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If you have been following the news lately, you know several hot topics are currently being discussed and debated. If you find yourself wanting to know more about an issue before deciding where you stand, try some titles from the Opposing Viewpoint series

Trouble in Mind: A Backhanded Appreciation of Edward Hirsch

Cover Art: Demon and the AngelMy feelings about the poetry of Edward Hirsch are troublesome to me. They’re similar, I think, to my feelings about gin and French cinema–I like the idea a good deal more than the reality. This is not to say I don’t appreciate his work; I do. When I read him, I admire his skill and his touch, the complexity of feeling and thought, and the way each poem seems to know and take its place in relation to all poems that have gone before. But I rarely get that high, white hum reading him--that feeling that the world is going to be a very different place when I lift my eyes from the page.

On the Shelf: Perfection

I’ve never been especially fond of biographies – too long, too detailed and dense. To me, the same is true of autobiographies. However, I’m fascinated by slice-of-life memoirs, especially those written by working writers.

NEW ENGLAND WHITE

You kept me guessing all the way through, Stephen Carter.

MUCH ADO ABOUT CLASSICS

The calendar says summer won't be over for another month, but many people will begin their new school year next week.  Since June the books have been practically flying off the library book shelves.  Lately I've noticed more high school and college students, racing around, earnestly attempting to complete assignments from their lists of recommended summer reading, lists which are largely comprised of classics.

Bestsellers in Manga

As promsed in last week's post, I highlighted selections listed in The New York Times' Graphic Novels Bestsellers List. Listed below are popular graphic novels in the Manga genre. I also included links to multiple series' anime counterparts (if available) for your enjoyment.

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The Creed Brothers Come Home

I love Linda Lael Miller’s books! Her latest series, Montana Creeds, is about three estranged brothers who come home to find family and love. Once I started reading them I couldn’t put them down. If you want to know about her newest books check out her website www.lindalaelmiller.com

Hamlet in America

My neighborhood book club just read The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, by David Wroblewski. It's a retelling of Hamlet, set in America, and the hero, Edgar, is a mute teenager, whose family raises and trains a unique breed of dog. Edgar's father dies, and then Edgar is visited by his ghost who reveals that Edgar's uncle murdered him.

Book Clubs Bring People Together

Book clubs are a great way to bring people together. Readers of all backgrounds can share their opinions in a neutral arena, and the book selected provides common ground for discussion. A dramatic example was cited recently by the CBS Evening News. A book club in Boston was formed by a lawyer and a homeless man who happened to meet in a park. Their conversation over a period of months drifted to books, and eventually expanded to include others in the park. Today this group, called the Homeless Book Club, meets weekly at lunchtime. Read the story and watch a video about it at "A Tale with a Storybook Ending."

Embarrassing Financial Questions

Can I Pay My Credit Card Bill With a Credit CardYou know those times you have a question, and you just can’t bring yourself to ask it – just too embarrassing? Well, when it comes to financial questions, Mary Hunt is answering them for you. Her latest book Can I Pay My Credit Card Bill with a Credit Card is full of hundreds of financial questions and helpful answers. 

 

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