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The first gathering for fall Storytime activities, featuring the Bandera County Public Library’s own Brittany Seaman, will be on Tuesday, Sept. 3, from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Pre-school aged children and their parents are invited to enjoy the songs, stories, crafts and snacks provided during the popular hour-long event. It happens every Tuesday, and library officials hope to see you at the sessions.

The Thursday Book Club will meet on Sept. 5 to discuss Georgia Hunter’s “We Were the Lucky Ones.” It is a story based on her own family history and its struggle for survival during World War II. Everyone is welcome.

And the Friends of the Library will hold its end-of-summer Books Sale on Sept. 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Many donations during the summer have swelled the choices for bargain shoppers during that sale.

Finally, a reminder that the library, located in Bandera at 515 Main St., will be closed Labor Day weekend, from Friday, Aug. 30, at 6 p.m. until Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 9 a.m. Be sure to have plenty of books and movies on hand for the long weekend.

Very generous patrons continue to adopt books to add to the Bandera library collection. No small library could ever afford all the new releases and bestsellers without this considerable help. Please ask about how you can support the adoption program on your next visit.

So, let’s talk books.

J.P Delany delivers “The Perfect Wife,” which is described as a twisty, original psychological thriller. The book jacket teases with this description - “A missing woman receives a second chance at life, thanks to her billionaire husband - but the consequences are deadly.

“Abbie awakens in a daze with no memory of who she is or how she landed in this unsettling condition. The man by her side claims to be her husband. He’s an icon of the tech world, the founder of a lucrative robotics company. He tells Abbie that she is a gifted artist, an avid surfer, a loving mother to their young son and the perfect wife.

“He says she had a terrible accident five years ago, and that, through a huge technological breakthrough, she has been brought back from the abyss. She is a miracle of science. But as Abbie pieces together memories of her marriage, she begins questioning her husband’s motives - and his version of events.”

Popular novelist Peter James latest Inspector Roy Grace offering is “Dead at First Sight.” This book exposes the dark side of the internet.

In it, a man waits at London Airport for Ingrid Ostermann, the love of his life, to arrive. Across the Atlantic, a retired NYPD cop waits in a bar in Florida’s Key West for his first date with the lady who is, without question, his soul-mate.

The two men are about to discover they’ve been scammed out of almost every penny they have - and that neither woman exists.

“Swallows” by Susan Lutz has been reviewed by Entertainment Weekly.

The review says, “The latest campus novel teetering between thriller and satire, Lutz’s book throws readers into the drama of a New England prep school, where one inscrutable new teacher brings about ideas that ignite a deadly gender-war.”

Richard Russo’s latest is “Chances Are...” It is his first, standalone novel in 10 years. It is described as a book of male friendship with some thriller elements.

There will be lots of new arrivals for the fall discussed in the next column. Read well and be safe.

Michael Garr is the Bandera County Public Library director.