Monthly Archives: July 2013

Books by Ben Carson

by Cody Daniel, Assistant Librarian, Corinth Public Library

Jeannette Rodriguez and Cody Daniel

Jeannette Rodriguez has recently donated several of Ben Carson’s books to the library.  She considers him to be an inspiration not only for herself, but also for young people of today.  As the author of America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great, he is widely respected as a leader and medical expert.

Carson can attribute his success in large part to his mother’s insistence on education.  Despite her own lack of formal schooling, she would force Ben and his brothers to read two library books a week and then write reports on them.  This was in addition to his daily homework.  Only after completing these tasks could they play outside or watch TV.  Although loathing it at first, the young Carson soon realized the joy of reading and learning.  His grades improved and, with the encouragement of teachers and friends, he soon developed the habits that would lead to his professional success.

Carson is a retired pediatric neurosurgeon who attracted international attention in 1987 after successfully performing the first operation that separated twins joined at the head.  A graduate of Yale and the University of Michigan Medical School, Carson grew up financially insecure in Detroit.  He went on to become the youngest major division director at Johns Hopkins University at the age of 33, two years before his acclaimed 22-hour surgery.

He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, in 2008 from George W. Bush.  He has written several other books, including his autobiography Gifted Hands, which was made into a TV-movie in 2009 starring Cuba Gooding, Jr.  He is also the author of Taking the Risk: Learning to Identify, Choose, and Live with Acceptable Risk, as well as The Big Picture:  Getting Perspective on What’s Really Important in Life.


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by Sheila Lence, Ripley Librarian

Everyone knows that summer – with its long, hot, drowsy days – may be the best season for reading. But have you ever found yourself in the library, about to enjoy your vacation, with no idea what books to read? There is no one definition of a summer book. It can be a 1,000-page biography, a critically acclaimed literary novel, a memoir everyone is talking about – or it might be your favorite guilty pleasure: romance, crime, science fiction. Whatever you choose, it should be able to sweep you away to another world, because there is nothing like getting totally lost in a book on summer day.

All available at Ripley Public Library, these books wowed the book critics at NPR (National Public Radio).

A Good American by Alex George

The Meisenheimer family struggles to find their place among the colorful residents of their new American hometown, including a giant teenage boy, a pretty schoolteacher whose lessons consist of more than music, and a spiteful, bicycle-riding dwarf.

A Land More Kind than Home by Wiley Cash

Jess Hall, growing up deep in the heart of an unassuming mountain town that believes in protecting its own, is plunged into an adulthood for which he is not prepared when his autistic older brother, Stump, sneaks a look at something he isn’t supposed to, which has catastrophic repercussions.

Arcadia by Lauren Groff

In a lush, haunting story of the American dream, Bit, born in a back-to-nature commune in 1970s New York State, must come to grips with the outside world when the commune eventually fails.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamine Alire Saenz

Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain

Asked to be part of the Dallas Cowboys’ Halftime Show on Thanksgiving, Specialist William Billy Lynn, one of the eight surviving men of the Bravo Squad during America’s war in Iraq, finds his life forever changed by this all-American event that causes him to better understand difficult truths about himself and those around him.

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down. But Anne and her powerful family will not yield without a ferocious struggle. Hilary Mantel’s book follows the dramatic trial of the queen and her suitors for adultery and treason. To defeat the Boleyns, Cromwell must ally with his natural enemies, the papist aristocracy. What price will he pay for Anne’s head?

Canada by Richard Ford

After his parents are arrested and imprisoned for robbing a bank, 15-year-old Dell Parsons is taken in by Arthur Remlinger who, unbeknownst to Dell, is hiding a dark and violent nature that interferes with Dell’s quest to find grace and peace on the prairie of Saskatchewan.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

When a beautiful woman goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, her diary reveals hidden turmoil in her marriage and a mysterious illness; while her husband, desperate to clear himself of suspicion, realizes that something more disturbing than murder may have occurred.

Home by Toni Morrison

Frank Money is an angry, broken veteran of the Korean War who, after traumatic experiences on the front lines, finds himself back in racist America with more than just physical scars. He is shocked out of his apathy by the need to rescue his medically abused younger sister and work through identity-shattering memories.

Lost by Michael Robotham

Detective Vincent Ruiz, battling amnesia and under investigation by suspicious colleagues within his own department following a brutal attack, turns to psychologist Joe O’Loughlin for help in piecing together the clues to unlock his memory.

Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

In Elizabethan London, Oxford scholar and reluctant witch Diana Bishop seeks a magical tutor, while vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont confronts elements from his past at the same time the mystery of the enchanted manuscript Ashmole 782 deepens.

The Healing by Jonathan Odell

Concerned about his wife’s extensive grief over the loss of their daughter and worrying about a mysterious illness that is afflicting his slaves, Master Satterfield purchases a slave woman known as a healer, only to be further unsettled by her troubling predictions and possible inauthenticity. 50,000 first printing.

The Stonecutter by Camilla Lackberg

The mysterious drowning of a little girl threatens to tear apart the resort town of Fjallbacka, as Patrik Hedstrom’s investigation begins to uncover dark secrets of past generations.

The Violinist’s Thumb by Sam Kean

An exploration of human DNA and the stories it can tell describes how genes can explain why JFK’s skin was bronze, Einstein was a genius, and why people with exceptional thumb flexibility can become world-class violinists.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled, and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her.

Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon

Baring her soul in an anonymous survey for a marital happiness study, Alice catalogues her stale marriage, unsatisfying job and unfavorable prospects and begins to question virtually every aspect of her life

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

A powerful, blazingly honest, inspiring memoir traces the personal crisis the author endured after the death of her mother and a painful divorce, which prompted her ambition to undertake a dangerous 1,100-mile solo hike that both drove her to rock bottom and helped her to heal.

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Library Lines from the GEA Library (Booneville)

by Dee Hare, Librarian

           Even if some of your favorite TV shows didn’t start out as books, the people behind the scenes have been quick to recognize their crossover appeal.  More and more you’ll see your favorite stars and series turning up on the shelves at the library.  New additions that we have recently received include:

For generations, science fiction readers have been fanatical about the BBC TV series Dr. Who.  Originally airing from 1963 – 1989, the show has garnered a massive cult following that shows no sign of ending – the current revision of the storyline has been on the air since 2005 and has won numerous awards.  Who-ology: Doctor Who: The Official Miscellany by Cavan Scott contains trivia about the newest incarnation of the series.  Or if you’re in the mood for some fan fiction, Hunter’s Moon by Paul Finch is a novelized story that finds Rory kidnapped by a brutal crime lord.  The Doctor and Amy must go undercover to discover his whereabouts.

Who could have guessed when A&E’s reality series Duck Dynasty premiered last year that it would become such a huge pop culture phenomenon?   We have two new titles at the library that will give you new insight about the show and its crazy stars.  The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family and Ducks Created a Dynasty by Willie Robertson and his wife Korie describes their high school romance and marriage and their work in the family business.

Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander by Phil Robertson describes Phil’s childhood through the invention of his famous duck call and the founding of the family business.  It is a no-holds-barred autobiography that also relates how self-destructive behavior during his early marriage almost cost Phil his wife and young family before he turned his life around.

We’ve recently the second volume in the graphic novel adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones series.  Or if you prefer reading the full length version, we can borrow copies from other branches in our system.  And if you’d like to watch the series on DVD, the Iuka branch has the first season.

We look forward to seeing everyone soon at the library.

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Library Lines at the GEA Library (Booneville)

by Dee Hare, Librarian

New titles that we have recently received at the library include:

Her Last Breath by Linda Castillo is a new mystery set in the Amish community.  When Kate’s best friend’s husband and children are killed in a suspicious car accident, she decides to investigate to find out what really happened that night.  What Kate discovers leads her to question everything she knows about her Amish heritage.

Wisp of a Thing by Alex Bledsoe finds musician Rob Quillen searching for a mysterious clan of Smoky Mountain people whose very existence is clouded in myths and legends.  Rob is searching for a song to ease his broken heart but his journey is marked by a disappearance, a power play among family that he can’t understand and a howling feral girl.

In Island Girls by Nancy Thayer, the will of a recently deceased ladies’ man has caused his daughters from different marriages to have to spend the summer at his lavish Nantucket house.  The three girls are forced to confront their long-festering resentments and misunderstandings, a process which is complicated by a shocking revelation by one of them and the arrival of their mothers.

Trains and Lovers by Alexander McCall Smith is a series of interlocking romantic tales inspired by a love of trains.  It follows the experiences of four strangers traveling from Edinburgh to London who entertain each other with memories about how train travel has changed their lives.

