NEW TITLES, DECEMBER 2009
Abercrombie, Joe. Best served cold. 1st North American ed. New York : Orbit, 2009.
Monza Murcatto, a mercenary in the employ of the ruthless Duke of Orso, is attacked by order of the Duke for becoming too popular with the public, and recovers from her wounds with a burning desire for revenge.
Ackroyd, Peter, 1949-. The casebook of Victor Frankenstein : a novel. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, c2008.
A retelling of Mary Shelley’s classic novel that describes Victor Frankenstein’s meeting with the radical atheist and poet Percy Bysshe Shelley at Oxford and recruiting “resurrection men” to deliver fresh bodies to a secret laboratory, where the monster is created.
Akunin, B. (Boris). Murder on the Leviathan : a novel. Random House trade paperback ed. New York : Random House, c2005.
Paris, 1878: Eccentric antiquarian Lord Littleby and his ten servants are found murdered in Littleby’s mansion on the rue de Grenelle, and a priceless Indian shawl is missing. Police commissioner “Papa” Gauche recovers only one piece of evidence from the crime scene: a golden key shaped like a whale. Gauche soon deduces that the key is in fact a ticket of passage for the Leviathan, a gigantic steamship soon to depart Southampton on its maiden voyage to Calcutta. The murderer must be among its passengers.
Atwell, Sarah. Pane of death. Berkley Prime Crime mass-market ed. New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2008.
Glassblower Emmeline Dowell finds herself accused of murder after a priceless stained glass collection is stolen and the owner is killed. And since the police chief is also her boyfriend, she needs to crack the case fast—before their relationship is permanently shattered.
Bain, Donald, 1935-. A fatal feast : a Murder, she wrote mystery : a novel. New York : Obsidian, c2009.
Jessica’s Thanksgiving holiday is interrupted when she and Inspector George Sutherland from Scotland Yard stumble upon the body of a man with a carving knife stuck in his chest.
Barbieri, Heather. The lace makers of Glenmara : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Harper, c2009.
Fashion designer Kate Robinson, overwhelmed by heartbreak and loss, travels to her ancestral home of Ireland where she becomes involved with a group of lacemakers in the Gaelic village of Glenmara who provide her with inspiration, friendship, and strength for the future.
Belzer, Richard. I am not a psychic! 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2009.
Television cop Richard Belzer receives a strange phone call from his old newspaper colleague, Paul Venchus, pertaining to the mysterious death of starlet Bridget Burgeon twenty-six years earlier, and when Venchus turns up dead in Las Vegas, The Belz teams up with an eccentric female psychic to continue the investigation.
Berry, Steve, 1955-. The Paris vendetta : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, 2009.
Cotton Malone is startled from sleep by a stranger breaking into his home. The stranger introduces himself as Sam Collins, an American Secret Service agent and a friend of Henrik Thorvaldsen, Cotton’s dearest and most dangerous friend in the world. Fleeing operatives hot on Sam’s trail, he and Cotton go to Henrik’s estate where Cotton discovers that Henrik is actually hunting down the men who killed his son. In action that takes the three men from Copenhagen to Britain to France they unite in a common goal.
Best African American fiction, 2009. New York : Bantam Books, 2009.
A collection of sixteen fiction stories and novel excerpts by African-American authors, including ZZ Packer, Helen Elaine Lee, Michael Thomas, and others, which were originally published from 2006 through 2009.
Blackstock, Terri, 1957-. Intervention. Grand Rapids, Mich. : Zondervan, c2009.
Barbara Covington, having staged an intervention as her last attempt to help her drug-addicted eighteen-year-old daughter, finds her life going from bad to worse when the interventionist is found dead and her daughter goes missing.
Bolaño, Roberto, 1953-2003. The skating rink. New York : New Directions Books, c2009.
In the seaside town of Z, north of Barcelona, a murder is committed at a skating rink, and the mystery of the crime is slowly revealed through a discussion of a situation involving a beautiful figure skating champion named Nuria Martí.
Boswell, Robert, 1953-. The heyday of the insensitive bastards : stories. Saint Paul, Minn. : Graywolf Press, c2009.
Collects thirteen short stories by American writer Robert Boswell in which he explores the inner lives of ordinary people.
Boyden, Amanda. Babylon rolling. 1st Vintage Contemporaries ed. New York : Vintage Contemporaries; Vintage Books, 2009.
A gritty, unflinching story of five families—black, white and Indian—living along one block of Uptown, New Orleans.
Bredes, Don. The errand boy : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Three Rivers Press, 2009.
Twelve years after the events of ‘The Fifth Season,’ Hector and Wilma are happily married and expecting a baby. Then the couple are nearly run down by egg magnate Harold Tuttle’s overindulged and under-supervised son, Seb. Wilma is left comatose, and two days later Seb is found beaten to a bloody pulp. Harold hires Hector to investigate the murder. If he can’t solve the mystery, the lives of everyone he loves are on the line.
Brown, Sandra, 1948-. Rainwater : a novel. 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2009.
Ella Barron, mother of a son, ten, runs her Texas boarding house with the efficiency of a ship’s captain. Then she’s pulled into an unusual series of events when she reluctantly rents one of her rooms to the handsome and dying Dr. David Rainwater. The winds of change are blowing all over Texas, just as they are in the life that Ella has painstakingly built for herself and her son.
Brown, Sandra, 1948-. The devil’s own. Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2002.
Targeting a man whose tough exterior had kept him alive, a young woman formulates a desperate plan to save nine children, teaming up with him despite his disreputable and dangerous looks, and finding an unexpected and equally risky passion.
Bruns, Don. Stuff to spy for : a novel. Ipswich, Mass. : Oceanview Pub., c2009.
Best friends James Lessor and Skip Moore are still stuck in dead end jobs. When Skip lands a job to install a state-of-the-art security system for Synco Systems, they think their dreams have finally come true. But, as usual for these two, things are not exactly what they seem.
Carie, Jamie. Love’s first light : a novel. Nashville, Tenn. : B&H Pub., c2009.
After losing his family in the French Revolution, Christophe, the Count of St. Laurent, flees to an ancient castle on the southern border of France, where he meets Scarlett, a young widow who has the power to pull the count out of his depression, if they are both willing to let go of past secrets that could threaten their future.
Cash, Dixie. Curing the blues with a new pair of shoes. 1st Avon pbk. ed. New York : Avon A, 2009.
After someone steals the blue suede shoes on display at Hogg’s Drive-in, which were there to honor Elvis Presley’s birthday, Debbie Sue Overstreet and Edwina Perkins-Martin agree to help Salt Lick’s sheriff nab the thief.
Cherryh, C. J. Conspirator. New York : DAW Books, c2009.
In the aftermath of the atevi civil war, Bren Cameron, the human paidhi of Tabini-aiji, the ruler of the Western Association, leaves Bujavid for his country estate in Najida, but the peaceful community is no longer as safe as it once was; and meanwhile, Cajeiri, Tabini-aiji’s son, escapes his father’s boring tutelage and secretly follows Bren to the coast.
Chiaverini, Jennifer. A quilter’s holiday : an Elm Creek quilts novel. 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2009.
The Elm Creek Quilters come together the day after Thanksgiving to work on quilt blocks and projects that represent their thankfulness and gratitude and share stories of love, family, and friends.
Clockwork phoenix. : more tales of beauty and strangeness. Trade pbk. ed. Winnetka, CA : Norilana Books, 2009.
The second volume of this extraordinary new annual anthology series of fantastic literature dares to surpass the first, with works that sidestep expectations in beautiful and unsettling ways, that surprise with their settings and startle with the manner in which they cross genre boundaries, that aren’t afraid to experiment with storytelling techniques, and yet seamlessly blend form with meaningful function. The effervescent offerings found within these pages come from some of today’s most distinguished contemporary fantasists and brilliant rising newcomers.
Coel, Margaret, 1937-. The silent spirit. 1st ed. New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2009.
Father John O’Malley, attorney Vicky Holden, and Adam Lone Eagle agree to help a man uncover facts about the death of his grandson who left their reservation and traveled to California in search of information about his great-grandfather who went to Hollywood to appear in the first motion picture to feature Native Americans and never returned.
Cottam, Francis, 1957-. The house of lost souls. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2009, c2007.
Paul Seaton, a psychically sensitive journalist, returns to the haunted Fischer House on the Isle of Wight after four philosophy students have an unfortunate encounter in the building, and as he revisits the mansion’s dark legacy, he attempts to hold onto his own sanity.
Crichton, Michael, 1942-2008. Pirate latitudes : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Harper, c2009.
On Jamaica, a remote Caribbean colony in 1665, Captain Charles Hunter plots to steal Spanish gold from the galleon “El Trinidad,” which awaits repairs in a nearby, heavily fortified harbor that is guarded by Cazalla, a bloodthirsty commander.
Cristofano, David. The girl she used to be. 1st ed. New York : Grand Central, 2009.
A woman in her twenties, who has been in the Witness Protection Program since she was six-years-old, tires of constantly changing her name and lifestyle, and willingly goes with the man who knows her true identity, the Mafioso who was hired to kill her.
Cussler, Clive. The wrecker. New York : Putnam’s, c2009.
Detective Isaac Bell, working for the Van Dorn Detective Agency in 1907, is sent to stop a man known only as the Wrecker, a criminal who traverses the American West, sabotaging railroads and causing death while building up to what Bell guesses will be a grandiose and devastating act.
Dave, Laura. aut. The divorce party : [a novel]. New York [etc.] : Penguin Books, 2009.
On the event of their 35th wedding anniversary, Gwyn and Gabe Huntington decide to throw a party. To say that it will be memorable is an understatement because they’ve decided to divorce and want their friends and family to celebrate with them. The multi-generational story finds one woman at the end of her relationship and another at the beginning, both asking the same tough questions. How do you ever really know someone? Which relationships should you fight to keep, and which should you let go?.
Davis, Lydia, 1947-. The collected stories of Lydia Davis. 1st ed. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009.
The complete stories to date from a writer who ‘tinkers with nearly every convention imaginable’ (The New York Times Book Review).
Martin, Valerie, 1948-. The confessions of Edward Day : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Nan A. Talese, c2009.
Edward Day’s life is changed after he joins a weekend workshop for actors on the Jersey shore and develops an attraction to Madeleine Delavergne, a notion shared by Guy Margate, a fellow actor with a striking resemblance to Edward who saves him from drowning.
Deaver, Jeffery. A maiden’s grave. New York : Signet, [1996.], c1995.
Eight deaf schoolgirls are taken hostage by escaped convicts who are ready to kill the children if their demands are not met, but FBI negotiator Arthur Potter and deaf teacher Melanie Charrol, herself a hostage, are determined to save the innocent girls.
Denning, Troy. Abyss. 1st ed. New York : Del Rey/Ballantine Books, c2009.
Luke Skywalker tries to redeem the Jedi Order while searching for answers about Jacen Solo’s downfall, battling the Sith, and probing the mysteries of the Maw Cluster with his son, Ben.
Dewitt, Helen, 1957-. The last samurai. 1st pbk. ed. New York : Hyperion, c2000.
Ludo, a six-year-old prodigy, embarks on a quest to find his father.
Doss, James D. Grandmother Spider : a Charlie Moon mystery. New York : Avon Books, c2001.
Ute policeman Charlie Moon does not much believe in his Aunt Daisy’s visions, but her story about seeing a gargantuan arachnid rise up out of Navajo Lake seems to coincide a little too neatly with a series of murders.
Elkins, Aaron J. Skull duggery. 1st ed. New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2009.
Anthropology professor Gideon Oliver travels with his wife Julie to the Mexican village of Teotitlan de Valle for a vacation, but rest and relaxation escape him when he is asked to examine a mummified corpse found in the desert, gets involved in a cold-case investigation of a child’s murder, and discovers the ancient skull of a Zapotec princess in a local museum is actually that of a much-younger male.
Ellroy, James, 1948-. Blood’s a rover : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.
The unsolved heist of an armored car in Los Angeles in 1964 has far-reaching repercussions that ripple out to involve J. Edgar Hoover, Howard Hughes, the FBI, and the Mob.
Erdman, Paul Emil. The last days of America. New York : Simon & Schuster, c1981. An American businessman, an American corporation, and finally America itself get drawn into European diplomacy and corruption and go down the drain.
Evanovich, Janet. Foul play. New York : Harper, c2008.
Amy Klasse is replaced in her television job by a dancing chicken and accepts the offer to become the receptionist for handsome Jake Elliot at his veterinarian clinic, but when the dancing chicken suddenly disappears, Amy is blamed, and she and Jake search for clues to prove her innocence.
Evans, Richard Paul. The Christmas list. 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2009.
Successful businessman James Kier is shocked to see his obituary in the local paper and devastated at the harsh comments left by those who knew him, but instead of getting angry, James is inspired to turn over a new leaf, and as he looks back on his life and tries to make amends to the people he has hurt the most, he learns the true meaning of Christmas and the real price of love and family.
Fallada, Hans, 1893-1947. Every man dies alone. Brooklyn, N.Y. : Melville House, c2009.
Based on the true story of Elise and Otto Hampel, a working-class couple who defied the Third Reich, tells a story of Otto and Anna Quangel who launch a personal resistance campaign against the Gestapo after their only son is killed at the front.
Fallon, Jennifer. Warlord. New York : Tor, 2008.
Grieving the devastating loss of her closest confidante, Marla Wolfblade encounters a formidable adversary, while her son Damin finds his ability to fight invaders hampered by political factors, and mad Mahkas Damaran plots continued tyranny over the city of Krakandar.
Feehan, Christine. Dark slayer : a Carpathian novel. 1st ed. New York : Berkley Books, 2009.
