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Happy Birthday Roald Dahl!

posted by: September 13, 2017 - 7:00am

 

Cover art for Matilda Beloved children’s author Roald Dahl was born on this day 101 years ago in Wales to Norwegian parents. Dahl served in the Royal Air Force during World War II as a pilot and intelligence officer. His books for children and adults gained him celebrity, and he became an international best-selling author with more than 250 million copies sold worldwide.

 

Multiple movies, plays and musicals have been adapted from his books, gaining an ever-widening audience for these delightful stories filled with dark humor and evil adults. In 2013, new audio recordings of his works were performed by renowned British actors, including Kate Winslet, Miranda Richardson, Chris O’Dowd and Douglas Hodge. These outstanding audios are perfect listening for the whole family!


 
 

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The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones
In an unspecified future, citizens of the United States are forced to live in zones deemed safe from killer ticks. Few have any reason to venture out of zone, except wealthy adventurers who pay to journey beyond the safe zones to experience wilderness and relics of the past. With clever world-building, great character development and a thrilling pace, The Salt Line is a gripping story of survival and humanity.

 

Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy
Recruited by the U.S. Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than 10,000 women served as codebreakers during World War II. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives and gave them access to careers previously denied to them. A strict vow of secrecy nearly erased their efforts from history. Code Girls brings this riveting and vital story to life.

 

Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks
While the stories in this collection are all very different — with a variety of narrators, settings and time periods — they are all connected by one thing: the typewriter. Whether a casual aside or the main star of the narrative, a typewriter appears in each story, and they are all based on typewriters in Hanks' own extensive collection.

 

Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly
Astronaut Scott Kelly volunteered to spend a year in space and holds the record for the number of consecutive days spent in space; his memoir covers not only this trip and his previous trips to space, but also his life growing up and his thoughts about the future of space exploration. A fascinating look at an extraordinary life.


 
 

 

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Artemis by Andy Weir 

With over 3.5 million copies of his bestselling debut The Martian in print, following that up will be no small task  but Weir seems up to the challenge. Artemis is a heist story set in a city on the Moon with the story and technology very much set in the real world. It's sure to be enjoyed by science fiction and non-science fiction readers alike.  

 

Autonomous by Annalee Newitz 

Newitz is the founder of io9, a popular science and sci-fi blog, and the former editor-in-chief of Gizmodo. Her eagerly anticipated debut features a swashbuckling pharmaceutical pirate and a robot who fall in love while racing to end a drug epidemic. Is freedom possible in a culture where everything, even people, can be owned?

Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones  

A literary dystopian novel where the United States’ borders have receded behind a salt line that protects its citizens from deadly disease carrying ticks. Few venture outside of the safe zone, except for those willing to pay a fortune to see what is left of nature. The novel follows one of those groups on an adventure outside the border and at the center of a murderous plot.
 


 
 

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