Friday, June 29, 2007

New books & media for July 07

New fiction books:

Akunin, B. (Boris). The winter queen : a novel. Random House trade pbk. ed. New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2004, c2003.

Ernst Fandorin, a young detective with the Criminal Investigation Division of the Moscow Police in 1876, is forced to unravel a complicated web of events when his inquiry into the suicide of a talented student in a public park reveals links to a murder, an orphanage, and a worldwide terrorist conspiracy.

Allende, Isabel. Zorro : a novel. 1st Harper large print ed. New York : HarperLargePrint, c2005.
Diego de la Vega was a child of two worlds. His father was an aristocratic Spanish military man turned landowner and his mother was a Shoshone warrior. At 16, he’s sent to Barcelona for a European education. While there he joins ‘La Justicia,’ a secret underground resistance movement devoted to helping the powerless and poor. That’s when the legendary hero, Zorro, comes into existence. When he returns to America he continues to seek justice for all who cannot fight for themselves.

Allston, Aaron. Betrayal. New York : Del Rey/Ballantine Books, c2006.

The Skywalker and Solo clans find themselves on opposing sides of a potentially explosive conflict when the Galactic Alliance and the planet Corellia, Han Solo’s home planet, move closer and closer to war.

Archer, Jeffrey, 1940-. Cat o’nine tales and other stories. 1st U.S. ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, c2007.

Cat O’Nine Tales is Archer’s fifth collection of short stories, some of which were plotted out during his two years in prison. It includes the story of a company chairman who tries to poison his wife while on a trip, with unexpected consequences. It also includes: The Red King, The Commissioner, The Alibi, and Charity Begins at Home, each of which include richly drawn characters and Archer’s trademark unexpected conclusions.

Archer, Jeffrey, 1940-. False impression. Center Point large print ed. Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., c2006.

Anna Petrescu narrowly escapes the North Tower of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001 only to be tracked by both the FBI and an assassin as she runs from New York City across the globe and back to New York City. She’s out to discover why an aristocratic old lady was brutally murdered in her English country home and its connection to the theft of a priceless Van Gogh, which so many people seem to be willing to risk their lives to own.

Armstrong, Kelley. No humans involved. New York : Bantam Books, c2007.

In Armstrong’s assured seventh Otherworld paranormal romance, her first in hardcover (after Broken), pretty Jaime Vegas, a 44-year-old necromancer who can reanimate the dead, faces her biggest career challenge yet—freeing the trapped ghosts of six murdered children. Thankfully, Jeremy Danvers, Jaime’s hunky and very Alpha werewolf boyfriend, tags along for this hair-raising ride.
(From Publishers Weekly, edited).

Bachman, Richard. Blaze : a novel. 1st Scribner hardcover ed. New York : Scribner, c2007.

Written 35 years ago, this title was dismissed by King as too sweet when he decided to publish ‘the Bachman books,’ and it then became lost among boxes of papers. After it was recently recovered, King re-read it and realized it as a crime novel not just sweet, but sad and suspenseful. With a little editing and rewriting he brought Clayton Blaisdell Jr. to life. This is the story of the crimes committed against Blaisdell and the crimes he himself commits.

Bernhardt, William, 1960-. Capitol threat : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, c2007.

Ex-lawyer and newly appointed senator Ben Kincaid comes to the defense of Supreme Court justice Thaddeus T. Roush, who, right after his appointment, admitted on live television that he was homosexual and whose partner is the prime suspect in the killing of a young woman.

Bradley, Marion Zimmer. The Alton gift. New York : DAW Books, c2007.

This long-awaited continuation of the popular Darkover trilogy is the story of Darkover’s ruling class, the comyn, and their struggles to reclaim their realm from the devastating effects of the Tarran Federation.

Brown, Rita Mae. The hounds and the fury. Large print ed. Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., c2006.

Book five of Rita Mae Brown’s ‘Foxhunting’ series draws readers into the murky financial scandals of foxhunting society, including a sharp-tongued, wheelchair-bound hellion of a bookkeeper, Sister Jane’s handsome, brilliant boyfriend, and a rich former hunt club donor who thinks he can outclass the intrepid Master of the Hunt by purchasing his own pack of hounds. Only Sister Jane and her animal friends, the foxes, hounds, birds, cats, and dogs, are able to uncover the mystery of the missing money, and the missing body!.

Brundage, Elizabeth. The doctor’s wife. New York : Plume, [2005], c2004.

The Knowles family seems to have it all, wealth, health, and happiness, until Annie becomes bored with her role as a wife and mother and begins an affair with celebrity painter Simon Hass that threatens Annie and those she loves.

Buchanan, Edna. Love kills : a Britt Montero novel. New York : Simon and Schuster, c2007.

‘Miami News’ reporter Britt Montero, recovering from the death of her lover on a Caribbean island, becomes caught up in a case involving a couple on their honeymoon who may not have been as happy as everyone thought. Now, with the bride missing following a sailing trip, Britt offers to tell the groom’s tragic story, only to discover that it was not the first honeymoon tragedy he had been involved in. This case, and one being investigated by the Cold Case Squad in Florida, come crashing together.

Bunn, T. Davis, 1952-. Winner take all : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Colorado Springs : Doubleday ; Waterbrook Press, c2003.
Against his better judgement, lawyer Marcus Glenwood agrees to help a man who once tried to kill him find his kidnapped daughter, but he soon realizes he is in over his head and he might not be able to save the child’s life, or his own.

Burke, James Lee, 1936-. Jesus out to sea : stories. New York : Simon & Schuster, c2007.

The 11 previously published stories in this strong collection showcase Burke’s handling of familiar themes and places, minus the trappings that accompany his popular Dave Robicheaux or Bill Bob Holland novels. The inevitable marriage of war and atrocity is powerfully described in the very brief Vietnam War tale, “The Village.” The title story, one of two dealing with Katrina and its aftermath, shows the lasting damage of war on survivors. Both “Winter Light” and “A Season of Regret” feature disillusioned, stoical academics, loners coping with the encroachments of cruder society. Also includes: “Texas City, 1947” depicts brutalized children and contains a surprising dénouement; “The Molester” and “The Burning of the Flag” both feature childhood friends from the WWII era confronting bullies or demons.
(From Publisher’s Weekly, edited).

Butcher, Jim, 1971-. White night : a novel of the Dresden files. New York : Roc, c2007.

Chicago wizard Harry Dresden investigates the slayings of several of the city’s supernatural underclass by a murderer referencing the book of Exodus and the killing of witches and finds himself caught in a power struggle with the White Court of vampires and trying to clear his half brother Thomas’s name.

Chevalier, Tracy. Burning bright. New York : Dutton, c2007.
The Kellaway family, newly arrived in London in 1792 where father Thomas has been offered work by circus entrepreneur Philip Astley, discovers they are neighbors to famous printer, poet, and political radical William Blake, who is inspired by the coming-of-age adventures of young Jem Kellaway and his sister Maisie to writer one of his most famous works.

Clark, Mary Jane Behrends. Dancing in the dark. Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., c2005.

