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Lincoln Journal Star Book Reviews – 2012

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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.

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

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

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

Non-Fiction — AUTHOR.

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

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

The Lincoln Letter
by William Martin

Fiction — Martin.

Dear Life
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 — Gompertz.
[Not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries.]

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

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

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

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

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
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.
[Not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries.]

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

Island of Bones: Essays
by Joy Castro

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

The Art of Forgetting
by Camille Noe Pagan

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

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

The Master Blaster
by P.F. Kluge

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

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.

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.

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.
[Not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries.]

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.
[Not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries.]

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

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

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 — 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

Fiction — Tuchman.

The Conviction
by Robert Dugoni

Fiction — Dugoni.

Books reviewed in July

Between the Lines
by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

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

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.

Available from the library only in E-book 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 — Campbell.
[Not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries.]

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.

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

Non-Fiction — 330.973 Per.

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.

A Bond of Fire and Ice
by Ian York  nebauthormini

Fiction — jPB York.

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.
[Not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries.]

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.
[Not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries.]

The Wann Gambler
by Warren Ashburn

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

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

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

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

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

Deep Sky
by Patrick Lee

Fiction — Lee.

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.

Books reviewed in March

The Temple Mount Code
by Charles Brokaw

Fiction — Brokaw.

Eisenhower in War and Peace
by Jean Edward Smith

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

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

The Territory
by Tricia Fields

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

Books reviewed in February

The Accidental Feminist
by M.G. Lord

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

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

The Retributions
by Val McDermid

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

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 — [ On Order ].

The Garner Files
by James Garner

Non-Fiction — Biography Garner.

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

Non-Fiction – Davies.
[Not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries.]

Believing the Lie
by Elizabeth George

Fiction — George.

James Madison
by Richard Brookhiser

Non-Fiction — 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
by Richard Rhodes

Non-Fiction — Biography Lamarr.

The Obamas
by Jodi Kantor

Non-Fiction — Biography Obama.

Wings Over Nebraska: Historic Aviation Photographs
by Vince Goeres  nebauthormini

Non-Fiction — 629.13 qGoe.

Rain Falls Like Money
by Jack Todd  nebauthormini

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

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

Then Again
by Diane Keaton

Non-Fiction — Biography Keaton.

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

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

Other Heartbreaks: Stories
by Patricia Henley

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

Spycatcher
by Matthew Dunn

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

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