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January/February 2014 Collection Spotlight

Here are some great titles for your reading & viewing pleasure, selected by the staff of Collection Development Services. Highlights include new fiction highlighting little-known events in American history, a short story collection featuring stories by several bestselling authors, nonfiction titles shedding light the darker sides of seemingly laid-back lifestyles, new Spanish language fiction from award-winning authors, and new horror DVDs to get your blood pumping.

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A Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith

With expert storytelling, memorable characters, and beautiful prose, April Smith gives us a timeless story set against a little known, yet unforgettable footnote of history. In the 1930's, a group of mothers travel to France to visit the graves of their WWI soldier sons: a pilgrimage that will change their lives in unforeseeable and indelible ways. This timeless story would be great for book clubs.
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Fiction

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The Wind Is Not a River by Brian Payton

A gripping tale of survival and an epic love story in which a husband and wife--separated by the only battle of World War II to take place on American soil--fight to reunite in Alaska's starkly beautiful Aleutian Islands. A powerful, richly atmospheric story of life and death, commitment and sacrifice, The Wind Is Not a River illuminates the fragility of life and the fierce power of love.
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Fiction

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Dangerous Women

This compilation of 21 new and original short stories includes work by several bestselling authors and several set in authors' bestselling continuities--including a new "Outlander" story by Diana Gabaldon, a tale of Harry Dresden's world by Jim Butcher, and a George R.R. Martin novella set in the world of Westeros. Also included are original stories of dangerous women--heroines and villains alike--by Brandon Sanderson, Joe Abercrombie, Sherilynn Kenyon, Lawrence Block, Carrie Vaughn, and many others.
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Fiction

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Thai Stick: Surfers, Scammers, and the Untold Story of the Marijuana Trade by Peter Maguire & Mike Ritter

Until the mid-1970s, most marijuana consumed in the US was imported from abroad and pot from Thailand was especially coveted. Maguire and Ritter are the first historians to document this underground industry in this rare history told from the smugglers' perspective. Drawing on hundreds of interviews with smugglers and law enforcement agents, the authors recount the buy, delivery, voyage home, and product offload and capture the eccentric personalities of the men and women who transformed the Thai marijuana trade.

Nonfiction

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Welcome to Paradise, Now Go to Hell: A True Story of Violence, Corruption and the Soul of Surfing by Chas Smith

For two months every winter, swarms of surfers from around the world flock to Oahu's paradisiacal North Shore in pursuit of some of the greatest waves on earth for surfing's Triple Crown competition. Chas Smith reveals how this influx transforms a sleepy, laid-back strip of coast into a lawless, violent, drug-addled, and adrenaline-soaked mecca. The surf world is far more volatile and complex than outsiders know. It is downright dangerous but also exhilarating, and this story paints a true picture of what it feels like to be in the middle of it all.

Nonfiction

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Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker

Award-winning investigative reporter Robert Kolker delivers a haunting and humanizing account of the true-life search for a serial killer still at large on Long Island, in a compelling tale of unsolved murder and Internet prostitution.
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Nonfiction

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Hot Sur by Laura Restrepo

Esta es una novela sobre una mujer que se encuentra encarcelada por el asesinato de su marido. Escrita por la galardonada autora, Laura Restrepo. This is a novel about a woman who finds herself jailed for her husband's murder, written by award-winning author, Laura Restrepo.

Spanish Language Fiction

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La voz dormida by Dulce Chacón

Una novela de los horrores de la Guerra Civil Española vista a través de un grupo de mujeres confinadas tras las rejas. A novel of the horrors of the Spanish Civil War as seen through a group of women confined behind bars.

Spanish Language Fiction

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Byzantium

Two female vampires wreak havoc on an unsuspecting English seaside community. Shacked up in the seedy Byzantium Hotel, they scheme to keep their secrets from unsuspecting new victims in this stylish new take on the vampire genre.

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You're Next

Aubrey and Paul Davison decide to celebrate their wedding anniversary by inviting their children to a family reunion at their weekend estate. But the reunion goes awry when their home comes under siege by a mask-wearing team of crossbow-bearing assailants.

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