Monthly Archives: January 2013

Library Lines from the GEA Library (Booneville)

 by Dee Hare, Librarian

Has our recent weather given you the winter blues?  Do you just want to curl up inside by the fire and forget the wind howling and rain falling?  Why not grab a cup of hot chocolate and some of our new fiction and escape to a more pleasant place?  Recent additions to our collection include:

Fans of the hit PBS series Downton Abbey will enjoy Ashenden by Elizabeth Wilhide.  This epic saga of the upstairs and downstairs residents of an English country house spans a 240 year period and includes the story of the architect that built on the original sight, tales from soldiers stationed in the house during World War I and how a young couple restored the house in the 1950s.

In Umbrella by Will Self, a psychiatrist at a London mental hospital investigates a group of unconscious patients who exhibit a peculiar type of physical tic.  As his research progresses, Zachary discovers a miracle drug that could save the patients but the hospital has other, darker ideas for its use.

Shadow Woman by Linda Howard finds Lizette Henry waking up only to discover that she has a different face and has lost two years of her memory.  As Lizette teams up with Xavier, a mysterious man who helps her instigate her disturbing flashbacks, the pair uncovers a conspiracy that may threaten both of their lives.

A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Anderson is the long-awaited conclusion to Jordan’s best-selling “Wheel of Time” series.  It was completed by Jordan’s widow and his long-time editor using notes and partial writings that were left after his abrupt passing.

Other new titles by your favorite authors include The Road to Cardinal Valley by Earlene Fowler, Collateral Damage by Stuart Woods, The Perfect Marriage by Kimberla Lawson Roby, Private London by James Patterson and Die Easy by Zoe Sharp.

We look forward to seeing everyone soon at the library.

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Library Lines from the GEA Library (Booneville)

by Dee Hare, Librarian

Even though the thrill of the holiday season is officially over, keep your spirits happy and bright by relaxing with some of the new titles that have recently arrived at the library.  They include:

Empire and Honor is the new action adventure from best-selling author W.E. B. Griffin.  In the wake of Germany and Japan’s surrender in October 1945, OSS officer Cletus Frade and his colleagues are given the hazardous job of maintaining security during a covert U.S. deal with Germany regarding intelligence on known Soviet spies.

The Healing Stream by Connie Monk, set in 1955, is the story of Tessa, who relocates to her aunt and uncle’s farm after the death of her beloved grandmother.  Tessa offers help to a disabled girl with a bad temper and pursues a promising romance with the girl’s father.  However, unexpected heartache soon challenges their situation.

In Political Suicide by Michael Palmer, Dr. Lou Welcome is put in charge of an alcoholic doctor who is not sorry for his part in the death of a powerful Congressman.  As Dr. Lou becomes more involved with the case, he uncovers information about the man’s alleged affair with the victim’s wife and several other incriminating facts concerning a high-level conspiracy.

Valley of the Shadow is the newest title in Carola Dunn’s series of Cornish mysteries.  After rescuing a half-drowned Indian refugee, Eleanor Trewynn, her niece Megan and her neighbor Nick hear the man deliver a cryptic message about a family trapped in a cave before he is whisked away.  The group then embarks on a frantic rescue mission that immerses them in the dangerous world of human smuggling.

More new titles by your favorite authors include Frozen Heat by Richard Castle, Low Pressure by Sandra Brown, Robert B. Parker’s Fool Me Twice by Michael Brandman, What the Cat Saw by Carolyn Hart, Zoo by James Patterson and Sins of the Mother by Danielle Steel.

We look forward to seeing everyone soon at the library.

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Library Lines at GEA Library (Booneville)

by Dee Hare, Librarian

While the weather outside is frightfully cold, snuggle up inside with some of the new titles that have recently arrived the library.  They include:

In Ash by James Herbert, paranormal investigator David Ash visits a secluded country manor that many locals believe is haunted.  As he looks into stories about the strange occurrences, he makes a shocking discovery that is beyond anything he has ever encountered during his long years of warding off evil spirits.

Dead in the Water by Dana Stabenow is a new mystery set in Alaska.  When freelance P.I. Kate Shugak takes on a case involving two missing crewmen on the crab vessel Avilda, she must go undercover working in one of the most dangerous professions in the world to find out why the men disappeared from the fishing vessel under mysterious circumstances.

The Thieves of Legend by Richard Doetsch finds reformed thief Michael St. Pierre and his ex-girlfriend blackmailed by a U. S. Army colonel and ordered to steal pieces from an ancient Chinese puzzle.  Along the way, the pair must confront the complex underworld of the dangerous Chinese triads, a depraved female assassin and a power-hungry madman.

Four in Hand by Stephanie Laurens is set in Regency England.  London’s most notorious rogue, Max Rotherbridge, inherits a dukedom along with custody of four mischievous and attractive sisters.  As Max moves into their ancestral home, he finds himself falling in love with Caroline, the eldest.  But can he prevent a scandal that could damage both their reputations?

New DVDs that we have recently received based on your favorite characters include The Amazing Spider Man, The Dark Knight Rises, Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Slayer, X-Men: First Class and Marvel’s The Avengers.

We look forward to seeing everyone soon at the library.

