Tuesday, July 25, 2006

August 2006


Ackroyd, Peter, 1949-. The Lambs of London. 1st ed. in the U.S.A. New York : Nan A. Talese, 2006.

Mary Lamb is confined by the restrictions of domesticity: her father is losing his mind, her mother watchful and hostile. The great solace of her life is her brother Charles, an aspiring writer. It is no surprise when Mary falls for the bookseller’s son, antiquarian William Ireland, from whom Charles has purchased a book. But this is no ordinary book—it once belonged to William Shakespeare himself. And William Ireland with his green eyes and red hair is no ordinary young man.

Arnoult, Darnell, 1955-. Sufficient grace : a novel. New York : Free Press, c2006.

After hearing voices in her head telling her to get in her car and leave everything and everyone behind, Gracie Hollaman drives off leaving her home, her husband, her daughter, and her identity in the dust. Her journey will have profound effects on everyone concerned. Her quest leads her to the home of Mamma Toot and Mattie, two African- American women going through their own life changes. Eventually, Gracie’s new world and her old world collide.

Bayard, Louis. The pale blue eye : a novel. 1st ed. New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c2006.

When a grisly murder takes place on the grounds of West Point, retired New York City detective Gus Landor is recruited to solve the case. Given permission to choose a cadet from among the ranks to be his spy, he selects Cadet Edgar Allan Poe. Together they narrow down the suspects while dealing with their own personal demons.

Cabot, Meg. Queen of babble. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2006.

Lizzie Nichols has a problem. Not only can’t she keep a secret, but now she’s stranded in London without money, without a place to stay, and an airline ticket she can’t use for another month! Fortunately, her best friend is spending the summer in France catering weddings at Chateau Mirac, which just happens to need a bartender. Although Lizzie’s never mixed drinks before and speaks no French, she takes the job. While most bartenders are discreet, Lizzie’s the exception, which gets her into big trouble!

Chase, Clifford. Winkie. 1st ed. New York : Grove Press : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2006.

After decades of neglect from children who once loved him, Winkie, a mild-mannered teddy bear, decides to take charge of his fate. Hurling himself off the shelf, he jumps out the window and takes to the forest. Just as he’s discovering the joys and wonders of mobility, self- determination, and true love, he also finds himself trapped in the jaws of a society gone rabid with fear and paranoia when he is accused by the FBI of being responsible for several terrorist acts.

Childress, Mark. One Mississippi : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2006.

Daniel Musgrove and his family moved to a small Mississippi town when he was in his junior year of high school. He and Tim, a fellow outsider, become fast friends. Together they negotiate the triumphs and tribulations of young manhood. When the first-ever black prom queen of Minot High School is hit by a car and emerges from a coma, believing she is white, Daniel and Tim find themselves caught up in a shocking chain of events leading to a shattering climax.

Claudel, Philippe, 1962-. By a slow river. 1st American ed. New York : Knopf, 2006.

On a frigid morning in December 1917, the body of a 10-year-old girl is discovered, strangled, on the banks of the “slow” river that slices through a small, unnamed French village. The townsfolk are stunned by the murder, though they’re curiously oblivious to the seemingly endless slaughter taking place on the nearby Western front. Told by Dadais, a former policeman with a sharp memory and (it gradually becomes apparent) a shadowy history of his own, the story is a re-creation of his dogged pursuit of the killer. Was it the town’s haughty prosecutor, Pierre-Ange Destinat? Was it the Breton deserter who confesses under duress? Could it possibly have been Dadais himself? The answer, like everything else in the story, is far from tidy. Publisher’s Weekly.

Cleland, Jane K. Consigned to death. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2006.

Josie Prescott needed a change of scenery and a new start after having found herself involved in a high profile price-fixing scandal at the New York auction house where she worked. The New Hampshire coast was her choice of venue. It appeared she made the right choice until she got mixed up in murder and is pegged by the local police chief as a suspect. Refusing to move again, she set out to find a killer and along the way, also found a little romance.

Conant-Park, Jessica. Steamed. 1st ed. New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2006.

Chloe Carter is a boy-crazy 20-something gourmand who lives in Brighton, Mass. She thinks she might have found both romantic and gastronomic satisfaction in Eric Rafferty, a foodie she meets online. But their first date is a bust: Eric is a dolt, and he winds up getting stabbed before dessert. Chloe later falls for gorgeous Josh Driscoll, a chef acquaintance of Eric’s. But Josh has a temper-and it turns out he owned the knife that killed Eric. Chloe must help clear Josh’s name if their romance is to stand a chance. Publisher’s Weekly.

Coonts, Stephen, 1946-. The traitor. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2006.

Within the European Union, national espionage agencies are fiercely competing for supremacy against each other and against the CIA. When the Americans discover that the director of the French spy agency hassecret investments in the Bank of Palestine, alarm bells go off. Jake Grafton is sent to investigate, with the help of Tommy Carmellini. Together they uncover an elaborate strategy to infiltrate the highest levels of Al Qaeda and even more frightening, a plan to shake the West as never before.

Davis, Lindsey. See Delphi and die. New York : St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2005.

While things are looking up for Marcus Didius Falco in 76 A.D., it doesn’t mean things are quiet for him, his wife Helena, or their two young daughters. An informer by trade, he’s been hired to pry his errant brother-in-law away from a murder investigation. Traveling to Olympia in Greece under the guise of being tourists, he must investigate the suspicious goings on with a fly-by-night travel agency. Two women have already gone missing from the packaged tour, when two more, including Falco’s brother-in-law, also disappear.

Davis-Gardner, Angela. Plum wine : a novel. Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, Terrace Books, c2006.

American teacher Barbara Jefferson sets out on a life-changing quest when her Japanese surrogate mother, Michi, dies, leaving Barbara a sheaf of rice paper containing a personal narrative revealing the tragedies of Michi’s life.

Dickey, Eric Jerome. Chasing destiny. New York : Dutton, c2006.
Tough, talented Billie’s life is thrown into a tailspin when she learns she is pregnant and that her lover is a married man who wants Billie to terminate the pregnancy, forcing Billie to flee in order to protect her unborn child and herself.

Duncan, Dave, 1933-. Children of chaos. 1st ed. New York : Tor, c2006.

Fifteen years after the doge of the walled city of Celebre handed over his four children as hostages to the invading Vigaelians besieging Celebre, the siblings have grown up separately as captives in the land of Vigaelia. One boy, Benard, has become a stonemason of amazing, god-given talent in the city of Kosord. Another boy, Orlando, has become an initiate in the cult of Weru, the god of storm and battle. Frena, who was a babe in arms 15 years earlier, has no memory of the family she was wrenched from, and the revelation of her past history completely changes her life. As for the fourth child, Dantio, he supposedly died early on.

