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DearReader.com Book Club

New Adult Non-Fiction

Adventurer, explorer, photographer, and writer, Peter Beard tells 11 irresistible tales to his daughter from his tented encampment at Hog Ranch in Kenya, Africa. In Zara's Tales: Perilous Escapades in Equatorial Africa, he writes of the East African hills he came to know and love over four decades. Illustrated with actual photographs, this is a read to warm the heart.

In words and drawings both candid and human, Stan Mack follows his 18-year relationship with Janet Bode, a lighthearted fling that beat the odds to become an enduring love affair. The only thing they couldn't beat was cancer. Janet & Me: An Illustrated Story of Love and Loss is a poignant, unflinching story that will stay with you even after the last page is turned.

In a first in-depth look at the Great Pyramid of Giza as a colossal engineering and construction project, world-class engineer Craig B. Smith takes readers on a fascinating journey beyond even the expertise of archaeologists and historians. How the Great Pyramid was Built draws on his extensive experience as an engineer, builder, and construction executive for many major public works projects. He provides critical missing data about the actual planning and construction of the Great Pyramid.

Taps echoes across the cookie-cutter housing areas of a military base as wives turn on the evening news, hoping for, and dreading word of their husbands overseas. This is a ritual played across military bases all across the nation. In Home Fires Burning, prize-winning journalist Karen Houppert, spends a year among these women as they have babies, raise families, run Scout troops, coach soccer and attend funerals.

DearReader.com Book Club

The DearReader.com Book Club offers many selections to Internet patrons. Each book runs for five days, Monday through Friday. Some genre only offer selections every other week. Check out this service by registering at the library's Web site, http://vpl.sdln.net and clicking on the book club icon. Online patrons can find the club at www.supportlibrary. com/su/su.cfm?x=470596. The following selections for the week of Nov. 7 are:

AUDIO BOOK: Think Big Act Small, by Jason Jennings.

BUSINESS: Getting to VITO, by Anthony Parinello.

FICTION: The Falls, by Joyce Carol Oates.

GOOD NEWS: The Mill House, by Paul McCusker.

HORROR: City of the Dead, by Brian Keene.

MYSTERY: In the Company of Liars, by David Ellis.

NON-FICTION: The United States of Europe, by T.R. Reid.

PRE-PUB: One Last Look, by Linda Lael Miller.

ROMANCE: A Patchwork Family, by Charlotte Hubbard.

SCIENCE FICTION: Old Twentieth, by Joe Haldeman.

TEEN: Memories of Sun, by Jane Kurtz.

Discover Your Library � 2005

Check out the new display in the case by the circulation desk. "Fighting for Peace: War through Literary Eyes" is presented by Jason Monroe, a senior at The University of South Dakota. The works displayed are a few of the titles one would read dealing with feelings about war which range from Hiroshima, by John Hersey to The Ghost Road, by Pat Barker and The Big Book of Peace, edited by Ann Durell and Marilyn Sachs.

The Vermillion Public Library Book Club has selected Gifted Hands, an autobiography by Ben Carson for this month's discussion. This is a story of one inner-city African American kid who became one of the world's renowned neurosurgeons. The book club will meet on Thursday, Nov. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Community Room of the library. Copies are available at the Circulation Desk.

Join us for a board game and word extravaganza on Sunday, Nov. 20 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Community Room of the library. Play your favorite game or learn a new one. This afternoon of games is for adults and young adults ages 12 to 18 years. Game choices are Balderdash, Boggle, Hangman, Password, Scattegories, Scrabble, Word Yahtzee, and Wordage.

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