KEY News correspondent Diane Mayfield has come to the New Jersey town of Ocean Grove to investigate a story. ‘Girls Who Cry Wolf’ is the topic for the season premier of ‘Hourglass,’ television’s top news magazine show. She interviews a troubled young woman who claims to have been abducted and held against her will for three days. Police don’t believe her story until two more victims turn up, one of them dead. Now Diane and the police team up to rid Ocean Grove of mortal danger.

Clarke, Richard A. The scorpion’s gate. Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., c2006.

A coup has finally toppled the sheiks of Saudi Arabia and put a determined but shaky Islamic government in its place. Soon, the scent of oil attracts the scorpions, and the dominos begin to fall.

Coonts, Stephen, 1946-. The traitor. Center Point large print ed. Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., c2006.

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

Coulter, Catherine. Double take. New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, c2007.

Readers are taken on a wild ride from the twisted streets of San Francisco to the woods of Virginia when Julia Ransom, widow of acclaimed psychic August Random, is attacked and nearly killed. The search for her assailant sets in motion a cross-country manhunt involving law enforcement at every level.

Craig, Philip R., 1933-. Vineyard stalker : a Martha’s Vineyard mystery. New York : Scribner, c2007.

Secret love affairs and real estate schemes drive Craig’s lively 18th Martha’s Vineyard mystery featuring retired Boston cop J.W. Jackson (after 2006’s Dead in Vineyard Sand). While J.W.’s kids and wife, Zee, are off-island, Zee’s friend Carole Cohen asks J.W. to help track down a stalker harassing her reclusive brother, Roland Nunes. A carpenter and Vietnam vet known as “The Monk,” Roland lives in a cottage on a valuable plot of land. Carole, a realtor, worries that someone wants to scare her brother away.

Cussler, Clive. The navigator : a novel from the Numa files. New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, c2007.
Years before the current Gulf war, a diminutive statue was stolen from the Baghdad Museum. For some reason, this missing Phoenician icon has recently attracted marked interest among men not readily identifiable as art connoisseurs. In fact, the men who seek the so-called Navigator are ruthless killers who have already struck once. Saving the life of a UN investigator, Curt Austin and Zavala learn of this homicidal quest firsthand, thus beginning NUMA’s full immersion into a mystery of Da Vinci Code dimensions. (From Barnes & Noble).

Cussler, Clive. Treasure of Khan : a Dirk Pitt novel. Center Point large print ed. Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., c2007.
Genghis Khan once ruled an empire four times the size of Alexander the Great’s: an expanse that stretched from the Pacific Ocean to the Caspian Sea. When Dirk Pitt tracks down a missing survey team which disappears from Siberia under questionable circumstances, he discovers a mysterious mogul who is wreaking havoc on Middle East oil export facilities. The Mongolian dreams of restoring the conquests of ancient Mongolia, and holds a dark secret about Genghis Kahn, Kublai Khan, and the treasures of Xanadu.

Deaver, Jeffery. The cold moon : a Lincoln Rhyme novel. Center Point large print ed. Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., c2006.
On a freezing moonlit December night in New York City, two people are brutally murdered. Their deaths are marked by eerie calling cards: moon-faced clocks ticking away the victims’ last minutes on earth. It’s clear that more murders are planned, and Lincoln Rhyme and his team have only hours to stop a cold, calculated killer they call the Watchmaker.

Deford, Frank. The entitled : a novel. Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks, c2007.

After a career spent knocking around in the minor leagues as a player and manager, Howie Traveler has finally made it to the majors as manager of the Cleveland Indians. The team, however, is struggling, and Howie’s job is in jeopardy when the team’s star player, Jay Alcazar, is accused of rape. Though Howie’s playing career stalled out in Triple A, his big league management career depends on how well he can handle Alcazar, heralded as “the best player in the game.” (From Publishers Weekly, edited).

DeLillo, Don. Falling man : a novel. 1st Scribner hardcover ed. New York : Scribner, c2007.

Keith Neudecker, a survivor of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, returns home from the ruins to his wife Lianne, from whom he had separated, and his young son Justin, and finds in the aftermath that he has become a very different man.

Denning, Troy. The joiner king. New York : Del Rey, c2005.
Luke, Han, and Leia follow Jaina and Jacen to the Unknown Regions and discover a mysterious alien colony expanding toward the edge of Chiss space, led by an adept user of the Force who is growing his power by convincing old friends to join the colony and meld their Force abilities with his. Also includes the story “Ylesia.”.

Dillard, Annie. The Maytrees. 1st ed. New York : HarperCollins, c2007.

Toby Maytree meets Lou Bigelow in postwar Provincetown, Massachusetts, where they marry and have a child; however, twenty years later after Toby runs off with another woman, he returns.

Emerson, Kathy Lynn. No mortal reason : a Diana Spaulding mystery. Corona del Mar, CA : Pemberly Press, c2007.
Columnist Diana Spaulding looks for lost relatives and finds an uncle accused of murder in the Lake Region of 1888 New York. (From Library Journal, edited)

Evanovich, Janet. Lean mean thirteen. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, c2007.

New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum becomes the prime suspect in the disappearance of her ex-husband, and along with her boyfriend, police officer Joe Morelli, she tries to clear her name; discovering her ex had been involved with a shady group of criminals who believe she is in possession of a lot of their money.

Fairstein, Linda A. Bad blood. Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., c2007.
Attorney Alexandra Cooper is in court to prosecute a young businessman charged with murdering his wife. Although he has an alibi, she intends to prove that the man hired a hit man to do the job. When the city’s rocked by an explosion in a tunnel below in the middle of the trial, she discovers a connection between the tunnel workers and the accused. Cooper and Detective Mike Chapman go into the tunnels where they find a body and clues that undermine her case.

Fairstein, Linda A. Death dance. Center Point large print ed. Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., c2006.

Alex Cooper, teaming up with longtime friends and colleagues Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, investigates the disappearance of world-famous dancer Natalya Galinova, who vanished backstage at Lincoln Center’s Metropolitan Opera House. At the same time, Alex and Mercer are trying to nab a doctor who’s been using his knowledge of and access to pharmaceuticals to drug women before assaulting them.

Feather, Jane. The bachelor list. New York : Bantam Books, c2004.

Set in London in 1906, Feather’s latest (after Venus) touches on a topic that is near and dear to many romance readers’ hearts—women’s right to vote. (From Publishers Weekly).

Fielding, Joy. Heartstopper : a novel. 1st Atria Books hardcover ed. New York : Atria Books, c2007.

High school English teacher Sandy Crosbie regrets moving to the small town of Torrance, Florida, from Rochester, New York, when her husband promptly leaves her for the local woman with whom he has been having an online affair—but things get worse when the town’s secret scandals and brutality start to surface, two teenage girls turn up dead, and the killer targets Sandy’s beautiful daughter.

Finder, Joseph. Killer instinct. Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., c2006.

While sales exec Jason Steadman is witty, charismatic, and well liked at the office, he lacks the instinct to move up the corporate ladder, much to the chagrin of his ambitious wife. Then one evening he meets Kurt Semko, a former Special Forces’ officer just back from Iraq. After arranging a job for Kurt in Corporate Security, good things begin happening for Jason while bad things start happening to his rivals. Only too late does he discover that Kurt is responsible for both.

Flynn, Vince. Act of treason. Center Point large print ed. Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., c2007.

