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Posted: Sunday, November 11, 2001

This week is new fiction!

"Eva Moves the Furniture" by Margot Livesey begins with the birth of a child, the death of her mother, six magpies, and the seemingly unrelated tale of the first plastic surgery.

Eva is born in 1920's Scotland. Growing up with her father and aunt, her first friends are two ghosts who comfort and yet dismay her. As Eva grows up, moves away, and falls in love, the ghosts remain with her, shaping her life according to their own designs.

"Requiem for a Lost Empire," by Andrei Makine, is a sweeping view of Russia in the twentieth century told in Makine's inimitable style. The lives of three generations of soldiers are told by the unnamed narrator, the grandson, an army doctor sent to work in the various countries siding with the Soviet Union during the Cold War. His grandfather fought in the Revolution that created the Soviet Union, his father fought in World War II, and now he is involved in the Cold War.

"Good Harbor," by Anita Diamant, is the latest novel by the author of "The Red Tent." It is the story of the friendship between two women, a generation apart, whose lives first intersect over books, jokes, and long walks along Good Harbor beach.

As each begins to lose control over her own life, they find that each has something to teach the other and they are both strengthened and comforted by their friendship.

"According to Queenie," by Beryl Bainbridge, is an examination of Samuel Johnson's well-known flirtation with the wife of his patron, Henry Thrale.

Told in part through letters written by the Thrale's daughter and covering twenty years of Johnson's life, this is an engrossing step back into Georgian London.

"The Free Lunch," by Spider Robinson, has created the world's greatest amusement park, Dreamworld, which acts almost like a narcotic on human systems.

When Mike runs away from home to live in the park, he becomes part of an underground that the park personnel don't know about, and discovers a plot which will bring Dreamworld down. He and Annie, another park resident, work to derail the plot, save the park, and preserve humanity.

"The Red Moon" by Kuwana Haulsey takes place in modern Kenya, where a young woman dreams of becoming a writer and living abroad.

Nasarian's refusal to be circumcised and be declared an adult woman leads her brother to give her to a distant cousin who enables her to finish school. Deeply divided between her traditional upbringing and her modern desires, Nasarian makes mistakes which lead to misunderstandings and death.

Check here next week for new DVDs and videos!

If you'd like to place a hold on any of these titles, call the Juneau Public Library at 586-5249. If you have Internet access, your library card, and a PIN, you may place your own holds by going to our Web site, www.juneau.lib.ak.us/library.



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