New & Notable Materials
The following are weekly articles compiled for The Mining Journal  by PWPL Staff. These articles highlight only some of the new, or newer, materials--both adult and juvenile, that have been added to our collection. Please stop in to look at additional new items. For older articles of "New at the Peter White Public Library" visit the 2012  Archives.


December 28, 2013--- Year in Review
December 21, 2013--- Cat Stories
December 14, 2013--- Comic Books
December 7, 2013--- Mac Products
November 30, 2013--- Great New Fiction
November 23, 2013--- More Nonfiction
November 16, 2013--- War Stories
November 9, 2013--- Books on CD
November 2, 2013--- Storyteller Bill Harley
October 26, 2013--- Author Elmore Leonard
October 19, 2013--- Sister Cities
October 12, 2013--- True Tales
October 5, 2013--- Fall Fiction
September 28, 2013--- Nonfiction Newbies
September 21, 2013--- Universal Design
September 14, 2013--- Films
August 24, 2013--- Michigan Ties
August 3, 2013-- Hot Off the Cart
July 27, 2013-- Switch Up Summer
July 13, 2013-- Mysteries
July 6, 2013--- Michigan Biographies
June 22, 2013--- Culinary Reads
June 15, 2013--- New Nonfiction
June 1, 2013--- Dig into Reading
May 18, 2013--- Rainy Day Reading
May 11, 2013--- Computer Books
May 4, 2013--- Kristine O'Connell George
April 27, 2013--- GLGB for Grades 4-5
April 20, 2013--- Poetry
April 13, 2013--- Variety of Nonfiction
April 6, 2013--- DVD Releases
March 30, 2013--- Easter Music
March 23, 2013--- Art Books
March 16, 2013--- Muslim Bookshelf
March 9, 2013--- Best of Nonfiction
March 2, 2012--- Great Books for K-1
February 23, 2013--- Notable and Notorious
February 16, 2013--- Romance Novels
February 9, 2013--- Newest in Nonfiction
February 2, 2013--- Intriguing Fiction
January 26, 2013--- Latest in Technology
January 19, 2013--- Read a Magazine
January 12, 2013--- Apocolyptic Fiction

    December 28, 2013
Year in Review

IMany Best or Notable Books of the Year lists are made available to enthusiastic readers in December. It is always fun to find out which titles are chosen and which appear on more than one list.

One of my favorite books this year is The World’s Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette’s, Faith, Strength and the Power of Family by Josh Hanagarne. Hanagarne writes about growing up (really up—he’s 6’7’’) with Tourette’s and how it interfered with school, going on dates, and, well, everything. It wasn’t until Hanagarne sought the guidance of a former US Air Force Tech Sergeant that he was able to manage his tics through strength-training. Hanagarne married, finished school and now works at the Salt Lake City Public Library. Hanagarne’s humorous memoir is an ode to his supportive family and their Mormon faith, Stephen King, his accepting wife and young son.

Another new favorite is Charlie LeDuff’s Detroit: An American Autopsy. After a twenty year absence, LeDuff, a New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, returns home to report for the Detroit News. He chronicles the abandoned homes, neighborhoods and factories of his broken city. He demonstrates the incompetence and corruption of City Hall and describes the outrageous actions of former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and Council Woman Monica Conyers.  He follows the trail of the auto industry from manufacturing and labor leadership to bailouts and incompetent, clueless executives. LeDuff also portrays the courage and dedication of the Fire Fighters who respond to Detroit’s systemic arson driving wrecks of fire trucks and wearing protective clothing so coated with chemicals they are a fire hazard themselves. Even the brass poles of the firehouses have been sold for scrap! LeDuff parallels the story of Detroit with that of his family, writing of their hard work, failures, tragedies and endurance. LeDuff’s fierce passion for his city and his family give readers hope for Detroit’s salvation.

Poetry in Michigan in Poetry is a beautiful new release from Western Michigan University’s New Issues Poetry & Prose. Edited by William Olsen and Jack Ridl, this book anthologizes about 90 contemporary Michigan poets and 30 artists. The subjects of their poems concern Michigan’s landscapes, waterways, cities, and the emotions and experiences of its people.  The settings range from the U.P. to Detroit. U.P. poets include Elinor Benedict (Rapid River); Matthew Gavin Frank and Austin Hummell (NMU); Ander Monson (originally from Houghton); Ron Riekki (originally from Marquette) and Russ Thorburn, the U.P.’s Poet Laureate (Marquette). The stunning art work is worthy of its own show.

The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works, edited by Ron Riekki, was published this past spring by Wayne State University Press. The poems and stories offered here present an intimate look at life in the U.P. They capture its humor and sorrow, fear and joy, people and topography. I have sometimes wondered how pastors are able to endure so much death and grief and discovered an answer in Emily Van Kley’s poem “My Father’s Datebook” in which she writes, “First in are … days of canoes & cranberry bogs & forest service cabins—by which he means to endure … the church members dying…. The poems and stories collected in this anthology help, too.

A book whose arrival I am excited about is The New Midwestern Table: 200 Heartland Recipes by Amy Thielen. The author grew up near the headwaters of the Mississippi, writes about food and hosts Heartland Table on the Food Network. Thielen visited restaurants, homes and food producers where she found and updated classic regional recipes for her debut book. Focusing on MN, WI and the Plains States, this nicely photographed cookbook also provides a history of Midwestern food.

Two of my favorite mystery authors published new books this year.  How the Light Gets In is Louise Penny’s 9th mystery featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. While Gamache returns to the village of Three Pines to investigate the murder of the last surviving member of a set of quintuplets he tries to help his deputy who has fallen back to a dependence on prescription drugs and continues to work to expose corruption in Quebec’s police force. Penny’s character-driven mysteries have sophisticated plots and a deep sense of place.

Alan Bradley has written a 5th mystery starring eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an amateur detective and chemist. When the tomb of the local saint, Tancred, is opened on the 500th anniversary of his death, the body of the church organist is found inside. While discovering who wanted the church organist dead, the delightful and high-spirited Flavia uncovers local village secrets, some of which involve her late mother.

We hope you enjoy many new books this New Year and remember to share your own list of favorites with others.

by Cathy Seblonka, Collection Development Librarian
     December14, 2013
Comic Books

I love reading; however, there are times when I crave a different kind of storytelling, one which melds text and pictures to create a lush world. This combination of words and drawings brings a new layer to the reading experience, opening up avenues for subtext, side plots, and story lines which are not be possible with traditional, linear storytelling. Books are often read because of their authors, the same is true for comic books; however, I’d like to share with you some of my favorite comic book artists and their new titles available at the Peter White Public Library.

The Oz Series, Artist, Skottie Young; Author, Eric Shanower 
One of my personal favorites, Skottie Young’s unique art style makes him the perfect choice for Marvel’s adaptations of Frank L. Baum’s classic Oz series. While his art is whimsical and fanciful, Young has the ability to transport readers, young and old, to bright, colorful worlds where nothing is as it seems. The youth friendly illustrations also hold a subtle hint of the creepy, dark aspects of Oz. Wide-eyed characters filled with wonder draw you to their personal stories and urge you to explore their lives deeper. The Oz series has won numerous Eisner Awards and Young also illustrates children’s books, including Fortunately the Milk by author Neil Gaiman.

Hawkeye, Artist, David Aja; Author, Matt Fraction
Spanish comic book artist David Aja is the king of minimalist comic design and utilizing infographics to tell a story. Winner of the 2013 Eisner Award for Best Artist/Penciller/Inker Team for his work with Matt Fraction on Hawkeye, Aja makes the life of Clint Barton, Hawkeye of the Avengers, seem less glamorous though his uncluttered art style. Unlike his fellow Avengers, Hawkeye is not a God or a super soldier; he is your average Joe with a not-so-average talent at archery. The second collection of Hawkeye, Little Hits, contains my favorite issue titled “Pizza is My Business” told from the perspective of a dog. Fractions story, along with Aja’s art, challenges the read to understand the story through interpreting the coded images associated with what the dog sees and smells.

Young Avengers, Artist, Jamie McKelvie; Author, Kieron Gillen
McKelvie, an English artist, has an innovative art style. He and author Kieron Gillen have collaborated numerous times in the past, and the library has recently acquired their latest collaboration, Young Avengers vol.1, Style > Substance. The two page spreads in this book are amazing, completely immersing the reader in the action, and McKlvie’s usage of the white space around the illustrations transports readers into the story of a group of teenaged superheroes battling an intergalactic parasite. This series does wonders at capturing the feeling of being a teenager without being heavy handed.

Fables, Artist, Mark Buckingham; Author, Bill Willingham
The Fables comic book written by Bill Willingham and illustrated by Mark Buckingham is an essential read for those who want to know what happens to fairy tale characters after their individual stories have ended. The series has won 14 Eisner Awards and has published over 130 issues in the last decade. Mark Buckingham, the lead artist on the series, has a rather traditional style; however, his use of side bars framing the story gives the reader a sense of perspective. These boarder images represent whose perspective is being explored; red roses for Rose Red, a bugle for Boy Blue, and toys for the six children of Bigby Wolf and Snow White.  

Peter Panzerfaust, Artist, Tyler Jenkins; Author, Kurtis J. Wiebe
Canadian team Kurtis J. Wiebe and Tyler Jenkins breathes fresh air into J.M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan in their comic book Peter Panzerfaust. Self-proclaimed history buffs, Wiebe and Jenkins transport the Peter Pan story to Nazi occupied France where, along with a band of French orphans and the Darling children, teenaged Peter and the gang must work together to survive the darkest days of World War II. Jenkins’ art is subtle yet unique, the dark tones embrace the reader and remind them of how terrible the war was, yet never strays too far from the adventurous tone of the original story. The character’s expressions range from the sorrow of losing friends and family to the joy of a peaceful picnic. The art from Panzerfaust has been transformed to a new media, the motion comic, where the original artwork is animated and the characters are voiced by Elijah Wood, Summer Glau, and Ron Pearlman. Panzerfaust is a must read for those who love history and the original Peter Pan story.

by Tracy Boehm, Technical Services Librarian
      December 7, 2013
New MAC Products

Have a Mac, MacBook, iPad and/or want to learn more about Office 2011 for Macs or the OSX Mountain Lion operating system? Look no further than our library Mac collection.

Macs Portable Genius, Second Edition by Paul McFedries is a great book to get the most out of your Mac. From setting up your Mac’s new mini Display Port to running Windows, syncing your downloaded or rented movies with your iPhone or iPad to e-mailing yourself a birthday reminder, it’s all covered in this book and they claim you don’t have to be a genius to use a Mac.

 Are you switching from a PC to a Mac or recently got a new Mac? The book, Macs for Dummies by Edward C. Baig, can help you get your Mac setup, get the most out of your music, photos and movies with iLife and also how to send and receive e-mail and browse the Web with Safari. AS with all books in the “Dummies” series, it contains a great deal of information on loads of things you can use to increase your abilities with your Mac.

For those needing more visual helps, Teach Yourself Visually Macs, 2nd Edition by Paul McFedries is a gold mine. This books uses step-by-step screen shots that get down to the nitty gritty and you can learn how to use the dock, connect a printer, modem or iPad, e-mail, iChat, and also maintaining and troubleshooting your Mac.

MacBook, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air owners check out How to Do Everything MacBook by Robin Noelle. This book covers the latest models and shows you how to uses the Mac OS X 10.5 Snow Leopard and other tools like iWork, iLife, iTunes, Safari, and MobileMe. Some troubleshooting and maintain tips are also covered.

For those with an iPad or iPad2, we have iPad 2 Fully Loaded by Alan Hess. The iPad2 is still very popular and competitive with even the newer iPads on the market. You will learn how to download and read eBooks, stream music and movies to HDTV, share FaceTime video calls with family and friends all over the globe, just to name a few because there is more to learn.

