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8/20: New at the library this week

Posted by Laura Haskins - Library Director on August 20, 2011

Movies

127 hours
A star is born

Books

White heat / M. J. McGrath
Half Inuit and half outsider, Edie Kiglatuk is the best guide in her corner of the Arctic. But as a woman, she gets only grudging respect from the elders who ruled her isolated community on Ellesmere Island. When a man is shot and killed while out on an “authentic” Arctic adventure under her watch, the murder attracts the attention of police sergeant Derek Palliser. As Edie sets out to discover what those tourists were really after, she is shocked by the suicide of someone very close to her. Though these events are seemingly unrelated, Edie’s Inuit hunter sensibility tells her otherwise. With or without Derek’s help, she is determined to find the key to this connection-a search that takes her beyond her small village, and into the far reaches of the tundra.

Gabby Hayes: king of the cowboy comics / Bobby J. Copeland ; Richard B. Smith
Includes: Gabby’s biography; his films with Hoppy, Wild Bill, Roy and others; Gabby on radio and TV; his comic books; his Boys Ranch; Popularity rankings; Gabbyisms; remarks by his fans and co-workers; merchandising Gabby; Life after his screen career; his Westerns in review; Profusely illustrated with loads of photographs. Plus . . . the fans rate the sidekicks, and bonus articles on Russell Hayden and Jimmy Ellison and much more.

The birth partner : a complete guide to childbirth for dads, doulas, and other labor companions / Penny Simkin
For almost two decades, The Birth Partner has been the definitive guide for husbands, partners, relatives, friends, and doulas (labor assistants) who wish to help a woman have a positive childbirth experience. The expanded third edition provides the most up-to-date information about techniques and medications for easing labor pain; tests and treatments of the fetus and newborn; strategies to help labor progress; medical procedures; and how to best help the mother during the early postpartum period.

The complete idiot’s guide to raising chickens / Jerome D. Belanger
Covers every aspect of raising chickens, whether one lives in the country, suburb, or city. People wanting their own supply of organic, additive-free, free-range eggs want to know how to keep their chickens healthy and egg producing.

  • How to choose what to start with-chicks, pullets, or hens
  • How best to feed and water
  • Coverage of the most popular breeds
  • Everything about eggs, including how to sell them

The girlfriends’ guide to pregnancy : or everything your doctor won’t tell you / Vicki Iovine
(read a sample chapter)

The expectant father : facts, tips, and advice for dads-to-be / Armin A. Brott; Jennifer Ash
Your doctor gives you medical advice. Your mother buys you baby clothes. But who can give you the real skinny when you’re pregnant? Your girlfriends, of course — at least, the ones who’ve been through the exhilaration and exhaustion, the agony and ecstasy of pregnancy. Four-time delivery room veteran Vicki lovine talks to you the way that only a best friend can-in the book that will go the whole nine months for every mother-to-be. Here is straight talk about those little things that are too strange or embarrassing to ask anyone about, practical tips and hilarious takes on everything pregnant. From learning you’re expecting (“Oh my god, how do I get out of this?”) to the day your newborn arrives (“You mean I have to take the baby home with me?”), she gives you the lowdown on: WHAT REALLY HAPPENS TO YOUR BODY — from morning sickness to eating everything in sight, what to expect when going from being a babe to having one. COMMON FEARS AND PARANOIA — from turning into your mother to leaving the baby on the car roof, rest assured your anxieties are perfectly normal. THE MANY MOODS OF PREGNANCY — or why you’re so irritable/distracted/tired/lightheaded (or at least, more than usual). THE PREGNANCY YENTAS — from your mom to his mom, they think they know everything — and they don’t hesitate to tell you what you’re doing wrong.

The natural history essays / Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau is America’s preeminent literary naturalist; his work has become a mark against which later writers are invariably judged. Still, this popularity is largely based on the widespread familiarity of certain passages from “Walden”. Most of his separate essays are comparatively little known. Here collected are all of Thoreau’s known natural history essays, including “Huckleberries” and “Walking”.

Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei / Simon Richmond
Top adventure activity coverage–the best hiking, snorkelling, caving, diving or bird-watching info
Five authors and 2731 hours in-country researching this edition
More listings of sustainable businesses, to help you make the right choices.

The rough guide to Belize / Peter Eltringham
A complete and in-depth guide to the places, activities, people, customs and history of this fascinating Central American country. The full-colour ”Things Not to Miss” introduction shows the country”s highlights in a series of inspirational full-colour page spreads. There are accounts of all of Belize”s major Mayan sites, plus Tikal in Guatemala, along with contextual boxes on the culture of the Mayans. There are also full accounts of Belize”s diverse outdoor activities – from surfing and rafting to trekking and eco-tourism. Practical coverage provides all the details you need to get around and find the best places to eat, sleep and drink – from bustling Belize City to the remote beaches, lakes and mountains.

Kauai trailblazer : where to hike, snorkel, bike, paddle, surf / Jerry Sprout; Janine Sprout

The well-managed sailboat : equipping, organizing, and maintaining your cruising boat / George Day
From the invaluable tips on purchasing the sailboat that’s right for you, to maintenance and repair, to eventually selling your craft, The Well-Managed Sailboat provides a wealth of information and advice that can be relied on time and again as boaters encounter different situations and questions. The Well-Managed Sailboat is laced with anecdotes drawn from the author’s extensive firsthand sailing experience, which spans some twenty-five years and over forty thousand cruising miles.

The cage / Kenz¯o Kitakata
Kazuya Takino leads a quiet life running a supermarket in the Tokyo suburbs. But when an extortionist tries to force him out of business, he finds himself drawn into the yakuza underworld-a world he once called home and thought he had left behind. Pursuing him is Detective Takagi, an aficionado of French cigarettes and modernist poetry, the most decorated inspector on the Tokyo police force. As the shadowy Maruwa gang engages Takino in an escalating cycle of violence and retaliation, Detective Takagi can only stand by and watch as the beast within Takino is lured further and further out of his cage.

Sweden / Becky Ohlsen
Long summer days illuminate vibrant cities, where history blends with cutting-edge design. The aurora borealis sways above a vast landscape of wilderness, and dense forests and clear lakes frame picturesque wooden cottages. Discover Sweden’s captivating and diverse depths with this insightful, expert guide.

Let’s Go: Southeast Asia / Let’s Go Inc.
This bestselling series is written by Harvard students with budget travel in mind. Each book is revised and updated annually, and includes information on the essentials: orientation, accommodations, food, sights, and entertainment.

Time-Life Home Repair and Improvement series

[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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