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Lincoln Journal Star Book Reviews – 2011


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.

2011 Selections

Books reviewed in December

book cover The Marriage Plot
by Jeffrey Eugenides

Fiction — Eugenides.

Death Comes to Pemberley
by P.D. James

Fiction — James.

The Language of Light
by Meg Waite Clayton

Fiction — Clayton.

Already Gone
by John Rector  nebauthormini

Fiction — Rector.

A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos
by Dava Sobel

Non-Fiction — 523.2 Sob.

Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend
by Susan Orlean

Non-Fiction — 636.737 Orl.

Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942
by Ian Toll

Non-Fiction — 940.542 Tol.

Defensive Wounds
by Lisa Black

Fiction — Black.

The Drop
by Michael Connelly

Fiction — Connelly.

Zero Day
by David Baldacci

Fiction — Baldacci.

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman
by Robert K. Massie

Non-Fiction — Biography Catherine.

Bohemian Girl
by Terese Svoboda

Fiction — Svoboda.

Charles Dickens: A Life
by Claire Tomalin

Non-Fiction — Biography Dickens.

The Whore of Akron: One Man’s Search for the Soul of LeBron James
by Scott Raab

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

The Ranger
by Ace Atkins

Fiction — Atkins.

Books reviewed in November

This is Not the Ivy League: A Memoir
by Mary Clearman Blew

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

by Charles Frazier

Fiction — Frazier.

Game of Secrets
by Dawn Tripp

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

Blue Nights
by Joan Didion

Fiction — Didion.

The Alloy of Law
by Brandon Sanderson   nebauthormini

Fiction — Sanderson.

A Bitter Truth
by Charles Todd

Fiction — Todd.

by Jesmyn Ward

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

by Stephen King

Fiction — King.

by Haruki Murakami

Fiction — Murakami.

Atlas of the Great Plains
by Stephen J. Lavin, Fred M. Shelley and J. Clark Archer

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

A Sheetcake Named Desire
by Jacklyn Brady

Fiction — Brady.

A Far Allegiance
by Roy Scheele

Non-Fiction — 811 Sch.

Let’s Take the Long Way Home
by Gail Caldwell

Non-Fiction — Biography Caldwell.

With Friends Like These
by Sally Koslow

Fiction — Koslow.

Eyes Wide Open
by Andrew Gross

Fiction — Gross.

The Cat’s Table
by Michael Ondaatje

Fiction — Ondaatje.

Books reviewed in October

The Litigators
by John Grisham

Fiction — Grisham.

The Exorcist
by William Peter Blatty

Fiction — Blatty.

Library does not own the specific 40th anniversary (2011) edition reviewed this day.

No Rest for the Dead
a group novel by 27 combined authors

Fiction — Brown.

Steve Jobs
by Walter Isaacson

Non-Fiction — Biography Jobs.

The Art of Fielding
by Chad Harbach

Fiction — Harbach.

The Future of Water, a Startling Look Ahead
by Steve Maxwell and Scott Yates

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

Murder in Passy
by Cara Black

Fiction — Black.

The Whistleblower: Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors, and One Woman’s Search for Justice
by Kathryn Bolkovac and Cari Lynn

Non-Fiction — 364.15 Bol.

The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern

Fiction — Morgenstern.

by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee

Fiction — Dekker.

The Vault
by Boyd Morrison

Fiction — Morrison.

The Dovekeepers
by Alice Hoffman

Fiction — Hoffman.

Robert B. Parker’s Killing the Blues
by Michael Brandman

Fiction — Brandman.

Acceptable Loss
by Anne Perry

Fiction — Perry.

Tunnel Vision
by Gary Braver

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

Death at the Chateau Bremont
by Mike Longworth

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

The Goddess of Vengeance
by Jackie Collins

Fiction — Collins.

Books reviewed in September

The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin
by Joe McGinniss

Non-Fiction — Biography Palin.

by David Hagberg

Fiction — Hagberg.

Heady Waters
by John Louis Horan  nebauthormini

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

The Girl in the Garden
by Kamala Nair

Fiction — Nair.

Foxy: My Life in Three Acts
by Pam Grier

Non-Fiction — Biography Grier.

Buried Secrets
by Joseph Finder

Fiction — Finder.

In My Time
by Dick Cheney  nebauthormini

Non-Fiction — Biography Cheney.

Leaving Van Gogh
by Carol Wallace

Fiction — Wallace.

You’re Next
by Gregg Hurwitz

Fiction — Hurwitz.

Betrayal of Trust
by J.A. Jance

Fiction — Jance.

by Robert B. Parker

Fiction — Parker.

The Secret Lives of Dresses
by Erin McKean

Fiction — McKean.

Books reviewed in August

Sweet Jimmy
by Kristin Gore

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

The Submission
by Amy Waldman

Fiction — Waldman.

