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12/10: New at the library this week

Posted by Laura Haskins - Library Director on December 10, 2007

Audiobooks:

  • Mount Vernon love story: a novel of George and Martha Washington / Mary Higgins Clark — The novel charts the course of George’s tentative courtship of the young widow Martha Custis. (read an exerpt)
  • Little altars everywhere / Rebecca Wells — The story unfolds in the alternating voices of Vivi and her husband, Big Shep, along with Sidda and her siblings, as well as the almost-but-not-quite family Chaney and Willetta. Wells embraces nearly thirty years of life on the Walker plantation in Thornton, Louisiana, where the cloying air of the bayou and a web of family secrets at once shelters, traps, and defines this utterly original community of souls. (read a sample chapter)
  • A tree grows in Brooklyn / Betty Smith — The story of young, sensitive, and idealistic Francie Nolan and her bittersweet formative years in the slums of Williamsburg. (read a sample chapter)
  • Balance of power / Richard North Patterson — President Kerry Kilcannon and his fiancée, television journalist Lara Costello, have at last decided to marry. But their wedding is followed by a massacre of innocents in a lethal burst of gunfire, challenging their marriage and his presidency in ways so shattering and indelibly personal that Kilcannon vows to eradicate gun violence and crush the most powerful lobby in Washington–the Sons of the Second Amendment (SSA). (read an exerpt)


DVDs:

Videos:

  • I love to laugh! : Disney’s Sing along songs

Books:

