Thursday, September 9, 2010
In addition to the blog, I have included a number of additional resources on the new site, such as an interactive calendar, reader's advisory pages, a kids page and much more. Hope to see you there!
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Leafing through this book I am reminded of how lucky I am to call this little corner of the world home, and I am grateful there are still places left in America, like the Sandhills, that exist in a near natural state, though they may be too few and far between.
In the acknowledgements, Mr. Owens writes, "I am greatly indebted to Kathie, who, from the very beginning, became a gracious friend, a guide who willingly introduced me to her friends and patiently shared her vast knowledge of the region . . . The memory of her friendship is embedded in every page of this book."
I highly recommend this book to anyone willing to read it. Thank you so much, Mr. Cody, for your thoughtful
Click here to read a review by the Lincoln Journal Star.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
A Measure of Mercy by Lauraine Snelling: Astrid Bjorklund, studying medicine, leaves the town of Blessing and her boyfriend Joshua Landsverk behind to get additional training, but when Joshua fails to write and she learns he has left town, she makes a decision she may soon regret.
Blockade Billy by Stephen King: The character of George Granny Grantham recounts the story of William "Blockade Billy" Blakely, who was called in to fill a spot for the New Jersey Titans in the spring of 1957 and exhibited tenacity in the game as well as some disturbing eccentricities.
In His Majesty's Service by Naomi Novik: Collects the first three novels in the Temeraire series, including "His Majesty's Dragon," "Throne of Jade," and "Black Powder War
The Particular Sadness of Lemond Cake by Aimee Bender: Rose Edelstein, on the eve of her ninth birthday, bites into her mother's lemon-chocolate cake and is immediately aware of the hidden secrets the members of her family hold.
That Perfect Someone by Johanna Lindsey: Richard Allen falls in love with the married Georgina Malory, and, while trying to woo her at a masked ball, Richard meets Julia Miller, who eventually finds out his identity but agrees to enter into a charade with him in order to avoid marrying the Earl of Manford's son.
Tongues of Serpents by Naomi Novik: After being convicted of treason, Temeraire and Laurence are exiled to a prison colony, where they are faced with political entanglements and corruptions of war. Eager to escape, the two take on a mission to find a way through the Blue Mountains, which leads to a discovery that further complicates the war between Britain and Napoleon.
Soccer and Philosophy: Delves deep into the inner workings if soccer, the world's most popular sport.
My Nebraska: The Good, The Bad, The Husker by Roger L. Welsch: Writer Roger Welsch is a fan of Nebraska—not just the football team, or the state's famous beef, or its endless sky, or its weather, but the whole thing. His perspectives will make readers of this "love letter to Nebraska" chuckle.
The Practical Astronomer by Will Gater: A beginner's guide to astronomy that covers recognizing and identifying features in the sky, naked eye observation, using binoculars and telescopes, and other related topics, and includes star charts and a month-by-month atlas of the night sky.
Alone: Orphaned on the Ocean by Richard D. Logan: Recounts the events surrounding the murder of the Duperrault family by the captain of the ship they chartered on vacation in 1961, as told by Tere Duperrault Fassbender, who was eleven-years-old at the time of the event and the only survivor.
Hero at Large by Janet Evanovich: Ken Callahan stops to help single mom Chris Nelson with her car not realizing his life is about to take a drastic change, with broken bones, a bruised heart, a Zamboni, and a meddlesome Aunt Edna all in the mix.
Split Second by David Baldacci: Michelle Maxwell and Sean King, two former Secret Service agents whose careers were destroyed when presidential candidates under their protection were harmed, discover together that their cases, eight years apart, are connected, and that danger remains.
The Associate by John Grisham: A dark episode from college haunts Kyle McAvoys future after he graduates from Yale and takes a shady job at a law firm where his new employer blackmails him into unethical work, which includes a scheme that could land Kyle in jail or possibly get him killed.
I, Alex Cross by James Patterson: On his birthday, detective Alex Cross has been informed that his niece, Caroline has been brutally murdered and Cross's investigation leads him to a fantasy-scene in, where he realizes he is tracking a serial killer. Danger mounts when Cross connects the deaths to some very important people.
