December 17, 2012

AMERICAN CORNER vă recomandă

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1) Susan Carol McCarthy - True fires
In the idyllic town of Lake Esther, Florida, little is allowed to ripple the surface calm—which is just the way Sheriff Kyle Deluth likes it. But when Deluth "removes" two young children from the local school because of the color of their skin, the sheriff's senseless act of cruelty sparks a fire under the women of Lake Esther that will scorch the lives of all involved. In their pursuit of justice, an indomitable heiress, a revered journalist, and a fading Southern Belle will forge an unlikely alliance across the racial divide. One that will change the face of the town—and their lives—forever.
 2) Patrick F. McManus - Avalanche: a sheriff Bo Tully mystery
Investigating a missing persons case at a fancy lodge resort, Sheriff Bo Tully finds himself trapped by an untimely avalanche, a situation that is further complicated when his case is upgraded to a homicide and Tully's former girlfriend shows up unattached.
3) Annie Proulx - The shipping news
When Quoyle's two-timing wife meets her just desserts, he retreats with his two daughters to his ancestral home on the starkly beautiful Newfoundland coast, where a rich cast of local characters and family members all play a part in Quoyle's struggle to reclaim his life. As Quoyle confronts his private demons -- and the unpredictable forces of nature and society -- he begins to see the possibility of love without pain or misery. A vigorous, darkly comic, and at times magical portrait of the contemporary North American family, The Shipping News shows why Annie Proulx is recognized as one of the most gifted and original writers in America today.

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December 10, 2012

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1) Lindsey Davis - Saturnalia
It is the Roman holiday of Saturnalia. Marcus Didius Falco and Helena have returned from Greece only to find that Helena’s brother Justinus’s marital problems have exploded. Justinus’s first love, Veleda, a tribal leader and prophetess from Germania, has been brought to Rome and put under house arrest pending a ritual sacrifice at her capturer’s Triumph.
Justinus is love-struck once more and his wife, the temperamental Claudia, is enraged. Then Veleda escapes leaving behind a corpse. Justinus disappears too and it is up to Falco and the Chief Spy Anacrites to try to find the missing couple all against the backdrop of the orgiastic holiday period when literally anything goes . . .

2) Sharon Creech - The Wanderer

Thirteen-year-old Sophie hears the sea calling, promising adventure and a chance for discovery as she sets sail for England with her three uncles and two cousins. Sophie's cousin Cody isn't sure he has the strength to prove himself to the crew and to his father. Through Sophie's and Cody's travel logs, we hear stories of the past and the daily challenges of surviving at sea as The Wanderer sails toward its destination -- and its passengers search for their places in the world.
 3) David Eddings - The ruby knight
Ehlanda, Queen of Elenia, has been poisoned. A deep enchantment sustains her life, but it will end soon. Then Sparhawk, Knight of the Queen's Champion, learns where to get to cure for the poison. He and his companions set forth on a dangerous quest to find the antidote before the queen should perish and the peace ends....
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December 03, 2012

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1) Robert Harris - Archangel
In Moscow, American history professor Fluke Kelso learns from secret papers that Stalin had a son. A momentous discovery that could revolutionize Russia by bringing back Stalinism. But first he has to find him and that could get Kelso killed.
2) Wendy Holden - The school for husbands
Sophie's marriage was perfect, but now it's all gone wrong. Mark works late; she's left with the baby, domestic drudgery, her own career to keep on the go and the growing feeling that Mark is having an affair. When he fails to come home one night it's the last straw.
Sophie wants a divorce. But Mark doesn't. He hasn't been unfaithful, just thoughtless. Desperate not to lose his family, he signs up to the 'School for Husbands', which transforms hopeless spouses into perfect marriage partners. But will its intensive and unusual tuition be enough to get him back with Sophie? Especially now an eligible millionaire is after her... 
3) Jonathan Kellerman - Gone: an Alex Delaware novel

Psychologist Alex Delaware and L.A.P.D. detective Milo Sturgis investigate the bizarre case of two students whose claims of abduction are revealed to be a hoax, a case that takes an odd turn when one student is found murdered and the other vanishes.
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November 28, 2012

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1) Ami Pirnie - Lesser creatures
Convinced she is the target of animal-rights activists after her car is blown up, journalist Sue Bennett begins her own hunt for the bombers. As more blasts, more deaths follow, Sue's investigations lead her to a known supplier of Semtex to terrorists. And now Special Branch is interested in her work. But their surveillance doesn't prevent her kidnap, and Sue's ordeal is only just beginning.

