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Hot, Flat and Crowded: why we need a green revolution-- and how it can renew America (Book on CD)

Friday, June 17, 2011
Thomas L. Friedman

The Pulitzer Prize winning author of TheWorld is Flat, Friedman makes a case for the U.S. to embrace a “green revolution” to revive America and lead the world in new and sustainable ways to live.  I confess that I skimmed the last quarter of the book because it is a tome of facts, history and opinion about economics, cultures of the world, weather, politics and more.  His research is impressive and his writing is great.  Even if you don’t agree with his opinions, he gives much food for thought and offers inspiration to tackle complicated issues that can lead to transformation.

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The Sorcerer's Apprentice (DVD)

Friday, March 4, 2011
A Disney fun family adventure from the creators of National Treasure. Balthazar Blake (Cage) discovers that Dave (Baruchel), a geeky kid interested in physics, has hidden potential power to help him defend Manhattan against the dark forces. Balthazar takes Dave on a crash course in magic to become a powerful sorcerer’s apprentice. The special effects are very entertaining
 
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The Professor and the Madman

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Simon Winchester
This is the story of the making of the Oxford English Dictionary in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Its focus is the story of one of the most prolific contributors who happened to be clinically insane and locked in an asylum for criminal lunatics.
 
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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob DeZoet (Book on CD)

Monday, November 8, 2010
David Mitchell

In 1799 Japan allowed a few foreigners to stay only on the artificial island of Dejima in Nagasaki Harbor. Otherwise foreigners are blocked from entering Japan and Japanese citizens are prevented from leaving. As a young man, Jacob De Zoet arrives to help his employer, the Dutch East Indies Company, clean house. His goal is to make his fortune and reunite with his fiancé in Holland. Fate hands him a very different story. He falls in love with a Japanese woman even though he is only allowed to see her on Dejima in the presence of her Japanese colleagues in very public settings. If he in any way reveals his attraction to her, it could be deadly for both of them. Local and world events intervene to take them both on very different paths that include trust and betrayal and the challenges of historical racial and gender boundaries. Mitchell’s painstakingly detailed style of developing characters and settings and sweeping adventures reminds me of James Michener’s historical fiction.

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7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis (Audio Book on CD)

Monday, November 8, 2010
Bill George
Former CEO of Medtronics and a professor at Harvard Business School Bill George gives 7 short lessons on leading in a crisis:  1) Face Reality, Starting With Yourself; 2) No Matter How Bad Things Are, They Will Get Worse; 3) Build a Mountain of Cash and Get to the Highest Hill; 4) Never Waste a Good Crisis; 5) Before Asking Others to Sacrifice, Volunteer Yourself; 6) Don't Be Atlas: Get the World Off Your Shoulders! 7) Be Aggressive: This is Your Best Chance to Win in the Market.

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In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto

Thursday, September 30, 2010
Michael Pollan
Pollan is the author of The Omnivore's Dilemma.  "Eat food.  Not too much.  Mostly plants.," is his advice.  This short book help explain why the Western diet that reduces food to bite-size nutrients has produced a large group of people who are over-fed and under-nourished.  His inspiring research gives good guidance to help us put our food "back together" to enjoy eating well and being healthy.

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A Beautiful Place to Die (Audio Book on CD)

Thursday, August 12, 2010
Malla Nunn

A great “who dun it” murder mystery set in South Africa 1953. The historical setting in a deeply divided society is what gives this story it’s twists and turns because the protocols differ for people of differing status mostly based on skin color or family lineage.  The main characters are well developed which sucks the reader in to see the story to its end.  Warning: it is quite violent.  The narrator, Saul Reichlin, is very good.



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The Convict's Sword (Audiobook on CD)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010
I. J. Parker

One of a series of mysteries featuring Sugawara Akitada as the main character set in 11th century Japan (Heian era before the Shoguns).  Akitada, Senior Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, has vowed to find out who framed his friend, Haseo, who was condemned to die in exile more than 5 years previous.  Haseo left his sword behind as a clue to his past.   Akitada also becomes involved in solving the mysterious murder of a blind street singer.  All the while a smallpox epidemic is threatening the city.  This is set in the city of Heian-kyo which is modern-day Kyoto.  Characters are well-developed and the setting and time is brought to life.



As far as I know this is the only title and format that we have for this series, but many of the titles are available through MELCat



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Three Cups of Tea...One Man's Mission to Promote Peace and Build Nations...One School at a Time

Friday, May 29, 2009
Greg Mortenson

An extraordinary story. Greg Mortenson, a former mountain climber, discovers his true life mission by building schools for the poor, mountainous villagers in Pakistan and Afghanistan. His journey is an inspiring adventure tale. You will be enlightened and discover interesting facts about this region of the world seen through his eyes. This book is inspiring. Greg has turned a single promise to a small village into a life mission. His determination to build schools in remote areas that have hostile environments that sometimes include hostile insurgents is awesome. The story is one of hope and encouragement. One person can make a difference that can change the world.

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Jesse Stone: Night Passage (DVD)

Friday, May 29, 2009

Made-for-TV starring Tom Selleck and based on the book by Robert B. Parker.Following his divorce and loss of his job as a LAPD homicide detective, Jesse Stone travels across the country to take a job as the Chief of Police in the sleepy fishing village of Paradise, Mass.All is not heavenly in Paradise.A domestic violence call leads to a money-laundering case and possibly murder.Jesse Stone is wrestling with his own demons - the major one being a drinking problem – the cause of his job loss in LA.There are some dirty secrets in Paradise, but also some dedicated staff in the Police Dept.The acting, directing and screenplay are excellent.This is one of five made-for-tv movies with Tom Selleck starring as Jesse Stone.

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