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1/24: New at the library this week

Posted by Laura Haskins - Library Director on January 24, 2011

Movies

Only you
A single man
Arlington Road
Up in the air
The last station
Crazy heart

Books

The lost gate / Orson Scott Card
Danny North grew up in a family of gods – the poor remnants of the mages who once went by names like Odin, Thor, and Freya. When the gates that led to their home world of Westil were closed by Loki in 632 a.d., they lost much of their power. When Danny realizes that he is a gatemage, he has to flee the family compound in western Virginia and make his own way in the world, at least until he learns how to control his gift and reopen a gate between the worlds. Not only does he face the ordinary dangers of a teenager trying to survive on his own in America, and the mages who would kill him if they realized what he was, but also, if he ever succeeds in opening a gate to Westil, he can expect to be stripped of all his power by the Gate Thief, who seems determined to keep all gates closed. (Mither Mages Series , #1 )

The outcast / Sadie Jones
In 1957 Lewis Aldridge, newly released from prison, returns home to Waterford, a suburban town outside London. He is nineteen years old. A decade earlier his father’s homecoming at war’s end was greeted with far less apprehension by the staid, tightly knit community—thanks to Gilbert Aldridge’s easy acceptance of suburban ritual and routine. Nobody is surprised that Gilbert’s wife counters convention, but the entire community is shocked when, after one of their jaunts, Lewis comes back without her.
No one in Waterford wants Lewis back—except Kit, a young woman who sympathizes with his grief and burgeoning rage. But in her attempts to set them both free, Kit fails to foresee the painful and horrifying secrets that must first be forced into the open. The consequences for Lewis, his family, and the tightly knit community are devastating. (read an excerpt)

The cockatiel handbook / Matthew M. Vriends
Cockatiels – parrot-related birds that originated in Australia – come in a variety of color mutations. This handbook gives detailed purchase advice, considerations related to caging, proper nutrition, grooming, health care, and keeping the bird safe from household hazards. (Table of contents)

Living with a cockatiel / Neil A. Forbes
The cockatiel is one of the most popular of all pet birds, and has a well-deserved reputation for being easy to care for and fun to own. Cockatiels are small, they come in lots of different colors, and they love being with people, so it’s no surprise that they have a worldwide fan club. This book tells you about cockatiels in their native habitat, describes the different colors and varieties that have been developed, and gives tailor-made advice on diet, care, and training. Perhaps best of all, it offers funny and heart-warming stories from cockatiel owners who describe what it’s really like to live with a cockatiel. Lavishly illustrated, Living With A Cockatiel is a must-have book for every cockatiel enthusiast.

A field of darkness / Cornelia Read
Closet debutante and fledgling journalist Madeline Dare would be the first to tell you her money’s so old there’s none left. The summer of 1988 finds her in brokedown upstate New York and desperate to achieve escape velocity. When a set of dog tags turns up at the scene of a decades-unsolved double murder, she may have found that longed-for ticket out of town.
Downside: the name on the tags is that of her favorite Oyster Bay cousin, scion of a vindictive and still-powerful branch of the family. Maddie’s investigation triggers a string of grisly new murders, and the trail of blue blood leads right to her door. (Madeline Dare Series #1; read a sample chapter)

The Darwin awards / Wendy Northcutt
Named in honor of Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, The Darwin Awards vividly portrays the finest examples of evolution in action, and shows us just how uncommon common sense can be.
Marvel at the thief who steals electrical wires without shutting off the current. Gape at the lawnchair jockey who floats to a height of 16,000 feet suspended by helium balloons. Learn from the man who peers into a gasoline can using a cigarette lighter. All three — and many more — contend for Darwin Awards when their choices culminate in magnificent misadventures.

