Friday, June 28, 2013

Summer Reading Week 2


Welcome to the results of Week 2, the first week of Summer Reading 2013.  41 new people signed up this week bringing the total people signed up to 140.  Out of 35 people submitting entries for this week, 27 were new.  They read 110 books this week for a totoal of 172 books so far this summer.  It's not too late to sign up and read for prizes!



Gonna Lay Down My Burdens
Gonna Lay Down My Burdens
By Monroe, Mary
2002-09 - Kensington Publishing Corporation
9781575669113 Check Our Catalog

From the bestselling author of "God Don't Like Ugly" and "The Upper Room" comes a fiercely funny and elegant tale of a woman on the lam who decides to return to Belle Helene, Alabama, where she can lay down her burdens and seize her one true chance at love and redemption. …More


Knitting the Threads of Time: Casting Back to the Heart of Our Craft
Knitting the Threads of Time: Casting Back to the Heart of Our Craft
By Murphy, Nora
2009-02 - New World Library
9781577316572 Check Our Catalog

Murphy reveals how the art of knitting is deeply entwined with the regenerative powers of healing and fertility. As the author works on knitting a sweater for her son, she skillfully weaves in life stories of women from around the world, illustrating the living legacy that textiles still play in many cultures. …More


The Potty Mouth at the Table
The Potty Mouth at the Table
By Notaro, Laurie
2013-05 - Gallery Books
9781451659399 Check Our Catalog

From the celebrated author best known for the "Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club" and described as "the funniest writer in the solar system" ("The Miami Herald") comes a new laugh-out-loud collection of essays on rudeness. …More


Transcendence
Transcendence
By Omololu, C. J.
Author Omololu, Cynthia Jaynes
Author Omololu
2012-06 - Walker Childrens
9780802723703 Check Our Catalog

After handsome Griffon Hall tells 16-year-old Cole Ryan that her strange visions are of past lives, he introduces her to the Akhet, a group of people with the same ability, one of whom seeks to love and protect her and another, vengeance. …More


I Declare: 31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life
I Declare: 31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life
By Osteen, Joel
2012-09 - Faithwords
9781455516780 Check Our Catalog


Broken into 31 segments, this book defines the most powerful blessings in Scripture and encourages readers to declare one each day for a month. The declarations will affirm God's blessings in the area of health, family legacy, decisions, finances, and overcoming obstacles.
HPL patron:  Excellent daily affirmations if you believe in God.
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A Child Called It
A Child Called It
By Pelzer, Dave
1995-09 - Health Communications
9781558743663 Check Our Catalog


Abraham Lincoln High School Book Award Winner - 2005
This book chronicles the unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. It is the story of Dave Pelzer, who was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games--games that left him nearly dead.

HPL patron:  Dave Pelzer was a young boy that was very badly mistreated by his mother.  David's father left due to all the mistreating.  Dave's mother would make him sleep on a cot or even on a concrete floor in the basement, would not allow him to eat or associate with his siblings.  He would have to eat off the floor.
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Cemetery Dance
Cemetery Dance
By Preston, Douglas J.
Author Child, Lincoln
2009-05 - Grand Central Publishing
9780446580298 Check Our Catalog


Aloysius Pendergast--the world's most enigmatic FBI special agent--returns to New York City to investigate a murderous cult. His serpentine journey takes him into a secretive and deadly hotbed of Obeah, the West Indian Zombii cult of sorcery and magic. And it is here he finds his true peril is just beginning.
HPL patron:  Zombies?  Religious cults? "Ancient" New York City history (well, 200-300 years back).  FBI.  CIA.  Lots of drama!  Keeps you guessing-hard to put down.
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Tyrannosaur Canyon
Tyrannosaur Canyon
By Preston, Douglas J.
2006-08 - Forge
9780765349651 Check Our Catalog


The "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Codex" returns with a shocking tale of scientific revelation and apocalyptic terror. Millions of years ago, an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs and also left something behind that now threatens to destroy all life on Earth.
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The Mystery Woman
The Mystery Woman
By Quick, Amanda
2013-04 - Putnam Adult
9780399159091 Check Our Catalog

