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The Mockingbird Next Door

The Mockingbird Next Door by Marja Mills
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Marja Mills

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of the best loved novels of the twentieth century. But for the last fifty years, the novel’s celebrated author, Harper Lee, has said almost nothing on the record. Journalists have trekked to her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, where Harper Lee, known to her friends as Nelle, has lived with her sister, Alice, for decades, trying and failing to get an interview with the author. But in 2001, the Lee sisters opened their door to Chicago Tribune journalist Marja Mills. This memoir about living next door to Lee and her sister is an “insider’s  peek” into the private Lee’s world.

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B LEE
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Displacement: A Travelogue

Displacement: A Travelogue by Lucy Knisley
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Lucy Knisley

In a book that is part graphic memoir, part travelogue, and part family history, Knisley tries to connect with her grandparents and to reconcile their younger and older selves. She is aided in her quest by her grandfather’s WWII memoir, which is excerpted. Readers will identify with Knisley’s frustration, her fears, her compassion, and her attempts to come to terms with mortality, as she copes with the stress of travel complicated by her grandparents’ frailty.

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B KNISLEY
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Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea’s Elite

Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea’s Elite by Suki Kim
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Suki Kim

Suki Kim is a Korean American writer and journalist who spent two semesters teaching English in North Korea at the country’s first privately funded university, Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST). The story of her time there, and the stories of the students she meets while teaching there, provide an intriguing glimpse into a repressed nation.

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B KIM
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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: & Other Lessons from the Crematory

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: & Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
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Caitlin Doughty

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes tells an unusual coming-of-age story full of bizarre encounters and unforgettable scenes. Caring for dead bodies of every color, shape, and affliction, Caitlin soon becomes an intrepid explorer in the world of the dead. She describes how she swept ashes from the machines (and sometimes onto her clothes) and reveals the strange history of cremation and undertaking, marveling at bizarre and wonderful funeral practices from different cultures. Fresh voice, great treatment of a difficult subject, and a great discussion book.

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B Doughty
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Creativity, Inc.

Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull
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Ed Catmull

In 1986, Ed Catmull co-founded Pixar, a modest start-up with an immodest goal: to make the first-ever computer animated movie. Nine years later, Pixar released Toy Story, which went on to revolutionize the industry, gross $360 million, and establish Pixar as one of the most successful, innovative, and emulated companies on earth. This book details how Catmull built an enduring creative culture -- one that doesn't just pay lip service to the importance of things like honesty, communication, and originality, but committed to them, no matter how difficult that often proved to be. As he discovered, pursuing excellence isn't a one-off assignment. It's an ongoing, day-in, day-out, full-time job. And one he was born to do.

Call Number: 
658.407 CATM
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A Deadly Wandering: a Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention

A Deadly Wandering: a Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention by Matt Richtel
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Matt Richtel

From Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Matt Richtel, a brilliant, narrative-driven exploration of technology’s vast influence on the human mind and society, dramatically-told through the lens of a tragic “texting-while-driving” car crash that claimed the lives of two rocket scientists in 2006.

Call Number: 
363.125 RICH
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The Little Spark: 30 Ways to Ignite Your Creativity

The Little Spark: 30 Ways to Ignite Your Creativity by Carrie Bloomston
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Carrie Bloomston

You were born with a creative spark inside. Do you look at yourself now and wonder if the spark has gone out? Ignite that inner fire with the 30 engaging exercises, fun activities, inspirational images, and motivating ideas in this book. Learn what your Little Spark of creative passion looks like, how to capture it, and how to make room for it in your life. Read the book cover-to-cover and use it as a month-long creative roadmap, or just dip into the exercises as your time and inclination allow. Either way, you will change your life.

Call Number: 
153.53 BLOO
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