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One Day - July 15th

I woke up this morning and realized that today is July 15th, a major theme of the novel I'm currently reading - One Day by British author, David Nicholls. I can't tell you everything since I'm only in the middle of it but I couldn't resist writing about it on this day.

Nicholls follows two characters over twenty years of July 15ths, tracing the path of their changing lives and relationship. They say if you like Nick Hornby, author of A Long Way Down, About a Boy, and High Fidelity, you'll love this. ; It's all the rage in the UK. I don't have a verdict yet but am compelled enough to keep going - it's easy summer fare.

If you didn't wake up singing the Marseillaise, c'est la vie

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The lush Loire Valley, fragrant pain au chocolat, soaring Eiffel Tower, and haute couture may be thousand miles away. A good read for the Francophile is not.

Beacoup fiction, travelogues, and memoirs abound with French and Parisian themes:

George Steinbrenner 1930-2010

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Controversial baseball legend, George Michael "The Boss" Steinbrenner III, owner of the New York Yankees, has passed away, a week after his 80th birthday.

Many books have been written about Mr. Steinbrenner. Regarding himself, he said, "I'm really 95 percent Mr. Rogers, and only 5 percent Oscar the Grouch."

Harvey Pekar 1939-2010

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Harvey Pekar, author of the American Splendor comic series, died today at the age of 70. The cause of death is not yet known but Pekar suffered from cancer, which he and his wife wrote about in Our Cancer Year.

Harvey Lawrence Pekar was born October 8, 1939 and was best known for writing the American Splendor series, which chronicled Pekar's everyday life in Cleveland and was illustrated by a variety of artists including R. Crumb. Pekar was also a huge jazz fan and critic and authored a jazz opera called Leave Me Alone.

Let's Build a Treehouse

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I'm not sure what it is about treehouses that enthrall us so. Is it that they are magical structures that can so easily become a spaceship or pirate ship, or that we build them together?

July is Ice Cream Appreciation Month

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Whether you make your own ice cream, or like to visit the many great local ice cream parlors, the library has the scoop on everything ice cream.

Stephen King's Summer Book Picks

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Entertainment Weekly asked Stephen King for some hot summer reading suggestions, many of which are already on the New York Times Best Sellers List.

Stephen King recommends:

Summer Hoops

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LeBron James is announcing his decision live on Thursday, July 8 at 9 PM ET on ESPN.

I was reminded while watching Hoop Reality, that only 1.2% of all college basketball players are recruited to the NBA. James is a very talented and lucky man.  A recent trip to watch the Washington Mystics and Los Angeles Sparks (sans an injured Candace Parker) had me wondering about the percentage of young women being recruited to the WNBA.

1998 Nobel Winner José Saramago's Literary Legacy

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Winner of the Nobel prize for literature in 1998, Portuguese novelist José Saramago died last month. He was 87. He left a long list of novels--and books in other genres, too--as his legacy in spite of the fact that he didn’t start writing novels until he was in his fifties.

Library Journal recommended Blindness as an “excellent choice for a book-discussion group.” Publishers Weekly said The Cave is a “remarkably generous and eloquent novel” and that “Saramago [had] an extraordinary ability to make a complex narrative read like a simple parable.”

Baltasar and Blimunda

Cherry Creek Arts Festival

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The Cherry Creek Arts Festival is celebrating its 20th year of first-rate, visual, culinary, and performance arts this weekend. This free event features a cultural pavilion, Artivity Avenue, demonstration chefs, fitness instructors and much more! Shop hardy this weekend! Spending money in Denver generates much needed revenue that helps to fund the library!

If art crime thrills you, you might be interested in the book list Forgers, Filchers and Fakes.

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