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Have You Heard About... Miracle

… Christmas with a twist?  Connie Willis collects eight of her short stories to make Miracle, and other Christmas stories.  These stories take a slightly twisted look at the holiday season, both religious and secular.  Mary and Joseph take a wrong turn through a modern church on the way to Bethlehem.  People get what they

Have You Heard About... Murder Unleashed

… the latest murders in Reno Nevada? Straight from today’s newspaper headlines, Murder Unleashed* by Rita Mae Brown tells an intriguing story about today’s banking crisis and all of the homes that are in foreclosure, specifically in Reno Nevada.

Have You Heard About... Masters of Deception

… the tricks artists can play on your eyes and your mind? Al Seckel looks at several artists whose works are more than they seem in Masters of Deception: Escher, Dali & the Artists of Optical Illusion.

Have You Heard About... Stomp Live

… the group that can make music out of anything? Stomp Live is an awesome DVD! As the title implies, anything that makes some type of noise is part of this wonderful production. Hands, feet, brooms, Zippo lighters, beer cans and even the kitchen sink can be used to make music.

Have You Heard About... Chicken Cheeks

…the beginning of the ends?  Michael Ian Black and Kevin Hawkes’ Chicken Cheeks takes a straight-forward look at the backside of a variety of animals.  As the animals stack themselves into a tower, children will learn their names and socially-acceptable te

Have You Heard About... My Lucky Life

… acclaimed actor Dick Van Dyke?  You can read all about him in his new memoir, My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business.  Simply and to the point, Dick Van Dyke writes like he talks.

Have You Heard About... The Lies of Locke Lamora

… the greatest thief who ever lived? In The Lies of Locke Lamora*, Scott Lynch brings to life a surreal world of con artists and thieves. This world holds great treasures and shocking dangers, nobles and assassins, magic both beautiful and deadly.

Have You Heard About... Evil Éclairs

… the latest murder at the donut shop? It is the focus of Jessica Beck’s Evil Éclairs*. Suzanne Hart, owner of Donut Hearts, is accused of killing someone with her “to die for éclairs.” Lester Moorefield tells his radio audience that her donuts are poison. Why is everyone in the town of April Springs so secretive? Why don’t you pick up this book and find out?

Have You Heard About... Terrier

… the girl who joined the Provost’s Guards? In Tamora Pierce’s Terrier*, Beka Cooper is just starting her training as a “Puppy” with the “Dogs” in the Provost’s Guards. She has wanted to be a Dog most of her life, even though it is hard, dangerous work.

Have You Heard About... Broadway Rhythm

… a song called “Solid Potato Salad”? This cute song is in the movie Broadway Rhythm, sung by Aggie, Maggie and Elmira, better known as the Ross Sisters, three sisters who do an amazing contortionist act in the film. This golden oldie features George Murphy (before he became a U.S.

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