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The web and print media are rife with “best book of 2012” lists right now.    I’m curious about what our local Marin County “Best Reads of 2012” list...
This installment: three novels-- a complex story exploring cyber-bullying, adoption trials, and a lost daughter; Asian-American college students politicized and confused two decades later; and the...
In the past, I have blogged the first sentences of popular books--how an author immediately sets the tone and introduces the plot or character.  Lately, I started paying attention to final...
This installment: Wacky linked stories, a beach read to warm you up, and more short stories full of jaunty courage.       The Kissing List by Stephanie Reents

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 This installment: another cozy island novel, an exhilarating Wild West extravaganza, and a scary psychological thriller.    Island Apart by Steven Raichlen

I've hit a...
eReaders as gifts
One of the most requested and antiticipated holiday gifts this year is eReaders (and tablets and smart phones; which can double as eReaders).As a result, we've been hard at work developing two...
This installment: cozy domestic island novel, a dystopian world through a teenager’s eyes, and a novel in which literature and journalism go head to head.  Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan...
This installment: three novels--Virginia in the ‘40s, the internet as a marriage counselor, and Vienna in 1913 (with a dose of psychotherapy).   Heading Out to Wonderful by Robert...
This installment: three novels about family dysfunction (a “specialty” of mine). One with a galvanizing death, one mixing teenage angst and magic, and one about the trickiness of...
 When I run or walk every day, I listen to audio books on my audio player.  I have downloaded many books from the Library’s digital collection, Overdrive.  Here are some recent...