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Lincoln Journal Star Book Reviews – 2011


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

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

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  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

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

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

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

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  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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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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nebauthormini — Book by a Nebraska author