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7/31: New at the library this week

Posted by Laura Haskins - Library Director on July 31, 2010

Movies:

The young Bruce Lee
You bet your life
The third miracle
Last call : The final chapter of F. Scott Fitzgerald
My fellow Americans
Spy game
The great escape
Richard Pryor : Here and now
Midnight express
Trading places
A kiss before dying
The Beatles
The January man
Deadly drifter : Blood tide
The Lucy show : Lost episodes marathon (vol. 1 & vol. 2)
Risky business

(all movies are on dvd unless otherwise noted)

Books:

The most dangerous place : Pakistan’s lawless frontier / Imtiaz Gul
Seasoned journalist Imtiaz Gul exposes the dark side of the Afghan war and reveals how Pakistan degenerated into a nuclear-armed powder keg.

Lucy / Laurence Gonzales
Lucy, the fourteen-year-old daughter of a primatologist, a girl who has had only apes as playmates, is rescued from the jungles of the Congo during a civil war uprising and brought to live in the suburbs of Chicago. The stunning revelation of who–and what–she is sets in motion her fight for survival and for her very right to exist. (read an excerpt)

The Rembrandt affair / Daniel Silva
Determined to sever his ties with the Office, Gabriel Allon has retreated to the windswept cliffs of Cornwall with his beautiful Venetian-born wife Chiara. But once again his seclusion is interrupted by a visitor from his tangled past: the endearingly eccentric London art dealer, Julian Isherwood. As usual, Isherwood has a problem. And it is one only Gabriel can solve.
In the ancient English city of Glastonbury, an art restorer has been brutally murdered and a long-lost portrait by Rembrandt mysteriously stolen. Despite his reluctance, Gabriel is persuaded to use his unique skills to search for the painting and those responsible for the crime. But as he painstakingly follows a trail of clues leading from Amsterdam to Buenos Aires and, finally, to a villa on the graceful shores of Lake Geneva, Gabriel discovers there are deadly secrets connected to the painting. And evil men behind them.
Before he is done, Gabriel will once again be drawn into a world he thought he had left behind forever, and will come face to face with a remarkable cast of characters: a glamorous London journalist who is determined to undo the worst mistake of her career, an elusive master art thief who is burdened by a conscience, and a powerful Swiss billionaire who is known for his good deeds but may just be behind one of the greatest threats facing the world.

So yesterday / Scott Westerfeld
We are all around you.
You don’t think about us much, because we are invisible. Well, not exactly invisible. A lot of us have hair dyed in four colors, or wear five-inch platform sneakers, or carry enough metal in our skin that it’s a hassle getting on an airplane. Quite visible, actually, come to think of it.
But we don’t wear signs saying what we are. After all, if you knew what we were up to, we couldn’t work our magic. We have to observe carefully, and push and prompt you in ways you don’t notice. Like good teachers, we let you think you’ve discovered the truth on your own.
And you need us. Someone has to guide you, to mold you, to make sure that today turns into yesterday on schedule. Because frankly, without us to monitor the situation, who knows what would get crammed down your throats?
It’s not like you can just start making your own decisions, after all. (Age Range: Young Adult; read an excerpt)

Kaiulani : the people’s princess / Ellen Emerson White
Hawaii in 1889 is a pristine island paradise. Thireteen year old Princess Ka’iulani lives a carefree life at Ainachau, her home by the sea in Waikiki, Oahu. Used to having personal governesses as tutors, her family has decided that as a future monarch, she is to be educated abroad at a boarding school in England. While abroad Hawaii is transforming from a monarchy to a provisional government, a movement strongly opposed by the Hawaiian people. The young princess rallies to her people’s cause. (Age Range: 9 to 12)

Marie Antoinette, princess of Versailles / Kathryn Lasky
Marie Antonia of Vienna has her whole life mapped out ahead of her. She is to marry Dauphin Louis Auguste, the eldest grandson of King Louis XV. As his wife, she will be called Marie Antoinette and will be the highest princess of France. Upon the death of the king, she will become Queen Marie Antoinette. But she dreads both new roles. (Age Range: 9 to 12)

Elizabeth I, red rose of the House of Tudor / Kathryn Lasky
Through the diary entries of twelve-year-old Elizabeth I, readers taken inside the palaces of King Henry VIII. Here is a life of intrigue. Everyone seems to be jockeying for power. Constant fear of offending the King and being executed are coupled with worry of being poisoned by an enemy within the court. An intelligent and hard-working Elizabeth describes her schooling, the royal tutors, and her relationship with siblings and friends. Hers is a tale of longing to be loved by her father; basking in the glow of that love when it is occasionally given; and being devastated when she is periodically banned from his palace. (Age Range: 9 to 12)

Isabel : Jewel of Castilla / Carolyn Meyer
King Enrique of Spain sees his 14-year-old sister, Princess Isabel, as a pawn to be used to strengthen his rule over the kingdom. He tries to marry her off to any patron who would benefit his political cause. Luckily, Isabel manages to escape each unfavorable suitor, avert danger from warring forces in the land, and find the one man she actually wants to marry. (Age Range: 9 to 12)

Jahanara, Princess of Princesses / Kathryn Lasky
Beginning in 1627, Princess Jahanara, first daughter of Shah Jahan of India’s Mogul Dynasty, writes in her diary about political intrigues, weddings, battles, and other experiences of her life. Includes historical notes on Jahanara’s later life and on the Mogul Empire. (Age Range: 9 to 12)

Nzingha, warrior queen of Matamba / Pat McKissack
Presents the fictional diary of thirteen-year-old Nzingha, a sixteenth-century West African princess who loves to hunt and hopes to lead her kingdom one day against the invasion of the Portuguese slave traders. (Age Range: 9 to 12)

Cleopatra VII, daughter of the Nile / Kristiana Gregory
While her father is in hiding after attempts on his life, twelve-year-old Cleopatra records in her diary how she fears for her own safety and hopes to survive to become Queen of Egypt some day. (Age Range: 9 to 12)

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