May 31, 2008

parenting books, 5.21.08

Beautiful Boy: a father's journey through his son's addiction, David Sheff
Sheff's story is a first: a teenager's addiction from the parent's point of view — a real-time chronicle of the shocking descent into substance abuse and the gradual emergence into hope. Before meth, Sheff's son Nic was a varsity athlete, honor student, and award-winning journalist. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who stole money from his eight-year-old brother and lived on the streets. With haunting candor, Sheff traces the first subtle warning signs, the denial (by both child and parents), the three A.M. phone calls (is it Nic? the police? the hospital?), the attempts at rehab, and, at last, the way past addiction. He shows us that, whatever an addict's fate, the rest of the family must care for each other too, lest they become addicted to addiction. Meth is the fastest-growing drug in the United States, as well as the most addictive and the most dangerous — wreaking permanent brain damage faster than any other readily available drug. It has invaded every region and demographic in America. This book is the first that treats meth and its impact in depth. But it is not just about meth. Nic's addiction has wrought the same damage that any addiction will wreak. His story, and his father's, are those of any family that contains an addict — and one in three American families does.

The Playskool Guide for Expectant Fathers gives dads-to-be all the advice and information they need to understand what's happening during every step of pregnancy. Written by M.D. and father of three Brian Lipps, dads will learn how to get involved in ways that give them a close and incredible experience while helping mom toward the big day. Includes: Great starting points for many pregnancy-related conversations, Learn about your baby's development month-by-month, How to support, encourage and help your pregnant partner, Develop an action plan of things to do to get ready for baby, Understand mom's changing body and hormones, Get involved by reading-and talking-to the bump in the belly.

May 29, 2008

new fiction, 5.29.08

The Whole Truth, David Baldacci
Nicolas Creel is a man on a mission. He heads up the world's largest defense contractor, The Ares Corporation. Dick Pender is the man Creel retains to perception manage his company to even more riches by manipulating international conflicts. But Creel may have an even grander plan in mind.Shaw, a man with no first name and a truly unique past, has a different agenda. Reluctantly doing the bidding of a secret multi-national intelligence agency, he travels the globe to keep it safe and at peace. Willing to do anything to get back to the top of her profession, Katie James is a journalist who has just gotten the break of a lifetime: the chance to interview the sole survivor of a massacre that has left every nation stunned.In this terrifying, global thriller, these characters' lives will collide head-on as a series of events is set in motion that could change the world as we know it.

A Prisoner of Birth, Jeffrey Archer
If Danny Cartwright had proposed to Beth Wilson the day before, or the day after, he would not have been arrested and charged with the murder of his best friend. But when the four prosecution witnesses are a barrister, a popular actor, an aristocrat, and the youngest partner in an established firm's history, who is going to believe your side of the story? Danny is sentenced to twenty-two years and sent to Belmarsh prison, the highest-security jail in the land, from where no inmate has ever escaped. However, Spencer Craig, Lawrence Davenport, Gerald Payne, and Toby Mortimer all underestimate Danny's determination to seek revenge, and Beth's relentless quest to pursue justice, which ends up with all four fighting for their lives.

Hokus Pokus, Fern Michaels
There is no match for the Sisterhood a the seven friends who have taken vigilante justice to a new level a not even the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Although the women foiled former FBI director Mitch Rileyas plot to frame their friends Judge Nellie Easter and lawyer Lizzie Fox, now they must remain in exile or risk capture. They canat complain about their opulent digs on a remote, luxurious mountaintop, but the ladies desperately miss home.Their wish to return might come true sooner than they expect when they receive a panicked call from Supreme Court Chief Justice Pearl Barnes, who faces blackmail for her own illegal brand of justice. Now the women must not only sneak back into the United States, but also remain undetected as they investigate. But how do you make seven women disappear? With a nosy reporter on the brink of exposing them, the clock is ticking as the Sisterhood tries to create a little magic a and save the day.

