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2/16: New at the library this week

Posted by Laura Haskins - Library Director on February 16, 2008

Books:

Undertow / Sydney Bauer — Christina Haynes is the teenage daughter of a popular US Senator, and when she drowns moments after a conversation at sea with her best friend’s mother, Boston Lawyer David Cavanaugh faces his toughest case to date.

Boom! : voices of the sixties : personal reflections on the ’60s and today / Tom Brokaw — The author takes us on a tour of the turbulent 1960s, blending his personal reflections with firsthand accounts from the people that lived through it. (read an sample chapter)

The sea of monsters / Rick Riordan — Percy Jackson’s seventh-grade year has been surprisingly quiet. Not a single monster has set foot on his New York prep-school campus. But when an innocent game of dodgeball among Percy and his classmates turns into a death match against an ugly gang of cannibal giants, things get . . . well, ugly. And the unexpected arrival of Percy’s friend Annabeth brings more bad news: the magical borders that protect Camp Half-Blood have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and unless a cure is found, the only safe haven for demigods will be destroyed. (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series, #2; Age Range: 9 to 12)

The Titan’s curse / Rick Riordan — When the goddess Artemis goes missing, she is believed to have been kidnapped.And now it’s up to Percy and his friends to find out what happened. Who is powerful enough to kidnap a goddess? They must find Artemis before the winter solstice, when her influence on the Olympian Council could swing an important vote on the war with the titans. Not only that, but first Percy will have to solve the mystery of a rare monster that Artemis was hunting when she disappeared — a monster rumored to be so powerful it could destroy Olympus forever. (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series, #3; Age Range: 9 to 12)

The subtle knife / Philip Pullman — As the boundaries between worlds begin to dissolve, Lyra and her daemon help Will Parry in his search for his father and for a powerful, magical knife. (His Dark Materials Series #2; Age Range: Young Adult; read an exerpt)

The amber spyglass / Philip Pullman — Along with the return of Lyra, Will, Mrs. Coulter, Lord Asriel, Dr. Mary Malone, and Iorek Brynison the armored bear comes a host of new characters: the Mulefa, mysterious wheeled creatures with the power to see Dust; Chevalier Tialys and Lady Salmakia, hand-high spy-masters to Lord Asriel; and Metatron, a fierce and mighty angel. So, too, come startling revelations: the painful price Lyra must pay to walk though the land of the dead, the haunting power of Dr. Malone’s amber spyglass, and the names of who will live — and who will die — for love. And all the while, war rages with the Kingdom of Heaven, a brutal battle that — in its shocking outcome — will uncover the secret of Dust. (His Dark Materials Series, #3; Age Range: Young Adult; read an exerpt)

Third degree / Greg Iles — Laurel Shields, thirty-five and mother of two, awakens to find that her husband, Warren, a prominent local physician, is not in bed with her. Creeping out to the kitchen of their palatial home, she sees him through the doorway of his study, wildly pulling books from the shelves. Two weeks earlier, Warren and his partner were informed by the IRS that their medical practice was being audited; since then the stress on Dr. Shields has steadily ratcheted up.

The darkest evening of the year / Dean R. Koontz — Amy Redwing has dedicated her life to the southern California organization she founded to rescue abandoned and endangered golden retrievers. Among dog lovers, she’s a legend for the risks she’ll take to save an animal from abuse. Among her friends, Amy’s heedless devotion is often cause for concern. To widower Brian McCarthy, whose commitment she can’t allow herself to return, Amy’s behavior is far more puzzling and hides a shattering secret. (read an exerpt)

Guns, germs, and steel : the fates of human societies / Jared M. Diamond — Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Guns, Germs, and Steel is a brilliant work answering the question of why the peoples of certain continents succeeded in invading other continents and conquering or displacing their peoples. (table of contents)

The God delusion / Richard Dawkins — Richard Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes. He eviscerates the major arguments for religion and demonstrates the supreme improbability of a supreme being. He shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry, and abuses children, buttressing his points with historical and contemporary evidence. In so doing, he makes a compelling case that belief in God is not just irrational, but potentially deadly. (read an exerpt)

Prepared for rage / Dana Stabenow — A terrorist filled with resentment, an FBI analyst challenged to be three steps ahead of the intelligence, a Coast Guard captain assigned to keep watch on that very American of symbols from the water, an astronaut who takes her job very seriously–the paths of all of the characters converge on one clear morning in Florida. (read an exerpt)

The third chimpanzee : the evolution and future of the human animal / Diamond, Jared M. — We human beings share 98 percent of our genes with chimpanzees. Yet humans are the dominant species on the planet — having founded civilizations and religions, developed intricate and diverse forms of communication, learned science, built cities, and created breathtaking works of art — while chimps remain animals concerned primarily with the basic necessities of survival. What is it about that two percent difference in DNA that has created such a divergence between evolutionary cousins? (read an exerpt)

Finding Darwin’s God : a scientist’s search for common ground between God and evolution / Kenneth R. Miller — From a leading authority on the evolution debates comes this critically acclaimed investigation into one of the most controversial topics of our times (read an exerpt)

The evolutionists : the struggle for Darwin’s soul / Richard Morris — Nearly all scientists agree: evolution did happen and natural selection was its main driving force. And yet some are still fighting over certain aspects of the theory of evolution. In The Evolutionists, the highly praised author of more than a dozen books of popular science explores the fundamental questions about the evolutionary process that have provoked vehement disagreement among some of the world’s most prominent scientists, including Stephen Jay Gould, Niles Eldredge, John Maynard Smith, and Richard Dawkins. (read an exerpt)

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2 Responses to “2/16: New at the library this week”

  1. Savannah said

    The sea of monsters and The Titan’s curse continue the series begun with The lightning thief (we have that one too); there’s a fourth one out in the series and we’ll be getting it, too.

    This story just keeps getting better and better. Now we’ve not only got demi-gods with ADHD but whirlpools wearing braces, the internet invented by the god of thieves, and party ponies armed with paint guns. This is not your teacher’s Greek mythology:

    “Dude!” said a party pony as he unloaded his gear. “Did you see that bear guy? He was all like: ‘Whoa, I have an arrow in my mouth!'”

    My only quibble? There were two egregious errors in nautical terminology in the second volume. I was crushed.

  2. Jacalineld said

    well done, man

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