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New and Featured Books for Young Adults for 06/28/2013:

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Come and check out these and some of the other new books and materials (or at least new to us) for Young Adults added to our library collection…

FICTION:

The Carrie Diaries: Summer And The City by Candace Bushnell

Jane Austen Goes To Hollywood by Abby McDonald

Or, the girls and Cameron.

Cameron And The Girls by Edward Averett

The Loop by Shandy Lawson

Reboot!

Reboot by Amy Tintera

By the NYT best selling author of Monster.

Darius & Twig by Walter Dean Myers

NON-FICTION:

Gangsters, Bootleggers, And Bandits by Heather S. Schwartz

A teen guide.

A Teen Guide To Eco-Gardening, Food, And Cooking by Jen Green

How To Beat Physical Bullying by Alexandra Hanson-Harding

Frequently Asked Questions About Same-Sex Marriage And When A Parent Is Gay by Tracy Brown

Abracadabra! – Cool Magic Tricks With Cards by Nicholas Einhorn

Alakazam! – Sensational Magic Tricks With Silk, Thimbles, Paper, And Money by Nicholas Einhorn

Do not choke!

How Not To Choke On Tests: Achieving Academic And Testing Success by Stephanie Watson

A Career As A Dental Hygienist by Ann Byers

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Please note that books mentioned here could be checked out between the time they end up on the blog and when you come to check them out. If you don’t see the items you’re looking for then please come up to the front desk, OR call us, OR send us an email at robinsbaselibrary@gmail.com and  we’ll put your name on the reserve list for when the item returns.

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Previous New/Featured books for Adults:

06/18/13.

06/06/13.

05/31/13.

05/28/13.

And for Young Adults:

06/05/13.

05/08/13.

04/18/13.

02/06/13.

And for Kids/Juvenile Readers:

06/19/13.

06/18/13.

05/21/13.

05/06/13.

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New and Featured Books for 01/02/2013:

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Come and check out these and some of the other new books and materials (or at least new to us) added to our library collection…

FICTION:

The Child’s Child by Ruth Rendell (writing as Barbara Vine)

A Killer In The Wind by Andrew Klavan

Mad hilarity, merciless action, dark cynicism, and incorruptible bravery.

Gun Machine by Warren Ellis

Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris and William Harms and illustrated by Denis Medri

Die Easy by Zoë Sharp

Big Sky River by Linda Lael Miller

This is such a great cover.

Star Wars: Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn

Daddy Love by Joyce Carol Oates

Doctor Who: The Wheel Of Ice by Stephen Baxter

The Road To Cardinal Valley by Earlene Fowler

Too bright and too loud.

Too Bright To Hear Too Loud To See by Juliann Garey

Shadow Woman by Linda Howard

NON-FICTION:

Autism: The Scientific Truth About Preventing, Diagnosing, And Treating Autism Spectrum Disorders – And What Parents Can Do Now by Robert Melillo

May Cause Miracles: A 40-Day Guidebook To Subtle Shifts For Radical Change And Unlimited Happiness by Gabriel Bernstein

Life Below Stairs: True Lives Of Edwardian Servants by Alison Maloney

A Higher Call: An Incredibly True Story Of Combat And Chivalry In The War-Torn Skies Of World War II by Adam Makos with Larry Alexander

Why so many predictions fail...

Why So Many Predictions Fail – But Some Don’t by Nate Silver

The 8 Hour Diet: Watch The Pounds Disappear Without Watching What You Eat! by David Zinczenko, with Peter Moore

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Please note that books mentioned here could be checked out between the time they end up on the blog and when you come to check them out. If you don’t see the items you’re looking for then please come up to the front desk, OR call us, OR send us an email at robinsbaselibrary@gmail.com and  we’ll put your name on the reserve list for when the item returns.

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Previous New/Featured books for Adults:

12/27/12.

12/12/12.

12/04/12.

11/20/12.

11/19/12.

11/01/12.

New and Featured Books for 12/12/2012:

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Come and check out these and some of the other new books and materials (or at least new to us) added to our library collection…

FICTION:

The Black House by Peter May

This is a really cool cover.

Me And The Devil by Nick Tosches

Collateral Damage: A Dreamland Thriller by Dale Brown and Jim DeFelice

Thai Die: A Needlecraft Mystery by Monica Ferris

Safety in the home is very important.

Safe House by Chris Ewan

The Next Always by Nora Roberts

The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts

The Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts

The Valley Of The Shadow by Carola Dunn

A double agent in MI6, a plot to assassinate Churchill, only one man can save him!

