“Everyone has a story,” Lizbeth Ericson tells her friend Ruth at the start of “A Glimpse and Gone Forever,” the fourth and final book in the New Hope series of fine historical novels by Cuyahoga Falls author Karen J. Hasley.
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Lizbeth, a minor character from the first book, “What We Take With Us,” is back from two years at a girls’ academy in Omaha. Her mother dead, her father and her brother Paul gone without a word, Lizbeth wonders about her future. She stays at Ruth’s boarding house and helps with Ruth’s children, but otherwise all she has to show for herself is a story that has been accepted into a women’s magazine.
New Hope has continued to grow since the arrival of the Union Pacific Railroad, and there is a fine hotel, music hall, and hardware store. The newspaper, closed since the previous owner sold itself, has been taken over by a man named Al Kennedy, and the schoolmaster’s wife suggests that Lizbeth look for a job there.
Lizbeth is learning to type and writing a few stories, though she often forgets her notepad and pencil. A new store has opened and Al sends Lizbeth. She meets Mr. and Mrs. Hong and their three children, who set up their own paint and wallpaper store. She is thrilled, but the reader can sense trouble coming. As early as “What We Carry With Us”, suspicion fell on newcomers and those with foreign accents.
Hasley’s deliberate pacing may mislead the reader into assuming that little is happening in New Hope. Lizbeth walks with her friend Lucas, the town’s deputy, to chat. Her brother Charlie, who had been sentenced to five years in prison for his association with a gang of bank robbers, was released two years earlier on the recommendation of the New Hope Constable.
Charlie isn’t inclined to hang around town until he meets the Hong’s gorgeous girl.
Meanwhile, tensions rise in the city. Small events, like a rampaging herd of cattle and graffiti painted on a station wall, slowly lead to violence.
Even the minor characters are well defined and it’s a shame this is New Hope’s last visit.
“A Glimpse and Gone Forever” (306 pages, softcover) costs $11.99 at online retailers. Karen Hasley is also the author of the Laramie series of five books and the exceptional “The Dangerous Thaw of Etta Capstone”.
Orchids grow wild in Ohio, but you’ll probably never see them. They grow in bogs, delicate ecosystems that are often remote and inaccessible. Peatlands of Ohio and the Southern Great Lakes Region by Guy L. Denny, with great photos by Gary Meszaros, brings together rare orchids, salamanders and dragonflies.
Things start with a detailed explanation of glaciation, the formation of bogs, and the different types of bogs. This is followed by insight into the moss, fungi, and the rich variety of plants and animals that thrive in the ancient ecosystems.
“Peatlands of Ohio and the Southern Great Lakes Region” (132 pages, softcover) costs $27.95 from Kent State University Press. Guy L. Denny is retired from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and is co-founder and president of the Ohio Natural Areas and Preserves Association; Gary Meszaros’ photographs have appeared in six other books by the publisher.
Loganberry Books (13015 Larchmere Blvd., Shaker Heights): Emma Riva signs “Night Shift in Tamaqua,” 1 p.m. Sunday. At 2 p.m., Denise Monique signs “Despite My Odds”, her memoir of survival to child abuse. At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Robert Kehew, editor and translator of “The Lark in the Morning: The Verses of the Troubadors, A Bilingue Edition,” reads the anthology.
bookstore by the fireside (29 N. Franklin St., Chagrin Falls): Author Heather Reeder and illustrator Joyce Teeft sign “Our Village Letter by Letter” for the book’s 10th anniversary, 1-3 p.m. Sunday.
Cuyahoga County Public Library (Parma-Snow Branch, 2121 Snow Road): Former Beacon Journal writer Chuck Klosterman talks about “The Nineties: A Book,” his thoughts on the culture and events of a decade, 7-8 p.m. a.m. on Monday. Tickets are $25 and include a copy of the book; students are free on presentation of an identity document. Advance notice for an event that is sure to be sold out: on June 12, James Patterson will talk about his autobiography. Tickets are $25; admission to a pre-show reception with Patterson is $45. Sign up at cuyahogalibrary.org.
