The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers 2006

A quick trip in the Way Back Machine this month – we’re heading to 2006 – so put on your bling, boo, and let’s bounce… Recognize that slang from back in the day? Still with us, I’m afraid. :)


Thinking back a mere nine years, you might remember 2006 for:

  • the New Horizons space probe which launched in January, on target for Pluto in 2015 (which happened this July!)
  • the “Twitter”, a new social media network, which launched in July (apparently not just a fad!)
  • the U.S. population hitting 300 million in October (we hit 326 million this year)


For an extra nostalgic kick, pick up one of these books from the New York Times Best Sellers list from the week of November 19, 2006.



1. Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

2. For One More Day by Mitch Albom

3. Lisey’s Story by Stephen King

4. H.R.H. by Danielle Steel

5. The Collectors by David Baldacci

6. Act of Treason by Vince Flynn

7. Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier

8. Echo Park by Michael Connelly

9. First Impressions by Nora Roberts

10. Hundred-Dollar Baby by Robert B. Parker

11. The Bancroft Strategy by Robert Ludlum

12. Home to Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani

13. What Came Before He Shot Her by Elizabeth George

14. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

15. Motor Mouth by Janet Evanovich

16. Road of the Patriarch by R. A. Salvatore



1. The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama

2. The Innocent Man by John Grisham

3. Culture Warrior by Bill O’Reilly

4. State of Denial by Bob Woodward

5. Marley & Me by John Grogan

6. A Hand to Guide Me by Denzel Washington with Daniel Paisner

7. I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron

8. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins

9. The Mr. and Mrs. Happy Handbook by Steve Doocy

10. Thunderstruck by Erik Larson

11. The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson

12. I Like You by Amy Sedaris

13. The World Is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman

14. Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris

15. Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J.Dubner


Take 10: Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day, a day when we take time to both remember those who have died in service to our country, and to honor those who currently serve. If you can’t get out to a ceremony today, pick up one of these books tomorrow instead, and learn more about the men and women who have carried out their brave duties in war and in peace (and find one of them to say thank you to today!).


Band of Giants: The Amateur Soldiers Who Won America’s Independence – Jack Kelly

  • A fast-paced military history of the Revolutionary War focusing on the lesser known founding generals who helped win the war.

The Boys of ’67: Charlie Company’s War in Vietnam – Andrew A. Wiest

  • In the spring of 1966, the war was still popular and the draftees of Charlie Company saw their service as a rite of passage. But by December 1967, when the company rotated home, only 30 men were not casualties–and they were among the first vets of the war to be spit on and harassed by war protestors as they arrived back the U.S. In this book, the author examines the experiences of a company from the only division in the Vietnam era to train and deploy together in similar fashion to WWII’s famous 101st Airborne Division.

A Christmas Far From Home: An Epic Tale of Courage and Survival During the Korean War – Stanley Weintraub

  • The dramatic story of the Christmas escape of thousands of American troops overwhelmingly surrounded by the enemy in Korea’s harsh terrain.

Heroes Among Us: Firsthand Accounts of Combat from America’s Most Decorated Warriors in Iraq and Afghanistan – Chuck Larson

  • Firsthand accounts of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan from decorated soldiers of all branches of the military capture front-line stories of combat, courage under fire, and heroism on the battlefield.

Knights of the Sea: The True Story of the Boxer and the Enterprise and the War of 1812 – David Hanna

  • Recounts the only major sea battle witnessed by people on land during the War of 1812, involving the British ship Boxer and the USS Enterprise, which led to the U.S. Navy’s changed position in the war.

The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War – Richard Rubin

  • Journalist Richard Ruben painstakingly tracked down and interviewed dozens of surviving WWI veterans (aged between 101 and 113 years old at the time of their interviews) over the course of a decade, weaving their stories into a vividly humanized account of the world’s first industrial-scale war, and America’s last days as a rural economy.

Navajo Weapon: The Navajo Code Talkers – Sally McClain

  • Describes the use of the Navajo language in World War II, discussing why it was used, how the code was developed, and the Native Americans who bravely fought for the United States.