Friday, September 3, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
"Virtually every baby boomer who cares about contemporary poetry first made its acquaintance in one of the little square paperbacks Lawrence Ferlinghetti started publishing out of his San Francisco bookstore, City Lights, in 1955. Together, those slim volumes of dedicatedly modernist, often Beat, and generally avant-garde verse comprise the Pocket Poets series. A few pages from each of the first 52 titles in the series appear in this sampler. The poets include Ginsberg, O'Hara, Levertov, Kerouac, di Prima, Bly, etc., etc.--a who's who of postWorld War II American modernism--as well as their great inspirer, William Carlos Williams, and such foreign counterparts as Voznesensky and Parra, such foreign forebears as Mayakovsky and Picasso (yes, poems by him). Of course, what we have here is a moment in cultural time, that of the 1950s1960s avant-garde; the next generation of new poets published elsewhere. But what a rich moment it is, one that belongs in every American library." ~ Booklist
Poetry is the literary journal of the poetry world. To be published in Poetry is to have a gold star on your resume. This collection offers up some 600 poems spanning a century of wonderful work from classics such as E.E. Cummings, Ezra Pound, and Sylvia Plath, to more contemporary stars of the poetry world like Yusef Komunyakaa and Billy Collins. This collection offers up the cream of the crop from the 20th century.
This volume contains more than 1600 poems drawn from dozens of languages and cultures, and spans a period of more than 4000 years from ancient Sumer and Egypt to the late twentieth century. World Poetry encompasses the many worlds of poetry, poetry of all styles, of all eras, of all tongues: from the ancient epic of Gilgamesh and the Pharaoh Akhnaten's "Hymn to the Sun" to the haiku of Basho and the dazzling imagery of Li Po; from Vedic hymns to Icelandic sagas to the "Carmina Burana"; from the magnificence of Homer and Dante to the lyricism of Goethe and Verlaine; from the piercing insights of Rilke and Yeats to the revelatory verse of Emily Dickinson, Garcia Lorca, Derek Walcott, Seamus Heaney, and many more.
These books will round out our poetry collection nicely. Thank you Jane, for the donation!
Monday, August 30, 2010
The Magnificent Mountain Women by Janet Robertson: Presents three dozen women who from the 1850s to the 1980s ventured into the mountains pursuing their own aims and meeting success.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Here's the new address if you would like to take a sneak peek!
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
If you can't attend the meeting, no worries, as I will post more information as it becomes available.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Ghost Legion by Johnny D. Boggs: Trying to escape a brutal husband, Marty McKindrict disguises herself as a man and joins the Patriot cause. Meanwhile, Stuart Brodie, a freedman, joins the Loyalists after his brother is lynched by a gang of Patriot renegades. In the heat of the American Revolution, fate will bring the two together in a bloody climax.
The Guns of Parral by Lauran Paine: A pair of lawmen ride into the town, with the intentions of arresting an old outlaw named Pete Harkness, even though he had not committed a reported crime in nearly 15 years, when people in the area find out who they were looking for, for duo find plenty of trouble.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
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Monday, August 9, 2010
This beautifully written, heartfelt memoir touched a nerve among both readers and reviewers. Elizabeth Gilbert tells how she made the difficult choice to leave behind all the trappings of modern American success (marriage, house in the country, career) and find, instead, what she truly wanted from life. Setting out for a year to study three different aspects of her nature amid three different cultures, Gilbert explored the art of pleasure in Italy and the art of devotion in India, and then a balance between the two on the Indonesian island of Bali. By turns rapturous and rueful, this wise and funny author (whom Booklist calls “Anne Lamott’s hip, yoga- practicing, footloose younger sister”) is poised to garner yet more adoring fans.
Friday, August 6, 2010
Imperial Bedroom by Bret Easton Ellis: Clay establishes a career in screenwriting in New York City and returns to Los Angeles to find a cast for his new movie, but after encounters with old friends and interactions with a very persistent actress, Clay's inner demons pose a threat to the life he has built.
The Lion by Nelson DeMille: John Corey fears his allotment of good luck may have run out when he signs on as a contract agent with the federal government's Anti-Terrorist Task Force and is assigned to apprehend an alleged Libyan terrorist known as "The Lion."
Sidney Sheldon's After the Darkness by Tilly Bagshawe: Socialite Grace, wife of Lenny Brookstein, one of the founders of the most profitable hedge fund in history, must find a way to clear her own name and that of her husband after investors lose billions of dollars, Lenny disappears while sailing solo, and she is arrested for securities fraud.
The Spy by Clive Cussler: The Van Dorn Detective Agency assigns Isaac Bell, a private investigator, to a case that will reveal whether an American battleship gun designer's death was a suicide or murder, but Bell uncovers a plot set to destroy the great minds of America that are somehow connected to a secret project known as Hull 44.
Broken by Karin Slaughter: When Special Agent Will Trent investigates a prisoner's death he finds a tight-lipped police department following a second death, the county's police chief. When he tries to help the dead chief's widow, Dr. Sara Linton, he is forced to put pressure on officer Lena Adams, who he believes is concealing a dark secret.
Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris: Telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse, having survived the Fae War and is recovering from the torture she endured, realizes the doors to Faery were closed before some fae were able to leave the human world and they are holding her responsible.
A Baker's Dozen by Karen Costello Soltys: As the publisher of America's Best-Loved Quilt Books, we just had to get in on the fun of quilting with precut fabrics! For this book, we commissioned 13 fabulous quilts designed and made by the stitching experts on our own staff. Now you can indulge your craving for fat quarters, Jelly Rolls, 5-inch charm squares, and 10-inch Layer Cakes!
The Facebook Effect by David Kirkpatrick: Explores the inside story of Facebook, its founders, and how it became a social networking sensation.
The Oglala Sioux Warriors in Transition by Robert H. Ruby: The book presents a picture of the ways in which the lives of the American Indians were altered under the influence of the U.S. government, and it details the heroic struggle of the Sioux to recover and maintain their culture and sovereignty.
Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism by Temple Grandin: The author gives a personal account of her life as an autistic person, describing the way her visual mind works and how she managed to go beyond her impairment and succeed in the outside world.
Surviving the Loss of a Child by Elizabeth B. Brown: The book offers encouragement and hope to those who may think they will never be able to live fully after such tragedy.
Rethinking the Fur Trade by Susan Sleeper-Smith: Exposes what has been called the “invisible hand of indigenous commerce,” revealing how it changed European interaction with Indians, influenced what was produced to serve the interests of Indian customers, and led to important cultural innovations.
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis: Chronicles the events leading up to the economic crash in 2008 by following the lives of various individuals, including Steve Eisman, Vincent Daniel, Michael Burry, Greg Lippmann, Gene Park, Howie Hubler, and others.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
I hope to have the website ready to roll by the end of the month (my fingers are crossed as I say this) and I would love to hear any of your suggestions for the site. After all, the website is being made for you to use and enjoy! So, what would you like to see? Leave a comment or you can email me at email@example.com with your ideas. I would love to hear them!
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
More info coming soon :-)
Monday, August 2, 2010
What actress made her debut starring as the Coppertone Girl in TV commercials? Jodi Foster
Friday, July 30, 2010
#11 What is the highest recorded temperature in the state of Nebraska and what city is "lucky" enough to bear this honor?
Now, since this is the last question for the contest, be sure to go back and answer all the ones you missed. The answers must be submitted either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or delivered to the circulation desk by the end of the day tomorrow. I'll announce the winner and post all of the correct answers here on Monday afternoon. Good luck!
Thursday, July 29, 2010
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To participate in the trivia contest, simply email your answer to Ronda at email@example.com or give us your answer at the desk. Don't forget to include your full name. For every correct answer, your name will be entered into a drawing for a prize. I will post a question at least once every week, maybe more, so be sure to check in often.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
So if you are a fan of Seuss, or you have a kid who likes Seuss, or you like musicals, or you're simply looking for somethig fun and different to do, contact Theatre West to purchase your tickets. The play runs tonight through Saturday and then next Wednesday through Saturday. They even have a family night on Wednesday, where admission for children under 12 is only $1 with the purchase of adult admission.
For more information contact the box office at 308-635-6193 or visit their website by clicking here.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Sticking with the mini recipe theme I have going on this summer, click here for a host of cicada recipes and enjoy! The cicada granola chews sound especially appetizing :-)
If you have missed any questions, feel free to go back and answer them. You have through July 31st to submit all of your answers!
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
The prose in this book is so beautifully written I found myself reading sentences two or three times on many occasions. Aimee Bender constructs beautiful similes and metaphors, and I love the way she had her characters use them frequently in conversation.
The book begins with 8 year old Rose Edelstein discovering she can taste, in any kind of food, the emotions of the person who made it. As you can imagine, this can be very cumbersome and on occasion flat-out horrifying. She goes on to discover that not only does she taste the emotions of the preparer, but the entire history of the ingredients, be they factory produced or grown on a farm, etc. She tries to explain her skill early on, but soon finds it better if she keeps her ability to herself and copes with it as best as she can.
The book moves on to explore the other characters in the book, most of whom are above-average intelligent members of her family, unfolding the separate but intersecting lives of her distant father, her borderline-insane genius brother, who harbors a mysterious and unsettling skill of his own, and her unfulfilled and disloyal mother.
While the overall plot of the story is a little strange, and your heart aches for many of the characters (whom I found myself wanting to either hug on slap on more than one occasion) this is overshadowed by Aimee Bender's ability to construct beautiful metaphors and elegant sentences. It is a novel that kept me glued to the pages, and one I would read again. I have a feeling there is still so much to discover in the pages.
