New Large Print Books Received in June 2010 as of 9/29/2010

Non-Fiction

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ENGLISH FICTION

ALOHA QUILT: AN ELM CREEK QUILTS NOVEL
Author: CHIAVERINI, JENNIFER
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB 06336 1 volume in 1 container

In the midst of a difficult divorce, Bonnie leaves Pennsylvania to help an old friend set up a quilting camp in Hawaii. When Bonnie's husband demands half of her share in the Elm Creek quilting business, she's devastated but soon finds solace in the tropical surroundings. 2010.

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APPLE TURNOVER MURDER
Author: FLUKE, JOANNE
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult
Series: HANNAH SWENSEN MYSTERY

LB 06322 1 volume in 1 container

Hannah Swensen of Lake Eden, Minnesota, is busily baking for a three-day charity event. When her former college professor - and one-time fling - Bradford Ramsey arrives in town, Hannah seeks to keep her reputation safe. But she must investigate when Brad is murdered. Includes recipes. 2010.

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BOOK OF UNHOLY MISCHIEF
Author: NEWMARK, ELLE
S/P/V: Heavy sex; Heavy profanity; Heavy violence
Reading level: Adult

LB 06249 1 volume in 1 container

Taking a job as a chef's apprentice at the palace of the doge, late fifteenth-century Venice street orphan Luciano becomes increasingly suspicious about his master's shadowy past and learns about an ancient book containing a dangerous power. 2008.

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CAT OF THE CENTURY: A MRS. MURPHY MYSTERY
Author: BROWN, RITA MAE
S/P/V: Some sex; Heavy profanity;
Reading level: Adult
Series: MRS MURPHY MYSTERY

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Harry Haristeen's beloved Aunt Tally is about to turn 100. The alumnae association of her alma mater sees an opportunity to honor the event and make some loot off the centennial as well. But soon there's more at risk than investments and endowments. Using animal cunning and human canniness, will Harry and her menagerie solve the mystery? Heavy profanity, some sex, no violence. 2010.

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CAUGHT
Author: COBEN, HARLAN
S/P/V: Some violence
Reading level: Adult

LB 06317 1 volume in 1 container

Dan Mercer grew up in foster care before graduating from Princeton and taking a job working with troubled teens. His life implodes when an investigative reporter accuses him being a pedophile. Meanwhile, in the same New Jersey community, a seventeen-year-old girl disappears without a trace. Some violence. Bestseller. 2010.

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CURING THE BLUES WITH A NEW PAIR OF SHOES
Author: CASH, DIXIE
S/P/V: Some sex; Heavy profanity;
Reading level: Adult

LB 06356 1 volume in 1 container

No holiday in tiny Salt Lick, Texas, is more revered than January 8th, Elvis's birthday! To commemorate the grand occasion, Hogg's Drive-In, where the King enjoyed many a burger on the road to fame and fortune, is displaying an "actual" pair of Elvis's blue suede shoes. That is, until some heel without a soul swipes them right out of their display case. Debbie Sue Overstreet and Edwina Perkins-Martin, the shoe-loving Domestic Equalizers, are shocked that someone would perpetrate such a dastardly crime. So the plucky detecting duo agrees to help the town's inept sheriff track down the royal blue loafers. And being majestic multi-taskers, the ladies might even be able to squeeze in some matchmaking as well. Contains sex and some strong language. 2009.

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DANGER
Author: FRANCIS, DICK
S/P/V: Some profanity; Some violence
Reading level: Adult

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Narrator Andrew Douglas, a kidnap specialist, battles Europe's master kidnapper. He follows a trail that leads from the medieval streets of Bologna to the glitter of Brighton Beach and the lavish grounds of a race track in Washington, D.C. Bestseller 1984.

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DARK MIRROR: A BROCK AND KOLLA MYSTERY
Author: MAITLAND, BARRY
S/P/V: Some sex; Heavy profanity; Heavy violence
Reading level: Adult

LB 06333 1 volume in 1 container

Marion Summers, a beautiful and mysterious student, goes into a seizure at the Reading Room of the London Library, slips into a coma, and dies shortly thereafter. The autopsy determines that she died of acute arsenic poisoning. With the help of her superior, DCI David Brock, newly promoted Detective Inspector Kathy Kolla of Scotland Yard's Serious Crime Unit begins to investigate the most difficult to crack case the team has ever faced.

