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Books for Adults

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Books for Adults


Why the Dalai Lama matters: his act of truth as the solution for China, Tibet, and the World, by Robert Thurman

This is a critical book to read even if one is not Buddhist. China will play an important role in the 21st century. How it has dealt, and could deal, with cultural diversity at its doorstep has profound implications for our global future. The Dalai Lama is for the world what Martin Luther King, Jr. was for the U.S. We would do well to become educated about the issue of Tibet, that we may become better advocates abroad for the human rights that we hold so dear here.

Reviewed by Carol 11/10/08




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Muqtada: Muqtada al-Sadr, the Shia revival, and the struggle for Iraq  by Patrick Cockburn

A valuable book if you want to understand the religious context behind the political struggle in Iraq today. Violent circumstances forged the personality of the "firebrand cleric" and precipitated his rise to the leadership of the major grassroots political movement in Iraq. Accessible, informative, but not fun reading.

Reviewed by Carol 11/01/08





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The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

A deliciously intricate story full of family drama, suspense, and romance. Atwood's writing made me want to savor every word, while her mesmerizing story made me want to quickly get to the next page. Especially intriguing for me was the mysterious sci-fi tale being told within the story. Take a look at the First Chapter Excerpts in our catalog and you'll see what I mean.

Reviewed by Theresa 10/16/08




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A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

This is the best fiction I have ever read! Dedicated to the women of Afghanistan, this novel depicts the journey of two girls who have lived through the evils of war. This book is very well written Hosseini draws the reader into the lives of each character. If you like novels that are based on historical events I strongly recommend this read.The author gives every afghan woman a voice through Myriam and Laila. I do want to warn future readers that there is strong content so if you're brave enough to take the journey with these two afghan women hop on board! Reviewed by Noelia 10/10/08




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Four Queens: the Provencal sisters who ruled Europe by Nancy Bazelon Goldstone

This is a great women's history title! It's engaging and full of detail about life in 13th century Europe. These four sisters, daughters of the Count and Countess of Provence, became the Queens of France, England, Germany and Sicily and did a lot more than sitting around looking fancy! They formed alliances, waged war, and helped redraw the borders of Europe. Get to know them!. Reviewed by PJ 10/10/08





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The Tortilla Curtainby T.C Boyle

Tortilla Curtain follows two story lines which cross paths in Southern California. Two migrant workers struggle to survive in the shadows of a community that wants to build a wall around its houses while a family inside the community struggles to feel secure in their world which they feel is being encroached on by both nature and immigrants. T.C. Boyle is a true talent and takes on a topic hard pressed to produce a happy ending, and is well worth the read. Reviewed by AJ Garza 10/10/08




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Everything Conceivable: How Assisted Reproduction is Changing Men, Women, and the World by Liza Mundy

I can't decide if this book was frightening or inspiring, but it was certainly enlightening. I've never thought much about fertility and assisted reproduction before and this book was a well written, thought provoking introduction to the topic. The author is clear, and provides plenty of interesting anecdotes that keep the story from being too technical. Mundy does a great job at presenting the facts without providing any moral judgements on what she's learning. A must read for all women! Reviewed by Catherine 10/10/08



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Blood Dreams by Kay Hooper

Kay Hooper is one of my all time favorite authors and her books about the supernatural really hit the spot for summer reading or a quiet evening at home. This novel, Blood Dreams is a masterful paranormal suspense novel that will keep you reading until the end. The Special Crimes unit is back with Bishop and his gang of unusually cops that track and capture evil, man or monster. Bishop enlists the help of a secret organization to capture a relentless killer but not before he kills a senator's daughter and flees to a small town where he continues his murderous rampage. Reviewed by Sno 9/6/08



Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters

This book is a light and amusing mystery novel. It is actually the first of an ongoing mystery series called the Amelia Peabody Mysteries. The book is set in the late 1800's in Victorian England and in Egypt. The author has a degree in Egyptology so her historical facts are authentic. It revolves around archeology, specifically Egyptology, so if you like that you will really enjoy this book. Amelia Peabody is a single woman in the late 1800's that loves to learn and has a passion for old languages and archeology, Egyptology in particular. When her father passes away she is left with a sizable inheritence which allows her the opportunity she has longed for - the chance to travel and learn more about the world, especially Egypt. She winds up with a mystery to solve and while doing so meets a wonderful man that doesn't mind her independent nature. All the characters are wonderful, they are intelligent and entertaining. If you go on to read more books in this series it just gets better and better because you can see how the characters and the family continues to grow and change along with the times. Reviewed by Lisa on 8/29/08



The Host by Stephenie Meyer

There is a great love story twist in this science fiction book. Aliens have come to earth and taken pssession of the minds and bodies of humans. They have taken over most of the population but there are a few humans hiding out to avoid the aliens. How they survive and mix with an alien keeps the story interesting. Meyer's past books have been geared for the YA group; and I think this one is fine for them to read too, but adults will also find it entertaining. Reviewed by Cheryl on 8/28/08


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From Dead To Worse by Charlaine Harris: Charlaine Harris's latest novel "From Dead to Worse" is the eighth in her Louisiana vampire series. The heroine, Sookie Stackhouse, is a cocktail waitress who works at Merlotte's - a bar in Bon Temps, Louisiana. She has always been different and consequently, a little lonely because of her telepathic abilities. She hears what people are thinking. Most of her neighbors like her but stay clear because of this peculiar abilityu. In this lates book, Sookie meets her great grandfather, Niall Brigant who is the prince of the Faeries. She finally has more family besides her brother and doesn't know it it's a good thing. In this story, Sookie proves her loyalty and heroine qualities by helping her vampire friends furing a power struggle for the territory. The reason I like this series is because of the heroine - she always does what is right; even if she is afraid , she will come through for friends and even strangers. The end of the novel is surprising in that she mneets her four year old nephew that also has her abilities and may need her guidance in the future. This paranormal mystery/romance is worth reading , especially if you are looking for something different and new. I never thought I'd look forward to the paranormal! Reviewed by Virginia on 8/23/08


