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  • Neurotribes : the legacy of autism and the future of neurodiversity

    by Silberman, Steve, author.

    January 25, 2016

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    Call Number: 370.157 S5825

    How do you classify a condition like autism? The condition affects so many different people in such different ways that, the saying goes, “If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism”. How can a condition that may have affected as diverse a group as Alan Turing, Leonardo Da Vinci, Temple Grandin, and Emily Dickinson be treated? What, or who, is to blame? What is there to celebrate in a life with autism? Our understanding of autism has changed so much and NueroTribes: the legacy of autism and the future of neurodiversity covers every step of that change,... Read Full Review

  • Maze : solve the world's most challenging puzzle

    by Manson, Christopher.

    December 21, 2015

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    Call Number: 793.4 M289

     In 1985 there was a competition to solve a puzzle--a puzzle in the shape of a book. Christopher Manson presented this strange puzzle in an eerie picture book that he wrote and illustrated. Taken all together, the book itself is the maze. You enter the maze by turning the first page. But once you do, will you be able to find the center? Will you find your way back out again? Each page of the book represents a room. Each room has multiple doors that lead to different pages, and you have to chose the right ones to walk through. As you make your way through the maze the mysterious (and... Read Full Review

  • The traitor Baru Cormorant

    by Dickinson, Seth.

    November 23, 2015

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    The traitor Baru Cormorant is a political-military thriller set in a fantasy world crushed under the boot heels of the Empire of Masks. The Empire has conquered most of the world, and is busily remaking the world in it’s image. This means a range of different things. Sometimes it means vaccinations and functioning sewer systems for the masses, but it also entails eugenics, and setting up special schools to indoctrinate children from conquered lands.Baru Cormorant is one such child who grows up in a charitable school run by the Empire. Always looking over her shoulder and driven to... Read Full Review

  • Welcome to night vale

    by Fink, Joseph.

    October 26, 2015

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    How can I explain the wonder and terror that is Welcome to Night Vale? Welcome to Night Vale started as a podcast. In the podcast Cecil Palmer, the host of a local radio show, reports the news of his small, desert town. Community events like PTA meetings are covered, colorful local characters like Old Woman Josie or John Peters, the farmer, call in and share their colorful, local perspectives on everything from street cleaning to local elections. It’s a little like Prairie Home Companion’s News from Lake Wobegon. Mostly, sort of . . . Because, after you listen... Read Full Review

  • Futuristic violence and fancy suits

    by Wong, David, 1975 January 10-

    October 13, 2015

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    Futuristic violence and fancy suits is a fast-paced action adventure story set in a future boomtown, which is a place with few laws and even less taste. A poor barista named Zoey Ashe has unexpectedly inherited a fortune from a father she never knew. Rather than turning her into Cinderella at the ball, this inheritance puts her smack dab in the path of the dangerous people who killed her father. They are after something mysterious and won’t stop until they find it. In fact, they’ve already put a price on Zoey’s head. Now millions of people are watching online as various bounty... Read Full Review

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

    by Bates, Laura.

    September 28, 2015

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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