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Staff Pick: Endeavour

Larry staff picks photoEndeavour is a must-see movie for those who enjoy PBS’ Inspector Morse series. Young Endeavour Morse struggles with the naïveté of youth, his past, and learning hard life lessons while on his first detective case in this coming-of-age whodunit, full of twists and turns.

By Readers' Advisor on March 25, 2014 Categories: All Staff Picks, Movies and Television, Picks by Larry

Staff Pick: The World Without Us by Alan Weisman

Larry staff picks photoThe World Without Us describes the relationship between humans and nature using science with a dash of philosophy to imagine what would happen if the earth was suddenly without us. The human impact on nature and the restorative abilities of the earth are clearly explained in this pop science read.

By Readers' Advisor on January 21, 2014 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Nonfiction, Picks by Larry

Larry’s Pick: Kind Hearts and Coronets

Larry staff pics photoIf you like dry English humor, then Kind Hearts and Coronets is for you. Louis plots the demise of family members, shortening the line of succession to become Duke. His conniving and lust for revenge is punctuated with humorous circumstances and whimsical dialog as he romances, manipulates, and eliminates his relatives.

By Readers' Advisor on October 22, 2013 Categories: All Staff Picks, Humor, Movies and Television, Picks by Larry

Larry’s Pick: The Girl Who Played Go

Larry Staff picks photoThe Girl who Played Go is a touching, intimate novel set in the 1930s. A Japanese soldier and a teenage girl both struggle with their roles in Manchurian-Chinese society. The Chinese strategy game of Go, which draws the characters together, is a metaphor for their lives in search of self.

By Readers' Advisor on July 23, 2013 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Historical Fiction, Picks by Larry

Larry’s Pick: The Metabarons


Larry Staff picks photoThe Metabarons by Alexandro Jodorowsky and Juan Gimenez is an epic space opera graphic novel. The characters include humanoids, cyborgs, and other mechanical and living creatures. It is a story of bravery, sacrifice, loyalty, survival, ethics, and morality.  The plot, enhanced by luscious illustrations, makes this book a page-turner.

By Readers' Advisor on April 30, 2013 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Picks by Larry

Larry’s Pick: Building Stories

Larry Staff picks photoChris Ware’s 14-piece graphic novel, Building Stories, follows the lives of three households in a Chicago three-flat – an elderly landlady, a lonely single woman, and a couple with a strained relationship. Their lives are a mix of melancholy, happiness, and contentment that will hold your interest from beginning to end.

By Readers' Advisor on February 19, 2013 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Picks by Larry

Feed

Feed book coverLarry of Fiction/AV/Teen Services recommends Feed by M.T. Anderson:

Computers have been reduced in size to a small chip that can be implanted in the human brain. Everything that can be done with a computer is now done by the interaction of one’s thoughts with the chip which is in constant connection with the network. Get the news, watch your favorite show, talk online with your friends, do your work, and buy products online through your brain’s connection to the Feed. No need to read, write, or dial numbers; it all comes to you automatically, including a constant flow of advertisements for products targeting your specific interests. But there’s a price to pay in quality of life and human development for a society of runaway consumerism and instant gratification.

By Readers' Advisor on February 4, 2013 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Picks by Larry

Larry’s Pick: How the States Got Their Shapes

Larry Staff picks photoHey trivia buffs, ever wonder why Michigan is in two pieces, why Oklahoma has a panhandle appendage, or why California and Texas aren’t rectangular shaped? How the States Got Their Shapes, by Mark Stein, will give you the answers and a unique view of American history.

By Readers' Advisor on November 27, 2012 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Nonfiction, Picks by Larry

Larry’s Pick: The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763 – 1789

Larry Staff picks photoRobert Middlekauff’s The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763 – 1789 is a well-researched history of colonial life and politics during the American Revolution. Middlekauff describes the social, economic, and political conditions that led to the War for Independence in this worthy read for both history buffs and the curious layman.

By Readers' Advisor on September 18, 2012 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Nonfiction, Picks by Larry

Larry’s Pick: Battle Cry of Freedom


Larry Staff picks photoBattle Cry of Freedom
describes the political and social environment that led to the Civil War. A glimpse into the human experience of both soldiers and civilians adds greater depth to the flowing, easy-to-follow prose. Considering the writing style and the scholarship, it is no wonder that James M. McPherson won a Pulitzer Prize for this book.

By MPPL on July 26, 2011 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Nonfiction, Picks by Larry