RENEGADE: THE MAKING OF A PRESIDENT by Richard Wolffe

On March 18, 2008, presidential candidate Barak H. Obama spoke to the American people from Philadelphia. He addressed race in a manner that has rarely been discussed in a public forum before. But Barak Obama was a historical candidate running for the presidency of the United States of America in extraordinary times. And he spoke as someone from both inside and outside the African American experience.

July 4, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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BAD COP by Paul Bacon

A humorous view of cop life and fast-paced action introduce the reader to “New York’s least likely police officer.” What, Jeff Foxworthy as a cop? Close. Only Foxworthy or Paul Bacon could get away with plastering on the cover of a book: Duty called. I couldn’t find the phone. That, and the cop cliché of a partially eaten doughnut. Though this thought-provoking, hilarious reality cop tale appears to be mostly fiction, it is a memoir. “Some incidents have been combined, and all criminal suspects and NYPD members of service are depicted as composite characters, except the narrator and the cat.”

June 12, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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FIRST COMES LOVE, THEN COMES MALARIA by Eve Brown-Waite

In FIRST COMES LOVE, THEN COMES MALARIA: How A Peace Corps Poster Boy Won My Heart & A Third World Adventure Changed My Life, Ms. Brown-Waite first chronicles her life prior to joining the Peace Corps. Then she writes of her Peace Corps experience in the late 1980s, and finally she tells of her time with her husband, John, in Uganda, where he worked for CARE.

May 7, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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MY LITTLE RED BOOK by Rachel Kauder Nalebuff

No matter where she lives in the world, a girl greets her first period with a mixture of dismay, joy, relief and apprehension. Even if it is an essential rite of passage for all women, the event is often shrouded in embarrassment and talk about periods is shared in hushed whispers. Until now. An amazingly simple idea—essays about first periods from a variety of women…

April 23, 2009 · Judi Clark · One Comment
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MY LITTLE RED BOOK by Rachel Kauder Nalebuff

A few weeks ago, my mom handed me a solid red book with a picture of pink underwear on the front. My first reaction was: “Great. Another strange book to throw under my bed and forget about.”

April 23, 2009 · Judi Clark · One Comment
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THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF DIETGIRL by Shauna Reid

Shauna Reid’s THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF DIETGIRL is a heartfelt account of her battle to say goodbye forever to her Bonds Cottontails Full Briefs, size 24. At her largest, Reid weighed over three hundred and fifty pounds; her self-esteem was zero. This candid and witty book is written in diary form and is based on a blog that Reid posted on the Internet over a number of years.

April 16, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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