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I know, I know, it’s still warm out. But publishing companies want to make sure you have those books you need to get you through those cold winter nights that are just around the corner. Here is the list of upcoming books for the period of September 15 to October 14, 2015. Those are the publishing dates, not the dates they will appear at a library near you.

Historical romances take place before 1945. A heavy emphasis is placed on the development of a romantic relationship. Subgenres include medievals, American West and regencies.

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Jennifer Ashley

The Stolen Mackenzie Bride
Mackenzies series
September 29

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Suzanne Enoch

Some Like it Scot
Scandalous Highlanders series
October 6

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Madeline Hunter

Tall, Dark and Wicked
Wicked series
October 6

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Eva Leigh aka Zoe Archer

Forever Your Earl
Wicked Quills of London series
September 29

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Julie Anne Long

The Legend of Lyon Redmond
Pennyroyal Green series
September 29

Historical Fiction normally takes place before 1945. Focus is on the lives, scandals and issues facing the characters, light emphasis on romance. A large percentage of these stories are fictionalized stories of real people. Phillipa Gregory is a HF author.

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Jane Thynne

The Scent of Secrets
September 15

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Adriana Trigiani

All the Stars in the Heavens
October 13

Contemporary Romance is in modern times; these stories place an emphasis on the development of a romantic relationship. Vary in tone, sensuality and content – may contain light suspense. Settings vary, but most take place in North America.
Mainstream Fiction are usually set in the present day, though occasionally will be set at any time after WWII, and the development of a romantic relationship is not a main focus of the plot. Subgenres include women’s fiction, chick lit, lad lit and literary fiction.

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Corban Addison

The Tears of Dark Water
Mainstream
October 13

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Diane Chamberlain

Pretending to Dance
Mainstream
October 6

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Sonali Dev

The Bollywood Bride
Contemporary Romance
September 29

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Susan Fox

Love Somebody Like You
Caribou Crossing series
Contemporary Romance
September 29

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Elin Hilderbrand

Winter Stroll
sequel to Winter Street
Mainstream
October 13

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Debbie Mason

Snowbound at Christmas
Christmas, Colorado series
Contemporary
September 29

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Kate Meader

Playing with Fire
Hot in Chicago series
Contemporary
September 29

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Jeanette Murray

Against the Ropes
First to Fight series
Contemporary Romance
October 6

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Carla Neggers

A Knights Bridge Christmas
Swift River Valley series
Contemporary Romance
September 29

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Jill Shalvis

All I Want
Animal Magnetism series
Contemporary Romance
October 6

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Fiona Sussman

Another Woman’s Daughter
Mainstream
October 6

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Sherryl Woods

Willow Brook Road
Chesapeake Shores series
Contemporary Romance
September 29

Mysteries take place in different settings and time periods, but solving a mystery (often, but not always, a murder) is the main focus of the plot.
Thrillers take place in all different locations and time periods. The primary focus of the plot revolves around a major threat. Usually there is a time limit in which lives must be saved. These books may include a romantic subplot, but it does not drive the main story.
Suspense takes place in all different settings and time periods. Like mysteries, there is a truth to uncover or a criminal to find, but the why is emphasized as opposed to the who. Romance may be included, but is not the focus.
Romantic Suspense places a heavy emphasis on the development of a romantic relationship as jeopardy, lies, deceit and killers often stalk the hero or heroine. The sensuality and violence varies from book to book depending on the author.

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Tasha Alexander

The Adventuress
Lady Emily series
Mystery
October 13

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Laurien Berenson

The Bark Before Christmas
Melanie Travis series
Mystery
September 29

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Heather Blake

Ghost of a Potion
Magic Potion Mystery series
Mystery
October 6

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Jessica Clare

Jen Frederick

Last Hope
Hitman series
Romantic Suspense
September 29

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Catherine Coulter

J.T. Ellison

The End Game
A Brit in the FBI series
Suspense
September 15

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John Fortunato

Dark Reservations
Debut
Mystery
October 13

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Peter James

Your are Dead
Roy Grace series
Mystery
October 6

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Iris Johansen

Shadow Play
Eve Duncan series
Suspense
September 29

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Jon Land

Strong Light of Day
Caitlin Strong series
Thriller
October 13

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Anne Perry

Corridors of the Night
William Monk series
Mystery
September 15

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Julie Rowe

Lethal Game
Biological Response Team series
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Romantic Suspense
October 12

