Monthly Archives: April 2010

Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande

Our daily lives are busy and hectic, full of to do lists, grocery lists, work lists, so Atul Gawande’s recent book, Checklist Manifesto sounded intriguing to me. How was this author going to expand on doing such a simple task? … Continue reading

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Long Awaited Child by Tracie Peterson

I am really interested in supporting our local Kansas authors and I came across writer Tracie Peterson. She wrote The Long Awaited Child, a story of Tess Holbrook who desires deep in her heart to become a mother. She and … Continue reading

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Dewey : the small-town library cat who touched the world by Vicki Myron

As is true with many of the titles I read, this one was recommended by a patron. Dewey is the sweet story of a kitty that was found in the book return box of the Spencer, IA public library one … Continue reading

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Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations… One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

I found this book and author so inspiring that in order to do them justice, I felt compelled to share how I first became aware of the author and my response to hearing the author speak and reading the book. … Continue reading

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This 2009 film may remind you of “2001: A Space Odyssey”. Sam Bell (played by Sam Rockwell) is stuck on the dark side of the moon with only Gerty the robot for company. He gets occasional pre-taped video messages from … Continue reading

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The Eyre Affair – Jasper Fforde

I’m not even sure how to describe this book. It is set in an apparently familiar place – 1980s England – but this is an alternate universe in which the Crimean War is still going on after 175 years, time … Continue reading

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Tenderness [DVD]

I picked up the movie Tenderness because it starred Russell Crowe and the cover states “edge-of-your-seat thriller”. But I would consider this more of a drama than a thriller. This is a story of, Lori, a girl that has fantasized … Continue reading

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Universal Soldier [DVD]: Regeneration

I was a big fan of the first Universal Soldier when it came out in 1992, so I was hoping for a fairly decent version. After all, both Jean-Claude Van Damme and Doph Lungren were returning for a repeat performance. … Continue reading

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Precious [DVD]

I almost didn’t watch this movie because of all the apprehension among those that I talked with. But I am so glad I did. It is a story of a young girl who perseveres through physical abuse, poverty, incest–which produces … Continue reading

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More Niffenegger!

You might remember my appreciation for last year’s Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger. She has a graphic novel coming out this fall called The Night Bookmobile and I think it looks every bit as mysterious and wonderful as her … Continue reading

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