Compulsion, Jonathan Kellerman
A tipsy young woman seeking aid on a desolate highway disappears into the inky black night. A retired schoolteacher is stabbed to death in broad daylight. Two women are butchered after closing time in a small-town beauty parlor. These and other bizarre acts of cruelty and psychopathology are linked only by the killer’s use of luxury vehicles and a baffling lack of motive. The ultimate whodunits, these crimes demand the attention of LAPD detective Milo Sturgis and his collaborator on the crime beat, psychologist Alex Delaware. What begins with a solitary bloodstain in a stolen sedan quickly spirals outward in odd and unexpected directions, leading Delaware and Sturgis from the well-heeled center of L.A. society to its desperate edges; across the paths of commodities brokers and transvestite hookers; and as far away as New York City, where the search thaws out a long-cold case and exposes a grotesque homicidal crusade. The killer proves to be a fleeting shape-shifter, defying identification, leaving behind dazed witnesses and death–and compelling Alex and Milo to confront the true face of murderous madness.

Sunday at Tiffany's, James Patterson
As a little girl, Jane has no one. Her mother, the powerful head of a Broadway theater company, has no time for her. She does have one friend-a handsome, comforting, funny man named Michael-but only she can see him.

Years later, Jane is in her thirties and just as alone as ever. Then she meets Michael again-as handsome, smart and perfect as she remembers him to be. But not even Michael knows the reason they've really been reunited.

May 28, 2008

new large print fiction, 5.28.08

A Town Called Fury: Judgement Day, William W. Johnstone
The "USA Today" bestselling creator of the Mountain Man delivers the third novel of a brand-new saga of the American frontier town called Fury, built smack-dab in the middle of the untamed Arizona Territory, and of the only man who can give Fury a fighting chance.

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A Bone to Pick, Charlaine Harris
Death comes calling on a small-town librarian whose life is passing her by. Aurora Roe Teagarden's fortunes change when a deceased acquaintance names her as heir to a rather substantial estate, including money, jewelry, and a house complete with a skull hidden in a window seat. Roe concludes that the elderly women has purposely left her a murder to solve. So she must identify the victim and figure out which one of her new, ordinary-seeming neighbors is a murderer-without putting herself in deadly danger.

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The Book of Old Houses, Sarah Graves
Once upon a time, Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree was a hotshot money manager to Manhattan's rich and dreadful—until she left city life behind for a centuries-old fixer-upper in the quaint seaside town of Eastport, Maine. But even this tiny haven has its hazards—and they can be astonishingly deadly.... When a mysterious book is unearthed from the foundation of Jake's 1823 fixer-upper, she immediately sends it off to local book historian Horace Robotham. After all, there must be a logical explanation for why the long-buried volume has her name in it—written in what looks suspiciously like blood. But all logic goes out the window when the book disappears—and Horace turns up dead.

Drop Dead Beautiful, Jackie Collins
The bestselling author of "Lovers & Players "returns with her 25th fabulous novel and her most beloved character...Get ready for the scandalously scintillating read only Jackie Collins can deliver! Lucky Santangelo is back with a vengeance--still every bit as strong, sexy, and seductive as ever! But Lucky is older and wiser, and hot to reclaim her power position in Las Vegas. However, a deadly enemy from her past has resurfaced--a person determined to take everything from her, including the family she holds so dear: two sons and an out-of-control teenage daughter who is just as outrageous as Lucky herself. Like mother, like daughter. And if that old saying holds true, it's going to be one wild ride.

I Heard That Song Before, Mary Higgins Clark
In a riveting psychological thriller, Mary Higgins Clark takes the reader deep into the mysteries of the human mind, where memories may be the most dangerous things of all. At the center of her novel is Kay Lansing, who has grown up in Englewood, New Jersey, daughter of the landscaper to the wealthy and powerful Carrington family. Their mansion — a historic seventeenth-century manor house transported stone by stone from Wales in 1848 — has a hidden chapel. One day, accompanying her father to work, six-year-old Kay succumbs to curiosity and sneaks into the chapel. There, she overhears a quarrel between a man and a woman who is demanding money from him. When she says that this will be the last time, his caustic response is: I heard that song before.

