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Egypt-omania

From the Banks of the Nile

Egypt Revisited

It doesn’t take a riddle of the Sphinx to understand why the world has been so fascinated with Egypt - the Pyramids of Giza, Luxor, King Tutankhamen, Cleopatra, the Library of Alexandria, and the the mighty Nile just to name a few things. There is something epic about this country in the northeast corner of Africa. Here, for your perusal, is a taste of a few things Egyptian.  

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

I Spy With My Little Eye

Novels Exploring the Art of Espionage

James Bond. Jason Bourne. Jack Ryan. Three of Hollywood’s biggest secret agent characters who began their fictional cloak and dagger lives as literary heroes. But there’s more out there than just these dashing spys-cum-action-heroes. And it takes more than just a compelling lead character to create a good spy story. Intrigue. Romance. Secret codes and hidden gadgets. Villains in disguise. A good espionage thriller will touch on all of these. So here’s a list of five novels that delve into the arcane world of secret intelligence. Some are praised for their realism, some less so.

Sycamore Row

You Can't Handle the Truth!

Novels that feature scenes in a courtroom

With television shows like Law and Order and How to Get Away with Murder bringing in amazing ratings, it would be no stretch to say that the average person enjoys fiction about the law. We all like to pretend we are involved in the case by defending the accused, piecing together clues, or even acting as a juror or judge handing down the final decision. We sit waiting until to the end of the episode to see what the truth will ultimately be.

Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek

Presidential Picture Books

Fiction and nonfiction books to explore the presidential election

The 2016 Presidential primary season is in full swing and culminates in the parties' national conventions in July.  With the nominees selected, general election campaigning continues right up to the voting in November.  Here are some great resources to discuss the presidency and the American election process with school age children. Fictional Picture Books:

Assata: An Autobiography

Black & Young

Transformative Titles that Expose the Ills of the World

With much of the world currently paying close attention to the injustice that has directly affected black youth and indirectly affected us all, I find this current climate of inequality to be a reoccurring theme in the United States of America.  Being black and young denotes a sense of inferiority in much of the world.  These preexisting notions of what it means to be a man or a woman who is black and young have contributed to theories that have too often framed blacks as the antagonist.  These theories have caused centuries of abuse.

Cryptonomicon book cover

Information Antics

A Reading List

Banned Books Week is drawing to a close, but the Information Antics exhibit will be on display at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library through October 22. Here's a reading list to accompany the show, featuring fiction and nonfiction dealing with the ways in which information and data can shape the world. Fiction:

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

New Nonfiction

Recommended reading for fans of the real world

This list is for readers who try to keep up with current social and political norms. Whether you're looking for inspiration or just making conversation, you'll find plenty to talk about - or base major life changes upon - in these new nonfiction titles:   Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

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