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    RCL Undercover -- On Hiatus

    Goodbye for Now
    Dear Friends and Readers of RCL Undercover, Thank you for your excellent readership over the years.  It's been great fun to recommend books and highlight our programs, but RCL Undercover is going on a bit of a hiatus.  In the interim, please enjoy some of our past posts.  May we recommend the excellent staff Top Ten of 2014 lists? We'd also love to hear your thoughts on what you've thought of this blog, as well as any suggestions you have for making our readers' services better.  Just email us at rclundercover@rclreads.org. Our thanks to all of the wonderful Ramsey County Library... Read More »

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    My Top Ten of 2014 - Carol J.

    Who Asked You?
    Our top staff picks for 2014 continue!  Today's Top Ten of 2014 comes from Carol J. of RCL - Mounds View, who could only get her top ten from the year only down to eleven, not ten.  (She also read a bunch of books by and about new immigrants:  NoveList: New Fiction from New Immigrants.) Who Asked You? by Terry McMillan (audiobook, read by McMillan, Phylicia Rashad, Michael Boatman, Carole DeSantis)
    I often half-listen to audiobooks, but this book and the excellent performance by the narrators had me... Read More »

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    My Top Ten of 2014 - Amy B. (Teen Book Picks)

    100 Sideways Miles
    You may remember Amy B. of RCL - Maplewood from her earlier Top 10 list.  She's back!  And this time, her list is all about those teens! 100 Sideways Miles Smith, Andrew
    I am an Andrew Smith junkie. He has a voice that really resonates for me, and 100 Sideways Miles has the snark, the wit, the strangeness that I love and that keeps me coming back for more tales of identity and confusion in teendom. Brown Girl Dreaming Woodson, Jacqueline
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    My Top Ten of 2014 - Marcus L.

    Orfeo
    Get your pens and your paper ready for more reading suggestions from our staff!  Today's Top Ten of 2014 list comes from Marcus L. of RCL - Roseville! 1)  Orfeo - Richard Powers
    An avant-garde musician wants to leave a legacy to his daughter.  I rarely read a book where I want to stop and play the music that is being discussed, but I did that over and over.   This is a beautiful rumination on what music is, and can be, as well an engaging story 2) Magician's Land - Lev Grossman
    Someone of you know I dread most... Read More »

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    My Top Ten of 2014 - Charles M.

    The Tale of the Heike
    Ramsey County Library staff's Top Tens keep coming.  Today's list comes to you from Charles M. of RCL - SV.  "These were the ten best books I read this year. A mix of current and classic, fiction and non-fiction." FICTION Seiobo There Below (Laszlo Krasznahorkai) is a mad, brilliant collection of extremely long sentences that form a novel without any recurrent characters or plot, only themes accumulated and combined (via the Fibonacci sequence) with sadness, humor, and exasperation from one story to the next, dealing with the lack of connection art and ritual have to today's world and the feeling that we are situated in the twilight years of human civilization, with few great works of art left to be created. This... Read More »

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