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Friday, November 30, 2012

Melissa's December Movie Picks

Robberies and heists

1) Fun with Dick and Jane
2) Inside Man
3) Snatch
4) The Lookout
5) Matchstick Men
6) 30 Minutes Or Less
7) Oceans Eleven
8) Henry's Crime
9) The Town
10) Italian Job

You don’t have to time travel to enjoy these movies

1) Time Travelers Wife
2) Midnight in Paris
3) Idocracy
4) Source Code
5) Hot Tub Time Machine
6) The Jacket
7) Last Mimsy
8) Somewhere in Time
9) Lake House
10) Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home

Christmas Movies You May Have Missed

10) White Christmas
9) Die Hard
8) Four Christmases
7) Nightmare Before Christmas
6) Trapped in Paradise
5) Gremlins
4) The Ice Harvest
3) Home Alone
2) Batman Returns
1) Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Infographic- What to read if you like A Discovery of Witches

This is my very first infographic sort of thing. 
It is not perfect. 
It is a start. 
Let me know what books
you would like to see used
for something like this.                                                                                                                               
Click on the image
to see the whole thing.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

More Movies from Melissa

 Melissa's Movie Expertise: Check these out!

Do you have some time off next week- time to watch movies? Here are some titles worth borrowing.

 Dark Comedies 

Off color stories that will make you laugh 

 1) Death at a funeral
2) Heathers
3) Arsenic and old lace
4) Choke
5) Death becomes her
6) Better off dead
7) Novocaine
8) I love you to death
9) Operation Endgame
10) Bernie

 Romance with a twist 

 Looking for a romantic movie that is not rehashed ideas and predictable story lines? 

Then try these:

1) Harold and Maude
2) The Lake house
3) I love you Phillip Morris
4) 50 First Dates
5) Punch drunk love
6) Secretary
7) Wristcutters
8) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind


Unconventional Heroes

Here are some great anti-hero films:

1) Super
2) Kick-Ass
3) Defendor
4) Hellboy
5) Special
6) Unbreakable
7) Sin City
8) The Watchmen
9) Blade

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Melissa's Movie Expertise: Check these out!

Wondering what's worth watching from Schlow's DVD collection? Our movie expert Melissa's top five recommendations are:

1. The Guard -Rated R- Action/Dark Comedy
2. Galaxy Quest -Rated PG- Sci-fi/Comedy
3. Mao’s Last Dancer –Rated PG- Drama
4. Hard Candy - Rated R- Thriller
5. Moon -Rated R- Drama

Does the month of October put you in the mood for some frightening films?
Turn out the lights and watch these!

Horror with a few Laughs
1. Frighteners
2. Planet Terror
3. Zombieland
4. Slither
5. Bubba Ho-Tep
6. From Dusk till Dawn

Subtle and Creepy
1. Frailty
2. Devil
3. Ruins
4. Shutter Island
5. Let the Right One In
6. Troll Hunter

Gore, and Terror (not for the light hearted)
1. American Psycho
2. 30 Days of Night
3. Land of the Dead
4. Hostel Part 2

Thursday, July 12, 2012

See Jeffrey Frazier at BookFestPA!

Jeffrey Frazier is one of the local authors who will appear in the BookFestPA tent this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. He collects oral lore and ghost stories from local elders and compiles them in his Pennsylvania Fireside Tales books.

Our guest blogger, Barb Foley, recently reviewed his Pennsylvania Fireside Tales, Volume 5:

     This is my first read of the PA Fireside Tales, but that’s the beauty of these series is that you don’t need to start out with Vol. 1, you can start anywhere.

     There are so many interesting tales in this book. I especially enjoyed reading about the “Indian Steps” on Tussey Mountain. I had already known about the “Thousand Steps” in Huntingdon County between Huntingdon and Mount Union along Rt. 22, and if you ever get the pleasure to walk these steps such as I have then don’t forget to take a lunch and some water as the views at the top are magnificent.

     Frazier talks about the battle of Gettysburg and two love tales whom one was about General Reynolds and his lady Kate. If you walk along the water ways, or in the battlefields, you just may be one of the lucky ones to find a few arrowheads. I have found a few of those arrowheads myself and also have seen a wonderful collection from a gentleman who has walked many fields to find them.

     I like that the author has a few poems in his book along with some photos that give you an understanding of what he’s trying to convey in his book.

