Thursday, July 19, 2012

Summer Reading Week 5






Welcome to the results of Week 5 of Summer Reading 2012.  We have 343 people signed up.  This week 46 people read 157 books (11 submitted entries for the first time this week.)  So far, 122 people have read 623 books!



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American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare: The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee
American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare: The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee
By Abbott, Karen
2012-03 - Random House Trade
9780812978513 Check Our Catalog

In this national bestseller, the author of the acclaimed "Sin in the Second City" chronicles the gripping and expansive story of America's coming-of-age--told through the extraordinary life of Gypsy Rose Lee and the world she survived and conquered. …More


Darker After Midnight
Darker After Midnight
By Adrian, Lara
2012-01 - Delacorte Press
9780345530875 Check Our Catalog

The climactic novel in Adrian's "New York Times"-bestselling Midnight Breed series--and her hardcover debut--"Darker After Midnight" invites readers to enter a thrillingly sensual world where danger meets desire. …More


Garden Spells
Garden Spells
By Allen, Sarah Addison
2008-04 - Bantam Books
9780553384833 Check Our Catalog


Endowed with peculiar gifts, the Waverleys are outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Their feisty apple tree is reputed to have prophetic fruit and edible flowers with special powers.
Wow!  Wonderful characters including an apple tree that has "mood swings."  Lovely story-sweet magic, great book.
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Death by Field Trip
Death by Field Trip
By Amend, Bill
2001-04 - Andrews McMeel Publishing
9780740713910 Check Our Catalog


The "FoxTrot" cartoon is famed for truly depicting the nitty-gritty clashes of everyday family life without being too syrupy sweet. From hilarious sibling rivalry to marital fights over golfing habits, "FoxTrot" has amassed an avid following from fans of all ages. This newest collection celebrates the strip's tenth year of syndication.
What can I say?  It's a collection of FoxTrot comics good for a laugh whenever you read them.  I'll just be careful of letting my brother read this one unless I really want him to booby-trap the leaf pile with water balloons next fall.
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Your Momma Thinks Square Roots Are Vegetables
Your Momma Thinks Square Roots Are Vegetables
By Amend, Bill
2003-04 - Andrews McMeel Publishing
9780740732997 Check Our Catalog

Day after day, "FoxTrot" continues to deliver fresh, irreverent, and wacky comic-strip humor. This new volume continues the tradition with its look at family life through the eyes of Bill Amend. …More


Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch
Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch
By Atherton, Nancy
2012-04 - Viking Books
9780670023417 Check Our Catalog

Nancy Atherton's seventeenth cozy mystery featuring the beloved Aunt Dimity-the original paranormal detective. …More


The Company of Cats
The Company of Cats
By Babson, Marian
2000-07 - Minotaur Books
9780312975012 Check Our Catalog

A millionaire is found murdered in his mansion and his relatives are suspected of foul play. When they learn that the cat is the main beneficiary and whoever looks after her will control the money, the relatives try to win the cat's affections. Martin's Press. …More


One Summer
One Summer
By Baldacci, David
2011-06 - Grand Central Publishing
9781455500123 Check Our Catalog


It's almost Christmas, but there is no joy in the house of terminally ill Jack and his family. With only a short time left to live, he spends his last days preparing to say goodbye to his devoted wife, Lizzie, and their three children. Then, unthinkably, tragedy strikes again: Lizzie is killed in a car accident. With no one able to care for them, the children are separated from each other and sent to live with family members around the country. Just when all seems lost, Jack begins to recover in a miraculous turn of events. He rises from what should have been his deathbed, determined to bring his fractured family back together. Struggling to rebuild their lives after Lizzie's death, he reunites everyone at Lizzie's childhood home on the oceanfront in South Carolina. And there, over one unforgettable summer, Jack will begin to learn to love again, and he and his children will learn how to become a family once more.
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Liberty Falling
Liberty Falling
By Barr, Nevada
2010-10 - Berkley
9780425237359 Check Our Catalog

