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The Book Thief

by Markus Zusak
Monday, January 28, 2008

When I started reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, I couldn’t help but feel that no matter the specifics, all of the characters were ultimately doomed.Add it up:Germans, Jews, early 1940’s.It’s even narrated by Death itself.It couldn’t really end any other way.As hard as it was to read at times, this book is something truly special.As Death states on the final...

Devil's Corner

by Lisa Scottoline
Monday, January 28, 2008

Based on a real-life trial of a Philadelphia gang, the author, a former trial lawyer, brings to life a story that takes Assistant U.S. Attorney, VickiAllegretti, into a rough Philly neighborhood where the action begins and ends.Scottoline’s successfull mixing of humor with serious matters along with her meticulous research into drug trafficking make the story believeable and entertaining.

Kathleen Z., Library Director

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Shattered Dreams

by Irene Spencer
Monday, January 28, 2008

When we usually see these families, they are all smiling and seem happy but this book by Irene Spencer tells the true story of poverty, loneliness, tiredness and a very sad way of life. She was married for 28 years, shared with 9 other wives and had 13 children of her own. She lived in squalor with no electricity, indoor plumbing or proper health care. Very sad book but also revealing.

Sue Neff, Youth Services

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The Razor's Edge

by Somerset Maugham
Monday, January 28, 2008

Even though the book was written in the early 1940's, it has a timeless feel.

A young man from Chicago gives up his privileged life, his friends and his fiancee to travel the world to seek knowledge and answers to life's meaning.

Maugham's story, with its many diverse characters, is set against the backgrounds of Paris, the Riviera and the East and is considered to be one of his best.

Catherine, Reference

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Itsy Bitsy Yoga

by Helen Garabedian
Monday, January 28, 2008

Being blessed with my first baby this past spring has brought such joy to my life. Before I had my daughter I looked through multiple books for activities I could do with her to communicate my love and in exchange give her a healthy start. I have found success in a book titled Itsy Bitsy Yoga by Helen...

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