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New Adult Nonfiction

  • The Resolution for Women by Priscilla Shirer: Presents resolutions for Christian women, identifying important characteristics for success in faith, family, and growth, and provides biblical references and advice on achieving these personal standards.
  • Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony by Jeff Ashton: Prosecutor Jeff Ashton presents his version of the 2011 Casey Anthony murder trial. Also available in Large Print.
  • Don’t Count On It by John C. Bogle: John C. Bogle, the founder and retired CEO of The Vanguard Group, examines the American financial system, discussing the difference between market expectations and realities, and describing the failures of money managers, the consequences of short-term speculation over long-term investment, and other related topics.
  • Dont’ Look Behind You and Other True Cases by Anne Rule: A collection of four true stories about unsuspecting victims of violent crimes who died at the hands of someone they trusted.
  • Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman: Offers women practical advice on how they can start losing weight, with suggestions to help them improve their daily diet and make educated choices about food and nutrition.
  • God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours by Neil Pasricha: Contains brief essays in which comedy writer Neil Pasricha shares his observations on some of the little things in life that make people happy, such as popping bubble wrap, solving the “Wheel of Fortune” puzzle first, and seeing someone laugh in their sleep.
  • Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller: The author provides an account of her mother Nicola Fuller’s life, from being raised in Kenya to moving around the continent with her husband in search of a home, and describes her devotion to her family and land.
  • American Sniper by Chris Kyle: U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan(“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle’s masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time.
  • The Journal of Best Practices: One Man’s Journey to Beings a Better Husband by David Finch: At some point in nearly every marriage, a wife finds herself asking, What the @#!% is wrong with my husband?! In David Finch’s case, this turns out to be an apt question. Five years after he married Kristen, the love of his life, they learn that he has Asperger syndrome. Determined to change, David sets out to understand Asperger syndrome and learn to be a better husband

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Adult Non-Fiction

  • Boomerang Kids by Carl Pickhardt: The author shares his theory about why many eighteen to twenty-three-year-olds are failing to succeed on their own and returning to their parents for money, emotional support, problem-solving advice, and shelter, and offers parents advice on how they can better prepare their children for adulthood.
  • At Willa Cather’s Table: Includes a collection of recipes from Willa Cather’s work, her family and friends, the places that were meaningful to her, and from the Cather foundation and its loyal friends.
  • The Eighty Dollar Champion: Snowman, the horse that inspired a nation by Elizabeth Letts: Chronicles the life and legacy of a horse named Snowman, describing how he was bought off a truck bound for the slaughterhouse by Harry de Leyer, and detailing the horse’s successes along the show-jumping circuit.
  • Prairie Schooner Fall and Winter 2011 Issues: A collection of poetry, short fiction and essays published quarterly by the English Department of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  • The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull and the Battle of Little Big Horn by Nathaniel Philbrick: Draws on native testimony, archaeological evidence, and firsthand observations of the battlefield to examine facts and myths about the Battle of Little Bighorn and provide an account of the final days of the battle between George Armstrong Custer’s battalion and the warriors of Sitting Bull’s village.
  • Mail-Order Kid by Marilyn June Coffey: Tells the story of Teresa Martin, who was shipped to cold-hearted “parents” in Kansas during the massive Orphan Train exodus where she encountered a strange Volga German world that included whippings and sexual abuse

Non-Fiction DVDs

  • Milk:  A fact-based drama about Harvey Milk, the openly gay activist and San Francisco politician who was murdered along with Mayor George Moscone by disgruntled city supervisor Dan White in 1978.
  • United 93: Re-creating the harrowing events aboard United Airlines Flight 93 in real time, documentary filmmaker Paul Greengrass presents the unforgettable drama of Sept. 11, 2001, as experienced by those on board and by those watching in horror on the ground.
  • Incident at Oglala: the Leonard Peltier Story: Chronicles the controversial events surrounding the shooting of two FBI agents on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation in 1975, resulting in the conviction of Sioux activist Leonard Peltier.
  • The Kennedys: Twentieth-century America’s most storied political family gets the epic treatment in this miniseries that spans three decades of Kennedy history. The chronicle begins with Joseph Kennedy Sr.’s power plays and ends with his son Bobby’s assassination.
  • Lady Gaga: One Sequin at a Time: This documentary-style portrait of pop idol Lady Gaga — better known to her friends and family as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta — leaves no sequin unturned in its search for the truth about her origins, her music and her artistic influence.

