Jan 31, 2008

new nonfiction books, 1.31.08

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Punching in: The Unauthorized Adventures of a Front-Line Employee by Alex Frankel
Journalist Frankel went undercover and joined the ranks of low-paid, retail, and service employees of some of America's best-known companies to find out how these companies train thousands of average individuals, turn them into cheerleaders for their products, and then send them to the front lines where they become the main point of contact with customers.

Basic Black: The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life), Cathleen Black
Cathie Black is the wise, funny mentor that every woman dreams of having. She was a pioneer in advertising sales at a time when women didn’t sell; served as president and publisher of the fledgling USA Today; and, in her current position as the president of Hearst Magazines, persuaded Oprah to launch a magazine. In 2006 she was named one of Fortune’s “50 Most Powerful Women in American Business” for the seventh consecutive year. Now, in the exuberant, down-to-earth voice that is her trademark, Cathie explains how she achieved “the 360° life”—a blend of professional accomplishment and personal contentment—and how any woman can seize opportunity in the workplace.

Golden Legacy: how Golden Books won children's hearts, changed publishing forever, and became an American icon along the way, by Leonard S. Marcus.
The year 2007 marked the 65th anniversary of a bold experiment: the launch of the Little Golden Books during the dark days of World War II. At a time when the literacy rate was not nearly as high as it is now - and privation was felt by nearly all - quality books for children would now be available at a price nearly everyone could afford (25 cents), and sold where ordinary people shopped. Golden Legacy is a lively history of a company, a line of books, the groundbreaking writers and artists who created them, the clever mavericks who marketed and sold them, and the cultural landscape that surrounded them.

Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer
Though touted as perhaps the best in the world, the American medical system is filled with hypocrisies. Our health care is staggeringly expensive, yet one in six Americans has no health insurance. We have some of the most skilled physicians in the world, yet one hundred thousand patients die each year from medical errors. In this gripping, eye-opening book, award-winning journalist Shannon Brownlee takes readers inside the hospital to dismantle some of our most venerated myths about American medicine. Using vivid examples of real patients and physicians, Overtreated debunks the idea that most of medicine is based in sound science, and shows how our health care system delivers huge amounts of unnecessary care that is not only expensive and wasteful but can actually imperil the health of patients.

The Book of General Ignorance: Everything You Think You Know Is Wrong,
Think Magellan was the first man to circumnavigate the globe, baseball was invented in America, Henry VIII had six wives, Mount Everest is the tallest mountain? Wrong, wrong, wrong, and wrong again. Misconceptions, misunderstandings, and flawed facts finally get the heave-ho in this humorous, downright humiliating book of reeducation based on the phenomenal British bestseller. Challenging what most of us assume to be verifiable truths in areas like history, literature, science, nature, and more.

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Jan 30, 2008

New Large Print Fiction, 1.30.08

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Bleeding Kansas, Sara Paretsky
Set in the Kaw River Valley where Paretsky grew up, Bleeding Kansas is the story of the Schapens and the Grelliers, two farm families whose histories have been entwined since the 1850s, when their ancestors settled the valley as antislavery emigrants. Today, the Schapen family, terrified by the lawlessness of the 1970s — when Lawrence was the most violent college town in the nation — has turned to that old-time religion for security. The Schapens keep a close eye on all their neighbors, most especially the Grelliers. They maintain careful track of everyone's misdeeds, printing the most egregious on their family website. When Gina Haring, a Wiccan, moves into an empty farmhouse and starts practicing pagan rites, the family members are so outraged that they begin an active harassment campaign against the Wiccans. The Schapens worry, too, about who stands better with the Lord: their family or the Grelliers. When a Schapen cow gives birth to what may be a Perfect Red Heifer — needed if the temple is ever rebuilt in Jerusalem — the Schapens feel convinced that God is indeed smiling on them. Despite parental cautions, the Grelliers' teenagers are enraged by the Schapens. All their short lives, they and the young Schapens have fought. One particularly angry confrontation causes Chip Grellier to be expelled from school and consequentlyto join the army. Chip's death in Iraq is the catalyzing event for momentous changes in the lives of not only both the Schapens and the Grelliers but of all the families in the valley. The powerful, climactic scene at Gina Haring's Samhain bonfire will forever haunt the reader.

