Thursday, March 29, 2007

April 2007


Allen, Conrad, 1940-. Murder on the Celtic. 1st St. Martin’s Minotaur ed. New York : St. Martin’s Minotour, 2007.
George Porter Dillman and Genevieve Masefield have sailed across the Atlantic several times in their capacity as ship’s detectives, rubbing elbows with many famous passengers. Few of them have come close to the level of fame or fortune as their fellow traveler on the ‘Celtic’ this trip: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the most famous detective in the world, Sherlock Holmes. It remains to be seen if his presence onboard will be a hindrance or help with their work.

Anderson, Kevin J., 1962-. Of fire and night. 1st ed. New York : Aspect, 2006.
Due to humankind’s destruction of most hydrogues, the remaining gas-planet inhabitants join forces with Kilikiss robots and plan to attack Earth, where leader Basil Wenceslas is facing his own battles against defiant soldiers, Hansa colonists, gypsy Roamers, and Therons of Thorac.

Bass, Jefferson. Flesh and bone : a Body Farm novel. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2007.
Dr. Bill Brockton, founder of the Body Farm, is working on solving the case of a young man who has been murdered, but just as Brockton is on the verge of solving the case, his work is tampered with by the killer and Brockton finds himself a prime suspect in another murder.

Binchy, Maeve. Whitethorn Woods. 1st U.S. ed. New York : A.A. Knopf, 2007, c2006.
Brian Flynn, a Catholic priest in the small Irish town of Rossmore, decries the faith local citizens and tourists place in nearby St. Ann’s Well, and he prays for guidance to really understand his parishioners’ feelings when plans are announced to run a highway through Whitethorn Woods where the unofficial shrine is located.

Callanan, Liam. All saints : a novel. New York : Delacorte Press, 2007.
Emily Hamilton, 50, a teacher at All Saints Co-Ed Catholic High School, teaches the church’s darker chapters, which include those studded with strange tales of long-forgotten saints and martyrs. When a student’s unusual take on a class assignment results in Emily’s life being what fascinates certain students most, she finds herself drawn into their world, their secrets, and the choices they make.

Childs, Laura. Dragonwell dead. 1st ed. New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2007.

It is springtime and Theodosia Browning is looking forward to South Carolina’s Spring Plantation Ramble. This is a time when the upper crust open their gardens to the public, hold flower shows, and rare plant auctions. It’s also a great time for Theo to promote her Indigo Tea Shop and her latest concoction, Dragonwell Sweet Tea. The sudden heart attack and death of Mark Congdon, after he successfully wins the bid for a rare monkey-face orchid, has both Theo and his widow thinking foul play.

Davis, Jill A., 1966-. Ask again later. 1st ed. New York : Ecco, c2007.
Emily, a 20-something lawyer by default, takes a rain check on life and her career and rushes home to her mother, who has discovered a lump. Once settled in her old bedroom, she realizes that not everything is as it seems. Emily learns that her mother’s cancer is very treatable, and certainly not deadly enough to warrant the return of the father who left when Emily was five. It soon becomes clear that her mother’s cancer scare will change all their lives.

Delinsky, Barbara. Family tree. 1st ed. New York : Doubleday, c2007.
Wealthy Caucasians Dana and Hugh Clarke give birth to a child that has distinctly African-American traits; and while searching their lineage for answers, they uncover secrets about both of their families.

Downie, Ruth, 1955-. Medicus : a novel of the Roman Empire. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Bloomsbury USA : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2006.
Gaius Petrius Ruso, a divorced, down-on-his-luck army doctor, makes an abrupt decision to seek his fortune in an outpost of the Roman Empire, specifically Britannia. At a moment of weakness, he saves an injured slave girl from her abusive owner and gets caught up in an investigation of the deaths of prostitutes. It’s up to Ruso to discover the truth.

Dugoni, Robert. Damage control. 1st ed. New York : Warner Books, 2007.
Dana Hill’s meteoric rise in a Seattle legal firm is halted when she is diagnosed with breast cancer, discovers her husband is having an affair, and her twin brother is murdered, and her determination to find out who killed James hinges on her ability to convince detective Michael Logan that the murder is more than a simple robbery, and to learn the origins of a unique piece of jewelry found at the scene of the crime.

Eggers, Dave. What is the what : the autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng : a novel. San Francisco : McSweeney’s, c2006.
Valentino Achak Deng, real-life hero of this work, was a refugee from the Sudanese civil war-the bloodbath before the current Darfur bloodbath-of the 1980s and 90s. In this fictionalized memoir, he becomes an icon of globalization. Separated from his family when Arab militia destroy his village, Valentino joins thousands of other “Lost Boys,” beset by starvation, thirst and man-eating lions on their march to squalid refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya, where Valentino pieces together a new life. He eventually reaches America, but finds his quest for safety, community and fulfillment in many ways even more difficult there than in the camps: he recalls, for instance, being robbed, beaten and held captive in his Atlanta apartment.

Hoag, Tami. The alibi man. New York : Bantam Books, 2007.
Former narcotics’ detective Elena Estes had turned her back on Palm Beach society long ago and was now working as a horse trainer. Although she minded her own business, trouble had a way of finding her. After discovering the body of a co-worker dumped in a canal, she delved into the woman’s past, discovering ties to the Russian mob and some wealthy Palm Beach bad boys, including her former fiance, Bennett Walker. What she uncovered would shock Palm Beach society and could get her killed.

Hogan, Chuck. The killing moon : a novel. New York : Scribner, c2007.
The small New England town of Black Falls is plagued by a series of mysterious incidents and police officer Donald Maddox tries to get to the bottom of the events before they take a more brutal turn.

Kellerman, Jesse. Trouble. New York : Putnam’s, c2007.
Jonah Stem stumbles across a murder in progress and rushes to protect the young woman being stabbed, inadvertently killing her attacker in the process and placing himself in the midst of a media frenzy that teaches him heroism isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Kellerman, Jonathan. Obsession : an Alex Delaware novel. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, c2007.

