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April / May 2013 Collection Spotlight

Here are some great titles for your reading and viewing pleasure, selected by the staff of Collection Development Services. Highlights include exciting new fiction debuts, a popular children's fiction series now available in ebook format, DVDs and audiobooks to help you celebrate National Poetry Month, new Spanish language biographies about notable Hispanics, and nonfiction titles exploring the intense and unpredictable worlds of Africa, South America, and heavy metal music.

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Fyre by Angie Sage

In this stunning conclusion to the children's fantasy series that began with the book Magyk, fourteen-year-old Septimus Heap embarks on a final journey against the Darke that will test all of his powers, skills, and loyalites. All seven of the books in the Septimus Heap series as well as the recent novella The Darke Toad are now available as ebooks on Overdrive.

Children's Fiction ebook

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Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly Mccreight

Fans of Jodi Picoult will enjoy this debut novel that tells the story of litigation lawyer and single mother Kate Baron, who is leveled by grief after her high-achieving 15-year-old daughter Amelia is caught cheating and apparently commits suicide. Kate must reconstruct the pieces of Amelia's life to find the truth and vindicate the memory of the daughter whose life she could not save. Hardcover & ebook.

Fiction

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Under Tower Peak by Bart Paul

Military sniper Tommy Smith returns to his former life as a cowboy and wilderness guide in California's Sierra Nevada, but his peaceful life is compromised when he discovers a wrecked plane that draws him into a world of violence. This debut thriller has a writing style that is reminiscent of James Lee Burke.

Fiction

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Heart of Palm by Laura Lee Smith

This impressive debut novel shows us the engagingly flawed Bravo family who are being offered millions of dollars for their backwoods land on Florida's Intracoastal Waterway. If you like books with a dark sense of humor, you will enjoy this family in chaos.

Fiction

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The Last Telegram by Liz Trenow

Looking for something new for your book club? Try this debut novel, in which a woman finally confronts the disastrous decision that has haunted her since World War II when she was caught in a love triangle with a British pilot and a German refugee. Hardcover & ebook.

Fiction

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Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal  by Jon Wiederhorn & Katherine Turman

From Sabbath to Slipknot, Louder Than Hell is the definitive oral history of heavy metal, straight from the mouths of those who defined it. The book was crafted from more than 400 interviews conducted over the past 25 years by music journalists Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman.  From groundbreaking innovations such as the dawn of distortion and the birth of cookie monster vocals to amazing tales of destruction and wild sexual escapades, this book has it all. Discover how Faith No More accidentally created rap-metal and who invented the "devil horns" and how most people do it wrong. To paraphrase Spinal Tap, how much more metal can you get? None, none more metal.

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The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari  by Paul Theroux

Happy again, back in the kingdom of light, writes Paul Theroux as he sets out on a new journey through the continent he knows and loves best. Theroux first came to Africa as a 22-year-old Peace Corps volunteer, and the pull of the vast land never left him. Now he returns, after fifty years on the road, to explore the little-traveled territory of western Africa and to take stock both of the place and of himself. The Last Train to Zona Verde is a fitting final African adventure from the writer whose gimlet eye and effortless prose have brought the world to generations of readers.

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The Girl With No Name: The Incredible Story of a Child Raised by Monkeys  by Marina Chapman

In 1954, four-year-old Marina Chapman was abducted from her South American village and then abandoned deep in the Colombian jungle. Two days later, half-drugged, terrified, and starving, she came upon a troop of capuchin monkeys. Acting entirely on instinct, she tried to do what they did: she ate what they ate, copied their actions, and learned to fend for herself. So begins the story of her five years among the monkeys, during which time she gradually became feral. Society reclaimed her at age ten when she was discovered by a pair of hunters who took her to the lawless Colombian city of Cucuta where, in exchange for a parrot, they sold her to a brothel. But her adventure was far from over...

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The Complete Stories of Evelyn Waugh by Evelyn Waugh

A new audiobook production featuring thirty-nine short stories by the brilliant satirest Evelyn Waugh, spanning the entire career of this great modern writer and undisputed comic genius, and narrated by the remarkable Simon Prebble.

Downloadable Audiobook

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From Shakespeare with Love: The Best of the Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare's Sonnets, one of the most remarkable collections of poetry, was first published more than 400 years ago by Mr. Thomas Thorpe. This selection of 80 of the finest poems are read by leading actors.

Audiobook

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A Child’s Garden of Poetry

A mix of lyrical animation, poems on screen, and live-action scenes, featuring some of the world's greatest poets, from William Shakespeare to Langston Hughes.

Children's DVD

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Black Butterflies

Poetry, politics, madness, and desire collide in the true story of Ingrid Jonker, the woman hailed as South Africa's finest poet

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Mi Mundo Adorado by Sonia Sotomayor

The first Hispanic American U.S. Supreme Court justice tells the story of her life before becoming a judge in an inspiring, suprisingly personal memoir. Hardcover & ebook.

Spanish Language Nonfiction

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Micky: Un Tributo Diferente  by Martha Figueroa

This tribute to singing star Luis Miguel, known to many as The Sun, relates 30 years of professional success with never-before-published episodes of his personal life, love, parties, friendships, and more. The unique writing style inlcudes stories, anecdoetes, experiences, souvenirs, crafts, memorabilia, and creations of his devoted fans.

Spanish Language Nonfiction

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La Chica de Cartagena: La Mujer Que Puso en Jague al Servicio Secreto do los Estados Unidos by Dania Londoño

Written by the woman at the center of the Secret Service scandal in Colombia, this biography recounts her life as well as the incident that made headlines.

Spanish Language Nonfiction