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9/24: New at the library this week

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

Movies

The mechanic

Books

Forbidden / Ted Dekker; Tosca Lee
Many years have passed since civilization’s brush with apocalypse. The world’s greatest threats have all been silenced. There is no anger, no hatred, no war. There is only perfect peace… and fear. But a terrible secret has been closely guarded for centuries: Every single soul walking the earth, though in appearance totally normal, is actually dead, long ago genetically stripped of true humanity.
Fleeing pursuit, with only moments to live, a young man named Rom stumbles into possession of a vial of blood and a piece of cryptic writing. When consumed, the blood will bring him back to life. When decoded, the message will lead him on a perilous journey that will require him to abandon everything he has ever known and awaken humanity to the transforming power of true life and love.
But the blood will also resurrect hatred, ambition, and greed.

Sea of poppies / Amitav Ghosh
At the heart of this vibrant saga is an immense ship, the Ibis. Its destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean, its purpose to fight China’s vicious nineteenth-century Opium Wars. As for the crew, they are a motley array of sailors and stowaways, coolies and convicts.
In a time of colonial upheaval, fate has thrown together a diverse cast of Indians and Westerners, from a bankrupt Raja to a widowed tribeswoman, from a mulatto American freedman to a free-spirited French orphan. As their old family ties are washed away, they, like their historical counterparts, come to view themselves as jahaj-bhais, or ship brothers. An unlikely dynasty is born, which will span continents, races, and generations. (read an excerpt)

Turn of mind / Alice LaPlante
Dr. Jennifer White, recently widowed and a newly retired orthopedic surgeon, is entering the beginning stages of dementia — where the impossibility of recognizing reality can be both a blessing and a curse.As the story opens, Jennifer’s life-long friend and neighbor, Amanda, has been killed, and four fingers surgically removed. Dr. White is the prime suspect in the murder and she herself doesn’t know if she did it or not. (read an excerpt)

West of here / Jonathan Evison
At the foot of the Elwha River, the muddy outpost of Port Bonita is about to boom, fueled by a ragtag band of dizzyingly disparate men and women unified only in their visions of a more prosperous future. A failed accountant by the name of Ethan Thornburgh has just arrived in Port Bonita to reclaim the woman he loves and start a family. Ethan’s obsession with a brighter future impels the damming of the mighty Elwha to harness its power and put Port Bonita on the map.
More than a century later, his great-great grandson, a middle manager at a failing fish- packing plant, is destined to oversee the undoing of that vision, as the great Thornburgh dam is marked for demolition, having blocked the very lifeline that could have sustained the town. (read a sample chapter)

Terrier / Tamora Pierce
Beka Cooper is a rookie with the law-enforcing Provost’s Guard, and she’s been assigned to the Lower City. It’s a tough beat that’s about to get tougher, as Beka’s limited ability to communicate with the dead clues her in to an underworld conspiracy. Someone close to Beka is using dark magic to profit from the Lower City’s criminal enterprises—and the result is a crime wave the likes of which the Provost’s Guard has never seen before. (Beka Cooper Series #1; Age Range: Young Adult; read a sample chapter)

Bloodhound / Tamora Pierce
Beka Cooper is finally a Dog’a full-fledged member of the Provost’s Guard, dedicated to keeping peace in Corus’s streets. But there’s unrest in Tortall’s capital. Counterfeit coins are turning up in shops all over the city, and merchants are raising prices to cover their losses. The Dogs discover that gamblers are bringing the counterfeit money from Port Caynn. In Port Caynn, Beka delves deep into the gambling world, where she meets a charming banking clerk named Dale Rowan. Beka thinks she may be falling for Rowan, but she won’t let anything’or anyone’jeopardize her mission. As she heads north to an abandoned silver mine, it won’t be enough for Beka be her usual “terrier” self. She’ll have to learn from Achoo to sniff out the criminals—to be a Bloodhound. (Beka Cooper Series #2; Age Range: Young Adult; read an excerpt)

