Thursday, October 02, 2008

New books and media for October 2008


Adiga, Aravind. The white tiger : a novel. 1st Free Press hardcover ed. New York : Free Press, c2008.
Balram Halwai is educated in the art of corruption when he is hired as the driver for the wealthiest man in his village in India, by witnessing his employers bribe and barter through his rear view mirror.

Adler, Elizabeth (Elizabeth A.). One of those Malibu nights. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, c2008
Malibu detective Mac Reilly must turn to his on-again, off-again lover Sunny Alvarez for help after he is nearly killed by a beautiful, gun-waving woman who subsequently disappears, leaving the weapon behind in his car.

Akpan, Uwem. Say you’re one of them. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown and Co., c2008.
A collection of short stories by Uwem Akpan that celebrate the resilience and wisdom of children in third world countries.

Alameddine, Rabih. The hakawati. 1st ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2008.
Osama al-Kharrat travels from America to his native Beirut to stand vigil at his father’s deathbed, and finds solace in the laughter, love, and stories of his family as they reflect on his father’s life and the changes their beloved country has undergone.

Alexander, Lawrence. Rubicon. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2008.
California senator Bobby Hart, having decided not to run for president, finds himself caught up in a very different type of race when he hears rumors of an assassination plot that is supposed to happen before the general election and must somehow learn the motive and target of the attack in order to keep it from happening.

Alexander, Victoria. Seduction of a proper gentleman. New York : Avon, c2008.
Lady Kathleen MacDavid must find a way to seduce and marry the Earl of Norcroft in order to break a centuries-old curse, but a bump on the head results in a memory loss that threatens her plans and causes major problems when she really does fall in love with the dashing Earl.

Allen, Sarah Addison. The sugar queen. New York : Bantam Books, c2008.
Twenty-seven-year-old Josey Cirrini finds her uneventful life turned upside down when Della Lee Baker shows up in Josey’s secret hideaway and starts to challenge Josey to change her life and discover the world beyond her sheltered home.

Aslam, Nadeem. The wasted vigil. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Knopf, c2008.
Marcus, an English doctor whose Afghani wife was murdered by the Taliban, shares his home with four houseguests in post-9/11 Afghanistan—a Russian woman searching for her brother, a former American spy, a young Afghani zealot, and a Special Forces soldier—revealing their complex relationships during wartime.

Atkinson, Kate. When will there be good news? : a novel. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Little, Brown, c2008.
The lives of three people come together in a small English town as Detective Chief Inspector Louise Monroe investigates the disappearance of a well-known doctor.

Auster, Paul. Man in the dark. 1st ed. New York : Henry Holt, c2008.

While recovering from a car accident at his daughter’s home in Vermont, seventy-two-year-old August Brill dreams up an alternate twenty-first-century reality where the results of the 2000 Presidential election resulted in the secession of various states and the events of September 11, 2001 never happened.

Baldacci, David. The whole truth. 1st ed. New York : Grand Central Pub., c2008.

David Baldacci returns with a stand-alone, international thriller featuring all new characters.

Bannister, Jo. Closer still. 1st U.S. ed. New York : St. Martin’s Minotaur, c2008
Private detective Brodie has put work aside to care for her new baby while his father, Detective Superintendent Jack Deacon, hunts down Joe Loomis, the nastiest crook in town, but Brodie has trouble putting motherhood ahead of business when Loomis dies while trying to utter the name of his killer—which just might be Jack.

Barbeau, Adrienne. Vampyres of Hollywood. 1st ed. New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, c2008
Beverly Hills police detective Peter King is called in to investigate the murders of three major Hollywood stars, and uncovers a shocking link to Ovsanna Moore, the legendary head of a powerful studio who has written and starred in seventeen classic horror films, who also happens to be a five hundred-year-old vampire.

Barrett, Andrea. The air we breathe : a novel. 1st ed. New York : W.W. Norton, c2007.

Conflict and resentments break out in a small Adirondack town in the fall of 1916 when Miles Fairchild, a wealthy resident living in a “cure cottage” while being treated for tuberculosis, decides to start a discussion group with patients—mostly poor European immigrants—confined in the state-run sanitarium.

Barry, Brunonia. The lace reader. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2006.
Towner Whitney, descended from a line of mind readers and fortune tellers, returns to Salem, Massachusetts to recover from several traumas and discovers that her great-aunt Eva has suspiciously drowned, and local cop John Rafferty looks into the mystery while falling for Towner.

Barth, John. The development : nine stories. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c2008.

Contains nine humorous short stories that describe life in a gated community, and includes selections entitled “Peeping Tom,” “The Bard Award,” “Rebeginning,” and others from the award-winning author who also wrote “Lost in the Funhouse.”.

Baxter, Charles. The soul thief. 1st ed. New York : Pantheon Books, c2008.
The life of Nathaniel Mason, a graduate student in upstate New York, seems to not really be his own after he meets the cryptic, mysterious Jerome Coolberg and begins a dark spiral toward a nervous breakdown.

Bayard, Louis. The black tower. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2008.

Having used his mastery of disguise and surveillance to nab some of France’s most notorious criminals, early nineteenth-century detective Vidocq teams
up with obscure medical student Hector to track down the most challenging adversary of his career, a case with ties to the missing son of Marie Antoinette.

Bear, Greg. Quantico. New York : Vanguard Press, c2007.
As terrorism around the world is on the rise, a group of young FBI agents struggles to stop domestic terrorists, including a plague that targets ethnic groups that threatens to wipe out entire populations.

Beatty, Paul. Slumberland : a novel. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Bloomsbury, c2008.
Los Angeles musician DJ Darky travels to Berlin, Germany, in the late 1980s in search of a missing jazzman whom he wants to work on a track, and finds himself caught up in the city and reflecting on life.

Beinhart, Larry. Salvation Boulevard. New York : Nation Books, c2008.
The murder victim: an atheist. The accused: Muslim. The lawyer: Jewish. The detective: Born Again Christian. A thriller about death, faith, and God - from one of America’s best mystery writers.

Benioff, David. City of thieves : a novel. New York : Viking, c2008.
Seventeen-year-old Lev Beniov, having been arrested for looting the corpse of a German paratrooper, is given the opportunity to be released from jail if he, along with a soldier imprisoned for desertion, can secure twelve eggs to be used in the colonel’s daughter’s wedding cake by traversing the dangerous streets of Leningrad.

Benn, James R. Blood alone : a Billy Boyle World War II mystery. New York : Soho Press, c2008.

In war-torn Sicily, a sleuthing soldier risks life and limb to crack a baffling mystery. G.I. Billy Boyle wakes up in a field hospital in Sicily, baking in the heat and struggling to remember the circumstances that landed him there. (from Kirkus Reviews).

Bennett, Ronan. Zugzwang : a novel. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Bloomsbury, c2007.

In 1914 St. Petersburg, as the international chess championship holds the city rapt, celebrated psychoanalyst Otto Spethman is implicated in a murder that may involve not only him but also his young daughter and two of his patients—a beauty with whom he is falling in love and a chess master nearing a breakdown.

Block, Stefan Merrill. The story of forgetting : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Random House, c2008.

Two men—Seth Walker, a teenager trying to understand the genetic nature of his mother’s early onset Alzheimer’s, and Abel Haggard, an elderly hunchback who spends his days alone on the family farm thinking about the past—are linked by their mothers’ stories of a fantasy world in which the lack of memory is a blessing.

Bobis, Merlinda C. (Merlinda Carullo). Banana heart summer : a novel. Delta trade pbk. ed. New York : Delta Trade Paperbacks, c2008.

Twelve-year-old Nenita drops out of school one summer in order to earn enough money to help support her family, and is hired as a house girl by her well-to-do neighbors.

Booth, Stephen. Scared to live. Bantam hardcover ed. New York : Bantam Books, c2008
Two gruesome homicides preoccupy Det. Sgt. Diane Fry and Det. Constable Ben Cooper in Booth’s ambitious seventh police procedural (after The Dead Place). In England’s Peak district, Fry looks into a suspicious house fire that killed Lindsay Mullen and two of her young children, while her husband, Brian, escaped with minor injuries. Meanwhile, Cooper investigates the death of Rose Shepherd, a reclusive woman killed by an apparent sniper-shot through her bedroom window. (from Publishers Weekly).

Bowen, Rhys. Tell me, pretty maiden. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Minotaur, c2008
Irish immigrant Molly Murphy works with her beau, wrongly suspended police captain Daniel Sullivan, to uncover the truth about a young woman who was found disoriented and mute in the snow.

Box, C. J. Blood trail. New York : Putnam’s, c2008.
Joe Pickett investigates the brutal murders of elk hunters found gutted in the Rocky Mountains.

Brockmann, Suzanne. Into the fire : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, c2008.

Former Marine and security firm operative Vinh Murphy, having spent years mourning the death of his wife, decides to seek the help of Hannah Whitfield, with whom he once had a relationship, and while sorting out his feelings, learns that the leader of the neo-Nazi group he blames for his spouse’s death has been killed and the organization has targeted him as the shooter and wants revenge.

Brown, Rita Mae. The sand castle. 1st ed. New York : Grove Press, c2008.
Seven-year-old Nickel Smith spends the day at the beach with her mother, Juts, her aunt, Wheezie, and her aunt’s eight-year-old grandson, Leroy, who recently lost his mother, listening to the women talk about their childhoods and building a sand castle.

Bruen, Ken. The Max. New York : Dorchester Pub., c2008.

After Max was arrested by the NYPD for drug trafficking, and Angela attempted to flee the country to escape murder charges, Max finds himself with a prison sentence in Attica, while Angela has ended up in a prison in Lesbos.

Brunstetter, Wanda E. Dear to me. Uhrichsville, OH : Barbour Pub., c2007.

Melinda Andrews’ love for animals puts her at odds with her sweetheart Gabe, who believes in enjoying responsible hunting for food and population control, and she faces a very real dilemma when a friend suggests Melinda consider veterinary school—a choice that could further drive a wedge between her and Gabe, as well as earn the disapproval of her Old Order Amish family and community.

Bushnell, Candace. One Fifth Avenue. 1st ed. New York : Voice/Hyperion, c2008.
The residents of One Fifth Avenue stop at nothing to gain wealth and respect as they secretly deal with issues of failing marriages, real estate theft, and lost fortunes.