The Darwin awards II : unnatural selection / Wendy Northcutt
The bestselling phenomenon returns with a hilarious new compendium of mishaps, misadventures, and fatal missteps that show once again how far we’ve climbed the evolutionary food chain. (read a sample chapter)

Bear attacks of the century : true stories of courage and survival / Larry Mueller
Unflinching accounts of human and ursine encounters. (Table of contents)

Saved in the city / Jacquelin Thomas
Twenty-one-year-old Patterson Haney has always dreamed of leaving her small Georgia town, moving to New York City and becoming a model. She’s been blessed with the looks and the spirit to succeed, and she knows that God will guide her every step in the competitive profession. But when she meets smooth-talking, gorgeous Miller Baisden, it’s her personal life that poses the greatest challenge: Patterson is torn between the powerful attraction Miller awakens in her, and her desire to maintain her morals.
Pampered native New Yorker Macy Baldwin has taken a lot for granted, including her wealthy parents’ financial support—until they cut her off for flunking out of college. Pretty and fashionable, Macy decides to pursue modeling. If things don’t work out, she can always fall back on her plan of finding a rich husband. And when she discovers that a handsome, widowed stockbroker needs a nanny for his little girl, Macy is sure her erratic prayers have been answered. But when she finds herself actually working for a living, she realizes God works in mysterious ways….
Born with the striking features and statuesque height of a true Nubian queen, social worker LaRue Arnette has often been mistaken for a model. But when she surprises her Baptist minister father and devout mother by quitting her job and leaving California to give modeling a try, she can’t help but wonder—is she fleeing from her true calling? A certain tenderhearted reverend may be the one to lead her to the answer that’s always been in her heart. (read a sample chapter)

Julie of the wolves / Jean Craighead George
To her small Eskimo village, she is known as Miyax; to her friend in San Francisco, she is Julie. When the village is no longer safe for her, Miyax runs away. But she soon finds herself lost in the Alaskan wilderness, without food, without even a compass to guide her.
Slowly she is accepted by a pack of Arctic wolves, Mid she grows to love them as though they were family. With their help, and drawing on her father’s teachings, Miyax struggles day by clay to survive. But the time comes when she must leave the wilderness and choose between the old ways an(] the new. Which will she choose? For she is Miyax of the Eskimos—but Julie of the Wolves.
Faced with the prospect of a disagreeable arranged marriage or a journey acoss the barren Alaskan tundra, 13-year-old Miyax chooses the tundra. She finds herself caught between the traditional Eskimo ways and the modern ways of the whites. Miyax, or Julie as her pen pal Amy calls her, sets out alone to visit Amy in San Francisco, a world far away from Eskimo culture and the frozen land of Alaska.
During her long and arduous journey, Miyax comes to appreciate the value of her Eskimo heritage, learns about herself, and wins the friednship of a pack of wolves. After learning the language of the wolves and slowly earning their trust, Julie becomes a member of the pack.Age Range: 12 and up; read a sample chapter)

Goodbye, my island / Jean Rogers
Esther Atoolik’s village is getting smaller; there aren’t enough children to keep the school open. What to do? the people ask. Should we abandon our island? Here is the tender, true story of Esther’s last season in her island home. (Age Range: 7)

Black sand and gold : true Alaska-Yukon gold-rush story / Edward Burchall Lung; Ella (Lung) Martinsen

The last time they met / Anita Shreve
From the last time Linda and Thomas meet, at a charmless hotel in a distant city, to the moment, thirty-five years earlier, when a chance encounter on a rocky beach binds them fatefully together, this hypnotically compelling novel unfolds a tale of intense passion, drama, and suspense. (read an excerpt)

Sea glass / Anita Shreve
The story of a pair of young newlyweds who, setting out to build a life together in a derelict beach house on the Atlantic coast, soon discover how threatening the world outside their front door can be. (read a sample chapter)

Where or when / Anita Shreve
What would you do if out of the blue, you received a letter from your first love? Siân Richards sees no reason why she can’t write back to Charles Callahan. After all, it’s been thirty years and they are both married with families. But when they decide to meet again, an innocent correspondence becomes a dangerous intimacy. Swept up in the past and consumed by an obsessive love, Charles and Siân risk everything to be together.

[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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