Check It Out

Check It Out by Anne Marshall Showcased Book of the Week

Bill Bryson is one of the world's most beloved and bestselling writers. In A Short History of Nearly Everything, he takes his ultimate journey into the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer. This insatiably curious writer attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. His interest is not simply to find out what we know but to find out how we know it. Look for this book in the Adult Non-fiction section of the new bookshelf.

Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy

Zandru's Forge, the second novel in the Clingfire trilogy is the epic story of a cataclysmic time in history. Continue the saga of a magical world by authors Marion Zimmer Bradley and Deborah J. Ross.

It's the job of a science fiction writer to visualize the future. Author Stephen Baxter goes far beyond, venturing into realms of breathtaking science and imagination with Evolution: A Novel.

A powerful epic of alternate history from one of the true giants of speculative fiction is Roma Eterna, by Rober Silverberg. What is Imperial Rome never crumbled, and the eternal city reigned supreme for thousands of years?

From the New York Times bestselling master of epic fantasy, author Raymond E. Feist brings his fans the first book in the Conclave of Shadows Series. Evil has come to a distant land high among the snow-capped mountains of Midkemia in Talon of the Silver Hawk.

New York Times Bestsellers

Fiction � July 20, 2003

1. Johnny Angel, by Danielle Steel. A woman sees visions of her son, a teenager who recently dies in a car crash on prom night.

2. The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown. The murder of a curator at the louvre leads to a trail of clues found in the world of Leonardo and to the discovery of a centuries-old secret society.

3. The Lake House, by James Patterson. Six children living in the Rocky Mountains are forced to flee a dangerous evil force.

4. White Death, by Clive Cussler with Paul Kemprecos. While attempting to rescue a ship full of trapped men, Kurt Austin uncovers a sinister corporation's plot to control the world's oceans.

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 Aug. 4 will be:

Audio Books: Short History Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson.

Business: The Creative Executive, by Granville N. Toogood.

Fiction: The Blue Moon Circus, by Michael Raleigh.

Good News: The Maiden of Mayfair, by Lawana Blackwell.

Horror: Appalachian Galapagos, by Weston Ochse & Dave Whitman.

Mystery: Murder in the Hearse Degree, by Tim Cockey.

Non-Fiction: Searching For a Mustard Seed, by Miriam Sagan.

Pre-Pub: Drifting, by Stephanie Gertler.

Romance: Lily, by Lauren Royal.

Science Fiction-Fantasy: No selection for this week.

Teen Book: Handbook for Boys, by Walter Dean Myers.

Celebrate Life, Literacy & Learning

The Friends of the Vermillion Public Library will hold another Used Book Sale. The fun starts early at the library in the community room on Wednesday, July 30, at 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and continues through Thursday, July 31 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Don't miss this two-day event for great books at great prices.

This is the final week of Laugh It Up @ Your Library. All books and pages must be turned in before noon on Friday, Aug. 1 to receive prizes. There are no exceptions.

The Vermillion Public Library Book Club will be meeting Thursday, Aug. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Activity Room. The selection for August is Life of Pi, by Yann Martel. This novel is the winner of the 2003 Booker Prize. For more information, please stop by the library or call 677-7060.

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