NEW TITLES, NOVEMBER 2009
Addonia, Sulaiman S. M. Y. The consequences of love. 1st ed. New York : Random House, 2009.
Set in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, this novel conveys the brutally repressive rules of Wahhabi Islam that strictly prohibits contact between unmarried men and women. It tells the story of Naser, an African now living in Jeddah, who begins a forbidden relationship with a young Saudi woman. Though it is quite dangerous, their love blossoms, and eventually faces the hardest test of all.
Aldiss, Brian Wilson, 1925-. Hothouse. San Diego, CA : IDW Pub., c2009.
A young boy on the brink of manhood in a future world in which the Earth has stopped spinning, leaving half the planet in darkness and the other half in light, is cast from his tribe for the crime of curiosity, and embarks on a dangerous journey into the unknown.
Aldiss, Brian Wilson, 1925-. Neanderthal planet. [Book Club ed.]. New York : Avon, c1969.
Four short stories; in the title story, Anderson returns to earth from the planet Nehru II, to find that mankind has been nearly wiped out in the holocaust of Nuclear Week.
Alexie, Sherman, 1966-. War dances. 1st ed. New York : Grove Press, c2009.
Contains short stories and poems from Native-American writer Sherman Alexie, including selections entitled “The Limited,” “The Senator’s Son,” “Ode to Mixed Tapes,” “Salt,” and others.
Ali, Monica, 1967-. In the kitchen : a novel. 1st Scribner hardcover ed. New York : Scribner, 2009.
Gabriel Lightfoot, who attempts to run a successful kitchen staff at the Imperial Hotel, meets constant challenges from his staff, hotel management, and business partners, and when a worker is found dead in the establishment’s basement, the delicate balance of Gabe’s life begins to fall apart.
Alleyn, Susanne, 1963-. The cavalier of the apocalypse. 1st ed. New York : Minotaur Books, 2009.
Aristide Ravel, a penniless writer already suspected of trying to turn the people against France’s royal court in 1786, goes on the run when he finds a man murdered in a churchyard, surrounded by Masonic symbols, and knows the police are going to jump at the chance to accuse him of the crime.
Appelfeld, Aron. Laish. 1st American ed. New York : Schocken Books, c2009.
Laish, a fifteen-year-old orphan, travels with a caravan of Jewish strangers on a pilgrimage to Palestine, but their journey is filled with many hardships and death before what is left of the group reaches the port city of Galacz, and they remain uncertain whether they will reach their destination.
Baldacci, David. True blue. 1st ed. New York : Grand Central Pub., 2009.
Mason “Mace” Perry, having been incarcerated for two years and lost her badge for a crime she did not commit, is released from prison and determined to be reinstated, deciding the only way to do so is to solve a murder of a female lawyer, but evidence of secrets within the private and public world of the nation’s capital threaten her chances of becoming a police officer again, and her life.
Balzo, Sandra. Brewed, crude and tattooed : a Maggy Thorsen mystery. 1st world ed. New York : Severn House, 2009.
Coffeeshop owner Maggy Thorsen, trapped inside a mall with other merchants due to a snowstorm, finds the owner of the shopping complex murdered and races to figure out who is the killer, realizing that everyone had a motive to kill the man because he was evicting each of them in order to create space for natural foods giant Gross National Produce.
Barnes, John, 1957-. Mother of storms. 1st mass market ed. New York : TOR, 1995, c1994.
Astronaut Louie Tyman, a man who has developed super intelligence through a computer link, emerges as the last hope for the salvation of the planet when a missile strike unleashes tons of methane from the ocean floor, spawning massive, perpetual hurricanes.
Battles, Brett. Shadow of betrayal. 1st ed. New York : Delacorte Press, c2009.
Jonathan Quinn, a freelance operative and professional “cleaner,” is fresh from a job in Ireland that went horribly wrong when he is called upon to find an aide worker who has disappeared from her assignment in Africa along with a child with Down Syndrome who is being pursued for sinister purposes.
Beal, Daphne. In the land of no right angles : a novel. New York : Anchor Books, 2008.
The lines between friendship, love, and lust become blurred when Alex, a twenty-year-old American student spending a year in Nepal, agrees to her friend Will’s suggestion that she help Maya, a young Nepali woman who wants to leave her traditional family to find work in Kathmandu.
Beaton, M. C. There goes the bride : an Agatha Raisin mystery. 1st ed. New York : Minotaur Books, 2009.
Agatha Raisin can’t seem to stop obsessing about her ex-husband, James, who is about to be married, even though she has set her sights on a handsome, beguiling new Frenchman, and is determined to move on with her life. When James’ bride-to-be is shot to death just minutes before saying ‘I do,’ and Agatha is named the prime suspect, her sleuthing sidekick, Toni, comes to her aid. In a case that proves to be complicated, can Toni clear Agatha’s name?
Bernhardt, William, 1960-. Capitol offense : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, c2009.
Attorney Ben Kincaid s approached with an odd request: defend Dennis Thomas for a murder he has not committed yet, but when Thomas’s intended victim is shot down just hours after Thomas sees him, Ben is reluctant to believe his client is innocent, until he uncovers a shocking secret about the victim that changes everything.
Bradford, Barbara Taylor, 1933-. Breaking the rules. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2009.
A young woman reinvents herself, becomes the muse for French fashion designer Jean-Louis Tremont, and reaches celebrity status; but a malevolent figure from her past reemerges and reminds her of the terrifying encounter that she survived in the English countryside.
Butcher, Jim, 1971-. Turn coat : a novel of the Dresden files. New York : Roc Book, c2009.
Harry Dresden, a professional wizard who consults with the Chicago police on cases involving the supernatural, is not always in good standing with the magical ruling body, the White Council, so he takes a big risk when he agrees to help Morgan, a veteran Warden with the Council who has been accused of treason and needs a place to hide while trying to clear his name.
Buzzelli, Elizabeth Kane, 1946-. Dead floating lovers. 1st ed. Woodbury, MN : Midnight Ink, c2009.
Freelance writer Emily Kincaid helps deputy Dolly Wakowski uncover the identities of two bodies found in the lake, and after finding out they belong to Dolly’s ex-husband and a young Odawa Indian woman with whom he was having an affair, sets out to solve the murders.
Caputo, Philip. Crossers. 1st ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.
After losing his wife on September 11, 2001, Gil Castle retreats to his family’s isolated Arizona ranch, where he tries to cope with his own grief while learning about the hardships his father and grandfather faced throughout the twentieth century.
Chaon, Dan. Await your reply : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, c2009.
Three strangers’ lives interconnect in strange ways as eighteen-year-old Lucy Lattimore runs away with her high school teacher; Miles Cheshire searches for his unstable twin, Hayden, who may be responsible for a deadly fire; and Ryan Schuyler operates identity-theft scams with his father, who he reconnects with after college.
Cherryh, C. J. The Pride of Chanur. New York : DAW Books, c1982.
Giving refuge to a human fleeing captivity by a sadistic alien race, the captain of the spaceship The Pride of Chanur becomes involved in interstellar, multibeing intrigue.
Cherryh, C. J. Merchanter’s luck. New York : DAW Books, c1982.
Sandor Kreja, a down-on-his luck independent merchanter, arrives at Viking Station on forged papers looking for someone to serve as crew on his freighter, but his luck changes when he meets Allison Reilly, a princess of the powerful family that owns the mighty starship, Dublin Again.
Cherryh, C. J. Brothers of Earth. Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, c1976.
Humans try to escape their alien captors.
Cherryh, C. J. Heavy time. New York, NY : Warner Books, c1991.
Two asteroid miners intercept signals from a derelict spacecraft and find clues to a secret that might change the fate of the world.
Childs, Laura. Tragic magic. 1st ed. New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2009.
Life in the Big Easy gets complicated again for scrapbooking shop owner Carmela when she arrives to help set up the old mansion Melody Mayfedlt is converting into a haunted house only to have Melody’s flaming body come crashing through a tower window to greet her.
Christie, Agatha, 1890-1976. The hollow : a Hercule Poirot mystery. New York : Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers ; Distributed by Workman Pub. Co., [2007?], c1946.
Belgian detective Hercule Poirot sets out to investigate a baffling case when he arrives at Lady Angkatell’s estate for a weekend house party to find a doctor lying dead in a puddle of blood and his timid wife standing over the corpse with a gun.
Connelly, Michael, 1956-. Nine dragons : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown, 2009.
Detective Harry Bosch searches for the man who killed John Li, the owner of a small shop located in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles, but his investigation becomes even more personal when the person he holds most dear is taken and Bosch must travel to Hong Kong during the city’s Hungry Ghosts festival to recover what he has lost.
Cornwell, Patricia Daniels. The Scarpetta factor. New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, c2009.
Dr. Kay Scarpetta, who works as the senior forensic analyst for CNN, offers her services pro bono to the chief medical examiner of New York City, and when she becomes involved in a strange plot involving a famous actor and is asked to launch her own television show, she worries about her future as a professional.
Davidson, MaryJanice. Undead and unwelcome. Berkley Sensation hardcover ed. New York : Berkley Sensation, 2009.
Vampire queen Betsy Taylor, having traveled with her husband and legal ward to Wyndham Manor to deliver the body of her werewolf friend to her pack, worries that she will be held accountable for the death and learns that her half sister is acting erratically back home.
Diamant, Anita. Day after night : a novel. 1st Scribner hardcover ed. New York : Scribner, 2009.
Four young women who survived the Holocaust are haunted by their pasts while staying in the Atlit internment camp and find comfort in their friendships and shared experiences while struggling with the prospect of recreating themselves in a foreign country.
Dickey, Eric Jerome. Resurrecting midnight. New York : Dutton, c2009.
International assassin Gideon, having taken an assignment to track down a briefcase, soon realizes the contents are of great concern to a group of killers known as the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and that he has a personal connection to a man in the organization.
Douglas, Carole Nelson. Cat in a sapphire slipper : a Midnight Louie mystery. 1st ed. New York : Forge, 2008.
Feline sleuth Midnight Louie goes on the prowl looking for answers when Matt Devine, the secret ex-priest fiance of Louie’s owner Temple Barr, is whisked away to a Las Vegas prostitution ranch for the bachelor party of Temple’s beloved Aunt Kit’s mobster boyfriend, and ends up with a dead hooker in what looks to be a crime of passion.
Drake, David. Some golden harbor. Riverdale, NY : New York : Baen Pub. ; Distributed by Simon & Schuster, c2006.
Commander Daniel O’Leary, at odds with the brass of the Royal Cinnabar Navy, has only an unarmed ship and the assistance of Signals Officer Adele Mundy to help him save Dunbar’s World from being taken over by the invading forces of Nathaniel Arruns, son of the dictator of Pellegrino.