Beatrice Lockwood, one of the intrepid ladies of Lantern Street, is in the middle of a case when her past comes back to haunt her. Joshua North, a former spy for the Crown, has come out of a retirement after a disastrous case that left him scarred. He is now hunting the villain who is blackmailing his sister. …More


Wired
Wired
By Richards, Douglas E.
2012-07 - Paragon Press
9780982618493 Check Our Catalog


HPL patron:  How strong is the human brain?  Kira Miller believes it is stronger and faster than anyone believes.  Because of this, she becomes hunted for what she can do.  Her only hope is with David Desh and his false belief that she is a psycopath.  Kira has to change his mind and survive an ever increasing hunt for her knowledge.
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I Hate Everyone... Starting with Me
I Hate Everyone... Starting with Me
By Rivers, Joan
2012-06 - Berkley Publishing Group
9780425248300 Check Our Catalog


With her experiences, it makes sense that Rivers has come across a lot of people, places, and things she can't stand. Here she really takes it to ugly children, dating rituals, funerals, lousy restaurants, First Ladies, closet cases, hypocrites, Hollywood, and more.
HPL patron:  Very funny.  Not for the faint of heart or easily offended.
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To Trust a Stranger
To Trust a Stranger
By Robards, Karen
2001-12 - Atria Books
9780671786533 Check Our Catalog

She's the first name in romantic suspense, crowned the "doyenne of the bestseller lists" by "Publishers Weekly." She's Karen Robards, and this follow-up to the blockbuster "Paradise County" is her most passionate and intriguing thriller to date. …More


Delusion in Death
Delusion in Death
By Robb, J. D.
2013-04 - Berkley
9780425250662 Check Our Catalog

After 12 minutes of violence at a downtown bar, 80 people lay dead. Surviving witnesses talk about seeing things--monsters and swarms of bees. The patrons were exposed to a cocktail of chemicals and illegal drugs that could drive anyone to temporary insanity--if not kill them. …More


Kindred in Death
Kindred in Death
By Robb, J. D.
2010-03 - Berkley
9780425233672 Check Our Catalog


In 2060, Lieutenant Eve Dallas searches the backstreets of New York City for a dastardly and despicable criminal, in the newest novel by #1 "New York Times"-bestselling author J.D. Robb.
HPL patron:  Very entertaining (especially Rork.)
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How to Win Any Argument: Without Raising Your Voice, Losing Your Cool, or Coming to Blows
How to Win Any Argument: Without Raising Your Voice, Losing Your Cool, or Coming to Blows
By Mayer, Robert
2005-04 - Career Press
9781564148100 Check Our Catalog


The art of argument. It's mysterious and powerful. It's the art of having things go your way. But also it's the art of getting out of your own way. It's having The Moves. But it's also about having The Touch. Mayer drives home his eye-opening lessons in a light, humorous, page-turning read filled with personal and celebrity anecdotes and riveting tidbits.
HPL patron:  Could be written better.
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Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Lif
Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Lif
By Rubin, Gretchen
2012-09 - Harmony
9780307886781 Check Our Catalog BookPage Notable Title

In the spirit of her blockbuster #1 "New York Times"-bestseller "The Happiness Project" Rubin embarks on a new project to make home a happier place. Rubin dedicated a school year--September through May--to making her home a place of greater simplicity, comfort, and love. …More


Ghost Among Us: True Stories of Spirit Encounters
Ghost Among Us: True Stories of Spirit Encounters
By Rule, Leslie
2004-08 - Andrews McMeel Publishing
9780740747175 Check Our Catalog