Duncan, Alice, 1945-. Lost among the angels. 1st ed. Waterville, Me. : Five Star, 2006.

It is 1926 Los Angeles, where men wear hats and hold doors for ladies, and women
worry about the length of their hair and hemlines. Enter 21-year-old Mercedes “Mercy Louise Allcutt, the daughter of an old-money Boston family living with her sister who is married to a new-money motion picture mogul. Wanting to get experience so she can write books, Mercy gets a job as secretary to a private detective. Although she is way out of her depth, the engaging and lively Mercy plows right along in a number of sticky situations, finding the missing mother of a street urchin, a kidnapped dog, and a serial killer of beautiful young women. Library Journal.

Eisler, Barry. The last assassin. G.P. Putnam, c2006.

John Rain, a Japanese-American contract killer who has been trying to get out of the business, finds he must put his best talents to work once again when he learns his former lover Midori is raising their child in New York and reaches out to her only to have his watching enemies resurface.

Elkins, Aaron J. Unnatural selection. 1st ed. New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2006.

Forensic sleuth Gideon Oliver accompanies his second wife, Julie, to an unusual gathering of conservation experts in the Scilly Isles. Frustrated by his passive role and forced to bite his tongue when opinions are voiced that strike him as lacking intellectual rigor, Oliver leaps at a chance to examine some human remains stored at the local museum. His casual look becomes something more when he determines that one humerus bone is a recent relic, leading to his rousing the sleepy local constabulary to a murder probe. When the victim turns out to have belonged to the conservation group, the circle of suspects centers on the surviving members.

Evanovich, Janet. Twelve sharp : [a Stephanie Plum novel]. New York : St Martins Press, c2006.
Trenton, New Jersey’s premier troublemaker, bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum, is once again struggling with her tangled love life, her chaotic family, and her gift for destroying every car she drives. Not to mention her attempts to bring in the sometimes scary bail jumpers and the sudden appearance of a mysterious female stalker who turns out to have a close connection to fellow-bounty hunter, Ranger.

Ferris, Monica. Sins and needles : a needlecraft mystery. New York: Berkley Prime Crime, c2006.

Lucille Jones and Jan Henderson meet when Lucille comes to town researching her roots. An immediate friendship is made. When Jan’s wealthy great-aunt is found dead, and Jan is the prime suspect, Lucille begs Jan’s friend, Betsy, to help clear Jan’s name. Could Jan’s Aunt’s death have anything to do with an embroidered pillow that Jan found in her Aunt’s belongings with a map of Lake Minnetonka stitched in the lining? It’s a secret that someone would kill to conceal.

Fforde, Katie. Restoring Grace. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2006.

Grace Soudley’s only security is the beautiful old house her godmother left her. Now all she has to do is find a fortune to upkeep the place. The solution comes in the form of Ellie Summers who is pregnant and needs a place to stay. Together the two women work at fixing up the house. When an unexpected man turns up and they discover some potentially valuable paintings, they begin to restore not only the house, but their lives as well.

Flagg, Fannie. Can’t wait to get to heaven : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Random House, c2006.

When 80-year-old Mrs. Shimfessle falls out of a fig tree in her front yard one morning, what follows is a series of extraordinary events that gives a comic turn to the age old question: What happens to us after we die? It’s a hilarious novel about a woman’s peculiar experience in the afterlife.

Fossum, Karin, 1954-. When the devil holds the candle. 1st U.S. ed. Orlando : Harcourt, Inc., c2006.

A stolen purse; an infant’s death; two teenagers in trouble; a switchblade and an old woman. It’s up to Inspector Konrad Sejer and his partner Jacob Skarre to discern the connection between all these elements and the disappearance of a local delinquent. As the unflappable Sejer digs below the surface of small-town tranquility in an effort to understand how and why violence destroys everyday lives, the question remains: will he figure it out before teens Zipp and Andreas take another life?

Fuentes, Carlos. The eagle’s throne : a novel. 1st. U.S. ed. New York : Random House, c2006.

A disagreement with the U.S. has led to the severance of satellite power to Mexico during the 2020s; and as the government resorts to old-fashioned methods of communication, political adversaries come out to prey.

Furst, Alan. The foreign correspondent : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Random House, 2006.
In Paris, 1938, an apparent murder/suicide is fodder for the tabloids. Especially when the deceased, found in a lover’s hotel, turns out to be an Italian political émigré and the wife of a prominent French politician. Upon further investigation, it’s later determined that it was in fact an assassination involving Mussolini’s secret police. It also opens up the secret spy life and secret love life of Carlo Weisz, editor of an underground newspaper, set against the background of an inevitable European war.

Garcia, Eric. Anonymous Rex : Casual Rex. Ace trade pbk. one-vol. ed. New York : Ace, 2004.

“Anonymous Rex—Casual Rex” presents Eric Garcia’s first two novels featuring Vincent Rubio, a Los Angeles private investigator who also happens to be one of many dinosaurs who roam the Earth disguised in latex costumes that allow them to blend into human society.

Gaus, Paul L. A prayer for the night : an Ohio Amish mystery. Athens : Ohio University Press, c2006.

Amid a whirlwind of drugs, sex, and other temptations of the “English” world, a group of Amish teenagers on their Rumschpringe test the limits of their parents’ religion to the breaking point. The murder of one and the abduction of another challenge Professor Michael Branden as he confronts the communal fear that the young people can never be brought home safely. Along with Holmes County Sheriff Bruce Robertson and Pastor Cal Troyer, Professor Branden works against the clock to find a murderer and a kidnapper, and to break a drug ring operating in the county, determined, wherever the trail may lead him, to restore the shattered community.

Grande, Reyna. Across a hundred mountains : a novel. 1st Atria Books hardcover ed. New York : Atria Books, 2006.

Juana Garcia had left her small town in Mexico to find her father who had disappeared 19 years earlier. Now, out of money and in need of someone to help her cross the border, Juana meets Adelina Vasquez, who had left her family in California three years before to follow forbidden love in Mexico. Grande puts a human face on the story of those who make it across the border, those who don’t, and those who are left behind.

Green, Jane, 1968-. Swapping lives. 1st American ed. New York : Viking, 2006.

No matter what we have, the grass always seems greener on the other side of the fence. That’s the case for Vicky Townsley and Amber Winslow. Vicky has a fantastic job, lives in an exciting city, and is financially secure. But, she’d give it up in a heartbeat for marriage, children, and a house in the country. Amber has that but isn’t happy either. When Amber enters a Life Swap contest, wins, and the two swap lives, will they finally find happiness?

