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Oprah Book Club Selection

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead's "The Underground Railroad" is Oprah's new Book Club selection.  The heroine of the book, Cora, is fleeing the Georgia plantation she has lived on.   "The Underground Railroad is a picaresque novel, following Cora as she moves between varyingly safe havens on her way north.  On her trail is a towering black-hearted slave catcher named Ridgeway."  (USA TODAY)

Rescue Dogs

Free Days with George by Colin CampbellMy Old Dog by Laura CoffeyTwo moving books about dogs who have been rescued, one about seniors dogs and the other about a young dog.  In "Free Days with George" by Colin Campbell, you meet George (orginally named Kong) a Newfoundland living in a foster home.  Colin's wife suddenly leaves him and his world spirals downward.  His coworker convinces him to get a dog.  He finds George on Petfinder.com.  George doesn't like men and is very skittish, but Colin still decides to adopt him.  Through their adventures together, both heal and establish a strong bond.  After moving to California from Nova Scotia, Colin rekindles his love for surfing.  George, not wanting to be left behind, joins Colin on his surfboard.  Colin even enters George in the Surf City Surf Dog Competition where he places third.  Colin's grandfather would say "A free day is when you spend a whole day doing things you love to do... And when you do those things with people you love who love you, you don't grow old that day.  It's a free day."  George and Colin share many free days. "My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts" by Laura T. Coffey, celebrates senior dogs who were adopted from shelters.  You meet Healey a blind dog who learns how to love, Cullen, a retired service dog who finds a new line of therapy work, Rocky, who cheers up the women living with dementia and Einstein, George Clooney's cocker spaniel.  All were given up on until others saw what these dogs could really offer.  Tips on living and training senior dogs and organizations involved with senior dogs is also provided.  Both books are Highly recommended for dog lovers or anyone who loves animals.

Rise of the Rocket Girls

Rise of the Rocket Girls by Nathalia HoltRecently author Nathalia Holt appeared on the PBS Newshour to talk about her new book "Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars."  In the early days of the Jet Propulsion Lab a group of women called “computers” figured out the calculations of the space program, doing math with pencil and paper and some very bulky calculators.  Once computers were introduced, these women became the first programmers. Her book traces their history and accomplishments and recounts how both NASA and JPL overlooked their achievements as time went by. Case in point, none were invited to the 2008 gala held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Explorer 1 (America’s first satellite), an oversight that is particularly galling since one of the Rocket Girls, Barbara Paulson, figured out the trajectory on the night Explorer 1 launched, working in the control room. Holt says “when the first American satellite is a success, its because of her. She is the one that found out it’s actually in orbit.”  (From Early Word)

Celebrities and Books

There is a new generation of celebrities that are using social media to share the books they love.  Reese Witherspoon, Lena Dunham, Emma Watson and others are among the stars who use Twitter or Instagram for book recommendations.  Witherspoon (#RWBookClub) (Instagram) shared how she enjoyed "Why Not Me" by Mindy Kaling, "Dad is Fat" by Jim Gaffigan and "Opening Belle" by Maureen Sherry.  Lena Dunham makes reading recommendations every "Lit Thursday" on Lenny, her online newsletter and Emma Watson started a feminist book club, Our Shared Shelf on the GoodReads site.

Big Library Read

Big Library Read
Through July 7, rearders can participate in the Big Library Read, OverDrive's global digital book club. Readers can borrow "A Murder in Time" without wait lists or holds and join the discussion board to share their thoughts. Fans of mystery, Jane Austen and/or time travel will love this thrilling story of an FBI agent from present day trying to solve a murder case while trapped in the early 1800’s. Listen to an exclusive interview with the author, Julie McElwain on the  Professional Book Nerds podcast and find read alikes as well on the Big Library Read website.  Download the book from the Wisconsin Digital Library's website.

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