Macabre and fascinating, Ghosts Among Us offers true-life, haunting accounts of eerie visitations and paranormal experiences along with artistically shot black-and-white photographs of haunted sites.
The personal, firsthand reports and chilling, full-length stories are bolstered by sidebars of actual accounts of "Ghosts in the News." Each chapter explores mysterious events-events that the reader will find hard to pass off as mere coincidence.
In her quest to uncover explanations for each incident, Leslie Rule extensively researched library archives and interviewed credible witnesses, historians, renowned psychics, and parapsychologists. Throughout Ghosts Among Us, Rule's findings are mesmerizing. She writes about being raised in a haunted house. "To top that," Rule explains, "�my mother¨ introduced me to a serial killer when I was fourteen." The reader is invited to skip ahead to learn about that chilling episode . . . but the pages prior to that offer their own gripping, spell-binding encounters.
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The Magician
The Magician
By Scott, Michael
2008-06 - Delacorte Press
9780385733588 Check Our Catalog


After fleeing Ojai, Nicholas, Sophie, Josh, and Scatty emerge in Paris--home for Nicholas Flamel. Only this homecoming is anything but sweet. As the second novel of this bestselling series gets underway, it becomes time for Sophie to learn the second elemental magic: Fire Magic.
HPL patron:  This series has been captivating from the start!  Here, in Book 2, the twins of legend to "save or destroy the world", along with their immortal guides have just traveled to Paris through a ley line from Ojai.  They meet Joan of Arc and her husband Saint-Germain to teach Sophie in Fire.  Her auric powers have been awakened; Jesh's haven't.  The Magician, Dee, teams with Niccolo in hopes of "whoever controls 'the twins' controls the world."
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Out of the Easy
Out of the Easy
By Sepetys, Ruta
2013-02 - Philomel Books
9780399256929 Check Our Catalog BookPage Notable Title

Josie, the 17-year-old daughter of a French Quarter prostitute, is striving to escape 1950 New Orleans and enroll at prestigious Smith College when she becomes entangled in a murder investigation, in this eagerly anticipated follow-up to "Between Shades of Gray." …More


When Lovers Are Friends
When Lovers Are Friends
By Shain, Merle
1982-04 - Bantam Books
9780553278767 Check Our Catalog


HPL patron:  Very good relationship advice and insight.
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Cirque Du Freak, Volume 5: Trials of Death
Cirque Du Freak, Volume 5: Trials of Death
By Shan, Darren
Illustrator Arai, Takahiro
2010-04 - Yen Press
9780759530423 Check Our Catalog

Darren once again struggles against the urge to feed upon the human blood hishealth requires. …More


Frankenstein
Frankenstein
By Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft
Introduction by Karbiener, Karen
Notes by Karbiener, Karen
2005-01 - Barnes & Noble
9781593081157 Check Our Catalog

Mary Shelley began writing "Frankenstein" when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, "Frankenstein" tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering ?the cause of generation and life? and ?bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, ? Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature's hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.
"Frankenstein", an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises rofound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our age, filled with news of organ donation genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever.

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Blessed
Blessed
By Smith, Cynthia Leitich
2012-02 - Candlewick Press (MA)
9780763654795 Check Our Catalog

With a wink and a nod to Bram Stoker, New York Times best-selling author Cynthia Leitich Smith unites the casts of Tantalize and Eternal in a delicious dark fantasy her fans will devour.
Quincie P. Morris, teen restaurateuse and neophyte vampire, is in the fight of her life -- or undeath. Even as she adjusts to her new appetites, she must clear her best friend and true love, the hybrid werewolf Kieren, of murder charges; thwart the apocalyptic ambitions of Bradley Sanguini, the seductive vampire-chef who "blessed" her; and keep her dead parents' restaurant up and running. She hires a more homespun chef and adds the preternaturally beautiful Zachary to her wait staff. But with hundreds of new vampires on the rise and Bradley off assuming the powers of Dracula Prime, Zachary soon reveals his true nature -- and a flaming sword -- and they hit the road to staunch the bloodshed before it's too late. Even if they save the world, will there be time left to salvage Quincie's soul?

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Diabolical
Diabolical
By Smith, Cynthia Leitich
2012-01 - Candlewick Press (MA)
9780763651183 Check Our Catalog

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