Monthly Archives: November 2010

New to our YA section is…

Misguided Angel, the fifth book in Melissa de la Cruz’ Blue Bloods series.

The publisher’s description is:

After inheriting the dark Van Alen Legacy, Schuyler fled to Florence–with her forbidden love, Jack. Now the two of them must embark on the mission Schuyler was destined to complete: to find and protect the seven gates that guard earth from Lucifer, lord of the Silverbloods.
 
As the Blue Blood enclave weakens yet further, fate leads Schuyler closer to a terrifying crossroads–and a choice that will determine the destiny of all vampires.

As always, if you would like to place a hold, please call the library at 985-2173 or visit our website.

New to our adult nonfiction section is…

…Jules Witcover’s Joe Biden: A Life and Trial and Redemption.

The publisher’s description is:

In this, the first definitive biography of Vice President Joe Biden, renowned journalist Jules Witcover examines the fascinating life of a man who, with his tenacity, outspokenness, and charming smile, has shaped Washington politics for the past forty years and who now serves as the forty-seventh vice president of the United States.

Raised in the working-class towns of Scranton, Pennsylvania, and Wilmington, Delaware, and with lackluster grades in school and no particular goals other than to play sports or, fleetingly, to become a priest, Biden shocked the nation in 1972 when he became one of the youngest elected senators in U.S. history. From that point forward, he carved a legacy for himself as one of the most respected legislators in the country. Biden’s record in Congress was impressive. He chaired three Senate committees, confronted Slobodan Miloševic head-on as a war criminal, and conducted the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court justices. After voting for the 2002 Senate resolution to use force in Iraq, he later called for its repeal and became an outspoken critic of the conduct of the war.

Yet for all of Biden’s achievements in the Senate, his life has been filled with tragedy and countless challenges. Within two months of being elected in 1972, Biden lost his wife, Neilia, and his young daughter in a tragic accident—a loss that brought him to the nadir of despair and shook his resolve to stay in politics. And even after Biden vowed to continue his career, his tenure was marked by two brain aneurysms and career-threatening verbal gaffes. Then, after being considered among the front-runners in the 1988 Democratic presidential primaries, Biden was accused of plagiarism for a speech he made at the Iowa State Fair. He dropped out of the race to the sounds of Washington pundits chattering that the presidency would never be his. Through it all, Biden survived and ran—and eventually dropped out—again in the 2008 primaries. But even with this defeat, Barack Obama recognized Biden’s vast experience in domestic and foreign affairs, and selected him to be his running mate.

Joe Biden: A Life of Trial and Redemption is based on exhaustive research by one of Washington’s most prolific journalists. In drawing on numerous exclusive interviews with Biden’s confidants and family members, as well as President Obama and Vice President Biden, Witcover has gone beyond conventional biography to track the forces that have shaped a man who, with his plainspoken style and inspiring life story, has resonated with millions of Americans and whose work is now influencing the Obama-Biden administration and shaping America.

As always, if you would like to place a hold, please call the library at 985-2173 or visit our website.

New to our YA section is…

A Mango Shaped Space, by Wendy Mass.

The publisher’s description is:

Mia Winchell seems to be a typical teenager, but she+s keeping a huge secret from everyone who knows her: sounds, numbers, and words appear in color for her. Mia has synesthesia, the mingling of perceptions whereby a person can see sounds, smell colors, or taste shapes. When trouble in school forces Mia to reveal her condition, her friends and family can+t relate to her, and she must look to herself to develop an understanding and appreciation for her gift. Spiced with wit and humor, A Mango-Shaped Space is a poignant coming-of-age novel that will intrigue readers long after they+ve turned the last page. Praised by reviewers and award-winning authors alike, A Mango-Shaped Space has brought renewed attention to the fascinating world of synesthesia, which includes famous artists such as Vincent Van Gogh and Serge Rachmaninoff.

As always, if you would like to place a hold, please call the library at 985-2173 or visit our website.

New to the Children’s Room…

book cover of Dreadful smelly coloniesDreadful, Smelly Colonies: the disgusting details about life in colonial America by Elizabeth Raum

Bring history alive!  From moldy food and dirt covered clothes to poisonous pests and extreme weather, life in the American colonies was NOT the ‘good ole days!’  Sure to appeal to the lovers of all things gross!

Click on the image for more details.  As always, you can reserve this or any other title via our catalog.

The Alchemist

is now available in graphic novel format.

A podcast conversation with Keith Richards…

at the New York Times.

Harry Potter fans…

will want to take a look at these cakes.