Friday, November 30, 2007

New books and media for December 07


Abraham, Daniel. A shadow in summer. 1st ed. New York : Tor, 2006.
The poet-sorcerer Heshai and the captive spirit Seedless find themselves caught on the edge of disaster as they struggle to save the city-state of Saraykeht from destruction and war.

Allen, Sarah Addison. Garden spells. New York : Random House Large Print, 2007.

The Waverleys are a curious family. Even their garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers. When Sydney returns home with a daughter of her own, she and her sister Claire must deal with their legacy.

Baldacci, David. Stone cold. 1st ed. New York : Grand Central Pub., 2007.
Oliver Stone and the Camel Club are back in their most dangerous adventure yet, a war on two fronts.

Banks, Leanne. Footloose. Don Mills, Ont. : HQN, c2006.

Amelia Parker, a dedicated employee of the Bellagio shoe company in Atlanta, gets dumped by her longtime fiancé and has to re-evaluate her life. From that point, however, the story rockets into fresh territory. Temporarily assigned to assist Bellagio’s matriarch in Key West, Fla., Amelia makes a list of changes to make and experiences to pursue - getting a new car, investing, traveling, changing her hair color. When she runs into mystery man Jack O’Connell at a bar, he’s not only willing to help achieve her goals but adds new ones, starting with “swimming in the nude.” (from Publishers Weekly).

Bond, Stephanie. Body movers : 2 bodies for the price of 1. Don Mills, Ont. : Mira, c2007.
Carlotta Wren’s life becomes even more complicated when her fugitive parents phone her, her identity is stolen, and she becomes the prime suspect in a grisly murder.

Bradford, Barbara Taylor. The heir. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, c2007.

At the age of thirty-three, Edward Deravenel, having survived harrowing years of betrayal, threats from ruthless enemies, countless lovers, and a war that ravaged his country, is finally king of his company. It’s 1918, an influenza pandemic is sweeping the country, and Edward has a family and a business to protect. He must thread his way between his loyal brother, Richard, and his treacherous middle brother, George, an alcoholic bent on self-destruction . . . but not before he tries to ruin Edward and his good name.

Brennan, Allison. Speak no evil. New York : Ballantine Books, c2007.
The murder of eighteen-year-old Angie Vance was exceptionally vile - her mouth was sealed with glue, an obscenity was scrawled across her skin, and she was suffocated in a garbage bag. The killing seems personal, so police detective Carina Kincaid focuses her efforts on the victim’s much older ex-boyfriend, Steve Thomas. But without physical evidence, Carina can’t make a collar or a case. She also can’t stop Sheriff Nick Thomas, the prime suspect’s brother, from conducting his own unwelcome investigation.

Brockmann, Suzanne. Breaking point : a novel. 1st large print ed. New York : Random House Large Print, c2005.

As commander of the nation’s most elite FBI counterterrorism unit, agent Max Bhagat leads by hard-driving example: pushing himself to the limit and beyond, taking no excuses, and putting absolutely nothing ahead of his work. That includes his deep feelings for Gina Vitagliano, the woman who won his admiration and his heart with her courage under fire. But when the shocking news reaches him that Gina has been killed in a terrorist bombing, nothing can keep Max from making a full investigation - and retribution - his top priority.

Brown, Rita Mae. Puss’n cahoots. Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2007.

Instead of a proper second honeymoon, the newly remarried Harry and Fair Haristeen leave cozy Crozet, Virginia, for Shelbyville, Kentucky, site of the famous saddlebred horse show. There they’ll visit dear friends Joan Hamilton and Larry Hodge and enjoy a week among some of the finest horses, trainers, and riders in the country. But soon after they arrive, events veer mysteriously - and murderously - off course. .

Chiaverini, Jennifer. The New Year’s quilt : an Elm Creek quilts novel. New York : Simon & Schuster, c2007.
Having married on Christmas Eve at Elm Creek Manor, the family homestead turned quilter’s haven, Sylvia and longtime family friend Andrew Cooper have to face the music and tell Andrew’s children, especially his bitter daughter, Amy. On the way, master quilter Sylvia works at a long unfinished quilt she calls New Year’s Reflections, which she plans to give Amy in the hope of reconciliation. (from Publishers Weekly).

Cookson, Catherine. Hamilton. Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2007.

Maisie had probably first met Hamilton when she started talking to herself as an often lonely seven-year-old on Tyneside. Hamilton was an imaginary horse who acted as her guide, philosopher and confidant.

Cornwell, Patricia Daniels. Book of the dead. New York : G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2007.

Soon after relocating to Charleston, S.C., to launch a private forensics lab, Scarpetta is asked to consult on the murder of U.S. tennis star Drew Martin, whose mutilated body was found in Rome. (from Publishers Weekly).

Crichton, Michael. Next : a novel. 1st ed. New York : HarperLuxe, c2006.

Do you own your body’s cells? If a doctor develops a cure for a disease using your cells in the process, are you entitled to a share of the profits? These are some of the questions Crichton explores in this science-as-boogeyman polemic. (from Publishers Weekly).

Crombie, Deborah. Water like a stone. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2007.
Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James find their relaxing vacation ruined by family tensions and the discovery of a mummified infant’s body that seems to have a mysterious link to the recent drowning of a friend.

Cussler, Clive. The chase. New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, c2007.
The U.S. government hires the renowned Van Dorn Detective Agency and its equally renowned lead agent, Isaac Bell, to capture the bank robber known as the Butcher Bandit. (from Publishers Weekly).

Delaney, Frank. Tipperary : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Random House, c2007.

A man’s passion for the woman he loves is twinned with his country’s emergence as a nation.

Díaz, Junot. The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao. New York : Riverhead Books, c2007.
Overweight and nerdy Oscar lives with his Dominican American mother and sister in New Jersey and dreams of becoming a renowned author and finding true love, but unfortunately, a family curse stands in the way of his wishes.

Forbes, Elena. Die with me : a novel. San Francisco : MacAdam Cage, c2007.
Detective Inspector Mark Tartaglia is placed in charge of the death investigation of a fourteen-year-old girl whose body was found on the floor of St. Sebastian’s Church, and comes to realize the urgency of his task when he uncovers links to three more suspicious deaths involving vulnerable young women and deadly heights.

Frank, Dorothea Benton. The land of mango sunsets. 1st HarperLuxe ed. New York : HarperLuxe, c2007.
One woman’s journey toward a hard-won truth - that life isn’t always what it appears to be, and the sooner you realize that pride won’t keep you warm at night, the happier you will be.

Gabaldon, Diana. Lord John and the hand of devils. New York : Delacorte Press, c2007.
A secondary character from Gabaldon’s Outlander series steps out in three supernatural yarns. Conflicted raconteur Lord John Grey, last seen in Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade (2007), is back. This triptych includes two stories culled from historical anthologies and one original tale published here for the first time. (from Kirkus Reviews).

Gillespie, Karin. Dollar daze : the bottom dollar girls in love. Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., c2006.
Love is in the air in Cayboo Creek, South Carolina, and not just for the young. Bride-to-be octogenarian Attalee Gaines, the flirty soda jerk at the Bottom Dollar Emporium, plays matchmaker for her sixtysomething widowed friends. (from Booklist).

Hilderbrand, Elin. Barefoot : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown and Co., c2007.
Twenty-two-year-old Josh Flynn knows instinctively that his life is about to change when he sees three women, along with two young children, arrive at Nantucket airport, and as the summer progresses, he becomes the glue that holds things together as Vicki struggles with cancer, her sister Brenda deals with a career-ending scandal, and their friend Melanie comes to grips with a cheating husband and an unexpected pregnancy.

