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Posted by bpardue on 10/01/15
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Think of this 2008 book as kind of a "Freakonomics of Driving." Vanderbilt asks many questions about life on the road (Is it better to merge early for a lane reduction, or wait until just before your lane disappears? Do traffic signs make roads safer? Do we really drive as well as we think we do? Do trucks cause more accidents? What are the most dangerous vehicles on the road?) and considers them through from scientific, social and psychological aspects. An engaging read, which will have you reflecting on your own habits, as well. Written in 2008, it anticipates, but just misses some of the impact of the most modern technology on driving, such as the latest smart phones (he makes lots of references to Blackberries), but still worth reading today.
Posted by bweiner on 09/30/15
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The Water Knife, a thriller detailing a severe drought in the American Southwest, tersely cautions us of a possible bleak future without adequate hydration. Hugo and Nebula award winner Paolo Bacigalupi creates an authentic picture of the consequences to the people and the land, while painting an ugly portrait of the greed and corruption that develop in the wake of this drought.

This world is a brilliantly imagined, violent place, and we follow the lives of three people caught in the crossfire this drought produces. Angel Velasquez is a “water knife”, a sort of enforcer for the rich and powerful who define ownership of this precious commodity. Lucy is a cynical journalist and Maria is a dreamer who believes in better things, and together they become entangled in this drama. The people who have water have the power, and therefore the control, which they often use with reckless abandon.
The novel progresses like a well-paced action movie.The plot twists are unsettling and the characters are hovering on the cusp of good and evil. Science fiction writers have written about environmental concerns for many years, but as our world moves through time, we actually see the effects, and severe drought is a well-timed topic. Check out this thoughtful, engaging and meaningful read.
Posted by annetteb on 09/27/15
Are you looking to take that perfect selfie? Let the Selfie Stick help you out!
Capture memorable moments with ease by using our lightweight selfie stick, built to accomodate compact cameras and phones. Photograph group selfies, snap photos or take videos from above the crowd, or even get better sound if you use it in the style of a microphone boom.
Selfie Sticks are housed at the Tech Help Desk.
Happy snapping!
Posted by annetteb on 09/27/15
Are you looking to use our Studio Production space to record your latest song? If so, the iRig may be beneficial to your creative endeavors.
The iRig is a guitar interface adaptor for iOS devices. With the iRig, you can connect your electric guitar and bass to our studio equipment, as well as either the iPhone, iPod, or iPad. The iRig works with dozens of other guitar apps, and will help you produce quality recordings. Simply plug your intstrument into the iRig, then plug in headphones or an amplifier to the output, and record your song. 
If you would like to use the iRig during your studio session, please ask for it at the Tech Help Desk. 
We look forward to seeing you in the Studio!
Posted by Uncle Will on 09/16/15
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What would you do if you were suddenly taken back in time 200 years?
Such is the dilemma for Claire Randall, the main character in Diana Gabaldon's epic novel, Outlander, published in 1991 and recently adapted into a TV mini-series. Claire is a WWII nurse in England who reunites with her husband, post-war, for a second honeymoon in Scotland. While visiting a historic hilltop, Claire is mysteriously transported back to 1743, where she must worry for her life, find the secret to her journey into the past, and somehow overcome immense odds to return to her husband, who is determinedly searching for her in 1945.
This series is well-written, keeping true to Gabaldon's suspenseful plot.  The scenery is breathtaking and the soundtrack perfectly underscores the drama of the period. This series should be the first choice you make for date night with that someone who is special.  It has a little bit of everything:  action, romance, humor, history, and grown men in kilts! 
If you enjoy watching, make sure to place a hold on Outlander Season 1 / Volume 2.
Posted by jfreier on 09/10/15
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Professor Jeremy Logan is called to investigate the suicide of a well respected scientist at the prestigious think tank Lux in Newport, Rhode Island. Jeremy is a specialist in analyzing supernatural events, the scientist had been working on updating the west wing of the century old building when he started slowly going mad before killing himself. Logan finds that other members of the Lux have also had similar issues.
Logan soon finds a secret room in the west wing that had been sealed and was not shown on the original blueprints of the building. The room has been closed since 1935 and contains a mysterious machine that may hve been used in seance's to contact the deceased.
The book is fast paced with many twists and great sense of forboding, well written by Lincoln Child, this is his 4th with Jeremy Logan featured.
Posted by lsears on 09/09/15
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Sometimes life begins with sad endings. Eva Thorvald is the central character of Kitchens of the Great Midwest. She is the daughter of chef Lars Thorvald, a man who learned to bake and to make traditional Swedish Lutefisk at his father’s side in Minnesota. Eva grows up precocious and with her father’s love of cooking filtering down through her genes. She never knows her biological father and mother as the family who raises Eva does not tell her about them. They love Eva but do not share her budding interest and talent in gastronomy.
Chapters continue with new beginnings that lead to other endings; humble origins lead to lofty goals; unusual pairings in both food and relationships are showcased as people move in and out of each other’s lives. I feel that the book often changes directions and I was left a little befuddled with how it would conclude as the narrative jumps ahead a few years, introduces new characters, twines around, diverges and comes back to its center again. There is humor and sadness, some vengefulness and cunning, longing, relocation; all with a sense that we make what we will out of our lives, often through some tough struggles but with a sense of Midwestern fortitude.
The payoff I was waiting for delivers in the end. People who enjoy a story told in an offbeat, unconventional manner will enjoy reading author J. Ryan Stradal’s debut novel.
Posted by jdunc on 08/28/15
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In A Lucky Life Interrupted: A Memoir of Hope Tom Brokaw, the incomparable newsman, recounts his struggle with multiple myeloma, an incurable form of blood marrow cancer. He describes how his once active life of fly fishing, horseback riding, camping, and hiking came to a sudden halt in 2013 when constant back pain led to the cancer diagnosis. Ever the reporter, Brokaw recorded his experience while battling cancer and based the memoir off of those notes. While the book centers around the diagnosis, Brokaw does an excellent job of reminiscing on his experience reporting world changing events, such as the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Tiananmen Square massacre, and 9/11. He also showcases a profound love for his wife, children, grandchildren and extended family. Throughout the memoir Brokaw comments on the issues with health care in America, coming to terms with aging, and his own mortality.

