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    The red market : on the trail of the world's organ brokers, bone thieves, blood farmers, and child traffickers

    by Carney, Scott M.

    October 10, 2011


    Call Number: 364.15 C289

    In this harrowing, eye-opening account, investigative journalist Scott Carney goes inside the multi-billion dollar industry of human bodies, and studies the international market for organs, bones, genetic material, and even live human beings. As readers learn about murky international regulation, and the desperation that drives prospective buyers and sellers into a shady, and often dangerous underworld, they will discover that with these ethically complex issues, there are no easy answers.Carney looks at the refugee village of Tsunami Nagar, largely populated by survivors of the 2004... Read Full Review

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    Vietnamerica : a family's journey

    by Tran, G. B.

    September 5, 2011


    Call Number: 301.4509597 T772

    "You should ask them about it sometime. There's a lot about your parents you don't know. And they won't be alive forever to answer your questions."On April 25, 1975, GB Tran's family fled Vietnam, just days before Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese Army. A year later, he was born in South Carolina, and grew up a junk food-eating, video game-playing American kid with little interest in his family's history. However, when his last two surviving grandparents die within a few months of each other, Tran goes to Vietnam with his parents, and meets entire... Read Full Review

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    Skippy dies

    by Murray, Paul

    August 15, 2011


    Call Number: F

    In Skippy Dies, Murray visits the humiliation, pain, and disillusionment of adolescence so vividly, don't be surprised if you experience a traumatic junior high flashback while reading it. The book wastes no time delivering on its title - in the opening lines, 14-year-old Daniel "Skippy" Juster, a student at a Catholic prep school in Dublin, keels over in the midst of a doughnut-eating contest, scrawls "Tell Lori" on the floor in jelly filling, and dies.What happens next is no ordinary boarding school coming of age story, but a hilarious and surprisingly... Read Full Review

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    The false friend : a novel

    by Goldberg, Myla.

    August 8, 2011


    Call Number: F

    Eleven-year-olds Celia Durst and Djuna Pearson are best friends, queen bees, and mean girls, as likely to turn on each other as the wannabes and hangers-on who vie for their favor. Until one day after school, when Djuna gets into a stranger's brown sedan and disappears forever.Twenty years later, Celia is suddenly overcome by a long-repressed memory that packs a wallop. There was no brown sedan, there was no stranger. Celia remembers that the story she told their friends, parents, and the police wasn't the truth, that something very different happened to Djuna that day in the woods.... Read Full Review

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    The girl who fell from the sky : a novel

    by Durrow, Heidi W.

    August 1, 2011


    Call Number: F

    Born to a Danish mother and an African American G.I. father, and raised in Europe, Rachel has never thought of herself as black or white. But when a family tragedy sends her to Portland to live with her grandmother in a predominantly African American community, 11-year-old Rachel suddenly finds herself defined by her race. Though her grandmother is loving and provides Rachel with more stability than she's ever had in her life, she doesn't understand why her black grandchild would sing the Danish words to Christmas carols under her breath at church or crave pastries made with marzipan.... Read Full Review

  • Hellhound on his trail : the stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the international hunt for his assassin

    by Sides, Hampton.

    July 20, 2011


    Call Number: 323.4092 K53Si

    In April 1967, James Earl Ray escaped from the Missouri State Penitentiary by smuggling himself out of the prison bakery in a breadbox. He drifted to Mexico, then to Los Angeles, where he attended bartending school and volunteered for the presidential campaign of Alabama Governor and staunch segregationist George Wallace. During this time, Ray's racist beliefs became an obsession, and he became fixated on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - so fixated that in 1968, Ray left California, and began to stalk King through the American South.At the same time, King was planning a bold new movement,... Read Full Review

  • The irresistible Henry House : a novel

    by Grunwald, Lisa.

    July 18, 2011


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    The premise of Grunwald's charming novel was inspired by a home economics curriculum studied by many young women at American colleges during the first half of the 20th century. To help students gain hands-on experience in homemaking and child-rearing, local orphanages would supply colleges with a "practice baby" to be looked after by student "mothers."Baby Henry comes to the Wilton College home economics practice house in 1946, and finds himself with seven loving mothers. But instead of being returned to the orphanage at the end of the school year, Henry stays on, and... Read Full Review

  • The Devil and Sherlock Holmes

    by Grann, David.

    July 11, 2011


    Call Number: 364.1 G759

    A fascinating collection of investigative journalism about real-life mysteries, baffling crimes, and eclectic curiosities by the bestselling author of The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon.Many of the collection's best essays deal with criminal cases. The book's title comes from the piece "Mysterious Circumstances," where Grann investigates the suspicious death of one of the world's leading Sherlock Holmes scholars, while in "True... Read Full Review

  • The tiger : a true story of vengeance and survival

    by Vaillant, John

    July 5, 2011


    Call Number: 799.26 V131

    In the rugged Primorye region of Russia's Far East, people have shared the Boreal Forest with Amur (or Siberian) tigers for hundreds of years. "If I don't touch her," the local saying goes, "she won't touch me." But in December 1997, that delicate arrangement was threatened when a poacher named Markov shot a tiger at close range, wounding its leg. Over the next several days, the tiger carried out what seemed like a vendetta, tracking, harassing, and eventually killing the poacher.Enter Inspection Tiger, a forest police unit, responsible for monitoring the tiger... Read Full Review

  • Let's take the long way home : a memoir of friendship

    by Caldwell, Gail, 1951-

    June 27, 2011


    Call Number: 071.092 C147-1

    It would be difficult to imagine two friends more well-matched, more made for one another, as Gail Caldwell and Caroline Knapp. When the two met, both were writers, athletes, and dog lovers. Both were recovering alcoholics, and both were entering middle age, quite contentedly single. Caldwell writes, "Finding Caroline was like placing a personal ad for an imaginary friend, then having her show up at your door funnier and better than you had conceived." And then, in 2002, Caroline died, just seven weeks after being diagnosed with lung cancer.Caldwell's beautiful memoir of... Read Full Review