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Kern County Library Staff Suggests...: April Recommendations for Adults

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

April Recommendations for Adults


Curse of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz - Barnes & Noble: "Their first caper, The Spellman Files, was a New York Times bestseller and earned comparisons to the books of Carl Hiaasen and Janet Evanovich. Now the Spellmans, a highly functioning yet supremely dysfunctional family of private investigators, return in a sidesplittingly funny story of suspicion, surveillance, and surprise."

Deep Dish by Mary Kay Andrews - Gina Foxton, chef and beauty queen, is now the host of her own local Georgia television show called "Fresh Start," and she's dating the show's producer. But when her show gets canceled--and she catches her boyfriend with the boss's wife--Gina realizes that it's time for a gig on national television. There is only one problem: her competitor "Kill It and Grill It" Tate Moody, the star of a hunting, fishing, and cooking show named "Vittles."

An Irish Country Village by Patrick Taylor - The Irish Country series introduced Dr. Barry Laverty as he began his apprenticeship with Dr. Fingal Flahertie in Balleybucklebo. His story continues as modern choices threaten the turn-of-the-century charm of the village and he himself faces a malpractice suit.

Judas Horse: An FBI Special Agent Ana Grey Mystery by April Smith - Maverick FBI Special Agent Grey goes undercover to infiltrate the volatile core of a domestic terrorist cell in the Cascade Mountains. She must stop rogue FBI agent Dan Stone, aka Allfather, from igniting "the Big One." Fans of Michael Connelly will enjoy the realistic characters, fast pace, and deftly handled multiple plot lines.

Last Rituals: An Icelandic Novel of Secret Symbols, Medieval Witchcraft, and Modern Murder by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir - The spellbinding debut and international sensation being published in thirty countries featuring Thora Gudmundsdottir, a smart, sexy lawyer and investigator whose hunt for a modern murderer points to a very odd--and evil--chapter in Iceland's past.

The Misremembered Man by Christina McKenna - A prim schoolteacher takes out a personal ad in County Derry's newspaper for a date to a wedding. A local farmer answers her ad. Full of Irish charm and gentle humor, two emotionally repressed middle aged loners find a surprising affection for each other, proving that for those who wait the best is yet to come.

The Somnambulist by Jonathan Barnes - This extraordinary tale set in Victorian London involves Edward Moon, stage magician and detective, his silent sidekick the Somnambulist, and a devilish plot to re-create the apocalyptic prophecies of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and bring the British Empire crashing down.

Song Yet Sung by James McBride - A beautiful runaway slave, Liz Spocott, escapes from Patty Cannon's brutal gang of slave catchers hiding in the wild woods and swamps of the Tidewater region. McBride nails the horrors of slavery as well as he does the power of hope and redemption in this his second novel, set in pre-Civil War Maryland.

Super America by Anne Panning - Winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, Panning, an astute and empathetic observer, records the loss of love, broken dreams, and freak accidents on the characters in these nine stories and a novella.

Tracing the Shadow: Book One of the Alchymist’s Legacy by Sarah Ash - An alchymist's apprentice befriends a street urchin whose gift of song resurrects a lost magic. Dark partnerships are forged, some for control over the emerging magi forces, others for their souls.


Be Happy Without Being Perfect: How to Break Free From the Perfection Deception by Alice Domar - Author of the bestseller Self-Nurture, women's health pioneer Dr. Domar uncovers why women's obsession with perfection is ruining their lives.

Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Meth Addiction by David Sheff - David's story chronicles his son's downward spiral into meth addiction and the harrowing effects on the entire family. Achingly honest, his son's drug abuse forces him to relive old family wounds about his own alcoholic father. Families coping with addicted relatives will find hope in his story of recovery.

10 Things Employers Want You to Learn in College: The Know-How You Need to Succeed by William D. Coplin - How to maximize your college experience to ensure post graduate success.

101 Ways to Say Thank You: Notes of Gratitude for All Occasions by Kelly Browne - The art of perfectly worded thank you notes for family, friends, business, or charitable occasions by two authorities on etiquette.

Insomniac by Gayle Greene - "The good news is that Gayle Greene's book is all you ever need to read on the subject of sleeplessness; the bad news for fellow insomniacs is that reading it --even in bed--will fail to lull you to sleep."--Billy Collins, former Poet Laureate of the U.S.

The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food by Jennifer Lee - There are more Chinese restaurants in America than McDonalds, Burger Kings, and Wendys combined. Lee exposes the indentured servitude Chinese restaurants expect from illegal immigrant chefs, investigates the relationship between Jews and Chinese food, and weaves a personal narrative about her own relationship with Chinese food. The Fortune Cookie Chronicles speaks to the immigrant experience as a whole, and the way it has shaped our country.

The Downhill Lie: A Hacker's Return to a Ruinous Sport by Carl Hiaasen - Hiaasen, the "Miami Herald" columnist and author of some hilarious fiction (e.g., "Striptease, Skinny Dip"), recounts how easy it is to get sucked into the sport, even when trying not to. (on order)

Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World by Samantha Power - Reveals Sergio Vieira de Mello's powerful legacy of humanity and ideological strength in the context of his troubleshooting attempts in Lebanon in the aftermath of Israel's 1982 invasion; in his taming of the Khmer Rouge and his repatriation of four-hundred-thousand Cambodian refugees in the early nineties; in his efforts to negotiate an end to the slaughter in Bosnia; in his struggle to nation-build in war-torn societies during his quasi-colonial governorships of Kosovo and East Timor; and through his tragic final posting as the UN representative in Baghdad, where he became the victim of the country's first-ever suicide bomb.


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