Monday, February 01, 2010

New Titles February 2010


Allston, Aaron. Outcast. 1st ed. New York : Del Rey/Ballantine Books, c2009.
With the Galactic Alliance still in recovery from the civil war, Luke Skywalker goes on a quest with his son, Ben, to unravel the mystery of what drew Jacen Solo to the dark side.

Alvtegen, Karin, 1965-. Missing. New York : Felony & Mayhem Press, 2009.
Sibylla, born into privilege, has chosen instead to live anonymously as a homeless person in Stockholm, treating herself on occasion by hooking up with a businessman at the Grand Hotel for dinner and a clean bed, but when one of her benefactors is killed, she becomes a murder suspect, and when more bodies turn up, Sibylla suddenly finds she is public enemy number one.

Barclay, Linwood. Fear the worst. 1st ed. New York : Bantam Books, c2009.
After his teenage daughter Sydney suddenly vanishes, Tim Blake learns that his suburban Connecticut town is not what it seems, and as he retraces Sydney’s steps, Tim discovers he is not alone in his search.

Barton, Beverly. The murder game. New York : Kensington Pub., c2008.
Private investigator Griffin Powell and FBI agent Nicole Baxter team up again to catch a serial killer who is targeting athletic women and who has set his sights on Nicole as his ultimate adversary.

Barton, Beverly. Every move she makes. New York, NY : Kensington Pub., c2001.
Hot, steamy nights and dark family secrets abound in Barton’s (The Protectors, etc.) suspenseful but somewhat convoluted romantic melodrama. When he was 18 years old, handsome bad boy Reed Conway was convicted of a crime he didn’t commit, killing his abusive stepfather, Junior Blalock. Out on parole after 15 years and back in his hometown of Spring Creek, Ala., Reed is determined to find the real murderer. But it seems everyone had a reason to kill Junior, including Senator Web Porter, the man who prosecuted Reed when he was the county DA. Meanwhile, the murderer, aware of the danger posed by Reed’s probing, arranges events that will put the parolee back in the slammer. Complicating matters further is Reed’s attraction to Web’s daughter, taciturn Ella Porter. Ella is drawn to Reed’s raw strength, and together the two overcome their vastly different backgrounds, join forces and try to find the real killer. The narrative’s myriad subplots including a romance between Reed’s mother and Web, and a sibling rivalry between Ella’s aunt and mother may overwhelm the reader, but the novel’s sizzling sexual chemistry and high suspense will satisfy sunbathers longing for sultry poolside reading. (Publishers Weekly).

Bear, Greg, 1951-. Mariposa. New York : Vanguard Press, c2009.
Three FBI agents on the fringes of society attempt to thwart Talos—a corporation that trains soldiers and security forces for the U.S. government and plans to destroy the federal system and constitutional law—while experiencing side effects of the Mariposa program, which has turned them into brilliant sociopaths.

Beaton, M. C. Death of a valentine. New York : Grand Central Pub., 2010.
Wedding bells are about to ring for the most famous police sergeant in the Scottish countryside—Hamish Macbeth. While everyone thinks the newest constable and blushing bride-to-be, Jane McSween, is the perfect mate for Hamish, he finds himself with a case of what some feel is pre-marital jitters. But Hamish thinks it’s more than that and his suspicions are soon confirmed about love being blind, deaf . . . and deadly.

Bradley, James, 1967-. Wrack : a novel. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Henry Holt, 1999.
Archaeologist David Norfolk, searching for the wreck of a Portuguese ship he believes has been buried in the remote sandhills of New South Wales for nearly five centuries, instead uncovers the body of a man murdered fifty years before, and must depend on the help of a dying man to solve both mysteries.

Bradley, Marion Zimmer. Hastur Lord. New York : DAW Books, c2010.
Regis Hastur is confronted with the destiny he has never wanted as his grandfather lies on his deathbed, but after the Terran Empire assassinates members of Darkover’s long-ruling council and Regis’ grandfather confesses that Regis has an older half-brother, Regis must decide whether to accept his destiny to become the Regent of Darkover or to follow his dreams.

Brockmann, Suzanne. The defiant hero. 1st ed. New York : Ivy Books, 2001.
Meg Moore, a translator in a European embassy, takes an ambassador hostage to save her grandmother and ten-year-old daughter, who have been kidnapped by a terrorist group called the Kazbekistani Extremists, and when Navy SEAL Lieutenant John Nilsson, her ex-boyfriend, is called in to resolve the situation, they find an unexpected chemistry.

Brockmann, Suzanne. The unsung hero. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, 2000.
A near-fatal head injury gives the Navy cause to ignore Lieutenant Tom Paoletti’s claim to have seen a terrorist in his New England hometown, but Tom refuses to give up and assembles his own unit of trusted officers, veterans, misfit teenagers, and the woman he loves to save the day.

Brown, Nic, 1977-. Floodmarkers. Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2009.
A fictional account of September 21, 1989, in a small North Carolina town, describing individual experiences in the wake of Hurricane Hugo.

Brown, Josie. True Hollywood lies. 1st ed. New York : Avon Trade, c2005.
Hannah Fairchild is the levelheaded daughter of Hollywood glitterati, more interested, we’re told, in astronomy than any other kind of stargazing. But her hobby mostly serves as an abundant source of puns, as she’s reduced to working as a personal assistant to British heartthrob Louis Trollope when her famous father dies and her stepmother freezes her trust fund. The wildly egotistical star keeps Hannah on her toes ordering Zone-kosher foods and arranging his trysts. Brown captures the humor of working for a megalomaniac: an offhand remark from Hannah, “Don’t go believing your own press clippings,” sends her boss into a panic. “Why? What have you read? What have you heard?” A love triangle between Hannah, her boss and his best friend Mick Bradshaw gives the book the tension that drives this well-paced, entertaining story forward.

Buchan, Elizabeth. Consider the lily. New York : Penguin Books, 2005, c1993.
Kit Dysart, heir to the Hinton Dysart estate, choose to marry for money, rather than love, in the hopes of saving his family’s dying dynasty, but he soon learns that passion is more important than riches.

Buckley, Christopher, 1952-. Thank you for smoking. 1st HarperPerennial ed. New York : HarperPerennial, 1995.
Nick Naylor, chief spokesman for the Academy of Tobacco Studies, is accustomed to being harassed, heckled, and vilified by antismoking zealots, but things turn really ugly when he is forced to step up his efforts on behalf of smoking in order to keep his job.

Burke, Betsy, 1956-. Lucy’s Launderette. 1st ed. Don Mills, Ont. : Red Dress Ink., 2003.
Lucy Madison’s life is a mess. Her beloved grandfather, Jeremy, has just died; she works at an art gallery for the boss from hell; and her crazy and possibly dangerous brother, Dirk, is back in town. In walks Paul Bleeker, a handsome artist Lucy has always admired. Although he sweeps her off her feet, his interest waxes and wanes. Then Lucy is surprised to discover that her grandfather’s sour girlfriend, Connie, is pregnant, and she makes every effort to befriend her. Finally, Lucy stumbles upon a project for herself: fixing up her grandfather’s launderette, which now belongs to Connie. She finds herself employing both her artistic skills and her newfound business savvy to turn the launderette into the hippest place in town. Though her brother remains a thorn in her side, Lucy can’t help but wonder about Sam, Dirk’s caseworker with the sexy voice.

Cameron, Julia. Mozart’s ghost. 1st ed. St. Martin’s Press : Thomas Dunne Books, 2008.
Complications ensue when Anna, a young, single New York City schoolteacher and medium, falls for her downstairs neighbor, a reserved concert pianist, especially when a playful ghost gets in the act to play matchmaker.

Carver, Raymond. Short cuts : selected stories. 1st ed. New York : Vintage Books, 1993.
Collects nine short stories and one poem by Raymond Carver that examine the themes of innocence and loss.

Coggins, Mark, 1957-. The big wake-up. Boulder, CO : Bleak House Books, c2009.
Soon after flirting with an attractive young woman in a Laundromat, Riordan watches in horror as an apparently deranged cable car operator guns her and an older woman down at a cable car stop. Riordan pursues the killer and stops his bloody rampage. The Argentine family of the first victim, 23-year-old Araceli Rivero, hires him to investigate an unrelated matter, the location of Araceli’s dead aunt, whose body was transferred from a Milan cemetery to somewhere in the Bay Area. After quickly getting a promising lead, Riordan learns that his clients have been less than straight with him. The missing corpse is actually that of Evita Peron.

Collins, Natalie R. Wives and sisters. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2004.
Allison Jensen, haunted by the disappearance of her childhood friend and her own brutal attack, lashes out against the powerful leaders of her Mormon community as she struggles to bring her attacker to justice and uncover the truth about her friend’s disappearance.

Compton, Ralph, 1950-. Bullet for a bad man : a Ralph Compton novel. New York : Signet, 2008.
“The son of a prosperous Arizona rancher, Boone Scott is content to raise cattle for the rest of his days. His brother Eppley is another story. Dangerously dissatisfied, he secretly plots to take over the family ranch. When Epp pays an assassin to kill his brother, Boone’s lightning-quick hands leave a fistful of dead men behind. Unaware of his brother’s treachery, Boone flees and soon faces danger from hired gunmen, horse rustlers, and wild Apaches. If he can survive all those threats, he just might come up against the deadliest peril of all: a showdown with his own flesh and blood.”—p. [4] of cover.

Crombie, Deborah. Necessary as blood. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2009.
Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James, struggling with plans for their upcoming wedding and dealing with emotions from Gemma’s recent miscarriage, are assigned to investigate a racially and socially charged case of a mother who disappeared a few months before her husband was murdered.

Cumming, Charles, 1971-. Typhoon. 1st U.S. ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2009, c2008.
Joe Lennox, an operative for MI6 is back in China after losing both his girlfriend and a prominent defector who disappeared from a safe house ten years earlier, in order to thwart the CIA’s plot to use an Islamic group to destabilize China during the 2008 Olympics.

Cummings, Barbara. A killing in retrospect : a Sister Mary Agnes mystery. 1st ed. Waterville, Me. : Five Star, 2009.
A gangland war threatens to break out in Depression-era Providence, R.I., in Cummings’s gripping second Sister Agnes mystery (after 2006’s A Killing on Church Grounds). Dante Ricci, the nine-year-old son of reputed mob boss Vincent Ricci, asks Sister Mary Agnes of the Merciful Sisters of Mary to catch whoever killed his mother, who died a year earlier in a suspicious car crash at the Ricci family farm. Aggie’s policeman cousin, Sgt. Josiah Morgan, and Pietro Tiny DiSilva, Vincent’s partner, join the informal investigation. After Irish maid Kitty Killian dies from eating cyanide-laced sugar cubes intended for Vincent, Sister Agnes begins to think they’re starring in their own version of the gangster film Public Enemy. Sure enough, more murders follow. Cozy fans will appreciate Aggie’s prayerful approach to crime solving, though some may wonder about her fondness for firearms (I did love the feel of a gun in my hands). -Publishers Weekly.

DeLeeuw, Brian. In this way I was saved. 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2009.
Six-year-old Luke, living in New York with his troubled mother Claire following his parents’ divorce, becomes best friends with Daniel, an imaginary boy who gains increasing control of Luke’s life—eventually leading to tragedy.

Delinsky, Barbara. Not my daughter. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Doubleday, 2010.
Single parent Susan Tate is stunned when her 17-year-old daughter, Lily, announces that she is pregnant. Susan, who struggled to be a good mother and do everything right, looks on this situation as an unconceivable tragedy for both her and her daughter. When word comes of two more pregnancies among other high school juniors who happen to be Lily’s best friends, rumors of a pregnancy pact begin to circulate and the emotional ties between mothers and daughters are stretched to the breaking point.

Dexter, Pete, 1943-. Spooner. New York : Grand Central Pub., 2009.
Warren Spooner, born shortly before the death of his father, grows up with his mother amid a series of misfortunes, including an elbow injury that halts his pitching career, while remaining loosely connected to his ex-naval officer stepfather, Calmer Ottosson.

Domingue, Ronlyn. The mercy of thin air : a novel. 1st Washington Square Press pbk. ed. New York : Washington Square Press, 2006, c2005.
Immediately after her death in 1920’s New Orleans, Raziela Nolan chooses to stay between, in a realm that exists after life and before whatever lies beyond it, witnessing her lost love’s life and the trials of a couple whose home she haunts.

Elton, Ben. The first casualty. London : Black Swan, 2006.
In Flanders in June 1917, a British officer and celebrated poet is shot dead, killed not by German fire, but while recuperating from shell shock well behind the lines. A young English soldier is arrested and, although he protests his innocence, charged with his murder. Douglas Konig, formerly a detective with the London police, soon discovers that both the evidence and the witnesses he needs are quite literally disappearing into the mud that surrounds him.

