Tuesday, September 23, 2008


The Books Most Borrowed in U.S. Libraries
* Indicates books owned by the Alliance Public Library

*1. Sail, James Patterson & Howard Roughan
*2. Fearless Fourteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel, Janet Evanovich
*3. Sundays at Tiffany's, James Patterson
*4. The Appeal, John Grisham
*5. The Whole Truth, David Baldacci
*6. 7th Heavan, James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
*7. Where Are You Now? Mary Higgins Clark
*8. The Front, Patricia Cornwell
*9. Mothing to Lose: A Jack Reacher Novel, Lee Child
*10. Rogue, Danielle Steel
*11. Tribute, Nora Roberts
*12. Phantom Prey, John Sandford
*13. TailSpin: An FBI Thriller, Catherine Coulter
*14. Change of Heart, Jodi Picoult
*15. Hold Tight, Harlan Coben

*1. Audition: A Memoir, Barbara Walters
2. When You Are Engulfed in Flames, David Sedaris
*3. A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose, Eckhart Tolle,
4. Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School as a Time
5. The LAst Lecture, Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow
*6. Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia, Elizabeth Gilbert
7. sTORI Telling , Tori Spelling
8. Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea. Chelsea Handler
*9. The Secret, Rhonda Byrne
*10. The Glass Castle: a Memoir, Jeanette Walls.
*11. The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, Barack Obama
12. The Post-American World, Fareed Zakaria
13. In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto, Michael Pollan
14. What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception, Scott McClellan
*15. Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, Barack Obama

The above information hase been compiled by Library Journal from data on books borrowed and requested (placed on hold) at public libraries throughout the United States. It includes statistics from urban, suburban and rural libraries.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Banned Books Week September 27th - October 4th

Stop by the Library and check out our selection of banned books, which include titles such as Harry Potter, Tom Sawyer, Little House on the Prairie, The Freedom Writers Diary, To Kill a Mockingbird and more!
The display can be found just inside the main doors.

Brown Bag Autumn Schedule


September 23, 2008 Book Worm


September 23, 2008


WHERE MEMORIES LIE by Deborah Crombie: Inspector Gemma James and Scotland Yard's Duncan Kincaid investigate suspicious deaths surrounding the auction of a diamond brooch which had been stolen years earlier from a woman who escaped Nazi Germany.

A POISONED MIND by Natasha Cooper: In spite of the barristers’ rule that any suitably qualified member of the Bar who is free to take an offered case must do so, QC Trish Maguire can’t quite understand how her head of chambers, Anthony Shelley, can accept a case defending a corrupt company. So when Anthony is nearly killed in an accident, Trish is faced with a painful dilemma.

MY SISTER, MY LOVE by Joyce Carol Oates: Nineteen-year-old Skyler Rampike looks back on the ten years since the murder of his younger sister Bliss, a rising figure skater whose unsolved death created a media circus that destroyed his parents' marriage and cast suspicion on him, keeping him from finding any sense of normalcy in his life.

THE LIKENESS by Tana French: Detective Cassie Maddox is called back in to the murder squad by her lover Sam O'Neill to investigate the stabbing of a female graduate student who looks exactly like her, and when she goes undercover as the woman to draw out the killer, an old feud involving her new friends' comes to light and Cassie's involvement may become a liability.

MOSCOW RULES by Daniel Silva: Gabriel Allon goes to Russia, where power is on the rise in Moscow as Ivan Kharkov, a former KGB officer who runs a global investment empire to hide his arms dealership, does business with al-Qaeda; Allon tries to learn the details of the transaction to prevent another terrorist attack.

ONE OF THOSE MALIBU NIGHTS by Elizabeth Adler: Malibu detective Mac Reilly must turn to his on-again, off-again lover Sunny Alvarez for help after he is nearly killed by a beautiful, gun-waving woman who subsequently disappears, leaving the weapon behind in his car.

COCKATIELS AT SEVEN by Donna Andrews: After reluctantly agreeing to babysit her friend Karen's two-year-old son, Meg Langslow is worried when Karen never returns to pick up her child, and suspecting foul play decides to retrace her friend's steps from the previous day.

THE SAND CASTLE by Rita Mae Brown: Seven-year-old Nickel Smith spends the day at the beach with her mother, Juts, her aunt, Wheezie, and her aunt's eight-year-old grandson, Leroy, who recently lost his mother, listening to the women talk about their childhoods and building a sand castle.