New Holiday DVDs

With Christmas quickly approaching, and families gathering for for a bit of Christmas cheer, I thought I’d share a list of new Holiday DVDs the whole family can enjoy.

  • HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS: Embittered, green-haired hermit the Grinch lives in the mountains above the village of Whoville. The Whos love Christmas, and the Grinch hates the Whos, so he conspires to keep Christmas from coming. Includes three bonus films.
  • A YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS / RUDOLPH’S SHINY NEW YEAR / NESTER THE LONG EARED DONKEY: Santa Claus decides to take the year off, Rudolph finds himself in a race against time, and a loveable donkey finds a special use for his long ears in this collection of classic Christmas films.
  • FROSTY’S WINTER WONDERLAND / THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS: Frosty the Snowman’s marriage is threatened by Jack Frost and a small mouse nearly ruins Christmas for the entire town in these two classic animated features.    
  • RUDLOPH AND FROSTY’S WINTER IN JULY: The story of how Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer got his shiny nose and how he befriended Frosty the Snowman. When the cheery duo tries to help a needy circus get back on its feet, their archenemy, a wicked wizard named Winterbolt, will stop at nothing to stop them.
  • JACK FROST: The whimsical tale follows winter’s sprightly spirit Jack Frost as he falls in love with a lovely lady named Elise. Father Winter turns Jack into a human so he can win Elise’s heart, but alas, she’s already engaged to a knight. When Evil King Kubla Kraus kidnaps Elise, Jack changes back into a spirit to rescue her.
  • CHRISTMAS EVE ON SESAME STREET: Find out how everyone on Sesame Street celebrated Christmas Eve.
  • ELMO SAVES CHRISTMAS: Find out what the world would be like if everyday were Christmas.
  • RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: Rudolph’s strangely glowing red nose makes him a joke to everyone at the North Pole. Feeling like a misfit, Rudolph runs away and teams with Hermey the elf and prospector Yukon Cornelius; the trio face down the dreaded Abominable Snow Monster and gain the respect of Santa and the others.
  • SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN: A friendly postman tells the story of Kris Kringle, an orphan taken in by a family of toymakers. Despite the grouchy protests of Burgermeister Meisterburger and the Winter Warlock, Kringle decides to bring some yuletide joy to the children of Sombertown.
  • FROSTY THE SNOWMAN / FROSTY RETURNS: In Frosty the Snowman, a magician’s discarded hat gives life to a snowman, who quickly wins the hearts of all the town’s children. In Frosty Returns, Frosty and his friends must stop an inventor’s plot to go public with a diabolical creation: an aerosol spray that can melt massive amounts of snow.
  • HOLIDAY TV CLASSICS: A varied collection of holiday themed classic television programming.
  • IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: George Bailey is a good man who’s spent a lifetime giving up on his dreams in order to keep life in his small town humming. When a guardian angel named Clarence finds a despondent George poised to jump off a bridge, he shows George what life would’ve been like had he never been born.
  • THE CHRISTMAS TOY: Fearful of being replaced by new presents, Rugby the Tiger and other old toys venture from the playroom to meet their new friends under the Christmas tree.

New Adult Fiction Titles

Ghost Story by Jim Butcher: Wizard detective Harry Dresden must work without the help of magic to save his friends and his soul after he is murdered by an unknown assassin, while also trying to avoid dark spirits who want payback.

Full Black by Brad Thor: Scott Harvath is called on to infiltrate a terrorist network that is trying to destroy the United States government through a wave of devastating terrorist attacks, and when a Hollywood producer unknowingly exposes one of the world’s most politically connected power brokers, Scot will be forced to take drastic measures to protect him and the country from total devastation.

Justice by Karen Robards:Criminal attorney Jessica Ford has done everything to comply with the Secret Service’s unofficial witness protection program’s orders since witnessing the First Lady’s murder, but when she wins a high-profile court case, agent Mark Ryan, who happens to be Jessica’s ex-boyfriend, fears she has put herself at risk of being recognized and will stop at nothing to protect her from a would-be assassin.

Miss Peregrin’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs: Sixteen-year-old Jacob, having traveled to a remote island after a family tragedy, discovers an abandoned orphanage, and, after some investigating, he learns the children who lived there may have been dangerous and quarantined and may also still be alive.

Rogue Island by Bruce DeSilva: Liam Mulligan, newspaper reporter with a vast network of contacts, attempts to expose an arsonist who is systematically burning down his old neighborhood.

