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5/1: New at the library this week

Posted by Laura Haskins - Library Director on May 1, 2012

Movies

Doctor Who: series 5 & 6
Justified: season 2
Sky captain and the world of tomorrow
The golden child
Tommy boy
The Tuskegee airmen
Shanghai noon
Bulletproof monk
Grosse Pointe blank
The whole nine yards
The whole ten yards
Ghostbusters

The scorpion king
The dream team
The big bounce
Wrongfully accused
Hudson Hawk
Around the world in 80 days
My fellow Americans
Big daddy
Beetlejuice
Nothing but trouble
Johnny dangerously
It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world
An everlasting piece
Fireproof
Monty Python and the holy grail
The big Lebowski
Starsky & Hutch
Bubba Ho-Tep
Army of darkness
The fast runner
Loaded weapon 1
First strike
Shaolin soccer
The medallion
Fiddler on the roof
To end all wars
Courageous
Up in smoke
The last castle
Joe Dirt
Damages: seasons 1-3

Books

The Adventures Of Tintin / Alexander Irvine
This is an expanded novelization of the action-packed film. Tintin stumbles across a model ship at the Old Street Market. Only it isn’t any model ship–it holds a piece of the puzzle to finding the resting place of Red Rackham’s treasure! But Tintin isn’t the only ones after the notorious pirate’s booty. With dangerous treasure seekers at their heels, Tintin and his dog, Snowy, are on a high-stakes thrill ride, that takes them from land to sea, from open air to the ocean floor! (Grade Level: 3 and up)

The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History Of Empire And War / James Bradley
In 1905 President Teddy Roosevelt dispatched Secretary of War William Howard Taft on the largest U.S. diplomatic mission in history to Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines, China, and Korea. Roosevelt’s glamorous twenty-one year old daughter Alice served as mistress of the cruise, which included senators and congressmen. On this trip, Taft concluded secret agreements in Roosevelt’s name.
In 2005, a century later, James Bradley traveled in the wake of Roosevelt’s mission and discovered what had transpired in Honolulu, Tokyo, Manila, Beijing and Seoul.

Calico Joe / John Grisham
In the summer of 1973 Joe Castle was the boy wonder of baseball, the greatest rookie anyone had ever seen. The kid from Calico Rock, Arkansas dazzled Cub fans as he hit home run after home run, politely tipping his hat to the crowd as he shattered all rookie records.
Calico Joe quickly became the idol of every baseball fan in America, including Paul Tracey, the young son of a hard-partying and hard-throwing Mets pitcher. On the day that Warren Tracey finally faced Calico Joe, Paul was in the stands, rooting for his idol but also for his Dad. Then Warren threw a fastball that would change their lives forever.

The Limpopo Academy Of Private Detection / Alexander McCall Smith
Precious Ramotswe is haunted by a repeated dream: a vision of a tall, strange man who waits for her beneath an acacia tree. Odd as this is, she’s far too busy to worry about it. The best apprentice at Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors is in trouble with the law and stuck with the worst lawyer in Gaborone. Grace Makutsi and Phuti Radiphuti are building the house of their dreams, but their builder is not completely on the up and up. And, most shockingly, Mma Potokwane, defender of Botswana’s weak and downtrodden, has been dismissed from her post as matron at the orphan farm. Can the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency help restore the beloved matron to her rightful position? (No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency #13)

The Lifespan Of A Fact / John D’Agata; Jim Fingal
How negotiable is a fact in nonfiction? In 2003, an essay by John D’Agata was rejected by the magazine that commissioned it due to factual inaccuracies. That essay—which eventually became the foundation of D’Agata’s critically acclaimed About a Mountain—was accepted by another magazine, The Believer, but not before they handed it to their own fact-checker, Jim Fingal. What resulted from that assignment was seven years of arguments, negotiations, and revisions as D’Agata and Fingal struggled to navigate the boundaries of literary nonfiction.
This book reproduces D’Agata’s essay, along with D’Agata and Fingal’s extensive correspondence. What emerges is a brilliant and eye-opening meditation on the relationship between “truth” and “accuracy” and a penetrating conversation about whether it is appropriate for a writer to substitute one for the other.

Shadow Tag / Louise Erdrich
When Irene America discovers that her artist husband, Gil, has been reading her diary, she begins a secret Blue Notebook, stashed securely in a safe-deposit box. There she records the truth about her life and marriage, while turning her Red Diary—hidden where Gil will find it—into a manipulative charade. As Irene and Gil fight to keep up appearances for their three children, their home becomes a place of increasing violence and secrecy. And Irene drifts into alcoholism, moving ever closer to the ultimate destruction of a relationship filled with shadowy need and strange ironies.

Faith Of Cranes: Finding Hope And Family In Alaska / Hank Lentfer
Hank Lentfer listened to cranes passing over his home in Southeast Alaska for twenty years before bothering to figure out where they were going. On a very visceral level, he didn’t want to know. After all, cranes gliding through the wide skies of Alaska are the essence of wildness. But the same animals, pecking a living between the cornfields and condos of California’s Central Valley, seem trapped and diminished. A former wildlife biologist and longtime conservationist, Lentfer had come to accept that no number of letters to the editor or trips to D.C. could stop the spread of clear cuts, alter the course of climate change, or ensure that his beloved cranes would always appear. And he had no idea that following the paths of cranes would lead him to the very things he was most afraid of: parenthood, responsibility, and actions of hope in a frustrating and warming world.

[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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