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Lincoln Journal Star Book Reviews – 2005

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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.

2005 Selections

Books reviewed in December

The Divide
by Nicolas Evans

Fiction — Evans


The Assassin’s Gate: America in Iraq
by George Packer

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

Temple Stream, a Rural Odyssey
by Bill Roorbach

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

The Painted Drum
by Louise Erdrich

Fiction — Erdrich.


Friends, Lovers, Chocolate
by Alexander McCall Smith

Fiction — McCall-Smith

Read Kristin A.’s review of Friends, Lovers, Chocolate in the November 2012 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide!


Voices of the American West, Volume 1: The Indian Interviews of Eli S. Ricker 1903-1919
edited and with an introduction by Richard E. Jensen

Non-Fiction — 970.1 Ric Vol 1


Voices of the American West, Volume 2: The Settler and Soldier Interviews of Eli S. Ricker 1903-1919
edited and with an introduction by Richard E. Jensen

Non-Fiction — 970.1 Ric Vol 2


Dying in Style
by Elaine Viets

Fiction — Viets


Death’s Little Helper
by Peter Spiegelman

Fiction — Spiegelman


The Martha Rules: 10 Essentials for Achieving Success as you Start, Manage or Grow a Business
by Martha Stewart

Non-Fiction — 658.11 Ste


Ordinary Heroes
by Scott Turow

Fiction — Turow


The Camel Club
by David Baldacci

Fiction — Baldacci

Read Charlotte M.’s review of The Camel Club in the April 2013 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide!


In the Shadows of the Sun
by Alexander Parsons

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

Books reviewed in November


My Detachment
by Tracy Kidder

Non-Fiction — 959.704 Kid


The Blood-Dimmed Tide
by Rennie Airth

Fiction — Airth


The J.A.P. Chronicles
by Isabel Rosa

Fiction — Rosa


Finding George Orwell in Burma
by Emma Larkin

Non-Fiction — Larkin


Leave Me Alone, I’m Reading: Finding and Losing Myself in Books
by Maureen Corrigan

Fiction — 028.9 Cor


Everyone Worth Knowing
by Lauren Weisberger

Fiction — Weisberger


The Traitor
by Guy Walters

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

Double Cross Blind
by Joel N. Ross

Fiction — Ross


The Year of Magical Thinking
by Joan Didion

Non-Fiction — 155.937 Did


The Lincoln Lawyer
by Michael Connelly

Fiction — Connelly


Ditched by Dr. Right and Other Distress Signals from the Edge of Polite Society
by Elizabeth Warner

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

Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt
by Anne Rice

Fiction — Rice


School Days
by Robert B. Parker

Fiction — Parker


The Singing and Dancing Daughters of God

by Timothy Schaffert  nebauthormini

Fiction — Schaffert

See the Nebraska Author Timothy Schaffert page here on BookGuide!


Books reviewed in October


The City of Falling Angels
by John Berendt

Non-Fiction — 914.531 Ber


The Solitude of Self: Thinking About Elizabeth Cady Stanton
by Vivian Gornick

Non-Fiction — B St25g


Appaloosa
by Robert B. Parker

Fiction — Parker


The Smoke Room
by Earl Emerson

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

On Beauty
by Zadie Smith

Fiction — Smith


This is Not the Tropics: Stories
by Ladette Randolph  nebauthormini

Fiction — Randolph


Wild Ducks Flying Backwards: The Short Writings of Tom Robbins
by Tom Robbins

Non-Fiction — 818 Rob


Mr. Muo’s Traveling Couch
by Dai Sijie

Fiction — Dai


The March
by E.L. Doctorow

Fiction — Doctorow

Read Ann F.’s review of The March in the May 2006 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide!


History: Poems
by Stephen C. Behrendt

Poetry — 811 Beh


The Black Angel
by John Connolly

Fiction — Connolly


The Colonel and Little Missie: Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley and the Beginning of Superstardom in America
by Larry McMurty

Biography — B C6366m


Lipstick Jungle
by Candace Bushnell

Fiction — Bushnell


The Inside Ring
by Michael Lawson

Fiction — Lawson


Rococo
by Adriana Trigiani

Fiction — Trigiani


A Man Without a Country
by Kurt Vonnegut

Fiction — Vonnegut


The Power of the Dog
by Don Winslow  nebauthormini

Fiction — Winslow


Nebraska: An Illustrated History [2nd ed. – 2005]
by Frederick C. Luebke  nebauthormini

Non-Fiction — 978.2 Lue


Books reviewed in September


The Summer He Didn’t Die
by Jim Harrison  nebauthormini

Fiction — Harrison


Specimen Days
by Michael Cunningham

Fiction — Cunningham


The Indian Agent
by Dan O’Brien

Fiction — O’Brien


Homeward Bound
by Harry Turtledove

Fiction — Turtledove


When the Mississippi Ran Backwards: Empire, Intrigue, Murder and the New Madrid Earthquakes
by Jay Feldman

Non-Fiction — 973.51 Fel


Shalimar the Clown
by Salman Rushdie

Fiction — Rushdie


Satisfied with Havoc
by Jo McDougall

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

Behind the Lines: Powerful and Revealing American and Foreign War Letters — and One Man’s Search to Find Them
by Andrew Carroll [ed.]

