Friday, August 29, 2008

New books and media for September 2008



Abé, Shana. Queen of dragons. New York : Bantam Books, c2008.

Kimber Langford, Earl of Chasen and alpha lord of a tribe of drakon—creatures that can change from human to smoke to dragon at will, is surprised to learn of the existence of a lost tribe of drakon in the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania, but the discovery comes with the news that an unknown enemy is trying to annihilate the drakon, and he soon finds himself united with Carpathian princess Maricara in a struggle to preserve their race.

Akunin, B. (Boris). Sister Pelagia and the black monk : a novel. New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, c2008.

Sister Pelagia, the ward of Bishop Mitrofanii of Zavolzhsk, volunteers to investigate when a monk from the island monastery of New Ararat announces something is very wrong at the isolated retreat, and though she is first denied on the basis of her sex, when Mitrofanii’s other envoys fall victim to the mysterious Black Monk, he finally takes Pelagia up on her generous offer.

Anderson, Kevin J.. The ashes of worlds. 1st ed. New York : Orbit, c2008.

The culminating volume in Kevin J. Anderson’s Saga of Seven Suns weaves together the myriad storylines into a spectacular grand finale.

Asher, Bridget. My husband’s sweethearts. New York : Delacorte Press, c2008.

When Lucy discovered that her charming, cheating husband was dying, she came home, opened up his little black book, and decided she wasn’t going through this alone. After all, Artie’s sweethearts were there for the good times - is it fair that Lucy should have to manage the hard times herself? In this wise, wickedly funny new novel, Lucy dials up the women in Artie’s black book and invites them for one last visit. The last thing she expects is that any will actually show up.

Atherton, Nancy. Aunt Dimity, vampire hunter. New York : Viking, c2008.

Lori Shepherd, alarmed when her five-year-old twins come home with a story about seeing a cloaked figure with bloodstained lips lurking in the nearby woods, calls upon the ghost of her Aunt Dimity for supernatural help in learning the truth about a mystery that has haunted her Cotswold village for decades.

Manhattan noir 2 : the classics. New York, NY : Akashic Books, c2008.
Classic reprints from: Edith Wharton, Stephen Crane, O. Henry, Irwin Shaw, Jerome Weidman, Damon Runyon, Evan Hunter, Jerrold Mundis, Edgar Allan Poe, Horace Gregory, Geoffrey Bartholomew, Cornell Woolrich, Barry N. Malzberg, Clark Howard, Jerome Charyn, Donald E. Westlake, Joyce Carol Oates, Lawrence Block, Susan Isaacs, and others.

Bradford, Barbara Taylor. Being Elizabeth. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, c2008.
At age twenty-five, Elizabeth Deravenel finds herself in a position few women her age could image: the head of Deravenels, a business empire that spans the globe. It’s a company whose reach is wide and whose secrets are deep. Deravenels has roots that go far back in her family’s history, and she knows the price that many had to pay to see it reach the success it is today. Elizabeth is also the youngest executive in the company she now leads. (from the publisher, edited).

Brennan, Allison. Killing fear : a novel of suspense. Ballantine Books mass-market original [ed.]. New York : Ballantine Books, c2008.

When Theodore Glenn escapes from prison, he continues the murdering spree ended by his incarceration seven years ago, but this time his target is the woman who put him behind bars—ex-stripper and club owner Robin McKenna.

Brooks, Kix. The adventures of Slim & Howdy : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Center Street, c2008.

Slim and Howdy, country musicians with opposite personalities, join together to save a friend who was kidnapped, leading them down a road full of back-room poker games, wild women, and trouble at every stop along the way through Texas.

Brooks, Terry. The gypsy morph. New York : Ballantine Books, c2008.

Eighty years into the future, the United States is a no-man’s-land: its landscape blighted by chemical warfare, pollution, and plague; its government collapsed; its citizens adrift, desperate, fighting to stay alive. In fortified compounds, survivors hold the line against wandering predators, rogue militias, and hideous mutations spawned from the toxic environment, while against them all stands an enemy neither mortal nor merciful: demons and their minions bent on slaughtering and subjugating the last of humankind. But from around the country, allies of good unite to challenge the rampaging evil. Logan Tom, wielding the magic staff of a Knight of the Word, has a promise to keep - protecting the world’s only hope of salvation - and a score to settle with the demon that massacred his family. Angel Perez, Logan’s fellow Knight, has risked her life to aid the elvish race, whose peaceful, hidden realm is marked for extermination by the forces of the Void. Kirisin Belloruus, a young elf entrusted with an ancient magic, must deliver his entire civilization from a monstrous army. And Hawk, the rootless boy who is nothing less than destiny’s instrument, must lead the last of humanity to a latter-day promised land before the final darkness falls.

Brown, Sandra. Smoke screen. New York : Simon & Schuster, c2008.

Charleston, S.C., TV reporter Britt Shelley wakes up in bed next to the dead body of police detective Jay Burgess. While Jay had been diagnosed with terminal cancer, the authorities suspect foul play. (from Publishers Weekly).

Brunstetter, Wanda E. The storekeeper’s daughter. Uhrichsville, OH : Barbour Pub., c2005.
Naomi Fisher spends so much of her time helping her widowed father run a store, manage the household, and raise seven siblings that she barely has time to think about her feelings toward Caleb Hoffmeir; but when her baby brother disappears one afternoon, Naomi’s priorities suddenly change.

Buchanan, Edna. Legally dead. 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed. New York : Simon & Schuster, c2008.

U.S. Marshal Michael Venturi used to work for the witness protection program, but after a relocated mobster caused problems for a small town Venturi turned in his badge and started over, relocating the deserving instead, but when the citizens he helped start a new life begin to die Venturi seeks help to protect those he has relocated.

Bujold, Lois McMaster. Passage. 1st ed. New York : Eos, c2008.
Fawn Bluefield and soldier-sorcerer Dag Redwing Hickory, having encountered suspicion and prejudice from their kin, decide to strike out on their own, and set off down the river, collecting an odd assortment of followers along the way.

Bujold, Lois McMaster. The sharing knife. New York : Eos, 2008, c2007.

Ill-chance brought young Fawn Bluefield together with Dag Redwing Hickory, the seasoned soldier-sorcerer, but it was love and loyalty that joined their fates. While their unorthodox marriage has been grudgingly accepted by the clever farm girl’s people, Dag’s Lakewalker kin are less tolerant, greeting their union with derision, suspicion, and prejudice.

Cain, Chelsea. Sweetheart. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2008.

