March 7, 2014
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? Posted by Jenifer Brown
February 19, 2014
January 23, 2014
The TargetBaldacci, David The highly skilled assassin who brought in a rogue assassin The Hit and who became a target himself when he refused a mission in The Innocent returns for his third adventure in the best-selling series. Destroyer Angel: An Anna Pigeon Novel Barr, Nevada Testing outdoor sporting equipment designed for a disabled companion, U.S. Park Services ranger Anna Pigeon returns from a solo outing to discover that her fellow campers have been abducted. By the best-selling author of The Rope. Chestnut Street Binchy, Maeve A story written in stages throughout the best-selling author’s career traces the experiences of diverse characters that revolve around Chestnut Street. By the author of Tara Road. Cavendon Hall Bradford, Barbara Taylor A tale spanning 16 years in Edwardian England finds the centuries-long relationship between the aristocratic Inghams and the Swann family who serves them tested by the outbreak of World War I. By the award-winning author of A Woman of Substance. I’ve Got You Under My Skin Clark, Mary Higgins Five years after her husband’s murder, Laurie Moran, an award-winning TV producer and single mother, starts filming a new “cold case” series in which four women involved in the unsolved murder of a wealthy Westchester matron reunite to recreate the scene of the crime–along with the real killer. Natchez Burning Iles, Greg Penn Cage must investigate when his father, a beloved family doctor and pillar of the community, is accused of murdering Violet Davis, the beautiful nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the early 1960s. Live to See Tomorrow Johansen, Iris When her mentor, Hu Chang, tasks her with rescuing an imprisoned journalist in Tibet, shadowy CIA Operative Catherine Ling is pitted against a man so vile that she wonders if she is being used as a pawn in a game of revenge that is not hers to play. The Last Bride Lewis, Beverly Eloping with the man she loves in spite of her father’s disapproval, Amish woman Tessie Miller poses as a single woman and keeps her marriage a secret until an unexpected challenge threatens the couple with censure. By the Christy Award-winning author of The Brethren. Night Diver Lowell, Elizabeth Returning to the Caribbean island of St. Vincent to help save her family’s treasure-hunting business, financial expert Kate Donnelly must form an uneasy alliance with British military diver Holden Cameron when equipment, treasure and even divers start disappearing into the depths of the ocean. A Family Affair Michaels, Fern A young dancer finds an unexpected partner, and finally is able to live according to her heart. A Sensible Arrangement Peterson, Tracie Answering an advertisement to become a mail-order bride to troubled young banker Jake, Marty leaves her Texas ranch for a new home in Denver, where the couple navigates societal dynamics and economic threats while Jake realizes that he misses ranching life. Otherwise Engaged Quick, Amanda Barely escaping a would-be abductor who has left a trail of victims in his wake, world traveler Miss Amity Doncaster discovers that her attacker has become obsessed with gossip that ties Amity to scientist Benedict Stanbridge, a spy for the throne who resolves to bring the killer to justice. The Collector Roberts, Nora Witnessing an apparent murder-suicide during a job, professional house-sitter Lila Emerson is recruited by the alleged perpetrator’s brother, talented artist Ashton Archer, to help uncover what really happened. By the best-selling author of Whiskey Beach. Keep Quiet Scottoline, Lisa When they are involved in a terrible car accident, Jake Whitmore makes a split-second decision that saves his son from formal punishment, but plunges them both into a world of guilt, lies and secrecy where a dangerous enemy comes forward threatening to expose them. All Fall Down Weiner, Jennifer Struggling with the demands of her job, distant husband, spoiled daughter and Alzheimer’s patient father, Allison becomes addicted to painkillers and lands in rehab, where amid fellow inpatients she confronts incompatible recovery techniques, barely trained counselors and her own denial. By the best-selling author of In Her Shoes. Carnal Curiosity Woods, Stuart Investigating a series of clever crimes targeting Manhattan’s elite, Stone and Dino are drawn into the world of high-end security and fraud only to discover that the mastermind behind the incidents may have intimate ties to Stone. By the Edgar Award-winning author of Chiefs. Posted by Jenifer Brown
January 2, 2014
January 2, 2014
A staff member in Community Libraries reminded me that we had not posted the list of titles added to the Best Bets collection in December. I apologize for the delay. You should see these (or have a memory of them!) on your displays:
|Takedown Twenty||Evanovich, Janet||FIC EVANOVI|
|Gods of Guilty||Connelly, Michael||FIC CONNELL|
|Ender’s Game||Card, Orson Scott||FIC CARD|
|Hild||Griffith, Nicola||FIC GRIFFIT|
|We Are Water||Lamb, Wally||FIC LAMB|
|Things That Matter||Krauthammer, Charles||973.93 KRAUTHA|
|My Story||Smart, Elizabeth||BIO SMART SMART|
|Champion||Lu, Marie||TEEN LU|
|Curtsies & conspiracies||Carriger, Gail||TEEN CARRIGE|
|Emerald green||Gier, Kerstin||TEEN GIER|
|Last Olympian||Riordan, Rick||TEEN RIORDAN|
|Michael Vey. , Battle of the Ampere||Evans, Richard Paul||TEEN EVANS|
|Big Nate. I can’t take it!||Peirce, Lincoln||J PEIRCE|
|Cool creations in 35 pieces||Kenney, Sean||on order|
|Hard luck||Kinney, Jeff||J KINNEY|
|Revenge of the lizard club||Stilton, Thea||J STILTON|
|Surprise attack of Jabba the Puppett||Angleberger, Tom||J ANGLEBE|
|Tales from a not-so-talented pop star||Russell, Rachel Renee||J RUSSELL|
|Totally cool creations||Kenney, Sean||on order|
December 12, 2013
The third selection for Oprah’s new, more periodic book club (2.0) is Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wings, due out next month. (The first two were Wild by Cheryl Strayed and The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis).
