Check It Out at the Vermillion Public Library

Check It Out at the Vermillion Public Library by Anne Marshall Showcased Book of the Week

In Afghanistan under the Taliban rule, women were forbidden to work, go to school, or leave their homes without a male chaperone. Veiled Courage, by Cheryl Benard, reveals the remarkable bravery and spirit of the woman of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), whose clandestine activities defied the forces of the Taliban and earned the world's fierce admiration. This book can be found on the new bookshelves. If it is unavailable, please ask to have it reserved for you.

New York Times Best Sellers

Fiction ��Dec. 15

#1. Prey, by Michael Crichton. In the Nevada desert, a team of scientists tries to undo an experiment involving nanoparticles � molecule-sized robots � that has gone disastrously wrong.

#2. Four Blind Mice, by James Patterson. Detective Alex Cross and his partner, John Sampson, try to prove that one of Sampson's oldest friends has been framed for murder.

#3. Skipping Christmas, by John Grisham. A husband and wife discover that their decision to forgo Christmas comes with consequences.

#4. The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold. A 14-year-old girl looks down from heaven as she describes what happens in the aftermath of her kidnapping and murder.

#5. The Christmas Train, by David Baldacci. A disillusioned journalist goes on a journey of self-discovery during the holidays.

#6. Chesapeake Blue, by Nora Roberts. A prominent painter returns from Europe to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where his new love life and home life are threatened by a blackmailer.

#7. Answered Prayers, by Danielle Steel. A sophisticated New Yorker who has applied to law school against her husband's wishes finds the possibility of true love with a childhood friend.

#8. Visions of Sugar Plums, by Janet Evanovich. A Christmas story featuring the New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum.

#9. Quentins, by Maeve Bincy. An Irish woman wants to make a documentary film about the history of a Dublin restaurant.

#10. Esther's Gift, by Jan Karon. A woman decides to bake orange marmalade cakes for friend and neighbors: A Mitford Christmas story.

New Adult Additions to the Collection

Margaret Truman is back with another D.C. mystery with a Murder at Ford's Theatre. At the site of one of the most infamous assassinations in American history, the body of an attractive young woman is discovered. A pair of mismatched cops are brought together to solve the crime, but find themselves confronting an increasing cast of suspects.

Renowned writer Ashmolean loses touch with the fantasy world he has created, and he pleads with his assistant to visualize the new story's end. This is just one of the tales in Jeffrey Ford'sshort-fiction collection, The Fantasy Writer's Assistant.

A boy, a tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean are brought together in a novel of such rare and wondrous storytelling that it may, as one character claims, make you believe in God. Can a reader ask for anything more with Yann Martel's Life of Pi, winner of the Man Booker Prize. These books are located on the new bookshelves beyond the circulation desk.

Online Book Club

Online Book Club The Chapter-a-day now offers 10 online book clubs to give our fans a wider variety of selections. The PrePub Book Club is the readers' "stage pass" to start reading books before they're published. Every other week you'll receive an advanced copy from a book that's not yet published. Check out the On-line Book Club by registering at the library's Web site, http://vpl.sdln.net, and clicking on the book club logo.

Selections for the Week of Dec. 30-Jan. 3 include The Poet and the Murderer, by Simon Worrall; The Road Builder, by Nicholas Hershenow; Girls Night, by Stef Ann Holm; A Miracle For St. Cecilia's, by Katherine Valentine; The Power of Positive Thinking in Business, by Scott W. Ventrella; Shadows and Light, by Anne Bishop.

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