Faulkner, William, 1897-1962. Sartoris. New York : New American Library, 1983.
Sartoris is Faulkner’s first novel to be set in Yoknapatawpha County, the fictional locale that was to preoccupy him throughout his career—though here it is called “Yocona.” The story of a disillusioned and world-weary Southern soldier returning home from World War I, SARTORIS also introduces several of Faulkner’s main themes: the decline of an old culture, the influence of the past on the present, and the subtle destruction of personality wrought by war.

Fforde, Katie. Wedding season. 1st U.S. ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2010.
Sarah is a wedding planner hiding a rather inconvenient truth—she doesn’t believe in love. But as the confetti flutters away on the June breeze of yet another successful wedding season she finds herself agreeing to organize two more events, on the same day, and only two months away. And while her celebrity bride is all sweetness and light, the other bride, Sarah’s own sister, quickly starts driving her crazy with her high expectations and very limited budget. Luckily, Sarah is aided in her seemingly impossible task by two best friends, Elsa, an accomplished dress designer, and Bron, a multitalented hairdresser. All three are very good at their jobs, but romance doesn’t feature very prominently in any of their lives. As the big day draws near, every moment is spent preparing for the weddings, and they certainly haven’t got any time to even think about love; or have they?

Foster, Lori, 1958-. Caught! Don Mills, Ont., Canada : HQN, c2008.
Things are heating up between security expert Dillon Jones and the notorious Virginia Johnson! They’re trying to find out who framed Dillon’s brother for embezzlement. As they search for the truth, Dillon can’t help but draw closer to feisty Virginia. His code of honor is barely keeping him in check - but leave it to a take-charge woman to take what she wants.

García Márquez, Gabriel, 1928-. Love in the time of cholera. 1st Vintage International ed. New York : Vintage International, 2003.
The story of a fantastic wedding, the return of the bride to her parents in disgrace, her brothers’ resolve to seek revenge on her corruptor, and the townspeoples’ refusal to depart from routine.

Gardam, Jane. The man in the wooden hat. New York : Europa Editions, 2009.
Betty, who spent the war in a Japanese internment camp, meets Sir Edward Feathers, a romantically awkward barrister, in Hong Kong and agrees to marry him, despite knowing neither she nor Edward are in love.

Gardner, John. Cold fall. New York : Berkeley, 1997.
No one claims responsibility after a British jetliner is blown apart as it approaches Washington’s Dulles Airport, but James Bond makes it his mission to discover who targeted 439 people for obliteration, and why.

Gardner, John E. Win, lose, or die. New York : Berkley Books, 1990, c1989.
This novel marks James Bond’s return to the navy. His mission is to serve on the Royal Navy’s major aircraft carrier HMS as minder to British, American and Russian admirals who are on board for a NATO exercise.

Gardner, John E. No deals, Mr. Bond. New York : Berkley, 1988, c1987.
Two agents of Operation Cream Cake - double agents against the KGB - are murdered. Bond must protect the rest and expose the traitor amongst them. In a race against time, Bond travels to Ireland and Hong Kong, where, weaponless, he is hunted by four assassins.

Gardner, John E. Brokenclaw. New York : Berkley Books, 1991, c1990.
As James Bond clashes with Brokenclaw—the villainous leader of the underworld in San Francisco’s Chinatown—he must decide how much he is willing to risk to help save his partner and romantic interest, Chi-Chi.

Gerstler, Amy. Dearest creature. New York : Penguin Books, 2009.
A poetry collection by Amy Gerstler that features love poems, elegies, and epistolary pleadings that combine fact, fiction, and fantasy.

Gilman, Laura Anne. Flesh and fire. 1st Pocket Books hardcover ed. New York : Pocket Books, 2009.
Only one Vineart senses the danger when strange creatures begin appearing in the vineyards and his only weapon against them is his slave, Jerzy, who holds the secret of crafting spells from wines.

Godwin, Gail. The red nun : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Random House, 2009.
Tildy Stratton is the undisputed queen bee of the ninth grade class at Mount St. Gabriel’s all-girls’ Catholic School. Chloe Starnes, a student recently taken in by her uncle following her mother’s death, is thrilled when Tildy befriends her. When Tildy has Chloe and all her classmates acting in a play based on the founding story of the school it changes her life, their teacher’s and the school’s matriarch, forever. So much so that 50 years later she is still trying to reconcile the past and the present.

Goldberg, Tod. Burn notice. New York, N.Y. : New American Library/Penguin Group (USA), 2009.
The second novel based on the hit USA Network series finds Michael Westen hired by a helmsman for a yacht in a winner-take-all race financed by the superrich. The man’s family has been taken hostage, and to see them again, he’ll have to throw the race.

Gregory, Philippa. The queen’s fool : a novel. New York : Simon & Schuster, c2004.
Hannah Green, a fourteen-year-old Jewish girl, finds herself caught in the rivalry between Queen Mary and her half sister, Elizabeth, after her ability to foresee the future leads her to work for the Queen as a spy.

Hamilton, Lyn. The Thai amulet : an archaeological mystery. 1st ed. New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2003.
Lara agrees to search for a missing antiques dealer while on vacation in Bangkok, but her vacation is soon pushed aside as she becomes more involved in the search and uncovers a deadly conspiracy from the not-so-distant past.

Harbison, Elizabeth M. Shoe addicts anonymous. 1st St. Martin’s Griffin ed. New York : St. Martin’s Griffin, 2008.
Four different women, one common shoe size, and a shared lust for fabulous footwear. The wife of a controlling politician, a debt-ridden eBay addict, an agoraphobic phone-sex operator, and a nanny for the family from hell (who barely knows a sole from a heel but who will do anything to get out of the house) meet Tuesday nights to trade shoes, and, in the process, form friendships that will help them each triumph over their problems—from secret pasts to blackmail, bankruptcy, and dating.—From publisher description.

Harte, Kelly. Guilty feet. Don Mills, Ont. : Red Dress Ink, c2003.
When Jo left her music-writer boyfriend, Dan, she fully expected him to chase after her and beg her to come back to the apartment they shared. He didn’t, partially because he couldn’t figure out why she left him in the first place. Jo is stunned and hurt to learn from Libby, who lives in the flat above Dan’s, that after she left Dan immediately took up with another neighbor, Aisling. Nothing could be further from the truth, but Libby has her own plans to snag Dan. Jo isn’t out of the picture entirely: she begins to e-mail Dan under the name of “Sarah Daly,” ostensibly to ask him about his knowledge of the music world. As Dan and “Sarah” correspond, Dan gradually reveals details about the break-up that puzzle Jo. She’s also dealing with the attentions of Marco, a handsome Italian waiter, and the dissolution of her parents’ marriage, which Jo actually thinks might be for the best. A zesty, satisfying romantic comedy full of intrigue, backstabbing, and passion.

Heat wave. 1st ed. New York : Hyperion, 2009.
New York Police Department Homicide Detective Nikki Heat encounters an unanticipated challenge when the commissioner asks her to take magazine journalist Jameson Rook with her on patrol; she finds that the handsome, wisecracking journalist is the least of her problems as she attempts to unravel a case involving a murdered real estate tycoon.

Higgins, Jack, 1929-. The Khufra run. 2nd Berkeley mass-market ed. New York : Berkley Books, 2002.
Vietnam vet Jack Nelson makes a decent living peddling his flying talents to the highest bidder. When he rescues a young beauty from an attack on Ibiza, he ends up with the opportunity to pull off the heist of a lifetime. There are millions in sunken treasure for the taking in a go-for-broke caper tailor made for Nelson and his partner Harry Turk—and all he has to do to collect the loot is live through it.

Higgins, Jack, 1929-. The wrath of God. 2nd Berkeley ed. New York, N.Y. : Berkeley Books, 2002.
Three desperate men—each trying to escape his past in the chaos of Central America in the 1920s—find that violence is a way of life from which no one escapes unscarred.

Holt, Terrence. In the Valley of the Kings : stories. 1st ed. New York : W.W. Norton, c2009.
Collects eight stories by American author Terrence Holt that explore themes such as the apocalypse, outer space, the desert, and mythology.

Hooper, Kay. The haviland touch. New York : Berkley, 1991.
It’s been ten years since Spencer Wyatt jilted Drew Haviland for another man. Now she is free—and Drew will do anything to get vengeance and take what’s been promised to him. But closer inspection tells him that Spencer is in dire straits—and in desperate need of his help.

Howard, Linda, 1950-. Ice : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, c2009.
Gabriel McQueen agrees to help his county-sheriff father and check on a distant neighbor before a brutal ice storm, but when Gabriel arrives at Lolly Helton’s home to find a group of gun-toting strangers, he uses his stealth training to save Lolly from her captors and struggles to keep them both safe from the dangerous men and the deadly storm.

Huneven, Michelle, 1953-. Blame. 1st ed. New York : Sarah Crichton Books, 2009.
Functioning alcoholic and history professor Patsy MacLemoore, having been charged with the deaths of two Jehovah’s Witnesses she hit while driving under the influence, thinks about her past actions while in prison and emerges with a mission to do good, help those in need, and stay sober, but, after years of living the straight and narrow, an unimaginable piece of information comes to light which makes her reassess who she has become and reapportion the blame over what happened on that fateful night.

Hunt, James Patrick, 1964-. Maitland’s reply. 1st ed. Detroit : Five Star, 2009.
Evan Maitland, a part-time bounty hunter, is forced to survive by breaking his own rules in order to protect his partner, Bianca, and forming an allegiance with Frank Chang, an enforcer for the White Lotus triad of New York who is sent to Chicago on an assassination mission only to find himself betrayed and marked for death.

Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963. Ape and essence. 1st Elephant paperback ed. Chicago, Ill. : Elephant Paperbacks/Ivan R. Dee, 1992, c1948.
In Los Angeles in the year 2108, a rediscovery expedition from New Zealand is trying to make sense of what is left after the planet is almost completely destroyed by a nuclear holocaust.

Israel, Andrea. The Recipe Club : a tale of food and friendship. 1st Harper ed. New York, N.Y. : HarperCollins, c2009.
In childhood, “LillyPad” and “ValPal” form an exclusive two-person club, writing intimate letters in which they share hopes, fears, deepest secrets—and recipes, from Lilly’s “Lovelorn Lasagna” to Valerie’s “Forgiveness Tapenade.” Readers can cook along as the friends travel through time facing the challenges of independence, the joys and heartbreaks of first love, and the emotional complexities of family relationships, identity, mortality, and goals deferred. The Recipe Club sustains Lilly and Val’s bond through the decades, regardless of what different paths they take or what misunderstandings threaten to break them apart . . . until the fateful day when an act of kindness becomes an unforgivable betrayal. Now, years later, while trying to recapture the trust they’ve lost, Lilly and Val reunite once more—only to uncover a shocking secret. Will it destroy their friendship, or bring them ever closer?

Jecks, Michael. The king of thieves. London : Headline, 2008.
Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and Bailiff Simon Puttock go to France with Prince Edward, who must make a submission in order to hold onto French territories, and when circumstances place them in the Queen’s custody, they uncover a murderous plot threatening the future of England.

Krantz, Judith. Princess Daisy. 1st ed. New York : Crown Publishers, c1980.
Born the daughter of a Russian prince and an American movie goddess, Daisy lived in a world of aristocrats and wealth. Then one day the fairy tale ended and Daisy had to start again, with nothing.

Krueger, William Kent. Heaven’s keep : a novel. 1st Atria Books hardcover ed. New York : Atria Books, 2009.
Cork O’Connor tries to accept that his wife Jo is dead after her plane goes down in a snowstorm over the Wyoming Rockies, but when two women show up months later with evidence that the pilot was not who he claimed to be, Cork starts a dangerous investigation that he hopes will lead him to Jo.

Kunstler, James Howard. World made by hand. 1st ed. New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2008.
In this fictionalized future of American civilization, the terminal decline of oil production and the fall of the central government has made life in the small town of Union Grove, New York, remote until a radical religious sect, the New Faith order, clashes with the locals, and Robert Earle, a former software executive turned carpenter, is sent off to recover the missing crew of a trading boat.

Kurland, Lynn. Dreams of stardust. Jove mass-market ed. New York : Jove Books, 2005.
Journeying to Seakirk castle to research jewels for his latest creation, Jake Kilchurn is transported back in time to medieval England where he finds the woman of his dreams in Amanda de Piaget, but the constraints of time threaten their love.

L’Amour, Louis, 1908-1988. Big medicine. New York : Leisure Books, c2008.
A collection of four stories about the American West by Louis L’Amour, including “Big Medicine,” “Trail to Pie Town,” “McQueen of the Tumbling K,” and “Showdown on the Hogback.”.

