The Shaman Laughs by James D. Doss

The Shaman LaughsMoon is no stranger to the mysterious ways of the spirit world. But why is prize livestock being ritualistically butchered in the Canyon of the Spirit? That’s what Granite Creek’s chief of police Scott Parish wants to find out…before human blood begins to spill.

 Enter Moon’s aunt and aging Ute shaman Daisy Perika. For only she who communes with the ancient spirits can truly comprehend the events that have happened upon Native American lands—and the even greater evil that is yet to be unleashed…

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The Utne Reader

Utne Reader and Utne.com are digests of independent ideas and alternative culture. Conversations are presented about everything from the environment to the economy, politics to pop culture.

For more than 20 years, Utne has functioned as a guide to the alternative and independent press. Utne takes in 1,500 magazines, newsletters, journals, weeklies, zines, and other lively dispatches from the cultural front; the sorts of cutting-edge publications you won’t find at the average bookstore or newsstand. Editors glean this material for stories, interviews, and cultural criticism, then edit and reprint the most essential. Instead of buying dozens of magazines to find a few good articles, you can read one packed with the best of the best.

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The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

The LacunaThe story of Harrison William Shepherd, a man caught between two worlds — Mexico and the United States in the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s — and whose search for identity takes readers to the heart of the twentieth century’s most tumultuous events.

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Baking Soda: Over 500 Fabulous, Fun, and Frugal Uses by Vicki Lansky

Baking SodaJust about everything you can do with this great environmentally friendly product is listed in this fun, yet practical compendium. Learn dozens of new uses for baking soda in 15 different categories from Cooking to Hygiene to House Maintenance. Learn how baking soda works and how it became one of America’s most versatile and trusted products.

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All Other Nights by Dara Horn

All Other NightsHow is tonight different from all other nights? For Jacob Rappaport, a Jewish soldier in the Union army, it is a question his commanders have answered for him: on Passover in 1862 he is ordered to murder his own uncle, who is plotting to assassinate President Lincoln. After that night, will Jacob ever speak for himself? The answer comes when his commanders send him on another mission – this time not to murder a spy but to marry one.

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A Captain’s Duty by Richard Phillips

A Captain's DutyIt was just another day on the job for fifty-three-year-old Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama, the United States-flagged cargo ship that was carrying, among other things, food and agricultural materials for the World Food Program.  That all changed when armed Somali pirates boarded the ship.  The pirates didn’t expect the crew to fight back, nor did they expect Captain Phillips to offer himself as hostage in exchange for the safety of his crew. 

Phillips shares details of the events leading up to his harrowing ordeal and remarkable rescue on the high seas.  As Phillips routinely prepared for his East Africa trip, little did he know he would have to put his 30 years of experience as a merchant marine into action. 

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The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

The Lorax
Dr. Suess wrote Lorax in the 1970s as a response to the rapid deforestation of American and global forest. It also was meant as a child’s version of the industrializing world of the 1970s. The Lorax has to be my favorite Dr. Suess story because of the symbolism and message it sends. It is also one of the most controversial Dr. Suess books he’s ever written. In 1980 something there was a huge lawsuit from logging companies, and it pushed them to sponsor a logging friendly childrens story. That has to be my favorite thing about the book, it just demonstrates how far companies are willing to go to keep there reputation and corrupt children. By far the Lorax is my favorite character because he is the only figure watching out for the well being of the wood and animals. As his name states, he repeatly asks for the Once-ler to lower the ax. He stands up for what he believes in even though he is standing alone. The Lorax is a courageous but failing hero of the story. The Lorax has to be my favorite book because of the characters, the message and the lawsuit aimed at it.

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The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Count Of Monte CristoI loved this book. I am beginning to read ‘The Classics’, a daunting task, nonetheless. But this book could be appreciated without a background of classical literature. The plot was thrilling and unique, the writing style original and captivating, and nothing will be written like it again. It had everything a book should have: romance, revenge, action, adventure, heartbreak. I think that is what has made it one of the best books I have ever read.

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