Also, iPad for Dummies by Edward C. Baig and Bob LeVitus is another cool book to learn how to get the most from your iPad and is very easy to understand. Last, but not least, is ipad Portable Genius by Paul McFedries that will show you how to connect your iPad with a Bluetooth headset, use the AppStore and iBooks features using full-color screenshots and shortcuts and tools that will help you get more out of your iPad.

Want to have more apps on your iPad? Then come and get Best iPad Apps, The Guide for Discriminating Downloaders by Peter Meyers. This book will let you meet more than 200 apps that will help you get work done, manipulate photos, create comics, track your health, play games and so much more.

 For those using Office 2011 on their Mac, check out Office 2011 for Macintosh: the Missing Manual by Chris Grover. This book will take you beyond the basics and will get you started with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and the new Outlook for Mac. His explanations are clear and he provides lots of power-user tips when you are ready to learn more.

 Also, Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac for Dummies by Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus is a wonderful way to learn how to create documents, presentations, spreadsheets and managing your contacts and organizing your calendar. This guide will walk you through everything you want to know about Office 2011 with step-by step instructions from the basics to the more advanced features.

If you want to get more tech savvy, why not look over OSX Mountain Lion: the Missing Manual by David Pogue. OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion boasts 200 new features that include iPad like features like dictation, Notification Center and Reminders; features that did not come with instructions. This manual will help you learn tons of things you never knew you would be able to learn. He incorporates his expertise and humor to help the reader get the most from his experience.

 As with all things electronic and technical, everything changes in a blink of an eye. Keep an eye out for more books for Macs, iPads, MacBooks, and the newest OSX Mavericks, etc. that will be getting ordered and that will soon be on our shelves along with the ones just discussed. Be patient though as it takes time for books to get ordered, processed and shelved.

by Nicki Malave,  Information Technology

     November 30, 2013
Great New Fiction

Ghost Moth by Michèle Forbes
In her dreamy and intense debut novel, Forbes focuses on the lives of Katherine and George Bedford, a good and decent Catholic family living in Northern Ireland. George offers his services as a fireman after work to help with the increasing deterioration of the situation in Belfast whilst Katherine, despite her growing family, finds time to raise money for charity. However, truths from the past, and the jealousies and the lies told then come back to haunt their marriage. As peace in Belfast becomes only a distant dream, George, Katherine and their children grapple with their own very real problems. Switching between 1949 and 1969, the story evolves showing how the past really can affect the lives of those in the present, and how ordinary lives are affected by extraordinary events.

Autobiography of Us by Aria Beth Sloss
With this coming-of-age novel, Sloss delivers an engrossing and complex saga which examines the relationship between two girls who form a decades-long friendship from the moment their paths cross. The portrayals of Rebecca and Alexandra are vivid and richly layered - yes, friends but sometimes rivals, almost two halves of a puzzle. They may seem to resemble each other but they are far from identical. Yet even when they are separated Rebecca feels compelled to write letters to Alexandra. She doesn't send them but they still serve a purpose, allowing Rebecca to imagine her friend beside her, listening. When the two women meet again later in life, shocking secrets they had been holding back from the other come to light.

The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner
After arriving in New York City 1977 we meet Reno, a young and ambitious artist determined to turn her fascination with motorcycles and danger into art. Reno’s trial-by-fire story alternates provocatively with the gripping tale of Valera, an Italian who serves in a motorcycle battalion in WWI, manufactures motorcycles including the coveted Moto Valera, and makes a fortune in the rubber industry by oppressing Indian tappers in Brazil. These worlds collide when Reno moves in with Sandro Valera, a sculptor estranged from his wealthy family, and tries to make art by racing a Moto Valera on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Ultimately, Reno ends up in Italy, where militant workers protest against the Valeras. Embracing the worlds of motorcycle racing, art and radical politics, The Flamethrowers sweeps us into the swirl of life amid a memorable group of characters to reveal what it's like to live on the edge or aspire to do so.

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
With Bulawayo’s remarkable literary debut, We Need New Names tells the powerful story of a young girl's journey out of Zimbabwe and to America under the Mugabe regime. The author covers the political unrest and promise for "change" in the upcoming election; the hope, misogyny, and hypocrisy of religious doctrine; the social ills and financial ruin that befall a country under a corrupt dictatorship. The second half of the story explores the cultural nuances, language challenges, and assimilation challenges as Darling relocates to America to stay with an aunt. She and her new family struggle while America fails to live up to her hopes. Ultimately what lingers is Bulawayo’s poignant insights into how a person decides what to embrace and what to surrender when adapting to a new culture in a new land.

by Dominic Davis , Administrative Assistant
     November 23, 2013
More Nonfiction Picks

The Peter White Public Library offers these new adult non-fiction titles.

Johnny Carson by Henry Bushkin.
In 1970 Henry Bushkin was 27 years old and newly hired as Johnny Carson’s lawyer. He served this role for nearly two decades. He developed a close friendship with Carson, so this is also his story. Mostly though, this is Carson, in all his brilliant imperfection. Considering his monumental stardom, there is surprisingly little written material about Carson, “The King of Late Night”.    New non-fiction 921 Carson.

Orr: My Story by Bobby Orr.
Bobby Orr has never before authorized or written his biography. One of the greatest hockey defensemen, Orr’s career was shortened by a knee injury. He has long been known for his sportsmanship and integrity, resulting in his selection as an Olympic flag bearer for the 2010 Vancouver games. Orr tells his own story, and what he thinks of the sport today.
New non-fiction 796.962 Orr.

Norman Mailer: A Double Life by Michael Lennon.
Normal Mailer stands large as one of the most talented writers of the mid to late 20th century, though he was famous for provoking and enraging his readers. Biographer Lennon knew Normal Mailer for 35 years. In researching this authorized biography, he interviewed many others who knew Mailer, and was given access to Mailer’s private documents. Lennon strives to present all the different sides of Mailer, without passing judgment. Mailer would likely appreciate the journalistic approach, which could be why he authorized this book before his death.    New non-fiction 921 Mailer.

The Beatles. Volume 1, Tune In: All These Years by Mark Lewisohn.
The first of a trilogy, which aims to be a definitive Beatles biography. In this work, Lewisohn is more concerned with telling the story of who The Beatles were, rather than the story of their celebrity, which has been covered time and time again. Volume 1 includes their individual and collective stories up until the end of 1962. It offers a glimpse into their upbringings, and their Liverpool and Hamburg days.  Lewisohn has made a career of telling The Beatles history, and has authored numerous books on the subject, including The Beatles Live, and The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions.
New non-fiction 780.92 Beatles.

The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football by Jeff Benedict.
Insights into the pageantry and excesses of Division I college football, which has become a multi-billion dollar industry. Benedict and other contributors were given unprecedented access to top college football programs during the 2012 season. Investigative reporter Benedict has written for several newspapers and magazines, including Sports Illustrated.
New non-fiction 796.332 BE.

Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Dedman
Huguette Clark’s father was a copper magnate, and US Senator representing the state of Montana. He amassed a fortune that rivaled John D. Rockefeller’s. His daughter Huguette was born in Paris, grew up in the largest home in New York City, and eventually became the last surviving child, and heiress to the family fortune. Reclusive for much of her life until her death in 2011, she had a massive collection of real-estate, maintained for decades by caretakers, some of which she never set foot in. When Pulitzer Prize winning author Dedman discovered a mansion for sale, unoccupied for six decades, he began to unravel the story of this gilded age family.    New non-fiction 921 Clark.

Dancing With the Enemy: My Family’s Holocaust Secret by Paul Glaser
The story of the author’s aunt, a Jewish-Dutch dance instructor caught up in the Nazi machine of WWII. Leading up to the war, Rosie Glaser lived exuberantly, traveling Western Europe. During the war she was arrested for running an illegal dance studio in her parents’ attic, and was sent to Auschwitz. Rosie’s story is one of sheer cunning, and undiminished spirit.
New non-fiction 921 Glaser.

by Bruce MacDonald, Circulation Librarian
     November 2, 2013
Storyteller Bill Harley

It just so happens that one of the best storytellers in the country also writes children books. If you like stories that start with a kernel of truth and become memorable through the art of exaggeration, you’ll want to read the library’s collection of books by Bill Harley.  His newest title is still hot off the press, just released last month.

“Charlie Bumpers vs. The Teacher of the Year” relates the unfortunate experiences of Charlie, who is horrified to find out that he’ll be spending the next school year with the same teacher he accidentally threw a shoe at last year.  Charlie always seems to be doing something wrong whenever she’s around.  It’s going to be a long year. Bill Harley is paired again with illustrator, Adam Gustavson, who adds a touch of whimsy to his otherwise realistic pictures, repeating his success with the following book, Lost and Found.

“Lost and Found” chronicles a heroic quest to gain access to the lost and found box, guarded by a surly school custodian, to recover a very special hat.  Justin lost his favorite hat, the one his Grandmother made, and he needs to find it fast before her upcoming visit. After gathering the courage to make his request, Justin finds many treasurers in the lost and found box and makes an unlikely friend.  The big question is…will he find his hat in time?

“Dirty Joe the Pirate: A True Story” looks at the reality of having an older sister through the fantastic medium of a Pirate tale. Dirty Joe is in charge of the whole ship and the crew until his sister, Dirty Annie, arrives and dominates the pirate scene. The comedic illustrations by Jack Davis add to the humorous storyline.

“Sarah’s Story” begins with a familiar framework…what to write about when you have a writing assignment due the next day.  Sarah spends the whole day trying to think up a great story until she hears an ant speak to her and she shrinks to the size of an ant.  Her adventures in the anthill make her late to school, but she’s able to tell her classmates the best story of all. 

Sitting Down to Eat” is a cumulative tale that caters to the preschool crowd.  Written along the lines of “A Mitten” by Jan Brett, where forest animals take shelter in a stretchy mitten, the main character settles down to eat when one animal after another knocks on the door and is invited in to share the meal.  When the caterpillar comes by as the tenth guest, you won’t believe what happens to the group!  The book features large collage illustrations by Kitty Harvill.

Harley also has several very entertaining CDs with more of his stories such as, “High Dive,” “Down in the Backpack,” and “Monsters in the Bathroom.”  Non-readers can enjoy the audio versions of these stories on CD – also found in the Children’s area of the library.

Bill Harley and his trusty guitar will be presenting his stories and songs at the Reynolds Recital Hall on Friday, November 8th at 7:30 pm.  He’ll also read stories and sign books at the Peter White Public Library on Saturday, November 9th at 11:00 am.  Call 226-4318 for more information about books and events.

by Lynette Suckow, Website and Outreach Services
     October 26, 2013
Author Elmore Leonard

Michigan lost a literary treasure when author Elmore Leonard died in August.  Leonard was 87 years old and one of Michigan’s most successful authors.  His success was not without challenges.  He was born in New Orleans in 1925.  He was raised in Michigan and graduated from the University of Detroit Jesuit High School in 1943 and immediately joined the Navy.  He served as a Seabee for three years in the South Pacific.  It was during this period he received the nickname Dutch after pitcher Dutch Leonard.  Following his military service, he enrolled at the University of Detroit and pursued his writing career.  He graduated in 1950 with a BA in English and philosophy.  He then accepted a job as a copy writer with the Campbell-Ewald Advertising Agency.

His writing career started in the 1950s writing short stories and pulp Westerns.  He would get up at 5:00 a.m. in order to write before going to work.  During the 50’s and 60’s five of his Westerns were made into films-The Tall T, 3:10 to Yuma, Hombre, Vladez is Coming and Joe Kid.  During his lifetime, 17 of his novels were adapted into film. 