Gamble by Dick Francis: Nick “Foxy” Foxton returns to Aintree as a spectator years after a near-fatal accident stole his dreams of being a world-class jockey, only to witness his American colleague Herb Kovak shot at close range, and a threatening note found in Kovak’s pocket makes Foxy question how well he really knew his friend, and whether the legacy Kovak left him is a gift or a poisoned chalice.

The Explorer’s Code by Kitty Pilgrim: Cordelia Stapleton learns she is heir to the land on which the Global Seed Vault in Norway sits, and that clue’s to the location of the valuable deed may be hidden in the journal of her great-great-grandfather. When the journal is stolen and her quest for the truth takes her around the world and into the middle of a dangerous conspiracy.

The Girl Who Disappeared Twice by Andrea Kane: Veteran family court judge Hope Willis gathers a team of investigators after her daughter, Krissy, is kidnapped, and she uses her incredible ability to read people while her crew looks around Krissy’s house and visits a nervous spouse and a nanny who hides on her cellular phone.

No Rest for the Dead by Jedd Abbott: A curator at San Francisco’s McFall Art Museum is murdered and his wife, Rosemary, is tried, convicted, and executed. Ten years later, Detective Jon Nunn uncovers evidence that convinces him the wrong person was put to death.

Watch Me Die by Erica Spindler: Mira Gallier finds her life blossoming after years of pain over the loss of her husband in Hurricane Katrina, but everything changes when she is attacked by a man known as “The Preacher,” who is soon after found dead unfolding a horrific series of events.

Eyes Wide Open by Andrew Gross: Jay Erlich is filled with questions when the body of his nephew is found at the bottom of a cliff, the apparent victim of a suicide, and he travels to California to help his grieving, older brother Charlie, only to find himself sucked back in to Charlie’s past, which includes ties to a notorious serial killer.

Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan: Four women from the Kelleher family gather at the family beach home in Maine, each hoping to find a new outlook on life as three generations help one another deal with sibling rivalry, alcoholism, social climbing, and good old fashioned Catholic guilt.

New Adult Nonfiction

  • A Place of Yes: 10 rules for getting everything you want out of life by Bethenny Frankel: Draws from her personal experiences of a difficult childhood, failed relationships, and financial struggles to share ten rules she developed for pursuing her goals and creating a successful, happy, healthy life.
  • You Had Me at Woof: How Dogs Taught Me the Secret to Happiness by Julie Klam: A woman recounts how owning dogs, particularly a Boston terrier named Otto, has taught her valuable life lessons and inspired her to rescue dogs in need.
  • 500 Butterflies: Butterflies from Around the World by Ken Preston-Mafham: Provides information on five hundred species, subspecies, and forms of butterflies, covering their natural history, distribution, habitats, diets, behavior, reproduction, and taxonomy.
  • The Complete Book of Patchwork Quilting and Applique by Linda Seward: Step-by-step illustrations present the basic craft techniques for quilting, perfect patchwork, and other projects.
  • 175 Best Babycakes Cupcake Maker Recipes by Kathy Moore and Roxanne Wyss: Contains 175 recipes for use with the widely popular Babycakes Cupcake Maker home appliance.
  • Cinch! Conquer Craving, Drop Pounds and Lose Inches! by Cynthia Sass: Presents a plan designed to help dieters feel full and energized while losing weight quickly, featuring an initial five-day program in which dieters detox from junk food by eating only five foods in various combinations, followed by a twenty-five-day program of eating fat-burning, metabolism-boosting foods. Includes meal plans.
  • The Miracle of Freedom by Chris and Ted Stewart: Identifies and discusses seven points in history which led to freedom for part of the world’s population, including the defeat of the Assyrians as they tried to destroy the kingdom of Judah, the conversion of Constantine to Christianity, the Mongols’ failure in conquering Europe, and the discovery of the New World.
  • The 17 Day Diet: a Doctor’s Plan for Rapid Results by Mike Monroe: Outlines a diet that is structured around four seventeen-day cycles and designed to adjust metabolism to flush sugar and fat stores; and includes a list of foods, recipes, and sample meal plans to aid in grocery shopping.
  • The Greater Journey: American’s in Paris by David McCullough: Tells the stories of American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others who spent time in Paris between 1830 and 1900, pursuing knowledge that would help them excel in their careers, including Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor in America, author James Fenimore Cooper, pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk, medical student Oliver Wendell Holmes, and many others.
  • A Stolen Life by Jaycee Duggard: Chronicles the eighteen years she spent in captivity, describing what happened after she was kidnapped at age eleven in 1991, the abuse she endured, the birth of her two daughters, the events leading up to her release, and her struggle to adjust to life once she was reunited with her family.
  • The Aging Myth: unlocking the mysteries of looking and feeling young by Dr. Joseph Chang: Describes his work in identifying aging-related genes and offers easy-to-follow steps for living and looking younger.