Lockdown: Escape from Furnace 1 / Alexander Gordon Smith
Furnace Penitentiary: the world’s most secure prison for young offenders, buried a mile beneath the earth’s surface. Convicted of a murder he didn’t commit, sentenced to life without parole, “new fish” Alex Sawyer knows he has two choices: find a way out, or resign himself to a death behind bars, in the darkness at the bottom of the world. Except in Furnace, death is the least of his worries. Soon Alex discovers that the prison is a place of pure evil, where inhuman creatures in gas masks stalk the corridors at night, where giants in black suits drag screaming inmates into the shadows, where deformed beasts can be heard howling from the blood-drenched tunnels below. And behind everything is the mysterious, all-powerful warden, a man as cruel and dangerous as the devil himself, whose unthinkable acts have consequences that stretch far beyond the walls of the prison.
Together with a bunch of inmates—some innocent kids who have been framed, others cold-blooded killers—Alex plans an escape. But as he starts to uncover the truth about Furnace’s deeper, darker purpose, Alex’s actions grow ever more dangerous, and he must risk everything to expose this nightmare that’s hidden from the eyes of the world. (Age Range: 12 and up; read a sample chapter)

NERDS 2! : M is for Mama’s boy / Michael Buckley
Goonies meets James Bond-style hijinks continue with a group of unpopular fifth-graders who run a spy network right under their teachers’ noses. Their tech-loving, geeky ways may get them shunned by the “it” crowd, but with a little help from science, these kids’ most dweeby qualities become big-time weapons in the fight against super-villains. (Age Range: 12 and up)

NERDS 3 : the cheerleaders of doom / Michael Buckley
Matilda “Wheezer” Choi, the asthmatic who can fly and kick butt courtesy of her nanobyte-enhanced inhalers, loves pro wrestling and hates anything “girlie.” Maybe that’s because she grew up with six brothers—or maybe it’s because her home life has become a battle zone in the conflict between her parents. Unfortunately for Wheezer, when a former member of NERDS turned villain gets extensive plastic surgery in order to become a cheerleader, Matilda must swallow her pride to successfully infiltrate the squad.
The newest supervillain, Gerdie Baker, assisted by the criminal mastermind Simon, has created a device that opens portals to other worlds, which she and the other cheerleaders have been pillaging. But the alternate realities are starting to get awfully close together, so it’s up to Wheezer and the NERDS to stop the cheerleaders before the worlds collide. (Age Range: 8 to 12)

The rescue / Kathryn Lasky
Now that Soren has been reunited with his sister, Eglantine, he must face his next challenge: making sense of the mysterious disappearance of his mentor, Ezylryb. When Soren discovers that Ezylryb is in danger, he and his friends Gylfie, Twilight, and Digger devise a plan to save the beloved teacher.
In this process, Soren must fight a ferocious foe who wears a terrifying metal beak, sharpened for battle. It’s not until the confrontation is over that Soren discovers the true identity of his opponent. The metal beaked warrior is Soren’s evil brother, Kludd. (Age Range: 9 to 12; Guardians of Ga’Hoole Series #3)

The siege / Kathryn Lasky
A war breaks out in the owl kingdom when an evil group tries to take control of the Great Ga’Hoole Tree. Soren and the other Ga’Hoolian owls must fight to protect their tree and restore peace.
Soren’s beloved mentor, Ezylryb, is finally back at the Great Ga’Hoole Tree. But all is not well. There’s a war between good and evil in the owl kingdom. On one side is a group led by Soren’s fearsome brother, Kludd, who wears a terrifying metal mask to cover his battle-scarred face. On the other side are the owls of the Great Ga’Hoole Tree, who must fight to protect their legendary tree from Kludd’s attacks.
Soren, his friends, and the other owls at the Great Ga’Hoole Tree enter into fierce combat against Kludd’s forces. They win a major battle, but warfare will continue in Book #5. (Age Range: 9 to 12; Guardians of Ga’Hoole Series #4)

The shattering / Kathryn Lasky
In the midst of war, Eglantine unwittingly becomes a spy for Kludd, leader of the Pure Ones (a group of evil owls). She is brainwashed by an owl sent by the Pure Ones to infiltrate the Great Ga’Hoole Tree. Her odd behavior eventually attracts attention, and Soren and his friends vow to find out what’s wrong with Eglantine. They ultimately learn what happened and help her reverse the effects of the brainwashing.
Kludd continues to battle against the Guardians of Ga’Hoole for control of their tree. In the end, Kludd and his forces are defeated. But his conflict with Soren is not yet over. (Age Range: 9 to 12; Guardians of Ga’Hoole Series #5)

