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Lincoln Journal Star Book Reviews – 2013


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.

2013 Selections

Books reviewed in December

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage
by Ann Patchett

Non-Fiction — Biography Patchett.

The Gods of Guilt
by Michael Connelly

Fiction — Connelly.

Countdown City: The Last Policeman Book II
by Ben H. Winters

Fiction — Winters.

My Mistake: A Memoir
by Daniel Menaker

Non-Fiction — Menaker.

The Great Heist: The Story of the Biggest Bank Robbery in History, and Why the Money Was Returned
by Jeff McArthur

Non-Fiction — 364.155 McA.

The Right Path: From Ike to Reagan, How Republicans Once Mastered Politics – and Can Again
by Joe Scarborough

Non-Fiction — 324.273 Sca.

Spirit of Steamboat
by Craig Johnson

Fiction — Johnson.

The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries
edited by Otto Penzler

[ On Order ] Silent Night
by Robert B. Parker with Helen Brann

Fiction — Parker.

Duck the Halls
by Donna Andrews

Fiction — Andrews.

The Sound of Things Falling
by Juan Gabriel Vasquez

Fiction — Vasquez.

Big Jim Exon: A Political Biography
by Charles M. Pallesen Jr. and Samuel Van Pelt

Non-Fiction — Biography Exon.

by Jeff Abbott

Fiction — Abbott.

by Randy Wayne White

Fiction — White.

Brown Dog: Novellas
by Jim Harrison

Fiction — Harrison.

The Valley of Amazement
by Amy Tan

Fiction — Tan.

Custer, Cody and Grand Duke Alexis: Historical Archaeology of the Royal Buffalo
by Douglas D. Scott, Peter Bleed and Stephen Damm

Non-Fiction — Scott.

The Color War
by Jodi Picoult

Fiction — Picoult.
(an original e-novella only available for purchase online)
The Circle
by Dave Eggers

Fiction — Eggers.

Double Down: Game Change 2012
by Mark Halperin and John Heileman

Non-Fiction — 324.973 Hal.

Critical Mass
by Sara Paretsky

Fiction — Paretsky.

Books reviewed in November

Rendezvous With Destiny: How Franklin D. Roosevelt and Five Extraordinary Men Took American Into the War and Into the World
by Michael Fullilove

Non-Fiction — 973.917 Ful.

The Signature of All Things
by Elizabeth Gilbert

Fiction — Gilbert.

A Street Cat Named Bob
by James Bowen

Non-Fiction — Biography Bowen.

Dallas 1963
by Bill Minutaglio

Non-Fiction — 973.922 Min.

The Goldfinch
by Donna Tartt

Fiction — Tartt.

The Double
by George Pelecanos

Fiction — Pelecanos.

Sycamore Row
by John Grisham

Fiction — Grisham.

The Death of Santini: The story of a Father and His Son
by Pat Conroy

Fiction — Conroy.

The Final Cut
by Catherine Coulter

Fiction — Coulter.

Skinnygirl Solutions: Your Straight-Up Guide to Home, Healthy, Family, Careers, Style and Sex
by Bethenny Frankel

Non-Fiction — 6467 Fra.

Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy
by Helen Fielding

Fiction — Fielding.

Books reviewed in October

Command and Control
by Eric Schlosser

Non-Fiction — 363.17 Sch.

by A. Scott Berg

Non-Fiction — Biography Wilson.

Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence
edited by Laura Madeline Wiseman

Non-Fiction — 811.08 Wis.

One Summer: America 1927
by Bill Bryson

Non-Fiction — 973.91 Bry.

The Mayan Secrets: A Fargo Adventure
by Clive Cussler and Thomas Perry

Fiction — Cussler.

Odds Against Tomorrow
by Nathaniel Rich

Fiction — Rich.

Doctor Sleep
by Stephen King

Fiction — King.

Storm Front
by John Sandford

Fiction — Sandford.

