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3/4: New at the library this week

Posted by Laura Haskins - Library Director on March 4, 2008


Lord John and the private matter / Diana Gabaldon (cassettes)
The year is 1757. On a clear morning in mid-June, Lord John Grey emerges from London’s Beefsteak Club, his mind in turmoil. A nobleman and a high-ranking officer in His Majesty’s Army, Grey has just witnessed something shocking. But his efforts to avoid a scandal that might destroy his family are interrupted by something still more urgent: the Crown appoints him to investigate the brutal murder of a comrade in arms, who may have been a traitor. (read an exerpt)

Outlander / Diana Gabaldon (CD)
In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon—when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord…1743. (read an exerpt)

Dragonfly in amber / Diana Gabaldon (cassettes)
For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland’s majestic mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones …about a love that transcends the boundaries of time …and about James Fraser, a Scottish warrior whose gallantry once drew a young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his . (read an exerpt)

The Hades factor / Robert Ludlum; Gayle Lynds (cassettes)
A homeless man in Boston, an Army Major in California, and a teenage girl in Atlanta all die suddenly and painfully – each a victim of a hitherto unknown, fast-acting viral agent. Col. Jonathon Smith, a combat doctor attached to the United States Army Research Institute of Infectious Disease assigned to investigate the virus, is first warned off by a shadowy FBI contact, then barely survives an attempt on his life. Not knowing where to turn, or who to trust, Smith assembles a private team to aid his search for the truth behind the deadly virus – a quest that leads them to the highest levels and the darkest corners of the world. (read an exerpt)


Hollowpoint / Rob Reuland
There was a time when Assistant District Attorney Andrew Giobberti pursued his job with vigor and a certain glee. He sent hundreds of perps upstate and commanded the respect of the tough Brooklyn cops whose investigations he steered. Now he mostly thinks about his next drink and the girl he can persuade to share it with him. A hand has reached into his chest and removed something that made the whole machine run. She was five years old, and her name was Opal. (read an exerpt)

Mayflower : a story of courage, community, and war / Nathaniel Philbrick
As Philbrick reveals in this electrifying new history of the Pilgrims, the story of Plymouth Colony was a fifty-five year epic that began in peril and ended in war. New England erupted into a bloody conflict that nearly wiped out the English colonists and natives alike. These events shaped the existing communities and the country that would grow from them. (read an sample chapter)

The boy in the striped pajamas / John Boyne
When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their home to a new house far far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence running alongside stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people he can see in the distance.But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different to his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences. (Age Range: Young Adult; read an sample chapter)

A daughter’s a daughter and other novels : A daughter’s daughter, Unfinished portrait, The burden / Mary Westmacott
First published between 1930 and 1956, the six novels written by Agatha Christie under the name Mary Westmacott, regarded by some as the writer’s finest work, show a very different side of her talent. What they share with her other fiction is Christie’s gift for sharp observations about people, the ambitions that drive them, their relationships, and the conflicts that erupt between them. This omnibus edition brings together three of the Westmacott novels

An incomplete revenge / Jacqueline Winspear
In her fifth outing, the extraordinary Psychologist and Investigator, Maisie Dobbs, investigates a strange series of crimes in a small rural community (Maisie Dobbs Series, #5)

Strange, odd, how things work out / Bob Madden
The self-published memoir of Bette Madden, including photos and an account of the couple’s residence in Seldovia in 1941.

Howl’s moving castle / Diana Wynne Jones
In the land of Ingary, such things as spells, invisible cloaks, and seven-league boots were everyday things. The Witch of the Waste was another matter. After fifty years of quiet, it was rumored that the Witch was about to terrorize the country again. So when a moving black castle, blowing dark smoke from its four thin turrets, appeared on the horizon, everyone thought it was the Witch. The castle, however, belonged to Wizard Howl, who, it was said, liked to suck the souls of young girls. The Hatter sisters–Sophie, Lettie, and Martha–and all the other girls were warned not to venture into the streets alone. But that was only the beginning. (Age Range: 10; read an exerpt)