 Leonard’s first crime novel The Big Bounce was made into a movie in 1969.  His breakout novel Glitz made Elmore a household name.  Many of the mysteries were set in Detroit and featured wisecracking characters who do violent and stupid things in offbeat settings.  Plot twists and sparse narrative are hallmarks of a Leonard novel.  Called the “Dickens of Detroit”, Leonard spent time with Detroit homicide detectives, but said “If I lived in Buffalo, I’d write about Buffalo”. 

 Leonard was working on his 46th novel at his death. The PWPL has most of his novels.  Some are even in audio book format.  The best of Leonard’s western fiction is collected in The Tonto Woman and Other Western Stories. Nineteen of Leonard’s best short stories are featured in this paperback.  The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard contains 30 of his western short stories.  Either book would be a great introduction to his writings about the American frontier. 

Many of the settings for Leonard’s books are far-flung and play as much a role in the novels as do his wacky characters.  Tishomingo Blues is set in Mississippi and features Dennis Lenahan, a high diver, who witnesses a mob hit from his diving platform.  If this wasn’t enough, the characters get drug into a deadly Civil War reenactment with a colorful cast of characters.

Glitz follows Lt. Vincent Mora, a Miami police detective who is visiting Puerto Rico to recover from a gunshot wound.  He has seen everything there is for a cop to see, but he has to escape the vengeance of ex-con Teddy.  Mora travels to Atlantic City where he meets up with Teddy and the mob in a crazy battle against good and evil.

Set in Detroit, Freaky Deaky features Detroit police detective Chris Mankowski as he leaves the bomb squad for the sex crimes division.  Unfortunately, his first case is filled with explosive twists as a-not-so-successful actress walks into his office claiming that one of Detroit’s leading citizens raped her. 

Get Shorty was a hit film, and follows the fortunes of Chili Palmer, a Miami loan shark.  Palmer travels to Las Vegas and then Hollywood in an effort to get horror-film producer Harry Zimm to pay up on $200,000 in gambling debts.  Readers can follow along as hustlers get hustled and the ins and outs of Hollywood get revealed.

Chili Palmer ends up in Be Cool as the partner to LAPD’s Detective Darryl Holmes. Chilli has a hit on his tail and the two men dive into the seamy underside of the music industry in an attempt to wrest singer Linda Moon away from her dangerous promoter.

U.S. Marshal, Raylan Givens is one of Leonard’s more popular heroes.  In Riding the Rap, he is chasing fugitive felons.  When Harry Arno escapes again, Givens feels obligated to join the search.  Unfortunately, he finds that Arno’s disappearance is not all his doing, but part of a complicated hostage and ransom scheme where the hostage must pay up or be killed.  Raylan is pretty sure he knows where Arno is being held, but can he get there in time?

Detroiter Harry Mitchell thinks he is meeting his mistress but instead he is treated to a “this is your life” home movie and blackmail scheme that threatens to destroy his marriage, his reputation and his multi-million dollar company.  The three psycho thugs who set him up in Fifty Two Pick Up, don’t realize how tough their mark can be, even when it involves murder.

 When the Women Come Out to Dance is a collection of Leonard’s short stories; many featuring his favorite characters.  For a quick glimpse into the style of this accomplished author, this collection of short stories is a good place to start.

If you are an Elmore Leonard fan, this is a good time to reread some of his westerns or mysteries. If you haven’t ever read a Leonard book, this is a good time to see why Michigan lost one of its best writers ever.

by Pam Christensen, Library Director
     October 19, 2013
Sister Cities

The City of Marquette has two sister cities-Higashiomi Japan and Kaijanni Finland.  The delegation to Sister Higashiomi left this week for a 10 day visit in Japan.  This is a good opportunity to inform readers about the Sister City Room at the Peter White Public Library and our Sister City materials.  Delegations visiting Marquette from both Sister Cities have brought books, CDs and DVDs as a gift to the City, and these items are available at the library.  The Sister City collections are housed in the Sister City Room and items can be checked out.  This article will feature some of the books from our Japanese Sister City.

Sushi is delicious, colorful and fun to eat, but to the novice may seem too complex to create at home.  Sushi for Wimps by Aya Imatani explains how to use rice, fish, seafood, vegetables and meats to create fun, attractive and delicious sushi.  The book includes clear directions and photos to illustrate how to make all types of sushi. 

Anyone who considers a visit to Japan should look at Japanscapes; Three Cameras, Three Journeys by Ben Simmons, Johnny Hymas and Gorazd Vilhar.  The photographers travel Japan to capture the beauty and mystery found in the country.  Simmons captures the postmodern chic and vibrancy of the colors and patterns of urban Japan.  Hymans visits the countryside and shows the understated elegance of rural Japan.  Vilhar focuses on the spiritual legacy of a country rich in traditions and history.

Asian Noodles and Snacks is part of the Learn to Cook series and includes noodle recipes from around the world.  The book includes a glossary of ingredients and recipes for condiments, sauces, dips, wraps, rolls, fritters, patties, breads, crackers, skewers, grilled meats, noodle soups, noodles in sauce and stir fried noodles.  This book is a good start for an Asian inspired party or unusual dishes to spice up a potluck.

Japan Style by Geeta Hehta and Kimie Tada offers a rare glimpse of 20 of the finest Japanese-style homes to be found today.  Lavish photographs demonstrate the timeless style that uses space and natural elements to create a serene oasis.  A beautiful book is packed with photographs that capture the style of Japanese interior design.

Japanese archery is called Kyudo-the way of the bow.  It is the oldest of Japan’s traditional martial arts and the one most closely associated with Japan’s bushido or warrior.  This book is written with the novice as well as experienced archer in mind.  Hundreds of detailed illustrations, photographs and text bring the sport alive.  Kyudo, the Essence and Practice of Japanese Archery by Hideharu Onuma and Dan and Jackie DeProspero is an excellent introduction to this form of archery.

 Bushido is also the subject of Advanced Stick Fighting by Masaaki Hatsumi.  This type of martial art has been hidden for years and is one of the least understood and most intriguing sport.  Hatsumi is a grand master of stick fighting and has worked to educate people about the traditions and techniques of the ancient fighting art.

Japanese Home Cooking by Shunsuke Fukushima shows the reader how to prepare simple to make meals that look elegant and delicious.  Photos of the ingredients, equipment and completed dishes educate the cook and accompany easy to read and follow directions.  Japanese cooking is beautiful, delicious and healthy.  This book will help anyone master quick, easy and delicious foods that can be made at home.

Harumi’s Japanese Cooking by Harumi Kusihara is a best cookbook of the year winner in the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.  This cookbook features more extensive menus and courses than does the previous book.  Harumi is a phenomenon in Japan because of her cooking and lifestyle books and magazines.  She focuses on effortless, down-to-earth and non-pretentious approach to stylish eating and living that follows a philosophy of elegance and simplicity.  This cookbook has recipes for appetizers, entrees, soups, noodles, tofu, seafood, poultry, beef, pork, sushi, vegetables, desserts and drinks. 

Any visitor to Japan should visit Kyoto and go to the Kimono style show.  The beauty of the kimono is something that you will never forget.  Making Kimono and Japanese Clothes by Jenni Dobson details the flowing silks and delicate colors of Japanese fabrics.  An expert dressmaker and quilter Dobson translates genuine Japanese garments and traditional techniques into easy-to-follow assembly instructions that allow almost anyone to recreate traditional Japanese clothing.

The gardens of Japan have existed for over 800 years, and photographer Johnny Hymas captures gardens from the medieval times to the present in Japan the Living Gardens.  A diverse number of gardens including a Zen garden, a Karesansui garden and Japanese Tea garden are just a few of the examples of the glorious gardens featured in this stunning work of art.  A stay-at-home trip to Japan is as close as the Peter White Public Library.

by Pam Christensen,Library Director
     October 12, 2013
True Tales

Whether you’re reading for entertainment or education, the juvenile non-fiction collection at Peter White Public Library offers an array of fascinating true tales.  From pioneers to civil rights, animal rescues to America’s oldest farm, stories of these interesting families and individuals inspire and teach. They include: Wild Horses: Black Hills Sanctuary by Chris Peterson, j599.6655PE, An Extraordinary Life: The Story of the Monarch Butterfly by Laurence Pringle, j595.789PR, Tuttle’s Red Barn: The Story of America’s Oldest Farm by Richard Michelson j629.45ST and these others:

Cut Down Shin Creek, The Pack Horse Librarians of Kentucky by Kathi Appelt, j027.07AP, champions a group of brave women who ride through rugged terrain in the Appalachian Mountains in the bone chilling cold, freezing sleet and through swollen creeks, all to bring library books to isolated houses.  One of the poorest states in the country at that time, Kentucky has been especially hard hit after the stock market crash of 1929.  As part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s WPA project, young women are paid $28 a month to deliver books, magazines, reference materials and homemade scrapbooks to the crooks and hollows of the hills of Kentucky. They bring free public library materials to those rural areas for the first time.  The women ride horses 12 to 13 hour a day, most without a lunch, and over rough trails. There are no roads. Their determination is inspiring and encouraging, considering that their materials were all donations. The WPA doesn’t pay for a single one.

As pioneers settle the west, the need for mail service across the heartland becomes a necessity and the Pony Express is born. In They’re Off! The Story of The Pony Express by Cheryl Harness, j383HA, the Wild West comes to life.  They race horses day and night to deliver the mail, in spite of Apache and Piute warriors, horse thieves and snowy mountain passes.  On April 8, 1860, the first rider leaves San Franciso bound for St. Louis, Missouri.  What follows is how the Pony Express works through the Paiute War, the Civil War and the invention of “talking wires”, telegraph lines.  Though it has a brief existence, the Pony Express is an important part of American History, and Harness’ exciting telling of it is sure to please readers.

Remember Little Rock: The Time, The People, The Stories by Terrence Roberts, j379.263WA, gives first-hand accounts of “The Little Rock Nine”, the first group of African American students to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.  They want what their peers want, a chance at the best education in Little Rock and Central High is known for its top notch academics.  But the white community of Little Rock, all the way up to Governor Orval Faubus does not want to follow the federal mandate to integrate. The first day of school the Governor orders the Arkansas National Guard to surround the school.  They are still there the second day.  As the nine try to enter the building, the Guard blocks their paths, turning them back into the cruel jeers, jabs, and for some physical attacks by the mob outside the building.  So begins the story of their school year, one riddled with deep hatred and racism.  Their firsthand accounts of perseverance, courage and strength through the cruelest of circumstances is a must read for all.   

Crows, falcons, ducks, geese, crayfish, bass, weasels, a boa constrictor, mice, and “eek” a tarantula, fly, waddle, swim, run and crawl off the pages of this hilarious chapter book by the author of Julie of the Wolves.  The Tarantula in My Purse and 172 Other Wild Pets by Jean Craighead George, j921GE, tells of George’s family “pets” all wild, and all fun.  Her three children delight in raising abandoned wild animals, some that take on human like traits, and others, like a frog, who still act wild.  These wildlife enthusiasts can’t get enough of their furry, feathered, scaly pets, raising some for adulthood in the wild and others as lifelong family members. They even build a pond in their living room.  Readers who love animals will love these animal tales.

 In Adelina’s Whales by Richard Sobol, j599.5SO, young Adelina eagerly waits for the return of the Gray Whales to her tiny village of La Laguna in Baja California, Mexico.  The whales come to this remote place to have their babies in the protected lagoon.  As we hear stories of Adelina’s grandfather’s first encounter with a gray whale, we see photos of the majestic creatures as they surface for the only human connection they allow – at La Laguna.  Readers will learn whale facts as well as the interest scientists and researchers have in this tiny ramshackle village that hosts these mamas and babies every January. With a forward from Robert F. Kennedy describing the fight to preserve the Lagoon, readers will understand how precious the lagoon is to the giant mammals. 

