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    Chapter Two Book Club Pick: August 2017

    by Becky C | Jul 24, 2017
    The Uncommon Appeal of CloudsIn August, the Chapter Two Book Club will discuss the The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds by Alexander McCall Smith.

    "Edinburgh philosopher and amateur sleuth Isabel Dalhousie finds herself tested as a parent, philosopher, sleuth, and friend in the ninth book of her mystery series. When a wealthy art collector seeks her help when a valuable painting is stolen from him, she discovers that the thieves are closer to the owner than he would have expected. At the same time, Isabel must decide what to do with her son when she discovers he's a budding mathematical genius."  Publisher Summary.


    *Chapter Two Book Club:  The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds by Alexander McCall Smith
    *Main Library, Business Science & Technology meeting room
    *August 17, 2017
    *10:00 am
    *No registration
    *Free


    Mark your calendars for October 12, 2017!!!  Philip Gulley will visit the Main Library on Thursday, October 12th at 2:00 pm to present the topic Storytelling, followed by a book signing and meet-and-greet with the author.

    Hope to see you at both events!


    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: Even Pynchon can be prologue

    by Craig B | Jul 22, 2017

    cover for Michael Shaara's novel, The Killer AngelsBook Review: Michael Shaara's winner of the 1975 Pulitzer Prize, The Killer Angels

    Imagine my delight … at opening The Killer Angels, and finding a fast-paced narrative full of concrete, measurable historic events and famous military decisions that lives at about half the page count of its 15-Minute Pulitzer Predecessor, Gravity’s Rainbow.

    Imagine my delight at realizing that Michael Shaara, who’s book I quite enjoyed, taught for a while at Florida State University, my alma mater.

    Imagine my delight at realizing that I might actually be connected to some sort of artistic spirit when I realized that Michael Shaara’s son is the writer of Gods and Generals, a book I had begun, as I worked my way through The Killer Angels, feeling inspired to read (or at least watch on the big screen).

    Imagine my despair at the unfolding of this battle of Gettysburg as that battlefield was brought to life on the page and I realized in a whole new way the tragedy of the American Civil War.  Brother against brother, old friend against old friend, but perhaps most disturbing, men who are on the same side hating each other more than more obvious enemies.  The posturing and maneuvering against one another becomes so astounding the reader may find themselves shouting at the characters, “You know the men across the Emmitsburg Road want to see you dead, right?!” 

    And this despair can’t be completely attributed to Gettysburg.  It also comes from the fact that I ...

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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.

    "Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana."

    by Kay S | Jul 21, 2017
    Yes, as Groucho Marx may or may not have said, time is flying by. Half the year is gone and soon we will be dragging out our shovels - maybe. But before that cold front moves down from Canada, here are some releases which will be coming out between July 15 and August 14, 2017. And, remember these are the publishing dates not the dates they will be on library shelves.

    Historical Romance
    h_broday Linda Broday
    https://lindabroday.com/
    Knight on the Texas Plains
    Texas Heroes series
    August 1
    grace Burrowes Grace Burrowes
    http://www.graceburrowes.com/
    Too Scot to Handle
    Windham Brides series
    July 25

    Historical Fiction

    dUKES Kristopher Dukes
    http://www.kristopherdukes.com/
    The Sworn Virgin
    August 8
    Rose M.J. Rose
    https://www.mjrose.com/content/
    The Library of Light and Shadow
    Daughters of La Lune series
    July 18

    Contemporary Romance/Mainstream/Women's Fiction

    hEACOCK Summer Heacock
    http://www.fizzygrrl.com/
    The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky
    Mainstream Fiction
    July 25
    Lorelei James Lorelei James
    http://www.loreleijames.com/
    When I Need You
    Need You series
    Contemporary Romance
    July 25

    Julie London Julia London
    http://www.julialondon.com/
    Suddenly Engaged
    Lake Haven series
    Contemporary Romance
    July 25
    Sarah Skilton Sarah Skilton
    http://www.sarahskilton.com
    Club Deception
    Mainstream Fiction
    July 25

    Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Romantic Suspense

    Liliana Hart Liliana Hart
    http://www.lilianahart.com
    Say No More
    Gravediggers series
    Romantic Suspense
    July 25
    Iris Johansen Iris Johansen
    http://www.irisjohansen.com/
    Roy Johansen
    http://www.royjohansen.com/
    Look Behind You
    Kendra Michaels series
    Mystery
    July 18
    Ronald Malfi Ronald Malfi
    http://www.ronmalfi.com/
    Bone White
    Thriller
    July 25
    Susan MacNeal Susan Elia MacNeal
    http://www.susaneliamacneal.com
    The Paris Spy
    Maggie Hope series
    Mystery ...
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    Why I love Flipster!

    by Ask a Librarian | Jul 19, 2017

    I’m convinced that a lot of our iPad, Android tablet, and Kindle Fire library users have no idea that the library has popular magazines that you can download for free.  You can also view these 57 magazines on any computer too!  Just go to Explore on the ACPL homepage and scroll down to click on Flipster.  If you're not on a library computer, you'll be prompted to enter your 14-digit ACPL card number for access.

    Click on a magazine cover to begin reading.  Within that issue, you can then click on All Issues to view any available back issues for that magazine.  A few magazines have limits on how many people can access a title at once, but most of the time titles are immediately available.

    I can’t tell you how much I love this service!  I almost bought an iPad just to use Flipster, but then they finally offered an app for the Kindle Fire, which I already own.  Flipster also offers the app for Android devices and iPhones, though I would think an iPhone screen would be too small, at least for the types of magazines I read.  The iPad is the sleekest -- lucky you, if you own one! 

    For most devices (except for the Kindle Fire), you can find the Flipster app in the App Store/Play Store.  Install and Open.  Find Allen County Public Library, select Patron ID login, and enter your library card number.  You're in!


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    Ian Rolland helped Fort Wayne keep Lincoln collection

    by Sara Gabbard, Executive Director of the Friends of the Lincoln Collection | Jul 14, 2017

    Ian RollandIan Rolland, the long-time local business leader who died July 1, had a long-standing respect for Abraham Lincoln.  He spent a lifetime preserving the legacy of our 16th President.

    As Lincoln National's CEO, Ian was responsible for moving the world-famous Lincoln Financial Collection out of the "basement" of the corporate headquarters, to a new location in what is now Citizens' Square in Fort Wayne.  The new Lincoln Museum opened to the public in 1995.  When that location was closed in 2008, a nationwide search was conducted to find a location for the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection of historical documents. 

    Under Ian's leadership, the State of Indiana submitted the winning proposal (competing against such national sites as the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, Gettysburg, and Springfield, Illinois), and the $20 million collection was donated to the State of Indiana. The three-dimensional artifacts were to be preserved at the Indiana State Museum and the two-dimensional items (newspapers, documents, 18,000 books, etc.) at the Allen County Public Library.  A significant factor in the selection of the State of Indiana was the promise to digitize the Collection at ACPL, an undertaking which is still in progress.

    The initial success having been achieved, Ian then chaired a statewide capital campaign which raised $9.5 million to provide immediate "moving expenses," capital for the first four years of operation, and then an endowment which would provide long-term financial stability for the preservation of this significant collection.

    Ian then served as vice president of Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana, ...

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    Revenge comes to Romanceland

    by Kay S | Jul 12, 2017
    Spoilers ahead.

     The Most Dangerous Duke in London begins Madeline Madeline HunterHunter's Decadent Dukes Society series. Don't let the title fool you into believing this is a light and fluffy story, because it's not. This is a story about revenge, not my favorite plotline. The character bent on revenge in this book is our hero Adam Penrose, Duke of Stratton. By the way, he has two duke friends - Gabriel St. James, Duke of Langford; and Eric Marshall, Duke of Brentworth. They are in this book because we need to have a few buddy talks scattered throughout. Anyway, Adam is bent on revenge against someone in the Cheswick family. He hasn't quite put all the pieces together, but he believes one of the Cheswicks is responsible for his father's death. When the story begins he is on the way to the Cheswick's home. Much to his surprise he has been summoned by the Dowager Countess of Morwood. The dowager is a Cheswick; and let me tell you I had some problem keeping all the titles and surnames straight. Oh, for the days of just plain Smith.

    The dowager wants to put aside the ol' family feud between Adam's family and the Cheswick family. It could be that Adam's reputation as a duelist has preceded him and she wants to protect her grandson Theo. Or it could be something else.  When Adam arrives, he finds that she is going to settle the feud by offering up her youngest granddaughter as the ...
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    The big kids want to play, too

    by Evan | Jul 10, 2017
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    The only way in which I've ever been anything like a trend-setter is in playing board games for grown-ups before they started to catch on. It's still a niche hobby, but news reports have been coming out for a few years now with themes along the lines of, "Wow, there are a bunch of modern board games you can play that are a lot better than Monopoly!"

    Here's a recent article from Detroit about people who teach people to play them at bars. Here's one about a game store in North Carolina where people gather to play. (There are at least two such stores in Fort Wayne.) 

    And the library has a new book -- It's All a Game by Tristan Donovan -- that tells the story of board games from the time before written records to their 21st century renaissance. 

    Part of the story today is that board games are thriving even though electronic games are a much bigger market. Another part is that there are crossovers, with good board games turned into good apps (Carcassone) and good computer games turned into good board games (Sid Meier's Civilization). 

    I'm using the term "grown-ups" because the phrase "adult games" implies risque themes. Those show up a little bit in new games, but mostly in party games such as Cards Against Humanity, or in some of the artwork tied to role playing games.

    By contrast, the modern board game hobby owes its momentum to European ...
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    Presto, Besto! Time for Upcoming Releases

    by Kay S | Jul 07, 2017
    Yes, once again the publishing world is releasing some books just for our edification. Here are a few books which are coming to a store or library near you between June 15 and July 14, 2017. I've been hearing good things about this selection. Remember these dates are release dates not the dates they will appear on your library shelves.


    Historical Romance
    Sabrina Jeffries Sabrina Jeffries
    http://www.sabrinajeffries.com
    The Pleasures of Passion
    Sinful Suitors series
    June 20
    Sarah Maclean Sarah MacLean
    http://www.sarahmaclean.net
    The Day of the Duchess
    Scandal and Scoundrel series
    June 27
    amy sandas Amy Sandas
    http://www.amysandas.com/
    Lord of Lies
    Fallen Ladies series
    July 4

    Contemporary Romance/Mainstream Fiction/Women's Fiction

    debbie burns Debbie Burns
    http://www.authordebbieburns.com/
    A New Leash on Love
    Rescue Me series
    Contemporary Romance
    July 4
    marie harte Marie Harte
    http://marieharte.com/
    Just the Thing
    Donnigans series
    Contemporary Romance
    July 4
    beverley jenkins Beverly Jenkins
    http://www.beverlyjenkins.net
    Chasing Down a Dream
    Blessings series
    Mainstream
    July 4
    matthew quick Matthew Quick
    http://www.matthewquickwriter.com
    The Reason You're Alive
    Mainstream
    July 4
    ks tucker K.A. Tucker
    http://www.katuckerbooks.com
    Until It Fades
    Contemporary Romance
    June 27
    melissa young Melissa Scholes Young
    http://www.melissascholesyoung.com/index.html
    Flood
    Mainstream
    June 26

    Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Romantic Suspense

    sarah castile Sarah Castille
    http://sarahcastille.com/
    Luca
    Ruin and Revenge series
    Romantic Suspense
    June 27
    peg cochran Peg Cochran
    http://www.pegcochran.com/
    Sowed to Death
    Farmer's Daughter Mystery series
    Mystery
    July 4
    john connelly John Connolly
    http://www.johnconnollybooks.com/
    A Game of Ghosts
    Charlie Parker series
    Thriller
    July ...
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    Suggested (m)use: Paramore

    by Craig B | Jul 05, 2017

    album cover of After Laughter by ParamoreI should probably check out Paramore’s back catalog because I was under the impression that they were a rock band and that I was likely to enjoy their newest album, After Laughter.  Well … I do have to give the band credit for writing some catchy lyrics like “shot a hole in the sun,” “a dream is good if you don’t wear it out,” and my favorite, “low-key, no pressure, just hang with me and my weather.”  I also was really beginning to enjoy that one song, “Fake Happy” (maybe mostly because it opens with an instrument that impressed itself upon me as actually being a guitar) until my wife pointed out, “If I find myself with enough energy to laugh and smile and be fake-happy (like the song says), maybe I’m actually just happy,” a comment I then found I enjoyed much more than the song.  So it goes.

