Sycamore Row by John Grisham

Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance, one of Ford County’s most notorious citizens, just three years earlier.

Spicy Shrimp and Vegetable Stir Fry

Spicy Shrimp and Vegetable Stir Fry

Amazing and easy to make. Enjoy.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie From the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun, a dazzling new novel: a story of love and race centered around a young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home. As teenagers in a Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are leaving the country if they can. Ifemelu—beautiful, self-assured—departs for America to study. She suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships and friendships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze—the quiet, thoughtful son of a professor—had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a writer of an eye-opening blog about race in America. But when Ifemelu returns to Nigeria, and she and Obinze reignite their shared passion—for their homeland and for each other—they will face the toughest decisions of their lives.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

From the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun, a dazzling new novel: a story of love and race centered around a young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home.

As teenagers in a Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are leaving the country if they can. Ifemelu—beautiful, self-assured—departs for America to study. She suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships and friendships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze—the quiet, thoughtful son of a professor—had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London.

Years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a writer of an eye-opening blog about race in America. But when Ifemelu returns to Nigeria, and she and Obinze reignite their shared passion—for their homeland and for each other—they will face the toughest decisions of their lives.

Making a Change in Dark Times
by Victoria Baker
By now you’ve probably heard the news surrounding the ongoing saga of the missing Nigerian school girls. These abductions bring many emotions to the surface: shock, sadness, frustration, and anger to name a few. Yet, despair should not be the end of this story. Although this recent event highlights global abuses of human and women’s rights, it also shines a light on people who are working hard to bring about much needed change.
Last summer I had the honor of working with a dedicated group of people seeking to help young women escape the human trafficking and sex trades industries—True ID a faith-based nonprofit organization working to raise awareness of and provide support to sex workers and victims of human trafficking. Located in Vegas, a known hotbed of human trafficking, True ID’s outreach focuses on young women in the adult entertainment and sex workers industries. As a boots on the ground organization, volunteers reach out through conversation and fellowship by visiting clubs, brothels, streets, treatment centers, and shelters. Even with only barely a year under their belts, True ID has already helped over a dozen women escape from the trafficking industry and gain a means to support themselves free from oppression and coercion.
Not only is True ID making a change in the U.S. but they are also reaching out internationally through a partnership with Real Impact, a sister group that organizes international missions. Through the True ID/Real Impact partnership I traveled to Thailand to learn about the process of rescuing children, which includes medical and psychological care for the rescued children. Due to regional instability, Thailand receives many refugees from neighboring nations. Of particular impact, is the continuing feud among ethnic groups within neighboring Myanmar (Burma), this conflict has created countless orphans drawing human traffickers to the area. Real Impact makes frequent trips over the border to scout for children whose traffickers are actively seeking sales to child brothels in Bangkok and China. Before an exchange, Real Impact seeks to rescue the child and then provides a safe home in Thailand.
My time in Las Vegas, Thailand, and Myanmar (Burma) certainly changed me. I had always been plagued by the injustices of the world and would experience great sadness and anxiety over the terrible things that happen to children. Before last summer, I fought with a crushing sense of helplessness that nothing could be done to protect this most vulnerable population. After seeing children and young girls rescued from slavery and oppression I began to feel differently. Like many of us I still get upset by stories like that of the girls in Nigeria, but now these stories inspire me to get involved. I know that something can be done, that there are people out there working to transform the darkness of our world to light and bring about change; people like the women of true ID and Real Impact, maybe even people like you and me.
Victoria Baker is an LCC student studying psychology, and has been working at the LCC Library since 2012. In her spare time she reads and paints.
Opinions expressed within this article reflect the views and opinions of Victoria Baker and not those of the LCC Library.

Making a Change in Dark Times

by Victoria Baker

By now you’ve probably heard the news surrounding the ongoing saga of the missing Nigerian school girls. These abductions bring many emotions to the surface: shock, sadness, frustration, and anger to name a few. Yet, despair should not be the end of this story. Although this recent event highlights global abuses of human and women’s rights, it also shines a light on people who are working hard to bring about much needed change.

Last summer I had the honor of working with a dedicated group of people seeking to help young women escape the human trafficking and sex trades industries—True ID a faith-based nonprofit organization working to raise awareness of and provide support to sex workers and victims of human trafficking. Located in Vegas, a known hotbed of human trafficking, True ID’s outreach focuses on young women in the adult entertainment and sex workers industries. As a boots on the ground organization, volunteers reach out through conversation and fellowship by visiting clubs, brothels, streets, treatment centers, and shelters. Even with only barely a year under their belts, True ID has already helped over a dozen women escape from the trafficking industry and gain a means to support themselves free from oppression and coercion.