     You will also find stories in this book like the cry of the wolf sometimes said to be a sad cry. Imagine living in a cabin and seeing the wolves’ eyes at night gleaming in at you between the wooded logs. You will encounter a story about a man who met up with a pack of wolves on Seven Mountains. He had to spend the night in a tree and his own dog came to save him.

     Then there are scary stories about hexes and spells in Centre County which centers on ice-cream and making butter. There are even some remedies on how to counter the spells if you ever should come across a witch. That is if you believe in witchcraft.

     You will read stories of eerily haunting ghosts who clatter up and down the train tracks while fishermen fish nearby looking for where the noise whence came. We’ve all heard about the headless horsemen, but have you ever heard about the well-kept secret of the headless ghost of Penns Creek? Spooky tales like this are throughout the book. Are you a believer? Maybe you will be after reading this book.

     There are so many counties listed in this book and I’m sure so many more tales when you read the whole series. Frazier talks about haunting Indian ambushes near Fort Roberdeau, Arch Spring Fort, known as Fort Isett, and more.

     Not as famous as Jesse James but still just as frightening were the gangs of PA terrorizing their victims. In the book some of these gangs hung around till the end of the Civil War.

     Another really interesting story was about a witch in Millheim who could “milk a towel”. Could you imagine not needing a cow back in those days but instead you could get milk from a towel? Frazier lets us know about these stories and how people came to believe in them.

     One more story I’d like to mention is the story about buried treasure in Centre County. The author gives you a clue as to where to look.

     There are just too many counties and stories to list but this was an interesting book and one I’m glad I picked up. This is people’s stories as they saw them and not just stories out of text books. Frazier has taken the time to talk to local Pennsylvania residents and it shows in how he writes with passion about them. These are the untold stories that were told by the author so they wouldn’t be lost in history, stories that may have not been written otherwise.

About Barb Foley: Married with two grown boys, raising our grandson. I love to spend time with family, read, write, photography, genealogy, scrapbook, and travel when we can. We have two dogs, a rat-terrier and a puggle, both rescue dogs. I volunteer at Paws animal shelter and I belong to the Women's Welcome Club and two book groups. I've been in the Inspirational Book Group for about two years, and just recently joined the new daytime book group at the Centre County Library.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Hunger Games Read-alikes that Adults Might Enjoy.

         Adults love The Hunger Games as much as teens do. Fact. I read The Hunger Games Trilogy and then made it my personal mission to find for dystopian young adult fiction that adults would also enjoy.  A flood of dystopian fiction about awful governments, civil disobedience, and love triangles hit the market and I found myself having no idea what to recommend. I started to read three more popular trilogies in order to see if they could stand up to the comparison. It is an interesting project to me because there are some young adult or children's books that make the cross over to adult books easily. Harry Potter and The Hunger Games being obvious recent examples. However, there are a ton of these books that just don't appeal to adults. Sometimes it is the characters, the plot, the desperation of certain situations that older people no longer feel or relate to. Often it just the writing style that is aimed at lower level readers.  I just wanted to see if these other books could hold my attention.  Now that it is summer reading and we are all looking for books to get sucked into (YAY!) I want to share my thoughts. Of course I am only one woman so I have not read them all and my mission is not yet complete so I only have three trilogies here.

Veronica Roth
 The Divergent triology is the one I highly recommend. After reading the first one I could not wait for the second to come out.  Now I have to wait for the third. That will not be out until next year. Eeep. This is  the one with the best heroine and the most interesting plot.  Divergent (and the sequel Insurgent) are set in a future where each person lives in one of 5 factions. Each faction values a particular personality trait. When they turn 16 they must decide if they belong in their faction with their parents, or if their true faction is one of the other 4. If they choose another faction they can't go home again. And their new faction may not take them in. The interactions between the 5 factions hold a reader's attention. I found myself wanting to see this made into a movie just to see how the groups would look. Of course, things are not what they appear to be and trouble is on the horizon. Is being loyal to one way of life and one group of people a good thing? Are there bad things about the group you long to join and what happens if that is the case?  Why is the city surrounded by a fence? Tris was taught to be selfless and to serve others but feel like she could never be as selfless as the rest of her Abnegation Family. She could be brave like the Dauntless, or honest like the Candor, or peaceful like Amity, or intelligent like the Erudite. But soon it seems that Tris is good at a lot of things, too many. This is what makes her Divergent. She is warned that his makes her dangerous but it takes her a while to understand why.  What I like about it is that Tris, the heroine, is smart and strong. She does awful and wonderful things. This is also an excellent way to examine what it means to leave your family behind when you believe you are so much different than they are. These questions and issues are not ones that we stop dealing with when we turn 18 and that makes this a good read for adults.  The interactions between the 5 factions hold a reader's attention. And there's some good action in this book.

