Fabulous Fiction Firsts #15

“Unexpected, unrehearsed, unconventional” – that’s how Meg Mullins describes the relationships between the main characters in her sparkling debut novel.

At the center of the story is Iranian Ushman Khan, The Rug Merchant. Middle-aged, and feeling abandoned by a wife who refuses to join him in New York, he runs a small rug store on Madison Avenue by day and endures a solitary existence. A chance meeting with a beautiful Barnard student during his nocturnal wanderings at JFK, blossoms into a serious affair.
Then, there is wealthy and demanding socialite Mrs. Roberts - one of his best customers, who seems to be reaching out to Ushman in the most unexpected way.

A quiet and complex novel of “many extraordinary pleasures”, Mullins's auspiciously wonderful debut is not to be missed. My bet is you will be hand-selling it to your friends. Reviews.

Chemistry of the Heart

Emilie Selden has been taught all the sciences by her reclusive, brilliant father on their estate in England but she is unprepared for her first encounter with love. A secret courtship, a loveless marriage and tragedy teach her more about life and loss than she can bear so she heads back to Selden Manor to rediscover her past and a new purpose in life. The Alchemist's Daughter by Katharine McMahon is a fine blending of historical fiction and science -- one of the most popular books on cd at the Library.

New Fiction Titles on the New York Times Best Sellers List (4/9/06)

It's hard to know what to say when the paperback version of a book is released and the hardcover moves back into the #1 position. And Dan Brown also won his British court case. Now everyone is waiting for the movie of the Da Vinci Code.

At #2 is Prior Bad Acts by Tami Hoag: another judge in jeopardy, this time in Minneapolis.

At #8 is The Secret Supper by Javier Sierra: another mystery starring Da Vinci, this time involving clues from his "Last Supper"

At #9 is A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore: for fans of Buffy and the supernatural, a San Francisco store owner becomes a Death Merchant who protects the souls of the recently dead.

At #15 is Intuition by Allegra Goodman: a literary novel exploring the work and lives of scientists at a cancer research institute that is rocked by allegations of a possible fraud.

Motivational consultant John Baldoni on Communication

You can view local business consultant and author John Baldoni discuss his book Great Communication Secrets of Great Leaders on local Community Televsion Cable Channel 17 on Tuesday, April 18 at 3:30 p.m.; Thursday, April 20 at 1:30 p.m.; Friday, April 21 at 5:00 p.m.; and Saturday, April 22 at 1:30 p.m. He presents an overview of communication styles, techniques and strategies useful for all who need to hone their communication skills. The books also uses illustrative material from notable leaders, both historical and contemporary.

This Is The Dream by Diane Z. Shore & Jessica Alexander

This Is The Dream is written in verse about the struggle for equality through nonviolence. The illustrations enhance the poetic verse leading to the accomplishment of being able to choose a seat on the bus, sit at a lunch counter with anyone from any race and drinking from the same water fountain in a park. This is a wonderful introduction to the discussion of civil rights with young children.

2006 Thumbs Up! Nominee

Peeps -- Vote For Me!
Cal has discovered he is a carrier – infected with a parasite but immune to it. His ex-girlfriends were not. Unfortunately for them, the parasite gives its host an insatiable appetite for human blood. Cal must find them before it is too late. . .for everyone!

2006 Thumbs Up! Nominee

Eyes of the Emperor -- Vote For Me!
Based on a true story, Eddie Okubo, a Japanese American from Hawaii, joins the Army during World War II. Eddie soon discovers that his service to his country is to act solely as bait to train attack dogs to track Japanese soldiers.

Rev. William Sloane Coffin, Jr., author and peace activist, 1924 - 2006

Rev. William Sloane Coffin, Jr. one of the most prominent anti-war voices of the last four decades, died April 12 of congestive heart failure.

Coffin, former chaplain at Yale University, gained prominence during the Vietnam War era with his tireless efforts to use the power of civil disobedience to end the war and to advocate for civil rights. He stood trial with Dr. Benjamin Spock and three others on conspiracy charges for their work with draft resisters; their conviction was later overturned on appeal.

Garry Trudeau immortalized Coffin as Rev. Sloan in the Doonesbury cartoon strip, and in 2004, Warren Goldstein captured Coffin's impact on both U.S. religion and politics in his significant biography, William Sloane Coffin, Jr.: A Holy Impatience.

An author in his own right (Once to Every Man: An Autobiography (1977); The Heart is a Little to the Left: Essays on Public Morality (1999); and Credo (2003), Coffin was 81.

2006 Thumbs Up! Nominee

Just Like That -- Vote For Me!
High school senior Hanna has just broken up with her boyfriend. Confused and sleepless, Hanna decides to go for a late night walk. A chance encounter on that cold, frozen night changes Hanna’s life forever.

2006 Thumbs Up! Nominee

Criss Cross -- Vote For Me!
Debbie and her friends over the course of a summer experience new thoughts and feelings, question their identities, connect and disconnect. As their paths crisscross, they find themselves one step closer to who they’re really meant to be.

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