Here is the link to her announcement on her website. We have 17 copies of the book and 4 of the audiobook on order, but I imagine we will now have more demand.
[T]he story follows Hetty “Handful” Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. The novel begins on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership over Handful, who is to be her handmaid. “The Invention of Wings” follows the next thirty-five years of their lives. Inspired in part by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke (a feminist, suffragist and, importantly, an abolitionist), Kidd allows herself to go beyond the record to flesh out the inner lives of all the characters, both real and imagined”– Provided by publisher
November 22, 2013
The 2013 National Book Awards were announced on 11/21. Expect hold queues to grow for the winners:
For fiction: The Good Lord Bird, by James McBride
Nonfiction: The Unwinding: an Inner History of the New America, by George Packer
Poetry: Incarnadine: Poems, by Mary Szybist
Young People’s (their term, not ours): The Thing About Luck, by Cynthia Kadohata
The National Book Awards celebrate the best of American literature each year. Conferred by the National Book Foundation, the goal of the award program (and the organization) is to expand the audience of readers and contribute to the cultural landscape of American letters.
posted by Nancy
November 22, 2013
On Thursday, 11/21, the Zinio vendor issued a new software release that improves the customer’s user experience. Here are the changes, from the vendor’s announcement:
ZINIO CHECK OUT PROCESS – with the performance speed, image and experience improvements, there are a several notable enhancements to the library collection checkout process.
1. To checkout, click on the Checkout button or Checkout Now link. A dialog box will appear offering the choice to KEEP BROWSING to check out more magazines, or START READING to be redirected to Zinio.com.
2. To START READING, a second tab for the Zinio.com reading collection opens (the user will be prompted to log in if not logged in and display the image on the Zinio.com log in page.) The patron will no longer see the dollar value in their payment history account profile screen. The magazine will immediately appear in the user Your Reading List pages.
3. Users may toggle back to the Magazine Detail Page tab to check out a 2nd magazine.
4. When a 2nd (and any subsequent magazine) is checked out during the same browser session, an ADDITIONAL browser tab for Zinio.com will open each time the user chooses to Start Reading.
5. As a new feature, when a user goes back to the Magazine Detail Page tab and attempts to check out the SAME magazine issue again a message appears letting them know that they already checked out that issue. At this point, the user may choose, again, to Keep Browsing or Start Reading.
These checkout improvements/enhancements provide a better experience for the patron to visually show them the result of their check out action.
posted by Nancy
November 8, 2013
|David and Goliath: underdogs…||Gladwell, Malcolm||155.24 GLADWEL|
|Goldfinch||Tartt, Donna||FIC TARTT|
|Practice to deceive||Rule, Ann||364.1523 RULE|
|Reason I jump||Higashida, Naoki||616.8588 HIGASHI|
|Signature of all things||Gilbert, Elizabeth||FIC GILBERT|
|Sycamore Row||Grisham, John||FIC GRISHAM|
|Valley of amazement||Tan, Amy||FIC TAN|
|Allegiant||Roth, Veronica||TEEN ROTH|
|Confessions: the private school murders||Patterson||TEEN PATTERS|
|Death cure, The||Dashner, James||TEEN DASHNER|
|Horde||Aguirre, Ann||in processing|
|Royal Ranger||Flanagan, John||in processing|
|Activist, The||Grisham, John||J GRISHAM|
|Get into gear, Stilton!||Stilton, Geronimo||J STILTON|
|Last straw||Kinney, Jeff||J KINNEY|
|Thunder rising||Hunter, Erin||on order (11/5/13)|
|Wild born||Mull, Brandon||J MULL|
October 15, 2013
The Man Booker Prize was announced this afternoon. I can’t resist sharing the announcement because it is such a perfect example of why this prize is limited to Commonwealth authors:
And the winner is…
15 October 2013