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10/25: New at the library this week

Posted by Laura Haskins - Library Director on October 25, 2008

Audiobooks:

7th heaven / James Patterson; Maxine Paetro (CD)
Two cases have pushed San Francisco detective Lindsay Boxer beyond her limits. In the first, a terrible fire in a wealthy home has left a married couple dead and Lindsay and her partner, Rich Conklin, searching for clues. At the same time, Michael Campion, the son of California’s ex-governor with a reputation for partying, has been missing for a month. When there finally seems to be a lead in his case, it is a devastating one. And the combined pressure from the press and the brass is overwhelming. (read a sample chapter)

Amazing grace / Danielle Steel (CD; unabridged)
On a warm May night in San Francisco, the Ritz-Carlton ballroom shimmers with crystal and silver as a glittering, celebrity-studded crowd gathers for a charity dinner dance. The evening is perfect–until, just minutes before midnight, the room begins to sway. Glass shatters. And as the lights go out, people begin to scream.

In the earthquake’s aftermath, the lives of four strangers will converge.… Sarah Sloane, the beautiful wife of a financial whiz, watches her perfect world fall to pieces…. Grammy-winning singer Melanie Free, the event’s headliner, comes to a turning point in her life and career…. Photographer Everett Carson, a former war correspondent whose personal demons have demoted him to covering society parties, finds new purpose amid the carnage…and Sister Maggie Kent, a nun who normally works in jeans and high-tops with the homeless, searches through the rubble–and knows instantly that there is much work to be done…. (read an exerpt)

Movies:

Vantage point (DVD)
The good German (DVD)

Books:

Chasing darkness / Robert Crais
It’s fire season, and the hills of Los Angeles are burning. When police and fire department personnel rush door to door in a frenzied evacuation effort, they discover the week-old corpse of an apparent suicide. But the gunshot victim is less gruesome than what they find in his lap: a photo album of seven brutally murdered young women — one per year, for seven years. And when the suicide victim is identified as a former suspect in one of the murders, the news turns Elvis Cole’s world upside down.

Damage control / Judith A. Jance
“Thank You So Much, Mr. Campbell,” Claire Newmark said as the disgruntled speaker returned to his seat. As head of the Cochise County Board of Supervisors, Claire was chairing that Friday morning’s meeting. “Do you have anything to say in response, Sheriff Brady?”

Joanna snapped awake. One of the things about being a sleep-deprived working mother meant that she could fall asleep anywhere—in front of her computer, at her desk, in church, and definitely in front of the TV set on those rare occasions when she actually tried to watch a show. In this case, she had dozed off during a Board of Supervisors Friday morning meeting. (read an exerpt)

Swan Peak / James Lee Burke
James Lee Burke’s new novel finds Detective Robicheaux far from his New Iberia roots, attempting to relax in the untouched wilderness of rural Montana. He, his wife, and his buddy Clete Purcel have retreated to stay at an old friend’s ranch, hoping to spend their days fishing and enjoying their distance from the harsh, gritty landscape of Louisiana post-Katrina.
But the serenity is quickly shattered when two college students are found brutally murdered in the hills behind where the Robicheauxs and Purcel are staying. Drawn into a twisted and dangerous mystery involving a wealthy, vicious oil tycoon, his deformed brother and beautiful wife, a sexually deviant minister, an escaped con and former country music star, and a vigilante Texas gunbull out for blood. At the center of the storm is Clete, who cannot shake the feeling that he is being haunted by ghosts from his past — namely Sally Dio, the mob boss he’d sabotaged and killed years before. (read a sample chapter)

