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The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer

The Last Guardian is the eighth book that Eoin Colfer has written in the Artemis Fowl series that can be found in the Young Adult collection at TCPL. Artemis’ nemesis the pixie Opal Koboi is up to more than her usual mischief as she has disabled the fairy world and wreaking havoc on Artemis’ family [...]

The Last Englishman: the double life of Arthur Ransome by Roland Chambers

The Last Englishman:  the double life of Arthur Ransome  by Roland Chambers is a biography of one of the British Empire’s favorite children’s authors, Arthur Ransome.  Best known for his Swallows & Amazons series, first published in 1930 and extending to some 12 titles by 1947, the books feature adventures by groups of children almost [...]

Running Away to Home by Jennifer Wilson

Running away to Home by Jennifer Wilson is a fascinating look at another culture through the eyes of an American family.  Wilson, her husband, Jim, and two young children, spent four months in Croatia in the village of Mrkpalj, from whence Wilson’s great grandparents emigrated to America.  One day the Wilsons are living the hectic [...]

All there is: love stories from Storycorps edited by Dave Isay

People’s stories are compelling, and nowhere is that more evident than in the work of Storycorps, an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of their lives. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 40,000 interviews from [...]

The Little Book of Circle Processes by Kay Pranis

Are you looking for a method to hold civil conversations?  The Little Book of Circle Processes  written by Kay Pranis, an independent consultant who conducts circle training across the country, provides a good introduction.  Pranis served as the Restorative Justice Planner for the Minnesota Department of Corrections for 9 years.  Truly ‘little’, this 76-page small [...]

Before the End, After the Beginning by Dagoberto Gilb

Too busy to read?  You can answer with a resounding “No”, by selecting Short Stories as your subject search in Tipcat (click here) .  One gem among the over 1000 items from which to choose, is Dagoberto Gilb’s collection, Before the End, After the Beginning. Gilb, whose previous books are The Flowers, Gritos, Woodcuts of Women, [...]

Guantanamo: if the light goes out by Edmund Clark

Photographer Edmund Clark presents a remarkable photo essay of ‘home’ at Guantanamo and Omar Deghayes ‘home’ in Britain.  Also containing a sampling of the letters of support Deghayes received from around the world, Clark’s juxtapositions of the prison camp and the suburban British home tell a truly human story of an inhuman situation.  Clark specializes [...]

Half a Life By Darin Strauss

In general I am not a reader of non-fiction.  Oh sure, I use cookbooks for recipes and look at the pictures in art books, and my yard might be a wasteland if not for our expansive collection of gardening books.  The parameters of reading non-fiction, for me, have always been defined by pure function. Half [...]

“The Unit” by Ninni Holmqvist

If you read “The Unit” by Ninni Holmqvist, you might find yourself opposing new health and safety rules proposed by the government (even if you agree with them in theory) because who knows what they’ll want to enact next! Dorrit Weger lives in a democracy that has gradually come to the conclusion that those who [...]

The Professional by Robert B. Parker

Imagine writing 37 novels with the same core cast of characters!  Robert B. Parker’s been doing that with his Spenser private-eye series since 1973.  Regrettably, Robert B, Parker passed away in January 2010. The urbane PI, Spenser, his psychiatrist lover, Susan Silverman, fellow boxer, Hawk, and various Boston police detectives and villains populate this contemporary [...]

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