Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Summer Reading Week 1

Welcome to Summer Reading 2012. At the end of the first week we had 258 people sign up! 31 people read 63 books.
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Private Arrangements Private Arrangements
By Jackson, Brenda
2012-04 - Thorndike Press
9781410445759 Check Our Catalog

Nikki Cartwright can't believe Jonas Steele has chosen her for a high-profile marketing venture that could make her career. But when they share a kiss so intimate that their desire skyrockets, Nikki knows she must guard her heart against the seductive Phoenix playboy--as if her life depends on it. Original. …More

Promises of Seduction: The Durango AffairIan's Ultimate Gamble Promises of Seduction: The Durango AffairIan's Ultimate Gamble
By Jackson, Brenda
2011-12 - Harlequin Kimani
9780373534708 Check Our Catalog

"New York Times"-bestselling author Jackson presents two classic Westmoreland novels in this special volume. Includes "The Durango Affair" and "Ian's Ultimate Gamble." Reissue. …More

The Private Patient The Private Patient
By James, P. D.
2008-11 - Random House Large Print Publishing
9780739328200 Check Our Catalog

With all the qualities that P. D. James's readers have come to expect: a masterly psychological and emotional richness of characterization, a vivid evocation of place and a credible and exciting mystery.
When the notorious investigative journalist, Rhoda Gradwyn, books into Mr. Chandler-Powell's private clinic in Dorset for the removal of a disfiguring, long-standing facial scar, she has every prospect of a successful operation by a distinguished surgeon, a week's peaceful convalescence in one of Dorset's most beautiful manor houses and the beginning of a new life. She will never leave Cheverell Manor alive. When Adam Dalgliesh and his team are called in to investigate the murder and a second death occurs even more complicated problems than the question of innocence or guilt arise. …More

Dead Wrong Dead Wrong
By Jance, J. A.
2006-07 - HarperLargePrint
9780061119989 Check Our Catalog

Juggling a family and a career is never easy and it's becoming a real challenge for Sheriff Joanna Brady. Coping with the impending delivery of her second child as well as a staff short-age, the last things Joanna needs are two serious crimes.
First, the body of an unidentified man is found in the desert, all of his fingers savagely severed. Following the scant clues, Joanna learns that the victim was an ex-con who had served twenty years in prison after confessing to the murder of his pregnant wife. During his last days he was seen following and photographing a young woman.
Then one of Joanna's officers is brutally attacked and left for dead while on an unauthorized stakeout. Because the officer is one of its own, the department throws its resources into finding her attacker. But the murder haunts Joanna. Strapping on a bulletproof vest, she'll risk everything to see that justice is done. …More

Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster
By Johnston, Kristen
2012-03 - Gallery Books
9781451635058 Check Our Catalog

A two-time Emmy Award winner, best known as a star of the hit sitcom "3rd Rock from the Sun," presents a harrowing, hysterical, and beautifully written memoir as frank and revealing as Augusten Burroughs--with the humor and wit of David Sedaris.
I've always thought Kristen Johnston was so funny and had no idea how effed up she really was but I guess the funny ones always are.  Next time I feel like getting bombed I'll remember how not fun a colostomy bag is!

The Heretic's Daughter The Heretic's Daughter
By Kent, Kathleen
2008-09 - Little Brown and Company
9780316037532 Check Our Catalog

Martha Carrier was one of the first women to be accused, tried and hanged as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts. Like her mother, young Sarah Carrier is bright and willful, openly challenging the small, brutal world in which they live. Often at odds with one another, mother and daughter are forced to stand together against the escalating hysteria of the trials and the superstitious tyranny that led to the torture and imprisonment of more than 200 people accused of witchcraft. This is the story of Martha's courageous defiance and ultimate death, as told by the daughter who survived.
Kathleen Kent is a tenth generation descendent of Martha Carrier. She paints a haunting portrait, not just of Puritan New England, but also of one family's deep and abiding love in the face of fear and persecution.

