Adult Books Archive

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A Novel Destination

I just returned from my bi-annual pilgrimage to the Seattle area to visit my in-laws.  They happen to live in the peninsula town of Port Orchard, which is the hometown of inspirational romance author, Debbie Macomber.  While in Port Orchard you can eat at Debbie’s Victorian tea shop or browse in her gift store –if

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Judging a Book by it’s Cover

We’ve all heard it said, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.”  I for one know I have been guilty of doing just that.  Often times the cover is what draws me in to pick up a book in the first place.  In the library, we also find that to be true.  Books

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The Librarian who Came in From the Cold

I was once accused of working covertly for the CIA. This would have been quite funny if I hadn’t been staring down the barrel of an AK-47 at the time.  It was a colossal case of being in the wrong place (Mozambique) at the the wrong time (in the middle of a

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Failure is the New Cheese

The world of publishing is indeed mysterious at times.  I notice, with some regularity, that different publishers frequently issue books on the same topic at about the same time.  Of course, when it comes to big events like the 100th anniversary of the First World War, one would expect to see this. 

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It’s in the Bottle

One of the rewards of being a librarian is that I get to select the new books for the adult collection.  I’m always on the lookout for non-fiction that is unique, and I think that I have located one of the most unique books of the year.  A Collector’s Guide to Kansas

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The Good News from Africa

Africa, the land where I spent the first 18 years of my life, conjures modern images of suffering, conflict, and poverty.  Darfur, disease, genocide, ruthless dictators, blood diamonds, land mines, famines — we’ve all seen the headlines. And yet, Africa continues to show it’s sunnier face in some of the new books written by sons,

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Kansas Connections

The Wizard of Oz and tornadoes:   In all my travels, those are the two things people will think of immediately when I say I’m from Kansas.  But when their comments bring up other connections to Kansas, I really perk up and start listening. So it really caught my attention, as I’m reading Never Tell by

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Microwave Mentality

Few people would disagree that America today has what I like to call a “microwave mentality.”  We want things when we want them – right now – and sometimes we are willing to sacrifice quality in the name of brevity. Just like microwaving a frozen dinner instead of taking the time to prepare a

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Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover?

It’s common knowledge that  one should never judge a book by its cover.  However, I must admit that  I do — and probably even more often judge a book by its title.  The other day at the service desk  Brenda turned to me and said ” You should do a blog post

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One Size Does NOT Fit All

I have been told by numerous people to read The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. “It’s so incredible,” they’d tell me. “You’ll just love it!” I didn’t love it. And that’s ok. Maybe this book just isn’t for me.  Maybe I’m not in the right mood for it.  Maybe the style in