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December 22, 2012
and bustle of the
holidays leaves many of us looking for some way to wind down and
season. The Peter
White Public Library
DVD collection has a variety of films that bring out the spirit of the
Liam Neeson narrates
the story of The Birth of Christ. This
inspirational program brings the
Christmas story to life through music and the words of Luke’s Nativity. Recorded in Ireland, this
together a chorus of Catholic and Protestant singers who raise their
unity and peace. Running
time for this
film is 85 minutes.
For 75 years the
Radio City Music Hall Rockettes have entertained crowds with a special
spectacular. Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring the
one of the special holiday shows on film.
Watch as Santa flies through the city, visit a
living nativity scene and
watch talented dancers kick their way through amazing dances for 80
12 Dogs of Christmas is
family entertainment of the best kind.
When Emma O’Connor is sent to live with her
aunt in the small town of
Doverville, she finds herself in the midst of a “dog fight” with the
mayor. In order to
stike down the
community’s no-dog law, Emma and her friends must win over the town
holiday pageant featuring, what else-dogs.
Henry Winkler, Brooke
Burns and Warren Christie star in The
Most Wonderful Time of the Year.
Winkler brings fellow passenger from an
ill-fated Christmas flight to
with his niece, who has
lost the holiday spirit. Perhaps
holidays still have some magic for Burns and her six-year-old son in
Child by Max
Lucado follows Jack, a journalist, to Dallas where a mysterious
leads him to the small town of Clearwater, Texas.
It is here he finds a life-sized and
intricately carved nativity that changes his life.
No holiday is
complete without a showing of Dr. Seuss’ classic How
the Grinch Stole Christmas.
The PWPL has several versions of this holiday
feature film starring Jim Carrey as the
Grinch is filled with special effects, scenery and narration by Anthony
Hopkins, this film will delight even those with hearts two sizes too
Rob Lowe and Kimberly
Williams star in The Christmas Shoes. This film is based on the
by Christian group NewSong and book of the same name.
Lowe is a powerful attorney who has forgotten
the meaning of Christmas until a chance meeting with a ten-year old boy
a special gift for his mother shows him how important it is to cherish
The Hallmark channel
has adapted Debbie Macomber’s Call me
Mrs. Miracle into a film starring Doris Roberts. Posing as an unassuming
toy department clerk,
she sets out to make sure that the meaning of Christmas is found by all.
Baby Einstein DVDs
enrich, stimulate and educate babies and toddlers.
They have not forgotten Christmas, and Baby Santa’s Music Box brings together
the bright lights, ornaments, sleigh bells, toys, winter scenes and
Santas for the younger set. This
minute film will entertain and provide opportunities for interaction
Children and adults
will enjoy heart-warming stories and illustrations in the collection The Night Before Christmas by
Scholastic Video. This
collection includes The Night Before Christmas, Max’s Christmas,
Disappearing Bag, Clown of God and Too Many Tamales and Owl Moon. These classics will make
the holidays bright.
Copote’s A Christmas Memory
stars Patty Duke, Piper Laurie, Jeffery Demunn and Eric Lloyd. This tale follows
seven-year old Buddy as he
is sent to a new home with distant relatives.
There are no other children his ages, and he
becomes friends with an
older resident of the town played by Duke. The two have one exciting
after another and Buddy finds that friendship is the greatest gift of
|by Margaret boyle, Programming
December 15, 2012
|Children's Christmas Stories
You may remember holiday
classic stories such as, “How the
Grinch Stole Christmas” and “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” that still
audiences young and old. This
can find brand new stories, along with traditional favorites, in the
section of the Children’s area.
a dozen dinosaur books that show preschoolers how to
count to ten, eat their food, and go to school, Jane Yolen and Mark
teamed up again to figure out, “How Do
Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas?” This colorful book continues
the pattern of
metered rhymes listing undesirable behaviors, followed by the things
children(oops!) dinosaurs can do to achieve a Merry Christmas. The illustrations spread
out across two pages
and cleverly show the personality of each dinosaur.
the Cat Saves
Christmas” by Eric Litwin is a rewriting of “The Night
Before Christmas” by
Clement Moore. The
Dean, introduces the character of
Pete the Cat who is called upon to deliver presents because Santa Cat
very bad cold. Pete is a cool cat with a good attitude and is often
repeating his mantra, “…at Christmas we give, so I’ll give it my all.” Pete the Cat is the star
of many other books
and has his own website at www.petethecat.com.
“The Christmas Quiet
Book” by Deborah Underwood is a holiday extension of “The
Quiet Book” and “The
Loud Book,” all picturing occasions where quiet or loud activities take
place. The text is
minimal, such as
being “cocoa quiet,” “reading by the fire quiet,” and “listening for
bells quiet.” You
could use your
imagination to picture these phrases, but you don’t have to because the
and fuzzy illustrations by Renata Liwska show each Christmas scenario
“Santa from Cincinnati”
by Judi Barrett is a very interesting back story about how Santa Claus
and came to live at the North Pole.
this modern retelling, Santa was born in Cincinnati, went to college in
snowy north, where he met the future Mrs. Claus, and fulfilled his
make toys for children everywhere.
vivid illustrations by Kevin Hawkes complement the story and add fun
such as collages of family photos that enhance Santa’s reputation for a
book is pure
by Eileen Spinelli is a roughly metered poem about ten mice trying to
shelter in a winter storm. Counting
from ten, each mouse finds shelter, until one finds a big hollow log
can all be together again. The
illustrations by Bin Lee highlight forest plant life in a blanket of
making an inviting background for ten adorable mice.
built the Stable:
A Nativity Poem” by Ashley Bryan puts a new spin on the story
of the birth
of Jesus. Along
with the traditional storyline,
she interjects questions about what it must have been like for a
carpenter and his wife to find a place for their baby to be born.
framed illustrations are painted in acrylic with bold outlines and
colors. The text can be found in the same location on each page, making
for beginning readers to follow along.
Prepares for Christmas” by Melanie Watt is
an eight chapter handbook on Christmas and how to get through the
safely and germ free. This
for Scaredies features lists of things to do before Christmas,
stretches to prepare for holiday crafting and cleaning your ears to
sugarplum fairies. Scaredy
instructions for building a sturdy Gingerbread House “to code,” setting
hygienic dessert table, and checking Santa’s reindeer flight plan. Don’t forget to bring hand
wipes to the
party. This is a
great addition to the
other Scaredy Squirrel books in our collection. Read them all!
|by Lynette Suckow, Website
December 8, 2012
Twilight fans are
mourning the end of their beloved series
on the big screen and Hunger Games lovers are eagerly anticipating the
installment of the trilogy. Naturally,
filmmakers are turning to Young Adult fiction in a big way to find the
blockbuster hit. But,
you know the old
saying, “the book was better”. Check
these YA fiction reads before they hit the theater in years to come and
this holds true.
Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth will
interest Hunger Games fans.
In dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five
factions, each dedicated
to the cultivation of a particular virtue. In a plot point familiar to
readers, once a year, every sixteen-year-old must select the faction to
they will devote the rest of their lives. Beatrice Prior must choose
staying with her family and being who she really is.
She makes a choice that surprises everyone,
including herself. A highly competitive initiation follows and she
determine who her friends really are, and where romance fits into her
But she also has a secret that can mean death and a growing conflict
to unravel her seemingly perfect society.
dystopian romance is your thing, download the audiobook
Matched by Ally Condie from PWPL’s Overdrive collection to
Cassia has always followed the autocratic Society
without question. When
Xander's face is displayed on the screen at the Matching ceremony, she
they are the perfect mates. However, Ky Markham's face also flashed on
screen, if only briefly. Although the Society claims it was a glitch
knows she is to be with Xander, she cannot stop thinking about Ky.
The Host by
the natural next read for
Twilight fans, will arrive in theaters soon.
earth has been
invaded by a species that take over the minds of their human hosts
leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed. An invading "soul", who
given Melanie's body, knew about the challenges of living inside a
human. But there is
one difficulty Wanderer didn't
expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession
One of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare will hit the big screen next
summer. When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray
heads out in New York City, she hardly
expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three
covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the
disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the
invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing—not even a smear
blood—to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary’s first meeting with the
warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons.
Clary is pulled into their world with a
Fault in our Stars by John Green takes us away from the dystopian
genre and into
more emotional territory about sickness and health, life and
with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at
medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs.
Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old
Hazel is post-everything else, too - post-high school, post-friends and
post-normalcy – until she meets Augustus Waters, a match, made at
|by Heather Steltenpohl,
December 1, 2012
Snow days, whipping
winds, time to
grab a good book and stay in…side that is. If
you’re looking for
a cozy read, here are a few juvenile books you might want to grab,
along with a
blanket and cocoa.
A Warm Winter Tail by Marquette author
Carrie Pearson offers a
delightful new twist on how animals stay warm in the wintertime. When baby animals ask
their mothers how human’s
stay warm in the wintertime, their youthful naivety
expects that human kids do it the same way
they do, like a fox using its tail to wrap up on cold nights. So it is that the “human”
reader learns how
animals keep warm, in an informative and fun way. The rhyming text
story rhythm and makes it easy for beginning readers to tackle.
you know, Winter is the Warmest Season? For
some, the season draws thoughts
of snow, ice and playing outside. For others, including author Lauren
offers a “glass-half-full” approach to wintertime fun.
She highlights the warmth of winter clothes,
winter foods and winter blankets through the eyes of a young boy. The
reds, oranges, yellows and greens splashed throughout the illustrations
the message to life, as the cold outside is banished by the warmth
In No Two Alike by
Keith Baker, New York
Times Bestseller of “LMNO Peas”, two birds explore the forest,
everything, including nests, trees, homes and friends are unique. Baker’s charming
illustrations capture the birds
playful spirit and offer a soft glimpse of several woodland creatures
and clever contraptions set the stage for Adam Rubin’s Those
Darn Squirrels. Old
Man Fookwire, who doesn’t like pie, puppies or anything but birds, is
grumpy. When the
birds fly south for the
winter, he devises a system to keep the squirrels out of his feeders. But the squirrels, some of
creatures of the woodland animals rise to the challenge, launching
toward seed victory. Then,
lonely the old man becomes without his birds, they offer gifts of
that only these geniuses could pull off.
and Mole, A Winter Wonderland by Wong Herbert Yee is the tale
friends on a snowy day. Mouse gets dressed to enjoy the day, but Mole
stay in bed and hopes the cold goes away. So Mouse sets off alone,
winter play by himself. Both soon realize how lonely they are for their
concluding that it’s more fun to enjoy the winter wonderland with a
and Mrs. Bunny- Detectives Extraordinaire
by Mrs. Bunny, translated from the Rabbit by
Polly Horvath, two
country rabbits longing to live in the big city move to Rabbitville. On Hornby Island,
parents are missing. Madeline thinks she saw a fox speeding in a car
her house. When her
uncle falls into a coma, she turns to Mr. and Mrs. Bunny to help her
mystery, which includes a file card covered in code. The trio take on
foxes, a wily marmot named The Marmot and the dreaded Bunny Council to
solve the disappearance. These extremely humorous characters are so
I hope Polly Horvath translates another books soon.
|by Jenifer Kilpela, Youth
November 10, 2012
November 3, 2012
fiction allows readers to go back in time and experience
places, people and events that have shaped history. the
has acquired new titles in this particular genre that are interesting
The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian is a
fascinating tale traveling between Bronxville, New York in 2012 to
aleppo, Syria in 1915. In this novel, a fictional American
missionary, Elizabeth, comes to the aid of the people and falls in love
with an Armenian man, Armen, whose family was part of the death marches
out of Turkey into Syria. Years later, her American
granddaughter, Laura Petrosian, researches her family history and
crafts a moving story which is a tribute to all those who had died.
House at Tyneford
by Natasha Solomon is an
irresistible World War II
story of a forbidden upstairs-downstairs romance in a great English
house. It's the
spring of 1938 and no
longer safe to be a Jew in Vienna.
nineteen-year-old Elise Landau’s parents force her to leave her
of parties and champagne to become a parlor maid in England. She
Tyneford, the great house on the bay, where servants polish silver and
drinks on the lawn. But war is coming soon, and the world is changing.
master of Tyneford's young son, Kit, returns home, he and Elise strike
unlikely friendship that transforms Tyneford--and Elise.
Between Oceans by M.
L. Stedman centers
around Tom and Isabel
Sherbourne, who maintain the lighthouse on a remote Western Australian
in 1926. One day a boat washes onshore, carrying a dead man and a
no older than two or three months. The Sherbournes, still reeling from
miscarriages and the stillbirth of a son just two weeks prior to the
decide not to report the incident, instead burying the man and raising
child as their own. Tom, whose
records as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous
and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to
man and infant immediately. Against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as
and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the
are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has
devastated one of them. And we are swept into a story about
compelling characters seeking to find their North Star in a world where
is no right answer, where justice for one person is another’s tragic
in verse, The Watch
that Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic by Allan Wolf
story of the Titanic from its
launch to its sinking, told in twenty four different voices, including
third class passengers, first class passengers, crew, and even the
learn of the hopes of young third class teens, the desperation of a
class father, the con artist in first class, the valiant musicians, and
Marconi wireman, plus many more; with the exception of only one, all
passengers aboard the ship, and all were changed forever when destiny
met a waiting
iceberg sitting in the dark of the ocean.
Creative and captivating, Mr. Wolf keeps the
action steady in the
stories of the passengers who race toward a struggle with life and
City of Women by
David R. Gillham begins
in 1943—the high point of
the Second World War—and Berlin has basically become a city of women. Sigrid Schröder is, for
all intents and
purposes, the model German soldier’s wife.
goes to work every day, does
as much with her rations as she can, and dutifully cares for her
all the while ignoring the horrific immoralities of the regime. But
façade is an entirely different Sigrid, a woman who dreams of her
a Jew, now lost in the chaos of the war. But Sigrid is not the only one
secrets. A high
ranking SS officer and
his family move down the hall and Sigrid begins involving herself in
lives. A young woman doing her duty-year is out of excuses before
even ask her any questions. And then there’s the blind man selling
the corner, whose eyes Sigrid can feel following her from behind the
of his goggles. Soon
Sigrid is caught up
in a world she knew nothing about. As her eyes open to the reality
the carefully constructed fortress of solitude she has built over the
begins to collapse. She has to choose to act on what is right and what
wrong, and what falls somewhere in the shadows between the two.
Winter of the World
by Ken Follett picks up right where the first book (Fall of Giants) left off, as its five
interrelated families—American, German, Russian, English, Welsh—enter a
enormous social, political, and economic turmoil.
The story begins with the rise of the Third
Reich, then proceeds through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas
World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic
bombs. Carla von
Ulrich, born of German
and English parents, finds her life engulfed by the Nazi tide until she
a deed of great courage and heartbreak. American brothers Woody and
Dewar, each with a secret, take separate paths to momentous events, one
Washington, the other in the bloody jungles of the Pacific. English student Lloyd
Williams discovers in
the crucible of the Spanish Civil War that he must fight Communism just
as Fascism. Daisy Peshkov, a driven American social climber, cares only
popularity and the fast set, until the war transforms her life, not
but twice, while her cousin Volodya carves out a position in Soviet
intelligence that will affect not only this war—but the war to
|by Amy Becker, Technical
October 13, 2012
nothing more nourishing to feed one’s soul as a
good book that allows you to expand your mind or travel to another era.
Below are some great
historical reads from
the Boundaries This story provides a great overview on the
history of Keweenaw during the development of copper mining in Michigan's
offers a glimpse into workplace traditions during the industrialization. Michigan
Non-Fiction 338.7622 La
Collar Aristocracy by Leevi
Etelamaki. The author’s goal was to write a
biographical sketch of his account concerning life in the mining camp
along the Marquette
Range. Raised in Negaunee,
Etelamaki came from a
mining family and describes the hardworking miners who enjoyed the
things in life like swimming in the Prince Mine caves.
MI Non-Fiction 977.496
to Grave by Larry Lankton.
economics, labor and social history, Cradle to Grave
documents the full
life cycle of one of America's
great mineral ranges from the 1840s to the 1960s. Lankton examines the
world underground, but is equally concerned with the mining communities
surface. For the first fifty years of development, these mining
remained remarkably harmonious; even while new, large companies
traditional forms of organization and work within the industry. Michigan
Non-Fiction 338.2 La
Voyage: The S.S. Daniel J. Morrell Tragedy by Andrew Kantar. In Deadly Voyage,
Kantar recounts this tale of tragedy and triumph on Lake Huron. The breaking apart
of the Daniel J. Morrell along with
Dennis Hale’s remarkable survival account from a life raft on a storm
raged Lake Huron
provides one of the most
compelling shipwreck stories ever.
