Saturday, September 8th, 2012

(Non-fiction) Friday: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

“Before I discovered the miracles of science, magic ruled the world.” Imagine living in a place where you are utterly dependent on rain to grow food or having a 7-kilometer walk to buy kerosene just to light your house after dark. That is the world of William Kamkwamba as well as most of the African [...]

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Beach Reads 2012

Looking for something to read by the pool or on the sand? The John Tyler libraries have got you covered. Kick back with these recent releases: 11th Hour: The Women’s Murder club back for the –you guessed it – 11th installment. Art of Fielding: Not just a baseball novel but also a coming-of-age story about [...]

Friday, June 15th, 2012

(Non) Fiction Friday: The Story of English in 100 Words

Ever wonder why lawyers use two words such as “have and hold” or “cease and desist” when one word would do? Or why there is a “b” in debt and a “p” in receipt? Those and other strange quirks of English are explained in The Story of English in 100 Words. From roe (a deer) [...]

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Fiction Friday: The Orphan Master’s Son

Hopefully, Pak Jun Do (phonetically, John Doe) is not the North Korean everyman. From his start in a North Korean orphanage selecting which orphans get food to his stint in the tunnels beneath the DMZ fighting in the dark to kidnapping Japanese citizens to mining uranium in Prison 33 Jun Do manages to survive the [...]

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Fiction Fridays: The Time In Between

The Time In Between Abandoned and pregnant in a foreign country by her swindler lover, seamstress Sira Quiroga reinvents herself as an haute couturier in 1930s Morocco. Her clients are the wives and girlfriends of the political elite—a situation not lost on the British military secret service. Recruited by MI6, Sira undertakes the dangerous work [...]

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Damned by Chuck Palahniuk

Poor Madison Spencer! Daughter of Hollywood legends she is now dead at 13 from marijuana overdose. Always good and upright…how could Maddy be stuck in hell with the underworld version of The Breakfast Club? Traversing a Hell containing mountains of toenail clippings, rivers of hot vomit and valleys of used disposable diapers Madison goes straight [...]

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen

Think history is boring?  Think again.  In Lies My Teacher Told Me, the author explores American history textbooks for the omissions, myths, and inaccuracies taught to school children every year…including YOU!  Columbus discovered the new world right?  Wrong!  Many expeditions had landed in the Americas before his 1492 “discovery.” Three times as many tons of [...]

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Flipbacks: the book that reads like a eReader

Flipbacks are: Full length novel…the size of an iPhone. All the fun and feel of print in a tiny package. Called “The Next Little Thing” Could Flipbacks be the Kindle killer? Details All You Want to Know About Flipbacks Could this book kill the Kindle? Guardian UK Flipbacks What do you think?

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

The Passage by Justin Cronin

What happens when a literary author goes renegade and rewrites the vampire novel playbook? With The Passage, Justin Cronin leaves the literary arena behind (he won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and the Stephen Crane Prize for his past novels) and leaps (bat like!) into the world of speculative fiction. But this is no teenage love [...]

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Annie Leibovitz: At Work

Part memoir, part biopic, At Work allows the photographer Annie Leibovitz to speak through and about her work…simultaneously. Instead of separating photography from commentary, the artist from the art, At Work allows both to tell their tale. At Work follows a straight biographical timeline, and pairs Leibovitz’s photographs with her own words and interpretations-which reads [...]