New Books and Movies!! – 04/23/15

A new selection of materials has arrived! From a new Nora Roberts novel to the controversial film “The Interview,” you won’t want to miss this latest list of titles available for check-out today!!

NEW BOOKS:

The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons Once there was a time when men and women lived as equals, when girl babies were valued, and women could belong only to themselves. But that was ten generations ago. Now women are property, to be sold and owned and bred, while a strict census keeps their numbers manageable and under control. The best any girl can hope for is to end up as some man’s forever wife, but most are simply sold and resold until they’re all used up.

Only in the wilderness, away from the city, can true freedom be found. Aya has spent her whole life in the mountains, looking out for her family and hiding from the world, until the day the Trackers finally catch her. 

Stolen from her home and being groomed for auction, Aya is desperate to escape her fate and return to her family, but her only allies are a loyal wolf she’s raised from a pup and a strange mute boy who may be her best hope for freedom . . . if she can truly trust him.

Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, edited by Pamela Smith Hill Hidden away since the 1930’s, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s never-before-published autobiography reveals the true stories of her pioneering life. Some of her experiences will be familiar; some will be a surprise. Pioneer Girl re-introduces readers to the woman who defined the pioneer experience for millions of people around the world.

Through her recollections, Wilder details the Ingalls family’s journey from Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, back to Minnesota, and on to Dakota Territory – sixteen years of travels, unforgettable stories, and the everyday people who became immortal through her fiction. Using additional manuscripts, diaries, and letters, Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography builds on Wilder’s work by adding valuable context and explores her growth as a writer.

Author of an award-winning Laura Ingalls Wilder biography, editor Pamela Smith Hill offers new insights into Wilder’s life and times. In an introduction, Hill illuminates Wilder’s writing career and the dynamic relationship between the budding novelist and her daughter and editor, Rose Wilder Lane. Sharing the story of Wilder’s original manuscript, Hill discusses the catalysts for Pioneer Girl and the process through which Wilder’s story turned from an unpublished memoir into the national phenomenon of the Little House series.

Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography also explores the history of the frontier that the Ingalls family traversed and the culture and life of the communities Wilder lived in. This groundbreaking volume develops a fuller picture of Wilder’s life and times for the millions of readers who wish to learn more about this important American author. It contains one hundred and twenty-five images, eight fully researched maps, and hundreds of annotations based on numerous primary sources, including census data, county, state, and federal records, and newspapers of the period.

An important historic and literary achievement, this annotated edition of Pioneer Girl provides modern readers with new insights into the woman behind the fictional classics Little House in the Big Woods, Farmer Boy, Little House on the Prairie, On the Banks of Plum Creek, By the Shores of Silver Lake, The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prairie, These Happy Golden Years, and The First Four Years.

The Impossible Knife of Memory For the past five years, Hayley Kincain and her father, Andy, have been on the road, trying to outrun the memories that haunt them both. They moved back to Andy’s hometown to try a “normal” life, but the horrors he saw in the war threaten to destroy their lives. Hayley watches, helpless, as her  father turns to drugs and alcohol to silence his demons. And then her own past creeps up, and everything falls apart.

How do you keep your father alive when death is stalking him? What are you supposed to do when your parent stops acting like an adult? And what happens if a sweet guy who can make you laugh barges his way into your world and for the first time, you find yourself thinking about the future?

Timely, compelling, suprising – this is Laurie Halse Anderson at her finest.

 

Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm – the debut graphic book by the gifted illustrator Jonathan Fetter-Vorm – depicts in vivid detail the dramatic history of the race to build and the decision to drop the first atomic bomb. In this sweeping narrative, Fetter-Vorm traces the spark of invention from the laboratories of nineteenth-century Europe to the massive efforts of the Manhattan Project, transporting the reader into the science of a nuclear reaction and to the top-secret test site where the first atomic bomb was detonated. His focus is the brilliant scientists – led by the enigmatic J. Robert Oppenheimer – who built the bomb and wrestled with the knowledge tha tthey had irreversibly thrust the world into a new and terrifying age. With powerful renderings of the obliteration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Fetter-Vorm unflinchingly chronicles the bomb’s far-reaching effects. As informative as it is thought-provoking, Trinity is an ideal introduction to one of the most significant and harrowing moments in human history.

 

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood – those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers  a power of her own – an ability she didn’t know she had. Except . . . her blood is Red.

To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet guard – the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince – and Mare against her own heart.

From debut author Victoria Aveyard comes a lush, vivid fantasy series where loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal.

 

The Crossover “A bolt of lightening on my kicks . . . the court is sizzling. My sweat is drizzling. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I’m delivering,” raps basketball phenom Josh Bell. Thanks to his dad, he and his twin brother, Jordan, are kings on the court, with crossovers that make even the toughest ballers cry. But Josh has more than hoops in his blood. He’s got a river of rhymes flowing through him – a sick flow that helps him find his rhythm when everything’s on the line.