Hosseini, Khaled. A thousand splendid suns. Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., c2007.
The story covers three decades of anti-Soviet jihad, civil war and Taliban tyranny through the lives of two women. Mariam is the scorned illegitimate daughter of a wealthy businessman, forced at age 15 into marrying the 40-year-old Rasheed, who grows increasingly brutal as she fails to produce a child. Eighteen years later, Rasheed takes another wife, 14-year-old Laila, a smart and spirited girl whose only other options, after her parents are killed by rocket fire, are prostitution or starvation. Against a backdrop of unending war, Mariam and Laila become allies in an asymmetrical battle with Rasheed, whose violent misogyny - “There was no cursing, no screaming, no pleading, no surprised yelps, only the systematic business of beating and being beaten” - is endorsed by custom and law.

Jin, Ha. A free life. New York : Pantheon Books, c2007.

In his seventh work of fiction, Ha Jin anatomizes the immigrant experience. Nan Wu, a Chinese graduate student in Boston, drops out after the Tiananmen Square massacre. He would like to abandon his marriage, too, but his sense of duty toward Pingping and their young son is stronger than his desire for passion and the freedom to write poetry. (from Booklist).

Karon, Jan. Home to Holly Springs : the first of the Father Tim novels. New York : Viking, c2007.
When he receives a letter postmarked Holly Springs, Miss., that contains a cryptic two-word message written in a precise, old-fashioned hand, Father Tim decides to answer its call and return to his birthplace for the first time in 38 years. On the long drive, he faces unanswered questions and half-forgotten memories: What happened to his boyhood chum and blood brother, Tommy? What caused his father’s melancholy that bordered on cruelty? What happened to Peggy, the adored black caregiver who disappeared when he was 11? Who is trying to contact him, and why? (from Kirkus Reviews).

Kelton, Elmer. The rebels : sons of Texas. 1st ed. New York : Forge, c2007.
The Lewis family - brothers Andrew, Michael and James, and sister Annie - are foreigners in a strange land, raising their families and farming while Mexican and American cultures, politics, racism and tempers simmer over the possibilities of rebellion and independence from Mexico. During these years, the Lewises must deal with outlaws, the Mexican army, trouble-making American politicians, a slick smuggler and their continuing feud with the thieving and back-shooting Blackwood brothers. (from Publishers Weekly).

Kennedy, Holly. The penny tree. New York : NAL Accent, c2007.
Annie Hillman, on the verge of divorce, moves with her two sons back to her hometown of Eagan’s Point, Washington, where she takes a temporary job and tries to deal with her thirteen-year-old’s rebellious behavior, and the staggering debt resulting from her younger son’s rare illness, but her life takes an unexpected turn when advertisements start showing up in the newspaper featuring a picture of herself as a young, happy woman, accompanied by a message of love and regret.

Koontz, Dean R. (Dean Ray). The darkest evening of the year. New York : Bantam Books, c2007.
Set mostly in Southern California, this thriller from bestseller Koontz depicts with unabashed emotion and wit the magical powers of golden retrievers (in particular a female named Nickie), who will stop at nothing to save innocent children and protect their guardians. (from Publishers Weekly, edited).

Lehrer, James. The phony marine. Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, c2007.

Hugo Marder is about as unremarkable as they come. . .Late one night, Hugo stumbles upon an online auction for a Silver Star, the medal awarded for bravery in battle. He bids and wins. But it is only after he places the lapel pin on his jacket that he realizes the enormity of his actions. Suddenly, ordinary people begin to treat him differently, with dignity and respect. Is he really going to pretend the honor is his own?

Lightman, Alan P.. Ghost. New York : Pantheon Books, c2007.
David, a divorced, middle-aged banker, takes a job as a mortuary assistant three months after being abruptly fired from his job, and becomes the reluctant center of media frenzy after seeing a ghost in the so-called slumber room of the funeral home—a situation that cause causes him to reevaluate his entire life.

London, Julia. Guiding light. 1st Pocket Books hardcover ed. New York : Pocket Books, c2007.
After faking his and his infant daughter Sarah’s death in order to escape his father-in-law’s controlling ways, Jonathan Randall moves to the small California town of Tourmaline, where Jonathan finds himself drawn to Aubrey Cross, a young woman who feels she has found a kindred spirit in Jonathan, but when his past comes back to haunt him, Jonathan must decide if Aubrey is worth risking everything for.

McCall Smith, Alexander. Love over Scotland. 1st Anchor Books ed. New York : Anchor Books, c2007.
This just in from Edinburgh: the complicated lives of the denizens of 44 Scotland Street are becoming no simpler. Domenica Macdonald has left for the Malacca Straits to conduct a perilous anthropological study of pirate households. Angus Lordie’s dog, Cyril, has been stolen, and is facing an uncertain future wandering the streets. Bertie, the prodigiously talented six-year-old, is still enduring psychotherapy, but his burden is lightened by a junior orchestra’s trip to Paris, where he makes some interesting new friends. Back in Edinburgh, there is romance for Pat with a handsome young man called Wolf, until she begins to see the attractions of the more prosaically named Matthew.

McCammon, Robert R. The queen of bedlam. 1st Pocket Books trade pbk. ed. New York : Pocket Books, c2007.
The unsolved murder of a respected doctor has sent ripples of fear throughout a city teeming with life and noise and commerce. Who snuffed out the good man’s life with the slash of a blade on a midnight street? The local printmaster has labeled the fiend “the Masker,” adding fuel to a volatile mystery. .

McGlothin, Victor. Ms. Etta’s Fast House. New York : London : Dafina ; Turnaround [distributor], c2007.
The year is 1947, and Ms. Etta’s Fast House is the hottest nightclub this side of Chicago. The city’s fastest-talking street hustlers rub elbows here with the rich and famous, and anyone with enough cash in their wallet can drink like a king and dance the night away. Life is good—until a stranger named Baltimore Floyd strolls into town. .

Michaels, Fern. Hokus pokus. New York : Kensington, c2007.
The Sisterhood returns from exile to answer the call from Supreme Court Justice Pearl Barnes, who faces blackmail for her own illegal brand of justice.

O’Farrell, Maggie. The vanishing act of Esme Lennox. 1st ed. Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c2006.

Iris Lockhart is shocked when she receives a phone call informing her that her great-aunt Esme, whom Iris never knew about, is being released from the mental hospital where she has spent the last sixty-one years, and wonders what long-buried family secrets the woman will bring with her when Iris takes her in.

Olson, Neil. The icon : a novel. New York : Harper Paperbacks, c2006.
It’s 1944, and a group of Greek partisans are hiding from the Germans near the village of Katarini. Their leader has put into play a scheme involving a German officer who wants to trade a cache of weapons that will be used to fight the Communists after the war for a painted icon known as the Holy Mother of Katarini. The plan goes awry, and the ancient Byzantine icon disappears, only to resurface 56 years later on the wall of a private chapel in the New York City home of a Swiss banker named Kessler. After Kessler dies, various parties (the Greek Orthodox Church, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, an elderly Greek gangster and other mysterious characters), vie to acquire the icon, which is said to posses paranormal powers. (from Publishers Weekly).

Palmer, Diana. Heartbreaker. Center Point large print ed. Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., c2006.

J. B. Hammock played by his own rules, and rule number one was never settle down. He treated his women well, but with a no-strings detachment they all accepted. But sweet Tellie Maddox hovered about like a gossamer butterfly, always trying to take care of him, always caring about him. It was enough to make a confirmed bachelor take drastic measures. Then Tellie lost part of her memory. She believed she was J.B.’s faithful sidekick. Even he couldn’t be so heartless as to push Tellie aside, and so he played the role of friend...until friendship turned to something else, something so much deeper than a heartbreaker like J.B. ever intended. He was hooked. Then Tellie’s memory returned. .

