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The Outsider: A Memoir by Jimmy Connors

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I was a huge tennis fan during the Connors and Borg era. It was the sport I should have played as a young athlete. The writing feels honest and fresh but not particularly good. Still it is very entertaining and Connors hands out some dirt on tennis folks but what would you expect the author is Jimmy Connors! I liked Connors family stories in East St. Louis. Family was important to what made Connors a tennis star and he gives due homage with no reservations.

 

Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter by Cass R. Sunstein

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Great book for anyone in collaborative decision making or management situations. Understandable and actionable, this book is about groups comprised of like-minded thinkers who often amplify, rather than correct, errors in judgment. They become more polarized and adopt more extreme positions than the ones they began with. Great suggestions on how to correct “group think,” and identify vulnerabilities in existing practices.
 
 Anyone involved in making decisions would enjoy this book.

Woman of the Dead, by Bernhard Aichner

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The photographer. The priest. The cook. The huntsman. The clown. They killed her husband. Now they’ll face her vengeance.

Undertaker Brunhilde Blum has a near-perfect life: a satisfying job with great coworkers, two adorable daughters, and a husband who loves her deeply. When a hit-and-run accident shatters her perfect world, despair threatens to drown her—until she discovers that the “accident” that took her husband’s life was actually murder. Now, she’ll chase down any lead and go to any length to find the men responsible for her husband’s death—unless they find her first.

Chilling and taut, this translated thriller from German bestseller Bernhard Aichner will appeal to fans of Jeffry Lindsey’s Dexter series.

The Drunken Botanist

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In The Drunken Botanist author Amy Stewart points out our alcoholic cocktails over ice with a dash of, splash of, and a sprig of, are time honored drinks. Supplying a little history, horticulture, and agricultural advice, Stewart guides us through various plants and how we create alcohol.  Every great drink starts with a plant so sit down, read a chapter or two, and have fun experimenting with the elixir of life, the aqua vitae!

Funny Fiction: Dodger

In an alternative version of Victorian London, seventeen-year-old Dodger, a cunning and cheeky street urchin, unexpectedly rises in life when he saves a mysterious girl, meets Charles Dickens, and unintentionally puts a stop to the murders of Sweeney Todd. 

Juvenile Fiction Selection: The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher is a sweet, year-in-the life tale of the four fletcher boys and their two dads, Dad and Papa.  Sam, Jax, Eli, and Frog are looking forward to a new school year with sports, plays, a new school, and friends but not everything goes as planned.  Then they meet their new neighbor who turns out to be cranky and not thrilled to live next door to a bunch of boys, but can the Fletchers win him over?  This family is smart, funny, and loving and you will love getting to know them.  

True Tales to be Told: I Will Always Write Back

It started as an assignment. Everyone in Caitlin's class wrote to an unknown student somewhere in a distant place. All the other kids picked countries like France or Germany, but when Caitlin saw Zimbabwe written on the board, it sounded like the most exotic place she had ever heard of, so she chose it. Martin was lucky to even receive a pen pal letter. There were only ten letters, and forty kids in his class. But he was the top student, so he got the first one. That letter was the beginning of a correspondence that spanned six years and changed two lives.

Yaks Yak: Animal Word Pairs

Animals act out the verbs made from their names, including hogs hogging and slugs slugging, demonstrating homographs, words with different meanings that are spelled and pronounced the same.  Includes a chart in the back with all of the animal words and their meanings.  Recommended for Grades 1-4

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