Albert, Susan Wittig. Nightshade. New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2008.
Former attorney China Bayles, now the proprietor of a small herb shop in Pecan Springs, Tex., finally gets some answers to her questions about the death of her cold, distant father, who perished in a fiery car accident 16 years earlier, in the. . .conclusion to a trilogy that began with Bleeding Hearts and Spanish Dagger, the preceding two books within Albert’s long-running cozy series.
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Albert, Susan Wittig. The tale of Hawthorn House : the cottage tales of Beatrix Potter. Large print ed. Detroit : Thorndike Press, 2007.
Albert’s charming fourth Beatrix Potter mystery (after 2006’s The Tale of Cuckoo Brow Wood) finds our heroine unexpectedly in possession of a foundling child, Baby Flora. The reader knows the mysteriously twinkly Mrs. Overthewall stole Flora from her teenage mother, Emily, a maid at the gloomy and possibly haunted Hawthorn House, and left her on the Potter doorstep, but Beatrix - not having read the prologue - suspects the child of having gypsy origins. Capt. Miles Woodcock and his sister, Dimity, gladly give Flora a new home, leaving Beatrix to solve the mystery of her old one. Other thoughts of families and youngsters abound: Jemima Puddleduck broods over a nest of long overdue eggs; Reynard the Fox struggles with his unnatural fondness for Jemima; and the village gossips bring all their matchmaking powers to bear on Beatrix and the highly eligible Captain Woodcock.
Archer, Jeffrey. A prisoner of birth. 1st U.S. ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2008.
Illiterate Londoner Danny Cartwright, framed for murder by four upperclass Cambridge University students who stabbed the victim during a bar altercation, has the good luck to share a prison cell with Sir Nicholas Moncrieff who teaches him to read and provides him with the means by which to escape and take revenge against his persecutors.
Baldacci, David. The whole truth. 1st ed. New York : Grand Central Pub., 2008.
David Baldacci returns with a stand-alone, international thriller featuring all new characters.
Berg, Elizabeth. The day I ate whatever I wanted : and other small acts of liberation. 1st ed. New York : Random House, c2008.
In this collection of mostly uplifting stories, Berg (Dream When You’re Feeling Blue) explores the everyday challenges that women face. (from Publishers Weekly).
Block, Lawrence. Hit and Run. William Morrow & Company, 2008.
He leads a sedate life-bounded by his own apartment with its state-of-the-art TV and TiVo, the newsstand with the Times every morning, and his stamp albums all arranged on their shelves. When his neighbors come to be questioned by the police-and they will-he’ll be described as “a quiet kinda guy. He kept to himself.” The life of a hit man’s not an easy one, and it’s never seemed tougher than in this latest appearance (following Hit Parade) of premier hit man Keller. Although he’s looking forward to a well-deserved retirement, Keller just can’t say no to a job in Des Moines, of all places. While he’s there, the governor of Ohio is assassinated in town, and the evidence points to Keller.
Bock, Charles. Beautiful children : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Random House, c2008.
The disappearance of Newell Ewing, a comic-book obsessed twelve-year-old in Las Vegas, reverberates in the lives of his tortured mother, his affection-starved father, a comic book illustrator, a young artist, a stripper, a teenage wiccan anarchist, and other assorted misfits.
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Bowen, Rhys. Her royal spyness. Large print ed. Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2007.
In 1930s London, Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie—a poor, extended relative of the royal family—becomes involved in a murder when a man who is trying to takes her father’s estate is found dead in her bathtub.
Bradbury, Ray. The golden apples of the sun : and other stories. [Special ed.]. Burton, MI : Subterranean Press, 2008.
A half century after its initial appearance, Bradbury’s fourth published book remains vivid and memorable. The original table of contents is restored (under Joe Mugnaini’s iconic original cover art), with Bradbury’s familiar and characteristically wistful, dreamy fantasy, such as The April Witch, a haunting tale of teenage dream-traveler Cecy and her desperate desire for romance, mingling with brilliant science fiction like the title story and the widely reprinted A Sound of Thunder. (from Publishers Weekly).
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Brashares, Ann. Forever in blue : the fourth summer of the Sisterhood. Large print ed. Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2007.
As their lives take them in different directions, Lena, Tibby, Carmen, and Bridget discover many more things about themselves and the importance of their relationship with each other.
Brockmann, Suzanne. All through the night : a troubleshooter Christmas. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, c2007.
FBI agent Jules Cassidy and actor Robin Chadwick decide to marry in Massachusetts, the one state that allows same sex marriage, and set the date for December 15, but with a house falling down around them, a troublesome ex-lover, an invasive reporter, and a dangerous stalker on the loose, it starts to look like love might not triumph after all.
Brown, Rita Mae. The purrfect murder : a Mrs. Murphy mystery. New York : Bantam Books, 2008.
Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen and her feline friends try to track down the true killer of socialite Carla Paulson, who everyone else believes was murdered by disgruntled architect, Harry’s friend Tazio Chappers.
Brown, Dale. Shadow command. New York : William Morrow, 2008.
General Patrick McLanahan, commander of the new Aerospace Battle Force, ignores directives from the White House and Pentagon to stand down and orders the ABF to attack secret Russian bases in Iran in an attempt to thwart Russian aggression.
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Buchanan, Edna. Love kills : a Britt Montero novel. Large print ed. Detroit : Thorndike Press, 2007.
‘Miami News’ reporter Britt Montero, recovering from the death of her lover on a Caribbean island, becomes caught up in a case involving a couple on their honeymoon who may not have been as happy as everyone thought. Now, with the bride missing following a sailing trip, Britt offers to tell the groom’s tragic story, only to discover that it was not the first honeymoon tragedy he had been involved in. This case, and one being investigated by the Cold Case Squad in Florida, come crashing together.
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Camilleri, Andrea. The patience of the spider. Large print ed. Waterville, ME : Wheeler Pub., 2007.
The Patience of the Spider pits Inspector Montalbano against his greatest foe yet: the weight of his own years. Still recovering from the gunshot wound he suffered in Rounding the Mark, he must overcome self-imposed seclusion and waxing self-doubt to penetrate a web of hatred and secrets in pursuit of the strangest culprit he’s ever hunted. A mystery unlike any other, this emotionally taut story brings the Montalbano saga to a captivating crossroads.
Cannell, Stephen J. Three shirt deal : a Shane Scully novel. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2008.
Detective Shane Scully is asked to help Internal Affairs detective Secada Llevar investigate a criminal’s claim that his confession was coerced by the police, and his work with the beautiful officer puts his already rocky marriage in further danger while the case leads them straight to a violent Hispanic gang.
Card, Orson Scott. Empire. 1st mass market ed. New York : Tor, 2007.
The American Empire has grown too fast, and the fault lines at home are stressed to the breaking point. The war of words between Right and Left has collapsed into a shooting war, though most people just want to be left alone. The battle rages between the high-technology weapons on one side, and militia foot-soldiers on the other, devastating the cities, and overrunning the countryside. But the vast majority, who only want the killing to stop and the nation to return to more peaceful days, have technology, weapons and strategic geniuses of their own.
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Castle, Jayne. Silver master. Large print ed. Detroit : Wheeler Pub., c2007.
Matchmaker Celinda Ingram was fleeing a scandal when she arrived in Cadence City. However, her special talent for reading a person’s psi waves will not allow her to ignore the tingling she gets when security specialist Davis Oakes shows up at her office. Psychic himself, it’s his job to track down a powerful relic that Celinda has in her possession, but he soon finds himself also trying to keep her safe and his growing desire for her in check.
Coben, Harlan. Hold tight. New York : Dutton, c2008.
Tia and Mike Baye never imagined they’d become the type of overprotective parents who spy on their kids. But their sixteen-year-old son Adam has been unusually distant lately, and after the suicide of his classmate Spencer Hill - the latest in a string of issues at school - they can’t help but worry. They install a sophisticated spy program on Adam’s computer, and within days are jolted by a message from an unknown correspondent addressed to their son: “Just stay quiet and all safe.”
Mystery Writers of America presents the blue religion : new stories about cops, criminals, and the chase. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2008.
Taking us from smoggy Los Angeles to the woods of Idaho, from Hawaii at the turn of the twentieth century to the post-Civil War frontier, these riveting stories trace the perils and occasional triumphs of lawmen and -women who put themselves in harm’s way to face down the bad guys. Some of them even walk the edge of becoming bad guys themselves.
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Cook, Robin. Critical. Large print ed. Waterville, ME : Thorndike/Windsor/Paragon, 2007.
New York City medical examiners Laurie Montgomery and Jack Stapleton are called in to help Doctor Angela Dawson track down the source of a deadly staph infection that threatens to shut down Angela’s three successful hospitals, and in the course of their investigation, Laurie and Jack uncover some shocking secrets that could threaten the hospitals’ futures.
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Cornwell, Patricia Daniels. Book of the dead. Large print ed. Detroit : Thorndike Press, 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.
Curtis, Rebecca. Twenty grand : and other tales of love and money. 1st ed. New York : Harper Perennial, c2007.
A collection of short stories by Rebecca Curtis that feature young women struggling to find happiness, financial security, love, and adventure.
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Cussler, Clive. The chase. Large print ed. Bath, England : Wheeler/Windsor/Paragon, c2007.
Detective Isaac Bell sets out to pursue a ruthless bank robber who leaves no one alive as he goes from town to town.
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Davidson, Diane Mott. Sweet revenge. Large print ed. New York : HarperLuxe, c2007.
Caterer Goldy Schultz, having already had a sighting of her ex-husband’s murderer Sandee Brisbane—a woman who is supposed to be dead—finds her holiday season becoming even more complicated when former district attorney Drew Wellington is found dead at the library while Goldy is setting up for a festive breakfast party.
Dickey, Eric Jerome. Pleasure. New York, N.Y. : Dutton, 2008.
Is obsession required to experience the ultimate in sexual fulfillment? Dickey searches for the answer to that question in his latest steamy romance (after Waking with Enemies) via Nia Simone Bijoux, a ghostwriter recently moved to Atlanta. (from Publichers Weekly).
Dubus, Andre. The garden of last days : a novel. 1st ed. New York : W.W. Norton, 2008.
One early September night in Florida, a stripper brings her daughter to work. April’s usual babysitter is in the hospital, so she decides it’s best to have her three-year-old daughter close by, watching children’s videos in the office, while she works. Except that April works at the Puma Club for Men. And tonight she has an unusual client, a foreigner both remote and too personal, and free with his money. Lots of it, all cash. His name is Bassam. Meanwhile, another man, AJ, has been thrown out of the club for holding hands with his favorite stripper, and he’s drunk and angry and lonely.
Estleman, Loren D. Frames. New York : Forge, c2008.
Valentino stumbles on the find of a lifetime when he inspects the Oracle, a decaying 1920s movie theater he’s considering purchasing. An abandoned storage room contains reels of film that may be the only surviving prints of Erich von Stroheim’s legendary epic, Greed. The further discovery of a skeleton of unknown vintage in the old building complicates matters. Aided by academic colleagues, Valentino tries to eat his cake and have it, too, by cooperating with the police inquiry into what might be a case of foul play without revealing the existence of the film reels, which he fears might be damaged if seized as evidence. (from Publishers Weekly).
Evanovich, Janet. Wife for hire. New York : Harper, c2007.
Maggie Toone agrees to pretend to be the wife of Hank Malone in return for money so he can secure a bank loan, but doesn’t expect to fall in love with him.
Evanovich, Janet. Naughty neighbor. New York : Harper, c2008.
Louisa Brannigan’s neighbor is a handsome hell-raiser - and he’s driving Louisa crazy. He makes terrible coffee, steals her newspaper, and listens through her walls. But when she’s fired from her government job, Louisa is persuaded to join his undercover investigation. Sneaking around in the shadows is more fun than she ever imagined, especially when the getaway car is a Porsche.
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Evanovich, Janet. Thanksgiving. Large print ed. New York, N.Y. : HarperLuxe, 2006.
Megan Murphy is a potter but works as a part-time weekend aide in Colonial Williamsburg. Patrick Hunter, a newly graduated doctor, who has taken over a pediatrician’s practice in Williamsburg, recognizes the instant chemistry between them when they meet for the first time in his office following a rabbit attack. Since they both have commitment issues, they try to tone down their attraction to no avail. Circumstances and two sets of matchmaking parents keep pulling them together.
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Fairstein, Linda A. Killer heat : a novel. 1st large print ed. New York : Random House Large Print, 2008.
The body of a young woman has been found in an abandoned building. The brutality of the murder is disturbing enough, but when a second body is discovered, beaten and disposed of in exactly the same manner, the city’s top brass want the killer found fast. It becomes clear to Manhattan D.A. Alex Cooper and her team that time is not on their side.
Feist, Raymond E. Wrath of a mad god. 1st ed. New York : Eos, 2008.
The Darkwar rages upon Midkemia and Kelewan, bringing bleak days of destruction and despair. To save the future of both worlds, the powerful sorcerer Pug and select members of the secretive Conclave of Shadows must journey deep into the dangerous realm of the bloodthirsty Dasati, there to carry out an audacious mission that has little, if any, chance of succeeding.
Frazer, Margaret. The apostate’s tale. 1st ed. New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2008.
As the nuns of St. Frideswide’s priory prepare for the welcome end of Lent, their peaceful expectations are overset by the sudden return of long-vanished Sister Cecely. Nine years ago she fled from the nunnery with a man. Now her lover is dead and she has come back, bringing her illegitimate son with her.
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Gerritsen, Tess. Vanish : a novel. 1st large print ed. New York : Random House Large Print, 2005.
A blessed event becomes a nightmare for pregnant homicide detective Jane Rizzoli when she finds herself on the wrong side of a hostage crisis.
Goldstone, Lawrence. The anatomy of deception. New York : Delacorte Press, 2008.
In 1889 Philadelphia, Ephraim Carroll, a young doctor, is pulled into a web of murder, deceit, and unimaginable violence after he and a group of students discover the body of a beautiful young woman while learning advanced autopsy procedures from a leading professor.
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Goudge, Eileen. Woman in red. Large print ed. Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2007.
Alice Kessler has returned home to Gray’s Island following nearly a decade in prison for attempted murder of the drunk driver who killed her son. Reconnecting with her now sullen teen son, she finds herself trying to prove his innocence from an accusation of rape, with the help of Colin McGinty, a 9/11 widower, whose grandfather had once painted a portrait of Alice’s grandmother titled ‘Woman in Red.’ Weaving past and present, a secret half a century old is revealed that will affect both their lives.
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Grafton, Sue. T is for trespass. Large print ed. Detroit : Thorndike Press, 2007.
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.
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Green, Jane. Second chance. Large print rd. Waterville, Me. : Wheeler Pub., 2007.