Cabot, Meg. Queen of babble gets hitched. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2008.
Lizzie Nichols feels her life is finally on the right track, with a career she loves, the perfect fiancé, and a dream wedding in the works, but everything begins to fall apart when she finds herself falling for her fiancé’s best friend.

Camilleri, Andrea. The paper moon. New York : Penguin Books, c2008.
Inspector Salvo Montalbano investigates the murder of a man found in a compromising position and links the crime to a series of drug overdoses and two beautiful women.

Carey, Mike. Vicious circle. 1st Grand Central Pub. ed. New York : Grand Central Pub., c2008
Reluctant exorcist Felix Castor, a bit short of funds, accepts when a couple asks him to rescue the ghost of their child which has been kidnapped by another exorcist, and finds himself chasing through the streets of London, pursued by a pair of werewolf thugs, as well as a succubus who wants to be his sidekick.

Clement, Blaize. Even cat sitters get the blues : a Dixie Hemingway mystery. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Minotaur, c2008.

Dixie Hemingway finds herself implicated in murder while taking care of a scientist, his pet iguana, and a calico kitten.

Connolly, John. The reapers. 1st Atria Books hardcover ed. New York : Atria Books, c2008.

Former New York detective Charlie “Bird” Parker learns that his confidantes, Angel and Louis, are targets of a group of assassins and have disappeared, and sets out to find them.

Connors, Charlotte. How Dolly Parton saved my life. 1st ed. New York : Broadway Books, c2008.

Josephine Vann, a devoted wife, doting mother and former bank exec, starts a catering company in Connors’s wholesomely humorous debut. (from Publishers Weekly).

Cook, Thomas H. Master of the delta. 1st ed. Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c2008.
In 1954, Jack Branch returns to his hometown to teach a class on historical evils at the local high school and becomes a mentor to one student, the son of a notorious local killer, but as he encourages the boy to investigate his father’s life, Jack is shocked to find the killer’s past linked to his own family.

Coonts, Stephen. The assassin. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, c2008.
Special agent Tommy Carmellini attempts to infiltrate a group of political leaders in order to find the person responsible for leaking key information to Al Qaeda leader Abu Qasim and track down Qasim before the terrorist can unleash further destruction on the world.

Crider, Bill. Of all sad words. 1st ed. New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Minotaur, c2008.
Sheriff Dan Rhodes finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation when a mobile home explodes, killing one of the Crawford brothers, and the Sheriff suspects that the murder is connected to the illegal distribution of alcohol.

Darnton, John. Black and white and dead all over. 1st ed. New York : Knopf, c2008.
When a powerful editor is found murdered in the newsroom at the struggling “New York Globe,” an ambitious female NYPD detective, who teams up with Jude Hurley, a reporter, is assigned to the case and must contend with pressure from the mayor and the problem of too many suspects as more people turn up dead.

Davidson, Andrew. The gargoyle. 1st ed. New York : Doubleday, c2008.
High on drugs and alcohol, the narrator of this first novel by a Canadian teacher/writer crashes his car, which results in burns over most of his body. During his extended hospitalization, he meets a schizophrenic sculptress named Marianne Engel who confesses to being his lover for 700 years. (from Library Journal).

Denning, Troy. Invincible. 1st ed. New York : Del Rey, c2008.
As the war between the New Jedi Order and the Galactic Alliance draws to its violent end, the rebel cause knows its only chance at winning is to take down the Sith Lord Darth Caedus, and the fight to the death may cost the Skywalker and Solo families everything.

Deutermann, Peter T.. The moonpool. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, c2008.
Cam Richter, head of a private detective agency in North Carolina, investigates the death of his own agent when her body sets off radiation alarms, casting suspicion on the Helios nuclear power plant and possibly pointing to a disastrous, inside terrorist threat.

Donoghue, Emma. The sealed letter. 1st U.S. ed. Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c2008.

A fictional account of the life of Emily “Fido” Fatithfull, a pioneer in the British women’s movement, who upon reconnecting with an old friend, Helen Codrington, becomes involved in a scandalous divorce case.

Dorst, Doug. Alive in Necropolis. New York : Riverhead Books, c2008.
Michael Mercer, a rookie cop who is trying to live by the book and adjust to adulthood, learns about his department predecessor’s work policing both the dead and the living in the cemetery town of Colma, where the activities of the deceased residents mirror the lives of Michael’s friends.

Drakulic, Slavenka. Frida’s bed : a novel. New York : Penguin Books, c2008.
A few days before Frida Kahlo’s death in 1954, she wrote in her diary, “I hope the exit is joyful - and I hope never to return.” Diagnosed with polio at the age of six and plagued by illness and injury throughout her life, Kahlo’s chronic pain was a recurrent theme in her extraordinary art. In Frida’s Bed, Slavenka Drakulic´ explores the inner life of one of the world’s most influential female artists, skillfully weaving Frida’s memories into descriptions of her paintings, producing a meditation on the nature of chronic pain and creativity.

Easter Smith, Anne. Daughter of York. 1st Touchstone pbk. ed. New York : Simon & Schuster, c2008.

Margaret of York, younger sister to Edward IV and elder sister to Richard III, is a powerful member of the York clan in her own right. Beautiful, witty, and intelligent, she quickly becomes a political pawn when Edward seizes the throne and is crowned king. (from Library Journal).

Essex, Karen. Stealing Athena : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Doubleday, c2008.

A fictionalized account of the lives of the two extraordinary women, Mary Nisbet, the wife of the Earl of Elgin, and Aspasia, mistress of Perikles, who both used their charm and allure to influence and determine the fate of the famed Elgin marbles.

Estleman, Loren D. Gas City. 1st ed. New York : Forge, c2008.

After the death of his wife, Police Chief Russell, who took bribes from the mob for more than twenty years, decides to start upholding the law, igniting conflict between the politicians, criminals, media reporters, and citizens of Gas City.

Falcones de Sierra, Ildefonso. Cathedral of the sea. New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Dutton, c2008.

Arnau Estanyol, son of a fugitive peasant, starts out in 14th-century Barcelona as a lowly porter who carries stone blocks to a cathedral construction site and ends up a rich moneylender who saves the city from pillaging and frees the serfs of a barony he acquires by marriage. Alas, his dizzying social assent and
defiance of the feudal order provoke enraged aristocrats--his status-obsessed wife included - into siccing the Inquisition on him. (from Publishers Weekly).

Fossum, Karin. Black seconds. 1st ed. Orlando : Harcourt, c2007.
In this fifth Inspector Sejer mystery, a little girl has vanished without a trace and Sejer must find her before it’s too late.

Frank, Dorothea Benton. Bulls Island. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2008.

Twenty years after ending her relationship with J.D. Langley, Elizabeth “Betts” McGee returns to their hometown a successful business woman and must face the ghosts of her past, including her unresolved feelings for the man she left behind.

Fraser, Anthea. Next door to murder. 1st world ed. Surrey [England] ; New York : Severn House, c2008.
Freelance journalist Rona Parish, not fully engaged in her latest story about a local furniture business, is easily distracted by Louise, the adult daughter of Rona’s new neighbors, who reveals that an accident has robbed her of all memories of the past.

French, Tana. The likeness. New York : Viking, c2008.

Detective Cassie Maddox is called back in to the murder squad by her lover Sam O’Neill to investigate the stabbing of a female graduate student who looks exactly like her, and when she goes undercover as the woman to draw out the killer, an old feud involving her new friends comes to light and Cassie’s involvement may become a liability.

French, Nicci. Losing you. 1st U.S. ed. New York : St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2008, c2006.

Nina Landry’s life turns into every mother’s worst nightmare when her fifteen-year-old daughter Charlie disappears, leaving Nina to try and learn the truth about what happened to her daughter and why no one seems to care.

Galloway, Steven. The cellist of Sarajevo. New York : Riverhead Books, c2008.

Follows the lives of four people—a baker, a young father, a sniper, and a cellist who commits to playing Albinoni’s “Adagio” once a day for twenty-two days in memory of his neighbors who were killed—trying to adjust to their new daily routines in war-torn Sarajevo.

Gear, W. Michael. People of the weeping eye. 1st ed. New York : Forge, c2008.

Old White, a Seeker who has wandered for years, returns to his home after receiving visions of blood, chaos, and fire, and finds that his past has come back to haunt those he loves in the form of Two Petals, a young woman trapped in the future who needs Old White to set her free.

Gerritsen, Tess. The keepsake : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, c2008.

For untold years, the perfectly preserved mummy had lain forgotten in the dusty basement of Boston’s Crispin Museum. Now its sudden rediscovery by museum staff is both a major coup and an attention-grabbing mystery. Dubbed “Madam X,” the mummy - to all appearances, an ancient Egyptian artifact - seems a ghoulish godsend for the financially struggling institution. But medical examiner Maura Isles soon discovers a macabre message hidden within the corpse - horrifying proof that this “centuries-old” relic is instead a modern-day murder victim.

Gingrich, Newt. Days of infamy. 1st ed. New York : Thomas Dunne Books, c2008.

A fictionalized account of the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, speculating what could have happened if the fleets of Admiral Yamamoto had met up with those of the American admiral, Bill Halsey, in the days leading to the United States entering World War II.

Goldstein, Paul. A patent lie : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Doubleday, c2008.

Forced out of his high-powered Manhattan law firm and stuck in a dead-end solo practice, Michael Seeley, the tough-but-wounded hero of Errors and Omissions, cannot say no when his estranged brother, Leonard, head of research at upstart biotech Vaxtek, Inc., flies in from California to beg him to take over the company’s lawsuit for patent infringement of its pathbreaking AIDS vaccine after the sudden death of the lead trial lawyer.

Gortner, C. W. The last queen : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, c2008.

An historical novel about Queen Juana I of Castile, Spain, the daughter of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, who is married off to the heir to the Habsburg Empire and later finds herself battling for power against her husband when she inherits the Spanish throne.

Greenwood, Kerry. Queen of the flowers : a Phryne Fisher mystery. 1st U.S. ed. Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2008, c2004.

Phryne Fisher is chosen to be the first elected Queen of the Flowers for St. Kilda’s first annual flower festival, but when one her flower maidens goes missing, Phryne begins to investigate—with help from her friends—except that things become worse when Ruth, Phryne’s adopted daughter, also disappears.

Gregory, Philippa. The other queen. New York : Simon & Schuster, c2008.

