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Big Library Read - Anatomy of a Misfit

Anatomy of a Misfit

The newest installment of the Big Library Read officially kicks off this week, giving you an opportunity to join the world’s largest “global eBook club.” For the next two weeks, October 13 - October 28, 2014, you can read or listen to Anatomy of a Misfit by best-selling author Andrea Portes without any wait lists or holds.

Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking)

Much e-ink has been spilled--rightfully so--about the brave new world we live online. Targeted advertising, data breaches, the NSA; it’s easy to grow overwhelmed by the potential dangers of sharing personal information electronically. Practically everything we do on our phones and computers is tracked, often in an effort to sell us something or gain some upper hand (financially, politically, socially, etc.). Consequentially, there is now an unprecedented amount of detailed data about us that's ripe for the parsing.

Books Not Meant To Be Read: Bands of Color

Cover of Artist Book: Bands of Color by Sol LeWitt

Byers Branch Library Recommends: In this video, Yolanda explores Conceptual Art with a book by the artist Sol LeWitt:

Let's Talk With Author Robie Harris

author Robie Harris

Thinking about having “the talk” with your kids and don’t know where to start? Join New York Times best-selling author Robie Harris at the Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center, on Monday, October 13 at 6 p.m.!

New Book By Atul Gawande

I'm so excited - Atul Gawande (Photo courtesy of Amar Karodkar) has a new book out!  Being Mortal is now on order so you can place your holds and have your copy of the book, or book on CD if you prefer the audio version,  ready and waiting for you once the actual copies come in (I have my hold placed already).  I just love how he can write about medicine and the medical field in a way that a regular person, such as myself, can understand, and he makes it all just so darn interesting and infor

Talking about Adultery

Adultery by Paulo Coelho

Byers Branch Library Recommends: In this video, Mary talks about the latest book by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho:

ADULTERY: A NOVEL

Share your review of Adultery by posting a comment below!

 

Plaza Voices: Cricket, anyone?

Photo of a cricket ball (creative commons).

Last spring, walking in a park near my house, I saw something I'd never seen before: people playing cricket. It got me thinking about this sport that I suddenly realized I knew nothing about, and had only seen in English costume dramas.

TV and Comics--A Great Combination

Flash

You've probably noticed that many new and returning television series have their roots in the comic book world. Whether the shows are strictly based on certain titles (most aren't) or inspired by characters and worlds originally created by comics writers and artists, you can enrich your viewing experience by delving into the backstory of your new favorite hero or antihero.

Here's a list of some TV to comics ties and suggestions for reading to get you started:

Books Not Meant to Be Read: 100 Cubes

Sol Lewitt

Byers Branch Library Recommends: In this video, Yolanda reviews a book by Conceptual Artist Sol LeWitt:

100 CUBES

Share your review of 100 Cubes by posting a comment below!

Booktalking the Testing Trilogy

TESTING TRILOGY: Compass

Byers Branch Library Recommends: In this video, Mary reviews The Testing Trilogy by Joelle Charbonneau:

Part I: THE TESTING

Part II: INDEPENDENT STUDY

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