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Mason County Librarian
Wednesday, June 4, 2008 • Posted June 4, 2008

This week the Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library starts the Summer Reading Club, Read-To-Swim program, and Round-Up Parade Wagon contest. Ask a library staff member for more information.

NEW ARRIVALS - Quotes are from the cover or summary.

The Genius by Jesse Kellerman (F KEL). Mystery Fiction.

The House on Fortune Street by Margot Livesey (F LIV). Romantic Fiction.

The Third Angel by Alice Hoffman (F HOF). Romantic Fiction.

An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear (F WIN Dob.5). Mystery Fiction.

The Forgery of Venus by Michael Gruber (F GRU). Mystery Fiction.

Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos (F SAN). Romantic Fiction.

Nightshade by Susan Wittig Albert (F ALB Bay.16). Mystery Fiction. Ms. Bayles lives in the Texas Hill Country near Austin and her books are set in that locale.

War Relic by Mackey Murdock (F MUR). Western Fiction. This author lives in Garland, Texas and the novel is set in Texas.

The Cliff House Strangler by Shirley Tallman (F TAL Woo.3). Legal Mystery Fiction.

The Front by Patricia Cornwell (F COR At 2). Mystery Fiction.

The Reapers by John Connolly (F CON Par.7). Suspense Fiction.

Odd Hours by Dean Koontz (F KOO Odd 4). Horror Fiction.

The Girl With No Shadow by Joanne Harris (F HAR). Psychological Fiction.

The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen (F ADD). Domestic Fiction.

Phantom Prey by John Sandford (F SAN Pre.18). Mystery Fiction.

The Steel Wave by Jeff Shaara (F SHA WWII.2). War Stories.

Careless in Red by Elizabeth George (F GEO Lyn.13). Mystery Fiction.

Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian (F BOH). Historical Fiction.

The Man Who Loved China by Simon Winchester (921 NEE). Biography. “A portrait of the mid-twentieth-century scientist and adventurer traces his British government mission to China, his love affair with visiting student Lu Gwei-Djen, and his pivotal influence on the Western world’s understanding of China’s culture and history.”

The Texas Rangers: Wearing the Cinco Peso, 1821-1900 (363.2092 COX). Nonfiction. “Austin American-Statesman journalist Mike Cox explores the inception and rise of the famed Texas Rangers.”

Gandhi & Churchill by Arthur Herman (325.5409). Nonfiction.”A dual portrait of Winston Churchill and Mahatma Gandhi describes their forty-year struggle against each other for the future of Indian independence, detailing their influence on each other, as well as their lasting legacy for the British empire.”

The Sistine Secrets by Benjamin Blech and Roy Doliner (759.5 BLE). Nonfiction. “Identifies and analyzes secret messages encoded within the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling fresco, revealing how the master Renaissance artist imparted messages of brotherhood, tolerance, and revolution to interfaith free-thinkers and Kabbalists from his period.”

Mistaken Identity by Don & Susie Van Ryn and Newell, Colleen & Whitney Cerak with Mark Tabb (617.4 MIS). Nonfiction. “Describes the devastating accident and case of mistaken identity that left one family grieving for the young woman they thought was their daughter while the wrong family cared for the lone survivor, and describes the healing journey of survivor Whitney Cerak.”

Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction by David Sheff (362.29 SHE). Nonfiction. “The story of one teenager’s descent into methamphetamine addiction is told from his father’s point of view, describing how a varsity athlete and honor student became addicted to the dangerous drug and its impact on his family.”

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin (371.8220). Nonfiction. “Traces how the author, having been rescued and resuscitated by Himalayan villagers after a failed attempt to climb K2, worked to build schools that would benefit the young girls who were forbidden an education by Taliban restrictions.”


Story Time is taking a Summer vacation. It will return in the Fall.

Library hours are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday - Friday.

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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