Patty Bigelow had struggled under the burden of raising her sister’s abandoned eight-year-old daughter, Tanya, 15 years earlier, but was determined to bring stability to the child’s life. At one point she even sought out advice from child psychologist Alex Delaware. After Patty died, Tanya was left with a deathbed confession of murder echoing in her mind. Now, 'she' was the one seeking out Alex Delaware and Detective Milo Sturgis to find clues to a crime that may or may not have been real.

Mason, Daniel (Daniel Philippe). A far country. 1st ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2007.
Isabel, 13, is on a perilous, life-altering journey in search of her brother, who has disappeared in the big city where he had gone to try to make a better life for himself and his poverty-stricken family by becoming a musician. As she braves the chaos of the modern urban environment, the indignities of the shantytowns, and the terror of gang warfare, Isabel never gives up hope of finding Isaias.

McDermid, Val. The grave tattoo. 1st St Martin’s Minotaur ed. New York : St Martin’s Minotaur, 2007, c2006.

Wordsworth scholar Jane Gresham, having grown up hearing stories that mutineer Fletcher Christian returned from exile on Pitcairn Island to live out his life in England, is inspired when a two-hundred-year-old corpse bearing South Pacific tattoos washes out of a hillside in the Lake District, to hunt for a rumored manuscript Wordsworth wrote about Christian’s adventures, not realizing there are others who want the lost poem for personal gain and are willing to kill to get it.

McMurtry, Larry. When the light goes : a novel. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2007.

In this sequel to ‘Duane’s Depressed,’ McMurtry crafts an intimate portrait of an eccentric, aging oilman struggling to come to terms with the death of his wife. Returning to the family oil business after an extended trip designed to deflect his loneliness, Duane finds unfamiliar personnel, evolving family dynamics, an unrecognizable business climate, and even a shift in his sex drive.

Morris, Bob, 1950-. Bermuda Schwartz. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2007.

The discovery of shipwreck treasure off Bermuda is fatal for a young scuba diver. Trouble is also in store for visiting palm-tree farmer Zack Chasteen who discovers that some of his tax-free offshore money is gone from the bank. In addition, he’s grappling with a relationship with Barbara, who obviously wants him to commit. He’s soon crossing paths with a secret sect of religious zealots who are in Bermuda to complete a bloody 2,000-year-old quest. Could life get any more complicated?

Parker, T. Jefferson. Storm runners : a novel. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, 2007.

Following the death of his wife and son in an explosion meant for him, Matt Stromsoe gave up his job on the police force and proceeded to hit rock bottom. Now, just getting himself back together again, his new life collides with his past when he’s hired by an old cop friend to work in his private security firm. Matt’s first assignment is protecting TV personality Frankie Hatfield from a stalker which puts him right in a killer’s bulls-eye.

Perry, Anne. At some disputed barricade : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, c2007.

Closing out her World War I series, Perry shares a tale of political intrigue and espionage that continues the stories of the Reavley family at war.

Picoult, Jodi, 1966-. Nineteen minutes : a novel. 1st Atria Books hardcover ed. New York : Atria Books, 2007.

‘Nineteen Minutes’ features the return of Jordan McAfee, a lawyer, who once again finds himself representing a boy who desperately needs someone on his side, and Patrick DuCharme, a detective whose best witness in a horrific school shooting is the daughter of the Superior Court judge assigned to the case. As the case unfolds, they’re all forced to take a look at some hard-hitting questions about the nature of justice, the balance of power, and what it means to be different.

Reiss, R. Scott. Black Monday : a novel. New York : Simon & Schuster, c2007.

Dr. Greg Gillette, an epidemiologist for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rushes to find the source of a microbe that has infected the world’s oil supply, shutting down cars, planes, machines, and electricity, and pushing global society to the brink of chaos.

Samuel, Barbara, 1959-. Lady Luck’s map of Vegas : a novel. New York : Ballantine Books, c2005.

India, single and pregnant at the age of forty, embarks on a journey of discovery about herself and her beautiful mother when they take to the road, headed for Las Vegas, in search of her schizophrenic twin sister, Gypsy, who has quit taking medication in the wake of their father’s death.

Saylor, Steven, 1956-. Roma : the novel of ancient Rome. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2007.

This story of the ancient city of Rome takes readers from its mythic beginnings to its emergence as the center of the most extensive, powerful empire in the ancient world. It covers the tragedy of Coriolanus, the Punic Wars, the invasion by Hannibal, the triumph and murder of Julius Caesar, and the rise and decline of the Roman Republic, all told through the stories of the descendants of two ancient families.

Scott, Justin. McMansion. 1st ed. Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2006.

Scott’s fourth installment of his Ben Abbott series hinges on the murder of Billy Tiller, a greedy developer determined to ruin the smalltown charm of Newbury, Conn., with a string of tacky starter palaces. When he’s found dead run over by a bulldozer the police arrest a young environmental activist, Jeff Kimball. Ira Levy, Kimball’s lawyer, asks Abbott, realtor-cum-PI, to dig around. Abbott doesn’t want to take the case; he despised everything Tiller stood for and worries that his loathing might hamper his investigation but Levy twists his arm. Abbott determines pretty speedily that Kimball couldn’t have committed the crime, but figuring out who did is a tad trickier.

Scottoline, Lisa. Daddy’s girl. 1st ed. New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, c2007.

Law professor Natalie Greco’s life is going well when, during a visit to a prison with her colleague Angus, a riot explodes. Tending to a fatally wounded prison guard, Nat hears his last words— words that will unlock the key to a dangerous conspiracy. Suddenly she finds herself in danger at every turn with killers desperate to keep her from exposing their secret; police who are convinced she’s responsible for the murder; and Angus, whose presence makes her question her dedication to her longtime boyfriend.

Wall, Judith Henry. The surrogate. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2006.
Jamie Long agrees to become a surrogate mother for Amanda Hartmann, the head of a famous evangelical family; however, she soon discovers that the Hartmanns plan to claim the baby as their natural-born child and she realizes that her own life may be in danger.

Weir, Alison. Innocent traitor. New York : Ballantine Books, 2007.

Weir tells the story of Lady Jane Grey, daughter of a scheming father and a ruthless mother, who used her as a pawn in a power game with the highest stakes, which was played out during one of the most momentous periods in English history. As the great-niece of Henry VIII, she grew up to realize she could never throw off the chains of her destiny.

