Monday, July 28, 2008

New York Times Best Seller Lists

Published: August 3, 2008


TRIBUTE, by Nora Roberts. (Putnam, $26.95.) A former child star returns to Virginia to rehabilitate the farm owned by her grandmother, an actress who died mysteriously.
Call #: F ROB

THE STORY OF EDGAR SAWTELLE, by David Wroblewski. (Ecco, $25.95.) A young mute who can communicate with dogs his family raises takes refuge with three of them in the Wisconsin woods after his uncle murders his father.
* on order *

RULES OF DECEPTION, by Christopher Reich. (Doubleday, $27.95.) The death of a surgeon’s wife draws him into a world of espionage and terrorism.
Call #: F REI

THE HOST, by Stephenie Meyer. (Little, Brown, $25.99.) In this first adult novel by the author of the Twilight series for teenagers, aliens have taken control of the minds and bodies of most humans, but one woman won’t surrender. Call #: F MEY

THE LAST PATRIOT, by Brad Thor. (Atria, $26.) Scot Harvath, a Homeland Security superagent, searches for an ancient secret that could defeat Islamic militants.
* on order *

SAIL, by James Patterson and Howard Roughan. (Little, Brown, $27.99.) A sailing vacation turns into a disaster when someone tries to destroy a family.
Call #: F PAT

FEARLESS FOURTEEN, by Janet Evanovich. (St. Martin’s, $27.95.) Stephanie Plum and her boyfriend Joe Morelli become involved when his cousin’s bank robbery goes bad.
Call #: F EVA

JUST TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, by E. Lynn Harris. (Double day, $24.95.) Secrets threaten the relationship between a mother, a successful Atlanta entrepreneur, and her son, a college football player who is bound for the N.F.L.
* on order *

SWAN PEAK, by James Lee Burke. (Simon & Schuster, $25.95.) The Louisiana detective Dave Robicheaux can’t escape trouble on his Montana vacation.
* on order *

CHASING HARRY WINSTON, by Lauren Weisberger. (Simon & Schuster, $25.95.) Three glamorous friends, New York women nearing 30, vow to change their lives.
Call #: F WEI

TAILSPIN, by Catherine Coulter. (Putnam, $25.95.) Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock — F.B.I. agents as well as husband and wife — come to the aid of a colleague.
Call #: F COU

SAY GOODBYE, by Lisa Gardner. (Bantam, $25.) An F.B.I. agent tracks a serial killer who uses spiders as a weapon.
Call #: F GAR

LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH, by Emily Giffin. (St. Martin’s, $24.95.) A woman’s happy marriage is shaken when she encounters an old boyfriend.
Call #: F GIF

THE BEACH HOUSE, by Jane Green. (Viking, $24.95.) A woman’s life changes when she rents out rooms in her Nantucket house.
Call #: F GRE

KILLER VIEW, by Ridley Pearson. (Putnam, $24.95.) A sheriff in Sun Valley, Idaho, investigates a series of crimes against a backdrop of conflict between wealthy vacationers and locals.
* on order *


WHEN YOU ARE ENGULFED IN FLAMES, by David Sedaris. (Little, Brown, $25.99.) The humorist’s latest essays deal with middle age, mortality and giving up smoking.
Call #: 814.54 SED

LIFE WITH MY SISTER MADONNA, by Christopher Ciccone with Wendy Leigh. (Simon Spotlight Entertainment, $26.) What she’s really like.
* on order *

ARE YOU THERE, VODKA? IT’S ME, CHELSEA, by Chelsea Handler. (Simon Spotlight Entertainment, $24.95.) Humorous personal essays from the stand-up comedian.
Call #: 306.709 HAN

THE DARK SIDE, by Jane Mayer. (Doubleday, $27.50.) How the Bush administration embraced the practice of torture.
* on order *

STORI TELLING, by Tori Spelling with Hilary Liftin. (Simon Spotlight, $24.95.) The actress’s memoir, from her Hollywood childhood through “Beverly Hills, 90210,” to her son’s birth.
Call #: BIO SPE

FLEECED, by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann. (Harper, $26.95.) Americans are fleeced by government, business, labor unions and lobbyists.
* on order *

WHAT HAPPENED, by Scott McClellan. (PublicAffairs, $27.95.) A former White House press secretary regrets that “I allowed myself to be deceived” by top officials.
* on order *

THE MONSTER OF FLORENCE, by Douglas Preston with Mario Spezi. (Grand Central, $25.99.) An American writer works with an Italian journalist to learn the identity of a local killer. Call #: 364.152 PRE

THE POST-AMERICAN WORLD, by Fareed Zakaria. (Norton, $25.95.) The rise of China and India and the global distribution of power.
Call #: 303.49 ZAK