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DOUBLE COMFORT SAFARI CLUB
Author: MCCALL SMITH, ALEXANDER
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult
Series: NO 1 LADIES DETECTIVE AGENCY

LB 06368 1 volume in 1 container

Precious Ramotswe of Botswana's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency searches for a safari guide who was left a $3,000 bequest by a grateful American client. Meanwhile, Precious's assistant Grace Makutsi is barred from seeing her fiancee, who was badly injured in an accident. Bestseller. 2010.

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FIT TO BE TIED: THE SISTERS OF BETHLEHEM SPRINGS
Author: HATCHER, ROBIN LEE
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

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Fearless, fun-loving Cleo Arlington dresses like a cowboy and can ride, rope and wrangle a horse as well as any man. In 1916, however, those are not talents most young women aspire to. But Cleo, twenty- nine and single, loves life on her father's Idaho ranch. Still, she hopes someday to marry and have children. Enter Sherwood Stratham, an English aristocrat whose father has sentenced him to a year of work in America to "straighten him out". Cleo's challenge: transform this uptight playboy into a down-home cowboy. 2009.

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GIFT
Author: GARWOOD, JULIE
S/P/V: Heavy sex;
Reading level: Adult

LB 06306 1 volume in 1 container

When Sara Winchester was four, her father signed a marriage contract making her the bride of Nathan, Marquess of St. James, age fourteen. It was hoped that the marriage would end the ancient feud between the families. Now at age eighteen, Sara eagerly waits for her groom to claim her. But Nathan is unprepared for the beautiful woman whose honesty and defiant ways constantly exasperate him. Explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller.

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GOD OF THE HIVE
Author: KING, LAURIE R.
S/P/V: Some sex; Some profanity; Some violence
Reading level: Adult

LB 06326 1 volume in 1 container

It began as a problem in a beehive, led to a murderous cult, and ended - or so they'd hoped - with an escape from a sacrificial altar. Instead, Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, have stirred the wrath of those they've thwarted. Now they are separated and on the run, wanted by the police, and pursued across the Continent by a ruthless enemy. They will have to survive apart, maintaining contact only by means of coded messages and cryptic notes. Has the couple made a fatal mistake by separating, making themselves easier targets for the shadowy government agents sent to silence them? 2010.

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HARD WINTER: A WESTERN STORY
Author: BOGGS, JOHNNY D.
S/P/V: Some profanity; Some violence
Reading level: Adult

LB 06308 1 volume in 1 container

Weather and creaking joints permitting, Jim Hawkins could be found every weekend sitting in the rocker outside the Manix store in Augusta, whittling and spitting. He needed a hickory cane to push him up out of that chair, especially in the bitter cold Augusta winter. Jim said hardly anything. Ever. Henry Lancaster heard his grandfather talk to his grandmother fairly often - but seldom to anybody else. That all changed when Jim took Henry along on a scouting trip, and told his grandson about the winter of 1886 - a really hard winter. 2009.

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HEARTS AFLAME
Author: LINDSEY, JOHANNA
S/P/V: Heavy sex;
Reading level: Adult

LB 06307 1 volume in 1 container

Captured while with her brother on a Viking raid, beautiful Kristen Haardrad is a prisoner of the Saxon Thane Royce of Wyndhurst. In awe of the beautiful maiden, Royce nevertheless cannot overcome his hatred for the loss of his father, older brother, and sister at the hands of Vikings. But Kristen's loveliness drives him mad with desire, for she is his equal in pride, strength, and love. Explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller 1987.

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HOME IN CAROLINA: THE SWEET MAGNOLIAS, BOOK 5
Author: WOODS, SHERRYL
S/P/V: Heavy sex;
Reading level: Adult
Series: SWEET MAGNOLIAS 5

LB 06328 1 volume in 1 container

Sports therapist Annie returns home to Serenity, South Carolina, to find that her former lover, pro baseball player Tyler, is also home recuperating from an injury. Tyler tries to reconcile, but Annie still feels betrayed by his affair that produced a son. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2010.

