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December 2012

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    My Top Ten of 2012 - Carol J. ()

    How to Be a Woman

    Today's Ramsey County Library staff's Top Ten of 2012 is from Carol J. of Mounds View.  "Very few of these actually came out in 2012--I admire anyone organized enough to read a book in the year it came out!  But I loved these anyway."

    My Top Ten of 2012:

    How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran – Part memoir, part rant; all hilarious and thoughtful and brilliant and important.  

    The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas - Insightful and complicated Australian novel about a group of friends and family and the drama that ensues when one of them slaps another's child at a backyard barbecue...

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    My Top Ten of 2012 - Amy B. ()

    After the Apocalypse

    Amy B. of Maplewood managed to narrow her list of adult, young adult and graphics down to her Top Ten of 2012:

    After the Apocalypse by Maureen F. McHugh.  A wonderful book: bleak and witty. It is sticky brain food, and I love it. Plus, zombies.

    Siddon Rock by Glenda Guest.  Siddon Rock combines the stark imagery of the Australian red rock outback with delicate and haunting cameos of the small town of people who have built a community there.

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    My Top Ten of 2012 - Ellen B. ()

    Dear Frankie

    Ellen B. of White Bear Lake shakes things up with a movie list.  According to Ellen, "No reason for this list – except that I LOVE those British Isles accents." 

    My Top Ten Movies with a Scottish or Irish Accent:

    Dear Frankie.  Starring Gerard Butler.  Sweet, touching.

    Mrs. Brown.  Starring Billy Connolly.  Connolly shines as Queen Victoria’s guide and groom in this historical drama.

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    Books in the News - 12/23/12 ()

    Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama

    Here are the books that are being reviewed in local papers around town!

    At the Pioneer Press, picture books for children were the focus:

    The Dragon in the Christmas Tree by Patrick W. Ledray; illustrated by Kim Gordon Santa is Coming to Minnesota by Steve Smallman; illustrated by Robert Dunn and Jim Mitchell Visiting the Visitors by Patrick "Packy" Mader; illustrated by Andrew Holmquist Charlie and the Christmas Kitty by Ree Drummond; illustrated by Diane deGroat Santa's Hat by Linda Bleck The Twelve Days of Christmas by Dan Andreasen How Do Dinosaurs Say... Read More

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    My Top Ten of 2012 - Marcus L. ()

    The Last Samurai

    Marcus L. of Roseville weighs in with:

    My Top Ten Reads for 2012:

    Last Samurai by Helen Dewitt -- My new favorite book! and her Lighting Rods is amazing also!!

    Billy Lynn's Long Half Time Walk by Ben Fountain -- Our own new Catch-22

    HHHH by Laurent Binet -- All about the problems of writing historical fiction

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