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  • Posted on 10/11/2011 - 1:59pm

    Teen Read Week has come and gone for another year, but that doesn't mean there's no reason to pick up a great book. If you need some suggestions, or if Brandy came to your class and you forgot the titles she talked about, take a look at the high school list or the middle school list. And if you want more suggestions, take a look at the rest of our suggested teen reading lists.

  • Posted on 10/05/2011 - 4:20pm

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    The latest cookbook from the popular vegetarian restaurant in Ithaca, NY, Moosewood Restaurant Cooking for Health, is by far my favorite.  Whether you’re a committed vegetarian or just looking for ways to eat more vegetables and whole grains, this book has something for everyone.  Try out the Greek Lentil Burgers on page 155 – they cook beautifully, have a fantastic flavor, and aren’t mushy like so many other veggie/lentil burgers.  Other must-trys include the Italian stew on page 247, the spicy chipotle chili on page 222, and the fresh mushroom soup on page 120.

  • Posted on 10/05/2011 - 4:17pm

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    After building substantial buzz over the past year, LA fuzzy-pop group Best Coast released their debut album “Crazy for You”. Guitarist and singer Bethany Cosentino combines 1950s pop melodies and nostalgic boy/girl lyrics with driving beats and reverberated guitars. Comparisons to Vivian Girls and Sleater Kinney are obvious, but fans of Liz Phair and The Breeders will find Best Coast’s familiar sound sweet, melodic, lovelorn, and fun. This is a “California” record; highly recommended to beat the winter blues.

  • Posted on 10/05/2011 - 4:14pm

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    The Other Guys with Will Farrell and Mark Wahlberg as a couple of NYPD detectives is full of laughs.  They hate their jobs and they hate each other.  Will Farrell is at his best and Mark Wahlberg is excellent as his over-the-edge partner.  Even Michael Keaton shines as the chief.  I gave it a definite thumbs up!

  • Posted on 10/05/2011 - 4:09pm

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    This book has lots of practical advice for someone looking for ideas on how to decorate and furnish a home.  Unlike many other decorating books, this one does not have glossy photos of finished rooms, instead sketches are used to demonstrate a decorating principle. This may seem like a drawback but actually it works well because one is not distracted by colorful photos of rooms of furniture one does not own. The spare drawings allow the reader to focus attention on the point being made. Most topics are covered in short, easy to read paragraphs. The book covers everything from decorating mistakes, furniture arrangement, floors, windows, and more.

  • Posted on 10/05/2011 - 4:07pm

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    This novel is a fictionalized account of the scandalous affair between Mamah Borthwick Cheney and Frank Lloyd Wright. Mamah is an educated and independent woman who feels trapped in her marriage and constrained by social restrictions until she meets and falls in love with the vibrant and flamboyant Frank Lloyd Wright. Mamah struggles with making the choice to be true to herself and her maternal responsibility. I thought the author did a good job creating a compelling story about a famous historical figure while making Frank Lloyd Wright the secondary character and his mistress the center of the story. I also enjoyed reading about the personality of Frank Lloyd Wright and his creative genius which was part of his confident and self absorbed ego. The tragic ending to the novel confirms that truth is stranger than fiction.

  • Posted on 10/05/2011 - 4:03pm

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    Louis (Louie) Zamperini’s life reads like the most fantastical drama you’ve ever known and yet every word of this amazing life story is true and well documented in history. Louie went from being a troublemaking California youngster to an Olympic runner in the 1936 Olympics in Germany. Then WWII came along and sent him to the Pacific as an Army Air Corpsman only to end up with his plane crashed and clinging to a tiny raft with two other men floating for weeks fighting starvation, sharks, weather and attacks by Japanese bombers. Sounds like a challenge? That’s only the beginning of this incredible biography. Louis Zamperini is still alive today and reading this book inspired me to research further this man who seemed to have an almost limitless determination to survive whatever life could throw his way. One of the best biographies I have ever read – highly recommended.

  • Posted on 10/05/2011 - 4:01pm

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    The title immediately grabbed my attention, having coming of age at the same time as the author and having been a big Duran Duran fan.  Although published after Love is a Mix Tape, the book could serve as a prequel as it chronicles the author’s life and coming of age experiences during the 80s. The book is not about Duran Duran, but they do serve as the ultimate example of the music of the times and what those songs, bands and videos meant as we came of age.  Extremely humorous, and I loved how the author cleverly wove lines of popular 80s songs into his prose in such a subtle manner that it would be very easy to miss for those who don’t know their 80s music. A wonderful trip down memory lane, I was sorry when it ended!


    If you liked Talking to Girls About Duran Duran you will also enjoy the 80s nostalgia in But Enough About Me and Don’t You Forget About Me by Jancee Dunn, who like Sheffield is a former contributor to Rolling Stone.

  • Posted on 10/05/2011 - 3:57pm

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    Tin was born on a Thursday, and so was fated to wandering.  His older sister, seven-year-old Harper, can hardly blame him for wanting to escape: the family is mired in poverty, their land is barren, the new baby cries all the time.  Tin burrows into the earth to get away from it all, digging elaborate subterranean tunnels, his eccentricity tolerated—even overshadowed—by his family’s larger problems.  In lyrical, heartbreaking prose, Harper weaves her family’s struggle and Tin’s surreal underground existence together into a dark and dreamy tale.

  • Posted on 10/05/2011 - 3:51pm

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    After a car crash leaves  successful, overachieving  Sarah Nickerson with a traumatic brain injury and an obscure neurological syndrome called Left Neglect, she faces a long and uncertain recovery. This story personalizes the struggles and insights of a rare and unusual brain condition and the redemptive power of family love and support. Author and neuroscientist, Lisa Genova, once again delves into the world of disabling brain disease and creates a book of moving fiction. Her first novel, Still Alice, dealt with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.