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5/17: New at the library this week

Posted by Laura Haskins - Library Director on May 17, 2008

Movies:

The blue planet (5dvd boxed set)
The waterhorse (dvd)
I am David (dvd)
Reign over me (dvd)
The chronicles of Riddick (dvd)
The pagemaster (dvd)
The starman (dvd)
Goldfinger (videotape)
From Russia with love (videotape)

Books:

Hunting unicorns / Bella Pollen
Adrift in a rapidly changing world, the Bevans cling to tradition while wrestling with taxes, tree blight, and the need to keep the family skeleton firmly in the cupboard. Enter Maggie, an opinionated American journalist for the hard-hitting show Newsline. Far happier sending dispatches back from the trenches of war-torn anywhere, Maggie is none too pleased at being forced to research a documentary on the decline of England’s upper classes. When these two worlds collide, no one is prepared for the fallout. (read a sample chapter)

Laced / Carol Higgins Clark
Private Investigator Regan Reilly and her new husband, Jack, head of the NYPD Major Case Squad, are off to Ireland. But their very first night at romantic Hennessy Castle is interrupted by a fire alarm that distracts hotel employees from the theft of a valuable antique lace tablecloth out of the castle’s memorabilia room. A taunting note is left for Jack by the culprits — a notorious pair of jewel thieves whom he has been pursuing for over a year. Disguised as an elderly couple, they had checked out in the midst of the mayhem. Regan’s cousin Gerard Reilly, a Galway resident, is eager to help with the hunt, but their search takes as many twists and turns as the winding country roads of the Emerald Isle.(read a sample chapter)

Zapped / Carol Higgins Clark
Her feisty heroine, P.I. Regan Reilly, keeps readers laughing — but always looking over their shoulders.

Quicksand / Iris Johansen
Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan is still reeling from the disappearance of her daughter, Bonnie. Deciding to take matters into her own hands, she enlists the clairvoyant skills of Dr. Megan Blair to help find her. No strangers to looking for clues where there seem to be none, the two women use their highly specialized talents to hunt down Bonnie’s elusive kidnapper and return her to her mother’s arms. But is Bonnie still alive? Will the two women find her in time?

Fidelity / Thomas Perry
When Phil Kramer is shot dead on a deserted suburban street in the middle of the night, his wife, Emily, is left with an emptied bank account and a lot of questions. How could Phil leave her penniless? What was he going to do with the money? And, most of all, who was he if he wasn’t the man she thought she married? Jerry Hobart has some questions of his own. It’s none of his business why he was hired to kill Phil Kramer. But now that he’s been ordered to take out Kramer’s widow, he figures there’s a bigger secret at work—and maybe a bigger payoff. As they race to find the secret that Phil Kramer so masterfully hid, both Hobart and Emily must question where their true loyalties lie and how much they owe those who have been unfaithful to them. (read an exerpt)

The book of dead birds / Gayle Brandeis
Ava Sing Lo has been accidentally killing her mother’s birds since she was a little girl. Now in her twenties, Ava leaves her native San Diego for the Salton Sea, where she volunteers to help environmental activists save thousands of birds poisoned by agricultural runoff. Helen, her mother, has been haunted by her past for decades. As a young girl in Korea, Helen was drawn into prostitution on a segregated American army base. Several brutal years passed before a young white American soldier married her and brought her to California. When she gave birth to a black baby, her new husband quickly abandoned her, and she was left to fend for herself and her daughter in a foreign country.(read a sample chapter)

The birth of Venus / Sarah Dunant
Alessandra Cecchi is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back from northern Europe to decorate the chapel walls in the family’s Florentine palazzo. A child of the Renaissance, with a precocious mind and a talent for drawing, Alessandra is intoxicated by the painter’s abilities. But their burgeoning relationship is interrupted when Alessandra’s parents arrange her marriage to a wealthy, much older man. Meanwhile, Florence is changing, increasingly subject to the growing suppression imposed by the fundamentalist monk Savonarola, who is seizing religious and political control. Alessandra and her native city are caught between the Medici state, with its love of luxury, learning, and dazzling art, and the hellfire preaching and increasing violence of Savonarola’s reactionary followers. Played out against this turbulent backdrop, Alessandra’s married life is a misery, except for the surprising freedom it allows her to pursue her powerful attraction to the young painter and his art.(read an exerpt)

A prisoner of birth / Jeffrey Archer
If Danny Cartwright had proposed to Beth Wilson the day before, or the day after, he would not have been arrested and charged with the murder of his best friend. And when the four prosecution witnesses are a barrister, a popular actor, an aristocrat and the youngest partner in an established firm’s history, who is going to believe his side of the story? (read an exerpt in pdf format)

I am David / Anne Holm
Having escaped from the eastern European concentration camp where he has spent most of his life, a twelve-year-old boy struggles to cope with an entirely strange world as he flees northward to freedom in Denmark. (read an exerpt)

