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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

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

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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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

New and old books you may have missed…

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Here is a late summer edition (July/July 2012) of Catharine Rambeau’s Short List.  Click on it to enlarge it:

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November 6, 2012 at 9:09 pm

The Short List from April 2, 2012

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Greetings Lantana readers!

We now have a new short list of new and older books.

Click on the image below to see what’s available to you.  You may need to magnify your browser’s view (in Internet Explorer, it’s on the bottom right of your browser screen).

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April 20, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Fall/Winter 2011-2012 Newly Arrived Bestsellers

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Below is our new flyer announcing some Fall/Winter 2011-2012 newly arrived bestsellers at the Library.  Come and check them out and others available now.  Click on the image to enlarge it.

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December 25, 2011 at 11:43 pm

On Russia: Robert Massie’s Catherine the Great

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A Russian friend once told me she always thought of her country as a motherland.   I wonder if the historical roots for such a view lie in the beginning of modern Russia — in the Romanov rulers after Peter the Great, several of whom were women — including Catherine II (the Great, born Sophia Frederica Augusta of Anhalt-Zerbst).

I knew a bit about Catherine from high school history: that she was a German princess originally who came to Russia as a child bride of Peter III of Russia, that she transformed Russia into a great European power (both continental and maritime) in the second half of the 18th century, and that she famously took many lovers, including Gregory Potemkin.  There were many curious legends about her sexual prowess.

Robert Massie’s book, Catherine the Great: A Portrait of a Woman, reveals her as complex, intelligent, well-cultured, and enlightened ruler, but also that she was an autocrat who depended on the nobility for her power.  Her younger years were spent reading and studying the Enlightenment thinkers and awaiting marriage, as a pawn of other’s ambitions.  Her later years as a mature Empress transformed her into a wise, benevolent, yet also ruthless autocrat and ruler.  Catherine was truly one of the greatest of early modern European rulers, influencing the 18th century as her counterpart Elizabeth I of England had the Renaissance.

She was a woman never allowed to mother her own biological children (her son, Paul I, was raised as a ward of the state); she did, however, find love and possibly even marriage with Potemkin. She wrote an ambitious treatise inspired by Voltaire, Montesquieu, and Becarria to guide her subjects closer to democratic rule of law (the Nakaz), and she was a patron of many artists, scientists, and thinkers of the time.  She also founded the first university for women (the Smolny Institute), and she was the first modern ruler to preside over a widely succesful national innoculation campaign against smallpox.

Readers will be interested to learn more about serfdom in Russia, which wasn’t a holdover from the Middle Ages or medieval times (as I previously thought), but an institution formalized in the 16th century — the Renaissance.  Serfdom had many parallels with American Slavery, and yet it differed as well.  There is also a detailed account of the Pugachev Rebellion, centering around a pretender to the Russian Throne and a long, brutal civil war, which Catherine ruthlessly fought and won.

I picked up a copy of Massie’s book after attending a reading he gave at the Miami International Book Fair last month.   The book has been favorably reviewed by the New York Times on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2011.

Lantana Public Library currently has Massie’s Peter the Great: his life and world (Call No. B Pet).  This earned Massie the Pulitzer Prize in 1981.

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December 18, 2011 at 5:18 am

Summer Bestsellers! Come check them out!

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Attention Book Lovers!  Summer Reading that you may want to check out!!
Newly Arrived NY Times Bestsellers  at Lantana Public Library


Folly Beach: A lowcountry tale
by Dorothea Frank

A woman returns to the past [in South Carolina] to find her future in this enchanting new tale of loss, acceptance, family, and love.

Robopocalypse: A novel
by Daniel H. Wilson
In the future, a shy but powerful artificial intelligence, Archos, takes control of the world’s computer network…

State of Wonder
by Ann Patchett
A doctor’s stirring and breathtaking trip to the Amazon to search for her deceased colleague…and larger-than-life challenges.

Those in Peril
by Wilbur Smith
A daughter and heiress to an oil fortune is hijacked by African muslim pirates…and held for ransom.


The Hypnotist
by Lars Kepler
An entire family has been savagely murdered…and Detective Joona Linna convinces a retired hypnotist, Erik Bark, to help.

Now You See Her
by James Patterson
The latest from one of the best American mystery writers.

Trader of Secrets
by Steve Martini
Lawyer Paul Madriani investigates criminals attempting to steal dangerous weapons technology…

by Karin Slaughter
A deadly hostage situation and policewoman Faith Mitchell’s search for her mother…


All that is Bitter & Sweet
by Ashley Judd with MaryAnne Vallero
The Hollywood actress and humanitarian remembers her childhood, her famous mother Naomi and sister Wynonna, and her career.

If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t)
by Betty White
The famous 89-year old actress humorously recounts her career and shares her thoughts on important life topics.

A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother
by Janny Scott
A first biography of Ann Dunham, mother of the U.S. President.

Lantana Public Library is at 205 West Ocean Ave (next to the Post Office).
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August 13, 2011 at 2:57 am