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7/19: new at the library this week

Posted by Laura Haskins - Library Director on July 19, 2008

Movies:

Judgement day (dvd)
The AAI 2007 convention (dvd)
Growing up in the universe (dvd)
Root of all evil? : The uncut interviews (dvd)
Root of all evil? (dvd)

Books:

Change of heart / Jodi Picoult
One moment June Nealon was happily looking forward to years full of laughter and adventure with her family, and the next, she was staring into a future that was as empty as her heart. Now her life is a waiting game. Waiting for time to heal her wounds, waiting for justice. In short, waiting for a miracle to happen. (read an exerpt)

Out of Mao’s shadow : the struggle for the soul of a new China / Philip P. Pan
From the rusting factories in the industrial northeast to a tabloid newsroom in the booming south, from a small-town courtroom to the plush offices of the nation’s wealthiest tycoons, he tells the gripping stories of ordinary men and women fighting for political change. An elderly surgeon exposes the government’s cover-up of the SARS epidemic. A filmmaker investigates the execution of a young woman during the Cultural Revolution. A blind man is jailed for leading a crusade against forced abortions carried out under the one-child policy.

The young people who filled Tiananmen Square in the spring of 1989 saw their hopes for a democratic China crushed in a massacre, but Pan reveals that as older, more pragmatic adults, many continue to push for justice in different ways. They are survivors whose families endured one of the world’s deadliest famines during the Great Leap Forward, whose idealism was exploited during the madness of the Cultural Revolution, and whose values have been tested by the booming economy and the rush to get rich. (read a sample chapter)

The whole truth / David Baldacci
“Matt, I need a war.” So begins David Baldacci’s new book–a thriller unlike any he’s written before. “Matt” is Mathew Pender, of Pender Associates–a shadowy organization that specializes in managing seemingly impossible situations for its clients. Sometimes, those services extend to managing–and creating–armed conflict. When Matt Pender is asked by his client–the largest defense contractor in the world–to manipulate two nations against each other, a shocking and surprising series of events are set in motion that will possibly bring the world to the brink of World War III. (read a sample chapter)

Mercy Watson thinks like a pig / Kate DiCamillo
Eugenia and Baby Lincoln may live next door to a pig, but that doesn’t stop them from living a gracious life. And the amiable Mercy Watson is equally determined to follow the delightful scent (and delicious taste) of the pansies her thoughtful neighbors are planting to beautify their yard. “Where have all the flowers gone?” shouts Eugenia, who is finally ready to take extreme measures —- and dial Animal Control! Has Mercy’s swine song come at last? Or will her well-pampered instincts keep her in buttered toast? (Age Range: 6 to 8)

The law of similars / Christopher A. Bohjalian
From the number one bestselling author of Midwives comes this riveting medical thriller about a lawyer, a homeopath, and a tragic death. (read a exerpt)

Francesca’s kitchen / Peter Pezzelli
With her children grown and no family to pester, annoy, guide, love, and, of course, cook for, widowed Francesca feels useless. When she sees Loretta Simmons’s ad for a part-time nanny, Francesca is sure she’s found the answer. All the single mom wants is someone to fill in for a few hours a day, but it’s obvious to Francesca that Loretta and her kids need a lot more.

Recipes for easy living / Curtiss Ann Matlock
Christmas has come to Valentine, Oklahoma and everybody’s got a special wish . . . For thirteen-year-old Corrine, it’s really about keeping what she has: a happy life with her aunt Marilee and Papa Tate; her beloved horses; and an almost boyfriend, Ricky Dale. Now is not the time for the mother who abandoned her to come back into her life. (read a exerpt)

The architect / Keith R. Ablow
West Crosse is a genius at creating spaces uniquely fitting the people who will inhabit them. The catch: he works under a shroud of secrecy, charges his clients a fortune, and then sometimes, in the most skillful and horrifying ways, he kills them… (read a exerpt)

[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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