White, Stephen, 1951-. Dry ice : a novel. New York : Dutton, c2007.
Michael McClelland has been sprung from the Colorado State Mental Hospital, giving his psychiatrist, Dr. Alan Gregory, cause for concern. When they meet again, Alan recognizes that the peril McClelland poses is even more potent than his worst nightmare, and more terrifying, for McClelland has managed to learn secrets about Alan’s past that he thought had been successfully buried.


202 CHO
Chopra, Deepak. Life after death : the burden of proof. 1st ed. New York : Harmony Books, c2006.

Deepak Chopra argues that there is abundant evidence that the afterlife is not separated from the living world by an impassable wall, and that, instead of starting a new journey after one dies, they simply continue their current voyage on another spiritual level.

220.1 ROS
Rosenberg, Joel C., 1967-. Epicenter. Carol Stream, Ill. : Tyndale House, c2006.
Joel Rosenberg presents ten new predictions, revealing key events and developments that have the potential to alter the world and change the lives of every citizen.

222 LUC
Lucado, Max. Facing your giants : a David and Goliath story for everyday people. Nashville : W Pub., c2006.

Max Lucado uses the biblical story of David and Goliath to offer hope to those facing obstacles in their lives and help them lean on God in the face of hardships and tragedy.

232.96 JAC
Jacobovici, Simcha. The Jesus family tomb : the discovery, the investigation, and the evidence that could change history. 1st ed. [San Francisco, Calif.] : HarperSanFrancisco, c2007.

Simcha Jacobovici and Charles Pellegrino recount the events surrounding the discovery of the family tomb of Jesus of Nazareth, in which archaeologists discovered ten ossuaries with markings indicating they belonged to the family of Jesus, his parents, wife, and children, and explores what the discovery may mean for religion and history.

303.48 KAM
Kamdar, Mira. Planet India : how the fastest growing democracy is transforming America and the world. New York : Scribner, 2007.

India is in the process of transforming itself from a developing country into a global powerhouse. Kamdar offers a look at a technologically savvy, culturally hip India which is poised to challenge the dominance of the post-industrialized nations of Europe, North America, and Asia, as well as her impressions of what its growing power means to America. Kamdar reports on the people, companies, and places shaping the new India, as well as the challenges it faces.

304.2 ELD
Elder, John. Pilgrimage to Vallombrosa: from Vermont to Italy in the Footsteps of George Perkins Marsh. Univ. Press of Virginia, c2006.

Vermont native George Perkins Marsh was a significant member of the nineteenth—century conservation movement, and his Man and Nature (1864) has proven to be both prophetic and influential. His prose is rather dense and formal, however, so he has been overlooked of late. English professor and nature writer Elder sought to rectify that situation by following Marsh’s footsteps both in Vermont and Italy, where Marsh served as U.S. ambassador. Elder traveled to Italy with his wife and juxtaposes their modern tale of academic research and appreciation against Marsh’s experiences. Elder also mines the words of other early conservationists and traces the link between Marsh’s pioneering work and that of others, such as Rachel Carson and Aldo Leopold. Elder’s avid appreciation for and analyses of the places Marsh loved reveal the heart of a man who proved that concern for the environment was alive and well under Lincoln. Recommended for those interested in conservation and ecology. Colleen Mondor, Booklist.

305.2350973 ROB
Robbins, Alexandra, 1976-. The overachievers : the secret lives of driven kids. 1st ed. New York : Hyperion, c2006.

Alexandra Robbins explains how high schools have become a stressful environment where students are defined not by their character or hunger for knowledge, but by often arbitrary scores and statistics, and recounts the real-life experiences of a group of teens struggling to fit in and be the best.

305.26 SIX
Sixty things to do when you turn sixty : 60 experts on the subject of turning 60. Portland, Me. : Ronnie Sellers Productions, c2006.
Meeting the interests of baby boomers who have turned or will soon turn 60 is the goal of this captivating essay compilation written by doctors, celebrities, financial experts, and others who have reached that milestone. Contributors include A Prairie Home Companion writer and host Garrison Keillor, antiaging expert Dr. Nicholas Perricone, and 58 others who discuss everything from health and fitness to sex and investments. While many essays are reflective and thought-provoking, others are lighthearted and humorous. The overall message is one of encouragement and enthusiasm for life. Library Journal.

305.4209 ENS
Ensler, Eve, 1953-. Insecure at last : losing it in our security-obsessed world. 1st ed. New York : Villard, c2006.

Eve Ensler draws on personal experiences and candid interviews to explore the drastic measures being taken around the world to keep people safe and argues that in order to truly experience freedom, people must let go of the deceptive notion of vigilant protection.

305.896 ASI
Asim, Jabari, 1962-. The N word : who can say it, who shouldn’t,
and why. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 2007.
In 2003, Randall Kennedy’s book ‘Nigger’ started an intense conversation about the use and implications of that epithet. The N Word moves far beyond Kennedy’s short, provocative book by revealing how the slur has both reflected and spread the scourge of bigotry in America over the last 400 years. Asim pinpoints Thomas Jefferson as the source of our enduring image of the “nigger.” In Jefferson’s seminal but now obscure essay, he marshaled a welter of pseudo-science to define the stereotype of a shiftless child-man with huge appetites and stunted self control. Asim reveals how nineteenth-century “science” then colluded with popular culture to amplify this slander. What began as false generalizations became institutionalized in every corner of our society: the arts and sciences, sports, the law, and on the streets. Asim’s conclusion is as original as his premise. He argues even when uttered with the opposite intent by hipsters and hip-hop icons, using the slur helps keep blacks at the bottom of America’s socio-economic ladder. But, Asim also proves, there is a place for this word in the mouths and on the pens of those who truly understand its twisted history - from Mark Twain to Dave Chappelle to Mos Def.

306.874 PAE
Paesel, Brett. Mommies who drink : sex, drugs, and other distant memories of an ordinary mom. 1st ed. New York : Warner Books, 2006.

“The anecdotes of a modern mother and Hollywood character actress who unsuccessfully tries to reclaim her carefree past”—Provided by publisher.

