Reader's Advisory

December Staff Picks


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The way forward : renewing the American idea

By Paul Ryan

Call # 320.973 RYA

From the publisher: Beginning with a careful analysis of the 2012 election, including a look at the challenge the GOP had in reaching a majority of voters and the prevalence of identity politics, Paul Ryan examines the state of the Republican party and dissects its challenges going forward. Ryan also offers a detailed critique of not only President Obama but of the progressive movement as a whole -- its genesis, its underlying beliefs and philosophies, and how its policies are steering the country to certain ruin. Culminating in a plan for the future, Ryan argues that the Republican Party is and must remain a conservative party, emphasizing conservatism in a way that demonstrates how it can modernize and appeal to both our deepest concerns and highest ideals.

Susan Olson Higgins / Corning Friend of the Library: Paul Ryan speaks candidly and politically articulately about issues, problems, and plausible solutions to concerns America today including U.S. budget, the recession,immigration issues, Obamacare, employment and 46 million Americans living below the poverty level, military expenditures, how to restore a faltering Social Security system, balance the budget, create jobs, restructuring government in our lives to restore basic freedoms.  He offers solutions based upon insight gained while he has served in the House of Representatives on major fiscal committees. He also shares a brief autobiographical sketch including his family, friends, home town, and more. He speaks candidly and openly through the book, often defending the Republican's stand on issues. He offers a view of current issues with historical accuracy. 

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Into the wild

By Jon Krakauer

Call # 917.9804 KRA

From the publisher: A true story expanded from Krakauer's article about a young man who starved to death in Denali National Park in Alaska. In a compelling book that evokes the writings of Thoreau, Muir, and Jack London, Krakauer recounts the haunting and tragic mystery of 22-year-old Chris McCandless who disappeared in April 1992 into the Alaskan wilderness in search of a raw, transcendent experience. His emaciated corpse was discovered four months later.

Eddie / Teen Volunteer: This book has a very interesting structure which makes me enjoy it even more. It tells the story from the ending and this makes the reader question what are Alex's reasons for completing this "odyssey" as he calls it. It also makes me wonder what type of person Alex actually was. This is a very thought provoking book and a great read for anyone.  




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Green River killer :a true detective story

By Jeff Jensen

Call # 364.152 JEN

From the publisher: Presents the ultimate insider's account of America's most prolific serial killer--the Green River Killer, the man responsible for the murders of dozens of women.

Todd / Librarian: This haunting story merges a graphic novel with true crime brilliantly. What I appreciated the most about this story is how it illustrates the impact these crimes had on the family members of the investigators. If you are a fan of true crime you definitely need to read this book.




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