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Library announces five book finalists

"The reviewer for the Seattle Times writes, 'If you ever thought, "What's for dinner?" was a simple question, you'll change your mind after reading ["The Omnivore's Dilemma," Michael] Pollan's searing indictment of today's food industry " and his glimpse of some inspiring alternatives. I just loved this book so much I didn't want it to end.'

"The Denver Post says, 'Lively with historical detail and unexpected turns "Water for Elephants" is a rich surprise, a delightful gem springing from a fascinating footnote to history that absolutely deserved to be mined.'

"Julie Otsuka's brilliant first novel, 'When the Emperor was Divine,' is a searing story about the ill-founded decision of our World War II American government to confine all resident Japanese-Americans, citizens or not " and most were " for the duration. It will break your heart, but it is a powerful work of literature."

Residents of Schenectady County will be able to cast their votes through Saturday, Nov. 8 online at www.scpl.org, or pick up ballots at any county library branch, the Open Door Bookstore, or the Whitney Book Corner.

The winning title will be announced Monday, Nov. 17, at noon in the Central Library's McChesney Room. In early 2009, the Schenectady County Public Library will start theme-related programs for the winning book.

The past winning titles included "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee (2006); "My Sister's Keeper" by Jodi Picoult (2007); and "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini (2008).

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