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Really, Really Into the Wilder



 If you read and loved Laura Ingalls Wilders' autobiographical series years ago, The Wilder Life might feel like a book you could have written. Author Wendy McClure re-discovers her prized Little House books as an adult, awakening her own childhood spent reading the books and imagining herself in Laura's pioneer world...
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Ryan's Hope



Are you ready for some football? The college and pro seasons are just about to start! With the recent Super Bowl successes of the New York Giants and New England Patriots, you may have forgotten that there's a third NFL team in our area, the New York Jets. The Jets are positioning themselves to make a run for the Super Bowl this year, and in just a couple of years, Head Coach...
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If You Liked Into the Wild...



Fifteen years ago, Jon Krakauer captivated readers with the true story of Christopher McCandless, a young American whose wanderlust led him to Alaska and a mysterious, tragic end. Part of the book relates McCandless to another young man, Everett Ruess, an explorer, artist, and writer in the early part of the 20th century. Ruess...
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Deep-Sixing a Campus Mystery



A pretty young woman disappears on a quiet college campus. Strange and secretive behavior among the students leads new teacher Phoebe Hall to suspect that there's a pattern to some similar recent events. When she starts to investigate, she finds herself the target of increasingly malicious pranks. Is there really a secret society on campus, with bizarre initiation rites? Or is a serial...
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Water, Water Everywhere



Exactly 122 years ago this week, storm clouds that had gathered over the Plains States moved east and ripped open over southwestern Pennsylvania. Flooding and rising rivers caused destruction, but that turned out to be just the beginning of...
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Get Carded!



Baseball season has been underway for a month now, and for fans of the game, peeling open a wax pack of brand-new baseball cards never gets old. Remember the sugary sweet smell of that pink slab of bubble gum? Nothing tasted better during long childhood summers.

Author Josh Wilker uses the baseball cards of his youth (mid 1970s to early 80s) to frame his new memoir,...
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Down Memory Lane



Remember Word Freak, the book about overly-focused Scrabble players (well, OK, fanatical Scrabble players)? Or King of Kong, the recent documentary about competitive Donkey Kong players with rather interesting off-screen lives? Now, we have...
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If You Liked Unbroken...



One of our most popular (and favorite) new non-fiction books is Unbroken, the nearly-unbelievable story of Louis Zamperini. His survival against all odds is truly inspiring and we'll be talking about it in depth on Tuesday, May 3...
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Small Wonders



"Employ your time in improving yourself by other mens writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for."


What a wonderful quote from Socrates. Most of us like nothing better than to benefit from someone else's hard work, however, chances are, Socrates had a lot more time on his hands than most of us do today. Pulled in all...
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Half a Life, Onward



One month before his high school graduation, Darin Strauss unintentionally killed a classmate in a car accident. In a flash, one young life was gone and another irrevocably altered. How do you live with that?

This brutally honest memoir chronicles Darin's painful journey, through the eyes of a teenager just moving into adulthood and beyond. An awkward meeting with the girl's family adds...
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