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Have You Heard About... Death by the Dozen

… the Scottsdale Food Festival? Jenn McKinlay’s newest book, Death by the Dozen*, has Mel, Angie, Tate and all of the DeLaura brothers back for the baking festival of the year. This one comes with a $10,000 prize and a lot of prestige.

Have You Heard About... Drift

… the military history of the United States? A tremendous amount of research went into Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power as Rachel Maddow historically follows the escalation of our country’s military might since the Vietnam War.

Have You Heard About... Riding the Rails

… riding the rails during the Depression? In this fantastic documentary about Riding the Rails, it sure makes today’s tough economic times look like a picnic. This film won awards for Best Documentary of 1997 from both the Directors Guild of America and the Los Angeles Film Critics.

Have You Heard About... Little Treasures

… the sweet pet names parents call their children? Little Treasures, by Jacqueline Ogburn and Chris Raschka, looks at endearments used around the world.

Have You Heard About... Angel Interrupted

…the Dead Detective?  Angel Interrupted is the really good second book in Chaz McGee’s series*.  Kevin Fahey was a drunk and a so-so detective in life and is now a ghost trying to help his replacement, Maggie Gunn. He can only guide Maggie in solving crimes through his thoughts, which are at times both funny and gritty.

Have You Heard About... Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

…the stuck-in-a-time-loop orphanage that serves as a home for some very peculiar orphans? Jacob learns the truth about it in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. When Jacob’s grandfather is brutally murdered by monsters only Jacob can see, he is determined to find answers.

Have You Heard About... The Indispensable Book of Useless Information

… the fun book of totally useless information? The Indispensable Book of Useless Information, by Don Voorhees, is a must for read for trivia fans and those who think they know everything. Did you know that the U.S.

Have You Heard About... Florence and the Machine

… the powerful voice of Florence Welch? Florence and the Machine, a British indie-pop group, released their second album, Ceremonials, last fall, and it has been recognized worldwide as a strong, stirring follow-up to their debut album, Lungs.

Have You Heard About... Library Lily

… The little girl who loved to read? When Lily learns to read, her mom takes her to the library to get her very own library card. Lily loves to read. Thin books, fat book, new books, old books, touchy-feely-furry- type books, any type of book you can imagine is a great adventure. Lily likes to read so much that she is called Library Lily.

Have You Heard About... To Kill a Mockingbird

… the classic novel of race and justice in Alabama? For me, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is the ultimate. It has long been the book I take with me if I am going somewhere and want to take a book. I have probably read it over 100 times. It makes me laugh, cry, think, laugh some more, wonder, get angry and everything in between.

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