Stories of courage, bravery, the fight for equal rights and amazing aptitude abound in Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Stone, j629.4ST.  It takes 38 years from the time women first test as physically apt as men for the space program, for the first woman to command a space shuttle for NASA.  Stone’s thorough research results in stories of 13 women who in 1960 hope to become astronaut candidates.  They are the first female pilots to undergo rigorous tests as scientists scrutinize their physical, psychological and physiological characteristics to see if they are capable to astronaut candidates.  The women excell at the tests, in some cases perform better than the original Mercury 7 male crew.  But NASA, the Navy, and several male astronauts are not ready for females in space and block them at every turn, making it an unattainable goal until 1999.  These brave women push anyway, proving that determination and sheer will can see a dream come true.   

by Jeni Kilpela, Youth Services
     October 5, 2013
Fall Fiction

Autumn is a time of change: school beginnings, lower temperatures and shorter days, changing leaf color, and the end of gardening and mowing the lawn. The list of changes goes on for this time of year, but I experienced a change myself recently. I changed or broadened my interest base of reading material to include the genre of the graphic novel. I’ve highlighted a few new ones as well as some new novels by favorite authors.

Four new books came up that are in a series entitled AIR by G. Willow Wilson. I’d never really looked at graphic novels as I thought they were for a “younger” crowd of readers, and were hardcover “comic books.” But these graphic novels attracted me so I opened up the first volume, Letters from Lost Countries. Ms. Wilson and artist/illustrator M.K. Perker make a good team that develops a sense of intrigue, fantasy and a little bit of romance. AIR’s main character, Blythe, is a new flight attendant for Clearfleet Airlines. The series chronicles her escapades as she travels around the world doing the impossible.  PWPL has the first four titles of this series.

Another new graphic novel that I readily picked up is about an old favorite. I’ve followed the comic strip “Unshelved” by Gene Ambaum & Bill Barnes for over ten years since its creation under the title of “Overdue.” Set in the library world of Mallville Public Library, characters Dewey, wife Cathy, Mel the library manager, Colleen, Tamara, and many others live and breathe library. PWPL now has an “Unshelved” collection entitled BIBLIOVORES in the graphic novels section. Daily strips sometimes come very close to real-life library activity, while at other times it is totally unreal. Come in, read it and enjoy the world of library.

DEAD IRON: the age of steam by Devon Monk is my trek into science-fiction. Not knowing how a book could be a Western, a “gritty steampunk” and magic all-in-one, I went to Google to find an answer. Steampunk is a new sub-genre of science-fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery, and is especially set in the industrialized American West. Bountyman Cedar Hunt lives by tracking beasts and lost things. While searching for a missing boy, Cedar learns that his dead brother may, in fact, be alive. The price for information on his brother is high; the Madder Brothers want him to find the Holder, a mysterious machine that opens doors to other worlds including that of the Strange. Enter antagonist, Shard LeFel, a railroad tycoon who currently possesses the Holder and needs the device to put an end to his earthly torment. Monk’s action-packed story is filled with vivid landscapes of Oregon’s early frontier life as he ventures into this new sci-fi genre.

Yet again I stretched myself to pull the new Jack Reacher novel off the kiosk. Written by Lee Child, NEVER GO BACK continues the Reacher saga in this eighteenth book about the former military cop. Reacher returns to the Virginia headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP, to meet the new CO, Major Susan Turner. Her voice has intrigued him over the telephone and he wants to meet her. When he arrives at headquarters, he promptly gets arrested for a crime he supposedly committed over sixteen years ago. Both Turner and he are put into the brig (jail). From there it gets busy as Child turns up the action: both break out of jail, make a cross-country trip and try to discover why Reacher is just now discovering he may have a daughter. All of this happens while he’s trying to clear himself, too.  The pace is fast and the suspense is good. Enjoy!

Clive Cussler has added another novel, THE MAYAN SECRETS, to his Fargo Adventure series that he again co-authored with Thomas Perry. This adventure begins with Sam and Remi Fargo in Mexico doing humanitarian aid following a terrible earthquake. They find an unearthed Mayan tomb and discover within it a “new” codex full of information about Mayan civilization. Not knowing what to do with their discovery amid the earthquake’s chaos, the Fargos bring it home to California. Mayan expert David Caine advises them of the book’s value and importance. Before they can properly deal with it, it’s stolen. Their real adventure begins; find the thief and the codex and stay alive while doing it.

by Vicki Mann, Reference Desk
     September 28, 2013
Nonfiction Newbies

The Peter White Public Library offers these new adult non-fiction titles.

1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War by Charles Emmerson
Before the Great War, empires and cities stood on the brink of massive change. Through exhaustive research and narrative Emmerson attempts to recreate the great cosmopolitan cities of the world, and the way things were going prior to the upheaval of war. New adult non-fiction 909.82 EM

iTunes and iCloud for iPhone, iPad, & iPod touch Absolute Beginner's Guide by Brad Miser
Just what is “the cloud”, what can I do with iTunes? Miser’s guide assists those who have recently acquired an Apple device, or want to do more with the one they already own. New adult non-fiction 006.5 MI 

The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age by Catherine Steiner-Adair  Author Steiner-Adair addresses how technology and the associated devices we take everywhere are changing family dynamics. Offers step-by-step solutions to encourage children to be happy, active, and engaged. Stage-by-stage analysis of child development and the technological challenges that come along the way. New adult non-Fiction 303.4834 ST

The Encyclopedia of Reggae: The Golden Age of Roots Reggae by Mike Alleyne
Illustrated guide to reggae from 1960s Jamaica onward. Short narratives devoted to each major contributor to the reggae scene, and guides to reggae sub-genres such as ska, dub, and dancehall. New adult non-fiction 781.646 AL

Mary Wells: The Tumultuous Life of Motown's First Superstar by Peter Benjaminson
Wells rose to fame in the early 1960s and was recognized as “The Queen of Motown”. Also known as “Miss Hitmaker”, she helped define the record label and their early success. Benjaminson is an authority on Motown and associated artists, covering in this volume Mary Wells’ life, loves, and career until her untimely death from cancer in 1992. New adult non-fiction 780.92 Wells

Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age by W. Bernard Carlson
This work intends to demystify the gifted scientist who brought us AC power distribution. The Serbian-born inventor also contributed to radio, television, and other technologies that continue to shape the modern world. Tesla was an idealist, celebrity, and showman. He consciously engaged in self-promotion and cultivated his persona as an eccentric genius to attract attention to his groundbreaking body of work. New adult non-fiction 621.3092 CA

by Bruce MacDonald, Circulation Librarian
     September 21, 2013
Universal Design

In anticipation of the upcoming Universal Design Conference to be held at the library on October 2 & 3, today’s column highlights resources available through the library’s electronic catalog which is available in the library or online, anytime, through the library’s website:

Universal Design is a superior approach to planning and construction that is inclusive, attractive and never obvious, while improving function and usability for everyone- in homes, businesses, products and communities. Going beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, Universal Design concepts are stylish, beautiful and make good sense for all ages and all abilities.

How can you learn more about this new, sensible and creative trend? A simple keyword or subject search for “universal design” in the library’s catalog provides a list of available books and resources full of inspiring ideas that can be found on the library shelves under the nonfiction call number 728.087.

PWPL’s holdings under this subject heading contains the “AARP Guide to Revitalizing your Home: Beautiful Living for the Second Half of Life” by Rosemary Bakker. Packed with accessible ideas and full color  photographs for all areas of your home-gardens, entries, kitchens, baths, living spaces and bedrooms, the book covers flooring, lighting, storage, fixtures, appliances, security as well as touching on what makes a livable community.

Another option is “The Accessible Home: Designing for All Ages and Abilities” by Deborah Pierce. Published in 2012 by Taunton Press, this book provides stylish ideas for each area of the home and how those designs can be adapted as life changes- from raising young children to aging in place issues as well welcoming visitors of all abilities. This book will help you plan and adapt your home for those unforeseen circumstances life can throw your way.

The library catalog also opens the door to other library holdings throughout the state for your use. One such book that has helped this writer with an unforeseen life altering change is “Universal Design for the Home” by Wendy Jordan. Subtitled “Great-Looking, Great-Living Design for All Ages, Abilities and Circumstances,” this book is a gallery of wonderful, gorgeous and inspiring photographs and plan drawings that help you see what your home can become and still be an attractive, comfortable space to living in for the whole family.

Another option to learn more about the advantages of Universal Design, is to register for the library’s conference on October 2 and 3. The regional conference, which is presented by Thrivent Financial and a host of other community groups, local and national organizations, is open to all consumers as well as business people, architects, builders, planners, students, public health professionals and those involved with community planning.

Keynote speaker, Cynthia Leibrock, is an award winning author, international lecturer, lobbyist, and universal designer with over 30 years of experience.  Her mission is to improve health, longevity, and life quality though universal design. Prominent clients include: The Betty Ford Center, Toyota, Kohler, and The Smithsonian National Design Museum including an exhibit with Julia Child. For twenty years she has taught courses in the architecture department of Harvard University.  Her keynote includes a virtual tour of her home which was recently on the cover on The New York Times.  Leibrock’s newest book, “Design Details for Health: Making the Most of Design’s Healing Potential” is part of the library’s collection as well.

Other presenters at the conference will speak on accessibility and inclusivity in outdoor recreation and landscape design;  universal design in business, construction, aging in place issues, health care practices, and  state support of universal design projects. In addition NMU’s Human Centered Design students will showcase their work in a gallery tour and the first ever Above and Beyond ADA Awards will be presented in recognition of exemplary upgrades in our area. The conference winds up with a hands-on demonstration of assistive technology for indoor use and outdoor recreation for people who experience barriers to independent living. Devices range from low cost and low tech to high tech and outdoor recreation vehicles for increased health and wellness.

More conference details and registration information for this unique educational opportunity- right in our own backyard- can also be found on the library’s website or by visiting or calling the library at 226-4318. Don’t miss it!

by Margaret Boyle, Programming Coordinator
      September 14, 2013

CineArts, the monthly film series featuring foreign and independent films, opens the new season on September 20 with “The Intouchables,” a French film starring the smiling Omar Sy. Sy plays Driss, a young, unemployed Senegalese immigrant hired to be the caregiver for a very wealthy quadriplegic, Philippe, played by François Cluzet. The relationship between the two leads is delightful in this very touching and funny film. The movie is based on a true story discovered by the directors in a documentary film. Abdel Sellou, the real Driss, published his memoir, You Changed My Life, shortly after the film was released.

Disney’s “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” pulls at your heart strings. A family film and a bit mushy, this fairy tale deals with a young couple’s desire for a child. When they receive a diagnosis of infertility, Cindy and Jim Green write down the characteristics of their ideal child, put the slips of paper in a wooden box and bury the box in the garden. After a stormy night they wake up to find Timothy, a young boy covered with dirt, in the kitchen. Except for the leaves growing on his legs, Timothy appears normal and enthusiastically enters into family and small town life. In many fairy tales, the force at the center of the magic must leave yet the love remains. In this film the arrival of autumn brings bittersweet changes. This movie faintly recalls   the beautifully written novel, Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

From PBS Masterpiece comes “Mr Selfridge,” the story of American retailer Harry Gordon Selfridge, who became the energetic force behind London’s most elegant and opulent department store. Founded during the early 20th century, Selfridge’s sold everything new and trendsetting. The eight-hour DVD series starring Jeremy Piven includes a behind-the-scenes-at-Selfridge’s special feature.

“Small Island,” a Masterpiece Classic presentation, stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Ruth Wilson as landlords in post-World War II Britain. Naomie Harris and David Oyelowo star as a Jamaican couple who marry for convenience and immigrate to Britain searching for better opportunities. The three-hour production explores issues of racism and colonialism.

