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10/10/2019 - 9:06am

The Swedish Academy has announce the winners of both the 2018 and 2019 Nobel Prizes in literature today (October 10, 2019). 

Olga Tokarczuk won the 2018 award for her book Flights 

  • It's not a novel exactly. It's not even a collection of intertwined short stories, although there are longer sections featuring recurring characters and well-developed narratives. Overall, though, this is a seri...
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10/09/2019 - 4:11pm

For all our true crime readers we have six new titles we acquired in the last couple months that you may enjoy. (Click on a title below to place a hold). 

The ghosts of Eden Park : the bootleg king, the women who pursued him, and the murder that shocked jazz- age America / Karen Abbott.

  • In the early days of Prohibition, long before Al Capone became a household name, a German immigrant named George...
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10/09/2019 - 11:41am


Carol Anshaw Right after the weather
Taffy Brodesser-Akner Fleishman is in trouble
Pico Iyer Cuba & the night
Ben Lerner The Topeka school
Elif Shafak...

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10/02/2019 - 12:36pm


Lucy Ellmann Ducks, Newburyport
John Englehardt Bloomland
Jim Tilley Against the wind
Ta-Nehisi Coates The water dancer
Kira Peikoff...

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09/29/2019 - 10:00am

PIco Iyer has written books that many Mechanics' Institute members have shown they like: our records show his books have had numerous check-outs, in particular his 1991 book about Japan, The lady and the Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto. Iyer has returned to this subject with his newest work A Beginner's Guide to Japan: Observations and Provocations. Giv...

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09/27/2019 - 10:21am

We have the "Whistleblower" complaint that originated from somewhere within the Dept. of Homeland Security on August 12, 2019 that the U.S. House Intelligence committee released on September 26, 2019, available as .PDF or as an eAudiobook. Penguin has very quickly turned around a free audiobook for streaming or download from its blog, and read by an award winning e-book narrator, Saskia Maarleveld. 

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09/26/2019 - 3:25pm


Tash Aw We, the survivors
Kevin Barry Night boat to Tangier
Jacqueline Woodson Red at the bone
David Baldacci Absolute power
Barbara Taylor Bradford...

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09/20/2019 - 4:33pm


Margaret Atwood The testaments
Carolina De Robertis Cantoras
Salman Rushdie Quichotte
Cathleen Schine The grammarians
Wallace Thurman...

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09/19/2019 - 10:00am

Many people know about Frank Abignale from having watched the movie Catch Me If You Can (starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Tom Hanks). The real-life Frank Abignale has spent his post-criminal life working to prevent the sort of crimes he used to commit. Contrary to the movie version, he never accepted money from law enforcement, providing his consulting services and classes to law enforcement agencies for free. He has...

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09/15/2019 - 10:00am

The winners of the Hugo Awards for best science fiction of the year, announced at the 77th World Science Fiction Convention in Dublin, Ireland on August 18th, include some titles in our collection, print, e-book and DVD:

Best Novel: The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

  • An alternate history in which a meteorite ob...
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