Ages 18+.

February New and Noteworthy

The Teahouse Fire* by Ellis Avery. (A Fabulous Fiction Firsts)
Orphaned and alone in Kyoto, 9 year-old Aurelia Caillard is taken in by a Japanese family of tea ceremony masters. “...(T)old in an enchanting and unforgettable voice, The Teahouse Fire is a lively, provocative, and lushly detailed historical novel of epic scope and compulsive readability”.

Self Storage by Gayle Brandeis.
From the Barbara Kingsolver Bellewether Prize winner comes this quirky and moving story of Flan Parker who owns a thriving resale business, and a mysterious box from an abandoned storage unit that bears only an address and a note with the word “yes”. Yes – put your name on that wait list.

Sacred Games* by Vikram Chandra.
7 years in the making, this 900-page epic novel of Mumbai's underworld is a glorious and demanding literary thriller. “Corruption, murder, arms dealing, Bollywood, plastic surgery, and a superstar guru on an apocalyptic mission--all fuel this novel of crime and punishment, survival and annihilation. A splendidly big, finely made book destined to dazzle”.

Napoleon's Pyramids by Willaim Dietrich.
Action-packed thriller involving an American expatriate, Napoleon’s army and an ancient medallion for anyone looking for impeccable period details, passion and plot.

Looks to die for by Janice Kaplan.
Well-connected Hollywood insider sleuths to save her man. A new series of suspense-meet-shopping from the former deputy editor of TV Guide and the author of Mine are spectacular!

The Case of the Missing Books by Ian Sansom.
In this “Nick Hornby meets Alexander McCall Smith”, Israel Armstrong, a roving bookmobile driver must solve the mystery of the missing 15,000 books from the library. A charming and entertaining first in a projected mystery series set in Ireland.

New Fiction on the New York Times Best Sellers List (2/4/07)

The 21st Richard Jury mystery by Martha Grimes just came out. The clever titles in this series are named for English pubs and the somewhat sketchy stories feature an ongoing cast of improbable characters, including Melrose Plant, for comic effect. It is this cozy but somewhat jarring blend of murder and mayhem that made Grimes' accusations that Elizabeth George was "stealing" from her so perplexing. No one would mistake any of the characters in Grimes' books for Barbara Havers or confuse her storylines with the haunting tragedies in the Lynley series.

At #6 is You Suck by Christopher Moore: "A 19-year-old discovers that his girlfriend is a vampire — and now, so is he."

At #7 is The Suspect by John Lescroart: "A lawyer defending a man accused of killing his wife is first drawn to him, but then begins to have doubts."

At #8 is Bad Blood by Linda Fairstein: "The Manhattan assistant district attorney Alexandra Cooper discovers a link between a wealthy woman’s murder and an explosion in a city water tunnel."

At #10 is Dust by Martha Grimes: "Investigating the murder of a wealthy young man leads Richard Jury of Scotland Yard to Henry James’s home and to forgotten Nazi atrocities."

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John Mellencamp's Freedom's Road

Freedom's Road by John Mellencamp debuted at number five this week on the Billboard 200 Chart. This is his first top ten cd in ten years. That last top ten cd was Mr. Happy Go Lucky.

Its freezing, its snowing ... Time to think of your garden?

Even as winter is deepening, dedicated gardeners are beginning to think about and plan for their spring and summer gardening activities. To heighten environmental awareness Project Grow is partnering with the Michigan Groundwater Stewardship program to offer a series of special classes to gardeners designed to help protect groundwater and the local watershed. The classes are free and will be held on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 pm. in the Leslie Science Center Nature House. The classes will include topics such as Rain Gardens (March 7), Green Roofs (March 14), and Organic Lawn Care (March 21). Additional classes in April will be offered to help gardeners with visual impairments. These will take place on Wednesday April 11 and April 18 at 3:00 p.m. Applications for Project Grow's Community Gardens will also soon be available. To register call 996-3169.

Molly Ivins has died

Molly Ivins has diedMolly Ivins has died

Molly Ivins, author (Molly Ivins Can’t Say That, Can She? and Who Let the Dogs In?: Incredible Political Animals I Have Known) and syndicated columnist for 350 newspapers, including the New York Times, succumbed to breast cancer yesterday.

Known for her acid tongue and laser-precise skewering of politicians and government, Ms. Ivins’ devoted readership craved her ‘raise more hell’ observations. Her lacerating wit, which could be devastating, was her calling card: “If his I.Q. slips any lower, we’ll have to water him twice a day.”

Memorial tributes to Ms. Ivins, who was 62 when she died, can be found at The Texas Observer, where she served as co-editor from 1970-76.

2007 Edgar nominees have been announced

2006 Edgar nominees2006 Edgar nominees

The Mystery Writers of America oganization has announced the nominees for the 198th Edgars. The nominees for the top three categories are:

Best Novel nominees

The Pale Blue Eye, by Louis Bayard; The Janissary Tree, by Jason Goodwin; Gentlemen and Players, by Joanne Harris; The Dead Hour, by Denise Mina; The Virgin of Small Plains, by Nancy Pickard; and The Liberation Movements, by Olen Steinhauer

Best First Novel by an American Author nominees

The Faithful Spy, by Alex Berenson; Sharp Objects, by Gillian Flynn; King of Lies, by John Hart; Holmes on the Range, by Steve Hockensmith; and A Field of Darkness, by Cornelia Read

Best Paperback Original nominees

The Goodbye Kiss, by Massimo Carlotto; The Open Curtain, by Brian Evenson; Snakeskin Shamisen, by Naomi Hirahara; The Deep Blue Alibi, by Paul Levine, and City of Tiny Lights, by Patrick Neate

Winners will be announced April 26, 2007.

Tracy Kidder on Community Television Network

If you missed Tracy Kidder’s Jan. 25 appearance at Washtenaw Community College, here’s your opportunity to see his presentation. During February, CTN (channel 19) will broadcast this outstanding Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads event at the following times:
Premiere: Thurs., 2/1, 8:00 pm
Replays:
Sat., 2/3, 1:00 pm
Sun., 2/4, 8:00 pm
Mon., 2/5, 7:00 pm
Tues., 2/6, 11:00 am
Wed., 2/7, 3:00 pm
Thurs., 2/8, 3:00 pm
Fri. 2/9, 7:00 pm
Sat., 2/10, 1:00 pm
Sun., 2/11, 8:00 pm
Mon., 2/12, 7:00 pm
Tues., 2/13, 11:00 am
Wed., 2/14, 3:00 pm
Fri., 2/16, 7:00 pm
Sat., 2/17, 1:00 pm

A Divided Life

In Secondhand World,the first novel by Katherine Min, first person narrator, Isa Myung Hee looks back at her life as a Korean-American teenager while recovering from burns in a tragic fire that killed her parents. Isa, daughter of successful but aloof first generation Koreans, alienated from her parents and the target of racial prejudice at school, is drawn to an albino outsider named "Hero." It is only when she discovers her mother's affair that she questions her rejection of her heritage.

Publisher's Weekly calls the story "a swirling, textured and beautifully detailed web of perception..."

For teen novels that explore similar themes, try the novels of Marie Lee, and the books, American Eyes, stories edited by Lori Carlson and Girls for Breakfast by David Yoo.

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