The Japanese film “Quill” tells the life story of a yellow Labrador Retriever. We follow Quill from birth, through training as a guide dog, and pairing with his new owner, Watanabe, who is reluctant about relying on a dog. Soon, however, Quill wins him over, proving himself faster and safer than a cane. This film is also based on a true story.

Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones star in “Lincoln,” the recent award winning and inspiring film directed by Steven Spielberg. This film focuses on Lincoln’s drive to end the Civil War, abolish slavery and save the Union during the last four months of his life. Spielberg reveals the intensity with which Lincoln dealt with Congress, lobbyists and his wife and children.

“Monsieur Lazhar,” set in Montreal, is the story of how a middle school class deals with their teacher’s death by hanging with the help of a new substitute teacher. Monsieur Lazhar, a recent immigrant from Algeria, understands the shock and grief of his students because of painful secrets in his past. The teacher and students give strong, profoundly moving performances.

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in an English thriller, “The Last Enemy.” This almost five-hour long Masterpiece production examines a dystopian society set in London in the near future when technology and the fear of terrorism merge and put everyone and all places under constant surveillance. Cumberbatch plays Stephen Ezard, a brilliant mathematician working in China, who returns to London to attend his brother’s funeral. Within a very short time span, Stephen falls for his widowed sister-in-law, discovers a dying foreign woman in his brother’s apartment, becomes the spokesperson for a government database at the urging of his former girlfriend, and gets involved in a governmental conspiracy, all the while trying to figure out who he can really trust.

“Hysteria” is a film you definitely do not want to watch near young children. You may prefer getting together with a group of older friends for this one. Set in prudish Victorian London, a young doctor and his engineering roommate accidentally discover the electro-mechanical vibrator in this satisfying romantic comedy.

Another medical story set in London, this time in 1895, “Bramwell” is a four-season British production starring Jemma Redgrave as Eleanor Bramwell, a young, passionate and very intelligent doctor who attempts to improve public health services for people living in London’s East End slums. The writing, acting, locations, costumes and sometimes gruesome medical procedures are brilliant.

East London in the 1950s is still impoverished. “Call the Midwife” is a new British series that follows the nursing nuns and midwives who live at Nonnatus House and provide midwifery and other medical services to poor women in the East End. The series is funny, moving, honest and true-to-life.

Now that autumn is nearing you may want to gather on the sofa and view these DVDs and hundreds more that are available in the audio-visual collection on the main floor. 

by Cathy Seblonka, Collection Development Librarian
August 24, 2013
Michigan Ties

The Peter White Public Library new book shelves hold a variety of reading material.  Skeletons in the Closet by Tobias T. Buhk bids readers welcome to Michigan, home to the grit and tire smell of Detroit, more than 3,000 miles of beach.  Michigan boasts of the longest freshwater shoreline in the world and more registered snowmobiles than any other state.  Tourists spend summers in cabins cooling off by the Big Lake, and residents bundle up, watching the snow pile as it grows.  Even in this outdoor paradise, there is still room for crime and plenty of places to bury bodies.  The author takes to the road to chronicle some of the Great Lakes State’s more intriguing, hair-rising and compelling crime cases.  You will never look at Michigan the same way again.

Buhk teams up with Dr. Stephen D. Cohle to explore the everyday world of the Kent County Morgue located in West Michigan.  Cause of Death: Forensic Files of a Medical Examiner is complete with the gruesome sights, the caustic smells and the frightening sounds of the autopsy.  This writing duo examines the twisted tales of the bodies that have rolled through the doors of the Kent County Morgue.  Fans of forensic detective stories will like this book that details what happens in the day-to-day life of the Grand Rapids area Medical Examiner.

In 1933, Albert Einstein, like so many others of his generation, became a refugee due to the spread of fascism in Europe.  He settled in Princeton, New Jersey where he accepted a position at the newly established Institute for Advanced Study. The modest, retiring theorstician, his principal scientific discoveries behind him, had unwittingly become something of a sage whose opinions on all issues affecting humanity were eagerly sought by a variety of people.  With good humor and with a steadfast moral compass, Einstein responded and became an internationally respected spokesperson for ethical humanism and a symbol of the scientist as the world’s conscience.  Einstein in America, the Scientific Conscience in the Age of Hitler and Hiroshima by Janice Sayen recounts his life from 1933 until his death in 1955.  This time span includes development of the atomic bomb and his early efforts to achieve international control over nuclear weapons as well as Einstiens lifelong pacifism, his relationship with Judaism, the nature of his support for Isreal and his fervent stand against McCarthyism and the Cold War.  This fascinating book paints a personal portrait of the private Einstein as recounted by those who knew him best.

            Author Steve Hamilton sets his Alex McKnight series in Paradise, Michigan.  Hamilton took a break from the series several year ago to pen The Lock Artist.  He returned last year with Die a Stranger and follows that with Let It Burn.  In the newest mystery novel McKnight finds that even retirement can’t shield him from his former duty to serve and protect the residents of Detroit.  A trip to Motown is a trip he would just as soon forget.  The city continues to remind him of his partner’s death and the bullet still lodged near his heart.  When his old sergeant calls to notify him of the release from prison of a young many he helped put away, nagging doubts draw McKnight back to the city and on a nostalgic trip of the days before his partner died, his marriage fell apart and before he left Detroit, for what he thought would be forever.  What if he and his fellow officers were fooled and the real killer not only got away, but went on to kill again and again.

            Arizona is the setting for Manifest Injustice by Barry Siegel.  This true story of a convicted murderer and the lawyers who fought for his freedom is a cautionary tale about what happens when justice goes awry.  Bill Macumber was imprisoned for 38 years for the gruesome murder of a couple found by a school bus of students in the Arizona desert in 1962.  The brutal murder of a young couple bewildered the Maricopa Sheriff’s Department and resulted in a number of chilling confessions.  The case went cold until an estranged wife implicated her husband Bill Macumber. Despite questionable evidence and extraordinary irregularities, he was tried for the crime and convicted.  The case attracted the involvement of the Arizona Justice Project.  Macumber’s story provides startling and upsetting truths about our justice system and the dedicated lawyers who never stopped working on his behalf.  This story is filled with twists and turns and may change the way many people understand the court system today.

by Stanley Peterson, Maintenance Services
August 3, 2013
Hot Off the Cart

One of the perks of working in a library is perusing the carts as they roll out of the Technical Services Department where they’ve been cataloged, labeled, and otherwise prepared to go on the shelves.  In preparation for this column I walked downstairs and found a cart of books that had just been received and were waiting for processing.  From that cart I chose those books with titles that seemed to leap out at me—yes, I choose the following books by their covers.

In the tradition of M. F. K. Fisher, Laurie Colwin, and Ruth Reichl, Blue Plate Special is a narrative in which food—eating it, cooking it, reflecting on it—becomes the vehicle for unpacking a life. Author Kate Christensen explores her history of hunger—not just for food but for love and confidence and a sense of belonging—with a profound honesty, starting with her unorthodox childhood in 1960s Berkeley as the daughter of a mercurial legal activist who ruled the house with his fists. After a whirlwind adolescent awakening, Christensen strikes out to chart her own destiny within the literary world and the world of men, both equally alluring and dangerous. Food of all kinds, from Ho Hos to haute cuisine, remains an evocative constant throughout, not just as sustenance but as a realm of experience unto itself, always reflective of what is going on in her life.

The year is 1819, and the renowned chef Owen Wedgwood has been kidnapped by the ruthless pirate Mad Hannah Mabbot. He will be spared, she tells him, as long as he puts exquisite food in front of her every Sunday without fail.
Cinnamon and Gunpowder is a swashbuckling epicure’s adventure simmered over a surprisingly touching love story—with a dash of the strangest, most delightful cookbook never written. Author Eli Brown has crafted a uniquely entertaining novel full of adventure: the Scheherazade story turned on its head, at sea, with food.

Salley Vicker’s new novel, The Cleaner of Chartres, by Salley Vickers tells the story of Agnès Morel. A quiet presence in the small French town of Chartres, she can be found cleaning the famed medieval cathedral each morning and doing odd jobs for the townspeople. No one knows where she came from or why. Not Abbé Paul, who discovered her one morning twenty years ago, sleeping on the north porch, and not Alain Fleury, the irreverent young restorer who works alongside her each day and whose attention she catches with her tawny eyes and elusive manner. She has transformed each of their lives in her own subtle way, yet no one suspects the dark secret Agnès is hiding.

The Good Life Lab by Wendy J. Tremayne  is the inspirational story of how one couple ditched their careers and high-pressure life in New York City to move to rural New Mexico, where they made, built, invented, foraged, and grew all they needed to live self-sufficiently, discovering a new sense of value and abundance in the process. Alongside their personal story are tips and tutorials to guide readers in the discovery of a fulfilling new lifestyle that relies less on money. Tremayne wholeheartedly believes that everyone has the skill, imagination and creativity to make it work. 

Finding Colin Firth by Mia March is a novel about three women, connected in secret and surprising ways, who are in for a life-changing summer when rumor has it that actor Colin Firth is coming to their Maine town to film a movie. 

In Finnish Free Knits, Kristen TenDyke teaches readers how to knit sweaters with no assembly required. Through clever planning and some simple techniques, the projects in Finish-Free Knits are shaped and joined during knitting-- without sacrificing the pockets, buttonbands, and shaped collars that are accomplished in most designs by sewing together separate pieces. In addition, she demonstrates how to shape armholes, join pieces as you go, use short-rows for shaping, and more.

In Cure Your Child with Food, Kelly Dorfman, a nutritionist, gives parents the tools they need to become nutrition detectives; to recalibrate their children’s diets through the easy E.A.T. program; and, finally, to get their children off drugs—antibiotics, laxatives, Prozac, Ritalin—and back to a natural state of well-being.  Grounded in science and filled with case studies, this is a book for parents whose children suffer from mood swings, stomachaches, ear infections, eczema, anxiety, tantrums, ADD/ADHD, picky eating, asthma, lack of growth, and a host of other physical, behavioral, and developmental problems.

The Debut novel The Irresistible Blueberry Bakery by Mary Simses tells the story of a high-powered Manhattan attorney who finds love, purpose, and the promise of a simpler life in her grandmother's hometown. Ellen Branford is going to fulfill her grandmother's dying wish--to find the hometown boy she once loved, and give him her last letter. Ellen leaves Manhattan and her Kennedy-esque fiancé for Beacon, Maine. What should be a one-day trip is quickly complicated when she almost drowns in the chilly bay and is saved by a local carpenter. The rescue turns Ellen into something of a local celebrity, which may or may not help her unravel the past her grandmother labored to keep hidden. As she learns about her grandmother and herself, it becomes clear that a 24-hour visit to Beacon may never be enough.

From Andrew Sean Greer, the author of The Confessions of Max Tivoli, comes The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells, a romantic story of a woman who finds herself transported to the “other lives” she might have lived.  After the death of her beloved twin brother and the abandonment of her long-time lover, Greta Wells undergoes electroshock therapy. Over the course of the treatment, Greta finds herself repeatedly sent to 1918, 1941, and back to the present. In these other worlds, Greta finds her brother alive and well—though fearfully masking his true personality. And her former lover is now her devoted husband…but will he be unfaithful to her in this life as well? Greta Wells is fascinated by her alter egos: in 1941, she is a devoted mother; in 1918, she is a bohemian adulteress.  Each reality has its own losses, its own rewards; each extracts a different price. Which life will she choose as she wrestles with the unpredictability of love and the consequences of even her most carefully considered choices?

