June 2009

Recommended by Mary Ellen Jukoski

Book Cover Age of the UnthinkableAge of the Unthinkable: Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us and What We Can Do About It

by Joshua Cooper Ramo

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Publisher’s Description
Today the very ideas that made America great imperil its future. Our plans go awry and policies fail. History’s grandest war against terrorism creates more terrorists. Global capitalism, intended to improve lives, increases the gap between rich and poor. Read more…


Book Cover Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey, Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

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Publisher’s Description
January 1946: writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a stranger, a founding member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. And so begins a remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name.  Learn more…


Book Cover Showing Up for Life

Showing Up for Life: Thoughts on the Gifts of a Lifetime

by Bill Gates, Sr.

Format: print

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Publisher’s Description
A heartfelt, deeply personal book, Showing Up for Life shines a bright light on the values and principles that Bill Gates Sr. has learned over a lifetime of “showing up” — lessons that he learned growing up in the Great Depression, and which he instilled in his children and continues to practice on the world stage as the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Read more…

Recommended by Lisa Kenyon

Book Cover NetherlandNetherland

by Joseph O’Neill

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In a New York City made phantasmagorical by the events of 9/11, and left alone after his English wife and son return to London, Hans van den Broek stumbles upon the vibrant New York subculture of cricket, where he revisits his lost childhood… Read more…

Recommended by Pam Embry

Book Cover Hope in the UnseenA Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League

by Ron Suskind
Pulitzer Prize Winning Author

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Publisher’s Description
A Hope in the Unseen introduces a teenager who studies as if his life depends on it–and it does.  An honor student walking the gauntlet of sneers and threats at his crime-infested high school in Washington, D.C., Cedric Jennings achieves the impossible: a 4.02 grade-point average and acceptance into Brown University.  Yet the Ivy League world… Read more…

Pam’s Comments
An exciting, suspenseful and heartwarming story that I know folks will enjoy.

Recommended by Suzanne Risley

Book Cover Crazy in AlabamaCrazy in Alabama

by Mark Childress

Format: print

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Synopsis and Author Profile
It’s 1965, and no force on earth can come between Hollywood and Lucille Vinson, Alabama’s answer to Veronica Lake. (Just ask her.) Even if it means killing her husband, stealing a Cadillac, hijacking her nephew, and catching a few hours of sleep at eight-dollar motels. But how do you become a movie star when you’re on the run for murder? Lucille’s got a plan. Read more…

Suzanne’s Comments
Set in 1965 at the height of the Civil Rights Movement, it actually is comprised of two parallel and expertly co-mingled plots.  The characterizations are priceless, and if you appreciate more than a touch of the absurd and the bizarre to go along with your American history, this tale is for you!  It is a wonderful beach read.  Stay away from the movie, which is a travesty!

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