Not only is True ID making a change in the U.S. but they are also reaching out internationally through a partnership with Real Impact, a sister group that organizes international missions. Through the True ID/Real Impact partnership I traveled to Thailand to learn about the process of rescuing children, which includes medical and psychological care for the rescued children. Due to regional instability, Thailand receives many refugees from neighboring nations. Of particular impact, is the continuing feud among ethnic groups within neighboring Myanmar (Burma), this conflict has created countless orphans drawing human traffickers to the area. Real Impact makes frequent trips over the border to scout for children whose traffickers are actively seeking sales to child brothels in Bangkok and China. Before an exchange, Real Impact seeks to rescue the child and then provides a safe home in Thailand.

My time in Las Vegas, Thailand, and Myanmar (Burma) certainly changed me. I had always been plagued by the injustices of the world and would experience great sadness and anxiety over the terrible things that happen to children. Before last summer, I fought with a crushing sense of helplessness that nothing could be done to protect this most vulnerable population. After seeing children and young girls rescued from slavery and oppression I began to feel differently. Like many of us I still get upset by stories like that of the girls in Nigeria, but now these stories inspire me to get involved. I know that something can be done, that there are people out there working to transform the darkness of our world to light and bring about change; people like the women of true ID and Real Impact, maybe even people like you and me.

Victoria Baker is an LCC student studying psychology, and has been working at the LCC Library since 2012. In her spare time she reads and paints.

Opinions expressed within this article reflect the views and opinions of Victoria Baker and not those of the LCC Library.

Making a Change in Dark Times
by Victoria Baker
By now you’ve probably heard the news surrounding the ongoing saga of the missing Nigerian school girls. These abductions bring many emotions to the surface: shock, sadness, frustration, and anger to name a few. Yet, despair should not be the end of this story. Although this recent event highlights global abuses of human and women’s rights, it also shines a light on people who are working hard to bring about much needed change.
Last summer I had the honor of working with a dedicated group of people seeking to help young women escape the human trafficking and sex trades industries—True ID a faith-based nonprofit organization working to raise awareness of and provide support to sex workers and victims of human trafficking. Located in Vegas, a known hotbed of human trafficking, True ID’s outreach focuses on young women in the adult entertainment and sex workers industries. As a boots on the ground organization, volunteers reach out through conversation and fellowship by visiting clubs, brothels, streets, treatment centers, and shelters. Even with only barely a year under their belts, True ID has already helped over a dozen women escape from the trafficking industry and gain a means to support themselves free from oppression and coercion.
Not only is True ID making a change in the U.S. but they are also reaching out internationally through a partnership with Real Impact, a sister group that organizes international missions. Through the True ID/Real Impact partnership I traveled to Thailand to learn about the process of rescuing children, which includes medical and psychological care for the rescued children. Due to regional instability, Thailand receives many refugees from neighboring nations. Of particular impact, is the continuing feud among ethnic groups within neighboring Myanmar (Burma), this conflict has created countless orphans drawing human traffickers to the area. Real Impact makes frequent trips over the border to scout for children whose traffickers are actively seeking sales to child brothels in Bangkok and China. Before an exchange, Real Impact seeks to rescue the child and then provides a safe home in Thailand.
My time in Las Vegas, Thailand, and Myanmar (Burma) certainly changed me. I had always been plagued by the injustices of the world and would experience great sadness and anxiety over the terrible things that happen to children. Before last summer, I fought with a crushing sense of helplessness that nothing could be done to protect this most vulnerable population. After seeing children and young girls rescued from slavery and oppression I began to feel differently. Like many of us I still get upset by stories like that of the girls in Nigeria, but now these stories inspire me to get involved. I know that something can be done, that there are people out there working to transform the darkness of our world to light and bring about change; people like the women of true ID and Real Impact, maybe even people like you and me.
Victoria Baker is an LCC student studying psychology, and has been working at the LCC Library since 2012. In her spare time she reads and paints. Follow Victoria on Facebook.
Opinions expressed within this article reflect the views and opinions of Victoria Baker and not those of the LCC Library.