Patterson, Richard North. The race. 1st ed. New York : Henry Holt and Co., c2007.
Corey Grace is a war hero turned moderate Republican senator who is considering a run for president. Honest and somewhat unpredictable, he is reluctant to get into a race he knows will be drawn out and ugly. Complicating matters is his burgeoning relationship with Lexie Hart, an African American actress who also happens to be a liberal and a former heroin addict. Once he enters the race, Corey faces two fierce opponents: Rob Marrotta, a senator groomed from infancy for the presidency who is willing to do anything to win the nomination, and Bob Christy, an earnest but unrelenting evangelical. The contest comes down to two hot-button topics: stem-cell research and gay rights, and Corey’s views do not match those of his opponents or the most conservative voters in his party. . .(from Booklist).

Patterson, James. Double cross. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown and Co., c2007.
Alex Cross rejoins the police force to face the most diabolical villain he’s ever encountered-a serial killer with a hunger for mega-celebrity.

Perry, Anne. A Christmas beginning : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, c2007.

Superintendent Runcorn of Scotland Yard is spending Christmas on the wild and beautiful island of Anglesey off the north coast of Wales. On one of his solitary strolls, the lonely bachelor stumbles upon a lifeless body in the village churchyard. .

Robb, J. D.. Creation in death. New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, c2007.

It’s 2060, and the serial killer nicknamed “The Groom” is back in town after an absence of nine years, resuming his horrific run of kidnapping, torturing and killing young women. Dallas, who served as a detective in the frustrating first investigation, assumes lead role in this one. (from Publishers Weekly).

Salvatore, R. A.. The orc king. Renton, WA : Wizards of the Coast, c2007.
Amidst orc tribes fighting one another and the dwarves of Mithral Hall, the leaders of both sides begin talks to try and bring peace to the Spine of the World.

Shalev, Meir. A pigeon and a boy. 1st American ed. New York : Schocken Books, c2007.
Yair, a middle-aged Israeli tour guide whose relationship with a childhood friend threatens his marriage, meets an American veteran of Israel’s war of independence, who tells him the story of a young homing pigeon handler’s love for a girl, his care for his birds, and his final dispatch before being killed in the war.

Shirley, John. Living shadows : stories new and preowned. Rockville, Md. : Prime Books, c2007.
The first section contains nonfantastic accounts of the darker side of humanity, including the quietly creepy “The Sewing Room,” in which a woman discovers that her husband is a serial killer and is tormented by her conflicting responsibilities to her family and to justice, and “Seven Knives,” a brutal tale born from the author’s experiences of moral bankruptcy and narcissism in Hollywood. In the second section are stories with fantastic elements, including “Blind Eye,” a continuation of a Poe fragment in which a lighthouse lamp reveals the hidden sins of the villagers living below, and the Lovecraftian novelette “Buried in the Sky,” about a skyscraper complex built upon a pre-Aztec foundation. (from Publishers Weekly).

Snelling, Lauraine. Race for the roses. Large print ed. Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, c2007.
As a talented jockey, Robynn O’Dell risks her life every day. But some dangers she avoids at all costs—like putting herself and her young son at risk of being hurt again. Ever since her husband deserted her and then died in a car crash, Robynn has sealed her heart from pain ... and love. However, that was before Dane Morgan strode into her life. Stubborn, opinionated, and driven, Dane is determined to win Robynn’s heart.

St. John, Kelley. Real women don’t wear size 2. New York : Warner Forever, c2006.

Sales clerk Clarise Robinson is turning thirty and decides the time is right to pursue her interest in her boss, Ethan Eubanks.

Steel, Danielle. Amazing grace. New York, NY : Delacorte Press, c2007.
Sarah Sloane, 30-something wife of Seth, a wildly successful hedge fund entrepreneur, and mother of two, has planned to perfection a high-ticket charity auction. The only thing she hasn’t counted on is the biggest seismic event to hit San Francisco since 1906 and the aftershocks it will cause in her marriage. Meanwhile, hot Grammy-winning 19-year-old singer Melanie Free, flown in to perform at the benefit, likewise finds her life overturned: following an on-stage triumph, Melanie throws away her platform shoes to assist disaster victims, admitting - much to the annoyance of her pushy stage mother and her TV actor boyfriend - that she always wanted to be a nurse. Sarah and Melanie face change with support from the 40-ish Sister Maggie Kent, a California nun whose good deeds draw the interest of recovering alcoholic and former AP photojournalist Everett Carson, who captures her in pictures. As marriage, faith and vows of chastity are tested, there’s nothing complicated to spoil the romance. (from Publishers Weekly).

Stewart, Mariah. Dead end : a novel. Ballantine Books mass market ed. New York : Ballantine Books, 2006, c2005.

Avon County, Pennsylvania, detective Evan Crosby is called in to investigate when several schoolgirls from well-to-do families are found murdered in the same manner. (from Booklist).

Stross, Charles. Halting state. 1st ed. New York : Ace Books, c2007.

This brilliantly conceived techno-crime thriller spreads a black humor frosting over the grim prospect of the year 2012, when China, India and the European System are struggling for world economic domination in an infowar, and the U.S. faces bankruptcy over its failing infrastructure. Sgt. Sue Smith of Edinburgh’s finest, London insurance accountant Elaine Barnaby and hapless secret-ridden programmer Jack Reed peel back layer after layer of a scheme to siphon vast assets from Hayek Associates, a firm whose tentacles spread into international economies. (From Publishers Weekly).

Truman, Margaret. Murder on K Street : a Capital crimes novel. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, c2007.
One day, U.S. Senator Lyle Simmons, a presidential aspirant, arrives home to find his wife, Jeanette, murdered in their foyer. As the police investigate, fissures in the public facade of the Simmons’s marriage appear, and Simmons’s oldest friend, retired detective Phil Rotondi, who lost Jeanette to Simmons during college, wrestles with whether he should share all he knows about the politician with the authorities. (from Publishers Weekly).

Clamp. The residents of a lakeside village in Vermont undergo attacks by swarms of mutant lampreys. No one is safe from the voracious, slithering predators.


005.2 MIT
Mitchell, Scott. Sams teach yourself ASP.NET 2.0 in 24 hours. Indianapolis, Ind. : Sams, 2006.

Guide to learning ASP.NET 2.0.

158.1 SUS
Susanka, Sarah. The not so big life : making room for what really matters. 1st ed. New York : Random House, c2007.

Explains how to make small shifts in one’s daily life in order to be more present, less harried, and more “awake” without giving up loved activities.

204 ZUK
Zukav, Gary. Soul to soul : communications from the heart. 1st Free Press hardcover ed. New York : Free Press, c2007.
Author Gary Zukav provides insight into finding spirituality in everyday experiences and offers answers to nearly one hundred life questions about exploring fundamentals, becoming a spiritual person, relating to others, physical health, addictions, and more.

232.9 BEN LP
Benedict XVI, Pope. Jesus of Nazareth : from the baptism in the Jordan to the transfiguration. 1st large print ed. New York : Random House Large Print, c2007.

In this rich, sophisticated introduction to the life of Jesus, the pope argues that Jesus brought to the world neither universal prosperity nor peace, but God. (from Publishers Weekly).

248.8 MAC
Macomber, Debbie. Knit together : discover God’s pattern for your life. 1st ed. New York : FaithWords, c2007.

The author shares her own stories of disappointment and heartache to encourage others to explore God’s promises and pursue dreams with courage and passion.

