The Cruelest Cut by Rick Reed

March 31, 2011

Plot summary (from the publisher): The first victim is attacked in her home. Tied to her bed. Forced to watch every unspeakable act of cruelty–but unable to scream. The second murder is even more twisted. Signed, sealed, and delivered with a message for the police, stuffed in the victim’s throat. A fractured nursery rhyme that […]

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Slander by Ann Coulter

March 28, 2011

Summary: In Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right, conservative columnist Ann Coulter addresses several instances of what she believes to be pervasive liberal media bias. This bias, in part, is revealed in the way political stories are presented to the American people and in the way politicians are covered. Specifically, Coulter believes that the […]

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The Body Fat Solution

March 25, 2011

I lead such a sedentary lifestyle that it’s no wonder I’m having trouble losing weight. I’m either sitting at my computer typing all day or lying in bed reading a book. I try to work in a bit of physical activity each day, but that 45 minutes or an hour simply isn’t enough to make […]

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How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One by Stanley Fish

March 24, 2011

Description (from the publisher): Some appreciate fine art; others appreciate fine wines. Stanley Fish appreciates fine sentences. The New York Times columnist and world-class professor has long been an aficionado of language: “I am always on the lookout for sentences that take your breath away, for sentences that make you say, ‘Isn’t that something?’ or […]

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The Whole Truth by David Baldacci

March 23, 2011

Plot summary (from the publisher): Nicolas Creel is a man on a mission. He heads up the world’s largest defense contractor, The Ares Corporation. Dick Pender is the man Creel retains to “perception manage” his company to even more riches by manipulating international conflicts. But Creel may have an even grander plan in mind. Shaw, […]

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NY Times Bestsellers 032111

March 21, 2011

Here are the current New York Times bestsellers in a handful of the more popular categories. Combined Print & E-book Fiction: 1. WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, by Sara Gruen 2. THE JUNGLE, by Clive Cussler with Jack Du Brul 3. SING YOU HOME, by Jodi Picoult 4. LOVE YOU MORE, by Lisa Gardner 5. THE GIRL […]

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The Disappearance by Efrem Sigel

March 19, 2011

Plot summary (with spoilers): Joshua and Natalie Sandler seem to lead an ideal life. Joshua is a successful New York-based business owner, while Natalie is a professional cellist. Their 13-year-old son Dan is an easygoing, well-liked boy who is respectful of his parents and does not at all fit the brooding, moody teen stereotype. But […]

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The Cider House Rules by John Irving

March 15, 2011

Plot summary (from the publisher): First published in 1985, The Cider House Rules is set in rural Maine in the first half of the twentieth century. The novel tells the story of Dr. Wilbur Larch–saint and obstetrician, founder and director of the orphanage in the town of St. Cloud’s, ether addict and abortionist. This is […]

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E-book Restrictions for Libraries

March 12, 2011

I just read an article in the Chicago Tribune about how some publishers, such as HarperCollins, are choosing to place restrictions on the number of times public libraries can lend out electronic copies of their books. HarperCollins has decided to limit the number of times its e-books may be checked out to 26, after which […]

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In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson

March 9, 2011

Summary (from the publisher): Compared to his Australian excursions, Bill Bryson had it easy on the Appalachian Trail. Nonetheless, Bryson has on several occasions embarked on seemingly endless flights bound for a land where Little Debbies are scarce but insects are abundant (up to 220,000 species of them), not to mention crocodiles. Taking readers on […]

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