330.15 ORO
O’Rourke, P. J. On The wealth of nations. New York : [S.l.] :Atlantic Monthly Press ; Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2007.
Although daunting, Smith’s tome is still essential to understanding such current hot topics as outsourcing, trade imbalances, and Angelina Jolie. In this hilarious, approachable, and insightful examination of Smith and his groundbreaking work, P. J. puts his trademark wit to good use, and shows us why Smith is still relevant, why what seems obvious now was once revolutionary, and why the pursuit of self-interest is so important.

330.951 KYN
Kynge, James. China shakes the world : a titan’s rise and troubled future—and the challenge for America. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2006.

Journalist James Kynge traces the tremors from Chongqing to Tuscany to the Midwest, as China’s hunger for foreign jobs, raw materials, energy and food, and its export of manufactured products, immigrant workers, and corporate and personal investments reshape world trade, capital flows, and politics. Through stories of the entrepreneurs and visionaries behind this transformation, as well as ordinary people affected by it, the book reveals how China’s rise occurred, how it affects your local supermarket and gas station, and what it means for the 21st century.

332.6 MAL
Malkiel, Burton Gordon. A random walk down Wall Street : the time-tested strategy for successful investing. [Rev. and updated]. New York : W. W. Norton, c2007.
Updated with a new chapter that draws on behavioral finance, the field that studies the psychology of investment decisions, here is the best-selling, authoritative, and gimmick-free guide to investing. Burton Malkiel evaluates the full range of investment opportunities, from stocks, bonds, and money markets to real estate investment trusts and insurance, home ownership, and tangible assets such as gold and collectibles. This edition includes new strategies for rearranging your portfolio for retirement, along with the book’s classic life-cycle guide to investing, which matches the needs of investors in any age bracket.

338.4 MAH
Mahar, Maggie. Money-driven medicine : the real reason health care costs so much. 1st ed. New York : Collins, c2006.

Maggie Mahar reveals how billions of dollars are wasted in the American healthcare system on unnecessary or redundant tests, unwanted procedures, and overpriced drugs and devices, and explains how this overspending can be eliminated, leading to a more effective, streamlined healthcare system.

362.196 HAU
Häusler, Thomas, 1968-. Viruses vs. superbugs : a solution to the antibiotics crisis? London ; New York : Macmillan, 2006.

Thomas Häusler describes the history and development of phage therapy, its effects at counteracting viruses, continued use in Eastern countries, and efforts to revive it in the West.

362.73 GRE
Greene, Melissa Fay. There is no me without you : one woman’s odyssey to rescue Africa’s children. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Bloomsbury, 2006.

Greene tells the story of Haregewoin Teferra and her effort to care for the children of AIDS patients in her country of Ethiopia.

363.325 HUN
Hunt, David, Colonel. On the Hunt : how to wake up Washington and win the War on terror. 1st ed. New York : Crown Forum, c2007.

‘Fox News” military analyst David Hunt speaks his mind on things others are unwilling, or not informed enough, to say: about Iraq, the war on terror, border security, and more. He also shares his views on how to fix the mess in Iraq and win the war; protect our liberties at home; ensure that our military is trained and equipped to fight modern guerilla wars; solve the illegal immigration crisis, and make our towns and cities more secure. Includes dozens of pages of previously unpublished documents.

363.34 COO
Cooper, Christopher, 1961-. Disaster : Hurricane Katrina and the failure of Homeland Security. 1st ed. New York : Times Books, 2006.

Authors Cooper and Block expose the flaws in the Homeland Security Department and America’s emergency response system that caused further destruction and devastation in the New Orleans region after Hurricane Katrina in August, 2005.

364.1 PIS
Pistone, Joseph D. Donnie Brasco : unfinished business. Philadelphia, Pa. : Running Press, c2007.

FBI Special Agent Joe Pistone offers a first-hand account of the brutality he witnessed while working undercover as jewel thief Donnie Brasco in order to infiltrate the Mafia in the late 1970s and 1980s.

530 MAL
Mallett, Ronald L. Time traveler : a scientist’s personal mission to make time travel a reality. New York : Thunder’s Mouth Press, c2006.

This is the dramatic and inspirational first-person story of theoretical physicist, Dr. Ronald Mallett, who recently discovered the basic equations for a working time machine that he believes can be used as a transport vehicle to the past. Combining elements of ‘Rocket Boys’ and ‘Elegant Universe’, ‘Time Traveler’ follows Mallett’s discovery of Einstein’s work on space-time, his study of Godel’s work on a solution of Einstein’s equation that might allow for time travel, and his own research in theoretical physics spanning thirty years that culminated in his recent discovery of the effects of circulating laser light and its application to time travel.

530.14 SMO
Smolin, Lee, 1955-. The trouble with physics : the rise of string theory, the fall of a science, and what comes next. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2006.

Theoretical physicist Lee Smolin argues that physics has lost its way over the last fifty years, pointing to the fact that nothing new has been learned about the laws of physics since the 1970s as proof that the science of physics is dying out.

613.2 BAR
Barnett, Suzanne. 3 fat chicks on a diet : because we’re all in it together. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2006.

Three sisters from the South chronicle their struggles to lose weight, share their dieting successes and the recipes that helped them achieve it, and offer guidance to others hoping to lose weight.

613.2 NI
Ni, Maoshing. Secrets of longevity : hundreds of ways to live to be 100. San Francisco : Chronicle Books, c2006.

Looking to live a longer, happier, healthier life? Try eating more blueberries, telling the truth, and saying no to undue burdens. These are just a few of the hundreds of tips profiled in Secrets of Longevity—a simple, no-nonsense approach to living longer. Dr. Maoshing Ni, doctor to Hollywood stars and a Tai Chi master specializing in longevity, brings together simple and unusual ways to live longer in this beautifully designed, chunky paperback, putting at the fingertips a host of proven ways to make anyone’s stay on earth much, much happier.

620.00973 BIL
Billington, David P. Power, speed, and form : engineers and the making of the twentieth century. Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2006.

