Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Flight by Elephant by Andrew Martin

In the summer of 1942, Gyles Mackrell – a decorated First World War pilot and tea plantation overseer, performed a series of heroic rescues in the hellish jungles of Japanese-occupied Burma – with the aid of twenty elephants.

At the age of 53, Mackrell went into the ‘green hell’ of the Chaukan Pass on the border of North Burma and Assam. Here, Mackrell and a team of elephant riders rescued Indian army soldiers, British civilians and their Indian servants, from the pursuing Japanese, directing the elephants through jungle passes and raging rivers, and territory infested with sand flies, mosquitoes and innumerable leeches. Those he saved were all on the point of death from starvation or fever: that summer was spent in a fight against time.

Now in Andrew Martin’s hands this never-before-told tale of heroics is given the shape of a suspenseful adventure, a wartime rescue whose facts are the stuff of fiction. ‘Flight By Elephant’ is a gripping chronicle of war and survival, starring everyone’s favourite animal – the powerful, exotic and hugely loveable elephant.
Find the book: 940.542591 MARTI

Monday, February 24, 2014

Verdun: The longest battle of The Great War by Paul Jankowski

"February 1916: All month, fog, rain and snow had covered the Champagne and Argonne fronts. On the night of the 19th an east wind brought back stars and moonlight and, in the morning, cloudless blue skies. The next day, Monday the 21st, the earth began to shake. The Germans were attacking Verdun." from Chapter 1.
Paul Jankowski provides a definitive account of the Battle of Verdun, the longest battle of World War I.
940.45272 JANKO

Attached at the Heart

Attached at the Heart

Eight Proven Parenting Principles for Raising Connected and Compassionate Children
By Barbara Nicholson
Attached at the Heart offers readers practical parenting advice for the modern age. In its most basic form, "attachment parenting" is instinctive. A crying baby is comforted and kept close to parents for protection. If hungry, he or she is breastfed. And while it is understood that there is no such thing as perfect parenting, research suggests that there is a strong correlation between a heightened sense of respect, empathy, and affection in those children raised the "attachment parenting" way.

In this controversial book, readers will gain much needed insight into childrearing while learning to trust the intuitive knowledge of their child, ultimately building a strong foundation that will strengthen the parent-child bond.

Contrary to popular belief, "attachment parenting" has been practiced in one form or another since recorded history. Over the years, it had been slowly replaced by a more detached parenting style—a style that is now believed by experts to be a lead contributing factor to suicide, depression, and violence.

The concept of "attachment parenting"—a term originally coined by parenting experts William and Martha Sears—has increasingly been validated by research in many fields of study, such as child development, psychology, and neuroscience. Also known as "conscious parenting," "natural parenting," "compassionate parenting," or "empathic parenting," its goal is to stimulate optimal child development. While many attachment-parenting recommendations likely counter popular societal beliefs, authors Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker are quick to point out that the benefits outweigh the backlash of criticism that advocates of detached parenting may impose.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Two new books by Karen Robards

Caroline Wallace is a top New Orleans PD hostage negotiator who has never failed to get every hostage out alive. This time, the hostages include the chief of police and the mayor.

Dr. Charlotte "Charlie" Stone has dedicated her career as a psychiatrist to exploring the darkest territory of all: the hearts and minds of serial killers. Then murder comes to Charlie's door in the form of a terrified young woman fleeing a homicidal maniac.

Find both books on the New Large Print Table. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Lake of Tears by Mary Logue

The latest Claire Watkins Mystery by Minnesota Author Mary Logue is here!
 Deputy Claire temporarily steps into the role of sheriff of Fort St. Antoine, Wis., just as her college-bound teen daughter, Meg, chooses 26-year-old Andrew Stickler as her new boyfriend. Only later does Meg realize that Andrew, who recently served as a soldier in Afghanistan, is employed by her mother as a deputy—and is a suspect in the murder case Claire is working. from Publisher's Weekly

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Duty by Robert M. Gates

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Robert M. Gates served as secretary of defense from 2006 - 2011. He also served as an officer in the United States Air Force and worked for the CIA before being appointed director of the agency by President George H. W. Bush. Here is his story. Find in new nonfiction: 355.6092 GATES

Monday, February 10, 2014

Fear Nothing by Lisa Gardner

D.D. Warren, a police detective, and Bobby Dodge, a state police sniper, in Boston, Massachusetts are the main characters in this suspenseful series by Lisa Gardner.
Read the books in order:
Alone (2005)
Hide (2007)
The Neighbor (2009)
Live To Tell (2010)
Love You More (2011)
Catch Me (2012)
Fear Nothing (2014)

Fear Nothing

Friday, February 07, 2014

Chasing Shackleton by Tim Jarvis

Vividly illustrated with historical and contemporary photography, Chasing Shackleton tells the unforgettable story of two expeditions, separated by nearly a hundred years but unified in the spirit of epic discovery, adventure, and survival. In celebration of the centenary of Shackleton's legendary journey, join Tim Jarvis on this quest to become the first to re-create what Sir Edmund Hillary called "The greatest survival story of all time!" from the book.
Find in 919.89 JARVI in the new book section of the library.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Delivering Death by Julie Kramer

Read the latest book in the Riley Spartz, TV reporter series by Minnesota author, Julie Kramer.
Follow Riley through many different stories including human teeth sent to Riley in the mail, and mass weddings at the Mall of America. Fun to read with a few crimes included. Find in the New Book Section under Kramer.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Hunting Shadows by Charles Todd

Read the latest in the Ian Rutledge series: Hunting Shadows 
Charles Todd is a pen name used by the American authors Caroline and Charles Todd. This mother-and-son writing team lives in the eastern United States, in North Carolina and Delaware respectively.
The authors are best known for a series of novels, set in post World War I England. The books deal with the cases of Inspector Ian Rutledge, a veteran of the European campaigns who is attempting to pick up the pieces of his Scotland Yard career. However, he must keep his greatest burden a secret: suffering from shell shock, he lives with the constant, cynical, taunting voice of Hamish MacLeod, a young Scots soldier he was forced to execute on the battlefield for refusing an order. from Wikipedia