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9/8: New at the library this week

Posted by Laura Haskins - Library Director on September 6, 2009

Movies:

Planet earth
You don’t mess with the Zohan
My fair lady
The curious case of Benjamin Button

(all movies are on dvd unless otherwise noted)

Books:

Last kiss / Luanne Rice
For nearly a year after the tragedy that claimed her teenage son, Charlie, Sheridan Rosslare has lived a quiet life on Hubbard’s Point, tucked away in the beach house where they spent their happiest days. But Charlie’s girlfriend, Nell Kilvert, is determined to find out what really happened on the night none of them will ever forget. She summons the one man she believes can uncover the truth–Gavin Dawson, who long ago thought he would always be at Sheridan’s side. Now his boat sits anchored within sight of the window of the woman he once loved–and still loves. Both of them had believed in the power of love and forgiveness, connection and reconnection, to work magic. They thought they’d lost that faith forever. Can they find it one last time? (read an exerpt)

The deep blue sea for beginners / Luanne Rice
Years ago, Lyra Davis left behind a world of wealth and privilege and the people she loved most in the world, unable to reconcile the expectations of her celebrated family with the longings of her own wild heart. Now she lives quietly among a community of expatriates on the isle of Capri, slowly, carefully learning to live fully for the first time, flourishing in the friendship of a singular man who recognizes in her a kindred spirit. (read an exerpt)

The scarecrow / Michael Connelly
Forced out of the Los Angeles Times amid the latest budget cuts, newspaperman Jack McEvoy decides to go out with a bang, using his final days at the paper to write the definitive murder story of his career. He focuses on Alonzo Winslow, a 16-year-old drug dealer in jail after confessing to a brutal murder. But as he delves into the story, Jack realizes that Winslow’s so-called confession is bogus. The kid might actually be innocent.

Jack is soon running with his biggest story since The Poet made his career years ago. He is tracking a killer who operates completely below police radar—and with perfect knowledge of any move against him. Including Jack’s.

206 bones / Kathy Reichs
There are 206 bones in the human body. Forensic anthropologists know them intimately, can read in them stories of brief or long lives and use them to reconstruct every kind of violent end. 206 Bones opens with Tempe regaining consciousness and discovering that she is in some kind of very small, very dark, very cold enclosed space. She is bound, hands to feet. Who wants Tempe dead, or at least out of the way, and why? Tempe begins slowly to reconstruct… (Temperance Brennan Series, #12; read an exerpt)

Marked for death : dying for the story in the world’s most dangerous places / Terry Gould
Worldwide, nearly three-quarters of journalists who die on assignment are targeted and assassinated for their dogged pursuit of important stories of injustice. Terry Gould brings this statistic to life, documenting the lives of seven journalists in Colombia, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Russia, and Iraq who stayed on a story until their tragic deaths. Traveling to each locale, he talks with families, friends, colleagues, local officials, and even, in some cases, the parties who arranged the assassinations.

The girl who could fly / Victoria Forester
You just can’t keep a good girl down . . . unless you use the proper methods.
Piper McCloud can fly. Just like that. Easy as pie.
Sure, she hasn’t mastered reverse propulsion and her turns are kind of sloppy, but she’s real good at loop-the-loops.
Problem is, the good folk of Lowland County are afraid of Piper. And her ma’s at her wit’s end. So it seems only fitting that she leave her parents’ farm to attend a top-secret, maximum-security school for kids with exceptional abilities.
School is great at first with a bunch of new friends whose skills range from super-strength to super-genius. (Plus all the homemade apple pie she can eat!) But Piper is special, even among the special. And there are consequences.
Consequences too dire to talk about. Too crazy to consider. And too dangerous to ignore. (Age Range: 9 to 12; read an exerpt)

Mercy Watson : something wonky this way comes / Kate DiCamillo
Some may find it wonky to take a pig to the movies. But not Mr. and Mrs. Watson, who think the title of the film, WHEN PIGS FLY, is inspirational. And not their beloved Mercy, who is inspired by the fact that the drive-in proudly serves real butter on its Bottomless Bucket of popcorn. So when they pull up in their convertible, Mercy lifts her snout and becomes a pig on a mission — for what is more heavenly than being hot on the trail of a true butter smell? Masterful slapstick director Kate DiCamillo sends Mercy on a delirious chase, followed by a trail of hapless rescuers whom fans will recognize from prior episodes. And Chris Van Dusen’s comic retro illustrations perfectly capture a nostalgic pastime — along with the newest antics of a charmingly single-minded pig. (Age Range: 6 to 8; Mercy Watson Series, #6)

Mr. Darcy’s daughters / Elizabeth Aston; Jane Austen
Picking up twenty years after Pride and Prejudice left off, Mr. Darcy’s Daughters begins in the year 1818. Elizabeth and Darcy have gone to Constantinople, giving us an opportunity to get to know their five daughters, who have left the sheltered surroundings of Pemberley for a few months in London. While the eldest, Letitia, frets and the youngest, Alethea, practices her music, twins Georgina and Belle flirt and frolic their way through parties and balls and Camilla — levelheaded and independent — discovers what joys and sorrows the city has to offer an intelligent young woman. Readers will delight in the return of such beloved Austen creations as Elizabeth’s old nemesis Caroline Bingley (now Lady Warren), the ever-reliable Gardiners and wayward Aunt Lydia. (read an exerpt)

