3/20: New at the library this week
Posted by Laura Haskins - Library Director on March 20, 2011
Tisha : the story of a young teacher in the Alaska wilderness / Anne Purdy
The author tells the story as told to him of Anne Hobbs, a woman who went to Alaska in the 1920’s to teach, but who had trouble due to her kindness to the Indians there.
The stone diaries / Carol Shields
Born in 1905, Daisy Goodwill drifts through the chapters of childhood, marriage, widowhood, remarriage, motherhood and old age. Bewildered by her inability to understand her own role, Daisy attempts to find a way to tell her own story within a novel that is itself about the limitations of autobiography. (read an excerpt)
Paranoia / Joseph Finder
Adam Cassidy is twenty-six and a low-level employee at a high-tech corporation who hates his job. When he manipulates the system to do something nice for a friend, he finds himself charged with a crime. Corporate Security gives him a choice: prison—or become a spy in the headquarters of their chief competitor, Trion Systems.
They train him. They feed him inside information. Now, at Trion, he’s a star, skyrocketing to the top. He finds he has talents he never knew he possessed. He’s rich, drives a Porsche, lives in a fabulous apartment, and works directly for the CEO. He’s dating the girl of his dreams.
His life is perfect. And all he has to do to keep it that way is betray everyone he cares about and everything he believes in.
But when he tries to break off from his controllers, he finds he’s in way over his head, trapped in a world in which nothing is as it seems and no one can really be trusted. (read an excerpt)
Northern edge / Barbara Quick
A city woman leaves her office job in Berkeley in pursuit of adventure and romance in Alaska. What she finds is a landscape of stark beauty, physical hardship, a rivalry turned friendship with an extraordinary woman–and herself.
Other days : selections from a work in progress : essays / John Meade Haines
Collection of short stories based on author’s memories of his life in Alaska.
My bonny light horseman : being an account of the further adventures of Jacky Faber, in love and war / L. A. Meyer
The irrepressible Jacky Faber is captured by British Naval Intelligence and forced to spy against France in order to save her friends. (Bloody Jack Adventure Series #6; Age Range: Young Adult; read an excerpt)
Rapture of the deep : being an account of the further adventures of Jacky Faber, soldier, sailor, mermaid, spy / L. A. Meyer
On the very day that Jacky Faber is to wed her true love, she is kidnapped by British Naval Intelligence and forced to embark on yet another daring mission—this time to search for sunken Spanish gold. But when Jacky is involved, things don’t always go as planned.
Jacky has survived battles on the high seas, the stifling propriety of a Boston finishing school, and even confinement in a dank French prison. But no adventure has quite matched her opportunistic street-urchin desires—until now. (Bloody Jack Adventure Series #7; Age Range: Young Adult)
The wake of the Lorelei Lee : being an account of the adventures of Jacky Faber on her way to Botany Bay / L. A. Meyer
Jacky Faber, rich from her exploits diving for Spanish gold, has purchased the Lorelei Lee to carry passengers across the Atlantic. Believing she has been absolved of past sins against the Crown, Jacky docks in London to take on her crew, but is instead arrested and sentenced to life in the newly formed penal colony in Australia.
To add insult to injury, the Lorelei Lee is confiscated to carry Jacky and more than 200 female convicts to populate New South Wales. Not one to give in to self pity, Jacky rallies her sisters to “better” their position–resulting in wild escapades, brushes with danger, and much hilarity. Will Jacky find herself a founding mother of New South Wales, Australia? Not if she has anything to do about it! (Bloody Jack Adventure Series #8; Age Range: Young Adult)
Skeleton Coast / Clive Cussler
Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the covert combat ship Oregon have barely escaped a mission on the Congo River when they intercept a mayday from a defenseless boat under fire off the African coast. Cabrillo takes action, saving the beautiful Sloane Macintyre-who’s looking for a long-submerged ship that may hold a fortune in diamonds. But what surprises Cabrillo is her story about a crazy fisherman who claims to have been attacked on the open sea by giant metal snakes in the same area.
