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Two Titles to Get Your Blood Boiling

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Looking to add a little rage to your life? Take your blood pressure medication and check out these new titles.

The Divide                  Flash Boys

Veteran Rolling Stone reporter Matt Taibbi is your tour guide into The Divide — the bizarro-America where a joint in a man’s pocket lands him in Rikers but money laundering $850 million for a drug cartel earns not a single day in prison. Taibbi traces the history of Too Big to Jail and criminalization of poverty. Taibbi’s biting wit and fierce insight is at full strength in his latest work.

“Stock market’s rigged,” declared Michael Lewis in his 60 Minutes interview. In Flash Boys, Lewis shines a light on the dark world of high-frequency trading (HFT) — buying and selling stock at rates 100 times faster than the blink of an eye. The story focuses on Brad Katsuyama, an investor at a Canadian Bank who wonders why it seems like the market reads his mind. Why does the price spike immediately before he buys shares? The answer is that HFTs are front-running, beating investors to the punch and selling them inflated stock. Master storyteller Lewis makes financial reporting a thrilling page-turner.


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Book Shuffle

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Exciting things are happening at KDL! (Exciting in a librarian sort-of way.) We’ve dumped the Dewey decimal system (hooray!) and switched to a more common sense approach. Instead of scribbling down some secret number from the catalog, you can just walk to your area of interest. It’s easy. Check out this video below from our Kentwood branch to see how:

Why the change? We hope it makes looking for a book easier and more enjoyable. Also, you might find other books in your subject area that catch your eye.

For example, let’s just say you’re pregnant. (Congrats, by the way.) You want a baby name book. Where do you go? You’re about to be a parent, so let’s try Parenting. Makes sense. You follow the alphabet. . .  and you’re there. You grab some baby name books. Oh, look at these. Books about pregnancy. Take a few of those. On the same shelf are books about parenting infants. It all flows together.  Browsing is easy. You find what you’re looking for and discover new things too. Happy browsing!



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