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New and Featured Books for 11/20/2012:

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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…

FICTION:

The Lawgiver by Herman Wouk

Odd Apocalypse by Dean Koontz

77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz

The Dark Winter by David Mark

Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munro

Victory At Yorktown by Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen

Crashed: A Junior Bender Mystery by Timothy Hallinan

The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie

Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum novel by Janet Evanovich

A Gangster And A Gentleman by Kiki Swinson and De’Nesha Diamond

Christmas With Holly by Lisa Kleypas

Superman: Reign Of Doomsday by Paul Cornell, and illustrated by Axel Giménez, Pete Woods, Kenneth Rocafort, Jesus Merino, and Ronan Cliquet

Superman: Earth One, vol. 2 by J. Michael Straczynski and illustrated by Shane Davis

Poseidon’s Arrow by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler

NON-FICTION:

The Secret Race – Inside The Hidden World Of The Tour de France: Doping, Cover-Ups, And Winning At All Costs by Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle

Both Flesh And Not: Essays by David Foster Wallace

Thomas Jefferson: The Art Of Power by Jon Meacham

The Patriot’s History Of The Modern World – From America’s Exceptional Ascent To The Atomic Bomb: 1898 – 1945 by Larry Schweikart and Dave Dougherty

Superman Versus The Ku Klux Klan: The True Story Of How The Iconic Superhero Battled The Men Of Hate by Rick Bowers

Superman: The High-Flying History Of America’s Most Enduring Hero by Larry Tye

The Outpost: An Untold Story Of American Valor by Jake Tapper

Silver Like Dust: One Family’s Story Of America’s Japanese Internment by Kimi Cunningham Grant

Super Brain: Unleashing The Explosive Power Of Your Mind To Maximize Health, Happiness, And Spiritual Well-Being by Deepak Chopra and Rudolph E. Tanzi

Super Immunity: The Essential Nutrition Guide To Boosting Your Body’s Defenses To Live Longer, Stronger, And Disease Free by Joel Fuhrman

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Please note that books mentioned here 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, OR call us, OR send us an email at robinsbaselibrary@gmail.com and  we’ll put your name on the reserve list for when the item returns.

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Previous New/Featured books for Adults:

11/19/12.

11/01/12.

10/19/12.

10/16/12.

10/12/12.

10/11/12.

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New and Featured Books for 04/11/2012:

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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…

FICTION:

Locked On by Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney

The Submission by Amy Waldman

That’s How I Roll by Andrew Vachss

Letter From A Stranger by Barbar a Taylor Bradford

All I Did Was Shoot My Man by Walter Mosley

The Big Cat Nap by Rita Mae Brown

Bleed For Me by Michael Robotham

Hush Now, Don’t You Cry by Rhys Bowen

Sacré Bleu: A Comedy d’Art  by Christopher Moore

We The Animals by Justin Torres

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt

The Guy Not Taken by Jennifer Weiner

NON-FICTION:

The Favored Daughter: One Woman’s Fight To Lead Afghanistan Into The Future by Fawzia Koofi with Nadene Ghouri

All In: The Education Of General David Petraeus by Paula Broadwell with Vernon Loeb

A very intriguing biography about the life and career of the well known general and current director of the CIA. Not a comprehensive biography of the general, nor a comprehensive of the war in the Afghanistan and its history, and not a “tell all,” but definitely a nice portrait. Check out the author’s website, as well as a review of the book at The Washington Post, and interviews with the author at The Daily Show and CBS News. You can find a picture of the general and the author below:

The Benefit And The Burden: Tax Reform And Why We Need It And What It Will Take by Bruce Bartlett

Red Eagles: America’s Secret MiGs by Steve Davies

God’s Jury: The Inquisition And The Making Of The Modern World by Cullen Murphy

Glock: The Rise Of America’s Gun by Paul M. Barrett

The One: The Life And Music Of James Brown by R. J. Smith

Ameritopia: The Unmaking Of America by Mark R. Levin

Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage: The Titanic‘s First-Class Passengers And Their World by Hugh Brewster

Island Of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt’s Doomed Quest To Clean Up Sin-Loving New York by Richard Zacks

The End Of Normal: A Wife’s Anguish, A Widow’s New Life by Stephanie Madoff Mack

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Please note that books mentioned here 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, OR call us, OR send us an email at robinsbaselibrary@gmail.com and  we’ll put your name on the reserve list for when the item returns.

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Previous New/Featured books for Adults:

04/04/12.

03/29/12.

03/01/12.

02/02/11.

01/27/12.