Green’s latest novel tells the story of a group of people who haven’t seen each other since they were best friends in school. When one of them dies in a terrible tragedy, the reunited friends work through their grief together, and find that each of their lives is impacted in ways they could never have foreseen.
Gross, Andrew. The dark tide. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2008.
Several months after the supposed death of her husband in a train explosion, Karen Friedman learns that several millions of dollars were missing from her husband’s business and teams up with Detective Ty Hauck to investigate.
Hannah, Kristin. Firefly Lane. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2008.
Kate Mularkey is thrilled when Tully Hart moves in across the street, and the two form an immediate friendship that remains strong through the next thirty years, until one act of betrayal threatens to destroy both their lives and the friendship that has seen them through life’s highs and lows.
Hart, Kendall. Charm! : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Hyperion, c2008.
Thirty-year-old Avery Wilkins struggles to put her Manhattan-based cosmetics company, Flair, on the map, while dealing with a playboy partner, a cheating boyfriend, the possibility of new love, and a shocking truth about her mother.
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Hoag, Tami. Taken by storm. Large print ed. Detroit : Thorndike Press, 2007.
As a trauma nurse, Julia McCarver is accustomed to dealing with life-and-death emergencies. But she’s the one in shock when she opens the door and finds the past standing there in the person of S.T. “Storm” Dalton.
Hoffman, Alice. The third angel : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Shaye Areheart Books, c2008.
Veteran heartstring-puller Hoffman (Here on Earth; Seventh Heaven) examines the lives of three women at different crossroads in their lives, tying their London-centered stories together in devastating retrospect. (from Publishers Weekly).
Jacobs, Kate. The Friday night knitting club. Berkley trade pbk. ed. New York : Berkley Books, 2008, c2007.
Georgia Walker has her hands full balancing the demands of her yarn shop and the demands of raising her teen daughter, Dakota, by herself, and relies on the friendship and support of the members of the Friday Night Knitting Club, but when unexpected changes throw the women’s lives into disarray, Georgia begins to fear the new changes may be too much to handle.
Johansen, Iris. Quicksand. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2008.
The action-packed 12th installment in bestseller Johansen’s saga featuring forensic sculptor Eve Duncan (after Stalemate) is also a sequel of sorts to Pandora’s Daughter, which chronicled the life of Megan Blair, an Atlanta physician with burgeoning psychic abilities. Intertwining the two disparate story lines intensifies both, as Johansen pits her two courageous female protagonists against a vicious serial killer who claims to have murdered Eve’s seven-year-old daughter, Bonnie, years earlier. (from Publishers Weekly).
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Johansen, Iris. Quicksand. Large print ed. New York : Random House Large Print in association with St. Martin’s Press, c2008.
The action-packed 12th installment in bestseller Johansen’s saga featuring forensic sculptor Eve Duncan (after Stalemate) is also a sequel of sorts to Pandora’s Daughter, which chronicled the life of Megan Blair, an Atlanta physician with burgeoning psychic abilities. Intertwining the two disparate story lines intensifies both, as Johansen pits her two courageous female protagonists against a vicious serial killer who claims to have murdered Eve’s seven-year-old daughter, Bonnie, years earlier. (from Publishers Weekly).
Johnson, Rebecca. And sometimes why. New York : Putnam’s, c2008.
Darius, a professor, and Sophia, head of membership at an art museum, say goodbye to their daughters one morning, not realizing that by evening their world will have changed, with Miranda meeting a man who will take her away from them, and Helen being involved in a terrible traffic accident that leaves her in a coma.
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Kellerman, Jonathan. Compulsion : an Alex Delaware novel. 1st large print ed. New York : Random House Large Print, 2008.
Alex and his LAPD detective partner, Milo Sturgis, are investigating several murders that, at first, appear to have only one thing in common: the perpetrator’s use of expensive black automobiles while committing his crimes.
Kingsbury, Karen. Summer. Carol Stream, Ill. : Tyndale House, c2007.
The relationship of newlyweds Dayne Matthews and Katy Hart is strained by the couple’s decision to act in a movie together; Ashley and Kari share the news that they are both pregnant, but one of the babies may have a birth defect; and the Flanigans cope with Cody’s choice to join the Army.
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Kingsbury, Karen. Forever. Large print ed. Detroit : Thorndike Press, c2007.
Katie Hart is thrilled about her future with Hollywood's Dayne Matthews. But as she plans a wedding and looks for a house on the shores of Lake Monroe, she receives tragic news. Now she and the members of the Baxter family must travel to Los Angeles and sort through their options. While paparazzi open fire on the Baxter family, Luke Baxter must wrestle with feelings that have troubled him for nearly a year. Ultimately, the Baxter family must pull together one last time in an act of service and love to help Katie and Dayne find what they've always been looking for - a chance at forever.
Knight, E. E. Valentine’s resolve : a novel of the Vampire Earth. New York : Roc, 2007.
After three years of exile from humanity’s war against the Kurians, David Valentine returns to battle. The Lifeweavers, Earth’s allies in the conflict, have all but vanished, and without them mankind cannot possibly stand against their alien enemies.
Knight, E. E. Dragon champion. New York : Roc, c2005.
Young Auron, the last of a dying breed of dragons, manages to escape a murderous group of slave-trading dwarves and sets out to find more of his own kind and learn who is killing off the remaining dragons.
Laurens, Stephanie. Where the heart leads. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2008.
Penelope Ashford turns to handsome nobleman Barnaby Adair for help in investigating the disappearances of several of the orphan children she has been caring for, and, defying the social rules of Regency London, Penelope and Barnaby begin to unravel the mystery and discover a shocking link to some of London’s most powerful men.
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Le Guin, Ursula K.. Lavinia. 1st ed. Orlando : Harcourt, c2008.
In The Aeneid, Vergil’s hero fights to claim the king’s daughter, Lavinia, with whom he is destined to found an empire. Lavinia herself never speaks a word in the poem. Now, Ursula K. Le Guin gives Lavinia a voice in a novel that takes the reader to the half-wild world of ancient Italy, when Rome was a muddy village near seven hills. (description from amazon.com).
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Macomber, Debbie. Christmas letters. Large print ed. Waterville, Me. : Bath, Eng. : Wheeler Pub. ; Chivers, 2007.
Catherine O’Connor writes Christmas letters for other people because she has a knack for making their lives seem dramatic and exciting. She meets her ‘clients’ at a French cafe in Seattle. While there she’s also noticed author and child psychologist Wynn Jeffries. Her sister is a big fan of the doctor’s but Catherine isn’t impressed by his child-raising techniques. Despite their opposing opinions on this subject, as well as their differing views on Christmas, Catherine soon finds herself falling in love with him once they’re introduced.
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McCall Smith, Alexander, [R. Alexander]. The miracle at Speedy Motors. New York : Pantheon Books, c2008.
Mma Ramotswe is busy investigating her latest case: a woman who is looking for her family. The problem is, the woman doesn’t know her real name or whether any members of her family are now living. Meanwhile, Phuti Radiphuti has bought Mma Makutsi a glorious new bed. Unfortunately, it will inadvertently cause her several sleepless nights. And life is no less complicated at Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, where Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni—Mma Ramotswe’s estimable husband—has fallen under the sway of a doctor who has promised a miracle cure for his daughter’s medical condition, which Mma Ramotswe finds hard to believe. But Precious Ramotswe deals with these difficulties with her usual grace and good humor, and in the end discovers that the biggest miracles in life are often the small ones.
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Neggers, Carla. Abandon. Large print ed. Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2007.
On what is supposed to be a quiet long weekend in New Hampshire, Deputy U.S. Marshal Mackenzie Stewart is viciously attacked at the lakefront cottage of her friend, Federal Judge Bernadette Peacham. Mackenzie fends off her attacker, but he manages to escape. Everything suggests he’s a deranged drifter until FBI Special Agent Andrew Rook arrives. . .As the hunt for the mysterious attacker continues, the case takes an unexpected turn when Mackenzie follows Rook back to Washington and finds that Bernadette’s former mentor, a once-powerful, now-disgraced judge who has been providing Rook with information, has gone missing. Mackenzie and Rook realize the stakes are higher than either had imagined, and a master criminal with nothing left to lose is prepared to gamble everything.
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Némirovsky, Irène, 1903-1942. Fire in the blood. Large print ed. Detroit, Mich. : Wheeler Pub., 2007.
Silvio returns to Burgundy as a middle-aged man after leaving years earlier to sow his wild oats, and begins to regret the loss of his passionate youth when the wedding of his favorite young cousin sparks memories and revelations of love, liaisons, and fire in the blood.
Oates, Joyce Carol. Wild nights! : stories about the last days of Poe, Dickinson, Twain, James and Hemingway. New York : HarperCollins Pub., 2008.
Reimagines the final days of five major American writers, in a collection of short works written in the subtly nuanced language style of each.
Oates, Joyce Carol. My sister, my love : the intimate story of Skylar Rampike. 1st ed. New York, NY : HarperCollins, c2008.
My Sister, My Love: The Intimate Story of Skyler Rampike recounts the saga of a murder through the eyes of the nineteen-year-old “survivor” of a family torn apart by intense media scrutiny.
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Patterson, James. Saving the world and other extreme sports. Large print ed. Detroit : Thorndike Press, 2007.
After the mutant Erasers abduct the youngest member of their group, the “birdkids,” who are the result of genetic experimentation, take off in pursuit and find themselves struggling to understand their own origins and purpose.
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Pilcher, Rosamunde. The shell seekers. Large print ed. Waterville, Me. : Bath, England : Thorndike Press ; Chivers, 2007.
Tells the story of the Keeling family, from World War II to the present, relating the passions and heartbreak that have held them together for three generations.
Quick, Amanda. The Third Circle. New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2008.
Leona Hewitt, a crystal reader, and Thaddeus Ware, a hypnotist, meet trying to steal the same relic-the aurora stone-from a private collection, but a murdered prostitute and a trap protecting the stone initially complicate their success. (from Publishers Weekly).
Raybourn, Deanna. Silent in the grave. Don Mills, Ont. : Mira, c2007.
Nicholas Brisbane investigates the seemingly-innocent death of Sir Edward Grey, who collapsed and died while attending a dinner party in his home, and uncovers shocking papers that allude to murder.
Reich, Christopher. Rules of deception. 1st ed. New York : Doubleday, c2008.
Dr. Jonathan Ransom, world-class mountaineer and surgeon for Doctors Without Borders, is climbing in the Swiss Alps with his beautiful wife, Emma, when a blizzard sets in. In their bid to escape the storm, Emma is killed when she falls into a hidden crevasse. Twenty-four hours later, Jonathan receives an envelope addressed to his wife containing two baggage-claim tickets. Puzzled, he journeys to a remote railway station only to find himself in a life-and-death struggle for his wife’s possessions. In the aftermath of the assault, he discovers that his attackers - one dead, the other mortally wounded - were, in fact, Swiss police officers. More frightening still is evidence of an extraordinary act of betrayal that leaves Jonathan stunned.
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Reichs, Kathy. Bones to ashes. Large print ed. Waterville, Me. : Wheeler Pub., 2007.
The discovery of a young girl’s skeleton in Acadia, Canada, is more than just another case to Tempe Brennan. The body could be her childhood friend, Evangeline, who had disappeared when they were eight years old. Tempe couldn’t understand why she was warned not to search for Evangeline when she disappeared all those years ago. Meanwhile, Tempe’s beau, Ryan, investigates a series of cold cases, in which two girls were dead and three were missing. Using the latest forensic anthropology Tempe hunts down a serial killer.
Robards, Karen. Guilty. New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, c2008.
One cold November night when Kat White was fifteen years old, she and some friends held up a convenience store. In the heat of the moment, one of the others shot and killed an off-duty cop moonlighting as a security guard. Kat and her pals fled the scene in a panic, and no one was caught. Sixteen years later, Kat-now Kate-has built a new life for herself. Now a single mom with an eight-year-old son, she works as a prosecutor in the Philadelphia DA’s office. But her dark past rears its head when she walks into court one day and discovers that she is to prosecute Mario Castellanos, one of her friends from that terrible night.
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Roberts, Nora. One summer. Large print ed. Waterville, Me. : Wheeler Pub., 2007.
Bryan, a portrait photographer for a glossy magazine, was famous for espressing what lies beneath the surface of her subject’s face, eyes, smiles. Shade was a Pulitzer-prize winning photojournalist who was famous for presenting the overall drama of a scene. They bring their two different styles together, traveling across the USA, creating a powerful photoessay of summer life in America.
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Roberts, Nora. Blood brothers. Large print ed. Waterville, Me. : U.K. : Thorndike ; Windsor : Paragon, 2007.
Three friends, all born on 7/7/77, unwittingly unleash an ancient evil the night before their tenth birthdays, bringing a week of terror to the town of Hawkins Hollow, Maryland, every seven years, and with the third event pending, Cal Hawkins, one of the trio, teams up with Quinn Black in an effort to fight the darkness, which seems to be getting more powerful with every appearance.
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Sebold, Alice. The almost moon : a novel. 1st large print ed. New York : Little, Brown, 2007.
Fifty-year-old artist’s model Helen Knightly, worn down by years of dealing with her depressed and needy mother, gives in to the temptation to smother the now old and senile Clair and spends the next twenty-four hours feeling both liberated by what she has done, and tormented by her memories of the past and expectations for the future.
Sheers, Owen. Resistance : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2008.
Poet Sheers takes readers to a small Welsh village during a speculative WWII – featuring a German invasion of Britain - in his auspicious debut novel.
Talarigo, Jeff. The ginseng hunter. 1st ed. New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, c2008.
A nameless middle-aged Chinese man - whose mother was Chinese and father was Korean - maintains a quiet, relatively stable life gathering the valuable ginseng root. In strict adherence to family traditions, he takes only a single root a day when he can find them; once a month he stays overnight in the city of Yanji, at Miss Wong’s bordello. On one such trip, he spends the night with a young North Korean refugee who tells a harrowing story of oppression. Alternating with her story is the tale of a North Korean mother and young daughter who are forcibly separated during famine; the daughter washes up tragically at the gatherer’s door, while the mother might or might not be the refugee prostitute. (from Publishers Weekly).
Tanenbaum, Robert. Escape. New York : Vanguard Books, 2008.
Manhattan D. A. Roger “Butch” Karp and his crime-fighting crew must race against the clock to stop a malicious terrorist plot that could change the course of history.
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Truman, Margaret. Murder on K Street : a Capital crimes novel. Large print ed. Detroit : Thorndike Press, 2007.
