Allison Public Library Notes 4/06
“VICIOUS CIRCLE” by C.J. Box . . . Rescuing his daughters from the violent Cates family, game warden Joe Pickett realizes that his new adversaries have plotted revenge against his entire family before teaming up with his friend, Nate, to take defensive steps.
“IF NOT FOR YOU” by Debbie Macomber . . . Moving away from her oppressive parents in the hopes of taking charge of her own life, Beth takes a job as a school music teacher and initially resists her attraction to a tattooed mechanic who is the epitome of everything her conservative parents fear.
“A PIECE OF THE WORLD” by Christina Baker Kline . . . Imagines the life story of Christina Olson, the subject of Andrew Wyeth's painting "Christina's World," describing the simple life she led on a remote Maine farm, her complicated relationship with her family, and the illness that incapacitated her.
“THE UNDERWORLD” by Kevin Canty . . . A tale inspired by events in an isolated Idaho mining town in the 1970s traces the experiences of a handful of survivors after a disastrous fire and how they struggle to endure wrenching losses while rebuilding and pursuing dreams made harder by the tragedy.
“BEFORE THIS IS OVER” by Amanda Hickie . . . There is a deadly virus spreading around the world. It traps Hannah, her husband, and their young sons in their city, then their neighborhood, and finally their own suburban home. But what happens when their water supply is cut, and then the power, and the food supply dwindles.
“THE LOYAL HEART” by Shelley Shepard Gray . . . Former confederate officer Robert Truax goes to Galveston, Texas to fulfill his promise to a dead comrade and take care of the man's beloved wife Miranda, who seems lost and is being unfairly treated as an outcast.
“IN FARLEIGH FIELD” by Rhys Bowen . . . World War II arrives at the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate and MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with investigating at the same time one of the daughters takes a secret job at Bletchley Park.
“WHITE FIRE” by Cassie Edwards . . . Imprisoned for three years by an enemy tribe, White Fire has returned only to discover that his wife is dead and his young son has been taken by a wealthy white couple. It seems nothing can penetrate his cold, embittered heart, much less heal it—until he lays eyes on Flame once more. And soon it is clear that together they can fight to regain all he has lost, amid a love that was destined to last for a lifetime.
“LOST BUTLER COUNTY” by Linda Betsinger McCann . . . These lost towns may no longer be on any Iowa map, but they remain forever etched in the memory of the community.
FOR YOUNG READERS:
“EVERY EXQUISITE THING” by Matthew Quick . . . Nanette O'Hare, a star student and athlete, is given a mysterious out-of-print cult classic novel by her beloved teacher that sparks the rebel within her, but as she befriends the reclusive author and attempts to insert her true self into the world with wild abandon, Nanette learns the hard way that sometimes rebellion comes at a high price.
“A PIG, A FOX, AND STINKY SOCKS” by Jonathan Fenske . . . The story begins with a prank, with Fox "gifting" Pig with a pair of stinky socks. But what happens when his plan goes awry and the shoe (or sock!) is on the other foot?
“PETE THE CAT: FIVE LITTLE DUCKS” by James Dean . . . Pete the Cat joins five little ducks as they play in the pond, on the swings, and in the rain.
“RIBBIT” by Jorey Hurley . . . From tadpole to froglet to frog, there is more to a frog’s life that can be clearly seen.
NEW DVDs for your viewing enjoyment: TROLLS, DEEPWATER HORIZON, and ARRIVAL.