Stumped for a good read?

April 17, 2014

Stumped for a good read?

The staff in Collection Development (well, ok, just me) recommend a few titles to tickle your fancy.

Pulitzers Just Announced!

April 14, 2014

This year’s Pulitzer Awards for excellence in journalism and the arts have just been announced.  Click here for the main announcements page.

We own all of the literary awards except the poetry prize winner. I am reproducing those below.

 

FICTION

Tartt, Donna.  The Goldfinch.  Little, Brown, and Company, 2013. 

The goldfinch

The author of the classic bestsellers The Secret History and The Little Friend returns with a brilliant, highly anticipated new novel. A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend’s family and struggles to make sense of his new life. In the years that follow, he becomes entranced by one of the few things that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld. Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America, and a drama of almost unbearable acuity and power. It is a story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the enormous power of art”– Provided by publisher.

 

 

 

HISTORY

Taylor, Alan. The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832. W. W. Norton & Company, 2013.    

The internal enemy : slavery and war in Virginia, 1772-1832

 

Drawn from new sources, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian presents a gripping narrative that recreates the events that inspired hundreds of slaves to pressure British admirals into becoming liberators by using their intimate knowledge of the countryside to transform the war.

 

 

 

 

BIOGRAPHY

 

Marshall, Megan. Margaret Fuller: A New American Life.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. 

Margaret Fuller : a new American life

Explores the life and career of the 19th-century American journalist, intellectual, and advocate of personal liberation.
The author tells the story of how Fuller, tired of Boston, accepted Horace Greeley’s offer to be the New-York Tribune’s front-page columnist. The move unleashed a crusading concern for the urban poor and the plight of prostitutes, and a late-in-life hunger for passionate experience. In Italy as a foreign correspondent, Fuller took a secret lover, a young officer in the Roman Guard; she wrote dispatches on the brutal 1849 Siege of Rome; and she gave birth to a son. Yet, when all three died in a shipwreck off Fire Island shortly after Fuller‘s fortieth birthday, the sense and passion of her life‘s work were eclipsed by tragedy and scandal. Marshall’s inspired account brings anAmerican heroine back to indelible life. –from inside jacket.

GENERAL NON-FICTION

Fagin, Dan. Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation. Bantam Books, 2013. 
Toms River : a story of science and salvation
Recounts the decades-long saga of the New Jersey seaside town plagued by childhood cancers caused by air and water pollution due to the indiscriminate dumping of toxic chemicals.
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Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands
Bohjalian, Christopher A.
Emily Shepard is hiding out in a shelter made of ice and trash bags after a nightmarish meltdown at a nuclear plant in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom that left her parents dead. Since the meltdown might have been her father’s fault, she’s not reaching out for help, but she does take a homeless boy named Cameron under her wing.
 
Power Play
Coulter, Catherine
Natalie Black, the U.S. ambassador to the Court of St. James, has returned to Washington, her job in jeopardy. Her fiancé, George McCallum, Viscount Lockenby, has died in a car accident, and mysterious rumors begin that she’s responsible begin to surface: she broke off the engagement and, heartbroken, he killed himself. Then someone tries to force her off the M-2 outside London. Again, rumors claim it was a sympathy ploy. When she returns to the United States, she’s nearly killed when a car tries to mow her down while she’s out for a run. No one believes her except FBI Special Agent Davis Sullivan.
 
Christmas in Cowboy Country
Dailey, Janet
Unable to locate annotation at this time.
 
For All Time
Deveraux, Jude
In the second contemporary romance in her “Nantucket Brides” trilogy, Deveraux offers a charming tale of improbable romance. When Toby meets Graydon Montgomery, heir to the Lanconian throne, she can distinguish him from his twin, Rory–something no one else can do. According to legend, that means she is his true love. Alas, Graydon is unhappily set to marry an eligible royal. Will love and legend or duty win out?
 
Born of Fury
Kenyon, Sherrilyn
Counted among the fiercest Andarion warriors ever born, Hauk is one of the five founding members of the Sentella: an organization that has declared war on the League. They rule the Ichidian universe with an iron fist and terrify it with an army of well-trained assassins. Hauk’s enemies are legion, but he fears nothing and no one. He will do whatever it takes to survive and protect his Sentella brethren.
 
The Night Searchers
Muller, Marcia
When new clients Jay and Camilla Givens come to Sharon McCone with Camilla’s stories of devil worshippers performing human sacrifices in San Francisco, the detective is skeptical, to say the least. However, when she discovers that Jay is involved with the treasure hunting group The Night Searchers, she starts looking into what exactly he and the other participants are up to after dark. As she digs deeper into the Searchers, Sharon joins their ranks in order to find out more-while someone is searching for her.
 
Eden in Winter
Patterson, Richard North
Two months after the suspicious and much-publicized death of his father on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, it is taking all of Adam Blaine’s will to suture the deep wounds the tragedy has inflicted upon his family and himself. As the court inquest into Benjamin Blaine’s death casts suspicions on those closest to him, Adam struggles to protect them from those who still suspect that his father was murdered by one of his kin.
 