Mornign Glory: a drifters and dreamers romance, Carolyn Brown
Clara Anderson has her routine, and she likes it that way. But oil has brought big changes to Healdton, Oklahoma, and though she can't stop "progress," that doesn't mean she has to rent rooms in her boarding house to oil well riff-raff. So she's incensed when one of her employees rents a room to Briar Nelson, a roustabout for Rose Oil. All Briar wants is a place to eat and sleep. He signed a three-month contract and paid the rent in advance, so the lovely, crazy Clara will have to hire a lawyer to throw him out. Can a woman who was jilted ten years ago fall for the kind of man she wants nothing to do with? Changes more personal that the discovery of oil are evolving at the Morning Glory Inn . . .

Dust: a Richard Jury mystery, Martha Grimes
When an old friend pulls Richard Jury into the investigation of a wealthy bachelors murder, Jury soon finds himself in over his head with the beautiful chief inspecting officer and the false leads surrounding the once-charismatic dead man, last seen alive in a club named Dust.

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May 26, 2008

new video games, 5.26.08

We've gotten some more video games! We still have a very small collection, but welcome donations of E, E10+, and T video games for all platforms.

Avatar the Last Airbender: The Burning Earth [game for Wii]
Brain Age 2 [game for Nintendo DS]
Burnout Paradise [game for Xbox 360]
Drawn to life [game for Nintendo DS]
Heavenly Sword [game for Playstation 3]
The legend of Zelda : Phantom Hourglass [game for Nintendo DS]
Madden NFL 08 [game for Xbox 360]
Naruto : Path of the Ninja [game for Nintendo DS]
Naruto : Rise of a Ninja [game for Xbox 360]
Orcs & Elves [game for Nintendo DS]
Pokemon Diamond [game for Nintendo DS]
Rayman 2 : Revolution [game for Playstation 2]

Shadow of the Colossus [game for Playstation 2]
The Simpsons Game [game for Xbox 360]
The Simpsons Road Rage [game for Playstation 2]
Skate [game for Xbox 360]
Tony Hawk's Proving Ground [game for Wii]
Uncharted : Drake's Fortune game for Playstation 3]
Lego Star Wars [game for Playstation 2]

May 25, 2008

new teen books, 5.25.08

Once Upon a Time in the North, Philip Pullman
In this new prequel episode from Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials universe, Lee Scoresby--Texan aeronaut and future friend to Lyra Belacqua--is just 24 years old, and he's recently won his hot-air balloon in a poker game. He finds himself floating North to the windswept Arctic island of Novy Odense, where he and his hare daemon Hester are quickly tangled in a deadly plot involving oil magnate Larsen Manganese, corrupt mayoral candidate Ivan Poliakov, and Lee's longtime nemesis from the Dakota Country: Pierre McConville, a hired killer with at least twenty murders to his name. It's only after Lee forms an alliance with one of the island's reviled armored bears that he can fight to break up the conspiracy in a gun-twirling classic western shoot out--and battle of wits. This exquisite clothbound volume features the illustrations of John Lawrence, a removable board game—Peril of the Pole—on the inside back cover, and a glimpse for Pullman fans into the first friendship of two of the most beloved characters in the His Dark Materials trilogy: Lee Scoresby and armored bear Iorek Byrnison.

Lawn Boy, Gary Paulsen
One day I was 12 years old and broke. Then Grandma gave me Grandpa's old riding lawnmower. I set out to mow some lawns. More people wanted me to mow their lawns. And more and more. . . . One client was Arnold the stockbroker, who offered to teach me about "the beauty of capitalism. Supply and Demand. Diversify labor. Distribute the wealth." "Wealth?" I said. "It's groovy, man," said Arnold. If I'd known what was coming, I might have climbed on my mower and putted all the way home to hide in my room. But the lawn business grew and grew. So did my profits, which Arnold invested in many things. And one of them was Joey Pow the prizefighter. That's when my 12th summer got really interesting.

