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The Early Word: New Books for the Week of July 27, 2009

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With the advent of August, drought conditions are seeing new releases drying up some, though there do seem to be some drops of teachable moments in nonfiction.

The Girl Who Played with Fire
by Stieg Larsson

In The Girl Who Played with Fire, Swedish author Stieg Larsson's second posthumously published novel, Lisbeth Salander — the she’s-a-rebel computer hacker who aided journalist Mikael Blomkvist unearth a serial killer on a remote Swedish island in the author’s acclaimed debut The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo — becomes the focus of this second entry in his Millennium Trilogy. In this follow-up, Blomkvist decides to run a story that will expose a wide-ranging sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden in which not only two investigating reporters are murdered, but in which, inexplicably, the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to Lisbeth. As Blomkvist, seemingly alone with belief in Salander’s innocence, delves into an inquiry of the homicides, Salander herself is drawn into a hunt where she is the prey, where she is compelled to revisit her dark past. Promises to be an enthralling thriller, a complex page-turner.

The final volume in the Millennium Trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, is scheduled for a 2010 U.S. publication. Though Larsson died of a heart attack in 2004, never seeing any of his books in print, all three were subsequently published in Scandinavia and continental Europe to great acclaim. He left behind the unfinished manuscript for a fourth book in the series.


Hot Pursuit (Troubleshooters Series #15)
by Suzanne Brockmann

The Last Bridge
by Teri Coyne

Labor Day
by Joyce Maynard

Daniel X: Watch the Skies
by James Patterson, Ned Rust (Artist)



The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America, 1858-1919
by Douglas Brinkley

Finally: we get the definitive story of the teddy bear. But that’s the least of it. In The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America, 1858-1919 Douglas Brinkley traces the influences upon the conservation-minded outdoorsman who became our 26th President and how the ideas and actions of individuals like Darwin, John Burroughs, Audobon, and John Muir help shaped his philosophies and policies. In a bid to salvage and protect much of the American west he set aside more than 230 million acres of wilderness for posterity between 1901 and 1909, making conservation one of the prime U.S. presidential initiatives between the Civil War and World War I. Roosevelt's most important legacies led to the creation of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and passage of the Antiquities Act in 1906. Not only did Roosevelt’s executive orders save such treasures as Devils Tower, the Grand Canyon, and the Petrified Forest, but Brinkley details with data and exhaustive fervor T.R.’s other numerable naturalist achievements and legacies – this is a president, after all, who only needed four hours of sleep a night. And at 960 pages, The Wilderness Warrior is a chronicle indicative of a president with enough waking hours to declare extensive environmental battle.

Reset: How This Crisis Can Restore Our Values and Renew America
by Kurt Andersen, Tom Brokaw (Foreword by)

Theory of the Subject
by Alain Badiou, Bruno Bosteels (Translator)

Not That Kind of Girl: A Memoir
by Carlene Bauer

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