02-23-2008: Book Reviews

The following books are available from the Tucumcari Public Library. For more information, call 461-0295.

Fiction
Sword Song by Bernard Cornwell. In this fourth volume of the Saxon Tales, set in the late ninth century, Viking raiders have taken over London.

Stranger In Paradise by Robert Parker. Ex-con Wilson Crow Cromartie, who claims to be Apache and who eluded the police after a shootout 10 years earlier, wants Stone not to interfere in his search for someone in Massachusetts.

The Commoner by John Schwartz. A bittersweet story narrated by Haruko Endo, about a brewer’s daughter who marries into Japan’s cloistered Imperial family.

Non-Fiction
In Defense Of Food by Michael Pollan. A manifesto urges us to “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
Geography Of Bliss by Eric Weiner. A writer explores to what degree an individual’s happiness is intertwined with a shared geography and culture.

Memo To The President Elect by Madeleine Albright. A former secretary of state suggests how to restore America’s credibility.
The Great Awakening by Jim Wallis. How religious faith can be a force for fighting social problems like poverty and global warming.
The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman. How a Warsaw couple sheltered Jews and members of the Resistance during World War II.

Memorials
The Collins Big Book Of Art. Given in memory of Mary Hendren Alarcon by the Tucumcari Public Library Staff.
Drawing With Your Artist’s Brain by Carl Purcell. Given in memory of Lee Mecham by Tucumcari Fine Arts League.