Based on the Book

The Monument’s Men is currently playing at the Alliance Public Library, and is brilliantly cast! The movie is based on the book of the same name by Robert M. Edsel, which is available here at the library.

At the same time Adolf Hitler was attempting to take over the western world, his armies were methodically seeking and hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe. The Fuehrer had begun cataloguing the art he planned to collect as well as the art he would destroy: “degenerate” works he despised.

In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Momuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture.

Focusing on the eleven-month period between D-Day and V-E Day, this fascinating account follows six Monuments Men and their impossible mission to save the world’s great art from the Nazis.

New Adult Fiction

new bookwormThe Last Dead Girl by Harry Dolan: A chance encounter draws David close to Jana, an enigma living in a run-down apartment and sporting a bruise on her cheek that she refuses to explain. David would like to know her secrets, but he lets them lie–until it’s too late.

Hazardous Duty by W.E.B. Griffin: Mexican drug cartels are shooting up the streets of Laredo and El Paso. Somali pirates are holding three U.S. tankers for ransom. The President is fed up and has what he thinks is a pretty bright idea-to get hold of Colonel Charley Castillo and his merry band and put them on the case.

What Darkness Brings by C.S. Harris: The death of a notorious London diamond merchant draws aristocratic investigator Sebastian St. Cyr and his new wife Hero into a sordid world of greed, desperation, and the occult.

The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson: Working for a prominent member of the NAACP in 1946 when a request comes from her favorite childhood author to investigate the murder of a black war hero, Regina Robichard travels to Mississippi, where she navigates the muddy waters of racism, relationships, and her own tragic past.

Hostage by Kay Hooper: Haven operative Luther Brinkman has been sent into the wilderness of the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee to locate escaped felon Cole Jacoby, a mentally unstable bank robber.

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd: The story follows Hetty “Handful” Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family.

The Night Guest by Fiona MacFarlane: An elderly Australian woman lets a mysterious and possibly sinister caretaker into her beach-side home and into her life

The Red Road by Denise Mina: Police Detective Alex Morrow is entwined in a case involving abrutal arms dealer and a priviledged Scottish lawyer.

Innocent Blood by James Rollins: The second installment in the bestselling gothic series, about an ancient order who speak the truth behind Christ’s miracles and strive to protect the world from evil.

Bambi Review

I recently read the book Bambi by Felix Salten, and I highly recommend it as a spring read.

Bambi is not just the story of a fawn who looses his mother and must learn to make his way in the world. Instead, it is the author’s take on what life in the forest must be like through the eyes of deer and other animals. There are the obnoxious and vocal birds, the chatty squirrells, the proud owls, and the gentle deer who all interact to create an imaginative community. Then there is He – the one who brings death and who is unnatural in every way that the animals are not.

And Chapter VIII – oh beautiful Chapter VIII! This is perhaps one of the best chapters ever written. By anyone. Ever. Two leaves, the last to cling to a winter tree, discuss “falling” as if they were two elderly friends visiting about death as they look out the window sipping tea. The chapter is short, sweet and supremely beautiful.

And while the story of Bambi was immortalized by Disney, this book is somehow completely separate in its own right. This book is worthy of the title Classic, and after reading it, I will never look at deer the same way again. Available in our collection under JF SAL.

Here is Chapter VIII in its entirety:

Bambi, Chapter VIII by Felix Salten

The leaves were falling from the great oak at the meadow’s edge. They were falling from the trees.

One branch of the oak reached high above the others and stretched far out over the meadow. Two leaves clung to it’s very tip.

“It isn’t the way it used to be,” said one leaf to the other.

“No,” the other leaf answered. “So many of us have fallen off to-night we’re almost the only ones left on our branch.”

“You never know who’s going to go next,” said the first leaf. “Even when it was warm and the sun shone, a storm or a cloudburst would come sometimes, and many leaves were torn off, though they were still young. You never know who’s going to go next.”

“The sun seldom shines now,” sighed the second leaf, “and when it does it gives no warmth. We must have warmth again.”

“Can it be true,” said the first leaf, “can it really be true, that others come to take our places when we’re gone and after them still others, and more and more?”

“It is really true,” whispered the second leaf. “We can’t even begin to imagine it, it’s beyond our powers.”

“It makes me very sad,” added the first leaf.

They were silent for a while. Then the first leaf said quietly to herself, “Why must we fall?…”

The second leaf asked, “What happens to us when we have fallen?”

“We sink down….”

“What is under us?”

The first leaf answered, “I don’t know, some say one thing, some another, but nobody knows.”

The second leaf asked, “Do we feel anything, do we know anything about ourselves when we’re down there?”

The first leaf answered, “Who knows? Not one of all those down there has ever come back to tell us about it.”

They were silent again. Then the first leaf said tenderly to the other, “Don’t worry so much about it, you’re trembling.”

“That’s nothing,” the second leaf answered, “I tremble at the least thing now. I don’t feel so sure of my hold as I used to.”

“Let’s not talk any more about such things,” said the first leaf.

The other replied, “No, we’ll let be. But– what else shall we talk about?”

She was silent, but went on after a little while, “Which of us will go first?”

“There’s still plenty of time to worry about that,” the other leaf assured her. “Let’s remember how beautiful it was, how wonderful, when the sun came out and shone so warmly that we thought we’d burst with life. Do you remember? And the morning dew, and the mild and splendid nights….”