After Vice President Brian Baxter’s motorcade is ambushed by terrorists who kill his wife and several Secret Service agents, it appears to be an open and shut case. That is, until a package appears on the doorstep of Special Agent Skip McMahon, lead investigator on the case, the contents of which are so toxic that he considers destroying the evidence. That’s when he thinks of Mitch Rapp, the one man who’s reckless enough to follow the evidence to its explosive conclusion.

Frank, Dorothea Benton. The land of mango sunsets. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2007.

Miriam Elizabeth Swanson’s life is turned upside down by her tenants, estranged son, ex-husband, and Harry, her African Gray parrot, all of whom seem to be trying to drive Miriam over the edge.

Freedman, Dave, 1966-. Natural selection. 1st ed. New York : Hyperion, c2006.

A team of marine scientists discovers a previously unknown predatory species that is being forced into the open, where they threaten all of humanity.

Gardner, Lisa. Hide. Center Point large print ed. Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., c2007.

Imagine Annabelle Mary Granger’s surprise when she opened up the morning newspaper and learned that she was supposed to be dead. This discovery forces her to question her very existence, including the motives of the parents who loved her, and thrusts her into the center of a 20-year-old crime. That’s when she turns to Bobby Dodge, a sniper turned Massachusetts State homicide detective, who can’t ignore the similarities between the two-decades-old case and Annabelle’s.

Gross, Andrew. The blue zone. 1st ed. New York : W. Morrow, c2007.

Kate Raab’s perfect life begins to crumble when the father she adores is pulled into the Witness Protection Program for testifying against a group of dangerous criminals, and in her quest to save her father, she uncovers some shocking secrets that will change her life forever.

Hamilton, Laurell K. The harlequin. 1st ed. New York : Berkley, c2007.

Anita Blake is about to face the challenge of her life. For the Harlequin, creatures so feared that even the powerful, centuries-old vampires refuse to mention their names, have entered her realm. Now, Jean-Claude and Richard, longtime rivals for Anita’s affection, will need to become allies, and shapeshifters Nathaniel and Micah will have to step up their support. Anita’s also very aware that she needs to call on the only man who has always been there for her.

Harwin, Patricia. Arson & old lace. New York : Pocket Books, c2004.

‘You’re a librarian, not a detective,’ Catherine Penny’s daughter reminds her. Catherine, suddenly single in her sixties, is leaving behind New York City and a failed marriage for a lovely 17th-century cottage in the idyllic English village of Far Wychwood. But behind the town’s quaint stone walls and lace-curtained windows lurk dark secrets and whispers of witchcraft. And when her crusty neighbor dies in a tragic fire, Catherine alone suspects arson.

Isaacs, Susan, 1943-. Past perfect. Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., c2007.
Katie Schottland had worked as an analyst for the CIA for two years. Then suddenly, and without explanation, she was fired. Eventually moving on with her life, she had a child and wrote a novel called ‘Spy Guys.’ Then, a phone call for help from a former colleague offered her the chance to get answers to why she suddenly became ‘persona non grata’ with the CIA. But, did she really want to return to the dangerous world of espionage?.

Jance, Judith A. Edge of evil. Center Point large print ed. Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., c2006.

A philandering husband and the disappearance of a childhood friend send Alison Lawson back to her hometown of Sedona, Ariz., where she finds comfort in her parent’s diner, the Sugarloaf Cafe. There she creates an online journal discussing her current troubles, the termination of her job and a divorce. Someone starts leaving threatening posts on her blog, which could be the work of a killer.

Kellerman, Jesse. Trouble. Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., c2007.

Jonah Stern is an overworked New York City medical student who, in addition to his studies, bears the burden of a teen romance that went wrong. Navigating med school rotations is hard, but he must also face the scrutiny of each attending physician. The only bright spot is the girl he meets whose life he literally saves. Unfortunately, like the rest of his life, nothing is that easy for Jonah and his journey proves that the road to hell is, indeed, paved with good intentions.

King, Laurie R. The art of detection. Center Point large print. Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., c2006.

Kate Martinelli has never seen anything quite like this: an ornate Victorian sitting room straight out of a Sherlock Holmes story— complete with violin and gunshots in the wallpaper that spell out the initials of the late queen. Philip Gilbert was a true Holmes fanatic. He had a collection of priceless memorabilia including a manuscript purportedly written by Holmes himself - a manuscript that echoes the details of Gilbert’s own murder.

Kingsbury, Karen. Sunrise. Carol Stream, Ill. : Tyndale House, c2007.

Dayne and Katy are determined to keep their wedding ceremony a secret from the paparazzi and enlist the help of the Baxter family and many of the CKT kids to pull it off.

Leon, Donna. Suffer the little children. New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2007.

Donna Leon’s charming, evocative, and addictive Commissario Guido Brunetti series continues with Suffer the Little Children. When Commissario Brunetti is summoned in the middle of the night to the hospital bed of a senior pediatrician, he is confronted with more questions than answers. Three men—a young captain and two privates from out of town—have burst into the doctor’s apartment in the middle of the night, attacked him and taken away his eighteenth-month old baby boy.

Lescroart, John T. The suspect. Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., c2007.
When Dr. Caryn Dryden is found floating dead in her hot tub, her husband becomes the prime suspect. Gina Roake takes the case and feels her client’s innocence will be easy to prove since he was at his cabin on Echo Lake that weekend.

Levine, Laura, 1943-. Death by pantyhose. New York : Kensington Books, c2007.
Agreeing to write jokes for Dorcas, a struggling stand-up comic, Jaine Austen discovers that murder is the punchline when Dorcas’s rival, a heckler named Vic, is strangled with one of her props—a pair of pantyhose.

Lustbader, Eric. Robert Ludlum’s the Bourne betrayal. 1st ed. New York : Warner Books, c2007.
Jason Bourne takes a mission to rescue his only friend in the CIA, Martin Lindros, who disappeared in Africa while tracking shipments of yellowcake uranium. Once safely back in America, Lindros persuades Bourne to help track the money trail of terrorists buying the nuclear material in Odessa. But once there, Bourne is hampered by confusing flashbacks of unfamiliar places and events and he wonders: Is someone brainwashing him in order to throw him off the trail? Worse, is the man he saved in Africa really Martin Lindros? Now, Bourne is alone gathering evidence while trying to stay one step ahead of the terrorists who won't let anyone stand in their way of destroying the U.S.

Macomber, Debbie. Back on Blossom Street. Don Mills, Ont. : Mira Books, c2007.

The friends in Lydia Goetz’s knitting classes offer love and support to help each other through the problems that occur when Lydia’s niece Julia is the victim of a carjacking, her upstairs tenant Colette, a young widow, faces an unexpected pregnancy, and Alix, a once troubled teen who joined the group years earlier, is overwhelmed by plans for her wedding.

McCrumb, Sharyn, 1948-. Once around the track. New York : Kensington Pub. Corp., c2007.

The brainchild of trust fund baby Christine Berenson, the Vagenya team quickly grabs national attention, first with its sponsor and then with its driver. Through a racing season of dizzying highs and terrifying lows, Team 86 will face the thrill of victory and the agony of bad press to prove that women can do a man’s job. And when the unthinkable happens, each will realize that they’ve been hurtling at breakneck speed toward a moment that will change them forever.