The Keeper of Lost Causes
by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Fiction — Adler-Olsen.

Potsdam Station
by David Downing

Fiction — Downing.

My Nebraska: The Good, the Bad and the Husker
by Roger Welsch  nebauthormini

Non-Fiction — 917.82 Wel.

Hot: Living Through the Next 50 Years on Earth
by Mark Hertsgaard

Non-Fiction — 363.738 Her.

Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood and Invented Modern Horror
by Jason Zinoman

Non-Fiction — 791.436 Zin.

The Story of Charlotte’s Web: E.B. White’s Eccentric Life in Nature and the Birth of an American Classic
by Michael Sims

Non-Fiction — Biography White.

House Divided
by Mike Lawson

Fiction — Lawson.

The Mistress of Nothing
by Kate Pullinger

Fiction — Pullinger.

The Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning and Gambling Feel So Good
by David J. Linden

Non-Fiction — 612.823 Lin.

by David Ignatius

Fiction — Ignatius.

A Visit From the Goon Squad
by Jennifer Egan

Fiction — Egan.

Close Your Eyes
by Amanda Eyre Ward

Fiction — Ward.

Books reviewed in July

by Alex Kava

Fiction — Kava.

Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan
by Del Quentin Wilber

Non-Fiction — 973.927 Wil.

Folly Beach
by Dorothea Benton Frank

Fiction — Frank.

The Fund
by H.T. Narea

Fiction — Narea.

The Solitude of Prime Numbers
by Paulo Giordano

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

Payback at Morning Peak
by Gene Hackman

Fiction — Hackman.

Ghost Story
by Jim Butcher

Fiction — Butcher.

by Scott Turow

Fiction — Turow.

The Greater Journey: An American in Paris
by David McCullough

Non-Fiction — 920.02 McC.

Never Wave Goodbye
by Doug McGee

Fiction — McGee.

State of Wonder
by Ann Patchett

Fiction — Patchett.

The Social Climber’s Handbook
by Molly Jong-Fast

Fiction — Jong-Fast.
[Not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries.]

by Paul Doiron

Fiction — Doiron.

Books reviewed in June

The Story of Beautiful Girl
by Rachel Simon

Fiction — Simon.

One Summer
by David Baldacci

Fiction — Baldacci.

A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion
by Ron Hansen  nebauthormini

Fiction — Hansen.

The Return of Ixtab
by Robert Zitella

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

Bobblehead Dad: 25 Life Lessons I Forgot I Knew
by Jim Higley

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

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin
by Erik Larson

Non-Fiction — 364.152 Lar.

Cold Wind
by C.J. Box

Fiction — Box.

Omega Theory
by Mark Alpert

Fiction — Alpert.

Treason at Lisson Grove
by Anne Perry

Fiction — Perry.

Come to the Edge: A Memoir
by Christina Haag

Non-Fiction — Biography Haag.

The Snowman
by Jo Nesbo

Fiction — Nesbo.

The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared
by Alice Ozma

Non-Fiction — Biography Ozma.

The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie
by Wendy McClure

Non-Fiction — 813 WilYm.

Books reviewed in May

Breaking the Rules
by Suzanne Brockmann

Fiction — Brockmann.

The Sixth man
by David Baldacci

Fiction — Baldacci.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot

Non-Fiction — Biography Lacks.

Caleb’s Crossing
by Geraldine Brooks

Fiction — Brooks.

Among Thieves
by David Hosp

Fiction — Hosp.

I Think I Love You
by Allison Pearson

Fiction — Pearson.

A Fierce Radiance

by Lauren Belfer

Fiction — Belfer.

Electric Barracuda

by Tim Dorsey

Fiction — Dorsey.

The Pope’s Assassin

by Luis M. Rocha

Fiction — Rocha.

Andrew Johnson
by Annette Gordon-Reed

Non-Fiction — Biography Johnson.

The Troubled Man
by Henning Mankell

Fiction — Mankell.

15 Minutes: General Curtis LeMay and the Countdown to Nuclear Annhilation

by L. Douglas Keeney

Non-Fiction — 355.021 Kee.

Found Wanting
by Robert Goddard

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

Books reviewed in April

by Tina Fey

Non-Fiction — Biography Fey.

Gideon’s Sword

by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Fiction — Preston.

Pretty magic: Being the Memoirs and Confessions of Miss Evelyn Harbinger, Temptress and Troublemaker

by Camille DeAngelis

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

The Coffins of Little Hope
by Timothy Schaffert  nebauthormini

Fiction — Shaffert.

by Rainbow Rowell  nebauthormini

Fiction — Rowell.

Live Wire
by Harlan Coben

Fiction — Coben.

The Color of Night

by Madison Smartt Bell

Fiction — Bell.

