Inyo County Free Library - New Acquisitions

These are books and media new to the library and cataloged by the Inyo County Free Library.

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The solitary house: a novel

By Shepherd, Lynn

Publishing Date: c2012

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

Summoned to the offices of Victorian London's most powerful and dangerous solicitors, disgraced police officer turned independent detective Charles Maddox turns to his famous but aging investigator uncle to identify who has been sending threatening letters to a client.

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The English girl: a novel

By Silva, Daniel

Publishing Date: 2013

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

The wayward son of Israeli intelligence, Allon is plunged into a high stakes game of murder, espionage, and corruption after a beautiful young British woman vanishes on the island of Corsica, which threatens to destroy a prime minister's career.

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Safe haven

By Sparks, Nicholas

Publishing Date: 2012, c2010

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

"When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family. But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her-- a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo's empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards-- and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven"-- Cover.

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Friends forever: a novel

By Steel, Danielle

Publishing Date: c2012

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

Forging inseparable bonds in childhood that reinforce them throughout their teen years, two girls and three boys go their separate ways as adults and encounter respective tragedies and transformations. By the best-selling author of Happy Birthday.

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The valley of amazement

By Tan, Amy

Publishing Date: 2013

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

Violet Minturn, a half-Chinese/half-American courtesan who deals in seduction and illusion in Shanghai, struggles to find her place in the world, while her mother, Lucia, tries to make sense of the choices she has made and the men who have shaped her.

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Secrecy: a novel

By Thomson, Rupert

Publishing Date: 2013

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

Zummo, a Sicilian sculptor, is summoned by Cosimo III to join the Medici court. Late seventeenth-century Florence is a hotbed of repression and hypocrisy. All forms of pleasure are brutally punished, and the Grand Duke himself, a man for whom marriage has been an exquisite torture, hides his pain beneath a show of excessive piety.

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The bathing women: a novel

By Tie, Ning

Publishing Date: 2012

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

Follows the lives of four women from childhood during China's Cultural Revolution to adulthood in its new market economy.

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The song of everlasting sorrow: a novel of Shanghai

By Wang, Anyi

Publishing Date: c2008

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

Enamored by Hollywood in prerevolutionary China, Wang Qiyao serendipitously poses for a photograph that is chosen for the cover of Shanghai Life magazine. Dubbed "A Proper Young Lady of Shanghai," she wins second runner-up in a 1946 beauty pageant and is soon mistress to a wealthy benefactor. After his death, marriage in her fallen state is out of the question, and Wang Qiyao embarks on a lonely, decades-long journey through Shanghai's myriad longtang , or "vast neighborhoods inside enclosed alleys." In a beautifully constructed cyclical narrative from Wang Anyi (Baotown ), fashion serves as the lens through which Wang Qiyao analyzes her descent from fleeting fame to desperate anonymity. Charting her fortunes becomes a metaphor for a vanished way of Shanghai life in this ingenious tale: friends and lovers come and go, Maoist China undergoes immense social and political changes (none explicitly detailed), yet Wang Qiyao finds that "[t]here are only so many designs, and their rotation is what defines fashion. Only sometimes a cycle drags on too long." As the novel builds to its tragic conclusion, the manner in which character types and events recur against the city's shifting backdrop is impossible to forget. (Mar.) [Page 153]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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The interestings

By Wolitzer, Meg

Publishing Date: 2014, c2013

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

The kind of creativity that is rewarded at age fifteen is not always enough to propel someone through life at age thirty; not everyone can sustain, in adulthood, what seemed so special in adolescence. The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. The friendships endure and even prosper, but also underscore the differences in their fates, in what their talents become and the shapes their lives take.

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Clara Callan: a novel

By Wright, Richard Bruce

Publishing Date: 2002

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

A novel of World War II follows the adventures of two Canadian sisters who struggle against social convention--one in a small town in Ontario, the other in New York City.

