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NYT Best Sellers Summer 2016

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Please see new bestsellers at the link below….


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August 5, 2016 at 6:53 pm

Kid’s Summer Reading 2016

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Kids, check out the following books to keep up with your summer reading!



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May 13, 2016 at 5:50 pm

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Delighting in books…a’ mire ri leabhraichean

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Attention Game of Thrones, The Last Kingdom, and Outlander TV show fans!

After the cable Watchathon Week free viewing these popular shows ends, I’m hoping to (re)read some of these…please come check them out or head over to our e-book Overdrive to find them!  (Overdrive users, select Lantana Public Library and enter in your library card number.)

We’ve got several of George Martin’s Game of Thrones series (all in Overdrive):
*Game of Thrones                                                      *A Dance with Dragons (also in the library)
*A Clash of Kings                                                        *A Storm of Swords
*A Feast for Crows                                                          *A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms
*A world of fire and ice:the untold history of Westeros and Game of Thrones  — on the history (in the library under F Mar)

*Rogues (an anthology of 21 stories) (edited with Gardner Dezois)

Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series (all under F Gal):
*Outlander (F Gal) (in the library and Overdrive)     *Dragonfly in Amber (in Overdrive)
*Voyager (Overdrive)                                                         *Drums of Autumn (in Overdrive)
*The Fiery Cross (in Overdrive)                             *A Breath of Snow and Ashes (in Overdrive)
*An echo in the bone (in the library and Overdrive)
*Written in my own heart’s blood (in the library and Overdrive)

In addition, we’ve some of Gabaldon’s Lord John Grey Series –a subset of the Outlander series:
*Lord John and the Private Matter, a novel (in the library)
*Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade (in the library)
*The Scottish Prisoner (in the library)

Bernard Cornwell has written a series of Saxon Chronicle books, following Uhtred Ragnarson of Bebbanburg, a young Saxon kidnapped and raised by raiding Danish Vikings, and who eventually comes to fight for King Alfred of Wessex. All are available in the library (under F Cor):
*The Last Kingdom                                *The Pale Horseman
*Lords of the North                                *Sword Song
*The Burning Land                               *The Empty Throne      
*Warriors of the Storm

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April 22, 2016 at 8:23 pm

New Fiction Spring 2016 at Lantana Public Library

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New Fiction Spring 2016
at Lantana Public Library
205 West Ocean Ave, Lantana, FL
Ph: 561-540-5740

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (F Zev)
About a bookstore and its ups and downs, as well as those of its owner, who unexpectedly gains the chance to make his life anew.
Zebra Crossing by Meg Vandermerwe (F Van)
Young Chipo and her brother George flee from Zimbabwe to Cape Town and its infamous Long Street, as illegals, and soon get entangled with the sinister Dr. Ongani and his get-rich-quick schemes.
Rules for a Knight: The Last Letter of Sir Thomas Lemuel Hawke by Ethan Hawke (F Haw)
A knight writes a letter to his children to leave a record on all of what he knows, including morals, ancient teachings, political and spiritual writings.
The Swede by Robert Karjel (F Kar)
Swedish security officer Ernest Grip gets sent, along with American counterpart Shauna Friedman,  to interrogate a detainee and find his true identity, only to uncover a strange network of international, unrelated suspects.
An Irish Doctor in Love and at Sea by Patrick Taylor (F Tay)
Continuing the story of Irish Dr. Fingal O’Reilly, returning to Ballybuckleboo in Northern Ireland after serving in World War II on the HMS Warspite, to face challenges in a new medical partnership.  With real and fictional characters, this is a must-read for James Herriot fans.
The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin
A novel about Babe Paley, a glamorous New York socialite of the 1950s, and her relationship with literary legend Truman Capote.
A Strangeness in My Mind by Orhan Pamuk (F Pam)
An unforgettable tale of Istanbul street vendor, Mevluut Karatas, the love of his life, his coming of age in a great city, and the differences of his mind and feelings.
The Last September by Nina de Gramant (F Gra)
Charlie and Brett are living in Cape Cod with their daughter, tenuously married, until a tragic turn of events tests their loyalty and love.
Shanghai Redemption by Qui Xialong (F Qui)
Inspector Chen Chao of the Shanghai Police has been promoted to a new position with little power, and placed in charge of a doomed, dangerous  investigation of a  ruthless, powerful, high-level Party figure.