Duck & Goose find a pumpkin / Tad Hills
Duck and Goose, where is your pumpkin? Is it in the log? Is it under the leaves? Is it in the apple tree? Preschoolers will surely enjoy going on a pumpkin hunt with Duck and Goose . . . especially when they find the perfect pumpkin at the end! (Age Range: For infants or children in preschool; board book)

Trick or treat, Marley! / John Grogan
It’s Halloween, the silliest and spookiest night of the year. And when Marley’s around, it’s also the messiest! This year the family is throwing a big Halloween party, and Marley wants to help with the preparations. But in typical Marley fashion, instead of helping he causes havoc. He gets his head stuck in a pumpkin, turns the streamers into confetti, eats all of the Halloween candy, and that’s just the beginning! (Age Range: 4 to 8)

Brand-new baby blues / Kathi Appelt
The good ol’ days are over.
It’s official, it’s the news!
With my brand-new baby brother came the brand-new baby blues!
When a new baby wears her old pajamas, sleeps in her old bed, and seems to get all her parents’ attention, a girl’s bound to sing the blues. Is there anything a baby brother can do to change her tune? (Age Range: 3 to 6)

Bear’s loose tooth / Karma Wilson
From a cave in the forest
came a “MUNCH, MUNCH, CRUNCH!”
as Bear and his friends
all nibbled on their lunch.

Bear and his friends are munching on their lunch, when all of sudden… Bear feels something wiggling and wobbling in his mouth. Oh, no! What can it be? It’s Bear’s first loose tooth!
In the first Bear book in three years, Bear’s friends ease his concerns about his wiggly, wobbly tooth and help him understand losing a baby tooth is perfectly natural. (Age Range: 3 to 7)

Pete the Cat : Rocking in my school shoes / Eric Litwin
Pete the Cat is back—and this time he’s rocking in his school shoes. Pete discovers the library, the lunchroom, the playground, and lots of other cool places at school. And no matter where he goes, Pete never stops moving and grooving and singing his song . . . because it’s all good. (Age Range: 3 to 7)

Burt Dow : Deep-water man / Robert McCloskey
Whenever Burt Dow, who lives in a snug little house on the Maine coast, sets out to sea, his pet giggling gull goes along. But this time, it will take all his might and some plain old ingenuity to save him and the gull from a raging storm. (Age Range: 5 to 11)

Fancy Nancy : Our Thanksgiving banquet / Jane O’Connor
This is going to be the best Thanksgiving ever!
There is a gigantic turkey, Grandma’s secret stuffing, green beans, and authentic cranberry sauce, the kind that doesn’t come out of a can. And desserts? There are almost too many to count. (Age Range: 4 to 7)

The Family handyman helpful hints : quick and easy solutions, timesaving tips, tricks of the trade / Reader’s Digest Association
The biggest, best organized, and most complete collection of moneysaving, timesaving home and workshop hints and tips ever assembled. More than 2,000 ingenious, truly useful tips and tricks for the home handyman.

Ask the Family handyman : fast answers to more than 1000 often-asked questions / Reader’s Digest Association
When doityourself questions pop up, turn to the experts for ontarget, timesaving solutions. From the “Ask the Family Handyman” column, here are over 1,000 answers to real questions millions of homeowners face.

Koga’s zero : the fighter that changed World War II / Jim Rearden
Found upside down in an Alaskan bog shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, a Japanese Zero fighter aircraft was retrieved and soon test flown by US pilots. Knowledge gained from those flights ended the domination of the Zero in the Pacific.

Cocktails for three / Madeleine Wickham
Roxanne: glamorous, self-confident, with a secret lover — a married man
Maggie: capable and high-achieving, until she finds the one thing she can’t cope with — motherhood
Candice: honest, decent, or so she believes — until a ghost from her past turns up
At the first of every month, when the office has reached its pinnacle of hysteria, Maggie, Roxanne, and Candice meet at London’s swankiest bar for an evening of cocktails and gossip. Here, they chat about what’s new at The Londoner, the glossy fashion magazine where they all work, and everything else that’s going on in their lives. Or almost everything. Beneath the girl talk and the laughter, each of the three has a secret. And when a chance encounter at the cocktail bar sets in motion an extraordinary chain of events, each one will find their biggest secret revealed. (read an excerpt)