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Karin Slaughter

Pretty Girls
Thrillers
September 29

Paranormal Romance takes place in all different settings and time periods. The focus of the plot is on the effect of supernatural or paranormal elements on the characters’ lives as they pursue a romantic relationship. Usually vampire, werewolf, shapeshifters, ghosts involved in romance.
Fantasy takes place in all different settings and time periods. The focus of the plot is primarily on the effect of magical elements on the characters’ lives, often while the characters are on a quest. Some popular themes are historical fantasy, mythical creatures and magical abilities.
Science Fiction takes place in all different settings and time periods. The focus of the plot is primarily on the effect of science innovations, or imagined scientific principles, on the characters lives.
Urban Fantasy are most often told in first-person narration. This person has to deal with supernatural and paranormal elements that are incorporated into our own world. The tales usually continue throughout a series rather than being finished in a single book. These novels are most frequently set in contemporary times, often in large urban areas. Strong women are a feature in this genre.

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Jim Butcher

The Aeronaut’s Windlass
The Cinder Spires series
Fantasy
September 29

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Jan DeLima

Autumn Moon
Celtic Wolves series
Paranormal
September 29

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Jacquelyn Frank

Bound by Sin
Immortal Brothers series
Paranormal
September 29

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Laura Anne Gilman

Silver on the Road
The Devils West series
Fantasy
October 6

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Heather Graham

The Hidden
Krewe of Hunters series
Paranormal
September 29

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Ann Leckie

Ancillary Mercy
Imperial Radch trilogy
Science Fiction
October 6

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Erin Lindsey

The Bloodforged
Bloodbound series
Fantasy
September 29

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Ilana C. Myer

Last Song Before Night
Fantasy
September 29

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Diana Rowland

White Trash Zombie Gone Wild
White Trash Zombie series
Urban Fantasy
October 6

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Greg Van Eekhout

Dragon Coast
Sequel to  California Bonesand Pacific Fire
Fantasy
September 15

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Rachel Vincent

Menagerie
Menagerie series
Fantasy
September 29

Young Adult books generally focus on teenage heroes and heroines and can be part of any subgenre.

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Kelley Armstrong

The Masked Truth
Suspense
October 13

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Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows
Grisha trilogy spinoff
Fantasy
September 29

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Kendare Blake

Ungodly
Fantasy
September 22

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Sarah Crossan

One
September 15

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Alex Flinn

Mirrored
Paranormal
September 15

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Aaron Hartzler

What We Saw
Debut
September 22

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Julie Murphy

Dumplin’
September 15

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Sarah Prineas

Ash & Bramble
September 15

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Ransom Riggs

Library of Souls
Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series
Paranormal
September 22

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Sherry Thomas

The Immortal Heights
Elemental trilogy
Fantasy
October 13

Erotica takes place in different settings and time periods. The focus of the story is evolves around a variety of sexual exploits and not always is there a “happily ever after.”

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Jackie Ashenden

You Are Mine
Circle Nine series
October 6

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Shayla Black

Wicked for You
Wicked Lovers series
October 6

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Sarah Castille

Sinner’s Steel
Sinner’s Tribe Motorcycle Club series
October 6

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HelenKay Dimon

Mine
Holton Woods series
October 6

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Christina Lauren

Dark Wild Night
Wild seasons series
September 15

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M. O’Keefe

Everything I Left Unsaid
Everything I Left Unsaid series
October 13

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Meredith Wild

Hard Love
Hacker series
September 15

Inspirational Fiction take place across many different time periods and genres. Most contain strong religious themes and are predominantly Christian. Rarely are sex scenes included in these stories. However, some novels in the subcategories of suspense and thriller may contain some scenes of violence.

