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23 Match, 1984 THE QUODDY TIDES Page 23 EASTPORT New books added to the shelves of Peavey Memorial Library included the following: Adult Fiction: The Journeyer- Gary Jennings Malicious Mischief- Lesley Egan The Wine of Violence- Lesley Egan A Garden Without Flowers- Mary Mc- Mullen Harvest of Yesterdays- Gladys Tabor Pet Cemetary- Stephen King Conversations with Amber-- Gladys Tabor Unless You Die Young- Gladys Carroll The Preacher Had Ten Kids- Francis Bradsher Hallowe'en Party- Agatha Christy Katie- Margaret Graham Smart Women-Judy Blume Adult Non-Fiction: Complete Guide to Needlework- Read- ers' Digest Needlecraft Easy- Good Housekeep- ing- First Person Rural- Perrin Noel All Things Bright and Beautiful- James Herriot Run Patty Run- Sheila Cragg War Within and Without- Ann Morrow Lindburgh The Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps- U.S. Postal Service Aceordian Man- Myron Floren Children: AlphabetA-Z- Walt Disney The Very Bumpy Bus Ride-Michaela Muntian Little Cloud- Robert Tellon A Good Fish Dinner- Barbara Walker The Housekeeper's Dog Jerry Smith The Simple Prince- Jane Yolen It Was a Short Summer- Charles Schultz Sleepy Time Tales The Goat Parade- Stephen Kroll Textile Workers Sheldon  Lunch- Bruce Lemerise Clara Joins the Circus- Michael Pellowski Those who donated some of the above books to the library include Gladys Shick, the Carter children, the Friends of the Library and the U.S. Postal Service. CAMPOBE LLO The children's wing, which is a favour- ite room in the Campobello Island Libra- ry, is teeming with books with interesting titles and covers. On the north wall, are many hooks concerned with animals-a long row of small well illustrated volumes all about dogs, large and small, from the little Pug to the Great Dane. If you have a.dog, or if there is one living near you, here are books which will help you to know about the right dog for a specific need-how to train a dog; guidance for proper feeding; the general care needed; and how to give your pet first aid, when required. Also in this part of the library are books about other pets-hamsters, ger- bils, kittens, fish and horses. There is an interesting book with the title The Story of Domestic Animals by Carroll Lane Fenton and Hermine B. Kitchen. It is all about dogs, sheep, goats, horses, don- keys, pigs, camels, rabbits, deer, eleph- ants and others, and tells how these ani- mals help us in so many ways. Moving along the shelves is a little " book with the very interesting title, No Mealses-No Mumps For Me by Paul Showers. Well illustrated, this is the story of how much innoculations have helped stop the spread of illness. On the shelves beside the big bay win- dow is a fine selection of the world fam- ous Beatrix Potter's children's classics. These delightful little books are beautiful- ly illustrated, and range from the The Tale of Floppy Bunnies to the Roly Poly Pudding. Right below and beside these gems, is a good selection of the ever fav- ourite Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew series. One could spend a long time in this room dedicated to the younger members of our island community, which is filled with happy reading for these winter days; and before leaving, it is important to mention the well known A nne of Green Gables books that will always bring joy to the hearts of the readers. All these and many more are here for you to enjoy-old time favourite books and new books to read and re-read. LUBEC New books at the Lubec Memorial Library are as follows: Adult Fiction Anthony Olcott- May Day in Magadan (Gift of Elsie Sheehan) Hank Searls- Overboard (Gift of Sandi Norris) Adult Non-Fiction Encyclopedia A mericana Annual, 1984 Consumer Guide, ed.- Preseription Drugs Ken Mayer The AIDS Fact Book Thomas Kilbride-Spinning and Weaving at Home Belle Meyers Knitting Know-How Christopher Hibbert ThePopes Ruth Monroe Kitchen Candlecrafting Christopher Finch- Rainbow Beatrice Brown- Alas. Queen A nne Lyn Tornabene- Long Live the King Francis Russell- A dams, an A m erican Dynasty Angela Fishburn- Making Lampshades The last five books were gifts of Sandi Norris. The following movie programs for adults have been cancelled: Wednesday, March 28 and Wednesday, April 11. THE GIFT + THAT KEEPS COMING : -- li k..._t. AS REGULARLY AS THE TIDES ; ,,,  The Quoddy Tides Please-enter siJbscription for: Name ............................................. Address ........................................... Zip or Postal Code ............... Gift Card from ...................................... Clip and Mail to: The Quoddy Tides, Box 213, Eastport, Me. 04631 $12.00 a year in Washington County, Me. or Charlotte County, N,B. $15.00 