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I am Having So Much Fun Here Without You by Courtney Maum
Married to a French lawyer, Anne, Richard, a British artist, has an affair with an American woman, Lisa, and is found out. This novel chronicles Richards attempts to reclaim his wife’s love, profess his true feelings, and rekindle life’s passion. A good look at marriage and monogamy, and the trials that ensue. ~ Cynthia

RoundHouseThe Round House by Louise Erdrich  PS3555.R42R68
 This novel recounts a tale of a mother’s brutal rape and the efforts a son goes through to find the attacker. Based in the Ojibwe community in North Dakota, legal complications arise from the lack of evidence, the woman’s refusal to speak, and the discrepancies between tribal, federal, and state laws. This is a novel with believable characters, social questions,  and emotional issues, which makes the reader respond. I liked it. ~ Cynthia

Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James
A combination of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice characters and P.D. James mystery writing concocts a story that is appealing to both author’s fans, although I prefer Austen’s writing to James’. The characters are not quite so subtle in this story, nor is the plot so light-footed, with James setting up a brooding mood before any mysterious action takes place. Of interest are the passages where James attempts to explain behaviors and intentions in Austen’s original characters. ~ Cynthia

Serena Serenaby Ron Rash PS3568.A698S47
The author describes the amalgamation it took to forge a new industrialized country: the merging of U.S. banking, lumber, railroads companies, and working unions in the 1800s. All illustrated by the personalities of the main characters. Movie roles will be played by Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. I liked it. ~ Cynthia

Hudson County Community College Hosting Smithsonian Institution’s ‘Hometown Teams’ Exhibit

Multimedia exhibit celebrating America’s love of sports open to the general public for viewing now through September 28th at the College’s North Hudson Higher Education Center; special appearances and events are also scheduled in connection with the exhibit.

Hometown Teams _flyer_Fall 2014 rev 9-4August 20, 2014, Jersey City, NJ – A traveling exhibit that celebrates America’s love of all sports, and the ways local team spirit shapes culture, will be on display at Hudson County Community College (HCCC) North Hudson Higher Education Center now through September 28, 2014.

The Museum on Main Street Program – the Smithsonian Institution’s Traveling Exhibit Service – is presenting Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America, in partnership with the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. The exhibit, which features photographs, memorabilia, and artifacts that tell the story of people interacting with their favorite sports, has been available for viewing at only four other venues in New Jersey –Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center (Little Falls/Montclair), Noyes Arts Garage at Stockton College/Atlantic City Free Public Library, Howell Living History Farm (Titusville), and Bridgeton Public Library. Hudson County Community College is the only county college to be included in the exhibit’s New Jersey itinerary. Four other states have also been chosen to premiere the exhibition, which eventually will make its way through 180 small towns in 30 states over the next five years.

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Legacy of ’56-’57 Dodgers at Roosevelt Stadium Discussion Today

Painting by Paul Lempa

Painting by Paul Lempa

The legacy of the ’56-57 Dodgers and the time during those seasons that they spent at Jersey City’s Roosevelt Stadium will be discussed today, Tuesday 9/16/2014 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hudson County Community College North Hudson Higher Education Center. The discussion, is part of the College’s Hometown Teams Series, and will be held in the Center’s multipurpose room. It features artist Paul Lempa, who will also showcase paintings covering this era, and journalist Jim Hague.

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Painting by Paul Lempa

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YA Fiction @ Main

 

Going Bovine by Libba Bray YAL BRA (Main)510tCyVPEVL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_

Sixteen-year-old slacker Cameron is diagnosed with mad cow disease. In the hospital he is visited by an angel (or hallucination?) named Dulcie who tells him of a possible cure for his illness. The catch? He has to go on a quest to find the evil Dr. X, a mysterious figure who holds the cure AND has plans to destroy the world. Cameron, his friend Gonzo, and an ancient Viking god turned garden gnome (Really!) set off on a trip across the U.S. as he attempts to save the world – and himself. Going Bovine is part fantasy, part road trip novel, and altogether undefinable. It may sound strange but it is an exhilarating, heartfelt, and humorous read.
9802372The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson YAL JOH (Main & NHC) 

Rory Deveaux leaves Louisiana to attend boarding school in London. As if getting settled at a new school in a new city isn’t enough, her arrival coincides with a series of murders believed to be committed by a Jack the Ripper copycat. Rory becomes part of the mystery after being the only witness to see a man that police believe is the prime suspect. Rory quickly becomes his next target and finds herself involved with London’s secret ghost police. The Name of the Star is a clever, high energy thriller that uniquely combines paranormal mystery, contemporary London, and even Ghostbusters. This is the first book in Johnson’s new Shades of London series and the ending is sure to leave you hoping that she hurries up with book two!

speakcvrSpeak by Laurie Halse Anderson YAL AND (Main)

Melinda starts her freshman year of high school as an outcast after a traumatic event causes her to break up an end-of-the-summer party. The novel follows Melinda through her first year of high school. It is told with first-person narration, which gives the reader a strong connection to Melinda and her observations as she struggles with isolation, attempts to come to terms with what has happened to her, and begins to find her voice with the help of an art teacher. Speak is a powerful novel that is sure to stay in your mind for its thoughtful, emotional portrayal of adolescence. Speak is a great introduction to Laurie Halse Anderson’s work. Be sure to check out her other books at the HCCC Library, too: Chains: Seeds of AmericaForgeTwisted, and Fever.

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