New and Featured Books for Kids/Juvenile Readers for 03/27/2012:

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Come and check out these and some of the other new books and materials (or at least new to us) for younger and juvenile readers added to our library collection…

EASY READING:

A Year In The City by Kathy Henderson and illustrated by Paul Howard

Always In Trouble by Corinne Demas and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones

Families by Ann Morris

Cool Cat by Nonny Hogrogian

Jamaica And The Substitute Teacher by Juanita Havill and illustrated by Anne Sibley O’Brien

My Brother Is Autistic by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos and illustrated by Marta Fabrega

The Bookshop Dog by Cynthia Rylant

Shibumi And The Kitemaker by Mercer Mayer

Betsy Ross by Becky White and illustrated by Megan Lloyd

Told in extreme brevity with some lovely illustrations, this is a nice retelling of the Betsy Ross myth, often rhyming, but with no evidence towards proving the tale. But that’s okay, since that may not be something you really need for the age level this book is aimed towards. All in all, a nice read for younger readers, and possibly a good spark towards conversation about the flag, the beginnings of America, and patriotism. Check out a review of the book over at The Wielded Pen.

FICTION:

Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood

This is a nice bit of historical fiction with a great protagonist. Set during 1964, firmly placed in the battle for civil rights and desegregation and change, the book has been described as “The Help for kids,” but the book really has so much more to offer a younger reader. Definitely recommended. Check out a nice interview with Augusta Scattergood at NPR, and the author’s blog.

Where I Live by Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by Matt Phelan

Andrew North Blows Up The World by Adam Selzer

The Story Of Mankind by Hendrik Willem Van Loon, and updated by John Merriman

Roland Wright: Future Knight by Tony Davis

NON-FICTION:

The San Francisco Earthquake by John Dudman and illustrated by Richard Scollins

About Penguins: A Guide For Children by Cathryn Sill and illustrated by John Sill

Mary Cassatt by Susan E. Meyer

Baby Mammoth Mummy: Frozen In Time! – A Prehistoric Animal’s Journey Into The 21st Century by Christopher Sloan, with photography by Francis Latreille

The prehistoric world comes into the modern world, or the “Ice Age meets the Technology Age,” as one review put it, this is definitely a good example of a fun and informative non-fiction book for the younger reader. It’s the story of a nicely preserved mammoth, discovered in Siberia 31,000 years after her birth, and the various fields of science, including radiology, palaeontology, and forensic investigation, that have allowed researchers to investigate this find.

Dogku by Andrew Clements and illustrated by Tim Bowers

Women Who Reformed Politics by Isobel V. Morin

Women In The Military by Sandra Carson Stanley

Secrets Of A Civil War Submarine: Solving The Mysteries Of The H. L. Hunley by Sally M. Walker

The Blues Singers: Ten Who Rocked The World by Julius Lester and illustrated by Lisa Cohen

Lucy Maud Montgomery: A Writer’s Life by Elizabeth MacLeod

Crocodiles & Alligators by Seymour Simon

You’re A Grand Old Flag by George M. Cohan and illustrated by Warren Kimble

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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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Previous New/Featured books for Adults:

03/01/12.

02/02/11.

01/27/12.

12/27/11.

And for Young Adults:

03/20/12.

03/06/12.

02/21/12.

02/09/12.

And for Kids/Juvenile Readers:

03/13/12.

02/28/12.

02/23/12.

02/16/12.

New and Featured Books for Kids/Juvenile Readers for 03/13/2012:

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Come and check out these and some of the other new books and materials (or at least new to us) for younger and juvenile readers added to our library collection…

EASY READING:

Fishing Sunday by Tony Johnston and pictures by Barry Root

My Mom Is My Show-And-Tell by Dolores Johnson

Happy Belly, Happy Smile by Rachel Isadora

Berkeley’s Barn Owl Dance by Tera Johnson and illustrated by Tanie Howells

The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers

This is the story of Henry, a young boy who enjoys books immensely, but in a different way from the rest of us. Henry enjoys eating books. And the more books Henry eats, the smarter he gets. This is a fun book, and a nice celebration of reading, and it’s great for younger readers, and a treat for the adult who enjoys reading with them. Check out a review at Inis magazine.

Grandma’s Hands by Dolores Johnson

FICTION:

Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder: Who Cut The Cheese? by Jo Nesbo and illustrated by Mike Lowery

Adam Of The Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray

The Whole Story Of Half A Girl by Veera Hiranandani

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Voyages Of Doctor Dolittle by Hugo Lofting

Color Me Dark: The Diary Of Nellie Lee Love, The Great Migration North by Patricia C. McKissack

Eleanor, Crown Jewel Of Aquitaine by Kristiana Gregory

The Great Railroad Race: The Diary Of Libby West by Kristiana Gregory

B. Aster And The Warrior Eggs At The Earth’s Core! by William Joyce

Chanticleer And The Fox, adapted from Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, and illustrated by Barbara Cooney

A nice adaptation of the story of the Chanticleer and the Fox, from “The Nun’s Priest’s Tale” in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Cooney was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1959 for illustration for this book, and I really like her philosophy about children’s literature, as displayed in what she said when she accepted her award: “I believe that children in this country need a more robust literary diet than they are getting. …It does not hurt them to read about good and evil, love and hate, life and death. Nor do I think they should read only about things that they understand. ‘…a man’s reach should exceed his grasp.’ So should a child’s. For myself, I will never talk down to, or draw down to, children.”