Grenville, Kate, 1950-. The secret river. 1st American ed. Edinburgh ; New York : Canongate, 2005.

The Orange Prize-winning author Kate Grenville recalls her family’s history in an astounding novel about the pioneers of New South Wales. Already a best seller in Australia, “The Secret River” is the story of Grenville’s ancestors, who wrested a new life from the alien terrain of Australia and its native people. London, 1806. William Thornhill, a Thames bargeman, is deported to the New South Wales colony in what would become Australia. In this new world of convicts and charlatans, Thornhill tries to pull his family into a position of power and comfort. When he rounds a bend in the Hawkesbury River and sees a gentle slope of land, he becomes determined to make the place his own. But, as uninhabited as the island appears, Australia is full of native people, and they do not take kindly to Thornhill’s theft of their home.

Griffin, W. E. B. The saboteurs. New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, c2006.

Griffin and his son team up to bring readers another tale featuring Wild Bill Donovan’s agents who are preparing to invade Sicily and then Italy. U-boats have put German commando-trained saboteurs on American shores and ships are burning at their moorings in U.S. ports. Wild Bill’s spies in the Office of Strategic Services, answerable only to the President, find themselves battling on two fronts and with some very unlikely allies.

Harper, Karen (Karen S.). The fatal fashione : an Elizabeth I mystery. 1st ed. New York : Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s Press, 2006.

In the eighth year of Queen Elizabeth’s reign, a royal starcher is drowned, setting off a series of events that threatens the Queen, her court, and all of England.

Henry, Diane, 1945-. Blood red, snow white : a novel. 1st ed. Boston : Little, Brown, c1992.

In the midst of defending a messy skimming operation with millions going to foreign banks, lawyer Alec Anton is contacted by his beautiful neighbor to find her missing son. His investigations turn up a billion-dollar cocaine operation, money laundering, and corruption everywhere. His fatal attraction for Lee, the mother, interferes with his work; and he is set up for a sexual harrassment charge by an office assistant. As he goes from New York to California to Montreal, he unearths an incredibly complex international scam.

Hilderbrand, Elin. The love season. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2006.

Renata is visiting her fiance’s family in Nantucket for the summer when she ignores her father’s wishes and goes to see Marguerite, the godmother she’s been forbidden to see her entire life. She’s hoping to get some questions answered regarding her mother’s untimely death. She soon discovers that Marguerite’s life is not so simple and preparing dinner for her goddaughter proves much more complicated than either of them imagined.

Holleran, Andrew. Grief. 1st ed. New York : Hyperion, c2006.

A haunting, exquisite novel about the nature of loss, grief and the illusion of intimacy. The unnamed protagonist, having taken care of his failing mother for some 12 years, is devastated by her death. When a friend offers a one-semester teaching gig in Washington, D.C., and a lead on a room rental, the professor jumps at the deal. So begins Holleran’s spare story: “The house that I lived in that winter in Washington had been a rooming house with fourteen rooms, rented out mostly to addicts, when my landlord bought it in 1974.” On the nightstand is a collection of Mary Todd Lincoln’s letters; the widow’s words become a reference for everything the professor notices as he wanders the nation’s capital. Kirkus Reviews.

Holt, Anne, 1958-. What is mine. Warner Books, c2006.
Anne Holt, the most popular crime writer in Norway, makes her American debut with What Is Mine. As child after child disappears in Norway, police commissioner Stubo asks former FBI profiler Johanna Vik for help. Already immersed in an investigation, she’s reluctant until a gruesome turn in Stubo’s case changes her mind. The bodies of the young victims start turning up in their families’ homes with notes attached that read: ‘You got what you deserved.’ Now, Stubo and Vik must solve the case before more innocent children die. First of a three book series.

Horowitz, Laurie, 1960-. The family fortune. 1st ed. New York: William Morrow, c2006.

Times are tough for the once very wealthy old Boston Fortune family. Forced to rent out their Beacon Hill townhouse, they leave the task of looking after the property to middle daughter, Jane, a self-professed old maid, who heads the Fortune Family Foundation. The winds of change are blowing however, and they’re about to blow across the sedate Jane, moving her right into the path of the first love she’s never been able to forget.

Howard, Linda, 1950-. Cover of night. New York : Ballantine, 2006.

Cate Nightingale, a young widow and mother, owns and operates a bed- and-breakfast in Idaho. She occasionally enlists the aid of a mysterious, strong handyman named Calvin Harris. After a trio of thugs invade the inn, demanding the possessions of a previous guest who vanished days before, Cal manages to chase them off. The thugs then shut down phone service for the entire village, holding its citizens hostage. Desperate to survive, Cate and Cal strike out to seek help from a neighboring town.

Hughes, Declan, 1963-. The wrong kind of blood. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2006.

Private detective Ed Loy returns to his native Dublin for his mother’s funeral, but his grieving takes an unexpected turn when an old classmate pleads with him to find her missing husband, taking Ed on a journey into the deadly Irish underworld of drugs, extortion, and murder.

Jackson, Lisa. Shiver. New York : Kensington Books, c2006.

Detective Reuben “Diego” Montoya must team up with the prime suspect in a murder case to catch a serial killer who is keeping New Orleans in the grip of fear, an investigation that leads them to an abandoned asylum where unspeakable evil awaits them.

Judson, D. Daniel. The darkest place. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2006.

Record cold weather has come to the Long Island resort community of Shinnecock Bay. So has a series of enigmatic drowning deaths. Deacon Kane, a local college professor, recovering from the accidental drowning of his only son years ago, with the help of alcohol and an affair with a married woman, is the prime suspect. As police watch his every move, it becomes clear that Kane himself may not know the extent of his involvement. Something dark and sinister is definitely at work in Southhampton.

Kelly, Lauren, 1938-. Blood mask : a novel of suspense. 1st ed. New York : Ecco, c2006.

A wealthy, charismatic, and controversial ‘benefactress of art’ named Drewe Hildebrand
has seemingly been abducted from her estate on the Hudson River. Her niece, Marta, found in a wooded area nearby, is too traumatized to describe the abductors. Then an exhibit of avant-garde ‘bio-art’ including a blood mask of Drewe is disrupted by protestors. The world of ‘bio-artists’ and their admirers is explored in this new novel from Kelly.

Lashner, William. Marked man. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2006.

