Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Preview Shelf -- Libros, Journal & Courier en espanol

The Crawfordsville District Public Library has a special display just to the right of the entrance. It features books in Spanish. The library is now subscribing to the monthly Journal & Review (Lafayette) en espanol. Copies are available at the entrance to the reading room and upstairs at the reference desk at the beginning of each month. The headline of the Agosto edition is the question, Cual es el impacto de la immigracion?

Here's some recently received fiction. Myla Goldberg's Wickett's Remedy visits Boston in 1918 when a former medical student creates a mail-order patent medicine just as the Spanish influenza epidemic begins to change his life and just as the stolen formula is also transformed into a soft drink. Beasts of No Nation is Uzodinma Iweala's portrait of a young boy in a West African nation who is recruited into guerrilla fighting. Harry Turtledove's In High Places places teenage adventurous agents of Crosstime Traffic in alternate history between California and Versailles, France. Like Dandelion Dust by Karen Kingsbury finds parents planning flight to prevent their adopted son's return to his just-released-from-prison biological father. The Whole World Over by Julia Glass weaves a tapestry about connections and about how accidents great or small, can determine choices in love and marriage.These requests are ready for their applicants. Jacquelyn Mitchard's Cage of Stars illuminates struggles in a close-knit Mormon community when two sisters are brutally murdered. Levi's Will by Dale Cramer shows an Amish farm in Ohio where a fallen man seeks to reconcile old and new worlds. The Wind of the Khazars by Marek Halter is a historically accurate account of how a warrior nation converted to Judaism under King Bulan in the 900s AD. Carol Higgins Clark's Hitched is another Regan Reilly story of eccentric characters, this time about brides and grooms involved when their specially designed wedding clothes are part of a crime. New Orleans detective Reuben Montoya appears again as he matches wits with a twisted psychopath in Lisa Jackson's Shiver. Julian Barnes' Arthur & George, short listed for the 2005 Man Booker Prize, makes a detective story into a real-life mystery with riddles of identity and imagination, as one character, half-Indian, and the other, creator of the world's most famous literary detective, take turns on the pages. Thomas Perry's Nightlife has high-voltage shocks and sympathetic characters in the Portland, Oregon cat-and-mouse tale of a female serial killer hunting a female police officer. Three books about food are Vegan Vengeance with Isa Moskowitz' 150 recipes that rock, Diana Abu-Jaber's The Language of Baklava a Jordanian/American culinary memoir, and The Gluten-Free Gourmet Cooks Comfort Foods showing old favorite recipes using new flours described by Bette Hagman. Books about sports conclude this column. Last Dance is John Feinstein's 60-year collection of stories for fans of basketball's Final Four including reports by John Wooden and Mike Krzyzewski, and comments by Bill Bradley and Michael Jordan. A big showy book A Week in the Life of NASCAR has an additional title A View from Within giving unrestricted access to the lives of teams, crews and drivers, from the publishers of NASCAR SCENE. Say It's So is Phil Rogers' look at the Chicago White Sox march to its 2005 World Series victory. Soccerhead gives Jim Haner's meditation on the poetry and politics of the game as a memoir, a cultural history, and a reflection on the Zen-ness of the sport. Organizing Successful Tournaments by John Byl includes a CD with 1,000 schedule templates. Coaching Fastpitch Softball Successfully comes from Kathy Veroni and Roanna Brazier.

1 comment:

Dana W. Fisher said...

The picture is beautiful, but could someone correct the spelling? The word is ANCORA--no A after the N. Thanks,
Dana Fisher