  • The race / Richard North Patterson — Can an honest man become President? In a timely and provocative novel, a maverick Republican candidate takes on the ruthless machinery of American politics.
  • Murder on K Street / Margaret Truman — Arriving home after a fundraising dinner at a D.C. hotel, Illinois senior senator Lyle Simmons finds his wife brutally murdered on the foyer floor. Detective Charles Chang is determined to find out why.
  • The lightning thief / Rick Riordan — Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse — Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends — one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena — Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods. (Age Range: 9 to 12)
  • Creation in death / J. D. Robb — NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas keeps the streets of a near-future New York City safe in this extraordinary series. But even she makes mistakes, and is haunted by those she couldn’t save-and the killers she couldn’t capture. When the body of a young brunette is found in East River Park, artfully positioned and marked by signs of prolonged and painful torture, Eve is catapulted back to a case nine years earlier.
  • The last noel / Heather Graham — With a storm paralyzing New England, the O’Boyle household becomes prey to a pair of brutal escaped killers desperate to find refuge. Skyler O’Boyle is convinced the only way they can live through the night is by playing a daring psychological game to throw the convicts off their guard. Threatened by a pair of Smith & Wessons, she has to pray that the rest of her family will play along, buying them time. Her one hope for rescue is that the men are unaware that her daughter, Kat, has escaped into the blizzard. (read an exerpt)
  • Reserved for the cat / Mercedes Lackey — In 1910, in an alternate London, a penniless young dancer is visited by a cat who communicates with her mind to mind. Though she is certain she must be going mad, she is desperate enough to follow the cat’s advice and impersonates a famous Russian ballerina. The cat, it turns out, is actually an Elemental Earth Spirit, and leads her to minor stardom. (Elemental Masters Series, #5)
  • Utter incompetents : ego and ideology in the age of Bush / Thomas Oliphant — The problem wasn’t just Iraq. It didn’t even start with Iraq. It was bigger than Iraq. In fact, it was everything George W. Bush touched, from the very early flop on energy policy to the walking fiasco named Alberto Gonzales. Even adding the tragicomedy of Hurricane Katrina doesn’t come close to describing the governmental catastrophe of the Bush administration. The collapse of the Bush presidency is a broadly acknowledged fact. Everyone who’s anyone, from politicians to comedians, has taken shots at this ever-growing target. By any fair assessment, much of the past seven years has been disastrous. The challenge is to understand why.
  • Lord John and the hand of devils / Diana Gabaldon — Lord John and the Hellfire Club marks the first appearance of Lord John outside the Outlander novels. A young diplomat who had begged for Lord John’s help is killed before he can explain his need. In Lord John and the Succubus, Grey’s assignment as liaison to a Hanoverian regiment in Germany finds him caught between two threats: the advancing French and Austrian army, and the menace of a mysterious “night-hag,” who spreads fear and death among the troops. Finally, in Lord John and the Haunted Soldier, Lord John is called to the Arsenal at Woolwich to answer a Royal Commission of Enquiry’s questions regarding a cannon that exploded during the battle of Krefeld. (read a sample chapter)
  • Peter & the secret of Rundoon / Dave Barry; Ridley Pearson — In this action-packed finale to the Starcatchers series, Peter and Molly find themselves in the dangerous land of Rundoon, ruled by an evil king who enjoys watching his pet snake consume those who displease him. But that’s just the beginning of problems facing our heroes, who once again find themselves pitted against the evil shadow-creature Lord Ombra in a struggle to save themselves, not to mention the planet. (Starcatchers Series, #3; Age Range: 12 and up) Librarian’s note: Yes, we have the whole series.
  • The writer’s brush : paintings, drawings, and sculpture by writers / Donald Friedman — Author Donald Friedman has gathered 400 paintings, drawings, and scultpure–many from private collections, never before published–by more than 200 of the world’s most famous writers, including 13 Nobel laureates.
  • Perfect recipes for having people over / Pam Anderson — Having your friends over is no big deal when you have the perfect recipe, one that’s not only foolproof but simple and that fits into your hectic schedule. In her new cookbook, Pam Anderson shares nearly 200 perfectly convenient dishes.
  • The Christmas song : chestnuts roasting on an open fire / Mel Tormé — From decorating the tree to opening gifts around the fireplace, Christmas is a time full of wonder and delight. When the celebration is shared with family and friends, the feelings of hope and joy become even more meaningful and cherished. (Age Range: 5 to 7)
  • Great joy / Kate DiCamillo — It is just before Christmas when an organ grinder and monkey appear on the street corner outside Frances’s apartment. Frances can see them from her window and, sometimes, when it’s quiet, she can hear their music. In fact, Frances can’t stop thinking about them, especially after she sees the man and his monkey sleeping outside on the cold street at midnight. When the day of the Christmas pageant arrives, and it’s Frances’s turn to speak, everyone waits silently. But all Frances can think about is the organ grinder’s sad eyes — until, just in time, she finds the perfect words to share. (Age Range: 5 to 8)
  • Winter’s gift / Jane Monroe Donovan — It may be Christmastime but on a small, forlorn farm the holiday season is best forgotten, along with painful memories of loved ones lost. Mother Nature has other plans, however, and a chance snowstorm brings together two unlikely hearts, one human and one beast, yet both yearning for comfort, companionship, and that most elusive gift of all, hope. (Age Range: 4 to 10)
  • Move over, Rover / Karen Beaumont — It’s raining cats and dogs! Good thing Rover is snuggled safe and dry inside his doghouse–until, one by one, a soggy menagerie of creatures shows up looking for a cozy place to sit out the storm. But who’s the very unwelcome surprise visitor? Skunk, of course. Suddenly that doghouse isn’t quite so crowded after all! (Age Range: 3 to 7)
  • Family after all : Alaska’s Jesse Lee home / Ray Hudson — is a two-volume collection of writings and reminiscences by and about the children and adults who called Jesse Lee “home” over three-quarters of a century. Poet/artist/historian Raymond Hudson, well-acquainted with Unalaska, has written Volume I.
  • Self-made man : one woman’s journey into manhood and back again / Norah Vincent — Norah spent a year and a half disguised as her male alter ego, Ned, exploring what men are like when women aren’t around. As Ned, she joins a bowling team, takes a high-octane sales job, goes on dates with women (and men), visits strip clubs, and even manages to infiltrate a monastery and a men’s therapy group. (read an exerpt)