When Victor Carl wakes up with his suit in tatters, his socks missing, and a tattoo on his chest with the name Chantal Adair inscribed, he doesn’t know how it got there, or who Chantal is, but he intends to find out. So begins a hunt that takes him to a strip club and the tale of a missing girl; delicate negotiations with an ex-con who has a stolen Rembrandt painting, and someone who doesn’t like the questions Victor has been asking.

Lawrence, David, 1942 Dec. 9-. Cold kill. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2005.

This third entry in the highly praised Detective Stella Mooney series finds the memorable Stella at a crime scene in a wintry London park where the brutalized corpse of a young woman has just been discovered. When a man walks into a Notting Hill police station and confesses to the murder, it’s an open-and-shut case—just what the police want this close to Christmas. But Stella has her doubts. And if their suspect didn’t commit the murder, who did?

Levine, Laura, 1943-. The PMS murder : a Jaine Austen mystery. New York : Kensington Books, c2006.

On the front lines of the battle of the bulge, otherwise known as trying on bathing suits in the communal dressing room at Loehmann’s, Jaine makes a new friend—a wannabe actress named Pam. Their feeling of connection is mutual, so Pam invites Jaine to Join the PMS club—a women’s support group that meets once a week over guacamole and margaritas to commiserate about love and life. But joining the club proves to be a curse more than a blessing for Jaine. Though she is warned that Rochelle, the hostess, makes a guacamole to die for, Jaine never takes the warning literally. Until another PMS member—Marybeth—drops dead over a mouthful of the green stuff...

Lindstrom, Kara. Sparkle life. New York, NY : Other Press, 2006.

The three 30-something stars of this ambitious debut are not friends but New York film world acquaintances at one degree of separation. Joy and Sara see the same psychiatrist, who turns out to be Liv’s uncle. Liv is dating Sara’s brother who cheats on her with Joy. And not far into the book, all three seal their romantic fates at the same movie premier party. The coincidences that bring them together drive their lives-yielding epiphanies, movie deals and weddings-but never bring them closer emotionally.

Lippman, Laura, 1959-. No good deeds. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2006.

Tess Monaghan, a consultant to the local newspaper, inadvertently gets caught up in the unsolved murder of a young federal prosecutor when her boyfriend brings home a young street kid who doesn’t even realize he holds an important key to the man’s death. Protecting the boy’s identity becomes even more crucial after one of the boy’s friends is killed in what appears to be a case of mistaken identity. Federal agents are just as determined to learn the boy’s identity at any cost.

Lowell, Elizabeth, 1944-. The wrong hostage. 1st ed. New York : W. Morrow, c2006.

Joe Faroe was a kidnap specialist until a friend died trying to kill him. But he agrees to help federal judge Cate Silva when her son falls into the wrong hands. Library Journal.

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Lynn, Jackie. Down by the riverside. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2006.

Abandoned by her husband for a younger woman, Rose Frankin buys a camper and sets off for a campsite in North Carolina called Shady Grove. While she’s there, a respected and well-liked man in the community seems to commit suicide for no apparent reason. Could his death be somehow connected to the ancient slave burial ground that he was researching? Rose decides to find out and unravels the mystery of why a man lost his faith and the consequences of his loss.

Malkani, Gautam, 1976-. Londonstani. 1st American ed. New York: Penguin Press, 2006.

Jas has no intention of assimilating to mainstream British society. He prefers to be a proper ‘desi rudeboy,’ a term given to second and third generation Indian and Pakistani youth, or Indostanis who continue to assert their ethnicity while borrowing from American gangsta rap. Aligning himself with other rudeboys, his relationship with Samira, a Muslim girl, causes friction and results in dire consequences for Jas.

Mankell, Henning, 1948-. Chronicler of the winds. New York : New Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton, 2006.
A departure for Swedish crime novelist Mankell, this work takes place in an African country after the overthrow of its longtime dictator by revolutionaries. In the ensuing confusion, bandits terrorize the countryside and conscript young boys into their ranks, among them the child Nelio. Nelio escapes and journeys to a big city, where he joins up with a group of street children. When Nelio is shot, he is cared for by a baker named Jos and tells Jos his story, ending with the gunshot that leads to his death. Nelio’s tragic tale changes Jos ‘s life, and he decides to spend his own life telling Nelio’s story, thus becoming known as the “Chronicler of the Winds.” Library Journal.

Manrique, Jaime, 1949-. Our lives are the rivers : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Rayo, c2006.

Manrique offers a fictionalized account of the love affair between Manuela Saenz and South American liberator Simon Bolivar.

Margolin, Phillip. Proof positive. 1st ed. New York : HarperCollins, c2006.

Both defense attorney Amanda Jaffe, and her father, Frank, are defending killers in two separate cases. Both clients claim to be innocent, despite forensic evidence that shows differently. But, what if the fingerprints, ballistics tests, and other evidence analyzed by the crime lab are not what they seem? When Amanda starts checking the possibility that a CSI technician misused his position to frame two innocent men, people start to die and she discovers that a madman with the power to alter the truth is on the loose.

Marklund, Liza, 1962-. Paradise. London : Simon & Schuster, 2004.

A hurricane sweeps across Sweden leaving chaos in its wake. Two men lie dead in Stockholm, shot in the head at point-blank range. A young woman runs for her life. She finds refuge in Paradise, a foundation dedicated to those whose lives are in danger. Newspaper sub-editor Annika Bengtzon is trying to piece her life back together following the violent death of her fiancé, and covering the story of Paradise is just the break she needs. But as she’s about to find out, neither the young woman nor Paradise are quite what they appear to be.

McCaffrey, Anne. Dragon’s fire. 1st ed. New York : Del Rey Books, c2006.

Mother and son writing team Anne and Todd McCaffrey collaborate on a second Pern adventure and continue to shed new light on the world of the dragonriders. Mining the firestone that allows the dragons of Pern to breathe fire is a job normally left to the Shunned, people who have committed crimes against the community. But, when an explosion kills the miners, young Cristov volunteers to take over. If he doesn’t survive, the dragons’ flame will be forever extinguished, leaving Pern defenseless.

McGovern, Cammie. Eye contact : a novel. New York : Viking, 2006.

A young girl has been murdered and the only witness is an autistic child who cannot tell what he saw.

Monardo, Anna. Falling in love with Natassia : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Doubleday, 2006.

Natassia was conceived on a dare by Mary, an ambitious dancer, and Ross, her infatuated, drug-abusing lover, while they are studying abroad during college. Raised in seeming security in Manhattan by her paternal grandparents and doted on by her godparents, she appears well adjusted. But a secret affair with an older man turns sour, and the 11th grader implodes, as do the many adults in her life as they attempt to make up for years of self-interest. Then a shocking incident in Natassia’s past is revealed, threatening marriages and friendships. Library Journal.

