Blogs

It's a Mystery - in Merrie Olde England

We have several displays set up this month celebrating Sherlock Holmes and mysteries set in England. 

The Lost Girls: The True Story of the Cleveland Abductions . . . by John Glatt

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The 911 call played repeatedly for months on news stations in Cleveland, Ohio, after it first was placed on May 6, 2013, and is now immortalized on YouTube.

“Help me! I’m Amanda Berry! I’ve been kidnapped! And I’ve been missing for 10 years! And I’m here! I’m free now!”

American Ghost: A Family's Haunted Past in the Desert Southwest by Hannah Nordhaus

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Late one evening in the 1970s at the historic La Posada Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a janitor noticed a woman in a black Victorian-style dress standing next to the fireplace and exuding, as he described it, “an aura of sadness.” This woman was not a hotel guest, nor had she wandered in from outside, a curious tou

"Remember" the start of summer

Over the years, Memorial Day has become the unofficial start of summer and its true meaning is often lost in long weekend celebrations.  Memorial Day evolved from the original Decoration Day, first declared on May 30, 1868, to honor the fallen soldiers of the Civil War.

The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly: A Physician's First Year by Matt McCarthy

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On his first night on call in Columbia University Medical Center’s cardiac care unit, physician Matt McCarthy inadvertently almost killed his first patient, a college professor who had collapsed during a class.

Let's Talk Pitch Perfect!

 

 

How close are we to: Modern Technology = Mind Control?

Science-fiction is full of great "what-ifs". Many stories have reflected the paranoia that often comes with change, going back as far as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
In modern times, technology changes our lives so quickly and completely that it's inevitable that science fiction would reflect our modern fears about technology taking over our lives.
Recent titles that take aim at the pervasiveness of technology include American day Dream by Margot Pepper and ReVision by Andrea Phillips.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander coverThere is something magical about the Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon.  Sure, there is the element of time travel, but that is not the only thing to capture you.  There is adventure, anguish, childbirth, history, marriage, romance, war, and whiskey.  And more. 

The books of Outlander defy a single genre placement.  Probably the broadest term you could use would be historical fiction, but that still does not fully capture the presence of a 20th century English woman in 18th century Scotland, as the main protagonist, Claire, is the first person narrator of our tale.

My Organic Life: How a Pioneering Chef Helped Shape the Way We Eat Today by Nora Pouillon with Laura Fraser

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Panera Bread recently announced that it plans to remove dozens of artificial ingredients used in its popular menu items.

Behind the Gates of Gomorrah: A Year with the Criminally Insane by Stephen Seager

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Not all individuals who commit heinous crimes go to prison.