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    What We're Reading: June 2017

    by Becky C | Jun 26, 2017
    Ever wonder what library staff like to read?  Wonder no more!  Here's a quick look at some books we've enjoyed this month.  Click on a book cover to check availability — it’s as easy as that!

     Cooking for Picasso
     Shadows on the Lake
     The Confusion of Languages
     Rogue One
     Applesauce Weather
     Alpha Bravo Charlie
     Janesville
     My Lady Jane
     Eleanor Oliphant
     The Sisters
     The Forbidden Wish
     Point of Contact
     The Fact of a Body
     Snow White
     Lovecraft Country
     Diving Into the Wreck
     The Way of Kings
     Revenge of the Sith
     Blood Brother
     Bleed Blister Puke and Purge
     The Perennial Matchmaker
         

    Becky CBecky likes to read … A LOT. When she’s not reading, she likes to pretend that she can garden. Her thumb has no hint of green whatsoever but luckily her plants are forgiving. Her favorite books are The Shannara series by Terry Brooks.
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    The 15-Minute Pulitzer: I made a lot of notes on this one

    by Craig B | Jun 23, 2017

    cover of Thomas Pynchon's novel, Gravity's RainbowBook Review: Thomas Pynchon’s almost-winner of the 1974 Pulitzer Prize, Gravity’s Rainbow

    (14:41) I begin this review by speculating that the literary mantle has been passed from James Joyce to Thomas Pynchon, and when I Wikipediaed Gravity’s Rainbow, I found I was in good company making such an observation.  Critics with actual credentials have been spewing this connection into the literary aether for the past 40 years or so.  As I am a somewhat pretentious reader-of-Pulitzer-Prize-winning-novels and would like to believe that “great minds do indeed think alike,” you can imagine my delight.

    (12:01) I guess I would put it this way.  If Joyce’s Ulysses is one long, straight-faced joke (and it is, believe me -- long, that is) Gravity’s Rainbow is one long, clown-eyed tragedy.  There are silly songs, adult-type antics, and a general surreality that drives one to giggles, but it’s also about the Holocaust.  Thus, the unofficial epithet I’ve decided to give it is "The Difficult Pulitzer."  Because, yes, it is very long (so long, in fact, I was certain for a while it was going to become “The Longest Pulitzer” … but then I remembered Gone With the Wind).  It is more notably “difficult” however, not only because of the WWII subtext, but also because, in all seriousness (paying no attention to any quirking of the lips you might cognate), it feels like I’ve been reading this thing for six months, though it’s only actually been 8 weeks.  The novel is dense and wandering ...

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    • Craig B is a thirty-something lover of books, movies, and rock and roll whose grandmother still worries that he might not be eating enough. (Love you, Grandma!) A favorite book of Craig’s is Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann.

    What's the best way to borrow eBooks?

    by Ask a Librarian | Jun 21, 2017

    eReader image from pixaby

    “I want to borrow eBooks from the library.  What’s the best device to do that?”

    My question to you: What devices/phones do you currently own?  Do you have a smartphone or tablet running Android 4.4 or up or IOS 9 or up?  That will work.  A computer or laptop?  Unless it’s ancient, you can read eBooks that way too. 

    ACPL offers two eBook services:  OverDrive and Hoopla.  A home WIFI connection will make it easier to take advantage of these services but all ACPL locations offer public WIFI networks as well. 

    Hoopla requires you to sign up for an account with them, using your email address, a password you create, your ACPL library card, and your four-digit PIN number.  Once you're logged in, you can borrow up to ten titles a month.  On a smartphone or tablet, just download the Hoopla app from your app/play store and sign in with your Hoopla account.  Borrowed titles can be also be read on your computer.
     
    OverDrive can be used without any special software or account other than your ACPL card and your four-digit PIN number.  When using our catalog, choose to download the HTML format.  Or within our ebook site, borrow the title (sign in with library card number and PIN) and then go to My Account — Loans) and click on Read Now. A new webpage for the eBook will open for reading. You can bookmark the eBook to return to it easily, or ...

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    Fakebusters

    by Evan | Jun 19, 2017
    Evan with Ghostbusters screen

    There's something strange in the cyberhood. Who you gonna call?

    A librarian.

    Seriously. If you hear or read some strange news and wonder if you are being slimed, give us a call at 260-421-1215. Or write to us at ask@acpl.info . Evaluating information sources is part of what we do every day. We'll get back to you with credible answers about where the news is coming from and whether it rings true. 


