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BY SUSAN SCHWARZ , As the turkey was cooking and the wonderful smells of food filled the house, I hope you shared with each other a time of friendship, memory and caring. As families gathered together to begin a time of sharing, I hope you enjoyed every minute.

Believe me, after this summer I have realized that time is not something anyone can take for granted. It really doesn’t exist and tomorrow doesn’t always come. Take a minute, reflect and then, make that call.

In the meantime, find a peaceful spot and charge your personal batteries. Quiet time is good time. Making it even better would be to find one of the books you really would like to read and just sit for a bit. I have a few suggestions, but isn’t there one book that you would like to re read, like revisiting an old friend? If so, this is the time to do that as well.


Laurien Berenson continues her series featuring Melanie Travis, her son, new husband and of course the poodles in Raining Cats & Dogs. There is nothing deep about this series, but it attracts a lot of readers. And just in case you missed this new one, I wanted to let you know it was in.


Mariah Stewart has moved from the paperback rack to the hard cover in Dead End. For those of you who found her in the paperback trilogy Dead Wrong, Dead Certain and Dead Even, move to the regular shelves for this one. Why was Dylan Shields killed and who killed him? The answer was never found and his family still grieves, forcing Dylan’s fiancée Anne into the position of having to move on in spite of how the family tries to involve her in their events. Annie has begun to explore new relationships, but before she can begin a new life with Evan, she is driven to find answers, answers that lead to new problems and murder to cover long hidden secrets.

I hope you all had a very happy and memory-filled Thanksgiving.

Susan Schwarz is the director of the Moses Greeley Parker Library.