Moore, Christopher, 1957-. A dirty job. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2006.

Charlie Asher a neurotic and anxious hypochondriac who hates change, confronts the challenges of being a widower and a single parent when his wife dies of a freak medical condition on the day his new daughter, Sophie, is born.

Naylor, Clare, 1971-. The first assistant : a continuing tale from behind the Hollywood curtain. New York : Viking, 2006.

It’s been awhile since Lizzie Miller came to The Agency and the world of high-powered Hollywood deal-making. She paid her dues by working at the bottom of the ladder however. Now Scott Wagner’s first assistant, she knows company protocol, but is also unfazed by the sparkling mirage that is Los Angeles. Can she continue to be unfazed as her boyfriend waves Harry Winston diamonds and a black AmEx in front of her eyes?

Othmer, James P. The futurist : a novel. New York : Doubleday, 2006.
Yates is a Futurist who dispenses premonitory wisdom to world governments, corporations, and at global leadership conferences. Thus, he’s an optimist by trade and a cynic by choice. While on his way to the Futureworld Conference in Johannesburg, he opens a note from his girlfriend that tells him she’s left him and witnesses a soccer riot in which five South Africans are killed, after which he writes and delivers a career-ending speech at Futureworld. Could his life get any worse?

Parker, Robert B., 1932-. Blue screen. New York : G. Putnam’s Sons, c2006.

Private Investigator Sunny Randall is hired by a sleazy movie producer to serve as a bodyguard for his prize client, the beautiful Xena-like actress, Erin Flint. Though everyone in the entertainment business has a past, Erin’s troublesome back story has really deadly implications.

Parkhurst, Carolyn, 1971-. Lost and found. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2006.

Seven oddly matched pairs are thrown together to compete in a high- stakes, televised contest on a new reality show called ‘Lost and Found,’ a global scavenger hunt. Each contestant has their own reasons for wanting to participate . . . and their own secrets. As the game escalates, tension mounts, temptations beckon, and the bonds between teammates begin to fray. The question is not only who will capture the final prize, but at what cost?

Parks, Tim. Rapids : a novel. 1st North American ed. New York: Arcade Pub., 2006.

On the surface, this latest novel from Parks tells the story of a group of kayaking enthusiasts learning how to hold their own in the white water of the Italian Alps. In fact, this novel is about the inner struggles of three of these characters: Clive, the rugged instructor who yearns to change the world; Michela, his loyal girlfriend, whose deepest wish is to leave Italy; and Vince, a high-powered British banker who is literally and figuratively drowning in the aftermath of his wife’s death.

Penny, Louise. Still life. 1st St. Martin’s Minotaur ed. New York : St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2006.

The discovery of the body of Jane Neal, a resident of a small rural village south of Montreal, has brought Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team of investigators to the scene. While the locals are certain it was a hunting accident, Gamache suspects something more sinister than a careless hunter caused her death.

Pineiro, R. J. Havoc. New York : Forge, c2005.

CIA officer Tom Grant is pulled out of early retirement to investigate a high-tech robbery at a government-run agency for the development of nanoweapons and is thrown into the middle of a conspiracy that could threaten the future of all mankind.

Pomeroy, Julia. The dark end of town. 1st Carroll & Graf ed. New York : Carroll & Graf, 2006.

Abbey, the thirty-year-old widow and protagonist, returns from her brief career as an New York City model to the upstate New York resort town where she grew up in order to recover from her husband’s suicide. While working in a friend’s trendy new restaurant, she gets pulled into the dark side of small-town Bantam in ways she never imagined. Two dead bodies turn up: One, the mother of a local troubled teen, the other of the town bad girl.

Preston, Douglas J. The book of the dead. 1st ed. New York : Warner Books, 2006.

The New York Museum of Natural History receives their stolen gem collection back . . . ground to dust. Diogenes, the killer who stole it, has thrown down the gauntlet to both the city and to his brother, FBI Agent Pendergast. To quiet the P.R. nightmare, the museum decides to reopen the Tomb of Senef: a popular exhibit until the 1930s. When they do, the killings and whispers of an ancient curse begin again. By the time the opening’s over, only one brother will emerge alive.

Pronzini, Bill. The crimes of Jordan Wise : a novel. New York : Walker & Co. : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2006.

Jordan Wise was your ordinary run-of-the-mill accountant until he met Annalise Bonner, who lived for adventure and the good life. Intoxicated by her, Jordan resolved to get it for both of them by doing a little creative bookkeeping with his engineering firm’s books. After embezzling a half-million dollars, he arranged escape for himself and Annalise outside the reach of the law. Yes, he had everything under control . . . or so he thought!

Ramsay, Frederick. Impulse. Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, c2006.

Frank Smith was bound for Phoenix to attend his 50th class reunion. He arrived at Scott Academy where he got caught up in a mystery now 25 years old. A group of young boys had walked from the campus into the woods and just disappeared. Bringing back memories of his own wife’s mysterious disappearance four years earlier, he decided to probe the mystery as he relived his own boyhood and that of some of the classmates of the missing boys, on campus for their 25th reunion.

Rice, Luanne. Sandcastles. New York : Bantam Books, 2006.

Honor Dillon teaches art at the Star of the Sea Academy, thereby making a life for herself and her three daughters. Now she’s also planning the wedding of her oldest daughter, Regis, who naturally, wanted her father, a sculptor, to be a part of her special day. Although he’d broken Honor’s heart, he would come out of a self-imposed exile to return to the family he’d left and set in motion a chain of events that would shake the Star of the Sea Academy to its foundation.

Robinson, Peter, 1950-. Piece of my heart. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, 2006.

Detective Inspector Alan Banks’ latest case involving the murder of a freelance music journalist takes him back more than 30 years, and into the unsolved murder of a young woman found wrapped in a sleeping bag after an outdoor rock concert in 1969 where the up-and-coming psychedelic band, The Mad Hatters was playing. The journalist had been working on a feature story about the now aging rock superstar band. What was the connection, and what hornets’ nest had the journalist inadvertently stirred up?

Rosenblatt, Roger. Lapham rising : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Ecco, c2006.

Harry March, an eccentric writer living as a recluse on his own island with his talking dog Hector, comes up with a scheme to take on his irritating new neighbor, a multimillionaire named Lapham, who is building an enormous new house next door.

Sandford, John, 1944 Feb. 23-. Dead watch. New York : G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2006.