McMahon, Jennifer. Promise not to tell : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Harper, c2007.

Soon after returning to her childhood home in Vermont to care for her mother who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, Kate Cypher learns about a recent murder that is similar to one thirty-one years earlier in which her friend Del was the victim, and as she investigates, surprising details about the community begin to unfold.

Mills, Kyle, 1966-. Fade. Center Point large print ed. Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., c2005.
When a secret department of Homeland Security needs to recruit agents to work undercover in the Middle East, Matt Egan knows just who to call: Salam Al Fayed, better known as Fade, an ex-Navy SEAL. Except that Fade is still embittered because the U.S. government refused to pay for his surgery after he’d been shot in the line of duty years earlier. Now Egan is caught between his angry friend and a bureaucratic director who wants Fade, no matter the cost.

Morris, Gilbert. The miracle. Grand Rapids, Mich. : Zondervan, c2007.

Lanie Freeman, 17, raises her siblings after the death of her mother and her father’s imprisonment. To make money, they turn their truck into a traveling store called The Freeman Rolling Emporium, but it is only a prelude to other changes. The arrival of author Brent Hayden breathes fresh life into Lanie’s dream of becoming a writer. When her father is diagnosed with cancer, faith and the unity of their family are stretched to the limit.

Norman, Michael, 1947 June 29-. The commission. 1st U.S. ed. Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, c2007.
Sam Kincaid, Chief of the Special Investigations Branch of the Utah Department of Corrections, is called in to help the local police department solve the murder of a powerful figure on the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole, and finds himself drawn into the city’s seedy underbelly as he tracks a violent ex-convict.

O’Shaughnessy, Perri. Sinister shorts. Center Point large print ed. Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., c2006.

This collection of crime and suspense tales, many appearing in print for the first time, takes readers from locked-room mysteries to hard- boiled cases, from psychological thrillers, to cozy whodunits, and even to a Nina Reilly tale. There are 19 stories in all that run the gamut of emotions from love and betrayal, to rage and revenge.

Oates, Joyce Carol, 1938-. The gravedigger’s daughter : a novel. 1st ed. New York: Ecco, c2007.

Using characters based on her own family history, Oates shares the story of the Schwarts family who came to America to escape Nazi Germany. Settling in a small town in upstate New York, the father, a former high school teacher, is forced to take a job as a gravedigger and cemetery caretaker. After prejudice and the family’s own emotional frailty results in tragedy, daughter Rebecca strikes out on her own, assured by her father that, since she was born in America, no one will harm her.

Palahniuk, Chuck. Rant : an oral biography of Buster Casey. 1st ed. New York : Doubleday, c2007.

High school rebel Buster “Rant” Casey escapes from his small hometown and heads to the city, where he becomes the leader of an urban demolition derby called Party Crashing, which eventually costs Rant his life and brings his friends together to reflect on his legacy. (description edited).

Parker, Robert B., 1932-. Spare change. New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, c2007.
At the start of Parker's engaging sixth Sunny Randall novel (after Blue Screen), the cop-turned-PI helps her father track down a Boston serial killer whose depredations begin again after a 20-year hiatus. The "spare change" killer executes victims with a single shot to the head, leaving three coins near the body. Sunny's dad, Phil, headed the old task force formed to catch the killer, who wrote Phil taunting letters as the killings piled up. A new killing and a fresh letter to Phil have him and Sunny serving as consultant and assistant respectively to a new task force.

Parker, Barbara (Barbara J.). The perfect fake. Center Point large print ed. Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., c2007.
The promise of a large sum of money has a way of making people do things on the wrong side of the law. Like Tom Fairchild, who’s offered $50,000 by real estate developer Stewart Barlowe in exchange for forging a 500-year-old Gaetano Corelli map. Tom’s assistant is a former love, Barlowe’s daughter, Allison. Neither Tom or Allison knows why her father wants the map, why they’re being tailed by a hit man, or why people involved suddenly start turning up dead.

Patterson, James, 1947-. The quickie : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown, c2007.

When NYPD cop Lauren Stillwell spots her husband leaving a hotel with a sexy woman, she doesn’t call Dr. Phil; she goes ballistic. Her devious plan to exact retribution, however, lands her in a messy situation that no marriage manual could solve. To make bad things worse, her latest department assignment forces her to confront her core values and a deadly secret. (From Barnes & Noble).

Pickens, Cathy. Southern fried. New York : St. Martin’s, c2005.
Southern Fried is a mystery filled with humor and believable people going about their sometimes bizarre business. Humor, atmosphere, and a challenging puzzle set the scene for the next big series. Avery Andrews, the heroine of Southern Fried, has just been downsized from her job at a law office in a North Carolina city and has returned to her small hometown to lick her wounds and consider, with hesitation, trying to set up a law practice there. . .Avery finds that small-town life is not nearly so dull as she feared. And sometimes wishes it were. (From the publisher, edited).

Rankin, Ian. The naming of the dead. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Little, Brown, 2007, c2006.

In the midst of security mayhem after a Scottish delegate turns up dead days before the 2005 Group of Eight summit in Edinburgh, Inspector John Rebus searches for the brutal killer of a recently paroled rapist, discovering potential connections between the two deaths.

Richards, Emilie, 1948-. Whiskey Island. Don Mills, Ont. : Mira Books, c2007, 2000.

Once a struggling community of Irish immigrants, Lake Erie’s Whiskey Island has a past as colorful as the patrons who frequent the Whiskey Island Saloon. A local gathering place for generations, the saloon is now run by the Donaghue sisters, whose lives and hearts have been shaped by family tragedy and a haunting mystery. When an act of violence sets the wheels of fate in motion, Megan Donaghue, a woman unwilling to trust in love, and Niccolo Andreani, a man unwilling to trust in himself, are determined to learn the truth about one fateful night in the family’s long-forgotten past. As an old man struggles to protect a secret as old as Whiskey Island itself, a murder that still shadows too many lives is about to be solved with repercussions no one can predict.

Roberts, Nora. Birthright. Doubleday large print home library ed. New York, NY : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, c2003.

During a week-long birthday party on a Greek millionaire’s island, ex- Crown Prince Gregory of Hirtenstein soon begins to worry that something strange is going on. The birthday girl, Elissa Paroskolos, seems almost out of her mind and her husband is overly protective. Gradually, Gregory uncovers a plot which could involve three nations in a scandal. In the end, only he and Liz can save Elissa.

Ross, JoAnn. No safe place. New York : Pocket Books, c2007.
Ross’s return to the bayous of Louisiana sizzles with the sensuality and danger fans of her romantic thrillers have come to expect, as Chicago detective Kate Delaney travels to post-Katrina New Orleans to investigate the supposed suicide of her estranged twin sister. (From Publishers Weekly).

Russell, Karen, 1981-. St. Lucy’s home for girls raised by wolves and other stories. 1st ed. New York : Knopf, c2006.
Ava wrestles the alligator—Haunting Olivia—Z.Z.’s sleep-away camp for disordered dreamers—The star-gazer’s log of summer-time crime—From children’s reminiscences of the Westward Migration—Lady Yeti and the palace of artificial snows—The city of shells—Out to sea—Accident brief, occurence #00/422—St. Lucy’s home for girls raised by wolves. A collection of ten stories by Karen Russell that are all set in the Florida Everglades.