Life on Freighters of the Great Lakes
Haydamacker’s career began as a young deckhand working on freighters of
the Great Lakes in
the early 1960s. He sailed five Interlake
Steamship Company boats, from the modern Elton
Hoyt II to the ancient coal-powered Colonel James Pickands with
its backbreaking tarp-covered
adventures of living on the lakes from the seldom-seen view of a
Non-Fiction 386.544 Ha
Copper Mining and Community
on Lake Superior,
region's population and ethic mix, which was a direct result of the
industry, and the companies' paternalistic involvement in community
While this book covers the history of the entire Lake Superior mining
it particularly focuses on the three biggest, most important, and
copper mining companies: Calumet & Hecla, Copper Range, and Quincy. Michigan
Non-Fiction 977.499 La
In The Line of Duty Michigan’s
Fallen Heroes by Isaiah
McKinnon, PhD. A
veteran Police Chief from the
Detroit Police Department, McKinnon wrote this book to ensure that
have given the ultimate sacrifice in Michigan
would not be forgotten. Included
edition are those who were killed in the line of duty from the
Police and Marquette County Sherriff’s Department. These stories are
Non-Fiction 364.3152 Mc
Lake Effect: A Deckhand's Journey on
the Great Lakes
Richard Hill. Lake
is a vivid and memorable account of life aboard
the giant ore boats. Told in a light-hearted and entertaining narrative
Hill shares his memories of working as a deckhand onboard Great Lakes ore freighters. This
narrative contains a number of crewmembers’ stories with colorful
who shared Hill’s love of sailing.
protect and defend: An illustrated history of the Michigan
Police in the twentieth century by Phillip Schertzing. To commemorate the 50th
anniversary, Schertzing wrote
a history of the Michigan State Police, highlighting men and women,
and sworn officers of every rank and position, documenting their
achievements and sacrifices and well as the more mundane tasks and
circumstances of their daily work and lives.
Non-Fiction 365.2 Sc
Seeberville Murders and the Dark Side of the American Dream by Steve Lehto. In 1913, two
gunned down in broad daylight in the town of Seeberville,
This event marked the beginning of a long period of anti-union violence
in the Keweenaw peninsula,
and would culminate with the Italian
Hall disaster. This book is the first to examine what really happened
Seeberville that day, and why the victims should not be forgotten.
Michigan Non-Fiction 977.4993 Le
|by Diana Menhennick, Reference
October 6, 2012
The voice is all: the lonely
victory of Jack Kerouac by
Kerouac in 1957
on a blind date arranged by Alan Ginsburg. A young novelist in her own
the time, she takes the reader into Kerouac’s head, providing insight
writing style, influences, and drive. Author of the previous work Minor
Characters: A Beat Memoir. New
Non-Fiction 921 Kerouac
Tom: a man, a highway, and the road to
roughneck grace by Michael Perry
Perry as a
tribute to his 82 year old neighbor in rural Wisconsin. Tom
has occupied the same
farmland since birth. The land was divided by a highway that was put
front yard in 1965, and fueled his independent nature. Tom’s workshop
described by Perry as, “An antique store stocked by Rube Goldberg,
Hunter Thompson, and rearranged by a small earthquake.” To Perry, Tom
reservoir of wisdom and stories to be shared. New
Non-Fiction 921 Hartwig
Argo: how the CIA and Hollywood
pulled off the most audacious
rescue in history by Antonio J. Mendez
Fire in the ashes: twenty-five
years among the
poorest children in America
by Jonathan KozolInsight into growing up poor
is given by Kozol’s case-study. He has been following the lives of a
kids who grew up in the Bronx.
entered adulthood, and experienced various successes and setbacks.
examines what factors influenced the kids for the better, and what they
able to do for themselves to improve their lives.
New Non-Fiction 362.77 Ko
book, see the
movie. Amid the Iranian hostage crisis in 1979, six Americans had
escape the US
embassy and took refuge at the Canadian embassy. Mendez, a CIA officer,
concocted a white-knuckle scheme to extract them from Iran.
New Non-Fiction 955.0542 Me
man: my story of robbing banks, winning supreme
court cases, and finding redemption by Shon Hopwood
By age 23,
Shon Hopwood had
grown up in a good Nebraskan family, and served in the US Navy.
However, he had
also found himself adrift with little prospect for work, and robbed
Fortunately, as the title suggests, his story does not end there.
New Non-Fiction 921 Hopwood
and our kids: America's leading expert on
how to protect young athletes and keep sports safe by Dr. Robert C.
parents of young athletes. Contains background information on
to properly treat them, a discussion about sports, some of the myths
surrounding concussions, and ways to prevent the injury.
New Non-Fiction 617.1027 Ca
|by Bruce MacDonald, Circulation
September 29, 2012
|Novels for Juv. & Teens
In the mood for humor or
murder or both? Try these new
novels found in the Children’s Room or the Teen Area of the library.
Greyhound of a Girl
by Roddy Doyle is a tender and humorous story of familial love across
generations. What marks the story as especially quirky is that the
member of the quartet is a ghost. Tansey died of the flu when her
was only three. She lingered nearby to ensure young Emer's safety. Now
Emer is in the hospital and dying. Emer, her daughter Scarlett, and her
Mary are all afraid of letting go. Tansey arrives to help smooth the
for everyone, but especially for Emer. The foursome's midnight road
trip to the
old family farm and a seaside resort provides enough laughter and
support for all
the necessary good-byes.
Rebecca Stead won the
Newbery Medal for When You Reach Me.
Her new book, Liar & Spy,
is just as winning and very funny. Seventh grader
Georges (the S is silent) and his parents sell their house and move
into a Brooklyn
apartment when his dad loses his job. His
mother, an ICU nurse, starts working double shifts to help out
Georges attends a Spy Club meeting in the basement and makes friends
and his sister Candy (who named themselves) and live upstairs. Georges’
assignment is to track Mr. X who wears only black, doesn’t speak and
large suitcases in and out of his apartment. Questions about who lies,
spies, who plays games and who will fail the seventh grade taste test
destiny are answered in a surprising and satisfying conclusion.
we meet Mo (short for Moses) LoBeau, a brave, fast thinking, and natural born detective.
Washed ashore in
Tupelo Landing, North Carolina
during a hurricane, she was rescued by the Colonel, car crash survivor
profound hater of lawyers. Both were taken in by Miss Lana, the town
who serves up large helpings of love in Hollywood
style (including the wigs). When trouble drives into Tupelo,
the café's crankiest customer is
murdered and Mo's best friend becomes the prime suspect. Sheila Turnage
a hilarious first novel of murder, detection, longing and belonging.
Justine Larblestier and Sarah Rees Brennan takes a funny, satirical yet
respectful look at teen vampire romances. In New Whitby, Maine,
humans generally keep to their own side of town. However, on occasion,
a human may
decide to become a vampire and can do so under medical conditions. The
transition process can be successful, lead to death or turn the human
zombie. Mel’s best friend Cathy falls in love with Francis, a handsome,
nineteenth-century vampire who enrolls in their high school. When Cathy
announces her desire to become a vampire and marry Francis, Mel tries
her. Along the way, Mel attempts to solve the disappearance of her
friend’s father who counsels humans and vampires, and to understand her
suddenly disconcerted principal. She falls for Kit, a human raised by Frances’
cool vampire cop mother. Mel deals with her own prejudices, learns to
choices of others and begins to understand the sacrifices family
for one another.
If you prefer murder and
blood without fangs, you might
enjoy The Book of Blood and Shadow
Robin Wasserman, a fast paced historical thriller surrounding a
sixteenth-century manuscript. To escape the emotional pain caused by a
tragedy, Nora focuses on her study of Latin. Her best friend Chris and
roommate Max attend the local university and enlist Nora's expertise in
translating letters written by Elizabeth Weston, a sixteenth-century
girl whose father built the Lumen Dei, an alchemical device supposedly
direct communication with God. When Chris is murdered and his
Adriane left in a catatonic state, suspicion falls on Max who
convinced of Max's innocence, travels with partially-recovered Adriane
to find him. They
elude Chris' cousin Eli who is stalking the girls and struggle to
secret about the Lumen Dei before they are caught by the Hledaci, an
Czech cult dedicated to finding the Lumen Dei.
jail cell in Nazi occupied France
is the main setting of
Elizabeth Wein’s historical thriller
Code Name Verity. Scottish spy, Julie, is
flown into France
best friend, Maddie, a British pilot. Their plane crashes and Julie is
by the Gestapo, imprisoned and tortured. To buy time and reprieve from
Julie writes her story, telling the SS officer in charge of their
she knows about the British war effort. Julie’s prison writings
Maddie’s narration about flying for the RAF and the civilian corps, her
friendship with Julie and her brother, and attempts to rescue Julie and
her mission. This is a powerful novel of friendship, truth and
bravery during World War II.
Clem Ackroyd explodes
into life as a result of a German air
raid over a working-class British village. In his latest novel, Life: An Exploded Diagram, Mal Peet tells
a story of individual lives and generational family dynamics set
against a framework
of history and politics from World War II through 9/11. Clem, a
falls in love with Frankie, the wealthy daughter of the estate owner
also his father’s boss. As their secret relationship heats up, so do
political dynamics among Nikita Khrushchev, John F. Kennedy and his U.S.
military advisors. A fascinating and suspenseful depiction of how war
time periods and geographic boundaries to affect individuals,
|by Cathy Seblonka, Youth Services
Fall brings a new One Book
One Community read for Marquette. A
Mountain of Crumbs: a Memoir by Elena Gorokhova is the story
of a young
Soviet girl’s discovery of the hidden truths of adulthood and her
profound, brazen lies. The narrator recreates the world that
oppressed and inspired her. She recounts stories passed down
to her about
the horrors of Stalin’s terror and the Great Patriotic War and probes
deprivations and small joys of her family’s life in Leningrad. The author will visit Marquette
on October 25th.
information on the OBOC events can be found at the library’s website at
pwpl.info. For more information about
and the Soviet Union,
you can check out:
While reading Daphne Kalotay’s Russian
Winter for the Peter White
Public Library’s Book Group meeting this month, I remembered growing up
the Cold War and reading about life in the Soviet Union. Russian
Winter is a novel that
story of Bolshoi ballerina Nina Revskaya as she becomes a member of
cultural elite before escaping to the West following a terrible
Decades later, she has decided to auction off her famed jewelry
collection—including the rare set of amber that a Boston
professor, Grigori Solodin, translator
of the works of Revskaya's late poet-husband, believes may hold the key
long-kept secret. The literary mystery Grigori sets out to solve—with
of Drew Brooks, a young associate at the Boston auction house—reaches
deeper: to the cost of making art and trying to live and love under
circumstances of enormous repression.
I just happened to watch The
American Experience one night when The
Great Famine was aired.
a devastating famine—5,000,000 died--descended
on Soviet Russia in 1921, the International Committee for Russian
was formed. The main participants were Secretary of Commerce Herbert
American Relief Administration, along with other bodies such as the
Friends Service Committee and the International Save the Children
Union. The ICRR fed
over 10,000,000 people. Americans
responded with a massive two-year
relief campaign, championed by a new Secretary of Commerce, 'The Great
Humanitarian' Herbert Hoover, an operation hailed for its efficiency,
story of this effort was
inspiring and gave me a whole new view of Herbert Hoover as well as the
In Molotov's Magic Lantern :
travels in Russian history,
British journalist Rachel Polonsky moves to Moscow and discovers that
former apartment of Vyacheslav Molotov, Stalin's most loyal henchman,
above hers. Purely by coincidence, she is conducted into Molotov's
and discovers, among other objects, much of the former leader's
of it crumbling to dust, and an old magic lantern. Like faded images
for the light of this antique slide projector, Russian history and the
present reveal themselves in glimpses, like figures rising out of the
Polonsky who uses the rotting pages of the books in Molotov's library
guide, sometimes tracing lines that lead to places of exile, quest, or
In her travels, Polonsky is so steeped in Russian history and
everywhere she goes, her inner magic lantern projects the past onto the
present, the imagined onto the real, and what we see is an illuminated
immense brutality and beauty, suffering and spirit.
the West by storm in 1957, Doctor Zhivago by
Boris Pasternak was newly translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa
Volokhonsky. One of
the top four Russian
poets of the twentieth century, Pasternak wrote this, his only novel,
end of his life. Appearing at the height of the Cold War (the
manuscript was smuggled
out of Russia
published in Italy),
the novel electrified readers worldwide with its critique of the
Revolution and its aftermath. Yuri
Zhivago's poems, which the translators take pains to explain are not an
addendum but inseparable from the novel, are more pointedly rendered.
Return: Russia’s Journey from Gorbachev
to Medvedev, Daniel Treisman looks back over the 25 years
Gorbachev began his attempts to reform the Soviet Union's political
Ironically, Gorbachev's goal was to preserve the existing order, not to
it, but in the end he turned the country away from its Communist path
returned it to a Western European economy. Treisman provides a
detailed account of the events, personal interactions, and crucial
that created such a monumental shift, but his main concern is the why
Snowdrops, shortlisted for the 2011 Man
Booker Prize for
Fiction, by Andrew Miller is a lesson in the art of self-delusion and
dog-eat-dog society of post-Soviet Russia.
Nick Platt is a British
lawyer working in Moscow in the early 2000s-a place where the cascade
money, the tightening grip of the government, the jostling of the
and the loosening of Soviet social mores have led to a culture where
corruption, decadence, violence, and betrayal define everyday life.
doesn’t ask too many questions about the shady deals he works on-he’s
enjoying the exotic, surreally sinful nightlife Moscow has to
offer. A mesmerizing tale of a
man seduced by a culture he fancies himself above, Miller's novel is
nuanced character study and a fascinating look at the complexities of
to the Table: The Russian Cookbook by Anya von Bremzen and John
authors, a Muscovite who emigrated to the United States and a
British writer, traveled all over the Soviet
Union and throughout Russian communities in the United States
to collect these 400
recipes. The dishes are amazingly diverse; in addition to the recipes,
are essays on the history of foods, including the influences of
geography and conquest on the development of distinctive flavors, notes
special ingredients, and sections on specific cuisines. Classically
wild mushrooms and basic Ukrainian peasant borscht contrast with exotic
Azerbaijani quail and pomegranate sauce and Uzbeki steamed lamb
Russian vodka party features
French-inspired pate. The King of Vodka: the story of Pyotr
Smirnov and the upheaval of an empire by Linda
Himelstein is also available at the library.
|by Caroline Jordan, Collections
September 8, 2012
September is a
time for transitions.
many of us who were fixated on turning dirt and planting seeds in May,
we are now consumed with thoughts of warm, insulating fibers:
mohair, wool, angora,
alpaca and even acrylic for the allergic.
As the perennials get cut back, the needles,
hooks and spinning wheels come out.
Peter White Public library has books, videos and magazines for
yarnheads of all makes --knitters, crocheters, and spinners-- whether
you are a beginner or looking for a
new technique or pattern.
The DVD Respect the Spindle shows spinners old and new how to create
volumes of incredible yarn with this amazing yet simple tool.
Offering a blend of technical knowledge, history, and easy-to-use tips,
The intentional spinner : a holistic approach to making yarn by Judith
MacKenzie McCuin explores the three fundamental areas of yarn
production: understanding fibers, managing yarn structure,
making yarns that precisely meet the spinner's needs. The traditions of
plant and animal fibers are juxtaposed with recent advances in
for four intermediate projects demonstrate the range of possibilities,
from sturdy, plied yarns to playful, novelty yarns.
Crochet Lace Innovations by Doris Chan is a collection of 20 stylish
designs that use crochet lace methods to create garments that are not
only modern and flattering, but custom-fit to a broad range of sizes.
Tutorials at the beginning of chapters help the reader learn
simple methods necessary for making each kind of lace. And a special
Garment 101 section provides an essential template for crocheters to
follow in order to make their own adaptable and versatile patterns.
In Crochet Master Class, editor Jean Leinhauser presents 18 crochet
techniques taught by some of the world’s best crochet designers
and instructors. Each chapter focuses on a different technique.
You’ll learn Hairpin Lace from Stitch Diva Jennifer Hansen,
discover the intricate color work of tapestry crochet from Carol
Ventura, and explore free-form crochet with renowned fiber artist
Prudence Mapstone. Filled with inspiring stories, Crochet Master Class
is your guide to the incredible range of crochet possibilities.
Circular knitting has many benefits, including making it easier to
follow charts and eliminating the need for seams. In Circular Knitting
Workshop, master teacher Margaret Radcliffe covers everything you need
to know to master the art of circular knitting, presenting Fair Isle
twined, helix, tubular, and other classic techniques in detailed
step-by-step photographic sequences. Radcliffe includes instructions
for converting patterns written for straight needles to circular. Alice
Starmore’s Charts for Color Knitting includes her own geometric
and nature-inspired motifs, traditional patterns from around the world,
and practical instructions on incorporating them into unique designs.
These charts are suitable for beginning and advanced color knitters and
for both hand and machine knitting.
Loom Knitting Scarves, Hats, Bags & More by Isela Phelps
clear instructions, diagrams, and pictures, with 50 patterns for
appealing projects for the whole family that are quick and easy.
the basics of loom knitting are covered so even a beginning loomer is
able to follow along. A bonus section covers different finishing
embellishment techniques like how to add beads and ribbon, or make
tassels, pompoms, and fringes.
Yarn-themed titles and series are also shelved in our fiction and
mystery collections with new works by Maggie Sefton, Debbie Macomber,
Rachel Herron, Kate Jacobs, and Gil McNeil.
