In the Stacks

Posted: Sunday, September 30, 2001

Lots of new fiction is coming out of the workroom this week! Here are a few of the new titles:

"The Sorcerer: Metamorphosis," by Jack Whyte, is part of a series that chronicles the legend of King Arthur. After sending young Arthur to live with his father's family, Merlyn undergoes a transformation and becomes the great sorcerer of legend. When Arthur returns, Merlyn presents him to the country as High King.

"About the Author," by John Colapinto, is the story of one man's dream come true. Since he doesn't ever sit down and write, Cal seems far from realizing his dream of becoming a novelist. Thanks to a bicycling accident, he acquires new material and his book shoots to the top of the bestseller chart. The movie rights are bought for millions of dollars. So what's the problem? Just a little thing called guilt.

"True Believers," by Jane Haddam, deals with the death of a young woman whose body is found in a church alongside that of her husband, who has committed suicide. Feeling that it was something more than a straightforward murder-suicide, ex-FBI agent Gregor Demarkian steps in to solve the crime.

"Secrets of the Tsil Caf," by Thomas Fox Averill, is the story of Wes, whose father owns a restaurant in which nothing is served that didn't exist in the Americas before Columbus and whose mother owns a Mediterranean catering business. Out of this strange marriage comes a family whose metaphors are food-related and whose secrets are food-based. Recipes are interspersed throughout the novel.

"The Sand-Reckoner," by Gillian Bradshaw, novelizes the life of Archimedes so that we can see the man behind the mathematical principles. While adhering as closely as possible to facts about Archimedes, she fills in the gaps with the way life would have been for a somewhat eccentric Greek of his time.

"Days of Awe," by Achy Obejas, tells the story of a young Cuban-American woman whose job as an interpreter takes her to the land of her birth, where she discovers that her family is not firmly Catholic as she had always believed, but clandestinely Jewish. Through this and a second visit to Cuba, she comes to integrate this new aspect of her identity into herself.

"The Fall of Neskaya," by Marion Zimmer Bradley and Deborah J. Ross, is book one of a proposed new trilogy about the planet Darkover. In the throes of "threshold sickness," his psychic powers about to emerge, Corin is examined by a master and pronounced in need of training. But what is it that Corin senses implanted in his mind by the master?

"Where Do We Go From Here?," by Doris Dorrie, introduces Fred, who is in a mid-life crisis: His marriage is failing, his wife is too involved with meditation to notice him and his teenage daughter wants to move to India. When he accompanies his daughter to a meditation center in France, he is brought face-to-face with himself as an ironic social comedy unfolds.

If you'd like to place a hold on any of these titles, give Juneau Public Library a call at 586-5249. If you have Internet access, a library card and a PIN, and would like to place a hold yourself, go to our Web site at, go to the library catalog and follow the directions.

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