Australian women war reporters
|AUS 070.4333 BAKE|
|Haigh, Gideon||Certain admissions : a beach, a body and a lifetime of secrets||364.1523099451 HAIG|
|Neidjie, Bill||Old man’s story : the last thoughts of Kakadu Elder Bill Neidjie||305.89915 NEID|
|Seal, Graham||The savage shore : survival and tragedy from the early voyages of discovery to Australia||994.01 SEAL|
|McCullough, David||The Wright brothers|
|Phillips, Stevie||Judy & Liza & Robert & Freddie & David & Sue & me|
|Rayson, Hannie||Hello, beautiful!|
The Wright brothers
Mechanical invention is close to a religious calling in this reverent biography of the pioneers of heavier-than-air flight. Pulitzer-winning historian McCullough (Truman) sees something exalted in the two bicycle mechanics and lifelong bachelors who lived with their sister and clergyman father in Dayton, Ohio. He finds them—especially Wilbur, the elder brother—to be cultured men with a steady drive and quiet charisma, not mere eccentrics. McCullough follows their monkish devotion to the goal of human flight, recounting their painstaking experiments in a homemade wind tunnel, their countless wrong turns and wrecked models, and their long stints roughing it on the desolate, buggy shore at Kitty Hawk, N.C. Thanks largely to their own caginess, the brothers endured years of doubt and ridicule while they improved their flyer. McCullough also describes the fame and adulation that the brothers received after public demonstrations in France and Washington, D.C., in 1908 cemented their claims. His evident admiration for the Wrights leads him to soft-pedal their crasser side, like their epic patent lawsuits, which stymied American aviation for years. Still, McCullough’s usual warm, evocative prose makes for an absorbing narrative; he conveys both the drama of the birth of flight and the homespun genius of America’s golden age of innovation.
Publishers Weekly, volume 262, issue 10.
|Proust, Marcel||Remembrance of things past : volume 1|
|Manitto, Sunshine||My Tuscan kitchen|
|Rosick, Edward R.||The everything guide to the acid reflux diet|
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Donellan, J. M.
|Amado, Jorge||Gabriela, clove and cinnamon|
|Ames, Jonathan||Wake up, sir!|
|Ashley, Trisha||Creature comforts|
|Barrows, Annie||The truth according to us|
|Child, Lee||Make me|
|Donellan, J. M.||Killing Adonis|
|Goddard, Robert||The ends of the Earth|
|Green, Jane||Summer secrets|
|Green, John M.||The trusted|
|Hashimi, Nadia||When the Moon is low|
|Henry-Jones, Eliza||In the quiet|
|Johnson, Mat||Loving day|
|Karjel, Robert||My name is N|
|Kline, Christina Baker||Orphan train|
|Leatherdale, Julian||Palance of tears|
|Leonard, Elmore||Charlie Martz and other stories|
|McGuane, Thomas||Crow fair|
|McLain, Paula||Circling the sun|
|Michaels, Fern||In plain sight|
|Moggach, Deborah||Something to hide|
|Novak, Brenda||The secret sister|
|O’Flanagan, Sheila||My mother’s secret|
|Soderberg, Alexander||The other son|
|Thomas, Jo||The olive branch|
|Thor, Brad||Code of conduct|
|Thor, Brad||Code of conduct (Large print)|
|Willig, Lauren||The other daughter|
|Wilson, Robert||Stealing people|
|Winman, Sarah||A year of Marvellous Ways|
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Ifemelu, the Nigerian expat and Princeton lecturer at the heart of this latest novel by Orange Prize winner Adichie, writes biting, dead-on blog posts taking aim at the cultural schism between non-African blacks, Africans, and everyone else. She also observes her Auntie Uju turning herself inside out to attract a man as Ifemelu’s nephew silently accepts his mother’s aspirations. Whether Ifemelu is writing a treatise on how to care for black hair or a scathing take on American students earning extra credit for bombast, her opinions bring her money and acknowledgment. But one day, as she is complimented on her nurtured American accent, Ifemelu senses that she has lost her way. A parallel plotline follows Obinze, the man Ifemelu left behind in Lagos, who emigrated to London and longs for a life in America with her. VERDICT Witty, wry, and observant, Adichie is a marvelous storyteller who writes passionately about the difficulty of assimilation and the love that binds a man, a woman, and their homeland. Her work should be read by anyone clutching at the belief that we’re living in a post-racial United States.
Library Journal, volume 138, issue 8, page 67.