There is peril beneath the watchful eyes of the Lady...
When Anna Pigeon left New York City after her husband was killed, she hoped it would be forever. But now her sister Molly is clinging to life in an uptown hospital ICU, so Anna has reluctantly returned, Rooming with a friend and fellow park ranger in close quarters on Liberty Island -- the small strip of land that is home to Lady Liberty -- Anna spends her free time exploring the grand monument and the crumbliing, overgrown, and eerie ruins in the unrestored sections of nearby Ellis Island. But the peace she seeks here is shattered when she finds herself among a crowd gathered at the Lady's base, staring at the broken body of a teenager who fell -- or was pushed -- to her death.
The reason behind the young girl's fatal plunge is not the only mystery alive on these historic sites -- nor will hers be the only death. Hidden in a dangerous labyrinth of stone, glass, and steel are secrets Anna Pigeon is now compelled to uncover...and an insidious threat to herself and to others that could wreak havoc on a nation's proudest day. …More


The Rope
The Rope
By Barr, Nevada
2012-01 - Minotaur Books
9780312614577 Check Our Catalog

In "The Rope," Barr gathers together the many strings of Anna Pigeon's past and finally reveals the story of her first case. In 1995, 35-year-old Anna Pigeon takes a decidedly unglamorous job as a seasonal employee of the Glen Canyon National Recreational Area. On her day off, Anna goes hiking into the park never to return. Her co-workers think she's simply moved on--her cabin is cleaned out and her things gone. But Anna herself wakes up, trapped at the bottom of a dry natural well, naked, without supplies, and no clear memory of how she got herself in this situation. …More


Cosmic: Volume 10
Cosmic: Volume 10
By Bendis, Brian Michael
Author Oeming, Mike Avon
Illustrator Pantazis, Peter
2007-10 - Marvel Comics
9780785122609 Check Our Catalog


Powers are dropping out of the sky, leaving bloody bodies in their wake. When one of the victims is revealed to be the cosmic guardian of our galaxy, homicide detectives Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim find themselves knee deep in cosmic doo. And if things weren't bad enough, Internal Affairs would like to have a word with Detective Pilgrim. All that and it's a perfect jumping-on point for new readers! From the writer of some of you favorite Marvel Comics, (New Avengers, House of M, Ultimate Spider-Man, Daredevil, Secret War) comes a brand-new chapter from the award-winning book! Collects Powers #13-18.
Will Powers be cleared of all teh mayhem thats been caused, or is he really the bad guy?
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Secret Identity
Secret Identity
By Bendis, Brian Michael
Illustrator Oeming, Michael Avon
2007-11 - Marvel Comics
9780785122616 Check Our Catalog


A dead Cosmic Avenger shows the world that there are forces at work that no mere mortal cop could possibly understand, but it doesn't matter either way because Internal Affairs has set their sights on Deena Pilgrim. Walker and Pilgrim have been homicide detectives and partners for years, but secrets they've kept from each other are now too big and too dangerous to remain secrets for long. Things are about to get really crazy... even for the Eisner Award-winning Powers! From the writer of New Avengers! Collects Powers (Vol. 2) #19-24.
These aren't your grandparent's superheroes.  If you want a new look to an old game this is it.
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Supergroup
Supergroup
By Bendis, Brian Michael
Illustrator Oeming, Michael Avon
2006-09 - Image Comics
9781582406718 Check Our Catalog


Widely considered the best storyline of this Eisner Award-winning series. When one of the key members of a popular supergroup is found violently murdered, the events that follow unveil the federal government's multi-layered control of the super-hero elite and how far they will go to cover up. Walker and Pilgrim are forced to make choices that will forever change their lives and careers... and how the world at large will see their heroes.
The death of one unites them all.
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Fieldwork
Fieldwork
By Berlinski, Mischa
2008-01 - Picador USA
9780312427467 Check Our Catalog

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Vivid, passionate, funny, deeply researched, and page-turningly plotted, this novel--set in northern Thailand--is a daring, spellbinding tale of anthropologists, missionaries, demon possession, sexual taboos, murder, and an obsessed young reporter named Mischa Berlinski.
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The Columbus Affair
The Columbus Affair
By Berry, Steve
2012-05 - Ballantine Books
9780345526519 Check Our Catalog

Many questions about Christopher Columbus exist. But now there's an exciting new novel that challenges the notions about the discovery of America in a story of mysterious strangers, sabotage, and a dangerous international game. …More


Struck
Struck
By Bosworth, Jennifer
2012-05 - Farrar Straus Giroux
9780374372835 Check Our Catalog


After a major earthquake devastates Los Angeles, 17-year-old Mia wants only to take care of her younger brother and traumatized mother. But two fanatical doomsday cults vie for her powers, drawn from the multiple lightning strikes she has experienced.
Lightning is awesome to look at for most people, but for Mia Price the lightning was a loving and dangerous friend.  Mia had been struck multiple times and now can feel a storm coming while smiling.  But after an earthquake and now the end of the world close at hand, Mia has to find the strength to overcome and prevent it.
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Hush Now, Don't You Cry
Hush Now, Don't You Cry
By Bowen, Rhys
2012-03 - Minotaur Books
9780312628116 Check Our Catalog

