June 3, 2018

The Poets Laureate Anthology, edited by Elizabeth Hun Schmidt, recently donated in memory of Shawn David Hunton, charts the course of American verse over the last seventy-five years. Work from each of America’s forty-three poets laureate is an inviting, pleasurable collection of some of the world’s best poems along with many new surprises.

Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson by Gordon S. Wood brings to light the profound differences between two powerful men that led to a fundamental crisis in their friendship and the nation. As they became the figureheads of two entirely new forces, the first American political parties, the bitter breach lasted beyond the presidential administrations of each. Yet, late in life, a grudging trickle of correspondence became a great flood, and their friendship rekindled over the course of hundreds of letters.

Schwinn: The Best Present Ever by Don Rauf is a visual celebration of this American icon, forever tied to the memories of children of the 1960s and 70s. From its early years dominating the youth market with Sting-Rays to the teen-friendly Varsity and Continental models to its most recent parent-friendly iterations of the Easy-Steer and Roadster Trikes, the Schwinn weaves itself through 120 years of American history, evoking memories of a simpler time of freedom, laughter, and endless wonder.

The House of Unexpected Sisters by Alexander McCall Smith opens with a dilemma, the unfair firing of a saleswoman at an office furniture warehouse. As Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi investigate, the case yields lies, deception, and evildoings of the mean-spirited kind. Meanwhile, Mma Ramotswe is forced to grapple with the sudden, unexpected appearance of a woman who may be a sister she never knew about.

As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner takes you to 1918 Philadelphia, a city teeming with promise. Pauline Bright and her husband hope to give their three daughters– Evelyn, Maggie, and Willa– a chance at a better life. But just months after they arrive, the Spanish Flu pandemic claims more than twelve thousand victims in their adopted city, and the Brights find themselves in a world that looks nothing like the one they knew. They take in a baby orphaned by the disease, and the child becomes their single source of hope.

The First Family by Michael Palmer presents the President and First Lady with a unique challenge, find people with the same unusual medical symptoms as their son Cam, so that doctors can make a diagnosis. When two young candidates are found, each with exceptional gifts, are then murdered, Cam’s condition suddenly takes on a terrifyingly new dimension. As Dr. Lee searches for answers, he will uncover unimaginable secrets and dark betrayals that breach the highest levels of security.