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  • ‘Rosie Effect’ an unconventional love story

    In his 2013 novel “The Rosie Project,” author Graeme Simsion introduces readers to Don Tillman, a brilliant but socially awkward genetics professor whose highly analytical approach to life unintentionally puts him at odds with others. After countless disastrous dates, Don has .

  • Zakaria critiques modern education

    Fareed Zakaria, a popular commentator on CNN news and other media outlets, discusses the purpose, the present status, and criticism of the American educational system, all in this brief and highly readable book. Zakaria, who lived in India before attending .

  • Aziz Ansari successfully blends humor, research

    In the introduction to “Modern Romance,” author Aziz Ansari explains that he never wanted to be an author. Ansari, best known for his stand-up comedy and role on “Parks and Recreation,” always thought his best ideas would be wasted in .

  • Ample drama and action in ‘Constant Fear’

    Most of “Constant Fear” takes place in Pepperell Academy, a high-quality, high-cost prep school in a rural, East Coast community. One of its students is Andy Dent, a bright teenager who has a wide range of abilities but less money .

  • Getting the most out of the library catalog Pecoraro

    The Manhattan Public Library’s catalog is much more than a list of the books, DVDs, CDs and other types of materials in the library’s collection. If we dissect a catalog record, we find a treasure trove of information .

  • ‘Child of Mine’ explores family ties

    The bestselling author Beverly Lewis has teamed up with her husband, David Lewis, to produce “Child of Mine.” After his brother and sister-in-law died in an accident, Jack Livingston became the guardian of their adopted 4-year-old daughter, Natalie. Jack took .

  • Burnham presents Native American hero

    “There were no survivors of the Battle of the Little Bighorn (June 25, 1876) except for Custer’s horse, Comanche.” How many times have we heard that? Actually, there were many survivors, all of them Indian. Dewey Beard (His Indian name was .

  • ‘Last Reunion’ part mstery, part drama, all comedy

    Sara Jane (“Sookie”) Poole, a sixtyish woman in a small Alabama town near Mobile, lives a reasonably content, if unexciting, life. She is happily married to local dentist Earle Poole, Jr., and has recently seen all three of her daughters (.

  • Liftin weaves tabloid gossip into fiction

    “Movie Star” is written as a tell-all (fictional) autobiography of Lizzie Pepper, an actress who was married to celebrity Rob Mars and is now penning an exposé of their life together. Lizzie, who brings to mind Katie Holmes, started her .

  • Revisiting Shakespeare at the public library Susan.withee.librarian1

    Brush up your Shakespeare Start quoting him now Brush up your Shakespeare And the women you will wow Just declaim a few lines from Othella And they’ll think you’re a hell of a fella Brush up your Shakespeare .

  • ‘21 Proms’ explores high school experience

    Proms can be boring or exciting for young people. And the same goes for the parents, who often seize the opportunity to snap way too many pictures of the occasion. Should those young people choose to forget the prom and .

  • Palmer weaves politics, history into new novel

    Kashmir is on a short list of places on this planet where a world war could start. The region has been fought over by India and Pakistan without real resolution since the countries were formed in the 1940s. Back then, .





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