As their winning season unfolds, things begin to change. When Jordan meets the new girl in school, the twins’ tight-knit bond unravels. In this heartfelt novel, basketball and brotherhood intertwine to show Josh and Jordan that life doesn’t come with a playbook and sometimes, it’s not about winning.

 

The Pilgrim Chronicles by Rod Gragg All Americans are familiar with the story of the Pilgrims – persecuted for their religion in the Old World, they crossed the ocean to settle in a wild and dangerous land. But for most of us, the story ends after their brutal first winter at Plymouth with a supposedly peaceful encounter with the Native Americans and a happy Thanksgiving.

Now, through the vivid memoirs, letters, and personal accounts in The Pilgrim Chronicles, you will discover the full, compelling story of their anguished journey and heroic strength. Award-winning historian Rod Gragg brings the Pilgrims to life in this lavishly illustrated guide, filled with moving, eyewitness narratives. From their persecution in England and painful exile in Holland to their voyage across the Atlantic and their struggle to survive among the Indians in an untamed wilderness, Gragg takes you on the harrowing and inspiring journey of a people seeking religious freedom.

In The Pilgrim Chronicles you will learn:

  • The risks associated with being a religious “dissenter” from the Church of England
  • That there were originally two Pilgrim vessels, the Mayflower and the Speedwell
  • Where they were really bound before they made landfall in New England
  • How the initial encounter with the Native Americans was not so peaceful
  • How the Pilgrims established self-government with the Mayflower Compact
  • The true and complete story of the famous Pilgrim Thanksgiving

It’s the history book you can’t put down – a riveting story of a new world discovered in the brisk autumn of 1620 and of freedom bought at a devastating price. You will stand alongside our nation’s early settlers at one of the fateful moments in American history.

 

Serena by Ron Rash The year is 1929, and newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton arrive in North Carolina to create a timber empire. Although George has already lived in the camp long enough to father an illegitimate child, Serena is new to the mountains – but she soon shows herself to be the equal of any worker, overseeing crews, hunting rattlesnakes, even saving her husband’s life in the wilderness.

Together Serena and George ruthlessly kill or vanquish all who fall out of their favor. But when Serena learns that she will never bear a child, she sets out on her own to kill the son George had without her. Mother and child begin a struggle for their lives, and when Serena suspects George is protecting his illegitimate family, the Pembertons’ intense, passionate marriage starts to unravel as the story moves toward its shocking finale.

 

The Nazis Next Door by Eric Lichtblau Thousands of Nazis – from concentration camp guards to high-level officers in the Third Reich – came to the United States after World War II and quietly settled into new lives. They had little trouble getting in. With scant scrutiny, many gained entry on their own as self-styled war “refuges,” their pasts easily disguised and their war crimes soon forgotten. But some had help and protection from the U.S. government. The CIA, the FBI, and the military all put Hitler’s minions to work as spies, intelligence assets, and leading scientists and engineers, whitewashing their histories.

For the first time, once-secret government records and interviews tell the full story not only of the Nazi scientists brought to America, but of the German spies and con men who followed them and lived for decades as ordinary citizens. Only years after their arrival did private sleuths and government prosecutors begin trying to identify the hidden Nazis. But even then, American intelligence agencies secretly worked to protect a number of their prized spies from exposure. Today, a few Nazis still remain on our soil.

Investigative reporter Eric Lichtblau, relying on a trove of newly disclosed documents and scores of interviews with participants in this little-known chapter of postwar history, tells the shocking and shameful story of how America became a safe haven for Hitler’s men.

 

All at Once by Nora Roberts From #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Nora Roberts come two classic stories about love taking you by surprise. Socialite Eden Carlbough knew running a girls’ camp wouldn’t be easy, but she didn’t expect to be run up an apple tree by the little monsters. She was equally surprised to come crashing down into the capable arms of orchard owner Chase Elliot. While her handsome neighbor’s overbearing ways were highly irritating, his touch ignited feelings she’d never known . . . 

After a frightening encounter with a knife-wielding stranger; Morgan James is bewildered when her “attacker” turns out to be the very wealthy Nicholas Gregoras. Though Morgan’s suspicions about the Greek tycoon are strong and very justified, can they withstand the all-consuming desire ignited by his passionate kiss?

 

A Cool and Lonely Courage The death of an eccentric recluse is rarely an event for international headlines. But when police were called to the tiny apartment of the elderly Eileen Nearne, they found a small bundle of possessions that told an amazing story.

It was soon discovered that Eileen Nearne had been an agent for the British Special Operations Executive during the Second World War. Working undercover in Nazi-occupied France, she sent encoded messages of crucial importance for the Allies until her capture by the Gestapo.

Astonishingly, Eileen was not the only spy in the family – her sister, Jacqueline, was also a British agent, working as a courier for the French Resistance. Rarely had two members of the same family sacrificed so much to such dangerous work.