Allyson Condie

The Matched Trilogy is my number two pick.  A perfect society has found the algorithms to make perfect love matches. They have also cured disease and all people die peacefully at the age of 80. Teenagers are matched with their perfect mates at an elaborate ceremony when they turn 17. But citizens are also forbidden to read or write and the government has selected a limited number of songs, poems, and paintings that they are allowed to view. At the matching ceremony young people dress in the best clothes they will ever wear and see their future husbands and wives on the screen. They are given microchips containing information about the person they will marry.  But Cassia is matched with her best friend and neighbor, a rare circumstance. This is great news until she goes to view the data on him and sees someone else's face. How can she be matched with two people? The math is perfect. Like everything else. Complicating the matter is that the other face belongs to a boy she also knows, a mysterious outsider adopted by his aunt and uncle. As the book goes on Cassia must deal with her feelings for both of them. What makes this a good read for adults is that it is never black and white and allows for love to be a tricky thing without being simply about liking two dudes at the same time, much like The Hunger Games. It becomes a choice between a comfortable best friend and a boy who teaches her to do forbidden things. And it gets even more interesting in Crossed, the second book.  There is also the relationship between Cassia and her dying grandfather.  He tells her about forbidden things and gives her an illegal gift that changes the way she sees the world. This is another story about learning when and how to question authority and follow your heart. 

Lauren Oliver 

I'm going to be honest, this is my least favorite of all of the novels I read. In this story love is a disease and the cure is given to teenagers when they reach 18. But sometimes (gasp!) they catch the disease before getting the cure. The book's protagonist, Lena, believes in the cure and fears the disease like most people. She doesn't know her parents and is being raised by her aunt. Her mother had the disease and this haunts Lena. Then she meets a boy who shows her not everything is as it seems. Maybe love is a good thing.  It is a great idea and started strong, but as an adult reader I found too much hinged on describing first love. Too much time is spent on the two of them hiding together and breaking curfew while descriptions of the future world are left out.  It was interesting to describe the physical symptoms of love as disease and madness, as it can feel that way.  It has a little Romeo and Juliet in it since the whole world seems to be against the lovers. Still, I found it poorly written and hard to get get swept up in.  Lena is just a less interesting a less developed character than I was hoping for. The author does not get into much detail about the big bad government and the Wilds outside of the fenced in world in the first book, even though the boy Lena meets knows a lot about it. I kept reading just to know what happened, not because I loved the book. I do think you should try it for yourself if you like a dramatic romance, the end of the first book is quite the cliffhanger. That is why I got Pandemonium, the second book. But I only read about 10 pages before giving it up.

I will keep reading and let you know which ones pass the "Will an Adult Like This" test. And please let me know if you have any good suggestions to pass on. Don't forget to sign up for summer reading and to review your books. We'd all love to know which YA you think works for adults and what you think of other books in our collection.

Happy Summer Reading


Monday, April 16, 2012

Look what we bought!

Lots of interesting new books are now part of Schlow's collection.

Two books happen to have watery deaths in their titles: Drowned by Therese Bohman is set in the lovely Swedish countryside in an ominous thriller with changing alliances between the three main chracters. In The Drowning Girl by Caitlyn Kiernan, schizophrenic India Morgan Phelps (she goes by Imp) tries to write her memoir while dealing with the shifting realities in her mind. Fantasy, art, ghosts and mental illness mix together to create a suspenseful, original story.

Two noir books: Three A.M. by Steven John takes place in a world that just had a deadly plague and is also covered by a mysterious fog. People can only see a few feet in front of them and have to navigate by touch and dim lights. A beautiful woman in a red dress needs help solving a murder from P.I. Tom Vale. Can he fumble his way to solve the underlying conspiracy?  Budapest Noir by Vilmos Kondor is set in the fear-inducing and freedom-tightening time before World War II. Crime reporter Zsigmond Gordon works the streets to solve the mystery of a Jewish prostitute. "Dark and edgy, with interesting characters and locales," says Kirkus Reviews.

Jane Austen the vampire is back for a third book in Janes Vows Vengeance by Michael Thomas Ford. Can she defeat her vampire nemesis Charlotte Bronte? Will she find Crispin's Needle, a relic that will make her human again and able to live a mortal life with her sweet fiance Walter?

