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Book Hunters in Brief #126: Murder on the Beach

There's something about stories of trouble in paradise that strike a particularly resonant chord with humans--Judaism and Christianity are far from the only religions that begin with a fall from an earthly Eden. Why? Beats me, but its something for us all to ponder this summer as we lay on a beach with a tall frosty one beside us and the sand between our toes. Book Hunters has a few suggestions to fill your beach bag with.

Palm Beach Nasty by Tom Turner

Book Hunters in Brief #125: Books for Friday the 13th

If you are reading this in bed because you refuse to risk even a trip to the kitchen for breakfast on this the unluckiest of days, Book Hunters in Brief has some books to help you while away the hours until the clock gives the all-clear sign at midnight. Of course, finding somebody to cajole into going to the library to check them out for you might be difficult (not to mention ethically questionable).

Book Hunters in Brief #116: Pi Day

The great thing about Pi Day is that it gives people like me the chance to celebrate something we do not understand in the least with something we understand so well it amounts to genetic memory; namely Pi and pie, respectively.

Book Hunters in Brief #115: Even Better Read Aloud

Most parents will tell you that there are books that they love to read that their kids sniff at, and there are books their kids adore that they. themselves, have grown to groan at--I, myself, was forced to read Honey Bunny Funnybunny for something like one hundred seventy-three consecutive nights before my daughter finally decided it was time to move on.

Then there are the magical few books that parent and child love equally. This week, In celebration of Read Aloud Month, Book Hunters in Brief has selected some particularly fun reads to share with your young ones. We hope one of them strikes a chord with you and your child.

Book Hunters in Brief #109: The Victorians

Has there ever been anyone more squeamish about and discombobulated by basic bodily functions and desires than the typical Victorian?

Nope. And it's not even close.

Book Hunters in Brief #102: Holiday Memoirs

If ever there was a genre that pretty  much anybody with a pen, a stack of paper and some time to kill could tackle, it's the holiday memoir. We all have a story about the pony, Red Ryder BB gun, or Malibu Barbie with Kung Fu Grip that didn't come and for which we've carried a big, steaming dollop of resentment ever since. Likewise, we all have that one trigger--a smell, a taste, a certain slant of mid-winter light--that so evokes what the holidays mean to us personally that it amounts to our own version of Proust's madeleine. Then there is the other side of it.

Book Hunters in Brief #99: Veteran's Day

This week, Book Hunters wants to recognize all those who have served in the military. More than most organizations, public libraries exist without the sacrifices our veterans have made throughout this country's history. We never to forget that.

Charlie Mike: A True Story of War & Finding the Way Home
by Joe Klein

For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism, & Sacrifice by Howard Schultz & Rajiv Chandrasekaran

Book Hunters in Brief #98: Books for Citizenship Month

Most of us cannot imagine pulling up stakes and leaving behind the only family, friends and language we have ever known (not to mention favorite foods and television shows) to start a new life in a new country. But people all over the world do it everyday--many at considerable risk.

The additional step of becoming a citizen of the adoptive country is itself a momentous one. It's like going all-in on poker hand. It takes guts. It takes faith and it takes work. In other words--it takes the kind of people who made and continue to make this country great.

Book Hunters salute all of our new and prospective citizens. Welcome!

Book Hunters in Brief #94: Frankenstein Reborn

As with so many archetypal characters--Robin Hood, Cinderella, the Cowboy--each generation remakes Frankenstein's monster in its own image. Originally, a stand-in for science run amok, nowadays, the monster tends toward the brooding and existential--goading us to ask questions like, why are we here? What is our relationship to our creator? What is the rational response to a world that seems increasingly hostile to our existence?

Writers have been riffing on Mary Shelley's creation almost since she first loosed him on the world. This week, the Book Hunters offer several spins--some serious, some lighter--on Frankenstein's monster.

Book Hunters in Brief #93: Further Reading for Gulf Coast Reads

There's a feeling that all readers know when they the last words on the last page of a good book. Actually, I don't think it's a feeling; it is many feelings all swirling together: exhilaration, satisfaction, contentment, pride, but also hunger for the next book and a twinge of doubt that they'll ever find another that will give such pleasure.

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