Masks from Different Cultures: collected by Sonya Wood Mahler⌦Masks can be found in every culture and as far back in time as the first people living in caves. Some masks have religious purposes. Some are used in funerals, in theater and dance, and for festivals and holidays. In Mobile, where I grew up, and all along the Gulf Coast, masks are a big part of the Mardi Gras holidays. My first mask was a Mardi Gras cat mask that I bought in 1977. As I began to travel to other countries, I realized that each had its own kind of unique and beautiful masks. I like to meet and visit with the maker of the mask that I buy so I can learn more about it and about their culture. A detailed description of each mask is on an info sheet on the case.
“Pam’s Pick” this week does not have a mask but it does have the Bannon Brothers. Federal criminal investigator Deke Bannon is rugged and powerful and just as dangerous as his older brothers. But TV anchor Kelly Johns, who is tracking an explosive story behind a deadly international gang, may be more than his match.
New Fiction: “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline, this is a powerful tale of second chances and unexpected friendship. Molly learns from helping elderly widow Vivian Daly that they aren’t as different as they appear. Molly is being raised by foster parents and Vivian was an orphan. Both have unanswered questions about their past.
“The Time Between” by Karen White, this is the story of two generations of sisters and of secrets. Eleanor goes back to the island of her childhood to take care of an elderly woman who has just lost her sister under mysterious circumstances. Eleanor hopes to finally learn the truth about her past and the secrets that will heal her relationship with her own sister.
“NOS4A2” by Joe Hill (the son of Stephen King), this is a thrilling novel of supernatural suspense. Charles likes to take children for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce with the vanity plate NOS4A2. Victoria is the only child to escape the evil. All grown up and desperate to forget she learns Charlie is back on the road and looking for revenge.
“Plugged” by Eoin Colfer, this is the first book in the Dan McEvoy series. Dan has a problem people around him are dying. Dan has the mob, cops and an unstable neighbor after him. His only clue points to a crooked doctor who just gave Dan hair implants. Can Dan find the killer before he is plugged for good?
“Nowhere to Run” by C. J. Box, this is a Joe Pickett novel. This is Joe’s last week as the temporary game warden. When he heads out on what he thought was his last patrol he didn’t know how accurate that might turn out to be.
“Choke Point” by Ridley Pearson, this is a Risk Agent novel. The Risk Agents have an assignment that drops the duo into the world of child slave labor. They team up with a reporter who cares more about the story than about safety, and everyone is seeking a little girl who holds the key to stopping the abuse.
“Protector” by Diana Palmer, this is a new novel in the Long Tall Texan series. Lawman Hayes Carson is convinced that Minette Raynor is involved with in his brother’s death. Minette is an undercover DEA agent who must decide whether or not to blow her cover to reveal the truth.
“The Eye of Moloch” by Glenn Beck, freedom fighter Molly Ross is back in this new thriller. The last battle for freedom is underway. On one side, an unlikely band of ordinary Americans ready to make their last stand in defense of self-rule, freedom, and liberty, and on the other, an elite cabal of self-styled tyrants who believe that unlimited power should be wielded only by the chosen few. That group, led by an aging, trillionaire puppet-master named Aaron Doyle, will stop at nothing to destroy the myth that man is capable of ruling himself. Who will win?
New Christian Fiction: “The Sheriff’s Surrender” by Susan Page Davis, this is the first book in the Ladies Shooting Club series. Gert Dooley is a crack shot so when murder strikes she is called upon to teach the ladies how to protect themselves and their families. Soon the Sheriff is asking for their help too.
“The Tutor’s Daughter” by Julie Klassen, this is the story of Emma a young lady determined to help her father. They travel to Cornwall for him to tutor four young men. When mysterious things begin to happen Emma must figure out which brother is to blame.
New Non-fiction: “Tough Guys and Drama Queens” by Mark Gregston, this book is to help parents with their teenage children.
“The Essential Cancer Treatment Nutrition Guide & Cookbook” by Jean LaMantia, this book includes 150 healthy and delicious recipes to help cancer patients and caregivers get through treatments by eating healthier.
“Help Your Kids with Math” edited by Mark Lloyd, this is a unique step-by-step visual guide to make math easier to understand than ever before.
“The Women’s Health Big Book of Abs” by Adam Bornstein, this book will help you sculpt a lean, sexy stomach with 197 ultra-effective exercises.
“You’re Perfect…” and Other Lies Parents Tell” by Loni Coombs, this book takes a look at parenting and how to equip the children with better social skills.
“The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Trees” by David More, this is a magnificent guide to nearly 2,000 tree species and cultivars found in North America and Europe.
“Make’em Laugh: the Funny Business of America” by Laurence Maslon, each chapter focuses on a different style of comedy from slapstick pratfalls to wise guy put-downs.
“The Creation of Anne Boleyn” by Susan Bordo, this is a new look at England’s most Notorious Queen. The story of the woman behind all the mythologies.
New Kentucky Non-fiction: “Pursuit: the Chase, Capture, Persecution & Surprising Release of Confederate President Jefferson Davis” by Clint Johnson, this is a fascinating portrait of one of America’s most complex and enduring figures.
New Biography: “Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations” by Peter Evans, this is the stunning story of a legendary star’s public and private lives.
New Reference Books: “The Official 2014 Blackbook Price Guide of United States Paper Money,” “The Official 2014 Blackbook Price Guide of United States Postage Stamps,” “American Medicall Association Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Care,” “The Encyclopedia of Drug Abuse,” “Where to Retire,” “The Sports Rules Book,” and “Dictionary of Pseudonyms.”
New Audio Books: “Second Honeymoon” by James Patterson, “Ladies’ Night” by Mary Kay Andrews, “The Hit” by David Baldacci, and “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
New CDs: “Native” by OneRepublic, “Bon Iver,” and “Teenage Dream: the Complete Confection” by Katy Perry.
New DVDs: “42: the Jackie Robinson Story,” “A Good Day to Die Hard,” “Father of the Bride,” and American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars.”
New TV Seasons: “A Woman of Substance” (miniseries) and “Prison Break” season 1. Happy Summer Reading!
The Cadiz Record’s Library Notes feature is submitted by John L. Street Library Director Pam Metts.