Tuesday, November 28, 2006

December 2006


Allende, Isabel. Inés of my soul. 1st ed. New York : HarperCollins, 2006.

Allende recounts the life of Ines Suarez, a fictional Spanish conquistadora, who helped to build the nation of Chile after her husband disappeared to the New World. Her treacherous journey to find him leads her to Peru, where she learns he has died in battle. Soon, she begins a fiery love affair with a man who will change the course of her life as they build the new city of Santiago and wage a war against the indigenous Chileans and the Mapuche.

Barry, Dave. The shepherd, the angel, and Walter the Christmas miracle dog. New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2006.

It’s 1960 in Asquont, N.Y., and Doug Barnes is excited at the prospect of portraying a shepherd in the Christmas pageant at St. John’s Episcopal Church. His excitement is mixed with annoyance at his fellow shepherds who are hacking around, which makes the pageant’s director angry. Also, the girl playing Mary opposite Joseph is distractingly cute, and the family dog is in failing health. With Christmas known as the season of miracles, perhaps the Barnes family is in line for a miracle of their own.

Bell, Ted. Spy : a thriller. 1st Atria Books hardcover ed. New York : Atria Books, 2006.

Intelligence operative Alex Hawke must rely on his unique training, killer instinct, and the latest high-tech gadgets to thwart a dangerous political mission in South America, all while maintaining a stylish grace under pressure that has made him a legend. James Bond has nothing on this guy!

Belli, Gioconda, 1948-. The scroll of seduction : a novel. 1st ed. New York : HarperCollins, c2006.

Manuel, a history professor, seduces sixteen-year-old Lucía as he tells her the story of Juana of Castile, a queen who, after the death of her husband, was imprisoned by his family for allegedly being mentally unstable.

Berg, Elizabeth. The handmaid and the carpenter : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Random House, 2006.

Berg takes readers to Israel and Palestine in biblical times to reimagine Mary, Joseph, and the events of the classic Christmas story. They’re given an in-depth look at Mary and Joseph and understand them as never before as they face an unexpected pregnancy that would make them the Earthly parents of the Son of God. The lives of all those touched by the miracles of love, surprise, and belief are explored.

Berne, Suzanne. The ghost at the table : a novel. 1st ed. Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2006.

Two sisters, Frances and Cynthia, travel to visit their estranged father for Thanksgiving, and, amidst questions surrounding their mother’s death, they struggles with differing ideas of what their relationship with him should be like.

Braffet, Kelly, 1976-. Last seen leaving. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2006.

Twenty-something drifter Miranda crashes her car late at night on a lonely highway and is picked up by a passing stranger who soon reveals himself to be more sinister than at first glance. No one knows Miranda is missing: her father died in a plane crash over Central America and her estranged mother, Anne, sought comfort in a New Age lifestyle in the Arizona desert. When Anne reaches out to her daughter, no one has heard from Miranda for two months. All signs seem to point to Miranda’s death, but she’s actually living under an assumed name in a Virginia beach town and may not want to be found. Maybe George, her highway rescuer, means nothing by his unexpected appearances and is unconnected to rumors of a serial killer stalking young women. Maybe her mother will find her in time.

Butcher, Jim. Proven guilty : a novel of the Dresden files. New York : ROC, c2006.

Chicago wizard Harry Dresden is drafted by the White Council of Wizards to serve as a Warden and investigate rumors of black magic in Chicago.

Camp, Candace. An unexpected pleasure. Don Mills, Ont. : HQN, c2006.

It’s 1879, and American newspaper reporter Megan Mulcahey is sure that adventurer Theo Moreland, Lord Raine, killed her brother, Dennis, in the Amazon. Relocating in London, where Theo lives, Megan accepts a position as tutor to Constantine and Alexander Moreland, incorrigible adolescent twins also known as the “Little Greats.” Soon, Megan is treated as a member of this eccentric family, having been accepted by everyone from the duchess to Con and Alex, which makes her feel especially bad about trying to get Theo convicted of the 10-year-old crime. Worse yet, she is beginning to doubt his guilt and to develop feelings for the very man she has come to destroy. Romance, humor, adventure, Incan treasure, dreams, murder, psychics—the latest addition to Camp’s Mad Moreland series has it all. Booklist

Carey, Jacqueline, 1964-. Kushiel’s scion. 1st ed. New York : Warner Books, 2006.

Imriel de al Courcel, born third in line for the throne of Terre d’Ange, uses his ability to deliver pain and to exploit others’ faults.

Childs, Laura. Motif for murder. 1st ed. New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2006.

In the terrible wake of Hurricane Katrina, scrapbooking shop owner Carmela Bertrand has her hands full getting Memory Mine back in business- and her relationship with her ex-husband, Shamus, back on its feet. But the reconciliation is shattered when Shamus is kidnapped from their home. And when Carmela hurries to tell Shamus’s Uncle Henry, she finds him sitting in his library-with a bullet through his forehead.

Clark, Mary Higgins. Santa cruise : a holiday mystery at sea. New York : Simon & Schuster / Scribner, c2006.

Alvirah Meehan, the lottery winner turned amateur sleuth, and her husband Willy, as well as the recently married P.I. Regan Reilly and her groom, Jack, head of the NYPD major case squad, are back. The couples are on a luxury cruise the day after Christmas along with a group of mystery writers as part of a mystery seminar. The tranquility vanishes when a ghost is sighted on board, a fan disappears, and a storm blows the ship off course. Alvirah, Regan, and the group investigate.

Collins, Michael, 1964-. Death of a writer : a novel. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Bloomsbury : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2006.

Professor E. Robert Pendleton is driven to suicide when a rival author visits campus and forces Robert to face his own failures, but his suicide attempt is thwarted and, while he is left in a wheelchair, Robert continues his life and finds unexpected success with the publishing of a manuscript he discovered in his basement.

Connelly, Michael, 1956-. Echo Park : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown, 2006.