Orders From Berlin by Simon Tolkien

Doctor Strange: Season One by Greg Pak and illustrated by Emma Rios

Richard Castle’s Deadly Storm: A Derrick Storm Mystery by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Brian Michael Bendis and illustrated by Lan Medina

Extra Credit by Maggie Barbieri

A novel in 5 parts.

A Possible Life: A Novel In Five Parts by Sebastian Faulks

NON-FICTION:

Team Of Rivals: The Political Genius Of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

The One Minute Negotiator: Simple Steps To Reach Better Agreements by Don Hutson and George Lucas

The Black World and Political Activism in the 1970s.

The Challenge Of Blackness: The Institute Of The Black World And Political Activism In The 1970s by Derrick E. White

Napoleon – Life, Legacy, And Image: A Biography by Alan Forrest

The social impact of one laptop per child.

Learning To Change The World: The Social Impact Of One Laptop Per Child by Walter Bender, Charles Kane, Jody Cornish, and Neal Donahue

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Please note that books mentioned here could be checked out between the time they end up on the blog and when you come to check them out. If you don’t see the items you’re looking for then please come up to the front desk, OR call us, OR send us an email at robinsbaselibrary@gmail.com and  we’ll put your name on the reserve list for when the item returns.

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Previous New/Featured books for Adults:

12/04/12.

11/20/12.

11/19/12.

11/01/12.

10/19/12.

10/16/12.

Author quotes: Burning books.

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Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. once said, “We must be careful what we pretend to be,”  which is one of my favorite quotes of all time, but Vonnegut was a highly opinionated and prolific author and essayist, and he was always a good source for a good quote or a witty turn of phrase.

The other day I got into a conversation with a few patrons not just about the need for intellectual curiosity in people, especially in this day and age, but the need for constant access to the tools that could inspire and grow that curiosity in these modern times, and it reminded me of something Vonnegut had said a few years before his death (in 2007):

“While on the subject of burning books, I want to congratulate librarians, not famous for their physical strength, who, all over this country, have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shelves, and destroyed records rather than have to reveal to thought police the names of persons who have checked out those titles.

So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House, the Supreme Court, the Senate, the House of Representatives, or the media. The America I loved still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.

And still on the subject of books: our daily news sources, newspapers and TV, are now so craven, so unvigilant on behalf of the American people, so uninformative, that only in books do we learn what’s really going on.”

-from A Man Without A Country, his 2005 memoir/essay collection.

You can find an excerpt from the book over at The Guardian, which includes the portion the above text comes from. Much of this book, and in particular this excerpt, are very political with Vonnegut discussing his disappointment in the then-current political climate of the country. Whether you agree with Vonnegut’s politics there or not, you have to admire that there are some nuggets of common sense true for all people, and that he always maintained a strong humanistic outlook on life.

Also, on a side note, in the paragraph preceding the above quote Vonnegut references Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, his documentary about the September 11 attacks and everything after, and reminds us that the title of the documentary is a reference/parody of Ray Bradbury’s great, classic science fiction novel, Fahrenheit 451. That novel refers to the fact that 451 degrees Fahrenheit is the combustion point, at which paper and the information on it will burn.

The gist of it is this: Not to toot our own horn (too much) but libraries curate and cultivate information, and with information comes intelligence, which is never a bad thing and always in short supply. The library is a resource that you should never let go to waste.

by Eddie Campbell, from here.

Elsewhere on the internet:

Vonnegut’s obituary in The New York Times.

15 things Vonnegut said better than anyone else ever has or will.

Venus On The Half-Shell by Philip José Farmer under the name “Kilgore Trout.”

Vonnegut’s advice for writers.

Vonnegut’s story diagrams.

Harrison Bergeron,” Vonnegut’s classic short story.

An interview with Vonnegut in The Paris Review.

2BR02B,” a 1962 short story that appeared in Vonnegut’s third collection, Bagombo Snuff Box.

The Big Trip Up Yonder,” a short story that appeared in Vonnegut’s first two collections under different names.

The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library in Indianapolis.

Dave Eggers reviews Vonnegut’s first collection of unpublished fiction.

At the library we have quite a few books both by Vonnegut and about his life and work, including When Mortals Sleep, a posthumous release of previously unpublished short fiction by the author, as well as And So It Goes – Kurt Vonnegut: A Life, a new biography of the author by Charles J. Shields, and…

Vonnegut And Hemingway: Writers At War by Lawrence Broer, which draws interesting parallels between these two literary artists, who previously might have been only been coupled together by how vastly different they were. Both were born under the spectre of hereditary insanity, forged in wartime experiences, and used their writing as a means of therapy and survival. And how much more fitting to see them linked, since Hemingway was our quoted author last week? I hope you’ll come and check them out.