Check It Out

Check It Out by Anne Marshall Showcased Book of the Week

A Look Over My Shoulder: A Life in the Central Intelligence Agency begins with President Nixon's attempt to embroil the Central Intelligence Agency in the Watergate cover-up. Richard Helms was then the director of the CIA. This is a biography of his life from early education through his retirement in public service in 1977. A Look Over My Shoulder also focuses on intelligence collection, covert action, the uses and misuses of intelligence, and the problems secret intelligence encounters in open society. Helms' memoirs are written with William Hood, and contain a forward by Henry Kissinger.

Historical Fiction

Troy meant one thing only to the men gathered there, as it did to their commanders. Troy was a dream of wealth, and if the wind continued, the dream would come to an end. As the winds hold the Greek fleet trapped in the straits at Aulis, frustration and political impotence turn into a desire for the blood that will appease the gods and allow the troops to set sail. Author Barry Unsworth's mythic characters embrace the political ethos of the 21st century and speak in words we recognize. The Songs of the Kings is a novel that stands the world on its head.

Madame Agathe-Sidonie Laborde's duty was to read aloud to Marie-Antoinette, until the French court of Louis XVI succumbed to the forces of revolution. Award winning author Chantal Thomas takes the reader into those destructive and terrifying days of July 1789 through the eyes of Madame in Farewell, My Queen.

Set in a remote corner of the Roman Empire during a period of political unrest and spiritual uncertainty, Testament is a timeless story of how the holy man we know as Jesus alters forever the course of human history. Author Nino Ricci has accomplished a new approach to this subject with a portrait that is historically grounded, philosophically rich, and emotionally moving.

Bestselling historical novelist Bernar Cornwell returns to the battlefields of the Iberian Peninsula with Sharpe's Havoc. Lieutenant Richard Sharpe finds himself fighting the savage armies of Napoleon Bonaparte as they try to bring the Iberian Peninsula under their control.

Hundreds of years after her death, Lucrezia Borgia remains one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of history. Born to scandal, she was the daughter of Cardinal Roderigo Borgia, who would be later crowned Pope Alexander VI. Lucrezia is used as a pawn, to be played by her father, the pope, in an era when the Vatican was as decadent, power-hungry, and violent as any royal court, Lucrezia Borgia is a dazzling debut novel by John Faunce.

Online Book Club

The Online Book Club Chapter-a-Day offers many selections to Internet patrons. Check out this service by registering at the library's Web site, http:// vpl.sdln.net, and clicking on the book club logo. Selections for the week of June 30 will be:

Audio Books: No selection for this week.

Business: Bringing Out the Best In Others.

Fiction: The Pilots, by James Spencer.

Good News: Sunrise Song, by Catherine Palmer.

Horror: The Blues Ain't Nothin', by Tina L. Jens.

Mystery: Custard's Last Stand, by Tamar Myers.

Non-Fiction: The Outsider, by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer.

Pre-Pub: No selection for this week.

Romance: The Love of a Cowboy, by Anna Jeffrey.

Science Fiction/Fantasy: Extremes, by Kristine Rusch.

Teen Book: A Northern Light, by Jennifer Donnelly.

Celebrate Life, Literacy, & Learning

Laugh It Up @ Your Library and join us for the "Blossom & Jiggerbites" Clown Show scheduled for Monday, June 30 at 1:30 p.m. in the community room of the Vermillion Public Library. Take a look at the display case in the adult area for the "Laugh It Up" prizes for all levels of readers. Don't forget to stop in each week for a movie. Shows start at 1:30 on Tuesdays and 3:30 on Wednesdays.

From now until Sept. 12 enter the Join the Major Leagues Contest. For information and to enter type in www.ala.org/@yourlibrary/jointhemajorleagues, then download and print out the Playbook that corresponds to your age group. All entries must be postmarked no later than 9/12/03 and received by the American Library Association by 9/19/03. Children under the age of 13 must include written permission by a parent or legal guardian.

The Vermillion Public Library will be closed on Friday, July 4, Saturday, July 5, and Sunday, July 6 to celebrate Independence Day, a legal holiday. During this time books may be returned to the drive-through book drop, and A/V and other materials may be placed in the A/V drop box. These return boxes are located on the south side of the building.

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