New Fiction Titles on the New York Times Best Sellers List (12/17/06)

For this season of peace, there is a lot of mayhem entering the List this week. With his latest novel, some critics are also suggesting Crichton himself is running amok.

At #2 is Next by Michael Crichton: "The author of “Jurassic Park” describes a not-too-distant future when genetic engineering runs amok."

At #5 is Treasure of Khan by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler: "In his 19th adventure, Dirk Pitt confronts a murderous Mongolian tycoon who manipulates the oil market and knows the secret of Genghis."

At #6 is Brother Odd by Dean Koontz: "With his ability to see the spirits of the dead, Odd Thomas, a character in two previous novels by Koontz, heads off a catastrophe at a monastery."

Listen Local

It’s important to shop local, but we also can listen local, to holiday CDs including In the Christmas Spirit by the Ann Arbor-based Chenille Sisters, or A Boychoir Christmas: Dancing Day by the Boychoir of Ann Arbor. If you get stuck in holiday traffic, just pop of one of these into your CD player and sing away!

What can Damien want?

Written in short lines of free verse, Street Love tells a story of love across social-class lines. Damien who excels at both basketball and academics has been accepted into a top college. In contrast Junice is desperate to protect her little sister after their single-parent mom is sentenced to 25 years for dealing drugs.

From the moment they meet on the bench in the school office, it’s clear they’re drawn to one another. Coming from such different worlds “love” is the only thing Damien and Junice have in common. Is it enough to keep them together?

New Moon

If you enjoyed Twilight by Stephanie Meyer New Moon the second book in the trilogy is now available on BOCD or a Book. If you enjoy listening to either of these books, check out Pirates The True and Remarkable Adventures of Minerva Sharpe and Nancy Kington, Female Pirates another great listen!

Will Smith (and his son Jaden) in New Movie!

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Will Smith stars with his son Jaden in Pursuit of Happyness... The Christopher Gardner Story - in theatres this Friday, Dec. 15th.

All I have to say is.... Wow....

Go see this movie... period.

And if you haven't read Chris Gardner's book, read it... period.

The Have a Good Day Café by Frances Park and Ginger Park

Mike’s parents own a food cart. Every morning they get up early and go to the city to sell food to hungry customers. When other food carts move onto the same corner Mike and his grandmother from Korea come up with a plan.

Eureka! Land in sight.

This week is the anniversary of the discoveries of two significant land masses. On December 13, 1642, Captain Abel Tasman of the Dutch East India Company first sighted New Zealand. In 1769, Captain James Cook landed and took possession for Great Britain. To read more on New Zealand, try Traveller's History of New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands by John H. Chambers.

On December 14, 1911, the South Pole was located and visited by Roald Amundsen. Although more has been written about Ernest Shackleton, his expedition to Antarctica was in 1914, a few years after Amundsen's discovery. Last Place on Earth is a book by Roland Huntford and then a film based on the rivalry between Amundsen and Scott who came one year apart to the Pole.

Long Live the French Language

Great news for people who, like myself, studied beaucoup de Francais (lots of French) in high school and college, and perhaps have lived to wish it had all been Spanish. Mais non! French is still the second global language after English, say Julie Barlow and Jean-Benoit Nadeau whose new book The Story of French recently was featured on The Diane Rehm Show. Learn more at the authors' website.

Here Be Monsters!

Welcome to the first adventure in Ratbridge, a town where there are boxtrolls, cabbageheads and Wild English Cheeses running afoot. The story begins with Arthur trapped in Ratbridge while collecting food for his grandfather. While in town, he stumbles upon an evil plot by Snatcher and his men to shrink monsters, and joins up with a band of rats and pirates from the Ratbridge Nautical Laundry to try to save the day.

Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow is a fabulous read and read-aloud for kids and adults who love fantasy enjoy the unordinary and extraordinary. Also, check out the website for screensavers, games and bios of all the monsters in Ratbridge.

Virtual Snowflakes!

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Create your own virtual snowflake and make a difference. Popular Front, a website design company out of Minneapolis, will increase its donation to the Salvation Army based on the number of snowflakes created between now and the end of the year. Tis' the season for giving.

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