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Lincoln Journal Star Book Reviews – 2010


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.

2010 Selections

Books reviewed in December

by Anita Shreve

Fiction — Shreve

The Nebraska Dispatches

by Christopher Cartmill

Biography — Cartmill

Bitter Legacy
by H. Terrell Griffin

Fiction — Griffin

Charlie Chan
by Yunte Huang

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

Encyclopedia of the Exquisite: An Anecdotal History of Elegant Delights
by Jessica Kerwin Jenkins

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

Possessed: Adventures With Russian Books and the People Who Read Them
by Elif Batuman

Non-Fiction — 891.7 Bat

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
by Tom Franklin

Fiction — Franklin

The Quiet Book

by Deborah Underwood

Juvenile Picture Book — jP Underwood

The Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History
by S.C. Gwynne

Fiction — AUTHOR

The Grand Design

by Stephen Hawking

Non-Fiction — 530.142 Haw

An Object of Beauty

by Steve Martin

Fiction — Martin.

The Network
by Jason Elliot

Fiction — Elliot (eAudiobook only)

The Emperor’s Tomb
by Steve Berry

Fiction — Berry

The Sherlockian
by Graham Moore

Fiction — Moore

Port Mortuary
by Patricia Cornwell

Fiction — Cornwell

An Amish Christmas
by Cynthia Keller

Fiction — Keller

The Solemn Lantern Maker
by Melinda Bobis

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

A Christmas Odyssey
by Anne Perry

Fiction — Perry

Stolen Horses
by Dan O’Brien

Fiction — O’Brien

Justice Brennan: Liberal Champion
by Seth Stern and Stephen Wermiel

Biography — Brennan (eBook only)

Super Sad True Love Story
by Gary Shteyngart

Fiction — Shteyngart

Books reviewed in November

Full Dark, No Stars
by Stephen King

Fiction — King

Worth Dying For
by Lee Child

Fiction — Child

Now I See the Moon: A Mother, A Son, A Miracle
by Elaine Hall

Non-Fiction — 618.928 Hal

Inside Out
by Barry Eisler

Fiction — Eisler

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration
by Isabel Wilkerson

Non-Fiction — 307.76 Wil

by Bill Pronzini

Fiction — Pronzini

Moonlight Mile
by Dennis Lehane

Fiction — Lehane

The Violin of Auschwitz
by Maria Angels Anglada

Fiction — Anglada

by Ruth Rendell

Fiction — Rendell

Great House
by Nicole Krauss

Fiction — Krauss

The Vertical Farm
by Dickson Dispommier

Non-Fiction — Dispommier (eAudiobook only)

Promise Me: How a Sister’s Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer
by Nancy G. Brinker

Biography — Brinker

The Games That Changed the Game: The Evolution of the NFL in Seven Sundays
by Ron Jaworski w/ Greg Cosell and David Plaut

Non-Fiction — 796.332 Jaw

After America
by John Birmingham

Fiction — Birmingham

Books reviewed in October

A Nose for Justice
by Rita Mae Brown

Fiction — Brown

Historic Photos of Nebraska
by Tad Stryker  nebauthormini

Non-Fiction — 978.2 qStr

Squrrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary
by David Sedaris

Fiction — Sedaris

The Reapers Are the Angels
by Alden Bell

Fiction — Bell

Beautiful Maria of My Soul
by Oscar Hijuelos

Fiction — Hijuelos (eAudiobook only)

Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War
by Andrew J. Bacevich

Non-Fiction — 355.033 Bac

The Hanging Tree
by Bryan Gruley

Fiction — Gruley

The Capitol Game
by Brian Haig

Fiction — Haig

The Pain Chronicles: Cures, Myths, Mysteries, Prayers, Diaries, Brain Scans, Healing and the Science of Suffering
by Melanie Thernstrom

Non-Fiction — Thernstrom (eAudiobook only)

The Cabal
by David Hagberg

Fiction — Hagberg

Naked Heat
by “Richard Castle”

Fiction — Castle

The Only State: A History of Public Power in Nebraska
by Don Schaufelberger and Bill Beck  nebauthormini

Non-Fiction — 333.793 qSch

Come to Win: Business Leaders, Artists, Doctors and Other Visionaries on How Sports Can Help You Top Your Profession
by Venus Williams