Gregory (The Other Boleyn Girl) takes on Mary Queen of Scots during her 16-year house arrest. By the secret order of her cousin, Elizabeth I, Mary is held at the estate of George Talbot, earl of Shrewsbury, and his wife, Bess of Hardwick; the latter three share first-person narrative duties. (from Publishers Weekly).

Guthrie, Allan. Savage night. 1st U.S. ed. Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c2008.

Violence erupts when Effie Parks, newly released from prison, comes up with a plan to solve her family’s money problems and get revenge by blackmailing Tommy Savage, a sleazy businessman who ordered a hit on her boyfriend’s father.

Hackman, Gene. Escape from Andersonville : a novel of the Civil War. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, c2008.

Union officer Nathan Parker devises a plan to escape from the notorious Andersonville prison camp in Georgia in order to seek help from his superiors to free the others; but when his pleas fall on deaf ears, he takes matters into his own hands.

Haldeman, Joe W. Marsbound. 1st ed. New York : Ace Books, c2008.

Carmen Dula and her family prepare to become one of the first families to move to Mars, and, despite her initial excitement and fear, Carmen begins to realize life on another planet isn’t much different than life on Earth, until she encounters an alien who warns her it is time for the humans to return home.

Hallinan, Timothy. A nail through the heart. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2007.

Poke Rafferty, writer of offbeat travel guides, falls in love with Rose, an ex-Patpong Road prostitute, and decides to settle down with her in Bangkok and adopt an eight-year-old street child, but it is not long before his attempts to work as a detective force him to admit he is way out of his depth in a very foreign culture.

Hanif, Mohammed. A case of exploding mangoes. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Knopf, c2008.

Air Force Junior Under Officer Ali Shigri, who thinks his military father’s suicide was actually a murder, longs to exact revenge on General Zia just as Zia’s subordinates plan to poison the general in his plane.

Hannan, Chris. Missy. 1st ed. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2008.
Nineteen-year-old prostitute and opium addict Dol McQueen realizes how horrible her life has become while traveling west trying to avoid a dangerous group of men who are the owners of a rum crate full of opium left in her possession by a pimp.

Harris, E. Lynn. Just too good to be true. 1st ed. New York : Doubleday, c2008
Brady Bledsoe’s dream of becoming a professional football player is on the verge of coming true at the end of his senior year in college, but when Barrett, a beautiful cheerleader, finds out about Brady’s vow of celibacy, Brady’s mother, Carmyn, steps in to protect her son—at the risk of exposing a great family secret.

Hess, Joan. Mummy dearest. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Minotaur, c2008
Bookseller Claire Malloy plans to spend her honeymoon in Cairo shopping, relaxing, and taking in the sights, but instead is drawn into the investigation of the kidnapping of a college student by two men on horseback.

Hubbard, Susan. The year of disappearances. 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed. New York : Simon & Schuster, c2008
Half-vampire and half-human fourteen-year-old Ariella Montero’s efforts to fit in with the other teenagers in her town are thwarted by the disappearance of a friend, her father’s decision to leave the family, and the discovery of a murdered teen.

Izner, Claude. Murder on the Eiffel Tower. 1st St. Martin’s Minotaur ed. New York : St. Martin’s Minotaur, c2008
In 1889, Victor Legris, a young bookseller, is determined to find out the real cause of death after he witnessed a woman drop dead on one of the viewing platforms of the Eiffel Tower and the media claims it was from a bee sting.

Jacobs, Kate. Comfort food. New York : Putnams, c2008
Television cook Augusta Simpson, trying to avoid being forced off the air by a younger chef, assembles her family to take part in a new program and in the process improves her career, family, and love life.

Jones, Merry Bloch. The borrowed and blue murders. 1st ed. New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Minotaur, c2008
Art therapist Zoe Hayes’ plans to marry Detective Nick Stiles are interrupted by the discovery of a dead body in Zoe’s backyard, and, as Zoe tries to find the killer, she is shocked to learn one of her future-in-laws might be hiding a deadly secret.

Joss, Morag. The night following. New York : Delacorte Press, c2008
A doctor’s wife, distracted by the discovery that her husband is having an affair, hits sixty-one-year-old bicyclist Ruth Mitchell and leaves her dead by the road, and although she gets away with the crime, her own guilt leads her to begin watching Ruth’s widower Arthur, who is slowly unraveling, and insinuating herself into his life.

Kenyon, Sherrilyn. Acheron. New York : St. Martin’s Press, c2008
Acheron, the leader of the Dark Hunters, reveals his back story, including his human years when he became the sole defender of mankind, but after meeting Tory, a woman who refused to be intimidated by his godly powers, Acheron’s solitary life begins to change.

Kimmel, Haven. Iodine : a novel. New York : Free Press, c2008.

Kimmel (The Used World; A Girl Named Zippy; etc.) offers a beautifully wrought portrait of the brilliant and psychotic Trace Pennington, a runaway now scraping by in an Indiana farmhouse while completing her final year of college. (from Publishers Weekly).

Klosterman, Chuck. Downtown Owl : a novel. 1st Scribner hardcover ed. New York : Scribner, c2008
Somewhere in North Dakota, there is a town called Owl that isn’t there. Disco is over, but punk never happened. They don’t have cable. They don’t really have pop culture, unless you count grain prices and alcoholism. People work hard and then they die. They hate the government and impregnate teenage girls. But that’s not nearly as awful as it sounds; in fact, sometimes it’s perfect.

Konrath, Joe. Fuzzy navel : a Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels mystery. 1st ed. New York : Hyperion, c2008
Lieutenant Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels of the Chicago Police Department’s run of good luck turns sour when a group of vigilantes decides to take down a cop and her loved ones, and she discovers that Alex Kork, a dangerous criminal believed to have killed herself in jail, may be alive and on the loose.

Koryta, Michael. Envy the night. 1st ed. New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Minotaur, c2008
After a U.S. marshal commits suicide when his secret life as a hit man is revealed, his son, Frank Temple III, decides to confront the man who outed his father by tracking him to a cabin in northern Wisconsin; however, the appearance of a pair of killers from Miami and other strange characters makes him rethink his plan.

Krasikov, Sana. One more year : stories. 1st ed. New York : Spiegel & Grau, c2008
A collection of short stories by Sana Krasikov that examine the lives of immigrants from the collapsed Soviet empire as they struggle to rebuild their lives and find happiness once more.

Lawson, Michael. House rules. 1st ed. New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2008
Joe DeMarco is called on by Speaker of the House John Mahoney to investigate a series of attacks on Washington, D.C. while a senator tries to pass knee-jerk anti-Islamic legislation that could expose secrets held by Mahoney.

Letts, Billie. Made in the U.S.A. 1st ed. New York : Grand Central Pub., c2008
After their guardian dies, fifteen-year-old Lutie McFee and her nine-year-old brother decide to flee their hometown to avoid becoming wards of the state and head for Las Vegas in hopes of finding their estranged father.

Levine, Laura. Killing Bridezilla : a Jaine Austen mystery. New York : Kensington Books, c2008
Freelance writer Jaine Austen does not lack for suspects when she sets out to discover who killed ultra-wealthy Patti Devane who had just hired Jaine to write her wedding vows—based on “Romeo and Juliet.”

Lindsey, Johanna. No choice but seduction. 1st. Pocket Books hardcover ed. New York : Pocket Books, c2008
Katey Tyler flees her Connecticut town hoping to find adventure with her relatives in England, but she is unprepared for the danger and desire she encounters after meeting a hot-headed American sea captain and stumbling upon a high-stakes kidnapping plot.

Lovesey, Peter. The headhunters. New York : Soho, c2008
Gemma and Jo jokingly discuss ways to murder their boss and form a society called “The Headhunters,” but when Jo discovers two dead bodies on the beach, Henrietta Mallin, a Chichester CID inspector, investigates and suspects foul play among Jo and her friends.

Lowell, Elizabeth. Blue smoke and murder. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2008
Jill Breck asks Zach Balfour for help after a series of bizarre events culminates in a threat to her life, and as he protects Jill from unseen dangers, they discover the hidden threats that surround them as she is pulled into the darker side of art collecting.

Manseau, Peter. Songs for the butcher’s daughter : a novel. 1st Free Press hardcover ed. New York : Free Press, c2008
A young American Catholic translates the memoirs of a Yiddish poet named Itsik Malpesh and finds himself inspired to learn more about the Yiddish language, and, in turn, himself.

Margolin, Phillip. Executive privilege. 1st ed. New York : Harper, c2008
Private detective Dana Cutler is called upon to follow a young college student named Charlotte Walsh and report on her activities; however, when she turns up dead after a secret meeting at the White House, Cutler becomes a suspect.

Markovits, Benjamin. A quiet adjustment : a novel. 1st American ed. New York : W.W. Norton, c2008
Told from the point of view of Byron’s wife, this involving second novel in Markovits’s Byron trilogy (after Imposture) explores the bizarre love triangle of Byron, his half-sister, and his wife.

Mars, Julie. Anybody any minute. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, c2008
Ellen Kenny, unexpectedly fired from her job in New York City, impulsively buys a tumbledown upstate farmhouse with visions of living there for the summer—much to the dismay of her husband—to commune with nature and sort out her middle age, but unable to remain quiet for long, she soon finds herself caught up in the problems of her social-misfit neighbors, while also taking care of a narcoleptic dog and a child who does not speak English.

Martinez, Michele. Notorious. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2008.

Melanie Vargas witnesses the murder of a lawyer who was about to defend a controversial rap star and she becomes entangled in investigating the murder while placing herself in jeopardy.

McCall Smith, Alexander, [R. Alexander]. The comforts of a muddy Saturday : an Isabel Dalhousie novel. New York :
Pantheon Books, c2008
Dalhousie, who’s recently assumed ownership of the obscure journal she’s edited for many years, the Review of Applied Ethics, applies her deductive gifts to the case of a disgraced doctor. (from Publishers Weekly).

McFadden, Maryann. The richest season. New York : Hyperion, c2008
Joanna Harrison, having spent twenty-five years of marriage following her husband from place to place as he climbed the corporate ladder, rebels at the prospect of yet another uprooting, and leaves her home and husband to take up residence on Pawleys Island, South Carolina, where she becomes the live-in companion to aging artist Grace Finelli, a woman who has chosen to live her last years for herself.

McInerny, Ralph M. Ash Wednesday. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Minotaur, c2008.

