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    Apollo's angels : a history of ballet

    by Homans, Jennifer.

    Reviewed by: Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Central Library

    January 16, 2012

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    Call Number: 793.3209 H763

    During this end-of-the-year holiday season, numerous presentations of The Nutcracker ballet are being performed with ballet dancers dressed as sugar plums, candy canes, waltzing flowers, and other holiday treats. Jennifer Homans’ Apollo’s Angels: a History of Ballet is especially wonderful to read right now. It will be of interest to everyone, not only balletomanes who may think they know everything about this dance form, but for those who know nothing about it, and in particular for those who have preconceived notions about men in tights performing daring leaps into the air and... Read Full Review

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    The family Fang

    by Wilson, Kevin

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

    January 9, 2012

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    Call Number: F

    Siblings Annie and Buster have spent most of their adult lives trying to escape the notorious legacy of their parents, the performance artists Caleb and Camille Fang. Growing up, they were frequent participants in the Fangs’ madcap art “happenings,” where they appeared as Child A and Child B. As a family, the Fangs infiltrated parks, airplanes, shopping malls, and beauty pageants like a pack of art world grifters.Having grown up being treated like theatrical props, both Fang children fled the family home the second they were old enough. Now Annie is a Hollywood actress and... Read Full Review

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    The girl who circumnavigated Fairyland in a ship of her own making

    by Valente, Catherynne M.

    Reviewed by: Christa Deitrick, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department

    January 2, 2012

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    The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making may very well delight, successfully melding all sorts of creatures and conventions culled from fairy tales and folklore. Author Catherynne M. Valente, best known for adult fiction, has blown the lid off her usual style with this book, which was initially written in installments online and went on to win a Nebula Award in 2010. It strongly brings to mind the brilliantly dotty, all-ages appeal of... Read Full Review

  • How to save a life

    by Zarr, Sara.

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

    December 26, 2011

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    Call Number: YA

    Recently named one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2011, How To Save a Life is a young adult novel that invites - and deserves - a wide readership. Whether you’re a teen or an adult, you’ll find a lot to like in this insightful, big-hearted novel about a grieving family struggling to move forward and a pregnant teenager who makes a desperate gamble.Since 17-year-old Jill’s father died the previous year, she’s felt... Read Full Review

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    A first-rate madness : uncovering the links between leadership and mental illness

    by Ghaemi, S. Nassir.

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

    December 19, 2011

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    Call Number: 616.895 G411

    When you look at the problems that face world leaders, especially in times of crisis, you might think, "You have to be crazy to want to do that job." To psychiatrist Nassir Ghaemi, being "crazy", or, more precisely, having some form of mental illness may be just what is needed for some leaders to be able to accomplish great things during times of great need.Ghaemi examines, in varying detail, the lives of world leaders whom he believes had some form of mental illness in their lives: Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln, William T. Sherman, Martin Luther... Read Full Review

  • Anatomy of a disappearance : a novel

    by Matar, Hisham, 1970-

    Reviewed by: Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Central Library

    December 12, 2011

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    In this heartbreaking and haunting coming-of-age tale, an adolescent boy suffers the loss of both parents. Through a series of reflections and encounters that are seamlessly woven into a plot filled with the intrigue of a John Le Carre novel, family secrets are revealed that bit by bit clarify childhood misperceptions and longings for familial intimacy. Anatomy is aptly used in the title, since this is his dissection and examination of events surrounding the mysterious disappearance of his diplomat father, all of which does nothing to lessen or assuage the sense of loss.Nuri’s childhood... Read Full Review

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    The map of time : a novel

    by Palma, Felix J.

    Reviewed by: Daryl M., Librarian, Central Library

    December 5, 2011

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    Call Number: F

    What if someone published a novel that changed the way an entire culture thought about a concept? How would that new way of thinking affect people and the way they live their lives? And how might the long-term ramifications of those changes manifest themselves? This intriguing idea is explored in Felix Palma'a novel The Map of Time.This tale is set in the late 1800's during the scientific revolution that swept Victorian London--and the rest of the world--with the promise that science could, and would, open new doorways for humanity and solve all of our problems. During this... Read Full Review

  • Before I go to sleep : a novel

    by Watson, S. J.

    Reviewed by: Christa Deitrick, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department

    November 28, 2011

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    Call Number: F

    In this gripping psychological thriller, British author S.J. Watson explores the relationship between memory, identity and trust. The results are terrific - and terrifying.When Christine Lucas wakes up each morning, she doesn't know where she is and doesn't recognize the man beside her - her husband, Ben. Christine is 47, but her memory mysteriously stalled out somewhere in her mid-twenties. The faithful Ben fills in the gaps, reminding her every day about their happy life together even though Christine will forget it all when she goes to sleep. Christine is secretly meeting with a... Read Full Review

  • Ready player one

    by Cline, Ernest.

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

    November 21, 2011

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    Ernest Cline sets some sort of land speed record in establishing the premise of his debut novel, Ready Player One. In less than ten pages, the reader will learn that:1. It’s 2044, and the planet has been more or less done in by its own excesses, humanity reduced to poverty, pestilence, and war.2. The sole bright spot in this world is OASIS, a fully interactive multiverse, where people work, go to school, meet with friends, go on vacation, and generally spend as much time as possible, because, well... see #1.3. OASIS was created by James Halliday, an eccentric genius, tech innovator, and... Read Full Review

  • The magician king : a novel

    by Grossman, Lev.

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

    November 14, 2011

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    With 2009's The Magicians, Lev Grossman introduced readers to the dazzlingly imaginative wizarding world of Brakebills Academy, its angsty, college-aged students, and a premise that asked, "What if finding out you could do magic didn't fix anything that was wrong with your life? What if it made it worse?" More like the books of Bret Easton Ellis than J.K. Rowling, it's an amazing feat of storytelling that simultaneously manages to be the most magically... Read Full Review

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    Distant corners : American soccer's history of missed opportunities and lost causes

    by Wangerin, David

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

    November 7, 2011

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    Call Number: 796.27209 W246

    Trying to find information on the history of soccer in the United States is not an easy task. Even though the sport has been played here since the 19th century, its past has been poorly documented. However, David Wangerin (who was born in the U.S., but now lives in Scotland) does a remarkable job of piecing together the fragmented history of the world's most popular sport in the world's richest nation.Wangerin introduces us to the archive of Tom Cahill, who helped to start what is now known as the United States Soccer Federation in 1912. Prior to that, the only governing body for... Read Full Review

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    The telling

    by Le Guin, Ursula K.

    Reviewed by: Andrea Borchert, Librarian, Science, Technology & Patents Department

    October 31, 2011

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    Call Number: SF

    Sutty, a traveler from Earth, comes to the planet Aka to study its culture and people. However, she arrives in a place very different from what she expects. Instead of a world with an ancient culture and language she finds a planet rushing towards modernization - and in the process losing many of the things that made it unique, the very things she came to study. Everywhere she goes, this state mandated progress is overseen by government agents, frightening censors, and police.This hits close to home for Sutty (so to speak) because she herself is a refugee from an Earth ruled by an oppressive... Read Full Review

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