Vietnamerica: A Family’s Journey
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This is a story told from a young cartoonist point of view of discovering his ancestral roots and stories from Vietnam. His father was an artist during the Vietnamese War and the perspective of people living fleeing and relocating during this conflict from the Vietnamese point of view is illuminating. Many hard decisions were made dividing family through time and lack of communication channels both external and internal with beautifully done illustrations.
It Was A Wonderful Life
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This documentary was filmed in Los Angeles sharing the stories of six women who became homeless. These are women who are not on welfare were working and will work whenever possible. One is a retired teacher who fell and broke her hip, now living in a broken-windowed old car. With music by Melissa Etheridge and narration by actress Jodie Foster the women portrayed are mothers, hard workers and just people with a bad run of luck that offer an honest awareness, bringing compassion and understanding to the problem instead of enforcing negative misconceptions of what becoming homeless means.
Drawing American Pop Culture
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During the 1950s some of the well known cartoons and advertisements came from the talented pen of this artist essentially a cartoonist extraordinaire. Follow his life in pictures through stints with comics, Mad magazine and TV Guide, album covers and movie posters including It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and a select group of scary tale covers. It’s a walk through the past following popular iconic culture.
Oz : around Australia on a Triumph
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This is an amusing adventure with the motorcycle riding team of Colin a journalist and Geoff an award winning UK travel writer traveling along a road that is over 15,000 miles long circumventing the country of Australia. They write in the tone of their own accents so provide a glossary that aids in interpreting such words as dunny, ridgi-didge and drongo just to name a few. For folks that would enjoy traveling along Down Under this is a delightful and exciting romp through the Outback and more as the team travels.
Goliath
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This book is a new take on the historic victim in the Bibles Old Testament. We end up having great sympathy for him whose skill is in being an administrator. Without revealing the ending of this humorous tome, I advise you to keep your eye on his nine year old shield bearer.
Evolution: The Story of Life on Earth
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Illustrated by Kevin and Zander Cannon this effectively simplified and light-hearted account of scientific understanding of the steps of evolution upon Earth is an excellent teaching tool for readers who would like to learn about the whole picture. The lesson is learned and taught by the Glarglians, inhabitants of an imaginary planet to each other while studying the planet from afar. The graphic design used to describe the Professors outline work well for older students of life.
Revolution 2.0
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During the Egyptian uprising in the summer of 2010 a thirty year old Google executive anonymously launched a Facebook page to protest the death of one man at the hands of security forces. This page expanded quickly and moved from online protests to a nonconfrontational movement. For his efforts he was held for interrogation giving a tearful speech on national television, four days later the president of Egypt was gone. This is a heroic journey made using social media.
Drop Dead Healthy
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After an unexpected life-threatening medical crisis this middle-aged author decided to try to achieve a better shot at longevity. His two young sons and wife, who also did not want to be a young widow, were strong motivators as well. He goes through a wide variety of approaches from fitness and diet to environmental cleansing and neurofeedback. A humorous approach in writing through his discoveries offers helpful ideas painlessly with the same style used in his other books including The Year of Living Biblically.
The Chicken Whisperer’s Guide to Keeping Chickens
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A simply told informative look at the basic general information the chicken keeper might want to know with beautiful photos. From selecting and housing a flock to raising chicks and using artistic techniques to decorate excess eggs this book is a fun read about this interesting trend. The authors’ backgrounds include radio shows, magazine articles and interviews with both academic and common sense 4H hand-on training and experience.
The Dog Who Danced
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We start off traveling in an 18-wheeler towards Boston with Justine Meade and her dog Mack Blue Merle Shetland Sheepdog. Events transpire that cause them to be separated and the story of the bond between them and healing power of unconditional love as they navigate back towards each other is wonderfully told. What can we learn about ourselves and our relationship to the world through partnerships with animals is touchingly explored.
The Beginner's Goodbye
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Anne Tyler has written her nineteenth novel in the same bright style that pulls the reader into the heart of her characters in this story. Aaron is a middle-aged editor who undergoes a traumatic widowhood. He must try to see past the event and find his footing in an unclear world. While his house is being remodeled and repaired so must also be feelings regarding his wife and those who are still actively remaining in his small neighborhood of friends and family.
Dragons Wild
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So Griffen finally graduates from college with a lackadaisical academic career and hopes to land a comfortable job with his Uncle Mal who has supported him and his sister Valerie after their parents died. His interview is an eye opening jolt and derails his best intentions in a decidedly unexpected fashion. What if you found out you were a possible dragon and under potential pursuit by others of your kind? This first book in this series uses humor to make the situation charming.

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