ANCIENT HIGHWAY by Bret Lott: Follows the lives of three generations of the family of Earl Holmes, who runs away from his Texas home to seek stardom in Hollywood; and continues through his daughter and finally his grandson, who determines to bring together the estranged family.

AMERICA AMERICA by Ethan Canlin: Corey Sifter overcomes his modest beginnings to become an aide for a powerful presidential candidate, and finds himself drawn into a complex web of political intrigue, lies, sex, and scandal.

THE LEGAL LIMIT by Martin Clark: Gates Hunt, a compulsive felon, uses an old family secret to manipulate his brother Mason, who became a judge and led a happy married life, and coerce him into using his influence to spring him from prison.

THE LAST PATRIOT by Brad Thor: Former Homeland Security operative Scot Harvath is drawn back into his old life when he saves University of Virginia professor Anthony Nichols from an assassin's bomb in Paris and becomes involved in trying to uncover the final and startling revelation of the prophet Mohammed which, if revealed, will transform Islam.

COLLISION by Jeff Abbott: Ben Forsberg, a successful corporate consultant, and a former CIA agent known as Pilgrim, must work together to discover who is trying to kill them, and find themselves in the middle of an international conspiracy.

RIVEN by Jerry B. Jenkins: When a condemned man with nothing to lose meets one with nothing to gain, everyone washed by the endless ripples of that encounter will forever recall the day a little bit of heaven invaded a whole lot of hell. Brady Wayne Darby and Thomas Carey could hardly have been more disparate individuals. Yet when Darby, a no-account loser raised in a dingy suburban trailer park, encounters Carey, a weary man of God, an entire--state indeed, a nation--is affected.

September 16, 2008 Book Worm

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September 16, 2008

FRANKLIN & LUCY by Joseph E. Persico: Persico examines the relationships that Franklin Delano Roosevelt had with several women in his life including Lucy Rutherfurd, Eleanor, and his mother.

THE NINEINSIDE THE SECRET WORLD OF THE SUPREME COURT by Jeffrey Toobin: Draws on interviews with the nine justices of the Supreme Court to offer an inside look at the Court's complex dynamic and the changes that may be in store for key issues, including abortion, civil rights, and presidential power, after the 2008 presidential election.


CARELESS IN RED by Elizabeth George: Grieving after the murder of his wife, Detective Thomas Lynley spends weeks hiking the coastline. Lynley discovers the body of a young man who appears to have fallen to his death. It becomes apparent that a killer is at work and Lynley is a witness and possibly a suspect.

SUNDAYS AT TIFFANY’S by James Patterson: Jane Margaux has an imaginary friend when she is very young and lonely. He is handsome, comforting, funny and perfect. When she is in her 30's and a success, she is still lonely. Then she meets a man -- handsome, comforting, funny, and perfect.

INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL by James Rollins: Indy is captured by Russian soldiers lead by a sinister, but stunning, colonel as they invade U.S. soil in search of a valuable relic. Indy turns the tables on them and narrowly escapes death, but is thought to be a spy and is fired from his job. Suddenly he is pulled back into the action when a colleague is kidnapped and Indy ends up in the Amazon in a rematch with the Russian colonel.

THE GINGERBREAD GIRL by Stephen King: Emily starts running after the sudden death of her baby. Soon she runs from everything to a shack on the beach. One day she sees something in the driveway of a neighbor and he is willing to kill to protect his secret. The only thing that may save her is her legs.

THE FRONT by Patricia Cornwell: Investigator Win Garano is sent by D.A. Lamont to a declining neighborhood to come up with a "drama" as part of a new public relations campaign. Garano is skeptical because the town is a home base for a loose association of municipal police called the FRONT.

SKELETONS AT THE FEAST by Chris Bohjalian: In the waning months of World War II, a small group of people begin the longest journey of their lives to escape the Third Reich and reach the British lines. Anna, a Prussian aristocrat, Callum a prisoner of war and Manfred a Wehrmacht corporal (or escaped Jew) is tested in love, friendship and survival.

THE LADY ELIZABETH by Alison Weir: Depicts the early life of young Elizabeth Tudor, who would grow up to become England's most intriguing and powerful queen.

A PRISONER OF BIRTH by Jeffrey Archer: Danny Cartwright is arrested and charged with the murder of his best friend. But he didn't do it and no one believes him but his girlfriend, Beth. Everyone underestimates Danny's determination to see revenge and Beth's relentless quest to pursue justice.