The bone garden / Tess Gerritsen
Present day: Julia Hamill has made a horrifying discovery on the grounds of her new home in rural Massachusetts: a skull buried in the rocky soil–human, female, and, according to the trained eye of Boston medical examiner Maura Isles, scarred with the unmistakable marks of murder.
Boston, 1830: In order to pay for his education, medical student Norris Marshall has joined the ranks of local “resurrectionists”–those who plunder graveyards and harvest the dead for sale on the black market. But when a distinguished doctor is found murdered and mutilated on university grounds,
Norris finds that trafficking in the illicit cadaver trade has made him a prime suspect. (read an exerpt)

Fight for life / Laurie Halse Anderson
Maggie’s grandmother runs an animal clinic, Dr. Mac’s place, so Maggie knows her way around animals who are in danger. when she learns that the abused and sick puppies flooding the clinic are from an illegal puppy mill, she knows that she has to find out who’s running it, where it is—and save the rest of the dogs. (American Girl Wild at Heart Series, #1; Age Range: 9 to 12)

Homeless / Laurie Halse Anderson
Sunita has always wanted a cat, but her parents are dead set against it. then she finds a group of strays living in the wild, and knows she can domesticate them—even though she’s been told that these are feral cats, who see humans as their enemies. First, she convinces Dr. Mac to examine the cats, fix them, and give them shots. then she wants to re-release the cats, now healthy, into the neighborhood. but the neighbors consider the cats dangerous pests. will her plan backfire? (American Girl Wild at Heart Series, #2; Age Range: 9 to 12)

The mysterious Benedict Society / Trenton Lee Stewart
Dozens of children respond to this peculiar ad in the newspaper and are then put through a series of mind-bending tests, which readers take along with them. Only four children-two boys and two girls-succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and inventive children could complete. To accomplish it they will have to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules. But what they’ll find in the hidden underground tunnels of the school is more than your average school supplies. So, if you’re gifted, creative, or happen to know Morse Code, they could probably use your help. (Age Range: 8 to 12; read a sample chapter)

The mysterious Benedict Society and the perilous journey / Trenton Lee Stewart
Children you must not come stop dangerous! The fabulous foursome readers embraced as The Mysterious Benedict Society is back with a new mission: to go on a mind-bending international scavenger hunt designed to engage their individual talents. As they search for all the clues and riddles Mr. Benedict has hidden for them, Reynie, Sticky, Kate, and Constance face an unexpected challenge that will reinforce the reasons they were brought together in the first place and require them to fight for the very namesake that united them. (Age Range: 8 to 12)

Oceans / Stephen Savage
Dive through the “layers” of the sea with world-renowned shark experts Ron and Valerie Taylor—from the sunlit zone through the twilight zone, until finally reaching the uncharted abyss. Visit the seabed to find out more about the plants, animals, and ghostly shipwrecks that can be found there. Along the way, peer through diecut portholes inside the Titanic, lift the transparent pages to reveal the inside of a submarine, discover what goes on inside an undersea laboratory, and consider all of the unknowns that wait below in the mysterious darkness of the unexplored depths. (Age Range: 9 to 11)

Rainforest / Jinny May Johnson
Follow the rain-forest expert Nalini Nadkarni as she climbs through layers offoliage, from the dark forest floor to the misty cloud canopy that teems with life. Visit the world’s most amazing habitat to see its huge variety of flora and fauna, from anteaters to pitcher plants, from piranhas to bromeliads. Readers open the panoramic gatefold to see which spectacular creatures live in each of the rain forest’s layers, then turn the acetates to reveal how the ancient Mayans worshipped at the jungle Temple of the Jaguar in 700 B.C. The journey ends in the giddy heights of the uppermost treetops, where few scientists dare to explore. (Age Range: 9 to 11)

Zen ties / Jon J. Muth
Summer has arrived — and so has Koo, Stillwater’s haiku-speaking young nephew. And when Stillwater encourages Koo, and his friends Addy, Michael, and Karl to help a grouchy old neighbor in need, their efforts are rewarded in unexpected ways. (Age Range: 5 to 8)

Grandma calls me Beautiful / Barbara M. Joosse
A companion to the best-selling Mama, Do You Love Me? and Papa, Do You Love Me?, this beautiful book captures the unique bond that exists between grandmother and grandchild. Set in Hawaii, the vibrant watercolor illustrations and lyrical text combine to capture the lush landscapes and unique traditions of Hawaiian culture, while at the same time conveying a universal message. Sure to be another instant classic. (Age Range: 5 to 8)

Duck soup / Jackie Urbanovic
Max the duck is cooking up an amazing soup. But what’s this? A feather floating in the soup! And where’s Max? Brody the dog, Dakota the cat, and Bebe the bird race about in their hilarious search for the missing Max. But remember, sometimes things just aren’t as they appear. (Age Range: 5 to 7)

Some Seldovia history / Susan B. English School students
A compilation of several reports, interviews and research projects done in 1976 & 1980.

[Note: All synopses are provided by the publisher unless otherwise noted and do not constitute reviews by the Seldovia Public Library.]

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