Check out these new arrivals at the Astoria Public Library:
"How to Write Killer Fiction," by Carolyn Wheat, discusses writing in both the mystery and the suspense genres. Wheat explains the difference in these two kinds of stories and the means used to capture and keep the readers attention for each. In addition, she covers the basics of writing well.
"Living to Tell the Tale" is the first part of the memoirs of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. A trilogy is planned. This first section spans the years 1927 through the 1950s. He discusses his early life and career and his passion for writing. Having written 22 books and numerous journalism articles, Garcia Marquez received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.
Lord John Gray makes his debut in a new series by Diana Gabaldon, "Lord John and the Private Matter." Lord John had been enjoying his morning until a shocking incident disturbed his peace of mind. And then he was called in by the Crown to investigate a brutal murder. Lord John now has two cases running simultaneously. The story is set in London in 1757.
In 1967, Ken Kesey served three years in jail for possessing marijuana. Transferred to an experimental "honor camp" in a redwood forest, he began keeping vivid notebooks. They contained drawings in brilliant color, describing incidents and experiences in language and graphic form. When he was released, the notebooks were confiscated, except for those he smuggled out and reworked into collage. "Kesey's Jail Journal" is the first full publication of this material.
Authors David Cruise and Alison Griffiths researched a wealth of information about Vancouver, British Columbia. The result is their novel, "Vancouver." Characters over the centuries intertwine, the consequences of individual lives touching those who come later. All are attracted to the power and beauty of this city. The story begins with the last survivor of an ice age and follows history through to modern times.
Montana writer Ivan Doig continues the story of Susan Duff, introduced in "Dancing at the Rascal Fair," in his new book, "Prairie Nocturne." Now middle aged, and still a teacher of voice, Susan is surprised to see Wes Williamson at her door. He wants her to train his chauffeur, Monty, as a singer. Susan gets drawn into his plans and the fates of all three characters intertwine.
In 1896, an intrepid woman set out with her daughter to be the first to cross the country by foot and unescorted by men. Carrying a Smith & Wesson revolver and $5 each, Helga Estby and her daughter, Clara, followed the rail lines to win a $10,000 wager. Linda Lawrence Hunt tells their story in "Bold Spirit: Helga Estby's Forgotten Walk across Victorian America."
Forty years after his first trip to Africa, author Paul Theroux returned. He traveled from Cairo to Cape Town in a variety of conveyances. He visited the old school where he had taught 40 years earlier. And everywhere his observant and analytical eye fell, he recorded his experiences. "Dark Star Safari" is Theroux's first hand account of the Africa he saw on his return.
Jim Thompson, founder of Positive Coaching Alliance, offers his tips for positive coaching in "The Double-Goal Coach." Redefining concepts of winning, building up the emotional depth of young athletes and honoring the game form the basis of his coaching model. How to achieve excellence in each individual and build the team culture are also discussed.
Clyde Edgerton vividly paints the ladies of the South in his book, "Lunch at the Piccadilly." Mrs. Lil Olive is expected to recover from a recent bad fall at the Rosehaven Convalescence Center. She enjoys rocking on the porch and talking, but all talk and no action is not her way. Since her driver's license won't expire until she is 97, she and the girls appropriate a car and set out down the highway.