F ADAMS MYSTERY
Adam, Paul, 1958-. The Rainaldi Quartet. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2006.
An elderly violin maker is mysteriously murdered in the quiet Italian country-side. When his friends begin investigating, they’re plunged into a race to track down a long-lost Stradivarius violin worth millions. Their search takes them into the dark corners of Venice and Milan and across Europe to discover the truth of a centuries-old legend before the killer beats them to it.
F ALLEN MYSTERY
Allen, Conrad, 1940-. Murder on the Oceanic. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2006.
Sailing from England to New York, the ‘Oceanic’ makes one stop at Cherbourg, France to pick up financier and art collector J.P. Morgan and his latest acquired works of art. Having such an important passenger and priceless objects on board makes George Porter Dillman and Genevieve Masefield, the ship’s detectives, more than a little nervous. They’ve never known a transatlantic voyage to pass without incident, and this one will be no different.
F BAKKER FANTASY
Bakker, R. Scott. The thousandfold thought. Woodstock, NY : Overlook Press, 2006.
The Holy War army has reached the gates of the holy city of Shimeh. The warrior-prophet, Anas rimbor Kellhus, learns that the Thousandfold Thought, a great “transition rule” that promises to transform the two warring faiths of Inrithism and Fanimry, offers the only way to bring peace to the world of E rwa and avoid a Second Apocalypse. Amid all the bloodshed and battle, Kellhus continues to respect his friend, the sorcerer Drusas Achamian, despite the conflict that arises when Kellhus takes “the whore Esmenet,” hitherto Achamian’s woman, as his consort. Publisher’s Weekly.
F BARNES MYSTERY
Barnes, Julian. Arthur & George. 1st American ed. New York : Knopf, 2006, c2005.
The lives of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and country lawyer George Edalji intersect when Doyle becomes interested in investigating the case of Edalji who has been wrongfully convicted of writing obscene letters and mutilating cattle in a case clearly influenced by racial prejudice.
F BASS MYSTERY
Bass, William M., 1928-. Carved in bone. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2006.
Dr. Bill Brockton, a forensic anthropologist and founder of the Body Farm, a laboratory devoted to the study of human decomposition, has spent his career surrounded by death and decay, all in the name of science. But the loss of his wife two years ago has forced him to reflect on his life, and on death, in new ways. When a corpse is discovered in the mountains of East Tennessee, Brockton is called in. But even this seasoned expert is staggered by what the corpse reveals.
Beauman, Sally. The Sisters Mortland. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Warner Books, 2006, c2005.
The painting of a portrait brings three sisters—beautiful Julia and intellectual Finn, both in their twenties, and observant, thirteen-year-old Maisie—and three young men—struggling artist Lucas, would-be doctor Nicholas, and Maisie’s idol, Roma-blooded Daniel—together at a decaying rural Suffolk abbey for the summer of 1967, which ends in a tragic event that resonates in Daniel’s life over twenty years later.
Berry, Steve, 1955-. The Templar legacy : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, c2006.
With shocking knowledge and staggering wealth, they controlled kings and popes. But when their last master died in 1314, the reign of the Knights Templar ended. Or, did it? Steve Berry’s newest book ‘The Templar Legacy’ takes readers on a ride through ancient rites, clandestine societies, fabulous riches, and shocking revelations.
F BISSON SCIENCE FICTION
Bisson, Terry. Numbers don’t lie. 1st ed. San Francisco : Tachyon Publications, 2005.
Wilson Wu is known for his ability to handle any task and solve any problem, but when a friend discovers a rift in the space-time continuum, Wilson must use all his skills to repair it before the universe is destroyed.
F BLAND MYSTERY
Bland, Eleanor Taylor. A dark and deadly deception. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2005.
Chicago detective Marti MacAlister has her work cut out for her when she is called in to investigate two seemingly unrelated cases that soon converge in a shocking turn of events.
F BLAUNER MYSTERY
Blauner, Peter. Slipping into darkness : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown, 2006.
Detective Francis Loughlin believes his latest murder investigation is an open-and-shut case, with a convict out of jail on a technicality as the most likely suspect, but when Francis uncovers a new piece of evidence, he begins to wonder if the convict may be innocent of both the current murder, and the one that put him behind bars twenty years ago.
F BOWEN MYSTERY
Bowen, Peter, 1945-. Nails. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2006.
Du Pre, a Metis Indian, ignores the speed limit, smokes hand-rolled cigarettes and drinks whisky like it was water. He also plays fiddle like an angel, takes care of his friends and defends the weak with equal passion. When the body of a child is found by the road and a colony of religious zealots moves into the Toussaint, Mont., area, Du Pre isn’t the only one who suspects a connection, but he’s the one who uncovers the truth, all of it framed in the deep-down sadness of a small town dying around the edges.
F BROWN MYSTERY
Brown, Rita Mae. Sour puss. New York : Bantam Books, 2006. It’s springtime in Crozet, Va., and Mary Minor ‘Harry’ Haristeen unexpectedly remarries her veterinarian ex-husband. Their romance is put on hold when a world-famous grape and fungal expert, Professor Vincent Forland, in town visiting local vineyards, is found murdered. It is Harry’s cats, Mrs. Murphy, Pewter, and Tucker who find the first clue. When a second body is found, this time a town local, the residents start worrying that the killer is one of them.
Cartwright, Justin. The promise of happiness. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s Press, 2006, c2004.
The members of the Judd family struggle to cope with their emotions as they await the arrival of Juliet, the prodigal daughter who has spent five years in a New York prison for theft.
F CLEAGE MYSTERY
Cleage, Pearl. Baby brother’s blues : a novel. 1st ed. New York : One World, c2006.