The one disappointment with the audiobook was that it was not read by the author. Having watched Brokaw for years on the Nightly News and seen many of his stand alone news pieces, including his wonderful work on the greatest generation it was jarring to hear a voice other than his recount the story. However, Mark Bramhall is an accomplished reader and after the first few tracks his booming voice draws the listener in. It is a poignant memoir from one of America’s most well-known and beloved newsmen.
Cancer, memoir
Posted by bweiner on 08/19/15
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Finish off your summer with the novel, Act of God by Jill Ciment. This unique story is an unconventional combination of horror and humor, and it also serves as a narrative about how predictable our lives are until one unforeseen event changes everything.

The story begins in New York City where identical twins, Edith, the retired librarian and Kat, the free spirit, find peculiar phosphorescent mushrooms growing in their closet. Their landlady Vida is a Shakespearian actress, although she is mostly recognizable for a female sexual enhancement pill commercial she recently did. Vida lives upstairs, as does Ashley, the runaway Russian au pair who is hiding in her closet. When Vida also discovers the funky fungi sprouting in her apartment, the health department condemns the building, sends in the Hazmat team, and life instantly changes for this unusual group of nomads.

To say more would be to give away parts of the story that you should discover on your own. There is a message here about the transitory nature of our existence and the ability we possess to transgress our difficulties. Quirky characters, clever plotting, bizarre humor, and some seriously solid writing make this a very worthwhile read.
dark humor
Posted by Uncle Will on 08/14/15
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Back in 2007, two New Zealand musician/comedians took the USA by storm in the hilariously creative TV series Flight of the Conchords.  One of the shows stars, Jermaine Clement, has gone on to make several films. His most recent is the vampire spoof What we do in the Shadows.
Three vampires agree to let a film crew into their flat to capture the vampires' day-to-day activities...or more precisely, their night-to night ones. What follows in the next 85 minutes is near-genius. Bringing the undead to life is no easy task. This parody on horror films and reality shows will keep you laughing out loud. Be sure to watch through the credits, because this film wants the last laugh.
Below is a short clip highlighting "Stu" the trio's new found human friend, who they have all agreed not to eat!
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