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Lincoln Journal Star Book Reviews – 2008

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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.

2008 Selections

Books reviewed in December

White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson
by Brenda Wineapple

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

A Time to Fight: Reclaiming a Fair and Just America
by Jim Webb

Non-Fiction — 320.513 Web

When Will There Be Good News?
by Kate Atkinson

Fiction — Atkinson.

Trigger City

by Sean Chercover

Fiction — Chercover

Your Heart Belongs to Me
by Dean Koontz

Fiction — Koontz.

The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol Rescued his Career and Revived our holiday spirits

by Les Standiford

Biography — Dickens.

A Dog Named Christmas
by Greg Kincaid

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

The Paper Bag Christmas
by Kevin Alan Milne

Fiction — Milne

A Christmas Grace
by Anne Perry

Fiction — Perry.

The New York Times: The Complete Front Pages
by the editors of the New York Times

Non-Fiction — New York Times. [Not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries.]

Sports Illustrated: The College Football Book
by the editors of Sports Illustrated

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

Equus
by Tim Flach

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

Wildlands Philanthropy: The Great American Tradition
by Tom Butler and Antonio Vizcaino

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

Battle at Sea: 3,000 Years of Naval Warfare
by R.G. Grant

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

The Life of a Photograph
by Sam Abell

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

Once Again Zelda: The Stories Behind Literature’s Most Intriguing Dedications
by Marlene Wagman-Geller

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

Havah: The Story of Eve
by Tosca Lee

Fiction — Lee

Death With Interruptions
by Jose Saramago

Fiction — Saramago

Good-bye and Amen
by Beth Gutcheon

Fiction — Gutcheon.

Empires of the Sea: The Siege of Malta, the Battle of Lepranto, and the Contest for the Center of the World
by Roger Cowley

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

Books reviewed in November

The English Major
by Jim Harrison

Fiction — Harrison

Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
by Vicki Myron

Non-Fiction — 636.8 Myr

Harry S. Truman
by Robert Dallek

Biography — Truman.

Exposed

by Alex Kava  nebauthormini

Fiction — Kava

The Other Queen
by Philippa Gregory

Fiction — Gregory.

The Black Hand
by Will Thomas

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

The Garden of Evil
by David Hewson

Fiction — Hewson

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life
by Alice Schroeder

Biography — Buffett.

The Greatest Day in History
by Nicholas Best

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

The Brass Verdict
by Michael Connelly

Fiction — Connelly.

The Lucky One

by Nicholas Sparks

Fiction — Sparks.

Supreme Courtship: A Novel

by Christopher Buckley

Fiction — Buckley.

Empty Ever After
by Reed Farrel Coleman

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

Books reviewed in October

A Good Woman
by Danielle Steel

Fiction — Steel.

The Same Man: George Orwell and Evelyn Waugh in Love and War
by David Lebedoff

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

American Wife
by Curtis Sittenfeld

Fiction — Sittenfeld.

Chicago and North Western Railway
by Tom Murray

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

Indignation
by Philip Roth

Fiction — Roth.

The Widows of Eden

by George Shaffner

Fiction — Shaffner

War and Decision: Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terrorism
by Douglas J. Feith

Non-Fiction — 973.931 Fei.

CBS’s Don Hollenbeck: An Honest Reporter in the Age of McCarthyism
by Loren Ghiglione

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

The Rustler
by Linda Lael Miller

Fiction — Miller

The Given Day
by Dennis Lehane

Fiction — Lehane.

Wallace Stegner and the American West

by Philip L. Fradkin

Non-Fiction — Biography Stegner

Liberty: A Lake Wobegon Novel
by Garrison Keillor

Fiction — Keillor.

Killing Rommel

by Steven Pressfield

Fiction — Pressfield.

Superior, Nebraska: The Commonsense Values of America’s Heartland
by Dennis Boyles

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

Books reviewed in September

The Gypsy in My Soul
by Christine Harris  nebauthormini

Fiction — Harris

Forts of the Northern Plains: Guide to Historical Military Posts of the Plains Indian Wars
by Jeff Barnes

Non-Fiction — [ On Order ]

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
by David Wroblewski

Fiction — Wroblewski

How the South Could Have Won the Civil War: The Fatal Errors That Led to Confederate Defeat
by Bevin Alexander

Non-Fiction — 973.713 Ale

Mayor Helen Boosalis
by Beth Boosalis Davis  nebauthormini

Biography — Boosalis

Chasing Darkness
by Robert Crais

Fiction — Crais.

