Wednesday, January 02, 2008
New books and media for January 08
Ashford, Lindsay Jayne. Strange blood : a crime novel. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2007.
Forensic psychologist Megan Rhys must decipher strange carvings on the faces of murdered women in this second installment, which was considered for Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award in England. (from Library Journal).
Barbieri, Maggie. Extracurricular activities. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Minotaur, c2007.
An English professor waits for her married boyfriend’s freedom, dates a New York Ranger and finds dead bodies. What’s a girl to do? (from Kirkus reviews).
Barclay, Linwood. No time for goodbye. New York : Bantam Books, c2007.
When Cynthia was 14 years old, her family disappeared without a trace. Twenty-five years later, Cynthia has her own family and though sometimes overprotective of her daughter, she has become a functioning adult. But as she and her husband, Terry, attempt to live normal lives, hints and clues begin appearing that bring Cynthia back to that night years ago. . .(from Publishers Weekly).
Benedict, Laura. Isabella Moon : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, c2007.
At the start of Benedict’s plodding debut, Kate Russell, a recent transplant to the sleepy town of Carystown, Ky., is convinced she knows where nine-year-old Isabella Moon, who has been missing for two years, is buried. Sheriff Bill Delaney is skeptical, especially after Kate admits that Isabella herself led her to the burial site in a dream. Even Kate’s only friends, Lillian Cayley and her daughter, Francie, doubt Kate’s claim. But Isabella’s disappearance is only one of the secrets that lurk beneath Carystown’s idyllic exterior. (from Publishers Weekly).
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Box, C. J. In plain sight. Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., c2006.
A thrilling tale of suspense, vengeance, and murder, featuring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett.
Cameron, Stella. The orphan. Ontario, Canada : Mira, c2002.
Set in 1823, Cameron’s newest historical romance (after 7B) revisits the clutch of characters who wrestle with both danger and true love in the London town house of 7 Mayfair Square.
Cezair-Thompson, Margaret. The pirate’s daughter. 1st ed. Denver, Colo. : Unbridled Books, c2007.
A novel that tells the stories of two Jamaican women: Ida, a romantic who dreams of a life beyond her small town, and May, Ida’s daughter fathered by actor Errol Flynn.
Chabon, Michael. Gentlemen of the road. New York : Del Rey/Ballantine Books, c2007.
The rootless lives of Zelikman, an itinerant physician, and his comrade and fellow conman Amram, gain focus when they are dragooned in 950 A.D. into service as escorts and defenders to a stubborn and unlikable young royal whose uncle has usurped the throne.
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Crais, Robert. The watchman. Waterville, Me. : Wheeler Pub., c2007.
Joe Pike, the intriguing, enigmatic partner of L.A. PI Elvis Cole, takes center stage in this intense thriller from bestseller Crais (The Two Minute Rule). To pay back an old debt, Pike is coerced into protecting Larkin Barkley, a hard-partying young heiress whose life is in danger after a “wrong place wrong time” encounter that quickly escalates and spins out of control. (from Publishers Weekly).
Donaldson, Stephen R. Fatal revenant. New York : G. P. Putnam’s Sons, c2007.
The long-awaited sequel to The Runes of the Earth returns readers to the Land—and opens with the reunion of Linden Avery and Thomas Covenant.
Druett, Joan. Deadly shoals. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Minotaur, c2007.
It’s January 1839, and Wiki, as sheriff’s representative aboard the U.S. Exploring Expedition ship Swallow, agrees to help outraged whaler Captain Stackpole, who claims to have been roundly cheated. Trader Caleb Adams took Stackpole’s money and vanished, along with the schooner Stackpole was buying. When Wiki goes looking for Adams, he finds only his corpse. . .(from Publishers Weekly).
Ferris, Monica. Knitting bones. 1st ed. New York : Berkley Prime Crime, c2007.
The stitchers of the Embroiderers Guild are thrilled to have raised over $20,000 for charity—but they’re less pleased when the representative who accepts the check disappears with it. After breaking her leg in a fall from a horse, Betsy’s confined to her apartment and loopy on pain killers—she can’t possibly investigate. But Godwin, her store manager, insists that he can do the legwork. Little do they know that a man across town has a similar injury—and he too is wondering what happened to that check. Betsy and Godwin have got to figure it out first, or it’ll be a bad break for everyone.
Flynn, Vince. Protect and defend : a thriller. 1st Atria Books hardcover ed. New York : Atria Books, c2007.
In the aftermath of an Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear facilities, CIA director Irene Kennedy and operative Mitch Kelly are dispatched to the Middle East to diffuse Iran’s sworn retaliation against the United States.
Gericke, Shane. Cut to the bone. New York : Kensington, c2007.
There is a serial killer out there who seems to murder randomly with no apparent pattern. Victims are spread across the country and the only similarity is two burnt matches left at the scene. . .Detectives Emily Thompson and Marty Benedetti are assigned to a local murder almost by default because they happened to be at the spa where the grisly murder took place in broad daylight with witnesses. Unfortunately no one really got a glimpse of what the murderer looked like. There is no trace evidence, no DNA, nothing to help solve this case. . .only the matches.
Goodkind, Terry. Confessor. 1st ed. New York : Tor, c2007.
As the world is overtaken by evil, never to be the same again, wizard Richard Rahl struggles with guilt over the sin he cannot confess to his wife, Mother Confessor Kahlan, who has lost all her memories.
Gordimer, Nadine. Beethoven was one-sixteenth black : and other stories. 1st ed. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2007.
In this collection of new stories Nadine Gordimer crosses the frontiers of politics, memory, sexuality, and love with the fearless insight that is the hallmark of her writing.
Grafton, Sue. T is for trespass. New York : G. P. Putnam’s Sons, c2007.
Kinsey Millhone, a private investigator in the small California town of Santa Teresa, faces a formidable enemy when she begins to suspect there is something not right about Solana Rojas, the home health care nurse hired to look after Kinsey’s elderly neighbor and friend Gus.
Hamill, Pete. North River : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown, c2007.
In 1934, Dr. James Delaney struggles to help his poor neighbors, New York City gangsters, veterans, and a host of other diverse characters while dealing with his grief over his missing wife and estranged daughter.
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Hoag, Tami. Prior bad acts. 1st large print ed. New York : Random House Large Print : Distributed by Random House, c2006.
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.
Hopkins, Ellen. Glass. New York : M.K. McElderry Books, c2007.
Kristina is determined to break her addiction to drugs in order to keep her newborn child; but when she fails and the pull becomes too strong, her greatest fears are quickly realized.
Howard, Linda. Drop dead gorgeous. New York : Ballantine, c2006.
Blair Mallory, last seen in To Die For, has already survived one murder attempt. Now, while planning her wedding and dealing with holiday-season madness, Blair once again dodges a bullet. Or, more precisely, a Buick. And though the driver’s identity remains a mystery, his or her murderous intentions are all too clear.