Ivory Malinov, the Carpathian slayer of vampires who travels with a pack of wolves, frees Razvan the mage from his prison, and as they flee together, chased by Carpathian hunters and the undead, they begin to find new love.
Ferris, Monica. Blackwork. 1st ed. New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2009.
Part-time sleuth Betsy Devonshire investigates the murder of alcohol aficionado Ryan McMurphy, but has reservations about the guilt of Wicca member Leona Cunningham, who has been accused of the crime by some townspeople of Excelsior, Minnesota.
Finlay, C.C. The demon redcoat. New York : Ballantine, c2009.
When Deborah gives birth, a powerful demon called Balfri, summoned by the secret society of witches known as the Covenant, tries to possess the child. With the help of Benjamin Franklin and John Adams, Proctor takes the fight to the heart of the Covenant’s power in Europe, where he will uncover a dark, necromantic design of chilling proportions. Meanwhile, back in America, Deborah will face Balfri again, only this time the demon will have the whole British army to command. ‘Traitor to the Crown, Bk. 3’.
Flynn, Vince. Pursuit of honor : a novel. 1st Atria Books hardcover ed. New York : Atria Books, 2009.
Mitch Rapp, an elite counterterrorism operative, deals with the political uproar after a series of explosions devastates Washington, D. C., and must track down the three al-Qaida terrorists that are still at large, with help from Mike Nash, a trusted teammate who is mentally shaken after the attacks.
Ganek, Danielle. Lulu meets God and doubts him. New York : Viking, 2007.
Mia McMurray finds herself in the middle of an artistic frenzy when the gallery she works for features the sought-after work of an artist who was recently killed and manages to turn the situation to her advantage when she unexpectedly finds love and fame.
Gardner, James Alan. Vigilant. New York : Avon Eos, c1990.
Two species lived in peaceful coexistence on the planet Demoth until a deadly plague wiped out millions of the winged Ooloms while leaving humans untouched, helpless to do more than ease the suffering of their alien friends and neighbors. Faye Smallwood saw the horror firsthand, caring for the plague victims in her father’s hospital. She was there when he discovered the cure that made him famous. She was also there when a freak accident killed him. Desperate to escape her past, Faye joins the Vigil, a band of fiercely independent monitors charged with rooting out government corruption. To help in this struggle, her mind is linked to the powerful datasphere that regulates the planet...and suddenly, she receives a cryptic vision promising peace and healing. Instead, Faye becomes the target of unknown assassins in a sinister conspiracy that threatens to unleash a new and more deadly outbreak. For humans and Ooloms were not the first species to inhabit Demoth. Somewhere in the ruins of long-abandoned settlements, something was left behind: an alien technology of unimaginable potential to build—or destroy. Enemy agents will stop at nothing to find it. Some of Faye’s own people will kill to uncover its secret. With no one else to trust, she turns to the one person who can help unravel the mystery: Festina Ramos—explorer, outcast, ever-vigilant champion of those whom society deems expendable.
Gingrich, Newt. To try men’s souls : a novel of George Washington and the fight for American freedom. 1st ed. New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2009.
A historical novel that follows events in the lives of General George Washington, commander of the Continental Army, pamphleteer Thomas Paine, and merchant’s son Jonathan Van Dorn, as Washington prepares to cross the Delaware on Christmas, 1776, to launch a surprise attack on the British in Trenton.
Goddard, Robert. Name to a face. Delta trade pbk. ed. New York : Delta Trade Paperbacks, 2009, c2007.
Tim Harding travels to Cornwall to help his friend purchase a rare antique ring and while there he becomes involved with Hayley Winter, but when the ring is stolen and Hayley disappears, Tim discovers that no one can be trusted and things are not as they seem.
Green, George Dawes. Ravens. 1st ed. New York : Grand Central Pub., 2009.
The Boatwright family is thrilled and shocked when they are the sole winners of a $318 million dollar lottery jackpot, but their dream life turns into a nightmare when drifter Shaw McBride decides he wants half the money and will kill anyone who stands in his way.
Gregson, Julia. East of the sun. 1st Touchstone trade pbk. ed. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2009.
Autumn 1928. Three young women are on their way to India, each with a new life in mind. Rose, a beautiful but naïve bride-to-be, is anxious about leaving her family and marrying a man she hardly knows. Victoria, her bridesmaid, couldn’t be happier to get away from her overbearing mother, and is determined to find herself a husband. And Viva, their inexperienced chaperone, is in search of the India of her childhood, ghosts from the past and freedom. Each of them has her own reason for leaving their homeland but the hopes and secrets they carry can do little to prepare them for what lies ahead in India.
Grisham, John. Ford County : stories. 1st ed. New York : Doubleday, 2009.
Few details were provided on Grisham’s latest offering. All that is being revealed is that he returns to Ford County, Miss., and brings readers a collection of stories (his first) that will remind them once again why he is America’s favorite storyteller.
Grodstein, Lauren. A friend of the family : a novel. 1st ed. Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2009.
Pete Dizinoff has spent years working toward a life that would be, by all measures, deemed successful. A skilled internist, he’s built a thriving practice in suburban New Jersey. He has a devoted wife, a network of close friends, and an impressive house, and most important, he has a son, Alec, on whom he’s pinned all his hopes. Pete has afforded Alec every opportunity, bailed him out of close calls with the law, and even ensured his acceptance into a good college. But Pete never counted on the wild card: Laura, his best friend’s daughter—ten years older than Alec, irresistibly beautiful, with a past so shocking that it’s never spoken of. When Laura sets her sights on Alec, Pete sees his plans for his son not just unraveling but being destroyed completely. Believing he has only the best of intentions, he sets out to derail this romance and rescue his son. He could never have foreseen how his whole world would shatter in the process.
Grossman, Lev. The magicians : a novel. New York : Viking, 2009.
High school senior Quentin Coldwater’s real world never quite measures up to Fillory, the enchanted land in his favorite fantasy novels, and even an education at the mysterious Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy leaves him without purpose, but when he discovers a way into Fillory, his life becomes a dangerous adventure.
Gudenkauf, Heather. The weight of silence. Don Mills, Ont. : Mira, c2009.
Seven-year-old Callie, silent since a violent incident in her home three years earlier, is dragged off into the forest by her drunk, irrational father Griff one morning, and when her friend Petra disappears from her home at the same time, things begin to look very dark for Griff.
Hambly, Barbara. Darkmage. [Book Club ed.]. Garden City, N.Y. : N. Doubleday, c1988.
In her latest novel, The Silent Tower, Barbara Hambly has written a complex tale of dark magic, mystery and deadly danger involving a woman computer programmer who struggles to help a condemned wizard save—or perhaps destroy?—two worlds. Armed with a .38 Colt, a Renaissance gown, and a worn program computer disk, Joanna Sheraton crosses the Void and reenters a world of magic now threatened by the Dark Mage, whose mastery of the secrets of science and technology poses a danger to his world as well as her own. This sequel to The Silent Tower combines taut fantasy adventure with an intriguing love story.
Hamilton, Laurell K. Burnt offerings. Ace ed. New York : Ace Books, 1998.
Vampire hunter Anita Blake winds up trying to save the very monsters she has sworn to destroy when an arsonist begins terrorizing the city’s undead.
Hamilton, Laurell K. A caress of twilight. 1st mass market ed. New York : Ballantine Books, 2003, c2002.
Princess Meredith is heir to the throne of the City of Angels, but in order to claim it, she must produce a child before her cousin, Prince Cel, can.
Hand, Elizabeth. Generation loss : a novel. 1st Harvest ed. Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, 2008, c2007.
Thirty years after the height of her career, New York photographer Cass Neary gets an assignment to interview a reclusive artist in Maine, where she learns about the woman’s communal living and obsession with the mysteries of life and death.
Hannah, Sophie, 1971-. The wrong mother. New York : Penguin Books, 2009.
Sally Thorning is shocked when she hears that a man she had an affair with while on a secret vacation the previous year has been found dead, especially when the picture on the news is not the man she had fallen in love with.
Harbison, Elizabeth M. Hope in a jar. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2009.
Allie Denty and Olivia Pelham, inseparable as teens until a vicious rumor ended their friendship, meet again twenty years later at their high school reunion and team up to save a favorite classmate from marrying the wrong woman.
Harris, E. Lynn. Mama dearest. 1st Karen Hunter Pub./Pocket Books hardcover ed. New York : Pocket Books/Karen Hunter Pub., 2009.
Yancy Harrington Braxton has designs to star in a reality television series, but in order to live her dreams, Yancy will have to overcome Madison B., a rising star on the music charts, and the unbridled ambition of Ava Middlebrooks.
Harris, Charlaine. A touch of dead : Sookie Stackhouse, the complete stories. Ace hardcover ed. New York : Ace Books, 2009.
Contains five short stories from Charlaine Harris that feature Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic waitress, and her adventures with vampires, fairies, and other supernatural occurrences.
Harrison, Colin, 1960-. Risk. 1st Picador ed. New York : Picador, 2009.
George Young, an insurance firm lawyer who investigates suspicious claims, is asked by the firm founder’s eccentric wife—who only has months to live—to look into the truth behind the violent death of her son, Roger, who had become involved with a seductive Czech hand model named Eliska.
Hart, Carolyn G. Ghost at work : a Bailey Ruth mystery. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2008.
Bailey Ruth Raeburn, always great at solving mysteries, is thrilled to discover in death that she can play an even bigger role in lending a helping hand—especially when she sees that there is a dead man on the porch of Kathleen, a pastor’s wife, and that the pastor is sure to become a suspect.
Hatcher, Robin Lee. Dear lady. Grand Rapids, Mich. : Zondervan, c2000.
Beth Wellington travels halfway around the world to escape from a man she loathes, only to find herself falling in love with a man who still pines for his dead wife.
Hatcher, Robin Lee. Patterns of love. Grand Rapids, Mich. : Zondervan, c2001.
Swedish immigrant Inga Linberg arrives in Uppsala, Iowa, in the late nineteenth century and takes a job caring for the sick mother and two young nieces of dairy farmer Dirk Bridger, and though she chides her sisters for their infatuation with the handsome and hardworking Dirk, she cannot hide the growing truth that she too would like to attract his attention.
Hatcher, Robin Lee. In his arms. Grand Rapids, Mich. : Zondervan, c2001.
Mary Malone comes to America to join the father of the child sheâ€™s carrying, and instead has to flee New York when she thinks she has killed a man. Escaping to Idaho, she finds love, family, and faith.
Hijuelos, Oscar. Mr. Ives’ Christmas. 1st ed. New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c1995.
Mr. Ives’ personal peace and faith in the goodness of God are imperiled when his son is shot and killed just before Christmas.
Himes, Chester B., 1909-. Cotton comes to Harlem. 1st Vintage Books ed. New York : Vintage Books, 1988, c1965.
Deke O’Hara, black flim-flam man, is no sooner out of an Atlanta prison than he is working the scam of a lifetime. Then his money is stolen by white gunmen and hidden in a bale of cotton that everyone wants to find.
Hollinghurst, Alan. The line of beauty : a novel. New York : Bloomsbury, 2005.
Winner of 2004’s Man Booker Prize for fiction and one of the most talked about books of the year, The Line of Beauty is a sweeping novel about class, sex, and money that brings Thatcher’s London alive.
Hornby, Nick. Juliet, naked. New York : Riverhead Books, 2009.
Annie, with her relationship with Duncan over, strikes up an E-mail correspondence with Duncan’s idol Tucker Crowe, a reclusive singer/songwriter who has not been heard from in over twenty years, and possibilities abound when Tucker, about to release an acoustic version of his greatest album, is summoned to England—where Annie lives.
Huggins, James Byron. Hunter. New York : Simon & Schuster, c1990.
Hunter, a renowned tracker, is hesitant to accept a commission from a group of military men who want him to track a killer beast that is loose somewhere north of the Arctic Circle, and when he learns exactly what the creature is he has been seeking, Hunter wishes he had heeded his instincts to refuse the job.
James, Bill, 1929-. PIX. 1st American ed. Woodstock, VT : Countryman Press, 2009, c2008.
Detective Chief Superintendent Colin Harpur and his unstable boss, Assistant Chief Constable Desmond Illes, struggle to keep their community calm when a drug war erupts, a cache of valuable paintings is stolen, and a man is found murdered.
Just, Ward S. Exiles in the garden. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009.
Photographer Alec Monroe, having shunned his senator father’s political dreams for him and refused an assignment to cover the Vietnam War, connects with his ex-wife’s long-lost dad, an antifascist commander, and is forced to reflect on his life.
Kelly, Leisha. Rorey’s secret : a novel. Grand Rapids, MI : Revell, c2005.
Sarah Wortham is harboring a secret that could reveal the cause of the fire that destroyed their neighbor’s farm, but is caught between the truth and a promise to a dear friend.
Kelly, Leisha. Katie’s dream : a novel. Grand Rapids, MI : Revell, c2004.
Julia Wortham, counting herself blessed to have been given a farm on which to live with her husband Samuel and two children during the Great Depression, finds her faith tested when her brother-in-law, just out of prison, shows up at their home with a child he claims was fathered by Samuel.
Kelly, Leisha. Emma’s gift : a novel. Grand Rapids, Mich. : F.H. Revell, c2003.
In her sequel to Julia’s Hope, Kelly once again offers a compellingly simple tale of faith, hardship and community during the Great Depression. Using two points of view—those of Julia Wortham and her husband, Samuel—Kelly unfolds a series of events that will leave Julia with more questions about her faith than answers. As her neighbor Wilametta Hammond draws her last breaths, Julia despairs of understanding how a God of love could allow Wilametta to die. More unexpected chaos follows. With Wilametta’s 10 children motherless and George Hammond deranged with grief, Julia and Samuel try to pick up the pieces, caring for the children as best they can. (Publishers Weekly).
