Tuesday, December 1, 2009

These just in........

The first thing readers might find scary about Stephen King's Under The Dome is its length. The second is the elaborate town map and list of characters at the front of the book (including "Dogs of Note"), which sometimes portends, you know, heavy lifting. Don't you believe it. Breathless pacing and effortless characterization are the hallmarks of King's best books, and here the writing is immersive, the suspense unrelenting. The pages turn so fast that your hand--or Kindle-clicking thumb--will barely be able to keep up.

Don't forget these.....
Alex Cross Trial, by James Patterson
Grave Secret, by Charlaine Harris
Growing Up in a New Century 1890-1914, by Judith Josephson
Heat Wave, by Richard Castle
Last Night in Twisted River, by John Irving
Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown

Once in a Blue Moon, by Eileen Gouge
Scarpetta Factor, by Patricia Cornwell
To Try Men's Souls, by Newt Gingrich
Touch of Dead: The Complete Stories, by Charlaine Harris
True Blue, by David Baldacci
Wrecker, by Clive Cussler

Monday, November 16, 2009

New Arrivals.......

"Those old cows knew trouble was coming before we did." So begins the story of Lily Casey Smith. By age six, Lily was helping her father break horses. At fifteen, she left home to teach in a frontier town- riding five hundred miles on her pony, alone, to get to her job.She learned to drive a car and fly a plane. And, with her husband, Jim, she ran a vast ranch in Arizona. She raised two children, one of whom is Jeanette's memorable mother, Rosemary Smith Walls, unforgettably portrayed in The Glass Castle.

Leelee Satterfield seems to have it all: a gorgeous husband, two adorable daughters, and roots in the sunny city of Memphis, Tennessee. So when her husband gets the idea to uproot the family to run a quaint Vermont inn, Leelee is devastated...and her three best friends are outraged. But she loved Baker Satterfield since the tenth grade, so how can she not indulge his dream? Plus, the glossy photos of bright autumn  trees and smiling children in ski suits push her over the edge. After all, how much trouble could it really be?

In this comedic debut, Lisa Patton paints the charming fish-out-of-water tale of one woman who learns to stand up for herself- in sandals and snow boots- against all odds.

Don't forget about these new arrivals!
Breaking the Rules, by Barbara Taylor Bradford
Christmas List, by Richard Paul Evans
Christmas Secret, by Donna VanLiere

Deep Dark Secret, by Kimberla Lawson Roby
Evidence, by Jonathan Kellerman
Frill Kill, by Laura Childs
I wasn't ready to say Goodbye, by Brook Noel
Kindred in Death, by J.D. Robb
Lakeshore Christmas, by Susan Wiggs
Last Will of Moira Leahy, by Therese Walsh
Life: Michelle Obama, by Life Magazine
Merry Merry Ghost, by Carolyn Hart
No Less Than Victory, by Jeff Shaara (book three)

Perfect Christmas, by Debbie Macomber (also available in audiobook)
Perpetual Motivation, by Dave Durand
Professional, by Robert B. Parker (also available in audiobook)
Rainwater, by Sandra Brown
Reading Begins At Home, by Dorothy Butler
Smithsonian Handbook of Whales and Dolphins, by Mark Cawardine
Southern Lights, by Danielle Steel
There Goes The Bride, by M.C. Beaton
Tragic Magic, by Laura Childs
Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter, by Lisa Patton (also available in audiobook)
13 1/2, by Nevada Barr
Nine Dragons, by Michael Connelly

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

More new non-fiction books just in........

Ree Drummond is a big city girl who fell in love with her Marlboro Man. Now she is living the life of a country girl. She loves her kids, her Marlboro Man, her horses, her dogs, and oh! the food. Not only did she have to adjust her life to the country, but her taste buds too! No more sushi, no more Starbucks. So, she set out to making tried and true everyday recipes with a dash of big city.

She began her now famous blog The Pioneer Woman in 2006. This book is a compilation of humorous stories, beautiful photography, and step-by-step recipes, with photos, guaranteed to please.

