Carter Beats the Devil

Carter Beats the Devil Book Cover Carter Beats the Devil
Glen Gold
September 5, 2001

Filled with historical references that evoke the excesses and enthusiasm of postwar, pre-Depression America, Carter Beats the Devil is the complex and illuminating story of one man's journey through a magical -- and sometimes dangerous -- world, where illusion is everything, and everything is illusory.


This well-researched historical fiction goes back to the days of Vaudeville when good magicians were the best entertainment anyone could ask for.  Following the magician Carter the Great from childhood to late life, Carter Beats the Devil provides both a good story and a detailed setting.  My favorite historical fiction without a doubt.

Science Fair Season

Science Fair Season Book Cover Science Fair Season
Judy Dutton
Hachette Books
April 19, 2011

This is the engaging true story of kids competing in the high-stakes, high-drama world of international science fairs. The Intel International Science & Engineering Fair is the most prominent science fair in the country, and it takes a special blend of drive, heart, and smarts to win there. Dutton goes inside the inner sanctum of science fair competitions and reveals the awe-inspiring projects and the competitors there. Science Fair Season gives readers a glimpse of America's brightest young minds and shows how our country is still a place for inventors and dreamers--the "geeks" our future depends upon.


Super-smart kids using science to solve problems facing the world.  Sounds like some fun science-fiction, but in Science Fair Season, all of the stories shared are true.  With each chapter focusing on a different child and project, the book gives a snapshot of the amazing things that are exhibited in the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair.  Author Judy Dutton writes about science in a way that non-scientists can understand and appreciate, and it’s a book I couldn’t read without sharing facts from it with anyone in the room.

Three Parts Dead

Three Parts Dead Book Cover Three Parts Dead
Max Gladstone
October 2, 2012

Hired to resurrect a deceased fire god to protect his rioting city, Tara, a first-year associate in an international necromantic firm, teams up with a chain-smoking, faith-questioning priest to build a case in the city's courts and investigates suspicions that the god was actually murdered. 20,000 first printing.


What if Roger Zelazny had undertaken to write his own version of Grisham’s The Firm? You probably wouldn’t get a book quite as good as Max Gladstone’sThree Parts Dead, but it might feel a bit similar. Tara is a young Craftswoman, talented at necromancy, and on the run from a raging mob in her home town.  Taking a job with a prestigious Craft firm Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao, she finds herself overseeing a dispute regarding the death of a god, trying to head off the potential destruction of a city, and solving a grisly murder.  Will she win in court?  Will she stay alive long enough?

The Fault In Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars Book Cover The Fault in Our Stars
John Green
Juvenile Fiction
Dutton Juvenile

Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.


John Green, voice of teen angst and yearning for the millennial generation, has written another blockbuster in The Fault In Our Stars.  The audio edition of this book, narrated by the excellent Kate Rudd, takes what is a great book, and makes it feel breathlessly real. No wonder it is the Winner of the 2013 Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production.  Even if you’ve read TFIOS, I urge you to listen to Kate Rudd’s version of the book.  It’s just that good!

We Were Liars

We Were Liars Book Cover We Were Liars
E. Lockhart
Juvenile Fiction
Delacorte Press

Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.


Highly recommended reading for both teens and adults. Did you read Gone Girl, but lost interest after the thrill of the chase was over and you realized you hated all the characters?  This is the book for you.  The narrator is a girl who summers with the Martha’s Vineyard set, wealthy and beautiful, but something went terribly wrong a few summers ago.  Now she’s back.  She’s looking for answers. She’s looking for the great love of her life. That’s pretty much all I can tell you — read it!


Dramarama Book Cover Dramarama
E. Lockhart
Juvenile Fiction
May 20, 2008

Two theater-mad, self-inventedfabulositon Ohio teenagers.One boy, one girl.One gay, one straight.One black, one white.And SUMMER DRAMA CAMP.It's a season of hormones, gold lame,hissy fits,jazz hands,song and dance, true love,and unitardsthat will determine their future--and test their friendship.

RECOMMENDED BY: Jessica Schmidt

Totally obsessed with We Are Liars, I went searching for E. Lockhart’s backlist. Turns out, everything she writes is a page-turner! In Dramarama, Sarah-turned-Sadye and her best pal, Demi, leave boring Brenton, Ohio behind for drama camp. Only, this isn’t High School Musical— the friends they make at camp are actually talented. As in, on-Broadway, fly-out-to-L.A.-for-auditions talented. Sadye and Demi sing and dance their way through auditions, classes, and camp romances, but the stakes get higher as the weeks pass. Sadye’s opinionated outbursts aren’t exactly making her leading-lady material with the camp leaders, while Demi’s became a triple-threat star overnight with little time left for his hometown friend. But Sadye is mint chocolate chip, NOT Brenton vanilla, and the show must go on– even if she’s left feeling like she’s reading from the wrong script.

Name of the Wind

The Name of the Wind Book Cover The Name of the Wind
Patrick Rothfuss
D A W Books, Incorporated

A hero named Kvothe, now living under an assumed name as the humble proprietor of an inn, recounts his transformation from a magically gifted young man into the most notorious wizard, musician, thief, and assassin in his world.


This is one of my favorite fantasy books. It’s a story about Kvothe and how he became a legend. Kvothe narrates his early years as a traveling musician, the death of his family, his hard life on the streets, and finally his admittance to a prestigious university. The magic is unique and complex and the world full of music and mystery.   This book is also a story about stories. Kvothe is retelling the actual truth behind the legend which is sometimes better and sometimes worse than the legend itself. The book includes many of the classic fantasy tropes that we love to read about. The writing is top notch, with vivid imagery and great atmosphere that makes this book a pleasure to read.

They Came Together

They Came Together Book Cover They Came Together
Wain, David
Romantic Comedy films

The owner (Amy Poehler) of an independent candy shop and the corporate stooge (Paul Rudd) who has been sent to shut her down begin an unlikely romance.

Rating: R; for language and sexual content.



A nearly perfect satire of romantic comedies, David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer) has done it again with They Came Together.  Starring the ever charming Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler, with a seemingly endless stream of comedian cameos, this tight 83 minute movie is packed with laughs.  Rated R for language and sexual content.

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History Book Cover The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
PBS Distribution
Documentary Television Series
Profiles Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor as the most prominent members of the most important family in history. Through their stories, PBS chronicles the history they helped to shape, from the Square Deal to the New Deal, San Juan Hill to the Western Front, to the founding of the United Nations.
Grade level 9-12.

RECOMMENDED BY: Ron Andrews, Technology Librarian

You MUST see this film! A Ken Burns documentary about Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, who played pivotal roles in shaping modern America. Theodore, the 26th U.S. president, battled corporate greed and built the Panama Canal. FDR, the 32nd U.S. president, stewarded the nation through the Great Depression and World War II. And after her husband’s death, Eleanor essentially became the country’s de facto conscience, championing civil rights, civil liberties and the U.N.

Currently a New title available to place on hold. Catch this great 7 disc TV series, you will enjoy every minute of it!!

I Know that Voice

I know that voice Book Cover I know that voice
Shapiro, Lawrence
Documentary films

A documentary that explores the world of voice over and voice acting. It puts a face to the voices that are heard everyday on TV, and in movies.

RECOMMENDED BY: Ron Andrews, Technology Librarian

This Non-Fiction DVD interviews with a variety of prolific voice actors including Billy West, Tara Strong, Hank Azaria, Pamela Segall Adlon, Mark Hamill, and Stephen Root reveals how these talented vocalists literally breathe vivid life into your favorite animated characters. Check it out in the second floor New – NonFiction DVD collection today.

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