Armstrong, Kelley. Frostbitten. 1st ed. New York : Bantam Books, c2009.
Elena Michaels, the world’s only female werewolf, investigates a series of brutal slayings in the Alaskan wilderness with her loyal mate, Clayton Danvers, and when they stumble across a creature that resembles the legendary Wendigo, they find themselves facing ghosts from their pasts.
Banks, Russell, 1940-. The sweet hereafter : a novel. 1st HarperPerennial ed. New York, NY : HarperPerennial, 1992.
Explores a small community’s response to the loss of fourteen children in a school bus accident.
Barr, Nevada. 13 ½. New York : Vanguard Press, c2009.
Polly Deschamps, a literature professor with two daughters and her own home in New Orleans, meets architect Marshall Marchand, a charming bachelor who she soon marries before realizing that he may be connected to the “Butcher Boy” multiple homicide of 1971.
Bauer, Belinda, 1962-. Blacklands. 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2010.
Twelve-year-old Steven is determined to find the body of his uncle Billy, who disappeared eighteen years earlier and is believed to have been the victim of serial killer Arnold Avery who is in prison for murdering six other children and burying them in the moor around Steven’s English village, but the boy makes a dangerous mistake when he writes Avery asking for help.
Bohjalian, Christopher A. Secrets of Eden : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Shaye Areheart Books, c2010.
Reverend Stephen Drew is shattered when Alice Hayward is murdered by her husband just hours after being baptized and finds his faith is God slipping away, until he meets Heather Laurent, whose work studying angels helps Drew renew his spirituality in the face of a police investigation that suggests he may have been connected to Alice’s death.
Bradbury, Ray, 1920-. One more for the road. New York : Avon Books, , c2002.
A collection of twenty-five short stories by science fiction author Ray Bradbury.
Butcher, Jim, 1971-. First lord’s fury. 1st ed. New York : Ace Books, 2009.
Tavi, the First Lord of Alera, must lead his army back to the Calderon Valley, but it will not be a happy homecoming as he must make his stand against the vord, a dreaded enemy that uses fear to turn the Alerans against one another.
Coelho, Paulo. Brida : a novel. 1st Harper Perennial ed. New York : Harper Perennial, 2009, c2008.
While on a quest for knowledge, Brida, a young Irish girl, encounters two individuals who teach her about magic; a forest hermit, who helps her to realize the goodness in the world, and a woman who teaches her how to dance and pray to the moon; but while this knowledge soaks in, Brida struggles to balance her priorities.
Coetzee, J. M., 1940-. Summertime : fiction. 1st American ed. New York : Viking, 2009.
An English biographer works on a posthumous book detailing the life of John Coetzee during his thirties, but after interviewing five of Coetzee’s close acquaintances, an awkward image of the South African writer is revealed.
Coonts, Stephen, 1946-. The disciple. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2009.
As Iran’s president prepares a devastating nuclear attack, Tommy Carmellini and Jake Grafton join forces with a group of Iranian dissidents who are hoping to stop the attack before their leader can start a new world war.
Cornwell, Bernard. The burning land : a novel. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Harper, c2010.
At the end of the ninth century, the Danes see a chance for victory and attack King Alfred of Wessex, who is ill; after Uhtred, Alfred’s reluctant warlord, defeats the Vikings, he turns his back on service to the Saxon king and joins the Vikings with the intent of reclaiming his ancestral fortress.
Cornwell, Bernard. A crowning mercy. New York : Harper, 2009.
The civil war that is tearing England asunder in the year 1643 has not yet touched Dorcas Slythe, a secretly rebellious young Puritan woman living in the countryside south of London. She aches to escape the safe, pious tyranny of her father—and the opportunity appears with the arrival of Toby Lazender, dashing scion of a powerful royalist family, who awakens her to her passionate destiny. Her adventure truly begins with the discovery of an intricately wrought gold seal—one of four that, when joined, will reveal a great secret. Suddenly grave danger lies before her—not from Cromwell’s advancing armies, but from relentless enemies who covet the great treasure to which she now holds the key.—Publisher’s description.
Cussler, Clive. Arctic drift. New York : Putnams, c2008.
Dirk Pitt sets out on an expedition with his children along the treacherous Northwest Passage to find a silvery mineral, which will prove his theory and link the causes for the sudden deaths in British Columbia and the incidents between the United States and an ally.
Dunn, Carola. Sheer folly : a Daisy Dalrymple mystery. 1st ed. New York : Minotaur Books, 2009.
Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher travels to Appsworth Hall with her friend and collaborator Lucy to research and photograph the grotto for their planned book on architectural follies, but Lucy’s seeming inability to keep from offending the estate’s owner, a manufacturer of plumbing products, plus an unusual assortment of guests, makes for an explosive situation.
Ellis, Helen. Eating the Cheshire cat : a novel. New York : Scribner, c2000.
Three girls and their ambitious mothers pursue perfection in this Southern Gothic debut novel.
Ferris, Monica. Crewel world. Berkley Prime Crime ed. New York : Berkley Prime Crime, c1999.
Newly-divorced Betsy Devonshire moves in with her sister, a popular needlework shop owner living in a small town in Minnesota, to begin her emotional recovery. Tragically, her sister is murdered and the grieving Betsy becomes obsessed with finding her sister’s killer. Needlepoint pattern included.
Ferris, Monica. A stitch in time. Berkley Prime Crime ed. New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2000.
While needlecraft shop owner Betsy Devonshire and her stitching friends try to repair a damaged tapestry found in a local church, Betsy falls victim to a series of nasty accidents. Is it coincidence or does the appearance of her ex-husband have something to do with it? Cross-stitch pattern included.
Gibbins, David J. L. The lost tomb. New York : Bantam Dell, 2008.
In the treacherous waters off the rugged Sicilian coast, marine archaeologist Jack Howard and his team of scientific experts and ex-Special Forces commandos make a shocking find while searching for the legendary shipwreck of the apostle Paul. And when a second artifact is uncovered in the ruins of a buried city, Jack is on the verge of a discovery that could shake the world to its foundations: the handwritten words of Jesus Christ himself.
Green, Jane, 1968-. To have and to hold. 1st trade pbk. ed. New York : Broadway Books, 2005, c2004.
Alice’s idea of a Cinderella life with handsome Joe Chambers turns sour when she discovers his many indiscretions and must now decide whether she wants to continue the facade or summon up the courage to find real happiness on her own.
Griffin, W. E. B. The honor of spies. New York : Putnams, c2009.
Office of Strategic Services agent Cletus Frade must convince German prisoner of war Colonel Wilhelm Frogger to help find out what his parents in Argentina know about a secret plan to help post-war senior Nazi officers find a safe haven in South America, but German officials and Argentinians led by Juan Peron are on their way to kill Frogger’s parents and Frade himself.
Hall, Sarah, 1974-. Daughters of the North : a novel. 1st US ed. New York : Harper Perennial, c2007.
England is in a state of environmental crisis and economic collapse. There has been a census, and all citizens have been herded into urban centers. Reproduction has become a lottery, with contraceptive coils fitted to every female of childbearing age. A girl who will become known only as “Sister” escapes the confines of her repressive marriage to find an isolated group of women living as “un-officials” in Carhullan, a remote northern farm, where she must find out whether she has it in herself to become a rebel fighter.
Harris, Charlaine. An ice cold grave. Berkley Prime Crime mass-market ed. New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2008, c2007.
Harper Connelly and her brother Tolliver are hired to investigate the disappearance of a boy in Doraville, North Carolina; however, their search uncovers several victims buried in the half-frozen ground.
Higgins, Jack, 1929-. The wolf at the door. New York : Putnam’s, c2010.
Sean Dillon fears an old nemesis is targeting the members of an elite intelligence unit and struggles to stay alive as the other team members are killed off by an assassin with seemingly unlimited resources.
Hoag, Tami. Deeper than the dead. New York : Dutton, c2010.
FBI investigator and profiler Vince Leone attempts to develop a theory on a series of murders in a small town that eventually puts the teacher and her four students who discovered the first victim on a collision course with the killer.
Hunter, Stephen, 1946-. I, sniper : a Bob Lee Swagger novel. 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2009.
When four 1960s radicals are gunned down, Vietnam veteran Carl Hitchcock, an expert marksman, becomes the prime suspect, but FBI Special Agent Nick Memphis thinks the case is a little too perfect and calls on retired Marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger for help in tracking down the real killer.
Jance, Judith A. Trial by fire. 1st Touchstone hardcover ed. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2009.
Yavapai County Police Department media relations consultant Ali Reynolds and unidentified patient advocate Sister Anselm work together to uncover evidence about a case in which a woman was left to die inside a raging fire, and soon realize there is a possible connection to a domestic terrorist group and they are putting their lives and the victim’s life in danger by continuing their investigation.
Johnston, Joan, 1948-. Shattered. Don Mills, Ont. : Mira, c2010.
Kate Grayhawk Pendleton is stunned when Wyatt Shaw, the man who fathered her twin boys eight years earlier during a one-night stand, shows up on her doorstep demanding to meet his sons, and although attracted to Wyatt, Kate has trouble trusting, having since learned her anonymous lover is heir to the D’Amato crime syndicate.
Kenyon, Sherrilyn, 1965-. Night play. St. Martin’s Paperbacks ed. New York : St. Martin’s Paperbacks, 2004.
Vane Kattalakis, a Were-Hunted wolf, spies Bride McTierney weeping in her French Quarter shop after being dumped through the mail, and goes in to offer comfort only to discover she is his predestined mate—but first he must convince her to accept him.
King, Stephen, 1947-. The shining. New York : Pocket Books, , c1977.
For the Torrance family, the Overlook Hotel is a place where horrors come to life and where those who have the shining battle evil.
King, Stephen, 1947-. The gunslinger. New York : Viking, c2003.
The Gunslinger, a lone figure, pursues the man in black, has a liaison with a sexually ravenous woman, and befriends a kid from Earth called Jake.
King, Stephen, 1947-. The drawing of the three. New York : Signet, c2003.
As Roland, the last gunslinger, pursues his quest for The Dark Tower, he is mysteriously drawn through a door that brings him into 1980s America.
Krentz, Jayne Ann. Fired up. New York : G. P. Putnam’s Sons, c2009.
Jack Winters, who believes he has inherited his family’s centuries old curse, enlists the help of private investigator Chloe Harper to find the Burning Lamp that will save him.
Leon, Donna. A sea of troubles. New York : Penguin Books, 2009.
While investigating the murder of two local fisherman on the island of Pellestrina, Commissario Brunetti accepts Signorina Elettra’s offer to visit her relatives and search for clues, but despite Brunetti’s loyalty to his wife, he finds himself attracted to his boss’s secretary.
Lescroart, John T. Treasure Hunt : a novel. New York : Dutton, c2010.
Mickey Dade investigates the death of one of San Francisco’s known activists, Dominic Como, with his boss, Wyatt Hunt, but when they try to confirm their suspicions that Como was involved in suspicious dealings, Dade and Hunt struggle to get answers from Alicia Thorpe, Como’s business associate and the sister of one of Dade’s friends.
Lustbader, Eric. Last snow. 1st ed. New York : Forge, 2010.
Presidential advisor and former Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms agent Jack McClure travels to Eastern Europe to investigate the death of a senator and uncovers corruption within American and Russian politics, while also trying to protect the commander-in-chief’s daughter as well as a rogue agent from the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation.
Mauro, Nancy. New world monkeys : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Shaye Areheart Books, c2009.
Lily and Duncan spend a revealing summer in upstate New York, in the Victorian house that Lily inherited, which begins with the couple’s car colliding with a wild boar, which they later discover was the eccentric town’s mascot.
Meacham, Leila, 1938-. Roses. 1st ed. New York : Grand Central Pub., 2010.