Kelly, Leisha. Julia’s hope. Grand Rapids, Mich. : F.H. Revell, c2002.
From a fresh new voice in Christian fiction comes this simple, well-told story of one family’s experience of love, generosity, forgiveness and faith during the Great Depression. Samuel and Julia Wortham and their two young children leave Harrisburg, Pa., with only eight dollars and three bags containing all their worldly goods. They’re hitchhiking to Vernon, Ill., where there is the promise of a job and a roof over their heads. Along the way, the family stumbles onto a deserted farmhouse belonging to the elderly widow Emma Graham, who was forced to leave her home because of her health and longs to return. As Julia works out a solution to her family’s troubles and Emma’s, the small farm promises to be a haven and place of healing for all concerned, if the neighbors don’t interfere. George Hammond’s farm adjoins Emma’s, and he sees the interlopers as moving in on his territory, while spinster Hazel Sharpe is determined to see her version of justice done. Kelly tells the story from several different points of view, handling the switches smoothly and changing voices believably. The faith threads in the novel are gently woven in, rather than feeling forced or contrived, and the writing is beautifully descriptive without being overdone. (Publishers Weekly).
Kim, Eugenia (Eugenia SunHee). The calligrapher’s daughter : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Henry Holt, 2009.
Najin Han, the headstrong daughter of a calligrapher in early twentieth-century Korea, is sent by her mother to become a companion of the young princess to prevent her father from forcing her to marry, but when the king is assassinated, Najin faces countless hardships on her quest for education and love.
King, Stephen, 1947-. Under the dome. 1st Scribner hardcover ed. New York : Scribner, 2009.
King introduces readers to the inhabitants of Chester’s Mills, Maine, and their frightening problem. The town has been inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. No one knows where it came from, when, or if it will go away. It’s in this cloistered town that Dale Barbara, an Iraq vet, and several of his fellow townsfolk, are pitted against Big Jim Rennie, a politician, who will stop at nothing to keep a horrible secret.
Kingsolver, Barbara. The lacuna : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Harper, c2009.
Harrison William Shepherd, a man caught between two worlds, Mexico and the United States in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, finds himself pulled into some of the twentieth century’s most tumultuous events as he searches for his true identity.
Koontz, Dean R. (Dean Ray), 1945-. Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein : a novel. New York : Bantam Books, c2009.
The final confrontation between a damned creature and its creator approaches as a hurricane approaches New Orleans and Victor Helios is faced by not only Deucalion—his first attempt to create a human—but other monstrosities that have evolved.
Koontz, Dean R. (Dean Ray), 1945-. The door to December. New York : Signet, , c1985.
A suspenseful thriller involving multiple murders and the supernatural.
Koontz, Dean R. (Dean Ray), 1945-. Breathless : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Bantam Books, c2009.
Reclusive carpenter Grady Adams and his friend, veterinarian Cammy Rivers, are enchanted by a pair of beautiful furred animals Grady discovered in the woods near his Colorado home, and they must figure out how to save the unique species and themselves when they are placed under quarantine by Homeland Security and targeted by biologists, naturalists, and scientists.
Lawhead, Steve. Tuck. Nashville, Tenn. : Thomas Nelson, c2009.
King Raven—Rhi Bran—has defended the people of Wales from their Norman overlords, but Rhi Bran, aided by Friar Tuck and his loyal band of forest outlaws, is being pursued by King William, Abbot Hugo, and the Sheriff de Glanville.
Le Clézio, J.-M. G. (Jean-Marie Gustave), 1940-. Desert. 1st U.S. ed. Boston : David R. Godine, 2009.
Presents two intertwining stories about a boy named Nour and his tribe, the Blue Men, who are driven out of the desert by French colonialists and struggle to find a new land; and about a descendant of the Blue Men named Lalla who flees a forced marriage and finds success as a model in France.
Lethem, Jonathan. Chronic city : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Doubleday, 2009.
Chase Insteadman, a former child star who supports his active Manhattan social life with residual income from a sitcom on which he worked whose scientist-astronaut fianceé is stuck in space, is befriended by a marijuana-smoking pop critic who enlists Chase’s help in unearthing the answers to several questions he has about truth and reality.
Lewycka, Marina, 1946-. We are all made of glue. London : Fig Tree, 2009.
Georgie Sinclair’s husband has left her; her sixteen-year-old son is busy exploring fundamentalist Christian websites and becoming more distant by the day; and all those overdue articles for Adhesives in the Modern World aren’t looking too appealing either. So when she spots Mrs. Shapiro, an eccentric old Jewish emigre neighbour with an eye for a bargain and a fondness for matchmaking, rummaging through her skip in the middle of the night, it’s just the distraction she needs. And although they mistrust each other at first (Georgie doesn’t like the look of that past-its-sell-by-date fish while Mrs Shapiro thinks it’s prize produce) a firm friendship is formed over the reduced-price shelf at the supermarket. And so when two slimy rival estate agents (one with a taste for bondage) start competing to trick Mrs Shapiro into selling her rickety old mansion, home also to seven stinky cats, Georgie must step in and help her new friend. Along the way she uncovers the long buried mysteries of Mrs. Shapiro’s past.
Lewycka, Marina, 1946-. Strawberry fields. 1st American ed. New York : Penguin Press, 2007.
A farmer’s indiscretions force a band of illegal migrant workers from different backgrounds to flee their strawberry fields and embark on a haphazard journey across England in search of better lives, an effort marked by an unlikely love affair.
Lindsay, Jeffry P. Dexter by design : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Doubleday, 2009.
Dexter Morgan returns from his honeymoon in Paris and gets to work perfecting his disguise as the perfect husband, father, and investigator, and wondering if he will be able to put his homicidal tendencies to rest, but when a new serial killer is identified, Dexter is once again drawn into the battle for fitting justice.
Lovesey, Peter. Skeleton Hill. New York : Soho, 2009.
Detective superintendent Peter Diamond investigates the murder of a professor who, while participating in a British Civil War reenactment, found the skeleton of a woman who was killed more than three hundred years earlier, and tries to connect the two deaths while finding the killer.
Lustbader, Victoria. Stone creek : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Harper, c2008.
Forty-six-year-old Lily, unable to connect with her workaholic husband Paul, and having given up hope of ever having a child, retreats to Stone Creek in the Catskills for the summer, where a chance encounter with young widower Danny and his five-year-old son, Caleb, brings big changes to all their lives.
Lynch, Jim, 1961-. Border songs. 1st ed. New York : Knopf, 2009.
Freakishly tall Brandon Vanderkool is pushed by his dairy farmer father into joining the Border Patrol and proves to be very adept at catching drug smugglers and illegal aliens trying to cross the ditch between British Columbia and Washington State, but his efforts do not necessarily please local residents who are not averse to turning a blind eye—for a small fee—to the traffic between borders.
MacBride, Stuart. Blind eye. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Minotaur Books, 2009.
Detective Sergeant Logan McRae contends with a serial offender who has been terrorizing a Polish community by leaving mutilated victims on building sites around Granite City.
Macomber, Debbie. 92 Pacific Boulevard. Don Mills, Ont. : Mira, c2009.
Troy Davis, sheriff of Cedar Grove, Washington, finds plenty to keep him occupied with a failed romance, a friend battling cancer, break-ins at 203 Rosewood Lane, and the unidentified remains found in a cave outside town.
Macomber, Debbie. The perfect Christmas. Don Mills, Ont. : Mira, c2009.
Thirty-three-year-old Cassie’s Christmas wish is for a husband and children and she decides to hire a professional matchmaker to help her dreams come true, but Simon Dodson demands Cassie complete three tasks before he introduces her to her perfect mate.
Macomber, Debbie. Small town Christmas. Don Mills, Ont. : Mira, c2008.
Return to promise—Mail-order bride. Contains two Christmas-themed novels by Debbie Macomber, including “Return to Promise” in which Cal Patterson and his wife, Jane, facing trouble in their marriage, separate and hope for a reconciliation at Christmas; and “Mail-Order Bride” in which Caroline Myers, having been dumped by her fiancé, is sent to Gold River, Alaska, where she spends Christmas with Paul Trevor, unaware of the fact that her aunts sent her as a mail-order bride.
Mansell, Jill. Miranda’s big mistake. Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks Casablanca, c2009.
Miranda plans the sweetest and most public revenge she can imagine when she learns her current boyfriend left his wife when she found out she was pregnant, and her quest for revenge and despair over her failed love life may prevent her from realizing the man of her dreams has been waiting for her all along.
Mantel, Hilary, 1952-. Wolf Hall : a novel. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Henry Holt, 2009. Henry VIII, anxious about the consequences of dying without a male heir, is denied permission to annul his marriage of twenty years and marry Anne Boleyn, but the power struggle between the Church and the Crown is mediated by astute politician Thomas Cromwell, who manages to get the king what he wants while keeping his eye on the prize of a free England.
Marciano, Francesca. The end of manners. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Pantheon Books, c2008.
Facing a moral dilemma, and physical dangers, Maria Galante, a photojournalist, must decide what to do when sent on an assignment with a hard-nosed reporter, Imo Glass, to capture the story of women in Kabul who have attempted suicide to escape their arranged marriages.
Marillier, Juliet. Heir to Sevenwaters. 1st ed. New York : ROC, c2008.
Clodagh, daughter of Lord Sean and Lady Aisling of Sevenwaters, travels with a warrior beyond the veil to the shadowy Otherworld to confront the prince who rules there, and reclaim her baby brother—the next heir to Sevenwaters—who was stolen from his room and replaced with a changeling.
McManus, Patrick F. The double jack murders : a Sheriff Bo Tully mystery. 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2009.
Sheriff Bo Tully, his father, and Dave, an expert tracker, head out to a remote part of Blight County to not only try and solve a seventy-five-year-old missing person’s case, but also to trap an escaped murderer who has his sights on killing Tully.
Mistry, Rohinton, 1952-. Family matters. 1st Vintage International ed. New York : Vintage, 2003, c2002.
Nariman Vakeel, the elderly patriarch of a small, discordant family in Bombay, finds himself at the mercy of his ungrateful stepchildren when an injury requires him to have constant care, but as he struggles to put his family life back together, he learns some important lessons about familial love.
Moning, Karen Marie. Dreamfever : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Delacorte Press, c2009.
MacKayla Lane, under the control of the Lord Master’s spell on the floor of a church, is sent into a seductive trance that consumes her mind while Jericho Barrons and Fae prince V’lane compete for her body and spirit.
Morgan, C. E., 1976-. All the living. 1st ed. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009.
Orren becomes lonely and confused over her life’s direction after she moves to an isolated tobacco farm with her lover, who inherited the land after his family was killed in an accident, and things are further complicated by Orren’s newfound friendship with a handsome preacher.
Morrissy, Mary, 1957-. Mother of pearl. New York : Scribner, c1995.
Irene Rivers, recovered from tuberculosis but remaining at the sanitarium because she has nowhere else to go, meets and marries Stanley Godwin in an attempt to find a life for herself. Stanley, however, is impotent. After a time, Irene steals a baby from the hospital and brings her home, naming her Pearl. The real mother, Rita Spain, hadn’t wanted the child to begin with; when the baby disappears Rita feels all the more guilty. She tells people that her baby was stillborn. Four years after the theft, Pearl is returned to Rita, who renames her Mary and tells her the story of a stillborn older sibling. This ‘ghost’ haunts Mary’s childhood.
Morton, Kate, 1976-. The forgotten garden : a novel. 1st Atria Books hardcover ed. New York : Atria Books, 2009, c2008.
When a little girl is abandoned on a ship going to Australia in 1913 and arrives with only her clothes and a book of fairy tales, she is raised by the dockmaster and his wife as their own; as a young woman, she travels to England where, over time, her own granddaughter eventually assembles the pieces of her life’s puzzle.
Neilson, Melany, 1958-. The Persia café. 1st ed. New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2001.
The life of Fannie Leary, a cook at a local cafe in Persia, Mississippi in the 1960s, changes forever when she discovers the body of Earnest March, a young African-American man who had been dating a white woman, floating dead in the Mississippi River.
Némirovsky, Irène, 1903-1942. David Golder : The Ball ; Snow in autumn ; The Courilof Affair. New York : Knopf, 2008.
Contains English translations of four novels by Jewish novelist Irène Némirovsky, including “David Golder” in which a greedy businessman reevaluates his life after having a heart attack.
Palmer, Diana. Men of the West. New York : Silhouette Books, c2004.
Harden—Evan—Donavan. Relive the spellbinding magic of Harden, Evan and Donavan when the spirited women who love these Men of the West lasso their elusive hearts.
Patterson, James, 1947-. I, Alex Cross : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown, 2009.
On his birthday, detective Alex Cross is informed that his niece, Caroline, has been brutally murdered and Cross’ investigation leads him to a fantasy-driven scene in Washington, D.C., where he realizes he is tracking a serial killer, but danger mounts when Cross connects the deaths to some very important people.
Peelle, Lydia. Reasons for and advantages of breathing. 1st ed. New York : Harper Perennial, c2009.
Contains eight short stories from the American writer, Lydia Peelle, that explore the lives of characters who have become estranged to their natural environments, and features “Mule Killers,” “Sweethearts of the Rodeo,” “This is Not a Love Story,” and others.
Pelecanos, George P. The way home : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2009.
Chris Flynn starts to work for his father’s company and discovers something troublesome in the floorboards of the house he is helping to remodel; and his father, Thomas, who is still adjusting to the fact that his son is grown and working, worries when Chris does not show up to work one morning.
Powers, Richard, 1957-. Generosity : an enhancement. 1st ed. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009.
Russell Stone, a creative nonfiction writing teacher in Chicago, encounters Thassadit Amzwar, a young Algerian woman whose exuberance he finds puzzling, and as he researches the woman, he learns about Thassadit’s genetic secret of happiness.