In the latest installment of Bowen's award-winning historical series, Molly Murphy is supposed to give up sleuthing now that she's married, but the murder of an alderman puts her on the trail of a killer. …More


Force of Nature
Force of Nature
By Box, C. J.
2012-03 - Putnam Adult
9780399158261 Check Our Catalog

He never wanted to tell Joe Pickett about it, but Nate Romanowski always knew trouble was coming out of his past. Now it's here, and it may not only be the battle of his life-but of Joe's. …More


Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me
Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me
By Boyd, Pattie
With Junor, Penny
2008-05 - Three Rivers Press (CA)
9780307407832 Check Our Catalog


An iconic figure of the 1960s and '70s, Boyd breaks a 40-year silence in "Wonderful Tonight," and tells the story of how she found herself bound to two of the most addictive, promiscuous musical geniuses of the 20th century and became the most famous muse in the history of rock and roll.
Interesting.
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Letter from a Stranger
Letter from a Stranger
By Bradford, Barbara Taylor
Author Bradford
2012-03 - St. Martin's Press
9780312631680 Check Our Catalog

Justine lost her beloved grandmother a decade ago--the person who was the only source of comfort in her life. When she inadvertently opens a letter addressed to her mother, she discovers that her grandmother is alive and her mom has deliberately estranged the family from her. …More


A Practical Mistress
A Practical Mistress
By Brendan, Mary
2007-09 - Harlequin Books
9780373294657 Check Our Catalog

Sir Jason Hunter could not let a young widow fall into ruin when he could so easily help. His intentions were purely honorable, but then the lady herself surprised him with an offer of a "carte blanche!"
Helen Marlowe's despicable brother had left her nearly penniless, and she knew that becoming Jason's mistress was the only practical solution. She told herself the decision was made with her head, not her heart, and had nothing to do with the way this notorious rake made her feel--or the look in his eyes that promised such heady delights....
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Hope's Boy
Hope's Boy
By Bridge, Andrew
2009-02 - Hyperion Books
9781401309749 Check Our Catalog


In his remarkable memoir, Bridge reflects with acute perception and openness on a devastating young life. Struggling through the foster care system for 11 years, Bridge discovered that success in academia would bring him the escape he needed from the constant hell of his foster home.
Very sad, but inspiring.
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Flashpoint
Flashpoint
By Brockmann, Suzanne
2004-10 - Ballantine Books
9780345456946 Check Our Catalog


"From unrelenting action to intense emotion, from high-stakes drama to break-neck pacing, "New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann is a novelist who does it all. Now after her blockbuster hardcover debut, Gone Too Far," Brockmann delivers an exciting new thriller about men and women operating where agents of the U.S. government cannot, where America's most ruthless enemies thrive--and where every step you take just might be your last. . . .
Jimmy Nash has already lived two lives--and he can't talk about either of them. Formerly an operative of a top secret government agency, he has found a new job with a shadowy company called Troubleshooters Inc. Created by a former Navy SEAL, Troubleshooters Inc. helps anyone in desperate need--which provides a perfect cover for its other, more perilous objective: covert special operations.
Now Nash and a quickly assembled team of expert operators have come to the earthquake-ravaged country of Kazbekistan in the guise of relief workers. There, amid the dust and death, in a land of blood red sunsets and ancient blood feuds, they must track down a missing laptop computer that may hold secrets vital to national security.
To get it done, Nash does what he does best: break every rule in the book and manipulate those who can help him get what he needs. But this time, Nash may have met his match in Tess Bailey, an Troubleshooters operative with all the right instincts--and zero field experience. The deep attraction between them is immediate . . . and potentially explosive, with risk at every turn. Now these two professionals must play out their dangerous games in the world's most dangerous place--cut off from their own government, cutting deals with people they can't trust, and guarding forbidden passions that threaten to compromise their crucial mission.
A full throttle adventure teamed with heated emotion, "Flashpoint proves that Suzanne Brockmann can spin suspense unlike any other author working today.

"From the Hardcover edition.
Nash has to overcome rules and a partner to retrieve a computer that in the wrong hands can be the end of everything he believes in.
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