Princeton engineering professor and his historian son examine innovations from 1876 to 1939. Engaging and readable, their technology history employs the framework of structure, machine, network, as well as the illustrations of key formulae, diagrammed in lay terms not requiring a calculus background. The authors discusses eight transformative inventions-the electric light and power grid, the telephone, petroleum refining, the automobile, the airplane, the radio, large steel bridges, and reinforced concrete-within their sociocultural context. They also examine the lives of the inventors, as well as the cumulative process of invention. The superb figures (illustrating key concepts like catalytic cracking) and many photos nicely illustrate the Billingtons’ overriding themes: the importance of technological literacy and the fact that original engineering is based on simple ideas. Library Journal.

635 WEI
Weishan, Michael. The victory garden companion : America’s most popular gardening series offers expert advice for creating a beautiful landscape for your home. 1st ed. New York : Collins, c2006.
Michael Weishan and Laurie Donnelly offer a full-color illustrated guide that covers all aspects of landscaping including creating hedges, designing perennial borders, soil treatment, and building a backyard terrace.

636.7 OHU
O’Hurley, John. It’s okay to miss the bed on the first jump : and other life lessons I learned from dogs. New York, N.Y. : Hudson Street Press, c2006.

O’Hurley, host of NBC-TVs annual Thanksgiving ‘National Dog Show,’ shares the enduring and charming life lessons he’s learned from his dogs through the years and insists that readers too can learn a lot if they keep an open mind and observe their four-footed, furry best friends. Things like how to express happiness, how to make the most of each moment, how to laugh and love, and how to keep things in perspective. A motivational speaker, he’s framing his 2006 motivational speeches around this material.

641.8 SZA
Szamatulski, Tess, 1954-. Clone brews : homebrew recipes for 150 commercial beers. Pownal, Vt. : Storey Books, c1998.

With this unique collection of recipes for 150 international brand-name beers, homebrewers can “clone” their favorite beers at home and enjoy them at a fraction of their retail price. Experienced homebrewers Tess and Mark Szamatulski begin with tips for replicating any commerical beer at home, including ways to culture the beer’s yeast from the bottle and identify the right mix of ingredients and hops. Included are recipes for well-known beers from locations around the world, including Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, the Caribbean and Central America, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and South America. “Clonebrews” contains recipes for “clones” of Samuel Adams Boston Lager, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Pete’s Wicked Ale, Bass Ale, Guinness Extra Stout, Paulaner Hefe-Weizen, Foster’s Lager, Dos Equis, Chimay, and many more!.

647.95068 MEY
Meyer, Danny. Setting the table : the transforming power of hospitality in business. New York : HarperCollins, c2006.

Danny Meyer shares the strategies and business practices that have made him the CEO of one of the world’s most dynamic restaurant organizations.

658.4 COH
Cohen, Ben (Ben R.). Values-driven business : how to change the world, make money, and have fun. 1st ed. San Francisco, CA : Berkeley : Berrett-Koehler Publishers; Publishers Group West [distributor], c2006.

The first entry in Ben Cohen’s new Social Venture Network series, this guide uses
real-world examples to show how “triple bottom line” practices - profits, people, and planet - have helped companies throughout North America thrive. The book contains first steps that owners or managers can use to start narrowing the gap between personal values and business practices. It also illustrates the many dimensions of value-driven business, addressing the varied roles of customers, employees, the community, the environment, shareholders, and owners. Included is a self-assessment tool that lets readers determine how successful their company will be in implementing values-driven practices.

741.5 EIS
Eisner, Will. Will Eisner’s New York : life in the big city. 1st ed. New York : W.W. Norton, c2006.
A collection of graphic stories by Will Eisner that capture the gritty underside of New York City and its residents.

741.5 LAW
Lawrence, Jim, 1944-. Trouble spot. London : Titan, 2006.

The newspaper strips in this handsome British import deserve reprinting in themselves, besides demonstrating Bond’s continuing potency as a cultural icon. After running out of novels to adapt into comics, the Daily Express had its crew of writer Lawrence and artist Horak create original adventures. The four tales gathered here, originally published in 1971-1973, offer solid storytelling and above-average art that was much more detailed than anyone who saw the strips on cheap newsprint could have imagined.

791.4302 HIR
Hirshenson, Janet. A star is found : our adventures casting some of Hollywood’s biggest movies. 1st ed. Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c2006.

The authors, well-known casting directors, describe how actors are chosen for various roles; and share a number of stories about discovering and casting unknowns who became stars such as Julia Roberts, Tom Cruise, and Leonardo DiCaprio.

793.73 NEW
Newman, Stanley. Cruciverbalism : a crossword fanatic’s guide to life in the grid. 1st ed. New York : Collins, c2006.

Crossword expert Stanley Newman offers a behind-the-scenes look at what really makes crossword puzzles work and offers proven strategies to help anyone solve crosswords better and faster.

796.323 ABD
Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem, 1947-. On the shoulders of giants : my personal journey through the Harlem Renaissance. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2007.

This intimate, personal journey follows basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as he returns to Harlem - the place of his birth and the birthplace of his two great passions: basketball and jazz. Divided into four sections: Legacies, Basketball, Jazz, and The Arts, it explores Kareem’s personal history, as well as the major contributions of the Harlem Renaissance. It’s a look at Kareem as few have seen before and his tribute to the place that made him what he is today.

796.357 REI
Reisler, Jim, 1958-. A great day in Cooperstown : the improbable birth of baseball’s Hall of Fame. 1st Carroll & Graf ed. New York : [S.l.] : Carroll & Graf Publishers ; Distributed by Publishers Group West, 2006.

Jim Reisler examines the unusual origins of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, profiling the game’s early stars and the ways they have been honored.

808.5 MIL
Miller, Joe, 1968-. Cross-X. 1st ed. New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2006.

Miller follows four members of Kansas City’s Central High School debate team and their coach through the 2002 season, looking at how debaters overcame their academically deficient environment, unhelpful bureaucrats, self-destructive behaviors, and formidable suburban opponents to end in the top ten in the national championship.

814 SON
Sontag, Susan, 1933-2004. At the same time : essays and speeches. 1st ed. New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2007.
This is a powerful, intimate collection of essays and addresses from Sontag, a writer of four novels, a story collection, several plays, and seven works of nonfiction, who died in 2004. Describing a writer as ‘someone who pays attention to the world,’ Sontag clearly did, as is reflected in her writings on everything from art to politics. This collection gathers 16 of her essays and addresses written in the last years of her life, including one on the dilemmas of post 9/11 America.

