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Here Comes Windows 7!

Windows logo If you're a Windows user, you may have heard that a new version of Windows is in the works. In three weeks, on October 22, Microsoft will release Windows 7, the newest version of its Windows operating system for desktop and laptop computers. From what I've read in reviews, Windows 7 is supposed to provide much better performance than Microsoft Vista. Let's hope so! I've been holding off on migrating the library computers to Windows Vista from Windows XP because of the slowness and user unfriendliness of Vista. I'll be checking out Windows 7 after it's released to see if it lives up to the hype. Check out some of the reviews below:

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The Help by Kathryn Stockett

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During the start of the civil rights movement in Mississippi, Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan is just home from college, and wants to hone her journalism skills. She decides to collect the stories of the black women on whom the country club set relies, enlisting the help of Aibileen, a maid who's raised 17 white children, and Aibileen's sassy best friend, Minny. The results are shocking, but bring hope to the black community and give Skeeter the courage to break down her boundaries and pursue her dreams.

Breaking Clean by Judy Blunt

Breaking Clean (Biography)
by Judy Blunt
This is an excellent memoir of a woman who grew up in an isolated farm community of Montana during the 50s and 60s. Exquisite poetic descriptions enhance the quiet storytelling of a young girl's struggles for emotional independence in a community that insists on conformity. The author shows with great sensitivity the difficulities farmers face living off the land as our society transitions to corporate farming. Her sense of local humor, rendition of language and place creates an unforgettable experience for the reader. This is her first book.

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The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff

The Monsters of Templetonmonsters of templeton cover, by Lauren Groff, takes you on a wild genealogical ride. The main character, Willie Templeton, must discover the identity of her biological father who she has never met. In the process, she digs up monster after monster in a historical closet that contains the "memoirs" of her revered fictional American family.

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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.

A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve

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Margaret and Patrick have been married just a few months when they set off on what they hope will be a great adventure-a year living in Kenya. Margaret quickly realizes there is a great deal she doesn't know about the complex mores of her new home, and about her own husband.

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Home Boy by H. M. Naqvi

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They are three young Pakistani men in New York City at the turn of the millennium: AC, a gangsta-rap-spouting academic; Jimbo, a hulking Pushtun DJ from the streets of Jersey City; and Chuck, a wideeyed kid, fresh off the boat from the homeland, just trying to get by. When they embark on a road trip to the hinterland weeks after 9/11 in search of the Shaman, a Gatsbyesque compatriot who seemingly disappears into thin air, things go horribly wrong. Suddenly, they find themselves in a changed, charged America.

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.