New Books and Some Pics from Our November Pinterest Project Workshop

We hope that you all had a nice holiday break and we would like to welcome you back with a list of some brand new titles:

 

The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro New York, 1940. The country is teetering on the brink of war. A new art movement called Abstract Expressionism is burgeoning. European refugees are seeking asylum from rising fascism. Amid political turmoil, a promising career and a love affair are interrupted when a brilliant young artist vanishes . . . and today, seventy years later, another struggling artist, her great-niece, is piecing together the truth about her disappearance 0 and about so much more.

 

 

 

Brotherband: Scorpion Mountain by John Flanagan Halt, his brotherband crew, and the Ranger Gilan have freed the twelve Araluens sold into slavery. Returning to Araluen, Gilan is given a new mission by King Duncan: protect his daughter’s life. Princess Cassandra has survived one attempt on her life already, and now whispers of a second attempt have reached the kingdom. A deadly sect known as the Scorpion Cult is thought to be behind the assassination threat.

Not waiting to see if the knife will strike true, the Brotherband again teams up with Gilan to track down the would-be killers.

In this fifth book in the Brotherband Chronicles, old friends reemerge to take on new enemies as the worlds of Ranger’s Apprentice and Brotherband join forces in battle.

 

Bohemian Gospel by Dana Chamblee Carpenter Thirteenth-century Bohemia is a dangerous place for a girl, especially one as odd as Mouse, who was born with unnatural senses and an uncanny intellect. Some call her a witch. Others call her an angel. Even Mouse doesn’t know who – or what – she is. But she means to find out.

When young King Ottakar shows up at the Abbey wounded by a traitor’s arrow, Mouse breaks church law to save him and then agrees to accompany him back to Prague as his personal healer. Caught in the undertow of court politics at the castle, Ottakar and Mouse find themselves drawn to each other as they work to uncover the threat against him and the unravel the mystery of her past.

But when Mouse’s unusual gifts give rise to a violence and strength that surprise everyone – especially herself 0 she is forced to ask: Will she be prepared for the future that awaits her?

A heart-thumping, highly original tale, Bohemian Gospel heralds the arrival of a fresh new voice in historical fiction.

 

Hunting Season by James Harkin On August 19, 2014, a member of the jihadist rebel group known as ISIS uploaded a video to YouTube. Entitled “A Message to America,” the clip depcited the final moments of the life of kidnapped American journalist James Foley – and the gruesome aftermath of his beheading at the hands of a masked executioner. Foley’s murder – and the other choreographed killings that would follow – captured the world’s attention, and the Islamic State’s campaign of kidnapping exploded into regional war.

Much has been written about the rise of ISIS. Their orchestrated effort to kidnap Westerners, however, and how it contributed to the group’s financial, public relations, and operational success, is a subject that remains shrouded in mystery. Based on three years of intensive on-the-ground reporting from every side of the Syrian conflict, Hunting Season is James Harkin’s riveting quest to uncover the truth about how and why the Islamic State came to target Western hostages, who was behind it, and why almost no one outside a small group of people knew anything about it until it was too late.

Framed by the harrowing kidnapping of freelance journalists James Foley and John Cantlie, a Briton, Hunting Season peels back the sinister layers of mercenaries, middlemen, and outright extremists who plague Syrian citizens and Western journalists and aid workers alike – and who have turned kidnapping into a big business.

No other journalist has the depth of Harkin’s sources, who include Foley’s parents, freed European ISIS hostages and some of the intelligence and security people who negotiated their release, Syrian eyewitnesses to the kidnapping of Foley and Cantlie, an exclusive interview with the young Belgian jihadist who shared a cell with Foley, and Harkin’s own visit to one of the prisons where he believes the hostages were held. The book is an utterly absorbing account of the world’s newest and most powerful terror franchise and an essential read for those who seek to understand modern war.

 

A Wild Swan and Other Tales by Michael Cunningham A poisoned apple and a monkey’s paw with the power to change fate; a girl whose extraordinarily long hair causes catastrophe; a man with one human arm and one swan’s wing; and a house deep in the forest, constructed of gumdrops and gingerbread, vanilla frosting and boiled sugar. In A Wild Swan and Other Tales, the people and the talismans of lands far, far away – the mythic figures of our childhoods and the source of so much of our wonder – are transformed by Michael Cunningham into stories of sublime revelation.

Here are the moments that our fairy tales forgot or deliberately concealed: the years after a spell is broken, the rapturous instant of a miracle unexpectedly realized, the fate of a prince only half-cured of a curse. The beast stands ahead of you in line at the convenience store, buying smokes and a Slim Jim, his devouring smile aimed at the cashier. A malformed little man with a knack for minor acts of wizardry goes to disastrous lengths to procure a child. A loutish and lazy Jack prefers living in his mother’s basement to getting a job, until the day he trades a cow for a  handful of magic beans.

