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Lincoln Journal Star Book Reviews – 2006

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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.

2006 Selections

Books reviewed in December

Next
by Michael Crichton

Fiction — Crichton


Rumpole and the Reign of Terror
by John Mortimore

Fiction — Mortimore


Beyond 9 to 5: Your Life in Time
by Sarah Norgate

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

The Phony Marine
by Jim Lehrer

Fiction — Lehrer


A Field of Darkness
by Cornelia Read

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

Prairie Suite: A Celebration – Poems
by Twyla Hansen  nebauthormini

Poetry — 811 Han


Firstlight: Early Inspirational Writings
by Sue Monk Kidd

Non-Fiction — 232 Kid


Brother Odd
by Dean Koontz

Fiction — Koontz


First Cut

by Diane Emley

Fiction — Emley


Santa Cruise
by Carol Higgins Clark and Mary Higgins Clark

Fiction — Clark


A Christmas Secret

by Anne Perry

Fiction — Perry


Blue Christmas

by Mary Kay Andrews

Fiction — Andrews


The Drummer Boy: A Christmas Tale
by Ted Dekker

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

The Yellow Dog, A Man’s Head (a.k.a. A Battle of Nerves) and Lock 14 (a.k.a. The Crime at Lock 14)
by Georges Simenon

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

Killer Dreams
by Iris Johansen

Fiction — Johansen


The Man Time Forgot
by Isiah Wilner

Non-Fiction — 070.92 Wil


The Best of Mary McGrory: A Half Century of Washington Commentary
by Mary McGrory

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

Fire With Fire
by Allen Kahane

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

The Cleanup
by Sean Doolittle  nebauthormini

Fiction — Doolittle

The Cleanup was the selected title under discussion by the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group in February 2010

See also: The Nebraska Author Sean Doolittle resource page here on BookGuide


The Ines of My Soul
by Isabel Allende

Fiction — Allende


The Fourth Bear
by Jasper Fforde

Fiction — Fforde


The Expected One
by Kathleen McGowan

Fiction — McGowan


Books reviewed in November

Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq
by Thomas E. Ricks

Non-Fiction — 956.704 Ric


The Interpretation of Murder
by Jed Rubenfeld

Fiction — Rubenfeld


The Right Attitude to Rain
by Alexander McCall-Smith

Fiction — McCall-Smith


The Road
by Cormac McCarthy

Fiction — McCarthy


Abundance
by Sena Jeter Naslund

Fiction — Naslund


The Hounds and the Fury
by Rita Mae Brown

Fiction — Brown


The Driftless Area
by Tom Drury

Fiction — Drury


Casino Royale
by Ian Fleming

Fiction — Fleming

See Scott C.’s review of the series of James Bond novels by Ian Fleming, in the December 2006 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide


For One More Day
by Mitch Albom

Fiction — Albom


Thunderstruck
by Erik Larson

Non-Fiction — 364.152 Lar


Lisey’s Story
by Stephen King

Fiction — King


Thanksgiving Night
by Richard Bausch

Fiction — Bausch


Truck: A Love Story
by Michael Perry

Non-Fiction — 629.224 Per


The Thirteenth Tale
by Diane Setterfield

Fiction — Setterfield

The Thirteenth Tale was the winning selected title used for the 2008 One Book – One Lincoln citywide reading program!


A Trout in the Sea of Cortez
by John Salter

Fiction — Salter


Books reviewed in October

The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town
by John Grisham

Non-Fiction — 345.05 Gri


The Assassins Gallery
by David L. Robbins

Fiction — Robbins.


Too Darn Hot
by Sandra Scoppetone

Fiction — Scoppetone


Close to Home
by John Spence

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

Stripped
by Brian Freeman

Fiction — Freeman


Thirteen Moons
by Charles Frazier

Fiction — Frazier


The House: The History of the House of Representatives
by Robert Remini

Non-Fiction — 328.73 Rem


A Spot of Bother
by Mark Haddon

Fiction — Haddon


Whispering in the Giant’s Ear: A Frontline Chronicle From Bolivia’s War on Globalization
by William Powers

