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"The Pope Who Quit" by Jon Sweeny

In "The Pope Who Quit: A Medieval Tale of Mystery, Death, and Salvation," Jon Sweeney tells the tale of the only Pope to resign voluntarily, Celestine V, who reigned for five months in 1294. A fact once only a part of historical...

Colfer Aims for an Adult Audience with "Plugged"

Eoin Colfer is known for his books for the younger and shorter set like the Artemis Fowl series, but last year he got to sit at the big boys' table when he wrote "Plugged." At Bouchercon 2011, a mystery writers' convention, Colfer joked he was excited to...

Wonder Woman Odyssey Vols. 1 & 2

 

Wonder Woman Odyssey Vols. 1 & 2

In recent years, DC Comics unveiled a plan to reboot all of their current characters, allowing new readers, as well as long time fans, to jump in and get reaquainted with the various origin stories. Gone are the plotlines that you used to know; now we are starting over fresh.  As a child and teen, I loved reading comics, and still enjoy the wide selection of graphic novels available in the...

Reduce, reuse, recycle

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,...

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