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The loon feather by Iola Fuller

Mackinac Island in winter  This summer we will be celebrating world cultures and travel with the summer reading program for adults "Novel Destinations."  One destination we want to promote is our own Pure Michigan.  This is a gorgeous state (take it from people who have seen a lot of them) with wonderful natural resources both close by and far away.  There are some excellent books about this great place, too.  One which I highly recommend is the novel

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel: an audiobook review


If you have been lamenting the lack of modern-day classics that stand up to Treasure Island and Shipwrecked, give a listen to the Full Cast Audio version of Airborn by Kenneth Oppel.  It is a rousing adventure with a steampunk twist, in a Brit-centric universe where San Francisco is called Lionsgate City and gia

Home cooking with Trisha Yearwood

    Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks' wife, is a well-known star in her own right.  She also shines in her new cookbook, Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood.  Our copy is already marked with loving greasy finger marks!  And, sure enough, the recipes are some of the most beloved in every home, especially southern ones (this is from a girl raised in the south).  Along with those are some new or markedly ch

Review: Inside the outbreaks: the elite medical detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service by Mark Pendergrast

     Some of the most dangerous and fascinating work in the world goes on every day--right under or even inside our noses.  Mark Pendergrast's new book, Inside the outbreaks, documents years of heroic efforts by epidemiolists of the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) to detect causes and preventions of deaths around the world.  It is truly amazing what these investigations cover, from hvac systems to health suppl

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