Best of Lists 2015 Roundup Summer Reading


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Summer is almost here, that golden time when you get to CHOOSE what books you read.:) Kirkwood Library Services is here to help you with those choices. Here’s a collection of books that were listed on various best of lists for 2015. Take a look and find what interests you and check it out.

Call Number: Graphic Novel 741.5 J324r Title: Roller Girl Author: Victoria Jamieson

Call Number: 305.896 S982b Title: Between the World and Me Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates

Call Number: 338.4 B396e Title: Empire of Cotton: A Global History Author: Sven Beckert

Call Number: 394.12 M392c Title: Combat-Ready Kitchen: How the U.S. Military Shapes the Way You Eat Author: Anastacia Marx de Salcedo

Call Number: 629.409 D282L Title: Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight Author: Margaret Lazarus Dean

Call Number: 636.3 R289s Title: The Shepherd’s Life Author: James Rebanks

Call Number: 664.006 K628h Title: Homemade for Sale: How to Set Up and Market a Food Business From Your Home Kitchen Authors: Lisa Kivirist and John D. Ivanko

Call Number: 779.092 M282h Title: Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs Author: Sally Mann

Call Number: 780.92 A548s Title: Symphony for the city of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad Author: M.T. Anderson

Call Number: 791.45 M296b Title: Becoming Maria: A Memoir Author: Sonia Manzano
NOTE: As in Maria on Sesame Street.

Call Number: 811.54 M571h Title: James Merrill: Life and Art Author:Langdon Hammer

Call Number: 813.54 B792h Title: The Harder They Come Author: T.C. Boyle

Call Number: 813.6 H182c Title: City on Fire Author: Garth Risk Hallberg

Call Number: 813.6 S344h Title: The Hired Girl Author: Laura Amy Schlitz

Call Number: 959.704 S43m Title: Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War Author: Steve Sheinkin

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.


Extended Hours for Finals Spring 2016


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In order to serve you better during the lead up to finals, Kirkwood Library Services is offering extended hours at the Cedar Rapids – Main Campus Library. The Iowa City Campus Library will maintain their normal hours. BOTH library locations will be offering FREE coffee and hot tea during finals week May 4th-6th and 9th-10th on a first come first served basis (supplies limited). Cedar Rapids will also offer free lemonade. So be sure to include the library in your study plan and test prep.

Mon., May 2nd – Thurs., May 5th

7:30 am – 12 Midnight

Fri., May 6th

7:30 am – 5:00 pm

Sat., May 7th

8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Sun., May 8th

3:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Mon., May 9th

7:30 am – 12 Midnight

Tues., May 10th

7:30 am – 9:30 pm

Wed., May 11th

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Begin Summer Break Hours

New Books: Odds and Ends 26



From time to time, when we get a collection of related books into the library we like to share a list on a particular topic, but lately we’ve had some books  come in that are too good not to share, even if they don’t fit with a particular theme. These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.

Call Number: PB 813.6 H163g Title: The Goodbye Season Author: Marian Hale

Call Number:071.73 M621d Title: The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America Author: Ethan Michaeli

Call Number: 133.43 H645d Title: A Delusion of Satan Author: Frances Hill

Call Number: 152.4 F251b Title: Beyond Bullying: Breaking the Cycle of Shame, Bullying, and Violence Author: Jonathan Fast

Call Number: 158.1 S982b Title: Black Box Thinking: Why Most People Never Learn From Their Mistakes – But Some Do Author: Matthew Syed

Call Number: 297.272 H669h Title: Heretic: Why Islam Needs A Reformation Now Author: Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Call Number: 305.48 D228g Title: The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My mother’s Hidden Life Author: Jasmin Darznik

Call Number: 305.8 J339w Title: The Wilmington Ten: Violence, Injustice, and the Rise of Black Politics in the 1970s Author: Kenneth Robert Jankken

Call Number: 306.874 M387s Title: American Fatherhood: A Cultural History Author: Lawrence R. Samuel

Call Number: 332.02 O447p Title: Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry Author: Helaine Olen

Call Number: 338.7 M177f Title: Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local — and Helped Save an American Town Author: Beth Macy

Call Number: 345.744 B167s Title: A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience Author: Emerson W. Baker

Call Number: 362.102 S468o Title: 101+ Careers in Public Health (2nd ed) Author: Beth Seltzer

Call Number: 364.36 N422r Title: A Return to Justice: Rethinking Our Approach to Juveniles in the System Author: Ashley Nellis

Call Number: 371.826 K169e Title: Education and Immigration Authors: Grace Kao, Elizabeth Vaquera, and Kimberly Goyette
NOTE: About effects of education here on immigrants and immigrants effects on our education system.

