New Releases

New for April 2011!


The Handmade Marketplace by Kari Chapin.  It's an exciting new world for crafters. Handmade is hip, creativity is what the market wants, and there are many profitable sales opportunities that didn't exist a few short years ago. For crafters who have more confidence running a sewing machine than setting up a Web site, The Handmade Marketplace breaks down and makes sense of the global possibilities for marketing and selling crafts. First, determine the right price for every item ' not too expensive and definitely not too cheap. Whether the product is beaded jewelry or felted slippers, illustrations or tote bags, author Kari Chapin helps crafters determine cost of goods, market competition, and the pros and cons of wholesale and retail sales. If the price is right, customers will buy. Then it's on to selling. The boom in indie craft fairs and sites such as Etsy ("Your place to buy & sell all things handmade") is providing artisans with an ever-expanding marketplace for handcrafted items. Chapin demystifies every venue. She explains the guidelines that craft fairs impose on exhibitors, the typical yearly calendar of shows, and how to start a new craft fair. For the crafter interested in online sales, there are tips on styling and propping crafts for photographs and technical explanations of how the most popular Web marketplaces run. Traditional brick and mortar consignment stores are still very good options for many crafters. Chapin explains how to approach shopkeepers and build strong relationships. Wrapping everything up with media advice and tips on how to get the word out, The Handmade Marketplace is the sales and marketing bible that today's crafters need.


Secrets of Dragon Gate: Ancient Taoist Practices for Health, Wealth, and the Art of Sexual Yoga by Steven Liu and Jonathan Blank.  From simple breathing exercises that make you feel healthier and more alive to advanced sexual yoga, The Secrets of Dragon Gate is the key to your unique path to health, wealth, and spiritual fulfillment. The Dragon Gate School is known for its singular combination of sexual yoga and dream yoga practices; mystical divination methods for choosing a wise and fruitful path; Chi-gung and martial arts practices for health and longevity; and profound philosophy, based on the I Ching (Book of Changes) and the five elements, that provides a deep insight into the nature of reality.  Incorporate the mysterious and ancient wisdom of the Dragon Gate School of Taoism into your daily life, and find answers to the question of how to live a long, prosperous, and happy life.

The Civil War: A Concise History by Louis P. Masur.   A masterful and eminently readable overview of the war’s multiple causes and catastrophic effects. Masur begins by examining the complex origins of the war, focusing on the pulsating tensions over states rights and slavery. The book then proceeds to cover, year by year, the major political, social, and military events, highlighting two important themes: how the war shifted from a limited conflict to restore the Union to an all-out war that would fundamentally transform Southern society, and the process by which the war ultimately became a battle to abolish slavery. Masur explains how the war turned what had been a loose collection of fiercely independent states into a nation, remaking its political, cultural, and social institutions. But he also focuses on the soldiers themselves, both Union and Confederate, whose stories constitute nothing less than America’s Iliad . In the final chapter Masur considers the aftermath of the South’s surrender at Appomattox and the clash over the policies of reconstruction that continued to divide President and Congress, conservatives and radicals, Southerners and Northerners for years to come. 


Sticky Fingers (A Roxy Abruzzo Mystery) by Nancy Martin.  Roxy Abruzzo barely escaped big trouble in her first adventure, "Foxy Roxy." Now Roxy is determined to stay on the straight and narrow--except that she gets in over her head doing a few jobs for her uncle Carmine, one of the last old time mob bosses in Pittsburgh.

Mystery: An Alex Delaware Novel by Jonathan Kellerman.  The closing of their favorite romantic rendezvous, the Fauborg Hotel in Beverly Hills, is a sad occasion for longtime patrons Alex Delaware and Robin Castagna. And gathering one last time with their fellow faithful habitués for cocktails in the gracious old venue makes for a bittersweet evening. But even more poignant is a striking young woman—alone and enigmatic among the revelers—waiting in vain in elegant attire and dark glasses that do nothing to conceal her melancholy. Alex can’t help wondering what her story is, and whether she’s connected to the silent, black-suited bodyguard lingering outside the hotel.  Two days later, Alex has even more to contemplate when police detective Milo Sturgis comes seeking his psychologist comrade’s insights about a grisly homicide. To Alex’s shock, the brutalized victim is the same beautiful woman whose lonely hours sipping champagne at the Fauborg may have been her last.  But with a mutilated body and no DNA match, she remains as mysterious in death as she seemed in life. And even when a tipster’s sordid revelation finally cracks the case open, the dark secrets that spill out could make Alex and Milo’s best efforts to close this horrific crime not just impossible but fatal.  Though Not Dead: A Kate Shugak Novel by Dana Stabenow.  In the newest entry in Dana Stabenow’s New York Times bestselling Kate Shugak series, Kate and the rest of the Park rats are stunned by the death of Old Sam, Kate’s eighty-seven-year-old uncle and foster father. In his will, he leaves almost everything to Kate, including a homestead deep in gold mining country that no one knew he had and a letter that reads simply, “Find my father.” Easier said than done, since Sam’s father is something of a mystery: an outsider who disappeared shortly after learning about Sam’s existence, he took with him a priceless tribal artifact, a Russian icon. During the first three days of Kate’s search, she gets shot at, whacked in the head, and run off the road in deep snow and left for dead. Interspersed with flashbacks from Sam’s fascinating life, including scenes from major events in Alaskan history, Kate does her best to fulfill Sam’s last wish—as various people follow her every move, in search of the icon, Old Sam’s gold, or possibly some other secret remnant of his long, mysterious life. 