299.5 DYE
Dyer, Wayne W. Change your thoughts, change your life : living the wisdom of the Tao. 1st ed. Carlsbad, Calif. : Hay House, Inc., c2007
In this book, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer has reviewed hundreds of translations of the Tao Te Ching and has written 81 distinct essays on how to apply the ancient wisdom of Lao-tzu to today’s modern world. This work contains the entire 81 verses of the Tao, compiled from Wayne’s researching of 12 of the most well-respected translations of text that have survived for more than 25 centuries. Each chapter is designed for actually living the Tao or the Great Way today. Some of the chapter titles are “Living with Flexibility,” “Living Without Enemies,” and “Living by Letting Go.” Each of the 81 brief chapters focuses on living the Tao and concludes with a section called “Doing the Tao Now.”.

305.5 FRA
Frank, Robert H. Falling behind : how rising inequality harms the middle class. Berkeley : University of California Press, c2007.
Economist Frank argues that rising economic inequality harms the middle class, and he uses familiar examples to teach us about consumer behavior. (from Booklist)

306.81 GOT
Gottman, John Mordechai. 10 lessons to transform your marriage : America’s love lab experts share their strategies for strengthening your relationship. 1st ed. New York : Crown Publishers, c2006.
Husband-and-wife clinical psychologists John Gottman (The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work) and Julie Schwartz Gottman observe spouses at their famed Seattle “Love Lab” to predict which might be divorce-bound and why. Each of the ten couples profiled here illustrates a principle that the authors believe can strengthen a marriage that is suffering from such factors as overwork, affairs, and preoccupation with children. Completing each chapter are quizzes and exercises that will help readers apply the principle to their own lives. (from Library Journal).

327.1273 TEN LP
Tenet, George. At the center of the storm : my years at the CIA. 1st HarperLuxe ed. New York : HarperLuxe, c2007.
Tenet’s memoir of his life at the CIA—a revelatory look at the inner workings of America’s top intelligence agency and its dealings with national leaders at home and abroad. Tenet illuminates how the country was prepared—and not prepared—to deal with a world full of new and deadly threats. Beginning with his installation as Director in 1997, he unfolds the events that led up to 9/11: his declaration of war on Al Qaeda in 1998, CIA operations inside Afghanistan, the worldwide operational plan to fight terror, his warnings to White House officials in the spring and summer of 2001, and the plan for a response laid down just six days after the attack. In his narration of the run-up to the war in Iraq, Tenet provides fresh insights and background. Finally, he offers his thoughts on the future of U.S. intelligence and its role in foreign-policy decisions.—From publisher description.

332.6322 SLA
Slatter, John. The 100 Best Stocks You Can Buy 2008. Adams Media Corp, c2007.
This book is designed to help you find the stocks that fit your needs, diversify your portfolio, and secure long-range financial stability. (from the Publisher, edited).

364.152 SIM
Goldman family. If I did it : confessions of the killer. New York, NY : Beaufort Books, c2007.

In 1994, Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson were brutally murdered at her home in Brentwood, California. O.J. Simpson was tried for the crime in a case that captured the attention of the American people, but was ultimately found not guilty of criminal charges. The victims’ families brought civil cases against Simpson, and he was found liable for willfully and wrongfully causing the deaths of Ron and Nicole by committing battery with malice and oppression. In 2006, HarperCollins announced the publication of a book in which O.J. Simpson told how he hypothetically would have committed the murders. In response to public outrage that Simpson stood to profit from these crimes, HarperCollins canceled the book. A Florida bankruptcy court awarded the rights to the Goldmans in August 2007 to partially satisfy the unpaid civil judgment, which has risen, with interest, to over $38 million. The Goldman family views this book as his confession, and has worked hard to ensure that the public will read this book and learn the truth. This is the original manuscript approved by O.J. Simpson, with up to 14,000 words of key additional commentary.

378.1 ACT
ACT premier program. 2007 ed. New York : Kaplan Pub., c2007.

Presents study tools for the ACT including skill-building “workouts” for each subject area, test-taking strategies, tips for the last three days and morning before the test, three full-length practice tests with explained answers, and a CD-ROM containing a diagnostic test with personalized feedback and two more full-length practice tests.

The deep. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, c2007.
An examination of the deep-sea that provides over two hundred, full-color photographs; describes the biology of marine wildlife; explores different habitats; and discusses exploration.

613 PER
Perricone, Nicholas. Ageless face, ageless mind : erase wrinkles and rejuvenate the brain. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, c2008.
In this revolutionary book, bestselling author and anti-aging expert Dr. Nicholas Perricone reveals a completely new and hidden threat to our looks and our health - and gives us a program to defeat it.

636.0092 KAT LP
Katz, Jon. Dog days : dispatch from Bedlam Farm. Large print ed. Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, c2007.

“Trying to assemble a sort-of-heavenly city in West Hebron is not a casual thing.” So Katz begins his latest collection of stories from upstate New York’s Bedlam Farm, the saga of which began with A Dog Year (2002). Bedlam Farm, a cross between a working and a hobby farm, is the home of the animals that are his inspiration. . .(from Booklist).

646.7 STR
Strauss, Neil. The game : penetrating the secret society of pickup artists. New York : HC, c2005.
The author describes his trips to bars and clubs in order to learn their secrets of picking up women.

649.5 STE
Stein, Sara Bonnett. Noah’s children : restoring the ecology of childhood. 1st ed. New York : North Point Press, c2001.
Drawing upon her observations as daughter, mother, grandmother, and naturalist, Stein describes how the world unfolds meaningfully before the eyes and fingertips of a child. And using linguistics, biology, anthropology, and psychology, she illuminates the features human nature has wired our species to expect: a place we will explore and come to know intimately; resources that bear on our needs for food, shelter, and manufacture; a chance to develop skills through play; and growing involvement with a community that will need those skills and that will pass along to us, through myth and lore, a way to comprehend the relationship between nature and culture.

650.1 BLA
Black, Cathie. Basic Black : the essential guide for getting ahead at work (and in life). 1st ed. New York : Crown Business, c2007.

Tips for professional self improvement.

701 ECO
On ugliness. 1st ed. New York : Rizzoli, c2007.

On Ugliness is an exploration of the monstrous and the repellant in visual culture and the arts. What is the voyeuristic impulse behind our attraction to the gruesome?

737.4973 BER
Berman, Allen G. Warman’s U.S. coins & currency field guide : values and identification. Iola, Wis. : Krause Publications, c2006.
This is a field guide to United States coins and paper money. It includes current values and other relevant information for collectors.

745.1 PRI
Prince, Dennis L. How to sell antiques and collectibles on eBay-- : and make a fortune! New York : McGraw-Hill, c2005.
Dennis Prince teams up with antique and collectible expert Lynn Dralle to provide all the information necessary to reap the huge benefits of selling antiques and collectibles on eBay.

769.56 SCO
Scott’s standard postage stamp catalogue. New York, : Scott Pub. Co.
The 2008 editions of the popular stamp collecting reference.

791.437 NOR
Norman, Marc. What happens next : a history of American screenwriting. 1st ed. New York : Harmony Books, c2007.
In this truly fresh perspective on the movies, veteran Oscar-winning screenwriter Marc Norman gives us the first comprehensive history of the men and women who have answered that question, from Anita Loos, the highest-paid screenwriter of her day, to Robert Towne, Quentin Tarantino, Charlie Kaufman, and other paradigm-busting talents reimagining movies for the new century.

