Monthly Archives: August 2013

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL?

by Sheila Lence, Ripley Librarian

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Fall is in the air and football season is upon us. Practice has begun. Fantasy teams have been drafted. Team allegiances have been declared. Tailgate parties have been planned. Are you ready for some football? Here is a selection of books to help you get geared up for game-day. These and many others are available at the Ripley Public Library.

FICTION:

An Ex to Grind by Jane Heller ~ Divorcing her unmotivated, non-working spouse only to find herself paying a heavy palimony settlement, Manhattan financial planner Melanie Banks secretly hires a matchmaker who will end the palimony agreement by getting her ex into another relationship, a plan with unexpected consequences.

Bahamarama by Bob Morris ~ Having served two years in prison for a crime he did not commit, former professional football player Zack Chasteen hopes to reunite with his girlfriend in the Bahamas, but when his trip turns dangerous and his girlfriend’s ex-lover is murdered, he turns to a police superintendent and a mystic for help.

Between Sundays by Karen Kingsbury ~ Three people – a self-centered star running back; a pro football player who has strayed from God; and a social worker who is struggling to adopt a little boy – are brought together during a season of hope, self-discovery, and faith.

Ruffians by Tim Green ~ A young first-round-draft pick NFL rookie confronts the realities of the world of professional football, in a firsthand, insider’s fictional study of the pressures, corruption, and win-at-all-costs attitude of high-level sports.

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.

Bleachers by John Grisham ~ High school All-American Neely Crenshaw was probably the best quarterback ever to play for the legendary Messina Spartans. Fifteen years have gone by since those glory days, and Neely has come home to Messina to bury Coach Eddie Rake, the man who molded the Spartans into an unbeatable football dynasty.

Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson ~ Ten years after leaving her hometown for college, Arlene Fleet finds she still has not escaped Possett, Alabama, when an old classmate turns up asking questions about a crime Arlene committed in her youth, forcing her into a confrontation with her past.

Knights of the Hill Country by Tim Tharp ~ In his senior year, high school star linebacker Hampton Green finally begins to think for himself and discovers that he might be interested in more than just football.

Life Among Giants by Bill Roorbach ~ A star quarterback and his sister spend decades trying to figure out who murdered their parents, uncovering the involvement and possible motives of a ballerina and her rock star husband who lived in a mansion across the street.

Natural Born Charmer by Susan Phillips ~ Taking to the road between seasons, attractive Chicago Stars quarterback Dean Robillard meets the beautiful and infuriating Blue under unusual circumstances and draws on his competitive skills to overcome her wariness of relationships.

Playing for Pizza by John Grisham ~ Cut from the Cleveland Browns after the worst performance in the history of the NFL, third-stringer Rick Dockery, desperate to play football, is hired by the Panthers of Parma, Italy, to be their starting quarterback and finds himself confronted by the confusing diversity of Italian culture, language, and romance.

Rash by Pete Hautman ~ In a future society that has decided it would “rather be safe than free,” sixteen-year-old Bo is sold into forced labor at a pizza factory in the Canadian tundra where he’s promised early parole if he joins an illegal football team.

Tumbleweeds by Leila Meacham ~ In a small Texas town that thrives on Friday night football games, three friends try to move on after a fateful event colors each of their futures.

Tupelo Nights by John Bradley ~ John Girlie, a disillusioned all-American football player, returns to the haven of his hometown – Old Field, Louisiana – but receives no consolation from his wayward family and friends.

NONFICTION:

Brett Favre by Sports Illustrated ~ Profiles the life of the Green Bay Packers quarterback, discussing his childhood in small-town Mississippi, his college days, and his long professional career, which included three Most Valuable Player awards and two Super Bowl championships.

Gridiron Gold by Xavier Frascogna ~ Gridiron Gold is the first book by the authors, who each played high school and college football, and played for well-respected Mississippi coaches. The authors present a discussion of the coaches who have helped Mississippi’s high school football teams. Coaches are an important part of the game and contribute to the morale and development of the team and the community. To this end, the experiences of working with Mississippi high school coaches to develop not only team spirit and skills, but also emotional bonds that last a lifetime are presented.

