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Lincoln Journal Star Book Reviews – 2007

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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.

2007 Selections

Books reviewed in December

End Games
by Michael Dibdin

Fiction — Dibdin


The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story
by Diane Ackerman

Non-Fiction — 940.531 Ack


Shutter Island
by Dennis Lehane

Fiction — Lehane.


Christmas Lights
by Christine Pisera Naman

Fiction — Naman (currently available from the libraries only in eBook format)


LIFE: America the Beautiful: A Photographic Journey Coast to Coast…and Beyond
by Time

Non-Fiction — SOS 917.3 fTim


Marking Time: Nebraska’s Historic Places
by Bobbi and Steve Olson Nebraska Author

Non-Fiction — 978.2 qOls


“The Doomsters” in collection Archer in Jeopardy
by Ross Macdonald

Fiction — Macdonald


“The Barbarous Coast” in collection Archer in Hollywood
by Ross Macdonald

Fiction — Macdonald


The Christmas Promise
by Donna VanLiere

Fiction — VanLiere


Our Dumb World – The Onion’s Atlas of the Planet Earth
by the editors of The Onion

Non-Fiction — 817 qOni


The Mark
by Jason Pinter

Fiction — (currently only available from the libraries as an eAudiobook)


Terminal
by Andrew Vachss

Fiction — Vachss


First Among Sequels
by Jasper Fforde

Fiction — Fforde


The Sacred Place
by David Black

Fiction — (currently only available from the libraries as an eAudiobook)


The Genesis Code
by Christopher Forrest

Fiction — Forrest


A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and the Beginnings of the Civil Rights Revolution
by David A. Nichols

Non-Fiction — 973.921 Nic


Tales From the Teachers Lounge
by Robert Wilder

Non-Fiction — 371.1 Wil


The Florist’s Daughter
by Patricia Hampl

Non-Fiction — B 8185 Hampl


Summits: Six Meetings That Shaped the 20th Century
by David Reynolds

Non-Fiction — 327.2 Rey


Gentlemen of the Road
by Michael Chabon

Fiction — Chabon


False Fortune
by Twist Phelan

Fiction — Phelan


Stone Cold
by David Baldacci

Fiction — Baldacci


Books reviewed in November

Last Night at the Lobster
by Stewart O’Nan

Fiction — O’Nan


Flawless
by Joshua Sponagle

Fiction — Sponagle


Unlearning to Fly
by Jennifer Brice

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


Patriot Acts
by Greg Rucka

Fiction — Rucka


Dance With the Dragon
by David Hagberg

Fiction — Hagberg


Rebel Island
by Rick Riordan

Fiction — Riordan


The Almost Moon
by Alice Sebold

Fiction — Sebold


Killing Che
by Chuck Pfarrer

Fiction — (currently only available from the libraries in an eAudiobook format)


The Circumference of Darkness
by Jack Henderson

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


Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression
by Mildred Armstrong Kalish

Non-Fiction — Biography Kalish


The Cleaner
by Brett Battles

Fiction — Battles


Innocent as Sin
by Elizabeth Lowell

Fiction — Lowell


Ludlow: A Verse-Novel
by David Mason

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


Bridge of Sighs
by Richard Russo

Fiction — Russo


God’s Harvard: A Christian College on a Mission to Save America
by Hanna Rosin

Non-Fiction — Rosin (currently available from the libraries only in eBook and eAudiobook formats)


The Spirits of Nature
by Michelle Post

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


The Real All Americans: The Team That Changed a Game, a People, a Nation
by Sally Jenkins

Non-Fiction — 796.332 Jen


Songs Without Words
by Ann Packer

Fiction — Packer


Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey
by Alison Weir

Fiction — Grey


Books reviewed in October

Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography
by David Michaelis

Biography — B Sch75m


Living Blue in the Red States
by David Stackey Nebraska Author

Non-Fiction — 320.5 Star


One Drop: My Father’s Hidden Life: A Story of Race and Secrets
by Bliss Broyard

B B8223b


The Prince of Darkness: 50 Years Reporting in Washington
by Robert D. Novak

Non-Fiction — 070.092 Nov


The Coup
by James Malanowski

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


Just Breathe Normally
by Peggy Shumaker

Non-Fiction — Biography Shumaker


Exit Ghost
by Philip Roth

Fiction — Roth


Oil on the Brain: Adventures from the Pump to the Pipeline
by Lisa Margonelli

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


Secret Asset
by Stella Rimington

Fiction — Rimington


Run
by Ann Patchett

Fiction — Patchett


An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England
by Brock Clarke

Fiction — Clarke


The 47th Samurai
by Stephen Hunter

Fiction — Hunter


House of Many Gods
by Kiana Davenport

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


FDR
by Jean Edward Smith

Biography — B R665s


The Night Ferry
by Michael Robotham

Fiction — Robotham


The Book of Air and Shadows
by Michael Gruber

Fiction — Gruber


The Face of Death
by Cody McFadyen

Fiction — (currently only available from the libraries in eBook format)


