Tuesday, January 06, 2009

New books and media for January 2009



Acosta, Marta. The bride of Casa Dracula. 1st Pocket Books trade pbk. ed. New York : Pocket Books, c2008.

Milagro De Los Santos, engaged to a vampire named Oswald Grant, begins to think the vampire council is trying to sabotage her wedding and finds herself becoming increasing attracted to Ian, the brother of Cornelia, the council’s ancient marriage rituals guide.

Aiken, Joan. Mansfield Park revisited : a Jane Austen entertainment. Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks Landmark, c2008.
Fanny Price’s younger sister, Susan, moves to Mansfield Park to become Lady Bertram’s new companion and finds herself entangled in a web of romance, surprise, redemption, and scandal.

Arnaldur Indriðason. Silence of the grave. New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Minotaur, c2006.
In Silence of the Grave, a corpse is found on a hill outside the city, and Detective Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson and his team think the body may have been buried for some years. While Erlendur struggles to hold together the crumbling fragments of his own family, slowly but surely he finds out the truth about another unhappy family. Few people are still alive who can tell the tale, but even secrets taken to the grave cannot remain hidden forever.

Arnaldur Indriðason. The draining lake. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Thomas Dunne Books, c2008.
Reykjavík police inspector Erlendur, with the help of Elinborg and Sigurdur, investigates when a skeleton is found in a lake which has been drained due to an earthquake, and uncovers the victim was murdered and may have been involved in Cold War espionage.

Baker, Kage. The House of the Stag. 1st ed. New York : Tor, c2008.
Gard, the foundling, half-demon, wages a war on the Riders—a group that conquered and enslaved his village—after he escaped from the mages who dragged him to an underground kingdom, only to later become a husband, father, and the lord and commander of a demonic army.

Bauer, Sydney. Undertow. Berkley mass-market ed. New York : Berkley Publishing, c2008.

After the daughter of a powerful senator dies in a tragic accident, the witness to the accident, an esteemed female attorney, unexpectedly finds herself charged with murder by the girl’s vengeful father - a man with his own twisted agenda.

Bell, Ted. Tsar : a thriller. 1st Atria Books hardcover ed. New York : Atria Books, c2008
Swashbuckling counterspy Alex Hawke is the only man, both Americans and the Brits agree, who can stop the madness created by the new Russia and its new Tsar, who is pulling strings and pulling them hard.

Berry, Steve. The Charlemagne pursuit : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, c2008
In bestseller Berry’s fourth thriller to feature ex-Justice Department agent Cotton Malone (after The Venetian Betrayal), Malone embarks on a search for answers about his father, Capt. Forrest Malone, after learning that instead of dying in 1971 in a nuclear sub accident in the North Atlantic, his father actually died while on a secret submarine mission to the Antarctic. Meanwhile, bad guy Adm. Langford Ramsey schemes to become the next ranking officer of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. (from Publishers Weekly).

Cappellani, Ottavio. Sicilian tragedee. 1st American ed. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2008
Mafioso Alfio Turrisi has more luck than he could have expected when his Catanian rival Turi Pirrotta does not object to Alfio’s longings for his daughter Betty; and meanwhile, Tino Cagnotto, a theater director who is staging a twenty-first-century alternate version of “Romeo and Juliet,” has an affair with a younger man.

Cleverly, Barbara. Bright hair about the bone. New York : Delta Trade Paperbacks, c2008
Talbot, a fiercely independent amateur sleuth in the spirit of Kerry Greenwood’s Phryne Fisher, is plunged into international intrigue after her godfather, Daniel Thorndon, is stabbed to death in Burgundy in 1926. (from Publishers Weekly).

Cornwell, Patricia Daniels. Scarpetta. New York : Putnams, c2008
Former South Carolina forensic pathologist Kay Scarpetta takes a case in New York in which a patient in a psychiatric prison asks to speak to her about wounds he claims were inflicted during a murder he did not commit, and after talking with the man, she starts to believe he is telling the truth and a serial killer is on the loose.

Crace, Jim. The pesthouse : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Nan A. Talese, c2007
After being separated from each other while trying to escape a post-apocalyptic United States by boarding a ship to Europe, Franklin, a man who was injured and left behind by his brother, and Margaret, a woman with a deadly infection, reunite and decide to try and live inland.

Curiol, Céline. Voice over. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Seven Stories Press, c2008
In French journalist Curiol’s mesmerizing debut novel, an unnamed young woman drifts, solitary and aimless, through contemporary Paris. She works as an announcer at a train station and is in love with a man who lives with another woman.

Cussler, Clive. Arctic drift. New York : Putnams, c2008.
Dirk Pitt sets out on an expedition with his children along the treacherous Northwest Passage to find a silvery mineral, which will prove his theory and link the causes for the sudden deaths in British Columbia and the incidents between the United States and an ally.

Czerneda, Julie. Riders of the storm. New York : Daw Books, c2008.
On the distant world of Cersi, Om’ray Aryl Sarc and her supporters have been exiled from the rest of their people. Finding refuge in the mountains, they work to rebuild the ruined village of Sona, even as they try to discover what happened to the original Sona Clan.

Farland, David. The Wyrmling horde. 1st ed. New York : Tor, c2008.
Fallion’s allies risk everything in an attempt to free him from a vast prison in a world brimming with dark magic, hoping he will be able to mend the strange and fantastic world he created by combining two alternate realities, and which now is under control by a creature of unrelenting evil.

