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Lincoln Journal Star Book Reviews – 2004

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ljsunderconstruction250Every Sunday morning issue of the Lincoln Journal Star newspaper includes the “The (402) 411” section. Included in that section of the paper each week are regular author profiles and book reviews, by both local reviewers and national review services. Due to the regular popularity of the titles reviewed in the paper, we’ve designed this page of the Lincoln City Libraries’ Web site as a simple listing of the books recently reviewed in the Lincoln Journal Star, with links into the library’s holdings for all the listed books which are currently in the collection. If a title below is not hotlinked, this is an indication that the library does not currently own that book, but you may consider requesting the title through the services of our Interlibrary Loan department, or suggesting that we purchase it via our on-line Suggest-a-Title form.

2004 Selections, June to December

Books reviewed in December

The News From Paraguay by Lily Tuck

Fiction — Tuck.

Ten Days to D-Day: Citizens and Soldiers on the Eve of the Invasion by David Stafford

Non-Fiction — 940.542 Sta.

The Curse of the Singles Table: A True Story of 1001 Nights Without Sex by Suzanne Schlosberg

Non-Fiction [Not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries.]

Our Kind
by Kate Walbert

Fiction — Walbert.

Jaywalking With the Irish
by David Monagan

Fiction — Monagan. [Not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries.]

Nebraska: Simply Beautiful
by Mike Whye  nebauthormini

Non-Fiction [Not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries.]

Life Expectancy
by Dean Koontz

Fiction — Koontz.

Audio Gift Book Ideas The following audiobooks or books-on-CD were recommended in an article on holiday gift ideas: (hotlinked entries indicate the libraries have either an audiotape or CD version of this title)

Hallelujah! The Welcome Table by Maya Angelou
Recipes From My Life by Pat Conroy
Bringing Tuscany Home by Frances and Edward Mayes
The James Herriot Collection by James Herriot
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (read by Sir John Gielgud)
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (read by Jim Dale) also on CD
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (read by Frank Muller)
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (read by Patrick Stewart)
The Christmas Thief by Carol Higgins Clark and Mary Higgins Clark
A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg
The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore (on CD)
I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe
Whiteout by Ken Follett (on CD)
Chronicles: Volume 1 by Bob Dylan (on CD)

Redbird Christmas
by Fannie Flagg

Fiction — Flagg.

Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

by Stephen Greenblatt

Non-Fiction — 822.33 ShaBg.

Christmas in the Great Plains
by Dorothy Dodge Robbins and Kenneth Robbins

Non-Fiction — Robbins. [Not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries.]

The Surrogate Thief
by Archer Mayor

Fiction — Mayor [M].

The Children’s Blizzard
by David Laskin

Non-Fiction — 551.555 Las.

Hawke’s Harbor
by S.E. Hinton

Fiction — Hinton.

A Life With Dogs
by Roger Welsch  nebauthormini

[ On Order ]

Books reviewed in November

Little Men: Novellas and Stories
by Gerald Shapiro

Fiction — Shapiro.

Snow
by Orhan Pamuk

Fiction — Pamuk.

Florence of Arabia
by Christopher Buckley

Fiction — Buckley.

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
by Susanna Clarke

Fiction — Clarke.

Previously reviewed in October 2004.

Delights and Shadows Delights & Shadows: Poems
by Ted Kooser  nebauthormini

Poetry — 811 Koo.

Land of Sea and Changes
by George Schaffner  nebauthormini

Fiction — Schaffner. [Not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries.]

The Double
by Jose Saramago

Fiction — Saramago.

Previously reviewed in October 2004.

One Man’s Castle: Clarence Darrow in Defense of the American Dream
by Phillis Vine

Non-Fiction — 305.8 AfrYv.

Broken For You
by Stephanie Kallos  nebauthormini

Fiction — Kallos.

Queen of the Big Time
by Adriana Trigiani

Fiction — Trigiani.

Previously reviewed in July 2004.

Bitch Creek
by William Tapply

Fiction — Tapply.

Books reviewed in October

The Love Wife
by Gish Jen

Fiction — Jen.

Blackbird House
by Alice Hoffman

Fiction — Hoffman.

Crazy Woman Creek: Women Rewrite the American West edited by Linda Hasselstrom, Gaydell Collier & Nancy Curtis

Non-Fiction — 810.098 Has.

Nebraska 24/7
by the editors of www.America24-7.com

Non-Fiction. [Not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries.]

The Sunday Philosophy Club
by Alexander McCall-Smith

Fiction — McCall-Smith.

I Am Charlotte Simmons

by Tom Wolfe

Fiction — Wolfe.

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
by Susanna Clarke

Fiction — Clarke.

The Plot Against America
by Philip Roth

Non-Fiction — [On Order].

The Grim Grotto
by Lemony Snicket

Fiction — jSnicket.
Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib
by Seymour Hersh

Non-Fiction — 973.931 Her

Devil in the Details: Scenes From an Obsessive Girlhood
by Jennifer Traig

Non-Fiction — 616.852 Tra

Confessions of an Heiress
by Paris Hilton

Non-Fiction — 790 Hil.

Runaway: Stories
by Alice Munro

Fiction — Munro.

The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty
by Kitty Kelley

Non-Fiction — B B9504k.

The Double The Double
by Jose Saramago

Fiction — Saramago.

America on Trial
by Alan M. Dershowitz

Non-Fiction — 345 Der.

Four Souls
by Louise Erdrich

Fiction — Erdrich.

Death Match

by Lincoln Child

Fiction — Child.

Books reviewed in September

A Different Plain: Contemporary Nebraska Fiction Writers
by Ladette Randolph [ed.]  nebauthormini

Non-Fiction — 813.08 Ran.

The Egyptologist
by Arthur Phillips

Fiction — Phillips.

