Wednesday, January 14, 2009


by Laurell K. Hamilton: Meredith Nic Essus, pregnant with twins, accepts her uncle's false claim that he is the father of her unborn children in order to gain her own place on the throne, but conspirators, slander, and Taranis himself are all determined to eliminate Meredith's personal guard, the only ones who can protect her.

ENDER IN EXILE by Orson Scott Card: Ender is offered the choice of living in isolation on Eros at one of the Hegemony's training facilities, but chooses to journey out to the colonies with his sister, Valentine.

THE MEMORIST by M.J. Rose: Meer Logan, haunted since childhood by memories of what seems to be a treasure box, travels to Vienna when the actual box--once owned by Beethoven--shows up in an auction catalog, and she is forced to face the possibility that she was the composer's lover in a past life, and the reality that someone is trying to kill her.

JUST AFTER SUNSET by Stephen King: Collects twelve short stories by Stephen King on the theme of relationships, including new stories and previously released material such as "The Gingerbread Girl," "The Things They Left Behind," and "The Cat from Hell."

THE BODIES LEFT BEHIND by Jeffrey Deaver: Investigating a late night emergency call that came from a Wisconsin vacation home, deputy Brynn McKenzie narrowly escapes an encounter with two professional criminals, and flees into the woods with Michelle, the city-girl who rented the house for the weekend, but if the women want to survive, they will have to learn to trust one another.

A MERCY by Toni Morrison: Florens, a sixteen-year-old slave on a Virginia plantation is given to a Dutch trader named Jacob Vaark as payment for a debt owed to Vaark by her master, and moves to his small Northern farm where her presence is felt keenly by Vaark's childless wife Rebekka, Native American servant Lina, and Sorrow, a foundling.

JESUS by Deepak Chopra: Captures the extraordinary life of Jesus in this surprising novel. The author uncovers the transformational "lost years" that are not recounted in the New Testament.

DESCENT INTO CHAOS by Ahmed Rashid: Explores the progression of nation building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia since the events of September 11, 2001, contending that U.S. foreign policy in the region has failed and discussing various issues, such as nuclear programs, the Indian-Pakistani rivalry, and the resurgence of the Taliban.

AXES: Willa Cather and William Faulkner by Merrill Skaggs: Axes traces the intimate relationship between the texts published by Willa Cather and William Faulkner between 1922 and 1962. When those texts are juxtaposed and examined carefully, the two writers seem intensely conscious of, and responsive to, each other’s work.

VALENTINES by Ted Kooser: A collection of twenty-three Valentine poems by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ted Kooser.

PITCH LIKE A GIRL HOW A WOMAN CAN BE HERSELF AND STILL SUCCEED by Ronna Lichtenberg: Explores a new kind of style-persuasion categorization--pinks versus blues or stripes of both colors--to demonstrate how women (and yes, men, too) can use their natural powers of influence for success.

DANCE LODGES OF THE OMAHA PEOPLE by Mark Awakuni-Swetland: Describes both history and ethnography and presents a useful case study of Native cultural resistance and adaptation to pervasive efforts at detribalization and assimilation.

LOREN EISELEY COMMENTARY, BIOGRPHY & REMEMBERANCE: Born, raised, and educated in Lincoln, Nebraska, Loren Eiseley (1907–77) was a highly respected writer and poet best known for explaining complex scientific concepts in poems easily read and understood by the general public.

NEBRASKA MOMENTS by Donald Hickey: A collection of essays in which Donald Hickey and others discuss the people, events, and institutions of Nebraska.

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