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Books for Youth
By Phil Klay and read by Craig Klein
Klein’s mesmerizing reading of this National Book Award winner engages listeners in the lives of those who served in wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Each of the 12 stories is told first person from the point of view of men who filled various roles, from a Foreign Service officer and a chaplain to a Mortuary Affairs Marine.
Carte Blanche: Only a Great Man By Michael Cart
Oscar Wilde once said, “Anybody can make history, but only a great man can write it.” Only a great man, eh? Then, ladies and gentlemen, I give you the great Leon Garfield! The author of some 50 children’s and young adult books, almost all of them historical fiction, Garfield (1921–96) was a fine storyteller whose exuberant novels—inspired by Henry Fielding, Charles Dickens, and Robert Louis Stevenson—remind us of the unrivaled pleasures of reading.
Read-alikes: Ancient Stories, Fresh Perspectives
By Sarah Hunter
Bible stories are such a deeply ingrained element of the fabric of contemporary culture that many readers likely take them for granted. These six novels examine familiar biblical stories and reinvigorate them with vivid characters and evocative historical atmospheres, all while simultaneously inviting readers to consider more carefully some of their deeply held ideas about faith.
Spring E-reference Update, 2015: Databases and E-books
By Rebecca Vnuk
We asked publishers “What’s new?” and they responded with the following information about their new reference databases, e-books, and e-book platforms as well as significant updates and enhancements to existing products. Information is effective January 2015 through December 2015. Contact the publishers for information on trials and pricing details.
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Outgoing Mail: Beatrix Potter
By Molly McQuade
Dear Beatrix Potter,
How small is small? I’ll probably never know.
I ask partly because it’s hard to measure the paws you drew. The paws slip footloose into a vegetable patch. They sashay almost invisibly along ground nondescript.