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It seems like superheros have taken the world by storm!  These larger-than-life characters fight crime, save lives, and somehow we still relate to them at the end of the day.  If you're a superhero fan, I have a list that will satisfy your need for justice in between movie and comic book releases:

heroHERO
by Mike Lupica
(2010)

Zach's father was a confidante of the president until he was killed by "the bads."  Now Zach is starting to feel changes: sharpening of his senses, incredible strength and speed, and he's beginning to realize his father was no ordinary man. 

 

steelheartSTEELHEART
by Brandon Sanderson
(2013)

This inventive book by rockstar Brandon Sanderson turns the notion of Superheroes on its head, asking the question, "What if people got superhero powers and didn't do good with them?"  David Charleston watched his father die when he was young, all at the hands of a heartless but incredibly powerful "epic."  David wants nothing more than to stop Steelheart, but what chance does he stand? 

 

sooniwillbeSOON I WILL BE INVICIBLE
by Austin Grossman
(2007)

Experience the superhero story from the side of the villain this time!  Doctor Impossible is the world's smartest man with deep thoughts and observations on the world and the people around him, but he won't hesitate to shout, "You'll never take me alive, fools!" when the situation calls for it. 

  

falsememoryFALSE MEMORY
by Dan Krokos
(2012)

Miranda wakes up on a park bench with no memory, and in her panic she releases an energy that incites terror in everyone around her.  Except one boy who doesn't look surprised at all by her ability.  She must trust him in order to find out what has happened to her.

 

legendLEGEND
by Marie Lu
(2011)

June is a prodigy who has been groomed for success in the highest military circles.  Day is the country's most wanted criminal.  When their paths cross and they are forced to work together, they realize they have more in common than meets the eye.

Today is National DNA Day, when we think about the ties and structures that bind us. Though slightly less scientific, here are some fantastic books that focus on the highs and lows of families. 

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Find them in the catalog: 

GILEAD

A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN

I CAPTURE THE CASTLE

Happy birthday/deathday, Shakespeare! If you're looking for ways to celebrate Shakespeare today, tune in to THE WONDER OF WILL LIVE  on C-SPAN 2 at 10 AM MST. In the mean time, here's the Bard, by the numbers:  

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One of my favorite fairytale characters is Cinderella. She is the classic princess. I love everything from her kind heart to her fancy dress and slippers. However, when asked what books I would recommend to Cinderella, here is what I came up with:

how to win friends and influence peopleHOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE
by Dale Carnegie  

Let’s face it. Cinderella is kind…but she is often bullied by her step-family. And as a soon-to-be princess she really needs to know how to gain good political allies at court. This book just might be a step in the right direction to help her navigate relationships with all kinds of people—and hopefully win friends and influence them along the way.

 

every womans guide to foot pain reliefEVERY WOMAN’S GUIDE TO FOOT PAIN RELIEF: THE NEW SCIENCE OF HEALTHY FEET
by Katy Bowman  

Cinderella seems like she has iron feet. I mean, she danced in glass slippers (that are usually depicted as high-heels) for a whole night. And then she lost one shoe and had to trek home (possibly for miles) in one dancing shoe and one bare foot. Needless to say, even if Cindy had some healthy feet before that night, she probably could have used a foot massage and this book.

 

wild mindsWILD MINDS: WHAT ANIMALS REALLY THINK
by Marc D. Hauser  

We all know that Cinderella befriends all sorts of animals. As an animal lover she might enjoy this book. It talks about different animals and all sorts of things from animal emotions to animal communications. And when your best friends are all animals, it might be helpful to understand a bit more about animals and what those instincts or communications may mean.

 

real simple cleaningREAL SIMPLE CLEANING
by Kathleen Squires  

Even if Cinderella is good at cleaning her whole house, this book might still have a few tricks and tips that could make her life easier. And seriously, who wouldn’t want their life to be easier when trying to maintain a huge house alone. Plus, this book also has tips for some of the more modern items that need to be cleaned (like electronics) that poor Cindy might not be as adapt at.

best dance moves in the worldTHE BEST DANCE MOVES IN THE WORLD—EVER! : 100 NEW AND CLASSIC MOVES AND HOW TO BUST THEM
by Matt Pagett  

We all know that Cinderella was a good dancer—I mean the ball is where she captured the heart of her prince after all. But perhaps she would like a book on how to do a few more dance moves than just a waltz or other classical dances. This book will teach Cindy how to “walk like an Egyptian” or “twist” (among other things). And hey, if Cinderella wants to “moonwalk” or head to the “Y.M.C.A.” she can learn about that here as well.

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