Drake, David. Caught in the crossfire. Riverdale, NY : New York, NY : Baen ; distributed by Simon & Schuster, c1998.
Contains two novels, short stories, and a novella about the adventures of mercenary leader Alois Hammer and his armored regiment.
Foreign legions. Riverdale, NY : New York : Baen Books ; Distributed by Simon & Schuster, c2001.
A collection of six short science fiction stories by various authors.
Drake, David. The sharp end. Riverdale, N.Y. : Baen, c1993.
A survey team arrives on Cantilucca where two syndicates dominate the planet and are arming for a final war.
Drake, David. All the way to the gallows. Riverdale, N.Y. : New York : Baen Pub. Enterprises ; Distributed by Simon & Schuster, c1996.
A collection of side-splitting science fiction shorts includes tales of paratrooper goblins, space cops and their politically correct alien supervisor, a band of mercenary elves, and a collaboration with Larry Niven.
Drake, David. The tank lords. New York : Baen Books, c1997.
Under the Hammer—Rolling hot—Night march—Code-name Feirefitz—The tank lords.
Drake, David. Lt. Leary, commanding. Riverdale, NY : New York : Baen ; Distributed by Simon & Schuster, c2001, c2000.
Dan Leary and Signal Officer Adele Mundy prove an uncommonly engaging pair of protagonists. Mundy in particular is something of a novelty in the field and not particularly attractive; she’s not only older than Leary, but she’s also a formidable pistol shot, a genius with electronics (albeit something of a klutz otherwise) and not romantically involved with Leary (or anybody else). Finding themselves aboard the Royal Cinnabar Navy ship Princess Cecile, the two plunge into a multilayered sequence of adventures. They survive bureaucratic pettifogging as well as the machinations of charming and unscrupulous political exiles trying to get home, peril in space, attempted assassinations and an encounter with a den of pirates they hope to make into allies against Cinnabar’s enemies.
Drake, David. The far side of the stars. Riverdale, NY : New York : Baen ; Distributed by Simon & Schuster, c2003.
Their old ship has been sold out of the navy and is now the private yacht of the Klimovs, two mad Russians touring the stars in search of big game, high stakes gambling, and the priceless Earth Diamond—the last known map of old Earth.
Efaw, Amy. After. New York : Viking, 2009.
Devon Davenport is a straight-A student and prominent player on her school’s soccer team, but when she is linked to an abandoned baby found in the trash she is accused of attempted murder.
Eisdorfer, Erica. The wet nurse’s tale. New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, c2009.
Susan Rose, a Victorian woman with a big heart and equally large bosom, secures a job as a professional wet nurse and makes it her business to learn all the secrets and scandals of the high-class people for whom she works, and when her own child is threatened, she does not hesitate to use what she knows to rescue her baby.
Evanovich, Janet. Smitten. New York : HarperTorch, c2006.
Hired as a construction worker by the virile Matt Hallahan, single mom Lizabeth Kane finds herself falling in love with her boss, in spite of their many differences.
Evanovich, Janet. Love overboard. New York : HarperTorch, c2005.
Burned-out New Jersey narcotics officer Stephanie Lowe buys a house on the coast of Maine with intentions of opening a bed-and-breakfast, but a leaky toilet and other problems—including a ghost—lead her to a cooking gig on a schooner captained by Ivan, the man who sold her the place, whose good looks and charm suddenly seem more potent to Stephanie at sea than they did on land.
Feintuch, David. Prisoner’s hope. Warner Books ed. New York : Aspect, c1995.
Captain Nicholas Seafort of the U.N. Navy has been appointed liaison to the wealthy planters of the colony planet Hope Nation, but when the U.N. space flotilla that monitors the planet is forced to flee an alien attack, Seafort is left alone to deal with rebellious colonists and rampaging aliens.
Feintuch, David. Challenger’s hope. Warner Books ed. New York : Aspect, c1995.
Nicholas Seafort, a Commander in the U.N. Navy in 2197 assigned to defend the galaxy’s starways, is stranded aboard a ship teeming with arrogant colonists and violent street children, and must find a way to protect them from the alien predators that are preparing to attack.
Feintuch, David. Voices of hope. Warner Books ed. New York : Aspect, c1996.
War is brewing in 2229 in a world where the poor and the wealthy are sharply divided and brilliant young Philip Seafort finds himself in the midst of the chaos when he goes in search of a lost friend.
Ferris, Monica. Thai die. 1st ed. New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2008.
Betsy Devonshire, owner of the Crewel World needlework shop, steps in to investigate when one of her regular customers, Doris Valentine, returns from a trip to Thailand with a cache of small treasures which, judging from the resulting number of threats and deaths, must be much more valuable than Doris realized.
Finder, Joseph. Vanished. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2009.
International investigator and corporate security consultant Nick Heller uses his Special Forces skills to look into the whereabouts of his estranged brother, who disappeared after he and his wife were attacked, and uncovers a conspiracy involving his brother’s work for a multibillion-dollar defense contractor and twelve billion in U.S. funds that went missing in Iraq.
Flint, Eric. Boundary. Riverdale, NY : New York : Baen ; Distribted by Simon & Schuster, c2006.
Dr. Helen Sutter sets out to find the truth behind an unusual fossil found in the Arizona desert that could hold the key to the great extinction at the KT boundary.
Fluke, Joanne, 1943-. Plum pudding murder. New York : Kensington Books, c2009.
Baker Hannah Swenson investigates the murder of a local businessman, who was running a nontraditional Christmas tree lot and had a few enemies, while preparing food for the wedding of the season. Includes recipes.
Foster, Alan Dean, 1946-. The false mirror. 1st mass market ed. New York : Ballantine Books, 1993, c1992.
He was a Human in an alien body, and he had a secret that could pit an entire galaxy against the Human race.
Foster, Alan Dean, 1946-. The spoils of war. 1st mass market ed. New York : Ballantine Books, 1994, c1993.
For Humans fighting a millenia-long galactic war, the price of victory could be higher than the cost of combat.
Foster, Alan Dean, 1946-. Flinx in flux. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, 1988.
Not even the extraordinary minidrag Pip could help Flinx out of his most dangerous entanglement - love!.
Frank, Dorothea Benton. Return to Sullivan Island. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2009.
Beth Hayes, having just graduated from college and aspiring to become a writer, puts her career plans on hold to house sit the family home on Sullivan Island and learns about her family’s past, falls in love with a man who is not suitable for her, and encounters obstacles which she must rely on her family and friends to overcome.
Gabaldon, Diana. Lord John and the private matter. Delta trade pbk. ed. New York : Delta Trade Paperbacks, 2004, c2003.
Lord John has just witnessed something shocking. But his efforts to avoid a scandal that might destroy his family are interrupted by something still more urgent: The Crown appoints him to investigate the brutal murder of a comrade-in-arms who may have been a traitor.
Gardner, James Alan. Radiant. 1st ed. New York : Eos, c2004.
With this Buddhist-tinged military SF novel featuring Admiral Festina Ramos and the Expendables (skilled, dispensable scouts), Aurora Award winning Canadian author Gardner (Expendable, etc.) makes a well-earned leap from paperback to hardcover. Explorer Third Class Youn Suu, a scout for the elite Explorer Corps, and her partner Tut set out to rescue the Cashlings from the Balrog, an alien intelligence capable of knowing its enemy’s best-laid plans. Accompanied by Admiral Ramos, Youn and Tut travel to an eerie planet that holds the answer to the mystery of the hidden origins of the Explorers. Filled with believably flawed, emotionally involving characters, this entertaining novel of brawn and brains thoughtfully explores questions of honor, culpability and the price of survival. (Publishers Weekly).
Garlock, Dorothy. The moon looked down. 1st ed. New York : Grand Central Pub., 2009.
Sofie and her family immigrated from Germany to a small town in Illinois, but the start of World War II causes the locals to discriminate against Sofie’s family, and they are blamed for a train derailment, but a high school teacher is on Sophie’s side and a romance blossoms.
Goudge, Eileen. Once in a blue moon. New York : Vanguard Press, c2009.
Sisters Lindsay and Kerrie Ann, who endured a difficult life without help from their neglectful mother, try to reconnect thirty years later, after being separated and put into foster care, and find that they ended up in dissimilar situations that make formation of a new bond difficult.
Greenwood, Kerry. Trick or treat : a Corinna Chapman mystery. 1st U.S. ed. Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2009, c2007.
Corinna Chapman, amateur detective and owner of Earthly Delights bakery, is faced with competition when a tall, gorgeous blonde opens Best Fresh Bread down the street, and she wrestles with boyfriend troubles, outbreaks of madness on Lonsdale Street, and other complications, while trying to save her business.
Gregory, Susanna, 1958-. The Westminster poisoner. London : Sphere, 2008.
Thomas Chaloner finds he may be the next victim after his employer, the Lord Chancellor, instructs him to investigate the deaths of two government officials and prove that a certain clerk named Greene is the killer even though Chaloner can prove otherwise.
Hamilton, Steve. Blood is the sky. 1st ed. New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2003.
Investigator Alex McKnight agrees to help a friend search for his brother, who has disappeared along with a group of hunters in northern Ontario, and the search soon lands Alex and his friend stranded in the wilderness with a madman.
Hamilton, Laurell K. Micah. Jove mass-market ed. New York : Jove Books, 2006.
Vampire hunter Anita Blake arrives in Philadelphia to raise a witness from the dead so that his testimony can be taken with the help of Micah, the king of the wereleopards, but she is more fearful of spending time alone with Micah, her former lover, than dealing with a zombie.
Hamilton, Laurell K. Narcissus in chains. Berkley hardcover ed. New York : Berkley Books, 2001.
When two of the were leopards in her care are abducted at a seedy club called Narcissus in Chains, vampire hunter Anita Blake melds with her lovers, vampire Jean-Claude and werewolf Richard, in order to gain access to their powers and finds herself losing more and more of her humanity.
Harvard, Jane. The student body : a novel. New York : MayaLuna Books, c2000.
In Harvard, students are selling their bodies for tuition money. The prostitution ring is discovered by Toni Isaacs, a black reporter for the university newspaper. The novel is a combined work by four Harvard students.
Herbert, Frank. Eye. New York : ibooks, c2001.
A collection of thirteen short stories by Frank Herbert. Journalist, ecologist, conservationist, and bestselling novelist FRANK HERBERT captured the imagination of entire generations. Novels like The Dosadi Experiment and The White Plague explored science’s effect on society. The Green Brain and The Dragon in the Sea introduced Herbert’s main theme: how societies and individuals respond to changing or threatening environments. In Dune, winner of both the Hugo and Nebula awards, Herbert expanded this theme to create a series that has fascinated more readers than any other contemporary work of the imagination. Among Herbert’s other works were The Eyes of Heisenberg; Santaroga Barrier; Whipping Star; Project 40; Threshold; five additional novels in the Dune series, and two anthologies of short fiction.