Non-Fiction — 796.01 Wil

Reviving Ophelia
by Mary Pipher

Non-Fiction — 305.235 Pip

Obama’s Wars
by Bob Woodward

Non-Fiction — 973.932 Woo

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives
by Lola Shoneyin

Fiction — Shoneyin

Bodily Harm
by Robert Dugoni

Fiction — Dugoni

The Accidental Billionaires
by Ben Mezrich

Non-Fiction — 338.76 FacYm

Books reviewed in September

Elegies for the Broken-Hearted
by Christie Hogden

Fiction — Hogden

Fever Dream
by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Fiction — Preston and Child

Getting to Happy
by Terry McMillan

Fiction — McMillan

The Holy Thief
by William Ryan

Fiction — Ryan

The Ark
by Boyd Morrison

Fiction — Morrison

Ape House
by Sara Gruen

Fiction — Gruen

A Journey: My Political Life
by Tony Blair

Non-Fiction — Biography Blair

I’d Know You Anywhere
by Laura Lippman

Fiction — Lippman

Star Wars: Year by Year
by Lucy Dowling

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

The Nobodies Album
by Carolyn Parkhurst

Fiction — Parkhurst

Books reviewed in August

The Only Game in Town
by the editors of The New Yorker

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

Long for This World: The Strange Science of Immortality
by Jonathan Weiner

Non-Fiction — 612.68 Wei

From Those Wonderful Folks Who Game You Pearl Harbor: Front-Line Dispatches From the Advertising War
by Jerry Della Famina

Non-Fiction — 659.1 Del

Faithful Place
by Tana French

Fiction — French

The I Hate to Cook Book — 50th anniversary
by Peg Bracken

Non-Fiction — 641.5 Bra

Rabbit, Run — 50th anniversary
by John Updike

Fiction — Updike

To Kill a Mockingbird — 50th anniversary
by Harper Lee

Fiction — Lee

Green Eggs and Ham — 50th anniversary
by Dr. Seuss

Fiction — jF Seuss

by Alex Kava  nebauthormini

Fiction — Kava

Tough Customer
by Sandra Brown

Fiction — Brown

A Question of Belief
by Donna Leon

Fiction — Leon

Here You Have My Story: Eyewitness Accounts of the 19th Century Central Plains
by Richard E. Jensen

Non-Fiction — 978.2 Jen

Their Last Supper: Legends of History and Their Final Meal
by Andrew Caldwell

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

Veil of Night
by Linda Howard

Fiction — Howard

The Garden of Betrayal
by Lee Vance

Fiction — Vance

Lowcountry Summer
by Dorothea Benton Frank

Fiction — Frank

A Vintage Affair
by Isabel Wolff

Fiction — Wolff

Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House
by Meghan Daum

Non-Fiction — 814 Dau

by Douglas Preston

Fiction — Preston

Angelina: An Unauthorized Biography
by Andrew Morton

Biography — Jolie

Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull and the Battle of the Little Big Horn
by Nathaniel Philbrick

Non-Fiction — 973.82 Phi

The Bride Collector
by Ted Dekker

Fiction — Dekker

Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English
by Natasha Solomons

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

Books reviewed in July

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
by David Mitchell

Fiction — Mitchell

by Jonathan Kellerman

Fiction — Kellerman

The Killer
by Tom Hinshelwood

Fiction — Hinshelwood

Sonia Sotomayor: The True American Dream
by Antonia Felix

Biography — Sotomayor

House Justice
by Mike Lawson

Fiction — Lawson

Catching Out: The Secret World of Day Laborers
by Dick J. Reavis

Non-Fiction — 331.544 Rea

Working in the Shadows: A Year of Doing the Jobs (Most) Americans Won’t Do
by Gabriel Thompson

Non-Fiction — 331.62 Tho

Corked, a Memoir
by Kathryn Borel

Non-Fiction — Biography Borel

Go Mutants!
by Larry Doyle

Fiction — Doyle

The Left Hand of God
by Paul Hoffman

Fiction — Hoffman

Ice Cold
by Tess Gerritsen

Fiction — Gerritsen

Spies of the Balkans
by Alan Furst

Fiction — Furst

Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory
by Ben Macintyre

Non-Fiction — 940.548 Mac

The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War
by James Bradley

Non-Fiction — 973.911 Bra

Hitch 22: A Memoir
by Christopher Hitchens

Biography — Hitchens

Books reviewed in June

Like No Other Place, the Sandhills of Nebraska, Photographs and Stories
by David A. Owen