For the younger fiber lovers (or those who are young at heart),
Knitting with Gigi by Karen Thalacker can be found in the juvenile
story invites a new generation of knitters to join Gigi as she shows
them not only how to knit, but also how to use their new skills to
For those who might be too young to start knitting, the picture book,
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen shows how
knitting can improve the world.
this optimistic tale, a little girl finds what looks like an ordinary
box of yarn,
isn’t Knitting for Newbies is a program being offered this
fall on Mondays from 4:30-5:30 for students ages 7-17.
Participants will learn to knit a blanket for
babies in NICU at MGH.
information and registration, contact Youth Services at 226-4323.
|by Ellen Moore, Reference Desk
September 1, 2012
Olympics are over, but if you
haven’t had enough, the Book of Olympic
Lists will give you something else to contemplate. David Wallenchinsky and
Jaime Loucky have
compiled a book filled with trivia and stories compiled from summer
since 1896-2012. The
funniest Olympians, unluckiest competitors, Royal Olympians, Olympians
Titanic, Olympic families and far-out excuses are all included in this
fun-to-read book that will give lots of ammunition for trivia games.
Chertavian is the founder
and CEO of A Year Up. His book of the same name
details the program
he has developed to teach young adults real skills for real jobs with
is a former
technology entrepreneur and Wall Street banker.
As a Big Brother in the Big Brother/Big Sister
program he saw firsthand,
how good teens were placed in an Opportunity Divide.
In 2000, he dedicated his life to the Year Up
program that prepares willing young adults to enter the workforce by
job training, mentorship, internships and then real jobs.
Haney served as the coach for professional golfer Tiger Woods for six
years. The Big Miss is a revealing look at the
world of professional golf
as well as a personal look at Woods.
Haney is considered the best golf instructor
alive today. He watched as
Wood’s game and personal world crashed in 2009.
This autobiography recounts how he influenced
one of golf’s brightest
stars and ultimately decided there was nothing more he could do to help
with his career.
Zickefoose is a wildlife rehabilitator specializing in birds. The
Bluebird Effect describes the uncommon bond she develops with
birds. The text of
the book is organized
into 25 chapters. Each
on a specific bird. The
detailed drawings and watercolors accompany the text.
Her tales about rehabilitating birds gives
the reader a look at the characteristics of each bird as well as
stories about the variety of birds that come to her for recovery.
Zaslow is the bestselling author of The
Girls from Ames and The Last Lecture. His latest book The Magic Room is set at Becker’s Bridal
in Fowler, Michigan. Thousands
of women have gone to Becker’s for
their wedding dress. Since
store has turned dreams into reality with the perfect wedding dress. Fowler is home to 1,100
residents and 2,500
wedding dresses. The
stories of the
brides featured in the book shows how weddings and the expectations for
marriage have changed over the years.
The Secrets of
Saffron, the Vagabond Life of
the World’s Most Seductive Spice by acclaimed food writer Pat
Willard is a
historical look at the sensuous spice that has remained exotic for the
thousand years. Saffron
reported to cure disease, defy death and enhance romance. The book includes
delightful and delicious
modern and ancient recipes for the delectable spice.
Willard is also the author of the book On the Road with the WPA.
by Bryce G. Hoffman is
the compelling story of how Alan Mulally pulled off one of the greatest
commercial turnarounds ever seen.
Mulally put together a bold plan to save the
Ford Motor Company and
transformed the company into the most profitable automaker in the world. This behind-the-scenes
story tells how Ford
managed to survive without the government bailouts that saved GM and
knitting is an easy craft to master and can be used to create beautiful
socks, scarves, mittens, jewelry and home accessories.
Isela Phelps features 40 simple and snuggly
designs for the loom in her book Loom
Knitting Scarves, Hats, Bags and More.
If you have problems with knitting needles,
loom knitting might be just
the thing for you. The
PWPL also has
Phelps’ book The Loom Knitting
Podge has been used to craft all sorts of items for the past 40 years. Amy Anderson details 40
projects that can be
undertaken by crafters of all ages to produce items that can
the holidays or decorate the home.
Mod Podge Rocks is
a nostalgic look at this
easy-to-use craft product and will
provide creative ideas for those who like to spend time making their
items. Mod Podge
can safely be used by
just about any age group, so look at this book and let your creativity
Glock, The Rise of America’s Gun by Paul
M. Barrett explains how
the Glock pistol has been adopted by over two-thirds of America’s law
enforcement personnel, glamorized by TV and movies and been coveted by
Glock, an obscure
Austrian curtain rod manufacturer, developed a lightweight plastic
with a large capacity spring action magazine that took the world by
the early 1980s. This
book is filled
with corporate intrigue, political maneuvering and bloody shoot outs. Glock
is the inside account of this legendary weapon and the man who invented
|by Pam Christensen, Library
August 25, 2012
In anticipation of the
upcoming antiques appraisal fair with
expert appraiser, Mark F. Moran of Iola, Wisconsin,
on Saturday, September
8, here is a look at items in the library’s antiques and collectibles
collection, an area where all old things eventually become new again.
under the call number 745.1 WA, is the 2012 edition
of Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles,
an 800 page annual synopsis about what’s new in the world of vintage
is the author/editor of this tome that showcases current values of
ranging from art, ceramics and glassware to photography and toys. Full
photos accompanied by detailed descriptions make this a fascinating
for collectors and browsers.
in the collection under 783.3, written by Moran,
who has more than 30 years experience in this field, are Warman’s
Red Wing Pottery and McCoy
Pottery: A Warman’s Companion. Both serve as detailed
pricing guides for these regional factories. Redwing Pottery is still
along the banks of the Mississippi
immigrants mined the rich red clay deposits to manufacture stoneware
the mid 1860’s. McCoy Pottery was established near Zanesville,
in 1910, mining the local clay and producing stoneware crocks and jugs.
collectibles and antiques market covers a wide variety
of items. Of interest to readers of all ages might be Warman’s
Children’s Books, found in the stacks at 745.1 SA.
Organized by publisher, this is a pricing and identification guide of
edition books for young readers. Many recognizable covers, dating back
1940’s, can be found in its pages with surprising values that make the
what ever happened to their beloved childhood favorites.
In addition to books, the
library also subscribes to several
periodicals that cover the current news about vintage items. Fans of
show will enjoy Antiques Roadshow
Insider, a monthly publication that highlights new trends in
demand and also provides behind the scenes glimpses of the show’s
monthly publication at the library, covers the world of fine antiques
The full color glossy pages feature interviews with curators of museum
throughout the country as well as highlighting avid collectors of high
paintings, furniture, jewelry and textiles. Past issues of all
magazines can be
checked out for two weeks to enjoy browsing at home.
If you have ever wondered
what that thrift store treasure or
family heirloom is worth, now is the time to take advantage of the
guest appraiser, Mark F. Moran and benefit the library at the same
Tickets are still available for the library’s appraisal event on
September 8 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Call 228-9510 to reserve your
|by Margaret Boyle, Programming
August 11, 2012
The days are growing
shorter and stores are filled with
dreaded school supplies. Drag
beach chair, slather on your sun block and escape to the beach these
precious days of summer with one of these great beach read.
The queen of summer
fiction delivers again: Elin
Hilderbrand’s Summerland is her typical
brand of Nantucket
drama. A tragic accident at
the beginning of summer affects Nantucket’s
residents in many ways. As
characters cope with tragedy, grief weaves it’s way through a magical
backdrop and the result is a page-turner of a tale.
Meet Nick and her cousin
Helena in Liza Klaussmann’s debut
novel Tigers in Red Weather. Basking
the glory of the end of World War II, the women are ready to move on
young, idyllic summers at Martha’s
married life is different than
envisioned for the women and so they return to the island with their
to reclaim a sense of possibility.
plan goes awry when the children make a grisly discovery that spins
life out of control.
Still can’t get enough of
that New England
summer vibe? Check
out Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead.
A wedding weekend on an exclusive island sets
the stage for this social
satire. Despite the
wedding being planned
with the upmost precision, a storm of bad behavior, lusty attendees and
unwinding is a glimpse
into the lives of the well-bred and ill-behaved.
Travel abroad for a bit
with Beautiful Ruins by Jess
Walter. This novel
begins as an American
starlet arrives at the sun-drenched Italian coastline in 1962. The story picks up again
in current time as
an elderly Italian man appears on a Hollywood
lot looking for the beautiful American actress.
Readers are introduced to the tangled lives of
a bevy of characters chasing
The Next Best Thing by
Jennifer Weiner follows twenty three
year old Ruth Saunders as she packs up her seventy year old grandmother
heads west to Los
to pursue her dream of being a television writer.
Four years later, she get’s the call she’s
dreamed of and lands her dream gig.
However, nightmares threaten in the form of
actors, executives and not
only her love life, but grandma’s as well.
Still nursing withdrawal
symptoms from London Olympics? Try
out Gold by Chris Cleave. Gold
follows best friends Kate and Zoe who
are also fierce competitors in the sport of track cycling. Both covet the gold medal
in 2012, but their
friendship faces competition that carries momentum well beyond the
of the Velodrome.
novelist Emily Giffin’s lastest Where We Belong
brings thirty six year old Marian Caldwell and eighteen year old Kirby
together ultimately causing them to evaluate their lives and where they
Marian is quite
satisfied to have it all by her standards and is shook to the core to
to face with Kirby. Kirby,
on the other
hand, is just getting started on her path through adulthood. The introduction is life
changing for both,
who hadn’t planned on straying from their set ways.
|by Heather Steltenpohl,
August 4, 2012
|Blood Feud: The
Hatfields and the McCoys: The Epic Story of Murder and Vengeance
The bitterest feud in US
history began with hard feelings
over allegiances in the Civil War, which had just ended. It lasted
with flare-ups of vigilante retribution that resulted in smoldering
numerous deaths, prison sentences, and Kentucky
last public hanging.
New Adult Non-Fiction 364.1523 AL
Drive Me Out of My
Mind by Chad
In this autobiographic coming-of-age tale, Faries recounts
his early years in the 1970s. His family moved often, occupying 24
homes in ten years in places like Iron
His childhood was far from average, and he was “cultured and corrupted
hard-living, hard-drinking, and hard-loving ways” of the adults who
him. His refuge was poetry, where he could escape his surroundings.
New Adult Non-Fiction 921 Faries
Upon a Car: The
Fall and Resurrection of America's
Big Three Automakers--GM, Ford, and Chrysler by Bill Vlasic
In 2008, Detroit’s
big three teetered on the brink of financial disaster, with auto
leaders trying to keep the lights on at their companies. Vlasic, an
columnist who has worked for the Detroit News and New York Times,
inside accounts of how the deals were brokered to allow each company to
the hiring of Alan Mullaly to transform Ford, and the managed
GM and Chrysler. He also examines how the US
auto industry can gain future
New Adult Non-Fiction 338.476 VL
Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind by
Stone has been interested in magic since receiving a kit
from his father when he was five. He later learned the craft of being a
magician from his mentor in the back of a run-down New York
pizza shop, and worked to become a
professional magician. He provides insight into the world of magic, and
ways in which the human mind can be manipulated to pull off illusions.
New Adult Non-Fiction 921 Stone
Hank Greenberg : the
hero who didn't want to be one by Mark Kurlansky
This is not a typical sports biography with stats and
stories of playoff battles, though Greenberg’s career was filled with
including the 1938 season when he hit 58 home runs. However, he
an uneasy relationship with the sport. He was uncomfortable being
labeled as a
“Jewish ballplayer”, but when he was shunned by veteran Detroit Tigers
right after being called up to the big leagues in 1930, it was
After this experience, Greenberg went out of his way to welcome rookies
New Adult Non-Fiction 796.357 KU
Tubes: A Journey to
the Center of the Internet by Andrew Blum
What really is the internet? This book is a journey into the
infrastructure that lies beyond the wires that enter our homes. It
dramatic story of the development of the internet and how it all works.
New Adult Non-Fiction 384.309 BL
|by Bruce MacDonald, Circulation
July 28, 2012
Mystery readers are
thrilled to find a detective and series
they like. There
are many categories of
mysteries; cozies, hard boiled, police procedurals, British, American,
Scandinavian, historical, horror, spy thriller and suspense. Within the categories are
books that feature
fishing, recipes, quilts, art and religion.
Whatever sells gets copied by other authors
and read by legions of fans.
writer has emerged in Jassy Mackenzie.
Her female detective Jade De Jong is based in
South Africa. There
are three books in this series-Random Violence,
Stolen Lives and the Fallen.
Mackenzie brings South Africa alive in the
pages of these novels. In
Random Violence, Jade
returns to South
Africa to avenge her father’s death.
centers around corruption
and human trafficking as Jade is hired to protect Pamela Jordan, the
wife of a
wealthy strip club owner. Fallen was originally published as Worst Case.
The latest mystery deals with environmental
sabotage in the beautiful resort of St. Lucia.
Graves lives in Eastport, Maine, the setting of her Home Repair is
Triptree has retired from a
lucrative New York City investment career, that could be considered
honest, to live in a quiet seaside town in Maine.
Her early 1820’s Federal-style home takes
constant repair and upkeep, but Jake and her best Friend Ellie still
to get caught up in mysterious doings in the idyllic community. Dead
Level, the 15th book in this series, finds the pair in a remote woodland
setting and fighting against
the deadly plans of a recently released killer bent on revenge.
sized PI Savannah Reid spends as much time with food as she does murder. A detective with a sweet
tooth, Reid also
finds herself trying to solve crimes in the 17 book series written
pseudonym for bestselling author Sonja Massie.
Buried in Buttercream,
Poisoned Tarts, Death by Chocolate and Killer
Calories are just a few titles in this series.
Stone is also a resident of Maine and the star of the English
Tea Murder. Lucy
a busy wife, mother of four and reporter for the Pennysaver. Despite her
hectic schedule, Lucy manages a girls get away to London with her
along the way, the
tour leader dies from an asthma attack.
Everyone chalks this death up to a tragic
accident, but as another tour
participant passes away, Lucy’s suspicions start to rise.
Goldenbaum combines knitting with mysteries in her Seaside Knitters
series. Set in Sea
Massachusetts, Izzy Perry and her knitting group frequently get tangled
up in a
addition to murder, these
books share the delights of strong friendships, small town living and
ways to pick up dropped stitches.
Knitters will love the newest book in this six
book series A Fatal Fleece.
featuring food and oftentimes recipes are a popular new genre. Pastry, pies, cakes and
pizzas fill the pages
of some of the new food based series. One
the first and most successful foodie mystery novel series is penned by
Mott Davidson. Goldy
Goldilocks Catering in Aspen Meadows, Colorado. Much
to the disgust of her police officer
husband, Goldy in continually front and center in everything deadly
in or out of the kitchen. Excellent
recipes, engaging characters and lots of fun, these mysteries are some
latest in the series is Crunch Time.
Fluke’s lovable detective Hannah Swensen is surrounded by quirky
relatives who help her solve crimes that are committed in Eden Lake,
Minnesota. Owner of
the Cookie Jar,
Hannah’s shop is the center of life in this small community. The fact that Hannah has a
stumbling over dead bodies is good for business.
Thankfully, she has a dedicated assistant and
willing to meddle sister and mother.
The Chocolate Chip
Cookie Murder is the
first book in this series. The
and pastry recipes featured in the books are also top notch.
Culver’s Pie Shop Mysteries feature pie shop owner Hanna Denton. Hanna takes over her
pie shop, but doesn’t stop at baking pies.
She also gets embroiled in solving mysteries
in A Good Day to Pie and Never
Say Pie. Each
book also includes pie
lovers will enjoy mysteries by Chris Cavender.
His heroine, Eleanor Swift, runs A Slice of
Delight pizzeria in Timber
Ridge, North Carolina. When
not busy in
the kitchen baking pizza pies, Eleanor is on the prowl helping the
solve a variety of mysteries. Cavender
also includes creative pizza recipes in each book.
Slice of Murder, Pepperoni Pizza
Be Murder, A Pizza to Die For
and Rest in Pizza are the first
books in this lively new series.
|by Pam Christensen, Library
July 21, 2012
strikes an estimated
one in one hundred people worldwide.
the US one in four families is impacted by mental illness. Schizophrenia is a disease
that is mystifying
and frustrating for the person it strikes as well as their family,
colleagues. Ben was
a normal child, but
in his teen years, his life spun out of control.
He ran away from home, lived on the streets
as a homeless teen, experienced seven psychotic breaks and was
mother, Randye Kaye,
his sister struggled with him through the diagnosis and treatment that
save his life. Ben Behind his Voices, One Family’s Journey from
the Chaos of
Schizophrenia to Hope, written by Randye Kaye, is his story.
Kirtland’s Warbler by William Rapai is the story of a bird’s
fight against extinction and the people who saved it.
In the 1970’s and 1980’s ornithologists were
concerned that the Kirtland’s Warbler was on the brink of extinction. The total population fell
below 400 birds and
a loss of habitat and a devastating parasite seemed to doom the
birds. A small
group of biologists,
researchers and volunteers worked diligently to save the species. This book documents the
sustained effort that
resulted in one of today’s most uplifting environmental stories.