Herbert, Brian. The winds of dune. 1st ed. New York : Tor, 2009.
After Paul-Muad’Dib walks off into the desert and is presumed dead, his mother, Jessica, returns to Dune to assist sixteen-year-old regent Alia, who is trying to counteract the propaganda spread by Bronso of Ix but does not know that Paul had charged him with the task when they were boyhood friends.
Howard, Linda, 1950-. Burn : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, c2009.
When Jenner Redwine wins the lottery, she never imagined how much it would cost her. Luckily she finds an ally-and a guide to the rarefied realm of privilege in a shy, kind-hearted heiress who invites Jenner on a charity cruise. But what should have been a “Love Boat” cruise suddenly turns into a game of dizzying intrigue and harrowing danger, and Jenner finds herself taken hostage by a menacing stranger—a stranger that helps her rediscover feelings she hasn’t had in years. Now if she can only survive to live a life worth living
Howatch, Susan. The waiting sands : and The devil on Lammas night. New York, : Stein and Day, [1972, c1966].
Two superb Gothic novels filled with power and intrigue.
Humphreys, Helen, 1961-. Coventry. 1st American ed. New York : W.W. Norton, 2009, c2008.
Harriet Marsh aids her friend Jeremy in finding his mother after the infamous Luftwaffe bombing in Coventry on November 14, 1940, and as they search the city, Harriet learns of the horrors of war and the endurance of the human heart.
Irving, John, 1942-. Last night in twisted river : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Random House, 2009.
In a story spanning five decades, ‘Last Night in Twisted River’ depicts the recent half-century in the United States as a ‘living replica of Coos County, where lethal hatreds were generally permitted to run their course. In 1954, an anxious boy, 12, mistakes the local constable’s girlfriend for a bear. Both the boy and his father become fugitives, forced to run from Coos County, pursued by the implacable constable. Their lone protector is a fiercely libertarian logger who befriends them.
Jensen, Liz, 1959-. The rapture. 1st ed. in the U.S.A. New York : Doubleday, c2009.
Looking for a fresh start, Gabrielle Fox accepts a temporary position as an art therapist at a psychiatric hospital for one hundred of the most dangerous children in England, including teenage killer Bethany Krall, who believes she can predict natural disasters, but Gabrielle is surprised when her sessions reveal truth in Bethany’s delusional claims.
Johansen, Iris. Blood game. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2009.
After the daughter of a Georgia senator is murdered and her body drained of blood, Eve Duncan becomes enmeshed in the nefarious plot of serial murderer Kevin Jelak, who Eve thinks might know something about her missing daughter.
Jordan, Robert, 1948-2007. The gathering storm. 1st ed. New York : Tor, 2009.
Chosen as the author to finish Jordan’s book, which was partially finished when Jordan passed in 2007, Sanderson brings to a close a journey begun almost 20 years ago and concludes the Wheel of Time series as Rand al’Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle.
Jungstedt, Mari, 1962-. Unspoken. 1st U.S. ed. New York : St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2007.
On the Swedish island Gotland, inspector Anders Knutas investigates the disappearance of a fourteen-year-old girl who worked at a racing stable, which may be related to the murder of an alcoholic photographer with ties to a racetrack; meanwhile, television journalist Johan Berg searches for the killer and tries to repair his relationship with a married woman.
Keillor, Garrison. Pilgrims : a Wobegon romance. New York : Viking, c2009.
Radio host Gary Keillor returns to his hometown of Lake Wobegon, Minnesota, to deliver a speech and gets roped into paying for a group of Lake Wobegonians to travel to Rome to tend the grave of a local World War II hero, and the trip proves enlightening for everyone involved when a camaraderie develops that encourages the sharing of secrets they would not think of revealing at home.
Kellerman, Jonathan. Evidence : an Alex Delaware novel. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, c2009.
Two Bel Air lovers murdered in the most intimate of circumstances propel psychologist Alex Delaware and detective Milo Sturgis on a twisted path towards the depraved evil found among the super rich.
Kellerman, Faye. Blindman’s bluff. 1st HarperLuxe ed., [Large print ed.]. New York : HarperLuxe, c2009.
Los Angeles homicide detective Peter Decker, investigating the murders of a billionaire developer and his family members, suspects the killings are an inside job, and finds the case becoming personal when his wife becomes involved and her life is put in danger.
Kenyon, Sherrilyn, 1965-. Bad moon rising. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2009.
Fang Kattalakis, a wolf who is also a powerful member of the Omegrion, gets into trouble when the lycanthropes begin to fight among themselves and the woman he loves is accused of betraying her people.
Kiernan, Caitlín R. The red tree. New York : Roc, c2009.
Sarah Crowe, having moved to a house in rural Rhode Island to escape an unhealthy relationships, becomes interested in a tree which is tied to magic and death in the area, and, after finding a manuscript about the oak in the walls of her house, decides to write her own book about it, risking her health and sanity to do so.
Kline, Christina Baker, 1964-. Bird in hand. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2009.
Two couples, Alison and Charlie, and Claire and Ben, struggle to find their way as Alison struggles with grief and guilt over a car accident, Charlie works at an unfulfilling job to provide for his family, Claire begins an affair with Charlie, and Ben longs for the life he believes his friends Charlie and Alison have.
Koryta, Michael. The silent hour. 1st ed. New York : Minotaur Books, 2009.
Convicted killer Parker Harrison asks private investigator Lincoln Perry to find the daughter of a deceased Mafia don, but the request leads him to the discovery of the bones of the woman’s husband buried on the grounds of Whisper Ridge.
Lamplighter, L. Jagi. Prospero lost. 1st ed. New York : Tor, 2009.
Miranda, the daughter of the sorcerer Prospero, heads the family business, Prospero, Inc., centuries after the events of “The Tempest,” and when Miranda receives an ominous warning from her father, she tries to find her family and learn about her own mysterious past.
Lewycka, Marina, 1946-. Two caravans. London ; New York : Fig Tree, Penguin Books, 2007.
In the idyll of the English countryside, on a beautiful summer’s evening in a Kent field, and around their two caravans, a little group of strawberry pickers is getting ready to celebrate a birthday. But who picks our strawberries these days? The Ukrainians: Irina, just off the coach from Kiev, and eager to improve her excellent English and find true love with a romantic Englishman; Andriy, the miner’s son from the other Ukraine; the Poles: Bob Dylan fan, Tomasz, (whose smelly trainers will soon punish those in the men’s caravan), Yola, the petite, voluptuous gangmistress and her religious niece Marta, who finds the wild mushrooms to cook with the sliced loaf; then there is Vitaly, king of the new mobilfon world of the shiny new Eastern Europe; two Chinese girls; Emanuel, the round eyed eighteen-year-old from Malawi, come to England to look for his sister. And although he can’t exactly help pick strawberries, there’s also the Dog...But these are a group leading dangerous lives - exploitative employers, British regulations and gang masters with guns will all threaten their existence as they take to the caravan road until each of them peels off to find their destiny.
Li, Yiyun, 1972-. The vagrants : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Random House, c2009.
Gu Shan, a young woman of Muddy River, faces a death sentence as a political prisoner for renouncing her faith in communism in the 1970s and standing behind Chairman Mao, and while her mother turns to tradition by burning the clothing of her only child, Gu Shan’s father retreats into memories.
MacDonald, John D. (John Dann), 1916-1986. Time and tomorrow. [Book club ed.]. Garden City, N.Y. : N. Doubleday, [1980?].
Time and Tomorrow is vintage MacDonald - 3 brilliantly conceived Suspense Fiction Novels in One Mammoth Volume. Wind of the Dreamers; The Girl, The Gold Watch, & Everything; and Ballroom of the Skies.
MacKenzie, Ian. City of strangers. New York : Penguin Books, 2009.
Struggling writer Paul Metzger tries to stop two thugs from assaulting a young man outside his Brooklyn apartment and ends up being beaten himself, giving him a new perspective on his own life, and his relationships with his estranged half-brother, his ex-wife, and his recently deceased father, a former Nazi sympathizer.
Manfredo, Lou. Rizzo’s war. 1st ed. New York : Minotaur Books, 2009.
Rookie detective Mike McQueen, partnered with seasoned veteran Joe Rizzo at Brooklyn’s Bensonhurst precinct, learns the truth of Rizzo’s refrain—“There’s no wrong, there’s no right, there just is”—over the course of a year solving cases, including the task of finding and returning the runaway daughter of a local politician.
Martin, Charles, 1969-. Where the river ends. 1st ed. New York : Broadway Books, c2008.
Doss Michaels, a fishing guide and aspiring artist, meets Abigail Grace Coleman, the daughter of a powerful South Carolina senator, and when Abbie faces a fatal illness ten years after their marriage, the two take a trip down the St. Mary’s River to fulfill an old promise.
Mayle, Peter. The vintage caper. 1st ed. New York : Knopf, 2009.
Crime-fighting wine expert Sam Levitt is hired by entertainment lawyer Danny Roth’s insurance company to recover a multimillion-dollar cache of wine stolen from Roth’s wine cellar.
Mayor, Archer. The price of malice : a Joe Gunther novel. 1st ed. New York : Minotaur Books, 2009.
When Wayne Castine, a suspected child predator, is found brutally murdered in Brattleboro, Vermont, Joe Gunther tries to solve the case while also dealing with the disappearance of his girlfriend’s father and brother that may actually turn out to have been a murder.
McCrery, Nigel, 1953-. Still waters. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Pantheon Books, c2007.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Lapslie, who has only just returned to the force after a year of solitude due to his diagnosis of synesthesia, must face a homicide case involving the death of a woman whose fingertips have been snipped off by gardening shears.
McLane, LuAnn. Dancing shoes and honky-tonk blues. New York : Signet Eclipse, 2007.
From the author of “Dark Roots and Cowboy Boots” comes another sexy Southern romance. Despite her two left feet, waitress Abilene Harper joins a reality TV dance competition and cha-chas and rumbas her way into the heart of the TV audience—and into the arms of her sexy dance instructor.
Miles, Jonathan. Dear American Airlines. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2008.
Fifty-three-year-old Bennie Ford, sitting in O’Hare Airport drafting a complaint letter to American Airlines for canceling his flight to his daughter’s wedding, gains insight into how he has been living his life and decides he is going to try and make things right.
Millhauser, Steven. Dangerous laughter : thirteen stories. 1st ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.
A collection of thirteen dark comedies by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steven Millhauser.
Mitchard, Jacquelyn. No time to wave goodbye : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Random House, c2009.
Twenty-two years after her three-year-old son Ben was abducted and eleven years after he returned home, Beth Cappadora and her family must relive the horror of their experience when her other son Vincent’s documentary about kidnapped children brings old memories to the surface and sets in motion a series of events that could tear the family apart forever.