Making a Change in Dark Times

by Victoria Baker

By now you’ve probably heard the news surrounding the ongoing saga of the missing Nigerian school girls. These abductions bring many emotions to the surface: shock, sadness, frustration, and anger to name a few. Yet, despair should not be the end of this story. Although this recent event highlights global abuses of human and women’s rights, it also shines a light on people who are working hard to bring about much needed change.

Last summer I had the honor of working with a dedicated group of people seeking to help young women escape the human trafficking and sex trades industries—True ID a faith-based nonprofit organization working to raise awareness of and provide support to sex workers and victims of human trafficking. Located in Vegas, a known hotbed of human trafficking, True ID’s outreach focuses on young women in the adult entertainment and sex workers industries. As a boots on the ground organization, volunteers reach out through conversation and fellowship by visiting clubs, brothels, streets, treatment centers, and shelters. Even with only barely a year under their belts, True ID has already helped over a dozen women escape from the trafficking industry and gain a means to support themselves free from oppression and coercion.

Not only is True ID making a change in the U.S. but they are also reaching out internationally through a partnership with Real Impact, a sister group that organizes international missions. Through the True ID/Real Impact partnership I traveled to Thailand to learn about the process of rescuing children, which includes medical and psychological care for the rescued children. Due to regional instability, Thailand receives many refugees from neighboring nations. Of particular impact, is the continuing feud among ethnic groups within neighboring Myanmar (Burma), this conflict has created countless orphans drawing human traffickers to the area. Real Impact makes frequent trips over the border to scout for children whose traffickers are actively seeking sales to child brothels in Bangkok and China. Before an exchange, Real Impact seeks to rescue the child and then provides a safe home in Thailand.

My time in Las Vegas, Thailand, and Myanmar (Burma) certainly changed me. I had always been plagued by the injustices of the world and would experience great sadness and anxiety over the terrible things that happen to children. Before last summer, I fought with a crushing sense of helplessness that nothing could be done to protect this most vulnerable population. After seeing children and young girls rescued from slavery and oppression I began to feel differently. Like many of us I still get upset by stories like that of the girls in Nigeria, but now these stories inspire me to get involved. I know that something can be done, that there are people out there working to transform the darkness of our world to light and bring about change; people like the women of true ID and Real Impact, maybe even people like you and me.

Victoria Baker is an LCC student studying psychology, and has been working at the LCC Library since 2012. In her spare time she reads and paints. Follow Victoria on Facebook.

Opinions expressed within this article reflect the views and opinions of Victoria Baker and not those of the LCC Library.

Yogurt-Marinated Chicken Kebabs

Grilling Season is here!!! Try something deliciously different with this Yogurt-Marinated Chicken Kebabs.

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Liane Moriarty marries chick lit and murder mystery to craft a fascinating account of the lives of three very different woman dealing with love, loss and betrayal:

Cecilia Fitzpatrick - a devoted mom and wife, pillar of the community and one of the top Tupperware sellers in the country learns about a secret her husband has been withholding for years.

Tess Curtis – faces betrayal by those she loves the most moves back in with her mom. Will she ever find it in her heart to forgive?

Rachel Crowley – a school secretary, mother and grandmother lost her beautiful daughter to a murder years ago and is about to “loose” her son and grandson due to their plans to move to New York. What will she do when she discovers new “evidence” that only “confirms” who her daughter’s murderer is? 

Strawberry shortcake—a perfect summertime desert and perfect for using local ingredients! In case you didn’t know strawberries are abound in Michigan this time of year :)

Strawberry shortcake—a perfect summertime desert and perfect for using local ingredients! In case you didn’t know strawberries are abound in Michigan this time of year :)

This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
A hilarious, insightful, sarcastic story follows four adult siblings who gather in their childhood home to sit Shiva (the seven days of mourning following the death of an immediate family member in Jewish tradition) to mourn the death of their father. The book is told through the voice of one of the sons, Judd, whose marriage is in shambles and who must now spend time with his dysfunctional family that he can’t stand. Soon to be a major picture starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, and Adam Driver.

This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

A hilarious, insightful, sarcastic story follows four adult siblings who gather in their childhood home to sit Shiva (the seven days of mourning following the death of an immediate family member in Jewish tradition) to mourn the death of their father. The book is told through the voice of one of the sons, Judd, whose marriage is in shambles and who must now spend time with his dysfunctional family that he can’t stand. Soon to be a major picture starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, and Adam Driver.

Hunker down for some serious #foodiefriday with 538.com’s burrito correspondent (and mid-Michigan native) Anna Barry-Jester as she hunts down America’s best burrito.

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