Books Meet March Madness

March is almost upon us, and that means spring is just around the corner. For many that means the NCAA is gearing up for its big annual single-elimination basketball tournament. Not into basketball, you say? Not to worry. The online news magazine The Morning News has cleverly put together a friendly competition that has, for […]

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Tales of the City: A Beloved Series Comes to a Close

"There are biological families, and then there are logical families." —Anna Madrigal I first picked up the Tales of the City series by Armistead Maupin in the early 1990s and was immediately drawn into the saga of 28 Barbary Lane and its "logical" family headed by pot-smoking and pot-growing landlady Anna Madrigal. I became so enmeshed in […]

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Favorite Teen Award Winners

I was really excited last month when the Young Adult Library Services Association announced that Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick was the 2014 Michael L. Printz Award winner. The Printz Award is presented to the book that “exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature” each year. The Printz Award list is a surefire way to find […]

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Start Your Engines for NASCAR

Ladies and gentleman, start your engines! I know I am fired up for the Daytona 500, which also signals the start of the NASCAR racing season. The Daytona 500 takes place at 12 p.m. Sunday, February 23 and will air on FOX. Coincidentally, this falls hours after the men's Olympic gold medal hockey game, which airs […]

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1998 Bulls Win NBA Championship

The 1998 NBA Finals would be déjà vu.  After finishing the season with identical 62 win seasons, the Bulls and Jazz would roll through the playoffs and meet again in the Finals. The Jazz had home court advantage this year.  They won the first game in OT, but the Bulls fought back and took Game Two. […]

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Oscar Wilde, Sleuth

For those of you who like historical mysteries with wit, may I suggest the Oscar Wilde Mysteries by Gyles Brandreth? Six volumes in all, these quick reads are not only meticulously researched, but filled with Wilde's bon mots, thrown off as casually as only the great man could. Most are narrated by Robert Sherard, Wilde's real-life, contemporary biographer, but […]

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