See, Lisa. Peony in love : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Random House, c2007.

Set in 17th-century China, See’s fifth novel is a coming-of-age story, a ghost story, a family saga and a work of musical and social history. (From Publishers Weekly).

Smith, Martin Cruz, 1942-. Stalin’s ghost : a novel. New York : Simon & Schuster, c2007.
Detective Arkady Renko returns to his Moscow base where he explores what has changed and what hasn’t in the new Russian republic. A series of supernatural appearances of the deceased Communist dictator, Joseph Stalin, have Renko investigating ghost sightings. As he quickly unravels the shenanigans behind the appearances, he uncovers a frightening crime scheme that includes greed, murder, and some World War II relics.

Steel, Danielle. Bungalow 2. New York : Delacorte Press, c2007.
Tanya Harris went from devoting her energies to her family, to a bungalow in Hollywood following a phone call that offered her a chance to write a Hollywood screenplay, a lifelong dream. In addition to the culture shock, she was also thrust into the world of A-list actors used to getting what they wanted when they wanted it. She soon found herself needing to choose between her two worlds. Would it be as a wife and mother, or that of a writer in tinsel town?

Traviss, Karen. Bloodlines. London : Arrow, c2006.

As civil war widens in the Galactic Alliance, terrorism provokes the Alliance towards harsh repressive rules that cause widespread recriminations. As brother turns against brother, old foes Han Solo and Boba Fett are drawn together by the new dangers, and Luke and Mara Skywalker grow anxious that their only son will be endangered by a choice beyond their control. (From Barnes & Noble).

Vida, Vendela. Let the Northern Lights erase your name : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Ecco, c2007.
On the day of her father’s funeral, Clarissa Iverton is shocked to learn that the man she called “Daddy” was not her biological father after all, and sets out to learn the truth about her past.

Vreeland, Susan. Luncheon of the boating party. New York : Viking, c2007.

A fictionalized account of Auguste Renoir’s painting of subjects drinking and flirting over several Sundays and his desire to do breakout work instead of portraits of society women in their parlors.

Weber, David, 1952-. In fury born. Riverdale, NY : New York : Baen Books ; Distributed by Simon & Schuster, c2006.

Imperial Intelligence couldn’t find them, the Imperial Fleet couldn’t catch them, and local defenses couldn’t stop them. It seemed the planet-wrecking pirates were invincible. But they made a big mistake when they raided ex-commando leader Alicia DeVries’ quiet home, tortured and murdered her family, and then left her for dead. Alicia decided to turn “pirate” herself, and stole a cutting-edge AI ship from the Empire to start her vendetta. Her fellow veterans think she’s gone crazy, the Imperial Fleet has shoot-on-sight orders. And of course the pirates want her dead, too. But Alicia DeVries has two allies nobody knows about, allies as implacable as she is: a self-aware computer, and a creature from the mists of Old Earth’s most ancient legends. And this trio of furies won’t rest until vengeance is served.

Westlake, Donald E. The road to ruin. Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., c2004.

The con is on. The mark is Monroe Hall, a corrupt CEO. The loot? A fleet of vintage automobiles. The catch? Trying to outsmart a collection of angry union men who’ve been taken for a ride and blue-blooded suckers who’ve been taken for their family fortunes. If Dortmunder and his merry band of crooks are to drive off with the loot, they’ll have to act fast—before they get caught in the crossfire.

White, Stephen, 1951-. Kill me. Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., c2006.

Colorado psychologist Alan Gregory faces a cutting-edge case. If you were horribly disabled, would you really mean it when you said you wanted to die? He thought he would. That’s why he prearranged for a group who called themselves the Death Angels to end his life in such a circumstance. When he later received bad news regarding his health however, he knew the Death Angels would come. The problem is, he had decided he didn’t want to die. Can he escape the Death Angels?

Whitelaw, Stella. Turn and die. Sutton : Severn House, c2007.
Jordan Lacey has a back-to-front mystery to solve. The lovely Holly Broughton has been acquitted of trying to murder her husband, but she hires Jordan to find out who framed her and why. When Jordan’s life is threatened on three separate occasions, she realizes that she may, for once, be on the right track. Jordan finds herself propelled towards a solution that is claustrophobic and totally unexpected.

Wilhelm, Kate. The unbidden truth. Don Mills, Ont. : MIRA Books, [2005], c2004.

The large retainer offered by a client who asks for complete anonymity is not the only thing that intrigues Barbara Holloway. The defendant, Carol Fredricks, is a gifted young pianist charged with killing the manager of a piano bar. But Carol is as much of a mystery as the details of the murder for which she is accused. She can’t remember anything about her life before the age of eight, and she has been having haunting nightmares about a woman she cannot identify. (From the publisher).

Winspear, Jacqueline, 1955-. Messenger of truth. Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., c2007.

When controversial artist Nick Bassington-Hope falls to his death the night before an exhibition of his work, the police rule it an accident. Nick’s twin sister, Georgina, a wartime journalist, isn’t convinced. To prove the police theory wrong, she asks for Maisie Dobbs’ help. Maisie’s search for the truth leads her to the desolate beaches of Dungeness in Kent and into the sinister underbelly of the city’s art world where she uncovers the perilous legacy of the Great War.

Wrenn, Elizabeth, 1957-. Around the next corner. New York : NAL Accent, c2006.

For Deena Munger, the transformation to underappreciated housewife was subtle and gradual. Not that she didn’t love her family dearly, but Deena was starting to wonder: When did I disappear? And how come I never even noticed? Then one day she stuns her family by volunteering to raise a puppy for K-9 Eyes for the Blind. Suddenly, Deena’s once-stable life is turned upside down. And, it turns out, this rambunctious, impulsive ball of fur could actually be the damage control she needs to save her family, her marriage, and her self.

New Non-fiction

003 TAL
Taleb, Nassim. The black swan : the impact of the highly improbable. 1st ed. New York : Random House, c2007.

Umberto Eco’s antilibrary, or how we seek validation—We just can’t predict—Those gray swans of extremistan—The end. Explains the “black swan” phenomenon, which is an event characterized by its unpredictability, massive impact, and the explanations used to try and make it appear less random, and explores how “black swans” throughout history have influenced civilizations, religions, and governments.

133.8 MCM
McMoneagle, Joseph, 1946-. Memoirs of a psychic spy : the remarkable life of U.S. Government remote viewer 001. Charlottesville, VA : Hampton Roads Pub. Co., c2006.

Childhood : troubles and experience—From enlistment through school—From my first assignment—To a near-death experience—Reaching the top—The special project—A new remote viewer—A crisis—Fighting the system—Downward spiral—The Army and Bob Monroe—End of the line—Retirement—Exploring new territories—Research—Mind trek and searches—Put to the test on live TV—The air report—Going public—Curtain call. “A first-person look at the U.S. Army’s Stargate Project—a top-secret, intelligence-gathering initiative launched at the height of the Cold War—from the Army’s Remote Viewer 001. McMoneagle recounts his distinguished military career as well as his work with scientists who tested his abilities in the lab”—Provided by publisher.