Humans are constantly in the
process of inventing and innovating.
They are continually creating new things. A
History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor uses
objects to trace
human developments throughout history using 100 objects that reflect
evolution of civilization. Arranged
era from 2,000,000 BC to 2010, the objects pictured and the story that
accompanies each, makes for fascinating and thought provoking reading.
Some people feel that weddings held
today are expensive extravaganzas that should be avoided. Susan Bain, Laura Gawne
and Roxie Radford
have produced the book Cheap Chic
wedding tips can
help the bride and groom create a memorable wedding without breaking
Healthy by A.J. Jacobs is the story of one man’s quest
for the perfect body. After
hospitalized for a freak case of tropical pneumonia, Jacobs embarks on
to optimum health. His
the journey through chapters focused on each part of the anatomy. Hilarious, entertaining
and exhaustive, this
book is also a look at the many ways people try to improve their health
Laura Bennett is the breakout star
of Project Runway’s third season.
knows that accessories often make the look.
instructions for creating 35 simple yet distinctive designer-quality
belts and bracelets that will enhance your look and upgrade your
Post traumatic stress disorder has
affected military service members for as long as wars have been fought. Leah Wizelman relates the
true stories of
service members from all ranks and branches in When
the War Never Ends. Soldiers
from the U.S., Canada, Australia and Germany are documented in this
is a very personal look at the affects of PTSD on the men and women who
I’d Rather be
in Charge by Charlotte Beers is a blueprint for women
as they face their own challenges and strive to achieve the positions
leadership and influence they deserve.
Beers is best known as the first woman to head
two giant multinational
advertising agencies. She
develop many of the most recognizable brands around the world. Today she uses her skills
to mentor women and
conduct workshops that help women prepare themselves for managers and
At the age of 16, surfer Jonathan
Kathrein was attacked by a great white shark off of the coast of
California. Surviving the Shark is his story of the
attack and how it has
shaped his life. Kathrein
surf and advocate for the protection of sharks and the oceans.
Kitchens are the most
expensive rooms in the home to remodel, so do it yourselfers and
want to do it right the first time.
Old House looks at 37 real-world before and after kitchen remodel
are easy and cost effective. Easy Upgrades-Kitchens offers smart
designs and creative uses of color, cabinets and fixtures to inspire
to improve his or her home.
|by Pam Christensen, Library
July 7, 2012
great way to beat the summer heat
is to read. My
favorite summer reading
is mysteries and some of my favorite authors have new books released in
for trips to the beach or camping.
those of you missing the exploits of Paradise, Michigan investigator
McNight, author Steve Hamilton has authored a new mystery after an
absence. Die a Stranger is the latest, and it
pairs PI McNight with the long
lost father of sidekick Vinnie LeBlanc in an effort to find and save
from vicious drug dealers. During his hiatus from the Alex
McNight series, Hamilton penned The
Lock Artist. This suspense novel
focuses on Michael, mute
since a childhood tragedy, who can open any lock.
His unique skill attracts the attention of
the wrong type of people. Can
he take a
chance to escape and return home to put his shattered life back
also has another novel Night Work. My
favorite Hamilton book is Misery Bay,
but other titles such as A Cold Day in
Paradise, Winter of the Wolf Moon,
The Hunting Wind, North of Nowhere, Blood
the Sky, Ice Run and A Stolen Season will delight readers
who have not read the Alex McNight series.
Bryan Gruley burst on the scene
with the award winning Starvation Lake. In the dead of a northern
Michigan winter in
the small town of Starvation Lake an old mystery is resurrected after
a snowmobile, ridden to his death, by a former hockey coach are washed
ashore. The problem
is, the pieces are
on another lake than the one where the coach’s body was found. All investigation points
not to a tragic
accident, but a brutal murder, that brings old secrets to the surface.
Gruley’s second book The Hanging
Tree is also set in
Starvation Lake and centers on the suicide of Gracie McBride who left
years prior. Why
did she return to
Starvation Lake to end her life? Journalist
and investigator, Gus Carpenter has to put the pieces
together. Gus Carpenter is challenged to
explain Bingo Night B&Es that are striking terror into
Starvation Lake. Breaking
are happening on a regular basis, only nothing is taken in the crimes
occur while the homeowners are away playing bingo.
Personal papers, desks and file cabinets are
searched in what police think is an effort to gather some sort of
Gus’ mother’s best
friend is killed during what investigators think is another Bingo Night
he gets forced into action in The
I must admit I am in love with
Michigan DNR Conservation Officer Grady Service, star of Joseph
Cop series. A
former hockey player for
the NMU wildcats and take no prisoners investigator, Grady roams the UP
thwarting crimes and putting lives back together again.
His colorful criminal cohort Limpie Allerdyce
and numerous law enforcement colleagues are enbroiled in believable
scenarios centered around legitimate and not so legitimate uses of
natural resources. Ice Hunter
is the first Woods Cop mystery followed by Blue
Wolf in Green Fire, Chasing a Blond
Moon, Running Dark, Strike Dog, Death
Roe and Shadow of the Wolf Tree. Heywood’s latest, Force of Blood was a departure, and I did
not think it was up to
the usual standards, but the earlier books are true to form. My favorites are Death Roe, Blue
Wolf and Shadow of the Wolf Tree.
Nancy Barr currently lives in the
Houghton area. Her
Page One mysteries
feature spunky journalist Robin Hamilton who gets drug into mysteries
turn. Barr has
developed her skills with
each book. My
favorite is Page One: Vanished. When Robin finds a
yellowed scrapbook for
sale in a used bookstore in Copper Harbor she begins to put together
connections that may solve a string of disappearances of teen girls
Michigan’s UP that have taken place over the past 30 years. Page One: Hit and Run and Page
One: Whiteout will entertain readers and provide hours of
Local author Matthew Williams has
tried his hand at the mystery genre.
sleuth is Vince Marshall who solves crimes in the fictional community
Apostle Bay. The
latest Superior Dilemma takes place
frigid UP winter and centers around a sled dog race and a disgraced
musher. The first
book in the series, Superior Death
finds Vince embroiled in
a mystery that leads to a personal surprise.
The second Superior
forces Vince to defend his friend by solving a mystery that has
the past 150 years. Mysteries
set in northern Michigan
and the UP are lots of fun to read.
Summer is a perfect time to get to know some
of these regional
|by Pam Christensen, Library
June 23, 2012
for the Fourth of July fireworks
gives us a chance to look up at the “fireworks” that are in our sky
night. If you want
to know about our
universe, the library has resources for both children and adults to
what meets our gaze and what is beyond it.
From the mysteries of our own
solar system to those that surround
unexplored galaxies, history and science collide in The
Universe. This History Channel series on DVD employs
computer-generated imagery to bring distant planets and faraway stars
allowing viewers to gaze at black holes and comets, and witness the
deaths of galaxies and solar systems.
The library has seasons 1-5 in the DVD section.
Ann Finkbeiner brings the excitement
and extraordinary potential of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey in A Grand and Bold Thing.
Visionary astronomer Jim Gunn
together hundreds of astronomers in a massive survey of the sky that
together images of deep space taken over the course of five years
detailed, three-dimensional map of a vast territory of the universe,
digitized and downloadable for easy searching on a personal computer,
available not only to professional astronomers but to the public as
“What if?” questions stimulate us to
think in new ways. Neil
F Comins leads
us on a fascinating ten-world journey as we explore What
if the Earth Had Two Moons? And Nine Other Thought-Provoking
Speculations on the Solar System.
While gazing at the evening sky,
we’ve all wondered if there are other inhabited planets. Soon
expect to find alien Earths by the dozens in orbit around distant suns.
the decade is out, telltale signs that they harbor life may be found.
are, the ramifications for all areas of human thought and
religion and philosophy to art and biology--will be breathtaking. In Strange
New Worlds: the
Alien Planets and Life beyond Our Solar System, Ray
Jayawardhana brings news from the
front lines of the epic quest to find planets and alien life beyond our
the Wormhole hosted by Morgan Freeman explores the deepest
existence, the questions that have puzzled mankind for eternity. Who or
are we? Are we alone? How did life begin? What happened before? This
Channel DVD series brings together the brightest minds and best ideas
very edges of science to reveal the extraordinary truth of our
Includes 8 episodes.
Dava Sobel, author of the
bestselling Longitude and Galileo's Daughter, brings Copernicus
and his intellectually and religiously tumultuous time alive in A More Perfect Heaven:
How Copernicus Revolutionized the
a Catholic Church canon, feared the Church's response to his radical
that Earth revolved around the Sun. His thesis, of course, altered
than our view of our place in the cosmos.
|by Caroline Jordan, Library
June 16, 2012
|GLGB for Grades 4-5
Sleeping in, spending
whole days at the beach, and reading
great books – a lot of them – oh the joy of summer when you're a kid.
Summer Reading Program, "Dream Big" is underway in Youth Services at
the Library. In addition to a variety of programs there are books for
reader this summer. Take a trip through worlds of fantasy, adventure,
history and friendship without leaving the shores of Lake Superior. Check out these
titles from the 2012 Great Lakes Great
Books list in the fourth through fifth grade division.
Brian Selznick, Caldecott
winner for The Invention of Hugo
Cabret, hit another home run with his latest novel, Wonderstruck.
Selznick tells two unrelated stories side by
one entirely with original drawings, the other only in words. Visually,
reader is pulled into the story of a young girl fascinated by a famous New York
runs away from home in search of the actress. Fast forward 50 years
Wilson is on a quest of his own in New York City,
looking for the father he knows nothing
about. After his mother tragically dies, Ben is left with one small
a man she never mentioned. He stumbles upon the American Museum
of Natural History, the very place mentioned in “Wonderstruck,” a book
the history of museums he found in his mother’s things. He hides out in
museum, meets a new friend and discovers his father’s identity.
Nose by Eugene Yelchin is poignant fictional tale of Stalin’s
regime, through a child’s eyes. Communist to the core, 10 year old
Zaichik dreams of the day he can join the Soviet Young Pioneers who are
“devoted to Comrade Stalin, the
Party, and Communism.” When
father, a high-ranking official is arrested, Sasha starts to question
system. When everyone suspects everyone else of anti-communist
accusations end with execution, it’s only a matter of time before the
department comes for Sasha. So, when he accidentally breaks the nose
Stalin’s statue, Sasha is certain the punishment will be severe.
pencil drawings move the story along, adding a beautiful depth.
Back Again by Thanhha Lai, ten year old Ha flees Saigon
with her family during the Vietnam War. This story chronicles the time
when life was peaceful for Ha in Saigon, the coming of war, the
journey jam-packed on a boat for many days and their struggles to start
over in America.
From the start, Ha dislikes living in America.
Her teacher and classmates
assume she is uneducated because she cannot speak English. She is
scared to go
to school, because of a bully. The food tastes bland compared to the
dishes she remembers in Saigon.
discomforts don’t compare to her biggest fear. Her father, who was
captured in North Vietnam,
may never unite with them again.
The year is 1937 and Joe
Louis, “the Brown Bomber”, is
boxing his way to the Heavy Weight Boxing Championship.
in a Box by Andrea Pinkney captures the excitement that
the African American community during the preliminary matches and the
fight on June 22nd against James J. Braddock. In
this fictional tale
three young African Americans share their stories. Hibernia,
a preacher’s daughter, dreams of becoming a famous jazz singer and
singing contest to raise money for Joe Louis. Willie has big dreams of
a boxer, which are crushed when his father holds his hands in boiling
reducing them to nubs. Willie runs away to Mercy Orphanage, and meets
Together they listen to the fights on Otis’ late father’s radio, as Joe
A classic figure in
modern American Literature “gits his
say” in The Adventures of Mark Twain by
Huckleberry Finn by Robert Burleigh. Samuel Clements most
Huckleberry Finn navigates the reader through his creator’s life. With
vernacular and vocabulary of a his mid-19th
century self, Burleigh
pens a biography, with humorous but accurate commentary. Huck Finn also reflects on
characterization, and reminds the reader that Mark Twain was a
visionary on the
issues of slavery and equal rights in a time when it was severely
Disguised as Frank
Thompson, Sarah Edmonds joins the
Michigan Volunteer Infantry, and signs up to fight in the civil war. Nurse. Soldier. Spy. by Marissa Moss
tells the heroic true story of a brave women who fought during the
civil war as
a man. Thompson served as a nurse when few would agree to help with the
horrific battlefield wounds. She went on to spy for union troops
war. Illustrator John Hendrix offers a vivid rendition of fearless
well as genuine depictions of war-time posters, encampments and
|by Jeni Kilpela, Youth Services
June 9, 2012
|Best of Donald Hall
The UP will be blessed by a visit
from Donald Hall, US Poet Laureate 2006-2007, as part of the UP Book
NMU Writer’s Workshop. There
number of events planned that will allow local residents to enjoy the
on the UP Book Tour is
available at www.upbooktour.org. Hall
a prolific writer. Best
known as a poet,
he has also written memoirs, children’s books, essays and edited a
anthologies. His UP
captivate fans and introduce one of the best poets of the US to those
not be familiar with his work.
Cart Man, a children’s literature
classic received the Caldecott Medal in 1979.
This book, illustrated by Barbara Cooney
captures the changing seasons
of Hall’s New England. Hall
Eagle Pond Farm in New Hampshire where his mother and grandmother were
illustrations with Hall’s
text tell the story of a New England man as he prepares for winter by
traveling via ox cart to town to sell the goods produced on his farm.
The Man Who Lived
Alone and Lucy’s Christmas
were also written for
children and can be found in the Youth Services picture books
Oxford Book of Children’s Verse in America contains poems
collection begins with psalms
from the Old Testament and continues with works from the Twentieth
The Oxford Book of
edited by Hall, uses biographies, letters, personal stories and memoirs
to illuminate the lives of American literary figures from the
the 1970’s. Reading
gives you a new sense of who authors are and an understanding of how
lives may have affected their writing.
Poetry Sampler another work edited by
Hall contains over 200 poems by British and American writers. The goal of this
collection is to attract new
readers to the pleasures of poetry.
poems can be read aloud and shared or alone.
Works that amuse, shock or delight will be
found in this work.
Hall edits Claims for Poetry
volume published in hopes of illuminating the reader for appreciation
poetry and the people who write it.
Contemporary American poets share their
opinions on the art and craft of
poetry. All sorts
of poetry is included
in this volume that will give readers an insight into what makes poetry
biography of sculptor Henry Moore
introduces Moore in the midst of an active and successful life. The drawings and
photographs, over 100 of
them, help to illustrate the story of this successful sculptor at his
The Back Chamber was published in 2011.
This book of poetry is told through the eyes of a man whose life is
down. Despite that
fact, the book is not
maudlin or depressing. It
familiar in a way that can be lively, irreverent, hilarious, sexy and
The Alligator Bride,
Poems New and Selected
features a variety of Hall’s poems, many of which are out of print. This collection is a
historic look at the
writings that have made Hall a popular poet on college campuses and in
As a New England poet Hall is often
compared to Robert Frost. His
collected in Kicking the Leaves. The poetry in this work
was completed in the
three years after he left his faculty position at the University of
1975 and returned to life on Eagle Pond Farm.
Written in the home that was farmed by his
1865-1913, where he spent an idyllic childhood and where he came into
these works capture the past and give hope to the future.
|by Pamela R. Christensen,
June 2, 2012
|Over in the Meadow
Summer in the
U.P. reminds me of grassy meadows peppered
your hand if you
can remember OVER IN THE MEADOW, the ageless counting rhyme published
Langstaff in 1957.
the years, some
notable children’s authors have retold the original poem and added
distinctive illustrations such as Jack Ezra Keats in 1971,
Paul Galdone in 1986, and
Jane Cabrera in 1999.
This poem has taken on
new life with children’s book authors
across the country. OVER IN THE MEADOW is a triple threat, using rhyme
counting to tell a short tale about any setting in nature you can think
of. All variations
of the story retain the rhyme
and the counting from 1 to 10, but the characters (usually animals)
fit the location. Newer
still being published.
OVER ON THE FARM by
Christopher Gunson makes a few changes
to the original meadow inhabitants, but most of those same animals in
meadow also live on farms. Once
the illustrations are the biggest difference in these similarly titled
OVER IN THE GRASSLANDS by
Anna Wilson counts ten animals
found in the African grasslands such as rhinos, hippos, monkeys, and
jackals. Some of
the critters, such as
bees and frogs are the same as the original poem.
Bright primitive illustrations in this book
appeal to young readers.
Jennifer Ward changed the
poem’s beginning phrase to SOMEWHERE
IN THE OCEAN, which is also the book
title. Ward’s sea
creatures range from
one manatee nibbling . . . to five otters munching . . . to ten octopus
illustrations by Kenneth Spengler are two-page spreads of movement and
color. Even the
fiercest of creatures
look happy in these playful pictures.