More non-fiction titles...........
Alpha, Teach Yourself American Sign Language, by Trudy Suggs
Battle for Vast Dominion, by George Polivka
The Clock Struck One, by Trudy Harris
Complete Learning Disabilities Handbook, by Joan M. Harwell
Everything Tween Book, A Parent's Guide, by Linda Sonna
Final Gifts, by Maggie Callanan
Final Journeys, by Maggie Callanan
Growing Up in a New World 1607 to 1775, by Brandon Miller
Hand that Bears the Sword, by George Polivka (fiction)
How to care for Aging Parents, by Virginia Morris
How to Raise an Amazing Child, by Tim Seldon
Random House-Webster's Compact American Sign Language Dictionary, by Elaine Costello
Strong Fathers Strong Daughters, by Meg Meeker
Trauma through a Child's Eyes, by Peter A. Levine
The Wedding Book, by Mindy Weiss
When Nothing Matters Anymore, by Bev Cobain
Year on the Wing, by Tim Dee

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Are you a fan of non-fiction? Take a look at what is new.......

You can open this book to any page and it will seem like that particular phrase was meant for you. Or perhaps you need a good laugh, or even a new joke to tell your buddies while your having that cup of morning coffee. Ifferisms is a poignant, yet hilarious book filled with quotes from the bible to Albert Einstein to Robin Williams.

Have you ever heard the phrase 'you old coot'? Well.......These Two Coots in a Canoe tell a tale of true friendship.

Have you ever slept in a dog's belly, or woken up to elephants scratching their backs on your room, or eaten a five-course meal underwater? Me either. A Bed in a Tree is filled with some of the most unusual hotels from around the world.

American Patriots Almanac, by William J. Bennett
Audubon Backyard Birdwatcher, by Robert Burton
Baby Book, by William Sears
Criminal Law Handbook, by Paul Bergman
Estate Planning Basics, by Denis Clifford
Guinness World Records 2010, by Craig Glenday
Hothouse Orchid, by Stuart Woods
Member of the Family, by Cesar Millan
Nolo's Encyclopedia of Everyday Law, by Shae Irving
On Grief and Grieving, by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
The Only Grant Writing Book You Will Ever Need, by Ellen Karsh
Overcoming ADHD, by Stanley Greenspan
Room for Learning, by Tal Birdsey
Rowing the Atlantic, by Roz Savage
Swindoll's Book of Illustrations and Quotations, by Charles Swindoll
Time of My Life, by Patrick Swayze (audiobook-CDs)
True Compass, by Edward Kennedy
The Way of Boys, by Anthony Rao PH. D
What American Really Want....Really, by Frank Luntz
What to Expect: the toddler years, by Heidi Eisen Murkoff
What to Expect: the first year, by Heidi Eisen Murkoff
Why do they Act that Way, by David Allen Walsh
Your Child's Growing Mind, by James Healy

Friday, October 9, 2009

HeirLoom Project

Downtown Clarksville Cotton Sale 1910

Red River County Public Library has partnered with Texas A&M University-Commerce to create an online collection of documents and objects of local historical interest.

The HeirLoom Project at Texas A&M University-Commerce James G. Gee Library is a
grant-funded project that works with public libraries in NortheastTexas to assist them with digitization projects. These digitization projects will focus on preserving local history and creating connections in the community. In this, the second year of the project, the focus in on African American History.

An "HeirLoom" is "something valuable that has been in the possession of a family for a long time and has been passed on from one generation to the next". Public libraries are an important part of community life and are enjoyed by generations of citizens from that community. We believe public libraries are, in a sense, community heirlooms-valuable and sustained through time.

Our goal is to solicit family heirlooms from the community so that we may photograph or scan them and include them in the online collection to be preserved and enjoyed by many.

To see a sample of the pictures offered in the collection, visit our Flickr page.

To browse the content that we have uploaded so far, visit our
Digital Collection.

Please contact us if you have any documents you would be willing to contribute. Your heirlooms need not leave your possession while they are being processed. You will take them with you the same day, if you desire. We would be happy to answer any questions.

This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

New Books!

In the early 1970's, two idealistic young people-Gwen Carpenter and Calvin Voisin-decided to leave civilization and re-create the vanished simple life of their grandparents in the heart of Louisiana's million-acre Atchafalaya River Basin Swamp. Armed with a box of crayons and a book called How to Build your Home in the Woods, they drew up plans to recycle a slave-built structure into a houseboat. Without power tools or building experience they constructed a floating dwelling complete with a brick fireplace. Towed deep into the sleepy waters of Bloody Bayou, it was their home for eight years. This is the tale of the not-so-simple life they made together-days spent fishing, trading, making wine, growing food, and growing up-told by Gwen with grace, economy, and eloquence.

