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The history of the United States is rich in religious tolerance and diversity. Here are several sources that help to understand the plethora of faith persuasions active today throughout the U.S. and the world and the push to preserve their unique traditions and heritage.

 

The Religions Book

Religious literacy : what every American needs to know / Stephen Prothero

Religions of the world : the illustrated guide to origins, beliefs, traditions & festivals

Religions of the World (DVD)

Cultural Literacy for Religion (DVD)

Religions/ Carl Wilkerson

Illustrated dictionary of religions : rituals, beliefs, and practices from around the world

A History of God: The 4000 year quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam

A History of God: The 4000 year quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam (DVD)

A None's Story: Searching for Meaning Inside Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and Islam

Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam

Religious Holidays and Calendars: an Encyclopedia

How Different Religions View Death and Afterlife

The Amish / Donald B. Kraybill, Karen M. Johnson-Weiner, and Steven M. Nolt

The Amish [videodisc] / American Experience / Donald B. Kraybill, Karen M. Johnson-Weiner, and Steven M. Nolt

The Amish [videodisc] : how they survive / Buller Films LLC

Complete Idiot's Guide to Christianity

The Christians [videodisc] / written and presented by Bamber Gascoigne ; a Granada Television production

Great World Religions: Christianity (sound recording)

Buddhism: The Illustrated Guide

Buddhism: Origin, Beliefs, Practices, Holy Texts, Sacred Places

Great World Religions: Buddhism (sound recording)

Confucianism and Taoism (videorecording)

Essential Hinduism

Contemporary Hinduism: Ritual, Culture and Practice

Complete Idiot's Guide to Hinduism

Great World Religions: Hinduism (sound recording)

India : a sacred geography / Diana L. Eck

For the love of being Jewish : an A-to-Z primer for bubbies, mensches, meshugas, tzaddiks, and yentas / written by Steven Stark Lowenstein ; illustrated and designed by Mark Anderson

The everything Judaism book : a complete primer to the Jewish faith--from holidays and rituals to traditions and culture / by Richard D. Bank

Judaism / by Martha Morrison, Stephen F. Brown

Introduction to Judaism [videodisc] / Shai Cherry

Great World Religions: Judaism (sound recording)

Islam and the future of tolerance : a dialogue / Sam Harris, Maajid Nawaz

Islam: What Non-Muslims Need to Know/ John Kaltner

Decoding the Past: The Secrets of the Koran (DVD)

Great World Religions: Islam (sound recording)

It's dangerous to believe : religious freedom and its enemies / Mary Eberstadt

Religious Tolerance [Web site]

Pluralism Project [Web site]

 

 

The Spur Awards are annual literary prizes awarded by the Western Writers of America (WWA). The Spur Awards honor writers for distinguished writing about the American West. The Spur awards began in 1953, the same year the WWA was founded.

Historical Fiction Winner

Read and Watch

Join us for a fun afternoon of reading and watching movies! We’ll vote on a favorite book, read it, and then watch its film adaptation. Afterwards, we’ll discuss the differences between the book and its film version. Who’ll be paying attention? This program is for children ages 7-10, and registration is required. Snacks will be provided and children are welcome to bring drinks as long as they have lids. 

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We’re celebrating Cultural Diversity Month in April! Check out these series--there’s a detective for every holiday destination.

Follows Mma Ramotste, a recently bereaved woman, as she sets up the only woman-run Private Detective Agency in Botswana and her attempts to get it off the ground. She gets help from Mma Makutsi, her new secretary, and Mr. JLB Matekoni, the owner and super mechanic of the wonderful Speedy Motors. Mma Ramotste takes on cases, meets many new people who need her help - from a woman who thinks the man who has turned up at her door is not her father, to another lady who has a boyfriend who may or may not be faithful to her.  Based on the books by Alexander McCall Smith.

Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez and his staff work to solve mysteries in the Shetland Islands. Based on the books by Ann Cleeves.

Norman Colin Dexter, OBE  English crime writer known for his Inspector Morse series of novels passed away on March 21, 2017.  The novels were written between 1975-1999 and made into a popular BBC/ITV television series starring John Thaw and Kevin Whately. The TV series debuted in 1988 and ended in 2000 with the spun off series Inspector Lewis debuting in 2006 and most recently Endeavour (a prequel to Inspector Morse) appearing in 2013.

In Episode 1 of the series, Inspector Morse, who never quite finds romance, thinks that at last things will turn out differently. He meets the beautiful Anne Stavely, but it is a love not destined to be when Anne is found hanging from a beam under mysterious circumstances. Morse suspects murder and sets out to discover the truth with the help of Sergeant Lewis.

Last bus to Woodstock by Colin Dexter

This is the first book in the Inspector Morse series, published in 1975.  Beautiful Sylvia Kaye and another young woman had been seen hitching a ride not long before Sylvia's bludgeoned body is found outside a pub in Woodstock, near Oxford. Morse is sure the other hitchhiker can tell him much of what he needs to know. But his confidence is shaken by the cool inscrutability of the girl he's certain was Sylvia's companion on that ill-fated September evening. Shrewd as Morse is, he's also distracted by the complex scenarios that the murder set in motion among Sylvia's girlfriends and their Oxford playmates. To grasp the painful truth, and act upon it, requires from Morse the last atom of his professional discipline. 