Damaged detective Archie Sheridan is back home in Portland, Ore., trying to resume a normal life. Archie’s ties to serial killer Gretchen Lowell still run deep, even if he’s stopped their weekly visits in prison. Meanwhile, reporter Susan Ward is finishing an article accusing a beloved U.S. senator of seducing his children’s 14-year-old babysitter a decade earlier. When three bodies are discovered in a local park-where Archie’s team found Gretchen’s first victim 12 years earlier-Archie worries another serial killer is at large. (from the publisher, edited).

Canin, Ethan. America America : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Random House, c2008.

Corey Sifter overcomes his modest beginnings to become an aide for a powerful presidential candidate, and finds himself drawn into a complex web of political intrigue, lies, sex, and scandal.

Carter, Stephen L.. Palace council. 1st ed. New York : A.A. Knopf, c2008.
Eddie Wesley, a young African-American writer, stumbles across the corpse of Wall Street attorney Philmont Castle and conducts an investigation of the murder after noticing a strange cross held by the victim, which leads him to a group of conspirators called the Palace Council.

Clarke, Breena. Stand the storm : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown, c2008.
Annie Coats and her son Gabriel, having managed to buy their freedom, are building a new life for themselves in Washington’s Georgetown neighborhood where Annie works as a seamstress and laundress, and Gabriel a tailor, but their lives and hard-earned prosperity are threatened when the District of Columbia’s emancipation efforts put Gabriel’s three daughters, all born free of free parents, at risk of becoming the property of the Coats’s former master.

Cook, Robin. Foreign body. New York : Putnam’s, c2008.
UCLA medical student Jennifer Hernandez is shocked when she learns that her beloved grandmother has died following hip replacement surgery in a hospital in New Delhi, India, and when her attempts to learn what happened meet with resistance, she calls upon her friend New York City medical examiner Dr. Laurie Montgomery for help, and together the women uncover a sinister conspiracy of global proportions.

Craig, Philip R.. Vineyard chill : a Martha’s Vineyard mystery. 1st Scribner hardcover ed. New York : Scribner, c2008.
J.W. Jackson, a year-round resident of Martha’s Vineyard, looks forward to the peace and quiet of the winter season in the popular tourist area, but the calm he seeks is disturbed when long-ago pal Clay Stockton arrives looking for a place to hide out from trouble, and another friend, Bonzo, makes a frightening discovery that implicates him in murder.

Crais, Robert. Chasing darkness : an Elvis Cole novel. 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed. New York : Simon & Schuster, c2008
Private investigator Elvis Cole, instrumental in uncovering evidence that allowed suspected murderer Lionel Byrd to walk free three years earlier, is determined to learn the truth when Byrd is found dead, an apparent suicide, with an album of photographs that implicate him in the murders of seven young women—two of which occurred after his trial.

Delinsky, Barbara. Looking for Peyton Place : a novel. Doubleday large print home library ed. New York : Scribner, c2005
When a successful writer based in Washington, DC, returns home to New Hampshire’s Middle River following her mother’s death, many of the small community’s residents are nervous. They fear Annie Barnes is planning to write a thinly disguised novel about their town, just like they believe Grace Metalious did many years ago with her blockbuster Peyton Place. Actually, Annie visits for a month to investigate why her mother got sick and why one of her sisters is now ill. She also hopes to mend fences with her siblings, who feel she should have done more when their mother was sick.

Edgerton, Clyde. The Bible salesman : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown, c2008
While Preston Clearwater, a seasoned thief, sees his new passenger Henry Dampier, an innocent young Bible salesman, as an easy and gullible mark to aid him in a car theft scheme, Henry believes he has found a ticket to an exciting double life.

Enger, Leif. So brave, young, and handsome. 1st ed. New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2008
Husband and father Monte Becket, unable to repeat the success of his first novel despite years of attempts, leaves his family behind in Minnesota in 1915 to join self-confessed rascal Glendon Hale, an aging train robber, on a journey in search of the wife he abandoned nearly two decades earlier—pursued by ex-Pinkerton detective Charles Siringo every step of the way.

Francis, Dick. Silks. New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, c2008
Soon after London barrister Geoffrey Mason, an amateur jockey by avocation, starts receiving a series of threatening messages from a former client, Julian Trent, whose conviction for assault was overturned on appeal, Mason reluctantly accepts the defense of a jockey, Steve Mitchell, accused of the pitch-fork murder of fellow rider Scot Barlow at a steeplechase event. (from Publishers Weekly).

Gilman, Laura Anne. Free fall. New York : Luna, c2008
Wren Valere, separated from her lover Sergei, takes a Retrieval job that puts her to the challenge as the Truce holding violence at bay is shattered and Magical Manhattan goes to war.

Gordon, Alan (Alan R.). The moneylender of Toulouse. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Minotaur, c2008
Jester and agent for the Fools’ Guild, sent to Toulouse on a mission to convince the bishop to retire, becomes involved in a murder investigation when the town’s money lender is found dead.

Goudge, Eileen. Immediate family. Large print edition. New York : Pocket Books, c2006
Fifteen years after graduation, best friends Jay, Franny, Emerson, and Stevie meet at their college reunion. Life has taken each of them in different directions—Jay is a married man with a baby on the way while Franny yearns for a child as she searches for love in all the wrong places. Divorced single mom Emerson is drawn to a man who challenges everything she’s come to believe about finding a once-in-a-lifetime love. And Stevie’s life has recently been rocked by a shocking revelation—the answer to a family secret that will shatter everything she believes about herself.

Greenlaw, Linda. Fisherman’s bend. 1st ed. New York : Hyperion, c2008
While stopping for a moment to take in the scenery, Jane Bunker catches sight of a lobster boat on the bay, but when the boat turns out to be deserted Jane discovers a chain of strange occurrences that pulls her right into another heavy investigation.

Haigh, Jennifer. The condition : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Harper, c2008
Tells the story of the McKotches, a proper New England family that comes apart during one fateful summer, when the family notices something different in their daughter only to find she has Turner’s syndrome.

Harris, Joanne. The girl with no shadow. 1st U.S. ed. New York : William Morrow, c2008
Vianne Rocher, who has moved to Paris under a new name, Yanne Charbonneau, opens a chocolaterie and hopes to protect her daughters Anouk and Rosette, but her life is blown off course when a businessman named Thierry and a vibrant woman named Zozie enter her life.

Harrison, Colin. The finder. 1st ed. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2008
Jin Li is forced to run for her life when the scam she is running on Tom Reilly and his company Good Pharma is revealed, leaving her former boyfriend Ray Grant at the mercy of thugs who believe he knows where she has gone.