What begins as a snake hunt leads Cabrillo onto the trail of a far more lethal quarry-a deranged militant and his followers who plan to unleash the devastating power of nature itself against all who oppose them.(Oregon Files Series #4)
Sacred stone / Clive Cussler
In the remote wastes of Greenland, a young scientist has unearthed an artifact hidden in a cave for a millennium – a 50,000 year-old meteorite known as the Sacred Stone – which he soon discovers possesses potentially catastrophic radioactive power.
The astounding find places him in the cross hairs of two opposing terrorist groups who seek the stone for themselves. One is a group of Muslim extremists who have stolen a nuclear device. With the power of the meteorite, they could vaporize any city in the west. The other group is led by a megalomaniacal industrialist who seeks to carry out the utter annihilation of Islam itself.
Caught between two militant factions bent on wholesale slaughter, Juan Cabrillo and his ship of high-tech mercenaries known as the Corporation must fight to protect the scientist and the Sacred Stone – and prevent the outbreak of World War III… (Oregon Files Series #2; read a sample chapter)
Serpent: A novel from the NUMA files / Clive Cussler
When Kurt Austin, leader of an underwater exploration team, rescues marine archaeologist Nina Kirov, he becomes the target of madman Texas industrialist Don Halcon. Only Austin and his team stand between Halcon and the the sunken Italian luxury liner Andrea Doria, holding a priceless pre-Columbian antiquity. (read a sample chapter)
Sing you home / Jodi Picoult
Music has set the tone for most of Zoe Baxter’s life. There’s the melody that reminds her of the summer she spent rubbing baby oil on her stomach in pursuit of the perfect tan. A dance beat that makes her think of using a fake ID to slip into a nightclub. A dirge that marked the years she spent trying to get pregnant.
For better or for worse, music is the language of memory. It is also the language of love.
In the aftermath of a series of personal tragedies, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist. When an unexpected friendship slowly blossoms into love, she makes plans for a new life, but to her shock and inevitable rage, some people—even those she loves and trusts most—don’t want that to happen. (read an excerpt)
Mark of the lion / Suzanne Middendorf Arruda
In 1919, when most women only dream of adventure, Jade del Cameron lives it. After driving an ambulance along the front lines of World War I, she can fire a rifle with deadly precision. Still suffering trauma from the Great War, she sets off for Africa determined to fulfill a man’s dying wish…never expecting to become involved in murder. (Jade del Cameron Series #1)
Holiday grind / Cleo Coyle
When Village Blend manager Clare Cosi finds a red-suited body in the snow, she adds solving Santa’s slaying to her coffeehouse menu, only to discover the jolly old soul had a list that he was checking twice-and the folks on it were not very nice.
Superbaby : 12 ways to give your child a head start in the first 3 years / Jenn Berman
The first three years of life are the most important for nurturing a child’s full potential: that’s when they start forming attachments, developing a sense of self, and learning to trust. During this time, there are critical windows of opportunity that parents can take advantage of-if they know how. In a dozen succinct yet information-packed chapters, award-winning columnist and professional therapist Dr. Jenn Berman gives parents the knowledge they need. Her enlightening sidebars, bulleted lists, and concrete, easy-to-use strategies will help parents raise happy, healthy babies…who grow to be flourishing toddlers and successful adults. (table of contents)
Kalapana / Carolyn Everett Han
A true story, this book can help young children who are grieving over the death of a beloved pet. The story takes place on the Big Island of Hawaii, where change is a way of life….each day Pele give and she takes away. Kalapana is the touching story of a cat named Kalapana who is injured during one of Pele’s volcanic eruptions at Kilauea on the Big Island of Hawaii. A young girl named Pua finds him and lovingly and tenderly helps him on the road to recovery. When Kalapana eventually dies, something very special happens. …something that reminds us that life is a circle, without beginning or end.
The quilting, patchwork & applique project book / Dorothea Hall
North Pacific seaweeds / Rita M. O’Clair
This text provides definitive information on common seaweeds of the north Pacific that inhabit rocky shores. It provides detailed species descriptions, habitat information and dispersal information for 150 species, including the seagrasses.
Invertebrates : nature stories for children / Barbara Batulla
Pagoo / Holling Clancy Holling
An intricate study of tide pool life is presented in text and pictures through the story of Pagoo, a hermit crab. (Age Range: 6 to 11)
[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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