133.9 STO
Storm, Howard. My descent into death : a second chance at life. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Doubleday, c2005.
Howard Storm chronicles his own near death experience, describing how he found himself being dragged into realms of darkness and death, and discussing how that experience helped him change his life for the better.

153 TAV
Tavris, Carol. Mistakes were made (but not by me) : why we justify foolish beliefs, bad decisions, and hurtful acts. 1st ed. Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c2007.

Cognitive dissonance: the engine of self-justification—Pride and prejudice—and other blind spots—Memory, the self-justifying historian—Good intentions, bad science: the closed loop of clinical judgment—Law and disorder—Love’s assassin: self-justification in marriage—Wounds, rifts, and wars—Letting go and owning up. Reveals how the brain is wired for self-justification, which prevents people from taking responsibility for their own actions, and explains how people can overcome the destructive trend and learn to take charge of their life.

200 HIT
Hitchens, Christopher. God is not great : how religion poisons everything. 1st ed. New York : Twelve, c2007.

Journalist Christopher Hitchens explains why he believes religion “poisons everything,” and presents his arguments for a more secular approach to life.

305.48 ROD
Rodriguez, Deborah. Kabul Beauty School : an American woman goes behind the veil. New York : Random House, c2007.
Hairdresser Deborah Rodriguez details her experiences in post-Taliban Afghanistan, discussing the opening of her beauty school and recalls the personal stories of various women who overcame obstacles to obtain an education in cosmetology.

306.3 MCK
McKibben, Bill. Deep economy : the wealth of communities and the durable future. 1st ed. New York : Times Books, c2007.
After growth—The year of eating locally—All for one, or one for all—The wealth of communities—The durable future. Calls for a movement toward the local production of food, energy, and culture in order to strengthen community, move away from consumerism, and help the environment.

306.874 ORE
Mother outlaws : theories and practices of empowered mothering. Toronto, Canada : Women’s Press, c2004.

Feminist mothering -- Lesbian mothering—African-American mothering—Mothers and daughters—Mothers and sons. The theory and practice of empowered mothering recognizes that both mothers and children benefit when the mother lives her life, and practices mothering, from a position of agency, authority, and autonomy. Secondly, this new perspective, in this collection examines how mothers seek to imagine and implement a theory and practice of mothering that is empowering to women as opposed to oppressive under five sections: Feminist Mothering, Lesbian Mothering, African American Mothering, Mothers and Daughters, Mothers and Sons. (From Barnes & Noble).

327.1273 TEN
Tenet, George J., 1953-. At the center of the storm : my years at the CIA. 1st ed. New York : HarperCollins, c2007.
Former CIA director George Tenet describes the events that led to the September 11 attacks and discusses his actions and those of the Bush administration regarding the counterattack on al-Qaeda and the decision to go to war in Iraq.

336 ESS
Essex Reappraisal Values 2007.
2007 reappraisal figures for Essex, Vermont.

359.9 MIL
Miller, David (David M. O.). The illustrated directory of submarines of the world. St. Paul, MN : MBI Pub. Co., c2002.
Provides photographs, sketches, and detailed descriptions of more than 270 submarines used by countries around the world from 1860 to the present.

362.196 MUN
Mundy, Liza, 1960-. Everything conceivable : how assisted reproduction is changing men, women, and the world. 1st ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2007.

Explores how rising infertility rates and advances in reproductive technology are changing the American family and the way society views parenthood, childbirth, and life, and addresses the many controversies surrounding the industry.

362.82 LAT
Latus, Janine, 1959-. If I am missing or dead. New York : Simon & Schuster, c2007.

Janine Latus recounts her family’s search for her younger sister, Amy, and the subsequent trial of her former boyfriend Ron Ball for the murder.

385 BAI
Bain, David Haward. Empire express : building the first transcontinental railroad. New York : Penguin Books, 2000, c1999.

Chronicles the events that took place in the thirty years it took to complete the first transcontinental railroad, profiling the key players in its development, the major setbacks the workers faced, and the public objections to the railroad’s completion.

394.1 LET
Letcher, Andy, 1968-. Shroom : a cultural history of the magic mushroom. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Ecco, c2007.

Explores how the magic mushroom has influenced cultural history, philosophy, literature, art, and folklore, describing how hallucinogenic mushrooms have become such an influential drug.

523.8022 DUN
Dunlop, Storm. How to identify night sky. New York : Barnes & Noble Books, c2004.

How to Identify Night Sky is divided into easy-to-follow sections. Once you can navigate your way around you can then identify what is visible in the sky on any given night during the year. (From Barnes & Noble).

641.5 ESS
Favorite recipes cook book. Essex Art League, c2006.
This is a colorfully illustrated local cookbook featuring the art and recipes of its contributors.

641.8654 GRA
The complete book of cookies : over 425 quick and easy recipes, plus expert tips on mixing, baking, and storing. London : New Burlington Books, 2002, c1999.

Contains over 425 recipes.

643 BAR
Barbara K. Invest in your nest : add style, comfort, and value to your home. [Emmaus, Pa] : [New York] : Rodale ; Distributed to the book trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, c2006.

Barbara K. shares her own experiences as a professional contractor and a single woman buying, renovating, building, and selling homes. Room by room, she examines the value to both homeowner and potential buyer of a variety of home improvement projects, whether they are Do-It-Yourself (installing decorative molding) or Call-in-the- Pros (what you should know before calling the contractor. (From, edited).

658.4 KEL
Kelley, Tom, 1955-. The art of innovation : lessons in creativity from IDEO, America’s leading design firm. 1st ed. New York : Doubleday, c2001.
Reveals the strategies and secrets that contribute to the creative inventions of the design company IDEO, and discusses how other companies can benefit from their strategies.

769.55 CUH
Standard catalog of world paper money. 11th ed. Iola, WI : Krause Publications, c2006.

769.55 CUH
Standard catalog of world paper money. 10th ed. Iola, Wis. : KP, c2005.

Our increasingly connected society continues to drive interest in collectible paper money from around the world. This unique identification and price guide contains a wealth of information comparable only to owning a small library on the specialized world of paper money.

775 MCG
McGechie, Estelle. Getting started with Aperture. Berkeley, CA : Peachpit Press, c2006.

Designed specifically for professional digital photographers, Aperture is an enormously powerful tool for handling some of the most time-consuming and tedious tasks of professional photography. This collection of Apple Pro Training tutorials will get you up and running in no time. You’ll learn how to sort, rank, and manage images with unparalleled efficiency; display onscreen proofs and contact sheets in compelling ways for clients; edit and retouch your selected images professionally; publish proofs, portfolios, and final images on the Web and in print; and archive images in a way that’s easy, secure, and intuitive. (From the publisher, edited).

796.352 FEI
Feinstein, John. Tales from Q school : inside golf’s fifth major. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown and Company, c2007.

Dreams (and nightmares) come true—Forty years ago—In the beginning—Nine hundred and seventy-three dreamers—Nineteen and ties—On to November—Lake Jovita blues—Moving day—The unkindest cuts of all—What is, is—Endings—Six days—“This isn’t a sprint”—Cold and wind and cold—Beginning of the end—Go low or bust—Final countdown—Hawaii, here we come. Provides details about the 2005 PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament, discussing the competition and what the athletes learned during the four day event.

