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In Praise of Mary Doria Russell

Doc

Do you love literary fiction? Historical fiction? Science fiction? This author is a rare find - someone who can cross genres with ease, style, and literary merit. She has won many national and international awards for her work. If you haven't read her, you should!

Many years ago, I discovered The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell and loved it, but somehow with all of the other books on my list, I never revisited her work. Then, this year, Doc hit our featured titles table. I snagged a copy and devoured it in three days. It was so good, I was compelled to read every work of fiction she ever wrote.

Colorado Authors Series Presents Hannah Nordhaus

The Beekeeper's Lament

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Hannah Nordhaus on Saturday, September 10 at 2:00 p.m. at Schlessman.

Nordhaus is the author of The Beekeeper's Lament: How One Man and Half a Million Honey Bees Help Feed America, which explores Colony Collapse Disorder and the story of beekeeper John Miller, who is on a mission to save the bees and the future of our food. Nordhaus is also an award winning journalist. Find out more about her on her web site. Special thanks to HarperCollins publishers for arranging this author visit.

Facebook: platform for the future?

The Facebook Effect by David Kirkpatrick

Think Facebook is just another e-fad?

David Kirkpatrick's The Facebook Effect may make you think again.  Get closer to the full story with this Fortune technology writer's take on Facebook's amazingly brief history, from a Harvard dorm room to one of the web's most ubiquitous services with more than 750 million active users, half of which log on daily.

I'm all knotted up

crocheting

It's been said that when one crochets (or knits) all your troubles dissolve. I'm here to say, it's true!

Crocheting is like meditating. One pretty knot leads into another, building a creation of your own for yourself or as a gift. Soon one row is complete and then another. Soon a few minutes have passed, then an hour. Each knot is like a breath, a dance of fingers that create a whimsical design, a skirt, a scarf, something made from structure into love. I've lost myself in blankets, hats, and sweaters and the end result was a better frame of mind.

RAYMOND CHANDLER

image Raymond Chandler

"It is not a fragrant world"

   --Raymond Chandler

Born in 1888, Raymond Chandler was, along with Dashiell Hammett, hugely influential in the creation of the modern American detective novel. Gritty, luxurious, mid-century Los Angeles is the setting for his seven Philip Marlowe mysteries, most notably The Big Sleep & Farewell, My Lovely. He also wrote screenplays for highly successful adaptations of James M.

Outdoor Parenting

The kids are heading back to school and the summer sunlight is waning, but that doesn't mean family outdoor fun can't continue.

The benefits of outdoor play for children are numerous. Everything from enhanced brain development, social aptitude, physical fitness, and environmental appreciation have been linked to getting outside. With cooler temperatures on their way and fall colors just around the corner, here are some great books to help you leave the house and enjoy our amazing natural surroundings with your kids.

City Tales: Boston

A Drink Before the War by Dennis Lehane

Beantown. Birthplace of the American Revolution. Home to the first free public library and Boston cream pie.

City Tales is traveling to Boston and this armchair traveler is on a one-way ticket.  I have a few more weeks to cover every thing on my Colorado 'bucket list' but in the meantime let's enjoy a few tales about or set in Boston. 

What to do with yourself while you’re waiting for Mass Effect 3 to come out.

Do you ever find yourself in this crazy loop where you obsess about an awesome upcoming thing? Right now, I’m obsessing about the forthcoming videogame Mass Effect 3.

When Mass Effect 3 was delayed to March 6, 2012 earlier this year, I told everyone I knew (and a few that I didn’t) that it was going to be the longest wait ever, and that I would probably die of impatience before it came out. Instead of obsessively playing the games again, (okay, maybe I’m doing that a little) or obsessing on the Internet (well, I am doing that) I’ve decided to read and watch some awesome Sci Fi. Here’s what I’ve come up with:

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Terry Pratchett

I heard Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld series and other books, discuss his diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s.

With the use of a computer-based dictation system, he is able to write. In the NPR interview, Pratchett discussed his efforts to make assisted suicide an option for himself and others. For now he is content to keep writing.

Podcast to Book

Ife Head

If you liked the BBC hit podcast, A History of the World in 100 Objects, you won't want to miss seeing the images in the new book featuring all 100 objects.

The series explores the microhistories of artifacts from Ife sculpture to the modern day credit card. Together, the objects weave a story of humankind. The podcasts are still available for download while you're on the hold list for the book.

The following titles are just a few of my favorite microhistories. The Library has many more titles to choose from so look for your favorite things too.

Check it Out!

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