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Wednesday, November 20, 2013 • Posted November 20, 2013

Nancy and I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving next week! Remember, the library will close at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 27 and will not re-open until Monday, December 2, so come in soon and stock up on books and magazines and get all your e-greetings sent!

NEW ARRIVALS: (All quotes are from publishers’ summaries)


Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade

Veggie Tales: Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas

Monsters University

Bad Santa

The Beautiful Beast

The Internship

Christmas Magic

Wreck-It Ralph

Mistletoe Over Manhattan

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Miracle on 34th Street

The Santa Suit

Storm Rider

Harry Potter Double Feature: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban/Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The Barbra Streisand Collection: The Mirror Haas Two Faces/The Prince of Tides/The Way We Were


Sycamore Row by John Grisham (CD F GRI)

The Paris Architect by Charles Belfour (CD F BEL)


The Noticer Returns by Andy Andrews (170 AND)

The Making of Goodbye to a River by John Graves (921 GRA)

Toxic Charity (And How to Reverse It) by Robert D. Lupton (361.70973 LUP)


Outlaw by Ted Dekker (F DEK)

“Outlaw is the transformational epic of Julie Carter, set deep in the forbidding jungles of Irian Jaya, far from the home in Atlanta where she was raised. Taken into slavery among a sophisticated Stone Age civilization bound by ancient laws, her value rests solely in her ability to produce a son for one of the warring princes. Even more, Outlaw is the story of her infant son, Stephen, presumed drowned at sea. When Stephen is found alive, Julie can only keep him alive through a series of staggering choices.”

Police by Jo Nesbø (F NES HH.10)

“Several police officers are found murdered at the scene of an old and unsolved murder case that they were involved in investigating. The killings are extremely brutal and bestial. The police have no leads. What’s more, they’re missing their best investigator. A severely wounded man in a coma is kept alive at a hospital in Oslo. The room is guarded by the police and the identity of the patient is kept secret.”

Identical by Scott Turow (F TUR Kin.9)

“The novel focuses on twins Paul and Cass Giannis and the complex relationships between their family and their former neighbors, the Kronons. Paul is a candidate for Mayor of Kindle County, and Cass is released from the penitentiary, 25 years after pleading guilty to the murder of his girlfriend, Athena Kronon. The plot centers on the re-investigation of Athena’s murder, carried out together by Evon Miller, an ex-FBI agent who is the head of security for the Kronon family business ZP, and private investigator Tim Brodie, 81, a former homicide detective.”

Darkness Rising by Lis Wiehl (F WIE Sal.2)

“Dani Harris, forensic psychiatrist in East Salem, and Tommy race to uncover what’s really happening behind the high walls of St. Adrian’s Academy. They discover faith is the only weapon strong enough to fight in a battle involving not only murder and betrayal-but angels and demons.”

Help for the Haunted by John Searles (F SEA)

“Sylvie Mason’s mother and father have an uncommon occupation: helping “haunted souls” find peace. They get a late-night call luring them to the old church on the outskirts of town. Once there, her parents disappear, one after the other, behind the church’s red door, leaving Sylvie alone in the car. Not long after, she drifts off to sleep, only to wake to the sound of gunfire.”

Be Still My Soul by Joanne Bischof (F BIS Cad.1) Christian Fiction

“Though her family is poor and her father abusive, Lonnie Sawyer clings to a quiet faith.  But when handsome ladies’ man and bluegrass musician Gideon O’Riley steals a kiss, that one action seals her fate. Her father forces her into a hasty marriage with Gideon - a man she barely knows and does not love—who forces Lonnie on an arduous journey away from her home in Rocky Knob.”

Lonesome Animals by Bruce Holbert (WF HOL)

“Arthur Strawl, a tormented former lawman, is called out of retirement to hunt a serial killer with a sense of the macabre who has been leaving elaborately carved bodies of Native Americans across three counties. As the pursuit ensues, Strawl’s own dark and violent history weaves itself into the hunt, shedding light on the remains of his broken family.”

With Blood in their Eyes by Thomas Cobb (WF COB)

“On February 10, 1918, John Power woke to the sound of bells and horses’ hooves. He was sharing a cabin near the family mine with his brother Tom and their father Jeff; hired man Tom Sisson was also nearby. Then gunfire erupted, and so began the day when the Power brothers engaged the Graham County Sheriff’s Department in the bloodiest shootout in Arizona history.”

Just One Evil Act by Elizabeth George (F GEO Lyn.18)

“The daughter of Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers’s friend Taymullah is kidnapped. In time, both Barbara and Lynley discover that the case is far more complex than just a kidnapping. With both her job and the life of a little girl on the line, Barbara must decide what matters most and how far she’s willing to go to protect it.”

I, Saul by Jerry B. Jenkins (F JEN)

“Readers will be reminded of Indiana Jones and the DiVinci code as they become absorbed in this page-turner by a master storyteller. Along the way they will learn of the fictionalized but plausible story of the life of Saul who relentlessly persecuted Christ s followers prior to his conversion when he became known as Paul.”

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