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    Blood, bones, & butter : the inadvertent education of a reluctant chef

    by Hamilton, Gabrielle

    Reviewed by: Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Central Library

    October 3, 2011

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    Call Number: 641.092 H218

    If you have ever toyed with the idea of being a chef or a cook, or have had the urge to own a restaurant, especially after watching one of those ubiquitous competition-style tv shows, you might want to think about the reality of a life in food beyond a few hours of a contrived reality. Better yet read this autobiography of a chef and restaurant owner who got into this line of work without a plan or formal training.This is an autobiography about family and food written with a passionate intensity for life and work by Gabrielle Hamilton: cook, reluctant chef/restaurant owner of Prune, wife,... Read Full Review

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    Starman : the truth behind the legend of Yuri Gagarin

    by Doran, Jamie

    Reviewed by: Bob Timmermann, Senior Librarian, Science, Technology & Patents Dept.

    September 27, 2011

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    Call Number: 629.177092 G132Do 2011

    The early days of space exploration are fascinating. The book and the film version of The Right Stuff provide very personal insights into the lives and the activities of the U. S. Space program which, with rare exception, was very open. By contrast, the early days of the Soviet space program have always remained mysterious and opaque. Their great early strides were shrouded by state secrecy mixed in with propaganda. New research on the past history of the program presents some unique views into what was once hidden... Read Full Review

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    Finding Chandra : a true Washington murder mystery

    by Higham, Scott

    Reviewed by: Eileen Y., Librarian, InfoNow

    September 26, 2011

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    Call Number: 364.9753 H638

    What makes this book especially compelling is that the authors provide complex portrayals of the many people involved in the case - not only the victim Chandra Levy, but also her family, the various lawyers, FBI and D.C. Police investigators assigned to her case, and former congressman Gary Condit, who was the main focus of the initial investigation. This book also reveals the numerous mistakes made during the original murder investigation.The authors, who are also reporters for the Washington Post, describe personalities, psychological motivations, and a chain of a events that are... Read Full Review

  • The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks

    by Skloot, Rebecca, 1972-

    Reviewed by: Vi Ha, Young Adult Librarian, Teen'Scape

    September 19, 2011

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    Call Number: 610.71 S628

    So much medical research today depends upon laboratory-grown human cells which allow researchers to perform repeatable controlled experiments that mimic the human body. During the first half of the 20th century, medical researchers raced to discover and successfully culture these "immortal cells" - cells that duplicate themselves perfectly, continually, and efficiently.The first successful immortal cells, HeLa cells, were taken in 1951 from Henrietta Lacks, a poor African American woman with cervical cancer. These miraculously duplicating HeLa cells, were instrumental in finding the... Read Full Review

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    Interviews with history and conversations with power

    by Fallaci, Oriana

    Reviewed by: Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Central Library

    September 12, 2011

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    Call Number: 920 F194-2

    The temptation must have been great indeed to refuse an interview with Oriana Fallaci, journalist, war correspondent and novelist. There were those who claimed they never gave interviews, but consented to her request, all with prior knowledge of her work. Henry Kissinger called his interview, "the most disastrous conversation I ever had with the press." And this from the former Secretary of State who had negotiated with his political counterparts from the world's toughest neighborhoods. Maybe the challenge itself, to prevail over this particular journalist, was enough for world... Read Full Review

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    The love of my youth : a novel

    by Gordon, Mary

    Reviewed by: Jane Dobija, Senior Librarian, Sunland - Tujunga

    September 6, 2011

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    Call Number: F

    Mary Gordon has been trailing the women of her generation with novels since 1978, when Final Payments appeared with a protagonist who felt miserable in her sex's traditional role of selfless caretaker. Thirty years later, Gordon's women are still negotiating an equitable place in society, but the character she uses to illustrate this dilemma in her latest novel, The Love of My Youth, has ridden out her own version of the storms of Final Payments, and she's come out of it all, if not unscathed, then at... Read Full Review

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    Vietnamerica : a family's journey

    by Tran, G. B.

    Reviewed by: Mary McCoy, Senior Librarian, Teen'Scape

    September 5, 2011

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    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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    My thoughts be bloody : the bitter rivalry between Edwin and John Wilkes Booth that led to an American Tragedy

    by Titone, Nora.

    Reviewed by: John Frank, Senior Librarian, Will & Ariel Durant

    September 2, 2011

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    Call Number: 812.092 B725Ti

    The uniquely American melodramatic saga of the theatrical Booth family has been told before, but historian Nora Titone focuses on the rivalry between Edwin and John Wilkes Booth as the catalyst for the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.Raised on an isolated farm in the wilds of Maryland, John Wilkes grew up with a steady diet of the blood and thunder melodramas of the time, while his older brother Edwin saw more of the world, toiling as dresser and keeper to his father, the celebrated, troubled actor Junius Brutus Booth. Both of Booth's sons would follow in his footsteps. Edwin, by virtue... Read Full Review

  • You know when the men are gone

    by Fallon, Siobhan.

    Reviewed by: Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Central Library

    August 29, 2011

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    Century upon century, during wars, women have waited for the men to return home, and the men, between battles, have yearned to come home to their wives and families. You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon is about the military men and women, their spouses and families who are involved in our present wars. She opens this book with a quote from one of the older war epics, The Odyssey, as Penelope sees Odysseus, ". . .yes, clearly--like her husband but sometimes blood and rags were all she saw." Fallon has first-hand knowledge of what it is to wait because... Read Full Review

  • Must you go? : my life with Harold Pinter

    by Fraser, Antonia

    Reviewed by: Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Central Library

    August 22, 2011

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    Call Number: 822 P659Fr

    Sometimes true love does not take hold at a convenient time, does not make sense to outsiders or create good sense in those whom it grabs and spins around in a whirl of emotion, and so it was with Lady Antonia Fraser, historian and novelist, and Harold Pinter, playwright, director and actor. When they met briefly at a dinner party, January 8, 1975, Fraser said, ". . .now I'm off." Pinter asked, "Must you go?" The answer was no and thus the title and remembrance, in diary format, of their love story which disrupted two marriages and families, but endured for thirty-... Read Full Review

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    Skippy dies

    by Murray, Paul

    Reviewed by: Mary McCoy, Senior Librarian, Teen'Scape

    August 15, 2011

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    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.

    Reviewed by: Mary McCoy, Senior Librarian, Teen'Scape

    August 8, 2011

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    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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