5/30: New at the library this week
Posted by Laura Haskins - Library Director on May 30, 2012
My Week With Marilyn / Colin Clark
In 1956, twenty-three-year-old Colin Clark began work as a lowly assistant on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl, the film that united Sir Laurence Olivier with Marilyn Monroe. The blonde bombshell and the legendary actor were ill suited from the start. Monroe, on honeymoon with her new husband, the celebrated playwright Arthur Miller, was insecure, often late, and heavily medicated on pills. Olivier, obsessively punctual, had no patience for Monroe and the production became chaotic. Clark was perceptive in his assessment of what seemed to be going wrong in Monroe’s life: too many hangers-on, intense insecurity, and too many pills. Before long, Monroe and Clark spent an innocent week together in the English countryside and Clark became her confidant and ally. This special theatrical edition also includes The Prince, The Showgirl and Me, Colin Clark’s diary during the film’s production. (CD)
The Islands Of The Blessed / Nancy Farmer
In this much-anticipated conclusion to the Sea of Trolls trilogy, Notland is no place to seek one’s true calling. Or is it? (Sea of Trolls #3; Reading level: Ages 12 and up)
172 Hours On The Moon / Johan Harstad
It’s been decades since anyone set foot on the moon. Now three ordinary teenagers, the winners of NASA’s unprecedented, worldwide lottery, are about to become the first young people in space–and change their lives forever.
Mia, from Norway, hopes this will be her punk band’s ticket to fame and fortune.
Midori believes it’s her way out of her restrained life in Japan.
Antoine, from France, just wants to get as far away from his ex-girlfriend as possible.
It’s the opportunity of a lifetime, but little do the teenagers know that something sinister is waiting for them on the desolate surface of the moon. And in the black vacuum of space… no one is coming to save them.
The Lifeboat / Charlotte Rogan
Grace Winter, 22, is both a newlywed and a widow. She is also on trial for her life.
In the summer of 1914, the elegant ocean liner carrying her and her husband Henry across the Atlantic suffers a mysterious explosion. Setting aside his own safety, Henry secures Grace a place in a lifeboat, which the survivors quickly realize is over capacity. For any to live, some must die.
As the castaways battle the elements, and each other, Grace recollects the unorthodox way she and Henry met, and the new life of privilege she thought she’d found. Will she pay any price to keep it?
Exit Plan / Larry Bond
Jerry Mitchell is on exercises off the coast of Pakistan when his submarine, the USS Michigan, is ordered to a rendezvous off the Iranian coast. Once there, disembarked SEALs—experts in seaborne commando operations—are to extract two Iranian nationals who have sensitive information on Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
While en route to shore, Michigan’s mini-sub suffers a battery fire, killing one crew member and forcing the survivors—four SEALs and LCDR Mitchell—to scuttle their disabled craft and swim for shore. There they find the two Iranians waiting for them, but their attempts at returning to Michigan are thwarted by heavy Iranian patrol boat activity. When agents of Iran’s secret police, VEVAK, appear, escape seems all but impossible.
When Mitchell and his men find themselves surrounded by Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corp troops, they create a bold plan to escape by sea. It’s a desperate gamble, but it’s the only way to get proof of the Iranian plot to the U.S. . . . and prevent a devastating new war.
Cold Cereal / Adam Rex
Cold Cereal Facts
Serving size 1 chapter
Number of servings 40
Primary human characters 3
Scottish Play Doe, aka Scottpossible changeling
Erno Utz genius
Emily Utz supergenius
Magical creatures at least 3
Mick Leprechaun (or Clurichaun)
Harvey Pooka (rabbit-man)
Biggs indeterminate origin (hairy, large)
Evil organizations 1
Goodco Cereal CompanyPurveyor of breakfast
foods aspiring to world domination
Diabolical Schemes 40%
Not a significant source of vampires.
May contain nuts.
Daily values based on individual interest. Reader’s estimation of value may be higher or lower, depending on your tolerance for this sort of thing. (Grade Level: 3 and up)
The Big Crunch / Pete Hautman
Jen and Wes do not “meet cute.” They do not fall in love at first sight. They do not swoon with scorching desire. They do not believe that they are instant soul mates destined to be together forever.
This is not that kind of love story.
Instead, they just hang around in each other’s orbits…until eventually they collide. And even after that happens, they’re still not sure where it will go. Especially when Jen starts to pity-date one of Wes’s friends, and Wes makes some choices that he immediately regrets. (Reading level: Ages 13 and up)
Code Name Verity / Elizabeth Wein
Oct. 11th, 1943—A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it’s barely begun.
When “Verity” is arrested by the Gestapo, she’s sure she doesn’t stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she’s living a spy’s worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.
As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage and failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy? (Reading level: Ages 14 and up)
The List / Siobhan Vivian
It happens every year. A list is posted, and one girl from each grade is chosen as the prettiest, and another is chosen as the ugliest. Nobody knows who makes the list. It almost doesn’t matter. The damage is done the minute it goes up.
This is the story of eight girls, freshman to senior, “pretty” and “ugly.” And it’s also the story of how we see ourselves, and how other people see us, and the tangled connection of the two. (Reading level: Ages 12 and up)
When Dinos Dawned, Mammals Got Munched, And Pterosaurs Took Flight: A Cartoon Pre-history Of Life In The Triassic / Hannah. Bonner
This book discusses all the exciting developments of the Triassic Age, from the recovery of the planet from the most deadly mass extinction ever, to the first appearance of the dinosaurs. We also get to meet the first mammals, the first pterosaurs (flying reptiles), the first frogs, a host of predatory marine reptiles, early turtles, and the first coral reefs. With the books’ signature blend of humor and clearly presented information, cartoon illustrations help keep the fact-filled material extra fun. (Grade Level: 3 and up)
The Leopard / Jo Nesbø
Two young women are found murdered in Oslo, both drowned in their own blood. Media coverage quickly reaches fever pitch: Could this be the work of a serial killer?
