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Introduced in Agatha-winner Hart'sGhost at Work (2008), the late Bailey Ruth Raeburn returns to earth on a heavenly mission to help a four-year-old orphan. Hart is also the author of the mysteries in the Death on Demand series.
In her first novel in nine years, bestselling author Kingsolver, who penned perennial favorites The Bean Trees (1988) and The Poisonwood Bible (1998), tells the story of Harrison William Shepherd, a man whose search for identity takes readers to the heart of the 20th century's most tumultuous events.
In Keillor's comic novella, a wealthy and depressed man bound for Christmas in Hawaii is abruptly summoned home to North Dakota. He arrives just in time to be trapped there by a blizzard. During his stay, he reaches an epiphany worthy of the season and resolves to simplify his life.
In this short story collection, Grisham takes us back Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his first novel, A Time to Kill. Plenty of advance buzz about this one and the cast of characters Grisham introduces.
This is the third and final book in Shaara's WWII trilogy, preceded by The Rising Tide (2006) and The Steel Wave (2008). The third novel covers the last five months of the war, from the Battle of the Bulge to the liberation of concentration camps and is a sure pick for fans of military/historical fiction and non-fiction books by Stephen Ambrose.
This one kicks off Rice's new Songs of the Seraphim religious romance/suspense series. The main character is hired assassin Toby O'Dare, a one-time aspirant to the priesthood, who's offered a chance at redemption via a trip back to the 13th century.
When a younger fellow orphan is imperiled by her uncle's murder and the disappearance of a family donkey, Gracie, Charlotte Pitt's maid, aids the child's search for both the killer and the donkey. This is Perry's seventh Christmas-themed Victorian historical, after 2008's A Christmas Grace.
The forth in the Harper Connelly mystery series, after 2007's An Ice Cold Grave. Harris already has two novels on the NYT bestseller list, A Touch of Dead and Dead and Gone, both of which feature telepathic waitress, SookieStackhouse.
Fresh out of prison, disgraced ex-cop Mason "Mace" Perry, along with the help of her police chief sister Beth, aids Roy Kingman, a lawyer trying to track down the killer of one of his law partners, all while a U.S. attorney looks for any reason to put Mace back behind bars. The first book in a proposed series featuring the Perry sisters.
Fall is no doubt a very busy season for all of you. First, we're in the middle of "all sports" season and if you are enjoying local youth athletic events, we bet you're also enjoying more than a few college and national games on TV. Either way, if you're looking for delicious recipes to help you plan menus for your busy family, guests, or potluck events, here's a few among other newbies that may be helpful.
Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali presents a taste of Italy and also an education about and culinary tour of Italy's 12 regions. Most of the recipes are reported to be simple enough for novice cooks.
Anne Byrn offers The Cake Mix Doctor Returns, another in her "the doctor is in" series for cake bakers. Here find 160 new recipes guaranteed to tempt, many of them contributed by fans.
November : National Healthy Skin Month As the temperatures get colder, don't let your skin become out of sight, out of mind. Learn about how to maintain healthy skin by consulting skin care books, the web, or by trying out some homemade skin remedies.
Ingredients: 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup oatmeal (not instant) 1/4 cup pure honey 3/4 to 1 cup (or to total saturation) Olive Oil 1/4 tsp Essential or Fragrance oil of choice (Optional; we used vanilla)
Mix the sugar & oatmeal together in a large bowl. Now add the honey. Drizzle the oil over the mix. Mix well. When all your mix is saturated and sinks to the bottom of the bowl and you have oil on top you're done. Add your essential oil or fragrance oil. Find a six or eight ounce wide-mouthed jar and spoon mixture in.
PostSecret In 2004, author Frank Warren undertook a community art project, asking people to anonymously send him a secret on a decorated postcard.
Since then, Warren has received well over 400,000 postcards and published four PostSecret books, each of which revealed some aspect of the senders' inner lives. The secrets range from fearful to hopeful; shocking to heart-wrenching; cute to TMI; funny to provocative.
What Would We Do Without Them? The following books examine the work of some individuals, well and no so well known, whose inventions changed lives, if not the course of history.
The Spirit of Invention : The Story of the Thinkers, Creators, & Dreamers Who Formed Our Nationby Julie M. Fenster with the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention & Invention offers a fascinating look at the work of notable inventors you've no doubt heard of (Eli Whitney, Thomas Edison, Robert Goddard) as well as those about whom you may know little: Gertrude Forbes (ironing board cover); John Dove (concepts behind the compact disc) or Luther Burbank (revolutionized plant breeding). This easy format book is a winner for browsers and deep readers alike.
Several of next Tuesday's additions to our collection have something in common : crime, mystery, suspense and plot-twisting. Enjoy your favorite detectives, forensic specialists, or a little romance for good measure.
Kay Scarpetta, now a senior forensic analyst for CNN, becomes embroiled in a surreal plot that includes a famous actor accused of an unthinkable crime and the disappearance of a beautiful millionairess with whom her niece Lucy seems to have shared a secret past.
After being shot, PI Sharon McCone, last seen in 2008's Burn Out, suffers from locked-in syndrome, which involves almost total paralysis but an alert conscious mind. As Sharon lies in a hospital bed, she and members of her agency work to figure out 'who dunnit'.
This forensics thriller finds Johansen favorite, Eve Duncan, fresh off her investigation in 2008's Quicksand, matching a surprise found in her refrigerator to a U.S. Senator's murdered daughter. Expect paranormal twists and a stronger romance line with Joe Quinn, Eve's FBI guy.