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

Man Camp
by Adrienne Brodeur

Fiction — Brodeur


The Alibi Club
by Francine Matthews

Fiction — Matthews


Back to Bologna
by Michael Dibdin

Fiction — Dibdin


Rise and Shine
by Anna Quindlen

Fiction — Quindlen


The Cinderella Pact
by Sarah Strohmeyer

Fiction — Strohmeyer


The Prisoner of Guantanamo
by Dan Fesperman

Fiction — Fesperman


The Second Perimeter
by Mike Lawson

Fiction — Lawson


Takedown
by Brad Thor

Fiction — Thor


AWOL: The Unexcused Absence of America’s Upper Classes From the Military and How It Hurts Our Country
by Kathy Roth-Doguet and Frank Schaeffer

Non-Fiction — 355.223 Rot


The Afghan
by Frederick Forsyth

Fiction — Forsyth


Death Without Company
by Craig Johnson

Fiction — Johnson


On, Off
by Colleen McCullough

Fiction — McCullough


Books reviewed in September

Chuck Hagel: Moving Forward
by Charlyne Berens

Non-Fiction — B H117b


Native America, Discovered and Conquered: Thomas Jefferson, Lewis & Clark, and Manifest Destiny
by Robert J. Miller

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

The Friend Who Got Away
by Jenny Offill and Elissa Schappell

Non-Fiction — 158.25 Off


Shadow Man
by Cody McFayden

Fiction — McFayden


Doc Holliday: The Life and the Legend
by Gary L. Roberts

Non-Fiction — B H718r


I Die, But My Memory Lives On
by Henning Mankell

Fiction — Mankell (owned only in digital format by the libraries)


Field Notes From a Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change
by Elizabeth Kolbert

Non-Fiction — 363.738 Kol


The Whole World Over
by Julia Glass

Fiction — Glass


Love in the Present Tense
by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Fiction — Hyde


The Death of Achilles
by Boris Akunin

Fiction — Akunin


The End of Iraq: How the United States Unintentionally Broke up Iraq and Changed the Middle East
by Peter W. Galbraith

Non-Fiction — 956.704 Gal


What is Mine
by Anne Holt

Fiction — Holt


Vanishing Point
by Marcia Muller

Fiction — Muller


Books reviewed in August

The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters
by Gordon Dahlquist

Fiction — Dahlquist (Only available as a digital audiobook from the libraries.)


The General and the Jaguar: Pershing’s Hunt for Pancho Villa: A True Story of Revolution and Revenge
by Eileen Welsome

Non-Fiction — 972.081 Wel


The Joy of Doing Things Badly
by Veronica Chambers

Non-Fiction — 305.242 Cha


Big Muddy Blues: True Tales and Twisted Politics Along Lewis & Clark’s Missouri River
by Bill Lambrecht

Non-Fiction — 978 Lam


Never Fear
by Scott Frost

Fiction — Frost [Only available as a digital audiobook from the libraries.]

The Black Panther is an African Cat: Poems of Exploration and Testimony
by Wopashitwe Mondo Eyen we Langa

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

Crime Scene: The Definitive Guide to the World Behind the Yellow Tape
by Richard Platt

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

Organized Crime: An Inside Guide to the World’s Most Successful Industry
by Paul Lunde

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

The Ultimate Spy
by H. Keith Melton

Non-Fiction — 327.12 qMel


The Ultimate Special Forces
by Hugh McManners

Non-Fiction — 356.16 qMcM [Not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries.]

Pegasus Descending
by James Lee Burke

Fiction — Burke


Angels Fall
by Nora Roberts

Fiction — Roberts


The Poe Shadow
by Matthew Pearl

Fiction — Pearl


Citizen Vince
by Jess Walter

Fiction — Walter


Wolves in Chic Clothing
by Carrie Karasyov

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

Indians and Emigrants: Encounters on the Overland Trails
by Michael L. Tate

Non-Fiction — 978.02 Tat


Books reviewed in July

The First Men In: U.S. Paratroopers and the Fight to Save D-Day
by Ed Ruggero

Non-Fiction — 940.542 Rug


Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven
by Fannie Flagg

Fiction — Flagg


Espresso Tales
by Alexander McCall-Smith

Fiction — McCall-Smith


Walking Zen: Discovering Cosmic Space and Time Along the Prime Meridian
by Chet Raymo

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

We Are All Welcome Here
by Elizabeth Berg

Fiction — Berg


The Wrong Hostage
by Elizabeth Lowell

Fiction — Lowell


Water for Elephants
by Sara Gruen

Fiction — Gruen

See Ann F.’s review of Water for Elephants in the September 2006 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide!


