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  • All our wrong todays : a novel

    by Mastai, Elan, author.

    February 21, 2017

    Tom Barren lives in a science fiction dream of the future: flying cars, teleportation, moon colonies, and, as soon as his father completes his experiments, time travel. All of these things exist in 2016, not some far-flung 23rd or 24th century. On July 11, 1965, Lionel Goettreider activated an engine that provided the world with a clean, free energy source that made every sci-fi pulp writer’s visions of the future a reality. While this sounds like a utopian fantasy over sixty years in the making made real, for Tom it is every bit as unlivable as our world often is for us. Tom is aimless,... Read Full Review

  • The undoing project : a friendship that changed our minds

    by Lewis, Michael (Michael M.), author.

    Reviewed by: David B., Librarian, InfoNow

    February 13, 2017

    Call Number: 612.82 L675

    The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis Journalist Michael Lewis (Moneyball) examines the friendship of two Israeli cognitive psychologists, Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman and the late Amos Tversky. Kahneman, a Holocaust survivor who lived in hiding as a child, and his younger colleague, Tversky, a war hero, left Israel early in their careers for academic positions in North America. Their work is responsible for the development of the field of behavioral economics.

    The hallmark of the academic legacy of Kahneman and Tversky is that... Read Full Review

  • The fifth season

    by Jemisin, N. K, author.

    Reviewed by: Andrea Borchert, Librarian, Science, Technology & Patents Department

    February 6, 2017

    Science Fiction and Fantasy novels are full of stories of powerful, but oppressed minorities. As magic users or mutants they haunt the genre. And authors have told powerful and wonderful stories featuring these characters. A. E. Van Vogt's novel Slan, is about a super-powered group of humans, called slans, who are feared and hunted by normal humans. There are also the very accomplished protagonists of Anne McCaffrey’s Talent Universe;... Read Full Review

  • QB : my life behind the spiral

    by Young, Steve, 1961- author.

    Reviewed by: Janice Batzdorff, Librarian

    January 30, 2017

    Call Number: 796.271 Y76

    A facetious question posed by an NPR radio host lured me into reading Steve Young’s memoir, QB: my life behind the spiral. Did the pro football Hall of Famer receive special treatment at Brigham Young University where he played quarterback because he is the great-great-great grandson of Brigham Young?

    With outstanding high school achievements, Young was readily admitted to the university, but the football team listed him as number eight on the depth chart for the quarterback position (future Chicago Bears Super Bowl winner Jim McMahon was number one). The quarterback coach... Read Full Review

  • The great British bake off : perfect cakes and bakes to make at home

    by Collister, Linda, author.

    Reviewed by: Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Central Library

    January 24, 2017

    Call Number: 641.71 C713-3

    What better time to get ready for Valentine's Day treats than to try some recipes from the ever popular television program: The Great British Bake Off, found on local PBS stations and YouTube.  The show is hosted by Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, a pair of cut-ups, with the hard core judging done by two redoubtable bakers, Mary Berry, aka Mary Queen of Cakes, and Paul Hollywood--their real names by gum. Mary Berry has a solid background in food preparation and judging, having graduated from Bath College of Domestic... Read Full Review

  • Frantumaglia : a writer's journey

    by Ferrante, Elena, author.

    Reviewed by: Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Central Library

    January 15, 2017

    Call Number: 853 F373F

    Elena Ferrante is the internationally acclaimed Italian author of The Neapolitan Quartet and other novels. She writes under a pseudonym and has maintained her privacy for over twenty years. In this autobiographical work, Frantumaglia (in Neapolitan dialect meaning bits and pieces) she allows her readers to get very close to who she is as a person and as a writer. The work is divided into three sections: Papers: 1991 - 2003; Tesserae: 2003 - 2007; Letters: 2011 - 2016.

    What shines through is her attentiveness:  to her work and her vision; concerns... Read Full Review

  • Time siege

    by Chu, Wesley, author.

