The Liars’ Gospel by Naomi Alderman

Title: The Liars' Gospel: A NovelAuthor: Naomi AldermanPublisher: Little, Brown and CompanyReleased: March 12, 2013Source: publisher (NetGalley)Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodreadsSynopsis:An award-winning writer re-imagines the life of Jesus, from the points of view of four people closest to him before his death. This is the story of Yehoshuah, who wandered Roman-occupied Judea giving sermons and healing the sick. Now, a year after his death, four people tell their stories. His mother grieves, his friend Iehuda loses his faith, the High Priest of the Temple tries to keep the peace, and a rebel named Bar-Avo strives to bring that peace tumbling down. It was a time of political power-play and brutal tyranny. Men and women took to the streets…

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Postcard Blogging Exchange: My Local Library

Book Bloggers International has created a new meme called Postcard Blogging Exchange. This month's theme is Show Us Your Local Library.My local library is the Lucia M. Tryon Branch Library in Pensacola, Florida. It's part of the West Florida Public Library system. Lucia Tryon was the first chief librarian (1938) of our area's public library system. The building is only a few years old.I don't usually get a chance to visit the main area of the library, especially now that I tend to borrow e-books, so the photos below focus on the children's section. Besides plenty of seating (including some comfy overstuffed chairs), coloring sheets and puzzles are available for the kids, too. C goes straight for those when we…

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Library Finds

Yesterday was an overcast, rainy day. C and I went to the library for an hour or so to avoid feeling cooped up in the house. Here are our finds:Anno's Counting Book by Mitsumasa AnnoReleased 1977 by HarperCollinsAge Range: 4 - 8 yearsAmazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodreadsThe book starts off with an empty field of snow (0). Throughout the course of one year (1-12), the town slowly grows. Each page has more to see... more to count! Some items are grouped together for easy counting. But other items are spread out in various combinations over the two-page spread, helping children "see numbers as groups of other numbers" as Greg Tang does in his math books.McDuff's Wild Romp by Rosemary…

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Because I Said So! by Ken Jennings

This was pretty much my first audiobook, with the exception of the two I half-listened to (until I fell asleep) during a cross-country drive with a friend. I loved being able to "read" while cooking, cleaning, and doing various things around the house! I have a feeling there are more audiobooks in my future.Title: Because I Said So!: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its KidsAuthor/Narrator: Ken Jennings/Ken JenningsPublisher: Tantor MediaReleased: December 2012Source: publisher (Edelweiss)Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodreadsSynopsis:Ken Jennings is here to tell us that mother and father didn't always know best. Yes, all those years you were told not to sit too close to the television (you'll go blind!),…

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The House at the End of Hope Street by Menna van Praag

Title: The House at the End of Hope StreetAuthor: Menna van PraagPublisher: Pamela Dorman BooksReleased: April 4, 2013Source: publisher (NetGalley)Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodreadsSynopsis:A magical debut about an enchanted house that offers refuge to women in their time of need Distraught that her academic career has stalled, Alba is walking through her hometown of Cambridge, England, when she finds herself in front of a house she's never seen before, 11 Hope Street. A beautiful older woman named Peggy greets her and invites her to stay, on the house's usual conditions: she has ninety-nine nights to turn her life around. With nothing left to lose, Alba takes a chance and moves in. She soon discovers that this is no…

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