December 6, 2013
November 15, 2013
Annotations from Baker & Taylor or Ingram
Death of a Policeman Beaton, M. C. Local police stations all over the Scottish Highlands are being threatened with closure. This presents the perfect opportunity for Detective Chief Inspector Blair, who would love nothing more than to get rid of Sergeant Hamish Macbeth. Blair suggests that Cyril Sessions, a keen young police officer, visit the town of Lochdubh to monitor exactly what Macbeth does every day. Macbeth hears about Blair’s plan and is prepared to insure that Cyril returns back to headquarters with a full report. But Cyrilis soon found dead and Hamish quickly becomes the prime suspect in his murder. Do or Die Brockmann, Suzanne Navy SEAL Ian Dunn went rogue in a big way when he turned his talents to a lawless life of jewel heists and con jobs. Or so the world has been led to believe. In reality, the former Special Ops warrior is still fighting for good, leading a small band of freelance covert operatives who take care of high-stakes business in highly unofficial ways. That makes Ian the hands-down choice when the U.S. government must breach a heavily guarded embassy and rescue a pair of children kidnapped by their own father, a sinister foreign national willing to turn his kids into casualties. Confessions of a Wild Child Collins, Jackie Lucky Santangelo, a fifteen-year-old wild child ready to discover life, love and independence. Daughter of the notorious Gino, Lucky discovers her mother’s murdered body floating in the family swimming pool at the tender age of four. Since then Gino has kept her protected from life closeted in their Bel Air mansion. But in Jackie Collins’ Confessions of a Wild Child, Lucky finally breaks free, and running away from boarding school the adventures begin. Boys, sex, drugs and rock n’ roll – Lucky explores it all in preparation for the strong, kick-ass woman she eventually becomes. Delve into the world that Lucky rules! The Chase Evanovich, Janet / Goldberg, Lee Internationally renowned thief and con artist Nicolas Fox is famous for running elaborate and daring scams. His greatest con of all: convincing the FBI to team him up with the only person who has ever caught him, Special Agent Kate O’Hare. Together they’ll go undercover to swindle and catch the world’s most wanted and untouchable criminals. The Museum of Extraordinary Things Hoffman, Alice From the beloved, bestselling author of The Dovekeepers, a mesmerizing new novel about the electric and impassioned love between two vastly different souls in New York during the volatile first decades of the twentieth century. Moving Target Jance, Judith A. Lance Tucker, an incarcerated juvenile offender and talented hacker in his own right, is set on fire one night and severely burned while hanging Christmas decorations in a lockup rec room. B. Simpson, Ali Reynolds’ fiancé and the man who helped put Lance in jail, feels obliged to get to the bottom of what happened. With Ali off in England to help Leland Brooks at a reunion with his long-estranged family, B. turns to someone else to help out Ali’s good friend and Taser-carrying nun, Sister Anselm. Killer: An Alex Delaware Novel Kellerman, Jonathan The City of Angels has more than its share of psychopaths and no one recognizes that more acutely than the brilliant psychologist and police consultant Dr. Alex Delaware. Despite that, Constance Sykes, a sophisticated, successful physician, hardly seems like someone Alex needs to fear. Then, at the behest of the court, he becomes embroiled in a bizarre child custody dispute initiated by Connie against her sister and begins to realize that there is much about the siblings he has failed to comprehend. And when the court battle between the Sykes sisters erupts into cold, calculating murder and a rapidly growing number of victims, Alex knows he’s been snared in a toxic web of pathology. The Mark of Evil LaHaye, Tim F. / Parshall, Craig Economies have fallen, freedom has been suppressed, and peace is a distant memory. The world is falling apart. As a Biblical prophecy is fulfilled each new day, Ethan and the others in the Remnant struggle to eat, to procure necessary goods, and to avoid the Global Alliance—in short, to survive. The Forever Girl McCall Smith, Alexander At age 4, Thursday chooses her own name. At age 6, she falls in love with her best friend, James, with whom she happily spends all her time. But in the adult world, things are not so simple: at the same time that Thursday’s mother finds she’s fallen out of love with her husband, she realizes that James’s father is interested in her. As the children grow into adulthood, their connection becomes more complicated as well: James drifts away from Thursday, but she keeps him in her sights: she attends the same college in Scotland and then follows him to London, Sydney, Singapore, rebuilding her life in every city, hoping each time that James will see what he is missing. As Thursday and James, and their parents, navigate their irresistible but baffling mazes of emotion, we are given a beautifully realized tale about how love, even if unrequited, can shape a life. Kiss and Tell Michaels, Fern No annotation @ this time Posted by Jenifer Brown
October 18, 2013
October 10, 2013
Alice Munro, Canadian writer who is admired especially for her short stories, has won the Nobel Prize for literature. Here is the PW story.
We are short a few of her titles in print but have selected more eBooks in both OverDrive and 3M and eAudio in OverDrive.
October 1, 2013
September 27, 2013
I have an ARC of Dave Eggers’ new novel The Circle. Please claim by commenting to this post and I’ll see you get it. Thanks!
This title is on order.
“The Circle is the exhilarating new novel from Dave Eggers, best-selling author of A Hologram for the King, a finalist for the National Book Award. When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world–even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge”–
September 24, 2013
Doig, Ivan. The Bartender’s Tale.