Learner, Tobsha. The witch of Cologne. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Forge, 2005, c2003.
In seventeenth-century German Catholic Cologne, Ruth bas Elazar Saul’s interest in the Kabbalah and her skills as a successful midwife earn her the label of “witch” and threaten her future.

Leffland, Ella. Breath and shadows. 1st Ballantine Books ed. New York : Ballantine Books, 2000, c1999.
The fragile beacon of moral integrity defies an enigmatic hereditary gloom and illuminates a richly imagined story of three generations of a Danish family over two centuries. Thorkild, born a dwarf and now a widowed financial adviser living in early 19th century Copenhagen, has been tormented by shame over his handicap all his life. When his beloved son and only child is killed in the battle of Leipzig, he gradually grows unhinged with grief, and his sister commits him to a mental institution. This tragic legacy becomes an unhealthy fixation for Thorkild’s granddaughter, Grethe Rosted, the novel’s second character, a happily married mother of two residing on the Northern Danish coast in the 1880s. Despite her pleasant life as a member of the liberal bourgeois circles then revolutionizing Scandinavian culture, Grethe slowly goes mad and devastates her family in one terrible, irreversible act. Paula, a middle-aged American woman living in present-day Switzerland, is the novel’s third character and the granddaughter that Grethe never knew.

Leithauser, Brad. The art student’s war. 1st ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.
Eighteen-year-old aspiring artist Bianca Paradiso, visiting hospitals to draw pictures of wounded World War II soldiers in order to escape her tumultuous home life, falls in love with two men—a patient who is supposed to return to battle soon and a painter who is the heir to a drugstore chain—and eventually starts a family with one of them.

Le May, Alan. The searchers. Mattituck, N.Y. : Aeonian Press, 1977, c1954.
Reprint of a 1954 novel in which Mart Pauley, raised by the Edwards family after the death of his parents in a Comanche attack, sets out to exact his revenge after his adopted family is slaughtered by the Indians and a young girl taken hostage.

Lescroart, John T. The vig. New York, N.Y., USA : Signet, 2006, c1990.
Ex-cop, part-time investigator, and sometime bartender Dismas Hardy faces a death threat as he investigates the disappearance of his friend Rusty Ingraham, an investigation that exposes foot-dragging police and corruption.

Lindbergh, Judith. The thrall’s tale. New York : Penguin Group, 2007, c2006.
A tale set in Viking Greenland at the turn of the ninth century follows the intertwined lives of three women straddling the pagan past and Christian future, from the slave Katla, who anticipates the promise of a new land; to Bibrau, the daughter born to Katla after a brutal rape; to the prophetess Thorbjorg, who teaches Norse magic to Bibrau.

Lively, Penelope, 1933-. Family album. 1st American ed. New York : Viking, 2009.
Alison, who tries to create a blissful family environment for her six children with help from Ingrid, the family’s au pair, finds it difficult to contain long-repressed secrets that nobody in the household dares to mention.

Macomber, Debbie. Reflections of yesterday. Don Mills, Ont. : MIRA, c1986.
Angie had come to make peace with the past, and Simon. When Angie had taken the money Simon’s parents offered her to leave, she’d accepted her part in a drama of manipulation and betrayal. She hoped by returning the money now--12 years later—that she could leave the past behind. But as determined as she was to move on, neither her heart, nor her body, nor Simon, would allow it.

Macomber, Debbie. Lonesome cowboy. Toronto, Ont. ; New York : Harlequin Books, c1998.
In “Heart of Texas”, Debbie Macomber’s newest six-book series, readers are taken to the ever-popular state of Texas to share in the lives and loves of residents in the ranching community of Promise, Texas. Savannah Weston led a quiet life growing heirloom roses and helping her brother with the struggling family ranch. Never in her wildest dreams did she believe that her life of solitude would be shattered by Laredo Smith, the handsome drifter who captured her heart and showed her that love can be found in unexpected places.

Macomber, Debbie. Right next door. Don Mills, Ont. : Mira, c2009.
Father’s day—The courtship of Carol Sommars. Presents two stories by Debbie Macomber, “Father’s Day” in which Robin Masterson’s ten-year-old son, Jeff, falls in love with the neighbor’s dog, a pairing that shows Robin that love may be closer than she thinks, and “The Courtship of Carol Sommars” in which Carol’s son Peter and his best friend plot to match their single parents up so they can be brothers.

Macomber, Debbie. Sooner or later. New York : HarperPaperbacks, 1996.
When stubborn but proper Texas postmistress Letty Madden hires a rough soldier, Jack Murphy, to help her find her brother for the price of one night together, she has no idea that he will fall deeply in love with her.

May, Peter, 1951-. Chinese whispers. 1st U.S. ed. Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2009, c2004.
A man calling himself the Beijing Ripper leaves a trail of dead prostitutes in his wake, and criminal investigator Li Yan calls in help from his lover, American pathologist Margaret Campbell, whose autopsy reports yield shocking results.

McCaffrey, Anne. Catalyst : a tale of the Barque cats. 1st ed. New York : Del Rey Ballantine Books, 2010.
Duchess—or Chessie, to those who love her and depend on her services—is no ordinary cat. A purebred Barque Cat, she has been trained to patrol the ship on which she serves, sniffing out oxygen leaks and spotting other problems. When a corrupt government announces it has found an epidemic that requires impounding and the possible destruction of all animals, including cats, two young people and a cat with a hidden agenda are all that stands between the galaxy’s animals and annihilation.

McCall Smith, Alexander, [R. Alexander], 1948-. The full cupboard of life ; In the company of cheerful ladies : two complete novels. 1st large print ed. ; 2008 ed. New York : Random House Large Print ; distributed by Random House, 2008.

Full cupboard of life: Mma Ramotswe has been engaged to Mr. J.L.B Matekoni for quite some time, and still they have no wedding date. But she doesn’t want to be too pushy, for Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni has much on his mind. Mma Potokwani, who runs the orphan farm, has tricked him into a parachute jump to benefit charity. In the company of cheerful ladies: Handling a busy case load at The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and contending with an intruder in her home, Mma Ramotswe has plenty on her mind. So when her unfortunate past returns to haunt her, she is happy her husband, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, is distracted as well. It seems one of his apprentices at Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors has raced off with an older, wealthy woman.

McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948-. The unbearable lightness of scones. 1st Anchor Books ed. New York : Anchor Books, 2010.
The story of Bertie, a precocious six-year-old and his dysfunctional family is continued here by McCall Smith and includes other favorite characters like Big Lou, Domenica, and others, who are all in pursuit of happiness. ‘44 Scotland Street, Bk. 5.’

McIntosh, Pat. The stolen voice : a Gil Cunningham murder mystery. 1st US ed. London ; New York : Soho Constable, 2009.
Gil Cunningham and his wife Alys are sent to Perthshire to investigate the disappearance of four local singers and the possible link between the vanished singers and a young boy who disappeared forty years earlier only to reappear looking not a day older.

McLaughlin, Emma. Nanny returns : a novel. 1st Atria Books hardcover ed. New York : Atria Books, 2009.
Nan returns to New York after twelve years abroad with her husband, and as she tries to get her new business off the ground, she once again encounters Grayer X, who is sixteen and demands to know why she abandoned him years earlier.

Meloy, Maile. Both ways is the only way I want it. New York : Riverhead Books, 2009.
Contains eleven short stories in which author Maile Meloy explores the lives of characters caught between innocence and experience, fidelity and desire, and impulse and stability.

Michaels, Anne, 1958-. The winter vault. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.
Newlyweds from Canada, Avery and Jean travel from Toronto to Egypt where Avery has been hired to rescue a temple from the rising waters of the Aswan Dam, but a tragedy threatens their marital bonds.

Michaels, David, 1955-. Tom Clancy’s endwar. Berkley ed. New York : Berkley Books, 2008.
America’s Joint Strike Force sends a Special Forces team into Moscow to capture Russian Colonel Pavel Doletskaya, the man who holds the key to Russia’s plan to invade America and Europe.

Mortimer, John, 1923-2009. A Rumpole Christmas. New York : Viking, 2009.
A collection of stories by John Mortimer that recount the Christmastime adventures of Horace Rumpole, who always seems to find excitement during the Christmas season, despite his ambivalent feelings on the holiday.

Munro, Alice. Too much happiness : stories. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.
A collection of ten short stories of men and women whose lives are changed in unpredictable ways.

Neggers, Carla. Tempting fate. Don Mills, Ont. : MIRA, 1990.
While living with her wealthy relatives in Saratoga Springs, New York, Dani Pembroke remains hopeful that she can uncover the truth about her mother’s mysterious disappearance, but when she teams up with security expert Zeke Cutler, they close in on a killer who will do anything to remain anonymous.

Novak, Brenda. Dead Right. Don Mills, Ont. : MIRA, c2007.
The discovery of her father’s car submerged in a quarry twenty years after his disappearance from Stillwater, Mississippi, prompts journalist Madeline Barker to hire a private investigator to find out once and for all what happened to him, but there is someone in the small town who would prefer the truth remain hidden—even if it means murder.

Novak, Brenda. Trust me. Don Mills, Ont. : Mira, c2008.
After Oliver Burke, the man who attempted to rape Skye Kellerman, gets back onto the streets after cutting a deal in prison, Skye fears for her life and gets help from her friend, Sacramento detective David Willis, who sacrifices his own happiness to make sure Skye is safe.

O’Callaghan, Thomas. Bone thief. New York : Kensington Publishing, 2006.
Proving himself a worthy successor to Thomas Harris, O’Callaghan introduces one of the most compelling serial killers since Hannibal Lecter. NYPD Lieutenant John Driscoll leads a troubled investigative team while battling his own demons in order to catch a cunning predator who keeps his victims’ bones as trophies.

Page, Jean Reynolds. Accidental happiness : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, c2005.
Gina Melrose moves to a houseboat, drinking, her life unraveling, after her husband, Ben, dies unexpectedly at the age of thirty-six, but when Ben’s ex-wife, Reese, and Reese’s daughter, Angel, enter her life, she discovers hope again.

Pamuk, Orhan, 1952-. The museum of innocence. 1st North American ed. New York : Knopf, 2009.
Kemal, the thirty-year-old son of a wealthy family in Istanbul in 1975, is about to become engaged to Sibel, daughter of another prominent family, when a chance encounter with Fusun, a distant relation, sparks an obsessive love that changes his entire life.

Patterson, James, 1947-. Witch & wizard. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown, 2009.

A sister and brother, along with thousands of young people, have been kidnapped and either thrown in prison or turned up missing after accusations of witchcraft were made against them, and the ruling regime will do anything in order to suppress life and liberty, music and books.

Penny, Louise. The cruelest month : a Three Pines mystery. 1st U.S. ed. New York : St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2008, c2007.
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is sent to Three Pines, where he investigates the mysterious death of one of the villagers, who died in the middle of a seance trying to rid the town of evil.

Preston, Douglas J. Impact. 1st ed. New York, NY. : Tom Doherty Associates, 2010.
After a meteorite passes straight through the earth, Wyman Ford is called on to investigate the exit hole. What he discovers shatters all that is known about the universe. His investigation leads him to one of Mars’ moons where a structure in the shape of a gun is found. It had been built to destroy any intelligent life that might challenge it, but who built it? Since it obviously poses a threat to Earth, Ford’s team races against time to dismantle it.

Rave, Robert. Spin. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2009.
Taylor Green moves from the Midwest to New York City, where he finds a job with public relations diva Jennie Weinstein, who sucks Taylor into a world of sex, greed, power, drugs, and fame and shows him the success may not be worth the price Jennie is demanding.

Roberts, Nora. The MacGregors : Serena, Caine. New York : Silhouette Books, c2006.
In “Playing the Odds,” Serena MacGregor gets a run for her money in the arms of a handsome gambler; in “Tempting Fate,” ruthless attorney Caine MacGregor meets his match in the beautiful Diana Blade.

Roberts, Nora. Night shift : Night shadow. New York : Silhouette Books, c2005.
Night shift—Night shadow. Presents two novels in one volume, including “Night Shift,” in which Cilla O’Roarke is drawn to a detective who is protecting her, and “Night Shadow,” in which Deborah O’Roarke, an idealistic prosecutor, finds herself falling in love with Nemesis, a mysterious vigilante.

Rodriguez, Abraham, 1961-. Spidertown : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Hyperion, c1993.
Story of Miguel and his friends living in the South Bronx of New York City making life-and-death decisions before their sixteenth birthday.

