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    BEST OF 2015: Kevin Clark, Diane Higdon

    Our “Best Of 2015” series will be a bit different than most. Rather than having the staff write about things released this year, we’ve elected to allow anything they’ve listened to/played/read/watched this year that they’ve enjoyed. These picks were made by Kevin Clark (Information Services) and Diane Higdon (Technical Services).

    Kevin Clark

    The Dog Master, by W. Bruce Cameron – Dog expert, Cameron, explores the prehistoric relationship between canine and human. I really liked the depictions of prehistoric human communal life. It’s also very cool how Cameron writes from the perspective of the wolves as they change to become what we know as dogs. Though fictionalized, I can really see how this could have actually happened.

    The Cartel, by W. Don WinslowThe Cartel is Don Winslow’s semi sequel to The Power of the Dog. Both books explore the War on Drugs along the Mexican border. The Cartel is a dynamic read that only gains momentum as it moves forward. The Cartel is a meticulously researched work of fiction portraying a version of the real life “El Chappo.” It’s a startling look at the cost of the War on Drugs.

    Diane Higdon

    The Residence: Inside The Private World of the White House, by Kate Anderson Brewer – This is an intimate account of the White House service staff from the Kennedys to the Obamas. These are the maids, butlers, food service staff, housekeepers and many others who care for the President and First Family on a daily basis. It was a very interesting account of what those jobs entail and the loyalty the staff has for the First Family.

    The Rising: Murder, Heartbreak and the Power of Human Resilience in an American Town, by Ryan D’Agostino – This is the story of the torture of Dr. William Petit and the brutal murder of his family in Connecticut in July of 2007. The story doesn’t just focus on the murders themselves but on the lives of the Petit family before that fateful night and the dark days and months for Dr. Petit afterwards.

    Stars Between The Sun & Moon, by Lucia Jang; – A well-written and interesting account of a woman’s life in North Korea and the means she took to escape to freedom with her unborn child. Her story is amazing and well worth taking the time to read.

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