2/19: New at the library this week
Posted by Laura Haskins - Library Director on February 20, 2011
The astronaut farmer
Kate & Leopold
Talladega nights : The ballad of Ricky Bobby
World Trade Center
The 300 Spartans
Eight legged freaks
Train ride to Hollywood
The man in the iron mask
We were soldiers
The wedding date
Woman thou art loosed
Magic of the white city expo
The crocodile hunter : Collision course
Every time we say goodbye
Akeelah and the bee
The greatest game
The good shepherd
Tears of the sun
The snowflake rebellion / Tom Brennan
A young couple moves to Alaska from the East. Deeply in love, Colin and Sheila Callihan take opposing paths, he an oil company geologist, she an environmental activist. He discovers a vast oil reservoir on the North Slope; she becomes his most vocal critic.
Governor Jimmy Pender asks Colin to join the Alaskan Independence Party and bring it under control. The party’s increasingly militant members are creating a political firestorm. The state rebels against decisions made in Washington and economic control by outsiders. Colin leads the rebels’ insurrection.
After 50 years as a state, might Alaska go its own way?
Unbroken : a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption / Laura Hillenbrand
On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.
The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.
Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will. (read an excerpt)
Though not dead / Dana Stabenow
The residents of Alaska’s largest national park are stunned by the death of one of their oldest members, eighty-seven-year-old Old Sam Dementieff…Even private investigator Kate Shugak. Sam, a lifelong resident, dubbed the “father” of all of the Park rats—even though he had no children of his own—was especially close to Kate, his niece, but even she is surprised to discover that in his will he’s left her everything, including a letter instructing her simply to, “find my father.”
Easier said than done, since Sam’s father is something of a mystery. An outsider, he disappeared shortly after learning about Sam’s existence, taking with him a priceless tribal artifact, a Russian icon. And in the three days after Kate begins her search through Sam’s background, she gets threatened—and worse.
The flashbacks from Sam’s fascinating life, including scenes from major events in Alaska’s colorful history, punctuate a gripping story in which Kate does her best to fulfill Sam’s last wish without losing her own life to the people who are following her every move, though what they are searching for Kate doesn’t even know. (read an excerpt)
Staying alive in avalanche terrain / Bruce Tremper
Winter recreation in the backcountry has increased steadily over the years and so has the number of deaths and injuries caused by avalanches. As search and rescue teams are increasingly strapped for funding, self-education has become a larger necessity for snow-sport enthusiasts. The new edition of Bruce Tremper’s seminal book is organized according to the structure of American Avalanche Association classes and all chapters have been updated and reviewed by peer experts.
Backcountry Skiing: Skills for Ski Touring and Ski Mountaineering / Martin Volken, Scott Schell
For intermediate-to-advanced backcountry skiers
Includes safety, navigation, nutrition and fitness information, in addition to techniques
Provides advice on how to make well-informed decisions Martin Volken and his co-authors provide skiers with all the tools and knowledge they need to safely and successfully travel in the mountains. The guide features intermediate-to-advanced techniques for ski touring and ski mountaineering, from planning wilderness trips to perfecting turns in rolling terrain and mastering uphill climbing. For those skiers ready for a more technical, high alpine environment, they draw on traditional mountaineering skills, including roped climbing, setting protection anchors, using ice axes, climbing on bare rock, and more.
The fledgling handbook 101 / P. C. Cast
Merry meet, fledgling. Welcome to a new life, a new world, and a new you. Welcome to the House of Night!
This might seem like a scary time, Fledgling, but never fear! As you start your journey through the ancient halls of the House of Night, this indispensable handbook will aid you in your transition from human to fledgling. Within these pages you will find invaluable information about the history of vampyres. You will also come to a better understanding of your body’s transformation, as well as read words of hope from great vampyres of the past and learn essential foundations of rituals and lore. Now, Fledgling, read on. A new life awaits you; your path to that magickal future begins here! (House of Night series extra; Age Range: Young Adult)
Shopping for porcupine : a life in arctic Alaska / Seth Kantner
Seth Kantner’s Ordinary Wolves told the story of a white boy raised in a sod igloo on the Arctic tundra. A heartbreaking vision of a vanishing world, it established Kantner as one of the nation’s most original and authentic writers. Here, he returns to the setting of his debut novel with an autobiographical account of his own life in a rapidly changing land. Beginning with his parents’ migration to the Alaskan wilderness in the 1950s and extending to his own attempts to balance hunting with writing, Kantner recalls cold nights wrapped in caribou hides, fur-clad visitors arriving on dog sleds, swimming amidst ice floes for wounded waterfowl, and his longstanding respect for the old Iñupiaq ways. Captured in words and images, these details combine to reveal a singular landscape at a pivotal moment in its history. Both an elegy and a romp, the book illuminates a world few will see as Kantner has.