The seemingly perfect marriage of Illinois senator and presidential aspirant Lyle Simmons is held up to harsh public scrutiny when he arrives home from a fundraiser one night to find his wife, Jeanette, has been brutally murdered, and as Washington D.C. detective Charles Chang looks for answers, Simmons’ longtime friend Phil Rotondi, a one-time suitor of Jeanette’s, must decide whether or not to reveal what he knows.
Tucker, Lisa. The cure for modern life : a novel. 1st Atria Books hardcover ed. New York : Atria Books, 2008.
Pharmaceutical company executive Matthew takes an opportunity to repair a public relations disaster and hurt his former lover and professional enemy who is pregnant with his friend’s child, by taking in two homeless children and sending their drug-addicted mother to a rehabilitation center.
Wambaugh, Joseph. Hollywood crows : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown, 2008.
Hollywood cop Nate Weiss agrees to help Margot Aziz protect her fortune, her son, and herself from her soon-to-be-ex husband, strip club owner Ali Aziz, but soon suspects Margot might not be as innocent as she wants Nate to believe.
Weiner, Jennifer. Certain girls : a novel. New York : Atria Books, c2008.
Weiner turns in a hilarious sequel to her 2001 bestselling first novel, Good in Bed, revisiting the memorable and feisty Candace Cannie Shapiro. Flashing forward 13 years, the novel follows Cannie as she navigates the adolescent rebellion of her about-to-be bat mitzvahed daughter, Joy, and juggles her writing career; her relationship with her physician husband, Peter Krushelevansky; her ongoing weight struggles; and the occasional impasse with Joy’s biological father, Bruce Guberman.
Woods, Stuart. Santa Fe dead. New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, c2008.
Ed and his girlfriend, actress Susannah Wilde, are watching the Los Angeles trial on Court TV of his villainous ex-wife, Barbara, who stands accused of arranging for his murder, when a reporter announces that Barbara has escaped from custody just before the not guilty verdict. (from Publishers Weekly).
Star wars collection edition. New York : Scholastic, Inc., c. 2005.
Includes Star wars episode I: the phantom menace; based on the story and screenplay by George Lucas—Star wars episode II: Attack of the Clones; based on the story by George Lucas and the screenplay by George Lucas and Jonathan Hales—Star wars episode III: Revenge of the Sith; based on the story by George Lucas and the screenplay by George Lucas.
Bolles, Mark Emery. Job-hunting online. 5th ed. Berkeley : Ten Speed Press, 2008.
This book is intended to help job searchers integrate the Internet into an efficient job-hunting strategy. (from the publisher, edited).
Wyatt, Neal. The readers’ advisory guide to nonfiction. Chicago : American Library Association, 2007.
Navigating what she calls the “extravagantly rich world of nonfiction,” renowned readers’ advisor Wyatt builds readers’ advisory bridges from fiction to compelling and increasingly popular nonfiction to encompass the library’s entire collection. She focuses on eight popular categories: history, true crime, true adventure, science, memoir, food/cooking, travel, and sports. For each, she explains the subject’s scope, popularity, style, major authors and works, and position in readers’ advisory interviews.
Rieff, Philip, 1922-2006.
Charisma : the gift of grace, and how it has been taken away from us. 1st ed. New York : Pantheon Books, c2007.
Examines the origin and meaning of the term “charisma” within the concept of Judeo-Christian culture.
Felton, R. Todd. A journey into the Transcendentalists’ New England. Berkeley, Calif. : Roaring Forties Press, 2006.
The New England towns and villages that inspired the major figures of the Transcendentalism movement are presented by region in this travel guide that devotes a chapter to each town or village famous for its relationship to one or more of the Transcendentalists.
Gosling, Sam. Snoop : what your stuff says about you. New York : Basic Books, 2008.
This book looks at how our private spaces-from boardroom to bedroom-reveal our personalities, whether we know it or not. (from the publisher, edited).
Brantley, Jeffrey. Five good minutes in the evening : 100 mindful practices to help you unwind from the day & make the most of your night. Oakland, CA : New Harbinger Publications, c2006.
This book, the second in New Harbinger’s Five Good Minutes series, offers 100 engaging practices that can help transform a hectic day into a peaceful night.
Patchett, Ann. What now? 1st ed. New York : Harper, c2008.
Novelist Ann Patchett explores the confusion and fears that come with transitions and the potential to be found in the unknown, discussing her experience of attending college, graduating, and having to decide what to do next.
Appiah, Anthony. Experiments in ethics. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2008.
Explores the theory that morality can be tested by observation of human behavior, drawing from fields such as cognitive science, social psychology, and philosophical ethics to explain how and why humans make moral decisions.
Katie, Byron. A thousand names for joy : living in harmony with the way things are. 1st ed. New York : Harmony Books, c2007.
In her first two books, Byron Katie showed how suffering can be ended by questioning the stressful thoughts that create it, through a process of self-inquiry she calls The Work. Now, she encourages us to discover the freedom that lives on the other side of inquiry. Her husband, a renowned translator of the Tao Te Ching, selected provocative excerpts from that ancient text as a stimulus for Katie to talk about the most essential issues that face us all: life and death, good and evil, love, work, and fulfillment. The result is a book that allows the timeless insights of the Tao Te Ching to resonate anew for us today, while offering a vivid and illuminating glimpse into the life of someone who for twenty years—ever since she “woke up to reality” one morning in 1986—has been living what Lao-tzu wrote more than 2,500 years ago.—From publisher description.
Tolle, Eckhart. A new earth : awakening to your life’s purpose. New York : Plume, , c2005.
Explains that the current state of humanity is erroneously and dangerously ego-centric and argues for a shift in consciousness that can reveal how the modern world can become more sane and loving.
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Osteen, Joel. Become a better you : 7 keys to improving your life every day. Large print ed. Waterville, Me. : Wheeler Pub., c2007.
In “Become a Better You,” Joel Osteen offers seven steps that will help readers discover the better things they were born for...their individual purpose and destiny. (From the publisher, edited).
Sweeney, Jon M. Almost Catholic : an appreciation of the history, practice, and mystery of ancient faith. 1st ed. San Francisco, CA : Jossey-Bass, 2008.
In Almost Catholic, Sweeney offers an appreciation of Catholicism, weaving in the story of his own explorations with those of others who have also been attracted to this tradition. He finds himself drawn to the Church’s ancient and medieval traditions out of a desire to connect with the deepest and widest paths on the way. Two millennia of saints and practices and teachings and mystery form a connection for him to the very beginnings of Christianity.
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Iacocca, Lee A. Where have all the leaders gone? Large print ed. Detroit : Thomson/Gale, 2007.
Auto executive Lee Iacocca examines the difficult questions today’s political leaders are failing to address and offers his own thoughts on how the country can be improved.
Chanda, Nayan. Bound together : how traders, preachers, adventurers, and warriors shaped globalization. New Haven : Yale University Press, c2007.
Globalization may seem like a relatively new term, but Chandra, a director for the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, argues intriguingly that its history ranges across centuries, beginning when the first humans left Africa, “following game herds... or shellfish beds around the Arabian Peninsula.” Chanda illuminates the stepping stones of mankind’s global conquest, such as early trading routes, the domestication of horses, the rise of the world’s great religions, the slave trade, the World Wide Web and the spread of diseases like SARS and Avian flu, looking from angles psychological, geographic, philosophical, theological, commercial and military. (from Publishers Weekly).
Lindbergh, Reeve. Forward from here : leaving middle age and other unexpected adventures. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2008.
In this collection of poignant essays, Lindbergh (No More Words) struggles to extract meaning, and even solace, from an imperfect everyday reality. Heading her list of concerns is her looming 60th birthday and the change and decline that it symbolizes-the departure from home of her children, a benign brain tumor, the therapeutic drug culture that is the hallmark of old age in America. Despite her anxieties and losses, she manages to find in fragile, flawed things-a broken sea shell, a heron that’s lost a leg-a kind of beauty. Lindbergh also explores her fraught relationship with her father, the aviator Charles Lindbergh, “an angry, restless, opinionated perfectionist” whose “very presence alternately crowded and startled everyone,” and grapples with the discovery that he had secretly fathered seven children-her half siblings-in Europe. (from Publishers Weekly).
Sovereign bones : new Native American writing. New York : Nation Books, c2007.
Collects more than thirty personal essays, memoirs, historical writings, and poems by Native Americans, which examine the survival of indigenous groups’ identities despite forced assimilation.
Powers, William. Blue clay people : seasons on Africa’s fragile edge. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Bloomsbury : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2005.
William Powers chronicles the experiences he had while traveling through Liberia, and discusses how seeing the country’s extreme poverty impacted his own life.
Drexler, Peggy. Raising boys without men : how maverick moms are creating the next generation of exceptional men. Emmaus, Pa. : Rodale, c2005.
Raising thriving, emotionally healthy sons does not require a man around the house - That’s the conclusion of a groundbreaking research study that will open eyes, stir debate, and reassure nearly 10 million single mothers.
Press, Bill. Trainwreck : the end of the conservative revolution (and not a moment too soon). Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, c2008.
In a domestic cooptation of the neocon “End of History” thesis, talk radio host Press (Spin This!) argues that conservatism’s record of failure should condemn it to a subordinate place in American politics—it can survive to check “the excess of the majority,” argues Press, but must never again be allowed to govern. (from Publishers Weekly).
Hall, Dave. Into the devil’s den : how an FBI agent got inside the Aryan Nations and a special agent got him out alive. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, 2008.
In 1996, Dave Hall, an unemployed ex-biker, found himself facing a prison sentence for a minor marijuana charge. With biker friends who associated with the Ohio branch of the Aryan Nations-then considered the FBI’s most dangerous domestic terrorist group-and its charismatic, bloodthirsty pastor, Harold “Ray” Redfeairn, Hall agreed to help the FBI infiltrate the AN. (from Publishers Weekly).
Waldman, Steven. Founding faith : the birth of religious freedom in America. 1st ed. New York : Random House, 2008.
Various American evangelicals have claimed the founding fathers as believing and practicing Protestants who intended America to be a Christian nation. Secularists, on the other hand, see in the same historical record evidence that the founders were often Deists at best. Both views are grossly oversimplified, argues Waldman, cofounder and editor-in-chief of Beliefnet.com. In this engaging, well-researched study, Waldman focuses on the five founding fathers who had the most influence on religion’s role in the state-Franklin, Jefferson, Washington, Adams and Madison-and untangles their complex legacy.
Gold, Victor. Invasion of the party snatchers : how the holy-rollers and neo-cons destroyed the GOP. Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks, c2007.
The author describes what he believes the Republican Party stood for when he made the decision to follow Barry Goldwater in 1964, and discusses how the influence of neo-conservatives and the Evangelical Right have changed the ideals of the political party during the administration of George W. Bush.
Hutchinson, Robert. Elizabeth’s spymaster : Francis Walsingham and the secret war that saved England. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2007.
Elizabeth’s Spymaster is the story of. . .spy. . .Sir Francis Walsingham. Walsingham was the first ‘spymaster’ in the modern sense. His methods anticipated those of MI5 and MI6 and even those of the KGB. He maintained a network of spies across Europe, including double agents at the highest level in Rome and Spain---the sworn enemies of Queen Elizabeth and her protestant regime. His entrapment of Mary, Queen of Scots is a classic intelligence operation that resulted in her execution. (from the publisher, edited)
Lisagor, Kimberly. Disappearing destinations : 37 places in peril and what can be done to help save them. New York : Vintage Departures, c2008.
From the Boreal Forests in Finland to the Yangtze River Valley in China, 37 Places to See Before They Disappear is a treasure trove of geographic wonder, and a guide to these threatened destinations and what is being done to save them.
Pahl, Greg. The citizen-powered energy handbook : community solutions to a global crisis. White River Junction, VT : Chelsea Green Pub. Co., c2007.
Examines a number of alternative energy sources including solar, wind, water, biomass, and biofuels that can be utilized to combat the effects of global warming and other environmental dangers.
Karelis, Charles. The persistence of poverty : why the economics of the well-off can’t help the poor. New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, c2007.
Argues that conventional explanations of poverty are incorrect, which in turns makes antipoverty policies built upon those explanations destined to fail.
Steinberg, Jonny. Sizwe’s test : a young man’s journey through Africa’s AIDS epidemic. 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2008.
Award-winning South African journalist Steinberg, a gay white man, conceived this book to understand the AIDS crisis in his country and, to a limited degree, in himself: though HIV testing and treatment are readily accessible, he wondered, why did so many abstain? Steinberg journeys to the poor black village of Ithanga, where antiretrovirals (ARVs) are available, but electricity and running water are not. He examines the disease through the pseudonymous Sizwe Magadla, a 30-year-old shopkeeper who has resisted testing. Sizwe becomes Steinberg’s interpreter and explains the village’s traditional health-care system in which witchcraft thrives and Western medical missionaries challenge healers and herbalists. Steinberg traces Sizwe’s growing awareness of the myths and realities of “the three letters”-one persistent belief, that whites created and deployed HIV as a means to regain power, echoes the legacy of apartheid still overshadowing the country-and his attempts to reconcile cultural beliefs with increasingly unassailable medical facts. (from Publishers Weekly).
Sheff, David. Beautiful boy : a father’s journey through his son’s addiction. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2008.
Journalist David Sheff tells the story of his son Nic’s happy early childhood, the transformation wrought by Nic’s addiction to methamphetamine, and his own obsession with Nic’s well-being.
McCullough, Dennis M. My mother, your mother : embracing “slow medicine” : the compassionate approach to caring for your aging loved ones. 1st ed. New York : Harper, c2008.
Offers advice on caring for elderly parents through anticipating and tending to an elder’s changing needs, discussing forming a partnership with parents and siblings, connecting with doctors and health care providers, dealing with medical crises, facing the end of a life, and other related topics.
Reid, Rory C. Confronting your spouse’s pornography problem. Sandy, Utah : Silverleaf Press, c2006.
Addressing the modern issue of addiction to Internet pornography, this evaluation guides spouses struggling to find ways to confront this problem in their married lives.
Garbage and recycling. Detroit, MI : Greenhaven Press, c2007.
Twenty-four essays present opposing arguments on issues related to garbage and recycling, covering aspects of how political and social systems affect garbage disposal, whether recycling is environmentally and economically successful, what types of waste pose a threat, and whether new technologies can solve waste problems.
Walker, Gabrielle. The hot topic : what we can do about global warming. 1st U.S. ed. Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c2008.
In this excellent primer on arguably the most serious problem facing the world today, Walker (An Ocean of Air) and King, the U.K.’s chief science adviser, present in concise layman’s language everything you wanted to know about global warming but were too depressed to ask. They explain how fossil fuels produce carbon dioxide, show how global warming is affecting individual species and changing entire ecosystems, predict how much more climate change we can afford before things become truly catastrophic, and consider economic and political solutions to the problem. (from Publishers Weekly).
