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From The Librarian’s Shelf…
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 • Posted March 10, 2010

A large part of the money that pays for the library’s new books, audio books, and DVD’s comes from the annual Lone Star Grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. For more information on the Lone Star Libraries visit this website.

Story Time will not be held this Friday, March 12 because of Spring Break.


Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (921 LAC). Biography. "Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first "immortal" human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer and viruses; helped lead to in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks is buried in an unmarked grave."

The Poker Bride: The First Chinese in the Wild West by Christopher Corbett (921 BEM). Biography. "During the gold rush, a young Chinese concubine arrived by horse in Idaho gold country, where a white gambler soon won her in a poker game. She became Polly Bemis, the winner’s legal, beloved wife. Polly emerged into public view only in 1923, a tiny old woman on horseback, her identity and story known only to a few old-timers."


Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjalian (CD F BOH). Suspense Fiction. "After the murder of Alice Hayward and the suicide of her husband, Reverend Stephen Drew flees the pulpit and is saved from despair only by a meeting with Heather Laurent, the author of wildly successful, inspirational books about angels."

Blood Root by Amy Greene (CD F GRE). Domestic Fiction. "Myra Lamb of Bloodroot Mountain has troubling "haint" blue eyes and a grandma whose touch charms people and animals alike. When their neighbor John Odom tries to tame Myra, he meets a with shocking, violent disaster."

The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris (CD F FER). Psychological Fiction. "Tim Farnsworth is a handsome, healthy man, aging with the grace of a matinee idol. His wife Jane still loves him, and for all its quiet trials, their marriage is still stronger than most. Then one day he stands up and walks out. And keeps walking."

Making Rounds With Oscar by David Dosa (CD 362). Nonfiction. "An otherwise ordinary cat, Oscar has the uncanny ability to predict when people are about to die. Adopted by staff members at Steere House nursing home when he was a kitten, the three-year-old tabby has presided over the deaths of more than twenty-five nursing home residents thus far."


Story Time is held at 10:00 Fridays at the Library Stribling Room.

Library Information - Location: 410 Post Hill; Phone: 325-347-5446; Fax: 325-347-6562; Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1785, Mason, TX 76856; E-mail:; Web Site:

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