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2/2: New at the library this week

Posted by Laura Haskins - Library Director on February 3, 2008

Audiobooks:

A wrinkle in time / Madeleine L’Engle — Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg’s father, who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government. (Age Range: 12 and up: Time Quartet Series, #1; read an sample chapter; casettes)

The Eyre affair / Jasper Fforde — When asked to summarize his creation is a single sentence, Jasper Fforde described it as “a literary detective thriller with romantic overtones, mad-inventor uncles, aunts trapped in Wordsworth poems, global multinationals, scheming evildoers, an excursion inside the novel Jane Eyre, dodos, knight-errant-time-traveling fathers, and the answer to the eternal question: Who really wrote Shakespeare’s plays?” (Thursday Next Series, #1; read an exerpt)

Movies:

Underworld (dvd)

Games:

Dark Alliance II / The anticipated sequel has arrived. Embark on a new adventure in Baldur’s Gate and brave terrible dangers in search of fortune, glory, and power. Face a multitude of sinister enemies while traveling through many spectacular environments in this action-packed fantasy game. Rid the lands of chaos, mastering skills, spells, and deadly weapons the fate of thousands hangs in the balance. (Playstation 2)

Books:

Abandon; / Carla Neggers — A missing federal informant. A fugitive on the loose. And a new deputy marshal who’s already broken her own rules. On what is supposed to be a quiet long weekend in New Hampshire, Deputy U.S. Marshal Mackenzie Stewart is viciously attacked at the lakefront cottage of her friend, Federal Judge Bernadette Peacham. Mackenzie fends off her attacker, but he manages to escape. Everything suggests he’s a deranged drifter—until FBI Special Agent Andrew Rook arrives. (read an sample chapter)

Breakwater / Carla Neggers — Three months ago Quinn Harlowe left the high-pressure hallways of the Justice Department to become an independent consultant and have more control over her life — maybe even have a life. But the nirvana of her new gig is short-lived when Quinn discovers her friend and former colleague Alicia Morrow dead outside Quinn’s bayside cottage. Suicide? Quinn is doubtful. (read an exerpt)

Almost a crime / Penny Vincenzi — Meet Tom and Octavia Fleming. Attractive, rich and madly successful, the pair appeared to have the perfect power marriage until an affair leaves their lives in fatal danger. For this is no ordinary affair, but one that leads to life-threatening terror from which nothing and no one in the Flemings’ charmed circle can escape: not their children, not their friends, not even the one thing that seemed beyond reach – their own professional success.

The glass castle / Jeannette Walls — Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and above all, how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary, who painted and wrote and couldn’t stand the responsibility of providing for her family, called herself an “excitement addict.” Cooking a meal that would be consumed in fifteen minutes had no appeal when she could make a painting that might last forever. Later, when the money ran out, or the romance of the wandering life faded, the Walls retreated to the dismal West Virginia mining town — and the family — Rex Walls had done everything he could to escape. He drank. He stole the grocery money and disappeared for days. As the dysfunction of the family escalated, Jeannette and her brother and sisters had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they weathered their parents’ betrayals and, finally, found the resources and will to leave home. (read an sample chapter)

The night watch / Sarah Waters — Moving back through the 1940s, through air raids, blacked-out streets, illicit liasons, and sexual adventure, to end with its beginning in 1941, The Night Watch tells the story of Londoners: three women and a young man with a past-whose lives, and those of their friends and lovers, connect in ways that are surprising not always known to them. In wartime London, the women work-as ambulance drivers, ministry clerks, and building inspectors. There are feats of heroism, epic and quotidian, and tragedies both enormous and personal, but the emotional interiors of her characters that Waters captures with absolute and intimacy.

Saffron skies / Lesley Naa Norle Lokko — In this sweeping family saga, Amber Sall has the world on a platter–everything a girl could ever want. She has a handsome, powerbroker father, an older brother she adores, scads of money, and two best friends, Becky and Madeline. But none of that satisfies her lifelong desire to win her father’s love, and for success in a career on the basis of her own talents, not her family’s power and money. Watching her beloved brother fail both tests only makes Amber more determined to succeed. Through the decades, she and Becky and Madeline need each other’s support through the best and the worst that women can experience, but can their friendship survive?

Bread alone / Judith Ryan Hendricks — Thirty-one-year-old Wynter Morrison is lost when her husband leaves her for another woman. Desperate for a change, she moves to Seattle, where she spends aimless hours at a local bakery sipping coffee and inhaling the sweet aromas of freshly-made bread. These visits bring back memories of the time she aprenticed at a French boulangerie, when her passion for bread-making nearly led her to leave college and become a baker. (read an exerpt)

The girls / Amy Goldman Koss — One Saturday morning a girl finds out that her group of friends, for reasons unknown, has decided to exclude her. As the short novel moves over the course of the weekend, five girls narrate in turns, each moving the story forward as well as providing sometimes unwitting commentary on her friends’ versions of events. The story is the stuff of series paperbacks, but Koss succeeds in taking it to its dramatic core without becoming generic.