The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril
by Paul Malmont

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

The Broidered Garment: The Love Story of Mona Martinsen and John G. Neihardt
by Hilda Neihardt Petri

Non-Fiction — B N31p


12 Sharp
by Janet Evanovich

Fiction — Evanovich


The Faithful Spy
by Alex Berenson

Fiction — Berenson

See Sean S.’s review of The Faithful Spy in the September 2007 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide!


Nebraska Doppelganger
by Thomas J. Morrow  nebauthormini

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

This Book Will Save Your Life
by A.M. Homes

Fiction — Homes


Circle of Grace
by Penelope J. Stokes

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

Theft: A Love Story
by Peter Carey

Fiction — Carey


White Shadow
by Ace Atkins

Fiction — Atkins


The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey
by Candice Millard

Biography — B R67m

See Rayma S.’s review of The River of Doubt in the December 2007 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide!
See Pat L.’s review of The River of Doubt in a July 2009 entry in her Firefly Blog!


A Strong West Wind: A Memoir
by Gail Caldwell

Non-Fiction — 070.924 Cal


Books reviewed in June

Chew on This: Everything You Don’t Want to Know About Fast Food
by Eric Schlosser

Non-Fiction — j641.3 Sch


Telegraph Days
by Larry McMurtry

Fiction — McMurtry


The Man of My Dreams
by Curtis Sittenfeld

Fiction — Sittenfeld


The Husband
by Dean R. Koontz

Fiction — Koontz

See Charlotte M.’s review of The Husband in the October 2013 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide!


Falling in Love With Nastassia
by Anna Monardo

Fiction — Monardo


A Long Way Down
by Nick Hornby

Fiction — Hornby


Kingfish
by Richard D. White Jr.

Non-Fiction — White (Libraries only own in digital audiobook format.)


Terrorist
by John Updike

Fiction — Updike


A Writer’s Life
by Gay Talese

Non-Fiction — 070.924 Tal [Not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries.]

Badwater
by Clinton McKinzie

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

Cobraville
by Carsten Stroud

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

Angels of Wrath
by Larry Bond

Fiction — Bond


Blown
by Francine Mathews

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

Digging to America
by Anne Tyler

Fiction — Tyler


Everyman
by Philip Roth

Fiction — Roth


A Travel Guide to the Plains Indians Wars
by Stan Hoig

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

Oh, What a Slaughter: Massacres in the American West, 1846-1890
by Larry McMurtry

Non-Fiction — 978.02 McM


Charmed Thirds
by Megan McCafferty

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

Books reviewed in May

Blue Shoes and Happiness
by Alexander McCall-Smith

Fiction — McCall-Smith


Malinche
by Laura Esquivel

Fiction — Esquivel


Gone
by Lisa Gardner

Fiction — Gardner


Blood Hunt
by Ian Rankin

Fiction — Rankin


Writing to Change the World
by Mary Pipher  nebauthormini

Non-Fiction — 808.02 Pip

See also: The Nebraska Author Mary Pipher resource page here on BookGuide!


The Big Bamboo
by Tim Dorsey

Fiction — Dorsey


Abide With Me
by Elizabeth Strout

Fiction — Strout


Books reviewed in April

American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century
by Kevin Phillips

Non-Fiction — 322.1 Phi


The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak

Fiction — j Zusak

See Susan S.’s review of The Book Thief in the November 2006 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide!


Lost
by Michael Robotham

Non-Fiction — Robotham

See Tammy T.’s review of Lost in the July 2007 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide!


The Two Minute Rule
by Robert Crais

Fiction — Crais


First in Thirst: How Gatorade Turned the Science of Sweat Into a Cultural Phenomenon
by Darren Rovell

Non-Fiction — Rowell (Libraries only own this in digital format.)


The Madonnas of Leningrad
by Debra Dean

Fiction — Dean


A Hilltop in Tuscany
by Stephanie Grace Whitson  nebauthormini

Fiction — Whitson

See also: The Nebraska Author Stephanie Grace Whitson resource page here on BookGuide!


A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan
by Michael Kazin

Non-Fiction — B B83k


Love Walked In
by Marisa de los Santos

Fiction — de los Santos


Orbit
by John Nance

Fiction — Nance


The Old Wine Shades
by Martha Grimes

Fiction — Grimes


Scotty: James B. Reston and the Rise and Fall of American Journalism
by John F. Stacks

Non-Fiction — 070.92 Sta [Not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries.]

Tin God
by Terese Svoboda

Fiction — Svoboda


Books reviewed in March

Manhunt: The Twelve Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer
by James L. Swanson

Non-Fiction — 364.152 Swa

See Rayma S.’s review of Manhunt: The Twelve Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer in the April 2006 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide!


