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Yet Another End of the Year List

It seems like everyone from the New York Times to NPR is coming out with Best Books of the Year lists right now. As "best" is subjective,  I instead offer you some of my favorites in various categories. Most of these are 2010 books, but are some are older books that I first read or listened to this year.

Post-Apocalyptic Fiction (no zombies): The Passage, Justin Cronin

Post-Apocalyptic Fiction (with zombies): The Reapers are the Angels, Alden Bell, Feed, Mira Grant

Who is Temple Grandin?

I saw the film Temple Grandin last week and can not stop thinking about this amazing, inspirational, woman! Temple Grandin has authored several books about animal behavior and her experiences with autism and her extraordinary way of seeing the connections between the two.

Roaring Twenties

I confess--I often judge books by their covers. That is, I'm quickly drawn to things that have great design and a sense of style. So while I haven't seen a single episode of HBO's acclaimed series Boardwalk Empire, about Prohibition-era Atlantic City, I love the glitz, glamour, and gaudiness of the 1920s that it depicts.

If you've seen Boardwalk Empire, or even if, like me, you haven't, you might be interested in these books and movies related to the Roaring Twenties, Prohibition, and the Mob that ruled it all.

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Carl Weber Presents: FULL FIGURED!

This was an interesting book from start to finish. I personally haven't read too many books by Brenda Hampton or La Jill Hunt. But that didn't stop me from picking up and reading this book! It starts off and right away it sucks you into all of the characters.

Indelible Books

in·del·i·ble / inˈdeləbəl /  Adjective

(of ink or a pen) Making marks that cannot be removed.
Not able to be forgotten or removed.

Looking for your next tattoo? Did you know there was a Facebook group for Tattooed Librarians? After checking out The Word Made Flesh, I'm not surprised!

Getting a tattoo may not be your cup of tea. But as fans of the television show Miami Ink know, you don't have to have one to be fascinated by them.

Seasonal Reading

Do you have a favorite go-to read at this time of the year? For some folks, it's Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Possibly a religious text. Maybe it's a holiday story that someone read to you as a child. For the last few years, my traditional holiday read has been the nontraditional and very funny science fiction novella All Seated on the Ground by Colorado author Connie Willis.

If the words "science fiction" scare you and don't really put you in a holiday mood, just give me a moment to try to convince you to give this one a try.

O Magazine's Best Books of 2010

In addition to many other Best Books of 2010 lists out there, O Magazine came out with their own list featuring fiction and nonfiction published this year. 2010 must have been a great year for biographies as several of those made the list as well! What has been the best book you've read so far this year?

Happy Hanukkah!

The Lights of Hanukkah

Happy Hanukkah to one and all! Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Hanukkah began at sundown last night. Hanukkah is traditionally celebrated with the lighting of the menorah, perhaps a game of dreidel or two, and hopefully with lots of latkes!

For the Whole Family:

NPR's Best Cookbooks of 2010

Whether you are looking for a great cookbook to get started or for a gift for your favorite chef, NPR's list of the 10 Best Cookbooks of 2010 is sure to make anyone's mouth water!

Local First Week

Buy Local Week continues on throughout the week! Not only do you have fun shopping in your own fair city, the revenue that shopping local brings to the city and the state benefits vital city services, such as the library! Where is your favorite place to shop that is locally owned?

Ever wonder why we buy what we do? These books explore the psychology of consumer behavior:

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