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Ted Dekker

A.D. 33
Historical
October 6

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Lynne Gentry

Valley of Decision
The Carthage Chronicles series
Historical
September 15

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Shelley Shepherd Gray

A Wedding at Orange Blossom Inn
Amish Brides of Pinecraft series
September 15

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Lisa Harris

Vendetta
Nikki Boyd Files series
Suspense
September 29

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Dorothy Love

A Respectable Actress
Historical
October 13

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Kim Vogel Sawyer

When Love Returns
Old Order Mennonites of Arborville series
September 22

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Lauraine Snelling

Streams of Mercy
Songs of Blessing series
Historical
October 6

World War II Legacies

WWII bk coverI love reading about World War II. It’s not the battle tactics, the strategies, or the overall historical views that interest me; it’s the personal stories. The books I love the most are those which focus on ordinary people who are thrown into incredibly difficult situations. Combatants and civilians alike have told amazing stories of bravery, treachery, suffering, heroism, love, and hatred.

Local author Kayleen Reusser is passionate about preserving the stories of WWII veterans. She has compiled stories from veterans living in this area in her new book World War II Legacies: Stories of Northeast Indiana Veterans. On September 3, the Dupont library will launch a new monthly program — also called World War II Legacies — facilitated by Kayleen Reusser and featuring local WWII veterans telling their stories. Join us on the first Thursday of each month at 6:00 at the Dupont branch.

In the meantime, check out some of my other favorite WWII books.

berlin Margarete Dos’ Letters from Berlin tells an important story — that of an average German family living through the war in Berlin and, later, living as prisoners in a Russian gulag. We cannot truly understand a war unless we see the stories from all sides.

tearsI was devastated by Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath by Michael Norman and Elizabeth Norman. Before reading this one, I had no idea of the horrors that American prisoners endured at the hands of the Japanese. The men who survived the march ended up in prison camps, where they suffered through months of starvation, disease, and torture.

ghost soldiersHampton Sides’ Ghost Soldiers: The Forgotten Epic Story of World War II’s Most Dramatic Mission describes the secret mission to rescue Bataan Death March survivors being held in Japanese prison camps on the Philippine island of Luzon.

In We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of American Nurses Trapped on Bataan by the Japanese, angelsElizabeth Norman tells the stories of women who served as nurses in the war. These amazing women cared for the injured and sick men while enduring starvation, disease, and injuries of their own.

old breedWith the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa was one of two books which formed the basis for the TV series The Pacific. Eugene Sledge writes of his experiences in two of the bloodiest battles of the war.

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With a distinct hard rock bent, Wasted on the Dream, JEFF the Brotherhood’s latest album, feels to be channeling some quite well-known rock acts including but not limited to Ozzy Osborne and Jethro Tull, (BTW, not just channeling, that eyebrow raising flute riff on the title track: ACTUALLY Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull…), not to mention (and I really wish I didn’t have to) Kid Rock (icky) and, uh, Yellowcard? (meh).  Now, I listened to this album for the first time pretty early in the morning and I was a little strung out on coffee.  That said, I really wish Karaoke, TN and Coat Check Girl had not happened.  I don’t get it, that’s all.  Was it some sort of intellectual, rock music survey album gimmick?  Do the Brotherhood really appreciate lyrical cretinism and teenagey, melodramatic vocals?  Can JEFF and I still be Facebook friends!?! … Absolutely.  They’ve really put together quite a great album.  I mean, IAN ANDERSON!

Suggested Use: Feeling rowdy?  Need a little simultaneous stimulation of your intellect and your baser nature.  Pop this disc in and take your evening (or morning) to the next level.  See disclaimer below.

Utilize with caution.  Guaranteed to influence your inner 12-year-old towards misbehavior.

We’ve all heard the cliché about books being able to transport us to another time and place. And like most clichés, it’s a cliché because it’s true. There’s nothing like a book to transport you to somewhere you’ve never been. Sometimes books take us somewhere we could go, if we had enough time off work and money for the plane ticket. But sometimes, books take us somewhere that exists only in the imagination of the author, and those are often the places we would most like to visit. So here’s a list of a few places I would love to go see, if only they were real.

