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Cover Art: A clockwork orange [sound recording] /
A clockwork orange [sound recording]
Burgess, Anthony, 1917-1993.
Anthony Burgess wants to investigate an interesting question about crime, free will and the power of the state. The main character, however, fights the author's good intention. Alex rapes and murders because he likes it, so just leave him alone. The effect is to arouse a desire for vigilante justice, which doesn't need any encouragement. The author's semantic device--making Alex speak in Russian slang--might have worked in 1962 when the English audience was rabid with Cold War fear. Today, it is easier to separate the Russian people and their language from Vladimir Putin's corrupt, expansionist regime. Did the US rhetoric during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan lead or follow the change in our powers of discernment?
Adult Fiction BURGESS
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Cover Art: The art of being an elephant /
The art of being an elephant
Denis-Huot, Christine.
When I checked out this book, 26 pages had been cut out with a knife. The elephant is endangered even in pictures. Come on, people, be responsible.
Adult Nonfiction Book QL737.P98 D46 2003
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Cover Art: The heart is a lonely hunter [sound recording] /
The heart is a lonely hunter [sound recording]
McCullers, Carson, 1917-1967.
Chapter one reminded me of a handful of Flannery O’Connor stories strung together and stripped of substance. Whereas O’Connor’s characters attack your conscience from their inception, McCullers’s characters are a little shy around readers. Let them develop and you might decide that the lineage points in the other direction.
Adult Fiction MCCULLERS
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Cover Art: The shawl [sound recording] /
The shawl [sound recording]
Ozick, Cynthia
Elie Wiesel’s “Night” is a perennial leader in Holocaust literature. I recommend “The Shawl” as an adjunct, for it takes the reader into the minds of the survivors long after the war and tells the story from a woman’s point of view. In contrast to Wiesel, who exposes the horrible acts of the Nazi Germans and the feelings of the victims, Ozick’s symbolism requires more time to decipher, but the book is short like “Night” and within reach.
Adult Fiction OZICK
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Cover Art: Klingon Bird-of-Prey : I.K.S. Rotarran (b'rel-class) : owners' workshop manual /
Klingon Bird-of-Prey : I.K.S. Rotarran (b'rel-class) : owners' workshop manual
Sternbach, Rick.
I borrowed this book because my BoP encountered a cloaking problem at a rally last month. Unfortunately, there is no troubleshooting chapter. Most Haynes manuals claim to be "based on a complete teardown," but this author has likely never seen a real Bird-of-Prey, much less overhauled one. He depicts some shadowy CGI of the vessel and fills the text with irrelevant trivia from Star Trek, that distortion of reality. The technical information is unreliable, as you are asking for trouble if you push the dilithium maintenance past 3000 hours. So anyway, I was on my way to the Roddenberry Memorial Fly-in, late as usual. The only parking spot was at Zorkon K-12. As soon as Aldebaran rose and the ambient temp hit 800 degrees C, Big Bird cloaked up and died. (Mine is yellow; the green shown in the book is actually just primer.) A Romulan friend had to fire a plasma pulse to materialize the darn thing. Any info on this annoying problem would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Adult Nonfiction Book 791.4575 S 2012
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Cover Art: Rez life [sound recording] : [an Indian's journey through reservation life] /
Rez life [sound recording] : [an Indian's journey through reservation life]
Treuer, David.
I judged this book by its cover, I was wrong, and I still won. The book would have been good enough if it had described modern life on a northern Minnesota Indian reservation, but the author reaches further. David Treuer helped me to see Indian (a term which he prefers to "Native American") history through new eyes. Into the great span of European settlement and into current, local issues such as fishing and casinos, he weaves the story of his family and the Dakota people.
Adult Fiction E93 .T74 2012b
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Cover Art: The space between us [sound recording] : a novel /
The space between us [sound recording] : a novel
Umrigar, Thrity N.
Why should you read about poverty and class conflict in a distant country? Isn't your life difficult enough? Here are three reasons: 1) You are a rebel who harbors subversive ideas like gratitude and forgiveness. 2) You want to hear the song that the Afghan balloon man sings. 3) You want to complete the author's reflection on the memory of pain and pleasure, which she leaves hanging for you like a drop of water on the tip of the faucet. Drink up!
Adult Fiction UMRIGAR
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