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Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

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Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

Religious indoctrination impacts generations. In her biography, Beyond Belief, Jenna Miscavige Hill details her upbringing in a Scientologist family, where, like her mother, she was groomed from childhood to be a high level Sea Org administrator. Throughout most of her narration, Hill remains very sympathetic to Scientology, believing that its goal was indeed to help mankind. What Hill could never reconcile, though, was how unaccommodating the Church was to families where husbands, wives, and children lived apart for years, for an elusive greater good. Despite enduring years of deprivation and brainwashing, promotion and punishment, Hill clung to her desire to belong, first to the Church, but ultimately to her husband.

Reviewed by Lydia T., Main Library

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Paris Letters

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Paris Letters

Janice Macleod was miserable working as a copywriter in L.A. She drastically cuts her spending and within a year she has enough money saved to quit her job and go to Europe for a few months. On her first stop in Paris she meets Christophe, even though she doesn’t speak French and he doesn’t speak English, they have a whirlwind romance. Macleod thinks this may just be a fling, so she continues on with her other travel plans in Europe. But when Christophe calls and asks her to come back to Paris “to see,” she decides to come back and the rest is history. Macleod’s story of going from corporate drone to living as an artist in Paris is an inspiring read!

Reviewed by Jessica B., Mint Hill Branch

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Tomorrow-Land: the 1964-65 World's Fair and the Transformation of America

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Tomorrow-Land: the 1964-65 World's Fair and the Transformation of America

The 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair was an exhibition of a bright shining future that promised “Peace through Understanding.” Built on the site of the 1939-1940 World’s Fair (itself a promise of world peace), the Fair was a wonder to this reviewer’s much younger self. However, as author Joseph Tirella tells us not all was well with the Fair or the country and world as a whole. While not the earth shattering events which overshadowed the Fair’s predecessor, there would be rumblings and tears in the social, cultural and political order which reverberate to this day. Little remains of the Fair today but the UNICEF pavilion has been recreated around the world. It’s theme? Sing with me: “It’s a small world after all.”

Reviewed by John C., Main Library

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A Serial Killer In Nazi Berlin:  the chilling true story of the S-Bahn murderer

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A Serial Killer In Nazi Berlin: the chilling true story of the S-Bahn murderer

A good read for fans of the true crime genre as well as historians alike. Scott Selby, the author of The Axmann Conspiracy is back with his second book about the Nazis. This book deals with the often overlooked internal struggles that the regime faced. Propaganda was paramount in Hitler’s Germany. It was used to shape the national consciousness and give credence to Aryan supremacy, but what happens when a serial killer threatens those radical racist theories that were the Reich’s foundation? How would the regime respond, and more importantly how do you catch a criminal when media is suppressed? In short how do you track a serial killer when the killer is not recognized by the state? Read this riveting book and find out.

Reviewed by Joseph D., Morrison Regional

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What Are You Looking At?: The Surprising, Shocking, and Sometimes Strange Story of 150 Years of Modern Art

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What Are You Looking At?: The Surprising, Shocking, and Sometimes Strange Story of 150 Years of Modern Art

What are you looking at? It is good question for the infrequent gallery visitor or anyone interested in learning more about modern art. Gompertz takes us through all the various isms: from Fauvism and Cubism (both of which originated as insults), Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, and Pop Art. It includes artists such as Monet, Manet, Cezanne, Picasso, Kandinsky, Klee, Miro, Pollock, Warhol and many more. The two dozen color plates are well chosen. They are the works that defined new schools of art. Numerous other works are included within the text in black and white. This well-constructed, witty, and very thoughtful book is much like a walk through a fine art museum, alternating between the desire to take everything in immediately and the need to pause and reflect.

Reviewed by Rita L., Independence Regional

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