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April 13, 2016 at 6:11 pm

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Election 2016 Reading at Lantana Public Library

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Election 2016 Reading
at Lantana Public Library
205 West Ocean Ave, Lantana, FL
Ph: 561-540-5740

Killing the Messenger by David Brock (324.7 Bro)
A no-holds barred playbook on what the new right wing forces are doing to control the media and messages of the 2016 election, as well as Hilary Clinton.
Rising to the Challenge: My Leadership Journey by Carly Fiorina (B Fio)
Fiorina’s message about her 2016 run, her grassroots Unlocking Potential Project, conservative principles, and how to connect them to ordinary people.
Ted Cruz: a Time for Truth by Ted Cruz (973.932 Cru)
Cruz’s inside look at what’s gone wrong with our government, while passionately fighting for limited government, economic growth, and the Constitution.
Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story by Ben Carson (B Car)
On Carson’s journey from an inner-city childhood in Detroit to one of the most successful pediatric neurosurgeon-directors of John Hopkins Medical Institutions at the age of thirty-three.
A More Perfect Union by Ben Carson, MD, with Candy Carson (342.73 Car)
On the importance of reading, thinking, and studying our Constitution and the Bill of Rights, as well as their history.
Outsider in the White House by Bernie Sanders  (B San)
Recently updated and reissued, Sanders writes on his political journey from Mayor of Burlington to U.S. Senator of Vermont, his style of politics and responsibilities, and policies and issues the U.S. needs to tackle in its future, so that millions of Americans will no longer be outsiders in their country.
Conservative Hurricane: How Jeb Bush Remade Florida by Matthew T. Corrigan (Fla B Bus)
On the former Florida governor’s controlled politics and message, as well as his socio-economic policies and their impact on Florida — from business recruitment and the extensive privatization of state government, to culture wars, gun rights, end-of-life issues, immigration, and education reform.
Crippled America: how to make America great again by Donald Trump(320.973 Tru)
Trump tells how America needs to fix its ailing economy, reform healthcare and education, build its military and win wars, with a government committed to winning and experienced in it.

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April 13, 2016 at 4:55 pm

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The Fabulous Entrepreneur Henry Flagler would have read these….

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Lantana Public Library has excellent new fall 2015 business books, as well as current affairs magazines, and newspapers (hard copy and online).

Please click on our flyer below to see new titles, stop in to visit us, or head over to our e-Resources page to log in and read our e-Zines.  You may also check their availability in KOHA, our on-line catalog.


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October 16, 2015 at 3:16 pm

New reads for college bound and lifelong students…

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New at the Library this fall…Categories-applications-education-university-icon

UChic College Girls’ Real Advice for Your First Year (And Beyond!) by Christie Garton (Shelf No. 378.194 Gar)
Garton helps those girls who want to get started, share space and live on or off campus, become head of their class, enjoy campus life and sororities, safely navigate the internet and date, as well as find love, stay healthy, manage finances, and much more.  If only I’d had this when I went off to college…Uchic_CollegeGirls'

Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania by Frank Bruni (Shelf No. 378. 1 Bru)
Students, parents, teachers, and counselors! Bruni’s message is worth hearing — where one goes to college matters less than what one does once one gets there and afterward. Not only are admissions processes flawed; the options of going to college to learn to prime students for later stages of life are overlooked, and invaluable life-learning experiences that happen before, during, and after college as well. Bruni_WhereYouGo

Bruni’s book has been positively reviewed by the NY Times as well, on March 22, 2015.

Word Workout: Building a Muscular Vocabulary in 10 Easy Steps by Charles Harrington Elster (Shelf No. 428.1 Els)
A practical book for building vocabulary, from college level words to ones known by most educated, well-read adults.

