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A book for people who love books.- Lynn Patterson, University Program Associate
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Book Jacket for: The storied life of A. J. Fikry : a novel
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin is the April 2014 She Reads book club pick. AMAZING novel!
The storied life of A. J. Fikry by Gabriel Zevin
From the long running PBS series "The Woodwrights Shop's" Roy Underhill, comes this fantastic novel. he story follows Calvin Cobb, a low level government employee in the 1930's who inadvertently becomes America's first Radio Woodworker. With the help of his four WWI female veterans he goes on a wild adventure on his way to success. Not just for woodworkers this book is a great read, both fun and entertaining!- Jason Stamper, Circulation Services Manager
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Calvin Cobb: Radio Woodworker! – by Roy Underhill – Lost Art Press
Looking for your next dystopian trilogy? Give Atwood's Oryx and Crake trilogy a read. This is the third and final book in the trilogy and is filled with clever satire and nuanced characters.- Mollie Peuler, IL Librarian
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Maddaddam: A Novel - Bestselling author Margaret Atwood concludes her speculative fiction trilogy with dramatic flair in this thrilling follow-up to Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood..With most of humanity destroyed by the Waterless Flood pandemic, Toby and Ren, along with their friend Amanda, have returned to the MaddAddamite cob house, currently being fortified against both man and giant Pigoon..
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MaddAddam, by Margaret Atwood | The 14 Greatest Science Fiction Books Of The Year
MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood, 2013. (MaddAddam, #3) - A man-made plague has swept the earth, but a small group survives, along with the green-eyed Crakers – a gentle species bio-engineered to replace humans. Toby, onetime member of the Gods Gardeners and expert in mushrooms and bees, is still in love with street-smart Zeb, who has an interesting past.
If you like beer, if you spend hours talking about different brews with your friends, this book is for you. Pullup a barstool and enjoy a celebration of five thousand years of beer.- Suzanne Wise, Curator of the Stock Car Racing Collection
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The Brewer's Tale : A History of the World According to Beer - William Bostwick
A surprisingly amazing sequel to the Shining. Such a nice change from the Dark Tower series..boo..- Kelly Mac, Distance Education Librarian
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Doctor Sleep. Stephen King returns to the character and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. On highways across America, a tribe of people called the True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless-- mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs...
Though very different in form and tone, Stephen King’s “Doctor Sleep” was a welcome follow-up to “The Shining”. Worth reading if for no other reason to find out just what happened to those characters decades later. -Mike
Can't wait...Sequel to The Shining. Doctor Sleep Stephen King Book Cover - P 2013
Book Review: "Doctor Sleep" by Stephen King
Waiting for "the King's" new novel? Don't forget to join the book club for Stephen King's sequel to his classic The Shining, Doctor Sleep! http://literazee.com/book/doctor-sleep-a-novel/
Excitement, drama and daring feats all from one of America's finest naturalists. Good fun!- John Doherty, Materials Processing Supervisor
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How could a respected map dealer also be a thief? A great read about historical maps, libraries and special collections, and a map thief. - Greta Browning, Reference Archivist
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A fascinating look behind the scenes of the world of fashion, especially haute couture. This profile of two mega-star designers charts the evolution of the fashion industry from the importance of aesthetics and control by designers to emphasis on the bottom line and control by corporate executives with no fashion experience.- Suzanne Wise, Curator of the Stock Car Racing Collection
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Fashion Insiders Guide to Name-Dropping at Fashion Week #InStyle
If you want lots of action and memorable characters in stories told with taut dialog and an atmospheric setting, try Robert B. Parker's Jesse Stone series. LA cop Stone, fired when a divorce exacerbates a drinking problem, is hired by the town of Paradise, MA as their new police chief. Murder and mayhem ensue. - Suzanne Wise, Curator of the Stock Car Racing Collection
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About an Ethiopian immigrant in DC, Sepha, who runs a small convenience store. A rich white woman with a mixed race daughter buys the dilapidated house next to him, starting gentrification of the neighborhood. Sepha comes to love the eleven year old neighbor like the daughter he never had: she becomes the marker for all he has missed in life fleeing Ethiopia during the Red Terror. The title is from Dante’s Inferno, a line from when they emerge from hell. -Megan Johnson, E-learning Librarian
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On my Fall reading list.