Continuing the ocean
theme, OVER IN THE OCEAN IN A CORAL
REEF was written by Marianne Berkes
2004 with Jeanette
illustrations formed from polymer clay.
striking depictions of clownfish, seahorses, stingrays and pufferfish
your eyeballs dancing. Berkes
inhabitants of a coral reef, a smaller area of the ocean that draws the
DEEP IN THE SWAMP by
Donna Bateman takes readers to the
Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia. The animals include an
alligator, blue heron,
crawfish, and damselfly. Brian
paints the plants and trees in a lifelike fashion, but gives the
faces to appeal to very young readers.
The back of the book is full of environmental
OVER AT THE CASTLE from
2010 is written by Boni Ashburn
It has a medieval theme that rhymes and
counts, but takes literary license a step further by using villagers
dwellers as the characters. They
about their daily activities, bringing a little history into the
interact with the local dragons, keeping the fantasy of medieval life
Langstaff’s original OVER
IN THE MEADOW and these variations
can be found in our picture book section on the lower level of the
library. All are
suitable for children
|by Lynette Suckow, Website
& Outreach Services
May 19, 2012
|Books on CD
One of the
Library’s products, CD-books, is a terrific aid in making summer more
for people enjoying to read, but not wanting to sit still and read.
enjoyable during a vacation trip, a “stay-cation,” too, or while
ironing, painting the house or just relaxing on the beach or screen
CD-books are unabridged; that means that they are the complete book
someone—sometimes the author, has read so that one may listen to,
read, the entire book. Below are some CD- books to enjoy from popular
Evanovich’s book, LOVE IN A NUTSHELL, is set in Keene’s
Kate wants to transform the family summer house, The Nutshell, into a
breakfast. But, she needs cash to
it. Enter Matt Culhane who needs help finding a company saboteur. Matt
willing to pay Kate the $20,000 she needs if she uncovers the spy. Kate
the job in this romantic mystery only to discover that she is falling
new boss, Matt, as they work together to save his beer company. The
read in 390 minutes by Lorelei
Edgar Rice Burroughs has a new CD book among the latest additions to
PW. It is
the first of the John Carter series which Burroughs actually wrote back
1912. JOHN CARTER IN A PRINCESS OF MARS is a sci-fi story read by Scott
on six CD’s. Civil War veteran Carter is sent to a dying planet (Mars)
its princess from danger. Now you can listen to the book before you see
District Attorney Andy Barber is the main character in Defending Jacob
by William Landay. Barber comes forward to
defend his own son, Jacob, after his son is charged with murdering a fellow
classmate in their small Massachusetts
suspenseful mystery follows the Barber family as it handles loyalty,
accusations and past secrets in their downward spiraling world. Read by
Gardner, this thriller lasts 12½ hours.
written by Anne Tyler is her nineteenth
novel. In this story, Aaron meets Dorothy, a no-nonsense doctor, as he
another book in his “Beginner’s…” series about various topics. They
live moderately happy until a tree falls upon their house, killing
instantly. Aaron has a difficult time following the sudden death of his
and moves in with his sister while the house gets repaired. Then…
begins to appear before him and encourages him to experience life, to
happiness and to accept forgiveness from himself as well as others.
is six sound discs running just 6 hours, 23 minutes.
Hill reads the next selection, SKY WOMAN FALLING by Kirk Mitchell,
about two Native Americans who work for the U.S. Bureau of Indian
Their new assignment takes them to upstate New York to
investigate the death of an
Oneida Tribe elder who has been found dead. Brenda Two Kettles was
found in a
cornfield, but why was every major bone broken? Is her death tied to
the land wars
between the tribe and the local community? Mitchell’s knowledge of
affairs comes from first-hand experience and does contain some graphic
and ice : A Beaumont and Brady novel by j.
a. (Judith A.) Jance brings two of her characters,
J.P. Beaumont and Sheriff Joanna Brady, together again.
Beaumont and Brady are each working cases
in Washington and Arizona
respectively, when a break in Beaumont’s
leads him to Arizona
and Brady. The death of another woman connects as the sister from one
cases to interweave with Brady’s crime case in Arizona. Both
officers work through
dangerous events to themselves and others to solve the big, main case.
Huber and Erik Davies read and fill nine sound discs running for 10½
complete this unabridged novel.
Brannaman with help from William Reynolds writes his life’s story in The Faraway Horses : The
Adventures and Wisdom
of America's Most Renowned HorsemEN. This CD-book is
about Buck and his personal
story with horses which served as the basis for Robert Redford’s film The Horse Whisperer. His life can now be
heard in detail. Although John Pruden narrates the CD’s that comprise
biography, Buck and his life philosophy of living in harmony with all
comes through strong. This CD-book has six sound discs for seven hours
of Louis L’Amour’s many westerns, Mountain
valley war, has now been put onto sound discs as it is
read by Jason
Culp. Trent is the
main character in this
western about trouble in the hills of Idaho.
It follows the normal script of good guy vs. bad guy, add girl, trouble
then trouble gets straightened out with gunfire and all becomes well
loves a classic L’Amour story and this is no exception. Each of its six
discs run about 70 minutes.
|by Vicki Mann, Reference Desk
May 12, 2012
“Your Mind Matters: Raising Awareness of Mental Health” month at the
films, and a book
study are sponsored by the Great
Marquette General Health System, the Great Lakes Center
for Youth Development, the Friends of the Peter White Public Library
the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
NAMI also donates new books on dealing with
mental illness for the
library’s collection. Thanks
interlibrary loan program, these materials are available for lending
the state. Some of
these titles are:
these titles deal with the history of
mental illness in the family. In A Lethal
Mother Uncovers the
Science behind Three Generations of Mental Illness, Victoria
Costello’s memoir gives
testimony to the fact that
not only do we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us; we
their burdens as well. At the point where it was almost too late to
in her eldest son's mental deterioration, Costello embarked on a
backward in time that moved her and both of her sons forward into a
future. While admitting Costello's son to a psychiatric ward, the
counselor inspired her to examine the skeletons in her family's closet.
Costello discovered generations of psychiatric issues that, upon
increased her and her sons' risk for mental illness. Had these problems
been kept secret as too many families do she could have avoided
heartbreaking circumstances. It is a cautionary tale about the price
pay for keeping mental illness secret. It is also a road map for
risk factors for and recognizing early signs of psychiatric issues, the
to preempt advanced disease.
In A Legacy of Madness:
Recovering my Family from Generations of
Mental Illness, Tom Davis traces his family through five
various mental health disorders including depression,
disorder, and alcoholism. Offering insight not only into the struggles
with mental illness but into the challenges of their family members as
reveals how he has
been able to cope with his family's mental illness and how he has
points out that by studying our families' medical history, we can learn
experiences of prior generations will affect our own mental health and
steps to seek out the counseling and medication we require to live a
In It’s Not
Mental: Finding Innovative Support and Medical Treatment for a Child
with a Severe Mental Illness, Jeanie Wolfson writes of her
experience in finding a successful treatment for her daughter’s mental
illness. Using her
own story she offers
advice for other families dealing with this difficult situation.
and anxiety were the subject of one of the Lunch & Learn
programs. Two new
books you might like to try are The Dutiful
Worrier: How to Stop Compulsive
Worry without Feeling Guilty by Elliot D. Cohen and The Anti-Anxiety Food Solution:
How the Foods You Eat Can Help You Calm Your
Anxious Mind, Improve Your
Mood & End Cravings by Trudy Scott.
Do you feel it’s your duty to worry? If your answer to the
question is yes you may be suffering from a type
of compulsive behavior called dutiful worrying. On the positive side,
worrying can make you feel as if you're actually doing something to
control your situation. But this unproductive habit eventually robs you
energy and peace of mind and can leave you feeling over whelmed. Cohen
four-step program to end this vicious cycle.
Scott points out how much the foods we eat can
impact our brain
chemistry and emotions. The Antianxiety Food Solution provides
four diets designed to help address nutritional deficiencies and
Memoirs from people with mental illness
can provide insights for others. The Rules of the Tunnel:
My Brief Period of Madness by Ned
a journalist who faces
toughest assignment yet: profiling himself. Zeman recounts his struggle
clinical depression in this high- octane, brutally funny memoir about
disorders, memory, shock treatment therapy and the quest to get back to
of service members developing PTSD after military-related traumas is at
30 percent according to a U.S.
study. PTSD is
neither a localized nor a
temporary problem. When the War Never Ends: the Voices of Military
Members with PTSD and
their Families, compiled by Leah Wizelman, helps us to
psychological aftermath of war by listening to the warriors and those
Fletcher Wortmann wasn't diagnosed with
obsessive-compulsive disorder for many
years, despite the fact that he had been seeing a psychologist since he
six. Triggered: A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder chronicles
a young life perennially on the verge of emotional or physical
Wortmann notes, demands things that the world is unable to give--
certainty. Though meant to help anyone who suffers from mental illness,
chronicle is also intended for the rest of us, as it sheds illuminating
on an often misunderstood and quite mysterious condition.
|by Caroline Jordan Collection
May 5, 2012
Dream Big!, the 2012
summer reading program theme of many area
libraries, accurately describes the hopes, talents, lives, and loving
the characters in these new books for children.
In Thank You, Mr. Falker,
we met the
fifth-grade teacher who recognized Patricia Polacco’s dyslexia and got
help she needed to learn to read. In Polacco’s newest
picture book, The Art of Miss Chew,
we meet the art
teacher who introduced Polacco to the language of art. Polacco’s
teacher, Mr. Donovan, recognized her rare ability and arranged an
to Miss Chew, head of the high school art department who offered a
program for young artists twice a week. In addition to inspiring
artistic gifts, Miss Chew noticed that Polacco read negative space.
teachers understand why she couldn’t read quickly enough to pass tests
school and enabled Polacco get the help she needed to overcome her
This newest Polacco book underscores the importance of art programs in
schools. Polacco has become one of Michigan’s
favorite authors and illustrators of children’s books.
Amy Novesky explains what happened in 1939 when the Hawaiian Pineapple
invited Georgia O’Keeffe to Hawaii
and commissioned her to paint two pictures of pineapples. Georgia
indeed paint. However, instead of the company’s crop, Georgia
waterfalls and mountains, lava and feathered fishhooks, flowers and
These beautiful paintings were not what the Company wanted or accepted.
arriving home in New York City,
the Company mailed her a pineapple which she painted. Her Hawaiian
hung in a New
gallery and received much praise. Yuyi Morales drew from Georgia’s
Hawaiian paintings and
the body of her work to interpret Novesky’s text in lush and vibrant
Diego Rivera, one of the
most famous painters of the
twentieth century, was born in Mexico.
A scholarship provided Rivera the opportunity to study in Europe
where he learned about and experimented with both classical and modern
forms. After returning home, Rivera traveled throughout Mexico
exploring the ancient civilizations, art and architecture of his
painted large murals on walls in Mexico
that all the people of Mexico
could see them and learn about their culture, history and struggle for
independence. In Diego Rivera: His World
and Ours, Duncan Tonatiuh imagines what Rivera would paint
today, and in
illustrations inspired by Rivera, links appealing images of 21st
century life with his interpretations of Rivera’s famous paintings.
Jonah Winter shares the
story of his father's childhood in Born and
Bred in the Great Depression. The
family of ten lived next to the railroad tracks in East Texas, shared two beds,
went barefoot, survived tornadoes, and
listened to the stories of the hobos who journeyed through their town.
though Grandpa couldn't always find work, the family had a large garden
chickens and never went hungry. There were many joys: trips to the
watching passing trains, playing chess, and listening to Grandpa's
family never gave up; they worked hard, had more love than anything
survived the economic storm. Family photographs fill the end pages of
moving picture book.
The Great Depression is
the setting for Christopher Paul
Curtis' new novel The Mighty Miss Malone.
Darling Daughter Deza Malone is twelve and the smartest student in her
class in Gary,
Her family of four includes an older brother, Jimmie the Genuine,
Jumpin' Giant, whose great talent is singing. Unable to find work in Gary, Mr. Malone, the master of
alliteration, leaves his
family, planning to return to his hometown of Flint, Michigan
(Curtis' hometown), hoping to find work. The remaining Malones become
when the landlord rents their house and furniture to two other
Catastrophe, danger, resourcefulness and the goodness of many others
family's journey to "a place called Wonderful." Poverty is intensely
felt in images of Deza's rotten teeth and horrible breath which cause
Malone to turn his face away in shame because he cannot afford
care for his beloved daughter. Curtis weaves hardship, a great deal of
excellent characterization and a vivid sense of history in this well
Ivan is a gorilla who
lives at a circus-themed mall and
video arcade in Katherine Applegates's new novel, The
One and Only Ivan.
Ivan watches TV; is friends with Stella, an older elephant, and a small
dog, Bob; works for his boss, Mack; and loves to draw, especially
bananas which Mack sells in the gift shop. Mack incorporates a baby
named Ruby in their act hoping to increase business in the run-down
Ruby's presence and Stella's tragic death, however, remind Ivan of a
life, one of freedom and other gorillas. Ivan becomes determined to
better life for Ruby. To do so he must rely on his courage, finger
the help of the janitor and his daughter, Julia.
Dream Big! begins June
11. Visit us to find these books and
many others that may inspire your own big dreams.
|by Cathy Seblonka, Youth Services
April 28, 2012
One of the
popular categories of books at the Peter White Public Library is
cookbooks. The PWPL collection is a good
place to explore new cuisines, learn new techniques or find new twists
Most people love chocolate, but are
daunted by working with it in anything more than rudimentary
ways. William Curley’s Couture
Chocolate may just
inspire some experimentation. This Master Class in working
by a four time winner of the Academy of Chocolate’s
Best British Chocolatier fills his book with beautiful photographs and
understand recipes and techniques. Even
if you have never tried working with chocolate, this book makes you
you too can create beautiful and tasty treats.
As spring approaches, fresh
vegetables become more readily available.
The availability of new veggies will enhance the Chinese dishes
Everyday Easy Chinese by
Ching-He Huang or Easy
by Bee Yinn Low. Ching focuses on quick
and healthy versions of Chinese takeout favorites. Ching is a
Cooking Channel star and fuses
Chinese and Western cultures in her colorful cookbook. Bee
realized that her love of Chinese cuisine
did not suit a modern Western lifestyle.
Her recipes recreate Chinese
favorites using limited preparation time and ingredients found in local
Women of the South have a reputation
for preparing wonderful foods. At My
Grandmother’s Knee by Faye
compiles recipes handed down over the generations by Southern
cooks. Recipes for breakfast, jam, pickles, canning,
beverages, breads, rolls, biscuit, appetizers, soups, salads, sides,
dishes and desserts are all presented with a short history of where the
originated and a personal story. The
recipes will appeal to a wide range of cooks and those who love to eat.
Waters is a
simple guide to making beer, wine and cider at home. Scott
Mansfield has pulled together easy to
follow recipes for beverages using everyday materials. He
encourages the reader to use seasonal and
local ingredients whenever possible.
Molly Stevens has followed her book All About
Braising with a new
book All About
After consulting this comprehensive volume,
cooks will be able to roast beef, lamb, pork, poultry, fish, shellfish,
and vegetables. Over 200 recipes are
included in this educational manual.
Margaeret M. Furtado is a leading
expert in dietary issues related to weigh-loss surgery. Her new book Recipes for
Life After Weight-Loss Surgery,
Delicious Dishes for Nourishing the New You, is a
perfect guide for anyone
who needs to maintain healthy eating habits and get the right nutrition
weight loss surgery. Each recipe
includes an extensive nutritional analysis and notes about other
cuisine can be intimidating
but Debra Samuels has collected a variety of homestyle dishes that are
prepare for this cookbook. My Japanese
favorites and lesser known dishes that are delicious and easy to
prepare. All of the recipes include a story about the
dish, cooking tips and colorful photos.
If you have wanted to try Japanese cooking, this is a wonderful way to
Japanese Grill by Tadashi
Ono and Harris Salat instructs the reader on
preparation of classic Japanese yakitori, steak, seafood and
vegetables. Grill prepared yakitori, poultry, fish,
seafood, meat, vegetables, side dishes and yaki onigiri are
included. The book also lists sources for grilling
equipment and Japanese ingredients. The
home grill aficionado can use this book to expand his repertoire.
Eugenia Bone grew up in an Italian
home with a father who canned everything from tuna to olives uses her
to write Well-Preserved:
Techniques for Putting Up Small Batches of Seasonal Foods.
Bone paves the way for busy people with
limited time and space who would like to save some of
nature’s bounty. She covers traditional
methods-water bath and
pressure cooker, but also shares simpler methods that allow for
foods in smaller batches, using low-tech options like oil preserving,
and freezing. Bone details all of these
techniques with the main goal of assuring that all foods are preserved
stable and safe manner. She gives The
book also offers recipes and ideas for using the prepared
foods. Chapters in this book include fruits,
vegetables, beans, nuts, fungi, meat, poultry and fish.
and Cheesy by
Clifford A. Wright contains over 250 recipes from around the
world that are topped, stuffed or sprinkled with cheese. No
category of food is overlooked and this
cookbook will give you a new appreciation of the many ways cheese can
be used. An
exploration of food through the PWPL new book shelves can provide new
|by Pam Christensen, Library
April 21, 2012
|Author Marissa Moss
Marissa Moss is the queen
of journaling, having created
five children’s book series that are written from a first
person narrative in
the form of a diary, notebook, or journal, along with a fair amount of
second claim to fame is in the area of
historical fiction, writing about courageous, but lesser known, females
For upper elementary
readers, Amelia’s Notebook
and all the notebooks that follow are old
creative journals are hand
written on lined notebook paper with colored drawings to completely
story as Amelia experiences it from the fifth grade all the way through
journals have catchy titles
such as, Amelia’s Most
Embarrassing Moments and Amelia’s
Are-We-There-Yet Longest Ever Car Trip.
