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"Return Man" by V.M. Zito

The story opens after the zombie apocalypse has divided the United States into two distinct sections. The eastern states are the Safe States of America. The western states, where the Resurrection virus began, are now the Evacuated States of America. Walking corpses roam looking for fresh meat. It is here that our hero Dr. Henry Marco makes his living as the Return man. He is a post apocalyptic bounty hunter hired by grieving relatives in the Safe...

Homes come in all shapes and sizes. People have homes and some of our pets have them too. In Phyllis Richardson's, "Nano House: Innovations for Small Dwellings," the author stretches the possibilities of what constitutes a home.

Many of the houses profiled in the book are very small. Most range from 300 square feet to just under 1,000. One is 43 square feet, which looks like a high school locker--the woman in the picture is pulling the house on...

 

Scattered throughout the televised coverage of the Olympic Games are brief, inspiring bios of the athletes set to swelling music. If these sketches leave you wondering about the rest of the story, several new books may provide a more complete picture.

In "Winning Balance: what I've learned so far about love, faith, and living your dreams" gymnast Shawn Johnson writes about coping with fame after winning four medals in the...

"The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" by Alan Bradley

 

Travel back in time with me to Great Britain in the summer of 1950 and the once grand mansion of Buckshaw. Here, 10-year-old Flavia de Luce lives with her absentminded father and two otherwise occupied sisters. Flavia, an aspiring chemist with a passion for all that is clever and intriguing, spends most of her time in Buckshaw's tower where she has the privacy and supplies to carry out her chemistry experiments. In the midst of a boring summer, Flavia is suddenly in the middle of a genuine mystery! The morning after a dead bird is found on their doorstep with a postage stamp...

Harriet Lane's debut novel "Alys, Always" has a deceptively simple beginning. A young woman, Frances Thorpe, encounters a one-car traffic accident on a snowy night. After calling an ambulance, she speaks to the injured woman as they wait for help. Frances later learns that the woman, Alys, has died and that her family would like to meet her.

Thus begins a fascinating and slightly creepy page-turner...

For decades now, girls have outperformed boys by a large margin on standardized reading tests. If practice makes perfect, then the answer to this problem is clear: get boys to read more often and they will become better at reading. But anyone who has dealt with a reluctant boy reader can tell you that this is no easy task.  


While the causes and solutions to the problem of the "gender reading gap" are much debated by experts, one contributing factor could be a cultural stereotype that reading is an activity best enjoyed by women. It's easy for boys to get this impression...

Melancholia

 

I saw the movie "Melancholia" on the big screen several months ago. It was filled with astonishingly beautiful images, so I put in a request when it came out on DVD. The movie suffers a little in the smaller format, but not much.

Kirsten Dunst...

"Dead Mann Walking: a Hessius Mann novel

 

Mention the word zombie and most of us think of the living dead shambling out of a graveyard with a driving hunger for human brains. You'll find a different breed of zombies in "Dead Mann Walking: a Hessius Mann novel" by Stefan Petrucha. In response to an unprecedented number of innocent people being executed by the State, ChemBet marketed a process to resurrect them. The wealthy jumped on the process to bring back beloved family...

"Wake Up" by Jack Kerouac

 

The traffic light turned green and the car in front of me did not move. "Wake up," I shouted at the windshield. That was also the title of the audiobook playing in my car. "Wake Up" by Jack Kerouac is a biography of the Buddha. Not published in book form until 2008, it was meant to be a handbook for the Western world to understand Buddhism.

In the mid-1950s,...

Tricked by Kevin Hearne

 

Kevin Hearne's newest book "Tricked" is book four in his Iron Druid Chronicles. The author blends action, Navajo mythology and a great sense of humor to turn out one of my most enjoyable reads of 2012. While the books do stand alone, I would recommend they be read in order because certain elements are part of a continuous storyline.

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