Harry Bosch was never able to solve the case of Marie Gesto who disappeared after walking out of a supermarket in 1995. Now working in the Open-Unsolved Unit, Bosch keeps the Gesto file on his desk. A man accused of two killings is willing to come clean about several others, including Marie Gesto. When he discovers that he and his partner missed a clue that could have led them to Gesto’s killer, and stopped nine other murders that followed, Bosch’s whole being as a cop begins to crack.

Cussler, Clive. Skeleton Coast. Berkley trade pbk. ed. New York : Berkley Books, 2006.

Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the covert combat ship ‘Oregon’ intercept a mayday signal from a defenseless boat under fire off the African coast. Responding, they save Sloane Macintyre, who’s looking for a long-submerged ship that may hold a fortune in diamonds. What surprises Cabrillo is her story about a crazy fisherman who claims to have been attacked on the open sea by giant metal snakes in the same area. The journey that follows leads to a far more lethal quarry.

Dawesar, Abha. That summer in Paris : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, c2006.

Nobel Prize-winning Indian novelist Prem Rustum, now in his seventies, makes a bid to recapture the drama and romance of his youth when he follows an aspiring young author to Paris where she has a writing fellowship.

DeMille, Nelson. Wild fire. 1st ed. New York : Warner Books, 2006.

The membership of Custer Hill Club in the Adirondack’s include some of America’s most powerful business leaders, military men, and government officials. The hunting club is a place for them to relax. However, the weekend after 9/11, it becomes a place to plan a retaliation codenamed Wildfire. That same weekend, a member of the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force is found dead and the job of unraveling a terrifying plot falls to Detective John Corey and his wife, FBI Agent Kate Mayfield.

Donati, Sara, 1956-. Queen of swords. New York : Bantam Books, 2006.

In the French Antilles, Jennet Huntar is imprisoned against her will, imperiling the Crown. Jennet waits for her kinsman, Luke Bonner, to lead his men into battle and take her to freedom. However, once free, she must draft Luke for an even more treacherous mission: to find their child, which she’d surrendered to a stranger before being imprisoned. It’s a quest that will test their love, bring them into conflict with local power brokers, and will either strengthen or end their future together.

Drury, Tom. The driftless area. 1st ed. New York : [S.l.] : Atlantic Monthly Press ; Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2006.

A young Midwestern bartender finds himself involved in a dangerous heist after a mysterious woman saves his life.

Eddings, David. The younger gods. New York : Warner Books, c2006.

As the next changing of the gods approaches, the elder gods discover that an enemy has arisen from the vast wasteland in the center of Dhrall that intends on conquering the entire realm and using all its inhabitants as nourishment for its minions.

Edwardson, Åke, 1953-. Never end : an Erik Winter novel. New York : Viking, 2006.

Chief inspector Erik Winter and his team face a string of rape/murders eerily similar to those in a five-year-old unsolved case. In tracing the relationship of the victims to each other and uncovering their secrets, Winter finds his investigation taking an even more personal turn that leads to a shocking conclusion.

Egleton, Clive. The loner. New York : Severn House, 2006.

Ten years ago, Edward Mills was not a dangerous man. That was before he served a harsh jail sentence for stealing a million dollars worth of bonds, intended for a defecting Russian scientist. Mills was framed. Now he’s embittered, dangerous—and due for release. And he wants to know the truth, whoever he has to hurt to get to it before someone else gets to him.

Evanovich, Janet. Motor mouth. 1st ed. New York : HarperCollins, c2006.

In her thunderous sequel to ‘Metro Girl,’ Evanovich brings back the spotter and R&D tech, Alexandra Barnaby to investigate the disappearance of the Huevo Motor Sports 69 car hauler, complete with two racecars it carried. The finger of blame is pointed at Sam Hooker, who had lost the last race of the season to the whiney rookie who drove the 69 car. Unfortunately, Alexandra, who works for Hooker, is also under suspicion. Before she realizes it, she and Hooker are knee deep in Mexican assassins and industrial espionage.

Evans, Richard Paul. Finding Noel. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2006.

Macy, 21, retains little from her birthparents. She only remembers being sent away at the age of seven, a little sister, and a Christmas ornament inscribed with the word ‘Noel.’ Now an adult, she decides to begin a search for her biological sister and hopefully, get some long- contemplated questions answered about her past.

Fesperman, Dan, 1955-. The prisoner of Guantánamo. 1st ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2006.

Revere Falk, an interrogator at the prison camp at Guantanamo, Cuba, is there to interrogate a young Yemeni who may or may not have information on al Qaeda. Those duties are suspended however when he’s asked to investigate the death of an American soldier whose body was found washed up on the shore on the wrong side of the border. Falk quickly discovers that nothing is straightforward in the secretive, paranoid, overheated world of Guantanamo, and that the U.S. government isn’t the only group interested in his investigation.

Frazier, Charles, 1950-. Thirteen moons : a novel. 1st trade ed. New York : Random House, c2006.

At the age of twelve, orphan Will Cooper is sent to work a trading post on the edge of the Cherokee Nation’s land, where he spends his life learning about and defending the lives of the Native Americans and desiring the love of Claire Featherstone, the wife of a successful Cherokee landowner and patriarch.

George, Elizabeth. What came before he shot her. 1st ed. New York : HarperCollins, c2006.

In North Kensington three orphaned mixed-race children are bounced from one home to another. The middle child Joel takes care of the youngest, Toby, who isn’t quite right. When a local gang threatens Toby, Joel makes a pact with the devil that ends in the murder of Thomas Lynley’s wife.

Gerritsen, Tess. The Mephisto Club : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, c2006.

Murder doesn’t take a holiday. No one knows that better than Boston Medical Examiner Maura Isles, who is summoned to a murder scene on Christmas Eve. Later teaming up with Detective Jane Rizzoli, they link the victim to psychologist Joyce O’Donnell, whom they follow to a cabal called the Mephisto Club, where the members devote themselves to the analysis of evil. The members are now wondering if a killer is in their ranks, or if they’ve summoned an evil presence from the darkness.

Gould, Judith. The secret heiress. New York : New American Library, c2006.