Flynn, Michael (Michael F.). The January dancer. 1st ed. New York : Tor, c2008.
Captain Amos January and his crew find ancient alien artifacts on a remote planet when they are forced to land for repairs, and they unearth the Dancer, a shape-shifting stone that is sought after by governments, military powers, plutocrats, bandits, and cabals across human-settled space.

Fraser, George MacDonald, 1925-2008. The reavers. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Knopf, 2008, c2007.
On the border between Scotland and England La Infamosa leads a Spanish effort to kidnap King James VI and replace him with an impostor, while Lady Godiva, her companion, and two suitors try to foil her plan.

Galligan, John. The clinch knot : a fly fishing mystery. Madison, Wis. : Bleak House Books, c2008.
At the outset of Galligan’s stunning third Montana-set fly-fishing mystery (after 2005’s The Blood Knot), Ned Dog Oglivie, a self-described traveling drunk and trout hound who lives out of his asthmatic 1984 Cruise Master RV, has befriended a jailed bull rider’s daughter, Jesse Ringer, and her black boyfriend, D’Ontario Sneed. Then, off a mountain road outside Livingston, soon after an ugly encounter with skinheads, Dog finds Jesse shot to death on the ground and Sneed unconscious in Jesse’s sealed car, nearly dead of carbon monoxide poisoning. . .(from Publishers Weekly).

Hilburn, Lynda. Dark harvest. 1st ed. [United States] : Medallion Press, c2008.
Denver psychologist Kismet Knight counsels vampires. Her life changed forever when she discovered a dark preternatural underworld and became involved with gorgeous, eight-centuries-old Devereux, the powerful leader of a vampire coven. Later she schedules what she believes is simply another radio interview. . .but not only does the radio host behave very strangely - an ominous, on-air call turns Kismet’s world upside-down. . .again. (from the publisher, edited).

Huff, Tanya. Valor’s trial : a Confederation novel. New York : DAW Books, c2008.
Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr, a Confederation marine who has survived various dangerous encounters, finds herself in a mysterious underground POW camp with her comrades, where they battle the temptation to give up while trying to find a way out to battle the Others.

Jacobs, Anna. Kirsty’s vineyard. 1st world ed. Surrey [England] ; New York : Severn House, 2008, c2007.

Kirsty, having put her life on hold when her husband was killed four years earlier, is given a chance to change her future when Ed James, a lonely old man she befriended, leaves her his money and vineyard with the condition that she live on the estate in New South Wales without her brother for at least a year, and considers marrying her neighbor, Sam.

Jance, Judith A. Cruel intent. 1st Touchstone hardcover ed. New York : Simon & Schuster, c2008.
Former television journalist Ali Reynolds tries to defend her contractor Brian when he is named a prime suspect in his wife’s murder and in the process uncovers a sadistic killer who finds his prey by hacking into a dating site for housewives looking for a sexual relationship with married men.

Johansen, Iris. The treasure. New York : Bantam Books, c2008.
Two star-crossed lovers become unwilling participants in a deadly struggle for control of an artifact that could contain the very secrets to immortality itself. (from Publishers Weekly).

Kinkade, Thomas. A Christmas star : a Cape Light novel. 1st ed. New York : Berkley Books, c2008.

Miracles come to the town of Cape Light when Sam and Jessica Morgan, burned out of their home just a few weeks before Christmas, come to understand the real meaning of the holiday, and tree farmer Jack Sawyer, bitter since the death of his wife, gets a second chance at life and love when single mom Julie Newton and her young daughter arrive on his doorstep in need of help.

Knopf, Chris. Head wounds. Sag Harbor, NY : Permanent Press, c2008.

Ex-boxer and former corporate executive Sam Acquillo, living in a rundown waterfront cottage on Little Peconic Bay in Southampton, New York, while working as a part-time carpenter, enlists a group of misfit friends to help him investigate when the local police chief targets him for the murder of Robbie Milhouse, a local builder and bully who has disturbing links to Sam’s girlfriend, Amanda Battiston.

Lewis, Beverly. The Betrayal. Minneapolis, Minn. : Bethany House Publishers, c2003.

Book 2 of Abram’s Daughters. Spanning three generations, the Abram’s Daughters series paints a powerful family portrait of four Amish sisters growing up in Gobbler’s Knob, Lancaster County.

Lewis, Jeffrey. Adam the king : a novel. New York : Other Press, c2008.
Billionaire Adam Bloch finds himself pitted against his neighbors in the coastal town of Clement’s Cove, Maine, when he tries to put in a pool to help his new wife rebuild her strength after a near-fatal battle with cancer.

Márai, Sándor, 1900-1989. Esther’s inheritance. 1st American ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2008.

Esther accepts her fate, living in the modest home of her elderly cousin Nunu, after her sister dies and the man she loves, despite his tendency for deception—her sister’s husband—Lajos, disappears, but a telegram telling of Lajos’s plan to return with his children in tow, changes everything.

