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Going clear : Scientology, Hollywood, and the prison of belief

Eat to live : the amazing nutrient-rich program for fast and sustained weight loss

By Lawrence Wright

Call # 299 WRI

From the publisher: Based on more than two hundred personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists, both famous and less well known, and years of archival research, the author uses his investigative skills to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology: its origins in the imagination of science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard; its struggles to find acceptance as a legitimate (and legally acknowledged) religion; its vast, secret campaign to infiltrate the U.S. government; its vindictive treatment of critics; its phenomenal wealth; and its dramatic efforts to grow and prevail after the death of Hubbard. At the book's center are two men. The author shows how they have made Scientology what it is today. One is Hubbard, whose restless, expansive mind invented a new religion tailor-made to prosper in the spiritually troubled post-World War II era. The other, his successor David Miscavige, tough and driven, with the unenviable task of preserving the Church in the face of ongoing scandals and continual legal assaults. In this book the author examines what fundamentally makes a religion a religion, and whether Scientology is, in fact, deserving of the constitutional protections achieved in its victory over the United States' Internal Revenue Service. Here the author uncovers what makes Scientology the institution it is.

Todd/ Librarian: This is a fascinating account of a very polarizing religion. Lawrence Wright's detailed account of the history of L. Ron Hubbard and the growth of Scientology is told with precision and grace. I am not a big fan of non-fiction and this book surprised me. Give it a try and let me know what you think of it.


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Eleanor & Park

By Rainbow Rowell


From the publisher: Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try

Todd / Librarian: I fell in love with this book. A timeless story filled with enriching characters that you wish were in your real life. Be sure to read the book before they turn it into a movie.




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