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9/10: New at the library this week

Posted by Laura Haskins - Library Director on September 10, 2009

Books:

Catching fire / Suzanne Collins
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. (Age Range: Young Adult; Hunger Games Series, #2)

Silence of the grave / Arnaldur Indriðason
Inspector Erlendur returns in this gripping Icelandic thriller When a skeleton is discovered half-buried in a construction site outside of Reykjavík, Inspector Erlendur finds himself knee-deep in both a crime scene and an archeological dig. Bone by bone, the body is unearthed, and the brutalizing history of a family who lived near the building site comes to light along with it. Was the skeleton a man or a woman, a victim or a killer, and is this a simple case of murder or a long-concealed act of justice? As Erlendur tries to crack this cold case, he must also save his drug-addicted daughter from self destruction and somehow glue his hopelessly fractured family back together. (Reykjavik Thriller Series, #2)

The war against Miss Winter / Kathryn Haines
It’s 1943, and the war escalating in Europe and the Pacific seems far away. But for aspiring actress Rosie Winter, the war feels as if it were right in New York City—what with food rationing and frequent blackouts . . . and a boyfriend she hasn’t heard word one from since he enlisted in the navy. Now her rent is coming due and she hasn’t been cast in anything for six months. The factories are desperate for women workers, but Rosie the Thespian isn’t about to become Rosie the Riveter, so she grabs a part-time job at a seamy, lowbrow detective agency instead.

However, there’s more to the Big City gumshoe game than chasing lowlife cheating spouses. When her boss turns up dead, Rosie finds herself caught up in a ticklish high society mystery, mingling with mobsters and searching for a notorious missing script. Maybe she has no crime-fighting experience—but Rosie certainly knows how to act the role. No matter how the war against Miss Winter turns out, it’s not going to end with her surrender! (read a sample chapter)

Evermore / Alyson Noël
Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s life story by touch. Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste…

Ever sees Damen and feels an instant recognition. He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets. Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what she’s thinking—and he’s the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head. She doesn’t know who he really is—or what he is. Damen equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies.

Blue moon / Alyson Noël
Eager to learn everything she can about her new abilities as an Immortal, Ever turns to her beloved Damen to show her the way. But just as her powers are increasing, Damen’s are waning.

In an attempt to save him, Ever travels to the magical dimension of Summerland, where she learns the secrets of Damen’s tortured past; a past which he has always kept hidden from her. But in her quest to cure Damen, Ever discovers an ancient text that details the workings of time. Now Ever must choose between turning back the past and saving her family from the accident that claimed their lives—or staying in the present and saving Damen, who grows sicker every day… (Age Range: Young Adult; The Immortals Series, #2)

Kitchens / Rima A. Suqi
Packed with ideas for designing your ideal kitchen, Kitchens will inspire you to create an environment that is both functional and attractive. Four lavishly illustrated chapters discuss the basics of good kitchen design and the details that can add flair.
Whether you’re looking for a few ideas to refresh your kitchen or planning a kitchen renovation, Kitchens is an invaluable resource that is sure to spark your imagination and help you create the kitchen you’ve always dreamed of.

Bathrooms / Barbara Ballinger Buchholz
One sink or a double? Multi-head shower or sunken tub? A divided bath with separate washing and toilet areas? Investing in your bathroom makes good economic sense-and enhances your comfort. These days, there are so many practical and decorative options to choose from, including colorful floor tiles, soothing Jacuzzis, attractive fixtures, and storage space to hold those soaps and sundries. Find the right design for you, whether it’s a family bathroom, one shared by teens or small children, or a master bath meant for two. From handling an awkwardly shaped space, planning for recessed cabinets, and acquiring a slip-resistant tub to fitting a home spa, adding vital light and ventilation, and bringing in a touch of the outdoors, these simple solutions resolve your decorating problems quickly and thoroughly.

Sugar Sugar Rune 3: That old black magic / Moyoko Anno
The competition to become Queen of the Magical World is heating up–and the rivalry is destroying the friendship of witch girls Chocolat and Vanilla. Tired of living in Chocolat’s shadow, Vanilla has fallen under the influence of Pierre, a charming boy who is also the secret leader of a band of evil outcasts from the Magical World. When Pierre gives Vanilla a taste of the power that can be collected from angry hearts, Vanilla changes–and turns against Chocolat. Homeless and without a best friend, Chocolat finds help in both the Human and Magical worlds. Yet two problems remain: The all-important Spring Exam is coming up, and Chocolat has her own feelings for Pierre! (Age Range: Young Adult) Librarian’s note: we also have episodes #1 and #2 already in our collection. You can read an overview of the series in its wikipedia entry.)

