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9/30: New at the library this week

Posted by Laura Haskins - Library Director on September 30, 2011

Movies

Marian Anderson: A portrait in music
The Red Green Show : 1999 season
Red Green : Stuffed and mounted
Red Green: Hindsight is 20/20

Books

The Rogue : Searching for the Real Sarah Palin / Joe McGinniss
Based on McGinniss’s on-the-ground reporting that began in late 2008 (which yielded an April 2009 Conde Nast Portfolio cover story) and continued with his return to Alaska in 2010, this book is a startling and penetrating examination of the illusion and reality of Palin–and a probing look at the Alaska and the America that have produced her, and the country she feels she is destined to lead. The Rogue delves deeply into Alaska’s political and business affairs and Palin’s political, personal, and family life to chronicle how and to what extent Palin and her beliefs, attitudes, and outlook will influence and even change life in America and the perception of America abroad.

Cooking with the two fat ladies / Jennifer Paterson Clarissa Dickson Wright
(read an excerpt)

Son of Stone / Stuart Woods
After an eventful trip to Bel-Air and a reunion with his sophisticated (and very wealthy) former love, Arrington Calder, Stone Barrington is back in New York, and he’s looking to stay closer to home and cash in on his partnership at Woodman & Weld.
But Arrington has other plans for Stone…including introducing him to the child he fathered many years ago.(Stone Barrington Series #21)

The weird sisters / Eleanor Brown
There is no problem that a library card can’t solve.”
The Andreas family is one of readers. Their father, a renowned Shakespeare professor who speaks almost entirely in verse, has named his three daughters after famous Shakespearean women. When the sisters return to their childhood home, ostensibly to care for their ailing mother, but really to lick their wounds and bury their secrets, they are horrified to find the others there. “See, we love each other. We just don’t happen to like each other very much”.
But the sisters soon discover that everything they’ve been running from-one another, their small hometown, and themselves-might offer more than they ever expected.

Civil War on Sunday / Mary Pope Osborn
Cannon fire!
That’s what Jack and Annie hear when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the time of the American Civil War. There they meet a famous nurse named Clara Barton and do their best to help wounded soldiers. It is their hardest journey in time yet—and the one that will make the most difference to their own lives! (Age Range: 6 to 9; Magic Tree House Series #21 )

Step-by step-parenting / James D. Eckler
Revised and updated, this book speaks to families created out of second marriages, offering advice and inspiration on everything from games stepchildren play to the rights of the stepparent.

The switching hour : kids of divorce say good-bye again / Evon O. Flesberg
Helps children and parents come to terms with the pain and stress that accompanies divorce. (read a sample chapter)

The courage to be a stepmom : finding your place without losing yourself / Sue Patton Thoele
A stepmother constantly sees to others needs those of her spouse, her kids, his kids, their kids. She also has to work so hard to maintain her marriage or deal with the emotional turmoil that can follow divorce and marrying again, that she may neglect her own needs. It s no wonder, then, that stepmothers often ask: Who’s taking care of me?
This is where Sue Patton Thoele steps in, offering practical advice and emotional support in a new edition of her book, The Courage to Be a Stepmom. Much has been written about the nuts and bolts of stepmothering dealing with a hostile ex-wife, learning to discipline effectively but this book is the first to focus on the stepmother s characteristic emotional and spiritual needs.
Stepmothers are often expected to care for their stepchildren as a parent would, yet their efforts frequently go unappreciated and are sometimes met with hostility. Also, they are often targets of misplaced anger or are reminded that they are not the “real mother.” Amid such stresses, marriages fray and sometimes fall apart. But according to Ms. Thoele, with the proper skills, women can learn to navigate the pitfalls, get the most from relationships, and meet their own needs. (Table of contents)

Helping your kids cope with divorce the sandcastles way / M. Gary Neuman
Divorce is painful and confusing. Perhaps now more than ever, you want to give your child all the love, support, and guidance he or she needs, but everything seems harder and more complicated. This warm, empathetic guide shows you:

  • How to build a co-parenting relationship–even when you think you can’t
  • When you or your child should see a therapist
  • Age-appropriate scripts for addressing sensitive issues
  • What to do when a parent moves away
  • How to stop fighting with your ex-spouse
  • How to navigate the emotional turmoil of custody and visitation
  • How to help your child deal with change
  • How to cope with kids’ common fears about separation
  • How to introduce significant others into the family and help your child cope with a new stepfamily

More than a hundred pieces of artwork from children of divorce will help you appreciate how kids perceive the experience. Dozens of special activities and fun exercises will help you communicate and get closer to your child. This guide shows you that divorce need not be an inevitable blot on children’s lives, but an opportunity for them to grow and strengthen the bonds with their parents.