The Humans by Matt Haig had the most distinguished cover on the cart I perused, featuring a large nose front and center.  The premise seems equally evocative.  When an extraterrestrial visitor arrives on Earth, his first impressions of the human species are less than positive. Taking the form of Professor Andrew Martin, a prominent mathematician at Cambridge University, the visitor is eager to complete the gruesome task assigned him and hurry back home to the utopian world of his own planet, where everyone enjoys immortality and infinite knowledge.

byEllen Moore, Reference Librarian
July 27, 2013
Switch Up Summer Reading

Need to switch up your summer reading?  Try out a historical fiction title and look back at what could have been. 

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Theresa Ann Fowler - This dazzling novel captures the romance, glamour, and tragedy of the first flapper, Zelda Fitzgerald.   Southern belle Zelda Sayre meets F. Scott Fitzgerald at a country club dance in 1918 and the "ungettable" Zelda has fallen for him despite his unsuitability.  After Scott sells his first novel, Zelda boards a train north to marry him.  At the dawn of the Jazz Age, the unimagined attention, success and celebrity makes Scott and Zelda legends of their own time. Their story follows them across the country and to Europe as they cavort with the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Sara and Gerald Murphy, and Gertrude Stein.  Like a Gatsby party, the fun can’t go on forever.  This novel looks at who Zelda might have been, other than Scott’s wife and how she might have tried to forge her own identity while enduring the trials of life.

The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin – This tale reveals the marriage of one of Americas most extraordinary couples: Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.  For much of her life, Anne Morrow stood in the shadows of those around her.  When Anne  travels to Mexico City, she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. He sees Anne as a kindred spirit, a fellow adventurer, and her world will be changed forever. In the years that follow, despite her own major achievements, Anne is viewed merely as the aviators wife. The life she once longed for produces heartbreak and hardships, ultimately pushing her to reconcile her need for love and her desire for independence.

The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan -  This novel introduces readers to two sisters in Belle époque Paris. Following their father's sudden death, the van Goethem sisters find their lives upended. Set at a moment of profound artistic, cultural, and societal change, this tale follows two sisters to the darker impulses of "civilized society."  With so much against them in the underworld of 1878 Paris including alcoholism, prostitution, even murder, and the girls are almost sure to be lost.  However the girls may even have a chance to survive, perhaps flourish

The House Girl by Tara Conklin –  Two remarkable women, separated by more than a century, lives unexpectedly intertwine.  In 2004, Lina Sparrow discovers a controversy rocking the art world: art historians suspect that the paintings of Lu Anne Bell, an antebellum artist known for her humanizing portraits of the slaves, were actually the work of her house slave. In piecing together Josephine's story, Lina embarks on a journey that will lead her to question her own life, including the full story of her mother's mysterious death twenty years before.

Out of the Easy by Ruta SepetysNew Orleans’ French Quarter  simmers with secrets in this young adult novel set in 1950.  Seventeen-year-old Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death leaves her involved in an investigation that will challenge her allegiances.  Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld.      

by Heather Steltenpohl, Finance Director
July 13, 2013

Summer is finally here on the calendar, but temperature-wise I’m not so certain. Whatever you’re doing this summer, paperbacks are just the right size to put in a bag and carry wherever one may be going. That’s why I’ve selected a few of our new paperbacks to highlight in my favorite genre, mysteries. I hope you enjoy these quick reads while enjoying the out-of-doors and the U.P.

Denise Swanson is the author of a new series, Devereaux’s Dime Store Mystery. In the series, Swanson writes Devereaux Sinclair back home in Missouri where she opens a little store. In the first book, Little Shop of Homicide, a gift from Devereaux’s store causes questions about her innocence in a murder case. She enlists the aid of family, friends and a deputy U.S. Marshall to clear her name; to prove she’s not like her criminal father. A second book in the series is entitled Nickeled-and-Dimed to Death. Amateur sleuth Devereaux quickly joins authorities to solve another murder in town that has her friend Boone as the suspect. Follow her again as she works to solve the murder and clear him.

Another series of books that is good to read belong to “A Farmer’s Market Mystery.” Paige Shelton writes this series following the escapades of Becca Robins, heroine extraordinaire. Becca lives on a small farm and makes jams and preserves for her living. Follow her as she interacts with her neighbors solving murders in Fruit of All Evil, Farm Fresh Murder, A Killer Maize and Crops and Robbers. The PWPL has all four titles in our paperback collection.

My next selection, “A Cheese Shop Mystery” entitled To Brie or Not to Brie was written by Avery Aames. Set in Providence, Ohio, main character Charlotte Bessette has learned how to handle work, love and family commitment while still creating new recipes. Everyone loves her new Brie blueberry ice cream. But someone had it out for the stranger in town. He turns up dead in the freezer of the Igloo Ice Cream Parlor. Charlotte works throughout this book to find the murder while still maintaining her shop; creating food for Matthew’s wedding and coping with life. Recipes included.

Washington, D.C. is the setting in Maggie Sefton’s latest, Deadly Politics. Unemployed Molly Malone turns to her niece Karen for help in finding a new job. Through Karen’s connections, Molly accepts a position with a freshman senator. All is not right in the office; Molly discovers secrets. Are the secrets what caused someone to kill Karen? Molly is quickly on the trail to find her niece’s murderer.

… and speaking about jobs that might kill… Elaine Viets is author of a mystery series called “A Dead-End Job Mystery.” There are several titles in this series, but the one that I picked up is Murder with Reservations. It’s the story about Helen Hawthorne, a housekeeper at Fort Lauderdale’s Full Moon Hotel.  She works hard for her paychecks cleaning rooms at the hotel and definitely understands why co-worker, Rhonda, just up-and-left. Then poor Rhonda is found dead, in the dumpster. Helen becomes paranoid that someone is following her, only to discover that it’s her ex. Does he have anything to do with Rhonda’s death?

Twist Phelan authored Spurred Ambition that is set near fictional Pinnacle Peak, AZ. Enter Hannah Dain, lawyer and rock climber. After discovering an illicit affair and the fact that the man she believed was her father is not, Hannah leaves the “family” firm. She takes a job doing legal work for the Tohono O’odham Office of Tribal Affairs which is on a local reservation. Tony Soto is her new boss, but something feels odd. Is Tony innocent, or does he know about the hoax? Hannah is kept busy as she tries to unravel two mysteries at once.  

What would this list be without “A Library Lover’s Mystery” on it?  Incomplete! Another series and another terrific mystery paperback, Due or Die by Jenn McKinlay has Library Director Lindsay Norris answering more than just reference questions. She’s searching for answers to the questions of who murdered Mr. Rushton and who’s out to get Carrie, his wife. PWPL has multiple titles in this series. 

by Vicki Mann, Reference Desk
July 6, 2013
Michigan Biographies

Recounting life’s experience is the goal of the biography or autobiography.  In addition to the story of one’s life, the biography can also teach the reader how a person fit into the social fabric of the day.  A number of biographies have been written by and/or about people from the Upper Peninsula.

            Michigan’s Columbus by Steve Lehto is the story of Douglass Houghton and his life of exploration.  Houghton died tragically at the young age of 36 while traveling by boat on Lake Superior.  As Michigan’s State Geologist Houghton’s explorations and surveys documented the minerals that have been such an important part of the State’s industrial past.

            Carl Pellonpaa and Jerry Harju tell the story of the popular host of Finland Calling in Suomi Kutsuu.  Pellonpaa was born during the Depression in Ishpeming.  He was a successful athlete and served in the military in Korea.  He worked underground as a miner and then landed a job in television.  That career has spanned over 50 years, and as Pellonpaa states about his life “I’m not through with it yet.”

            Ojibwa Narratives recorded by Homer H. Kidder and edited by Arthur P. Bourgeois is a collection of the fascinating tales told by Ojibwa storytellers Charles and Charlotte Kawbawgam and Jacques LePique.  The book tells about early Ojibwa history, culture, rituals and other important religious and social events experienced by these three important local Native Americans.

            Les Niemi served as a Lutheran pastor for forty years in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in addition to growing up in Chatham.  Memories, the Life and Two-Pronged Ministry of Les Niemi recounts his life and service to churches throughout the UP.  Short vignettes illuminate his life and faith as well as tell about his contemporaries, society and faith.  An entertaining look at Niemi’s life and ministries.

            My Father, Doctor Van by Charles Van Riper is the story of beloved physician Paul Van Riper.  His son writes a lively, humorous, compassionate and earthy account of the extraordinary country doctor who came to the UP to treat and heal its residents.  Van Riper came to the UP in 1901 at the behest of the Oliver Iron Mining Company.  He lived in Champion and provided medical care to local residents for almost 70 years.

            Isaac Polvi came to the UP from Finland at the turn of the Nineteenth Century.  Joseph Damrell, Isaac’s grandson edited his handwritten memoirs into an autobiography that details life in rural Finland in the late 1800’s and in Ewen, Michigan in the first half of the Twentieth Century.  The title of this work is Isaac Polvi, Autobiography of a Finnish Immigrant. The memories of Polvi are vivid and thought provoking.

            Ben Mukkala’s writings have delighting readers with his sense of humor and astute observations.  His autobiography The Gift of Wings is no exception.  Mukkala details his life in the sky in this fast paced book. Mukkala tells about his career in the US Air Force, the places he traveled, the planes he flew and the people he met.

            Bishop Frederic Baraga is receiving renewed interest due to the canonization process.  The Diary of Bishop Frederic Baraga was edited and annotated by Regis M. Walling and Rev. N. Daniel Rupp.  The diary documents his travels and service throughout the UP.  The daily life and struggles of a priest on the frontier is fascinating reading.

            Shepherd of the Wilderness by Bernard J. Lambert is the product of 18 years research into the life of Bishop Baraga.  Using texts and records from Europe and the US, Lambert has pieced together a definitive biography of Baraga.  He makes a strong case for beatification of Baraga and gives the reader a thorough look at why Baraga deserves sainthood.

            Wilfred Nevue was a descendant of immigrants from Quebec, Canada.  He grew up on a backwoods farm near Champion.  His story is one of working on the farm, hunting and fishing, and attending school as a boy.   His interest in the customs and culture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries are captured in this readable book.  A Boy’s Paradise is his autobiography. 

            Small Town D.A. by Robert Traver is the story of a District Attorney serving in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  This candid account of  “the keeper of the public conscience and father confessor” is humorous, poignant and challenging.  The book tells the tales of those who run afoul of the law and their treatment by the court.

            Ernie Ronn is a third generation miner who worked for Cleveland Cliffs and out of appreciation and concern for his fellow workers became a labor union representative.  His autobiography 52 Steps Underground presents a realistic picture of labor on the Marquette Range and chronicles important regional history.  For anyone interested in how laborers shaped the mining industry and what being underground was really like, this is a must read.

            The Peter White Public Library has an extensive collection of biographies that relate to Upper Peninsula history.  These are but a few of the many volumes that will help readers to understand the variety of people who shaped the UP of today.

by Pam Christensen, Library Director
June 22, 2013
Culinary Reads

                Have you ever wanted to learn to bake? Do you already consider yourself a qualified baker? “Your Time To Bake,” by Robert L. Blakeslee can help you create wonderful works of culinary art in your kitchen at home. This is a cookbook for the novice baker. It has the qualities to turn non-bakers into successful creators of cakes, cookies, pies, and other delectable baked goods. I really enjoyed making the scones. I added raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries with the blueberries to “berrify” the recipe.

Another baking book to pick up from the library if you want to get your bake on is “Pies Sweet and Savory,” by Caroline Bretherton. This book is all about constructing pies from scratch. This book can help open your mind to different types of pies, from meat pies to vegetarian quiches. It has rich chocolate tarts and divine fruit cobblers; there is a pie for every taste and occasion. One recipe that blew me away was the spicy beef hand pies. The one thing I would suggest when making this recipe is make two batches of dough. I ran out of dough with one batch.

