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« Reply #15: July 19, 2010, 12:54:17 pm »

Mr.  Sperran has a big backlog of books to order for the public library where he works, and is interested in any suggestions you might have. Priority is placed on recent publications. He orders books that are important, informative, or popular, in the following categories:

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For my religious studies class, we had to read these three, and I thought they were very good:
"When Faiths Collide" by Martin E. Marty
"America and the Challenges of Religious Diversity" by Robert Wuthnow
"Interfaith Encounters in America" by Kate McCarthy
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« Reply #16: July 19, 2010, 07:20:48 pm »

Mr.  Sperran has a big backlog of books to order for the public library where he works, and is interested in any suggestions you might have. Priority is placed on recent publications. He orders books that are important, informative, or popular, in the following categories:

Science Fiction and Fantasy
Graphic Novels
Philosophy
Psychology
Religion
Social Sciences (Law, Political Science, Economics, Social problems, etc.)
Technology (medical, engineering, chemical, manufacturing, etc)
Sports and similar recreational activities

I realized sort of belatedly that you want these suggestions for a library rather then yourself so that means that you probably know about most of the books I mentioned already. I guess I got so excited about getting to recommend graphic novels I didn't really read things through very carefully. So here are some less well known suggestions.

Graphic Novels
Hero Tales by Hiromu Arakawa, this is the newest series by the author of Fullmetal Alchemist.
Emma by Kaoru Mori, um the heart warming tale of an english maid? Fans of the newest pride and prejudice will probably like this series even though it has nothing to do with Jane Austen's Emma.
Black Butler by Yana Toboso, pretty popular and was the it manga about two years ago and up until about 6 months ago. Involves demons disguised as butlers, mysterious noble investigators in a Victorian England like setting, and really good costume design.
With the Light by Keiko Tobe, about raising an autistic child.
Dramacon by Svetlana Chmakova, one of the more popular amerimanga and takes place at an anime convention.



Fantasy
Temeraire Series by Naomi Novik, sort of a what-if there were dragons during the Napoleonic wars. The thing I like best about this series is that the dragons aren't just talking lizards. They have their own personalities, goals, values, and thought processes unique from that of humans.
Sweetblood by Pete Hautman, a fiction coming of age about a diabetic goth girl coming to terms with her diabetes. She has an interesting theory about how vampire myths are based on untreated diabetics.
White Cat by Holly Black, the first book of Black's newest series about magic users, con men, and the Russian mafia.
The Poison Eaters by Holly Black, short story anthology.


Engineering/Architecture
Tree House Living 50 Innovative Designs by Alain Laurens, Daniel Dufour, Ghislain Andre, and La Cabane Perchee. A cool coffee table book with photos of a lot of tree houses built by the La Cabane Perchee company.
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« Reply #17: March 06, 2011, 05:16:06 pm »

Mr.  Sperran has a big backlog of books to order for the public library where he works, and is interested in any suggestions you might have. Priority is placed on recent publications. He orders books that are important, informative, or popular, in the following categories:

Science Fiction and Fantasy
Graphic Novels
Philosophy
Psychology
Religion
Social Sciences (Law, Political Science, Economics, Social problems, etc.)
Technology (medical, engineering, chemical, manufacturing, etc)
Sports and similar recreational activities

Philosophy
Anything by AC Grayling

Psychology
Oliver Sacks

No Science Section?
Professor Brain Cox currently in the queue at my local library for his stuff

Manga
Death Note series they don't stay on the shelves for long in my local library
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