If your local library doesn’t have
one of the 27 titles, feel free to ask
for interlibrary loan.
Her newest series for the
elementary audience is “Daphne’s
Diary of Daily Disasters” from 2011. Daphne
begins her series on the first day of fourth grade when the teacher
chaos by mispronouncing her name. She chronicles the classroom
activities and scholastic
challenges in her diary, a pink paged collection of notes and drawings
convey Daphne’s point of view perfectly.
The first two books are titled, The
Name Game and The Vampire Dare.
Disaster” series includes two new titles, Alien
Eraser Unravels the Mystery of the
Pyramids and Alien Eraser Reveals
Secret of Evolution. The
is written for ages 8-12, but the numerous illustrations may encourage
readers to give them a try. Both
cover their topics scientifically and humorously, and still manage to
mysteries at hand.
Moss has also written a
series of journals about girls from different
periods of time, such as Rachel’s
Journal: The Story of a Pioneer Girl.
Rachel records her tale in cursive writing on
yellowed paper from 150
years ago as she and her family journey from Illinois
while dealing with Indians, the weather, and survival. Three more books
complete this series.
newest book, Nurse, Soldier, Spy, Moss
unlikely story of Sarah Edmonds, a patriotic young woman who disguised
as Frank Thompson in order to join the Michigan Volunteer Infantry and
the Civil War. She served as a battlefield nurse for the Union Army and
as a spy. The illustrations of John Hendrix add a little humor to a
serious story with his caricature style of drawing people, as well as
historical information tucked into the background. Other historical
titles are: Mighty Jackie the Strike-out Queen, Sky High,
and The Bravest Woman in America.
Marissa Moss will be
featured at the
Young Authors conference the second week of May, with a special
appearance at the Peter White Public Library on Tuesday, May 8th at
6:30 pm. The event is open to the public.
|by Lynette Suckow, Website
& Outreach Services
April 14, 2012
My daughter is already in
the final weeks of kindergarten
and celebrating her sixth birthday this weekend.
It wasn’t that long ago I was
reading her the
same books over and over again. Now,
thanks in part to her wonderful teachers at Superior Hills Elementary
Christopher’s Day School, she is reading those books to me. Here are some
for the young reader in all of us.
The Junie B. Jones
Collection by Barbara Park – Although she
is not new to the PWPL shelves, Junie B. is a timeless wonder for young
who are proud to read chapter books.
Favorites include Junie
and the Stupid, Smelly Bus and Junie
B. Jones and That Meanie Jim’s Birthday.
Little Pig Robinson
by Beatrix Potter – A classic by an icon, Little Pig Robinson
is a tiny book
that fits just so in small hands.
a young readers appreciate the “older” reader feel
of this tale.
High Dive and Other
Things That Could Have Happened by Bill Harley –
The master storyteller
delighted audiences at Forest Roberts last February with his latest
release. The title
track will have the
whole family in stitches.
Many Toys by
David Shannon – Ahh, toy purging—the age-old
argument that could be an Olympic
sport by 2018. Spencer’s
mom takes on
her son in this tale of negotiation and strategy.
The familiar twist at the end is the cherry
on top of this smart story.
Dr. Suess – Suess’ books are wonderful for early
readers to master as they learn
to sound out words and read aloud.
is one they’ll love to
go back to again and again.
for Very Picky
Eaters by Josh Schneider – This book is another
easy chapter book both
children and their parents will appreciate.
Bright illustrations highlight the stories and
a quiz is included to
find out if the reader is, in fact, a picky eater.
Benjamin and Tulip
by Rosemary Wells – This author is better known for her
characters Max and
Ruby, but Benjamin and Tulip are characters all of their own. Tulip is a bit of a bully
and Max has to
figure out how to deal with her (a watermelon is involved).
Steltenpohl, Development Director
April 7, 2012
The Peter White Public
Library offers these new movie
My Week with Marilyn
directed by Simon Curtis
British biographical film directed by Simon Curtis
and written by Adrian Hodges focuses on the week that aspiring
Clark (Eddie Redmayne) spent escorting Marilyn Monroe (Michelle
around London while filming The Prince
and the Showgirl. The
adapted from the memoirs The Prince, the
Showgirl, and Me and My Week with
Marilyn, both written by Clark documenting his time on the
set of the 1957
Monroe’s new husband, the
famous playwright Arthur Miller (Dougray Scott), leaves England, the
set for Clark to show Monroe the pleasures of everyday British life; an
week in which he provides the means for Monroe to escape the pressures
the most famous woman in the world.
Williams gives a stellar performance as the
blond bombshell, portraying
her charisma and vulnerability while providing a small glimpse into the
the movie star who became a legend.
directed by Mike Cahill
Water for Elephants
directed by Francis Lawrence
American science fiction drama follows the story
of two strangers whose paths cross as the result of a tragic accident. After learning of her
acceptance to MIT, 17
year-old Rhoda Williams (Brit Marling) celebrates the news with friends
to drive home while intoxicated. During
the drive she hears a news report on the radio about a planet that has
discovered in the solar system that is a duplicate of Earth. The shocking news
distracts Rhoda as she
drives right into a vehicle that is stopped at an intersection, killing
wife and son of composer John Burroughs (William Mathoper) and putting
him in a
coma. After serving
time for her the
accident she caused, Rhoda attempts to contact John to let him know she
reason his family is dead but loses her nerve and pretends to be a maid
starts working for him. The
of their growing relationship are only furthered after Rhoda wins an
visit the mirror Earth.
American romantic drama is based on the
best-selling historical novel by Sara Gruen, screenplay written by
LaGravenese. The film begins in the present day at a circus where an
man is found after being separated from his nursing home group. Most of
film takes place in a flashback as the man tells the story of the most
circus disaster ever, for which he was present.
After suddenly becoming orphaned and
penniless, Jacob Jankowski (Robert
Pattinson) jumps onto a passing train and enters a world of freaks,
and misfits; a second-rate circus struggling to survive during the
Depression, making one-night stands in town after town. A veterinary
who almost earned his degree, Jacob is put in charge of caring for the
menagerie. It is there that he meets Marlena (Reese Witherspoon), the
young star of the equestrian act, who is married to August (Christoph
the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. Water
for Elephants is illuminated by a wonderful sense of time and
tells a story of a love between two people that overcomes incredible
odds in a
world in which even love is a luxury that few can afford.
directed by Love Scherfig
British drama is a coming-of-age tale based on an
autobiographical article by British journalist Lynn Barber.
The film takes place in
1960’s London and
centers of the relationship between 16 year-old Jenny Mellor (Carey
and a charming Jewish conman named David Goldman (Peter Sarsgaard).
David, who is twice as old
as Jenny, begins
to pursue the bright Oxford-bound young lady romantically and is able
her family into approving of their relationship.
After Jenny enters Oxford, secrets in
life come to the surface and Jenny is faced with decisions she is
make at such a young age.
frantically try to keep the world she has worked for from crumbling
Captain America: The First
Avenger directed by Joe Johnston
American superhero film is based on the Marvel
Comics character Captain America.
during World War II the film follows a sickly New York man named Steve
(Chris Evans) as he tries to serve in the US military after numerous
rejections. The US
is embroiled in the
war against the Nazi’s and Steve is determined to do his part. He finally gets his chance
after Dr. Abraham
Erskine (StanelyTucci) recruits Rogers for the secret Project Rebirth
transforms his formerly weak and frail body into that of a
it is up to Captain America to stop the
Germans in their quest for world domination.
|by Dominic Davis, Administrative
March 31, 2012
Slaves: American POWs Trapped by the Nazis’
Final Gamble by Roger Cohen.
1945, 350 American POWs captured earlier at the Battle
of the Bulge or elsewhere in Europe
singled out by the Nazi’s because they were Jews or were
thought to resemble
Jews. They were
transported in cattle
cars to Berga, a concentration camp in eastern Germany,
and put to work as slave
laborers, mining tunnels for a planned underground synthetic fuel
was the only incident of its kind during World War II.
brutalized, the GI’s were denied their rights as prisoners of
war. Their ordeal
culminated in a death march that was halted by liberation near the
percent of these
soldiers-more than seventy of them-perished.
After the war, Berga was virtually forgotten,
partly because it fell
under Soviet domination and partly because America’s
cold war priorities
quickly changed. The experience of these Americans was buried.
Now for the
first time, their story is told in all its blistering detail. This is the story of hell
in a small place
over a period of ten weeks, at a time when Hitler’s Reich was
crumbling but its
killing machine still churned. It
tale of madness and heroism, and of the failure to deliver justice for
Nazis did to these Americans.
uncovers exactly why the U.S. Government did not aggressively prosecute
commandants of Berga, why recognition for the POWs and their harsh
the postwar years and why it took decades for them to receive
is an intimate, intensely dramatic story of war and of a largely
of the Holocaust.
In the Mouth of
the Cat: the story of Lance Sijan, Hero
of Vietnam by Malcolm McConnell.
Few of the
heroes of the Vietnam war are known to the nation they served. This book tells the
astonishing story of a
young Air Force pilot named Lance Sijan whose valor, dedication to
indomitable spirit were tested under the most extreme conditions.
night of November 9, 1967 Sijan was ejected from his crippled
into the steep jungle mountains of Laos. Although disabled by
terrible injuries, he
evaded capture by enemy patrols and dragged himself through the savage
for an incredible six weeks, until capture on Christmas day.
holding camp, he overpowered his guard and escaped, again pulling his
devastated body through the wilderness.
During interrogation following his recapture,
he was tortured but
divulged no military information.
died two weeks later in Hanoi.
his gallant struggle galvanized other American prisoners to resist
brain washing. In
1976, Sijan was
posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
His fellow officer, Colonel Glen Nordin, said
of this book “It is the Ernest true
story, not only of the Vietnam
era, but its message is equal to the finest epic, heroic literature of
War II, World War I and the Civil War.”
Shangri-la by Irwin Allen.
story of survival, adventure and the most incredible rescue mission of
War II. On May 13, 1945, twenty-four American servicemen and WACs
transport plane for a sightseeing trip over Shangri-la, a beautiful and
mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New
Unlike the peaceful Tibetan monks of James Hilton’s
best-selling novel, Lost Horizon, this Shangri-la was home to
tribesmen. Warriors rumored to be cannibals. But the pleasure tour
unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed.
three passengers pulled through. Margaret Hastings was barefoot and
Humorous and, at times, dangerous misunderstandings arose between the
and the indigenous people during the 46-day ordeal in the jungle.
three waited for help, they faced death from untreated injuries and
local tribesmen who had never seen white people before and believed
them to be
dangerous spirits. Even after a company of paratroopers arrived, the
still faced a dangerous escape from the valley due to high elevations,
jungle and being surrounded by mountains. Their extraction was a unique
cleverly engineered plan to get them home safely.
No Regrets: a
rock ‘n’ roll memoir by Ace Frehley.
the makeup, the madness and more! In December of 1972, a pair of
placed an advertisement in the Village
Voice “Guitarist wanted with Flash! and
ability.” Ace Frehley figured he
had both, so he answered the ad. The rest is rock
‘n’ roll history.
He was just
a boy from the Bronx
with stars in his eyes.
But when he picked up his guitar and painted stars on his face, Ace
transformed into “The Spaceman” and helped KISS
become one of the top-selling bands
in the world. Now for the first time,
the beloved rock icon reveals his side of the story.
by Steve Hamilton.
atmosphere continues to add to the riches of Steve Hamilton’s
again excels at linking his traditional private detective novels with
plots. A tender love story and a rude awakening of the past form the
heart of Ice
Run. It turns on edge-of-the seat psychological suspense that
has honed to
will be making a visit to
the eastern Upper Peninsula
in June; watch for
dates of his appearances.
|by Stan Peterson, Maintenance
March 24, 2012
Memoir is a genre that
has seen a lot of growth lately.
Understanding another’s personal
us see common threads of experience, and the best memoirs also contain
story. The Peter
White Public Library
has a large collection of memoirs.
of the newest additions to this collection are:
years after he married the love of his life, David
Finch learned that that he has Asperger syndrome. The diagnosis
David’s ever-growing list of quirks and compulsions, his
lifelong propensity to
quack and otherwise melt down in social exchanges, and his
inflexibility. Determined to change, David sets out to understand
and learn to be a better husband.
transformed himself over the course of two years from the
world’s most trying
husband to the husband who tries the hardest. His
efforts lead him to create The
Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage and Asperger Syndrome,
and One Man's Quest to Be a Better Husband.
To everyone else, John
F. Kennedy Jr. may have been American royalty, but to RoseMarie
Terenzio he was an entitled nuisance—and she wasn’t
afraid to let him know it.
RoseMarie was his personal assistant, his publicist, and one of his
confidantes during the last five years of his life. In Fairy tale interrupted : A Memoir
of Life, Love, and Loss, she recounts the unlikely
a blue-collar girl from the Bronx
Growing up in a family of
political journalists—and daughter
of President Reagan’s White House social
secretary—Alexandra Wentworth rebelled
against her blue-blood upbringing, embracing Hollywood,
motorcycles, even a few wildly
inappropriate marriage proposals. Today she is an acclaimed comedic
writer, and wife of political and media star George Stephanopoulos.
she’s settled down, her rebellious nature thrives in her
comedy and her view of
her crazy world, as told in her memoir, Ali in Wonderland
and other tall tales
In the Fall of 1980, Gil
Scott-Heron was invited by Stevie
Wonder to join him on a forty-one city tour across America
that would end in Washington
on January 15, 1981. The purpose of this tour was to raise popular
the creation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a national holiday that
honor the great civil rights leader. This holiday became official in
Scott-Heron uses this history-making tour as the backbone of his
Chris Herren was the last, best hope for a career beyond the shuttered
and factories of his hometown in Durfee, Massachsettes. In high school Herren was
heavily recruited by
major universities and
Sports Illustrated. In college, Herren starred on the Fresno State Bulldogs. His gritty, tattooed,
hip-hop persona drew
the ire of rival fans and more national attention: Rolling Stone
60 Minutes interviewed him, and the Denver Nuggets drafted him. When
Celtics acquired his contract, he lived the dream—but off the
court Herren was
secretly crumbling, as his alcohol and drug use escalated and his life
out of control. In Basketball Junkie,
Chris Herren tells how he nearly lost everything and everyone he loved,
he found a way back to life.
Mikey Walsh was born into
a Romany Gypsy family. They live
in a secluded community, and little is known about their way of life.
centuries of persecution, Gypsies are wary of outsiders. Growing up, Mikey
didn’t go to school and the
caravan became his world. It was a rich and unusual upbringing, but
Mikey inherited a vibrant and loyal culture, his family’s
bittersweet. Eventually Mikey was forced to make an agonizing
and keep secrets, or escape and find somewhere to belong. Gypsy Boy shows
what life is really like
among the Romany Gypsies.
with a congenital heart defect that required surgery
when he was a baby, Damon Weber lives a big life with spirit and
that have always been a source of pride to his parents, Doron and
when Damon is diagnosed with a new illness as a teenager, his
coming-of-age tale turns into a darker and more dramatic quest: his
race against time and a flawed heath care system.
Immortal Bird: A Family Memoir, Doron Weber gives his
account of his family’s experiences with the of modern
medicine and the
redemptive power of art. “Bird
Cloud” is the name Annie Proulx gave to 640 acres of Wyoming wetlands and prairie and
cliffs overlooking the North Platte
River. On the day she first visited, a cloud
in the shape of a bird hung in the evening sky.
