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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

eBooks are Summer Reading-Friendly

Don't let that that long trip to the library stop you from getting a start on your summer reading list for school.

So many titles on the Bloomfield Hills High School summer reading list are available to you as eBooks. 

You don't need an eBook reader--watch a video on getting eBooks on your device here.

Here's what you can get from the summer reading list without even getting up off the couch.

And remember, classics such as Frankenstein, Pride & Prejudice, Hamlet and Jane Eyre are
public domain titles which are always available as free downloads at:  http://www.gutenberg.org


Fahrenheit 451 Fahrenheit 451
By Bradbury, Ray2012-01 - Simon & Schuster
9781451673319
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Ray Bradbury's internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future.
Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.
Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family." But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn't live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.
When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.
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Flowers for Algernon Flowers for Algernon
By Keyes, Daniel2004-06 - Harvest Books
9780156030083
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Charlie Gordon is about to embark upon an unprecedented journey. Born with an unusually low IQ, he has been chosen as the perfect subject for an experimental surgery that researchers hope will increase his intelligence-a procedure that has already been highly successful when tested on a lab mouse named Algernon.

As the treatment takes effect, Charlie's intelligence expands until it surpasses that of the doctors who engineered his metamorphosis. The experiment appears to be a scientific breakthrough of paramount importance, until Algernon suddenly deteriorates. Will the same happen to Charlie?

WINNER OF THE HUGO AWARD AND THE NEBULA AWARD
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
By Haddon, Mark2004-05 - Vintage Books
9781400032716 Check Our Catalog
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The Bean Trees The Bean Trees
By Kingsolver, Barbara2013-05 - Harper Perennial
9780062277756 Check Our Catalog
Taylor Greer grew up poor in Kentucky in the '60s and '70s, managed to avoid pregnancy through high school, and earned enough money to buy a Volkswagen that would take her west. …More

19841984
By Orwell, George
Afterword by Fromm, Erich
1983-04 - Plume Books
9780452262935
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Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell's chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, Orwell's narrative is more timely that ever. 1984 presents a "negative utopia," that is at once a startling and haunting vision of the world—so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish.
No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of entire generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions—a legacy that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time
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Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
By Schlosser, Eric2001-01 - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
9780395977897 Check Our Catalog
Winner - 2002 ALA Non-Fiction Notable Selection
To a degree both engrossing and alarming, the story of fast food is the story of postwar America. Schlosser, a National Magazine Award-winning journalist, charts the fast food industry's enormous impact on our health, landscape, economy, politics and culture as he transforms the way America thinks about what it eats.
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Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man and Life's Greatest Lesson Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man and Life's Greatest Lesson
By Albom, Mitch1997-08 - Doubleday Books
9780385484510
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Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago.
He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man's life. Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited with Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final "class": lessons in how to live. Tuesdays with Morrie is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie's lasting gift with the world.
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Things Fall Apart Things Fall Apart
By Achebe, Chinua1994-09 - Anchor Books
9780385474542
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Things Fall Apart tells two intertwining stories, both centering on Okonkwo, a "strong man" of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first, a powerful fable of the immemorial conflict between the individual and society, traces Okonkwo's fall from grace with the tribal world.
The second, as modern as the first is ancient, concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo's world with the arrival of aggressive European missionaries.
These perfectly harmonized twin dramas are informed by an awareness capable of encompassing at once the life of nature, human history, and the mysterious compulsions of the soul.
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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
By Smith, Betty
Foreword by Quindlen, Anna
2001-11 - Harper
9780060001940 Check Our Catalog
A poignant tale of childhood and the ties of family, "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" will transport the reader to the early 1900s where a little girl named Francie dreamily looks out her window at a tree struggling to reach the sky. …More

