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Monday, September 15, 2014

Readers' Advisory

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry : A Novel
by Gabrielle Zevin (2014)

A. J. Fikry, the irascible owner of Island Books, has recently endured some tough years: his wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and his prized possession--a rare edition of Poe poems--has been stolen. Over time, he has given up on people, and even the books in his store, instead of offering solace, are yet another reminder of a world that is changing too rapidly. Until a most unexpected occurrence gives him the chance to make his life over and see things anew.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Readers' Advisory

The Great Riots of New York, 1712-1873
By Joel Tyler Headley (1873)

First published in 1873, this book was republished in 2003 with an introduction by Pete Hamill. The Great Riots of New York presents an illustrated, fast-paced and chilling account of the major players and victims of over ten riots that rocked New York City from 1712 to 1873.  Headley's main purpose in writing this account over a century ago was to show his appreciation for the metropolitan police force, for he believed they "saved the city" during the Draft Riots. Using eyewitness testimonies by military authorities, policemen, and those involved, and extracting facts from available archives, pamphlets, and newspapers, Headley discusses with precise detail such uprisings as The Negro Riots of 1712-1741, The Doctors' Riots of 1788, and the Abolitionist Riots of 1834 and 1835, among many others.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Readers' Advisory

Pedestrianism: When Watching People Walk Was America's Favorite Spectator Sport
by Matthew Algeo (2014)

Strange as it sounds, during the 1870s and 1880s, America’s most popular spectator sport wasn’t baseball, boxing, or horseracing—it was competitive walking. Inside sold-out arenas, competitors walked around dirt tracks almost nonstop for six straight days (never on Sunday), risking their health and sanity to see who could walk the farthest—500 miles, then 520 miles, and 565 miles! These walking matches were as talked about as the weather, the details reported from coast to coast.

This long-forgotten sport, known as pedestrianism, spawned America’s first celebrity athletes and opened doors for immigrants, African Americans, and women. The top pedestrians earned a fortune in prize money and endorsement deals. But along with the excitement came the inevitable scandals, charges of doping—coca leaves!—and insider gambling. It even spawned a riot in 1879 when too many fans showed up at New York’s Gilmore’s Garden, later renamed Madison Square Garden, and were denied entry to a widely publicized showdown.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Readers' Advisory

Read It and Weep
Jenn McKinlay (2013)

When the Briar Creek Community Theater mounts its newest Shakespeare production, "Midsummer Night's Dream," library director Lindsey Norris gets involved when one of the cast is poisoned.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Business Books

New Books For BRIC
Business Resource Information Center
 BRIC 658-4012 Z
 BRIC 658.409 F
 BRIC 658.8 L
 BRIC 658.11 R
BRIC 808.0666 R

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Readers' Advisory

Book of Life
by Deborah Harkness (2014)

Historian and witch Diana Bishop and her vampire scientist husband Matthew Clairmont return from a trip to the past still searching for the elusive alchemy tome Ashmole 782 in the final installment of the best-selling trilogy following Shadow of Night.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Readers' Advisory

Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger

On July 16, 1951, J.D. Salinger published his only novel, Catcher in the Rye.  61 years later, Catcher in the Rye is still tops school reading lists.

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