Iles, Greg. Third degree : a novel. 1st Scribner hardcover ed. New York : Scribner, c2007.
In Third Degree, Greg Iles takes us to the idyllic town of Athens Point, Mississippi, to probe beneath the surface of the modern American marriage—where the appearance of perfection conceals a soul-searing conflict of unnerving intensity and violent possibility.
Keyes, Marian. Anybody out there? 1st ed. New York : Avon, c2006.
Anna Walsh returns to her family in Dublin to recuperate from a debilitating and disfiguring accident. Her family tries to bolster her spirits, while her husband in New York is mysteriously missing.
Keyes, Marian. Rachel’s holiday. 1st Perennial ed. New York : Perennial, 2002, c1998.
After overdosing on recreational drugs, Rachel Walsh is sent by her family to a Dublin drug rehabilitation center, where she meets Chris, a young man who might be Rachel’s salvation, or her worst nightmare.
King, Laurie R. A letter of Mary : a Mary Russell novel. Bantam pbk. ed. New York : Bantam Books, 1998, c1997.
Mary Russell, wife of Sherlock Holmes, investigates the murder of their archeologist friend, Dorothy Ruskin, who had given them an inlaid box with a tattered roll of papyrus inside, supposedly written by Mary Magdalene.
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Koontz, Dean R. (Dean Ray). Forever Odd. Large print ed. Detroit, Mich. : Large Print Press, c2005.
Odd Thomas lives between two worlds in the small desert town of Pico Mundo. Being able to communicate with the dead is not something he wanted. It just happened. So, as the unofficial goodwill ambassador between both worlds, he has a duty to do the right thing. When a childhood friend disappears, Odd uses his talents to find him. What he discovers is that there’s something worse than a dead body as he encounters a cunning enemy and a world of terror.
Kozak, Harley Jane. Dead ex : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Doubleday, c2007.
When David Zetrakis, the producer of a popular soap opera, is found shot to death the day after Christmas, Wollie Shelley finds herself caught up in the murder.
Lackey, Mercedes. Reserved for the cat. New York : Daw Books, c2005.
In an alternate 1910 London, a struggling dancer takes the advice of a telepathic cat and achieves success after stealing a Russian ballerina’s identity, unaware that an evil troll has taken over the real ballerina’s body, drinking the life essences of her patrons, and will target the young impersonator next.
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Livingston, Joyce. The widows’ club. Center Point large print ed. Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., c2006.
Valentine Denay seems to have it all in finances and nice possessions—the only thing missing is her husband Carter. Can she find a way to fill the aching void he left behind? She has already opened her house each morning for coffee with two other widows in the cul-de-sac. But when a new widow in the neighborhood, a church fundraising project, and a pregnant soldier’s wife all come knocking at the door to her heart of compassion, can Val keep her wits about her? Or, will the princess of the cul-de-sac fall from her lofty perch when pulled into a romance triangle?
Martin, George R. R. Dreamsongs. New York : Bantam Books, , c2003.
A collection of shorter writing by award-winning fantasy writer George R. R. Martin, including previously unpublished fan pieces, short stories, and an original novella, accompanied by author commentary.
May, Peter. The critic. 1st ed. Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, c2007.
Gil Petty, the world’s leading wine critic, vanishes during a tasting tour of the wine region of Gaillac. Scottish exile and former forensics expert Enzo Macleod takes on the cold case.
McCaig, Donald. Rhett Butler’s people. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s, c2007.
A companion novel to Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone With the Wind,” focusing on the life of the dashing Rhett Butler before and after he met Scarlett O’Hara.
McCullough, Colleen. Antony and Cleopatra. 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed. New York : Simon & Schuster, c2007.
An historical fiction that tells of love, politics, and power as Cleopatra brings Antony to her court and fights to ensure that Julius Caesar’s son ascends to the throne.
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Michaels, Fern. Hey, good looking. Large print ed. Detroit, Mich. : Large Print Press, 2007, c2006.
Darby Lane and Russell Gunn had been inseparable friends from their early years in the Horseshoe, their wonderful Baton Rouge neighborhood, all the way through to graduate school dreams and beyond. Then the unthinkable happens: a tragic accident takes Russ’s life, and Darby’s world is shattered.
Muller, Marcia. Crucifixion River : western stories. 1st ed. Waterville, Me. : Five Star, c2007.
A stagecoach station in the river delta region of California is the setting for this western.
Nesbø, Jo. The redbreast. New York : HarperCollins, c2007.
Shifting effortlessly between the last days of WWII on the Eastern front and modern day Oslo, Norwegian Nesbø (The Devil’s Star) spins a complex tale of murder, revenge and betrayal. (from Publishers Weekly).
Randisi, Robert J. Luck be a lady, don’t die : a Rat Pack mystery. 1st ed. New York : Thomas Dunne Books, c2007.
Vegas, 1960. Gamblin’, drinkin’, and everybody’s misbehavin’.
Rankin, Ian. Watchman. 1st American ed. New York : Little, Brown and Co., c2007.
Miles Flint is a spy who has been making some serious mistakes. His last assignment led to the death of a foreign official in London, and after getting too close to his current subject he wound up in police custody. But something is wrong at the agency that has nothing to do with Miles’ errors. .
Riggs, Cynthia. Shooting star. 1st ed. New York : Thomas Dunne Books, c2007.
Ninety-two-year-old poet Victoria Trumbull has written a serious adaptation of “Frankenstein” to be performed by the community theater on Martha’s Vineyard, but the show is put on hold when the young boy playing the part of Frankenstein’s younger brother goes missing and Victoria fears someone is acting out her script in real life.
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Robb, J. D.. Innocent in death. Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, c2007.
Lt. Eve Dallas. . .tries to close a case at the exclusive Sarah Child Academy, where two bright 10-year-old girls discover the body of Craig Foster, a popular history teacher who proves to have been poisoned by ricin-laced cocoa. (from Publishers Weekly).
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Roberts, Nora. Temptation. Waterville, Me. : Wheeler Publishing, 2007, c1987.
Romance ensues between an administrator at an all-girls camp and an agriculturalist.
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Rutherfurd, Edward. The rebels of Ireland : the Dublin saga. 1st large print ed. New York : Random House Large Print, c2006.
Once again Rutherfurd takes us inside the process of history by tracing the lives of several Dublin families from all strata of society, Protestant and Catholic, rich and poor, conniving and heroic. Through the eyes of the victims and the perpetrators alike readers will see the painful realities of the anti-Catholic penal laws, the catastrophic famine and the massive migration to North America, the rise of the great nationalists O’Connell and the tragic Parnell, the glorious Irish cultural renaissance of Joyce and Yeats, and finally, the triumphant founding of the Irish Republic in 1922.