791.45 DOL
Dolan, Deirdre. Curb your enthusiasm : the book. New York : Gotham Books, c2006.
An overview of the television program “Curb Your Enthusiasm” that provides cast and crew lists, a synopsis, and quotes from each episode; and includes interviews with Larry David and his friends and family about the creator’s personal and professional life, from childhood through stardom.

796.334 KUP
Kuper, Simon. Soccer against the enemy : how the world’s most popular sport starts and stops wars, fuels revolutions, and keeps dictators in power. New York : [Berkeley, Calif.] :
Nation Books ; Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2006.

Explores the impact soccer has on politics and culture in twenty-two countries around the world, describing how the game has become so important in some countries and how its place in the world has changed over the years.

808.5 MAC
MacInnis, Lyman. The elements of great public speaking : how to be calm, confident, and compelling. Berkeley, Calif. : Ten Speed Press, c2006.

The Elements of Great Public Speaking takes the fear out of taking the podium, distilling essential techniques and tricks for just about any speaking occasion.

811 ATW
Atwood, Margaret Eleanor. The door. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c2007.
The Door is Margaret Atwood’s first book of poetry since Morning in the Burned House in 1995. Its fifty lucid yet urgent poems range in tone from lyric to ironic to meditative to prophetic, and in subject from the personal to the political viewed in its broadest sense. They investigate the mysterious writing of poetry itself, as well as the passage of time and our shared sense of mortality. The collection begins with poems that consider the past and ends with harbingers of things to come.

814 BAR LP
Barry, Dave. Dave Barry’s money secrets : like, why is there a giant eyeball on the dollar? 1st large print ed. New York : Random House Large Print : Distributed by Random House, c2006.
Dave Barry offers a humorous exploration of finance, budgeting, and the economy, addressing topics such as how the economy works, how to gain confidence needed to apply for a good job, why corporate executives are stupid, how to buy and sell real estate, and why medical care costs so much.

814 UPD
Updike, John. Due considerations : essays and criticism. 1st ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2007.
Updike’s latest is an endlessly welcoming series of essays - every nonfiction piece he has published in the past eight years - offering Updike’s characteristically reasoned perspective on a familiar range of subjects, including Old Masters artwork, literary biography and the history of the New Yorker. (From Publishers Review).

Roberts, Adam (Adam Charles). Gradisil. Amherst, NY : Pyr. c2007.

New technology gives the wealthy access to space, leading to the establishment of the Uplands in 2059, a low-orbit community where residents enjoy freedom from taxes, politics, and other government constraints, but when the Uplands begins to receive unwanted attention from Earth, Gradisil Gyeroffy, a woman whose mother was one of the original space settlers, tries to inspire Uplanders with a sense of nationhood.

854 ECO
Eco, Umberto. Turning back the clock : hot wars and media populism / Umberto Eco ; translated from the Italian by Alastair McEwen. Orlando : Harcourt, 2007.
Eco delves deeply into such subjects as Mideastern and European politics, myth, prejudice, globalization, The Da Vinci Code, magical thinking, rhetoric, religion, intelligent design and Harry Potter. The friction between his imagination, interpretation and reflection makes for pyrotechnic prose, springing from abundant facts and carefully constructed theories. He dissects war as a bloody game where we did everything possible to ensure that our adversaries did not achieve their goals, proclaiming that neowars like those in Afghanistan and Iraq cannot be won by the military. While the flow of his reasoning can be serpentine, Eco challenges us to reconsider the power of the media, the right of privacy, the sometimes disturbing manners of foreigners, the poison of anti-Semitism and September 11. (from Publishers Weekly, edited).

914.6 FOD
Fodor’s Travel Publications, Inc. Fodor’s Spain. 2008. Random House Inc, c2007.
Fodor’s Spain 2008 claims to cover everything visitors love -captivating culinary experiences, spectacular beaches and islands, red-hot nightlife, beautiful architecture, mountains for skiing and hiking, and excursions to Africa.

920 VON
Von Tunzelmann, Alex. Indian summer : the secret history of the end of an empire. 1st ed. New York : Henry Holt, c2007.

Recounts the first days of India’s independence from the British empire, exploring how the events of August 15, 1947, influenced world history and Britain’s role as a major world power.

Alda, Alan. Things I overheard while talking to myself. 1st large print ed. New York : Random House Large Print, c2007.

After actor Alda (Never Have Your Dog Stuffed) recovered from a nearly fatal intestinal obstruction, he decided to live as if he’d been given a second life. To make his new life as meaningful as possible, he wanted to remember those rare moments when a special stillness had come over him, the kind that hits you when you hear something that goes to the core of who you think you are. These were moments when he’d had some understanding about the meaning of his life, his reason for living - the central questions that Alda grapples with, as he looks back over his life. While poking good-natured fun at some of his earlier rhetoric (the ravings of a naïve Hollywood liberal) he shares highlights of the various commencement speeches and keynote addresses he’s given to future doctors and physicists, or even to the odd group of Jefferson scholars. He phrases it differently for each audience, but the message is consistent: It’s not what you do in life, but how you do it. Notice everything. Always be open to new ideas, new experiences. Alda is chatty, easygoing and humble, rather like a Mr. Rogers for grownups. His words of inspiration would be a perfect gift for a college grad or for anyone facing major life changes.

Braestrup, Kate. Here if you need me : a true story. 1st large print ed. New York : Little, Brown and Co., c2007.
The author shares her experiences of becoming a chaplain for the Maine Game Warden after the death of her husband.

921 COOK
Price, Donald L.. The first Marine captured in Vietnam : a biography of Donald G. Cook. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2007.

“This is the first book-length biography of Colonel Donald G. Cook. With background information on Cook’s life and prewar career, the book concentrates especially on his three years in captivity, and is the first book exclusively about a Marine POW held in South Vietnam. It covers the ten other POWs under his command”—Provided by publisher.

Brown, Tina. The Diana chronicles. New York : Random House Large Print, c2007.

Tina Brown’s extraordinary book parts the brocaded velvet and allows us an unprecedented look at the world and mind of the most famous person on the planet. (from Helen Mirren).

Kahlenberg, Richard D. Tough liberal : Albert Shanker and the battles over schools, unions, race, and democracy. New York : Columbia University Press, c2007.
Chronicles the life of labor leader and former American Federation of Teachers president Albert Shanker; discussing his education, philosophies and reform efforts, strikes, and more. Includes photographs.

Silverstein, Amy. Sick girl. New York, NY : Grove/Atlantic Press, c2007.
Silverstein’s memoir offers a rare glimpse at life as an organ-transplant recipient. She was a young law student when the first signs of a deadly virus in her heart appeared. When her doctor said she merely needed to keep her stress in check and add salt to her diet, she happily complied. At 25, after several months of terrifying symptoms and misdiagnoses, she received a heart transplant. Like all organ recipients, to prevent her body from rejecting her new heart, she depends on high doses of immunosuppressants - bitter poison that leaves her nauseous, trembling, aching, and highly vulnerable to infection - for the rest of her life, which was only expected to last another 10 years. To better her chances, she heeded her doctors’ advice, sacrificing everything from coffee to alcohol to pregnancy. Still, it seemed that the best she could hope for was the illusion of a normal life, so she kept her body’s punishing blows from her friends, her adopted son and at times even from her loving husband, her ever-confident coach through years of devastating illness. “To make myself ‘normal’ again would be the most extraordinary feat that I would never quite accomplish” she writes. Now, more than 17 years after her transplant, Silverstein reflects on the often misunderstood journey through the torments of being saved in a stirring story of survival and unyielding love. (from Publishers Weekly).

Neufeld, Michael J.. Von Braun : dreamer of space, engineer of war. 1st ed. New York : Knopf, c2007.