New DVDs

  • Sucker Punch: Locked away against her will, Babydoll is determined to fight for her freedom and urges four fellow captives to band together and try to escape their would be fate at the hands of their captors
  • Unknown: Martin Harris returns home after spending three days in a coma, to find that his wife doesn’t recognize him and another man is living in the house under his name. The imposter shares all of Martin’ memories, experiences and knowledge down to the last details, and he must work to discover if it is an elaborate hoax or his own paranoid delusion.
  • Beastly: A modern retelling of “Beauty and the Beast” from the point of view of the Beast, a vain Manhattan private school student who is turned into a monster and must find true love before he can return to his human form.
  • The Adjustment Bureau: After catching a glimpse of his future, a man chooses to fight for his own destiny under and through the streets of New York, risking his destined greatness, in order to be with the only woman he’s ever loved.
  • Changeling: a True Story: In Los Angeles, 1928, a single mother returns from work to find her son missing. When he is returned five months later she is sure this child is not really her son. In her quest for truth, she exposes a world of corruption and changes the city forever.
  • Into the Deep: A colorful foray into the kelp forests located off California’s Channel Islands.
  • Survival Island: Follows the return of animals to the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia, the only land for thousands of square miles suitable for breeding that plays host to a large portion of the world’s population of elephant seals, penguins, albatross and fur seals.
  • The King’s Speech: When England’s throne is thrust upon him, admidst royal family scandal and impending world war, King George VI must overcome a lifelong, debilitating speech impediment to lead his nation.
  • Pillars of Freedon: Explains the roles played by the three branches of the U.S. government: Congress, Presidency and the Supreme Court.
  • Red Riding Hood: When the villagers of Daggerhorn are terrorized by a werewolf who walks among them as a human during the day, a young woman named Valerie learns they share a unique connection that makes her both suspect and bait.
  • Secret Yellowstone: Travel off-road to reveal as National geographic reaveals the real Yellowstone.
  • Secret Yosemite: Travel off-road with National Geographic Society to reveal the real Yosemite.
  • Vanishing of the Bees: Chronicles the innermost thoughts and feelings of beekeepers and scientists as they fight to preserve the honeybee and understand the phenomenon of Colony Collapse Disorder.
  • America’s Heart & Soul: Take a journey that weaves across the nation, revealing a tapestry of ordinary people living extraordinary lives as they follow their dreams with the freedom of spirit that’s uniquely American.