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Redeployment

By Klay, Phil

Publishing Date: 2014

Classification: FIC

Call Number: SS

The author's stories take readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos. In "Redeployment", a soldier who has had to shoot dogs because they were eating human corpses must learn what it is like to return to domestic life in suburbia, surrounded by people "who have no idea where Fallujah is, where three members of your platoon died." In "After Action Report", a Lance Corporal seeks expiation for a killing he didn't commit, in order that his best friend will be unburdened. A Morturary Affairs Marine tells about his experiences collecting remains of U.S. and Iraqi soldiers both. A chaplain sees his understanding of Christianity, and his ability to provide solace through religion, tested by the actions of a ferocious Colonel. And in the darkly comic "Money as a Weapons System", a young Foreign Service Officer is given the absurd task of helping Iraqis improve their lives by teaching them to play baseball. These stories, written with a hard-eyed realism and stunning emotional depth, reveal the intricate combination of monotony, bureaucracy, comradeship and violence that make up a soldier's daily life at war, and the isolation, remorse, and despair that can accompany a soldier's homecoming. Across nations and continents, the author sets in devastating relief the two worlds a soldier inhabits: one of extremes and one of loss. -- Provided by publisher.

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The fun parts

By Lipsyte, Sam

Publishing Date: c2013

Classification: FIC

Call Number: SS

Presents a collection of stories featuring such characters as a deranged male birth doula, an aerobics instructor trying to save her soul, and a doomsday hustler.

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I want to show you more: stories

By Quatro, Jamie

Publishing Date: c2013

Classification: FIC

Call Number: SS

A collection of short fiction offers a disquieting portrait of infidelity, faith, and family.

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The empty family: stories

By Tóibín, Colm

Publishing Date: 2011

Classification: FIC

Call Number: SS

A collection of short fiction includes "The Street," in which Pakistani workers in Barcelona pursue a taboo affair; and "Two Women," in which a taciturn Irish set designer confronts repressed emotions while working in her homeland.

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Southern heat

By Burnsworth, David

Publishing Date: 2014

Classification: M

Call Number: M

"Gunshots echo down an antebellum Charleston alley. Brack Pelton, an ex-racecar driver and Afghanistan War veteran, witnesses the murder of his uncle, Reggie Sails. Darcy Wells, the pretty Palmetto Pulse reporter, investigates Reggie's murder and targets Brack. The sole heir of his uncle's estate, Brack receives a rundown bar called the Pirate's Cove, a rotting beach house, and one hundred acres of preserved and valuable wetland along the Ashley River. A member of Charleston's wealthiest and oldest families offers Brack four million dollars for the land. All Brack wants is his uncle's killer. From the sandy beaches of Isle of Palms, through the nineteenth-century mansions lining the historic Battery, to the marshlands surrounding the county, Southern Heat is drenched in the humidity of the lowcountry"--

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Hard going: a Bill Slider mystery

By Harrod-Eagles, Cynthia

Publishing Date: 2014

Classification: M

Call Number: M

The murder comes--much to Slider family's disgust--during his week off, saving him from the horrors of a trip to the shopping centre with his two older children. The late Mr Lionel Bygood, who looks, to all intents and purposes, like an old-fashioned sort of gentleman, has been bashed in the head with a bronze statue, in what Doc Cameron describes as 'our old friend the Frenzied Attack'. It soon emerges that Mr Bygood was a philanthropist, well-known locally for giving help and advice to all who needed it, from all walks of life. But with all signs pointing to the victim knowing his killer, Slider and his team find themselves embroiled in an investigation that provides scant evidence or possible motive, but all too many suspects.

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The body in the gazebo: a Faith Fairchild mystery

By Page, Katherine Hall

Publishing Date: 2011

Classification: M

Call Number: M

When an audit finds money missing from the minister's discretionary fund at Aleford's First Parish Church, suspicion falls on Faith's husband, the Rev. Thomas Fairchild, the only person with access to the account. To complicate matters, Ursula Rowe, Faith's friend Pix Miller's elderly and ailing mother, asks Faith's help in dealing with the disquieting letters she's recently received. Secrets, the kind that fester and can make even strong people ill, reach back to the 1920s.

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Painted ladies

By Parker, Robert B.

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: M

Call Number: M

Called upon by The Hammond Museum and renowned art scholar Dr. Ashton Prince, Boston PI Spenser accepts his latest case: to provide protection during a ransom exchange-money for a stolen painting. The case becomes personal when Spenser fails to protect his client and the valuable painting remains stolen.

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Still life

By Penny, Louise

Publishing Date: 2006

Classification: M

Call Number: M

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sr?ete du Quebec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.--From publisher description.

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Brooklyn graves: an Erica Donato mystery

By Stein, Triss

Publishing Date: 2014

Classification: M

Call Number: M

Compelled to solve the brutal murder of a family man at the same time she is assigned to catalog letters by a Tiffany employee from a century earlier, Erica Donato uncovers disturbing links between the cases and an off-limits mausoleum.