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'I Want The Pages To Turn': Librarian Nancy Pearl's Summer Reading List

Ahead of the July 4th weekend, the Seattle-based librarian shares a stack of eight recent favorites. She includes thrillers, mysteries, family sagas and an homage to the game rock, paper, scissors.

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Patience Suduaya
Toy Soldiers Ben Williams
Black Villain Music Ben Williams

Iraqi government forces flash a victory sign while holding an upside-down Islamic State flag in western Mosul on June 9. As ISIS loses territory, it's still exhorting its supporters to keep fighting. Mohamed El-Shahed/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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As ISIS Gets Squeezed In Syria And Iraq, It's Using Music As A Weapon

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Route & Roots Abaji
Angels (Kygo Edit) The XX

Bartender Robin Miller mixes a round of mezcal margaritas at Espita Mezcaleria in Washington, D.C. As U.S. drinkers embrace mezcal, investors are flocking south to the heart of Mexico's mezcal country, and local incomes are rising. Kevin Leahy/NPR hide caption

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America's Growing Taste For Mezcal Is Good For Mexico's Small Producers

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The Cheers On The Parade Moonlit Sailor
Landvetter Moonlit Sailor

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Amid Russia Investigation, Many Texas Republicans Lose Faith In The FBI

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Size Ten Shuffle Boyfriends
Wavy Glass Podington Bear
True North You. May. Die. In. The. Desert

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In Trump Meeting With South Korean Leader, A Chance To Reaffirm 'Ironclad' Ties

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Ghosts The American Dollar
Acrobats The American Dollar
Like Gentle Giants Corduroi
My Dear Corduroi
P.A.I.N.E. (Instrumental) DJ Premier

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In China, A Cashless Trend Is Taking Hold With Mobile Payments

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Some Whispers Edamame
Periderm Edamame
Still Sound Toro y Moi

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