Non-Fiction — 973 Car


An Atomic Romance
by Bobbie Ann Mason

Fiction — Mason


No Accident
by Aaron Anstett

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

The Traveler
by John Twelve Hawks

Fiction — Twelve Hawks


Dark Harbor
by David Hosp

Fiction — Hosp


Books reviewed in August


Everything Bad is Good For You…
by Steven Johnson

Non-Fiction — 306 Joh


The Wonder Spot
by Melissa Banks

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

Homefront
by Chuck Logan

Fiction — Logan


The Sign of the Book
by John Dunning

Fiction — Dunning


John Brown, Abolitionist
by David Reynolds

Non-Fiction — B B811r


Crusader’s Cross
by James Lee Burke

Fiction — Burke [M]

The Historian
by Elizabeth Kostova

Fiction — Kostova

Read Corey G.’s review of The Historian in the September 2005 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide!


One For My Baby
by Tony Parsons

Fiction — Parsons


The Dreams
by Naguib Mahfouz

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

Forever Red
by Steve Smith

Non-Fiction — 796.332 NebYs


Watch Your Back
by Donald Westlake

Fiction — Westlake


He Who Fears the Wolf
by Karin Fossum

Fiction — Fossum


Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story
by Kurt Eichenwald

Non-Fiction — 364.168 Eic


Until I Find You
by John Irving

Fiction — Irving


The Mourning Sexton
by Michael Baron

Fiction — Barron


Books reviewed in July


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
by J.K. Rowling

Fiction — j Rowling


The Secret Man: The Story of Watergate’s Deep Throat
by Bob Woodward

Non-Fiction — 364.132 Woo


Captain Alatriste
by Arturo Perez-Reverte

Fiction — Perez-Reverte


Love Affair With the Americas: A Picture Primer of Travel Memories
by Shirley Maly  nebauthormini

Non-Fiction — 917 qMal


The Center of Winter
by Marya Hornbacher

Non-Fiction — Hornbacher


The Twelfth Card
by Jeffrey Deaver

Fiction — Deaver


No Country for Old Men
by Cormac McCarthy

Fiction — McCarthy


Ten Little New Yorkers
by Kinky Friedman

Fiction — Friedman


Dangerous Ground
by Larry Bond

Fiction — Bond


The Thames
by Jonathan Scheer

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

In the Company of Cheerful Ladies
by David McCall-Smith

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

The History of Love: A Novel
by Nicole Krauss

Fiction — Krauss


Light of Day
by Jamie M. Saul

Fiction — Saul


Exact Revenge
by Tim Green

Fiction — Green


Velocity
by Dean Koontz

Fiction — Koontz


Rage
by Jonathan Kellerman

Fiction — Kellerman


Ya-Yas in Bloom
by Rebecca Wells

Fiction — Wells


1776
by David McCullough

Non-Fiction — 973.3 McC


The Lost Journals of Sacajawea
by Debra Magpie Earling

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

Books reviewed in June


Prairie Dog Empire: A Saga of the Shortgrass Prairie
by Paul Johnsgard  nebauthormini

Non-Fiction — 578.74 Joh


The Sex Doctors in the Basement
by Molly Jong-Fast

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

One Shot
by Lee Child

Fiction — Child


Corrupts Absolutely
by Alexa Hunt

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

Is Bill Cosby Right…or Has the Black Middle Class Lost its Mind?
by Michael Eric Dyson

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

When the Bough Breaks
by Matt Mason  nebauthormini

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

The Closers
by Michael Connelly

Fiction — Connelly


The Breaking Point: Hemingway, Dos Passos and the Murder of Jose Robles
by Stephen Koch

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

The Breakdown Lane
by Jacquelyn Mitchard

Fiction — Mitchard


You — The Owner’s Manual
by Michael F. Roizen

Non-Fiction — 613 Roi


The Thirty-First of March
by Horace Busby

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

Portable Prairie: Confessions of an Unsettled Midwesterner
by M.J. Andersen  nebauthormini

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

The Hot Kid
by Elmore Leonard

Fiction — Leonard


Standing Next to History
by Joseph Petro

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

Portuguese Irregular Verbs
by Alexander McCall-Smith

Fiction — McCall-Smith


At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances
by Alexander McCall-Smith

Fiction — McCall-Smith


The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs
by Alexander McCall-Smith

Fiction — McCall-Smith


Books reviewed in May


The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams

Fiction — Adams

[The entire five-volume series of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is available in various different editions, including formats such as Book-on-Tape, Book-on-CD and radio-play adaptations. Check the library catalog under “Adams, Douglas” (author search) for full details.]

