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Accidents of Nature (Audiobook)

by Harriet McBryde Johnson
Tuesday, August 26, 2008

This is a funny, poignant coming of age story that gives one insight to the handicapped world. Seventeen-year-old Jean, who has cerebral palsy, goes away to a camp for the disabled for the first time. She has grown up in a small town where she is the only handicapped person she knows and she considers herself to be part of the normal world. She writes about her 10 days at camp where she gains new insight into the world of the “crips”, the “Mr.’s”, the “walkie-talkies”, the “norms and into herself. The book changed the way I will perceive handicapped people in the future.

Laura G., Youth...

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Smithson Ide is a 43 year-old, 279 pound hard-drinking single man who suddenly finds himself on a cross-country “quest” via bicycle after both of his parents are killed in a car accident. The story of his boyhood and his beloved teenage sister’s descent into mental illness and eventual disappearance unfold as he makes his way from the east coast to the west coast by bicycle. While his many encounters along the way require the reader to believe that Smithy has a superhuman ability to survive, the characters and the stories they weave are worth the journey.

Kathleen Z, Library Director
 
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To the Limit

by Pamela Britton
Monday, May 19, 2008

I don't usually read paperback romances... but a friend showed me this "Nascar library" series of romances and I was intrigued - a NASCAR romance!?
 
I enjoyed reading this on my vacation. Main character was a strong female who's an engineer designing racecars - she has 2 guys interested in her (both very different - one is a driver; one a billionaire who owns the raceteam) and she needs to figure who she's interested in. I gave it 4 stars out of 5 - I found it enjoyable.

Other NASCAR romances by Pamela Britton:...

Monday, May 19, 2008

This is a must-read for anyone interested in drug/alcohol addiction.

Sheff, an author/ journalist, tells the story about his struggle with his meth-addicted son, and how it affected him, his entire family and group of friends. It is both heart- warming and heart-wretching . He has meticulously researched the dependency ... to the drug and to the addiction.

The New York Times Magazine article, My Addicted Son, won an award from the American Psychological Association. The son, Nic Sheff, published a memoir from his perspective, entitled...

Monday, May 19, 2008

Two stories intertwine as an award-winning Latino author living in Vermont narrates a story about her husband’s mission to the Dominican Republic to help eradicate AIDS as well as the story in her latest book about an ill-fated 19th-century Spanish expedition to Central America to prevent future smallpox epidemics. The main characters in this novel are well-developed and face some messy dilemmas in life, e.g. the ethics of ways people are saved from epidemics.

Kathleen Z., Library Director
 
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