Higgins, Jack. Rough justice. New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, c2008
Dispatched by the President to report on the state of still troubled Kosovo, his trusted agent Blake Johnson runs into a military man there named Harry Miller, who has the same task from the British Prime Minister.

Hilderbrand, Elin. A summer affair : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown, c2008
Artist Claire Danner Crispin agrees to chair the committee for Nantucket’s Summer Gala, unaware of how the event will change her life, and is soon drawn into a passionate affair with her co-chair that threatens to ruin her marriage, her work, and her life.

Howard, Linda. Death angel : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, c2008
Drea Rousseau, a beauty with a taste for the finer things in life, is forced to run after betraying her boyfriend, crime lord Rafael Salinas, who sends the Assassin after her, and when fate intervenes to give her another chance, she teams up with the most dangerous man she has ever met, risking her life and heart to bring Salinas down.

Hunt, Samantha. The invention of everything else. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c2008
A fictionalized account of inventor Nikola Tesla’s final days, in which he begins an unlikely friendship with a young chambermaid at the Hotel New Yorker.

Keyes, Marian. This charming man. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2008
Debonair Irish politician Paddy de Courcy’s winning smile has earned him the approval of all of Ireland, but his dark temper and violent outbursts forever change the lives of four women who love him.

Kinkade, Thomas. The Christmas angel : a Cape Light novel. Large print home library ed. New York : Berkley Books, c2005
The spirit of the season is spreading throughout the seaside hamlet of Cape Light. But town mayor Emily receives an unexpected and precious Christmas gift when she finds a baby girl outside the church. A note attached asks whoever discovers the child to take care of her. As the police try to determine who the baby belongs to, Emily is granted temporary custody, causing her to face her own feelings of regret and loss, and forces her to make a decision about what her heart truly desires.

Leon, Donna. The girl of his dreams. 1st American ed. New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2008
Issues of religion and politics take center stage in the household of Venice’s Commissario Guido Brunetti when he and his wife go undercover to investigate the possibility that a charlatan posing as a preacher has begun developing an American-style Christian sect in the city, and Brunetti’s attempts to investigate the death of a gypsy child found floating in a canal are hindered by sensitivities to multicultural issues.

Lippman, Laura. Another thing to fall. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2008
When the production of a Hollywood film in Baltimore brings mayhem and murder to the area, private investigator Tess Monaghan finds her job complicated by the acting skills of her numerous suspects.

Lustbader, Eric. First daughter. New York : Forge, c2008
Alli Carson, the 19-year-old daughter of the U.S. president-elect, moderate Republican Edward Carson, is abducted a month before her father’s inauguration to be programmed to do something truly terrible at the inauguration ceremony. ATF agent Jack McClure is chosen to lead the search for Alli, primarily because she was the boarding-school roommate of his now-deceased daughter, Emma. (from Publishers Weekly).

Macomber, Debbie. Susannah’s garden. Large print home library edition. Don Mills, Ont. : Mira, c2006
The year Susannah Nelson’s parents sent her to school abroad at 18, she said goodbye to her boyfriend, Jake, and never saw him again. Now, at 50, she finds herself regretting the paths not taken. Long married, a mother and a teacher, she should be happy. She feels there’s something missing. Returning to her hometown of Pine Ridge, Wash., to care for her aging mother, she also returns to the past, and the choices she made back then.

Maron, Margaret. Death’s half acre. 1st ed. New York : Grand Central Pub., c2008.

Margaret Maron is back with a new mystery featuring her critically acclaimed sleuth Judge Deborah Knot. (from the publisher).

Martini, Steve. Shadow of power : a Paul Madriani novel. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2008.
San Diego defense attorney Paul Madriani investigates the murder of legal scholar Terry Scarborough after he hints of a letter written by Thomas Jefferson holding secrets that could divide the nation.

McGinniss, Joe, Jr.. The delivery man. 1st ed. New York : Black Cat, c2008.
Twenty-five-year-old artist Chase returns to his childhood home of Las Vegas, after being fired from his teaching job, and spends the summer working as a chauffer for his friend’s call girl service, which exposes him to sex and drugs and distances him from his dreams.

McGrath, Patrick. Trauma. 1st ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2008.
Manhattan psychiatrist Charlie Weir, trying to cope with the death of his mother, is reunited with his ex-wife, whose brother was one of Charlie’s post-traumatic stress disorder patients until he committed suicide, and uncovers a forgotten trauma in his own past.

Meyer, Stephenie. Breaking dawn. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown, c2008.

Continues the story of the human Bella and the vampire Edward whose love is threatened by their difference, a werewolf named Jacob, and other outside influences.

Perry, Thomas. Fidelity. 1st ed. Orlando : Harcourt, c2008.
As she investigates the murder of her private investigator husband, Emily Kramer, unaware that a hitman has been hired to kill her, links the crime to a wealthy playboy.

Reichs, Kathy. Devil bones. 1st Scribner hardcover ed. New York : Scribner, c2008.
Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan investigates the murders of a teenage boy and girl in Charlotte, North Carolina, uncovering a web of dishonest politics, religious persecution, and voodoo.

Rice, Luanne. Last kiss. New York : Bantam Books, c2008
Nell Kilvert, a year after the death of her eighteen-year-old boyfriend Charlie Rosslare, asks Gavin Dawson—Sheridan Rosslare’s former lover, and Charlie’s mother—for help to uncover the truth behind Charlie’s mysterious murder.

Robb, J. D.. Survivor in death. Large Print Home Library ed. New York : G. P. Putnam’s sons, c2005
Nora Roberts writing as J.D. Robb sets her story in the New York City of 2059, where Lieutenant Eve Dallas will struggle to solve murder of a seemingly ordinary family, and protect one small, terrified survivor.

Sakey, Marcus. Good people : a novel. New York : Dutton Books, c2008
A family, and the security to enjoy it: that’s all Tom and Anna Reed ever wanted. But years of infertility treatments, including four failed attempts at in-vitro fertilization, have left them with neither. A lucky, chance event leads them to believe the story of their lives may yet have a fairy tale ending - but Tom and Anna soon realize that fairy tales never come cheap. (from the publisher, edited).

Schwarz, Christina. So long at the fair : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Doubleday, c2008
While living in a small town in Wisconsin, Jon struggles to come to terms with his life, but when his wife, Ginny, starts working for a man who is somehow connected to the families’ pasts, and a troublesome man tries to move in on Jon’s mistress, Jon must decide whether to end his marriage or his affair.