Locked Rooms Locked Rooms
By King, Laurie R.
2005-06 - Bantam Books
9780553801972 Check Our Catalog

Click here to view video and more! View Author Video Clip As Mary Russell and her husband, the eminent Sherlock Holmes, attempt to settle their affairs in the City by the Bay, Mary's past isn't the only thing that catches up with them: a mysterious stranger is waiting for the pair, and may be the only one who holds the key to the locked rooms that have been haunting Mary's dreams. …More

Duma Key Duma Key
By King, Stephen
2008-10 - Pocket Books
9781416552963 Check Our Catalog 2008 Bram Stoker Award Winner-Nove

King's latest #1 "New York Times" bestseller about a man whose near-fatal accident gives him access to vast powers of creativity--and destruction--is now available in a tall Premium Edition. …More

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids about Money - That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids about Money - That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
By Kiyosaki, Robert T.
2011-06 - Plata Publishing
9781612680002 Check Our Catalog

Taking to heart the message that the poor and middle class work for money, but the rich have money work for them, the authors lay out a financial philosophy based on the principle that income-generating assets always provide healthier bottom-line results. …More

Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man
By Kurlansky, Mark
2012-05 - Doubleday Books
9780385527057 Check Our Catalog BookPage Notable Title

From the author of "Cod," "Salt," and other informative bestsellers, comes the first biography of Clarence Birdseye, the eccentric genius inventor whose fast-freezing process revolutionized the food industry and American agriculture.
I loved it.  I thought it was funny and interesting.  Very informational.

Defending Jacob Defending Jacob
By Landay, William
2012-01 - Delacorte Press
9780385344227 Check Our Catalog BookPage Notable Title

Andy Barber has been an ADA in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But after a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: His 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student. …More

Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid
By Leary, Denis
2008-12 - Viking Books
9780670031603 Check Our Catalog

In this hilarious blast of scathing irreverence from an award-winning actor and comedian, Leary uses his common sense, and his biting take on the world, to attack the politically correct, the hypocritical, the obese, the thin--basically everyone who takes himself too seriously. …More

Double Dexter Double Dexter
By Lindsay, Jeff
2011-10 - Doubleday Books
9780385532372 Check Our Catalog

"Like a breath of fresh air blowing across all crime-novel conventions, there is Dexter." "--Time "
Dexter Morgan is not your average serial killer. He enjoys his day job as a blood spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department . . . but he lives for his nighttime hobby of hunting other killers. Dexter is therefore not pleased to discover that someone is shadowing him, observ-ing him, and copying his methods. Dexter is not one to tol-erate displeasure . . . in fact, he has a knack for extricating himself from trouble in his own pleasurable way.
Like the previous five best-selling novels in the Dexter series, "Double Dexter" showcases the witty, macabre origi-nality that has propelled Jeff Lindsay to international suc-cess. "Double Dexter "is raucously entertaining . . . full of smart suspense and dark laughs.

Darkly Dreaming Dexter Darkly Dreaming Dexter
By Lindsay, Jeff
2006-09 - Vintage Books USA
9780307277886 Check Our Catalog

Meet Dexter Morgan, a polite wolf in sheep's clothing. He's handsome and charming, but something in his past has made him abide by a different set of rules. He's a serial killer whose one golden rule makes him immensely likeable: he only kills bad people. And his job as a blood splatter expert for the Miami police department puts him in the perfect position to identify his victims. But when a series of brutal murders bearing a striking similarity to his own style start turning up, Dexter is caught between being flattered and being frightened-of himself or some other fiend.
Dark and mysterious.  Twists and turns.  Of course, blood!