In a small town in East Texas, three generations of a family—the result of an unmarried union between cotton tycoon Mary Toliver and timber magnate Percy Warwick—lead to decades of deceit, tragedies, and secrets throughout most of the twentieth century.
Morgan, Hunter. Don’t turn around. New York, NY : Kensington Pub. Corp., 2008.
Casey McDaniels knows the unbearable consequences of domestic violence— and the darkness that can swallow a life. An advocate for victim’s rights, Casey is giving key testimony in the arraignment of the man who savagely murdered her best friend. But to her horror, he’s set free...He’s hiding in plain sight, following a plan that has worked before, performing each move with exact precision, waiting for the perfect moment to strike again—and this time, the victim will be Casey McDaniels...At first, Casey suspects her friend’s killer is following her. She’s receiving threats over the phone and bizarre messages in the mail—strange, childlike drawings of human eyes. But then Casey starts to have doubts. Could someone else be stalking her? As Casey enters a deadly cat-and-mouse game, she soon comes face-to-face with her stalker—and her worst nightmare.
Morgan, Brooke. Tainted. 1st Avon pbk. ed. New York : Avon, 2009.
Holly Barrett is swept off her feet by Jack Dane, a charming Englishman who touches the lives of everyone Holly cares about, including her sensitive daughter Katy, but soon Holly begins to fear Jack is not the kind man he appears to be and that he is hiding a secret that could ruin them all.
Nightlight : a parody. New York : Vintage Books, c2009.
A parody of Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight,” in which Belle Goose falls in love with a nerdy vampire named Edwart Mullen who she tries to convince to turn her into one of his kind, and runs into trouble when she realizes he finds girls repulsive.
Nunez, Elizabeth. Anna in-between. New York : Akashic Books, c2009.
Anna, the daughter of an upper-class Caribbean family with a successful publishing career in the U.S., learns during a vacation to the islands that her mother has breast cancer and must enlist her father in an effort to persuade her mom to return with her to the U.S. for life-saving treatment.
Olsen, Gregg. A cold dark place. New York : Kensington Pub., c2008.
Police officer and single mother Emily Kenyon is investigating the murder of a local family and their son’s mysterious disappearance, assuming the son is responsible for the killings, but, her daughter Jenna believes he is innocent, and her desire to prove it leads her into a deadly game with the true killer.
Patterson, James, 1947-. Worst case : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown, 2010.
Detective Michael Bennett is called in when the son of one of New York’s richest families is kidnapped and held hostage, and when another student disappears, Bennett must rely on FBI agent Emily Parker before the mastermind can fulfill his plot to bring destruction to the city.
Pérez-Reverte, Arturo. The cavalier in the yellow doublet. New York : Putnam’s, , c2003.
In seventeenth-century Madrid, Captain Alatriste and his protégé Inigo decide to stay in Spain on the king’s retainer, but soon find their lives complicated by beautiful women, old enemies, and a court conspiracy that threatens both their lives.
Petrushevskaia, Ludmilla. There once lived a woman who tried to kill her neighbor’s baby : scary fairy tales. New York : Penguin Books, 2009.
A collection of nineteen short stories about fate, the supernatural, grief, madness, and more.
Reilly, Matthew. The 5 greatest warriors. 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2010.
In their race to rebuild the final pieces of the Machine and save the world, soldier Jack West Jr. and his team discover an ancient inscription containing a rhyme about five mysterious warriors who possess knowledge that is vital for unlocking the secrets of the machine and its powerful pillars.
Rollins, James, 1961-. Altar of Eden. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2010.
Years after armed men loot the city zoo in Baghdad, Lorna Polk, a Louisiana state veterinarian, discovers strangely deformed animals with a heightened intelligence in the cargo of a shipwrecked fishing trawler and must track down the one that got free, but she will need help from a man from her past, U.S. Border Patrol agent Jack Menard.
Rule, Ann. Heart full of lies : a true story of desire and death. 1st Pocket Books pbk. ed. New York : Pocket Books, 2004, c2003.
Presents an account of the October 2000 murder of Chris Northon, and his wife Liysa’s subsequent conviction for the crime which she claims she committed in self-defense.
Salvatore, R. A., 1959-. The ghost king. Renton, WA : Wizards of the Coast, c2009.
Young Thuro turns to the mountain warrior Culain for help when he is chosen to travel to the land of the Mist and retrieve the Sword of Power that can defeat the armies of the ruthless Witch Queen.
Shaara, Jeff, 1952-. No less than victory : a novel of World War II. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, c2009.
A fictionalized account of the final months of World War II that recounts the experiences of the Allied soldiers and military leaders who faced the German army and the atrocities they left in their wake.
Simmons, Dan. A winter haunting. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2002.
After sabotaging his own career and marriage with an obsessive love affair Dale Stewart returns to his boyhood home to work on a novel, but soon after he moves into an abandoned farmhouse where his childhood friend died, he begins to feel he is not alone in the house.
Styron, William, 1925-2006. The suicide run : five tales of the Marine Corps. 1st ed. New York : Random House, c2009.
A collection of five narratives by William Styron that draw on his own experiences as a U.S. Marine to chronicle the drama, inhumanity, absurdity, and heroism of war.
Theroux, Marcel, 1968-. Far north. 1st American ed. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009.
The sheriff and only resident of the failed state of Makepeace is shocked to discover a refugee from the vast forest region in the north and takes to the road hoping to reconnect with human society.
Tremain, Rose. Music & silence. New York : Washington Square Press, , c1999.
English lutenist Peter Claire arrives at the Danish Court to join King Christian IV’s Royal Orchestra in 1629, unaware of the harsh conditions and the love affair that await him.
Weber, Katharine, 1955-. True confections : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Shaye Areheart Books, c2010.
Alice Tatnall Ziplinsky knows she has not been accepted by everyone in the Ziplinsky family, but her dedication to the family’s candy factory helps her overlook the family’s shortcomings, and as she traces the history of the factory, she finds greater respect for her in-laws.
Woodsmall, Cindy. The sound of sleigh bells. 1st ed. Colorado Springs, Colo. : WaterBrook Press, 2009.
Beth Hertzler has spent years mourning the death of her fiancé and has closed her heart off to the possibility of finding love again, but when she discovers the work of an unknown artist, Beth vows to help him promote his talent, while Beth’s aunt vows to open Beth’s heart to the kind artist.
Marshall, Joseph M. Keep going : the art of perseverance. New York : Sterling Pub., c2006.
When a young man’s father dies, he turns to his sagacious grandfather for comfort. Together they sit underneath the family’s cottonwood tree, and the grandfather shares his perspective on life, the perseverance it requires, and the pleasure and pain of the journey. Filled with dialogues, stories, and recollections, each section focuses on a portion of the prose poem “Keep Going” and provides commentary on the text.
Lamm, Brad. How to change someone you love : four steps to help you help them. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2010.
It is said that if you love someone, you should love them in spite of their shortcomings or flaws and not try to change them. But there are times when it is necessary to try to change someone you love. For instance: a husband who is slowly drinking himself to death; a brother who is addicted to gambling; a sister who’s in an abusive relationship; a child who’s on drugs, etc. Lamm tells readers how to help them turn their lives around by using the one-of-a-kind set of tools he shares.
Seligman, Martin E. P. Learned optimism. New York : Pocket Books, c1998.
Presents a discussion of pessimism and its accompanying depression; looks at how negative feelings impact a person’s ability to achieve success; and offers advice on how to change from pessimism to optimism. Includes diagnostic tests and worksheets.
Helgoe, Laurie A. Introvert power : why your inner life is your hidden strength. Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks, c2008.
Discusses the value of introverts to society and examines how U.S. culture demands that most people come across as an extrovert even if they are not, and covers how to fulfill one’s need for solitude in various ways and provides a cross-cultural study on various personality types.
Winget, Larry. People are idiots and I can prove it! : the 10 ways you are sabotaging yourself and how you can overcome them. New York : Gotham Books, c2009.
The author offers straight-talk advice on a variety of topics including business, family, health, and financial success.
Goldsmith, Barton. Emotional fitness for intimacy : sweeten & deepen your love in only 10 minutes a day. Oakland, CA : New Harbinger Publications, c2009.
Collects various exercises for couples involved in long-term, committed relationships designed to help with intimacy, communication, conflict resolution, respect, differences, and challenges that can be overcome in order to deepen people’s love for each other.
Sandel, Michael J. Justice : what’s the right thing to do? 1st ed. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009.
Examines the meaning of justice in a variety of situations and asks the reader to morally and politically reflect on each topic.
Walker, Cami. 29 gifts : how a month of giving can change your life. 1st Da Capo Press ed. Philadelphia : Da Capo-Life Long, 2009.
The author, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, shares how her outlook on life was changed by simply giving twenty-nine gifts to others in twenty-nine days.
Reilly, Patricia Lynn. A God who looks like me : discovering a woman-affirming spirituality. 1st trade pbk. ed. New York : Ballantine Books, 1996.
Explores the religious experiences of women today and of those in the Bible to offer readers lessons in communing with the feminine side of God and to show them how to plumb the depths of their spiritual selves.
Hagerty, Barbara Bradley. Fingerprints of God : the search for the science of spirituality. New York : Riverhead Books, 2009.
Examines various scientific topics related to spiritual experiences through interviews with neuroscientists, mystics, and others, and covers topics such as healing through direct prayer, peyote ceremonies, near-death experiences, and psychoneuroimmunology.
Feiler, Bruce S. America’s prophet : Moses and the American story. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2009.
The author reveals the central role Moses has played in American history—from the Pilgrims to the Founding Fathers to the Civil War to the civil rights movement—and explores how he can help unify our country today.
Kirsch, Jonathan, 1949-. King David : the real life of the man who ruled Israel. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, 2000.
Chronicles the life of David, King of the Jews, discussing why God showered him with numerous blessings even though he was a corrupt and devious king.
Meyer, Joyce, 1943-. 100 ways to simplify your life. 1st hardcover ed. New York : Faith Words, 2008, c2007.
Joyce Meyer shares one hundred ways people can improve their lives, focusing on building their faith and learning the value of simplicity over materialism and greed.
Lucado, Max. Fearless : imagine your life without fear. Nashville, Tenn. : Thomas Nelson, c2009.
Offers spiritual advice to overcoming fears of disappointments, death, unemployment, and other issues.
Jefferts Schori, Katharine. The Gospel in the global village : seeking God’s dream of shalom. New York : Morehouse Pub., c2009.
In this new book, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church explores the issues and challenges of faith in the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion, the wider Body of Christ, and the world at large. Arranged thematically with particular emphasis on the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, her essays reflect on the travel, issues, people, and passions that have driven the first two to three years of her primacy.
Warner, Kurt, 1971-. First things first. Carol Stream, Ill. : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., c2009.
Kurt Warner, quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals, and his wife Brenda describe their marriage, their seven children, their faith, and the importance of giving back.
Tannen, Deborah. You just don’t understand : women and men in conversation. 1st Quill ed. New York : Quill, 2001, c1990.
Offers revolutionary answers to questions that confound women’s and men’s attempts to communicate with each other.
Rosenberg, Scott. Say everything : how blogging began, what it’s becoming, and why it matters. 1st ed. New York : Crown Publishers, c2009.
Chronicles the rise of blogging and examines its impact on politics, media, business, and privacy, with close-ups of blogging pioneers, including Blogger founder Evan Williams.
Rich, John A., 1958-. Wrong place, wrong time : trauma and violence in the lives of young black men. Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.
The author, struck by the unending parade of young African-American men he encountered while working in a big urban hospital who were either the victims or perpetrators of violence, shares the stories they told him about the realities of their lives in American cities.
