Come and check out these and some of the other new books and materials (or at least new to us) added to our library collection…
State Of Wonder by Ann Patchett
The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings
This is the novel that was adapted into the Oscar nominated film (the screenplay adaption won an Oscar) directed by Alexander Payne and starring George Clooney. The movie is very good, and we’d definitely recommend the book to anyone who likes funny and poignant character-driven stories, and who likes to read the book before the movie. Check out a review of the book in The New York Times, and the author’s website.
Paradise by Toni Morrison
Red Inferno: 1945 by Robert Conroy
The Fallen Angels by Bernard Cornwell and Susannah Kells
The Valcourt Heiress by Catherine Coulter
100 Bullets: The Deluxe Edition, Book 1 by Brian Azzarello and illustrated by Eduardo Risso
Like the cover blurb says, Azzarello and Risso’s long running comic book series from DC/Vertigo comics was “one of the greatest works of crime fiction in any medium,” telling some very hard-boiled pulp/noir stories in a very modern way. And this is where it began with it’s very simple initial premise: A mysterious man named Graves would visit people who had been the victim of a serious wrong and present them with evidence of who it was that was responsible for their plight. In the vein of revenge he’d then offer them a handgun and the eponymous 100 bullets, all untraceable by the police. And a lot of very interesting and very dark and very complex stories would spin out of that. Here are reviews of the series at Wired, The Comics Journal, and Pop Matters, and an interview with writer Brian Azzarello at The Onion AV Club.
The Glass Rainbow by James Lee Burke
Women Pilots Of World War II by Jean Hascall Cole
Playing With Trains: A Passion Beyond Scale by Sam Posey
Forged: Writing In The Name Of God – Why The Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are by Bart D. Ehrman
Harriet Tubman: Myth, Memory, And History by Milton C. Sernett
Marie Antoinette by Antonia Fraser
Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell
This is a very fun and informative look at history by journalism, essayist, social commentator, and This American Life contributor Vowell, who looks at America’s imperialist desires and manifest destiny ideals at the end of the 19th century, and which lead to America annexing Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, and invading Cuba and the Philippines. Vowell also talks about the culture clash as Christian missionaries swiftly moved in and tried to convert the far more laid back native Hawaiians to the American way of life. Here’s an interview with the author, and you can find interesting reviews of the book at The Los Angeles Times and in The New York Times.
And here’s an odd fun fact for you: Sarah Vowell, seen above, voiced the character Violet in Disney/Pixar’s The Incredibles.
This Is Your Brain On Music: The Science Of A Human Obsession by Daniel J. Levitin
Raw Basics: Incorporating Raw Living Foods Into Your Diet Using Easy And Delicious Recipes by Jenny Ross
The Intimate Lives Of The Founding Fathers by Thomas Fleming
The Reading Promise: My Father And The Books We Shared by Alice Ozma
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Please note that books could be checked out between the time they end up on the blog and when you come to check them out. If you don’t see the items you’re looking for then please come up to the front desk and we’ll put your name on the reserve list for when the item returns.
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