2) Carolyn Parkhurst - The dogs of Babel

Paul Iverson's Life Changes in an instant. He returns home one day to find that his wife, Lexy, has died under strange circumstances. The only witness was their dog, Lorelei, whose anguished barking brought help to the scene-but too late. In the days and weeks that follow, Paul begins to notice strange "clues" in their home: books rearranged on their shelves, a mysterious phone call, and other suggestions that nothing about Lexy's last afternoon was quite what it seemed. Reeling from grief, Paul is determined to decipher this evidence and unlock the mystery of her death. But he can't do it alone; he needs Lorelei's help. A linguist by training, Paul embarks on an impossible endeavor: a series of experiments designed to teach Lorelei to communicate what she knows. Perhaps behind her wise and earnest eyes lies the key to what really happened to the woman he loved. As Paul's investigation leads him in unexpected and even perilous directions, he revisits the pivotal moments of his life with Lexy, the brilliant, enigmatic woman whose sparkling passion for life and dark, troubled past he embraced equally.

3) Tom Perrotta - Little children
A group of young suburban parents, including a stay-at-home dad, a former feminist, and an over-structured mom, finds its sleepy existence shattered when a convicted child molester moves back into town and two of the parents have an affair.

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November 21, 2012

2013 Summer Associates Program
Mortenson Center for International Library Programs
May 30 – June 25, 2013

The Mortenson Center Associates Program continues in Summer 2013 with the theme, Tools for the 21st Century Librarian. The Program will offer library and information science professionals from outside the United States an opportunity to explore current issues and trends in the field and to engage with librarians on the cutting-edge.

Tools for the 21st Century Librarian will engage participants in learning about novel and innovative practices and services in areas such as:
·         Management, Leadership, and Communication
·         Digital and Print Collections
·         Information Technology
·         Fundraising, Marketing, and Advocacy
·         Professional Networking

Applications for the 2013 Summer Associates Program are due on December 1, 2012.

Applicants will be notified regarding selection in early February 2013. Acceptance into the program depends on whether the applicant meets the selection criteria, and the availability of space in the program.

Participants will stay on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in dormitory-style suites: a private bedroom with shared bathroom. While out of town, participants will share a hotel room with their suitemate.

The Program cost of $4,500 covers housing, meals, local transportation, program costs and medical insurance. A cost estimate of the 2013 program is available on the Mortenson Center website.

In addition:
·         Participants are responsible for purchasing airfare to and from Champaign, IL. Willard Airport services the east central Illinois area. Make sure to fly all the way to Champaign when making travel arrangements.
·         Participants who arrive early or stay past the program dates will be responsible for additional housing costs.

Program Highlights:
·         Seminars and Workshops which provide an overview of current trends in the field. Library experts will be invited to share their perspectives, offer expertise, and foster conversations on the themes of communication and leadership.
·         Tours to a variety of libraries, including academic, public, and school libraries. We may also visit the American Library Association headquarters in Chicago, Illinois and other sites of interest.
·         Small group projects will allow Mortenson Associates to engage in program content and explore topics with greater depth.
·         Networking with dynamic group of international colleagues.
·         Each participant will receive a Certificate of Program Participation upon completion.
·         Scheduling to allow participants to attend the Annual Meeting of the American Library Association (ALA), if they wish. (Arrangements and registration for the conference must be made separately and are not included in program costs.) The 2013 Annual Meeting will be in Chicago, Illinois.

Program Dates:
·         Participants should plan to arrive in Champaign, Illinois no earlier than May 28 or 29, 2013. Program activities will begin on May 30, 2013.
·         The last day of the program will be June 25, 2013. Participants should plan to depart on June 26, 2013.

Application Requirements:
·         Application must be submitted in English along with supporting documentation in order to be considered.
·         Applicants must secure adequate funding to support a stay at the Mortenson Center in order to be accepted into the program.
·         Participants should be fluent in conversational English and possess a reading knowledge of English. This program is delivered in English only.

For more information or to download an application, please visit the Mortenson Center website: