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Registration for the Summer Reading Program has ended. NOW, keep reading and entering those reviews. They have been great! Reviews will be accepted until August 19th. Don't forget to come in and get your prize for reading and reviewing three books. This year each book read and reviewed after the three will have a coupon entered for the Grand Prize at the End of Summer Reading Program on August 25th. You must be present to win SO Save the Date.

Enjoy the summer and here's to great reading.
Reviews
Title
Crush
Author
Cathy Alter & Dave Singleton
Review
This book is about celebrities' crushes on other celebrities. In it are some well known celebrities and many I am not so familiar with like Stephen King, James Franco, Roxane Gay & Kermit Moyer to name a few. I enjoyed reading many of the admitted angsts, loves, embarrassing thoughts and yearns for famous actors and actresses - some I admit I also had for like Don Adams from Get Smart to Tarzan of the Apes - not my favorite, but how these writers wished they could be a part of their crushes' lives in either a small way to becoming a girlfriend of Brian Austin Green. I enjoyed reading these stories because it's interesting to learn that I was not alone in fantasizing about Jason Stathom, Jonn Hamm and the List goes on.
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Title
Dorothy Must Die Stories
Author
Danielle Paige
Review
This is a bind up of 3 novellas which is a prequel to the novel Dorothy Must Die. Dorothy is not happy in Kansas and receives ruby shoes for her sixteenth birthday from Glinda. This is the start of her path back to Oz and becoming evil. Now it's time to read the novel.
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Title
The Buried Giant
Author
Kazuo Ishiguro
Review
Arthur and Merlin are long gone, but Arthur's nephew, Sir Gawain, roams the land, and peace continues between the Britons and Saxons. But it's a peace wrought at the price of the individual and the collective consciousness.

This novel has been on my to-read list since publication. It's beautiful writing and important themes have made it well worth the wait.
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Title
A Wizard's Dilemma
Author
Diane Duane
Review
Nita's mother is dying, and the only way to save her is making a deal with the power that she is trying to defeat.
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Title
DAMNED
Author
Chuck Palahniuk
Review
I must confess that I had begun reading Palahniuk's book "DOOMED" first, primarily because it was on the shelf in the library. I had entered a request for "DAMNED" on the same day I took out "DOOMED" and thought it shouldn't be too difficult to follow the sequel prior to reading its predecessor...big mistake! In about one hundred and fifty pages I felt like I was eight years old and wandering unnoticed through a circus tent where members of the freak show laughed and conversed amongst themselves after that evening's exhibition. Fortunately, "DAMNED" arrived at the library within a day of my request and I promptly suspended reading its sequel so I could map out the origins of the protagonist, Madison Spencer. Madison is the sole biological offspring of an extremely wealthy father and a renowned celebrity/actress mother who have persevered a very public liberal lifestyle. Madison's parents freely share their mood altering drugs and planet-saving spectacles with their daughter despite the little girl's actual need to be nurtured and loved by her famous family. The chubby bespectacled little girl's existence is taunted by her peers at private school and made just as uncomfortable at home as new siblings arrive from third world countries to share in her "good fortune".
Eventually the little girl dies as a result of questionable circumstances and arrives in hell. Madison shines in hell and takes charge after defeating some of history's most notorious figures (ie: Adolf Hitler, Vlad the Impaler, Caligula). It's not long before the little girl gets work projects underway and makes hell much more tolerable. It turns out that most of hell's vile conditions had been due to a lack of maintenance.
Eventually, Madison's sentence in hell is overturned through an appeal process and she is chauffeured back to earth in a Lincoln Town Car with a silent mysterious driver.
To be continued.
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