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Aug 2, 2011 by jimj

Griswold takes the reader on a journey along the tenth parallel--the line of latitude seven hundred miles north of the equator--where we find a geographical and ideological front line where Christianity and Islam collide. Religious conflicts are also conflicts about land, water, oil, and other natural resources, and that local and tribal issues are often shaped by religious ideas. A deeply personal account, Griswold also places the intersection in its historical and social context. A must read. Check Our Catalog

Jul 25, 2011 by jimj

Four season's worth of observations on a slim peninsula of land in New York's Long Island Sound provide the skeleton of a lyrical, intelligent exploration of the state of the planet. It's a grim picture but, unlike many of those who write on this topic, Safina does not leave us without hope. The author travels far from Lazy point (Southeast Alaska, Palau, Antarctica, Bonaire) to support his main point: the interconnectedness of life. Best savored slowly the book argues for a new social contract with the planet, one focused on an ethics of compassion. A beautifully written book. And an important one. Check Our Catalog

This is the fifth Detective Hole novel to be translated into English, but the first to receive mainstream buzz.  This book has all the twists and turns you need in a good thriller and Hole is a loveable loser of a hero.  All of the books in this series are worth a read, so you don't have to stick with The SnowmanCheck Our Catalog

A combination memoir, hip-hop homage and lyrical explication, Jay-Z's Decoded is a provocative read. The book itself feels like a coffee-table book—lots of images and a funkier layout—and is as fun to flip through as it is to read. Even non-fans may find Jay-Z's first hand account of life in Brooklyn's projects during the crack epidemic, and his transformation into a music mogul, interesting. Check Our Catalog

A great spy thriller, reminiscent of LeCarre.  Cumming's book explores the possibility of their being a sixth man in the infamous 'Cambridge Five' spy ring.  Sam Gaddis, who thinks he is on to a great story, finds himself in the middle of a standoff between British and Russian operatives.  Check Our Catalog.

Jul 1, 2011 by megana

The 'Lincoln Lawyer' character returns in this legal thriller about a woman accused of murdering the banker who was foreclosing on her home. Does L.A. defense attorney Mickey Haller think she's innocent...or guilty...or innocent...and does it even matter?  You have to wait until the last twist to find out. Check Our Catalog

This was a great read and Publisher's Weekly got it right when they called it "a quirky and stylish revisionist western."  Narrated by one of the fearsome Sisters brothers, this is a modern take on a good old-fashioned western.  Charlie and Eli Sisters set out on a mission, but find themselves on more of a quest.  A fun read.  Check Our Catalog

Jun 10, 2011 by megana

This is the fourth book in Trollope's Barchester Chronicles series but you can read it as a stand-alone novel (which I did).  Basically an English romantic comedy that relentlessly pokes fun at both politicians and clergymen. Some of Trollope's comments could be inserted into a contemporary op ed column (or blog, even) and sound totally right on!  Satisfying fun for 19th century fiction lovers. Check Our Catalog

Apr 26, 2011 by megana

Inspired to re-read this old favorite before seeing the latest movie version, I found it to be more modern--and even feminist (despite the mad woman in the attic)--than I remembered.  Check Our Catalog

Set in a fictional Mexican port town, this novel follows the investigations of an uncle and nephew team streaching from the 1970s to current day.  An investigative journalist in current day Paracuan end up dead.  Detectove Ramon Cabrera discovers a link to a 1970s serial killer investigated by his uncle Vincente Rangel.  Solares delves into the corruption of Mexican police and politicians.  This is a great read for fans of detective fiction looking for a more exotic locations. Check Our Catalog


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