Thursday, August 1, 2013

Summer Reading Week 7


Summer Reading 2013Here are the results of Week 7.  This week 30 people submitted entries, and 7 were new!  They read 97 books.  So far 102 people have submitted 660 entries, and 209 people have registered, 9 just this week.



The Skin of the Sky
The Skin of the Sky
By Poniatowska, Elena
Translator Heikkinen, Deanna
2004-10 - Farrar Straus Giroux
9780374265755 Check Our Catalog


"The Skin of the Sky" details the efforts of a country to join the 21st century and paints the portrait of a lonely man who can find true contentment and satisfaction only in the stars.
HPL patron:  The story of one man's struggle to fullfill his potential-set in the context of the country of Mexico-in this past century.  What can one individual accopmplish from an environment dominated by extreme poverty.  Poniatowski's writing/storytelling is powerful-emotionally and intellectualy.
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The Yellow Birds
The Yellow Birds
By Powers, Kevin
2012-09 - Little Brown and Company
9780316219365 Check Our Catalog BookPage Notable Title


In Al Tafar, Iraq, 21-year old Private Bartle and 18-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. In the endless days that follow, the two young soldiers do everything to protect each other from the forces that press in on every side.
HPL patron:  An account of fighting in Iraq-the price of survival-the unraveling of self and the randomness of destruction.  First book-author serves in Iraq from 2004-2006 as a machine gunner.  His skill at telling this story forces all of us to acknowledge theprice paid by everyone serving in this conflict.
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Accordion Crimes
Accordion Crimes
By Proulx, E. Annie
Author Proulx, Annie
1996-06 - Scribner Book Company
9780684195483 Check Our Catalog


The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Shipping News now offers a masterpiece of storytelling in a novel that spans a century and a continent. Moving from Sicily to New Orleans, from South Dakota to Texas, and from Montana to Maine, the nine instantly compelling and intricately connected sections of Accordion Crimes illuminates the lives of the men and women whose dreams fuel a young nation.
HPL patron:  Author of the well known novel, The Shipping News, writes this stunning novel of early (1890) immigrants' trials and tribulations as they try to integrate into American life, well researched and accurate.  STory is told through an accordion that figures as a unifying thread through the complete book.  This is a book that should be an American classic.
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The Last Victim
The Last Victim
By Robards, Karen
2012-08 - Ballantine Books
9780345535405 Check Our Catalog

Electrifying suspense, cutting-edge psychological insight, and an unforgettably sensuous love story--these are the trademarks of Robards's sizzling novels. Now the "New York Times"-bestselling author launches a red-hot new paranormal romantic thriller series. …More


Ghosts of Southeast Michigan
Ghosts of Southeast Michigan
By Robinett, Kristy
2010-01 - Schiffer Publishing
9780764334085 Check Our Catalog

Southeast Michigan holds some of the most cultural and diverse areas in the United States, along with rolling farmlands, quaint townsand ghosts. Get a glimpse of Blanche, a ghost that still haunts Kellogg Park, see spirits who roam the land where a mental hospital stood, and a ghost who refuses to punch out permanently. Meet a winged creature, fairies in the cemetery, and demons who throw dishes. The stories come from homeowners, paranormal investigators, psychics, and even those who call their spirits coworkers. Do you believe? You will... …More


Bloodline: A SIGMA Force Novel
Bloodline: A SIGMA Force Novel
By Rollins, James
2012-06 - William Morrow & Company
9780061784798 Check Our Catalog

A yacht bearing a young American couple is attacked by Somali pirates, leading to bloodshed and the violent kidnapping of the pregnant woman on board. To aid in her rescue from the lawless and war-torn jungles of coastal Africa, Sigma Force enlists the aid of a unique search team. …More


Grace Coolidge and Her Era: The Story of a President's Wife
Grace Coolidge and Her Era: The Story of a President's Wife
By Ross, Ishbel
Designed by Rockefeller, Mary F.
1989-06 - Countryman Press
9780944951040 Check Our Catalog


HPL patron:  Despite the dated writing style, this book's copious use of primary sources created a vivid first hand look at life in the 20's and White House years of President Calvin Coolidge.  Lists of contemporary events add context.  I liked the photos and portraits of the people and their pets, and anticipate reading the recently published biography of Pres. Coolidge the library bought in March.
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Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls
By Sedaris, David
2013-04 - Little Brown and Company
9780316154697 Check Our Catalog


A new collection of essays from the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author who has been called "the preeminent humorist of his generation" ("Entertainment Weekly"). From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, Sedaris shares the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences.
HPL patron:  Entertaining, good humor
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Hoshi No Koe: The Voices of a Distant Star
Hoshi No Koe: The Voices of a Distant Star
By Sahara, Mizu
Concept by Shinkai, Makoto
2006-08 - TokyoPop
9781598165296 Check Our Catalog

In this timeless, interstellar love story, the power of love must conquer thedistance of outer space. Rated for teens. …More


Escape with Me
Escape with Me
By Sims, Janice
2013-03 - Kimani Press
9780373863020 Check Our Catalog

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The Everything Wicca and Witchcraft Book: Unlock the Secrets of Ancient Rituals, Spells, Blessings, and Sacred Objects
The Everything Wicca and Witchcraft Book: Unlock the Secrets of Ancient Rituals, Spells, Blessings, and Sacred Objects
By Singer, Marian
2002-09 - Adams Media Corporation
9781580627252 Check Our Catalog