Call Number: 394.12 M392c Title: Combat-Ready Kitchen: How the U.S. Military Shapes the Way You Eat Author: Anastacia Marx de Salcedo

Call Number: 579.3 D441w Title: Welcome to the Microbiome: Getting to Know the Trillions of Bacteria and Other Microbes In, On, and Around You Authors: Rob DeSalle and Susan L. Perkins

Call Number: 615.782 C335s Title: Stoned: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana Author: David Casarett

Call Number: 616.89 B691w Title: When the Sun Bursts: The Enigma of Schizophrenia Author: Christopher Bollas

Call Number: 641.877 K538t Title: Tea, Coffee, and Chocolate: How We Fell in Love with Caffeine Author: Melanie King

Call Number: 649.109 B959n Title: The Nanny Time Bomb: Navigating the Crisis in Child Care Author: Jacalyn S. Burke

Call Number: 664.006 K628h Title: Homemade for Sale: How to Set Up and Market a Food Business From Your Home Kitchen Authors: Lisa Kivirist and John D. Ivanko

Call Number: 792.02 B792g Title: Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster Author: Kristen Johnston
NOTE: Best known for her role on Third Rock from the Sun, Johnston talks about battling alcoholism.

Call Number: 796.332 E135g Title: The Game’s Not Over: In Defense of Football Author: Gregg Easterbrook

Call Number: 954.035 A533s Title: Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary Author: Anita Anand

Call Number: 956.91 W295b Title: Black Flags: The Rise of Isis Author: Joby Warrick

Call Number: 972.1 T69b Title: Border Odyssey: Travels along the U.S./Mexico Divide Author: Charles D. Thompson Jr.

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.

New Books: Business



We’ve recently been working on updating our business and economics section. Here are some of the books we’ve added. These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.

Call Number: 158.1 O524w Title: What Is Your What?: Discover the ONE Amazing Thing You Were Born to Do Author: Steve Olsher

Call Number: 330 C456e Title: Economics: The User’s Guide Author: Ha-Joon Chang

Call Number: 330.122 K768c Title: Capitalism: A Short History Author: Jurgen Kocka

Call Number: 332.02 O447p Title: Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry Author: Helaine Olen

Call Number: 338.6 G813m Title: Minority Business Success: Refocusing on the American Dream Authors: Leonard Greenhalgh and James H. Lowry

Call Number: 650.071 I81b Title: Best Business Schools’ Admissions Secrets (Updated Edition) Author: Chioma Isiadinso

Call Number: 650.1 K765e Title: The 80/20 Principle: The Secret of Achieving More With Less Author: Richard Koch

Call Number: 650.1 Z51s Title: Successful Time Management for Dummies Author: Dirk Zeller

Call Number: 650.11 C666t Title: Time Management Magic: How to Get More Done Every Day More From Surviving to Thriving Author: Lee Cockerell

Call Number: 658.4 S571n Title: Negotiating for Success: Essential Strategies and Skills Author: George Siedel

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.

Earth Day Books 2016


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Do you know everything you can recycle just by dropping them in the blue Kirkwood yardies distributed around campus? Check out the information about the program, including a list of what can go in those familiar containers:

Check out these books on ecology related titles that the library has added in the last year. We have them on our Earth Day display in the library. Stop by before the end of April to see it.

Call Number: 331.91 S449w Title: Water 4.0: The Past, Present, and Future of the World’s Most Vital Resource Author: David Sedlak

Call Number: 333.109 W752a Title: America’s Public Lands: From Yellowstone to Smokey Bear and Beyond Author: Randall K. Wilson

Call Number: 333.72 H946s Title: Saving the Earth as A Career: Advice on Becoming A Conservation Professional (2nd ed.) Authors: Malcolm L. Hunter, Jr., David B. Lindenmayer, anD Aram J. K. Calhoun

Call Number: 333.91 C516w Title: Water, Peace, and War: Confronting the Global Water Crisis (Updated edition) Author: Brahma Chellaney

Call Number: 333.91 P665p Title: The Price of Thirst: Global Water Ineqality and the Coming Chaos Author: Karen Piper

Call Number: 338.3 B838o Title: The Oyster War: The True Story of a Small Farm, Big Politics, and the Future of Wilderness in America Author: Summer Brennan

Call Number: 338.6 L863o Title: Out of Sight: The Long and Disturbing Story of Corporations Outsourcing Catastrophe Author: Erik Loomis

Call Number: 338.9 S797 Title: Confronting Hidden Threats to Sustainability Directors: Gary Gardner, Tom Prugh, and Michael Renner