    EvanEvan - Married, three children, two grandchildren, formerly a newspaper journalist, now a public librarian, at all times a board game nut.
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    A Few Good Books: June 2017

    by Emily M | Jun 14, 2017
    Looking for a book recommendation?  Look no further!  Here are a few good books I've enjoyed recently.
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    Book Review: Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones

    silversparrowSilver Sparrow tells the story of two families living in Atlanta, Georgia.  One is James Witherspoon’s public family.  James is married to Laverne and together they have a daughter, Chaurisse.  The three live together in a modest home and function like most nuclear families.

    The other family is James’ secret family. Despite already being married to Laverne, James marries Gwen across the state line in Alabama shortly after the birth of their daughter, Dana.  James spends one evening each a week with Gwen and Dana, who know about Laverne and Chaurisse.  Laverne and Chaurisse, however, have no knowledge of James’ other family and live in ignorant bliss.  Silver Sparrow explores how James’ decision to keep a secret family will spiral out of control for everyone involved.

    There’s a lot to like about Silver Sparrow: the premise is original and surprisingly believable.  Rich backstories explain how James came to be in this unusual position and the author deftly creates a setting wherein the reader gets a real feel for middle-class, African-American life in Atlanta in the 1980s.  Nevertheless, the book does have a few weak spots.  A few key characters were underdeveloped and the ending left something to be desired.  However, I would still recommend this book for its unique premise and engrossing storyline. 

    Book Review: Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in ...
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    When I say jump, you say 'how high?!'

    by Kay S | Jun 09, 2017
    anne gracieIt’s been awhile since I've read anything by Anne Gracie. Even though I loved her first couple of books, she never became one of my auto-buys. But times are tough, and I've been on a desperate search for something I like, so when I read a glowing review about Marry in Haste, I thought - what have you got to lose? Well, I'm mighty happy I read that review. Turns out Marry in Haste was just what I was looking for.

    This was a character-driven story. There were no heroic harebrained heroines doing preposterous things. There weren't any groan-inducing-eye-crossing antics which didn't fit into the time line. And, best of all, we have a hero and heroine who actually talk to each other - dare I say, they even become friends. Gasp! They learn to respect each other. It was a charming story.

    Major Calbourn Rutherford has been a soldier for over a decade. Even though the war is over, there is still some unfinished business. He's after the sniper who murdered his best friend during the war. This is his obsession. But on his return to England, there are some problems which must be addressed. Calbourn has two half-sisters who are regular hellions and need a firm hand. Being an army guy, he charges in, strong-arms his sisters, and immediately loses control of the situation. Not only that, but he finds out his deceased brother has a daughter who seems to have run wild in the countryside. ...
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    Forward to the Future

    by Evan | Jun 07, 2017
    By Steve Jurvetson via Wikimedia Commons

    When Han Solo slammed The Millennium Falcon into hyperdrive and the stars turned into streaks of light, it felt like you really were leaping into hyperspace. Same when Marty McFly jumped Back to the Future in a significantly souped up DeLorean.

    My turn for something close came the other day when a wealthy friend took me for a ride in his Tesla Model 3. He floored the pedal and we went from here ... to there, in something like an instant. And he most definitely did not "hit the gas," because there was none. It was all electric, all the time.

    The experience got me wondering how my grandfathers felt the first time they rode in automobiles. Did they anticipate how much and how quickly the world would change? My own glimpse of the future involved more than just an electric motor. The Tesla has a large touch screen dashboard that lets you read your email, change your GPS map, and much more while the car drives itself, at least along Interstate highways. 

    My friend Brian said he and other drivers are sort of beta testers for Tesla. The car sends signals to Tesla HQ and the Tesla people keep coming up with improvements that are downloaded into the cars. Brian expects his car to be truly self-driving within a year. He also expects Tesla to be making a lot of more-affordable electric cars very soon. 

    It's going to be hard for the library to buy books that can keep ...
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    Suggested (m)use: The Chainsmokers

    by Craig B | Jun 05, 2017

    cover for The Chainsmokers' album, Memories ... Do Not OpenHonestly, not what I expected.  If I could get over the trendy-pop hurdle between me and the Chainsmokers’ debut album Memories … Do Not Open, I could probably like it.  I mean, you’ve got to give them props for their commitment to not getting a song on the radio without it being edited.*  That’s pretty punk rock … even if this album’s not. 