Kirkus Reviews says "Never mind if you're a baseball fan. This is a damn fine read," about The Might Have Been by Joseph Schuster. A story about a baseball player who never makes it to the big time but continues to love the game despite his missed opportunities. A realistic character you'll root for.

What else? Cat mysteries, dog mysteries, exciting thrillers, hot romances and lots more. Take a look below!
Archer, Dale.   Better Than Normal: How What Makes You Different Can Make You Exceptional.   Crown Archetype.   3/13/2012.   Nonfiction
Babson, Marian.   No Cooperation from the Cat.   Minotaur Books.   3/27/2012.    Mystery
Binet, Laurent.   Hhhh.   Farrar Straus Giroux.   4/24/2012.
Bohman, Therese.   Drowned.   Other Press (NY).   5/22/2012.
Brokaw, Charles.   The Temple Mount Code.   Forge.   11/8/2011.
Brown, Stacia M.   Accidents of Providence.   Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH).   2/14/2012.
Cash, Wiley.   A Land More Kind Than Home.   William Morrow & Company.   4/17/2012.

Chapman, Janet.   Spellbound Falls.   Jove Books.   2/28/2012.    Romance
Childs, Laura.   Agony of the Leaves.   Berkley Publishing Group.   3/6/2012.    Mystery
Fernando, Roshi.   Homesick.   Knopf Publishing Group.   7/17/2012.
Ford, Michael Thomas.   Jane Vows Vengeance.   Ballantine Books.   2/28/2012.
Fountain, Ben.   Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.   Ecco Press.   5/1/2012. 
Gooden, Philip.   The Ely Testament.   Severn House Publishers.   2/1/2012.    Mystery
Grisham, John.   Calico Joe.   Random House Large Print Publishing.   4/10/2012.  Large Print
Gross, Andrew.   15 Seconds.   William Morrow & Company.   7/10/2012. 
Haidt, Jonathan.   The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion.   Pantheon Books.   3/13/2012.   Nonfiction
Hall, Emylia.   The Book of Summers.   Mira Books.   5/29/2012.
Harrison, Thea.   Oracle's Moon.   Berkley.   3/6/2012.    Romance
Harrod-Eagles, Cynthia.   Kill My Darling.   Severn House Publishers.   2/1/2012.    Mystery
Hunt, Stephen.   Secrets of the Fire Sea.   Tor Books.   3/27/2012.    Fantasy
John, Steven.   Three A.M.   Tor Books.   3/27/2012.
Johnson, Craig.   As the Crow Flies: A Walt Longmire Mystery.   Viking Books.   5/15/2012.    Mystery
Kiernan, Caitlin R.   The Drowning Girl.   Roc.   3/6/2012.
Knight, Bernard.   Grounds for Appeal.   Severn House Publishers.   2/1/2012.    Mystery
Kogan, Deborah Copaken.   The Red Book.   Hyperion Books.   4/3/2012. 
Kondor, Vilmos.   Budapest Noir.   Harper Paperbacks.   1/31/2012.    Mystery
Korkeakivi, Anne.   An Unexpected Guest.   Little Brown and Company.   4/17/2012.
Lane, Harriet.   Alys, Always.   Scribner Book Company.   6/12/2012.
Levy Mossanen, Dora.   The Last Romanov.   Sourcebooks Landmark.   4/3/2012.
Marlowe, Mia.   Touch of a Rogue.   Brava.   3/1/2012.    Romance
McCoy, Judi.   Fashion Faux Paw: A Dog Walker Mystery.   Signet Book.   3/6/2012.    Mystery
McCoy, Judi.   Till Death Do Us Bark.   Signet Book.   8/2/2011.    Mystery
McKevett, G. A.   Buried in Buttercream.   Kensington Publishing Corporation.   4/1/2012.    Mystery
McKinlay, Jenn.   Due or Die.   Berkley.   3/6/2012.    Mystery
Nicolson, Juliet.   Abdication.   Atria Books.   5/22/2012.
O'Connor, Varley.   The Master's Muse.   Scribner Book Company.   5/8/2012.
Pajer, Bernadette.   Fatal Induction: A Professor Bradshaw Mystery.   Poisoned Pen Press.   5/1/2012.    Mystery
Patterson, James.   Guilty Wives.   Little Brown and Company.   3/26/2012.   Large Print