A comprehensive biography of German scientist Wernher von Braun, who was a major figure in Germany’s pre-war rocket development program and designer for the V-2 rocket; and describes his defection to the U.S. and work within America’s space program after the war.

940.53 ACK
Ackerman, Diane. The zookeeper’s wife. 1st ed. New York : W. W. Norton, c2007.
Relates the story of Jan and Antonina Zabinski, Christian zookeepers at the Warsaw Zoo, who helped save the lives of approximately three hundred Polish Jews during World War II by housing and feeding them on zoo grounds and teaching them how to “pass” as Aryan.

944 MAY LP
Mayle, Peter. Provence A-Z. Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2007.

An indispensable, richly informative, and always entertaining sourcebook on Provence (France) by the writer who has made the region his own.

956.04 CAR LP
Carter, Jimmy. Palestine : peace not apartheid. Large print ed. Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2007.

In this book President Carter shares his intimate knowledge of the history of the Middle East and his personal experiences with the principal actors, and he addresses sensitive political issues many American officials avoid. Pulling no punches, Carter prescribes steps that must be taken for the two states to share the Holy Land without a system of apartheid or the constant fear of terrorism.

973.7 DIC
Gallman, J. Matthew (James Matthew). America’s Joan of Arc : the life of Anna Elizabeth Dickinson. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2006.
Chronicles the life of orator, writer, and actress Anna Elizabeth Dickinson, discussing her childhood, schooling, fierce patriotistm, views on slavery, rise to popularity, and impact on American history in the decades following the Civil War.


REF 060.25 ENC
Encyclopedia of associations. Detroit : Gale Research Co., newest edition.

A listing of name, address, phone and fax numbers of over 23,000 associations. Also includes founding date, purpose, activities, and amount of dues for the organizations.

REF 070.5 LIT
Literary market place : LMP. New York : R.R. Bowker., newest edition.
The 2007 reference directory of the book publishing industry.

The Time almanac. New York : Godalming : Time Home Entertainment, 2007.
The new edition of the popular reference almanac from Time.

REF 394.26 CHA
Chase’s calendar of events. Chicago, Ill. : Contemporary Books, newest edition.

Presents a chronological listing of events teachers can use to plan the school calendar, create bulletin boards, and develop lessons, including birthdays, proclamations, holidays, and religious observances, as well as historic, astronomical, and sponsored events.

REF 920.03 AME
American writers; : a collection of literary biographies. New York, : Scribner. 2007.

The latest edition of this valuable reference serial. This volume of new biographies includes names from Max Apple through Franz Wright.


CD 305.896 THO
Thomas, Elizabeth Marshall. The old way : [a story of the first people]. [Old Saybrook, CT] : Tantor Media, p2006.
Read by the author. One of the world’s most influential anthropologists and bestselling author of “The Hidden Life of Dogs” reevaluates her long and illustrious career by returning to her roots—and to the roots of life as revealed in human evolution.

CD 792 RUS
DeWees, Rusty. Golddiggers Beware. [S.l.] : Rusty DeWees, c2002.

Rusty DeWees, lead vocals, drums ; Don Commo, fiddle, back vocals ; Peter Wilder, bass and acoustic guitar, some vocals ; George Seymour, banjo, back vocals ; Jim Green, acoustic and electric guitar, back vocals. Comedic, folksy songs and other material from Rusty Dewees and the rest of “the fellers.”

Boyd, Pattie. Wonderful tonight : [George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and me]. Abridged. New York : Random House Audio, p2007.
Read by the author. The former wife of George Harrison and Eric Clapton describes her intimate relationship with two of the icons of rock music and her memories of the dynamic, often turbulent world of rock music during the 1960s and 1970s.

Sessums, Kevin. Mississippi sissy. New York : Audio Renaissance, p2007.
Read by the author. A skilled interviewer who has coaxed secrets from the most close-mouthed celebrities, Kevin Sessums now dishes on his own profoundly strange southern boyhood in a novelistic memoir steeped in magnolias, mockingbirds, and pure southern gothic. (from Barnes & Noble).

CD 940.53 WAR
Ward, Geoffrey C. The war : [an intimate history, 1941-1945]. Unabridged. New York : Random House Audio, p2007.

Read by Ken Burns with Tom Hanks, Josh Lucas, and Rebecca Holtz.


Alvarez, Julia. Saving the world : [a novel]. Unabridged. Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, p2006.
Read by Blanca Camacho. Living two centuries apart, two women each face a crisis of the soul when their fates are tied to idealistic men whose commitments to medical humanitarian missions end in disillusionment.

Beaton, M. C. Death of a dreamer. Hampton, NH : BBC Audiobooks America, p2006.

Read by Graeme Malcolm. Surprised that a newcomer to the Scottish Highlands has remained steadfast to her new home in spite of an inhospitable winter, constable Hamish Macbeth learns that the woman has deluded herself into believing that she is engaged to a local artist.

Berry, Steve. The Alexandria link : [a novel]. [New York]: Random House Audio, p2007.
Read by Scott Brick. Too bad former secret agent Cotton Malone knows how to unearth the lost contents of the Library of Alexandria; now his bookstore has been ransacked and his son kidnapped.

Berry, Wendell. The memory of Old Jack. [San Marcos, Calif.] : Hovel Audio, c2007.
Read by Paul Michael. In a rural Kentucky river town, “Old Jack” Beechum, a retired farmer, sees his life again through the shades of one burnished day in September 1952. Bringing the earthiness of America’s past to mind, The Memory of Old Jack conveys truth and integrity of the land and the people who live from it. Through the eyes of one man can be seen the values Americans strive to recapture today.

Brockmann, Suzanne. Into the storm : [a novel]. Library ed. Grand Haven, Mich. : Brilliance Audio, cp2006.
Read by Patrick Lawlor and Melanie Ewbank ; Includes an original short story read by the author. The men of SEAL Team Sixteen and Troubleshooters, Inc. face off in a winter training exercise in the mountains of New Hampshire. Tracy Shapiro, a receptionist for Troubleshooters, goes missing. Former LAPD detective Lindsey Fountaine and Petty Officer Mark Jenkins search for her and turn up the bodies of brutally tortured women.

Brockmann, Suzanne. Breaking point : [a novel]. Library ed. Grand Haven, MI : Brilliance Audio, p2005.

Read by Patrick Lawlor and Melanie Ewbank. As commander of the nation’s most elite FBI counterterrorism unit, agent Max Bhagat leads by hard-driving example: pushing himself to the limit and beyond, taking no excuses, and putting absolutely nothing ahead of his work. That includes his deep feelings for Gina Vitagliano, the woman who won his admiration and his heart with her courage under fire. But when the shocking news reaches him that Gina has been killed in a terrorist bombing, nothing can keep Max from making a full investigation - and retribution - his top priority.

Brontë, Charlotte, 1816-1855. Jane Eyre. Unabridged. Grand Haven, Michigan : Brilliance Audio, p1997.

Read by Susan Ericksen. Orphaned at an early age, Jane Eyre leads a lonely life until she finds work as a governess at Thornfield Hall, where she meets the mysterious Mr. Rochester and sees a ghostly woman who roams the halls by night. This is a story of passionate love, travail and final triumph.

