Peter White Public Library is well-known for excellence in programming and services, but the Library’s bread and butter will always be a relevant and current collection of books and other materials. PWPL must raise over 10%--about $150,000--of the operating budget every year to help keep the collection strong. Our library is fortunate to have many donors who give specifically to build the collection. This year, a donor gave $1,000 to supplement the adult fiction collection. Below is a small sampling of the 61 books PWPL was able to purchase thanks to this generous person. If you would like to join this donor and help PWPL promote literacy and lifelong learning, please consider making a gift to the 2016 PWPL Annual Fund. More information can be found at www.pwpl.info. Thank you to everyone who helps make PWPL the heart of the community!
A Blossom of Bright Light by Suzanne Chazin. Detective Jimmy Vega must find a balance between the local immigrant community and his hometown's most powerful residents during a horrific murder investigation when a body is found. The community is consumed with fear of deportation, so Vega employs the help his girlfriend to gain people's trust. However, she is acting strangely, consumed by a secret that threatens to tear them apart.
Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas. Devon Ravenel, London's most wickedly charming rake, has just inherited an earldom. But his powerful new rank in society comes with unwanted responsibilities and more than a few surprises. The estate is saddled with debt, and the late earl's sisters are still occupying the house along with Kathleen, Lady Trenear, a beautiful young widow whose sharp wit and determination are a match for Devon's own.
Crimson Shore by Douglas J. Preston. A seemingly easy case turns out to be much more complicated than Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast ever could have anticipated. When investigating the theft of a priceless wine collection, something considerably more disturbing is found: a bricked-up niche that once held a crumbling skeleton. This skeleton may be only a hint of an ancient transgression, kept secret all these years. He soon discovers that the sins of the past are still very much alive.
The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson. Li-lin, the daughter of a renowned Daoshi exorcist, is a young widow burdened with yin eyes--the unique ability to see the spirit world. Her visions and the death of her husband bring shame to Li-lin and her father--and shame is not something this family can afford. When a sorcerer cripples her father, terrible plans are set in motion, and only Li-lin can stop them.
The Mare : a Novel by Mary Gaitskill. Velveteen Vargas is eleven years old, a Fresh Air Fund kid from Brooklyn. Her host family is a couple who wonder what it will mean to "make a difference" in such a contrived situation. The story tells of their shifting relationship with Velvet over several years, as well as Velvet's encounter with the horses at the stable down the road.
Run You Down by Julia Dahl. Aviva Kagan was just a teenager when she left her Hasidic Jewish life in Brooklyn for a fling with a smiling college boy from Florida-and then disappeared. Twenty-three years later, the child she walked away from is a NYC tabloid reporter named Rebekah Roberts. And Rebekah isn't sure she wants her mother back in her life.
--Heather Steltenpohl, Development Director