In the stacks

Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2001

This week is more new fiction!

"From the Dust Returned," by Ray Bradbury, expands on his previous short stories about the Elliot family.

In this magical book, Grandmere, an Egyptian mummy, tells the story of how the house came to be and how its inhabitants arrived, one by one, to live their strange and mostly inhuman lives, from the cat, Anuba, to dreamy psychic Cecy and Timothy, her human brother, Now, everyone is waiting for the rest of the Elliot family to gather in their house on the hill for their gala Homecoming.

"Blue Wolf," by Lise McClendon, tells the story of Alix Thorssen, the owner of an art gallery in Jackson Hole, who is looking for a new way to spend the month between tourist seasons. She finds it when one of her eccentric artists asks her to look into the twenty-five year old death of Derek Wylie. Alix's search puts her right in the midst of battles over wolves and control over the Land Trust Auction.

"Dogwalker," by Arthur Bradford, is an oddly humorous collection of stories. Death, deformity, dogs, and prayers are melded together to form a whole. The common threads in the stories are the narrator ("a man of uncommon tranquility"), his three-legged dog, Rodney, and the ongoing search for yet another roommate for his studio apartment.

"Old Men at Midnight," by Chaim Potok, is a trilogy of novellas whose central character, Davita, acts as catalyst for three men to tell their stories.

As a teen, Davita is hired as an English tutor for a younger survivor of the Holocaust. In the second story, Davita is a graduate student escorting a Soviet guest lecturer, who tells her about his two meetings with a gifted surgeon, once as a wounded soldier and once as the doctor's jailer. The third story finds Davita grown and acting as a catalyst for her neighbor's memoirs.

"Take a Thief," by Mercedes Lackey, is an Oliver Twist story in a fantastic setting. In a land where all children are sent to school and fed by the queen's decree, why would a boy throw in his lot with a family of thieves? Though he is an accomplished thief by the age of 12, is he good enough to steal a horse that is bent on stealing him?

"The Flight of the Maidens," by Jane Gardam, is a charming novel of three young Yorkshire women in their last summer before leaving for university. It is 1946, and the three friends deal with their coming independence in a variety of ways, often rebelling against their suddenly too-close families with surprising results.

"Murder on the Trans-Siberian Express" by Stuart Kaminsky - the latest in the series featuring Porfiry Rostnikov - takes place in Moscow and on the famed title train.

A murderer is on the loose in Moscow's subways, and her victim of choice is the new elite male. Further away, a treasured historical document is missing, and so is the son of Moscow's most powerful citizen. Rostnikov divides his forces and sets out to solve crimes.

"Carter Beats the Devil," by Glen David Gold, tells the story of a nation obsessed with magic and illusion. Carter the Great is a master illusionist who has carefully built up his reputation as one of the greatest young magicians around, only to see it threatened as his most outrageous stunt (featuring the president of the United States) spins out of control.

We've recently added 50 new magazine titles to the public library system. Curious? Check back next week!

If you would 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, and taking a look at our catalogue.



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