Marry smart : the intelligent woman’s guide to true love. 1st Simon & Schuster trade pbk. ed. New York : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2009.
Any woman who’s dreamed of complementing her solo achievements with an equally rewarding partnership will find in Marry Smart the step-by-step instructions and practical tips for success. Expanding on the groundbreaking research from her first book, Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women, Dr. Christine B. Whelan offers practical tips for finding personal happiness, plus a marriage calculator that accurately predicts a woman’s chances of marriage.
Gilbert, Elizabeth, 1969-. Committed : a skeptic makes peace with marriage. New York : Viking, 2010.
A memoir in which the author discusses, after learning that marriage to her partner, Felipe, was the only way to keep from being detained at the American border, various aspects of marriage, including compatibility, fidelity, social expectations, the risk of divorce, and responsibility.
Grandin, Greg, 1962-. Fordlandia : the rise and fall of Henry Ford’s forgotten jungle city. 1st ed. New York : Metropolitan Books, 2009.
Chronicles Henry Ford’s attempts to create an American settlement in the Brazilian Amazon in the late 1920s, discussing the purpose of Ford’s settlement, its impact on the region’s ecosystem, his efforts to apply a system of regimented mass production to the area, and other related topics.
Scarborough, Joe. The last best hope : restoring conservatism and America’s promise. 1st ed. New York : Crown Forum, c2009.
Presents a critique of U.S. political leaders and policy, arguing for the strength of the conservative movement’s values in terms of the economy and foreign policy while characterizing Barack Obama’s stimulus plan as a socialist spending spree.
Andrew, Christopher M. Defend the realm : the authorized history of MI5. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.
Examines previously hidden details of the British Security Service’s role in the twentieth-century, from its founding in 1909 through two world wars and its continuing operations against espionage and terrorism in the twenty-first century.
Jacques, Martin. When China rules the world : the end of the western world and the birth of a new global order. New York : Penguin Press, 2009.
Discusses the influence that China’s emergence as an economic superpower will have on political, cultural, and ethnic balance around the globe in the twenty-first century.
Cohen, Stephen P., 1936-. Beyond America’s grasp : a century of failed diplomacy in the Middle East. 1st ed. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009.
Examines the history of diplomacy between the United States and the Middle East, describing how an early diplomatic failure and America’s stated idealism have hindered peaceful dealings, and offers suggestions on policy and for improved relations in the twenty-first century.
Appleby, Joyce Oldham. The relentless revolution : a history of capitalism. 1st ed. New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2010.
Approaching capitalism as a culture, as important for its ideas and values as for its inventions and systems, Joyce Appleby gives us a fascinating introduction to this most potent creation of mankind from its origins to now.
Farrell, Chris. The new frugality : how to consume less, save more, and live better. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Bloomsbury Press, 2010.
Discusses practical ways to spend money wisely, focused on quality rather than quantity, covering home management, saving for college, debt, giving to charity, and other topics.
Wood, Alice (Alice M.). Wealth watchers : a simple program to help you spend less and save more. 1st Free Press hardcover ed. New York : Free Press, 2010.
Describes the Wealth Watchers program for organizing finances, staying out of debt, determining disposable income, and saving, and tells the story of how and why Alice Wood came to create Wealth Watchers.
Gasparino, Charles. The sellout : how three decades of Wall Street greed and government mismanagement destroyed the global financial system. 1st ed. New York : HarperBusiness, c2009.
Examines the events leading up to the financial crisis of the early twenty-first century, tracing the crisis back to its roots in 1970s Wall Street and discussing how greed, arrogance, and stupidity undermined the country’s financial security.
Auletta, Ken. Googled : the end of the world as we know it. New York : Penguin Press, c2009.
Examines the influence of Google, Inc. on the twenty-first century’s changing media landscape, covering how the company’s Internet search engine and other features have changed the way people live and work, and speculates as to the future of the industry.
Lipsky, Seth. The citizen’s constitution : an annotated guide. New York : Basic Books, c2009.
An annotated guide to the Constitution of the United States of America and amendments that offers a clause-by-clause interpretation, covering the writings of Founding Fathers, Supreme Court cases, and related materials.
Danner, Mark, 1958-. Stripping bare the body : politics, violence, war. New York : Nation Books, c2009.
In Stripping Bare the Body, Danner brings together his best reporting from the world’s most troubled regions—from the fall of the Duvalier dictatorship in Haiti to the tumultuous rise of Aristide; from the onset of the Balkan Wars to the painful fragmentation of Yugoslavia; and finally to the disastrous invasion of Iraq and the radical, destructive legacy of the Bush administration. At a time when American imperial power is in decline, there has never been a more compelling moment to read these urgent, fiercely intelligent reports.
Sommer, Alfred, 1942-. Getting what we deserve : health and medical care in America. Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.
John Hopkins School of Medicine professor Alfred Sommer evaluates the health care system in the United States, discussing cost, the pharmaceutical industry, life span, newly developed treatments, how it compares to the systems of other countries, and related topics.
Reding, Nick. Methland : the death and life of an American small town. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Bloomsbury, 2009.
Presents a case study of Oelwein, Iowa, a rural community that became a mecca of crystal methamphetamine production when residents could no longer support themselves through agriculture and business, introduces some of the people involved with the drug, and looks at efforts to save the town.
Wrong, Michela, 1961-. It’s our turn to eat : the story of a Kenyan whistle-blower. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Harper, c2009.
Explores the events that caused current Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki’s aide John Githongo to expose the corruption in their government, and the aftermath of his whistle-blowing, including the riots that occurred in 2007 after Kibaki was sworn in for a second term.
Keefe, Patrick Radden, 1976-. The snakehead : an epic tale of the Chinatown underworld and the American dream. 1st ed. New York : Doubleday, c2009.
Examines a multimillion-dollar smuggling ring that brought illegal immigrants from China to New York City in the 1980s and 1990s, providing information on the head of the criminal network, Cheng Chui Ping, and describing how she and her associates were finally caught by law enforcement officials.
Craughwell-Varda, Kathleen. Looking for Jackie : American fashion icons. 1st ed. New York : Hearst Books, c1999.
From Dolly Madison to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, more than 175 color and b&w photos reveal the fascinating fashion world of women who defined American style.
Visser, Margaret. The gift of thanks : the roots and rituals of gratitude. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009.
Considers cultural and social history and the ways in which people have expressed gratitude and all matters of giving, receiving, and returning favors and presents.
Maisto, Michelle. The gastronomy of marriage : a memoir of food and love. New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, c2009.
Describes how the author’s relationship with her husband, from dating through marriage, is influenced by food, from the first soufflé they shared to negotiating shopping and cooking chores, family holidays, and new foods.
Spade, Kate. Manners : always gracious, sometimes irreverent. New York : Simon and Schuster, c2004.
Presents etiquette guidelines and related quotations on a variety of topics including table manners, thank you notes, re-gifting, telephone calls, and travel abroad.
Warner, Diane. How to have a big wedding on a small budget : cut your wedding costs in half! 4th ed. Cincinnati, Ohio : Betterway Books, c2003.
Gives ideas, money-saving tips, and organizational advice on planning a wedding.
Beyer, Thomas R. Learn Russian the fast and fun way : the activity kit that makes learning a language quick and easy! New York : Barron’s, c1993.
The activity kit that makes learning a language quick and easy.
LeVay, Simon. When science goes wrong : twelve tales from the dark side of discovery. New York : Penguin, c2008.
Provides accounts of twelve incidents in which the scientific process went horribly wrong, resulting in death and disaster.
Calculus concepts : an informal approach to the mathematics of change. 2nd ed. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 2001.
An informal approach to the mathematics of change.
Horner, John R. How to build a dinosaur : extinction doesn’t have to be forever. New York : Dutton, c2009.
The author discusses how advancements in evolutionary developmental biology have led to experimentation on “reverse evolution,” which can be used to recreate prehistoric creatures, and educate scientists on ways to overcome birth defects.
Pearce, Fred. Deep jungle. London : Transworld Publishers, 2005.
Investigates the rain forests and jungles of the world by following past and present explorers and scientists in their travels, and relates the promise these areas hold and the threats they face.
Mee, Benjamin. We bought a zoo. 1st ed. New York : Weinstein Books, c2008.
The author related his experiences buying and moving into a rundown zoo in the English countryside and trying to rebuild it with his family while taking care of his dying wife and two children.
Wilcove, David Samuel. No way home : the decline of the world’s great animal migrations. Washington, DC : Island Press/Shearwater Books, c2008.
Examines the long-distance migrations of different types of animals and explores the manmade and environmental threats that are disrupting these migrations and threatening the future of many species on Earth.
Peterson, Roger Tory, 1908-1996. Peterson field guide to birds of North America. 1st ed. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2008.
A full-color, illustrated field guide to birds of North America, with information on various species, their habitat, identification, and classification.
Gawande, Atul. The checklist manifesto : how to get things right. 1st ed. New York, N.Y. : Metropolitan Books, 2010.
Gawande claims that it can be as simple as compiling a checklist much like pilots use every time they fly. He shares stories from around the world in which a checklist was used to save lives, prevent financial errors, and more.
McGilchrist, Iain. The master and his emissary : the divided brain and the making of the Western world. New Haven : Yale University Press, c2009.
Asymmetry and the brain—What do the two hemispheres ‘do’? -- Language, truth, and music—The nature of the two worlds—The primacy of the right hemisphere—The triumph of the left hemisphere—Imitation and the evolution of culture—The ancient world—The Renaissance and Reformation—The Enlightenment—Romanticism—Modernism and postmodernism. The divided brain and the making of the Western world.
Murray, Michael T. The encyclopedia of healing foods. 1st Atria Books hardcover and pbk. eds. New York : Atria, 2005.
A comprehensive guide to healing foods that offers alphabetically arranged entries with information on the nutritional benefits and medicinal properties of foods, and information on the best foods for treating seventy common ailments.
Michaels, Jillian. Master your metabolism : the 3 diet secrets to naturally balancing your hormones for a hot and healthy body! 1st ed. New York : Crown Publishers, c2009.
A dieter’s guide to increasing metabolism by teaching hormones to burn more fat than they store, and discusses how to remove toxins that slow metabolism, the importance of consuming natural food products, and ways to properly manage sleep, stress, and exercise.
Harding, Kat. The lesbian Kama Sutra. New York, N.Y. : Thomas Dunne Books, 2005.
The Lesbian Kama Sutra applies the spirit and intention of the original Kama Sutra—the expression of uninhibited pleasure through sex—to the lives of women. Celebrating the love between women with clear, empowering text and a rich visual tapestry of images, the book offers a frank and open discussion of the lesbian sexual experience, revealing the intimate relationships women have with other women. Background on the historical views and visual representation of lesbians in art is accompanied by detailed instruction on a repertoire of positions and techniques that will help the modern woman enhance her lovemaking skills throughout all stages of life, from the teen to the post-menopausal years. In addition to advice on meeting partners, dating, seduction and relationships, there is information on bisexuality, sex toys and other aspects of same-gender love.
Griffith, H. Winter (Henry Winter), 1926-1993. Complete guide to prescription & nonprescription drugs. 2010 ed., 2010 Perigee trade pbk. ed. New York : Perigee, 2009.
Profiles thousands of prescription and nonprescription drugs, alphabetized by generic name or drug class name, providing information on uses, dosages, overdose symptoms, side effects, precautions, and interactions with other drugs and substances.
Starlanyl, Devin. Fibromyalgia & chronic myofascial pain syndrome : a survival manual. 2nd ed. Oakland, CA : New Harbinger Publications, c2001.
This book, now in an expanded edition, offers sensible, proven strategies and self-help techniques. Included is the latest information on safe, noninvasive, and inexpensive new treatments; a new chapter on the lymph system and the immune connection; a discussion of surgical options and medication; and current data on issues specific to women and men. An updated provider index helps sufferers select suitable practitioners.
