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Wednesday, July 20, 2011 • Posted July 20, 2011

All you Book Hounds must have your reading logs turned in by the end of the day on Thursday, July 21. We will draw for the winners of the iPods at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, July 22. You do not have to be present to win. A big “thank you” to the folks at the Commercial Bank for providing the prizes! The program has been a great success with 56 students participating. NEW ARRIVALS: (All quotes are from publishers’ summaries)New Books on CD: Vaclav & Lena by Haley Tanner (CD F TAN)“Vaclav and Lena seem destined for each other. They meet as children in an ESL class in Brooklyn. Vaclav is precocious and verbal. Lena, struggling with English, takes comfort in the safety of his adoration, his loving, home, and the care of Rasia, his big-hearted mother. One day Lena does not show up for school. She has disappeared from Vaclav as if by a cruel magic trick. For the next seven years Vaclav says good night to Lena without fail, wondering if she is doing the same somewhere. One the eve of Lena’s seventeenth birthday he finds out.”If You Ask Me. (And, of course, you won’t) by Betty White (CD 921 WHI)“White’s wit and wisdom take center stage as she tackles topics like friendship, romantic love, aging, television, fans, love for animals, and the brave new world of celebrity. Drawing from a lifetime of lessons learned, [White] mixes her thoughtful observations with humorous stories from a seven-decade career in Hollywood.”New Western Fiction:The Hunkpapa Scout: A Western Trio by Will Henry (WF HEN)“’Red Blizzard’ is set in the Dakota Territory during the conflict between Red Cloud, Crazy Horse, and the US Army. Pawnee Perez is an army scout . . . the only man who can make his way through the hostile Sioux surrounding the fort and ride for military reinforcements.”“’Tales of the Texas Rangers’ is an account of the Forty Year War, which the oldest law enforcement agency on the North American continent waged against the Comanches, military invasions from Mexico, and frontier thieves and murderers like John Wesley Hardin.”“Sunkele Sha is ‘The Hunkpapa Scout’—a full-blood who was a trail guide for a wagon train before it was wiped out by the warring Sioux. Escaping with his life, he attempts to warn a nearby US Cavalry troop that it will soon be next.”Curry: A Western Trio by Max Brand (WF BRA)“This trio of stories about the life and destiny of Jim Curry is vintage Max Brand! Jim Curry the elder . . . only got into bad trouble when, demonstrating a slick piece of gun play to Dad Jackson, he accidentally killed him. He rode into town to explain what happened, and the sheriff insisted Jim be locked up to await trail. Jim knocks down the sheriff and—believing he has killed him—flees.”New Christian Fiction:The Swiss Courier by Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey (LTE F GOY)“It is August 1944 and the Gestapo is mercilessly rounding up suspected enemies. When Joseph Engel, a German physicist working on the atomic bomb, learns that he is actually a Jew adopted by Christian parents, he must flee. Gabi Mueller is a young Swiss-American woman working for the newly formed American Office of Strategic Services close to Nazi Germany. When she is asked to risk her life to safely deliver Engel out of Germany, the fate of the world rests in her hands.”Sea of Lost Love by Santa Montefiore (LTE F MON)“Celestria Montague always spends her summers at Pendrift Hall, the rambling Cornish mansion that has been home to the Montague family for generations. It is 1958, and the family is celebrating her father’s fiftieth birthday at a lavish ball. The gala event ends in tragedy and death, and young Celestria learns that the family may lose Pendrift Hall.”Fiction:Now You See Her by James Patterson (F PAT)“A successful lawyer and loving mother, Nina Bloom would do anything to protect the life she’s built in New York—including lying to everyone, even her daughter, about her past. But when an innocent man is framed for murder, she knows that she can’t let him pay for the real killer’s crimes. Nina’s secret life began nineteen years ago. She had looks to die for, a handsome police-officer husband, and a carefree life in Key West. But Nina’s world shattered when she unearthed a terrible secret that caused her to run for her life and change her identity.”The Castaways by Elin Hildebrand (F HIL)“With rumors of infidelity straining Greg and Tess MacAvoy’s marriage, the couple head out on their sailboat one early-summer day to celebrate their wedding anniversary, hoping the roughest waters are behind them. But in an accident off Nantucket, they mysteriously drown, leaving behind two small children as well as the three couples who have long been their closest friends. Tragedy brings to the surface long-simmering conflicts and emotions, and the MacAvoys’ six grieving friends find themselves unprepared for the revelation of secret upon secret as they struggle to answer the question: What happened to Greg and Tess?”A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch (F FIN)Charles Lenox, Victorian gentleman and armchair explorer, likes nothing more than to relax in his private study with a cup of tea, a roaring fire, and a good book. But when his lifelong friend Lady Jane asks for his help, Lenox cannot resist the change to unravel a mystery. Prudence Smith, one