When Regina Burns married Blue Hamilton, she knew he was no ordinary man. The charismatic R&B singer gave up his career to assume responsibility for the safety of Atlanta’s West End community. Crime and violence were virtually non-existent. Then everything changed. Frightened women began showing up in West End, seeking Blue’s protection from lovers or spouses who had become violent. When the offending men begin to disappear without a trace, Blue and his long time associates are suspected.
F CLEMENT MYSTERY
Clement, Blaize. Curiosity killed the cat sitter : the first Dixie Hemingway mystery. 1st ed. New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2006.
Dixie Hemingway, a professional pet-sitter in Sarasota, Fla., goes to feed the cat of a vacationing client and discovers the animal hiding from a dead intruder. Now, she’s trying to locate her suspicious- looking client, who has vanished. This is the first book in a series featuring Dixie Hemingway.
F COLLINS MYSTERY
Collins, Max Allan. Bones. New York : Pocket Star Books, c2006.
Forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan puts her work at the Jeffersonian Institute on hold to help Special Agent Seeley crack his latest case: a bag of bones was found on the steps of a federal building, appearing to be the work of a serial killer. Though a suspect is in custody, the case is far from over for Tempe and for Booth, who is also cracking a case dealing with the Chicago Mafia.
Davis, Kathryn, 1946-. The thin place : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown, 2006.
Three girls come across the body of a dead man lying on the beach in the small town of Varennes; and while two of them go to find help, twelve-year-old Mees Kipp stays and miraculously bring the man back to life.
F DEKKER SCIENCE FICTION
Dekker, Ted, 1962-. Black. Nashville, Tenn. : WestBow Press, c2004. Thomas Hunter, is living an insomniac nightmare. Every time he goes to sleep in one world, he awakens in another. Hunter learns, in one world, of a plan to unleash a deadly virus by a pharmaceutical company that owns the only vaccine; from the other world he tries desperately to prevent the annihilation.
F DOUGLASS FANTASY
Douglass, Sara. The nameless day. 1st mass market ed. New York : Tor, 2005, c2000.
In fourteenth-century Europe, Brother Thomas Neville is visited by the Archangel Michael, who commands him to travel across the continent in search of a way to stop the minions of Satan, who have found a doorway out of Hell and are preparing for an assault on Heaven.
F DYMOCH MYSTERY
Dymmoch, Michael Allen. White tiger. 1st ed. New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2005.
John Thinnes is a military policeman in Vietnam in 1972 when he first hears of the criminal, White Tiger. Years later, when a Vietnamese woman is murdered by White Tiger in Chicago, Thinnes, a police detective, is pulled from the case due to a conflict of interest. He turns to his fellow veterans, including Psychiatrist Jack Caleb, for help. Their recollections may lead Thinnes and his female partner, who’s officially handling the case, to a killer.
F ELKINS MYSTERY
Elkins, Aaron J. On the fringe. Sutton : Severn House, 2006.
Lee Ofsted and Graham Sheldon, her ex-cop fianci, have decided to take advantage of the glorious setting of the historic Royal Mauna Kea Golf and Country Club to have a quiet wedding ceremony. But from the start things go awry, partly on account of the influx of treasure hunters determined to find the club’s most famous lost possession, the Cumberland Cup, commissioned from the great Louis Comfort Tiffany in 1908. Then real disaster strikes. During the Centennial Ball, Hamish Wyndham, the ancient and irascible chairman of the club’s board of directors, is discovered bludgeoned to death.
F ELLIS MYSTERY
Ellis, David, 1967-. In the company of liars. New York : Putnam’s, c2005.
Allison Pagone stands trial for murder, and as the prosecution and her own defense attorney try to force her into a settlement she doesn’t want, she finds herself driven to suicide.
Eriksson, Kjell, 1953-. The princess of Burundi. 1st ed. New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2006.
When a jogger finds a mutilated body in the snow, the victim is soon identified as the town’s reformed troublemaker and an expert on tropical fish. Inspector Ann Lindell, despite being on maternity leave, is determined to find the killer and is soon drawn into a cruel cat- and-mouse game that leads to the deadliest of confrontations.
Eversz, Robert. Zero to the bone : a Nina Zero novel. New York : Simon & Schuster, c2006.
Ex-con tabloid photographer Nina Zero is surrounded by sex, drugs, and guns, but this time it’s all in the name of art, at least at first. On the opening night of her first gallery show she receives an anonymous package containing a snuff film with one of her models as its victim. Now she must discover who sent the film and more importantly, who murdered the girl. Her investigation attracts death threats and attention from the police department.
F FULMER MYSTERY
Fulmer, David. Rampart Street. 1st ed. Orlando : Harcourt, c2006.
Creole detective Valentin St. Cyr has just returned to New Orleans and is immediately drawn into the investigation of a new murder, that of a well-to-do man on seedy Rampart Street. When a second wealthy society man turns up dead and the detective learns that the two men were acquainted, he wonders if their deaths were a coincidence. With powerful city leaders pressuring him to give up his investigation, he knows he’s getting too close to the truth to suit someone, which could be dangerous for him.
F GEAGLEY MYSTERY
Geagley, Brad, 1950-. Day of the false king : a novel of murder in ancient Iraq. New York : Simon & Schuster, c2006.
Semerket, Egypt’s clerk of investigations and secrets, journeys to Babylon on a mission for the ailing Rameses IV; however, his true intention is to search for his wife Naia, who disappeared in Babylon after being exiled for insufficient cause by the previous Pharaoh.
Goodman, Allegra. Intuition : a novel. New York : Dial Press, 2006.
It looks like the Cambridge, Mass. Philpott Research Lab is back from the brink of bankruptcy. The cancer remission of several test mice has everyone jumping for joy except one young scientist who isn’t sure of the results. As a full-blown investigation gets under way, our young scientist is in for a shock and so is anyone around her.