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October 5, 2015 at 5:57 pm

New reading at the Library this fall 2015

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Hi everyone…We’ve some great new reading for you this fall 2015!  Please come to the Library to check them out.  Some of these you won’t find easily at other libraries around here.

An overview of some of them can be seen here: Publication FALL 2015 reads

We also have new books in history, business, and social sciences.

To search for a book, see our new KOHA on-line catalog at

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September 25, 2015 at 4:07 pm

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Anthony Trollope by Frederick Waddy

Trollope Trending by Adam Gopnik
The New Yorker, May 4, 2015
Did you enjoy Andrew Greeley’s Cardinal Sins?  Or, perhaps, you follow(ed) West Wing or presently House of Cards and Madam Secretary on TV?   Then, Anthony Trollope is likely a writer you should read. Trollope faithfully chronicled and satirized the everyday life of the clergy, as well as bureaucrats and politicians in England.

Trollope, claims Adam Gopnik, understands how power divided and diffused among various office holders’ voices and bodies,   “is not just an aspect of politics – it is a precondition of politics…with the hum of gossip and backbiting.”   More than many of us, Trollope is interested in how ambivalent and confusing the forces of change can be, and how compromise and painful growth form much of that change. Trollope tackles this theme through entirely invented worlds, characters, and institutions grappling with modernization of a particular kind and the impositions of efficiency and accountability.  As Gopnik writes:

In Trollope’s fiction, even the most small-scale and homely stories have as a background this special crisis of modernization—not the crisis of industrialization and mass immiseration, seen by Dickens, but a crisis of institutions, produced by reform and standardization…[T]he agents of reform are often ugly, that the beneficiaries of corruption are often graceful, that the effects of reform are often dubious, but that reform in a liberal society is nonetheless as inevitable as the standardization of measurement.

The characters of Trollope’s Barsetshire novels — including the characters of parish newcomer Mr. Harding (The Warden), Bishop Proudie and his wife, Dr. Stanhope or Mr. Quiverful – could all exist on a modern university campus in various roles, according to Gopnik — ranging from university president to lowly adjunct instructor.  In the Palliser novels, outsider Irish lawyer Phineas Finn rises through the British political system to become a British MP and later Cabinet member, through relations formed with others, as well as with ambition, charm, favors, and luck.

Trollope could very well help Americans understand their current political landscape, populated as it is by die-hard radicals on either side of the spectrum, reactionaries, moderates, as well as middling careerists and interest groups.  If he were still alive today, claims Gopnik, he’d no doubt be comically depicting the European Parliament in Brussels – or other powerful institutions.

Lantana Public Library, by the way, has many of Trollope’s works, including these:

Palliser Novels The Duke’s Children Phineas Finn Phineas Redux The Eustace Diamonds The Prime Minister Can You  Forgive Her? Barset Novels The Warden Doctor Thorpe Framley parsonage Barchester Towers The Last Chronicle of Barset
Dramatic/Comic Novels The Claverings Dr. Wortle’s School Lady Anna Orley Farm Ralph the Heir Rachel Ray Miss Mackenzie The Way We Live Now Irish & overseas novels The Bertrams An Eye For an Eye Short stories Kept in the Dark

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July 5, 2015 at 7:08 pm

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More Founders and Late Colonial History – Part 3

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Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale

Lantana Public Library has other excellent works in its collection on Founders and also on Colonial history, including recent studies and classics related to Thomas Jefferson.  Here are some brief reviews and reflections on some of them.

Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham [Hardback] Random House, 2012. 759 pp. Call No: B Jef
“Where some saw hypocrisy, others saw political agility.  As long as a political leader has some core strategic belief — and Jefferson did, in his defense of republicanism — then tactical flexibility can be a virtue” (p. 254).

Jon Meacham’s recent biography of Jefferson focuses more on Jefferson’s politics.  He views Jefferson as a “creatively flexible,” “transformative leader” who championed the individual American’s liberty and rights and also exercised executive powers pragmatically when required.  Jefferson was a brilliant dinner table politician who carefully listened and brilliantly conversed to both opponents and friends, always avoiding direct confrontation  Jefferson by turn seeking to charm,  fascinate, discern, enlighten, or indoctrinate.

