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A very readable, fascinating analysis of North Korean propaganda’s unique symbolism and its effect on the North Korean world-view—THE CLEANEST RACE will change the way you see the country, and not necessarily for the better.
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ISBN: 9781935554349
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Published: Melville House Publishing - December 20th, 2011

Understanding North Korea through its propaganda A newly revised and updated edition that includes a consideration of Kim Jung Il's successor, Kim Jong-Un

What do the North Koreans really believe? How do they see themselves and the world around them?

The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard

THE SCENT OF RAIN AND LIGHTNING by Nancy Pickard will be published in May, and what a wonderful novel/mystery to look forward to. The writing is first rate, and the mystery involving. Set in a small farming community in Kansas, the story follows the Linder family, the major ranching family in the community.
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ISBN: 9780345471024
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 1st, 2011

One beautiful summer afternoon, Jody Linder receives shocking news: The man convicted of murdering her father is being released from prison and returning to the small town of Rose, Kansas. It has been twenty-three years since that stormy night when her father was shot and killed and her mother disappeared, presumed dead.

THE BLACK CAT by Martha Grimes

Having the privilege of reading books before their publication date is one of the joys of working at the Raven Bookstore.
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ISBN: 9780451232946
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Published: Berkley Books - February 1st, 2011

Richard Jury is still dealing with the guilt of the accident that sent Lu Aquilar into a coma. But then he gets assigned the case of a beautiful woman who was murdered on the grounds of a pub called the Black Cat. And the only witness is a black cat. The woman is unidentifiable-but Jury is going to see that the person responsible is known to all...


SNOOP: WHAT YOUR STUFF SAYS ABOUT YOU by Sam Gosling will vindicate any of you closet snoopers out there. You can learn a lot about a person by rifling through their bathroom cabinet, bookshelf, and spice rack. And, according to psychologist Gosling, you should want to do so.
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ISBN: 9780465013821
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Published: Basic Books - May 1st, 2009

Do the things on your desk betray the thoughts on your mind? Does your dining room d cor carry clues to your character? Award-winning psychologist Sam Gosling has dispatched teams of scientific investigators to poke around bedrooms and offices, check out iPods, and peek at personal websites--to see what can be learned about us simply from looking at our belongings.


For those of you familiar with the mystery, “Who in the Hell is Wanda Fuca?" By G.M. Ford, you are aware of this writer’s sense of humor.
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ISBN: 9780060874438
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Published: Harper - February 1st, 2009

The critically acclaimed and award-winning author of the Frank Corso and Leo Waterman series returns with a spellbinding novel of vanished lives and heinous betrayals that races, twists, and turns like a roller coaster running wild.

THE GATHERING STORM by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

THE GATHERING STORM by Robert Jordan is the 12th in “The Wheel of Time” series that I began reading about 15 years ago, following the recommendation of a KU student.  It’s pure fantasy, taking you into a world that speaks of strange, frightening creatures, as well as telepathic abilities.
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ISBN: 9780765341532
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Published: Tor Books - September 28th, 2010

The Wheel of Time (R) is a PBS Great American Read Selection Now in development for TV

Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time(R) by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters.











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ISBN: 9780486229874
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Published: Dover Publications - June 1st, 1974

Ernst Heinrich Haeckel (1834-1919) was renowned as one of the foremost early exponents of Darwinism. His work was credited with having caused the acceptance of Darwinism in Europe, and his popular studies ― preaching the continuity of all life, organic and inorganic, from prehistoric time to the present ― converted tens of thousands of readers all over the world.


Though usually more comfortable with non-fiction books, I’ve read my share of cozy mysteries and have recently found a series I really enjoy. Blaize Clement’s Dixie Hemingway series about a cat/dog sitter features fast-moving plots, fully rounded characters, accurate animal information and a Florida Keys setting that offers vicarious sunsets and breezes for these cold, gray months.
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ISBN: 9780312369576
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Published: Minotaur Books - December 29th, 2009

"Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter" introduced a winning sleuth in Florida pet sitter Dixie Hemingway, and the next books in the series, "Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund" and "Even Cat Sitters Get the Blues," firmly established author Blaize Clement as a new star amongst mystery fans. Now Dixie Hemingway, no relation to you-know-who, is back in this fourth riveting installment.

WALKING ON WATER by Madeleine L’Engle

WALKING ON WATER by Madeleine L’Engle I read this book years ago and was reminded of it after recently reading Wrinkle in Time.
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ISBN: 9780865474871
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Published: North Point Press - May 31st, 1995

In Walking On Water, Madeleine L'Engle addresses the questions, What makes art Christian? What does it mean to be a Christian artist? What is the relationship between faith and art?

LUSH LIFE by Richard Price

A random murder is the catalyst to jump into New York City’s Lower East Side in Richard Price’s LUSH LIFE. The neighborhood in question is illustrated as a place of conflict between the young, hip, and mainly white artistic crowd with the socially marginalized rainbow of poor, project-bound immigrants and tragic youth.

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ISBN: 9780312428228
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Published: Picador USA - March 3rd, 2009

A National Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year