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BOOK NOTES: 'The Stephen King Companion,' 'Ballpark Cookbook,' 'The Only Pirate at the Party'

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Grand Forks Public Library

"Amelia Earhart: Beyond the Grave" by W.C. Jameson. This book is a meticulously researched look at the life and disappearance of one of history's most famous aviators.

"The Only Pirate at the Party" by Lindsey Stirling and Brooke S. Passey. A rogue, classically trained violinist shares her unconventional journey in an inspirational memoir riddled with her unique humor and energy.

"Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey" by Ozge Samanci. A funny and graphic memoir, "Dare to Disappoint" illustrates the challenges faced by Samanci to hear her own voice over the expectations of her father and the religious and militaristic tensions of Turkey.

"The Stephen King Companion: Four Decades of Fear from the Master of Horror" by George Beahm. Penned by King expert Beahm, this book is an authoritative look at the renowned author's personal life and professional career.

East Grand Forks Campbell Library

"The True Cost of Fashion: How to Shop to Change the World" by Louise Spilsbury. How do your buying choices in the supermarket, at the mall and on the Internet affect the lives of people who make the things you buy? Spilsbury puts together case studies and firsthand accounts that encourage shoppers to make informed and ethical shopping decisions.

"Mindful Tech" by David M. Levy. Levy brings together the "fast world" of high tech and the "slow world" of contemplation in this guide. He has readers observe themselves while emailing and multitasking and also experiment with unplugging for a specific period. This book opens up new avenues for self-inquiry and will allow readers to more skillfully use the intricate technological tools we've developed.

"The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue des Martyrs" by Elaine Sciolino. "I can never be sad on the Rue des Martyrs," Sciolino explains in her book. The former Paris bureau chief for the New York Times invites us on a tour of her favorite street, unveiling its storied history, idiosyncratic longtime residents and the stories and secrets that give the Rue des Martyrs its distinct allure.

"Ballpark Cookbook: The American League" by Katrina Jorgenson. See recipes inspired by various foods served at baseball parks across the U.S. Try the mouthwatering Cuban Sandwich served at Tampa's Tropicana Field or treat yourself to the Cheddar-Bacon Stuffed Burger from Minnesota's own Target Field. This is a culinary road trip that will knock one out of the park.