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Wednesday, May 4, 2011 • Posted May 4, 2011

One reason I’m truly enjoying my job is that each week brings something different. This past week Richard Kensing, a New Braunfels resident with familial roots in Mason, visited the library and generously donated author Celia Hayes’s Adelsverein trilogy: The Gathering, The Sowing, and The Harvesting. About 7,000 settlers left for Texas during the early 1800s when the Adelsverein, a society of German noblemen, offered a chance at a new life. I think some of you will not only enjoy the books as historical fiction but will also find that the tale resonates personally because of your own German ancestors’ emigration to Texas.

The saga begins in 1845 with Christian Steinmetz, a rebellious free thinker, deciding to emigrate despite the misgivings of his wife. The storyline follows the family as they land, travel to New Braunfels and eventually move on to Fredericksburg where the rest of Book One takes place. Book Two describes life in the Hill Country when the country is embroiled in the Civil War. Book Three brings the adventure to conclusion during the post-Civil War period when Confederates were persecuting people who would not take the loyalty oath and includes historical notes and references to true events which inspired certain story elements. The deaths of fictional characters Rosalie and Robert Hunter, for example, are loosely based on the deaths of Johanna and Henry Kensing. The author also notes, "The experiences of characters Grete and Willi Richter are based roughly on those of Minnie Caudle, Rudolph Fischer, Hermann Lehmann, and Adolph Korn, as outlined in [Scott Zesch’s] The Captured."

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

DVDs:

Megamind

How to Train Your Dragon

Red

In Plain Sight: Season 3

Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2

The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries

The Romance Collection

Little Fockers

Books:

Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and the Shape of Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100 by Michio Kaku

"Following in the footsteps of Leonardo da Vinci and Jules Verne, Kaku, author of a handful of books about science, looks into the not-so-distant future and envisions what the world will look like. It should be an exciting place, with driverless cars, Internet glasses, universal translators, robot surgeons, the resurrection of extinct life forms, designer children, space tourism, a manned mission to Mars, none of which turn out to be as science-fictiony as they sound. In fact, the most exciting thing about the book is the fact that most of the developments Kaku discusses can be directly extrapolated from existing technologies." (from Booklist)

The Treasure by Iris Johansen (F JOH)

"Lady Selene Ware had been nothing more than a harem slave when Kadar Ben Arnaud—a man once trained in the black arts of death and seduction—helped her escape to the safety of her native Scotland. But even a world away she still wasn’t safe from the sheikh who claimed her as his stolen property. . ."

Hollywood Moon by Joseph Wambaugh (F WAM)

"There’s a saying at Hollywood Station that the full moon brings out the beast—rather than the best—in the precinct’s citizens . . . cue Dewey Gleason, master of disguises. Each of his many identities is crafted for the execution of a particular sort of under-the-radar racket, stealing identities and raking in plenty of cash—just enough from each mark not to draw too much attention. He’s inspired fear in his henchmen, a smooth-talking, dreadlocked sophisticate, and a dangerous-looking tattooed biker, but their distrust and apprehension of him pale by comparison with his own fear of his ruthless partner—who happens to be his wife."

The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression by Amity Shlaes (973.91 SHL)

George Will states, "Americans just now need what Amity Shlaes has brilliantly, supplied, a fresh appraisal of what the New Deal did and did not accomplish."

Keep a Little Secret by Dorothy Garlock (F GAR)

"Charlotte Tucker has always followed her heart, and now it leads her to a big ranch in Oklahoma where she can teach in her very own schoolhouse. When suspicious accidents put the ranch—and lives—in jeopardy, Charlotte believes in the one man no one else trusts and asks him to help her uncover the truth."

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay (F ROS)

"Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten-year-old girl, is taken with her parents by the French police as they go door-to-door arresting Jewish families in the middle of the night. Desperate to protect her younger brother, Sarah locks him in a bedroom cupboard—their secret hiding place—and promises to come back for him as soon as they are released. Sixty Years later: Sarah’s story intertwines with that of Julia Jarmond, an American journalist investigating the roundup. In her research, Julia stumbles onto a trail of secrets that link her to Sarah, and to questions about her own romantic future."

LIBRARY NOTES:

Story Hour 10:00 A.M. on Fridays

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: masonlibrary@verizon.net; Web Site: http://bcls.tsl.state.tx

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