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Teen Fiction Review: Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

14-year-old Laurel is struggling. She's starting high school, and she isn't sure who she is or who she wants to be--and her whole world has been turned upside-down. Her beloved older sister, May, has died unexpectedly; her parents' marriage has disintegrated; and her mom has "temporarily" moved to...

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Non-Fiction Book Review: The invisible bridge: the fall of Nixon and the rise of Reagan by Rick Perlstein

Perlstein’s latest doorstopper is an authoritative account of the rise of the conservative right during the mid-1970s. The subtitle of the book sums up its focus: the fall of Richard Nixon and the rise of Ronald Reagan. The book opens in 1973 and traces the major events of the year: the Watergate...

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Books Recommended at Tea on Tuesday

Members of the Tea on Tuesday group discussed these books at their recent meetings. Click on the titles to link to the Library catalog for more information. Many of these books are available in large print, audiobook, and electronic formats. Enjoy these recommendations from some of our most...

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Youth Nonfiction Review: The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin

Did you know that the U.S. Navy practiced segregation during WWII? Due to long-standing policies, African Americans enlistees were barred from combat and leadership roles and allowed to serve only as mess attendants and cargo loaders. At the Port Chicago naval base in the San Francisco Bay, legions...

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Fiction Book Review: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Set in the late 1970s in small town Ohio, Everything I Never Told You is a masterful account of family dynamics. The Lee family sticks out in their small college town; the father James, is Chinese-American and his wife, Marilyn is white. Their three children are of mixed race. The story opens with...

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Picture Book Review: Stella's Starliner by Rosemary Wells

Stella's sparkling silver home may be small, but it's large enough to hold everything that Stella needs: a sofa that turns into a bed at the touch of a button and two loving parents. Stella is happy and proud to live in her "starliner"--until the neighborhood kids point out that her silver home is...

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Picture Book Review: I Pledge Allegiance by Pat Mora & Libby Martinez

A heartwarming story of the value of U.S. citizenship. Young Libby is learning the Pledge of Allegiance with her school class just as her great-aunt is practicing it for her citizenship ceremony. Children who listen to this book will have several opportunities to hear and practice the Pledge of...

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Fiction Book Review: Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

Atlanta in the 1970s was very different from the city most people know today. Still heavily segregated, the institutions that ran the town were only taking small steps to becoming inclusive. The Atlanta Police Department has only recently started allowing female cops. Cop Town focuses on two new—...

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Picture Book Review: How to Cheer Up Dad by Fred Koehler

Little Jumbo can't understand why his dad seems so grumpy. It couldn't possibly have anything to do with the raisins that Little Jumbo spit toward the ceiling, or the bath that Little Jumbo just simply did not need, or the brown overalls that Little Jumbo decided just not to wear...could it?...

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Youth Fiction Review: Gaby, Lost and Found by Angela Cervantes

After her mother is deported to Honduras, 6th grader Gaby Ramirez Howard struggles to adjust to life with her estranged father. Gaby's best friend, Alma, and her family regard Gaby as one of their own, but Gaby nevertheless misses her mom and longs for her return. A school service project--...

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