Books reviewed in September

Upstream Metropolis: An Urban Biography of Omaha and Council Bluffs
by Lawrence H. Larsen Nebraska Author

Non-Fiction — 978.225 Lar


Summer People
by Brian Groh

Fiction — Groh


The Careful Use of Compliments
by Alexander McCall-Smith

Fiction — McCall-Smith


Amerigo: The Man Who Gave His Name to America
by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

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


Last Known Victim
by Erica Spindler

Fiction — Spindler


The Not-So-Big House
by Sarah Susanka

Non-Fiction — 728.375 Sus


If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer
by O.J. Simpson

Non-Fiction — 364.152 If


The Rest of Her Life
by Laura Moriarty

Fiction — Moriarty


The River Wife
by Jonis Agee  nebauthormini

Fiction — Agee.


Queenpin
by Megan Abbott

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


Leopards Kill
by Jim DeFelice

Fiction — DeFelice


The Pentagon: A History
by Steve Vogel

Non-Fiction — 355.6 Vog


The Witch of Portobello
by Paulo Coelho

Fiction — Coelho


Thunder Bay
by William Kent Krueger

Fiction — Krueger


The Secret Servant
by Daniel Silva

Fiction — Silva


Three Versions of the Truth
by Amy Knox Brown  nebauthormini

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


Clinical Death
by Patricia A. Bremmer   nebauthormini

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


Jacob’s List
by Stephanie Grace Whitson  nebauthormini

Fiction — Whitson


Nuclear Nebraska: The Remarkable Story of the Little County That Couldn’t be Bought
by Susan Cragin

Non-Fiction — ( On Order )


In the Driver’s Seat: Stories
by Helen Simpson  nebauthormini

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


Tin Roof Blowdown
by James Lee Burke

Fiction — Burke


Brush With Death
by Hailey Lind

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


Books reviewed in August

God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
by Christopher Hitchens

Non-Fiction — 211.8 Hit


Free Fire
by C.J. Box

Fiction — Box


The Virgin of Small Plains
by Nancy Pickard

Fiction — Pickard


Requiem for an Assassin
by Barry Eisler

Fiction — Eisler


Strike Force
by Dale Brown

Fiction — Brown


Stalin’s Ghost
by Martin Cruz Smith

Fiction — Smith


Dead Ex
by Harley Jane Kozak  nebauthormini

Fiction — Kozak


Slipping Backward: A History of the Nebraska Supreme Court
by James W. Hewitt Nebraska Author

Non-Fiction — 347.782 Hew


Dog Days: Dispatches From Bedlam Farm
by Jon Katz

Non-Fiction — 630.201 Kat


The Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and its Responsibility for 9/11
by Dinesh D’Souza

Non-Fiction — 320.513 Dso


Flint Hills Cowboys: Tales of the Tallgrass Prairie
by James F. Hoy

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


The Day the World Ended at Little Big Horn
by Joseph M. Marshall III

Non-Fiction — (currently available from the libraries only as an eAudiobook)


True Tales of the Prairies and Plains
by David Dary

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


The Niobrara: A River Running Through Time
by Paul Johnsgard   nebauthormini

Non-Fiction — 508.782 Joh


Ruling Pine Ridge: Oglala Lakota Politics from the IRA to Wounded Knee
by Akim Reinhardt

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


After Dark
by Haruki Murakami

Fiction — Murakami


Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
by Barbara Kingsolver

Non-Fiction — 630 Kin


Sleeping Doll
by Jeffrey Deaver

Fiction — Deaver


The Water’s Lovely
by Ruth Rendell

Fiction — Rendell


The Woods
by Harlan Coben

Fiction — Coben


Restitution
by Lee Vance

Fiction — (currently available from the libraries only in eAudiobook format)


Books reviewed in July

On Kingdom Mountain
by Howard Frank Mosher

Fiction — Mosher


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
by J.K. Rowling

Fiction — Rowling


Too Late to Say Goodbye
by Ann Rule

Non-Fiction — 364.152 Rul


Divisadero
by Michael Ondaatje

Fiction — Ondaatje


North River
by Pete Hamill

Fiction — Hamill


The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science
by Natalie Angier

Non-Fiction — 500 Ang


1945
by Robert Conroy

Fiction — (currently available from the libraries only in eAudiobook format)


