Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Preview Shelf -- Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

The Journal Review archives at the Crawfordsville District Public Library need help. In order to produce valid microfilm for the years 1998 through September 2001, certain issues of the paper are needed. Any and all 1998 papers except in the months of March, May, June, and October will be very much appreciated. From 1999, those needed appeared in January, February, September, and papers from September 2000 and March 2001 are also being sought. If you happen to have any copies, please call 362-2242, extension 4 or 5. Dian Moore and Judy Spencer are hard at work to complete this collection of sections A, B, and C of those daily papers.

New library books offer us profitable and pleasurable hours. Graphic art in Joseph Pulitzer's newspaper from 1898-1911 is collected in Nicholson Baker and Margaret Brentano's The World on Sunday. America's Art comes from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, gathering 225 of its best works, culled from the collection of 40,000 objects. A Century of African American Art is the Paul R. Jones collection (edited by Amalia Amaki) combining colorful plates and essays about its development. Historic Arts & Crafts Homes of Great Britain by Brian Coleman is a look at ten of the best-loved places that continue to attract admirers today. One People, Many Journeys published by Lonely Planet captures the common human experience of birth, special moments, endurance, and resilience across our diverse world. Those who enjoy the Monk series on TV might like Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse by Lee Goldberg., which exploits the main character's traits resulting in this critical remark (Lee Child), "Can books be better than television?" You bet they can--when Lee Goldberg's writing them. Elizabeth Ironside's Death in the Garden begins at an English beauty's 30th birthday in 1925 when her husband is poisoned with photographic chemicals from her studio. The thriller Lost by Michael Robotham finds a homicide detective being fished out of the Thames with a bullet in his leg and no memory of how it got there. The Princess of Burundi is a detective novel in Sweden's Uppsala where a jogger in the snow finds the body of an expert on tropical fish. Memory in Death by Nora Roberts (writing as Robb) is her newest story of the year 2059 New York about a tough lady cop's twisted foster mother reappearing in her life and immediately becoming a victim herself. Amy Tan's Saving Fish from Drowning exposes contemporary themes and mystery as tourists on a world art expedition disappear on the Burma Road. Divine is Karen Kingsbury's latest life-changing fiction in which a child of horrors is set free by divine power to bring hope to battered women in D.C. The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean brings to life 1941 when the German army approaches, and a Hermitage Museum tour guide memorizes the art taken from its walls for protection. We Are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg features three women who struggle against overwhelming odds in Tupelo, Mississippi during civil-rights demonstrations. Adverbs by Daniel Handler is a novel about love -- a bunch of different people, in and out of different kinds of love. Articles of War by Nick Arvin shows the enlistment terrors of an 18-year-old Iowa farm boy who is sent to Normandy shortly after D-Day. The Great Inland Sea by David Francis introduces a boy who escapes the scorched landscape of his youth and as an adult returns to discover secrets buried there. Orbit by John Nance takes us to 2009 when a passenger on a U.S. space adventure flight must navigate the ship home alone.

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