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Library News for June 27, 2017

A visiting professional children’s theater group – The Hampstead Stage Company - will perform Beauty and the Beast in the Cumberland Room on Thursday, June 22 at 2:00 p.m.  This version of the play is based on the classic by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve. Children must be accompanied by a Parent/Caregiver. For more information, please call the Children’s Library at (931) 484-6790 ext. 228.

Great New Books!

The Fall of Shannara: The Black Elfstone by Terry Brooks

In their darkest hours, facing dangerous adversaries, the lives and quests of Dar Leah, Drisker Arc, and Tarsha Kaynin will be inextricably drawn together. And the challenges each confronts will have resounding consequences for the future of the Four Lands. This is the first book of the triumphant and epic four-part conclusion to the Shannara series, from one of the all-time trailblazers who established fantasy as a viable genre. 

The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand

After more than a decade apart, Harper and Tabitha switch islands--and lives--to save what's left of their splintered family. But the twins quickly discover that the secrets, lies, and gossip they thought they'd outrun can travel between islands just as easily as they can. Will Harper and Tabitha be able to bury the hatchet and end their sibling rivalry once and for all? Before the last beach picnic of the season, there will be enough old resentment, new loves, and cases of mistaken identity to make this the most talked-about summer that Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket have experienced in ages.

The Witch Who Came In From the Cold by Lindsay Smith, Max Gladstone, Cassandra Rose Clarke, Ian Tregillis, and Michael Swanwick

Spies and sorcerers face off during the Cold War, with the fate of the world in balance in this print edition of a hugely popular serial novel from five award-winning and critically acclaimed authors.
The Cold War rages in back rooms and dark alleys of 1970’s Prague as spies and sorcerers battle for home and country. The fate of the East and the West hangs in the balance right along the Iron Curtain—and crackling beneath the surface is a vein of magic that is waiting to be tapped.

Open Heart by Stephen Westaby

Westaby reflects on over 11,000 surgeries, showing us why the procedures have never become routine and will never be. With astonishing compassion and candor, Dr. Westaby recounts the fraught and alarming stories from his operating room: we meet a pulseless man who lives with an electric heart pump, an expecting mother who refuses surgery unless the doctors let her pregnancy reach full term, and a baby who gets a transplanted heart-only to die once it's put in place. This is a frank and absorbing memoir by a man who has done about as much direct good to his fellow human beings as it is possible to do in one lifetime.

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Coconut oil’s popularity spike in the past few years has also brought several skeptics to the surface. Last week, the American Heart Association (AHA) updated its advice surrounding saturated fat, which makes up 82% of the fat in coconut oil, instructing that saturated fat is known to raise “bad” (LDL) cholesterol, which can be deposited on arterial walls and cause plaque buildup and blockages that lead to heart attacks and stroke. (For comparison, butter contains 63 percent saturated fat, beef fat 50 percent, and pork lard 39 percent.)“Because coconut oil increases LDL cholesterol, a cause of CVD [cardiovascular disease], and has no known offsetting favorable effects, we advise against the use of coconut oil,” the American Heart Association said in the Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease advisory. If you do choose to eliminate coconut oil from your diet per the AHA’s suggestion, there are other plant-based oils that are great for cooking at high heats. Avocado oil, as well as walnut oil and grapeseed oil, are high in unsaturated fats that are shown to lower LDL cholesterol and increase “good” HDL cholesterol by carrying LDL cholesterol to your liver where it is disposed.

Stingy Schobel Says . . .

If you prefer the square facial tissue boxes but hate paying for fewer tissues than the regular box, reuse an empty square box by opening one side. Fold some of the tissues in half from the regular box, insert in square box and tape up the side.

Quackers Joke of the Week

Q: What musical instrument is found in the bathroom?
A: A tuba toothpaste.

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