Running a venerable bar in 1960 Montana while raising his 12-year-old son, single father Tom Harry finds his world upended by the arrival of a woman from his past and her beatnik daughter, who claims Tom as her father and upends the town with her passionate and pretentious modern views. By the National Book Award finalist author of Work Song.
Dilloway, Margaret. The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns.
Enduring a strict schedule that balances her teaching job with the hospital regimen required by her kidney disease, 36-year-old Gal Garner devotes her spare hours to cultivating a new rose variation before her world is upended by the arrival of her teenage niece. By the author of How to Be an American Housewife. 30,000 first printing.
Schwalbe, Will. The End of Your Life Book Club.
The author recounts his mother’s life, recalling how they discussed books during the final stages of her last illness and describing how this activity furthered their appreciation for literature, and strengthened their bond.
Kingsolver, Barbara. Flight Behavior.
Tired of living in oppressive poverty, bored housewife Dellarobia Turnbow, on the way to meet a lover, is detoured by a miraculous event on the Appalachian mountainside that ignites a media firestorm that changes her life forever.
Solomons, Natasha. The Gallery of Vanished Husbands.
A member of a conservative Jewish community in 1960s London, Juliet Montagu still hasn’t divorced her husband who disappeared seven years earlier, but when a wealthy artist asks to paint her portrait her life changes dramatically.
Standage, Tom. A History of the World in 6 Glasses.
An offbeat history of the world traces the story of humankind from the Stone Age to the twenty-first century from the perspective of six different drinks–beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola–describing their pervasive influence during pivotal eras of world history, from humankind’s adoption of agriculture to the advent of globalization.
Keesey, Anna. Little Century.
After she moves near the lawless frontier town of Century, Oregon, to become a homesteader, 18-year-old Esther Chambers finds herself in a full-out range war, and becomes conflicted when her love for Ben Cruff, sworn enemy of the cattlemen, tests her loyalty to her cousin, the rancher Ferris Pickett.
Beah, Ishmael. A Long Way Gone.
A human rights activist offers a firsthand account of war from the perspective of a former child soldier, detailing the violent civil war that wracked his native Sierra Leone and the government forces that transformed a gentle young boy into a killer as a member of the army.
Boianjiu, Shani. The People of Forever Are Not Afraid.
This coming-of-age story follows the lives of three Israeli girls who join the Israeli Defense Forces when they turn 18 and deal with gossip and flirting along with the threat of constant danger and intense military training.
Kurlansky, Mark. Salt.
A history of salt notes its role as currency, in the establishment of trade routes and cities, and as an agenda of war, noting key figures who played major parts in its manufacture and distribution.
Bohjalian, Christopher. The Sandcastle Girls.
A historical love story inspired by the author’s Armenian heritage finds early 20th-century nurse Elizabeth Endicott arriving in Syria to help deliver food and medical aid to genocide refugees, a volunteer service during which she exchanges letters with an Armenian engineer and widower.
Pamuk, Orhan. Silent House.
Awaiting the annual summer arrival of her grandchildren in her fishing village home outside Istanbul, bed-ridden widow Fatma shares memories and grievances with her late doctor husband’s illegitimate son until his cousin, a fervent right-wing nationalist, involves the family in the Turkish military coup of 1980.
Joyce, Rachel. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.
Harold Fry is convinced that he must deliver a letter to an old love in order to save her, meeting various characters along the way and reminiscing about the events of his past and people he has known, as he tries to find peace and acceptance.
September 11, 2013
September 3, 2013
Curtis Sittenfeld’s Sisterland is no longer so advanced but is still quite hot. In case you missed a good spot in line, this ARC is available. Sisterland is about two identical twin sisters with psychic “senses” whose paths and adult personalities couldn’t be more divergent: impulsive and eccentric Violet cultivates her gift for public celebrity while Kate suppresses her powers completely to pursue respectable Suburban domesticity. When Vi publicly predicts an earthquake for a specific date, Katie seems determined to shield the family from embarrassment. Katie has a sense of foreboding for the date also, but perhaps not because of a natural disaster. The building suspense and development of the sisters’ characters are both superb.
Also available is the last of Margaret Atwood’s environmental apocalyptic trilogy called MaddAddam, combining characters from Oryx and Crake and the Year of the Flood. This is just coming out this month and I hope it, too, can find another staff reader who missed the front of the queue.
August 29, 2013
The Great Depression and World Wars get so much historical attention that the 1920′s tend to get overshadowed. Correcting this in a big way is Bill Bryson’s One Summer: America, 1927. I got engrossed in this the last couple of weeks, as there’s a revelation on every page in this fast 450 pages. Murder cases, anarchists, Prohibition, Babe Ruth, Henry Ford, the Federal Reserve setting us up for a fall, and the first amazing transatlantic flights – it’s all here in a fresh narrative tapestry. You may think you already basically know about this stuff but take another look. Please post a comment to claim. This comes out October 1.
Jhumpa Lahiri’s new novel The Lowland follows the lives of two brothers from Calcutta - one locally and dangerously politicized in a leftist peasant’s movement, the other building a quiet new life in distant Rhode Island. Besides the lowland of their boyhood home, the brothers become connected by a woman and a child, the biological child of one of the brothers who grows up believing she is the daughter of the other. This plot is painfully sad but Lahiri writes succinct, poignant sentence fragments to great effect. This one is out sooner next month. Any takers?