Pynchon, Thomas. Inherent vice. New York : Penguin Press, 2009.
Doc Sportello is surprised by his ex-girlfriend, who appears with knowledge of a plot against her billionaire lover in 1960s Los Angeles, and gets caught up in a bizarre series of events that involves surfers, a loan shark, a tenor sax player, and others.
Robb, J. D., 1950-. Kindred in death. New York : G. P. Putnam’s Sons, c2009.
The newly promoted Captain of the NYPSD and his wife are returning from vacation a day early and are looking forward to spending time with their daughter, who had not accompanied them on their trip. Not even their worst nightmares could have prepared them for the scene they found upon arriving at their home. Their daughter, Deena, 16, had been brutally murdered—her body showing signs of trauma that horrified even the toughest cops, including Lt. Eve Dallas.
Roberts, Nora. Bed of roses. Berkley trade paperback ed. New York : Berkley Books, 2009.
Emma Grant’s love of romance has helped her turn the wedding planning company she started with her three best friends into a success, but that same romantic streak may ruin her one chance at true love when her feelings for Jack, a longtime friend of all four girls, turn towards more than friendship.
Rose, Karen, 1964-. Have you seen her? New York : Warner Books, 2004.
Special Agent Steven Thatcher has a lot on his mind. A serial killer is targeting teenage girls and he’s on the case. In his personal life, his son, Brad, is suddenly misbehaving and failing in school. Brad’s teacher, Jenna Marshall, is worried too and discusses her concerns with Steven. They soon find themselves falling in love. But their courtship turns dangerous when they end up on the twisted path of a serial killer.
Rose, Karen, 1964-. I can see you. New York : Grand Central Pub., 2009.
Eve Wilson, who suffered an attack that left her face scarred, enters graduate school and starts research on the addictive aspects of the Internet, but when her test subjects begin to die of apparent suicides, Eve begins to work with detective Noah Webster to chase a killer.
Rosenblatt, Roger. Beet : a novel. 1st Harper Perenial ed. New York : Harper Perenial, 2009, c2008.
Peace Porterfield, an English professor at Beet College in New England, finds himself up against formidable odds and strange people as he tries to bring the institution back from the brink of disaster, where it has strayed in its effort to be trendy.
Rutherfurd, Edward. New York : the novel. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Doubleday, c2009.
The intertwining fates of characters rich and poor, black and white, native born and immigrant, brings to life the momentous events that shaped New York City and America: the Revolutionary War, the emergence of the city as a great trading and financial center, the excesses of the Gilded Age, the explosion of immigration in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the trials of World War II, the near-demise of New York in the 1970s and its roaring rebirth in the ’90s, and the attacks on the World Trade Center.
Schreiber, Joe, 1969-. Star Wars, death troopers. 1st ed. New York : Del Rey/Ballantine Books, c2009.
Several survivors from the Imperial prison barge “Purge” will do whatever it takes to stay alive, but they are not prepared for what awaits them aboard the Star Destroyer.
Schubart, Bill, 1945-. The Lamoille stories : tales of Vermont. White River Junction, VT : White River Press, 2008.
Author Bill Schubart brings to life the friends and characters of his native Lamoille County, where in the late 1950s and early 1960s, life was lived close to the earth and often against the grain. Schubart’s collection of twenty-two stories captures Vermont in its transition from an enclave of hill farms and small towns where everyone knew your grandfather to a place where vehicles bearing license plates from “away” mix with hippie vans filled with born-again Vermonters getting back to the land…until snowfall. It’s a time and place where the Jeeters of The Lamoille Stories rub elbows with the ladies of the Uplift Club, all to the fiddle accompaniment of Québécois music played by people whose conversations often weave French and English together in a single sentence. Schubart’s full-hearted and compassionate evocation of this Vermont is by turns poignant, funny and savory. The stories give readers a good excuse to stay up too late to discover how Wyvis will circumvent the new Vermont prohibition on having more than three junk cars in your yard or how Charlie is going to get Edgar to pay him for his new chimney. Schubart’s thoroughly enjoyable short story collection is as finely etched as the frost crystals on your winter window.
Sethi, Ali. The wish maker. New York : Riverhead Books, 2009.
Zaki Shirazi, a fatherless boy, is raised in contemporary Pakistan along with his female cousin, Samar, while surrounded by outspoken women, and as the cousins grow up and their lives diverge, they learn about the nature of happiness, selfhood, and commitment.
Stasheff, Christopher. The warlock wandering. New York, N.Y. : Berkley Pub. Group, c1986.
Five hundred years from their own time on the magical planet Gramarye, Rod and Gwen Gallowglass are held captive on another world. Lost within time and space they struggle for freedom and survival.
Stephens, C. A. (Charles Asbury), 1844-1931. “Sailing on the ice” and other stories from the old squire’s farm. Nashville, Tenn. : Rutledge Hill Press, c1996.
This new collection of twenty-eight stories follows on the heels of the critically-acclaimed anthology Stories from the Old Squire’s Farm. It centers around six children orphaned by the Civil War and being raised on their grandparents’ farm in rural Maine. It reminds us how storytellers such as Stephens are the true historians, for they are the preservers of emotion, the documentarians of feeling. “Nobody does the late-19th century on the ground better, more gently or with a lighter hand than Stephens,” says the Courier-Gazette. With the works of C. A. Stephens still entertaining the young and the young at heart, we can rest assured that the memories and the wisdom of a gentler time will always be around to comfort and teach us.
Stirling, S. M. The sword of the lady : a novel of the change. New York : Roc, c2009.
Rudi Mackenzie, having traveled across the land that used to be the U.S., attempts to find the source of The Change, an event that fundamentally altered the world, and when he arrives at a small community in Nantucket, he finds a unique sword that will determine his own destiny.
Stoker, Dacre. Dracula : the un-dead. New York : Dutton, c2009.
A sequel to Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” set twenty-five years after the vampire was destroyed, in which Quincey, the son of Jonathan and Mina Harker, having left law school to pursue an acting career, learns the secrets of his parents’ past through a production of the play “Dracula,” directed by Bram Stoker, and stumbles upon a plot to kill all the people involved in Count Dracula’s demise.
Stott, Rebecca. The coral thief : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2009.
Daniel Connor, a medical student from Edinburgh, arrives in nineteenth-century Paris to study anatomy only to discover that his letters of introduction and rare coral specimens have been stolen by a woman whose world of outlaws and radical theories of evolution he gradually becomes acquainted with.
Strom, Kay Marshall, 1943-. The call of Zulina. Nashville, TN : Abingdon Press Fiction, c2009.
Grace Winslow, the daughter of an English sea captain and African princess in West Africa in 1787, flees the family compound to escape an unwanted betrothal, and becomes caught up in a slave revolt in which she finds herself sympathizing with the slaves—especially the passionate Cabeto.
Stross, Charles. Wireless. 1st ed. New York : Ace Books, 2009.
In this collection of short stories, novelist Stross moves the U.S.-U.S.S.R. conflict onto a massive disk in another galaxy in “Missile Gap,” offers a spam-filter solution to the Fermi paradox in “MAXOS,” suggests clever bargains with the devil in a newly frozen Scotland in “Snowball’s Chance,” and sets the stage for appearances by Carl Sagan and Stephen Jay Gould in “The Colder War.”
Sulivan, Jean. Eternity, my beloved. 1st River Boat Books ed. St. Paul, MN : River Boat Books, 1998.
Eternity, My Beloved tells the story of a rebel priest, Jerome Strozzi, who falls between the cracks of both church and state during the German occupation of Paris during World War II. Befriending prostitutes, petty thieves, and con-men, he becomes the unofficial pastor of the notorious Pigalle district. Told by a skeptical narrator who is himself searching for Strozzi’s secret, this contemporary lyric masterpiece becomes a sustained meditation on love and freedom.
Theorin, Johan, 1963-. The darkest room : a novel. Delta Trade pbk. ed. New York : Delta Trade Paperbacks, 2009.
Stockholm schoolteacher Joakim Westin, having lost his wife in a mysterious drowning accident after relocating with her and his children to the northern island of Öland, decides to conduct his own investigation, learning that rookie police officer Tilda Davidsson also thinks the death is suspicious and uncovering disturbing secrets about the town’s past.
Thoene, Bodie, 1951-. A thousand shall fall. Minneapolis, MN : Bethany House, c1992.
The peace and prosperity promised with the end of World War I fail to come to pass for two ex-soldiers—Arkansas farmer Birch Tucker, who faces the loss of everything he and his family have worked for; and Max Meyer, a financial columnist who may have to forfeit his wealth and influence to gain the son he never knew he had.
Thoene, Bodie, 1951-. In my father’s house. Minneapolis : Bethany House, c1992.
Max Meyer, a Jew from New York; Ellis Warne, an Irish doctor’s son; Birch Tucker, an Arkansas farm boy; and African-American Jefferson Canfield, join together in a common cause on the battlefield of the Great War, but their friendship is tested by the racial, religious, and cultural intolerance they encounter when they return home.
Thurman, Wallace, 1902-1934. The blacker the berry-- 1st Scribner Paperback Fiction ed. New York : Scribner Paperback Fiction, c1996.
One of the most widely read and controversial works of the Harlem Renaissance, The Blacker the Berry was the first novel to openly explore prejudice within the Black community. This pioneering novel found a way beyond the bondage of Blackness in American life to a new meaning in truth and beauty. Emma Lou Brown’s dark complexion is a source of sorrow and humiliation—not only to herself, but to her lighter-skinned family and friends and to the white community of Boise, Idaho, her home-town. As a young woman, Emma travels to New York’s Harlem, hoping to find a safe haven in the Black Mecca of the 1920s. Wallace Thurman re-creates this legendary time and place in rich detail, describing Emma’s visits to nightclubs and dance halls and house-rent parties, her sex life and her catastrophic love affairs, her dreams and her disillusions—and the momentous decision she makes in order to survive.A lost classic of Black American literature, The Blacker the Berry is a compelling portrait of the destructive depth of racial bias in this country. A new introduction by Shirlee Taylor Haizlip, author of The Sweeter the Juice, highlights the timelessness of the issues of race and skin color in America.
Trevor, William, 1928-. Love and summer. 1st American ed. New York : Viking, 2009.
Ellie Dillahan leads a shy, quiet life alongside her husband in Rathmoye, a small Irish town, but a chance encounter with Florian Kilderry, a young photographer set on escaping both Ireland and his past, sparks a love affair and tempts Ellie to make a difficult decision.
Walls, Jeannette. Half broke horses : a true-life novel. 1st Scribner hardcover ed. New York : Scribner, 2009.
Lily Casey Smith grows up breaking horses with her father and leaves home at fifteen to ride five hundred miles in order to teach in a frontier town before encountering various difficulties, marrying a rancher, and speaking out against prejudice in various parts of the U.S.
Weber, David, 1952-. By heresies distressed. 1st ed. New York : Tor, 2009.
Two Kingdoms, Charis and Chisholm, join forces against the tyranny and corruption of the Church, which has suppressed technology for eight hundred years, and when cybernetic avatar Merlin Athrawes develops ways to defeat enemy agents, the Church rulers take drastic measures.
Shelly, Gary B. Microsoft Office Excel 2007 : comprehensive concepts and techniques. Australia ; Boston : Course Technology/Cengage Learning, c2008.
A comprehensive guide to using Microsoft Excel 2007 that covers creating a worksheet and an embedded chart, formulas, functions, formatting, Web queries, financial functions, amortization schedules, working with tables, SmartArt, and other related topics, and includes explanatory screenshots.
Farkas, Meredith G., 1977-. Social software in libraries : building collaboration, communication, and community Online. Medford, N.J. : Information Today, c2007.
A guide for libraries and librarians that discusses popular social software technologies—blogs, RSS, wikis, social networking, screencasting, photo-sharing, podcasting, instant messaging, gaming, and more—and provides examples and interviews to explain the impact of each technology.
Jones, Alex S. Losing the news : the future of the news that feeds democracy. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
Examines the accountability of fact-based news reporting in the early twenty-first century, and discusses the impact of the Internet on reported news, journalistic objectivity and ethics, and other topics.
The Onion : Dispatches from the tenth circle : the best of The onion. 1st ed. New York : Three Rivers Press, c2001.
A collection of articles from the satirical newspaper “The Onion.”
The onion ad nauseam. : complete news archives, V.15. 1st ed. New York : Three Rivers Press, c2004.
Collects all issues of the parody newspaper “The Onion” spanning October 2002-October 2003, which feature political and celebrity satire and headlines such as “Man Thinks Receptionist Is Hitting On Him.”
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Lewis, Thea. Haunted Burlington : spirits of Vermont’s Queen City. Charleston, SC : Haunted America, 2009.
A hero keeps watch—Memories in the meadow—Backstage ghost—Haunted harbor—At home with Henry—Phantoms of the Opera House—The black cat—Spirits of the overlook—America’s first serial killer—The legend of Timothy Follett—Terror in the walk in—The haunted mall—Next-door nightmares. The vibrant city of Burlington is a perpetual hub of activity, with hordes of shoppers strolling up and down Church Street and groups of college students scattered about the lawns of UVM. Stop and listen to the stories of Queen City Ghostwalk guide Thea Lewis, and discover the ghostly shapes and spirits that appear among the throngs of the city s living. Meet the mischievous poltergeist who haunts Converse Hall and the ghost of the Flynn Theater. Take a peek at peculiar happenings at the Firehouse Center or the old Howard Opera House. Lewis delivers plenty of chills with a strong dose of history and a pinch of humor.
Zimmermann, Denise. The complete idiot’s guide to wicca and witchcraft. 2nd ed. Indianapolis, IN : Alpha, c2003.