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You are invited…

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to a retirement reception in honor of Fredda Sanderson McCune on Tuesday January 15 from 12 until 2 P.M. at the Iuka Public Library. This is in place of our usual January Lunch Break.

“This is a very special book discussion today. In many ways it feels like my last one,” that’s how Fredda McCune began the final book discussion of 2012 at the Iuka Library. For the past year I have said, ‘this is my last Easter Egg Hunt’, ‘this is my last Summer Library Program’, ‘this is my last Children’s Christmas Party’, so there have been many lasts this past year, and this is my ‘last book discussion’ as librarian at the Iuka Public Library.”

“I began on September 10, 1979,” Fredda tells us, “and I have loved every minute of my job.” She goes on to tell us how she and the other staff members, “have laughed together, cried together, grown together, and loved together. While we were doing this, we worked together with a passion, a purpose, and a spirit of determination to provide the best library services we could to our community.” Fredda retires as our librarian on January 23, 2013. We are all trying to guess just what retirement might look like for Fredda, who stepped from between the pages of a book and into our lives.

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Library Lines at GEA Library (Booneville)

by Dee Hare, Librarian

As you get ready for a new year to begin, check out some of the new fiction that’s recently arrived the library.  New titles include:

The Silvered by Tanya Huff contains the Keeper Chronicles trilogy all in a single volume.  These tales describe how Claire Hansen, a member of the Earth’s Guardians, fights to repair anomalies and rifts in the universe to keep the minions of Hell from breaking through.

The Forgotten is the newest novel from David Baldacci.  Army Special Agent John Puller uncovers a shocking conspiracy in his beloved aunt’s Florida Gulf Coast town after he receives a posthumous note from her hinting that things are not what they seem.  This title is also available in audio format.

In Shiver by Karen Robards, a young single mother takes a job repossessing cars to support herself and her small son after being abandoned on the harsh streets of East St. Louis.  While working a job, she discovers a man trapped in a car trunk who then takes her hostage and forces her to help him track down his attackers.

In The Black Box by Michael Connelly, Harry Bosch investigates a case where a bullet from a recent killing is a match for one used in the unsolved murder of a young female photographer during the 1992 L.A. riots.  Was her death an act of random violence as previously supposed or could it have had more personal ramifications?  And could it all be tied to an issue of deeper intrigue within the community?

The Handkerchief Tree by Anne Douglas is the story of spirited Shona Murray from Edinburgh.  Shona discovers she has a talent for floral arranging after taking a job in a florist.  Her prospects for advancement are comprised, however, when she gets a marriage proposal from the shop’s owner even though she has feelings for two other men.

New titles that we’ve received in audio format include Edge of Black by J. T. Ellison, Low Pressure by Sandra Brown, Private London by James Patterson, When Snow Falls by Brenda Novak, Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio and The Racketeer by John Grisham.

We look forward to seeing everyone soon at the library.

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Library Lines at GEA Library (Booneville)

by Dee Hare, Librarian

It’s not too late to take some down time during the hustle and bustle of this holiday season.  New holiday fiction that has recently arrived at the library will help you relax in between your parties and celebrations.  Titles include:

In An Outlaw’s Christmas by Linda Lael Miller, Marshal Sawyer McKettrick travels to Blue River, Texas for his new job.  After being wounded, he finds himself at the mercy of Piper, a prim and proper lady with a gun who just wants a Christmas break from her hardscrabble life.  Although neither are looking for love, could Sawyer be the one who can claim Piper’s heart?

Christmas in Apple Ridge by Cindy Woodsmall is a three in one collection of holiday stories by the popular Christian fiction author.  These touching novellas – “The Sound of Sleigh Bells”, “The Christmas Singing” and “The Dawn of Christmas” are centered around love, romance, heartache, and restoration in the lives of the Amish families of Pennsylvania.

Cat Bearing Gifts by Shirley Rousseau Murphy is another mystery starring feline P.I. Joe Grey.  As their quaint seaside village gets ready for the holiday season, Joe Grey and his friends must solve a case involving a missing treasure, a car crash, a dead thief and a mysterious blonde who appears with a fortune in money and a strange story of how she acquired it.

Other new holiday titles include A Season for Tending by Cindy Woodsmall, A Cowboy Under My Christmas Tree by Janet Dailey, The Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen and The Giving Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini.

To help entertain your little ones while they wait for the big day, we’ve just received the following picture books: How the Grinch Got so Grinchy by Bonnie Worth and Santasaurus by Niamh Sharkey, both donated in memory of Mary Wright by Mary Grace Brown, Jane Bullard and family, Lisa Wright and Beth Tedford; Mickey and Minnie’s Gift of the Magi by Bruce Talkington, donated in honor of Ann Deniger by Reed Lindsey and A Charlie Brown Christmas by Lee Mendelson, donated in memory of Helen White by Ruth Galloway.

Don’t forget the library’s Memory Tree project to raise funds for 2013’s children’s creative writing and illustrating contest!  A beautiful glass angel ornament will be placed on our Christmas tree in honor or memory of your loved ones for every $5.00 donation.  After the holidays, you can either take your ornament home or leave it at the library for future years’ decorating.

We look forward to seeing everyone soon at the library.

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