Lahita, Robert G. (Robert George), 1945-. Lupus Q&A : everything you need to know. Rev. ed. New York : Avery, c2004.
Uses a question-and-answer format to provide lupus patients and their families with information about the disease, its symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment.
Current diagnosis & treatment in psychiatry. 2nd ed. New York : McGraw-Hill Medical, c2008.
Current Diagnosis & Treatment: Psychiatry, Second Edition is the ultimate reference for quickly answering day-to-day questions on psychiatric illness in both adults and children. Comprehensive in scope, yet streamlined in its coverage, this time-saving clinical companion reviews essential psychopharmacologic and psychotherapeutic approaches to the full range of psychiatric disorders.
Carvalho, Lucia Giuggio. The everything health guide to living with breast cancer : an accessible and comprehensive resource for women. Avon, MA : Adams Media, c2009.
A comprehensive guide to coping with breast cancer that offers women advice on dealing with the physical and emotional changes they face, finding the best treatment, dealing with family members’ reactions, discovering complementary alternative medicine choices, and more.
Weiss, Marisa C. Living well beyond breast cancer : a survivor’s guide for when treatment ends and the rest of your life begins. Fully updated 2nd ed., Rev. ed. New York : Three Rivers Press, c2010.
A comprehensive guide for women that have undergone medical treatment for breast cancer that discusses post-treatment issues and concerns, along with treatment options and preventative tips for high risk women, and also covers intimacy issues, exercises to improve bone health, and related topics.
Lee, John R., M.D. What your doctor may not tell you about premenopause : balance your hormones and your life from thirty to fifty. New York : Warner Books, , c1999.
Discusses the benefits of natural progesterone for women suffering from premenopausal symptoms such as weight gain, mood swings, memory loss, migraines, very light or heavy periods, and other symptoms.
Iovine, Vicki. The girlfriends’ guide to pregnancy. 2nd ed., Pocket Books trade pbk. ed. New York : Pocket Books, 2007.
Offers practical advice on what to expect during pregnancy, including information on things that women often find too strange or embarrassing to ask anyone about.
Exkorn, Karen Siff. The autism sourcebook : everything you need to know about diagnosis, treatment, coping and healing. 1st ed. New York : ReaganBooks, c2005.
The author presents practical advice and information on autism, and shares her experiences and the at-home treatment of her son that led to his amazing recovery.
Polsgrove, Mike. DCC projects & applications : [digital command control for your model railroad]. Waukesha, WI : Kalmbach, c2006.
DCC Projects & Applications is a Model Railroader Book. An excellent perfect bound, paperback reference for beginners and experts alike. This book includes tips, techniques, and photographic instructions that lead you thru a series of DCC projects, including setting up a DCC layout, decoder installation, lighting and sound effects, layout wiring projects, advanced decoder programming, and ideas for advanced DCC projects. A glossary and a list of important considerations for choosing a DCC system are also included.
Wilson, Jeff, 1964-. The model railroader’s guide to bridges, trestles & tunnels. Waukesha, WI : Kalmbach Books, c2005.
Contains detailed instructions for building realistic bridges and tunnels for model train setups that follow the designs of working structures; and includes listings of bridge, tunnel, and trestle kits in HO, N, and O scale.
Gorn, Michael H. Expanding the envelope : flight research at NACA and NASA. Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, c2001.
Examines the history of flight research as it has been conducted by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and its predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, from nineteenth-century experiments with kites and gliders, through the 1990s.
The encyclopedia of modern aircraft : from civilian airliners to military superfighters. San Diego, CA : Thunder Bay Press, c2006.
A collection of detailed photographs and illustrations describing over 300 of the most important civil and military aircraft in modern aviation including strategic bombers, commercial airliners, carrier aircraft, transporters, and superfighters.
Donaldson, Stephanie. Container gardening. New York, NY : Lorenz Books, c2000.
This title provides advice on choosing garden containers. It also presents ideas for adapting unusual planters, from watering cans and bath tubs to chimney pots and baskets, as well as suggestions for decorating terracotta pots.
Greene, Ann Norton, 1952-. Horses at work : harnessing power in industrial America. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2008.
Explores the extensive contribution of horses to the history of American energy and industrial development.
Epstein, Jason. Eating : a memoir. 1st ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.
Jason Epstein offers a culinary history of his life, sharing the most memorable moments and meals and exploring how food has influenced his perceptions and experiences.
Macomber, Debbie. Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove cookbook. Don Mills, Ont. : Harlequin, c2009.
The author shares over 130 family recipes for all occasions including creations to celebrate various holidays.
Cooking light : annual recipes 2009. Birmingham, Ala. : Oxmoor House, c2008.
Contains over eight hundred recipes, representing the entire collection from the 2008 issues of “Cooking Light” magazine, each with nutritional information; grouped by month, with preparation tips, menu plans, and photographs.
Patrick-Goudreau, Colleen. The vegan table : 200 unforgettable recipes for entertaining every guest at every occasion. Beverly, MA : Fair Winds Press, 2009.
The Vegan Table is your one-stop source for creating the perfect meal for your friends and family. Whether you’re hosting an intimate gathering of friends or a large party with an open guest list, author Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, crowned the “Vegan Martha Stewart” by VegNews magazine, will answer your every entertaining need. Inside you’ll be treated to practically limitless recipe and menu ideas, making it easy to satisfy any and all palates and preferences. From romantic meals for two to formal dinners, casual gatherings, children’s parties, and holiday feasts, you can keep the party going through every occasion and season.
O’Dea, Stephanie. Make it fast, cook it slow : the big book of everyday slow cooking. 1st ed. New York : Hyperion, c2009.
Provides more than three hundred slow cooker recipes that are inexpensive, healthy, and gluten-free, including borscht, stuffed peppers, fried rice, and bread pudding.
Perfect rice & risotto. Bath : Parragon, c2006.
A collection of over 100 essential recipes.
Giffels, David. All the way home : building a family in a falling-down house. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2008.
The author relates the enormous challenges, personal battles, and frustration of turning a dilapidated 1913 mansion into a home for his family.
Mauceri, Rita. Curves rule and flat is fabulous : sexy, stylish looks for every figure. New York : Citadel Press, c2009.
This book redefines the concept of dressing to suit your shape by revealing the styles that accentuate your best features.
Goulston, Mark. Just listen : discover the secret to getting through to absolutely everyone. New York : American Management Association, c2010.
Presents tips and techniques for persuasion in a variety of situations, covering how to get through to coworkers, clients, friends, strangers, or enemies with tact and empathy to achieve results.
Ryan, Robin, 1955-. Over 40 & you’re hired! : secrets to landing a great job. New York : Penguin Books, 2009.
Offers men and women who are over forty practical tips and strategies for getting their dream job, discussing how to overcome age discrimination, where to find job listings, how to write a cover letter and resume that will get them noticed, and how to ensure they have a good interview.
Warner, Ralph E. Save your small business : 10 crucial strategies to survive hard times or close down & move on. 1st ed. Berkeley, Calif. : Nolo, 2009.
Offers small business owners practical advice on how they can survive difficult economic times, with tips for controlling cash flow, minimizing personal liabilities, spending marketing money wisely, handling layoffs, preparing a profit and loss statement, and more.
Culwell, Lori. Million dollar website : simple steps to help you compete with the big boys—even on a small business budget. 1st ed. New York : Prentice Hall Press, 2009.
Award-winning website consultant Lori Culwell demonstrates how to create a website that will increase sales and generate repeat customers on a small business budget.
Shih, Clara Chung-wai. The Facebook era : tapping online social networks to build better products, reach new audiences, and sell more stuff. Boston : Prentice Hall, c2009.
Explains how businesses can use the website Facebook to expand their customer base, transform customer relationships, network with other companies and individuals, and promote their products and services.
Grant, Campbell, 1909-. Canyon de Chelly : its people and rock art. Tucson : University of Arizona Press, c1978.
One of the most spectacular natural wonders in Arizona houses a treasure of rock art, archaeological ruins, and artifacts telling the history of its people.
Pavord, Anna. The border book. 1st American ed. London ; New York : Dorling Kindersley, 1994.
An illustrated guide to planting borders, beds, and out-of-the-way corners with cultivation and maintenance advice.
Lyon, Hortense. American contemporary houses. Paris : Telleri, c1998.
Contemporary architecture displays its amazing vitality.
McAlester, Virginia, 1943-. A field guide to American houses. New York : Knopf, 1984.
Identifies the various styles and periods of American domestic architecture.
Lubkemann, Ernest C. The little book of whittling. East Petersburg, PA : Fox Chapel Pub., c2005.
With a friendly, down-home style, this guide encourages readers to whittle away the hours. Great for beginners looking for an easy way to get started and more advanced carvers looking for a relaxing way to spend their time, this instructional manual provides 20 projects, including knives, forks, birds, animals, trees, and flowers. Chapters detail the proper whittling tools and materials, including what woods are best to carve, and how to start projects by selecting and safely sharpening the best knife for each project.
Addams, Charles, 1912-1988. My crowd. 1st Fireside ed. New York : Simon & Schuster, 1990.
With the most popular cartoons from his first six books, this cadaverous collection contains a wonderful assortment of goblins, ghosts, and gremlins, along with Addams' own famous "family" of characters that have made his name a household word.
Gurewitch, Nicholas. The Perry Bible Fellowship almanack. 1st ed. Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse Books, 2009.
Collects “The Perry Bible Fellowship” comic strips; and includes lost strips, sketches, and a behind-the-scenes interview. Contains adult content.
Blechman, R. O. (Robert O.), 1930-. Dear James : letters to a young illustrator. 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2009.
Flush with wit and candor, Blechman’s correspondence delves into his own trash can of false starts and failed beginnings, in addition to his artistic triumphs, to offer James both encouragement and criticism. He urges him to reach his potential as an artist, advising him on practical aspects—proper technique, choice of work environments, dealing with editors—and along the way provides invaluable insights on art, and life, that lay bare the challenges James will face as he aims to be successful in this demanding field.
Evelegh, Tessa. Easter : a spring celebration of traditional crafts and recipes. New York : Simon & Schuster, c1994.
Collection of homemade crafts, original gifts, floral projects, and recipes for celebrating rebirth.
Lion Brand Yarn : vintage styles for today : more than 50 patterns to knit and crochet. 1st ed. New York : Potter Craft, c2006.
More than 50 patterns to knit and crochet.
Spier, Carol. The finishing touch : details that make a room beautiful. New York : Hearst Books, c2009.
Color photographs illustrate hundreds of ideas for decorating bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, dining rooms, and living rooms, with suggestions for lighting, flooring, furniture, color, and accessories.
300 cottage style decorating ideas. [Des Moines, IA] : Better Homes and Gardens, 2004.
Fantastic book loaded with great ideas and divided into sections for easier reading. It has and will be a great source of inspiration for many projects. Tons of photos to help put a certain look all together.
National Geographic image collection. Washington, D.C. : Focal Point/National Geographic, c2009.
Contains photographs from the National Geographic Image Collection, covering a wide range of locations from the globe, every species of wildlife, and human achievements in the realms of science, exploration, adventure, and artistry.
Willis, Deborah, 1948-. Posing beauty : African American images from the 1890s to the present. 1st ed. New York : W. W. Norton, c2009.
Showcases portrait photography of African Americans taken from the 1890s through the 2000s, along with text discussing the evolution of the idea of beauty for men and women.
Strom, Stephen E. (Stephen Eric), 1942-. Earth forms. Heaton Moor, Stockport, England : Dewi Lewis Pub., 2009.
