Monday, March 21, 2011

Southlake Public Library Blog

 Southlake Town Hall

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










"Every spring is the only spring - a perpetual astonishment."
~Ellis Peters

It's officially the first day of spring! We here at Southlake Public Library hope you're enjoying the nice weather and beautiful flowers at Town Square. Be sure to stop by and say hello.



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MADAME TUSSAUD This fascinating novel chronicles the life of Madame Tussaud, the woman made famous for her wax figures during and after the French Revolution. I always enjoy historical fiction that presents events in a new light and opens your eyes to both sides of a conflict. This book does just that as the author made sure to detail the flaws of both the patriots and the royalists during the reign and subsequent beheading of Marie Antoinette. Madame Tussaud learned the wax trade from her uncle, Curtius. Together, they built an incredibly successful business as they played both sides of the Revolution, hosting men like Robespierre and Lafayette in their evening Salon, yet giving wax lessons to Madame Elizabeth, the King’s sister. Even though their exhibits could be controversial, they saw themselves as simply purveyors of the news. However, as the Revolution grew more bloody, and Tussaud was forced to choose between her business and the man she loved, she would come to regret her unwillingness to choose a side. I had no idea that after the royalty were thrust from power that the pendulum had swung so far the other way. People were guillotined for having ever gambled with a royalist. This book was fantastic because it brought out all the interesting events and details that one just doesn’t learn about in school. I highly recommend it. Call #: F MOR




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THE JUNGLE, by Clive Cussler with Jack Du Brul. (Putnam, $27.95.) Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon undertake rescue operations from Afghanistan to Myanmar.
Call #: F CUS




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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





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THE WISE MAN'S FEAR, by Patrick Rothfuss. (DAW, $29.95.) In this sequel to “The Name of the Wind,” the magician Kvothe continues to narrate his fantastical life story.
Call #: F ROT




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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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LOVE YOU MORE, by Lisa Gardner. (Bantam, $26.) Detective D. D. Warren must solve the case of a dead husband, a battered wife and a missing child.
Call #: F GAR




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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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MINDING FRANKIE, by Maeve Binchy. (Knopf, $26.95.) A motherless girl is cared for by a Dublin community.
Call #: F BIN




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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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RIVER MARKED, by Patricia Briggs. (Ace, $26.95.) The shapeshifter Mercy Thompson and her mate, the Alpha werewolf Adam, must confront evil lurking in the Columbia River.
Call #: F BRI






SILENT MERCY, by Linda Fairstein. (Dutton, $26.95.) Alexandra Cooper, a Manhattan assistant district attorney, is called when a woman’s decapitated body is found burning on the steps of a Harlem church.
Call #: F FAI




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THE TIGER'S WIFE, by Tea Obreht. (Random House, $25.) In an unnamed Balkan country, Natalia, a young doctor, investigates the mysterious circumstances surrounding her beloved grandfather’s death. Call #: F OBR




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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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TREACHERY IN DEATH, by J. D. Robb. (Putnam, $26.95.) Eve Dallas and her partner, Peabody, investigate a grocer’s murder. Call #: F ROB





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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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ONE OF OUR THURSDAYS IS MISSING, by Jasper Fforde. (Viking, $25.95.) Literary detective Thursday Next disappears just as a genre war threatens the Bookworld, and a trip up the Metaphoric River reveals an evil plot involving the Men in Plaid.
Call #: F FFO






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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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TOWNIE, by Andre Dubus III. (Norton, $25.95.) In this memoir, Dubus explores his attachment to violence and his relationship with his famous father.
Call#: BIO DUB




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A SIMPLE GOVERNMENT, by Mike Huckabee. (Sentinel, $26.95.) The ex-governor of Arkansas proposes 12 things he says Americans need from the federal government.
Call#: 320.52 HUC




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





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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






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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I BROKE MY TRUNK, by Mo Willems. (Disney-Hyperion, $8.99.) Gerald tells Piggie the long, crazy story about breaking his trunk. (Ages 4 to 8) Call #: E WIL




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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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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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JUSTIN BIEBER, FIRST STEP 2 FOREVER, by Justin Bieber. (HarperCollins, $21.99.) Short takes and photos from the pop star. (Ages 6 to 12)
Call #: J BIO BIE




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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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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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THE GIFT, by James Patterson and Ned Rust. (Little, Brown, $17.99.) A sister and brother flex their new powers. (Ages 10 and up)
Call #: YA F PAT



Saturday, March 05, 2011

Southlake Public Library Blog

 Southlake Town Hall

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










""The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook."
~Julia Child

Mark your calendars for the next meeting of Southlake's Who Picked This Book? Club. We'll discuss "My Life in France," the autobiography of the brilliant Julia Child on Thursday, March 24th at 6:00 p.m. There will be delicious treats and great conversation!



