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.  Access older articles from 2012 and 2013.


May 17, 2014---
May 10, 2014---Teen Audiobooks
May 3, 2014---Author Matt Novak
April 26, 2014---New Graphic Novels
April 19, 2014---On the Road
April 12, 2014--- Cookbooks
April 5, 2014--- April Fools
March 29, 2014--- Books for Granddkids
March 22, 2014--- Adventure!
March 15, 2014--- Nonfiction For You
March 8, 2014--- Great Lakes Great Books
March 1, 2014--- Films on DVD
February 22, 2014--- Y.A. Greats
February 15, 2014--- MI Notable Books
February 8, 2014 --- Knit Something!
February 1, 2014 --- It's Cold!
January 25, 2014 --- Muslim Journeys
January 18, 2014 --- A to Z
January 11, 2014 --- Copper Strike 1913
January 4, 2014 --- New Year Titles


May 3, 2014
Author / Illustrator Matt Novak

Only a few authors get the honor or illustrating their own books.  Matt Novak is one of those authors.  He has written more than 20 books, illustrating all of these and some for other authors, as well.  He uses bright colors and a cartoon style with a dash of humor that appeals to young readers.

NO ZOMBIES ALLOWED  is tale of two party planning witches getting ready for their annual monster party.  While cleaning the house for the party, they find various photographs from last year’s gathering and begin to think about improving their guest list.  They cross off the zombies who “kept dropping their eyes into the punch bowl,”  the werewolves who “coughed up furballs all over the house,” and the vampires who “sucked all the juice out of the fruit.”  As the guest list gets shorter and shorter, the party sounds less and less fun.  You probably guessed that they ended up inviting all their friends, just like last year, and had the best time ever! 

LITTLE ROBOT opens with Toby Tibbles in the middle of a birthday celebration.  A mystery box arrives from Uncle Charlie containing a life-size robot programmed to be a helper.  The robot cleans up around the house at first, but soon ventures outside with Toby.  The family dog bolts from the yard upon seeing the robot and a chase ensues.  Toby and the robot find trouble on the way to finding their dog, and then become unlikely heroes.  This adventurous “reader” is just right for early elementary grades. 

MOUSE TV is a story most children can relate to.  Everyone in the family wanted to watch a different channel on the television – comedy, science, history, music, and games. Then they argued over their choices during the commercials.  One night the TV wasn’t working, so the family filled their time with activities which included telling jokes, doing experiments, telling stories, singing songs, and playing games.  And they liked it! 

MY FROGGY VALENTINE is a twist on the story of “The Frog Prince.” In this version, Princess Polly wants to meet a wonderful prince, but is pursued by four frogs, all claiming that a kiss from her will turn them into a prince.  One turns into the prince of trolls, the next into the prince of goblins, and the third becomes prince of hairy beasts; each one worse than the other.  Should she take a chance on the fourth frog?  Read on if you are looking for a happy ending. 

This talented author will be featured at the Young Authors Conference the first week of May and will make an appearance at the Peter White Public Library on Tuesday, May 6 at 6:30 PM.  His books are available in the Youth Services area of the library.

by Lynette Suckow, Website and Outreach Services

April 26, 2014
New Graphic Novels

If you’ve got the comic book bug after seeing all the recent superhero movies, here are five new to Peter White Public Library graphic novels you may want to check out. 

Captain America: Winter Soldier     Author: Ed Brubaker     Location: Adult Graphic Novels
If you saw the new Captain America movie, you now know who the Winter Soldier is. However, did you know that the Winter Soldier is based on a comic story written by Ed Brubaker, who wrote Captain America for 8 years, and illustrated by Eisner-Winning artist Steve Epting? Much like the film, this story is about Steve Rogers, Captain America, man out of time. Working with S.H.I.E.L.D., Rogers must take on a crew of Russian assassins working for a man named Lutkin, and uncover the truth behind their secret weapon, the Winter Soldier. Along with his friend, Sam Wilson, the Falcon, the Captain discovers secrets from his past and must decide how to move forward with his future. If you liked the movie, you should certainly give this book a shot.

Guardians of the Galaxy     Author: Brian Michael Bendis     Location: Adult Graphic Novels
Brian Michael Bendis is one of the most prolific writers in the Marvel Comic Book Universe. With the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie set to hit theaters this summer, Bendis is the perfect choice to write the comic book to run alongside it. Guardians follows Peter Quill, a half human, half alien who discovers his rightful place in his intergalactic family. Then, he swiftly denies his alien family’s legacy and meets an odd group of interstellar warriors; a talking tree, a genetically engineered talking raccoon, the daughter of an evil, intergalactic destroyer, and Drax the Destroyer. Together they make up the Guardians of the Galaxy. With the addition of Iron Man, this comic takes you on an adventure through space and what may be the beginning of an intergalactic war. 

Avengers Arena      
Author: Dennis Hopeless      Location: Adult Graphic Novels
If you are a fan of the Hunger Games or Battle Royale, then Avengers Arena will be right up your alley. Following 16 young superheroes from the Marvel Universe, these teenagers must battle each other in a reality-tv-like show on Murderworld. Slowly, Arcade, the evil mastermind who kidnapped the teens, begins to make Murderworld more difficult to survive. Being stalked by cybernetic creatures, fluctuations in food supply, and extreme weather changes, are some of the hardships the teens must survive until only one victor wins. Even if you are unfamiliar with the characters, Hopeless’ writing style and the classic art style makes this a great comic to introduce the readers to many young, up and coming superheroes.

Locke & Key     Author: Joe Hill     Location: Adult Graphic Novels
One of my personal favorites, Locke & Key follows the Locke family; mother Nina, eldest son Tyler, daughter Kinsey, and youngest son Bode, through the horrors of losing their father to a violent crime, and their return to the family’s old New England mansion, the Keyhouse Manor. Many doors in the old mansion are locked, and a special key is required to open the doors. Some of these keys open doors in the house, and allows those who walk through the doors special powers. With names like the Omega Key, the Head Key and the Shadow Key, you are in for an eerie adventure. However, some doors, and the entities which reside behind them, are best left closed. Written by seasoned horror writer Joe Hill, son of Stephen King, and illustrated by Chilean artist Gabriel Rodriguez, this gripping six book story will make you look behind every door.

Boxers & Saints     Author: Gene Luen Yang     Location: Adult Graphic Novels
Boxers and Saints retells the story of the Boxer Rebellion, a dispute between Chinese citizens and foreign missionaries and diplomats at the turn of the twentieth century. Told in two separate books, “Boxers” follows Little Bao, who recruits Boxers, citizens trained in kung fu, to fight for the freedom of China. “Saints” follows Vibiana, the fourth, unwanted daughter of a pastoral family who finds a name, and a home, among the Christian missionaries. When the Boxers start targeting Chinese Christians, both Little Bao and Vibiana must choose between their nation and their beliefs. From legendary author/artist Gene Luen Yang, famous for his work with Avatar the Last Airbender and American Born Chinese, Boxers and Saint is sure to please the historian and comic book reader alike.

by Tracy Boehm, Technical Services Librarian

April 19, 2014
On the Road

The following adult fiction titles are available at the Peter White Public Library and are sure to help you escape the endless snowfall this spring.

