Staff Picks

Published on Thursday, March 1, 2012

ThePhysics of the Future by Michio Kakure are two ways of looking at this book. The first is to see it for was it is: a collection of predictions about the future of human life some 100 years into the future. The second is to see it for what it isn’t – or better yet, what it fails to address: the dark side of future technology.

Published on Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Hot Water by Erin Brockovich Hot Water
Creatures Here Below Creatures Here Below: A Novel by O.H. Bennett

Jonas' Pick of the Month

Published on Monday, October 10, 2011

A Game of ThronesA Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, Book One of a Song of Fire and Ice.

Tavis Smiley's Newest Book

Published on Monday, October 10, 2011

Fail Up!Tavis Smiley has come out with a new book: Fail Up! In it, he offers words of wisdom on everything from humility to cheating to grace.

Published on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

book cover, Reading ReflexThis book by Carmen and Geoffrey McGuinness presents a comprehensive system that helps parents teach their children how to read, but it can also be used with teens and adults. The method gives detailed lesson plans that teach the necessary components of learning how to read. Students will learn all the necessary letter combinations needed to sound out words, and they learn these through patterns and not through memorizing rules.

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Published on Thursday, March 31, 2011

book cover, Let the Great World SpinSet against the backdrop of Philippe Petit’s legendary walk across a thin wire stretched between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in 1974, Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann intertwines the life stories of 10 ordinary and extraordinary New Yorkers.

From the flamboyant lady of the street, Tillie, to the zealous priest who watches out for the welfare of the downtrodden, the characters come to life, and their lives interconnect in this novel, which is harrowing and uplifting at the same time.

Published on Wednesday, March 30, 2011

This book is an entertaining and often salacious account of the first 12 emperors of the Roman Empire.

A secretary to Hadrian (117 - 138 C.E.), Suetonius also had access to the imperial archives. If only half of what he describes is true, modern scandals pale in comparison to the bizarre activities of imperial Rome.

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Published on Friday, March 25, 2011

American Gods, coverEvery few years I reread Gaiman's epic fantasy novel about what happens when the "old gods"--Odin, Anubis, Kali, and their ilk--get frustrated with their lack of worshippers in the modern world. 

The old gods wage war on the new "American" gods that have replaced them, such as technology, celebrity and the media, all hilariously personified. 

Published on Thursday, February 24, 2011

book cover, Battle Cry of FreedomWith the upcoming sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, James McPherson's Pulitzer Prize-winning book is a must read for all Civil War aficionados and budding historians.

McPherson does an excellent job of plainly explaining the events of war and leaves the reader with a better  understanding of the events that led to this bloody conflict.

If you read only one book on the history of the Civil War-–this is your book.

Published on Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Gulliver Foyle scours the galaxy for the crew of the ship that left him for dead in outer space, first so he can find out why and second so he can kill them. 

Mix that with people who can teleport just by thinking about it, and a world redesigned to accommodate that lifestyle, some echoes through time and a prophetic poem by William Blake, and you've got a wonderful sci-fi ride. 

Absolutely great!

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