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Red Leaves by Thomas Cook
Another mystery that is many notches above the norm is RED LEAVES by Thomas H Cook. New MysteryReader.com says it best! " In this ominous tale of escalating threat and desperation, and of lives irrevocably unraveling, we see how easily one man can hide behind the veneer of a pleasant life, ignoring the reprehensible truths just a blink away."
One seldom comes across a mystery of such depth and clarity!
For everyone.
Lorraine
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Friday, December 18, 2009

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Seasonal Stuff

Well, we've had some cold and some snow and so now is the time to hunker down with items of the season. The list below contains books and movies that are celebrating the holiday season. The library owns copies of them all (and more that are not listed!), so enjoy!

FICTION
Bayard, Louis. Mr. Tinothy: A novel.
Burrough, Augusten. You Better Not Cry.
Card, Orson Scott. A War of Gifts.
Clark, Mary Higgins. Christmas Thief.
Davidson, Diane Mott. Sweet Revenge.
Dickens, Charles. Charles Dickens a Christmas Carol.
Dunnett, Kaitlyn. A Wee Christmas Homicide.
Henry, O. Gift of the Magi.
Kahn, Sharon. Out of the Frying Pan.
Morrell, David. The Spy who came for Christmas.
Perry, Anne. A Christmas beginning.
Rice, Luanne. Silver Bells.

NON-FICTION
Gwynelle. Practicing Kwanzaa Year Round. 394.2683 DIS
Issacs, Ronald H. Sacred Seasons. 296.43 ISA
Pacheo, Ferdie. Christmas Eve Cookbook. 641.568 PAC
Raphael, Chaim. Festival Days. 296.43 RAP
Restad, Penne. Christmas in America. 394.26 RES
Sarna, Johnathan. A Time to Every Purpose. 296.7 SAR

MOVIES
A Christmas Carol
Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights
Elf
Our Favorite Things
Santa Clause
Scrooged
White Christmas

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Birds of America

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Publisher: A. Knopf :
Pub date: 1998.
Pages: 291 p. ;
ISBN: 0679445978

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Birds of America is a collection of poignant stories about average people. It is classic Lorrie Moore, employing artistic use of language and witty dialogue. Humor deflects, somewhat, the sadness in each story, although each deals with loss or mortality.

What makes this collection one of the best I've ever read is the sheer humanity of the characters depicted. Each story has a character who is struggling with something monumental in his or her life. Each looks realistically at the situation and, in the end, makes a choice that is the best given all options. The characters recognize life's ironies as well as its unfairness. But none have time for self-pity.

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Heat Wave

For anyone who has watched the tv series, Castle, this book will be very familiar. Castle is now a magazine writer named Rook, but Nikki Heat is still a NYPD homicide detective with her 2 squad members, Raley and Ochoa, known collectively as "Roach."
The book reads just like the television show is laid out. Start with a murder and add twists and turns until you reach the point of solving the crime.
The characters are well drawn, with enough mystery surrounding them - what exactly happened to Heat's mother? and tension - will Heat and Rook get together? - to keep the story moving.
A short book at only 196 pages it's the kind of fast read that is a perfect escape from the winter weather.
Reader's should be aware that the author "Richard Castle" is not a real author, he is a television character. The awards listed in his bio on the book jacket do not exist and "In a Hail of Bullets" is not a real book. But, don't let any of that stop you from reading the very real "Heat Wave."

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James Castle - Portrait of an Artist (DVD)

Born deaf in 1899, James Castle produced an astonishing body of drawings, collages, and constructions which eventually gained worldwide recognition. Jeffrey Wolf's acclaimed film reveals Castle's life and creative process as told by family members, art historians, curators, artists, collectors and members of the deaf community.

Call Number: DVD 709.2 JAM

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Jane Austen Do overs

Poor Jane Austen. Not content with being probably one of the most popular writers of all time, she has to put up with people rewriting her books. Here's the disclaimer: If you think Austen is the greatest writer of all time, stop reading right now!

Quirk Classics has put out two rewrites of Austen's works. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters.

I loved them both. Humorous and true to the original stories, they make for an easy read. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was released first. Not as well integrated as Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, the book is quite funny and somewhat surreal. The characters who are turned into "unmentionables" makes for a real twist on the original version.

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters is just as fun as the first book. The story is faithful to Austen's original but the love interests involve humans who are somehow not quite human.

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Hot New Teen Book

Shiver

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Shiver By Stiefvater, Maggie

For Grace, one yellow-eyed wolf is a chilling presence in the woods behind her house. During winter, Sam lives in the frozen woods and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, he lives a few precious months as a human. Soon, Grace and Sam find themselves risking everything to remain together.

Recommended for those who like Twilight and romantic fantasy.

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The Best of Malcolm Gladwell

What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures

2009-10
Little Brown and Company
9780316075848
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What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures
By Gladwell, Malcolm
This anthology of Gladwell's "New Yorker" essays is like a greatest-hits compilation from one of the most gifted and influential journalists in America and author of the bestsellers "The Tipping Point, Blink," and "Outliers."

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Peter Mayle is Back

The Vintage Caper

The Vintage Caper
By Mayle, Peter
2009-10 - Knopf Publishing Group
9780307269010 Check Our Catalog Set in Hollywood, Paris, Bordeaux, and Marseille, Mayle's newest tale begins in Hollywood, at the expensive home--and impressive wine cellar--of lawyer Danny Roth. who has found himself the victim of a world-class wine heist. Sam Levitt, former corporate lawyer, wine connoisseur, and expert on cultivated crime, is called in by Roth's insurance company to unravel the ingenious crime. The solution involves travel to Bordeaux and Provence, a lovely French colleague and loads of fabulous food, wine and scenery. It's a tough job--even the most sophisticated of oenophiles will learn a thing or two in this vintage work from a beloved author.

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Free: The Future of a Radical Price

Book CoverFree: The Future of a Radical Price

By Anderson, Chris
2009/07 - Hyperion Books

9781401322908
Chris Anderson's previous book The Long Tail was a profound influence on my thinking regarding the future of the internet economy, and this book takes a similarly simple idea and makes it resound. Essentially, Anderson argues that the cost of providing services on the internet has become so cheap that it essentially costs nothing, and argues that the business model of the future will involve giving something of value away in order to get people to pay for something of higher value. This has already been a controversial book...see Malcolm Gladwell's review in the New Yorker...but it is full of big ideas regarding an unclear future.

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