    Suggested Use: Building your first robot?  The strong synth elements of this album are certain to make for a good inspirational soundtrack to your efforts.  Also, the Emo roots of this band could go a long way to helping you design feelings for your robot’s AI which we humans need it to have so that it can be relied upon to not try and take over the world.  Unlike Watson.  That dude is clearly a stone-cold world dominator.  All for our own good, of course.  All for our own good.

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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.

    Chapter Two Book Club Pick: July 2017

    by Trish | Jul 03, 2017

    Did you know the Main Library has a book club for adults?  It is called Chapter Two and it meets the third Thursday of every month, except December.  In July, the club will be discussing the novel A Lesson in Hope from the Hope series by bestselling author Philip Gulley

    A Lesson in HopeGulley is a Quaker pastor, writer, and speaker from Danville, Indiana who has published 21 books, including the acclaimed Harmony series which chronicles life in the eccentric Quaker community of Harmony, Indiana.  An eclectic writer whose books have been described as “heartwarming,” “amusing,” and “upbeat,” Gulley has also written several books of theology, including Living the Quaker Way: Timeless Wisdom for a Better Life Today, as well as the memoir I Love You, Miss Huddleston: And Other Inappropriate Longings of My Indiana Childhood

    *Chapter Two Book Club:  A Lesson in Hope by Philip Gulley
    *Main Library, Business Science & Technology meeting room
    *July 20, 2017
    *10:00 am
    *No registration
    *Free


    And mark your calendars for October 12, 2017!!!  Philip Gulley will visit the Main Library on Thursday, October 12th at 2:00 pm to present the topic Storytelling, followed by a book signing and meet-and-greet with the author.

    Hope to see you at both events!

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    Coming soon to a bookshelf near you: June 2017

    by Becky C | Jun 30, 2017
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    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 April 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 June 2017



    Adua
     
    Scribbled in the Dark
     
     No Middle Name
     Unsub
     The Devils Triangle
     Wicked Wonders
     The Refrigerator Monlogues
     The Strange Case of the Alchemists Daughter
     Home Run
     Beyond Reason
     Grief Cottage
     The Windfall
     Dear Cyborgs
     Widow Nash
     The Himalayan Codex
     She Rides Shotgun
     The Weight of Lies
     Hacked
     Raven Strategem
     The Witch Who Came In From the Cold
     At His Mercy
     Ascension of Larks
     Touch
     The Marsh Kings Daughter
     Berlin Red
     Odd Numbers
     Cast the First Stone
     The Last Iota
     Food of the Gods
     Nothing Like a Duke

    Nonfiction coming to the collection June 2017


    American Eclipse
     
    Atomic Adventures
     
    Ducksoup
     
     Wine Isnt Rocket Science
     I Was Told to Come Alone
     Open Heart
     The Wonder of Birds
     The Bright Hours
     Beyond Trans
     Kennedy and King
     The Havens Kitchen Cooking School
     Shake Shack
       ...
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    What should I consider when shopping for an e-Reader?

    by Ask a Librarian | Jun 28, 2017

    eReader image from pixaby

    Last week, we talked about accessing ACPL's eBook collections.  This week, we'll tackle another frequently asked question -- what to consider when shopping for an e-Reader.

    Are you already reading eBooks?  Start by considering what you're currently using.  What do you like?  What don't you like?  For instance, maybe you don’t like the screen size when reading on your phone.  Or the lack of portability when using the computer.  Or the glare of the sun on your tablet when reading outside.

    Taking all of that into consideration, my recommendation is to get a device that will work with Hoopla.  Hoopla offers eBooks, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, and music so you'll get a lot of bang for your buck.  Additionally, Hoopla works with fewer devices than our other eBook service, OverDrive.  So, if you get a device that’s compatible for Hoopla, there's a good chance that it will also be able to work with OverDrive/Libby eBooks -- but the reverse is less likely. 

    On Hoopla’s help page, click on Supported Devices.  You'll find both a list of supported Android devices (and what to look for as far as storage space, operating system, etc.), as well as a list of supported iOS (Apple) and Amazon Fire devices (and which software version you will need).

    How to decide from such a long list of supported devices?  Consider the following:

    • Your budget
    • How readily available the product is online or in stores.  Do you want to be able to visit a brick ...
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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. 

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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.