Rule, Ann. No regrets and other true cases. Pocket Star Books pbk. ed. New York : Pocket Star Books, 2006.
Contains seven true stories of destruction and murder from the files of crime author Ann Rule, including an account of the case of Ruth Neslund, an elderly woman accused of killing her husband Rolf and disposing of his body.
Summerscale, Kate. The suspicions of Mr. Whicher : a shocking murder and the undoing of a great Victorian detective. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Walker & Company, 2008.
Summerscale (The Queen of Whale Cay) delivers a mesmerizing portrait of one of England's first detectives and the gruesome murder investigation that nearly destroyed him. (from Publishers Weekly)
Gruber, Gary R. Gruber’s complete SAT guide 2008. 11th ed. Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks, c2007.
Presents the complete 2008 SAT guide for writing, vocabulary, math, and reading; and includes five full-length practice tests, study and test-taking strategies, and practice questions and answers.
Fiske, Edward B. Fiske guide to colleges, 2008. 24th ed. Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks, c2008.
Profiles more than three hundred North American colleges and universities, describing each school’s physical environment, academics, athletics, social scene, housing, and admission policies, and includes a listing of forty-six schools as “best buys” for 2008.
Baldrige, Letitia. Taste : acquiring what money can’t buy. 1st ed. New York : Truman Talley Books/St. Martin’s Press, 2007.
Examines the important role good taste plays in modern society, exploring how the elegance and taste of contemporary figures such as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis have come to stand as icons in American culture.
Johnson, George, 1952 Jan. 20-. The ten most beautiful experiments. 1st ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.
From the acclaimed New York Times science writer George Johnson, an irresistible book on the ten most fascinating experiments in the history of science—moments when a curious soul posed a particularly eloquent question to nature and received a crisp, unambiguous reply.
Hooper, Dan. Dark cosmos : in search of our universe’s missing mass and energy. 1st Smithsonian Books pbk ed. New York : Smithsonian Books/Collins, 2007.
In August 2006, astronomers announced that they had uncovered the first direct evidence of the existence of dark matter, the invisible material that holds galaxies together and accounts for most of the universe’s mass. This timely book takes readers on an exciting speculative tour of the 96 percent of the universe that we can’t see. A crash course in contemporary theories of particle physics. (from Barnes and Noble).
Kaku, Michio. Physics of the impossible : a scientific exploration into the world of phasers, force fields, teleportation, and time travel. 1st ed. New York : Doubleday, c2008.
A fascinating exploration of the science of the impossible - from death rays and force fields to invisibility cloaks - revealing to what extent such technologies might be achievable decades or millennia into the future.
Bennett, Jeffrey O. Beyond UFOs : the search for extraterrestrial life and its astonishing implications for our future. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2008.
In cogent and entertaining language, astrophysicist and popular writer Bennett (On the Cosmic Horizon) explains that the determining factor in whether we can locate intelligent life elsewhere in the universe is whether such a civilization - and our own - can continue long enough to develop the highly sophisticated technology needed for interstellar travel. If humans are going to meet that challenge, Bennett argues, we must solve global warming, debilitating disease, terrorism, poverty, and war. We must use our compassion to teach all people to respect all others, regardless of their ethnicity, religion, or gender. (from Publishers Weekly).
Evans, Kate. Weird weather : everything you didn’t want to know about climate change, but probably should find out. Toronto, Ont. ; Berkeley, CA : Berkeley, CA : Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press ; Distributed in the USA by Publishers Group West, 2007, c2006.
A humorous exploration of climate change that explains the science and progression of global warming; discusses actions that have been taken to
prevent or slow it down; and includes references for further investigation.
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Reef. London ; New York : DK Pub., 2007.
Full-color, illustrated photographs examine the marine life that inhabits several coral reefs from Southeast Asia to New Zealand.
McLeish, Todd. Golden wings and hairy toes : encounters with New England’s most imperiled wildlife. Hanover, NH : University Press of New England, c2007.
Profiles fourteen endangered mammals, birds, insects, plants, and fish in New England; and describes efforts to protect each species from extinction.
Leyner, Mark. Why do men fall asleep after sex? : more questions you’d only ask a doctor after your third whiskey sour. 1st ed. New York : Three Rivers Press, c2006.
Uses a question-and-answer format to help people understand the physiological and psychological differences between men and women and other questions about all things anatomical, medical, sexual, nutritional, animal, and mineral.
Roach, Mary. Bonk : the curious coupling of science and sex. 1st ed. New York : Norton, c2008.
Roach shows how and why sexual arousal and orgasm can be so hard to achieve and what science is doing to make the bedroom a more satisfying place.
Pollan, Michael. In defense of food : an eater’s manifesto. New York : Penguin Press, 2008.
Challenges current approaches to healthy eating, arguing that the real food consumed by past generations is being replaced with commercialized, scientifically altered foods that offer no health benefits and may cause serious damage, and encourages people to change the way they eat and return to basic nutrition rules.
Balch, Phyllis A.. Prescription for nutritional healing. 4th ed. New York : Avery, c2006.
Prescription for Nutritional Healing has long been the most trusted guide to
holistic health. The new and improved third edition includes expanded listings of drug-free cures for everything from allergies to arteriosclerosis, heartburn to hemophilia. But this classic reference for alternative medicine offers more
than just a quick fix—it also provides an in-depth look at the basic elements of health and covers new supplements like SAMe and little-known herbal remedies such as cat’s claw. (from Barnes and Noble).
You, staying young : the owner’s manual for extending your warranty. 1st Free Press hardcover ed. New York : Free Press, 2007.
Reveals fourteen biological processes that control the rate a person ages and offers practical strategies to keep those processes at bay for as long as possible, helping people prevent the decline of their minds, joints, arteries, libidos, and other systems that impact one’s quality of life.
Cappy, Peggy. Yoga for all of us : a modified series of traditional poses for any age and ability. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Griffin, 2006.
This accessible guide to gentle yoga stretches and poses will help ease you into the world of this beneficial exercise.
Zinczenko, David. The abs diet for women : the six-week plan to flatten your belly and firm up your body for life. [Emmaus, Pa.] : [S.l.] : Rodale ; Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, c2007.
Presents a six-week nutrition program for women that focuses on using twelve key foods to boost metabolism and increase weight loss, as well as simple exercises to help women flatten their stomachs.
Cantrell, Bridget C. Down range : to Iraq and back. 1st ed. Seattle, WA : WordSmith Publishing, c2005.
Down range is a timely book dedicated to bringing the troops home and addressing the challenges of the re-integration process from combatant to civilian. Bridget Cantrell, Ph.D., and Vietnam veteran Chuck Dean have joined forces to present this vital information and resource manual for both returning troops and their loved ones. Here you will find answers, explanations, and insights as to why so many combat veterans suffer from flashbacks, depression, fits of rage, nightmares, anxiety, emotional numbing, and other troubling aspects of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Nakazawa, Donna Jackson. The autoimmune epidemic : bodies gone haywire in a world out of balance and the cutting edge science that promises hope. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2008.
Type 1 diabetes, Crohn’s disease, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis-all these increasingly common illnesses are autoimmune diseases in which the immune system attacks the body’s own tissues or nervous system. Equally alarming, as journalist Nakazawa tells us, is researchers’ growing suspicion that autism may be an autoimmune disease, brought on in part by genetic predisposition, exposure of young bodies to man-made chemicals and perhaps viral triggers. Nakazawa (Does Anybody Else Look like Me?), who herself has been diagnosed with the autoimmune Guillain-Barré syndrome, tells of a lower-income Buffalo, N.Y., neighborhood where the growing number of relatively young residents with lupus led one persistent woman to discover that a lot where children played had been a dumping ground for industrial chemicals. She also chronicles the work of researchers at Johns Hopkins and other medical centers who have been able to regrow nerves using embryonic stem cells and destroy errant T cells of the immune system that have run amok. Included are suggestions for foods that may promote healthy immune response and consumer body care products to avoid. (from Publishers Weekly).
Hirsch, David P. The Moosewood Restaurant kitchen garden ; creative gardening for the adventurous cook. Rev. Berkeley : Ten Speed Press, c2005.
Hirsch offers brief seed-starting instructions, cultural requirements, harvesting instructions, garden design plans, and culinary tips for a variety of vegetables and herbs. He also includes general gardening techniques, insect control, and recipes from the Moosewood kitchens. Of special interest are the culinary tips, especially for less-common vegetables and for herbs. (from Library Journal).
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Kerasote, Ted. Merle’s door : lessons from a freethinking dog. Large print ed. Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, c2007.
While on a camping trip, Kerasote met a Labrador mix dog living on his own in the wild. Deciding to take the dog home with him, he named him Merle. Kerasote soon realized that Merle’s intelligence would be diminished by living exclusively in the human world so he installed a dog door that allowed Merle to come and go as he pleased. This is the story of their relationship, and of issues both animals and their human companions face as their lives intertwine.
Ruechel, Julius. Grass-fed cattle : how to produce and market natural beef. North Adams, MA : Storey Pub., c2006.
Presents a practical guide to raising grass-fed cattle, and provides information on herd selection, breeding, yearly cycles, cultivating and maintaining healthy soil and grass, fencing and pasture rotation, winter grazing, pests and diseases.
Smallin, Donna. The one-minute organizer plain & simple. North Adams, MA : Storey Pub., c2004.
Contains a guide to getting organized, and includes over five hundred tips for cleaning up the clutter at home and at work, and provides chapters on getting started, organizing paper, and everyday strategies for clutter management.
Wittenberg, Margaret M. New good food : essential ingredients for cooking and eating well. Berkeley, Calif. : Ten Speed Press, c2007.
A guide to buying, storing, and using whole foods, featuring profiles of individual fruits and vegetables, grains, whole grain and specialty flours, breads, pasta and noodles, beans, peas, lentils, nuts and seeds, culinary oils, meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products, seafood, seasonings, and sweeteners.
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Dweck, Poopa. Aromas of Aleppo : the legendary cuisine of Syrian Jews. 1st ed. New York : ECCO, c2007.
Provides an introduction to the food traditions of the Jewish community which migrated from the ancient Syrian city of Aleppo to settle in the U.S. in the early twentieth century, features over 180 recipes for courses from appetizers to desserts, and includes a Syrian guide to Jewish holidays and life-cycle events.
Lee, Jennifer 8.. The fortune cookie chronicles: adventures in the world of Chinese food. 1st ed. New York, NY : Twelve, 2008.
A woman’s search for the world’s greatest Chinese restaurant proves that egg rolls are as American as apple pie.
Lee, Cecilia Hae-Jin. Eating Korean : From barbecue to kimchi, recipes from my home. Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, c2005.
In Eating Korean, the gifted food writer and award-winning chef Cecilia Hae Jin-Lee invites us to join her in discovering the unique cuisine and culture of her native land. Pairing delectable, authentic recipes with personal recollections and details on Korean traditions, Eating Korean offers an accessible and tempting introduction to the fresh and flavorful world of Korean cooking.
Chesman, Andrea. Serving up the harvest. North Adams, Mass. : Storey Pub., c2007.
The vegetables are organized by crop-readiness, with many recipes following the wisdom that vegetables that ripen together taste good together. Popular techniques such as roasting and grilling bring out the flavor in recipes such as Grilled Chicken and Asparagus Salad, Roasted Leek Tart, Soy-Sesame Grilled Eggplant, and Maple Roasted Carrots. Main-dish and side salads abound:
Beet and New Potato Salad, Warm Mushroom Salad, Spinach Salad with Feta and Pecans, Everyday Tomato-Cucumber Salad. And the deep flavors of autumn are celebrated in Braised Belgian Endives, Holiday Brussels Sprouts with Pecans and Cranberries, and Chocolate Chip Carrot Cake.
Wells, Patricia. Vegetable harvest : vegetables at the center of the plate. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2007.
The recipes in Vegetable Harvest include everything from appetizers, soups, and salads, to meats, poultry, and pasta. There are classics like Spicy Butternut Squash Soup, Roast Leg of Lamb with Honey and Mint Crust, and Pea and Mint Risotto, as well as innovative new dishes that are sure to become time-honored favorites, such as Potato-Chive Waffles with Smoked Salmon, Capers, and Crème Fraîche, Tomato and Strawberry Gazpacho, and Zucchini Blossoms Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Basil. To finish your meal with a flourish, there are decadent, fruity desserts like Pistachio-Cherry Cake with Cherry Sorbet, Rhubarb-Berry Compote in Grenadine, and Crunchy Almond-Pear Cake. In addition, there is a chapter on pantry staples that includes Patricia’s recipes for Zesty Lemon Salt, Truffle Butter, and Fresh Cilantro Sauce.
Wright, Clifford A. Bake until bubbly : the ultimate casserole cookbook. Hoboken, NJ : Wiley, c2008.
Contains recipes for nearly 250 one-dish meals, including breakfast, meat, seafood, pasta, vegetable, and dessert casseroles.
Ruiz, Fernando Pagés. Affordable remodel : how to get custom results on any budget. Newtown, CT : Taunton Press, c2007.
Affordable Remodel helps homeowners add upgrades without breaking their budgets.
Wells, Valori. Oh sew easy. : 20 projects to make your home your own. Lafayette, CA : C&T Pub., 2008.
Oh Sew Easy Life Style is packed with twenty easy, fashionable projects to help crafters organize their lives and accentuate their décor. Quick-to-make projects include mail and toy organizers, bulletin boards, totes, pillows, and more for staying on track in the kitchen, in the bath, and all around town.
Jessop, Carol. Sew what! fleece : get comfy with 35 head-to-toe, easy-to-sew projects! North Adams, MA : Storey Pub., c2007.
Designers Carol Jessop and Chaila Sekora have created 30 fleecy projects with endless possibilities for personal variations. Plush hats, scarves, wraps, and jackets fulfill the original purpose of fleece - superior outdoor warmth when cold weather hits.
Krupp, Charla. How not to look old : fast and effortless ways to look 10 years younger, 10 pounds lighter, 10 times better. 1st ed. New York : Springboard Press, 2008.
Boot camp for a younger, hipper makeover, packed with no-holds-barred advice on little beauty and fashion changes that pay off big time.
Barkley, Russell A.. Your defiant teen : 10 steps to resolve conflict and rebuild your relationship. New York : Gilford Press, 2008.
Describing 10 simple steps that lead to better behavior, Your Defiant Teen demonstrates how to establish common ground, encourage mutual respect, and introduce cooperative problem solving - all without escalating the struggle for control.
Hiebert, Helen. The papermaker’s companion : the ultimate guide to making and using handmade paper. Pownal, Vt. : Storey Books, c2000.
Contains illustrated, step-by-step instructions for making paper, discussing equipment and materials, and describes techniques and projects for using handmade paper.
