Saturday, April 30, 2011

 Southlake Town Hall

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










"A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.
~Tenneva Jordan

Happy Mother's Day! If you need an idea for a good book for Mom, we're here to help.




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THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS As someone who hated science in high school and dreaded having to take it in college, I was a little wary of reading this book. I was surprised, then, by how much I actually enjoyed it. The author, Rebecca Skloot, does a stellar job of explaining complex scientific ideas in layman’s terms. Skloot tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, a name that has become notorious in the medical community. Lacks was an African-American woman in the 1950’s who had a particularly advanced form of cervical cancer. Without her knowledge or consent, one of the doctors treating her took some of her cancerous cells to see if they would live and reproduce outside of her body. This practice of attempting to culture cells was revolutionary for the times, and doctors had been previously unsuccessful in growing human cells outside the body. However, Lacks’ cells took off and haven’t stopped growing since. It is said that if you placed her cells beside each other, there would be enough cells to wrap around the Earth three times. Her cells helped make it possible for doctors to create the polio vaccine and make advances in gene mapping, chemotherapy, and in vitro fertilization. They’ve even been to outer space. It is a shame, then, that not much was known about the woman responsible for saving so many lives. In fact, journalists and scientists often got her name wrong. But Skloot’s book clears up the story, giving many rich details about Henrietta’s life and the lives of her ancestors. And most importantly, Skloot finally gives Henrietta the recognition she deserves. Call #: BIO LAC





FICTION HARDCOVER

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THE SIXTH MAN, by David Baldacci. (Grand Central, $27.99.) The lawyer for an alleged serial killer is murdered, and two former Secret Service agents are on the case. Call #: F BAL




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THE LAND OF PAINTED CAVES, by Jean M. Auel. (Crown, $30.) The latest volume in a series that began with “The Clan of the Cave Bear,” set during the ice age. Call #: F AUE




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THE FIFTH WITNESS, by Michael Connelly. (Little, Brown, $27.99.) The defense lawyer Mickey Haller represents a woman facing home foreclosure who is accused of killing a banker. Call #: F CON




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CHASING FIRE, by Nora Roberts. (Putnam, $27.95.) A smoke jumper faces a new season of firefighting in Montana after the loss of her partner. Call #: F ROB




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I'LL WALK ALONE, by Mary Higgins Clark. (Simon & Schuster, $25.99.) A woman haunted by the disappearance of her young son discovers that someone has stolen her identity. Call #: F CLA




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QUICKSILVER, by Amanda Quick. (Putnam, $25.95.) In this Arcane Society novel set in Victorian London, two paranormal talents must find a murderer before they become the next victims. Call #: F QUI




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EVE, by Iris Johansen. (St. Martin's, $27.99.) The forensic sculptor Eve Duncan searches for answers to the mystery of her daughter’s disappearance. Call #: F JOH




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SAVE ME, by Lisa Scottoline. (St. Martin's, $27.99.) A mother’s action during a school emergency causes an uproar in a Philadelphia suburb. Call #: F SCO




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THE PRIEST'S GRAVEYARD, by Ted Dekker. (Center Street, $24.99.) A priest and a young woman cross paths as they seek to bring a powerful man to justice. Call #: F DEK




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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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44 CHARLES STREET, by Danielle Steel. (Delacorte, $28.) The owner of a Greenwich Village town house takes in boarders and bonds with her tenants. Call #: F STE





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THE PALE KING, by David Foster Wallace. (Little, Brown, $27.99.) In this unfinished novel, Wallace explores the innards of the Internal Revenue Service, the value of work and the meaning of heroism. Call #: F WAL




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SING YOU HOME, by Jodi Picoult. (Atria, $28.) Picoult takes on the issue of gay rights in this novel about a music therapist who desperately wants a child; CD of songs included.
Call #: F PIC






THE PARIS WIFE, by Paula McLain. (Ballantine, $25.) Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley, narrates this novel set in Paris. Call #: F MCL





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TOYS, by James Patterson and Neil McMahon. (Little, Brown, $27.99.) Hays Baker, a top operative for the Agency of Change and a national hero, suddenly finds himself a hunted fugitive who must fight to save humans from extinction. Call #: F PAT






NONFICTION HARDCOVER

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BOSSYPANTS, by Tina Fey. (Reagan Arthur/Little, Brown, $26.99.) A memoir from the creator of "30 Rock."
Call#: BIO FEY




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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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SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY, selected and introduced by Caroline Kennedy. (Voice/Hyperion, $24.99.) Poems that inspired the former first daughter. Call#: 808.81 SHE




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I'M ALL OVER THAT, by Shirley MacLaine. (Atria, $22.) The actress offers observations on what remains important to her. Call#: BIO MAC





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ALL THAT IS BITTER AND SWEET, by Ashley Judd with Maryanne Vollers. (Ballantine, $26.) A memoir by the actress and humanitarian. Call#: BIO JUD




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ONWARD, by Howard Schultz with Joanne Gordon. (Rodale, $25.99.) Schultz tells of his second stint as the C.E.O. of Starbucks and how he helped return the company to profitability. Call#: MCN 647.957 SCH




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THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES, by Siddhartha Mukherjee. (Scribner, $30.) An oncologist's history of cancer. Call#: 616.994 MUK





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BLOOD, BONES, AND BUTTER, by Gabrielle Hamilton. (Random House, $26.) A memoir by the chef and owner of the Manhattan restaurant Prune. Call#: BIO HAM






MOONWALKING WITH EINSTEIN, by Joshua Foer. (Penguin Press, $26.95.) A journalist who covered a mnemonics championship tries competing himself. Call#: 153.14 FOE






CHILDRENS PICTURE BOOKS


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THE EASTER EGG, written and illustrated by Jan Brett. (Putnam, $17.99.) A story of caring and the hatching of spring. (Ages 4 to 8) Call #: E BRE




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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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A SICK DAY FOR AMOS MCGEE, by Philip C. Stead. Illustrated by Erin E. Stead. (Roaring Brook, $16.99.) After a zookeeper falls ill, his animals take care of him for a change. (Ages 2 to 6) Call #: E STE




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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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LADYBUG GIRL AND THE BUG SQUAD, by David Soman and Jacky Davis. (Dial, $16.99.) Lulu, a k a Ladybug Girl, is having a playdate. (Ages 3 to 5) Call #: E SOM




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LITTLE WHITE RABBIT, written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes. (Greenwillow/HarperCollins, $16.99.) An imaginative rabbit hops through the day. (Ages 4 to 8) Call #: E HEN






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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EONA, by Alison Goodman. (Viking, $19.99.) Eona and her fellow rebels are on the run from High Lord Sethon’s army. (Ages 12 and up) Call #: YA F GOO




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A WORLD WITHOUT HEROES, by Brandon Mull. (Aladdin, $19.99.) A young boy is transported to a world ruled by an evil wizard. (Ages 8 to 12)
Call #: J F MUL




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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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INVINCIBLE (THE CHRONICLES OF NICK), by Sherrilyn Kenyon. (St. Martin's Griffin, $17.99.) Next assignment: raise the dead. (Ages 12 and up)
Call #: YA F KEN



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