A collection of photographs by Stephen Strom that capture the beauty and desolation of the southwestern desert lands of the United States.
Kot, Greg. Ripped : how the wired generation revolutionized music. 1st Scribner hardcover ed. New York : Scribner, 2009.
Tells the story of the transformation of the music industry in the early twenty-first century, a change brought about by the spread of music sharing through laptop computers, message boards, Web pages, e-zines, and MP3 blogs.
50 Cent (Musician). The 50th law. 1st ed. New York : HarperStudio, c2009.
Rapper 50 Cent and author Robert Greene offer advice on achieving success by fearing nothing and combining the principles of the street with business strategies; and include personal stories of their experiences.
Smith, Patti. Just kids. 1st ed. New York : Ecco, c2010.
American singer-songwriter Patti Smith describes her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, reflecting on how they first met, their pact to support one another, the challenges they faced, the people with whom they socialized and worked, and other related topics.
Windham Hill guitar sampler. Milwaukee, WI : Hal Leonard, c1994.
Andecy / Andrew York—Anne’s song / Will Ackerman—Blue ridge / Bruce BecVar—The bricklayer’s beautiful daughter / Will Ackerman—Charlotte / Alex De Grassi—Dolphins /Mike Marshall—The emperor’s choice / Chris Proctor—The handing down / Edward Gerhard—A momentary change of heart / Alex De Grassi—On the way / David Cullen—Pavane / Steve Erquiaga—The prelude from The bridal suite / Eric Tingstad—Processional / Will Ackerman—Seattle / Will Ackerman -- 36 / Alex De Grassi—White rain / Alex De Grassi—Window / Alex De Grassi.
Barry, Sam. How to play the harmonica : and other life lessons. 1st ed. Salt Lake City, Utah : Gibbs Smith, c2009.
Presents humorous tips for how to play the harmonica while discussing how to lighten up and have more fun in life.
Ortved, John, 1980-. The Simpsons : an uncensored, unauthorized history. 1st ed. New York : Faber and Faber, 2009.
Traces the history of the popular television show, “The Simpsons,” drawing on interviews with the cast and crew to explore its creation, day-to-day running, and impact on popular American culture.
Bianculli, David. Dangerously funny : the uncensored story of The Smothers Brothers comedy hour. 1st Touchstone hardcover ed. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2009.
A comprehensive history of “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour,” describing the network’s opposition to their politically-charged scripts and format that eventually let to the cancellation of their show.
Mediate, Rocco. Are you kidding me? : the story of Rocco Mediate’s extraordinary battle with Tiger Woods at the U.S. Open. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown, 2009.
Professional golfer Rocco Mediate relates his experience playing Tiger Woods in the 2008 United States Open Golf Championship in Torrey Pines, California, in which he went up against Woods in a sudden death playoff after tying him in the first eighteen-hole playoff.
Levenson, Barry M. The seventh game : the 35 World Series that have gone the distance. New York : McGraw-Hill, c2004.
Presents accounts of each of the thirty-five seventh games to be played in the history of baseball’s World Series from the 1909 matchup between Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner, to the 2002 contest between Anaheim and San Francisco.
Shapiro, Michael, 1952-. Bottom of the ninth : Branch Rickey, Casey Stengel, and the daring scheme to save baseball from itself. 1st ed. New York : Times Book, 2009.
Chronicles the events that changed the face of baseball in America during the late 1950s and 1960s, describing how Branch Rickey’s attempts to start a new league were aborted, leading to a string of errors and bad decisions that would impact professional baseball for years to come.
Griffin, Forrest. Got fight? : the 50 Zen principles of hand-to-face combat. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2009.
The winner of “The Ultimate Fighter”, the mixed-martial arts reality show, demonstrates to readers that being a fighter takes more than simply an adrenaline rush—it takes focus, a little cunning, and the intelligence to know that the best way to avoid serious injury is to stay away from “Rampage” Jackson’s right hand, bro.
Châtaigneau, Gérard. Figure skating now : Olympic and world stars. 2nd ed. Toronto : Buffalo, N.Y. : Firefly Books ; Firefly Books (U.S.), 2003.
Offers an inside view of international figure skating with full-color photographs, biographies of key figures, and facts and statistics about today’s most extraordinary skaters.
Street, Picabo, 1971-. Picabo : nothing to hide. Chicago : Contemporary Books, c2002.
Olympic champion Picabo Street shares the story of her life, discussing her youth as a rebellious tomboy, her unconventional upbringing, her struggle with depression, the horrendous accidents that almost robbed her of her sport, and her triumphs as a ski racer.
Takahashi, Rick. Modern midges : tying and fishing the world’s most effective patterns. 1st ed. New Cumberland, Pa. : Mechanicsburg, Pa. : Lancaster : Headwater Books ; Stackpole Books ; Gazelle [distributor], c2009.
Midges may be small, but in many streams and lakes around the world they are the most important year-round food source for trout. Rick Takahashi and Jerry Hubka team up to provide readers with the most comprehensive midge pattern and fishing techniques resource to date. Stunning photos and detailed illustrations show the life cycle of the naturals, fishing and rigging techniques for a wide range of waters, and over 1,000 midge patterns. Whether you tie or buy your flies, this collection of cutting-edge advice from experts around the world will help you catch more fish.
Mallon, Thomas, 1951-. Yours ever : people and their letters. 1st ed. New York : Pantheon Books, c2009.
Offers a collection of personal correspondence dispatched throughout history from ancient Persia to modern emails by a number of well-known writers, statesmen, and social advocates.
Sexton, Anne. The complete poems. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1982.
A collection of Sexton’s poems compiled from ten previously published volumes.
Smith, Zadie. Changing my mind : occasional essays. New York : Penguin Press, 2009.
Collects essays in which English novelist Zadie Smith offers her perspective on a variety of topics, such as philosophy, travel, politics, Italian cinema, the Oscars, writing, Katharine Hepburn, and President Obama.
Lester, Toby. The fourth part of the world : the race to the ends of the Earth, and the epic story of the map that gave America its name. 1st Free Press hardcover ed. New York : Free Press, 2009.
A comprehensive history of the 1507 map of the Americas drawn by scholars Martin Waldseemuller and Matthias Ringmann after concluding that Amerigo Vespucci and Christopher Columbus had indeed reached the fourth part of the world.
Trillo, Richard. The rough guide to West Africa. 5th ed. New York : Rough Guides, 2008.
A travel guide to West Africa that includes detailed maps and information on the region’s history, people, culture, activities, tours, historical landmarks, popular attractions, lodging, and restaurants.
Brissenden, Constance. Vancouver & Victoria. New York : DK Publishing, c2006.
Dozens of Top 10 lists- from the best places to eat to the Top 10 green spaces, spas, and hotels.
Fodor’s see it New York City. [2nd ed.]. New York : Fodor’s Travel Pub., c2006.
World cuisine, museums, stylish shops, theater, street maps, and hundreds of color photos.
Andersen, Christopher P. Barack and Michelle : portrait of an American marriage. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2009.
Presents a close examination of Barack and Michelle Obama’s relationship and marriage, with insights about each of their backgrounds and the struggles and achievements that have solidified their bond with each other.
Schonberg, Harold C. The lives of the great composers. 3rd ed. New York : W.W. Norton, c1997.
A collection of brief biographies discussing the lives of composers from throughout history, beginning with seventeenth century musician Claudio Monteverdi and continuing in chronological order through the mid-twentieth century to illustrate the continuity of music history.
Teachout, Terry. Pops : a life of Louis Armstrong. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009.
Chronicles the life and accomplishments of famed jazz trumpet player Louis Armstrong, describing his 1930 marijuana arrest, encounter with Chicago gangsters, debuts on Broadway and in Hollywood, personal and romantic relationships, and more.
Fraser, Flora. Pauline Bonaparte : Venus of empire. 1st ed. New York : Knopf, 2009.
A biography of Pauline Bonaparte, Napoleon’s sister, chronicling her love affairs, devotion to her brother, and renowned beauty, which was immortalized when she posed for Antonio Canova’s statue of Venus.
Braestrup, Kate. Marriage and other acts of charity. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown, 2010.
Kate Braestrup, a twice-married, once-widowed minister, discusses her thoughts and recounts her memories and experiences centered around love and commitment.
Buergenthal, Thomas. A lucky child : a memoir of surviving Auschwitz as a young boy. 1st American ed. New York : Little, Brown, 2009.
Thomas Buergenthanl, a judge at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, shares his memories of what it was like to be a child in the Holocaust and to survive the concentration camps, and discusses his experiences after being liberated from Sachsenhausen, his miraculous reunion with his mother after three years apart, and his emigration to the U.S. in 1951.
O’Brien, Edna. Byron in love : a short daring life. 1st American ed. New York : W.W. Norton, 2009.
A biography of nineteenth-century poet George Gordon, Lord Byron, focusing on his larger-than-life personality, with discussion of his intelligence, affairs and marriage, his writing, and his exile.
Caron, Leslie. Thank heaven : a memoir. 1st American ed. New York : Viking, 2009.
Actress and dancer Leslie Caron discusses her personal and professional life and career, her relationship with her co-stars, family, and struggles.
Bailey, Blake. Cheever : a life. 1st ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.
A comprehensive biography that reveals the life of American fiction writer John Cheever, covering his struggle with identity, class standing, sexuality, and alcoholism, and success as an author of stories and novels.
Eliot, Marc. American rebel : the life of Clint Eastwood. 1st ed. New York : Harmony Books, c2009.
A comprehensive biography of the personal and professional life and career of actor and director, Clint Eastwood, that examines his television and film successes.
Morgan, Edmund Sears. Benjamin Franklin. New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, 2003, c2002.
Chronicles the life of Benjamin Franklin, discussing his many inventions, the many contradictions in his life, his vast writings, and the impact he had on American history.
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Stavans, Ilan. Gabriel García Márquez : sleepless in Macondo, 1927-1970. New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
This long-awaited biography provides a fascinating and comprehensive picture of García Márquez’s life up to the publication of his classic 100 Years of Solitude. Based on nearly a decade of research, this biographical study sheds new light on the life and works of the Nobel Laureate, father of magic realism, and bestselling author in the history of the Spanish language. As García Márquez’s impact endures on well into his ninth decade, Stavans’s keen insights constitute the definitive re-appraisal of the literary giant’s life and corpus. The later part of his life will be covered in a second book.
Green, Jamison, 1948-. Becoming a visible man. Nashville, Tenn. : Vanderbilt University Press, c2004.
Transsexual activist Jamison Green explores the politics of gender, describing the multiple challenges of the female-to-male transsexual experience.
Hoffman, Adina. My happiness bears no relation to happiness : a poet’s life in the Palestinian century. New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, c2009.
A biography of Palestinian poet Taha Muhammad Ali, covering his settlement in Nazareth after the Arab-Israeli war of 1948 and work as the proprietor of a souvenir shop while studying and writing poetry.
Amburn, Ellis. Buddy Holly : a biography. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 1995.
Biography of rock and roll legend Buddy Holly tells how his restrictive youth led him to rebel and take up a career making music that was regarded, at that time, as the work of the devil.
Jeffs, Brent W. Lost boy. 1st ed. New York : Broadway Books, c2009.
The author, nephew of Warren Jeffs, the imprisoned leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, provides an inside account of what it was like to grow up in the prophet’s compound, and shares his personal story of the challenges he faced after being expelled from the sect and forced out into a world he knew nothing about.
Taylor, Larissa. The virgin warrior : the life and death of Joan of Arc. New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, c2009.
Presents a biography of Catholic saint and French heroine Joan of Arc, covering her impact on both her admirers and enemies, with a discussion of the historical context in which she lived.
Jones, Kaylie, 1960-. Lies my mother never told me : a memoir. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2009.