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TRUE GRIT I remember loving “True Grit” as a little girl, so I was very excited to see the new version by the Coen brothers. It did not disappoint, and I think it absolutely merits its Oscar nomination. When the library received a new edition of the novel to tie in with the movie release, I instantly snapped it up. And I must admit, I had no idea it would be so humorous. The movie is quite true to the book, so all of the hilarious one-liners that come out of Mattie’s mouth were there, and I found myself laughing out loud at several parts in the book. Mattie steals the show, both in the book and the movie. She is a precocious, non-nonsense girl with unyielding values. She is also incredibly persuasive, which explains how she manages to convince Rooster Cogburn, a U.S. Marshal, to take her along on the mission to find and bring to justice her father’s killer. Cogburn is another memorable character in American fiction. Mattie hires him because she is told he has “true grit” and does not go soft on criminals. Mattie and Rooster are accompanied by a Texas Ranger named LaBoeuf, a vain man, who manages to come through when it matters most. Charles Portis does an excellent job of introducing each character, and there is just the right mix of description, dialogue, and action. It is a true American classic. Call #: F POR




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TREACHERY IN DEATH, by J. D. Robb. (Putnam, $26.95.) Eve Dallas and her partner, Peabody, investigate a grocer’s murder. Call #: F ROB






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PALE DEMON, by Kim Harrison. (Harper Voyager/HarperCollins, $26.99.) The witch Rachel Morgan has three days to clear her name; Book 9 in the Hollows series. Call #: F HAR




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GIDEON'S SWORD, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. (Grand Central, $26.99.) Gideon Crew avenges his father’s death and is sent on a mission by a government contractor. Call #: F PRE




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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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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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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 UNION QUILTERS, by Jennifer Chiaverini. (Dutton, $24.95.) Members of a quilting circle protect their homes and families during the Civil War; an Elm Creek Quilts novel. Call #: F CHI




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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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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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NIGHT VISION, by Randy Wayne White. (Putnam, $25.95.) Doc Ford must find a young girl from Guatemala who disappears after witnessing a murder. Call #: F WHI




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DEVIL'S FOOD CAKE MURDER, by Joanne Fluke. (Kensington, $24.) Hannah Swensen discovers that a dead clergyman was not all he seemed; recipes included. Call #: F FLU




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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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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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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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A HEARTBEAT AWAY, by Michael Palmer. (St. Martin’s, $27.99.) A terrorist group unleashes a deadly virus in the Capitol on the night of the State of the Union address. Call #: F PAL




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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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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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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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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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AGAINST ALL ODDS, by Scott Brown. (Harper/HarperCollins, $27.99.) The senator from Massachusetts describes his life of hardship and second chances.
Call#: BIO BRO




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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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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






A WIDOW'S STORY, by Joyce Carol Oates. (Ecco/HarperCollins, $27.99.) The prolific author describes her struggle to comprehend a life without her husband. Call#: BIO OAT




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THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, by Rebecca Skloot. (Crown, $26.) The story of a woman whose cancer cells were cultured without her permission in 1951. Call#: BIO LAC




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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. Call#: BIO RIC




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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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MADELINE AT THE WHITE HOUSE, written and illustrated by John Bemelmans Marciano. (Viking, $17.99.) Madeline and the other girls meet Candle, the lonely daughter of the president. (Ages 4 to 8) Call #: E MAR




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PONYELLA, written by Laura Numeroff and Nate Evans. Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger. (Disney-Hyperion, $16.99.) The classic, retold as a pony tale. (Ages 4 to 8) Call #: E NUM




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I BROKE MY TRUNK, by Mo Willems. (Disney-Hyperion, $8.99.) Gerald tells Piggie the long, crazy story about breaking his trunk. (Ages 4 to 8) Call #: E WIL






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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THE GIFT, by James Patterson and Ned Rust. (Little, Brown, $17.99.) A sister and brother flex their new powers. (Ages 10 and up)
Call #: YA F PAT




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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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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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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