Johnston, David. Green from the ground up : sustainable, healthy, and energy-efficient home construction. Newtown, CT : Taunton Press, c2008.
A. . .reference on green, sustainable and energy-efficient home construction that clarifies definitions of green and sustainable and guides builders and architects through the process of new or remodel green construction, including issues of site, landscaping, durability, and energy-efficiency.
Fierro, Ethan. The outdoor shower : creative design ideas for backyard living, from the functional to the fantastic. North Adams, MA : Storey Pub., c2006.
Designer/builder Ethan Fierro celebrates the creativity and whimsical inspiration of summer with this collection of original outdoor shower designs he’s uncovered from coast to coast. He offers dozens of examples for homeowners to choose from, all pictured in stunning color photographs, ranging from the simple showerhead on the side of the cottage, to semi-detached and freestanding structures. Accompanying text describes the design and material elements involved in each example.
Susanka, Sarah. Inside the not so big house : discovering the details that bring a home to life. Newtown, CT : Taunton Press, c2005.
A collection of full-color photographs that illustrate how to make the best use of space in small homes by incorporating details such as built-in shelves, pocket doors, window seats, and alcoves.
Kelly, Walt. Our gang. Seattle, Wash. : London : Fantagraphics ; Turnaround [distributor], 2007.
By 1944, when the stories in the second volume of vintage Our Gang comic-book adaptations were originally published, MGM had discontinued the comedy shorts, freeing Kelly to deviate from the films. So these stories range from high adventure - the kids take an old pirate ship to an island and discover a Japanese listening post - to the sort of absurdist humor Kelly would exploit more adeptly in his great strip, Pogo.
Meltzer, Brad. Justice League of America : the lightning saga. New York : DC Comics, c2008.
Collects color reprints of various issues of comics featuring the Justice League of America in which the superhero group travel the universe in search of missing Legionnaires.
Lewin, J. G. Lines of contention : political cartoons of the Civil War. 1st ed. New York : Collins, c2007.
The political turmoil of the Civil War Era has been analyzed many times, but one area of this period’s history is often overlooked: a large body of humorous, clever, and scathing editorial cartoons from publications such as Harper’s Weekly, Vanity Fair, Punch, and Leslie’s Illustrated. In Lines of Contention, the best of these cartoons has finally been collected into one place to illuminate the social, political, and cultural climate of Civil War-Era America.
Daimanti, Penelope. Beadazzled : where beads & inspiration meet. Washington, DC : Diamanti, Inc., 2006.
Guide showcasing the work of 70 top bead jewelry designers.
Cypher, Carol Huber. Hand felted jewelry and beads : 25 artful designs. Loveland, CO : Interweave Press, c2006.
Full-color, illustrated instructions for creating twenty-five hand-felted jewelry and beaded projects.
Plumlee, Scott David. Handcrafting chain and bead jewelry : techniques for creating dimensional necklaces and bracelets. New York : Watson-Guptill Publications, 2006.
A guide to creating chain and bead jewelry that explains the chainmaking process and offers advice on determining the perfect circumference of the interlocking jump rings for creating beautiful chains.
Knitting tips & trade secrets expanded : ingenious techniques and solutions for hand and machine knitting and crochet. Newtown, CT : Taunton Press, c2006.
Presents techniques for all skill levels designed to make hand-knitting, machine-knitting, and crocheting easier, discussing everything from how to choose yarn to blocking and assembling a garment.
Davila, Jane. Art quilt workbook : exercises & techniques to ignite your creativity. Lafayette, CA : C&T Pub., c2007.
Part quiltmaking workbook, part business guide, Art Quilt Workbook shows how to take quilting in a creative new direction through art, and then sell the quilts at craft fairs and other venues. Lessons and homework teach the basics of good design with simple step-by-step exercises, then encourage the reader to add personal touches with fabric collage, thread painting, innovative piecing, and photo imagery. A bonus guide to exhibiting and selling quilts reveals how to join arts and crafts exhibits and how to market handmade quilts.
Susanka, Sarah. Home by design : inspiration for transforming house into home. Newtown, CT : Taunton Press, c2005.
Sarah Susanka presents the 30 key design concepts that can be applied to any home - no matter what the style or size.
Norton anthology of western music. 5th ed. New York : W.W. Norton, c2005.
v. 1. Ancient to Baroque—v. 2. Classic to Twentieth Century. The two-volume Norton Anthology of Western Music, Fifth Edition, includes 172 historically significant scores, 71 of them new to this edition, with a strengthened emphasis on twentieth-century music. Revised and enlivened commentaries closely examine the scores to clarify their historical significance, and professional recordings of all works in the anthology are included on CDs, many in dynamic new performances.
Heylin, Clinton. From the Velvets to the Voidoids : the birth of American punk rock. Chicago : Chicago Review Press, 2005.
This history journeys from the punk scene’s roots in the mid-1960s to the arrival of “new wave” in the early 1980s.
Alter, Stephen. Fantasies of a Bollywood love thief : inside the world of Indian moviemaking. 1st ed. Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c2007.
Offers an inside look at the film industry in Bombay, exploring the growing popularity of Hindi movies, actors, directors, and musicians and the impact they are having on the film industry.
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Blumenthal, Eileen. Puppetry : a world history. New York : Harry N. Abrams, 2005.
Presents full-color and black-and-white illustrated photographs and drawings depicting the history of puppetry throughout human history.
Thompson, Neal. Hurricane season : a coach, his team, and their triumph in the time of Katrina. 1st Free Press hardcover ed. New York : Free Press, 2007.
Recounts the 2005-2006 football season of the John Curtis Patriots, describing how the team’s head coach, J. T. Curtis, kept the team together in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Frost, Mark. The match : the day the game of golf changed forever. 1st ed. New York : Hyperion, c2007.
Chronicles the legendary 1956 golf match between amateur golfers Harvie Ward and Ken Venturi and professionals Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson, offering a hole-by-hole overview of the match and exploring its impact on the sport.
Reisler, Jim. The Best game ever : Pirates vs. Yankees, October 13, 1960. 1st Carroll & Graf ed. New York : Carroll & Graf, 2007.
Baseball writer Reisler (Black Writers/Black Baseball, 2007, etc.) analyzes one of the greatest upsets in World Series history. (from Kirkus Reviews).
Higdon, Hal. Marathon : the ultimate training guide. All new 3rd ed. [Emmaus, Pa.] : [S.l.] : Rodale ; Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, c2005.
Presents a comprehensive guide to marathon training that includes strategies from fifty top coaches.
Dais, Dawn. The nonrunner’s marathon guide for women : get off your butt and on with your training. Emeryville, CA : Seal Press, c2006.
The Nonrunner’s Marathon Guide for Women is a fun training manual for women who don’t believe that running is their biological destiny but who dream of crossing the finish line nonetheless. It opens with a realistic training schedule and is chock-full of how-to’s, quizzes, and funny observations, which Dais felt were lacking in the guides she had consulted.
My mistress’s sparrow is dead : great love stories from Chekhov to Munro. 1st ed. New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 2008.
The sparrow in the title of this anthology was one prong of an inconvenient love triangle described by the Latin poet Gaius Catullus in 84 B.C. The pet bird belonged to a girl who was loved by the poet and, unfortunately, her own husband. The sparrow takes the brunt of the lover’s displaced jealousy, until it dies, taking his girl’s happiness along with it. According to author Jeffrey Eugenides, all love stories since have followed the same template: “there is either a sparrow or the sparrow is dead.” Frequently in these 26 stories, that sparrow takes the form of an inconvenient spouse, though it becomes apparent that the sparrow’s presence is what makes the song so sweet. (from Barnes and Noble).
Equi, Elaine. Ripple effect : new and selected poems. 1st ed. Minneapolis, MN : Saint Paul, MN : Coffee House Press ; [Distributed by] Consortium Book Sales & Distribution, c2007.
A selection of new and previously published poems, drawn from throughout the thirty-year career of American poet Elaine Equi.
O’Rourke, Meghan. Halflife. 1st ed. New York : W. W. Norton, c2007.
The insomniac speakers in Halflife are coming of age in a mythical world full of threat and promise. Seeking their true selves amid the fallen cathedrals of America, they speak wryly of destructive love affairs, aesthetic obsession, and encroaching war, but refuse to abandon hope in the power of imagination.
Monson, Ander. Neck deep and other predicaments. Saint Paul, Minn. : Graywolf Press, c2007.
In this sparkling nonfiction debut, Ander Monson uses unexpectedly nonliterary forms-the index, the Harvard Outline, the mathematical proof-to delve into an equally surprising mix of obsessions: disc golf, the history of mining in northern Michigan, car washes, topology, and more. He reflects on his outsider experience at an exclusive Detroit-area boarding school in the form of a criminal history and invents a new form as he meditates on snow.
818 ALL LP
Allen, Woody. Mere anarchy. Large print ed. Detroit : Thorndike Press, 2007.
Collection of humorous pieces, many of which were originally published in The New Yorker.
818 BAR LP
Barry, Dave. Dave Barry’s history of the millennium (so far). Large print ed. Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2007.
Although Barry retired his column in 2004, he continues to examine current events with his annual Year in Review surveys, and the ones he wrote between 2000 and 2006 are collected here. (From Publishers Weekly).
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Twelfth night, or, What you will. New Haven [Connecticut] : Yale University Press, c2007.
The arrival of shipwrecked twins in the land of Illyria creates havoc in this comical play of love in disguise.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. King Lear. New Haven : Yale University Press, 2007.
King Lear, one of Shakespeare’s darkest and most savage plays, tells the story of the foolish and Job-like Lear, who divides his kingdom, as he does his affections, according to vanity and whim. Lear’s failure as a father engulfs himself and his world in turmoil and tragedy.
Sjoholm, Barbara. The palace of the Snow Queen : winter travels in Lapland. [Emeryville, Calif.] : Shoemaker & Hoard, c2007.
Barbara Sjoholm recounts the experiences she had during the three winters she spent in Lapland, sharing her impressions of the Sami people and their unique culture.
Mahoney, Rosemary. Down the Nile : alone in a fisherman’s skiff. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown, and Co., 2007.
Rosemary Mahoney recounts the experiences she had while traveling down the Nile River in a small boat, describing the unique people she met along the way and the places she saw.
Bollerud, Erica. Insiders’ guide to Cape Cod and the islands. 7th ed. Guilford, CT : Insiders’ Guide, c2007.
Presents guidance and tools for visitors to Cape Cod, including lodging and dining suggestions for different budgets, information on history and culture, details on things to see and do, and sections on such topics as fun for kids, relocation, and retirement.
Sinclair, Mick. Fodor’s exploring New York City. 7th ed. New York : Fodor’s Travel Publications, c2007.
A guide to New York City, providing an overview of life in the city, past and present; coverage of places to visit, including walks and excursions; in-depth essays on various topics; a travel fact directory; hotel and dining recommendations; and maps and illustrations.
Berry, Stephen William. House of Abraham : Lincoln and the Todds, a family divided by war. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2007.
Traces the story of Mary Todd Lincoln’s family, who were split between North and South during the Civil War, and describes how the war affected them and how the Todd family’s divided loyalties impacted Abraham Lincoln’s presidency.
The Rolling stone interviews. 1st ed. New York : Back Bay Books/Little, Brown, 2007.
A collection of forty “Rolling Stone” magazine interviews with a variety of celebrities, musicians, and public figures, including Ray Charles, George Lucas, Jerry Garcia, Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama, and Bono.
Allende, Isabel. The sum of our days. New York : HarperCollins, 2007.
Novelist Allende (The House of Spirits) utilizes her family and the complex network of their relationships as the linchpin of this narrative memoir. (from Publishers Weekly, edited).
Bertinelli, Valerie. Losing it : and gaining my life back one pound at a time. 1st Free Press hardcover ed. New York : Free Press, 2008.
Valerie Bertinelli shares her personal and professional life and experiences, the struggles of teen stardom, marriage and motherhood, and her attempts to maintain a healthy lifestyle while coping with social pressures.
Bridge, Andrew. Hope’s boy. 1st ed. New York : Hyperion, c2008.
The author describes his experiences living with his mother, a young woman suffering from mental illness; his removal from her custody when he was seven years old; and his more than eleven years in foster care, discussing the problems in the foster care system of Los Angeles County.
Kamen, Paula. Finding Iris Chang : friendship, ambition, and the loss of an extraordinary mind. Philadelphia, PA : Da Capo Press, c2007.
An exploration of the life of American historian and journalist Iris Chang that discusses her childhood, college years, work as a public speaker and author, marriage, family life, struggle with depression, and suicide.
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Bernstein, Carl. A woman in charge : the life of Hillary Rodham Clinton. Large print ed. Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2007.
A profile of Hillary Rodham Clinton, discussing her midwestern girlhood, the development of her religious faith and political ideals, her education, her marriage to Bill Clinton, and her strengths and weaknesses as a politician and presidential candidate.
Damrosch, Phoebe. Service included : four-star secrets of an eavesdropping waiter. 1st ed. New York : W. Morrow, c2007.
Phoebe Damrosch offers an inside look at the highly competitive and fast-paced world of fine dining, describing her experiences working as a captain at a four-star New York restaurant.
Maher, Paul. Jack Kerouac’s American journey : the real-life odyssey of On the road. New York : Thunder’s Mouth Press, c2007.
Acclaimed author Paul Maher takes readers on the road with Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady via unprecedented access to Kerouac and Cassady’s correspondence, Ginsberg and Kerouac’s notebooks and journals, as well as a look at the formative experience of Kerouac’s philosophical and authorial aesthetic that went into this twentieth century classic.
Liddell, Chuck. Iceman : my fighting life. New York, N.Y. : Dutton, 2008.
Autobiography of Chuck Liddell, a previous light-heavyweight Ultimate Fighting champion.
921 MARTIN LP
Martin, Steve. Born standing up : a comic’s life. Large print ed. Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2007.
Steve Martin reflects on his early career as a stand-up comic, how he walked away from it to become a writer for “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour,” his mentors and complex relationship with his parents and sister, and the work and dedication it took to become one of the world’s greatest comedians.
Queller, Jessica. Pretty is what changes : impossible choices, the breast cancer gene, and how i defied my destiny. 1st ed. New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2008.
Jessica Queller shares how she came to her decision to have a prophylactic double mastectory after testing positive for the BRCA gene mutation, which gave her a ninety percent chance for developing breast cancer in her life, and reflects on the physical, emotional, and philosophical consequences of her choice.
Bumiller, Elisabeth. Condoleezza Rice : an American life : a biography. 1st ed. New York : Random House, c2007.