Modesitt, L. E. Legacies. 1st mass market ed. New York : Tor, 2003, c2002.
As the son of a Nightsheep herder, Alucius learns the survival skills necessary to protect his valuable flock from the sand wolves and other strange predators that dwell in the cold northern lands. He also realizes the more subtle ways of his Talent, a magical ability common to those with herder blood. When the armies of Madrien invade his home, Alucius goes off to war, only to be captured and forcibly conscripted into the enemies’ slave armies. Careful to hide his Talent, Alucius dreams of escape and revenge. (from Library Journal).

Murphy, C. E. (Catie E.). Hands of flame. 1st trade ed. New York : Luna, c2008.
While war rages in New York City between the five Old Races, Margrit, an unusual lawyer and the one responsible for the death that escalated the overall conflict, is aided by a dragon, a vampire, and a mortal detective in order to rescue Margrit’s gargoyle lover, Alban.

O’Shaughnessy, Perri. Show no fear. New York : Pocket Books, c2009.
Set in 1990, O’Shaughnessy’s intriguing 12th legal thriller to feature crusading lawyer Nina Reilly (after Case of Lies) takes a look at Nina’s early career. (from Publishers Weekly).

Pritchard, John. The Yazoo blues : a novel. Montgomery, Ala. : NewSouth Books, c2008.
insightful, laugh-out-loud follow-up to his debut novella, Junior Ray, Pritchard again indulges the profanely backwoods, occasionally backwards, voice of Mississippi good ol’ boy Junior Ray Loveblood. Formerly deputy sheriff of a Mississippi delta town, Junior Ray is now an aging parking lot guard at the floating Lucky Pair-O-Dice Casino, and an amateur historian. (from Publishers Weekly).

Reid, Kathleen. A page out of life. Berkley trade pbk. ed. New York : Berkley Books, c2008.
When frazzled mother of four Ashley joins a local scrapbook club, she’s amazed at the way old photos and mementos can bring color to sepia-toned memories.

Roth, Philip. Indignation. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Company, c2008.

What impact can American history have on the life of the vulnerable individual? It is 1951 in America, the second year of the Korean War. A studious, law-abiding, intense youngster from Newark, New Jersey, Marcus Messner, is beginning his sophomore year on the pastoral, conservative campus of Ohio’s Winesburg College. And why is he there and not at the local college in Newark where he originally enrolled? Because his father, the sturdy, hard-working neighborhood butcher, seems to have gone mad—mad with fear and apprehension of the dangers of adult life, the dangers of the world, the dangers he sees in every corner for his beloved boy. As the long-suffering, desperately harassed mother tells her son, the father’s fear arises from love and pride. Perhaps, but it produces too much anger in Marcus for him to endure living with his parents any longer. He leaves them and, far from Newark, in the midwestern college, has to find his way amid the customs and constrictions of another American world.—From publisher’s description.

Scott, Walter, Sir, 1771-1832. The bride of Lammermoor. London ; New York : Penguin Books, c2000.
Lord Ravenswood’s son, Edgar, seeks to avenge his father’s name and restore the title and property stolen from him by the devious Sir William Ashton, but when Edgar falls in love with Ashton’s daughter, Lucy, the ancient prophecy of Ravenswood comes between them.

Szewczyk, Elaine. I’m with stupid. 1st ed. New York : 5 Spot, c2008.
Kas learns the truth about the transient beauty of vacation relationships when William, the gorgeous park ranger she met while on safari in South Africa, arrives in New York revealing a very different side to his quirky personality.

Tapply, William G. Hell bent. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Minotaur, c2008.

Brady Coyne’s past personal life starts to haunt his professional life after he agrees to represent his ex-girlfriend’s brother through divorce proceedings, but when Brady’s client is found dead in his rented apartment, he questions the ruling of death by suicide.

Wright, K. Michael. Angelslayer : the winnowing war. 1st ed. [St. Charles, Ill.] : Medallion Press, c2008.
The Nephlim, sons of angels who live off of the blood and flesh of pure humans, set sail from their home city of Etlantis to the Western Seas in order to hunt and survive, but along their journey they encounter a group of men who are willing to fight back.

Young, William P. The shack : a novel. Los Angeles, CA : Windblown Media, c2007.

After Missy is abducted during a vacation and evidence of her murder shows up at a shack in the forests of Oregon, Mackenzie Philips, her father, receives a strange note inviting him to return to the scene of the tragedy where he wrestles with nightmarish religious questions.


016.7816 GOL
Neely, Tim. Goldmine record album price guide. 5th ed. Iola, Wis. : Newton Abbot : KP ; David & Charles [distributor], c2007.
This new edition contains listings and collector pricing for 70,000 vinyl albums recorded between 1948 and the present. With up-to-date collector values and basic descriptions, this guide covers most genres of record collecting, including rock ‘n’ roll, country, surf, punk, jazz, classical and more. (from the publisher, edited).

171.8 KIE
Kielburger, Craig. Me to we : finding meaning in a material world. 1st Fireside ed. New York : Simon & Schuster, c2006.
Draws on the inspirational true stories of men and women from all walks of life to encourage people to take control of their own lives while transforming the world around them through acts of kindness and gratitude.

317.3 WOR
The World almanac and book of facts. New York : Newspaper Enterprise Association [etc.], Current edition.

A collection of facts, statistics, and additional information focusing on the United States and including relevant data from around the world.

352.2309 HEA
Healy, Gene. The cult of the presidency : America’s dangerous devotion to executive power. Washington, D.C. : Cato Institute, c2008.