A Moment in Time
Peterson, Tracie
Scarred by an attack that killed her father, Alice Chesterfield relocates to a Texas ranch to start over, confront the truth about her father’s dealings, rediscover her faith, reconnect with her mother and pursue a relationship with an unavailable man. By the award-winning author of All Things Hidden.
 
The Girls of August
Siddons, Anne Rivers
Every August, four women would gather together to spend a week at the beach, renting a new house each year. The ritual began when they were in their twenties and their husbands were in medical school, and became a mainstay of every summer thereafter. They called themselves the Girls of August. But when one of the Girls dies tragically, the group slowly drifts apart and their vacations together are brought to a halt. Years later, a new marriage reunites them and they decide to come together once again on a remote barrier island off the South Carolina coast. There, far from civilization, the women make startling discoveries that will change them in ways they never expected.
 
Act of War: A Thriller
Thor, Brad
Unable to locate at this time.
 
The Care and Management of Lies: A Novel of the Great War
Winspear, Jacqueline
By July 1914, the ties between Kezia Marchant and Thea Brissenden, friends since girlhood, have become strained–by Thea’s passionate embrace of women’s suffrage, and by the imminent marriage of Kezia to Thea’s brother, Tom, who runs the family farm. When Kezia and Tom wed just a month before war is declared between Britain and Germany, Thea’s gift to Kezia is a book on household management–a veiled criticism of the bride’s prosaic life to come. Yet when Tom enlists to fight for his country and Thea is drawn reluctantly onto the battlefield, the farm becomes Kezia’s responsibility. Each must find a way to endure the ensuing cataclysm and turmoil.
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Just a quick note of reassurance for your group leaders about book kits:

When we make a kit inactive because it is older and we want to “retire” it but it still has future pending reservations, the kit is no longer visible in the reservation system.  The existing reservations will be honored, however, and if leaders with accounts go into My Reservations they will still see the reservation there.

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Nine Lives to Die
Brown, Rita Mae
Rita Mae Brown and her feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown return with an all-new mystery starring Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen, intrepid kitty sleuths Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and Tee Tucker, the ever-faithful crime-solving corgi. This time around, Harry and her animal friends track a killer whose trail has gone as cold as the weather in December.
 
Top Secret Twenty-One
Evanovich, Janet
A latest entry in the fan-favorite mystery series by the best-selling author of the Alexandra Barnaby novels finds bounty hunter Stephanie Plum immersed in an ultra-secret case.
 
Terminal City
Fairstein, Linda A.
A latest Alex Cooper thriller by the best-selling author of Death Angel finds the assistant DA and detective Mike Chapman confronting Grand Central Terminal’s dark secrets as well as their own changing relationship.
 
Blood Red
Lackey, Mercedes
Little Red Riding Hood’s real name is Gretchen Schwarzwald, and she is from the Schwarzwald (the Black Forest) in Germany. Ten years ago, she was orphaned by an evil Earth Master who wanted her parents’ land and killed them all with the werewolves he created. She was rescued by a Fire Master, a member of the Woodsman’s Lodge, and taught how to use her own Fire Powers. Now another werewolf pack is ravaging Exmoor, and she has come to help London’s White Lodge eradicate it and find and destroy the Elemental Master behind it.
 
Child of Mine
Lewis, Beverly / Lewis, David
A desperate woman engineers a meeting with a man she believes is raising her kidnapped daughter before unexpectedly falling in love with him. Co-written by the best-selling author of The Last Bride.
 
The Arsonist
Miller, Sue
A series of summer house fires exposes deep social faults in the hometown of Frankie Rowley, who makes unsettling discoveries about her aging parents while engaging in a passionate affair with a local journalist. By the best-selling author of While I Was Gone.
 
Invisible
Patterson, James / Ellis, David
On leave from her FBI researcher career, Emmy Dockery tries to convince her boyfriend that hundreds of unsolved cases are linked to a single perpetrator.
 
The Red Room
Pearson, Ridley
Pressured into brokering an art deal in Istanbul, surveillance expert John Knox and his partner, the fearless Grace Chu, orchestrate a brief meeting with a mysterious man only to be thwarted by an unexpected number of adversaries.
 
The Long Mars
Pratchett, Terry / Baxter, Stephen
When her long-lost father–the inventor of the original Stepper device–contacts her, Sally joins him on an ill-fated voyage to Long Mars, while U.S. Navy Commander Maggie Kauffman leads an expedition to the outer limits of the far Long Earth and Joshua becomes embroiled in the plight of the Next. 
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The Lincoln Myth
Berry, Steve
A latest high-stakes thriller featuring favorite American President Cotton Malone finds him tackling the secrets of Mormonism, a U.S. Senator’s stealthy secession plan and a history-shaping letter that was handed down through the Chief Executive line.
 
Skin Game
Butcher, Jim
Chicago wizard Harry Dresden must help a hated enemy, Nicodemus Archleone, break in to a high security vault to steal something belonging to the Lord of the Underworld in the latest novel of the humorous fantasy series following Cold Days.
 
