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From The Librarian’s Shelf…
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 • Posted September 16, 2009

NEW ARRIVALS - Quotes are from the cover or summary.

Losing Mum and Pup by Christopher Buckley (813 BUC). Nonfiction. “Bestselling author Buckley’s most personal and transcendent work—the tragicomic true story of the year in which he lost both of his parents. The author offers consolation, wit, and warmth to those coping with the death of a mother or father.”

Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon by Craig Nelson (629.45 NEL). Nonfiction. “Through interviews, 23,000 pages of NASA oral histories, and declassified CIA documents on the space race, Nelson creates a vivid and detailed account of the Apollo 11 mission.”

The G Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide by Elisabeth Hasselbeck (613.2 HAS). Nonfiction. “ ... Hasselbeck shares her hard-earned wisdom on living life without gluten and loving it. She gives you everything you need to know to start living a gluten-free life, from defining gluten—where to find it, how to read food labels—to targeting gluten-free products, creating G-Free shopping lists, sharing recipes, and managing G-Free living with family and friends.”

Magnificent Desolation by Buzz Aldrin (921 ALD). Biography. “Although Apollo 11 made Aldrin a famous person as he described the “alien world” of moon and space as “magnificent desolation,” his celebrity status led to both personal trials and triumphs back on earth. “The twin demons of depression and alcoholism emerged— the first of which Aldrin confronted early and publicly, and the second of which he met with denial until it nearly killed him.” He describes the failure of two marriages and renewal once he gained sobriety and a new love of his life, a woman named Lois.”

A Big Little Life by Dean Koontz (636.752 KOO). Nonfiction. “She arrived with her name, Trixie. I joked sometimes that it sounded more like a stripper than a dog. But if it sounded more like a stripper than a dog, it sounded more like an elf or a fairy than a stripper. Elves and fairies are magical beings , and so was she. A heartwarming memoir of a very special dog.”

Even Money by Dick Francis and Felix Francis (F FRA). Mystery Fiction. “Ned Talbot, a bookmaker working the Royal Ascot, finds himself in a race to solve his father’s stabbing—a race where coming in second could cost him more than even money—it could cost him his life.”

Alex Cross’s Trial by James Patterson (F PAT Cro.15). Legal Stories. “Detective Alex Cross tells the story of an ancestor, Abraham Cross, and his experiences with lawyer Ben Corbett, recounting one man’s pursuit of justice in the face of the resurgence of Ku Klux Klan racism and violence in 1906 Eudora, Mississippi.”

Return to Sullivans Island by Dorothea Benton Frank (F FRA Low 6). Domestic Fiction. “Newly graduated from college and an aspiring writer, Beth Hayes craves independence and has a world to conquer. But her notions of travel, graduate study, and writing the great American novel will have to be postponed—with her mother leaving to fulfill her own dreams in Paris and her Aunt Maggie, Uncle Grant, and stepfather Simon moving to California, Beth is elected by her elders to house-sit the Island Gamble.”


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