In a Heartbeat by Leigh Anne Tuohy ~ The couple at the center of the hit book and movie The Blind Side finally tell their side of the amazing story of their adoption of homeless football prodigy Michael Oher, detailing how they instilled their Christian values in their two biological children and delivering a profound message about the power of giving.

Never Die Easy by Walter Payton ~ In an inspirational memoir, the late football great describes his love affair with his sport, his achievements on and off the field, his private life, his personal beliefs and goals, and his battle with the liver cancer that would claim his life in 1999.

Ole Miss Rebels by William Sorrells ~ This is the story of University of Mississippi football – the players and coaches, the good times and hard times, in words and pictures, from 1893 to 1975.

The Maroon Bulldogs by William Sorrells ~ This is the story of Mississippi State football – the players and coaches, the good times and hard times, in words and pictures, from 1895 to 1975.

Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer ~ Traces the controversial story of NFL player and soldier Pat Tillman, describing the military’s efforts to hide the truth about his death by friendly fire, in an account that draws on Tillman’s journals and letters as well as interviews with family members and fellow soldiers.

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Library Lines from the GEA Library (Booneville)

by Dee Hare, Librarian

            Christian fiction titles are always very popular at the George E. Allen Library.  Whether you like to read books set in a contemporary setting or ones set in pioneer days, there are lots of different sub-genres for you to choose from – everything from Amish love stories to suspenseful mysteries.  If today’s mainstream fiction is sometimes too racy for you, check out some of these new titles:

The Letters by Suzanne Woods Fisher is the start of a new series called “The Inn at Eagle Hill.”  When widow Rose Schrock turns her home into a bed and breakfast, she knows that she might encounter opposition from her mother-in-law and other members of the Amish church.  But she never imagined most of her difficulties would come from letting her guest’s problems invade her heart.

The King by Steven James is a book in “The Bowers Files”.  As Patrick Bowers settles into a new job with the FBI, a demon from his past spent tracking down the nation’s fiercest serial killers resurfaces.  And this time it is the two most important people in his life – his fiancée and her daughter- who he must race against time to save.

Small Town Girl by Ann H. Gabhart is set during World War II.  As rumors of war whisper through her town, Kate Merritt watches helplessly as her sister marries the man Kate has loved since she was fifteen.  Kate is indifferent to attempts to match her with their handsome best friend until the events of Pearl Harbor change everyone’s lives.

The Living Room by Robert Whitlow is the story of legal secretary and novelist Amy Clarke.  For her first two novels, Amy took inspiration from her dreams at night.  But now the nature of her dreams has changed to a darker tone as they begin to foreshadow events in her daily life.  When someone close to her is implicated in a high stakes case at her legal job, Amy begins to question everything she has ever believed.

Other new titles by your favorite Christian fiction authors include: That Certain Summer by Irene Hannon, Hope of Spring: A Lancaster County Saga by Wanda Brunstetter, Trouble in Store by Carol Cox, Ray of Light: “Days of Redemption” book 2 by Shelley Shepard Gray and Take a Chance on Me: a Christiansen Family novel by Susan May Warren.

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

School may have started already but summer weather shows no sign of lessening.  Beat the heat and stay inside with some of our new fiction at the library.  Recent additions include:

In Please Don’t Tell by Elizabeth Adler, Fenny Dexter stops to assist a car accident victim who was traveling to San Francisco looking for information about his murdered fiancée.  After a night together, Fenny later learns that the man’s identity has been called into question in the aftermath of a series of brutal murders.

Unleashed by David Rosenfelt finds Andy Carpenter investigating when an old high school friend of Sam Willis’ contacts Sam with a desperate plea for help.  Andy eventually becomes to suspect that Sam was also an intended victim when the friend dies in a private plane flight that both he and Sam were supposed to be on.