True Evil, Greg Iles
Dr. Chris Shepard has never seen his new patient before. But the attractive young woman with the scarred face knows him all too well. An FBI agent working undercover, Alex Morse has come to Dr. Shepard's office in Natchez, Mississippi, to unmask a killer. A local divorce attorney has a cluster of clients whose spouses have all died under mysterious circumstances. Agent Morse's own brother-in-law was one of those clients, and now her beloved sister is dead. Then comes Morse's bombshell: Dr. Shepard's own beautiful wife consulted this lawyer one week ago, a visit Shepard knew nothing about. Will he help Alex Morse catch a killer? Or is he the next one to fall victim to a deadly trap of sex, lies, and murder?

Front Page Love, Paige Lee Elliston (#2 in the Montana Skies Series)
Extra, extra, read all about it: young hot-shot journalist looks for love. Maybe it's not front-page news, but for journalist Julie Downs, it's true. With two men vying for her attention, Julie doesn't know what to do. So to avoid a decision, she throws herself into her job as a reporter in her small town of Coldwater, Montana. In a moment of good fortune, she is assigned a special-interest column about the long drought that has turned the town to desert and sapped the strength of the local ranchers. But Julie can't escape the inevitable. When she unwittingly stumbles onto the trail of something even more threatening than the parched land, she must decide whether she will pursue a headline-grabbing story or follow her heart--wherever it may take her.

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Jan 29, 2008

New Fiction, 1.29.08

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Duma Key, Stephen King
A terrible construction site accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. A marriage that produced two lovely daughters suddenly ends, and Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived the injuries that could have killed him. He wants out. His psychologist, Dr. Kamen, suggests a "geographic cure," a new life distant from the Twin Cities and the building business Edgar grew from scratch. And Kamen suggests something else. The tenacity of love, the perils of creativity, the mysteries of memory and the nature of the supernatural — Stephen King gives us a novel as fascinating as it is gripping and terrifying.

Almost Dead, Lisa Jackson
A Woman Who Wants To Get Even...
The first victim is pushed to her death. The second suffers a fatal overdose. The third takes a bullet to the heart. Three down, more to go. They're people who deserve to die. People who are in the way. And when she's finished, there will be no one left...
Will Do Whatever It Takes For Revenge...
Cissy Cahill's world is unraveling fast. One by one, members of her family are dying. Cissy's certain she's being watched. Or is she losing her mind? Lately she's heard footsteps when there's no one around, smelled a woman's perfume, and noticed small, personal items missing from her house. Cissy's right to be afraid — but not for the reason she thinks. The truth is much more terrifying...

The Secret Between Us, Barbara Delinsky
The Secret Between Us explores the limits of responsibility — mother to daughter, daughter to father, husband to wife. After Deborah Monroe picks up her sixteen-year-old daughter, Grace, from a party, they are driving home when their car hits a man in the dark. Although Grace was at the wheel, Deborah sends her home, insistent on facing the police alone. Her decision then turns into a deception which takes on a life of its own, threatening their family, as well as the special bond between mother and daughter.

Robert Ludlum's The Arctic Event, James, Cobb
On a remote island in the Canadian Arctic, researchers discover the wreckage of a mysterious World War II-era aircraft, a discovery that forces the Russian Federation into a shocking admission. The unmarked plane is a Soviet strategic bomber that disappeared with its crew more than fifty years ago while carrying two metric tons of weaponized anthrax. Desperate to prevent a political and diplomatic firestorm, the U.S. president dispatches a Covert-One team led by Lieutenant Colonel Jon Smith to the crash site. But others have reached the frigid, windswept island first, including an international arms dealer and his crew of vicious mercenaries. As for the Russians, they are lying: a second, even deadlier secret rests within the hulk of the lost bomber, a secret the Russians are willing to kill to protect. Trapped in a polar wilderness, Smith and his team find themselves fighting a savage war on two front--against an enemy they can see and another hiding within their own ranks.

New England White, Stephen Carter
At the center: Lemaster Carlyle, the university president, and his wife, Julia Carlyle, a deputy dean at the divinity school” African Americans living in "the heart of whiteness." Lemaster is an old friend of the president of the United States. Julia was the murdered man's lover years ago. The meeting point of these connections forms the core of a mystery that deepens even as Julia closes in on the politically earth-shattering motive behind the murder.