Ariadne and Nikoletta are identical twins but opposite in every way that matters. Nikoletta has been groomed to take over her father’s empire, while Ariadne, who was raised in obscurity and unaware of her vast family fortune, is generous and naive. When Ariadne agrees to a shady scheme orchestrated by her late father’s board of advisors to take the place of the twin she’s never met, she becomes involved in a web of passion, deception, and danger.

Haddon, Mark. A spot of bother : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Doubleday, c2006.

George Hall is ready to settle down to a comfortable retirement, until his tempestuous daughter, Katie, announces she is marrying someone George disapproves of, and George is diagnosed with a devastating illness.

Hambly, Barbara. Renfield : slave of Dracula. 1st ed. New York : Berkley Books, 2006.

A re-imagining of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” that is told from the point of view of Renfield, Dracula’s faithful servant.

Heinlein, Robert A. (Robert Anson), 1907-1988. Variable star. 1st ed. New York : Tor, 2006.

At the time of his death, Heinein left this title unfinished. Robinson took the outline and notes left by Heinlein and, authorized by the Heinlein Estate, completed the powerful, passionate tale of two young lovers driven apart by pride, power, and the vastness of interstellar time and space.

Hiaasen, Carl. Nature girl. 1st ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2006.

Honey Santana has a scheme to get rid of telemarketers Boyd Shreave and his mistress, Eugenie, in a wildlife refuge off the coast of southeast Florida. What she doesn’t know is that she’s being followed by her obsessed former employer, Piejack, who’s being followed by Honey’s still smitten, ex-husband, Perry, and their 12-year-old son, Fry. What ‘none’ of them know when they arrive at tiny Dismal Key, is that they’re intruding on Sammy Tigertail, a failed alligator wrestler and Everglades guide, who’s trying to be a hermit.

Jackson, Shelley. Half life : a novel. 1st ed. New York : HarperCollins, c2006.

For twenty years, Nora has been carrying the dead weight of her conjoined twin, Blanche, and when she decides it is time for her other half to be gone for good, Nora travels to London in search of the mysterious Unity Foundation, which promises to make the two one, but as she gets closer to the time when Blanche will be gone, Nora begins reflecting on her past and wondering if she has made the right decision.

Karpyshyn, Drew. Darth Bane : path of destruction : a novel of the Old Republic. 1st ed. New York : Del Rey, c2006.

Dessel, stuck in the mining tunnels of the desolate planet Apatros, dreams of the day he can escape, but when a high-stakes card game ends in violence and Dessel becomes a wanted man, he must find a way to disappear, and joins the ranks of the Sith army in the deadly war against the Republic.

Kernick, Simon. A good day to die. 1st U.S. ed. New York : St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2006.
In a tense tale about a British cop turned vigilante-for-hire, Det. Sgt. Dennis Milne fled London for the Philippines after murdering innocent men he mistook for scumbags. Three years later, after changing his name to Mick Kane, he earns a living in Sabang Bay offing bad guys for pay; his latest target is a familiar London snitch who’s wanted back in England for killing Milne’s friend, Det. Asif Malik. Hungry for further vengeance, Milne risks his freedom and returns to London to track down others connected to Malik’s murder. Milne re-examines the case Malik was investigating, sets up a meeting with a crime boss and gets ambushed for his troubles. From then on, Milne barely stays a step ahead of death. Publisher’s Weekly

King, Stephen, 1947-. Lisey’s story : a novel. New York : Scribner, c2006.

In this bookend to ‘Bag of Bones’, Lisey Debusher Landon and Scott had been married 25 years when he died two years ago. Although they had shared a profound and sometimes frightening intimacy, she knew there was a place her writer husband went that both terrified and healed him. Now, it is her turn to face his demons in Boo’ya Moon. What began as a widow’s effort to sort through the papers of her celebrated husband became a nearly fatal journey into the darkness he inhabited.

Klavan, Andrew. Damnation Street. 1st ed. Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c2006.

Private detective Scott Weiss and professional killer John Foy are both on the trail of Julie Wyant, a hooker with a deadly past who vanishes after Scott falls for her in the fear that Scott will be pulled into her past and become another target for the man who wants her dead.

Krich, Rochelle Majer. Now you see me-- : a novel of suspense. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, c2005.

Los Angeles crime reporter Molly Blume, newly married to Rabbi Zack, is suspicious when an ardent fan begs her help in finding his runaway daughter, and she realizes she should have trusted her instincts when she agrees, only to find herself caught up in a web of revenge, danger, and tragedy.

Lehane, Dennis. Coronado : stories. 1st ed. New York : Morrow, c2006.

Lehane presents a collection of five short stories about class, gender, freedom, and violence; along with the play “Coronado,” adapted to stage in 2005 from the story “Until Gwen.”

Ludlum, Robert, 1927-2001. The Bancroft strategy. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2006.

Todd Belknap, ex-field agent for Consular Operations, must rescue his best friend from a vicious militia group in Lebanon. The government won't negotiate or attempt a rescue. Meanwhile Andrea Bancroft is the beneficiary of six million dollars--all she has to do is agree to sit on the board of the Bancroft family foundation. Her mother was a Bancroft briefly by marriage and then cut off from all contact with the family. Andrea's intrigue gradually changes to suspicion. What is 'Genesis' and how is the foundation involved? As events escalate, Belknap and Bancroft come together and must form an uneasy alliance if they are to uncover the truth behind 'Genesis' before it is too late.

Macomber, Debbie. Christmas letters. Don Mills, Ont. : MIRA, c2006.

Catherine O’Connor writes Christmas letters for other people because she has a knack for making their lives seem dramatic and exciting. She meets her ‘clients’ at a French cafe in Seattle. While there she’s also noticed author and child psychologist Wynn Jeffries. Her sister is a big fan of the doctor’s but Catherine isn’t impressed by his child- raising techniques. Despite their opposing opinions on this subject, as well as their differing views on Christmas, Catherine soon finds herself falling in love with him once they’re introduced.

Malarkey, Tucker. Resurrection. New York : Riverhead Books, 2006.

Gemma Bastian travels from London to Cairo to bury her father and investigate his final project, an attempt to recover and make public the lost Gnostic Gospels, and discovers some disturbing clues that raise troubling questions about his death.