The Best Game Ever: Giants vs. Colts, and the Birth of the Modern NFL
by Mark Bowden

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

Books reviewed in August

America Between the Wars: From 11/9 to 9/11: The Misunderstood Years Between the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Start of the War on Terror
by Derek Chollet and James Goldgeier

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

The Thing Itself: On the Search for Authenticity
by Richard Todd and William Davies King

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

Breaking Dawn
by Stephenie Meyer

Fiction — j Meyer.

The First Billion is the Hardest

by T. Boone Pickens

Non-Fiction — Biography Pickens

Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent
by Fred Burton

Non-Fiction — 303.625 Bur

Where Did I Leave My Glasses: The What, Where and Why and Normal Memory Loss
by Martha Weinman Lear

Non-Fiction — 153.1 Lea

Books: A Memoir
by Larry McMurtry

Non-Fiction — Biography McMurtry

Madness: A Bipolar Life
by Marya Hornbacher

Non-Fiction — Biography Hornbacher

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
by Mary Ann Shaffer

Fiction — Shaffer.

Wolves at the Door
by Thomas A. Chown

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

So Brave, Young and Handsome
by Leif Enger

Fiction — Enger.

Censoring Science: Inside the Political Attacks on Dr. James Hansen and the Truth of Global Warming

by Mark Bowen

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

The Great Warming: Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations
by Brian Fagan

Non-Fiction — [ On Order ]

Life of a Soldier on the Western Frontier
by Jeremy Agnew

Non-Fiction — [ On Order ]

The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days That Inspired America
by Thurston Clarke

Non-Fiction — [ On Order ]

The Monster of Florence
by Douglas Preston

Non-Fiction — 364.152 Pre.

The Lady Elizabeth

by Alison Weir

Fiction — Weir

The Plague of Doves
by Louise Erdrich

Fiction — Erdrich.

Books reviewed in July

Damage Control
by J.A. Jance

Fiction — Jance.

What Would Audrey Do?

by Pamela Koegh

Non-Fiction — [ On Order ]The Deal
by Adam Gittlin

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

The Post American World
by Fareed Zakaria

Non-Fiction — 303.49 Zak.

The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict

by Joseph E. Stiglitz and Linda J. Blimes

Non-Fiction — 956.704 Sti.

The Hamburger: A History
by Josh Ozersky

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

Nothing to Lose
by Lee Child

Fiction — Child.

The Miracle at Speedy Motors

by Alexander McCall-Smith

Fiction — McCall-Smith.

Rabbit in the Moon
by Deborah and Joel Shlian

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

Washington Burning: How a Frenchman’s Vision for our Nation’s Capital Survived Congress, the Founding Fathers, and the Invading British Army
by Les Standiford

Non-Fiction — [ On Order ].

Dear American Airlines
by Jonathan Miles

Fiction — Miles. [also reviewed in June 2008]

The Castro Game
by Todd Buchholz

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

Where Memories Lie
by Deborah Crombie

Fiction — Crombie

The Dawn Patrol
by Don Winslow

Fiction — Winslow

Love the One You’re With
by Emily Griffin

Fiction — Griffin.

House Rules

by Mike Lawson

Fiction — Lawson.

Dogs We Love: With Jane Smiley, Armistead Maupin, Ann Beattie, Edward Albee and 14 Other Dog People
edited by Michael J. Rosen

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

Books reviewed in June

The Steel Wave
by Jeff Shaara

Fiction — Shaara

When You Are Engulfed in Flames
by David Sedaris

Non-Fiction — 817 Sed.

Foyle’s Philavery: A Treasure of Unusual Words

by Christopher Foyle

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

Semantic Antics: How and Why Words Change Meanings
by Sol Steinmetz

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

Back in Time: Echoes of a Vanished America in the Heart of France
by Kent Cowgill

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

Bright Shiny Morning
by James Frey

Fiction — Frey.

The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War

by David Halberstam

Non-Fiction — 951.904 Hal.

Perfumes: The Guide

by Luca Turin and Tanya Sanchez

Non-Fiction — 668.54 Tur

The Dark River
by John Twelve Hawks

Fiction — Twelve Hawks

The Whole Truth
by David Baldacci

Fiction — Baldacci.

Another Man’s Moccasins

by Craig Johnson

Fiction — Johnson.

The Divorce Party
by Laura Dane

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

Chasing Harry Winston
by Lauraen Weisberger

Fiction — Weisberger.