                Baking isn’t the only fundamental when it comes to creating food. Let’s talk about one of our American favorites, the burger. How about “The Book of Burger” by the New York Times bestselling author Rachael Ray? A lot of folks love to have that wonderful cookout in the heat of summertime. If you want to spice up the cookout, try making a burger that will get all of your friends saying “WOW!” This book has all types of burgers patties with choices of beef, chicken, pork, salmon, veggie, and lamb. There are plenty of recipes for side dishes that complement any types of burger.

                Have you ever heard the phrase, “Southern Cooking?” Well the book “Texas Eats,” written by Robb Walsh will help you understand southern cooking like never before. Unlike most cookbooks, this book has chapters. Each chapter gives a description and tells stories about all of the recipes in the chapter. They provide background of where these recipes originated and then some. I made a delicious coconut chicken stew but wasn’t sure what to pair it with. When I opened this book I found a really tasty boardinghouse biscuits recipe that helped complete my dish.

                Last but not least is a book that will make you smile, say “Cheese.” “Hot and Cheesy” by Clifford A. Wright has some super good recipes for the fan of cheese.  Over 250 recipes that involve cheese are compiled here. Fritters, pastries, casseroles, pastas, pizzas, sandwiches, breads, and everything else you can stuff, top or sprinkle with cheese fill this book. I fell in love with two recipes. The Broccoli Cheese Dish and the Broccoli Stems Pistachio au Gratin dishes get your mouth watering for more, if you like broccoli and cheese, of course. The cool thing about these two recipes is that you use the broccoli florets for one recipe and the broccoli stems for the other.

                Please remember every recipe that you come across is only a guideline. It is encouraged in the culinary world to add your own twist to a recipe. Also kitchen time should be fun time, enjoy creating dishes with these ideas from the library collection.

by Shane Sizemore, Maintenance Dept.
June 15, 2013
New Nonfiction

Bringing Mulligan Home.
By Dale Maharidge.
The author’s father, Steve Maharidge, served with the US Marine Corps during WWII, but was silent about his experiences. The only visible evidence of his service was a single photograph hanging in his basement, a picture of him standing with a fellow serviceman. After his father’s death, the author spent twelve years piecing together the story of Love Company, his father’s unit in the Pacific Theater. Interviews with other surviving members of the company bring their experiences to light, and how those times changed them.
New adult nonfiction 940.5425 Ma

The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari.
By Paul Theroux.
Zona verde does not refer to a specific place, but is a Portuguese term for the African bush. "In the bush lay Africa's essence," writes Mosquito Coast author Theroux. Now in his 70s, as he returns to Africa to embark alone on a trip through the southern portion of the continent by train, bus, and bush taxi. Since his time in the Peace Corps fifty years ago, Theroux has spent a great deal of time in Africa, and illuminating backwater locations through his writing.
New adult nonfiction 916.881 Th

Here Is Where: Discovering America's Great Forgotten History.
By Andrew Carroll.
Nearly forgotten and overlooked places of history all around the US are given their due in this entertaining volume by Andrew Carroll, who “hated history” until he learned to love it on his own terms. The author travelled the country to find the places where significant events happened and tell their stories. The place that inspired the book was the spot where the brother of John Wilkes Booth saved the life of President Lincoln’s son, Robert.
New adult nonfiction 973 Ca

Peking to Paris: Life and Love on a Short Drive Around Half the World.
By Dina Bennett.
A 1940 Cadillac is an unlikely choice of vehicle to drive across the desert and rough roads of Eurasia en-route to Paris. This is precisely what the author and her husband set out to do in the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge, a rally event for antique vehicles where finishing the race is the primary objective. A humorous recount of that trip and the tests they faced along the way.
New adult nonfiction 796.72 Be

Along the Cherry Lane: Tales from the Life of Music Industry Legend Milton Okun.
By Richard Sparks.
A Renaissance man of music, Milt Okun’s career includes time as a singer, teacher, conductor, arranger, publishing executive, and author. Founder of Cherry Lane Music Publishing Company, he was instrumental in discovering and mentoring a variety of performers from folk to opera.
New adult nonfiction 780.92 Ok

In the City of Bikes: The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist. 
by Pete Jordan
After moving to Amsterdam for a semester to study how bicycles had been so completely integrated into the city transportation plan, the author instead married a local and stayed. What didn’t change was his dedication to studying bicycling as an essential part of Amsterdam, its bicycling culture, and how it came to be.
New adult nonfiction 796.6094 Jo

by Bruce MacDonald, Circulation Services Librarian
June 1, 2013
Dig into Reading

Dig into Reading, the 2013 summer reading program theme of many area libraries, supports a wide range of interests. We invite you to visit your library and dig into these new books for children.

A book as playful and creative as its subject matter, Paul Klee for Children by Silke Vry encapsulates the spirit of the German painter and abstract art. Vry’s book offers vignettes of Klee’s life, beliefs, struggles, and refreshing techniques including his use of lines, color, rubbish, sand and even chocolate pudding! Vry incorporates numerous reproductions of Klee’s work and invites readers to dig into drawing using artistic techniques inspired by Klee’s imaginative work.

Bill Traylor stores memories deep inside himself for eighty-five years. One summer day in 1939, he sits on a wooden crate in downtown Montgomery and starts drawing. Traylor draws from his memories: animals and farmers from his early life in the fields, images from slavery and the Civil War, and the people he see everyday on the Montgomery streets. Decades later, Traylor has become one of our most important self-taught American folk artists. Dig into Don Tate’s tribute to Traylor, It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie.

Authors Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm dig into research for their book, Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas. Chisholm, a Marquette native and winner of a National Medal of Science awarded by President Obama on February 1, teaches at MIT and has researched prochlorococcus, the smallest phytoplankton for 25 years. This luminous picture book explains how tiny plants called phytoplankton play an essential part of the ocean’s food chain by absorbing sunlight and getting gobbled up by bigger and bigger creatures, from zooplankton to whales, in addition to supplying half the earth’s oxygen.

Have you ever sat in a barley field at dusk and felt the world turning? Digging back to her youthful experience, zoologist Nicola Davies introduces young people to the natural world by describing four seasons of sights and sounds found in places as diverse as countryside and seashore, city and forest. Davies includes recipes for compost, berry crumble and bird cakes in her collection of poetry and information, Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature illustrated by Mark Hearld.

“Sally go round the moon, Sally go round the stars, Sally go round the chimney pots, with an Oosha Mary Ann.” Enjoy familiar and not-so-familiar nursery rhymes, poems and children’s songs in Sally Go Round the Stars: Favorite Rhymes from an Irish Childhood collected by Sarah Webb and Claire Ranson, and illustrated by Steve McCarthy. The authors dig deep onto old Irish songbooks, traditional nursery rhyme collections and their childhood memories to select entries for this lively resource.

Do you like community picnics? Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic written by Ginnie Lo and illustrated by Beth Lo tells the story of their Auntie Yang who bravely leaves China in 1945 to attend a university in the United States. The war in China prevents her return so her family and her sister’s family settle outside Chicago. They miss China, their family back home and Chinese food, especially soybeans. On a thrilling Sunday drive, the two families discover a field of soybeans growing among the corn fields. The friendly farmer allows them to pick soybeans which they take home, turn into favorite stir-fried dishes and have a picnic. For 40 years Auntie Yang holds an annual soybean picnic which becomes an important gathering for immigrant Chinese families in the Chicago area.

Travel around the world in 1768 with eleven-year-old Nicholas. The young sailor accompanies Captain James Cook on a three-year voyage aboard the sailing ship HMS Endeavour. In Nick’s historical journal, we read entries noting their “discovery” of Australia, exotic creatures and endless scientific specimens. The men open new worlds for colonists while encountering insects, starvation, storms, spear throwing native peoples, and the death of a third of their crew. Dig into adventure by reading Sailing the Unknown by Michael J. Rosen with detailed illustrations by Maria Cristina Pritelli, a contemporary self-taught Italian artist.

You might not dig into reading until you’ve experienced books and a loving adult or caretaker reading to you. In Anna McQuinn’s Lola Loves Stories we meet a sweet little girl who loves nothing more than listening to her daddy read a new library book every night. In turn, Lola follows her daddy’s example in Lola Reads to Leo. Baby brother Leo cries a lot when he’s hungry or tired or needs a diaper change. Big sister Lola comes to the rescue with her best books.

Dig into Reading begins June 10. Visit us to find these books and many others that may inspire you to dig into a great many experiences this summer.

by Cathy Seblonka, Youth Services Librarian
May 25, 2013
Rainy Day Reading

            Even though we’re all happy to see summer weather arriving and looking forward to spending time outdoors, don’t forget the library’s DVD collection for those cold and rainy Michigan summer days.

            For fans of James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small series that ran on PBS, the library has a season of Young James Herriot.  Before he became famous, a wide-eyed and eager James Herriot arrived at Glasgow Veterinary College to pursue the career he'd dreamed of since childhood. A backdrop of profound social change at home and abroad adds to the story of Jame’s education.

            In 1965, the young Detective Constable Endeavour Morse is recruited into the hunt for a missing schoolgirl and finds himself in the midst of a murder investigation. For fans of the Inspector Morse series Endeavour gives a look into the history of the opera-loving detective.  We’re hoping for another episode.

            We follow Quill, a yellow lab retriever guide dog for the blind, from the litter, his selection to become a guide dog, and his life with a foster family until his first birthday, followed by highly specialized schooling in guiding the sightless. He is paired with a blind man who is at first reluctant to rely on Quill. But Quill's great patience, gentleness, and skill eventually win him over and they become inseparable friends.

            Sign Language 101: a Beginner’s Guide to American Sign Language is excellent for students as well as teachers, parents, and professionals learning ASL to communicate clearly and naturally with the deaf.  We’ve added additional sign language DVDs to broaden your vocabulary.

            If you had to be out of town like I did and missed the chance to attend the Model A Ford Club of America’s meeting last summer, we have the 60 minute DVD detailing the highlights of Model A Ford Club of America 2012 National Convention.

            Thanks to a generous donation from a patron, we have Makers: Women Who Make America.  Narrated by Meryl Streep, this is the story of how women have helped shape America over the last fifty years through one of the most sweeping social revolutions in American history, in pursuit of their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity, and personal autonomy.

            My Life as a Turkey. Leave it to PBS to produce a nature documentary as edifying and touching as it is unlikely. You’ll enjoy vivid, remarkable re-creations of naturalist/-author/artist Joe Hutto's experiences raising a group of wild turkey hatchlings as they progress toward maturity and inevitably go their separate ways.

            Paraclete Press has produced a series of DVDs on dealing with grief.  With local groups, agencies and individuals dealing with grief, these DVDS could help.  The titles include:

            Beyond Death’s Door: Help for the Grieving Process after Someone You Love Has Died.

            Footprints on our Hearts: Walking through Grief after a Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Newborn Death.

            Grieving the Sudden Death of a Loved One: Guidance for when the Unthinkable Occurs.

            Helping Parents Grieve: finding new Life after the Death of a Child.

            Journey through the Shadows: Hope for Healing after someone You Love has Committed Suicide.

            We Will Miss You: Support for Grieving the Death of a Pet.

by Caroline Jordan, Collections Librarian
May 11, 2013
Computer Books

Do you want to increase your computer skills so you can surf the web more efficiently and find information more quickly, send and receive e-mails, create spreadsheets, slides, edit pictures, and create letters, resumes, brochures or posters? Then you might want to check out a couple of these books or many other similar books we have on our shelves that were too numerous to mention here.

MS Windows 8 Simplified by Paul McFedries makes learning Windows 8 a breeze. Beautiful full color illustrations, easy steps to follow, no long winded explanations or technical jargon to confuse you. Tour the windows desktop, work with applications, surf the web, and use e-mail and calendars and create and manage many different kinds of documents.

