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||Music in Stories
||Newest Juvenile Fiction
||Great Start Library
||More New Nonfiction
||Best of Ingmar Bergman
||Popular Books of Summer
||New for Summer
||Big Chickens & More
Lakes Great Books
Little of Everything
||ALA Award Books
||Two Author Visits
||Interesting and Informative
||New Historical Fiction
||New Titles from Your Favorite Authors
||New Juvenile Titles
December 26, 2010
December 11, 2010
Last week, I
was visiting the White
House in Washington
to accept the National Medal for
Library Service from First Lady Michelle Obama.
That visit, and the extraordinary holiday
decorations have made me more
interested in the history of this grand residence for the United States
the White House by Betty Boyd Caroli tells the
story of America’s
most famous home from the Presidencies of John Adams to Bill Clinton. The photos, maps and
diagrams featured in
this book very clearly demonstrate how the White House has changed over
years. It is a good
place to start for a
readable history of the “People’s House”.
White House edited by Frank Freidel and William
Pencak also looks at
the first 200 years of the historic residence.
A collection of essays by writers such as
Daniel J. Boorstein, David
McCullough and Elise K. Kirk. David
Herbert Donald details the trials and tribulations of the Lincoln
family during their White House
stay. At this time,
access to the White
House was not restricted and visitors were found throughout the house
night. This is
quite a change from the
strict security in place today.
Secret Lives of the First Ladies and Secret Lives of the Presidents
by Cormac O’Brien both show how life in the White House
affects the First
residents bemoan the lack
of privacy as well as constant attention to their every word. Little known facts and
interesting tidbits of
information give the reader a more human vision of the Presidents and
Truman, daughter of President Harry Truman, is well known for her many
First Ladies, Presidents, Presidential
pets and Capital
Crimes series of mysteries
She shares the history and secrets of 1600
with readers in The
insider, Truman has an interesting viewpoint to share about the place
definitive story of the White House has to be The President’s House
William Seale. This
two volume set is a
partnership between the White House Historical Society and National
Seale began his project with the intent to detail the architectural
the White House. What
resulted is a
detailed history of the building, renovations and day-to-day operations
Angelo explores the impact of the White House on First Families in First
describes how the
White House is a home, museum, institution and symbol.
The reaction to each family to the history
and responsibilities that the White House brings to their lives
whether it is a palace or a prison.
Bird Johnson expressed the role of First Lady that is shared by many of
who followed here when she said “I feel as if I am suddenly
onstage for a part
I never rehearsed.”
President by David Rubel is a personal look at the
Executives from George Washington to Bill Clinton.
Each short biography details facts about the
President’s life, family, Presidency and gives a timeline of
key events that
happened during his tenure.
White Public Library has many more books about the White House, First
and Presidents available for all ages.
|by Pam Christensen, Library
December 4, 2010
time for holiday giving and the Peter White Public Library collection
from the generosity of local groups and patrons.
Thanks to them, you can find new books in the
vegan, music, mental health and travel collections.
chapter of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, recently gave
to purchase new titles. Three
new books are:
Divided Minds: Twin Sisters and their
Schizophrenia by Pamela Spiro Wagner and Carolyn S. Spiro. This dual memoir of
identical twins, one of
whom faces a life sentence of schizophrenia, and the other who becomes
psychiatrist, is told in the alternating voices of the sisters, now in
fifties, Divided Minds reveals how
devastating schizophrenia is to both the victim and those who love her.
years, Dr. Sandy Newmark has specialized in successfully treating
diagnosed as having “ADHD” using methods other than
medications. Now he
has put his best
advice into ADHD without Drugs: a Guide
to Natural Care, a guide for parents, educators and other
Kandel, founder and executive director of The Alliance for Eating
Awareness, struggled with her eating disorder for ten years before
getting help. Kandel
how difficult the healing process can be.
Life beyond Your
is her guidebook which provides a set of practical tools for the
Northern Vegans have been regular donors to the library. Last month their gift
In The Indian Vegan
Kitchen: more than 150 Quick
and Healthy Homestyle Recipes, renowned nutritionist and
Madhu Gadia offers a fresh take on Indian recipes that will appeal to
vegetarians, and anyone who loves Southeast Asian cuisine.
about contaminated pet food from China? The
Simple Little Vegan Dog Book: Cruelty-free Recipes for Canines
A. Rivera can help you safely transition your companion dog to a
healthful, plant-based diet. Whether
wish to supplement or completely transform mealtimes,
Rivera’s recipes can
provide your dog with delicious, nutritious biscuits, daily staples,
special occasion treats.
of five film festival awards for Best Documentary, The
Witness asks its audience to
consider how a tough New York City
construction contractor could possibly become an impassioned animal
Eddie Lama tells the story of his remarkable change of
love of a kitten opened his heart, inspiring him to rescue abandoned
become a vegetarian, and ultimately, to bring his message of compassion
Friends of PWPL used some of their book sale profits to help us update
travel collection. Three
among the 78 new Frommer’s, Fodor’s, and Lonely
Planet guides to places all
over the world are:
Rock-climbing in Croatia, dog-sledding
in Greenland, and
whale-watching in South Africa—are
just three of the 200+ worldwide
adventure activities profiled in A Year
of Adventures: a
guide to the World’s
Most Exciting Experiences by Andrew Bain. Published by Lonely
updated, and packed with astounding full-color images.
Since 1979, The Intracoastal Waterway—Norfolk,
to Miami, Florida by Bill
Moeller has been the
piloting guide of choice for the tens of thousands of boaters
1,094-mile Intracoastal Waterway between Virginia
each year. This sixth edition, double the size of its predecessor,
greatly enhanced coverage of anchorages, pilotage, and facilities. Moeller’s
navigation guide is better than ever.
99 Themed Itineraries across America from Lonely
Planet takes travelers across America,
from New England to the Pacific
Easy-to-use maps for every trip, plus driving times and directions, are
it out now to plan next summer’s
|by Caroline Jordan, Collection
November 6, 2010
|Music in Stories
1827, 15 year old Ferdinand Hiller visited Beethoven several times with
music teacher, Johann Hummel. After
several visits, Beethoven passed away, and upon paying their final
Hiller cut a lock of hair from Beethoven’s head.
Eventually it became
encased in glass and
framed with a dark wood oval frame.
Later in his life, Hiller wrote in a special
issue of Salon magazine,
celebrating the 100th year of Beethoven’s birth:
music remains unmatched because it
achieved “softness without weakness, enthusiasm without
without sentimentality, passion without madness.”
Beethoven’s music expressed great
joy, but also noted that when it expressed the deepest suffering of
the composer didn’t lose himself in the suffering, but rather
it. Hiller wrote of
Beethoven, “… never
did an artist live whose creations were so truly new—his
sphere was the
unforeseen.” (ref: The Mysteries of Beethoven’s Hair,
by Russell Martin and
Lydia Nibley, publ. by Charlesbridge, c.2009, p. 38.)
remarkable true story offers insight into Beethoven’s
turbulent life, but it
also investigates the intriguing events that surrounded a single curly,
lock of his hair for nearly 200 years after his death.
Follow Beethoven’s hair from when it
clipped from the composer’s corpse as a keepsake, through
three generations and
beyond as the keepers flee Germany
during WWII, until it is purchased by two passionate fans of Beethoven
auction. They in turn find renowned scientists to do forensic tests on
it and try
to unlock its mysteries. The
have surprised the world.
But in the
meantime, the reader may just rediscover a passion for something in
lives that may have been deemed too small or unimportant to pay
unremarkable as a simple lock of hair, this story stimulates the
of history, mystery, and anticipation.
from famous body parts to the next selection isn't much of a stretch. How scared can you
get in thirty
seconds? I dare you
to read this book
and find out! Half-minute Horrors,
edited by Susan Rich, is a collection
of stories that prove how powerful a storyteller's choice of words can
creeping fingers, misplaced teeth, spooky sounds, unlikely shadows, and
unexpected guests, these are the spookiest little hair-raising
I've read in a long time, and most of them are only a handful of
length! Of course,
it helps that the
authors that contributed to this collection are some of the most
writers for young people today (including Lemony Snicket, James
Stine, Chris Raschka, Jon Scieszka, Erin Hunter, Margaret Atwood, and
more), and they all know the power of insinuation and the fact that
don't say is sometimes more powerful than what you do. Check it out… I
dare you! (www.halfminutehorrors.com)
way, Half-minute Horrors
published in partnership with First Book, a nonprofit organization
giving children from low-income families the opportunity to read and
books. Visit them
online at www.firstbook.org.
the same vein, Readers Theatre for
Middle School Boys—Investigating the Strange and Mysterious,
by Ann N.
Black, promises to
both entertain and
educate everyone—but it's aimed at tempting middle school
them to the lively arts of literature and performance with
like "Masque of the Red Death",
"Headless in Sleepy Hollow", "The Monkey's Paw", and "White Grizzly"
written in dramatic script format. Readers Theatre has been
shown to be very
effective in promoting good reading skills while drawing in more
featuring many classic authors with dramatic twists in their stories
a good read for both enthusiastic and reluctant readers alike!
always on the lookout for a great read aloud book that demands vocal
and enthusiastic interpretation. One
my favorite storytellers, Jay O'Callahan, has written a new one that
this summer called "Raspberries!" I can just hear
O'Callahan's colorful telling
style as I read the story, a familiar theme involving the hero helping
magical being disguised as a poor, ragged local townsperson who in turn
him out later on in the story. Actually,
I can actually hear him tell the story, because
there is an accompanying
CD! It's a classic
story, well-told and portrayed
in detail by
illustrator Will Moses in a style
reminiscent of his grandma, Grandma Moses. Check
---Scat (No, not that! It's workless vocal music!) is the subject of
another great read aloud by Muriel Harris Weinstein When Louis
Armstrong Taught Me Scat. It simply revels in the joy of
with language and sound: OOoba lee cooo,oooba lee cat, blow me a bubble
in bubble gum Scat! With historical notes at the end, the
involves a little girl to learns to scat about bubble gum from Louis
Artmstrong himself and it's just plain fun!
discoveries about music and math are made
very accessible to the intermediate reader
in a new book by Julie Ellis: Pythagoras
and the Ratio (sounds like a
band!)—A Math Adventure, illustrated by Phyllis Hornung
cousin Octavius wants to win the
music contest, but his pipes are out of tune.
Pythagoras’ pipes are perfect, so
together they work to find a
relationship between the longest and shortest of Pythagoras’ pipes, which helps them
pipes. Well, then
of course his other
cousins want him to fix their lyres in time for the contest as well!
Can he do
it? Read it and
find out, and improve
your math skills at the same time!
--- Another new good
read aloud is Hip and Hop, Don’t Stop! by
Jef Czekaj. It is
basically a very fresh,
fun take on the Tortoise and the Hare, involving rap and rhyme; and as
bonus, it brings up diversity issues and getting along with those who
different from yourself, put into a context that both children and
is a turtle who raps really
slowly. Hop is a bunny who raps superfast.
The other hip hop
“artists” like Jay Zebra, The Notorious P.I.G. and
Ludafish, may not be jokes that the kids get, but the adult readers
might. The animals
are cute without the
funny names. This
book is fun! Also--the
book's website is great.
you love music enough to want to make it yourself, and
are looking for some helpful tips on subjects like making and writing
music, the nitty-gritty of actually forming a band and recording, how
to find a
gig, doing promotion, and even what you could do if you really want to
the music world but aren't really interested in performing, check out Learn to Speak Music: A
Guide to Creating,
Performing, & Promoting Your Songs, by John Crossingham. He
a long-time musician and veteran of several world tours and uses his
playing stages from Letterman to Lollapalooza to ease the reader's way
music world. The
opinions of many other
musicians are also sought in this informative and detailed book, and he
thought of everything, right down to the smallest details such as where
to load-in to a gig site, how to do a sound check, and proper gig
you might even get invited back. There
are even "secret" tips on each instrument to help you get the best
possible sound. I wish this book had been
written as I was
making decisions about becoming a musician!
National Public Radio refers to you as "the
Lennon and McCartney of kids’ music," you’ve got a
lot to live up
to. Four time Grammy-nominated duo and 30 year veterans Trout
Fishing in America
(Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet) rise to the challenge as the featured
performers on My Name is Chicken Joe, the latest kids’
book/CD combo release by
Canadian publisher, The Secret Mountain.
This is essentially a "best of" collection of
some of Trout's
more loquacious tracks. The "star" of the 11-track collection is
Joe," a cat whose
story is told through
the lyrics of Trout
America and the illustrations of Stéphane
the best kids’ music, Trout Fishing in America’s
manage to appeal lyrically to children without being condescending,
offering enough variety and musical prowess to maintain the interest of
adults. The final third of the hardcover book contains
illustrations with the lyrics to each of the remaining 10 songs,
titles like My Best Day, I Can Dance, It's A Puzzle, Fill It Up, and, offering the
obligatory reference to
eating boogers that’s guaranteed to get kids rolling around
and laughing, the
klezmer-touched Boiled Okra and Spinach!
inclusion of lyrics to all
the songs raises the appeal for more advanced readers.
The songs are catchy and diverse enough in
style to keep parents’ fingers away from the CD
player’s eject button on a road
trip for the 33 minute duration of the disc.
genre of music is highlighted in a
lovely new book by poet and Newberry Honor Winner Marilyn Nelson and
Honor Winner Jerry Pinkney: Sweethearts
of Rhythm—the story of the greatest all-girl swing band in
WWII, there was an ad placed in papers across the
country that went like this:
playing in orchestra…Would like to hear from girls eleven to
fifteen years old,
who play at least third grade piano, and have natural musical ability,
desire to learn saxophone or other instruments of dance
orchestra…. Now ready
to book Fall engagements… For information on above, write
Mrs. J.D. Hardy,
Piney Woods, Mississippi." The remarkable swing band
that evolved from
this little ad traveled the American home front, performing
in the most famous ballrooms in the
country, providing solace during the hardest years of the war. The band broke several
taboos: it was
interracial despite the Jim Crow laws,
and the musicians dared to assert themselves in a "man's"
profession. Their story is an analogy
for some of the
greatest challenges America
had faced thus far, beautifully
in thought-provoking poems and arresting images.
Marilyn Nelson writes:
swing tune tells a story without words: The truth of people breathing
of harmonies and chords; unique,
disparate voices raised as one…
"Chattanooga Choo-Choo," but it was a prayer for peace.
trying to change the world through sound…"
another book about the power of music also
came out this year: We
Song that Changed the World, by Stuart Stotts, illustrated by Terrance
with a foreword by Pete Seeger who suggests that "no one can prove how
important music is, but people in power believe it is, and they try to
it." Stuart Stotts,
musician changing the world by writing and singing music particularly
people, has crafted a thorough, colorful, sometimes disturbing and
hopeful book, including many historical photos, engravings, and graphic
telling the story of a song that evolved over more than a century of
history, and has since found its way overseas to assist those in other
such as Beirut, Bangladesh, North Korea, South Africa, and most
northern Pakistan. A
close associate of
Dr. Martin Luther King once said, "I wouldn't be surprised if, when we
colonize the moon, there aren't little green people who will join their
and sing 'We Shall Overcome.'"
writes, "'We Shall Overcome' is not elaborate or
complicated. The first verse has only twenty-two words, and most of
melody is straight-forward
and easy to learn. the
chords are basic. Overall,
the song could hardly be simpler.
yet it has played a unique and important role
beyond our borders, it has
provided strength, connection, courage, and faith to millions of people
to make our planet a more peaceful, just, and loving place."
lock of hair – a tiny scare – a well-worn song to
along ---The importance of small, simple things…like a
tantalizing book to curl
up with on a blustery day!
|by Corinne Rockow, Youth Services
October 30, 2010
It is truly enjoyable to
work with collection development and check in the new books after they
processed and nearly ready for circulation. There’s a
definite thrill to see the
new books, all shiny with crisp pages and bright covers. Most of these
are sequels to prior novels, but one is a debut novel and another is a
series line for a well-known author.