The Star of Istanbul: A Christopher Marlowe Cobb Thriller by Robert Olen Butler
In this exhilarating novel, Robert Olen Butler does a fantastic job blending fiction with real-life 1915 global hysteria. With WWI in full swing, American spy and war correspondent Christopher Marlowe “Kit” Cobb finds himself hot on the trail of a German American spy named Bauer aboard the doomed ship Lusitania. While aboard the ship, Cobb meets actress Selene Bourgani with whom he begins a romantic attachment, falling in love with her. It becomes apparent to Cobb that the mysterious Selene has her own secrets regarding events in the conflict raging in Europe. Following the historic sinking of the Lusitania, Cobb becomes further entangled in the web of deceit cast by Selene as he follows her to Istanbul. Through all of the blood-soaked drama Cobb relies on his intuition to uncover Selene’s true motives, only to discover her hidden agenda could bring down some of the great powers of the world.

Bingo’s Run by James A. Levine 
Bingo Mwolo is a 15 year old street-smart Kenyan who often boasts that he’s the fastest runner in the slums of Kibera, Nairobi. However, Bingo isn’t an exceptional athlete. He’s a drug runner! After witnessing a drug related murder, Bingo is thrown into an orphanage for his protection and a new relationship with an American, Ms. Steele, changes his life forever. Levine’s novel is a wildly entertaining, very funny, and always moving story of a boy abandoned in a corrupt and dangerous world who must rely on his limited abilities to survive.

Snow Hunters by Paul Yoon
Beautifully voiced, this is a quiet story about a young North Korean man named Yohan. After being caught by Americans during the Korean War and held as a prisoner for 3 years he is eventually released and sent to a coastal town in Brazil to start a new life. There, he is to be an apprentice of a Japanese tailor, Kiyoshi. Through his relationships with Kiyoshi, the groundskeeper of the town church, Peixe, and two vagrant children, Santi and Bia, Yohan learns about life while letting go of his past. The story is mainly told through flashbacks with lyrical descriptions of people our protagonist meets on his journey to find a new home. 

The Last Days of California by Mary Miller
In preparation of the Rapture, fifteen year-old Jess Metcalf and her evangelical family are packed up for a road trip heading west toward California. Jess’s father is certain his family will be among the chosen ones at the Second Coming. No rest stop, gas station, or road-side diner is off limits for her father on a mission to save as many souls as possible along the way. On their journey, Jess discovers family secrets that cause her to reevaluate herself and her religion. Each stop will lead the increasingly splintered family further down an unexpected path. This is a story of one young teen’s simultaneous desire to both belong and escape. Miller makes this coming-of-age tale work as both a moving portrayal of a bright but vulnerable teen and a biting social critique on religious extremism.

Hour of the Rat by Lisa Brackmann
While living in Beijing, China, Iraq War veteran Ellie McEnroe is contacted by an old flame and army buddy to help track down his missing brother. Ellie figures she can give some peace of mind to her friend and see some more of her newly adopted home country. What follows is a suspenseful and often surprising ride through back alleys, dumpling shops, the art world and virtual reality. On her new mission, Ellie travels from Beijing to Yangshuo to Kunming to Shanghai and many places in between. Along the way, she's attacked, all but kidnapped and almost killed. Ellie finds herself entangled in a conspiracy that may or may not involve en evil biotechnology company, eco-terrorists, an art-obsessed Chinese billionaire, and lots of cats.

by Dominic Davis, Administrative Assistant

April 12, 2014

          There is nothing I like to read better than cookbooks, and the PWPL has received a variety of new additions to the collection.  The Kitchen Pantry Cookbook by Erin Coopey is a handy compendium of how to make fresh, tastier and healthier staples like salad dressings, stocks, sauces, butters and condiments.  The instructions are easy to follow and most cooks will have the ingredients on hand.  If you want to try your hand at making your own ketchup, mustards, mayonnaise, pumpkin puree, pickles and salad dressings, this is the book for you.

           Local chefs Deborah Pearce and Chris Kibit have written the “go to” cookbook for whitefish lovers.  Wild Caught and Close to Home, Selecting and Preparing Great Lakes Whitefish is a project done in cooperation with the Michigan Sea Grant.  Chefs and cooks from across the Great Lakes share their favorite whitefish recipes and techniques. 

            Beata Zatorska learned to make pierogi and other Polish favorites in her grandmother’s farmhouse kitchen in the remote village in the foothills of the Karkonoszec mountains where she spent her childhood.  When she returned years later, her grandmother was gone, but the handwritten recipes for preparing traditional Polish dishes and preserving fruits and vegetables were still there.  Rose Petal Jam-Recipes and Stories from a Summer in Poland is a beautiful tour of Poland arranged by season, event and region.  Gorgeous photographs feature the landscape and the food that Zatorska remembers from her childhood.

            Clinton Kelly has developed a following from his TV shows The Chew and What Not to Wear.  He gives more etiquette, fashion, entertaining and decorating advice in his latest book Freakin Fabulous on a Budget.  Kelly offers practical advice along with his sense of style and humor.  The book is illustrated with lots of easy to follow how to photos and pictures of delicious dishes.  This is a fun book to read even if you don’t use any of the ideas or recipes.

            A variety of health experts endorse eating raw, but knowing where to start can be confusing.  The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Raw comes to the rescue with over 150 delicious recipes.  The book contains creative advice on how to get calcium and protein on a raw diet, how to purchase food and to stock your pantry and dehydrating and sprouting techniques.  Even if you aren’t looking to go raw all of the time, this guide will help add more healthy and delicious raw foods to your diet.

            Food & Wine magazine has published the Best New Chefs All-Star Cookbook featuring 100 recipes from the winners of the magazine’s Best New Chef Award from 1988 to 2012. Chefs from all over the U.S. are featured with their specialty dishes. This cookbook is a wonderful way to see how  today’s chefs are using ingredients and techniques to push the envelope on food.

            As spring arrives, people start to think of the fresh fruits and vegetables that will soon arrive in gardens and markets.  If you would like to extend the use of this fresh produce, the River Cottage Preserves Handbook is a good place to start.  Pam Corbin’s book was first published in Great Britain.  This edition has been Americanized in tone and measurements.  It contains many delightful recipes for jams, jellies, pickles, chutneys, relishes, cordials, fruit liquers, vinegars, canned fruits, sauces, ketchups and oil based preserves.  Never again will the reader be at a loss about what to do with excess garden bounty.

            The FastDiet has become one of the new diet fads.  Dieters eat their regular meals five days a week, and limit their intake to 500 or 600 calories per day for two days of the week.  The FastDiet Cookbook offers a variety of tasty but calorie light meals.  People who are not interested in the FastDiet will enjoy these calorie conscious recipes for breakfasts, suppers, vegetables, fish, meat, poultry, soups, salads and snacks.

 Southern style food has taken the country by storm, and Southern Living does this type of food the best.  Off the Eaten Path, Second Helpings by Morgan Murphy features restaurants from the South’s less-traveled trails.  Each recipe is accompanied by a short description of the restaurant where the dish is served and color photos.  Even if you aren’t familiar with Southern style cooking, this is a fun and colorful cookbook to peruse.  If spring has you looking for new tastes and recipes, the Peter White Public Library has a variety of cookbooks to tickle your taste buds.

by Pam Christensen, Library Director
April 5, 2014
April Fools

“I wasn’t born a fool, it took work to get this way.” said actor and comedian Danny Kaye.  As a tribute to Kaye and the month of April, we will look at books celebrating the fool.  Nobody’s Fool by Martin Gottfried is the biography of Danny Kaye.  This full portrait looks at one of the world’s most beloved performers born in 1913.  He died in 1987 at the age of 74.  The author recounts Kaye’s life as a successful star and humanitarian and also exposes Kaye’s tumultuous private life.         