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MURDERED HOUSE
Author: MAGNAN, PIERRE
S/P/V: Some sex; Heavy profanity; Some violence
Reading level: Adult

LB 06313 1 volume in 1 container

At the turn of the century, in a remote inn in Upper Provence, a family is savagely massacred. The sole survivor of the tragedy is a three-week-old baby. In 1920 the orphaned survivor, Seraphin Monge, returns to avenge the killing of his family. But for each murder he plots, another hand silently executes it in his place. He wins the hearts of two women, Marie and Rose, and romantic complications ensue. But then unexpected secrets set in motion a dreadful unveiling of the past. Strong language, some descriptions of sex and some violence. 1984.

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NANNY RETURNS
Author: MCLAUGHLIN, EMMA
S/P/V: Some sex; Heavy profanity;
Reading level: Adult

LB 06318 1 volume in 1 container

After living abroad for twelve years, Nan and her husband, Ryan, have returned to New York. In the midst of getting her new business off the ground and fixing up their fixer-upper, Ryan announces his sudden desire to start a family. His timing simply couldn't be worse. To compound the mounting construction and marital chaos, Nan's former charge, Grayer X, now sixteen, pays a drunken late-night visit to find out why she abandoned him all those years ago. But how can she explain to him what she still hasn't come to terms with herself? Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2009.

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NEVER LESS THAN A LADY
Author: PUTNEY, MARY JO
S/P/V: Heavy sex; Some violence
Reading level: Adult

LB 06375 1 volume in 1 container

As the sole remaining heir to the Earl of Daventry, Alexander Randall knows his duty: find a wife and sire a son. The perfect bride for a man in his position would be a biddable young girl of good breeding. But the woman who haunts his imagination is Julia Bancroft - a village midwife with a dark secret that thrusts her into Randall's protection. In no time, Julia has been abducted by her first husband's cronies, rescued, and proposed to by a man she scarcely knows. Perhaps only a "Lost Lord" can show a woman like Julia everything a true marriage can be.

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NEVER SAY NEVER
Author: WINGATE, LISA
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB 06371 1 volume in 1 container

Kai Miller floats through life like driftwood tossed by waves. She's never put down roots and she doesn't plan to. But when a hurricane evacuation lands her in Daily, Texas, she begins to think twice about her wayfaring existence. And when she meets hometown-boy Kemp Eldridge, she can almost picture settling down in Daily - until she discovers he may be promised to someone else. Daily has always been a place of refuge for those the wind blows in. For Kai, will it be just another place to leave behind?

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ONE OF OURS
Author: CATHER, WILLA
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

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After a year at the state university, a young man unsuccessfully tries to bring culture to his Nebraska town in this turn-of-the-century novel. Bound to both the soil and a religion he feels is shallow, he finds World War I an escape. Pulitzer Prize 1923.

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PRECIOUS JEWEL
Author: BALOGH, MARY
S/P/V: Heavy sex;
Reading level: Adult

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She was unlike any woman he'd ever met in the ton or demimonde. But Sir Gerald Stapleton frequented Mrs. Blyth's euphemistically dubbed "finishing school" for pure, uncomplicated pleasure and nothing else. So why was this confirmed bachelor so thoroughly captivated by one woman in particular? Why did he find himself wondering how such a rare jewel of grace, beauty, and refinement as Priss had ended up a courtesan? And when she needed protection, why did Gerald hasten to set her up as his own pampered mistress to ensure her safety? 1993.

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PUZZLE KING
Author: CARTER, BETSY, 1945-
S/P/V: Heavy sex; Some profanity; Some violence
Reading level: Adult

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This is the story of unlikely heroes: the lively, beautiful Flora and her husband, the brooding studious Simon, two immigrants who were each sent to America by their families to find better lives. An improbable match, they meet in New York City and fall in love. Simon, inventor of the jigsaw puzzle, eventually makes his fortune. Now wealthy, but still outsiders, Flora and Simon become obsessed with rescuing the loved ones they left behind in Europe whose fates are determined by growing anti-Semitism on both sides of the Atlantic. 2009

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REQUIEM IN VIENNA: A VIENNESE MYSTERY
Author: JONES, J. SYDNEY
S/P/V: Some profanity; Some violence
Reading level: Adult

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At first it seemed like a series of accidents plagued Vienna's Court Opera. But after a singer is killed during rehearsals of a new production, the evidence suggests something much more dangerous. Someone is trying to murder famed conductor and composer Gustav Mahler. Worse, Mahler might not be the first musical genius to be dispatched by this unknown killer. Alma Schindler, one of Mahler's many would-be mistresses, asks lawyer and aspiring private investigator Karl Werthen to identify the killer and help stop the attacks. Some strong language and some violence. 2010.