of Jane’s former servants, is dead of an apparent suicide. But Lenox suspects something far more sinister.”What the Dickens by Gregory Maguire (author of Wicked) (F MAG)“On the darkest night, amidst a terrifying storm, Dinah’s parents go missing. With supplies dwindling and worry growing, Dinah and her brother and sister listen to their cousin Gage tell them an unlikely story—about tooth fairies, known as skibbereen, who are living in warring colonies right in the neighborhood. DinaMaine by Courtney Sullivan (F SUL)“. . . a powerful novel about the ties that bind families tight, no matter how dysfunctional. Sullivan has created in the Kelleher women a cast of flawed but lovable characters so real, with their shared history of guilt and heartache and secret resentments, that I’m sure I’ll be thinking about them for a long time to come.” –Amy Greene, author of BloodrootThe Devil Colony by James Rollins (F ROL Sig.7)“Deep in the Rocky Mountains, a gruesome discovery—hundred of mummified bodies—stirs international attention and fervent controversy. Despite doubts about the bodies’ origins, the local Native American heritage Commission lays claim to the prehistoric remains, along with the strange artifacts found in the same cavern: gold plates inscribed with an unfathomable script. During a riot at the dig site, an anthropologist dies horribly. A teenage firebrand who escapes with a vital clue to the murder calls on the one person who might help—her uncle, Painter Crowe, Director of Sigma Force.”Folly Beach by Dorothea Benton Frank (F FRA Low.8)“Folly Beach is the land of Cate Cooper’s childhood, the place where all the ghosts of her past roam freely. Cate never thought she’d wind up in this tiny cottage named the Porgy House on this breathtakingly lovely strip of coast. But circumstances have changed, thanks to her newly dead husband whose financial—and emotional—bull and mendacity have left Cate homeless, broke, and un moored. Yet Folly Beach holds more than just memories.”Frankly My Dear, I’m Dead by Livia J. Washburn (F WAS)“No one is surprised when feisty Delilah Dickinson opens her own literary travel agency in Atlanta after her divorce. But during her first group’s tour of an old plantation modeled after Tara from Gone With the Wind—complete with a full cast of actors—things go south really fast. The actor playing Clark Gable playing Rhett Butler is found dead.”Texas Pursuit by Debra White Smith (F SMI Lon.2)“Tired of waiting for the right man to start a family, Tanya flew halfway around the world alone to adopt her son. On the return flight, she was seated next to a man named Maurice and endured hours of his comments and innuendos. Once they landed in Dallas, he started stalking her—finally forcing her to move. Maurice hires private detective Sonny Mansfield, whose intentions were good when he agreed to help a client locate his missing “ex-wife” and kidnapped “son.” But watching Tanya with her little boy, Sonny realized he’s made a terrible mistake by inadvertently leading danger back into her life.”Something for Nothing by David Anthony (F ANT)“Martin Anderson has a racehorse, a deep-sea fishing boat, a vacation home in Tahoe, and a Caddy in the garage. But his life is in freefall. It’s the 1970s, and with the arrival of the oil crisis and gas rationing, his small aircraft business is tanking, as is his extravagant suburban lifestyle. So when he’s given the opportunity to clear his debt by using one of his planes to make a few drug runs between California and Mexico, Martin accepts the offer . . . only to find that his troubles have just begun. Smart, suspenseful, and funny, David Anthony’s debut is a perfect snapshot of America’s misguided pursuit of happiness—then and now.”New Non-fiction:Flames After Midnight by Monte Akers (T 976.4 AKE)“What happened in Kirven, Texas, in May 1922, has been forgotten by the outside world. It was a coworker’s whispered words. . . that set Monte Akers to work at discovering the true story behind a young white woman’s brutal murder and the burning alive of three black men who were almost certainly innocent of it. Writing nonfiction with the skill of a novelist, Akers paints a vivid portrait of a community desolated by racial hatred and its own refusal to face hard truths.”What Your Contractor Can’t Tell You by Amy Johnston (643 JOH)“Remodeling or building from the ground up is scary. This book equips you with the insider knowledge you need to be one savvy owner, to make the right plans, do the key calculations, and write ironclad agreements so your new space is everything you dreamed it could be—at the price and in the time frame you expected.”Ball’s Complete Book of Home Preserving (641.4 Com)“The gold standard in home preserving supplies . . . now the experts at Ball have written a book destined to become the “bible” of home preserving. These 400 innovative and enticing recipes include everything from salsas and savory sauces to pickling, chutneys, relishes and of course, jams, jellies, and fruit spreads. Features user-friendly recipes that will appeal to novice and experienced canners alike; the Home Canning Problem Solver; a Produce Purchase Guide; and an extensive glossary.”The 2012 Rand McNally Road Atlas (R 912.7 RAN)“America’s #1 road atlas. More than 350 detailed city and national park maps—large type.”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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