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BOOK NOTES: 'This Star Won't Go Out' ... 'Start With Why' ... 'The Women of Duck Commander'

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Grand Forks Public Library

“Richochet: Riding a Wave of Hope With the Dog Who Inspires Millions” by Judy Fridono. Ride the wave of hope with Ricochet, who surfs with children with special needs, people with disabilities, wounded warriors, and veterans with PTSD as an assistive aid and intuitive muse.

“The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World From Scratch” by Lewis Dartnell. If our technological society collapsed tomorrow, perhaps from a viral pandemic or catastrophic asteroid impact, what would be the one book you would want to press into the hands of the postapocalyptic survivors?

“Brothers Forever: The Enduring Bond between a Marine and a Navy Seal that Transcended Their Ultimate Sacrifice” by Tom Sileo and Colonel Tom Manion. Travis Manion, a fallen US Marine, and Brendan Looney, a fallen US Navy SEAL, were killed three years apart, one in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, and now these two best friends and former roommates are buried together—”brothers forever.”

“If I Can’t Have You: Susan Powell, Her Mysterious Disappearance, and the Murder of Her Children” by Gregg Olsen and Rebecca Morris. Bestselling author Gregg Olsen and co-author Rebecca Morris investigate one of the 21st century’s most puzzling disappearances and how it resulted in the murder of two children by their father.

East Grand Forks Campbell Library

“This Star Won’t Go Out” by Esther, Lori and Wayne Earl is a collection of the journals, fiction, letters, and sketches of the late Esther Grace Earl, who passed away in 2010 at the age of 16, including an introduction by John Green who dedicated “The Fault in Our Stars” to her.

“I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban” by Malala Yousafzai is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

“Start With Why” by Simon Sinek. Sinek uses his knowledge gained in studying the leaders who’ve had the greatest influence in the world, and discusses his discovery that they all think, act, and communicate in the exact same way: the complete opposite of what everyone else does.

“The Women of Duck Commander” by Kay, Korie, Missy, Jessica, and Lisa Robertson gives the reader insight into the lives of the wives of the Duck Commander men.