Sunrise Over Fallujah, Walter Dean Myers
Operation Iraqi Freedom, that's the code name. But the young men and women in the military's Civil Affairs Battalion have a simpler name for it: WAR. In this new novel, Walter Dean Myers looks at a contemporary war with the same power and searing insight he brought to the Vietnam war of his classic, Fallen Angels. He creates memorable characters like the book's narrator, Birdy, a young recruit from Harlem who's questioning why he even enlisted; Marla, a blond, tough-talking, wisecracking gunner; Jonesy, a guitar-playing bluesman who just wants to make it back to Georgia and open a club; and a whole unit of other young men and women and drops them incountry in Iraq, where they are supposed to help secure and stabilize Iraq and successfully interact with the Iraqi people. The young civil affairs soldiers soon find their definition of "winning" ever more elusive and their good intentions being replaced by terms like "survival" and "despair."
The Host, Stephanie Meyer
The author of the Twilight series of #1 bestsellers delivers her brilliant first novel for adults: a gripping story of love and betrayal in a future with the fate of humanity at stake. Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind. Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves — Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body's desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she's never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.

Book Trailer for The Host:

Suckerpunch, David Hernandez
It's the summer before senior year, and Marcus should be hanging out, filling his sketchbook, maybe asking a girl out for once. So why is he in a car with his brother, his brother's girl, and the pistol, headed straight toward his dad?

May 24, 2008

new picture books, 5.24.08

Maple Syrup Season, Ann Purmell

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Do Unto Otters, a book about manners, Laurie Keller
Mr. Rabbit’s new neighbors are Otters. OTTERS! But he doesn’t know anything about Otters. Will they get along? Will they be friends? Just treat otters the same way you’d like them to treat you, advises wise Mr. Owl. And so begins Mr. Rabbit’s reflection on good manners.

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Woolbur, Leslie Helakoski
Woolbur's list of Do's and Don'ts:
DON'T worry if you weave your forelock into a pot holder!
DO march to your own beat;
DON'T worry when Maa and Paa tell you to stay with the herd!
DO be bold and brave;
DON'T be afraid to BE YOURSELF!

Woolbur is not like other sheep. He hangs out with wild dogs, cards his own wool to avoid the shearing barn, and even dyes his wool blue. "Don't worry!" says Grandpaa when Maa and Paa fret that Woolbur is different. But when they tell their son to follow the flock, the opposite happens — the flock follows him! Soon everyone is copying his wild hairstyles and taking turns on the spinning wheel. Leave it to Woolbur to find a new way to step ahead of the herd. Spunky, funky, and refreshingly distinct, Woolbur will strike a chord with anyone who's ever felt different. And that's all of us!

Quiet! There's a Canary in the Library, Don Freeman

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Oodles of Animals, Lois Ehlert
In this exuberant collection, Lois Ehlert celebrates the animal kingdom with quirky, playful rhymes and bold collage illustrations that perfectly capture the spirit of each creature. Sixty-four of her favorite animal friends are here, from hamsters to monkeys, geckos to mountain goats--and with its clever combination of fact and wordplay, this stunning volume is as fun to read as it is to look at.

Full House: an invitation to fractions, Ann Dayle Dodds
Miss Bloom runs the Strawberry Inn, and she absolutely loves visitors. Throughout the day, she welcomes a cast of hilarious characters, from a duchess to a dog trainer, until all the rooms are taken. It's a full house But in the middle of the night, Miss Bloom realizes that something is just not right — and sure enough, downstairs the guests are eating her cake. Readers will be happily inspired to do the math and discover that one delicious cake divided by five hungry guests and one hospitable hostess equals a perfect midnight snack at the Strawberry Inn.

The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum, Kate Bernheimer
Once there was a girl who lived in a castle. The castle was inside a museum. When children visited, they'd press against the glass globe in which the castle sat, to glimpse the tiny girl. But when they went home, the girl was lonely. Then one day, she had an idea! What if you hung a picture of yourself inside the castle inside the museum, inside this book? Then you'd able to keep the girl company.

May 23, 2008

new music, 5.23.08

Tip of the Iceberg/Takin' It Ova, New Found Glory
New Found Glory presents a unique two-disc set. The first disc is an EP with three new songs and three covers. The second disc has the band performing as International Superheroes of Hardcore and with a slightly different sound.

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Hannah Montana: best of both worlds
Quickly rising to fame, the popular teen idol Miley Cyrus' concerts sold out nationwide, causing a two-disc release featuring live concert audio. Features seven tracks by Miley, seven by her alter ego Hannah Montana, plus a duet with the Jonas Brothers.

