I wanted a political quote to introduce “Pam’s Picks” in the Non-fiction category for this week. “Decision Points” by former President George W. Bush. This book is a candid and gripping account of the critical decisions that shaped his presidency and personal life.
Just a few more “political” books. “Pinheads and Patriots: Where You Stand in the Age of Obama” by Bill O’Reilly, in this spirited book, O’Reilly offers a blunt and constructive political commentary.
“Broke: The Plan to Restore Our Trust, Truth and Treasure” by Glen Beck, this book exposes the truth about what we’re really facing. Most people have seen pieces of the puzzle, but very few have ever seen the whole picture.
“Tears of a Clown: Glenn Beck and the Tea Bagging of America” by Dana Milbank, this is a look at multimillionaire real American Glenn Beck, host of the national television and radio shows.
“The American Presidents: Biographies of Our Chief Executives” by David C. Whitney, this book illuminates the lives, times, and legacies of the 44 men who have shaped the office and our nation.
Then, “Pam’s Fiction Picks.”
“Fall of Giants” by Ken Follett, this is book one of the Century Trilogy. A magnificent new historical epic. It follows the fates of five families thru WWI forward. If you know Ken Follett then you know this book will be great!
“Reversal” by Michael Connelly, Michey Haller and Harry Bosch are back together again. They join forces against a brutal killer.
“Chasing the Night” by Iris Johansen, this is an Eve Duncan thriller. Eve is asked to help find Catherine Ling’s son. The boy went missing nine years ago. Eve who lost her daughter Bonnie must face many demons of her own to help.
Then, a few Christmas Books!
“Gingerbread Cookie Murder” by Joanne Fluke, a yuletide special. Hannah Swensen of the Cookie Jar in Lake Eden, Minn., wants her neighbor Ernie Kusak to simply lower the volume on his too loud Christmas outdoor display, but she soon discovers Ernie with his head bashed in. Now she has her work cut out for her to find the killer.
“Call Me Mrs. Miracle” by Debbie Macomber, this is a heartwarming story. This Christmas, Emily is working in the toy department of the last family-owned department store in New York City. And her boss is Jake Finley, the owner’s son. For Jake, holiday memories of brightly wrapped gifts, decorated trees and family were destroyed in a Christmas Eve tragedy years before.
Now Christmas means just one thing to him and to his father. Profit. Holly Larson needs a miracle, too. She wants to give her eight-year-old nephew, Gabe, the holiday he deserves. Holly’s widowed brother is in the army and won’t be home for Christmas, but at least she can get Gabe that toy robot from Finley’s, the one gift he desperately wants.
If she can figure out how to afford it. Fortunately, it’s Mrs. Miracle to the rescue. Next to making children happy, she likes nothing better than helping others and that includes doing a bit of matchmaking!
“Betty Crocker Christmas Cookbook,” “A Homemade Christmas” with Creative Ideas for an Earth Friendly, Frugal, and Festive Holiday.
New Audio Books: “The Search” by Nora Roberts, and “Family Ties” by Danielle Steel.
New CDs: “Glory in the Highest” by Chris Tomlin, “Let It Snow!” by Michael Buble, “A Winter Symphony” by Sarah Brightman, and “My Christmas” by Andrea Bocelli.
New DVDs: “The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry” and “Ladies of the House.”
Book Signing and Talk: Michael Freeland will be here Saturday, Dec. 18, from 10 a.m. until 12 noon. Mr. Freeland has written a new book, “Time and the River” this is a memoir. Mr. Freeland’s first book was “Blood River to Berlin.” He will have both books on sale for $25 each.
The Cadiz Record’s Library Notes feature is submitted by John L. Street Library Director Pam Metts.