Rosenfelt, David. New tricks. 1st ed. New York : Grand Central Pub., 2009.
Attorney Andy Carpenter agrees to represent a Bernese mountain dog puppy in a custody battle after its owner is murdered, but he does not realize the animal is in possession of a valuable secret that puts it, as well as Andy and his loved ones, in peril.

Russo, Richard, 1949-. That old cape magic. 1st large print ed. New York : Random House Large Print, 2009.
The wedding of a daughter’s best friend and—a year later—the wedding of a daughter brings Griffin back to Cape Cod, his childhood home, where he confronts old hurts, the loss of his father, and more of his own troubles.

Ryan, Chris, 1961-. Ultimate weapon. 1st American ed. New York : Weinstein Books, c2008.
SAS agent Nick Scott puts his dislike for Jed Bradley aside in order to rescue his scientist daughter, Sarah, and they are soon caught up in global intrigue and terrorist activity in the days before the downfall of Saddam Hussein.

Ryan, Chris. Blackout. London : Arrow, 2006.
A terrifyingly realistic story of what happens when technology and terrorism combine.

Scotch, Allison Winn. The department of lost & found. 1st ed. New York : Avon A, c2007.
Natalie Miller is the senior aide to a senator from New York, and nothing stands in her way—not even friends and lovers. Nothing, that is, until she is diagnosed with stage III breast cancer. Her live-in boyfriend leaves, her chemo treatments nearly kill her, and her job is in jeopardy. For the first time in her life, Natalie has time on her hands, and she uses it to examine her life. What she finds is a string of relationships that ended basically because she let them. And she discovers that the senator to whom she has devoted so much is less interested in issues than in election results. And most disturbing, the love that she thought she lost was never really hers at all.

Self, Will. Liver : a fictional organ with a surface anatomy of four lobes. New York : Bloomsbury, 2009, c2008.
British satirist Will Self spins four interconnected stories into a brilliantly insightful commentary on human foible and resilience.

Shayne, Maggie. Stranger in town. New York, NY : Silhouette Books, c2004.
Combines the first two stories of the Oklahoma branch of the Brand family.

Singer, Randy (Randy D.). The justice game. Carol Stream, Ill. : Tyndale House, c2009.
Kelly Starling and Jason Noble, two lawyers on opposite sides of a case involving a lawsuit against a gun manufacturer, after the killing of a television reporter, do battle with each other while learning that external forces seek to control them both.

Specktor, Matthew. That summertime sound : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Brooklyn : MTV Press ; Distributed by powerHouse Books, c2009.
Freshman summer, 1986: You think you’re looking for happiness and you’re in love with the world’s best and most obscure band. Your roommate tells you both reside in Columbus, Ohio. These aren’t the first fantasies you’ve indulged. Blind faith, after all, may be your one true religion. In the thrall of dead philosophers and mad prophets on the radio, you charge off on a group pilgrimage to Anywhere, Everywhere, Nowhere, USA. You still believe in sex, drugs, and rock and roll—but you’re not sure in what order. You’re digging in the crates for that one true thing. You know something is happening, but you don’t know what it is.... That Summertime Sound is the liner note to that perfect summer single and all its aching echoes, written with the gimlet eye of Jim Thompson, Kazuo Ishiguro’s sense of wonder, and a true believer’s ear for music.

Stewart, Mary, 1916-. Wildfire at midnight. New York : HarperTorch, [2003], c1956.
Gianetta Fox cannot seem to escape her past or her ex-husband when she retreats to a remote hotel on the Scottish Isle of Skye.

Thompson, Carlene. Black for remembrance. New York : Avon Books, c1992.
Twenty years ago, Caroline’s five-year-old daughter Hayley was kidnapped and murdered; her killer was never caught. Now Caroline and her new family, particularly her little girl Melinda, are being terrorized by someone who knows their shocking past.

Thompson, Victoria (Victoria E.). Murder on St. Mark’s Place. New York : Berkley Prime Crime, c2000.
In turn-of-the century New York City, midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy see birth and death—and even murder.

Thurlo, Aimée. Earthway. 1st ed. New York : Forge, 2009.
Ella Clah, a special investigator for the Navajo Tribal Police, finds a pipe bomb in her friend’s classroom and attempts to track down a group of activists opposed to the construction of a nuclear power plant on the reservation.

Tremayne, Peter. Smoke in the wind. 1st St. Martin’s Minotaur ed. New York : St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2003, c2001.
In seventh-century Ireland, Fidelma, a religieuse and sister to the King of Muman, finds herself and her shipmates stranded on the coast of Dyfed, where she is asked to investigate the disappearance of an entire community.

Tropper, Jonathan. This is where I leave you. New York : Dutton, c2009.
Judd Foxman honors his father’s dying request by spending a week with his dysfunctional family while simultaneously coping with his wife’s infidelity.

Tyler, Anne. Noah’s compass : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2009.
Liam is a happily retired school teacher, despite the fact that he was forced to retire earlier than he planned. His only concern these days is that he doesn’t remember what happened to him the first night he moved into his condominium. All he can remember is that he woke up the next day in the hospital with a bandaged head. When he hires a ‘rememberer,’ his efforts take him on an unexpected detour and he gets something quite different.

Urquhart, Jane. The underpainter. 1st American ed. New York, N.Y. : Viking, 1997.
Artist Austin Fraser creates a series of paintings as he reflects back on his career and personal relationships, recalling his childhood in upstate New York, his friendships with fellow painters Robert Henn and Rockwell Kent, and his love for a woman who served as his model.

Verne, Jules, 1828-1905. In search of the castaways. McLean, Va. : IndyPublish. com., [200-?].
South America—Australia—New Zealand. The contents of a shark’s stomach contain a bottle that holds partially deteriorated notes written in three different languages. Together they give clues to the location of Captain Harry Grant, whose ship the Britannia was lost at sea. While the latitude (37th parallel) of Grant is known from the notes, the longitude is a mystery. Lord Glenarvan makes it his quest to find Grant; together with his wife, Harry Grant’s two children, and the crew of his yacht the Duncan, they set off for South America. On their journey the searchers encounter storms, earthquakes, deserts, floods, pirates, cannibals, wolves, and numerous other dangers as they trace the 37th parallel across South America, then across Australia, and finally across New Zealand.

Walker, Shiloh. The missing. Berkley Sensation trade pbk. ed. New York : Berkley Sensation, 2008.
Taige Branch’s psychic gifts cost her the only man she ever loved when Cullen Morgan turned his back on Taige after she failed to prevent his mother’s murder, but when Cullen’s daughter is kidnapped, he asks Taige for help in finding the little girl before it is too late and both begin to wonder if their love might have another chance.

Wick, Lori. As time goes by. Eugene, Or. : Harvest House, c1992.
In 1871, Jeff Taylor wonders if Bobbie Bradford will forgive him for betraying her five years earlier, especially since she has returned to town on the verge of marrying another man.

Wick, Lori. Where the wild rose blooms. Eugene, Or. : Harvest House, c1996.
After a rocky start, Jackie and Clayton find themselves falling in love, but when Jackie is blinded in an accident she decides to end their relationship rather than suffer possible rejection.

Wick, Lori. A place called home. Eugene, Or. : Harvest House Publishers, c1990.
After the death of her grandfather, Christine Bennett escapes the small community of Baxter to find new love, new faith, and a new life, after being threatened by her evil cousin Vince Jeffers.

Wick, Lori. Sophie’s heart. Eugene, OR : Harvest House Publishers, c1995.
After the tragic death of his wife, Alec Riley struggles to put his life back together. He and his three children are lost in their grief...until Sophie walks unexpectedly into their lives. Having left her native Czechoslovakia, Sophie has discovered the land which seemed so bright with promise is far from her dream. A highly educated woman, Sophie now finds herself keeping house for Alec and his family. How can Sophie find peace in her new job? Will God use her gentle spirit to help heal Alec’s broken heart?

Wick, Lori. Sean Donovan. Eugene, Or. : Harvest House, c1993.

Sean Donovan is sentenced to hang for robbery, but independent Charlotte Cooper saves him from the gallows by marrying him, and his calm and concerned ways touch her in ways she never imagined possible.

Woods, Stuart. Kisser. New York : G. P. Putnam’s Sons, c2010.
Stone Barrington is drawn into the world of Manhattan’s rich, beautiful upper class when his romantic involvement with a Broadway actress and lip model shows him that even the rich have their secrets to hide.

Duncan, Ann Rich. Johnny Vic’s Nautical Adventures. Infinity Pub, 2009.
In Champlain Gold Johnny Vic travels back in time to witness the Battle of Valcour. While there he discovers a fortune in gold, but will he be able to find it when he returns to his own century? In Columbus, Johnny Vic gets to watch Columbus use the eclipse of the moon to save his men from the natives.


005.7 MCF
McFedries, Paul. The complete idiot’s guide to creating a website. New York : Alpha, c2008.
A guide to creating successful Web sites, explaining the basics of getting a site up and running, discussing Web site design and publishing, showing how to automate a Web site with JavaScripts, and including tips on how to get started as a professional Web designer. Includes a CD.

070.92 MOR
Moret, Jim. The last day of my life. Beverly Hills, CA : Phoenix Books, c2009.

A memoir in the form of short anecdotes in which the author discusses his work, contemplation of suicide and speculation as to what he would have done on the last day of his life, and various aspects of life to be grateful for.

071.3 BUR
Burns, Eric. Infamous scribblers : the founding fathers and the rowdy beginnings of American journalism. 1st ed. New York : Public Affairs, c2006.

Explores the factors that influenced the development of American journalism after the Revolutionary War, and examines the role the media played in the development of the nation and how the nation’s development influenced the media.

158.1 ORS
Orsborn, Carol. The art of resilience : 100 paths to wisdom and strength in an uncertain world. 1st ed. New York : Three Rivers Press, c1997.

Carol Orsborn, the former head of an international PR firm who jumped off the fast track to pursue a saner life, shows us how to move through and beyond disappointments and rechannel valuable energy to overcome life’s setbacks. Her motivating compendium of anecdotes, Eastern and Western wisdom, and practical advice will make it easier to get through the tough times.

222.1105 BIB
The book of Genesis illustrated. 1st ed. New York : W.W. Norton, c2009.

An illustrated adaptation of the entire book of Genesis, providing the biblical accounts of the Creation, Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah and the ark, the Tower of Babel, and other people and events.

232 GOR
Gordon, Mary, 1949-. Reading Jesus : a writer’s encounter with the Gospels. 1st ed. New York : Pantheon Books, c2009.

Presents a literary interpretation of the Bible, studying Jesus as a character and examining the various Gospels as literature that possesses unresolved moral ambiguities, useful fables, and Christian teachings.

241 KIN
King, Jason. Save the date : a spirituality of dating, love, dinner, and the divine. New York : Crossroad Pub. Co., c2003.
In this funny and lighthearted book by twentysomethings Freitas and King, the authors present a positive view of dating, showing young people how dating can be a spiritual path that promotes maturity and growth.

248.8 YAN
Yancey, Philip. Where is God when it hurts? Anniversary ed. Grand Rapids, Mich. : Zondervan, c1990.

The author draws on his personal experiences, as well as examples from the Bible, to explore the question of why God allows people to suffer pain and discusses how to respond to one’s own pain, as well as the suffering of others.

291.4 MOO
Moon, Janell. The Wise Earth speaks to your spirit. Boston, MA : Red Wheel, 2002.

A heartfelt combination of spiritual discovery, environmental observations, and journal writing, The Wise Earth Speaks to Your Spirit offers readers a 52-week cycle of themed essays and related questions about the natural world. Entries on night and sky and parakeets, wind and mud and rain, snakes and tea and thistle, among others. In addition to folklore, myths, stories, and symbols connected to each theme, Janell Moon includes inspirational quotes from well-known writers - among them E. B. White, Ursula K. LeGuin, Gertrude Stein, and Mother Theresa – and shares her original poetry and personal experiences with the natural world. As she writes in the introduction, “It is my wish that through the telling of these stories, and the deepening of your own connections through your writing, that you will better enjoy a rainbow or a tree with angel’s wings in a storm.” In this era of mechanization and cultural disintegration, Moon calls us back to our source, our strength, our refuge: the earth from which we draw our very existence. From the strands of myth, folklore, symbolism, and her own personal stories, she weaves 52 essays that carry us through a year’s worth of inspired journaling. She proves, beyond a doubt, that we can go home again, that we can reconnect with earth’s sacredness, and that the journey is well worth the effort.

294.3 BST
Bstan-‘dzin-rgya-mtsho, Dalai Lama XIV, 1935-. The joy of living and dying in peace. 1st ed. [San Francisco] : HarperSanFrancisco, 1997.

