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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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Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen

"Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake" is Anna Quindlens' graceful and wise exploration of growing older. A Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author, she's a great observer of the passages of life. There are no woulda, coulda, shoulda's for this sexagenarian. Just a celebration of the time ahead and a thankfulness for coming this far. Life really is all about attitude and gratitude. Quindlens'...

Wayne of Gotham by Tracy Hickman

 

Bruce Wayne saw his parents murdered by Joe Chill when he a child. This traumatic event inspired Bruce to don the cowl and cape of Batman to protect Gotham from criminals. Throughout his journey, the Batman had the memories of Thomas and Martha Wayne to fuel his quest for justice. In "Wayne of Gotham," Tracy Hickman offers a never before look at the Waynes from the time they met till their death...and its repercussions on both Bruce...

The Red House by Mark Haddon

 

Mark Haddon's "The Red House" is a novel about a family holiday in a country house. Not an idealized view of well-adjusted people cherishing time together in a beautiful setting, this book is a complicated and messy portrait of flawed people trying to survive a strained...
Fall Authors Announced

 

SLCL's award-winning author series brings over 50 bestselling authors to the library each year. The 2012 line-up has already drawn huge crowds and rave reviews. What's in store for fall? The Library Foundation recently announced the fall/winter line-up, which features the country's hottest suspense writers, young adult authors, acclaimed historians and journalists and more. View the complete schedule on the Meet the Author Blog.
 
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Lost Everything by Brian Slattery

 

For just a few hundred pages, suspend your disbelief. Believe that the whole of Brian Slattery's novel "Lost Everything" could happen. Because it could. Imagine an America in disarray like Iraq or Bosnia. This is America 50, 100 years in the future. There is political, economic and environmental upheaval. War. Famine....
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