NON-FICTION:

Forest Explorer: A Life-Size Field Guide by Nic Bishop

City Alphabet by Joanne Schwartz and illustrated by Matt Beam

This is an absolutely beautifully designed book, and a nice introduction to younger readers to pleasure of exploring the immediate world around them, to see the words and language that surround them. Check out this great interview with the author and illustrator.

She’s Been Working On The Railroad by Nancy Smiler Levinson, with photos collected and taken by Shirley Burman

Lena Horne by Leslie Palmer

Women Of The U.S. Congress by Isobel V. Morin

The Story Of Noah’s Ark, retold by Margrit Haubensak-Tellenbach and illustratedy by Erna Emhardt

100 People Who Made History: Meet The People Who Shaped The Modern World by Ben Gilliland

A good starter book for learning about a variety of historical figures, and told with some very vibrant images. Here’s a nice review from Juno magazine.

Sharks! Strange And Wonderful by Laurence Pringle and illustrated by Meryl Henderson

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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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Previous New/Featured books for Adults:

03/01/12.

02/02/11.

01/27/12.

12/27/11.

And for Young Adults:

03/06/12.

02/21/12.

02/09/12.

01/31/12.

And for Kids/Juvenile Readers:

02/28/12.

02/23/12.

02/16/12.

01/28/12.

New and Featured Books for 01/27/2012:

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It’s a brand new year! So 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…

FICTION:

Chew, vol. 1: Taster’s Choice by John Layman and illustrated by Rob Guillory

Machine Man by Max Barry

Hark! A Vagrant, writen and illustrated by Kate Beaton

If I had only one word to describe this book it would be simply: “Brilliant.” If you allowed me a second word I’d also add: “Fun!” Kate Beaton’s webcomic is one of my favorite spots to check out on the internet and this collection of some of her strips was easily one of my own personal most highly anticipated books of last year. I would highly recommend that you check out this gloriously fun spin of history and literature. For example:

The Hunter by John T. Lescroart

American Fantastic Tales: Terror And The Uncanny From Poe To The Pulps, edited by Peter Straub

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American Fantastic Tales: Terror And The Uncanny From The 1940s To Now, edited by Peter Straub

This is a very exciting looking two volume set featuring amazing short fiction from authors like Kate Chopin, H. P. Lovecraft, August Derleth, Willa Cather, Truman Capote, Harlan Ellison, Richard Matheson, Stephen King, Michael Chabon, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Ray Bradbury, Vladimir Nabokov, and Edith Wharton, amongst many others. Perfect for the dark and stormy night that any lover of American fiction craves.

The Jaguar by T. Jefferson Parker

Love In A Nutshell by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly

Believing The Lie by Elizabeth George

Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell

NON-FICTION:

Marriage Confidential: The Post-Romantic Age Of Workhorse Wives, Royal Children, Undersexed Spouses & Rebel Couples Who Are Rewriting The Rules by Pamela Haag

I Know Who You Are And I Saw What You Did: Social Networks And The Death Of Privacy by Lori Andrews

Your personal information is violated constantly and the law can’t seem to keep up with the changing demands and capabilities of new technology, all of which makes this a fascinating read about the way our “IRL” selves and our digital selves can be harmed by one another, and usually without us knowing it.

The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View Of The Search For God by Carl Sagan

The Roots Of Modern Conservatism: Dewey, Taft, And The Battle For The Soul Of The Republican Party by Michael Bowen

Ponzi’s Scheme: The True Story Of A Financial Legend by Mitchell Zuckoff

Bottom Of The 33rd: Hope, Redemption, And Baseball’s Longest Game by Dan Barry

The Amazing Story Of Quantum Mechanics: A Math-Free Exploration Of The Science That Made Our World by James Kakalios

A book about something so awesome that’s written for the rest of us. How could you pass this up? Definitely worth a look if the subject interests you but you could do without all that intimidating math nonsense. Plus, it’s got the word “Amazing” in the title and a really cool cover, right?

Kennedy v. Nixon: The Presidential Election Of 1960 by Edmund F. Kallina Jr.

Our Fathers, Ourselves: Daughters, Fathers, And The Changing American Family by Peggy Drexler

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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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Previous New/Featured books:

12/27/11.

12/23/11.

12/19/11.

12/17/11.

12/16/11.

12/15/11.