If you’re wondering what to do on all these rainy April days, you might want to consider checking out some of our newest books:
The Prince of Bagram Prison: a Novel, by Alex Carr
New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, c2008.
“Army Intelligence reservist Kat Caldwell is teaching Arabic at a military college in Virginia when the order comes: Retired spy chief Dick Morrow needs to find a CIA informant who has slipped away from his handler in Spain and may be heading to Morocco.” “Jamal was a prisoner whom Kat interrogated when she worked at Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan. Having gained his trust, she is now expected to discover his whereabouts on a treacherous trail that leads from Madrid’s red-light district to the slums of Casablanca. But when a British special forces soldier is murdered just as he is about to give testimony on the death of a Bagram detainee, Kat begins to suspect that the real story here is one of the cover-up of U.S.-sanctioned torture. And when in desperation Jamal contacts his former CIA handler, he unwittingly rekindles a bitter struggle between the one man who can save him and the one who wants him dead.”
A Brief History of Anxiety – Your and Mine, by Patricia Pearson
New York : Bloomsbury, 2008.
“Those of us who silently cope with anxiety disorders at last have a witty, articulate champion in Patricia Pearson, an award-winning journalist who has suffered from incapacitating bouts of dread since childhood.” “In this blend of fascinating reportage and poignant memoir, Pearson questions what it is about twenty-first-century American culture that is making people anxious, and offers some surprising answers – as well as some inspiring solutions based on her own fierce battle to drive the beast away.” “Drawing on personal episodes that are by turns gripping and laugh-out-loud funny, Pearson delves into the history and geography of anxiety in a quest to understand this most ancient of human emotions. Why do we feel fear even when it has no cause? What triggers phobias? Why are Americans so much more likely to have clinically significant levels of anxiety than their Mexican neighbors? Why did Darwin treat his hypochondria with sprays from a hose? Why have we forsaken the insights of some of our greatest philosophers, theologians, and psychologists in favor of prescribing addictive drugs? Finally, Pearson documents her struggle to withdraw from antidepressants and to find more self-aware and philosophically grounded ways to strengthen the soul.”
J-Pop Idol, by Toko Yashiro
“Everyone dreams about being the next J-Pop Idol! Best friends Mika, Kay, and Naomi win a nationwide singing contest, setting them on their way to stardom. But only Mika is offered a recording contract, and if she takes this chance to pursue her love for music, her friendship with Kay might be finished! And when Mika meets Ken–her boy-band idol growing up–she might have found more than just a music producer who promises to make her a household name. But it isn’t long before she discovers that Ken is paying his own price for his love of music…”
Scoot!, by Cathryn Falwell
New York : Greenwillow Books, 2008.
“Extraordinary paper collages accompany a high-spirited romp at the pond that involves everyone but “six silent turtles [that] sit still as stones.” Strong, predictable rhymes bounce across the pages: “Wood ducks glide./Water striders slide./Salamanders dash./Tadpoles splash.” Unusual, lively words extend vocabulary: “Wriggle! Waggle! Scuttle! Skim!/On every reed and stone and limb!” The creatures hustle along until a strong wind surprises everyone and helps the log the turtles are on speed away. “Notes from Frog Song Pond” shows a photo of the author’s tree house from which she observes critters and lists names of animals in the book and additional information about some of them. Children will also enjoy the “Printing Textures” page, which has directions and examples of creative textures, including bubble wrap and a broccoli flower. This is an engaging book for young children, but it could also inspire older readers to play with language and use vivid word pictures to add life to writing.”—Lee Bock, School Library Journal
And if none of these titles interest you, don’t worry – there’s more where that came from. Check out the complete list of new titles.