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Randolph County Herald Tribune - Chester, IL
  • Readers Guide: 'They Eat Puppies, Don't They?' by Christopher Buckley

  • Unable to successfully stir up government interest in the high-tech weapon system developed by his Alabama-based corporate backers, lobbyist Walter "Bird" McIntyre decides to try a different tack.

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  • ‘Super Fuel’ by Richard Martin
    After World War II, scientists turned their thoughts and talents to peace time uses of nuclear fuel and began developing different types of reactors which would run on different types of radioactive elements. While uranium took the day as the fuel of choice, thorium, a more abundant and ultimately safer element, had its proponents. Today, following the aftermath of the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear accident, thorium is seriously being touted as "the green energy source for the future." The late Alvin Weinberg takes center stage in journalist Richard Martin's book, "Super Fuel.”
    "They Eat Puppies, Don't They?" by Christopher Buckley
    Unable to successfully stir up government interest in the high-tech weapon system developed by his Alabama-based corporate backers, lobbyist Walter "Bird" McIntyre decides to try a different tack. The best way to foster support for this type of weapon, he thinks, is to conjure up an enemy threat, so he begins to spread the idea that the Chinese are trying to assassinate the Dalai Lama. When he finds an ally in beautiful, leggy Angel Templeton, the spokesperson for the Institute of Continuing Conflict, his plan falls into place –– and takes off in unexpected directions in Christopher Buckley's latest political satire "They Eat Puppies, Don't They?"
    "The Presidents Club"  by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy
    They are an exclusive group, with seldom more than six members who all come from different ends of the political spectrum. Yet despite their diverse personalities and sometimes bitter rivalries, they are the only living souls who understand completely what each has experienced. Time reporters Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy take us inside "The Presidents Club" to see how America's most powerful men have related to each other over the years since Eisenhower's inauguration.
    "Farther Away" by Jonathan Franzen
    When he isn't writing novels like "The Corrections and Freedom," Jonathan Franzen pens essays and pursues his hobby of bird watching. His latest collection, "Farther Away,” is full of essays and speeches from the past five years. Several themes appear again and again –– the delight and solace he finds in bird watching; his fears over the growing influence technology; and the role social media have in our lives; as well as his troubled thoughts on the suicide of his longtime friend and literary rival David Foster Wallace.
    "Summer Breeze" by Nancy Thayer
    It is summer, and what better way to relax than with a new novel by Nancy Thayer. "Summer Breeze" is set in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains of New England where three women form life-changing friendships at a lovely place called Dragonfly Lake. Stay-at-home mom Morgan O'Keefe misses her former career as a scientist and goes to the lake for a much-needed break. Natalie Reynolds agrees to house sit for her aunt, hoping to kick-start a career as an artist, and Bella Barnaby returns home to help out when her mother breaks her leg. All three find new possibilities, as well as a little romance, as the summer unfolds.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Born to Battle” by Jack Hurst
    The Civil War battle of Shiloh brought together two talented leaders whose paths would cross again at Vicksburg and at Chattanooga. Ulysses S. Grant and Nathan Bedford Forrest both rose through the ranks to take command of their troops –– Grant for the North and Bedford for the South. Historian Jack Hurst believes Forrest's lowly background held him back in the socially conscious Southern military, much to their detriment, while Grant was able to advance despite his humble beginnings. It is an intriguing idea, cleverly argued by Hurst in his new book, “Born to Battle.”

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