Trading up / Candace Bushnell
Modern-day heroine Janey Wilcox is a lingerie model whose reach often exceeds her grasp, and whose new-found success has gone to her head. As we follow Janey’s adventures, Bushnell draws us into a seemingly glamorous world of $100,000 cars, hunky polo players and media moguls, Fifth Avenue apartments, and relationships whose hidden agendas are detectable only by the socially astute. But just as Janey enters this world of too much money and too few morals, unseen forces conspire to bring her down, forcing her to reexamine her values about love and friendship-and how far she’s really willing to go to realize her dreams. (read an excerpt)

Breakers / William B. McCloskey
Breakers picks up where Highliners left off, following the fortunes of fisherman Hank Crawford, his wife Jody, iron-nosed cannery manager Swede Scorden, and the other vivid characters who make their living from the sea. Hank has come far from his days as a greenhorn. A skipper with his own boat and crew, he’s taken on a whole new set of responsibilities – a third child, a brand-new boat, a dream house, and plenty of bank loans. It all seems manageable as long as the seemingly endless hauls of crab and salmon keep flowing in. Then, suddenly as a winter squall, trouble hits. Hank’s boat is damaged; his youngest child falls ill; a devastatingly poor crab season brings little income; salmon prices plummet. During a trip to Japan, a troubled Hank is tempted to compromise his business ethics to save his boat – and drawn into a careless romance that could cost him the wife and family he loves.

Raiders / William B. McCloskey
Raiders is set in the early 1980s, heady years for Alaska fishermen, as they wrest control of their fishing grounds from foreign fleets. Banned by quotas from plundering U.S. waters as they had before, the foreign companies now hire Americans to catch fish for them under contract. Having entered into such an agreement with a Japanese firm, Hank meets hostility from his fellow fishermen, who see him as a traitor. But, Hank tells himself, he’s only doing what
he must in order to survive. He also has other things to worry about. His spirited wife Jody is captaining her own ship in perilous waters. The Turisfune family, owners of the Japanese fishing concern that bailed him out of debt, can take his boat if he’s not profitable. And Kodama, the new Japanese crewman Hank befriended and hired, is rubbing Hank’s men the wrong way with his aloof nature and samurai work ethic. But all pressures are worth it for the chance to keep fishing.

Alaska’s bush planes / Ned Rozell
Alaska has approximately six times as many pilots and fourteen times as many airplanes per capita as the rest of the United States. The Bush plane is a critical method of transportation for supplies and passengers in this vast state as well as a spectacular way to tour the majestic landscape. A perfect choice for Alaskan visitors and aviation enthusiasts, Alaska’s Bush Planes is loaded with stunning photos by Alaska’s best-known landscape photographers. Images include float, ski wheel, and amphibian planes, along with information on the challenging weather conditions that pilots face, the types of cargo and missions they fly, and their destinations. Extended captions provide technical information on various aircraft and how they perform in Alaska’s widely diverse terrains and climate zones, while an introductory essay covers the beginnings of aviation in Alaska.

Between summer’s longing and winter’s end : the story of a crime / Leif G. W. Persson
Beginning with the death of an unknown American citizen in Stockholm, Leif G.W. Persson slowly unravels the complex web of international espionage, greed, sheer incompetence, and work by a poorly constructed Swedish intelligence force that in this fiction lead to the murder of the prime minister. (read an excerpt)

The burning soul / John Connolly
Randall Haight has a secret: He is a convicted murderer, a man with the blood of a young girl on his hands. He has built a new life for himself in the small Maine town of Pastor’s Bay, but someone has discovered the truth about him. He is being tormented by anonymously sent reminders of his crime. He wants private detective Charlie Parker to make them go away.
But another girl has gone missing, this time from Pastor’s Bay itself, and her family has its own secrets to protect. Now, in a town built on blood and shadowed by old ghosts, Parker must unravel a twisted history of violence and deceit involving the police and the FBI, a doomed mobster and his enemies, and Randall Haight himself. (read an excerpt)

