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Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 22, 2011

Hot weather is a great time to enjoy a “cool” book. Come on in and check out one of our new titles. Don’t forget our next Movie Wednesday is June 29 at 3:00 P.M. in the Stribling Room. We’ll be showing Where the Red Fern Grows (Rated G 97 minutes).NEW ARRIVALS: (All quotes are from publishers’ summaries)State of Minds: Texas Culture & Its Discontents by Don Graham (810.9 GRA)“John Steinbeck once famously wrote that ‘Texas is a state of mind.’ For those who know it well, however, the Lone Star State is more than one mind-set. . .in a strong personal voice—wry, humorous, and ironic—Graham offers his stake on Texas literary giants ranging from J. Frank Dobie to Larry McMurtry and Cormac McCarthy and on films such as The Alamo, The Last Picture Show, and Brokeback Mountain. He locates the works he discusses in relation to time and place, showing how they. . . helped to define Texas culture for generations . . . “ Good Stuff: A Reminiscence of My Father, Cary Grant by Jennifer Grant (921 GRA)“Good Stuff is an enchanting portrait of the profound and loving relationship between a daughter and her father, who just happens to be one of America’s most iconic male movie stars. Jennifer Grant writes of their life together through her high school and college years until Grant’s death at the age of eighty-two.”Blacklands by Belinda Bauer (F BAU)“Eighteen years ago, Billy Peters disappeared. Everyone in town believes Billy was murdered—after all, serial killer Arnold Avery later admitted killing six other children . . . only Billy’s mother is convinced he is alive.”Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World by Andrew Breitbart (302.2309 73 BRE)“Breitbart shows how he went from a default cultural liberal to a conservative culture warrior. This work explores the key issues that Americans face in a twenty-first-century hypermedia age, how and why he aligned himself with the Tea Party, his role in the takedown of Barack Obama’s vaunted “community-organizing group” ACORN, and how the biggest problem with the right is in Hollywood and New York, not in Washington, DC.”Seal Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy Seal Sniper by Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin (921 WAS)“When the Navy sends their elite, they send the SEALS. When the SEALS send their elite, they send SEAL Team Six. SEAL Team Six is a secret unit tasked with counterterrorism, hostage rescue, and counterinsurgency. In this dramatic, behind-the-scenes chronicle, Wasdin takes readers deep inside the world of Navy SEAKs and Special Forces snipers, beginning with the grueling selection process of Basic Underwater Demolition—the toughest and longest military training in the world.”A Singular Woman by Janny Scott (921 SCO)“An award-winning reporter for The New York Times tells the story of Stanley Ann Dunham, the woman whom President Obama has credited with, he says, ‘what is best in me.’ The story begins at a time when interracial marriage was a crime in much of the United States and culminates in the present, with the historic presidency of her son.”Huckleberry Finished by Livia J. Washsburn (LTE F WAS Del.2)“Delilah Dickinson is in charge of a tourist group taking a cruise on a Mississippi riverboat. Delilah isn’t anticipating any problems. But trouble rears its ugly head when one of the members of her tour group turns up dead. His neck is broken, and it definitely wasn’t an accident.”Mighty Old Bones by Mary Saums (LTE F SAU Thi.2)“Jane Thistle and Phoebe Twigg are as different as two best friends can be. Tullulah [Alabama] can be a sleepy little town, but no one sleeps through the thunderstorm that knocks down a tree on Jane’s property and uncovers a pile of skeletal remains. Jane and Phoebe find themselves in the midst of some strange happenings.”Unhallowed Ground by Heather Graham (LTE F GRA)“When Sarah McKinley is finally able to buy and restore the historic Florida mansion that she has always loved, she dismisses the horror stories of past residents vanishing and a long-dead housekeeper who practiced black magic. Then . . . she makes a grim discovery. Hidden within the walls of Sarah’s dream house are the remains of dozens of bodies—some dating back over a century.”Hot Pursuit by Suzanne Brockmann (LTE F BRO)“Alyssa Locke is no stranger to danger. As team leader of the nation’s number one personal security company, Troubleshooters, Inc, she’s seen more than her share of action. Guarding lives is her game, and no one plays it better. Alyssa agrees to provide personal protection for New York Assembly woman Maria Bonavita. But her toughest challenge ever is about to rear its ugly head when an old case crosses paths with this new assignment.”Horse-Ketchum of Death Valley by Dane Coolidge (WF COO)“Horse-Ketchum was Johnny Lightfoot’s nickname, a fighting name given to him by his Indian companion, Captain Jack. His adventures and triumphs in cowtown ‘civilization’ make stirring reading—and his love story is one of the strangest romances of those bold frontier days.”LIBRARY NOTES:Read-to-Swim: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays 10:30-11:30 A.M.Movie: Wednesday, June 29: Where the Red Fern GrowsBook Hounds: ends Thursday, July 21, drawings for iPods Friday, July 22

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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