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Wednesday, March 5, 2014 • Posted March 6, 2014

Tommy Splittgerber recently donated a book, Ambassadors of the Aggie Spirit: The History of the Texas A & M Yell Leaders, that you may be interested in reading. Tommy, who was a yell leader from 1947-49, is listed in the book along with Red Duke and some other names you might be surprised to find. Texas A & M is known for its school spirit, pride, and traditions as well as academic excellence. The yell leaders play an important role at A & M, and the book offers a unique peek into their history. You’ll find it on the non-fiction shelf of the New Arrivals.

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


All is Lost

Ender’s Game

Killing Kennedy

Sherlock: Season Three

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

Grace Unplugged

The Americans: Season 1

Heart of the Country

Fruitvale Station

For the Love of Grace

Hell on Wheels: Seasons 1 & 2

Free Birds

Deadwood: Season 1

The White Queen: Season 1

Romeo & Juliet

Baggage Claim

Dallas Buyers Club

Escape Plan


Seasons of Gray

Life of a King


The Last Samurai


Under One Roof: Lessons I Learned from a Tough Old Woman in a Little Old House by Barry Martin (921 MAR)

Eat Chocolate and Lose Weight by Will Clower, PhD. (613.2 CLO)


In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson (CD 943.0896 LAR)

Brides for Brothers & The Marriage Risk Vol. 1 by Debbie Macomber (CD F MAC)


Queen of Sugar by Natalie Baszile (F BAS)

“Why exactly Charley Bordelon’s late father left her eight hundred sprawling acres of sugarcane land in rural Louisiana is as mysterious as it was generous. Recognizing this as a chance to start over, Charley and her eleven-year-old daughter, Micah, say good-bye to Los Angeles.”

Kiss and Tell by Fern Michaels (F MIC Sis.23)

“The Sisterhood has been content to let their gold shields gather a little dust while they enjoy their friends and family. But when a string of anonymous emails arrives at Pinewood, suggesting shady dealings at a local assisted-living facility, Myra Rutledge and her best friend Annie de Silva are more than ready to out-hustle a master con-artist at his own game.”

Concealed in Death by J. D. Robb (F ROB Dal.38)

“In a decrepit, long-empty New York building, Lieutenant Eve Dallas’s husband begins the demolition process by swinging a sledgehammer into a wall. When the dust clears, there are two skeletons wrapped in plastic behind it. He summons his wife immediately - and by the time she’s done with the crime scene, there are twelve murders to be solved.”

The Lure by Lynne Ewing (F EWI)

“. . . a gritty, sexy novel about a teen who is forced to become a “lure,” a beautiful girl used by her street gang to seduce and entrap rival gang members.”

Fool’s Gold (Order of Darkness: Book Three) by Philippa Gregory (F GRE)

“Tasked to expose a coin counterfeiting scheme, Luca and Isolde travel to Venice just in time for Carnival. Amid the masks, parties, and excitement, the romantic attraction between the two reaches a new intensity that neither can deny.”

On Such a Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee (F LEE)

“In a vividly imagined future, America is divided into walled villages for the wealthy elite, self-contained labor settlements that provide produce and seafood for the wealthy, and the wild, anarchic quasi-states that exist elsewhere. One woman shocks her community by leaving the safety of her labor settlement’s gated walls to go in search of the man she loves, who has disappeared, and becomes a legend to those she left behind.”

A Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith (F SMI)

“An emotionally charged, brilliantly realized novel set in the 1930s about five American women-Gold Star Mothers-who travel to France to visit the graves of their World War I soldier sons: a pilgrimage that will change their lives in unforeseeable and indelible ways.”

The Sisters Weiss by Naomi Ragen (F RAG)

“In 1950’s Brooklyn, sisters Rose and Pearl Weiss grow up in a loving but strict ultra-Orthodox family, never dreaming of defying their parents or their community’s unbending and intrusive demands.  Then, a chance meeting with a young French immigrant turns Rose’s world upside down, its once bearable strictures suddenly tightening like a noose around her neck.”

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