823 GRE
Gresh, Lois H. The science of James Bond : from bullets to bowler hats to boat jumps, the real technology behind 007’s fabulous films. Hoboken, N.J. : J. Wiley & Sons, c2006.

Gresh and Weinberg examine the true science that underlies James Bond’s fantastic gadgets and feats, including the car that turns into a submarine, the buzz-saw Rolex, and the rocket-firing cigarette, covering hundreds of Q Division’s inventions and analyzing Bond’s battles in the air, under the sea, in outer space, and beneath the earth.

823 MCK
Mckee, Gabriel. The Gospel according to science fiction : from the twilight zone to the final frontier. 1st ed. Louisville, KY : Westminster John Knox Press, 2007.
McKee’s knowledge of science fiction is impressive. He quotes esoteric short stories from the 1930s alongside contemporary sci-fi and fantasy films, showing an encyclopedic command of the genre. It serves him well as he combs the genre for examples of religious themes such as sin, faith, religious experience, the apocalypse and the afterlife. The author all too briefly touches upon the issue of science and faith, but
this can be forgiven in a book primarily about science fiction. “The main goal of SF [science fiction],” writes McKee, “... is to show us how we can face the future and
overcome the new challenges that our changing world may develop.” By utilizing a solid theological background and culling the world of science fiction literature and films
for help, McKee illustrates that organized religion should have a similar goal: “It must be willing to face whatever changes may come and adapt itself to the spiritual questions of the future.” Publisher’s Weekly.

823 MOR
Morris, Thomas V. If Harry Potter ran General Electric : leadership wisdom from the world of the wizards. New York : Currency/Doubleday, c2006.

Tom Morris uncovers the values and timeless truths that underlie J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series and explains how they can be applied to the business world and everyday life.

914.104 RAY
Raymo, Chet. Walking zero : discovering cosmic space and time along the Prime Meridian. New York : Walker & Co. : Distributed by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2006.

The author describes his travels along the prime meridian in England, discussing scientific landmarks nearby and exploring the meridian’s connections to the growth of humankind’s knowledge about the cosmos.

917.01 PRY
Pryce, Lois. Lois on the loose : one woman, one motorcycle, 20,000 miles across the Americas. 1st ed. New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, 2007.
Lois Pryce was working at the BBC in London, firmly set on the career track. But unbeknownst to her coworkers, Lois was leading a parallel life as well, that of a biker babe with an overwhelming case of wanderlust, one that couldn’t be satisfied by a weekend holiday. Her days in a cubicle were numbered, and it wasn’t long before she was back on her bike and looking for adventure. Armed only with the Spanish words for ‘caution’ and ‘cheese,’ Lois set off to conquer America---both Americas, actually. Starting in Alaska and working her way down the Pacific Coast, she rode through snow, desert, and everything in between to reach the southernmost tip of Argentina. Lois tackled every type of fellow biker imaginable and endured everything the continents could throw at her with quick thinking and a vibrant sense of humor. Whether bribing her way through Central American borders, spending the night in a Mexican brothel, or crashing her bike in Patagonia, Lois’s bright, funny travelogue will charm anyone who longs for adventure and a stretch of the open road.

917.47 GOP
Gopnik, Adam. Through the children’s gate : a home in New York. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2006.
In 1995, best-selling author Adam Gopnik and his family left New York City to live in Paris. He chronicled their adventures there for The New Yorker magazine and in his best-selling book, Paris to the Moon. They returned to New York in 2000. This is the story of how he and his family dealt with the horrors of 9/11; how it changed their lives, and solidified their feelings for a city they love.

917.7 ERI
Eriksen, Marcus, 1967-. My river home : a journey from the Gulf War to the Gulf of Mexico. Boston : Beacon Press, c2007.
A classic American story of a young man’s return from war and his search for peace while rafting the entire length of the Mississippi River.

920 CAR
Carlyle, John. Under the rainbow : an intimate memoir of Judy Garland, Rock Hudson and my life in old Hollywood. 1st Carroll & Graf ed. New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2006.

Actor John Carlyle got his big break in 1954. New to Hollywood, the twenty-three-year-old Carlyle was cast as the assistant director of the movie-within-a movie in George Cukor’s A Star is Born. Although Carlyle’s scene was later cut from the film and his star status subsequently never materialized. This job, however, brought him in touch with Judy Garland, who up until her death fifteen years later was Carlyle’s friend and sometime lover. Under the Rainbow tells the story of this rocky but beloved relationship. No longer the great star who first enthralled Carlyle as an adolescent, Garland, like many former headliners in the 1960s, lived an often desperate, hand-to-mouth existence that was eased only by pills and liquor. She turned to Carlyle for support, even with the hope of marrying the openly gay actor. He politely declined the opportunity of matrimony, but remained constant in his adoration of the star for the rest of his life.

920 SHA
Shadwick, Keith, 1951-. Led Zeppelin : the story of a band and their music, 1968-1980. 1st ed. San Francisco : Backbeat Books, 2005.
Shadwick explores why the rock band Led Zeppelin was so popular between 1968 and 1980, discussing how they became the biggest rock band of the era, why their music was so inspiring, and how they influenced generations of musicians.

920 TRI
Trillin, Calvin. About Alice. 1st ed. New York : Random House, c2006.

Calvin Trillin recounts his wife Alice’s life, describing her career, beauty, influence on his life, and devastating death.

Kozloff, Nikolas. Hugo Chávez : oil, politics and the challenge to the United States. 1st ed. New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.

Kozloff draws on interviews with key figures in Venezuela to examine how Hugo Chavez’s flagrant anti-Americanism and his goal of united South America are endangering both the United States and the world’s supply of oil.

921 DEEN
Deen, Paula H., 1947-. Paula Deen : it ain’t all about the cookin’. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2007.

Deen, host of the Food Network’s ‘Paula Deen’s Home Cooking,’ shares where she came from, how she transformed herself into a household name, and her plans for the future. She talks candidly about her struggle with agoraphobia and a difficult marriage, how she turned her life around through hard work, and created a life for herself and her children through her popular restaurant in Georgia.