Brooklyn Follies
by Paul Auster

Fiction — Auster


Death of a Dreamer
by M.C. Beaton

Fiction — Beaton


Nothing But Trouble
by Michael McGarrity

Fiction — McGarrity


One Part Angel
by George Shaffner  nebauthormini

Fiction — Shaffner


A Necessary Evil
by Alex Kava  nebauthormini

Fiction — Kava

See Charlotte M.’s review of A Necessary Evil in the May 2013 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide!
See also: The Nebraska Author Alex Kava resource page here on BookGuide!


Fifty Degrees Below
by Kim Stanley Robinson

Fiction — Robinson


America Vertigo: Traveling America in the Footsteps of Tocqueville
by Bernard-Henri Levi

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

The Best People in the World
by Justin Tussing

Fiction — Tussing


Weed ‘Em and Reap
by Roger Welsch  nebauthormini

Non-Fiction — 641.562 Wel

See also: The Nebraska Author Roger Welsch resource page here on BookGuide!


Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights
by Kenji Toshino

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

The Usual Mistakes
by Erin Flanagan

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

Cinnamon Kiss
by Walter Mosley

Fiction — Mosley


Cell
by Stephen King

Fiction — King


The World According to Mimi Smartypants
by Mimi Smartypants

Fiction — Smartypants


Books reviewed in February

Self-Made Man: One Woman’s Journey Into Manhood and Back Again
by Norak Vincent

Non-Fiction — 305.31 Vin


Dean & Me (A Love Story)
by Jerry Lewis

Non-Fiction — 791.092 Lew


S is for Silence
by Sue Grafton

Fiction — Grafton


Canaan’s Tongue
by John Wray

Fiction — Wray


The Good Life
by Jay McInerny

Fiction — McInerny


Through a Howling Wilderness: Benedict Arnold’s March to Quebec, 1775
by Thomas A. Desjardin

Non-Fiction — 973.331 Des


Facing Rushmore
by David Lozell Martin

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

The Da Vinci Diet
by Stephen Lanzalotta

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

Rain Dogs
by Sean Doolittle  nebauthormini

Fiction — Doolittle

See also: The Nebraska Author Sean Doolittle resource page here on BookGuide!


Single Woman of a Certain Age: 29 Women Writers on the Unmarried Midlife — Romantic Escapades, Heavy Petting, Empty Nests, Shifting Shapes and Serene Independence
edited by Jane Ganahl

Non-Fiction — 305.42 Gan


Marley & Me
by John Grogan

Non-Fiction — 636.752 Gro

See Rianne S.’s review of Marley & Me in the May 2010 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide!


Pomegranate Soup
by Marsha Mehran

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

Why Geography Matters: Three Challenges Facing America
by Harm de Blij

Non-Fiction — 909.83 Deb


Europe Central
by William T. Vollmann

Fiction — Vollmann


Mighty Fitz: The Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald
by Michael Schumacher

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

Curse of the Narrows
by Laura R. MacDonald

Non-Fiction — 940.3 Mac

See Becky W.C.’s review of Curse of the Narrows in the February 2008 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide!


Purity of Blood
by Arturo Perez-Reverte

Fiction — Perez-Reverte


Books reviewed in January

Arthur and George
by Julian Barnes

Fiction — Barnes


Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
by Gregory Maguire

Fiction — Maguire


Son of a Witch
by Gregory Maguire

Fiction — Maguire


Forever Odd
by Dean Koontz

Fiction — Koontz


These Trespasses
by Jim Reese

Poetry — Heritage 811 Ree


13 Steps Down
by Ruth Rendell

Fiction — Rendell


Remains Silent
by Michael Baden and Linda Kenney

Fiction — Baden


Adored
by Tilly Bagshawe

Fiction — Bagshawe


How to Be Lost
by Amanda Eyre Ward  nebauthormini

Fiction — Ward


Saving Fish From Drowning
by Amy Tan

Fiction — Tan


Dog Days
by Ana Marie Cox

Fiction — Cox


The Lighthouse
by P.D. James

Fiction — James


Nelson’s Trafalgar: The Battle That Changed the World
by Roy Adkins

Non-Fiction — 940.27 Adk


Raising Less Corn, More Hell: The Case for the Independent Farm and Against Industrial Food
by George Pyle

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

The Sea
by John Banville

Fiction — Banville


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