The wife of a former U.S. Senator is on the run. Her husband has been missing for days. She doesn’t know if he’s been kidnapped or murdered, but fears for her own safety. In Washington, D.C., chief investigator and Army Intelligence veteran Jacob Winter has been summoned by the White House chief of staff. The disappearances are bad, but when a blackened body shows up barbed-wired to a tree, Winter suspects there’s much worse to come. He doesn’t know how right he is!

See, Carolyn. There will never be another you : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Random House, 2006.

Set in the UCLA Medical Center of the near future, There Will Never Be Another You
follows three generations of Californians as they struggle to live in a post-9/11 world amid the threat of bioterrorism. As the Los Angeles area weathers one medical crisis after another, the four protagonists of this very real novel-a heartbroken widow, a poetry-loving gangbanger, an innocent coed, and a dermatologist recruited to a highly classified emergency response team-strive to define themselves within and outside the most significant relationships of their lives. The instability of the country pushes each of them to focus on what is important, providing the courage needed to make the decisions that will change their lives. Library Journal.

Shaara, Lila. Every secret thing : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, c2006.

Once a top model, Gina Paletta now enjoys the quieter life as mother to two sons and a job as a university professor. That quiet is disturbed when photos of her are posted on a sleazy web site by some of her male students who are also suspects in the murder of a classmate. With danger facing her and her boys, she reluctantly finds herself drawn to police detective Tommy Galloway.

Sierra, Javier, 1971-. The secret supper : a novel. New York : Atria Books, 2006.

Pope Alejandro VI heard through unnamed sources that Leonardo Da Vinci’s almost finished painting of the Last Supper contained unpopular elements. Elements that caused the pope to send Fray Agustine Leyre, a Dominican Inquisitor, to the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan to confirm his suspicions. Fray instantly knows the painting contains a hidden message and sets out to decode it.

Snyder, Scott. Voodoo heart : stories. New York : Dial Press, 2006.

These dispatches from disaffected but strangely likeable American oddities have much the same effect as good American roots music: their simplicity is deceptive, their emotional power considerable. And at some point between the mystery-blimp of “Blue Yodel” and the World War I-era Curtis Jenny of “The Star Attraction of 1919,” you may discover that Snyder’s plain folks have stolen your heart. I think what impressed me most about these stories—even the ones in which terrible things happen—was their warmth and humanity.

Stella, Charlie. Shakedown. 1st Pegasus Books ed. New York : Pegasus Books, 2006.

Can a mob bookmaker have a wife and a family and be out for good? “Fuhgetaboutit,” say the wiseguys. Bobby Genarro had at least a shot at escape until the untimely flipping of Nicky D’Angelo, an underboss with the Vignieri family, who when presented with limited options by the FBI chose the Witness Protection Program. Suddenly, Bobby’s position is ambiguous enough to require a hasty visit from a pair of Vignieri soldiers: If Nicky squealed, how can they be sure that Bobby, who worked for him, won’t? And by the way, it would show respect if he came up with $50,000. Annoyed not so much by the breakdown in logic-he knows full well the wiseguy way with a syllogism-as by the boldfaced attempt at extortion, he stonewalls. Kirkus Reviews.

Stewart, Mariah. Final truth : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, c2006.

Regan Landry, a true-crime writer, has followed lots of big stories throughout his career, but none more challenging than that of convicted rapist/killer Edgar Barnes, who persuades Regan to reinvestigate his case. When Regan and FBI Special Agent Mitch Peyton oblige, they discover a startling number of irregularities, including a crucial DNA mismatch that results in Barnes’ parole. A month after his release, a series of sexually motivated slayings occur. Mitch, Regan, and the FBI, fearing they have set free a monster, sweep into action.

Thomas, Will, 1958-. The Limehouse text. New York : Simon & Schuster, c2006.

Agent Cyrus Barker, along with assistant Thomas Llewelyn, head to London’s Chinatown district, Limehouse, where they retrieve a Chinese book. Ho, a restaurateur, inspects the book, and informs them that it is a rare and secret martial arts book containing lethal techniques forbidden in the West. The book’s exposure could cause even more trouble between the United Kingdom and China. Barker and Llewelyn must find out how it got to England.

Tiffany, Carrie, 1965-. Everyman’s rules for scientific living : a novel. 1st Scribner ed. New York : Scribner, 2006, c2005.

Jean Finnegan is an independent, resilient woman looking for her place in a world wracked by the Great Depression and the beginning of World War II when the ‘Better Farming Train’ slides into her small town in Australia. It’s filled with agricultural and domestic experts like Robert Pettergree, a scientist with an unusual taste for soil. Following a sudden seduction between Robert and Jean, they marry and settle in the impoverished Mallee farmland with the ambition of transforming the land with science.

Turtledove, Harry. Fort Pillow. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2006.

Turtledove recreates a real-life controversial battle that took place at Fort Pillow in 1864. Manned by 600 mostly black Union troops, they were overrun by about 1,500 Confederate troops and driven out into a deadly crossfire that left only 62 of the black troops unwounded. The controversy over what many considered a massacre continues today and became a Union rallying cry that sustained Union troops to see the war through to its conclusion.

Tyree, Omar. What they want : a novel. New York : Simon & Schuster, c2006.

Successful male model Terrance Mitchell had no plan to ever settle down and have a family. He liked his freedom and being able to date any woman he wanted. In his line of work, he had many to choose from. He was content with his life the way it was.
Then it happened. One of his beautiful women fell over the cuckoo’s nest and shattered his peace of mind. From then on, Terrance could never again lead women on without feeling guilty about it.

Updike, John. Terrorist. 1st ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2006.

Ahmad, 18, was born to an Irish-American mother and an Egyptian father, and is devoted to Allah and the sacred words of the Qu’ran, as revealed to him by the local imam. With his father long since disappeared, Ahmad craves spiritual nurture and views the self-indulgent society around him in New Jersey with contempt. Neither the well-intentioned Jewish guidance counselor at the high school, nor a seductive classmate is able to succeed in deflecting Ahmad’s course of terror.

Weldon, Fay. She may not leave. 1st American ed. New York : [Berkeley, Calif.] : Atlantic Monthly Press ; Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2005.

Unmarried partners Hattie and Martyn are the proud parents of a newborn. They’re happy and the baby is healthy. All is fine until the question of who will go back to work and who will stay home with the baby comes up. They compromise by hiring Agnieska, a Polish nanny, who also happens to be a domestic goddess and a first-rate belly dancer. When problems arise with her immigration papers, Martyn and Hattie will do anything to keep her in the country.

Yancey, Richard. The highly effective detective. 1st ed. New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2006.