Meacham offers that Jefferson came to view the acts of his compatriots for representation and self-determination as justified by Britain’s own Glorious Revolution of 1688-89, which had deposed the absolute monarch James II and passed a Bill of Rights that protected liberty and free elections and limited the power of monarchs. Paul de Rapin-Thoyras’s history of England and Henry St. John Lord Bolingbroke’s political writings, as well as other classics such as Tacitus’ Germania, likely led Jefferson to view Britain’s authority to tax colonial Englishmen and limit their representation as monarchical tyranny reminiscent of the mother country’s Civil War and the Restoration periods.

Meacham observes that Jefferson never governed with blind self-interest or rigid ideology but with tactical maneuvering or expansion wherever possible.  Some examples: Jefferson’s infamous abandonment of Richmond during the raiding British and Gen. Benedict Arnold in Jan. 1781 was understandable and defensible as intelligence at the time was unreliable and the Virginia militia defense uncoordinated.  Also, Jefferson’s secret, divisive acts of plotting while serving as Vice-President under the Adams’ Presidency were arguably artful politics to survive and prevail in the toxic political climate of  the Alien and Sedition Acts.  Lastly, Jefferson expanded Executive authority quickly and decisively by upholding Madison and Livingstone’s negotiations with France for the Louisiana Purchase, and by overseeing its retroactive ratification by the U.S. Senate, as well as in imposing the Embargo Act of 1807.

Meacham’s biography has also been critically reviewed.  See Eric Herschthal’s Atlantic Monthly article of Nov. 1, 2012.

Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate History by Fawn Brodie [Hardback] W.W. Norton, 1974, 1998. 571 pp.  Call No. : B  Jef

Brodie’s is the first ground-breaking academic biography ever to claim Jefferson fathered children by a slave woman, Sally Hemings, and that Jefferson may have even likened his life-long relationship with her to the Biblical tale of Abraham and Abraham’s slave concubine Hagar.  Brodie weighs Jefferson’s upbringing and privately charming and sensual, conflicted, tightly controlled psychological/inner psyche, alongside a carefully calculated and cultivated public life of partisan leadership and democratic simplicity.

Jefferson’s privileged upbringing and adult life in colonial Virginia and the newly independent republic were certainly not trouble-free, as Brodie documents. After losing his father prematurely and finishing his education, Jefferson came to head a large family while forced to assume and manage its inherited debts.  He then began a turbulent political career in the Virginia legislature while continuing in demanding family relationships with a mother (and possibly his wife Martha Wayles Skelton) who likely held conservative/Tory sympathies.  Throughout his lifetime Jefferson would sell or mortgage land, his slaves, as well as his famous 7,000 book library to Congress, to maintain social standing and multiple roles of family patriarch, plantation and slave owner, intellectual, politician, diplomat, and President.

Like Meacham, Brodie appraises Jefferson’s presidency mostly positively, as it fortuitously began with the Peace of Amiens and continued with its peaceful diplomacy with Tripoli/the Barbary Pirates, together with the “restoration of freedom of the press and speech and aborting the Hamiltonian trend toward militarism.”

The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed.  [Hardback].  W.W. Norton & Company, 2008.  798 pp. Call No. :  B Hem

“The relationship of the Hemingses to the tragedy of slavery was unique only because they happened to be owned by one who made himself a public man, but wanted to keep private the world he really lived in with this particular African American enslaved family.”

In this somewhat labored, but  well-researched and exhaustive history of the Hemingses, we discover there were many of them in addition to Sally; she and her extensive family lived at the center of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and Poplar Forest plantations, as well as in Virginia itself, over several generations.  As one learns, many of them were Jefferson’s unofficial  in-laws, children,  and shadow kin (through his father-in-law and deceased wife).  Readers also learn much about the history of colonial Virginia and how its people lived with slavery (whereby a person’s slave status of a child derived from that of his or her mother, ensuring its perpetuity).

Monticello_Coin_Side_Three-quarter_View by DKStotz — Own work. Licensed under Wikimedia Commons


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July 4, 2015 at 5:47 pm