Sedley, Kate. The Green Man. 1st World ed. New York : Severn House, c2008
Roger Chapman reluctantly assumes the role of personal bodyguard to the Duke of Albany in 1482 during a bid designed to make Albany king of Scotland, but Chapman begins to question Albany’s motives as the mission is plagued by sinister incidents centered on the mythical Green Man, and he has more reason to feel uneasy when he realizes his own life could be in danger.

Shaffer, Mary Ann. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. New York, N.Y. : The Dial Press, c2008
The letters comprising this small charming novel begin in 1946, when single, 30-something author Juliet Ashton (nom de plume Izzy Bickerstaff) writes to her publisher to say she is tired of covering the sunny side of war and its aftermath. When Guernsey farmer Dawsey Adams finds Juliet’s name in a used book and invites articulate - and not-so-articulate - neighbors to write Juliet with their stories, the book’s epistolary circle widens, putting Juliet back in the path of war stories.

Siddons, Anne Rivers. Off season. 1st ed. New York : Grand Central Pub., c2008
“Anne Rivers Siddons tells the beautiful, tragic, and redemptive story of a woman who searches for meaning after her husband dies”—Provided by publisher.

Spencer-Fleming, Julia. I shall not want. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Minotaur, c2008
After the death of his wife, police chief Russ Van Alstyne and Episcopal priest Clare Fergusson team up to uncover the truth when a van of migrant farm workers is attacked, and they fear a war on foreigners might be starting in upstate New York.

Strauss, Darin. More than it hurts you : a novel. New York : Dutton, c2008
Businessman Josh Goldin finds his happy life disrupted when his eight-month-old son is admitted to the hospital and the attending doctor believes his wife may suffer from Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a psychological condition in which a parent harms their child.

Strohmeyer, Sarah. Sweet love. New York : Dutton, c2008
Forty-something single mother Julie Mueller signs up for a dessert cooking class unaware that her mother is trying to reunite her with an old flame who is also in the class and finds herself falling for him all over again.

Wick, Lori. City girl. Large print ed. Eugene, Or. : Harvest House, c2001.
City girl Reagan Sullivan may know her way around New York City, but nothing back East has prepared her for the land of armadillos and tall Texans. Chasing after adventure to blur an unhappy past, the highly independent Reagan has landed a job out West—but quite clearly she is not out to land a husband. When the gentle rancher Cash Rawlings comes into her life, Reagan finds herself intrigued with the man and his faith—but love and commitment are adventures this city girl has vowed never to embark upon. Will Reagan be able to come to terms with her fragile past and discover a new way of living without fear?


098 BOO
Books challenged or banned. Chicago : American Library Association.

2008 list of books that been challenged by members of the public at libraries around the United States.

155.92 BRA
Brafman, Ori. Sway : the irresistible pull of irrational behavior. 1st ed. New York : Doubleday, c2008.
Discusses hidden psychological influences on people’s decision-making process about things such as relationships, advice, and money, drawing from fields such as social psychology and organizational behavior, revealing that loss aversion, diagnosis bias, and the “chameleon effect” can lead to irrational behaviors.

158 PIN
Pink, Daniel H. A whole new mind : why right-brainers will rule the future. 1st Riverhead trade pbk. ed. New York : Riverhead Books, c2006.
Explores how the business world is changing in the twenty-first century, becoming more “right-brain” based and allowing people more creative and artistic than earlier generations to succeed more than those with left-brain dominance.

248 BAR
Barna, Ria. Losing My Religion. Xlibris Corporation, c2008.
The author presents a motivational, self-help plan built from her interpretations of Christian beliefs.

327.5404 HER
Herman, Arthur. Gandhi & Churchill : the epic rivalry that destroyed an empire and forged our age. New York : Bantam Books, c2008.
Discusses the lives and forty-year rivalry of Winston Churchill and Mohandas Gandhi as they led their respective nations through two world wars and as Gandhi attempted, through passive resistance, to free India from British rule.

330.973 PHI
Phillips, Kevin. Bad money : reckless finance, failed politics, and the global crisis of American capitalism. New York : Viking, c2008.

Describes twentieth-century American economy, addressing the weak state of the dollar, and supposing possible causes including America’s extensive financial debts and the strain caused by the war in Iraq.

342.7308 LAN
Lane, Frederick S.. The court and the cross : the religious right’s crusade to reshape the Supreme Court. Boston : Beacon Press, c2008.
Explores how the Religious Right has helped to shape the nature of the Federal Supreme Court over the past thirty years, questioning whether or not their decisions have been helpful or harmful to the nation.

361.7 VER VT REF

Vermont directory of foundations. Shaftsbury, Vt. : CPG Enterprises : Nonprofit Vermont.
The library has the most recent edition of the directory.

647.95 WAI
Waiter rant : thanks for the tip—confessions of a cynical waiter. 1st ed. New York : Ecco, c2008.
Taken from the popular blog,, tells the story from the server’s point of view about customer stupidity, arrogance, misbehavior and even human grace.

650.14 BOL
Bolles, Richard Nelson. What color is your parachute? : a practical manual for job-hunters and career-changers. 2008 ed. Berkeley, Calif. : Enfield : Ten Speed ; Publishers Group UK [distributor], c2007.
The #1 best-selling career book of all time, revised and updated. .

658.8 HOL
Homes, Mark. Wooing customers back : how to give great service and increase your own success. Springfield, MO : Advance Mark Pub., c2006.
The author claims to show the reader how to go beyond customer expectations, develop a personal level of enthusiasm, and develop better ways to handle problems in the customer service sector using a title which provides many specifics for handling customers. Summary lessons conclude examples in each chapter. (from Midwest Book Review).

662.65 RIT
Ritchie, Ralph W. Wood pellets as a fuel, stoves, buyers’ guide, user’s handbook : all that’s practical. Springfield, Oregon : R. & F. Ritchie, c2004.

Here is a User’s Handbook for a new technology that tells nearly all about the use of Wood Pellet fuels for heating. It promotes no particular product, stoves or whatever. It offers suggestions for wood pellet selection, pellet handling, use, stove operation, repair, and maintenance, and even provides a Buyer’s Guide for purchasing one.

737.4 YEO
A guide book of United States coins. Racine, Wis. : Whitman Pub.Co.
2009 edition.
The Red Book covers the history and values of colonial and early American coins, half cents through silver dollars and gold, commemoratives, Proof and Mint sets, errors, Civil War tokens, territorial gold, state quarters, Presidential dollars, and other U.S. coins, with practical essays on grading, investing, auctions, and more. Pricing for more than 6,000 individual coins More than 700 full color photographs. Updated values, mintages, and auction records. Expanded coverage of commemoratives, sets, and other coins. New state quarters and Presidential dollars. (description from 2009 edition).