Bringing us closer to the essence of Buddhist teachings, and to his own peerless insight, the Dala Lama offers his thoughts on achieving a meanful life and death. At the heart of his eloquent presentation is this lesson: by cultivating compassion, wisdom, and positive thought and action--in short, by living a good life--we can approach death without fear or regret, and welcome our passage and rebirth.

302.3 CHR
Christakis, Nicholas A. Connected : the surprising power of our social networks and how they shape our lives. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown, 2009.

Discusses how various aspects of a person’s life—including emotional well-being, marital spouses, and more—are influenced by the thoughts, actions, and feelings of people within their social network; and explains how emotions can be contagious.

305.31 BOR
Bordo, Susan, 1947-. The male body : a new look at men in public and in private. 1st ed. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999.

Discusses how men’s and women’s ideas about the male body are influenced by society’s expectations.

305.4 MEN
Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956. In defense of women. Alexandria, Va. : Time-Life Books, 1982, c1922.

The author presents a comprehensive analysis of the intelligence and stamina of women, and maintains that an average woman is greatly superior to an average man in many ways.

305.4097 COL
Collins, Gail. When everything changed : the amazing journey of American women from 1960 to the present. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown, 2009.

Examines the history of women in America from the 1960s and into the early twenty-first century, discussing politics, fashion, popular culture, economics, sex, families, the workforce, and related topics.

305.9069 MAR
Marton, Kati. Enemies of the people : my family’s journey to America. 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2009.

Kati Marton recounts how her family was spied on by the Communist Terror State during both the Nazi and Communist periods due to their actions and beliefs and discusses her parents’ arrest in Cold War Budapest, the separation that followed, the horrors they endured in prison, and the political game between Washington and Moscow.

306 DUN
Dunn, Jancee. Why is my mother getting a tattoo? : and other questions I wish I never had to ask. New York : Villard, c2009.

Chronicles the author’s experiences with her family, and issues with getting older, while realizing that her parents are trying to recapture their youth, with phone transcripts of conversations with her best friend.

306.87 ZAN
Zanichkowsky, Stephen. Fourteen : growing up alone in a crowd. 1st pbk. ed. New York : Basic Books, 2003, c2002.

Stephen Zanichkowsky discusses what it was like growing up in a large family, explaining how he found his true place among his thirteen siblings.

320.9743 NEW VT COLL
Newcomb, Tim. A gaggle of governors : 25 years of Vermont cartoons : selections from 1982-2008. Montpelier, VT : Newcomb Studios, c2008.

Selected from 1,500 cartoons that were published in various Vermont newspapers, these cartoons represent the issues of the year published. Here is a modern history of Vermont in cartoon format.

324.973 HER
Hertzberg, Hendrik. Obámanos! : the birth of a new political era. New York : Penguin Press, 2009.

Collects articles from Hendrik Hertzberg, political essayist for “The New Yorker,” in which he discusses his own political history and Barack Obama’s path toward the presidency, beginning with the Democratic National Convention in 2004 through the 2008 election.

324.973 PLO
Plouffe, David. The audacity to win : the inside story and lessons of Barack Obama’s historic victory. New York : Viking, 2009.

David Plouffe chronicles the Barack Obama presidential campaign, sharing the ideas and events that shaped the campaign and helped Obama become the country’s first African-American president and exploring how the election changed the face of American politics.

330.076 BIS
AP macroeconomics/microeconomics. 2008 ed. New York : Kaplan Pub., c2008.
A study guide to the Advanced Placement tests in macroeconomics-microeconomics, featuring test-taking strategies, diagnostic tests, subject reviews, definitions of key terms, and two full-length practice exams with explained answers.

330.973 COR
Corsi, Jerome R. America for sale : fighting the new world order, surviving a global depression, and preserving U.S.A. sovereignty. 1st Threshold Editions hardcover ed. New York : Threshold Editions, 2009.

Examines the economic crisis in America including outsourcing of American jobs, rising socialism, and U.S. assets being bought up by foreign investors; and shares practical strategies for helping families survive and strengthening the national economy.

330.973 GOO
Goodman, Peter S. Past due : the end of easy money and the renewal of the American economy. 1st ed. New York : Times Books, 2009.
Peter S. Goodman, economics correspondent for “The New York Times,” examines the effect of the 2008 financial crisis on the American public, and discusses how to move forward.

332.024 WEB
Weber, Lauren. In cheap we trust : the story of a misunderstood American virtue. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown, 2009.

Examines frugality in the American consumer culture, discussing a historical overview of social programs, alternative movements, and mainstream institutions that promote economical spending habits, along with the distinction between cheapness and thriftiness, and related topics.

355.0092 SHE
Sheehan, Neil. A fiery peace in a cold war : Bernard Schriever and the ultimate weapon. 1st ed. New York : Random House, c2009.

Presents a discussion of the intercontinental ballistic missile program of the 1950s and 1960s in the United States as led by Air Force General Bernard Shriever and his group of aides, civilian patrons, and others who helped him fight against Pentagon bureaucracy in an effort to keep the peace during the Cold War.

Jane’s fighting aircraft of World War II. New York : Avenel, N.J. : Crescent Books ; distributed by Random House Value Pub., 1995.
A collection of photographs, line drawings, data tables, and text on the airplanes of all the participating countries of World War II.

362.1968 DAV
Davis, Nancy (Nancy Sue). Lean on me : ten powerful steps to moving beyond your diagnosis and taking back your life. New York : Fireside/Simon & Schuster, 2007.

Introduction: “You’re Lucky”; Step One: Embrace Change; Step Two: Fear Less ; Step Three: Never Take No for an Answer; Step Four: Find Your Dr. Right; Step Five: Build Your Health Team; Step Six: You Are What You Ingest; Step Seven: Let’s Get Physical; Step Eight: Explore Alternative Therapies; Step Nine: Tame the Health Care Monster; Step Ten: Give Back.

363.2 SAB
Sabbag, Robert. Too tough to die : down and dangerous with the U.S. marshals. New York : Simon & Schuster, c1992.

An account of marshalls past and present from 1789 to the present. Also covers the Witness Security Program and many who have been touched by the U.S. Marshals.

371.8234 MOR
Mortenson, Greg. Stones into schools : promoting peace with books, not bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan. New York : Viking, 2009.

Greg Mortenson describes his efforts to promote peace throughout the world, and details how he was able to establish over 130 schools—mostly for girls—in remote regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan with the backing of the Central Asia Institute—a nonprofit organization.

394.1209 GRI
Grimes, William. Appetite city : a culinary history of New York. 1st ed. New York : North Point Press, 2009.
Former “The New York Times” restaurant critic William Grimes provides an overview of the culinary history of New York City.

395.2 POS
Post, Peggy, 1945-. Emily Post wedding etiquette : cherished traditions and contemporary ideas for a joyous celebration. 4th ed. New York : HarperResource, c2001.

Today's weddings are more complicated than ever before, with new traditions replacing old, and new relationships to consider as family life grows more complex. In this thoroughly revised edition, Peggy Post provides sensible solutions to wedding questions old and new, showing how to manage both the big decisions and the tiny details with tact, consideration, and confidence. While continuing to provide the tried-and-true guidelines every bride needs for planning her specials day, Emily Post's Wedding Etiquette, 4th Edition also provides expert advice on the complex issues of today's weddings, with new chapters on encore weddings, multicultural wedding traditions, and postwedding responsibilities, and fully expanded sections on interfaith and nontraditional commitment ceremonies. this edition also features new sidebars, candid Q&A's drawn from Peggy's interviews, and much more at-a-glance information for busy brides-to-be.

422 WIL
Wilton, David, 1963-. Word myths : debunking linguistic urban legends. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.

Reveals the truth behind commonly-held myths about various phrases in the English language.

428.2 GOR
Gordon, Karen Elizabeth. The deluxe transitive vampire : the ultimate handbook of grammar for the innocent, the eager, and the doomed. 1st ed. New York : Pantheon Books, c1993.

Examples of confusing appositives, many uses of gerunds, and the complicated matter of agreements.

509.4109 HOL
Holmes, Richard, 1945-. The age of wonder : how the romantic generation discovered the beauty and terror of science. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Pantheon Books, c2008.
Discusses the influence of discoveries by astronomer William Herschel and his sister Caroline; chemist and poet Humphrey Davy, and explorer Joseph Banks on the Romantic Age as elements of religious faith and scientific truth combined to form a new cultural paradigm.

530 FRA
Frary, Mark. Freaky science : 1500 weird and wonderful scientific facts. London ; Sydney : New Holland, c2008.

Freaky Science is an eyebrow-raising collection of weird stories, cool experiments and amazing facts from the world of science. Discover things you would never have believed about the universe, from the smallest bits to the biggest, to the edge of the Universe and beyond!

530.076 BRA
AP physics B & C. 2008 ed. New York, N.Y. : Kaplan Publishing, c2008.

Presents a study plan to build knowledge and confidence, discusses study skills and strategies, reviews core topics, and provides two full-length practice tests.

530.076 WAE
Waechtler, Paul. Cracking the AP physics C exam. 2009 ed. New York : Random House, c2008.
Scoring high on the AP Physics C Exam is very different from earning straight A’s in school. We don’t try to teach you everything there is to know about physics-only the strategies and information you’ll need to get your highest score. In Cracking the AP Physics C Exam, we’ll teach you how to: Use our preparation strategies and test-taking techniques to raise your score, Focus on the topics most likely to appear on the test, Test your knowledge with review questions for each physics topic covered. This book includes 2 full-length practice tests. All of our practice questions are just like those you’ll see on the actual exam, and we explain how to answer every question.

613.7 PET
Simply yoga. Standard format. [Dingley Village, Victoria 3172, Australia] : Hinkler Books Pty Ltd, c2002.

Instructor: Yolanda Pettinato. One of the most popular forms of exercise is now available in Book & DVD format for you to use in the comfort of your own home. Yolanda Pettinato will guide you through the exercises as you improve your health and strengthen your flexibility and stamina. Yolanda Pettinato instructs in basic yoga exercise methods.

615.9 DAV
Davis, Devra Lee. When smoke ran like water : tales of environmental deception and the battle against pollution. Hardback ed. New York : Basic Books, 2002.

Examines the health consequences of local and global pollution, sharing the story of how her family was affected by pollution, and arguing that the government needs to take a proactive position to prevent environmental hazards from killing and incapacitating the public.

616.85 SLO
Slone, Laurie B. After the war zone : a practical guide for returning troops and their families. [Cambridge, Mass.] : Da Capo Lifelong, 2008.
Offers military personnel and their families practical tips and advice to help them cope with the unique challenges they may face after returning from combat.

618.89 KOZ
Kozak, Arnold. Wild chickens and petty tyrants : 108 metaphors for mindfulness. Boston : Wisdom Publications, c2009.

Contains 108 brief entries that offer ways for the reader to incorporate mindfulness in daily life, which can relieve stress, anxiety, and depression.

618.92 CYT
Cytryn, Leon. Growing up sad : childhood depression and its treatment. New York : W.W. Norton, 1998, c1996.

Presents information for understanding, treating, and preventing depression in children, looking at advances made in the diagnosis and treatment of the illness, with discussion of the causes of depression and a call for early intervention.

623.850 CAL
Calder, Nigel. Boatowner’s mechanical and electrical manual : how to maintain, repair, and improve your boat’s essential systems. 3rd ed. Camden, ME : International Marine/McGraw-Hill, c2005.

A comprehensive guide to the electrical and mechanical systems that offers boat owners practical advice on how to maintain, repair, and improve their boats’ essential systems.

629.1355 LAN
Langewiesche, William. Fly by wire : the geese, the glide, the miracle on the Hudson. 1st ed. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009.

Examines factors that contributed to the successful, emergency landing of a U.S. Airways Airbus A320 on January 15, 2009, discussing the design of the aircraft and bird strikes throughout aviation history, along with the financial problems of the airlines, the competition between Airbus and Boeing, and more.

635.9 BEN
Benson, Dianne. Dirt, the lowdown on growing a garden with style. New York : Dell Pub., 1994.

A humorous guide to gardening, discussing tools, what clothes to wear, where to order plants, and more.

636.7 FRA
Franklin, Jon. The wolf in the parlor : the eternal connection between humans and dogs. 1st ed. New York : Henry Holt, 2009.
Examines the origins, history, and uniqueness of the bond shared between humans and dogs, and also discusses dog behavior.

636.7 HOR
Horowitz, Alexandra. Inside of a dog : what dogs see, smell, and know. 1st Scribner hardcover ed. New York : Scribner, 2009.

The author, a cognitive scientist, introduces the reader to a dog’s perceptual and cognitive abilities in order to determine how they think about their daily worlds.