Non-Fiction — 978.273 Owe

Imperial Bedrooms
by Bret Easton Ellis

Fiction — Ellis

So Cold the River
by Michael Koryta

Fiction — Koryta

Every Last One
by Anna Quindlen

Fiction — Quindlen

Bright Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America
by Barbara Ehrenreich

Non-Fiction — 155.232 Ehr

Frankenstein: Lost Souls
by Dean Koontz

Fiction — Koontz

Apple Turnover Murderbr /> by Joanne Fluke

Fiction — Fluke

On Whitman
by C.K. Williams

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

Taming the Gods: Religion and Democracy on Three Continents
by Ian Buruma

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

Valley of Death: The Tragedy at Dien Bien Phu That Led America into the Vietnam War
by Ted Morgan

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

The Scent of Rain and Lightning
by Nancy Pickard

Fiction — Pickard

The Passage
by Justin Cronin

Fiction — Cronin

The Black Cat: A Richard Jury Mystery
by Martha Grimes

Fiction — Grimes

Red Inferno: 1945
by Robert Conroy

Fiction — Conroy

I Am Not a Serial Killer
by Dan Wells

Fiction — Wells

The Fighting Liberal: The Autobiography of George W. Norris
by George W. Norris

Biography — Norris

The Men Who Would Be King: An Almost Epic Tale of Moguls, Movies, and a Company Called DreamWorks
by Nicole LaPorte

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

How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly
by Connie May Fowler

Fiction — Fowler

Books reviewed in May

Heart of the Matter
by Emily Griffin

Fiction — Griffin

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer
by John Grisham

Fiction — Grisham

Blockade Billy
by Stephen King

Fiction — King

I Do Not Apologize for the Length of This Letter: The Mari Sandoz Letters on Native American Rights, 1942-1965
edited by Kimberli A. Lee and John R. Wunder

Non-Fiction — [ On Order ]

Alligators Under My Bed and Other Nebraska Tales
by James D. Hager

Biography – Hager

61 Hours
by Lee Child

Fiction — Child

The Imperfectionists
by Tom Rachman

Fiction — Rachman

Hook, Line and Sinister: Mysteries to Reel You In
anthology edited by T. Jefferson Parker

Fiction — 813.08 Par

Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin
by Hampton Sides

Non-Fiction — 364.152 Sid

The Unnamed
by Joshua Ferris

Fiction — Ferris

The Fallen
by Mark Terry

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

The God of the Hive
by Laurie King

Fiction — King

The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee
by Sarah Silverman

Non-Fiction – Biography Silverman

Union Atlantic
by Adam Haslett

Fiction — Haslett

Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War
by Karl Marlantes

Fiction — Marlantes

The Uglies series
by Scott Westerfeld

Fiction — Westerfeld

Part of a focus article on Young Adult fiction

The Hunger Games series
by Suzanne Collins

Fiction — Collins

Part of a focus article on Young Adult fiction

Little Brother
by Cory Doctorow

Fiction — Doctorow

Part of a focus article on Young Adult fiction

by Scott Westerfeld

Fiction — Westerfeld

Part of a focus article on Young Adult fiction

The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak

Fiction — Zusak

Part of a focus article on Young Adult fiction.

The Giver
by Lois Lowry

Fiction — Lowry

Part of a focus article on Young Adult fiction.

The Monstrumologist: William James Henry
by Rick Yancey

Fiction — Yancey

Part of a focus article on Young Adult fiction

It’s Kind of a Funny Story
by Ned Vizzini

Fiction — Vizzini

Part of a focus article on Young Adult fiction

by Kristine Cashore

Fiction — Cashore

Part of a focus article on Young Adult fiction.

Historical Tweets: The Complete Unabridged and Ridiculously Brief History of the World
by Alan Bard and ALex McNayr

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

Appetite for America: How Visionary Business Fred Harvey Built a Railroad Hospitality Empire That Covered the American West
by Stephen Fried

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

Tree of a Thousand Stems: A Book of Bark
by Sally Salsburg Stoddard

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

Books reviewed in April

Lighting Out for the Territory: How Samual Clemens Headed West and Became Mark Twain
by Roy Morris