Don't forget these...
Any Minute, by Joyce Meyer
Crazy Love, by Francis Chan

Echo in the Bone, by Diana Gabaldon
Happily Ever After, by Susan May Warren

June Bug, by Chris Fabry
Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown
Maggie Rose, by Sharlene MacLaren

The Noticer, by Andy Andrews
Perfect Match, by Susan May Warren
Plain Perfect, by Beth Wiseman
Plain Promise, by Beth Wiseman
Seeing Things, by Patti Hill
Showers in Season, by Beverly LaHaye
The Siege, by Stephen White
South of Broad, by Pat Conroy
Time to Surrender, by Sally John
The Traveler's Gift, by Andy Andrews
Tying the Knot, by Susan May Warren
When Love Blooms, by Robin Lee Hatcher
Where the Blind Horse Sings, by Kathy Stevens
Winding Road Home, by Sally John

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

This just in..........

Griffin has been tooling around for nearly a year with his father's ashes in the trunk, but his mother is very much alive and not shy about calling on his cell phone. She does so as he drives down to Cape Cod, where he and his wife, Joy, will celebrate the marriage of their daughter Laura's best friend. For Griffin this is akin to driving into the past, since he took his childhood summer vacations here, his parents' respite from the hated Midwest. And the Cape is where he and Joy honeymooned, in the course which they drafted the Great Truro Accord, a plan for their lives together that's now thirty years old and has largely come true. He'd left screenwriting and Los Angeles behind for the sort of New England college his snobby academic parents had aspired to in vein; they'd moved into an old house full of character; and they'd started a family. Check, check, and check.
But be careful what you pray for, especially if you manage to achieve it. By the end of this perfectly lovely weekend, the past has so thoroughly swamped the present that the future suddenly hang sin the balance. And when, a year later, a far more important wedding takes place, their beloved Laura's, on the coast of Maine, Griffin's chauffeuring two urns of ashes as he contends once more with Joy and her large, unruly family, and both he and she have brought dates along. How in the world could this have happened?

Best Friends Forever,
by Jennifer Weiner
Blindman's Bluff, by Faye Kellerman
The Bride's Farewell, by Meg Rosoff
Cast of Characters, by Max Lucado
Fearless, by Max Lucado
The Girl Who Played With Fire, by Stieg Larsson
Jesus, the Greatest Life of All, by Charles R. Swindoll
The Last Song, by Nicholas Sparks
Love is a Verb, by Gary D. Chapman
Of Bees and Mist, by Brick Setiawan
Owners Manual for Christians, by Charles R. Swindoll
Rules of Vengeance, by Christopher Reich
Sarahs Key, by Tatiana De Rosnay
Siege, by Stephen White
Smash Cut, by Sandra Brown
Super Salads, by Lynne Lewis
Sweet By and By, by Todd Johnson
That Old Cape Magic, by Richard Russo
Why Don't Students Like School?, by Daniel T. Willingham

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Just in.....

She is the most popular novelist in history. Yet the drama and torment of Agatha Christie's private life remains a mystery even to her most ardent fans. She made no secret of her disdain for the press and for those who wished to intrude on her private life.

In this immensely readable and intimate biography, bestselling author Richard Hack reveals romance, scandal, and betrayal.

Also just in..
Everything Piano Book, by Evan Copp
In the President's Secret Service, by Ronald Kessler

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

AN ANGELO, Texas (AP) — Western novelist Elmer Kelton, whose novel The Good Old Boys was made into a TV movie starring Tommy Lee Jones, has died. He was 83. Myrtis Loudermilk, a director at Johnson's Funeral Home in San Angelo, told The Associated Press that Kelton died Saturday of natural causes.

Kelton wrote 62 fiction and nonfiction books. The Good Old Boys was made into a 1995 TV movie starring Jones for the TNT cable network. Kelton also was known for The Man Who Rode Midnight and The Time It Never Rained.

Here is a list of Elmer Kelton’s books:


“After the Bugles,” 1966 (sequel to “Massacre at Goliad”).

“Badger Boy,” 2001 (sequel to “Buckskin Line”).

“Barbed Wire,” 1957.

“The Big Brand,” 1986 (short stories).

“Bitter Trail,” 1962.

“Bowie’s Mine,” 1971.

The Buckskin Line,” 1999.

“Buffalo Wagons,” 1956 (Spur Award).

“Captain’s Rangers,” 1969.

“Cloudy in the West,” 1997.

“Dark Thicket,” 1985.

“The Day the Cowboys Quit,” 1971 (Spur Award).

“Donovan,” 1961.

“Eyes of the Hawk,” (as Lee McElroy), 1981 (Spur Award).