Pekkanen, Sarah.   These Girls.   Washington Square Press.   4/10/2012.
Poole, Sara.   The Borgia Mistress.   St. Martin's Griffin.   5/22/2012.
Pulkkinen, Riikka.   TRUE.   Other Press (NY).   3/20/2012.
Putney, Mary Jo.   No Longer a Gentleman.   Zebra Books.   5/1/2012.    Romance
Quinn, Spencer.   A Fistful of Collars: A Chet and Bernie Mystery.   Atria Books.   9/11/2012.    Mystery
Radford, Ceri.   A Surrey State of Affairs.   Pamela Dorman Books.   3/29/2012.
Raymond, Jon.   Rain Dragon.   Bloomsbury Publishing PLC.   4/24/2012.
Rollins, James.   Bloodline: A SIGMA Force Novel.   William Morrow & Company.   6/26/2012.
Schuster, Joseph M.   The Might Have Been.   Ballantine Books.   3/20/2012.
Shadid, Anthony.   House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East.   Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH).   2/28/2012.   Nonfiction.

Sigler, Scott.   Nocturnal.   Crown Publishing Group (NY).   4/3/2012.
Thayne, RaeAnne.   Woodrose Mountain.   Harlequin Books.   3/27/2012.    Romance
Wallentin, Jan.   Strindberg's Star.   Viking Books.   5/24/2012.
Zimmerman, Jean.   The Orphanmaster.   Viking Books.   6/19/2012.  

Friday, February 24, 2012

Favorite authors and bizarre plots

Our latest book order has a baseball novel by John Grisham, the next in the Murder 101 series by Maggie Barbieri, the conclusion of Gail Carringer's steampunk/paranormal Parasol Protectorate series, no. 11 in James Patterson's Women's Murder Club and more books by popular authors.

Now for the bizarre plots:
In Taft 2012 by Jason Heller, William Howard Taft completely disappears in 1912, reappears on the White House lawn 100 years later and ends up running for president as a third party candidate. Perfect for the election year, this satirical novel examines how politics has changed over the last century and how we might reclaim some of our past in order to move forward.

Blueprints of the Afterlife by Ryan Boudinot imagines the age of FUS (the second word is up and the 1st and 3rd are obscenities), a hallucinogenic, post-apocolypic world where people are connected to a medical internet where they can download hormones and enzymes wirelessly, but also allows their systems to get hacked by DJs who turn them into robots and force them to watch reality tv. The main character is an Olympic medal-winning dishwasher who has been instructed by his future brain to write a book that will be read by the Last Dude. Reviewers call the book crazy, original and funny.

Find more books, for many different tastes, below.    

Andrews, Ilona. Fate's Edge. Ace Books. 11/29/2011. Fantasy

Atkins, Ace. Robert B. Parker's Lullaby. Putnam Adult. 5/1/2012.

Balogh, Mary. The Proposal. Delacorte Press. 5/1/2012. Romance

Barbieri, Maggie. Physical Education.(Murder 101 Mysteries) Minotaur Books. 11/22/2011. Mystery

Bennett, Alan. Smut: Stories. Picador USA. 1/3/2012.

Bond, Larry. Larry Bond's Red Dragon Rising: Shock of War. Forge. 1/3/2012.

Boudinot, Ryan. Blueprints of the Afterlife. Grove Press. 1/3/2012.

Bradford, Barbara Taylor. Letter from a Stranger. St. Martin's Press. 3/27/2012.

Burrowes, Grace. Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish. Sourcebooks Casablanca. 10/4/2011. Romance

Burrowes, Grace. The Soldier. Sourcebooks Casablanca. 6/1/2011. Romance

Burton, Mary. Before She Dies. Zebra Books. 2/1/2012.

Carriger, Gail. Timeless. Orbit. 3/1/2012.

Deveraux, Jude. Moonlight in the Morning. Pocket Star Books. 12/27/2011. Romance

Eccles, Marjorie. Broken Music. Minotaur Books. 11/22/2011. Mystery

Eden, Cynthia. Angel of Darkness. Brava. 12/1/2011. Romance

Edwards, Louisa. Some Like It Hot. St. Martin's Press. 11/29/2011. Romance

Estep, Jennifer. Spider's Revenge. Pocket Books. 9/27/2011. Fantasy

Evans, Chris. Ashes of a Black Frost. Gallery Books. 10/18/2011. Fantasy

Fitzhugh, Bill. Exterminators: An Assassin Bug Thriller. Poisoned Pen Press. 1/3/2012. Mystery

Fluke, Joanne. Cinnamon Roll Murder. Kensington Publishing Corporation. 3/1/2012. Mystery

Freethy, Barbara. Garden of Secrets. Pocket Star Books. 9/20/2011. Romance

Giardina, Anthony. Norumbega Park. Farrar Straus Giroux. 1/31/2012.

