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New Mysteries December 2012

Death in the Small Hours by Charles Finch
Lethal Investments by K.O. Dahl
Stonemouth by Iain Banks
Return of the Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
Dead Season by Christobel Kent
A Drop of Chinese Blood by James Church
Looking for Yesterday by Marcia Muller
Killer Librarian by Mary Lou Kirwin
A Door in the River by Inger Ash Wolfe
Song of the Nightingale by Alys Clare
The Corpse of St. James by Jeanne M. Dams
Anatomist's Wife by Anna Lee Huber
Deadly Row to Hoe by Cricket McRae
Not so Model Home by David James
Cold Cold Ground by Adrian McKinty
Small Hill to Die on by Elizabeth J. Duncan
Skeleton Letters by Laura Childs
Novel Way to Die by Ali Brandon
Arsenic and Old Cake by Jacklyn Brady
Written in Stone by Ellery Adams
Archie Meets Nero Wolfe by Robert Goldsborough
Target Lancer by Max Allan Collins
Black Box by Michael Connelly
Holiday Buzz by Cleo Coyle
Margaret Truman's Experiment in Murder by Donald Bain
Swift Run by Laura DiSilverio

Website of the Month

December Website

GoGoNews: Big News for Little People!

Gogo News "has provided children with general knowledge, as well as a consciousness and awareness of the world."  This website takes news directly from the headlines and presents it for a young audience.  Subjects range from the political debate on climate change, martian bluberries, an erupting volcano, healthy candy and a Korean speaking elephant.  Also included is a world map, glossary, back to school guide, teaching tools, and jokes. Whether you have a school assignment or are just curious about the world around you, GoGo News is a fun resource for kids!!

Smooth Criminals

The pages of romance are populated by any number of gamblers, rakes, mercenaries, courtesans, femme fatales, hoydens, and other scapegraces who don't care to play by society's starchy rules.  This month's ne'er-do-wells, though, take their roguishness a step further.  They don't just bend the rules; they break the law.

What is it about bad boys? (And wicked women too-- I wouldn't leave them out!)  As much as we condemn their actions, we have a strange fascination with outlaws.  For centuries, we've made celebrities of them-- turned them into legends, even.  (I'm looking at you, Robin Hood! Rebel against an oppressive king, yes, but a robber all the same.)  Granted, to the ancient Greeks a clever thief was a legitimate hero (just look at Odysseus), but we've romanticized our fair share of criminals since that time.

New DVD Releases for November 30th

We have three new titles for Friday, November 30th

Campaign, The (Will Ferrell)

Men In Black 3 (Will Smith)

Sparkle (Whitney Houston)

Coming in May

Fiction

Atkins, Ace. Robert B. Parker’s Wonderland: A Spenser Novel.

Berry, Steve. The King’s Deception.

Ensler, Eve. In the Body of the World.

Gross, Andrew. No Way Back.

Hill, Joe. NOS4A2.

Hosseini, Khaled. And the Mountains Echoed.

Lescroart, John. The Ophelia Cut.

Poitier, Sidney. Montaro Caine.

Roberts, Nora. Whiskey Beach.

Sandford, John. Silken Prey.

Strout, Elizabeth. The Burgess Boys

Non-Fiction

Hanagarne, Josh. The World’s Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette’s, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family.

Savage, Dan. American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics.

Williams, Wendy. Ask Wendy.

Coming in April

Fiction

Atkinson, Kate. Life After Life.

Baldacci, David. The Hit.

Clark, Mary Higgins. Daddy’s Gone A Hunting.

Fforde, Katie. Proposal.

French, Nicci. Tuesday’s Gone: A Frieda Klein Novel.

Hobb, Robin. Blood of Dragons (Rain Wilds Chronicles, Vol. 4).

Kenyon, Sherrilyn. Born of Fury.

Johansen, Iris. Taking Eve.

Kushner, Rachel. The Flamethrowers.

Patterson, James & Maxine Paetro. The 12th of Never.

Quick, Amanda. The Mystery Woman.

Scottoline, Lisa. Don’t Go.

Woods, Stuart. Unintended Consequences.

Non-Fiction

Burnett, Carol. Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story.

Reynolds, Debbie & Dorian Hannaway. Unsinkable.

Roach, Mary. Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal.

Holidays On The Way

The reHoliday favoritescent snowflakes are a reminder that the winter 2012 holiday season really is underway.  The Winter Solstice is on December 21, Christmas  just weeks away, and the first candle of Hanukkah will be lit on Saturday December 8th, after the Sabbath has ended.

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New DVD Releases for November 27th

We have two new titles for Tuesday, November 27th.  They are:

Lawless (Shia LaBeouf)

Step Up: Revolution

There and Back Again: Journeys in Speculative Fiction

A certain highly anticipated fantasy film about a long journey "there and back again" will see its world-wide release in less than a month.  Closer to home, many are making trips of their own today to be with family for the Thanksgiving holiday.  The roads, rail lines, and airways of this country are jam-packed with travelers.  (And before the weekend is over, they'll get to do the whole thing over again in reverse, hooray!)

College freshmen, many of them back home for the first time since the start of school, might feel a particular kinship with Mr. Baggins in the ending chapters of The Hobbit.  The place to which they've returned may look the same (if their mothers haven't turned their rooms into craft spaces or storage cubbies), but for some, it won't feel quite like the home they left a few short months ago.  Though it's been more years than I'd care to admit since I was a freshman, I can still recall that odd feeling of displacement on my first Thanksgiving back, of being a guest in my own home.  

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