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Lincoln Journal Star Book Reviews – 2009


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. We apologize for the gap from July through December 2009 — we hope to fill in this information over time. This feature has resumed on our web site as of January 2010.

2009 Selections

Books reviewed in June

Searching for Tamsen Donner
by Gabrielle Burton

Biography — Donner

Vulcan’s Fire
by Harold Coyle and Barrett Tillman

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

The Scarecrow
by Michael Connelly

Fiction — Connelly

Last Mango in Texas
by Ray Blackstone

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

What Happens
by Hilda Raz

Non-Fiction — 811 Raz

by Dean Koontz

Fiction — Koontz

Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven
by Susan Jane Gilman

Non-Fiction — 951.058 Gil

American Passage: The History of Ellis Island
by Vincent J. Cannato

Non-Fiction — 325.73 Can

Wrongful Death
by Robert Dugoni

Fiction — Dugoni

The Deepest Cut
by Dianne Emley

Fiction — Emley

Books reviewed in May

Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs and Parenting
by Michael Perry

Biography — Perry

Tea Time for the Traditionally Built
by Alexander McCall-Smith

Fiction — McCall-Smith

Gone Tomorrow
by Lee Child

Fiction — Child

by Paul Levine

Fiction — Levine

Losing Mum and Pup
by Christopher Buckley

Biography Buckley

by Robert B. Parker

Fiction — Parker

A World of Trouble: The White House and the Middle East — From the Cold War to the War on Terror
by Patrick Tyler

Non-Fiction — 327.56 Tyl

Eye of My Heart: 27 Writers Reveal the Hidden Pleasures and Perils of Being a Grandmother
edited by Barbara Graham

Non-Fiction — 306.877 Gra

Blood Island
by H. Terrell Griffin

Fiction — Griffin

William Wilberforce: The Life of the Great Anti-Slave Trade Campaigner
by William Hogue

Biography — Wilberforce

Hunting Eichmann: How a Band of Survivors and a Young Spy Agency Chased Down the World’s Most Notorious Nazi
by Neal Hascomb

Non-Fiction — 364.168 Bas

Books reviewed in April

Devil’s Garden
by Ace Atkins

Fiction — Atkins

American-Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA – WHen FDR Put the Nation to Work
by Nick Taylor

Fiction — 973.917 Tay

Her Appearing: A Love Story
by Donald G. Harvey

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

Life Sentences
by Laura Lippman

Fiction — Lippman

Letters From Black America
edited by Pamela Newkirk

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

Winging It: Dispatches From an (Almost) Empty Nest
by Catherine Goldhammer

Biography — Goldhammer

by Hugh Holton

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

The Entire Earth and Sky: Views on the Antarctic
by Leslie Carol Roberts

Non-Fiction — 919.89 Rob

Long Lost
by Harlan Coben

Fiction — Coben

Still Alice
by Lisa Genova

Fiction — Genova

The All-American King
by Kent Krause

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

True Detectives
by Jonathan Kellerman

Fiction — Kellerman

Sin the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys and the Battle for America’s Soul
by Karen Abbott

Non-Fiction — 306.74 Abb

Crossing the Rhine: Breaking Into Nazi Germany – 1944 and 1945: The Greatest Airborne Battles in History
by Lloyd Clark

Non-Fiction — 940.542 Cla

Why Sacagawea Deserves the Day Off and Other Lessons From the Lewis & Clark Trail
by Stephenie Ambrose Tubbs

Non-Fiction — 917.8 Tub

Books reviewed in March

Man of the House
by Ad Hudler  nebauthormini

Fiction — Hudler

The German Russians: Those Who Came to Sutton (2nd printing – revised)
by James R. Griess  nebauthormini

Non-Fiction — 325.7 qGri 2008

Terminal Freeze
by Lincoln Child

Fiction — Child.

Seeking Peace: Chronicles of the World Buddhist in the World
by Mary Pipher  nebauthormini

Non-Fiction — Biography Pipher.

