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Laugh until It Hurts by Rebecca

There’s a strange sense of pleasure I get from reading Tom Perrotta. Although his novels have an entertaining, gossipy, and voyeuristic quality, they have substantial substance at their core. They are at once laugh-out-loud funny and acerbic social commentaries. In his latest novel The Leftovers, the world has experienced a rapture-like phenomenon. Millions have disappeared, and those remaining are left to piece together their lives.

I'm looking for work and need to brush up on my computer skills. How can the library help me?

One option we have for you is a collection of online computer skills tutorials through the Learning Express database. These are self-paced tutorials with beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels of the most common software products you'll need to know to improve your marketability for a new job, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook, WordPerfect, Windows XP and Vista, and Mac OSX Leopard desktop.

2011 Man Booker Prize Winner by Nick

The first thing one notices when reading Julian Barnes’ Man Booker Prize winning novel, The Sense of an Ending , is the impossible elegance of the writing. Henry James elegant. The subject matter certainly lends itself to the tasteful, somber, sometimes playful writing.

Did you make a New Year's resolution to learn a new skill or try out some different hobbies? Then take a look at our Universal Class database!

The Universal Class database offers a wide variety of online classes that you can apply to your career, your home life, or your leisure time. Crafts, entrepreneurship, accounting, real estate, pet care, mathematics, cooking and writing are just a few of the many subjects that are offered. Classes are generally divided up into several lessons, and include outside links to helpful websites, instructor feedback, and assignments and exams to put your newfound knowledge to the test.

Favorite Reads of 2011 by Laura

Fiction

The Old Romantic by Louise Dean

This was one I wanted to read again the moment I finished it – indeed, as I was reading it, I wanted to read it again, if that makes any sense. It clips along at a galloping good pace, with excellent dialogue, oddball yet believable characters, and some of the funniest scenes I’ve read related to family and class, ever. Good show!

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