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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

This book is non-fiction but reads like a fast paced novel. You won't be able to put it down! A very interesting group of people embark on an exploration of the Amazon river with some disastrous results. The group includes American naturalists, a Catholic priest, a U.S. president and his son, a Brazilian general and more. They encounter near starvation, injuries, cannibals, and the fury of nature in their quest to map and explore the river. If you like adventure and history, you'll love this book.

Margaret, Reference
 
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God Went to Beauty School

by Cynthia Rylant
Tuesday, December 18, 2007

I’m going to ‘fess right up and say that I am not much of a poetry reader, but I stumbled upon this book of poems by Cynthia Rylant. They make me smile. That’s it. I truly do not have any judgment on the reverence or irreverence of the subject matter – I simply liked the poems. With titles like, “God Got a Dog,” and “God Found Some Fudge,” these poems made my day a bit brighter. Incidentally, I rarely buy books (after all, I do work at the Public Library) but I did recently buy three copies of this book – one for my mother, one for my daughter and one for my priest. It’s hard to believe that I...

The Spellman Files

by Lisa Lutz
Tuesday, December 18, 2007

If you’re a fan of Stephanie Plum (Janet Evanovich) , you’re going to love Isabel Spellman! Izzy (did I mention that Izzy is addicted to the tv series Get Smart ?!) has been working in the family’s San Francisco PI biz since the age of 12. When she tries to break away from her wacky, dysfunctional family and establish a life of her own all hell breaks loose. You’ll laugh out loud as you follow the antics of Izzy, Uncle Ray, and little sister Rae.
 
Sue A., Reference
 
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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Set in the mid-1950s, the defendant is accused of murdering his father. All twelve must agree on his innocence or guilt. If he is found guilty the death sentence is mandatory. The story revolves around what happens in that jury room after hearing the 'facts' in a seemingly open-and-shut murder trial case. The twelve men retire to a jury room to do their civic duty and serve up a just verdict for the indigent minority defendant (with a criminal record) whose life is in the balance. What seemed like a quickly resolved case turns out to be anything but that. This is especially timely since the play is at the Fisher Theatre right now. Anyone who has...

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

I found this mystery through the Library's Online Book Club. I read the first 3 chapters in my email and had to finish it. Chocked full of odd and quirky characters, this entertaining mystery is great fun. When murder comes to Blight County Idaho, Sheriff Bo Tully is overrun with suspects. The Blight Way has everything you would expect from Patrick McManus, outdoor writer and humorist.

Jerilee, Reference
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