Book Jacket Image for ParchedParched by Heather King

This is the first part of Heather King's Autobiography (the second is entitled,"Redeemed") wherein she reveals how her addiction to booze ruled her life. She vividly describes the interesting people in her life and her deep connections to her family. She became a lawyer even while spending every day at the scuzzy bars in her neighborhood, and still worked as a waitress after earning her degree. She later became a Catholic after an intervention and she became sober. This is a wonderfully told story, by a very articulate and interesting person and if you know the Boston area, you will probably see many places in her story that you can relate to. - Reviewed by Alicia 8/23/08




Book Jacket Image for The StargazeyThe Stargazey by Martha Grimes

The book I am reviewing is The Stargazey by Martha Grimes. If you enjoy mysteries set in England and are familiar with Grime's characters--Jury, Melrose, and Aunt Agatha--you won't be disappointed. Reviewed by Susan on 8/21/08






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GENERATIONS AT WORK by Claire Raines is a fascninating study of 4 generations of workers

and how they can and do collide at work. It is must reading for any manager struggling with discord in the work place. Reviewed by Maureen on 8/21/08





Book jacket image for party's overThe party's over : oil, war and the fate of industrial societies  by Richard Heinberg

Prepare to see the world in a different way. This compelling title from Richard Heinberg puts forth the distinct possibility that we are heading towards the peak oil era of decreasing cheap energy sources that will not meet the global societies burgeoning demand. Time will tell if his research proves to be true, but Mr. Heinberg has certainly laid down an exhaustive text that explores many different facets and angles of the peak oil issue. This is not surprising seeing that he has been studying prominent geologists for years while at the same time teaching courses at the New College of California. Now a Senior Fellow at the Post Carbon Institute, Mr. Heinberg is the author of eight books but I can personally stand behind this title as a page-turner sure to make us take a second look at how we live our lives and leave us pondering the ramifications of our modern industrial age capitalistic society. Reviewed by Matt on 8/20/08



Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer


Oskar Schell lives in Manhattan. Oskar wears all white. Oskar is an inventor. Oskar studies French. Oskar makes jewelry. Oskar is panicky. Oskar is nine years old. Oskar plays the tambourine while traveling across the Five Bouroughs of New York searching for information about his father who died on September 11, 2001 in the World Trade Center. On his journey, Oskar runs into a slough of other eccentric people who learn from him as he tries to learn from them. Reviewed by Dana on 08/15/08




Book jacket image for Barchester TowersBarchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

I loved all of the books in the Chronicles of Barsetshire but chose Barchester Towers because it was the only one with a cover picture. The English is a joy to read -- they just don't write 'em like that anymore. Obadiah Slope is too slimy for words. Reviewed by Barbara on 08/14/08





Book jacket image for Bee SeasonGarden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

I adored this book. I loved the characters, the setting and the whimsical bits of magic that are woven through the story. The women in the Waverly family all seem to have a special gift. Clare creates wonderful food using the edible flowers she grows in their enchanted garden, Evanelle will hand you just the very thing you need before you even know why you'll need it, Bay know just where everything belongs and Sydney, who has spend years running away from her gifts returns home to discover just how special being a Waverly is. I did not want this book to end - I'd like to see this story turned into a television series - there were many stories left to tell about this enchanted garden, the Waverly's, their magic and the people in their lives. Reviewed by Trish on 08/09/08



Book jacket image for America AloneAmerica Alone by Mark Steyn

Very funny,very non-PC commentary on the world today and where it's going, based on current and predicted demographics. Even if you don't agree with author Mark Steyn, you will see things differently after reading this book. Reviewed by Paula on 8/05/08




Book jacket image for BleachersBleachers by John Grisham

Although Bleachers is by John Grisham it is not about his usual subject, lawyers. In this book the famous, or infamous depending on whom you ask, Coach Rake is about to die. He coached the Messina high school football team for approximately 30 years and many of the men who played for him are descending on their hometown, and the football field, to reminisce about their experiences with him. Centering on Neely Crenshaw (a previous star player who left for college and never came back), the book is a realistic and engaging portrayal of the love-hate relationship these players had with Coach Rake both on and off the field. Recommended for those who are football fans or those looking for a contemplative novel. Reviewed by Desiree on 8/1/08


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John Adams by David McCullough

"Vivid," "absorbing," "splendid," "superlative," "moving"...what further praise and recommendation for this masterwork could be added to the pages of glowing criticism that preface this tome? David McCullough's brisk narrative deserves every word. The rigor and joy he has invested in the research of this landmark Pulitzer-winning biography is evident from beginning to end. His "cantering prose" carries the reader through the courtrooms, to the Continental Congress, to Paris, the Netherlands, and the White House; afterward, you will crave another 600 pages of triumph, scandal, dissappointment, and perserverance. McCullough has captured the virtues, foibles, and astonighing intellect of the estimable Mr. Adams along with scintillating portraits of Abigail, Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, Hamilton and the other great minds of the Revolution. This is not merely a book on one remarkable human, it is a book on humanity. Reviewed by Patrick on 8/1/08


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