The first book to grab my
attention was by Billy Coffey. The cover of his debut novel, SNOW DAY, reminded me of sledding trips
with my sons and now grandchildren. This novel begins with a snow storm
Peter, the main character, to reflect on his life which is currently
with uncertainties. As he enjoys the ramifications of the
day’s storm with
others, he realizes that he is not the only one having to deal with
Dewey’s Nine Lives: the legacy of the small-town
library cat who inspired millions
continues the tales of Dewey, the library cat.
Written by Vicki Myron with the help of Bret Witter, Dewey is
becomes the main character in all sorts of cat escapades. Myron and
write funny, heartwarming stories that cat-lovers, and other animal
Rita Mae Brown has written
another mystery entitled A NOSE FOR
JUSTICE. This is the debut book in another series by Brown
that is set in Red
Rock Valley, Nevada.
Magdalena “Mags” Rogers
arrives in Red
to visit her great-aunt, Magdalena
“Jeep” Reed who owns Wings Ranch in the valley. As
Mags is attempting to put
her 32-year-old life in order, Aunt Jeeps enjoys her jam-packed, busy
Mags, Jeep and their two dogs join forces with Deputy Pete Meadows to
who set off the nearby pipe-bombs and the identity of the 100-year-old
found in Jeep’s barn. This title is currently available in
Large Print only.
Chesney) Beaton is
21st book in her mystery series about Agatha
Raisin and the
detective agency. In this installment, it’s nearly Christmas
and the decorating
of her village, Carsely, England
has begun. Agatha is one of
many who are angry at the village’s Health and Safety Board
Sunday, who has declared so many of the local yuletide traditions to be
dangerous and can no longer be done. But someone wants what Sunday has
prohibited enough to kill him. Agatha and her young
protégé, Toni Gilmour, work
together to kill the major suspect while attempting to find the real
Author John Casey wrote his
latest, Compass Rose, as a
to Spartina, a book that won him
National book Award in 1989. Both
set in the fictional estuary of salt ponds and marshes in coastal Rhode Island,
one follows the maturing of Rose, daughter of fisherman Dick Pierce
in Spartina) and local game warden
Buttrick, from baby to spirited teenager. Although everyone in Sawtooth
loves Rose, her birth brings change to relationships throughout the
is Call Me Mrs. Miracle. Mrs.
Miracle, who is really Emily Merkle, is a seasonal employee in the toy
department of Finley’s, a family-owned department store.
Jake Finley has 500 expensive robots to sell. Enter Holly and her
who only wants a robot for Christmas. Mrs. Miracle works her magic to
sell 500 robots,
get Holly and Jake together and renew the Christmas spirit in Jake and
widower father. This book’s prequel, Mrs.
Miracle, was made into a Hallmark Channel movie in 2009.
Alexander McCall Smith has a
new book, The Charming Quirks of Others:
an Isabel Dalhousie novel, that continues the adventures of
in her Edinburgh, Scotland.
Ms. Dalhousie looks into
the backgrounds of the three candidates for headmaster at the local
school. During her investigation she finds skeletons in several
including her own. The text and word choices make this a good read
shows us Isabel is an intelligent woman who cares for her fellow
Templar Salvation by Raymond Khoury is a sequel
to his 2005 book, The Last Templar.
story has all the classic elements of a mystery; it also relates
details of a past segment of the Catholic Church known as the Templar
These come together in an excellent example of a religious thriller
that readers enjoy. FBI agent Sean Reilly is the modern knight who
Templar documents that will free his kidnapped girlfriend, Tess.
Jan Karon’s In
the Company of Others continues with
Father Timothy Kavanagh and his wife, Cynthia, as they leave Mitford
on a genealogy search for his Kavanagh family roots. Shortly after
arrival at a bed & breakfast, Cynthia injures her ankle, a
stolen and secrets are discovered. Father Tim steps forward to help
as he enjoys the Irish countryside.
|by Vicki Mann, Reference Desk
October 16, 2010
|Newest Juvenile Fiction
readers have lots to look forward to in the new
juvenile fiction section at the Peter White Public Library. Here are
Wish Stealers by Tracy Trivas
When an old woman tricks middle-school student Griffin
Penshine into accepting a box of “lucky” pennies
carrying stolen wishes, Griffin finds
wishes begin to go horribly wrong.
undo the curse Griffin
must return the stolen wishes to their original owners or find suitable
replacements, often with surprising and heart warming results. Readers may wish to join Griffin’s
favorite charity, “Pennies for the
Planet” on-line to see their wishes for a better ld
January Joker by Ron Roy
One night during a sleepover Bradley Pinto isn’t sure what
to think when he and his friends see a strange yellow light and
aliens in the backyard. Is it a hoax or is it real?
Teamwork and the local fire department help
solve this great new mystery written for third grade, intermediate
Frankie Pickle and the Pine Run
3000 written and illustrated
by Eric Wight
Frankie knows he needs to step up his game by winning the
upcoming Pine Run 3000 in order to keep pace with the other possum
Frankie doesn’t realize is that it’s his
drive for creativity that will ultimately score him the points he needs
succeed. Eric Wight’s blend of strong graphic illustration
and story are sure
to be a hit with “Speed Racer” fans and
intermediate readers alike.
The Fizzy Whiz Kid by Maiya
All Mitch Mathis wants to do is fit into his new school, the Cecil B.
De Mille Elementary School in Hollywood, California
where all of his
classmates have star dust in their eyes.
Everything’s great when Mitch first
wins a role as the new Fizzy Whiz
spokesman, but Mitch’s popularity plunges overnight when
public opinion swings
sharply against the super sugary soda.
Desperate to get out of his contract, Mitch
teaches Jeeves, a mischievous
orangutan, to take over his role as the new Fizzy Whiz kid on the block.
Attack of the Growling Eyeballs
by Lin Oliver
A book that starts with the sentence, “It all started with
pizza.” promises to deliver a real slice of American life in
Daniel Funk, the book’s main character, life in miniature
becomes real when he
finds himself, “bamo-slamo”, shrunk to the size of
a pea and discovers he’s got
a twin brother named Pablo whom he’s never met before.
As one enthusiastic
reviewer puts it: Lin
Oliver’s newest fictional series for kids offers
“big-time laughter in
The Hanging Hill by Chris
Zack Jennings is a normal eleven-year-old who happens to
have a special talent—seeing ghosts.
this sequel to The Crossroads, Zack accompanies his
Jennings, to the Hanging Hill Playhouse where her children’s
Cat, is being premiered as a musical.
The show’s director, Reginald
Grimes, is the grandson of a Vaudeville
magician named Professor Nicholas Nicodemus who has been imprisoned
following a performance of sorcery in which a little girl was killed. It’s up to Zack
to save himself and two other
children from a similar fate. Luckily,
Zack has his little dog Zipper, Hanging Hill’s ancient
custodian, several stage
mothers, and a full cast of ghostly thespians to help him.
|by Lisa Shirtz, Youth Services
October 9, 2010
|More New Nonfiction
Peter White Public Library offers these new non-fiction
Patchwork Nation: The Surprising Truth About the
by Dante Chinni.
Chinni (Newsweek, Christian Science Monitor)
takes a deep look at political and socio-economic realities in the United States.
The author identifies twelve distinct types of communities, and
they vote, invest, shop, and otherwise behave. The book includes
with influential people in example communities, as well as empirical
New Non-Fiction 307.0973 CH
Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of
Innovation by Steven Johnson.
(author of Everything Bad is Good for You and The
Invention of Air) gives an all-encompassing glimpse into the history on
innovation and the processes behind it. He identifies “Seven
that are driving factors behind innovation.
New Non-Fiction 303.484 JO
Man Who Left Too Soon: The Biography of Stieg Larsson by
Millennium Trilogy has been one of the hottest
series of books in recent years, selling over 27 million copies in 40
(The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, The
Kicked the Hornets’ Nest). Unfortunately, the books have all
posthumously. Larsson, a journalist by trade, died in 2004 of a heart
age 50. Spoiler alert: if you are in the process of, or are planning to
the three books by Stieg Larsson, you may want to wait until you finish
before picking up this book. Much of this work relates to
New Non-Fiction 921 LA
A Life by Ron Chernow.
Chernow has previously published well-received
biographies on John D. Rockefeller and Alexander Hamilton. This time,
about the iconic George Washington. Aware of the multitude of
biographies about Washington,
Chernow focuses on Washington’s
to bring him to life. Booklist gave it a starred review, calling it
author’s masterpiece.” 904 pages.
New Non-Fiction 921 WA
Complete Idiot's Guide to Cooking--for Guys by Tod
Dimmick presents the latest volume in the
condescendingly named series of how-to books. Even if you are not a
idiot, you may find some recipes and tips in this book that will help
your cooking skills. The author tries to break down cooking techniques
more rudimentary level to explain them. Includes over 230 recipes, not
too heavily on processed or unhealthy ingredients.
New Non-Fiction 641.5 DI
|by Bruce MacDonald, Circulation
September 25, 2010
extend the season might be interested in checking out Microgreens
Eric Franks and Jasmine Richardson. This illustrated manual describes
benefit of growing fresh greens which are a step beyond traditional
and how to harvest them to receive the full benefit of flavor and
The tiny plants can be grown indoors from seed using good quality
potting soil on bright windowsills or under grow lights. The book
suggested types for growing success, composting hints and mouth
recipes for using your fresh picked greens to their best advantage.
How to Find Morels
by northern Michigan
hunter, Milan Pelouch, will make for fascinating autumn reading for
longing for the first warm rains of spring. Morel hunting is a well
loved Upper Peninsula
pastime in mid May to early June. This
short book gets to the point teaching the reader what to look for,
look and how to cook those elusive delicacies. The book concludes with
chapter on mushroom hunter’s etiquette as well as where to go
for more information.
Look to Vegan
Isa Chandra Moskowitz for recipes using those late season garden
Award winning vegan chef and author, Moskowitz shares 175 home-style
worth waking up for from asparagus omelets to pumpkin pancakes. Treat
family and friends to a fantastic Thanksgiving brunch of delicious
breakfasts free of animal products. Color photographs and serving
complete this appetizing vegan guide.
For the more
cooks, Sara Moulton’s Everyday Family Dinners provides
the answer to the
perennial question, “What’s for dinner?”
Geared specifically to cooking for
families, the book is organized into chapters with titles such as
five-ingredient mains, Sunday night comfort meals, soup suppers and
specials. Vegetarian recipes are included as well as classic recipes
twist using sustainable seafood and poultry, pork and beef. Moulton is
author and TV host of Sara’s Weeknight Meals on
PBS. She served as
executive chef for Gourmet magazine for 23 years
and is a food editor
for Good Morning America.
For readers who
‘homemade’ but hate to cook, Martha
Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Crafts is
the book for you. Filled with techniques and projects for creating
etching glass to marbleizing and quilling, to wreaths, Stewart provides
detailed step by step instructions, templates and clear photographs
illustrating the numerous projects. Designed to create that special
for every age and interest, this 400 page book may be just the thing to
those creative juices flowing.
Finally, for the
historian, Your Land, Our Land provides a trip through the files of the National Archives for
a look at two
centuries of American words and images. Our nation’s heritage
photographs and documents provides stunning and profound glimpses into
makes us American. Assembled by Monroe Dodd, Brian Burnes and the
Archives staff, the book is organized into 13 regions highlighting
our nation’s history. A wonderful coffee table book to pick
up again and again.
Enjoy the changing
and the chance to snuggle up with a good book.
|by Margaret Boyle, Programming
September 4, 2010
of the most fascinating literary characters you will
ever get to know travel four light years away to Rakhat, a planet near
Centauri, to meet, study and come to love the creators of the first
heard on Earth. "The Sparrow," by Mary Doria Russell, is this fall's
One Book One Community read. Book discussions and programs accompanying
title will be held throughout October. Russell will speak to the
Tuesday, October 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the Great Lakes Rooms of Northern
information, go to www.pwpl.info.
If you wanted to visit someplace closer than Rakhat, perhaps Paris,
pack a bag, book a seat on a plane, and arrive tomorrow.
Belle’s journey to Paris, however,
months, the attention of many creative people, three cows, and an
Belle, a giraffe, was presented to King Charles X by the Pasha of Egypt
Mary Tavener Holmes and John Harris describe Belle’s journey
up the Nile, across
the Sea, and on her five hundred mile walk through France
in a new book for children, “A Giraffe Goes to Paris.” Belle
was the first giraffe hundreds of
thousands of French people had ever seen. Her celebrity rivaled that of
star today and inspired giraffe songs, paintings, jewelry, hair styles
In the early 1600’s, Europeans believed that insects and
frogs sprang from mud magically in a process called spontaneous
"Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian" by Margarita Engle,
we meet a young German girl who thought otherwise as she studied and
butterflies and moths. Merian's paintings and scientific work taught
about the metamorphosis of insects and small animals and eventually
Carl Linnaeus. Colorful folk-style paintings of insects, flowers and
imaginary creatures illustrate this biographical sketch of a woman far
"The Goose Man: The Story of Konrad Lorenz" by
Elaine Greenstein portrays another person whose love of wildlife,
geese, led to a lifelong study of animal behavior. Greenstein's
Lorenz walking, swimming and sleeping with geese, including the
pair, Martina and Martin, that slept in their bedroom. Lorenz's work on
imprinting helped earn him a Nobel Prize in 1973. This book is a simple
introduction to the important scientist and his work.
The 2004 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Wangari Maathai,
the first African woman and environmentalist to win this prize. "Seeds
Change" by Jen Cullerton Johnson shows how Wangari developed a love of
nature and learning from her youth. As Wangari grew, so did her
awareness of how
the African landscape, and animal and human life depended upon trees.
studied in the United States
and returned to Kenya
where she continues to promote women's rights and works to renew the
planting trees. The Green Belt Movement she inspired has spread
Margarita Engle's novel in free verse, "The Firefly
Letters," introduces older youth to Fredrika Bremer, an early champion
rights. Bremer wished to learn about Cuba,
a land of tropical sunshine and magic that enchanted Sweden's
first female novelist. A
young African slave, Cecilia, was assigned to translate for Bremer as
toured the Cuban countryside in 1851, interviewing and studying the
life of the
poor. Engle based her novel on Bremer's letters and diaries which were
in the light of fireflies resting on Bremer's fingers. Thousands of
inspired by Bremer's writings.
Almost one hundred years after Bremer visited Cuba, Sweden
became a place of refuge for
Jewish children fleeing the Nazis. Stephie and Nellie, sisters from Vienna,
assume they will
stay with foster families only until their parents can also escape.
to meet in Amsterdam
and immigrate to America.
Nellie, the younger sister, is soon comfortable with her new family,
and school. Stephie finds her foster mother as quiet and cold as their
island off Sweden's
western coast. She is teased at school and suffers from the comments of
villagers. Mostly, however, she worries about her parents. "A Faraway Island"
by Annika Thor, the first of a quartet of novels about Stephie and
based on interviews with and research about the five hundred Jewish
children sent to Sweden
during World War II and the author's family history. Thor hopes to draw
attention to the lives of displaced children today.
is Beyond the Mountains" by Celia Barker
Lottridge is a surprisingly gentle story about children caught up in
events. As World War I drew to a close, the Turkish army moved into
what is now
killing many of the Assyrian and Armenian people who lived there and
their villages. Eighty thousand Assyrians ran into the mountains to the
but soldiers, the lack of food, illness and exhaustion took a heavy
fictional narrator, Samira, and her older brother Benyamin survive,
one refugee camp and orphanage to another, and create new families.
Shedd, the author's aunt, became director of one of these orphanages in
story of how she organized over 300 children (including Samira and
into families and their long walk home is an example of brilliant
Leah Molnar's memoir, "Under a Red Sky,"
depicts her childhood in Communist Bucharest, Romania in the 1950s.
Molnar is the
adored only child in a family of seven adults living together in a
apartment. Given the birth name Eva Zimmermann, Molnar's family did not
her Jewish identity until they prepared to immigrate to Israel and later to the
where Molnar now lives and writes. Eva's father was a filmmaker who
Nazi labor camps and the Russian gulag. Her grandfather had owned the
movie house in Bucharest,
closed now that the communists did not allow American film propaganda.
of government oppression, secrets and spies, there is much warmth,
love in the extended household.
|by Cathy Seblonka, Youth
August 28, 2010
over the shelves of new items, I came to realize that this summer has
nice for me to do much reading as I’ve wanted to be outside
activities. Because I’ve been away from the shelves, there
were several titles
that caught my interest to put into this article. I
hope the selections I’ve highlighted
spark interest in others who have also enjoyed our excellent U.P.
out-of-doors and are now finding inside time to read again.
“fireworks” jumped out at me in the title of
first-time author Jeffrey
Stepakoff’s book entitled FIREWORKS OVER TOCCOA. As a lover
displays, I thought this might be about July 4th
celebrations over a
small town; but, far from it. Lily Davis is a young woman who married
her husband left for World War II. After days together, he left. Three
later, she awaits his return with mixed feelings. Does she really love
What will their life be like? Then she meets Jake Russo, a pyrotechnic
who is in Toccoa to set up the July 4th fireworks. Their brief
fireworks into Lily’s life that last throughout her long life.
Clive Cussler is at it again with a new novel, LOST EMPIRE, that
adventures of husband-and-wife treasure hunters Sam and Remi Fargo. While vacationing in Tanzania, the Fargos
discover a lost artifact from a Civil
War ship. The relic is wanted by others from the Mexican government who
willing to kill to get it. Cussler weaves a great mystery as his
and beyond to keep their
lives and keep possession of the
SCRATCH could be a book selection for a new book group at Peter White
Library. The new book discussion group, Tasty Reads, will begin in
and will be led by PWPL Interlibrary Loan Specialist Shelley Janofski
to read and cook. Written by
Bessette, another debut author, the book has Zell (short for
learning to deal with the loss of her husband in the aftermath of
Katrina. Although she is not coping too well, Zell reaches out to help
young neighbor, 9 year-old Ingrid, enter a cooking contest. The prize
win: $20,000 plus the opportunity to meet TV chef Polly Pinch, who
believes is her real mother. Read this fun novel to find out how they
their grilled pineapple dessert in the contest. Its recipe is included
book, too. Try it!
Silva has a new spy book out entitled THE REMBRANDT AFFAIR. Its
follows Gabriel Allon, master art restorer and assassin, in another
as he tries to leave his work at the Office. But he cannot;
he’s drawn back to
search for yet another painting that has been stolen. Worldwide travel,
secrets and evil men prove to Gabriel that “there are men in
the world who will
do anything for money.”
Lippman writes another crime-based novel, I’D KNOW YOU
ANYWHERE, which grabs
the reader instantly. Background material has Eliza Benedict kidnapped
captive as a fifteen-year-old girl. Somehow she escapes from Walter, a
was later convicted of rape and murder. Now, twenty-five years later,
contacts her from his death row cell. What does he want? Read this
book to find out.
series written by Kathy Reichs adds a new book, SPIDER BONES, that
adventures of Dr. Temperance Brennan, a forensic anthropologist. In this thirteenth story
of her escapades,
Tempe is trying to solve the mystery surrounding a newly drown victim
identified as a former MIA who supposedly died forty years earlier in a
crash while serving in Vietnam. Things get trickier still when another
found and is also identified as lost soldier Lowery. This read is a
when the official military jargon is involved, but Tempe
and Detective Ryan work together to
figure out which body really is John Lowery.
Lover’s mystery series adds another title in Hailey
Lind’s new book, Arsenic
and Old Paint. This volume sees
art-forger-turned-art-expert Annie Kincaid busy restoring an old
men’s club in
the historic Nob Hill area of San Francisco
when screams interrupt her and her co-workers.
A maid has found a body with a sword in his chest in the old bathtub
downstairs. In comes Inspector Annette Crawford from the SFPD to lead
murder investigation. Meanwhile Annie’s mentor,
“Uncle” Anton Woznikowicz,
shows symptoms of being poisoned with arsenic. More characters are
to add story tangents that keep Annie and Annette from hurting one
they each try to solve the murder.
series to add a new title is Jude Devereaux’s SCARLET NIGHTS.
The third book in
the romantic Edilean series about a multi-generational family living in
begins with Sara Shaw dreaming of her upcoming wedding. Then, just
prior to the wedding, her fiancé disappears after receiving
a call in the
middle of the night. An undercover cop, Mike Newland, comes onto the
attempts to gain Sara’s trust. His job is to discover the
whereabouts of her
future mother-in-law, a notorious criminal. Sara and Mike must work
together to solve the mystery of the missing fiancé who is
also a shady
character, and to find his mother. As they do, love and secrets bring
|by Vicki Mann, Reference Desk
August 21, 2010
|Best of Ingmar Bergman
people that have visited the Peter White Public Library
have noticed the large collection of DVDs that we have to offer. You
many new releases on our shelves alongside classic titles. Often
however are themany foreign films here at the library. A lot of people
unsure about watching a foreign movie, and there are several possible
Foreign films are not usually released in theaters here in the United
so they are unknown. Sub-titles
an additional reason; viewers often do not want to read while watching
If these things can be looked past, many classic foreign films can be
enjoyable as classic English language films.
are many famous foreign filmmakers represented at the
library. Works of legends such as Fellini, Truffaut and Kurosawa can be
One such director is Ingmar Bergman. Bergman was a Swedish filmmaker
talent of juxtaposing darkness and despair with hope and optimism
nine Academy Award nominations. Three of his movies won Best Foreign
Film, and in 1971 was given the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award.
These are a
few of Bergman’s finest films that can be found at the
Smiles of a Summer Night was
the film that first brought
Bergman international fame. This comedy about couples on a summer night
popular at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in 1956. Its story
familiar to some, as it was adapted into a Broadway musical, A Little
Music, in 1973.
The Seventh Seal
was released in 1957 and cemented Bergman’s
reputation as a director. It tells the story of a knight returning home
the Crusades and encountering Death, whom he challenges to a game of
knight is brilliantly portrayed by Max von Sydow, who is known to
audiences for performances such as Father Merrin in The Exorcist.
earned Bergman his first Oscar nomination for
screenwriting, and is considered perhaps his most emotional work. It is
tale of an old man on one last journey across the country to receive an
honorary degree from his alma mater. Along the way he experiences
fill him with regret and doubt that cause him to question his entire
journey of self-discovery stars Victor Sjostrom in his final onscreen
The Virgin Spring was
the first Bergman film to win Best
Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. This drama of revenge
Max von Sydow as the parent of a young girl who is brutally raped and
while delivering candles to her church. The criminals, fleeing the
scene of the
crime seek shelter at the family’s home, and are eventually
four films are a great representation of a master
filmmaker. Next time you find yourself searching for just the right
one of these a chance. Forget that it’s in the different
language, and you
won’t regret it.
|by Ben Sargent, Circulation
August 14, 2010
|Popular Books of Summer
This summer has given rise to plenty
of popular summer reads; great books for the beach or curling up in an
air-conditioned house during the many hot and humid days this
year’s summer has
had to offer. Definitely popular this year have been action and
novels, including Stieg Larsson’s The
Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (now would be a good time to
place a hold on
it), and the other two books in that trilogy. Listed below are some of
popular books patrons have been checking out with relish:
Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown. This is the third book by Brown
the character Robert Langdon. Having already covered the Illuminati and
a craze with The Da Vinci Code,
book covers the mysterious workings of the Masonic Temple.
As usual, Professor Langdon’s expertise in symbology and
arcane history is put
to the test as he has another puzzle put before him. The newest aspect
book is that it takes place here in the United States, rather
than the older, mysterious realms of Europe.
This book is finally off the months long waiting
list at the library and is available for those who would like to try it
Latitudes, by Michael Crichton.
was a novel found completed after the author’s death two
years ago. It is set
in the mid 1600s in the Caribbean,
delivers a dashing, and raunchy, tale of privateering by the English
the Spanish colonial outposts. The characters are all quite colourful
descriptions given to the settings are very detailed. The start of the
read a little slow, as the medley of characters are introduced, but it
certainly worth it. Anyone
who has an
interest in the golden days of pirates would definitely enjoy this
Wild Zone, by Joy Fielding.
is as it seems in Miami.
Three men in the Wild Zone bar partake of a bet: who can get the woman
pomegranate martinis to go out with them. One man wins, and he and she
nice evening at the movies, while one of the losers, temperamental and
follows them. He follows her home, where we are introduced to her
Dave, and the man from the bar returns reluctantly to his house. One
what “Suzy Pomegranate” is up to, and what is in
store for the three men she
met at the Wild Zone.
5 Greatest Warriors, by Matthew Reilly. This is the third
book in a series
by Reilly, narrating the adventures of one Jack West, Jr. Picking up
last book had ended, we meet Jack as he plummets down after replacing
second of six stones in their vortexes, in an effort to save the world. For a short while, it
looks as though his
crew, thinking him dead, have left but he and his small companion are
found. Now it is up
to him and his crew
to put in place the remaining four stones while trying to beat the bad
of Roses, by Nora Roberts. This book is definitely a beach
read for the
romantically inclined. Second
“Bride Quartet”, is centred on Emma, a woman who
seems to have everything she
wants but who longs for romance, and unable to find it.
She finally finds a man who loves her, the
brother of one of her oldest and closest friends, and while they find
themselves happy the prospect of further commitment causes a rift. A
remains on how they will resolve the issue.
These books are only a sampling of
the more popular books of this past summer, and all are ready for
check them out, and others are waiting as well.
|by Sara Beck, Circulation Desk
July 24, 2010
fiction author, Lisa Scottoline, has a collection of humorous essays on
non-fiction shelf titled, “Why My Third Husband Will Be a
Dog”, The Amazing
Adventures of an Ordinary Woman. Each
light-hearted chapter has a way of making you think and laugh and
with the nuances of day-to-day living.
Ms. Scottoline uses family events, pets,
holidays, etc., to weave an
effortless way into your memories and experiences.
A glass of lemonade, a chair on the porch,
and this book, will make your summer day end enjoyably.
Even the jacket cover was so appealing, I
wanted to check it out!
me tell you about two books on our fine feathered friends, currently in
new-nonfiction selections. “Bald
and Screaming Loon” Adventures in the Curious, Mysterious and
of Birds” by Niall Edworthy is a great read for birders. It’s a
beautifully done collection of facts
and trivia and helpful information on birds of all kinds. If you had to study for a
Jeopardy show on
birds, this would be the book to check out.
There is poetry from Percy Bysshe Shelley and
quotes from well-known
artists who love birds. Beautiful
sketches abound throughout this lovely read.
gardening and raising one’s own livestock becomes more and
more popular, our
book by Jennifer Megyesi, “The Joy of Keeping
Chickens” the ultimate guide to
raising poultry for fun or profit, may be one you’d like to
check out. This
book can be found in Peter White’s new non-fiction
color photos abound,
with photography by Geoff Hansen.
Getting a brood started, housing, feeding, and
investment, all have a chapter. Usage
the eggs and meat and a special recipe section should prove very
helpful to any
first-time keeper of chickens. Anyone
for a dish of “chicken
ramps, raisins, and rhubarb”?
raising chickens to raising a daughter…also, in new
non-fiction, there is Chuck
Barris’ latest book, “Della”, A memoir of
my daughter. For
all those who have heard or watched
daytime television shows, “The Newly-wed Game”,
“The Dating Game”, “The Gong
Show”, Chuck Barris was the creator and producer of this
memories of his
daughter, engaging at times, are also deeply disturbing. A combination of too
involvement, too much money and an abundance of poor choices resulted
premature death at the age of 36. This is a cautionary saga
of the effect of
drugs, alcohol, fame and absentee
probably one of the
saddest tales I’ve read.
rearing is still the topic in “The Best Kind of
Different”, Our Family’s
Journey with Asperger’s Syndrome” by Shonda
Schilling, wife of Boston Red Sox
pitcher, Curt Schilling.
Faced with the diagnosis of
Asperger’s in Grant, their third
child, the author is motivated to seek answers and strategies to help
and mature as successfully as possible.
Married to a major league baseball player
whose work takes him out of
the home frequently, Shonda Schilling has the load primarily on her
book, as well as being a
beautiful book about relationships, has tips and resources for those
with a diagnosis of Asperger’s in a loved one.
It can be found in Peter
White’s new non-fiction section.
For all those
who have read the
book, "The Blind Side," or seen the movie with Sandra Bullock, and want
to know more about the Tuohy family, check out "In a Heartbeat: Sharing
the Poser of Cheerful Giving," by Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy.
book has recently been added to ouyr new nonfiction selections here at
Peter White. If you want inspiration to be more
here is the book for you! It's written beautifully with more
the Michael Oher story than could be fit into the movie version on the
|by Shelley Janofski,
Interlibrary Loan Coordinator
|In the Magazine Room
at Peter White,
magazines are one of the most popular aspects of our collection. Every
dozens of regulars and visitors alike laugh, learn, and relax while
the world through their favorite titles. Some are well known, while
enjoyed only by a small loyal audience. Here are some selections from
White magazine collection that I have enjoyed and hope you do too.
by the self
proclaimed “world wide leader in sports”, ESPN the
magazine delivers high
quality athletic journalism with witty delivery making it one of the
frequently read magazines at PWPL. ESPN the Magazine is notable for its
commitment to excellent graphic design, in and around its articles, as
for its informative and interesting columnists. Among my favorites are
as well as Rick Reilly regular opinion column, “The Life of
Reilly”. ESPN the
Magazine is published on a biweekly basis.
on a more eclectic
bent, The New Yorker examines interesting elements of off-beat Americana,
news, humor, and social commentary that with its perspective of coming
largest city, acts to give it a unique and dynamic view of our national
a whole. First published in 1925 as a sophisticated humor magazine,
founding ethos are carried on in the form of the weekly
“Shouts and Murmurs”
column, in which guest authors get to pick apart aspects of American
political culture, often to hysterical results. The New Yorker also
array of intellectually stimulating book, theatre, and film reviews, as
playing host to sharp sociological insights of Malcolm Gladwell that
surprise, entertain, and inform at the same time. The magazine is also
for its excellent single panel cartoons which dot its pages and are a
of mine every time I pick it up.
among these magazine
room standouts, Mental Floss the magazine has irreverent, slightly
shining like a McDonald’s sign to those starving for
information. The magazine
that brought the world “12 Essential Talking Points for the
Enthusiast”, Mental Floss is known for its devotion for
pop-culture phenomena, and for digging up the interesting stories and
historical characters you never got to hear in school. Among its
Degrees of Ken Jennings” written by the Jeopardy champion of
the same name is
perhaps among its best. In each column, Jennings
makes connections between two completely unrelated historical,
sociopolitical objects all fewer than 6 steps. If you happen to be
a place “where knowledge junkies get their fix”, be
sure to check out this
magazine, you won’t be disappointed.
sitting inside makes you
restless it might be a good idea to lace up the shoes and pick up an
Runner’s World. Pre-dating the running boom of the
70’s, Runner’s World is the
preeminent source of running journalism and commentary. Motivation,
tricks gleaned from its pages can be essential and liberating late in a
everything from shoe reviews, comprehensive training plans, Q &
running coaches, and race profiles, Runner’s World is a
literal “must-read” for
the distance runner. Runner’s World is also notable for not
only the depth of
its journalism, but also the width, working to appeal and incorporate
interests of the veteran marathoner with that of the first time 5k-er.
magazine’s devoted readers are legion and help make it the
leading voice in the
running community. Personal favorites from the magazine include the
Runner” profiles interviewing famous people not normally
known for running, as
well as Peter Sagal’s (of “Wait Wait
Don’t Tell Me” fame) exquisite running
column, “Road Scholar”. Whether you’re
or running to the mailbox, please take
time to check this magazine out.