741.5 HAM
Hamilton, Laurell K. Anita Blake, vampire hunter : guilty pleasures. New York : Marvel, c2008.
Anita Blake tries to save her friend’s life and solve the St. Louis murders for Nikolaos, the master vampire, who is targeted for an assassination by Edward.

769.56 SCO
Scott’s standard postage stamp catalogue. New York, : Scott Pub. Co.

782.42164 WEL
Weller, Sheila. Girls like us : Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon—and the journey of a generation. 1st Atria Books hardcover ed. New York : Atria Books, c2008.
Chronicles the lives of American musicians Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon, focusing on their experiences during the 1960s and 1970s.

787.87 BUR
Burrell, Kenny. Best of Kenny Burrell. Milwaukee, WI : H. Leonard Corp., c2006.

All night long—All of you—body and soul—Broadway—Cheetah—Chitlins con carne—Freight train—Midnight blue—Mood indigo—Now see how you are—Phinupi—Satin doll—Tenderly—A weaver of dreams. Printed music from Kenny Burrell.

Goldblatt, David. The ball is round : a global history of soccer. 1st Riverhead trade pbk. ed. New York : Riverhead Books, 2008, c2006.
A history of soccer around the world, looking at how the game has been played, watched, and followed, sharing stories of players, managers, fans, owners, clubs, and national teams, and discussing the sport in relation to developments in economics, politics, and society.

Petterson, Jimmy. Skiing Around the World : Over 30 years in search of the ultimate ski descent. Goteborg, Sweden : Zetterqvist Publishing Company, c2005.
Skiing Around the World takes readers around the globe to over 200 ski areas.

914.9904 ROU
Bousfield, Jonathan. The rough guide to Bulgaria. 6th ed. New York : Rough Guides, c2008.
The Rough Guide is written and researched by people who have lived in Bulgaria, and so provides deeply insightful accounts of all the regions and their attractions. As ever, this is a guide for independent travellers on any budget, with accommodation listings ranging from the film stars’ favourite, Castle Hrankov in Sofia, to local campsites.

917.29 FOD
Fodor’s Caribbean. New York : Fodor’s Travel Guides.
newest edition.

917.47 GOO
Adirondack trails. 13th ed. Lake George, N.Y. : Adirondack Mountain Club, c2004.

Includes the latest trail routes, designated campsite and lean-to locations, DEC regulations, and updated trail mileages. The latest edition of the High Peaks topographic trail map is included.

920 AND
Andersen, Christopher P. Somewhere in heaven : the remarkable love story of Dana and Christopher Reeve. 1st ed. New York : Hyperion, c2008.
Presents the story of Dana and Christopher Reeve, their life together, family, and strong bond that continued after the accident that paralyzed Chris from the neck down; and describes their efforts on behalf of stem-cell research, Chris’s death, and Dana’s own struggles with lung cancer.

Brief Guide to Charles Darwin. Running Pr Book Pub, c2007.

Charles Darwin has become one of the most important men in history. The quiet, unsure polymath who avoided confrontation, ensconced in his family home at Downe House in Kent, was also a revolutionary who developed his idea of Natural Selection in isolation.

Tomalin, Claire. Thomas Hardy. New York : Penguin Books, 2007, c2006.
Investigates the life and work of Victorian novelist and poet Thomas Hardy, author of “Tess of the d’Urbervilles,” focusing on the many contradictions that seemed to characterize his life.

Spelling, Tori. sTori telling. 1st Simon Spotlight Entertainment hardcover ed. New York : Simon Spotlight Entertainment, c2008.

Tori Spelling reflects on her life, discussing her childhood, famous father, family life, marriages, cosmetic procedures, problems with her parents, success as a television actress, and more. Includes photographs.

Brogan, Hugh. Alexis de Tocqueville : a life. New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, c2007.
Alexis de Tocqueville was one of the greatest political thinkers of all time. Born a French aristocrat, he lost nearly his entire family in the Reign of Terror, and spent most of his adult life struggling for liberty under the unsuccessful regimes of nineteenth-century France. He was a man of apparent contradictions: an aristocrat who believed in democracy, a conservative with liberal ideals, an agnostic with Christian faith in humanity. At age 25 he traveled to America and encountered democracy for the first time. This firsthand experience contributed to his incisive writing on liberty and democracy. His book The Ancien Régime launched the scholarly study of the French Revolution, and Democracy in America remains the best book ever written by a European about the United States. In the first full-length biography in English, historian Brogan puts the man and his ideas together for a fuller understanding of how his influential interpretations came into being.—From publisher description.

973.35 PAT
Patton, Robert H. (Robert Holbrook). Patriot pirates : the privateer war for freedom and fortune in the American Revolution. 1st ed. New York : Pantheon Books, c2008.
Examines the naval tactics of the American colonies during the Revolutionary War, and focuses on the acts of piracy which set sights against British merchant ships, and discusses how the spoils were divided.

Rogers, Phil S. Everlasting glory : Vermont soldiers who were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for service during the Civil War, 1861-1865. Hardwick, Vt. : Vermont Civil War Hemlocks, c2007.

This book contains the records of Vermont soldiers who were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for serving during the American Civil War.

973.931 BUG
Bugliosi, Vincent. The prosecution of George W. Bush for murder. New York : Vanguard Press, c2008.

Prosecutor argues there is overwhelming evidence President Bush took the nation to war in Iraq under false pretenses and must be held accountable for what is considered to be monumental crimes.

974.043 MIN
The 1955 floods, hurricanes Connie and Diane, August 17-19th, 1955 : an historical and pictorial summary. Rutland, Vt. : Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory, c2005.

An illustrated history of 1955’s storm season along the East Coast.

Historical markers on the Crown Point Road. 2004 ed. [Springfield, VT] : Crown Point Road Association, c1992.

A guide with pictures and descriptions of historical markers along Crown Point Road in Vermont.

Lepkoff, Rebecca. Almost utopia : residents and radicals of Pikes Falls, Vermont 1950. Barre : Vermont Historical Society, c2008.


REF 909.82 COU
Countries of the world and their leaders yearbook. Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co.. latest edition.
Supplies current information on over 170 countries of the world with cross references and sub-entries from the United States government.

REF 920.03 NEW
Newmakers. Detroit : Gale Research, c1988-. 2008 edition.

