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Zen Pencils : cartoon quotes from inspirational folks

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Than, Gavin Aung(2014)Recently Added Review
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Zen Pencils : cartoon quotes from inspirational folks

While inspirational and comic books might seem like apples and oranges, artist and blogger Gavin Aung Than creatively combines wisdom with visually impactful graphics in his recent collection Zen Pencils: Cartoon Quotes from Inspirational Folks. Topics from emotional intelligence to feminism, diversity to scientific advancement, and more are celebrated in this graphic novel. Quotes by social commentators and thought leaders such as Jiddu Krishnamurti, Henry Rollins, Samuel Beckett, Robert Ebert, Ira Glass, Marianne Williamson, and many others are woven through dynamic images of personal achievement and social justice. If you enjoy the color and excitement of the graphic novel format, Zen Pencils promises to be an uplifting read.

Reviewed by Lydia T., Main Library

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A Lifetime of Fiction: The 500 Most Recommended Reads for Ages 2 to 102

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Martin, William Patrick(2014)Recently Added Review
A Lifetime of Fiction: The 500 Most Recommended Reads for Ages 2 to 102

A Lifetime of Fiction consists of five chapters each representing an age group, each with one hundred recommended reads. The author explains in the introduction that he used a process wherein he combed through dozens of “best of” lists and compiled the results. It’s all very fair and transparent. Then at the end of the book, the author re-lists the featured books according to subject matter, and provides interviews with many of the featured authors. There is a good mix of contemporary and classic books, and reading the Early Reader and Middle Grades lists may make you want to re-read some of your favorites from your childhood!

Reviewed by Marie H., ImaginOn

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The Reading Promise

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Ozma, Alice(2011)Recently Added Review
The Reading Promise

The Reading Promise is the story of one dad and one daughter, committed to reading aloud together for at least 15 minutes every day, no matter what. Many days this task is easily met; other days, especially once Alice enters high school, the reading promise becomes a challenge that dad and daughter eagerly rise to. Through a series of vignettes, the reader gets to see Alice grow up and face life`s turbulence. The last chapter in the book is the actual Reading Promise, and a list of some of the books that Alice & her dad read, in case you want to start the tradition with your own family. This is a sweet, unique, and relatively short memoir.

Reviewed by Marie M., ImaginOn

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The Mother of All Booklists: The 500 Most Recommended Reads for Ages 3 to 103

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The Mother of All Booklists: The 500 Most Recommended Reads for Ages 3 to 103

At first glance, this book is a great resource for nonfiction reading recommendations; however, it turned out to be much more! The author opens by telling the reader how he came to this particular list, relying on a compilation of many different “best of” and book award lists. The first five chapters are 100 books each for 5 different age groups: preschool, early reader, middle grades, young adult, and adult. Each book has a cover image, title, author name, illustrator name (if applicable), and a short synopsis. Following this, there`s a list of the featured books in alphabetical order by authors` last names. Finally, the author lists all the books again, this time grouped by subject.

Reviewed by Marie H., ImaginOn

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The Terrible and Wonderful Reason Why I Run Long Distances

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The Terrible and Wonderful Reason Why I Run Long Distances

Starting out as a webcomic and quickly becoming the most popular entry on TheOatmeal.com, The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances is a hilarious, heartfelt, and often vulgar memoir-of-sorts that follows Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman throughout his adventures in distance running. He chronicles both the best and worst runs of his life, his dietary habits, frustrations with today’s gym culture, and many, many digressions. What are his reasons for punishing himself day in and day out with endless miles? Food. Camaraderie. Blerches. What is a Blerch, exactly? Check out this brutally honest and colorful (in hues as well as language) collection to find out for yourself.

Reviewed by Kaitlyn M., Morrison Regional

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