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The English Major

by Jim Harrison
Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The English Major is Michigan author Jim Harrison at his best. Harrison's offbeat and eccentric character, Cliff, sixty-something, recently divorced and robbed of his farm in Michigan by his ex-wife, takes off on a road trip across America. Along the way, Cliff renews an acquaintance with a much younger former student, drops in on a snake farm in Arizona owned by an old classmate, and ends up in California at the posh apartment of his son, a big-time movie producer. Harrison, who probably closely resembles the story's main character, proves once again that change can be beneficial at any point in life.


The Chase

by Clive Cussler
Wednesday, March 11, 2009

For years I have been a fan of Clive Cussler’s novels with his character of Dirk Pitt. So I thought I would try this novel which is a period piece with the main character, Isaac Bell, as a larger-than-life detective. Set in 1906 in the western U.S. Isaac Bell of the Van Dorn Detective Agency chases down the most ingenious and ruthless bank robber in history. Much like watching an Indiana Jones movie or reading a Dirk Pitt novel, you must suspend your belief about one man not being able to withstand all of the predicaments that confront him – one after the other. Using the setting and time period in the old west this...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

This is one of my favorite books - anyone who has lived in Detroit or spent time there will recognize the neighborhood where this story takes place. One summer, one by one, all the men vanish from a working class neighborhood in the southwest corner of the city. One man leaves a note, "I've gone to the moon."How the women and children who are left behind go on with their lives makes this a fascinating debut novel and coming-of-age story.

Catherine T., Reference


The New Earth

by Eckhart Tolle
Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Tolle is able to take complex concepts about enlightenment, human nature and behavior and weave in examples from the Bible, Buddhism, Taoism, as well as history’s greatest thinkers and artists. His skill at tying all of this together is very impressive. He thoroughly describes all the facets of living a life with presence and awareness, rather than living out the roles and inner thoughts by which we have come to define ourselves. Some of his terminology can be challenging, but he usually gives clear definitions as he goes along. For example, his explanation of a human being: Human is "...the functions you fulfill,...

Books by A. Lee Martinez

by A. Lee Martinez, Author
Thursday, February 12, 2009

If you like your fantasy a little creepy and very funny, try A, Lee Martinez’s books: Gil’s All Fright Diner, Too Many Curses, The Nameless Witch, In the Company of Ogres and The Automatic Detective.Join Never-Dead-Ned, Mack Megaton the robot, Duke the werewolf and Earl the vampire who are just trying to get along in Martinez’s crazy world.

Jerilee C., Head of Reference and Adult Services

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