The annual directory of people who’ve made the news.


CD 225.9 WIL
Wills, Garry. What Paul meant. Unabridged. [Ashland, OR] : Blackstone Audio, p2006.

Read by the author. A synthesis of the apostle’s thought and influence evaluates the disparate qualities attributed to his character in the Bible and throughout history, arguing that Paul’s intentions were consistent with the teachings of Jesus and sought to manage controversy throughout the early days of Christianity.

CD 746.432 AME
Falick, Melanie. America knits. Stockton Springs, Me. : Knitting Out Loud, p2007.

Read by Christine Marshall. Melanie Falick celebrates artisans from all over the world of knitting in these thirty-eight illuminating interviews with America’s leading spinners, weavers and knitters. Meet the fascinating people behind the knitting scene: shepherds caring for rare breeds, a plant biologist developing a strain of naturally colored cotton, the hand spinners and hand dyers who produce gorgeous skeins of yarn which are works of art in themselves and the creative knitting designers, all of whom have changed our knitting lives and made knitting the important, magical craft it is.

CD 791.4472 KEI
English majors. [Minneapolis, Minn.] : HighBridge, p2008.
Disc 1. English majors (with Dave Barry) ; John Henry (Garrison Keillor & the Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band) ; The old life (Donald Hall) ; Guy Noir, private eye (with Billy Collins) ; The lanyard (Billy Collins) ; The revenant (Billy Collins) ; Emily Dickinson suite (Sally and Richard Dworsky) ; The six-minute Hamlet ; Long time leaving (Roy Blount Jr.) ; English majors: for whom? ; The Hochstetter house—disc 2. Celebrity classics: the ten-minute MacBeth ; Red, red rose (Garrison Keillor & the Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band) ; Starting a poem (Robert Bly) ; Song of myself / Walt Whitman (read by Allen Ginsberg) ; Kerouac ; The scarlet letter (with Calvin Trillin) ; Family man (Calvin Trillin) ; The family Shakespeare ; Wild geese / Mary Oliver (read by Meryl Streep) ; Helen Marie. Garrison Keillor ; with other performers.

Twain, Mark, 1835-1910. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. [Old Saybrook, Conn.] : Tantor Media, c2008.
Read by William Dufris. The adventures and pranks of a mischievous boy growing up in a Mississippi River town in the early nineteenth century.

O’Connell, Carol. Find me. Roseland, NJ : Listen & Live Audio, Inc., 2007, c2006.
Read by Alyssa Bresnaham. A mutilated body is found lying on the ground in Chicago, a dead hand pointing down Adams Street, also known as Route 66, a road of many names. And now of many deaths. A silent caravan of cars, dozens of them, drives down that road, each passenger bearing a photograph, but none of them the same. They are the parents of missing children, some recently disappeared, some gone a decade or more—all brought together by word that children’s grave sites are being discovered along the Mother Road. Kathy Mallory drives with them. The child she seeks, though, is not like the others’. It is herself—the feral child adopted off the streets, her father a blank, her mother dead and full of mysteries. During the next few extraordinary days, Mallory will find herself hunting a killer like none she has ever known, and will undergo a series of revelations not only of stunning intensity—but stunning effect. (from the container).

DVD 179.9 POW
The power of forgiveness. [United States] : First Run Features, c2008.

Narrated by Martin Doblmeier ; those interviewed include Elie Wiesel, Thich Nhat Hanh, Thomas Moore, Marianne Williamson, and James Forbes. Explores the important concept of forgiveness under an amazingly wide variety of conditions, from petty insults to sexual assault, to the tragedy of 9/11. Includes Desmond Tutu speaking at the Washington National Cathedral and a short film.

DVD 304.2 ELE
The 11th hour. [United States] : Warner Home Video, c2008.
Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio. Explores the indelible footprint that humans have left on this planet, and the catastrophic effects of environmental neglect and abuse, and calls for restorative action through a reshaping of human activity.

DVD 332.1 MAX
Maxed out : nothing is priceless. [Austin, TX] : Los Angeles, Calif. : Truly Indie ; Distributed by Magnolia Home Entertainment, c2007.

Take a journey deep inside the American style of debt, where things seem fine as long as the minimum monthly payment arrives on time. Shocking and incisive, it paints a picture of a national nightmare, which is all too real for most.

DVD 363.28 DOG
Dog the bounty hunter. [United States] : A&E Television Networks, c2007.

Starring Duane “Dog” Chapman. “Dog’s personally selected favorite eight episodes from the fast and furious, highly rated third season of the hit real-life A&E series. Follow Dog and his band of rugged crime-busting accomplices, which includes his own flesh and blood, as they scourge the land of bail jumpers, escaped criminals, and vagabond outlaws.”—Container.

DVD 448.2421 FRE
French in action. S. Burlington, VT : Annenberg/CPB Collection, [2002?].
The student is instructed in French language and culture by seeing people interact in true-to-life situations, while speaking idiomatic, natural French. The course is based on the teaching method of Pierre J. Capretz of total immersion learning.

Connections 1. New York : Ambrose Video Pub., c2007.

James Burke presents science as a detective story, illustrating the connections between events of the past and inventions of the future. Burke tracks through twelve thousand years of history for the clues that lead to eight great life-changing inventions—the atom bomb, telecommunications, the computer, the production line, jet aircraft, plastics, rocketry and television.

Connections 2. New York : Ambrose Video Pub., c1996.

Presenter, James Burke. James Burke back tracks the fascinating links between technological invention, social history, economics, and, well, everything.—Container.

DVD 622.3382 CRU
A crude awakening : the oil crash. [New York, N.Y.] : Docurama : Distributed by New Video Group, c2007.

A rock-solid argument that the era of cheap oil is in the past. Goes deep into the uncomfortable realities of a world that is both addicted to fossil fuels and blissfully unaware of the looming “peak oil” crisis. Debunks the conventional wisdom that oil production will continue to climb, and instead stares bleakly at a planet facing economic meltdown and conflict over its most valuable resource.

DVD 647.9573 SUP
Super size me. New York : Hart Sharp Video, c2004.
Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock embarks on a journey to find out if fast food is making Americans fat. For 30 days he can’t eat or drink anything that isn’t on McDonald’s menu; he must eat three square meals a day, he must eat everything on the menu at least once and supersize his meal if asked. He treks across the country interviewing a host of experts on fast food and a number of regular folk while downing McDonald’s to try and find out why 37% of American are now overweight. Spurlock’s grueling diet spirals him into a metamorphosis that will make you think twice about picking up another Big Mac.