MS Office 2010 All-in-One for Dummies by Peter Weverka is advertised as 8 books in 1.You will learn in the “Dummies” fashion about Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, Publisher and many common office tools will be covered as well. This book teaches Office 2010, so you will need at least a basic understanding of any of Microsoft’s office’s older versions to get the most out of this book. I would not recommend this for those who only have a rudimentary knowledge of using a computer.

Step by Step 2007 Microsoft Office System by Microsoft Press allows you to learn at your own pace and develop the skills you need. This book contains a companion CD if you want to use it along with the book. Creating documents, spreadsheets, slide shows, e-mail, calendars and organizing and formatting text are a few of the things you will learn with this book.

Top 100 Tips & Tricks Microsoft Office 2007 Simplified by Kate Shoup is a great book if you already know the basics and want to go beyond that and learn lots of shortcuts, trick and tips to improve and increase your current skill level. As with all the “Simplified” books, it has full color illustrations and easy step-by-step instructions. So grab this book if you want to maximize your 2007 Office skills.

The following books were written with our seniors in mind, but technically speaking, anyone of any age would benefit from the information presented in these books.

Office 2007 for Seniors for the over 50s in easy steps by Michael Price is as it’s title mentions, easy to follow, with step-by-step instructions for word processing, report writing, presentations, photo editing, slide shows, spreadsheets and more. The book is fully illustrated in color and would be a great way to expand your current computer abilities.

Microsoft Office 2010 and 2007 for Seniors by Studio Visual Steps will teach you how to create letters, greeting cards and brochures in Word and how to create a budget spreadsheet in Excel and make a photo album with audio, video and transition effects in PowerPoint. You will need basic computer skills to use this book effectively and you will need either Office 2007 or 2010 installed on your computer in order to get the most benefit from this book.

by Nicki Malave, Information Technology

           May 4, 2013
Author - Kristine O'Connell George

If you like short poems, especially those about nature and every day occurances, you’ll want to read the library’s collection of books by Kristine O’Connell George.  The author has published several books about observations in nature, such as” Hummingbird Nest: A Journal of Poems” that tells the story of a hummingbird that built nest in the backyard becoming the focus of one family’s spring and summer.  The poems are enhanced by the realistic illustrations of Barry Moser.

“The Great Frog Race,” Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems,” and “Old Elm Speaks: Tree Poems” are three volumes of poems about the wonders of being in the outdoors, taking note of the plants and animals, birds and insects that make up an ecosystem.  Kate Kiesler illustrated all three books in a calm combination of oil paints.  Try to visualize the illustration for the poem, ”Summer fills the empty space between two trees with a hammock.” It’s exactly like that.

“Little Dog Poems” and “Little Dog and Duncan” are two books about the same adorable girl and her dog, illustrated in detailed watercolors by June Otani.  George’s understated poems address the small pleasures of dog ownership and the special relationship children have with their dogs.  The second book includes a visit from Duncan, a very large dog who brings an unusual dynamic to the group.

“Emma Dilemma” is a book of big sister poems from a fourth grader to her preschool sister.  As with any sibling relationship, there are great times together and there are frustrating times when you want to be an only child.  Nancy Carpenter’s pen and ink watercolors pick up on the moods of both sisters, increasing the impact of these endearing poems.

“UP!” and “Book!” are both aimed at preschoolers who have their own way of looking at the simple things in life.  A visit to the park is a way to try out action words, while the small act of reading a book is only one of the things a youngster can use books for.

“Fold Me a Poem” is a series of poems centered around a child folding his own set of origami animals and thinking about the characteristics of each one.  The whole book is one ongoing illustration of bright acrylics by Lauren Stringer that moves from page to page as each animal takes a turn to inspire a poem.  Origami instructions can be found at

“Swimming Upstream” is a collection of middle school poems accented with several full page spreads of pen and ink drawings by Debbie Tilley.  The first one depicts students in the hallway with one boy trying to remember his locker combination.  It matches a poem from page 10:  “I’ve got your numbers.  Twelve…eleven…twenty-one.  Why won’t you open?”  Anyone who’s been to middle school can relate to these thoughts on school, friends, and growing up.

Kristine O’Connell George will be featured at the Young Authors Conference the second week of May, with a special appearance at the Peter White Public Library on Tuesday, May 7th at 6:30.  The event is open to the public.

by Lynette Suckow, Website and Outreach Services
           April 13, 2013
A Variety of Nonfiction Books

Many architects, owners and contractors are trying to build environmentally friendly buildings.  Frank Lloyd Wright Natural Design, Organic Architecture is a beautifully illustrated look at Wright and his designs.  Wright’s desire to work and live with nature and to use it to create livable homes and cities is as relevant now as it was during his lifetime. 
            All Standing by Kathryn Miles is the remarkable story of the legendary Irish Famine ship called the Jeanie Johnston.  More than one million people fled Ireland to North America during the Potato Famine and more than 100,000 of them would die aboard one of the 5,000 “coffin ships” carrying them to a new land.  The remarkable crew of the Jeanie Johnston never lost a passenger or crew during 11 voyages to North America.
            Maryka Biaggio’s first novel Parlor Games is the tale of May Dugas, once named “the most dangerous woman in the world” by the Pinkerton Agency.  The novel opens in 1917 as May is facing trial for extortion in her hometown of Menominee, Michigan.  Is May as dangerous as agent Reed Dougherty claims or just an innocent caught in nefarious schemes not of her making?  You as the reader can decide.
            Larry McMurtry is known for his historic novels and screenplays.  He turns his attention to chronicling the life of infamous General George Armstrong Custer in his newest work.  Lavishly illustrated, this volume explores how the memory and legend of Custer were born in the aftermath of his battle against a large Lakota Cheyenne Village on June 25, 1876.  Custer redefines the reader’s understanding of the American West.
            The Best American Short Stories of 2012 by Tom Perrotta includes North Country by Roxane Gay.  She received her PhD. From MTU and serves as Co-Editor of PANK, MTU’s literary magazine.  She captures the spirit of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, as seen from an outsider, in this eloquent short story.
            Minnesota’s rugged terrain is the setting for Lake Country by Sean Doolittle.  When Wade Benson was convicted for killing a young woman in a fatal auto accident after he fell asleep at the wheel, the judge handed down a controversial sentence.  Unfortunately, the victim’s brother decides to settle the score.  Only one man can try to derail the horrible revenge plot that threatens to spin out of control and take many innocent lives with it.
            Audiologists agree that Americans are suffering a national epidemic of hearing impairment.  Seventeen percent of the population or 50 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss.  For many, this condition hits between the ages of 19 and 44.  Katherine Bouton is one of the many for whom Shouting Won’t Help.  Using her personal experiences as a guide, Bouton discusses this invisible disability and offers advice and a wealth of information about hearing loss.
            Spring will be here someday and Foraged Flavor will get you ready to take advantage of nature’s bounty.  Authors Tama Matsuoka Wong and Eddy Leroux have compiled a book that will help foragers find fabulous ingredients from the backyard, woods or farmer’s market.  Arranged by season, the book includes drawings of each ingredient and recipes that make the most of its flavor and characteristics.
            Standing in Another Man’s Grave by Ian Rankin marks the 20 year anniversary of Rankin’s writing career.  For this riveting mystery he brings back Detective John Rebus who has never shied away from lost causes.  Nina Hazlitt is still mourning the loss of her daughter, after she disappeared years ago.  No sightings, no body and no clues have led everyone to call the disappearance unsolvable.  Two more women have disappeared from the same place, and Rebus is determined to put the pieces together to bring closure to the cold case.
             Anna Starmer has come to the rescue of the color-challenged among us with the Color Scheme Bible.  This book presents 200 distinctive color schemes inspired by nature, art, travel and objects.  This inspirational guide describes how colors interact and the effect they have on a room.  Each scheme features a main hue, accent colors and highlight colors.  Starmer explains how to use each color for walls, woodwork, upholstery and accessories to bring out the best in the room. 
The Dummies books have helped millions of people conquer their fears about a myriad of subjects. Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan help the reader understand and enjoy wines and champagnes in Wine for Dummies.  This book explains grape varieties and wine styles, deciphers wine lists and labels, give hints for selecting and storing wine, pairing wine with foods and how to shop for wine and read restaurant wine lists.  Short chapters, lists and tables make this book easy-to-use as well as a complete introduction to what can be a complex topic.

by Pam Christensen, Library Director
           January 12, 2013
Apocolyptic Fiction

Have you been wondering what the end of the Mayan calendar will mean?  Many notable writers have been pondering the same thing and have written a batch of books about post-apocalyptic America that may pique your interest.

Ashes of the Earth: a Mystery of Post-Apocalyptic America by Eliot Pattison
Thirty years after a nuclear holocaust, a group of survivors have formed a colony named Carthage on the on the edge of what was once Lake Ontario.  Ruled by a governor with absolute power, this fragile community is threatened by secret crimes, government censorship, tension between generations, and has a history of banishing those who suffer from radiation sickness.  Hadrian Boone, once a revered colony founder, investigates a murder that reveals criminal elements and unsettling secrets.  Pattison’s story highlights the need for societies to salvage ideas and values (instead of material riches) in order to rise up from the ashes.

Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway
London clock repairman Joe Spork finds himself in deep trouble after a friend asks him to fix an old machine which turns out to be a doomsday device linked to his father’s gangster past.  Pursued by monks, government agents, a serial killer and an Asian drug lord, Joe soon realizes he’ll need the help of Edie Banister, an elderly WWII superspy, to save the world from annihilation.  As the story unfolds we gradually learn that the doomsday machine was built to bring world peace by forcing us to speak only the truth.  However, in the wrong hands, truth-telling can prove deadly.

The Children of Men by P. D. James
Set in England in the year 2021, P. D. James’ novel suggests a bleak future devoid of children that is filled with despair and violence.  Central to the story is Theo Faron, an Oxford history professor who is approached by a group of dissidents who harbor a dangerous and marvelous secret: a young woman’s hidden pregnancy.

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
Heller’s debut novel features a pilot named Hig who is about to embark on a journey of discovery.  After a flu pandemic has killed nearly everyone he knows, Hig has co-existed with his dog and a loner named Bangley for nine years at an abandoned airport in Colorado.  When he hears a voice on the radio, Hig becomes haunted by the thought of finding other survivors.  Flying a 1956 Cessna, Hig soon sets out on a six-week trip, gaining insights along the way about connection, love, and grace.

Flood by Stephen Baxter
Stephen Baxter’s daring novel is a postapocalyptic story about a world where rising tides mean high ground is rapidly becoming a rare and precious commodity. Set in the year 2016, this story follows the attempts of four political prisoners freed from captivity in Barcelona who search desperately for solutions to the world’s rising ocean levels.

The Omega Point: Beyond 2012 by Whitley Strieber
December 21, 2012 has come and gone without incident.  The year is now 2020 and energy from a supernova is disrupting the sun, creating solar storms that are ravaging the earth.  Even as the wealthy of the world hide in huge bunkers underground, they know they won’t survive long without some sort of miracle.  The world’s hope seems to lie with one man, David Ford, a psychologist at the exclusive Acton Clinic.  He and many of his patients were once classmates at a center which preceded the clinic where Herbert Acton taught them a science so ancient its truths have passed into the realm of mysticism.   Esoteric knowledge brought by time travelers from an ancient civilization may prove essential to the world’s survival.

Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
Set in the year 2025, this novel portrays a world in decline overwhelmed by pressures of global warming, pollution, ethnic conflict and other problems.  Young, black, eighteen-year-old Lauren Olamina flees her walled Californian community when it is overrun by a desperate mob of pyro addicts called “paints” who seek water and work.  Joining other refugees who are flooding north, Lauren is buoyed by her faith in a philosophy/religion called Earthseed, which she believes will one day carry people up to the stars.

by Lisa Shirtz, Reference Desk