Mankell, Henning, 1948-. The man who smiled. New York : New Press : Distributed by W. W. Norton, 2006.

After killing a man in the line of duty, Inspector Kurt Wallander finds himself in a deep personal and professional crisis; during more than a year of sick leave, he turns to drink and vice to quiet his fears and anxieties. Once he pulls himself together, he vows to quit the Ystad police force for good - just before a friend who had asked Wallander to look into the death of his father winds up dead himself, shot three times. Far from leaving police work behind, Wallander instead must investigate a formidable suspect: a powerful business tycoon at the helm of a multinational company engaging in extralegal activities in the gross pursuit of profit. Ann-Britt Hoglund, the department’s first female detective, proves to be his best ally as he tries to pierce the smiling facade of his prime suspect. But just as he comes close to uncovering the truth, the same shadowy threats responsible for the murders close in on Wallander himself. Publisher’s Weekly

Mayor, Archer. The second mouse. 1st ed. New York : Mysterious Press, 2006.

Joe Gunther is called to the home of a young woman who apparently committed suicide, but is troubled by his findings and wants to investigate further. His normally trustworthy medical examiner however, stalls the investigation, for personal reasons. To get what he wants, Joe must help her with her situation first, but will it be in time to catch the violent trio lurking behind the woman's death?

McCarthy, Cormac, 1933-. The road. 1st ed. New York : Knopf, 2006.

The story traces the journey of a father and his son as they walk alone after a great fire has consumed the nation and left everything in ashes.

McDermott, Alice. After this. 1st ed. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006.

John and Mary Keane and their four children, Michael, Annie, Jacob, and Clare, battle the tumultuous political, social, and spiritual upheavals of the 1950s and 1960s.

Mills, Kyle, 1966-. The second horseman. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2006.

Brandon Vale is a career thief, presently serving a prison sentence for a robbery he didn’t commit. When he’s broken out against his will by Richard Scanlon, the former FBI agent who framed him in the first place, he becomes part of Scanlon’s efforts to take 12 nuclear warheads off the market that are being offered by a Ukrainian crime organization to the highest bidder. As their plans go awry, Brandon suspects that the deal has even higher stakes than he imagined.

Minichino, Camille. The oxygen murder : a periodic table mystery. 1st ed. New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2006.

Gloria Lamerino and her husband, homicide detective Matt Gennaro, plan to enjoy a relaxing vacation in New York City, but their plans are ruined when they stumble upon a murder and must find the killer before it is too late.

Naslund, Sena Jeter. Abundance : a novel of Marie Antoinette. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2006.

Naslund offers a fictional autobiography in which Marie Antoinette shares the story of her life, from her baptism, to the royal courts of France, to the guillotine.

Neggers, Carla. The widow. Don Mills, Ont. : Mira, 2006.

Neggers shares the story of Abigail Browning. Her husband died in a fall from a cliff four days into their honeymoon, and Abigail, impacted by his death, quit law school to become a homicide detective. Now, seven years later, she’s pursuing suspicions that her husband’s death was not an accident. While doing so, she becomes involved with a widower who was part of the search-and-rescue team that found her husband’s body. In this new relationship, each discovers what they’ve been looking for since that fateful day.

O’Marie, Carol Anne. Murder at the Monks’ Table. 1st ed. NewYork : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2006.

Sister Mary Helen and Sister Eileen are in Ballyclarin, Ireland, attending the Oyster Festival. Unfortunately, like in San Francisco, Sister Mary Helen manages to be in the wrong place at the right time. When she stumbles across a dead body in the ladies’ room, she and Sister Eileen are warned to stay out of the case. Aside from prayerful devotion, murder is Sister Mary Helen’s specialty and it’s not long before the Irish are glad these Yank nuns dropped in on the festivities.

O’Shaughnessy, Perri. Keeper of the keys. New York : Delacorte, c2006.

Ray Jackson had no clues in the disappearance of his wife, Leigh. He did have lots of questions, however. Had she run away? Was she a crime victim? Could her disappearance be tied to the obsessive, secretive architect’s childhood? Leigh’s best friend decides to find out, beginning an investigation that can’t seem to open the locked doors of Ray’s past.

Parker, Robert B., 1932-. Hundred-dollar baby. New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2006.

At first Spenser doesn’t recognize April Kyle when she enters his PI office. He had twice previously rescued her from bad situations over the years, but hadn’t seen her in quite sometime. Now, she is all grown up and a madam running her own brothel. With thugs threatening her business, she needs Spenser’s help once more. This time however, Spenser might not be able to help her overcome her past.

Patterson, James, 1947-. Cross. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown and Co., c2006.

Alex Cross’ life is finally getting back to normal following the shooting death of his wife several years earlier. He’s set up a practice as a psychologist once again and even has a chance at a new love. Then Cross’ former partner, John Sampson, calls in a favor. He’s tracking a serial rapist in Georgetown that bears a similarity to a case the two worked on years earlier and reveals a connection to Alex’s wife’s death. Cross is about to go for the ride of his life.

Paz Soldán, Edmundo, 1967-. Turing’s delirium. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2006.

As cyberterrorists attack the Bolivian government and transnational corporations, Miguel Sáenz, star code breaker with the state security firm battling the revolutionaries, is confronted with questions about personal responsibility and the nature of his work when suspicions arise about his boss’s past.

Pelecanos, George P. The Night Gardener : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown, 2006.

The discovery of a murdered teen in a community garden reminds homicide detective Gus Ramone of an unsolved case he worked as a rookie twenty years earlier, and he enlists his now-retired mentor T.C. Cook, and his former partner Dan Holiday, who has since been disgraced as a cop, in an effort to find a killer they dubbed the Night Gardener and finally bring him to justice.

Perry, Anne. A Christmas secret : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, c2006.

Dominic and Clarice Corde think they’ve come to Brunswick Gardens to replace the local vicar who is away on Christmas holiday. When the vicar is discovered brutally murdered and stashed in the cellar however, it puts a different spin on things altogether. Now they must solve his murder in what is becoming a dangerously snowbound village with an equally dangerous killer on the loose. As the killer is revealed, the true meaning of Christmas is also revealed.

