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7/12: New at the library this week

Posted by Laura Haskins - Library Director on July 12, 2008

Audiobooks:

Nevada Barr collection: blood lure, hunting season, flashback / Nevada Barr
Blood Lure (Bill Weideman, Melissa Coates): In Blood Lure, Anna returns to the West, where she is sent on a training assignment to study grizzly bears in Waterton/Glacier National Peace Park. But back in her beloved mountains, where the air is pure and cool, Anna fails to find the spiritual renewal she expected. Instead, nature seems to have become twisted, carrying a malevolence almost human in its focus.

Hunting Season (Ruth Bloomquist, Melissa Coates): When Anna answers a call to historic Mt. Locust, the last thing she expects to encounter is murder. But the man Anna finds in the stand’s old bedroom is no tourist in distress. He’s nearly naked, and very dead, his body bearing marks consistent with an S & M ritual gone awry. When hidden agendas and old allegiances are revealed, it’s suddenly Anna’s life on the line.

Flashback (Ruth Bloomquist, Mikael Naramore): Running from a proposal of marriage from Sheriff Paul Davidson, Anna Pigeon takes a post as a temporary supervisory ranger on remote Garden Key in Dry Tortugas National Park. This island paradise served as a prison for the Lincoln conspirators during and after the Civil War. When a mysterious boat explosion – and the discovery of unidentifiable body parts – keeps her anchored to the present, Anna finds crimes of past and present closing in on her. A tangled web that was woven before she arrived begins to threaten her sanity and her life. (abridged; cassette)

Games:

Gran Turismo 3 : A-spec (PlayStation 2)
Quidditch world cup (PlayStation 2)
Yu-Gi-Oh! : The dawn of destiny (XBox)
Prince of Persia : The two thrones (PlayStation 2)
Jak and Daxter : The precursor legacy (PlayStation 2)
Armored core (PlayStation 2)
Wave rally (PlayStation 2)
Star wars : Starfighter (PlayStation 2)
Terminator 3 : The redemption (PlayStation 2)
Dragonball Z : Budokai tenkaichi (PlayStation 2)

Movies:

Jumper (dvd)
The lives of others (dvd)
The ultimate gift (dvd)

Books:

Beautiful boy : a father’s journey through his son’s meth addiction / David Sheff
Sheff’s story is a first: a teenager’s addiction from the parent’s point of view—a real-time chronicle of the shocking descent into substance abuse and the gradual emergence into hope. Before meth, Sheff’s son Nic was a varsity athlete, honor student, and award-winning journalist. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who stole money from his eight-year-old brother and lived on the streets. With haunting candor, Sheff traces the first subtle warning signs, the denial (by both child and parents), the three A.M. phone calls (is it Nic? the police? the hospital?), the attempts at rehab, and, at last, the way past addiction. He shows us that, whatever an addict’s fate, the rest of the family must care for each other too, lest they become addicted to addiction. Meth is the fastest-growing drug in the United States, as well as the most addictive and the most dangerous—wreaking permanent brain damage faster than any other readily available drug. It has invaded every region and demographic in America. This book is the first that treats meth and its impact in depth. But it is not just about meth. Nic’s addiction has wrought the same damage that any addiction will wreak. His story, and his father’s, are those of any family that contains an addict—and one in three American families does. (read an exerpt)

What happened : inside the Bush White House and Washington’s culture of deception / Scott McClellan
Scott McClellan was one of a few Bush loyalists from Texas who became part of his inner circle of trusted advisers, and remained so during one of the most challenging and contentious periods of recent history. Drawn to Bush by his commitment to compassionate conservatism and strong bipartisan leadership, McClellan served the president for more than seven years, and witnessed day-to-day exactly how the presidency veered off course.

In this refreshingly clear-eyed book, written with no agenda other than to record his experiences and insights for the benefit of history, McClellan provides unique perspective on what happened and why it happened the way it did, including the Iraq war, Hurricane Katrina, Washington’s bitter partisanship, and two hotly contested presidential campaigns. He gives readers a candid look into who George W. Bush is and what he believes, and into the personalities, strengths, and liabilities of his top aides. Finally, McClellan looks to the future, exploring the lessons this presidency offers the American people as we prepare to elect a new leader. (read an exerpt)

Liberal fascism : the secret history of the American left, from Mussolini to the politics of meaning / Jonah Goldberg
Liberal Fascism offers a startling new perspective on the theories and practices that define fascist politics. Replacing conveniently manufactured myths with surprising and enlightening research, Jonah Goldberg reminds us that the original fascists were really on the left, and that liberals from Woodrow Wilson to FDR to Hillary Clinton have advocated policies and principles remarkably similar to those of Hitler’s National Socialism and Mussolini’s Fascism. (read an exerpt)

The zookeeper’s wife / Diane Ackerman
The Zookeeper’s Wife is about one of the most successful hideouts of World War II. It’s a tale of people, animals, transcendence, and subversive acts of compassion.

[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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