Check It Out by Anne Marshall New Adult Fiction
In the first 19 months of World War II, Britain and her allies were losing to U-boat, air, and sea attacks, to mines and maritime disasters. It was the job of the Intelligence Division of the Royal Navy to stop it, and so, on the last day of April in 1941 a rusty tramp freighter steams up the Tagus River at the port of Lisbon.
The Santa Rosa flies the neutral flag of Spain. But she is really the Dutch freighter, the Noordendam, sailing under the command of Captain Eric DeHaan and working for the Intelligence Division of the British Royal Navy.
Check out Alan Furst's latest spy novel, Dark Voyage, as the Noordendam sets off on a desperate voyage
Tiny Mpayipheli, a six foot three inch giant with a quiet demeanor, once earned his living as a government gun for hire. Now he lives a peaceful, ordered life in the country with the woman he loves and her son, who know nothing of his previous life.
When an old friend is kidnapped, Tiny makes the decision to drop this life and deliver the ransom to the kidnappers in the next 72 hours. In Heart of the Hunter, by South African Deon Meyer, something more complex is happening than just dealing with a ransom demand. This is Meyer's first American crime novel.
Kick Keswick has lived an extraordinary life. For 25 years she was the power behind the throne at a venerable London auction house and also a master jewel thief, but only stealing from those who deserve it. All of this changes when she falls in love with Commander Thomas Curtis of The Scotland Yard. But in Priceless, by Marne Davis Kellogg, things aren't as they seem when jewels are still being stolen using Keswick's signature techniques.
New Children's Books for the Holidays
The cats once belonged to someone, and so did a young girl whose family has been destroyed by war. Even as she and her sister struggle to survive amid the chaos of World War II, they risk their lives on a plan to help those still trapped behind Warsaw's infamous Ghetto walls.
Newbery Medalist Karen Hesse has written an achingly beautiful story about the courage of brave young men and women in The Cats of Krasinski Square.
Popular author Dean Koontz kicks the holiday season into high gear with a wildly inventive and wickedly funny sequel to the perennial Christmas best-seller Santa's Twin. The Claus family's bad seed, Bob, is back and dishing out a second helping of holiday havoc and headaches for his twin brother, Santa, in Robot Santa.
Carol Nevius and award-winning artist Bill Thomson have collaborated to bring young and old readers a book that teaches self-esteem, respect for others and nonviolent behavior. Karate Hour is written in poetic verse with exceedingly realistic illustrations to educate others in the art of karate.
As Anna sits in the corner of her father's workshop, watching his skillful hands lovingly repair books, she longs to learn this craft for herself. Anna the Bookbinder, by Andrea Cheng, is a wonderfully hopeful story of a young girl who helps her family's book mending business. This heartwarming tale is enhanced with the beautiful watercolor illustrations of Ted Rand.
These new books and many more new additions in the children's collection will enhance your holiday memories this year, and can be found in the children's new book area of the library.
DearReader.com 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://vpl.sdln.net, and clicking on the book club logo. Online Book Club patrons can now find the club through the new link of www.supportlibrary.com/su/su.cfm?x=470596. The name "Chapter-a-Day" is also being changed to "DearReader.com"
The following selections are for the week of Dec. 13:
Audio Book: No selection for this week.
Business: Operation Excellence, by Mark Bender.
Fiction: Some Kind of Miracle, by Iris R. Dart.
Good News: The Perfect Match, by Susan May Warren.
Horror: No selection for this week.
Mystery: The Pact, by Jennifer Sturman.
Non-Fiction: The Devil in the White City, by Erik Burrough.
Pre-Pub: No selection for this week.
Romance: The Barbarian, Judith E. French.
Science Fiction: No selection for this week.
Teen Book: Finding Grace, by Alyssa Brugman.
Discover New Trails @ Your Library
If you ordered the VPL book, Women and Wine: The Making of the Vermillion Public Library in a Man's World, 1903-2003, please pick up your copy at the library. There are still copies available for purchase. This publication would make a great Christmas gift for that special reader!
The Vermillion Public Library and the Book Club invite book lovers to a special gathering on Dec. 15 from 6 to 7 p.m in the Community Room of the library. Share books from 2004 with fellow book lovers, while refreshments are served. Bring a list of your favorite and worst books from the past year. You may find that special treasure to give as a Christmas gift.
Socrates Caf� will be meeting on Thursday, Dec. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the library.
The Vermillion Book Club will hold the next meeting on Thursday, Jan. 27. Check with the library for the January book selection.