Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Southlake Public Library Blog

 Southlake Town Hall

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











"Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire; it is the time for home."
~Edith Sitwell


Winter is also the time to read a good book! And there are many available to you as a library card holder. We've got exciting new books to help you celebrate the holidays and get into the spirit of the season. Your friendly librarians are always happy to recommend a book if you're stumped.



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THE WAVE Some people run from their fears. Others face them head on, even if they come in the form of one hundred foot waves. There is a certain kind of surfer that actively looks for the next epic wave, unhappy until he has ridden the crest of a 50-footer, at the very least. “The Wave” is a story about such surfers, and the “rogue” waves they ride. According to scientists, these waves are occurring more and more often, most likely due to global warming. Oil rigs, tankers, and cruise ships the world over are confronted with brutal waves, often with deadly consequences. The story, told by Susan Casey, (a surfer herself) centers around Laird Hamilton, perhaps the most famous surfer in the world, and his surfing partners. Casey follows them around the world as they pursue the next big wave. Watching one of these men ride a giant wave must be a bit like watching a car wreck – one wants to look away but one can’t. The story is fascinating, exhilarating, and sobering. According to scientists, these waves can, and often do, wreak havoc on coastlines, killing thousands of people and doing millions of dollars in damage. Scientists are trying to better understand how they are formed, but many of them think it is only a matter of time before one of them does damage on an epic scale. By Susan Casey, Call #: 551.463 CAS




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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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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 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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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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I STILL DREAM ABOUT YOU, by Fannie Flagg. (Random House, $26.) A former Miss Alabama’s radical plan to solve all her problems keeps getting interrupted. Call #: F FLA




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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







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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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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IN THE COMPANY OF OTHERS, by Jan Karon. (Viking, $27.95.) In Ireland, the Episcopal priest Tim Kavanagh finds an old journal that could solve a crime.
Call #: F KAR




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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





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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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MOONLIGHT MILE, by Dennis Lehane. (Morrow/HarperCollins, $26.99.) The private detective Patrick Kenzie searches for a runaway teenager who has never forgiven him for returning her to her neglectful mother years earlier.
Call #: F LEH






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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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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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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




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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




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UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS, by Portia de Rossi. (Atria, $25.99.) The actress discusses her career, her illnesses and her years of hiding her lesbianism.
Call#: BIO DER




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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






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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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






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




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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




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OLIVIA GOES TO VENICE, written and illustrated by Ian Falconer. (Atheneum, $17.99.) A piglet prone to big ideas wants to live on the Grand Canal. (Ages 3 to 7)
Call #: E FAL






CHILDREN MAKE TERRIBLE PETS, written and illustrated by Peter Brown. (Little, Brown, $16.99.) Lucy Bear brings home a small, two-legged pet. (Ages 3 to 6)
Call #: E BRO






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




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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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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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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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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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VIRALS, by Kathy Reichs. (Razorbill, $17.99.) A spinoff featuring the niece of the fictional Temperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist. (Ages 12 and up)
Call #: YA F REI



Monday, November 22, 2010

Southlake Public Library Blog

 Southlake Town Hall

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










"We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures."
-Thornton Wilder


Thanksgiving is upon us, and naturally, we are thinking about the many things for which we are grateful. Southlake Public Library just wants to say thank you to its many patrons. We appreciate your support, and we are grateful to be a part of your lives. May you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, filled with family, food, and gratitude. And perhaps take some time out to read a good book!



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DECISION POINTS After a few years of silence, former President George W. Bush has entered the public arena again with his new book, “Decision Points.” The memoir catalogs a series of momentous decisions he made before and during his presidency. It begins by discussing his desire to give up alcohol, and he is unabashed in describing the effect liquor had on his actions. He also discusses stem cell funding, 9/11, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. President Bush’s writing is candid and funny, much like he is in person. I was able to attend a lecture he gave at UNT last week to promote his new book. He told several stories and jokes from his memoir, but he managed to deliver them in a way that was still engaging and fresh. President Bush also took questions from students at the end and was frank in admitting that his biggest disappointments were not being able to catch Osama Bin Laden or find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. He counseled students to have a clear vision, live by a moral code, and enjoy a life fueled by curiosity and a drive to explore. By George W. Bush, Call #: MCN 973.931 BUS




FICTION HARDCOVER

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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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INDULGENCE IN DEATH, by J. D. Robb. (Putnam, $26.95.) Lt. Eve Dallas tangles with what she fears is a thrill killer; by Nora Roberts, writing pseudonymously.
Call #: F ROB




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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







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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MOONLIGHT MILE, by Dennis Lehane. (Morrow/HarperCollins, $26.99.) The private detective Patrick Kenzie searches for a runaway teenager who has never forgiven him for returning her to her neglectful mother years earlier.
Call #: F LEH




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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





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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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IN THE COMPANY OF OTHERS, by Jan Karon. (Viking, $27.95.) In Ireland, the Episcopal priest Tim Kavanagh finds an old journal that could solve a crime.
Call #: F KAR




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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






EDGE, by Jeffery Deaver. (Simon & Schuster, $26.99.) When a Washington, D.C., police detective and his family become the target of a professional torturer, a federal agent is sent to protect them.
Call #: F DEA




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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






NONFICTION HARDCOVER

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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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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




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UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS, by Portia de Rossi. (Atria, $25.99.) The actress discusses her career, her illnesses and her years of hiding her lesbianism.
Call#: BIO DER




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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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IN FIFTY YEARS WE'LL ALL BE CHICKS, by Adam Carolla. (Crown Archetype, $25.) The radio host and comedian assesses modern culture through personal anecdotes. Call#: 814.6 CAR




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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






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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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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OLIVIA GOES TO VENICE, written and illustrated by Ian Falconer. (Atheneum, $17.99.) A piglet prone to big ideas wants to live on the Grand Canal. (Ages 3 to 7)
Call #: E FAL




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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




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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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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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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 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