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Nonfiction Chronicles: Marathon Sunday

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall

Think the New York City Marathon is a grueling test of endurance?  Well, to the Tarahumara Indians of the Copper Canyons of Mexico, it’s a walk in the park.  This reclusive tribe of super-runners can go hundreds of miles on desert terrain clad only in thin sandals after an all-night party drinking homemade tequila.   Author McDougall goes on a quest to discover the secrets to their peace-loving, cooperative, and very physical lifestyle by seeking out the mythical Caballo Blanco, an American ex-pat who earned their trust and serves as intermediary.  Using the Tarahumara as a backdrop, McDougall digresses into interesting topics such as the biomechanical superiority of barefoot running, reasons for the decline of U.S. distance running, and how evolutionary evidence points to the fact that the human body was, in fact, built for running.

Kids Yoga

There is still lots of room in Kids Yoga!

Saturdays, November 7, 14, 21

Grades 1-3 10am

Grades 4-5 11am

Call the children's desk today and reserve your spot.  Bring a mat or towel! 

Large Print: Cozy Up to a Good Mystery

October is a perfect month to read something spooky.  Do you like mysteries, but don’t like a lot of gore or violence? Cozy mysteries may be just right for you!  Jessica Fletcher, the heroine of the Murder, She Wrote series, leads off this list of recommendations, followed by other plucky woman detectives and even a cat!

A Little Yuletide Murder by Donald Bain
Santa’s been murdered! Actually, it’s farmer Rory Brent, who's played St. Nick at Cabot Cove's annual holiday event for years. Now Jessica has to track down the humbug that did it!

Audio Book Review: Eat, Pray, Love

Reviewed by Jodi Hink, Part Time Librarian

eat, pray, love

Summary:
Traces the author's decision to quit her job and travel the world for a year
after suffering a mid-life crisis and divorce, a journey that took her to
Italy, India and Indonesia.

Review:
Not only did this book give me a taste of all three countries, I enjoyed
seeing the author go through spiritual change. I usually do not think
authors reading their own books necessarily give the nuance a trained actor
would, but in this case since it was a memoir, I did enjoy hearing the author
read her book.

Book Review: Recipes for a Perfect Marriage

Reviewed by Jodi Hink, Part Time Librarian

Recipes for a Perfect Marriage

Author: Morag Prunty

Summary:
Tressa Nolan is a 38 year old food writer desperate to be married. When she does marry she is terrified she made the wrong choice in a mate. The story goes back and forth between Tressa's marriage and her Irish grandmother's seemingly perfect relationship with Tressa's grandfather. We soon discover all is not what it seems.

Review:

Audio Book Review: The Fountainhead

Reviewed by Jodi Hink, Part Time Librarian

The Foutainhead
Author: Ayn Rand

Summary:
Presents the story of a gifted architect, his struggle against conventional
standards, and his violent love affair.

Review:
The reader, Christopher Hurt, does an excellent job of reading this tale that
you will be happy it has 26 CDs. It is an exciting story that really delves
into human motivations.

Mystery Monday

Prolific mystery author Stuart Kaminsky died last week at the age of 75.  While not a superstar of the publishing world, Mr. Kaminsky  (or rather Dr. Kaminsky, as he earned a Ph.D and was a film studies scholar) had a long and distinguished career.  Starting in 1977 and including this year, he wrote over 60 books.  The more astonishing fact is that he wrote not one, not two, but four different mystery series!  Some of you may have read his Chicago cop series featuring Abe Lieberman,  or his Russian Police Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov series.  Others may remember his Lew Foneseca, the depressive process server, or Toby Peters, the slightly seedy Hollywood P.I.  In 2006, Stuart Kaminsky was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, the organization's highest honor. Mystery fans everywhere mourn the passing of this very talented writer.

New Romance Fiction for October 2009

In paperback:

Sky Keepers by Jessica Anderson (3, The Final Prophecy) C, S
Neck & Neck by Elizabeth Bevarly (3, Kentucky Derby) C
Speak of the Devil by Jenna Black (4, Morgan Kingsley, Exorcist) C, S
Devil in My Bed by Celeste Bradley (1, Runaway Brides) H
Obsidian Prey by Jayne Castle (7, Harmony World/Ghost Hunters) S, SF
Surrender of a Siren by Tessa Dare (2, Hunting Party trilogy) H
Storm of Visions by Christina Dodd (1, The Chosen Ones) C, S
Out of the Light, into the Shadows by Lori Foster, L.L. Foster, and Erin McCarthy C, S, F
Destined for an Early Grave by Jeaniene Frost (4, Night Huntress) C, S

New Speculative Fiction for October 2009

New to our shelves:

The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood SF
Queen of Oblivion by Giles Carwyn and Todd Fahnestock (3, Heartstone trilogy) F, R
Traitors’ Gate by Kate Elliott (3, Crossroads) F
The Red Tree by Caitlin R. Kiernan H, F
Dead and Alive by Dean Koontz (3, Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein) H
Nine Gates by Jane Lindskold (2, Breaking the Wall) F
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger H
Purple and Black by K. J. Parker F
Elfland by Freda Warrington (1, Books of the Silver Wheel) F, R

In the paperback racks:

Bitter Angels by C. L. Anderson SF, M

Tried a "Classic" Movie Lately?

Every Tuesday, when our new DVD releases are put out, there is always a huge demand by our customers to reserve these titles.  Our Audiovisual Department however, has many wonderful "classic" movies that can rival any of today's new releases.

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