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“This is my favorite book in all the world, though I have never read it.” That curious opening line might actually apply to you, too! No matter how many times you may have seen the movie, if you’ve not read The Princess Bride by William Goldman you are missing the best parts. Inconceivable? Trust us. You’d have to be mostly dead not to enjoy the extra adventures contained in these pages. Swordplay, true love, giants, revenge, torture, fantastical beasts, mawage, and, of course, miracles all await. As you wish, this newly illustrated 40th anniversary edition is the perfect book to keep you happy company during dreary days and nippy nights. Have fun storming the castle!
Alternate history is a genre that explores “what if” questions. What if Hitler was killed early in his life? What if JFK was never assassinated? What if the Black Death had killed 99% of Europe and not 33%? These are the sort of questions authors ask and then let the domino effect splatter from their pens.
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Last year, the must-have, but little-known mystery was The Last Policeman by Ben Winters. It depicted a detective who didn’t quit his job even though the end of the world was imminent. Detective Hank Palace is back in Countdown City, book two in the Last Policeman Trilogy. Hank has 77 days left to do his job before an asteroid obliterates Earth. This time around, a woman from Hank’s past needs help finding her husband. But how can Hank do his job when half the world has gone crazy and the other half is checking off their bucket lists? If you enjoy intricately-plotted, offbeat mysteries or mainstream dystopian fiction (like Hunger Games or World War Z), try Countdown City.
Researchers have long acknowledged black influence and culture within popular music…but not until recently has anyone studied black presence in country music. Hidden in the Mix: The African American Presence in Country Music is an erudite, heavily footnoted essay collection that demonstrates how country music is not only “the white man’s blues.”
Anne of Research Services recommends On Heaven and Earth: Pope Francis on Faith, Family, and the Church in the 21st Century by Jorge Mario Bergoglio and Abraham Skorka:
When Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as pope in March 2013, he was a mystery to most of the world. In Argentina, however, he was a significant figure who believed in interreligious dialogue. His discussions with the Rabbi Abraham Skorka in Buenos Aires were published in Argentina in 2010. On Heaven and Earth is an English translation of this work. It offers a glimpse into the hearts and minds of these learned, thoughtful, sincere men who share their views without reservation. Skorka and Pope Francis discuss 29 challenging world issues with respect and frankness. These conversations allow the reader to develop their own views on these important topics. On Heaven and Earth is a thoughtful book for those with or without belief.