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5/30: New at the library this week

Posted by Laura Haskins - Library Director on May 30, 2009

Movies:

10,000 BC
Changeling
(all movies are on dvd unless otherwise noted)

Books:

Wicked prey / John Sandford
The Republicans are coming to St. Paul for their convention. Throwing a big party is supposed to be fun, but crashing the party are a few hard cases the police would rather stayed away. Chief among them is a crew of professional stick-up men who’ve spotted several lucrative opportunities, ranging from political moneymen with briefcases full of cash, to that convention hotel with the weakness in its security system. All that’s headache enough for Lucas Davenport – but what’s about to hit him is even worse.
A while back, a stray bullet put a pimp and petty thief named Randy Whitcomb into a wheelchair, and ever since, the man has been nursing his grudge into a full head of psychotic steam. He blames Davenport for the bullet, but it’s no fun just shooting him. That wouldn’t be painful enough. Not when Davenport has a pretty fourteen-year-old adoptive daughter that Whitcomb can target instead…
And then there’s the young man with the .50-caliber sniper rifle and the right-wing-crazy background, roaming through a city filled with the most powerful politicians on earth… (Lucas Davenport Series, #19; read a sample chapter)

Gone tomorrow / Lee Child
New York City. Two in the morning. A subway car heading uptown. Jack Reacher, plus five other passengers. Four are okay. The fifth isn’t.

Susan Mark was the fifth passenger. She had a lonely heart, an estranged son, and a big secret. Reacher, working with a woman cop and a host of shadowy feds, wants to know just how big a hole Susan Mark was in, how many lives had already been twisted before hers, and what danger is looming around him now.

Because a race has begun through the streets of Manhattan in a maze crowded with violent, skilled soldiers on all sides of a shadow war. Susan Mark’s plain little life was critical to dozens of others in Washington, California, Afghanistan . . . from a former Delta Force operator now running for the U.S. Senate, to a beautiful young woman with a fantastic story to tell–and to a host of others who have just one thing in common: They’re all lying to Reacher. A little. A lot. Or maybe just enough to get him killed. (Jack Reacher Series, #13; read a sample chapter)

The draining lake / Arnaldur Indriðason
Following an earthquake, the water level of an Icelandic lake suddenly falls, revealing a skeleton that is weighed down by a heavy radio device bearing inscriptions in Russian. Inspectors Erlendur, Elinborg, and Sigurdur Oli’s investigation takes them back to the Cold War era, when bright, left-wing students in Iceland were sent to study in the “heavenly state” of Communist East Germany.

But one of the students went missing, and her friends suspected that her “heavenly state” was all too real. Erlendur follows a long cold trail that leads back to Iceland, international espionage, and murder. (Reykjavik Thriller, #4)

The last giant of Beringia : the mystery of the Bering Land Bridge / Dan O’Neill
Fairbanks resident O’Neill presents a biography of Dave Hopkins (1921-2001), a New England-born geologist who is credited with confirming the existence of the land bridge—now named Beringia—that connected Siberia and Alaska during the Ice Ages. The text is based on taped interviews with Hopkins conducted over a decade by Bill Schneider (U. of Alaska, Fairbanks) and transcribed by O’Neill, and additional recordings with Hopkins conducted by O’Neill in the 1980s. Illustrated with b&w photographs and maps. (table of contents)

The witch of Portobello / Paulo Coelho
How do we find the courage to always be true to ourselves—even if we are unsure of whom we are?

That is the central question of international bestselling author Paulo Coelho’s profound new work, The Witch of Portobello. It is the story of a mysterious woman named Athena, told by the many who knew her well—or hardly at all. (read a sample chapter)

Georgia O’Keeffe, arts and letters : Catalog of an exhibition held at the National gallery and other institutions,1987-1989 / Georgia O’Keeffe

[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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