The Echelon Vendetta
by David Stone

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


Prophets Reborn
by Gary Gabelhouse

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


Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England
by Lynne Olson

Non-Fiction — 941.084 Ols


The Hellfire Conspiracy
by Will Thomas

Fiction — Thomas


Marching With the First Nebraska, a Civil War Diary
by August Schernekau Nebraska Author

Non-Fiction — 973.781 Sch


The Shadow Catcher
by Marianne Wiggins

Fiction — Wiggins


Hick
by Andrea Portes

Fiction — Portes


Storm From the East: The Struggle Between the Arab World and the Christian East
by Milton Viorst

Non-Fiction — 956 Vio


The Secret of Lost Things
by Sheridan Hay

Fiction — Hay


The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented The Constitution
by David O. Stewart

Non-Fiction — 342.73 Ste


Homesick Creek
by Diane Hammond

Fiction — Hammon


What’s So Funny?
by Donald Westlake

Fiction — Westlake


Christine Falls
by Benjamin Black

Fiction — Black


Whitewash
by Alex Kava  nebauthormini

Fiction — Kava


Books reviewed in June

Demon: A Memoir
by Tosca Lee  nebauthormini

Fiction — Lee


The Big Empty: Contemporary Nebraska Non-Fiction Writers
edited by Ladette Randolph  nebauthormini

Non-Fiction — 810.098 Ran


On Chesil Beach
by Ian McEwan

Fiction — McEwan


The Good Husband of Zebra Drive
by Alexander McCall-Smith

Fiction — McCall-Smith


The Echo Maker
by Richard Powers

Fiction — Powers


Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic
by Chalmers A. Johnson

Non-Fiction — 355.033 Joh


A Thousand Splendid Suns
by Khaled Hosseini

Fiction — Hosseini


The Overlook
by Michael Connelly

Fiction — Connelly


Bad Luck and Trouble
by Lee Child

Fiction — Child


The Return: An Inspector Van Veeteren mystery
by Hakan Nesser

Fiction — Nesser


Red Cat
by Peter Spiegelman

Fiction — Spiegelman


Devils in the Sugar Shop
by Timothy Schaffert  nebauthormini

Fiction — Schaffert


The Yiddish Policemen’s Union
by Michael Chabon

Fiction — Chabon


The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise
by Michael Grunwald

Non-Fiction — 975.939 Gru


Books reviewed in May

At the Center of the Storm: My Years at the CIA
by George Tenet

Non-Fiction — (currently available from the libraries only in eAudiobook format)


Little Pink Slips
by Sally Koslow

Fiction — Koslow


The Naming of the Dead: An Inspector Rebus Novel
by Ian Rankin

Fiction — Rankin


Sixty Days and Counting
by Kim Stanley Robinson

Fiction — Robinson


The Children of Hurin
by J.R.R. Tolkien

Fiction — Tolkien


The Encyclopedia of the Great Plains Indians
by David Wishart  nebauthormini

Non-Fiction — 970.48 Wis


Buffalo Nation: American Indian Efforts to Restore the Bison
by Ken Zontek

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


Crazy Horse: A Lakota Life
by Kingsley M. Bray

Non-Fiction — 970.2 CraYb


Nixon and Mao: The Week That Changed the World
by Margaret MacMillan

Non-Fiction — Compact Disc 327.51 Mac or eAudiobook


Los Angeles Noir
by Denise Hamilton

Fiction Anthology — 813.08 Ham


Villa Air-Bel: World War II, Escape and a House in Marseilles
by Rosemary Sullivan

Non-Fiction — 940.534 Sul


Books reviewed in April

Einstein: His Life and Universe
by Walter Isaacson

Biography — B Ei6i


Nineteen Minutes
by Jodi Picoult

Fiction — Picoult


The Better Angels of Our Nature
by S.C. Gylanders

Fiction — Gylanders


Changing Light
by Nora Gallagher

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


Heyday
by Kurt Andersen

Fiction — Andersen


The White Cascade: The Great Northern Railway Disaster and America’s Deadliest Avalanche
by Gary Krist

Non-Fiction — 385 Kri


The Shape Shifter
by Tony Hillerman

Fiction — Hillerman


Infidel
by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Biography — B H6223