First recommended to me by a
co-worker, Humanist magazine delves deep into human understanding and
motivations to examine how and why the world works like it does today.
by the American Humanist Association, the magazine works to apply the
principles and philosophy of humanism to the issues of
today’s world. Although
lesser known than some of these other publications, Humanist delivers
edge social and political commentary infinitely relevant to our every
lives. It’s also worth checking into the “Rants and
Reason” blog on their
blog has timely and
analysis of issues in the news, written from a humanist perspective.
|by Taylor Tillitson, Library Page
July 17, 2010
July 3, 2010
|New for Summer
library has many new books for your reading enjoyment. Check
some of them out for the lazy days of
summer. You can also browse our new
additions in our online catalog accessible from the library’s
Nancy Thayer. Join the Fox sisters at their
father’s Nantucket beach house where they try to make sense
their lives and their father’s new love interest.
In the Name of Honor
by Richard North
Patterson. Home from Iraq,
a lieutenant kills his commanding officer in this enthralling novel
high cost of war and secrets. Brian McCarran pleads self-defense,
Anthony D'Abruzzo, a black-belt martial artist, attacked him. Capt.
one of the army's most accomplished young lawyers, defends Brian in the
of the Missing: Love & Partnership
with a Search-and-Rescue Dog by Susannah Charleson
describes her adventures with her
search-and-rescue dog Puzzle and the complex bond they form, as they
pursue the rescue and recovery of human victims fallen prey to crime,
or catastrophe. Also available as a CD
Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an
Accidental Country Girl by Ree Drummond.
In this homespun collection of photography, rural stories, and
scrumptious recipes, Ree shares many of the delicious cowboy-tested
recipes she’s learned to make
during her years as an accidental ranch wife.
Watch: A Novel by Cammie McGovern. Twelve
years after being cleared of the murder of her neighbor, librarian
Betsy Treading returns to her
suburban community to salvage her life and find the true killer. Betsy
that her tightlipped neighbors may know something that she has denied
Taking of Libbie,
SD by David Housewright. After two men abduct Rushmore
McKenzie, ex-cop, unexpected millionaire, and
occasionally, an unlicensed private detective,
from his St. Anthony, Minn., home, and
transport him to the small town
of Libbie, S.D., McKenzie learns he's wanted for a scam that threatens
financial future. He's soon able to establish that a con man adopted
identity-and agrees, instead of suing, to help attractive city council
Tracie Blake track down the grifter.
Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly
O’Connor McNees. Deftly
mixing fact and fiction,
McNees imagines a love affair that would threaten Louisa May Alcott's
career--and inspire the story of Jo and Laurie in Little
the Sanctuary of Outcasts: a Memoir by Neil White. Following
conviction for bank fraud, White spent a year in a minimum-security
prison in Carville, La., housed in
the last leper colony in mainland America.
His fascinating memoir
reflects on the sizable group of lepers living alongside the prisoners,
outcasts among the motley inmate crew of drug dealers, mob types and
Brisk, ironic and perceptive, White's introspective memoir reveals that
life is to be savored and respected.
Crashers by Dana
Haynes. Take a
airplane crash, a bent FBI agent, a deadly female spy—mix
them with the world
of National Transportation Safety Board aviation disaster
you’ll have this high-energy
combines cutting-edge "CSI"-style investigation with a
straight-out-of-"24" ticking-clock chase.
|by Caroline Jordan, Collection
|Big Chickens & More
Put on your old straw hat and come
to the Peter White Public Library for some barnyard fun with
Leslie Helakoski on Thursday, July 22 at 1:00 pm.
Helakoski is a Michigan
author who grew up in the rural
south near farms with big barns. All
her books, except the first, are centered around farm animals.
features a creative bus driver who has to deal with a bus in the repair
and 76 students to transport with a very small replacement bus. He starts stacking
students into the overhead
bins, bundling twelve students into four groups of three to fit under
everyone fits inside
and the bus is ready to roll. There’s
lot of number play with addition and multiplication to get student on
followed by subtraction and division as the students disembark. The colorful illustrations
Murdocca are full of humor and whimsy, just right for young readers
Another character who finds more
than one way to do things is Woolbur,
the most unconventional young lamb you’ll ever meet.
He seems to have
“a little trouble” each day
at school because he doesn’t card wool, dye wool, or weave
wool like everyone
else. His parents
worry about him, but
he has an ally in his grandfather who knows Woolbur will be just fine. His creative solution to
fitting into the
flock is masterful, as are Lee Harper’s textured and
of Woolbur and his family.
first of a series of three books about four timid hens who are afraid
their coop. One day
they spot a wolf in
the barnyard and let their fears take over.
They decide to flee for safety and succeed in
setting themselves up for
a slap-stick adventure. Every
thing frightens these big chickens as they run around the farm. When they finally face
real danger, they are
able to “pluck” up the courage to take the
situation bravely in hand. Helakoski’s
repetitive language patterns and
alliteration make the text fun for children.
The full-page watercolor illustrations by Henry Cole lend even more
humor to the story. Readers
can relate to the exaggerated facial
expressions on the big chickens, revealing fear, excitement, and
Chickens Fly the Coop continues the hens’
exploration of the farm as they try to see what the
farmhouse looks like. It
has a roof and
door, but so does the doghouse which happens to be occupied by dogs
barks. The next
building has windows and
a gate, but seems to be full of horses with hooves that kick and tails
traveling across the entire
barnyard, sometimes at great peril, they find their own chicken coop
right next to the farm house.
Chickens Go To Town
wraps up the tale of the four lily-livered hens who just happen to be
at a bag of feed in the back of the farmer’s pickup truck
when it starts up and
heads toward town. A
bump ejects the
chickens from the truck, but leaves a trail of feed for them to follow. As they search for the
truck, the hens trip
over a café table, become frightened by street musicians,
and are intimidated a
flock of pigeons in the park. As
the big chickens find their way back to safety and the comfort of each
The newest title, Fair
Cow, is the first book Helakoski
has both written and illustrated.
a dairy cow, has big dreams of winning blue ribbons at the state fair
the most beautiful bovine around.
the help of a pig named Petunia, the barnyard adventure begins! Watch for this book to be
August. All of
Helakoski’s other books
are available in Youth Services on the lower level of the library.
|by Lynette Suckow, Website
June 26, 2010
art fairs are a great place
to purchase handcrafted jewelry, but if you are inspired to create your
designs, the Peter White Public Library is a great place to start. Some new jewelry related
titles have arrived
and are available for check out.
Years of Jewelry gives a historic perspective of
jewelry from the Middle
East 5000 BC to Europe
1950 AD. Stunning
photographs, historical information
and explanations of techniques are combined by editor Hugh Tait to give
of how jewelry has changed through the ages.
Seecharran teaches contemporary jewelry techniques at Central Saint
School of Art and Design in London. The goal of her book, Contemporary Jewelry
Techniques, is to get jewelry makers interested in
materials such as plastic, rubber, fabric, fibers, leather, paper,
wood, glass, concrete, metal and wire to create modern designs. Each chapter discusses a
type of material
and the techniques used to create
jewelry. Easy to
demonstrate how to use the different materials.
artists are drawn to copper for creating art.
Sharilyn Miller’s book Contemporary Copper Jewelry
a wealth of designs for making jewelry from copper wire. Miller also mixes copper
with other metals
with a variety of beads to create affordable and striking jewelry. Her photographs clearly
techniques used with copper wire.
of the finished product will inspire the craftsperson, and Miller
projects for every skill level.
who are bored with working with yarn might want to explore Knitted Wire Jewelry
Samantha A. Lopez. A
sculptor, Lopez experimented with knitting as a way to create large
with a limited budget for materials.
outcome is a creative book demonstrating 25 unusual items that can be
by knitting fine 28 or 30 gauge wire.
by Cindy Thomas Penkopf brings a new
twist to the ancient art of chain
maille. The book is
written on the
beginner to intermediate level. It
the crafter how to combine chain maille and beads for creative and
projects. Easy to
follow photos and
instructions are included.
Armstrong is a well-known name in wire working.
Work is best used by an artist with some wire
also features other
jewelry artists who create the same project with different wires and
giving an entirely new look to the same piece.
Beautiful photographs accompany the text for
an inspirational book.
be used in a variety of ways and Jean Campbell’s Beading With Pearls provides
the beader with unexpected ideas and techniques for using the gems of
create a wide variety of jewelry pieces.
Metal Beads by Pauline Warg presents new options
for creating metal
beads to customize handcrafted jewelry.
The wide variety of metal beads available to
crafters meet the needs of
most artists, but for those who want to have creative control over all
of their jewelry or need a special bead to complete a piece,
provides the information needed to create something beyond the ordinary.
Style magazine is also available at the PWPL. This monthly publication
features a wide
variety of jewelry styles and materials.
It provides a wonderful place to gather ideas,
techniques and trends in
the jewelry world. The
ads are also a
great source for finding supplies, tools and materials not readily
local bead or craft stores.
collection of materials on jewelry and jewelry making at the PWPL is
continually growing, so artists should find just what they need from
Pam Christensen, Library Director
June 19, 2010
"Make a Splash!
Read!” is the 2010 theme for our Summer Reading &
Listening Program which runs June 14 through August 13. Registration
begins Monday June 14 at the “Catch the Wave
Carnival,” an evening of fun activities, games and
refreshments. We also are hosting an adult component to the
youth-oriented program called “Water Your
Mind…Read!” So register, read, and enter the prize
drawings no matter your age. All are welcome.
Toddlers will enjoy Seashore
Baby by Elise Broach. This lift-the-flaps board book follows
a sunny baby as she enjoys the beach. Older children (and their adults)
can use Beachcombing: Exploring the Seashore by Jim
Arnosky as a guide to the wonders of beach life. Readers will learn
about seashells, crabs, jellyfish, coral, beach birds, and shark teeth.
Can you guess which came first—the coconut or the palm tree?
Beginning readers will find out what happens to some of that beach sand
in Sand to Glass by Inez Snyder.
forget the fairy folk who live in the sea. Daniela Drescher’s In
the Land of Merfolk is a gentle and
colorful look at the elves, fairies, mermaids, and nymphs who make
their homes in the water or on its shores.
her picture book Turtle, Turtle, Watch
Out! April Pulley Sayre points out many of the dangers sea
turtles face on land and sea and describes a variety of ways humans can
help these turtles survive. Sayre describes the seven species of sea
turtles and provides contact information for learning more about
helping these rare and endangered turtles.
and death struggles on the sea sometime result in disaster. Centuries
later, these disasters yield clues that help us understand history,
culture, and biology. In Shipwrecks: Exploring Sunken Cities
Beneath the Sea, author Mary M. Cerullo looks at the stories
revealed in objects found in shipwrecks. Cerullo also discusses the
habitats sunken ships provide for plants and marine animals.
As a child, Hudson
Talbott dreamt of New York City
and the river flowing around it. Now
living in the Hudson Valley,
Talbott introduces young readers to his favorite waterway in River
of Dreams: The Story of the Hudson River. His tribute begins
with the glaciers and all the people who settled, traded and traveled
along the river. Hudson writes
of how the Industrial Revolution and modern industry almost destroyed
the life of the river and how that life is being restored through
legislation and the efforts of environmentalists and other citizen
Sleeping in the World's Rivers by Gail Langer Karwoski
teaches young readers how mammals sleep alongside or in some of the
world's major rivers from the Mississippi
Included is information on beavers, dolphins, capybaras, voles, mink,
otters, hippos, and platypuses.
Inspired by tea-picking
tales from the high Himalayas,
Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham treat us to Cloud Tea Monkeys.
While her mother works on the tea plantation, young Tashi plays with a
family of monkeys. When mom falls ill and Tashi tries to earn the money
to pay the doctor, she realizes she is too small to reach the tea
leaves. The monkeys disappear with her basket into the clouds far above
the plantation and return with leaves fine enough to please the Royal
The family cottage in
has always spelt summer for a twelve-year-old boy in Sally Derby's
first novel, Kyle's Island. This summer, his
parents are divorcing and Kyle strives to save the cabin from being
sold. Kyle comes-of-age as he grows in understanding of people, change
Rain makes a garden grow.
Gardens and the natural world help our children grow. Molly Dannenmaier
offers dozens of ideas that encourage children to enjoy the
out-of-doors. Learn how to incorporate ponds, sandboxes, paths,
furniture and other play areas into adult gardens in A
When summer rains send
you indoors, you might find comfort in a book of poetry and a cup of
tea. Classic Poetry selected by Michael Rosen
gathers favorite poems from Britain,
the United States
While illustrating the collection, Paul Howard, a self-declared "poetus
ignoramus," discovered that "poetry is about life, and that life is, in
For more information
about Peter White Public Library’s Summer Reading &
Listening Program call 226-4323 (youth) or 226-4318 (adult) or visit www.pwpl.info. Most
libraries sponsor summer reading programs so check out your nearest
public library for their program information if you live outside our
Cathy Seblonka, Children's Librarian
Lakes Great Books
One of these books
will win the hearts of second and third graders in Michigan
and earn the 2011 Great Lakes Great Books Award from the Michigan
Reading Association. When school
starts in the fall, classrooms will read selected books at their grade
level and vote on their favorites. The
GLGB books were nominated by students, teachers, and librarians who are
interested in quality books for children and teens.
Find out more at www.michiganreading.org
under the Student Involvement tab. Which
title would you vote for?
Lion’s Share by Matthew McElligott, a
dinner party hosted by Lion turns out to be a demonstration of bad
table manners by the jungle guests. When
dessert comes, the largest animal cuts the cake in half, eats it and
passes the other half down the table to the next dinner guest.
As each animal takes half, there’s
merely a crumb left for the ant, and none for the lion.
Ant offers to bring Lion a new cake the very
next day. The other animals realize
how greedy they were and try to out-do the ant by doubling the number
of cakes each will bring. This
story reads like a folktale that seamlessly works math into the plot.
The warm, earthy watercolor illustrations
accurately show sizes and numbers, emphasizing the math without taking
over the storyline.
The Plot Chickens by Mary Jane and Herm Auch There’s
a lot of silliness going on with word play such as
“eggstacy” and “eggshilarating”
which are suitable for Henrietta, a chicken who loves to read and is
trying to write a book. Join her as
she goes through the writing process and learns how books are printed.
The digital artwork is enhanced by painted
figures and objects, making the illustrations bright and comical.
The Moon Over Star by Dianna Hutts Aston is illustrated
by award winning artist, Jerry Pinkney, in soft, understated
watercolors. A young
girl’s interest in America’s
first manned spaceship to the moon in 1969 recounts the anticipation of
many families around the country, just waiting for history to happen.
