Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Preview Shelf -- Library Adds Another Feature, Invites Volunteers

At the entrance to The Crawfordsville District Public Library is a new meeting announcement case, which lists daily events and their locations on the lower level. If you'd like to deliver materials to homebound patrons, please call 362-2242 extension 2. Volunteers are making books available to more readers all the time.

Recently, three requested books about Presidents have arrived. H. W. Brands' Andrew Jackson: His isHLife and Times is a biography of our colorful, dynamic, and forceful seventh President, the first common man to rise to this office. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln centers on Lincoln's mastery of communications. Our 16th President won over rivals William Seward, Salmon Chase, and Edward Bates because he could put himself in the place of other men, experience what they felt, and understand their motives and desires. The Survivor: Bill Clinton in the White House by John Harris shows him (our 42nd) becoming more commanding in his presidential image and more skilled at using the powerful White House platform crafting a new brand of centrist politics.

The People's Tycoon: Henry Ford and the American Century by Steven Watts brings to life this outsized genius who was also a bundle of contradictions. She Got Up Off the Couch and Other Heroic Acts from Mooreland, Indiana by Haven Kimmel is a sequel to A Girl Named Zippy and fastens on her mother's efforts to earn self-respect. Cure for the Common Life: Living in Your Sweet Spot by Max Lucado holds practical tools for finding one's uniqueness in society. A new children's story is the Newbery Medal winner (for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children) called Criss Cross by Lynne Perkins. A new Young Adult book is Pam Ryan's Becoming Naomi Leon about a shy, retiring girl who needs positive thinking to add to her unique soap-carving talent and to her problems dealing with a mother who reappears seven years after leaving her with her Gram. A new mystery is Blaize Clement's first Dixie Hemingway story called Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter who likes animals better than people. A Dark & Deadly Deception by Eleanor Bland is a Marti MacAlister plot finding an actress dead along the shores of the Chicago area Des Plaines River. Jacquot and the Waterman by Martin O'Brien profiles a French rugby player turned detective in Marseilles, where an elusive killer does away with three young women. Joanne Harris' Gentlemen & Players takes place at a British boys' grammar school where a veteran teacher must investigate a new instructor's goal to destroy the school ever so cleverly. 7 Deadly Wonders by Matthew Reilly is a treasure hunt for the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It happens in the very year that the Great Pyramid at Giza is expected to provide absolute power over Earth for whoever replaces its lost capstone at the moment when a super-hot sunspot hits it.

The Novelist by Angela Hunt finds a community college teacher writing a story for a fiction-writing class that strikes home more than she expects. In The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch a young boy explores the tidal flats of Puget Sound and finds a rare deep-sea creature stranded in the mud. This becomes a metaphor for his passage out of childhood. W. E. B. Griffin's The Hostage follows By Order of the President in his Presidential Agent series, and shows his harrowing work in Homeland Security when an American diplomat's wife is kidnapped in Argentina. Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Scarborough's Changelings is Book One of the Twins of Petaybee science-fiction saga. The setting is a sentient planet with humans who must protect it from a nasty interstellar corporation.

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