The crime scenes offer no coherent clues, the police investigation is stalled, and the one man who might be able to help doesn’t want to be found. Traumatized by his last case, Inspector Harry Hole has lost himself in the squalor of Hong Kong’s opium dens. Yet when he is compelled, at last, to return to Norway—his father is dying—Harry’s buried instincts begin to take over. After a female MP is discovered brutally murdered, nothing can keep him from the investigation.
There is little to go on: a piece of rope, a scrap of wool, a bit of gravel, an unexpected connection between the victims. And Harry will soon come to understand that he is dealing with a psychopath for whom “insanity is a vital retreat,” someone who will put him to the test—in both his professional and personal lives—as never before.
Echo’s Revenge: The Ultimate Game / Sean Austin
Brothers Jeremy (age 10) and Reggie (age 14) are expert gamers. After a run-in with their mother’s explosive boyfriend, they run away from home only to discover that Echo-7, a new and indestructible game predator, has developed the ability to reverse the rules of its own video game and hunt them down- in the real world. (game website)
The Long Way Home / Karen McQuestion
Four women bound by chance take the trip of a lifetime.
For Wisconsinites Marnie, Laverne and Rita, life isn’t working out so well. Each is biding time, waiting for something better, something to transport them out of what their lives have recently become. And then there’s Jazzy: bubbly, positive, and happy even though she hears voices of the departed. Brought together by a chance meeting, the women decide to join Marnie on a road trip from Wisconsin to Las Vegas where she intends to reunite with Troy, the boy she raised as her own—and who she’s been separated from since her boyfriend’s death. Little do they know that as the road trip unfolds, so will their lives—in directions they never anticipated.
Birds Of Paradise / Diana Abu-Jaber.
At thirteen, Felice Muir ran away from home to punish herself for some horrible thing she had done—leaving a hole in the hearts of her pastry-chef mother, her real estate attorney father, and her foodie-entrepreneurial brother. After five years of scrounging for food, drugs, and shelter on Miami Beach, Felice is now turning eighteen, and she and the family she left behind must reckon with the consequences of her actions—and make life-affirming choices about what matters to them most, now and in the future.
The Nomination / William G. Tapply
When Vietnam War hero and Massachusetts Judge Thomas Larrigan is picked by his friend the president to fill the upcoming vacancy on the Supreme Court, the nomination seems obvious. Larrigan is a family man with an uncontroversial judicial record and the president needs a sure bet. Larrigan will do anything to win a spot on the Supreme Court, but as the old skeletons rattling around in his closet begin to haunt him, Larrigan calls on his old Marine buddy, now a hit man, to sweep the closet clean. What Larrigan doesn’t count on are the few skeletons that are still alive…
Faces Of The Gone / Brad Parks
Investigative reporter Carter Ross finds himself with gruesome front-page news: four bodies in a vacant lot, each with a single bullet hole in the back of the head. In a haste to calm residents, local police leak a story to Carter’s colleagues at the Newark Eagle-Examiner, calling the murders revenge for a bar stickup. But while Carter may not come from the streets, he knows a few things about Newark’s ghettos. And he knows the story the police are pushing doesn’t make sense. He enlists the aide of Tina Thompson, the paper’s smoking hot city editor, to run interference for him at the office; Tommy Hernandez, the paper’s gay Cuban intern, to help him with legwork on the street; and Tynesha Dales, a local stripper, to take him to Newark’s underside. Soon, Carter learns the four victims have one connection after all, and knowing this will put him in the path of one very ambitious killer.
Country Skills: A Practical Guide To Self-sufficiency / Alison Candlin
The complete, practical guide to living off the land. Author Alison Candlin offers easy-to-follow advice about planning, establishing, and maintaining a small-acre farm, an allotment, or a backyard garden. She also includes essential tips on selecting, housing, and looking after chickens, goats, pigs, bees, and other animals, as well as expert advice on collecting and recycling water, composting your left-over scraps, and generating energy for your own home—saving you lots of money and reducing your carbon footprint.
Throughout are step-by-step instructions and over 350 photographs and illustrations to guide readers on planting, growing, harvesting, preserving, and storing vegetables and fruit of all kinds, in all seasons, in all parts of the country. Candlin also discusses building and using greenhouses, rotating crops to replenish soil nutrients, and installing proper drainage around your garden. Complete with a directory of common pests and diseases that could plague your homegrown produce, as well as useful information on how to harvest wild food, this book is the essential manual on living a self-sufficient, greener, and healthier lifestyle.
The Yippy, Yappy Yorkie In A Green Doggy Sweater / Debbie Macomber
What happens when you combine:
A girl named Ellen who has just moved to a new neighborhood; A yippy, yappy Yorkie named Baxter who disappears from Ellen’s new yard; And a new neighborhood that doesn’t look anything like their old one Blossom Street?
For Ellen and Baxter, it’s a moving day that turns into something very special, with many happy discoveries. (Age Level: 3 and up)
The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse / Eric Carle
Every child has an artist inside them, and this vibrant picture book from Eric Carle will help let it out. The artist in this book paints the world as he sees it, just like a child. There’s a red crocodile, an orange elephant, a purple fox and a polka-dotted donkey. More than anything, there’s imagination. Filled with some of the most magnificently colorful animals of Eric Carle’s career, this tribute to the creative life celebrates the power of art. (Age Level: 3 and up)
[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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