Father Dowling, serving as parish priest at St. Hilary’s, tries to keep the peace when the return of former member Nathaniel Green, who spent ten years in prison after being convicted of taking his terminally ill wife off life support, threatens to divide the congregation, and as he is drawn into investigating the case, Dowling begins to wonder whether Green really has anything for which to be forgiven.

McInerny, Ralph M. The green revolution. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Minotaur, c2008.

A season of losses for Notre Dame’s football team opens the door for a debate between athletics and academics, but when the battle turns deadly the professor of Catholic studies, Roger Knight, becomes suspect of foul play.

McKillip, Patricia A. The bell at Sealey Head. 1st ed. New York : Ace Books, c2008.

City-bred Miranda Beryl travels to the ocean town of Sealey Head to claim her great-aunt’s estate and encounters a town which is haunted by a mysterious bell and full of intrigue, and the academic Ridley Dow who has a suspicious interest in the home.

McMahon, Neil. Dead silver. 1st ed. New York : HarperCollins, c2008.

Hugh Davoren receives a call from the daughter of a famous professor and begins to investigate the murder of her stepmother who was protesting the opening of a silver mine.

Meltzer, Brad. The book of lies. 1st ed. New York : Grand Central Pub., c2008.

In 1932, Mitchell Siegel was killed by three gunshots to his chest. While mourning, his son dreamed of a bulletproof man and created the world’s greatest hero: Superman. And like Cain’s murder weapon, the gun used in this unsolved murder has never been found. Today in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Cal Harper comes face-to-face with his family’s greatest secret: his long-lost father, who’s been shot with a gun that traces back to Mitchell Siegel’s 1932 murder. But before Cal can ask a single question, he and his father are attacked by a ruthless killer tattooed with the ancient markings of Cain.—From publisher description.

Michaels, Fern. Final justice. New York : Kensington, c2008.
The Sisterhood - Myra, Annie, Kathryn, Alexis, Yoko, Nikki, and Isabelle - have risked everything in the name of justice, including their own freedom. Their most recent mission promised to reward them with the ultimate prize - a presidential pardon and a chance to leave their enforced exile. But as they’ve learned too many times before, life doesn’t always turn out as planned...

Mo, Yan. Life and death are wearing me out : a novel. 1st English-language ed. New York : Arcade Pub., c2008.

A fictionalized account of China during the second half of the twentieth century witnessed through the eyes of Ximen Nao, a landowner killed so that his land could be redistributed to peasants, and—as punishment from Lord Yama—is reincarnated into a donkey.

Monroe, Mary Alice. Time is a river. 1st Pocket Books hardcover ed. New York : Pocket Books, c2008.

Mia Landan, recovering from breast cancer and the shock of discovering her husband’s infidelity, leaves her home in Charleston and takes refuge in a long-abandoned fishing cabin in the mountains near Asheville, North Carolina, recently inherited by her fly fishing instructor Belle Carson, and becomes caught up in trying to learn the truth about Belle’s grandmother, Kate, a legendary fly fisher and journalist in the 1920s whose life and reputation were destroyed after she was accused of killing her lover.

Montanari, Richard. Badlands : a novel of suspense. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, c2008.

Philadelphia detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano investigate a series of bizarre murders that are somehow linked to a cold case involving a runaway, and must find the elusive killer before he strikes again.

Myers, Tamar. As the world churns : a Pennsylvania Dutch mystery. New York : Obsidian, c2008.

Former Mennonite innkeeper, Magdalena Yoder Rosen, investigates the attack against Doc Shafor, the originator of the annual Hernia Holstein Competition, and the disappearance of her husband and foster daughter.

Neggers, Carla. The angel. Don Mills, Ont. : MIRA, c2008
Folklorist Keira Sullivan, trapped in a collapsed ruin while in Ireland researching the legend of an ancient Celtic stone angel, is saved by Simon Cahill, an agent of Fast Rescue, a rapid-response search-and-rescue organization, and together they explore the link between Keira’s close call and Cahill’s investigation of a serial killer who seems to operating on both sides of the Atlantic.

Niederhoffer, Galt. The romantics. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, c2008
Friends and former college roommates Laura and Lila are reunited for Lila’s wedding, where the two find their friendship tested by disappointments and desires that come to the surface when the groom goes missing after a drunken swim in the ocean.

Novik, Naomi. Victory of eagles. 1st ed. New York : Del Rey/Ballantine Books, c2008
The dragon Temeraire, after learning his captain Laurence has been sentenced to death for treason, leads other uncaptained dragons of Britain’s Aerial Corp into battle during the Napoleonic War and eventually reunites with his commander and demands freedom, pay, and a voice in the war counsel for dragons.

O’Brien, Charles. Assassins’ rage : an Anne Cartier mystery. 1st world ed. Surrey [England] : Severn House, c2008
Anne Cartier and her husband Colonel Paul de Saint-Martin, investigating separate incidents of violence in Paris in 1789 that have devastated the king’s authority and left several royal officers, as well as a troublesome baker dead, uncover evidence of a mastermind at work.

Ozick, Cynthia. Dictation : a quartet. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c2008
A collection of four stories of deception and revenge by American author Cynthia Ozick, including “At Fumicaro,” “Actors,” “What Happened to the Baby,” and the title story, “Dictation.”.

Park, Ed. Personal days : a novel. New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, c2008
A New York-based company begins to downsize leaving the office survivors Lizzie, Jonah, Pru, Crease, Laars and Jason II struggling to maintain morale while watching their corporate lives falling apart, and wondering who will be fired next.

Peacock, Justin. A cure for night. 1st ed. New York : Doubleday, c2008
Joel Deveraux, a corporate litigator at a New York law firm, is asked to assist Myra Goldstein, an enigmatic lawyer, on an important case involving the shooting of a white college student in the projects, and his involvement brings up issues from problems he had with a paralegal who overdosed on heroin years ago.

Pearson, Ridley. Killer view. New York : Putnam’s, c2008
Sheriff Walt Fleming leads his search and rescue team, including Tommy Brandon and Mark Aker, in search of a missing skier at Sun Valley’s Galena Summit, and when Mark gets killed, Walt follows the evidence to a large crime involving a biohazard at a local water-bottling plant.

Perkins, Emily. Novel about my wife. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Bloomsbury, c2008
Tom and his wife Ann, having just moved into a large house in Hackney, anticipate the arrival of a baby while Ann persistently cleans and reorganizes the house while complaining about a man that has been following her—someone who may not even exist.

Peters, Elizabeth. The laughter of dead kings. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2008
After her longtime significant other John Tregarth—a former art thief known as Sir John Smythe—is accused of stealing one of Egypt’s most valuable treasures, Vicky Bliss searches for clues to prove John’s innocence.

Proulx, Annie. Fine just the way it is : Wyoming stories 3. 1st Scribner hardcover ed. New York : Scribner, c2008
A collection of short stories about life in the harsh environment of Wyoming written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Proulx.

Quinn, Julia. The lost duke of Wyndham. New York : Avon Books, c2008
A soldier. And he has always been a rogue. What he is not, and never wanted to be, is a peer of the realm, responsible for an ancient heritage and the livelihood of hundreds. But when he is recognized as the long-lost son of the House of Wyndham, his carefree life is over. And if his birth proves to be legitimate, then he will find himself with the one title he never wanted: Duke of Wyndham.

Rankin, Ian. Exit music. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2008, c2007
Edinburgh’s Detective Inspector John Rebus, in the final days of his career, begins to wonder what his legacy will be when his superiors urge him to quietly close the book on the case of a dissident Russian poet found beaten to death in the street while an elite delegation of Russian businessmen is in town, looking to invest in Scotland.

Reynolds, Alastair. The prefect. Ace hardcover ed. New York : Ace Books, 2008, c2007
Prefect Tom Dreyfus, a law enforcement officer who works for the Panoply, investigates a mass murder caused by the destruction of the Ruskin-Sartorious Bubble habitat and uncovers a plot to control the Glitter Band.

Rich, Nathaniel. The mayor’s tongue. New York : Riverhead Books, c2008
Two parallel missing person searches hurtle from New York to Italy in Paris Review editor Rich’s surreal debut. (from Publishers Weekly).

Richman, Jana. The last cowgirl. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2008
Dickie Sinfield is forced to return to her family’s ranch after her brother is killed in a tragic accident, and, while she is there, Dickie is forced to confront the horrifying discovery that forced her to flee her home years earlier and the truth about herself that she has refused to acknowledge.

Rose, Karen. Scream for me. 1st ed. New York : Grand Central Pub., c2008
Special Agent Daniel Vartanian investigates a series of murders which seem to be linked to his serial killer brother, Simon.

Rosenfelt, David. Don’t tell a soul. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Minotaur, c2008
Tim Wallace, devastated after his wife’s death, which the police suspect he is responsible for, finds himself once again at the center of a murder investigation when a drunken stranger gives Tim proof of another murder, leading the cops to believe Tim is hiding a dirty secret.

Samarasan, Preeta. Evening is the whole day. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c2008
The firing of a servant girl in the household of the wealthy Rajasekharans, an Indian immigrant family in Malaysia, devastates six-year-old Aasha who knows a secret that, if revealed, could crack the carefully created facade of the outwardly proud, successful family.

Saylor, Steven. The triumph of Caesar : a novel of ancient Rome. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Minotaur, c2008
A fictionalized account of the conspiracies set around the murder of Julius Caesar at the dawn of his dictatorship, in which Calpurnia, Caesar’s wife, hires Gordianus to save her husband, but he only agrees after his close friend was murdered for attempting to do the same task.

Silber, Joan. The size of the world : a novel. 1st ed. New York : W.W. Norton, c2008
In 1968, an American engineer is sent to Vietnam to determine why his company’s planes are constantly drifting off course, and the solution sends the man to Thailand, where he falls in love with the culture and finds his life forever linked with a series of travelers whose paths he crosses.

Stephenson, Neal. Anathem. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2008
On the Earth-like planet, Arbre, scientists, philosophers and mathematicians are called upon to leave their sanctuary when an extraterrestrial catastrophe threatens.

Stirling, S. M. The scourge of god : a novel of the change. New York : Roc, c2008
Rudi Mackenzie, the son of the High Priestess of Clan Mackenzie and the Bear Lord of the Bearkillers, travels to Nantucket Island trying to learn more about the Change, which has plunged humanity into medievalism, and stop the Prophet.

