| The following are weekly
compiled for The Mining Journal
by PWPL Staff. These articles highlight only some of the new, or newer,
materials--both adult and juvenile, that have been added to our
collection. Please stop in to look at additional new items. For
older articles of "New at the Peter White Public Library" visit
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|December 21, 2013---|
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|December 7, 2013---||Comic Books|
|November 30, 2013---||Great New Fiction|
|November 23, 2013---||More Nonfiction|
|November 16, 2013---||War Stories|
|November 9, 2013---||Books on CD|
|November 2, 2013---||Storyteller Bill Harley|
|October 26, 2013---||Author Elmore Leonard|
|October 19, 2013---||Sister Cities|
|October 12, 2013---||True Tales|
|October 5, 2013---||Fall Fiction|
|September 28, 2013---||Nonfiction Newbies|
|August 3, 2013--
||Hot Off the Cart
|July 27, 2013--
||Switch Up Summer
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|June 15, 2013---
|June 1, 2013---
||Dig into Reading
|May 18, 2013---
||Rainy Day Reading
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|May 4, 2013---
||GLGB for Grades 4-5
|April 6, 2013---
|March 9, 2013---
||Best of Nonfiction
Books for K-1
||Latest in Technology
||Read a Magazine
December 7, 2013
November 30, 2013
|by Tracy Boehm, Technical Services Librarian
November 23, 2013
|Great New Fiction
Ghost Moth by Michèle Forbes
her dreamy and intense debut novel, Forbes focuses on the lives of Katherine
and George Bedford, a good and decent Catholic family living in Northern
Ireland. George offers his services as a fireman after work to help with the
increasing deterioration of the situation in Belfast whilst Katherine, despite
her growing family, finds time to raise money for charity. However, truths from
the past, and the jealousies and the lies told then come back to haunt their
marriage. As peace in Belfast becomes only a distant dream, George, Katherine
and their children grapple with their own very real problems. Switching between
1949 and 1969, the story evolves showing how the past really can affect the
lives of those in the present, and how ordinary lives are affected by
Autobiography of Us by Aria Beth Sloss
this coming-of-age novel, Sloss delivers an engrossing and complex saga which
examines the relationship between two girls who form a decades-long friendship
from the moment their paths cross. The portrayals of
Rebecca and Alexandra are vivid and richly layered - yes, friends but sometimes
rivals, almost two halves of a puzzle. They may seem to resemble each other but
they are far from identical. Yet even when they are separated Rebecca feels
compelled to write letters to Alexandra. She doesn't send them but they still
serve a purpose, allowing Rebecca to imagine her friend beside her, listening.
When the two women meet again later in life, shocking secrets they had been
holding back from the other come to light.
Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner
arriving in New York City 1977 we meet Reno, a young and ambitious artist
determined to turn her fascination with motorcycles and danger into art. Reno’s
trial-by-fire story alternates provocatively with the gripping tale of Valera,
an Italian who serves in a motorcycle battalion in WWI, manufactures
motorcycles including the coveted Moto Valera, and makes a fortune in the
rubber industry by oppressing Indian tappers in Brazil. These worlds collide
when Reno moves in with Sandro Valera, a sculptor estranged from his wealthy
family, and tries to make art by racing a Moto Valera on the Bonneville Salt
Flats. Ultimately, Reno ends up in Italy, where militant workers protest
against the Valeras. Embracing the worlds of motorcycle racing, art and radical
politics, The Flamethrowers sweeps us
into the swirl of life amid a memorable group of characters to reveal what it's
like to live on the edge or aspire to do so.
We Need New
With Bulawayo’s remarkable literary
debut, We Need New Names tells the
powerful story of a young girl's journey out of Zimbabwe and to America under
the Mugabe regime. The author covers the political unrest and promise for
"change" in the upcoming election; the hope, misogyny, and hypocrisy
of religious doctrine; the social ills and financial ruin that befall a country
under a corrupt dictatorship. The second half of the story explores the
cultural nuances, language challenges, and assimilation challenges as Darling
relocates to America to stay with an aunt. She and her new family struggle
while America fails to live up to her hopes. Ultimately what lingers is
Bulawayo’s poignant insights into how a person decides what to embrace and what
to surrender when adapting to a new culture in a new land.
|by Dominic Davis , Administrative Assistant
November 2, 2013
|More Nonfiction Picks
The Peter White Public Library
offers these new adult non-fiction titles.
Johnny Carson by Henry Bushkin.
In 1970 Henry Bushkin was 27
years old and newly hired as Johnny Carson’s lawyer. He served this role for
nearly two decades. He developed a close friendship with Carson, so this is
also his story. Mostly though, this is Carson, in all his brilliant
imperfection. Considering his monumental stardom, there is surprisingly little
written material about Carson, “The King of Late Night”. New non-fiction 921 Carson.
Orr: My Story by Bobby Orr.
Bobby Orr has never before
authorized or written his biography. One of the greatest hockey defensemen,
Orr’s career was shortened by a knee injury. He has long been known for his
sportsmanship and integrity, resulting in his selection as an Olympic flag
bearer for the 2010 Vancouver games. Orr tells his own story, and what he
thinks of the sport today.
New non-fiction 796.962 Orr.