Reimagined by one of the most gifted storytellers of his generation and exquisitely illustrated by Yuko Shimizu, our bedtime stories have rarely been this dark, this perverse, or this true.

 

All the Major Constellations by Pratima Cranse Laura Lettel is the most beautiful girl in the world . . . and Andrew’s not so secret infatuation.

Now he’s leaving high school behind and looking ahead to a fresh start at college and distance from his obsessive crush. But when a terrible accident leaves him without the companionship of his two best friends, Andrew is cast adrift and alone 0 until Laura unexpectedly offers him comfort, friendship, and the support of a youth group of true believers, fundamentalist Christians with problems and secrets of their own. Andrew is curiously drawn to their consuming beliefs, but why? Is it only to get closer to Laura? And is Laura genuinely interested in Andrew, or is she just trying to convert him?

This provocative and compelling debut novel will resonate deeply with readers as it explores questions of identity, sexuality, and spirituality.

 

Make ‘Em Laugh by Debbie Reynolds and Dorian Hannaway From her acclaimed performances to her headline-making divorce from Eddie Fisher, and from raising a famous daughter and being a  proud grandmother to hitting the road with a successful one-woman show, Debbie Reynolds’s life has been splashed across newspaper headlines and magazine covers for decades. She’s met presidents, performed for the Queen of England, and partied with kings. A show-business icon, she can still sing and dance 0 and can drop more names than the most connected talk-show hosts.

In this fabulous personal tour through sixty-five years onstage and on-screen, Debbie recalls wonderful moments with the greats of the entertainment world – Lucille Ball, Frank Sinatra, Bette Davis, Phyllis Diller, Gary Cooper (“one of the handsomest men I’d ever met, and I’ve met quite a few lookers”), her dear friend Judy Garland, Bob Hope, and many, many more – sharing stories that shed new light on her life and career and on the glittering world of Hollywood then and now. Debbie has plenty to tell, and in Make ‘Em Laugh, she dishes it all in the warm, breezy, down-to-earth voice her fans adore.

Debbie shares intimate memories of late-night pals and of some of the greatest comedians of all time, tales from the big screen and small, and anecdotes of marriage, motherhood, and children. Combining her wicked sense of humor and appealing charm, she reveals the personal side of show business and fame in funny, poignant, and delightful reminiscences: meeting Greta Garbo and Joe DiMaggio; surviving a gig with a killer whale; jitterbugging with Johnny Carson; making her immortal mark at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (“outside of New Jersey, there aren’t a lot of occasions when people ask you to put your feet in cement”); and being recognized by her peers when she was presented with the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award. Nothing is off-limits: Debbie talks about her sex life and her family drama, and even shares a secret recipe.

As irresistible as the woman at its heart – an irrepressible “baggy-pants comedienne” game for anything – this funny and charming collection displays the consummate skill of a beloved entertainer who truly knows how to make ’em laugh.

 

Rules for a Knight by Ethan Hawke A knight, fearing he may not return from battle, writes a letter to his children in an attempt to leave a record of all he knows. In a series of ruminations on solitude, humility, forgiveness, honesty, courage, grace, pride, and patience, he draws on the ancient teachings of Eastern and Western philosophy, and on the great spiritual and political writings of our time. His intent: to give his children a compass for a journey they will have to make alone, a short guide to what gives life meaning and beauty.

 

 

 

Deadly Days in Kansas by Wayne C. Lee Tempers were quick and life was cheap. Today, Kansas is a peaceful place. Most residents have forgotten the state was the scene of some of the most violent incidents in Western history.

Wayne C. Lee’s Deadly Days in Kansas documents those wild early days when tempers were quick. ife was cheap and it often was tough to tell the good guys from the bad.

Meet the legends of Dodge City and Abilene – Bill Hickock, Clay Allison, the Earp brothers and Tom Smith. Learn about colorful characters like Neb, “the Devil’s own” and Jes-so, the dwarf.

They are but two of the personalities who kept life interesting in Sheridan – a wild little town that popped up at end-of-track when the railroad ran out of money – and disappeared overnight when the construction crews moved on.

Deadly Days of Kansas contains more than sixty incidents that occurred between 1843 and 1932, illustrated with nearly 100 photos.

Wayne C. Lee has devoted his writing career to documenting frontier life on the Great Plains. Deadly Days in Kansas joins Lee’s Bad Men and Bad Towns, Trails of the Smoky Hill, and Wild Towns of Nebraska, to give readers new insight into that period in American History.

If you saw something you liked, come on over to DC3 Library and check it out, today! 🙂

 

In other news, our November Pinterest Project Workshop was so much fun!! Thank you to everyone who participated! 🙂 We will NOT be hosting a Pinterest Project Workshop for the month of December due to the short month, but look for our next workshop projects to be announced in January! We have some fun ideas, already, and we can’t wait to share them with you. 🙂

In the mean time, check out some of our November Pinterest Project Workshop photos:

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We’ll see you soon! 🙂

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