Swee, Karen. Life, liberty and the pursuit of murder : a Revolutionary War mystery. 1st ed. Bridgehampton, N.Y. : Lanham, Md. : Bridge Works Pub. ; Distributed in the U.S. by National Book Network, c2004
Abigail Lawrence, a tavern mistress in 1777 New Jersey, enters a shadowy and dangerous world of spies and traitors when she attempts to solve the murder of a man she found impaled on a sword in her establishment before the British use the incident as an excuse to take over her property.

Tallis, Frank. Vienna blood : a novel. Random House Trade pbk. ed. New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2007, c2006
In early twentieth-century Vienna, Dr. Max Liebermann helps his friend, Detective Inspector Oskar Rheinhardt, investigate a series of murders which makes him question various aspects of his life, from his patients to his upcoming wedding.

Terrell, Heather. The map thief : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, c2008.

Attorney/antiquities hunter Mara Coyne is hired by Republican kingmaker Richard Tobias to find an ancient map stolen from an archaeological dig he is sponsoring in China, and Coyne sets out with misgivings to locate the missing map, only to discover it is a much more valuable document than she had imagined and that there are those who will kill to keep the history-changing map from coming to light.

Thayer, Nancy. Moon Shell Beach : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, c2008
Lexi Laney and Clare Hart, who grew up sharing a private magical beach, drift apart in adulthood when Lexi leaves for a life of luxury, but when she returns after her divorce and opens a nice clothing shop next to Clare’s chocolate shop, the two wrestle with life’s challenges as they long for the happiness of their childhood dreams.

Tinti, Hannah. The good thief : a novel. New York : Dial Press, c2008
Young Ren, an orphan in nineteenth-century New England, is rescued from the orphanage by Benjamin Nab, who claims to be Ren’s brother; but as time goes on Ren begins to question who he can and cannot trust.

Tremain, Rose. The road home : a novel. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Little, Brown, c2008
Lev, an unemployed widower from an Eastern bloc country, travels to London in search of a job to support his mother and daughter back home, and struggles with loneliness and homesickness while working in the kitchen of a posh restaurant and making tentative steps back into life with the help of his kind but alcoholic landlord, fellow expatriate Lydia, his friend Rudi back home, and his young lover Sophie.

Tuccillo, Liz. How to be single : a novel. 1st Atria Books hardcover ed. New York : Atria Books, c2008
Single thirty-eight-year-old book publicist Julie Jenson sets out on a trip around the world to try and figure out how women from different cultures deal with the dysfunction and disappointments of being single.

Vargas, Fred. This night’s foul work. New York : Penguin Books, c2008
After the murder of two drug dealers is passed over as a territorial dispute, Commissioner Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg teams up with a pathologist, Doctor Ariane, to search for the killer who they call the “Angel of death,” and their pace quickens as other murders occur.

Vincenzi, Penny. An absolute scandal : a novel. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Doubleday, c2007.
Families from diverse walks of life find their futures and fortunes intertwined as they cope with devastating financial losses after a powerful London financial institution goes bankrupt.

Weber, David. By schism rent asunder. 1st ed. New York : TOR, c2008.

A religious war looms over the world, and while the Church of God awaits the counterattack of the rebellious Church of Charis, King Cayleb of Charis seeks to strengthen his forces by gaining allies, but Merlin, his top advisor and friend, might be the key to all that King Cayleb needs.

Welsh, Irvine. Crime. 1st American ed. New York : W. W. Norton, c2008.

Having been placed on leave after suffering an emotional meltdown, Edinburgh detective Ray Lennox, introduced in Filth (1998), and Trudi, his fiancée, fly to Miami for a few days to relax and plan their wedding, but from the start the trip is a nightmare. Lennox gobbles antidepressants and begins drinking again in a desperate frenzy, but things really tilt out of control when he parties with some locals, who reacquaint him with an old obsession, cocaine.

Whitehouse, Lucie. The house at midnight : a novel. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Ballantine Books, c2008.
The dynamics among a group of friends in their late twenties changes over the course of a year during which they become frequent visitors to Stoneborough, a moody old manor in the English countryside which has been inherited by young attorney Lucas Heathfield following the mysterious suicide of his uncle, an art dealer.

Williams, Polly. A bad bride’s tale. 1st ed. New York : Hyperion, c2008.
Stevie Jonson begins to have doubts about the path her life is taking when an old flame returns to town just two weeks before Stevie’s wedding, and as she tries to figure out what she wants out of life, Stevie begins to feel the pressure of her friends and family to have the perfect marriage, even if it means sacrificing a chance at true love.

Winslow, Don. The dawn patrol. 1st ed. New York : Knopf, c2008.
Former San Diego police officer Boone Daniels, working just enough as a private detective to support his love of surfing, agrees to investigate an insurance scam and is given the opportunity to take revenge for an unsolved case from years earlier.

Winthrop, Elizabeth Hartley. December. 1st ed. New York : Knopf, c2008.
Wilson and Ruth Carter, having spent the past nine months trying to understand why their eleven-year-old daughter Isabelle suddenly quit speaking, are forced to face the possibility that what they initially thought was just an adolescent phase might be a lifelong transformation.

Winton, Tim. Breath. 1st American ed. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2008.

Bruce, a paramedic in Australia, looks back on the summer when he was fifteen and he and his friend Loonie became involved with Sando, a man with a mysterious past who, recognizing the boys’ desire for bigger and better thrills, decides to teach them to surf.

Wolff, Tobias. Our story begins : new and selected stories. 1st ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2008.

A collection of thirty-one short stories by Tobias Wolff that span the last twenty-five years of his career, featuring characters experiencing the ordinary and extraordinary events of everyday life.

Wright, Edward. Damnation Falls. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Minotaur, c2008.
Disgraced journalist Randall Wilkes returns to his hometown of Pilgrim’s Rest, Tennessee, to take a job ghostwriting an autobiography of former governor and boyhood friend Sonny McMahan, who is attempting a political comeback, but his investigative instincts kick in when Sonny’s age-addled mother is found dead hours after telling some tall tales, and when more murder victims turn up, Randall knows he must find out the truth no matter how damaging it might be.


158 PIN
Pink, Daniel H. A whole new mind : moving from the information age to the conceptual age. New York : Riverhead Books, c2005.

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.

200.92 BLA
Black, Lewis. Me of little faith. New York : Riverhead Books, c2008.

Comedian Lewis Black candidly reflects on his experiences with religion and discusses how religion influences people.

248.4 MEY
Meyer, Joyce. The secret to true happiness : enjoy today, embrace tomorrow. 1st ed. New York : Faith Words, 2008.
A practical guide to facing daily challenges and seeing life as a gift from God, with advice on making right choices in life.

305.261 MOR
Morris, Bob. Assisted loving : true tales of double dating with my dad. 1st ed. New York : Harper, c2008.

A gay “New York Times” Styles columnist describes his misadventures with managing his widowed octogenarian father’s dating life, an effort marked by his attempts to screen prospects, his father’s obsession with bridge, and the author’s own quest for love.

320.973 MOR
Morris, Dick. Fleeced : how Barack Obama, media mockery of terrorist threats, liberals who want to kill talk radio, the do-nothing Congress, companies that help Iran, and Washington lobbyists for foreign governments are scamming us—and what to do about it. 1st ed. New York : Harper, c2008.
Argues that big business, the government, labor unions, and lobbyists are calling the shots in Washington, promoting their own self-serving agendas and failing to help the American people who are being impacted by the faltering economy, rising gas prices, and depressed housing market.

332.6 STE
Stein, Benjamin. Yes, you can supercharge your portfolio! : six steps for investing success in the 21st century. 1st ed. Carlsbad, Calif. : New Beginnings Press, c2008.

With their trademark wit, Ben Stein and Phil DeMuth show you how your current portfolio is radically underdiversified, costing you money. They offer step-by-step instructions to supercharge it across a variety of investment situations to get you the best risk-adjusted returns.

352.6086 JOH
Johnson, David K. The lavender scare : the Cold War persecution of gays and lesbians in the federal government. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, c2004.
Examines why, during the Cold War, homosexuals were considered a threat to national security and suspected of being Communists, revealing how the gay subculture flourished during the New Deal era, why thousands of Americans were questioned about their sexual practices, and how those interrogations both ruined lives and united the gay community.

364.106 ENG
English, T. J.. Havana nocturne : how the mob owned Cuba—and then lost It to the revolution. 1st U.S. ed. New York : William Morrow, c2008.

An award-winning journalist, screenwriter, and historian offers the complete story of how the mob infiltrated Havana in the 1950s, made a fortune, and then lost it all to Fidel Castro.

381 BAT
Báthory-Kitsz, Dennis. A guide to the historic country stores of Vermont. Charleston, SC : History Press, c2008.

Author Dennis Bathory-Kitsz takes readers across the state to places that are the very heart of communities big and small, where locals have been keeping their house keys behind the counter and solving the world’s problems on the front stoop for over two hundred years.

629.283 VAN
Vanderbilt, Tom. Traffic : why we drive the way we do (and what it says about us). 1st ed. New York : Knopf, c2008.
Examines the psychological aspects of driving an automobile, discussing social interaction on the road, traffic jams and flow, commuting, parking, and other related topics.

636.70022 KOO
Koontz, Dean R. (Dean Ray). Bliss to you : Trixie’s guide to a happy life. New York : Hyperion, c2008.

The follow-up to Life is Good, in which Trixie expounded on the good life while pondering some “eternal mysteries’ such as “did Shakespeare really write his plays himself or did his dog help?” this inspiring collection of observations will offer heartfelt insights from the vantage point of doggy heaven. Most importantly, this book will serve as a cherished reminder that the love of our canine best friend is a love that lasts more than a lifetime.

641.5 WIL
McLaughlin, Michael. Thanksgiving. New York : Simon & Schuster Source, c2001.
Contains over forty recipes for Thanksgiving foods, featuring traditional and alternative ideas, including starters, salads, soups, the main course, dressings and breads, vegetables and relishes, potatoes, and desserts.

741.5 AME
Amend, Bill. How come I’m always Luigi? : a FoxTrot collection. Kansas City, Mo. : Andrews McMeel, c2006.
Another collection of the comic adventures of the Fox family.

741.5 AME
Amend, Bill. Jam-packed foxtrot. Kansas City, Mo. : Andrews McMeel, c2006.

More comic adventures of the Fox family.

