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Run by Ann Patchett

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is a great work of fiction about a white couple, ex-mayor of Boston-Bernard Doyal and his wife-Bernadette, who adopt two black children, Tip and Teddy. Bernadette dies and leaves her husband to raise their family which includes their first born son Sullivan who seem unreliable and drug addicted. Race is an undercurrent in this beautifully told family drama about a father who has high expectations for his children.

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The Lost Symbol

Fans of the Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons, did you know Dan Brown has a new Robert Langdon thriller out, The Lost Symbol?  Place your hold now!  Or give us a call and we'll be happy to get you on the waiting list.  While you're waiting for a copy of that one,  you may wish to try some  Da Vinci Code readalikes.

October is Vegetarian Month

Eat healthy, try some new vegetarian recipes!  We've got quite a collection of vegetarian and vegan cookbooks in our cookbook section under the call number 641.5636.  A few of the lastest ones:  Vegan Soul Kitchen: fresh, healthy and creative African-American cuisine , Vegan lunch box around the world: 125 easy international lunches kids and grown-ups will love! , Vegetarian Times Fast and Easy: great food you can make in minutes.

Our favorite baseball announcer

We have books by and about Ernie Harwell. We also own the CD Ernie Harwell's Audio Scrapbook.

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

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Cory Doctorow's new Hugo Award Winning book Little Brother is a compelling YA novel that looks at the recent issues brought about by the Department of Homeland Security when a terrorist attack kills thousands in San Fransisco. 17 year old Marcus Yarrow, is captured by the DHS and tortured along with his high school friends. They are forced to give up their passwords and login IDs in exchange for freedom. The author, in language that stings and sores, delivers a great story and terrific characters.

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

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If you like historical fiction and you haven't already read all the books in Oprah's book club (this was one), you'll love Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.  It's the story of the building of a great cathedral during medieval times, and the life stories of all the interesting people involved in that endeavor.  A smart and ambitious monk, a skilled stone mason, a clever young lady, an evil bishop, and so much more.  Really absorbing (and really long!).

First Degree by David Rosenfelt

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This is the second book in the mystery series featuring wise-cracking defense attorney Andy Carpenter (follows Open and Shut).  They are humorous and exciting, not too deep.   I thought this one was even funnier than the first one.  And you get to know the characters a little better in this one.  Andy's girlfriend, Laurie, is accused of a crime, and he's trying to defend her.