Moore, Lorrie. A gate at the stairs : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Knopf, 2009.
Tassie Keltjin, a twenty-year-old girl from a small town, comes of age as a college student while the U.S. prepares for war in the Middle East, and when she takes a part-time job as a nanny, she encounters various emotional and political issues and learns more about herself.
Muller, Marcia. Locked in. 1st ed. New York : Grand Central Pub., 2009.
After private eye Sharon McCone is shot in the head by an unknown attacker, she finds herself afflicted with locked-in syndrome, and she lies immobile in her hospital bed trying to figure out her assailant’s identity with help from her staff’s investigations.
Murray, Victoria Christopher. Lady Jasmine. 1st Touchstone trade pbk. ed. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2009.
Jasmine Larson Bush, who nearly destroys her marriage to Pastor Hosea Bush with her lies, is blackmailed with a truth about her dark, sinful past, and while she is tempted to continue being honest with her husband, she realizes that she might need to commit murder to leave her previous life behind.
Myers, Amy, 1938-. Murder takes the stage. 1st world ed. Sutton, Surrey, England : Severn House, 2009.
Peter and Georgia Marsh investigate the disappearance of Georgia’s missing brother Rick who was accused of murdering his wife and seemingly committed suicide.
Niffenegger, Audrey. Her fearful symmetry : a novel. 1st Scribner hardcover ed. New York : Scribner, 2009.
Twenty-year-old twins Valentina and Julia Poole inherit their aunt Elspeth Noblin’s London apartment and travel from Chicago to England where they become caught up in the lives of their neighbors, including Martin, a crossword-puzzle setter with obsessive compulsive disorder, his devoted wife Marijke, and Elspeth’s lover Robert, as well as the ghosts of the vast Highgate Cemetery next to the building.
Ore, Rebecca. Being alien. New York, NY : Tom Doherty Associates, c1989.
The fascinating sequel to Becoming Alien - a provocative tale of humans as outsiders.
Ore, Rebecca. Becoming alien. New York : Tom Doherty Associates, c1988.
When a spaceship crashes near their isolated home, Tom takes in the sole surviving alien, which he calls Alpha, and they “talk” through drawings. The expected of course occurs and Alpha’s family show up to take him back. But when they leave, it’s with Tom, who - as was Mica’s (Alpha’s real name) wish - then becomes the first earthling ever to be accepted as a Federation cadet.
Ore, Rebecca. Human to Human. [Book Club ed.]. New York, NY : T. Doherty Associates, c1990.
The trilogy winds up with a bittersweet ending. If you’ve read the previous two books, you know about the human/alien relationships—but this one ties a bow on most of the storylines, including Tom Gentry (Red Clay) and the contact and induction of Earth into the Federation—and Tom’s dealing with his own species self-hate, as well as his past—and his wife’s unfaithfulness, as well as the Sharwan Problem.
Parker, Robert B., 1932-. The professional. New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, c2009.
A knock on Spenser’s office door can only mean one thing: a new case. This time the visitor is a local lawyer with an interesting story. Gary Eisenhower is blackmailing the wealthy wives he had affairs with. Shaw hires Spenser to make Eisenhower ‘cease and desist’, but when women start turning up dead, his assignment goes from blackmail to murder.
Pawlik, Tom, 1965-. Valley of the shadow. Carol Stream, Ill. : Tyndale House Publishers, c2009.
Connor Hayden survives a near-death experience and believes he has been sent back to save the life and soul of Mitch Kent, whose spirit is trapped in the Interworld with Howard Bristol, and as Connor tries to find a way to bring Mitch out of the other dimension, Mitch is racing to find his own escape before a mysterious stranger and a terrifying creature trap him there for good.
Perry, Anne. A Christmas promise : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, c2009.
Thirteen-year-old Gracie Phipps and eight-year-old Minnie Maude, having enlisted the help of shop owner Mr. Balthasar, search for Minnie’s uncle Alf’s donkey and cart, which disappeared after the man was murdered and is believed to hold a dazzling golden box, which Mr. Balthasar warns may contain evil.
Pratchett, Terry. Unseen academicals : a novel of Discworld. 1st ed. New York : Harper, c2009.
The wizards of Ankh-Morpork’s Unseen University attempt to learn the rules of football and win a game without using magic.
Prescott, Michael. Last breath. New York : New American Library, c2001.
Catlin, or C.J. as she prefers to be called, is a tough L.A. cop with a past that has been haunting her since she was 10 years old. An intruder, whom she thinks of as the boogeyman, broke into her home and frightened her so badly she has never been able to get the experience out of her mind. Now, he’s come back to find her, and this time, he vows not to leave empty handed. A few surprising plot twists heighten the suspense.
Rendell, Ruth, 1930-. The monster in the box : an Inspector Wexford novel. 1st Scribner hardcover ed. New York : Scribner, 2009.
Inspector Wexford is reminded of his first murder case and his suspicions against Eric Targo when Targo reappears in Kingsmarkham after a long absence; and meanwhile, Wexford’s partner’s wife suspects Tamima Rahman’s parents are forcing her to accept an arranged marriage.
Rice, Anne, 1941-. Angel time : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.
Toby O’Dare is a dead man walking; he’s fallen from grace and lives under a series of aliases. He takes his orders from someone he calls ‘The Right Man’. When the novel opens, O’Dare is in California on an assignment to kill. A mysterious stranger comes into his nightmarish world of lone and lethal missions and offers him a chance to save lives rather than destroy them.
Robertis, Carolina De. The invisible mountain. 1st ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.
Pajarita, regarded as a miracle child when she disappeared and then reappeared from a small Uruguayan village on the first day of the year 1900, grows up to become the mother of Eva, an unconventional beauty who pursues a life as a poet, and who in turn gives birth to Salomé, whose dangerous political leanings in the 1960s nearly bring the three generations to an end.
Roberts, Nora. Taming Natasha : & Luring a lady. New York : Silhouette Books, c2008.
Taming Natasha—Luring a lady. Presents two stories by Nora Roberts, “Taming Natasha” in which toy store owner Natasha Stanislaski falls for single-father Spence Kimball, and “Luring a Lady”, featuring Natasha’s brother, Mikhail, and his struggle to find happiness with Sydney Hayward despite her cold exterior.
Roberts, Nora. Black rose. Jove mass market ed. New York : Jove, 2005.
Roz Harper begins a relationship with Mitch Carnagie after her failed second marriage; however, her life gets complicated when her deceitful ex-husband arrives and the Harper Bride, a ghost who haunts her historic home, appears.
Roth, Philip. The humbling. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009.
Life as Simon Axler knew it was over. Now in his 60s, the one time leading stage actor had lost his magic, his talent, and his assurance. His confidence was drained away and he imagined people laughed at him. His wife was gone, his audience had left him, and his agent couldn’t persuade him to make a comeback. Simon was about to take a journey that would have a dark and shocking end.
Ruiz Zafón, Carlos, 1964-. The angel’s game. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Doubleday, c2009.
Struggling author David Martin, upset over losing his lover to another man and trying to find success, takes an assignment to write a book that the editor promises will make him immortal and is thrown into a web of long-buried secrets, double-crosses, and madness.
Rushdie, Salman. Midnight’s children : a novel. Random House Trade Paperback ed., 25th anniversary ed. New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2006, c1981.
Saleem Sinai was born at midnight on the night that India gained its independence and finds several years later that he is connected to over 1,000 others who were born at the same time—including the one with whom he was switched at birth.
Sandford, John, 1944 Feb. 23-. Rough country. New York : G. P. Putnam’s Sons, c2009.
Virgil Flowers, an investigator with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, is pulled from a fishing tournament to take the case of a murder at a nearby resort for women only, and his queries reveal a second murder the year before, and the very real possibility of a third about to happen.
Saul, John. House of reckoning : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, c2009.
Fourteen-year-old Sarah Crane, coping with the untimely death of her mother, ends up in foster care after her alcoholic father is jailed for killing a man in a bar fight and injuring her in a car accident, and is befriended by a schizophrenic boy and an art teacher who help Sarah hone her psychic abilities.
Schwegel, Theresa. Last known address. 1st ed. New York : Minotaur Books, 2009.
Chicago police detective Sloane Pearson, new to the sex crimes division, puts her job, reputation, and life on the line in an attempt to solve a series of rapes perpetrated by a man who thinks he is untouchable.
Shattuck, Jessica. Perfect life : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Norton, c2009.
Jenny Callahan is shocked when Neil Banks, her former college boyfriend and the biological father of her child who waived all paternity rights, unexpectedly shows up for the baby’s christening.
Shreve, Anita. A change in altitude : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2009.
British newlyweds Margaret and Patrick decide to spend a year living in Kenya, where photojournalist Margaret begins to realize how little she knows about her husband, but when the couple is invited on a climbing expedition to Mount Kenya, tragedy strikes and scars their marriage forever.
Simak, Clifford D., 1904-. Mastodonia. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, 1978. Asa Steele just wants to live on the farm but discovers a way to travel to other time periods. First item? Allowing some big game safari hunters go after dinosaurs, then finding a time niche between glacial periods to settle in a nice cozy cottage (“Mastodonia”) to avoid U.S. taxes,.
Simak, Clifford D., 1904-. Shakespeare’s planet. [New York] : Berkley Pub. Corp. : distributed by Putnam, c1976.
“Shakespeare” was a marooned adventurer whose last days on an uncharted planet were solaced only by the companionship of a nasty-looking alien named Carnivore and an old copy of the Bard to which he confided his final paranoid speculations. Carnivore and Shakespeare’s nicely bleached remains are apparently in sole possession of their unappetizing planet when a cruising cyborg-guided spaceprobe arrives from one direction and a girl maroonee from the other.
Simmons, Dan. Hyperion cantos. New York : Guild America Books, [1991?].
Travel is instantaneous throughout the galaxy thanks to the TechnoCore. People can literally have different rooms of their houses on different planets. Hyperion is the site of the Time Tombs, traveling back in time, sent by an unknown entity.
Smith, Sherwood. Inda. New York : [New York] : DAW Books ; Distributed by Penguin Group, , c2006.
Inda, the second son of the Prince and Princess of Choraed Elgaer, is sent to the King’s Academy where, while training to become his brother’s military champion, he is subjected to cruelty at the hands of the other students and decides to fight back.
Stabenow, Dana. So sure of death : a Liam Campbell mystery. New York : Dutton, 1999.
Trooper Liam Campbell, living on a leaky gillnetter in Newenham, is brooding on how to rekindle his relationship with bush pilot Wyanet Chouinard when he is called to the site of a fatal shipboard fire; while Wyanet, on a routine run to a dig near Chinook Air Force Base, discovers a young archaeological worker, gruesomely murdered.
Steel, Danielle. Southern lights : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Delacorte Press, c2009.
