2012-09-28 / Community News

Giddings Library News Corner

by Judy Belyeu

Titanic: First Accounts by Tim Maltin, is about the centennial of the sinking of the Titanic. This graphic deluxe edition compiles first-hand accounts, testimonies, and letters by notable Titanic survivors, including Archibald Gracie, Lawrence Beesley, Elizabeth W. Shutes, and the “unsinkable” Molly Brown. It is full of historically accurate details. Kill Switch by Neal Baer and Jonathan Green is about Claire Waters, a young, dedicated forensic psychiatrist with unnervingly personal insights into the criminal mind. Haunted by a disturbing childhood incident— and driven by her demons—Claire has always been drawn to those rare “untreatable” patients who seem to have no conscience or fear. She has a natural ability to put people at ease, and to help them face their darkest secrets. But one shocking case could make or break her career—and it’s waiting for her in the psychiatric wing of New York City’s Rikers Island. Combra Gamble by Timothy Zahan, tells about Cobra warriors, genetically enhanced and implanted with an arsenal of covert weaponry, are the most dangerous guerilla fighters humanity has ever produced. The war is the culmination of a lifetime of Cobra service, but it is also the height of danger for herself and her family as they struggle to survive a war that none of them ever expected to see. Unnatural Acts by Stuart Woods, in CD also, tells about a hedge fund billionaire hired to talk some sense into his wayward son. It seems like an easy enough job, but no one knows about his hidden sins and temptations .

Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult is about twenty-four-year-old Edward Warren, who has been living in Thailand for five years as a prodigal son who left his family after an irreparable fight with his father. But he gets a frantic phone call: his dad lies comatose, gravely injured in the same accident that has also injured his younger sister, Cara. With her father’s chances for recovery dwindling, Cara wants to wait for a miracle, but Edward wants to terminate life support and donate his father’s organs. Is he motivated by altruism or revenge? The River by Gary Paulsen - Surviving alone in the wilderness for fifty-four days, fifteen-year-old Brian was asked to undergo a similar experience to help scientists learn more about the psychology of survival.

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