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Lincoln Journal Star Book Reviews – 2008


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.

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 — Webb (Not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries.)

When Will There Be Good News?
by Kate Atkinson

Fiction — Atkinson

Trigger City
by Sean Chercover

Fiction — Chercover (eBook only)

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 (eAudiobook only)

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.)

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 to 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 Nebraska Author

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 (eAudiobook only)

Books reviewed in November

The English Major
by Jim Harrison Nebraska Author

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

by Alex Kava nebauthormini

Fiction — Kava

The Other Queen
by Philippa Gregory

Fiction — Gregory

The Black Hand
by Will Thomas

Fiction — Thomas

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 — 940.3 Bes

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 (eBook only)

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.)

by Philip Roth

Fiction — Roth

The Widows of Eden
by George Shaffner Nebraska Author

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 Nebraska Author

Biography — Hollenbeck

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

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 — 978 Bar

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: My Mother’s Life in Politics
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 (Hoopla eBook only)

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 nebauthormini

Non-Fiction — 973.928 Cho

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 — YA Meyer

The First Billion is the Hardest
by T. Boone Pickens

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

Biography — McMurtry

Madness: A Bipolar Life
by Marya Hornbacher

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 — 909.07 Fag

Life of a Soldier on the Western Frontier
by Jeremy Agnew

Non-Fiction — 978.02 Agn

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

Non-Fiction — 324.8 EleYc 1968

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? Timeless Lessons for Living With Grace and Style
by Pamela Koegh

Biography — Hepburn

The Deal
by Adam Gittlin

Fiction — Gittlin (eBook only)

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 — Standiford (Not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries.)

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 Nebraska Author

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 Nebraska Author

Non-Fiction — Heritage 914.4 Cow

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

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 (Not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries.)

Sway: The Irresistable Pull of Irrational Behavior
by Ori Brafman

Non-Fiction — 153.83 Bra

War Journal: My Five Years in Iraq
by Richard Engel

Non-Fiction — 956.704 Eng

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

Non-Fiction — 973.93 Ehr

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.)

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.

Audition: A Memoir
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 (eBook and eAudiobook only)

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 — 973.41 Cer

The Cherokee Trail of Tears
by Duane H. King

Non-Fiction — 970.3 CheYk

Ice Trap
by Kitty Sewell

Fiction — Sewell (eAudiobook only)

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

Biography — Price

The Truth Commissioner
by David Park

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

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 — 337 Lon

Lady Killer
by Lisa Scottoline

Fiction — Scottoline

The Lost Luggage Porter
by Andrew Martin

Fiction — Martin (eBook only)

Anatomy of Deception
by Lawrence Goldstone

Fiction — Goldstone (eAudiobook only)

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

Non-Fiction — 917.8 Far

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: Tough Questions, Straight Answers
by Chuck Hagel Nebraska Author

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 (eAudiobook only)

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 (eBook only)

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

Biography — Luther

Keeping the House
by Ellen Baker

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

Moonlight Downs
by Adrian Hyland

Fiction — Hyland (eBook only)

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 — Koeppel (eAudiobook only)

Restoring the Burnt Child: A Primer
by William Kloefkorn nebauthormini

Biography — B K69

This is the title selected for 2008 One Book One Nebraska statewide reading event

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

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 (Not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries.)

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 — Rhodes (eAudiobook only)

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

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

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 Nebraska Author

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

by Ian Rankin

Fiction — Rankin

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nebauthormini — Book by a Nebraska author