A hidden affair / Pam Jenoff
Ten years ago, U.S. State Department intelligence officer Jordan Weiss’s life was turned upside down when she was told her college boyfriend, Jared, drowned in the River Cam. In a shocking discovery, though, she realizes that things weren’t as they seemed and that she had been lied to and betrayed by those closest to her. Reeling from the shock— and the knowledge that Jared is still alive—Jordan resigns her State Department post and sets off in search of answers. Traveling to Jared’s last known whereabouts on the French Riviera, she encounters Nicole, a mysterious woman who flees after refusing to disclose what she knows about Jared.Following Nicole across Europe, Jordan soon discovers that she is not alone in her pursuit— Aaron, a handsome and enigmatic Israeli, is chasing Nicole for his own cryptic reasons. Though distrustful of each other, Jordan and Aaron join forces on a journey that takes them half a world away, and only steps ahead of grave peril.As Jordan draws closer to finding the answers that have eluded her for a decade, larger questions remain: Can she reconcile her attraction to Aaron with her unresolved feelings for Jared, the only man she ever loved? Will the truth be too devastating to handle or finally set her free?Will she have a chance at happiness at last? (read an excerpt)

You’re next / Gregg Andrew Hurwitz
Mike Wingate had a rough childhood? — ?he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted ?—? he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat; and his construction company is about to finish a “green” housing development that will secure a solid future for them all. Then the unimaginable happens: Something from Mike’s own past, a past he doesn’t even remember, comes back to visit terror upon him and his family. (read an excerpt)

The souls of Black folk / W. E. B. Du Bois
A revolutionary collection of essays about the African-American experience at the turn of the twentieth century. (read a sample chapter)

Chronicles / Bob Dylan
Through Dylan’s eyes and open mind, we see Greenwich Village, circa 1961, when he first arrives in Manhattan. Dylan’s New York is a magical city of possibilities – smokey, nightlong parties; literary awakenings; transient loves and unbreakable friendships. Elegiac observations are punctuated by jabs of memories, penetrating and tough. With the book’s side trips to New Orleans, Woodstock, Minnesota and points west, Chronicles, Volume I is an intimate and intensely personal recollection of extraordinary times. (read a sample chapter)

Up from slavery / Booker T. Washington
Booker T. Washington, the most recognized national leader, orator and educator, emerged from slavery in the deep south, to work for the betterment of African Americans in the post Reconstruction period.
Up From Slavery is an autobiography of Booker T. Washington’s life and work, which has been the source of inspiration for all Americans. Washington reveals his inner most thoughts as he transitions from ex-slave to teacher and founder of one of the most important schools for African Americans in the south, The Tuskegee Industrial Institute. (Table of contents; read an excerpt)

No hands : the rise and fall of the Schwinn Bicycle Company : an American institution / Judith Crown; Glenn Coleman
The 1950s was the era of the Black Phantom, the Schwinn Bicycle Company’s classic balloon-tire bike with chrome fenders that gleamed when you opened the garage door. These were the years when the name Schwinn was synonymous with bicycle, and the Chicago-based family company manufactured one of every four bikes sold in America. Since its establishment in 1895, Schwinn knew the pulse of its market. Repeatedly reinventing its product to capture the consumer’s imagination, the company sensed what Americans wanted and innovated first and fastest – bringing to life so many of the designs that shaped each generation’s idea of what made a real bike: high-rise handlebars, handlebar streamers, balloon tires, and banana seats. In sales, too, Schwinn redefined the way the industry operated, building the smartest network of local dealerships in the business. But Schwinn grew complacent in its third and fourth generations of family management. Its executives and engineers snickered at the first mongrel mountain bike – pieced together with elements of the old Schwinn Excelsior – only to watch it become the most important bike trend of the 1980s and a challenge Schwinn would prove unable to meet. This is the unauthorized story of the corporate fall from grace of Schwinn, the very essence of Americana.

The curse of the Wendigo / Richard Yancey
While attempting to disprove that Homo vampiris, the vampire, could exist, Dr. Warthrop is asked by his former fiancé to rescue her husband from the Wendigo, a creature that starves even as it gorges itself on human flesh, which has snatched him in the Canadian wilderness. Although Warthrop also considers the Wendigo to be fictitious, he relents and rescues her husband from death and starvation, and then sees the man transform into a Wendigo. Can the doctor and Will Henry hunt down the ultimate predator, who, like the legendary vampire, is neither living nor dead, whose hunger for human flesh is never satisfied? (Monstrumologist Series #2; Age Range: Young Adult; read a sample chapter)

[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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