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A Novel of Political Ambition

Run
By Ann Patchett

Maisie Dobbs is Back!

An Incomplete Revenge
by Jacqueline Winspear

Lala.com, a cool music site

Lala.com is a music site that has been around for awhile, but it has changed its model. Here is what it offers:

  • song downloads (mp3 format, DRM-free) for 89 cents.
  • streaming any song in their catalog for free the first time you listen to it.

Sidewalk astronomy: a good night

A sidewalk astronomy event took place tonight, a part of Westlake Porter Public Library's Customer Appreciation Week. Two amateur astronomers from the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association set up their telescopes near the north end of the library's parking lot and invited visitors to take a look at some amazing celestial objects. After dicey late-afternoon cloud cover the sky cleared in time for setup at 7:30 and viewings from 8:00 to 9:15 PM.  Curious visitors got good views of Jupiter, the Hercules Star Cluster (M13), the Ring Nebula (M57), and the great Andromeda Galaxy (M31). The Ring Nebula was very difficult for most viewers to spot in the eyepiece but it was actually presented well in both telescopes. M13 --a globular collection of several hundred thousand stars-- was a beautiful sight. Andromeda Galaxy was its usual fuzz-ball self but not bad at all, the light from its trillion stars a subtle beauty through the telescope. Jupiter, some 492 million miles distant, was best viewed shortly after sundown. Good moments of seeing revealed multiple cloud bands in addition to the two big equatorial belts, and patient viewers got a good look. Seeing was unsteady at lower angles and as the planet sank lower in the sky, occasional good seeing ended and the planetary disk was unsharp. Thanks to those who braved the chilly temperatures for a good night of sidewalk stargazing!

The Edge of Desire: A Bastion Club Novel by Stephanie Laurens

The Edge of Desire is the sixth novel in a seven book series tied together by a retreat called the  Bastion Club. The author is Stephanie Laurens Set after the Battle of Waterloo, these returning soldiers are all veterans of what today would be MI5 or the CIA.   All the members inherited titles during the Napoleonic Wars and have returned to take up their familial duties which includes finding a bride among the English Ton.  However the Bastion Club gentlemen are beginning to think it was easier fighting the French then it is finding the right girl for them.  Love and danger, spies and mystery set the stage for these historic romance novels.  Read and Enjoy!

Prescription Drug Safety Information from the FDA

The Food and Drug Administration has launched a single Web page that provides safety information for prescription drugs. The site includes information in a range of categories including:

  • Drug Labeling
  • Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS)
  • Studies and Clinical Trials of Approved Products Required by FDA or Agreed to by the Application Holder
  • Registries and Clinical Trials
  • Latest Safety Information
  • Using Medicines Safely

By launching this single page, the FDA has made this information much easier to find.

Night of Thunder: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel by Stephen Hunter

 

     Night of Thunder is the fifth novel in the Bob Lee Swagger series by Stephen Hunter. {The first novel in the series Point of Impact was recently made into the movie Shooter starring Mark Wahlberg.}  Bob Lee Swagger is a former Marine Gunnery Sergeant who served three tours in Vietnam as a sniper.  Night of Thunder begins when his grown daughter Nikki, a newspaper reporter, is forced off the road in eastern Tennessee and seriously injuried, right before a major NASCAR event.  The more Bob Lee looks into the events of that night, the more it looks less like an accident and more like attempted murder.  Who is hunting Nikki? Is it someone from Bob Lee's past or is this killer after Nikki because of her work? Read and enjoy! 

Ebooks and Audiobooks: A Presentation

I had the pleasure to give a presentation to the Northeast Ohio PC Club (NEOPC) about ebooks and audiobooks.

I discussed not only the library's Netlibrary service, but also ebook readers and audio book devices.

Once Upon an Island

A host of colorful and endearing characters native to the British island of Guernsey help make The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society a delight to read. This first novel from Mary Ann Shaffer (with assistance from her niece, children’s author Annie Barrows), which is written as a series of letters, unfolds when writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from Guernsey resident and literature enthusiast Dawsey Adams, who wonders where he might find books by British essayist Charles Lamb. As Juliet’s correspondence with Dawsey develops, she learns enough about the island and its people that she decides to make them the subject of her next book. She eventually travels to Guernsey and gains the trust and friendship of many of the islanders, who share their personal accounts of the recent German occupation of the island. Those stories, and the people who share them, will change Juliet’s life forever.

It's a Mystery 10/07/08

Season's Readings

 

Though we may not be ready, many holiday-related mysteries will soon be appearing in our new book section.  Here is a sampling:

A Christmas Grace - by Anne Perry - Now a holiday tradition, this sixth Christmas mystery, featuring Perry's popular Victorian sleuth Thomas Pitt, tells the chilling story of a storm-wracked coastal village that hides a terrible secret.