by Gladwell, Malcolm, 1963-
November 4, 2013
Call Number: 174 G543-1
Gladwell, a columnist for The New Yorker, has produced another bestseller about success, focusing on the advantages of the disadvantaged. It is counterintuitive to think that David can triumph over Goliath. The biblical story, in the first book of Samuel, is a classic case of asymmetrical warfare. David would have no chance of defeating a giant in hand-to-hand combat. The slingshot is his only option to vanquish Goliath.
Gladwell profiles representative figures who demonstrate how hardships can be turned into strengths. David Boies, one of America's... Read Full Review
October 21, 2013
Call Number: SS
Oz. The mere mention of the name can conjure up images of flying monkeys, roads of yellow brick, witches (both good and wicked) and the Emerald City. For well over a century, children and adults alike have cherished L. Frank Baum’s original The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and its 34 sequels with 13 written by Baum and, after his death, the remaining 21 written by Ruth Plumly Thompson. Even more people have been introduced to Oz through the... Read Full Review
by Mason, Jamie.Reviewed by: LAPL Staff, Librarian
October 15, 2013
“There is very little peace for a man with a body buried in his backyard.”
That’s how Jamie Mason introduces us to the central character of Three Graves Full. Jason Getty is not a man who grabs life by the horns and lives with gusto, but one who watches as life happens to him. He has had precisely one moment of assertiveness in his life, a confrontation with a con man, and that’s how Jason wound up with a body in his backyard. A year later, he's just beginning to get over his paranoia about being caught when landscapers turn up... Read Full Review
by Black, Holly.
October 15, 2013
Call Number: YA
Tana Bach is a typical seventeen-year-old. She is looking forward to her senior year and is recovering from the most recent break-up with her exasperating on again/off again boyfriend Aidan. She’s been invited to an end of the summer party, but she’s not sure she wants to go because she is sure Aidan will be there. And, if she goes, she will have to go alone because Pauline, her best friend, is away at drama camp. She determines Aidan shouldn’t keep her from seeing the rest of her friends and decides to attend. . .
Very early the next morning, Tana... Read Full Review
by Cornell, Paul.
October 7, 2013
What if there was another world of beings and power, coexisting with our own? We can’t see this world, but its inhabitants can see and affect us. What if suddenly, and very unexpectedly, you could see that world and began to see how these creatures interfered in the lives of those who are unaware? How would you react? Would you try to prevent a potential tragedy by attempting to thwart forces you don’t completely understand (possibly risking yourself in the process)? These are just some of the questions explored in London Falling by Paul Cornell.
Under the... Read Full Review
by Currey, Mason.
September 30, 2013
Call Number: 701 C976
What are the working habits of creative people: writers, visual artists, musicians, choreographers, filmmakers, composers, scientists, philosophers and others? What motivates them and how do they approach the blank page--with delight or dread? How many hours a day do they work and do they prefer day or night? Do they find it necessary to drink alcohol, take drugs, drink buckets of tea or coffee? Do they work at home or have a studio/office? If they have relationships/families do these help or hinder the individual? And a... Read Full Review
by Meyer, Marissa.
September 23, 2013
Call Number: YA SF
Scarlet Benoit lives with her grandmother on the family farm. She helps tend the crops, and makes deliveries to the local businesses in Rieux, France. Three weeks ago, her grandmother disappeared without a trace. The local authorities have closed the missing person's investigation claiming there is no evidence of foul play, but Scarlet knows better. She knows her grandmother would never leave their farm without telling her and, even if she had, she would have contacted Scarlet by now. Scarlet is determined to find her grandmother, but little does she... Read Full Review
by Wertheim, L. Jon.
September 14, 2013
Call Number: 796.1 W499
Tennis players rarely catch the attention of the American public anymore, even as modern racquet technology and training techniques have made the sport more exciting. The sport has been dominated by Europeans for the last decade, and its old country club following has largely gravitated to golf. Despite the Williams sisters' mastery of the women's game, it takes a truly epic match between the top players for tennis to be water cooler fodder. Sports Illustrated writer L. Jon Wertheim recounts such a match in this excellent book. For the first time since the Borg-... Read Full Review
by Lin-Liu, Jen.
September 3, 2013
Call Number: 641.6311 L7355
When humanity moved past being hunter-gatherers and began to cultivate and harvest crops, one of the basic products of these efforts was bread which became a primary food source. Noodles and dumplings are several steps up on the culinary register, but are based on a similar food product, dough, basically made of flour and water, and enriched with other ingredients if available. Add sauces, fillings made from grains, vegetables, bits of meat, poultry or fish, seasonings, and these foods have moved way beyond sustenance to pleasure and are often basic to... Read Full Review
by Scalzi, John, 1969-
August 26, 2013
Call Number: SF
What if, on an otherwise ordinary day, something happened on your job that could make you rich beyond your wildest dreams? And what if, a few days after this event, you encountered an alien life form that may be sentient? But if it is sentient, you would not be able to successfully collect your recently acquired wealth. Would you put your efforts behind the discovery of these creatures and the protection of their planet? Or would you try to hide them and protect your own interests? These are the questions explored by John Scalzi in Fuzzy Nation... Read Full Review
August 19, 2013
Call Number: SS
Steampunk, the sub-genre of science fiction set primarily in the 19th century and featuring fantastic, often steam-powered, technologies with a Victorian flare, has been steadily growing in popularity over the last two decades. But what if you are more of a fantasy reader than a sci-fi reader? Well, prolific editors Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling have just the collection for you: Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells. Within this book, Datlow and Windling have gathered a marvelous collection of all new Victorian tinged fantasy stories (a new fantasy sub-genre referred to as... Read Full Review
by Bonanos, Christopher, 1969-
August 12, 2013
Call Number: 338.78 P762Bo
Instant photography is so much a part of our lives that it is difficult to imagaine a time when it was a novelty. In the late 1940s the Polaroid Land Camera was commercially available and it printed a photograph in one minute. Edwin Land, the founder of Polaroid, was the Steve Jobs of his day, according to author Christopher Bonanos. He dropped out of Harvard and developed polarized filters for automobiles, sunglasses and 3-D spectacles. His Cambridge-based technology firm invented the first instant camera by the end of World War II. Instant color film was invented by... Read Full Review