Fool Hen
by William L. Robinson is the story of the spruce grouse found on Marquette County’s Yellow Dog Plains.    The spruce grouse is called the Fool Hen due to its lack of fear of people. It thrives in areas covered with jack pine.  A relative of the ruffed grouse, it is popular with bird watchers and hunters. Robinson’s book is filled with interesting observations, details and anecdotes about this bird.

Flashbacks of a Fool
is a powerful drama about love, loss and one man’s journey back to redemption.  Daniel Craig plays Joe Scot, a washed up Hollywood star adrift in a haze of drugs, sex and squandered fame.  He hears about the death of his childhood friend, and his mind flashes back to his past in the small English seaside village of his youth.  This film is found in the PWPL DVD collection.        

Another DVD from the PWPL collection is A Fool and His Money starring Sandra Bullock and Jonathan Penner.  When Penner suddenly loses his highly paid and high profile advertising job, he turns to a dubious product to make his millions.  Bullock tries to convince him that money isn’t everything.  Will Penner follow his heart or his bank account?

Ed Gorman has written a series of mysteries featuring struggling lawyer Sam McCain.  Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool follows McCain as he tries to solve three murders set in Iowa in 1961.  There is no limit to the bodies that pile up or the motives and suspects.  A surprising conclusion shocks McCain and the residents Black River Falls.

Jake Lassiter is another attorney who gets pulled into a mystery when he beats a fraud rap for con man Blinky Baroso.  Baroso pays his legal fees with stock from a shady company-Rocky Mountain Treasures, Inc.  When Blinky vanishes, Lassiter is the prime suspect and he must go to Colorado to investigate.  Fool Me Twice follows Lassiter as he tries to find the priceless Silver Queen statue, missing for 100 years, and Blinky.

The Fairy Ring, Or Elsie and Frances Fool the World
by Mary Losure is the true story of the Cottingley Faires, a hoax two girls and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle perpetuated on the world in 1920.  Elsie Wright and Frances Giffiths were cousins living in England.  The girls used paper drawings embellished by Elsie and Elsie’s father’s camera to take photos of fairies and gnomes.  Doyle saw the photos and used them to illustrate an article he wrote for the Christmas edition of The Strand Magazine.  Losure who lives in Minnesota has written this dreamy book for youth.

Short story fans will enjoy Danielle Evans’ collection Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self.  Evans offers a bold new perspective on youth caught between cultures, classes, relationships and ideas about who they are and who they want to be.  Written from the perspective of youth of African American or mixed race heritage the insecurities of young adulthood and family tensions are described with honesty, wisdom and humor.

Margaret George has written a the Autobiography of Henry VIII With Notes by his Fool Will Somers.  In this fictionalized autobiography, George writes from Henry’s point of view contrasted with the observations of his jester and confidant. Henry was not born to be king, it was his brother Arthur who was king.  When Arthur died, Henry was made king at the age of 17.  He transformed his court into a glittering universe of scholarship, art, sportsmanship and self-indulgence.

Professor Leonard Tourney specializes in seventeenth century English literature, but he is best known for his historical mystery novels like Time’s Fool.   Tourney places Shakespeare in London face to face with his dark mistress.  The love of his life is not the beauty who inspired sonnets but a disease-ridden and bitter old woman who is blackmailing him.  After she is killed in a sudden fire, Shakespeare becomes the primary suspect.  He must race to find the true killer and save himself.  Celebrate April and all fools with these and other fun items from the Peter White Public Library.

by Pam Christensen, Library Director
March 29, 2014
Books for Grandkids

As a proud Grandmother of four, I have come to enjoy so many of the picture books we have here at the library. My grandchildren love the pictures and the stories and sometimes we read them what seems like one hundred times before we have to take them back.  I Like Old Clothes by Mary Ann Hoberman was newly re-illustrated. This is a very whimsical book full of imagination, wonder and just plain fun. A little girl and her brother being and doing so many fun things with hand me down clothes. The illustrations are fantastic and add so much to the story. What imagination old clothes can produce and what adventures and sights they can experience. Who knew?

For the kids interested in dinosaurs, Julie Middleton’s book, Are the Dinosaurs Dead, Dad? is a very funny book. A little boy who just may know more about dinosaurs then his father gives him credit for. It has a great surprise ending and nudges parents to value listening to what their children say. The pictures and illustrations make the book come alive.

Another book full of fun, giggles and silliness is the book, Those Darn Squirrels Fly South, by Adam Rubin. The illustrations are so colorful and truly add to the excitement of this book. The squirrels want to know where the birds go when they fly south and what do they do. The squirrels invent flying machines to follow the birds. Even Old Man Fookwire gets curious.

There are also some fantastic books that teach lessons in subtle ways and sometimes more obvious ways and books that help kids get through some tough times they might be going through. Monday, Wednesday, and Every Other Weekend, by Karen Stanton is a great book for those children who are caught in the middle so to speak when their parents divorce. The author has a gentle way of creating a story that might help children in similar circumstances.

Another thought provoking book is Each Kindness, by Jacqueline Woodson. This book actually pulled on my heart strings. This book has a powerful message that will stay with the readers for a long time after closing the book. Find out how and why Chloe finds out the hard way that each kindness makes the whole world a little better. It’s about lost opportunities and I really enjoyed this book a lot. This book could help someone not miss those really wonderful opportunities.

This Moose Belongs to ME, by Oliver Jeffers, is well illustrated and fitting for around here since it is about a moose. It deals with a thought-provoking story about whether any of us ever really owns anything and the lessons learned. It is very funny and will make your child giggle out loud and in the end, maybe just maybe we will all get the hint that nothing is truly ours.

 And last, but not least, a very timely book about bullying. The book, Freda Stops a Bully, by Stuart J. Murphy, is one of many of the author’s “I See I Learn” books. This book will give your child more confidence and give them a happier outlook on dealing with bullying in their school or neighborhood. It is written for grade school children and has great pictures and very easy and simple helps for kids today. It is a small book, but packed with a powerful message for both the bully and the victim. There are other books of his on other topics too. Well worth a trip to the library.

by Nicki Malave, Information Technology
March 22, 2014

Murder as a Fine Art.  David Morrell.  2013.  Thomas De Quincey, infamous for his memoir Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, is the major suspect in a series of ferocious mass murders identical to ones that terrorized London forty-three years earlier.   The blueprint for the killings seems to be De Quincey’s essay “On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts.”  Desperate to clear his name but crippled by opium addiction, De Quincey is aided by his devoted daughter Emily and a pair of determined Scotland Yard detectives.  In Murder as a Fine Art, David Morrell plucks De Quincey, Victorian London and the Radcliffe-Highway murders from history. 

Inside the Dream Palace: The Life and Times of New York’s Legendary Chelsea Hotel.  Sherill Tippins. 2013.  The Chelsea Hotel, since its founding by a visionary French architect in 1884, has been an icon of American invention: a cultural dynamo and haven for the counterculture, all in one astonishing building.  Sherill Tippins, author of the acclaimed February House, delivers a masterful and endlessly entertaining history of the Chelsea and of the successive generations of artists who have cohabited and created there, among them John Sloan, Edgar Lee Masters, Thomas Wolfe, Dylan Thomas, Arthur Miller, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Leonard Cohen, Patti Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol, Sam Shepard, Sid Vicious and Dee Dee Ramone.  Now as legendary as the artists it has housed and the countless creative collaborations it has sparked, the Chelsea has always stood as a mystery as well. 

Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety.   Eric Schlosser.  2014.  Famed investigative journalist Eric Schlosser digs deeper to uncover secrets about the management of America’s nuclear arsenal.  A ground-breaking account of accidents, near-misses, extraordinary heroism and technology breakthroughs, Command and Control explores the dilemma that has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age: how do you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them? 

Frozen in Time.  Mitchell Zuckoff.  2013.  This is a gripping story of survival, bravery, and honor in the vast Artic wilderness during World War II.  On November 5, 1942, a US cargo plane slammed into the Greenland Ice Cap. Four days later, the B-17 assigned to the search-and-rescue mission became lost in a blinding storm and also crashed. Miraculously, all nine men on board survived, and the US military launched a daring rescue operation. But after picking up one man, the Grumman Duck amphibious plane flew into a severe storm and vanished.  Frozen in Time tells the story of these crashes and the fate of the survivors, bringing vividly to life their battle to endure 148 days of the brutal Arctic winter, until an expedition headed by famed Arctic explorer Bernt Balchen brought them to safety. Mitchell Zuckoff takes the reader deep into the most hostile environment on earth, through hurricane-force winds, vicious blizzards, and subzero temperatures. 

by Stanley F. Peterson, Maintenance Services Coordinator
March 15, 2014
Nonfiction for You

Grierson, Bruce.  What Makes Olga Run. Jan 2014.  796.42 Gr. Anyone interested in how we age will enjoy this very fascinating book.  Grierson explores what the wild success of a ninety-four year old track star can tell us about how our bodies and minds age.  What the reader will find is a tremendously uplifting personal story and how health and longevity are determined by the DNA that we inherit at birth.  It examines the sum of our genes, opportunities, and choices, and the factors that forge the course of any life, especially during the golden years.

Lesser, Wendy.  Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure of Books.  Jan 2014. 028.9 Le.  This title allows the reader to discover a definition of literature that is broad.  Lesser explores novels, stories, poems and essays along with mysteries, science fiction and memoirs.  Lesser will not only attract those who are avid readers and well as those who are who are in search of a good literary read.

Funk, McKenzie.  Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming.  Jan 2014.  338.4 Fu.  There are many publications that have been written about global warming.  Funk puts a positive spin on global warming by traveling to 2 dozen countries to profile entrepreneurial individuals who see a potential windfall of the booming business of global warming. 

McArdle, Megan.  The Up Side of Down:  Why Failing Well is the Key to Success. December 2014. 650.1 Mc.   McArdle is a very well-known business blogger covering the rise and fall of some top global companies.  Drawing upon cutting edge research in science, psychology, economics and business, McArdle argues that America is unique in its willingness to let people and companies fail, but also in its determination to let them pick up after the fall.  Failure is how people and businesses learn, and reinvent themselves for success.

Krieger, Ellie.  Weeknight Wonders: Delicious Healthy Dinners in 30 Minutes or Less.  December 2013. 641.555 Kr.  Born a food lover and registered dietitian Krieger believes that “delicious” and “healthy” can be used in the same sentence.  A host of the Food Network’s popular Healthy Appetite, has written a cookbook that fits any busy night timeframe.  Each recipe can be prepared with minimal fuss and simple ingredients in 30 minutes or less. 

by Diana Menhennick, Reference Dept.
March 8, 2014
Great Lakes Great Books

The year 2013 saw the release of several great children’s books, including a handful selected for the 2014 Great Lakes Great Books list, recently released by the Michigan Reading Association. The list which includes books for kindergarten through high school students offers a selection of fiction and non-fiction. Schools across Michigan will vote on their favorites from each grade category. Books in the Second and Third Grade group include an injured artist who relearns to paint, a birthday bunny who turns evil and enacts his evil plan and the diary of a hamster who realizes that life in the cage is less scary than facing a cat. The list includes: Memoirs of a Hamster by Devin Scillian and Exclamation Point  by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, along with these:

In what might be the funniest children’s book every written, yes I mean that,  comes a tale of a sweet birthday bunny turned evil in Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka.  The book looks old and appears written in, but that’s the genius of this tale.  A sweet note inside the front cover wishes Alexander a “Happy Birthday.”  But Alex wants no part of a sweet Birthday Bunny and turns him in “Battle Bunny”, rewriting the script and illustrations.  And in this tale instead of a surprise birthday party, Battle Bunny executes his evil plan, to cut down all the trees in the forest and blow up the world. (Insert maniacal laugh) In a voice authentic to elementary school boys, the laugh out loud ingenuity of this book will stimulate conversation and lead to possible creation of one-of-a-kind tales.  Battle Bunny is so much fun readers will say yes, let’s make our own.  

The Pet Project by Lisa Wheeler (great jumping off point for scientific method)
A little girl wants a pet, and she systematically goes through several choices, researching, then studying each choice, coming to the conclusion that she really doesn’t want a pet. They stink, peck at her legs, nip her nose, poop on her, destroy her garden, “veracious Vikings – bunnies in disguise”, die (goldfish), make fiendish plots (ants), do nothing (turtle) pee on her (guinea pig), curse (parrot) and worse (snakes eat mice).  She finds instead that this investigation process is what she enjoys the most and asks for a microscope. It’s a very fun cause and effect, draw a conclusion, budding scientist analysis type book.  For every kid that thinks they want a pet, see the reality in this charming book.

 White Fur Flying by Patricia MacLachlan is an engaging story of rescue- both dogs and humans - that gently introduces readers to a chapter book.  Zoe and her younger sister Alice love taking care of Pyrenees rescue dogs their mom fosters until new homes can be found.  They notice nine year old Phillip when he moves in next door with his Aunt and Uncle, who don’t seem to understand kids or pets.  Phillip doesn’t speak, but is drawn to the sisters , Kodi and May, two Pyrs and a rescued parrot named Lena, that their veterinarian father brings home.  The group spends days developing friendships; and two more Pyrs Jack and Callie come to live with the sisters and their family.  One night Jack runs away and the next morning it’s discovered Phillip is missing too. Readers will love the sister’s unapologetic approach to a relationship with Phillip and the dogs. MacLachlan’s writing makes this book charming and delightful at any age.

 Inspired and amazed by the simple elegance of Horace Pippins work in spite of the very real struggles in his life, writer Jen Bryant and illustrator Melissa Sweet wanted to capture his story. In a A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin, Bryant writes about the artist’s early days dreaming of sketches at school and work.  He drew sketches for soldiers in the trenches of France in WWI, but tragically lost the use of his right arm when he was shot on the battlefield.  Still he longer to draw and started using his left arm to steady his right arm as he painted memories of the war.  Then he began other paintings, producing 140 pieces of art with his still injured right arm.  The determination and ingenuity of this fantastic painter will inspire and awe.    

He didn’t speak until he was three.  He was a disruption to his class.  And he didn’t like to wear socks with his shoes. Read about how one boys curiosity changed science forever in  On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein  by Jennifer Berne.  This endearing story chronicles the life of the most famed scientist  of the 20th century in a fresh and fun way.  The light colored backgrounds reinforce Einstein as the creator of the theory of relativity, but offer text and a story relatable to young readers.  Einstein was simply a man who asked questions, again and again, dreaming about the possibilities of the universe.  What child doesn’t do the same?