A revised edition, updated with magickal concentration exercises, magickal ethics, expanded coverage of Wicca and its deities, and new spells and recipes.—From publisher description.
Corbett, Ken. Boyhoods : rethinking masculinities. New Haven : Yale University Press, c2009.
Familiar and expected gender patterns help us to understand boys but often constrict our understanding of any given boy. Writing in a wonderfully robust and engaging voice, Ken Corbett argues for a new psychology of masculinity, one that is not strictly dependent on normative expectation. As he writes in his introduction, “no two boys, no two boyhoods are the same.” In Boyhoods Corbett seeks to release boys from the grip of expectation as Mary Pipher did for girls in Reviving Ophelia.
Maitland, Sara, 1950-. A book of silence. Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint, c2008.
The author, one of six children, who grew up to be a vocal feminist and mother, describes how she fell in love with silence in her late forties while living alone in the country, discusses her experiences with quiet in the Sinai desert, the Scottish hills, and the Isle of Skye, and explores the cultural history of silence.
Munson, Ronald, 1939-. Raising the dead : organ transplants, ethics, and society. Oxford [U.K.] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.
Traces the history of organ transplantation in the United States, and discusses how they are performed, how doctors decide who receives a new organ, and how society has dealt with the issues raised by it.
Fortgang, Laura Berman. The little book on meaning : why we crave it, how we create it. New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, c2009.
In The Little Book on Meaning, Fortgang reveals that while our hunger for a “meaningful” life can be enormous, our desire for meaning is usually satiated by small, bite-size morsels of meaning—the little, almost incidental events or “achievements” that comprise the fabric of our lives. According to Fortgang, meaning is where you look for it and through tenderly drawn stories from her own life and the lives of those around her, she shows readers how they too can peek around corners to discover the small elements of their lives that truly matter.
Armstrong, Karen, 1944-. The case for God. 1st ed. New York : Knopf, 2009.
Examines how humans from prehistoric times to the present have tried to experience a sacred reality, describing the different ways religion has been practiced and how attitudes towards a holy being have changed throughout time.
Geoghegan, Jeffrey C. The Bible for dummies. New York : Wiley Pub., c2003.
The Bible For Dummies explains in plain English what’s in the Bible, how it’s organized, who wrote it, and what it’s all about. This engaging guide includes easy-to-use maps, charts, and pictures to help you make sense of the Bible and important historical and cultural insights that bring the Bible to life. Writing from an interfaith perspective, the authors focus on the Bible not only as a holy book for people of faith but also as a cultural reference necessary for understanding works of art, literature, and public discourse. With fascinating background information, The Bible For Dummies is an interesting one-stop guide to the world’s all-time bestseller.
Chopra, Deepak. The third Jesus : the Christ we cannot ignore. 1st ed. New York : Harmony Books, c2008.
Explores the teachings of Jesus Christ and discusses how they are accessible to everyone, contending that Jesus is not only a historical figure and the Son of God, but also a spiritual guide.
Steinfels, Peter. A people adrift : the crisis of the Roman Catholic Church in America. New York : Simon & Schuster, c2003.
Argues that the Catholic Church in the United States must transform itself or suffer irreversible decline, discussing how a combination of generational change and the thinning ranks of priests and nuns are creating a crisis of leadership and identity.
Jessop, Carolyn, 1968-. Escape. 1st ed. New York : Broadway Books, c2007.
Carolyn Jessop recounts her involvement in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which forced her to become the fourth wife of a fifty-year-old man before she managed to escape and expose the group and its practices, leading to the arrest of their notorious leader, Warren Jeffs.
Solnit, Rebecca. A paradise built in hell : the extraordinary communities that arise in disaster. New York : Viking, c2009.
Draws on archival research and oral histories to examine community responses to disasters, such as earthquakes, heat waves, terrorist attacks, and hurricanes.
Garbarino, James. Lost boys : why our sons turn violent and how we can save them. 1st Anchor Books ed. New York : Anchor Books, 2000.
A leading psychologist examines the recent explosion of adolescent violence, identifies children at risk, and offers proven methods to prevent aggressive behavior.
Caldwell, Christopher. Reflections on the revolution in Europe : immigration, Islam, and the West. 1st ed. New York : Doubleday, c2009.
Examines the question of whether the immigration of a large number of Muslims to Europe fundamentally alters the culture of the region, and considers social, political, and cultural implications of the demographic change.
Vollmann, William T. Imperial. New York : Viking, 2009.
The author analyzes the social, economic, and cultural history of Imperial County, California; and discusses immigration, agribusiness, corporate exploitation, and other topics.
Bronson, Po, 1964-. Nurtureshock : new thinking about children. 1st ed. New York : Twelve, 2009.
Contains ten essays that challenge conventional wisdom about raising children, contending that good intentions in child rearing practices are actually backfiring and discussing topics such as praise, emotional well-being, race, lying, and teen rebellion.
Altoonian, Linda. Living agelessly : answers to your most common questions about aging gracefully. New York : DiaMedica Pub., c2009.
A guide to superlative living and health for midlife, and provides tips and advice on nutrition, exercise, family relationships, volunteering, travel, and more.
Bawer, Bruce, 1956-. Surrender : appeasing Islam, sacrificing freedom. 1st ed. New York : Doubleday, c2009.
Reveals how a combination of fear and political correctness has forced politicians, intellectuals, religious leaders, and the media in both America and abroad to appease radical Islam, even when it means they must sacrifice basic values such as freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
West, Cornel. Restoring hope : conversations on the future of Black America. Boston, Mass. : Beacon Press, c1997.
The author interviews nine of America’s most influential artists, scholars, and public figures about the sources of hope among African-Americans.
Bronson, Po, 1964-. Why do I love these people? : honest and amazing stories of real families. 1st ed. New York : Random House, c2005.
Presents twenty stories of real people who have struggles with various problems of love, relationships, and families; and describes how each one either mended that relationship or moved on to find a better life.
Myerson, Julie. The lost child : a mother’s story. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Bloomsbury, 2009.
Julie Myerson shares how her search for the grave of a young woman who died in Regency, England, before her artistic potential could be realized helped her cope with her feelings of grief, failure, and confusion over her son’s drug addiction and her decision to kick him out of their home.
Tannen, Deborah. You were always mom’s favorite! : sisters in conversation throughout their lives. 1st ed. New York : Random House, c2009.
Tommy Smothers, one half of the 1960’s comedy team The Smothers Brothers, often chided his brother Dick with, ‘Mom always liked you best.’ Siblings have probably been saying that to one another for uncountable years. Tannen, the youngest of three girls, delivers the last word on sisters as she shares insights, anecdotes, and practical solutions, to help readers understand the special gifts and strains of sister relationships.
Savageau, David. Places rated almanac. 7th ed., 25th anniversary ed. Washington, DC : PlacesRatedBooks, c2007.
Ranks and compares 379 metropolitan areas across the United States, considering cost of living, transportation, jobs, education, climate, crime, ambience, health care, and recreation.
Blumenthal, Max. Republican Gomorrah : inside the movement that shattered the party. New York : Nation Books, c2009.
An investigation of the Christian right, the conservative movement the author says is controlling the Republican Party in the early twenty-first century, with profiles of some of the movement’s leading figures, including Newt Gingrich, Ted Haggard, Sarah Palin, and others.
Alterman, Eric. When Presidents lie : a history of official deception and its consequences. New York : Viking, 2004.
Examines four key lies told by American presidents in the postwar period, explaining why presidents choose to lie about the Yalta conference, the Cuban Missle Crisis, the Gulf of Tonkin incident, and the Central American wars of the 1980s, and how those lies impacted the American people.
Radosh, Allis. A safe haven : Harry S. Truman and the founding of Israel. 1st ed. New York : Harper, c2009.
Explores the events that surround the United States’ decision to become the first nation to recognize the State of Israel in 1948, and discusses the global pressures that President Harry S. Truman faced over making his decision.
Sorkin, Andrew Ross. Too big to fail : the inside story of how Wall Street and Washington fought to save the financial system from crisis—and themselves. New York : Viking, 2009.
Examines the financial crisis of the early twenty-first century and how powerful people in finance and politics have wrestled with the problem, and analyzes secret alliances and human dramas amid the bankruptcy of investment banks such as Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch.
Faber, David, 1964-. And then the roof caved in : how Wall Street’s greed and stupidity brought capitalism to its knees. Hoboken, NJ : Wiley, c2009.
Presents a discussion of the financial collapse of 2008, covering its causes, including greed, deregulation by the U.S. government, and bad financial decisions, and the consequences, with an analysis of the actions of insiders from investment banks and mortgage lenders who were motivated by short-term profit instead of sustainability.
Friedman, Barry, 1958-. The will of the people : how public opinion has influenced the Supreme Court and shaped the meaning of the Constitution. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009.
This account of the relationship between the American public and the Supreme Court from the Declaration of Independence to the end of the Rehnquist Court in 2005 details how the American people came to accept this controversial institution.
Burns, James MacGregor. Packing the court : the rise of judicial power and the coming crisis of the Supreme Court. New York : Penguin Press, 2009.
Examines the judicial power of the Supreme Court and how its growing power disrupts the system of checks and balances established by the U.S. Constitution; and discusses the appointment history from 1789 to the twenty-first century, and how American presidents have sought to fill the bench with like-minded justices.
Hammergren, John. Skin in the game : how putting yourself first today will revolutionize health care tomorrow. Hoboken, N.J. : J. Wiley, c2008.
While the American health care system has consistently been criticized for its noticeable detriments, few have taken the time to recognize the significant benefits and potential of this system. But with Skin in the Game, authors John Hammergren and Phil Harkins provide a comprehensive overview of the history of our health care system, an explanation of its current state, and a picture of the great strides that they see being made in the near future.
Weil, Andrew. Why our health matters : a vision of medicine that can transform our future. New York : Hudson Street Press, c2009.
Dr. Andrew Weil examines the state of health care in America during the early twenty-first century and outlines a solution he believes will lead to an effective, accessible, and affordable health care system.
Kristof, Nicholas D., 1959-. Half the sky : turning oppression into opportunity for women worldwide. 1st ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.
Tells the stories of women in Africa and Asia who have been victims of sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality, and shows how girls’ education and micro-finance can change their lives while providing a boost to the economies of developing countries.
Nielsen, Ron. The little green handbook : seven trends shaping the future of our planet. 1st Picador ed. New York : Picador, 2006.
Presents up-to-date facts and figures about the current environmental crisis, its impact on the planet, and future outlook, with an overview of the most important global developments, and suggestions for positive change.
Goldhagen, Daniel Jonah. Worse than war : genocide, eliminationism, and the ongoing assault on humanity. 1st ed. New York : PublicAffairs, c2009.
An investigation of genocide, arguing that the problem should be considered as part of a larger political phenomenon the author calls eliminationism, identifying the elements of eliminationism, and discussing how it can be prevented.
Dolnick, Edward, 1952-. The rescue artist : a true story of art, thieves, and the hunt for a missing masterpiece. 1st Harper Perennial ed. New York : Harper Perennial, 2006, c2005.
Presents a comprehensive examination of the 1994 theft of Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,” a seventy-two million dollar painting stolen from the National Gallery in Oslo on the opening day of the Winter Olympics, and describes the extensive investigation led by American art detective and undercover cop, Charley Hill.
Fazzioli, Edoardo. Chinese calligraphy : from pictograph to ideogram : the history of 214 essential Chinese/Japanese characters. 1st American ed. New York : Abbeville Press, c1987.
A guide to reading the pictographs or symbols of the Chinese language, focusing on the 214 radicals of the Kang Xi; divided into eight groups based on analogies in form or meaning.
Dawkins, Richard, 1941-. The greatest show on Earth : the evidence for evolution. 1st Free Press hardcover ed. New York : Free Press, 2009.
Richard Dawkins presents a defense of the theory of evolution, examining evidence from science in support of the theory, and explaining why he believes advocates of “intelligent design” are wrong.
Birch, Beryl Bender. Power yoga : the total strength and flexibility workout. New York : Simon & Schuster, c1995.
Demonstrates Astanga, an ancient form of yoga that features a series of choreographed gymnastic stretching, strengthening, and breathing positions.
Kelly, John, 1945-. The great mortality : an intimate history of the Black Death, the most devastating plague of all time. 1st Harper Perennial ed. New York : Harper Perennial, 2006, c2005.
Traces the history of the Black Death that spread across Europe in the fourteenth century, describing the devastating impact the plague had on European history and culture.
Bradlee, Quinn. A different life : growing up learning disabled and other adventures : a memoir. 1st ed. New York : PublicAffairs, c2009.
Quinn Bradlee, son of “Washington Post” editor Ben Bradlee and columnist and author Sally Quinn, reveals the challenges and triumphs he experienced growing up with a learning disability, telling of his struggles before being diagnosed at age fourteen with Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome, and discussing his development of an interactive Website for the learning disabled community.
Outsmart diabetes. [Emmaus, PA] : Rodale Press, c2004.
Combines authoritative guidelines on how to stay healthy and avoid the complications of diabetes with sound advice on preventing the onset of Type 2 diabetes among high-risk adults, information on the latest diabetes medications and monitoring technologies, exercise tips, and menus.
Marks, David R. The headache prevention cookbook : eating right to prevent migraines and other headaches. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2000.
Presents over one hundred recipes for breakfast and brunch foods, appetizers, soups, pasta, poultry, meats, fish, side dishes, and desserts, all featuring ingredients that have proven not to be triggers for migraines and other headaches.
Lange, Vladimir. Be a survivor : your guide to breast cancer treatment. 2nd ed., fully rev. Los Angeles : Lange Productions, c2002.
