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Lincoln Journal Star Book Reviews – 2011

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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.

2011 Selections

Books reviewed in December

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

Biography — Catherine


Bohemian Girl
by Terese Svoboda  nebauthormini

Fiction — Svoboda


Charles Dickens: A Life
by Claire Tomalin

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

Biography — Blew


Nightwoods
by Charles Frazier

Fiction — Frazier


Game of Secrets
by Dawn Tripp

Fiction — Tripp


Blue Nights
by Joan Didion

Non-Fiction — 155.937 Did


The Alloy of Law
by Brandon Sanderson   nebauthormini

Fiction — Sanderson


A Bitter Truth
by Charles Todd

Fiction — Todd


Salvage the Bones
by Jesmyn Ward

Fiction — Ward


11/22/63
by Stephen King

Fiction — King


1Q84
by Haruki Murakami

Fiction — Murakami


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

Non-Fiction — Lavin


A Sheetcake Named Desire
by Jacklyn Brady

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


A Far Allegiance
by Roy Scheele  nebauthormini

Non-Fiction — 811 Sch


Let’s Take the Long Way Home
by Gail Caldwell

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

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


Forbidden
by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee  nebauthormini (Tosca Lee is a Nebraska author)

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 (eAudiobook only)


The Goddess of Vengeance
by Jackie Collins

Fiction — Collins


Books reviewed in September

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

Biography — Palin


Abyss
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

Biography — Grier


Buried Secrets
by Joseph Finder

Fiction — Finder


In My Time
by Dick Cheney  nebauthormini

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


Sixkill
by Robert B. Parker

Fiction — Parker


The Secret Lives of Dresses
by Erin McKean

Fiction — YA PB McKean


Books reviewed in August

Sweet Jiminy
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

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


Bloodmoney
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

Hotwire
by Alex Kava  nebauthormini

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


Payback at Morning Peak
by Gene Hackman

Fiction — Hackman


Ghost Story
by Jim Butcher

Fiction — Butcher


Innocent
by Scott Turow

Fiction — Turow


 width=The Greater Journey: An American in Paris
by David McCullough

Non-Fiction — 920.02 McC


Never Wave Goodbye
by Doug McGee

Fiction — McGee (eAudiobook only)


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)


Trespasser
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

Biography — Higley


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

Biography — Haag


The Snowman
by Jo Nesbo

Fiction — Nesbo


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

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

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

Biography — Johnson (not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries)


The Troubled Man
by Henning Mankell

Fiction — Mankell


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

Bossypants
by Tina Fey

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


Attachments
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


Swamplandia
by Karen Russell

Fiction — Russell


Satori
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

Biography — DiMaggio


The Contract Surgeon
by Dan O’Brien

Fiction — O’Brien (not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries)


The Indian Agent
by Dan O’Brien

Fiction — O’Brien


The Radleys
by Matt Haig

Fiction — Haig (eAudiobook only)


The Janus Stone
by Elly Griffiths

Fiction — Griffiths


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

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

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


Stash
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 (not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries)


The Winter Ghosts
by Kate Mosse

Fiction — Mosse


The Discovery of Jeanne Baret
by Glyis Ridley

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

Biography — Proulx


Fatal Error
by F. Paul Wilson

Fiction — Wilson


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

Fiction — Kelton


Damage
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: Food, Friendship and the Making of a Masterpiece
edited by Joan Reardon

Biography — Child


Come Again No More
by Jack Todd  nebauthormini

Fiction — Todd


The Man Who Invented the Computer
by Jane Smiley

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

Biography — Roosevelt


Red Jade
by Henry Chang

Fiction — Chang


Fly by Wire
by Ward Larsen

Fiction — Larsen


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