Far Canyon,” 1994 (sequel to “Slaughter,” Spur Award).

“The Good Old Boys,” 1978 (Western Heritage Award, filmed for TNT television network).

“Hanging Judge,” 1969.

“Hard Trail to Follow,” 2008.

“Honor at Daybreak,” 1991.

“Horsehead Crossing,” 1963.

“Hot Iron,” 1956 (Kelton’s first book).

“Jericho’s Road,” 2004 (sequel to “Texas Vendetta”).

Joe Pepper,” (as Lee McElroy), 1975.

“Llano River,” 1966.

“Long Way to Texas,” (as Lee McElroy), 1976.

“The Man Who Rode Midnight,” 1987 (Western Heritage Award).

“Manhunters,” 1974.

“Many a River,” 2008.

“Massacre at Goliad,” 1965.

“Other Men’s Horses,” due October 2009.

“The Pumpkin Rollers,” 1996.

“Ranger’s Trail,” 2002 (sequel to “Way of the Coyote”).

“Shadow of a Star,” 1959.

“Shotgun Settlement,” (as Alex Hawk), 1969.

“Six Bits a Day,” 2005 (prequel to “The Good Old Boys”).

“Slaughter,” 1992 (Spur Award).

“The Smiling Country,” 2008 (sequel to “The Good Old Boys”).

Sons of Texas, Book 1,” (as Tom Early), 1989.

“Sons of Texas: The Raiders,” (as Tom Early), 1989.

“Sons of Texas: The Rebels,” (as Tom Early), 1990.

“Stand Proud,” 1984.

“Texas Rifles,” 1960.

“Texas Standoff,” due 2010.

“Texas Vendetta,” 2004 (sequel to “Ranger’s Trail”).

“There’s Always Another Chance,” 1986 (short stories).

“The Time it Never Rained,” 1973 (Spur Award and Western Heritage Award).

Wagontongue,” 1972.

“Way of the Coyote,” 2001 (sequel to “Badger Boy,” Spur Award).

“The Wolf and the Buffalo,” 1980.


“Art of Frank C. McCarthy,” 1992.

“Art of Howard Terpning,” 1992 (Western Heritage Award).

“Art of James Bama,” 1993.

“Christmas at the Ranch,” 2003.

“Elmer Kelton Country,” 1993.

“The Indian in Frontier News,” 1993.

“Living and Writing in West Texas,” 1992.

“Looking Back West,” 1972.

“My Kind of Heroes,” 1995.

“Permian: A Continuing Saga,” 1986.

Sandhills Boy: Memoirs,” 2007.

“Texas,” 1995.

“Texas Cattle Barons,” 1999.

(“Lone Star Rising,” “Brush Country” and “Ranger’s Law” are not included in this list because they are reprints of Kelton’s earlier novels.)

Monday, July 13, 2009

New Arrivals...

Forget everything you think you know about Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. Previous books and films, including the brilliant 1967 movie starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, have emphasized the supposed glamour of America's most notorious criminal couple, thus contributing to ongoing mythology. The real story is completely different--and far more fascinating.
In Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde, bestselling author Jeff Guinn combines exhaustive research with surprising, newly discovered material to tell the real tale of two kids from a filthy Dallas slum who fell in love and then willingly traded their lives for a brief interlude of excitement and, more important, fame. Their timing could not have been better--the Barrow Gang pulled its first heist in 1932 when most Americans, reeling from the Great Depression were desperate for escapist entertainment. Thanks to newsreels, true crime magazines, and new-fangled wire services that transmitted scandalous photos of Bonnie smoking a cigar to every newspaper in the nation, the Barrow Gang members almost instantly became household names on a par with Charles Lindbergh, Jack Dempsey, and Babe Ruth. In the minds of the public, they were cool, calculating bandits who robbed banks and killed cops with equal impunity.
Nothing could have been further from the truth. Clyde and Bonnie were perhaps the most inept crooks ever, and their two-year crime spree was as much a reign of error as it was terror. Lacking the sophistication to plot robberies of big-city banks, the Barrow Gang preyed mostly on small mom-and-pop groceries and service stations. Even at that, they often came up empty-handed and were reduced to breaking into gum machines for meal money. Both were crippled, Clyde from cutting off two of his toes while in prison and Bonnie from a terrible car crash caused by Clyde's reckless driving. Constantly on the run from the law, they lived like animals, camping out in their latest stolen car, bathing in creeks, and dining on cans of cold beans and Vienna sausages. Yet theirs was a genuine love story. Their devotion to each other was real as their overblown reputation as criminal masterminds was not.
After her boss in a high-powered Washington public relations firm is caught in a political scandal, fledgling lobbyist Dempsey Jo Killebrew is left almost broke, unemployed , and homeless. Out of options, she reluctantly accepts her father's offer to help refurbish Birdsong, the old family place he recently inherited in Guthrie, Georgia. All it will take, he tells her, is a little paint and some TLC to turn the fading Victorian mansion into a real-estate cash cow.
But, oh, is Dempsey in for a surprise when she arrives in Guthrie. "Bird Droppings" would more aptly describe the moldering Pepto Bismol-pink dump with duct-taped windows and a driveway full of junk. There's also a murderously grumpy old lady, one of Dempsey's distant relations, who has claimed squatter's rights and isn't moving out. Ever.
Furthermore, everyone in Guthrie seems to know Dempsey's business, from a smooth-talking real-estate agent to a cute lawyer who owns the local newspaper. It wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the pesky FBI agents who show up on Dempsey's doorstep, hoping to pry information about her ex-boss from her.
All Dempsey can do is roll up her sleeves and get to work. And before long, what started as a job of necessity somehow becomes a labor of love and, ultimately, a journey that takes her to a place she never expected--back home again.