Gideon, Nancy. Hunter of Shadows. Pocket Books. 11/29/2011. Romance

Goodman, Jo. A Place Called Home. Zebra Books. 12/1/2011. Romance

Graham, Heather. The Unseen. Mira Books. 3/27/2012.

Grisham, John. Calico Joe. Doubleday Books. 4/10/2012.

Hamilton, Laurell K. Kiss the Dead. Berkley Publishing Group. 6/5/2012.

Hanson, Victor Davis. The End of Sparta. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. 10/11/2011.

Heller, Jason. Taft 2012. Quirk Books. 1/17/2012.

Hornby, Simonetta Agnello. The Nun. Europa Editions. 12/27/2011.

Jama-Everett, Ayize. The Liminal People. Small Beer Press. 1/10/2012. Sci-Fi

James, Bill. I Am Gold. Countryman Press. 12/5/2011. Mystery

Kay, Francesca. The Translation of the Bones. Scribner Book Company. 1/3/2012.

Kovacs, Ed. Storm Damage. Minotaur Books. 12/6/2011. Mystery

Leon, Donna. Beastly Things: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery. Atlantic Monthly Press. 4/3/2012. Mystery

Luckett, Jacqueline E. Passing Love. Grand Central Publishing. 1/25/2012.

McDonald, Craig. El Gavilan. Tyrus Books. 12/18/2011.

McGivering, Jill. The Last Kestrel. HarperCollins UK. 1/1/2012.

Michaels, Kasey. A Midsummer Night's Sin. Harlequin Books. 11/22/2011. Romance

Patterson, James. 11th Hour. Little Brown and Company. 5/7/2012.

Perini, Robin. In Her Sights. Montlake Romance. 11/29/2011. Romance

Rash, Ron. The Cove. Ecco Press. 4/10/2012.

Robinson, Kim Stanley. 2312 (Firsttion). Orbit. 5/22/2012. Sci-Fi

Russell, Paul. The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov. Cleis Press. 11/8/2011.

Saer, Juan Jose. Scars. Open Letter. 12/13/2011.

Sandford, John. Stolen Prey. Putnam Adult. 5/15/2012.

Shapiro, Alan. Broadway Baby. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. 1/24/2012.

Smith, Brad. Red Means Run. Scribner Book Company. 1/10/2012. Mystery

Solomita, Stephen. Angel Face. Severn House Publishers. 11/1/2011.

Stanton, Steve. The Bloodlight Chronicles: Reconciliation. ECW Press.
9/1/2010. Sci-Fi

Stein, Leigh. The Fallback Plan. Melville House Publishing. 1/3/2012.

Sturges, P. G. Tribulations of the Shortcut Man. Scribner Book Company. 2/7/2012.

Szalay, David. Spring. Graywolf Press. 1/17/2012.

Terenzio, Rosemarie. Fairy Tale Interrupted: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Loss. Gallery Books. 1/24/2012. Biography

Trigiani, Adriana. The Shoemaker's Wife. Harper. 4/3/2012.

Weber, David. How Firm a Foundation. Tor Books. 9/13/2011. Sci-Fi

Woodman, Richard. Ship for the King. Severn House Publishers. 11/1/2011.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Based on a communist fairy tale

Once upon a time in the USSR, the people were promised prosperity greater than that of the U.S. We know that this story does not have a happy ending, but Red Plenty by Francis Spufford has a fascinating premise. Booklist says, "If you think that a novel about the planned economy of the USSR from the 1950s through the 1970s would be boring, think again." Bureaucrats, economists, and scientists, both real and fictional, combine to show the tragic, yet sometimes hilarious, history of a "utopian" experiment that failed miserably.

There's a new medical novel written by CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta called Monday Mornings. (Doesn't he have enough to do?) Good reviews so far, it sounds like it will appeal to fans of ER and Gray's Anatomy.

The Reeducation of Cherry Truong by Aimee Phan tells the story of the relationships between a multi-generational family of Vietnamese immigrants. Booklist says "Touching on the events of the Vietnam War, cultural assimilation, reconciliation, forgiveness, and redemption, Phan crafts an epic tale. Through Cherry's eyes, the complex country of Vietnam is lovingly explored in immense, realistic detail."   

Find more up and coming books below!   
Anshaw, Carol. Carry the One. Simon & Schuster. 3/6/2012.