DVD 791.45 WIL
The wild blue yonder. Widescreen ed. [United States] : Subversive CInema, c2006.

From legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog comes an inspired vision: As humans search for a new planet to colonize, aliens attempt to settle on the nearly uninhabitable earth.

Holy War in World History. c2008.

A discussion of religious warfare through history.

WWII Pilot Major Francis Angier : his aviation career and POW experience. c2008.

Major Francis Angier discusses his military service during World War II.

A Vermont Pathfinder : Consuelo Northrup Bailey. c2008.
Consuelo Northrop Bailey was a U.S. lawyer and elected official. She was the first female lieutenant governor of any state in U.S. history, serving as Republican lieutenant governor of Vermont between 1955 and 1959. This is a program about her that took place at Brownell Library in March of 2008.
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American experience. [Alexandria, VA.] : PBS Home Video, 2006, c2002.
Narrator, Linda Hunt. Examines the failings of Carter’s political leadership in the context of the turbulent 1970’s ; and explores the role religion played in his career.

American experience. Standard format. [Alexandria, Va.] : Hollywood, Calif. : PBS Home Video ; Distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, c2006.

Narrated by David McCullough. A biography of Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, serving between 1963 and 1969.

The Kennedys. [Alexandria, Va.] : Hollywood, Calif. : PBS ; Distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, c2004, c2003.
Narrator, Stacy Keach. “The Kennedys explores the building of the Kennedy legend, a story in part created and then brilliantly promoted by the family itself, a story whose afterglow still captures the American imagination. Featuring extensive interviews with family members, friends and first-hand witnesses to the many chapters of the Kennedy saga, and using a wealth of still photographs and archival footage ...”—Container box.

TR. [United States] : PBS Home Video, [2006], c1996.

Narrator, Jason Robards. Documentary about Theodore Roosevelt. Explores the influence of Rossevelt’s childhood, his rise to the U.S. Presidency, and the years after he left office.

American experience. Standard format. [Alexandria, Va.] : Burbank, Calif. : PBS Home Video : Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2006.

Host: David McCullough; narrator, Jason Robards. The story of Harry S. Truman’s life, with comments by contemporaries and historians.

DVD 937.7 VER
Vermont Women in the Abolitionist Movement. c2008.
Jane Williamson leads a discussion about Abolitionist women from Vermont.

DVD 956.7 IRA
Iraq in fragments. [Seattle, Wash.] : Typecast Releasing, c2007.
Offers a series of intimate, passionately-felt portraits: A fatherless 11-year-old is apprenticed to the domineering owner of a Baghdad garage; Sadr followers in two Shiite cities rally for regional elections while enforcing Islamic law at the point of a gun; a family of Kurdish farmers welcomes the U.S. presence, which has allowed them a measure of freedom previously denied. American director James Longley spent more than two years filming in Iraq to create this stunningly photographed, poetically rendered documentary of the war-torn country as seen through the eyes of Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds.

DVD 974.3 RUR
Rural Vermont Speaks Out : A discussion of farm fresh meat, raw milk and industrial hemp for Vermont Agriculture. c2008.
A discussion of the agricultural importance of meat, milk and industrial hemp in Vermont.

DVD 974.3 TAK
Take Notice : a historical talk about the American Revolution and the Green Mountain Boys. c2008.

A video recording of a program held at Brownell Library.

The Adams chronicles. Silver Spring, MD : Distributed by Acorn Media, c2008.

Four generations of Adamses and 150 years of American history from the birth of the Revolution through the Gilded Age. John Adams, a passionate revolutionary and second president; John Quincy Adams is the proud son of a famous father and sixth president; Charles Francis Adams is a skillful minister to Great Britain during the Civil War; Henry Adams the historian; Charles Francis Adams, Jr. is a railroad magnate. Going beyond politics, portrays these men as husbands, fathers, brothers, sons, as well as leaders.

Baby take a bow. [United States] : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2005.

Shirley Temple. A little girl helps her father accused of theft by finding the real crook.

Before the devil knows you’re dead. Chatsworth, Calif. : Image Entertainment, c2008.

A stockbroker who is having financial troubles and in need of extra cash, and his younger brother conspire to pull off the perfect, victimless crime. No guns, no violence, no problem. The only problem is that the owners of the jewelry store are their own parents. But when an accomplice ignores the rules and crosses the line, his actions trigger a series of events in which no one is left unscathed.

Beyond the rocks. Harrington Park, N.J. : New York : Milestone Film & Video ; Distributed by New Yorker Video, c2006.
Gloria Swanson, Rudolph Valentino. Long considered one of the great ‘lost’ films from the Hollywood golden age, it was amazingly discovered by the Nederlands Filmmuseum in 2005. It’s a roller-coaster ride through the English countryside, Swiss Alps, Paris, London, and the Sahara!.

Bright eyes. Beverly Hills, Calif. : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2001], c1934.

Shirley is the little darling of a group of aviators, who splits her time between her pilot godfather, Loop, and her long-suffering mother, a housemaid for a selfish, wealthy family. When a tragic accident leaves Shirley orphaned, Loop sets out to adopt Shirley—until he learns he’s not the only one determined to keep the adorable youngster.

The bucket list. Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c2008
Corporate billionaire Edward Cole and working class mechanic Carter Chambers have nothing in common, except they both have been diagnosed with terminal illnesses. While sharing a hospital room together, they decide to make a Bucket List of all the things they have ever wanted to do before they die.

Curly top. [United States] : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2005.

Edward Morgan, rich trustee of an orphanage, meets and is entranced with little Elizabeth and her older sister Mary. He adopts them and they come to adore Edward. Mary falls in love with Edward, and he has the same feelings; Elizabeth plays matchmaker.

Halloween. [Restored ed.]. [Englewood, Colo.] : Starz Home Entertainment, c2007.
In 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers brutally killed his older sister. The silent child was incarcerated in the Smith’s Grove Sanitarium under the care of psychiatrist Sam Loomis. Michael’s hometown of Haddonfield was slowly beginning to forget the tragic crime. That is until Loomis returns to the town to warn them of Myers’ escape from Smith’s Grove. With Michael set on killing a group of high school students, Loomis gets the hesitant town sheriff to help him stop Michael before it’s too late.

Heidi. [United States] : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2005.

When her aunt tires of caring for her, orphan Heidi goes to live in the Alps with her gruff grandfather, who comes to adore her. Eventually placed with another family, Heidi fights to join her grandfather again.

I am legend. [Widescreen ed.]. Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c2008.