F HANDLER MYSTERY
Handler, David, 1952-. The sweet golden parachute. 1st ed. New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2006.
A storm is brewing in Dorset. Poochie Vickers, the local aristocrat, is becoming even more eccentric in her old age. She’s taken up shoplifting and reckless driving but refuses to see a doctor. Her worrisome daughter, Claudia, is angling to take over the family fortune, which makes some of the would-be beneficiaries uneasy. Two of Dorset’s biggest troublemakers are being released from prison. And the bad blood between these two families, rich on the one hand, swamp Yankee on the other, could come to a boiling point: Two young people from the families are dating, to no one’s delight but their own. Someone is bound to snap, and someone does, resulting in the brutal murder of a harmless and homeless man who went about town collecting recyclables.
F HANNAH ROMANCE
Hannah, Kristin. Magic hour : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, c2006.
Julia Cates loves working with emotionally scarred children. So when she has to abandon her California practice, it isn’t difficult for her to rush back to her hometown of Rain Valley in the Pacific Northwest to work with Alice, a mute girl that was abandoned. Julia and Alice develop a deep bond. Dr. Mac Cerasin gets involved with Alice’s case and Julia finds herself drawn to this handsome mysterious doctor. With Alice’s future in peril, Max and Julia must fight not only for her, but for their own trust and love.
Harris, Joanne, 1964-. Gentlemen and players. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2006.
Young Snyde, whose father was dismissed from St. Oswald’s, an aristocratic British boys’ school, returns masquerading as a teacher planning revenge.
Hellenga, Robert, 1941-. Philosophy made simple : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown, 2006.
Rudy Harrington is unhitched, unglued, at loose ends. At age 60, a widower and an empty-nester, he is attempting in his own idiosyncratic way to make some sense of his life. Rather suddenly, what makes sense to him is to leave his Chicago homestead and move to Texas to run an avocado grove. There he discovers new friends, new loves, an elephant named Norma Jean who paints, and new answers to those age-old philosophical questions.
F KANE MYSTERY
Kane, Andrea. Wrong place, wrong time. 1st ed. New York : Morrow, c2006. Sally Montgomery’s romantic weekend getaway with her companion, Frederick Pierson, is ruined when Frederick is murdered and the police mark Sally as the prime suspect, forcing Sally into hiding, where she tries to find the real killer before they can strike again.
Landis, Jill Marie. Heartbreak hotel : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, c2005.
Thirty-three-year-old widow Tracy Potter, in the midst of renovating the historic Heartbreak Hotel—the only asset she has left after the death of her wheeler-dealer husband—takes in Wade MacAllister, a famous author running from his past, and together they try to learn to trust and love again.
F LESCROART MYSTERY
Lescroart, John T. The hunt club : a novel. New York : Dutton, c2006. Wyatt Hunt, newly minted as a private investigator after being fired from his job as a caseworker with San Francisco’s Child Protective Services, is enlisted by his friend, homicide inspector Devin Juhle, to join the probe into the murder of a federal judge found shot to death in his home along with his mistress, and the related disappearance of an up-and-coming celebrity commentator.
F LOPRESTI MYSTERY
Lopresti, Robert. Such a killing crime. Bellingham, WA : Kearney Street Books, 2005.
Anyone who could play three chords on a guitar was heading to Greenwich Village to be a folksinger. Some became stars. One got murdered. A folksinger has been murdered in Joe Talley’s coffeehouse, the Riding Beggar. With Tom Paxton and Phil Ochs among the suspects, Joe has to solve the mystery before the music stops for good.
F MCKILLIP FANTASY
McKillip, Patricia A. Solstice wood. 1st ed. New York : Ace, 2006.
Los Angeles bookstore owner Sylvia Lynn is summoned to upstate New York to attend her grandfather’s funeral and finds herself the center of a conflict between the Fiber Guild, a clique of women who meet to sew a magical barrier between the village, and the Fay creatures of the forest—with whom Sylvia shares a secret heritage.
F MCMANUS MYSTERY
McManus, Patrick F. The Blight way : a Sheriff Bo Tully mystery. New York : Simon & Schuster, c2006.Local sheriff Bo Tully loses 20 pounds on the Atkins diet, and plans to ask out his grade school sweetheart, Jan Whipple. The only problem is, he’s promised to spend his father’s 75th birthday with him. When a dead body is found on Batin Scragg’s ranch, the unorthodox sheriff finds himself in the middle of a case with a slew of possible suspects.
Mda, Zakes. The whale caller. 1st American ed. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005.
The seaside village of Hermanus is overrun with whale watchers toting binoculars, determined to see whales in their natural habitat. But when the tourists go home, the Whale Caller lingers at the shoreline, wooing a whale he calls Sharisha. When Sharisha fails to appear for weeks on end, he frets like a jealous lover, oblivious to the fact that Saluni, the town drunk, is infatuated with him. Once they do fall in love, they both find that they’re ill-equipped for romance.
F MELUCH SCIENCE FICTION
Meluch, R. M. (Rebecca M.). Wolf star. New York : Daw Books, c2006.
Military science fiction series set in the distant future, where Earth and her colony worlds have long been at battle with the Palatine Empire that has been building secret space stations. The USS Merrimack, under the command of Captain Farragut, must find and destroy these enemy bases.
F MICHAELS ROMANCE
Michaels, Fern. Sweet revenge. New York : Severn House, 2006.
Isabelle Flanders had it all: her own architectural firm, a fiancé, and a life she deserved. Then Rosemary Hershey came and stole it all. Took her reputation, her clients, her man, and even framed her for drunk driving, killing three innocent people in the process. The loyal Sisterhood agrees that Rosemary has to be punished, along with the conniving fiancé. It’s time to hand out some justice!