The Power Surge: Energy, Opportunity and the Battle for America’s Future
by Michael Levi

Non-Fiction — Levi.

Love by Drowning
by C.E. Poverman

Fiction — Poverman.

by Margaret Atwood

Fiction — Atwood.

Books reviewed in September

This Town — Two Parties and a Funeral — Plus Plenty of Valet Parking! in America’s Gilded Capital
by Mark Leibovich

Non-Fiction – 973.5 Lei.

Never Go Back
by Lee Child

Fiction — Child.

The Annals of Unsolved Crime
by Edward Jay Epstein

Non-Fiction — 364.152 Eps.

Witch Wraith
by Terry Brooks

Fiction — Brooks.

The Astronaut Wives Club
by Lily Koppel

Non-Fiction — 629.45 Kop.

Love Potion Number 10
by Betsy Woodman

Fiction — Woodman.

Bleeding Edge
by Thompas Pynchon

Fiction — Pynchon.

Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD’s Secret Spying Unit and Bin Laden’s Final Plot Against America
by Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman

Non-Fiction — 363.325 Apu.

Crossing Purgatory
by Gary Schanbacher

Fiction — Schanbacher.

Mystery Girl
by David Gordon

Fiction — Gordon.

Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol
by Gyles Brandreth

Fiction — Brandreth.

Rising Tide: Bear Bryant, Joe Namath and Dixie’s Last Quarter
by Randy Roberts and Ed Krzemienksi

Non-Fiction — Roberts.

The Tower of Basel
by Adam LeBor

Non-Fiction — LeBor.

The English Girl
by Daniel Silva

Fiction — Silva.

A Tap on the Window
by Lindwood Barclay

Fiction — Barclay.

Books reviewed in August

Night Film
by Marisha Pessl

Fiction — Pessl.

Fantasy Life: The Outrageous, Uplifting, and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports, From the Guy Who’s Lived It
by Matthew Berry

Non-Fiction — Berry.

Choke Point
by Ridley Pearson

Fiction — Pearson.

The Fame Thief
by Timothy Hallinan

Fiction — Berry.

Trains and Lovers
by Alexander McCall-Smith

Fiction — McCall-Smith.

The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies
by Jonathan Alter

Non-Fiction — Biography Obama.

The Highway
by C.J. Box

Fiction — Box.

Light of the World
by James Lee Burke

Fiction — Burke.

The Innocence Game
by Michael Harvey

Fiction — Harvey.

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
by Anthony Marra

Fiction — Marra.

Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations
by Peter Evans and Ava Gardner

Non-Fiction — Biography Gardner.

Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us
by Michael Moss

Non-Fiction — 613.2 Mos.

Books reviewed in July

The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II
by Denise Kiernan

Non-Fiction — 940.53 Kie.

The Oracle Code
by Charles Brokaw

Fiction — Brokaw.

Burlington Northern Branch Lines: The Nebraska Experience
by Jim Reisdorff

Non-Fiction — Reisdorff.

The X-15 Rocket Plane: Flying the First Wings Into Space
by Michelle Evans

Non-Fiction — Evans.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane
by Neil Gaiman

Fiction — Gaiman.

Death Zones & Darling Spies
by Beverly Deepe Keever

Non-Fiction — Keever.

by Stephen King

Fiction — King.

The Third Bullet
by Stephen Hunter

Fiction — Hunter.

Behind the Count
by Kent Krause

Non-Fiction — Krause.

The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in Our Capsized Culture
by Mary Pipher

Non-Fiction — 303.4 Pip.

Losing the Ring in the River
by Marge Saiser

Non-Fiction — 811 Sai.

The Kill Room
by Jeffery Deaver

Fiction — Deaver.

by Curtis Sittenfeld

Fiction — Sittenfeld.

Books reviewed in June

Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns
by Lauren Weisberger

Fiction — Weisberger.

The Suitors
by Cecile David-Weill

Fiction — David-Weill.