The story follows her as she makes a spaceship
with her siblings and talks to her grandfather who is reluctant to get
his hopes up about a successful moon landing. This
bit of historical fiction includes facts about the moon, the names of
the astronauts who walked on the moon, and famous newscaster, Walter
Cronkite. Aston’s text is
even more fun to read because of the double spacing and free verse
style, which may encourage reluctant readers to try small amounts of
text at a time.
Carmen Agra Deedy
collaborated with Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah of Kenya’s
Massai tribe to write 14
Cows for America.
In an act of compassion
that crossed cultural lines, Naiyomah interrupted his studies in New York City to travel back to
Africa to ask the elders’ blessing on a gift for the people
of the U.S.
after the September 11th plane crashes in New York City.
The gift turns out to be a cow, one of the
most valuable commodities among the Massai. The
story is touching, but the illustrations by Thomas Gonzalez are even
better! The African landscape,
animals, and people are drawn to make the faces look as lifelike as
photographs. The colors are extra
rich, inviting the eye to explore every hue and tone across the page.
The combination of story and art is
Pemba Sherpa by Olga Cossi is a universal story
about brother and sister relationships and the cultural expectations
placed upon them because of gender. High
in the Himalayas,
seven year-old Yang Ki follows her brother around, training to become a
Sherpa, even though guides and porters are traditionally boys.
One morning Yang Ki disobeys Pemba’s command to
stay home and ends up a heroine because of her quick action and
determination to save her brother when he loses his footing on a
mountain path. Readers are
introduced to Tibetan life through the main characters and the artwork
by Gary Bernard. The srtiking
watercolor and ink drawings carry readers to the windy mountain tops of
where they join the adventures of Pemba
and Yang Ki.
Bubble Homes and Fish Farts by Fiona Bayrock is a nonfiction
treasure about the ingenious ways bubbles are used in nature.
The water shrew traps bubbles under its feet
to run across the water. Herring
communicate with other herring by blowing audible bubbles out of their
backsides, information that contributes to the unusual title of the
book. In addition to the bubble
information, there are facts about the animals who use bubbles.
Did you know that the sea otter grooms bubbles
into its fur to keep warm? A
glossary in the back of the book educates readers further with
definitions for science terms like “baleen plates”
and “blowholes” (both found on whales).
more GLGB selections are Red Sings From Treetops: A
Year in Colors, a book of poetry
by Joyce Sidman and Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt,
A Marine & A Miracle by Major Brian Dennis.
All can be found in the Youth Services area on
the lower level of the library.
Lynette Suckow, Website Services
June 12, 2010
May 29, 2010
CD’s arrived at PWPL recently that are by some old, familiar
artists as well as new and younger artists. There are several
“re-issues” with original artists’ music
that has been re-mastered digitally to enhance the music quality. While
the older songs bring back memories to those 50-ish in age, the new
sounds of well-known artists is nice to the ears, too. Below are some
of those special, old favorites, some new music by known artists plus
some new music by newer songsters.
my Grant has
been around singing for years with her lovely, uplifting voice raised
in Contemporary Christian songs and music. PWPL just added a
re-mastered release of her 1997 CD entitled “Behind the
Eyes.” After listening to the older familiar songs, it has me
anxiously waiting for her new CD album to arrive. (Yes, I’ve
put it on order.)
If you are a
movie buff and go to the movies, you may want to check out a new
soundtrack, “Crazy Heart,” from the movie of the
same name. This CD has songs by various artists ranging from Waylon
Jennings, The Delmore Brothers, Jeff Bridges and Ryan Bingham singing
the theme from the movie.
Alan Jackson has a new CD entitled “Freight Train.”
Although he’s been around for nearly twenty years with hit
after hit, Jackson
still loves to sing. This is his 18th CD which
features 12 new songs, one of which, “Hard Hat and a
Hammer,” has become a hit single already.
at the Troubadour” is the name of a new CD by Carole King and
James Taylor. The two artists have worked together twice before, but it
took the 50th anniversary of a West Hollywood, CA club called
the Troubadour to bring them together again. This CD is a compilation
of the three-night, six-show gig. You’ll love Taylor’s
slightly-changed voice as it sings “Carolina on My
Mind” and brings back memories. Ms. King’s song of
“So Far Away” holds special meaning in the hearts
of many military spouses. You can catch this duo performing songs from
this CD “live on TV” next Friday (June 18, 2010) as
they are next on Today’s Toyota’s
Jon Secada, a
protégé of Gloria Estefan, remains true to his
Latin roots with his remixing of classic songs to become his own in his
latest CD, “Classics.”
Formally educated (B.A. and M.A.) in vocal jazz performance, Secada
made use of an orchestra, lots of Latino percussion and unique
undertones to create a unique collection of twelve songs.
solo artist and one-time voice of the group 10,000 Maniacs, Natalie
Merchant has finished “a daunting task: she's adapted 19th
and 20th century British and American poetry - well-known and obscure
works, anonymous rhymes, children's lullabies… and fashioned
40 new poem-songs from these words.” The resulting CD
“Leave Your Sleep” was recorded with nearly 125
musicians from varied music backgrounds ranging from Cajun jazz,
chamber music, R&B, Celtic, reggae and country. This eclectic
collection of 26 songs on two discs is Merchant’s first
studio album in six years.
Nelson’s latest CD contains 15 tracks of classic Americana
music. On “Country Music,” Nelson worked with such
musicians as T Bone Burnett, banjo master Riley Baugus, and double
bassist Dennis Crouch to create new arrangements of old Country
Irish music is made
new with the female ensemble known as Celtic Woman on their new CD
entitled “Songs for the Heart.” Under the direction
of David Downes, these women’s voices.
Vicki Mann, Reference Staff
Summer travel time is
here. If you’ll be making
a road trip this summer or just need something to entertain or
enlighten you while traveling to work, the Peter White Public Library
has a wide selection of books on CD, audiocassette, or in downloadable
audio format to check out and take along with you. Some
of the new titles staff has enjoyed include:
by James Patterson. Ben Hawkins, a former
turned reporter and author, travels to Hawaii to look
into the disappearance of model Kim McDaniels, who has fallen victim to
a sadistic fiend who calls himself Henri Benoit. Ben meets with Kim's
distraught parents, but the investigation soon runs into dead ends,
even as the body count rises. Reader
Christian Rummel transports listeners to a chilling new territory where
the collision of beauty and murder transforms paradise into a place of
unspeakable horrors. Available
from PWPL as a CD book (6 discs) and a downloadable audiobook.
The Time of My Life by Patrick Swayze & Lisa Niemi. In the
wake of his death after a long battle with stage four pancreatic
cancer, Swayze's memoir offers new information on his heroic fight as
well as his legendary career in Hollywood.
Along with his wife, Lisa, Swayze recounts his childhood and his first
acting experiences as well as his romantic life and personal battles.
The writing is as raw, intense, and honest as it gets, and hearing
Swayze's voice once more is deeply moving. Available from PWPL as a CD
book. 5 discs.
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. Enzo, a lab terrier mix, rescued
by Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver, knows he is different
from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul. Through Denny
and his family, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human
condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn't simply about going
fast. A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story
of family, love, loyalty, and hope as only a dog could tell it.
Read by Christopher Evan Welch.
Available from PWPL as a CD book.
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks. Read
by Edwina Wren. In 1996, Hanna Heath, a young Australian book
conservator is called to analyze the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a
priceless six-hundred-year-old Jewish prayer book that has been
salvaged from a destroyed Bosnian library. When Hanna discovers a
series of artifacts in the centuries old volume, she unwittingly
exposes an international cover up. Brooks, has turned the intriguing
but spare history of this precious volume into an emotionally rich,
thrilling fictionalization that retraces its turbulent journey.
Available from PWPL as a CD book. (12 discs) and as a downloadable
The Lightning Thief, Volume 1 of Percy Jackson and
the Olympians by
Rick Riordan. Read by Jesse
Bernstein. Percy Jackson is a good
kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his
getting expelled from yet another school for yet another clash with
mythological monsters only he can see, twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is
taken to Camp
where he finally learns the truth about his
abilities: he is a demigod, half human, half immortal. Even more
stunning: his father is the Greek god Poseidon, ruler of the sea,
making Percy one of the most powerful demigods alive. There's little
time to process this news. All too soon, a cryptic prophecy from the
Oracle sends Percy on his first quest, a mission to the Underworld to
prevent a war among the gods of Olympus.
This first installment of Rick Riordan's best-selling series is a
non-stop thrill-ride and a classic of epic proportions. The
whole family will enjoy listening to this story available at PWPL as a
CD book. 8 discs.
Jacqueline Winspear’s new
title in the Maisie Dobbs mystery series The
Mapping of Love and Death has been eagerly awaited.
Again read by Orlagh Cassidy, the story, set in 1932, centers on Michael Clifton, a young
American cartographer during the Great War, whose remains turn up in a
French field. Evidence suggests to Maisie that Michael, rather than
dying in a shell blast, was murdered. Michael's parents arrive in London
with letters from an unnamed English nurse that raise disturbing
questions about the nurse's relationship with their son. Maisie embarks
on a search for this woman, following a trail that leads to Chatham, home of the School
of Military Engineering,
which Michael attended. Her inquiries, and the stunning discovery that
Michael Clifton was murdered in his trench, unleash a web of intrigue
and violence that threatens to engulf the soldier's family and even
Maisie herself. Available at PWPL
as a CD book. 8 discs.
Barbara Parker’s The
Light of Day, the first of a new suspense series, introduces
37-year-old C.J. Dunn (formerly Charlotte Josephine Bryan), a flashy Miami
criminal attorney. C.J. Dunn is an
expert at spinning her clients' image in the media and the perfect
lawyer to deflect police interest in Rick Slater, head of security for
a U.S. Congressman from Miami. Slater
was seen at a South Beach
party with the recently vanished Alana Martin, but in election season,
any hint of scandal could doom the Congressman's chances. If she
succeeds, friends of the Congressman have assured her they will arrange
a spot for her as a legal commentator on a national media outlet. When
Alana Martin is found dead and C.J.'s investigator implicates Rick
Slater, C.J. is slammed between the media and the need to defend a
client she no longer trusts. Read
by Elisabeth S. Rodgers. Available
at PWPL as a CD book. 10 discs.
Caroline Jordan, Collection Development
Little of Everything
A light, frothy new novel by Christian fiction
author, Tracey Bateman, will help you pass some enjoyable hours this
month. “You Had Me at
Goodbye” is set in New York City,
and chronicles the exploits of aspiring book editor, Dancy Ames.
Dancy’s quest to publish her own
work, along with her concerns for her roommates, their careers and love
life, fill the pages with humor, compassion and everyday conflicts.
The addition of a little romance in the form
of Dancy’s brother’s best friend, British editor,
Jack Quinn, keeps the plot fun and lively. Can
Dancy end up forgiving Jack when he snatches her dream job away?
There’s plenty of enjoyable banter
as the group of characters cluster for lattes in Nick’s
Coffee Shop, where the proprietor takes a fatherly interest in
Dancy’s dilemmas. You’ll
find this book in our new fiction section.
“Susan Boyle: Dreams
can come true” by Alice Montgomery is a new non-fiction
selection about the English singing sensation seen on television and
the internet. By now, most of us
have seen and heard Susan sing the song “I Dreamed a
Dream”, which sent a panel of English judges into astonished
cheers. The 48 year old spinster,
who struggled with learning disabilities and lived in public housing
with her aged mother, became an overnight sensation.
This book is the first
attempt to profile Susan’s humble beginnings, her rise to
meteoric fame, and her attempts to cope with the changes to her life.
If you think you would like to read about
Susan’s rags to riches tale, check this biography out!
Romanian immigrant, Mariana Pasternak, tells a
tale of friendship and loss, in “The Best of
Friends”, also in new non-fiction at our library this month.
Mariana tells of her escape from the then,
as a young adult. Her desire to
lead the life of an intellectual and have choice and freedom, cause her
to leave her family behind and escape to Vienna
and finally, to America.
She meets and marries another political
refugee who works as a doctor in Connecticut.
Together, they are enjoying a life of
privilege and success, when they meet neighbors, Martha Stewart and her
husband Andy. The couples grow
close and do many activities together from antiquing to elegant dinner
parties. However, with the break-up
of both marriages, Martha and Mariana forge a tighter bond than ever
with each other. This book takes a
look at friendships between women and the life of the wealthy.
Ultimately, however, Martha and
Mariana’s friendship comes apart, and the writer reflects on
the loss this entails. Mariana’s
memories of the good and bad moments in her friendship with Martha are
fascinating and keep you turning pages late at night!
Jamie Oliver is a chef who can be seen
regularly on television and he has produced a beautiful new cookbook
called, “Jamie’s Food Revolution”,
Rediscover How to Cook Simple, Delicious, Affordable Meals”.
Head to our new non-fiction section for this
wonderfully photographed guide for the kitchen. The
pictures will send you packing to the grocery store to pick up what you
need for his recipes. They look
absolutely delicious. Directions
are simple and ingredients do not appear costly. There
are lots of comfort food recipes like “Baked French
Potatoes”, “Bolognese Sauce”, and
“Ground Beef Wellington”. There
are sections for veggies, salads, soups, main dishes and desserts.
You’ll enjoy cooking
Last, but not least, we have a new offering in
our audiovisual collection that I especially enjoyed this month.
If you like cooking and detective stories and
all things English, this new series is one you’ll want to
watch. On DVD, we have
“Pie in the Sky”, a lovely British drama starring
Richard Griffiths, Maggie Steed, and Malcolm Sinclair.
The acting is top notch!
the part of Detective Inspector Henry Crabbe, who is planning to
retire, but forced into handling difficult cases for his power-hungry
supervisor, Freddy Fisher, (Sinclair). Maggie
Steed plays the part of Griffith’s
wife, who helps him open a restaurant, where such dishes as
“steak and kidney pie” and “garlic mashed
potatoes” get your mouth watering! The
violence is minimal, the dialogue engaging, and the humor is typically
English. The episodes are an hour
long, and our library currently has Series 1 and 2 of this highly rated
drama. Make yourself a cup of tea
and sit down for some enjoyable viewing soon.
Shelley Janofski, Interlibrary Loan Coordinator
May 15, 2010
Get wrapped up in a new
mystery from Peter White Public Library on your long Memorial Day
In The Shadow of Gotham
by Stepanie Pintoff is the award-winning tale of Detective Simon Ziele.
After reeling from the tradegy of losing his
wife in the General Slocum ferry disaster in 1904, Ziele transfers to a
police department north of New York to
escape the city and his memories. But
after arriving at the quiet country town, he’s faced with the
most shocking homicide of his career. The
Detective soon finds himself hunting for the killer while running from
his own demons.
Check out a Jack Doyle
mystery, the Significant
Seven by John McEvoy to read the tale of seven middle-aged
friends who parlayed a huge horse bet win into a racing syndicate
thanks to the racing and stud career of a horse named the Badger
Express. Seven years after their initial win, the syndicate members are
being systematically dying. When Jack becomes suspicious about their
deaths, he also becomes a target.
Michael Harvey provides
suspense for your reading diet in The
Third Rail. The city
is under siege with seemingly random killings, a chemical weapons
attack and the potential for mass destruction ticking away.
Cynical cop turned private investigator
Michael Kelly is on the scene and takes the case to find the killers
while being drawn back to his own past.
Mercy Killing by
Stephen Solomita is a contemporary noir mystery. When
a woman who has been in a vegetative state for five years dies, New York
detective Lenny Shaw determining if victim’s husband is a
grieving widower or a cold killer. When
Lenny learns that Joyce's father stands to benefit if Charles is
convicted of murder, the detective realizes the case isn't so clear-cut.