When the moon is low
Hashimi’s follow-up to her debut, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell (2014), is the powerful story of an Afghan family fleeing Taliban-controlled Kabul in the late 1990s. After her romantic dreams of marrying the boy next door are dashed, Fereiba is wed to the boy’s cousin, an engineer named Mahmoud. The two are happy together until the Taliban’s rise to power forces Fereiba to give up her job as a teacher. Mahmoud and Fereiba make plans to flee Kabul with their two children (a third is on the way), but before they can leave, the Taliban arrests Mahmoud. With no choice but to take her children and run, Fereiba begins a dangerous journey across Asia and Europe. Fereiba is forced to rely on the kindness of strangers and the ingenuity of her 15-year-old son, Saleem, until a run-in with Greek police officers separates him from his mother and siblings. With grace and sensitivity, Hashimi illuminates the harrowing odysseys and numerous dangers refugees contend with in their quest for a safe haven.
Booklist, volume 111, number 21, page 34.
The secret Sister
Maisey Lazarow swore she would never set foot on Fairham Island again. However, after her marriage implodes and her brother Keith attempts suicide, she realizes the place she needs to be is home. Since staying with her controlling, always critical mother is out of the question, Maisey decides to live in one of the old bungalows owned by her deceased father, only to discover a new neighbor, Rafe Romero, the contractor hired by Maisey’s mother to fix up the place. Given their past romantic history, Maisey is determined to keep her distance from Rafe, but that promise becomes increasingly difficult to keep when he uncovers a cache of old family photographs. Novak neatly entwines contemporary romance and women’s fiction by delivering the emotionally compelling romance readers expect while at the same time thoughtfully exploring the other relationships every woman has in her life. Add a gothic-tinged plot, and you have a book with wide reader appeal.
Booklist, volume 111, number 22, page 41.
|Cameron, Christian||Tyrant : force of kings|
|Greenwood, Kerry||Cassandra (Delphic woman)|
|Wilcock, Penelope||The long fall|
|Worth, Sandra||Rose of York : fall from grace|
|Zimmerman, Jean||Savage girl|
Wealthy socialite Hugo Delegate and his family rescue the “Savage Girl” from a carnival sideshow and bring her back to their mansion in 1870s New York. Reportedly captured as a child and raised by a Comanche tribe, she instantly captivates Hugo with her boldness and energy. The Delegates undergo a campaign to socialize Savage Girl with limited success. Meanwhile, violence follows this young woman across the country, as men she flirts with end up mutilated and dead. In this follow-up to her acclaimed debut, The Orphanmaster , Zimmerman offers a fanciful and occasionally surreal take on a Gilded Age New York that is reminiscent of Caleb Carr’s The Alienist or even Edgar Allan Poe. Most of the novel is narrated by Hugo recounting events in an extended flashback, though the more successful are the action-packed final chapters. For readers who like their historical novels tinged with darkness.
Library Journal, volume 139, issue 2, page 69.
|Adler, Elizabeth||One way or another|
|Bannalec, Jean-Luc||Death in Brittany|
|Barclay, Linwood||Broken promise|
|Barr, Nevada||The rope|
|Bowen, Rhys||Royal flush|
|Brodrick, William||The silent ones|
|Carbo, Christine||The wild inside|
|Casey, Donis||The old buzzard had it coming|
|Chaplin, Lisa||The tide watchers|
|Clark, Mary Higgins||The melody lingers on|
|Corrigan, Maya||Scam chowder|
|Donoghue, Clare||No place to die|
|Evanovich, Janet||Wicked charms|
|Finnis, Jane||A bitter chill|
|French, Nicci||Friday on my mind|
|Graham, Heather||The forgotten|
|Granger, Ann||Dead in the water|
|Hammer, Lotte||The girl in the ice|
|Harris, Sherry||Longest yard sale|
|Herring, Peggy J.||Her majesty’s mischief|
|Hoffman, Jilliane||All the little pieces|
|Horst, Jorn Lier||The hunting dogs|
|Huber, Anna Lee||A study in death|
|Kerr, Philip||Hand of God|
|Klassen, Julie||Lady maybe|
|Lindsay, Jeffry P.||Dexter is dead|
|Lovesey, Peter||Down among the dead men|
|Mark, David John||Taking pity|
|Marklund, Liza||Without a trace|
|Meltzer, Brad||The President’s shadow|
|Neville, Stuart||Those we left behind|
|Paretsky, Sara||Brush back|
|Patterson, James||NYPD Red 2|
|Pressey, Rose||All dressed up and no place to haunt|
|Quinn, Spencer||Scents and sensibility|
|Upson, Nicola||London rain|
|Weston, Julie W.||Moonshadows|
Death in Brittany
Commissaire Georges Dupin scratches his head over the death of a 91-year-old Breton hotelier. It’s been two years and seven months since Dupin was “relocated” to a remote corner of Brittany. Even though locals still consider him a Parisian, he feels at home in Concarneau, where he sits each morning at the bar of the Amiral sipping coffee and gazing at the sea. One morning his peace is shattered by a call from Labat, the more annoying of his two inspectors, who informs him that Pierre-Louis Pennec, owner of the Central Hotel, has been found stabbed to death.