Teddy Ruzak has wanted to become a detective since childhood. His opportunity comes following the death of his mother, who leaves him a substantial nest egg. After quitting his job as a watchman to become a private investigator, he hires Felicia, a former waitress at his favorite restaurant, to be his secretary. What begins as a seemingly inconsequential case of a hit-and-run of a family of geese quickly evolves into a murder investigation.

Teen Titans. New York : DC Comics, c2005
The heroes-in-training travel to the thirty-first century to help the Legion of Super-Heroes battle the Fatal Five Hundred; make a stop, on their way back, at ten years in the future, where they are stunned and disturbed by the adults they turn out to be; and, back in the present, welcome their newest member, Speedy, and face off against Dr. Light, who seeks revenge for past humiliations.


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Lutz, Tom. Doing nothing : a history of loafers, loungers, slackers and bums in America. 1st ed. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2006.

Whenever the world of labor changes in significant ways, the pulpits, politicians, and pedagogues ring with exhortations of the value of work, and the slackers answer with a strenuous call of their own: “To do nothing,” as Oscar Wilde said, “is the most difficult thing in the world.” From Benjamin Franklin’s “air baths” to Jack Kerouac’s “dharma bums,” Generation-X slackers, and beyond, anti-work-ethic proponents have held a central place in modern culture. Moving with verve and wit through a series of fascinating case studies that illuminate the changing place of leisure in the American republic, Doing Nothing revises the way we understand slackers and work itself.

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Wilmut, Ian. After Dolly :--the uses and misuses of human cloning. W.W.Norton, c2006.

Scientist Ian Wilmut describes the process by which he and other researchers at Scotland’s Roslin Institute cloned the first mammal, a sheep named Dolly, and makes a case for the medical uses of cloning.

362.196 GAR
Garrison, Julia Fox. Don’t leave me this way : or when I get back on my feet you’ll be sorry. 1st HarperCollins ed. New York : HarperCollins, 2006.

Garrison was a thirty-something software professional living in suburban Boston and surrounded by a large and loving family when she suffered what was eventually diagnosed as a brain hemorrhage and stroke that left one side of her body paralyzed. This book, based on her privately printed memoir, “P.S. Julia: Missing a Piece of Your Mind Can Be Puzzling”, tells the story of her more than yearlong struggle toward recovery in the 1990s. Garrison has few kind words for the medical profession or the Boston-area hospitals at which she was treated and does not downplay the many indignities of her intensive rehabilitation effort, including her guilt over not being able to take proper care of her young son. This well-written, episodic memoir is neither a caregiver’s guide nor a self-help manual, and despite the author’s best efforts to be flippant and put a happy face on her medical calamities, it is more harrowing and disturbing than amusing or quirky. Library Journal.

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Belding, Patricia W. (Patricia Wyman). One less woman : a Vermont murder : 1919. Barre, VT : Potash Brook Publishing, c2006.

In 1919, a woman’s naked body is found just off North main Street in Barre. Belding covers an alleged crime of passion and the trial that followed.

613.20973 PLA
Planck, Nina, 1971-. Real food : what to eat and why. New York : Bloomsbury Pub., 2006.

In lively, personal chapters on produce, dairy, meat, fish, chocolate, and other real foods, Nina explains how ancient foods like beef and butter havebeen falsely accused, while industrial foods like corn syrup and soybean oil have created a triple epidemic of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Real Food upends the conventional wisdom on diet and health and explains our taste for good things.

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Norton, Trevor. Underwater to get out of the rain : a love affair with the sea. Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, 2006.

Marine biologist Norton (Univ. of Liverpool, UK; Stars Beneath the Sea: The Pioneers of Diving) grew up in a seaside town near Newcastle and was fascinated from an early age by underwater plants and animals. In these lighthearted essays that are part memoir, part natural history, he conveys his profound love of nature and the ocean, injecting his dry sense of humor into such topics as diving, sea anemones, sea cucumbers, island biology, human evolution, seaweed ecology, and luminescence. His autobiographical accounts are interwoven with marine science topics accompanied by lovely line drawings by his wife, Win. Traveling around the world in connection with his scientific work, he finds humor and interest in his human encounters as well as in his biological studies. Library Journal.

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Collins, James C. (James Charles), 1958-. Good to great : why some companies make the leap—and others don’t. 1st ed. New York : HarperBusiness, c2001.

Presents the findings of a long-term study on a group of companies that made the leap from good to great and sustained those results for at least fifteen years, looking at how those businesses compared with organizations that failed to achieve high performance, and identifying the factors that make the difference.

690 SNE
Snell, Clarke. Building green : a complete how-to guide to alternative building methods : earth plaster, straw bale, cordwood, cob, living roofs. 1st ed. New York : Lark Books, c2005.

A comprehensive guide to alternative building methods that provides information on alternative building materials and techniques that can be used in various construction projects.

741.5 BEC
Bechdel, Alison, 1960-. Fun home : a family tragicomic. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2006.

Alison’s father is a historic preservation expert and obsessive restorer of the family’s Victorian house, a third-generation funeral home director, a high school English teacher, an icily distant parent, and a closeted homosexual who, as it turns out, is involved with male students and a family babysitter. Through narrative that is alternately heartbreaking and fiercely funny, the reader is drawn into a daughter’s complex yearning for her father. And yet, apart from assigned stints dusting caskets at the family-owned ‘fun home,’ as Alison and her brothers call it, the relationship achieves its most intimate expression through the shared code of books.

Bracco, Lorraine, 1955-. On the couch. New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, c2006.

Actress Lorraine Bracco, known for her role as psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Melfi on the hit TV series ‘The Sopranos,’ shares stories of her life as an artist, her career, her tempestuous romances, motherhood, and her role on the TV show. More than your standard memoir, it’s a no-holds-barred account of her life, warts and all, as well as her struggles with work, men, and depression.

Cornwell, John, 1940-. Seminary boy. 1st ed. New York : Doubleday, c2006.

Cornwell, author, journalist, and fellow at Jesus College in Cambridge, England, here tells the story of his life at an all-male school in the 1950s. Son of a struggling working-class family in London, John was sent to Cotton College to become a Catholic priest. Here, during his teen years, he experienced the best and worst of pre-Vatican II seminary life. Some of his teachers were pious and dedicated men; others were sexual predators. He had close friendships and fierce rivalries with other boys and felt forbidden romantic attractions. Though Cornwell chose not to continue into the priesthood, this book is not a denunciation of the system. Instead, it is a bittersweet recollection of a vanished world of religious insights and social isolation that profoundly influenced the author’s character.

