Posted by: nchslibrary | January 20, 2010

New Library Additions – January

Thanks to generous donations, the following books have been added to the NCHS library collection:

A Mercy

Call Number: F M677t 2009

A Mercy, by Toni Morrison
In exchange for a bad debt, an Anglo-Dutch trader takes on Florens, a young slave girl, who feels abandoned by her slave mother and who searches for love–first from an older servant woman at her master’s new home, and then from a handsome free blacksmith, in a novel set in late seventeenth-century America. (This book was a selection of the NCHS Faculty Book Club.)

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel

Call Number: F W763d 2009

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel, by David Wroblewski
A tale reminiscent of “Hamlet” that also celebrates the alliance between humans and dogs follows speech-disabled Wisconsin youth Edgar, who bonds with three yearling canines and struggles to prove that his sinister uncle is responsible for his father’s death. (This book was a selection of the NCHS Faculty Book Club.)

People of the Book: A Novel

Call Number: F B766g 2008

People of the Book: A Novel, by Geraldine Brooks
A fictionalized account of the turbulent history of the Sarajevo Haggadah, an illuminated manuscript which has survived into the twentieth century thanks to people of various faiths who risked their lives to safeguard it. Hanna Heath, a manuscript conservator hired to restore the manuscript in 1996 Sarajevo, finds and pursues clues to crucial moments in the book’s history. (This book was a selection of the NCHS Faculty Book Club.)

Murder at Five Finger Light: A Jessie Arnold Mystery

Call Number: F H467s 2006

Murder at Five Finger Light: A Jessie Arnold Mystery, by Sue Henry
Invited to a housewarming party at her friends’ recently acquired old lighthouse on the Alaskan Inside Passage, Jessie Arnold spends the weekend helping to restore the old building, until a guest ends up dead.

The Serpents Trail: A Maxie and Stretch Mystery

Call Number: F H467s 2005

The Serpents Trail: A Maxie and Stretch Mystery, by Sue Henry
The first of a new series starring Maxie McNabb, a retiree whose adventures across the country in her motor home are destined for murderous roadblocks. As she sets out from Alaska to the Lower 48, Maxie must first figure out who burgled her friend’s Colorado home.

Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel

Call Number: F G653a 2005

Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel, by Arthur Golden
A fisherman’s daughter in 1930s Japan rises to become a famous geisha. After training, Sayuri is sold to the highest bidder; then the school finds her a general for a patron. When he dies, she is reunited with the only man she loved. (This book was a selection of the NCHS Faculty Book Club.)
*All book descriptions are taken from WorldCat records.
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