Quindlen, Anna. Rise and shine : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Random House, c2006.

Meghan Fitzmaurice, host of a top-rated morning television show, finds her perfect life threatened when she makes an on-air comment that has a devastating impact on Meghan, her husband, and Bridget, Meghan’s social worker sister.

Raichev, R. T. The hunt for Sonya Dufrette. 1st Carroll & Graf ed. New York : Carroll & Graf, 2006.

Aspiring writer Antonia Darcy, a divorced librarian at the Military and Naval Club in London, reviews an account she wrote of the disappearance and presumed drowning of young Sonya Dufrette twenty-five years earlier, which occurred while Antonia was vacationing, along with the child’s parents, at a country manor, and finding something amiss in her report, she decides to investigate the incident further.

Rankin, Ian. Bleeding hearts : a novel. 1st American ed. New York : Little, Brown, 2006.

Who would dare double-cross an assassin who had been hired to kill a TV reporter? That’s what Michael Weston, the gun for hire, wanted to know. Now, with the cops on his tail, he’s trying to find out who his anonymous employer is and how the police knew exactly where to find him. While he’s at it, he also wants to know why the employer wanted the reporter dead. A lot of questions for a man who’s paid well to do his job and ask no questions!

Robb, J. D., 1950-. Born in death. New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, c2006.

Although technology has advanced in 2060 New York City, the process for childbirth remains the same. Despite Lt. Eve Dallas’ caseload, her pregnant friend Mavis needs a big favor. Tandy Willowby, a mom-to-be from Mavis’ expectant mother’s class, has gone missing just days before her due date. It’s up to Eve to track the woman down while tracing the deals and double-crosses hidden in the files of some of the city’s richest, most secretive citizens, in a race against a vicious killer.

Rosenberg, Joel C., 1967-. The copper scroll. Carol Stream, Ill. : Tyndale House Publishers, c2006.

In 1956, it was announced that another Dead Sea Scroll had been found, unlike any before it, describing unimaginable treasures buried in the hills east of Jerusalem, and under the Holy City itself. Some scholars came to believe the Copper Scroll could be history’s greatest treasure map, one that could lead to the discovery of the Second Temple treasures and the building of the Third Jewish Temple. But the scroll’s code has never been broken, and experts from all sides warn that any effort to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem would unleash a war of biblical proportions. Now, fifty years later, Saddam Hussein is gone, Yasser Arafat is dead, a new Iraq is rising. But so, too, is a new evil, and now White House advisors Jon Bennett and Erin McCoy find themselves facing a terrifying new threat triggered by an ancient mystery.—From publisher description.

Setterfield, Diane. The thirteenth tale : a novel. New York : Atria Books, 2006.

Margaret Lea, who works in her father’s bookshop, has a fascination for the biographies of the long-dead. When she gets a letter from the mysterious and reclusive famous author Vida Winter asking Margaret to write about her extraordinary life, Margaret is thrilled. Traveling to Yorkshire to meet Vida, she’s captivated by Vida’s storytelling, but doesn’t entirely believe some of it. What Margaret discovers on her journey to confirm the truth is for her a chilling and transforming experience.

Spencer-Fleming, Julia. All mortal flesh. 1st ed. New York : Thomas Dunne Books/Saint Martins Minotaur, 2006.

Police Chief Russ van Alstyne carefully contains his feelings for the Rev. Clare Fergusson. Or, so he thinks. He’s also taken by surprise when he becomes the prime suspect after his wife is found murdered in their home. To the state police, it’s an open-and-shut case. Yet, nothing is as it seems in the small Adirondack town where betrayal twists old friendships and evil waits inside white-clapboard farmhouses. Russ and Clare struggle against the reach of the law, the authority of the church, and their own guilty hearts.

Symons, Julian, 1912-. The detections of Francis Quarles. 1st ed. Norfolk, VA : Crippen & Landru Publishers, c2006.

In 1950 for a series of short stories for London’s Evening Standard newspaper, Julian Symons invented Private Detective Francis Quarles. After engaging in mysterious activities during the Second World War, Quarles opened an office in Trafalgar Square from where he investigates puzzles ranging from robbery to murder. Contains 42 previously uncollected stories.

Tanenbaum, Robert. Counterplay. 1st Atria Books hardcover ed. New York : Atria Books, 2006.

Would-be mayor Andrew Kane has escaped from prison with plans to kill Butch Karp and his family. As the Karp’s scramble to come up with a plan to keep themselves safe, they have no idea that Kane’s strategy is to join forces with a terrorist group and organize an attack on New York City. As always, ‘Counterplay’ is filled with Tanenbaum’s trademark twists and turns in the plot, resulting in another riveting page- turner.

Tolkin, Michael. The return of the player. 1st ed. New York : [S.l.] : Grove Press ; Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2006.

Studio executive Griffin Mill has one desperate plan to quit the studio and convince Phil Ginsberg, an almost billionaire who aspires to “really savage wealth,” to become his partner.

Trigiani, Adriana. Home to Big Stone Gap : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Random House, c2006.

Ave Maria Mulligan MacChesney returns to her beloved Big Stone Gap, Virginia, after attending the wedding of her daughter in Italy and, feeling a need to fill the void of being an empty-nester, agrees to direct the town musical, a production of “The Sound of Music” starring local talent from the past and present.

Walter, Jess, 1965-. The Zero : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Regan, c2006.

Hero cop Brian Remy awakes to find he has shot himself in the head and the world around him has changed, with a devastating terrorist attack destroying the city and a dominating mayor trying to ruin what is left and a new girlfriend he doesn’t know and a son who pretends he’s dead trying to rule his life.

Weiner, Jennifer. The guy not taken : stories. 1st Atria Books hardcover ed. New York : Atria Books, 2006.

This collection brings together 12 short stories, many never before published. The title short, ‘The Guy Not Taken’, was featured in Glamour and soon after was optioned by DreamWorks SKG. Other titles include: ‘Good Men’, a prequel to ‘Good in Bed’; and ‘Just Desserts’, a tale of siblings coming to terms with their father’s sudden departure, as well as nine others.