Read Rianne S.’s review of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in the September 2009 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide!


Zorro
by Isabel Allende

Fiction — Allende


Never Let Me Go
by Kazuo Ishigiro

Fiction — Ishigiro


Lost in the Forest
by Sue Miller

Fiction — Miller


This I Believe: An A to Z of a Life
by Carlos Fuentes

Biography — 864 Fue


Blue Water Creek and the First Sioux War, 1854-1856
by R. Eli Paul

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

Me & Emma
by Elizabeth Flock

Fiction — Flock


The Well of Stars
by Robert Reed  nebauthormini

Fiction — Reed


Last Night
by James Salter

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

Shrink Rapt
by Andrea Rouda

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

The Good Guys
by Bill Bonanno

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

Wolves Eat Dogs
by Martin Cruz Smith

Fiction — Smith


Swing
by Rupert Holmes

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

Heir to the Glimmering World
by Cynthia Ozick

Fiction — Ozick


The Girl Who Married a Lion
by Alexander McCall-Smith

Fiction — McCall-Smith


Books reviewed in April


The Forgotten Man
by Robert Crais

Fiction — Crais [M]

My Life So Far
by Jane Fonda

Non-Fiction — 791.432 Fon


One House: The Unicameral’s Progressive Vision for Nebraska
by Charlyne Berens nebauthormini

Non-Fiction — 328.782 Ber


Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
by Jonathan Safran Foer

Fiction — Foer


Saturday
by Ian McEwan

Fiction — McEwan


Saving Cascadia
by John J. Nance

Fiction — Nance


The President’s Assassin
by Brian Haig

Fiction — Haig


Bleedout
by Joan Brady

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

Cold Service
by Robert B. Parker

Fiction — Parker


The Dark Eye
by William Bernhardt

Fiction — Bernhardt [M].


The Death Collectors
by Jack (“J.A.”) Kerley

Fiction — Kerley


The Speed of Dark
by Elizabeth Moon

Fiction — Moon

Read Scott C.’s review of The Speed of Dark in the September 2007 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide!


Before the Frost
by Henning Mandell

Fiction — Mandell


Rosa
by Jonathan Rabb

Fiction — Rabb


Standing Bear is a Person: The True Story of a Native American’s Quest for Justice
by Stephen Dando-Collins

Non-Fiction — 970.5 Dan


Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith
by Anne Lamott

Non-Fiction — 248 Lam


Alvin Turner as Farmer
by William Kloefkorn  nebauthormini

Poetry — 811 Klo

See the Nebraska Poet William Kloefkorn page here on BookGuide!


Books reviewed in March


The Ha-Ha
by Dave King

Fiction — King


Kafka on the Shore
by Haruki Murakmi

Fiction — Murakami


The Law of Bound Hearts
by Anne LeClaire

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

Harbor
by Lorraine Adams

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

French Women Don’t Get Fat
by Mireille Guiliano

Non-Fiction — 613.25 Gui


Prep
by Curtis Sittenfeld

Fiction — Sittenfeld


The Stranger at the Palazzo d’Oro and Other Stories
by Paul Theroux

Fiction — Theroux


Frank Lloyd Wright
by Ada Louise Huxtable

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

Queen of the South
by Arturo Perez-Reverte

Fiction — Perez-Reverte


The Finishing School
by Muriel Spark

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

Reading With Oprah: The Book Club That Changed America
by Kathleen Rooney

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

Books reviewed in February


Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800
by John Ferling

Non-Fiction — 324.8 EleYf 1800


The Society of Others
by William Nicholson

Fiction — Nicholson. [Currently owned by the libraries only as a Hoopla Audiobook]

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

Non-Fiction — 616.852 Tra


The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency [series]
by Alexander McCall-Smith