Vienna Secrets, the
fifth Max Liebermann mystery by Frank Tallis, finds the psychiatrist
once again wrapped up in a police investigation. This time headless
bodies start appearing in front of statues all across Vienna
and Dr. Liebermann learns both victims were members of a shawdowy
anti-Semitic group. His
investigation draws him to an underworld of virulent racists and of
kabbalah followers while he reconsiders the path of his own life.
Anna Dean's Bellfield Hall or The Observations of Miss Dido
Kent takes readers on a journey back to September 1805
when Dido arrives at Bellfield Hall at the request of her niece whose
fience has suddenly broken their engagement and disappeared.
Soon, Dido learns of an even more distressing event
- the discovery of the body of an unknown woman on the property.
Heather Steltenpohl, Administrative Assistant
May 8, 2010
lovers who enjoy PWPL's excellent CD collection might want to walk a
few yards over to the DVD shelves, where exciting live-performance
films can be found. Here are a few that should inspire some dancing:
international singer, Manu Chao delivers his musical messages of peace
and breaking down borders in at least seven different languages,
sometimes within the same song. Combining world music, rock and
electronica, Chao's wildly exuberant live performance with Radio Bemba
Sound System is energizing to experience. Check out the concert DVD Babylonia
en Guagua not just for the performance, but also to enjoy the
almost magical audience participation. The fascinating second part of
this 2-disc set follows the singer as he visits indigenous areas and
guerilla camps in Bolivia,
critic Leonard Maltin called Stop Making Sense "one
of the greatest rock movies ever made," but there are plenty of music
fans who consider it, hands-down, the best ever. Director Jonathan
Demme's unobtrusive camera perfectly captured the Talking Heads'
kinetically energetic, eccentrically brilliant live performance over
the course of four L.A. concerts.
The concert begins as singer David Byrne enters the stage with only a
boom box to accompany him on "Psycho Killer", and it takes five more
numbers to assemble the entire band for an exhilarating "Burning Down
the House." With Byrne stumbling around in his now-legendary big suit
and slapping himself in the face as he sings, you don't have to be a
Talking Heads fan to enjoy this party.
received an Oscar for the song score of his film Purple Rain.
Check out the CD and give it a listen, but don't miss out on the
sizzling live-concert numbers featured on the DVD. The film's thin plot
is really just a vehicle for Prince's red-hot performances, with some
great musical competition from Morris Day and the Time.
Rock history buffs
and fans of the Ramones can check out the documentary film End
of the Century: the Story of the Ramones
for an inside look at the band's tumultuous relationships and their
influence on other well-known bands. They made it look so easy that,
after attending a Ramones concert, wannabe rockers like Joe Strummer of
the Clash were inspired to go ahead and give it a try. While the film
offers plenty of concert performances, it consists mainly of
enlightening interviews with band members, managers, and other
musicians. Just for fun, the library will soon add to our DVD
collection Roger Corman's campy D-movie Rock and Roll High
School. Take it home and watch the Ramones bring punk rock to
Vince Lombardi High School.
Mary Schneeberger, Teen Coordinator
April 24, 2010
Interested in learning more
about a topic but are too busy to read a 300-page book? Why not choose
a non-fiction picture book filled with fascinating bits of information
interspersed with beautiful illustrations or photographs but is one
tenth the length? Here are some brand-new non-fiction picture books
available in the youth services
The Grand Mosque of Paris: A
Story of How Muslims Rescued Jews
During The Holocaust by Karen Gray Ruelle and
Deborah Durland DeSaix tells a courageous but little known story from WWII. Grim watercolors paint
the picture facing Jewish families living in Paris
in the 1940’s when Vichy Police began rounding up Jews for
deportation. In Paris,
help came from an extraordinary place: the Grand Mosque, the center of
the Islamic Community in France.
Beneath the Grand Mosque was a maze of subterranean tunnels, rooms,
burial chambers and passageways that led from the mosque to the River
Seine, if you knew the way. The Kabyle Resistance guided
allied pilots, parachutists, escaped prisoners of war, Resistance
fighters and Jews out of Paris along
this route to freedom.
My Chinatown: One Year in Poems by author and illustrator Kam
Mak alternates colorful, realistic paintings with seasonal poems that
capture the sights, sounds, and feelings of a young boy newly emigrated
from Hong Kong to
Chinatown. Kam Mak grew up in New York’s
Chinatown and received a bachelor
of fine arts degree from the School of Visual
Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a
Marine & a Miracle by Major Brian Dennis. Kirby Larson, and Mary
Nethery tells the story of a dog of war whose life was changed forever
when Major Brian Dennis and his ten marines stopped by to inspect a
border fort in western Iraq. Each time Brian’s team
revisited the fort, the bond between Nubs and Brian deepened as they
shared meals, stood watch together, and rested in between shifts. The
day Brian climbed into a Humvee to return to his command outpost, Nubs
refused to be left behind ever again. Over the next two days, Nubs
walked 70 miles across a frozen desert to rejoin Brian at his new
military outpost. With money raised by family and friends,
Nubs’ travels eventually brought him to San Diego, California
where he lives with Brian Dennis today.
Eat Right! by Matt Doeden is a book that
teaches youngsters how to make good food choices based on sound
nutritional facts. Brief discussions of key food topics, such
as vitamins and minerals, digestion, and exercise put the spotlight on
developing healthy habits
A Boy Named Beckoning: The
True Story of Dr. Carlos Montezuma, Native American Hero is a story adapted and
illustrated by Gina Capaldi. A young Yawapati boy named
Wassaja was five years old when he was kidnapped by Pima Indians and
sold to Carlo Gentile, a photographer documenting western life in
1871. The boy, rechristened Carlos Montezuma, was an avid
student, graduating from high school by age 14, from college by age 17,
and from medical school by age 22. His first job was working as a
reservation doctor, but Dr. Montezuma soon realized he needed to be a
role model for his people and so he returned to Chicago
where he set up a medical practice, conducted medical research and
taught at three Chicago medical schools. Throughout
his life, Dr. Montezuma lobbied the government to better the lives of Native Americans. In 1916
his speech, “Let my people go…” was read
on the U.S. Senate floor.
If I Had a Hammer: Building Homes and Hope with
Habitat for Humanity by David Rubel tells the
stories of people world-wide whose lives have been touched for the
better by Habitat for Humanity. Did you know that Habitat for
Humanity’s record for building a house was three hours,
twenty-six minutes and forty-six seconds? That record was set on
December 17, 2002 in Shelby County, Alabama and is one of many facts
you’ll learn from David Rubel’s book.
In Young Gardener, Stefan
and Beverley Buczacki, a British husband and wife team, seek to answer
four questions across the gardening year: What’s going on in
the garden? What’s happening to the plants? What can I do in
the garden? What projects are there for kids to do? Bright photographs,
simple explanations, and black and white drawings throughout the book
make gardening tasks easy to understand for young gardeners everywhere.
Oceanology: The True Account
of the Voyage of the Nautilus by Zoticus de Lesseps, 1863 by Emily Hawkins provides a
porthole view of ocean life as seen by one early oceanographic
explorer. Botanical and zoological sketches, miniature books,
maps and letters, and geology samples bring this underwater adventure vividly
to life. From Moby Dick to the Great Barrier Reef,
readers will enjoy coming along for the journey.
|By Lisa shirtz, Youth Services
April 10, 2010
The Peter White Public
Library offers these new non-fiction books.
Not Without Hope by
Nick Schuyler is a veteran personal trainer. In February 2009, Schuyler
and a number of football players took a fishing trip off the coast of Florida.
The outing went wrong when the inexperienced sailors made a critical
mistake. This is a harrowing tale of friendship, resolve, and courage.
New Non-Fiction 796.332 SC
American Rebel: The Life of Clint
Eastwood by Marc Eliot.
Clint Eastwood went from gas station attendant, to TV actor, film star,
and director. From his roles in 1960s spaghetti westerns, to portraying
Dirty Harry, numerous other roles, and his behind the camera work, he
has had continual success in the film industry. From the same author
who wrote biographies on Walt Disney and Bruce Springsteen.
New Non-Fiction 921 EA
The Awakener: A Memoir of Kerouac
and the Fifties by Helen Weaver.
The beat scene of the 1950s was made famous by Kerouac’s
semi-autobiographical fiction, including such tomes as On the Road and
The Subterraneans. Helen Weaver met the cast of these books, and fell
in love with Kerouac himself. This is the story of Kerouac and his
friends, who forged the written record of the beat generation, and of
Weaver’s experiences in that culture.
New Non-Fiction 921 KE
When giants walked the earth: a
biography of Led Zeppelin by Mick Wall.
If the 1970s was a decade of excess, Led Zeppelin was the most
excessive rock and roll outfit going. Author Mick Wall gives the
chronological history of the band.
New Non-Fiction 780.92 LE
Man of constant sorrow: my life
and times by Ralph Stanley, with Eddie Dean.
Ralph Stanley’s life spans the recorded history of bluegrass
music. Stanley had a
humble start in southwestern Virginia, and
much of his success came to him at an older age. Also touches on the
mountain culture Stanley is
New Non-Fiction 780.92 ST
Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in
a New England Ghost Town by
New Non-Fiction 974.45 EA
A narrative history of Dogtown, a colonial settlement near Gloucester,
Abandoned in the 1830s, the town was not empty for long. It became a
place of ill repute, including rumors of witchcraft. Even after the
buildings crumbled, the area retained a reputation as a location one
did not want to visit, culminating in a notorious 1984 murder.
Bruce MacDonald, Circulation Librarian
April 3, 2010
mild weather and longer days have stirred yearnings for flourishing
flowers and vegetables ripe for the picking. Hold off on that urge to
dig up the garden and set out the tender transplants a little while
longer by browsing some of Peter White Public Library’s
newest gardening books. Find these items on the new nonfiction book
shelves in the circulation lobby on the library’s main floor.Enriched Content
Starter Vegetable Gardens: 24 No-fail Plans for Small Organic Garden, author
a master gardener and award-winning garden writer, takes the guesswork
out of growing food. In this book for beginning gardeners, she explains
in simple, straightforward language how to start, maintain, and expand
a bountiful vegetable garden in small, manageable spaces.
fruit trees, shrubs and vines into your garden space pays off double
dividends of fresh produce outside your door as well as spring flowers
and multi-season appeal. Landscaping With Fruit : A
Homeowner's Guide by Lee Reich describes how to
achieve "luscious landscaping" by including all the basics of
landscaping with fruit - site analysis, climate assessment,
understanding soil and sun, plant selection, and optimizing growing
conditions. Also included is an encyclopedia of 38 plants with
information on hardiness, size, potential pests, special care and
pruning, harvesting, and visual appeal.
Toby Hemenway, an associate editor of “The Permaculture
Activist,” gardens in Southern
Oregon and treats gardens as backyard ecosystems. In Gaia's
Garden: a Guide to Home-scale Permaculture, he
includes organic garden design illustrations, useful information on the
differences between immature and mature ecosystems, a handy garden
designer's checklist, and suggests plants for attracting wildlife to
The Gossler Guide to the Best Hardy Shrubs,
author Roger Gossler describes more than 350 plant
choices for your garden based on his expertise in the nursery business.
For years the Gossler family of Oregon has been supplying some of the
most exciting woody plants to gardeners at every level of experience,
from novice to expert. Subjects covered in this book range from climate
conditions to care and maintenance. Included is an A to Z plant
directory providing plenty of new varieties to make your landscape
For the cooks
with green thumbs, Growing Chinese Vegetables in Your own
by Geri Harrington helps fight the rising cost of groceries with
information on growing and preparing your own fresh produce. The author
gives plant-by-plant advice on planting, growing, and harvesting more
than 40 Chinese vegetables and herbs, from the familiar snow pea to the
still exotic Chinese pumpkin. For every plant, the reader will also
find simple recipes and tips for culinary uses. An extensive seed
source list provides information on reliable retailers for the primary
plants and many delicious varieties.
concerned about the environment will enjoy Nature's
Second Chance : Restoring the Ecology of Stone Prairie Farm,
ecologist Steven Apfelbaum, details the thirty years spent transforming
his eighty-acre Stone Prairie Farm in Wisconsin into a biologically
diverse ecosystem of prairie, wetland, spring brook, and forest. The
author captures his intimate relationship with the land and shows how
the restored farm is serving as a model for the human community around
him. Following in the footsteps of the best selling classic, A
Sand County Almanac by renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold,
Apfelbaum’s work is becoming a centerpiece for the modern
conservation and ecological restoration movements in America and around
fun in the garden and help to instill the love of nature in young
people with Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars :
Grandma's Bag of Tricks by Sharon Lovejoy. Chock
full of outdoor activities that celebrate the love of the outdoors,
caregivers, parents and grandparents will find inspiration on spending
quality time with their youngsters, rediscovering their own sense of
wonder of the natural world through the eyes of a child. This book is
an ecologically inspired guide that combines more than 130 green
activities with timeless grandparenting advice.
spruce up your indoor living space, check out P.
Allen Smith's Bringing the Garden Indoors:Containers, Crafts, and
Bouquets for Every Room for fresh ideas. From
his monthly segment on the "Today" show to his own syndicated garden
programs, people look to Smith for ways to design, update, or reinvent
their outdoor garden spaces. In this book, Smith turns his attention to
the indoors using the bounty of the garden to decorate the home.
Enjoy these selections and
more from the Peter White Public Library while you patiently wait for
the first planting days of spring. Happy gardening!
|by Margaret Boyle, Programming Coordinator
March 20, 2010
Every January the
American Library Association recognizes the most outstanding books for
children and teens published in the United States
the previous year.
The Caldecott Medal is
awarded to the artist of the book deemed the most distinguished picture
book for children. The 2010 Caldecott Medal went to Jerry Pinkney for The
Lion and the Mouse, a retelling of Aesop’s fable
about a kindness repaid. Pinkney sets his version of the fable in the
Serengeti. A portrait of the lion’s massive golden face fills
the book’s cover from edge to edge. The small mouse appears
on the title page, sitting in the dried mud of the lion’s paw
print. Told through luminous illustrations with a few animal sounds
lettered on the pages, this book is a treat for the whole family.
Two titles were named as
honor books. In All the World written by Liz Garton
Scanlon and illustrated by Marla Frazee, readers follow two children
and their parents throughout a day. Charming, cozy illustrations
drawing on everyday objects and events and a poetic text celebrate our
connections with the whole world.
Sidman’s Red Sings From Treetops, illustrated
by Pamela Zagarenski, a triangle-shaped female dressed in changing
colors and her white dog tour readers through the seasons from spring
when "red sings from treetops" through winter where "grays and brown
hold hands." Readers of all ages will be intrigued by the free verse
text and the detailed, fanciful mixed-media illustrations.
The Newbery Medal honors
the most distinguished writing for young people. When You
Reach Me by Rebecca Stead won the 2010 Newbery. The book is
an intriguing mix of mystery, time travel, realism and fantasy. Best
friends Miranda and Sal are sixth graders living in Manhattan
in the late 1970s. Chapter headings reflect Miranda's mother's upcoming
appearance on the TV show The $20,000 Pyramid. Why does Sal stop
speaking to Miranda after he is punched in the stomach? Who is the
homeless man hanging out on their corner? Where are the tiny notes
Miranda receives coming from and how does the writer know her future?
Don’t worry, these themes and more merge into an ending that
will make your heart pound.
