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Many of us have tried to stretch our resources during the recession. Maybe one less cup of java, wearing the same old clothes one more season or opting for a "staycation" instead of a trip out of town. For the frugal among us, the makers of Real Simple magazine have put together this handy guide: "Real Simple: 869 New Uses for Old Things."

The book was compiled for the 10th anniversary of the publication, with tips gleaned from the...

Gold by Chris Cleave

 

If you can't wait for the Olympic Games in London, perhaps reading Chris Cleave's new book "Gold" will help these last few weeks pass quickly.

Three top British cyclists prepare for the Olympic Games as they try to sort out various personal problems. Kate and Jack Argall are married with an eight-year-old daughter battling leukemia. Fiercely competitive and beautiful Zoe Castle juggles endorsements and a slightly scandalous personal life...

Rush for the gold : mystery at the Olympics by  John Feinstein

 

The Summer Olympics are about to start, and if these games are like their recent predecessors, then a wave of young men and women will become interested in gymnastics, swimming, field sports, and even equestrian derring-do. SLCL has a lot of titles to whet the appetite of any age group.

For kids:
The 2012 London Olympics / Nick Hunter
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Last week Microsoft unveiled its new version of the tablet, the Surface RT & Surface Pro. It comes with a complete Windows 8 operating system and Microsoft Office software. Like its tablet counterparts, it has a slim body, but surges ahead of any other tablet currently on the market. The Surface weighs less, has a bigger screen, HD resolution, more memory, and at least triple the battery life among tablets. What also sets it apart is a fully-functional keyboard contained within the case.

After years of staying out of an Apple-dominated tablet market, Microsoft has...

Perfect Example

 

Fans of "Saturday Night Live" will recognize the name Darrell Hammond as the talented actor and impressionist who amusingly captured on air the likes of Bill Clinton, Sean Connery, Donald Trump, Phil Donahue, and Dick Cheney for more than 12 years. His new book, "God, If You're Not Up There, I'm F*cked" is a shocking and heart-wrenching example of why you can't judge a book by its cover....

Storm Front by Jim Butcher

 

Are you a fan of the creatures of the night? Does the thought of vampires, werewolves and zombies make you want to cry "Oh, my!" with delight? You might want to check out the new Paranormal Book Group that meets at the Weber Road Branch on the first Saturday of the month at 10:00 am.

We read all things paranormal ranging from vampires to aliens, including adult and teen materials. Some of the books the group has previously read include:

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Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

 

In Life As We Knew It, a meteor strikes the moon changing its orbit around planet Earth and dramatically changing the life of 16-year-old Miranda. Gone is her "normal" life of high school, ice-skating and hanging out with her friends in Pennsylvania. Suddenly, life has turned into a chaotic mess of foraging for food and protecting herself, her family and her neighbors from looters. The added stress of living without electricity,...

Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life by Steve Almond

 

With a title like that, you have to wonder how serious this book takes itself. Steve Almond's memoir of his lifetime love of rock music is a display of passion for the music. Almond begins the book in the mid-1970s with himself as a preteen who is trying to emulate his older brother. But every time he thinks he has matched his brother's taste, that brother has already moved on: Styx, the...

Ray Bradbury

 

The news that Ray Bradbury had passed away on June 5, 2012 saddened me.  Along with authors Andre Norton, Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein, I credit Mr. Bradbury for introducing to the realms of science fiction, horror, and fantasy more years ago than I care to remember.

His works took on social problems in a thought provoking way. Mr. Bradbury wrote of segregation, censorship, and a society that is overly dependent on technology. His characters range from Martians to firemen who start fires instead of putting them out. He had the ability to draw the reader into...

Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man by Mark Kurlansky

 

Two new biographies present the stranger-than-fiction true tales of men who changed the food industry.

In "Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man" Mark Kurlansky introduces Clarence Birdseye (1886-1956) who developed the fast-freezing process that made frozen vegetables a staple of the American diet. Birdseye was an inventor and tinkerer with a huge thirst for knowledge and adventure. In addition to his accomplishments in freezing...

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