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Book of the Day: Winter by Karl Ove Knausgaard

Book of the Day: Winter by Karl Ove Knausgaard

Do the seasons have minds of their own? When winter unleashes snow, does it contemplate the transience of its most transformative action? Or are such complexities merely the imposition of the human mind as it observes the landscape’s seasonal changes? In Winter, Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard, best known for his multipart autobiographical My Struggle epic, deftly walks the thin

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The Disappearing Spoon

The Disappearing Spoon

For all who enjoyed Sam Kean’s 2010 The Disappearing Spoon and Other True Tales of Rivalry, Adventure, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of Elements you will be pleased to learn a Young Readers Edition is now available. For the budding scientist, historian, or even someone who is having a difficult time understanding the table (

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In-Depth Book Review: Manhunt

In-Depth Book Review: Manhunt

Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer tells the story of the murder of Abraham Lincoln and the subsequent search for those involved in his death. The characters and plot in Manhunt are quickly revealed. The central characters around which the entire story revolves—Abraham Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth—are introduced within the first four pages. They are quickly established as

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One Hundred Years of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Set in the fictional town of Macondo, Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ One Hundred Years of Solitude chronicles the lives of five generations of the Buendia family. The novel beautifully blends reality with the surreal, filling the town of Macondo with wonder, magic, unnatural catastrophes, civil unrest, and unforgettable characters. The proclivities of the Buendia family range from leading quixotic expeditions around

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Algeria is Beautiful Like America

Algeria is Beautiful Like America

A young French woman decides to travel alone to Algeria in search of her family roots and to visit the former home of her mother and grandmother. It is the beginning of an enlightening and disturbing exposure to reality. Olivia had never really studied the Algerian fight for independence from France, so she began reading and talking to all of

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Ms. Kate reviews Juvenile Non-Fiction!

Ms. Kate reviews Juvenile Non-Fiction!

Today’s selection: Handbook to Bigfoot, Nessie, and Other Unexplained Creatures by Tyler Omoth (Call number: JUV 001.94 Omoth) As a kid, I loved reading ghost stories and mysteries and became very interested in “real life” mysteries like the Loch Ness Monster, Sasquatch, and the Mothman. This book would have been perfect for me! Featuring “cryptids” (any creature that may or

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Parable of the Sower

Parable of the Sower

In Parable of the Sower, Octavia Butler explores a society’s collapse as a result of climate change, corporate greed, and wealth inequality. The novel follows 15-year old Lauren Oya Olamina as she attempts to make sense of the world around her: the middle-class lives behind high walls for protection; pharmaceutical companies produce drugs that result in pyromania; climate change has

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Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker

Freda Josephine Baker was born in 1906 in St.Louis, Missouri. As a child, she was always dancing wildly, making funny faces and crossing her eyes, to the consternation of her mother.  She was married at 13, and  began performing legally at 16 as a dancer in small music halls.   Her career began to progess, but the racism she continually encountered

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Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout

Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout

I could easily see why Radioactive by Lauren Redniss was a finalist for the National Book Award.  It is a combination of art, science, history, and life story that not only informs, but engages the reader emotionally through the colors and drawings. You don’t need a science background to find this book fascinating. The text moves from the Curie’s laboratory discoveries

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