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Summer Bestsellers! Come check them out!

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Attention Book Lovers!  Summer Reading that you may want to check out!!
Newly Arrived NY Times Bestsellers  at Lantana Public Library


Folly Beach: A lowcountry tale
by Dorothea Frank

A woman returns to the past [in South Carolina] to find her future in this enchanting new tale of loss, acceptance, family, and love.

Robopocalypse: A novel
by Daniel H. Wilson
In the future, a shy but powerful artificial intelligence, Archos, takes control of the world’s computer network…

State of Wonder
by Ann Patchett
A doctor’s stirring and breathtaking trip to the Amazon to search for her deceased colleague…and larger-than-life challenges.

Those in Peril
by Wilbur Smith
A daughter and heiress to an oil fortune is hijacked by African muslim pirates…and held for ransom.


The Hypnotist
by Lars Kepler
An entire family has been savagely murdered…and Detective Joona Linna convinces a retired hypnotist, Erik Bark, to help.

Now You See Her
by James Patterson
The latest from one of the best American mystery writers.

Trader of Secrets
by Steve Martini
Lawyer Paul Madriani investigates criminals attempting to steal dangerous weapons technology…

by Karin Slaughter
A deadly hostage situation and policewoman Faith Mitchell’s search for her mother…


All that is Bitter & Sweet
by Ashley Judd with MaryAnne Vallero
The Hollywood actress and humanitarian remembers her childhood, her famous mother Naomi and sister Wynonna, and her career.

If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t)
by Betty White
The famous 89-year old actress humorously recounts her career and shares her thoughts on important life topics.

A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother
by Janny Scott
A first biography of Ann Dunham, mother of the U.S. President.

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August 13, 2011 at 2:57 am

From the Short List: Barbara Kingsolver

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The Poisonwood Bible      Lantana Library Call No.: F Kin
by Barbara Kingsolver

A richly satisfying novel about Nathan Price, a brutally ignorant American missionary in 1959 Belgian Congo. Written in alternating narratives spanning 30 years by Nathan’s wife and their four daughters, these stories, each in its distinct voice, omit none of the politics, folly and willful ignorance of this stranger in a strange land.

(From the Short List by Catharine Rambeau, Dec. 19, 2007)

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August 12, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Available: fictions of strange futures (from the Short List)

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The Plot Against America                        Lantana Library  Call No.: F Rot
by Philip Roth
What might have happened had Charles Lindbergh beaten Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the 1940 presidential election? If he had, where would the United Stages be now if President Lindbergh’s pro-Nazi sensibilities had held sway? A gripping evaluation of the sordid byproducts of politics.

Oryx and Crake                                            Lantana Library Call No.: F Atw
by Margaret Atwood
A grimly smart tale of the future, a bleak place where, after an apocalyptic event, readers are led back to that moment by a man who may be its only survivor. Brilliant, terrifying, fascinating work by a writer who never fails to engage her readers.

Never Let Me Go                                         Lantana Library Call No.: F Ish
by Kazuo Ishiguro
Privileged students become aware that their boarding school is not simply a school, but the core of a dreadful secret. Readers must fit clues together in this accomplished, elegant novel that, despite its sci-fi futurism, is uncomfortably parallel to the world we think we know.

(From the Short List, December 19, 2007, by Catharine Rambeau)

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July 23, 2011 at 9:43 pm

New Haitian fiction…

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Haiti Noir, edited by Edwidge Danticat
[Softcover], 309 pages. (December 2010)
Publisher: Akashick Books

Fans of Edwidge Danticat, perhaps Haiti’s most well known author today in the U.S., will be interested in this collection of noir/crime genre stories that she had assembled before Haiti’s tragic earthquake early last year.

I admit I’m new to reading Haitian literature.  I recently read most of  Danticat’s The Dew Breaker (also available here in the Library, Call No.: F  Dan), a series of related stories on a Haitian immigrant man’s life in the U.S. with his family, and his dark, murderous past.

I’ve read other authors writing on the experience of immigrant displacement and the conflicts between cultures. However, to date I’ve never read anything quite so dark and anti-heroic, except of course, Dostoevksy, which a Baltimore Sun review likened Danticut’s novel to.  The itching sense of guilt, unease, displacement, made Danticat’s Dew Breaker difficult to read at times.

With Haiti Noir, Danticat introduces readers to a slew of native Haitian diaspora writers and non-Haitian ones.  Readers can also read a review of this collection of stories by Carolyn Kellogg of the LA Times.

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July 3, 2011 at 8:14 pm

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