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Dunn, Jancee. But enough about me : from eighties geek to rock ‘n’ roll chic - adventures in celebsville. New York : HarperCollins, 2006.

Known for her celebrity profiles, journalist Dunn blends interviewing tips, dirt-digging secrets and memoir-type snippets in a mix that’s tough to define, but a delight to read. As a frequent writer for Rolling Stone and contributor to Vanity Fair, GQ and Vogue, Dunn can reach an array of stars and has the anecdotes to prove it. She details ducking the paparazzi with Mel Gibson, eating in Dolly Parton’s kitchen and posing for three minutes as Ben Affleck’s girlfriend to prove a point about how quickly gossip spreads. Refreshingly, she maintains an “Aw, shucks” quality that has become her work’s hallmark. By providing a zesty glimpse at her New Jersey childhood and young adulthood, Dunn offers a grounded counterpoint to the breezy tales of pop idol handling. Even after rising in the ranks at Rolling Stone, Dunn is mildly astounded that a Jersey girl who still slips phrases like “Yeah, right!” into her conversation should be shaking in her ritzy hotel room after being berated by Flashdance icon Jennifer Beals for asking about her personal life.

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Kahn, Roger. Into my own : the remarkable people and events that shaped a life. 1st ed. New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, 2006.

Roger Kahn, often called the dean of American sportswriters and the best baseball writer in the country, has lived a life most people only dream of having. Now in his eighth decade, he shares his own story, chronicling his life and the people who influenced him. People like Stanley Woodward, Pee Wee Reese, Jackie Robinson, Robert Frost, Eugene McCarthy, and others, whose relationships define his identity as a person, a father, and as a friend.

Farley, Christopher John. Before the legend : the rise of Bob Marley. 1st ed. New York : Amistad, c2006.

Farley goes beyond the myth of Marley to bring you the private side of a man few people ever really knew. Drawing from original interviews with the people closest to Marley—including his widow, Rita, his mother, Cedella, his bandmate and childhood friend Bunny Wailer, his producer Chris Blackwell, and many others—he paints an entirely fresh picture of one of the most enduring musical artists of our times. This is a portrait of the artist as a young man, from his birth in the tiny town of Nine Miles in the hills of Jamaica to the making of his debut international record, “Catch a Fire.” We see Marley on the tough streets of Trench Town before he found stardom, struggling to find his way in music, in love, and in life, and we take the wild ride with him to worldwide acceptance and adoration.

940.53 GIL
Gilbert, Martin, 1936-. Kristallnacht : prelude to destruction. 1st ed. New York : HarperCollins, c2006.

On the night of November 9-10, 1938, the Nazis subjected the Jews in Germany to an organized wave of violence. Historian Gilbert begins this history by detailing the events of Kristallnacht (“The Night of Broken Glass”), drawing on eyewitness reports from Berlin and other parts of Germany, as well as Vienna. He then devotes a chapter to background on the treatment of the Jews in Germany once Hitler had ascended to power. The remainder of the book reviews the aftermath of Kristallnacht and includes news accounts and official responses from other countries at the time.

976.3 BRI
Brinkley, Douglas. The great deluge : Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. New York : Morrow, 2006.

Bestselling author and acclaimed historian Douglas Brinkley returns with his most powerful and personal book:the complete story of Hurricane Katrina, the natural disaster that devastated New Orleans, stunned America and the world. Brinkley, like thousands of his fellow New Orleanians, was forced to leave his home. This is his unique, piercing analysis of the ongoing crisis, its historical roots, and its repercussions for America. He’s now documenting the tragedy and its aftermath for posterity as part of the Tulane University Task Force.


CD 759.409 KIN
King, Ross, 1962-. The judgment of Paris : [the revolutionary decade that gave the world Impressionism]. Unabridged. New York : Audio Renaissance, p2006. Read by Tristan Layton.
“The Judgment of Paris” chronicles the dramatic decadebetween two famous exhibitions set against the rise and dramatic fall of Napoleon III and the Second Empire after the Franco-Prussian War. King offers a fast-paced romp through the Parisian art scene between 1863 (the first Salon des Refuses exhibition) and 1874 (the first impressionist exhibition). Political upheaval and public scandal set the background for artistic endeavors, which King cleverlyframes with two diverse figures who seem to share only initials: Ernest Meissonier (representing the successful old guard) and Edouard Manet (the radical provocateur of the new order). Library Journal.

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Tolan, Sandy. The lemon tree : [an Arab, a Jew, and the heart of the Middle East]. Minneapolis, MN : HighBridge, p2006. Read by the author.

Tolan brings the Israeli/Palestinian conflict down to its most human level, as he tells the story of Bashir Al-Khayri, a Palestinian man, and Dalia Ashkenzzi Landau, an Israeli woman, who meet under extraordinary circumstances and begin a rare and difficult friendship that would be tested over 35 years in ways that neither could imagine.

Adler, Elizabeth (Elizabeth A.). The house in Amalfi. Hampton, NH : BBC Audiobooks America, p2005. Read by Carrington MacDuffie.

Lamour Harrington’s husband died two years ago. It is the second time she has lost a man she loved to a tragedy: her father died in a mysterious boating accident when she was seventeen. When a devastating discovery about her husband’s death leaves Lamour feeling stunned and betrayed, she returns to the house on the lush Amalfi coast where she’d lived with her father during the happiest years of her childhood.

Cannell, Stephen J. Cold hit : a Shane Scully novel. Hampton, NH : Sound Library/BBC Audiobooks America, p2005. Read by Scott Brick.

Shane Scully is part of an elite LAPD unit attempting to track down a serial killer who murdered two homeless Vietnam vets. The third killing leads to the case being pulled from Shane and given to a task force led by an ambitious FBI agent. However, Shane isn’t convinced that the same person perpetrated the latest crime. The politically charged investigation gives him two possibilities: the killing was to cover the activities of a rogue national security agent and the Russian mob, or Shane’s alcoholic and divorced partner might be a suspect. Library Journal.

Rivière, William. By the Grand Canal. Ashland, Or. : Blackstone Audiobooks, 2005. Read by Simon Vance.

A novel that takes place in Venice in 1919, about empires and their crises, the desolation and hope that followed the war to end all wars, about death, time, memory, and innocent, as well as not so innocent love.

DVD 974.3 COM
Common ground : the stories of Waterbury to Warren. [Duxbury, Vt. : Harwood Union High School : Duxbury Land Trust, 200-?].

“Common ground” features interviews with townspeople, historic photographs, and film footage on the history of six towns in Washington County: Waterbury, Duxbury, Moretown, Fayston, Waitsfield, and Warren.

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