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New and popular titles at Juniata County Library

With so many good books being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to check out next. Every week, I offer a run-down of significant releases available here at the library.

Visit our online card catalog at juniata.sparkpa.org to search today or call (717) 436-6378 to have a helpful library staff member assist you.

“Harry’s Trees” by Jon Cohen

Set in rural Pennsylvania’s Endless Mountains, this redemptive tale will speak to the hearts of those who’ve lost a loved one. Oriana, a young girl whose father died–in the snow, with arms outspread like angel wings–mourns deeply. She becomes lost in a fantasy of her father as a winged creature of the forest behind her house. She devours fairy tales given to her by Olive, the elderly librarian, and plays alone in the woods, sensing her father’s presence. When Harry Crane, a 30-something USDA Forestry Service employee, makes an unexpected appearance in Oriana’s forest, she’s not surprised, for he is surely a sign. Harry, reeling from the loss of his wife (something he believes is his fault), is in deep despair when he meets Oriana. He discovers a book she’d lost in the woods– “The Grum’s Ledger,” which should be required reading for everyone. The two form a bond, sanctioned by Oriana’s mother, Amanda Jeffers, who hopes Harry will lead her daughter back to reality. The twisting, intriguing events that follow are anchored to reality but perceived by Oriana (and Harry) as magical. Cohen has plotted well and includes in his novel a series of flawed, perhaps exaggerated characters. From Wolf, Harry’s fearsome brother, to Ronnie, whose insecurities lie deep, to the lucky ones who get a visit from the elusive Susquehanna Santa, the characters entertain and irk. This is a story about grief and the many ways to heal; about redemption; about forgiveness; about letting go; but most of all, about the power of the human spirit to soar above tragedy and reunite with joy. You can find this book in our New Adult Fiction section.

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Here are some quick book recommendations that include star ratings I give them or whether you should skip it, borrow it, or buy it.

“The Universal Christ,” by Richard Rohr (5 stars)

“Cemetery Road,” by Greg Iles (4 stars)

“The Chef,” by James Patterson (3 stars)

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Vince Giordano has been the director of the Juniata County Library since 2015.

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