The face on the milk carton / Caroline B. Cooney — No one ever really paid close attention to the faces of the missing children on the milk cartons. But as Janie Johnson glanced at the face of the ordinary little girl with her hair in tight pigtails, wearing a dress with a narrow white collar—a three-year-old who had been kidnapped twelve years before from a shopping mall in New Jersey—she felt overcome with shock. She recognized that little girl—it was she. How could it possibly be true? Janie can’t believe that her loving parents kidnapped her, but as she begins to piece things together, nothing makes sense. Something is terribly wrong. Are Mr. and Mrs. Johnson really Janie’s parents? And if not, who is Janie Johnson, and what really happened? (Janie Johnson Series, #1; read an exerpt)

Whatever happened to Janie? / Caroline B. Cooney — No one ever paid attention to the faces of missing children on milk cartons. But as Janie Johnson glanced at the face of the little girl who had been taken twelve years ago, she recognized that little girl–it was herself. The mystery of the kidnapping is unraveled, but the nightmare is not over. The Spring family wants justice, but who is to blame? It’s difficult to figure out what’s best for everyone. Janie Johnson or Janie Spring? There’s enough love for everyone, but how can the two separate families live happily ever after? (Janie Johnson Series, #2)

The voice on the radio / Caroline B. Cooney — Janie’s life finally seems to be settling down. But she really misses Reeve Shields, her boyfriend who is away at college. Reeve is overwhelmed by his new college life, and when he is asked to host a late-night radio show, he cannot turn it down. But he is stressed, and he finds himself spilling Janie’s secrets on the air, certain that Janie will never find out. But will Janie have to pay for Reeve’s lapse in judgement? (Janie Johnson Series, #3; read an exerpt)

Burning up / Caroline B. Cooney — Fifteen-year-old Macey Clare has always loved her quiet, beautiful Connecticut hometown. It’s the place where her grandparents live, the place where her mother grew up. Macey is looking forward to the summer to come. She’s hoping for fun and romance with her neighbor’s perfect grandson Austin. But when Macey wants to research the facts behind who set fire to a barn across the street from her grandparent’s home, she is shocked no one wants to answer questions about the place that burned down 38 years ago. And when a tragedy strikes a new friend who lives in the inner city, something clicks in Macey. She must discover her own true colors and face whatever it is she is going to find. Can she stand alone and take responsibility for the present while uncovering the past? (read an exerpt)

Everyday Italian : 125 simple and delicious recipes / Giada De Laurentiis — Everyday Italian is true to its title: the fresh, simple recipes are incredibly quick and accessible, and also utterly mouth-watering-perfect for everyday cooking. And the book is focused on the real-life considerations of what you actually have in your refrigerator and pantry (no mail-order ingredients here) and what you’re in the mood for-whether a simply sauced pasta or a hearty family-friendly roast, these great recipes cover every contingency.

Lirael, daughter of the Clayr / Garth Nix — Lirael has never felt like a true daughter of the Clayr. Abandoned by her mother, ignorant of her father’s identity, Lirael resembles no one else in her large extended family living in the Clayr’s Glacier. She doesn’t even have the Sight — the ability to see into the present and possible futures — that is the very birthright of the Clayr. (Abhorsen Trilogy Series #2; Age Range: Young Adult; read an sample chapter)

Abhorsen / Garth Nix —Abhorsen-In-Waiting Lirael and Prince Sameth, a Wallmaker, must confront and bind the evil spirit Oranis before it can destroy all life. (Abhorsen Trilogy Series #3; Age Range: Young Adult)

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One Response to “2/2: New at the library this week”

  1. Savannah said

    I’m reading Lirael and Abhorsen right now, having just loved the first book in this series, Sabriel, when I read it some years ago (the school library used to have a copy of this; don’t know if it still does). It’s certainly a series that lays a lot of its groundwork in the first volume, but I’m not sure it’s entirely necessary to start there because enough is explained in the second that you can just pick it up and enjoy it alone. What sets this series apart from a lot of the more typical swords/magic/quest fantasy is its own particular brand of bad guys (the Dead) and its well-developed geopolitical setting in which a realm of magic exists right across a somewhat ambiguous border from a more mundane realm that doesn’t quite believe in it. So, borrowing from both the zombie and borderlands genres as well as the stock coming-of-age novel, this series carves out its own appealing niche.

    Who is it for? It has strong male and female characters both, and while they are young enough for teens to identify with them, they are not so childish that adult readers will be bored with them. Although often classed as a YA series, I think this one is plenty mature enough for adults (where “mature” is not being used as a weasely term for sex). Also, it has librarians who set off on great adventures and tackle fearsome foes. How cool is that?

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