New books at the Missoula Public Library:

Fiction

"The Glass Palace," by Amitav Ghosh.

Touted as a Doctor Zhivago for the Far East, this historical novel about political unrest, war and love begins with the shattering of the kingdom of Burma during the British invasion of 1885, forcing the royal family out of the Glass Palace into exile. Woven into the story is Rajkumar, a poor boy who creates an empire from the Burmese teak forest, and about his love for Dolly-a that spanned many years of separation. Call number: GHOSH

"Swimming," by Joanna Hershon.

In a stunning debut novel capturing the lingering effects of longing and loss, Lila Silver needs to move past her family's tragedy of 10 years ago. She pieces together what happened that fateful weekend between her brothers Aaron and Jack, when forces of rage compelled one brother to commit an act against the other that could never be taken back. Suzanne, Aaron's girlfriend who had come to visit, seemed to be the catalyst. And, where were Aaron and Suzanne now? Call number: HERSHON

"Goats," by Mark Jude Poirier.

Challenging the conventional idea of family and home, Poirier's mellow coming-of-age story is both hilarious and surprising. Fourteen-year-old Ellis leaves his Southwest home to attend boarding school in the East, leaving behind his New Age mom and Goat Man, , the only father he has known. Ellis meets his real straight-arrow father while in the East. Meanwhile, Goat Man, a loner who lives on part of his mother's property and raises goats, is preparing for he and Ellis' secret trek into Mexico when Ellis returns for spring vacation. However, Ellis has changed, and so has their relationship. Call number: POIRIER

"Kinship Theory" by Hester Kaplan.

Giving an extraordinary twist to the concept of mother-daughter love, an agreement between Dale, the daughter, and Maggie, a 47-year-old, divorced scientist mother, sets in motion an irreversible, complex array of consequences and emotions. Dale asks her mother to bear the child she cannot have herself. Maggie agrees - a decision which changes their lives and relationship. Call number: KAPLAN

"Dreaming Down Under," edited by Jack Dann and Janeen Webb.

Winner of the World Fantasy Award, this electric and fascinating mix of horror, fantasy, magic realism, cyberpunk, and science fiction contains 31 original stories from Australia's best known writers of speculative fiction. Call number: DREAMIN

Nonfiction

"Fatal North: Adventure and Survival Aboard USS Polaris, The First U.S. Expedition to the North Pole," by Bruce Henderson.

What happened nearly 100 years ago when Capt. Charles Hall and his crew attempted to reach the North Pole? The disastrous expedition ended in a national scandal, an official investigation and a government cover-up. Henderson has thoroughly researched official transcripts, family papers, diaries and journals to give us an interesting book with a shocking conclusion. Call number: 919.804 HENDERS

"Homecoming: The Story of African-American Farmers," by Charlene Gilbert and Quinn Eli.

In the first history of black farmers illustrated through photographs and text, Gilbert and Eli celebrate heroism and nobility. It traces black ownership of land from the time of the Reconstruction to the recent Supreme Court decision to grant them restitution by the federal government for racist banking practices. In a combination of personal memoirs and historical accounts, these people and their stories tell of devastating losses and hardship, and of their love of the land and enduring hope. Call number: 305.563 GILBERT

"3 Steps to Yes: The Gentle Art of Getting Your Way," by Gene Bedell.

Bedell asserts this is not a book of selling tricks; it's a new paradigm that shows you how to persuade your customers, your kids, your co-workers to let you have your way be recognizing their needs, showing them your core values, and communicating effectively. Filled with helpful hints, invaluable tactics, and anecdotes, this is a must read for those desiring a new paradigm for communication. Call number: 153.852 BEDELL

"Happy Hours: Alcohol in a Woman's Life," by Devon Jersild.

Mixing cutting-edge research with moving stories of women who struggled with alcohol problems, Jersild challenges our assumptions and expands our awareness. Giving us stunning facts and information, the book is also inspirational, and an important book looking at the lifelong effects of alcoholism on a woman's health. Call number: 362.292 JERSILD

"Dr. Folkman's War: Angiogenesis and the Struggle to Defeat Cancer," by Robert Cooke.

In 1961, the then 28-year-old Dr. Judah Folkman saw something while doing medical research that gave him an inspiration - an idea considered preposterous by the established medical community. However, now the majority of medical experts believe that the day will soon come when anti-angiogenesis therapy will supplant the current toxic and less effective cancer treatments. This is story about his discovery, and about how difficult it is for the medical community to accept new research findings. Call number: 616.994 COOKE

Christine E. Jorgensen is a staff member at Missoula Public Library.

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