Four titles received
Newbery Honor status for 2010. Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward
Justice by Phillip Hoose is the story of the teenage girl who
refused to give up her seat in a bus to a white woman in Montgomery,
just nine months before Rosa Parks took her famous stance. A year
later, Colvin acted as a plaintiff in the court case that eventually
integrated the bus system in Montgomery.
Hoose’s book tells the story of a courageous young woman who
fought for racial justice and an end to Jim Crow.
Another brave heroine who
fights injustice can be found in Jacqueline Kelly's novel The
Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. Eleven year-old Calpurnia
Virginia Tate prefers books, science, and exploring the woods and river
with her naturalist grandfather to the domestic duties her mother
favors. Callie struggles against the limitations placed on girls and
women by their families and society near the turn of the 20th
century in her rural Texas
Another work of
historical fiction, Rodman Philbrick’s The Mostly
True Adventures of Homer P. Figg, is set during the American
Civil War. Homer Figg sets off to find his older brother who has been
illegally sold to the Union Army in place of a rich man’s
son. Homer’s search concludes at the Battle of Gettysburg.
Both funny and tragic, Philbrick deals with the horrors of war and the
injustice of slavery yet allows Homer to relate his adventures in a way
that “never lets truth stand in the way of a good
Grace Lin incorporates
elements of traditional Chinese folk and fairy tales and her own full
page colorful illustrations in her novel Where the Mountain
Meets the Moon. Minli and her family live in a village near Fruitless
Full of her father’s fantastic tales
of the Old Man of the Moon, Minli sets off on a journey to find him.
She hopes to ask how her family’s fortunes can improve.
Joined by a dragon that cannot fly, Minli meets many strange creatures
whose stories change the question she asks of the Old Man of the Moon.
More than her family’s fortunes are thus changed.
The Sibert Award goes to
the most outstanding book of information. This year's winner is Almost
Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone.
An inspiring story of the "Mercury 13", a group of pioneering women who
passed the physical and psychological tests required by NASA to become
astronauts but were kept out of the space program because of their
gender. They became role models for the next generation of women who
not only dreamed of becoming astronauts but did so.
Three titles were named
Sibert Honor books. Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
mentioned above and The Day-Glo Brothers: The True Story of
Bob and Joe Switzer's Bright Ideas and Brand-New Colors by
Chris Barton, illustrated by Tony Persiani. This book describes the
process by which the Switzer brothers developed the first fluorescent
paint able to be seen in daylight. Originally meant to enhance Joe's
magic act, Day-Glo paint was used by the military during World War II.
Day-Glo colors gradually brighten the cartoon illustrations. Moonshot:
The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca recounts the first
moon landing in brief, poetic text
and accurate illustrations. Floca encompasses the astronauts'
preparation, technology, ground support, and the emotions of those
watching from Earth.
Blast off to the library where staff members are happily waiting to
help you discover these books and many other award winning titles for
Cathy Seblonka, Youth Services Librarian
March 6, 2010
Youngsters and their
families can celebrate the arrival of a new author, Boni Ashburn, who
features dragons, knights, and a royal family in her first book, Hush Little Dragon,
published in 2008. Mama Dragon's quest to find nutritious
snacks that her baby likes is a common problem for most parents - even
those who aren't dragons. Therfhyming text is easily sung to
the well-known tine of "Hush, Little Baby." Medieval
architecture and lifestyle are revealed through Kelly Murphy's
whimsical illustrations in deep hues of acrylic color.
Murphy’s second book
is a March 2010 release of Over at the Castle,
a medieval counting book that follows the lines of the traditional poem
and song "Over in the Meadow." Once
again, the vivid illustrations capture a medieval time period complete
with villagers going about their daily occupations.
Did I forget to mention they have dragons for
neighbors? Both books are suitable
for children ages 3-8.
Boni Ashburn will be at
the Peter White Public Library, in person, on Saturday, March 13th,
2:00 PM, for a book release party and book signing. Snowbound
Books will have both books available for purchase at the event.
Another childrens book
author, Lisa Wheeler, will be in Marquette the
week of May 3-7 for the Young Authors program in Marquette and Alger
counties. She also has a new
release in March titled, Dino-Baseball.
It’s the third in a series of sports
books that began with Dino-Hockey.
A community of dinosaurs, very much like any
neighborhood filled with children, divide into teams to play a game of
hockey. The Meat-eaters and
Veggiesaurs battle it out on the ice in rhyming verse.
The dinosaurs are correctly identified with
names on their jerseys, thanks to illustrator, Barry Gott, who moves
readers through the game with animated (sometimes fierce) expressions
and body language. At the end of
the book, the dinosaurs decide to try soccer, resulting in Dino-Soccer,
and then baseball, and we can only guess what the next sport will be.
writing books since the 2001 release of Wool Gathering: A
Sheep Family Reunion, a collection of poems and re-written
nursery rhymes that pick up the story of a picnic in the countryside
with sheep family members ranging from Felice, Wooverton, and Aunt
Ewegenia to Harry, who’s really a wolf in sheep’s
clothing. The ink and watercolor
illustrations by Frank Ansley are full of humor for readers of all ages.
One of my favorites is
Mammoths on the Move, a nonfiction title by Wheeler, that
follows a herd of wooly mammoths on their annual migration from north
to south. Their difficult journey
is brought to life by the spectacular scratchboard and watercolor
illustrations of Kurt Cyrus. The
basic snowy backgrounds throughout the book are varied by color
tinting, and always feature the very detailed and eye-catching drawings
of the wooly mammoth.
other picture books include Jazz Baby, Bubble
Gum, Bubble Gum, Porcupining, One
Dark Night, Sailor Moo, Castaway Cats, Hokey Pokey
and Boogie Knights. Holiday favorites are Uncles
and Antlers and Where, Oh Where, is Santa Claus?
Find them all in the Youth Services area on the lower level of the
Lynette Suckow, Website Services
February 27, 2010
Need a good book to curl
up with, but want to learn, too? The Peter White Public Library
recently got a shipment of new non-fiction books that can fill both
requirements. Come in and pick out something from the wide variety that
covers topics from Miss Manners’ views on weddings, to a book
through self-help books about Blackberry use, crafts and beyond.
OVER HERE! New
York City during World War II by Lorraine
B. Diehl is a terrific book filled with lots of black & white
pictures. It includes an index of the people, places and
“things” found or going on in New York City
during the war. NYC served as a center of action on the U.S. home front during
WWII as people came into or left
the States for Europe.
Ms. Diehl, a current New Yorker, writes reminiscences of famous locals
Walter Cronkite, Barbara Walters, Angela Lansbury and others as she
tells stories of a blackout in NYC and gas masks made for children that
looked like Mickey Mouse masks for Halloween.
Brian Brett wrote the
next highlighted book entitled TRAUMA
FARM : a rebel history of rural life which was winner of the
Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Non-Fiction Prize for
2009. Brett writes about his own experiences at the real Trauma Farm on
Spring Island, British
He tends vegetables in a garden, fruit in orchards as well as
maintaining a small animal collection of cows, goats and sheep,
chickens and pigs. While enjoying the life on his own small, family
farm, he speaks of the many challenges faced by the small farmer.
HOMESTRETCH : what I’ve learned from saving racehorses
by Lynn Reardon covers a new subject for me – that of
racehorses after they retire. Reardon quit her office job in 2002 to
move to Texas and
begin a non-profit placement agency
to find Texas
racehorses new jobs after their racing careers were over. She formed
LOPE (LoneStar Outreach to Place Ex-racers) and has placed 725
racehorses since beginning. Reardon deals with unruly horses, ones with
special needs and those with distinct personalities as she retrains
them to fit into a normal horse’s life. I believe
you’ll enjoy this book.
Poole’s ON HALLOWED GROUND : the story of Arlington National Cemetery presents
an “intimate, behind-the-scenes chronicle of America’s
most sacred ground.” He writes about the rows and rows of
white headstones standing on over 600 acres that honor the hundreds of
American military dead. Poole
then gives a dignified accounting of yet another flag-draped
coffin’s arrival as it joins others as another chapter in our
OTHER ACTS OF CHARITY : a memoir by Kate Braestrup is another
book from this minister who is chaplain to the Maine Warden Service. An
easy read, Ms. Braestrup writes again in first person telling the story
of her job which allows her to perform weddings and council couples in
need of help with their marriage. Widowed young and recently remarried,
she brings personal insights into telling what it means to love and
wanting to share your life with someone.
Three new books on
technology were also among the new cart finds. Each is a guidebook to
its subject matter. MY BLACKBERRY CURVE by Craig
James Johnston gives step-by-step instructions with callouts that show
the user exactly what to do. Edward C. Baig wrote PALM
PRE : the missing manual. Baig follows
the usual “Missing Manual” format to guide users
through the many talents of this hot, new smartphone. One learns how to
use the cellphone, web browser, email and camera features of this
device. The final “new” guidebook is entitled THE ipod
TOUCH PocketGuide by Christopher Breen. With screen shots and
text, Breen has created the necessary aid for new iPod users.
On the lighter side,
Marni Jameson’s HOUSE OF HAVOC shares how
to get your home under control. Using a style reminiscent of Erma
Bombeck, Ms. Jameson helps you to realize what problems you have and
how to solve them in the easiest, simple way to create a home that
comes right out of television’s HGTV channel. Her home
improvement ideas range from de-cluttering the correct way and basic
fabric knowledge for durable family use. She presents reasons why your
teen wants to re-decorate and offers suggestions to serve as teen
FUN WITH THE FAMILY Michigan :
hundreds of ideas for day trips with the kids by
Bill Semion is one in a series of guidebooks for day trips
with children. This one is all about Michigan
and even breaks the Upper Peninsula
into east and west. Glancing through the guidebook, one will find
lodging, restaurant and attraction rates listed using a simple $ in
combination ($, $$, $$$, etc.) to show relative costs. There are also
highlight boxes that provide additional information on points of
Vicki Mann, Reference Dept.
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February 20, 2010
Historical fiction can focus on many different
things. It may focus on a snapshot
of a time period to give a modern person the feel of life in the old
days. A story can be more of a political statement that gives a
different perspective on a certain event or person. A third focus may
place a modern story in different time periods, and play with ideas
that could have been. Below are a few examples of these.
the Glory, by
John Hough, Jr., features two brothers in the Civil War, both from the
North. Their parents are abolitionists working with the Underground
Railroad. The book starts off with the brothers as they were when they
were younger, witnessing and helping an escaped slave. Their innocence
and complete acceptance of being in an abolitionist family with a free
woman as the help never seems to faze them. A few years later,
they’ve joined the Union,
and are ready to fight for it’s cause. The over all story
follows not only them, but their hired help, Rose, and it has scattered
flashbacks from many different characters. There should be a word of
caution in reading this book. Usage of period language is prevalent and
may offend some readers.
Autobiography of Fidel Castro, by Norberto Fuentes. The
back story to this book is just as interesting as the title and subject
matter. The book was written by a man who, as the summary states in the
beginning was a “Man Who Knew Too Much”, and who
had to flee Cuba
to escape a death sentence. The actual story reads as a true-to-life
autobiography. The Prologue and the editor’s note smack of a
resigned man, who knows what history and posterity may say of his
revolution though he stubbornly holds to the belief that history might
look at him more favourably “when all its protagonists are
dead”. From there, he moves to a story of childhood.
It’s often hard to remember that this is a work of fiction
when it is so superbly written from the point of view of a very
White Queen, by
Philippa Gregory. Based in her history novels of the royalty of England,
focuses on the movers and shakers before the famous Tudors, the
Plantagenets. More specifically, the book focuses on Elizabeth
Woodville and her role in the political battles of her time. It starts
off with a meeting of Elizabeth
and her political rival, the king of England
and member of the York family, to
plead her case. She keeps her two sons close, and is well aware of the
seductive ways of the young king. The book has an enticing flow that
keeps the reader interested and eager to learn more.
by Susan Halloway Scott, is the story of a girl, working in a brothel,
who falls in love with a king. She admits herself that she is no lady,
and never will be. Young Nelly Gwyn fancies the newly returned Charles
the Second though she knows how the courts work. The book has a slow
start, focusing more on the life of a young girl growing up in a
brothel neighbourhood, dreaming of what could be. The meat of the story
does not come until later.
Sarah Beck, Circulation Dept.
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February 13, 2010
Titles from Your Favorite Authors
There is a Chinese
proverb that says, “A book is like a
garden carried in the pocket.” If this is true, here are a
few selections of books both fiction and non-fiction that you can add
to your ever growing garden.
Rule, by Robert Crais
Popular crime novelist
and author of the Joe Pike Series: The Watchman, Robert Crais is back
with the newest release in the Joe Pike series. Pike and Elvis Cole
return and are trying to clear the name of Frank Meyer who police
believe was killed due to his affiliation with professional crime. Pike
shared a past with Meyer though, and he and Cole are determined to set
Lacuna, by Barbara Kingsolver
With her first novel in
nine years, acclaimed author of “The Poisonwood
Bible”, Barbara Kingsolver is back with “The
Lacuna” a historically based fiction novel. While defending
his past to the House of Un-American Activities Committee, Harrison
William Shepard recounts, through various mediums, how he came to know
Soviet Leon Trotsky and became the house guest of Diego Rivera and
Much Happiness, by Alice Munro
Multi award winner,
Canadian short story writer, and author of
“Love of a Good Woman” author Alice Munro returns
with another gripping short story collection called “Too Much
Happiness”. While Munro has long been known for he breadth of
work manages to surprise and satisfy her readers with her newest
installment. With stories as varied as wrestling with the cruelty of
children to the struggles of a nineteenth century Mathematician who
grapples with failure and success Munro is sure to please her loyal
fans and gain new readers.
Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage, by
Ms. Gilbert's followup to
her widely popular non fiction book “Eat, Pray,
Love” promises to not disappoint. At the end of her non
fiction novel “Eat, Pray, Love”, Gilbert falls in
love with Felipe, a Brazilian born and Australian bred man living in
Indonesia. In “Committed:, Gilbert reflects on what happens
after they fall in love. Both products of divorces, Felipe and
Elizabeth agree never to get married, but as circumstances would have
it, in order for Felipe to be allowed out of the country they are
forced to marry. Gilbert examines the historical roots of the
“old” institution and tries to come to peace with
marriage, once and for all.
Little Faith, by Mitch Albom
Author of “The
Five People You Meet in Heaven” and “Tuesday's with
Morrie” Mitch Albom is back with his second memoir about
finding and sustaining faith in a dark world. Albom, after being asked
by a Rabbi from his hometown to write his eulogy, travels back home and
spends time with both the Rabbi and a Detroit Pastor who uses his faith
to help keep his community afloat. Albom soon observes how these
different men similarly use their faith in order to survive and talks
with both men on issues of heaven, forgiveness and doubting God's
existence. If you enjoyed the tone of Albom's earlier works, you are
sure to appreciate his newest story.
Whether you enjoy mysteries, science fiction, short stories,
biographies or true crime there is something for everybody at your
local library. Please stop in and check out the newest releases that
Peter White Library has to offer.
Kelly Ross, Circulation Dept.
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holidays have brought donations from three groups for the
library’s collection. The Social Action Committee
of the Marquette Unitarian Universalist Congregation and the Marquette
Citizens for Peace and Justice have donated new books and DVDs about Palestine
to expand the library’s collection. Some
of the new items include:
Understanding the Contemporary Middle
East. 3d ed. Edited by Jillian Schwedler
& Deborah J. Gerner contains current essays on the history,
politics, economics and culture of the Middle
Composed of articles from The Link, a periodical
published by Americans for Middle East Understanding, Burning
Issues: Understanding and
Misunderstanding the Middle East: A
40-Year Chronicle examines the ideological genesis of the
Israeli state and details the moral, economic and political
costs—both foreign and domestic—that Americans pay
every day for their uncritical support of a problematic ally.