Grumbling at the intrusion…”he hasn’t even had time to buy his lottery ticket”, Dupin hurries to Pont-Aven, an even more idyllic spot than Concarneau because it’s where the wooded river valley joins the rocky Breton coast. There, Dupin becomes more puzzled than put out. Who would kill an elderly man whose chief occupation was sipping the local lambig, an apple brandy even better than calvados, at his own bar at the end of each evening? As he interviews Pennec’s employees, ”a wily Madame Lajoux, steady Madame Mendu and overwhelmed Madame Galezâ” Dupin’s confusion deepens. Even Pennec’s family, his son, Loic, and his half brother, Andrea, sheds no light on the case. Gradually Dupin becomes convinced that the solution lies in the Central itself, which was home to the impressionist artists who worked at Pont-Aven. Solving this case isn’t paint-by-numbers: it takes ingenuity, determination, and a little help from Marie Morgane Cassel, a comely art historian from Brest. Dupin’s debut, published first in Germany and then in Britain, holds the promise of more pleasant puzzlers from the scenic north of France.
Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2015.
Jorn Lier Horst
The hunting dogs
Chief Insp. William Wisting started his career by solving the murder of Cecilia Linde, a girl who went missing and was found dead 12 days later. Seventeen years afterward, in Horst’s engaging third mystery featuring the Norwegian policeman to be published in English (after Closed for Winter ), the media accuse Wisting of planting a cigarette butt with DNA evidence at the crime scene in the Cecilia case and failing to take the statement of a key witness. As the officer in charge, he is suspended pending review of the Bureau for Investigative Police Affairs. Wisting’s daughter, Line, an investigative journalist in Oslo and one of several well-drawn characters, helps her father try to uncover who tampered with the evidence—and to determine whether Cecilia’s convicted killer, Rudolf Haglund, who is now out on parole pending review of the tainted evidence, was, in fact, guilty. A recent unsolved murder and another young girl’s disappearance heighten the suspense.
Publishers Weekly, volume 261, issue 33.
In an unlikely moment of sentimentality, Chicago private investigator V. I. Warshawski grudgingly agrees to spend a few hours investigating the possibility that her old friend Frank Guzzo’s mother, Stella, was wrongfully convicted of murdering her daughter, Annie, 25 years ago. Stella, a nasty piece of work known for battering her children and slandering V. I.’s mother at every opportunity, punches V. I. at their first meeting, and Vic resolves to dump the case. But, then, Stella makes public claims that Annie’s long-lost diary implicates V. I.’s beloved hockey-star cousin, Boom Boom Warshawski, in her murder. No way is V. I. going to let those accusations stand, and she’s off fishing for new evidence from those involved in Annie’s case. As intrepid and tenacious as she was in the series’ first novels, V. I. battles the circled wagons of the tight-knit South Side Chicago neighborhood in which she grew up, which ultimately reveals a satisfyingly complex story of decades-old murder, family loyalties, dirty politics, and gangsters. A certain summer hit, this robust series entry harkens back to the outstanding Fire Sale (2005), which also returned V. I. to her roots. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: V. I. Warshawski remains one of the most-loved characters in crime fiction, and this episode, drawing as it does on Warshawski’s personal history, will be of particular interest to fans looking for backstory.
Booklist, volume 111, number 19, page 48.
May, 1937, and London prepares to crown a new king.
Bestselling writer Josephine Tey is in town to oversee a BBC radio production of her play, Queen of Scots – but adultery, treachery and pent-up jealousies stalk the corridors of Broadcasting House.
At the height of the Coronation celebrations, Detective Chief Inspector Archie Penrose is called in to investigate the murder of one of the BBC’s best-known broadcasters. A second victim – his mistress, and the play’s leading actress – suggests that the motive lies close to home, but Josephine suspects that the killings are linked to a decade-old scandal.
With Archie’s hands tied by politics, and his attention taken by another, seemingly unrelated death, it is left to Josephine to get to the truth. As her relationship with Marta Fox reaches a turning point, she is forced to confront at first-hand the deadly consequences of love, deceit and betrayal.
Rich in the atmosphere of coronation London and the early days of Broadcasting House, the sixth novel in Nicola Upson’s ‘Josephine Tey’ series sets an audacious, deeply personal crime against the backdrop of one of the most momentous days in British history.
