The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

January 16, 2008

New Books shelf features variety of selections

<i>Library on the Move</i> column


PALESTINE — Now that we are into the new year and things are returning to “normal” (whatever that is!), you are probably ready to catch up on all the new books that the library has received recently. Here are some samples from the New Books shelf — one of my favorite places in the library.

The broad scope of topics even surprises me sometimes. I think we might have a book about any topic you can think of — and if we don’t, and you want it, we’ll get it. Just let us know.

• “Top 10 of Everything 2008” by Russell Ash – Would you have guessed that Romeo and Juliet was the number one most-produced play by Shakespeare between 1878 and 2006? Wrong! The most –produced Shakespearian play is “As You Like It.” The oldest continuously operating university in the world is Parma in Italy—since 1064! The most-cited scientific journal is “Journal of Biological Chemistry.” How about that for obscure?

• “Speaking of Faith” by Krista Tippett – “A journalist and former diplomat, [the author] has created, hosted, and produce the popular public radio program “Speaking of Faith.” Tipplett observes that faith is as much about questioning as it is about certainties.

• “Why I Jumped: My True Story of Postpartum Depression, Dramatic Rescue and Return to Hope” by Tina Zahn – You probably saw the dramatic jump and rescue on the news in July 2004. Learn more about the kind of depression that leads people to suicide.

• “Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World” by Bill Clinton – “We all have the capacity to do great things. My hope is that the people and stories in this book will lift spirits, touch hearts, and demonstrate that citizen activism and service can be a powerful agent of change in the world.”

• “Beyond the Mommy Years: How to Live Happily Ever After…After the Kids Leave Home” by Carin Rubenstein, PhD – The author beaks down post motherhood into three stages: grief, relief, and joy. She promises that an exciting and enriching life with great adventures follow.

• “Somebody’s Gotta Say It” by Neal Boortz – “Full of irresistible wisecracks and irrefutable libertarian wisdom, [this book} is one man’s response to America at a time when the government overreaches, the people under perform, and the truth hurts.”

• “Mutual Funds for Dummies” by Eric Tyson, MBA – Love these Dummies books! Chocked full of tips and good advice, starting with “Fix your finances first” and “Keep a long-term perspective.”

• “Ludicrous Laws and Mindless Misdemeanors: The Silliest Lawsuits and Unruliest Rulings of all Times” by Lance S, Davidson – The title says it all!

• “Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist’s Guide to Global Warming” by Bjorn Lomborg – The author was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2004. He started the Copenhagen Consensus, a conference of top economists who come together to prioritize the best solutions for the world’s greatest challenges. A different approach!

• “Merchant of Death: Money, Guns, Planes, and the Man Who Makes War Possible” by Douglas Farah and Stephen Braun – This is the true story of Victor Bout who emerged from post-Soviet intelligence background and quietly amassed a huge fleet of aging Russian cargo planes. His intelligence contacts, aircraft, and access to sophisticated weapons helped him forge lethal alliances across the Third World. He has changed the way modern warfare is fought.

• “Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy” by Donald B. Kraybill, Steven M Nolt, and David L. Weaver-Zercher – This is the true story of the Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania Amish community that suffered school shootings in October 2006.

• “Earth Then and Now: Amazing Images of Our Changing World” by Fred Pearce – And the pictures are amazing! See before and after pictures of erosion, floods, skylines, and more. Fascinating!

• “Overcoming Crystal Meth Addiction: An Essential Guide to Getting Clean” by Seven J. Lee, MD – The author takes the reader through understanding the drug, understanding addiction, how to stop using, and how to stay clean.

• “The Fibromyalgia Cookbook: More than 120 Easy and Delicious Recipes” by Shelley Ann Smith – Research demonstrates that dietary changes can have a positive impact on persons suffering from fibromyalgia. The author explains the gold standard elimination and challenge diet and follows with some recipes reflecting those healthy choices.

• “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Hybrid and Alternative Fuel Vehicles: Get the Low-Down on Today’s Green Machines” by Jack R. Nerad – The author looks at several alternative fuels.


Carol A. Herrington is the director of the Palestine Public Library. Contact the library at 903-729-4121, and visit online at, or