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Read, Watch, Listen: Space Edition

Forty-eight years ago this month, mankind landed on the moon – an achievement that over 600 million people watched live. Of course, the space age didn’t begin or end with the journey of Apollo 11 – and many would argue that humans have always and will always search beyond the Earth for answers. There’s just something about the Final Frontier that holds an attraction for humans – read, watch, or listen to one of the following to “explore” this theme a little more.

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READ

The Right Stuff – Tom Wolfe

  • The moments of grandeur and weakness, the aspirations, and the problems of America’s astronauts are revealed in an exploration of the dimensions of their inner lives in space, on the moon, and on the earth.

Dark Side of the Moon: The Magnificent Madness of the American Lunar Quest – Gerard J. DeGroot

  • Discusses the myths constructed by the Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson administrations that were used to exploit American fears of what Russians would do in space.

Amazing Stories of the Space Age: True Tales of Nazis in Orbit, Soldiers on the Moon, Orphaned Martian Robots, and Other Fascinating Accounts from the Annals of Spaceflight – Rod Pyle

  • Accompanied by rarely seen photos and illustrations, an insider’s perspective reveals the most unusual and bizarre space missions ever devised inside and outside of NASA during a time when nothing was too off-the-wall to be taken seriously, and the race to the moon and the threat from the Soviet Union trumped all other considerations.

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WATCH

Hidden Figures

  • The story of a group of African-American female mathematicians who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history.

For All Mankind

  • A chronicle on mankind‘s journey to the moon, using no narration, only the voices of the astronauts and mission control.

Cosmos

  • This documentary series explores the history of science and how we found our place in the cosmos.

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LISTEN

Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon – Craig Nelson

  • Recreates the story of the Apollo 11 moon mission through interviews, NASA oral histories, and declassified CIA documents.

Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void – Mary Roach

  • Describes the weirdness of space travel, answers questions about the long-term effects of living in zero gravity on the human body, and explains how space simulations on Earth can provide a preview to life in space.

Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon – Jeffrey Kluger

  • Citing the space race, Cold War and 1967 Apollo 1 tragedy, a riveting account of the harried mission to use an untested rocket to secure America’s position as the first nation to reach the moon reveals the dangers endured by its crew and the ways the mission brought inspiration and renewal to an America ravaged by assassinations and war.

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Take Ten: Unusual Map Books

The summer is a time for road trips – but you don’t even have to get gas if you decide on some armchair travel. Plus, who needs the hassle of all of those fold-up maps when you can use one of the following books of beautiful and unusual maps. Instead of dealing with traffic and noisy backseat drivers, escape to other worlds (and times)…

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Atlas Obscura – Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, Ella Morton*

  • Wonder meets wanderlust in an extraordinary new travel book: Atlas Obscura is the bucket-list guide to over 700 of the most unusual, curious, bizarre, and mysterious places on earth.

Atlas of Cursed Places: A Travel Guide to Dangerous and Frightful Destinations – Olivier Le Carrer*

  • Profiles forty locations across the globe that have come to be known for the horrific deeds done there, their mysterious inhabitants, and the paranormal activities witnessed there, including Aokigahara, Strait of Messina, and Poveglia.

Atlas of Lost Cities: A Travel Guide to Abandoned and Forsaken Destinations – Aude de Tocqueville

  • A look at places at the rise and fall of notable cities and lesser-known places that no longer exist. Beautiful, original artwork shows the location of the lost cities and depicts how they looked when they thrived.

Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Never Set Foot on and Never Will – Judith Schalansky

  • Visually stunning and uniquely designed, this wondrous book captures fifty islands that are far away in every sense-from the mainland, from people, from airports, and from holiday brochures.

Great City Maps

  • A beautifully illustrated history of the world’s most celebrated historical city maps, from the hubs of ancient civilization to sprawling modern mega-cities, created in association with the Smithsonian Institution.

Our Dumb World: The Onion’s Atlas of the Planet Earth

  • Features incorrect statistics on all of the Earth’s 168, 182, or 196 independent nations. It also features maps, including a fold-out world map at actual size.

Picturing America: The Golden Age of Pictorial Maps – Stephen J. Hornsby

  • Hornsby has unearthed the most fascinating and visually striking maps the United States has to offer: Disney cartoon maps, college campus maps, kooky state tourism ads, World War II promotional posters, and many more.

Plotted: A Literary Atlas -Andrew DeGraff

  • A wide-ranging collection of maps—all inspired such literary classics as The Odyssey, Hamlet, Pride and Prejudice, Invisible Man, Lord of the Flies, A Wrinkle in Time, Watership Down, The Handmaid’s Tale and more—offers readers a new way of looking at their favorite fictional worlds.

Vargic’s Miscellany of Curious Maps: Mapping the Modern World – Martin Vargic

  • This wonderful and strange atlas is a treasure trove of interesting, unexpected and bizarre facts – a glorious celebration of our big beautiful diverse world.

The Works: Anatomy of a City – Kate Ascher

  • Offers a cross section of the hidden infrastructure of cities around the world, using beautiful, innovative graphic images combined with short, clear text explanations to answer all the questions about the way things work in a modern city.

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Summer Reading Continues!

We’ve still got another 3 more weeks of summer reading, so keep up with your challenges and activities! We’ve given out less than half the prizes, so there are still tees, totes, and more up for grabs. Plus, that Grand Prize is still waiting…

Download the chart or drop by the Library, and work on getting those tickets! And, don’t forget to attend summer events to get even more tickets – check out the calendar here.