741.5973 MOO
Moore, Alan. Batman : the killing joke. Deluxe ed. New York : DC Comics, c2008.

A graphic novel that tells the story of how and why the Joker turned to a life of crime.

759.9492 DOL
Dolnick, Edward. The forger’s spell : a true story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the greatest art hoax of the twentieth century. 1st ed. New York : Harper, c2008.

Discusses how art impersonator Han van Meegeren forged paintings and fooled Hermann Goering, a Nazi leader—and other people in the world—into believing his pieces to be the work of admired artists such as Johannes Vermeer.

796.48 MAR
Maraniss, David. Rome 1960 : the Olympics that changed the world. 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed. New York : Simon & Schuster, c2008.
Provides an account of the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, looking at the accomplishments of athletes from that contest whose names live on in history, and examining the games as a reflection of changes in politics and culture going on around the world, most notably the Cold War.

915.0442 THE
Theroux, Paul. Ghost train to the Eastern star : on the tracks of the great railway bazaar. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c2008.

The author revisits his tour of Asia, chronicled in “The Great Railway Bazaar,” capturing the changing geographical, social, and political landscape as he travels from Eastern Europe through Turkey to the Pacific Rim and back across Siberia by train, bus, taxi, and foot.

917.404 FOD
Fodor’s New England. 28th ed. New York : Fodor’s Travel Publications, c2008.
A guide to traveling in New England that provides information on accommodations, restaurants, shopping, attractions, and outdoor activities; and includes maps.

917.43 DEL VT COLL
Delaney, Steve. Vermont seasonings : reflections on the rhythms of a Vermont year. Concord, N.H. : Plaidswede, c2007.
The author discusses “Recovering Flatlanders” - a term used to describe residents of Vermont who were not born within the state’s boundaries.

920 BLA
Blackburn, Julia. The three of us : a family story. New York : Pantheon Books, c2008.
The Three of Us: A Family Story is Blackburn’s often shocking account of growing up as the only child of a poet and a painter in bohemian London, an enclave that retained the class divisions and postwar scars of the 1940s and 1950s—Blackburn was born in 1948—even as it hurtled towards the Swinging ’60s. (from Barnes & Noble).

920 CIC
Ciccone, Christopher. Life with my sister Madonna. 1st Simon Spotlight Entertainment hardcover ed. New York : Simon Spotlight Entertainment, c2008.

Madonna’s brother describes his life and how it has been influenced by his sister and her celebrity status; discussing their childhood, their family, her rise to fame, the work he has done for her as a creative director, interior designer, and dresser, their feuds, her marriages, and other related topics. Includes photographs.

920 STE
Stenzel Byrnes, Isabel. The power of two : a twin triumph over cystic fibrosis. Columbia : University of Missouri Press, c2007.

Twins Ana and Isabel Stenzel chronicle their life-long battle with cystic fibrosis, describing how their strong emotional and physical bond influenced their relationship and brought them closer together in the face of insurmountable medical obstacles, including their daily treatments, hospital stays, and lung transplants.

921 DAU
Dau, John Bul. God grew tired of us. Washington, D.C. : Enfield : National Geographic ; Publishers Group UK [distributor], c2008.

“Lost Boy” John Bul Dau’s harrowing experience surviving the brutal horrors of Sudanese civil war and his adjustment to life in modern America is chronicled in this inspiring memoir and featured in an award-winning documentary film of the same name.

Israel, Lee. Can you ever forgive me? : memoirs of a literary forger. New York : Simon & Schuster, c2008.

Can You Ever Forgive Me? is Israel’s delightful, hilarious memoir of a brilliant and audacious literary crime caper.

Seymour, Miranda. Thrumpton Hall : a memoir of life in my father’s house. 1st U.S. ed. New York : HarperCollins, c2007.

Seymour, whose prolific output includes novels, nonfiction, and children’s books, here blends autobiography and memoir to tell the story of her family’s—namely, her father’s—obsession with a house. (from Library Journal).

Taylor, Jill Bolte. My stroke of insight : a brain scientist’s personal journey. 1st Viking ed. New York : Viking, 2008, c2006.
The author, a brain scientist, describes her experience after a blood vessel exploded in the left side of her brain causing a massive stroke, but due to her own knowledge and previous training, with the support of her mother, was able to completely repair her mind over an eight year period.

921 WALL
Wall, Elissa. Stolen innocence : my story of growing up in a polygamous sect, becoming a teenage bride, and breaking free of Warren Jeffs. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2008.
Elissa Wall discusses her life growing up as a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints, the trials she endured after the polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs forced her to marry her cousin at the age of fourteen, events that led to her leaving the church, and her decision to testify against Jeffs when he was brought to trial on charges of arranging marriages between adult male followers and underage girls.

940.21 CRO
Crowley, Roger. Empires of the sea : the seige of Malta, the battle of Lepanto, and the contest for the center of the world. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Random House, c2008.
Examines the history of the struggle for power over the Mediterranean, focusing on the rival empires and faiths, and discusses battles between Christians and Muslims which began in the sixteenth century, and covers the siege of Malta and the legendary battle of Lepanto.

940.5311 BUC
Buchanan, Patrick J. (Patrick Joseph). Churchill, Hitler, and “the unnecessary war” : how Britain lost its empire and the West lost the world. 1st ed. New York : Crown Publishers, c2008.

Argues that World Wars I and II were not inevitable consequences of forces beyond man’s control, but instead direct results of devastating failures of judgment by Winston Churchill and other British statesmen.

953.8052 COL
Coll, Steve. The Bin Ladens : an Arabian family in the American century. New York : Penguin Press, c2008.

Presents the history of the Bin Laden family, covering Mohammed Bin Laden’s rise to riches helping develop Saudi Arabia and describing the family’s global integration with various outcomes, from Osama Bin Laden’s extremism to his brother Salem’s career as a pilot and investor.

968.06 TUT
Tutu, Desmond. No future without forgiveness. 1st Image Books ed. New York : Image/Doubleday, 2000, c1999.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu shares the lessons he learned while serving as Chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, an organization formed to help South Africa move forward from despotism to democracy; and argues that true reconciliation cannot be achieved without acknowledging the atrocities committed in the past.

973.931 MAY
Mayer, Jane. The dark side : the inside story of how the War on Terror turned into a war on American ideals. 1st ed. New York : Doubleday, c2008.

Jane Mayer reveals the terrible decisions the United States government made in the days and weeks following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to justify the inhumane treatment of prisoners, the invasion of foreign countries, and the expansion of presidential power and explains the negative impact those decisions have had on the country’s people.

973.931 WOO
Woodward, Bob. The war within : a secret White House history, 2006-2008. New York : Simon & Schuster, c2008.

Bob Woodward’s fourth book about the Bush presidency at war declassifies the secrets of America’s political and military involvement in Iraq. (from the publisher).


REF 378.3 PET
College money handbook, 2009. 26th ed. Lawrenceville, NJ : Peterson’s, c2008.
Lists expenses and average financial aid award amounts at over 2,100 colleges and universities in the U.S., covering freshman and undergraduate financial aid, need- and non-need-based gift aid, loans, work-study, and athletic awards; and provides financial aid application details and contact information. Also includes general financial aid guidance, a chart comparing costs at the colleges profiled, and profiles of state scholarship and grant programs.

REF 378.73 PET
Two-year colleges, 2009. 39th ed. Lawrenceville, NJ : Peterson’s, c2008.

Profiles over 1,900 two-year U.S. junior and community colleges, providing details on their student populations, majors, special study programs, library holdings, computers on campus, student life, athletics, standardized tests, costs, financial aid, application options and deadlines, and admissions contacts.

REF 909.83 STA
The statesman’s yearbook 2009 : the politics, cultures and economies of the world. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, c2008.

This edition is fully updated and contains more information and analysis than ever before. A foldout color section provides a political world map and flags for all 193 countries. Each copy comes with online access to the full text at no extra cost. Unlimited-user upgrades are also available for libraries who wish to network the data.


Dallas, Sandra. Tallgrass : a novel. North Kingstown, RI : Sound Library/BBC Audiobooks America, p2007.

Narrator, Lorelei King. After a young local girl is killed, most of the town looks in one direction for the murderer. Rennie, blessed with wise and just parents, manages to rise above the prevailing rush to judgment. (from School Library Journal).

Gaiman, Neil. Fragile things : short fictions and wonders. North Kingstown, RI : Sound Library/BBC Audiobooks America, p2006.
Narrated by the author. A collection of more than twenty-five short fictional works follows a theme of the intersections between life and death, perception and reality, and darkness and light.

DVD 338.4 MON
Money talks : profits before patient safety. [United States] : Hummingbird Pictures, c2006.

An in-depth, academic perspective on the questionable marketing tactics of the pharmaceutical industry, featuring the commentary of investigative journalists and medical professionals.

DVD 361.1 FAV
Favela rising. [New York?] : Thinkfilm : HBO Documentary Films, c2006.

Documents how former drug-trafficker Anderson Sá and the Grupo Cultural AfroReggae are working to unite a Rio slum, or favela, against a violent drug industry and police oppression.

DVD 636.7 DOG
Dog whisperer. [California] : Screen Media Films, c2006.

Instructor, Cesar Millan. Documents the remarkable transformations that take place under Cesar Millan’s guidance and teaching, helping dogs and their owners live happier lives together.

DVD 792.8 BEE
Been rich all my life. New York : First Run Features, c2006.

Performers, Bertye Lou Wood, Cleo Hayes, Elaine Ellis, Fay Ray, Marion Coles. Meet the Silver Belles, five tap dancers who performed in 1930’s Harlem at the famed Apollo and Cotton Club. Together again, they’re dancing to standing
ovations and sharing stories of the Harlem Renaissance.

DVD 794.73 BAS
The basics of billiards. Widescreen. [S.l.] : Red Line Studios, c2007.
Andrew Scott, host ; Stephanie Chang, Justin “Lefty” Flynn, players. The Basics of Billiards is an easy to watch, easy to learn, self help video intended for newcomers interested in learning the rules, regulations, techniques, and terminologies of the game of pool. Targeted towards novices and amateurs interested in picking up pool as a new activity, viewers are educated on simply the basics of the sport. Viewers learn along with our on-camera beginning pool players covering subjects such as: tools of the trade, table terms, striking the ball, advanced shots & rules, helpful hints, and the rules of 8 and 9 ball. (from the container).