Black Like Me Black Like Me
By Griffin, John Howard
Photographer Rutledge, Don
Afterword by Bonazzi, Robert
2011-09 - Wings Press (TX)
9780916727680
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On October 28, 1959, John Howard Griffin underwent a transformation that changed many lives beyond his own--he made his skin black and traveled through the segregated Deep South.
His odyssey of discovery was captured in journal entries, arguably the single most important documentation of 20th-century American racism ever written. The story that earned respect from civil rights leaders and death threats from many others endures today as one of the great human--and humanitarian--documents of the era.
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Jane Eyre Jane Eyre
By Bronte, Charlotte
Editor Davies, Stevie
2006-11 - Penguin Books
9780141441146
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Jane Eyre is the story of a small, plain-faced, intelligent, and passionate English orphan. Jane is abused by her aunt and cousin and then attends a harsh charity school. Through it all she remains strong and determinedly refuses to allow a cruel world to crush her independence or her strength of will.
A masterful story of a woman's quest for freedom and love. Jane Eyre is partly autobiographical, and Charlotte Brontë filled it with social criticism and sinister Gothic elements. A must read for anyone wishing to celebrate the indomitable strength of will or encourage it in their growing children.
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Hamlet Hamlet
By Shakespeare, William
Editor Mowat, Barbara A.
Editor Werstine, Paul
2003-07 - Washington Square Press
9780743477123 Check Our Catalog
Folger's Shakespeare Library presents these definitive editions of Shakespeare's classic tragedies, featuring scene-by-scene plot summaries, full explanatory notes, and much more. Original. (Plays/Drama) …More

The Things They Carried The Things They Carried
By O'Brien, Tim1998-01 - Broadway Books
9780767902892 Check Our Catalog

The Things They Carried depicts the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and of course, the character Tim O'Brien who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three. They battle the enemy (or maybe more the idea of the enemy), and occasionally each other. In their relationships we see their isolation and loneliness, their rage and fear. They miss their families, their girlfriends and buddies; they miss the lives they left back home. Yet they find sympathy and kindness for strangers (the old man who leads them unscathed through the mine field, the girl who grieves while she dances), and love for each other, because in Vietnam they are the only family they have. We hear the voices of the men and build images upon their dialogue. The way they tell stories about others, we hear them telling stories about themselves.
With the creative verve of the greatest fiction and the intimacy of a searing autobiography, The Things They Carried is a testament to the men who risked their lives in America's most controversial war. It is also a mirror held up to the frailtyof humanity. Ultimately The Things They Carried and its myriad protagonists call to order the courage, determination, and luck we all need to survive.
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Outliers: The Story of Success Outliers: The Story of Success
By Gladwell, Malcolm2011-06 - Back Bay Books
9780316017930 Check Our Catalog

BookPage Notable Title
In this stunning investigation of success, Gladwell asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? Brilliant and entertaining, "Outliers" is a landmark work that will transform the way success is understood. …More

Pride and Prejudice Pride and Prejudice
By Austen, Jane
Editor Jones, Vivien
Introduction by Tanner, Tony
2002-12 - Penguin Books
9780141439518
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Life, love, romance and what happens next have always been timeless themes. In Jane Austen's famous novel, now the subject of a Bollywood movie, a Hollywood film and a 2004 Christmas DVD release, Jane Austen creates some of the most memorable characters in English romantic literature in the face of the haughty estate owner, Fitzwilliam Darcy and the equally prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet.
Peopled with minor characters such as Mr Collins and Lady Catherine du Bourgh, that live on in the mind long after the last page has been turned Pride & Prejudice is a towering achievement by the most self-effacing author in English Romantic Literature.
Fully intaractive, searchable, with an enhanced CoolZone of weblinks and background info this new, Cool Publications version brings the popular novel to the attention of readers of the digital generation.
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Frankenstein Frankenstein
By Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft
Introduction by Johnson, Diane
1984-05 - Bantam Classics
9780553212471 Check Our Catalog

At this challenge, Mary Shelley began work on the 'ghost story' that was to evolve into the most celebrated horror novel in literary history. Frankenstein was published the next year and become the rage of London. In the generations since, the story of Victor Frankenstein and the monster he created has been read by millions all over the world. It has inspired hundreds of imitations, but it has never been equaled for its masterful manipulation of the elements of horror and suspense. …More

Warriors Don't Cry: The Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High Warriors Don't Cry: The Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High
By Beals, Melba Patillo2007-07 - Simon Pulse
9781416948827 Check Our Catalog

Originally published more than a decade ago, this searing account of the 1957 integration of Central High School in Little Rock--an ALA Nonfiction Book of the Year--is written by one of the black teenagers chosen to become warriors on the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement. …More




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