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Stubby the War Dog

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              Stubby the War Dog : The True Story of World War I’s Bravest Dog by Ann Bausum Documents the heroic wartime achievements of a World War I mascot who was adopted by a soldier as an orphaned pup and who gained military honors and a display in the Smithsonian Institution for his brave ... Read More »

Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson

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  Eating on the wild side : the missing link to optimum health / Jo Robinson ; illustrations by Andie Styner. Describes how to replace modern fruits and vegetables, which are high in starch and sugar and lower in nutrients than earlier generations of the plants, with different varieties that have better nutritional value. For some, locavorism isn’t enough. Farmed ... Read More »

The Family Romanov

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              The Family Romanov : Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming Traces the story of the Russian Revolution, the lives of the Romanov family, and the story of their tragic deaths, in an account that draws on primary source materials and includes period photography. It is a tumultuous, heartrending, ... Read More »

Classic Films featuring Lauren Bacall

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Midwest Tape, the library’s source for films, audiobooks and music, has a lovely tribute to the late Lauren Bacall.  For the full article click here. It was on the set of To Have and Have Not that Bacall met Bogie. The two married in 1945 and remained so until Bogart’s death in 1957. In addition to being husband and wife, ... Read More »

The Obsidian Blade

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              The Obsidian Blade by Pete Hautman After thirteen-year-old Tucker Feye’s parents disappear, he suspects that the strange disks of shimmering air that he keeps seeing are somehow involved, and when he steps inside of one he is whisked away on a time-twisting journey trailed by a shadowy sect of priests and haunted by ghostlike figures. ... Read More »

Recommended Reading

Act of War by Brad Thor

 Act of War by Brad Thor After a CIA agent mysteriously dies overseas, his top asset surfaces with a startling and terrifying claim. There’s just one problem–no one knows if she can be trusted. But when six exchange students go missing, two airplane passengers trade places, and one political-asylum seeker is arrested, a deadly chain of events is set in motion. The ... Read More »

Everything For a Dog

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              Everything For a Dog by Ann M. Martin In parallel stories, Bone, an orphaned dog, finds and loses a series of homes, Molly, a family pet, helps Charlie through the grief and other after-effects of his brother’s death, and lonely Henry pleads for a dog of his own. Check out the companion book: A ... Read More »

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

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Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me A ferocious, funny, and poignant portrait of the one-of-a-kind Broadway legend.  This documentary tribute showcases the brash, uncompromising Tony and Emmy winner both on stage and off. The film captures her immeasurable charm, acerbic wit, and impressive accomplishments with candid footage and interviews with friends and collaborators, including Sondheim, Tina Fey, and Nathan Lane. Read More »

Masterpiece

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              Masterpiece by Elise Broach After Marvin, a beetle, makes a miniature drawing as an eleventh birthday gift for James, a human with whom he shares a house, the two new friends work together to help recover a Durer drawing stolen from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ages 9+ Read More »