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  • Unlikely defender of justice in ‘Orphan X’

    Orphan X is Evan Smoak. Actually, Smoak isn’t his last name; it’s one he and Jack Johns, an agent of an off-the-books agency of the U.S. government, agreed on. Evan is Orphan X because he was the 24.

  • In follow-up to ‘Quiet,’ Cain addresses introverted teens

    This book is a follow-up of the author’s hugely successful book “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.” In that book Cain talked about how society, especially mainstream American culture, is strongly structured .

  • Books that will stretch your mind in a good way Danielle Schapaugh

    I know a Canadian novelist who can take your heart places it never wanted to go while still making you happy you took the journey. The first book I read by Lori Lansens, simply called “The Girls,” is the story .

  • Intrigue, romance, art in ‘The Last Painting’

    Even readers who are not fans of Dutch art will be intrigued by this work of historical fiction. In the 17th century, the Guild of St. Luke controlled every part of artistic life in Low Countries. Readers may be familiar .

  • Brainstorm your summer reading list at MPL Jennifer.adams.librarian1

    On your mark, get set…READ!  The library’s annual summer reading program has begun. Everyone, from babies to seniors, can participate by keeping track of reading and earning prizes or tickets for prize drawings. So, what is on .

  • Rupi Kaur explores gender through poetry, prose, art

    The first heartbreak a young girl encounters will sting and feel like death from the poisoned tip of a backstabbing arrow. As she matures, there will be more traumas, loves and lost loves, sad music, violent themes and additional painful .

  • Digging into the history of a popular drink

    Following water, tea is the number two drink consumed globally.  Most people have some general knowledge about tea: varieties come in black, green, oolong, white and red, with the differences usually determined by degree of fermentation. No chemicals are .

  • The ultimate thriller: a murder mystery in space

    “The Ark” is a murder mystery that unfolds in an environment in which a murder hasn’t been committed for decades, perhaps a couple centuries. “The Ark” is a science fiction tale that takes place at some unspecified point in .

  • Author Nathaniel Philbrick brings history alive Marcia.allen1

    Though it was published some 15 years ago, Nathaniel Philbrick’s “In the Heart of the Sea” has remained a terrific account of 19th century whaling adventures, complete with day-to-day details of the hardship, cannibalism and mayhem c used by a .

  • Putin up a fight: US, Russian spies subject of novel

    Robert Hanssen and Aldrich Ames are infamous in U.S. espionage community. The first was an FBI agent and the second was a CIA counterespionage agent. Both betrayed their colleagues and the United States by selling secrets to the Soviet .

  • Debut authors to freshen up your reading list Rhonna.hargett

    We’ve put away the coats and sweaters and pulled out the sandals and shorts. It’s time to tuck winter away and breathe in the fresh air of spring. Along with the new leaves, flowers, and grass, this is .

  • Journalist comes to terms with son’s autism

    Imagine a high-powered, award-winning, sports-loving political journalist whose job takes him away from home for long hours covering presidents.  That was Ron Fournier, author of this intensely personal, self-disclosing memoir of his coming to terms with the Asperger’s .


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