37 Things I Love: (in No Particular Order) 37 Things I Love: (in No Particular Order)
By Magoon, Kekla
2012-05 - Henry Holt & Company
9780805094657 Check Our Catalog BookPage Notable Title

Fifteen-year-old Ellis recalls her favorite things as her mother's plan to turn off the machines that have kept Ellis's father alive for two years fill the last four days of her sophomore year. …More

The Great Perhaps The Great Perhaps
By Meno, Joe
2010-04 - W. W. Norton & Company
9780393304565 Check Our Catalog

A breakout new novel from the critically acclaimed novelist and playwright Joe Meno, author of Hairstyles of the Damned. Praise for The Great Perhaps . . . "The Great Perhaps is a darkly funny, lyrical, and shrewdly observant chronicle of a family on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Joe Meno has the rare ability to evoke midlife melancholy and teenage angst with equal authority."-Tom Perrotta, author of Election and The Abstinence Teacher "I think The Great Perhaps is the wisest, most humane and transcendent novel on the contemporary family since The Corrections. A marvelous book."-Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting and Crime . . . and for Joe Meno "Joe Meno is an interesting case: a punk/noir stylist who can imitate something more rarefied, poetic, and universal."-Elle "Meno is the closest thing [Chicago's] got to a literary ambassador."-GQ "What to make of Joe Meno, whose icepick-sharp books include many elements that might reasonably be described as quirky, but are rather heartfelt, beautifully written and vivid as a bad dream-or a very, very good one?"-Washington Post Express …More

Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Basketball Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Basketball
By Miniscalco, Keith
Author Kot, Greg
2008-08 - Human Kinetics Publishers
9780736073837 Check Our Catalog

Be prepared this season with "Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Basketball." This easy-to-follow guide will walk you through the essential drills and knowledge that every inexperienced youth basketball coach needs. Develop your team's skills in practice and run effective plays to make this season rewarding and fun for you and your team.
Very good book for 1st time coaching experience.

Home Home
By Morrison, Toni
2012-05 - Knopf Publishing Group
9780307594167 Check Our Catalog BookPage Notable Title

An angry and self-loathing veteran of the Korean War, Frank Money finds himself back in racist America after enduring trauma on the front lines that left him with more than just physical scars. A deeply moving novel about an apparently defeated man finding his manhood--and his home. …More

Pandemonium Pandemonium
By Oliver, Lauren
2012-02 - HarperCollins
9780061978067 Check Our Catalog

The follow-up to "Delirium." After falling in love, Lena and Alex flee their oppressive society where love is outlawed and everyone must receive "the cure"--an operation that makes them immune to the delirium of love--but Lena alone manages to find her way to a community of resistance fighters. …More

Oath of Office Oath of Office
By Palmer, Michael
2012-02 - St. Martin's Press
9780312587536 Check Our Catalog

When Dr. John Merriman goes on a shooting spree at the office, his business partner, staff, and two patients are killed in the bloodbath. Then Merriman turns the gun on himself. After hearing the news of the violent outburst, Dr. Lou Welcome is in shock like everyone else, but mostly he's incredulous. And when he begins to look into it further, the terrifying evidence he finds takes him down a path to an unspeakable conspiracy that seems to lead directly to the White House and those in the highest positions of power. …More

The Transall Saga The Transall Saga
By Paulsen, Gary
2011-03 - Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
9780375873232 Check Our Catalog

Mark's solo camping trip in the desert turns into a terrifying and thrilling odyssey when a mysterious beam of light transports him to another time on what appears to be another planet. As Mark searches for a pathway back to his own time on Earth, he must make a new life in a new world. His encounters with primitive tribes bring the joy of human bonds, but violence and war as well--and, finally, a contest in which he discovers his own startling powers.
Read it long ago and loved it.  Decided to read it again, and still loved it.

Tales of Edgar Allen Poe Tales of Edgar Allen Poe
By Poe, Edgar Allan
Illustrator Loccisano, Karen
Abridged by Napoli, Tony
1994-01 - Globe Fearon
9780835910699 Check Our Catalog


Fever Crumb Fever Crumb
By Reeve, Philip
2010-04 - Scholastic Press
9780545207195 Check Our Catalog

Fever Crumb is a girl who has been adopted and raised by Dr. Crumb, a member of the order of Engineers, where she serves as apprentice. In a time and place where women are not seen as reasonable creatures, Fever is an anomaly, the only female to serve in the order. …More