    *Okay, only about 5 out of 12 songs would need editing, and they’ve got that superhero song to go with summer blockbusters (you know, night-exits from theaters into day-warm air, record-setting opening weekends, and Chris Pratt) but still …

    Suggested Use: With its subdued, suggestive, guest musician-ridden tracks this might just be the perfect album for the summer for some sector of the cool kids.  You know, the kids who actually have the guts to cut class, get out on the dance floor with perfect strangers, and read The Illiad.  But then, what do I know.  I’m officially old now.  I still think punk rock is still a thing.  I mean, it totally is, but still …

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    • Craig B is a thirty-something lover of books, movies, and rock and roll whose grandmother still worries that he might not be eating enough. (Love you, Grandma!) A favorite book of Craig’s is Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann.

    Georgetown's Book Club Picks: June 2017

    by Sara P | Jun 02, 2017

    Book Club Picks

    Even though I love to read, finding the time for it in my busy life can be a challenge. I host two adult book groups at the Georgetown Branch and trying to keep up with them has been the push I needed. To ensure that I finish the books, I usually read one in print and listen to one on audio. We have books on CD as well as digital audiobooks.

    This month, for the Well Read Women group on June 13, we are going to discuss Bossypants, Tina Fey’s memoir, and Their Eyes Were Watching God, the classic by Zora Neale Hurston.

    We have Bossypants available as a Playaway. Playaways are pre-loaded MP3 players - you just connect your own headphones and press play to listen! I have an adapter that I use to listen to it in my car. It is great for my daily work commute. Tina Fey is hilarious, so I have been driving and laughing like crazy lately.

    When I finish with Bossypants, I plan to move on to Their Eyes Were Watching God. We have a copy of that title available via Hoopla. Hoopla titles are available for unlimited simultaneous downloads from the library. (We also have ebooks and digital audiobooks available through OverDrive. Due to licensing restrictions, those titles are limited to one checkout at a time.)

    Previously I was listening to The Stand for June 27th’s Stephen King Book Club, but I was too ...

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    • Sara is a librarian, technology lover, and parent who loves to read fiction. Her favorite book is Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver.

    Make a splash during Readers' Services' first book to movie discussion -- if you dare!

    by Megan B | May 31, 2017

    When I was a kid, my sister Tracy (unbeknownst to my mom) thought it was big fun to introduce me to scary movies. I was five, Tracy was thirteen. You can see how Tracy might have had a different take-away than my five-year-old self. I seriously think it messed with my psyche (thanks, sister).

    Two of the movies her thirteen-year-old self thought it appropriate to share have stuck with me all of these years. The first is that horrid movie about dying in your nightmares because some crazed man with razor blades for fingers is ticked off at your parents. A JawsNightmare on Elm Street! I still cannot hear that freaky song, “One, two, Freddy’s coming for you,” without shivering all over and wanting my mom. The other movie Tracy introduced me to included a large white shark and a catchy theme song. Whenever I swim in the ocean, I hear it over the roar of the waves. Come on, you know it. “Duh nuh, duh nuh, duh nuh.”  It picks up tempo as the shark draws nearer, about to rip your legs off and ruin your summer fun.

    After we watched it, my sister thought it was a good idea to tell me that this toothy fella lived in the toilet. I was five -- I believed her. My mom couldn’t figure out why there was pee all over the bathroom floor until she figured out I was barely sitting on the toilet due to what my sister ...

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    • Megan is a librarian, wife, mom, daughter, sister and friend (not necessarily in that order). When she’s not being a wife or mom, you can find her reading, walking, taking pictures, and enjoying nature.

    Coming soon to a bookshelf near you: May 2017

    by Becky C | May 30, 2017
    Image from Dennis Skley flickr page

    How do librarians know what titles are coming out when?  How do we decide which of those titles we'll purchase for the collection?  We have several sources, but Publishers Weekly (PW) is one of my personal favorites.  PW reviews around 9,000 books a year. 

    For this month's post, I've taken the liberty of going through the March issues of Publishers Weekly (PW) and sharing the upcoming releases their reviewers are most excited about.  Each of these titles received a starred review.  We don't have all of these titles in the collection yet -- most are due to hit the shelves in bookstores and libraries this month -- but you can place a hold on your copy now.  Or, if you're like me, and you're typically at the 5 holds per person max, you can keep tabs on your picks a couple of ways.