Chronicles the life of Condoleezza Rice, the first African-American female secretary of state, discussing her childhood in Alabama, schooling, years at Stanford University, political career, role in George W. Bush’s presidency, reputation after the September 11 terrorist attacks, and other related topics.
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Rickles, Don. Rickles’ book. Large print ed. Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2007.
Actor and comedian Don Rickles recalls his life in show business and shares a number of stories about the many celebrities he came to know.
Shields, David. The thing about life is that one day you’ll be dead. 1st ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2008.
David Shields combines personal history with biological data about every stage of life to explore his life and try to find meaning in death and life.
Rieff, David. Swimming in a sea of death : a son’s memoir. 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed. New York : Simon & Schuster, c2008.
Swimming in a Sea of Death is David Rieff’s loving tribute to his mother, the writer Susan Sontag, and her final battle with cancer.
Wood, Ron. Ronnie : the autobiography. New York : St. Martin’s Press, c2007.
English guitarist Ronnie Wood reflects on his life, discussing his childhood in Ireland, family, experiences with various bands—including the Birds, the Faces, and the Rolling Stones—relationships with bandmates, drug use, problems with the law, second marriage, and more. Includes photographs.
Bhutto, Benazir. Reconciliation : Islam, democracy, and the West. 1st ed. New York : Harper, c2008.
Former prime minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto discusses the rise of Islamic radicalism, contending that autocratic rulers, manipulative religious leaders, and the Western world have threatened the chance of democracy in Pakistan.
Bremer, L. Paul. My year in Iraq : the struggle to build a future of hope. New York : Simon & Schuster, c2006.
Ambassador L. Paul “Jerry” Bremer recounts the experiences he had during his fourteen-month stay as America’s proconsul in Iraq, revealing the struggles between the Iraqi people and government in the months following the collapse of Saddam Hussein’s regime.
Fenster, J. M. (Julie M.). The Case of Abraham Lincoln : a story of adultery, murder, and the making of a great president. New York : Palgrave Macmillan, c2007.
Traces Lincoln’s rise in the political arena in Illinois and describes how the death of a blacksmith emerged into a murder trial that helped launch Lincoln’s bid for the Presidency.
Waugh, John C. One man great enough : Abraham Lincoln’s road to Civil War. 1st ed. Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c2007.
Examines Abraham Lincoln’s emergence onto the political scene in the years leading up to the Civil War and draws on Lincoln’s own words to explore his response to the issues that shaped the war and his presidency.
Jacoby, Susan. The age of American unreason. 1st ed. New York : Pantheon Books, c2008.
Explores how American culture is becoming obsessed with the mass media, from the Internet to television to tabloid magazines, leading to a breakdown in American rationalism and an increasingly ignorant public.
Brownstein, Ronald. The second civil war : how extreme partisanship has paralyzed Washington and polarized America. New York : Penguin Press, 2007.
Presents over a century of historical context for the growth of partisanship in U.S. politics, and argues that contemporary American party politics is at an impasse, discussing such reasons as changes in congressional rules, the actions of special interest groups, and shifts in the media.
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Gore, Albert. The assault on reason. Large print ed. Detroit : Thorndike Press, 2007.
The former vice-president presents his analysis of how the politics of fear and secrecy has created a society and environment dangerously hostile to reason.
Savage, Charlie. Takeover : the return of the imperial presidency and the subversion of American democracy. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown, 2007.
The author presents a scathing indictment against the Bush-Cheney administration accusing them of seizing their executive powers and permanently altering the constitutional balance of the democracy.
Shenon, Philip. The Commission : the uncensored history of the 9/11 investigation. New York : Twelve, 2008.
In a work of history that will make headlines, New York Times reporter Philip Shenon investigates the investigation of 9/11 and tells the inside story of the most important federal commission since the Warren Commission.
Woolley, Benjamin. Savage kingdom : the true story of Jamestown, 1607, and the settlement of America. 1st ed. New York : HarperCollins, c2007.
Recounts the true story of the settlement of Jamestown in 1607, refuting commonly-held myths about the settlement’s origins, founders, and influence on the development of the New World.
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Encyclopedia of associations. Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., c2008.
This guide to U.S. nonprofit membership organizations with interstate, state, intrastate, city or local scope and interest includes trade and professional associations, social welfare and public affairs organizations and religious, sports and hobby groups with voluntary members. Detailed entries furnish association name and complete contact and descriptive text information. (refers to 2008 edition).
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Statistical abstract of the United States. Washington : G.P.O., 2007.
Provides statistics on the social, political, and economic structure of the United States.
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Tibbetts, John C. The encyclopedia of novels into film. 2nd ed. New York : Facts on File, c2005.
The Encyclopedia of Novels into Films is an expansive volume that will guide you through the rich history of film adaptation. Each entry falls into two parts: the first describes the original novel; the second assesses the film it inspired. (from Amazon.com).
Kellerman, Faye. Straight into darkness. Abridged. New York : Time Warner AudioBooks, p2005.
Read by Paul Michael. Lustmord-the joy of murder. The terrifying concept seems apt for the brutal slaying of a beautiful young society wife dumped in the vast English Garden. Homicide inspector Axel Berg is horrified by the crime...and disturbed by the artful arrangement of the victim’s clothes and hair-a madman’s portrait of death. Berg’s superiors demand quick answers and a quick arrest: a vagrant, the woman’s husband, anyone who can be demonized will do. When a second body is discovered, the city erupts into panic, the unrest fomented by the wild-eyed, hate-mongering Austrian Adolf Hitler and his Brownshirt party of young thugs.
DVD 158.1 YOU
You can heal your life—the movie. Expanded version. [Santa
Monica, Calif.] : Hay House, Inc., c2007.
Host, Louise Hay ; features appearances by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Gregg Braden, Cheryl Richardson, Esther and Jerry Hicks, Doreen Virtue, Candace B. Pert, Mona Lisa Schulz, Christiane Northrup, Gay Hendricks, Leon Nacson. This film gives insight into Louise’s personal story and shows how her views on self-esteem, abundance, and the metaphysical causes behind physical ailments were developed. It also reveals how she applies these concepts to her own emotional, spiritual, and professional life. Includes firsthand accounts from people who have been positively affected by Louise’s work.
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I am an animal : the story of Ingrid Newkirk and PETA. [United States?] : Home Box Office, c2008.
Candid and introspective look at the beliefs and motives of Ingrid Newkirk, founder and leader of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Told through interviews with Newkirk, PETA employees, PETA supporters, and critics alike.
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Jesus camp. Full screen. [Los Angeles, CA] : Magnolia Home Entertainment, c2006.
Pastor Becky Fischer. A first-ever look into an intense training ground that recruits born-again Christian children to become an active part of America’s political future. Follow these children at summer camp in Devil’s Lake, North Dakota as they hone their ‘prophetic gifts’.
DVD 302.545 SEC
Secret of the wild child. [Fullscreen version]. [Mass.?] : WGBH Boston Video, c2006.
Examines the case of “Genie,” a girl whose parents kept her locked in a bedroom in total isolation, until she was discovered in 1970 at age 13. At first, her rehabilitation seemed to be an opportunity to test hypotheses of language acquisition, but disputes about the nature of her disabilities, the intensity of her therapy, and the progress of government funded research turned Genie’s case into a sad example of the ethical quandaries of research on human subjects.
DVD 598.47 MAR
March of the penguins. Widescreen ed. Burbank, CA : Warner Home
In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family. This courtship will begin with a long journey - a journey that will take them hundreds of miles across the continent by foot, one by one in a single file. They will endure freezing temperatures, in brittle, icy winds and through deep, treacherous waters. They will risk starvation and attack by dangerous predators, under the harshest conditions on earth, all to find true love.
DVD 599.54 OCE
Ocean odyssey. Burbank, CA : Distibuted by Warner Home Video, c2006.
Narrator, Bernard Hill. Blending state-of-the-art digital graphics with real footage, Ocean Odyssey is a breathtaking underwater adventure that fully immerses you in the beauty and dangers of the deep.
DVD 610.7 ERR
Errors in health care : systematic approaches to reducing mistakes and improving quality. [Burlington, Vt.] : Produced by the University of Vermont, College of Medicine and Fletcher Allen Health Care, c2007.
Errors are a part of all human activity, but when they hurt the very patients who rely on health professionals for care, they are particularly devastating and disturbing. Gain an understanding of how errors can occur, discuss their causes, and learn about some research-based methods for preventing them from happening. (from Community Medical School brochure).
DVD 610.7 FUT
Future docs : how we educate physicians at UVM. [Burlington, Vt.] : Produced by the University of Vermont, College of Medicine and Fletcher Allen Health Care, c2007.
The training of physicians has changed significantly over the past several years. Find out about the UVM College of Medicine’s pioneering and innovative initiative - the Vermont Integrated Curriculum - which uses technology and other tools to enhance science and humanism in medical education. Explore the details of this curriculum in a lively, interactive, back-to-school-style session of Community Medical School. (from Community Medical School brochure).
DVD 611 GEN
Genes : how they work (and don’t work) in human disease. [Burlington, Vt.] : Produced by the University of Vermont, College of Medicine and Fletcher Allen Health Care, c2007.
Examine the role of genes, where they come from, what they do and how they do it. Explore the role of genes in disease through an examination of how genes cause an inherited disease like cystic fibrosis. Gain an understanding of how genes contribute to a disease that arises during one’s lifetime, such as cancer, and what research is being pursued for addressing gene defects in cancer and other diseases. (from Community Medical School brochure).
DVD 612.8 MYS
Mystery of the senses : a Nova miniseries. [Boston, Mass.] : WGBH Boston Video, c2007.
Presenter/narrator, Diane Ackerman. Enjoy a celebration of the senses, a vivid blend of science and imagery. Visit the quietest place on earth, the music-rich Maori, and a deaf woman regaining her hearing.
DVD 612.8 MYS
Mystery of the senses : a Nova miniseries. [Boston, Mass.] : WGBH Boston Video, c2007.
Presenter/narrator, Diane Ackerman. Enjoy a celebration of the senses, a vivid blend of science and imagery. Sample a huge spectrum of smells, from the world’s largest perfumery to sweaty t-shirts.
DVD 612.8 MYS
Mystery of the senses : a Nova miniseries. [Boston, Mass.] : WGBH Boston Video, c2007.
Presenter/narrator, Diane Ackerman. Enjoy a celebration of the senses, a vivid blend of science and imagery. Savor the miracle of great cooking and eating.
DVD 612.8 MYS
Mystery of the senses : a Nova miniseries. [Boston, Mass.] : WGBH Boston Video, c2007.
Presenter/narrator, Diane Ackerman. Enjoy a celebration of the senses, a vivid blend of science and imagery. Discover how touching is a potent tonic.
DVD 612.8 MYS
Mystery of the senses. : a Nova miniseries. [Boston, Mass.] : WGBH Boston Video, c2007.
Enjoy a celebration of the senses—a vivid blend of science and imagery. Explore how art and science enhance this, our most magical sense.
DVD 613.7 FEE
Feeling fit : how exercise keeps you healthy at any age. [Burlington, Vt.] : Produced by the University of Vermont, College of Medicine and Fletcher Allen Health Care, c2007.
Learn how exercise can have real medical benefits, even if started late in life. Find out how to safely embark upon an exercise program at any age. Learn about the characteristics of an exercise ‘prescription’ (modality, intensity, frequency and duration). Finally, learn how to overcome barriers to maintaining an exercise program. (from Community Medical School brochure).
DVD 613.7 KEE
Keeping fit in your 50’s : workout essentials for a changing body. Silver Spring, MD : Acorn Media, , c2003.
Cindy Joseph, Robyn Stuhr, Lisa Callahan, Lillie Shockney. Your 50s are a decade of change and opportunity. This total body workout system is designed to address your changing body’s unique needs. You’ll find effective and easy-to-follow workout routines, expert advice and inspiring examples. Program features include insights into the major physical changes in your 50s; exercise tips for achieving maximum results; 30-to-40 minute core routines; advanced/alternate exercises; introductory Pilates and yoga workouts; Q & A sessions.
DVD 613.71 CRU
Crunch super slim down pilates yoga blend. Troy, MI : Anchor Bay
Instructor: Ellen Barrett. A slimming workout using Pilates and yoga.
DVD 615 ANT
Antibiotic resistance : miracle drugs under siege. [Burlington, Vt.] : Produced by the University of Vermont, College of Medicine and Fletcher Allen Health Care, c2007.
The discovery and development of antibiotics are among the greatest achievements in the history of medicine. Now increasing antibiotic resistance is considered by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be “one of the world’s most pressing public health problems.” Find out how this resistance threatens our ability to successfully treat infectious diseases, including tuberculosis, HIV, malaria, staph and other hospital infections. (from Community Medical School brochure).
DVD 615 CHA
Changing minds : how psychiatric drugs interact with the brain. [Burlington, Vt.] : Produced by the University of Vermont, College of Medicine and Fletcher Allen Health Care, c2007.
Review clinical pictures, causes, and mechanisms of depressive and anxiety disorders, as well as the signs, symptoms, and clinical courses of these conditions. Discuss how genes and environments play a role, as well as the
neuroanatomy and neurochemistry of these conditions. Learn about treatments such as antidepressant and anti-anxiety drugs, how they work, and the potential benefits, risks, and outcomes of these therapies. (from Community Medical School brochure).
DVD 616 BAC
Back pain : the second most common neurological ailment in the U.S. [Burlington, Vt.] : Produced by the University of Vermont, College of Medicine and Fletcher Allen Health Care, c2007.
More than 75 percent of Americans experience some type of back pain during their lifetime. Examine the spine’s structure, the most common causes of back pain, and how spine surgeons determine whether or not surgery is the best choice. Review both nonsurgical and surgical methods for treating this common ailment, as well as how to prevent back pain. (from Community Medical School brochure).
DVD 616 LEA
Learning from Lyme : the disease, arthritis and the immune system. [Burlington, Vt.] : Produced by the University of Vermont, College of Medicine and Fletcher Allen Health Care, c2007.
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection most commonly transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected tick. Find out about both the early and late symptoms of this disease, including Lyme arthritis, and how the disease is treated. Explore, in detail, how the body’s immune system reacts to this infection at the molecular level. (from Community Medical School brochure).
DVD 616.3 INF
Inflammatory bowel disease : Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. [Burlington, Vt.] : Produced by the University of Vermont, College of Medicine and Fletcher Allen Health Care, c2007.
Learn about the symptoms and possible causes of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and who these disorders typically affect. Examine the clinical aspects and differences between two debilitating forms of IBD - Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis - and how these disorders are treated now and might be in the future. (from Community Medical School brochure).
DVD 616.7 BON
Boning up : new ways of looking at osteoporosis. [Burlington, Vt.] : Produced by the University of Vermont, College of Medicine and Fletcher Allen Health Care, c2007.
