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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Online Book Club: July Picks

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We've selected three great reads for June. If you would like to join our book discussions, head over to Goodreads - we would love to hear your comments!

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophesies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.  According to the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655,  the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.  So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom suspect the other side has it right—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. 

The Spy Who Came In From the Cold by John Le Carre'.

 In this classic, le Carre's created a world unlike any previously experienced in suspense fiction. With unsurpassed knowledge culled from his years in British Intelligence, le Carre brings to light the shadowy dealings of international espionage in the tale of a British agent who longs to end his career but undertakes one final, bone-chilling assignment. 

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.  Henrietta Lacks, as HeLa, is known to present-day scientists for her cells from her cervical cancer. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, have led to amazing advances in medical research and have been bought and sold by the billions.  This book details the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, discusses the birth of bioethics, leading to questions about ownership over our cells and DNA.

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