Capitol Conspiracy, William Bernhardt
Oklahoma defense attorney Ben Kincaid has found himself smack in the middle of more than a few controversies and deadly predicaments–and the unexpected leap from his modest Tulsa law offices to Washington, D.C.’s Senate chamber hasn’t taken the edge off Ben’s knack for stepping into the line of fire. Now the idealistic junior senator is plunged into the thick of lethal intrigue when a shocking campaign of terror against key government officials rocks the nation’s capital.

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Jan 28, 2008

FAQ: Overdrive + Library Card Numbers

Q: I have a library card, and I tried to use the Overdrive program, but it said that my card number was invalid. Is there a prefix I have to use?

A: There is no prefix, but the older card numbers will not work. If your library card number is only 7 digits long, please call the library (474-2044) so we can update your card number. All of the card numbers that are 14 digits long should work with no problem. Feel free to call or email [szpatterson @ sealib . org - without spaces] if you have any troubles.

Wondering what Overdrive is? Overdrive is an audiobook download service available to Seabrook Library cardholders. Patrons can log on to the website from home and download audiobooks directly to their computers. From there you can listen to the book on your computer, put the book on an mp3 player to go, and many titles can be burned to cd. Visit NH Overdrive for more information!

Jan 25, 2008

new movies, 1.25.08

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ESPN Ultimate Nascar High Octane Collection:
Chronicles the fuel-injected climb of America's number 1 spectator sport, featuring never-before-seen images, pulse-pounding behind-the-wheel stories, and the passion and perspective of the experts.

Bourne Ultimatum:
Jason Bourne finds himself up against a new generation of trained assassins and relentless CIA operatives who will stop at nothing to prevent him from finding out about his past. Bonus features include deleted scenes, featurettes, and more.

Read or Die (anime):
A sinister plot is afoot and only one schoolteacher - a special agent with an affinity for rare books, can stop it. She is Ms. Yomiko Readman, better known to her colleagues as Agent Paper. Be prepared for an adventure like no other.

Arrested Development, Seasons 1,2,3:
In this Emmy-winning comedy's hilarious third season, Michael Bluth finally realizes tht it's his Uncle Oscar serving time in prison, not his father. Reluctant to spring Oscar due to the effect it may have on the family business, Michael decides that the only fair thing to do is to find his father and place him under house arrest.

Stardust: A young man promises to find a fallen star for the woman he loves. Little does he know that fallen star is an actual person, and she is being hunted by people wanting her secret power. Bonus features include deleted scenes, blooper reel, and more.

Shoot 'Em Up: A mysterious loner teams up with an unlikely ally to protect a newborn baby from a determined criminal who hunts them throughout the bowels of the city.

Rescue Dawn: Based on the story of Lt. Dieter Dengler, an American fighter pilot who was shot down and captured during the Vietnam War, and how he found even more horrors in the jungle once he and a group of other prisoners escaped.

Meerkat Manor, Season 1: Meet the Whiskers, a remarkable family of meerkats living on the edge of Africa's Kalahari Desert. They share all the love, squabbling, self-sacrifice, and rivalry found in any family home. Narrated by Sean Astin.

Talk to me: The life of Ralph 'Petey' Greene, an ex-con who made a name for himself as a Washington, D.C. radio personality, talk-show host, and community activist during the '60s. Bonus features include deleted scenes, featurette, and more.

Dreamgirls: Singers Effie, Lorrell, and Deena are discovered at a local talent show and begin a journey that shows them exactly what it takes to be in the music business, and what they must give up to realize their dream.

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New Comics + Manga, 1.25.08

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Nana, volumes 6, 7, & 8
Nana K. was happy to be Blast's biggest cheerleader, but now that the band is taking off, she's discovering that there are hordes of fans eager to take her place. At the same time, her involvement with Trapnest hottie Takumi is turning into a romantic entanglement she hadn't expected. When a chance for another kind of happiness presents itself, will Nana K. be strong enough to face the difficult choices that result?

The Sandwalk Adventures: An Adventure in Evolution Told in Five Chapters, Jay Hosler
Try to imagine a conversation between Charles Darwin of and a follicle mite named Mara living in his left eyebrow. Having trouble? Well, don't worry, because Jay Hosler has imagined it for you. Not surprisingly, there are a few strange aspects of this relationship, but perhaps none stranger than Mara's belief that Mr. Darwin is a diety! Can Mr.Darwin convince Mara that he didn't create life and all the species of the world? He sure hopes so. Fortunately, he has an elegant explantion for how species are formed. It's called Natural Selection and Mr. Darwin is somewhat of an expert on the topic. Join this unlikely duo as they go around and around Mr. Darwin's thinking path, the Sandwalk, looking for understanding and adventure.

