December 11, 2014 - Christmas Countdown

Well. The countdown to Christmas is certainly getting serious now. As of today, December 11th, there are 14 days left until Christmas Day or 13days if you celebrate on Christmas Eve. That translates to 1,209,600 seconds, 20,160 minutes, or 336 hours. Any way you look at it, time is beginning to run out if you haven’t done you Christmas shopping yet and even if you have done all your shopping, time is still running out to locate those presents and get them wrapped. Yet, while time is running out, there is still time to find a few minutes throughout the day or before settling in for you long winter’s nap, to read a few pages. Below you will find a number of new titles—some with Christmas in their titles, because after all, ‘tis the season—for your reading enjoyment.

On Saturday, December 13th, Santa (Yes. Really. That big guy in red.) will be in the Story Hour room at 10 a.m. Children and their parents, their grandparents, their great-great grandparents, etc. are invited to attend.

  • cover art The steampunk user's manual : an illustrated practical and whimsical guide to creating retro-futurist dreams / by Jeff Vandermeer & Desirina Boskovich. A latest exploration of the retro-futuristic genre shares practical and creative guidance for fans, covering topics ranging from fashion and architecture to music and storytelling. By the World Fantasy Award-winning author of “The Steampunk Bible”.
  • cover art Don't give up, don't give in : lessons from an extraordinary life / by Louis Zamperini. Published to coincide with the release of Angelina Jolie's film adaptation of “Unbroken”, a personal account by the World War II survivor describes his postwar adventures and the wisdom he has gleaned from his remarkable experiences.
  • cover art The invisible history of the human race : how DNA and history shape our identities and our futures / by Christine Kenneally. Draws on cutting-edge research to reveal how both historical artifacts and DNA tell us where we come from and where we may be going, showing everything from DNA to emotions to names and stories are all part of our human legacy and explaining how the history of nations is written in our DNA.
  • cover art One lucky bastard : tales from Tinseltown / by Roger Moore. Features outrageous Hollywood tales from the James Bond actor's life and career, as well as those told to him by a host of stars and filmmakers, including Tony Curtis, Sean Connery, Michael Caine, David Niven, Frank Sinatra, Gregory Peck, Peter Sellers and many more. By the author of “Bond on Bond”.
  • cover art You are here : around the world in 92 minutes / by Chris Hatfield. One of the world's most accomplished astronauts presents a continent-by-continent tour of the world as captured in photographs he took in space, sharing engaging commentary on life in zero gravity and the impact of natural forces shaping the planet. By the best-selling author of “An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth”.
  • cover art Betrayed : a Rosato & Associates novel / by Lisa Scottoline. A follow-up to “Accused” finds Judy Carrier struggling with torn feelings about her friend Mary DiNunzio's happiness, as well as racing to the side of her cancer-stricken aunt, whose close friend, an undocumented worker at a local farm, has died under suspicious circumstances.
  • cover art The chocolate clown corpse : a chocoholic mystery by JoAnna Carl. Discovering that the widow of a murdered novelty shop owner has been attacked, chocolatier Lee concludes that the wrong person has been arrested for the crime and confronts possible suspects during a macabre clown-themed festival. Includes a bonus section of chocolate trivia and lore. By the author of “The Chocolate Book Bandit”.
  • cover art First impressions : a novel / by Charlie Lovett. Sophie Collingwood is drawn into a mystery when two people request a copy of the same very rare book from the antiquarian bookshop where she works. By the author of “The Bookman’s Tale”.
  • cover art Flesh and blood : a Scarpetta novel / by Patricia Cornwell. Discovering a row of pennies outside of her home just before receiving word that a neighbor has been murdered by a highly skilled sniper, Kay Scarpetta begins a nightmarish pursuit involving seemingly unrelated victims and a shipwreck off the coast of Florida.
  • cover art The job : a novel / by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg. A latest entry in the series by the author of the Stephanie Plum novels and the author of the Monk series finds Agent O'Hare reluctantly partnering with con-man Nicolas Fox to take down a big-league criminal.
  • cover art Let sleeping dogs lie : a novel / by Rita Mae Brown. Discovering human remains in an equine graveyard, "Sister" Jane Arnold and her trusty hounds investigate a case that is complicated by family rivalries, a meddling nemesis and a determined killer. By the best-selling author of the Mrs. Murphy series.
  • cover art A New York Christmas : a novel / by Anne Perry. Visiting New York during the Christmas of 1904 to attend her friend's wedding, Jemima, the grown daughter of Charlotte and Thomas Pitt, is enlisted in an effort to track down the groom's estranged mother with the help of a handsome police officer.
  • cover art The Christmas wedding ring / by Susan Mallery. After being dumped by her fiancé just before Christmas, Molly Anderson walks back into the life of bad boy Dylan Black, hoping for some no-strings-attached fun, but when their affair turns into something more, she must reveal a secret that could drive him away.