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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

This award-winning Australian writer spins a tale that feels like it moves you through a surreal labyrinth. He is gifted at making his exotic settings and eccentric characters captivating. The plot around the central theme of a literary hoax jumps back and forth through four time frames 1938, WWII, 1972 and 1983 and in four locations, England, Australia, Malaysia, and Indonesia. It’s a bit quirky and disjointed, but a beguiling story.

Kathleen Z, Library Director
 
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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

After the attack on Pearl Harbor draws the United States into war and cuts into the male workforce in factories, women are told they are needed for the war effort. Four women of different ages, from different backgrounds, and due to different circumstances take jobs as electricians in a Michigan shipyard in "A Woman's Place" by inspirational author Lynn Austin. Working as a team, the women evolve emotionally and psychologically as their friendship develops and they face personal and workplace issues. Christina Moore narrates the audio book; the library also has a print copy.

Doris, Reference
 
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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:...

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