Swallowing the Soap: New and Selected Poems
by William Kloefkorn  nebauthormini

Non-Fiction — 811 Klo.

OK: The Improbable Story of America’s Greatest Word
by Allan Metcalf

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

The Secret Soldier
by Alex Berenson

Fiction — Berenson.


by Karen Russell

Fiction — Russell.


by Don Winslow  nebauthormini

Fiction — Winslow.

Narrows Gate
by Jim Fusilli

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

Books reviewed in March

A Lonely Death
by Charles Todd

Fiction — Todd.

Joe DiMaggio: The Long Vigil

by Jerome Charyn

Non-Fiction — Biography DiMaggio.

The Contract Surgeon
by Dan O’Brien

Fiction — O’Brien.

The Indian Agent
by Dan O’Brien

Fiction — O’Brien.

The Radleys
by Matt Haig

Fiction — Haig.

The Janus Stone
by Elly Griffiths

Fiction — Griffiths.

The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin
by Joe McGinniss

Non-Fiction — Biography Palin.

Fatal Error
by J.A. Jance

Fiction — Jance.

Tough Without a Gun: The Life and Extraordinary Afterlife of Humphrey Bogart

by Stefan Kanfer

Non-Fiction — Biography Bogart.

Hell’s Horizon
by Darren Shan

Fiction — Shan.

The Weird Sisters
by Eleanor Brown

Fiction — Brown.

The Wrong War: Grit, Strategy and the Way Out of Afghanistan

by Bing West

Non-Fiction — 958.104 Wes.

Kind of Blue
by Miles Corwin

Fiction — Corwin.

Cold Shot to the Heart
by Wallace Stroby

Fiction — Stroby.

The Red Garden
by Alice Hoffman

Fiction — Hoffman.

Books reviewed in February

A Discovery of Witches
by Deborah Harkness

Fiction — Harkness.

The Science of Kissing: What Our Lips Are Telling Us
by Sheril Kirshenbaum

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

The Paris Wife
by Paula McLain

Fiction — McLain.

Call Me Irresistible
by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Fiction — Phillips.

The Death Instinct

by Jed Rubenfeld

Fiction — Rubenfeld.

Driven West: Andrew Jackson and the Trail of Tears to the Civil War

by A.J. Langguth

Non-Fiction — 973.56 Lan.

Shortcut Man

by P.G. Sturge

Fiction — Sturge.

The Inner Circle
by Brad Meltzer

Fiction — Meltzer.

I Hotel

by Karen Tei Yamashita

Fiction — Yamashita.

And the Rest is History: The Famous (and Infamous) First Meetings of the World’s Most Passionate Couples
by Marlene Wagman-Geller

Non-Fiction — 790 Wag.

by David Klein

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

Agent X
by Noah Boyd

Fiction — Boyd.

The Stray Sod Country: A Novel
by Patrick McCabe

Fiction — McCabe.

The Winter Ghosts
by Kate Mosse

Fiction — Mosse.

The Discovery of Jeanne Baret
by Glyis Ridley

Non-Fiction — Biography Baret.

Books reviewed in January

A Man in Uniform
by Kate Taylor

Fiction — Taylor.

Clara and Mr. Tiffany
by Susan Vreeland

Fiction — Vreeland.

Lord of Misrule

by Jaimy Gordon

Fiction — Gordon.

Red Rain
by Bruce Murkoff

Fiction — Murkoff.

The Sentry
by Robert Crais

Fiction — Crais.

Bird Cloud: A Memoir

by Annie Proulx

Non-Fiction — Biography Proulx.

Fatal Error

by F. Paul Wilson

Fiction — Wilson.

Texas Standoff: A Novel of the Texas Rangers
by Elmer Kelton

Fiction — Kelton.

by John Lescroart

Fiction — Lescroart.

What the Night Knows

by Dean Koontz

Fiction — Koontz.

The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

by Richard Dawkins

Non-Fiction — 576.8 Daw.

As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto
edited by Joan Reardon

Non-Fiction — Biography Child.

Come Again No More
by Jack Todd  nebauthormini

Fiction — Todd.

The Man Who Invented the Computer
by Jane Smiley

Non-Fiction — Biography Atanasoff.

Luka and the Fire of Life
by Salman Rushdie

Fiction — Rushdie.

And the Show Went On: Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied France

by Alan Riding

Non-Fiction — 944.36 Rid.

The Lucifer Code

by Charles Brokaw

Fiction — Brokaw.

All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis
by Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera

Non-Fiction — 330.973 McL.

Book of Nathan
by Curt Weeden and Richard Marek

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

Colonel Roosevelt
by Edmund Morris

Non-Fiction — Biography Roosevelt.

Red Jade

by Henry Chang

Fiction — Chang.

Fly by Wire
by Ward Larsen

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

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