DVD 796.323 HEA
The heart of the game. Burbank, CA : Miramax Home Entertainment : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, c2007.
This passionate and inspirational documentary goes up close and personal to capture the Roosevelt Roughriders girls’ basketball team during six turbulent seasons, taking us far beyond the court to the unbridled desire to make history.

FDR. Alexandria, VA : Hollywood, CA : PBS Home Video ; Distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, c2006.

Learn the story of one of America’s most beloved Presidents. Includes rare archival footage and home movies as well as fascinating interviews with family members, friends, biographers, and eyewitnesses to the Roosevelt saga.

DVD 962.404 GOD
God grew tired of us. Widescreen. Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, c2007.
Narrator, Nicole Kidman. Panther Bior, John Bul Dau, Daniel Abol Pach. Explores the indomitable spirit of three “Lost Boys” from the Sudan who are forced to leave their homeland due to a tumultuous civil war. Chronicles their triumph over seemingly insurmountable adversities and a relocation to the United States, where the Lost Boys build active and fulfilling new lives but remain deeply committed to helping friends and family they have left behind.

Analyze this. Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c1999.
Robert DeNiro, Billy Crystal, Lisa Kudrow, Joe Viterelli, Chazz Palminteri. A spoof on the gangster roles that have been associated with De Niro’s film career, this is the story of an anxiety-ridden Mafia boss who monopolizes the services of a family psychiatrist.

Austin Powers in Goldmember. Widescreen ed. (1.85:1). [United States] : New Line Home Entertainment, c2002.

Mike Myers, Beyoncé Knowles, Seth Green, Michael York, Robert Wagner, Mindy Sterling, Verne Troyer, Michael Caine. The “sshhh!” hits the fan when Dr. Evil and Mini-Me escape from prison. Joining forces with superfreaky Goldmember, they kidnap Austin’s father, master spy Nigel Powers in a dastardly time-travel scheme to take over the world. So Austin cruises to 1975 and teams up with Foxxy Cleopatra to stop Dr. Evil and Goldmember from their mischievous mayhem.

Bleak house. Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c2006.

Anna Maxwell Martin, Denis Lawson, Carey Mulligan, Gillian Anderson, Tom Georgeson, Charles Dance. The icily beautiful Lady Dedlock faces the revelation of her dark past once Mr. Tulkinghorn catches wind of it. Esther’s background also comes to light after the murder of a strange man. An all-star cast comes together for this Dickens classic.

Breakin’ all the rules. Special ed. Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, c2004.

Jamie Foxx, Morris Chestnut, Jennifer Esposito, Patrick Cranshaw, Gabrielle Union, Bianca Lawson, Jill Ritchie, Octavia L. Spencer. After being unceremoniously dumped by his fiancée, Quincy writes the how-to book “The breakup handbook” about breaking up and becomes a best-selling author on the subject. Not wanting his male friends to suffer the same fate, he gives them advice on dumping their mates. What ensues is a hilarious comedy of errors.

Brick. Universal City, CA : Focus Features : Distributed by Universal Pictures, c2006.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lukas Haas, Emilie de Ravin. Brendon Frye is a loner, someone who always knows all the angles but has chosen to stay on the outside. When the girl he loves turns up dead, he is determined to find the ‘who’ and ‘why’.

Charlie Wilson’s war. Widescreen [ed.]. Universal City, Calif. : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, c2008.

Tom Hanks, Amy Adams, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman. In the early 1980s, Charlie Wilson is best known as a womanizing US congressional representative from Texas. He seemed to be in the minor leagues, except for the fact that he is a member of two major foreign policy and covert-ops committees. However, once Charlie is prodded by his major conservative supporter, Joanne Herring, Wilson learns about the plight of the people who are suffering from the effects of the brutal Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. With the help of the maverick CIA agent, Gust Avrakotos, Wilson dedicates his canny political efforts to supply the Afghan mujahideen with the weapons and support needed to defeat the Soviet Union. Ultimately, Charlie learns that while military victory can be obtained, there are other consequences and prices to that fight that are ignored to everyone’s sorrow. Based on a true story.

Clatterford. Widescreen ed. [United States] : British Broadcasting Corporation, c2007.
Clatterford St. Mary’s is a small town big enough to have a good cross section of people, but small enough that everyone knows everyone else’s business (but won’t talk about it until asked). Cue the Women’s Guild, whose meetings are the talk of the town.

Connections 3. New York, NY : Ambrose Video, c2003.
Host, James Burke. Explores the origins and effects of those inventions that shape our modern world.

Dan in real life. Widescreen ed. Burbank, CA : Touchstone Home Entertainment : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, c2008.

Steve Carell, Juliette Binoche, Dane Cook, John Mahoney, Emily Blunt, Dianne Wiest. Dan Burns is a local newspaper advice columnist. He has three daughters and is a widower. He brings the family to his parent’s house for a family gathering. When Dan goes to a local bookstore, he meets Marie. When he gets home, he finds out that Marie is actually dating his brother Mitch. Dan’s mother Nana announces that she met an old acquaintance of Dan’s, Ruthie Draper, and that she has set up a date between Dan and Ruthie. Dan refuses to go. Mitch suggests that they could make it a double date and Dan agrees. Ruthie turns out to be very hot, but Dan isn’t really interested in her. When Marie indicates that Ruthie is not right for him, Dan feigns interest and starts dancing with Ruthie. Marie gets jealous and joins the floor with Mitch, leading to an upstaging contest between Dan and Marie.

The day after tomorrow. Full screen ed. [United States] : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2004.
Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emmy Rossum, Dash Mihok, Jay O. Sanders, Sela Ward, Austin Nichols, Arjay Smith, Tamlyn Tomita. When global warming triggers the onset of a new Ice Age, tornadoes flatten Los Angeles, a tidal wave engulfs New York City and the entire Northern Hemisphere begins to freeze solid. Now, climatologist Jack Hall, his son Sam, and a small band of survivors must ride out the growing superstorm and stay alive in the face of an enemy more powerful and relentless than anything anyone has ever encountered: Mother Nature.

Forrest Gump. Special collector’s ed. ; widescreen version. Hollywood, CA : Paramount Pictures, c2001.
Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson, Sally Field. The story follows the life of low I.Q. Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) and his meeting with the love of his life, Jenny. The film chronicles his accidental experiences with some of the most important people and events in America from the late 1950’s through the 1970’s including a meeting with Elvis Presley, JFK, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, fighting in Vietnam, etc. The problem is, he doesn’t realize the significance of his actions. Forrest comes to embody a generation.

Godsend. Santa Monica, Calif. : Lions Gate Home Entertainment, c2004.

Greg Kinnear, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Robert De Niro, Cameron Bright. Paul and Jessie are devastated when their 8-year-old son dies. When a fertility expert offers them an opportunity to resurrect their boy through a secret and illegal cloning procedure, they don’t know that the doctor’s hidden agenda will have horrifying repercussions when their “new” son passes his eighth birthday. Adam begins having “night terrors” and begins having marked changes in his behavior, and he begins to display a palpable sense of menace. Paul and Jessie cannot escape the fact that this Adam is different.

Gross anatomy. Widescreen ed. Burbank, Calif. : [S.l.] : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment ; Touchstone Home Entertainment, c2002.

Matthew Modine, Daphne Zuniga, and Christine Lahti. First-year med student Joe Slovak enrolls in Gross Anatomy - the toughest course in school. His free-wheeling lifestyle puts him at odds with his demanding professor and creates problems when he falls in love with his no-nonsense lab partner.

I’m not there. Two-disc collector’s ed.; widescreen. [New York] : Weinstein Company, c2008.
Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Richard Gere, Marcus Carl Franklin, Heath Ledger, Ben Whishaw. Narrator, Kris Kristofferson. Six characters recreate different stages in Bob Dylan’s career, from Greenwich Village folk singer to electric guitar trailblazer to born-again preacher.

Independent America : the two lane search for mom & pop. Widescreen format. [Canada?] : Independent America Media, c2005.

Narrated by Heather Hughes. Award-winning journalists Hanson Hosein and Heather Hughes embark on a 13,000 mile journey across America, during which
they entirely forgo traveling on interstates or patronizing chain businesses.

Into the wild. Widescreen ed. Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount
Home Entertainment, c2008.

Emile Hirsch, Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt, Jena Malone, Brian Dierker, Catherine Keener, Vince Vaughn, Kristen Stewart, Hal Holbrook. Freshly graduated from college with a promising future ahead, Christopher McCandless walked out of his privileged life and into the wild in search of adventure. What happened to him on the way transformed this young wanderer into an enduring symbol for countless people, a fearless risk-taker who wrestled with the precarious balance between man and nature. Based on a true story.

Intolerable cruelty. Full screen (1.33:1) version. University City, CA : Universal, [2004], c2003.

George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Geoffrey Rush, Cedric the Entertainer, Edward Herrmann, Paul Adelstein, Richard Jenkins, Billy Bob Thornton. Miles Massey is a high-powered Los Angeles divorce lawyer nearing a midlife crisis. While representing his wealthy client Rex Rexroth, Miles meets his match in Rex’s gold-digging wife, Marilyn. He’s impressed by her similarly heartless ways of using marriage to fuel an expensive lifestyle, but Miles still manages to defeat her in court. With Marilyn looking to get her revenge and Miles finding himself attracted to her, the two engage in a ruthless romantic pursuit to out-swindle each other.

The lady and the highwayman. Standard full frame. [Dunellen, N.J.] : Digiview Productions, c2004.
Hugh Grant, Oliver Reed, Michael York, Lysette Anthony. A beautiful young woman falls in love with a handsome highwayman, who saves her from her brutal husband. But when Charles II returns to claim his throne as King of England, she finds herself the enemy of the king’s former mistress.

Matchstick men. Full screen version. Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2004], c2003
Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Alison Lohman, Bruce Altman, Bruce McGill, Sheila Kelley, Beth Grant. Neurotic con man Roy suffers from several emotional problems, including obsessive-compulsive disorder. He and his partner Frank swindle people out of money. Frank wants to pull a really big job, but Roy is too consumed with fear and panic attacks to join him. Only cigarettes and his trusty illegal prescription drugs seem to keep him going. When Roy finds himself in desperate need of more pills, he is forced to see legitimate psychotherapist Dr. Klein. Roy discovers he has a daughter from his previous marriage and Dr. Klein suggests Roy spend time with her.

