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June 2012—


Review of non-fi ction by Janet Mills 1. Warren Buffet Invests Like a Girl—And

Why You Should, Too by Louann Lofton. Warren Buffet and the women of the world have one thing in common—they are better investors than men. There are several reasons that they are better. Women spend more time researching a company. They don’t become over confi dent on their decisions and are not susceptible to peer pressure. Men tend to trade more often and lack the research, lose some returns on the costs for buying and selling and capital gains taxes. At the end of the book is the glossary listing of the best books to help an investor make the right decisions. The book ends with interview with Lauren Templeton, Capital Management and Candace King Weir whose company is Paradigm Capital Management. 2. Secret Weapon—How Economic

Terrorism Brought Down the U.S. Stock Market and Why It Can Happen Again by Kevin Freeman. Freeman tells us in his book that the greedy Wall Street executives were not the ones to blame for the economic warfare, but America’s foreign enemies to deliberately pushing our economy to the brink. Many analyses attributed to oil prices but instead to a blitzkrieg of short selling as a tool for terrorists. Was this the plan long threatened by Osama bin Laden to destroy our economy? As Freeman kept working on a “white paper” the possibilities kept mounting of evidence that terrorists had indeed nearly destroyed the stock market. Finally, Freeman took his concerns to the Pentagon and was taken very seriously. This is a book that should be read by all concerned citizens about the possibility of the short selling and other attacks on our economy. 3. Recipes from Our Italian Kitchen—

The Tuscan Sun Cookbook by Francis and Edward Mayes. Francis has written many bestselling memoirs about Tuscany. This is her fi rst ever cookbook, and her husband shares it with Francis. The photographs of the people, the food and the place add much to this delightful book. Their essentials of the Tuscan kitchen are the basic sauces, when once made up can be the beginning of many recipes. The book carries the reader all the way from antipastos to desserts. None of the recipes were long. What a lovely gift this book would be to anyone who loves to cook. New Fiction in the Ed Robson Branch Library, compiled by Sandy Edwards The Road to Grace (The Walk No.3) by

Richard Paul Evans (Fiction) Reeling from the sudden loss of his wife, his

home and his business, Alan Christoffersen, a once-successful advertising executive, has left everything he knew behind and set off on an extraordinary cross-country journey. Carrying only a backpack, he is walking from Seattle to Key West, the farthest destination on his map. Now almost halfway through his trek, Alan sets out to walk the nearly 1,000 miles between South Dakota and St. Louis, but it’s the people he meets along the way who give the journey its true meaning: a mysterious woman who follows Alan’s walk for close to a hundred miles, the ghost hunter searching graveyards for his wife, and the elderly Polish man who gives Alan a ride and shares a story that Alan will never forget. Hard Country by Michael McGarrity

(Western) Hard Country is a rare and extraordinary

story of one family’s struggle to settle and endure in the vast, untamed territory of New Mexico. In the wake of the death of his wife as she gives birth to his son, and the killing of his brother on the West Texas plains, John Kerney is forced to give up his ranch, leave his son behind, and strike out in search of the murderous outlaws and a place where he can start over. He drifts south until he meets a man who offers him work trailing cattle to the New Mexico Territory and forever changes his life. Spanning the years of 1875 to 1918, Hard Country is the Western reinvented and enlarged into a saga that above all celebrates the people and the land of the great Southwest.

Beach House Memories by Mary Alice

Monroe (Fiction) In 1974, America was changing, but

Charleston remained eternally the same. Lovie had always done what was expected— marrying the son of a historic Charleston family, Stratton Rutledge, and turning over her fortune and fate to his control. But one thing she steadfastly refuses to relinquish: her family’s old seaside cottage. The precious summers spent on the barrier island are Lovie’s refuge. Here she can escape with her children from the social expectations of her traditional Southern mother, and her overbearing husband’s ambition and philandering. Here she indulges her lifelong vocation as a “Turtle Lady,” tending the loggerhead sea turtles that lay their eggs in the warm night sand and then slip back into the sea. This summer, however, is different. Visiting biologist Russell Bennett arrives on the island to research the loggerheads. What begins as a shared passion for the turtles changes to a love far more passionate and profound than Lovie has ever known—but one that forces her to face the most agonizing decision of her life. For Charleston’s elite, divorce is an unforgivable scandal, and Stratton’s infl uence is far-reaching. If Lovie dares to dream beyond a summer affair, she risks losing everything: her reputation, her wealth, even her precious children. 11th Hour (Women’s Murder Club) by

James Patterson (Mystery) Lindsay Boxer is pregnant at

last! But

her work doesn’t slow for a second. When millionaire Chaz Smith is mercilessly gunned down, she discovers that the murder weapon is linked to the deaths of four of San Francisco’s most untouchable criminals. And it was taken from her own department’s evidence locker. Anyone could be the killer—even her closest friends. Lindsay is called next to the most bizarre crime scene she’s ever seen: two bodiless heads elaborately displayed in the garden of a world-famous actor. Another head is unearthed in the garden, and Lindsay realizes that the ground could hide hundreds of victims. A reporter launches a series of vicious articles about the cases, and Lindsay’s personal life is laid bare. But this time she has no one to turn to—especially not Joe. 11th Hour is the most shocking, most emotional, and most thrilling Women’s Murder Club novel ever. Stolen Prey by John Sandford (Mystery) Lucas Davenport has seen many terrible

murder scenes. This is one of the worst. In the small Minnesota town of Deephaven, an entire family has been killed—husband, wife, two daughters, dogs. There’s something about the scene that pokes at Lucas’ cop instincts—it looks an awful lot like the kind of scorched-earth retribution he’s seen in drug killings sometimes. But this is a seriously upscale town, and the husband was an executive vice president at a big bank. It just doesn’t seem to fi t. Until it does. And where it leads Lucas will take him into the darkest nightmare of his life. Overseas by Beatriz Williams (Romance) When twenty-something Wall Street

analyst Kate Wilson attracts the notice of the legendary Julian Laurence at a business meeting, no one’s more surprised than she is. Julian’s relentless energy and his extraordinary intellect electrify her, but she’s baffl ed by his sudden interest. Why would this handsome British billionaire—Manhattan’s most eligible bachelor—pursue a pretty but bookish young banker who hasn’t had a boyfriend since college? The answer is beyond imagining—at least at fi rst. Kate and Julian’s story may have begun not in the moneyed world of twenty- fi rst-century Manhattan but in France during World War I, when a mysterious American woman emerged from the shadows of the Western Front to save the life of Captain Julian Laurence Ashford, a celebrated war poet and infantry offi cer. Now, in modern- day New York, Kate and Julian must protect themselves from the secrets of the past and trust in a true love that transcends time and space. 


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