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The Westing Game

Almost 40 years ago, a book called The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin came to be. And now, all these years later, the adventures of sixteen heirs trying to figure out the mystery of an eccentric millionaire’s death and his will, still intrigues readers to this day!

Here at the Northshire, our sleuths (I mean staff members) still enjoy recommending this book to new readers, helping old fans find new copies to replace those dog-eared editions that have been loved to pieces (literally) and even reading or rereading it themselves!

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ISBN: 9780142401200
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Published: Puffin Books - April 12th, 2004

Overcoming Odds

Athletes overcome challenges every day. However, some have had to overcome things that could have derailed them at any point, leaving us to never know the likes of Tim Howard, Althea Gibson or Jim Abbott. Gregory Zuckerman's (with assistance from sons Elijah and Gabriel) Rising Above: How 11 Athletes Overcame Challenges in Their Youth to Become Stars, tells how these athletes overcame challenges in his or her life in a first person told chapter. Some issue do not surprise (drugs, neglect, poverty, gangs and racial issues) but others might (being “too small” or unable to read or write).

Howard, Gibson, Abbott, along with eight other people, are inspirations not to just people who want to excel in sports, but in other areas, too. (READ MORE)

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ISBN: 9780399173820
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Published: Philomel Books - May 3rd, 2016

More than Text to Read

Once upon a time someone said, “Welcome to the wonderful world of graphic novels!” Okay, so that isn’t exactly how I was introduced to the world of graphic novels, but close. I, like many, was under the impression that “graphic novels” where just another form of “comic books.” While they have similarities, they are radically different too. Therefore, I picked up my first one, not knowing what to expect. The name has since escaped me, but not the results of what happened.

Sure there are a lot of illustrations, but there is a lot of text. Okay, maybe not a lot but there is important text. Due to limited space, all text has to have punch. The potential of these reads was not lost on me. Many a reluctant reader has used them as a gateway to longer, more traditional novels. Yet, I hope they do not totally abandon the glory of the Graphic Novel, such as Smile by Raina Telgemeier. (READ MORE)

Life after Rita Hayworth

He was some kind of a man. What does it matter what you say about people. -- Marlene Dietrich, Touch of Evil

Orson Welles was only 26-years-old when he made his first movie. He spent the rest of his life basking in the admiration that Citizen Kane inspired and engulfed in the shadow it cast over the rest of his career. Welles had already made an impression upon the nation with a vivid and, as it turned out, notorious radio broadcast of H. G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. It was done so convincingly that thousands of listeners believed the country was under attack by aliens from outer space. It was inevitable that Welles would be asked to apply his skill for evoking such visceral reactions from mass audiences to the big screen, but an aspiring young filmmaker is throwing down a mighty gauntlet when he writes, directs, and stars in what is generally regarded as the greatest American movie ever made his first time out.

Simon Callow has authored two previous books on Welles. The third volume, One Man Band, traces the years beginning in 1947 until 1964. Welles’ life was always tumultuous, but a more fitting adjective for this part of it might be chaotic; a frantic quest, not unlike that of the figure he most wanted to immortalize on film, Don Quixote...(READ MORE)

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ISBN: 9780670024919
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Published: Viking - April 5th, 2016

Interview with Kent Nerburn, Author of The Girl who Sang To The Buffalo

Nerburn is the author of 16 books on spirituality and Native American themes that are deeply personal and sensitive to both native and non native peoples. A sculptor, teacher and a true Storyteller, Kent's voice in his writing is clear and resolute, seeking to find a common link between cultures & individuals without losing sight of the grace and humor that occurs to us all in our daily lives. Kent Nerburn's work has been featured on the History Channel and the books "Neither Wolf Nor Dog; On forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder "and "The Wolf at Twilight; An Indian Elder's Journey Through a Land of Ghosts and Shadows won the Minnesota Book Award.

This online interview with Kent Nerburn was the result of our Reading Group, Truth & Tales, at Northshire Saratoga Springs having read The Girl Who Sang To the Buffalo. We then back tracked to read the other 2 books in the series; Neither Wolf Nor Dog, and The Wolf at Twilight (Book 3 being "The Girl Who Sang to the Buffalo" ). The group was so taken with the subject matter that the following month we read Kent's biography, Chief Joseph and The Flight of the Nez Perce. We especially enjoyed the way in which Kent Nerburn combines historical narrative within a storytelling format, weaving humor and sensitivity throughout. The interview spurred several people in the group to continue reading other books regarding Native American History and fiction including Louise Erdrich, Joe Bruchac, Sherman Alexie and others.
The interview took place on Jan.21st at the Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs: (READ MORE)

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ISBN: 9781608680153
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Published: New World Library - November 5th, 2013


While talking to a friend about books he mentioned he enjoys cyber-punk. Two authors he thought I should try were Neal Stephenson and William Gibson.

First, I had to figure out what cyberpunk was. Wikipedia’s definition: "cyberpunk is a subgenre of science fiction in a future setting, noted for its focus on "high tech and low life" aspects of society. It features advanced technology and science, such as information technology and cybernetics, coupled with a degree of breakdown or radical change in the social order."

What was I going to get myself into? When "technology" comes into the picture, I usually get confused by the technical details of it. However, I quickly realized that even though both Stephenson and Gibson are describing the "high tech" both write in accessible language for most readers. Their stories relate to the human condition. While we might not live in a space colony or in virtual reality, we understand the subjects described. Both talk about a dystopian future, but sometimes with a glimmer of hope as the human characters fall in and out of love, deal with issues of image, money, power, politics, what it means to be human and so much more. (READ MORE)

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ISBN: 9780553380958
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Published: Del Rey - May 2nd, 2000


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