Call Number: 363.701 D897s Title: Seeing Green: The Use and Abuse of American Environmental Images Author: Finish Dunaway

Call Number: 363.738 H918h Title: The Human and Environmental Impact of Fracking: How Fracturing Shale for Gas Affects Us and Our World Editor: Madelon L. Finkel

Call Number: 363.738 R766c Title: Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know Author: Joseph Romm

Call Number: 394.12 M167a Title: The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields, and the Dinner Table Author: Tracie McMillan

Call Number: 509.2 W961i Title: The Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt’s New World Author: Andrea Wulf

Call Number: 551.6 G648h Title: How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth’s Climate Author: Jeff Goodell

Call Number: 551.68 F854c Title: Chemtrails, HAARP, and the Full Spectrum Dominance of Planet Earth Author: Elana Freeland


Call Number: 577.27 N962c Title: Climatology Versus Pseudoscience: Exposing the Failed Predictions of Global Warming Skeptics Author: Dana Nuccitelli

Call Number: 577.7 W426m Title: Marine Pollution: What Everyone Needs to Know Author: Judith S. Weis

Call Number: 581.68 R727q Title: The Quiet Extinction: Stories of North America’s Rare and Threatened Plants Author: Kara Rogers

Call Number: 591.68 S529h Title: How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction Author: Beth Shapiro

Call Number: 974.02 C947c Title: Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England Author: William Cronon

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.

500th Post



Kirkwood Library Services has been blogging since September of 2008. Our goal has always been to share resources and news with Kirkwood faculty, students, and staff.

Our last post was our 500th published. We want to thank you for reading along with us and hope that you will continue to search the blog for information about everything from taxes to lists of good books, to how to use a database, tech tips, Banned Books, and National Information Literacy Awareness Week.

Find older posts through our search box, the drop-down archive or the tag cloud all located along the left hand side of the homepage.

Once again, thanks for reading along and we hope to see you back here soon.

New Books: Iowa


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We’ve recently added to our collection of books about Iowa. Whether you are interested in pioneer women, Templeton Rye, education, Cedar Rapids, the Sioux City plane crash, the Iowa State Fair, or many other topics, we’ve got the Iowa specific book for you! These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.

Call Number: 305.896 D996b Title: Bright Radical Star: Black Freedom and White Supremacy on the Hawkeye Frontier Author: Robert R. Dykstra

Call Number: 346.777 W825e Title: Equal Before the Law: How Iowa Led Americans to Marriage Equality Authors: Tom Witosky and Marc Hansen

Call Number: 363.12 G642f Title: Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival Author: Laurence Gonzales
NOTE: This is about the major plane crash in Sioux City in 1989.

Call Number: 364.1 B344g Title: Gentlemen Bootleggers: The True Story of Templeton Rye, Prohibition, and a Small Town in Cahoots Author: Bryce T. Bauer NOTE: Although the basis of the story is true, some exaggerations have been proved against the company’s marketing campaign in court. Read more:

Call Number: 378.1 F899i Title: Iowa’s Community Colleges: A Collective History of Fifty Years of Accomplishment Editors: Janice Nahra Friedel, Cristobal Salinas Jr., and Zoe Mercedes Thomton

Call Number: 630.74 R225c Title: Carnival in the Countryside: The History of the Iowa State Fair Author: Chris Rasmussen

Call Number: 630.74 U42 Title: The Iowa State Fair Author: Kurt Ullrich

Call Number: 630.92 C331v Title: George Washington Carver: A Life Author: Christina Vella
NOTE: Carver got his college education in Iowa first at Simpson College, later graduating from Iowa State University.

Call Number: 796.812 G115w Title: A Wrestling Life: The Inspiring Stories of Dan Gable Author: Dan Gable

Call Number: 973.56 B879r Title: Re-Collecting Black Hawk: Landscape, Memory, and Power in the American Midwest Authors: Nicholas A. Brown and Sarah E. Kanouse

Call Number: 977.7 L334b Title: The Brave Ones: Early Iowa Pioneer Women Author: Beverly Larsen

Call Number: 977.7 R223c Title: Czech Village and New Bohemia: History in the Heartland Author: Dave Rasdal

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.

Online Resume or Where Did All the Templates Go?


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There was a question on IowaLib (a librarian listserv) about how to make a resume. The State Library replied with information about Learning Express which I will include below, but I was going to answer that you could use a resume templates included in Word. Luckily I always try those things out to make sure they still work before I suggest them because our helpful friends at Microsoft have stripped those and most other templates from the program.