E=MC2, Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey's highly anticipated follow-up release to her mega-selling album The Emancipation of Mimi features production from Jermaine Dupri,, and Rodney Jerkins. Includes the single Touch My Body, which was written and produced by Carey.

Hard Candy, Madonna
2008 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Madonna shows no signs of slowing down with her 11th studio album. This time she teams up with Timbaland and Justin Timberlake for an album that fuses together hip-hop beats with dance club culture.

Bittersweet World, Ashlee Simpson
Working with Timbaland and Chad Hugo for her third studio album, Simpson taps into her love of '80s music, creating a pop/rock sound with definite '80s influences. Features the album's first single, Out of My Head (Ay Ya Ya).

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When Angels and Serpents Dance, P.O.D.
P.O.D.'s seventh album features the same finely tuned rap, grunge, and alternative metal that has made them a fan favorite for the last decade. Includes the hot singles Addicted and I'll Be Ready.

The Odd Couple, Gnarls Barkley
Multi-Instrumentalist and producer Danger Mouse and rapper Cee-Lo Green make up one of music's most innovative duos. The group returns with the follow-up to their smash hit debut. Includes the singles Run and Who's Gonna Save My Soul.

Jonas Brothers
The sophomore effort from the New Jersey brothers who have become a teenage pop sensation. Includes the hits Hold On; S.O.S.; and Year 3000.

Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings, Counting Crows
Starkly divided between dark, electric sounds and softer, acoustic-based material, the Crows explore the cycle of sinning followed by feelings of sorrow and grief on their first album since 2002's Hard Candy.

Ego Trippin, Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg did a great job keeping his mouth sealed for his ninth studio album that features the first single, Sensual Seduction, which suggests no worries that he'll be in great shape.

Accelerate, R.E.M.
R.E.M. is back with their first studio album since the 2004 release Around the Sun. Among the album's tracks is the single Supernatural Superserious, as well as other tracks that the band has road tested on tour.

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Detours, Sheryl Crow
The sixth studio album from the ever-popular Crow takes on a serious tone as she addresses many of the issues that face humankind. Includes the first single Shine Over Babylon.

May 22, 2008

we have magazines!

The library subscribes to a LOT of magazines for you to read both in the library and check out. These are just some:

Better Homes and Gardens
Business Week
Cat Fancy
Crafts n' Things
Dog Fancy
Early American Life
E the Environmental Magazine
Good Housekeeping
Guns & Ammo
Ladies' Home Journal
Martha Stewart Living
The Nation
National Geographic
New Hampshire Magazine
The New Yorker
Psychology Today
Reader's Digest
Science News
Sports Illustrated
Vanity Fair
U.S. News and World Report
Utne Reader

May 21, 2008

new dvds, 5.21.08

Walk Hard, the Dewey Cox story
A look at the life of a musician who dealt with a seesaw career, numerous marriages and children, and addiction to every drug known to man, and still came out of it an icon whose music would change a nation.

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27 Dresses
Jane is a romantic, completely selfless woman who has been a bridesmaid in no fewer than 27 weddings. Her younger sister Tess captures the heart of Jane's boss - on whom Jane has a secret crush, inspiring her to change her 'always a bridesmaid' destiny.

The Seeker - the dark is rising
During Christmas break from school, a seemingly typical teenager discovers he's anything but ordinary. As the seventh son of a seventh son, Will is the Seeker - a chosen warrior destined to restore the delicate earthly balance between Light and Dark.

One Missed Call
College students discover eerie voicemail messages on their cell phones. Each call comes from the near future. Each call has the chilling voice of the student during his or her last moments alive. And each call comes true.

Lars and the Real Girl
Lars is a sweet but quirky guy who thinks he's found the girl of his dreams in a life-sized doll named Bianca. He is content with his artificial girlfiend until he develops feelings for Margo, an attractive co-worker, and becomes lost in a love triangle.

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Juno MacGuff is a cool, confident teenager who takes a nine-month detour into adulthood when she's faced with an unplanned pregnancy - and sets out to find the perfect parents for her baby.

Charlie Wilson's War
One congressman who loved a good time, one Houston socialite who loved a good cause, and one renegade CIA agent who loved a good fight conspired to bring about the largest covert operation in history.

American Pie Presents the Naked Mile

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