Women 2020: Under Cover and Changing the World (2/24/20)

This thrilling Women 2020 spotlight goes undercover with sorority girl-turned-CIA and FBI agent, Tracy Walder. Tracking terrorists and searching the world for weapons of mass destruction, she led and influenced women and changed the world. THE UNEXPECTED SPY: From the CIA to the FBI, My Secret Life Taking Down Some of the World’s Most Notorious […]

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Adult Books for Teens

This month’s roundup of Adult Books for Teens includes a CIA memoir, an epic fantasy, an historical look at the 1938 Cote d’Azur, and a western featuring queer librarian spies on horseback. UPRIGHT WOMEN WANTED by Sarah Gailey97812502135872/4/2020 Award-winning author Sarah Gailey reinvents the pulp Western with an explicitly antifascist, near-future story of queer identity. […]

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Thriller Thursday (2/13/20)

A crime shared on social media + family lies and a 40-year-old cold case–welcome to #ThrillerThursday! THE ABSOLUTION by Yrsa Sigurdardottir “In Sigurdardóttir’s stellar third Children’s House thriller (after 2019’s THE RECKONING), Freyja, a frustrated child psychologist, joins forces with Huldar, a problem-ridden Reykjavík police detective, to try to catch a serial killer…This heart-wrenching story […]

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Librarians and Spies: A Letter from Tracy Walder

Tracy Walder went straight from her college sorority to to the CIA, where she hunted terrorists and WMDs. In her memoir, THE UNEXPECTED SPY: From the CIA to the FBI, My Secret Life Taking Down Some of the World’s Most Notorious Terrorists, she tells the story of her life in the CIA and, later, the […]

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Thriller Thursday (8/8/19)

Thriller Thursday (8/8/19)

A French cozy, a thrilling FBI manhunt, and a fan-favorite series returns for this week’s Thriller Thursday! A NICE CUP OF TEA by Celia Imrie “A few more side plots, including numerous restaurant mishaps and a near boat crash, further complicate this busy tale of expats pursuing various business ventures in their beloved adopted village.”–Booklist […]

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#ThrillerThursday 1/17/19

#ThrillerThursday 1/17/19

Marriages to die for, a Karin Slaughter read-alike, and the grim reaper… Welcome to this week’s #thrillerthurday! AS LONG AS WE BOTH SHALL LIVE by JoAnn Chaney Two starred reviews!You can’t be married to someone without sometimes wanting to kill them… “Chaney alternates past and present, creating an unbearably urgent narrative, and she has a […]

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Nonfiction Round-Up (1/9/19)

Nonfiction Round-Up (1/9/19)

Life-saving dogs, easy recipes, historical conspiracies, influential queens, labor uprisings, and the roots of the American criminal justice system–check out today’s nonfiction picks! HERO DOGS: How a Pack of Rescues, Rejects, and Strays Became America’s Greatest Disaster-Search Partners by Wilma Melville with Paul Lobo The incredible memoir of how Wilma Melville turned a band of […]

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Nonfiction Round-Up (10/3/18)

Nonfiction Round-Up (10/3/18)

A deep dive into Atheism… A dive into deep undercover… Today’s featured Nonfiction titles are… deep.  Read on for more details about several October Nonfiction must-haves to add to your shelves. SEVEN TYPES OF ATHEISM by John Gray “Reviewing the lives, principles, and practices of prominent and obscure atheists from centuries past, Gray (STRAW DOGS) […]

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Red Hot Drop-In Alert: THE THREAT

Red Hot Drop-In Alert: THE THREAT

Just when you thought Fall 2018 Drop-In titles were getting Stormy, there’s another: THE THREAT: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump by former FBI Deputy Director, Andrew G. McCabe, available February 12, 2019* from St. Martin’s Press and Macmillan Audio. On March 16, 2018, just 26 hours before his scheduled […]

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Free Speech Rules!

Free Speech Rules!

Fifty years ago today (October 1), students at the University of California at Berkeley surrounded a campus police car on the school’s main plaza and held it captive for 33 hours. This non-violent protest in the fall of 1964 launched the Free Speech Movement, the first major campus protest by white students of the sixties. […]

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