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Just a Thought -- What's On the New Book Cart?

One of the perks of being a librarian is seeing all the new books come in before they go out to the shelves. In the past, we've occasionally picked some new, yet-to-be-shelved titles to feature here and let our readers in on the fun. We haven't done a post like that in too long, so here are some picks from our newest new book cart!

 

Fiction

Boudinot, Ryan.  Blueprints of the Afterlife

Blueprints of the Afterlife is a tour de force--part George Saunders, part Philip K. Dick--delivering bracing intelligence about who we are, why we're here, and what Ted Williams has to look forward to when he's defrosted. (From the back cover.)

Levine, Sara.  Treasure Island!!!

When a college graduate with a history of hapless jobs (ice cream scooper; gift wrapper; laziest ever part-time clerk at The Pet Library) reads Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Treasure Island, she is dumbstruck by the timid design of her own life...our heroine embarks on a domestic adventure more frightening than anything she'd planned. (From the inside flap.)

Sjon.  From the Mouth of the Whale

Jonas Palmason, a poet and self-taught healer, has been condemned to exile for heretical conduct, having fallen foul of the local magistrate. Banished to a remote island, Jonas recalls his exorcism of a walking corpse on the remote Snjafjoll coast, the frenzied massacre of innocent Basque whalers at the hands of local villagers and the deaths of three of his children. ...a magical evocation of an enlightened mind and a vanished age. (From the back cover)

 

Non Fiction

Castor, Helen.  She-Wolves: the women who ruled England before Elizabeth

Between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries three [more] exceptional women -- Eleanor of Aquitaine, Isabella of France, and Margaret of Anjou -- discovered how much was possible if presumptions of male rule were not confronted so explicitly -- and just how quickly they might be vilified as "she-wolves" for their pains. The stories of these women, told here in vivid detail, expose the paradox that female heirs to the Tudor throne had no choice but to negotiate. (From the inside flap)

Deardorff, David and Kathryn Wadsworth.  What's Wrong with My Vegetable Garden?

What's Wrong with My Vegetable Garden? teaches you how to keep your vegetables healthy, so they're less susceptible to attack, and when problems do occur, it shows you how to recognize the problem and find the right organic solution. (From the back cover)

Zuiker, Anthony E.  Mr. CSI: how a Vegas dreamer made a killing in Hollywood, one  body at a time

In 1990, Anthony Zuiker was just another Hollywood wannabe...But twenty years later, Zuiker stands as the mastermind behind the most popular television show in history, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and its spin-offs.... How he got there...is the narrative lifeblood of Mr. CSI, only, like the show, there's a catch.... (from the inside flap)

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Penney, Stef. The Invisible Ones

Private investigator Ray Lovell thought he’d left his Gypsy roots far behind him. His father left the travelling life long ago to “live in bricks” with Ray’s gorgie—non-Gypsy—mother and Ray himself has never lived on the road. His main connection to that life was childhood trips to visit his father’s family in their trailers.  But he finds himself pulled back into the often tangled webs of Gypsy family when Leon Wood, a Gypsy man, hires him to locate his missing daughter. No one but a Gypsy would get far, Leon insists, and Ray reluctantly takes the case. Rose Wood—Rose Janko at the time of her disappearance—has been missing for seven years and Ray doesn’t think he’ll get too far. But when he interviews the seemingly cursed Janko family—not only did Rose vanish, but the males of the family are plagued by an always-fatal degenerative disease of mysterious origins—Ray soon finds that nothing is as it seems and that it’s finally time for the Janko family secrets to come to light. When Ray lands in the hospital, poisoned near-fatally and partially paralyzed, his drive to see this case through to the end intensifies.

Narrated alternately by Ray Lovell, a flawed but driven man; and young JJ, a Gypsy boy trying hard to understand his place in both the Janko clan and the greater world, The Invisible Ones is both a compelling mystery and also a fascinating glimpse into an unfamiliar culture and lifestyle. Between this and her debut novel, The Tenderness of Wolves, it is obvious that Stef Penney is an author to watch.

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Just a Thought--Coming Soon!

We’re gearing up for a great spring all ready! Temperatures are high, flowers are blooming, birds are singing, and a lot of best-selling authors are coming out with spring releases! If you’d like to get ahead of the rush, here’s a small sampling of some of this spring’s sure-bet bestsellers! Call or visit the library to place your reserves now!

 

APRIL

  • Baldacci, David.  The Innocent
  • Bradford, Barbara Taylor.  Letter from a Stranger
  • Johansen, Iris.  What Doesn’t Kill You                                                          
  • King, Stephen.  Wind Through the Keyhole
  • Leon, Donna.  Beastly Things
  • McCall Smith, Alexander.  Limpopo Academy of Private Detection
  • Tyler, Anne.  Beginner’s Goodbye
  • Wambaugh, Joseph.  Harbor Nocturne
  • Woods, Stuart.  Unnatural Acts                                                                       

 

MAY

  • Archer, Jeffrey.  Sins of the Father
  • Berry, Steve.  The Columbus Affair
  • Harris, Charlaine.  Deadlocked
  • Irving, John.  In One Person
  • Morrison, Toni.  Home
  • Parker, Robert B.  Lullaby
  • Patterson, James.  11th Hour
  • Quindlen, Anna.  Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake
  • Roberts, Nora.  Witness
  • Sandford, John.  Stolen Prey
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Green, John. The Fault in Our Stars.

Hazel has resigned herself to being sick for a long time and then dying; That's just what happens when you have terminal cancer. But when she meets Augustus, a survivor in remission, at her usually uneventful cancer support group, her life radically changes, and so does his.

Initially Hazel fights her feelings for Augustus because she doesn't want to be a "grenade", destroying anyone and everyone who gets too close to her. But things change when Hazel and Augustus go on a trip to Amsterdam to meet her favorite author. Unfortunately, he turns out to be a cruel drunk who is unable to face his own suffering, let alone discuss his work that has had such a deep effect on Hazel. Despite that disappointment, however, she finally feels the courage to give in to her deep desire to be with Augustus, for however long it will be. She knows it will be worth it, and it is.

This bittersweet novel from Green is another masterpiece. Hazel and Augustus are two characters so unique and wise beyond their years that you will not forget this story for a long while.

Just a Thought -- John Carter of Mars

The current blockbuster action movie, John Carter, has a lot of people confused and a few more people worried. The movie, you see, is actually based on a series of science fiction novels written about one hundred years ago by Edgar Rice Burroughs—yes, that Edgar Rice Burroughs, more famous as the author of another series that has often been brought to the silver screen, Tarzan.  The confusion about the current John Carter movie seems to lie with the producers’ decision to remove “of Mars” from the title. I have read that this was to distance the film from other recent flops containing the word Mars, such as Mars Needs Moms, but it also serves to confuse people who only know the name John Carter as Noah Wyle’s character on the TV show E.R.!  Meanwhile, the original book series has a large and very passionate fanbase (among whose number I count myself!) who are concerned that the movie will do a disservice to their beloved characters. I have yet to see the movie myself, but I have been re-reading the books over the last year or so and getting as swept up in them now as I did when I was twelve. Despite having been written so long ago, they hold up very well and hold appeal for a wide age group.  If you’re wondering what all the John Carter buzz is really about, take a look at the source!

 

  • A Princess of Mars
  • The Gods of Mars
  • The Warlord of Mars
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