The Bush years have justifiably given rise to fears of a new Imperial Presidency. Yet despite the controversy surrounding the administration’s expansive claims of executive power, both Left and Right agree on the boundless nature of presidential responsibility. The Imperial Presidency is the price we seem to be willingly and dangerously agreeable to pay the office, the focus of our national hopes and dreams. Interweaving historical scholarship, legal analysis, and cultural commentary, The Cult of the Presidency argues that the Presidency needs to be reined in, its powers checked and supervised, and its wartime authority put back under the oversight of the Congress and the courts. Only then will we begin to return the Presidency to its proper constitutionally limited role.

508.743 WIN
Winslow, Mike. Lake Champlain : a natural history. 1st ed. Burlington, Vt. : Bennington, Vt. : Lake Champlain Committee ; Images from the Past, c2008.
An engaging introduction to Lake Champlain’s varied physical and biological resources in short essays that offer enough detail to satisfy ecologists, but a prose style that anyone can enjoy. Six sections: The Setting; Forces; Phenomena; Living Lake: Plants; Living Lake: Animals; The Future of Lake Champlain.

613.2 BUE
Buettner, Dan. The blue zone : lessons for living longer from the people who’ve lived the longest. Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, c2008.

Draws from scientific research on aging, as well as observations of long-lived people to identify nine lessons for living healthy, active lives past the age of eighty, ninety, and even one hundred.

613.69 ANG
Angier, Bradford. Basic wilderness survival skills : build shelters, safety and first aid, fire building, forage, hunt, and fish, and much more. Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, c2002.
“Basic Wilderness Survival Skills” is a comprehensive handbook for people who want to live a little closer to nature—people who, if only for brief intervals, feel inclined to leave civilization behind and experience a simpler, less-pressured lifestyle.

775 BUS
Busch, David D. Digital SLR cameras & photography for dummies. 2nd ed. Hoboken, NJ : Wiley, c2007.
This guide is packed with tips for taking advantage of all the features in the latest cameras from Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, Olympus, and others. Here’s the scoop on sensors, pixels, cool accessories, lenses, flash units, the latest image editing software, and more. (from the publisher).

914.0455 EUR
Europe by Eurail 2008 : touring Europe by train. 32nd ed. Guilford, Conn. : Globe Pequot Press, c2008.
This reader-friendly guide provides detailed information on more than ninety rail trips starting from your choice of twenty-four base cities located in seventeen countries.

914.0456 RIC
Steves, Rick 1955-. Rick Steves’ best of Europe 2009. Emeryville, CA : Avalon Travel, c2008.
A guide to traveling in Europe that covers Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and Switzerland and provides information on accommodations, restaurants, shopping, activities, and sights; and includes maps, trip-planning advice, and resources.

914.204 FOD
Fodor’s 2009 England. New York : Fodor’s Travel Publications, c2009.

Fodor’s England features options for a variety of budgets, interests, and tastes, so you make the choices to plan your trip of a lifetime. . .Experience England like a local! Fodor’s England includes choices for every traveler, from hiking and biking to pub-hopping, shopping in local markets, exploring castles and gardens, and much more. (from the publisher, edited).

914.2104 LON
London. 11th ed. Singapore : Maspeth, NY. : APA Publications ; [Distributed in the U.S. by] Langenscheidt Publishers, c2008.
Travel guide for the region.

914.304 CEN
Central Europe. 7th ed. Hong Kong : Lonely Planet, c2007.

11 authors, 287 days of on-the-road research, 107 detailed maps. Fully updated practical information on getting active in Europe’s best region for outdoor adventure. Content updated daily at lonelyplanet.com.

914.4 FOD
Fodor’s 2009 France. New York : Fodor’s Travel Publications, c2009.

Fodor’s France 2009 features options for a variety of budgets, interests, and tastes, so you make the choices to plan your trip of a lifetime. . .Experience France like a local! Fodor’s France 2009 includes unique photo-features that impart the country’s culture, covering food and wine, history-rich Versailles, Provence’s Lavender Route, magical Mont-St-Michel, and much more. (from the publisher, edited).

914.6 FOD
Fodor’s 2009 Spain. New York : Fodor’s Travel Publications, c2009.

Fodor’s Spain features options for a variety of budgets, interests, and tastes, so you make the choices to plan your trip of a lifetime. . .Experience Spain like a local! Fodor’s Spain features choices for every traveler, highlighting the best ways to explore the country’s fascinating history, art, and architecture; how to dazzle the senses with mouth-watering food and unforgettable hotels, hostels, and paradores; and where to shop, hike, and relax. (from the publisher, edited).

917.295 OFF
Cohen, Tina. Puerto Rico : off the beaten path : a guide to unique places. 5th ed. Guilford, Conn. : Insiders’ Guide/Globe Pequot Press, c2007.
From its tranquil beaches to metropolitan San Juan’s lively waterfront strip, this guide to Puerto Rico points the way to the island’s best treasures: flavorful fusions of ethnic cuisines, nightclubs featuring salsa dancing and Cuban jazz, park reserves teeming with wildlife, and colorful souvenirs from unique plazas and shops.

917.4044 NEW
New England. 5th ed. Footscray, Vic. ; Oakland, CA : Lonely Planet, c2008.
A comprehensive guide to traveling in New England that provides information on accommodations, restaurants, festivals, events, entertainment, sights, shopping, and transportation, and offers travel tips and notes on the history and culture of the region.

