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Lincoln Journal Star Book Reviews – 2007


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)

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

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

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.)

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.)

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

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

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.)

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

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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