She fell in love with the land, then owned by
the Nature Conservancy,
and she knew what she wanted to build on it—a house in
harmony with her work,
her appetites and her character, a library surrounded by bedrooms and a
kitchen. Proulx’s first work of nonfiction in more
than twenty years,
Bird Cloud is the story of designing and constructing that house. It is
natural history and archaeology of the region.
a Dancer : A Memoir, Jacques d’Amboise, one of America’s
most celebrated classical dancers, and former principal dancer with the
York City Ballet for more than three decades, tells the extraordinary
his life in dance, and of America’s
most renowned and admired dance companies. He writes of his classical
beginning at the age of eight at The School of American Ballet. At
was asked to perform with Ballet Society; three years later he joined
York City Ballet and made his European debut at London’s
|by Ellen Moore, Reference Desk
March 17, 2012
|A Bit of the Irish
Peter White Public Library you can find several new books that mix a
Irish luck with the kiss of the Blarney Stone. The first is Katie
Letters, which tells the story of bookstore clerk
Laura Horsley. At a
book signing she’s organized for author Damien Stubbs, Laura
colorful publicist, Elenora Huckleby, who challenges her to plan a
festival. The key
to the festival’s
success will be to get reclusive Irish author Dermott Flynn to attend
event, a feat that makes Laura grow romantically and professionally.
sweetly written romance is a story Nora Ephron fans will also likely
to Fforde’s book, Faefever
Marie Moning is a dark and
forbidding urban fantasy. In this companion book to Bloodfever, MacKayla Lane
revenge for her sister’s murder while being compelled to hunt
for relics by two
powerful adversaries: V’Lane, a death-by-sex Fae, and Jericho
Barrons, owner of
Barrons Books and Baubles. The Dublin
neighborhood surrounding BB&B is a Dark Zone filled with
endanger MacKayla as she searches for the Sinsar
Dubh, a black magic book that is more than a million years
old. Plenty of
unresolved plot twists ensure
another book will follow Karen Marie Moning’s latest
installment in the Fever
Maeve Binchy chooses a very different sort of Dublin
neighborhood as the setting for her
arrival of Cousin Emily coincides with the news that 30-year-old Noel
become a single father. Guided by Emily’s wisdom, Noel sobers
up, moves out of
his parents’ home, signs up for business classes, and takes
responsibility of raising little Frances
with the help of friends
and family. Only
social worker Moira
seems to have doubts about the permanence of Noel’s
transformation. In Minding Frankie,
populates the fictional neighborhood of St. Jarlath’s
Crescent with many
beloved characters from previous novels, a fact her fans are sure to
Light by Joseph O’Connor offers a
fictional account of the real-life
love story between Irish playwright John Synge and actress Molly
his book O’Connor follows the couple’s tumultuous
relationship by switching
between Edwardian Dublin when 18-year-old Molly meets J. M. Synge at
Abbey Theater and a day in her later life in 1950’s London
where we encounter
Molly alone, alcoholic and destitute.
Joseph O’Connor’s writing
style provides insightful clues into Molly’s
often unreliable and erratic narration of her life’s story.
The novel Ellis Island by
Kate Kerrigan tells the tale of
Ellie Flaherty and John Hogan who fall in love when she is 8 and he is
10. At age 18 Ellie
forsakes a religious calling
for life as John’s wife on a ramshackle farm in rural Ireland.
When John follows his
conscience to fight for the IRA and is wounded, Ellie decides she must
go to America
to earn the money needed for an operation to repair his shattered hip.
settled in New York
and working as a typist,
Ellie attracts the attention of a wealthy gentleman named Charles
forces her to choose between an impoverished life in Ireland
with the husband she loves or the freedom and comfort of life in America.
Delaney’s book Venetia
Kelly’s Traveling Show follows the
travels of Ben
McCarthy who is searching for a father who has abandoned the farm to
traveling theater troupe. Ben finds the troupe but falls in love with
actress who has seduced his father, a young actress named Venetia Kelly. Her father is a political
King Kelly who proceeds to steal the McCarthy’s farm, set a
political mob on
them, and destroy the troupe. In
process King Kelly ends up losing the love of his life.
Frank Delaney’s book Venetia Kelly’s Traveling Show
is a rollicking mix of theater and politics that will appeal to a wide
|by Lisa Shirtz, Reference Desk
March 10, 2012
|Newest in Fiction
New fiction carries the promise of
reading pleasure, and the Peter White Public Library has no end to the
offerings appearing on the new book kiosks.
Motor City Shakedown
latest book by D.E. Johnson. This mystery set during the fledgling days
Detroit’s automobile industry. This
received a Michigan Notable Book Award, and with Johnson’s
first book, The Detroit Electric Scheme,
compelling history of Detroit in the 1910s.
set in Scandinavia are extremely popular and author John Ajvide
attracted legions of followers. He
been called Sweden’s answer to Stephen King.
In Harbor Lindqvist
story of the mysterious disappearance of six year old Maja on a lonely
set in the middle of a frozen channel. Her father Anders is a broken
finally musters the strength to investigate the mystery, only to find
mysterious and deadly events centered on the island.
Century’s Best Horror Fiction
edited by John Pelan offers 700 pages of reading by well known authors. Each year from 1901 to
1950 is represented by
the best horror story published that year.
Only one selection from each author and only
one selection per year were
Bradbury, Shirley Jackson,
H.G. Wells, H.P. Lovecraft, August Derleth and Rosalie Muspratt are
of the authors included in this comprehensive look at horror fiction.
dusty corner of a basement in a rambling Victorian house in upstate New
Hampshire, new homeowners Chip and Emily find a cellar door sealed shut
six inch long carriage bolts. What
the symbolism and why is the community so mysterious.
Chip is trying to recover from the guilt he
feels from his deadly emergency landing of flight 1611.
He was at the controls when the plane was
forced to land in icy Lake Champlain.
Unfortunately, 39 passengers lost their lives,
and his plan to escape to
the quiet village and rebuild his life goes awry when he and Emily
about the creepy community they have selected.
The Night Strangers
Bohjalian proves that not all demons are alive.
Rotenberg has become famous for his suspenseful legal thrillers. High-profile divorce
attorney Terrance Wyler
wakes to find his latest trial transformed from a divorce trial to a
open-and-shut case spins out
of control becoming a complex case full of spite and uncertainty. The
Guilty Plea races straight to an unpredictable conclusion. Readers who enjoy this
type of book may want
to begin with Rotenberg’s previous offering, Old
Darkness, My Old
Friend by Lisa Unger
builds on the characters from her earlier book Fragile. Set in the
fictional Hollows, this novel reprises the interworking of police
Cooper and psychic Eloise Montgomery.
Mysteries converge as Michael Holt returns to
investigate the mysterious
disappearance of his mother many years ago.
Combined with the unpredictable actions of 15
year old Willow Graves,
the novel is the riveting story of lives set on a collision course.
Flowers is one of the hottest new detectives on the mystery scene. The brainchild of
Minnesota author John
Sandford, writer of the successful Prey novels, Flowers is tough,
and gritty. He is
smart and sexy with a
wicked sense of humor. Set
Minneapolis, the latest novel, Shock
Wave, details a ground war against one of the
nation’s largest big box
is trying to end the
expansion of the too-big retail giant with deadly results.
written by Tom Rob Smith was
an immediate publishing sensation.
was named one of the 100 thrillers of all time by NPR, hit bestseller
around the world and won numerous awards.
Smith is back with Agent
6. Set in
New York City, the story centers on
the wife and daughter of notorious Moscow Secret Police officer Leo
Demidov. Demidov is
forced to watch from
Russia as his family is torn apart and destroyed.
He takes matters into his own hands, spending
years to discover the truth-held by Agent 6.
and other new fiction offerings await readers at the Peter White Public
|by Pamela Christensen, Library
March 3, 2012
The Peter White Public
Library offers these new adult
of '68: the
season that changed baseball and America
forever by Tim Wendel
By 1968 the country was experiencing cultural and political
upheaval. Baseball provided a retreat from the chaos, a sense of
Pitchers were setting new standards of excellence, as the fabric of the
was being stretched, and in some cases torn apart. The season ended
Detroit Tigers taking the championship, helping to bring joy to the
New Adult Non-Fiction 796.357 WE
of fortune: how Venice ruled
by Roger Crowley
hazards: avoiding trouble in the backcountry by Dave Anderson
Written by the best-selling author of Empires of the Sea.
From the beginning of the 1200s to the end of the 1400s, Venice
was the biggest naval power on the Mediterranean.
The city catapulted itself to wealth, and became one of the most
on Earth. Chronicles the trade, diplomacy, and the might that led to
New Adult Non-Fiction 945.311 CR
Published by Backpacker Magazine. Essential topics for
outdoor survival are individually addressed. Covers animals, insects,
planning, terrain, river crossings, avalanches, hypothermia, and
New Adult Non-Fiction 796.51 AN
champion: Snowman, the horse that inspired a nation by
When Dutch immigrant Harry de Leyer first saw the plow horse
he would later name Snowman, the animal was on a truck to the
He saw something special in the horse and paid $80 to give him a
Snowman turned out to have a knack for jumping. Eventually, Harry and
ended up on the show-jump circuit competing against thoroughbreds.
New Adult Non-Fiction 798.25 LE
forgotten quest to live and work on the ocean floor by Ben
Before NASA had the Spacelab, the US Navy built Sealabs I,
II, and III. Beginning in 1964, these undersea stations were designed
the limits of diving technology and living underwater. The methods
the Sealab program are still in use today by workers on commercial oil
and Navy divers.
New Adult Non-Fiction 551.46 HE
Gypsy boy: my life in
the secret world of the Romany Gypsies by Mikey Walsh
A #1 best seller in Great
Britain, this is the story of Mikey Walsh
(pen name) who
was born into a Romany Gypsy family in England.
Walsh brings the secluded
world of the gypsy to life with an account of his childhood and
decision to leave the community.
New Adult Non-Fiction 921 Walsh
|by Bruce MacDonald, Circulation
February 25, 2012
actress, activist and fitness guru, Jane Fonda, has written a
guide for living out the third act of your life in “Prime
researched and filled with colorful
examples from her own life story, Fonda seeks to give helpful tips for
life to the fullest. From diet and exercise, to love and
friendships, to sage
tips for estate planning, Jane offers up guidelines for action. Even though the book
contains quite a bit of
technical information, it is authored in an easily read and absorbing
style. Jane brings
in stories from her
travels across the world stage and her interactions with people of many
cultures and socio-economic groups.
ends the book with appendix’s containing exercises beneficial
for the mature
age group and nutrition tips and guidelines.
You’ll find this book in our
Klassen has come out with another winner in the Victorian Christian
Maid of Fairbourne
Hall” is on our new fiction shelves and can easily entice you
to while away a
pleasant evening reading. Our
Margaret Macy, is forced to disguise herself as a servant girl and seek
employment as such to escape the advances of her
step-father’s nephew, who is
after her fortune. Complications
when she is hired by a former suitor who still harbors affection for
her. Descriptions of the customs and manners of
the time are
authentic and fascinating. Will
a happy ending for all? Will
learn a thing or two about the lower classes’ plight?
Do her prayers for safety
and favor get
answered? Read on
wouldn’t enjoy reading an update on former “Brady
Bunch Mom”, Florence
Henderson? Any fan
of the television series,
grew to admire the calm and serenity that Florence
dished out every week in her role as Brady matriarch.
In her new memoir, “Life is not a
Broadway Baby to a Lovely Lady and Beyond, Florence dishes
on her career as an actress
and singer. Life
did not start out as a
fairytale for Florence. She was one of 10 children
with an alcoholic
father and a mother who left the home when Florence was 12. Her father was a poor
tobacco farmer and
living conditions were quite humble.
with a love and talent for music and acting, and with the help of some
friends and sponsors, she attained her dream of study in New York at the American
of Dramatic Arts. After only a year of
study, her career
on-stage took off, and Florence
was working with such names as Rodgers & Hammerstein, Ricardo
Noel Coward. Besides
Broadway fame, Florence
was one of the
first Today Show girls and loved the quickness and spontaneity of doing
television. Married twice and the mother of four children, Florence
faith and career by exercising discipline, hard work and an optimistic
Henderson is honest and
open about her mistakes and shortcomings and it is a refreshing read
dedicated artist. She writes with great respect for the
various mentors in her
life and is able to see the life lessons she went through in a positive
find this book in our new
If you like
to read adventure stories, this next book selection is for you! “The
Ledge” by Jim Davidson and Kevin
Vaughan details the friendship and climbing escapades of two buddies, Jim Davidson
and the late Mike
partners, they attempted a climb atop Washington’s
Mount Ranier in
June of 1992. Even
though the partners took all the right
precautions, a bit of bad luck resulted in a fall that would end the
Mike and force Jim to have to exert every ounce of strength and
escape the same fate. This
is an amazing
story of coolness under the greatest pressure and stress imaginable. It’s so
gripping, you’ll probably want to
finish reading the book in one day!
commentary on our times and a positive look to the future is provided
David Jeremiah in “I Never Thought I’d See the
Day!”, culture at the
crossroads. This is
a new non-fiction
title written by the radio and television teacher, pastor and #1 New
bestselling author. Bringing
events, quotes from well-known individuals, Scripture, and personal
Dr. Jeremiah has some astute warnings and admonitions for our
Topics include: “When
the Church Would be Irrelevant”, “When Morality
Would be in Free Fall”, and
“When Marriage would be Obsolete”.
author’s writing style is very engaging and his talking
points are well
supported. This is
an eye-opening book
and one well worth perusing.
|by Shelley Janofski,
Interlibrary Loan Coordinator
February 18, 2012
|Great Books for Grades 6-8
Along with the recently announced Newberry,
various other national award winning books, the Great Lakes Great Books
for 2012 was recently released by the Michigan Reading Association. The
which includes books for kindergarten through high school students
selection of fiction and non-fiction. Schools across Michigan
are asked to vote on their
favorites from each grade category. The books for Grades 6-8 include
fiction, but offer a variety of genres. The
Other Half of My Heart by Sundee Frazier and Belly
Up by Stuart Gibbs round out the list of eight books. Here
are the other six:Arguably
the best young adult literature written in 2011, Wildwood
by Colin Meloy, takes readers
to a fanciful secret land where humans, animals and other creatures
but not peaceably. Prue McKeel forges into this world outside of Portland,
"Impassable Wilderness" on the map, in search of her baby brother,
by a murder of crows. The crows, along with the wolves in Wildwood
answer to an
evil queen, who has plans to disrupt order in the land. Tensions are
the creature groups as power-hungry politicians stage a forcible
the governing body. As Prue and her classmate Curtis strive to save
brother they become entangled in the conflict in a land where the trees
grass speak, if one is quiet enough to listen. The illustrations by
Ellis fit beautifully with the story that readers won't want to put
Thirteen year old Conor
O’Malley faces a monster every night
at 12:07…. a monster of death. A
Calls by Patrick Ness takes readers into the psyche of a
teen boy in England
internalizes his grief and comes to grips with his mother’s
cancer and her
impending death. Conor, who’s bullied at school, feels alone
in his situation,
with a father across the pond in America
and a grandmother he
seriously dislikes. The yew tree in his backyard transforms into a
every night and tells him stories. Conor prays the tree can heal his
realizing the tree is there to help him as he deals with his anger and
over wishing the situation would just end.
Shooting Kabul by
N.H. Senzai provides an excellent portrait of an American Muslim family
days before and after September 11th. Fadi and his family flee Afghanistan
when the Taliban demand his father become the ambassador to the United
When the family jumps on a moving truck to escape the country,
sister Mariam accidentally lets go of Fadi's hand and is left in Afghanistan. The family does their best
to coordinate a
search from San
where they seek asylum just before the terrorist attacks of 9-11. Fadi
photography contest hoping to win the grand prize, a trip to India!
to use the opportunity to hop the border and find his lost sister. The
gives a child’s perspective on how difficult it was to be
Muslim after the fall
of the twin towers, with people calling Fadi a terrorist. He also
with shame and guilt, believing that Mariam's predicament is his fault.
surprise ending will bring a tear to your eye.
With a new year of junior
high school underway Doug
Swieteck, the protagonist in Okay for
Now by Gary Schmidt, quickly finds himself on the wrong side
principal and the gym teacher at his school, as well as his
Swieteck, (the rough kid) from Schmidt's Newberry Honor book "The
Wednesday Wars", struggles to find his place both in school and in the
town to which he just moved. He finds friends at the city library,
becomes enraptured by John James Audubon’s Birds
Swieteck sets out on a mission to save the book
which the city council plans
to sell piecemeal to balance the town's budget. While finding his
Swieteck helps his family find theirs by helping one brother who is
robbery and another brother recovering from the amputation of his legs,
during his service in the Vietnam War. This heartwarming story offers a
into how one boy copes with a less than ideal family and school
When two 14-year-old
dumpsite boys in Trash by Andy
Mulligan, find a wallet with 1,100 pesos, the equivalent
of $82 US Dollars, they feel rich as kings. But when police show up at
trash heap, connecting the wallet to a murder, the boys keep the wallet
secret, deciding to solve the mystery on their own. That decision could
them their lives, as they start to piece together the crime, connected
country's corrupt Vice President. Accused at one time of stealing $30
in international aid intended for hospitals and schools, the powerful
politician wants the boys silenced. This page turner gives a vivid
the grit and determination it takes to survive as a street kid in a
by Maile Meloy, Janie Scott and her parents quickly move from Los Angeles to London,
in 1952 when her parents are suspected of having communist sympathies.
the all-American teenager, considers London
jolt of gray compared to the colorful world she left in California.
But adventure beckons when her
new friend Ben's fathers disappears when thugs break into his
and Ben embark on a journey to protect
the Pharmacopoeia, a book Ben's father entrusted to him. They soon
Ben's father, an apothecary, mixes more than just cold remedies. Now
it's up to
them to help a team of "gifted" scientists mix a remedy to stop
nuclear explosions from spreading. They'll have to hurry because
appear around every corner, intending to steal the book and harm the
This fast-packed magical adventure is well worth the read and a great
young adult novel by Meloy.
|by Jeni Kilpela, Youth Services
February 4, 2012
|Newest in Fantasy
combination of magic and the real world can be frightening, humorous,
and deadly. Along with real and new worlds, old and imagined creatures,
stories force the characters to act.
