Saturday, October 16, 2010

Southlake Public Library Blog

 Southlake Town Hall

1400 Main Street, Suite 130
Southlake, Texas 76092
Phone: (817) 748-8243
http://www.southlakelibrary.org/








Halloween
"Where there is no imagination there is no horror."
~Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


It's that time of year again! Halloween is the perfect excuse to come into the library to find a thrilling ghost story to read to your children or to pick up that Stephen King novel you've always wanted to read. Please also join us for our Author's Night (Thursday, October 21, at 6:30 p.m.) with Kathleen Kent, who will discuss her national bestselling novel about the Salem Witch Trials, "The Heretic's Daughter." It's guaranteed to get you into the spirit of the holiday.



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SO COLD THE RIVER I love Halloween because it gives me an excuse to be scared, well, just a little scared (I'm kind of a wimp). I chose a new release out of the horror genre in hopes that it would provide me with some night reading that would raise a few goose bumps and make me check under the bed. However, I was disappointed in the scare factor of “So Cold the River.” The writing was good, the main character likable, and the setting realistic. I spent time in Indiana for college, so the frequent mention of Bloomington and Indiana University was fun, so any Indiana natives will most likely enjoy that. But it just wasn’t that scary. The story tells of a down-on-his-luck movie director, Eric Shaw, whose career is a wreck and who now resorts to putting together video montages for funeral services. A woman hires him to travel to a resort town in southern Indiana to tell the story of her father-in-law, Campbell Bradford, a wealthy nonagenarian. The only clue she gives him is an old bottle of mineral water, for which the area was famous. Shaw ingests some of the water and begins to experience frighteningly vivid visions. Along with the visions come killer headaches, for which the only remedy is to drink more mineral water. He teams up with a scholar from Bloomington, Kellen, who is also investigating Campbell Bradford, but they quickly figure out that they are researching two different men. Kellen’s Bradford was a truly evil man who ruled the valley during the era of Prohibition and the Great Depression. Shaw begins to suspect that Bradford’s spirit is fighting to wreak havoc once more, so Shaw and Kellen must solve the mystery of the two Bradfords before that happens. By Michael Koryta, Call #: F KOR




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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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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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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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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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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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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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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






PAINTED LADIES, by Robert B. Parker. (Putnam, $26.95.) Spenser’s latest assignment is to provide protection during the ransoming of a stolen painting.
Call #: F PAR




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PROMISE ME, by Richard Paul Evans. (Simon & Schuster, $19.99.) On Christmas Day, a woman with family problems meets a handsome, mysterious stranger.
Call #: F EVA




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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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BAD BLOOD, by John Sandford. (Putnam, $27.95.) Virgil Flowers is summoned to investigate a monstrous multigenerational conspiracy.
Call #: F SAN




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LEGACY, by Danielle Steel. (Delacorte, $28.) A writer’s stunning family discovery leads to Paris, the French aristocracy and a mysterious Sioux ancestor.
Call #: F STE




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GETTING TO HAPPY, by Terry McMillan. (Viking, $27.95.) Revisiting the four women from “Waiting to Exhale,” 15 years later.
Call #: F MCM




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ROOM, by Emma Donoghue. (Little, Brown, $24.99.) A mother’s prison is her young son’s entire world.
Call #: F DON






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





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THE GRAND DESIGN, by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow. (Bantam, $28.) Central questions of philosophy and science, from the author of “A Brief History of Time.”
Call#: 523.1 HAW






CHILDRENS CHAPTER BOOKS


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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 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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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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LINGER, by Maggie Stiefvater. (Scholastic Press/Scholastic, $17.99.) The teenage werewolves of "Shiver" face a new test of love and loyalty. (Ages 12 and up)
Call #: YA F STI





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BIG NATE: IN A CLASS BY HIMSELF, written and illustrated by Lincoln Peirce. (Harper/HarperCollins, $12.99.) Wherever Nate goes, trouble is sure to follow. (Ages 8 to 12)
Call #: J F PEI




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THE SEARCH FOR WONDLA, written and illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi. (Simon & Schuster, $17.99.) Eva Nine, who lives underground, surfaces to escape danger. (Ages 10 and up)
Call #: J F DIT




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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 #: J F RUS



Saturday, October 02, 2010

Southlake Public Library Blog

 Southlake Town Hall

1400 Main Street, Suite 130
Southlake, Texas 76092
Phone: (817) 748-8243
http://www.southlakelibrary.org/








National Book Month
"Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing."
~Harper Lee


October gives us the chance to reflect on and celebrate the importance of books and reading in our lives. It is National Book Month, so the Southlake Public Library encourages you to come in and choose a classic or new release. October is also National Reading Group Month, so if you need recommendations for your book club’s newest pick, we are here to help!