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RETURN TO PROMISE
Author: MACOMBER, DEBBIE
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult
Series: HEART OF TEXAS

LB 06344 1 volume in 1 container

Promise, Texas. Cal Patterson and his physician wife, Jane, are happily married with two young children. When Jane takes their son and daughter to California, because of her father's failing health, their separation causes problems. To make matters worse, an attractive new woman in town has her sights set on Cal.

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SAVOR THE MOMENT: THE BRIDE QUARTET, BOOK 3
Author: ROBERTS, NORA
S/P/V: Heavy sex; Heavy profanity;
Reading level: Adult
Series: BRIDE QUARTET 3

LB 06345 1 volume in 1 container

Laurel is the cake baker at Vows, the Connecticut wedding-planning company she runs with friends Parker, Emma, and Mac. Though in love since childhood with Parker's older brother Delaney, a lawyer, Laurel is afraid to act on her feelings. Explicit descriptions of sex. Profanity. Commercial audio book. 2010.

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SECRET AFFAIR
Author: BALOGH, MARY
S/P/V: Heavy sex;
Reading level: Adult

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Hannah Reid has been Duchess of Dunbarton since she was nineteen, the wife of an elderly duke to whom she has been rumored to be flagrantly unfaithful. Now he is dead and, more beautiful than ever at thirty, Hannah has her freedom. She intends to take a lover - Constantine Huxtable. Rumored to be living the life of a sensualist, he always chooses recent widows for his short-lived affairs. Hannah will fit the bill nicely. But once these two passionate and scandalous figures find each other, they discover that it isn't so easy to extricate oneself from the fires of desire - without getting singed. 2010.

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SHADOW OF YOUR SMILE
Author: CLARK, MARY HIGGINS
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

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On her deathbed eighty-two-year-old Olivia Morrow considers disclosing a family secret involving her late cousin Catherine, a nun being considered for beatification. At seventeen Catherine gave up her illegitimate son for adoption. Now Catherine's granddaughter, the last of the family line, is targeted by an assassin. Bestseller. 2010.

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SHATTERED
Author: ROBARDS, KAREN
S/P/V: Heavy sex; Heavy profanity; Some violence
Reading level: Adult

LB 06327 1 volume in 1 container

Attorney Lisa Grant returns to her family's Kentucky horse farm to help her ailing mother. Lisa takes a job with district attorney Scott Buchanan and begins researching the decades-old disappearance of a family. But probing causes dangerous repercussions. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

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SHORT SQUEEZE
Author: KNOPF, CHRIS
S/P/V: Heavy profanity;
Reading level: Adult

LB 06363 1 volume in 1 container

Meet Jackie Swaitkowski, a smart-aleck attorney whose legal turf is supposed to be the buzzing Hamptons real-estate market. But when a new client turns up dead, things take a sudden and decidedly dangerous turn. The client's pocket contains a shocking piece of evidence that suggests the death was anything but an accident. Jackie has bigger fish to fry - like her old flame's return to town - until a late-night car chase changes her priorities. Now she has every reason to believe that the next name on the killer's list is her own. 2009.

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SPLIT IMAGE: A JESSE STONE NOVEL
Author: PARKER, ROBERT B.
S/P/V: Some profanity;
Reading level: Adult
Series: JESSE STONE
Series: JESSE STONE AND SUNNY RANDALL

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The relationship between Paradise police chief Jesse Stone and Boston PI Sunny Randall evolves as they help each other solve their latest cases. Sunny has been hired to rescue a teen from a cult, while Jesse investigates a mob shooting. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2010.

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THINK TWICE
Author: SCOTTOLINE, LISA
S/P/V: Some sex; Some profanity; Some violence
Reading level: Adult

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Intent on stealing her sister's money, Alice Connelly buries alive her identical twin Bennie Rosato and poses as her. Alice fools coworkers at Bennie's law firm and even Bennie's boyfriend, but Bennie escapes and comes after Alice. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2010.