Flat Stanley / Jeff Brown
Meet Stanley Lambchop.
He’s an ordinary boy with an extraordinary problem.
He’s four feet tall, about a foot wide . . . oh, and half an inch thick.
At first being flat is fine.
It’s fun going in and out of rooms simply by sliding under the door.
And it’s exciting being mailed to your friends in California for a visit.
But it’s not always easy being different, and soon Stanley wishes he could be just like everybody else.
Will he ever be normal again? (Age Range: 7 to 10; read an excerpt)

Stanley and the magic lamp / Jeff Brown
Stanley Lambchop has found a real magic lamp with a genie inside! The genie tells Stanley he can wish for anything in the world: fame, a magical pet, or superpowers. When Stanley’s family finds out about the genie, they have some wishes too. (Flat Stanley Series; Age Range: 7 to 10; read an excerpt)

The smart step-family / Ron L. Deal
Ron Deal explodes the myth of the “blended” family as he provides practical, realistic solutions to the issues that stepfamilies face. He helps remarried and soon-to-be married couples: Recognize the unique personality and place of each family member; Solve the everyday puzzles of stepparenting and stepchildren relationships; Learn communication skills to deal with ex-spouses; Honor families of origin while developing new traditions; Invest the time to grow their stepfamily slowly rather than look for instant results. No two stepfamilies are alike, and the principles, information, illustrations, discussion questions, and activities in The Smart Stepfamily help couples focus on their specific situation to build healthy marriages and peaceful families. (Table of contents)

Junie B., first grader : toothless wonder / Barbara Park
Yikes . . . It’s a looth tooth!
One of Junie B. Jones’s top front teeth is loose! Only Junie B. is not that thrilled about this development. Because what if she looks like toothless Uncle Lou? And even worse . . . what’s all this tooth fairy business? Like, who is this woman, really? And what does she do with all those used teeth? So many questions, so little time. (Age Range: 6 to 9)

Creating family newsletters : 123 ideas for sharing memorable moments with family and friends / Elaine Floyd
From hand-crafted to computer-generated, this book gives more than 123 ideas for sharing memorable moments with family & friends through paper & electronic newsletters. Youll see how to: make newsletters for holidays, births, weddings, & reunions; create a newsletter without writing a word; write an effective poetry letter; select from 101 proven content ideas; make a scrapbook newsletter; get organized & collect stories; involve family members & solicit contributions; publish a genealogy newsletter; find free templates & clip art online; reach friends the world over with e-mail & Web sites; & create your newsletter in minutes using templates.

Knotwork and spirals : a Celtic art workbook / Courtney Davis
Let the therapeutic power of Celtic art enter your world. Follow the ever-changing directional flow of the spiral as you reflect on the experiences of life, death and rebirth. Reproduce intricate knotwork designs as the past, present, and future commingle into an endless tapestry of life. Dozens of patterns–some adapted from manuscripts and stone crosses, others from rough sketches that are gradually refined–are presented in a workbook format by an acclaimed Celtic artist.

Celtic initials & alphabets / Courtney Davis
This magnificent collection of Celtic scripts contains hundreds of initials and alphabets demonstrating a sweeping range of cursive pen strokes and decorative letters. The art of using initial letters to summarize the content of a book receives expert attention, as do unusual techniques such as the triquetra, a three-pointed knot; the diaper; the pelta, an abstract Celtic motif built out of triangles; and repeating geometric patterns.

