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10/18: New at the library this week

Posted by Laura Haskins - Library Director on October 18, 2008

Movies:

Suicide kings (DVD)
88 minutes (DVD)
Nim’s island (DVD)
Uncovered : The war on Iraq (DVD)
Premonition (DVD)

Books:

A year since yesterday / George Edward Zintel
Evan Hayden was a loving, devoted husband and father until a tragic event changed his life. Inexorable remorse and sorrow chased him away from his home and family to a place where he attempted to hide from reality. Yet the memories of the tragic event filled his days and haunted his nights. He was on a path of self-destruction that would have certainly led to his death had it not been for a newfound friendship with an elderly retired couple. They shared with him their unyielding love of life, their devotion to each other, and something even deeper. That something would eventually save Evan’s life, and forever alter his perception of reality.

In the woods / Tana French
As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers, and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a twelve-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox-his partner and closest friend-find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery. Now, with only snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past. (read an exerpt)

The likeness / Tana French
Six months after the events of In the Woods, Detective Cassie Maddox is still trying to recover. She’s transferred out of the murder squad and started a relationship with Detective Sam O’Neill, but she’s too badly shaken to make a commitment to him or to her career. Then Sam calls her to the scene of his new case: a young woman found stabbed to death in a small town outside Dublin. The dead girl’s ID says her name is Lexie Madison—the identity Cassie used years ago as an undercover detective—and she looks exactly like Cassie.

Written in bone / Simon Beckett
Dr. David Hunter should be in London with the woman he loves and a past he can’t quite shake off. Instead, as a favor to a beleaguered cop, Hunter travels to a remote island in the Outer Hebrides to inspect a baffling set of remains. A forensic anthropologist, he has seen bodies destroyed by all forms of violence, but even he is surprised at what he finds: human remains burned beyond recognition—all within the confines of an otherwise undamaged, unoccupied cottage. Local police want to rule the death accidental. But Hunter’s examination of the victim’s charred skull tells him that this woman, no doubt a stranger to the close-knit island of Runa, was murdered by someone nearby. (read an exerpt)

Evan help us / Rhys Bowen
Evan Evans is settling into his role as Constable of Llanfair, a small town nestled in the mountains of North Wales. Here, he has been a mediator of the minor disputes of the locals, between competing ministers, country merchants, and seemingly every Welch eccentric throughout the region. But an unusual series of events brings unseen hostilities to light, and Evan realizes just how deep the townsfolk’s passions and hostilities lie.

Any small goodness / Tony Johnston
Los Angeles is a place of movie stars and fast cars and people who are too rich and people who are too poor. An area of freeway chases and drive-bys and death. But there’s another L.A., one where warmth and humor and humanity pervade. Where a tacqueria sign declares: “One cause, one people, one taco.” This L.A. is a place where random acts of generosity and goodwill improve the lives of the community. (Age Range: 9 to 12)

Icecore / Matt Whyman
When the shivering stops, that’s when you should start to worry. It’s your body’s way of signaling that it’s lost the battle to keep your blood warm. But by then you’ll be too weak to retrace your steps. Chances are you’ll be so confused and disoriented that you won’t even recall what it was you were fleeing in the first place. All you’ll want to do is lie down in the snow and close your eyes. (Age Range: Young Adult; read an exerpt)

Bone 8, Treasure hunters / Jeff Smith
The Bone cousins, Gran’ma Ben, and Thorn finally reach the city of Atheia, where they reunite with old friends and plan to thwart The Lord of the Locusts. The Pawan army has joined forces with Briar and the rat creatures, and danger increases as Thorn’s visions get stronger. Meanwhile, Phoney Bone is convinced Atheia is a city rich in gold, and he is determined to find it! (Age Range: 9 to 12)

Bone 7, Ghost circles / Jeff Smith
A long-dormant volcano explodes, blacking out the sun, mowing down trees, and filling the land with soot and ash. The Lord of the Locusts is released with the eruption. Against this apocolyptic backdrop, the Bone cousins along with Thorn and Gran’ma Ben struggle to reach safe haven in the city of Atheia.
Meanwhile, Lucius Downs lies severely wounded and trapped with the villagers in the camp at Old Man’s Cave. (Age Range: 9 to 12)

The given day / Dennis Lehane
The Great War is ending; the Bolsheviks are overthrowing the Tsar, the Kaiser is running roughshod over Europe, and the Spanish influenza is beginning its deadly rampage. On American shores, communist and socialist movements are swelling in numbers and anarchists are tossing bombs in the street. Harsh labor conditions, barrel-bottom pay, and the disenfranchisement of the working class have branded ‘Strike!’ onto the national consciousness.

The beach house / Jane Green
Known in Nantucket as the crazy woman who lives in the rambling house atop the bluff, Nan doesn’t care what people think. At sixty-five-years old, her husband died twenty years ago, her beauty has faded, and her family has flown. If her neighbors are away, why shouldn’t she skinny dip in their swimming pools and help herself to their flowers? But when she discovers the money she thought would last forever is dwindling and she could lose her beloved house, Nan knows she has to make drastic changes.

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

Premonition (DVD)

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