New Adult Fiction

new bookwormThe Second Sister by Marie Bostwick: Years of long workdays as a political campaigner are about to pay off now that Lucy Toomey’s boss is entering the White House. But when her estranged sister unexpectedly dies, Lucy is drawn back to her small Wisconsin hometown

The Decision by Wanda Brunstetter: Moving from Pennsylvania, finding rewarding work, and leaving heartbreak behind is the best decision Jonah ever made. But is he ready to consider love again when he meets Elaine Schrock? Will his heart mend when she chooses loyalty over love?

Pride vs. Prejudice by Joan Hess: To exact revenge on the county prosecutor, Claire tracks down the defendant of a murder case, a woman accused of murdering her husband, and vows to help prove her innocence in court.

Falling in Love by Donna Leon: Attending a performance by a opera star he saved in Death at La Fenice, Brunetti learns that the singer is being stalked by an obsessed fan who subsequently attacks a fellow performer.

The Angel Court Affair by Anne Perry: Thomas Pitt is sent to protect Sofia Delacruz, a young and British preacher, but when kidnappers manage to reach Sofia murdering two of her companions in the process, he the message the lovely evangelist was meant to deliver was far more urgent than he knew.

The Love Letters by Beverly Lewis: Marlena Wenger, an aunt from the Beachy Amish caring for her infant niece, finds comfort and hope from an Old Order Amish mother and her family who extend friendship to a homeless man, whose few possessions include a collection of love letters.

Emma by Alexander McCall Smith:The summer after university, Emma returns to Highbury where she will live with her health-conscious father until she is ready to launch her interior-design business. In the meantime, she will do what she does best: offer guidance to those less wise in the ways of the world than herself.

NYPD Red 3 by James Patterson: When a billionaire’s chauffeur is brutally murdered and his son is abducted, NYPD Red Detective Zach Jordan and his ex-girlfriend partner, Kylie MacDonald, realize that their own lives are becoming more threatened as they get closer to solving the case.

A Dangerous Place by Jacqueline Winspear: Arriving in turbulent 1937 Gibraltar in the aftermath of a tragedy, Maisie Dobbs raises the British Secret Service’s suspicions through her involvement in the murder of a Sephardic Jewish photographer.

New DVDs

movie nightExodus: Gods and Kings: The defiant leader Moses rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.

Foxcatcher: The true story of Olympic wrestling gold medal-winning brothers Mark Schultz and Dave Schultz and their fatal relationship with the eccentric John du Pont, heir to the du Pont dynasty.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: Follows the exploits of eleven-year-old Alexander as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life, a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another.

The Penguins of Madagascar: Super spies Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private join forces with the elite North Wind team to save the world from a bad of evil octopuses.

Unbroken: Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

Birdman, or, (the unexpected virtue of ignorance): An actor famous for portraying an iconic superhero struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.

Boyhood: A story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a boy named Mason, who ages from six to eighteen years old on screen. The film was shot intermittently over a twelve-year period, showing the growth of Mason and his older sister, Samantha, to adulthood.

Interstellar : With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history; traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars.

Mockingjay Part I: Katniss Everdeen awakens to the haunting catacombs of District 13. Still uncertain as to whom she can trust, Katniss must help 13 rise from the shadows, knowing that President Snow has focused his hatred into a personal vendetta against her and her loved ones.

The Hobbit: battle of the five armies: Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard the treasure as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice.

New Fiction

new bookwormA Reunion of Ghosts by Judith Claire Mitchell: Written as the confessional of three sisters who have decided to kill themselves on the very last day of the 20th century. Inspired in part by the troubled life of Fritz Haber, Nobel Prize winner and inventor of mustard gas

Epitaph by Mary Doria Russell: The story of the woman behind the myth: Josephine Sarah Marcus, who loved Wyatt Earp for forty-nine years and who carefully chipped away at the truth until she had crafted the heroic legend that would become the epitaph her husband deserved

Miss Julia Lays Down the Lay by Ann Ross: It’s November and Miss Julia is looking forward to some quiet time before the holidays. That is until snobby Connie Clayborn and her rich husband move to town.

Hot Pursuit by Stuart Woods: While Stone is fending off his newest adversary, the angry ex-boyfriend of his new love interest, trouble is brewing. Several enemy operatives are at large, and only a coordinated intelligence effort will have any chance of stopping their deadly plot.

Sarah’s Quilt by Nancy Turner: In 1906, Sarah Agnes Prine’s family struggles to hold on to their land and faith during a three-year drought, and their hardships only continue when they learn Sarah’s brother and his family have been trapped in the Great San Francisco Earthquake.

The Shadows by J.R. Ward: Two brothers bound by more than blood discover a conspiracy that will change their destiny

Leaving Berlin by Joseph Kanon: In 1948, refugee Alex makes a desperate bargain with the CIA. When things go wrong, Alex finds himself a wanted man. Even worse, he discovers that his real mission is to spy on the woman he left behind, the only woman he has ever really loved.

At the Water’s Edged by Sara Gruen: : After falling from their father’s good graces and cut out os his will, Maddie and Ellis Hyde travel to Scotland in search of the Loch Ness Monster in an attempt to win back the affections of their father, who tried to find the beast himself, but failed.

Mademoiselle Chanel by C.W. Gortner: A creative reimagining of the life of iconic fashion designer Coco Chanel traces the development of her exceptional sewing skills in an orphanage, her transformation into a couturier and the private struggles behind her subsequent fame.

Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline: Single father and psychologist Eric Parrish finds his life crumbling when a mentally ill seventeen-year-old boy is suspected murder, and trying to help, Eric gets thrown into the case and becomes a person of interest.

New Nonfiction

new bookwormData and Goliath by Bruce Schneier: Discusses how personal data from cell phones, e-mails, Internet searches, and social media is being collected and stored by corporations and governments and offers tips for protecting one’s privacy.

Life is . . . by Judah Smith: Life is to enjoy God. Judah writes as a friend, welcoming new believers, lifelong followers of Jesus, and even the merely curious.

Foxcatcher by Mark Schultz: The true story of Olympic wrestling gold medal-winning brothers Mark Schultz and Dave Schultz and their fatal relationship with the eccentric John du Pont, heir to the du Pont dynasty.

Red Notice by Bill Browder: The author shares his experiences working in finance in Russia after the break-up of the Soviet Union, the corruption he found, and the danger her put himself in to expose it.

The Lost Girls: The Lost Girls tells the truly amazing story of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, who were kidnapped, imprisoned, and repeatedly raped and beaten in a Cleveland house for over a decade by Ariel Castro, and their amazing escape in May 2013, which made headlines all over the world.

ISIS: inside the army of terror by Michael Weiss: Explains how ISIS evolved from a nearly defeated Iraqi insurgent group into a jihadi army of international volunteers who behead Western hostages in videos and have conquered territory equal to the size of Great Britain.

More Than Football by Kathy Nelson: Tells the little-known story of George Flippin, the first black man to play for football for the Nebraska Cornhuskers and went on to spend many years as a doctor in Stromsburg, Nebraska.

Lost in Wonder, Love and Praise by Chuck Leypoldt: A memoir of a Nebraska preacher.

The Battle for Moscow by David Stahel: With unparalleled research from previously undocumented army files and soldiers’ letters, Stahel takes a fresh look at the battle for Moscow, which even before the Soviet winter offensive, threatened disaster for Germany’s war in the east.

Prairie Schooner Spring 2015: A collection of contemporary literary works, published quarterly by the University of Nebraska Press, including short fiction, reviews and poetry