 All aboard! “Clang-Clang! Clang-Clang! Hissssssss. Huff, huff, huff!” Jump on the iron horse for an adventure. Winner of the 2014 Caldecott Award, Locomotive by Brian Floca offers stunning illustrations of a family moving cross country from Omaha, Nebraska to Sacramento, California on a steam locomotive.  Hear the sounds, smell the smells as Floca paints the plains, deserts and mountains of the U.S. interior with his words and drawings.  Chocked full of facts on the mode of transportation that connected the country for the first time, this non-fiction book will appeal to train aficionados and audiences that enjoy a good trip.

by Jeni Kilpela, Youth Services
March 1, 2014
Films on DVD

The Peter White Public Library offers these new films on DVD and/or Blu-Ray disc. The newer Blu-Ray format requires a Blu-Ray player, which is backward compatible to also play DVDs. Whenever possible; we are buying Blu-Ray titles in a combo pack that also includes a DVD, which is circulated separately, so we don’t leave behind those who have not yet adopted the Blu-Ray format in their homes.

Enough Said (2013 - DVD).
Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, and Catherine Keener. Written and directed by Nicole Holofcener.

Eva (Louis-Dreyfus) and Albert (Gandolfini) are both divorced parents with daughters leaving for college. As they are both trying to grasp the changes in their lives, neither is actively searching for love, but after meeting at a party, the two are drawn to one-another. Eventually, they learn they have more in common than they originally thought.

Gandolfini played Tony Soprano in the hit HBO series The Sopranos. Enough Said was his second to last role, and his last major role before an untimely death at the age of 51. He passed away in June 2013 from a heart attack. Gandolfini’s last acting role was in Nicky Deuce, a made-for-TV production by the Nickelodeon network, which briefly reunited him with several other cast members from The Sopranos. However, Enough Said is a more memorable film for Gandolfini’s legacy, illuminating the depth and versatility of his acting abilities. In an October 2013 interview, Louis-Dreyfus describes Gandolfini. “He was an amazing actor. In fact, this part that he plays is much closer to him than Tony Soprano was, in so many ways, which I think will be nice for his fans to see.” While Gandolfini’s role in Enough Said was not exactly what we would expect from him, Louis-Dreyfus is in excellent form in just the kind of role we have come to expect from her, witty and relatable. The plot might fall into some of the predictable sequences of a romantic comedy, but the dialogue created by Holofcener is memorable, as are the performances of Louis-Dreyfus, Gandolfini, and crew.

The Place Beyond the Pines (2013 - DVD & Blu-Ray).
Starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta, and Rose Byrne. Directed by Derek Cianfrance. Crime drama following the life of a motorcycle stuntman whose life changes when he discovers he has become a father. However, he discovers a new type of adrenaline rush. The story examines the consequences of actions, and how it can reverberate through generations of a family.

Safe House (2012 - DVD & Blu-Ray).
Starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. Directed by Daniel Espinosa. Rogue CIA agent Tobin Frost (Washington) is captured in South Africa after being on the run for ten years. After being placed in a safe house, it becomes clear that other parties are out to kill him and the young agent responsible for the safe house.

Cloud Atlas (2012 - DVD).
Starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, and Jim Sturgess. Written and directed by Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski. Based on the best-selling novel by David Mitchell. This ambitious novel and movie features six intertwined stories spanning hundreds of years. It explores the connective nature of people’s individual lives, though separated by the past, present, and future.

Despicable Me 2 (2013 - DVD).
Voice work includes Steve Carell, Benjamin Bratt, and Russell Brand. Directed by Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin. Gru, the minions, and the three orphaned sisters Margo, Edith, and Agnes are back. Now with a fatherly role, Gru is trying to stay on the straight and narrow path with a new jam-making venture. Dr. Nefario doesn’t take to the changes so easily.

The library has also updated these popular TV series: 

Breaking Bad season five (2013 - DVD). The conclusion of the ten-time Emmy winning AMC series.

Mad Men season six (2013 - DVD). Another season of the AMC series that has won 15 Emmys and four Golden Globes.

Sherlock series three (2013 - DVD). The blockbuster BBC series starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as modern-day Sherlock Holmes and John Watson continues.

by Bruce MacDonald, Assistant Director
February 22, 2014
Y.A. Greats

The outstanding  books on the Michigan Reading Association’s Great Lakes Great Books list are chosen by a committee of teachers and librarians from throughout the state, and that committee meets right here at the Peter White Public Library. This year in particular, the Young Adult (YA) books on the GLGB list are wonderful choices for high school students as well as adults far beyond their teen years. Here are the books nominated for students in Grades 9 to 12 to read and evaluate before voting for their favorites.

All the Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry is a book full of mystery. Though it feels like historical fiction, Berry cleverly left her story’s time and place undefined. Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town. Two years later only Judith returned, mutilated, shunned by everyone in her puritanical town and unable to speak. Luckily for the reader Judith’s narrative voice remains strong, clear and full of passion as she silently tells her story to the young man she has secretly loved since childhood. Touching on the power of language, the right to education and the horrors of war, Berry delivers a powerful and disturbing book.

Boy21 by Matthew Quick was my hands-down favorite YA book published in 2013. Its multi-layered story of redemption through basketball and friendships deep and true is beautifully told by Finley, a self-described “minimal talker.”  Finley’s life is colored by past tragedy and the grim reality of life in his hardscrabble town where the Irish mob, drugs and racial violence rule; basketball is his escape. His position on the team is threatened when a very troubled but extremely talented basketball player who calls himself Boy21 arrives in town just before their senior year.  At their coach’s request, the eternally loyal and goodhearted Finley applies himself to helping Boy21 overcome his intergalactic obsession and return to the basketball court. 

If you enjoy a fun story with plenty of food for thought, check out Every Day by David Levithan. Every morning “A” wakes up in a different person’s body, living that person’s life, with no warning or control over which body and life he’ll assume.  Even under the circumstances, “A” has developed a strong sense of self and a good moral compass.  He has figured out the rules and come to accept this existence, until the day he assumes Justin’s body and falls head over heels in love with Justin’s girlfriend Rhiannon. Can Rhiannon love him back? Is it possible to truly love someone no matter what they look like on the outside?  

The Living by Matt de la Pena is a heart-stopping action thriller that also succeeds as social class drama and global disaster warning. Shy Espinoza takes a cruise ship job because he needs the money, and he gets a crash course in discrimination, classism and romance before the “big one” hits California sending a tsunami to sink the ship. Shark-infested waters and blistering sun are not Shy’s biggest problems, as he uncovers a diabolical conspiracy that threatens global health.

The title character in Rachel Hartman’s complex fantasy novel Seraphina has a secret that puts her smack in middle of an uneasy peace between two rival factions. Humans are not allowed in dragon territory and the intelligent, cold-minded dragons must assume human shape when entering human lands. Seraphina has kept a low profile for the first sixteen years of her life, hiding her dangerous secret while living among humans, but that all changes when she finds herself investigating a plot that could shatter the already shaky peace.

Celeana, the heroine of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, was the world’s most feared assassin before she was captured and thrown into prison in the salt mines. When the prince offers to set her free if she can outfight and outsmart 23 men in a grueling competition, Celeana jumps at the chance, setting in motion an exciting story full of action, world-building and political intrigue.

Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller is the heart-wrenching story of a family torn apart by maternal mental illness and repaired through steadfast paternal love. Seventeen-year-old Callie has been on the run ever since her mother kidnapped her at age five. She has never attended school or stayed in one place long enough to make any friends, never worn anything but secondhand clothes. When her mother is arrested and Callie returns to live with her father’s new family, her guilt over having so much while her mother has so little is almost too much for Callie to bear. Doller lightens the mood with a happy dose of Greek culture, sponge-diving, and romance with a red-hot guy.

Will and Whit by Laura Lee Gulledge is an upbeat graphic novel full of creativity and imagination in both story and art. Wilhelmina (Will) is afraid of the dark, so she creates light by designing fanciful lamps. With the help of her sister, Will is also dealing with a dark family tragedy and looking for escape through summer adventures with her friends.

by Mary Schneeberger, Teen Services
February 15, 2014
Michigan Notable Books for 2014

The Library of Michigan has announced the Michigan Notable Books for 2014, and the honor has been received by new and experienced authors alike.  The diversity of the list and talent that can be found in Michigan is amazing.  The PWPL has most of the Notable Books for 2014 on the shelves.
            The UP can be proud of former Negaunee resident Ron Riekki who edited The Way North, Collected Upper Peninsula Works.  This compendium includes 49 poems and 20 short stories written about the UP.  Riekki uses his UP contacts to gather previously unpublished works from well-known authors such as Steve Hamilton, April Lindala and Chad Faries.
            The Bird; The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych by Doug Wilson is the first biography of the sensational 1970s Detroit Tigers pitcher.  As a rookie he became one of the most popular players of all time.  This book is especially meaningful following Fidrych’s untimely death in 2009.
            Nancy Auer and Dave Dempsey teamed up to edit The Great Lakes Sturgeon.  This book captures many aspects of the impressive sturgeon that lives in the Great Lakes.  A fish with an ancestry that reaches back millions of years, the sturgeon was once considered a nuisance.  The mythical creature is now endangered and this book tries to tell a balanced story of this great fish.
            Mardi Jo Link has built a reputation for mystery writing, but her latest book is a personal look at her own life.  Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Farm is a memoir focusing on her shattered life in 2005.  As a broke single mother, Link recounts the struggles she faced and how her family triumphed and grew stronger for the experiences.
            Bluffton, My Summers with Buster is the rowdy tale of a troupe of vaudeville performers who visit Muskegon in 1908.  Henry spends the summer with the group that includes Buster Keaton, a boy his age.  Henry wants to spend time with all of the vaudeville characters including a zebra and elephant, while Buster wants to be a boy and play baseball and hang out.  This book is a nostalgic look at a time gone by in an idyllic Michigan setting.
            Jim Harrison is a perennial Michigan Notable Book honoree.  The River Swimmer, his latest book, is a collection of novellas that focus on Michigan’s waters how the encroachment of suburbia affects Michigan’s lush natural environments.
            Over 100 years ago, the gales of November struck in a deadly way. November’s Fury: The Deadly Great Lakes Hurricane of 1913 by Michael Schumacher recounts the dramatic events that caused havoc on the Great Lakes as ships tried to outrun a massive storm in order to finish the shipping season.  Over 250 sailors lost their lives and scores of ships were lost. 
            Sweetie-licious Pies: Eat Pie, Love Life by Linda Hundt features the stories behind 52 of Hundt’s signature pies from her bakery and cafes located in DeWitt and Grand Rapids.  Hundt’s nostalgic spirit and her belief in the ability of pies to spread goodwill is captured in this spirited cookbook.  This award-winning book is a heartwarming companion to a good slice of pie.
            Jean Alicia Elster recounts the personal impact of segregation and discrimination through the eyes of twelve year old Patsy in The Colored Car.  When her mother decides to take her children to Tennessee to visit their grandparents in 1937, Patsy witnesses first-hand the legacy of discrimination during her travels. 
           Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Charlie LeDuff returns to his hometown to uncover what destroyed his city.  He beats on the doors of union bosses, homeless squatters, businessmen and woman as well as struggling homeowners.  What he reveals is a story of ordinary people holding the city together with sheer determination.  Detroit: An American Autopsy is filled with some of the strangest and strongest people this country has to offer.
            Tear Down: Memoir of a Vanishing City by Gordon Young is another story by about a city ravished by poverty and crime.  Gordon Young grew up in Flint.  After 15 years in San Francisco, he found himself interested in what was happening in his hometown.  What he found was a city that could once boast of one of the world’s highest per capita income levels, but is now one of the most dangerous places to live.  A city where an exotic dancer can afford a lavish mansion, speculators scoop up cheap houses by the dozen and where arson is often the quickest way to improve a neighborhood.
            Poetry in Michigan..Michigan in Poetry is edited by William Olsen and Jack Ridl.  This collection of poems from 90 Michigan poets is featured in a beautiful coffee table volume that includes visual art from 30 Michigan artists.  UP poets featured in the volume are Linda Nemec Foster, Matthew Gavin-Frank, Austin Hummell, Ander Monson, Ron Riekki and Russell Thorburn.
            Beyond Pontiac’s Shadow: Michilimackinac and the Anglo-Indian War of 1763 by Keith R. Widder is a look at the attack by the Ojibwa warriors who captured Fort Michilimackinac from the British allies on June 2, 1763.  This book examines the attack and the course of events in the aftermath and how this impacted the French-Canadian and Indian communities at the Straits of Mackinac and the history of the U.S. and Canada.
These Michigan Notable Books provide a diverse look at our state.  This is a perfect time to check out an award winner and read all about what Michigan has to offer.

by Pam Christensen, Library Director
February 8, 2014
Knit Something!

I love to knit. Recently I discovered two new types of knitting that might interest other knitters in Marquette. One is called arm knitting. Rather than using needles with yarn to create scarves, hats and lap throws, the knitter uses his/her own arms to “knit” yarn into an item. The other type, yarnbombing, is more fine art. For those knitters and readers of this column who don’t know this type of knitting, yarnbombing is a term for graffiti knitting. Visualize a tree trunk wrapped in lights at Christmas; that’s the same colorful look presented when one knits graffiti for that same tree, or a light pole, sign post, or whatever item needs a bit of color in today’s stark, urban environments like Houston, TX where it began. Knitters do similar knitting when we create clothing or accessories; we create colorful decoration for our loved ones or ourselves. The following book selections offer several traditional avenues to find new ideas in creating those special works of art for people.  

60 quick knits from America's yarn shops is a collection of patterns created by knitters from around the U.S. They offer new projects with something for every style, skill level and use straight or circular needles.  There are some really cute items for babies and toddlers, lovely styles of new hats and caplets plus lots of accessories for everyone. I’m trying to decide which headband to knit for my newly “teenaged” granddaughter; maybe I’ll do both!

Caroline Birkett begins her book, Hand knits for the home: 20+ designs for stylish interiors with the standard beginning of knitting books with basics: types of needles, differing yarns, casting on, binding off, fancy stitches, etc. Then the patterns appear. Each one includes simple directions that encompass the knitting process for the design as well as directions on how to achieve the pattern stitch used to complete it. Damian Russell did a good job photographing a knitter’s hands as she performs the actions necessary to achieve the stitch patterns. The projects in the book will add texture and depth to anyone’s home.