Click here for review of the book from NPR and to read an excerpt.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Elena: the golden girl, the leader, the one who can have any boy she wants.
Stefan: brooding and mysterious, he seems to be the only one who can resist Elena, even as he struggles to protect her from the horrors that haunt his past.
Damon: sexy, dangerous, and driven by an urge for revenge against Stefan, the brother who betrayed him. Determined to have Elena, he'd kill to possess her.
Stop in and pick up the first book today!
Friday, July 16, 2010
Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts: Wedding cake baker Laurel McBane is surrounded by romance working at Vows wedding planning company, but she's too low key to appreciate all the luxuries that her clients long for. What she does appreciate is Delaney, her friend's brother whom she has had a crush. She is convinced that the lawyer is out of her reach or so she thinks.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
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One of Ours by Willa Cather: Claude Wheeler is alienated from his parents, all but rejected by his wife, and is dissatisfied with farming. It is only when America enters the First World War that Claude finds the purpose he has searched for.
Savor the Moment: Wedding cake baker Laurel McBane is surrounded by romance working a wedding planning company with her three best friends, but she's too low key to appreciate all the luxuries that her clients seem to long for. What she does appreciate is Delaney, her friend's older brother whom she has had a crush on since childhood. She is convinced that the Ivy League lawyer is out of her reach.
Friday, July 9, 2010
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Wednesday, July 7, 2010
"Every so often a novel-reader's novel comes along: an enthralling, entertaining story wedded to simple, supple prose, both informed by tremendous imagination. Summer is the perfect time for such books, and this year readers can enjoy the gift of Justin Cronin's The Passage. Read fifteen pages and you will find yourself captivated; read thirty and you will find yourself taken prisoner and reading late into the night. It has the vividness that only epic works of fantasy and imagination can achieve. What else can I say? This: read this book and the ordinary world disappears."--Stephen King
Click here for more info from Barnes and Noble
In August, in conjunction with the city-wide celebration of the cemetery opening, we will be hosting a program in which the author will give a presentation on the history of the air base. So in preparation for the program, make sure you come in and check out a copy of the book, available now!
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard: When Jody Linder realizes that Billy Crosby, the neighbor who was convicted of killing her father, is slated to be released from prison, she doesn't expect the heated exchanges with Collin, Bill Crosby's son, or the discovery that underneath their antagonism is a shared sense of loss that no one else could possibly understand.
Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah: Kate Mularkey is thrilled when Tully Hart moves in across the street, and the two form an immediate friendship that remains strong through the next thirty years, until one act of betrayal threatens to destroy both their lives and the friendship that has seen them through life's highs and lows.
Hannah's List by Debbie Macomber: Hannah Everett dies at an early age and leaves behind a letter for her husband to open on the first anniversary of her death that provides the names of three possible choices for a second wife.
Emily Ever After by Anne Dayton: Emily Hinton moves from her small hometown to Manhattan where she lands a job at a publishing house and attracts the attention of Bennett, but she soon finds herself struggling to balance her desire for an exciting life, and her need to uphold her moral standards.
Storm Prey by John Sandford: Lucas Davenport's wife, surgeon Weather Karkinnen, becomes a key witness when the getaway car from a botched robbery almost collides with her, making Weather a target for the criminals, who will stop at nothing to keep her quiet, leaving Lucas to protect his wife and solve the case before he loses everything.
Windmills of the West by David R. Stoecklein: The book traces the important heritage of the windmill throughout the western states and old Mexico. His images are accompanied by a brief history of windmills and quotations.
Understanding Your Suicide Grief by Alan D. Wolfelt: Using the metaphor of the wilderness, the book introduces 10 touchstones to assist the survivor in this naturally complicated and particularly painful journey.
Tennis Strokes and Tactics by John Littleford: The book shows skills demonstrated visually from five angles, the 360 degree view show how to accurately position your feet, body ad racket so you can adopt the correct stance.
Cowgirls: The West was populated with strong-willed women who worked and played as men did in the saddles of their favorite bucking broncos -- women whose sacrifices, hard work, and can-do attitude helped build a nation.
How To Start a Home Based Conulting Business by Bert Holtje: The book contains everything one needs to know to set themselves up as a home-based consultant, create a demand for their services, and make money.
The Real History of the Cold War by Alan Axelrod: This book strips away layers of myth and propaganda to give a clear, concise account of the globe-spanning conflict that left its mark on the world of today.
Friday, July 2, 2010
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The kids put a lot of effort into their pictures and they are all quite wonderful to look at, so stop in and take a peek!