The Professor's Daughter

Logistical complications aside, what if the mummy of Imhotep IV came to life and resided in 19th-century London? He would have a charming romance with the daughter of a renowned Egyptologist professor, of course.
Joann Sfar (Little Vampire Goes to School, Little Vampire Does Kung Fu!, and The Rabbis Cat) has taken a break from illustrating to write this exciting adventure. As always, he does a wonderful job. Emmanuel Guibert's watercolor sketches brilliantly bring this lighthearted tale to life.

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #78

Looking for a fast-paced, adrenalin-fueled mystery/thriller? I recommend Lee Vance’s debut Restitution.

A graduate of the Harvard Business School and a retired partner of Goldman Sachs, Lee is no stranger to the rarified world of Wall Street’s rich and powerful, where we meet up with our protagonist Peter Tyler.

A high-power career, a beautiful wife and a dream home would not stop Peter from engaging in a one-night stand with a mystery colleague, and lands him squarely as the prime suspect in his wife’s murder. A cross between Scott Turow’s Presumed Innocent and The Fugitive, this compelling read with a twisty plot pits Peter against an embittered ex-cop, the Russian mob, nasties in unexpected corners as he races across the globe to find his wife’s killer and to clear his name. A hell-of-a-ride. Nicely done.

Foreign language books at the Downtown library

Many people don't realize this, but on the 3rd floor at the downtown library, there is a larger collection of foreign language books than at the branch libraries. The languages are the same but the selection is much larger. So go on up to the 3rd floor and check out our wide selection of foreign language books.

Chinese, Spanish, Korean, Hindi, Gujarathi, Marathi, Kannada, Panjabi, Malayam, Bengali, Telegu, Tamil, Urdu, German, Arabic, French, Japanese, Russian, Hebrew, Portuguese and Italian are all represented in the Ann Arbor District Library's foreign language collection.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions or if there is a language that is not listed that you would like the library to have materials in, please contact

2007 Biblioteca Breve Winner

Read the latest Bibloteca Breve winner, a Spanish language book award. Put a hold on it through the library catalog or by calling the Holds/Renewals line at 327-4219. You can also find it at the Mallets Creek branch

El Septimo Velo

Juan Manuel de Prada, author of "La tempestad" and "La vida invisible", was the winner of Spanish publishing company Seix Barral's prestigious Biblioteca Breve prize for his new book, El Septimo Velo, a love story and adventure novel selected from over 390 submissions. Set during the Second World War, the story follows the main character Julio to Nazi-occupied France, post-civil war Spain, and Argentina as he searches to uncover a family secret hidden for half a century.

More new Spanish children's books at the library!

There are new children's books in Spanish in the foreign language collection at the library. There are new books at every branch and the selection varies. Take the time to browse the shelves at each branch and look for the new stickers on books. Any questions, comments or suggestions, please e-mail

Apártate de Mississipi! por Cornelia Funke
By the popular German author of Inkheart and Dragon Rider
Matias y los imposibles
A children's book by Peruvian author and winner of the 2006 Alfaguara Prize, Santiago Roncagliolo.
El cartero que se convirtió en carta
See the results as the village postman tells a friendly witch how envious he is of the letters he carries as they can travel and he cannot.
Clifford: Huevos de pascua
A Spanish translation of Clifford and the Big Egg Hunt. More Clifford books in Spanish coming soon.

The Wall Street Journal, brought to you by Rupert Murdoch

Big news in the business world this week: Dow Jones, and along with it the vaunted Wall Street Journal, now belong to media mogul Rupert Murdoch. The WSJ reports that, despite some heavy opposition from the controlling Bancroft family, Dow Jones accepted the $5 billion offer from Murdoch's News Corporation.

The WSJ is quite a laurel in Murdoch's already well-laureled hat. News Corporation is one of the largest media companies in the world, with holdings including HarperCollins, The Times, MySpace, 20th Century Fox, Fox Broadcasting Company, and many more names you've probably heard of. Murdoch hopes that Dow Jones will complement these already formidable media holdings by providing trusted business and stock information.

Opponents of the sale, notably Leslie Hill of the Bancrofts, fear that Murdoch will compromise the journalistic integrity of the newspaper, as has been alleged with other of his holdings including Fox News, ReganBooks, and The Times. Whatever the ultimate result, there is one group that will undoubtedly be overjoyed by the sale: Dow Jones shareholders. Murdoch's $60/share bid is worth two-thirds more than current DJ stock prices.

The Bourne Books and Movies

The story that started in The Bourne Identity and The Bourne Supremacy continues this Friday in theatres. The Bourne Ultimatum, the third movie in the series starring Matt Damon in the role of the title character Jason Bourne, follows the amnesiac assassin as he tries to discover more about his true identity. Robert Ludlum originally created the series as a trilogy, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum, but Eric Van Lustbader picked it up with The Bourne Legacy and The Bourne Betrayal. How different are the movies from the books? You be the judge.

Stories to make you hungry!

Storytime this week is all about food. Come see how the Mighty Asparagus causes a whole heap of trouble, and join us for our final round for the summer of "Knees Up Mother Brown."

1,000 Places to See in the U.S.A. & Canada Before You Die

Just when I thought I was making headway with Patricia Schultz's first bestseller, “1,000 Places to See Before You Die” (I have 982 places left to see), she releases a new book, “1,000 Places to See in the U.S.A & Canada Before You Die.”

This is a wonderfully written and well-organized book. Schultz does an excellent job balancing the well known with the unknown; the extravagant with the unextravgant; and the places that are easily accessible with those that are off the beaten path.

Even those who proclaim they know the U.S and Canada inside and out will have to add some “new” must-sees to their lists of “places to see”.

Kid Bits - Fearful of Fifth Grade

The Liberation Of Gabriel King is a positive-attitude story of coping with childhood fear.
The main story .... Gabriel and Frita will "fly up" to 5th grade in the fall and they both have their own list of fears. The good thing is they are very good friends, and have very supportive parents, to help them prepare. Together they devise a way to build courage over the summer of 1976.
The historical backdrop ... America's Bicentennial, and black-white racial tensions.
This book, was a Michael L. Printz honor winner.

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