    January 10, 2017

    Call Number: SF

    In Time Salvager, Wesley Chu introduced readers to a brutal, dystopian world where Earth is primarily a toxic wasteland, and most of humanity has fled to live on the moons of the gas giants. Mega-corporations exert influence on everything and everyone, with the exception of ChronoCom, the non-profit entity that manages time travel and enforces the time laws. Time travel is used to plunder the past for resources to keep the present functioning. It is into this world that chronman James Griffin-Mars brings Elise Kim. Elise is a 21st century scientist, and now a temporal anomaly, who... Read Full Review

  • The winner's kiss.

    by Rutkoski, Marie.

    January 3, 2017

    Call Number: YA

    In The Winner’s Curse, the first book in The Winners Trilogy, author Marie Rutkoski introduces readers to Kestrel, daughter and only child of General Trajan of the Valorian army, and Arin, the Herrani slave Kestral impulsively purchased at auction. Theirs is a rocky relationship from the start, but one that challenges them to examine truths they each hold firmly. Between them, a dance begins, deliberate and accidental, controlled and controlling, with undercurrents of undeniable passion. Each alternates in leading the dance, sometimes in spite of their positions as slave and... Read Full Review

  • American heiress : the wild saga of the kidnapping, crimes and trial of Patty Hearst

    by Toobin, Jeffrey, author.

    Reviewed by: Nicholas Beyelia, Librarian

    December 27, 2016

    Call Number: 322.42092 H436To

    American Heiress is an in-depth account of the 1974 abduction of media heiress Patricia Hearst focusing on the social, cultural and legal implications surrounding the crime as well as the bizarre and outrageous series of events that occurred in its aftermath.

    Still riding high from the acclaim that the television adaptation of The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson generated, writer and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin turned his attention to yet another high profile legal drama that captured the zeitgeist of its era: the kidnapping of Patty Hearst by the... Read Full Review

  • The city of mirrors : a novel

    by Cronin, Justin, author.

    December 19, 2016

    Call Number: CD

    In The Passage, book one of The Passage Trilogy, Justin Cronin showed us how the world would end. A group of scientists begin working with a rare virus from South America and dream of solving all illnesses and possibly death. Their work is taken over by the military, who secure the test-subjects, and all but one are death-row inmates. The exception is an abandoned six-year-old girl known as Amy NLN (NLN=no last name). They become known as the virals, who have almost all of the classic characteristics of a vampire. They drain their prey of blood and others they infect with a disease.... Read Full Review

  • Rita Moreno : a memoir

    by Moreno, Rita.

    Reviewed by: Nicholas Beyelia, Librarian

    December 12, 2016

    Call Number: 812.092 M843

    Moreno’s candid autobiography details the evolution of Rosita Alverio, a starstruck girl from Puerto Rico, into Rita Moreno, the award-winning actress and star of classic films such as West Side Story, Singin’ in the Rain and Carnal Knowledge. Throughout the book Moreno contrasts the soaring triumphs of a career (where she earned every major performing accolade) with painful personal tragedies that nearly ended her remarkable life.

    Rita Moreno stands as the archetype of success within the entertainment industry. She has been a working actress for over sixty... Read Full Review

  • The creeping shadow

    by Stroud, Jonathan.

    Reviewed by: Llyr Heller, Librarian, History & Genealogy Department

    December 6, 2016

    Call Number: x

    Jonathan Stroud's Lockwood & Co. series is terrific with arresting content, covers and titles. Even though written primarily for children (Remember The Harry Potter series was written for kids too.), teens and adults will thrill to each installment. Thus far the series is comprised of The Screaming Staircase, The Whispering Skull, The Hollow Boy and this recent installment, The Creeping Shadow. These are masterful tales of adventure and horror that are perfect for a quiet night in, but leave all the lights on.

    The series is set in England where the country... Read Full Review