Diego Velazquez / Mike Venezia
Describes the life and career of the seventeenth-century Spanish artist famous for his portraits of royalty. (Age Range: 8 to 9)

El Greco / Mike Venezia
Examines the life and work of Domenicos Theotocopoulous, the sixteenth-century artist who created his greatest works in Spain where he was known as “El Greco.” (Age Range: 8 to 9)

Salvador Dali / Mike Venezia
Briefly describes the life and work of the twentieth-century Spanish surrealist painter, describing and giving examples of his art. (Age Range: 8 to 9)

Francisco Goya / Mike Venezia
Examines the life and work of the Spanish artist, describing and giving examples of his art. (Age Range: 8 to 9)

Picasso / Mike Venezia
An excellent introduction to celebrated artists and their work. Full-color reproductions of the actual paintings are enhanced by Venezia’s clever illustrations and story line. Young readers will look at the different paintings and see how the artists’ style changed over the years. More important, the reader can enjoy a light, yet realistic overview of the life of each artist.
Always trying new and different things, Picasso shocked people with his unconventional painting style. (Age Range: 8 to 9)

The Muppets’ big book of crafts / Stephanie St. Pierre
Filled with full-color photographs and how-to line illustrations, The Muppets Big Book of Crafts is divided into chapters by technique and teaches the basics of drawing, sculpting, sewing, painting, dyeing, woodworking, quilting, puppetry, beading, and more. The results are amazing. A creepy-crawly spider piata filled with baby candy spiders. Elaborate tin can lanterns. A mosaic made of eggshells. Not to mention Groovy Glasses, Suncatcher Bugs, and Awesome Umbrae Scarf, a Wiggly Worm, and Marvelous Maracas. Throughout, tips, advice, and the running commentary of Muppet characters keep the book lively and entertaining. (Reading level: Ages 4-8)

Duke Ellington : the piano prince and his orchestra / Andrea Davis Pinkney
A brief recounting of the career of this jazz musician and composer who, along with his orchestra, created music that was beyond category. (Age Range: 5 to 9)

Larry gets lost in Alaska / Michael Mullin
With fun, fresh, retro illustrations by former Disney animator John Skewes, young readers delight in the brightly colored pages while learning about new places to visit.
For his next adventure, Larry the dog travels by cruise ship up to Alaska with his best friend Pete and Pete’s family, where they see plenty of native wildlife and spectacular scenery before Pete becomes distracted and Larry gets lost. Amazingly, he winds up a stowaway on an Iditarod sled that wins the race before he’s finally reunited with Pete. (Age Range: 3 to 6)

A fatal grace / Louise Penny
CC de Poitiers managed to alienate everyone in the hamlet of Three Pines, right up to the moment she died. When Chief Inspector Armand Gamache begins his investigation, it seems like an impossible murder: CC was electrocuted on a frozen lake, in front of the entire town, during the annual curling tournament. With compassion and courage, Gamache digs beneath the idyllic surface of village life to find long buried secrets, while his own enemies threaten to bring something even more chilling than the bitter winter winds to Three Pines. (Armand Gamache Series #2; read an excerpt)

The demon of Dakar / Kjell Eriksson
In The Demon of Dakar, Ann Lindell and her motley crew of colleagues are faced with a most baffling murder case in which all clues lead straight back to a popular local restaurant named Dakar. The owner, Slobodan Andersson, has some shady connections in his past, and his partner’s reputation is equally murky.
The kitchen crew is not above suspicion, either. The meat chef is an oddball, to say the least, while unbeknownst to the rest, the newest hire’s personal life is a tangled web of lies. Even Eva Willman, the seemingly blameless older woman returning to the workforce as a waitress, has skeletons in her closet.
And then the tension rachets up a number of notches as it becomes apparent that one murder has not satisfied the killer in the least. If Ann is to prevent a bloodbath at Restaurant Dakar, she must match wits with a killer whose motives are seemingly completely obscure. (Ann Lindell Series #3; read a sample chapter)

Freddy and the Bean Home News / Walter R. Brooks
An entertaining tale of the newspaper Freddy and his animal friends launch after the Centerboro Guardian comes under the control of the exceedingly wealthy and wicked Mrs. Underdunk. (Age Range: 8 to 12)

Freddy the detective / Walter R. Brooks
The delightful detective story about the beloved animal characters on Mr. Bean’s farm, whose adventures have entertained so many children. Freddy the pig, stimulated by reading Sherlock Holmes, sets up in a business as a detective. (Age Range: 8 to 12; 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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