Author James Jones’s daughter reflects on her life, discussing her childhood, friends of her parents, how her father’s death affected her and her mother, her relationship with her mom, her battle with alcoholism, and more.
Gordon, Linda. Dorothea Lange : a life beyond limits. 1st ed. New York : Norton, c2009.
Chronicles the life of photographer Dorothea Lange, discussing childhood battle with polio, introduction to photography, involvement in San Francisco’s bohemian artistic world, marriage to Maynard Dixon, images of some of America’s most disadvantaged citizens, and other related topics.
Farley, Christopher John. Before the legend : the rise of Bob Marley. 1st Amistad pbk. ed. New York : Amistad, 2007, c2006.
Drawing from personal interviews with family, friends, and bandmates, the author profiles the life and career of music legend Bob Marley.
Cray, Ed. General of the Army : George C. Marshall, soldier and statesman. 1st Cooper Square Press ed. New York, N.Y. : [Lanham, MD] : Cooper Square Press ; Distributed by National Book Network, 2000.
A captivating and fanatically thorough reevaluation of Marshall’s life and times.
Moaveni, Azadeh, 1976-. Honeymoon in Tehran : two years of love and danger in Iran. 1st ed. New York : Random House, c2009.
The Iranian-American author describes her return to Iran as a reporter for “Time” magazine, her marriage to an Iranian man, the repressive Iranian society and its impact, and her family’s decision to leave Iran.
Unger, Harlow G., 1931-. The last founding father : James Monroe and a nation’s call to greatness. 1st Da Capo Press ed. [Cambridge, Mass.] : Da Capo Press, 2009.
Presents a biography of war hero and politician James Monroe, who fought in four battles of the Revolutionary War, survived Valley Forge, and later served as a congressman, senator, and other positions before becoming America’s fifth president.
Uruburu, Paula M., 1957-. American Eve : Evelyn Nesbit, Stanford White, the birth of the “It” girl, and the crime of the century. 1st Riverhead trade pbk. ed. New York : Riverhead Books, 2009, c2008.
A biography of the classic model Evelyn Nesbit, discussing her rising stardom in America during the twentieth century and how her husband, Harry K. Thaw, killed her lover, Stanford White, birthing the beginning of the American public’s obsession with celebrities and scandal.
Merry, Robert W., 1946-. A country of vast designs : James K. Polk and the conquest of the American continent. 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2009.
A biography of James K. Polk, the eleventh president of the United States, elected in 1844, focusing on how he was able to acquire the Oregon Territory, as well as Texas and surrounding lands, establishing the country from coast to coast.
Powell, Julie. Cleaving : a story of marriage, meat, and obsession. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown, 2009.
Her marriage challenged by an insane, irresistible love affair, Julie decides to leave town and immerse herself in a new obsession: butchery.
Romm, Robin. The mercy papers : a memoir of three weeks. 1st Scribner hardcover ed. New York : Scribner, 2009.
The author details her life in the three weeks prior to the death of her mother, and muses about the hospice nurse, her grandfather, medication, spirituality, and more.
Sheehan, Jason. Cooking dirty : a story of life, sex, love and death in the kitchen. 1st ed. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009.
Award-winning food writer and former chef Jason Sheehan reflects on his career and discusses the subculture that exists in restaurant kitchens across the country.
Smith, Bob, 1941-. Hamlet’s dresser : a memoir. 1st Scribner trade pbk. ed. New York : Scribner, 2003, c2002.
Bob Smith recounts how his life has been shaped by the poetry and prose of William Shakespeare, discussing how he found comfort in Shakespeare’s plays when he was a child and how he turned his love of Shakespeare’s writing into a lifelong career.
Strauss, Barry S. The Spartacus war. 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2009.
Chronicles the rebellion led by Spartacus, a Roman soldier turned into a gladiator, against Rome, and describes how he built his own army that kept Roman troops at bay for two years before defeat.
Marozzi, Justin, 1970-. Tamerlane : sword of Islam, conqueror of the world. 1st Da Capo Press ed. Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, 2006.
Beginnings on the Steppe: 1336-1370 --Marlowe’s ‘Scourge of God’: 1370-1379 -- ‘The greatest and mightiest of kings’—Conquest in the West: 1379-1387 --The Golden Horde and the prodigal son: 1387-1395 --Samarkand, the ‘Pearl of the East’: 1396-1398 -- India: 1398-1399 -- ‘This pilgrimage of destruction’: 1399-1401 --Bayazid the Thunderbolt: 1402 -- The Celestial Empire: 1403-1404 -- ‘How that proud tyrant was broken & borne to the house of destruction, where he had his constant seat in the lowest pit of hell’: 1404-1405 -- An empire dies, another is born.
Taylor, Barbara Brown. An altar in the world : a geography of faith. 1st ed. New York : HarperOne, c2009.
The author shares her thoughts on encountering God in the ordinary activities of daily life, discussing walking, working, or even hanging clothes on the line as pathways to the divine.
Traina, Giusto, 1959-. 428 AD : an ordinary year at the end of the Roman Empire. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2009.
Presents a discussion of ancient Rome during the year 428 AD, examining figures such as Roman general Flavius Dionysius, the shift of power from Rome to Constantinople, and the arrival of a delegation from Persia after the annexation of Armenia by the Sassanids.
Wickham, Chris, 1950-. The inheritance of Rome : a history of Europe from 400 to 1000. 1st American ed. New York : Viking, 2009.
Presents a historical analysis of the influences that the Roman Empire had on Medieval European society between the forth and tenth centuries, and discusses the cultures of the Goths, Franks, Vandals, Arabs, Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings.
Evans, Richard J. The Third Reich at war. 1st American ed. New York : Penguin Press, 2009, c2008.
Chronicles the rise and fall of Nazi Germany, from the 1939 invasion of Poland through Adolph Hitler’s suicide, and provides testimonies from a variety of people, which includes soldiers, Hitler Youth activists, middle-class housewives, and more.
Norman, Elizabeth M. We band of angels : the untold story of American nurses trapped on Bataan by the Japanese. 1st ed. New York : Random House, c1999.
Chronicles the experiences of ninety-nine Army and Navy nurses who were captured when the Japanese Imperial Navy attacked the American bases located in the Philippines.
Cloud, David. The fourth star : four generals and the epic struggle for the future of the United States Army. 1st ed. New York : Crown Pub., c2009.
Chronicles the military careers of four U.S. Army generals, Gen. John Abizaid, Gen. George Casey Jr., Gen. Peter Chiarelli, and Gen. David Petraeus, and explains how these four men reshaped the future of the army.
Finkel, David, 1955-. The good soldiers. 1st ed. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009.
Presents the true story of the January 2007 surge into Iraq and President Bush’s order to increase the number of American troops in order to provide security to Baghdad and Al Anbar Province.
Haass, Richard. War of necessity, war of choice : a memoir of two Iraq wars. 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2009.
Explores the similarities and differences in the 1991 and 2003 conflicts between the United States and Iraq, and the author—the president of the Council on Foreign Relations since 2003--examines the U.S. foreign policy, and discusses the lessons learned from both wars in Iraq.
Mezlekia, Nega, 1958-. Notes from the Hyena’s belly : an Ethiopian boyhood. New York : Picador USA, 2001, c2000.
Nega Mezlekia recounts the experiences he had as a boy growing up in the city of Jijiga, Ethiopia, during the 1970s and ‘80s, including his forced enlistment in a guerrilla army.
How they see us : meditations on America. New York : Atlas & Co., c2010.
Contains essays in which twenty-one international writers share their thoughts on the United States, looking at America as an ally and a nemesis.
Harris, M. A., 1908-. The black book. 35th anniversary ed., Random House hardcover ed. New York : Random House, 2009.
A collection of historical photographs, sheet music, newspaper and magazine articles, reward posters, slave auction notices, and other sources that offer a detailed look at African-American history from the seventeenth through the twentieth century.
Wood, Gordon S. Empire of liberty : a history of the early Republic, 1789-1815. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
Chronicles the history of the early American Republic from 1789 to the end of the War of 1812, highlighting changes in politics, society, the economy, and culture.
Keegan, John, 1934-. The American Civil War : a military history. 1st ed. New York : Knopf, 2009.
Aiming to gain a better understanding of warfare, the author examines the American Civil War, analyzing how ill-equipped combatants continued to fight for four years, and discussing the war’s leadership, strategic logic, and topography; along with ideology, demographics, economics, and more.
Jenkins, Sally. The state of Jones : the small southern county that seceded from the Confederacy. 1st ed. New York : Doubleday, c2009.
Examines Jones County’s attempt to secede from the Confederacy during the Civil War, discussing farmer Newton Knight’s leadership, the battles of Corinth, the siege of Vicksburg, and other related topics.
Farmer, John J. The ground truth : the untold story of America under attack on 9/11. New York : Riverhead Books, 2009.
The author, senior counsel to the 9/11 Commission, provides an account of what really happened the day terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and argues that the structure of modern government—with its separation of powers and lack of intercommunications—is at fault for what he sees as the botched handling of the attack and its aftermath, a failure that showed itself again during Hurricane Katrina.
East, Elyssa. Dogtown : death and enchantment in a New England ghost town. 1st Free Press hardcover ed. New York : Free Press, 2009.
Provides an account of the 1984 murder of a beloved schoolteacher by a mentally disturbed local outcast in the Dogtown area of Gloucester, Massachusetts, and looks at the strange history of Dogtown, which includes reports of witches, pirates, and the supernatural.
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Goleman, Daniel. Social intelligence : the new science of human relationships. Unabridged. New York : Audio Renaissance, c2006.
Read by Dennis Boutsikaris. Explores the nature of human relationships, finding that humans are “wired to connect,” and bringing together the latest research in biology and neuroscience to reveal how one’s daily encounters shape the brain and affect the body. “Humans have a built-in bias toward empathy, cooperation and altruism, provided we develop the social intelligence to nurture these capabilities in ourselves and others.”—Container.
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Pearl, Mariane. A mighty heart : the brave life and death of Danny Pearl. New York, N.Y. : Simon & Schuster Audio, 2003.
Read by Mariane Pearl. The widow of reporter Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan, discusses his commitment to responsible journalism and her own role as a negotiator between the FBI and Pakistani police.
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Sedaris, David. Naked. New York, NY : Time Warner Audiobooks, p2001, c1997.
Read by the author and Amy Sedaris. The author turns the current mania for the memoir on its proverbial ear, mining the exceedingly rich terrain of his life, his family, and his unique world view—a sensibility at once take-no-prisoners sharp and deeply charitable. A tart-tongued mother does dead-on imitations of her young son’s nervious tics, to the great amusement of his teachers; a stint of Kerouackian wandering is undertaken with a quadriplegic companion.
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Cash, Johnny. Best of Johnny Cash. Burbank, CA : Curb Records, p1991.
Ring of fire—A boy named Sue—Sunday morning coming down—Folsom Prison blues—I walk the line—Ballad of a teenage queen—Guess things happen that way—The ways of a woman in love—Get rhythm—That old wheel—The long black veil. Country songs, as sung by Johhny Cash ; with acc. Includes original recordings.
Hosseini, Khaled. The kite runner. New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, 2003.
Read by the author. Story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul during the final days of the monarchy. When Amir is forced to flee with his prominent and wealthy father for a new life in California, he leaves behind Hassan, the son of his father’s servant. Amir cannot, however, leave the memory of Hassan behind him.
Kinsella, Sophie. The undomestic goddess. New York : Random House Audio, p2005.