636.8 RAI
Rainbolt, Dusty. Kittens for dummies. Hoboken, NJ : Wiley, c2004.

Presents guidelines designed to help prospective pet owners choose a kitten, offers advice on preparing the home and family for the kitten’s arrival, and discusses day-to-day care, kitten behaviors, and what to do when a kitten arrives unexpectedly.

636.8 RIC
Richards, James R., 1948-. ASPCA complete guide to cats. San Francisco : Chronicle Books, 1999.

An illustrated guide to cats that provides detailed profiles of fify breeds and information on choosing the right cat, preparing to bring a new cat home, keeping a cat healthy, litter box training, feeding and grooming, and other related topics.

641.303 FOE
Foer, Jonathan Safran, 1977-. Eating animals. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown, 2009.

Examines various philosophical topics related to vegetarianism and eating habits in general, chronicling the author’s struggle, as he approaches fatherhood, with how to make dietary choices on a child’s behalf, and analyzes various aspects of folklore, culture, tradition, and myth that help people justify eating habits.

641.815 BUL
Bullock-Prado, Gesine. Confections of a closet master baker : one woman’s sweet journey from unhappy Hollywood executive to contented country baker. 1st ed. New York : Broadway Books, c2009.

The author tells the story of how she gave up a very lucrative job as head of her sister Sandra Bullock’s production company to become a Vermont baker and owner of Gesine Confectionary. Includes recipes.

658.3 NEL
Nelson, Bob, 1956-. The 1001 rewards & recognition fieldbook : the complete guide. New York : Workman Pub., c2003.

Beginning with the basics of motivation, including the decline of traditional incentives and the trend toward empowered employees, the book lays the groundwork for developing and managing a rewards or recognition program in any work situation: how to recognize an individual or a group; how to develop a low-cost recognition program; how to sell it to upper management, prevent and fix common problems, and assess its effectiveness. There are planning worksheets, templates for different purposes-improving morale, improving attendance, increasing retention-plus perforated reference cards for immediate guidance, and 101 new low-cost/no-cost recognition ideas. Running through the margins are Nelson’s answers to the questions most frequently asked since the publication of 1001 Ways to Reward Employees.

658.4 GRA
Gray, John, 1951-. How to get what you want at work : a practical guide for improving communication and getting results. 1st Quill ed. New York, NY : Quill, 2003, c2002.

Explores the differences in the ways men and women think and interact in the workplace, offering valuable advice for reducing unnecessary conflict and frustration to create a fulfilling work environment.

688.7 MCG
McGonagle, Dorothy A. A celebration of American dolls : from the collections of Strong Museum. Grantsville, Md. : Hobby House, c1997.

A celebration of American dolls.

728.37 FRA
Frampton, Kenneth. American masterworks : the twentieth century house. New York : Rizzoli, 1995.

Text, illustrations and diagrams describe a variety of architectural styles as works of art and the text discusses the prevalent themes found in different time periods.

745.5 BRA
Brabec, Barbara. The crafts business answer book & resource guide : answers to hundreds of troublesome questions about starting, marketing, and managing a homebased business efficiently, legally, and profitably. New York : M. Evans and Co., 1998.
Answers to hundreds of troublesome questions about starting, marketing, and managing a homebased business efficiently, legally, and profitably.

745.5 BRA
Brabec, Barbara. Handmade for profit! : hundreds of secrets to success in selling arts & crafts. New York : M. Evans, c1996.

Offers crafters expert tips and strategies to help them break into the arts and crafts market, explaining the best ways to sell handmade items for maximum profit.

745.5 ILA
Ilasco, Meg Mateo. Craft inc. : turn your creative hobby into a business. San Francisco : Chronicle Books, c2007.

Meg Mateo Ilasco offers a step-by-step guide to everything from developing products and naming the company to writing a business plan, applying for licenses, and paying taxes. Chapters on sales, marketing, trade shows, and publicity round out the mix. Plus, in-depth interviews with such craft luminaries as Jonathan Adler, Lotta Jansdotter, Denyse Schmidt, and Jill Bliss provide inspiration and practical advice. Accessible, informative, and more than a little spunky, Craft, Inc. paves the way for today’s creative minds to become tomorrow’s trendsetters.

746.43 FAS
Fassett, Kaffe. Vintage knits : thirty knitting designs from Rowan for men and women. North Pomfret, VT : Trafalgar Square Publishing, 2005, c2004.

Glorifying the recovered pleasures of fine cloth, rich texture, and a relaxed fit, this collection of vintage patterns draws its inspiration from the charm, simplicity, and elegance of mid-20th-century clothing. Rejuvenated by the postwar years, men and women embraced styles that captured feminine appeal and masculine exuberance, with well-tailored designs and graceful finishing touches that are re-created here. The 31 patterns in this volume—from cardigans and jackets to scarves and pullovers—have been inspired by old photographs, archival patterns, and classic Hollywood films and have been adapted for modern figures and contemporary knitters.

746.43 ROB
Roberts, Luise. 1000 great knitting motifs. North Pomfret, Vt. : Trafalgar Square Pub., 2004.
Contains color illustrations and brief instructions for one thousand knitting motifs, including traditional knitting and pictorial motifs, and modern pictorial motifs, and includes a review of techniques.

746.43 SIM
Simple 1-2-3. Lincolnwood, IL : Publications International, Ltd., 2007.

Three books in one: Knitting for Babies, Great Gifts, and Fabulous Scarves.

747 DES
Designed to sell : smart ideas that pay off! 1st ed. Des Moines, IA : Meredith Books, c2006.
Provides tips from television’s “Designed to Sell,” on how to redecorate, update, and otherwise improve rooms in the home to increase value in the real estate market, and includes photographs and cost breakdowns.

747.7 JEN
Jennings, Lynette. Lynette Jennings straight talk on decorating. 1st ed. Des Moines, IA : Meredith Books, c2002.
Presents a comprehensive full-color guide to home decorating and provides advice on basic design, personal color scheme, and dispels common decorating myths.

778.9 SCH
Schaub, George. Digital photographer’s guide to black & white landscape photography. 1st ed. New York, N.Y. : Lark Books, 2009.
Digital technology has revolutionized photography—nowhere more dramatically than with black-and-white. Interest in the subject has reached an all-time high, and this guide by an esteemed photographer and editor of Shutterbug magazine is the only complete foundation course on monochrome digital landscape photography. It explains all the basics of the highly popular subject: how to meter and expose scenes so they convert well to grayscale, control how colors are rendered as gray tones, expose for highlights and develop (in the computer) for the lowlights, manage contrast, and create a magical print.

796 SCH
Schmidt, Mike, 1949-. Clearing the bases : juiced players, monster salaries, sham records, and a Hall of Famer’s search for the soul of baseball. New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c2006.

Former baseball player Mike Schmidt examines the scandals and controversies that have begun to define professional baseball in recent years, addressing steroid use, skyrocketing payrolls, callous owners, and unapproachable players and the negative impact they are having on the sport’s image.

814.54 JAC
Jacobs, A. J., 1968-. The guinea pig diaries : my life as an experiment. 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2009.

Journalist A. J. Jacobs conducts a series of life experiments, and describes the results of outsourcing all aspects of his life to a team of people in Bangalore, India, practicing “Radical Honesty,” disguising himself as a movie star and infiltrating the Academy Awards, following George Washington’s rules for life, spending a month adhering to his wife’s every whim, and more.

814.54 MIC
Michaels, Leonard, 1933-2003. The essays of Leonard Michaels. 1st ed. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009.

A collection of essays in which American author Leonard Michaels discusses a variety of topics, such as his New York childhood, art, and sex in movies.

820.9 WEL
Welty, Eudora, 1909-. The eye of the story : selected essays and reviews. 1st Vintage books ed. New York : Vintage Books, 1979, c1978.

A collection of essays in which Eudora Welty meditates on the art of writing and explores the works of other writers, including Jane Austen, Willa Cather, Anton Chekhov, and Virginia Woolf.

883.01 ALE
Alexander, Caroline, 1956-. The war that killed Achilles : the true story of Homer’s Iliad and the Trojan War. New York : Viking, 2009.

Offers a detailed analysis of Homer’s epic poem “Iliad,” discussing the central questions about war that Homer addressed in the poem, what the poem reveals about the brutal, ten-year Trojan War, what Homer might have hoped people learned from his poem, and other related topics.

917.3 WOO
Woodall’s North American campground directory. 2010 North American ed. Ventura, CA : Woodall’s Publications, 2010.

Provides information about RV camping in North America, including profiles and ratings of campgrounds, attractions, and suggested one-day trips.

917.43 CEN
A century in the mountains : celebrating Vermont’s Long Trail. 1st ed. Waterbury Center, VT : Green Mountain Club, 2009.

This book is a beautifully illustrated documentation of Vermont’s Long Trail and the men and women who built it.

917.43 GRE VT COLL
Place names on Vermont’s Long Trail : from Wampahoofus to Devil’s Gulch. 1st ed. Waterbury Center, Vt. : GMC, c2007.
This book is a companion to the “Long Trail Guide.” Hikers will enjoy the historical descriptions of the names assigned to mountains, hills, and shelters located along the trail.

917.43 HIN VT COLL
Hindes, James Gordon, 1909-1973. So clear, so cool, so grand : a 1931 hike on Vermont’s Long Trail. Waterbury Center, Vt. : Green Mountain Club, c2008.
This is a journal of James Gordon Hindes as he traveled Vermont's Long Trail in 1931. This entertaining account of early days of long distance hiking also gives you a picture of life in Vermont when telephones required operators and listening to the radio was the primary form of entertainment.

917.43 TRE VT COLL
Tree, Christina. Vermont : an explorer’s guide. 12th ed. Woodstock, Vt. : Countryman Press, c2009.
A travel guide to Vermont that provides information on the state’s major destinations, less-traveled areas, interesting sights, popular attractions, hotels, restaurants, shops, and outdoor activities.

Wilson, Robert F. Vermont curiosities : quirky characters, roadside oddities & other offbeat stuff. Guilford, CT : Globe Pequot Press, 2008.

A fun, accessible read for travelers and non travelers alike, Vermont Curiosities is part zany Vermont guidebook and part Who’s Who of unusual and unsung heroes. This compendium of the state’s quirks and characters will amuse Vermont residents and visitors alike.

920 BIR
Bird, Larry, 1956-. When the game was ours. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009.
Presents a collaborative memoir in which the two basketball stars reevaluate their competitive relationship and achievement of many championships and awards during an important time in the National Basketball Association.

Clifford, Deborah Pickman. More than petticoats : Remarkable Vermont women. Guilford, CT : Globe Pequot Press, c2009.

Profiles twelve women from various walks of life who made significant
contributions to the history of Vermont, including African-American poet and pioneer Lucy Terry Prince, celebrated writer Shirley Jackson, historian Abby Maria Hemenway, and education activist Emma Willard.

Levesque, Sandra M. Under a fig tree : a family memoir. Randolph, VT : The Author, c2009.

From Randazzo to Rutland... Francesco Paolo and Antonia Maria Delpopolo Scafidi met under a fig tree in the vineyards of Castiglione di Sicilia. In 1920, just five months after their wedding, the couple left their impoverished Mediterranean island and began a journey that would take them to the unlikely destination of Rutland, Vermont in northern New England. This is the immigrant’s story, oft told, but with the rich and stirring details of one three-generation family in an Italian-American community that is quietly receding into history.

Van Camp, Julie F. Searching for Ichabod : his eighteenth century diary leads me home. [S.l.] : BookSurge, c2009.

This is the story of one woman’s search to find her ancestors. It’s written as an historical narrative as she searches for her great, great, great, grandfather’s grave. The author’s interesting journey may serve as an inspiration to others seeking similar information. Illustrations, end notes and bibliography.

Carlin, George. Last words. 1st Free Press hardcover ed. New York : Free Press, 2009.
Provides autobiographical stories from comedian George Carlin in which he recounts personal experiences and reflects on his fifty-year career, along with biographical content from Carlin’s friend Tony Hendra, to cover the entire span of his life, from birth until his death in 2008.

Sklenicka, Carol, 1948-. Raymond Carver : a writer’s life. 1st Scribner hardcover ed. New York : Scribner, 2009.

A biography of American author Raymond Carver, covering his upbringing in the Pacific Northwest, struggles with finances and alcoholism, friendship with other writers, publication of stories and poems, and family life.

Shawcross, William. The Queen Mother : the official biography. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.

Chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, drawing on the Queen Mother’s personal letters, diaries, and papers to discuss her childhood, marriage to King George VI, role in British politics, personal life, and other related topics.

Greenberg, Michael, 1952-. Beg, borrow, steal : a writer’s life. New York : Other Press, c2009.