More New Arrivals...

Affinity Bridge,
by George Mann
Angel's Game, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Apostle, by Brad Thor
Black Hills, by Nora Roberts
Burn, by Linda Howard
Castaways, by Elin Hilderbrand
The Crying Tree, by Naseem Rakha
Firethorn, by Sarah Micklem
In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms, by Laura Schlessinger
The Last Olympian, by Rick Riordan
Merchant of Death, by D.J. Machale
Neighbor, by Lisa Gardner
Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, by Katherine Howe
Promise of Lumby, by Gail R. Fraser
Queen Takes King, by Gigi Levangie Grazer
Return to Sullivans Island, by Dorothea Benton Frank
Roadside Crosses, by Jeffery Deaver
Scarecrow, by Michael Connelly
Shanghai Girls, by Lisa See
Sleeping with Strangers, by Eric Jerome Dickey
Stealing Lumby, by Gail R. Frazer
Swimsuit, by James Patterson
Voices from the Moon: Apollo Astroauts describe their Lunar experiences,
by Andrew Chaikin
Waking with Enemies, by Eric Jerome Dickey
Wicked Prey, by John Sanford
Wildfire, by Sarah Micklem

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

New Arrivals...

August Witte is firmly against having children. But after seven years of marriage, his wife is delighted when she realizes she is unexpectedly pregnant. August is terrified, recognizing he never learned the first thing about being a good parent from his father, London. A widower since August was a toddler, London has always valued the game of golf--a sport August has never had any talent for--more than his son.
In spite of how he hates the game, when August confronts his father, he finds himself agreeing to meet each onth of pregnancy with a round of golf. In exchange, London will give him the only thing that could make August agree to pick up a club again--memories of his mother, which he has written on golf scorecards since the day he met her. But August quickly realizes that his father's motive is not to teach him about golf, but to teach him about life--and he may discover that the old man just might know something about it worth sharing.

Clara Kramer was a typical Polish-Jewish teenager from a small town at the outbreak of the Second World War. When the Germans invaded, Clara's family was taken in by the Beck's, a Volksdeutsche (ethically German) family from their town. Mrs. Beck worked as Clara's family's housekeeper. Mr. Beck was known to be an alcoholic, a womanizer, and a vocal anti-semite. But on hearing that Jewish families were being led into the woods and shot, Beck sheltered the Kramers and two other Jewish families.
Eighteen people in all lived in a bunker dug out of Beck's basement. Fifteen-year-old Clara kept a diary during the twenty terrifying months she spent in hiding, writing down details of their unpredictable life--from the house's catching fire to Mr. Beck's affair with Clara's neighbor; from the nightly SS drinking sessions in the room above to the small pleasure of a shared Christmas carp.
Against all odds, Clara lived to tell her story, and her diary is now a part of the permanent collection of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

More N
ew Arrivals:

All Together Dead, by Charlaine Harris
Amulet of Samarkand, by Jonathan Stroud
Assailant, by James Patrick Hunt
Awakening, by S. J. Bolt
Beach, by Elisha Cooper
Building a Home with my Husband, by Rachel Simon
Dead and Gone,
by Charlaine Harris
Diary of a Fly,
by Doreen Cronin
Diary of a Spider, by Doreen Cronin
Die For You, by Lisa Unger
Dooby Dooby Moo, by Doreen Cronin
Everyone She Loved, by Sheila Curran
Fablehaven, by Brandon Mull
Fancy Nancy, by Jane O'Connor
Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy, by Jane O'Connor
Fingerlickin' Fifteen, by Janet Evanovich
Finishing Touches, by Hester Browne
Flying Carpet of Small Miracles, by Hala Jaber
From Dead to Worse, by Charlaine Harris
The Garth Factor, by Patsi Bale Cox
Golem's Eye, by Jonathan Stroud
Gone Tomorrow, by Lee Child
Grip of the Shadow Plague, by Brandon Mull
House of Suns, by Alastair Reynolds
Knockout, by Catherine Coulter
Matters of the Heart, by Danielle Steel
Medusa, by Clive Cussler
The Pretend Wife, by Bridget Asher
Ptolemy's Gate, by Jonathan Stroud
Relentless, by Dean Koontz
Rise of the Evening Star, by Brandon Mull
Rising Tide (A novel of WWII), by Jeff Shaara
Rogue Forces, by Dale Brown
Steel Wave (A novel of WWII), by Jeff Shaara
Widows Season, by Laura Brodie
Pendragon: Merchant of Death (bk.1), by D. J. Machale
Pendragon: Lost City of Faar (bk.2), by D. J. Machale
Pendragon: The Never War (bk.3), by D. J. Machale
Pendragon: The Reality Bug (bk.4), by D. J. Machale
Pendragon: Black Water (bk.5), by D. J. Machale

Friday, June 5, 2009

New Arrivals...

When Judge Isaac Parker first arrived in Fort Smith, Arkansas, the town had a corrupt court and a lawless territory roughly the size of Great Britain, Parker immediately put the residents on notice by publicly hanging six convicted felons at one time. For the next two decades, his stern and implacable justice brought law and order to the West...and made him plenty of enemies.

As the sole law on the untamed frontier, Parker tried civil and criminal cases throughout the Western District of Arkansas and the Indian Nations. Only God and the president had the power to challenge Parker. His severe judgments, which scandalized Washington and the Eastern press, took an onerous toll on his private life, but the "Hanging Judge of the Border" never flinched from his duty. Over the years, he and his marshals, dubbed "Parker's Men," ran up against some of the most colorful and dangerous outlaws the West had to offer, including the notorious Dalton Gang; Belle Starr, the Bandit Queen; the murderous Cherokee Bill; and Ned Christie, who carried on a private war against the U.S. government for seven years.

There are many words to describe Michael J. Fox: Actor. Husband. Father. Activist. But readers of Always Looking Up will soon add another to the list: Optimist. Michael writes about the hard-won perspective that helped him see challenges as opportunities. Instead of building walls around himself, he developed a personal policy of engagementand discovery: an emotional, psychological, intellectual, and spiritual outlook that has served him throughout his struggle with Parkinson's disease. Michael's exit from a very demanding, very public arena offered him the time--and the inspiration--to open up new doors leading to unexpected places. One door even led him to the center of his own family, the greatest destination of all.

More New Arrivals....

Best Intentions, by Emily Listfield
Brimstone, by Robert B. Parker
Cold Light of Mourning, by Elizabeth J. Duncan
Do-Over, by Robin Hemley
First Family, by David Baldacci
From Lump to Laughter, by Connie Hill
8th Confession, by James Patterson
Intent to Kill, by James Grippando
Last Child, by John Hart
Late, Lamented Molly Clark, by Sally Koslow
The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun, by J. R. R. Tolkien
Marine One, by James W. Huston
Mr. and Miss Anonymous, by Fern Michaels
My Remarkable Journey, by Larry King
Perfect Poison, by Amanda Quick
Return of the Mountain Man, by William W. Johnstone
Road to Jerusalem, by Jan Guillon
Up Till Now, by William Shatner

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Reading Club begins


The annual Summer Reading Club at the Red River County Public Library is set to begin on Monday, June 1 and run through Wednesday, July 1.

For young children that can't yet read, we offer the Read-to-Me portion of the Club.  They may participate by keeping a reading log of the books read to them during the month.

Children in grades 1 through 3 keep a log of the number of books they read themselves.  We have books for all reading levels.

Older boys and girls in grades 4 through 6, will keep track of the number of pages they read.  This allows them the pleasure of enjoying lengthier books, since they are not having to count actual books read.