Tolstoy, Leo, graf, 1828-1910. War and peace. New York : Knopf, c2007.
An English translation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic epic novel about the lives of five aristocratic families in Moscow and St. Petersburg against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars of 1805 to 1814.
Wiggs, Susan. The winter lodge. Don Mills, Ont. : Mira, c2007.
On the longest night of the year, Jenny Majesky loses everything in a devastating house fire. But among the ashes she finds an unusual treasure hidden amid her grandfather’s belongings, one that starts her on a search for the truth, and on a path toward a life that she never imagined. The Winter Lodge, a remote cabin owned by her half sister on the shores of Willow Lake, becomes a safe refuge for Jenny, where she and local police chief Rourke McKnight try to sort out the mysteries revealed by the fire.
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Winston, Lolly. Happiness sold separately. Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, c2006.
Elinor Mackey steadfastly followed the drill she had been taught. She got good grades; didn’t miss a beat in college or law school; landed a lucrative corporate career; and got married. The next step, of course, is a child, but Elinor’s perfect life peters out with the news that she and her husband can’t have children. That tragedy is compounded when hubby Ted drifts into an affair with a local nutritionist, setting off a whole new series of unplanned explosions. (from Barnes and Noble).
Woodiwiss, Kathleen E. Everlasting. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2007.
After her father returns from the Crusades and is denied his rightful title and fortune, Abrielle finds herself disgraced and, left with no choice, agrees to marry the oafish Desmond de Marle, despite rumors that he killed his first two wives.
Wright, Jason F. The Wednesday letters : a novel. [Salt Lake City, Utah] : Shadow Mountain, c2007.
After their parents’ deaths, Matthew, Samantha, and Malcolm stumble upon boxes of letters written by their father for their mother every Wednesday that chronicle the couple’s life together and reveal some shocking secrets about the past and the power of forgiveness.
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Wright, Jason F. Christmas jars. Center Point large print ed. Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., c2007.
In a plot reminiscent of Penelope Stokes’s The Blue Bottle Club and Angela Hunt’s The Note, a journalist happens upon a human interest story that winds up teaching her lessons about love and forgiveness and renewing her own faith in human kindness. (from Publishers Weekly).
Zahn, Timothy. The third lynx. 1st ed. New York : Tor, c2007.
Intelligence operative Frank Compton and his assistant, Bayta, search for an archeological relic in order to protect it from the Modhri, an alien group mind, who want to use it to lead a galactic war.
Coulter, Ann H. If Democrats had any brains, they’d be Republicans. 1st ed. New York : Crown Forum, c2007.
A collection of political comments from columnist Ann Coulter.
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Moore, Beth. Believing God. Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, c2005.
Best-selling author and Bible teacher Moore, staunch Texan that she is, uses all her homespun charm and folksy anecdotes to convince Christian followers to throw off their characteristic unbelief and start “believing God.” Moore is bent on proclaiming a message of renewal and spiritual combativeness against the defeatism so common in today’s churches. (from Publishers Weekly).
McKibben, Bill. Fight global warming now : the handbook for taking action in your community. 1st ed. New York : Henry Holt, c2007.
Explains how to take effective action to stop climate change, discussing how to organize in one’s community, church, or college and covering such topics as online grassroots campaigns, high-profile events, and political pressure.
Childs, Craig Leland. The animal dialogues : uncommon encounters in the wild. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown. c2007.
Whether recalling the experience of being chased through the Grand Canyon by a bighorn sheep, swimming with sharks off the coast of British Columbia, watching a peregrine falcon perform acrobatic stunts at 200 miles per hour, or engaging in a tense face-off with a mountain lion near a desert waterhole, Craig Childs captures the moment so vividly that he puts the reader in his boots. . .Each of the forty brief, compelling narratives in THE ANIMAL DIALOGUES focuses on the author’s own encounter with a particular species and is replete with astonishing facts about the species’ behavior, habitat, breeding, and lifespan.
McCarthy, Jenny. Louder than words : a mother’s journey. New York : Dutton. c2007.
McCarthy shares her son’s symptoms and her attempts to sort through the maze of conflicting medical theories.
Thayer, Samuel. The forager’s harvest : a guide to identifying, harvesting, and preparing edible wild plants. Ogema, WI : Forager’s Harvest, c2006.
A practical guide to all aspects of edible wild plants: finding and identifying them, their seasons of harvest, and their methods of collection and preparation. Each plant is discussed in great detail and accompanied by excellent color photographs. Includes an index, illustrated glossary, bibliography, and harvest calendar.
Bolles, Richard Nelson. What color is your parachute? : a practical manual for job-hunters and career-changers. 2008 ed. Berkeley, Calif. : Enfield : Ten Speed ; Publishers Group UK [distributor], c2007.
The #1 best-selling career book of all time, revised and updated.
Picoult, Jodi. Wonder Woman. New York : DC Comics, c2007.
Best-selling author Jodi Picoult, the writer of best-selling novels The 10th Circle and Sister’s Keeper, takes Wonder Woman on a collision course with her long-missing people, the Amazons.
Sacks, Oliver W. Musicophilia : tales of music and the brain. 1st ed. New York : Knopf, c2007.
Oliver Sacks explores the power of music in the lives of ordinary people, as well as individuals with neurological and other conditions.
Sixx, Nikki. The heroin diaries : a year in the life of a shattered rock star. 1st MTV Books/Pocket Books hardcover ed. New York : Pocket Books, c2007.
Contains a collection of diary entries which chronicle Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx’s struggle with drugs—mainly heroin—and alcohol, during 1986 and 1987 and includes commentary from Sixx, his bandmates, ex-lovers, friends, and ex-managers.
Enss, Chris. Buffalo gals : women of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. 1st ed. Guilford, Conn. : TwoDot, c2006.
Buffalo Bill’s Wild West brought an enormously successful performance spectacle to audiences throughout the United States and Europe between 1883 and 1916. Many talented and daring women performed alongside men in the Wild West shows including tiny sharpshooter Annie Oakley. Annie and the other female performers represented the feminine side of an American tradition and brought a woman’s touch to an otherwise uncivilized form of entertainment, but they also changed the way the world thought about women forever through the demonstration of their skills.
Almond, Steve. Not that you asked : rants, exploits, and obsessions. New York : Random House Pub. Group, c2007.
A digressive series of hysterical letters to Oprah Winfrey sets the familiar yet frenzied tone of this essay collection. Through autobiographical anecdotes, New York Times best-selling author Almond takes us on a coast-to-coast tour of American pop culture. (from Library Journal).
Fodor’s England 2008. New York : Fodor’s Travel Publications, c2008.
Take a double-decker bus to world famous department store Harrods, visit England’s charming countryside along the river Thames, discover an up-and-coming star at a London play, tour the country’s castles, or enjoy a conversation over a pint at a local pub - Fodor’s England 2008 offers all these experiences and more.
