Friday, November 20, 2015

It's Time Again...

 Foster Angels of Hillsborough County

We are amazed how fast the fall and the current holiday season are rushing by us, but it’s that time of year again and Foster Angels of Hillsborough County have put out the call for gifts.

Foster Angels  was founded by the MacNeel family in the 1980’s to provide a good Christmas Holiday for children in Foster Care due to abandonment or abuse.  HCCs faculty and staff have been generous participants in this annual endeavor and we hope it will be the same this year.  A brand new tree (Thank you, Dr. Paul and SGA!) is now standing in the BLRC, with the tags in place.  So please come by, pick out a tag, shop from the wish list, return the gift wrapped, with the tag attached, 
   by December 15th

We don’t get to see their faces when they open their gifts, but everyone can participate knowing they made a big difference for a child on Christmas Day. ~Laurie

Friday, September 4, 2015

September Titles

Phillppa Gregory may not win the prize for the most original subject matter, but she takes center place this month for the most interesting book jacket.  But what would history novelists and their readers do without Henry VIII, his temperament, six wives and religiously feuding offspring? Seriously, he has it all: Intrigue, love, lust rivalry power struggles and executions! That's not to say our other featured authors don't cover the bases as well.  Coulter, Silva, Box, Fairstein, Franzen and Steele, to name a few, have arrived and are ready for you. Please stop by and pick up something for the weekend and join our current wave of students now borrowing books for pleasure.           It's what we live for!~ Laurie

The Lease Book Collection is made possible by the Brandon SGA

Nemesis by Catherine Coulter

The English Spy by Daniel Silva

The Long Utopia by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety by Jimmy Carter

The Naked Eye by Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen

Love Lies Beneath by Ellen Hopkins

Badlands by C.J. Box

Perfect Touch by Elizabeth Lowell

Brush Back by Sara Paretsky

Silver Linings: A Rose Harbor Novel by Debbie Macomber

Devil's Bridge by Linda Fairstein

Who do you Love by Jennifer Weiner

Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs

Undercover by Danielle Steel

Purity by Jonathan Franzen

X by Sue Grafton

The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory

The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

New Reads!

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Early Warning by Jane Smiley
14th Deadly Sin by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
The Fall by John Lescroart
Day Shift by Charlaine Harris
Perfect Match by Fern Michaels
The Summer's End by Mary Alice Monroe
Solitude Creek by Jeffery Deaver
The Guest Cottage by Nancy Thayer
Radiant Angel by Nelson DeMille
Finders Keepers by Stephen King
In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
The Forgotten Room by Lincoln Child
Robert B. Parker's Kickback by Ace Atkins
And Sometimes I Wonder About You: A Leonid McGill Mystery 
by Walter Mosley
Blueprints by Barbara Delinsky
The Melody Lingers On by Mary Higgins Clark
The Precipice by Paul Doiron
Summer Secrets by Jane Green
Truth or Die by James Patterson and Howard Roughan
Country by Danielle Steel
Dead Ice by Laurell K. Hamilton
Ever After by Jude Deveraux
A New Hope by Robyn Carr

Monday, May 11, 2015

New Summer Reads

New summer reads are now in!  Mystery, suspense and summer romance from Emily Tedrow, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Amanda Quick and M.C. Beaton.  For those who like something chilly and scary for summer heat we have Norwegian writer Jo Nesbø and Dennis Lehane’s of a story of violence and crime between Tampa and Cuba.

Dreaming Spies: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
 by Laurie R. King

      Blue Stars by Emily Gray Tedrowe

    The Whites by Richard Price writing as Harry Brandt

     The Discreet Hero by Mario Vargas Llosa; translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman

      World Gone By by Dennis Lehane

     The Cavendon Women by Barbara Taylor Bradford

   Falling in Love by Donna Leon

Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbø ; translated from the Norwegian by Neil Smith

      The Road to Character by David Brooks

   Endangered: A Joe Picket Novel by C.J. Box

  A Dangerous Place by Jacqueline Winspear

   The Liar by Nora Roberts

  Murder on the Champ de Mars by Cara Black

The Beekeeper's Daughter by Santa Montefiore

   Death of a Liar by M.C. Beaton

 Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline

   Jack of Spades: A Tale of Suspense by Joyce Carol Oates

The Bone Tree by Greg Iles

  God Help the Child by Toni Morrison

Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick

The Lease Book Collection is made possible by the generosity of the HCC Brandon SGA

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

New Books!!!!

We have lots of new titles just in, including Florida favorite, Tim Dorsey, and
best selling authors, David Baldacci,John Grisham, Patricia Cornwell and Anne Tyler.  
There's something for everyone, so please stop by and check out the 
Lease Book Collection, sponsored by the HCC Brandon SGA.


The Burning Room by Michael Connelly

Pegasus by Danielle Steel

Citizens Creek by Lalita Tademy

Revival by Stephen King

Us by David Nicholls

Flesh and Blood by Patricia Cornwell

Family Furnishings
Selected Stories, 1995-2014 by Alice Munro

And Grant you Peace by Kate Flora

Dead but not Forgotten
Stories from the World of Sookie Stackhouse 
edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner

Dark Spies by Matthew Dunn

. The Perfect Witness by Iris Johansen

 The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher
Stories by Hilary Mantel

Gray Mountain by John Grisham

The Escape by David Baldacci

Winter at the Door by Sarah Graves

Cold Cold Heart by Tami Hoag

Deadline by John Sandford

Thief by Mark Sullivan

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz

Crash & Burn by Lisa Gardner

Shark Skin Suite by Tim Dorsey

We are Pirates by Daniel Handler

Obsession in Death by J. D. Robb

Blood of the South by Alys Clare

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

Lowball , Short Stories
Edited by George R.R. Martin and Melinda M. Snodgrass; 


Even this I get to Experience by Norman Lear

Watch Me: A Memoir by Anjelica Huston

Friday, November 14, 2014

Foster Angel Tree

Changing the Day

The holiday season is the busiest time for America’s charities as the holidays remind us of our comforts and charitable organizations across the country are making the big push through to December 31st.  We all have our favorite charities and concerns, and Americans nationwide, as well as folks here at HCC can take pride in all they do in their communities.