#DinawMengestu #NYSWritersInst The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu. University Library / PS 3613 E487 B43 2007.
Join Washingtoniana Division staff in Room 307 for a discussion of The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, an award-winning novel by 2012 MacArthur Fellow Dinaw Mingestu, chronicling the experience of an Ethiopian immigrant in a changing city. This bi-monthly book club is part of a series of programs supporting DC By the Book, an interactive literary map of the District.
The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, Dinaw Mengestu Mengestu’s first novel follows an escapee from the Ethiopian revolution who finds himself in Washington, DC, struggling, some 17 years later, to find his place. A novel about displacement and identity, race and home, truth and hope, it will open your eyes and heart.
The Magicians by Lev Grossman. For some reason this book surprised me. It took risks and was refreshing. The scope was incredible but it also had familiarity with deep human emotions and did not try to moralize them away. In all, I found it breaktaking. -Information Literacy Librarian Jon Morris
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Well written book. The comparisons to Harry Potter are inevitable but I think it is a great book.
Lev Grossman "The Magicians" great book!
Dark and delicious tale of Edgar Allan Poe, his young and sickly wife Virginia, and his mistress Frances Osgood. A beautifully crafted page-turning novel based on fact, this book leaves the reader trying to decide who is really the villain and who is the victim. -Suzanne Wise, Curator of the Stock Car Racing Collection
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Edgar Allan Poe Cottage in Bronx, NY - A mystery based on true facts but with a large sprinkling of artistic license which makes a tale about one of the most mysterious writers very very intriguing!
Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen. When Frances Osgood meets Edgar Allen Poe at a party, the two have an immediate connection. As they engage in a passionate love affair, Frances finds herself becoming the trusted confidant of the manipulative Mrs. Poe. This dark, sizzling novel has been impossible to put down!
The authors interviewed 639 women asking about how they dress, using questions such as, “Are you ever making a political statement with your clothing?” “How does your culture, ethnicity, or background influence your decisions about what to wear?” “Which is more important: taste or style? Which one do you have more of?” There are no pictures, no trends or “hottest fashions for this fall,’ just an insightful look at how we choose to wear what we do. -Georgie Donovan, Associate Dean of Libraries
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Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, Leanne Shapton. Pinner writes: "Women's relationship to style and why women wear what they wear. You needn’t care about clothes, or be a writer, or consider yourself fashionable, or even think about these things often, venerating particular clothes and accessories is one of life’s great pleasures, and this book, part anthology, part analysis, part archive, is a thing of beauty."
Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. One of the most refreshing and insightful reads on how we enjoy life and how we can enjoy it more I have yet read. -Jon Levi Morris, Information Literacy Librarian
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TED TALKS BOOK RECOMMENDATION: "Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience" by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Recommended by: Susan Cain (TED Talk: The power of introverts) “This book illuminates the kind of life we should all be living. Csikszentmihalyi argues that one of the highest states of being is the state of flow — when you’re totally engaged in an activity, riding the narrow channel between boredom and anxiety. I talk about this book a lot, and try to live by it even more.”
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience Mihaly Csikszentmihaly A really interesting book based on Csikszentmihaly's numerous studies on happiness. Positive psychology is something I find particularly fascinating and this was a fairly well written introduction to the concept of "Flow"- not a guide or self-help book by any means, but definitely worth reading.
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience - next on my reading list
Helen Matthews Lewis: Living Social Justice in Appalachia. Recommended by Fred J. Hay, Librarian of the W L Eury Appalachian Collection.
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Women political activists -- Appalachian Region, Southern -- Biography
Those of us who deem practitioners of social justice our planet’s real royalty can rejoice at the publication of a creative homage to regional heroine Helen Matthews Lewis, a sociologist who “shaped the field of Appalachian Studies” by encouraging service earning, problem-solving and new ways of perceiving mountain people and cultures.
