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JFK at 100

Monday marked the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s birth in Brookline.

Insane Clown President by Matt Taibbi

Subtitled "Dispatches from the 2016 Circus". November’s election results were shocking to most Americans - liberal or conservative. Each day we’re learning more and more about what President Trump and his administration have in store for us. But if you’re still processing what exactly went on the past year and a half during the election cycle, Matt Taibbi’s missives from the campaign trail will delight and inform. Originally published in Rolling Stone magazine, these essays highlight Taibbi’s wit and cynicism about the candidates, the media, and our shared future.

Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca

Grace Humiston was a New York lawyer and detective who became the first woman U.S.

Most Borrowed Books of 2016

A LOT of books were borrowed in 2016. Here are the lists of the most popular titles. Click through to request any copies you may have missed! Interested in the most popular fiction genres and non-fiction subjects? All those lists are on this page.

Fiction

Our Favorite Books Read in 2016

We read and read and read all year — all genres and audiobooks, too. Here are the books we loved reading the most this year. Some are old and some are new.

General Fiction

Understanding Orlando

In the early morning hours of Sunday, June 12, gunman Omar Mateen opened fire inside a gay nightclub, Pulse, in Orlando, FL, killing 49 and injuring 53. When violence like this happens, many people sit in front of their TVs or computers, asking themselves, “What can I do to help?”

The Huffington Post has several suggestions on how to help Orlando shooting victims and their families. They include:

The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel

I enjoyed listening to the women’s perspective of the Space Race and early days of NASA. This is the entertaining story of the wives of the heroes of the Mercury missions through the Apollo moon walks. These mostly military wives were transformed overnight into American celebrities. Pressured to conform to an ideal of “perfect American housewife,” these very human women had to deal with stresses of intense media attention - two families even went so far as to build their dream homes with no front windows.

The Weather Experiment by Peter Moore

It’s hard to imagine a world without a weather forecast. Or a time when the vagaries of nature were considered solely the mysterious purview of the Divine. Modern climate models are indescribably complex. They combine advanced mathematics, Newtonian physics, thermodynamics, radiative transfer, particle microphysics, chemistry and biology to create forecasts that can them be projected on to increasingly tiny squares of the earth to suggest how the climate might evolve in the years ahead. All the formulas are processed by supercomputers.

The Wright brothers by David G. McCullough

It’s hard to imagine looking up into the sky and not seeing an aircraft speeding to some unknown destination. But a little over a century ago the only things in the sky were clouds, birds, and the occasional balloon. On a December day on the Outer Banks  of North Carolina two bicycle mechanics from Dayton, Ohio changed all that with the flight of the first heavier-than-air, powered machine carrying a pilot. This is Orville and Wilbur (and sister, Katherine) Wright’s story as only two-time Pulitzer prize winning David McCullough can tell it.

New York Times Best Books of 2015

It's that time of year when we all add to our reading lists. Yesterday the editors of The New York Times Book Review released their top ten favorite books from 2015. Read their reviews here. Click on the jackets below for an annotated list with links into the library catalog.

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