Hirsi Ali, Ayaan, 1967-. Infidel. New York : Free Press, c2007.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali recounts her life story, discussing her traditional Muslim childhood in Somalia, Saudi Arabia, and Kenya, her intellectual awakening and activism in the Netherlands, and her current life under armed guard in the West.

921 JOAN
Spoto, Donald, 1941-. Joan : the mysterious life of the heretic who became a saint. 1st ed. [San Francisco] : HarperSanFrancisco, c2007.

Donald Spoto explores the life of Joan of Arc, detailing her childhood, faith, military career, and year-long trial and conviction for heresy.

921 LOVE
Love, Courtney, 1965-. Dirty blonde : the diaries of Courtney Love. 1st ed. New York : Faber and Faber, 2006.
A multi-textual memoir chronicling the life of one of our most potent pop icons. Groundbreaking rock musician. Award-winning actress. Perceptive songwriter and author. Mother. Wife of a rock god. Fashionista and trendsetter. Provocateur. In each and every one of these roles Courtney Love has demonstrated a wholehearted commitment to her art, and an intense drive and a lust for life that have made her a star and a celebrity icon—but have also led her into some unwise, uncharted, and even dangerous territory. Simultaneously candid and enigmatic, Love has a mordant wit and vivid intelligence matched in intensity only by the extraordinary life she has led, from a bleak early childhood through great fame and terrible heartbreak to the present day. By turns exhilarating and unsettling, this is a story told here for the first time.—From publisher description.

921 OHER
Lewis, Michael (Michael M.). The blind side : evolution of a game. 1st ed. New York : Norton, c2006.

Lewis details the life of University of Mississippi football player Michael Oher, who was raised by a crack addicted mother and adopted at the age of sixteen by a wealthy family, and explores the rising importance and salary of the offensive left tackle in the game of football.

Owens, Terrell, 1973-. T.O. New York : Simon & Schuster, c2006.
National Football League wide receiver Terrell Owens shares his perspective on his career with the Philadelphia Eagles, 2005 suspension from the team, and experiences with the media and how it portrays him.

Richards, Renée. No way Renée : the second half of my notorious life. New York : Simon & Schuster, c2007.

Eye surgeon and tennis player Renée Richards tells her life story with a focus on the three decades since her sex-change, covering such topics as her first years as a woman, her relationship with her son, her years as Martina Navratilova’s coach, her love life, and her return to her medical career after tennis.

Trapp, Georg von, 1880-1947. To the last salute : memories of an Austrian U-Boat commander. Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 2007.

Trapp’s own story of his exploits as a submarine commander during the First World War is as exciting as it is instructive, bringing to stirring life a little-known chapter in the naval history of that war. In his many guises Trapp describes life as captain of Austro-Hungarian U-boats in the Mediterranean and Adriatic seas, emerging by turn as the Imperial Austrian naval officer, the witty observer of international politics, and the indefatigable and ultimately heartbroken patriot opposing the Allied enemy. He relates deadly duels with submarine sweepers, narrow escapes and excruciatingly close calls, and the spectacular sinking of cargo and war ships - all the while maintaining a keen sense of the camaraderie of seamen from every corner of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. A picture of a lost time, a portrait of a remarkable character, a window on early submarine warfare: Trapp’s story, in English for the first time, offers a rare combination of human interest, historical insight, and true life-and-death adventure.

940.4 MIL
Millman, Chad. The detonators : the secret plot to destroy America and an epic hunt for justice. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown, 2006.

With the fear of another internal attack by terrorists ever in the back of some folks’ minds, few people know that it “has” happened before . . . in 1916. Twenty years later, [omit hyphens] three lawyers worked to bring the German saboteurs to task for blowing up Black Tom Island in New York Harbor, and for a planned strike on an anthrax facility outside Washington, D.C., as well as their plans to distribute bombs to German agents throughout the United States.

940.54 HOR
Hornfischer, James D. Ship of ghosts : the story of the USS Houston, FDR’s legendary lost cruiser, and the epic saga of her survivors. New York : Bantam Books, 2006.

“Son, we’re going to Hell.” The navigator of the USS Houston confided these prophetic words to a young officer as he and his captain charted a course into U.S. naval legend. Renowned as FDR’s favorite warship, the cruiser USS Houston was a prize target trapped in the far Pacific after Pearl Harbor. Without hope of reinforcement, her crew faced a superior Japanese force ruthlessly committed to total conquest. It wasn’t a fair fight, but the men of the Houston would wage it to the death. Hornfischer brings to life the awesome terror of nighttime naval battles that turned decks into strobe-lit slaughterhouses, the deadly rain of fire from Japanese bombers, and the almost superhuman effort of the crew as they miraculously escaped disaster again and again,
until their luck ran out during a daring action in Sunda Strait. There, hopelessly outnumbered, the Houston was finally sunk and its survivors taken prisoner. For more than three years their fate would be a mystery to families waiting at home. Using journals and letters, rare historical documents, including testimony from postwar Japanese war crimes tribunals, and the eyewitness accounts of Houston’s survivors, James Hornfischer has crafted an account of human valor so riveting and awe-inspiring, it’s easy to forget that every single word is true.

941.1 ROS
Rosie, George. Curious Scotland : tales from a hidden history. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, 2006.

George Rosie reveals some surprising details about Scotland’s past, including what became of the Glasgow Frankenstein, why Scots always spit on a certain Edinburgh street, and how John Ross became the greatest Cherokee chieftain.

945 MEN
Mentzel, Peter. A traveller’s history of Venice. Northampton, Mass. : Interlink Books, 2006.

This archipelago city’s location has bridged Western and Eastern cultures from the barbarian invasions to modern times. Mentzel mines this special history to tell some compelling stories, including those about the legendary Giovanni Casanova, the city’s imperial rise and episodic flooding, the four bronze horses captured from the Hippodrome in Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade and brought to Venice, and the return of St. Mark the Evangelist’s body from Alexandria. Other highlights include a chronology of major historical events, a list of doges (government leaders) from the seventh through the 18th centuries, and descriptions of churches, synagogues, historic buildings, museums, bridges, and outer islands. Black-and-white maps and Peter Geissler’s elegant line drawings illustrate the book. Library Journal.

956.7044 CHA
Chandrasekaran, Rajiv. Imperial life in the emerald city : inside Iraq’s green zone. 1st ed. New York : Knopf, 2006.

