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Goodbye to Tom Clancy

The book world had some sad news today reported by the New York Times: Best selling military thriller novelist Tom Clancy has died at age 66.

Known for his military novels, Clancy often seemed to write timely plots that …

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'Bad' is Good

On September 29th, the final curtain closed on the epic tale of Walter White, the high-school-chemistry-teacher-turned-meth-kingpin protagonist of AMC’s brilliant and beloved series, Breaking Bad.

For five seasons, the show bucked television conventions in favor of non-traditional narrative, pitch-black …

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Library offers online guide to Affordable Care Act information

As the federal Affordable Health Care Act takes effect, many people have questions about how it affects them, how the new health insurance exchanges work, and how consumers go about selecting an insurance plan for themselves and their families.

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In which I read some classics

In my long-ago and misspent youth, and before I fell prey to the siren call of crime fiction and chick-lit,  I  read classics.  Dickens, Trollope, Wharton, and Austen were some of my favorites.  I wonder now, as I’m plowing through …

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Unsung Sam

The latest little-indie-that-could, The Way, Way Back, is a sweet enough (though, at times schmaltzy) film, featuring a typically great Sam Rockwell performance.  If that moniker doesn’t ring a bell, don’t be alarmed; though Mr. Rockwell is a prolific …

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Top 10 Sports Books

The Book Lush is not a jock.   But every now and then, I enjoy observing  sporting events, and even reading about sports upon occasion.That is why Booklist‘s Top 10 Sports Books caught my eye.  Good sports writing means …

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Bon voyage! Every good vacation should begin at the library

In the middle of traffic on a crowded street in Caen, France, I was glad to have learned some French from Mango Languages, courtesy of Mesa County Libraries.

 

City driving in France feels like a free-for-all. Cars speed …

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Cate the Great

Blue Jasmine, now in theaters, is the latest of Woody Allen‘s odes to the neurotic female.  This modern day homage to A Streetcar Named Desire is anchored by a tautly unhinged performance from Cate Blanchett (who happens to …

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Goodbye to Elmore Leonard

Elmore Leonard, who died today at 87, was a writer of many talents. His writing career started with westerns such as 3:10 to Yuma (made into movies twice).  His lean, unadorned prose and sharp dialogue enhanced his early westerns and his …

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