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The Jungle

by Upton Sinclair
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

“The Jungle,” by Upton Sinclair tells the truth about the meatpacking towns like Chicago before World War 1. Through the perspective of a Lithuanian immigrant named Jurgis and his family, readers begin to understand the difficulties of the time for anybody new to America. Jurgis brought his whole family to America because they had heard it was a place of prosperity and opportunity. While not entirely false, this was not what the family arrived too. When Jurgis joined the crowds of people begging for work he became committed to a life of hardship and struggle that never seemed to end. While this book is not the happiest I’d highly recommend...

Friday, January 27, 2017

Bo Tully is the sheriff of Blight County, Idaho, a family tradition that goes way back. The sometime unorthodox methods of the family business are know as The Blight Way, and everyone in the county knows Bo. The 6 books in this series will introduce you to all the quirky local town folks as well as the fine upstanding ones. On the 75th birthday of his father, "Pap", a dead body turns up on a local ranch. Bo decides a murder investigation would be the perfect present! Patrick McManus is an American humor writer who writes primarily about the outdoors. ...

The Orphan Keeper

by The Orphan Keeper
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

This is an amazing story about a young Indian boy that has been kidnapped and put in an orphanage in India.  He is then adopted by an American couple and sent to the US.  When the boy is able to learn enough english he tells his new parents he was kidnapped and has a mother, father and siblings.   The couple are shocked with this news and proceed to find his family.  All the research they do comes to a dead end.  Eventually the boy adjust to his new life.  He keeps the dream alive that he will one day find his family.  His determination to follow that dream leads him on a fascinating journey of coincidences, luck, great...

Friday, January 20, 2017

Wouldn’t you think “There’s no preparing for this Sausage Party” and “Rated R” prominently written on the jacket of this movie would’ve been fair warning about its content? Nope. I was sucked (which rhymes with the most used word in the movie) in by the cartoon characters. Makes me wonder when “contemporary community standards” caused the demise of “socially redeeming value.”  Please don’t take home this movie—which should be rated NC-17—for your children.  Check our Catalog...

Being Jazz

by Jazz Jennings
Thursday, January 19, 2017

I chose to read this book to see if I could get a better understanding of what being transgender means.  It’s written by a teen transgender girl.  Jazz was born a boy but knew from a very early age that she wanted to be a girl.  Her parents allowed her to live as a girl beginning around age 4.  This book tells the story of her life from infancy to about 15.  It was interesting insight into the world of transgender people.  The writing was so-so but it did hold my interest all the way through the book. ...

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