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Devil's Trill

by Gerald Elias
Thursday, February 11, 2010

An interesting mystery set in the classical music world. A priceless violin is stolen; and a high profile violin teacher is murdered at Carnegie Hall. The prime suspect, rival violin teacher Daniel Jacobus, works to clear himself. This book shows a dark side to the music business and the author knows what he is talking about - he is also a violinist, teacher, composer and conductor and he gives the book a very authentic feel. Fast-paced and engaging. I'm looking forward to the sequel.

Margaret B., Reference and Technical Services

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How Starbucks Saved My Life

by Michael Gates Gill
Thursday, February 11, 2010

"A son of privilege learns to live like everyone else." 52-year-old Michael lost his job with a 6 figure salary, lost his wife after having an affair and was lucky to get an entry level job as an inner city at Starbucks. He learned about being in the minority, since he was the only white staff person. The book tells a lot about the running and philosophy of Starbucks and how 'the old guy' was able to learn new skills and come to enjoy a new phase in his life. Fascinating fast read.
 
Sue N.,...

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Since I love nature, I wanted to watch the Ken Burns series on the National Parks. At first, I didn’t want to start with episode 1. I wanted to see the scenic views of the most recent parks that I thought would be in the later episodes (6 episodes). I did start with episode 1 that tells the history of the National Parks. I knew that John Muir (also the founder of the Sierra Club to which I belong) and Teddy Roosevelt were instrumental in preserving the natural areas of America, but there were so many other preservationists. Unfortunately, there were also...

In the Heart of the Canyon

by Elizabeth Hyde
Thursday, February 11, 2010

Twelve people of assorted ages and lifestyles take a rafting trip through the Grand Canyon. It is the guide's 125th trip and turns out to be his most memorable. Getting to know the characters and their interactions with each other and the guides is fascinating but following along with the included map and details of white wqter rafting add to the enjoyment of this gripping novel.
 
Sue N., Youth Services
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Thursday, February 11, 2010

This is a fictional account of a woman that travels to Australia. While there, she is summoned by a tribe of Aborigines. Her understanding is that she is to receive an award. She blindly travels in an open jeep dressed to the nines far into the Outback. Once she arrives at her destination with the “Real People” she is stripped of everything she has in her possession (credit cards, keys, ID, clothes). She is given a cotton covering to hide her physical body. She is then led on a 4 month journey through the Outback with her Aboriginal companions that...

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