N.Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge’s Ranger Becky brings the estuary to you! Summer reading is in full swing so join in and read, read, read to earn points to provide meals and supplies for the injured animals at CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife).

Teens and tweens too can read to provide meals and supplies for the injured animals at CROW. To unlock digital badges and earn points to make a difference for CROW, sign-up for summer reading online at leelibrary.readsquared.com.

Catch up this summer:

“The Last Enchantments”

by Charles Finch

“After graduating from Yale, William Baker, scion of an old line patrician family, goes to work in presidential politics. But, when the campaign into which he’s poured his heart ends in disappointment, he decides to leave New York behind, along with the devoted, ambitious, and well-connected woman he’s been in love with for the last four years. Will expects nothing more than a year off before resuming the comfortable life he’s always known, but he’s soon caught up in a whirlwind of unexpected friendships and romantic entanglements that threaten his safe plans. As he explores the heady social world of Oxford, he becomes fast friends with Tom, his snobbish but affable flat mate; Anil, an Indian economist with a deep love for gangster rap; Anneliese, a German historian obsessed with photography; and Timmo, whose chief ambition is to become a reality television star. What he’s least prepared for is Sophie, a witty, beautiful and enigmatic woman who makes him question everything he knows about himself.” *

“Boy in the Twilight:

Stories of the Hidden China”

by Yu Hua

“In the title story, a shopkeeper confronts a child thief and punishes him without mercy. “Victory” shows a young couple shaken by the husband’s infidelity, each scrambling to stake claims to the components of their shared life. Other tales show, by turns, two factory workers who spoil their only son, a gang of townsfolk who bully an innocent orphan, and a spectacular fistfight outside a refinery bathhouse. Taken together, these stories form a snapshot of a nation, lit with the deep feeling and ready humor that characterize its people. ” *

“A Darker Shade of Sweden: Original Stories by Sweden’s Greatest Crime Writers” by John-Henri Holmberg

“Ever since Stieg Larsson shone a light on the brilliance of Swedish crime writing with his acclaimed and bestselling ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ trilogy, readers around the world have devoured fiction by some of the greatest masters of the genre. In this landmark and unique publication, Sweden’s most distinguished and best-loved crime writers have contributed stories to an anthology that promises to sate the desire to read about the dark side of Sweden. Containing 17 stories, never before published in English, ‘A Darker Shade of Sweden’ illuminates this beguiling country and its inhabitants as never before. Included are stories from such Swedish literary luminaries as: Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell, sa Larsson and Eva Gabrielsson” *

“Under the Wide and Starry Sky”

by Nancy Horan

“the improbable love story of Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson and his tempestuous American wife, Fanny. At the age of 35, Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne has left her philandering husband in San Francisco to set sail for Belgium-with her three children and nanny in tow-to study art. It is a chance for this adventurous woman to start over, to make a better life for all of them, and to pursue her own desires. Not long after her arrival, however, tragedy strikes, and Fanny and her children repair to a quiet artists’ colony in France where she can recuperate. Emerging from a deep sorrow, she meets a lively Scot, Robert Louis Stevenson, 10 years her junior, who falls instantly in love with the earthy, independent, and opinionated ‘belle Americaine.’ Fanny does not immediately take to the slender young lawyer who longs to devote his life to writing-and who would eventually pen such classics as ‘Treasure Island’ and ‘The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.’ In time, though, she succumbs to Stevenson’s charms, and the two begin a fierce love affair-marked by intense joy and harrowing darkness-that spans the decades and the globe. The shared life of these two strong-willed individuals unfolds into an adventure as impassioned and unpredictable as any of Stevenson’s own unforgettable tales.” *

“Cry Wolf”

by Michael Gregorio

“Sebastiano Cangio has just accepted his dream job as a park ranger in the stunning Sybilline Mountains National Park in central Italy; it’s a unique opportunity to study and live amongst the wild mountain wolves he loves so much. But when a series of devastating earthquakes rocks the region, the dream looks set to become a nightmare. With the area evacuated, the Mafia seize their chance to move in to pursue their own sinister agenda – and Sebastiano finds himself the only person in a position to stop them. As he embarks on a lone mission to protect the beautiful, unspoiled landscape and ensure the survival of the wolf pack, Sebastiano finds himself up against a menacing trail of corruption: a trail that leads all the way to the top.” *

“The Fortune Hunter”

by Daisy Goodwin

“Empress Elizabeth of Austria, known as Sisi, is the Princess Diana of 19th-century Europe. Famously beautiful, as captured in a portrait with diamond stars in her hair, she is unfulfilled in her marriage to the older Emperor Franz Joseph. Sisi has spent years evading the stifling formality of royal life on her private train or yacht or, whenever she can, on the back of a horse. Captain Bay Middleton is dashing, young, and the finest horseman in England. He is also impoverished, with no hope of buying the horse needed to win the Grand National–until he meets Charlotte Baird. A clever, plainspoken heiress whose money gives her a choice among suitors, Charlotte falls in love with Bay, the first man to really notice her, for his vulnerability as well as his glamour. When Sisi joins the legendary hunt organized by Earl Spencer in England, Bay is asked to guide her on the treacherous course. Their shared passion for riding leads to an infatuation that jeopardizes the growing bond between Bay and Charlotte, and threatens all of their futures.” *

“The Girls From Corona Del Mar”

by Rufi Thorpe

“Best friends Mia and Lorrie Ann couldn’t be more different; where Mia is reckless and proudly hard-hearted, Lorrie Ann is kind, serenely beautiful, and seemingly immune to the kind of teenage mistakes that Mia can’t help but make. But within a few years, fortunes change. Suddenly, Mia is free to grow up and adventure, falling in and out of love while Lorrie Ann is weighed down by responsibilities at home. And when good, nice, brave Lorrie Ann stops being so good, Mia must question how well she ever really knew her best friend in the first place.” *

“A Necessary End”

by J.M. Gregson

“Alfred Norbury is a learned man. He is never afraid to display his erudition, but he is generous in his encouragement of younger people. The people who assemble around him to form a reading club are also learned. Some of them are simply well-read, whilst others have formal qualifications which rival those of Norbury. But learning is no protection against violence. Murder arrives suddenly, brutally and unexpectedly. The investigation led by Detective Chief Inspector Percy Peach and Detective Sergeant Northcott reveals several people with good reason to hate the victim. They range from the young man who was his latest protg to the two women 40 years older whose lives were radically damaged by him a decade earlier. Peach tackles the case, and the people involved in it, with his normal ebullience. The solution when he arrives at it is both unexpected and moving.” *

* Book jacket/publisher description

-Senior Librarian Ann Bradley is branch manager Captiva Memorial Library.