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

    by Sides, Hampton.

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

    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.

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

    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.

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

    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

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

    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-

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

    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