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Lincoln Journal Star Book Reviews – 2004

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ljsEvery 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 ( not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries )


Jaywalking With the Irish
by David Monagan

Non-Fiction — 914.15 Mon


Nebraska: Simply Beautiful
by Mike Whye  nebauthormini

Non-Fiction — 917.82 qWhy


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 own this audiobook 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) — the libraries don’t have this specific edition on audio
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (read by Jim Dale)
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (read by Frank Muller) — the libraries don’t have this specific edition on audio
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (read by Patrick Stewart) — the libraries don’t have this specific edition on audio
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 — 394.26 ChrYr


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

Non-Fiction — 636.7 Wel

See the Nebraska Author Roger Welsch page here on BookGuide!


Books reviewed in November

Little Men: Novellas and Stories
by Gerald Shapiro

Fiction — Heritage 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


In the Land of Second Chances
by George Shaffner  nebauthormini

Fiction — Shaffner

See Patty L.’s review of In the Land of Second Chances in the May 2005 Staff Recommendations on BookGuide!


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 Phyllis Vine

Non-Fiction — ( not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries )


Broken For You
by Stephanie Kallos  nebauthormini

Fiction — Kallos

See the Nebraska Author Stephanie Kallos page here on BookGuide!


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 (currently only available as downloadable audiobook)


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 Rick Smolan and the editors of www.America24-7.com

Non-Fiction — 917.82 QSmo


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

Fiction — Roth


The Grim Grotto
by Lemony Snicket

Fiction — j Snicket


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 — ( not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries )


Runaway: Stories
by Alice Munro

Fiction — Munro


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

Biography — B B9504k


The Double
by Jose Saramago

Fiction — Saramago


America on Trial
by Alan M. Dershowitz

Non-Fiction — ( not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries )


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.

See Meredith M.’s review of A Different Plain in the September 2012 Staff Recommendations on BookGuide.


The Egyptologist
by Arthur Phillips

Fiction — Phillips.


Outside Valentine
by Liza Ward  nebauthormini

Fiction — Ward.

This book also appears on the Starkweather: Murder on the Plains page, part of the Lincoln City Libraries’ Reference Services archives.


To Walt Whitman: America
by Kenneth Price

Non-Fiction ( Hoopla E-book only )


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

Non-Fiction — Heritage 372.623 Bro


Last Call
by K.L. Cook

Fiction — ( 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 — Heritage 811 Zyd


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 — 978.2 qWis


The Tyrant’s Novel
by Thomas Keneally

Fiction — ( not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries )


The Tarnished Eye
by Judith Guest

Fiction — Guest


Artifacts
by Mary Anna Evans

Fiction — ( available from the libraries only in E-book and Downloadable Audio formats )


American Soldier
by Gen. Tommy Franks

Non-Fiction — B F855


The Final Frontiersman: Heimo North and His Family, Alone in Alaska’s Arctic Wilderness
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

See the Nebraska Poet William Kloefkorn page here on BookGuide.


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

Poetry — Compact Disc 811 Klo and 811 Klo

See the Nebraska Poet William Kloefkorn page here on BookGuide.


Sleeping With Schubert
by Bonnie Marson

Fiction — ( not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries )


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]

Read Charlotte M.’s review of Skinny Dip in the July 2005 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide!


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 — ( not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries )


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 — ( not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries )


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: Wit and Wisdom From the Popular “On Language” Column in The New York Times Magazine
by William Safire

Non-Fiction — 428 Saf


One False Move
by Alex Kava  nebauthormini

Fiction — Kava

See the Nebraska Author Alex Kava page here on BookGuide!


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 — ( not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries )


I Love Everybody (and Other Atrocious Lies)
by Laurie Nataro

Non-Fiction 817 Not


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.

See the Nebraska Author Kent Haruf page here on BookGuide.


Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
by David Sedaris

Non-Fiction — 817 Sed


Founding Mothers
by Cokie Roberts

Non-Fiction — 973.3 Rob


Books reviewed in June

Wakefield
by Andrei Codrescu

Fiction — ( only available in E-book and downloadable audio formats )


Aloft
by Chang-rae Lee

Fiction — Lee


Can You Keep a Secret
by Sophie Kinsella

Fiction — Kinsella


Goat: A Memoir
by Brad Land

Non-Fiction — 362.88 Lan


Death in Vienna
by Daniel Silva

Fiction — Silva


Rule of Four
by Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason

Fiction — Caldwell


Loud and Clear
by Anna Quindlen

Non-Fiction — 081 Qui


Don’t Look Back
by Karin Fossum

Fiction — ( only available in E-book format )


The Return of the Dancing Master
by Henning Mankell

Fiction — Mankell


Nothing Lost
by John Gregory Dunne

Fiction — ( not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries )


Something’s Down There
by Mickey Spillane

Fiction — Spillane


Memories of Summer
by Roger Kahn

Non-Fiction — ( only available in E-book format )


You’ve Got to Have Balls to Make it in This League: My Life as an Umpire
by Pam Postema & Gene Wojciechowski

Non-Fiction — ( not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries )


Taking in a Game: A History of Baseball in Asia
by Joseph A. Reaves

Non-Fiction — ( not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries )


Ted Williams: A Baseball Life
by Michael Seidel

Non-Fiction — 796.357 WilYs


Port Mungo
by Patrick McGrath

Fiction — ( available as a downloadable audiobook only )


Battle Ready
by Tom Clancy

Non-Fiction — 359.96 Cla


Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II story of the U.S. Navy’s Finest Hour
by James D. Hornfischer

Non-Fiction — 940.542 Hor


Transits of Venus
by William Sheehan & John Edward Westfall

Non-Fiction — ( not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries )


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