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 story, or southern waitress’s adventure. Cronin’s world of vampires is monstrous, terrifying, and more than plausible. In Cronin’s near future gas is $13/gallon, the FBI works illegally and without accountability, California secedes from the union, and Jenna Bush…continue reading →

What’s for dinner?

Rethinking your plate? Eating local? Eating less—or cooking more? Food itself (organic, sustainable, local) is in the news. No longer are American fed by our own family’s farms; now our dinner is dished out by big agribusiness. Do factory farms make us sick? Does the American diet provide the nutrition we need? How do we fight the obesity epidemic for ourselves and our children? Small farmers and food reformers are working to change the grip of big business on our appetites. Read more about how and why with these books from the JTCC…continue reading →

The Milennium Trillogy by Steig Larsson

Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest) have been bestsellers throughout Europe. The John Tyler Libraries have all three of the books in the collection. In The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (the first in the series), disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist is hired to find the long-missing heiress Harriet Vanger. He teams with young computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to retrace Harriet's path. Together they uncover things that most of us would like to forget...or wish we…continue reading →

Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things

Why can some people live with only minimal possessions, while others save everything they have ever touched...and eventually are buried by their possessions, by their trash, by their stuff? Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things is written by two scientists who treat have treated hundreds of people suffering from hoarding issues. In the book they explore hoarding behavior through a series of compelling case studies, drawing individual portraits of each hoarder. One sufferer moves papers around but never discards them; one collects thousands of magazines all in perfect condition; one collects…continue reading →

Forty Years of Earth Day

Earth Day is Thursday, April 22. Founded in 1970, earth day is now celebrated globally in 175 countries. Why celebrate only one day? There are so many ways to have an earth day every day: Bring reusable bags when shopping, Switch incandescent bulbs to fluorescent Recycle paper, plastic, glass and electronics whenever possible Use the library--sharing books (reading and borrowing books from the library) reduces production and delivery costs, along with your own carbon footprint. Read more about Earth Day online: EPA's Earth Day Page Earth Day Official Page Earth Day Turns Forty:…continue reading →