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THE COOKBOOK COLLECTOR Critics have hailed Goodman as the modern-day Jane Austen, and while I do not agree with that comparison, I still enjoyed her writing. The story of the actual cookbook collector is just a part of this complex tale, which includes several different characters and story lines. It centers, though, around two sisters and their lovers living in Silicon Valley. At the beginning of the story, Emily, the older sister, is on the cusp of her computer business going public and is seriously involved with a similarly successful businessman. Her sister, Jessamine, is a philosophy major and vegetarian do-gooder committed to saving the California redwoods. She has begun working for a rare book dealer, George, who harbors a secret crush on his newest employee. George soon discovers an exceedingly rare collection of cookbooks, which he asks Jessamine to catalog. The novel charts the rise and fall of the price of Emily’s stock, which provides an appropriate metaphor for the ups and downs of young adult life as the characters struggle to decide what job to take and whom to marry. While the events of the dot com crash and September 11th loom large at the end of the novel, the author does a good job of keeping the suspense even though the reader knows what is coming. It is a novel about living life and not just contemplating it and recognizing the importance of family and love in their many forms. By Allegra Goodman, Call #: F GOO




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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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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 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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BAD BLOOD, by John Sandford. (Putnam, $27.95.) Virgil Flowers is summoned to investigate a monstrous multigenerational conspiracy.
Call #: F SAN




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MINI SHOPAHOLIC, by Sophie Kinsella. (Dial, $25.) Keeping a surprise party on budget has domestic perils.
Call #: F KIN





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WICKED APPETITE, by Janet Evanovich. (St. Martin’s, $27.99.) A dangerous man needs Elizabeth Tucker’s help to find an ancient power source.
Call #: F EVA




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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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SANTA FE EDGE, by Stuart Woods. (Putnam, $25.95.) A murder in a golfer’s hacienda brings Ed Eagle a new client.
Call #: F WOO





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GETTING TO HAPPY, by Terry McMillan. (Viking, $27.95.) Revisiting the four women from “Waiting to Exhale,” 15 years later.
Call #: F MCM




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THE POSTCARD KILLERS, by James Patterson and Liza Marklund. (Little, Brown, $27.99.) An N.Y.P.D. detective joins a Swedish reporter in a search for the killer of young couples in Europe, including his daughter and her boyfriend. Call #: F PAT




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WARLORD, by Ted Bell. (Morrow/HarperCollins, $27.99.) The counterspy Alex Hawke races to stop a madman from murdering the British royal family.
Call #: F BEL




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LOST EMPIRE, by Clive Cussler with Grant Blackwood. (Putnam, $27.95.) Sam and Remi Fargo, a husband-and-wife treasure-hunting team, pursue an important relic.
Call #: F CUS




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APE HOUSE, by Sara Gruen. (Spiegel & Grau, $26.) Bonobos disappear from a research laboratory and turn up on reality TV, to the consternation of a scientist who studies them; from the author of “Water for Elephants.”
Call #: F GRU






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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




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THE GRAND DESIGN, by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow. (Bantam, $28.) Central questions of philosophy and science, from the author of “A Brief History of Time.”
Call#: 523.1 HAW




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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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SH*T MY DAD SAYS, by Justin Halpern. (It Books/HarperCollins, $15.99.) A coming-of-age memoir organized around the musings, purveyed on Twitter, of the author’s father.
Call#: 818.602 HAL




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WHITE HOUSE DIARY, by Jimmy Carter. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $30.) The diary Carter kept during his presidency, with annotations.
Call#: 973.926 CAR




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EVEN SILENCE HAS AN END, by Ingrid Betancourt. (Penguin Press, $29.95.) Betancourt, a Colombian presidential candidate at the time, was kidnapped by leftist guerrillas in 2002 and held for six years.
Call#: 986.106 BET




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CRIMES AGAINST LIBERTY, by David Limbaugh. (Regnery, $29.95.) A political indictment of the Obama presidency.
Call#: 973.932 LIM




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THE WAVE, by Susan Casey. (Doubleday, $27.95.) Giant oceanic waves and the scientists and surfers who love them.
Call#: 551.463 CAS




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A JOURNEY: MY POLITICAL LIFE, by Tony Blair. (Knopf, $35.) A memoir by the former British prime minister. Call#: BIO BLAIR







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BATS AT THE BALLGAME, written and illustrated by Brian Lies. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99.) Bats, the mammals, swing bats, as in baseball. (Ages 3 to 6)
Call #: E LIE






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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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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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LINGER, by Maggie Stiefvater. (Scholastic Press/Scholastic, $17.99.) The teenage werewolves of "Shiver" face a new test of love and loyalty. (Ages 12 and up)
Call #: YA F STI





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RECKLESS, written and illustrated by Cornelia Funke. (Little, Brown, $19.99.) Boys and beasts in a dark place called Mirrorworld. (Ages 10 and up)
Call #: YA F FUN