They Fought Like Demons: Women Soldiers in the American Civil War – DeAnne Blanton and Lauren M. Cook

  • A study of the hundreds of women who disguised themselves as male soldiers to fight on both sides of the Union and Confederate conflict chronicles the stories of Jennie Hodgers, Frances Clayton, and Loreta Velazquez, among others.

Thirteen Soldiers: A Personal History of Americans at War – John McCain and John Salter

  • The coauthors of Faith of My Fathers present an evocative history of Americans at war through the personal accounts of 13 remarkable soldiers who fought in major military conflicts, from the Revolutionary War to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Unsubstantial Air: American Fliers in the First World War РSamuel Hynes

  • The vivid story of the young Americans who fought and died in the aerial battles of World War I.


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We’re Putting the “New” in Newsletters!

If you’re a reader who is always looking for the next good thing, you should be subscribing to the TFPL e-newsletters. With the latest reads in over 25 categories, your sure to find a great suggestion. Plus, it’s free!

All you need to do is sign-up with your email address. Then, click on the topics you want to see, and we’ll deliver them to your inbox; topics include fiction, nonfiction, and even teen and kids’ books – see the picture below for specific topics. Some e-newsletters will be delivered once a month, some bimonthly (and others, like the New York Times Best Sellers, weekly). That’s it! Each newsletter will provide a few new titles in that genre, complete with links to our catalog so you can place a hold on the item. Check back to see if we’ve added any new topics – in fact, we just added a new Poetry e-newsletter for all you aspiring poets.

And, if you’re really wanting to stay current, subscribe to our TFPL News and Events monthly newsletter. Then all you have to do is remember to mark your calendar!


NaNoWriMo 2015

If the calendar says it’s November, then it’s time for NaNoWriMo! We’re encouraging all you would-be writers and procrastinators to write 50,000 words in 30 days (it can be done!). And, this month, Twin Falls Public Library is offering three events to help keep you working toward your goal.


First, join us for KICKOFF – Monday, November 2 – 7 PM

  • NaNo pro Seve Isaacs of Canyon Ridge High School will be on hand to give us details about NaNo and start our brainstorming.

Then, drop by for the WRITE-IN – Tuesday, November 17 – 6:30-8:30 PM

  • We’ll have snacks (and caffeine!) to keep up your energy, as well as tips and tricks to keep up your motivation.

Finally, we invite you to the TGIO! party – Tuesday, December 1 – 7 PM

  • Thank Goodness It’s Over! Come share your favorite passage, your experience, or even your excuses!


For more information, check out the official NaNoWriMo website, or contact the Reference Desk (733-2964 ext. 200 or email). Your novel can’t be a Best Seller until it’s finished!

The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers 1986

Lace up your Air Jordans and get ready to go back to 1986. Like most years, there was:

  • the good – NY Mets win the World Series!
  • the bad – the Space Shuttle Challenger explodes after takeoff
  • and the ugly – the Iran-Contra Affair comes to light

You might also remember the year for its pop culture standouts, such as Top Gun, The Legend of Zelda, and Rock Me Amadeus. (Now you’ll have that song playing in your head for awhile, won’t you?)¬† As far as books go, take a look at the following, all of which made the New York Times Best Seller list for the week of October 19, 1986. Rad!



