The 10 new titles at the Johann Fust Community Library are bound to find their way into Christmas stockings for some readers. They are just that good.
The star of the show, as she has always been, is Jacqueline Kennedy with her intense memoirs written in the shadow of grief brought on by the death of Camelot. Now, nearly 50 years later and for the first time, they can be heard and read in this deluxe, illustrated book and 8-CD set.
as told to Arthur Schlesinger jr.
In 1964, Jacqueline Kennedy recorded seven historic interviews about her life with John F. Kennedy.
Shortly after this assassination, with a nation deep in mourning and the world looking on in stunned disbelief, Jacqueline Kennedy found the strength to set aside her own personal grief for the sake of posterity and begin the task of documenting and preserving her husband's legacy.
Featured Fust titles at a glance:
"Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversation with John F. Kennedy"
"The Dovekeepers" by Alice Hoffman
"Kill Alex Cross" by James Patterson
"The Sixth Man" by David Baldacci
"Every Thing On It" by Shel Silverstein
"Victory and Honor" by W.E.B. Griffin
"A Devil is Waiting" by Jack Higgins
"Reckless Endangerment" by Gretchen Morgenson
"That Used to Be Us" by Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum
"Aleph" by Paulo Coelho
In January 1964, she and Robert F. Kennedy approved a planned oral-history project to capture their first-hand accounts of the late President as well as the recollections of those closest to him throughout his extraordinary political career.
For the rest of her life, the famously private Jacqueline Kennedy steadfastly refused to discuss her memories of those years, but she fulfilled her obligation to future generations of Americans by sitting down with historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr., and recording an astonishingly detailed and unvarnished account of her experiences and impressions as the wife and confidante of John F. Kennedy.
The tapes of those sessions were then sealed and later deposited in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum upon its completion, in accordance with Mrs. Kennedy s wishes. The resulting eight and a half hours of material comprises a unique and compelling record of a tumultuous era, providing fresh insight on the many significant people and events that shaped JFK's presidency but also shedding new light on the man behind the momentous decisions.
Here are JFK's unscripted opinions on a host of revealing subjects, including his thoughts and feelings about his brothers, Robert and Ted, and his take on world leaders past and present, giving the most informed, genuine, and immediate portrait of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Mrs. Kennedy's urbane perspective, her candor, and her flashes of wit also give us our clearest glimpse into the active mind of a remarkable First Lady.
In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's inauguration, Caroline Kennedy and the Kennedy family are now releasing these beautifully restored recordings on CDs with accompanying transcripts. Introduced and annotated by renowned presidential historian Michael Beschloss, these interviews will add an exciting new dimension to our understanding and appreciation of President Kennedy and his time and make the past come alive through the words and voice of an eloquent eyewitness to history.
by Alice Hoffman
"The Dovekeepers" is Alice Hoffman's most ambitious and mesmerizing novel, a tour de force of imagination and research, set in ancient Israel.
In 70 B.C., 900 Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. According to the ancient historian Josephus, two women and five children survived. Based on this tragic and iconic event, Hoffman's novel is a spellbinding tale of four extraordinarily bold, resourceful, and sensuous women, each of whom has come to Masada by a different path.
Yael's mother died in childbirth, and her father, an expert assassin, never forgave her for that death. Revka, a village baker's wife, watched the horrifically brutal murder of her daughter by Roman soldiers; she brings to Masada her young grandsons, rendered mute by what they have witnessed. Aziza is a warrior's daughter, raised as a boy, a fearless rider and an expert marksman who finds passion with a fellow soldier. Shirah, born in Alexandria, is wise in the ways of ancient magic and medicine, a woman with uncanny insight and power.
The lives of these four complex and fiercely independent women intersect in the desperate days of the siege. All are dovekeepers, and all are also keeping secrets - about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them and whom they love. "The Dovekeepers" is Alice Hoffman's masterpiece fives years in the making.
'Kill Alex Cross'
by James Patterson
The President's son and daughter are abducted, and Det. Alex Cross is one of the first on the scene. But someone high-up is using the FBI, Secret Service and CIA to keep him off the case and in the dark.
A deadly contagion in the water supply cripples half of the capital, and Cross discovers that someone may be about to unleash the most devastating attack the United States has ever experienced.
As his window for solving crimes narrows, Cross makes a desperate decision that goes against everything he believes - one that may alter the fate of the entire country. "Kill Alex Cross" is faster, more exciting and more tightly wound than any Alex Cross thriller James Patterson has ever written.
'The Sixth Man'
by David Baldacci
Edgar Roy, an alleged serial killer held in a secure, fortress-like federal supermax facility, is awaiting trial and almost certain conviction.
Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called in by his attorney, Sean's old friend and mentor, Ted Bergin, to help work the case. Their investigation is derailed before it begins en route to their first meeting with Bergin, where Sean and Michelle find him murdered.
It is now up to them to ask the questions no one seems to want answered: Is Roy a killer? Who murdered Bergin? With help from some surprising allies, they continue to pursue the case. But the more they dig into Roy's past, the more they encounter obstacles, half-truths, dead-ends, false friends, and escalating threats from every direction. Their persistence puts them on a collision course with the highest levels of the government and the darkest corners of power.
'Every Thing On It'
by Shel Silverstein
Shel Silverstein, beloved author of the acclaimed and bestselling poetry collections "Where the Sidewalk Ends," "A Light in the Attic" and "Falling Up," had a brand-new book of poetry published by HarperCollins Children's Books in September.