The Magic of Shetland Lace Knitting by Elizabeth Lovick is an extraordinary new book in the 746’s. Its stitch techniques form a stitch dictionary that includes a photograph of the completed pattern, a graph showing how to create the pattern plus step-by-step directions on how to do several different projects using the pattern. Also included is a level of difficulty for the projects. The photography work is fantastic in this book and made me want to create each and every project. A brief history of Shetland lace which dates back to the 17th century adds another layer to this new knitting book.

Literary knits: 30 patterns inspired by favorite books written by Nikol Lohr blends her love of classic literature and knitting to create some fresh new projects. The book’s patterns are more intermediate by design, but the detail is explained with excellent photographs if a knitter needs help to complete. Among the lovely patterns are two different mitten patterns based on what might have been knitted by Marmee for Jo or Meg from the book Little Women, a cloche hat inspired by the ladies of Great Gatsby, shawl patterns influenced by those worn by Emma and Jane Eyre and many other projects for the entire family.

 Some crafters find knitting on a circular needle to be a challenge. Margaret K. K. Radcliffe’s book, Circular knitting workshop: essential techniques to master knitting in the round, is a book to help conquer that difficulty. Ms. Radcliffe, a veteran knitting instructor, demonstrates with colorful photography how using a circular needle can assist a knitter in creating complex designs. She continues to illustrate how knitters can easily convert a beloved two-needle, flat pattern into one done seamlessly utilizing knitting in the round. Once a knitter has completed all thirty-five of the included workshop projects, he/she will be confident to work with one circular needle when doing a new project.

Kristen TenDyke’s book, Finish-Free Knits: no-sew garments in classic styles presents a unique idea in knitting: a completed project when the knitting is done. TenDyke shows how to create finished projects so that no additional hand work is required. Her patterns present new techniques to easily add the little niceties, or details, while knitting your projects. Each of the twenty sweaters in the book include photographs, written step-by-step directions, graphs and helpful how-to’s to prevent its pieces from becoming a pile of pieces to lay forever, unfinished.

Rebecca Danger’s latest knitting book is entitled Knit a Monster Nursery: practical and playful knitted baby patterns. The projects swell from striped sweaters and caps for the little one to blankets, toys, mobiles, swings and accessories for his or her room. A special feature in the beginning of the book is Ms. Danger’s explanation of her “monster-knitting guidelines and techniques.” Here she explains some unique and new ways to achieve the fun items she creates that include monster gauges and a magic loop method. I hope you can graduate from the “monster-making university.” Enjoy this fun-loving, creative book. Also take a look at her first book, The Big Book of Knitted Monsters: mischievous, lovable toys, at PW, too.

by Vicki Mann, Reference Desk

February 1, 2014
It's Cold!

Reading can provide an escape from this biting cold weather gripping the UP.  I thought it would be interesting to feature books and movies with the world COLD in the title. 

Local resident and award-winning author, John Smolens knows cold and that single word is the title of his book about a prisoner who escapes during a snow storm.  Cold captures the lives of six people who face love, greed and the promise of a last chance set against the unforgiving terrain of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child are coauthors of many bestsellers.  Their character Special Agent Pendergast returns in Cold Vengence, but this time he must investigate the murder of his wife Helen.  As Pendergast travels from Scotland to New York City and the darkest bayous of Louisiana he is forced to dig into his wife’s past; a past that may lead to horrific lies and destroy his memories of his wife.

In Cold Blood
by Truman Capote is often credited with being the first “true crime” novel.  Written in 1966 the book details the brutal 1959 murders of Kansas farmer Herbert Clutter, his wife and four children.  Capote managed to paint a vivid picture of the two violent parolees who committed the mass murder and the innocent victims.  The murder’s effect on the quiet town of Holcomb, Kansas is also explored.  Capote was disappointed that the book did not win the Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction, but it launched many other books of the true crime genre.

Mystery writer Steve Hamilton uses UP weather like a character in his Alex McKnight novels set in Paradise, Michigan.  One of my favorite authors, Hamilton’s A Cold Day in Paradise is the first book in a series of mysteries featuring the retired cop turned reluctant private eye.  Is Alex imagining things, or is the man who shot him and killed his partner on the loose and stalking him?

The Dog Who Came In From the Cold by Alexander McCall Smith is a hilarious and heartwarming tale of Freddie de la Hay a terrier with multiple talents.  Freddie stars in the Corduroy Mansions series.  Set in Pimlico, a community of elegantly crumbling mansions, the story centers around a cast of eccentric characters.  Freddie has been recruited by M16 to infiltrate a Russian spy ring. 

The Opposite of Cold by Michael Nordskog is a beautiful pictorial that captures the Northwoods Finnish Sauna Tradition.  Nordskog tells the story of the Finnish sauna and its arrival in North America.  The history, culture and practice of the sauna will warm you up as will the fabulous photos of saunas.

Jeffery Deaver writes the creepiest of mysteries, and The Cold Moon is no exception.  On a freezing December night, two people are brutally murdered under a New York City full moon.  Criminologist Lincoln Rhyme is called to help solve the crime.  The quadriplegic investigator soon realizes that these grisly murders are the first in a series.  As Rhyme and his sidekick Amelia Sachs rush to stop the most cunning villain they have ever encountered, Sachs makes discoveries that may well affect her future.

Edna Buchanan started her career as a crime reporter with the Miami Herald.  She uses her experience to write realistic mysteries.  Cold Case Squad is the tale of a special unit that breathes new life into old cases.  The squad takes on two 12 year old cases that were previously deemed tragic accidents.  As a result, they find unlikely killers and solve a pair of near-perfect murders.

So Cold the River by Michael Koryta begins with a beautiful woman and ends with a voyage through a town’s dark history.  When Alyssa Bradford approaches Eric Shaw to make a documentary of her father-in-law’s life, Shaw readily agrees.  Once he starts, he finds that there are very few clues to the man’s past and in his hometown, he finds even more danger and mystery.

 Jeff King is known as the “Winningest Musher in the World”.  Since his first race in 1979, he has recorded thousands of training miles and trail hours with his dogs.  Cold Hands Warm Heart is the very personal look at his career and a compilation of stories that give the reader a look into the heart of a champion.

If a cold winter’s night makes you long for a film, the PWPL collection has a selection of titles befitting the season.  The Spy Who Came in from the Cold stars Richard Burton, Claire Bloom and Oskar Werner.  This is a film based on the real, dour and chilling world of spies and counterspies.  Burton is a burned out British agent who defies supervisors and embarks on the most dangerous assignment of his career.

 Love in a Cold Climate is based on novels by Nancy Mitford—part thinly veiled memoir, part biting satire and part window on a past way of life.  This witty drama from the BBC follows the story of three young aristocrats in the decade between World War I and World War II.  Warmth is as close as the Peter White Public Library.

by Pamela Christensen, Library Director

January 25, 2014
Muslim Journeys

The “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys” program begins Tuesday, January 28 with a public reception and keynote address at 7:00 p.m. Included in the extended program is a monthly book discussion series beginning Wednesday, January 29 at 1:00 p.m. in the library’s Shiras Room.  

