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.
Nothing Daunted
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A story of two young women who follow their sense of adventure traveling by train and horses to the remote settlement of Elkhead, Colorado in 1916 to teach school. The travel reflects just a portion of the transitions then moving from the civilized East into the wild West.
CLAM Mokona’s Okimono Kimono
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A good Non-Fiction look at the art and artistry of wearing kimonos. Written by an author and illustrator of manga added photos of accessories and interview with the owner of an antique and used kimono store makes this an interesting glimpse into an age old fashion in Japan moving into contemporary designs.
Gandhi: A Manga Biography
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A simply told and nicely illustrated graphic biography of Mahatma showing the personal and poliyical decisions that helped to shape his legacy to the world. Key dates in the chronology of his life as he observed and experienced injustice and shared the idea of non-violence and civil disobedience.

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