Magicians by Lev
Grossman is the story of an angst-ridden young man named Quentin who
wants something more. He is left miserable because the harshness of the
world. Until one unexpected day, he's accepted into a magic school. He
to live and breath magic and what it's like to cast spells in any kind
circumstance. Though it's not quite what he expected, he get's a
he discovers the magical land, Fillory, of his favorite childhood books
actually real. Grossman creates a new realm of magical storytelling and
compelling characters as well. Even though they can be immature, they
learning to become who they are meant to be.
Magician King by Lev
Grossman picks up two years after The Magicians. It
seems Quentin finds
himself wanting adventure yet again and does so. This time he travels
seas of Fillory and is joined by his childhood friend, Julia. Her story
and how there can be darker ways to a magical education. Gritty and
new quest proves that life is always an adventure and sometimes it
easy to get through.
be said for The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. The extraordinary black
and white themed
circus appears unexpectedly at night. It is beautiful, magical, and
much like the writing style. Two magicians, Celia and Marco, are set
one another in a game they don't fully understand but participate in
is a story that spans years and even though they are competitors, the
themselves in love. Everyone involved in the circus are weaved into the
connecting people from many places. It is bewitching and poetic and the
in the circus is also in the hearts of the characters.
Calls by Patrick
Ness is about a boy named Conor who has a mother with cancer. The story
features monsters real and imagined and Conor has nightmares about
monster of legend visits him and tells him he wants his truth. However,
is only haunted by him and only causes more trouble. The monster spins
tales, questions of what is good and what is evil. This fantastical
presence helps Conor deal with real world troubles even if they can be
and sad. The illustrations by Jim Kay are haunting and add to this
tale of real life issues.
Radleys by Matt Haig
is about an ordinary family. They have their own problems and don't
along with one another, especially at dinner.
Mr. and Mrs. Radley have neglected to tell
their children they are
vampires, which can cause all sort of problems. For one, their daughter
chosen to become vegan. Abstaining from blood lust for so long,
the children don't know they even have it, isn't too great for the
The Radleys start to gain some unwanted attention and they will do
make sure their family is safe. These creatures of the night just want
normal lives, even if it can be quite troublesome.
Whether young or
all of the characters face situations where good and evil is in
out these new books at the Peter White Public Library for creative
in the fantasy genre.
|by Stephanie Garn, Circulation
January 21, 2012
Library Association's annual awards for
children's literature were announced January 23 at the association's
The Caldecott Medal is
awarded to the artist of the most
distinguished picture book for children. The 2012 medal winner is Chris
for his delightful story, A Ball for Daisy. Daisy is a dog who plays
with her beloved red ball. One day another dog at the park plays too
and punctures the red ball. Daisy's joy in her ball, her dismay when it
deflates and her sadness at its loss are tenderly painted by Raschka.
and the reader are overjoyed the following day at the park when the
dog returns with a new ball for Daisy, a blue one!
Three books were
named Caldecott honor books this year.
They are Blackout, illustrated and written by John Rocco; Grandpa
illustrated and written by Lane Smith; and Me … Jane,
illustrated and written
by Patrick McDonnell. Blackout is set on a hot summer night in the
is too busy to play a board game with little sister. When the lights go
the family climbs to the rooftop where they discover the light of the
then descend to a street party where no one is too busy. Later, when
come back on, little sister has a bright idea.
Grandpa Green reveals his
life story to his great grandson through
the topiary shapes of the shrubs and trees in his garden. The various
green foliage are interrupted occasionally, once with the placement of
berries on a bush indicating the year Grandpa got chicken-pox.
Grandpa leaves his tools out but "the
important stuff, the garden remembers for him." This is a moving
story to share as a family.
is the creator of the MUTTS comic strip and several picture books
characters from the strip. Me … Jane is his enchanting
comic-style homage to
zoologist Jane Goodall. The book, about Jane’s childhood,
opens when a stuffed
toy chimpanzee named Jubilee becomes part of Jane’s life and
accompanies her as
she observes nature and reads science books. Jane delights in the story
and dreams of Africa
where, at the end, an
adult Jane awakens one day, her dream fulfilled.
The Newbery Medal
is awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to
literature for children. This year’s winner is Jack Gantos
for his novel Dead
End in Norvelt. In his semi-autobiographical tale, an almost teenage
who is “grounded for life” or, at least, his summer
vacation, assists his
ancient neighbor, Mrs. Volker, as she writes the local obituaries. The
kept busy since the original residents of the town are dying off at a
pace. Norvelt is a real town in Pennsylvania
planned during the Great Depression by Eleanor Roosevelt. The story is
full of history, gore and blood, the latter two which stream from
whenever he is excited or stressed.
were awarded to two titles, both of which are first novels written by
authors. While Gantos’s book takes place over two months,
Nose by Eugene Yelchin takes place in two days. Sasha Zaichik is
lives in the Soviet Union
and knows the laws
of the Young Pioneers by heart. Tomorrow is the day he has been looking
to for most of his short life. Tomorrow, he will become a Young Pioneer
dad, a Communist hero and the eagle eyes of State Security, has been
chosen to tie
the red scarves on all the new Pioneers at the rally. However,
officials of the
Soviet government arrest Sasha’s dad in the night, then one
another at school the next day, especially after Sasha breaks
Thanhha Lai spent
15 years writing Inside Out & Back Again, a semi-autographical
prose poems describing Lai’s early youth in Vietnam,
her family’s flight by boat from Saigon
before North Vietnamese forces attacked the city, and the loss of her
who was captured by the Viet Cong in 1975. Lai goes on to describe the
arrival in Montgomery,
the “cowboy” who sponsors them, and
the hostility of their neighbors and classmates. Lai’s book
also won the 2011
National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.
Award cites an American publisher of a children’s book deemed
outstanding book originally published in a foreign language in a
country, subsequently translated into English and published in the U.S.
winner is Soldier Bear written by Bibi Dumon Tak, translated by Laura
and published by Eerdmans in Grand
Based on actual events, Soldier Bear tells the story of an orphaned
cub adopted by the transport company of the 2nd
Polish Corps while the
company served in Iran
during World War II. The bear, Voytek, encouraged and entertained the
carried bombs and even stopped a spy in camp. Voytek, was sent to Egypt and Italy
with the soldiers. At war’s
end the Polish soldiers and Voytek traveled to Scotland
before being resettled in Poland.
Voytek stayed at the Edinburgh Zoo where he begged for cigarettes from
speaking Polish and was visited by his Polish friends.
The Lily Pond
written by Annika Thor, translated by Linda Schenck and published by
Press, is also set during World War II. In this sequel to A Faraway
Stephie Steiner, sent to a Swedish island to escape Nazi-occupied Vienna,
adapts to her new
life and begins school in Goteberg, on the mainland. Stephie worries
parents who are still trying to find a way out of Vienna,
and Nazi ideology, which is spreading, even in Sweden.
Two more titles in the
series are awaiting translation.
awards many more prizes to a number of fine books. Information on the
titles can be found at your public library or online at
|by Cathy Seblonka, Youth
January 14, 2012
|Great New Books
books about our area are available for checkout now.
Way: Hospices of Marquette
by Dixie Franklin details the history of
the hospice movement in Marquette County
personal stories of nineteen local residents including physicians,
social workers, volunteer, patients and family members.
“If a person walks into a
doctor’s office a
whole person and gets a diagnosis that it’s terminal, they
are still that whole
person when they walk out. Hospice
to make sure that people keep living, even with that
Nyquist, R.N. Founder, UP Home Health
Voice on the Water:
Great Lakes Native America Now edited
Grace Chaillier and Rebecca Tavernini and published by NMU Press brings
together new voices, along with a few established authors, to create a
of contemporary Native American experience in Michigan with
poems, stories, memories,
essays and art. Two
years in the making, Voice on the Water is
pleasure to read.
has also added some new audiobooks to listen to on the road or at home. Nothing
to Envy: Ordinary
Lives in North Korea
Demick provides a
look at a nation that
is in the news today as Kim Jong-un takes over the leadership. Demick, Beijing
bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times, brings to life what it means to
living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today by following
North Koreans as they fall in love, raise families, nurture ambitions
struggle for survival. Read
White who has won two AudioFile
Earphones Awards, the book was a National Book Award Finalist. 10 CDs.
piqued my interest in Plastic Ocean: How
a Sea Captain’s Chance Discover Launched a
Determined Quest to Save the Oceans when
he wrote a 6th grade report on the North Pacific
where the largest garbage dump on the planet—a spiral nebula
outweighs zooplankton, the ocean’s food base, by a factor of
six to one. Author
Captain Charles Moore recounts his
ominous findings and unveils the secret life and hidden properties of
plastics—now suspected of contributing to a host of ailments,
infertility, autism, thyroid dysfunction and some cancers. Read by Mel Foster, Audie
Earphones awards winner.
Black History Month. The Slaves’ War: the Civil War in the
of Former Slaves by Andrew Ward is the first narrative of
the Civil War
told from the perspective of those whose destiny it decided. Woven together from
hundreds of interviews,
diaries, letters, and memoirs, here is the Civil War as seen from the
battlefields, camps, slave quarters, kitchens, roadsides, farms, towns
swamps and brought to vivid life.
by Richard Allen, four time Audie nominee and winner of three AudioFile Earphone awards. 11 CDs.
been reading the news from Nigeria
lately, you might enjoy Little Bee
Chris Cleave. Little
Bee and her sister
are trying to escape machete-wielding soldiers who had killed the rest
village to make the area available for oil wells.
British couple Andrew and Sarah
vacationing on a Nigerian beach in a last-ditch effort to save their
marriage, comes across Little Bee and her sister. The horrific
that follows changes the lives of everyone involved in unimaginable
years later, Little Bee appears in London on the
Andrew's funeral and reconnects with Sarah. Sarah is struggling to come
terms with her husband's recent suicide and the stubborn behavior of
four-year-old son, who is convinced that he really is Batman. The
friendship between Sarah and Little Bee that grows, is challenged, and
ultimately endures is the heart of this emotional, tense, and often
novel. Read by Anne Flosnik with a perfect voice for both
Bee and Sarah. 9
CD. Also available as a
downloadable audiobook in pdf or WMA format.
Greitens reads his own memoir The Heart
and the Fist: the Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy
Seal. Like many young idealists, Eric
Greitens wanted to make a difference.
During college and afterward, he traveled to the world's trouble spots,
in refugee camps, serving the sick and the poor on four continents,
from Gaza to Croatia
to Mother Teresa's home in Calcutta,
among others. Yet he could not prevent violence or save anyone from
refugee; he could only step in afterward and try to ease the damage. So
joined the Navy SEALs and became an elite warrior. In a moving and
memoir, told with genuine humility, Eric offers something new in the
military memoirs: a warrior who wanted to be strong to be good, only to
discover that he had to be good to be strong. Throughout his SEAL
deployments in Kenya,
the lessons of his humanitarian work bore fruit. The result is a lesson
all: the heart and fist together are more powerful than either one
|by Caroline Jordan, Collections
fiction reader, that is the first place I head to for my reading
left side of the new-book kiosks. Fiction can then be divided further
other genres like mysteries, science fiction, westerns, and so on. I
I’d highlight some new fiction that interested me over the
Gift by Amy
Clipston is a novella, or
short story, set in Bird-in-Hand, PA, a small
Naomi quilts, cares for her younger siblings and yearns for a different
At 24 years of age, however, she has resigned herself to a life without
family of her very own. That is until she meets a man named Caleb.
his daughter brighten her life and bring meaning to it. This short
story was a
good, quick read with its many pages of conversation. I hope
you’ll enjoy it
even after Christmas.
novelist Penelope Lively’s latest book, How
It All Began, is a book about chance and ---event.
The original point of chance for
this story is the mugging of retired teacher Charlotte Rainsford. Charlotte’s
broken hip causes her daughter Rose to miss work and bring Mum home for
convalescence. This change, or ripple, displeases Lord Henry Peters,
boss, who then brings his niece, Marion,
in to help him with his work. The ripples continue with names of Gerry,
Anton, divorce, Delia, Mark, Jeremy the philanderer…
It is a good read filled
characters that illustrate what happens when life occurs.
caught my eye with its golf imagery on the cover. The
Swinger by Michael Bamberger and Alan Shipnuck is a novel
golf icon, Herbert X. “Tree” Tremont. The word
“swing” appears to be a metaphor
for several things in this story. Tree is a golfer, who swings clubs
livelihood. His lifestyle also swings. Readers will swing between
illicit affairs, major championships on the PGA tour and trips to
As the icon’s life and career stop swinging and dive into
learn some real background about the worldwide professional sport of
Dilemma: a Lake Superior
Mystery by Matthew
Williams, a local writer from Marquette,
third in his mystery series based near Lake
An Upper Peninsula version of the Iditarod, a sled dog race in Alaska,
is the center of
this story. Williams writes a good story that jump starts just like
at a race. Reporter Vince Marshall works to solve several mysteries;
back fourteen years.
latest book, The Cleveland
Creep: a Milan
Jacovich mystery, is his fifteenth
favorite private eye. As always, Jacovich is working multiple cases at
time. Taking the advice of a colleague, he hires an assistant, Kevin
who wants to learn the P.I. business. Be aware that this book deals
issue of child pornography, although Roberts deals with it in a
Liberty Lanes by Robin Troy
is another shorter
novel at only 180 pages. It’s about a group of seniors who
bowl in a league at
the local Montana
bowling alley. They have experienced life and now want to live it as
-- with friendship, love and memories. The characters are believable as
members of a small town who have known one another for decades.
It’s a must
read if you know a group of friends in their later years who are full
|by Vicki Mann, Reference Desk
I love the sense of new
beginnings that comes with the change
of year. For those
who wish to take
advantage of this opportunity for a fresh start, the library has a host
of new titles
to help. Some
commonly listed popular resolutions and relevant new
titles are listed below:
For those who plan to Lose
and Get Fit:
Bob Greene has
written, The life
want! : get motivated, lose weight, and be happy.
readers recognize how their mindsets might be preventing them from
their fitness goals and gives them the tools they need to break down
barriers. Filled with psychological studies, practical tips, and
advice, this book can help anyone who is struggling.
again : the top 10 ways to stop smoking now and forever by
Cooper can help you find
that's right for you. It
isn't easy to
stop smoking. Yet according to the American Lung Association, well over
million Americans have already quit. How did they do it? They found the
that worked for them and they stuck to it.
If you are among those
who wish to Learn
Something New, you may want to try out Mango, a
new online language
learning tutorial system available through the library’s
website: www.pwpl.info. Anything else you want to
learn to do, from
play the piano to tile your bathroom, the library staff will help you
step-by step guide.
Tonia Reinhard, a
registered dietician, can help those who
wish to eat healthier with her book Superfoods
the healthiest foods on the planet.
identifies 200 of the
nutrient-dense foods. The book is divided by food type with sections on
vegetables and fruit, legumes, nuts and oils, herbs and spices, grains,
beverages and treats, supplements, and meat.
If you are resolved to Get Out of
Debt and Save Money, Solve your money troubles :
debt, credit &
bankruptcy by Robin Leonard can help. Step-by-step
how to prioritize debts, create a budget,
and negotiate with creditors.
Time with Family is goal for many parents. Living Simply with
Children by Marie Sherlock offers
a realistic blueprint for
zeroing in on the pleasures of family life.
It includes sections on “How (and
why) to live simply and find more time
to be with your children,” “Activities
and rituals that bring out the best in every family member,”
and “How to focus
on the "good stuff" . . . with less stuff.”
A year of
adventures : a guide to the world's most exciting experiences by
Andrew Bain is just the thing for those wishing to travel to new
places. Discover a range
experiences, including snow biking in France,
volcano boarding in Nicaragua,
kayaking with orcas in Canada
and sailing the Whitsunday Islands.
Choose from over
250 experiences in 115 countries, some to challenge you, some to enjoy
leisurely pace, and catering to all fitness levels. Be inspired and
plan a year
If you are resolved to be less
Simplify your life : 100 ways to slow down and enjoy the things that
by Elaine St. James may be the right book for you.
If you’re overpowered, overextended,
overwhelmed, Simplify Your Life is your antidote.
If your goal is to
volunteer, you can join the friends of
the Peter White Public Library. If
you’re interested in both traveling more and volunteering,
check out Volunteer
vacations : short-term adventures that will benefit you and others by Bill McMillon.
some reason, many people start the year determined to drink less. In The science of drinking : how
alcohol affects your body and mind, Toxicologist Amitava Dasgupta
that while alcoholism is a serious problem requiring medical and
treatment, for those who are not addicted, drinking alcohol is not
a bad habit. The problem is to distinguish between drinking sensibly
drinking insensibly. Dasgupta clearly outlines what constitutes healthy
drinking and its attendant health benefits, offers advice on how to
responsibly, and provides insight into just how alcohol works on the
|by Ellen Moore, Reference Desk
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