Assistant District Attorney Alexa Hamilton reluctantly sends her seventeen-year-old daughter Savannah, to live with her ex-husband and his family in Charleston after she received death threats against Savannah’s life for prosecuting serial killer Luke Quentin.
Talton, Jon. The pain nurse. 1st ed. Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2009.
Cheryl Beth Wilson, a nurse at Cincinnati Memorial Hospital, finds herself under suspicion when a doctor is found murdered in a secluded office, and desperate to clear her name, she teams up to investigate with former homicide detective Will Borders who sees similarities in the killing to a case he thought closed years earlier.
Thackeray, William Makepeace, 1811-1863. Vanity fair : a novel without a hero. New York : Quality Paperback Book Club, 1991.
The classic by William Thackeray. “If she did not wish to lead a virtuous life, at least she desired to enjoy a character for virtue, and we know that no lady in the genteel world can possess this desideratum, until she has put on a train and feathers and has been presented to her Sovereign at Court. From that august interview they come out stamped as honest women. The Lord Chamberlain gives them a certificate of virtue.”
Trojanow, Ilija. The collector of worlds. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Ecco, c2009.
A fictionalized account of nineteenth-century British colonial officer and explorer Sir Richard Francis Burton, who assimilated into various indigenous cultures in India and East Africa, learned over twenty languages, and participated in the pilgrimage to Mecca.
Turtledove, Harry. Worldwar : tilting the balance. 1st mass market ed. New York : Del Rey/Ballantine, 1996, c1995.
World War II comes to a halt when a formidable enemy from outer space begins dropping atom bombs on the world, and steps must be taken to stop this.
Vinge, Joan D. Alien blood : Psion, Catspaw. Book Club ed. Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1988?.
Cat is a mixed breed psion (a telepathic half-human) that is thrust into a world he hates and doesn’t want to understand. It is the story of the street tough tossed into the world of the rich.
Weaver, Michael D. My father immortal. New York : Avon Books, 1991, c1989.
A group of children ejected from a starship in individual life pods and set on a trajectory for their home planet gradually discovers the tragic history of their parentage and the uncertain future to which they are committed. This is a story-within-a-story of internecine warfare on an Earth devastated by nuclear holocaust.
White, Stephen, 1951-. The siege. New York : Dutton, c2009.
A series of high-profile disappearances on the Yale campus bring together suspended Boulder police detective Sam Purdy, FBI agent Christopher Poe, and CIA analyst Deirdre Drake as they face off against an unknown enemy who is holding students hostage in the fortress-like tomb of one of the school’s oldest secret societies and releasing them one by one to be killed in front of the building until his terrorist demands are met.
Williams, Walter Jon. City on fire. New York, N.Y. : HarperPrism, 1997.
Aiah has helped Constantine overthrow the corrupt dynasty that had been ruling the world-city and is now assigned by the new leader to track down the outlaw thieves of the Silver Hand mafia who are stealing the all-important plasm that runs the city.
Zelazny, Roger. Blood of amber. New York : Arbor House, c1986.
In the seventh Amber novel, Merle pursued by a fiendish enemy must battle through an intricate web of vengeance and murder that threatens the Bay area as well as the Royal House of Amber.
Zelazny, Roger. Knight of shadows. 1st ed. New York : Morrow, c1989.
Merlin pursues the mysterious disappearances of Julia and his father, the two people dearest to him. When the powers of Order and Chaos intervene, Merlin must choose where his allegiance lies.
Wang, Wally. Office 2007 for dummies. Hoboken, NJ : Wiley Pub., c2007.
A guide to using Office 2007 that covers getting help, typing and formatting text, designing pages, spreadsheet basics, formulas, charting and analyzing data, creating presentations, organizing E-mail, and querying a database.
Parent, Rick. Computer animation : algorithms and techniques. 2nd ed. Amsterdam ; Boston : Elsevier/Morgan Kaufmann,
Driven by the demands of research and the entertainment industry, the techniques of animation are pushed to render increasingly complex objects with ever-greater life-like appearance and motion. This rapid progression of knowledge and technique impacts professional developers, as well as students. Developers must maintain their understanding of conceptual foundations, while their animation tools become ever more complex and specialized. The second edition of Rick Parent’s Computer Animation is an excellent resource for the designers who must meet this challenge. The first edition established its reputation as the best technically oriented animation text. This new edition focuses on the many recent developments in animation technology, including fluid animation, human figure animation, and soft body animation. The new edition revises and expands coverage of topics such as quaternions, natural phenomenon, facial animation, and inverse kinematics. The book includes up-to-date discussions of Maya scripting and the Maya C++ API, programming on real-time 3D graphics hardware, collision detection, motion capture, and motion capture data processing.
Mezrich, Ben, 1969-. The accidental billionaires : the founding of Facebook : a tale of sex, money, genius, and betrayal. 1st ed. New York : Doubleday, c2009.
Presents an account of Eduardo Saverin and Mark Zuckerberg’s creation of Facebook, the social networking site, as a way to meet women during their time as Harvard undergraduates, and covers how the two men’s different ideas about the business caused a rift between them.
Wright, Robert, 1957-. The evolution of God. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown, 2009.
Discusses the common pattern of the most popular monotheistic faiths throughout history, covering their evolution through the perspective of archaeology, theology, and evolutionary psychology in a challenge of long-held assumptions about Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Lewis, C. S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963. Surprised by joy : the shape of my early life. [1st American ed.]. New York : Harcourt, Brace, , c1955.
C.S. Lewis tells the story of how he passed from atheism to Christianity, giving information on his childhood and adolescence as background to understanding his spiritual life.
Sharlet, Jeff. The family : the secret fundamentalism at the heart of American power. 1st Harper Perennial ed. New York : Harper Perennial, 2009, c2008.
Traces the history of America’s most powerful fundamentalist group, describing how they have influenced politicians, generals, and foreign dictators since their creation in 1935, and how they impacted American democracy.
Brodie, Richard. Virus of the mind : the new science of the meme. 2nd Hay House ed. Carlsbad, Calif. : Hay House, 2009, c1996.
An introduction to memetics, the science of memes—the invisible DNA of human society that can influence events and infect the minds of masses—and discusses how the mass media and the Internet help to further mind viruses that can infect governments, education systems, and more.
McDonald, Lawrence G. A colossal failure of common sense : the inside story of the collapse of Lehman Brothers. 1st ed. New York : Crown Business, c2009.
Larry McDonald provides an account of his rise to the position of vice president at Lehman Brothers and discusses the people and reasons behind the collapse of the investment bank.
Wolffe, Richard, 1968-. Renegade : the making of a president. 1st ed. New York : Crown Publishers, c2009.
Explores the life and political career of Barack Obama, based on interviews, and discusses his youth and early political career, the triumphs and personal setbacks he faced during his presidential campaign, and his election into office as the forty-forth American president.
Venkatesh, Sudhir Alladi. Off the books : the underground economy of the urban poor. 1st Harvard University Press pbk. ed. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2008, c2006.
Explores the desperate, dangerous, and remarkable ways in which the residents of Maquis Park, a poor African-American neighborhood on Chicago’s Southside, struggle to survive.
Morris, Dick. Catastrophe : how Obama, Congress, and the special interests are transforming—a slump into a crash, freedom into socialism and a disaster into a catastrophe—and how to fight back. 1st ed. New York : Harper, c2009.
Presents an argument against the policies of President Obama with regard to the economy, health care, illegal immigrants, terrorism, and other topics.
Wessel, David. In Fed we trust : Ben Bernanke’s war on the great panic. 1st ed. New York : Crown Business, c2009.
Examines the economic recession of the early twenty-first century, discussing the reaction and course of action taken by the Federal Reserve and chairman Ben Bernacke, and how Hank Paulson and Tim Geithner performed under pressure.
Duncan, Dayton. The national parks : America’s best idea : an illustrated history. 1st ed. New York : Knopf, 2009.
An exploration of the history of the United States national park system that discusses the original idea of preserving natural areas for all to enjoy, political battles, significant individuals in its creation, individual parks, and other related topics, and includes 440 illustrations and one removable map.
Hawken, Paul. Natural capitalism : creating the next industrial revolution. Boston : Little, Brown and Co., 1999.
Details the principles and underlying theory of natural capitalism; demonstrates how those principles are transforming the automobile, building, and real estate industries; outlines the principles and benefits of resource productivity in industry and materials; and looks at the impact of natural capitalism on the economy and environment.
Reid, T. R. The healing of America : a global quest for better, cheaper, and fairer health care. New York : Penguin Press, 2009.
Draws on the exploration of health care systems from around the world to examine the absence of universal health care in the United States and suggests an international model the author believes could work in America.
Dougan, Terrell. That went well : adventures in caring for my sister. 1st ed. New York : Hyperion, c2009.
When Irene was born, her parents were advised to institutionalize her. They refused and instead became trailblazers in advocating for the rights of people with mental disabilities.
Kessler, Ronald, 1943-. In the president’s secret service : behind the scenes with agents in the line of fire and the presidents they protect. 1st ed. New York : Crown Publishers, c2009.
Shares some of the untold stories of the experiences of Secret Service agents, telling of presidents and their families, assassination attempts, and extramarital affairs, and discusses the risks posed by understaffing, lack of training, and other problems within the agency.
Katz, David L., MD. The flavor point diet : the delicious, breakthrough plan to turn off your hunger and lose the weight for good. Emmaus, Penn. : Rodale, c2005.
From Dr. David Katz comes a groundbreaking diet that maximizes eating pleasure, optimizes health, and guarantees permanent weight loss. And it doesn’t require any calorie counting or restrictions on food groups. Supported by scientific research at the Yale Center, this new diet is proven to improve blood sugar, lower blood pressure, and even reverse key markers of diabetes and heart disease. By combining foods selected by flavor, The Flavor Point Diet tricks the brain into being satisfied all day long, so readers don’t eat when they don’t need to.
Hasselbeck, Elisabeth. The g free diet : a gluten-free survival guide. 1st ed. New York : Center Street, c2009.
Television host Elisabeth Hasselbeck chronicles her experiences with celiac disease, describing her symptoms, the events that helped her get diagnosed, and the treatments that have controlled it, and offers others practical strategies for living a gluten-free life without sacrificing good foods.
Sanders, Lisa, 1956-. Every patient tells a story : medical mysteries and the art of diagnosis. 1st ed. New York : Broadway Books, c2009.
Describes the process by which physicians make difficult diagnoses, drawing from what they know from their studies and applying that knowledge to real-life people, and shares the stories of several seemingly impossible diagnoses.
Love, Susan M. Dr. Susan Love’s breast book. 4th ed., fully rev., 1st Da Capo Press ed. Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Lifelong, 2005.
