Collection Development: New & Noteworthy eBooks

Sun, 12/13/2015 - 12:30pm -- Redwood Staff

The Redwood Library’s extensive 3M eBook catalog grants patrons access to nearly 800 titles in popular fiction, mystery and nonfiction. Here, the Redwood Staff recommend a few must-read titles.


Numero Zero by Umberto Eco


A newspaper committed to blackmail and mud slinging, rather than reporting the news. A paranoid editor, walking through the streets of Milan, reconstructing fifty years of history against the backdrop of a plot involving the cadaver of Mussolini's double. The murder of Pope John Paul I, the CIA, red terrorists handled by secret services, twenty years of bloodshed, and events that seem outlandish until the BBC proves them true. A fragile love story between two born losers, a failed ghost writer, and a vulnerable girl, who specializes in celebrity gossip yet cries over the second movement of Beethoven’s Seventh. And then a dead body that suddenly appears in a back alley in Milan.


Reviews:


“Witty and wry...slim in pages but plump in satire about modern Italy...it’s hard not to be charmed by the zest of the author,” finds The New York Times.


"Numero Zero [is]...a smart puzzle and a delight,” says Kirkus Reviews.


"Eco combines his delight in suspense with astute political satire in this brainy, funny, neatly lacerating thriller,” adds Booklist. “A satisfyingly scathing indictment brightened by resolute love."


Clausewitz: A Biography by Roger Parkinson


Carl Phillip Gottleib von Clausewitz (1780-1831), Prussian general and military theorist, is most famous for his book On War, a work that has influenced numerous wartime leaders from Lenin to Henry Kissinger. Parkinson's biography of Clausewitz provides detailed examinations of the Napoleonic battles in which he participated and which shaped his theories of warfare. Parkinson describes Clausewitz's first experiences in combat as a twelve-year-old cadet in battles with France along the Rhine. The biography follows Clausewitz during the years of Napoleon's rise, when, disgusted with the Prussian King's refusal to fight, he joined the Russian army and witnessed Napoleon's defeat following the destruction of Moscow and several harrowing months of battle. The book also includes in-depth descriptions of the battles following Napoleon's return, in which Clausewitz put his theories into practice against Napoleon's marshals.


Reviews:

 

"Mr. Parkinson has recounted in extraordinary, lucid detail the politics, the battles, the spectacles, the historical roots of Clausewitz' theories, and the theories themselves,” says The New York Times.


"An excellent and much needed biography of the man whose oft-quoted and frequently misunderstood masterpiece, On War, has long been considered the outstanding military text of modern times," Publishers Weekly explains.


"Military intellectuals and professionals will be delighted," finds Military Review.


New Jerusalem News by John Enright


The summer season on Cape Cod is over—now it’s time for the real fun to begin. Dominick is always just passing through. He is a professional house guest who follows the sun and the leisure class from resort to resort. But this winter he lingers on a quaint New England island and in spite of his best intentions becomes involved in the travails of his eccentric geriatric hosts. An environmental protest against a proposed liquid natural gas terminal turns ugly, and by accident and happenstance Dominick becomes a mistaken suspect in terrorist bombings. But New Jerusalem News is really about its characters—the plot is just to keep them busy as we get to know them. None of them are young—white-bearded men and blue-coiffed women busy with aging, dementia, and ungrateful children. But Dominick strives to float above it all in a life of itinerant escape. A New England comedy of sorts, on another level New Jerusalem News is an extended meditation on history, identity, and what it means to drift.


Reviews:


“Enright’s style is compassionately sardonic, witty, funny, quirky and delightful,” says Providence Journal. “The characters are terrific oddballs, wonderful to spend time with...You’ll laugh out loud but also enjoy Dominick’s asides on class warfare, crows, the past and cold, wet provincial New England and New Englanders."


“Enright has drawn characters who come alive and you begin to feel they live next door,” finds Puddletown Reviews.