Weisberger, Lauren, 1977-. The Devil wears Prada. 1st Broadway Books trade pbk. ed. New York : Broadway Books, 2004, c2003.

The author, a former assistant to the editor-in-chief of Vogue, fictionalizes her experiences in this novel about a small-town girl who goes to work for a New York-based magazine called Runway.

Woods, Stuart. Short straw. New York : G. P. Putnam’s Sons, c2006.

Readers are reintroduced to attorney Ed Eagle, who had married Barbara Kennerly, whose sister had murdered her husband and framed another man for the crime. He found out the hard way that he should have trusted his intuition about Barbara when he awoke one morning and discovered she had vanished along with the money from his bank, business, and brokerage accounts. To add insult to injury, the private investigators he’d hired had discovered that one of Ed’s new clients was possibly involved in Barbara’s plot.

Wozencraft, Kim. The Devil’s backbone. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2006.

Sisters Kit and Jenny could not be more different. Jenny is the dutiful one, following in her father’s footsteps to become a Texas cop. Kit is the rebellious one, hiding from her past and working as a stripper. One sister’s murder leads to the other’s investigation of it and into a world more deadly than she can imagine.

Yarbro, Chelsea Quinn, 1942-. Roman dusk : a novel of the Count Saint-Germain. 1st ed. New York : Tor, 2006.

During Rome’s waning days, the vampire Ragoczy Germanius Sanct’ Franciscus, already subject to extra taxes and regulations because he is a foreigner, falls under the maleficent eye of Telemachus Batsho, a minor functionary who dreams of power and wealth. When Franciscus thwarts his attempts to extort ever-increasing sums from a young Roman of good birth, Batsho swears revenge. Franciscus finds his activities closely monitored and is accused of treason and conspiracy. His friends, threatened with similar scrutiny, abandon him to Batsho’s mercies or urge him to leave the Eternal City.


158.2 GOL
Goleman, Daniel. Social intelligence : the new science of human relationships. New York : Bantam Books, 2006.

Goleman brings to life the entirely new field of social neuroscience. He shows that, far more than we are consciously aware, our daily encounters with parents, spouses, bosses, and even strangers shape our brains and affect cells throughout our bodies. Our relationships create a setpoint for our daily moods and influence our immune response. No matter why you read this book, you will never see your relationships in the same way again.

271 MUL
Mullins, Edwin B. Cluny : in search of God’s lost empire. New York : BlueBridge, 2006.

A thousand years ago, the French abbey of Cluny was the hub of one of the most powerful empires of the Middle Ages and the spiritual heart of Europe. Cluny was a Benedictine monastery in Burgundy, its church a breathtaking structure of towers, roofs, walls, and windows almost 600 feet long and 100 feet high, a true wonder of the world. Reconstructing the lives, beliefs, and ambitions of Cluny’s countless monks and legendary abbots, such as Hugh the Great and Peter the Venerable, this book discusses the abbey and its network of dependent monasteries in the context of medieval European history. Exploring a monastery like no other, this historical account investigates Cluny’s enduring legacy through the great cultural innovations that the abbey sponsored, from the famous medieval pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela to some of the most magnificent churches in all of France and England.

277.3 LAN
Lanham, Robert. The sinner’s guide to the evangelical right. New York : New American Library, 2006.

The author of The Hipster Handbook brings his brand of sardonic wit and caricature assassination to bear on all things evangelical. Like all great satire, the book is cerebral, irreverent and hilarious, while also edifying in introducing the characters, vocabulary and complex political and social network loosely referred to as the Christian right. Lanham skillfully navigates the “Evangophobe” through the treacherous waters of Colorado Springs (“the Evangelical Vatican”); goes after leaders like Jerry Falwell, whose health, Lanham writes, “has been declining ever since he got shrapnel in his leg from the war on Christmas”; and explains the megachurch phenomenon, where congregations approaching 20,000 people can contribute $6 million annually. Readers familiar with Lanham’s style will immediately recognize his self-deprecating irony and indomitably hip sensibility. Publisher’s Weekly

299 CAS
Castaneda, Carlos, 1931-. The active side of infinity. 1stHarperPerennial ed. New York : HarperPerennial, 2000, c1998.

Carolos Castaneda presents a collection of the memorable events of his life, gathered on recommendation of don Juan Matus, a Yaqui Indian shaman from Mexico who attempted over the course of thirteen years to introduce Castaneda to the cognitive world of the shamans of ancient times.

306.0973 ORE
O’Reilly, Bill. Culture warrior. 1st ed. New York : Broadway Books, c2006.

Bill O’Reilly argues that America is in the midst of a fierce cultural war between those who embrace traditional values and those who want America to become a self-progressive country and explores how this conflict is redefining American culture in the twenty-first century.

322 DAN
Danforth, John C. Faith and politics : how the “moral values” debate divides America and how to move forward together. New York : Viking, 2006.

Former U.S. Republican senator and Episcopal priest John Danforth argues that the growing role religion is playing in the United States government is having a negative impact on the American people and explains why he believes the government leaders need to stop using their religious beliefs to justify their political decisions.

345.766 GRI
Grisham, John. The innocent man. New York : Doubleday, c2006.

Grisham’s first nonfiction book has all the points of a bestselling thriller. How did Ron Williamson go from a major league draft in 1971 to death row for the murder of a 21-year-old cocktail waitress? If you believe that in America you are innocent until proven guilty, this book will shock you. If you believe in the death penalty, it will disturb you. If you believe the criminal justice system is fair, it will infuriate you.

618.1 SOM
Somers, Suzanne, 1946-. Ageless : bioidentical hormones and beyond. 1st ed. New York : Crown Publishers, c2006.

‘Ageless’ can be seen as an arsenal of tools to take control of the aging process, enabling you to enhance every aspect of your life. Somers’ apparently ceaseless quest for cutting-edge information has filled this book with helpful suggestions about everything from sleep problems and stress to herbs and alternative medicine.

