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Cards on Display for Boys and Girls Club 75th Anniversary

The John Avery Boys and Girls Club is celebrating 75 years of service! To help celebrate, all are invited to view a card display on the second floor of Main Library near the public computers. The cards were designed and created by the children served by John Avery. Not only do the cards honor and […]

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Living Stories of the Cherokee

Living Stories of the Cherokee contains traditional and contemporary stories told by storytellers Davey Arch, Robert Bushyhead, Edna Chekelee, Marie Junaluska, Kathi Smith Littlejohn, and Freeman Owle. All the storytellers except Edna Chekelee were alive at the time this book was published (1998), and all are members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. This […]

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The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

I found this book to be absolutely riveting, both in its descriptions of Hmong culture and history and in its account of the collision between Hmong medicine and Western medicine. Find in Catalog

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Shadow Music

This is the 3rd installment in Garwood’s Highlands’ Lairds series and has been on my TBR list since late 2012. I love Julie Garwood’s characters, and this story does not disappoint. I also have the second installment, RANSOM, on my TBR list and am looking forward to enjoying that book as well. I love the […]

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Gone Girl

Nick and Amy are a young married couple with problems. Big problems. Sociopath type problems. Hilarity ensues. This is the second of Gillian Flynn’s books that I have read. She writes clear, fast-moving prose. This book was clever, but clever’s not enough to make a good book. It is impossible to write about the book’s […]

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

When I read this book in high school, I loved the anti-establishment theme. I think the writing is what I loved this time around. I loved the voice of Chief Bromden and the way Kesey shows us the world of Miss Ratched’s ward through his eyes. Finally I have to love McMurphy…..every reading. What strikes […]

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Portnoy’s Complaint

The most remarkable thing to me about “Portnoy’s Complaint” is how incredibly raunchy it is. I’m pretty sure it’s the raunchiest book I’ve ever read. It’s a largely plotless, obscene rant, in the form of a young adult Jew’s confessions/justifications to his psychiatrist. Alex Portnoy is particularly sex-obsessed, and much of his monologue is an […]

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The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

This book was so different from what I’ve been reading lately. There aren’t a lot of contemporary novels about life in Africa. Even though some of the subplots were a little dark and twisty (African witchcraft, need I say more?) the overall feeling was light-hearted and enjoyable. I like Mma. Ramotswe enough, but I don’t […]

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Cross My Heart

This is the latest in the Alex Cross series. I have been reading these since “Along Came a Spider” and am a huge fan. I was happy to see that Patterson had gotten away from the more gruesome descriptions and instead is making this series more about the characters and the plot like it was […]

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

This is great book intended for young people. It was recommended to me by my niece who read it in honor of National Banned Books week last year (http://www.ala.org/bbooks/). Alexie’s book does not shy away from ugly truths about being poor, weird and part of an Indian reservation with major alcohol abuse problems. The diarist, […]

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