This big sky / Pat Mora
In fourteen lyrical, beautifully spare poems, renowned Latina poet Pat Mora brings the landscape, animals, and people of the Southwest into sharp focus. Steve Jenkins richly textured cut-paper illustrations work with the text to evoke the power of this vast place where every heart has a home, and every dream has a piece of sky. (Age Range: 5 to 9)

The little match girl / Hans Christian Andersen
This modern adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale presents the heartwarming story of Adriana and her grandmother, who travel to a new world in the hopes of finding a better life. But suddenly Adriana’s dreams are shattered, and she’s left with only a flute, a box of matches, and her faith in God to fulfill her dreams. A wonderful story full of compassion, love, and faith. (Age Range: 4 to 8)

Twins / David Fields
Here is a fascinating portrait of the unique, profound, and complex relationship between twins. In original essays and photographs 27 sets of twins share the special joys and struggles they have faced growing up together or apart, the depth of understanding and unparalleled bond between them, and touching insights on the meaning of family and the importance of all sibling relationships.

Silent as the hunter / Christopher A. Lane
For ninety-seven years, Nalukataq — the whale hunting festival in icy Barrow, Alaska — has brought joy to Aana Clearwater’s heart. This year, however, when she opens her door to greet one of the marked revelers in the ancient tradition, she is savagely assaulted in her own home. And then she vanishes, leaving behind a house in disarray…and a small puddle of blood.

Inupiat police officer Raymond Attla understands the pressure he is under to get to the bottom of the old woman’s probable abduction and possible murder quickly and quietly. The many celebrants and tourists who have flocked into town — every one of them a potential suspect — will be gone once the forty-eight-hour festival is over. But Attla’s hunt for the nature of — and solution to — a perplexing and lethal puzzle is leading him far from the games and songs and celebration to the dangerous, deteriorating ice floes away from town…where the relentless policeman will be forced to confront his worst terrors. (Inupiat Eskimo Mysteries Series; read an exerpt)

A shroud of midnight sun / Christopher A. Lane
Leaving behind the headaches of local law enforcement in Alaska’s North Slope, Inupiat police officer Ray Attla welcomes a few days of vacation with his wife and four-year-old daughter at a resort outside of Anchorage. He doesn’t, however, count on an early morning bike ride down the rocky mountain trails that sends him flying through alpine paradise, crashing into a thicket of berry brushes…and landing just a few paces from a dead body.

It looks at first that the victim fell from a ski lift, and Ray figures he’ll report the accident to authorities and be on his way. It’s well out of his jurisdiction, and he’s determined to stay “off-duty.” That plan changes when he meets the local lawman, an amiable sort who doubles as church pastor and hasn’t got a clue how to proceed in a case with more questions than answers. And when Ray’s little daughter, who is sensitive to traditional Eskimo ways, innocently begins to tell her daddy details of the case, Ray cannot beg off. Before long, he discovers the mysterious victim has led a murky double life of lies, adultery, mob connections, and industrial espionage. His vacation officially over, Ray walks a thin line between Feds and a dead man’s dangerous secrets. A line that, if crossed, could turn this trip into Ray’s last…. (Inupiat Eskimo Mysteries Series; read an exerpt)

A deadly quiet / Christopher A. Lane
Called up from Barrow, Alaska, to investigate a bizarre double murder, Inupiat police officer Ray Attla faces the most perplexing puzzle of his career. The two corpses uncovered by a local seal-tracker seem to have no possible connection: one a brilliant young Alaskan athlete, the other a missing crewman off a Russian ship. Yet each was felled in the same manner and, presumably, by the some killer. And now a heinous crime in a secluded, ice-bound corner of the world threatens to escalate into a dangerous international confrontation — unless Ray can cut a path to a murderer through a vicious tangle of rumors, mistrust, and dark secrets … and survive an unwanted “partner” who may prove deadlier than the crime. (Inupiat Eskimo Mysteries Series; read an exerpt)

Season of death / Christopher Lane
With eager anticipation, Inupiat police officer Ray Attla joins two of his police buddies, Lewis and Billy Bob, to trek into the Alaskan Bush country on a three-day caribou hunt. But when gear and supplies are lost among other disasters, Ray, trained by his grandfather in the Inupiat ways of survival, takes charge. Fishing for food, the trio pulls in the catch of the day-only to find the menu includes the remains of a human head.

Deciding the recreational trip is a bust, Ray and company risk the raging rapids of the Kanayut River to search for a way home—and possibly some clues to the victims demise. But Ray’s hopes that this is just the tragic result of an accident are dashed when he and the party are suddenly dodging bullets. Fleeing on foot to a remote archeological dig, Ray begins to suspect that the unearthed artifacts are not the only remains to come out of this site. Coincidentally—or at the hands of the Inupiat gods—Ray encounters a young Athabascan girl who is gifted with a “special sight.” The intuitive girl’s visions arm Ray with fragments of the information and soon, he is following her lead into the vast Alaskan wilderness to hunt a cagey killer who has declared open season on the police officer. (Inupiat Eskimo Mysteries Series)

[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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