Earth Awakens
Card, Orson Scott / Johnston, Aaron
Nearly 100 years before the events of Orson Scott Card’s bestselling novel “Ender’s Game,” humans were just beginning to step off Earth and out into the Solar System. No one had seen any sign of other space-faring races; everyone expected that First Contact, if it came, would happen in the future, in the empty reaches between the stars. Then a young navigator on a distant mining ship saw something moving too fast, heading directly for our sun.
When the alien ship screamed through the solar system, it disrupted communications between the far-flung human mining ships and supply stations, and between them and Earth. But there are a few men and women who see that if Earth doesn’t wake up and pull together, the planet could be lost.
 
Ghost Ship
Cussler, Clive / Brown, Graham
Waking with conflicted memories after an injury sustained while trying to rescue passengers from a sinking yacht, Kurt Austin searches for answers from a state-sponsored cybercrime ring that takes him from Monaco to North Korea. By the best-selling authors of Devil’s Gate.
 
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood
Gabaldon, Diana
In her now classic novel “Outlander, “Diana Gabaldon told the story of Claire Randall, an English ex-combat nurse who walks through a stone circle in the Scottish Highlands in 1946, and disappears . . . into 1743. The story unfolded from there in seven bestselling novels, and CNN has called it “a grand adventure written on a canvas that probes the heart, weighs the soul and measures the human spirit across centuries.” Now the story continues in “Written in My Own Heart’s Blood.”
 
Vertigo 42: A Richard Jury Mystery
Grimes, Martha
At Vertigo 42, a bar high above London’s financial district, Richard Jury meets Tom Williamson – a friend of a friend who is convinced his wife, Tess, was murdered 17 years ago. Tess’s death was ruled accidental – a fall caused by vertigo – but Jury agrees to re-examine the case. A young girl’s fatal fall at children’s party 22 years ago at Tom and Tess’s home may be connected. After an elegantly dressed woman falls from a tower near a pub that Jury and his cronies frequent, and her estranged husband is later found dead, Jury begins to suspect that the now grown “children” from Tess’s ill-fated party are the key to solving these interwoven mysteries”—
 
Problems With People: Stories
Guterson, David
The best-selling author of Snow Falling on Cedars returns to his Pacific Northwest settings-and moves beyond them-in ten sharply observed, funny, and wise new stories that explore the mysteries of love, and unravel our complex desires to connect with others.
 
A Shiver of Light
Hamilton, Laurell K.
I am Princess Meredith NicEssus. Legal name Meredith Gentry, because “Princess” looks so pretentious on a driver’s license. I was the first faerie princess born on American soil, but I wouldn’t be the only one for much longer. Merry Gentry, ex-private detective, now full-time princess, knew she was descended from fertility goddesses, but when she learned she was about to have triplets, she began to understand what that might mean. Infertility has plagued the high ranks of faerie for centuries. Now nobles of both courts of faerie are coming to court Merry and her men, at their home in exile in the Western Lands of Los Angeles, because they will do anything to have babies of their own.
 
Mr. Mercedes
King, Stephen
In a mega-stakes, high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands.
 
Stormy Persuasion
Lindsey, Johanna
#1 “New York Times” bestselling author Johanna Lindsey returns to the dazzlingly passionate world of the Malorys, an aristocratic family of rakehell adventurers and spirited ladies, in a thrilling new tale of unbridled desires where he will fight with all his mettle to win the right to her heart.
 
Resistant
Palmer, Michael
Delivering a speech for his boss at a national conference in Atlanta, Dr. Lou Welcome takes an exclusive tour of the Centers for Disease Control and learns about the development of biological weapons before becoming enmeshed in a case involving the abduction of a leading scientist.
 
China Dolls
See, Lisa
In 1938, three friends are competing for a single job as showgirl on San Francisco’s Chop Suey Circuit, the glittery underworld of all-Asian revues. Chinese American Grace has fled her Midwestern home and beatings by her father, Helen’s family has long resided in San Francisco’s Chinatown, and, crucially, Ruby is Japanese but passing for Chinese. With the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese Americans are being interned, among them Ruby. Did one of her friends betray her?
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New SeaHawks Title

February 24, 2014

Never fear, o adherents of Seakhawkism, I am getting this title, thanks to a nudge from Becky B.

 

In Super Bowl XLVIII, the Seattle Seahawks triumphed over the Denver Broncos to secure the franchise’s first championship. This commemorative edition features unique photographs and highlights from the Super Bowl in New Jersey and captures the team’s road to the title. Taking readers through every exciting moment of this historic campaign through award-winning stories and photos from the News Tribune and the OlympianSuper Hawks highlights the Seahawks’ season from their dominating win over San Francisco in the home opener to the team’s ascent to the No. 1 spot in the NFC standings to Richard Sherman’s unforgettable deflection in the final seconds of the NFC Championship Game. This keepsake also includes features on head coach Pete Carroll, quarterback Russell Wilson, running back Marshawn Lynch, Sherman, and more”accompanied by vivid color photographs every step along the way.

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