Moore, Jeffrey. The memory artists. 1st St. Martin’s Griffin ed. New York : St. Martin’s Griffin, 2006.Noel Burun has always had an impeccably sharp memory; he could remember all of the 1001 stories of ‘The Arabian Nights’, and even the color of his bib as a toddler. Noel and his mother, who is stricken with Alzheimer’s disease, must come to terms with the loss of her memory.
F PAIGE MYSTERY
Paige, Robin. Death on the Lizard. 1st ed. New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2006.
Charles, Lord Sheridan, an amateur forensic detective, is called in to investigate two mysterious deaths at the wireless station in Lizard Village, where he encounters a bereaved mother, foreign espionage, and political intrigue.
Pérez-Reverte, Arturo. Purity of blood. New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, c2006.
Captain Alatriste agrees to help a desperate father rescue his daughter from a convent where she is being used as a personal concubine by a powerful priest, but his efforts soon place him in the middle of a religious and political conspiracy that leads to the highest levels of the Inquisition.
Piccirilli, Tom. Headstone city. New York, NY : $b $c : Bantam Books, 2006.
Finally home from a two-year prison stint, Johnny ‘Dane’ Danetello is ready to go up against his former best friend, mobster Vinny Monticelli. As teenagers, they were in a car crash that left them with paranormal abilities; Dane sees ghosts, and Vinny can travel between different realities. Along the way Dane falls for movie star Glory Bishop, whose husband went to jail for drug trafficking. An FBI agent is lurking around, and Dane must face off against love, ghosts, and hitmen.
Picoult, Jodi, 1966-. The tenth circle : a novel. New York : Atria Books, c2006.
Jodi Picoult weaves the story of Trizie Stone, 14, who was drugged, raped, and murdered, has been a ghost for 14 days, seven hours, and 36 minutes. This story, told from the perspective of each person involved, is a haunting tale of parental love, truth and relationships.
F ROBERTS MYSTERY
Roberts, Gillian, 1939-. A hole in Juan : an Amanda Pepper mystery. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, c2006.
A week prior to the official night of Halloween pranks, the students and teachers at Philly Prep start experiencing tricks, and no treats. Then the most destructive prank of all occurs: an incident that leaves a new teacher near death. English teacher Amanda Pepper, who has witnessed a few mysterious goings-on, believes the pranks are escalating to a deadly conclusion. With the help of her husband, a private eye, she sets out to unravel the mystery of what is happening and why.
Rutherfurd, Edward. The rebels of Ireland : the Dublin saga. 1st ed. New York : Doubleday, c2006.Once again Rutherfurd takes us inside the process of history by tracing the lives of several Dublin families from all strata of society, Protestant and Catholic, rich and poor, conniving and heroic.
Stabenow, Dana. Blindfold game. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2006.
CIA analyst Hugh Ricon pieces together rumors that lead him to the conclusion that a terrorist attack on Alaska is imminent, but when he cannot get his superiors to believe him, he takes matters into his own hands and devises a plan to save his native state, as well as his estranged wife who is stationed aboard a Coast Guard cutter sitting directly in the line of fire.
F STEEL ROMANCE
Steel, Danielle. The house. New York : Delacorte Press, 2006.
Thirty-eight-year-old lawyer Sarah Anderson’s riskless life changes when a gift from an elderly client—and a request that she do something daring with it—leads her to a crumbling San Francisco mansion whose history, involving a woman, a child, and war-torn France, helps her dream new dreams and find a new love.
F TAICHERT MYSTERY
Taichert, Pari Noskin, 1958-. The Belen hitch : a sasha Solomon mystery. Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 2005.
Public relations consultant Sasha Solomon travels to Belen, New Mexico, to help the small town increase tourism using a former Harvey House as the main attraction. Two factions think they’ve got the key to Belen’s economic success. The train enthusiasts hope to transform the building into a bed and breakfast complete with a restored Fred Harvey restaurant. The equally vocal artists want to create a world-class gallery with the “blasphemous” art of Phillipa Petty - an internationally known painter and local denizen - at its center.” When Solomon finds Petty’s murdered body in the artist’s studio, the consultant’s life becomes much more difficult than mere press releases and returns-on-investment.
Trollope, Joanna. Second honeymoon : a novel. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Bloomsbury : Distributed by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2006.
As Edie and Russell Boyd’s children leave the nest, each deals with it in their own way. Edie is distraught. Russell is looking forward to having his wife back after decades of family life. It’s the age-old story of two generations struggling with love, careers, and parenthood.
Vandever, Jennifer, 1968-. The Brontë project : a novel of passion, desire, and good PR. 1st ed. New York : Shaye Areheart Books, c2005.
After her fiance leaves her, scholar Sara Frost is forced to re-examine her views on love and romance and question her life’s work, searching for the lost love letters of Charlotte Bronte.
F WATTEVANS FANTASY
Watt-Evans, Lawrence, 1954-. The wizard lord. 1st ed. New York : Tor, 2006.
The world of Barokan enjoys prosperity under the benevolent rule of the Wizard Lord, who was answerable only to a group of eight otherwise normal people blessed as “The Chosen” by the elemental spirits. When a country boy named Breaker accepts the opportunity to train with and replace the legendary Swordsman, one of the Chosen, he believes that he need only remain ready to go into action-until the day comes when he must remove a corrupt Wizard Lord. Library Journal
Weinstock, Nicholas. The golden hour. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2006.
Ace investment banker Bill Schoenberg, kicked out of his Manhattan apartment by his wife of nineteen years, abandons his job and moves into their country home in upstate New York where he tries to redeem himself and his life by joining the volunteer fire department.