Akira, Katsuhiro Otomo (volumes 2, 4, + 5)
This post-apocalyptic saga charts the coming of the creature known only as "Akira", a power both feared and prized for its potential to shake the recovering world. The Great Tokyo Empire rises, but with technology's most advanced weaponry to hand, the planet is not taking the threat lying down.

Naruto volumes 20 - 27!

52 (4 volumes)After the Infinite Crisis, the DC Universe spent a year without Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman — a year in which those heroes were needed more than ever as the fate of the world hung in the balance. This is 52, a four volume collection of the unprecedented, critically acclaimed weekly series of death, danger, romance, terror and the never-ending search for heroism in the DC Universe's most eventful year ever. The series features the best and brightest writers from the comic-book field: Geoff Johns (Infinite Crisis), Grant Morrison (All Star Superman), Greg Rucka (Wonder Woman) and Mark Waid (Kingdom Come), working together to tell the tale of a world awakening from a nightmare to face a new day. With their leaders gone, which heroes will stand tall? Who will fail at the most critical moment? Who will live — and who will die?

Palestine, Joe Sacco:
Based on years of research and extended visits to the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the early 1990s (Sacco conducted over 100 interviews with Palestinians and Jews), Palestine is the first major comics work of political nonfiction by Sacco, who has often been called the first comic book journalist and single-handedly pioneered the medium to universal acclaim. This new edition of Palestine also features a lengthy introduction by the outspoken political essayist and historian Edward Said (Peace and Its Discontents and The Question of Palestine), one of the world's most respected authorities on the Middle Eastern Conflict.

Scurvy Dogs: Rags to Riches, Andrew Boyd and Ryan Yount:
Pirates of the! The Scurvy Dogs search for jobs, love, and adventure - with disastrous results! This volume collects all five issues of the critically-acclaimed, independent humor, comic book sensation. But that's not all! It's chock-full of bonuses - including rare, behind-the-scenes materials, a character sketchbook, creator interviews, pin-up gallery, and an original commentary on all five issues written exlusively for this volume by creators Andrew Boyd and Ryan Yount. A must-have for the deranged; or for collectors of oddball comedy.

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Jan 23, 2008

new nonfiction books, 1.23.08

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Nigella Express: 130 Recipes for Good Food, Fast
Featuring fabulous fast foods, ingenious shortcuts, terrific time-saving ideas, and easy, delicious meals, "Nigella Express" is the Food Network stars solution to eating well when time is short.

In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto,Michael Pollan
Michael Pollan's sensible and decidedly counterintuitive advice is: Don't eat anything that your great-great grandmother would not recognize as food. Writing In Defense of Food, and affirming the joy of eating, Pollan suggests that if we would pay more for better, well-grown food, but buy less of it, we'll benefit ourselves, our communities, and the environment at large. Taking a clear-eyed look at what science does and does not know about the links between diet and health, he proposes a new way to think about the question of what to eat that is informed by ecology and tradition rather than by the prevailing nutrient-by-nutrient approach.

AlterNation: Transform. Embellish. Customize.
With this book, readers can make something cool without spending a lot of money. With step-by-step photos and a wide range of projects such as handbags, leathercraft, hats, painted shoes, and more, this book will have readers creating their own personalized DIY fashions in no time.

Son of Stitch 'n Bitch: Forty-Five Projects to Knit and Crochet for Men
Debbie Stoller knows that at least half the projects women knit are intended for the men in their lives. She also knows that knitting for a boyfriend or husband or father is full of pitfalls. The answer Son of Stitch 'N Bitch, the hip, smart knitter's guide to knitting for men.

America Dreaming: How Youth Changed America in the '60s
With the end of the 1950s came a cultural explosion and the birth of a new era. The 1960s were a time of change, and at the forefront of this change was America's youth. Covering subjects such as the civil rights movement, hippie culture, black nationalism, and the feminist movement, the author portrays life in the '60's and shows how teenagers were on the forefront of the societal changes that occurred during this grand decade.