796.42 KAR
Karnazes, Dean, 1962-. Ultramarathon man : confessions of an all-night runner. 1st trade pbk. ed. New York : J.P. Tarcher/Penguin, 2006, c2005.

Karnazes is an ultramarathoner: a member of a small, elite, hard-core group of extreme athletes who race 100 miles and longer. They can run forty-eight hours and more without sleep. They can scale mountains, in brutally hot or cold weather, pushing their bodies, minds, and spirits well past what seems humanly possible. Karnazes has run 226.2 miles nonstop; he has completed the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon across Death Valley in 130-degree weather; and he is the only person to complete a marathon to the South Pole in running shoes. With an insight and candor rarely seen in sports memoirs, he reveals how he merges the solitary, manic, self-absorbed life of hard-core ultrarunning with a full-time job, a wife, and two children, and how running has made him who he is today. (From publisher description).

817 LES
Funny times presents the best of the best American humor : the funniest cartoons, columns, and essays from The Funny times newspaper. 1st ed. New York : Three Rivers Press, c2002.

Includes: Dave Barry, Stephanie Brush, Cathy Crimmins, Allen Ginsberg, Spalding Gray, Molly Ivins, Garrison Keillor, P. J. O’Rourke, Rita Rudner, Hunter S. Thompson, Bailey White ... and many more.
(From the publisher, edited).

827 JON
Jones, Terry, 1942-. Terry Jones’s war on the war on terror. New York : Nation Books, c2005.

Terry Jones is known the world over as one of the beloved creators of the legendary Monty Python. But independent of the Python team, Jones has been writing columns targeting the Anglo-American response to September 11. His wit and venom are particularly focused on the messianic vernacular of Bush and Blair and the semantics of the “war on terror.” (From the publisher).

904 BEY
Beyer, Rick, 1956-. The greatest stories never told : 100 tales from history to astonish, bewilder, & stupefy. 1st ed. New York : HarperResource, c2003.

History isn’t always made by great armies colliding or by great civilizations rising or falling. Sometimes it’s made when a chauffeur takes a wrong turn, a scientist forgets to clean up his lab, or a drunken soldier gets a bit rowdy. That’s the kind of history you’ll find in The Greatest Stories Never Told.

910.4 RED
Rediker, Marcus Buford. Villains of all nations : Atlantic pirates in the golden age. Boston : Beacon Press, c2004.

The so-called golden age of Atlantic piracy was the first quarter of the eighteenth century. Lawless rebels, including well-known men such as William Fly and Edward Teach—as well as numerous social outcasts, debtors, escaped slaves, and various predatory personalities—used terrorist tactics to prey upon merchant ships from New England waters to the Spanish Main. Rediker’s revealing and often surprising work views pirates and piracy within the context of the social, political, and economic milieu of the eighteenth century. He does much to deromanticize pirate life, for these were brutal, sometimes heartless men, and many of them were prime examples of a variety of social pathologies. Yet, as Rediker illustrates, pirates often did create a distinct subculture with its own set of values, codes of honor, and taboos. . .An informative look at a popular topic. (From Booklist, edited).

915.104 FOD
Fodor’s China. 5th ed. New York : Fodor’s Travel Publications : Distributed by Random House, c2007.

A guide to traveling in China, describing the attractions of ten regions, with advice on where to stay and eat in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, notes on Chinese history and culture, a selection of topical essays, and maps. Includes coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

917.633 FOD
Fodor’s 07 New Orleans. New York : Fodor’s Travel, c2007.
In addition to the usual travel guide entries listing hours of operation (with many hours much shorter than in the past), entry fees, etc., there are special sections, FAQs, and tips throughout the book that advise travelers of what to expect and how to handle a post-Katrina New Orleans. (From Library Journal, edited).

Bernstein, Carl, 1944-. A woman in charge : the life of Hillary Rodham Clinton. 1st ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2007.

A profile of Hillary Rodham Clinton, discussing her midwestern girlhood, the development of her religious faith and political ideals, her education, her marriage to Bill Clinton, and her strengths and weaknesses as a politician and presidential candidate.

Ortiz, David, 1975-. Big Papi : my story of big dreams and big hits. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, c2007.

Professional baseball player David Ortiz chronicles his life and career, discussing his childhood in the Dominican Republic, immigration to America, years with the Seattle Mariners and the Minnesota Twins, and role in the Boston Red Sox’s first World Series win in eighty-six years.

941.082 LAN
Lanchester, John. Family romance : a love story. New York : Putnams, c2007.

The author describes his childhood as the son of an international banker and a former nun, and reveals many of the secrets behind his mother’s past.

970.01 DUG
Dugard, Martin. The last voyage of Columbus : being the epic tale of the great captain’s fourth expedition, including accounts of swordfight, mutiny, shipwreck, gold, war, hurricane, and discovery. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown and Co., c2005.

The author chronicles the details involving the last known voyage of explorer Christopher Columbus in 1500 and his attempts to regain his credibility after he had fallen into disgrace.

970.01 VIK
Vikings : the North Atlantic saga. Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Institution Press in association with the National Museum of Natural History, c2000.

Viking homelands—Viking raiders—Vikings in the North Atlantic—Viking America—Norse Greenland—Viking legacy. An illustrated history of the Vikings, looking at the Scandinavian warriors from the perspectives of history, archaeology, oral tradition, literature, and natural science.

973.3 FER
Ferling, John E. Almost a miracle : the American victory in the War of Independence. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2007.

In this gripping chronicle of America’s struggle for independence, award-winning historian John Ferling transports readers to the grim realities of that war, capturing an eight-year conflict filled with heroism, suffering, cowardice, betrayal, and fierce dedication. As Ferling demonstrates, it was a war that America came much closer to losing than is now usually remembered. General George Washington put it best when he said that the American victory was “little short of a standing miracle.”

973.924 NIXON
Dallek, Robert. Nixon and Kissinger : partners in power. 1st ed. New York : HarperCollins, c2007.

Explores Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger’s tumultuous personal relationship—their collaboration and rivalry—and the extent to which they struggled to outdo each other in the reach for foreign policy achievements.

973.931 GOR
Gore, Albert, 1948-. The assault on reason. New York : Penguin Press, c2007.

The former vice-president presents his analysis of how the politics of fear and secrecy has created a society and environment dangerously hostile to reason.

977.3 SOL
Soloway, Elaine. The Division Street princess : a memoir. Minneapolis, MN : Syren Book, c2006.

The author recalls her memories of growing up in a three-room flat above her parents’ grocery store on Division Street in Chicago during the 1940s, the struggle to rise above poverty, and the rapidly changing neighborhood.

978.02 DEN
Denton, Sally. Faith and betrayal : a pioneer woman’s passage in the American West. New York : Vintage Books, c2006.
Journalist and historian Denton (American Massacre, 2003) traces the westward journey of her great-great grandmother, Mormon convert Jean Rio Griffiths. Basing this chronicle largely on Jean Rio's diaries, the author is able to paint an intimate portrait of one uniquely American experience. Leaving her comfortable home in England, middle-aged widow Jean Rio traveled across the ocean, the plains, and the mountains with her seven children, seeking the elusive Eden promised by the Mormon missionaries.