Ashworth, Jenn. Cold Light. HarperCollins. 10/16/2012.

Bell, Ted. Phantom: An Alex Hawke Novel. William Morrow & Company. 3/20/2012.

Chaon, Dan. Stay Awake. Ballantine Books. 2/7/2012. short stories

Chung, Catherine. Forgotten Country. Riverhead Books. 3/1/2012.

Cramer, Dale. The Captive Heart. Bethany House Publishers. 1/1/2012.

Desanti, Carole. The Unruly Passions of Eugenie R. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH). 3/27/2012.

Donatich, John. The Variations. Henry Holt & Company. 2/28/2012.

Dryden, Alex. The Blind Spy. Ecco Press. 3/20/2012.

Edwardson, Ake. Sail of Stone. Simon & Schuster. 3/13/2012.

Gebbie, Vanessa. The Coward's Tale. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. 2/28/2012.

Gray, Shelley Shepard. Missing: The Secrets of Crittenden County, Book One. Avon Inspire. 3/20/2012.

Green, Jane. Another Piece of My Heart. St. Martin's Press. 3/13/2012.

Gupta, Sanjay. Monday Mornings. Grand Central Publishing. 3/13/2012.

Hall, Parnell. $10,000 in Small, Unmarked Puzzles. Minotaur Books. 1/31/2012. Mystery

Harrison, Kim. A Perfect Blood. Harper Voyager. 2/21/2012.

Kazinski, A. J.  The Last Good Man. Scribner Book Company. 3/6/2012.

Lansdale, Joe R. Edge of Dark Water. Mulholland Books. 3/25/2012.

Lewis, Beverly. The Fiddler. Bethany House Publishers. 4/10/2012.

Long, Kelly. An Amish Wedding. Thomas Nelson Publishers. 11/29/2011.

Perry, Thomas. Poison Flower: A Jane Whitefield Novel. Mysterious Press. 3/6/2012.

Peters, Ralph. Cain at Gettysburg. Forge. 2/28/2012.

Phan, Aimee. The Reeducation of Cherry Truong. St. Martin's Press. 3/13/2012.

Polites, Taylor M.  The Rebel Wife. Simon & Schuster. 2/7/2012.

Rice, Patricia. The Lure of Song and Magic. Sourcebooks Casablanca. 1/1/2012. Romance

Rogers, Morgan Callan. . Viking Books. 1/19/2012.

Rose, M. J. The Book of Lost Fragrances: A Novel of Suspense. Atria Books. 3/13/2012.

Rosenfelt, David. Heart of a Killer. Minotaur Books. 2/14/2012.

Schulman, Audrey. Three Weeks in December. Europa Editions. 1/31/2012.

Spufford, Francis. Red Plenty. Graywolf Press. 2/14/2012.

Steinhauer, Olen. An American Spy. Minotaur Books. 3/13/2012.

Thompson, James. Helsinki White. Putnam Adult. 3/15/2012.

Tuccelli, Jessica Maria. Glow. Viking Books. 3/15/2012.

Ward, Katie. Girl Reading. Scribner Book Company. 2/7/2012.

White, Kate. So Pretty It Hurts: A Bailey Weggins Mystery. Harper. 3/20/2012.

White, Randy Wayne. Chasing Midnight. Putnam Adult. 3/6/2012.

Wilson, Susan. The Dog Who Danced. St. Martin's Press. 3/13/2012.

Winspear, Jacqueline. Elegy for Eddie: A Maisie Dobbs Novel. Harper. 3/27/2012. Mystery

Friday, February 10, 2012

Murderous Puppets, Go Down with the Ship

Could a puppet have committed a murder in The Memory of Blood by Christopher Fowler? It's a witty and suspenseful Golden-Age style British mystery featuring the Peculiar Crimes Unit- they solve cases that are too strange for regular police operations. The detectives investigate the creepy history of Punch and Judy shows.

 It's the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and you can slip back into that time through The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott. An aspiring seamstress gets a chance to wait on a world-renowned fashion designer during an ocean journey. Unfortunately, it's on the Titanic. History, courtroom drama and romance combine to make an engaging read.

In The Book of Jonas by Stephen Dau, a Muslim boy is rescued by an American soldier during a botched military operation and is sent to live in the United States where he does not thrive, despite a well-meaning foster family and therapy. A chance meeting between the boy and the soldier's grieving mother reveals that there is even more tragedy to the story. "A sobering and accomplished read meant to prick the conscience; highly recommended," says Library Journal.