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Jan 18, 2008

new music, 1.18.08

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The Ramones: Rocket to Russia
Their third album contains 19-track, five of which are bonus tracks, has a terrific booklet with the original artwork, full of lyrics plenty of photos, and great notes, It includes the band's finest Rockaway Beach; and Sheena is a Punk Rocker.

Blondie: Parallel Lines
With Parallel Lines, Blondie went to the top of the charts. The album features the hit One Way Or Another. This edition also includes three live performances and an early version of Heart of Glass called Once I Had a Love.

Cassius: 15 Again
Legendary French electro-house duo Cassius returns with their long-awaited third album. Along with the international dance hit Toop Toop, the album features a guest appearance by Pharrell.

Old Crow Medicine Show: O.C.M.S.
Old Crow Medicine Show takes traditional folk and bluegrass music and infuse them with a rock and roll attitude on their debut album. The group performs a mix of traditional songs along with new material including the song Hard To Hell.

Old Crow Medicine Show: Big Iron World
The second album from the unique pop-rock, bluegrass group Old Crow Medicine Show. Features the highly anticipated song Down Home Girl.

The White Stripes: Icky Thump
After a two-year break, the White Stripes return with their highly anticipated sixth studio album. The band covers a wide range of musical sounds, from blues to classic rock and more. Includes the single Icky Thump.

Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny

Tenacious D is back with their latest rock installment and soundtrack to their motion picture, The Pick of Destiny. Jack Black and Kyle Glass deliver the same intense, aggressive, and pure rock sound in all 15 new tracks.

Rammstein: Live Aus Berlin

AC/DC: Back in Black
Five months after the death of band member Bon Scott, the group released this album, which turned out to be one of hard rock's greatest achievements. Includes the hits You Shook Me All Night Long and Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution.

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Jan 16, 2008

Songs of Old New Hampshire, Free program with Jeff Warner on January 17th, 2008 at 6:30pm

Join us at the Seabrook Library on Thursday, January 17th at 6:30pm for an evening of songs and stories with Jeff Warner. Songs and stories from lumber camps, sailing ships and textile mills of old New England - fun for all ages!

Jan 11, 2008

Slam, Nick Hornby

Nick Hornby is the author of good books, including High Fidelity (which they made a movie of) and About a Boy (which they also made a movie of). His books are great for a wide audience, but this is his first written intentionally for teens.

Sam, the main character and narrator, is a regular sort of kid living a regular life in England. Except that his mom was a teenage mom, and now he's about to become a teenage dad at the age of 16. Yep, he knows about safe sex, but he made a mistake and now he is going to have to live out the consequences.

What makes this book such a good read is the realism of the situation - all of the characters are interesting people, but they are all human - even Sam - they make mistakes, say stupid things, do mean things, are awesome, are funny, are boring. And the other thing is being able to see the story of teenage pregnancy from the guy's point of view. Especially such an average, run of the mill guy like Sam.

Jan 10, 2008

new movies, 1.10.08

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3:10 to Yuma
A captured outlaw and a Civil War veteran cross paths when the outlaw needs safe passage to the train taking him to prison and the veteran volunteers for the job. Includes commentary, deleted scenes, featurettes, and more.

Trapped in an unhappy marriage, a small-town waitress finds her life forever changed by an unplanned pregnancy. Transforming her misery into delicious desserts, she sets out to win a pie contest and free herself from her abusive husband.

Eastern Promises
A ruthless member of a Russian organized crime family has his existence compromised when he meets an innocent midwife who accidentally uncovers evidence against the family. Includes featurettes.

Resident Evil - Extinction!
Alice, Carlos, and L.J. are back, along with some new survivors, to find and eliminate the deadly virus that is turning humans into the undead. Alice now has some new genetically altered abilities, which will come in handy if anyone wants to survive!

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
In Harry's fifth year of study at Hogwarts, the new course in defensive magic leaves the students unprepared to defend themselves against the Dark Arts. Harry forms 'Dumbledore's Army' to prepare the young wizards for the battle ahead.

After his partner is brutally murdered by the infamous assassin Rogue, FBI agent Jack Crawford vows to find the elusive killer and personally avenge his partner's death.

Pirates of the Caribbean III: At World's End
Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann join with Captain Barbossa in a desperate quest to free Captain Jack Sparrow from his trap in Davy Jones' locker. Headed beyond the ends of the Earth, the future of the freedom-loving pirate way hangs in the balance.

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