It's a Mystery 3/26/09


What's Really in the Economic Stimulus Plan?

What's really in the Bailout bill? You can find out for yourself much more easily, thanks to, which has created a searchable version of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

To go to the ebook version of the bill, click on this link.

You can either search the bill online, or download it to your computer and use a free download to view and search it. offers a number of free, searchable audiobooks, including Da Vinci's notebooks, The Art of War; and other legislation, like the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Patriot Act, and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Three Books for St. Patrick's Day!


Heart and Soul
by Maeve Binchy
The multifaceted people linked to a cardiac care center in Dublin are highlighted as they sort out the troubled relationships and difficult decisions facing them. Readers will recognize some of the characters from earlier Binchy novels now associated with the hospital. It's more of the signature drama and romance that fans have come to expect from this beloved author.
by Frank Delaney
Robert Shannon, a Marine chaplain in the Great War, suffers from post traumatic stress disorder and shell shock. In 1922 he travels to Ireland in search of his family roots hoping to find the remnants of peace and faith he had before his wartime experiences. He discovers an Ireland torn apart by political strife and steeped in myth and tradition. An unforgettable story by the author of other notable Irish novels.
Galway Bay
by Mary Pat Kelly
An Irish couple leaves their homeland during the Great Starvation and travels to America to begin a new life in Chicago. They raise their family in this frontier town and contribute to its transformation into a great city. The novel spans six generations and is a wonderful celebration of family history.

It's a Mystery 2/24/2009

Hooray for Hollywood

No need for mystery readers to miss out on the glitz and glamour of Hollywood.  There are several series and titles set in Tinseltown.

Here are some of the WPPL mysteries with a flavor of Hollywood movies and television.

Layoffs: Resources for tough times

If you find yourself out of a job, here are a couple of websites:

A Rare Book!


People of the Book
by Geraldine Brooks
Hanna Heath, an Australian rare book expert, is recruited to analyze an ancient Jewish prayer book recently recovered in a Bosnian library. In her work she finds clues to the history of the manuscript dating back to the Spanish Inquisition. The author fills in the many stories over the centuries of the people who once possessed the book, but then lost it through misfortune and tragedy. Hanna also uncovers secrets from her own past connecting her to the fate of the treasure. It's another complex, yet beautifully written book from this Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

Venus: diamond in the sky

Occasionally this winter we have been able to see the sunset and the night sky. Amazing, I know, but it's true... once in a while the clouds have parted! As the Sun's light fades from the sky the "first star we see tonight" isn't a star at all; it's the glorious planet Venus -- third brightest light in our sky after the Sun and Moon.

New "Mashup" for Bestsellers is an interesting new "mashup" for people who love bestsellers.

What's a mashup? It's a Website that combined content from two different resources into a brand new site. combines the New York Times bestseller lists with customer reviews, and other material from The resulting Website brings together a lot of information about individual titles, in an easy to use interface: just click on the name of the bestseller list, and browse the ranked titles.

Ender in Exile


If you like your series fiction nice and linear, Orson Scott Card would drive you nuts. Ender in Exile displaces Speaker for the Dead as the sequel to the classic Ender's Game, filling in some of the massive gap in time and space between those two novels.

Ender in Exile picks up in the immediate aftermath of the conclusion to the third war with an insect race, which has launched human colonization into numerous different worlds. Ender is still a teenager, and still at Battle School, waiting to learn whether he will be able to return to Earth. Ultimately, be begins his to many new worlds, stopping first at the colony "Shakespeare," where he finds something that will determine his course for the rest of his life.

Peanut Butter recall: Find Recalled Products--Link has been corrected!!


In response to the salmonella outbreak, the Food and Drug Administration has created a searchable list of products that have been recalled.

You can browse recalls by product category or company, or use a search function. The entire list can be downloaded as a PDF or a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.

To go to the site, just click on the FDA icon.