THE PROSECUTION OF GEORGE W. BUSH FOR MURDER, by Vincent Bugliosi. (Vanguard, $26.95.) The Manson prosecutor makes a case for trying the president for the deaths of 4,000 American soldiers in Iraq.
Call #: 793.931 BUG

AUDITION, by Barbara Walters. (Knopf, $29.95.) A personal and professional memoir.
Call #: BIO WAL

MY STROKE OF INSIGHT, by Jill Bolte Taylor. (Viking, $24.95.) A brain scientist shares what she learned from her 1996 stroke.
* on order *

ROME 1960, by David Maraniss. (Simon & Schuster, $26.95.) How the 1960 Olympic Games reflected their time.
* on order *

YANKEE FOR LIFE, by Bobby Murcer with Glen Waggoner. (Harper, $24.95.) Recalling a career as a player and broadcaster.
* on order *

I AM AMERICA (AND SO CAN YOU!), by Stephen Colbert, Richard Dahm, Paul Dinello, Allison Silverman et al. (Grand Central, $26.99.) The wit and wisdom of the mock pundit of Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report.”
Call #: 791.457 COL


THE LAST LECTURE, by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow. (Hyperion, $21.95.) After learning he has terminal cancer, a Carnegie Mellon professor shares his thoughts on the importance of “seizing every moment.”
Call #: 004.092 PAU

DECEPTIVELY DELICIOUS, by Jessica Seinfeld. (Collins/HarperCollins, $24.95.) Tips and recipes to fool children into eating right, from a mother of three (and the wife of Jerry Seinfeld). Call #: 641.597 SEI

THE WINNERS MANUAL, by Jim Tressel with Chris Fabry. (Tyndale, $24.99.) A guide to success from the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes football team.
* on order *

THE SECRET, by Rhond
a Byrne. (Atria/Beyond Words, $23.95.) The law of attraction as a key to getting what you want. Call #: 158.1 BYR

GOODNIGHT BUSH, by Erich Origen and Gan Golan. (Little, Brown, $14.99.) A requiem for the Bush administration, based on the children’s book “Goodnight Moon.”
* on order *


THE 4-HOUR WORKWEEK, by Timothy Ferriss. (Crown, $19.95.) Because life isn’t all about work.
Call #: 650.1 FER

WHEN MARKETS COLLIDE, by Mohamed A. El-Erian. (McGraw-Hill, $27.95.) Investing advice for a time of global economic change.
* on order *

FREAKONOMICS, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. (Morrow, $27.95.) A scholar uses economics to explore the incentives that drive such disparate groups, including crack gangs, sumo wrestlers, school teachers, campaign fund-raisers and real estate agents.
Call #: 330 LEV

THE DRUNKARD'S WALK, by Leonard Mlodinow. (Pantheon, $24.95.) How we misunderstand the significance of chance in our daily lives.
* on order *

Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton. (Free Press, $27). How to identify and develop your talents and those of your employees.
Call #: 650.14 BUC

THE TOTAL MONEY MAKEOVER, by Dave Ramsey (Thomas Nelson, $24.99.) Debt reduction and fiscal fitness for families, by the radio talk-show host.
Call #: 332.024 RAM

SWAY, by Ori Brafman and Rom Brafman. (Doubleday, $21.95.) The deep-seated forces that influence behavior and cause people to make irrational choices.
* on order *

DEBT CURES "THEY" DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT, by Kevin Trudeau. (Equity, $25.95.) How the credit industry is rigged against you, and how to fight back by changing habits.
Call #: 332.024 TRU

THE ANSWER, by John Assaraf and Murray Smith. (Atria, $25.95.) Achieve your exact entrepreneurial aspirations.
* on order *

WOMEN AND MONEY, by Suze Orman. (Spiegel & Grau, $24.95.) Advice for overcoming one’s dysfunctional relationship with money, including a plan for getting finances on track.
Call #: 332.024 ORM

OUR ICEBERG IS MELTING, by John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber. (St. Martin's, $19.95.) A fable about how to bring about change in a group, through the eyes of a penguin bearing bad news.
Call #: 658.406 KOT

THE BLACK SWAN, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. (Random House, $26.95.) A financial trader with an expertise in probability theory and statistics, debunks much about economic forecasting. Call #: 003.54 TAL

MADE TO STICK, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. (Random House, $24.95.) Principles that make some business ideas stickier (longer-lived) than others.
Call #: 302.13 HEA

PREDICTABLY IRRATIONAL, by Dan Ariely. (Harper, $25.95.) An M.I.T. behavioral economist shows how emotions and social norms systematically
shape our behavior.
* on order *

WHAT GOT YOU HERE WON'T GET YOU THERE, by Marshall Goldsmith with Mark Reiter. (Hyperion, $23.95.) How to beat bad habits that hinder success.
Call #: 650.1 GOL

Thursday, July 24, 2008

What's your Real Age?

