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Halloween eBooks - Short Stories

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Now that the air is cold and the pumpkins are orange, it's a great time of year to read some spooky eBooks. During the next two weeks, we will be highlighting Halloween eBooks for adults, teens and children. Keep checking back to find books about vampires and zombies, and how to make your own costumes.

The first three are collections of short stories, for a quick fright. Mwah-ha-ha! So grab a bag of candy corn (and your tablet or eReader) and check out some scary reads.

Memorial Day

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Back to work after the Memorial Day holiday, the unofficial start to summer, and a chance to unwind, meet with family and friends and remember those who have gone before us. Memorial Day began several years after the Civil War as Decoration Day, a holiday to decorate the graves of those who had died in wars. This week's eBooks feature stories of the men and women who have fought, and died, serving our country.

  • A Company of Heroes profiles 26 deceased members of the now-legendary Band of Brothers.
  • The Harlem Hellfighters recounts the heroics and challenges that African-American soldiers faced in fighting for their country, and their freedom.
  • The Last of the Doughboys features the stories of soldiers who fought in World War I, many conducted when the “doughboys” were over 100 years old.

Happy Reading!

A lean, green end to 2014

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The holidays are coming soon, and so are meals full of rich food. While comfort food is part of the charm of celebrating, adding some veggies to the menu can make it a happy and healthy holiday season.

Below are three books to give you some ideas, whether you are planning a full vegan menu, or looking for some new ways to “eat your veggies.” Forks Over Knives features recipes from local chef, Del Sroufe.

Happy Reading!

Classic horror eBooks

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Welcome to day two of our Halloween eBook recommendations. Today, we are featuring three classic tales of horror from three legendary authors. These are “pages for the ages,” stories that have stood the test of time and that can still send a shiver up your spine.

The work of Edgar Allan Poe needs no introduction. Poe was a master of suspense, and this collection includes his most famous tales of madness and terror, including: The Tell-Tale Heart, The Murders in the Rue Morgue and The Raven.

In, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Washington Irving created a character that haunts us to this day, the Headless Horseman.

Though some recent vampires novels might be reaching the “twilight” of their popularity, Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire has been a touchstone of the genre for nearly 40 years.

List Bliss

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Lists have become incredibly popular. Originally, the domain of grocery store runs and Classical music (Listz, get it), now they are everywhere. I would guess that the humble list became more interesting when David Letterman saw in them a vehicle for his wacky brand of humor. Since they, we've become list-crazy. Bestsellers (another list) tout the value of keeping check lists. Social media and website overflow with the “Top 5 this” and the “Top 40 that.” Speaking of top 40, it's still going strong as a radio format.

So, to feed your list-mania, here are the top 10 eBooks checked out by UAPL patrons in the last 3 months.

  1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  2. Sycamore Row by John Grisham
  3. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  4. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
  5. The Racketeer by John Grisham
  6. The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
  7. Inferno by Dan Brown
  8. Never Go Back by Lee Child
  9. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  10. Insurgent by Veronica Roth

And, if you haven't read them yet, you can find three titles below with available copies.

Happy Reading!

Holiday Cookies

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When it comes to baked goods, I am luckier than most. My wife loves to bake and the top of our upright piano usually has at least three varieties of cookies on it. This increases during the holidays, when she is baking more to take to parties and share with friends and family. I like to say it's a good thing we have the piano.

If you are looking for some inspiration for your holiday cookie swap or a new treat to share, check out these eBooks.

Happy Reading!

Halloween Teen reads

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Teen literature is full of great Halloween themed eBooks. Zombies, and Vampires and Paranormal Romance. Oh, yeah. And if you want to read more, all of these titles are part of a series (of course).

  • Possession is the age-old story of starting at a new school and dealing with a clique of demon-possessed girls.
  • In the Abused Werewolf Rescue Group, Toby wakes up in the hospital and learns that he is a werewolf. Later, he meets up with characters from Catherine Jinks' previous book, The Reformed Vampire Support Group.
  • In Turned, Caitlin moves to New York and finds herself in the middle of a vampire war.

Happy Reading!

Summertime

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It's now officially summer, even if it has felt that way for a little while. The Fourth of July is just around the corner and I've now seen three lemonade stands.

To celebrate, here are three books set in the good old summertime.

  • Summer of Beer and Whiskey tells how the owner of a beer garden and a group of saloon keepers founded the American League.
  • In Hitchhiking with Larry David, the author's chance encounter with Larry David (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm) while hitchhiking on Martha's Vineyard helps him deal with a painful break-up.
  • One Crazy Summer is the story of the Delphine and her two sisters, who visit their mother in California during the hot and crazy summer of 1968.

Happy Reading!

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