    My favorite way to keep track of books I want to read is through ACPL's catalog.  Heather wrote an excellent post on how to do this -- click here for the details.  Goodreads and LibraryThing are also options.

    Which of these catches your eye? 

    Fiction coming to the collection May 2017

    House of Names
     
     Scribe of Siena
     The Heirs
     Kintu

     Augustown

     Proving Ground
     The Long Drop
     The Graves
     Shadows of the Dead
     Eagle and Empire
     Heart of a Texas Cowboy
     Not a Sound
     Less Than Treason
     From Duke to Dawn
     Salt Houses
     Bad Dreams
     White Road
     Twisted Vengeance
     MatchUp
     City of Miracles
     Need You Now
     Wedded Bliss
       

     

    Non-Fiction coming to the collection May
    2017

     Return to Glory
     We Have No Idea
     Miracle Cure
     One Day We Will All Be Dead
     Origins of Cool
     Paradise Lost
     Theft by Finding
     Objects of Devotion
     Apollo 8
     Behave
     Unruly City
     
         

     



    Becky CBecky likes to read … A LOT. ...
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    As Bullwinkle says: Jumping G. Horsefat!

    by Kay S | May 22, 2017
    Yes, even Bullwinkle is excited that once again it's time for some upcoming books! Being released by publishers between May 15 and June 14, 2017 these are a few of the books which will be coming to a library near you. I'm hearing good things about these stories.

    Historical Romance
    jo Beverley
    Jo Beverley
    http://www.jobev.com
    Merely a Marriage
    May 30
    kj hunter K.J. Charles
    https://kjcharleswriter.wordpress.com/books/
    An Unnatural Vice
    Sins of the Cities series
    June 6
    lorraine heath Lorraine Heath
    http://www.lorraineheath.com/
    Affair with a Notorious Heiress
    Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James series
    May 30
    madeline hunter Madeline Hunter
    http://www.madelinehunter.com/
    The Most Dangerous Duke in London
    Decadent Dukes Society series
    May 30
    eva leigh Eva Leigh
    http://evaleighauthor.com
    From Duke Till Dawn
    London Underground series
    May 30
    Historical Fiction
    kate quinn Kate Quinn
    http://www.katequinnauthor.com/
    The Alice Network
    June 6
    Contemporary Romance/Mainstream Fiction/Women's Fiction
    annabeth albert Annabeth Albert
    http://annabethalbert.com/
    On Point
    Out of Uniform series
    Contemporary Romance
    June 6
    sarah hegger Sarah Hegger
    http://sarahhegger.com
    Positively Pippa
    Ghost Falls series
    Contemporary Romance
    May 30
    christina lauren Christina Lauren
    http://www.christinalaurenbooks.com/
    Dating You/Hating You
    Contemporary Romance
    June 6
    rhenna morgan Rhenna Morgan
    http://RhennaMorgan.com
    Claim and Protect
    The haven Brotherhood series
    Contemporary Romance
    June 12
    sarah morgan Sarah Morgan
    http://sarahmorgan.com/books/sleepless-in-manha...
    New York, Actually
    From Manhattan with Love series
    Contemporary Romance
    May 30
    brenda novak Brenda Novak
    http://www.brendanovak.com
    No One But You
    Silver Springs series
    Contemporary Romance
    June 1
    shannyn schroader Shannyn Schroeder
    http://www.ShannynSchroeder.com
    Through Your Eyes
    For Your Love series
    Contemporary Romance
    May 30...
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    15 Minute Pulitzer 1973: Optimism, Welty, and Beatlemania

    by Craig B | May 19, 2017

    cover for Eudora Welty's novel, The Optimist's DaughterBook Review: The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty

    If I were to indulge my faux-literary-critic persona here and use some high-sounding phraseology to talk about Eudora Welty’s last novel (the novel that won her the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1973), I would say that The Optimist’s Daughter contains an interesting “reversal of climaxes” that challenges readers to think carefully about what it all means.  And by “all” I mean the narrative of the book and also “all” -- what it ALL means.  This “reversal”, I could pontificate, happens as the novel shifts and parries and kind of hits you in the back of the head when it kills off a main character only a third of the way through the book.  The rest of the novel then becomes about the nearly anti-climactic funeral for that character and we have to use our “imagination” (a theme throughout the novel) to truly understand the tensions that continue to drive the narrative.  Now, I have to be careful.  I might be starting to sound like I possibly, really liked this book.  Well, it was okay, I guess, for the record, but honestly it felt a little underdeveloped or only marginally realized or something.  Not that I’m qualified to say, I’m just a reader, not a professional, despite my sometimes ambitious vocabulary.

