Saturday, July 17, 2010

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Staff Picks: White Ghost Girls

White Ghost Girls
By Greenway, Alice
2006-01 - Grove/Atlantic
9780802170187 Check Our Catalog

In her astonishing literary debut, Greenway tells a tale of sacrifice and solidarity between two American sisters who tumble into their teenage years in 1967 Hong Kong, against an extraordinary backdrop that is both sensuous and dangerous. Kate and Frankie live with their mother in Hong Kong while their war photographer father documents the conflict in Vietnam. As Mao's cultural revolution begins to affect Hong Kong, Kate and Frankie deal with the turmoil of adolescence. This short novel features stark lyrical language and vividly recreates the atmosphere of Hong Kong in 1967. White Ghost Girls is a challenging and rewarding book and perfectly fits our summer reading theme; Water Your Mind - Read!

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Recommended Reads: Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure

Recommended Reads: Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Road Trip by Matthew Algeo (973.918 ALG)

As the days grow longer and the temperature soars, people across the country set off for a very American type of vacation--the road trip. Even the famous are not immune to the charms of the open road, as Matthew Algeo documents in this lively history. In 1953, ex-President Harry Truman decided to travel from his home in Independence, Missouri to New York City in his brand new Chrysler. Without Secret Service protection, Truman hoped to travel incognito but he was recognized everywhere. In this charming book, Algeo describes the bygone America of the 1950s that Harry and Bess Truman experienced on their one of a kind road trip.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

New May DVDs

Doctor Zhivago
Hamlet (2009)
Leap Year
Edge of Darkness
Extraordinary Measures
The Messenger
The New Daughter
Valentine's Day
Dear John
The Road
True Blood: The Complete Second Season
My Fake Fiance
Sorority Row
Under Siege/Under Siege 2
We Believe

New May Books

Christian Fiction
Too Close to Home by Lynette Eason
The Last Christian by David Gregory
Edge of Apocalypse by Tim LaHaye
It Had to Be You by Janice Thompson

General Fiction
The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry
Miss You Most of All by Elizabeth Bass
The Language of Sand by Ellen Block
Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin
Beautiful People by Wendy Holden
The Red Thread by Ann Hood
How High the Moon by Sandra Kring
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
Fabulously Fashionable by Holly McQueen
Return to Sender by Fern Michaels
The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard
Hearts on a String by Kris Radish
The Icing on the Cupcake by Jennifer Ross
Husband and Wife by Leah Stewart
The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall

Historical Fiction
Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende
Amandine by Marlena De Blasi
My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira
The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
Private Life by Jane Smiley
The Marrowbone Marble Company by M. Glenn Taylor

Neverland by Douglas Clegg

Tell-All by Chuck Palahniuk

The Poacher's Son by Paul Doiron
Through the Cracks by Barbara Fister
State Fair by Earlene Fowler
Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
The Silent Places by James Patrick Hunt
A Question of Belief by Donna Leon
Death of a Trophy Wife by Laura Levine
Strip by Thomas Perry
Shades of Grey by Clea Simon
Deadline Man by Jon Talton

A Secret Affair by Mary Balogh
A Lady's Guide to Improper Behavior by Suzanne Enoch
Wild Fire by Christine Feehan
Nothing But Trouble by Rachel Gibson
Blood Born by Linda Howard
Chasing Perfect by Susan Mallery
Garrett by Linda Lael Miller
Dangerous by Diana Palmer
Never Less Than a Lady by Mary Jo Putney
Lover Mine by J.R. Ward
The True Love Quilting Club by Lori Wilde
Honeysuckle Summer by Sherryl Woods

Science Fiction/Fantasy
Dragon Haven by Robin Hobb
Much Fall of Blood by Mercedes Lackey

Faster Pastor by Sharyn McCrumb

Executive Intent by Dale Brown
61 Hours by Lee Child
Bodily Harm by Robert Dugoni
Blood Oath by Christopher Farnsworth
The Other Side of the Door by Nicci French
Die Twice by Andrew Grant
Reckless by Andrew Gross
The Good Son by Michael Gruber
House of Secrets by Richard Hawke
City of Fear by David Hewson
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
The Ark by Boyd Morrison
Fever Dream by Douglas J. Preston
Intercept by Patrick Robinson
The Hypnotist by M.J. Rose
Storm Prey by John Sandford
The Nearest Exit by Olen Steinhauer
Innocent by Scott Turow

Blue-Eyed Devil by Robert B. Parker

Friday, May 28, 2010

Recommended Reads: The Lock Artist

Recommended Reads: The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton MYS/HAM

When Michael was 8 years old, he suffered a tragedy that the author only alludes to throughout most of the story. Because of that horrific incident, he no longer speaks. As a troubled and isolated loner growing up, he develops a hobby of picking locks, and later, the ability to open safes by touch. While in high school, he falls in love with a fellow artist and for the first time ever, he feels that he has found the person with whom he wants to share his dark story. However, the girl's father, in debt to some shady people and fearing for his life, traps him into using his boxman skills for his own gain and leads him into a life on the run. The details of how he picks locks and breaks into safes is interesting, but becomes a little repetitive towards the end.