620 SAR
Sargent, Ted, 1973-. The dance of molecules : how nanotechnology is changing our lives. New York : [Berkeley, Calif.] : Thunder’s Mouth Press ; Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2006.

Presents an introduction to nanotechnology, explaining how developments in all disciplines of science are being revolutionized by this technology.

641.6 ALB
Albert, Susan Wittig. China Bayles’ book of days : 365 celebrations of the mystery, myth, and magic of herbs from the world of Pecan Springs. Berkley Prime Crime trade pbk. ed. New York : Berkley Prime Crime, c2006.

Featuring 365 days of recipes, crafts, gardening tips, remedies, and more, this special volume is a personal calendar of the legends and lore of herbs and also features brand-new essays from the mystery author Albert, clues from China’s mysteries, and some special contributions by the irrepressible members of the Myra Merryweather Herb Guild, Pecan Springs’s oldest civic organization.

641.8 ZUC
Zuckerman, Kate. The sweet life : desserts from Chanterelle. 1st ed. New York : Bulfinch Press, 2006.

Zuckerman, pastry chef at New York’s famed Chanterelle restaurant, combines aesthetics and science in this appetizing look at the hows and whys of baking. Providing detailed instruction throughout, she guides the cook through the process of creating the dessert while explaining the chemical reactions taking place when ingredients interact. Zuckerman details the intricacies of tart making, offering a variety of standard recipes such as hazelnut, sweet and flaky. Her selections of cakes are enticing, with her Goat Cheesecake Enrobed in Hazelnut Brittle bordering on the sublime. Throughout, she elucidates the basics-e.g., why some cookie recipes require additional baking soda and how an acid aids in the foaming of egg whites. Zuckerman also offers a wealth of cookie recipes and a mouth-watering array of custards, puddings, crèmes and mousses. Soufflé-making techniques are explained so simply that even the baking novice will feel empowered to make an attempt. Zuckerman also devotes sections to ice creams and frozen desserts, roasted fruits and edible garnishes. Publisher’s Weekly

649 LEV
Levine, Madeline. The price of privilege : how parental pressure and material advantage are creating a generation of disconnected and unhappy kids. 1st ed. New York : HarperCollins, c2006.

The author examines the rise of depression, anxiety disorders, and substance abuse among privileged adolescents; and identifies specific parenting practices that have contributed to these issues.

801 DOC
Doctorow, E. L., 1931-. Creationists : selected essays, 1993-2006. 1st ed. New York : Random House, c2006.

‘Creationists’ offers a collection of essays by E. L. Doctorow that explore the nature of imaginative thought, considering the many forms of creativity and the subjects that have tested his own imagination.

813 KAR
Karon, Jan, 1937-. The Mitford bedside companion. New York : Viking, 2006.

This volume features the best of the best of Mitford favorites, from scenes, to casts of characters, to favorite prayers and, of course, Uncle Billy’s quotes. It is also sprinkled with Karon’s original essays.

920 STU
Stuart, Amanda Mackenzie. Consuelo and Alva Vanderbilt : the story of a daughter and a mother in the Gilded Age. 1st ed. New York : Harper Collins Publishers, [2006].

Stuart chronicles the lives of Consuelo and Alva Vanderbilt, focusing on how the two women struggled to break free of the deeply materialistic world into which they were born and fight for female equality.

Baker, James Addison, 1930-. “Work hard, study—and keep out of politics!” : adventures and lessons from an unexpected public life. New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, c2006.

James Baker offers a behind-the-scenes look at American politics over the last thirty-five years, chronicling his political career as White House Chief of Staff, Secretary of State, Secretary of the Treasury, and campaign chairman or leader for three different candidates.

Bryson, Bill. The life and times of the thunderbolt kid : a memoir. New York : Broadway Books, c2006.

Using his old fantasy-life persona as a springboard, Bryson re-creates the life of his family in the 1950s in all its transcendent normality—a life at once completely familiar to us all and as far away and unreachable as another galaxy. Warm and laugh-out-loud funny, and full of Bill Bryson’s inimitable, pitch-perfect observations.

Goldsworthy, Adrian Keith. Caesar : life of a colossus. New Haven : Yale University Press, 2006.

As Adrian Goldsworthy writes in the introduction to this book, “in his fifty-six years, Caesar was at times many things, including a fugitive, prisoner, rising politician, army leader, legal advocate, rebel, dictator . . . as well as husband, father, lover and adulterer.” In this landmark biography, Goldsworthy examines all of these roles and places his subject firmly within the context of Roman society in the first century B.C.Tracing the extraordinary trajectory of Caesar’s life from birth through assassination, Goldsworthy covers not only Caesar’s accomplishments as charismatic orator, conquering general, and powerful dictator but also lesser-known chapters during which he was high priest of an exotic cult, captive of pirates, seducer not only of Cleopatra but also of the wives of his two main political rivals, and rebel condemned by his own country. Ultimately, Goldsworthy realizes the full complexity of Caesar’s character and shows why his political and military leadership continues to resonate some two thousand years later.

Edwards, Elizabeth, 1949-. Saving graces : finding solace and strength from friends and strangers. 1st ed. New York : Broadway Books, c2006.

The breast cancer diagnosis Edwards received on November 3, 2004, is dismayingly common. Uncommon, however, is the timing and the circumstances surrounding it. Wife of the vice presidential candidate John Edwards, Edwards’s discovery of the lump on her breast came the day after the election and subsequent defeat of the Kerry-Edwards ticket. This mixture of the common and the uncommon, of the everyday and the extraordinary, defines Edwards and her life. A lawyer, mother of a grown daughter and two young children, and the wife of a politician, Edwards is both an optimist and a realist with the ability to laugh at herself. Yet she has had to endure a parent’s worst nightmare the death of her teenage son, Wade, in a car accident. In the end, however, Edwards’s memoir is not about cancer, politics or even unbearable loss (though the description of her grief is heart-wrenching). It’s about the value of people coming together to support each other. Publisher’s Weekly

Jaffrey, Madhur. Climbing the mango trees : a memoir of a childhood in India. 1st American ed. New York : Knopf, 2006.