See what else will be appearing on the New Fiction shelves at Schlow below.    

Ahmed, Saladin. Throne of the Crescent Moon. Daw Books. 2/7/2012. Fantasy

Alcott, Kate. The Dressmaker. Doubleday Books. 2/21/2012.

Barnard, Robert. A Charitable Body: A Novel of Suspense. Scribner Book Company. 1/3/2012. Mystery

Bisson, Terry. Any Day Now. Overlook Press. 3/1/2012.

Blake, James Carlos. Country of the Bad Wolfes. Cinco Puntos Press. 1/31/2012.

Bova, Ben. Power Play. Tor Books. 1/3/2012. Sci-Fi

Brown, Dale. Tiger's Claw. William Morrow & Company. 8/14/2012.

Caldwell, Laura. Question of Trust. Mira Books. 2/21/2012.

Cameron, Peter. Coral Glynn. Farrar Straus Giroux. 2/28/2012.

Clark, Cassandra. A Parliament of Spies: A Mystery. Minotaur Books. 1/31/2012. Mystery

Cole, Myke. Shadow Ops: Control Point. Ace Books. 1/31/2012.

Dau, Stephen. The Book of Jonas. Blue Rider Press. 3/15/2012.

De Jonge, Peter. Buried on Avenue B. Harper. 7/24/2012.

D'Iachenko, Serhii. The Scar. Tor Books. 2/28/2012. Fantasy

Duncan, Alice. Ancient Spirits. Five Star (ME). 2/8/2012. Mystery

Dunn, Matthew. Sentinel: A Spycatcher Novel. William Morrow & Company. 8/7/2012.

Ebersohn, Wessel. Those Who Love Night. Minotaur Books. 1/31/2012. Mystery

Edwards, Selden. The Lost Prince. Dutton Books. 8/16/2012.

Epstein, Leslie. Liebestod: Opera Buffa with Leib Goldkorn. W. W. Norton & Company. 2/13/2012.

Erickson, Steve. These Dreams of You. Europa Editions. 1/31/2012.

Fairstein, Linda. Night Watch. Dutton Books. 7/10/2012.

Fowler, Christopher. The Memory of Blood: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery. Bantam. 3/27/2012. Mystery

Frankel, Laurie. Good-Bye for Now. Doubleday Books. 8/7/2012.

Fultz, John R. Seven Princes. Orbit. 1/3/2012. Fantasy

Garwood, Julie. Sweet Talk. Dutton Books. 8/7/2012.

Gorman, Ed. Blindside: A Dev Conrad Mystery. Severn House Publishers. 1/1/2012. Mystery

Gregory, Susanna. Mystery in the Minster. Little, Brown Young Readers. 11/1/2011. Mystery

Grossman, Paul. Children of Wrath. St. Martin's Press. 2/28/2012. Mystery

Hambly, Barbara. Ran Away. Severn House Publishers. 12/1/2011. Mystery

Hillenbrand, Laura. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. Random House Large Print Publishing. 11/16/2010. Large Print Nonfiction

Houellebecq, Michel. The Map and the Territory. Knopf Publishing Group. 1/3/2012.

Jacobs, Jonnie. Paradise Falls. Five Star (ME) 3/7/2012. Mystery

Jaffarian, Sue Ann. Gem of a Ghost. Midnight Ink. 2/8/2012. Mystery

Jahn, Ryan David. The Dispatcher. Penguin Books. 12/27/2011.

Jance, J.A. Judgment Call: A Brady Novel of Suspense. William Morrow & Company. 7/24/2012.

Kluge, P.F. The Master Blaster. Overlook Press. 3/29/2012.

Kowalski, David. The Company of the Dead. Titan Books (UK). 3/13/2012. Science Fiction

Leonard, Elmore. Raylan. William Morrow & Company. 1/17/2012.

McComas, Mary Kay. What Happened to Hannah. William Morrow & Company. 2/7/2012.

Robertson, Imogen. Anatomy of Murder. Pamela Dorman Books. 2/16/2012. Mystery

Shrier, Howard. Boston Cream. Vintage Books Canada. 1/31/2012. Mystery

Thompson, Victoria. Murder on Fifth Avenue. Berkley Publishing Group. 5/1/2012. Mystery

Vincent, Norah. Thy Neighbor. Viking Books. 8/2/2012.

White, Stephen. Line of Fire. Dutton Books. 8/7/2012.

Williams, Mazarkis. The Emperor's Knife. Night Shade. 11/29/2011. Fantasy