An autobiography in which Michael Greenberg discusses his early years as a writer, telling of his contentious relationship with his father who was scornful of his writing ambitions, his artistic first wife, and his son, and sharing some of the unexpected encounters that have fueled his career.

Jones, Judith. The tenth muse : my life in food. 1st Anchor Books ed. New York : Anchor Books, 2008, c2007.

Author and editor Judith Jones shares the story of her life, experiences, and achievements including her involvement in publishing some of the food world’s most admired figures such as Julia Child.

Kamkwamba, William, 1987-. The boy who harnessed the wind : creating currents of electricity and hope. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2009.

The author details how he ignored naysayers and was able to bring electricity and running water to his Malawian village when he built a makeshift windmill out of scrap metal and spare parts.

Wheeler, Scott. Don “Sleepy” McNally : from Vaudeville to drive-in pioneer. 1st ed. Derby, Vt. : Vermont’s Northland Journal, c2008.
Features the biography of Don “Sleepy” McNally, born into a vaudeville family, an early pioneer of the drive-in movie industry, and a founder of the Derby-Port Drive-In Theater in Derby, Vermont and the Morrisville Drive-In Theater in Morrisville, Vermont.

VanLiere, Donna, 1966-. Finding Grace : a true story about losing your way in life—and finding it again. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2009.

Author Donna VanLiere shares how her sexual abuse, struggles with infertility, and the adoptions of her three children taught her about God’s grace in everyday life.

Williams, Roy, 1950-. Hard work : a life on and off the court. 1st ed. Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, c2009.

Chronicles the life and accomplishments of Roy Williams, the head coach of the University of North Carolina’s men’s basketball team, describing the troubles he faced during his childhood and his early love for the sport.

937.7 PEL
Pellegrino, Charles R. Ghosts of Vesuvius : a new look at the last days of Pompeii, how the towers fell, and other strange connections. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2004.

Looks at what modern forensic archaeology has revealed about the everyday lives of the citizens of Pompeii and Herculaneum in the days before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius destroyed the twin cities, and applies the lessons of volcano physics to draw parallels between the ancient disaster and the collapse of the World Trade Center towers.

943.086 BES
Bessel, Richard. Germany 1945 : from war to peace. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Harper, c2009.
Documents the last days of the Third Reich and Germany’s transition from the devastation and social upheaval of World War II to a period of relative peace and prosperity.

956.7 WES
West, Francis J. No true glory : a frontline account of the battle for Fallujah. New York : Bantam Books, 2005.

Presents a comprehensive analysis of the battle for Fallujah and the political firestorm that ensued after the Marines were forced to withdraw and then ordered to attack the city a second time.

973 HOD
Hodgson, Godfrey. The myth of American exceptionalism. New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, c2009.

Godfrey Hodgson argues that it is dangerous and irresponsible for the United States to try and promote the ideals of democracy and capitalism to other countries, drawing on historical evidence to prove that democracy is not always the best government system and that it often alienates countries from the global community.

973.38 MAR
Martin, Joseph Plumb, 1760-1850. Private Yankee Doodle; : being a narrative of some of the adventures, dangers, and sufferings of a Revolutionary soldier. [1st ed.]. Boston, : Little, Brown, [1962].

Recreates the daily life of the revolutionary soldier.

Rush, Daniel S. The St. Albans raiders : an investigation into the identities and life stories of the bold and enigmatic confederate soldiers who attacked St. Albans, Vermont on October 19, 1864. Saline, Mich. : McNaughton and Gunn for the Blue and Gray Education Society, 2008.
The Confederate attack at St. Albans on October 19, 1864 was unexpected by the people in the northern part of the United States. No one was expecting a Rebel raid and it now meant Union troops would have to be placed along the Canadian border. The army was now facing foreign as well as domestic fronts.

973.911 EGA
Egan, Timothy. The big burn : Teddy Roosevelt and the fire that saved America. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009.

Describes a forest fire that erupted in August of 1910 in the Bitterroot Mountains along the Idaho-Montana border, discussing efforts to combat it and how the actions of individuals fighting the fires had a positive influence on popular opinion about Teddy Roosevelt’s notion of conservation.

Armitage, Peggy. Around Pittsford. Charleston, SC : Arcadia Pub., c2009.

Winding north through Pittsford, Otter Creek has powered the lumber, grain, and marble mills essential to this region since 1770. Chittenden lies east of Pittsford, on the west flank of the Green Mountains, where iron and manganese deposits supplied Pittsford’s iron industry. To the south, Pittsford and Proctor share deep marble formations that support the economies of both towns. The first settlers were farmers drawn to the valley’s fertile soil and mountain forests. They were joined by lumber barons, lawyers, merchants, and artists. European and French Canadian immigrants soon followed and farmed, built the railroad, or quarried and carved marble. Closely linked by the industries that helped build them, these communities have evolved into today’s thriving hometowns of workers in Rutland.

Bushnell, Mark, 1964-. It happened in Vermont. Guilford, Conn. : Globe Pequot Press, 2009.
From the French and Indian War to the exposure of Maple Corner, thirty-two events that shaped the Green Mountain State.

Farfan, Matthew F. The Vermont-Quebec border : life on the line. Charleston, SC : Arcadia Pub., c2009.

The Vermont-Quebec Border: Life on the Line is a visual record of life in the villages, towns, and countryside in this unique and special part of the world. In recent years, issues relating to the border have been thrust to the forefront as never before. This is due not only to growing security concerns but also to an increasing scrutiny in the media of border issues and of how heightened security is impacting life in communities all along the border. The border has played an important role in the history and everyday lives of the people living along its length, both in Vermont and Quebec, and it will undoubtedly continue to shape these communities in the years to come.

974.3 GEL
Gellman, Ginger. Historic photos of Vermont. Nashville, Tenn. : Turner Pub. Co., c2009.
This volume tells the story of Vermont’s history using almost 200 black and white photographs. This journey into the past shows why Vermonters cherish the land they call home. Notes on the photographs are included.

Hansen, Fran Lynggaard. Brattleboro : historically speaking. Charleston, SC : History Press, 2009.

Founded as Fort Dummer in 1724, from its earliest days the town that would become Brattleboro enjoyed beautiful views and a strong spirit. It quickly grew into a home for Vermont industry and pleasure, attracting tourists, traders and innovators from across the region. Former Brattleboro Reformer contributor Fran Lynggaard Hansen describes the town’s history through highlights from her ‘Downstreet’ column, including accounts of the 1848 smallpox outbreak, the founding of the Estey Organ Company, the construction of the Harris Ski Jump, the story behind George Crowell’s Lindenhurst mansion and the efforts of the dedicated volunteers who launched the first Winter Carnival. Portraying residents at work, at play and in service to one another, she captures the essence of Brattleboro’s enduring charm.

974.3 LAK
Lake Champlain : an illustrated history : a celebration of America’s most historic lake. Jay, N.Y. : Adirondack Life, c2009.

This celebration of America’s most historic lake includes towns along the lake, the lake’s formation and history, the first people, use as a highway and waterway as well as sports and play on the lake. More than 300 historic maps, photographs and illustrations are included.

Lake Champlain Islands. Arcadia Pub, 2009.

On July 3, 1609, French explorer Samuel de Champlain and his group canoed south from Canada into an expansive lake and found four islands. Those islands are now the Lake Champlain Islands, and it was that trip that gave birth to Vermont and sparked 400 years of history. Located in the far northwest corner of the state, the islands are well known as a shoreline retreat for all of New England, with their small-town feel and picturesque farmlands. In this birthplace of Vermont, with its rich soil, early settlers found success growing local varieties of apples, which they shipped by steamboat directly to international cities. Several large deposits of unique dark limestone brought marble trade to the area, and these materials are still mined in working quarries today. The Lake Champlain Islands are a tranquil, yet vibrant area of Vermont, where historical buildings are often used as schools, museums, libraries, and private homes.

Miller, Peter, 1934-. Nothing hardly ever happens in Colbyville, Vermont : and other stories and essays. Colbyville, Vt. : Silver Print Press, c2008.

This book collects some of the very best of Peter Miller’s writing for the first time. Some of the essays previously appeared in national magazines, others in local newspapers. A few were written for this book. Altogether they offer insight into the culture of Vermont and how it has changed over the past 40 years, while revealing what has shaped this Vermonter into a photographer and writer.

Pearl, Peggy. A brief history of St. Johnsbury. Charleston, SC : History Press, 2009.

Tucked away in the dark forests of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, St. Johnsbury was mostly unbroken wilderness when first chartered in 1786. Swinging axes soon made way for the burgeoning split-level town, with stately Main Street homes on St. Johnsbury Plain presiding in grandeur over the bustling commerce of Railroad Street below. Peggy Pearl brings a decidedly human element to this comprehensive history, wandering the graves of Mount Pleasant Cemetery and bringing to life the stories of those tanners, cobblers, millworkers and brick makers who made St. Johnsbury their home. With excerpts from vintage newspapers like the Caledonian-Record and the Farmer’s Herald, Pearl unfolds the transformation from quiet mill town into picturesque manufacturing hub of Caledonia County.

Skiffington, Kerry K. Bristol : historically speaking. Charleston, SC : History Press, 2009.

Since 1762, Bristol has prospered alongside the New Haven River. Its mighty waters powered mills, and hardworking farmers, entrepreneurs and shopkeepers fueled the local economy. Local author Kerry Skiffington describes Bristol’s history through brief essays highlighting its most remarkable people and moments, from the rise of Outlook Club and the Bristol Town Band to the many floods and fires that have challenged but never broken the town. She also uncovers forgotten figures, like Dr. Francis Briggs, known as much for his music as for his ministrations, and state representative Florence Cragen, one of many Vermont women to serve the legislature during World War II. Carefully researched and enlivened by interviews with longtime residents, Bristol, Vermont: Historically Speaking captures the essence of the town’s enduring charm.

Thompson, Donald H. Lake Bomoseen : the story of Vermont’s largest little-known lake. Charleston, SC : History Press, 2009.
Lake Bomoseen—the largest lake entirely within Vermont’s borders—once attracted thousands of visitors each year. Its resorts and restaurants welcomed travelers of all stripes, from Walt Disney and Harpo Marx to humble groups of workers and families. Crowds flocked to beaches and picnic areas during the daytime, and headliners like Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong kept the Casino at the lake buzzing late into the night. Donald H. Thompson describes these and other glamorous moments in Lake Bomoseen’s past and explains how the area has evolved since the last hotels and dance halls closed their doors. Carefully researched and accompanied by dozens of rare images, this is the definitive history of one of Vermont’s finest spots.


CD 355.02 LAN
Langewiesche, William. The atomic bazaar : the rise of the nuclear poor. [Ashland, Or.?] : Blackstone Audio, p2007.
Read by Tom Weiner. Journalist William Langewiesche investigates the rise of the global threat of nuclear weapons, the movement of nuclear weapons technology from the rich to the poor and the chances for nuclear terrorism. He looks at Abdul Qadeer Khan, the scientist who was behind the theft and sale of centrifuge designs that helped build Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal and his involvement in the distribution of nuclear plans to North Korea, Iran, and other hostile countries.

CD 814 BLO
Blount, Roy. Long time leaving : [dispatches from up South]. [Minneapolis, Minn.] : HighBridge, p2007.

Read by the author and friends. “Hard-working humorist Roy Blount Jr. lives in the North but he’s from the South, a delicious tension that has always informed and shaped his work. In this new collection, he directs his acerbic wit and finely-tuned insight toward the persistent and colorful differences between the two. His essays treat every conceivable topic on which North and South misunderstand each other, from music to sports, eating, education, politics, child-rearing, religion, race, and language (“remember when there was lots of discussion of ‘ebonics’?”). In this eminently quotable collection, Blount does justice to the charming, funny, infuriating facets of Southern tradition and their equally odd Northern counterpoints”—Publisher’s Web-site.

CD 818 VON
Vonnegut, Kurt. Armageddon in retrospect. Ashland, Or. : Blackstone Audiobooks, 2008.
Twelve previously unpublished writings on war and peace include such pieces as an essay on the destruction of Dresden, a story about the first-meal fantasies of three soldiers, and a meditation on the impossibility of shielding children from the temptations of violence.

Isaacson, Walter. Einstein : [his life and universe]. [New York] : Simon & Schuster Audio, cp2007.
Read by Edward Herrmann. A narrative portrait based on the complete body of Einstein’s papers offers insight into his contributions to science, in an account that describes the influence of his discoveries on his personal views about morality, politics, and tolerance.