When she was born, her grandmother carefully spelled out the minute word “Om” in honey on her tongue, and she was given the name “Madhur,” literally “sweet as honey.” This future food writer and actress writes about her life in pre-Partition Delhi with fondness, filling page after page with vivid memories of childhood outings and sweet yogurt treats, allowing us to freely sample the tastes and texture of an India now gone.

Kaiser, Martin L. Odyssey of an eavesdropper : my life in electronic countermeasures and my battle against the FBI. 1st Carroll & Graf ed. New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, 2005.

A top surveillance expert traces his life from an abusive childhood in a Pennsylvania coal-mining town to a premier producer of electronic surveillance devices.

Mendelsohn, Daniel Adam, 1960-. The lost : a search for six of six million. New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c2006.

The author shares the story of his quest to learn the fate of six relatives who died in the Holocaust, telling of his discovery of a cache of letters that chronicled his great uncle Shmiel’s desperate attempts to get himself, his wife, and four daughters out of Poland prior to World War II, and discussing the effects of the investigation on his relationships with his family and religion.

Andersen, Christopher P. Barbra : the way she is. 1st ed. New York : Morrow, c2006.

Andersen chronicles the life and career of legendary performer Barbra Streisand, discussing her childhood, early career, marriage to James Brolin, failed love affairs, friendship with President Clinton, career achievements, personal struggles, and other related topics.

Taraborrelli, J. Randy. Elizabeth. 1st ed. New York : Warner Books, 2006.

Taraborrelli explores the life of legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor, exploring how she evolved from a child star to an American icon, describing her childhood, film roles, relationships with other stars, personal challenges, and other related topics.

Thomas, Abigail. A three dog life. 1st ed. Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c2006.

Author Abigail Thomas shares the story of how she started a new life after an accident left her husband brain damaged and institutionalized.

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Mayle, Peter. Provence A-Z. New York : Knopf, 2006.

This is hardly a conventional work of reference. It is rather a selection of those aspects of Provence that Mayle in his almost 20 years there has found to be the most interesting, curious, delicious, or downright fun. This book is a delight for Mayle’s ever-growing audience and the perfect complement to any guidebook on Provence, or, for that matter, France.

973 OBA
Obama, Barack. The audacity of hope : thoughts on reclaiming the American dream. 1st ed. New York : Crown Publishers, c2006.

Senator Barak Obama addresses twenty-first century politics in the United States, commenting on economic insecurities of citizens, race, religion, terrorism, threat of a pandemic, and other related issues.

973.931 RIC
Rich, Frank. The greatest story every sold : the decline andfall of truth from 9/11 to Katrina. New York : Penguin Press, 2006.

Frank Rich examines White House propaganda from the September 11, 2006 terrorist attacks through Hurricane Katrina, arguing that the Bush administration fabricated and put a spin on events and statements in order to receive public support. This title includes a time line that compares administration spin to actual events.

973.931 WOO
Woodward, Bob. State of denial. New York : Simon & Schuster, c2006.

Woodward takes readers on an inside journey from the start of the Iraq War through the present, providing a detailed, authoritative account of the President’s leadership, and the struggles among his men and women in the White House, the Pentagon, CIA and State Department. He puts the Bush legacy in historical context as he shows this presidency in action that is normally seen only years after the president has left office and offers a full view of the first presidency of the 21st century.

973.931092 BOE
Boehlert, Eric. Lapdogs : how the press rolled over for Bush. New York : Free Press, c2006.

‘Lapdogs’ is the first book to demonstrate that, for the entire George W. Bush presidency, the news media have utterly failed in their duty as watchdog for the public. In blistering prose, Eric Boehlert reveals how, time after time, the press chose a soft approach to covering the government, and as a result reported and analyzed crucial events incompletely and even inaccurately. From WMDs to Valerie Plame to the NSA’s domestic spying, mainstream fixtures such as The New York Times, CBS, CNN, and Time magazine too often ignored the administration’s missteps and misleading words, and did not call out the public officials who betrayed the country’s trust. Throughout both presidential campaigns and the entire Iraq war to date, the media acted as a virtual mouthpiece for the White House, giving watered-down coverage of major policy decisions, wartime abuses of power, and egregious mistakes—and sometimes these events never made it into the news at all. Finally, in Lapdogs, the press is being held accountable by one of its own.

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Gimlette, John, 1963-. At the tomb of the inflatable pig : travels through Paraguay. New York : Vintage Departures, 2005.

John Gimlette’s eye-opening book - equal parts travelogue, history, and unorthodox travel guide - breaches the boundaries of this isolated land and illuminates a little-understood place and its people.” Filled with bizarre incident, fascinating anecdote, and richly evocative detail, At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig is a description of a country of eccentricity and contradiction, of beguilingly individualistic men and women, and of unexpected and extraordinary beauty. It is a vivid, often riotous, always fascinating journey. From the Publisher


CD 974.7 LEP
Lepore, Jill, 1966-. New York burning : liberty, slavery, and conspiracy in eighteenth-century Manhattan. Abridged. Minneapolis, MN : HighBridge, c2005.

Lepore presents a history of the 1741 slave rebellion that nearly destroyed New York City, and describes the conviction of over one hundred men and women who were either burned at the stake, hanged, or imprisoned and the social and political climate of the 1730s and 1740s.

DVD 614.5 TYP
Typhoid Mary, the most dangerous woman in America. [Boston, Mass.] : WGBH Educational Foundation, c2005.

In 1906 in America it was first discovered that humans could transmit typhoid fever. This is a dramatization of the outbreak and a profile of Irish cook Mary Mallon, known as ‘Typhoid Mary’. Quarantined against her will, the story reveals the newfound power of health officials to protect the masses, often at the expense of personal liberties.

After the fog : interviews with combat veterans. Barnet, VT : Kingdom County Productions, 2006.

‘After the Fog’ chronicles the dramatic experiences of ten U.S. combat veterans, most of them Vermonters. Together, these former soldiers provide a vivid, detailed, emotionally charged, and highly personal picture of military recruitment, training, combat, and reintegration into civilian life. Their collective experiences include combat in World War II, Vietnam, and Iraq.

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