Monday, November 01, 2010

Southlake Public Library Blog

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"We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude."
-Cynthia Ozick


It's the beginning of November, and Election Day and Veterans Day are right around the corner. You might want to check out the new biography of America's Founding Father, George Washington, or read the political autobiography from Tony Blair. President Bush's autobiography is set to be released soon, as well. All of these books and more can be found at your friendly local library!



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MY NAME IS MARY SUTTER is a book of historical fiction, but it is practically unparalleled in its ability to make readers feel like they are actually living that history. The descriptions of one woman’s struggle to become a surgeon during the Civil War are stunning, and at times, graphic. The reader gets to live the daily deprivations faced by field surgeons at the time. There is one particular scene that stands out among the rest, where the protagonist, Mary Sutter, and her colleague are performing their first amputation by reading instructions from a manual. It is horrific in the depth of detail Oliveira uses, but it is refreshing to read a book that does not shy away from showing the true horrors of war. It makes one grateful for modern day medicine and especially grateful to those nurses, doctors, surgeons, and researchers who accomplished so much in advancing medicine due to what they learned during the Civil War. By Robin Oliveira, Call #: F OLI




FICTION HARDCOVER

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WORTH DYING FOR, by Lee Child. (Delacorte, $28.) Jack Reacher can’t let go of a decades-old case of a missing child.
Call #: F CHI







AMERICAN ASSASSIN, by Vince Flynn. (Atria, $27.99.) In the wake of the Lockerbie bombing, Mitch Rapp takes on his first antiterrorist assignment.
Call #: F FLY




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THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNETS' NEST, by Stieg Larsson. (Knopf, $27.95.) The third volume of a trilogy about a Swedish hacker and a journalist.
Call #: F LAR




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FALL OF GIANTS, by Ken Follett. (Dutton, $36.) Five interrelated families from five countries are caught in the upheavals of World War I and the Russian Revolution. Book 1 of the Century trilogy.
Call #: F FOL




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SAFE HAVEN, by Nicholas Sparks. (Grand Central, $25.99.) The arrival of a mysterious young woman in a small North Carolina town raises questions about her past.
Call #: F SPA




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THE REVERSAL, by Michael Connelly. (Little, Brown, $27.99.) The defense lawyer Mickey Haller and the L.A.P.D. detective Harry Bosch join forces against a child-killer.
Call #: F CON




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SQUIRREL SEEKS CHIPMUNK, by David Sedaris. (Little Brown, $21.99.) The humorist looks at human nature through stories with animals as characters.
Call #: F SED




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FREEDOM, by Jonathan Franzen. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $28.) A family of Midwestern liberals during the Bush years; by the author of “The Corrections.”
Call #: F FRA




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DON'T BLINK, by James Patterson and Howard Roughan. (Little Brown, $27.99.) After a gruesome murder in a New York steak house, a reporter finds himself involved in a war between the Italian mob and the Russian mafia.
Call #: F PAT




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THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett. (Amy Einhorn/Putnam, $24.95.) A young white woman and two black maids in 1960s ­Mississippi.
Call #: F STO




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CHASING THE NIGHT, by Iris Johansen. (St. Martin’s, $27.99.) The forensic sculptor Eve Duncan helps a C.I.A. agent search for her kidnapped son.
Call #: F JOH




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OUR KIND OF TRAITOR, by John le Carré. (Viking, $27.95.) A British couple are caught up in Russian intrigue.
Call #: F LEC






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EARTH (THE BOOK), by Jon Stewart and others. (Grand Central, $27.99.) A visitor’s guide to the human race, presented by "The Daily Show."
Call#: 818.602 STE




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PINHEADS AND PATRIOTS, by Bill O'Reilly. (Morrow/HarperCollins, $27.99.) The Fox News commentator scrutinizes the meaning of change in the era of Obama. Call#: 973.932 ORE





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AT HOME, by Bill Bryson. (Doubleday, $28.95.) The evolution of private life as exemplified by the houses we live in.
Call#: 643.1 BRY




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OBAMA'S WARS, by Bob Woodward. (Simon & Schuster, $30.) How decisions were made on the war in Afghanistan, the campaign in Pakistan and the fight against terrorism.
Call#: 973.932 WOO




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WASHINGTON, by Ron Chernow. (Penguin Press, $40.) A biography of the first president.
Call#: BIO WAS







CHILDRENS PICTURE BOOKS


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LLAMA LLAMA HOLIDAY DRAMA, written and illustrated by Anna Dewdney. (Viking, $16.99.) The suspense is too much, so Llama Llama turns to you-know-who for comfort. (Ages 2 and up)
Call #: E DEW




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SCAREDY-CAT, SPLAT!, written and illustrated by Rob Scotton. (Harper/HarperCollins, $16.99.) Splat aims to scare his cat school pals on Halloween. (Ages 3 to 7)
Call #: E SCO




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KNUFFLE BUNNY FREE, written and illustrated by Mo Willems. (Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins, $17.99.) A little girl and her well-loved companion take a trip that leads to unexpected discoveries. (Ages 3 to 7)
Call #: E WIL





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THE THREE LITTLE DASSIES, written and illustrated by Jan Brett. (Putnam, $17.99.) A retelling of "The Three Little Pigs," with Namibian flavor. (Ages 3 to 5)
Call #: E BRE




CHILDRENS CHAPTER BOOKS


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CRESCENDO, by Becca Fitzpatrick. (Simon & Schuster, $18.99.) A world where the truth is sought and feared; a sequel to “Hush, Hush.” (Ages 14 and up)
Call #: YA F FIT




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THE RED PYRAMID, by Rick Riordan. (Disney-Hyperion, $17.99.) Ancient gods (this time from Egypt) and a mortal family meet. (Ages 10 and up)
Call #: J F RIO




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TORMENT, by Lauren Kate. (Delacorte, $17.99.) A novel about the nephilim, the children of humans and fallen angels. (Ages 12 and up)
Call #: YA F KAT




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THE SCORCH TRIALS, by James Dashner. (Delacorte, $17.99.) The former denizens of the Maze cope with postapocalyptic plagues. (Ages 12 and up)
Call #: YA F DAS




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CLOCKWORK ANGEL, by Cassandra Clare. (McElderry/Simon & Schuster, $19.99.) Victorian England proves a treacherous place. (Ages 14 and up)
Call #: YA F CLA



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