Visual dictionary. Rev. and updated. ed. New York : DK Pub., c2006.

This revised and updated version of the DK classic includes cutaways and exploded views which provide new perspectives on everything from the inside of a volcano to the inner working of a computer. With more than 6,000 full-color photographs and illustrations, readers can learn about everything from prehistoric Earth and science, to sports, art, and music.

Other media

CD 781.64 GOD
God bless America. New York, NY : Columbia, p2001.

Various performers. God Bless America. . .features a new studio version of the timeless Irving Berlin anthem as sung by Celine Dion, who performed the song live on the historic “America: A Tribute to Heroes” telethon on Friday, September 21, 2001. Also included is a previously unreleased track by John Mellencamp plus a host of classic soul-stirring songs, from Frank Sinatra’s “America The Beautiful” to Bill Withers’s “Lean on Me,” and Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.” (From Barnes & Noble, edited).

CD 920 CHE
Cheever, Susan. American Bloomsbury : [Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau : their lives, their loves, their work]. [Old Saybrook, Conn.] : Tantor Audio, p2006.
Read by Kate Reading. Concord, Mass., was once home to several literary figures that made their mark on the world in many ways. People like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry and John Thoreau, Bronson Alcott and daughter, Louisa May, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Margaret Fuller, Henry James, Emily Dickinson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Horace Mann, Walt Whitman, Henry Ward Beecher, and Edgar Allan Poe. ‘American Bloomsbury’ is a controversial, fascinating biography of this eclectic cast of characters, highlighting their love lives, their private lives, etc.

Evanovich, Janet. Lean mean thirteen : [a Stephanie Plum novel]. New York : Audio Renaissance, p2007.
Read by Lorelei King. Trenton, New Jersey, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, along with her offbeat family and associates, embarks on her thirteenth perilous adventure.

DVD 324.7 HAC
Hacking democracy. [United States] : Docurama : Distributed by New Video Group, c2007.

Takes a nonpartisn, clear-eyed look at the secrecy, cronyism, and incompetence of elections in present-day America as it captures a citizens’ movement intent on taking back elections and democracy itself.

DVD 363.46 LEO
Leona’s sister Gerri. [United States] : Docurama : distributed by New Video, c2007.

Tells the story of Gerri Santoro, the real person in the police photograph of an anonymous woman collapsed on a motel room floor, dead from an illegal abortion.

DVD 363.738 GLO
Global warming : what’s up with the weather? Full screen (4 x 3) presentation. [United States] : WGBH Boston Video, c2007.

One of today’s hottest topics is global warming. Will the earth’s temperature rise nearly 10 degrees, wreaking havoc on the ice caps? Or will the weather stay normal. A heated debate between scientists, climatologists, and futurists.

DVD 364.1 ORI
Origins of the Mafia : secrecy, unity and the oath of silence. [New York, N.Y.] : A&E Television Networks : Distributed by New Video, c2007.
Narrator, Richard Johnson. Joseph Cotten, Lee J. Cobb, Edward Albert. This 5-part drama journeys back more than 400 years to 16th-century Sicily, where the small Italian island has fallen victim to corruption, intimidation, extortion, and brutality, all at the hands of the ruthless Gramignano family. The series then follows the development of succeeding Sicilian Mafiosos, illustrating the limitless power wielded by these fearsome and powerful men, and revealing the merciless atrocities which were carried out on any and all who dared to stand in their way.

Music from the inside out. Special collector’s ed. New York : Docurama ; New Video Group, c2007.
Musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra. A cinematic exploration of the magic and mystery of music through the stories, passions, and artistry of the 105 musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Engineering an empire. New York, NY : A & E Home Video, c2007.
disc 1. Greece ; Greece : age of Alexander ; The Aztecs— disc 2. Carthage ; China ; Russia—disc 3. Great Britain ; The Persians ; The Maya—disc 4. Napoleon and beyond ; The Byzantines ; Age of architects. Peter Weller, host; Michael Carroll, narrator. Explores the architectural and engineering legacies of some of the world’s most powerful empires from the past.

Medieval warfare. West Long Branch, N.J. : Kultur, c2007.
Commentary and analysis, David Chandler ; narrators, Terry Molloy (v. [1]), Brian Blessed (v. [2-3]). “This informative and entertaining military history series features an in-depth look at three key events in the history of medieval warfare.”

Leaders in battle. [West Long Branch, NJ] : Kultur Video, c2001.

Each DVD looks at the life of a famous military figure: Julius Caesar, Oliver Cromwell, the Duke of Marlborough, Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson. Featuring full-scale historically accurate filmed reconstructions of the events which gave him his place in history.

The Roman invasions. West Long Branch, N.J. : Kultur, c2007.

James Clarkson as Julius Caesar ; comment and analysis, David Chandler. This series features filmed re-creations; Location footage; battle reconstructions; historical commentary, analyses; graphic illustrations and maps; and imagery from the period.

DVD 972.83 LOS
Lost king of the Maya. [Boston] : WGBH Educational Foundation : WGBH Boston Video, c2007.
Containing two programs including Lost King of the Maya and Maya Lords of the Jungle, these DVDs provide a closer look at the civilization and the rule of the ancient Mayan people.

Childstar. [United States] : New York, NY : Sundance Channel LLC; Hart Sharp Video, c2005.
Don McKellar, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mark Rendall, Dave Foley, Kirstin Adams. Taylor Burns is the world’s most famous child actor, thanks to his work on a popular sitcom. Life is perfect in a sitcom world, but in the real world, his parents are divorcing, and his 13th birthday approaches along with pimples and voice changes.

Once upon a time in the West. Special collector’s ed. Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount, c2003.

Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson, Henry Fonda, Jason Robards, Gabriele Ferzetti, Paolo Stoppa, Woody Strode, Jack Elam, Keenan Wynn. A man preparing to welcome his new wife to his home is killed, along with his entire family.

The Simpsons : the complete seventh season. Collector’s ed. Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2005.

Voices of: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer. Season 7 of The Simpsons brought fans the answer to the question ‘Who shot Mr. Burns?’ They also got to go rock out at Homerpalooza and watch as Lisa became a vegetarian. This set contains the complete season along with many extras.

The strange case of the end of civilization as we know it. West Long Branch, NJ : White Star, c2003.

John Cleese, Arthur Lowe, Stratford Johns, Connie Booth. John Cleese is hilarious as a descendant of Sherlock Holmes. Unlike his grandfather this Sherlock Holmes only succeeds in bungling every job he organizes. He plans to capture Moriarity before he gains control of the world. From then on nothing goes right.

Great model railroads. Talbott, TN : Allen Keller Productions, c1987.
The library owns the following VHS tapes: v.6. Hoosac Valley / Dick Elwell—v. 25. New England Berkshire & Western, pt. 2—v. 39. Franklin & South Manchester, pt. 3. All tapes focus on a particularly outstanding layout. The format consists of a tour of the layout using a train and trackplan to help familiarize you with the railroad. Then we feature an operating segment to show you how the railroad earns its keep.