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Happy Birthday Abraham Lincoln

With My Face to the Enemy

In Honor of President Lincoln's birthday, we're offering a podcast of the Gettysburg Address recorded by DPL staff member David Johnson. While you're listening, check out these books about Lincoln....

Winter Blues and Wanderlust

525 Best Beaches

Dreams of travel seem to work just as well as garden and seed catalogs to fight the winter blues. There are so many travel guidebooks filled with tempting text and inviting images, most themed by location, but some themed by type of activity or area of interest. Here’s a list of the big guidebook series as well as a few other titles to help get you through the next cold front...and maybe even plan a trip.

Make the Most of Your Time on Earth: The Rough Guide to the World

Fodor's 535 Best Beaches: In the U.S., Caribbean, and Mexico


AAA Road Atlas 2011: Canada, United States, Mexico: Travel with Someone You Trust

Brian Jacques 1939-2011

Beloved author Brian Jacques passed away earlier this week. The Redwall Abbey series, his most notable works, were originally written for the Royal Wavertree School for the Blind, his favorite stop while delivering milk. Even though he is no longer with us, the magical worlds he created will live forever.

Book to Movie News: The Academy Awards

The 83rd Academy Awards airs on February 27, 2011. Who are your favorites to bring home the Oscar? Many of this year's nominated films are based on books! Do you prefer to read the book before or after the movie?

  • Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan is the basis for the film The Town, nominated for Best Picture.
  • War by Sebastian Junger is the basis for the film Restrepo, nominated for Best Documentary.

Not Your Average Bowl: Snacks, Soup and Salads

100 Calorie Snack Cookbook

Set yourself apart from the crowd this Super Bowl Sunday by choosing to snack smarter. The LA Times reports that on average every viewer watching the game will consume 1,200 calories and 50 grams of fat. Check out these great cookbooks with healthy recipes for snacks, appetizers, soups and salads. Your Home Team will cheer for leading them to a win with these great recipes.

Educations of Wandering Men

Education of a Wandering Man by Louis L'Amour

Encouraged by Louis L'Amour's call to become a "wandering reader," I discovered three titles that offer adventure and the kinship of wonderful storytellers.

At the age of 15, L'Amour left school and made the world his classroom. In Education of A Wandering Man, he shares, "The greatest gift anyone can give to another is the desire to know, to understand...Life is for delving, discovering, learning."

Celebrate No Name-Calling Week!

No Name-Calling Week

Anyone who has ever been called a name knows that words can hurt. Children and adults can put an end to bullying and name calling by talking openly and honestly about this behavior and ways to handle these difficult situations.

Books for Kids:

Books for Adults:

Meet Odd Thomas in all his forms

Odd Is On Our Side

With the publication of Odd Is On Our Side, Dean Koontz continues to flesh out the story of reluctant paranormal detective Odd Thomas. And he continues to use a range of media—from traditional books to manga style graphic novels to YouTube webisodes—to do it.

Odd Thomas is a romantic, a fry cook, and he can see and talk to the dead. He can also see "Bodachs," spirits which gather at sites of pending violence and disaster. This allows Odd to know when bad things are going to happen, and to try to prevent them, while along the way doing his best to help his living and non-living companions.

No matter how your prefer to consume your media—digitally or in print, graphically, or in audio or video—there's some Odd Thomas for you to enjoy!

Popular Science

2010 was a great year for accessible science writing. If you want to learn something and be entertained at the same time, try out some of these recent popular science and natural history titles.

The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean, Susan Casey

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival, John Vaillant

Killers We Hate to Love

Coming hot on the heels of deliciously demented Dexter there is John Wayne Cleaver. Named after a serial killer and a murder weapon how can he escape his destiny?

In "I Am Not A Serial Killer" we meet John Wayne Cleaver, just your average teenage boy, likes fires, girls and serial killers. Ok, well perhaps not your average teenage boy. John lives in a mortuary so that's a plus, for him, as he likes dead bodies and the peace they provide for his inner demon. And speaking of demons....

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