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Wednesday, June 15, 2011 • Posted June 15, 2011

I’m glad that so many students have signed up for our Book Hounds summer reading program for grades K-12. Every time a child finishes reading three books at home, he or she earns another chance to win an iPod. We will have two drawings—one for grades K-5 and one for grades 6-12. Books must be finished by July 21, and on Friday, July 22, a name will be drawn from each box, and two lucky readers will go home with an iPod. It’s not too late; your child can still sign up. Don’t forget we are also showing free movies in the Stribling Room. If your child misses today’s movie, Cars, beginning at 3:00 P.M., mark your calendar for our next movie, Where the Red Fern Grows, to be shown on Wednesday, June 29, at 3:00 P.M. in the Stribling Room. NEW ARRIVALS: (All quotes are from publishers’ summaries)The Pale King by David Foster Wallace (F WAL)“[This book] remained unfinished at the time of David Foster Wallace’s death, but it is a deeply compelling and satisfying novel, hilarious and fearless and as original as anything Wallace ever undertook. It grapples directly with ultimate questions—questions of life’s meaning and of the value of work and society—through characters imagined with the interior force and generosity that were Wallace’s unique gifts. Along the way it suggests a new idea of heroism and commands infinite respect for one of the most daring writers of our time.”Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris (F HAR Sta.11)“With her knack for being in trouble’s way, Sookie Stackhouse witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte’s, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover Eric Northman and his “child” Pam are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, Sookie is drawn into the plot—which is much more complicated than she knows . . .”The September Society by Charles Finch (LTE F FIN Len.2)“In the wee hours of the morning one fall day in 1866, a frantic woman visits detective Charles Lenox. Lady Annabelle’s problem is simple: her beloved son, George, has vanished from his room at Oxford. When Lenox visits his alma mater to investigate, he discovers a series of bizarre clues, including a murdered cat and a card cryptically referring to ‘The September Society.’”Loving a Lost Lord by Mary Jo Putney (LTE F PUT) (Historical Romance)The Lost Lords are “maverick childhood friends with a flair for defying convention. Each is about to discover his perfect match. Battered by the sea, Adam remembers nothing of his past—not the shipwreck that almost claimed his life or the fact that he’s a duke. But he’s delighted to hear that the golden-haired vision tending his wounds is his wife.”Altar of Bones by Philip Carter (F CAR)“In San Francisco, a homeless woman is fatally stabbed by an assailant she’s been expecting for years—and her cryptic last words unlock a decades-buried secret that changed history. In Galveston, an old man makes a chilling deathbed confession. In Massachusetts, a cold-blooded female assassin makes an insidious pact with a corporate billionaire. Drawn in to this web of danger are Ry O’Malley, a man desperate to outrun his own deadly fate; and Zoe Dmitroff, A San Francisco attorney who recognizes the slain homeless woman—a woman she was told had died nearly half a century ago.”The Girl’s Guide to Homelessness: A Memoir by Brianna Karp (921 KAR)“Brianna Karp entered the workforce at age ten, supporting her mother and sister throughout her teen years in Southern California. Although her young life was scarred by violence and abuse, Karp stayed focused on her dream of a steady job and a home of her own. By age twenty-two her dream became reality. And then the Great Recession hit. Karp, like millions of others, lost her job . . . she was forced out onto the street.”Doc by Mary Doria Russell (F RUS)“The year is 1878, peak of the Texas cattle trade. The place is Dodge City, Kansas . . . violence is random and routine, but when the burned body of a mixed-blood boy named Johnnie Sanders is discovered, his death shocks a part-time policeman named Wyatt Earp. And it is a matter of strangely personal importance to Doc Holliday, the frail twenty-six-year-old dentist who has just opened an office at No. 24, Dodge House.” Love’s Pursuit by Siri Mitchell (LTE F MIT)(Christian Romance)“In the small Puritan community of Stoneybrooke, Massachusetts, Susannah Phillips stands out both for her character and beauty. She wants only a simple life but soon finds herself pursued by the town’s wealthiest bachelor and by a roguish military captain sent to protect them. One is not what he seems and the other is more than meets the eye.”Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks (F BRO)“The voice of Caleb’s Crossing belongs to Bethia Mayfield, growing up in the tiny island settlement of Great Harbor amid a small band of pioneering English Puritans. Possessed of a restless spirit and a curious mind, Bethia slips the bounds of her rigid society . . . at twelve, she meets Caleb, the young son of a chieftain, and the two forge a secret bond that draws each into the alien world of the other.”The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives by Katie Couric (646.7009 COU)“Katie Couric reports from the front lines of the worlds of politics, entertainment, sports, philanthropy, the arts and business—distilling the ingenious, hard-won insights of leaders and visionaries, who tell us how to take chances, follow our passions, cope with criticism, and perhaps most important, commit to something greater than ourselves.”Please Look After Mom by Kyun-Suook Shin (FSHIN)“This is the stunning, deeply moving story of a family’s search for their mother, who goes missing one afternoon amid the crowds of the Seoul Station subway. Told through the piercing voices and urgent perspectives of a daughter, son, husband, and mother, Please Look after Mom is at once an authentic picture of contemporary life in Korea and a universal story of family love. You will never think of your mother the same way again after you read this book.”The Warrior by Wade Everett (WF EVE)“His assignment—to protect the Indians he had spent his entire adult life fighting against! As an outworn soldier, the Review Board figured he could make the mistakes that would otherwise be wasted on better men than he. But what they were overlooking is that –first and foremost—Captain Early was a soldier. He went into every situation as though it was a battle that his very life depended on winning. The only difference with this one was that it played against the Army he’d served for so long.”Back Trail by Lewis B. Patten (WF PAT)“Alex Longmire earned his reputation for being fast with a gun at a very early age. Though he never hired out his talent for pay, his reputation served to isolate him from everyone. When an attack by Rod Zellman against Alex Longmire predictably ends with Zellman’s death, Alex and his friend Bud Purvis are pursued by Zellman’s father and his hired guns for over 700miles.”Vendetta Canyon by Stan Lynde (WF LYN)“Sheepman Abel McKenzie and cattleman Zack Rainford were best friends growin up, but now, in 1887 Montana Territory, they’ve become mortal enemies battling over the same grazing land. When one of McKenzie’s sheep herders is killed and the investigation into the homicide receives only cursory review, their feud threatens to throw the people of Meriwether County into a bloody range war. Deputy U.S. Marshal Merlin Fanshaw is sent to stop the range war before it starts, but his job is complicated by a corrupt sheriff, a mysterious range detective, and a secret romance.”The Loner by J.A. Johnstone (WF JOH)“”The Loner may appear to be a dashing young gunfighter, but few know the tragedy and heartbreak that shaped him. Most people have no idea that successful young businessman Conrad Browning is the son of legendary gunfighter Frank Morgan. And that’s one secret he plans to keep—until his beautiful wife Rebel is kidnapped by a group of deadly bandits.”

LIBRARY NOTES:Read-to-Swim: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays 10:30-11:30 A.M.Book Hounds: ends Thursday, July 21, drawings for iPods Friday, July 2

2LIBRARY 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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