Missing Word Templates

The removed Word templates are available for download through the regular program and still automatically show in the online version of Office which I figure is part of the Microsoft plan to encourage people to use the online version.


How To Download With the Regular On Computer Version of Word

To download, open regular Word on your comp and use the search box at the top for “Search for Online Templates.” You have to search for resume in the box and then download from the results whatever you want to use.

Suggestion from State Library of Iowa

Note: While the information below specifically mentions public libraries, community college libraries also have access to Learning Express and so you can find the job hunting resources through Kirkwood Community College Libraries, but you have to set up a Learning Express User ID and password if you haven’t yet.

From the State Library of Iowa:

All public libraries in Iowa have access to Learning Express Library and that product does have some job hunting resources that also includes some Resume tips!

This link is to the State Library branded version of LEL but you can find this same thing under your branded version as well under Job Search and Workplace Skills under Resources.

Remember that LEL is free to every Iowa public library and that patrons just need their own account set up to access any of the content.

Find Other Kirkwood Resources

Check out Career Services on their website or call 319-398-5540.

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.

Consumer Information Catalog Ends Publication



Consumer Information Catalog

Consumer Information Catalog

In one way or another the government is one of the biggest publishers in the country. They have long churned out everything from in-depth statistical reports to tri-fold glossy brochures about a vast array of subjects. There are so many that it’s almost impossible to  find them all.

Finding Government Publications

Back in 1971, the government started a small paper catalog letting you know about many of the publications that were available from the government for free or a small fee. You’ve probably seen the catalogs around as giveaways in libraries and you may remember their clever commercials that would always end with a reminder for you to write for them at their Pueblo, Colorado headquarters.

They told you how to get a hold of useful booklets, pamphlets, and brochures the federal government produced. Sadly this Winter-Spring issue is the final catalog they will print. You can order using their form through Sept. 15, 2016.

Replacement System

Starting right now you can use their website

At this time it mostly seems to be information they wrote for very basic things rather than the big array available in the paper catalog, but there are a few links to information pages on other government websites directing you to find information through them.

Remember the Classic Way

Learn more about the old system from this short anniversary celebration in 2011:

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.

Recent Additions to Popular Fiction Books April 2016



We’ve been working on our popular fiction collection. Below are some descriptions of out of the ordinary books we’ve added fairly recently. Check them out. Is there a title you think we should add? Let us know!

Call Number: PB 813.6 B636m Title: Mortal Gods: The Goddess War Author: Kendare Blake

Ares, god of war, is leading the other dying gods into battle. Which is just fine with Athena. She’s ready to wage a war of her own, and she’s never liked him anyway. If Athena is lucky, the winning gods will have their immortality restored. If not, at least she’ll have killed the bloody lot of them, and she and Hermes can die in peace. Cassandra Weaver is a weapon of fate. The girl who kills gods. But all she wants is for the god she loved and lost to return to life. If she can’t have that, then the other gods will burn, starting with his murderer, Aphrodite. The alliance between Cassandra and Athena is fragile. Cassandra suspects Athena lacks the will to truly kill her own family. And Athena fears that Cassandra’s hate will get them all killed. The war takes them across the globe, searching for lost gods, old enemies, and Achilles, the greatest warrior the world has ever seen. As the struggle escalates, Athena and Cassandra must find a way to work together. Because if they can’t, fates far worse than death await.

Call Number: PB 813.6 D357L Title: Love Letters to the Dead Author: Ava Dellaira

It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more — though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, learning to live with her splintering family. And, finally, about the abuse she suffered while May was supposed to be looking out for her. Only then, once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was — lovely and amazing and deeply flawed — can she begin to discover her own path.

Call Number: PB 813.6 G883h Title: Hit Author: Lorie Ann Grover

After receiving a full-ride scholarship to Mills College for Girls, it appears Sarah’s future is clear … until she walks into a poetry class led by Mr. Haddings, a student teacher from the nearby University of Washington. Suddenly, life on the UW campus seems very appealing, and Sarah finds herself using her poetry journal to subtly declare her feelings for Mr. Haddings. Convinced he is flirting back, she sets off for school in the rain with a poem in her back pocket—one that says how she really feels. But everything changes when Mr. Haddings feels a thud on his front bumper and finds Sarah in the street with blood pooling beneath her.

