Monthly Archives: February 2011

New books to help pass the end of winter

We have great new books rolling through the door almost every day, and sometimes I have enough time to spotlight a sampling of these.  Here’s a list of a handful of the interesting selections that have arrived lately.

If you’d like to learn about more hot new titles, consider joining us on Saturday, March 3rd, at 2 pm for a Top 20 Picks for Spring program, where Tresa and I will tell you about our top 20 favorite books of the season.

Young Adult Fiction

By These Ten Bones, by Clare B. Dunkle

A fresh new take on werewolves set in a long-ago Scotland, in which a weaver’s daughter and a young woodcarver must confront an ancient evil that stalks their tiny village.

A mysterious young man has come to a small Highland town. His talent for wood carving soon wins the admiration of the weaver’s daughter, Maddie. Fascinated by the silent carver, she sets out to gain his trust, only to find herself drawn into a terrifying secret that threatens everything she loves.
There is an evil presence in the carver’s life that cannot be controlled, and Maddie watches her town fall under a shadow. One by one, people begin to die. Caught in the middle, Maddie must decide what matters most to her-and what price she is willing to pay to keep it. Read more.

Adult Fiction

Finding Jack, by Gareth Crocker

A reader favorite, this is the story of Fletcher Carson, an American soldier in Vietnam, who finds a wounded scout dog named Jack while out on patrol. Fletcher nurses Jack back to health, and the two become inseparable.  Jack was one of thousands of dogs who served alongside American troupes in Vietnam, and when the order to evacuate and leave the dogs behind comes down, Fletcher cannot bear to leave his faithful friend, and resolves instead to walk from Vietnam to Thailand, taking them both through great danger.  Read More

The Good Son, by Michael Gruber

In this richly layered tale, Sonia Laghari’s attempt to convene a conference in Pakistan called “Conflict Resolution on the Subcontinent: A Therapeutic Approach” goes awry when the conferees are abducted by jihadis and told that one of them will be beheaded after each fresh infidel outrage. In the U.S., Sonia’s commando son, Theo, instigates a plot to bring about a military-backed rescue. But Sonia, with her wiles and her understanding of her captors, just might rescue herself!  Read More


Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness

I lost a good deal of sleep turning the pages of this tale of adventure, suspense and romance.  Ride along with this witch-in-denial and her guardian vampire prince as she struggles to reclaim her legacy and avoid the terrible fate visited earlier upon her family.  The author did her homework and the history rings as true as the passion.  Read More

Adult Non-Fiction

You Know When the Men are Gone, by Siobhan Fallon

There is an army of women waiting for their men to return in Fort Hood, Texas. Through a series of loosely interconnected stories, Siobhan Fallon takes readers onto the base, inside the homes, into the marriages and families-intimate places not seen in newspaper articles or politicians’ speeches.  Read More

The Routes of Man : Travels in the Paved World, by Ted Conover

Conover, author of the NBCC award–winning Newjack, reveals globalization’s neural system growing along the world’s expanding and connecting road systems. Governments and smugglers, armies and insurgents, and the local poor and international NGOs negotiate their ambitions at border crossings, checkpoints, and dives.  Read More

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Posted by on February 22, 2011 in Book News, Books, Reviews


Preparing for Valentine’s Day

We are making preparations to help you express your affections on Valentine’s Day!  With just over a week to go, Tresa’s been wrapping cute boxes of chocolates, in several different containers.  We’re stocked up on Valentine cards as well — from the heartfelt to the funny.

If you’d like to go a step or two further for the ones you love, we’ve got playful heart and flower themed notepads with pens; lots of trendy accessories, including scarves, bags, jewelry, and more;  journals and notecards, gift books and lots of great romance novels and poetry.

I’m a big advocate of the love poetry route — whether you write it yourself, or find it in a book.  There’s something about Valentine’s day that allows us to pause for a moment, and savor a poem, even though we may be so busy the rest of the time that it’s hard to slow down long enough.  I’ll be working to find a selection of love poems  myself next week, in preparation for a midwinter tea I’ve been invited to speak at.  I’m looking at some of the greats like Emily Dickinson and Pablo Neruda, and also tracking down a few lesser-known morsels of verse that embody the sentiment of love so well.

That’s all I’ve got for now.  I hope to see you all soon! And remember, this year, take some time to Express your feelings of love for the wonderful people in your life!

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Posted by on February 4, 2011 in Gifts & Sundries News

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