The Heist
by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

Fiction — Evanovich.

Bad Monkey
by Carl Hiaasen

Fiction — Hiaasen.

Dakota, the Story of the Northern Plains
by Norman K. Risford  nebauthormini

Non-Fiction — Risford.

The Polaris Effect: A Capelli and Ford Mystery
by A.E. Fairfield Nebraska Author

Fiction — Fairfield.

The King’s Deception
by Steve Berry

Fiction — Berry.

Breaking Point
by C.J. Box

Fiction — Box.

Zero Hour
by Clive Cussler

Fiction — Cussler.

Eleanor & Park
by Rainbow Rowell

Fiction — Rowell.  nebauthormini

Outlaw: Waylon, Willie, Kris and the Renegades of Nashville
by Michael Streissguth

Non-Fiction — Streissguth.

Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal
by Jon Weiderhorn and Katherine Turman

Non-Fiction — 781.66 Wie.

A Delicate Truth
by John LeCarre

Fiction — LeCarre.

The Ophelia Cut
by John Lescroart

Fiction — Lescroart.

The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-45
by Rick Atkinson

Non-Fiction — 940.542 Atk.

And the Mountains Echoed
by Khaled Hosseini

Fiction — Hosseini.

The Bughouse Affair
by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini

Fiction — Muller.

Books reviewed in May

My Beloved World
by Sonia Sotomayor

Non-Fiction — Biography Sotomayor.

by Dan Brown

Fiction — Brown.

Little Green
by Walter Mosley

Fiction — Mosley.

Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh and America’s Fight Over World War II: 1939-1941
by Lynne Olson

Non-Fiction — 940.53 Ols.

A Thousand Pardons
by Jonathan Dee

Fiction — Dee.

Silken Prey
by John Sandford

Fiction — Sandford.

by Sonali Deraniyagala

Novel — Deraniyagala.

From Society Page to Front Page: Nebraska Women in Journalism
by Eileen M. Wirth

Non-Fiction — 070.4 Wir.

Night Moves
by Randy Wayne White

Fiction — White.

Wise Men
by Stuart Nadler

Fiction — Nadler.

Paris: The Novel
by Edward Rutherfurd

Fiction — Rutherfurd.

The Blood Gospel
by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell

Fiction — Rollins.

The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think
by Brian hare and Vanessa Woods

Non-Fiction — 636.7 Har.

Books reviewed in April

House of Earth: A Novel
by Woody Guthrie

Fiction — Guthrie.

Brooklyn Zoo: The Education of a Psychotherapist
by Darcy Lockman

Non-Fiction — Lockman.

Six Years
by Harlan Coben

Fiction — Coben.

by Mary Roach

Non-Fiction — 612.3 Roa.

Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier
by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Non-Fiction — 629.4 Tys.

Mom & Me & Mom
by Maya Angelou

Non-Fiction — Biography Angelou.

by Walter Mosley

Fiction — Mosley.

Ike & Dick
by Jeffrey Frank

Non-Fiction — 973.92 Fra.

by Amith Shlaes

Non-Fiction — Biography Coolidge.

The Intercept
by Dick Wolf

Fiction — Wolf.

The Typewriter Girl
by Alison Atlee

Fiction — Atlee.

The Night Ranger
by Alex Berenson

Fiction — Berenson.

Ice Cold Kill
by Dana Haynes

Fiction — Haynes.

Books reviewed in March

Out of Order
by Sandra Day O’Connor

Non-Fiction — Biography O’Connor.

by Robert Marshall Utley

Non-Fiction — Biography Geronimo.

Middle C
by William H. Gass

[only available as an electronic download]

Haven’s Wake
by Ladette Randolph

Fiction — Randolph.  nebauthormini

Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History Making Race Around the World
by Matthew Goodman

Non-Fiction — 910.41 Goo.

The Da Vinci Deception
by Thomas Swan

Fiction — Swan.

The Cezanne Chase
by Thomas Swan

Fiction — Swan.