Hogwarts from the Harry Potter books by J.K Rowlingharrypotter

Moving staircases, potion-making, friendly ghosts, spell casting, a Forbidden Forest, and house elves to do your laundry. Who wouldn’t want to go to school at Hogwarts? (Minus the evil megalomaniac trying to take over the world and kill all the Muggles, of course.)

Twelve Oaks from Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchellgonewiththewind

The equally loved and despised Scarlett O’Hara may have lived at Tara, but it’s Ashley Wilkes’ antebellum home that I would most like to see. While the movie version of Gone with the Wind presents Tara as a classic Southern plantation home, the book describes it differently, saying “the house had been built according to no architectural plan whatever, with extra rooms added when and where it seemed convenient.” Twelve Oaks, on the other hand, is described as “tall of columns, wide of verandas, flat of roof, beautiful as a woman is beautiful who is so sure of her charm that she can be generous and gracious to all. Scarlett loved Twelve Oaks even more than Tara, for it had a stately beauty, a mellowed dignity that Gerald’s house [Tara] did not possess.”

Pemberley (Darcy’s home) from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austenprideandprejudice

When Elizabeth Bennet goes to tour Pemberley, she has already thoroughly and emphatically rejected a marriage proposal from its owner. Upon seeing the house she thinks, “And of this place … I might have been mistress! With these rooms I might now have been familiarly acquainted! Instead of viewing them as a stranger, I might have rejoiced in them as my own.” It must be quite the house to make her show a bit of regret over a man she turned down with such intense conviction. (Okay, we know she really liked him deep down, but still, the house must have been pretty great.)

Avonlea from the Anne books by L.M. Montgomeryanne

The fictional town of Avonlea is set in the actual province of Prince Edward Island in Canada, which is known to be an exceptionally beautiful place. But beyond that, Montgomery paints a picture of a charmingly old-fashioned little town, where friends and neighbors are noisy and opinionated, but ultimately helpful and reliable when one is in need; life is simple (or at least simpler); and days and seasons pass gently and quietly. A week or two there sounds just like the vacation I need!

The Gatsby Mansion from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgeraldthegreatgatsby

If The Great Gatsby teaches us anything, it’s that money can’t buy happiness. And while I wouldn’t want to live the life of the filthy rich during the Roaring Twenties, I would love to take a peek into their lifestyle and get a tour of Gatsby’s mansion.

So, how about you? Which fictional place would you love to visit?

We are constantly being warned about the food we eat and the beverages we drink.  Almost daily headlines warn of contaminated poultry, harmful additives in processed food, or dangerous levels of caffeine in energy drinks. Creative, deceptive advertising adds to our confusion — when is “natural” not natural?  Oreo-Thins, anyone?

Bone to PickAt least we can pay just as much attention to watchdogs of the food industry; those who look out for the consumer’s best interest and do their research. One such watchdog is Mark Bittman, the New York Times’ only columnist to cover the “food beat.” His latest book, A Bone to Pick, is a collection of columns from 2011-2014.  The contents can be treated like a buffet, sampled here and there, in no particular order.  The selections are thoughtful, enlightening, erudite, with touches of wit. They often produce “a-ha” moments or food for thought:

“It comes down to eat more fruit and vegetables and less junk and red meat.  But, most people don’t.”

“Rule of thumb: avoid anything that didn’t exist 100 years ago.  Eat a dried apricot (1 ingredient) rather than a fruit roll-up (13 ingredients, numbers 2, 3, and 4 of which are sugar of forms of added sugar.)”

“Food companies are well aware of the health crisis their products cause, and recognize that the situation is unsustainable.”

“When people cook their own food, they make better choices.  We should provide food education for children … and cooking classes for anyone who wants them.”

“Lawns are an attempt to dominate and homogenize nature. Gardens, however, are “constantly reminding us of the complexities and poetry of growing food and eating.”

Take a look at what you eat, how you shop, and what you order in restaurants.  Enjoy sampling A Bone to Pick, and read until you’re satisfied but not stuffed.