A London photographer takes some pictures of a couple in a park and discovers that he may have recorded evidence of a murder.

A provoking mystery-suspense drama explores the morality of privacy in the story of Harry Caul, a surveillance expert, who conducts a routine surveillance job only to later find himself suspicious that he has become an unwitting player in murder scheme.

Truman Burbank discovers that his quaint hometown is a giant studio with hidden cameras everywhere and people around him are actors playing their roles in the most popular TV series in the world.

"PhDeath" is a fast-paced thriller set in a major university in a major city on a square. The faculty finds itself in deadly intellectual combat with the anonymous Puzzler. Along with teams of U.S. Military Intelligence and the city's top detective and aided by the Puzzle Master of The New York Times, their collective brains are no match for the Puzzler's perverse talents.--Publisher.

The year is 1888 and Jack the Ripper begins his reign of terror. Miss Sarah Bain, a photographer in Whitechapel, is an independent woman with dark secrets. In the privacy of her studio, she supplements her meager income by taking illicit "boudoir photographs" of the town's local ladies of the night. But when two of her models are found gruesomely murdered within weeks of one another, Sarah begins to suspect it's more than mere coincidence. Teamed with a motley crew of friends--including a street urchin, a gay aristocrat, a Jewish butcher and his wife, and a beautiful young actress--Sarah delves into the crime of the century. But just as she starts unlocking the Ripper's secrets, she catches the attention of the local police, who believe she knows more than she's revealing, as well as from the Ripper himself, now bent on silencing her and her friends for good. Caught in the crosshairs of a ruthless killer, Sarah races through Whitechapel's darkest alleys to find the truth...until she makes a shocking discovery that challenges everything she thought she knew about the case. Intelligent and utterly engrossing, Laura Joh Rowland's Victorian mystery The Ripper's Shadow will keep readers up late into the night.
 

"Commissioner Pieter Van In must find the link between members of a satanic conspiracy and a young woman's death. A young woman is found dead in the canal outside her Bruges apartment building. But what seems like a clear-cut suicide evolves into something much more complex when Commissioner Pieter Van In uncovers the girl's involvement in a satanic sect. Who is the mysterious Venex, and why does he inspire such devotion from his disciples? Complicating the investigation further, Van In's boss allows beautiful journalist Saartje Maes to profile the case, sparking tension with the commissioner's expectant wife, District Attorney Hannelore Martens. As a horrific tragedy shocks the city, Van In seems to be surrounded by secrets. And though exposing them will lead him to the truth, it will also pit him against the very police force to which he's devoted his life."--Provided by publisher.

The Mystery Writers of America have announced Max Allan Collins and Ellen Hart as the 2017 Grand Masters, an award that recognizes “the pinnacle of achievement in mystery writing and was established to acknowledge important contributions to this genre, as well as for a body of work that is both significant and of consistent high quality.” It is the highest honor the association bestows.

Better dead by Max Allan Collins

Better Dead: The latest Nathan Heller Thriller from Max Allan Collins! It's the early 1950's. Joe McCarthy is campaigning to rid America of the Red Menace. Nate Heller is doing legwork for the senator, though the Chicago detective is disheartened by McCarthy's witch-hunting tactics. He's made friends with a young staffer, Bobby Kennedy, while trading barbs with a potential enemy, the attorney Roy Cohn, who rubs Heller the wrong way. Not the least of which for successfully prosecuting the so-called Atomic Bomb spies, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. When famous mystery writer Dashiell Hammett comes to Heller representing a group of showbiz and literary leftists who are engaged in a last minute attempt to save the Rosenbergs, Heller decides to take on the case. Heller will have to play both sides to do this, and when McCarthy also tasks Heller to find out what the CIA has on him, Heller reluctantly agrees. His main lead is an army scientist working for the C.I.A. who admits to Heller that he's been having misgivings about the work he's doing and elliptically referring to the Cold War making World War II look like a tea party. And then the scientist goes missing.

Return to Perdition by Max Allan Collins
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In the 1970s, Michael Satariano, Jr., returns to the United States from a Laos prison camp and is told that his whole family has been killed by mobsters and that he was listed as a casualty of the Vietnam War. Sent by the Justice Department to infiltrate organized crime and assassinate certain people, Michael is set on a road that will lead him to love and to Perdition, Kansas, where his family legacy lies waiting for discovery.

Michael Stone, husband, father and noted author, travels to Cincinnati to speak at a customer service conference. But once he's separated from the routine of his daily life, a chance encounter helps him to realize just what, and whom, he's been missing.

Based on the extraordinary true story of Operation Anthropoid, the code name for the secret Czechoslovakian mission to assassinate Nazi SS officer Reinhard Heydrich. Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution to the Jewish question, was the Reich's third in command and the leader of Nazi forces in Czechoslovakia.

An American insurance lawyer is recruited by the CIA to rescue an American pilot detained in the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

It's January, it's cold, and most likely the streets are icy.  A good time to sit back and watch a movie from the wonderful collection at Canton Public Library.

A group of nostalgic World War II veterans revisit the shores of Normandy, recounting the events that impacted their lives.

In the mid-1930's the great politician and orator Winston Churchill was out of favor with the English people and struggling to make his voice heard. Wrestling with his personal demons, a lonely but defiant Churchill attempts to warn the world of the impending gloom surrounding Hitler's Germany.

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