1. It by Stephen King

2. Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy

3. Hollywood Husbands by Jackie Collins

4. Wanderlust by Danielle Steel

5. The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy

6. Through a Glass Darkly by Karleen Koen

7. Roger’s Version by John Updike

8. The Beet Queen by Louise Erdrich

9. The Golden Cup by Belva Plain

10. A Matter of Honor by Jeffrey Archer

11. Last of the Breed by Louis L’Amour

12. Foundation and Earth by Isaac Asimov

13. Regrets Only by Sally Quinn

14. The Good Mother by Sue Miller

15. The Wild Blue by Walter J. Boyne and Steven L. Thompson



1. His Way by Kitty Kelley

2. Fatherhood by Bill Cosby

3. Mayflower Madam by Sydney Biddle Barrows with William Novak

4. You’re Only Old Once! by Dr. Seuss

5. McMahon! by Jim McMahon with Bob Verdi

6. The Story of English by Robert McCrum, William Cran and Robert MacNeil

7. Snake by Ken Stabler and Berry Stainback

8. One Knee Equals Two Feet by John Madden with Dave Anderson

9. Necessary Losses by Judith Viorst

10. James Herriot’s Dog Stories by James Herriot

11. I, Tina by Tina Turner with Kurt Loder

12. Eisenhower at War, 1943-1945 by David Eisenhower

13. Star Woman by Lynn V. Andrews

14. The Reckoning by David Halberstam

15. My Daddy Was a Pistol and I’m a Son of a Gun by Lewis Grizzard

Take Ten: Rodents

October just happens to be “Squirrel Awareness Month” – we’re not kidding – so we thought we’d look to see how often those critters show up in our everyday life (just not in the kitchen, hopefully!). And though most books about rodents are geared toward kids, we adults can’t seem to escape them altogether. Here are a few works that feature a creature in their titles; if not inside the book as well – eek!


Cat and Mouse – Harold Coyle

  • Frustrated that his unit is pursuing a goal that has nothing to do with their mission, soldier Nathan Dixon encounters political resistance while working to undermine a terrorist who would unite various Islamic factions in order to maximize American casualties.

The Gerbil Farmer’s Daughter – Holly Robinson

  • The author describes her father’s lifelong ambition to breed the perfect gerbil and their life on a hundred-acre farm with a variety of animals and over nine thousand gerbils.

Man with a Squirrel – Nicholas Kilmer

  • In Boston, art dealer and sleuth Fred Taylor comes upon a fragment of canvas recently cut from an 18th Century painting and depicting a squirrel on a chain. As Taylor seeks the rest of the painting–thought to be the work of an important painter–he comes across a con artist and a murder.

Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

  • The tragic story of two itinerant ranch hands on the run–one is the lifelong companion to the other, a developmentally disabled man.

The Mouse-Proof Kitchen – Saira Shah

  • Preparing to start over in idyllic Provence, France, after learning she is pregnant, Anna and her easygoing musician partner, Tobias, embark on an unexpected journey of the heart when their daughter is born with severe disabilities, a situation that is further complicated by a rickety home, eccentric neighbors and frequent trips to the hospital.

Rat Race – Dick Francis

  • Assigned to fly four racing buffs to the track, pilot Matt Shore is forced to make an emergency landing, and he soon finds out that the mob has been tampering with the horse-racing industry.

Rats, Bats, and Vats – Dave Freer

  • Trapped behind enemy lines with a group of enhanced rats and bats, Chip must rescue a damsel in distress, confront the unpleasant personalities of his rodent companions, and fend off an alien attack.

Shopping for Porcupine: A Life in Arctic Alaska – Seth Kantner

  • The author presents a series of essays that traces his childhood in a sod igloo in Alaska, work as trapper and fisherman, and perspectives on the rapidly disappearing community of his youth.

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary– David Sedaris

  • An original collection of humorous fables features animals with unmistakably human failings, including a cynical cat struggling to sit through his prison-mandated AA meetings, and a pair of lovers separated by prejudiced family members.

Vale of the Vole – Piers Anthony

  • Esk, the young ogre-nymph-human, recruits a band of bizarre creatures from the treacherous depths of Xanth to help him save a lush river valley and its peaceful inhabitants from demon hordes.


Plus 2:

The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment – A.J. Jacobs

  • A book of essays on all of A.J.’s hilarious adventures as a human guinea pig, including “My Outsourced Life” and “The Truth About Nakedness.”

Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants – Robert Sullivan

  • The author dispenses rat facts and rat stories, looking into the history of rats, and describes how, with the aid of a notebook and night-vision gear, he sat nightly in a garbage-filled alley getting to know the wild city rat.


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Great Online Resource: IndieFlix

Maybe you’re a film snob and live to eschew movies with mass popular appeal. Maybe you’re a budding documentarian looking for ideas. Or, maybe you’re just a movie addict and you’re running out of stuff.

If any of these scenarios fit (or even if they don’t, but they make you curious), you are going to love TFPL’s new datatbase: IndieFlix!

Through IndieFlix we now offer access to streaming independent films, short films, documentaries, and much more. Click on the graphic and create a new account. Then, find something that intrigues you and watch on your computer, your smartphone, your tablet, and even your TV – with Roku or Xbox. Give us a call (733-2964 ext 200) or stop in if you have questions.

Have fun fueling your (indie) film addiction!


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