Adult Books Archive

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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

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All the Right Numbers

Many of you know that, since June of last year, I have been working out in the fiction stacks, identifying books which will comprise our new genres.  That phase of the project is now complete, and the time is approaching, in mid-February, when we will move all of the books into the

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The Strange Case of the Letter “P”

Many of you know that, beginning in the early summer, I have been spending time in our adult fiction stacks, separating the general fiction collection into new reading genres.  As I have made my way through the collection, starting with books by authors whose last names begin with “A”, I have noticed

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Bloggerific!

Writing a blog sounds easy, right?  You just jot down your thoughts; the whole thing is very informal, and we’ve got several people contributing to the library’s new blog.  So why are we all freaking out just a little bit? Because it’s harder than it sounds.  Sure, we have a lightning bolt