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Wednesday, August 3, 2011 • Posted August 3, 2011

If you are interested in the history of German immigration into the Texas Hill Country or how Texas Germans were treated during World War I, be sure to look for our new books listed below. They are a great addition to our German Texas collection.NEW ARRIVALS: (All quotes are from publishers’ summaries)DVDs: LimitlessRenegadesThe Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s NestWaiting for SupermanThe Next Three DaysThe ExpendablesInside Job Nature’s Most Amazing EventsDiary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick RulesThe Cat in the HatGreen Eggs and HamDora the Explorer: Save the DayBarney: Just ImagineElmo in GrouchlandNon-Fiction:The German Settlement of the Texas Hill Country by Jefferson Morgenthaler (T G 976.4 MOR)“This is the story of the founding of New Braunfels, Fredericksburg, Boerne, Comfort, and the other German settlements of the Texas Hill country. This is the story of hardy, industrious people transplanted into the most challenging of circumstances. It is a story of Texan pioneers.”Turning Germans into Texans: World War I and the Assimilation and Survival of German Culture in Texas, 1900-1930 (T G 976.91 TIP)“Here is the first full-scale discussion of the impact of World War I on ethnic Germans in Texas. German Texans became the target of an anti-German hysteria during World War I. Based on extensive archival research, author Matthew D. Tippens details how the attackers intended to turn Germans into Texans using whatever means necessary.”Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon by Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner (332.7 MOR)“Morgenson exposes how the watchdogs who were supposed to protect the country from financial harm were actually complicit in the actions that finally blew up the American economy. Drawing on previously untapped sources and building on original research from coauthor Joshua Rosner—who himself raised early warnings with the public and investors and kept detailed records—Morgenson connects the dots that led to this fiasco.”Fiction:A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin (F MAR Son.5)“In the aftermath of a colossal battle, the future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance—beset by newly emerging threats from every direction. Daenerys Targaryen, the last scion of House Targaryen, rules with her three dragons as queen of a city built on dust and death. But Daenerys has thousands of enemies. As they gather, one young man embarks upon his own quest for the queen, with an entirely different goal in mind.”A Murder of Taste by Sally Goldenbaum (LTE F GOL Que.2)“The French Quarter restaurant is a favorite of Portia “Po” Paltrow and her happy band of quilters . . . the proprietor and chef, Picasso, a relative newcomer is one of the warmest, friendliest people in the town of Crestwood, Kansas. So when Picasso’s glamorous wife, Laurel St. Pierre, is murdered, the town is in an uproar and the Queen Bees are determined to help.”Eve by Iris Johansen (F JOH EQB.1)“Eve is brilliant, driven, and tormented –because her own daughter, Bonnie, was taken from her years ago. Now, with the help of CIA agent Catherine Ling, a startling piece of evidence is uncovered in the quest to find Bonnie, leading to a connection that had been all but buried.”Dreams of Joy by Lisa See (F SEE Sha.2)“Reeling from newly uncovered family secrets and anger at her mother and aunt for keeping them from her, Joy runs away to Shanghai in early 1957 to find her birth father. Dazzled by him, and blinded by idealism and defiance, Joy throws herself into the New Society of Red China, heedless of the dangers in the Communist regime.”Crunch Time by Diane Mott Davidson (F MOT)“Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz cooks up big trouble as she tries to help her longtime friend and fellow chef Yolanda Garcia. When the rental house shared by Yolanda and her irrepressible aunt Ferdinanda is destroyed by arson, the pair move in with cop-turned-PI Ernest McLeod. But then Ernest is shot dead and his house is set on fire. Goldy invites them to stay with her . . . yet even Goldy’s house isn’t safe.”Dreams of the Dead by Perri O’Shaughnessy (F OSA Rei.13)“O’Shaughnessy plunges Nina back into the center of a murderous family game, and reawakens a very real nightmare she had every reason to believe was dead . . . and buried.Fallen by Karin Slaughter (F SLA)“There’s no police training stronger than a cop’s instinct. Faith Mitchell’s mother isn’t answering her phone. Her front door is open. There’s a bloodstain above the knob. Her infant daughter is hidden in a shed behind the house. All that the Georgia Bureau of Investigations taught Faith Mitchell goes out the window when she charges into her mother’s house, gun drawn.”Texas Heat by Debra White Smith (LTE F WHI Lon.1) Christian Romance“The last thing Jack Mansfield ever wanted was to arrest his college sweetheart—especially with her five-year-old hanging onto her and crying. But as police chief in Bullard, Texas, he had an obligation to do just that. While sitting in her jail cell, Charli sees all the mistakes she’s made . . . and now she stands accused of embezzlement. But her worst case of bad judgment was breaking it off with Jack—the man who is now about to risk his own career to prove her innocence.”Sometimes a Light Surprises by Jamie Langston Turner (LTE F TUR) Christian Fiction“Ben Buckley has never gotten over the loss of his wife. More bewildering than the mystery surrounding her death is the radical change that occurred in her shortly beforehand. An unlikely young woman knocks on the door of his narrow world . . . in spite of his misgivings Ben finds himself on a journey he never would have begun on his own.”Western Fiction:Canyon Rattlers by Eli Colter (WF COL)“Black Desmond was a swashbuckling, dashing figure—one of the most brutal and murderous the Southwest had ever known. Now he has transferred his rustling, robbing, and killing operations to a sparsely settled area of Montana. And it’s there that he meets his match in Sheriff Wyster and his posse.”The Lobo Breed by Charles M. Martin (WF MAR)“Jeff Dawson’s father, known as the Lobo, had been accused of stealing the payroll of the 3B spread and then had been dry-gulched before he even had a chance to prove his innocence. Now his son bore the band of the Lobo breed. “Gospel” Cummings . . . aimed to befriend Lobo’s whelp—and there was a young girl who also believed in him.”LIBRARY NOTES:Free Movie: Ratatouille, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 3:00 P.M.Stribling Room—rated “G” Run Time: 111 minutesLIBRARY 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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