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Lincoln Journal Star Book Reviews – 2012

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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.

2012 Selections

Books reviewed in December

The Woman Who Died a Lot
by Jasper Fforde

Fiction — Fforde


Hello, Gorgeous: Becoming Barbara Streisand
by William J. Mann

Non-Fiction — Music 781.64 Streisand


Eagle Voice Remembers
by John G. Neihardt

Fiction — Neihardt


Light on the Prairie: Solomon D. Butcher, Photographer of Nebraska’s Pioneer Days
by Nancy Plain

Non-Fiction — Biography Butcher


Tiger’s Claw
by Dale Brown

Fiction — Brown


Flight Behavior
by Barbara Kingsolver

Fiction — Kingsolver


Forever Rumpole
by John Mortimer

Fiction — Mortimer


A Simple Autumn
by Rosalind Lauer

Fiction — Lauer


An Amish Gift
by Cynthia Keller

Fiction — Keller


The Black Box
by Michael Connelly

Fiction — Connelly


The Generals: American Military Commanders From World War II to Today
by Thomas E. Ricks

Non-Fiction — 355.009 Ric


Boxes: The Secret Life of Howard Hughes
by Douglas Wellman

Non-Fiction — Biography Hughes


How the French Invented Love
by Marilyn Yalom

Non-Fiction — 944 Yal


The Lincoln Letter
by William Martin

Fiction — Martin


Dear Life: Stories
by Alice Munro

Fiction — Munro


Books reviewed in November

Backstage: Stories From My Life in Public Television
by Run Hull

Non-Fiction — Biography Hull


The Racketeer
by John Grisham

Fiction — Grisham


Sweet Tooth
by Ian McEwan

Fiction — McEwan


The Bone Bed
by Patricia Cornwell

Fiction — Cornwell


Discretion
by Allison Leotta

Fiction — Leotta


What Are You Looking At? The Surprising, Shocking and Sometimes Strange Story of 150 Years of Modern Art
by Will Gompertz

Non-Fiction — 709 Gom


The Round House
by Louise Erdrich

Fiction — Erdrich


Poseidon’s Arrow
by Clive and Dirk Cussler

Fiction — Cussler


The Great Divergence: America’s Growing Inequality Crisis and What We Can Do About It
by Timothy Noah

Non-Fiction — 339.2 Noa


The Map of Lost Memories
by Kim Fay

Fiction — Fay


Octopus: Sam Israel, the Secret Market and Wall Street’s Wildest Con
by Guy Lawson

Non-Fiction — Biography Israel


The Story of Ain’t: America, It’s Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever Published
by David Skinner

Non-Fiction — 423 Ski


The Twelve
by Justin Cronin

Fiction — Cronin


Jana Bibi’s Excellent Fortunes
by Betsy Woodman

Fiction — Woodman


Visiting Tom: A Man, a Highway and the Road to Roughneck Grace
by Michael Perry

Non-Fiction — Biography Hartwig


Books reviewed in October

The Key
by Simon Toyne

Fiction — Toyne


Cemetery John: The Undiscovered Mastermind of the Lindbergh Kidnapping
by Robert Zorn

Non-Fiction — 364.154 Zor


Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child
by Bob Spitz

Non-Fiction — Biography Child


Live by Night
by Dennis Lehane

Fiction — Lehane


Fat, Drunk and Stupid: The Inside Story Behind the Making of Animal House
by Matty Simmons

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


Spilled Blood
by Brian Freeman

Fiction — Freeman


The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court
by Jeffrey Toobin

Non-Fiction — 347.732 Too


Son
by Lois Lowry

Fiction — Lowry


Red Cell
by Mark Henshaw

Fiction — Henshaw


Far North
by Michael Ridpath

Fiction — Ridpath


NW: A Novel
by Zadie Smith

Fiction — Smith


The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail — But Some Don’t
by Nate Silver

Non-Fiction — 519.542 Sil


Island of Bones: Essays
by Joy Castro

Non-Fiction — Biography Castro


The Art of Forgetting
by Camille Noe Pagan

Fiction — Pagan


Books reviewed in September

The Price of Politics
by Bob Woodward

Non-Fiction — 973.932 Woo


Mr. Churchill’s Profession: The Statesman as Author, and the Book That Defined the “Special Relationship”
by Peter Clarke

Non-Fiction — Biography Churchill


The Master Blaster
by P.F. Kluge

Fiction — Kluge


Last to Die
by Tess Gerritsen

Fiction — Gerritsen


Called to Justice: The Life of a Federal Trial Judge
by Warren K. Urbom

Non-Fiction — Biography Urbom


Telegraph Avenue
by Michael Chabon

Fiction — Chabon


The Prisoner of Heaven
by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Fiction — Zafon


Soft Like Steel
by Barb Malek

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


Profiles in Wisdom: Native Elders Speak About the Earth
by Steven McFadden

Non-Fiction — 299.7 McF


Cobwebs on the Chandelier
by Dorothy Monroe

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


Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection
by A.J. Jacobs

Non-Fiction — 613.2 Jac


The Time Keeper
by Mitch Albom

Fiction — Albom


An Unmarked Grave
by Charles Todd

Fiction — Todd


Frozen Heat
by Richard Castle

Fiction — Castle


Golden Years My Ass: Adventures in Geriatric Indignity
by Roger Welsch

Non-Fiction — 817 Wel


Paterno
by Joe Posnanski

Non-Fiction — Biography Paterno


The World Without You
by Joshua Henkin

Fiction — Henkin


Books reviewed in August

I Am Spartacus: Making a Film, Breaking the Blacklist
by Kirk Douglas

Non-Fiction — 791.437 SpaYd


House Blood
by Mike Lawson

Fiction — Lawson


People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished From the Streets of Tokyo — and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up
by Richard Lloyd Parry

Non-Fiction — 364.152 Par


Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero
by Larry Tye

Non-Fiction — 741.59 Tye


The Betrayal of the American Dream
by Donald L. Barlett

Non-Fiction — 330.973 Bar


Porch Lights
by Dorothea Benton Frank

Fiction — Frank


America’s Shortest Interstate Railroad: The Believe It or Not Railroad
by Richard Schmeling nebauthormini

Non-Fiction — Heritage 385 Sch


True Believers
by Kurt Andersen

Fiction — Andersen


Robert B. Parker’s Lullaby
by Ace Atkins

Fiction — Atkins


Broken Harbor
by Tana French

Fiction — French


The Guns of August
by Barbara Tuchman

Non-Fiction — 940.421 Tuc


The Conviction
by Robert Dugoni

Fiction — Dugoni


Books reviewed in July

Between the Lines
by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

Fiction — YA Picoult


Heartbroken
by Lisa Unger

Fiction — Unger


The Devil Colony
by James Rollins

Fiction — Rollins


What the River Carries
by Lisa Knopp nebauthormini

Non-Fiction — 917.8 Kno


Gold
by Chris Cleave

Fiction — Cleave


A Hologram for the King
by Dave Eggers

Fiction — Eggers


Criminal
by Karin Slaughter

Fiction — Slaughter


Seating Arrangements
by Maggie Shipstead

Fiction — Shipstead


The Red House
by Mark Haddon

Fiction — Haddon


The Golden Hour
by Margaret Wurtele

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


Cloudland
by Joseph Olshan

Fiction — Olshan


Baby’s in Black
by Anne Bellstorf and others

Non-Fiction — YA Bellstorf


Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn

Fiction — Flynn


Poison Flower
by Thomas Perry

Fiction — Perry


World Changers: 25 Entrepreneurs Who Changed Business as We Know It
by John A. Byrne

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


I Hate Everyone…Starting With Me
by Joan Rivers

Non-Fiction — 817 Riv


Canada: A Novel
by Richard Ford

Fiction — Ford


Books reviewed in June

The Hope Vendetta
by Scott Mariani

Fiction — Mariani


Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man
by Mark Kurlansky

Non-Fiction — Kurlansky (currently available from the library only in eBook format)


In One Person
by John Irving

Fiction — Irving


Men Among Giants
by Kent Krause

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


Bringing Down Goliath
by Susan Ann Langford

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


When the River Comes – Encounters With the Mississippi, the Missouri and the Platte
by Lisa Knopp

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


Thus Arrived the Lights
by Peter Schnake

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


High Five: A Cancer Survivor’s Jounrey
by J. Kemper Campbell

Non-Fiction — Heritage 811 Cam


The Hunt for KSM: Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind, Kalid Sheikh Mohammed
by Terry McDermott and Josh Meyer

Non-Fiction — 363.325 McD


The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power
by Robert A. Caro

Non-Fiction — Biography Johnson


Trigger Point
by Matthew Glass

Fiction — Glass


Home
by Toni Morrison

Fiction — Morrison


The Taste of Tomorrow: Dispatches From the Future of Food
by Josh Schonwald

Non-Fiction — 641.3 Sch


Books reviewed in May

Strindberg’s Star
by Jan Wallentin

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


The Hellhound of Wall Street: How Ferdinand Pecora’s Investigation of the Great Crash Forever Changed American Finance
by Michael Perino

Non-Fiction — Perino (eAudiobook only)


The Family Corleone
by Ed Falco

Fiction — Falco


The Wind Through the Keyhole
by Stephen King

Fiction — King


Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake
by Anna Quindlen

Fiction — Quindlen


Buried in a Book
by Lucy Arlington

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


A Bond of Fire and Ice
by Ian York nebauthormini

Fiction — jPB York (not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries.)


Never Far From Home: Willa Cather on Choosing Names From Frederick County, Virginia for Her Literary Characters
by Barbara E. Hustwit nebauthormini

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


Circle of Shadows
by Keith Helm nebauthormini

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


Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son’s First Son
by Anne Lamott

Non-Fiction — Lamott


Calico Joe
by John Grisham

Fiction — Grisham


Every Last Secret
by Linda Rodriguez

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


Robert Ludlum’s The Janson Command
by Paul Garrison

Fiction — Garrison


Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter
by Frank Deford

Non-Fiction — Biography Deford


City of Scoundrels: The 12 Days of Disaster That Gave Birth to Modern Chicago
by Gary Krist

Non-Fiction — 977.311 Kri


The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramatswe’s First Case
by Alexander McCall-Smith

Fiction — jC McCall-Smith


No Time Like the Present
by Nadine Gordimer

Fiction — Gordimer


Books reviewed in April

Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power
by Rachel Maddow

Non-Fiction — 355.033 Mad


Nights of Awe
by Harri Nykanen

Fiction — Nykanen


The Wann Gambler
by Warren Washburn

Biography — Washburn


Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women as I Knew Them
by Frank Langella

Biography — Langella


The Innocent
by David Baldacci

Fiction — Baldacci


The Dark Defile: Britain’s Catastrophic Invasion of Afghanistan, 1838-1842
by Diana Preston

Non-Fiction — 958.103 Pre


The Beginner’s Goodbye
by Anne Tyler

Fiction — Tyler


Hide Me Among the Graves
by Tim Powers

Fiction — Powers


Fifty Shades of Grey
by E.L. James

Fiction — James


Crossing the Blue Willow Bridge
by Nancy McCabe

Biography — McCabe


Deep Sky
by Patrick Lee

Fiction — Lee (eAudiobook only)


You Might as Well Die: An Algonquin Roundtable Mystery
by J.J. Murphy

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


The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin
by Masha Gessen

Fiction — Biography Putin


Heart of a Killer
by David Rosenfelt

Fiction — Rosenfelt (eAudiobook only)


Books reviewed in March

The Temple Mount Code
by Charles Brokaw

Fiction — Brokaw


Eisenhower in War and Peace
by Jean Edward Smith

Biography — Eisenhower


Gods Without Men
by Hari Kunzru

Fiction — Kunzru


Cake on a Hot Tin Roof
by Jacklyn Brady

Fiction — Brady


Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
by Katherine Boo

Non-Fiction — 954.053 Boo


The Iron Way: Railroads, the Civil War, and the Making of Modern America
by William G. Thomas

Non-Fiction — 973.71 Tho


The Shadow Patrol
by Alex Berenson

Fiction — Berenson


Just My Type: A Book About Fonts
by Simon Garfield

Non-Fiction — 686.22 Gar


Hard Target
by Howard Gordon

Fiction — Gordon


Sergeant Rex: The Unbreakable Bond Between a Marine ans His Military Working Dog
by Mike Dowling

Non-Fiction — 956.704 Dow


The Territory
by Tricia Fields

Fiction — Fields


Books reviewed in February

The Accidental Feminist: How Elizabeth Taylor Raised Our Consciousness and We Were Too Distracted By Her Beauty to Notice
by M.G. Lord

Biography — Taylor


The Big Empty: The Great Plains in the Twentieth Century
by R. Douglas Hurt

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


To Be Sung Underwater
by Tom McNeal

Fiction — McNeal


The Fear Index
by Robert Harris

Fiction — Harris


Guitar Zero: The New Musician and the Science of Learning
by Gary F. Marcus

Non-Fiction — 781.11 Mar


Almost President: The Men Who Lost the Race but Changed the Nation
by Scott Faris

Non-Fiction — 324.8 EleYf


The Retributions
by Val McDermid

Fiction — McDermid


Salvage the Bones
by Jesmyn Ward

Fiction — Ward


Taft 2012
by Jason Heller

Fiction — Heller


Trackers
by Deon Meyer

Fiction — Meyer


Books reviewed in January

The World of Downton Abbey
by Jessica Fellowes

Non-Fiction — 791.457 DowYf


The Garner Files
by James Garner

Biography — Garner


Vanished Kingdoms: The Rise and Fall of States and Nations
by Norman Davies

Non-Fiction – Davies (eAudiobook only)


Believing the Lie
by Elizabeth George

Fiction — George


James Madison
by Richard Brookhiser

Biography — Madison


Lunatics
by Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel

Fiction — Barry


The Leopard
by Jo Nesbo

Fiction — Nesbo


Hedy’s Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World
by Richard Rhodes

Biography — Lamarr


The Obamas
by Jodi Kantor

Biography — Obama


Wings Over Nebraska: Historic Aviation Photographs
by Vince Goeres nebauthormini

Non-Fiction — 629.13 qGoe


Rain Falls Like Mercy
by Jack Todd nebauthormini

Fiction — Todd


The Prague Cemetery
by Umberto Eco

Fiction — Eco


Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
by Candice Millard

Non-Fiction — 364.152 Mil


The Hunter
by John Lescroart

Fiction — Lescroart


Seal Team Geronimo: The Inside Story of the Mission to Kill Osama Bin Laden
by Chuck Pfarrer

Non-Fiction — 359.984 Pfa


Then Again
by Diane Keaton

Biography — Keaton


Dear Mr. Musemeche: The Early Years
by Peter E. Mayeux

Biography — Mayeux


Other Heartbreaks: Stories
by Patricia Henley

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


Spycatcher
by Matthew Dunn

Fiction — Dunn (eBook and eAudiobook only)


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