The kids from nowhere : the story behind the Arctic educational miracle / George Guthridge
The gripping, true story of a group of Alaskan Eskimo students who, despite nearly impossible odds, achieve one of the most stunning educational feats in the history of American education. In 1982, George Guthridge brought his wife and two young daughters to Gambell, Alaska, a small village on the edge of the remote blizzard-swept St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea, one of the harshest and most remote places in Alaska. Guthridge was there to teach at a Siberian-Yupik school — a school so troubled it was under threat of closure. For its own reasons, the school district enters the students into one of the most difficult academic competitions in the nation. The school has no computers and very few books. The students lack world knowledge and speak English as a second language. Still, George resolves to coach them to a state championship. But the students have an even greater goal of their own.
Runaways 9: Dead wrong
The beginning of a whole new Runaways! Comics legend Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise, Echo) and super-star artist Humberto Ramos (X-Men, Wolverine, Spider-Man) run back to Los Angeles with your favorite teen heroes. But it’s not the same city they left so long ago. The Runaways try to stay off the radar, but the sins of their parents won’t make that possible…
Runaways 10: Rock zombies
The spookiest Runaways tale ever! The Val Rhymin subplot has been brewing for a while and peeks here! Chase’s boss is not what he seems! Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise, Echo) welcomes former Runaways artist Takeshi Miyazawa aboard for this creepy tale of magic and mayhem! (Age Range: Young Adult)
Clara and Mr. Tiffany / Susan Vreeland
It’s 1893, and at the Chicago World’s Fair, Louis Comfort Tiffany makes his debut with a luminous exhibition of innovative stained-glass windows, which he hopes will honor his family business and earn him a place on the international artistic stage. But behind the scenes in his New York studio is the freethinking Clara Driscoll, head of his women’s division. Publicly unrecognized by Tiffany, Clara conceives of and designs nearly all of the iconic leaded-glass lamps for which he is long remembered.
Clara struggles with her desire for artistic recognition and the seemingly insurmountable challenges that she faces as a professional woman, which ultimately force her to protest against the company she has worked so hard to cultivate. She also yearns for love and companionship, and is devoted in different ways to five men, including Tiffany, who enforces to a strict policy: he does not hire married women, and any who do marry while under his employ must resign immediately. Eventually, like many women, Clara must decide what makes her happiest—the professional world of her hands or the personal world of her heart.(read an excerpt)
Tales of the trapline : a romance of old Alaska / Janette Ross Riehle
“Sylvia, will you go out on the trapline with me this fall?” Vernon asked. “Well, don’t you think we should get married first?” she asked, not wanting him to think that she was that kind of girl. His reply was quick in coming, “I already asked you to do that. That hasn’t changed.” “Well, in that case,” she blushed, “the answer is Yes. Yes, I’ll go out to the creek with you.” Vernon wanted to get married right away, but there was one difficulty. . . . They were both young, adventuresome, and accustomed to hard work, hardships and depending on their own resources, as they made their plans that summer of 1937. Two months later, they began their trip to an isolated trapline cabin on Alexander Creek, 40 miles from Anchorage, which was to be their new home. But would they be able to face the challenges of traveling up a swift, winding stream in a 14-foot rowboat, of spending the winter alone without seeing another human being for weeks at a time, of making a living by trapping, raising mink, and fishing out of the stream in front of the cabin, of cutting trees and building a log cabin for their growing family? Would they escape the dangers of breaking through the ice during freezing weather, of crossing the frequently stormy Cook Inlet in an open dory, of accidents and illnesses with no way to call for medical help? Then there were the frustations of having four children in five years while living in a tiny one-room cabin, the tensions of the war years when all of Alaska was a war zone, the pain of losing Sylvia’s younger sister to cancer. . .
Leviathans of Jupiter / Ben Bova
Physicist Grant Archer, part of the exploratory team in 2002’s Jupiter, is now a research station director dedicated to proving the intelligence of the leviathans his team encountered 20 years earlier. He’s aided by four newcomers to the station: biologist and art student Deidre Ambrose; deep brain stimulation expert Andy Corvus; cyborg Dorn (familiar to readers of Bova’s Asteroid Wars novels); and engineering physicist Maxwell Yeager. Katherine Westfall, a powerful International Astronomical Authority member, is also en route to Jupiter, on a mission to shut down Archer’s team. (read an excerpt)
[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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