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Featured Books with Reviews

These books are available on the 2nd floor of the library on the desk next to Circulation. To check one out, go to the desk and take the book with you to Circulation. To read more in-depth reviews of featured books, see The Patriot Spot.

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11/22/63 - Stephen King
Call Number: PS 3561 .I483 A615 2011
ISBN: 9781451627282
Publication Date: 2011-11-08
Recommended by Jan Harp, Acquisitions: “A return to epic storytelling in the vein of The Stand.”

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A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness
Call Number: PS 3608 .A7436 D57 2011
ISBN: 0670022411
Publication Date: 2011-02-08
Recommended by Jan Harp, Acquisitions: “Captured my interest and made me want to read more. First in a trilogy.”

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Area 51 - Annie Jacobsen
Call Number: TL 789.5 .N3 J33 2011
ISBN: 0316132942
Publication Date: 2011-05-17
Recommended by Jan Harp, Acquisitions: “Separates fiction from fact. Who hasn’t wondered what they did there?”

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Brokenburn - Kate Stone; John Q. Anderson (Editor)
Call Number: E487 .H74
ISBN: 0807102318
Publication Date: 1972-10-01
Recommended by Vicki Betts, Reference Librarian: "The diary of a Civil War belle who refugeed in Tyler, Texas."

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Bury Me Standing - Isabel Fonseca
Call Number: DX115 .F66 1996
ISBN: 067973743X
Publication Date: 1996-10-29
Recommended by Sam Winn, Archives: "An engrossing and compelling account of the history of the Roma people from their origins to modern day. This unprecedented ethnography offers novel insights into the language and culture of the various Roma groups, while exploring the victimization of Roma groups throughout history. The text is a result of four years of intensive research in Eastern Europe."

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Erebos - Ursula Poznanski; Judith Pattinson (Translator)
Call Number: P8936er
ISBN: 9781554513734
Publication Date: 2012-01-19
Recommended by Mindy Tomlin, Reference Librarian: "Fight Club meets the world of video games."

See the Patriot Spot for a more in-depth review.

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Lincoln's Dreams - Connie Willis
Call Number: PS3573 .I45652 L5 1987
ISBN: 0553270257
Recommended by Terra Bianchi, Archivist: "Lincoln’s Dreams tells the story of a young historical researcher exploring the Civil War and how his work and life are forever changed by a woman who dreams of events surrounding Robert E. Lee’s involvement during the war. Part research studies, history, science fiction, and psychology, Lincoln’s Dreams takes readers on an powerful search for historical truth and meaning."

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Team of Rivals - Doris Kearns Goodwin
Call Number: E457.45 .G66 2005
ISBN: 0684824906
Publication Date: 2005-10-25
Recommended by Jan Harp, Acquisitions: “Fascinating look at a dark period of American history. A remarkable man.”

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The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Call Number: PZ 7 .C6837 Hun 2008
ISBN: 0439023483
Publication Date: 2008-10-01
Recommended by Tiffany LeMaistre, Acquisitions Librarian: “It’s Harry Potter meets Ender’s Game.”

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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane - Kate DiCamillo; Bagram Ibatoulline (Illustrator)
Call Number: D5453MI
ISBN: 0763625892
Publication Date: 2006-02-14
Recommended by Robyn Perdue, Circulation: “A beautiful tale of love, loss and the power of regeneration. One of the best books I have ever read.”

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The Once and Future King - T. H. White
Call Number: PR6045.H2 O53 1958
ISBN: 0441020836
Recommended by Samantha Winn, Archives: "Classic Arthurian epic which helped define the fantasy genre when it was first published in 1958. White offers a unique retelling of the adventures of Arthur, Guinevere, Merlin, and Lancelot rife with psychological drama and complex political metaphors. You might also recognize it as the book Magneto was seen reading in his prison cell in X2: X-Men United."

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The Structure of Scientific Revolutions - Thomas S. Kuhn
Call Number: Q175 .K95 1996
ISBN: 0226458075
Publication Date: 1996-12-15
Recommended by Anthony Micchelli, Reference Librarian: "I love thinking about this book as it discusses the exposition of historical scientific/philosophical ideas/studies. It is a foundational work in American/Analytical philosophy as it posits a de-structuring/deconstruction of classical academic/scholarly structures as conceptualizations or conceptualized phenomena. He also theorizes that when these concepts, which are usually in opposition, are ruptured, new scientific revolutions/scholarly paradigms are created."

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Zulu - Caryl Ferey; Howard Curtis (Translator)
Call Number: PQ2666.E693 Z4513 2010
ISBN: 9781933372884
Publication Date: 2010-04-27
Recommended by Tamara Brown, Circulation: "As per the synopsis (via, and the production the company, the novel mirrors description. The work is a complex and layered who-done-it? that proves to be a page-turner; one most likely will not want to put down."

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