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Coming in September

Fiction:

Barr, Nevada. Burn.

Nevada Barr brings her acclaimed New York Times bestselling Anna Pigeon series to Minotaur Books with one of her most compelling, complex novels yet!


Brown, Rita Mae. A Nose for Justice.

On Jeep Reed's Wings Ranch near Reno, Jeep, her great-niece, former Wall Street banker Magdalene "Mags" Rogers, and their two dogs King and Baxter investigate a pump company employee's disappearance, along with an environmentalist's shooting "suicide" and the identity of a really cold corpse.


Gabaldon, Diana (text) & Hoang Nguyen (illus.). The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Nov

Coming in August

Fiction:

Brown, Sandra. Tough Customer.

Investigator Dodge Hanley is helping the daughter of a former lover, who has a stalker.

Connolly, John. The Whisperers

Charlie Parker teams up with undesirables in order to capture a group of Vets who are smuggling goods across the US Canadian Border.

Cook, Robin. Cure.

New Mysteries May 2010

Mercy Killing by Stephen Solomita
Wheel of Fate by Kate Sedley
Wrecked by Carol Higgins Clark
Shadow of Your Smile by Mary Higgins Clark
Crimes by Moonlight edited by Charlaine Harris
False Pretences by Veronica Heley
Silent Intruder by Gerald Hammond
Midnight Fires by Nancy Means Wright
Silent Auction by Jane K. Cleland
Off Track by Clare Curzon
Sham Rock by Ralph Mcinerny
Only a Game by J.M. Gregson
Glazed Murder by Jessica Beck
Mint Juleps, Mayhem and Murder by Sara Rosett
House to Die for by Vicki Doudera
Inheritance by Simon Tolkien
This Body of Death by Elizabeth George
Six Mile Creek by Richard Helms
Ring of Death by Sally Spencer
Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

What's in a Name?

Some things really happen by coincidence but I’m beginning to wonder if something else is afoot.    The last six books I read all have an important character named Henry.   The titles include Breathless (Dean Koontz), Edgar Sawtelle (Wroblewski) and Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (Ford).  Then I started Olive Kitteridge (Strout) and in the very first section there are two Henrys!  It’s a great name, the name of kings, synonymous with power and strength.  Its popularity is on the rise here and in Europe, but 7 books in a row?   So far no Henrys in my current book, Safe from the Neighbors.

New Releases For April 26th

We have two new releases for Tuesday April 26th.  They are:

Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, The (Johnny Depp)

It's Complicated

New DVD Releases For April 20th

We have three new DVDs for Tuesday, April 20th.  They are:

Crazy Heart

Lovely Bones, The

Young Victoria

Mystery Monday

"I can't believe this library!  You have no copies  of James Patterson, John Grisham, and Nelson DeMille!  What kind of library is this?"  These words came from an extremely upset woman who came to the reference desk understandably dismayed that we did not carry her favorite authors.  Where had she looked?  In the mystery section, of course.  Isn't that where these authors would be?  Well, actually, no.  We do, indeed, collect books by these authors, but they are found in regular fiction, not mystery, because they are considered thrillers or suspense.  What is the difference between a mystery and a thriller/suspense title?  Basically, a mystery is a puzzle, a game of whodunit.  A crime has occurred, which we usually don't see happen, and the protoganist (police detective, amateur sleuth, etc.) must uncover the truth and bring the perpetrator to justice.  On the other hand, a suspense/thriller novel works with an imminent fear of danger.  A roller coaster of heart pounding thrills ensues and we hang on for the death defying ride. 

New DVD Release For April 13th

We have one new release for Tuesday, April 13th.  It is:

Pirate Radio (Philip Seymour Hoffman)

SWORDS AND SORCERY: HEROIC FANTASY

In 1932, a sword-wielding barbarian, "black-haired, sullen-eyed," strode out of the pages of Weird Tales magazine and straight into the hearts of young men everywhere.  His name was Conan, and he and his savage homeland of Cimmeria were the creation of American writer Robert E. Howard.  Howard only wrote four years' worth of Conan stories-- he committed suicide in 1936-- but his creation outlived him in the pens of such authors as L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter, and in the face of a certain governor of California.  Thanks to Conan and other characters like him, Howard is generally credited with the invention of the heroic fantasy subgenre.  (To that, I have three words: Gilgamesh, Odysseus, and Beowulf.  But I'd happily grant him "popularization of the genre.")  Nearly 30 years later, Fritz Lieber (of "Fafhrd and The Gray Mouser" fame) coined the phrase it's best known by today-- "sword and sorcery."

New DVD Releases For April 6th

We have five new releases for Tuesday, April 6th.  They are:

$9.99

Baader Meinhof Complex (Foreign Film - German)

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (Nicholas Cage)

Glee - Season One

The Stoning of Soraya M.


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