New Fiction on the New York Times Best Sellers List (8/12/07)

According to his web site, all of Daniel Silva's books have been bestsellers. His latest Secret Servant is no exception, entering the List at #2. It is the seventh in the series featuring Gabriel Allon, art restorer and part-time Israeli spy. It is this series that launched Silva into the first ranks of spy novelists.

The other new entries are Justice Denied by J.A. Jance and Thursday Next by Jasper Fforde.

Check out the rest of the List.

More new adult Spanish books

Here is a selection of more new adult Spanish books at the library. Use the links below to reserve a book or browse the shelves at each branch looking for the "NEW" stickers on each book. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions about Spanish books at the library, e-mail stantont@aadl.org. Enjoy!

Olga Forever
A crime novel set in Mexico City in which a young journalist, Olga Lavanderos, is involved in the intersections between police investigations, murders, drug trafficking and the Mexican church.
Cuaderno Blanco/White Notebook
Poetry by Cuban author Rolando Sanchez Mejias.
Cuerpo naufrago
Mexican author Ana Clavel, examines gender relations in Latin America in both a traditional and alternative light through a story about a woman who wakes up to find that she's become a man.

More new Spanish adult books!

Here is a selection of new adult Spanish books at the library. Use the links below to reserve a book or browse the shelves at each branch looking for the "NEW" stickers on each book. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions about Spanish books at the library, e-mail stantont@aadl.org. Enjoy!
Su mejor vida ahora: siete pasos para vivir a su máximo potencial
Spanish translation of "Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential" by pastor Joel Osteen.
Una vida con propósito : para qué estoy aquí en la tierra?
Spanish translation of "The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?" by the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in California, Rick Warren.
La audacia de la esperanza/The audacity of hope por Barack Obama
Spanish translation of the #1 New York Times Bestseller by U.S. presidential candidate and Illinois senator Barack Obama

New Spanish books for adults!

Here is a selection of new adult Spanish books at the library. Use the links below to reserve a book or browse the shelves at each branch looking for the "NEW" stickers on each book. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions about Spanish books at the library, e-mail stantont@aadl.org. Enjoy!
La fortuna de Matilda Turpin por Álvaro Pombo
Winner of the 2006 Premio Planeta, Alvaro Pombo's novel is a forceful novel about dealing with loss, grief and family. The main character, Juan Campos, a retired philosophy professor, deals with the mixed legacy of his late wife, Matilda Turpin, a spirited businesswoman who died suddenly, leaving behind three children and Antonio and Emilia, a couple who has been the family's servants and friends for decades.
La dama azul por Javier Sierra

More new German books for adults at the library

Here are more new adult German books at the library. Use the links below to reserve a book or browse the shelves at each branch looking for the "NEW" stickers on each book. The selection is different at each branch. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions about German books at the library, e-mail stantont@aadl.org. Enjoy!

Militärmusik by Wladimir Kaminer
Macht nichts: eine kleine Trilogie des Todes by Elfriede Jelinek
Vergangenheitsschuld und gegenwärtiges Recht by Bernhard Schlink
Mein liebster Feind : Essays, Reden, Miniaturen by Robert Schindel
Nachtrandspuren: Gedichte by Jose F.A. Oliver
Der Hof im Spiegel: Erzählungen by Emine Sevgi Özdamar
Mozarts Friseur by Wolf Wondratschek
Er oder Ich by Sten Nadolny

New Adult German Books

There are a selection of new German books for adults at every branch of the library. Use the links below to reserve a book or browse the shelves at each branch looking for the "NEW" stickers on each book. The selection is different at each branch. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions about German books at the library, e-mail stantont@aadl.org. Enjoy!

Der Geliebte der Mutter by Urs Widmer
Miemandsland by Utta Danella
Fünf-Sterne-Kerle inklusive by Gaby Hauptmann
Hereroby Gerhard Seyfried
Nero Corleone: eine Katzengeschichte by Elke Heidenreich
Die Entdeckung der Langsamkeit by Sten Nadolny
Das Unerfreuliche zuerst by Sibylle Berg

The Last Chinese Chef

The recent release of featured film No Reservations reminds me of the equally engaging The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones.

Mones, author of Lost in Translation (1998) gives us a “page-turner both exciting and wise, one to nourish the head, the stomach, and the soul” ~David Henry Hwang.

In this The Pilot’s Wife meets the The Iron Chef, Maggie McElroy, a recently widowed L.A.-based food writer must fly to Beijing to sort out a paternity claim filed against her husband’s estate. It looks like international lawyer Matt has kept some devastating secrets. To finance her trip, she takes on an assignment to profile a new shining star in the Beijing culinary scene – an Eurasian named Sam who comes from a long line of illustrious imperial chefs and is picked as a contender in an upcoming culinary Olympic trial.

Mones begins each chapter with some fascinating, well-researched and mouth-watering tidbits on the history of Chinese cuisine and gastronomy that would entice foodies but as Sam’s audition banquet approaches and Maggie’s efforts for a DNA match become problematic, readers will be increasingly drawn to the undeniable bond between them. Early in her visit, Maggie scoffs at the idea that "food can heal the human heart", Mones smartly proves her wrong. Delicious!

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #79

Consumption* by first time novelist Kevin Patterson, after his well-received The Water in Between: A Journey at Sea (2000), his travel memoir which critics raved as “A high-seas adventure story that combines the wry wit and deep reflection of A Walk in the Woods with the action and suspense of A Perfect Storm”, is a must-read for fans of psychological mystery.

Consumption recounts beautiful Victoria's reentry into Rankin Inlet after spending her teenage years in a TB sanitarium in Manitoba. In the intervening years this Canadian Inuit hamlet has seen great social and economic changes with the influx of southerners, bringing with them diseases, greed and psychic alienation. Victoria’s adjustment is made more difficult when she marries the ambitious diamond mine supervisor and becomes involved with a Yankee doctor.

Patterson (himself a physician) “seamlessly works murder, sex and intrigue into the mix and offers a terrific cast that makes arctic life, and the ties of kin, palpable, …and delivers a searingly visceral message about love, loss and dislocation”. For fans of Arnaldur Indriðason, Hakan Nesser, and Asa Larsson, and those who want their mystery served decidedly chilled.

*= Starred Reviews

The Play Ground

The Play GroundThe Play Ground

Woof! It must be told. The Play Ground prefers dogs to plays, movies and concerts. We head up to N. Territorial often for the All Breed Agility Trials and watch the many dog breeds run and compete and smile. Yes, smile.
Sponsored by the Ann Arbor Dog Training Club. Dog trainers from throughout the Midwest and Canada lead their animals through a variety of competitive obedience exercises, such as heeling, retrieving, directed jumping, and 3-speed walking and running. Spectators welcome. August 11 & 12. 1575 E. North Territorial Rd. 426-9120. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Lookin' for Bird in the Big City by Robert Burleigh

Teenage Miles Davis takes his trumpet to the streets of New York to find Charlie Parker also known as Bird, in this fictional account of what it may have been like to play with, and learn from one of America’s best Jazz musicians.

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