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Andrea Borchert

  • Shakespeare saved my life : ten years in solitary with the Bard

    by Bates, Laura.

    September 28, 2015


    Call Number: 822.331 B329

    BID #5161545Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard is a book that warms my cold librarian’s heart. Laura Bates is an English Professor who volunteers to teach English to prisoners in maximum security, and in solitary confinement. She teaches them Shakespeare. After all, she’s already teaching her college freshmen Shakespeare. Of course, college freshmen are allowed to use pencils, so there are some differences between the two groups of students.What is amazing about Dr. Bates’ book is how the students from Wabash Valley Correctional Facility take Shakespeare’s... Read Full Review

  • Spare parts : four Mexican American teenagers, one ugly robot, and the battle for the American dream

    by Davis, Joshua, 1974-

    August 25, 2015


    Call Number: 621.80973 D262

    Who builds robots? Hypothetically, anyone with drive and talent could pick up a robot building book from the library (see books listed below), borrow a soldering iron from a friend, and use spare parts to put together something that could fight any of the robots on that television show BattleBots, or compete with robots in the robot building competitions taking place throughout the country. But when four economically disadvantaged Mexican American high school students entered the... Read Full Review

  • Strong female protagonist. written by Brennan Lee Mulligan ; drawn by Molly Ostertag. Book one

    by Mulligan, Brennan Lee, author.

    August 3, 2015


    Call Number: 740.9999 M959 v.1

    When Alison Green developed superpowers as a kid she did what anyone in her position would do, donned a costume and fought crime! But now that Alison is growing up and gaining a bit of maturity, the black and white world of superheroes and supervillains is getting more and more complicated, and even more difficult to navigate. The exact lines between hero and villain, friend and enemy keep changing, and Alison is forced to wonder if her typical wild street brawls are really doing the good she hoped they would. When Alison takes off her mask and goes to college she manages to turn her old... Read Full Review

  • What if? : serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions

    by Munroe, Randall, author.

    July 20, 2015


    Call Number: 500 M968

    I was a little kid when I saw Superman, the movie, for the very first time. It was a strange and heady experience. You see…   “There’s an alien who looks exactly like a normal human being.”  “Really, Ok!” “And he can fly.” “Yes!” “And he’s super strong.” “Of course!” “He uses his powers to fight crime” “This makes complete and utter sense!” “…in a blue and red skintight outfit.” “All right, I’ll buy it!” “And he turns back time by flying around the earth really, really fast!” “….Wait. That isn’t. That doesn’t….... Read Full Review

  • The thrilling adventures of Lovelace and Babbage

    by Padua, Sydney.

    June 8, 2015


    Call Number: 740.9999 P125

    Charles Babbage is widely credited with inventing the first computer, depending on your definition of “computer” and “invent”. You see, he never actually finished his masterpiece, the Analytical Engine. Ada Lovelace, the daughter of Lord Byron, was a mathematician who wrote programs for this nascent computer, making her the first computer programmer. Together they were innovators and eccentrics with genuine affection for one another. What could be more fun than a book based on their lives and collaboration? How about a graphic novel based on their story? How about a graphic novel full of... Read Full Review

  • The big tiny : a built-it-myself memoir

    by Williams, Dee (Builder).

    May 27, 2015


    Call Number: 690.973 W722

    There are memoirs that you read because you are impressed with the author’s accomplishments. There are memoirs you read because you want to know what it’s like to live another, different life. And there are memoirs that you read because it becomes clear as you make your way through the writer's life, chapter by chapter, that this book was written by someone from whom you can learn something--a way of life or an outlook that is unusual, wonderful, and worth experiencing.  Big Tiny manages to be all three types of memoirs in one.  I picked it up because it was the story... Read Full Review

  • Karen Memory

    by Bear, Elizabeth, author.

    April 27, 2015


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    Karen Memory is a Steampunk novel set in the mythical frontier city of Rapid City. Rapid City is a bit like San Francisco would have been during the gold rush if San Francisco had been built with Zeppelins by mad scientists in 1849. Karen is an orphan trying to make her way in the city and save up money to open a stable someday, like her father.  But the way that Karen has found to make money isn’t something her father would have approved of. Karen works as a “seamstress” at the Hôtel Mon Cherie. The Hôtel Mon Cherie is the type of fancy hotel where seamstresses entertain... Read Full Review

  • Midnight riot

    by Aaronovitch, Ben, 1964-

    January 17, 2015


    Call Number: M

    As a subgenre within fantasy, urban fantasy is set mostly in contemporary times, and specifically in cities. In our giant cities with their mysterious neighborhoods and streets we rarely have a chance to seek out that special place where there should be something that is a little bit magical.  After all, if you look hard enough in any large city, you will find that one great hole-in-the-wall restaurant, that beautiful undiscovered park, your next great friend, or a wild adventure. Urban fantasies offer you all that and, sometimes dragons and magic beyond your wildest dreams.There... Read Full Review

  • The magician's land : a novel

    by Grossman, Lev.

    October 20, 2014


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    In the third book of the Magician’s series, Quentin Clearwater must find a way to survive being cast out of Fillory, the magical land he once ruled. Stuck in our world he revisits the haunts of his childhood. He returns to his parents’ house and to his school. He gets to experience that disquieting adult moment of meeting parents and teachers again and seeing them, maybe for the first time, as human beings in their own right.  He gets a job and even though it is a job teaching at a hidden magic school, it still counts as a real job and evidence of his growing... Read Full Review

  • Seconds : a graphic novel

    by O'Malley, Bryan Lee, author, illustrator.

    September 29, 2014


    Call Number: 740.9999 O54-1

    Seconds is a stand-alone graphic novel by Bryan Lee O’Malley, who is best known for his series, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Scott PilgrimScott Pilgrim's precious little life, ... Read Full Review

  • The tale of the dueling neurosurgeons : the history of the human brain as revealed by true stories of trauma, madness, and recovery

    by Kean, Sam, author.

    September 14, 2014


    Call Number: 612.82 K24

    The study of the human brain is a history of people who somehow walk away from terrible accidents and illnesses, but don’t manage to walk away unmarked. There are the  difficulties of Phineas Gage (who survived a railway spike through the head), or conjoined twins Tatiana and Krista Hogan (Their brains are joined and they go through life sensing each other’s pain, tasting each other’s food where one sister hates ketchup and... Read Full Review

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    The telling

    by Le Guin, Ursula K.

    October 31, 2011


    Call Number: SF

    Sutty, a traveler from Earth, comes to the planet Aka to study its culture and people. However, she arrives in a place very different from what she expects. Instead of a world with an ancient culture and language she finds a planet rushing towards modernization - and in the process losing many of the things that made it unique, the very things she came to study. Everywhere she goes, this state mandated progress is overseen by government agents, frightening censors, and police.This hits close to home for Sutty (so to speak) because she herself is a refugee from an Earth ruled by an oppressive... Read Full Review