A Cool and Lonely Courage pays tribute to these fiercely patriotic women, who fought for freedom at great personal cost. While Jacqueline narrowly avoided capture several times, Eileen was tortured by the Gestapo and sent to the infamous Ravensbrück women’s concentration camp. Eventually, this resourceful young woman escaped and found her way to the advancing American army. She was only twenty-three.

In this stunning account of triumph and tragedy, Susan Ottaway unveils the secret lives of two women who sacrificed themselves to defend their country, sisters who stood shoulder to shoulder during the darkest of days.

 

Mort(e) by Robert Repino The “war with no name” has begun, with human extinction as its goal. The instigator of this war is the Colony, a race of intelligent ants who, for thousands of years, have been silently building an army of sentient animals that would forever eradicate the destructive, oppressive humans. 

A former house cat turned war hero, Mort(e) is famous for taking on the most dangerous missions and fighting the dreaded human bioweapon EMSAH. But the true motivation behind his recklessness is his ongoing search for a pre-transformation friend – a dog named Sheba. When he receives a mysterious message from the dwindling human resistance claiming Sheba is alive, he begins a journey that will take him from the remaining human strongholds to the heart of the Colony, where he will discover the source of EMSAH and the ultimate fate of all of earth’s creatures.

 

The Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz Hailed by Ruth Reichl in the Boston Globe as “a wonderful book [that] takes on everything we think we know about nutrition,” this deeply researched, groundbreaking investigation is changing the way America eats.

For decades, we have been told that we should cut back on fat and that if we are not getting healthier or thinner we must not be trying hard enough. But what if the low-fat diet is itself the problem? And the very foods we’ve been denying ourselves – creamy cheeses, sizzling steaks – could actually help reduce obesity, diabetes, and heart disease?

With conclusions based on her nine-year investigation, journalist Nina Teicholz reveals the unthinkable: everything we’ve been told about fat is wrong. She documents how overzealous researchers allowed weak science to  take hold in the public imagination and become dietary dogma. This vibrant, captivating narrative serves up decisive evidence that upends the conventional wisdom once and for all about dietary fat, allowing us, finally, to welcome these delicious foods back into our lives.

 

 

A Game for Swallows When Zeina was born, the civil war in Lebanon had been going on for six years, so it’s just a normal part of life for her and her parents and little brother. The city of Beirut is cut in two by bricks and sandbags, threatened by snipers and shelling. East Beirut is for Christians, and west Beirut is for Muslims. When Zeina’s parents don’t return from a visit to the other half of the city, and the bombing grows closer, the neighbors in her apartment house create a world indoors for Zeina and her brother, where they can share cooking lessons and games and gossip. Together they try to make it through a dramatic evening in the one place they hoped they would always be safe – home.

Zeina Abirached, born into a Lebanese Christian family in 1981, has collected her childhood memories of Beirut in a warm story about the strength of family and community.

 

Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith Stalin’s Soviet Union is an official paradise, where citizens live free from crime and fear only one thing: the all-powerful State. Defending this system is idealistic security officer Leo Demidov, a war hero who believes in the iron fist of the law. But when a murderer kills at will and Leo dares to investigate, the State’s obedient servant finds himself demoted and exiled. Now, with only his wife at his side, Leo must fight to uncover shocking truths about a killer – and a country where “crime: doesn’t exist. 

 

In the Heart of the Sea In his riveting and critically acclaimed bestseller, Nathaniel Philbrick returns an epic tale – the inspiration for Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick – to its rightful place in American History.

In 1819, the 238-ton Essex set sail from Nantucket on a routine voyage to hunt whales. Fifteen months later, the unthinkable happened: in the farthest reaches of the South Pacific, the Essex was rammed and sunk by an enraged sperm whale. Fearing cannibals on the islands to the west, the 20-man crew set out in three small boats for South America, almost 3,000 miles away. Three months later, only eight were left alive, the survivors having been forced to eat the bodies of their dead shipmates. The ordeal of the Essex was as well known in its time as the story of the Titanic is today. In the Heart of the Sea shares a fantastic saga of survival and adventure, steeped in the lore of the whaling tradition, with deep resonance in literature and American history, and in the life of the Nantucket community.

 

Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks After years of homeschooling, Maggie is starting high school. It’s pretty terrifying. Maggie’s big brothers are there to watch her back, but ever since Mom left it just hasn’t been the same. Besides her brothers, Maggie’s never had any real friends before. Lucy and Alistair don’t have lots of friends either. But they eat lunch with her at school and bring her along on their small-town adventures. 

Missing mothers . . . distant brothers . . . high school . . . new friends . . . It’s a lot to deal with. But there’s just one more thing. 

Maggie is haunted.

 

*Other new book titles include: The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon; Agent 6 by Tom Rob Smith; Defiant by Alvin Townley; Home Before Morning by Lynda Van Devanter; Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods, 6th Edition by Edward Allen and Joseph Iano; and 5000 Years of Royalty by Thomas Craughwell

NEW MOVIES:

Our new arrivals are waiting on you to check them out, so come on over!! We’ll see you soon!! 🙂

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