917.4104 FRO
Karr, Paul. Frommer’s Maine Coast. 2nd ed. Hoboken, N.J. : Chichester : Frommer’s ; John Wiley [distributor], c2007.

Off-the-beaten-path experiences and undiscovered gems, plus new takes on top attractions.

917.8752 TIM
The rough guide to Yellowstone and Grand Teton. 1st ed. New York : Rough Guides, c2007.
Presents guidance and tools for visitors to Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park, including trip planning information, lodging and dining suggestions for different budgets, and details on hiking, camping, and things to see and do inside and outside the parks.

917.9043 ROU
Ward, Greg. The rough guide to Southwest USA. 4th ed. London : Rough Guides, c2006.

Comprehensively covering New Mexico; Arizona, and stretching into some highly visited parts of Nevada (Las Vegas) and Southwest Colorado (Mesa Verde National Park), the Rough Guide to Southwest USA covers the region not just as a collection of states but both in the manner people tend to visit and by defining what the Southwest means. The area is one of the great road trip destinations in America, full of scenic national parks, unusual geological formations, unique cities like Santa Fe, vintage Americana, and Wild West towns. There are great features on Southwest movie locations, native peoples, adobe architecture and the like, and plenty of practical details and descriptions for hikes and other outdoor activities.

917.9204 UTA
Rutter, Michael. Utah : a guide to unique places. 5th ed. Guilford, Conn. : Insiders Guide, c2006.

Tired of the same old tourist traps? Take the road less traveled and discover the hidden attractions, unique finds, and unusual locales other guidebooks just don’t offer. Off the Beaten Path features the things you’d want to see-if only you knew about them! From the best in local dining to quirky cultural tidbits, you’ll say over and over again: “I didn’t know that!” Whether you’re a visitor or a local looking for something different let this guide show you the Beehive State you never knew existed. Find your way to the Spiral Jetty, a 1,500-foot-long coil made out of mud, rocks, and salt crystals. See rare white buffalo, zedonks, and Goliath horses at the Young Living Family Farm. Or ham it up on the Johnson Canyon Movie Set. So if you’ve “been there, done that” one too many times, get off the main road and venture Off the Beaten Path. (from the book jacket, edited)

917.9461 FOD
Fodor’s 2009 San Francisco. New York : Fodor’s Travel Pub., c2009.

Fodor’s San Francisco features options for a variety of budgets, interests, and tastes, so you make the choices to plan your trip. . .Experience San Francisco like a local! Fodor’s San Francisco includes unique photo-features that impart the city’s culture, covering San Francisco’s cable cars, Alcatraz Island, hot new architecture, the nearby Wine Country, and much more!

The Snowball : Warren Buffett and the Business of Life. Random House Large Print, c2008.
In this startlingly frank account of Buffett’s life, Schroeder, a former managing director at Morgan Stanley - and hand picked by Buffett to be his biographer - strips away the mystery that has long cloaked the word’s richest man to reveal a life and fortune erected around lucid and inspired business vision and unimaginable personal complexity. (from Publishers Weekly).

Marcinko, Richard. Rogue warrior. New York : Pocket Books, [1993], c1992
Autobiography of Richard Marcinko recounting his thirty years as a Navy Seal and involvement in secret missions and special warfare around the world.

O’Reilly, Bill. A bold fresh piece of humanity. 1st ed. New York : Broadway Books, c2008.
Journalist Bill O’Reilly reflects on the people, places, and events that influenced his career and beliefs.

953.57 WAL
Walsh, John. UAE. London : Kuperard, c2008.
A guide to the customs and etiquette of the United Arab Emirates that covers land, people, values, attitudes, traditions, making friends, household practices, shopping, dining out, travel, health, safety, business, and communicating.


CD 362.7609 WALL
Wall, Elissa. Stolen innocence : my story of growing up in a polygamous sect, becoming a teenage bride, and breaking free of Warren Jeffs. Library ed. [Old Saybrook, CT] : Tantor Audio, p2008.
Read by Renee Raudman. Elissa Wall details her life growing up in the polygamous Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints religious sect; forced into an unwanted marriage at the age of 14, and her courage to testify against FLDS leader Warren Jeffs.

CD 363.7 FRI
Friedman, Thomas L. Hot, flat, and crowded : [why we need a green revolution—and how it can renew America]. Abridged. New York : Macmillan Audio, p2008.
Read by Oliver Wyman. A proposal for a national plan for going green that will not only benefit the earth, but also make America’s economy stronger and its borders more secure.

CD 618.92 MCC
McCarthy, Jenny. Mother warriors : a nation of parents healing autism against all odds. Unabridged. [Ashland, Or.] : Blackstone Audio, p2008.
Read by Tavia Gilbert. When Jenny McCarthy published Louder Than Words, the story of her successful efforts to save her son Evan from autism, the response was tremendous, including a #3 rank on the New York Times best seller list. What she hadn’t anticipated was the overwhelming response from other parents of autistic children who sought her out to share their own stories of success.

CD 818.3 THO
Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862. Walden. Franklin, Tenn. : Naxos AudioBooks, p2001.
Read by William Hope. In 1845, Henry David Thoreau, while living beside Walden Pond, returned to nature to observe and reflect while surviving on eight dollars a year. From this experience emerged one of the classics of American literature.

