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December 2013

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    My Top Ten of 2013 - Amy B. ()

    Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant

    Today's Top Ten comes from Amy B. of RCL - Maplewood.  For Amy, "2013 was the year of troubled hearts and dark places. With the sunny exception of Delilah Dirk, the books that interested me in 2013 were emotionally complicated. From lovers on opposite sides of an interplanetary war, the desire to understand horror and the thrill of the forbidden, to the love of nation, family, ethnicity and culture, it was a dark, transformative reading year. And my top ten goes to 11." 

    Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant (Delilah Dirk, #1) by Tony Cliff - Swashbuckling, thoughtful, funny, sweet, and above all, a great graphic novel romp for...

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    My Top Ten of 2013 - Peter W. ()

    The King of Schnorrers

    Today's Top Ten is from Peter W. of RCL - Roseville.  Take it away, Peter!

    The Top Ten Items That My Library System Does Not Carry in 2013

    But, before we begin, a few notes.

    First, I don't greatly blame my Library for not having these. We're good at new stuff, pretty good at the classics, but awfully hit and miss when it comes to the hidden gems.

    Second, you can get most of these through Interlibrary Loan. See a Librarian!

    Third, I don't just make a list like this to be irascible, I mean, not entirely. I make it also because books are like wine. I believe a current year top ten list is full of items too immature to tell if they're...

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    My Top Ten of 2013 - Carol F. ()

    The Valley of Amazement

    Today's Top Ten list comes from Carol F. of Roseville and features a variety of nonfiction, a little fiction and even a DVD--all released in 2013.  Enjoy!

    The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan - Interesting story of mother and daughter in China

    Yokohama Yankee: My Family's Five Generations as Outsiders in Japan by Leslie Helm - Family memoir of multiple generations of Helms - since 1800's to present

    Library : A World...

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    My Top Ten of 2013 - Ellen M. ()

    How We Know What We Know

    Our Staff Top Ten Picks continue!  Today's Top Ten (okay, twelve) is from Ellen M. at RCL - White Bear Lake, "who reads a lot of kids' books."  Enjoy!

    How We Know What We Know About our Changing Climate: Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming by Lynne Cherry and Gary Braasch - Non-hysterical, straightforward presentation of different aspects of global warming and how they are researched. Every upper-elementary class should read and study this book, and choose some action based on it.

    The Beast in You:...

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    My Top Ten of 2013 - Sharyn B. ()

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

    'Tis the season for Top Ten lists!  Here, exclusively on the RCL Undercover blog, we'll be highlighting the Top Ten books, movies or music that our staff loved this year.

    Sharyn B. of RCL - Shoreview kicks us off with a list of her top ten reads and mentions that she forgot how many great books she read in 2013.  (Which is why these lists are so great!)  Enjoy!

    1. Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling – I’m the last librarian ever to read these but they were great!

    2. ...

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