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 bishop's man: a novel

By MacIntyre, Linden

Publishing Date: c2009

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

Father Duncan MacAskill, already troubled by years of being the bishop's "hatchet man", is sent to a parish church near where he grew up, only to find the memories of the past and new temptations setting him on a possibly disastrous path.

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The perfect Christmas

By Macomber, Debbie

Publishing Date: 2009

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

Thirty-three-year-old Cassie wants a husband and kids, and she turns to Simon Dodson, a professional matchmaker for help. Dodson assigns her three tasks to complete, and despite a number of comical mishaps, Cassie completes them all. Her Christmas match turns out to be a wonderful surprise.

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The next queen of heaven: a novel

By Maguire, Gregory

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

"As the new millennium approaches, the eccentric town of Thebes grows even stranger. Clocked by a Catholic statuette, Mrs. Leontina Scales begins speaking in tongues. Her daughter, Tabitha Scales, and her sons scheme to save their mother or surrender her to Jesus--whatever comes first. Meanwhile, choir director Jeremy Carr, caught between lust and ambition, fumbles his way toward Y2K. Only a modern master like Gregory Maguire can spin a tale this frantic, funny, and farcical. The ancient Sisters of the Sorrowful Mysteries join with a gay singing group. The Radical Radiants battle the Catholics. A Christmas pageant goes horribly awry. And a child is born. THE NEXT QUEEN OF HEAVEN is Maguire's most imaginative story yet"--

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Vacant possession

By Mantel, Hilary

Publishing Date: 2010, c1986

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

Lock your doors, barricade your windows: Muriel Axon is back in town. It's been ten years since she was locked away for killing her mad old mother. Now she wants to lay Mother's ghost to rest and find her missing child. But above all, she wants revenge. Her former social worker and her old neighbors have made new lives, but Muriel, with her talent for disguise, will infiltrate their homes and exploit their talents for self-destruction, until at last all her enemies are brought together for a gruesome finale. Hilary Mantel's razor-sharp wit animates every page. This malevolent black comedy has as many twists and turns as a well-plotted thriller. - (Blackwell North Amer)

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Labor Day

By Maynard, Joyce

Publishing Date: c2009

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

Relates a story of love, sexual passion, painful adolescence, and devastating betrayal as seen through the eyes of a thirteen-year-old boy--and the man he later becomes--looking back on the events of a single long, hot, and life-altering weekend.

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The stray sod country: a novel

By McCabe, Pat

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

In 1958, the residents of Cullymore, Ireland, wrestle with their identities and their fates, including the barber's wife who is obsessed with Laika, the Sputnik dog.

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Driving on the rim

By McGuane, Thomas

Publishing Date: c 2010

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

Struggling to find meaning in a sordid and humiliating youth from which he emerged a doctor through the help of a surrogate father figure, Berl Pickett is charged with negligent homicide in the death of a former lover before finding strength in the human connections he made throughout the years. By the author of Gallatin Canyon.

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The lost sister

By McLean, Russel D.

Publishing Date: 2011

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

Private investigator J McNee returns to business with a new case involving the disappearance of the teenage goddaughter of a local crime boss.

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Under fishbone clouds

By Meekings, Sam

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

This is a universal love story, a family saga, and a journey through Chinese history, myth, and culture. Following a young Chinese couple as their love grows, and is tested, during Mao's Cultural Revolution, this novel provides a rare and personal glimpse into the birth modern China. When the Kitchen God is challenged by the Jade Emperor to fathom the workings of the human heart, he chooses to follow the life of Jinyi and his wife Yuying, from their blossoming love until their old age, in hope of finding an answer. The Kitchen God watches as the new government strictures split their family in two, living inside their hearts as they endure the loss of two children, homesickness, and isolation, all while keeping alive a love that survives famine, forced labor, and even death. Weaving together the story of their life with China's recent political history, as well as traditional folktales and myths, the Kitchen God illuminates the most impenetrable aspects the human condition.

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How to read the air

By Mengestu, Dinaw

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

Leaving behind his marriage and job in New York, Jonas, the son of Ethiopian immigrants, sets out to retrace his mother and father's trip and weave together a family history that will take him from the war-torn Ethiopia of his parents' youth to his life in the America of today.

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Snowdrops: a novel

By Miller, Andrew

Publishing Date: c2011

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

Witnessing the progression of regional corruption in his work as a British lawyer in early 2000s Moscow, Nick Platt rescues two sisters from a purse snatcher and pursues a glamorous romantic relationship with one of the sisters before he is asked to help with a dubious family endeavor.

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The road from Gap Creek: a novel

By Morgan, Robert

Publishing Date: 2013

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

Seen through the eyes of the youngest daughter, Annie, the Richards family faces triumph and hardships during the Great Depression and World War II.

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A tale out of luck

By Nelson, Willie

Publishing Date: 2008

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

"Country legend Willie Nelson makes his fiction debut with an action-packed western set in the semi-fictional town of Luck, Texas"--Provided by publisher.

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Devotion

By Norman, Howard A.

Publishing Date: 2007

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

A rigorous psychological study based on a confrontation between a young man and his new father-in-law.

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Hygiene and the assassin

By Nothomb, Amélie

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

Tells the story of a reclusive and dying Nobel laureate novelist who grants access to five journalists for interviews. What they find is far from the literary luminary they imagined.

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Voice of America: stories

By Osondu, E. C.

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

An acclaimed African writer offers a debut collection of stories set both in Nigeria and the United States, which moves from the fears and dreams of boys and girls in African villages and refugee camps, to the disillusionment and confusion of young married couples living in America.

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The year of the hare: a novel

By Paasilinna, Arto

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

After his car hits a bunny, which ultimately survives, a man decides to quit his job, leave his wife, sell his possessions, and spend a year wandering around the countryside of Finland--with the rabbit as his only companion.

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Survivor: a novel

By Palahniuk, Chuck

Publishing Date: 2000

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

"The only difference between suicide and martyrdom is press coverage," according to the "been there, done that" wisdom of Tender Branson, last surviving member of the Creedish Death Cult. At the opening of Chuck Palahniuk's hilariously unnerving second novel, Tender is cruising on autopilot, 39,000 feet up, dictating the whole of his life story into Flight 2039's "black box" in the final moments before crashing into the vast Australian outback.

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The passages of H.M.: a novel of Herman Melville

By Parini, Jay

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

A tale inspired by the life of Herman Melville finds the aging author's wife witnessing his descent into alcoholism and obscurity in the decades after the failure of "Moby Dick," a work of creative genius shaped by memories of youthful seafaring adventures.

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Skipping a beat: a novel

By Pekkanen, Sarah

Publishing Date: 2011

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

What would you do if your husband suddenly wanted to rewrite the rules of your relationship?