The Best Tree House Ever by Maurice Barkley shows you how to build a backyard tree house that everyone will want to play in.  The author offers professional building tips and floor plans for your structure that anyone can follow easily as it describes constructing bridges, spiral staircases, ladders, decks and lighting for your tree house.

New DVDs we have recently received include Oz the Great and Powerful, Star Wars: Clone Wars: Return of Darth Maul, Safe Haven, Shrek Forever After, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Blue’s Clues: Blue’s Biggest Stories and Ghosts of Ole Miss.

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

 Hollywood is not the only one borrowing ideas from the pages of your favorite books.  Many of today’s TV shows started out as books as well.  Check out some of these new additions at the library that have made the transition:

Storm Front is the newest title to hit the shelves from Richard Castle, the fictional novelist who helps the NYPD solve crimes on the hit ABC crime series Castle.  Played by Nathan Fillion on the show and on book tours, the books are penned by a group of secret writers.  Storm Front finds Derrick Storm called in by the CIA to investigate when several high-level bankers are murdered by his old nemesis.

Longmire is a crime drama on A&E that is based on a series of novels by Craig Johnson starring Walt Longmire, the Sheriff in Absaroka, Wyoming (played by Robert Taylor).  The newest entry in the fictional series is A Serpent’s Tooth in which a lost Mormon child is found wandering around.  The sheriff teams up with feisty deputy Victoria Moretti, played by Katee Sackhoff from Battlestar Galactica and his best friend Henry Standing Bear, played by Lou Diamond Phillips, to investigate a multi-state polygamy group.

The ABC Family hit Pretty Little Liars is loosely based on the young adult series of the same name written by Sara Shepard.  The thirteenth book in the series, Crushed, has just been released.  In it, prom season has arrived in Rosewood but the girls have more on their minds than finding the perfect dress as they continue to search for the identity of the mysterious “A”.  Shepard has revealed that she plans on writing only four more novels in this series.

Another one of Shepard’s fiction series, The Lying Game, has also been made into a series by ABC Family. It follows identical twins Emma and Sutton, who were separated at birth and adopted into different families.  After their first meeting, Sutton talks Emma into stepping into her life for a few days while she pursues a lead on the mysterious identity of their birth mother but when she disappears, Emma must decide whether to come clean about her identity and risk her own safety in the hope of uncovering her twin sister’s whereabouts, along with the truth about why they were separated in the first place.

New DVDs of TV series that we have received at the library include seasons 1-7 of Supernatural, seasons 1-4 of both Fringe and Six Feet Under, and season six of 24.

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

 More new titles that will help you while away a summer’s day include:

Oh Dear Silvia by Dawn French is told through an artful collage of multiple narrative voices that slowly reveal the events and circumstances that led to Silvia Shute lying unconscious in a hospital bed after falling from a balcony.  As she is plagued by a vast array of visitors, what terrible and dark secret has been hidden?

Butch Cassidy: The Lost Years by William W. Johnstone reimagines the Old West if Butch Cassidy had not been killed in the legendary 1908 Bolivian shootout.  In this interpretation, Cassidy flees South America and is drawn into his most ambitious train robbery with a new Wild Bunch.

The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls finds 12 year old Bean and her older sister Liz abandoned by their artist mother.  The pair is sent to live with their widowed uncle in a decaying antebellum mansion where they learn the truth about their parents.  As they take odd jobs to earn extra spending money, an increasingly withdrawn Liza has a life-shattering experience.

The Complete Stories by Truman Capote is the first complete collection of the famous literary figure’s short stories.  Best known for the novels Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood, Capote’s short stories are set in a variety of places, from the Gothic South to the chic East Coasts and offer insight into his cultural influences and mastery of the short story format.

The Girls of Atomic City: The Secret History of the Women Who Built WWII’s Most Powerful Weapon by Denise Kiernan is a non-fiction work that traces the unsung contributions of thousands of female residents in the Manhattan Project’s secret city in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.  Recruited from small towns across the South, their work was shrouded in mystery and intrigue for decades.

If you’re getting ready for a long car trip, check out some of our new books on audio CD.  Titles include Porch Lights by Dorothea Benton Frank, 12th of Never by James Patterson, The Great Escape by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, The Hit by David Baldacci and Let the Dead Sleep by Heather Graham.

We look forward to seeing everyone soon at the library.

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