a year outside of these counties. i A PASSAMAQUODD Y LANGUAGE DICTIONARY that was originally funded by Title Vll for lndian Township is now being completed by David Francis of Pleasant Point. An incomplete edition of the dictionary will be printed this summer and will contain 5,000 words. (Susan Esposito Photo) LIFE IN RUSSIA by MichaelBinyon. Pantheon Books, 286 pp., $15.95. This extraordinary book is a knothole in the iron curtain that surrounds the Soviet Union. ThrOugh it the reader is given a close-up of the orchestrated life style of the ordinary Russian of today. Under their totalitarian form of govern- ment the shadowy, pervasive presence of the KGB, feared secret police, is endured without demur. So is the lack of tele- phone directories, street maps, and toilet paper, a product of "mystic value". Those who wish to bank their extra roubles are paid a flat 2 percent yearly; and the Church-in order to survive-has had to strike an unwritten bargain with the Sov- iets that it will promote the policies of the Soviet Union in the World Council of Churches. "Americans think little and know less about daily life in Russia," "remarks auth- or Michael Binyon. "Russians, on the other hand, think incessantly about life in the West". He speaks with authority. Following his graduation from Cambridge in 1967, Binyon taught for a year at the Minsk Pedagogical Institute, the first British teacher ever allowed in the Russian pro- vinces. Subsequent to that, he joined the staff of the London Times, working first in their Washington, D.C. bureau from 1975 to 1977. In 1978 the Times sent him to Moscow where he served as their foreign correspondent for four and a half years. Binyon believes that the fascination of the ordinary Russian for every aspect of American life is a stroke of rare good fortune for the West. Capitalize on it, he urges; Use it as the means to strength- en detente. Behind the iron curtain there is another impenetrable curtain, the cur- tain of containment. When detente col- lapses, the curtain of contaimaent drops, sealing off all contact of the Russian people with the West. As though by mag- ic the propaganda machine goes into high gear, revving up latent suspicions and insecurities. Western books and journals disappear from the shelves, Western films virtually vanish, seminar and internation- al gatherings become taboo, and the jam- ming of Western broadcasts is intensified. "More fundamentally, the breakdown of detente means that association with the West again means association with the enemy," stresses the author. "... things of no strategic or ideological im- portance become tainted, simply because they are linked to the Western way of life." Russians are touchy about their com- munist system of economics because it is clear to most of them that it is a mess, he says. The reason for this? According to Binyon the answer lies in what he terms "the tyranny of the Plan", the yearly quota system in which every factory, every service, every collective farm must meet quota goals set by the authorities. Since under communism there is no com- petition for business, there is no incen- tive to maintain standards of excellence. It doesn't matter how shoddy the pro- ducts, or how uneconomically they are produced. All that matters is to satisfy the demands of the Plan. However flawed their system of gov- ernment may be, the author throws cold water on the notion that Russians will ever revolt. "... there is a feeling of be- longing to a vast country, pride in the Soviet Union's position as a world power. It is a feeling reinforced day in, day out, by radio and television, by the message of the party... Belonging to a superpow- er is a source of pride that compensates for daily grumbles about shortages and hardships." Over-riding even this, how- ever, is their love of tile motherland. Russians are fiercely patriotic. Russian rulers are quick to exploit this intense swell of emotion. World War II has been renamed the Great Patriotic War and memorials to Russian war dead are everywhere-eternal flames guarded by children carrying real guns, enormous statues (exclusive of the compulsary one of Lenin in every town), vast war relic complexes from which float mournful dirges day and night. Russians are taught to greet foreigners with the catchphrase, "Let there be no more war" and the of. ficial Russian toast is "To peace". British writer Thomas Carlyle regarded all history as biography. If one agrees, then readers should feel themselves priv- ileged to read this brilliant reconstruction of the impressions gleaned by a thought- ful, even-handed journalist of the people behind the il:on curtain. Life in Russia, Binyon calls it and, indeed, that is just what it is.