William Faulkner!

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I’m gonna have to read more of this dude.  And not just because he’s got another Pulitzer win coming up in a decade or so of Pulitzers.  But because in about 35 pages of this first Pulitzer win of his from 1955, A Fable, he put to rest any real doubts I had about him as a writer I could appreciate.  Look, I read As I Lay Dying in college and that stream-of-consciousness stuff is not so much for me, and since that was the only Faulkner I had ever read I was worried that he might not have any range beyond achingly annoying, pseudo-insightful internal monologues.  I stand with anxiety assuaged.

I’m happy to think that my enjoyment and esteem of this novel, this “fable” would have made Faulkner very glad.  He seems to have considered it his masterpiece, though the world of critics has given it the status of only a “lesser novel” (and now I am driven to arrive at my own conclusions).  I suppose A Fable could be seen as a little pedantic, perhaps lacking some subtle element of humanity that exists in other works, and yet I found it so much less pretentious than his cluttered, jerky, unceasing stream-of-consciousness gimmick.  Again, sure, I could have gone in for shorter sentences, better antecedents, and less use of the word “myriad” in A Fable, but overall I was delighted to be holding such a work in my hands, absorbing its intellectual and visceral examination of war and power, belief and memory, all against the backdrop of one of the bloodiest, most miserable international conflicts the world has ever seen: WWI.

So, though I’ll clearly be avoiding As I Lay Dying (hopefully the stylistic exception and not the rule for Faulkner’s catalog) this post is really all about the good news of my new found hope in William.  I thought I might need some new or just some different eyes to be able to jump on the Bill Train, but I have found that the eyes I have are adequate, and I’ll be coming back to Bill.  He has shown me his soul and I have found it exceptional, even if a little vain.

The Internet says the fact I don’t feel comfortable around dogs indicates I have a high percentage of Neanderthal DNA and am thereby a less evolved human being. Or words to that effect.

The InvadersActually, this is pretty cool. The dog-loving blogger was riffing humorously off a recent book by anthropologist Pat Shipman called The Invaders that suggests Neanderthals died out partly because they didn’t go to the dogs. Or rather, that modern humans — the invaders — figured out how to domesticate wolf puppies into a “wolf-dog” sub-species. Given that the humans had missile weapons, they and their canine allies were able to track down and kill a lot more big animals than Neanderthals could manage in a harsh climate. The canines also could help protect large stores of mammoth meat from other predators, including Neanderthals. Bottom line: the Neanderthals couldn’t compete successfully for food and quickly died out, maybe 40,000 years ago.

Shipman’s ideas put wolf domestication tens of thousands of years earlier than the standard beliefs, and that’s part of the fun.  Of course, this is just a new theory, and the scarcity of evidence may leave it open to question indefinitely, but it’s a joy to read popular science and gain a bit more insight into how pre-history unfolded and the universe may work. The library has thousands of items to feed that joy.

This summer I’m listening to The Origin and Evolution of Earth, a lecture series by mineralogist Robert Hazen. It’s full of interesting (and not-so-interesting) facts about rocks and chemistry and life, but the part that wowed me was hearing that the moon has been going away from Earth for 4 billion years. (Maybe that’s old news to you, but I’m just catching up on the leap in lunar science made possible by the moon landings.) The leading theory says that after it was formed by a planetoid collision with Earth, the moon was less than one-tenth the distance from Earth that it is today. Meanwhile, the Earth was spinning much faster. Imagine the storms! Imagine the moon rises!

Long ago I realized my life will end with huge scientific questions still unresolved, but it’s still exciting to be alive in a time when so much more is being learned than was known before. When I was a child, few scientists believed the continents could move; now it is a given that plate tectonics is one of the fundamental processes of our planet. It’s not quite on a par with living during the Copernican Revolution, but I’m not complaining.

Since you’ve read this far into my rave, give us a visit at the Business, Science & Technology Department and let us turn you on to new science books. Or drop us a line below to tell what amazes you about what is being learned — or at least theorized — today.

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