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Rebecca's Favorite Books of 2012 by Rebecca Howard

Fiction

The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Erdrich is my favorite novelist, so it stands to reason that if she publishes a book during the year, it will be on my favorite list.  In this novel, Fourteen-year-old Joe Coutz comes to understand the complexities of justice and revenge when his mother is brutally attacked and sinks into a debilitating depression.

Let Us Help You Find Your Next Great Read by Rebecca Howard

Are you ever at a loss for what to read next?  The library has a service to help you!  Your Next Great Read is an online, form-based readers’ advisory service designed for adult library card holders.  What does that mean, exactly?  Fill out a survey about your reading interests and preferences, and we will create a personaliz

Easy Bake Ovens & Funny Ladies by Laura Raphael

Perhaps you’ve heard of the 8th grade girl’s recent (and successful) petition to Hasbro to make a “gender-neutral” Easy Bake Oven so her younger brother can use it without being embarrassed by its sparkly pinkness. Yay for busting gender stereotypes!

However, I can’t help but being surprised that such an obvious gender stereotype still exists. Another hoary old bit of sexist horrible-ness is “Women aren’t funny.”  It’s an idea bandied about in the media occasionally, usually by men who – surprising! – aren’t particularly funny themselves. (Adam Carolla, I’m looking at you.)

Nick's 2012 Picks

1.      Underworld by Don Delillo

Science Fiction by Rebecca Howard

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Barbara Kingsolver’s latest novel Flight Behavior is about climate change.  It is also very much about beautifully flawed humans and the lengths to which we will go to connect to one another and to something larger than ourselves.  It’s both earthbound and ethereal.  It’s Barbara Kingsolver at her finest. 

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