Friday, February 23, 2007

New Nonfiction


Taste of Home's Favorite Brand Name Recipes 2006. "Every recipe features name-brand foods you've used with confidence (and had great results with) for years."

2007 Taste of Home Annual Recipes. Every recipe from every 2006 issue of Taste of Home, plus several 'bonus' recipes.

Cooking Light Annual Recipes 2007. Every recipe from Cooking Light's 2006 publishing year. Over 1,000 recipes.

Taste of Home's Weeknight Cooking Made Easy 2006. 304 easy and quick to make recipes.

Health Topics

Arthritis : your comprehensive guide to pain management, medication, diet, exercise, surgery, and physical therapies by H.A. Bird. An Arthritis Foundation book.

Diet Drugs by Hal Marcovitz. A book aimed at educating teen readers and a very useful source when doing school research. Chapters include history, the Fen-Phen debacle, Ephedra's dangers, and abuse.

Caffeine by Hal Marcovitz. Similar to the above title but focused on caffeine.

Vaccines edited by Ken R. Wells. Another book at aimed at teenage researchers. Covers the first and second generations of vaccines, recent controversies, and research and development for new vaccines.

Dr. Michael Hunter's Breast Cancer Made Simple by Dr. Michael Hunter. Made simple as in "easy to understand" not "let's get cancer". Hunter was named a "top doctor for breast cancer" in Seattle and runs a cancer program in Kirkland, WA. His book covers detection, pathology, staging, management and prognosis. A good and simple guide to understanding.

Social Sciences

Stalkers and Shooters: A History of Snipers by Kevin Dockery. I bought this after a guy was in the other day asking for books on snipers. Dockery covers the history of snipers in both the military and law enforcement. Dockery goes beyond other sniping books by analyzing and explaining different engagements by both police and military. There are several sections written by police and military shooters about their work and what past actions have been like.

Special Forces: The War Against Saddam Hussein by Eric Micheletti. History of special forces in the 2003 invasion of Iraq. LOTS of color photos with coverage of Army, Air Force, Marines and Navy and also includes units from England and Australia and other coalition forces ("What about Poland? Don't forget Poland.")

Thursday, February 22, 2007

New Fiction - Print and Audio CD


Puss'n Cahoots by Rita Mae Brown. Brown always lists the cat's name as co-author, but I refuse to do so. Brown has a very loyal readership, this is the 16th book cat book she has. The books are supposed to be fun but, come on, I'm not reading a book about cats.

Shopaholic and Baby by Sophie Kinsella. London fashion fanatic Becky is having a great life. She's married, working at London's newest clothing store, and has a new baby on the way. But when Becky discovers her obstetrician is her husband's ex-girlfriend she starts getting worried.

Requiem for a Dealer by Jo Bannister. Thrilling Detective said, "Brodie Farrell has the seemingly-obligatory 'cute' first name for a female detective and a growing rep for finding things and people. In fact, she's set out her shingle for her small business "Looking for Something?" in the small seaside town of Dimmock. But there's nothing cute about some of the harrowing violence and pain that Brodie often faces in the course of -- and the result of -- her investigations."
Brodie's latest has her investigating a young lady's suspicions that her horse dealer father was murdered. Brodie's investigation dovetails with her policeman friend's investigation into a potent new illegal drug, Scram, that the same girl overdoses on.

Montmorency's Revenge by Eleanor Updale. English actor and thief Montmorency is determined to hunt down the anarchist mastermind responsible for the murder of his friends. His search takes him to Italy, Paris and America, where Montmorency and his son Tom become embroiled in an attempt to prevent the assassination of none other than the President of the United States.

Death of a Maid by M.C. Beaton. Another "cozy" mystery by Beaton set in Scotland and featuring inspector Hamish Macbeth.

Audiobook Fiction

Ines of My Soul by Isabel Allende. Ines Suarez was born into a poor family in 16th Century Spain. When her husband went missing in the New World, she took the chance to flee her homeland and search for him. After learning her husband died in battle, Ines began a love affair with the field marshal of Francisco Pizarro. Ines went on to conquer Chile and defend Santiago City against attack. Allende's novelization of Ines is supposed to be an excellent read. But you can listen to it, instead.

Red River by Lalita Tademy. The 1873 Colfax Riot in Louisiana left over 100 black Civil War veterans and local citizens dead after a clash against segregationists. Colfax was an important battle of the Reconstruction south. Tademy fictionalizes the story through the eyes of two families, one black and one white.

Hide by Lisa Gardner. Suspense writer Gardner has Bobby Dodge investigating a killer that he thought was dead.

Breakpoint by Richard A. Clarke. Terrorists aim to destroy international communications. Attacking internet cable centers, computer grids and space satellites brings the Intelligence Analysis Center into action. As the attacks increase, the Center investigates Russian mobsters, rogue nations, and right-wing militias before the damage is too great.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

New Large Print and a DVD

Large Print

Skylight Confessions by Alice Hoffman.

Red Hat Society's Domestic Goddess by Regina Hale Sutherland.

Bad Blood by Linda Fairstein.

A Marked Man by Stella Cameron.

A Friend of the Family by Marcia Willett.

The Perfect Fake by Barbara Parker.

Adult DVD

Thief starring James Caan, directed by Michael Mann.

Mann (director of Collateral, Ali, The Insider, Heat and executive producer of Miami Vice) made this picture in 1981. Caan plays Frank, an experience diamond thief, who has teamed up with the Chicago mob for burglary jobs. The mob gives Frank a $400,000 robbery and Frank's need for retirement funds blinds him to the mob's underhanded dealings. Also starring Tuesday Weld, Willie Nelson, and Dennis Farina in his first film role (right after his retirement from the Chicago PD).

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

New Non Fiction

Mommies Cry Too: A Painful and Triumphant Story of Postpartum Depression by Carol Harcarik. Lake Mills resident Harcarik records the story of her friend's daughter who suffered a severe depressive episode following the birth of her son. Carolyn Brink has no memory of the three months after she gave birth. Carolyn went undiagnosed, was hospitalized and finally received life saving treatment at Mayo Clinic.

Frommer's Mexico, 2007 edited by Billy Fox. Replacement title for our travel collection.

New Fiction

Shooting Gallery by Hailey Lind. "San Francisco's art world is exhibiting murderous tendencies." Artist Annie Kincaid learned art fraud from her forger grandfather. The opening of a major S.F. exhibition has the murdered artist's corpse presented as a sculpture. At the same time, a Chagall painting is stolen across town. When Annie's friend is accused of the theft Annie has to use her sleuthing powers and art crook connections to clear him, and discovers the connection between the two crimes.

The Peddler by Richard S. Prather. This is a reprint of Prather's 1952 organized crime novel set among the brothels of San Francisco. Prather died within the past couple weeks at 85 years of age. Prather sold millions of detective books in the 1950s and 1960s. Check this one out to see how Prather earned his popularity.