MI-5. : Volume 1. London : Burbank, CA : BBC Video ; Distributed in the USA and Canada by Warner Home Video, c2003.

Matthew MacFadyen, Keeley Hawes, David Oyelowo, Peter Firth, Jenny Agutter. Dubbed Spooks across the pond, MI-5 is the BBC’s rather convincing answer to Fox’s homeland security hit, 24. The U.S. title MI-5 comes from Britain’s equivalent of the FBI, where the counterterrorism unit known as Section B is led by Harry Pearce (Peter Firth), a confident and decisive army veteran whose service in Northern Ireland left him with a strong disdain for bad guys with bullets and bombs. The show’s main character is hotshot spy Tom Quinn (Matthew MacFadyen), a focused, dedicated public servant who loves the fieldwork. (from Barnes & Noble).

MI-5. : Volume 2. [United States] : Burbank, CA : BBC Video ; Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2004.

Matthew MacFadyen, Keeley Hawes, David Oyelowo, Peter Firth, Hugh Simon. The threat to national security increases and the need to thwart the activities of terrorists operating within the UK becomes more urgent.

MI-5. : Volume 3. New York : Burbank, CA : BBC Video ; Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2005.

Matthew Macfayden, Keeley Hawes, Peter Firth, David Dyelowo, Nicola Walker, Rupert Penry-Jones. Worlds collide and nothing is what it seems in the thrilling new installment of MI-5. While Tom has been branded a traitor, and Harry is in the hospital, an enigmatic agent, Adam Carter, has been recruited from MI-6 to help pick up the broken pieces.

Painted lady. [Boston] : WGBH, c2004.
Helen Mirren, Iain Glen, Michael Maloney, Lesley Manville, Franco Nero. After a failed suicide attempt Maggie Sheridan is taken in by Sir Charles Stafford and his son Sebastian.

Proof of life. [Pyrmont, N.S.W.] : Warner Home Video [distributor], c2001.

Meg Ryan, Russell Crowe. Alice Bowman is world-travelled and savvy but nothing could prepare her for this. Rebels in a politically volatile Latin American country have kidnapped her husband for ransom. Meg Ryan plays Alice and Russsell Crowe is Terry Thorne, the hostage retrieval expert who becomes Alice’s only hope in navigating a high-stakes game where terrorists value money over life.

A shot at glory. [Marina Del Ray, CA] : Lions Gate Home Entertainment, c2002.
Robert Duvall, Ally McCoist, Michael Keaton, Kirsty Mitchell, Brian Cox, and Cole Hauser. Gordon McLeod is the manager of a second-tier Scottish soccer team. Faced with pressure from his American owner, he is forced to bring on a marquee player to improve the fortunes of the team. With the new addition to the team’s roster, McLeod hopes to prevent his team from being moved from the fiercely loyal town it has known for a century.

The Simpsons. : The complete ninth season. Collector’s ed. Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2006.

Disc 1: The city of New York vs. Homer Simpson ; The principal and the pauper ; Lisa’s sax ; Treehouse of horror VIII ; The Cartridge family ; Bart Star—Disc 2: The two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons ; Lisa the skeptic ; Reality bites ; Miracle on Evergreen Terrace ; All singing, all dancing ; Bart Carny ; The joy of sect—Disc 3: Das bus ; The last temptation of Krust ; Dumbbell indemnity ; Lisa the Simpson ; This little wiggy ; Simpson tide ; The trouble with trillions—Disc 4: Girly edition ; Trash of the titans ; King of the hill ; Lost our lisa ; Natural born kissers. Voices: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer. The comedy adventures of a working class family in the misfit city of Springfield.

The Simpsons. : the complete tenth season. Collector’s ed. [Beverly Hills, Calif.] : 20th Century Fox, c2007.

Lard of the Dance—The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace—Bart the Mother—Treehouse of horror IX—When you dish upon a
star—D’oh-in’ in the wind—Lisa gets an ‘A’—Homer Simpson in: ‘Kidney trouble’—Mayored to the mob—Viva Ned Flanders—Wild Barts can’t be broken—Sunday, cruddy Sunday—Homer to the max—I’m with cupid—Marge Simpson in: ‘Screaming yellow honkers’—Make room for Lisa -- Maximum Homerdrive—Simpsons Bible stories—Mom and pop art—The old man and the ‘C’ student—Monty can’t buy me love—They saved Lisa’s brain—Thirty minutes over Tokyo. Voices of Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer. The hilarious, dysfunctional family carries on the adventures of pranks, hijinks, and laziness in this new season.

The Simpsons : the complete first season. [Beverly Hills, CA] : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2001.

Simpsons roasting on an open fire—Bart the genius—Homer’s odyssey—There’s no disgrace like home—Bart the general -- Moaning Lisa—Call of the Simpsons—The telltale head -- Life on the fast lane—Homer’s night out—The crepes of wrath—Kruty gets busted—Some enchanted evening. America’s first family of dysfunction, the Simpsons, appear in all their depraved glory in this wonderful DVD compilation of their show’s premiere season. Fans accustomed to the slick appearance of the later episodes will be delighted by the rougher nature of these earlier episodes, when the characters weren’t as well defined (Homer isn’t quite as dumb as he is in later seasons) and the animation was still evolving. (from

Scrubs. Burbank, CA : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, c2005.
Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke, John C. McGinley, Ken Jenkins, Neil Flynn. Relive all 24 episodes of the groundbreaking show’s highly acclaimed first season.

The sum of all fears. Special collector’s ed. Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Pictures, c2002.
Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, James Cromwell, Liev Schreiber, Bridget Moynahan, Alan Bates, Ciarán Hinds, Philip Baker Hall, Ron Rifkin. CIA agent Jack Ryan finds himself in a race against time to stop terrorists who plan to ignite a war between the U.S. and Russia by detonating a nuclear bomb at the Super Bowl game.

Sunshine state. Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Video, c2002.
Jane Alexander, Angela Bassett, Mary Steenburgen, Edie Falco, Miguel Ferrer, James McDaniel, Gordon Clapp, Timothy Hutton. A portrait of a richly diverse town on a sleepy Florida island threatened by real estate developers.

The tenant. Widescreen version (16x9). Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount, c2002.

Isabelle Adjani, Melvyn Douglas, Jo Van fleet, Bernard Fresson, Shelley Winters, Roman Polanski. A quiet, timid file clerk whose unremarkable life begins to be increasingly overshadowed with dread and fear after he moves into his new home - an apartment building with an unhappy past. Adding to his paranoia are the building’s other occupants, who do nothing to alleviate his growing obsession with the untimely tragic fate of the apartment’s previous tenant.

They call it murder. [United States] : Miracle Pictures, c2003.

Jim Hutton, Lloyd Bochner, Jessica Walter, Leslie Hielson, Jo Ann Pflug, Nita Talbot, Edward Asner. A small town D.A. is saddled with several major investigations, including a gambler’s murder and a possible insurance scam.

Tiger and the snow. New York : Hart Sharp Video : Distributed by Warner, Elektra, Atlantic, [2007], c2005.
Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Jean Reno, Tom Waits. Soon after the start of hostilities in Iraq, Rome-based, love-struck poet and lecturer Attilio heads to Baghdad when he learns from his friend, an Iraqi poet, that the woman he loves has been critically injured in a bomb explosion. Attilio does everything in his power to save her, risking his own life amidst the chaos of war.

Times and winds. Widescreen ed. [United States] : Kino, 2006, c2008.

Ozkan Ozen, Ali Bey Kayali, Elit Iscan, Bulent Emin Yarar, Taner Birsel, yigit Ozsener. Tells the story of three pre-adolescent friends coming of age in a remote Turkish village.

A Touch of frost. : Season 1. [United States] : MPI Home Video, c2004.

An old-fashioned, gritty detective show based in England. This brash policeman follows his moral compass, shows compassion for the common man and always solves the case. Starring David Jason, who is regarded as the most popular actor on British TV.

24 : Season three. Widescreen ed. Beverly Hills, CA : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2004.
Third Season 1, episodes 1-4 -- Third Season 2, episodes 5-8 -- Third season 3, Episodes 9-12 -- Third Season 4, episodes 13-16 -- Third Season 5, episodes 17-20 -- Third Season 6, episodes 21-24 -- Third Season 7, special features. Kiefer Sutherland, Leslie Hope, Sarah Wynter, Elisha Cuthbert, Xander Berkeley, Carlos Bernard, Dennis Haysbert, Sarah Clarke. After three years since thwarting a terrorist attack on the United States, Jack Bauer is back in L.A. working undercover to bring down drug lord Ramon Salazar. The FBI receives a phone call threatening to release a deadly virus in Los Angeles, if Salazar is not released from prison within six hours.

Vantage point. [2-disc special ed.]. Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, c2008.

Dennis Quaid, Matthew Fox, Forest Whitaker, Bruce McGill, Edgar Ramirez, Saïd Taghmaoui, Ayelet Zurer, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, William Hurt, James LeGros, Eduardo Noriega. U.S. president Ashton is in Salamanca, Spain to announce plans for a major global summit on terrorism. As he stands behind the podium in front of a loudly cheering crowd, he is shot twice. This is followed minutes later by a small explosion and then a massive blast. Secret Service agents Barnes, Taylor, and Holden immediately jump into action, trying to find the terrorists responsible amid all the chaos. First, the events are seen through the eyes of television news producer Rex Brooks. Then, the assassination attempt is replayed from seven different points of view. Each perspective reveals a few more clues.

Warriors of heaven and earth. Widescreen. Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, c2004.

Kichi Nakai, Xueqi Wang, Bagen Hasi, Vicki Zhao, Tao Ho. An assassin is sent to kill a rogue soldier in China during the Tang Dynasty, but first they work together to protect a caravan of precious cargo.

Woman thou art loosed. Widescreen & Full screen versions. Beverly Hill, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2005.
Kimberly Elise, Loretta Devine, Debbi Morgan, Michael Boatman, Clifton Powell, Idalis De Leon, Bishop T.D. Jakes. The story of Michelle Jordan, a young woman raised in an environment of abuse and molestation at the hands of her mother’s boyfriend Reggie, which her mother Cassie unwittingly condones. While incarcerated, Michelle sends Bishop Jakes a letter requesting a visit. Jakes agrees to meet Michelle and soon uncovers the painful history that led to her personal demise.