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  • Books | May 18, 2014

    ‘Shadows’ hides from simplicity

    This book is the latest offering by the mother-son writing team of Charles and Caroline Todd (writing as “Charles Todd”).  Their 22 previous books are mostly murder mysteries set in Britain in the post-WWI period.  A majority of them, including the present one, are

  • Books | May 18, 2014

    ‘Exiles’ champions its setting

    “The Exiles Return” is a story about Austria, more specifically, Vienna, that begins in the spring of 1954 and ends in the spring of 1955. As its title suggests, it’s a story of individuals who fled Austria before or during World War II and, for a

  • Books | May 11, 2014

    ‘Forever Girl’ slowed by overthinking protagonist

    This is a new book by the prolific and wildly popular author of the “Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency” series set in Botswana, the “Isabel Dalhousie” and “44 Scotland Street” series set in Scotland, and the “Portuguese Irregular Verbs” series set in Europe.  This new book,

  • Books | May 11, 2014

    Back to reality: Books that tackle serious teen issues


    Many of you probably think that all Young Adult literature is fluff, with love triangles, mean girls, vampires, and overwrought drama. While there is plenty of fluff to go around, there are a number of books dealing with serious issues that many teens face today,

  • Books | May 11, 2014

    State history, day by day

    With his third episode of the “On This Day” series of daily devotionals, Paul Barkey has once again produced a truly fine and wonderfully readable blend of Scriptural meditations, historical people, events and episodes with his own thought-provoking commentary and observations. The book covers locations

  • Books | May 11, 2014

    ‘Stella’ a story of contrast

    Anita Shreve writes a novel, “Stella Baine,” that is part mystery and part romance, but is entirely entertaining. In 1916, a 40-year-old woman awakens in a hospital in northern France. She can’t remember her name or how she got there. She is wearing the uniform

  • Books | May 04, 2014

    Ready for summer reading? The library is here to help


    For me, the fast-approaching summer calls up childhood memories of lounging on my jungle gym, drinking gallons of sweet, sticky lemonade, and devouring book after book. I’ve since traded the jungle gym for a porch swing and lemonade for iced coffee, but voracious reading

  • Books | May 04, 2014

    Horan strong again with romance in ‘Starry Sky’

    Horan, who brought Frank Lloyd Wright and his wives to life in “Loving Frank” (2007) , has now done the same for Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) and Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne Stevenson (1840-1914). Their life together was tumultuous and passionate; they inspired each other. It was

  • Books | May 04, 2014

    A more realistic spy novel

    “The Cairo Affair” differs from a lot of espionage novels in that the good guys, if they win at all, don’t win cleanly. Perhaps that’s why the story feels more real, more plausible, than the tales in which the retired operative is called

  • Books | May 04, 2014

    Exercise book has everything health-conscious people need

    Once you feel energy slipping away, it can be a real struggle to get it back. Many people assume that physical activity by itself is the main solution to achieve a sense of total well-being. If this were true, then why has the practice of

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