Are you wondering if those trips to the gym and healthy food choices are really adding years to your life?
Using the Life-Expectancy Calculator, you can see how your responses to each question add or subtract from your virtual age and your life expectancy.
RealAge,, from the “You Docs”, Dr. Frank M. Roizen and Dr. Mehmet C. Oz, writers of: You, the Owner’s Manual, You, On a Diet and You, Staying Young, sends an email to report your “Real Age” within two hours of completing their RealAge Test. Their site offers a lot of additional information to help you stay healthy.

Car and Driver New Car Buying Guide

It is said that next to the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, this magazine issue is the one most commonly stolen from libraries, so we’re all glad that it's available online. You can browse by Body Style, Make and Model, and Price. "Each vehicle entry features a capsule review, full specifications and pricing, links to full-length reviews, and more." See Car and Driver New Car Buying Guide at

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Library happenings:

o Last year the number of participants’ in the Summer Reading Club (1,550) a 50% increase from the 1,000 or so we saw for each of the previous years. This year we are currently at 1,800 and anticipate having 2,000 to 2,100 before it is all said and done. If there are 2,000 participants it would be about an 80% market penetration of our primary demographic of 1st to 5th graders in Carroll ISD – There aren’t many businesses that see an 80% market penetration.

o June 08 vs. June 07 – Library circulation (checkouts) were up 17% with 31,913 items circulating. Although for the first time in some time the number of people attending Storytimes had dropped a bit the overall programming attendance for the month was up 54%, so in total we were up 29% (that is vs. the 2nd highest programming number for any library of similar size service area in the state last year, which we were last year).

o Community Resource Wiki – We are currently putting a fair number of hours into gathering community information, including phone numbers, addresses, web sites related to just about anything anyone in the community would want: Animal Control, Trash Collection, Charitable organizations, Businesses in town etc… A wiki is kind of like an encyclopedia where one enters in a description of something, and in this case we will enter contact info. Most wiki’s allow the users to update the entries themselves, in our case we will have a number of boxes that people can fill in so we can get comments – i.e… the phone number or website no longer works or whatever else they may desire to tell us. One of the advantages of the wiki format is that the data entry is easy to do and it indexes all the entries so all someone would have to is put “trash” in the search bar and it will pull up everything that has that word in an entry. We will place this on our webpage so it will be available for anyone in the community to access 24/7. It will be a great resource and we will just continue to add to it and update it.

o E-mail addresses. We are placing a form on the library webpage for people to give us their e-mail address and indicate areas of interest so we can e-mail them with upcoming programs, new books, the newsletter etc…. We cannot simply take the e-mails from our customer account database and send information to them without their permission – we don’t want to SPAM anyone. Staff in the library will begin asking customers for their e-mail addresses and directing them to the website. The form will be up by the time we have our July Library Board meeting (7/23).

o We keep close track of Library performance and worker productivity, and have by far the most productive library staff in the metro area, if not the state. We handle on average a task every three minutes or so (22 tasks per hour) – our firm belief is that we will give the taxpayers maximum effort. The high productivity also means that we have to be driven by priorities – we don’t have time to burn or important things just don’t get done; therefore when a new priority gets dropped into the mix another priority has to get moved down the list. We keep a tight lid on our priorities and follow up to make sure we are where we need to be and work hard to keep staff as productive as possible, without chasing staff away it can be a tough line to walk at times, but we have not had any turnover in fulltime staff in five years, even though we ask a lot. When giving a tour of the library to a prospective part time employee a couple of years back, staff overheard them say – “I would like to work in a library because the pace is slower and I can stay up with my reading” – staff was very clear that this person was sadly mistaken and we should never hire anyone who is not prepared to work hard (they were not hired). Kind of nice when staff buys into our central philosophy which is: 1. Work hard (no one should go home rested) 2. Work smart (focus on organizational priorities) 3. Provide superior service and be driven by satisfying customer needs 4. Utilize limited resources to provide for the broader community (fiscal discipline – we fight every vendor for every dollar we can get) 5. Focus on using volunteers – we utilize volunteers for mission critical tasks to the tune of about 300 hours per month. We have high expectations for staff – which does not agree with every staff member all the time. A tough line to walk at times as stated above, but we can’t provide the great service that we do if the vast majority of staff does not like their situation and is not empowered which is very important (yearly staff surveys of library management performance also show that to be the case). We feel it is necessary to have those expectations so we can serve to the best of our ability and as effectively as possible, creating the highest return on investment possible for the citizens of Southlake.