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5/3: New at the library this week

Posted by Laura Haskins - Library Director on May 3, 2009


Demolition man
Clear and present danger
The puppet masters
Fly tying made clear and simple
Under seige
(all of above are on videotape)


Neither here nor there : travels in Europe / Bill Bryson
Like many of his generation, Bill Bryson backpacked across Europe in the early seventies—in search of enlightenment, beer, and women. Twenty years later he decided to retrace the journey he undertook in the halcyon days of his youth. The result is Neither Here Nor There, an affectionate and riotously funny pilgrimage from the frozen wastes of Scandinavia to the chaotic tumult of Istanbul, with stops along the way in Europe’s most diverting and historic locales.

The lost continent : travels in small-town America / Bill Bryson
An unsparing and hilarious account of one man’s rediscovery of America and his search for the perfect small town.

Charlie Wilson’s war : the extraordinary story of the largest covert operation in history / George Crile
The untold story of a whiskey-swilling, skirt-chasing, scandal-prone congressman from Texas, and how he conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest and most successful covert operation in U.S. history

GPS land navigation : a complete guidebook for backcountry users of the NAVSTAR Satellite System / Michael Ferguson

The practical astronomer / Brian Jones
From planets and asteroids to the expanding universe, The Practical Astronomer is the perfect introduction to the fascinating world of astronomy.

It not only shows you what to look for throughout the whole yearly cycle of the sky, but exactly how to go about looking for it. Based on the latest findings in astronomical research, the book explains the practical keys to successful observation – whether you are observing with the naked eye, binoculars, or a telescope.

This unique and indispensable guide will help you make the most of this fascinating hobby. Contents include:

The Solar System – The Milky Way – The Expanding Universe – Binoculars and Telescopes – Making a Telescope – Astrophotography – Drawing at the Telescope – Equipping an Amateur Observatory – Guide to the Moon – Observing the Sun – Planets and Asteroids – Gas Giants, Comets, Meteors and Meteorites – Artificial Satellites

With more than 275 photographs and diagrams, including month-by-month skysearch charts.

Ship of magic / Robin Hobb
Bingtown is a hub of exotic trade and home to a merchant nobility famed for its liveships—rare vessels carved from wizardwood, which ripens magically into sentient awareness. The fortunes of one of Bingtown’s oldest families rest on the newly awakened liveship Vivacia.

For Althea Vestrit, the ship is her rightful legacy unjustly denied her—a legacy she will risk anything to reclaim. For Althea’s young nephew Wintrow, wrenched from his religious studies and forced to serve aboard ship, Vivacia is a life sentence.

But the fate of the Vestrit family—and the ship—may ultimately lie in the hands of an outsider. The ruthless pirate Kennit seeks a way to seize power over all the denizens of the Pirate Isles…and the first step of his plan requires him to capture his own liveship and bend it to his will…. (Liveship Traders Series, #1; read a sample chapter)

Mad ship / Robin Hobb
As the ancient tradition of Bingtown’s Old Traders slowly erodes under the cold new order of a corrupt ruler, the Vestrits anxiously await the return of their liveship—a rare magic ship carved from sentient wizardwood, which bonds the ships mystically with those who sail them. And Althea Vestrit waits even more avidly, living only to reclaim the ship as her lost inheritance and captain her on the high seas. But the Vivacia has been seized by the ruthless pirate captain Kennit, who holds Althea’s nephew and his father hostage. Althea and her onetime sea mate Brashen resolve to liberate the liveship—but their plan may prove more dangerous than leaving the Vivacia in Kennit’s ambitious grasp…. (Liveship Traders Series, #2; read a sample chapter)

Ship of destiny / Robin Hobb
As Bingtown slides toward disaster, clan matriarch Ronica Vestrit, branded a traitor, searches for a way to bring the city’s inhabitants together against the Chalcedean threat. Meanwhile, Althea Vestrit, unaware of what has befallen Bingtown and her family, continues her perilous quest to track down and recover her liveship Vivacia from the ruthless pirate Kennit.

Bold though it is, her scheme may be in vain. For her beloved Vivacia will face the most terrible confrontation of all as the secret of the liveships is revealed. It is a truth so shattering, it may destroy Vivacia and all who love her, including the boy-priest Wintrow Vestrit, whose life already hangs in the balance…. (Liveship Traders Series, #3; read a sample chapter)

Fool’s errand / Robin Hobb
For fifteen years FitzChivalry Farseer has lived in self-imposed exile, assumed to be dead by almost all who once cared about him. But that is about to change when destiny seeks him once again. Prince Dutiful, the young heir to the Farseer throne, has vanished and FitzChivalry, possessed of magical skills both royal and profane, is the only one who can retrieve him in time for his betrothal ceremony–thus sparing the Six Duchies profound political embarrassment…or worse. But even Fitz does not suspect the web of treachery that awaits him or how his loyalties to his Queen, his partner, and those who share his magic will be tested to the breaking point. (Tawny Man Series, #1; read an exerpt)

Hornblower during the crisis / C. S. Forester
Captain Hornblower, after two hard years on blockade at Brest, has relinquished the helm of the Hotspur. He has no ship, only the promise of one. Meanwhile there are battles to be fought. (Horatio Hornblower Series, #7; read a sample chapter)

Beat to quarters / C. S. Forester
A still young Hornblower is captain of the 36-gun frigate Lydia. He sets his course for Spain and Nicaragua in his ongoing quest to cut Napoleon’s lines wherever he crosses them. (6)

Hornblower and the Atropos / C. S. Forester
The captain’s adventures include organizing the water part of Admiral Nelson’s funeral procession, the recovery of treasure from a sunken ship, and two sea battles. (Horatio Hornblower Series, #5; read a sample chapter)

[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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