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New non-fiction DVDs available at the library

For your learning pleasure, we have purchased 17 new non-fiction DVDs from the History Channel, the Biography Channel and A&E on a wide variety of topics:

• “A Global Warning” asks: After 600 million years of climate change, is global warming simply a natural occurring phenomenon, or the result of human activity?

• “Journey to 10,000 B.C.” is the story of prehistoric man’s fight for survival.

• “Hunting Hilter” is the story of those who tried to assassinate Adolf Hilter.

• “Beltway Unbuckled” is the surprising story of how sex has impacted and created American history as far back as the Civil War.

• “Stealing Lincoln’s Body” is the story of a band of Chicago counterfeiters who planned to steal Lincoln’s body and hold it for ransom.

• “Einstein” is the story of this genius’s 15-year battle to prove his Theory of General Relativity amid the violence of war and his tumultuous personal life.

• “The Great Depression” is an in-depth look at the decade that defined a generation from the stock market crash of 1929 to the recovery spurred by the coming of World War II.

• “Barack Obama” is the biography of our current president from his childhood in Honolulu to his history-making presidential win.

• “Life After People” is a thought-provoking adventure that asks: If humans were to disappear, what would happen to our planet?

• “The Real Tomb Hunters” follows daring archaeologists from around the world, detailing the dangers they face.

• “King” is a look at the extraordinary life and times of America’s civil rights visionary Martin Luther King by newsman Tom Brokaw.

• “Secrets of Body Language” delves into the science of non-verbal signals, revealing the hidden language in which 93 percent of human communication takes place.

• “Primal Fear” examines the history, psychology and science behind what scares us most.

• “The Vampire Secrets” uncovers the ancient folkloric origins of blood-craving creatures from beyond the grave.

• “Women in the White House” looks at the remarkable women behind the most important men in history.

• “The Templar Code” is an in-depth examination of the remarkable rise and rapid descent of the powerful and obscure Knights Templar.

• “Nostradamus: 2012” casts the doomsday warning in a frightening modern context.

Novels for preteens

“The Case of the Missing Marquess” by Nancy Springer is a mystery featuring Enola Holmes, sister to the detective Sherlock Holmes. “The Misadventures of Maude March” by Audrey Couloumbis is an adventure starring 11-year-old Sallie March, a tomboy and voracious reader of Western adventure novels. “Magic in the Margins: A Medieval Tale of Bookmaking” by W. Nikola-Lish is the story of a young orphan with many talents. “Seeing the Elephant: The Story of the Civil War” by Pat Hughes tell of a young boy who meets the enemy and sees a different side of war. These books are written for students in the third through seventh grades.


“Excuses Begone!” by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer offers tips on how to change lifelong, self-defeating thinking habits.

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“Relentless” by Dean Koontz is a thriller about a best-selling novelist who finds a negative critic is much more than a man with a nasty pen.

“Mothers & Daughters” contains two novellas celebrating motherhood, faith and family by Deborah Bedford and Linda Goodnight. “The Scent of Sake” by Joyce Lebra is an historical novel set in 19th century Japan.

Mysteries and suspense

“One D.O.A., One on the Way” is a Southern Gothic novel by Mary Robison. “The Neighbor” by Lisa Gardner is a mystery about the disappearance of a young mother whose life is not was normal and serene as it appeared. “Knock Out” by Catherine Coulter is a thriller featuring FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock. “Be Zero” by C. J. Box is a Joe Pickett novel about a young girl who may have survived a massacre after all. “Dismantled” by Jennifer McMahon takes place a decade after four college students cover up a death in the remote Vermont woods. “Yes, My Darling Daughter” by Margaret Leroy is about a four year old with several fears which may have come from memories of a past life. “Fragment” by Warren Fahy is a scientific suspense story revolving around unnatural creatures living on a tiny island. “The Bourne Deception” by Eric Van Lustbader is the latest in the series featuring Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne.

Other new novels

“The Year That Follows” by Scott Lasser is the story of a woman’s search for her brother’s lost son, orphaned in the wake of his sudden death. “A Girl Made of Dust” by Nathalie Abi-Ezzi is a novel narrated by an eight-year-old girl living in war-torn Beirut. “Far North” by Marcel Theroux is the story of one man’s search for life and meaning after a city’s destruction. “The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane” by Katherine Howe moves between contemporary times and the Salem witch trials. “Admission” by Jean Hanff Korelitz is about a Princeton University admissions officer facing a major secret in her life.

Thanks to our donors

We are grateful for several generous donations this week — from Connie Davidson in memory of David Niemiec, from Gerald and Patricia Gammill in memory of David Niemiec, from Ben and Judy Lynch in memory of Bill Seielstad, and from Mary Crus Magdaleno.

For books and materials this week we thank Larry Bartlett, Barbara Carlos, Johnnie Eskie, Lyn Frank, John Gabel, Larry Guckert, Linda Kelsey, Bamma Laizure, Roe Mackey, Jennifer Pierce, Joyce Ryan, Lew Stallman and Stanley Stocki.

Quotable quote

“Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good plays, good company, good conversation — what are they? They are the happiest people in the world.” — William Lyon Phelps (1865-1943), American writer, critic and scholar.

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