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Mystery Book Club Selection for October

Published on Monday, September 30, 2013

Nairobi Heat bookcoverIn Nairobi Heat, you follow African-American detective Ishmael from Madison, Wis., to Kenya and back while investigating the murder of a girl left on the doorstep of an African peace activist. The extraordinarily vivid sense of place will make you feel as though you are in Kenya.

Published on Sunday, September 29, 2013

In the summer of 1945, President Truman was tired of war. The European war had ended in May, but the Japanese were still holding on in the Pacific. The Japanese had been losing the war, but did not want to accept the American conditions for surrender. The result was that Japan was starving, but still fighting. The decision to use the atomic bomb on Aug. 6 and Aug. 9 was one filled with contention, and left the world irrevocably changed.

Staff book recommendation

Published on Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Brontes coverAlthough the Bronte sisters (Charlotte, Emily, and Anne) only wrote a few novels in between them, their names remain well-known in English literature. Over time, many myths and gossip grew to surround the family, which persisted over the years. In 1994, Juliet Barker, who had worked as curator in in the Bronte Parsonage Museum, published a definitive biography of this famous literary family.

Next Day Interviews

Published on Friday, September 27, 2013

Next Day Job Interview cover You've been called for a job interview. Great!  It's scheduled for...tomorrow.

In Next Day Job Interview by Michael Farr and Dick Gaither, the authors explain how you can prepare for a job interview on short notice.  Learn how to identify your skills, why you should research a potential employer, how to answer key questions, and more.

Published on Thursday, September 26, 2013

The commonerThis is such a beautifully written and fascinating story I found myself so quickly caught up in a world that was previously not well known to me that it was hard for me to tell where biographical/historical fact ended and novelistic imagination began. The fact that the story of Haruko's marriage into the semi-divine confines of Japan's royal family is based on a true story only makes this book that much more intriguing.

Published on Sunday, September 22, 2013
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Banned Books Week
is an annual celebration of the freedom to read. This year it's the week of Sept. 22-28, 2013.

Classic 1966 true crime book

Published on Friday, September 20, 2013

In Cold Blood book coverThe village of Holcomb stands on the high wheat plains of western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call "out there."

So opens the book In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, a book about the murders of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas in November 1959.  Six years in the making and with some research help from Capote's childhood friend Harper Lee, it was originally published in four parts in New Yorker magazine in late 1965 and as a book in January 1966.

A New Book Discussion Series

Published on Wednesday, September 11, 2013
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Book Discussion Series
Fall 2013-Winter 2014
Discussion Leader: Phil Burnham, George Mason University

Published on Thursday, August 29, 2013

 The Pup After Merle Merle's Door was Ted Kerasote's very popular book about his "freethinking dog." It has been considered one of the best dog books ever written by people who have written some of the best dog books ever.

Published on Thursday, August 29, 2013

Pillowcase bookcoverI never thought I'd bring a book on pillowcases to anyone's attention, but when I ran across this book I was intrigued.  Some of our participants have been discussing handworked household linens that have come down in their families, or that they have purchased anywhere from yard sales to tony antique shops.  The beautiful work begs to be seen and it is frequently relegated to a drawer, only taken out for an occasional airing.