Sugar Sugar Rune 4: Friend or foe? / Moyoko Anno
Sociable Chocolat and shy Vanilla were best friends until a cutthroat contest to determine who would be the next Queen of the Magical World ended it all. Since Vanilla has come out of her shell and embraced the Dark Magic of the Ogres, she’s now the enemy of all witches, especially Chocolat. And the Ogres are making their move, crashing a magic festival and casting a dark spell on Chocolat’s school. And though Vanilla has teamed up with the evil Ogre Pierre, Chocolat can’t seem to get the boy out of her mind. How can Chocolat win the competition when she has a crush on an Ogre and still hopes to save her rival, Vanilla? (Age Range: Young Adult)

Sugar Sugar Rune 5: The forgotten path / Moyoko Anno
Witch girls Chocolat and Vanilla were best friends before they came to the Human World. But the competition to see who will be the next Queen of the Magical World has come between them. Worse, Vanilla has embraced the Dark Magic of the Ogres, who are the enemies of all witches.

A day at the beach turns into disaster after Chocolat and the Ogre prince Pierre get caught in Vanilla’s magic spell and end up in a vast and dangerous space called the Forgotten Path. If she cannot find her way back to the Human World in time, Chocolat will lose the contest! The Path leads her to the ancient witch Amber, whose magical help comes with a price. And some startling memories about their younger years return to both Chocolat and Pierre. . . . (Age Range: Young Adult)

Sugar Sugar Rune 6: Dark shadows / Moyoko Anno
Outgoing Chocolat and shy Vanilla were best friends before they came to the Human World. But the competition to see who will be the next Queen of the Magical World has ended their friendship. Worse, Vanilla has embraced the Dark Magic of the Ogres and is now an enemy of all witches.

While trying to coax Vanilla out of her deep enchanted slumber and take her away from the Ogres, Chocolat discovers something about herself. She’s a Filtre–one who has the power to change sickened, black noir hearts to white! Meanwhile, Chocolat’s crush–the Ogre prince Pierre–has infiltrated her school. What is his plan? Chocolat wants to believe that deep down Pierre means well–but how can she? (Age Range: Young Adult)

Sugar Sugar Rune 7: Chocolat’s past revealed / Moyoko Anno
Duke, Chocolat’s familiar, turns out to be her uncle Poivre! Now that he’s back in human form, Poivre reveals a frightening secret about Chocolat’s past. But Chocolat’s friends stand by her–even when she must dare to enter the mysterious Underworld in search of her father. (Age Range: Young Adult)

Sugar Sugar Rune 8: The queen is chosen / Moyoko Anno
Chocolat and Vanilla are in the fight of their lives. Chocolat must confront her own father–Glacé, the King of the Underworld–to save Pierre, Woo, and the familiars from the brink of death! All the witches must unite to fight Glacé and his Ogres; even former enemies such as Alchimie join in. Will this be enough to defeat Glacé and save the Magical World? And don’t forget about the contest! Who will finally be crowned queen: Chocolat or Vanilla? Final volume. (Age Range: Young Adult)

Clean food: a seasonal guide to eating close to the source, with more than 200 recipes for a healthy and sustainable you / Terry Walters
More than a cookbook, Clean Food is a feast for the senses that will nourish mind, body, soul…and the planet, too. With more than 200 fresh, seasonal, and tempting vegan recipes, it will help everyone eat the way the want: close to the source.

From the White House kitchen to fast food restaurants, everyone’s discussing “the sustainable diet.” But what exactly does that mean? Terry Walters explains it all, and shows us how to eat seasonal, unprocessed, and locally-grown foods that are good for us and the environment.

Walters’s emphasizes tastes as much as ingredients in delicious recipes that include whole grains, vegetables, legumes, sea vegetables, nuts, and seeds, and range from Crispy Chickpea Fritters to Spicy Thai Tempeh with Cashews to a vegan and sugar-free Chocolate Lover’s Tart that’s absolutely luscious! Since they’re arranged from spring to winter (with a chapter for “anytime at all”), it’s easy to find the right meals for every season of the year.

[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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