Robert Neville is the last human survivor in what is left of New York City. A pandemic has left only 1% of the population alive and most of those who survived are no longer human. The infected, now lurking in the shadows, watch Neville’s every move. Perhaps mankind’s last, best hope, Neville is driven by the only one remaining mission: to find a way to reverse the effects of the virus using his own immune blood.

Indiana Jones : the adventure collection. Anamorphic widescreen. Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount, c2008.

Indiana Jones and the raiders of the lost ark (1981, 115 min.) / produced by Frank Marshall ; directed by Steven Spielberg ; written by Lawrence Kasdan—Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984, 118 min.) / produced by Robert Watts ; directed by Steven Spielberg ; screenplay by Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz -- Indiana Jones and the last crusade (1989, 126 min.) / produced by Robert Watts ; directed by Steven Spielberg ; story by George Lucas and Menno Meyjes ; screenplay by Jeffrey Boam. Harrison Ford ; Raiders of the lost ark: Karen Allen, Paul Freeman ; Temple of Doom: Kate Capshaw, Amrish Puri ; Last crusade: Denholm Elliott, Sean Connery. An unconventional archaeologist is assigned by the U.S. government to find the mystically empowered Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis can obtain it for their own evil use; Indiana Jones sets out to find the Ankara Stone in order to save hundreds of children who have been enslaved by a mysterious Indian cult; Indy and his father go in search of the Holy Grail, battling Nazis along the way. (Each film is shelved separately.)

John Adams. [New York, N.Y.] : HBO Video, c2008.
While our new nation was suffering attacks from both within and without, John Adams had a vision of a nation of liberty and justice for all. He guided his peers—General George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson—in setting the values and agenda for a glorious, free America. Adams and his wife Abigail refined these ambitious democratic ideals, and their partnership became one of the most moving love stories in American history.

Knight rider. Universal City, CA : Universal, [2005], c1983.

Gear up for action with superstar David Hasselhoff and his supercar K.I.T.T. as they throttle crime in every high-octane episode from the second season’s 21 episodes on 3 double-sided discs.

Little Miss Broadway. Beverly Hills, CA : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2005.

An orphan adopted by a kind hotel manager who rents rooms to down-on-their-luck entertainers lives happily enough until the owner of the hotel complains about the noise her showbiz friends make and threatens to close the hotel and send her back to the orphanage.

Manor house. [Alexandria, VA] : PBS Home Video, c2004.

“Following in the tradition of Upstairs, Downstairs and Robert Altman’s 2001 Edwardian comic feature Gosford Park, Manor House takes a fascinating look at the grand and grueling British class system of the early 1900s”—Container.

Ultimate missions collection. Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Pictures, c2006.
Mission: impossible—Mission: impossible II—Mission: impossible III. These three films star Tom Cruise and are based on the popular television series. Each film is shelved separately.

Murder, she wrote. [Universal City, CA] : Universal, c2005.
Includes all 21 episodes from the unforgettable first season plus the pilot movie The Murder of Sherlock Holmes. Join super sleuth Jessica Fletcher and investigate every entertaining episode of Murder, She Wrote.

Mystery science theater 3000 : the essentials. Burbank, CA : Rhino Home Video, p2004.
“Manos” the hands of fate—Santa Claus conquers the Martians. Host: Joel Hodgson. Are you ready for the best of the best (well, in this case, the worst of the worst)? Join host Joel Hodgson and his robot pals in two of the finest feature-length episodes of this hilarious, award-winning series.

The orphanage. [Burbank, CA] : New Line Home Entertainment : Warner Home Video, distributor, c2008.
Laura decides to purchase her beloved childhood orphanage with dreams of restoring and reopening the long abandoned facility as a place for disabled children. The new environment awakens the imagination of Laura’s son. His ongoing fantasy games played with an invisible friend quickly turn into something more disturbing. Upon seeing her family increasingly threatened by the strange occurrences in the house, Laura looks to a group of parapsychologists for help in unraveling the mystery that has taken over the place.

Pushing tin. Widescreen version. Beverly Hill, CA : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, c1999.
Two air traffic controllers have an intense rivalry and penchant for one-upmanship, causing hilarious havoc with their careers, marriages and planes in their airspace.

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. [United States] : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2005.

A talent scout believes that little Rebecca could be the next big thing on radio and tries to get her on the air.

The ruins. Unrated [ed]. Universal City, Calif. : DreamWorks Home Entertainment, c2008.
A group of American college students go to Mexico for a vacation. They find themselves in a brutal struggle for their lives when, on an archaeological dig in the jungle, they are ambushed by hostile Mayans and forced to the top of an ancient temple. There, a monstrous and diabolically clever entity awaits them among the ruins.

Schindler’s list. Widescreen (1.85:1) version. Universal City, CA : Universal, [2004], c1993.

The story of a Catholic war profiteer, Oskar Schindler, who risked his life and went bankrupt in order to save more than 1,000 Jews from certain death in concentration camps. He employed Jews in his crockery factory manufacturing goods for the German army. At the same time he tries to stay solvent with the help of a Jewish accountant and negotiates business with a vicious Nazi commandant who enjoys shooting Jews as target practice from the balcony of his villa that overlooks the prison camp he commands.

The silence of the lambs. Collector’s ed. ; [2-disc set]. [Los Angeles, CA] : MGM Home Entertainment ; Beverly Hills, Calif. : Distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2007.

When FBI agent Clarice Starling is assigned a case involving a monstrous serial killer, she seeks counsel from an imprisoned cannibalistic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter, whose fascination with the young woman is as great as his hunger for murder. As their relationship develops, Starling must confront her own demons, and an evil so powerful that she may not have the courage or strength to stop it.

The Simpsons movie. Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2007.

Lisa convinces the locals to clean up the polluted Lake Springfield after a crowd of fans sink the Green Day concert stage. Meanwhile, Homer saves a pig from being killed in Krusty Burger and adopts it, calling the animal Spider Pig. After two days, Spider Pig fills up a silo with its excrement and not knowing what else to do, Homer dumps the silo in the lake, polluting it. The angry population forces the Simpsons to move to Alaska. Meanwhile, the president is induced by his adviser from the EPA to put a dome over Springfield to hold in the population and destroy the city. When Marge sees the news on television, she tells Homer that they must return to Springfield to save their town and friends, but Homer is not convinced that the people of Springfield deserve their support.

Herzog/Kinski collection. Troy, Mich. : Anchor Bay Entertainment, 2002, c1972-2000.
The six films of this collection are shelved separately. The collection is the result of several years of collaboration between director Werner Herzog and actor Klaus Kinski.