Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Springtime at the Woodbury Community Library: New Titles

New Fiction

Julian Barnes                   The Sense of an Ending
                                                                This intense novel follows a middle-aged man as he contends with a past he has never much thought about— until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance, one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present.  Knopf  (2012), 163 pages.

Vince Flynn                      Kill Shot
                                                                Vince Flynn delivers a new character, the young, hungry and lethal Mitch Rapp at the onset of his career as a CIA superagent.  Audio, unabridged (2012) 10 CDs.

Kristin Hannah              Home Front
                                                                An unexpected deployment sends Jolene deep into harm’s way and leaves defense attorney Michael at home, unaccustomed to being a single parent to their two girls. St. Martin’s (2012), 390 pages.

Stephen King                   11/22/63
                                                                Jake Epping, a thirty-five-year-old English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine who makes extra money teaching GED classes. His friend Al, who owns a diner, discloses a secret: his storeroom is a portal to the past, a particular day in 1958. Al recruits Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination.  Scribner (2012), 849 pages.

Jody Picoult                      Lone Wolf
                                                                What happens when the hope that should sustain a family is the very thing tearing it apart? After his scientist father is seriously injured  in a car accident, twenty-six-year-old Edward Warren and his sister Cara must decide their father’s fate. What hidden motives inform their need to let their father die… or try to keep him alive? Atria (2012), 421 pages.

New Non-Fiction

Daniel Kahneman         Thinking Fast and Slow
                                                                Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think... fast, intuitive, and emotional… or slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Fascinating and enlightening insights into how choices are made… and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble. Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2012), 499 pages.

Charles Murray              Coming Apart: the state of white America, 1620–2010
                                                                Drawing on five decades of statistics and research, Coming Apart demonstrates that a new upper class and a new lower class have diverged so far in core values that they barely recognize their underlying American kinship—divergence that has nothing to do with income inequality and that has grown during good economic times and bad.  Crown Forum (2012), 407 pages.

Robison & Richards      Indivisible: restoring faith, family, and freedom before it’s too late
                                                                The authors examine politics, faith, and culture from a Christian perspective while also providing arguments to unite people of faith with all who cherish freedom and limited government. Faith Works (2012), 362 pages.

Marilynne Robinson   When I Was a Child I Read Books
                                                                A collection of beautifully written and intelligent essays. In “Austerity as Ideology,” she tackles the global debt crisis, and the charged political and social political climate in this country that makes finding a solution to our financial troubles so challenging. In “Open Thy Hand Wide” she searches out the deeply embedded role of generosity in Christian faith. And in “When I Was a Child,” one of her most personal essays to date, an account of her childhood in Idaho becomes an exploration of individualism and the myth of the American West.  Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2012) 206 pages.

Tim Weiner                      Enemies: a History of the FBI
                                                                The first definitive history of the FBI’s secret intelligence operations and the hidden history of America’s hundred-year war on terror.  Random house (2012),  537 pages.

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