This is only the second original book to be published since Silverstein s passing in 1999. With more than 130 never-before-seen poems and drawings completed by the cherished American artist and selected by his family from his archives, this collection will follow in the tradition and format of his acclaimed poetry classics.
Generations have grown up with the works of Silverstein, known not only as a poet and illustrator but also for his work as a cartoonist, playwright, performer, recording artist, and Grammy Award winning songwriter. He has encouraged children to dream and dare to imagine the impossible with his extraordinary poetry and unforgettable characters.
'Victory and Honor'
by W.E.B. Griffin
This is the spectacular new book in New York Times-bestselling author W.E.B. Griffin's "Honor Bound" saga of World War II espionage.
Wars come to an end. New ones begin. Just weeks after Hitler's suicide, Cletus Frade and his colleagues in the OSS find themselves up to their necks in battles every bit as fierce as the ones just ended.
The first is political, the very survival of the OSS, with every department from Treasury to War to the FBI grabbing for its covert agents and assets. The second is on a much grander scale - the possible next world war against Joe Stalin and his voracious ambitions. To get a jump on the latter, Frade has been conducting a secret operation, one of great daring-and great danger but he and his men must walk a perilously dark line. One slip, and everyone becomes a casualty of war.
'A Devil is Waiting'
by Jack Higgins
The President is coming to London, but not to an entirely warm welcome. A fanatical mullah is offering a blessing to anyone who will assassinate the President, and though most London Muslims think the mullah has crossed the line, a few think otherwise.
Urgently, Sean Dillon, Gen. Charles Ferguson, and the rest of the small band known as the "Prime Minister's private army" are called in, augmented by an extraordinary new recruit, an intelligence captain and Afghan war hero named Sara Gideon. She has her own deep contacts, but the more she investigates, the more she discovers herself in a very dark place indeed. ?
For the assassination plan is only the beginning.
by Gretchen Morgenson
A New York Times's Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist reveals how the financial meltdown emerged from the toxic interplay of Washington, Wall Street, and corrupt mortgage lenders in "Reckless Endangerment."
Gretchen Morgenson, star business columnist of The New York Times, exposes how the watchdogs who were supposed to protect the country from financial harm were actually complicit in the actions that finally blew up the American economy.
Drawing on previously untapped sources and building on original research from co-author Joshua Rosner, who himself raised early warnings with the public and investors, and kept detailed records, Morgenson connects the dots that led to this fiasco.
Morgenson and Rosner draw back the curtain on Fannie Mae, the mortgage-finance giant that grew, with the support of the Clinton administration, through the 1990s, becoming a major opponent of government oversight as it was benefiting from public subsidies. They expose the role played by Fannie Mae executives and enablers at Countrywide Financial, Goldman Sachs, the Federal Reserve, HUD, Congress, the FDIC, and the biggest players on Wall Street, to show how greed, aggression, and fear led countless officials to ignore warning signs of an imminent disaster.
Character-rich and definitive in its analysis, this is the one account of the financial crisis you must read.
'That Used to Be Us'
by Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum
America is in trouble. We face four major challenges on which our future depends, and we are failing to meet them. If we delay any longer, soon it will be too late for us to pass along the American dream to future generations.
In "That Used to Be Us," Thomas L. Friedman, one of our most influential columnists, and Michael Mandelbaum, one of our leading foreign policy thinkers, offer both a wake-up call and a call to collective action. They analyze the four challenges we face - globalization, the revolution in information technology, the nation's chronic deficits and our pattern of excessive energy consumption - and spell out what we need to do now to sustain the American dream and preserve American power in the world.
They explain how the end of the Cold War blinded the nation to the need to address these issues seriously, and how China's educational successes, industrial might and technological prowess remind us of the ways in which "that used to be us." They explain how the paralysis of our political system and the erosion of key American values have made it impossible for us to carry out the policies the country urgently needs.
And yet Friedman and Mandelbaum believe that the recovery of American greatness is within reach. They show how America's history, when properly understood, offers a five-part formula for prosperity that will enable us to cope successfully with the challenges we face. They offer vivid profiles of individuals who have not lost sight of the American habits of bold thought and dramatic action. They propose a clear way out of the trap into which the country has fallen, a way that includes the rediscovery of some of our most vital traditions and the creation of a new third-party movement to galvanize the country.
"That Used to Be Us" is a searching exploration of the American condition today and a rousing manifesto for American renewal.
by Paulo Coelho
In his most personal novel to date, internationally best-selling author Paulo Coelho returns with a remarkable journey of self-discovery. Like the main character in his much-beloved "The Alchemist," Paulo is facing a grave crisis of faith. As he seeks a path of spiritual renewal and growth, he decides to begin again: to travel, to experiment, to reconnect with people and the landscapes around him.
Setting off to Africa, and then to Europe and Asia via the Trans-Siberian Railway, he initiates a journey to revitalize his energy and passion. Even so, he never expects to meet Hilal. A gifted young violinist, she is the woman Paulo loved 500 years before - and the woman he betrayed in an act of cowardice so far-reaching that it prevents him from finding real happiness in this life. Together they will initiate a mystical voyage through time and space, traveling a path that teaches love, forgiveness, and the courage to overcome life's inevitable challenges. Beautiful and inspiring, Aleph invites us to consider the meaning of our own personal journeys: Are we where we want to be, doing what we want to do?