Link to our Facebook Page
Link to our Instagram Page
Link to our Twitter Page
Link to our Youtube Page

Lincoln Journal Star Book Reviews – 2012


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

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

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

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

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

by Chris Cleave

Fiction — Cleave

A Hologram for the King
by Dave Eggers

Fiction — Eggers

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.)

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

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

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

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.)

by Matthew Dunn

Fiction — Dunn (eBook and eAudiobook only)

Past Years: Click here to return to the current year’s reviews page and an ongoing index to previous years’ listings

nebauthormini — Book by a Nebraska author