Cooper, Helene. The house at Sugar Beach. New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, p2008.
Read by the author. A historical memoir about growing up in Liberia during a violent civil war, reported with a journalistic bent.

Dozier, Kimberly. Breathing the fire : fighting to report—and survive—the war in Iraq. Unabridged. [s.l.] : Tantor Media, 2008.
Read by the author. CBS News correspondent Kimberly Dozier, who battled back from critical injuries sustained in a Baghdad bombing on Memorial Day in 2007, seizes that event as a pivotal moment from which to assess her world--her rise to network broadcasting, the demands on and perils of women covering dangerous events, and the politics around her.

Pickens, T. Boone (Thomas Boone). The first billion is the hardest. Abridged. New York : Random House Audio, p2008.
Read by Arthur Morey. “The First Billion Is the Hardest” is both an account of a life spent pulling off improbable triumphs and a report back from the front of the global energy and natural-resource wars. . .(from the publisher, edited).

CD 956.7044 FIL
Filkins, Dexter. The forever war. New York : Prince Frederick, MD : Random House Audio ; Distributed by Recorded Books, p2008.

Read by the author. Filkins provides a firsthand account of the battle against Islamic fundamentalism, from the rise of the Taliban in the 1990s, to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, offering a study of the people involved from all sides of the conflict.

CD 973.7092 MCP
McPherson, James M. Tried by war : Abraham Lincoln as commander in chief. Unabridged. New York : Penguin Audio, 2008.
Read by George Guidall. James McPherson, a bestselling historian of the Civil War, illuminates how Lincoln worked with - and often against - his senior commanders to defeat the Confederacy and create the role of commander in chief as we know it.

CD 974 VOW
Vowell, Sarah. The wordy shipmates. Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, [2008].
Narrated by Sarah Vowell with a full cast. Vowell turns her sharp wit and uncanny knack for capturing obscure details to early New England settlers and their lasting effect on American culture. Vowell offers listeners stories about Mayflower passengers, early colonists, and more that will inform even as they tickle the funny bone.

Berry, Wendell. Hannah Coulter. Unabridged. [Escondido, CA ] : Christianaudio, c2007.
Read by Susan Denaker. In the latest installment in Wendell Berry’s long story about the citizens of Port William, Hannah Coulter sorts through her memories. Her first husband, Virgil, was declared “missing in action” shortly after the Battle of the Bulge; and after she married Nathan Coulter, about all he could tell Hannah about the Battle of Okinawa was “Ignorant boys, killing each other.” The community was stunned and diminished by the war, with some of its sons lost forever and others returning home determined to carry on. Now, in her late seventies, twice-widowed and alone, Hannah remembers her childhood, young love and loss, raising children and the changing of the seasons.

Ultimate Grammy collection. Los Angeles : Shout Factory, p2008.
Various performers.

Putumayo presents Americana. New York, NY : Putumayo World Music, p2007.
Various performers.

Helm, Levon. Dirt farmer. Santa Monica, CA : Dirt Farmer Music/Vanguard Records, p2007.
Levon Helm, vocals, drums; with various musicians.

Grafton, Sue. T is for trespass. Library ed. Westminster, Md. : Books on Tape, p2007.
Private investigator Kinsey Millhone searches for sociopath Solana Rojas, an identity she stole that gives her access to private caregiving jobs.

Café cubano. [S.l.] : Putumayo World Music, p2008.

Various performers.

McPartland, Marian. Twilight world. Beverly Hills, Calif. : Concord Jazz, p2008.

Marian McPartland, piano ; Gary Mazzaroppi, bass ; Glenn Davis, drums.

King, Stephen. Just after sunset : stories. Unabridged. New York : Simon & Schuster, p2008.
Various readers:
Stephen King, Jill Eikenberry, Holter Graham, George Guidall, Ron McLarty, Denis O’Hare, Ben Shenkman, Skipp Sudduth, Mare Winningham, Karen Ziemba.

Lamb, Wally. The hour I first believed. [New York] : Harper Audio, p2008.

Read by George Guidall. Relocating to a family farm in Connecticut after surviving the Columbine school shootings, Caelum and Maureen discover a cache of family memorabilia dating back five generations, which reveals to Caelum unexpected truths about painful past events.

Larsson, Stieg, 1954-2004.
The Girl with the dragon tattoo. Abridged. New York : Random House Audio, p2008.
Read by Martin Wenner. The disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden, gnaws at her octogenarian uncle, Henrik Vanger. He is determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder. He hires crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist, recently at the wrong end of a libel case, to get to the bottom of Harriet’s disappearance. Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old, pierced, tattooed genius hacker, possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age—and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness—assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, an astonishing corruption at the highest echelon of Swedish industrialism—and a surprising connection between themselves.—From publisher description.

Maguire, Gregory. A lion among men. Unabridged. [New York] : Harper Audio, 2008.

Performed by John McDonough. In this third novel of the New York Times bestselling series, civil war looms in Oz, and an ancient oracle named Yackle prepares for death. But before she can die, the Cowardly Lion arrives seeking knowledge about Elphaba Thropp, the Wicked Witch of the West—the woman who had defended him when he was a cub.

Meltzer, Brad. The book of lies. New York, NY : Hachette Audio, p2008.

