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