Call Number: PB 813.6 K643g Title: Grandmaster: A Novel Author: David Klass

Freshman Daniel Pratzer gets a chance to prove himself when the chess team invites him and his father to a weekend-long parent-child tournament. Daniel, thinking that his father is a novice, can’t understand why his teammates want so badly for them to participate. Then he finds out the truth: as a teen, his father was one of the most promising young players in America, but the pressures of the game pushed him too far, and he had to give up chess to save his own life and sanity. Now, thirty years later, Mr. Pratzer returns to the game to face down an old competitor and the same dark demons that lurk in the corners of a mind stretched by the demands of the game. Daniel was looking for acceptance―but the secrets he uncovers about his father will force him to make some surprising moves himself.

Call Number: PB 813.6 K858p Title: The Prophet Author: Michael Koryta

Adam Austin hasn’t spoken to his brother in years. When they were teenagers, their sister was abducted and murdered, and their devastated family never recovered. Now Adam keeps to himself, scraping by as a bail bondsman, working so close to the town’s criminal fringes that he sometimes seems a part of them. Kent Austin is the beloved coach of the local high school football team, a religious man and hero in the community. After years of near misses, Kent’s team has a shot at the state championship, a welcome point of pride in a town that has had its share of hardships. Just before playoffs begin, the town and the team are thrown into shock when horrifically, impossibly, another teenage girl is found murdered. As details emerge that connect the crime to the Austin brothers, the two must confront their buried rage and grief-and unite to stop a killer.

Call Number: PB 813.6 L345e Title: The Extra Author: Kathryn Lasky

One ordinary afternoon, fifeen-year-old Lilo and her family are suddenly picked up by Hitler’s police and imprisoned as part of the “Gypsy plague.” Just when it seems certain that they will be headed to a labor camp, Lilo is chosen by filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl to work as a film extra. Life on the film set is a bizarre alternate reality. The surroundings are glamorous, but Lilo and the other extras are barely fed, closely guarded, and kept in a locked barn when not on the movie set. And the beautiful, charming Riefenstahl is always present, answering the slightest provocation with malice, flaunting the power to assign prisoners to life or death. Lilo takes matters into her own hands, effecting an escape and running for her life.

Call Number: PB813.6 S167h Title: Hunt for the Bamboo Rat Author: Graham Salisbury

Zenji Watanabe was born in Hawaii. He’s an American, but the Japanese wouldn’t know it by the look of him. And that’s exactly what the US government is counting on. Because he speaks both English and Japanese perfectly, the army recruits Zenji for a top-secret mission to spy on the Japanese. If they discover his true identity, he’ll be treated as a traitor and executed on the spot. As World War II boils over in the Pacific, Zenji is caught behind enemy lines. But even though his Japanese heritage is his death warrant, it’s also his key to outwitting the enemy and finding the strength to face the terrors of battle, the savagery of the jungle, and the unspeakable cruelty of war.

Call Number: PB 813.6 S485f Title: Famous in Love Author: Rebecca Serle

When Paige Townsen gets plucked from high school obscurity to star in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series, her life changes practically overnight. Within a month, Paige has traded the quiet streets of her hometown for a bustling film set on the shores of Maui, and she is spending quality time with her costar Rainer Devon, one of People‘s Sexiest Men Alive. But when troubled star Jordan Wilder lands the role of the other point in the movie’s famous love triangle, Paige’s crazy new life begins to resemble her character’s.

Call Number: PB 813.6 S741s Title: Sway Author: Kat Spears

High school senior Jesse Alderman, or “Sway,” as he’s known, could sell hell to a bishop. He also specializes in getting things people want—term papers, a date with the prom queen, fake IDs. He has few close friends and he never EVER lets emotions get in the way. For Jesse, life is simply a series of business transactions. But when Ken Foster, captain of the football team, leading candidate for homecoming king, and all-around jerk, hires Jesse to help him win the heart of the angelic Bridget Smalley, Jesse finds himself feeling all sorts of things. While following Bridget and learning the intimate details of her life, he falls helplessly in love for the very first time. He also finds himself in an accidental friendship with Bridget’s belligerent and self-pitying younger brother who has cerebral palsy. Suddenly, Jesse is visiting old folks at a nursing home in order to run into Bridget, and offering his time to help the less fortunate, all the while developing a bond with this young man who idolizes him. Could the tin man really have a heart after all?

Call Number: PB 813.6 W513d Title: Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways To Fly Author: Conrad Wesselhoeft

Seventeen-year-old Arlo Santiago lives for the “Drone Zone”—that free, joyful, anti-gravity feeling. He achieves the Zone with risky motorcycle stunts on New Mexico roads, or while playing his favorite video game, Drone Pilot. His gaming skills are so off-the-charts, he’s recruited by the U.S. Air Force to remotely operate real-life drones in Pakistan. How can he refuse the paycheck when his little sister’s health is at stake?


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