Read by Scott Brick. Cal Harper is on the hunt for the world’s first murder weapon. Cal has to discover what Cain, one of the greatest villains of all time, has to do with Superman, one of the greatest superheroes of all time. Before Cal can begin his search, he is attacked by a killer with tattoos of Cain.

Meyer, Stephenie. The host : [a novel]. Library ed. Westminster, Md. : Books on Tape, p2008.
Read by Kate Reading. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie Stryder’s body didn’t expect her to refuse to relinquish possession of her mind.

Boston Camerata. prf. Simple gifts : Shaker chants and spirituals.
Audio of Shaker hymns.

Morrison, Toni. A mercy : [a novel]. Unabridged ed. Westminster, Md. : Books on Tape, p2008.
Read by the author. In exchange for a bad debt, an Anglo-Dutch trader takes on Florens, a young slave girl, who feels abandoned by her slave mother and who searches for love—first from an older servant woman at her master’s new home, and then from a handsome free blacksmith.

Verdi, Giuseppe, 1813-1901. Don Carlos. New York, NY : EMI Classics, p1996.

Roberto Alagna; José Van Dam; Thomas Hampson; Karita Mattila; Waltraud Meier; Eric Halfvarson; other soloists; Choeur du Théâtre du Châtelet; Orchestre de Paris; Antonio Pappano, conductor.

Donizetti, Gaetano, 1797-1848. Lucia di Lammermoor. London, England : London, [1985], p1972.
Joan Sutherland, soprano ; Huguette Tourangeau, contralto ; Luciano Pavarotti, Ryland Davies, tenors ; Sherrill Milnes, baritone ; Nicolai Ghiaurov, bass ; supporting soloists ; Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden ; Richard Bonynge, conductor.

Puccini, Giacomo, 1858-1924. Madama Butterfly. New York, NY : EMI Classics, p1997.

Maria Callas (Butterfly), Lucia Danieli, Nicolai Gedda, Mario Borriello ; Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano ; conducted by Herbert von Karajan.

Puccini, Giacomo, 1858-1924. Manon Lescaut. Hayes, Middlesex, England : EMI, p1997, p1959.

Maria Callas, soprano; Giuseppe di Stefano, tenor; Giulio Fioravanti, baritone; supporting soloists; Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro alla Scala, Milan; Norberto Mola, Chorus Master; Tullio Serafin, conductor.

Patterson, James. Cross country : [a novel]. Library ed. Westminster, Md. : Books on Tape, p2008.

Read by Peter Jay Fernandez and Dion Graham. When the home of Alex Cross’s oldest friend, Ellie Cox, is turned into the worst murder scene Alex has ever seen, the destruction leads him to believe that he’s chasing a horrible new breed of killer. As Alex and his girlfriend, Brianna Stone, become entangled in the deadly Nigerian underworld of Washington D.C. they discover an organized gang of lethal teenagers headed by a powerful, diabolical man.

Roberts, Nora. The hollow. Library ed. Grand Haven, MI : Brilliance Audio, 2008.

Read by Marie Caliendo. Every seven years during the seventh month for seven days, Fox, Caleb, and Gage suffer madness, brought on by an innocent bonding ritual conducted at the Pagan Stone, which held a demon trapped for centuries. This year they have help in their battle from three women, Layla, Quinn, and Cybil, who are connected to the demon, just as they are connected to the force that trapped it.

Robinson, Marilynne. Home : a novel. New York, NY : Macmillan Audio, p2008.

Read by Maggi-Meg Reed. With her father ailing, Glory Boughton has returned home to Gilead to care for him. Shortly after she returns, her brother Jack shows up after a twenty year absence. As the family copes with the death of their patriarch, they learn valuable lessons about love, death, and the fortitude of familial bonds.

Fine Frenzy. One cell in the sea. New York : Virgin, p2007.
A Fine Frenzy (Alison Sudol); with acc.

Aerosmith (Musical group). Big ones. Los Angeles : Geffen, p1994.

Walk on water—Love in an elevator—Rag doll—What it takes—Dude (looks like a lady)—Janie’s got a gun—Cryin’—Amazing—Blind man—Deuces are wild—The other side—Crazy—Eat the rich—Angel—Livin’ on the edge. Performed by Aerosmith ; with various musicians.

Winehouse, Amy. prf. Back to black. New York : Universal Republic Records, p2006.
Amy Winehouse ; with accompanying musicians.

Daughtry (Musical group) prf. Daughtry. [New York] : RCA, p2006.
Daughtry (Chris Daughtry, Josh Steely, Josh Paul, Joey Barnes, Jeremy Brady) ; with accomp. musicians.

Bowie, David. Best of Bowie. Beverly Hills, CA : EMI ; Manufactured by Virgin Records America, p2002.
Performed by David Bowie, vocals, guitar, saxophone ; with additional musicians.

Iron Maiden (Musical group). The essential Iron Maiden. [S.l.] : New York : Sanctuary ; Sony BMG Music Entertainment, p2005.
Iron Maiden.

Madonna. GHV2. Beverly Hills, CA : Maverick : Marketed by Warner Bros. Records, p2001.

Madonna, vocals ; with assisting musicians.

Muse (Rock group) prf. Black holes and revelations. Burbank, CA : Warner Bros., p2006.

Muse; with assisting musicians.

