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Ross Gresham reads from his Vineyard-inspired mystery novel.
Every summer, the vacation island of Nausset hires a temporary cop for the rush of tourists. This time they drew a wild card. Jim Hawkins, the “Parking Warden,” stumbles upon the bizarre Viking suicide of a local property developer.
The incident makes no ripple in the summer insanity of Nausset, the most fashionable beach property in the world. Fading aristocrats sit up all night at the windows of their wooden castles, while endless, drunken tourists stream by below. The ferries run day and night. Land prices creep higher–like the thermometer–and always the drinks are served by blank-faced foreigners counting the days on their work permits.
One of these workers has disappeared. The local police know how the island works. They know who matters and who doesn’t, and let it all pass with a wink and a free ice cream. But not Jim Hawkins. Hawkins may be the worst cop ever to put on a uniform, and he may not care about drunks or land deals, but after his tour in the Army, he is done letting people be hurt. There’s a dead man on fire, a local beauty dead from what seems to be a vicious shark attack, and a Ukrainian girl who has come to the island to find her wild sister.
White Shark is a darkly-funny thriller set in a corrupt vacation world where sometimes the only way to cut through the B.S. is to leave a ton of D.S. on the floor.
While basketball didn’t take up residence in the White House in January 2009, the game nonetheless played an outsized role in forming the man who did. In The Audacity of Hoop, celebrated sportswriter Alexander Wolff examines Barack Obama, the person and president, by the light of basketball. This game helped Obama explore his identity, keep a cool head, impress his future wife, and define himself as a candidate.
Wolff chronicles Obama’s love of the game from age 10, on the campaign trail—where it eventually took on talismanic meaning—and throughout his two terms in office. More than 125 photographs illustrate Obama dribbling, shooting free throws, playing pickup games, cooling off with George Clooney, challenging his special assistant Reggie Love for a rebound, and taking basketball to political meetings. There is also an assessment of Obama’s influence on the NBA, including a dawning political consciousness in the league’s locker rooms.
Sidebars reveal the evolution of the president’s playing style, “Baracketology”—a not-entirely-scientific art of filling out the commander in chief’s NCAA tournament bracket—and a timeline charts Obama’s personal and professional highlights.
Equal parts biographical sketch, political narrative, and cultural history, The Audacity of Hoop shows how the game became a touchstone in Obama’s exercise of the power of the presidency.
Come practice Tai Chi with us! All skill levels are welcome. Every Thursday.
Join Jellybone Rivers and the Maniacs of the Heart for a family friendly rock ‘n’ roll concert. Outside in the gazebo (weather permitting).
The Steering Committee meets at 4 pm on the first Wednesday of each month to plan and carry out LFOB projects. We invite you to drop us a line, give us a call, or stop by one of our meetings (1st Wednesday of the month).
Contact “Library Friends of Oak Bluffs” at:
Colleen Morris 508-693-3605
Library Friends of Oak Bluffs
PO Box 1421
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557-1421
or visit us at www.oakbluffslibrary.org/LFOB.