These new titles have JUST arrived and are in the process of being processed. There are plenty of other new titles, the new J.A. Jance, Queen of the Night and the new Phillipa Gregory, The Red Queen and Burn, the latest from Nevada Barr. What follows here is some info. about a few of our new titles from writers you may NOT already know...but who, we think, you'll want to become familiar with!


I Curse the River of Time by Per Petterson. Arvid Jansen is trying to cope with his divorce and his mother's cancer diagnoses in 1989. As Arvid struggles to accommodate the changes to his present, he recollects summer holidays from his past, spent on the beach with his brothers. He also recalls the early days of his courtship and the idealism of his youth as a communist, so devoted to his working-class background that he spurned the college education that his mother had worked so hard to provide for him. This novel won the 2009 Nordic Council Literature Prize and the 2008 Norwegian Critics Prize. Readers may be familiar with his 2005 novel, Out Stealing Horses. I Curse the River of Time bears the hallmark compassion for humanity that has made Petterson an international favorite.

A Small Death in the Great Glen by A.D. Scott. This lyrical, haunting debut novel is about secrets, families and the forces of good and evil that dwell in every small town. Peter Robinson says that, "This atmospheric novel sets you firmly in small town Scotland of the 1950's. The characters are engaging and the suspense mounts along with a growing sense of dread as events surrounding the death of a young boy unfold." BOOKLIST, in a starred review, said, "This splendid debut mystery has everything going for it...The characters of the crusading small town newspaper are skillfully drawn and will have readers rooting for them unequivocally...captivating on every level."

 The Queen of Patpong by Timothy Hallinan. Author John Lescroart says, "You won't read a better thriller this year!" Bangkok-based American travel writer Poke Rafferty thought things were calming down in his world. He and his long-time love, Rose, finally made it through the marriage ceremony. Their adopted daughter, former street child Miaow, has become part of the family. Then a nightmare figure from Rose's time as a Patpong dancer barges into their world, shattering the peace they've worked so hard to obtain, threatening everything they cherish. The Queen of Patpong is a terrifying, heartbreaking, electrifying story of peril, love, and, ultimately, redemption.

The Black Minutes by Martin Solares. Told from multiple persepctives and filled with macabre details and surrealist elements that are interwoven throughout the narrative. This electrifying and highly original novel from a brilliant new voice has been published across Europe to great acclaim and rave reviews. The book is full of dark twists and turns, and populated by a cast of captivating...and mostly corrupt...characters. Junot Diaz calls this book, "A breathless, marvelous first novel...This is Latin American fiction at its pulpy phantasmagorical finest...a literary masterpiece masquerading as a police procedural and nothing else I've read this year comes close."


Brilliant: The Evolution of  Artifical Light by Jane Brox. In Brilliant, author Jane Brox traces the fascinating history of human light, from the stone lamps of the Pleistocene to the LEDs embedded in fabrics of the future, and reveals that the story of light is also the story of our evolving selves. This is a compelling story imbued with human voices, startling insights, and--only a few years before it becomes illegal to sell most incandescent light bulbs in the United States--timely questions about how the light of the future will shape our lives.

Grunts:Inside the American Infantry Combat Experience, World War II through Iraq by John C. McManus. McManus earned a PhD in American History and Military History and served as assistant director fo the Center for the Study of War and Society, helping to oversee a project collecting first-hand stories of American veterans. He teaches at the Missouri University of Science and Technology and also serves as the official historian for the U.S. Army's Seventh Infantry Regiment. In Grunts, McManus demonstrates that, from the beaches of the Second World War to the deserts of the middle east, the foot soldier has been the most indispensable...and most overlooked...factor in wartime victory. Examining ten critical battles, McManus covers six decades of warfare--from the 1944 fight on the island of Guam to today's counterinsurgency combat in Irag--in which the skills and courage of American troops proved the crucial difference between victory and defeat.

The Writing Warrior: Discovering the Courage to Free Your True Voice by Laraine Herring.In this work, Herring offers advice to writers who want to become more comfortable with their writing, face their inhibitions, and gain the confidence to release their true voice. Learn how to remove obstacles in your writing and develop techniques to help you relax into your own voice; discover ways to enter into a compassionate, non-judgemental relationship with yourself so that you can write safely and authentically from a place of absolute vulnerability; and discover the interconnectedness of your personal writing process and the community as a whole.

New Releases - Jobs Grant

Thanks to a LSTA grant intended to boost the number of job-search related titles available at NWLS libraries, the Forest Lodge Library was able to acquire a goodly number of new volumes relating to job search, interview strategies, resume preparation and other job-seeking skills. DO come in and check out these new titles, which represent only a portion of our new collection:

Simple Secrets of Success after the Diploma - Janis Dietz, Ph.D

Boost Your Interview IQ - Carole Martin

Outwitting the Job Market - Chandra Prasad

Career Match: Connecting Who You Are with What You'll Love to Do - Shoya Zichya with Ann Bidou

The Career Change Resume - Kim Isaacs, NCRW, CPRW and Karen Hofferber, CPRW

Job Search Magic, Resume Magic, and Interview Magic - Susan Briton Whitcomb