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7/18: New at the library this week

Posted by Laura Haskins - Library Director on July 18, 2009

Audiobooks

Incident at Vichy / Arthur Miller (CD)
In a small and dark room, nine men are assembled under a shadowy pretext. As the tension builds, the men are questioned – are they the sort of people whom the new Nazi regime considers “inferior?” Starring Lawrence Pressman, Arye Gross, Gregory Itzin and Raphael Sbarge. Written by Arthur Miller.

Arcadia / Tom Stoppard (CD)
Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia merges science with human concerns and ideals, examining the universe’s influence in our everyday lives and ultimate fates through relationship between past and present, order and disorder and the certainty of knowledge. Set in an English country house in the year 1809-1812 and 1989, the play examines the lives of two modern scholars and the house’s current residents with the lives of those who lived there 180 years earlier. Arcadia leaves us with the view that if the universe is an apparently doomed machine, then whilst we are alive, we might as well dance. Features an interview with Ira Nadel, Professor of English at the University of British Columbia, and the author of “Double Act: A Life of Tom Stoppard.”

Movies:

The fox and the child centers on a young girl who discovers the beauty of nature right in her own backyard.

Sea change — Tom Selleck stars as the title character in this fourth installment of the Jesse Stone series. After being fired from the LAPD, Stone leaves his wife and flees his former life for Paradise,… Tom Selleck stars as the title character in this fourth installment of the Jesse Stone series. After being fired from the LAPD, Stone leaves his wife and flees his former life for Paradise, Massachusetts, where he becomes the police chief of the picturesque town

Thin ice — In the first Jesse Stone movie to deviate from Robert Parker’s novels and take the character in exciting new directions, Tom Selleck portrays the small-town police chief with the usual good humor… In the first Jesse Stone movie to deviate from Robert Parker’s novels and take the character in exciting new directions, Tom Selleck portrays the small-town police chief with the usual good humor Stone fans know and love–but also with a heavy heart and a heightened desire for justice following the attempted murder of his close friend, the captain

Hex (complete first season) is about a remote English country school that becomes the battleground between a demonic entity and the witches who oppose it

The boy in the striped pajamas is a wrenching Holocaust story about a young German boy and his forbidden friendship with a Jewish child.

(all movies are on dvd unless otherwise noted)

Books:

TailSpin / Catherine Coulter
FBI Special Agent Jackson Crowne is flying renowned psychiatrist Dr. Timothy MacLean back to Washington, D.C., to protect him and discover who’s trying to kill him. But they don’t make it. That same morning, agents Savich and Sherlock are told about Agent Crowne’s Mayday sent from deep in the Appalachian mountains near Parlow, Kentucky. Within thirty minutes, Savich and Sherlock are aboard an FBI helicopter, headed for Parlow. Agent Crowne barely manages to bring his Cessna down in the narrow Cudlow Valley and haul the unconscious Dr. MacLean from the burning wreckage before it explodes.

Their crash is witnessed by Rachael Abbott, a young woman who has just narrowly escaped drowning by assailants who drugged her, tied her to a cement block, and threw her into Black Rock Lake. When Savich and Sherlock arrive in Parlow, they discover Jack is down but not out, that Rachael saved his and Dr. MacLean’s lives, and that she’s hiding something big. To add to the complexity of the situation, Dr. MacLean has been diagnosed with frontal lobe dementia, a pernicious disease that makes the victim say whatever comes to mind with no regard to consequences. With a patient list of Washington’s elite movers and shakers, MacLean has almost certainly compromised doctor-patient confidentiality, and one of his patients, they presume, is out to shut him up. But which one, and why? (FBI Series, #12)

Mother of pearl / Melinda Haynes
Set in the Deep South in the late 1950s, Mother of Pearl vividly brings to life the extraordinary inhabitants of the small town of Petal, Mississippi. Central to the novel are the stories of Even Grade, a 28-year-old black man abandoned by his mother at birth; Valuable Korner, a 15-year-old white girl whose family history holds a trunkful of damning secrets; and Joody Two Sun, an enigmatic obeah woman who sees into the hearts and minds of the townsfolk from her riverside camp on the outskirts of town. Cast in a tragicomic passion play, Even, Val, and Joody find their destinies entwined as they search for the love and family that they have always been denied. (read a sample chapter)

Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed / Jared M. Diamond
In his million-copy bestseller Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond examined how and why Western civilizations developed the technologies and immunities that allowed them to dominate much of the world. Now in this brilliant companion volume, Diamond probes the other side of the equation: What caused some of the great civilizations of the past to collapse into ruin, and what can we learn from their fates? (read an exerpt)

Shantaram / Gregory David Roberts
is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear.

Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, the two enter Bombay’s hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.

As a hunted man without a home, family, or identity, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city’s poorest slums, and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The search leads him to war, prison torture, murder, and a series of enigmatic and bloody betrayals. The keys to unlock the mysteries and intrigues that bind Lin are held by two people. The first is Khader Khan: mafia godfather, criminal-philosopher-saint, and mentor to Lin in the underworld of the Golden City. The second is Karla: elusive, dangerous, and beautiful, whose passions are driven by secrets that torment her and yet give her a terrible power. (read a sample chapter)

Little pink house : a true story of defiance and courage / Jeff Benedict
Suzette Kelo was just trying to rebuild her life when she purchased a broken-down Victorian house perched on the waterfront in New London, CT. The house wasn’t particularly fancy, but with lots of hard work Suzette was able to turn it into a home that was important to her, a home that represented her new found independence.

Little did she know that the City of New London, desperate to revive its flailing economy, wanted to raze her house and the others like it that sat along the waterfront in order to win a lucrative Pfizer pharmaceutical contract that would bring new business into the city. Kelo and fourteen neighbors flat out refused to sell, so the city decided to exercise its power of eminent domain to condemn their homes, launching one of the most extraordinary legal cases of our time, a case that ultimately reached the United States Supreme Court.

In Little Pink House, award-winning investigative journalist Jeff Benedict takes us behind the scenes of this case — indeed, Suzette Kelo speaks for the first time about all the details of this inspirational true story as one woman led the charge to take on corporate America to save her home.

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

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