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Reading material for 02/13/12:

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Some reading material from around the internet:

SeaWorld is being sued… by five of its “enslaved” killer whales.

Teens learn robotics as factories lack skilled workers.

Origami robots that run only on air.

RIP Whitney Houston.

Listen to Whitney Houston’s isolated vocal track from “How Will I Know?”

Sophisticated jewelry heist stumps Chicago cops.

Take a tour of NYC sewers on Valentine’s Day. Seriously.

California’s volcanoes to be monitored more closely.

34% of people aged 25 to 29 years old have moved back home.

The Pentagon to lift some restrictions on women in combat.

Social media explained.

Amazon tries out the brick and mortar approach.

Google might open a store too.

How to improve your odds in online dating.

The FBI file on Steve Jobs.

The man behind the fake Cormac McCarthy twitter account.

Do you want to open up a perpetual, invisible window into your gmail?

Also, men don’t read online dating profiles.

Stephen Fry says that British judges don’t understand twitter.

Arguing for a Zuckerberg tax.

Mad Men: a guide to catching up before season 5, which starts next month.

Also, Thomas Jane was almost Don Draper.

Natalie Portman to join both of Terrence Malick’s upcoming films.

Naomi Watts to play Princess Diana.

Roger Ebert says 3D is killing Hollywood.

It looks like House will be coming to an end in May with the conclusion of its 8th season.

George Lucas says Han never shot first.

Amy Adams to adapt Steven Martin’s An Object Of Beauty.

Anton Corbijn to adapt John Le Carré’s A Most Wanted Man, which will star Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

Navy SEALs moonlight as movie stars.

The trailer for The Bourne Legacy.

In the picture above: 15,000 different books about Abraham Lincoln arranged together to form a three story tower in the lobby of the Ford’s Theater Center for Education and Leadership.

What Dr. Seuss books were really about.

William Gibson on aging futurism.

10 of the greatest kisses in literature.

A neurodevelopmental perspective on A. A. Milne.

The top 10 Batman storylines.

Charles Dickens and Sinclair Lewis.

A list of ridiculous names in Charles Dickens novels (incomplete).

Jeffrey Zaslow, the man who wrote the recent Gabrielle Giffords book and the Chesley “Sully” Sullenberg, died on Friday.

Michael Chabon talks about his new short story.

Books that will change the way you think about love.

This is a very cool site: Better Book Titles.

from here.

How black lights work.

Legacy of nuclear drilling site in Colorado still lingers.

Entire genome of extinct human decoded from fossil.

Can bees make tupperware?

10 things you probably didn’t know about love and sex.

Metaphors trigger the visual parts of your brain.

The psychedelic cult that thrived for nearly 2000 years.

Greek protesters setting Athens aflame.

The world’s tallest hotel is, of course, in Dubai.

Why being sleepy and drunk is great for creativity.

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New and Featured Books for 02/02/2012:

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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…


Gideon’s Corpse by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Breakdown by Sara Paretsky

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

The newest novel by the acclaimed author who won the Pulitzer Prize for Middlesex. You can find reviews for this book at The New York Observer, The Huffington Post, and The New York Times. There’s also an interesting interview with the author at The Economist.

We also have an anthology of classic and contemporary short stories that was edited with Eugenides, entitled My Mistress’s Sparrow Is Dead: Great Love Stories, From Chekhov To Munro. It deals with love in its many, many forms and would make for very interesting reading as we approach Valentine’s Day.

Flashback by Dan Simmons

Robocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson

A summer blockbuster movie in book form, and soon to be made into a movie by none other than Steven Spielberg. What else do you need to know?

A Devil Is Waiting by Jack Higgins

Home Front by Kristin Hannah


100 Things Every Designer Needs To Know About People by Susan M. Weinschenk

I Got This: How I Changed My Ways And Lost What Weighed Me Down by Jennifer Hudson

Living Longer For Dummies by Walter M. Bortz

The Ethics Of Spying: A Reader For The Intelligence Professional, edited by Jan Goldman

The Ghost Map: The Story Of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic – And How It Changed Science, Cities, And The Modern World by Steven Johnson

Extra Virginity: The Sublime And Scandalous World Of Olive Oil by Tom Mueller

If there’s one thing we want from our food, it’s scandal and conspiracy, right? Americans are comparatively new to the romance of olive oil, but could that love be fraudulent?

The Real Romney by Michael Kranish and Scott Helman

Pearl Harbor Christmas: A World At War, December 1941 by Stanley Weintraub

A fascinating and extensively researched look at the first few weeks of the second World War.

Degradation: What The History Of Obscenity Tells Us About Hate Speech by Kevin W. Saunders

Prophets And Princes: Saudi Arabia From Muhammad To The Present by Mark Weston

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Please note that books 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 and we’ll put your name on the reserve list for when the item returns.

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