New App Alert!

Two of our popular digital resources will now be accessible in one app!

One-Click Digital (e-audiobooks) and Zinio (e-magazines) are now combined in the new “RBDigital” app. Once you’ve downloaded the app, you’ll be prompted to enter your username and password. Because TFPL offers both services, you’ll be able to enter both of your accounts, with the ability to switch between the two within the same app.
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Here is a guide that will help you merge your accounts/profiles. But, if you need help, bring in your device and we’ll walk you through it!

The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers 1980

Take some time out of your busy day to hop into the Way Back Machine and travel with us to 1980. We can’t guarantee the weather will improve, but at least we can mock the crazy fashion choices to make us feel better (just don’t look in the closet when you return back to 2017…)

If you can remember that far back, you might recall

Of course, if you can remember that far back, you might also recollect the books that made it to the New York Times Best Sellers list for the week of June 22. If not, here they are…

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FICTION

1. The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

2. Princess Daisy by Judith Krantz

3. Random Winds by Belva Plain

4. Kane & Abel by Jeffrey Archer

5. The Ninja by Eric Van Lustbader

6. No Love Lost by Helen Van Slyke

7. Innocent Blood by P.D. James

8. The Devil’s Alternative by Frederick Forsyth

9. The Bleeding Heart by Marilyn French

10. The Spike by Arnaud de Borchgrave and Robert Moss

11. Portraits by Cynthia Freeman

12. Back Bay by William Martin

13. Whip Hand by Dick Francis

14. Smiley’s People by John Le Carré

15. Hungry as the Sea by Wilbur Smith

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NONFICTION

1. Thy Neighbor’s Wife by Gay Talese

2. Free to Choose by Milton & Rose Friedman

3. Men in Love by Nancy Friday

4. The Third Wave by Alvin Toffler

5. Will by G. Gordon Liddy

6. Jim Fixx’s Second Book of Running by James F. Fixx

7. Donahue by Phil Donahue

8. The Real War by Richard Nixon

9. Anatomy of an Illness by Norman Cousins

10. The Brethren by Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong

11. Heartsounds by Martha Weinman Lear

12. War Within and Without by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

13. How You Can Become Financially Independent by Investing in Real Estate by Albert J. Lowry

14. The Book of Lists #2 by Irving Wallace, David Wallechinsky, Amy Wallace and Sylvia Wallace

15. Aunt Erma’s Cope Book by Erma Bombeck

 

Construction of Landmarks in Fiction

Boring subject heading, I know – but a fascinating topic!

Take Ten: That Girl is Poison…

When we talk about female killers – especially serial killers – we almost inevitably talk about poison. Historically, poison is the preferred weapon for women, possibly because they have been the ones to prepare meals, making adding a little something to food or beverages convenient and quiet. And even women who are killing off fictional people – led by Grand Dame Agatha Christie – have become experts in death by poison. The books below offer a look at the slow, eerie ends of those who come into contact with all sorts of interesting toxins – and the women who are responsible for them…

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A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie – Kathryn Harkup

  • Investigates the poisons Christie employs in fourteen of her mysteries, discussing why the poisons kill, how they interact, obtainability of such poisons, and which cases may have inspired Christie’s stories.

The Case of Madeleine Smith – Rick Geary

  • In comic book format, an upper-class woman and a man of lower standing engage in a scandalous secret affair in nineteenth-century Scotland, but the relationship comes to an end when the man is murdered by poison.

City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris – Holly Tucker

  • Draws on transcripts, letters and diaries to chronicle how an epidemic of murder in the late 1600s led to Nicolas de La Reynie’s appointment as Paris’s first police chief, the installation of lanterns that turned Paris into the City of Light and the investigations in the criminal underground that implicated Louis XIV’s mistress.

The Devil’s Rooming House: The True Story of America’s Deadliest Female Serial Killer – M. William Phelps

  • Profiles the owner of a rooming house in Windsor, Connecticut, who was accused of murdering two husbands and sixty-six sickly “inmates” between 1911 and her arrest 1916.

Did She Kill Him?: A Torrid Story of Adultery, Arsenic, and Murder in Victorian England* – Kate Colquhuon

  • Tells the story of a young Southern belle, her older British husband, and the addiction, deception and adultery that keeps readers asking to the very last page, “Did she kill him?”

Female Serial Killers* – Don Rauf

  • A look at the psychology of women who kill.

Lady Bluebeard: The True Story of Love and Marriage, Death and Flypaper* – William C. Anderson

  • The story of the investigation behind the conviction of Lyda Southard, Twin Falls’s resident female serial killer.

The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York – Deborah Blum

  • Chronicles the story of New York City’s first forensic scientists to describe Jazz Age poisoning cases, including a family’s inexplicable balding, Barnum and Bailey’s Blue Man, and the crumbling bones of factory workers.

Trials of Passion: Crimes Committed in the Name of Love and Madness – Lisa Appignanensi*

  • An examination of three cases, including one focusing on Christiana Edmunds, who poisoned her lover’s wife and many others.

Women Who Kill – Ann Jones

  • A study of women murderers in America from precolonial times to the present reveals a social history of the United States in terms of the women who murdered and their crimes.

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