AN UNEXPECTED SONG by Iris Johansen: Jason is looking for a star singer for his new play and finds the perfect woman in Daisy. But, Jason is being stalked by a killer and Daisy decides to save him, putting her in danger and Jason tries to save her.

DAKOTA by Martha Grimes: Andi Oliver, amnesiac and drifter, is still running from the memory of an occurrence in a bed-and-breakfast. She invents her past as she travels through Idaho, Montana and North Dakota. After she gets a job at a pig farm, she discovers truths about the operation. Then a stranger shows up demanding answers of which she has no memory.

NOTHING TO LOSE by Lee Child: Jack Reacher proves the truth of the old adage about the dangers of a man with nothing to lose when he walks the twelve miles between the towns of Hope and Despair looking for a cup of coffee only to encounter hostility, a vagrancy charge, and an order to move on.

PLAGUE SHIP by Clive Cussler: Juan Cabrillo and his crew discover a cruise ship with hundreds of bodies on its deck. As he tries to find the cause, he and the only surviving passenger barely escape with their lives. Cabrillo finds himself plunged into an intricate, perilous and monstrous mystery.

September 9, 2008 Book Worm


September 9, 2008

LAST KISS by Luanne Rice: Nell Kilvert, a year after the death of her eighteen-year-old boyfriend Charlie Rosslare, asks Gavin Dawson -- Sheridan Rosslare's former lover, and Charlie's mother -- for help to uncover the truth behind Charlie's mysterious murder.
KILLER VIEW by Ridley Pearson: Sheriff Walt Fleming leads his search and rescue team, including Tommy Brandon and Mark Aker, in search of a missing skier at Sun Valley's Galena Summit, and when Mark gets killed, Walt follows the evidence to a large crime involving a biohazard at a local water-bottling plant.
CLOSE by Martina Cole: London drug kingpin Patrick Brodie finds his family and business life collide when new mobsters begin to take influence and members of his crew turn on him.
PALACE COUNCIL by Stephen L. Carter: Eddie Wesley, a young African-American writer, stumbles across the corpse of Wall Street attorney Philmont Castle and conducts an investigation of the murder after noticing a strange cross held by the victim, which leads him to a group of conspirators called the Palace Council.
THE DARK OF DAY by Barbara Parker: Miami defense attorney C.J. Dunn had thought her latest case would be simple, helping Rick Slater clear his name in the disappearance of a young model, but as she digs deeper into the case, C.J. discovers a disturbing link to her client, a pornographer, a runaway from C.J.'s hometown, and her lover.
MADE IN THE U.S.A. by Billie Letts: After their guardian dies, fifteen-year-old Lutie McFee and her nine-year-old brother decide to flee their hometown to avoid becoming wards of the state and head for Las Vegas in hopes of finding their estranged father.
WISHBONES by Carolyn Haines: Southern gal Sarah Booth Delaney packs up her hound dog and her P.I. business and sets off for Hollywood to take a shot at stardom. Thrilled as Sarah is, her dream come true comes at a price.
QUEEN OF BABBLE GETS HITCHED by Meg Cabot: Lizzie Nichols feels her life is finally on the right track, with a career she loves, the perfect fiancĂ©, and a dream wedding in the works, but everything begins to fall apart when she finds herself falling for her fiancĂ©’s best friend.

BOOKS by Larry McMurtry: A memoir in which author Larry McMurtry discusses his lifelong engagement with books, telling of his experiences as a reader, writer, and collector.

LOOKING FOR ANNE OF GREEN GABLES by Irene Gammel: Chronicles the life of Lucy Maude Montgomery, the creator of the "Anne of Green Gables" novels, exploring how her experiences in a rural farmhouse on Prince Edward Island influenced her writing and sparked her imagination.

THE MARRIAGE BENEFIT by Mark O’Connell: This book is about how to make our relationships better than it is about how our relationships can make us better if we just work on our expectations and improve communications.

MAKING AUTISM A GIFT by Robert Evert Cimera: Explains how to focus on the positive while caring for children with autism in order to build their confidence and happiness; covers such topics as diagnosis, associated conditions, general behavioral issues, temper tantrums, social skills, communication, fears, fixations, routines, collaboration with educators, and life issues in adulthood, presenting strategies and resources.