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Stand Up Straight and Sing! by Jessye Norman

Jessye Norman is not only one of the world’s most admired and beloved singers, she is an American icon whose life story is as moving and dramatic as the great operatic roles she has performed on stage.

Born and raised in Augusta, Georgia, nurtured in a close family and tight-knit community centered around the church, she studied the piano and sang the songs of her childhood, not dreaming that this passion for music might lead to her life’s profession (book cover).

In Stand Up Straight and Sing!, Jessye Norman recalls in rich detail the strong women who were her role models, from her ancestors to family friends, relatives, and teachers. She hails the importance of her parents in her early learning and experiences in the arts. And she describes coming face-to-face with racism, not just as a child living in the segregated South, but also as an adult out and about in the world.
She speaks of the many who have inspired her and taught her essential life lessons. A special interlude on her key relationship with the pioneering African American singer Marian Anderson reveals the lifelong support that this great predecessor provided through her example of dignity and grace at all times.

The story of one woman’s astonishing life, Stand Up Straight And Sing! is not just for lovers of music, but for everyone (book cover).


Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life by Tom Robbins

Internationally bestselling novelist and American icon Tom Robbins delivers the long awaited tale of his wild life and times, both at home and around the globe.

Tom Robbins’ warm, wise, and wonderfully weird novels—including Still Life With Woodpecker, Jitterbug Perfume, and Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates—provide an entryway into the frontier of his singular imagination. Madcap but sincere, pulsating with strong social and philosophical undercurrents, his irreverent classics have introduced countless readers to natural born hitchhiking cowgirls, born-again monkeys, a philosophizing can of beans, exiled royalty, and problematic redheads.

In Tibetan Peach Pie, Robbins turns that unparalleled literary sensibility inward, stitching together stories of his unconventional life, from his Appalachian childhood to his globetrotting adventures —told in his unique voice that combines the sweet and sly, the spiritual and earthy. The grandchild of Baptist preachers, Robbins would become over the course of half a century a poet-interruptus, an air force weatherman, a radio dj, an art-critic-turned-psychedelic-journeyman, a world-famous novelist, and a counter-culture hero, leading a life as unlikely, magical, and bizarre as those of his quixotic characters.

Robbins offers intimate snapshots of Appalachia during the Great Depression, the West Coast during the Sixties psychedelic revolution, international roving before homeland security monitored our travels, and New York publishing when it still relied on trees. Written with the big-hearted comedy and mesmerizing linguistic invention for which he is known, Tibetan Peach Pie is an invitation into the private world of a literary legend (book cover).


Everybody’s Got Something by Robin Roberts and Veronica Chambers

“Regardless of how much money you have, your race, where you live, what religion you follow, you are going through something. Or you already have or you will. As momma always said, “Everybody’s got something.” So begins beloved Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts’s new memoir in which she recounts the incredible journey that’s been her life so far, and the lessons she’s learned along the way. With grace, heart, and humor, she writes about overcoming breast cancer only to learn five years later that she will need a bone marrow transplant to combat a rare blood disorder, the grief and heartbreak she suffered when her mother passed away, her triumphant return to GMA after her medical leave, and the tremendous support and love of her family and friends that saw her through her difficult times.Following her mother’s advice to “make your mess your message,” Robin taught a nation of viewers that while it is true that we’ve all got something — a medical crisis to face, aging parents to care for, heartbreak in all its many forms — we’ve also all got something to give: hope, encouragement, a life-saving transplant or a spirit-saving embrace. As Robin has learned, and what readers of her remarkable story will come to believe as well, it’s all about faith, family and friends. And finding out that you are stronger, much stronger, than you think (book cover).


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Weekly Book Quote:


Getting what you want is just as difficult as not getting what you want. Because then you have to figure out what to do with it, instead of figuring out what to do without it. ~ The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan.

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Sign Up Now – Experiment with plants:


Monday, August 4, 10:30-11:30 am. Cool science experiments with plants led by Pamela Morgan, Ph.D., from University of New England. Ages 7 and up. Pre-registration is required. FMI please call 967-2778 and ask for the Junior Room or visit our website:

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Book Sale Blowout:


The Annual Giant Book Sale BLOWOUT at Graves Library will take place on Saturday, August 2 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (Rain Date: August 9) Featured genres will be: cookbooks, travel books, history, gardening, hobby, craft, How-to,  Children’s, Sports, Art, movies and more.

Food and Farmers Market Vendors. Come to shop and stay for lunch!

All proceeds from our Book Sale go to fund programs and services provided by the Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library.  The book sale will take place outside the Library and at The Perkins House next door to Graves Library located at 18 Maine Street in Kennebunkport. FMI please call us at 967-2778 or visit our website at visit our website at

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Sign Up Now – Yoga For Youngsters:



Tuesday, July 29, 10:30-11:15 am. Yoga for Youngsters taught by local resident/ yoga instructor Mindy Miller Muse, E-RYT, CCLYT. Relax with an ocean-themed class incorporating relaxation, breathing, and mindfulness techniques. Ages 8 and up. No prior experience necessary. Pre-registration and a waiver form are required. The Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library is located at 18 Maine Street in Kennebunkport. FMI please call 967-2778 and ask for the Junior Room or visit our website:


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