Provides information and guidance on breast cancer diagnosis, treatment options, clinical trials, second opinions, prevention of recurrence, and quality of life, discussing statistics and research in such areas as chemotherapy for early stage cancer and treatments for metastatic cancer; and also covers breast development, the healthy breast, and noncancerous breast problems.
Krupp, Ron. Lifting the yoke : local solutions to America’s farm and food crisis. Brattleboro, Vt. : Whetstone Books, c2009.
The Globalization of Food and Farming. The Battle of the Bulge. Sustainable Markets and Regional Solutions
Koontz, Dean R. (Dean Ray), 1945-. A big little life : a memoir of a joyful dog. 1st ed. New York : Hyperion, c2009.
Presents a memoir that discusses the lessons learned by author Dean Koontz from his dog, Trixie, who helped teach him about appreciating life.
Jacobsen, Rowan. Fruitless fall : the collapse of the honey bee and the coming agricultural crisis. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Bloomsbury, 2008.
Examines the importance of bees to the balance of the environment, and discusses the inadequacy of professional pollinators, and analyzes the mysteries of colony collapse disorder.
Chalmers, Irena. Good old food : a taste from the past. New York : Barron’s, c1988.
This longtime Barron’s kitchen favorite features authentic recipes brought to America in past generations from around the world. All 264 recipes and 64 full-color photos from the original hardcover edition are now available in this paperback edition.
Family circle slow cooker meals. Des Moines, Iowa : Meredith Books, c2008.
Contains recipes for more than two hundred slow cooker dishes, including cheesy cauliflower, savory beef sandwiches, turkey and pasta primavera, and more.
Pépin, Jacques. Jacques Pépin celebrates. 1st ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2001.
A collection of two hundred recipes from chef Jacques Pepin for soups, appetizers, main dishes, side dishes, salads, and desserts.
Kinsel, Brenda, 1952-. Brenda Kinsel’s fashion makeover : 30 days to diva style! San Francisco : Chronicle Books, c2007.
Aimed at women 40+, the book is structured into a four week plan of attack with clear, attainable goals. Packed with real-life success stories, style solutions for every body type, confidence-inspiring motivation, and full-colour fashion illustrations, this gorgeous manual puts women on the fast track to fantastic style.
McGraw, Phillip C., 1950-. Love smart : find the one you want, fix the one you got. New York : Free Press, c2005.
Dr. Phil McGraw presents a program designed to help women meet a partner and develop a committed relationship, or put the spark back into an existing relationship.
Hall, Julie. The boomer burden : dealing with your parents’ lifetime accumulation of stuff. Nashville, Tenn. : Thomas Nelson, c2007.
Discusses essential issues for the executor, heir, or beneficiary to deal with the death of parents, and explains dividing parental estates, cleaning out the family home in ten days or less, looking for items of potential value, and other related topics.
Gratton, Lynda. Hot spots : why some teams, workplaces, and organizations buzz with energy—and others don’t. 1st ed. San Francisco : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, c2007.
Introduction : elements for creating hot spots—Generating extraordinary energy—Hot spots burning bright across the world—The first element : a cooperative mindset—The second element : boundary spanning—The third element : the igniting purpose—The fourth element : productive capacity—The leader’s role in hot spots—Designing for the emergence of hot spots - Appendix A : resources for creating hot spots—Appendix B : background to the research on hot spots—Appendix C : Methodology of the hot spots research.
Make it yours! 1st ed. Des Moines, IA : Meredith Books, 2003.
Presents decorating tips from the interior designers of The Learning Channel’s “Trading Spaces,” showing how to customize the furnishings and other elements of a room to personalize its look; provides tours of over twenty rooms transformed on the show and includes sixteen projects.
White, Alex (Alex W.). The elements of graphic design : space, unity, page architecture, and type. 1st ed. New York : Allworth Press, c2002.
The author demonstrates how to use scale, color, and position in graphic design and how to utilize white space using display and text type.
Explorations in the city of light : African-American artists in Paris, 1945-1965. New York, NY : Studio Museum in Harlem, c1996.
Introduction / Kinshasha Holman Conwill—Artful lives: travelling in the tradition—Confluence: Harlem Renaissance, modernism and Négritude. Paris in the 1920s-1930s / Catherine Bernard—School of Paris at mid-century / Peter Selz—The cultural milieu in postwar Paris / Michel Fabre—Explorations in the city of light: African-American artists in Paris, 1945-1965 / Valerie J. Mercer.
Contemporary African artists : changing tradition : El Anatsui, Youssouf Bath, Ablade Glover, Tapfuma Gutsa, Rosemary Karuga, Souleymane Keita, Nicholas Mukomberanwa, Henry Munyaradzi, Bruce Onobrakpeya. 1st ed. New York : Studio Museum in Harlem, c1990.
Contemporary African art by numerous artists.
Martin, Judy (Frances Judy). Sketching school. Pleasantville, N.Y. : Reader’s Digest Association, 1992.
Provides step-by-step instructions on developing the basic artistic skills for producing quality sketches, with forty projects that offer detailed advice on various techniques, and information on tools, materials, and keeping a workbook.
Kovel, Terry H. Kovels’ antiques & collectibles price guide 2010. 42nd ed. New York : Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, c2009.
Contains pricing information for more than forty-five thousand antiques and collectibles, arranged in over four hundred categories; and includes 2,500 color photographs as well as tips on collecting.
Ohrbach, Barbara Milo. The scented room : Cherchez’s book of dried flowers, fragrance, and potpourri. 1st ed. New York : C.N. Potter : Distributed by Crown Publishers, c1986.
Includes making sachets, door hangings, recipes and dried arrangements.
Parker, Freda. Victorian embroidery. New York : Crescent Books, 1991.
A superb collection of classic Victorian designs featuring beautiful color photography of the glorious embroidery in their original settings all specially commissioned for the book, full color charts and trace-off patterns, and detailed practical instructions for each project.
Buss, Katharina. Big book of knitting. 1st pbk. ed. New York : Sterling Pub. Co., 2001, c1999.
Describes and illustrates the basic techniques of knitting; provides reference information on knitting problems; features advice on tools and materials; and includes a variety of patterns.
Chunky scarves & hats. 1st ed. New York : Sixth&Spring Books, c2004.
Presents patterns for twenty-four “chunky” hats and scarves for women, men, children, and babies, and includes skill-level ratings and an introduction to knitting.
Clever, Kristine, 1962-. Clever knits : 15 great looks for kids. Woodinville, Wash. : Martingale & Co., 2002.
Discover this fresh, relaxed approach to knitting for kids.
Knitting yarns and spinning tales : a knitter’s stash of wit and wisdom. Stillwater, MN : Voyageur Press, c2005.
Knitting daughter / by Perri Klass—In honor of grandma, baseball, and knitting / by Michael Dregni—Cellophane butterflies, pinochel, and brown acrylic / by Greta Cunningham—The will to knit / by Kari Cornell—The perfect baby hat / by Amy Votava—The mysterious stitch / by Carrie Mercer—Faith, hope, and knitting / by Betty Christiansen—Baby blue snuggly / by Kay Dorn—Knitting is work and the widows of sant’ arsenio / by Lela Nargi—Norsk knitting / by Eric Dregni—Another knitter on the block / by Teva Durham—How to read a pattern / by Laura Billings—Ode to my stash / by Sigrid Arnott—Really, it’s not so bad or dermatitis of the lambs / by Amy R. Singer—Curse the fruit hat / by Amy Nelson Sander—Wool and remembrance / by Margret Aldrich—Dumping guilt / by Kay Dorn—Animal comfort / by Susan Gordon Lydon—Knitter’s therapy / by Suzyn Jackson—A day at schoolhouse press / by Meg Swansen—The rhythm and destiny of living loops / by Jennifer Hansen—The road to becoming the fastest crocheter in the world / by Lily M. Chin—Potholder prodigy makes good / by Sigrid Arnott.
Ham, Catherine. Knitting : 20 simple & stylish wearables for beginners. 1st ed. New York : Lark Books, c2003.
Contains step-by-step instructions for knitting twenty simple clothing items.
Hats : a knitter’s dozen. Sioux Falls, S.D. : XRX, 2005.
Traditional to whimsical stocking caps and hats with twists and turns, textures, and lots of color work, are among the best ideas for hats from Knitter’s Magazine featured in this project book. Providing knitters with an opportunity to learn while they create, these 18 hat projects range in complexity to appeal to beginning through advanced skill levels. Knitters are invited to either start out with more ordinary yarns and stitches or to experiment with rich yarns and sophisticated stitches. A variety of embellishments and visually appealing instructions will inspire knitters to create their own custom designs.
Jensen, Candi. Knit scarves! : 16 cool patterns to keep you warm. North Adams, MA : Storey Pub., c2004.
Presents sixteen patterns for knit scarves along with twenty-seven additional yarn variations designed to help beginners learn the basic techniques of knitting.
Christmas stockings : 18 holiday treasures to knit. Loveland, CO : Interweave Press, c2001.
Celebrates the joy, beauty, and charm of the Christmas stocking tradition with creations from today’s top designers.
KnitLit : sweaters and their stories—and other writing about knitting. 1st ed. New York : Three Rivers Press, c2002.
Contains stories, essays, anecdotes, and recollections about knitting. Whether you’re a dedicated knitter who bestows lovingly crafted gifts upon family and friends at every possible occasion, a sometimes knitter with a bag of fully conceived but half-completed projects, or a newcomer who has recently taken up the needles with great gusto, you know the rewards that this hobby can bring. You may also know that knitting as a hobby can verge on obsession be it the compulsive purchasing of stunning hand-spun wool, the desire to rip out nearly finished sweaters because you dropped a stitch, or the need to knit wherever, whenever, or however you can. Most important, though, knitting offers a camaraderie, a society of women and men who converse in a language all their own, flock to yarn stores with religious devotion, and can recite the time and place where they first learned to purl. These feelings are what KnitLit is all about. In this charming collection of stories, essays, anecdotes, and recollections, knitters of every color celebrate their hobby and share with you the joy it brings into their lives.
Knitlit too : stories from sheep to shawl—and more writing about knitting. 1st ed. New York : Three Rivers Press, c2004.
Knitters are a breed unto themselves. They speak their own language, and they harbor a passion for their craft that takes a strong hold, blocking out troubles and worry, whenever they pick up the needles. But knitters are not exclusionary: all are welcome into the warm circle once you appreciate the beauty of hand-spun and dyed yarn, the sense of focus that comes with starting a new project, and the joy of creating something beautiful to share with a loved one. KnitLit Too includes folksinger Christine Lavin and writers Perri Klass, Lesléa Newman, and Suzanne Strempek Shea. Featured as well are stories by a third-grader who picks up the needles for the first time, a mother waiting to wrap her soon-to-be-adopted child in the blanket she made for him, a sister upstaged by her Merchant Marine brother who just so happens to be a natural knitter, a man who is forced to admit to the new woman in his life that, yes, he knows how to knit, and a young girl living with her mother in a battered women’s shelter who is brought back from the brink when she learns to knit. Rounding out these heartwarming true tales are original poetry, meditations, fiction, and even a mystery, all about knitting. KnitLit Too features more than 70 pieces, some sweet and touching, others inspirational or hilarious, and all woven together by the dedication and devotion that knitters feel for a cherished hobby that is for many a way of life.