Restaurant Waterloo (423 E. Waterloo Road): Don Ake holds “Drinks with the Author” and signs his comedy book “Turkey Terror at My Door: Misadventures & Memoirs of a Middle-Aged Man,” 5:30-8 p.m. tuesday. (This event was listed in the May 8 reading conference; the error was mine.)
Hudson Library and Historical Society: Masha Gessen will talk about “The Faceless Man: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin” and “Surviving Autocracy” during a Zoom event at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Register at hudsonlibrary.org.
Cuyahoga County Public Library (South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch, 1876 S. Green Road): Cleveland Heights author Paula McLain (“The Paris Wife”) talks to Chris Bohjalian (“The Flight Attendant”) about her historical thriller “The Lioness” , which takes place during a glamorous evening. African safari in 1964, Tuesday from 7 to 8 p.m. Sign up at cuyahogalibrary.org.
Cuyahoga County Public Library: Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa discusses her novel “A Woman of Endurance,” about an enslaved African woman in 19th-century Puerto Rico, during a Zoom session from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday. From 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Samantha Bailey (“Woman on the Edge”) talks “Watch Out for Her,” about a mother whose instincts about her son’s babysitter prove tragically right. Sign up at cuyahogalibrary.org.
KeyBank State Theater (Playhouse Square, 1501 Euclid Ave., Cleveland): Neil Gaiman, whose books like “The Graveyard Book” have won Hugo and Bram Stoker Awards and Newbery and Carnegie Medals, talks about his work, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets cost from $25 to $85. Go to playhousesquare.org.
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (1375 E. Ninth St.): Fiona Hill presents “From Russia to the Rustbelts: Witnessing Domestic Fragility” and signs “There’s Nothing for You Here: Finding Opportunity in the 21st Century,” 5:15 p.m. Wednesday. Admission is $25. Register at ccwa.org.
Cuyahoga Falls Public Library (2015 Third St.): Tallmadge author Amanda Flower joins the Riverfront Readers Book Club as they discuss her intimate mystery “Farm to Trouble,” 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday. Register at cuyahogafallslibrary.org.
Wadsworth Library (132 Broad St.): Emilia Rosa reads from her novel “Finding Christina,” set in 1920s Rio de Janeiro, from 7-9 p.m. Thursday.
Cleveland City Club (850 Euclid Ave.): Jeffrey Nussbaum, former senior speechwriter for President Joe Biden and author of “Undelivered: The Never-Heard Speeches That Would Have Rewrite History,” is the City Club Forum speaker, followed by a signature book, 11:30 a.m. Friday. Tickets are $38; go to cityclub.org.
apple books (12419 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights): Raffaele Di Lallo signs “Houseplant Warrior: 7 Keys to Unlocking the Mysteries of Houseplant Care” and leads a “house plant clinic,” 1-3 p.m. Friday.
Akron-Summit County Public Library (Richfield Branch, 3761 S. Grant St.): Copley resident Mary E. Ciesa and Richfield illustrator Kristina Tartara read “Spiros the Soup-Eating Dinosaur” and hike the Carter Pedigo Trail behind the library, for children in kindergarten to grade 5, from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Register at akronlibrary.org.
Logo Library (976 W. Main St., Kent): Edie Bowman of Canton signs ‘God Every Moment: Nothing is Forbidden’, and Deborah Markowitz Solan of Cuyahoga Falls signs ‘Chesed (Mercy): A Jewish Woman’s Discovery of God’s Mercy , “11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Cleveland Public Library: Anita Hill, at the heart of Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearings, talks about “Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender-Based Violence” in a Zoom event at noon Saturday. Register at cpl.org.
Bookstore of the learned owl (204 N. Main St., Hudson): Molly Perry signs children’s adventure “The Game” and its sequel “The Letter from Sweet Abundance,” 1-3 p.m. Saturday.
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