Austenland / Shannon Hale
Jane Hayes is a seemingly normal young New Yorker, but she has a secret. Her obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, is ruining her love life: no real man can compare. But when a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane’s fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become realer than she ever could have imagined. (read an sample chapter)

Ethnic knitting discovery : the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, and the Andes / Donna Druchunas
Donna Druchunas presents traditional knitting designs and techniques from across the globe in step-by-step fashion. She begins with what ethnic knitting is, what you don’t need to know, and color tips. For each location, she offers brief knitting-specific history, key techniques, and a handful of versatile patterns (texture or color). An introductory project lets the reader practice new skills, which are then applied to the knitting of individually designed pullover sweaters. (table of contents)

The breadwinner / Deborah Ellis
Young Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan. Because he has a foreign education, her father is arrested by the Taliban, the religious group that controls the country. Since women cannot appear in public unless covered head to toe, or go to school, or work outside the home, the family becomes increasingly desperate until Parvana conceives a plan. She cuts her hair and disguises herself as a boy to earn money for her family. Parvana’s determination to survive is the force that drives this novel set against the backdrop of an intolerable situation brought about by war and religious fanaticism. (Age Range: 9 to 12)

Parvana’s journey / Deborah Ellis
The Taliban still control Afghanistan, but Kabul is in ruins. Parvana’s father has just died, and her mother, sister, and brother could be anywhere in the country. Parvana knows she must find them. Despite her youth, Parvana sets out alone, masquerading as a boy. She soon meets other children who are victims of war — an infant boy in a bombed-out village, a nine-year-old girl who thinks she has magic powers over landmines, and a boy with one leg. The children travel together, forging a kind of family out of sheer need. (Age Range: 12 and up)

Three wishes : Palestinian and Israeli children speak / Deborah Ellis
After visiting the region to conduct interviews, she presents their stories here — in their own words. Twelve-year-old Nora, eleven-year-old Mohammad, and many others speak directly about their lives — which prove to be both ordinary and extraordinary: They argue with their siblings. They hate spinach. They have wishes for the future. Yet they have also seen their homes destroyed and families killed, and live amidst constant upheaval and violence.This simple, telling book allows young readers everywhere to see that the children caught in this conflict are just like them — but living far more difficult and dangerous lives. Without taking sides, it presents an unblinking portrait of children victimized by the endless struggle around them. (Age Range: Young Adult)

Ice trap / Kitty Sewell
At the height of his career, a British surgeon has found success in both the hospital and at home. He and his wife have everything they want out of life, except the child she longs for, the child Dr. Woodruff secretly believes he may never be ready to parent.
Suddenly, the delicate equilibrium of their relationship is blown apart by the arrival of shocking news. Deep in the desolate sub-Arctic wilderness of Canada where Woodruff lived and worked years before, a woman claims he is the father of her thirteen-year-old twins.
Woodruff knows it cannot be true — but DNA tests don’t lie. (read an sample chapter)


3 Responses to “3/4: New at the library this week”

  1. Savannah said

    The book version of Howl’s moving castle is a bit different from the Miyazaki anime we have in our dvd collection. Although it’s still suitable for younger readers (and has been on the state Battle of the Books list in the past), it, like Shannon Hale’s Goose Girl series of updated fairy tales, has a depth of character that rewards a thoughtful or older reader. In this story, no one is as simple as they first seem, whether it’s the enigmatic Howl or just the madly hopping scarecrow.

  2. Savannah said

    The breadwinner and Parvana’s journey should really be read together, since the second volume follows shortly after the first and really benefits from the introduction of characters and setting in the first volume. While younger readers will have no real problems with the text, these books are a great read-along for adults, providing an opportunity to discuss the cultural differences (and the very sad events) portrayed in this look at womens’ and girls’ life under the Taliban.

  3. Savannah said

    While I’m no particular fan of chicklit, Austenland shouldn’t be passed over as nothing but a frothy romance (although it’s certainly got that going, too, as the protagonist struggles to come to peace with her long list of failed loves). This is also for literary fans of Austen, who will enjoy how the threads of the protagonist’s fantasy life in the Austen theme park play out against her very real life and relationships. Overall, a light but satisfying read.

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