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Wednesday, September 28, 2011 • Posted September 28, 2011

Good news for Kindlefolk! If you go to our webpage and go to the Overdrive link to check out an eBook, you will notice that Kindle format is now available. I called Big Country Library System last Friday, and they told that it is working. So, you Kindlefolk should be able to check out our eBooks, download them to your computer, and sideload to your Kindles now. I hope someone will give it a try and let me know how it goes. I want to remind everyone that Kendal Hemphill will be signing his book The Buck Never Got Here on Saturday from 1:00-3:00 P.M. here in the library. If you haven’t been reading Kendal’s column, now is your chance to find out why Kendal has been called “a cross between Dave Barry and Pat McManus.” DVDs:ThorThe Black DahliaThree KingsThe Fox and the Hound/The Fox and the Hound IISecondhand LionsSleepless in SeattleNotting HillSnow DogsThe Celestine ProphecyDead Man WalkingMen of HonorAudio Books:Now You See Her by James Patterson (CD 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.”White Heat by M. J. McGrath (CD F MCG)“Half Inuit, half outsider, Edie Kiglatuk is the best guide in her corner of the Arctic, but as a woman she gets only grudging respect. When a man is shot and killed while on an “authentic” Arctic adventure under her watch, the murder attracts police sergeant Derek Palliser’s attention. With or without Derek’s help, she is determined to find the connection between the murder and the suicide of someone close to her.”Sea Biscuit by Laura Hillenbrand (CD F HIL)Fiction:To Have and To Hold by Tracie Peterson (PET Bri.1)“When Audrey Cunningham moved with her father to his ancestral home on Bridal Veil Island, Georgia, she hoped the beauty and remoteness of the place would keep him sober and close to God. But now wealthy investors are buying up land to build a grand resort on the secluded island—and they want the Cunning hams’ property. Contractor Marshall Graham can’t imagine why Boyd Cunningham would ask him to look after Audrey. But when . . . Audrey’s life is endangered, Marshall realizes she holds more of his heart than he thought.”The Dogs of Riga by Henning Mankell (F MAN Wal.2)“On the Swedish coastline, two bodies, victims of grisly torture and cold execution, are discovered in a life raft. With no witnesses, no motives, and no crime scene, Detective Kurt Wallander is frustrated and uncertain he has the ability to solve a case as mysterious as it is heinous.”Kiloton Threat by William G. Boykin (F BOY)“A madman has his finger on the nuclear button. The world turns a blind eye. Enter Blake Kershaw a highly trained U.S> Special Forces officer who has already made extraordinary sacrifices for his country that include faming death and losing his true identity. His mission to infiltrate Iran and extract the high-value defector strains the relationship with the woman he lvoes.”Cleaning Nabokob’s House by Leslie Daniels (F DAN)“When Barb Barrett walks out on her loveless marriage she doesn’t realize she will lose everything. Approaching forty with her life in shambles, guided only by her intense inner voice and a unique entrepreneurial vision, Barb . . . moves into a house once occupied by the author of the controversial masterpiece Lolita, and discovers a manuscript that may be his lost work. Barb . . . discovers resources in her community and in herself that no one had anticipated.”Iron House by John Hart (F HAR)“For two decades Michael has been an enforcer in New York’s world of organized crime. But the life he’s fought to build unravels when he meets Elena, a beautiful innocent who teaches him the meaning and power of love. He wants a fresh start with her . . . but someone else is holding the strings. And escape is not that easy . . .”Western Fiction:The Shopkeeper by James D. Best (WF BES)“Infuriated by the outrages of two hired thugs, the shopkeeper kills both men in a street fight. Dancy believes the episode is closed—but he’s wrong. He has interfered with a Nevada silver baron’s ambitions, and this is something the mining tycoon will not allow.”Seven Slash Range by Bennett Foster (WF FOS)“It all started when President Theodore Roosevelt issued a proclamation that all fences on public domain property had to come down—and that meant nearly every strand of barbed wire in the Arizona Territory. It was Marshal Cody Venture’s job to follow this order, and that meant that Tim Auliffe’s mammoth cattle empire would come crashing down in ruins . . . news that would bring a savage war to the Seven Slash Range!”Large Print:How to Wash a Cat by Rebecca M. Hale (LTE F HAL)“Dead of an apparent stroke, Uncle Oscar left his antique shop in San Francisco to his niece. She couldn’t shake the feeling that his death may well have been a result of foul play—and directly linked to a Gold Rush legend he’d been investigating. In the company of her two cats, she follows a twisted trail of dangerous deception that leads all the way back to those rough-and-tumble days of the Gold Rush itself.”Little Lady, Big Apple by Hester Browne (LTE F BRO LLA.2)“Melissa went from doormat to diva when she donned a blond wig, became Honey, a no-nonsense bombshell, and set up The Little Lady Agency, providing London’s clueless men with all the basic girlfriend services—except, of course, for sex and laundry. When her flat-mate decides to renovate, she has to temporarily find a new place to live. Just in time, Melissa’s dashing American boyfriend gets a promotion that takes him to New York. . .”Non-fiction:Gardening in the Texas Hill Country by Bill Luedecke III (635 LUE)“Down-to-earth directions for growing a great garden. You’ll also get the inside scoop on fending off deer and other critters that want to feast on your thriving plants.”Committed: A Love Story by Elizabeth Gilbert (306.81 GIL)“An intelligent history of marriage, summarizing its paradoxes, beginning with [Gilbert’s] grandmother’s remark that ‘the happiest decision of her life was giving up everything for her husband and children’ . . . Life must lead the way with courageous spokeswomen like Gilbert—candid, modern in expression of her ‘needs’ and her enjoyment of perfect freedom.” –Diane Johnson, The New York Review of BooksConservative Victory: Defeating Obama’s Radical Agenda by Sean Hannity (320.52 HAN)“Sean Hannity has been sounding the alarms about Obama and his agenda from the start. Now he issues a stirring call to action. Hannity surveys all the major Obama players—from the president’s affiliation with radical theology to his advisers’ history of Marxist activism . . . he draws on the examples of Ronald Reagan and the GOP’s Contract with America to show how conservatives can unite . . . and act now to get America back on the right track.”Junior/Young Adult Fiction:Monster High by Lisi Harrison (YA F HAR)“Melody and her family left 90210 for the fresh air of Salem, Oregon. After shedding her old camel-hump nose and constant asthma attacks, Melody finally gets to be “the pretty one” at Merston High. Too bad she feels like a fraud . . . until she meets Jackson. But is he hiding something too?”Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass (JF MAS)“He collects mutant candy, he won’t venture more than four blocks from his apartment if he can help it, but Jeremy’s summer takes an unexpected turn when a mysterious wooden box arrives in the mail. According to the writing on the box, it holds the meaning of life! Jeremy is supposed to open it on his thirteenth birthday. The problem is, the keys are missing, and the box is made so that only the keys will open it without destroying what’s inside.”LIBRARY NOTES:Story Time each Friday 10:00-11:00 A.M.FREE MOVIE: Monday, Oct. at 3:45 in the Stribling Room Rated “PG” Run Time: 87 minutes.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:; Web Site: http://bcls.tsl.state.tx/mason

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