  • Kick ass : selected columns of Carl Hiaasen / Carl. Hiaasen — Readers who eagerly anticipate each new Carl Hiaasen novel will relish this selection of his Miami Herald columns, written with the same dark humor and satirical edge as the rest of Hiaasen’s brilliant and nationally acclaimed fiction. (table of contents)
  • A man without a country / Kurt Vonnegut — Kurt Vonnegut’s hilariously funny and razor-sharp look at life (“If I die–God forbid–I would like to go to heaven to ask somebody in charge up there, ‘Hey, what was the good news and what was the bad news?”), art (“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.”), politics (“I asked former Yankees pitcher Jim Bouton what he thought of our great victory over Iraq and he said, ‘Mohammed Ali versus Mr. Rogers.’”), and the condition of the soul of America today (“What has happened to us?”). (read a sample chapter)
  • Once upon a day / Lisa Tucke — Nineteen years ago, a famous man disappeared from Hollywood, taking his two children to a rocky, desolate corner of New Mexico where he raised them in complete isolation in a utopian “Sanctuary.” Now, Dorothea, the man’s twenty-three-year-old daughter, is leaving this place for the first time, in search of her missing brother. Dorothea’s search will turn into an odyssey of discovery, leading to the shocking truth about her family’s past and the terrifying events of that day that drove her father to flee Los Angeles in a desperate attempt to protect his children from a dangerous world. (read an exerpt)
  • The almost moon / Alice Sebold — For years Helen Knightly has given her life to others: to her haunted mother, to her enigmatic father, to her husband and now grown children. When she finally crosses a terrible boundary, her life comes rushing in at her in a way she never could have imagined.
  • Fire in the blood / Irène Némirovsky — starts quietly, lyrically, but then races away with revelations and narrative twists in a story about young women forced into marriages with old men, about mothers and daughters, stepmothers and stepdaughters, youthful passions and the regrets of old age, about peasant communities and the ways they hide their secrets. (read an exerpt)
  • Blonde faith / Walter Mosley — Easy Rawlins, L.A.’s most reluctant detective, comes home one day to find Easter, the daughter of his friend Chrismas Black, left on his doorstep. Easy knows that this could only mean that the ex-marine Black is probably dead, or will be soon. Easter’s appearance is only the beginning, as Easy is immersed in a sea of problems. The love of his life is marrying another man and his friend Mouse is wanted for the murder of a father of 12. (Easy Rawlins Mystery Series; read a sample chapter)
  • Jack Plank tells tales / Natalie Babbitt — The author of the Newbery Honor Book Tuck Everlasting delivers a new adventure about a young man who started out to be a pirate, but just didn’t seem to have the knack for it and seeks a new career. (Age Range: 8)
  • Works of Guy de Maupassant / Guy de Maupassant —
  • Brotherly love / Pete Dexter — The sun was rising over Moat County, Florida, when Sheriff Thurmond Call was found on the highway, gutted like an alligator. A local redneck was tried,sentenced, and set to fry. Then Ward James, hotshot investigative reporter for the Miami Times, returns to his rural hometown with a death row femme fatale who promises him the story of the decade. She’s armed with explosive evidence, aiming tofree—and meet—her convicted “fiancé.”
  • Edward’s eyes / Patricia MacLachlan — Jake is a part of an extraordinary family. He has a life filled with art, music, and long summer nights on the Cape. He has hours and days and months of baseball. But, more than anything in this world, Jake knows he has Edward. From the moment he was born, Jake knew Edward was destined for something. Edward could make anyone laugh and everyone think. (Age Range: 8 to 12)
  • Into the wild / Jon Krakauer — In April 1992, a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. He had given $25,000 in savings to a charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet and invented a life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. (read an exerpt)
  • Up high in the trees / Kiara Brinkman — Following the sudden death of Sebby’s mother, his father takes Sebby to live in the family’s summerhouse, hoping it will give them both time and space to recover. But Sebby’s father deteriorates in this new isolation, leaving Sebby struggling to understand his mother’s death alone, dreaming and even re-living moments of her life. He ultimately reaches out to a favorite teacher back home and to two nearby children who force him out of the void of the past and help him to exist in the present. (read a sample chapter)
  • The book of air and shadows / Michael Gruber — A distinguished Shakespearean scholar found tortured to death . . .A lost manuscript and its secrets buried for centuries . . .An encrypted map that leads to incalculable wealth . . . (read a sample chapter)
  • The air we breathe / Andrea Barrett — In Fall 1916, Americans debate whether to enter the European war. “Preparedness parades” march and headlines report German spies. But in an isolated town in the Adirondacks, the danger is barely felt. At Tamarack Lake the focus is on the sick. Wealthy tubercular patients live in private cure cottages; charity patients, mainly immigrants, fill the public sanatorium. For all, time stands still.
  • A family Christmas / Caroline Kennedy — Caroline shares the Christmas poetry, prose, scriptural readings, and lyrics that are most dear to her, drawing on authors as diverse as Harper Lee, Nikki Giovanni, Martin Luther King Jr., Billy Collins, John and Yoko, and Charles Dickens. There are also many lesser-known gems throughout and personal treasures from her own family — including a young Caroline’s Christmas list to Santa Claus and a letter from her father as President to a child concerned about Santa’s well-being.
  • Igraine the brave / Cornelia Caroline Funke — Igraine, who turns twelve tomorrow, dreams of becoming a famous knight. But today, like most days, life at the family castle remains . . . rather boring.
    Until the nefarious nephew of the baroness-next-door shows up. (Age Range: 9 to 12)
  • Powers / Ursula K. Le Guin — Young Gav can remember the page of a book after seeing it once, and, inexplicably, he sometimes “remembers” things that are going to happen in the future. As a loyal slave, he must keep these powers secret, but when a terrible tragedy occurs, Gav, blinded by grief, flees the only world he has ever known. And in what becomes a treacherous journey for freedom, Gav’s greatest test of all is facing his powers so that he can come to understand himself and finally find a true home. (Age Range: Young Adult; read an exerpt) Librarian’s note: Yes, we have the whole series.
  • I’ll see you in the morning / Mike Jolley; Mique Moriuchi — This dreamy little book is like a hug and a kiss goodnight. Reassuring and loving, with a padded cover and foil cover highlights, it’s sure to become a favorite part of every child’s goodnight ritual. (Age Range: For infants or children in preschool)
  • Christmas remembered / Tomie De Paola — In this unique collection, Tomie dePaola shares his love of Christmas and all the delightful twists his life has taken. Christmas Remembered is a delightful window into the life of one of the great American children’s book author/ artists. (Age Range: 8 to 12)
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