Classic Palestinian Cuisine by Christiane Dabdoub Nasser
contains recipes for over 100 mouth-watering dishes mindful of the need
for healthier eating. Nasser’s
helpful tips and delightful anecdotes bring the various areas of Palestine
addition to books, the donation included three DVDs:Occupation
101; Belonging; Gaza Strip and VHS Jerusalem
Lake Superior Art Association donates money each year to add materials.
In addition to the DVD series Bob
Ross’ Nine One-Hour Instructional Painting Guides,
the library has purchased books including:
Miller and the Handmade Home: Chicago’s
Forgotten Renaissance Man by Richard Cahan and Michael
Williams celebrates Miller who embraced old-world
skills in a technological age. A fine painter, a master wood carver,
and one of the nation’s foremost stained glass designers, he
could sculpt, draw hunting portraits, and was considered a pioneer in
the use of graphic art in modern advertising. His artistic genius came
together in four artistic studios he built on Chicago’s
north side in the 1920s and 1930s. He took rustic brick, crude stone,
salvaged tile, found glass, steel, and wood, then
“Edgarized” homes with stained glass windows,
frescos, murals, tile work, and wood carving. This collection contains
over 400 images of the homes, which remarkably remain intact today.
Michael Freeman’s Perfect
Exposure: the Professional Guide to Capturing Perfect Digital
Photographs takes the photographer through the new ways
exposure can be manipulated to allow you to shoot with confidence.
A Life beyond Limits by Linda Gordon
is a deeply moving biography of the greatest documentary photographer
of her era. Those who have been
moved by her photographs from the Great Depression will find new
insights in this story of her life.
Upper Peninsula Veg Resource has made a second
donation of materials on eating raw foods. Raw
Energy: 124 Raw Food Recipes for
Energy Bars, Smoothies, and Other Snacks to Supercharge Your Body
by Stephanie Tourles and Living Raw Food by Sarma
Melngailis provide plenty of recipes for eating raw.
Sarma Melngailis, owner of the glamorous New York City
restaurant, Pure Food and Wine, shares her experiences with the eating
|by Caroline Jordan,
January 30, 2010
Christmas is long over, but the
season for baking continues with the latest selection from culinary
mystery writer, Joanne Fluke, entitled “Plum Pudding
Murder”. You will find
this book in the new mystery section here at Peter White.
The heroine, as always, is Hannah Swenson,
owner of Lake Eden, Minnesota’s
“The Cookie Jar”, bakery. The
cast of characters includes, Hannah’s two beaus, faithful
and hunky police detective, Mike. They
both lend a hand in helping to solve the latest murder in peaceful,
If you didn’t have time to relax
with a Christmas themed book over the holidays, pick this one up now!
The recipes include everything from a
delicious pork loin dish to squash soup and triple threat chocolate
cheesecake pie. Fluke weaves her
hilarious cast of characters with such ease through a plot that will
keep you guessing right to the end. This
is a fun read for a wintry time of year!
If you like to cook, but want to start the new
year cooking healthy, Annette Sym, will instruct you in
“Simply Too Good to be True”, a new non-fiction
entry on our shelves. The pictures
which illustrate each recipe are beautiful to behold!
The author, who used to weigh in at 220
pounds, and was nicknamed “Porky”, is photographed
in her present slender, svelte shape and instructs in a 28 day weight
loss plan. The recipes look easy,
fun and delicious.
The next three books are also in our new
non-fiction aisle. Courage,
strength of character and passion for their work is a common theme in
all these true life narratives.
Journalist and author, Greg Dawson, shares his
mother, Zhanna Arshanskaya’s Holocaust memories in
“Hiding in the Spotlight”, a musical
prodigy’s story of survival, 1941-1946. Living
in the Soviet
Union, little Zhanna and her family are slated for
extinction by the German occupying forces. She
and her younger sister, escape execution-style killing by posing as
orphans and obtaining false identity papers. Talented
pianists before the occupation began, their musical prowess soon comes
to light, and they are incorporated into a traveling group of dancers,
and singers who entertain the German troops. This
is an amazing tale of resourcefulness,
endurance and sisterly love. If you
love music, you will relate to Zhanna’s passion for the
compositions that she performs so exquisitely.
We all saw the news coverage a year ago in
January, of a remarkable emergency landing when Captain Sully
Sullenberger managed to land a US Airways flight onto the Hudson River, with no loss of
life. Captain Sullenberger has
penned his life story and tells how events that structured his life
before the crash enabled him to rise to the occasion so remarkably.
The book is titled, “Highest
Duty”, My Search for What Really Matters, and is written with
assistance from Jeffrey Zaslow.
“Still Growing”, an
autobiography by Kirk Cameron completes this trio of inspirational life
stories. Kirk, an actor who became
a star as a teen on the TV series, “Growing Pains”
fills in the details of his home life, his struggles in being a star of
how his faith and commitment to Jesus Christ set him apart in the
acting community. It’s an
inspiring story of a man given much, and giving back!
He and his wife, actress Chelsea Noble,
operate a special summer camp for families of seriously ill children.
It’s a lovely read about a very
|by Shelley Janofski,
Interlibrary Loan Coordinator
January 16, 2010
Sometimes working at the
Peter White Public Library feels like being a kid in a candy shop,
especially when shipments of new books arrive as they frequently do
this time of year. Here is a sampling of some great new books that have
just arrived in the youth services department that readers of all ages
will find especially tasty.
Mysterious Universe: Supernovae, Dark Energy, and Black Holes
by author Ellen Jackson and
photographer Nic Bishop is an exciting introduction to the work of
astronomer Alex Filippenko
and his associates at the Keck Observatory in Hawaii and
the Lick Observatory in California.
Exploring celestial subjects unheard of twenty years ago, this
stunningly beautiful book for readers in grades five to seven brings
complex astronomical phenomena into sharp and fascinating focus.
As Good as Anybody: Martin
Luther King and Abraham
Joshua Heschel’s Amazing March Toward Freedom
by Richard Michelson is an uplifting nonfiction picture book for
readers ages 6 to 10 that shows how people from different cultures and
faiths can work together for the common good. Motivated by
early personal experiences with bigotry and persecution, Dr. King and
Rabbi Heschell joined forces to fight oppression when they walked in
the historic 1965 civil rights
march from Selma
Startling similarities exist in the lives of these two great men who
remembered well the words of their parents: “You are as good
The Literary Adventures of Washington Irving: American
by author and illustrator Cheryl Harness is an eye-catching biography
written for readers in grades three to six that chronicles the life of
an author who brought us “The
Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and other American
classics. Throughout the text Cheryl Harness’ paintings
overflow with such rich detail that many of the frames are encircled by
literary quotes that will have readers turning the book upside-down.
In his book,
A Really Short History of Nearly
Everything, author Bill Bryson explains
the history of scientific
discovery with such storytelling skill that young readers
will find themselves learning everything from the Big Bang to the start
of civilizations before they even realize it. This highly
readable version of Bryson’s 2003 bestseller offers lots of
illustrations, diagrams and photographs, making it a great resource for
homeschoolers and classrooms alike.
Giraffe’s Journey by James Rumford is a
nonfiction picture book for readers in grades one through 4 that
follows the adventures of Chee-Lin, a giraffe, as he travels from
Africa to Bengal to China.
This book was inspired by a painting of a giraffe that was created in
1414 by a Chinese calligrapher named Shen Du and also by accounts of 15th-century
Chinese voyages of exploration.
If I Stay by Gayle Forman is a
hauntingly beautiful novel for young adults that presents the
bittersweet memory its high school heroine. Following a tragic accident
that kills her parents and her younger brother, Mia finds herself
mysteriously floating in limbo above her own broken body as she hovers
in a coma between life and death. Through a series of
visitors, readers learn about Mia’s relationships, her love
of music, and the choice that she must make.
Good Enough by Paula Yoo tells the story
of a Korean-American high school senior named Patti Yoon who must cope
with the high expectations of her parents. Pressured to ace her SAT
exam and make the grade to get into
“HarvardYalePrinceton”, Patti struggles to find a
balance between her parents’ wishes and her own desires for
by Susanne Dunlap is a novel set in 18th
century Vienna that
mixes Hungarian politics, Franz
Joseph Haydn, Romany gypsies, and espionage.
When her father is found murdered on Christmas Eve, young
Theresa Maria Schurman risks her life to find his assassins in a
mystery so well-written that readers in grades seven and up will find
it hard to put down.
|by Lisa Shirtz,
UP is covered with a blanket of snow and there is no green in sight,
but 2010 has been called the Green Year, and the Library can help you
get into the spirit with a wonderful crop of new books.
Gorgeously Green by Sophie Uliano is a book that
tells you how to live an earth-friendly life. Tips
about beauty, home, fitness, style, food, travel and gardening are
included in this easy to follow volume. Uliano
gives ideas on how to detoxify your home, green your beauty and fitness
regime, give your kitchen a green makeover, indulge in guilt-free
shopping and provides recipes, contact information and encouragement.
You will be green in no time.
trying to eat more healthily and babies and children need healthy food
too. Family nutrition expert Eileen
Behan tells readers how to provide over 100 food recommended for
infants and toddlers. The
Baby Food Bible will help parents establish a meal and snack
schedule, foster an appetite for a healthy variety of foods, decipher
food labels and ingredients, prevent allergies and encourage foods that
will discourage chronic disease.
Beauty by Nature discusses complete body care
including aromatherapy, essential oils, herbs, massage and diet.
Author Brigitte Mars uses natural ingredients
and gives easy-to-make recipes for luxurious hair, radiant skin and
beautiful nails. Mars has over 35
years experience with natural medicine and her advice can be used to
improve your looks and your health.
Apfelbaum and his partner Susan Lehnhardt have spent the past 30 years
trying to develop their Stone Prairie Farm in Juda, Wisconsin
into a biologically diverse ecosystem of prairie wetland, spring brook
and forest. Nature’s
Second Chance describes how they transformed the 80 acre farm
from a barren landscape depleted by years of corn farming into a model
for others who would like to restore the ecology on their own property.
The Art of Raw Living Food by Doreen Virtue and
Jenny Ross explains the healthful advantages of eating raw.
The two authors provide hundreds of recipes
and tips for gourmet dishes all created from 100 percent raw fruits,
vegetables and nuts. Cuisine from
is included in this book. This is a
great guide to interesting as well as delicious ways to incorporate raw
ingredients into your diet.
interests many people. Who
wouldn’t love to get free energy from natural sources.
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to
Renewable Energy for Your Home by Harvey Bryan and Brita
Belli discusses geothermal, wind, solar, hydropower and biomass sources
of energy. This down-to-earth book
helps the reader to determine the right type of energy to use, assess
the cost effectiveness of renewable energy and lists the best energy
options for regions of the county. Written
in an easy-to-understand and realistic manner this book is a great
first place to begin gathering information on alternative energy
Before we know
it, spring will be here and we can get outdoors. Four
new books give ideas about how to enjoy nature. Walking
Paths and Protected Areas of the Keweenaw features 22
sanctuaries and preserves open for recreation. The
description of each site includes information on how to get to the
location, a map, trail description, uses and history.
Many of these areas can be enjoyed year round.
Magazine creates beautiful books and Eating Outdoors
is no exception. This cookbook
includes recipes for cookouts, picnics and take along food.
Chapters on appetizers, salads, sides,
vegetables, main courses, condiments, beverages and desserts are sure
to make your appetite ready to enjoy some delicious food indoors or out.
the outdoors it is fun to locate edible wild plants.
The second edition of Field Guide to
Edible Wild Plants by Bradford Angier and David K. Foster is
a helpful guide to making use of foods that can be found in nature.
Each featured plant is clearly described.
Scientific and common names are given as well
as where the plant can be found and how it can be used as food.
Helpful hints about dangers of each plant is
also given. An illustration of each
plant completes the entry.
Landscaping With Fruit by Lee Reich is a wonderful
guide to adding fruit trees, shrubs and vines to the landscape.
The book features garden plans, photos of each
plant and the fruit as well as information about the plant’s
size, shape, hardiness zone and pollination
requirements. Reich also lists what
region provides the best growing environment for the plant.
Fruit plants provide color and interest to the
landscape and offer a bonus as the fruit is harvested. Greening
up your life is as easy as visiting the Peter White Public Library.
|by Pam Christensen,
January 9, 2010
The Peter White Public
Library offers these new non-fiction books.
The Arctic gold rush: the new
race for tomorrow's natural resources by Roger Howard.
It is estimated
that the Arctic region holds 13% of the world’s undiscovered
oil, and 30% of the world’s undiscovered natural gas. It also
contains deposits of gold and other valuable metals and minerals. A
number of nations are vying for control of these resources.
New Non-Fiction 320.998 HO
Googled: the end of the world as
we know it by Ken Auletta.
What began as a
search engine for probing the internet has expanded by attempting to
digitize the whole of human knowledge. What does this mean for content
creators, such as authors, publishers, and media when the rules are
changed? How is Google changing the way information is created and
consumed? New Non-Fiction 338.761 AU
Waiting on a train: the
embattled future of passenger rail service by James
service has become a subject full of nostalgia. Some stations, like the
South Shore Depot in Marquette have
been preserved and repurposed. Much of this nation’s rail
infrastructure has disappeared, or sits abandoned. In other countries,
railroads adapted and continue to thrive. In a changing world, could
rail service experience a renaissance in the US?
New Non-Fiction 385.22 MC
Losing the news: the future of
the news that feeds democracy by Alex S. Jones.
examines the changing landscape of the news in the age of television,
blogs, punditry, and media conglomerates. What do the words
“ethics” and “accountability”
now mean? An account of why journalism is vital.
New Non-Fiction 071.3 JO
by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner.
Sequel to the
2005 best-seller, Freakonomics.
Offers a by-the-numbers perspective into unlikely topics that affect
our day-to-day lives.
New Non-Fiction 330 LE
When China rules the world: the end of the
western world and the birth of a new global order by
experiencing staggering growth as the country modernizes, and is
already the largest market in the world. What would the world look like
becomes the predominant economic super-power as predicted? Explores
political, economic, and cultural aspects of this question.
New Non-Fiction 327.51 JA
|by Bruce MacDonald, Circulation Librarian
January 2, 2010
We know not to judge a book by its cover, but what about by
its premise? Some books sound like such wildly bad ideas or offer a
plot we just can't picture being executed correctly. I have here a book
written entirely in gibberish, a lighthearted comedy from a serious
prolific writer, and a book in verse about teenagers. They are all
fantastic reads, albeit odd sounding.
If you liked the
you'll be happy to know it was a book by Irvine Welsh first. You might
be less than thrilled to find the book written almost entirely in a
Scottish accent. If you can get past the misspellings, a whole host of
endearing characters and adventures await you as children of the '80s
try to fight boredom with drugs and alcohol.
has a new book out, a comedy,
Inherent Vice. That's right, the elusive and prolific
writer has written a lighthearted comedy about a hippie detective known
as Doc. Before you assume he's gone off the deep end, this book has
everything: comedy, adventure, ex-girlfriends, a plot to kidnap a
billionaire, and a very well thought out cast of characters.
Next we have Tricks by Ellen
Hopkins, a book in verse about teenagers who have had all of their
choices taken from them and are forced out onto the streets. This is
allegedly teen lit, but adults will enjoy it as well. The verse is so
free flowing it reads more like a novel and less like a series of
poems. The characters are so likeable and realistic, some rich, some
poor, some black, some white, some gay and some straight, that this
book is quickly devoured in one sitting.
|by Maria Catherino, Circulation Dept.
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