Young, Neil. Living with war. Burbank, CA : Reprise Records, 2006.
Neil Young, vocals, guitar ; with various performers.

Pink, 1979- prf. Funhouse. [S.l.] : LaFace Records, p2008.
Performed by Pink.

Pink Floyd (Musical group). Echoes : the best of Pink Floyd. Hollywood, Calif. : Capitol, p2001.

Pink Floyd is: David Gilmour, vocals, guitars ; Nick Mason, percussion, tape effects ; Richard Wright, vocals, keyboards ; Roger Waters, vocals, bass guitar, tape effects ; with assisting musicians.

Rihanna. Good girl gone bad : reloaded. New York : Def Jam, p2008.
Rihanna, vocals ; with vocal and instrumental acc.

Plant, Robert. prf. Raising sand. Burlington, MA : Rounder Records, p2007.
Performed by Alison Krauss & Robert Plant.

Crow, Sheryl. prf. Detours. Santa Monica, CA : A&M Records : Universal Music Distribution [distributor], 2008.
Performed by Sheryl Crow ; with accompaniment.

Simon and Garfunkel. prf. The best of Simon & Garfunkel. New York, NY : Columbia/Legacy, p1999.
Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel.

Sittenfeld, Curtis. American wife. Abridged. New York, N.Y. : Random House Audio, p2008.
Read by Kimberly Farr. Both an epic and an intimate story of Alice Blackwell, an ordinary woman thrust into extraordinary circumstances when she becomes First Lady.

Andersson, Benny. Mamma mia! : the movie soundtrack featuring the songs of ABBA. New York : Decca, p2008.

The motion picture cast with assisting musicians.

DVD 709.2 WIL
Wegman, William. drt pro. William Wegman : video works, 1970-1999. [Houston, TX] : ARTPIX, c2006.

William Wegman, Jen Allison, Andrea Beeman, Jason Burch, Julie Hindley, Sarah Sockit. These discs present an exhaustive archive of artist William Wegman’s innovative, influential, and often hilarious performances, both with and without his Weimaraner friend, Man Ray. Inspired by the oblique humor of the 1950s comedians Bob and Ray and the atmosphere of experimentation in the art of the 1960s, reacting to the endless reductions of multiple -ism’s sweeping through the art world, these pieces are a crossover form of visual art that had almost no precedent and that received favorable critical notice from a wide audience of art lovers.

Bobby. [Widescreen ed.]. [New York, N.Y.] : Weinstein Company, c2007.

Harry Belafonte, Nick Cannon, Emilio Estevez, Laurence Fishburne, Heather Graham, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Hunt, Joshua Jackson, Ashton Kutcher, Shia LaBeouf, Lindsay Lohan, William H. Macy, Demi Moore, Freddy Rodríguez, Martin Sheen, Christian Slater, Sharon Stone, Elijah Wood, Dave Fraunces, David Kobzantsev. The 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy in a Los Angeles hotel kitchen. We see Kennedy’s acceptance speech after winning the California Democratic presidential primary, his death at the hands of gunman Sirhan Sirhan, and the chaos and despair that ensued. The people at the hotel don’t know what is coming. Our grief at hearing RFK’s own words, so eloquent, so hopeful and inspiring. Watch the horrible events unfold and wonder what might have been. Bobby was the man whom many thought would defeat Richard Nixon in the ’68 general election. Centers around 22 people who were guests, staff, campaign workers, and reporters who were at the Ambassador Hotel on that June day. Many issues are addressed, including, the Vietnam war, drugs, alcoholism, voting irregularities, adultery, racism, immigration, and communism.

Gandhi. 25th anniversary ; [Collector’s ed.]. Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, c2007.

Ben Kingsley, Candice Bergen, Edward Fox, John Gielgud, Trevor Howard, John Mills, Martin Sheen, Ian Charleson, Athol Fugard, Gunter Maria Halmer, Saeed Jaffrey. Follows the life of Mahatma Gandhi from his days as a lawyer in South Africa to his role as India’s spiritual leader by using his philosophy of non-violent but direct-action protest that helped end British rule. Centers on the extraordinary man who fought for a nonviolent, peaceful existence and set an entire nation free.

Gandhi my father. London ; Secaucus, NJ : Eros International, c2007.

Akshaye Khanna, Bhoomika Chawla, Shefali Shetty, Vinay Jain. “The world knows about Mahatma Gandhi’s role in the Indian freedom movement and as a social reformer. But there are large gaps in our knowledge of Gandhi as a person and a family man, particularly the tumultuous relationship with Harilal, his eldest son. Set against one of the politically most turbulent times in India, the film tells an intensely personal story of a father struggling to resolve the destinies of his country and that of his son. Not to be forgotten is the role of Gandhi’s wife, Kasturba, who was caught between the traditional, unquestioning loyalty of a Hindu wife to her husband and her love for the son. Mahatma Gandhi could transform the soul of a nation but could not save the soul of his own son.

Joyeux noel : Merry Christmas. Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, c2006.

Diane Krüger, Benno Fürman, Guillaume Canet, Daniel Brühl, Gary Lewis, Dany Boon, Alex Ferns, Steven Robertson, Lucas Belvaux, Bernard Le Coq, Ian Richardson. Based on the true story of three armies in the bloody trenches of World War I and the miraculous Christmas Eve truce they unexpectedly forge.