Explore how specialists use bone density measurements and fracture history to inform a diagnosis and recommend preventive treatment for osteoporosis. Find out about new methods in development to interpret bone density by examining the gradual increase in risk over time, based on bone density measurement results. Discover what can be done once therapy appears appropriate and discuss what treatments are currently in use and what will be available in the near future. (from Community Medical School brochure).
DVD 616.99 ASS
Assessing your risk : genetic testing for cancer. [Burlington, Vt.] : Produced by the University of Vermont, College of Medicine and Fletcher Allen Health Care, c2007.
A person’s risk for certain cancers, such as breast, ovarian and colon cancer, can sometimes be inherited. Find out whether or not you should consider genetic testing, what genetic testing is and how predictive gene tests work to identify cancer risk. Review the latest research taking place through the Familial Cancer Program at the Vermont Cancer Center and what type of genetic testing might be available in the future. (from Community Medical School brochure).
DVD 616.99 STO
Stopping the deadliest skin cancer : diagnosis and management of early melanoma. [Burlington, Vt.] : Produced by the University of Vermont, College of Medicine and Fletcher Allen Health Care, c2007.
Each year, melanoma affects 60,000 Americans and causes more than 8,000 deaths. Discover how early detection of melanoma can save lives and new methods that are helping pathologists make highly accurate predictions. Explore surgery guidelines for the melanoma removal, a technique called sentinel node biopsy and review the role genetics play in this potentially deadly skin cancer. (from Community Medical School brochure).
DVD 617.4 INT
An introduction to trauma surgery : caring for the critically injured. [Burlington, Vt.] : Produced by the University of Vermont, College of Medicine and Fletcher Allen Health Care, c2007.
Investigate the branch of medicine and surgery referred to as trauma, as well as the role of traumatologists, the specialists who treat patients in emergency departments. Review the “ABCs” of trauma resuscitation, how hospital trauma systems work, as well as discuss a case presentation involving a skateboarder-car accident. (from Community Medical School brochure).
DVD 618.2 PRE
Pregnancy for dummies. New York, N.Y. : Wellspring Media, c2002.
Introduces you to real-life couples experiencing the challenges and rewards of pregnancy.
DVD 625.42 NEW
New York underground. [Boston, Mass.] : WGBH Boston Video, c2006.
Host, David McCullough ; narrator, Len Cariou. New York Underground tells the story of how the longest, most sophisticated electric subway in the world was built. (from the container).
DVD 629.130 FLI
Flights of courage. Chicago, IL : Distributed by Questar, 2007.
Flights of courage—The Red Baron—Charles Lindbergh. In the Red Baron, a biography of the World War I ace known as the Red Baron, who shot down eighty Allied planes before he was killed. Lindbergh & the Spirit of St. Louis, tells about Charles Lindbergh’s thirty-three hour flight from New York to Paris on May 10, 1927. In Daredevil pilots, take a trip back to the first cross-country daredevil pilots of the U.S. Air Mail Service. Includes rare, historic footage.
DVD 635 FIV
Five secrets of great gardening : all you need to know to create the garden of your dreams. Encino, CA : Worldwide Success Records, 2005.
All you need to know to create the garden of your dreams. An easy-to-understand blueprint for making the most of your gardening experience.
DVD 641.957 BES
The best of America’s test kitchen. [Fullscreen version]. Boston, Mass. : WGBH Boston Video, 2007.
Join Christopher Kimball and the cast of America’s Test Kitchen to learn the basics of great home cooking. This special collection also includes independent reviews of indispensable kitchen equipment, and recommendations for supermarket staples from chocolate and white wine vinegar to inexpensive steaks and tomato paste.
DVD 712 ART
The art & practice of gardening. Collector’s ed. West Long Branch, NJ : Kultur, c2007.
Hosted by Penelope Hobhouse, a garden writer, designer, historian, lecturer and gardener. Includes Roses For the Garden; Visions of Nature; The Summer Garden; Design Basics; Planting the Bones of a Garden; and more.
DVD 782.421 FIL
The filth and the fury. Widescreen version. [Los Angeles, Calif.] : New Line Home Video, c2000.
Paul Cook, Steve Jones, Glen Matlock, Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious. The musical group Sex Pistols was in existence for only 26 months and recorded only one album, yet they changed the face of music forever. This shocking portrait of arguably the most influential and certainly the most notorious rock group of all time documents their rise from the back streets of London, through their crucifixion by the British tabloids and ultimate implosion on tour in America. Culled primarily from the band’s own 20-hour-plus archive it includes candid interviews, performances, rehearsals and recording sessions.
DVD 791.43 HOL
Hollow city : Na cidade vazia. [New York, NY] : Brooklyn, NY : Global Film Initiative ; First Run/Icarus Films [distributor], 2005.
Roldan Pinto João, Domingos Fernandes Fonseca, Raúl Rosário, Júlia Botelho, Ana Bustorff. N’dala is an orphan from the Angolan province of Bie, a flashpoint in the rebellion that incited Angola’s brutal civil war. In 1991 N’dala is airlifted by missionaries to the port city of Luanda, Angola’s capital. He slips away from the nuns at the airport, choosing the solitude of the streets of the old city, but he is not prepared for living by his wits. His wandering leads N’dala to the beach where he takes shelter in an old fisherman’s shack, but he is haunted by nightmares of the assault that left his family dead, and he soon disappears into the shanty-town neighborhoods of the city. Each step N’dala takes into the dark streets of the city leads him farther from his home.
DVD 792.702 BIL
Bill Engvall : here’s your sign live. Chatsworth, CA : Distributed by Image Entertainment, 2004.
Captured live in this dynamic stand-up performance, Engvall is at his smart-talking, sidesplitting best.
DVD 796.93 STE
Steep. Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2008.
Ingrid Backstrom, Anselme Baud, Bill Briggs, Doug Coombs, Chris Davenport, Stefano De Benedetti, Shane McConkey, Andrew McLean, Seth Morrison, Eric Pehota, Glen Plake. Narrator, Peter Krause. The world’s best skiers go beyond their dreams to conquer the steepest runs ever faced. From the sheer cliffs of Grand Teton, to the treachery of Chamonix France, to the untouched Alaskan peaks of Valdez, these ‘extremers’ sacrifice their lives for a thrill. Shows the magnificent peaks around the globe, including devastating avalances and fatal spills.
DVD 917.290 TRA
Travel with kids Caribbean : Puerto Rico & the Virgin Islands. [S.l] : Equator Creative Media, c2006.
Join the Roberts family as they travel through Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands encountering all sorts of adventure along the way. From swimming with dolphins to seaplane rides, ‘Travel with kids Caribbean’ gives viewers an in-depth look at family travel in the tropics. By integrating historical and natural facts into an entertaining presentation, ‘Travel with kids Caribbean’ makes your trip an educational journey. Explore colonial forts at El Morro, hike the rainforest at El Yunque, discover underground caves at Rio Camuy, explore beneath the waves by submarine in St. Thomas. The Roberts family also shares tips on traveling with children, from what to pack to pre-trip activities to delight all ages.
DVD 932 EGY
Egypt : engineering an empire. [New York] : History Channel : A&E Home Video : Distributed by New Video, c2006.
Host, Peter Weller. This documentary explores Egypt’s awe-inspiring engineering accomplishments through the prism of its pharaohs’ indomitable personalities. As Egypt’s pharaohs alternately conquered and ceded vast expanses of land, they pushed their royal architects to stretch the boundaries of imagination and human potential, in effect inventing the science of structural engineering. Follow the empire’s development from the First Dynasty of 3000 BC through the last days of the reign of Ramses the Great in 1212 BC, from dazzling obelisks to the 700-foot Great Pyramid of Giza.
Adam Bede. [England] : Burbank, CA : BBC Video ; Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2007.
Adam Bede, an honest, hard-working carpenter, has his heart set on marrying his sweetheart, pretty dairymaid Hetty Sorrel. Hetty wants nothing to do with her boring life on the farm and she allows herself to be seduced by the heir to a local estate. She finds herself abandoned and pregnant from her ill-fated dalliance.
American gangster. 2-disc unrated extended ed. Universal City, Calif. : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, 2008.
Following the death of his employer and mentor, Bumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas establishes himself as the number one importer of heroin in Harlem. He does so by buying heroin directly from a source in South East Asia, and he comes up with a unique way of importing the drugs into the United States. As a result, his product is superior to what is currently available on the street and his prices are lower. His alliance with the New York Mafia ensures his position. Richie Roberts is a dedicated and honest policeman who heads up a joint narcotics task force with the Federal government and is determined to bring down Lucas’ drug empire. Based on a true story.
Atonement. Universal City, Calif. : Universal Studios Home
In 1935, thirteen-year-old fledgling writer Briony Tallis and her family live a life of wealth and privilege in their enormous mansion. On the warmest day of the year, the country estate takes on an unsettling hothouse atmosphere, stoking Briony’s vivid imagination. Robbie Turner, the educated son of the family’s housekeeper, carries a torch for Briony’s headstrong older sister Cecilia. He hopes that Cecilia has comparable feelings. All it will take is one spark for this relationship to combust. When it does, Briony - who has a crush on Robbie, is compelled to interfere. She goes so far as to accuse Robbie of a crime he did not commit. Cecilia and Robbie declare their love for each other, but, ultimately, he is arrested. Briony bears false witness and the course of three lives is changed forever. As Briony grow older, she continues to seek forgiveness for her childhood misdeed. Through a terrible and courageous act of imagination, she finds the path to her uncertain atonement, and to an understanding of the power of enduring love.
Back to the future : the complete trilogy. Widescreen ed. Universal City, Calif. : Universal Studios, 2002, 1985. (each title is available seperately)
It’s the mid-80’s, and Marty McFly is your average 17-year-old slacker who
happens to be friends with an inventor, Doc Brown. Doc’s latest invention is a time machine, that ends up transporting Marty back to 1955 where he must bring his parents together so that he will exist when he gets back to his own time.
Back to the Future Part II: Marty visits 2015 to straighten out the future of the McFly family, but Biff Tannen steals the time machine, and with it a book that allows his young self to amass a gambling fortune, which has significant consequences to the present. To correct the problems, Marty and Doc must return to 1955 to retrieve the book.
Back to the Future part III: Doc Brown has decided to live in the Old West of the 1880’s. But when he’s in danger of meeting an untimely end, Marty travels back into the past to rescue him. There’s just one problem: Doc is so smitten by a schoolteacher that he’s become distracted. Now, it’s up to Marty to keep Doc out of trouble, get the DeLorean running, and put the past, present and future on track so they can all get back to where and when they belong.
The departed. Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, 2007.
In South Boston, the state police force are waging a war on Irish-American organized crime. Undercover cop Billy Costigan is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate, which is run by gangland chief Frank Costello. Billy quickly gains Costello’s confidence. But when it becomes clear to both the mob and the police that there’s a mole in their midst, Billy and the other mole are suddenly thrust into danger. Afraid of being caught and exposed to the enemy, each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save himself.
Doctor Who. Burbank, CA : Distributed in the USA and Canada by Warner Home Video, 2007.
David Tennant steps into the role of the Doctor, now in his tenth incarnation. The second series is full of more thrills, more laughs, more heartbreak and some terrifying new aliens and old acquaintances.
Erin Brockovich. Universal City, Calif. : Universal Home Video, c2000.
Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, Aaron Eckhart. Erin Brockovich is a feisty young mother who convinces attorney Ed Masry to hire her and promptly stumbles upon a monumental law case against a giant corporation. Erin’s determined to take on this powerful adversary even though no law firm has dared to do it before. The two begin an incredible and sometimes hilarious fight that will bring a small town to its feet and a huge company to its knees.
Foyle’s war. : Set 4. Complete U.K. broadcast ed. Silver Spring, MD : Distributed by Acorn Media, 2007.
Bleak midwinter: Michael Kitchen, Anthony Howell, Honeysuckle Weeks, Ann Beach, Gavin Brocker, Sian Brooke, Ron Cook, Liz Fraser, Mali Harries, Paul Jesson, Caroline Martin, Jay Simpson. Casualties of war: Michael Kitchen, Anthony Howell, Honeysuckle Weeks, Dermot Crowley, Abigail Cruttenden, Kevin Doyle, Kate Fleetwood, Michael Jayston, Jay Simpson. Invasion: As the first American GIs arrive to build an airbase near Hastings, the murder of a barmaid further strains already-tense relations between the locals and the Yanks. Bad blood: A top-secret experiment in biological warfare goes horribly wrong, complicating a murder investigation and threatening the life of Foyle’s faithful driver, Sam. Bleak midwinter: The death of a young munitions worker and the murder of Paul Milner’s wife seem linked, and Foyle strives to clear his sergeant from suspicion. Casualties of war: While investigating gambling and sabotage, Foyle takes in his troubled goddaughter and her severely traumatized son, who refuses to speak.
Gone with the wind. Burbank, Calif. : Warner Home Video, , c1939.
Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O’Neill, Evelyn Keyes, Ann Rutherford, Hattie McDaniel, Butterfly McQueen, Carroll Nye, Laura Hope Crews, Ona Munson. An epic story of the South’s fight to maintain its way of life during the Civil War years. Scarlett O’Hara and her family are amongst the ladies and gentlemen at the Twelve Oaks Plantation’s ball before the Civil War begins. Scarlett’s love for one man keeps her from seeing the love that another man truly has for her. As the South finally crumbles around her, Scarlett devises a way to overcome starvation in order to save herself and her family.
Jurassic Park : adventure pack. Widescreen version. Universal City, CA : Universal Pictures, c2005. (Each title available seperately)
Jurassic Park: Scientists develop a means of bringing dinosaurs to life using DNA taken from dino’ blood, which has been preserved inside insects encased in amber. Originally issued in 1993.
Lost world: Four years after the failure of Jurassic Park on Isla Nublar, it is revealed that there was another island (“Site B”) on which dinosaurs were bred before being transported to Isla Nublar. Originally issued in 1997.
Jurassic Park III: Eight years after the InGen incident, Dr. Grant is happy with his life far from any dinosaurs other than the fossilized ones. Unfortunately, he is extremely short in research money, and therefore accepts the offer from a wealthy businessman. Originally issued in 2001.
The kite runner. Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Home Entertainment, 2008.
