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Wednesday, September 7, 2011 • Posted September 7, 2011

If you’re one of the many people who are trying to trace your genealogy, you may want to try the sites in our TexShare Databases. TexShare offers HeritageQuest Online, “research materials to trace family lineage” and Texas Digital Sanborn Maps, “historical maps for historians, geographers, and genealogists” as well as The Handbook of Texas Online and Texas Reference Center, which may also be helpful resources. Remember, go to our website and click on the TexShare link. The TexShare log-in is RMN1244 and the password is TX76856. Happy hunting!NEW ARRIVALS: (All quotes are from publishers’ summaries)eBooks:Port Mortuary by Patricia CornwellTall, Dark, and Deadly by Suzanne BrockmanAll Together Dead by Charlaine HarrisThe Creed Legacy by Linda Lael MillerSAT for DummiesThe Paris Wife by Paula McClainDreams of Joy by Lisa SeeBurning Lamp by Amanda QuickNon-Fiction:Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History by Ben Mezrich (364.16 EZ)“The incredible true story of how a love-struck young NASA co-op stole a six-hundred-pound safe full of moon rocks, the rarest substance in the world—The Right Stuff meets Catch Me If You Can.”Wonder Girl: The Magnificent Sporting Life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias by Don Van Natta, Jr. (796.07 NAT)“A charmingly evocative narrative . . . Didrikson shared the same pizzazz, raw physical talent, and indomitable spirit as Muhammad Ali, plus the penchant for breaking barriers. Finally there is a biography worthy of her remarkable story.” –Neal Bascomb, bestselling author of The Perfect MileFiction:The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer (F ORR)“Paris, 1937. Andras Lévi, a Hungarian-Jewish architecture student, arrives from Budapest with a scholarship, a single suitcase, and a mysterious letter he has promised to deliver. But when he falls into a complicated relationship with the letter’s recipient, he becomes privy to a secret that will alter the course of his—and his family’s—history. The Invisible Bridge tells of a family shattered and remade in history’s darkest hour.”Victory and Honor by W.E.B. Griffin (F GRI Hon.6)“Just weeks after Hitler’s suicide, Cletus Frade and his colleagues in the OSS find themselves up to their necks in battles every bit as fierce as the ones just ended. The first is political—the very survival of the OSS. The second is military—for years, the OSS has had him deep into espionage dealing with German smuggling in Argentina. The third is the possible next world war against Joe Stalin and his voracious ambitions.”The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman (F HOF)“Hoffman introduces us to the luminous and haunting world of Blackwell, Massachusetts. She offers a transforming glimpse of small-town America, presenting us with some three hundred years of passion, dark secrets, loyalty, and redemption in a web of tales where characters’ lives are intertwined by fate and by their own actions. At the center of everyone’s life is a mysterious garden where only red plants can grow, and where the truth can be found by those who dare to look.”Mind’s Eye by Håkan Nesser (F NES Vee.3)“The swift conviction of Janek Mitter left Van Veeteren uneasy. With only the flimsiest defense, Mitter is found guilty of his wife’s murder and committed to a mental institution. But when Mitter is murdered in his cell, Van Veeteren regrets not following his gut and launches an investigation into the two killings. The twisted root of these violent murders will shock even him.”The Inspector and Silence by Håkan Nesser (F NES Vee.5)“Van Veeteren is long overdue for a holiday when a secretive and dubious religious sect comes under investigation. One of its members, a girl on the cusp of adolescence, is found dead in the forest near their holiday camp. An unidentified woman assists the authorities; her tips become doubly perplexing as a new string of increasingly horrifying crimes defy everything Van Veeteren and his team thought they knew about the case.”The Wake of Forgiveness by Bruce Machart (F MAC)“Bruce Machart tells an epic story of a Texas family at the turn of the twentieth century; a family of men led by a father emotionally crippled following the death of his wife while in childbirth. Karel, his son, proves so talented on horseback that his father enlists him to ride in acreage-staked horseraces . . . culminating in the ultimate high-stakes race . . . hanging in the balance are his father’s fortune, his brothers’ futures, and his own fate.”Burnt Mountain by Anne Rivers Siddons (F SIF)“Growing up, the only place tomboy Thayer Wentworth felt at home was at her summer camp in the North Carolina Mountains. Years later, Thayer marries and moves into her grandmother’s house only miles from Camp Edgewood on Burnt Mountain, where her father died in a car accident. Her husband is invited up to the camp to tell Irish tales and things slowly begin to change. Soon Thayer is forced to confront dark secrets—about her mother, her first love, and, most devastating of all, her husband.The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister (F BAU)“Once a month on a Monday night, eight students gather in Lillian’s restaurant for a cooking class. The students have come to learn the art behind Lillian’s soulful dishes, but it soon becomes clear that each seeks a recipe for something beyond the kitchen . . . And, one by one, they are transformed by the aromas, flavors, and textures of what they create . . .”Nemesis by Jo Nesbø (F NES HH.2)“A man walks into an Oslo bank, puts a gun to a cashier’s head, and tells her to count to twenty-five. When he doesn’t get his money fast enough, he pulls the trigger. Police Detective Harry Hole wakes up at home . . . with no memory of the past twelve hours. That same day, his former girlfriend is found shot dead in her bedroom, making Hole a prime suspect. Meanwhile, the bank robberies continue with unparalleled savagery.”LIBRARY NOTES:Story Time will resume on Friday, Sept. 9 at 10:00 A.M. Mozelle Palmer will be our storyteller.

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