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Terrific Narrative Nonfiction

Narrative nonfiction. It’s the trendy name for a type of nonfiction writing that’s been slowly simmering for years. Today, it’s at a full boil. What is it? Narrative nonfiction writers use fiction techniques such as plot, narrative, drama, voice, creativity, and fully-drawn characters to tell a true story or explore a topic. What’s so great [...]

November 6th, 2013
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New Nonfiction

A couple of times a year we like to highlight some of the recent nonfiction that we have added to the Library collection. With the new Common Core standards, many schools are placing new emphasis on nonfiction, and giving these types of terrific books some new attention. Here we have some examples of new narrative [...]

July 24th, 2013
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A Reading List on the Subject of War

 As our  Adult Reading Challenge: Books & Bingo program continues over the next 6 months, I’ll be sharing several different reading lists  based on our Bingo card categories. All of the lists were compiled by Mill Valley Public Library staff. So let’s get to it! Below, I present to you, a reading list on war.  [Feel [...]

July 18th, 2013

One Book One Marin: Packing for Mars–Fin

“Getting humans on Mars is super easy… getting them here alive and not all dead and gross and squished – that’s harder.” – the Mars Sarcastic Rover Thus, we come to the end of our delightfully entertaining and occasionally too-scatological trip through space via Ms. Roach’s Packing for Mars. Final thoughts, anyone? Roach brings up [...]

April 18th, 2013

One Book One Marin: Packing for Mars through Ch. 12

Well folks, we’re quickly approaching the end, and in short, I’m not sure what more Ms. Roach could cover. Our last two titillating chapters covered two popular pastimes: sleep and sex. Take note, all of you bed-lovers–spending too much time horizontally without exercise or weight-bearing motions will lead to a significant decrease in bone density.  [...]

April 12th, 2013

One Book One Marin: Packing For Mars, Chapters 10 and beyond

  Houston, we have a problem…It appears that yours truly has slightly miscalculated the flight speed at which we should be reading. As a result, we’re behind schedule! I apologize for the error–next week’s blog entry will attempt to briefly summarize the book, and psych everyone up for attending the final event, where Mary Roach [...]

April 5th, 2013
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One Book One Marin- Packing for Mars Chapter 8: Animals in Space

I can’t say I really enjoyed this last chapter detailing various space programs and their uses of chimps or dogs in space. I know I’m a softy when it comes to animals, but it makes me pretty uneasy thinking about the testing and the foreign situations these guys must’ve been exposed to, and how utterly [...]

March 29th, 2013

One Book One Marin–Chapter 7: What an Impact!

That was a painful last chapter, eh? Reading about the effects of lateral impacts on your brain (swelling of the axon separating the two lobes? Not good…), or the concern of vibrating organs practically had me curled up in a ball, wincing gingerly as I continued to read. And where in the world do they [...]

March 26th, 2013