Informative, empowering, and concise, this user-friendly book is designed to help the patient and her family participate in her treatment and recovery. Developed in consultation with 28 medical experts, it provides information about standard treatments, complementary therapies, clinical trials, and more. Illustrations.
Devgan, Uday, 1969-. Cataract surgery : a patient’s guide to cataract treatment. Omaha, Neb. : Addicus Books, c2008.
A practical guide that answers a number of commonly asked questions about cataract surgery, with color photographs showing how cataracts are removed.
Streicher, Lauren F. The essential guide to hysterectomy : a gynecologist’s advice on your choices before, during, and after surgery, including alternatives to hysterectomy. New York : M. Evans & Co., c2004.
In clear, conversational language, Dr. Lauren Streicher discusses everything a woman needs to know to make informed choices about this often-controversial subject, including: emotions and sex after surgery, hormone replacement and much more.
Dolan, Deirdre. The complete organic pregnancy. 1st ed. New York : Collins, c2006.
Presents a health and hygiene guide for pregnant women, and focuses on organic solutions, and discusses all areas of daily life including diet, living environments, fitness, beauty, and more; and also contains recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, baby food, and more.
Gordon, Sandra. The aging eye. New York : Fireside, c2001.
One out of every five of us is affected by impaired vision by the time we turn sixty-five. To help you preserve your vision now—and beyond—The Aging Eye discusses three common eye disorders that pose the greatest threat to your vision: cataracts, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This valuable guide will help you determine whether you are at risk of developing these disorders, describes their symptoms, and discusses diagnosis and the latest treatments.
Davis, Thomas Bieber, 1942-. Audel millwrights and mechanics guide. All new 5th ed. Indianapolis, IN : Wiley Pub., c2004.
Here, in concise, straightforward language, is the guidebook your father trusted, completely overhauled and updated for the first time in three decades. Clearly organized to help you find what you need, it covers tools, drawing and sketching, measuring and connecting, installation, bearings, motor maintenance, electrical devices, structural steel, and more. Everything about the newest equipment is here, as well as information vital to maintaining the older machinery still found in many shops.
Thompson, Robert Bruce. Repairing and upgrading your PC. 1st ed. Sebastopol, CA : O’Reilly, c2006.
“Repairing and Upgrading Your PC” delivers start-to-finish instructions, simple enough for even the most inexperienced PC owner, for troubleshooting, repairing, and upgrading your computer.
Nelson, Craig, 1955-. Rocket men : the epic story of the first men on the moon. New York : Viking, 2009.
Chronicles the American space program’s quest to put a man on the moon, from the origins of the NASA program to the day the “Eagle” lunar module landed on the moon, making Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong the first humans to walk on the moon.
Regel, Pat, 1947-. The houseplant survival guide. Newtown, CT : Taunton Press, c1997.
Presents the basics of plant care, offering information on light, watering, fertilizing, humidity, and repotting; discussing how to combat plant pests; and presenting color photographs for easy plant identification.
Kojima, Toyoharu. Legacy of the dog : the ultimate illustrated guide to over 200 breeds. San Francisco : Chronicle Books, 1995. , c1993.
Illustrated guide to over 200 breeds of dogs, arranged by group type, such as herding group, working group, and terrier group. Each breed includes photographs, background notes, key characteristics, care and exercise tips, and puppies and training information.
Superb slices. Singapore : Periplus, 2000.
Slices are a fabulous all-occasion treat for experienced cooks and complete beginners alike.
Eichner, Bill, 1944-. The new family cookbook : recipes for nourishing yourself and those you love. White River Junction, VT : Chelsea Green, c2000.
The New Family Cookbook is a thoroughly engaging compendium of tips, facts, and recipes for flavorful, exciting dishes drawn from cultures and cuisines worldwide and eminently suited for the family table. From hors d’oeuvres such as Deviled Eggs and Marinated Mushrooms, to Vegetable dishes ranging from Spinach and Portobello Mushroom Stir-Fry and Green Pepper Vegetable Au Gratin, to Fish And Meat entrees like Grilled Tuna Steaks and Roasted Chicken, to mouth-watering desserts like Pumpkin-Pecan Spice Cake and Raspberry Sherbet, The New Family Cookbook offers palate pleasing, appetite satisfying, kitchen-cook friendly dishes for every occasion.
Diabetic meals. Des Moines, Iowa : Grand Avenue Books, c2005.
Fresh and satisfying ideas for everyone in the family, any day of the week.
Silverstone, Alicia. The kind diet : a simple guide to feeling great, losing weight, and saving the planet. [Emmaus, Pa.] : Rodale, c2009.
Actress Alicia Silverstone discusses the benefits of a plant-based diet and offers recipes.
Black, Maggie. The medieval cookbook. New York : Thames and Hudson, 1992.
Contains eighty recipes taken from medieval manuscripts, reflecting all levels of society; adapted for the modern kitchen.
Loomis, Susan Herrmann. Cooking at home on rue Tatin. New York : Morrow, 2005.
This companion to “On Rue Tatin” includes easy, accessible recipes for French cuisine including appetizers, soups, salads, poultry, meats, fish, breads, pastries, and desserts.
Husain, Shehzad. Healthy Indian cooking. London : Lorenz Books, 2002.
A guide to cooking simple, healthy Indian dishes that includes information on the different ingredients commonly used and recipes for a variety of vegetarian dishes, entrees, breads, rice, salads, side dishes, and desserts.
O’Rourke, Kathleen. Cooking with the spices of India : 50 easy to follow recipes to transform ordinary foods into extraordinary meals. 1st ed. Palo Alto, Calif. : Culinary Alchemy, c1995.
In India, a centuries old tradition in home cooking is the source of extraordinary dishes and meals.
Grigson, Jane. The mushroom feast. New York : Lyons & Burford, .
A delightful cookbook to satisfy the appetites of mushroom dabblers and die-hards alike, with over 250 recipes and illustrations of the most popular species.
Schloss, Andrew, 1951-. One-pot cookies : 60 recipes for making cookies from scratch, using a pot, a spoon, and a pan. 1st ed. New York, NY : Broadway Books, c1998.
Easy, time-saving, and delicious cookies, including Pecan Pie Bars, Orange Cranberry Shortbread, and the Darkest Deadliest Brownies of All Time.
Colwin, Laurie. More home cooking : a writer returns to the kitchen. Rev. ed. New York : Perennial, 2000, c1993.
Author Laurie Colwin explores her appreciation of home-cooked food in essays and recipes, paying attention to often overlooked items such as beets and black beans.
Yeoward, William. Perfect tables : tabletop secrets, settings and centerpieces for delicious dining. New York : Cico, 2006.
“Perfect Tables” showcases the artistry of acclaimed tabletop designer William Yeoward in setting a beautiful table. He begins with an essential section on Getting Started, so you have all the linen, china, and glass you need. Next, themed chapters from Celebrations to Informality showcase twenty-four stunning creations, covering occasions including Thanksgiving, a Summer Wedding, Halloween, and Valentine’s Day, and informal settings such as a buffet supper, a girl’s lunch, a child’s birthday, or the perfect breakfast tray. Inspired by William’s love of entertaining friends, “Perfect Tables” reveals the secrets behind his eye for detail and colour, and shows how you can find inspiration in a fabric or item you may already own. William’s invaluable hints and tips include reassurance for the nervous hostess and even dealing with dining disasters! The book concludes with myriad ideas for tying napkins, arranging glasses, and laying cutlery.
Lovett, Susan Maney. The new smart approach to kitchen design. Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Northam : Creative Homeowner ; Roundhouse, 2003.
The New Smart Approach to Kitchen Design has all the answers for anyone who is contemplating a new kitchen. With more than 280 color photographs, it presents the best examples of what it means to call the kitchen "the heart of the home." Easy to read text and captions explain in full detail the complete design and decorating process. Concise Smart Steps and Smart Tips help homeowners to plan a project, hire a contractor, shop for appliances and materials, and decorate like a design professional.
Barbara K. Room for improvement : change your home! enhance your life! with tools, tips, and inspiration from Barbara K! [Emmaus, Pa.] : [S.l.] : Rodale ; Distributed to the book trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, c2005.
Presents full-color photographs and illustrations that describe how to tackle such things as plumbing and electrical work, walls and floors, simple repair jobs, and other projects around the house.
Brown, Bobbi. Bobbi Brown, living beauty. 1st ed. New York : Springboard Press, 2007.
A beauty guide for women of all ages that discusses skin care, make-up techniques, hair care, menopause, diet, head-to-toe makeovers, and other related topics; and includes beauty advice from Susan Sarandon, Vera Wang, Mary Steenburgen, Vanessa Williams, and others. This is about creating a new ideal, a new reality, and a new aspiration for yourself. It’s a guide filled with knowledge, secrets, and solutions to make you look and feel great.
Handel, Gloria. Cutting your family’s hair. New York : Sterling, 2005, c2002.
A guide to cutting family members’ hair that offers suggestions for trimming everyone from baby’s to grandpa’s hair; includes photographs and instructions for different styles.
Garabedian, Helen. Itsy bitsy yoga : poses to help your baby sleep longer, digest better, and grow stronger. New York : Simon & Schuster, c2004.
Explains the benefits of yoga for infants and toddlers, with step-by-step instructions for yoga poses that can improve a baby’s sleeping, digestion, growth, and overall health.
Stafford, Diane. Potty training for dummies. Indianapolis, IN : Hungry Minds, 2002.
Potty Training For Dummies is your total guide to the mother of all toddler challenges. Packed with painless solutions and lots of stress-reducing humor, it helps you help your little pooper make a smooth and trauma-free transition from diapers to potty.
Eisenberg, Ronni. Organize your life : free yourself from clutter & find more personal time. Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, c2007.
Offers practical advice on becoming more organized, discussing using a daily planner, to-do lists, procrastination, household storage, clearing clutter, housework, time management, and other related topics.
Millennial leaders : success stories from today’s most brilliant Generation Y leaders. New York, NY : Morgan James Pub., c2008.
Gen Y—those individuals born after 1980—are making an indelible mark on our culture. Raised on praise and technology, they are savvier and more confident than any prior generation. Their characteristic values, like social responsibility and authenticity, drive their actions. A majority of the 78 million Gen Yers in the U.S. have entered the workforce, creating a new dynamic. Millennial Leaders presents 28 success stories from brilliant Gen Y leaders and those professionals who have studied this social phenomenon, from a 14 year-old political appointee to a finalist on “The Apprentice.
Cabinetry : the woodworkers guide to building professional-looking cabinets and shelves. Emmaus, PA : Rodale/St. Martins, c1992.
Features classic cabinet and shelving projects with step-by-step directions and illustrations.
Harley, Bruce, 1964-. Insulate and weatherize : expert advice from start to finish. Newtown, CT : Taunton Press, c2002.
A full-color, illustrated guide to home insulation and weatherization, with advice on sealing air leakage, choosing the right materials, preventing moisture damage, and identifying energy wasters.
Amend, Bill. Assorted Foxtrot. Kansas City, Mo. : Andrews McMeel Pub., c2000.
An omnibus treasury of favorite FoxTrot cartoons presents the trials and tribulations of the Fox family as they cope with the zany complexities of modern pop culture, from Beanie Baby collection to The X-Files to video games.
Wells, Carol Wilcox, 1949-. Creative bead weaving : a contemporary guide to classic off-loom stitches. Asheville, N.C. : New York : Lark Books ; Distributed in the U.S. by Sterling Pub., 1996.
You can weave beads without a loom. Learn a variety of stitches, then apply them in 25+ irresistible projects including earrings, beaded sculptures, necklaces, and baskets. “A bold and innovative book. The variety and quality of work are inspiring in their own right—the diagrams and study of the various techniques are an added bonus.”—Lapidary Journal
Kan, Lisa. Bead romantique : elegant beadweaving designs. Loveland, CO : Interweave Press, c2007.
Full-color, illustrated instructions for creating seventeen beaded jewelry designs, providing basic techniques including off-loom seed beadweaving, stringing, and wirework.
Baskett, Mickey. Embellished fashions. New York : Sterling, c2008.
Full-colored, illustrated instructions for adding beads, jewels, appliqués, embroidery, and other embellishes to clothing, purses, shoes, and other items.
Bordhi, Cat, 1951-. A treasury of magical knitting. Friday Harbor, Wash. : Passing Paws Press, c2004.
With her latest book, A Treasury of Magical Knitting, Cat Bordhi introduces knitters of all levels to the warm welcome of a simple and mysterious dimension of knitting. Here you will find thirty-three projects, including scarves with one side and one edge, knitted in one fell swoop, like the Fringed Cedar Bark Scarf or the Mercurial Moebius Wraps. . . graceful headwear, like the Beaded Tresses Hat. . . felted footwear both practical and functional, like Sophie’s Mermaid Feet . . . the Lost Trail Cape with its four-way convertible collar . . . and the Seven Socklings Necklace.
Bordhi, Cat, 1951-. A second treasury of magical knitting. Friday Harbor, WA : Passing Paws Press, c2005.
Readers of the first book in this two-volume series (A Treasury of Magical Knitting) have fallen in love with the new world of Magical Knitting, a dimension so simple yet so captivating that one could spend a year exploring the huge variety of designs which Cat offers. Beginning with Cat’s unique Moebius Cast-On, which is so easy that she usually demonstrates it in workshops behind her back while twirling slowly around on one foot, the reader first learns to knit a Moebius band, or scarf. This is the magic key that opens the way to all the other designs. The Second Treasury includes felted baskets (with no inside or outside!), felted fringed bowls, felted and unfelted sling bags, six different felted cat beds (one with paws and a tail!), and the trifold designs, including a knitter’s bowl with pockets for tools and a place to keep working yarn away from playful felines. The Felted Needle Cozies, colorful, highly textured sheaths to hold straight needles, and the felted wallets are both excellent patterns for beginners and first-time felters. The book includes detailed information on felting, designing, and yarn substitutions.