The last patriot / Brad Thor
June 632 A.D.: Deep within the Uranah Valley of Mount Arafat in Mecca, the Prophet Mohammed shares with his closest companions a final and startling revelation. Within days, he is assassinated.
September 1789: U.S. minister to France Thomas Jefferson, charged with forging a truce with the violent Muslim pirates of the Barbary Coast, makes a shocking discovery – one that could forever impact the world’s relationship with Islam.
Present day: When a car bomb explodes outside a Parisian café, Navy Seal turned covert Homeland Security Operative Scot Harvath is thrust back into the life he has tried so desperately to leave behind.
Saving the intended victim of the attack, Harvath becomes party to an amazing and perilous race to uncover a secret so powerful that militant Islam could be defeated once and for all without firing another shot, dropping another bomb, or launching another covert action. But there are powerful men who are determined that Mohammed’s mysterious final revelation continue to remain hidden forever. (read a sample chapter)

Silent thunder / Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen
Brilliant marine architect Hannah Bryson has been given the job of a lifetime. A U.S. maritime museum has just acquired the decommissioned Soviet submarine Silent Thunder for public exhibition. It’s Hannah’s job to make sure that every single inch of the legendary nuclear attack sub is safe for the thousands of visitors anticipated. Enlisting the aid of her brother, Connor, they examine the enormous vessel and delve into its long—and lethal—history. (read an exerpt)

Grow your own paper / Maureen Richardson
A range of beautiful handmade papers awaits you–just open the door to your backyard! Draw on nature’s plentiful (and inexpensive) sources to create beautifully embellished handmade papers, using this practical and inspirational book as your guide. Learn how easy it is to cultivate, harvest, and prepare all-natural materials to make striking papers for use in a range of projects–from collages and greeting cards to subtly textured writing paper. (table of contents)

Microwaved pressed flowers / Joanna Sheen
Thanks to the revolutionary techniques and the step-by-step instructions in this unique manual, the art of flower pressing is easier, quicker, and promises more beautiful results than ever before–using an ordinary microwave. 90 color illustrations.

The pressed plant : the art of botanical specimens, nature prints, and sun prints / Andrea DiNoto; David Winter
Part one, The Plant Collected, shows real plants of astonishing beauty that have been collected, pressed, and mounted by botanists or by amateurs, as single sheets or bound into books called herbaria. The anecdotal text relates the intriguing and romantic story of plant collections as a hazardous natural science in uncharted territories, as a genteel Victorian pastime, and as the serious pursuit of a remarkable group of nineteenth-century women botanists.

Part Two, The Plant’s Impression, shows and describes rare and classic examples of both nature prints, in which the plant is inked, pressed, and printed, and sun pictures, produced when a plant is placed on light-sensitive paper and exposed to the sun. An Afterward looks at how botanical materials are used in unusual works by leading contemporary artists, while detailed appendices describe methods of botanical specimen collecting and mounting, materials and suppliers, and botanical institutions and museums worldwide. (table of contents)

Start and run a profitable Bed & Breakfast / Monica and Richard Taylor

Big Russ and me : father and son, lessons of life / Tim Russert
Big Russ and Me is an intensely personal, charming, down-to-earth look at Russert’s roots, growing up a hometown guy in 1950s working-class Buffalo, the son of a larger-than-life man and proud WWII veteran. From the indelible bond that links him to his father, to the lessons learned from his old-fashioned Catholic upbringing, from his passion for the Buffalo Bills and the New York Yankees, to the importance of hard work, the grace of daily obligations, and patriotism, Russert’s reflections hit the very epicenter of American values.

The Girl with the dragon tattoo / Stieg Larsson
It’s about the disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden . . . and about her octogenarian uncle, determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder.

It’s about Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently at the wrong end of a libel case, hired to get to the bottom of Harriet’s disappearance . . . and about Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old pierced and tattooed genius hacker possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age who assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, astonishing corruption in the highest echelons of Swedish industrialism and an unexpected connection between themselves. (read a sample chapter)

Precious cargo / Clyde W. Ford
Charlie Noble, former-Coast-Guard-officer-turned-marine-PI, is back. This time, he is hot on the trail of a human trafficking scheme that begins in Mexico…and ends in murder.

[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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