Great Reads: Library offers books from other-worldly to gadget mania

By Roberta Cianciosi

January 29, 2013 - 10:51 am
Roberta Cianciosi

You may be aware yours truly is not a fan of eBooks as I prefer the traditional way of reading. However, as a public service for our own Maricopa Public Library, I want to remind you that eBooks are now available.

All library patrons who prefer reading eBooks just need to click here to download the 3M app for your computer device and set up your account. For further information, just ask library staff for assistance.

Whether you prefer books or eBooks, there are many new titles to choose from as 2013 gets underway.

Ariel S. Winter’s debut novel The Twenty-Year Death (Hard Case Crime) features an unusual twist. It consists of three novels set in three different periods: France in 1931, Hollywood in 1941 and 1951. While they may be three different cases, when combined they tell one story about an author’s life shattered in violence.

Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl is the finale to the series Beautiful Creatures. Ethan Wate left Gatlin to protect what was most important to him the people he loved especially Lena Duchannes. In this adventure he seeks to return and be reunited with Lena.

The Third Bullet: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel by Stephen Hunter features former Marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger who begins an investigation into the death of former President John F. Kennedy. However, a member of the CIA’s Plans Division unit is out to stop Swagger from learning the truth of that mysterious third bullet.

Ever After is Kim Harrison’s 11th book in the Hollows series featuring the supernatural adventures of Rachel Morgan. In this new adventure Rachel must team with elven tycoon Trent Kalamack to rescue her best friend and goddaughter.

Robin Cook’s Nano, brings back character Pia Grazdani introduced in Cook’s previous novel Death Benefit. Pia decides to take a year off from medical school and takes a job with Nano LLC, a nanotechnology company near the Rockies. Everything about the place is secretive and she is warned not to ask questions, but when a colleague takes ill she uncovers something more dangerous than she ever imagined.

Gwen Frazier returns to the small town of Wilby Oregon in Jayne Ann Krentz’s Dream Eyes (Dark Legacy Novel) when her mentor and friend Evelyn Ballinger dies. Sent in to help is psychic investigator Judson Coppersmith, a man battling his own demons and his growing attraction to Gwen.

A beautiful Kashmir shawl is found and folded within is a lock of a child’ hair, leading Mair Ellis on a search to find the meaning of it all in The Kashmir Shawl by Rosie Thomas.

The late Robert Jordan fascinated readers with his Wheel of Light saga and it continues in A Memory of Light written by Brandon Sanderson and edited by Jordan’s widow.

Bestselling author Sue Grafton celebrates the anniversary of her first book featuring private eye Kinsey Millhone with Kinsey and Me: Stories. Grafton writes nine stories about Kinsey and gives readers a glimpse of her life as well.

Valerie Harper played the likeable Rhoda Morgenstern for many years on one of television’s best comedies The Mary Tyler Moore show. In her memoir, she talks about the role that led to a remarkable career in television and Broadway in I, Rhoda.

Leslie Maitland tells the story of her mother in Crossing the Borders of Time: A True Love Story of War, Exile and Love Reclaimed. As a young woman her mother was separated from the man she loved and who for 50 years treasured his picture despite being married to someone else.

If the newest technology has you baffled and leaves you with more questions than answers, the following resource guides may help you. Here’s a list of the newest additions to the library’s technology section:

My Pinterest by Michael Miller.
My iPhone (Covers iPhone 4, 4S and 5, Running iOS 6) 6th edition by Brad Miser.
My iPad (Covers iOS 6 on iPad 2 and iPad 3rd Generation), 5th edition by Gary Rosenzweig.
My iMovie by Michael Grothaus and Dave Caolo.
My Galaxy SIII by Steve Schwartz.
My Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 by Ted LoCascio.
My Windows 8 by Katherine Murray.
My Samsung Galaxy Nexus by Craig James Johnston.
My Macbook: Mountain Lion Edition by John Ray.
My iPad for Kids by Sam Costello (2nd edition).

Last, but not least, is the newest book chosen for Oprah’s 2.0 book club titled The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis. It’s the story of Hattie Shepherd who leaves Georgia for Philadelphia and who’s life is told in 12 stories about her and the nine children she raised. 

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