The Treasure of Khan
by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler

Fiction — Cussler


Ten Days in the Hills
by Jane Smiley

Fiction — Smiley


Black Monday
by R. Scott Reiss

Fiction — Reiss


Africa on Six Wheels: A Semester on Safari
by Betty Levitov  nebauthormini

Non-Fiction — 916.8 Lev


When the Light Goes
by Larry McMurtry

Fiction — McMurtry


A False Mirror
by Charles Todd

Fiction — Todd


The Watchman
by Robert Crais

Fiction — Crais


Another Green World
by Richard Grant

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


Happiness: A History
by Darrin McMahon

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


The Edge of Disaster: Rebuilding a Resilient Nation
by Stephen Flynn

Non-Fiction — 363.35 Fly


Deep Storm
by Lincoln Child

Fiction — Child


Books reviewed in March

What Becomes You
by Aaron Raz Link and Hilda Raz  nebauthormini

Non-Fiction — Link


A Far Country
by Daniel Mason

Fiction — Mason


The Alexandria Link
by Steve Berry

Fiction — Berry


Surveillance
by Jonathan Raban

Fiction — Raban


Burning Bright
by Tracy Chevalier

Fiction — Chevalier


The Boleyn Inheritance
by Philippa Gregory

Fiction — Gregory


Adopted Son: Washington, Lafayette and the Friendship That Saved the Revolution
by David A. Clary

Biography — B L13c


The Inheritance of Loss
by Kiran Desai

Fiction — Desai


A Title to Murder, a Carhenge Mystery
by James C. Work

Fiction — Work (not currently in the libraries’ collection)


Sister Pelagia and the White Bulldog
by Boris Akunin

Fiction — Akunin


Path of Destruction: The Devastation of New Orleans and the Coming Age of Superstorms
by John McQuaid and Mark Schleifstein

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


Hollywood Station
by Joseph Wambaugh

Fiction — Wambaugh


The Man in the Middle
by Brian Haig

Fiction — Haig


The Fruit of the Lemon
by Andrea Levy

Fiction — Levy.


Books reviewed in February

Returning to Earth
by Jim Harrison  nebauthormini

Fiction — Harrison


The Corpse in the Koryo
by James Church

Fiction — Church


American Bloomsbury: Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry David Thoreau: Their Lives, Their Loves, Their Work
by Susan Cheever

Non-Fiction — (currently available from the libraries only in eAudiobook format)


After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away
by Joyce Carol Oates

Fiction — j Oates (currently available from the libraries online in eBook format)


Lincoln’s Sword: The Presidency and the Power of Words
by Douglas L. Wilson

Non-Fiction — B L63w


The Radical and the Republican: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Triumph of Antislavery Politics
by James Oakes

Biography — B D75o


Lincoln and Chief Justice Taney: Slavery, Secession and the President’s War Powers
by James F. Simon

Non-Fiction — 973.7 Sim


The Night Gardener
by George Pelecanos

Fiction — Pelecanos


The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero
by William Kalush and Larry Sloman

Non-Fiction — B H796k


Getting Sober: A Practical Guide to Getting Through the First 30 Days
by Kelly Madigan Erlandson  nebauthormini

Non-Fiction — 363.292 Erl


Skylight Confessions
by Alice Hoffman

Fiction — Hoffman


On Agate Hill
by Lee Smith

Fiction — Smith


One Good Turn
by Kate Atkinson

Fiction — Atkinson


The Boss
by Stanley Pottinger

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


Kidnapped
by Jan Burke

Fiction — Burke


Crimson Portrait
by Jody Shields  nebauthormini

Fiction — Shields


Measuring the World
by Daniel Kehlmann

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


Larry Bond’s First Team: Fires of War
by Larry Bond and Jim DeFelice

Fiction — Bond


Books reviewed in January

Hawk
by William Willis

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


Hannibal Rising
by Thomas Harris

Fiction — Harris


I Feel Bad About My Neck
by Nora Ephron

Non-Fiction — 305.244 Eph


Echo Park
by Michael Connelly

Fiction — Connelly


The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud
by Julia Navarro

Fiction — Navarro


About Alice
by Calvin Trillin

Non-Fiction — 616.994 Tri


A Tale of Two Sisters
by Anna Maxted

Fiction — Maxted


Willow Field
by William Kittredge

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


The Fatal Heir
by Lois Lewandowski   nebauthormini

Fiction — Lewandowski


The God Delusion
by Richard Dawkins

Non-Fiction — 211.8 Daw


The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth
by Edward O. Wilson

Non-Fiction — 333.95 Wil


Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination
by Neal Gabler

Non-Fiction — 791.437 DisYg


Mask Market
by Andrew Vachss

Fiction — Vachss


Severance: Stories
by Robert Olen Butler

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


Welcome to Yesterday
by Ian Spiegelman

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


Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West
by Hampton Sides

Non-Fiction — 978.02 Sid


Forty Acres and a Fool: How to Live in the Country and Still Keep Your Sanity
by Roger Welsch  nebauthormini

Non-Fiction — 630 Wel


Nature Girl
by Carl Hiaasen

Fiction — Hiaasen


The View From Castle Rock: Stories
by Alice Munro

Fiction — Munro


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