Khalid Abdalla, Homayoun Ershadi, Shaun Toub, Atossa Leoni, Saïd Taghmaoui, Zekiria Ebrahimi, Ali Danish Bakhtyari, Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada, Nabi Tanha, Elham Ehsas, Bahram Ehsas, Tamim Nawabi, Oadir Farookh, Abdul Salam Yusoutzai. In a divided country on the verge of war, two childhood friends, Amir and Hassan, are about to be torn apart forever. It’s a glorious afternoon in Kabul and the skies are bursting with the exhilarating joy of a kite-fighting tournament. But in the aftermath of the day’s victory, one boy’s fearful act of betrayal will mark their lives forever and set in motion an epic quest for redemption. Now, after twenty years of living in America, Amir returns to a perilous Afghanistan under the Taliban’s iron-fisted rule to face the secrets that still haunt him and take one last daring chance to set things right.
Letters from Iwo Jima. Two-disc special ed. Burbank, Calif. : Warner Home Video, , c2006.
Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Ryo Kase, Shido Nakamura, Hiroshi Watanabe, Takumi Bando, Yuki Matsuzaki, Takashi Yamaguchi, Eijiro Ozaki. Sixty-one years ago, the United States and Japanese armies met on Iwo Jima. Decades later, hundreds of letters are unearthed from that stark island’s soil. The letters give faces and voices to the men who fought there, as well as the extraordinary general who led them. Leading the defense is Lt. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi. With little defense other than sheer will and the volcanic rock of the island itself, Gen. Kuribayashi’s unprecedented tactics transform what was predicted to be a quick and bloody defeat into nearly 40 days of heroic and resourceful combat.
M*A*S*H. : Season 6. Collector’s ed. Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2004.
Alan Alda, Loretta Swit, Harry Morgan, Mike Farrell, David Ogden Stiers, Gary Burghoff, Jamie Farr, William Christopher. The adventures continue for the doctors and nurses of the 4077th unit during the Korean War. Includes all 24 classic season six episodes from 1977-78. Includes fan favorites “Fade Out, Fade In” and “Major Topper.”.
Matlock. Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Home Entertainment : CBS DVD, 2008.
Andy Griffith, Linda Purl, Kene Holliday. Ben Matlock is an Atlanta defense attorney who investigates crimes and fights for his clients, usually clinching a last-minute “Not guilty” verdict. Matlock is aided by loyal partner and daughter Charlene and smooth private investigator Tyler Hudson.
MI-5. [New York] : Burbank, Calif. : BBC Video ; Distributed by Warner Home Video, 2007.
Rupert Penry-Jones, Peter Firth, Olga Sosnovska, Hugh Simon, Anna Chancellor, Raza Jaffrey, Nicola Walker. The group was left reeling after the shocking death of Danny at the hands of hostage-takers as the last season concluded. Now Adam, Harry, Ruth, Fiona and rising star Zafar set out to become even stronger in their battle to safeguard the nation.
Midsomer murders. Silver Spring, MD : Acorn Media, 2005.
A talent for life—Death and dreams—Painted in blood—A tale of two Hamlets—Birds of prey. John Nettles, Daniel Casey, Honor Blackman, Susan Wooldridge, Isla Blair. The cozy villages of Midsomer County reval their most sinister secrets in these contemporary British television mysteries.
The mist. Collector’s ed. [New York, N.Y.] : Weinstein Company, 2008.
Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, Andre Braugher, Toby Jones, William Sadler, Jeffrey DeMunn, Frances Sternhagen, Alexa Davalos, Nathan Gamble, Chris Owen, Sam Witwer, Robert C. Treveiler, David Jensen, Jack Hurst. When Dave Drayton notices a strange mist on the lake, he does not think much of it. When his son, Billy, his neighbor Brent Norton, and himself travel to the grocery store, strange things begin to happen.
Monarch of the Glen, Series 7. Burbank, Calif. : Distributed by Warner Home Video, 2007.
Alexander Morton, Susan Hampshire, Hamish Clark, Lloyd Owen, Richard Briers. Old friends come to visit. Love is in the air for both young and old in Glenbogle. But nothing is as is seems on the Scottish estate. Will they all live happily ever after?
Notting Hill. Collector’s edition. Universal City, Calif. : Universal, c1999. Julia Roberts, Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville, Emma Chambers, James Dreyfus, Rhys Ifans, Tim McInnerny, Gina McKee. The world’s most famous movie star falls in love with a small-time bookstore owner.
One foot in the grave. [S.l.] : Burbank, CA : BBC Video ; Distributed in the USA and Canada by Warner Home Video, c2007.
Annette Crosbie, Richard Wilson. Forced into taking early retirement, Victor Meldrew optimistically tries to adjust to years of leisure with his wife Margaret. If only events, coincidences, misunderstandings, bureaucratic inefficiencies and sheer bad luck didn’t conspire against him.
The Onedin line. : the saga continues. Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada : BFS Video, 2002.
Catch as can—Salvage—Passage to Pernambuco—Homecoming. Peter Gilmore, Brian Rawlinson, Anne Stallybrass, Howard Lang, James Hayter, Jessica Benton, Warren Clarke. Set in England in the 1860s, this series charts the life and adventures of James Onedin who rises from an impoverished seaman to wealthy shipowner and founder of the Onedin Line.
The Pink Panther strikes again. Widescreen. [Santa Monica, Calif.] : MGM Home Entertainment, 2004.
Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom, Colin Blakely, Leonard Rossiter, Lesley-Anne Down. After a nervous breakdown, Chief Inspector Dreyfus builds a criminal organization devoted to the extermination of Inspector Clouseau.
Prime suspect 6 : the last witness. Full frame. [United States] : HBO Home Video, c2003.
Helen Mirren, Stuart Goodwin, Anna Mountford, Ben Miles, Barnaby Kay, Robert Pugh, Mark Strong, Sarah Winman, Tony Pritchard. Ripe for retirement in the eyes of some, Tennison is still up for a fight, and she’ll need all the energy she can muster when she takes on the darker forces of British government in search of a sadistic killer with a guilty past.
The Queen’s sister. [England?] : Burbank, CA : 2 Entertain Video Ltd. : Distributed by BBC Worldwide Americas, Inc. ; Distributed in the USA and Canada by Warner Home Video Inc., 2007.
Lucy Cohu, Toby Stephens, Aiden Gillet [i.e., Aden Gilett], David Threlfall. A biopic of the flamboyant Princess Margaret from the days after her father’s death in 1952 through the 1970s. Included: A Royal Scandal, which chronicles the infamous 19th century marriage and problems of King George and Princess Caroline of Brunswick.
Sahara. Widescreen format. Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount DVD, c2005.
Matthew McConaughey, Steve Zahn, Penelope Cruz, Delroy Lindo, William H. Macy. It took more than 25 years for another Clive Cussler novel to come to the screen after the financial and critical disaster of Raise the Titanic. Based on Cussler’s oddly landlocked adventure, Sahara finds the author’s hero, Dirk Pitt (Matthew McConaughey)--a sort of all-American, high seas variation of James Bond—in Africa looking for a Confederate ironclad ship that impossibly might have ended up there. Soon he and his faithful sidekick Al Giordino (Steve Zahn) are lost in another adventure, discovering a deadly contaminate being tracked by a beautiful doctor (Penelope Cruz). (from Amazon.com).
Tsubaki Sanjuro : Sanjuro. [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection : Janus Films, 1999.
Toshiro Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Keiju Kobayashi, Yuzo Kayama, Reiko Dan. A skilled but slovenly ronin comes to the aid of a group of naive young warriors fighting their corrupt clan leaders and manages to keep them out of trouble and alive in spite of their high ideals.
The Simpsons. : The complete fourth season. Collector’s ed. [United States] : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2004.
Voices: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Jon Lovitz, Tom Jones, Adam West, Linda Ronstadt, Elizabeth Taylor. Marge and Homer make whoopee while Bart and Lisa attend summer camp. Lisa is crowned Little Miss Springfield. Marge puts her charm and smarts to work in the power plant and when Mr. Burns notices, it leads to a cozy dinner for two. Home becomes the power plant’s union negotiator and tries to bargain away the dental plan for beer.
The Simpsons. : The complete second season. [Beverly Hills, CA] : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2002.
Voices of Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Yeardley Smith, Nancy Cartwright. “A Simpson on a T-shirt. I never thought I’d see the day.” So remarks Marge Simpson in “Dancin’ Homer,” just one of 22 mostly classic episodes that comprise this series’ brilliant second season. (from Amazon.com).
The Snow Queen. [England] : Burbank, CA : BBC Video ; Warner Home Video [distributor, 2007.
Juliet Stevenson, Kenneth Welsh, Pax Baldwin, Sydney White. Voice: Patrick Stewart. Gerda and her mother take in a penniless beggar boy, Kay, and powerful forces take both children on a magical journey, testing their friendship to the extreme along the way. Kay goes missing, so with faith, love, and courage, Gerda goes to find him.
The Sopranos, Season 4. New York : HBO Video, , c2002-c2003.
It’s tough times in Jersey for Tony Soprano. The sluggish economy hasn’t been good for the family business. His wife, Carmela, is angling for more financial security. Some long-time lieutenants aren’t happy with Tony’s recent decisions. A rival boss wants a bigger piece of the suburban pie. A Soprano is actually heading to trial for the first time in decades. At least one child has lost interest in higher education.
The Sopranos. [Burbank, Calif.] : Warner Home Video, 2007.
James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, Lorraine Bracco, Michael Imperioli, Dominic Chianese, Tony Sirico, Steven Van Zandt, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Robert Iler, Steven R. Schirripa, Aida Turturro. Tony faces a myriad of immediate, stress-inducing crises at home, at work and from the law. Tony’s wife Carmela plans for a future she’s not sure will arrive, and son AJ and daughter Meadow find that adulthood holds its own surprises.
Sweeney Todd : the demon barber of Fleet Street. 2-disc collector’s ed. Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Home Entertainment, 2008.
Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jayne Wisener, Jamie Campbell Bower, Laura Michelle Kelly, Ed Sanders, Anthony Head, Peter Bowles. Reinventing himself as Sweeney Todd, a man unjustly sent to prison returns to exact revenge on those who ruined his life, especially the evil Judge Turpin who sent the man to prison. Not only does he seek revenge for the cruel punishment he suffered in prison, but also for what happened to his wife and daughter. When he returns to his home town, he reopens his barber shop, where Mr. Todd becomes the Demon of Fleet Street. Mrs. Lovett is Sweeney’s amorous accomplice who creates diabolical meat pies out of the remains of Mr. Todd’s victims.
The Syrian bride : ha-Kalah ha-Surit. Widescreen. Port Washington, NY : distributed by KOCH Entertainment, c2004.
Hiam Abbass, Makram J. Khoury, Clara Khoury, Ashraf Barhom, Eyad Sheety. Mona’s wedding day is the saddest day of her life. Once she crosses the border between Israel and Syria to get married, she will never be allowed back to her family in the Golan Heights.
A tale of two pizzas. [New York] : distributed by New Video Group, 2007.
Vincent Pastore, Frank Vincent, Robin Paul, Conor Dubin, Angela Pietropinto, Nick Giangiulio, Kelly Karbacz, Patii D’Arbanville, Louis Guss. Vito Rossi knows
how to make a delicious sauce and Frank Bianco the perfect crust, but as rival neighborhood pizzeria propietors, each would rather go bankrupt than share his secret with the other. As a winner-takes-all cook-off threatens to settle their long-term feud for good, each man will stop at nothing to learn the other’s secret in pursuit of the perfect pizza pie, even if it means spying, sabotage, or using the budding romance between their children, Angela and Tony, as a weapon.
That girl. Los Angeles, CA : New York : Shout! Factory ; Distributed by Sony BMG Music Entertainment, 2006.
Marlo Thomas, Ted Bessell, Lew Parker, Bonnie Scott, Dabney Coleman, Bernie Kopell. Ann Marie is a struggling actress living in New York City. In between trying to find acting and modeling jobs, she shares time with her boyfriend, Donald Hollinger, and tries to convince her dad, Lou Marie, that she can make it on her own.
Them. [Orland Park, IL] : Dark Sky Films, 2008.
Olivia Bonamy, Michaël Cohen. Clémentine is a teacher at the French School in Bucharest. She lives with her husband Lucas, who is a writer. They live in a remote estate in Snagow. During the night, Clémentine is awakened by weird noises outside the old house and Lucas sees their car being stolen. Then the lights in the house turn off, the phone line is dead and they see that their property gate has been trespassed and they are surrounded by weird persons with lights. The two hide in the cellar and try to escape to ask for help during this dreadful night of pure terror.
There will be blood. 2-disc collector’s ed. Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Home Entertainment, 2008.
Daniel Day-Lewis, Kevin J. O’Connor, Ciarán Hinds, Dillon Freasier, Barry Del Sherman, Paul F. Tompkins. A down-and-out silver miner raising a son, self-made oilman Daniel Plainview, whose voracious appetite for oil turns him into a California tycoon in the early years of the 20th century. Getting the oil from the ground is an intensely physical process that later broadens into Plainview’s equally indomitable urge to control land and power. Along the way, Plainview deals with a mighty derrick fire, a visit from a long-lost brother, and the ongoing involvement of Plainview’s poker-faced adoptive son. Plainview’s rivalry with Eli Sunday, the local preacher.
12 angry men. Collector’s ed. Beverly Hills, CA : MGM DVD : Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2008.
Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Ed Begley, E.G. Marshall, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler, Jack Klugman, Edward Binns, Joseph Sweeney, George Voskovec, Robert Webber. Eleven jurors are convinced that the defendant is guilty of murder. The twelfth has no doubt of his innocence. How can this one man steer the others toward the same conclusion? It’s a case of seemingly overwhelming evidence against a teenager accused of killing his father.
2001 : a space odyssey. Special ed. ; Widescreen ed. [U.S.] : Warner Home Video, 2007.
Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter. A space voyage to Jupiter erupts in disaster when the ship’s computer goes mad. Includes commentary by Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood, documentary - 2001: The Making Of A Myth, 4 featurettes, audio-only interview with Stanley Kubrick, and trailer.
Walk hard : the Dewey Cox story. 2-disc widescreen version. Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2008.
John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer, Raymond J. Barry, Margo Martindale, Kristen Wiig, Chip Hormess, Tim Meadows, Chris Parnell, Matt Besser, David Krumholtz. The up-and-down and then up-again story of musician Dewey Cox. Dewey’s songs would change a nation. On his rock ‘n roll spiral, Dewey sleeps with 411 women, marries three times, has 22 kids and 14 step-kids, stars in his own 70s TV show, collects friends ranging from Elvis to the Beatles to a chimp. He becomes addicted to and then kicks about every drug known to man. Despite it all, Cox grows into a national icon and eventually earns the love of a good woman, his longtime backup singer Darlene.
Yojimbo. Special ed.; [widescreen]. Irvington, N.Y. : The Criterion Collection, 2007.
Toshirô Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Yoko Tsukasa, Isuzu Yamada. To rid a terror-stricken village of corruption, the wily masterless samurai Sanjuro turns a range war between two evil clans to his own advantage.