Fodor’s 2008 Germany. New York ; London : Fodor’s, c2008.
Fodor’s Germany 2008 offers information from local writers who have traveled throughout the country to find the best hotels, restaurants, attractions and activities to prepare you for a journey of stunning variety. (from the publisher, edited).
Fodor’s Mexico, 2008. New York : Fodor’s, c2008.
Comprehensive, up-to-date, and easy to use, Fodor’s Mexico 2008. . .edition also flaunts exclusive, new features including. . .customized tools for planning your trip, in addition to rich photography that illustrates the distinctive culture of the country. Plus, not only will you read the expert advice of our professional travel writers, but you’ll also review recommendations from everyday travelers like yourself, in our new “Word of Mouth” features throughout the book. (from the publisher, edited).
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Leonard, Mike, 1947 Nov. 30-. The ride of our lives : roadside lessons of an American family. 1st large print ed. New York : Random House Large Print, c2006.
Fans of NBC News correspondent Leonard's slice-of-life features for the Today show may enjoy this account of a month-long road trip he took with his parents, now in their 80s.
Clapton, Eric. Clapton : the autobiography. 1st ed. New York : Broadway Books, c2007.
Eric Clapton tells the story of his life. (from the publisher, edited).
Favre, Deanna. Don’t bet against me! : beating the odds against breast cancer and in life. Carol Stream, Ill. : Tyndale, c2007.
Deanna Favre, wife of Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre, reflects on how her faith has gotten her through the most difficult times of her life, including her years as a single mother, the deaths of her father-in-law and her brother, and her own battle with breast cancer.
Koessler, John. A stranger in the house of God : from doubt to faith and everywhere in between. Grand Rapids, Mich. : Zondervan, c2007.
From early beginnings outside the church, through charismatic and contemporary evangelical churches, to being a ministry professional, John Koessler sheds light on the nature of the Christian life and the fundamental struggle every believer faces in the life of the church.
O’Donnell, Rosie. Celebrity detox : (the fame game). 1st ed. New York : Grand Central Pub., c2007.
Rosie O’Donnell shares her experiences after she left her Emmy Award-winning talk show, focusing on the year she spent as a cohost on the popular daytime television program “The View” and discussing the influence of fame on her life.
Wilson, Valerie Plame. Fair game. 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed. New York : Simon & Schuster, c2007.
Valerie Plame-Wilson, wife of Ambassador Joesph Wilson, discusses how the revelation to the American public that she was a spy impacted her personal and professional life and addresses questions about her training, experiences, covert status, responsibilities, and personal life.
Bryson, Bill. Shakespeare : the world as stage. 1st ed. New York : Atlas Books/HarperCollins, c2007.
William Shakespeare, the most celebrated poet in the English language, left behind nearly a million words of text, but his biography has long been a thicket of wild supposition arranged around scant facts. With a steady hand and his trademark wit, Bill Bryson sorts through this colorful muddle to reveal the man himself.
Slash (Musician). Slash. New York : HarperEntertainment, c2007.
Guitarist Slash tells his life story, discussing his parents’ creativity and their breakup, the ousting of Steven Adler from Guns N’ Roses, the reasons the band broke up, his relationship with Axl Rose, the formation of Velvet Revolver, his struggles with drug addiction, his relationship with his wife, Perla, and fatherhood.
Thomas, Clarence. My grandfather’s son : a memoir. 1st ed. New York : Harper, c2007.
Clarence Thomas recalls his childhood, relationship with his parents and grandparents, education, and hardship that eventually led him to Yale Law School and to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Thomas, Abigail. A three dog life. Detroit : Thorndike Press, c2007.
Structured in a series of vignettes, her memoir is strung together with threads of lilting prose and keen observation. . .For Thomas, it seems, the act of writing itself has become an act of redemption. From the depths of catastrophe, she has crafted a painfully honest and loving portrait of the irrevocably altered life she finds herself leading. The stories are few, the moments are spare, but what Thomas tells us is shot through with light. (from the Washington Post).
French Canadian sources : a guide for genealogists. Orem, Utah : Ancestry Pub., c2002.
This book provides detailed explanations about the genealogical sources available to those seeking their French-Canadian ancestors.
Atkinson, Rick. The day of battle : the war in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944. 1st ed. New York : Henry Holt, c2007.
Atkinson follows the strengthening American and British armies as they invade Sicily in July 1943 and then, mile by bloody mile, fight their way north toward Rome.
King, Greg. The court of the last tsar : pomp, power, and pageantry in the reign of Nicholas II. Hoboken : Wiley, c2006.
This high-end coffee-table book offers a comprehensive look at the lifestyles of the late-czarist rich and famous. (from Publishers Weekly).
Jones, Ann. Kabul in winter : life without peace in Afghanistan. 1st Picador ed. New York, NY : Picador, 2007, c2006.
In the streets—In the prisons—In the schools. A sharp and arresting people’s-eye view of real life in Afghanistan after the Taliban.
Ellis, Joseph J. American creation : triumphs and tragedies at the founding of the republic. 1st ed. New York : Knopf, c2007.
Presents an historical account of the twenty-eight years between the start of the War for Independence in 1775 and the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, focusing on significant people and events in the founding of the American nation.
Mayer, Henry. All on fire : William Lloyd Garrison and the abolition of slavery. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 1998. Mayer’s triumph is to show Garrison as a complicated human being, a fanatic to be sure, but one with a devoted family, a sense of humor and a brilliance of mind unexpected of one with so little formal education. (from Publishers Weekly).
Brokaw, Tom. Boom! : voices of the sixties. New York : Random House, c2007.
Journalist Tom Brokaw looks back on life in the United States during the 1960s, sharing the perspectives and experiences of famous and ordinary people who were affected by the tumultuous times, discussing changes that occurred in politics, culture, and society, and looking at how the era influenced events to come.
DeFrank, Thomas M. Write it when I’m gone : remarkable off-the-record conversations with Gerald R. Ford. New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, c2007.
In a series of interviews conducted over sixteen years with the stipulation that they not be released until after his death, the former president describes his relationships with other presidents and offers opinions on a wide range of topics.
Alstead Historical Society. Too much water too much rain : the story of the Alstead flood. Exeter, N.H. : Publishing Works, c2006.
A chronicle of the Cold River flood of October 9, 2005 in Alstead, New Hampshire and its aftermath.
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Richmond, Vermont : a history of more than 200 years. 1st ed. Richmond, Vt. : Richmond Historical Society, c2007.
A history of the town of Richmond, Vermont.
Kalish, Mildred Armstrong. Little heathens : hard times and high spirits on an Iowa farm during the Great Depression. New York : Bantam Books, c2007.