Read by Katherine Kellgren. Workaholic attorney Samantha Sweeting has just done the unthinkable. She’s made a mistake so huge, it’ll wreck any chance of a partnership. Going into utter meltdown, she walks out of her London office, gets on a train, and ends up in the middle of nowhere. Asking for directions at a big, beautiful house, she’s mistaken for an interviewee and finds herself being offered a job as housekeeper. Her employers have no idea they’ve hired a lawyer—and Samantha has no idea how to work the oven. She can’t sew on a button, bake a potato, or get the ironing board to open. How she takes a deep breath and begins to cope—and finds love—is a story as delicious as the bread she learns to bake.
McLaughlin, Emma. The nanny diaries. New York, N.Y. : Random House Audio, p2002.
Read by Julia Roberts. Struggling to make ends meet in high-priced Manhattan, Annie Braddock takes a job nannying for the X family. Her apparent dream-job turns disastrous, however, when the high-maintenance Mrs. X becomes seemingly intent on making Annie’s life a struggle. As Annie tries to protect and comfort her young charge, she becomes ensnared in sordid familial drama.
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851. Frankenstein. Unabridged. Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, p1993.
Narrated by George Guidall. Gothic horror tale of a monster assembled by a scientist from parts of dead bodies who develops a mind of his own as he learns to loathe himself and hate his creator.
Stout, Rex, 1886-1975. Might as well be dead. Auburn, CA : Audio Partners, p1996.
Read by Michael Prichard. Nero Wolfe helps a father track his estranged son, who turns up as an accused killer.
Stout, Rex, 1886-1975. Please pass the guilt. Auburn, CA : Audio Partners/Books On Tape, p1999.
Read by Michael Prichard. A Mets fan with a phony name and a millionaire client arrive just in time to provide a case for Nero Wolfe to pay the rent. The bizarre visitors are in a frenzy about a death trap explosion in the discreet whiskey drawer of a top TV executive. To crack this case of bombs and bourbon, the indolent genius and his energetic assistant must pick their way though corporate chicanery, vile ambition, and a healthy swig of murder.
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Gunnar Peterson’s core secrets. : Gunnar Peterson’s core secrets. Palm Desert, CA : distributed by Guthy-Renker, c2003.
Featuring Brooke Burke. Fun-damentals: Using a fitness ball, Brooke and Gunnar demonstrate 10 of the best exercises to work your body from head to toe. Give me 20: This short full-body workout delivers an effective routine to work your arms, tighten your butt and abs and trim your legs in only 20 minutes a day.
DVD 613.71 WIN
Winsor pilates. [United States] : Guthy-Renker, c2004.
Instructor, Mari Winsor.
American history X. Widescreen version. [S.l.] : New Line Home Video, c1998.
Derek Vinyard, the charismatic leader of a group of young white supremacists, lands in prison for a brutal, hate-driven murder. Upon his release, ashamed of his past and pledging to reform, Derek realizes he must save his younger brother, Danny, from a similar fate. A groundbreaking controversial drama about the tragic consequences of racism in a family.
Angels & demons. 2-disc extended ed., unrated version. Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, .
“Expert symbologist Robert Langdon pursues ancient clues on a hunt through Rome to find the four Cardinals kidnapped by the deadly secret society, the Illuminati.”—Container.
Zwartboek : Black book. Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, .
Rachel is the daughter of an affluent Rotterdam Jewish family who are ambushed while trying to escape into Allied territory. She alone survives, and ends up in the Dutch Resistance, transformed into blond Ellis de Vries, playing Mata Hari to high-ranking German officer Ludwig Müntze. The officer can feel the Allies closing in, and is eager to forge a separate peace with the resistance fighters who may soon become the Dutch government, and keeps her secret. Meanwhile, someone in the resistance is systematically undermining the operation and betraying escaping Jewish families. For Rachel and Müntze alike, life in occupied Holland is terrifying. Expectations can be fatally reversed in seconds, and interlocking webs of secrecy and betrayal keep everyone always on edge.
Bridget Jones’s diary. Widescreen version. Burbank, CA : Miramax Home Entertainment : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, c2001.
In her mid-thirties, still single and still being set up with dates by her mom, Bridget decides she needs to make a change in her life. She falls for her boss who uses her and then dumps her. In the meantime, Bridget keeps running into the divorced guy her mom tried to set her up with, and he happens to be ex-friends with her boss. She uses her diary as a confessional and she begins to wonder if she will ever find true love.
Chocolat. Burbank, CA : Miramax Home Entertainment, .
[Miramax collector’s series version includes The making of Chocolat, feature commentary with Lasse Hallström, David Brown, Kit Golden and Leslie Holleran, the costumes, production design featurette, and deleted scenes. English and French language tracks with Spanish subtitles]. Set in a small town in rural France in 1960. Vianne Rocher and her pre-teen daughter move to town and open a chocolate shop across from the local church just as Lent is beginning. Vianne’s warm heart and delicious chocolate win over some of the townspeople, but the mayor and others object to her freethinking and iconoclastic ways.
Cidade de Deus : City of god. [S.l.] : Burbank, Calif. : Miramax Home Entertainment ; Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc., c2003.
The world’s most notorious slum, Rio de Janeiro’s City of God, where combat photographers and police rarely go. The true story of a young man who grew up on these streets and whose ambition as a photographer is our window in and his only way out.
Collision. [United States] : Distributed by PBS Distribution, 2009.
Douglas Henshall, Kate Ashfield. After a major accident leaves two dead, two critically wounded, and the surviving victims’ lives changed forever, the father of one of the victims files a suit against the police department. Detective Inspector John Tolin must come to terms with his own past, and with his partner in the investigation if he has any hope of untangling the carnage, and understanding what caused the accident that threw so many lives together.
Diner. Culver City, CA : Warner Home Video, c2000.
Set in 1959, a band of long-time buddies since high school gather at a local diner to share their escapades and make sense of their lives. As one by one they drift off to join the mainstream of life they still cling to their shared boyhood dreams.
Doctor Who : Planet of the dead. [London] : Burbank, CA : BBC Worldwide ; distributed by Warner Home Video, c2009.
Planet of the dead (ca. 60 min.) -- Doctor Who confidential (ca. 60 min. An ordinary London bus ride takes the Doctor and some unsuspecting passengers through an unexpected wormhole to an extraordinary adventure on a vast wasteland planet. The Doctor must join forces with the mysterious Lady Christina, an unfamiliar insectoid species, and a quirky scientist in London to stop a terrifying swarm and fulfill his promise to get the frightened passengers back home.
Donnie Darko. Director’s cut; widescreen version. Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2004.
An edgy, psychological thriller about a suburban teen coming face-to-face with his dark destiny. Donnie Darko is a delusional high-school student visited by a demonic rabbit with eerie visions of the past, and deadly predictions for the future.
Down with love. Widescreen ed. [United States] : 20th Century Fox, c2003.
A feminist writer in the early 1960’s who is promoting her book ‘Down With Love’ has sworn off love. A New York City journalist thinks he doesn’t need love. See what happens when they fall for each other in this old-fashioned romantic comedy.
Dreamgirls. Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Home Entertainment, .
Three young women, Deena Jones, Effie White, and Lorrell Robinson, desire to become pop stars. They get their wish when they are picked to be backup singers for the legendary James “Thunder” Early. When they are set free for leads, Curtis Taylor and Effie’s brother C.C. decide that Deena should be the lead singer, which upsets Effie. The girls discover exactly what it takes to be in the music business and what they must give up to realize their dream.
Drowning Mona. [Burbank, CA] : Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, 2000.
When Mona Dearly, the town’s most hated resident, drives into the river and drowns, celebration ensues until the Sheriff realizes that it wasn’t an accident. His job? To find out who killed her, when everyone had a motive.
Empire Falls. [New York, N.Y.] : HBO Video, .
Originally produced for television in 2005. A powerful portrait of blue-collar America, a timeless tribute to the inherent decency and good humor that sustains working-class people in everyday life.
Endgame. [Los Angeles, CA] : Distributed by Monterey Media, .
Working for P. W. Botha, Dr. Neil Barnard opens talks with imprisoned Nelson Mandela. But lesser known are the secret talks that take place in a rural English manor house. Both sides may win or lose all, including their own lives. Botha learns of the British talks and, with the inevitable demise of apartheid, he intends to control the endgame by using the tactics of divide and rule. Against all the odds, a precious arena of frail trust between the two warring parties is achieved.
Fargo. Special ed. Santa Monica, Calif. : MGM Home Entertainment, c2005.
A Midwestern policewoman investigates a series of brutal and interconnected crimes. Steadily, she tightens the net on the killers and their accomplices in a kidnapping scheme gone wildly wrong.
Fight club. Widescreen ver. Beverly Hills, Calif. : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, [c2002].
When a ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a soap salesman channel their aggression into therapeutic “fight clubs”, an eccentric woman gets in the way and ignites an out-of-control spiral toward oblivion.
Finding Graceland. Culver City, CA. : Columbia TriStar Home Video, 1999. , c1998.
While driving away his past in a beat-up old Cadillac, Byron picks up an eccentric on his way to Memphis. Normal enough, except that this drifter believes he is the real Elvis and that he’s headed home to Gracelend. During the surreal and intense collision course that follows, this odd couple side swipes every emotion in the gamut. And after Byron unmasks a Marilyn Monroe look-alike, there’s no denying the most powerful emotion of them all.
Freaks & Geeks : the complete series. [S.l.] : DreamWorks, 2000.
The Emmy award-winning series about the trials and tribulations of outsiders in 1980 Michigan.
Friends : the complete series. Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, 2005.
Complete collection of all ten seasons of the television program about six friends living in New York.
Funny people. Universal City, Calif. : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, c2009.
George is a very successful stand-up comedian who learns that he has less than a year to live. Ira, who is a struggling up-and-coming comedian works at a deli. One night the two perform at the same club, and George decides to make Ira his best friend. This lopsided relationship gradually takes on aspects of true friendship as Ira forces George to try to reconnect with the people in his life, including his ex-girlfriend Laura.
The grapes of wrath. Full frame version. Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2004.
The migration of the Joad family to California from their dust-bowl farm in Oklahoma during the Great Depression.
The great escape. Widescreen version. Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, c1998.
A high-security German prisoner-of-war camp in 1942 holds only known troublemakers and risk-takers, all of whom are determined to pull off the war’s most daring escape.
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Hamish Macbeth. Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, 2007.
Police constable Hamish Macbeth finds himself transferred from his Glasgow beat to the village of Lochdubh, a town where the strangeness of the villagers is exceeded only by the strangeness of the goings on. There Macbeth proves to be a natural at maintaining the social balance of his tight-knit town while solving crimes along the way.
The Hip Hop Project. [United States] : Image Entertainment, .
Inspired by a former homeless teen, a group of New York City kids try to write music about what is affecting their lives. After years of struggling, they finally record and produce their album, with the help of some very generous celebrities. The Hip Hop Project was launched by Chris “Kazi” Rolle at Art Start, a non-profit outreach organization in New York City.
A history of violence. Widescreen format (1.85:1). [Los Angeles, Calif.] : New Line Home Entertainment, c2006.
Tom is a loving, well-respected family man from a small Indiana town. When two criminals show up at his diner, Tom is forced to take action and thwart the robbery attempt. Suddenly heralded as a local hero who took the courage to stand up to crime, people look up to Tom as a man of high moral regard. But all the media attention attracts the likes of the mob, who show up at Tom’s doorstep. Is it a case of mistaken identity or does Tom have a history that no one knows about?
Hot fuzz. Widescreen [ed.]. Universal City, Calif. : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, .
Nicholas Angel is the finest cop London has to offer. He has an arrest record that is higher than any other officer on the force. As a result, Angel’s superiors send him to a place where his talents won’t be quite so obvious. They send him to the sleepy and seemingly crime-free village of Sandford. He is partnered with the well-meaning but overeager police officer Danny Butterman, who is the son of the police chief. Danny is a huge action movie fan and believes this may be his chance to experience the life of gunfights and car chases. However, as a series of grisly accidents rocks the village, Angel is convinced that Sandford is not what it seems and as the intrigue deepens, Danny’s dreams of explosive, high-octane, car-chasing, gunfighting, all-out action seem more and more like a reality.