All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

by Janelle Brown

Fiction — Brown

The Host
by Stephenie Meyer

Fiction — Meyer.

When You Are Engulfed in Flames

by David Sedaris

Non-Fiction — 817 Sed.

The Gargoyle

by Andrew Davidson

Fiction — Davidson.

Sway: The Irresistable Pull of Irrational Behavior
by Ori Brafman

Non-Fiction — [ On Order ]

War Journal: My Five Years in Iraq
by Richard Engel

Non-Fiction — [ On Order ]

This Land is Their Land: Reports From a Divided Nation
by Barbara Ehrenreich

Non-Fiction — [ On Order ]

Tell Me Where it Hurts: A Day of Humor, Healing and Hope in My Life as an Animal Surgeon
by Nick Trout

Non-Fiction — 636.089 Tro.

What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception

by Scott McClellan

Non-Fiction — 973.931 McC.

The Seventh Decade: The New Shape of Nuclear Danger
by Jonathan Schell

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

Knockemstiff
by Donald Ray Pollock

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

Black Glasses Like Clark Kent: A GI’s Secret From Post-War Japan
by Terese Svoboda  nebauthormini

Non-Fiction — 952.044 Svo. [Not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries.]

Audition
by Barbara Walters

Biography Walters

River of Heaven

by Lee Martin

Fiction — Martin.

Franco and Hitler: Spain, Germany and World War II
by Stanley Payne

Non-Fiction — 940.534 Pay.

Books reviewed in May

Unaccustomed Earth
by Jhumpa Lahiri

Fiction — Lahiri.

Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq

by Kirsten Holmstedt

Non-Fiction — 956.704 Hol.

The Teapot Dome Scandal: How Big Oil Bought the Harding White House and Tried to Steal the Country
by Laton McCartney

Non-Fiction — 973.914 McC

A Fatal Waltz
by Tasha Alexander

Fiction — Alexander

The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted
by Elizabeth Berg

Fiction — Berg.

Dream When You’re Feeling Blue

by Elizabeth Berg

Fiction — Berg.

Your Inner Fish: A Journey Into the 3.5-Billion Year History of the Human Body

by Neil Shubin

Non-Fiction — 599.938 Shu

Armageddon in Retrospect: and Other New and Unpublished Writings on War and Peace
by Kurt Vonnegut

Non-Fiction — 818 Von

Easy Innocence
by Libby Fischer Hellmann

Fiction — Hellmann

The Sum of Our Days
by Isabel Allende

Fiction — Allende.

Dinner at Mr. Jefferson’s: Three Men, Five Great Wines and the Evening That Changed America

by Charles A. Cerami

Non-Fiction — [ On Order ]

The Cherokee Trail of Tears
by Duane H. King

Non-Fiction — [ On Order ]

Ice Trap
by Kitty Sewell

Fiction — Sewell

Lady of the Snakes
by Rachel Pastan

Fiction — Pastan.

Books reviewed in April

Hollywood Crows
by Joseph Wambaugh

Fiction — Wambaugh.

Man Killed by Pheasant (and Other Kinships)
by John T. Price

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

The Truth Commissioner
by David Park

Fiction — Park.

Adventures in Tornado Alley: The Story Chasers
by Mike Hollingshead and Eric Nguyen

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

American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic
by Joseph J. Ellis

Non-Fiction — 973.3 Ell.

Peace: The Biography of a Symbol
by Ken Kolsbun and Michael Sweeney

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

The Commoner
by John Burnham Schwartz

Fiction — Schwartz.

The Invisible

by Andrew Britton

Fiction — Britton

Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making
by David Rothkopf

Non-Fiction — 305.5 Rot.

Caught in the Middle: America’s Heartland in the Age of Globalism
by Richard C. Longworth

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

Lady Killer
by Lisa Scottoline

Fiction — Scottoline.

The Last Luggage Porter

by Andrew Martin

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

Anatomy of Deception
by Lawrence Goldstone

Fiction — Goldstone

Bicycling Beyond the Divide: Two Journeys Into the West
by Daryl Farmer

Non-Fiction — 917.8 Far.

Souvenirs
by Julia Lauer-Cheenne

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

Books reviewed in March

Another Thing to Fall
by Laura Lippman

Fiction — Lippman

America: Our Next Chapter
by Chuck Hagel

Non-Fiction — 973.93 Hag

The Soul Thief
by Charles Baxter

Fiction –Baxter

The Physics of NASCAR: How to Make Steel + Gas + Rubber = Speed
by Diandra Leslie-Pelesky

Non-Fiction — 796.72 Les

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
by Junot Diaz

Fiction — Diaz.