    I do find it interesting that Welty lies at rest beneath words from this novel.  The quote on her gravestone is reputedly, "For her life, any life, she had to ...

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    • Craig B is a thirty-something lover of books, movies, and rock and roll whose grandmother still worries that he might not be eating enough. (Love you, Grandma!) A favorite book of Craig’s is Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann.

    What We're Reading: May 2017

    by Becky C | May 17, 2017
    Ever wonder what library staff like to read?  Wonder no more!  Here's a quick look at some books we've enjoyed this month.  Click on a book cover to check availability — it’s as easy as that!
    Nabokovs Favorite Word
     
    This Time Together
     
     Down City
     Something Strange and Deadly
     Zoo Station
     Wounded Prophet
     Stranger in the Woods
     Cocktail Hour Garden
     Norse Mythology
     Cows Pigs Wars Witches
     Hot
     To Kill a Mockingbird
     Dorothy Must Die
     Lost City of the Monkey God
     Collapsing Empire
     Rescuing Penny Jane
     Paper Girls
     One Good Dog
     Food Health and Happiness
     Fraulein M
     King Baby
         

    Becky CBecky likes to read … A LOT. When she’s not reading, she likes to pretend that she can garden. Her thumb has no hint of green whatsoever but luckily her plants are forgiving. Her favorite books are The Shannara series by Terry Brooks.
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    Looking who we caught reading!

    by Becky C | May 15, 2017
    May is Get Caught Reading month, a nationwide campaign to remind people of all ages just how much fun taking a break with a good book is.  Sure, we all have To Do lists that seem never-ending and sometimes it’s hard to set aside some me-time — but isn’t it wonderful when we do?

    Several famous people have been caught reading recently — click here for their pics!  ACPL is joining in on the fun — look who we “caught” reading on their breaks and lunch hours!  It’s one of life’s ironies that although we are surrounded by books all day long, reading is generally NOT part of our job description.  Sigh.

    Get Caught Reading A Good Day for a Hat
     Get Caught Reading Craig
     
         
     Get Caught Reading Sara  Get Caught Reading Kara  
         
     Get Caught Reading Kris  Get Caught Reading Mariah  
         
     Get Caught Reading Evan  Get Caught Reading Nerija  
         
     Get Caught Reading Megan
       


    Would you like to join us?  Please feel free to send your photos to ask@acpl.info with the subject line Caught Reading.  I will share in a follow-up post later this month!



    Becky CBecky likes to read … A LOT. When she’s not reading, she likes to pretend that she can garden. Her thumb has no hint of green whatsoever but luckily her plants are forgiving. Her favorite books are The Shannara series by Terry Brooks.
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    Moms with moxie

    by Becky C | May 12, 2017
    Editor's Note:  As You Like It began publishing content in 2011.  That's six years of awesomeness!  As we celebrate Mothers' Day this weekend, here's a look back at one of our favorite posts.  Originally published May 9, 2012.

    As we prepare to celebrate Mothers’ Day, I not only think of my mom and my friends’ moms, but also the great moms I’ve encountered in fiction.  Here’s a short list of some of the best moms in fiction — who would you add?

    Barrayar
      Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan is a force to be reckoned with.  Before marrying Aral Vorkosigan and having a child, she was commander of her own spaceship.  In Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold, Aral may have the military reputation and the nickname “The Butcher of Komarr”, but the men of Barrayar would be advised to take Cordelia at her word when she warns them to avoid annoying her.  Love Cordelia! 
         
     Tehanu
       In Tehanu, a book in the Earthsea Cycle, we spend time with Tenar, a former high priestess of the Nameless Ones.  Tenar has a generous maternal spirit:  despite the turmoil around her she adopts and raises a maimed, abused girl, making Tenar one of the greatest fantasy moms ever.
         
     Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
       I think Molly Weasley is simply awesome in all of the Harry Potter books but I selected The Deathly Hallows for this list because of her deadly duel with Bellatrix Lestrange.  Go Molly!
         
