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This Book's For You

Ah, Summer....for most of us, summer is the time to take some much deserved R & R.  Because of the economy though, Americans are scaling back on eating out, vacations, and luxury items.  What to do?  Some are consoling themselves with beer.  A report by Information Resources says that beer sales are up 5.6 percent this year.  Craft beers and discount brews are doing especially well.  

On the Shelf: The Necklace: Thirteen Women and the Experiment that Transformed Their Lives

I wasn't sure I'd like The Necklace: Thirteen Women and the Experiment that Transformed Their Lives by Cheryl Jarvis, but the reviews I’d read had been good. I was also intrigued by the premise - thirteen wealthy-ish women pool their resources to purchase a very expensive diamond necklace.
 
My first thought, as I opened the book was dismissive – divas with too much time on their hands and money to burn. By the end of the first chapter, I began to realize how wrong I was.
 
I loved the camaraderie of these women, their kindness to each other and to others in their Ventura, CA community, and the fun they had (and continue to have) with the necklace they named Jewelia (too cute!). I'd love to have these women for friends. They are wealthy (not to mention generous and supportive) in ways that can’t be measured in dollars and cents.
 
I highly recommend their heartwarming, life-affirming story.

Sweetness and Poison

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie sweetness at the bottom of the piehas won the Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger Award, and it is a delicious read. Flavia de Luce, a brilliant eleven year old, lives in a faded mansion belonged to her declining aristocratic family.

The Bat-Man and his Ancestors

When writer Bill Finger met artist Bob Kane at a party in 1938 he realized that he’d met a kindred spirit.  Both young men were anxious to succeed in the new publishing enterprise that was blossoming in New York at the time: comic books!  Just that year two other young men, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, had sold an idea they’d thought up in their teens to National Publications.  It was their comic strip about an extremely physically fit extraterrestrial good guy.  Superman became a publishing phenomenon, exceeding sales expectations almost faster than a speeding bullet, and National Publication wanted more. 

Bob Kane had the idea for another costumed superhero, as the genre woul

Finger Lickin' Good!

Just finished Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich. I love this series, not so much for the mystery, as for the hilarious characters and the mishaps that befall, Stephanie Plum, an inept but spunky bounty hunter in Trenton, NJ.

Based on the Book

So I've put myself on the request list for The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger in anticipation of the movie (coming to a theater near you on August 14th).  I'm the sort of person who likes to read the book before seeing the movie.

Graphic Novels for Adults

Graphic novels have a strong hold in the hearts of young readers; however, individuals may not know there are graphic novels that can be entertaining for adults as well. If superhero and villain-esque titles like Watchmen do not spark your interest, consider novels with more realistic or mature subjects. Listed below are a few titles that may interest you.

Engulfed by (Catching) Fire

I loved The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – following Katniss Everdeen as a contestant in an annual, televised competition where only one participant can ultimately survive(!) – and have been waiting excitedly for the next book in the series,

Apollo 11 Anniversary

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. Were you watching it live as the images were beamed back to Earth on July 20, 1969? Maybe you have never seen the original broadcast.  If you would like to see it again, or for the first time, you can now view NASA’s restored clips of the transmission online.  

If you're curious to know more about the Apollo 11 mission, check out these titles from the HCPL catalog:

Frank McCourt Passes

Angela's AshesIf you've read Angela's Ashes, you probably feel like Frank McCourt was a well-known friend.  His writing style made you forget your own life and get absorbed into his.  Frank McCourt passed away yesterday at the age of 78.

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