Card, Orson Scott. Songmaster. [Ashland, Or.] : Blackstone Audio, p2006.
Read by Stefan Rudnicki. Kidnapped at an early age, Ansset has been raised in isolation at a mystical retreat called the Songhouse. His life is filled with music, and having only songs for companions, he develops a voice that is unlike any other. But Ansset’s voice is both a blessing and a curse—for it reflects all the hopes and fears of his audience, and, by magnifying their emotions, can be used either to heal or to destroy. When it is discovered that his is the voice that the Emperor has waited decades for, Ansset is summoned to the Imperial Palace on Old Earth. Many fates rest in Anssett’s hands, and his songs will soon be put to the test: either to salve the troubled conscience of a conqueror or drive him, and the universe, into mad chaos.

Cook, Robin. Crisis. Unabridged. New York : Penguin Audio, p2006.
Read by George Guidall. When Dr. Craig Bowman is served with a summons for medical malpractice, he’s shocked, enraged, and more than a little humiliated. A devoted physician who works continuously in the service of others, he endured grueling years of training and is now a partner in an exclusive concierge medical practice. No longer forced to see more and more patients while spending less and less time with each one just to keep his office door open, he now provides the kind of medical care he is trained to do, lavishing twenty-four-hour availability and personalized attention on his handpicked patients. And at last, he is earning a significant income, no longer burdened by falling reimbursements from insurance companies. But this idyllic practice comes to a grinding halt one sunny afternoon-and gets much, much worse.

Crusie, Jennifer. Don’t look down : [a novel]. Unabridged. Grand Haven, MI : Brilliance Audio, p2005.

Read by Patrick G. Lawlor and Renée Raudman. Movie director Lucy Armstrong and Green Beret captain J. T. Wilder don’t exactly get along at their first meeting on the set of the movie Don’t Look Down. (from Barnes and Noble).

Díaz, Junot. The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao : Drown. New York : Penguin Audio, p2007.
Brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao—Drown. Read by Jonathan Davis with Staci Snell. Oscar is an overweight Dominican from the ghetto in New Jersey. He dreams of becoming a writer and finding love, but Fukœ, the curse has haunted his family for generations. Also included is the short story “Drown”.

Erdrich, Louise. The painted drum. Unabridged. [New York] : Harper Audio, p 2005.

Performed by Anna Fields. When a woman named Faye Travers is called upon to appraise the estate of a family in her small New Hampshire town, she isn’t surprised to discover a forgotten cache of valuable Native American artifacts. However, she stops dead in her tracks when she finds a rare drum—a powerful yet delicate object, made from a massive moose skin stretched across a hollow of cedar, ornamented with symbols and dressed in red tassels and a beaded belt and skirt—especially since, without touching the instrument, she hears it sound. . .From Faye’s discovery, we trace the drum’s passage both backward and forward in time, and discover how it changes the lives of those whose paths it crosses.

Fairstein, Linda A. Bad blood. New York, NY : Simon & Schuster Audio, p2007.

Narrated by Blair Brown. Brendan Quillian, a successful young businessman, is on trial for murdering his wife, and the courtroom is tense. Prosecutor Alexandra Cooper’s case against him hangs by a thread thanks to scant evidence and Brendan’s all-star legal team. As the trial progresses, an explosion destroys a water tunnel being constructed deep beneath the city. Then, secrets from Brendan’s past link him to the fatal disaster. Alex rushes to the scene to scour the wreckage for anything that could help prove that this man has a history of violent, perhaps homicidal behavior and bring justice to a murdered young woman.

Finder, Joseph. Killer instinct. Abridged. New York : Audio Renaissance, p2006.

Narrated by Scott Brick. Jason Steadman is a charismatic guy who’s well liked at the office, but he lacks the “killer instinct” to move up the corporate ladder. Looking for a pitcher for the company softball team, Jason helps former Special Forces officer Kurt Semko find a job with the firm. Soon, Jason’s career is skyrocketing, while bad things begin happening to his rivals. Only too late does Jason realize that his new friend, Kurt, is secretly paving Jason’s success in the most ruthless manner possible.

Gregory, Jill. The book of names. Unabridged Library Edition. Grand Haven, MI : Brilliance Audio, p2006.
Read by Christopher Graybill. Travis Parker has everything a man could want: a good job, loyal friends, even a waterfront home in small-town North Carolina. In full pursuit of the good life—boating, swimming, and regular barbecues with his good-natured buddies—he holds the vague conviction that a serious relationship with a woman would only cramp his style. That is, until Gabby Holland moves in next door. .

Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 1804-1864. The house of the seven gables. Unabridged; library ed. Grand Haven, Mich. : Brilliance Audio, p1994.

Read by Buck Schirner. The curse of Mathew Maule descends on seven generations of the inhabitants of an old New England house.

Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 1804-1864. The scarlet letter. Library edition. Grand Haven, Mich. : Brilliance Audio, p2001.

Read by Dick Hill. Hester Prynne and her lover feel the effects of sin in Puritan New England.

Hoag, Tami. Prior bad acts. [New York] : Random House Audio, p2006.
Read by Erik Bergmann. It was a crime so brutal, it changed the lives of even the most hardened homicide cops. The Haas family murders left a scar on the community nothing can erase, but everyone agrees that convicting the killer, Karl Dahl, is a start. Only Judge Carey Moore seems to be standing in the way. Her ruling that Dahl’s prior criminal record is inadmissible raises a public outcry—and puts the judge in grave danger.

Kellerman, Jesse. Trouble. New York : Penguin Audio, p2007.

Read by Scott Brick. Jonah, a medical student in New York City, saves a woman being attacked on the sidewalk. He kills the attacker and is thrust into the spotlight by the media.

Koontz, Dean R. (Dean Ray). Icebound. New York : Random House Audio, p2007.

Read by Paul Michael. A secret Arctic experiment turns into a frozen nightmare when a team of scientists, stranded on a drifting iceberg with a massive explosive charge, battle the elements for survival, only to discover that one of them is a murderer.

McBain, Ed, 1926-2005. Fiddlers : a novel of the 87th Precinct. Unabridged. Minneapolis, MN. : Highbridge Audio, c2005.
Read by Charles Stransky. The boys of the 87th Precinct hunt a serial killer who won’t play by the rules.

Muller, Marcia. Vanishing point. Library ed. Grand Haven, MI : Brilliance Audio, p2006.
Read by Susan Ericksen. Sharon McCone is hired to investigate the 22-year-old cold case of a housewife and artist who vanished inexplicably in the central part of California.

Patterson, James. Step on a crack. Unabridged. New York : Hachette Audio, p2007.

Read by John Slattery and Reg Rogers. Michael Bennett, a senior NYPD homicide detective, has a wife dying of cancer and 10 adopted children of various ethnic origins. When St. Patrick’s Cathedral, site of the celebrity-packed funeral of a former first lady, is seized by a dozen ruthless men, Bennett ends up as point man for the hastily assembled negotiating team. (from Publishers Weekly).

Rice, Luanne. Sandcastles. Abridged. New York : Random House Audio, p2006.
A painter and art instructor has made a peaceful life for herself with her three daughters at the Star of the Sea Academy, until the wedding of her eldest daughter brings her former love—and the girl’s father—back into her life from his self-imposed exile and sets in motion a life-changing series of events.

Sparks, Nicholas. The choice. New York : Hachette Audio, p2007.

Read by Holter Graham. Resisting romantic commitments while enjoying a life of boating, swimming, and barbecues, Travis Parker is unable to deny his attraction to new neighbor Gabby Holland, a defensive woman whose long-time boyfriend further challenges Travis’ growing feelings.

Stevenson, Robert Louis, 1850-1894. Treasure Island. Library ed. Grand Haven, Mich. : Brilliance Audio, c1993.

Read by Michael Page. While searching the possessions of a deceased guest who owed them money, the mistress of the inn and her son, Jim Hawkins, find a treasure map that leads them to a pirate’s fortune. Hawkins sets sail on board the ship Hispaniola to find the treasure.