McTague, Fiona. Knits for children and their teddies. Woodinville, WA : Martingale & Co., c2003.
Presents over twenty projects that will appeal to infants and children. Patterns can be adapted to create coordinating teddy bear wearables for a range of bear sizes. Projects include sweaters, a Christmas stocking, jackets, a hat and scarf set, and a bear backpack.
Spurkland, Kristin, 1968-. Knits from the heart : quick projects for generous giving. Woodinville, WA : Martingale, c2004.
Knit up speedy gifts for friends, family, charities, and more! Whether you want to make one simple gift or a large quantity of items, you’ll find lots of fun ideas in this easy-to-make pattern collection.
Vogel, Lynne, 1952-. The twisted sisters sock workbook. Loveland, Colo. : Interweave Press, c2002.
An overview of sock knitting that provides step-by-step technique instructions and discusses color, dyeing, fiber preparation, two- and three-ply yarns, and other related topics.
Wright, Susan Ramey. Quick quilts. Birmingham, Ala. : Oxmoor House, c1991.
Contains quick-quilting methods, instructions on machine quilting, stenciling, and appliqué techniques. Includes diagrams and patterns for 50 quilts.
Hiller, Shari. Real decorating for real people. Berne, Ind. : DRG, c2005.
“Shari Hiller and Matt Fox, stars of HGTV’s Room by Room, show you how to transform your home into a haven that reflects your personality, fits your lifestyle and wins you rave reviews—room by beautiful room!”—Cover, P. .
Trends perfect home. San Francisco, CA : Fog City Press, 2003.
A sourcebook of hundreds of ideas to suit different budgets, tastes, and lifestyles.
Spano, Michael, 1949-. Time frames : city pictures. New York : London : PowerHouse ; Turnaround [distributor], 2008.
Spano’s act of transforming the world into pictures is imaginative, and his perspective is wholly unexpected.
Foster, David, 1949-. Hitman : forty years making music, topping charts & winning Grammys. 1st Pocket Books hardcover ed. New York : Pocket Books, 2008.
A memoir in which producer, songwriter, and performer David Foster discusses the highlights of his long career in the music business, telling stories of some of the superstars he has met and worked with, revealing his own contributions to the world of music, and sharing the secrets of his success.
Maran illustrated guitar. Mississauga, Ont. : Boston, MA : MaranGraphics ; Thomson Course Technology, c2003-2005.
Step-by-step instructions covering all you need to know about playing the guitar.
Peterson, Robert, 1925-. Pigskin : the early years of pro football. New York : Oxford University Press, 1997.
Presents an overview of the early years of professional football, from the late 1880s to the 1958 championship game between the Baltimore Colts and the New York Giants, with descriptions of the teams and games, and profiles of some of the most famous players of the era.
Wahl, Grant. The Beckham experiment : how the world’s most famous athlete tried to conquer America. 1st ed. New York : Crown Books, c2009.
Draws on insider interviews to examine David Beckham’s five year contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy and goal of making soccer a prime time sport in the United States.
Nicklaus, Jack. Golf my way,. London, : Heinemann, 1974.
Fully illustrated in color and designed for maximum accessibility, this is one of the greatest instructionals on the game of golf, written by its finest player.
McDougall, Christopher, 1962-. Born to run : a hidden tribe, superathletes, and the greatest race the world has never seen. 1st ed. New York : A. Knopf, 2009.
The author describes his work with Caballo Blanco, an outsider who befriended the Tarahumara Indians, in which the two men organized a running event between the tribesmen, who are considered to have superhuman running abilities, and Americans, including an ultramarathoner, a surfer, and others; and includes facts about techniques and the history of running.
Howe, Susanna. Sick : a cultural history of snowboarding. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Griffin, c1998.
Susanna Howe traces the development of snowboarding from its roots beginning with those snow-revolutionaries that got the sport off the ground, right through the very best in the world today. It is the skill and expertise of those around the world who are the finest in the sport that got snowboarding its proper recognition and respect necessary for its inclusion as a full medal sport in Nagano. Ms. Howe also examines the fashion trends the sport has created, along with the various styles of snowboarding necessary, depending on the geographical location you’re in throughout the U.S.
Garvey, Mark. Stylized : a slightly obsessive history of Strunk & White’s The elements of style. 1st Touchstone hardcover ed. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2009.
Discusses the history of “The Elements of Style,” covering the working relationship between E. B. White and his professor, William Strunk, Jr., as they created and modified the helpful guide to clear, simple, and stylistic prose, and includes personal letters between the two.
Christmas classics from the Modern Library. 1997. Modern Library ed. New York : Modern Library, c1997.
Christmas as seen through the eyes of some of our favorite writers. This little treasury of Christmas favorites from the Modern Library is our selection of stories, songs, carols, poems, and more to gladden the heart for the festive season. It is ideal to be dipped into for reading aloud—perhaps around a Christmas tree or in front of a fire in happy re-creation of a holiday scene that Charles Dickens might have described.
Glück, Louise, 1943-. A village life. 1st ed. New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2009.
A collection of poems from the German-American poet, Louise Glück, including selections entitled “Twilight,” “Earthworm,” “Burning Leaves,” “Marriage,” “Midsummer,” and others.
Beck, Glenn. Arguing with idiots : how to stop small minds and big government. 1st Threshold Editions-Mercury Radio Arts hardcover ed. London ; New York : Threshold Editions/Mercury Radio Arts, 2009.
Libertarian American radio host Glenn Beck offers advice on how to win arguments about various topics of political intrigue, providing retorts and facts relevant for conversations about gun control, health care, and more.
Milton, John, 1608-1674. The Riverside Milton. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c1998.
An annotated selection of writings by seventeenth-century English author John Milton, featuring both major and shorter poems, including “Paradise Lost”; and providing fifteen prose works in which Milton offers his thoughts on education, Christian doctrine, and other topics.
The adult only joke book. Dingley, Vic. : Hinkler Books, 2002.
Only for adults who can laugh at themselves, don’t take life too seriously, and hate to be politically correct.
Sophocles. The Oedipus cycle : an English version. San Diego : Harcourt, Brace & Co., c1949.
Oedipus Rex / Dudley Fitts and Robert Fitzgerald—Oedipus at Colonus / Robert Fitzgerald—Antigone / Dudley Fitts and Robert Fitzgerald.
Foreign affairs : conflicts in the global village. 1st ed. New York : Alternative Museum, c1988. Introduction : interview with the curator / G. Roger Denson and Geno Rodriguez—International terrorism : what is the remedy? / Noam Chomsky Central America : the next phase / Noam Chomsky—Power by proxy / Eqbal Ahmed—Shared memories : with the cooperation of Nabil Ahmed / Ellen Siegel—Irangate : a many-sided crisis / Edward W. Said—First impressions / Jon Lister—South Africa : major issues in struggle / Saths Cooper—Interview with A. Lenora Taitt-Magubane / Houston Conwill—U.S. policy toward Angola / Cherri D. Waters.
Tuchman, Barbara Wertheim. The proud tower : a portrait of the world before the war, 1890-1914. 1st Ballantine Books ed. New York : Ballantine Books, 1996.
A history of the twenty-five years leading up to World War I, focusing on the people, places, and events that shaped the era in which society was undergoing rapid transformation.
China. 1st American ed. London ; New York : DK, 2005.
A region-by-region travel guide to China that covers the country’s history, culture, and landscapes and provides color photos, cutaway illustrations of architecture, maps, practical information, and details on sights to see, things to do, lodgings, and restaurants.
Fodor’s 2010 Costa Rica. New York : Fodor’s Travel Publications, c2010.
A comprehensive travel guide to Costa Rica, with pull-out map and information on accommodations and restaurants, shopping and entertainment, beaches and national parks, and other attractions.
Agassi, Andre, 1970-. Open : an autobiography. 1st ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.
Tennis player Andre Agassi reflects on his personal and professional life, discussing his childhood, family, training, media attention, matches, challenges, successes, struggle with depression, and more.
Baker, Elna. The New York regional Mormon singles Halloween dance. New York : Dutton, c2009.
It’s lonely being a Mormon in New York City. So once again, Elna Baker attends the New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance—a virgin in a room full of virgins doing the Macarena. Her Queen Bee costume, which involves a black funnel stuck to her butt for a stinger, isn’t attracting the attention she’d anticipated. So once again, Elna is alone at the punch bowl, stocking up on generic Oreos, exactly where you’d expect to find a single Mormon who’s also a Big Girl. But loneliness is nothing compared to what happens when she loses eighty pounds. . . and falls in love with an atheist.
Urofsky, Melvin I. Louis D. Brandeis : a life. 1st ed. New York : Pantheon Books, c2009.
Chronicles the life and accomplishments of Louis D. Brandeis, discussing his career as a lawyer and Supreme Court Justice, as well as his reform work with the American Zionist movement in the early twentieth century, and other related topics.
Bruni, Frank. Born round : the secret history of a full-time eater. New York : Penguin Press, 2009.
“New York Times” restaurant critic Frank Bruni chronicles his lifelong battle with his weight, describing how his love of food from an early age led to health and self-esteem problems as an adult and explaining how he finally managed to lose weight and keep it off, despite his profession.
Chabon, Michael. Manhood for amateurs : the pleasures and regrets of a husband, father, and son. 1st ed. New York : Harper, c2009.
A collection of personal writings by Michael Chabon that explore the encounters that have shaped his life and reflect on what he believes it means to be a son, husband, and father of four young children.
Branch, Taylor. The Clinton tapes : wrestling history with the president. 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2009.
Collects private dialogues between the author and President Clinton that reveal thoughts and feelings he felt he could not disclose while in office, and includes the author’s recollections immediately after each of the seventy-nine discussions.
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Gray, Francine du Plessix. At home with the Marquis de Sade : a life. New York, NY : Penguin Group, 1990.
The Marquis De Sade is now so suspended in a limbo between legend and myth that the world has forgotten that he was a man, a lord, a husband and father, and, of course, a pornographer of genius in a real time and place, pre-Revolutionary France. (Gore Vidal).
Ferguson, Craig, 1962-. American on purpose : the improbable adventures of an unlikely patriot. 1st ed. New York : Harper, c2009.
Craig Ferguson traces his journey from working class Glasgow to the comedic limelight of Hollywood, revealing the funny and heartwarming story of attaining his most cherished dream—becoming an American citizen.
Griffin, Kathy, 1960-. Official book club selection : a memoir according to Kathy Griffin. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, c2009.
A memoir in which comedian Kathy Griffin looks back over her life and career, settles some old scores, celebrates people who helped her up the ladder of success, and shares celebrity stories.
Taraborrelli, J. Randy. Michael Jackson : the magic, the madness, the whole story, 1958-2009. 1st Grand Central Pub. ed. New York : Grand Central Pub., 2009.
Draws on research and interviews to examine the life and career of Michael Jackson, discussing his upbringing, family, rise to fame, child molestation charges, personal relationships, death, and more.
Jones, Lisa, 1959-. Broken : a love story : horses, humans and redemption on the Wind River Indian Reservation. 1st Scribner hardcover ed. New York : Scribner, 2009.
Lisa Jones describes how she managed to heal her inner hurts and find true happiness with the help of a Native American quadriplegic shaman whose life Lisa was investigating for a newspaper article, and shares her impressions of the shaman’s mysterious spiritual powers.
Keitetsi, China. Child soldier : fighting for my life. Bellevue [South Africa] : Jacana, 2002.
This is the heartrending account of the author's terrifying journey out of her family home and into the world of bloody warfare. Set in Uganda in the 1970s, China runs away from abuse at home at the tender age of 8 and gets drafted into Yoweri Museveni's National Resistance Army (NRA), fighting to depose Dr Milton Obote's regime.
Kennedy, Edward M. (Edward Moore), 1932-2009. True compass : a memoir. 1st ed. New York : Twelve, 2009.
Edward M. Kennedy tells his personal story, discussing his legendary family, political career, cancer diagnosis, faith, and more.
Marx, Jeffrey, 1962-. The long snapper : a second chance, a Super Bowl, a lesson for life. 1st ed. New York : HarperOne, c2009.
Chronicles the career of professional football player Brian Kinchen, who was called up in 2003 as a snapper for the New England Patriots.
Buckley, Veronica. The secret wife of Louis XIV : Françoise d’Aubigné, madame de Maintenon. 1st American ed. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009, c2008.
A detailed biography of Françoise d’Aubigné, the secret wife of King Louis XIV, describing her impoverished childhood, early marriage to poet Paul Scarron, position as governess to Louis’s illegitimate children, and finally as mistress and wife of Louis.
Matlin, Marlee. I’ll scream later. 1st Simon Spotlight Entertainment hardcover ed. New York : Simon Spotlight Entertainment, 2009.
Actress Marlee Matlin shares how she overcame deafness, prejudice, addictions, and fears to become one of the most acclaimed actresses in Hollywood.
Kelley, Robin D. G. Thelonious Monk : the life and times of an American original. 1st Free Press hardcover ed. New York : Free Press, 2009.
Chronicles the life of Thelonious Sphere Monk, discussing his childhood, unique style, influential work, impact on American jazz, and other related topics.
Taraborrelli, J. Randy. The secret life of Marilyn Monroe. 1st ed. New York : Grand Central Pub., 2009.
Chronicles the life of Marilyn Monroe, and discusses the relationships she had with three women who had an impact on her life, which includes her mentally unstable mother, Gladys Baker; foster mother Ida Bolender; and legal guardian Grace McKee.
Kidder, Tracy. Strength in what remains. 1st ed. New York : Random House, c2009.
The author relates his experiences speaking and traveling with an African refugee named Deo, who escaped genocide and earned his doctorate degree in medicine from Columbia University, to Burundi, where Deo built a hospital and reflected on the many deaths in the region.