Recounted in a luminous narrative filled with tenderness and humor, Kalish’s memoir of her childhood shows how the right stuff can make even the bleakest of times seem like “quite a romp.”
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Kane, Joseph Nathan, 1899-2002. Famous first facts. 6th ed. New York : H.W. Wilson, c2006.
Originally published in 1933, this classic reference source was rejected by 11 other publishers until Halsey W. Wilson was persuaded to publish it because of a growing demand from reference librarians who had been shown the manuscript. Compiled by the indefatigable researcher Joseph Nathan Kane, Famous First Facts may have secured its own first fact: the first print reference volume to become the basis for a popular radio program, which was hosted by the author in 1938-1939. This sixth edition contains about 7,500 entries, including more than 1,000 new and many updated ones. Arranged under 16 broad topical headings such as “Education,” “Daily Life,” and “Science and Technology,” the text is easily accessible from several indexes, which comprise 600 pages! This edition also offers some new features, including interesting sidebars and photographs, that enhance its visual appeal. Besides serving as an essential ready-reference source, the book is also fun to read out loud to colleagues - when was bubble gum first manufactured in the U.S.? When was the spray can introduced? The editors have admirably maintained the standards set by Kane, who died in 2002 at the age of 103. (from Booklist).
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The world almanac and book of facts, 2008. 140th anniversary ed. New York : [S.l.] : World Almanac ; Distributed to the book trade by Simon & Schuster, c2008.
A comprehensive collection of facts, stories, and statistics covering topics such as the economy, business, energy, health, entertainment, science and technology, history, U.S. cities and states, sports, world nations, and 2008 election preview.
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Peterson’s college money handbook, 2008. 25th ed. Lawrenceville, NJ : Peterson’s, c2007.
Public funds abound in this comprehensive directory of more than $50 billion in financial aid opportunities available from more than 2,100 four-year colleges, including federal grants, work-study programs, need-based grants, academic scholarships, and more.
REF 378.73 PET
Peterson’s two-year colleges, 2008. 38th ed. Lawrenceville, NJ : Peterson’s, c2007.
Peterson’s comprehensive guide to more than 1,800 accredited two-year colleges gives students a complete picture of their choices. School profiles describe academic programs, student life, standardized testing requirements, and more.
REF 384.6 HEA
Headquarters USA 2008 : a directory of contact information for headquarters and other central offices of major businesses & organizations in the United States and in Canada. 30th ed. Detroit, Mich. : Omnigraphics, c2008.
Vol. 1. Alphabetical by organization name—Vol. 2. Classified by subject.
REF 796.54 PET
Summer programs for kids & teenagers 2008. 24th ed. Lawrenceville, NJ : Thomson Peterson’s, c2008.
This guide provides families with a variety of potentially fun and enriching programs, including summer camps, sports clinics, mini travel tours, community service projects, volunteer work, and college-prep courses. (from the publisher, edited).
CD 133.9 BRO
Browne, Sylvia. Life on the other side. St. Paul, Minn. : HighBridge, p2005.
Read by the author. Drawing on her almost 50 years of psychic experience, the author uses her research as a basis to explain the unseen. Believing humans have both a worldly and otherworldly home, Browne offers a guide for better living.
CD 302.2 LOW
Lowndes, Leil. How to talk to anyone : 62 little tricks for big success in relationships. Roseland, NJ : Listen & Live Audio, p2004.
Read by the author. It teaches how to make an unforgettable entrance and meet the people you want to meet, use body language to captivate audiences of all sizes, sound like an insider in any crowd and always come across as confident, credible, and charismatic wherever you are.
CD 306.362096 RED
Rediker, Marcus Buford. The slave ship : a human history. Unabridged. [Old Saybrook, CT] : Tantor Audio, p2007.
Read by David Drummond. Much is known of the American slave trade, but little of the ships that made it all possible. Rediker draws on 30 years of research in maritime archives to create a history of these vessels and the human drama acted out on their rolling decks.
CD 327.1273 WEI
Weiner, Tim. Legacy of Ashes. Unabridged. [Ashland, Or.] : Blackstone Audio, p2007.
Read by Stefan Rudnicki. Offers a scathing history of the CIA, claiming that the covert agency has always been a deeply flawed organization with a horrible track record.
CD 347.73 TOO
Toobin, Jeffrey. The nine : inside the secret world of the Supreme Court. New York, NY : Random House Audio, p2007.
Read by the author. Just in time for the 2008 presidential election—where the future of the Court will be at stake—Toobin reveals an institution at a moment of transition, when decades of conservative disgust with the Court have finally produced a conservative majority, with major changes in store on such issues as abortion, civil rights, presidential power, and church-state relations. Based on exclusive interviews with the justices themselves, THE NINE tells the story of the Court through personalities—from Anthony Kennedy’s overwhelming sense of self-importance to Clarence Thomas’s well-tended grievances against his critics to David Souter’s odd nineteenth-century lifestyle. There is also, for the first time, the full behind-the-scenes story of Bush v. Gore—and Sandra Day O’Connor’s fateful breach with George W. Bush, the president she helped place in office.
CD 361.7 CLI
Clinton, Bill. Giving : [how each of us can change the world]. New York, N.Y. : Random House Audio, p2007.
Read by author. The former president provides dozens of effective and communicable examples of giving. “I wrote this book to encourage you to give whatever you can, because everyone can give something. And there’s so much to be done, down the street and around the world,” he writes. (from Kirkus Reviews).
CD 362.196 ROB
Robison, John Elder. Look me in the eye : my life with asperger’s. New York : Random House, c2007.
Read by the author; foreword read by Augusten Burroughs. The author describes life growing up different in an odd family, his unusual talents, his struggle to live a “normal” life, his diagnosis at the age of forty with Asperger’s syndrome, and the dramatic changes that have occurred since that diagnosis.
CD 629.4 BRZ
Brzezinski, Matthew. Red moon rising : [Sputnik and the hidden rivalries that ignited the Space Age]. Unabridged ed. Minneapolis : HighBridge, p2007.
Read by Charles Stransky. Matthew Brzezinski, through interviews and documentary sources, explains the race between the United States and Russia to send a satellite to space.
CD 658.802 AND
Anderson, Chris. The long tail : [why the future of business is selling less of more]. New York : Hyperion Audiobooks, c2006.
Read by Christopher Nissley. Chris Anderson shows how the future of commerce and culture isn’t in hits, the high-volume head of a traditional demand curve, but in what used to be regarded as misses—the endlessly long tail of that same curve.
CD 741.5 MIC
Michaelis, David. Schulz and Peanuts. Abridged. New York : Harper Audio, p2007.
Read by Holter Graham. A biography of Charles Schulz, the son of a barber who grew up to create Peanuts.
CD 813 HEM
Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961. For whom the bell tolls. Unabridged. New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, p2006.