Willig, Lauren. The masque of the black tulip. New York : Dutton, c2005.
As American history student Eloise Kelly reads from an old codebook, she discovers the secret of the Black Tulip, the deadliest spy in Napoleon’s arsenal, and his link to a baffling crime that occurred more than two hundred years ago.
Chappelear, John, 1948-. The daily six : six simple steps to find the perfect balance of prosperity and purpose. New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, c2005.
A success by almost every standard, Chappelear had created a multimillion-dollar business from scratch, owned luxury homes and cars, and enjoyed all the benefits that lots of cash can buy. This all-consuming quest for more, however, ultimately led to a divorce and estrangement from his children. Then, in a bitter twist of fate, he lost the business that he had worked so relentlessly to build. Today, Chappelear has committed himself to the pursuit of “success with significance.” In changing the priorities of his own life, he developed and codified “The Daily Six”-six practices and truths that provide a bridge between career success and personal well-being, and which have become the cornerstone of his corporate and personal consulting work.
Witham, Larry, 1952-. The measure of God : our century-long struggle to reconcile science & religion. 1st ed. [San Francisco] : HarperSanFrancisco, c2005.
Witham, a journalist who previously authored two books on science and religion, has written a popular intellectual history commendable for its engaging style, thorough research, and neutral stance. After describing Adam Lord Gifford (1820-87), a wealthy Scottish judge who bequeathed a small fortune to several British universities for the establishment of a lecture series in his name, and the intellectual trends of modern Europe that influenced him, Witham devotes the middle of the book to individual sciences and their ramifications for religion. Concluding chapters on religious diversity and the Scottish intellectual heritage are valuable but tangential to the theme described in the subtitle. Library Journal
Ruse, Michael. The evolution-creation struggle. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2005.
Examines the similarities between evolutionist and creationist thinking, exploring how the two ideologies have engaged in a struggle for the privilege of defining human origins, moral values, and the nature of reality.
Broad, William J. The oracle : the lost secrets and hidden message of ancient Delphi. New York : Penguin Press, 2006.
William Broad explores the history and lasting legacy of the Oracle of Delphi, drawing on ancient and contemporary texts to examine the mystery and magic that surrounds the Oracle and her visions.
Habeck, Mary R. Knowing the enemy : jihadist ideology and the War on Terror. New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, c2006.
After September 11, Americans agonized over why nineteen men hated the United States enough to kill three thousand civilians in an unprovoked assault. Analysts have offered a wide variety of explanations for the attack, but the one voice missing is that of the terrorists themselves. This book is the first to present the inner logic of al-Qa’ida and like-minded extremist groups by which they justify September 11 and other terrorist attacks. Mary Habeck explains that these extremist groups belong to a new movement, known as jihadism, with a specific ideology based on the thought of Muhammad ibn Abd al- Wahhab, Hasan al-Banna, and Sayyid Qutb. Jihadist ideology contains new definitions of the unity of God and of jihad, which allow members to call for the destruction of democracy and the United States and to murder innocent men, women, and children. Habeck also suggests how the United States might defeat the jihadis, using their own ideology against them.
Mills, Robert Lockwood. The Lindbergh syndrome : heroes and celebrities in a new Gilded Age. Tucson, Ariz. : Fenestra Books, c2005. The author explores the political, media, and cyclical forces that converged at the moment Charles Lindbergh landed a tiny plane, “Spirit of St. Louis”, at Le Bourget Field in Paris in 1927. It asks, “Why did Lindbergh, a reluctant hero to begin with, become the most charismatic personality of his era, against his will, merely for what he regarded as a scientific accomplishment? Why, in the starkest contrast, did Neil Armstrong, upon returning from the 1969 moon landing, become an anonymous citizen, who at all times has been granted the privacy Lindbergh was denied?”
Draut, Tamara. Strapped : why America’s 20- and 30-somethings can’t get ahead. 1st ed. New York : Doubleday, 2006.“Strapped” offers a groundbreaking look at the new obstacle course facing young adults as they try to build careers, buy homes, and start families. As Tamara Draut explains, various economic and social trends over the last thirty years, as well as adverse government policies, have conspired to alter dramatically the process of becoming an adult. The exploding costs of higher education mean that young adults leave college and graduate school with near-crippling student loan debt. A deregulated and predatory financial industry means that they are trapped in debt at usurious interest rates and preyed on by a new breed of legal loan sharks. Depressed wages, rising costs, and inadequate health care increasingly mean that budding families often need two incomes to pay the bills. Soaring property values have made the traditional starter home unattainable. As a result, young adults are starting out their lives way behind; they are literally borrowing their way to adulthood. “Strapped” will help jumpstart a national conversation about where the country is failing—and how we can make it right again.
Vincent, Norah. Self-made man : one woman’s journey into manhood and back again. New York : Viking, 2006.
Vincent presents the author’s first-hand account of her experiences transforming herself into a man for eighteen months, penetrating the social and cultural world of her male counterparts in disguise.
Because I said so : 33 mothers write about children, sex, men, aging, faith, race, & themselves. 1st ed. New York : Harper Collins, c2005.
A collection of essays in which thirty-three mothers explore the challenges of motherhood in the twenty-first century.
Tannen, Deborah. You’re wearing that? : understanding mothers and daughters in conversation. 1st ed. New York : Random House, c2006.