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WORTH DYING FOR
Author: BARTON, BEVERLY
S/P/V: Some sex; Heavy profanity; Some violence
Reading level: Adult

LB 06329 1 volume in 1 container

Security agent Dante Moran can't afford the luxury of love - in his line of work, emotions can get you killed. Besides, he's never recovered from the pain of losing his high school sweetheart to a serial rapist and killer. But when he's hired to find Tessa Westbrook's missing daughter, Dante is shocked to feel his long-buried emotions rise to the surface. Tessa stirs something in him that he hasn't felt since he was a kid - something that makes him think she could become more than a client. But Tessa's past is full of secrets. Strong language, some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2010.

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BOMBER BOYS: HEROES WHO FLEW THE B-17S IN WORLD WAR II
Author: AYRES, TRAVIS L.
S/P/V: Some sex; Some profanity; Heavy violence
Reading level: Adult

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In World War II, no theater of operations offered more ways to die than the skies above Nazi-occupied Europe. It was a wonder anyone would volunteer for this duty. Some very brave men did. This is a collection of previously untold personal accounts of combat and camaraderie aboard the B-17 bombers that flew countless sorties against the enemy, as related by the men who lived and fought in the air - and survived. They are stories of heroism, sacrifice, miraculous survival, and merciless warfare. And they should all be remembered. 2005.

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FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY OF CRIMINAL MINDS
Author: RAMSLAND, KATHERINE M., 1953-
S/P/V: Heavy sex; Heavy violence
Reading level: Adult

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Week after week the hit TV show Criminal Minds gives viewers a look inside the psyches of the fictional serial killers tracked by the BAU (Behavioral Analysis Unit), an elite team of FBI agents that travels the country assisting law enforcement. Now Katherine Ramsland reveals how reality differs from fiction and how forensic psychologists actually use their knowledge of human behavior and motivations as consultants in criminal investigations - as well as detailing the real cases that influenced some of the show's memorable episodes. Violence and descriptions of sex. 2010.

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MENNONITE IN A LITTLE BLACK DRESS: A MEMOIR OF GOING HOME
Author: JANZEN, RHODA
S/P/V: Some sex; Some profanity;
Reading level: Adult

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Poet and professor describes one week during which her bipolar husband of fifteen years left her--for a man--and she was badly injured in a car accident. Having recovered with her Mennonite family, she good-humoredly discusses their culture and her experience. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.

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ONE SIMPLE ACT: DISCOVERING THE POWER OF GENEROSITY
Author: MACOMBER, DEBBIE
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

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In a world that seems too often stingy and grudging, Debbie Macomber has witnessed how a simple act of generosity can yield unforeseen miracles. This blend of true stories and motivating messages will delight and surprise as you discover how giving the gifts of time, encouragement, hope, laughter, prayer, service and even forgiveness can have a lasting, life-changing impact on both the recipient and the giver.

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POPS: A LIFE OF LOUIS ARMSTRONG
Author: TEACHOUT, TERRY
S/P/V: Some sex; Heavy profanity; Some violence
Reading level: Adult

LB 06309 1 volume in 1 container

A great artist who was also a good man. A genius born in poverty who became known in every corner of the world. An entertainer who knocked the Beatles off the top of the charts four decades after he cut his first record. An accomplished author and collagist who was witty, introspective, and unexpectedly complex. Terry Teachout has drawn on a cache of important new sources unavailable to previous biographers to craft a sweeping new narrative biography of Louis Armstrong, the twentieth century's most influential jazz musician. Strong language, some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2009.

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SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME
Author: HALL, RON
S/P/V: Some profanity; Some violence
Reading level: Adult

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(Subtitle reads: "A modern-day slave, an international art dealer, and the unlikely woman who bound them together") This is the story of Denver Moore, an man who grew up in virtual slavery, picking cotton for "the man" as late as the 1960's. A man who never attended a day of school, never was paid for his years of back-breaking labor, who saw surviving on the streets as a step up in life. This is Ron Hall's story too, an upscale art broker with an eye for a masterpiece and nose for a deal. He went from selling soup to selling Picassos and Van Goghs. And this is Debbie Hall's story whose compassion and persistence brought about this unlikely friendship.

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