“Now the nights are dreadful,” the second leaf complained, “and there is no end to them.”

“We shouldn’t complain,” said the first leaf gently. “We’ve outlived many, many others.”

“Have I changed much?” asked the second leaf shyly but determinedly.

“Not in the least,” the first leaf assured her.

“You only think so because I’ve got to be so yellow and ugly. But it’s different in your case.”

“You’re fooling me,” the second leaf said.

“No, really,” the first leaf exclaimed eagerly, “believe me, you’re as lovely as the day you were born. Here and there may be a little yellow spot but it’s hardly noticeable and only makes you handsomer, believe me.”

“Thanks,” whispered the second leaf, quite touched. “I don’t believe you, not altogether, but I thank you because you’re so kind, you’ve always been so kind to me. I’m just beginning to understand how kind you are.”

“Hush,” said the other leaf, and kept silent herself for she was too troubled to talk anymore.

Then they were both silent. Hours passed.

A moist wind blew, cold and hostile, through the tree tops.

“Ah, now,” said the second leaf, “I…..” Then her voice broke off. She was torn from her place and spun down.

Winter had come.

Based on the Book

The highly anticipated screen adaptation of the first book in the Divergent series by Veronica Roth was released on Friday. Be sure to pick up a copy of the book here in the library!

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

New Adult Non-Fiction

new bookwormHero by Rhonda Byrne: Twelve of the most successful people living in the world share their seemingly impossible stories, and reveal that you were born with everything you need to live your greatest dream.

I Know: from a brother who lived to change by Keith Becker: The author tells the story of how Jesus Christ dramatically touched his life and turned him onto the narrow road after he suffered the loss of his brother during a night of partying in Kearney, Nebraska.

The Loudest Voice in the Room by Gabriel Sherman: How the brilliant, bombastic Roger allies built FOX news–and divided a country.

People Tools by Alan C. Fox: Presents strategies people can employ to build and strengthen the personal relationships he believes are the hallmarks of a successful career and enjoyable life

All Gone by Alex Witchel: The author’s account of her experiences with her mother’s presenile dementia.

Thank You For Your Service by David Finkel: Finkel, a journalist, follows the soldiers who serve in the Iraq War as they struggle to reintegrate into American society.

Animal Earth by Ross Piper: Text and photographs look at the bizarre appearances and hidden lives of mostly small scale creatures of planet Earth.

The Easy Way to Stop Smoking by Allen Carr: The author offers a step-by-step approach to stop smoking without the use of nicotine substitutes.

Just Don’t Fall by Josh Sundquist: The author describes losing his left leg to cancer and his determination to become a ski racer in the 2006 Paralympics in Turin, Italy.

Bernard Clayton’s New Book of Breads: Bernard Clayton travels the world finding original recipes for some of the world’s most beautiful and delicious breads.

George Washington’s Secret Six by Brian Kilmeade: Portrays the intelligence agents who were recruited by George Washington to gather information secretly and thus contributed significantly to the general’s successes in the Revolutionary War.

New Adult Fiction

new bookwormKing and Maxwell by David Baldacci: The teenage son of a missing soldier in Afghanistan hires Sean King and Michelle Maxwell–former Secret Service agents turned private investigators–to solve the mystery surrounding his father.

The Spymistress by Jennifer Chiaverini: Pledging her loyalty to the North at the risk of her life when her native Virginia secedes, Quaker-educated aristocrat Elizabeth Van Lew uses her innate skills for gathering military intelligence to help construct the Richmond.

The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly: Attorney Mickey Haller defends a suspect accused of killing a prostitute, whom Mickey represented years early and thought he had helped change her life.

Command Authority by Tom Clancy: There’s a new strong man in Russia but his rise to power is based on a dark secret hidden decades in the past. The solution to that mystery lies with a most unexpected source, President Jack Ryan.

Billionaire Blends by Cleo Coyle: When a car bomb nearly kills tech whiz Eric Thorner, Clare comes to his aid and he hires her for an extraordinary project: creating the world’s most expensive coffee blend.

Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich: Stephanie Plum must try and find mobster Salvatore “Uncle Sunny” Sunucchi, and to make things more complicated she is also helping to solve a murder in which her grandmother played bingo with the victim.

What I Had Before You by Sarah Cornwell: Returning home with her teenage daughter and her son Daniel, who has bipolar disorder, Olivia must finally embrace the birthright inherited from her mother, Myla, a beautiful and erratic psychic, when Daniel disappears.

Fear Nothing by Lisa Gardner: Detective D.D. Warren has a new foe as a serial killer, who is unable to feel pain, terrorizes Boston.

Snowblind by Christopher Golden: The small New England town of Coventry is haunted by its memories of a deadly winter… in which loved ones were lost, families torn apart, and a town buried in a terrible blizzard.

The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman: In the early twentieth century, a romance is sparked between freak show performer, Coralie Sardie, and young immigrant photographer, Eddie Cohen.

Innocence by Dean Koontz: During a night excursion to the library, Addison an outsider who lives with his face hidden, meets Gwyneth, a girl who cannot bear to be touched, and together they face the most terrifying night of their lives, and may possibly see the end of the world by dawn.