Check It Out

Check It Out Adult New Books

If you have already finished reading all of those holiday books, here are a few new selections just added to our collection.

In the bitter winter of 1478, Roger the Chapman takes to the roads to sell his wares, only to stumble into the tiny village of Lower Brockhurst, where he overhears conversations regarding the recent disappearance of a local girl. Help Roger solve this mystery in Kate Sedley's new novel, Nine Men Dancing.

Author Christopher Bram has written some of his best work about the performing arts. In his latest work, Lives of the Circus Animals, he leaps from character to character with a serious comedy about life, love, work and make believe.

All along the Mediterranean coast, the Roman Empire's richest citizens are enjoying the last days of summer. But there is an impending cataclysm looming on the horizon, and only the young engineer, Marcus Attilius is worried. Pick up Pompeii, by novelist Robert Harris.

Author Dewey Lambdin's lovable but incorrigible roague, Captain Alan Lewrie of the Royal Navy, cuts a wide and wicked swath through the war-torn Caribbean in a new high-seas adventure. Join Captain Lewrie in 1798 with Havoc's Sword.

It should have been the night that launched a new pop idol, but halfway through Tamar Valparaiso's performance, masked men drag her offstage and vanish. Detective Steve Carella is on the case to find a potential rock star. In this brilliant look at the music industry, author Ed McBain once again combines his mastery of the mystery with fast-paced dialogue and intricate plotting in The Frumious Bandersnatch.

These books can be found on the new book shelves behind the circulation desk.

Intermediate Fiction

Hecate Tenbury-Smith, who calls herself Heckie, is an animal witch. Even as a child she would give people whiskery snouts and thick black fur. Eva Ibbotson's comic fantasy, Not Just a Witch, is a comic fantasy just waiting for a reader.

Amber Brown's parents are making her life difficult. They just aren't acting the way parents should be acting, or the way other kids' parents act. Author Paula Danziger brings her fans another story of the life and times of one of her favorite characters in Amber Brown is Green with Envy.

Martha Boyle and Olive Barstow could have been friends, but not now. Olive was killed by a car while riding her bike, and now Martha can't stop thinking about her. What else can happen over the summer on Cape Cod? find out with Kevin Henkes' book, Olive's Ocean.

Find these new Intermediate Reader selections on the new book shelves in the children's area.

Online Book Club

The Online Book Club Chapter-a-Day offers many selections to Internet patrons. Each book will run five days (Monday-Friday), with a new book starting every Monday. Check out this service by registering at the library's Web site, http://.sdln.net, and clicking on the book club logo. Selections for the week of Jan. 5 will be:

Audio Book: Moneyball, by Michael Lewis.

Business: Longaberger, by Dave Longaberger.

Fiction: Girls in Trouble, by Caroline Leavitt.

Good News: The Saints' Guide to Happiness, by Robert Ellsberg.

Horror: Risen, by J. Knight.

Mystery: Bubbles Ablaze, by Sarah Strohmeyer.

Non-Fiction: So Many Books, So Little Time, by Sara Nelson.

Pre-Pub: Paranoia, byJoseph Finder.

Romance: Twist of Fate, by Mary Jo Putney.

Teen Book: Born Blue, by Han Nolan.

Celebrate Life, Literacy, & Learning

In celebration of its 100 years of service, the Vermillion Public Library has commissioned Stephen K. Ward to research and write a book of the library's history. Wine & Women: The Making of the Vermillion Public Library in a Man's World will be perfectbound and include many photographs. The finished product will be available in early 2004 for $10 per copy. Sign up at the front desk to reserve your copy.

The library will be open again on Friday, Jan. 2, at 10 a.m. Please take advantage of the book and A/V drops located on the south side of the building.

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