Outside Valentine

by Liza Ward  nebauthormini

Fiction — Ward.

To Walt Whitman: America
by Kenneth Price

Non-Fiction. [Not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries.]

Rural Voices: Place Conscious Education and the Teaching of Writing
by Robert E. Brooke

Non-Fiction. [Not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries.]

Last Call
by K.L. Cook

Fiction — Cook. [Not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries.]

Leopold’s Maneuvers
by Cortney Davis

Poetry. [Not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries.]

Stumbling Through the Stars
by Fredrick Zydek

Poetry. [Not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries.]

Medicine Creek Journals
by D. Jean Smith

Non-Fiction. [Not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries.]

Encyclopedia of the Great Plains
by David Wishart  nebauthormini

Non-Fiction. [Not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries.]

The Tyrant’s Novel
by Thomas Keneally

Fiction — Keneally.

The Tarnished Eye
by Judith Guest

Fiction — Guest.

Artifacts
by Mary Anna Evans

Fiction — Evans. [Not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries.]

American Soldier
by Gen. Tommy Franks

Non-Fiction — B F855

The Final Frontiersman
by James Campbell

Non-Fiction — 917.98 Cam.

The Madman’s Tale
by John Katzenbach

Fiction — Katzenbach.

Books reviewed in August

The Winter Queen and Murder on the Leviathan
by Boris Akunin

Fiction — Akunin [M].

Sunrise, Dayglow, Sunset, Moon
by William Kloefkorn  nebauthormini

Poetry — 811 Klo.

Walking the Campus and Fielding Imaginary Grounders
by Nebraska State Poet William Kloefkorn  nebauthormini

Poetry. [These collections not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries.]

Sleeping With Schubert
by Bonnie Marson

Fiction — Marson.

The Game
by Laurie King

Fiction — King [M].

Cafe Haiku

by Zenbu Nometa & Jeffrey Goldsmith

Non-Fiction. [Not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries.]

Evolution’s Captain: The Dark Fate of the Man Who Sailed Charles Darwin Around the World
by Peter Nicholls

Biographies — B F579n.

Bushworld: Enter at Your Own Risk
by Maureen Dowd

Non-Fiction — 973.921 Dow.

Skinny Dip
by Carl Hiaasen

Fiction — Hiaasen [M].

Little Scarlet

by Walter Mosley

Fiction — Mosley [M].

My Nine Lives: Chapters of a Possible Past

by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Fiction. [Not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries.]

Love in Idleness
by Amanda Craig

Fiction — Craig.

The Full Cupboard of Life
by Alexander McCall-Smith

Fiction — McCall-Smith [M].

The Snow Pit

by Reuben Bercovich

Fiction. [Not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries.]

Adventures of the Artificial Woman
by Thomas Berger

Fiction — Berger.

Truth and Beauty
by Ann Patchett

Non-Fiction — 616.994 Pat.

Ten Big Ones
by Janet Evanovich

Fiction — Evanovich [M].

The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

by William Safire

Non-Fiction — 428 Saf.

One False Move
by Alex Kava  nebauthormini

Fiction — Kava.

A Good Year
by Peter Mayle

Fiction — Mayle.

Grant and Twain: The Story of a Friendship That Changed America

by Mark Perry

Biography — B G76p.

Books reviewed in July

Scenes of Visionary Enchantment
by Dayton Duncan

Non-Fiction — E-book.

I Love Everybody (and Other Atrocious Lies)

by Laurie Nataro

Non-Fiction (essays). [Not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries.]

Queen of the Big Time
by Adriana Trigiani

Fiction — Trigiani.

Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul
by Tony Hendra

Biography — B H379.

If We Could Only Come to America — A Story of Swedish Immigrants in the Midwest

by Robert J. Nelson

Non-Fiction — B C1872n.

Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination
by Helen Fielding

Fiction — Fielding.

The Fractal Murders

by Mark Cohen

Fiction — Cohen [M].

Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America and the New Face of American War
by Evan Wright

Non-Fiction — 956.704 Wri.

Eventide
by Kent Haruf  nebauthormini

Fiction — Haruf.

Companion work to Lincoln’s 2002 One Book One Lincoln title, Plainsong.

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

by David Sedaris

Non-Fiction — 817 Sed.

Founding Mothers

by Cokie Roberts

Non-Fiction — 973.3 Rob [book is On Order, tape is circulating].

Books reviewed in June

Fiction Wakefield by Andrei Codrescu
Fiction — Lee Aloft by Chang-rae Lee
Fiction — Kinsella Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella
Non-Fiction — 362.88 Lan Goat: A Memoir by Brad Land
Fiction — Silva Death in Vienna by Daniel Silva
Fiction — Caldwell Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason
Non-Fiction — 081 Qui Loud and Clear by Anna Quindlen
Fiction Don’t Look Back by Karin Fossum
Fiction The Return of the Dancing Master by Henning Mankell
Fiction — Dunne Nothing Lost by John Gregory Dunne
Fiction — Spillane Something’s Down There by Mickey Spillane
Non-Fiction — 796.357 Kah Memories of Summer by Roger Kahn
Non-Fiction — 796.357 Pos You’ve Got to Have Balls to Make it in This League: My Life as an Umpire by Pam Postema & Gene Wojciechowski
Non-Fiction Taking in a Game: A History of Baseball in Asia by Joseph A. Reaves
Non-Fiction — 796.357 WilYs Ted Williams: A Baseball Life by Michael Seidel
Fiction — McGrath Port Mungo by Patrick McGrath
Non-Fiction — 359.96 Cla Battle Ready by Tom Clancy
Non-Fiction — 940.542 Hor Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors by James D. Hornfischer
Non-Fiction Transits of Venus by William Sheehan & John Edward Westfall

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