Read by Campbell Scott. The story of Robert Jordan, an American fighting during the Spanish Civil War with the anti-fascist guerillas in the mountains of Spain.
CD 832.6 SCH
Von Schiller, Friedrich. Mary Stuart : two queens, one empire. [Venice, CA] : L.A. Theatre Works, c2007.
With Jill Gascoine, Alex Kingston et al. Elizabeth I is threatened by the survival of her Catholic cousin, Mary Stuart. Wrestling with her own conscience—and Mary’s popularity—the Queen agonizes over the fate of her cousin amid fears for her own survival.
CD 917.304 LEO
Leonard, Mike, 1947 Nov. 30-. The ride of our lives : [roadside lessons of an American family]. New York : Random House, p2006.
Read by the author. Fans of NBC News correspondent Leonard’s slice-of-life features for the Today show may enjoy this account of a month-long road trip he took with his parents, now in their 80s. (from Publishers Weekly).
CD 921 GREENSPAN
Greenspan, Alan. The age of turbulence : adventures in a new world. Unabridged. New York, NY : Penguin Audio, p2007.
Read by Robertson Dean. The former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, Alan Greenspan, discusses the reckoning with the nature of this new world—how we got here, what we’re living through, and what lies over the horizon.
CD 940.54215 ATK
Atkinson, Rick. The day of battle. Abridged. New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, c2007.
Read by the author. Follows the American and British armies as they invade Sicily in July 1943, attack Italy two months later, and then fight their way north toward Rome.
CD 951.9042 HAL
Halberstam, David. The coldest winter : America and the Korean War. [New York, N.Y.] : Hyperion Audiobooks, p2007.
Explores the lesser-known elements of heroism and pathos that marked the Korean War and evaluates political decisions and miscalculations on both sides of the conflict.
Northanger Abbey : Library Edition. Blackstone Audio Inc, c2007.
The story’s unlikely heroine is Catherine Morland, a remarkably innocent seventeen-year-old woman from a country parsonage. While spending a few weeks in Bath with a family friend, Catherine meets and falls in love with Henry Tilney, who invites her to visit his family estate, Northanger Abbey. Once there, Catherine, a great reader of Gothic thrillers, lets the shadowy atmosphere of the old mansion fill her mind with terrible suspicions.
Beaton, M. C. Death of a maid : a Hamish Macbeth mystery. North Kingstown, R.I. : BBC Audiobooks America, p2007.
Read by Graeme Malcolm. Mrs. Gillespie is famous for being the best maid in the northwest of Sutherland. But to Hamish Macbeth, she is a malicious gossip who bangs around the furniture and clanks pots. When Hamish wins Mrs. Gillespie’s services in a church raffle, he spends most of the day trying to avoid her. He doesn’t understand how she managed to gain such a fine reputation. Then she is found dead, struck down violently by a metal bucket of water. Knowing Mrs. Gillespie’s penchant for gossip, Hamish is sure she delighted in finding out her clients’ secrets—which means that everyone whose home she cleaned is a suspect.
Brooks, Max. World War Z : [an oral history of the zombie war]. New York : Random House Audio, p2006.
Read by a full cast. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. World War Z is the result.
Brockmann, Suzanne. Force of nature : a novel. Grand Haven, Mich. : Brilliance Audio, p2007.
Read by Patrick Lawlor and Melanie Ewbank. Private investigator Ric Alvarado and his girl Friday, Annie Dugan, go undercover working for notorious crime boss Gordon Burns to prove his ties to terrorist activities.
Brontë, Emily, 1818-1848. Wuthering heights. Library ed. Grand Haven, Mich. : Brilliance Audio, p2001.
Read by Michael Page and Laural Merlington. The story of the stormy relationship between the mysterious Heathcliff, the beautiful and stubborn Cathy, and the people who live at Wuthering Heights.
Brown, Sandra. Ricochet. New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, p2006.
Read by Dennis Boutsikaris. Detective Sergeant Duncan Hatcher knows he must exercise discretion when investigating a fatal shooting at the home of Judge Cato Laird, but he is both suspicious of and attracted to the Judge’s wife.
Burke, James Lee. Pegasus descending : [a Dave Robicheaux novel]. New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, p2006.
Read by Will Patton. The daughter of Detective Robicheaux’s dead friend suddenly appears in New Iberia, and he must confront his past as he tried to determine her motives and possible crimes.
Burgess, Anthony, 1917-1993. A clockwork orange. Unabridged. [New York] : Caedmon, p2007.
Read by Tom Hollander. Fifteen-year-old Alex and his fellow gang members roam the streets at night, committing random acts of violence for fun. After getting caught and sent to prison, Alex is forced to take part in an experiment that will end all of his violent tendencies, but at what cost?
Card, Orson Scott. Shadow of the Hegemon. North Kingstown, R.I. : BBC Audiobooks America, p2006.
Read by David Birney, Scott Brick and Gabrielle de Cuir. Bean and other members
of Ender’s Dragon Army return to Earth after their victory in the Formic War. All but Bean are soon mysteriously kidnapped; Bean turns to Ender’s brother Peter for help.
Christie, Agatha, 1890-1976. Taken at the flood. Auburn, CA : Audio Partners, c2006.
Read by Hugh Fraser. Rosaleen Cloade—just two weeks a widow—has arrived in the sleepy village of Warmsley Vale to collect on her late husband’s sizeable inheritance. It’s news that comes as an unpleasant surprise to the Cloade family. But the fate of the family fortune is only the first surprise. The second is the shocking news that the blushing young bride may be a bigamist. The third is murder. Now Hercule Poirot has been enlisted to shake the Cloade family tree before a killer strikes again.
Coelho, Paulo. The devil and Miss Prym. Unabridged. [New York] : Harper Audio, p2006.
Performed by Linda Emond. When a stranger enters the isolated mountain town of Viscos with the devil literally by his side, the widow Berta knows (because her deceased husband, with whom she communicates daily, tells her) that a battle for the town’s souls has begun.
Cornwell, Patricia Daniels. Blow fly. New York : Putnam Berkley Audio, p2003.
Read by Carolyn McCormick. After sending Jean-Baptiste Chandonne up the river in The Last Precinct, Scarpetta now faces the vengeance of his insane brother, who is rampaging through the Louisiana bayous, hideously torturing and murdering a number of Scarpetta look-alikes. As if this weren’t enough, she’s eventually forced to turn to the demonic Jean-Baptiste in an effort to catch yet another killer; but his help comes at a horrific price. (from Barnes & Noble).
Crusie, Jennifer. Agnes and the hitman. Unabridged. Grand Haven, Mich. : Brilliance Audio, p2007.
