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Lincoln Journal Star Book Reviews – 2005

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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.

2005 Selections

Books reviewed in December

The Divide
by Nicolas Sparks

Fiction — Sparks.

The Assassin’s Gate: America in Iraq

by George Packer

Non-Fiction — 956.704 Pac.

Temple Stream, a Rural Odyssey
by Bill Roorbach

Non-Fiction — Roorbach. [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.

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

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

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.

In the Shadows of the Sun

by Alexander Parsons

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

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

Double Cross Blind 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 — Warner. [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.

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 — Emerson.

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.

[Also available in unabridged book-on-CD format.]

The March
by E.L. Doctorow

Fiction — Doctorow.

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.

Speciment Days
by Michael Cunningham

Fiction — Cunningham.

The Indian Agent

by Dan O’Brien

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

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

The Traveler
by John Twelve Hawks

Fiction — Twelve Hawks.

Dark Harbor

by David Hosp

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

Books reviewed in August

Everything Bad is Good For You…

by Steven Johnson

Non-Fiction — 306 Joh.

The Wonder Spot
by Melissa Banks

Fiction — Banks.

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.

[Also available in unabridged book-on-CD format.]

One For My Baby
by Tony Parsons

Fiction — Parsons.

The Dreams

by Naguib Mahfouz

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

Forever Red
by Steve Smith

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

Watch Your Back
by Donald Westlake

Fiction — Westlake [M].

He Who Fears the Wolf

by Karin Fossum

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

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 [M].

Books reviewed in July

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

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

The Twelfth Card
by Jeffrey Deaver

Fiction — Deaver [M].

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

In the Company of Cheerful Ladies
by David McCall-Smith

Fiction — Smith.

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 Earliwebpac.lincolnlibraries.orgn-Fiction — Earling. [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 — [ On Order ].

The Sex Doctors in the Basement
by Molly Jong-Fast

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

One Shot
by Lee Child

Fiction — Child.

Corrupts Absolutely

by Alexa Hunt

Fiction — Hunt.

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

Non-Fiction — 305.8 AfrYd

When the Bough Breaks
by Matt Mason  nebauthormini

Poetry — Mason. [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 — Petro. [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 [SF].

[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.]

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

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 [SF].

Last Night
by James Salter

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

Shrink Rapt
by Andrea Rouda

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

The Good Guys
by Bill Bonanno

Fiction — Bonanno. [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 [M].

Bleedout
by Joan Brady

Fiction — Brady.

Cold Service
by Robert B. Parker

Fiction — Parker [M].

The Dark Eye

by William Bernhardt

Fiction — Bernhardt [M].

The Death Collectors
by Jack Kerley

Fiction — Kerley [M].

The Speed of Dark
by Elizabeth Moon

Fiction — Moon [SF].

Before the Frost
by Henning Mandell

Fiction — Mandell [M].

Rosa
by Jonathan Rabb

Fiction — Rabb [M].

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

[ On Order ]

Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith
by Anne Lamott

Non-Fiction — 248 Lam.

Alvin Turner as Farmer

by William Kloefkorn  nebauthormini

Poetry — 811 Klo.

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 — LeClaire.

Harbor
by Lorraine Adams

Fiction — Adams. [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 — LT 720.924 WriYh.

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

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

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

Non-Fiction — Frazier. [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.

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 — Updike.

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 — Frank.

Big Books of 2004 — 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
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
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
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
Eventide by Kent Haruf
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
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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