Monday, February 21, 2011

Southlake Public Library Blog

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"The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page."
~St. Augustine

The end of February means Spring Break is just around the corner. I for one am already planning my trip and finding help at the library. We've got maps, travel guides, and books about myriad destinations around the world. And if you aren't planning on going anywhere, let a book do all the work by allowing you to explore different places, people, and cultures without leaving home!



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MATCHED is a story of a society where statistics and probability rule. "Bad" genes have been bred out of the gene pool, so disease, crime, and other unsavory aspects of human life are virtually nonexistent. Also, people are no longer allowed to create things. There is no writing or painting, and cursive is considered a lost art. The story centers around Cassia, who at the beginning of the book has just had an important birthday. When teenagers turn fifteen, they receive their Match, a mate that has been selected for them based on the probability their match will be successful, determined by several factors. Cassia's Match turns out to be her best friend, and she is ecstatic. However, just before the screen goes blank, she sees another face. So, which mate is truly her Match? The story unfolds in a compelling way, with Cassia's eyes slowly being opened to the cruelties of a society where choice is at a premium. I couldn't put the book down, and I look forward to the next installment. Call #: F MOO




FICTION HARDCOVER

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TICK TOCK, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. (Little, Brown, $27.99.) The New York detective Michael Bennett enlists the help of a former colleague to solve a rash of horrifying crimes that are throwing the city into chaos. Call #: F PAT




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A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES, by Deborah Harkness. (Viking, $28.95.) The recovery of a lost ancient manuscript in a library at Oxford sets a fantastical underworld stirring.
Call #: F HAR




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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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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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DEAD OR ALIVE, by Tom Clancy with Grant Blackwood. (Putnam, $28.95.) Many characters from Clancy’s previous novels make an appearance as an intelligence group tracks a vicious terrorist called the Emir.
Call #: F CLA




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THE SECRET SOLDIER, by Alex Berenson. (Putnam, $25.95.) When the king of Saudi Arabia is threatened, the former C.I.A. operative John Wells goes undercover to help.
Call #: F BER




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THE INNER CIRCLE, by Brad Meltzer. (Grand Central, $26.99.) An archivist discovers a book that once belonged to George Washington and conceals a deadly secret.
Call #: F MEL




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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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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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STRATEGIC MOVES, by Stuart Woods. (Putnam, $25.95.) In the 19th Stone Barrington novel, the New York lawyer works with the C.I.A. to transport a fugitive.
Call #: F WOO




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SWAMPLANDIA!, by Karen Russell. (Knopf, $24.95.) The pleasures and miseries of life at a failing alligator theme park in the Everglades.
Call #: F RUS




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WHAT THE NIGHT KNOWS, by Dean Koontz. (Bantam, $28.) Someone is murdering entire families, recreating in detail a crime spree that took place two decades earlier.
Call #: F KOO




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THE SENTRY, by Robert Crais. (Putnam, $26.95.) Joe Pike and Elvis Cole, Hollywood private eyes, try to help a woman who is not as innocent as she appears.
Call #: F CRA




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THE WEIRD SISTERS, by Eleanor Brown. (Amy Einhorn/Putnam, $24.95.) Three sisters from a highbrow family return home, each with a secret she’s unwilling to share.
Call #: F BRO






NONFICTION HARDCOVER

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KNOWN AND UNKNOWN, by Donald Rumsfeld. (Sentinel, $36.) The former defense secretary’s memoir discusses his role in the invasion and occupation of Iraq.
Call#: 352.293 RUM




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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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CLEOPATRA, A biography of the last queen of ancient Egypt.
Call#: BIO CLE





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BATTLE HYMN OF THE TIGER MOTHER, by Amy Chua. (Penguin Press, $25.95.) A Chinese-American mother makes a case for strict and demanding parenting.
Call#: BIO CHU




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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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I BEAT THE ODDS, by Michael Oher with Don Yaeger. (Gotham, $26.) This memoir by the Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle describes how he broke out of the tough streets of Memphis and into a world of opportunity.
Call#: BIO OHE




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THE PIONEER WOMAN, by Ree Drummond. (Morrow/HarperCollins, $25.99.) The proprietor of ThePioneerWoman.com describes her marriage.
Call#: BIO DRU




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THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MARK TWAIN, VOL. 1, by Mark Twain. (University of California, $34.95.) In his autobiography, published unexpurgated for the first time, Twain is pointedly political and willing to play the angry prophet.
Call#: BIO TWA






CHILDRENS PICTURE BOOKS


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SILVERLICIOUS, written and illustrated by Victoria Kann. (Harper/HarperCollins, $17.99.) Pinkalicious has a loose tooth, and it’s her sweet tooth. (Ages 4 to 8)
Call #: E KAN




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OF THEE I SING, by Barack Obama. Illustrated by Loren Long. (Knopf, $17.99.) In a letter to his daughters, the president has a message about heroes. (Ages 5 to 8) Call #: J 973.9 OBA




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LOVE SPLAT, written and illustrated by John Bemelmans Marciano. (Viking, $17.99.) written and illustrated by Rob Scotton. (HarperCollins, $16.99.) Splat likes Kitten. Spike likes Kitten. Well, Kitten? (Ages 3 to 7)
Call #: E SCO




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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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I AM NUMBER FOUR, by Pittacus Lore. (HarperCollins, $17.99.) Members of another civilization live secretly among Earth-dwellers. (Ages 14 and up)
Call #: YA F LOR




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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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WITCH AND WIZARD, by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet. (Little, Brown, $9.99.) One of each, a sister and brother, flex their new powers. (Ages 10 and up) Call #: YA F PAT




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DELIRIUM, by Lauren Oliver. (Harper/HarperCollins, $17.99.) Coming of age in a society that imposes "a cure for love." (Ages 14 and up)
Call #: YA F OLI




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MATCHED, by Ally Condie. (Dutton, $17.99.) In this dystopian romance, a girl rebels against a deterministic future society. (Ages 12 and up)
Call #: YA F CON




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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



1 comment:

Italia said...

Torment was a very enjoyable read, though I had a few issues. The issues were surpassed by awesome characters and tremendous writing. I didn't want to put it down and I am now craving Passion even though I have quite a time to wait.