Corkscrewed: Adventures in the New French Wine County
by Robert V. Camuto

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

Paths of Glory
by Jeffrey Archer

Fiction — Archer.

In a Time of War: The Proud and Perilous Journey of West Point’s Class of 2002
by Bill Murphy, Jr.

Non-Fiction — 355.009 Mur

by A. Scott Pearson

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

A Guide to the Birds of East Africa
by Nicholas Drayson

Fiction — Drayson

by Sean Doolittle  nebauthormini

Fiction — Doolittle

Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees
by Roger Deakin

Non-Fiction — 582.16 Dea

Sing Them Home
by Stephanie Kallos  nebauthormini

Fiction — Kallos.

by Joel Kraemer

Non-Fiction — Kraemer (eAudiobook only)

Books reviewed in February

I Am a Man: Chief Standing Bear’s Journey for Justice
by Joe Starita  nebauthormini

Non-Fiction — Biography Standing

The Associate
by John Grisham

Fiction — Grisham.

Good Girls, Good Food, Good Fun: The Story of USO Hostesses During World War II
by Meghan Winchell

Non-Fiction —  940.53 Win

Honeymoon in Tehran: Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran
by Azadeh Moaveni

Non-Fiction — 305.48 Moa

Roads to Quoz: An American Mosey
by William Least Heat Moon

Non-Fiction — 917.3 Hea.

Lincoln and His Admirals
by Craig L. Symonds

Non-Fiction — Symonds (eAudiobook only)

Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer
by Fred Kaplan

Biography — Lincoln.

Abraham Lincoln: Great American Historians on Our 16th President
by Brian Lamb and Susan Swain

Non-Fiction — Lamb/Swain (not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries)

Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln
by John Stauffer

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

One Fifth Avenue
by Candace Bushnell

Fiction — Bushnell.

Greasy Rider: Two Dudes, One Fry-Oil-Powered Car, and a Cross-Country Search for a Greener Future

by Greg Melville

Non-Fiction — Melville (eBook only)

The Charlemagne Pursuit
by Steve Berry

Fiction — Berry.

Charles Darwin — The Beagle Letters
edited by Frederick Burkhardt

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

The Letters
by Luanne Rice and Joseph Monninger

Fiction — Rice.

Books reviewed in January

Baptism by Fire: Eight Presidents Who Took Office in Times of Crisis
by Mark K. Updegrove

Non-Fiction — 973.09 Upd

Our Lincoln: New Perspectives on Lincoln and His World
by Eric Foner

Biography — Lincoln

Society’s Child: My Autobiography
by Janis Ian

Non-Fiction — Music 781.64 Ian

Telex From Cuba
by Rachel Kushner

Fiction — Kushner

When the Guillotine Fell
by Jeremy Mercer

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

I See You Everywhere
by Julia Glass

Fiction — Glass

Earthrise: How Man First Saw the Earth
by Robert Poole

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

Blood Alone
by James R. Benn

Fiction — Benn

A Cure for Night
by Justin Peacock

Fiction — Peacock (eBook and eAudiobook only)

Stealing Trinity
by Ward Larsen

Fiction — Larsen.

Twenty West: The Great Road Across America
by Mac Nelson

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

Outliers: The Story of Success
by Malcolm Gladwell

Non-Fiction — 155.92 Gla.

Mr. Playboy: Hugh Hefner and the American Dream
by Steven Watts

Non-Fiction — Watts (eBook and eAudiobook only)

Fugitive days: Memoirs of an Anti-War Activist
by Bill Ayers

Biography — Ayers

The Nebraska-Kansas Act of 1854
by John R. Wunder and Joann M. Ross

Non-Fiction — 978.202 Wun

The Swap
by Anthony Moore

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

High Plains Horticulture
by John E. Freeman

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

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nebauthormini — Book by a Nebraska author