Biography Clemens

The Last Summer of Louisa May Alcott
by Kelly O’Connor McNees

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

The Midnight House
by Alex Berenson

Fiction — Berenson

Friends of the Family: The Inside Story of the Mafia Cop Case
by Tommy Dades

Non-Fiction — PB Dades

Sixteen Brides
by Stephanie Grace Whitson

Fiction — Whitson

Imperfect Birds
by Anne Lamott

Fiction — Lamott

The Broken Teaglass
by Emily Arsenault

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

The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama
by David Remnick

Biography — Obama

How I Became a Famous Novelist
by Steve Hely

Fiction — Hely

Lay Down My Sword and Shield
by James Lee Burke

Fiction — Burke

Joe Cronin: A Life in Baseball
by Mark Armour

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

1921: The Yankees, the Giants and the Battle for Baseball Supremacy in New York
by Lyle Spatz and Steve Steinberg

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

On a Clear Day They Could See Seventh Place: Baseball’s Worst Teams
by George Robinson and Charles Salzberg

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

The Sheen on the Silk
by Anne Perry

Fiction — Perry

The Surrendered
by Chang-Rae Lee

Fiction — Lee

To Hell on a Fast Horse: Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett and the Epic Chase for Justice in the Old West
by Mark Lee Gardener

Non-Fiction — 978.02 Gar

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand
by Helen Simonson

Fiction — Simonson

Capitol Betrayal
by William Bernhardt

Fiction — Bernhardt

Books reviewed in March

The Moment of Psycho: How Alfred Hitchcock Taught America to Love Murder
by David Thomson

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

The White Garden: A Novel of Virginia Woolf
by Stephanie Barron

Fiction — Barron

Frame Up
by John Dobbyns

Fiction — Dobbyns

Anyone But Duane
by Noel Grove

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

Seeds of Terror: How Heroin is Bankrolling the Taliban and Al Qaeda
by Gretchen Peters

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

Hard Rain
by David Rollins

Fiction — Rollins.

Jane Bites Back
by Michael Thomas Ford

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

Rare: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species
by Joel Sartore

Non-Fiction — 578.68 qSar

House Rules
by Jodi Picoult

Fiction — Picoult

La’s Orchestra Saves the World
by Alexander McCall-Smith

Fiction — McCall-Smith

Sherlock Holmes: The American Years
edited by Michael Kurland

Fiction — 813.08 Kur

Never Look Away
by Linwood Barclay

Fiction — Barclay

I, Sniper
by Stephen Hunter

Fiction — Hunter

Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood With Britain in its Darkest, Finest Hour
by Lynne Olson

Non-Fiction — 940.532 Ols

Split Image
by Robert B. Parker

Fiction — Parker

Books reviewed in February

Willie Mays: The Life, the Legend
by James S. Hirsch

Biography — Mays

The Wolf at the Door
by Jack Higgins

Fiction — Higgins

by Leila Meacham

Fiction — Meacham

Altar of Eden
by James Rollins

Fiction — Rollins

Ghost Railroads of Nebraska – A Pictorial
by Michael M. Bartels and James Reisdorff  nebauthormini

Non-Fiction — 385 Bar

Staying True
by Jenny Sanford

Biography — Sanford

The First Rule
by Robert Crais

Fiction — Crais

Interesting Times: Writings From a Turbulent Decade
by George Packer

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

Shocking True Story: The Rise and Fall of Confidential, America’s Most Scandalous Scandal Magazine
by Henry E. Scott

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

The First Season: How Vince Lombardi Took the Worst Team in the NFL and Set It on the Path to Glory
by John Eisenberg

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

Books reviewed in January

Remarkable Creatures
by Tracy Chevalier

Fiction — Chevalier

The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet
by Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Fiction — 528.432 Tys

The Golden City
by John Twelve Hawks

Fiction — Twelve Hawks

The Red Door
by Charles Todd

Fiction — Todd

Capitol Offense
by William Bernhardt

Fiction — Bernhardt

The Swan Thieves
by Elizabeth Kostova

Fiction — Kostova

If We Can Put a Man on the Moon: Getting Big Things Done in Government
by William Eggers and John O’Leary (not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries)

Nasty, Brutish and Long: Adventures in Old Age and the World of Eldercare
by Ira Rosofsky

Non-Fiction — 362.16 Ros

The Spiritualist
by Megan Chance

Fiction — Chance

Wyatt’s Revenge
by H. Terrell Griffin (not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries)

The Lacuna
by Barbara Kingsolver

Fiction — Kingsolver

Animal Magnetism: My Life With Creatures Great and Small
by Rita Mae Brown

Biography Brown

Talking About Detective Fiction
by P.D. James

Non-Fiction — 823 Jam

Sweeping Up Glass
by Carolyn D. Wall

Fiction — Wall.

Sonic Boom: Globalization at Mach Speed
by Gregg Easterbrook

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

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