Lewis, Richard, 1947-. The other great depression : how I’m overcoming, on a daily basis, at least a million addictions and dysfunctions and finding a spiritual (sometimes) life. Beverly Hills, CA : Phoenix Audio, p2008.
Read by the author. After landing in an emergency room due to excessive cocaine and alcohol abuse, comedian Richard Lewis had to majorly reassess his priorities. Delving into his troubled childhood, his familial relationships, and the beginning of his drug abuse in this memoir, Lewis also discusses the bits of faith that he clings to in order to stay sober and happy. This is a compelling peek inside the mind of one of this century’s great comic minds.

Reichl, Ruth. Not becoming my mother : and other things she taught me along the way. Unabridged. New York, N.Y. : Penguin Audio, 2009.

Read by the author. Chronicles the mother-daughter relationship of culinary author Ruth Reichl, now editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine, and her late mother, Miriam. Miriam Brudno, who bowed to societal and familial pressure to become a wife and a mother over pursuing a fulfilling career, cheered her daughter on and pointed out that Ruth had an obligation, both to herself and to her mother, to use her life well.

Allston, Aaron. Star wars : fate of the Jedi. New York : Holland, Ohio : Random House Audio ; repackaged by Midwest Tape, p2009.

Read by Marc Thompson. In the first book of the Star Wars: fate of the Jedi series, listeners experience the Galactic Alliance in crisis after a violent civil war and the fall of Darth Caedus. As prominent leaders gather for a crucial summit at Coruscant, the future of the Jedi remains uncertain. When Chief of State Natasi Daala and the media stir up mass anti-Jedi sentiments, Luke and his son Ben go rogue and investigate Jacen Solo’s corruption and downfall, uncovering startling secrets within the Force.

Brown, Sandra, 1948-. Best kept secrets. Grand Haven, Mich. : Brilliance Audio, 2007.

Read by Dick Hill. Alexandra Gaither is a state prosecutor who has the authority to reopen an unsolved homicide case. Twenty-five years ago Alex’s mother was murdered and no one was ever tried for the crime. Now armed with new evidence that could lead to an arrest and a conviction, Alex visits the remote Texas town where her mother died.

Child, Lee. Bad luck and trouble : [a Jack Reacher novel]. New York : Random House Audio, p2007.

Read by Dick Hill. “From a helicopter high above the empty California desert, a man is sent free-falling into the night... In Chicago, a woman learns that an elite team of ex-army investigators is being hunted down one by one... And on the streets of Portland, Jack Reacher—soldier, cop, hero—is pulled out of his
wandering life by a code that few other people could understand. From the first shocking scenes in Lee Child’s explosive new novel, Jack Reacher is plunged like a knife into the heart of a conspiracy that is killing old friends... and is on its way to something even worse. A decade post-military, Reacher has an ATM card and the clothes on his back—no phone, no ties, and no address. But now a woman from his old unit has done the impossible. From Chicago, Frances Neagley finds Reacher, using a signal only the eight members of their elite team of army investigators would know. She tells him a terrifying story—about the brutal death of a man they both served with. Soon Reacher is reuniting with the survivors of his old team, scrambling to raise the living, bury the dead, and connect the dots in a mystery that is growing darker by the day. The deeper they dig, the more they don’t know: about two other comrades who have suddenly gone missing—and a trail that leads into the neon of Vegas and the darkness of international terrorism. For now, Reacher can only react. To every sound. Every suspicion. Every scent and every moment. Then Reacher will trust the people he once trusted with his life—and take this thing all the way to the end. Because in a world of bad luck and trouble, when someone targets Jack Reacher and his team, they’d better be ready for what comes right back at them...”—from publisher’s web site.

Follett, Ken. Lie down with lions. Library ed. Grand Haven, Mich. : Brilliance Audio, [2003], p1986.
An American man, a French physician, and an English woman are terrorized by the Russian invasion of Afghanistan.

Greene, Graham, 1904-1991. Our man in Havana. [London, England] : CSA Telltapes Ltd., p2009.
Read by Jeremy Northam. Due to the excessive, and expensive, demands of his 13-year-old daughter, Milly, vacuum cleaner salesman Wormold acquires a higher-paying position as Secret Agent 5920015 for the Secret Intelligence Service. Set in Cuba during the regime of Fulgencio Batista, this critically acclaimed novel, first published in 1958, eerily predicts the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.

Macomber, Debbie. Back on Blossom Street. Unabridged. Grand Haven, MI : Brilliance Audio, c2007.

Read by Laural Merlington. When Susannah, the owner of a new flower store, and her employee, a young widow named Colette Blake, join the knitting class at A Good Yarn, they meet a group of unforgettable women who offer them life-changing advice, support, and friendship.

Michaels, Fern. Lethal justice. Library ed. Grand Haven, MI : Brilliance Audio, p2006.

Read by Laural Merlington. After spending a year wrongly imprisoned for fraud, Alexis calls on the Sisterhood to seek revenge on the real criminals, Arden Gillespie and Roland Sullivan.

Patterson, James, 1947-. The 6th target. New York : Hatchette Audio, p2007.

Narrated by Carolyn McCormick. When an unthinkable tragedy leaves one of the members of the Women’s Murder Club in critical condition, the others must fight to keep a deranged man locked away. Meanwhile, a series of ransomless child kidnappings rocks the city and confounds law enforcement.

Perry, Anne. At some disputed barricade. Library ed. Grand Haven, Mich. : Brilliance Audio, 2007, p2006.
Read by Michael Page. Men and women torn by their convictions are challenged by the perils of war.

Robb, J. D., 1950-. Betrayal in death. Grand Haven, MI. : Brilliance Audio, p2007.

Read by Susan Ericksen. New York Lieutenant Eve Dallas is up against a hit-man for the elite, whose next target may be her own husband, Roarke.

Sebold, Alice. The almost moon : a novel. New York, NY : Hachette Audio, p2007.

Read by Joan Allen. For years Helen Knightly has given her life to others: to her haunted mother, to her enigmatic father, to her husband and now grown children. When she finally crosses a terrible boundary, her life comes rushing in at her in a way she never could have imagined.

Sparks, Nicholas. The lucky one : a novel. Unabridged. New York : Hachette Audio, p2008.
Read by John Bedford Lloyd. A soldier in Iraq finds a photograph that he soon considers a good luck charm, but he keeps this fact a secret when he returns home and meets the woman in it.

Wright, Richard, 1908-1960. Native son. New York : HarperAudio, p2008.

Performed by Peter Francis James. Bigger Thomas, a 20 year-old black man, is uneducated, unsophisticated, and unemployed. When a wealthy family offers him a chauffeur’s position, Bigger is torn between gratitude for the job and anger over his subservient status. On his first evening, the family’s daughter orders Bigger to spend a drunken night on the town with her and a gentleman friend. By morning the young woman is dead. Native Son is a stark and troubling account of murder, guilt, and racial hatred.

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The first olympics : blood, honor, and glory. [United States] : A & E Home Video, 2004.

Return to ancient Greece and witness the Bacchanalian excess and raw competition of The First Olympics. While the gods looked down, brutal contests of boxing, wrestling, chariot racing, and an early from of no-holds-barred fighting called Pankration.

Benito : the rise and fall of Mussolini. Santa Moncia, Calif. : Lions Gate Entertainment, 2006.

Rising quickly from within the ranks of the socialist party, Benito Mussolini became local chief of the Italian Socialist Party at a young age, where he developed his instinct for power and his talent for intrigue as he played off various sections of the left against each other. His dangerous rise to power ultimately played out against the backdrop of World War I and gave rise to a new and frightening government—Facism.

Christmas cottage. Santa Monica, CA : Lionsgate, 2008.
Special features: Widescreen presentation—Audio commentary with director Michael Campus an Thomas Kinkade—Deleted scenes with optional commentary—“Building the Christmas Cottage” featurette—“Home for Christmas: A conversation with Thomas Kinkade” featurette—On the set with Thomas Kinkade. Returning from college one Christmas, Thomas Kinkade finds his mother is ready to lose the family cottage to foreclosure. He is inspired to paint a mural of his hometown, which launches his career and helps the town rediscover their Christmas spirit.

Dances with wolves. Special ed. ; Widescreen version (2.35:1 ; 16x9). [United States] : MGM Home Entertainment, [2003], c1990.

Rewarded for his heroism in the Civil War, Lt. John Dunbar wants to see the American frontier before it is gone. Assigned to an abandoned fort with a Sioux tribe as his only neighbor, he overcomes the language barrier and mutual fear and distrust to become a friend of the tribe. But his knowledge of their ultimate fate forces him to make a crucial decision.

Diary of a mad black woman. [Widescreen ed.]. Santa Monica, Calif. : Artisan Home Entertainment : Distributed by Lions Gate Home Entertainment, c2005.

Helen McCarter would seem to have it all. She’s married to Charles who is one of Atlanta’s most successful attorneys. But despite having wealth and prestige, things are not as they seem in the McCarter home. On the evening of their anniversary, Charles drops a bombshell on Helen - he’s divorcing her for another woman. Thrown out of the house with nowhere to go, Helen moves in with her grandmother Madea, a sassy woman with no shortage of opinions and a gun that she’s not afraid to use. As Madea helps Helen get back on her feet emotionally, she meets Orlando, a nice and handsome man who is obviously attracted to her. But after her experiences with Charles, Helen isn’t sure if she’s ready to trust a man again.

Elvis Presley musicals. : 4 film favorites. Burbank, Calif. : Warner Home Video, [2008].

Mountain boy, swimsuit photographer, club singer, rodeo champ - 4 great Presley roles.

K-19 : the widowmaker. Widescreen version. Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Pictures, c2002.
Captain Vostrikov, a Russian naval officer, has being given command of the Soviet Union’s first nuclear submarine, K-19, at the height of the Cold War in 1961. The vessel’s executive officer, Captain Polenin, asserts that the flagship is not yet ready for deployment. But political pressure forces Vostrikov to sail his crew into the North Atlantic anyway, for a missile fire test that serves as a warning to the U.S. The test is a success, but a leak in the K-19’s cooling system soon threatens the nuclear payload.

The last samurai. Full-screen ed. Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c2003.
“Tom Cruise plays Civil War hero Capt. Nathan Algren, who comes to Japan to fight the Samurai and ends up pledging himself to their cause. Ken Watanabe plays Katsumoto, a Samurai leader facing a vanishing way of life, whose destiny becomes intertwined with that of the American captain. Edward Zwick directs this sweeping and emotional epic tale of the birth of modern Japan.”—on back cover.

Montana Christmas skies. Santa Monica, Calif. : [S.l.] : Delta Music ; LaserLight Video, c1999.
Christmas specials with John Denver have been a favorite holiday tradition with families for years. This 1991 CBS television special finds John Denver joined by friends Clint Black, Kathy Mattea, and Patty Loveless on Montana’s Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. Images of Denver on horseback, traversing the wide open plains and herding and roping cattle are interspersed with more intimate looks at Denver, Mattea, Black, Loveless, and other friends gathered for an old-fashioned sing-along in a rustic barn.

The nanny diaries. Widescreen ed. [New York] : Santa Monica, CA : Weinstein Co. ; Distributed by Genius Products, c2007.
Annie is a young girl from a working-class neighborhood who suddenly finds herself working as a nanny for a wealthy family in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Between catering to the every whim of her employers and their precocious son and falling in love with their gorgeous neighbor, Annie tries to figure out what she wants to do with her life.

The three tenors Christmas. New York : Sony, p19??.
Medley: White Christmas; Let it snow; Oh Tannenbaum; Ay! para Navidad—Tu scendi dalle stelle—Carol of the drum (The little drummer boy) -- Medley: Ave Maria, dolce Maria; Brahms’ Wiegenlied—Jingle bells—Medley: Children of Christmas; La virgen lava panales; I’ll be home for Christmas—Adeste fideles—Cantique de Noel (O holy night) -- Amazing grace—Feliz Navidad—Silent night—Pregaria (El cant de l’anima a la Verge) -- Medley: Winter wonderland; Strauss’ Wiegenlied; Sleigh ride; Susani—Un nuevo siglo—Medley: Dormi, o bambino (Lulaj ze Jezunin); Happy Christmas/War is over. José Carreras, Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti, tenors.

Training day. 16x9 Widescreen version (2.35:1). Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2002], c2001.

Jake Hoyt, a fresh-faced rookie in the Los Angeles Police Department, gets a chance to join the elite narcotics squad headed up by 13-year veteran Detective Sergeant Alonzo Harris. Jake is to prove himself during a one-day ride-along. As the day wears on, it becomes increasingly clear that Detective Harris has blurred the line between right and wrong to an alarming degree, enforcing his own code of ethics and street justice. Eventually, Hoyt begins to suspect that he is, rather than having the opportunity to join the squad, being set up to take the fall.