Mr. Adams’ Last Crusade: John Quincy Adams’ Extraordinary Post-Presidential Life in Congress
by Joseph Wheelan

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

The Darkest Evening of the Year
by Dean Koontz

Fiction — Koontz.

Strangers in Death

by J.D. Robb

Fiction — Robb.

Remember Me

by Sophie Kinsella

Fiction — Kinsella.

The Senator’s Wife

by Sue Miller

Fiction — Miller.

Truth and Conseqences: Special Comments on the Bush Administration’s War on American Values

by Keith Olbermann

Non-Fiction — 973.931 Olb.
Crime Scene Chemistry for the Armchair Sleuth
by Cathy Cobb, et. al.

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

Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography
by Andrew Morton

Biography — Cruise.

High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in the Age of Greed

by Michael Kodas

Non-Fiction — 796.522 Kod.

The Learners
by Chip Kidd

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

The Crazy School
by Cornelia Read

Fiction — Read

Death of a Gentle Lady
by M.C. Beaton

Fiction — Beaton.

Blood of the Wicked

by Leighton Gage

Fiction — Gage

Out of the Storm: The Life and Legacy of Martin Luther
by Derek Wilson

Biography Luther

Keeping the House
by Ellen Baker

Fiction — Baker.

Moonlight Downs
by Adrian Hyland

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

Books reviewed in February

The Appeal
by John Grisham

Fiction — Grisham.

Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World

by Dan Koeppel

Non-Fiction — 634.772 Koe

Restoring the Burnt Child: A Primer
by William Kloefkorn  nebauthormini

Biography — B K69.

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Hector’s Bliss: Black Homesteaders at Goose Lake, Nebraska
by Dennis Vossberg

Fiction — Vossberg

Duma Key
by Stephen King

Fiction — King.

A Free Life

by Ha Jin

Fiction — Jin.

The Lost Girls

by Robert Doherty

Fiction — Doherty

Protect and Defend
by Vince Flynn

Fiction — Flynn.

The Death Trust

by David Rollins

Fiction — Rollins

The Betrayal Game
by David Rollins

Fiction — Rollins

Nebraska Moments: Glimpses of Nebraska’s Past
by Donald R. Hickey  nebauthormini

Non-Fiction — 978.2 Hic

The Ultimate Battle: Okinawa 1945 — The Last Epic Struggle of World War II
by Bill Sloan

Non-Fiction — 940.542 Slo

The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World
by Eric Weiner

Non-Fiction — 910.4 Wei

In Defense of Food
by Michael Pollan

Non-Fiction — 613 Pol

Bill of Wrongs: The Executive Branch’s Assault on America’s Fundamental Rights
by Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose

Non-Fiction — 323.4 Ivi

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox
by Maggie O’Farrell

Fiction — O’Farrell.

Books reviewed in January

Born Standing Up
by Steve Martin

Biography — Martin.

Stuff to Die For

by Don Bruns

Fiction — Bruns

Condoleeza Rice: An American Life
by Elisabeth Bumiller

Biography — B R3575b

Arsenals of Folly: The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race
by Richard Rhodes

Non-Fiction — 355.021 Rho

The Anatomist: A True Story of Gray’s Anatomy
by Bill Hayes

Non-Fiction — 612 Hay

The Loves of Harriet Beecher Stowe
by Philip McFarland

Biography — Stowe

Law and Order in Buffalo Bill’s Country: Legal Culture and Community on the Great Plains: 1867-1910
by Mark R. Ellis

Non-Fiction — 978.282 Ell

Bleeding Kansas
by Sara Paretsky

Fiction — Paretsky.

Last Call

by James Grippando

Fiction — Grippando.

Person of Interest

by Theresa Schwegel

Fiction — Schwegel

Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA
by Tim Weiner

Non-Fiction — 327.12 Wei

Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself
by Alan Alda

Non-Fiction — 791.452 Ald

Forgive Me
by Amanda Eyre Ward

Fiction — Ward.

Revisiting the Mormon Trail
by Gregory M. Franzwa

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

The Black Hills and the Indians: A Haven of Our Hopes
by Martin Luschei

Non-Fiction — 978.39 Lus

The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy: 1943-1944
by Rick Atkinson

Non-Fiction — 940.542 Atk

The Crime Writer
by Gregg Hurwitz

Fiction — Hurwitz

Watchman
by Ian Rankin

Fiction — Rankin.

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