Former “Washington Post” reporter Rajiv Chandrasekaran recounts his experiences in Baghdad, where he watched the city’s residents struggle to rebuild their lives in the midst of the American occupation.

956.7044 COC
Cockburn, Patrick, 1950-. The occupation. London ; New York : Verso, 2006.

Patrick Cockburn traces the failures of both U.S. and British troops to stabilize Iraq since the occupation in 2003, the impact of civil war in the country, economic chaos, and the continued resistance against occupation forces.

958.104 CHA
Chayes, Sarah, 1962-. The punishment of virtue : inside Afghanistan after the Taliban. New York : Penguin Press, 2006.

NPR reporter Sarah Chayes chronicles the experiences she had in Afghanistan while trying to help the country’s people rebuild their lives in the aftermath of the Taliban rule and the war on terror.

973 HOM
Home : the blueprints of our lives. 1st ed. New York : Collins, c2006.
A person’s development can be traced to a physical place, says former Senator John Edwards. A childhood home plays an enormous role in helping to define how we see ourselves and how we choose to make our way in the world. This mosaic of stories collected by Edwards, from famous and not-so-famous people across the country, shares thoughts on their ‘home,’ what it means to them, and how it impacted their lives.

973.5 GRO
Groom, Winston, 1944-. Patriotic fire : Andrew Jackson and Jean Laffite at the Battle of New Orleans. 1st ed. New York : Knopf, 2006.

Winston Groom recounts the Battle of New Orleans and the efforts of Andrew Jackson and French pirate Jean Laffite as they struggled to hold on to the city of New Orleans and thwart the British army.

973.5 LAN
Langguth, A. J., 1933-. Union 1812 : the Americans who fought the Second War of Independence. New York : Simon & Schuster, c2006.
This account of the second and final war of independence fills a gap in the literature of the nation’s formative years. It is this war, following closely on the War of Independence, which established the young nation as a permanent power and proved its claim to Manifest Destiny. Langguth’s account covers a vast panorama of battles and features a fascinating cast of characters like Thomas Jefferson, Dolley Madison, Tecumseh, Francis Scott Key, Oliver Perry and many others.

973.93 CON
Conason, Joe. It can happen here : authoritarian peril in the age of Bush. 1st ed. New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2007.

‘It Can Happen Here’ answers the question: can fascism happen in America? The answer, unfortunately, according to Conason is, yes! In fact, he says a select group of extremely powerful ideologues of the Right are moving us ever closer to that precipice. His compelling, impassioned, yet rational look examines the state of the nation, how and why America has strayed from its founding principles and is steadily moving toward an authoritarian, theocratic state.

973.93 KLE
Klein, Joe, 1946-. Politics lost : how American democracy was trivialized by people who think you’re stupid. 1st ed. New York : Doubleday, c2006.

Klein, one of today’s top political observers, has watched from the inside as consultants, pollsters, the twenty-four-hour cable news cycle, and the lack of courage in so many of our political leaders have chiseled away at Washington’s integrity. Klein’s intimate knowledge of the system and the people who run it, as well as his backroom access to leading figures, informs his dissection of the last thirty-five years of American politics. Klein still harbors hope for the future, and in addition to his brilliant, if dismaying, analysis of the political landscape of the past three decades, he lays out a plan and a vision for what the next president must do to regain the trust of the country and turn politics back into an honest and passionate profession.—From publisher description.

973.931 JAC
Jacobson, Sid. The 9/11 report : a graphic adaptation. 1st ed. New York : Hill and Wang, 2006.

A graphic novel adaptation of “The 9/11 Commission Report,” the results of the investigation of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.

973.931 KUO
Kuo, J. David, 1968-. Tempting faith : an inside story of political seduction. New York : Free Press, c2006.
David Kuo recounts the experiences he had in the three years he spent as second in command at the president’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, revealing what he learned about politics and religion during his work there and how it changed his own beliefs.

974.4 SLA
Slavitt, David R., 1935-. Blue state blues. Middletown, CT : Wesleyan University Press, c2006.

David R. Slavitt recounts his day-to-day life on the campaign trail, describing the experience of being a pro-choice, pro-gay-marriage GOP candidate running against a pro-life Democrat in the 2004 Massachusetts State Legislature race.

974.7 KEE
Keegan, William, Jr. Closure : the untold story of the Ground Zero recovery mission. New York : Touchstone, c2006.

Lieutenant William Keegan of the Port Authority Police Department describes the Port Authority’s involvement in the rescue efforts after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.


Foden, Giles, 1967-. The last king of Scotland. Ashland, Or. : Blackstone Audiobooks, 2006.

Read by Mirron Willis. A Scottish doctor who is personal physician to the African dictator, Idi Amin, is seduced by his charm and the perks of office to the point where he ignores the dictator’s unspeakable brutality. Now back in Scotland, Dr. Nicholas Garrigan questions his complicity and finds the answer in the corruption of power. A first novel.

South Park. Collector’s ed. [California?] : Hollywood, Calif. : Comedy Central ; Paramount, c2004.

This is an animated series featuring four foul-mouthed 3rd graders, Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman. The show is set in the Colorado town of South Park where weird things keep happening.

Valentin. [United States] : Burbank, Calif. : Miramax Home Entertainment ; Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [2004].

Valentin is a nine-year-old boy whose feuding parents have left him to be raised by his eccentric grandmother. With his father visiting only occasionally, Valentin is left to look to the other men in the neighborhood for father figures, and to replace his absent mother, he warms to Leticia, one of his father’s many short-term girlfriends. When he tells her personal secrets about his father, however, Valentin jeopardizes their relationship. One of Valentin dreams is of being an astronaut one day. He sets out to discover the harsh realities about his parents, while bringing joy to those around him.

Wings of desire. Special ed. Santa Monica, CA : Distributed by MGM Home Entertainment, c2003.

Based on poems by Rainer Maria Rilke, this is a romantic fantasy about an angel who wishes he were mortal and is willing to fall from the sky if it means a chance to fall in love. Set in modern day Berlin, the film follows angel Damiel’s path from heavenly flight to earthly delight in a manner that’s comical, touching and entertaining.

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