Saturday, December 11, 2010

Southlake Public Library Blog

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Southlake, Texas 76092
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"I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.
~Charles Dickens


While you're out and about enjoying the lights at Town Square, stop in for a holiday read. And, if you're planning a holiday party, be sure to check out our holiday cookbook display. These books are full of recipes for mouth-watering entrees and desserts, sure to impress any guest!



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THE CHARMING QUIRKS OF OTHERS Reading any of the books in the Alexander McCall Smith series set in Scotland always makes me want to think deep, philosophical thoughts like the main character, Isabel Dalhousie. She’s constantly pondering some new moral dilemma. This book has her thinking about issues such as cheating, revenge, and guilt. She is asked to investigate the three candidates for a headmaster position at a boys’ boarding school. Of course, one of the candidates turns out to be her niece’s newest boyfriend, which raises even more ethical issues. Isabel also has to deal with a dying woman’s pursuit of her live-in boyfriend, Jamie. She wades through these murky waters with grace and wisdom. I enjoy the series and the many Scottish references, and Isabel makes for such a pleasant, likable character. Though sometimes she seems to be a bit too high-brow and esoteric in her references. She also makes seemingly ridiculous assumptions, which makes it not very surprising when she is, occasionally, wrong. In sum, if you’re a fan of the series, you’ll be a fan of this book, too. By Alexander McCall Smith, Call #: F MCC




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PORT MORTUARY, by Patricia Cornwell. (Putnam, $27.95.) In the 18th Kay Scarpetta novel, the forensic pathologist masters a sophisticated new autopsy technology at an Air Force base; meanwhile, a young man’s mysterious death causes trouble at her new forensic center in Cambridge, Mass.
Call #: F COR




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THE CONFESSION, by John Grisham. (Doubleday, $28.95.) A man who committed a crime but allowed another to be sent to death row in his place now wants to admit his guilt, but must convince the authorities he’s telling the truth.
Call #: F GRI




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CROSS FIRE, by James Patterson. (Little, Brown, $27.99.) Alex Cross investigates a professional assassination in Washington, and gets a chilling call from his deadliest adversary.
Call #: F PAT




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FULL DARK, NO STARS, by Stephen King. (Scribner, $27.99.) Four long stories, light on the supernatural and dealing mostly with grisly human behavior.
Call #: F KIN




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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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HELL'S CORNER, by David Baldacci. (Grand Central, $27.99.) Recalled to duty, Oliver Stone hunts for those responsible for a bomb detonated near the White House.
Call #: F BAL




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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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CRESCENT DAWN, by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler. (Putnam, $27.95.) Dirk Pitt seeks a tie between a trove of ancient Roman artifacts and a series of mosque explosions.
Call #: F CUS




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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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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 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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AN OBJECT OF BEAUTY, by Steve Martin. (Grand Central, $26.99.) A young, beautiful and ambitious woman ruthlessly ascends the heights of the Manhattan art world.
Call #: F MAR




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







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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DECISION POINTS, by George W. Bush. (Crown, $35.) The former president’s memoir discusses his Christianity and the end of his drinking; his relationships with members of his family; and his decisions on 9/11, Iraq and Katrina.
Call#: 973.931 BUS




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UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand. (Random House, $27.) An Olympic runner’s story of survival as a prisoner of the Japanese in World War II.
Call#: BIO ZAM




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LIFE, by Keith Richards with James Fox. (Little, Brown, $29.99.) The Rolling Stones guitarist’s revealing autobiography is also a portrait of the era when rock ’n’ roll came of age, with the music itself as the book’s core.
Call#: BIO RIC




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AMERICA BY HEART, by Sarah Palin. (Harper/HarperCollins, $25.99.) The former vice-presidential candidate reflects on family, faith and patriotism.
Call#: 979.805 PAL




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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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BROKE, by Glenn Beck and Kevin Balfe. (Threshold/Mercury Radio Arts, $29.99.) The Fox News host’s plan for fixing the country financially seeks to unite Americans around the concept of shared sacrifice.
Call#: 973.932 BEC






I REMEMBER NOTHING, by Nora Ephron. (Knopf, $22.95.) Reflections on age and memory, from the author of “I Feel Bad About My Neck.”
Call#: 814.54 EPH






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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SPLENDIFEROUS CHRISTMAS, by Jane O’Connor. Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. (Harper/HarperCollins, $17.99.) When Fancy Nancy celebrates the holidays, there’s no such thing as too much tinsel. (Ages 4 to 8)





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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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IT'S CHRISTMAS, DAVID, written and illustrated by David Shannon. (Blue Sky/Scholastic, $16.99.) A boy who won’t take no for an answer. (Ages 3 to 7)
Call #: E SHA




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ART AND MAX, written and illustrated by David Wiesner. (Clarion, $17.99.) Two artists mix methods and media. (Ages 5 to 8)
Call #: E WIE






WHEREVER YOU ARE, MY LOVE WILL FIND YOU, written and illustrated by Nancy Tillman. (Feiwel & Friends, $16.99.) All about the tenderness a parent feels for a child. (Ages 4 to 8)
Call #: E TIL






CHILDRENS CHAPTER BOOKS


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THE LOST HERO, by Rick Riordan. (Disney-Hyperion, $18.99.) A return to Camp Half-Blood and semi-divine characters old and new. (Ages 10 and up)
Call #: J F RIO




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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






LUKA AND THE FIRE OF LIFE, by Salman Rushdie. (Random House, $25.) The Nobodaddy haunts the younger brother of Rushdie’s Haroun. (Ages 10 and up)
Call #: F RUS




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TALES FROM A NOT-SO-POPULAR PARTY GIRL, by Rachel Renée Russell. (Aladdin, $12.99.) The further reflections of Nikki Maxwell on the agonies of middle school; a "Dork Diaries" book. (Ages 9 to 13)
Call #: YA F RUS




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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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