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    Do Opposites Really Attract?

    by Kay S | May 10, 2017
    You know when I read a romance novel, I often ask myself “would this relationship really
    work?” Would a stuffed-shirt aristocrat really go for a wild-eyed suffragette? Would a h_guhrkePankhurst thumping suffragette really go for an “I’m-better-then-you-I-rule-the-world" man? We live in such a fantasy world in Romanceland, sometimes I think we believe that these relationships would work. We rely heavily on the author to “make it so.” When I picked up The Truth About Love and Dukes by Laura Lee Guhrke, I pretty much thought that no matter how different the hero and heroine were, in the end I would be sure they would have a believable happy ending. You see, Laura Lee Guhrke excels at writing complex characters which match up. So, I started reading.

    The book starts out promising. Henry Cavanaugh, Duke of Torquil, is a little peeved because his mother has sent a letter to Lady Truelove (a gossip advice columnist) asking for advice. You see, his mother is in love with a man much younger than herself and that man is an artist – gasp. Well, Henry is a tried and true top-drawer aristocrat. His word is the law, his hand is iron, and he jumps tall building in a single bound (oops, wrong guy). Dressed in his most threatening ensemble, he rushes down to confront Lady Truelove only to be greeted by Irene Deverill, the editor of the newspaper. First of all, he is shocked that it is a woman who has control ...
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    Suggested (m)use: Brantley Gilbert

    by Craig B | May 08, 2017

    cover for Brantley Gilbert's album, The Devil Don't SleepGilbert’s new album, The Devil Don’t Sleep, has its moments of ascension, like the pronouncement of a female acquaintance to be a “smokin’ gun” and the keening quality of a cry to “let it rain, let it rain, let it rain”.  If you like rock-infused country you should give this album a try.  It certainly delivers on the “infused” part with nearly every one of the album’s mid-tempo songs borrowing something from that other genre of music.  And I just have to publicly appreciate this level of commitment, the borrowing even goes down to the title of track 1, “Rockin’ Chairs”

    Suggested Use: Again, if you dig rock-infused country music, this is a great album to order fast food to on a Friday night; tunes to blare from your Pioneers as you grin at the folks on the other side of the drive-thru window letting them know you’re about to have a great weekend.

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    • Craig B is a thirty-something lover of books, movies, and rock and roll whose grandmother still worries that he might not be eating enough. (Love you, Grandma!) A favorite book of Craig’s is Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann.

    Congratulations Beverly Jenkins

    by Kay S | May 05, 2017
    Beverly Jenkins has been awarded the 2017 RWA Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement beverly jenkinsAward. This is one of the highest honors Romance Writers of America bestows on authors. This award is presented to a living author in recognition of significant contributions to the romance genre. 

    Beverly has been in the business of blood, sweat, and tears (that's writing) since her first book Night Song was published in 1994. She specializes in 19th century African American life and has over thirty published novels to date. Born in Detroit, she graduated from Cass Technical High School and attended Michigan State University where she majored in Journalism and English Literature. 

    Congratulations Ms. Jenkins!!!


    kayKay is an avid reader of historical romance books, maybe with a little trip into paranormal land and an occasional journey into mystery world.
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    Discover the science in fantasy

    by Evan | May 03, 2017
    Serious geeks may be disappointed by Helen Keen's recent book, The Science of Game of Thrones. The British comic and science TV personality doesn't reveal how to wake the dead or mother your own dragon.

    Lighthearted nerds, however, will enjoy Keen's spritely style and her research into just how close this world is -- or is not -- to the many fantastical elements of George R. R. Martin's great creation. He is the author of the Song of Ice and Fire book series, which is the inspiration for the Game of Thrones TV series.

    The Science of Game of ThronesYou want to make  your own Valyrian steel sword? Keel will get you as close as she can, including what to look for in just the right iron ore meteor.

    It is known that Winter Is Coming in Westeros, but Keen notes that Martin said his tale is partly an analog for what scientists say about our real world: Summer Is Coming. She tells how, ironically, bubbles in Antarctic ice cores help drive that prediction. 

    Giants, choking poisons, dire wolves, the surprisingly successful sex lives of beta males (Samwell Tarly), the magical power of a king's blood -- Keen brings you up to date on these and many more just in time for the TV show's much-anticipated new season in July.

    As to the even more-anticipated sixth novel  in the series, making it arrive immediately is beyond anyone's scientific or magical powers. So, in the mean time, check out Keen's  little book and then amaze ...
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