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How about some new history books to read? There are many "best of" lists out there, including the New York Times 100 Notable Books of the Year. Below are a few from a new upcoming library booklist-- Recommended History Books - 2010. AFRICA Cohen, David and John Battersby, Nelson Mandela. more

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January 21, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Blank Confession by Pete Hautman

Since my nieces and nephews are "lucky"enough to have an aunt for a librarian they are often the recipient of unsolicited reading recommendations through facebook posts (shared reading material gives us something to talk about at family gatherings). The most recent message was about Pete Hautman's more

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January 20, 2011 | 0 comments
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The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, videos, and audiobooks for children and young adults--including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards last week. Find these and other award winners at the library: John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature - more

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January 19, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Through the Heart by Kate Morgenroth

It's not often that I finish a book in 24 hours (okay, I admit, I had a long weekend), but Kate Morgenroth's more

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January 14, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of This Republic of Suffering by Drew Gilpin Faust

2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War and so far the only two news items I've seen about this are not inspiring. Some Southern states are omitting mention of slavery in their official pronouncements about the causes of the conflict, but what's worse is that many states, facing huge financial crises, have not budgeted a single dollar for commemoration activities. Times may be tough, but it would be a great shame to let this anniversary go by without devoting more

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January 13, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of The Grace of Silence by Michele Norris

Noted NPR reporter Michele Norris wanted to writea book about race relations inspired by the election campaign of Barack Obama, but as she started writing, the book quickly changed to a much more personal and very engrossing story. The campaign and election hadalso spurred conversation in her own family more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
January 12, 2011 | 1 comment
A review of Juliet by Anne Fortier

Juliet by Anne Fortier is a nice fat romance-y thriller steeped in history and lore. This is just the sort of novel I like to read while camped out on the sofa with a big blanket and a steaming hot mug of coffee. That more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
January 11, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Portrait of Camelot by Richard Reeves

Are you stumped about what to get with your bookstore gift card? Look no further, the perfect coffee table book has arrived. Portrait of Camelot by Richard Reeves highlights the photography of Cecil Stoughton, official White House photographer, andwould make the perfect addition to any gathering, opened and then passed around along with the Chex mix. I fell in love with the Kennedys during my more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
January 8, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Dead Like You by Peter James

Over my Christmas break I was happy to delve into a thriller by a new to me, best-selling, British author who's been getting some great reviews like this from the Washington Post. Here's a snippet: "It's a remarkably inventive story of sexual obsession, possibly the most engrossing thriller since Thomas Harris's The Silence of the more

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January 7, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof

That's aMao Tse-Tungquotethat inspired authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wu Dunn as the title of their excellent more

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January 6, 2011 | 0 comments
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