DVD 158.1 SEC
The secret. Extended ed. [Australia] : TS Production, LLC, c2006.
Documentary-style film about manifesting and using the Law of Attraction to create whatever you want in your life. Helps you understand how important it is to consciously choose the thoughts you hold each day and to keep your thoughts and actions focused on what you really want to attract into your life.

Memere Catherine Charron : French - Canadian Raconteuse / Storyteller. 2007.
Memere Catherine Charron retells French-Canadian stories and folklore to an audience at Brownell Library in Essex Junction, Vermont.

DVD 791.43 RIN
Ringu. Universal City, CA : DreamWorks Home Entertainment, c2003.

Nanako Matsushima, Miki Nakatani, Hiroyuki Sanada, Yuko Takeuchi, Hitomi Sato, Yoichi Numata. “A mysterious video has been linked to a number of deaths, and when an inquisitive journalist finds the tape and views it herself, she sets in motion a chain of events that puts her own life in danger.”—Container.

DVD 796.510974 APP
Appalachian impressions : [hiking the Appalachian Trail]. [United States] : Flagler Films, c2004.

Narrated by Peter Thomas. Thru-hikers take on the 2173-mile Appalachian Trail, the most famous hiking trail in the world, which stretches from Georgia to Maine.

DVD 956.7044 WHY
Why we fight. Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, c2006.
Interviews with Senator John McCain, Gore Vidal, John S.D. Eisenhower, Dan Rather. Explores a half-century of U.S. foreign policy from World War II to the Iraq War, revealing how, as Dwight Eisenhower had warned in his 1961 Farewell Address, political and corporate interests have become alarmingly entangled in the business of war. On a deeper level, what emerges is a portrait of a nation in transition—drifting dangerously far from her founding principles toward a more imperial and uncertain future.

Black robe. Widescreen [ed.]. [S.l.] : Santa Monica, Calif. : Alliance Communications Corporation ; Distributed by MGM Home Entertainment Inc., c2001.
Lothaire Bluteau, August Schellenberg, Aden Young, Sandrine Holt, Tantoo Cardinal, Lawrence Bayne, Raoul Trujillo. In the 17th century, Father Laforgue, a young Jesuit priest, is assigned to go up river into the Canadian wilderness to convert the Huron Indians. His young aide and translator, Daniel, falls in love with Annuka, the daughter of the Algonquin chief. Torn between his own desires and ideals of the priesthood, Laforgue’s faith is tested, and his life and the outcome of the mission imperiled, as the expedition faces the elements and hostile Indians.

Jezebel. [United States] : Warner Home Video, c2006.

Bette Davis, George Brent, Henry Fonda, Margaret Lindsay, Donald Crisp. Julie Marsden is a Southern belle in pre-Civil War New Orleans with a knack for manipulating the men in her life. Scorned by the man she loves, she lashes out in revenge and destroys lives in the process.

The man who came to dinner. Standard version. [S.l.] : Burbank, Calif. : Turner Entertainment Co. ; distributed by Warner Home Video, Inc., c2006.
Special features : New featurette : The man who came to dinner : inside a classic comedy—Vintage Joe McDoakes comedy short film : So you think you need glasses—Classic cartoon : Six hits and a miss—Theatrical trailer. Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan, Monty Woolley, Jimmy Durante, Richard Travis, Billie Burke, Reginald Gardiner. Famed author Sheridan Whiteside possesses a tongue dipped in venom and a brain that can crack The New York Times crossword in four minutes. On a lecture tour in Ohio, he slips on the ice and is confined to the home of a bourgeois couple. He proceeds to plunge the household into chaos, ruling the place like a czar and meddling in everyone’s love life.—Container.

Marked woman. Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c2006.

Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Lola Lane, Isabel Jewell, Eduardo Ciannelli, Jane Bryan, Rosalind Marquis, Mayo Methot, Allen Jenkins, John Litelben Welden, Henry O’Neill. A young assistant District Attorney uses a prostitute to indict a gang of racketeers, its czar, and his underlings.

Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot. [New York] : Janus Films : Criterion Collection [distributor], c2006.
Jacques Tati, Nathalie Pascaud, Michèle Rolla, Raymond Carl, Lucien Fregis. Presents a series of humorous impressions and incidents at a seaside Brittany resort involving the accident-prone Mr. Hulot. Principally visual humor. There is no story: simply a series of comic mix-ups and casual caricatures. Soundtrack is mostly ambient sound.

Old acquaintance. Burbank, Ca.] : Warner Bros., c2006.
Bette Davis, Miriam Hopkins, Gig Young, John Loder, Dolores Moran. Bette Davis plays established writer Kit Marlowe, whose friend Millie, a melodramatic writer of trashy novels, is envious of Kit’s husband and child. The 20-year friendship endures until Kit meets an exciting new man, and their friendship is put to the test.

Roman holiday. Special collector’s ed. ; full screen version. Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount, c1953.

Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert, Hartley Power, Harcourt Williams, Margaret Rawlings. A princess rebels against her royal obligations and explores Rome on her own. She meets an American newspaperman who, seeking an exclusive story, pretends ignorance of her identity. But his plan falters as they fall in love.

Scrooge. Widescreen ed. Hollywood, Calif. : CBS DVD : Paramount Home Video, c1970.

Albert Finney, Dame Edith Evans, Kenneth More, Alex Guinness, Laurence Naismith, Michael Medwin, David Collings, Anton Rodgers, Suzanne Neve. The classic Charles Dickens tale of the cold hearted miser who is reformed by the Ghosts of Christmas.

Stargate. Santa Monica, Calif. : Artisan Entertainment, c1998.

Kurt Russell, James Spader, Jaye Davidson, Viveca Lindfors. A secret military mission takes a group of men through an Egyptian artifact known as the Stargate to an ancient civilization on the other side of the universe. Once there, they must battle the astoundingly powerful sun god, Ra, before they can find their way home.

Stardust : the Bette Davis story. Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c2006.

Narrated by Susan Sarandon. Soon after arriving in Hollywood in 1930, Bette Davis rose to the pinnacle of the film world, winning two Best Actress Oscars and 10 nominations, becoming a powerhouse nicknamed the Fourth Warner Brother, and surviving career and personal highs and lows that would crush a mere mortal. This in-depth documentary tells the whole dynamic story with film clips, interviews, newsreels, stills and reminiscences from the people who knew Davis best.

Stepmom. Culver City, CA : Columbia TriStar Home Video, c1999.

Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris. Anna and Ben, the two children of Jackie and Luke, have to cope with the fact that their parents divorced and that there is a new woman in their father’s life: Isabel, a successful photographer. She does her best to treat the kids in a way that makes them still feel at home when being with their dad, but also loves her work and does not plan to give it up. But Jackie, a full-time-mother, regards Isabel’s efforts as offensively insufficient. She can’t understand that work can be important to her as well as the kids. The conflict between them is deepened by the sudden diagnosis of cancer, which may be deadly for Jackie. They all have to learn a little in order to grow together.

A touch of frost : Season 4. [Oak Forest, Ill.] : MPI Home Video, [2004], c1996. .
David Jason.

A Touch of Frost is one of Britain’s most successful detective series and stars award-winning actor David Jason as Detective Inspector Jack Frost, a policeman with a knack for attracting trouble.

What ever happened to baby Jane? Two-disc special ed. Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c2006.

Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono, Wesley Addy. In a decaying Hollywood mansion, Jane Hudson, a former child star, and her sister Blanche, a movie queen forced into retirement after a crippling accident, live in virtual isolation.