For several years now I have been asking everyone at HCC to participate in the Foster Angel Program, and the response has always been enthused and generous.  As we gallop toward Christmas, I’m encouraging you to once again participate in this straight forward effort.  After all, they aren’t asking for money, you know where your gift goes, they operate with all volunteer workers and this program is making a difference for children who live and go to school right here in Hillsborough County.  Read the wish lists on the angel tags and you’ll see many dream requests for a specific doll, or a bicycle, but often you see a request for a child with special needs who’ll benefit from educational toys or something to improve their physical well-being. It’s a direct action with direct result.

I know the giving and spending season can be wearying, but if you’re Christmas shopping anyway, include an angel from the tree.  It's now lit up and all shiny right here in the LRC with all the Angel tags waiting for you! And early enough for holiday sales! 

Ultimately, Christmas Day is just another day, but what a different day it can be with such a small gesture.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

New Books!


New titles are in for the holiday season, including more in the popular series from Ken Follett and Lee Child and J.D. Robb.  The highly anticipated new novel by by Haruki Murakam, author of Kafka on the Shore. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage should please readers with a taste for his surrealism.  New titles in Non fiction continue to stream in as we add to the collection, so whatever your reading taste please stop by and see what we may have for your reading pleasure.

The Other Side of the Pillow by Zane
The Liar's Wife by Mary Gordon
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami; translated by Philip Gabriel
Skin of the Wolf by Sam Cabot
Mean Streak by Sandra Brown
Close to Home by Lisa Jackson
Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child
Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs
Festive in Death by J. D. Robb
The King's Curse by Philippa Gregory
Fighting Chance: A Gregor Demarkian novel / Jane Haddam.
The Bone Orchard by Paul Doiron
Back Channel by Stephen L. Carter
Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett
The Children Act by Ian McEwan
World Order by Henry Kissinger
Robert B. Parker's Blind Spot by Reed Farrel Coleman
Rose Gold: An Easy Rawlins Mystery by Walter Mosley
The Lost Key by Catherine Coulter, J. T. Ellison
Broadchurch by Erin Kelly
The Stone Wife by Peter Lovesey
The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah
Close to the Bone by Lisa Black
Some Luck by Jane Smiley
A Sudden Light by Garth Stein
Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
The Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe by Alexander McCall Smith
Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence by Karen Armstrong

The Lease Book Collection is made possible by the generosity of the HCC Brandon SGA.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Days of Remembrance

 Both of these images are of children surviving in the streets. 
However, they're taken 75  years apart.  Can you tell which is from current news 
and which is from 1939?*

April 27- to May 4

The Holocaust and Days of Remembrance: 

The mass killings of 1938-1945 remain the most heinous crime of modern history, but we also need to consider the world shattering effect of a potential Nazi victory. Hitler's plans for the entire western world were well planned, and due to great sacrifice, unsuccessful:

 Central and Eastern Europe, allied with the Japanese against the West.
Capture Asia and Africa with the aid of Italy and Japan.

·         Deportation and Extermination:
Deport Jews and exterminate those left behind and those in occupied territories. Murder  
 'unproductive' people, starting with the handicapped, mentally ill disabled German veterans of World War I, and those disabled in current wars as they progressed, to avoid a 'burden' to society. Exterminate the Slavs as they're conquered.

·         Birth Control
Sterilize those who might produce 'inferior progeny' and those in forced labor, increasing 
Europe’s Aryan population while weakening occupied Eastern European populations.

·         Ethnic Control: 
 New laws determined who could be married, 
and children in other territories that looked German 
would be stolen by the thousands and raised by German families.

·         Maintain desirable populations
Laws to allow for polygamy as male numbers decreased in
 the wars of conquest and were needed for future wars. Monetary 
awards to those reproducing 'desirable' offspring.

All Religion, as it would oppose such practices and clash with Nazism.

·         New World Order: 
Europe and Great Britain would be under German rule, with Berlin re-named Germania, 
as a seat of power like Rome. Scandinavians would be assimilated as 'Germanic.' 
Asia and Africa would be divided three ways, with a share to Italy and Japan. 
The “racially inferior” Americas, would be economically exploited.

The Result: 
Hitler would completely re-order the governments 
and races of the world, for the singular purpose of Nazi Rule. 

The cost of preventing a Nazi Victory?

                                                       10 Million Exterminated
                                                       11-20 Million Displaced
                                                   70-80 Million Killed by the War
                                                  78,000 Americans still Missing 

The stakes were higher than anytime in history, and many events in today's news often echo those years.  So now, more than ever, we must remember the Second World War and the Holocaust, so that we do not repeat them. 

"Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it," 
George Santayana, The Life of Reason Volume I

*The Photos: Top photo is from Poland's Warsaw Ghetto in World War II. 
The bottom photo is from Kiev, Ukraine 2013