A fascinating journey into the green hell of the Mosquito Coast, with the author as he searches for the legendary White City of Honduras. -William McCallister, University Library Technician
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The astonishing true story of World War II spy Theodore Morde's quest for a lost city in the jungles of Honduras.
Jungleland: A Mysterious Lost City, a WWII Spy, and a True Story of Deadly Adventure ($2.99) http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B009G4LSLQ/hpb2-20/ASIN/B009G4LSLQ The fact that this is a true story makes this a real Indiana Jones book a must have for those who enjoy a fascinating adventure. - After reading this book, I'd also like to find and read more about Begley, or written by him. - This sounds an awful lot like a criticism, but it really isn't.
Book review: ‘Jungleland,’ by Christopher S. Stewart | Dallas Morning News
The author chronicles his present-day journey to find Ciudad Blanca, the legendary White City rumored to exist in the rain forests of Nicaragua's and Honduras' Mosquito Coast, following in the footsteps of the explorer and World War II spy Theodore Morde, who set out on the same journey on April 6, 1940.
*Meet the author on October 6th in Belk Library Room 114 @ 6pm!* Book recommended by University Program Associate Lynn Patterson.
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Nora Bonesteel's Christmas Past: A Ballad Novella ~ Hardcover – October 7, 2014 by Sharyn McCrumb
A ghost of Christmas past and a felon in Christmas present in this heartwarming tale of Nora Bonesteel and Spencer Arrowood
David Letterman once said, "The road to the White House runs through me." Find out why Stephen Colbert and other political humorists may have more influence than you thought. -Suzanne Wise, Curator of the Stock Car Racing Collection
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Politics Is a Joke! situates late night comedy in the historical context of political humor and demonstrates how the public turn to this venue for political information, and are in turn affected by it. Engagingly written with analysis of jokes from comedians like Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, Politics is a Joke! is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the crucial role late night comedy plays in our political universe—and anyone who enjoys a good laugh.
Wild story of how a small Iowa town had their own bootlegging empire. Even the Catholic priest was in on it! -Suzanne Wise, Curator of the Stock Car Racing Collection
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The real-life people followed in this book offer a fun and enlightening window into the world of competitive birding. The personalities, places, and stories make this a ripping read. How many birds have you identified in a year? -Ken Johnson, Coordinator of Learning and Research Services
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The Kansas City Public Library Goes To The Birds: The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession by Mark Obmascik
We've all seen those roadside historical markers that tout George Stoneman's Civil War campaign in North Carolina. This concise book, written by an Appalachian history professor, describes the last days of the war between the states as they played out in central and western North Carolina. It was amazing to read about military combat that happened in places I walk every day. Fascinating. -John Doherty, Materials Processing Supervisor
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Thus far, this is without a doubt the best book I have read all year. When I picked this book up I was expecting it to contain exciting stories of adventures in trespassing. It does. What I did not expect was deep questioning about the political aspects of private property, social dynamics withing sub-cultures and personal responsibility. All of that is in this book too. Outstanding! -John Doherty, Materials Processing Supervisor
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Awesome series that reads like classic detective fiction, but with mystical/supernatural characters thrown in. -Belk Library Patron, Summer 2014
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Dead Beat by Jim Butcher (7th book in the Dresden Files series) -- As a worldwide war between vampires and wizards rages, Halloween approaches. It's Harry Dresden's birthday! It's also the night that a trio of murderous necromancers are descending upon Chicago to try to unleash a monstrous spell that will make one of them a god. Request it at http://eisenhowerlibrary.org/ or by calling the Answers Desk at 708.867.2299
Deadbeat - Jim Butcher
Japanese style magical realism with engaging characters and a slug of Cutty Sark whiskey. -John Doherty, Materials Processing Supervisor
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The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami.
My favorite book by Haruki Murakami
Fabulous book club read-not for the faint of heart.
Flowers for Algernon is probably one of the best books I've ever read even though it makes me cry like a baby at the end. It makes you appreciate the life you have, the people you have around you and makes you realize how much you actually take for granted. Never in my life have a felt such a closeness to a character like I did Charlie Gordon. Granted, it's an elementary school level book, but it deals with deeper things than the regular elementary school level book. -ASU Student, Summer 2014