New Non-Fiction: Thursday, November 11

The Macedon Public Library is fully open for in-person visits. Computers are available and the Discovery Room is also open. Masks are strongly encouraged for all patrons, even if you have been vaccinated. We will continue to offer “Grab and Go” services for those who prefer to place their books on hold online and then pick them up in the cabinet outside the library.

Here are a few of the new books that have come in to the library recently. We invite you to check them out!

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The Zen of Home Water: True Tales of Adventure, Travel, and Fly Fishing

Fishing is may things to many people. To some, dangling a worm for a sunfish in a farm pond is not only exciting, but relaxing and reflective. To others, it’s all about the adventure of traveling to exotic locales and fishing for ten-pound rainbow trout in Alaska or 100-pound tarpon in Florida or Central America. To author Jerry Hamza, it’s about all of these things. In this highly entertaining and imminently readable collection of fishing tales, you’ll tag along with Jerry as he takes you fishing across the globe. In the entertainment business, Jerry had the opportunity to travel far and wide — and wherever he went, he always took a fishing rod, so he could steal away and fish local waters whenever he had free moments. To Jerry, they are all “home waters.”

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The Last Diving Horse in America

It was the signature attraction of Atlantic City’s Steel Pier from the 1930s to the 1970s — Doc Carver’s High Diving Horses. Four times a day, seven days a week, a trained horse ran up a ramp; a diving girl jumped on its back, and both sailed through the air, plunging into a ten foot deep tank of water. Decades later, after cries of animal abuse, and changing times, the act was finally shuttered and the very Last Atlantic City Steel Pier Diving Horse was on the auction block, with the author on a rescue mission. And $2,600 later, Gamal was hers. Cynthia Branigan tells the story of how they came to know and educate and trust one another; teaching each other important lessons of living and loving. Branigan writes of the history of diving horses and how rescuing and caring for Gamal led her to save other animals.

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Where the Deer and the Antelope Play: The Pastoral Observations of One Ignorant American Who Loves to Walk Outside

Nick Offerman, the actor, writer, and woodworker, has always felt a particular affection for the Land of the Free — not just for the people and their purported ideals but to the actual land itself: the bedrock, the topsoil, and everything in between that generates the health of your local watershed. In his new book, Nick takes a humorous, inspiring, and elucidating trip to America’s trails, farms, and frontier to examine the people who inhabit the land, what that has meant to them and us, and to the land itself, both historically and currently. With witty, heartwarming stories and a keen insight into the human problems we all confront, this is both a ramble through and celebration of the land we all love.

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