Compiled for both the curious-minded and the serious practitioner, this handbook offers a complete guide to the Wiccan religion. Two-color throughout. …More


Criminal
Criminal
By Slaughter, Karin
2012-07 - Delacorte Press
9780345528506 Check Our Catalog BookPage Notable Title

Slaughter's new novel is an epic tale of love, loyalty, and murder that encompasses 40 years, two chillingly similar murder cases, and a good man's deepest secrets. "Karin Slaughter is one of the best crime novelists in America."--"The Washington Post." …More


The Dark Secret
The Dark Secret
By Stine, R. L.
1995-09 - Simon Pulse
9780671894344 Check Our Catalog

Stepsisters Regina and Lauren are thrilled--they've got their own wheels. And the Cataluna is one hot car--too hot. Because inside the Cataluna the curse of Bad Luck Catherine lives on. And while Catherine is hunted in her own time, Regina and Lauren will be haunted in their time--because in this car, evil is always in the driver's seat. …More


The New Evil
The New Evil
By Stine, R. L.
Editor MacDonald, Patricia
1994-12 - Simon Pulse
9780671868352 Check Our Catalog

The Fear Street: Cheerleaders trilogy was among R.L. Stine's greatest successes. Now, Stine brings more horror in the popular Super Chiller format, with new terrors in store for Corky and the Shadyside cheerleaders. After a series of terrifying accidents, the girls plan a seek-and-destroy mission. …More


The Second Horror
The Second Horror
By Stine, R. L.
1994-09 - Topeka Bindery
9780613731652 Check Our Catalog

The second volume in an all-new Fear Street trilogy. Brandt thinks moving to Shadyside is great, but he hasn't heard the terrifying stories about his new home--99 Fear Street. He doesn't know about the headless bodies or bleeding walls. And he doesn't know that Cally Frasier still haunts the house and plans gruesome deaths for him and everyone close to him. …More


The Third Horror (99 Fear Street 3): The Third Horror
The Third Horror (99 Fear Street 3): The Third Horror
By Stine, R. L.
1994-10 - Simon Pulse
9780671885649 Check Our Catalog

Kody Frasier always swore she'd come back to 99 Fear Street. She knows the spirit of her dead sister, Cally, is trapped there, waiting to be set free. Now Kody is starring in a movie about the evil that murdered Cally, and she hopes she can find and help Cally. But Cally doesn't want to be saved . . . she wants revenge. …More


Black and Ugly
Black and Ugly
By Styles, T.
2007-01 - Triple Crown Publications
9780977880416 Check Our Catalog

Black and Ugly is a tale of four totally different friends from the same block, whose friendship is tested during a seemingly innocent game of Truth or Dare. When fatal secrets begin to surface, will Parade give up the friend whose shadow she has walked in all her life? And will Miss Wayne and Daphne abandon their friends to save themselves? …More


Yu-GI-Oh!: R, Vol. 1
Yu-GI-Oh!: R, Vol. 1
By Ito, Akira
Author Itao, Akira
Illustrator Ito, Akira
2009-10 - Viz Media
9781421530062 Check Our Catalog


In order to draw Yugi out, Yakou kidnaps Tea Gardner. To rescue her, Yugi andhis friends will have to battle their way to the top of the Kaiba Corporationbuilding. Will Yugi have enough strength left to defeat Yakou? 75,000print.
HPL patron:  Good to read.
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Beyond the Grave: The History of America's Most Haunted Graveyards
Beyond the Grave: The History of America's Most Haunted Graveyards
By Taylor, Troy
2001-01 - Whitechapel Productions
9781892523129 Check Our Catalog

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A Killing Frost
A Killing Frost
By Wynn, Patricia
2011-07 - Pemberley Press
9781935421016 Check Our Catalog

The fourth book in the award-winning Blue Satan Mystery series begins in the winter of 1715 when the River Thames freezes over and a Frost Fair is erected on the ice. A frozen corpse, leaning against a booth and dressed in expensive coronation robes, turns out to be Sir Walter Tatham, a recent visitor to Hawkhurst House. Lord Harrowby Hawkhurst asks Hester Kean to discover what she can about the baronet's affairs, but will give no reason for the request--all Hester knows is that the mention of Sir Walter is enough to drive Harrowby into a panic. She enlists the help of her friend, the outlawed Viscount St. Mars, alias Blue Satan, who has a mission all his own, having been asked to help a Jacobite rebel escape Newgate prison. With the greatest frost of a century making the very streets of London treacherous, plus a price on Blue Satan's head, the two must use all their wiles to corner a clever murderer. …More


Basic Math & Pre-Algebra Workbook for Dummies
Basic Math & Pre-Algebra Workbook for Dummies
By Zegarelli, Mark
2008-09 - For Dummies
9780470288177 Check Our Catalog

Get the confidence and the math skills you need to get started with algebra!
Are you about to jump into algebra? This easy-to-follow, hands-on workbook helps you brush up on your general math skills and practice the types of problems you'll encounter in your coursework. You get plenty of work space, step-by-step solutions to every problem, and expert tips on making the leap from arithmetic to algebra.
100s of Problems!
Detailed, fully worked-out solutions to problems
The inside scoop on converting fractions, decimals, and percents
The tips and tricks you need to solve basic algebra problems …More