Prizes are awarded at
5 books/500 pages
10 books/1000 pages
15 books/1500 pages

Books must be library books, not personal books.
Readers may check out 3 books at a time.

Readers may register anytime during the month.  

Pre-school story time will continue 
Tuesday mornings - 10:00 - 11:00

The Closing Party will be held
Wednesday, July 1
10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Books, Books, and ....... more books

After years of throwing make-believe weddings in the backyard, flowers, photography, desserts, and details are what these women do best: a guaranteed perfect, beautiful day full of memories to last the rest of your life.
With bridal magazines to her credit, Mackensie "Mac" Elliot is most at home behind the camera-ready to capture the happy moments she never experienced while growing up. Her father replaced her first family with a second, and now her mother, moving onto yet another man, begs Mac for attention and money. Mac's foundation is jostled again moments before an important wedding planning meeting when she bumps into the bride-to-be's brother...an encounter that has them both seeing stars.
Carter Maguire is definitely not her type: he's stable, and he's safe. He's even an English teacher at their high school alma mater. There's something about him that makes Mac think a casual fling is just what she needs to take her mind off dealing with bridezillas and screening her mother's phone calls. But a casual fling can turn into something more when you least expect it. And with the help of her three best friends-and business partners-Mac must learn how to make her own happy memories...

How is tonight different from all other nights? For Jacob Rappaport, a Jewish soldier in the Union army during the Civil War, it is a question his commanders have already answered for him--on Passover, 1862, he is ordered to murder his own uncle in New Orleans, who is plotting to assassinate President Lincoln. After his harrowing mission, Jacob recruited to pursue another enemy agent, the daughter of a Virginia family friend. but this time, his assignment isn't to murder the spy, but to marry her.

Based on real personalities such as Judah Benjamin, the Confederacy's Jewish secretary of state and spymaster, and on historical facts and events ranging from an African American spy network to the dramatic self-destruction of the city of Richmond, All Other Nights is
a gripping story of men and women driven to limits of loyalty and betrayal. It is also a brilliant parable of the rift in America that lingers a century and a half later: between those who value family and tradition first, and those dedicated, at any cost, to social and racial justice for all.

New Arrivals:
The Best of East Texas (bk.3), by Bob Bowman
Dead as a Doornail, by Charlaine Harris
Definitely Dead, by Charlaine Harris
Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton
Gift of Grace, by Amu Clipston
Growing up Again, by Mary Tyler Moore
Havah, by Tosca Lee
Hidden, by Sheeley Shepard Gray
Home Safe, by Elizabeth Berg
I'll Scream Later, by Marlee Matlin
Liberty and Tyranny, by Mark R. Levin
Loitering with Intent, by Stuart Woods
Long Lost, by Harlan Coben
Might as well laugh about it now, by Marie Osmond
Nightwalker, by Heather Graham
On a Someday, by Roxanne Henke
Prayers for Sale, by Sandra Dallas
Priceless Memories, by Bob Barker
Promises in Death, by J.D. Robb
Pursuit, by Karen Robards
Ratio:the secret codes behind craft of everyday cooking, by Michael Ruhlman
The Servants' Quarters, by Lynn Freed
The Slobbering Love Affair, by Bernard Goldberg
Staying Home is a Killer, by Sara Rosett
Wanted, by Shelley Shepard Gray
Yesterday's Embers, by Deborah Raney

Saturday, April 4, 2009

New Arrivals

     Miss Beaumont is about to become a teenager. As if that prospect weren't scary enough, thirteen is when a Beaumont's savvy strikes--and with one brother whocauses hurricanes and another who creates electricity, it promises to be outrageous...and positively thrilling.

     But just before her big day, Poppa is in a terrible accident. Suddenly, Mib's dreams of X-ray vision disappear like a flash of her brother's lightening: All she wants now is a savvy that will save Poppa. In fact, Mibs is so sure she'll get that powerful savvy that she sneaks a ride to the hospital on a rickety bus, with her siblings and the preacher kids in tow. But whenthe bus starts heading in the wrong direction only one thing is certain: After this extraordinary adventure, not a soul on board will ever be the same.