The Lovebird by Natalie Brown is the story of Margie, whose heart overflows with overwhelming for all helpless creatures.  Margie falls in love with her lonely single father professor and the pair join a ragtag group of animal rights activists who are planning an illegal plot that will eventually force Margie to flee her home and assume a new identity.

Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side by Daniel Wallace is a Sith training manual that also contains the history and lore of the Sith as compiled by Darth Sidious.  He recounts the glory days of the Dark Side through writings from previous Sith Lords and describes the ways of the Force and how to wield it.

Other new titles by your favorite authors include: Death Angel by Linda Fairstein, Stranded by Alex Kava, Lost by S. J. Bolton, Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card, The Doll by Taylor Stevens, Second Honeymoon by James Patterson and Howard Roughan, Tell Me by Lisa Jackson and The Broken Places by Ace Atkins.

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

Books in the young adult section are not just for teens anymore!  These days, more and more adults are borrowing titles from this section.  These selections are not just the standard titles kids have to read for school; new and interesting titles and series are filling our shelves every month.  And our adult readers are lining up to read them too!  Recently received at the library include:

Matched and Crossed by Allyson Condie are the first two titles in a trilogy set in a dystopian world where people are told by the Society where to work, live and play and what to eat and wear.  As Cassia turns 17, she gets her matches for whom to marry and is thrilled that her best friend Xander is on her list.  But why is her neighbor Ky also listed?  And what is Ky trying to hide about the mysterious Rebellion?

Supernatural author Sherrilyn Kenyon begins a new young adult series with Infinity.  Sarcastic and street savvy Nick is drawn into the world of the Dark-Hunters and their battle against werewolves, vampires and zombies but he must hide his participation from his mother and high school principal.

In The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau, Cia Vale is chosen to participate in the Testing to see is she can attend the University but becomes fearful for her life when she realizes that her friends who did not pass are disappearing.

Young author Amanda Hocking has several exciting series out.  The “Trylle” trilogy (Switched, Torn and Ascent) finds changeling troll Wendy Everly returning to her home world to find out that as a princess, she must work to ensure the strongest kingdom for her people.  Wake, the first title in Hocking’s “Watersong” series, finds a teenage girl learning that she is one of the powerful races of sirens from ancient mythology.

And don’t forget some of the modern classics from this section: Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy, Cassandra Clare’s “The Mortal Instruments” series that begins with City of Bones and her Victorian era “Infernal Devices” series that begins with Clockwork Angel, Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush saga and James Patterson’s series “Daniel X”, “Maximum Ride”, “Witch and Wizard” and his new title Confessions of a Murder Suspect.

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 we have recently received at the library include:

Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand finds two unhappy families gathering together on Nantucket Island for a wedding planned to the letter by the bride’s late mother.  The Carmichaels and the Grahams try to hide their scandal-ridden, crumbling lives from the blissfully unaware, happy couple.

Sea Change by S. M. Wheeler is the story of young Lilly, who tries to escape her conflict-riddled family life by finding a haven and close friendship with a kraken sea monster named Octavius.  When Octavius is captured by traders and sold to a circus, Lilly must strike a painful bargain to ensure his safe return.

Mary Kay Andrews returns with another fun read with this summer’s Ladies’ Night.  When rising lifestyle blogger Grace loses access to both her palatial home and her checking account after an act of rage against her cheating husband, she must move back in with her mother and attend a court-mandated group therapy.  At their meetings, she bonds with three other almost divorcees as they help each other through their personal pursuits for justice.

In Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld, the strongest earthquake ever to hit the U.S. occurs north of St. Louis, Missouri.  For one young couple, Kate and Jeremy, dealing with the horrible disaster is further complicated by Kate’s twin, a self-proclaimed medium.  Kate’s sister is predicting an even more powerful earthquake, a situation that places Kate under public scrutiny as well.

The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller is a guide to help you cut through what’s weighing you down in your professional life to help you achieve better results in less time, stay on track towards your goal and master what matters to you.  It also gives pointers for managing stress and overcoming that overwhelmed feeling that holds you back.

We look forward to seeing everyone soon at the library.

 

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