Scruggs, Afi. Beyond stitch & bitch : reflections on knitting and life. Hillsboro, Or. : Beyond Words Pub., c2004.
A collection of essays that explores the emotional and spiritual experiences common to those who knit. Its stories chronicle how knitting can be a spiritual, meditative experience, and how one can learn patience, creativity, discipline, and diligence from knitting. Intertwined with the essays are knitting patterns with easy how-to steps and photographs.
Knit baby blankets! North Adams, MA : Storey Books, 2003.
These 15 easy to follow patterns will help even first time knitters create an heirloom piece any newborn’s parents will surely treasure.
Vanna’s afghans A to Z : 52 crochet favorites. Birmingham, Ala. : Oxmoor House : Leisure Arts, c1994.
Television personality Vanna White presents 52 of her favorite afghan designs. Vanna leads readers through the collection from A to Z in beautiful full-color photos. Designs cover everything from the traditional granny square and designs for men to delicate heirlooms, baby designs, and designs for Christmas.
Vogue knitting scarves. New York : Sixth&Spring Books, c2002.
Contains illustrated instructions and patterns for knitting twenty-four scarves, including pom-pom, triangular, gossamer shawl, hooded, and more.
Vogue knitting scarves two. 1st ed. New York : Sixth & Spring Books, c2003.
Contains detailed instructions and photographs for making twenty-five knitted scarves for both the beginner as well as for the novice knitter.
Shiraishi, Yuko, 1956-. Yuko Shiraishi. Ostfildern : Cantz, 1996.
Issued on the occasion of the exhibition held June 6-Aug. 24, 1996 at the ACP Viviane Ehrli Galerie, Zurich
Ross, Bob, 1942-. The best of the Joy of painting with Bob Ross, America’s favorite art instructor. 1st ed. New York : W. Morrow, c1989.
A selection of Bob’s sixty favorite paintings, with step-by-step instructions.
Ahl, Diane Cole, 1949-. Fra Angelico. London ; New York, N.Y. :Phaidon Press, 2008.
Fra Angelico (Fra Giovanni di Fiesole, c. 1390/95-1455) was the most celebrated religious painter of the early Italian Renaissance. This new monograph surveys Fra Angelico’s entire career, from his little-known beginning as a lay painter through his work at San Marco in Florence after taking holy orders as a Dominican, and finally to his prestigious commissions at the Vatican and Orvieto Cathedral. The book includes reproductions of all of Fra Angelico’s greatest works, including altarpieces, frescoes, and ceilings. It explores how Fra Angelico’s religious devotion informed his work, contributing to its intensity and originality.
Burnett, David, 1946-. Soul rebel : an intimate portrait of Bob Marley. San Rafael, CA : Insight Editions, c2009.
Contains photographs of singer/songwriter Bob Marley taken by photojournalist David Burnett in Jamaica in 1976 and throughout the reggae legend’s European tour in the spring of 1977, and includes text in which Burnett comments on his experiences with Marley and his band.
Brockett, Oscar Gross, 1923-. History of the theatre. 10th ed. Boston : Pearson, c2008.
Known as the “bible” of theatre history, Brockett and Hildy’s History of the Theatre is the most comprehensive and widely used survey of theatre history in the market. This 40th Anniversary Edition retains all of the traditional features that have made History of the Theatre the most successful text of its kind, including worldwide coverage, more than 530 photos and illustrations, useful maps, and the expertise of Oscar G. Brockett and Franklin J. Hildy, two of the most widely respected theatre historians in the field. As with every edition, the text reflects the current state of knowledge and brings the history of theatre up to the present.
Leslie-Pelecky, Diandra L. The physics of NASCAR : how to make steel + gas + rubber = speed. New York : Dutton, c2008.
Explains the physics of race car driving, focusing on how NASCAR stock cars are engineered and the applications of engine power, aerodynamics, and tire grip capability.
Gladwell, Malcolm, 1963-. What the dog saw and other adventures. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown, 2009.
Collects essays from Malcolm Gladwell, a British-born journalist and staff writer for “The New Yorker,” that explore a range of topics, including intelligence tests, ethnic profiling, the history of hair dye, and more.
Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence explained : citing history sources from artifacts to cyberspace. Baltimore, Md. : Genealogical Pub. Co., 2007.
Offers students, scholars, and history buffs practical tips and strategies for citing different types of historical sources, including websites, DVDs, audio files, podcasts, and e-zines.
Streever, Bill. Cold : adventures in the world’s frozen places. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2009.
Presents a discussion of the influence of cold on the planet, from glaciers to snowflakes, permafrost, and hibernation, and includes anecdotes about polar expeditions, migration, refrigeration, and the climates of past ages.
Frank, Catherine L. A kayaker’s guide to Lake Champlain : exploring the New York, Vermont & Quebec shores. 1st ed. paperback. Hensonville, N.Y. : Black Dome Press Corp., 2009.
50 different watery paths of adventure divided into eight sections covering the Champlain Islands, the Inland Sea, Missisquoi Bay, Broad Lake North, Malletts Bay, Broad Lake East, Broad Lake West, and South Bay, provide an intimate, cove by cove, island by island exploration of America s other great lake, celebrating the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain s epochal journey of discovery in 1609. The routes are described, paddle stoke by paddle stroke, augmented with maps and photographs and enlivened with essays on early Native Americans, the pivotal naval battles of Plattsburgh and Valcour Island, lighthouses and shipwrecks, the French & Indian wars, the Revolution and the War of 1812, smugglers, the fascinating geology of this fossil-rich one-time arm of the sea, and up-to-date environmental issues like algae bloom, urban and farm runoff, milfoil, zebra mussels, fish hatcheries and endangered species. The result is a well-rounded overview of a remarkable natural resource. Appendices include information on Lake Champlain environmental organizations, museums & historical places, wildlife areas, state parks, and launch sites. Includes 54 maps, 93 photographs, and 9 original drawings.
Edgerton, James. The Unknown Rockwell. Waterside Pub, 2008.
Authors James Buddy Edgerton and Nan O’Brien remind us in their latest book of the courage that got our country through an incredibly tough time in the past, that of the Great Depression and World War II. The book, told in anecdotal narratives, provides a first person account of two families who were unique because of both their disparity and their similarity. While they came from two economic ends of the spectrum - the Edgertons, poor dairy farmers/the Rockwells, successful due to Norman’s talents - they shared a love of family, a commitment to integrity, and a consideration of one another that created a closeness of friendship that mirrored the physical closeness of their two houses. The book is supplemented by 32 pages of personal photos and photos from Norman’s actual modeling sessions, accompanied by the resulting illustrations.
Stewart, Alana. My journey with Farrah : a story of life, love, and friendship. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2009.
Presents a memoir of the author’s friendship with Farrah Fawcett, covering their support of each other through life in Hollywood and various family issues, focusing on the three years spent dealing with Fawcett’s debilitating disease.
Clemons, Clarence. Big man : real life & tall tales. 1st ed. New York : Grand Central Pub., 2009.
For the first time ever comes the inside story of Clarence “Big Man” Clemons—his life before, during and beyond the E-Street Band, including unbelievable, never-before-told adventures with Bruce Springsteen, the band, and an incredible cast of other famous characters recounted by himself and his best friend, television writer/ producer Don Reo.
Halperin, Ian. Unmasked : the final years of Michael Jackson. 1st Simon Spotlight Entertainment hardcover ed. New York : Simon Spotlight Entertainment, c2009.
Discusses the life of entertainer Michael Jackson, covering topics such as his health problems, family, and celebrity friends in order to clarify the truth behind various controversies and analyze the reasons for his death.
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Kennedy, Edward M. (Edward Moore), 1932-2009. True compass : a memoir. 1st large print ed. New York : Twelve Large Print, 2009.
Edward M. Kennedy tells his personal story, discussing his legendary family, political career, cancer diagnosis, faith, and more.
Kidd, Sue Monk. Traveling with pomegranates : a mother-daughter story. New York : Viking, 2009.
Best-selling author Sue Monk Kidd and her daughter, Ann, chronicle their travels together between 1998 and 2000, when they embarked on a journey of self-discovery and reconnection through Greece and France.
Spirit bridges : coming of age in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei, Madrid and New York City in the 60’s : a memoir. Boston, MA : Streetfeet Press, 2009.
In Spirit Bridges, Li Mo undertakes a personal odyssey against the background of flight from Mao’s China, the beauty and mystery of a child’s world in Taiwan, then a rural, undeveloped island refuge, her family’s sojourn in Spain during its struggle with fascism, and coming of age in New York, at the height of the political upheavals of the 1960s. She must find words in a new language ‘English was like sawdust in my mouth’, cope with the depression of her widowed mother, a gifted journalist in exile, face the fear and fascination of a violent yet intensely creative urban American culture, and discover at last her own voice through visual arts, storytelling, and the writing of this absorbing book.
Brinkley, Douglas. The wilderness warrior : Theodore Roosevelt and the crusade for America. 1st ed. New York : Harper, c2009.
Examines the life and presidential legacy of Theodore Roosevelt, covering his efforts for the conservation of American wilderness, the influences of figures such as John James Audubon and Charles Darwin on Roosevelt, and his impact on the lives of future Americans.
Pugliese, Stanislao G., 1965-. Bitter spring : a life of Ignazio Silone. 1st ed. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009.
A biography of Italian author Ignazio Silone, who founded the Italian Communist Party, was an outspoken opponent of both fascism and Soviet oppression, and, after his death, was suspected of being an informant for the Fascist police.
Spelling, Candy. Stories from Candyland. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2009.
Candy Spelling reflects on her life, discussing her childhood, marriage to film and television producer Aaron Spelling, views on being a wife and mother, relationship with her son and estranged daughter, pets, and much more.
Krakauer, Jon. Where men win glory : the odyssey of Pat Tillman. 1st ed. New York : Doubleday, c2009.
Presents a biographical discussion of Pat Tillman, covering the true events and actions surrounding the death of the U.S. Army soldier by friendly fire in Afghanistan in 2004, and examines the misrepresentation of his story by the Bush administration before the truth was revealed.
Edsel, Robert M. The monuments men : Allied heros, Nazi thieves, and the greatest treasure hunt in history. 1st ed. New York : Center Street, 2009.
Presents an account of those who were part of a special force of American and British curators, art historians, museum curators, and other experts who risked their lives to prevent the destruction of cultural artifacts and structures while also trying to locate missing items that had been stolen by the Nazis during World War II.