In 2008 an extraordinary two-minutefilm clip appeared on YouYube and immediately became an international phenomenon. It captures the moving reunion of two young menand their pet lion, Christian, after they had left him in Africa with Born Free's George Adamson to introduce him into his rightful home in the wild.
A Lion Called Christian tells the remarkable story of how Anthony "Ace" Bourke and John Rendall, visitors to London from Australia in 1969, bought the boisterous lion cub in the pet department of Harrods. For several months, the three of them shared a flat above a furniture shop on London's King's Road, where the charsmatic and intelligent Christian qiuckly became a local celebrity, cruising the streets i the back of a Bentley, popping in for lunch at a local restaurant, even posing for a fashion advertisement. But the lion cub was growing up--fast--and soon even the walled church garden where he went for exercise wasn't big enough for him. How could Ace and John avoid having to send Christian to a zoo for the rest of his life? A coincidental meeting with English actors Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers, stars of the hit film Born Free, led to Christian being flown to Kenya and plced under the expert care of "the father of lions," George Adamson. Incredibly when Ace and John returned to Kenya to see Christian a year later, they received a loving welcome from their lion, who was by then fully integrated into Africa and a life with other lions.
Originally publishedin 1971, and now fully revised and updated with more than fifty photographs of Christian from cuddly cub in London to magnificent lion in Africa.

New Books

Blood and Sand, by Damien Graves
Cat Lady, by Damien Graves
Crispin the Cross of Lead, by Avi
Deadly Catch, Damien Graves
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, by Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, by Jeff Kinney
End Game, by Damien Graves
Good Masters Sweet Ladies Voices from a medieval Village, by Laura Amy Schlitz
Handle With Care, by Jodi Piccoult
Higher Power of Lucky, by Susan Patron
Gouse in the Night, by Susan Marie Swanson
I Can See You, by Damien Graves
Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, by Mordicai Gerstein
Man of Bones, by Rick Riordan
Midnight Library Liar, by Damien Graves
My Friend Rabbit, by Eric Rohmann
One False Move, by Gordon Korman
Shut Your Mouth, by Damien Graves
Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse, by Judy Schachner
Stardust, by Neil Gaiman
Sword Thief, by Peter Lerangis
Voices, by Nick Shadow
Wait Till Helen Comes, by Mary Downing Hahn

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Spring into Reading with these Releases!

     A sweeping, emotionally riveting first novel- an enthralling family saga of Africa and America, doctors and patients, exile and home.
     Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics-their passion for the same woman-that will tear them apart and force Marion, fresh out of medical school, to flle his homeland. He makes his way to America, finding refuge in his work as an intern at an underfunded, overcrowded New York City hospital. When the past catches up to him-nearly destroying him- Marion must entrust his life to the two men he thought he trusted least in the world: the surgeon father who abandoned him and the brother who betrayed him.

The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch

All the Colors of Darkness, by Peter Robinson
Among the Mad, by Jacqueline Winspear
Black Olives, by Martha Dudman
Corsair, by Clive Cussler
Cream Puff Murder, by Joanne Fluke
Dare to Die, by Carolyn Hart
Death of a Witch, by M.C. Beaton
Dog On It, by Spencer Quinn
Eggs in Purgatory, by Laura Childs
Heart and Soul, by Maeve Binchy
Help, by Kathryn Stockett
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford
Don't Look Twice, by Andrew Gross
Girl She Used to Be, by David Cristofano
Lethal Legacy, by Linda Fairstein
Life Sentences, by Laura Lippman
Little Giant of Aberdeen County, by Tiffany Baker
Love Mercy, by Earlene Fowler
Manna from Hades, by Carols Dunn
Murder on the Rocks, by Karen McInerney
Night and Day, by Robert B. Parker
The Second Opinion, by Michael Palmer
Shatter, by Michael Robotham
Stiffs and Swine, by J. B. Stanley
Still Life, by Joy Fielding
True Colors, by Kristin Hannah
What I Did for Love, by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
While My Sister Sleeps, by Barbara Delinsky
The Women, by T. Coraghessan Boyle
Very Valentine, by Adriana Trigiana

Beach Dreams, by Trish Perry
Blue Heart Blessed, by Susan Meissner
Castles in the Sand, by Sally John
Controlling Interest, by Elizabeth White
Hannah Grace, by Sharlene MacLaren
Last Mango in Texas, by Ray Blackston
Let Them Eat Cake, by Sandra Byrd
Long Journey Home, by Sharlene MacLaren
Mending Places, by Denise Hunter
Par for the Course, by Ray Blackston
Petticoat Ranch, by Mary Connealy
She's in a Better Place, by Angela Elwell Hunt
Sticks and Stones, by Susan Meissner
Surrender Bay, by Denise Hunter
Time to Gather, by Sally John
Until We Reach Home, by Lynn Austin
Wagered Heart, by Robin Lee Hatcher
Widows and Orphans, by Susan Meissner