Tannen explains that her own relationship with her mother was fraught with resentment, frustration, and anger. In a similar self-expository vein, the many anecdotes and transcribed conversations between mothers and daughters included tend to mirror her personal experiences. She compares a daughter’s rage at her mother’s power to a fear of witches: “Because we are so close to our mothers, we fear that they will devour us.” A different researcher, one who has had a close and nurturing relationship with her mother, would probably have cited more positive, healthy examples. But Tannen does end on a proactive note, offering advice on improving difficult mother-daughter interactions that involves using humor, being less pushy, being more understanding, and avoiding back talk (which can, she warns, backfire). Library Journal
Bartlett, Bruce R., 1951-. Impostor : how George W. Bush bankrupted America and betrayed the Reagan legacy. 1st ed. New York : Doubleday, c2006.
Bartlett charges that President George W. Bush has eschewed long-term conservative economic principles for short-term political gains and has consequently damaged both the conservative cause and the national economy. Bartlett cites Bush signing into law the 2003 Medicare prescription drug plan with its trillions of dollars of unfunded future costs as a fiscally disastrous action. Bartlett also criticizes Bush on other economic issues such as trade policy, tax reform, pork barrel spending, and the unfunded costs of the war in Iraq and hurricane Katrina. He also condemns Bush's approach to policy formation for focusing on political outcomes and listening to only a narrow circle of advisors. Bartlett concludes that Bush's legacy of unfunded spending will result in massive tax increases. Library Journal
Eisenberg, Lee, 1946-. The number : a completely different way to think about the rest of your life. New York : Free Press, c2006.
It’s the last question you think about before going to sleep, and the first on your mind in the morning. It’s a taboo that you can’t easily discuss with friends and can barely face with family. It’s The Number: the amount of money you need to secure the rest of your life. Do you know what your Number is? Do you know how to think about it? Do you know what you really want to do with it? Backed by imaginative reporting and insights, Eisenberg urges people to assume control and responsibility for their standard of living, and take greater aim on their long-term aspirations.
Jager, Ronald. The fate of family farming : variations on an American idea. Hanover : University Press of New England, c2004.
The eastern United States has known nearly four hundred years of farming, mostly by former Europeans, a saga that goes from Indian corn to genetically modified corn, a rich and complex narrative, with many a painful early failure and many a later ambiguous success. Author Jager offers a penetrating look at the condition of family farming—yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Yoshino, Kenji. Covering : the hidden assault on our civilrights. 1st ed. New York : Random House, c2006.
Yoshino argues that society’s expectations that people downplay traits that make them different in order to blend into the mainstream poses a threat to basic civil rights and encourages people to celebrate the traits that make them unique.
Kolbert, Elizabeth. Field notes from a catastrophe : man,nature, and climate change. 1st U.S. ed. New York :Bloomsbury Pub., 2006.
Based on her three-part series in the ‘New Yorker,’ journalist Elizabeth Kolbert presents an exhaustively researched, electrifying argument for the urgent danger of global warming in a book that’s sure to be as influential as ‘Silent Spring.’ She examines the monumental problem of global warming from every angle and draws frightening parallels to lost ancient civilizations, unpacks the politics, and presents the personal tales of those who are being affected most.
Lloyd, Seth, 1960-. Programming the universe : a quantum computer scientist takes on the cosmos. 1st ed. New York :Knopf, 2006.
Is the universe actually a giant quantum computer? According to Seth Lloyd—professor of quantum-mechanical engineering at MIT and originator of the first technologically feasible design for a working quantum computer—the answer is yes. This book illuminates the professional and personal paths that led him to this remarkable conclusion. All interactions between particles in the universe, Lloyd explains, convey not only energy but also information—in other words, particles not only collide, they compute. And what is the entire universe computing, ultimately? “Its own dynamical evolution,” he says. “As the computation proceeds, reality unfolds.” To elucidate his theory, Lloyd examines the history of the cosmos, posing questions that in other hands might seem unfathomably complex: How much information is there in the universe? What information existed at the moment of the Big Bang and what happened to it? How do quantum mechanics and chaos theory interact to create our world? Could we attempt to re-create it on a giant quantum computer?--From publisher description.
Scott, Eugenie Carol, 1945-. Evolution vs. creationism : an introduction. 1st pbk. ed. Berkeley : University of California Press, 2005.
Contains the author’s theory into the scientific evidence for evolution and includes reasons why he feels it should be taught in schools, provides the various religious points of view, and offers insight to the evolution-creationism controversy.
Wells, Jonathan. Icons of evolution : science or myth? : whymuch of what we teach about evolution is wrong. Washington, DC : Lanham, MD : Regnery Pub. ; Distributed to the trade by National Book Network, c2000.
Compares the icons of evolution with published scientific evidence, and argues that much of what is taught about evolution is false or misleading, discussing what scientific research conducted since Darwin first published his theory has revealed about the origins of life. Includes evaluations of ten recent biology textbooks.
Koeppel, Dan. To see every bird on earth : a father, a son, anda lifelong obsession. New York : Hudson Street Press, c2005.
Richard Koeppel chronicles his life-long obsession with birds and shares how the hobby helped him and his father form a strong bond.
The purification plan : clear your body of the toxins that contribute to weight gain, fatigue, and chronic illness. [Emmaus, Pa.] : Rodale, c2005.
For anyone who wants to lose weight, the 7-day program is perfect for jump-starting their efforts. Readers also can customize the program with targeted strategies for specific health concerns, including arthritis, diabetes, depression, migraines, and allergies.
Sheehy, Gail. Sex and the seasoned woman : pursuing the passionate life. 1st ed. New York : Random House, c2006.
Sheehy continues to enlighten readers with her latest book, ‘Sex and the Seasoned Woman,’ which takes a refreshing look at the way women, and men, of the baby boom generation are rethinking the role of love, sex, romance and marriage on their own terms.
Reece, Erik. Lost mountain : a year in the vanishing wilderness: radical strip mining, and the devastation of Appalachia. New York : Riverhead Books, 2006.