Phillips, Mackenzie. High on arrival. 1st Simon Spotlight Entertainment hardcover ed. New York : Simon Spotlight Entertainment, 2009.
Actress and singer Mackenzie Phillips reflects on her life, discussing her childhood, career, drug use, incestuous relationship with her father, personal demons, and more. Includes photographs.
Sullenberger, Chesley, 1951-. Highest duty : my search for what really matters. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2009.
Captain “Sully” Sullenberger describes his life and reflects on how he saved the lives of the passengers and crew aboard US Airways Flight 1549 with an emergency landing onto the Hudson River in January 2009.
Swayze, Patrick. The time of my life. 1st Atria Books hardcover ed. New York : Atria Books, 2009.
Patrick Swayze shares his personal and professional life, career, and experiences, describing his childhood and family, marriage, early film roles, and his battle with pancreatic cancer.
Patterson, James, 1947-. The murder of King Tut : the plot to kill the child king : a nonfiction thriller. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown, 2009.
The authors relate their findings from investigating the death of King Tut, and contend that the boy king was murdered and did not, as many believe, die of disease.
Goldsmith, Martin, 1952-. The inextinguishable symphony : a true story of music and love in Nazi Germany. New York : Wiley, c2000.
Set amid the growing tyranny of German’s Third Reich, here is the riveting and emotional tale of Gunther Goldschmidt and Rosemarie Gumpert, two courageous Jewish musicians who strugged to perform under unimaginable circumstances and found themselves falling in love in a country bent on destoying them.
Blair, Clay, 1925-. Hitler’s U-boat war : the hunted, 1942-1945. 1st ed. New York : Random House, c1998.
The U-boat campaign against the British Commonwealth and the United States: September 1942-May 1945. Addresses the German submarine war against Allied forces examining German strategy, results, and the Allied counter attack.
Blair, Clay, 1925-. Hitler’s U-boat war : the hunters, 1939-1942. 1st ed. New York : Random House, c1996.
Addresses the German submarine war against Allied forces examining German strategy, results, and their breaking of Allied secret codes.
Norman, Michael, 1947 Oct. 2-. Tears in the darkness : the story of the Bataan Death March and its aftermath. 1st ed. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009.
Chronicles the experiences of Ben Steele, an aspiring artist who faced danger, humiliation, imprisonment, and forced labor during World War II after he was captured by enemy forces and held as a prisoner of war.
Meyer, Michael, 1952-. The year that changed the world : the untold story behind the fall of the Berlin Wall. 1st Scribner hardcover ed. New York : Scribner, 2009.
Examines the history of 1989 with a focus on the end of the Cold War, and discusses how domestic resistance movements aided efforts to end communism in Eastern Europe.
Bogdanos, Matthew. Thieves of Baghdad : one marine’s passion to recover the world’s greatest stolen treasures. Pbk. ed. New York : Bloomsbury, 2006, c2005.
Colonel Matthew Bogdanos recounts his family’s experiences at Ground Zero on September 11, his missions to hunt down al-Qaeda terrorists in Afghanistan, and the investigation that led him to the discovery of more than five thousand priceless objects in Iraq.
Garrels, Anne, 1951-. Naked in Baghdad. 1st ed. New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2003.
Reporter Anne Garrels chronicles the experiences she had while staying in Baghdad’s Palestine Hotel through the American invasion of Iraq.
Waller, John H. Beyond the Khyber Pass : the road to British disaster in the First Afghan War. 1st ed. New York : Random House, c1990.
Chronicles the wars of the 19th century in India and Afghanistan resulting in the siege of Kabul and the deaths of 16,000 British soldiers and their families.
Hayward, Steven F. The age of Reagan : the conservative counterrevolution, 1980-1989. 1st ed. New York : Crown Forum, c2009.
Examines events during the presidency of Ronald Reagan, discussing domestic and foreign affairs and policies, how he was perceived by politicians, the media, and the public, and other related topics.
Hiaasen, Carl. Kick ass : selected columns of Carl Hiaasen. 10th anniversary ed. Gainesville : University Press of Florida, , c1990.
“Readers who know Hiaasen only from his bestselling crime novels will find that this collection of columns from the Miami Herald showcases the same voice singing in a different key. He writes with an old-time columnist’s sense of righteous rage and an utterly current and biting wit.”—Publishers Weekly.
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Chase’s ... calendar of events. New York : McGraw-Hill, c1994.
The world's datebook for more than 50 years Chase's Calendar of Events 2010 is the authoritative guide to special occurrences, holidays, anniversaries, celebrity birthdates, religious observances, sporting events, and more from around the world. Librarians, marketers, journalists, and other professionals have come to rely on it to find out what's going on that day, in a week, or even a year ahead. Chase's answers questions such as when La Tomatina, the world's largest food fight, will be (August 25), where celebrations of the Boy Scouts of America centennial will happen; and when the 2010 Olympic Winter Games start (February 12). Includes CD-ROM.
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Grisham, John. The innocent man. New York : Random House Audio, p2006.
Read by Craig Wasson. Presents the real-life case of Ron Williamson, a mentally ill former baseball player who was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death for the 1982 murder of a 21-year-old woman in his Oklahoma hometown.
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Houston, Whitney. The greatest hits. New York : Arista, p2000.
You give good love—Saving all my love for you—Greatest love of all—All at once—If you say my eyes are beautiful—Didn’t we almost have it all—Where do broken hearts go—All the man that I need—Run to you—I have nothing—I will always love you—Exhale (Shoop shoop) —Why does it hurt so bad—I believe in you and me—Heartbreak hotel—My love is your love—Same script, different cast—Could I have this kiss forever : Metro mix—Fine—If I told you that—It’s not right but it’s okay : Thunderpuss mix—My love is your love : Jonathan Peters mix—Heartbreak hotel : Hex Hector mix—I learned from the best : HQp2s mix—Step by step : Junior Vasquez mix—I’m every woman : Clivilles & Cole mix—Queen of the night : C.J. Mackintosh mix—I will always love you : Hex Hector mix—Love will save the day : Jellybean & David Morales mix—I’m your baby tonight : Dronez mix—So emotional : David Morales mix—I wanna dance with somebody (who loves me) : Junior Vasquez mix—How will I know : Junior Vasquez mix—Greatest love of all : Junior Vasquez mix—One moment in time—The star spangled banner.
Hoffman, Alice. The ice queen. [New York] : Hachette Audio, , c2005.
Read by Nancy Travis. After a small town librarian survives a lightning strike, she seeks out a fellow survivor in a quest for meaning, only to begin an obsessive love affair between two opposites joined by a single common thread.
Maguire, Gregory. Son of a witch. [United States] : Harper Audio, p2005.
Includes an interview with the author. Read by the author. In the land of Oz, after Dorothy has detroyed the witch, an adolescent boy named Liir, who may be the witch’s son, is willed back to life at the Cloister of Saint Gilda.
Patterson, James, 1947-. Cross. Unabridged. New York : Hachette Audio, p2006.
Read by Peter J. Fernandez and Jay O. Sanders. Detective Alex Cross’ wife was killed by a psychopath long ago. Finally feeling stable again, he gets a call asking for help tracking a rapist and killer who sounds eerily familiar, but the rape victims won’t talk.
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Kid Rock (Rapper). Cocky. New York, N.Y. : Lava/Atlantic Recording Corp., p2001. Kid Rock with accompanying vocalists and musicians, including Sheryl Crow.
Stout, Rex, 1886-1975. Gambit : Nero Wolfe series. Complete & unabridged. Prince Frederick, Md. : Auburn, Calif. : Books on Tape ; distributed by Audio Partners, p1996.
Read by Michael Prichard. Nero Wolfe helps a pawn accused of murder at a private chess club. Can he checkmate the real killer?
Stout, Rex, 1886-1975. Before midnight : a Nero Wolfe mystery. Unabridged. Prince Frederick, Md. : Landmark Audiobooks, p1995.
Read by Michael Prichard. The Pour Amour perfume contest reeks of death when Louis Dahlmann is robbed of the riddles and then shot dead. The LBA ad firm wants the clever campaign to continue and hires Nero Wolfe to locate the pilfered paper. While Archie trails the scent of fragrant ladies, Wolfe tracks a murderer and detects something foul close to home.
Stout, Rex, 1886-1975. A family affair. Unabridged. Auburn, CA : Audio Partners, p2000.
Read by Michael Prichard. Nero Wolfe finds himself under pressure when a murder is committed in the old brownstone on West 35th Street.
The Bonanza collection. : V.1. Fullscreen. North Hollywood, Calif. : Passport Video, 2005.
Take your boots off, put the feedbag on the horses, sit back, and enjoy a passel of mighty fine episodes from television’s most beloved western series: Bonanza!
Food, Inc. Widescreen. [Los Angeles, CA] : Magnolia Home Entertainment, 2009.
Special feature: deleted scenes; celebrity public service announcements; resources; “You are what you eat: food with integrity” [segment originally broadcast on ABC News Nightline on June 16th, 2009 ; ca. 7 min.) ; “The amazing food detective: Snacktown smackdown” (by Kaiser Permanente ; animated children’s segment with scenes from interactive game Snacktown Smackdown ; ca. 3 min.) ; information on the companion book of the same title ; original theatrical trailer ; links to related organizations. Interviewees include Eric Schlosser, Michael Pollan, Gary Hirshberg, Joel Salatin. Lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing how our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profits ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. Reveals surprising and often shocking truths about what we eat, how it’s produced and who we have become as a nation.
Helmut Lotti : from Russia with love. [Germany] : Capitol Records, c2004.
The Dutch singer performs fourteen Russian, mostly folk, songs in settings around Russia. Includes a road movie of Lotti’s travels around the country and bonus tracks.
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I, robot. [Widescreen ed.]. [London?] : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2004.
In the year 2035, robots are a common, trusted part of life. But that trust is broken when a scientist is found dead, and a skeptical Chicago police detective investigating the murder believes that a robot is responsible. It seems impossible for a robot to break the Three Laws of Robotics, for if that were to happen there would be nothing to stop them from taking over the world. Aiding the detective in his investigation is a psychologist who specializes in the psyches of robots. Will technology ultimately lead to mankind’s salvation or annihilation?
The best of Johnny Carson and friends! [Minneapolis, MN] : Mill Creek Entertainment, c2008.
Contains 35 episodes of classic television—The Johnny Carson Show , Carson’s Cellar, The Johnny Carson Morning Show, Who Do You Trust?, The Jack Benny Program, Bobby Darin and Friends, Frank Sinatra Timex Special, Timex All Star Comedy Show, Caesar’s Hour, Colgate Comedy Hour , The Martha Raye Show, Shower of Stars, Stars in the Eye, The Milton Berle Show.
Ladder 49. Full screen. [United States] : Burbank, CA : Touchstone Home Entertainment ; Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, .
Joaquin Phoenix, John Travolta,
Probationary firefighter Jack Morrison matures into a seasoned veteran of the Baltimore Fire Department under the watchful eye of his mentor Chief Mike Kennedy. Responding to the worst blaze in his career, he becomes trapped inside a 20-story building. As Jack reflects on his life—seeing his first fire, bonding with fellow firefighters, the impact his job has had on his wife and kids —Chief Kennedy frantically coordinates the effort to save Jack’s life.
Like water for chocolate. Widescreen format. Burbank, Calif. : Touchstone Home Video : Buena Vista Home Entertainment, c1992.
Romantic fantasy set in Mexico during the early 20th century. A young couple is blocked from marrying by the demands of the young woman’s cold and selfish mother. To be near his love, the young man marries her sister, and she expresses her passion for him through her cooking.
Lonely hearts. Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2007.
Based on a true story. In the late 1940’s, Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez became known as the notorious “Lonely Hearts Killers”. They would swindle and then viciously murder war widows who would answer their personal ads. Ray would describe himself as a sexy Latin Lover. Martha was Ray’s initial mark. But when they met, it was love at first sight. With Martha posing as Ray’s sister, they bilked elderly spinsters and widows of their savings and then viciously murdered them in a bloodbath of sexual frenzy. When they were arrested, Martha and Ray confessed to 12 killings, although it is believed the actual number is closer to 20. At their sensational trial, Martha and Ray appeared as though they could not get enough of each other. Their plea of not guilty by reason of insanity was rejected, and on August 22, 1949, the homicidal lovers were sentenced to death. After numerous appeals, they were electrocuted on March 8, 1951, side-by-side in Sing Sing prison.
Lost in translation. [Full screen version]. Universal City, CA : Distributed by] Universal, c2003.
A middle-aged actor and the wife of a photographer meet while on business in Tokyo. They strike up an unusual friendship in the hotel bar that helps them both overcome boredom and loneliness.
Murder most English. [Silver Spring, Md.] : Acorn Media, .
Clad in tweed and puffing on a pipe, Detective Inspector Purbright pursues the evildoers of Flaxborough with a doggedness that belies his polite conversation and mild manner. Although the quiet country town appears all gentility, beneath the surface lies a darker world of deception, intrigue, treachery, and infidelity.
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Murdoch mysteries. [London?] : ITV DVD, c2008.
In the 1890’s, Detective William Murdoch adopts modern techniques like ‘finger marks’ and forensics to track Toronto’s most sinister killers. Though derided by his skeptical boss, Murdoch finds friends and allies in a lovely pathologist and an eager-to-learn constable. Along the way they cross paths with some of the era’s most famous figures, including Nikola Tesla, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Prince Alfred.
Outrageous fortune. Burbank, Calif. : Touchstone Pictures : Distributed by Buena Vista Distribution Co., Inc., c1987.
When opposites, Lauren and Sandy, discover they have been dating the same man, they band together on a cross country adventure to track him down.