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Outliers

by Malcom Gladwell
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Malcom Gladwell has a gift for weaving a compelling narrative.  In his bestselling nonfiction book, Outliers, he tackles the complicated subject of success, taking a special interest in those individuals who lie on the outside of what is considered to be normal, i.e. the outlier.  Gladwell delves into the question of why some people have remarkable success while others of equal or even greater ability fail to ever reach their full potential. Conversely, he points out how disadvantages can actually be the best catalyst for success. What are the factors at play that make a person successful?  Is it genius?  Is it drive? Or could it be...

Murder on Capitol Hill

by Margaret Truman
Monday, June 26, 2017

A recent trip to Washington DC made me decide to re-read a couple of mysteries I had enjoyed in 1980's.  Margaret Truman's Murder on Caiptol Hill was an easy read, with reasonably good descriptions of places I had just seen, but I found the story to be bit clunky.  The characters felt stock and not fully fleshed out.  I'm not sorry I did some re-reading, but they seemed more entertaining in 1981.

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This review was NOT influenced by mother's chilly encounter...

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

It is 1975 and the Vietnam War has reached the home of 10 years old Hà, in Saigon. She and her family flee their home by boat and end up in Alabama, USA. This is a story about family, perseverance and hope. The story is captivating and the writing style compelling.
 
This is the first verse novel I have ever read. A verse novel is a novel-length narrative in which the story is told through poetry rather than prose. The blank space on the page creates time to reflect on Hà and her experiences.
 
I could envision her and her family sleeping on grass mats while the boat rocked back and forth. I...

Monday, June 19, 2017

I'm about to head out on an oversees trip and packing is always a source of anxiety and worry for me before big trips like this. So I was very happy to see this title among the Library's new books and checked it out straightaway.

This compact little book is full of lots of practical advice for efficient, hassle-free packing and includes blank packing lists at the end to photocopy and have on hand for future trips. I took lots of notes and really needed the sample packing lists.

I still need to carefully consider and plan what clothing I will pack, as my wardrobe is not as well-defined and composed as the author's own wardrobe seems...

Defy the Stars

by Claudia Gray
Saturday, June 17, 2017

This is a teen science fiction story that I found very enjoyable.  It appears to be the first book in the series and I’m looking forward to the next one.  Neomi is a young soldier defending her planet from Earth.  Abel is a one of a kind “mech” or robot who was left behind for 30 years in an abandoned space ship.  They meet as a result of a battle and start on an adventure to save her planet by sacrificing Abel.   Along the way they learn about the politics of the solar system as well as themselves.  There’s plenty of adventure, just a bit of romance and an ending that leaves you waiting for more....

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