Noe Valley Voice December-January 1997-98

More Books to Read

Here is a list of new books selected by head librarian Roberta Greifer and children's librarian Carol Small of the Noe Valley ­ Sally Brunn Library. The library is hidden among the Victorians in the block of Jersey between Castro and Diamond streets.
In addition to books --including special women's and children's collections -- the branch has videos, CDs, Internet access, a deck and a garden, and an archives and index to the Noe Valley Voice. Hours are Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Wednesdays, 1 to 9 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fridays, 1 to 6 p.m.; and Saturdays, noon to 6 p.m. Questions? Call 695-5095.

Adult Fiction

The Angel of Darkness -- another gripping re-creation of the past by Caleb Carr, author of The Alienist -- explores the nature of evil in 1890s New York.

Set in a 1960s British mining town, Anita and Me, by Meera Syal, humorously depicts the clash of two cultures -- that of India and England -- and the 9-year-old child caught in the middle.

Don't Erase Me, by Carolyn Ferrell, is a first collection of short stories featuring black, gay, biracial, or poor young people who exist on the fringes of society.

In Road Rage, Ruth Rendell's latest mystery, Chief Inspector Wexford's wife is kidnapped by environmental terrorists.

Adult Nonfiction

Jo Moody's how-to book Make Necklaces contains illustrated, step-by-step instructions for making necklaces with beads, feathers, seashells, baubles, and charms.

The New War, by Senator John Kerry, describes the global crime organizations that threaten legitimate businesses and govern-ments in the United States and the world.

In Tomato Blessings and Radish Teachings, Ed Brown, who co-wrote The Greens Cookbook, offers more recipes, anecdotes, and spiritual reflections.

Children's Fiction

Due to the rich imagination of one of the students, an ordinary walk to the park be-comes an exciting visual feast in The Squig-gle, by Carole Lexa Schaefer. Ages 3 to 5.

An energetic bug meets a variety of animals and finally a young boy in a lively and rhythmical counting book, Tumble Bumble, by Felicia Bond. Ages 3 to 5.

Perhaps Isabelle will get her wish; she wants so much for the Beast from the pet shop to live with her family in The Nature of the Beast, by Jan Carr. Ages 4 to 6.

In Going Home by Eve Bunting, Carlos gains understanding of his parents' strong feeling for their homeland, and why they no longer live there. Ages 5 to 9.

When an important greeting card must be found, a talented boy detective comes through for a friend once more, in Nate the Great and the Crunchy Christmas, by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and Craig Sharmat. Ages 6 to 8.

Eight-year-old Magid is worried about acting inappropriately, then feels much better as some members of his Muslim family provide a positive interpretation for his actions in Magid Fasts for Ramadan, by Mary Matthews. Ages 8 to 11.

In The Case of the Wiggling Wig, by
E. W. Hildick, the young detectives of the McGurk Organization solve the mystery that connects the house next door to the wig on the bald head and the theft at the mall. Ages 9 to 11.

Megan Whalen Turner's book The Thief takes you on an exciting, challenging quest for an important treasure, but surprises you at the end regarding the identity of the main character. Ages 10 and up.

Movies, Stories, and Lapsits

The library screens films for children
ages 3 to 5 on Tuesdays Dec. 16 and Jan. 20, at 10 and 11 a.m.

Preschool story time for kids 3 to 5 is
10 a.m. on Tuesdays Dec. 2, 9, and 30, and Jan. 6, 13, and 27.

Babies and toddlers and their parents are invited for songs and stories at the Wednes-day lapsits at 7 p.m. on Dec. 3, 10, and 17, and Jan. 7, 14, 21, and 28.