Goodreads : http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25369827-london-rain#other_reviews
|Burnet, Ian||Archipelago : a journey across Indonesia||959.804 BURN|
|Dando-Collins, Stephen||Operation Chowhound||940.531 DAND|
|David, Saul||Operation Thunderbolt||967.61042 DAVI|
|Mazur, Robert||The infiltrator : undercover in a world of drug barons||364.13365092 MAZU|
|Mlodinow, Leonard||The upright thinkers||509 MLOD|
|Muir, Nancy||iPad for seniors for dummies||004.1675 MUIR|
|Stephens, Richard||Black sheep : the hidden benefits of being bad||155.23 STEP|
Operation Chowhound : the most risky, most glorious US bomber mission of WWII
Despite attempts to liberate Holland, the Dutch remained under Nazi rule until the end of World War II. Germany’s precarious situation during the latter part of the war resulted in occupied countries receiving little food. This lack of sustenance during the “Hunger Winter” of 1944–45 caused great suffering among the Dutch people. In an attempt to aid them, the United States and Britain carried out Operations Chowhound and Manna, April-May 1945. Prolific military historian Dando-Collins focuses on Chowhound, the U.S. mission to deliver food to Dutch civilians behind German lines. After a description of the situation leading up to this period, the author covers negotiations between Allied and German officers that would allow safe delivery of food parcels without German interference. Included are stories of those involved, whether members of air crews, Dutch civilians, and Allied or German officers and soldiers. Audrey Hepburn and Prince Bernhard, both residents of the Netherlands during this time, are often mentioned. The study concludes with summaries of the fates and futures of various individuals in the war’s aftermath. This absorbing, well-written account of a lesser-known operation should appeal to anyone interested in World War II, aerial campaigns, or relief missions.
Library Journal, volume 140, issue 1, page 113.
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|Carpenter, Teresa||His unforgettable fiancee|
|Gracie, Anne||The spring bride|
|Graham, Lynne||The Greek demands his heir|
|James, Julia||Captivated by the Greek|
|Knightley, Erin||The duke can go to the devil|
|Macomber, Debbie||A little bit country|
|O’Neil, Annie||Doctor… to Duchess?|
|Shaw, Chantelle||Sheikh’s forbidden conquest|
|Shepherd, Kandy||Hired by the brooding billionaire|
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
|Corey, James S. A.||Nemesis games (the Expanse)|
|De Castell, Sebastien||Knight’s shadow (the Greatcoats)|
|Staveley, Brian||The providence of fire (the Unhewn Throne)|
James S. A. Corey
Corey (a joint pseudonym for Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck) continues the bestselling Expanse space opera series (following Cibola Burn ) with a standout tale of violence, intrigue, ambition, and hope. A diaspora of humans seeking wealth and adventure is on the move from Earth to the asteroid belt and the outer planets and moons of the solar system. With three governments in the solar system—Earth; the asteroid miners, called Belters; and the Outer Planets Alliance—disagreements are many and rebellion all too possible. Capt. James Holden and his crew stop at Tycho for ship repair and some well-deserved personal leave, but the universe has other ideas. Colony-bound ships are mysteriously disappearing midflight, and the black market for military equipment from Mars is booming. When rebels suddenly drop asteroids on Earth, killing millions, Holden and his people are once again caught up in deadly events with system-wide consequences. Corey cranks up the tension relentlessly in this fast-paced story of heroes and rebels fighting for freedom. With enough thrills and intrigue for three Hollywood blockbusters, the novel stands alone nicely, making it easy for new readers as well as diehard series fans to dive right in.
Publishers Weekly, volume 262, issue 20.
|Coles, Polly||The politics of washing : real life in Venice||945.3110930922 COLE|
The saffron road : a journey with Buddha’s daughters
|Stein, Garth||The Art of Racing in the Rain||General fiction|
|Andrews, Mary Kay||Deep Dish||General fiction|
|Bates, Laura||Shakespeare Saved My Life||Biography|
|Castillo, Linda||After the Storm||Mystery|
|Conrad, Joseph||A Personal Record||Biography|
|Griffiths, Tim||Endurance||General fiction|
|Grippando, James||Cash Landing||General fiction|
|Hannon, Irene||Trapped||General fiction|
|Harman, Patricia||The Reluctant Midwife||Historical Fiction|
|Henderson, Dee||Taken||General fiction|
|Hood, Ann||Providence Noir||Mystery|
|Kingsolver, Barbara||The Poisonwood Bible||General fiction|
|Macomber, Debbie||Promise Me Forever||General fiction|
|Pataki, Allison||The Accidental Empress||Historical Fiction|
|Rubin, Gretchen||The Happiness Project||Biography|
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