Assistant D.A. Alexa Hamilton, assigned to prosecute accused serial killer Luke Quentin, is confronted with difficult career and personal choices. Set in Manhattan's gritty courts and in the antebellum South, this part family saga/part thriller is reported to be much more than usual Steel fare.
Peter Mayle, arguably most famous for his non-fiction works about Provence (France), here delivers a caper mystery featuring Sam Levitt, a jack of all trades lawyer with a love for fine food and wine and a definite flair for investigation.
Read Big This Month Why not celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month by checking out one of the following titles from the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read series? The collection features CDs containing excerpts from the original work (all owned by the library) and supported by critical analysis. The goal of this outstanding series is to focus on the importance of reading, emphasizing popular culture.
For patrons who enjoy book discussions, this series offers a wonderful way to experience great books. For commuters, it's ideal.
Visit the NEA's Big Read website for more information about Big Read titles, including radio programs, video profiles, and brief essays about the authors.
More than a few of us are looking for better storage space in our closets, cabinets, or on the shelves within. “Make-overs” are not only practical, they can be fashionable. All in all, matching what you have with what you need can be a lot easier, if you see how others have approached remodeling.
The following titles offer some great suggestions -- especially if you're handy -- for solving your storage problems and giving your home more useful space and a brand new look:
A View From Outside... and In What to Expect When You're Expecting, now in its 4th edition, is a perennial self-help bestseller. Arguably a must-read book for pregnant women, especially first-timers, the book's content is defended or debated with equal intensity. We'll leave it up to you, either way.
Javerbaum is an Emmy Award-winning executive producer for Jon Stewart's The Daily Show and a coauthor of America: The Book. This should give you an idea of what kind of humor to expect -- from crude, to mildly entertaining, to hilarious. As always, we invite you to pick and choose according to your interests and tastes.
British police detective, Inspector Wexford, confronts a man from his past, who he suspects is responsible for multiple murders. This is Rendell's 22nd mystery in the Wexford series; next after 2007's Not in the Flesh.
A haunted house horror/suspense tale featuring unloved foster child, Sarah Crane, and classmate Nick Dunnigan, a former mental patient plagued by visions. Saul's a good horror fiction choice if you need a respite from the vampire genre.
Books to Film Maurice Sendak'sWhere the Wild Things Are is coming to the big screen on October 16th. This famous children's book is about a boy who, after getting in trouble, is sent to his room and begins imagining a forest in which he becomes king of all of the animals.
First published back in 1963, the book has remained a hit so if you're new to being a kid, don't forget to read the book before you go see the movie! The library also has a number of other great titles written, illustrated, or inspired by the always inventive Mr. Sendak.
October's Featured Poet Marge Piercy (1936-) as the Boston Globe put it, is “a cultural touchstone. Few writers in modern memory have sustained her passion, and skill, for creating stories of consequence.” She has authored 15 volumes of poetry, though she’s best known for her novels: Gone To Soldiers, Braided Lives, and The Longings of Women — plus 13 others. She is a passionate feminist and anti-war spokes-person. She has taught, spoken, or performed her work at well over 400 college and university campuses around the world.
More Than Enough
The first lily of June opens its red mouth. All over the sand road where we walk multiflora rose climbs trees cascading white or pink blossoms, simple, intense the scene drifting like colored mist.
The arrowhead is spreading its creamy clumps of flower and the blackberries are blooming in the thickets. Season of joy for the bee. The green will never again be so green, so purely and lushly
new, grass lifting its wheatyseedheads into the wind. Rich fresh wine of June, we stagger into you smeared with pollen, overcome as the turtle laying her eggs in roadside sand.
If you are looking for a good fantasy-adventure series to share with your kids, try Trenton Lee Stewart'sMysterious Benedict Society series. The books feature four gifted orphans/runaways (ReynieMuldoon, George “Sticky” Washington, Kate Wetherall, Constance Contraire) and a mysterious narcoleptic, Mr. Benedict. In short form, they band together to stop an eccentric inventor, Mr. Curtain, from taking over the world.
The books are Lemony Snicket-clever (though the second not as much as the first) and include enough action-adventure and character growth to satisfy Potter fans. Read 'em in order :
Antarctica is not only a place of frigid temperatures; it is home to numerous unique flora and fauna. The following outstanding coffee table books offer a fascinating view of life in the world’s most southern continent. These books are a visual treat to any armchair traveler and of special interest to devotees of ecology, geography, wildlife, and historical expeditions.
If you did read the first title, the second is even more delightful and the subject is well worth a second look. Anything a reader would want to know about Antarctica is covered here with a wealth of gorgeous photographs, detailed maps and charts, and features on unusual and familiar birds and animals. “Classic” is a good one-word description for the book's coverage.
For readers whose interest in Antarctica has not yet peaked, Jim Mastro’sAntarctica : A Year at the Bottom of the World is another good read. From the aurora australis to Bird Island, the author, a photojournalist, shares his journey to this harsh, desolate, yet beautiful place. The book is divided by each of four seasons Mastro spent on "The Ice".
The wizards of Unseen University in the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else. The latest in the author's Discworld series.
Both historical fiction and a family saga, Byatt's latest spans the last decade of the Victorian age, the Edwardian period, and moves up to World War I. Oodles of characters so grab a pencil to keep track...