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Wednesday, July 6, 2011 • Posted July 6, 2011

Parade! I hope everyone will be able to enjoy all the festivities this weekend. Be sure to watch for the Mason Study Club’s float and the Library Board’s float on Saturday and wave at our beautiful Queen’s candidate Dakota Lee. NEW ARRIVALS: (All quotes are from publishers’ summaries)Taking Risks With Watercolour by Shirley Trevena (751.42 TRE)“ShirleyTrevena’s watercolours are visually inspiring, vibrant with colour and strong in composition. This book shows what stunning results she achieves and how she does it by taking risks with watercolour and pushing the medium to its limits.”The Vigilantes by W.E.B. Griffin (F GRI Boh.10)“There’s a sudden spike in murders in Philadelphia, but no one seems to mind much, because the victims are street thugs and lowlifes. But as Homicide sergeant Matt Payne starts looking under the right rocks, he gets a feeling there’s more going on than just bad guys burning one another. Then comes the unexpected: copycats.”Carte Blanche by Jeffery Deaver (F DEA)“James Bond, in his early thirties and already a veteran of the Afghan War, has been recruited to a new organization. Conceived in the post-9/11 world, it operates independent of MI5, MI6, and the Ministry of Defense, its very existence deniable. Headquarters has decrypted an electronic whisper about an attack . . . casualties estimated in the thousands, British interest adversely affected. And Agent 007 has been given carte blanche to do whatever it takes to fulfill his mission. . .”The Chicken Chronicles by Alice Walker (921 WAL)“For the past several years, on a farm north of San Francisco, the celebrated writer Alice Walker has diligently cared for a flock of chickens. Over time, her blossoming relationship with ‘her girls’ developed in unexpected ways, becoming a source of inspiration, strength, and spiritual discovery. The Chicken Chronicles is a record of this remarkable experience and an extraordinary document of personal discovery, political commitment, and the joys of relating to animals.”Hope Rekindled by Tracie Peterson (F PET Stri.3)“Life seems to be falling into place for Deborah Vandermark. On the cusp of finally marrying Christopher, the man who claimed her heart, she is devastated when he receives an urgent telegram . . . Christopher travels to Kansas City, uncertain of what he will find there. When her fiancé returns to Texas, Deborah is faced with a very different future than she expected.”Joy for Beginners by Erica Bauermeister (F BAU)“This book is a joy to read. Bauermeister gives us characters who revel in the best of what life has to offer—loving relationships, fine food, good books, and travel—she writes with keen observance and a wry wit.” –Stephanie Kallos, author of Sing Them HomeThe Accidental Lawman by Jill Marie Landis (LTE F LAN)“Not five minutes in a one-horse Texas town, and Hank Larson foils a bank robbery. No matter that one of the bandits tripped right over Hank’s dusty boots. Suddenly, the newcomer is hailed a hero and anointed sheriff. Hank came to Glory to report crime in the newspaper—not to stop it himself!”The Devil’s Badland 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. Following the kidnapping and murder of his wife, Rebel, Conrad Browning faked his own death and donned the mantle of his notorious gunfighter father—becoming Kid Morgan.”Killer on a Hot Tin Roof by Livia J. Washburn (F WAS)“Delilah Dickinson is finally looking forward to a nice, relaxing time leading her literary travel agency’s latest tour at the annual Tennessee Williams Literary Festival in New Orleans. After all, a group of intelligent, low-key English professors can’t be too much trouble, right? Wrong . . . one of the professors claims he can prove Williams didn’t even write Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. When the supposed real author . . . turns up dead, Delilah knows she’s got to get to the bottom of things.”Paradise Dogs by Man Martin (F MAR)“Adam Newman once had it all. But then he lost it. Now Adam yearns to reunite with his estranged wife, Evelyn, and recapture the Edenic life they once had running Paradise Dogs, the roadside hot-dog restaurant now legendary throughout central Florida. He has a few obstacles along the way, though . . . there’s his impending marriage to Lily. There’s also the matter of a quarter million dollars’ worth of diamonds that he mislaid.”Here Comes the Ride by Lorena McCourney (F MCC)“Sixty-year-old Andi McConnell and her limousine are back! The occasion is the ‘wedding of the century’ at a local estate, and Andi has a five-day, live-in gig, transporting the wedding party and Hollywood guests. There’s the groom with cell phone welded to his ear; the bride who suspects she’ll be murdered at the ceremony; and the over-the-hill, movie star stepmother with an ambitious agenda of her own. There’s blackmail, betrayal, and enough hostility and competition to melt that life-sized ice sculpture of the bride and groom. And now there’s murder.”LIBRARY NOTES:Read-to-Swim: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays 10:30-11:30 A.M.—ends July 28Book Hounds: ends Thursday, July 21, drawings for iPods on Friday, July 22LIBRARY 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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