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|“A book I read last year that stays with me is the novel Secrets of Eden, by Chris Bohjalian — a New England murder plot with psychological and spiritual themes.”Â – Emily Rogers (Reference)|
|Ginger Williams (Reference) “wants to recommend The Psychopath Test! If youâ€™ve ever thought of telling a judge that youâ€™re a psychopath to try to get out of a hefty jail sentence (andâ€¦ who hasnâ€™t?), think again. The cautionary tale of â€œTonyâ€ illustrates how hard it is to convince people that youâ€™re not a psychopath once youâ€™ve tricked them into thinking that you are. You see, thatâ€™s just the sort of tricky, manipulative behavior theyâ€™d expect from a psychopath! Thereâ€™s much more to The Psychopath Test than Tonyâ€™s story. From the war between psychology and Scientology to the actual psychopath test itself (yes, it does exist!), Ronsonâ€™s tale draws you in and doesnâ€™t let you go until the story ends. It doesnâ€™t make light of the psychopathâ€™s plight, but gives outsiders insight to what makes a psychopath tick.”|
|In The Demi-Monde: Winter, two young women are trapped in a terrifying virtual world, designed to train soldiers for anti-terrorist missions and governed by some of the worst dictators in history. Recommended by Maureen Puffer-Rothenberg (Cataloging)|
|Holly Peagler (the HUB) recommends thrillers by Vince Flynn, Stuart Woods and Clive Cussler.
|Denise Montgomery recommends The Retribution by Val McDermid (a great thriller for lovers of British police procedurals in which the cops are chasing serial killers),|
|and Joan Didion’s memoir Blue Nights, about the death of her adult daughter, which ideally should be read following The Year of Magical Thinking, her earlier memoir about the year following the death of her husband, novelist John Gregory Dunne, a book which won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.|
|Slightly older but also good is the novel The Paris Wife, which is the story about Hemingway and his first wife Hadley,|
|and the third entry in the Flavia de Luce series, A Red Herring Without Mustard, by Alan Bradley, in which the precocious young amateur chemist in 50s Britain solves another mystery close to home.|
|Josh Wallace (Circulation) says 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami is “a good one.” It’s a dystopian crime drama/love story set in Tokyo.|
|Linda Most (MLIS) recommends Ken Auletta’s Googled: the End of the World as We Know It, “a comprehensive history of Google’s meteoric rise, profiling its creators, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the initial team members, previous commentators on the organization, and Google’s various competitors over the years.” (Publishers Weekly)|
|Ramona Ice (Circulation) recommends Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books, featuring photos of the personal libraries of Alison Bechdel, Stephen Carter, Junot DÃaz, Rebecca Goldstein and Steven Pinker, Lev Grossman and Sophie Gee, Jonathan Lethem, Claire Messud and James Wood, Philip Pullman, Gary Shteyngart, and Edmund White, along with comments and a “top ten” list from each author.|
Because February is American Heart Month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)Â have launched Million Hearts. This education and prevention program seeks to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years in the United States.Â By making better choices about our eating, exercise, and other health habits, we can battle the epidemic of heart disease in the U.S.
The Government Documents Collection at Odum Library offers many resources about heart disease and health, including this report on the Heart Disease Education, Analysis Research, and Treatment for Women Act, available here as an online PDF, in print, and on microfiche.