Read by Sandra Burr. Shane is a hitman who has quite a few problems—he’s got a big hit scheduled, a rival is trying to take him out, and his ex-mobster uncle has asked him to look after a little kid named Alice. Much to Shane’s surprise, Alice is not a little kid, but an adult cookbook author whose house has just been invaded by a dognapper. When a string of hitmen start showing up for Alice, Shane soon finds that he has his hands full.
Defoe, Daniel, 1661?-1731. Moll Flanders. Unabridged. Grand Haven, MI : Brilliance Audio, p1994.
Narrated by Laural Merlington. An orphan, born in a prison, works her way from the streets of London to a Virginia plantation.
Forester, C. S. (Cecil Scott), 1899-1966. Hornblower and the hotspur. Beverly Hills, CA : Phoenix Audio, p2007.
Performed by Patrick Macnee. Third novel in the Hornblower series. Hornblower embarks on marriage and a new command, both perilous.
Francis, Dick. Dead heat. Unabridged. New York : Penguin Audio, p2007.
Read by Martin Jarvis. Max Moreton is a rising culinary star, until nearly all the guests who enjoyed one of his meals at a private catered affair fall victim to severe food poisoning. At his next obligation, an exclusive luncheon for forty in the glass-fronted private boxes at the 2,000 Guineas, a bomb blast rips through the private boxes, killing some of Max’s trusted staff and many of the guests. Two close calls are too close for comfort, and Max vows to protect his name, and himself, before it’s too late.
Furst, Alan. The foreign correspondent : [a novel]. New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, p2006.
Read by Alfred Molina. Carlo Weisz just became the editor of a newspaper. Now the secret police are after him for information.
Gerritsen, Tess. The bone garden. Unabridged. New York : Random House Audio, p2007.
Read by Susan Denaker. Julia Hamill has made a horrifying discovery on the grounds of her new home in rural Massachusetts: a human skull buried in the rocky soil that, according to the trained eye of Boston medical examiner Maura Isles, is scarred with the unmistakable marks of murder.
Grisham, John. The firm. New York, NY : Random House Audio, p1991.
Read by D.W. Moffett. A Harvard Law graduate joins a wealthy tax firm, only to find out it is owned by the most powerful Mob family in Chicago, and that they’re laundering vast sums of money through dummy corporations around the world. And the FBI is pressuring him to become their informant . . . but perhaps there is one way out.
Grisham, John. Playing for pizza. Unabridged. New York : Random House Audio, p2007.
Read by Christopher Evan Welch. A former American football star joins the Parma Panthers to play football in a small town in Italy.
Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961. A farewell to arms. Unabridged. New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, p2006, c1929.
Read by John Slattery. An unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his love for an English nurse.
Keillor, Garrison. Pontoon. Unabridged. [Minneapolis, MN] : HighBridge, p2007.
Read by the author. A daughter, whose mother recently passed away, promises herself that she will fulfill her mother’s dying wish: a cremation at the center of Lake Wobegon. Then there’s Debbie Detmer, a veterinary aromatherapy millionaire, who is convinced that a lake wedding with her reluctant fiancée will offer her clear sailing for the foreseeable future.
King, Jonathon. Acts of nature. Unabridged. Grand Haven, Mich. : Brilliance Audio, p2007.
Read by Mel Foster. Craving some quiet time together, Max Freeman and Detective Sherry Richards retreat to Max’s secluded shack deep in the Florida Everglades. No television. No cell phones. No neighbors. It’s a perfect and much-needed escape from the daily grind. But when a violent hurricane rips through South Florida obliterating everything in its path, Max and Sherry’s peaceful getaway turns into a desperate fight for survival. And the hurricane is only the beginning of the nightmare. With Sherry severely injured and no way to call for help, the couple begins a treacherous trek back to civilization, only to find that the hurricane’s devastation is the least of their worries. In the wake of the storm, the isolation they originally sought soon becomes deadly as undesirables invade the Glades. Some have come to profit from the destruction and loot what remains, while others will stop at nothing to protect secrets. All are willing to kill to get what they came for, and Max and Sherry are smack in the line of fire.
Leonard, Elmore. Killshot. Unabridged ed. Beverly Hills, CA : Phoenix Audio, c2006.
Performed by Rider Strong. Armand Degas is a Mafia hit man the guys call Blackbird. He is cool and composed and knows a good score. So when punk crook Richie Nix tells him about his surefire scheme to extort $10,000 from a middle-of-nowhere Michigan real estate agent, Armand signs on. What the two thugs don’t count on is Carmen Colson and her ironworker husband, Wayne, being in the real estate office when they go in to collect.
Mankell, Henning. The fifth woman. Ashland, Or. : Blackstone Audiobooks, c2007.
Read by Dick Hill. In an African convent, four nuns and an unidentified fifth woman are brutally murdered, and the death of the unknown woman is covered up by the local police. A year later in Sweden, Inspector Kurt Wallander is baffled and appalled by two strange murders. Holger Eriksson, a retired car dealer and bird watcher, is impaled on sharpened bamboo poles in a ditch behind his secluded home, while the body of a missing florist is discovered strangled and tied to a tree. The only clues Wallander has to go on are a skull, a diary, and a photo of three men. What ensues is a case that will test Wallander’s strength and patience, for in order to solve these murders he will need to uncover their elusive connection to the earlier unsolved murder in Africa of the fifth woman.
McCall Smith, Alexander, [R. Alexander]. The good husband of Zebra Drive. Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, p2007.
An unabridged performance by Lisette Lecat. In the life of Mma Ramotswe—a woman duly proud of her fine traditional build—there is rarely a dull moment, and in her newest round of adventures, challenges and intrigues, the same certainly holds true. But one thing above all else is keeping her occupied: her estimable husband, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni. He has been hinting for some time now that he intends to do something special for their adopted daughter, Motholeli, and it seems that the time for this good deed has come.
Moore, Christopher. A dirty job : [a novel]. New York : Prnice Frederick, MD: Harper Audio ; Distributed by Recorded Books, p2006.
Read by Fisher Stevens. Charlie Asher, a neurotic and anxious hypochondriac who hates change, confronts the challenges of being a widower and a single parent when his wife dies of a freak medical condition on the day his new daughter, Sophie, is born.
Mortimer, John Clifford. Rumpole and the reign of terror. Hampton, NH : BBC Audiobooks America, p2007, c2006.
Narrated by Bill Wallis. While defending a mind-numbingly dull theft charge, Rumpole finds that the new terrorist laws have hamstrung his beloved courts. Meanwhile, a Pakistani doctor has been imprisoned without charge or trial under suspicion of aiding al Qaeda in its plans for a terrorist attack. With the doctor’s wife begging him to help her husband, the Great Defender is determined to bring the case before a jury. Trouble is also brewing at home as Hilda—She Who Must Be Obeyed—sits down to write her own memoirs describing her view of Rumpole and her own love life. Rumpole’s battle on the home front threatens to derail his case but where there’s a Rumpole, there’s a way!
