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Ice Cream eBooks

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. Beside creating a punch line for one of my favorite The Far Side comics, this little jingle reminds us of the nearly universal appeal of ice cream, especially in summer time. Even if we haven't hit the hottest temperatures yet, its still a good time to enjoy your favorite flavor.

If you feel like giving local favorites like Graeter's or Jeni's a run for their money, check out these eBooks about making your own ice cream, and other cool treats.

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New eBooks

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We add new eBooks to our collection every month, but recently, we've been able to add titles that we couldn't before.

In April, Harper Lee announced that her classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, will be available in eBook for the first time. You can place a request now, the book will be release on July 8th, Ms. Lee's 88th birthday.

Just last week, publisher Simon & Schuster announced they would make their entire eBook catalog available to public libraries. This adds authors like Stephen King, Janet Evanovich and David McCullough to our eBook collection. You can view more titles by using the Advanced Search to browse books published by Simon and Schuster, or their imprints, like Scribner.

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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.

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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.

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Kick-off Summer Reading with an eBook

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Celebrate the beginning of the summer reading season with a new eBook mystery, and don't worry, it won't be checked out. UAPL is participating (again) in the Big Library Read program, which makes one eBook title available to an unlimited number of patrons. The current title is A Pedigree to Die For by Laurien Berenson, a mystery that introduces amateur sleuth Melanie Travis and a passel of Poodles. You can start reading anytime between June 3rd and June 18th.

To add more incentive, reading this book is on the activity list for Adult Summer Reading Club. For each completed activity, you are entered in our weekly prize drawing. Make sure to sign up first at ualibrary.org or at your local branch, to be registered for the grand prize drawing, a Nexus 7. A perfect way to read more eBooks.

If you've checked out eBooks before, you can check out A Pedigree to Die For the same way. If you haven't tried eBooks yet and you want some help, contact our Media Services department and schedule a 1-on-1 training.

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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.

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All the World's a Stage

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It's been 450 years since the birth of Shakespeare. And while his biography is rather short for such a famous figure, his impact on English literature and language are indisputable. He is credited with adding over 500 words to the language, and countless phrases, like: to thine own self be true and brevity is the soul of wit.

You can read all of “The Bard's” works in many places online, including the Folger Shakespeare Library, which has an excellent, searchable collection. If you are looking for a slightly different take on Shakespeare, try one of these eBooks.

  • Reintroduce yourself to Shakespeare's most famous characters with Y is for Yorick, a witty picture book for adults.
  • How Shakespeare Changed Everything examines his influence on language and culture (and the starlings in Central Park).
  • The Shakespeare guide to Italy uses the 10 plays set in Italy as an itinerary, tracking down the exact locations of Juliette's balcony and other famous scenes.

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Baseball Biography

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Spring is only a week away, but Spring Training has already started. With over 140 years of history, there are plenty of books about “America's Pastime.” Below are three great biographies of three great players, to help pass the time until Opening Day.

  • Pitching in a Pinch is Christy Mathewson's funny and fascinating memoir about baseball in the early twentieth century.
  • If you liked 42, learn more about Jackie Robinson from his autobiography, I Never Had it Made.
  • The Last Hero covers Hank Aaron's record breaking career on the field and his reemergence as a hero during baseball's Steroid Era.

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Mysteries Under the Hot Sun

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Wow, it's cold! So cold, you don't even want to leave the house. It's time to hibernate, and read some exciting mysteries set in warmer climates. This week we are featuring three that will help you forget about the cold, rain and snow.

  • A Carribbean Mystery features Agatha Christie's sleuth Miss Marple, on vacation and on the case.
  • In American Tropic, a murderer dressed as a skeleton terrorizes a town in Key West.
  • Elmore Leonard's Cuba Libre is set in hot, and historic Havana during the Spanish - American war.

Grab an extra blanket, throw another log on the fire and enjoy an exciting literary vacation.

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