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Recommended ReadingAt a loss for words? Searching for something new to read, but don't know where to start looking ? Want to learn more about current events? This is a great place to start your search.

What's here? Great reading - from mysteries and science fiction to current hot topics and books too good to miss. - all recommended by our librarians (after all, they know books). We even connect you to our favorite book sites on the web. Booklists for younger readers are available here.

The books on our lists are all available at your local library - check here  to see if the book you want is currently on our shelf.

Featured Booklists!
 Cinco de Mayo Cinco de Mayo
The fifth of May is observed in Mexico and Mexican-American communities in the United States to commemorate the Mexican victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862. The date is observed nationwide mostly in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.

Here are some titles to help you explore Cinco de Mayo and appreciate the culture and life in Mexico
JANE: A mystery 

Everybody Loves A Mystery.
There are wonderful mysteries witing for you on our shelves - may of which NEVER made the bestseller list but should have. Julie, our die-hard mystery reader shaves her favorites. Warnng. We are not responsible if you leave your lights on all night!

 The best in non fiction! Popular Non-Fiction
From explorations in polular culture (comic Steve Martin's take on stand-up comedy) and contemporary issues (an Iranian student's journey to political activism) to forays into love, food and discovery, the best non-fiction leads us on voyages of wondrous discovery of the world in which we live.
Banned Books Banned Books
"There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them."
--Joseph Alexandrovitch Brodsky

A list of books that have been banned (at one time or another) for use in schools and libraries. Be prepared to be surprised .

 

African-American Urban Fiction
It's all glamour and grit in the latest offerings in the genre that traces its history to the novels of Donald Goines and Iceberg Slim.

American novelist Samuel Clemens 

American Authors and their Novels:1789-1900
Prepared especially for students, the books included on this list provide a sampling of literary works by Theodore Dreiser, Mark Twain, Edward Bellamy, Edith Wharton and many others that have contributed significantly to the culture and literary heritage of the United States.

The Statue of Liberty  The Immigrant Experience in America
The books included here (primarily novels) explore the variety of immigrant experiences in the United States over the past one hundred years. While each situation is unique, the immigrants’ search for a place to call home is universal.
Chick Lit Chick Lit 101
ChickLit books are written for readers who enjoy light-hearted fiction with strong female characters. The stories usually have a romantic subplot, along with career and relationship dilemmas. Humor may be subtle or outrageous, but is always a part of any chick lit story.
 

The 100 best novels novels of the 20th century
In July, 1998, The Modern Library announcd its list of the 100 best novels of the 20th century to encourage people to talk about great books. More than 400,000 readers responded by casting votes for their favorite books, and students at the Radcliffe Publishing Course created their own list.

100 Best Novels - The Modern Library Board's list
100 Best Novels  - The reader's poll list
100 Best Novels - The students of the Radcliffe Publishing Course list

 

 

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