New Adult Fiction Titles

  • Now You See Her by James Patterson: An innocent man accused of murder forces Nina Bloom, a successful lawyer and mother, to return to Florida, where she must face a deadly secret she has kept for eighteen years in order to prevent the wrong man from paying for a killer’s crimes.
  • Chime by Franny Billingsley: In the early twentieth century in the Swampsea, seventeen-year-old Briony, who can see the spirits that haunt the marshes around their town, feels responsible for her twin sister’s horrible injury until a young man enters their lives and exposes secrets that even Briony does not know about. 
  • Edge of Apacolpyse by Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall: Weapons designer Joshua Jordan, having created a sophisticated missile defense system, finds he is at risk of being sold out by the American government, which wants to avoid an economic catastrophe, and, as he tries to decide what course of action to take, he is faced with biblical prophecies about the apocalypse as well as the personal consequences of trying to save the nation.
  • Midsummer Night by Freda Warrington: On a British estate, the veil between two worlds is easily breached, resulting in a local artist’s accidental discovery of the fairy Aethrials.
  • Betrayal of Trust by J.A. Jance: Seattle private investigator J. P. Beaumont agrees to help the governor of Washington clear his grandson of the murder of a girl that was videotaped and found on the young man’s phone, and soon realizes there might be multiple minors responsible for her death and the crime has much deeper implications than he originally believed.
  •  Escape by Barbara Delinsky: Emily Aulenbach, a thirty-two-year-old lawyer who is married to another lawyer, has a startling moment of self-realization and decides to act on impulse, pack a bag, and embark on a journey to a mountain town in New Hampshire, where Emily suspects she made her first wrong turn in life.
  • Lion of Babylon by Davis Bunn: Marc Royce is called to war-torn Baghdad to search for missing intelligence agent Alex Baird and while searching for his missing friend, Marc uncovers a kidnapping conspiracy involving American and local officials that could derail peace efforts in the Middle East and get him killed.
  • Overbite by Meg Cabot: Meena, now using her power to see how anyone she meets will die to work for the Palatine Guard as a vampire hunter, and her partner, demon hunter Alaric Wulf, do not trust Father Henrique, who has joined the fight against a deadly new threat that is endangering the lives of the Palatine as well as Meena’s friends and family.
  • Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen: Homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles are called to Boston’s Chinatown to investigate the murder of a young woman who has been nearly decapitated and their only clue leads them back to a cold case from nineteen years earlier that is linked to a mysterious martial arts master and an ancient Chinese legend.
  • Side Jobs by Jim Butcher: Collects short stories and one novella in which Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, and his colleagues solve a number of cases in record time.
  • Song of the Dragon by Tracy Hickman: While the races remain enslaved by the elves of the Rhonas Empire, a determined dwarf teams up with Drakis, a human slave warrior, with aims to change the world.
  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin: Silas Jones ended his friendship with Larry Ott after Larry was suspected in the disappearance of a girl he was dating, and now, twenty-five years later, another woman has disappeared and Larry is once again implicated, leaving Silas, the local constable, questioning what he really knows about his old friend.
  • A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin: New threats emerge to endanger the future of the Seven Kingdoms, as Daenerys Targaryen, ruling in the East, fights off a multitude of enemies, while Jon Snow, Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, faces his foes both in the Watch and beyond the great Wall of ice and stone.
  • Hell is Empty by Craig Johnson: Sheriff Walt Longmire is asked to transport Raynaud Shade, an adopted Crow Indian who has just confessed to murdering a boy ten years ago and burying him in the Bighorn Mountains, and when he recognizes the last name of the victim and learns that the boy’s body is buried in his jurisdiction, Longmire is determined to make sure justice is served.

New Fiction and YA Titles

All the Lives He Led by Pohl Frederik: Brad Sheridan is happy to get a job working at a theme park in Pompeii but is distracted when his girlfriend goes missing. He tries to clear his name of suspicion, while uncovering a terrorist plot which can wipe out all of humanity.

Miss Entropia and the Adam Bomb by George Rabasa: From the moment Adam meets Pia, the two mental patients are inextricably connected. From hijacking a van, hiding her in his room and then spiriting her away to remote woods, the pyromaniacal “Miss Entropia” becomes the focus of everything Adam does, and his possessiveness is destined to push her to the edge.

Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand: Meredith Martin Delinn, under siege after it is learned her husband cheated rich investors out of billions of dollars, persuades her estranged friend Connie Flute to take her along to Connie’s house in Nantucket, where the two women, both nursing their broken hearts, learn lessons of love, healing, and redemption.

Buried Secrets by Joseph Finder: Nick Heller comes to the aid of family friend Marshall Marcus, whose daughter Alexandra has been kidnapped and held captive in an underground crypt. As Nick digs deeper into Marshall’s life, he finds criminal activities have left behind scores of enemies that reach to the highest levels of government.

House Divided by Mike Lawson: When the NSA records the murder of two American civilians while conducting illegal wiretapping operations, political fixer Joe DeMarco finds himself rendered a pawn in a lethal game between a master spy and a four-star army general.

Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool: Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker is the daughter of a drifter who, in the summer of 1936, sends her to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up, and where she hopes to find out some things about his past.

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness: In Prentisstown everyone can here everyone else’s thoughts resulting in a sea of noise. Unexpectedly, a young boy and his dog find a spot of silence. In a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible is hidden, a secret so terrible that the two friends must run for their lives.

The Ask and the Asking by Patrick Ness: Alternate chapters follow teenagers Todd and Viola, who become separated as the Mayor’s oppressive new regime takes power in New Prentisstown, a space colony where residents can hear each other’s thoughts.

Monster of Men by Patrick Ness: As a world-ending war surges to life around them, Todd and Viola face monstrous decisions, questioning all they have ever known as they try to step back from the darkness and find the best way to achieve peace.

The Curse of the Wendigo by Richard Yancey: In 1888, twelve-year-old Will Henry chronicles his apprenticesiph with Dr. Warthrop, a New England scientist who hunts and studies real-life monsters, as they discover and attempt to destroy the Wendigo, a creature that starves even as it gorges itself on human flesh.