Our first book for public discussion is The Butterfly Mosque by G. Willow Wilson. Wilson grew up in Colorado as an atheist, middle-class female. At Boston University she studied history and Islam, converted, and moved to Cairo to teach English. There she fell in love with and married Omar. She writes of how the couple built connections through art, love, hard work and compassion yet how stereotypes and cultural and political differences hindered understanding. Together they forged a hybrid culture in a post-9/11 world. Wilson is a journalist, novelist and comic book writer. 297.574Wi

Our second book for discussion on Wednesday, February 26 is Stewart Gordon’s When Asia Was the World: Traveling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the "Riches of the East."  Gordon looks at Asia from 700-1500 A.D. through the personal travel narratives of nine men including a Chinese Buddhist monk, a philosopher living in Baghdad, a Jewish spice trader, a man who sailed on expeditions with the Ming imperial fleet, the head of the Mongol army and a Portuguese apothecary. These travelers describe the world from Arabia to China at a time when Asia was the center of scientific, philosophical and religious thought. Commerce, international diplomacy and the exchange of ideas thrived along the far-reaching trade routes. 950Go 

Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood by Fatima Mernissi is our third book scheduled for discussion on Wednesday, March 26. Mernissi grew up in Fez, Morocco in the 1940s. In this memoir, she writes about her large, extended family in which the women and children were confined to their shared home and restricted in their behavior. Mernissi focuses on her strong, colorful female relatives and their conflicting attitudes about traditional harem life and the political and social changes facing Morocco including the waning of the French occupation, World War II, the Westernization of Morocco and the challenges faced as educational opportunities opened up. The author took advantage of these opportunities. She studied at the Sorbonne and earned her doctorate at Brandeis University. She is a sociologist and teaches at Mohammed V University in Rabat. 921 Mernissi 

In Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction, Jonathan A. C. Brown provides an accessible, 140 page introduction to major aspects of the Prophet’s life, its importance and Muhammad’s place in Islamic scholarship and traditions. Brown explains some of the different interpretations of Muhammad’s life by providing both Muslim and Western historical perspectives. This fourth book discussion is scheduled for Wednesday, April 30 at 1:00 p.m. 297.63Br

Our last book, Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie, is scheduled for discussion on Wednesday, June 11. In this novel, Aasmaani, a young woman, lands a job as a quiz show research assistant in Karachi. She meets Shehnaz, an actress and friend of her activist mother before her mother disappeared 14 years earlier. Her mother’s lover, a famous Pakistani poet, was murdered two years before her mother’s last disappearance. Shehnaz hands Aasmaani letters written in the same code the Poet used to write letters to Aasmaani’s mother. Aasmaani believes the letters are written by the Poet and are clues to what happened to her mother and to the Poet. This mother-daughter tale, and its mystery, romance, and politics captures the promise and reality of Pakistan. Adult fiction: Shamsie

These titles, twenty more books and three documentary films were received by Peter White Public Library through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Pickford Community Library, a Michigan Humanities Council grant recipient, will hold their discussion series on March 11 and 18, and April 1, 8 and 15. For more information, call PWPL at 906-226-4309 or Pickford at 906-647-1288.

by Cathy Seblonka, Collection Development Librarian

January 11, 2014
Copper Strike 1913

The centennial of the Copper Miners’ Strike of 1913 has been observed this past year in the Keweenaw Peninsula.  This labor strike lasted from July 1913 to April 1914, and to a large extent shut down or drastically curtailed copper mining in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  One of the most notable events of the strike was the Italian Hall Tragedy where 73 people, the majority of them children, lost their lives on Christmas Eve.
            The events of that fateful day are chronicled in an expanded edition of Death’s Door by Steve Lehto.  No stranger to Copper Country, Lehto first explored this disaster in the original version of the book which was named a Michigan Notable Book in 2006.  Since that time, he has collected new material and photos and doubled the size of the book.  He has also served as an expert for two film documentaries about the strike and Italian Hall Tragedy.
            Lehto has also written Shortcut-the Seeberville Murders and the Dark Side of the American Dream.  This book details the tragic events surrounding mine security harassment of immigrant miners near Seeberville.  When the harassment escalates, two innocent people are left dead.
            Film makers Louis Galdieri and Ken Ross were introduced to the Copper Miners’ Strike by the Woody Guthrie Ballad 1913 Massacre.  The two spent almost ten years filming and researching background for the film by the same name.  What was created is a film that looks at the impact of the Italian Hall tragedy on Calumet and the Keweenaw Peninsula using personal interviews of several of the event’s survivors and local residents.  The song, sung by Arlo Guthrie, provides a haunting backdrop to the film.
            Larry Lankton, Professor Emeritus at Michigan Technological University, has done a great deal of research into copper mining history in the region.  He has written several books that capture the technology, business and social history related to copper mining.  Cradle to Grave, Life, Work, and Death at the Lake Superior Copper Mines documents the industrial cycle of copper mining from the 1840’s to 1960’s.
            Lankton’s Hollowed Ground; Copper Mining and Community Building on Lake Superior, 1840’s to 1990’s is an in-depth look at the industrial landscapes that dot the Copper Country.  He tackles the daunting task of making the complex technology of mining and architecture  accessible to the average reader.
            Arthur W. Thurner grew up in Copper Country, received his PhD from the University of Chicago and served as a professor of history at DePaul University.  His book Rebels on the Range is a full scale study of the labor conflict that gripped the area in 1913.  He has written a number of other books about the Keweenaw including Calumet Copper and People, History of a Michigan Mining Community 1864-1970.
            Range of Opportunities by Richard A. Fields is a historic study of the Copper Range Company that operated in Copper Country along with the Quincy Mining Company and Calumet and Hecla Mining Company.  Founded in 1899, by William A. Paine, also founder of the stock brokerage firm Paine-Webber, the company outlasted most of the other copper mining firms.   The book combines photos and text to tell the story of mining operations from Ontonagon to Mohawk.
            One of the most visible strikers during 1913 was Annie Clemenc.  Standing over six feet tall, this Slovenian daughter of a miner and wife of a miner crusaded for social and labor reform during the daily parades held in the streets of Calumet.  Tall Annie by Virginia Law Burns is the story of her Calumet years and her role in the strike and childrens’ Christmas party which forever scarred the community.
            Gary Kaunonen has researched the history of Finns in the U.S. and their role in the mining industry.  Challenge Accepted-a Finnish Immigrant response to Industrial American in Michigan’s Cooper Country examines how the surge of Finnish immigrants changed the Copper Country.  His latest work, Community in Conflict is written with Aaron Goings, and is a working class history of the 1913-1914 Michigan Copper Strike and Italian Hall Tragedy.  Using a vast collection of documents, many of them in code, Kaunonen and Goings challenge the perception that the strike was an aberration, and claim it was actually a significant event caused by years of social, political and economic divisions based on race, ethnicity, gender and class.
            History of the Finns in Michigan by Armas K.E. Holmio, originally written in Finnish, translated by Ellen M. Ryynanen explains why the Upper Peninsula was a major destination for Finns immigrating to the U.S.  The society and culture brought to Copper Country by these new citizens is described and illustrated by many photos.
            Joseph Heywood traces the history of the strike in a mystery novel set during the period featuring Luke Bapcat, a fictional account of one of Michigan’s first civil service game wardens.  Lovers of Grady Service will enjoy this new type of sleuth who takes on poachers in Red Jacket.
            These and many more titles about copper mining, the Keweenaw Peninsula and Strike of 1913 are available at the Peter White Public Library.

By Pam Christensen, Library Director


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