Brenner-Wonschick, Hannelore, 1951-. The girls of room 28 : friendship, hope, and survival in Theresienstadt. 1st American ed. New York : Schocken Books, c2009.
Ten women who survived the Theresienstadt internment camp near Prague before going to Auschwitz recount how they survived the horrors of the war.
Dowden, Richard. Africa : altered states, ordinary miracles. 1st ed. New York : Public Affairs, 2009.
Explores the history, cultures, and peoples of Africa, with a focus on the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries; and describes commerce in Senegal, spirituality in Sierra Leone, and the pitfalls of Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Burundi, and the Congo.
Thompson, Nicholas, 1975-. The hawk and the dove : Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the history of the Cold War. 1st ed. New York : Henry Holt, 2009.
Presents a comprehensive biography of Paul Nitze and George Kennan, describing the influence each man had upon American politics and the events surrounding the Cold War.
Waldron, Lamar, 1954-. Legacy of secrecy : the long shadow of the JFK assassination. Berkeley [Calif.] : Counterpoint, c2008.
Describes how a full investigation on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was prevented by Lyndon Johnson, Robert Kennedy, and other top officials who were hiding information on a planned invasion of Cuba in November 1963, for fear of inviting a nuclear confrontation from Russia, but resulted in the assassins’ involvement in the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Balz, Daniel J. The battle for America, 2008 : the story of an extraordinary election. New York : Viking, 2009.
Dan Balz and Haynes Johnson followed this campaign from the candidates’ first forays into Iowa and New Hampshire to the historic night of Obama’s victory celebration.
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Feeney, Vincent. Finnigans, slaters, and stonepeggers : a history of the Irish in Vermont. 1st ed. Bennington, Vt. : Images from the Past, 2009.
The first book that peels back the Yankee mythos and examines the surprisingly rich, true story of the Irish in Vermont, from the first steady trickle of colonial pioneers to the flood of famine refugees and onward. From Fort Ticonderoga to Civil War battlefields to up until the years after World War II: how the Irish arrived, survived, fought, labored, organized, worshipped, played, and managed to prosper . . . a surprisingly behind-the-scenes American success story that has never been fully told until now.
Eggers, Dave. Zeitoun. San Francisco [Calif.] : McSweeney’s Books, c2009.
Details the experiences of Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a Syrian-American and New Orleans resident, and his family, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and details how he was arrested and falsely imprisoned because of his ethnicity.
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Peterson’s how to get money for college : financing your future beyond federal aid, 2010. 27th ed. Lawrenceville, NJ : Peterson’s, c2009.
HOW TO GET MONEY FOR COLLEGE is a great resource for anyone looking to supplement his or her federal financial aid package with aid from colleges and universities. This comprehensive directory points you to complete and accurate information on need-based and non-need gift aid, loans, work-study, athletic awards, and more. Unique to this book is the Colleges-at-a-Glance Cost Chart, an easy-to-use comparison chart that lists the full costs that can be expected, aid packages, and more for each of more than 2,000 four-year colleges and universities, organized by state.
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Peterson’s (COR). Two-year colleges. 33rd ed. (2003)-.Lawrenceville, NJ : Thomson/Peterson’s, c2002-. Offers information on more than 1,700 community and junior colleges in the United States and Canada.
Coben, Harlan, 1962-. Gone for good. New York : Random House, 2005.
Read by Dylan Baker. “As a boy, Will Klein had a hero: his older brother, Ken. Then, on a warm suburban night in the Kleins’ affluent New Jersey neighborhood, a young woman—a girl Will had once loved—was found brutally murdered in her family’s basement. The prime suspect: Ken Klein. With the evidence against him overwhelming, Ken simply vanished. And when his shattered family never heard from Ken again, they were sure he was gone for good. Now eleven years have passed. Will has found proof that Ken is alive. And this is just the first in a series of stunning revelations as Will is forced to confront startling truths about his brother, and even himself. As a violent mystery unwinds around him, Will knows he must press his search all the way to the end. Because the most powerful surprises are yet to come”—Publisher’s web site.
Crusie, Jennifer. Tell me lies. Grand Haven, MI : Brilliance Audio, p2004.
Read by Joyce Bean. After finding a pair of black lace panties under the front seat of her husband’s car and cavorting herself in the back seat of another vehicle with her old high-school flame, Maddie Faraday realizes that the truth is elusive in a small town.
Cussler, Clive. Polar shift. Unabridged. New York, NY : Penguin Audio, p2005.
Read by Scott Brick. An anti-globalization activist learns how to artificially trigger a polar shift. He plans to use the event to jolt industrialized nations into corrective action. Unfortunately, unless NUMA Special Assignment Team can stop him, his “wake-up call” could annihilate the entire population of the world.
Dickey, Eric Jerome. Sleeping with strangers. Unabridged. Grand Haven, MI : Brilliance Audio, p2007.
Read by Dion Graham. In London on assignment, contract killer Gideon searches for a murderer called ‘The Big Bad Wolf.’ Gideon has a personal vendetta this time around, and will stop at nothing to fulfill it.
Evanovich, Janet. Between the Plums. [New York, N.Y.] : Macmillan Audio, p2009.
Read by Lorelei King. Janet Evanovich presents a special addition to the Stephanie Plum series. For the first time ever, listeners can experience three between-the-numbers Stephanie Plum novels (Visions of Sugar Plums; Plum Lovin’; and Plum Lucky) together in one entertaining audiobook. Join the ditzy yet lovable New Jersey bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum, as she gets lucky in Atlantic City, crosses paths with the smoldering Diesel, and tries to get into the holiday spirit, all while catching town-skipping criminals.
Kellerman, Jonathan. Silent partner. New York : Random House Audio, p1989.
Read by John Rubinstein. This audio selection is a suspense thriller with clues from the victim’s difficult childhood where family secrets cover a disturbing past.
Neill, Fiona. Slummy mummy. Unabridged. New York : Listen & Live Audio, p2007.
Katherine Kellgren. Follows the misadventures of a stay-at-home mom, who struggles between the chaos of caring for three young boys and her ideals as inspired by a perfectionist reality-television style program.
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Puccini, Giacomo, 1858-1924. Tosca. [Italy] : Portland, OR : Opera D’Oro ; Columbia River Entertainment, c1998.
Music from the opera Tosca by Puccini.
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The national parks : America’s best idea. [United States] :Hollywood, Calif. : PBS Home Video ; Distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, c2009.
Narrator: Peter Coyote. Traces the birth of the national park idea in the mid-1800s and follows its evolution for nearly 150 years. Using archival photographs, first-person accounts of historical characters, personal memories and analysis from more than 40 interviews, and what Burns believes is the most stunning cinematography in Florentine Films’ history, the series chronicles the steady addition of new parks through the stories of the people who helped create them and save them from destruction.
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Why Shakespeare? [Washington, D.C.] : National Endowment for the Arts, 2004.
Various famous and not so famous individuals state the effect that Shakespeare’s works have had in their lives. A main video presentation accompanied by seventeen vignettes.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Special ed. Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, .
Paul Blends adventure, romance and comedy to tell the story of the West’s most likeable outlaws, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, as they set out for Bolivia with the law on their heels.
Celebrity. Widescreen version. Burbank, Calif. : Miramax Home Entertainment, [1998
Following their divorce, the lives of a restless writer and his inhibited ex-wife take off in unpredictable directions.
The constant gardener. Widescreen ed. Universal City, CA : Focus Features : Distributed by Universal Studios Home Entertainment, .
In a remote area of Northern Kenya, activist Tessa Quayle is found brutally murdered. Tessa’s companion, a doctor, appears to have fled the scene, and all the evidence points to a crime of passion. Members of the British High Commission in Nairobi assume that Tessa’s widower, their mild-mannered and unambitious colleague Justin Quayle, will leave the matter to them. Haunted by remorse and jarred by rumors of his late wife’s infidelities, Quayle surprises everyone by embarking on a personal odyssey that will take him across three continents. Using his privileged access to diplomatic secrets, Justin risks his own life and will stop at nothing to expose the truth - a conspiracy more far-reaching and deadly than Quayle could ever have imagined.
Dying young. Widescreen. Beverly Hills, Calif. : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2004.
A young woman is hired as the caretaker of a terminally ill young man. Their friendship grows into a love that is tested by the fact that they both know he will die.
Electra. Santa Monica, CA : MGM DVD, 2002.
“Desolation and despair reign supreme in the kingdom of Mycenae. The great Agamemnon has been brutally murdered; his son Orestes has fled and his daughter Electra has been imprisoned within the walls of the castle. All hope seems lost until the sacred oracle speaks and replaces Electra’s broken spirit with an unquenchable desire for justice and bloody vengeance.”
Hopscotch. [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, .
One of the CIA’s top international operatives is suddenly relegated to a desk job in an agency power play. Unwilling to go quietly, and with the aid of a chic Viennese widow, he puts himself back in the game by writing a memoir exposing the innermost secrets of every major intelligence agency in the world. The CIA now wants him dead, but he refuses to cooperate—because he’s having to much fun!
Kenny. [London] : Contender Films, c2008.
Follow Kenny, the affable portable loo plumber as he tackles every septic challenge that comes his way, juggling family tensions, fatherhood and sewage with charm, humour and unflinching dignity.
Mystic pizza. Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, .
Three young women, waitresses at a pizza parlor in Mystic, Connecticut, spend a special summer discovering romance.
Ransom. Special ed. Burbank, Calif. : Touchstone Home Entertainment : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 2004.
When the son of a wealthy businessman is kidnapped, he defies the experts and turns the tables on the kidnappers in a last-chance effort to rescue his boy.
Serenity. Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, c2005.
A group of intergalactic revolutionaries get more than they bargained for when they agree to transport two teenagers aboard their ship.
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Smallville. : Season 1. Widescreen. Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, 2003.
Focuses on the life of the young Clark Kent as he struggles to deal with his powers as well as teenage life in Smallville, Kansas.
Stuck on you. [Full screen version]. [United States] : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, , c2003.
Conjoined twins, Bob and Walt, are happy living their lives together and manage just fine, playing hockey, working at the diner, and cruising for babes, until one decides he wants to be an actor and the other has stage fright and panic attacks.
Tulpan. New York, NY : Zeitgeist Films, .
Asa is a young Russian naval service dreamer who returns to his sister’s nomadic brood on the desolate Hunger Steppe to begin a hardscrabble career as a shepherd. But before he can tend a flock of his own, Asa must win the hand of the only eligible bachelorette for miles, his alluringly mysterious neighbor Tulpan. Accompanied by his girlie magazine-reading sidekick, Asa will stop at nothing to prove he is a worthy husband and herder.
Wild about Harry. Toronto : TVA Films, 2002.
When it comes to memory, Harry’s at a loss.