Erik Reece chronicles the year he spent on Lost Mountain in Appalachia, and the economic and environmental devastation the strip mining industry caused in the region.
Hayward, Gordon. The welcoming garden : designing your own front garden. 1st ed. Layton, Utah : Gibbs Smith, Publisher, 2005.
Hayward offers a step-by-step approach that starts by helping people find their “Big Idea,” then guides the homeowner through the process of making all the smaller decisions about their garden. He also introduces fundamental garden-design principles, illustrated throughout the book with beautiful photography and line drawings, allowing homeowners to effectively apply the ideas no matter where or what type of climate they live.
Levine, Judith, 1952-. Not buying it : my year without shopping. New York : Free Press, c2006.
Levine chronicles her year of “Not Buying It” in a series of journal entries reflecting observations about her own purchasing habits, adeptly intermingled with discussions of broader issues such as the psychology of the marketplace, ideas about relative wealth and poverty, the place of public and private goods in a democratic society, and the environmental and economic implications of the human drive to acquire. She explores with refreshing doses of self-critique the emotional and social impulses that drive shopping, reflecting on how readily we define ourselves by what we do (or don’t) purchase. Library Journal
Corbett, Stephen. The practical woodworker : a comprehensive step-by-step course in working with wood. Updated. New York : Hermes House, c2003.
This is the definitive reference guide for the beginner and the accomplished woodworking enthusiast alike. With clear step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow and accompanied by glorious full-color photography, it provides a comprehensive course on woodworking with extensive sections on every aspect of the craft.
Ketcham, Hank, 1920-. Hank Ketcham’s complete Dennis the Menace. 1st Fantagraphics Books ed. Seattle, WA : [New York] : Fantagraphics Books ; Distributed in the USA by W.W. Norton, 2005.
Presents a collection of the early comics of Hank Ketcham’s “Dennis the Menace” from 1951-1952, and includes introductory notes.
Brown, Ann Eckert. American wall stenciling, 1790-1840. Lebanon, NH : University Press of New England, c2003.
More than 250 illustrations complement Brown’s text as she makes fresh stylistic connections among designs, artists, regions, and houses representing more than two centuries, in the process discovering and illuminating some missing links in the history of wall stenciling. In addition, she ties together the shared destinies of the families, artists, rescuers, and restorers who lived with, created, or have dedicated their lives to preserving this beautiful art form. She also provides a glossary and a discussion of early paint ingredients, suggests resources for those interested in preserving wall stenciling, and includes a Who’s Who of American wall stenciling covering eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century artists and preservationists.
Bowen, Richard, 1951-. Mei mei - little sister : portraits from a Chinese orphanage. San Francisco : Chronicle Books, c2005.
The Chinese believe an unseen red thread joins those in this life who are destined to connect. For photographer Richard Bowen, that thread led him to China’s state-run welfare institutions, where there are thousands of children, primarily girls, growing up without families to take care of them. “Mei Mei” presents a poignant glimpse of just a few of these remarkable children. Composed against neutral backgrounds, these portraits capture the girls’ inner lives, away from their often bleak surroundings. The images show an almost endless range of expressions: small faces filled with longing and hope, joy and sadness, humor and mischief, defiance and despair. Through the camera’s eye these young children are no longer orphans, but individuals whose personalities are as vital, distinct, and beautiful as any mother’s child.
Hirsch, Edward. Poet’s choice. 1st ed. Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c2006.
Edward Hirsch began writing a column in the Washington Post Book World called “Poet’s Choice” in 2002. This book brings together those enormously popular columns, some of which have been revised and expanded, to present a minicourse in world poetry; Poet’s Choice includes the work of more than 130 poets-from Asia and the Middle East to Europe and America, from ancient times to the present-and demonstrates how poetry responds to the challenges of our modern world. Rich, relevant, and inviting, the book reveals how poetry both puts us in touch with ourselves and connects us to each other.
Cry out : poets protest the war. New York : G. Braziller in collaboration with Northshire Bookstore, 2003.
On February 16, 2003, the day Laura Bush had invited poets to attend the (subsequently canceled) White House event honoring Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Langston Hughes, poets gathered across the country for impromptu readings to protest the coming war. In Manchester, VT, 750 people came to hear 11 poets (including Grace Paley, Donald Hall, Ruth Stone, Galway Kinnell, and Julia Alvarez). The poets’ own poems are interspersed with those of others, past and present, including poems written by the very poets Mrs. Bush thought to celebrate safely. This volume is the transcript of that reading, including not only the poems but the opening remarks and the commentary between poems. Library Journal
Gaddis, John Lewis. The Cold War : a new history. New York : Penguin Press, 2005.
Gaddis presents a comprehensive history of the Cold War years following World War Two, and examines how and why it happened, the major political players of that era, and how it came to an end.
Heilman, Joan Rattner. Unbelievably good deals and great adventures that you absolutely can’t get unless you’re over 50, 2005-2006. New York : McGraw-Hill, c2005.
The author offers information on the good deals, special privileges, and money-saving offers available for people over fifty and advice on how to make the most of each opportunity.
Knight, Louise W. Citizen : Jane Addams and the struggle for democracy. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2005.
Presents a comprehensive biography of late nineteenth and early twentieth-century social activist Jane Addams, and chronicles her childhood in rural northern Illinois, her education, and later fight for social and political reforms, women’s rights, and more.
Haskins, Don, 1930-. Glory road : my story of the 1966 NCAA basketball championship and how one team triumphed against the odds and changed America forever. 1st ed. New York : Hyperion, c2006.
Presents the true story of how Don Haskins coached Texas Western College to the 1966 NCAA national championship in basketball by starting five African-American players, breaking the existing rules of race and sports.