The Final Faberge
by Thomas Swan

Fiction — Swan.

The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend
by Glenn Frankel

Non-Fiction — 791.437 SeaYf.

What Happened to Sophie Wilder
by Christopher Beha

Fiction — Beha.

Standing Firmly By the Flag, Nebraska Territory and the Civil War, 1861-1867
by James E. Potter  nebauthormini

Non-Fiction — 978.2 Pot.

The Sound of Broken Glass
by Deborah Crombie

Fiction — Crombie.

by Kent Haruf

Fiction — Haruf.

The Storyteller
by Jodi Picoult

Fiction — Picoult.

by Tosca Lee

Fiction — Lee.

The Witch of Babylon
by D.J. McIntosh

Fiction — McIntosh.

Tenth of December: Stories
by George Saunders

Fiction — Sanders.

Charles Dickens: A Life
by Claire Tomalin

Non-Fiction — Biography Dickens.

After Visiting Friends: A Son’s Story
by Michael Hainey

Non-Fiction — Hainey.

Books reviewed in February

My Brother’s Book
by Maurice Sendak

Fiction — YA Sendak.

The Pigeon Pie Mystery
by Julia Stuart

Fiction — Stuart.

Touch & Go
by Lisa Gardner

Fiction — Gardner.

Cover of Snow
by Jenny Milchman

Fiction — Milchner.

Threat Vector
by Tom Clancy

Fiction — Clancy.

The Drowning House
by Elizabeth Black

Fiction — Black.

Detroit: An American Autopsy
by Charlie LeDuff

Non-Fiction — LeDuff.

Wake of the Perdido Star
by Gene Hackman and Daniel Lenihan

Fiction — Hackman.

Embracing Fry Bread: Confessions of a Wannabe Nebraska Author
by Roger Welsch

Non-Fiction — Welsch.  nebauthormini

Insane City
by Dave Barry

Fiction — Barry.

by Bernard Cornwell

Fiction — Cornwell.

Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America’s King of Beers
by William Knoedelseder

Non-Fiction — 338.76 AnhYk.

Good Prose: The Art of Non-Fiction
by Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd

Non-Fiction — 808.02 Kid.

The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?
by Jared Diamond

Non-Fiction — 303.4 ia.

Books reviewed in January

by Marty Schottenheimer with Jeffrey Flanagan

Non-Fiction — Schottenheimer.

Curse of the Thirteenth Fey: The True Tale of Sleeping Beauty
by Jane Yolen

Fiction — Yolen.

Out of the Blue
by Victor Cruz

Non-Fiction — Cruz.

The Dallas Cowboys
by Joe Nick Patoski

Non-Fiction — Patoski.

Luther: The Calling
by Neil Gross

Fiction — Gross.
This item not currently owned by Lincoln City Libraries The Entertainer: Movies, Magic and My Father’s Twentieth Century
by Margaret Talbot

Non-Fiction — Talbot.
[Not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries.] The Art Forger
by B.A. Shapiro

Fiction — Shapiro.

The Watchers: A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I
by Stephen Alford

Non-Fiction — 942.055 Alf.

Back to Blood
by Tom Wolfe

Fiction — Wolfe.

Both Flesh and Not: Essays
by David Foster Wallace

Non-Fiction — 814 Wal.

A Memory of Light
by Brandon Sanderson and Robert Jordan

Fiction — Jordan.

Check out our Nebraska Author Brandon Sanderson booklist for for information about his works!

Pro Bono
by Jeff McArthur

Non-Fiction — 364.152 McA.

A Disposition to be Rich: How a Small Town Pastor’s Son Ruined an American President, Brought on a Wall Street Crash and Made Himself the Best-Hated Man in the United States
by Geoffrey Ward

Non-Fiction — Ward [currently only available in downloadable audio and ebook formats].

Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards Into Battlegrounds
by Jim Sterba

Non-Fiction — 304.2 Ste.

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