Fiction — McCall-Smith


The Sunday Philosophy Club [series]
by Alexander McCall-Smith

Fiction — McCall-Smith


Bicycle: The History
by David V. Herlihy

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

A Salty Piece of Land
by Jimmy Buffett

Fiction — Buffett


At Risk
by Stella Rimington

Fiction — Rimington


Blues of a Mumbling Train
by Charles Fort

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

Charles Fritz — An Artist With the Corps of Discovery
by Bob Frazier

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

The Quilt That Walked to Golden
by Sandra Dallas

Non-Fiction — 746.46 Dal


In the Night Room
by Peter Straub

Fiction — Straub


Magic Seeds
by V.S. Naipaul

Fiction — Naipaul


The Broker
by John Grisham

Fiction — Grisham


Shoulder the Sky
by Anne Perry

Fiction — Perry


Books reviewed in January


Poetry Home Repair Manual
by Nebraska poet Ted Kooser [ Poet Laureate of the U.S./Pulitzer Prize Winner ]  nebauthormini

Non-Fiction — 808.5 Koo


I Am Charlotte Simmons
by Tom Wolfe

Fiction — Wolfe


The Turk and My Mother
by Mary Helen Stefaniak

Fiction — Stefaniak


Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
by Malcolm Gladwell

Non-Fiction — 153.44 Gla


After the Rain
by Chuck Logan

Fiction — Logan


Twisted
by Jonathan Kellerman

Fiction — Kellerman


State of Fear
by Michael Crichton

Fiction — Crichton


Had a Good Time: Stories From American Postcards
by Robert Olen Butler

Fiction — Butler [Libraries currently own only as a Hoopla E-book.]

The Queen of Dreams
by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Fiction — Divakaruni


Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders
by John Mortimore

Fiction — Mortimore.


Villages
by John Updike

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

It Seemed Important at the Time: A Romance Memoir
by Gloria Vanderbilt

Non-Fiction — B V2786


The Godfather Returns
by Mark Winegardner

Fiction — Winegardner


Runaway: Stories
by Alice Munro

Fiction — Munro


Cheat and Charmer: A Novel
by Elizabeth Frank

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

Big Books of 2004
reprinted from The Kansas City Star


BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR


My Life
by Bill Clinton


Running With the Bulls: My Years With the Hemingways
by Valerie Hemingway


The Journey of Crazy Horse: A Lakota History
by Joseph H. Marshall III


Truth and Beauty
by Ann Patchett


Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
by David Sedaris


FANTASY/SCIENCE FICTION


The Lord of the Rings: 50th Anniversary Edition
by J.R.R. Tolkien

Read Kim J.’s review of The Lord of the Rings in the April 2004 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide!


HISTORY


Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI: 1933-34
by Bryan Burrough


Shadow Divers: The True Adventures of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II
by Robert Kurson


Reagan and Gorbachev: How the Cold War Ended
by Jack F. Matlock, Jr.


MYSTERIES/THRILLERS


Case Histories
by Kate Atkinson

Read Evelyn D.’s review of Case Histories in the October 2008 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide!


Death of a Poison Pen
by M.C. Beaton


Almost Midnight: An American Story of Murder and Redemption
by Michael W. Cuneo


The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


Destination: Morgue!
by James Ellroy


Hot and Sweaty Rex
by Eric Garcia


Skinny Dip
by Carl Hiaasen

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


In the Night Room
by Peter Straub


NOVELS


Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
by Susanna Clarke


The Dew Breaker
by Edwidge Danticat


The Birth of Venus
by Sarah Dunant


The Jane Austen Book Club
by Karen Joy Fowler


True North
by Jim Harrison nebauthormini


Eventide
by Kent Haruf nebauthormini


War Trash
by Ha Jin


The Falls
by Joyce Carol Oates


Gilead
by Marilynne Robinson


The Plot Against America
by Philip Roth


An Unfinished Life
by Mark Spragg


Villages
by John Updike


The Last Crossing
by Guy Vander-Haege


The Shadow of the Wind
by Carlos Ruiz Zafon


POETRY


What is This Thing Called Love?
by Kim Addonizio


Cowboy Poetry: The Reunion
edited by Virginia Bennett


Beautiful Trouble: Poems
by Amy Fleury


The Mountain Poems of Meng Hao-0jan
translated by David Hinton


Delights and Shadows
by Ted Kooser nebauthormini


The Essential Neruda: Selected Poems
by Pablo Neruda


Strike Sparks: Selected Poems 1980-2002
by Sharon Olds


One Thousand Years: Poems About the Holocaust
by David Ray


Conversation
by Ann Slegman


Danger on Peaks
by Gary Snyder


The Man Who Sleeps in My Office
by Jason Sommer


SHORT-STORY COLLECTIONS


The Book of Ten Nights and a Night: Eleven Stories
by John Barth


The Complete Stories of Truman Capote
by Truman Capote


The Circus in Winter
by Cathy Day


Runaway: Stories
by Alice Munro


Bad Dirt: Wyoming Stories 2
by Annie Proulx


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