Inglourious basterds. Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, c2009.
During World War II, a group of Jewish-American guerilla soldiers, led by Lt. Aldo Raine, become known as “The Basterds.” They are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis. The Basterds soon cross paths with a French-Jewish woman who runs a movie theater in Paris which is targeted by the soldiers. A plot is set in motion to kill the Nazis at the theater’s movie premier, including Adolph Hitler.
The in-laws. Full screen ed. [Burbank, CA] : Warner Home Video, c2003.
When two fathers of an engaged couple meet for the first time, they know they are very different. One is a podiatrist, happy with his quiet life. The other is a CIA operative, who lives life on the edge, and when circumstances get out-of-hand, involves the other in an arms-smuggling sting.
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Inspector Lewis : Series I. [South Burlington, Vt.?] : WGBH Boston Video, c2008.
Inspector Robert Lewis, protégé of the legendary Inspector Morse, and his brilliant new partner, Detective Sergeant James Hathaway, return to the streets of Cambridge and the halls of Oxford University with three brand new mysteries to unravel. In Whom the gods would destroy, Detectives Lewis and Hathaway are thrown into a delicate murder case that implicates one of Oxford University’s most prominent figures—college Principal Sefton Lim—when an old classmate of Linn’s is found dead. In Old school ties, Lewis comes face to face with his past when the murder of bright young Jo Gilchrist pulls Lewis and Hathaway into a case driven by celebrity, scheming, and dangerous sexual politics. In Expiation, when a North Oxford housewife is found hanged, it appears to be an open and shut case of suicide. But though she leaves a devastated husband and two young daughters, she left no suicide note. The missing note and victim’s seemingly perfect life leads Lewis to suspect foul play.
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Inspector Lewis : Series I. [South Burlington, Vt.?] : WGBH Boston Video, c2009.
Oxford’s Inspector Robert Lewis, protégé of the legendary Inspector Morse, works with his brilliant but brooding partner, Detective Sergeant James Hathaway. The two try to solve a murder in Oxford’s Bodleian Library; a burglary gone wrong leads from underground amateur boxing to the now-defunct East German Secret Police; the suicide of Hathaway’s old friend tests his relationship with Lewis; a case of rape and murder causes Lewis to lock horns with the town’s elite; a fantasy author finds himself linked to an investigation of murder; the murder of an unpopular student-actor gives many potential suspects and motives; called to investigate a brutal murder, Hathaway’s attention may be drifting elsewhere.
Islander. [United States] : Indican Pictures, .
Ebon Cole loses his family and friends after causing a tragic accident at sea. He is determined to win back the way of life he fought so hard to protect in his island fishing community.
Julie & Julia. Widescreen. Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, c2009.
Julie Powell is a frustrated insurance worker who wants to be a writer. Trying to find a challenge in her life, she decides to cook her way through Julia Child’s ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ in one year, and to blog about it. As Julie begins to find her groove as a cook, and her voice as a writer, the project takes on a life of its own. The project provides the struggling young woman with her life’s purpose, to her very pleasant surprise. Julia Child has an amazing love affair with her dashing husband, Paul, all while embracing life and French food. Julie lovingly celebrates the life of one of American food’s most influential and beloved figureheads.
Just like Heaven. [Full screen ed.]. Universal City, CA : DreamWorks Home Entertainment, .
Elizabeth is a dedicated, workaholic doctor who is much to busy to have a life. One night, she gets into a terrible car accident and dies. She becomes a spirit stuck between heaven and earth. She doesn’t realize that she is dead and thinks nothing has happened. That is until she meets David, a lonely architect, who has rented her old apartment. David thinks he is going crazy when he sees Elizabeth’s spirit and tries every way he can think of to get rid of her, but she just won’t go away. Although the two are complete opposites, they somehow manage to form a relationship.
Lioness. [New York] : Docurama Films : Distributed by New Video, c2009.
Lioness makes public, for the first time, the hidden history of a group of female Army support soldiers who became the first women in American history to be sent into direct ground combat. Told through intimate accounts and interviews with military commanders, the film follows five lioness women who served together for a year in Iraq. Together the women’s narratives form a portrait of the emotional and psychological effects of war from a female point of view.
Little Dorrit. Widescreen version. Burbank, Calif. : BBC Video : Distributed by Warner Home Video, 2009.
When Arthur Clennam returns to London after several years abroad, he wants to learn more about his mother’s new seamstress, young Amy Dorrit. His search brings him to the Marshalsea Debtors Prison, where he learns the truth about struggle and hardship in 1820s England.
Lost in America. Widescreen. Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, .
David Howard has put in eight long years at a big-time ad agency. When he hoped to land a Senior VP slot, all he got was a pat on the back and a transfer to New York. David talks his wife into quitting her job, sells the house, liquidates the stocks and bonds, and buys the largest Winnebago and they set out to live the ramblin’ laid back life of the world’s easiest Easy Riders.
Maid in Manhattan. Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, .
A struggling single mom takes a job as a chambermaid at a luxury hotel in New York. She meets and falls in love with a suave and sophisticated heir to an American political dynasty, who mistakes her for a society woman. When her real identity is revealed, the reality about their separate lives sets in.
Maria full of grace. New York, NY : HBO Home Video, .
Maria, a poor Columbian teenager, is desperate to leave a soul-crushing job. She accepts an offer to transport packets of heroin—which she swallows—to the United States. The ruthless world of drug trafficking proves to be more than for she bargained for.
Mon oncle Antoine. Special ed. [New York] : The Criterion Collection, .
An orphan comes to live with a foster family in a Canadian mining village, and becomes a part of the comical foibles and heartbreaks of a small French-Canadian town.
My sister’s keeper. Widescreen and full screen ed. Burbank, CA : New Line Home Entertainment, .
Sara and Brian live an idyllic life with their young son and daughter. Suddenly, their baby girl falls ill, and her only hope for survival rests in her parents’ ability to find a compatible bone marrow donator. Their desperate decision to conceive another child raises both ethical and moral questions and begins to erode their relationship. Their actions ultimately set off a court case that threatens to tear the family apart.
Place of execution. [United States] : Distributed by PBS Distribution, 2009.
On a December night in 1963, 13-year-old Alison Carter took her dog for a walk, and was never seen again. For newly-promoted Detective Inspector George Bennett, the case launched a superstar career. Bennett’s obsession with the case turned up enough evidence to hang his suspect even though her body was never found. Filmmaker Catherine Heathcote turns her camera to Bennett and struggles to understand why questions from forty years ago have different answers today.
Public enemies. Universal City, Calif. : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, c2009.
No one could stop Dillinger and his gang. No jail could hold him. His charm and audacious jailbreaks endeared him to almost everyone, from his girlfriend Billie Frechette to an American public who had no sympathy for the banks that had plunged the country into the Depression. But while the adventures of Dillinger’s gang thrilled many, Hoover made Dillinger America’s first Public Enemy Number One.
Pulp fiction. Collector’s ed., widescreen. [S.l.] : Burbank, CA : Miramax Home Entertainment ; Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 
The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster’s wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.
Pure country. Widescreen/standard formats. Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c1992.
A country music superstar ditches his beard, ponytail—and temporarily, his career—to reclaim his down-home country roots and to find the kind of love he’d only sung about.
Quinceañera. Anamorphic widescreen format (2.35:1). Culver City, Calif. : Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment ; Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics, c2006.
On the evening before Magdalena’s 15th birthday Quinceañera celebration, she discovers that she’s pregnant. Forced by her family to leave her home, she moves in with her uncle and gay cousin.
Redneck comedy roundup. Santa Monica, CA : Lions Gate Home Entertainment, .
A zany stand-up comedy showcase from some of the funniest comics in America. Watch these comic headliners perform their original material on stage, up-close and personal, from the best seat in the house.
Reservoir dogs. 15th anniversary [ed.]. Santa Monica, Calif. : Lionsgate, .
After a botched bank robbery, the gang meets up in a warehouse, only to suspect that one of them is really a cop.
Rumor has it-- Full screen ed. Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, 
Sarah has finally agreed to marry her boyfriend Jeff, but isn’t sure if marriage is what she wants. Now she’s on her way home to attend her sister’s wedding, which means spending a lot of time with the tennis-obsessed Pasadena family that she’s never felt quite a part of. It isn’t until Sarah stumbles into a well-kept family secret that she starts to question her roots and sets off in search of the man who may have the answers she has been looking for.
Run silent, run deep. Widescreen and full screen versions. Santa Monica, CA : MGM/UA Home Entertainment, c1999.
The realities of submarine warfare during World War II in the Pacific is centered around two submarine officers who are destined to clash with each other from the first moment they meet.
Shaun of the dead. Universal City, CA : Universal, c2004.
When flesh eating zombies go on the hunt for a bite to eat, it is up to Shaun and his best pal to save their friends and family from becoming the next entree.
DVD THI S.1
This American life : Season one. Widescreen ed. [United States] : Showtime Entertainment : Distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, 2008.
Join host Ira Glass and his company, as they bring a different theme to life each week, in the format of the popular Chicago radio show by the same name.
DVD THI S.2
This American life : Season 2. Widescreen ed. [United States] : Showtime Entertainment : Distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, 2009.
Join host Ira Glass and his company, as they bring a different theme to life each week, in the format of the popular Chicago radio show by the same name.
DVD TOP S.10
Top gear. : the complete season 10. [S.l.] : Burbank, CA : BBC Video ; Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2009.
This top-rated BBC show features presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May as they present some serious car journalism along with ambitious challenges that only the brave or the very stupid would dare to undertake. Includes the Botswana special.
DVD TOP S.11
Top gear. : the complete season 11. [S.l.] : Burbank, CA : British Broadcasting Corporation : Distributed by BBC Worldwide Americas ; Distributed in the USA and Canada by Warner Home Video, c2010.
Jeremy, Richard and James attempt to build a better police car with old bangers, race a Nissan GT-R against the fearsomely efficient Japanese public transport system, break down in three sub-£1,000 Alfa Romeos, invent car fox-hunting using onlyu a Daihatsu Terios 4x4 and Jeremy as the prey, and try not to cause a diplomatic incident as they take on the German version of Top gear in a series of grueling automotive tests. The boys also find time to test some of the hottest new models around, including the Ferrari 430 Scuderia, Mitsubishi Evo X, Bentley Brooklands and Mazda’s amazing Furai concept car.
Triumph of the nerds. New York, NY : [S.l.] : Ambrose Video Pub. ; Distributed by RM Associates, [2002?].
Covers the pioneering years of the PC revolution during the mid-1970’s in Silicon Valley (1st work). Explains how the PC industry came of age in the 1980’s. Interviews Steve Jobs who co-founded Apple Computer and Bill Gates of Microsoft (2nd work). Looks at changes in the PC industry during the 1990’s and their impact on the future. Discusses the Graphical User Interface (GUI) and the Internet (3rd work).
The wedding date. Widescreen. [Universal City, Calif.] : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, , c2004.
Kat Ellis is determined to attend her younger sister’s wedding with a date. Rather than face the ridicule of her family, and in order to show up her ex-fiancé, she resorts to the Yellow Pages to find an escort.
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Anniversary ed. Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Home Entertainment, c2009.
The classic musical about two guys that become a popular song and dance team and play at a resort for charity.
The women . Widescreen and standard screen formats. Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, 2008.
Mary Haines has it all until she finds out that her husband is cheating on her. All hell breaks loose as Mary contemplates the fate of her marriage and her tight-knit circle of friends question their own friendships and relationships.