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.

Judas revisited

Debate is raging over Judas' true role in Christianity. A 1,700 year old mansucript, vetted by scholars as genuine, has recently surfaced and seems to suggest that Jesus asked Judas to betray him, and warned Judas that he would be the ultimate scapegoat.

Tomorrow two ABC programs, Good Morning America and Nightline, will delve into controvery (some scholars feel this document is irrelevant; others claim it could rewrite religious history) by interviewing author James M. Robinson whose new book The Secrets of Judas: The Story of the Misunderstood Disciple and His Lost Gospel is sure to be in demand. The Ann Arbor District Library will order this title this month. Once it appears in the Library's catalog, you may place a hold on it.

Caruso and the earthquake

One night Enrico Caruso was serenading San Francisco opera lovers in Bizet’s Carmen, the next night the city was in flames after the massive 1906 earthquake. The earthquake and fire destroyed the opera house and Caruso never sang in San Francisco again. Read more about the earthquake, and see a picture of Caruso in costume for Carmen, at National Public Radio’s website. You can borrow a recording of Caruso singing “La fleur que tu m’avais jetée” from Carmen from the library to get a feel for the magic of that night.

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