Helget, Nicole Lea, 1976-. The summer of ordinary ways. St. Paul, MN : Borealis Books, c2005.
Nicole Lea Helget recounts the experiences she had while growing up in a small farm community during the 1980s.
Carwardine, Richard. Lincoln : a life of purpose and power. 1st American ed. New York : Knopf, 2006.
Carwardine gives us a biography of America’s sixteenth president that follows Lincoln’s life and political career, his White House years, his personal struggles during the Civil War, and his efforts to end slavery.
Rodgers, Marion Elizabeth. Mencken : the American iconoclast. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.
Rodgers chronicles the life of H. L. Mencken, one of the twentieth century’s most influential newspaper journalists, discussing his childhood, schooling, personal relationships, career achievements, and other related topics.
Wellman, William A., 1937-. The man and his Wings : William A. Wellman and the making of the first best picture. Westport, Conn. : Praeger Publishers, 2006.
William “Wild Bill” Wellman was not Paramount Pictures’ first choice to direct the World War I epic “Wings” (1927), but as a former aviator and war hero, he was the right choice. Despite months waging epic battles of his own with studio executives, “Wild Bill” managed to finish the big-budget war saga by inventing many of the techniques still used to film aerial battle scenes. The film, starring Clara Bow, broke box office records and earned its studio the first Academy Award for Best Picture. In this first-ever biography, the director’s son, William Wellman Jr., reveals the war hero, family man, occasional prankster, and underestimated visionary who changed Hollywood forever.
Haufler, Hervie. The spies who never were : the true story of the Nazi spies who were actually Allied double agents. New York : NAL Caliber, c2006.
A true story of how British intelligence used German spies as double agents to transmit misinformation about Allied defenses and strategy and the effect that the Double-Cross System had on the outcome of World War II.
Kennedy, Hugh (Hugh N.). When Baghdad ruled the Muslim world : the rise and fall of Islam’s greatest dynasty. 1st Da Capo Press ed. Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, 2005, c2004.
Kennedy chronicles the history of the Abbasid calipate, founded in Baghdad in 762, discussing its political, cultural, and intellectual accomplishments, and its influence on successive Islamic regimes.
Ruppert, Michael C. Crossing the Rubicon : the decline of the American empire at the end of the age of oil. Gabriola, BC : New Society Publishers, c2004.
The author maintains that officials operating at the highest levels of the U.S. government were in collusion with those who carried out the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and provides means, motive, and opportunity to support his views.
Risen, James. State of war : the secret history of the CIA and the Bush administration. 1st ed. New York : Free Press, c2006.
Reveals the hidden events that have shaped the presidency of George W. Bush, discussing how specific government agencies, including the CIA and the Department of Defense have become caught in a political cross fire that threatens the stability of the American government.
Taylor, Alan, 1955-. The divided ground : Indians, settlers and the northern borderland of the American Revolution. 1st ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2006.
Pulitzer and Bancroft prize-winning historian Taylor (William Cooper’s Town) offers a rich, sprawling history focusing on the Iroquois Six Nations of New York and Upper Canada during the era of the American Revolution. Taylor examines Indians’ wise but unsuccessful attempts to hold onto their land as colonists encroached on it. One of Taylor’s great insights is that historians have taken at face value what European settlers said about the “preemption rights” by which colonists and imperial governments claimed Indian territory. Taylor recovers Indians’ reactions to those “rights.” Many Indian leaders, recognizing that they couldn’t reverse European settlement, tried to at least dictate how that settlement would unfold. They wished to lease, rather than sell, their land, and they hoped to pick their neighbors. Giving narrative shape to the depressing and potentially unwieldy saga is the tale of a 50-year relationship between Joseph Brant, a Mohawk who exploited his ability to shift “between European gentility and Indian culture” in an effort to preserve native land rights, and Samuel Kirkland, a pious Calvinist who was both an evangelist and government agent among the Indians.
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McGraw, Phillip C., 1950-. Love smart : find the one you want— fix the one you got. New York, NY : Simon & Schuster Audio, p2005.
Read by the author. For those who are sleeping alone in a double bed, walking down the street thinking how they can meet ‘THE ONE’, or in a serious relationship and he keeps saying, ‘I’m almost ready, ‘ this audio’s for you. Dr. Phil says stop using old excuses for not finding happiness in a relationship. He shows singles how to navigate the world of dating today, how to find the right online dating service, how to be honest with themselves about a compatible mate, and more.
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Tolle, Eckhart, 1948-. A new earth : [awakening to your life’s purpose]. Unabridged. New York : Penguin Audio, p2005. Read by the author.
The essence of Eckhart Tolle’s work is simple. If we shed the ego and live in the Now, we move beyond our minds and discover peace and contentment. Much as the Dalai Lama outlined the principles of happiness, Eckhart Tolle shows how the reality of living in the Now is essential to finding who you really are. In this audiobook, he awakens listeners to the transformative power of seeing how and where they fit into society today.
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Garr, Teri, 1952-. Speedbumps : [flooring it through Hollywood]. Santa Ana, CA : Books on Tape, p2005. Read by Teri Garr.
Garr, one of Hollywood’s best recognized comic actresses, announced in 2002 that she has Multiple Sclerosis. Since then, she’s become a leading advocate in raising awareness about the ailment and the latest treatments. This is the inspiring, laugh-out-loud story of her life, career, and her ongoing battle with MS.
King, Stephen, 1947-. The Colorado kid. New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, cp2005. Read by Jeffrey DeMunn.
On an island off the coast of Maine, a man is found dead. There’s no identification on the body. Only the dogged work of a pair of local newspapermen and a graduate student in forensics turns up any clues, and it’s more than a year before the man is identified.
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