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I've done it. I've read books in secret - hiding them in my purse. Sneaking a paragraph or two in my bedroom when I'm alone. I'm always hoping that no one will discover me and ask the title is... or worse what the book is about. I'm sure you've done it too. We want to impress others with what we are reading, but sometimes we can't tear ourselves away from...well...less than prestigious literary creations. However, I no longer have this problem - thanks to the advent of eReaders and eBooks. 
 
Now I can read whatever I want and people have no...
Swamplandia by Karen Ruseell

 

A new literary award was established in 2012 to recognize the year's best books for adult readers. Finalists for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction are chosen from two lists of distinguished books from the previous year: "Booklist's Editor's Choice" and American Library Association's "RUSA Notable Books." A shortlist of finalists is presented in May, and winners are announced at the ALA Annual Conference in June.
 
The fiction winner is Anne Enright's "...
The Queen is Dead by The Smiths

The 80s get a lot of flak for being a shallow and one-dimensional decade. The hair was big, the shoulder pads were bigger and the music was as shallow as a kiddy pool. Or was it? I was lucky enough to live near a Streetside Records store where the incalculably cool folks who worked there pointed me to some truly great music:

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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...

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