Orczy, Emmuska Orczy, Baroness, 1865-1947. The Scarlet Pimpernel. Library ed. Grand Haven, Mich. : Brilliance Audio, 2005, p1999.
Read by Michael Page. A band of titled Englishmen, led by the Scarlet Pimpernel, assists condemned aristocrats in their escape to England during the Reign of Terror.
Parker, Robert B.. Hundred-dollar baby. Library ed. New York : Santa Ana, CA : Random House Audio ; Books on Tape, p2006.
Read by Joe Mantegna. Spenser, a Boston PI, is once again hired by April Kyle who was a teenage runaway who turned to prostitution. Now a madam of an up-scale, all-female operation that some men are trying to take away from her, April claims she doesn’t know who is after her business, but Spenser finds ties to organized crime. Spenser without much surprise also finds that April, the thugs and everyone else involved are lying to him.
Patterson, James. You’ve been warned. Abridged ed. New York : Hachette Audio, p2007.
Read by Ilyana Kadushin. Kristin Burns is a struggling photographer just waiting for the glamorous life of a New York photographer. While waiting for her big break she works as a nanny for the wealthy Turnbull family. When a forbidden love develops with the man of her dreams, her life may end up in a catastrophe.
Perry, Thomas. Pursuit : [a novel]. Ashland, Or. : Blackstone Audiobooks, c2006.
Read by Tom Weiner. Thirteen bodies are found in a Louisville restaurant. When the police can find no suspect or motive, a victim’s family seeks the services of the enigmatic and solitary specialist Roy Prescott, known for his ability to find people who don’t want to be found. Working outside the law and willing to do what the police can’t, Prescott hunts the killer, an elusive adversary who is as smart, as methodical, as deadly as he is. The only way to conduct this pursuit is to goad the killer into believing that he must kill Roy Prescott. It is a contest fought from one end of the country to the other, and both men understand that when it’s over, only one of them will be alive.
Preston, Douglas J. The wheel of darkness. Unabridged. New York : Hachette Audio, c2007.
Read by René Auberjonois. While on a grand tour, Pendergast and Constance learn that a rare and dangerous artifact the monks have been guarding for generations has been mysteriously stolen. The search for the missing item will lead to the Queen Victoria, on its maiden voyage across the Atlantic.
Robb, J. D.. Witness in death. Grand Haven, Mich. : Brilliance Audio, p2007.
Read by Susan Ericksen. Opening night at New York’s New Globe Theater turns from stage scene to crime scene when the leading man is stabbed to death center stage. Now Eve Dallas has a high profile, celebrity homicide on her hands. Not only is she lead detective, she’s also a witness—and when the press discovers that her husband owns the theater, there’s more media spotlight than either can handle.
Robinson, Marilynne. Gilead. Unabridged. New York : Audio Renaissance, p2005.
Read by Tim Jerome. In 1956, as a minister approaches the end of his life, he writes a letter to his son chronicling three previous generations of his family, a story that stretches back to the Civil War and reveals uncomfortable family secrets.
Russo, Richard. Bridge of sighs. Unabridged. New York : Random House Audio, cp2007.
Read by Arthur Morey. Lucy and his mother are taking a trip to Italy, where Lucy’s oldest friend now lives. The exact nature of their friendship is one of the many mysteries Lucy hopes to untangle in the history he’s writing of his hometown and family.
Spencer-Fleming, Julia. All mortal flesh. North Kingstown, RI : BBC Audiobooks America, p2006.
Read by Suzanne Toren. When Police Chief Russ Van Alstyne’s wife is found murdered, he is suspected of killing her and controlling the investigation because of the attraction he shares with Reverend Clare Fergusson.
Twain, Mark, 1835-1910. A Connecticut yankee in King Arthur’s court. Library ed. Ashland, Or. : Blackstone Audiobooks, c2007.
Read by Carl Reiner. The author of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer enjoys an unexpected fantasy as a 19th century Yankee finds himself whisked back in time to an age of chivalry and knighthood with some unusual consequences.
Verne, Jules, 1828-1905. Journey to the center of the earth. Library ed. Grand Haven, MI : Brilliance Corp., p1993.
Read by David Colacci. Professor Lindenbrock and his nephew Axel, on a quest to reach the very core of the earth, gain access to the interior by entering through the cone of an extinct volcano in Iceland. In their descent they pass through the strata of successively earlier and earlier periods until they glimpse a prehistoric man guarding a herd of mastodons.
Wells, H. G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946. The time machine. Library ed. Ashland, Or. : Blackstone Audiobooks, c2007.
Read by Ben Kingsley. Taken from the science fiction story of the time machine that could be manipulated and that could take one into the remote future through the fourth dimension to a futuristic environment and people. The time traveler provides a commentary on the direction of our present society.
Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900. The picture of Dorian Gray. Unabridged. Grand Haven, MI : Brilliance Audio., p1996.
This is an unabridged reading by Michael Page of the 1891 book. Dorian Gray is a wealthy English gentleman who gradually sinks into a life of dissipation and crime. Enthralled with his own physical beauty, Dorian purchases eternal youth at the expense of his soul.
Woods, Stuart. Shoot him if he runs. Unabridged. New York : Penguin Audio, p2007.
Read by Tony Roberts. When a fugitive begins to look like an unwelcome factor in the upcoming presidential election, Stone Barrington and Holly Barker find themselves on their way to the Caribbean to track him down.
DVD 598 BIR
Birding in Vermont. [Colchester, Vt.] : Vermont Public Television, c2006.
Host Bryan Pfeiffer, naturalist and lifelong birdwatcher, explores some of Vermont’s best birding spots. He visits the mountain habitat of the rare Bicknell’s thrush, spots Northern harriers over open fields and glimpses the shy Virginia Rail in its marshland home. Experience the annual Snow Goose migration and the fun of the Christmas bird count. Discover the joys of early spring birding with the return of the Red-winged Blackbirds and courting waterfowl, explore a Northeast Kingdom bog searching for breeding warblers and the rare Spruce Grouse.
The constant gardener. Widescreen ed. Universal City, CA : Focus Features : Distributed by Universal Studios Home Entertainment, c2006.
In a remote area of Northern Kenya, activist Tessa Quayle is found brutally murdered. Tessa’s companion, a doctor, appears to have fled the scene, and all the evidence points to a crime of passion. Members of the British High Commission in Nairobi assume that Tessa’s widower, their mild-mannered and unambitious colleague Justin Quayle, will leave the matter to them. Haunted by remorse and jarred by rumors of his late wife’s infidelities, Quayle surprises everyone by embarking on a personal odyssey that will take him across three continents. Using his privileged access to diplomatic secrets, Justin risks his own life and will stop at nothing to expose the truth—a conspiracy more far-reaching and deadly than Quayle could ever have imagined.