Norman Mailer: A Double Life by
Normal Mailer stands large as one
of the most talented writers of the mid to late 20th century, though
he was famous for provoking and enraging his readers. Biographer Lennon knew
Normal Mailer for 35 years. In researching this authorized biography, he
interviewed many others who knew Mailer, and was given access to Mailer’s
private documents. Lennon strives to present all the different sides of Mailer,
without passing judgment. Mailer would likely appreciate the journalistic
approach, which could be why he authorized this book before his death. New non-fiction 921 Mailer.
The Beatles. Volume 1, Tune In: All
These Years by Mark Lewisohn.
The first of a trilogy, which
aims to be a definitive Beatles biography. In this work, Lewisohn is more
concerned with telling the story of who The Beatles were, rather than the story
of their celebrity, which has been covered time and time again. Volume 1 includes
their individual and collective stories up until the end of 1962. It offers a
glimpse into their upbringings, and their Liverpool and Hamburg days. Lewisohn has made a career of telling The
Beatles history, and has authored numerous books on the subject, including The
Beatles Live, and The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions.
New non-fiction 780.92 Beatles.
The System: The Glory and Scandal
of Big-Time College Football by Jeff Benedict.
Insights into the pageantry and
excesses of Division I college football, which has become a multi-billion
dollar industry. Benedict and other contributors were given unprecedented
access to top college football programs during the 2012 season. Investigative
reporter Benedict has written for several newspapers and magazines, including
New non-fiction 796.332 BE.
Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life
of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Dedman
Huguette Clark’s father was a
copper magnate, and US Senator representing the state of Montana. He amassed a
fortune that rivaled John D. Rockefeller’s. His daughter Huguette was born in
Paris, grew up in the largest home in New York City, and eventually became the last
surviving child, and heiress to the family fortune. Reclusive for much of her
life until her death in 2011, she had a massive collection of real-estate, maintained
for decades by caretakers, some of which she never set foot in. When Pulitzer
Prize winning author Dedman discovered a mansion for sale, unoccupied for six
decades, he began to unravel the story of this gilded age family. New non-fiction 921 Clark.
Dancing With the Enemy: My
Family’s Holocaust Secret by Paul Glaser
The story of the author’s aunt, a
Jewish-Dutch dance instructor caught up in the Nazi machine of WWII. Leading up
to the war, Rosie Glaser lived exuberantly, traveling Western Europe. During
the war she was arrested for running an illegal dance studio in her parents’
attic, and was sent to Auschwitz. Rosie’s story is one of sheer cunning, and undiminished
New non-fiction 921 Glaser.
|by Bruce MacDonald, Circulation Librarian
October 26, 2013
|Storyteller Bill Harley
It just so happens that one of the best storytellers in the
country also writes children books. If you like stories that start with a
kernel of truth and become memorable through the art of exaggeration, you’ll
want to read the library’s collection of books by Bill Harley. His newest title is still hot off the press,
just released last month.
“Charlie Bumpers vs. The Teacher of the Year” relates the
unfortunate experiences of Charlie, who is horrified to find out that he’ll be
spending the next school year with the same teacher he accidentally threw a
shoe at last year. Charlie always seems
to be doing something wrong whenever she’s around. It’s going to be a long year. Bill Harley is
paired again with illustrator, Adam Gustavson, who adds a touch of whimsy to
his otherwise realistic pictures, repeating his success with the following
book, Lost and Found.
“Lost and Found” chronicles a heroic quest to gain access to
the lost and found box, guarded by a surly school custodian, to recover a very
special hat. Justin lost his favorite
hat, the one his Grandmother made, and he needs to find it fast before her
upcoming visit. After gathering the courage to make his request, Justin finds
many treasurers in the lost and found box and makes an unlikely friend. The big question is…will he find his hat in
“Dirty Joe the Pirate: A True Story” looks at the reality of
having an older sister through the fantastic medium of a Pirate tale. Dirty Joe
is in charge of the whole ship and the crew until his sister, Dirty Annie,
arrives and dominates the pirate scene. The comedic illustrations by Jack Davis
add to the humorous storyline.
“Sarah’s Story” begins with a familiar framework…what to
write about when you have a writing assignment due the next day. Sarah spends the whole day trying to think up
a great story until she hears an ant speak to her and she shrinks to the size
of an ant. Her adventures in the anthill
make her late to school, but she’s able to tell her classmates the best story
Sitting Down to Eat” is a cumulative tale that caters to
the preschool crowd. Written along the
lines of “A Mitten” by Jan Brett, where forest animals take shelter in a
stretchy mitten, the main character settles down to eat when one animal after
another knocks on the door and is invited in to share the meal. When the caterpillar comes by as the tenth
guest, you won’t believe what happens to the group! The book features large collage illustrations
by Kitty Harvill.
Harley also has several very entertaining CDs with more of
his stories such as, “High Dive,” “Down in the Backpack,” and “Monsters in the
Bathroom.” Non-readers can enjoy the
audio versions of these stories on CD – also found in the Children’s area of
Bill Harley and his trusty guitar will be presenting his
stories and songs at the Reynolds Recital Hall on Friday, November 8th at 7:30
pm. He’ll also read stories and sign
books at the Peter White Public Library on Saturday, November 9th at 11:00 am. Call 226-4318 for more information about
books and events.
|by Lynette Suckow, Website and Outreach Services
October 19, 2013
|Author Elmore Leonard
Michigan lost a literary treasure
when author Elmore Leonard died in August.
Leonard was 87 years old and one of Michigan’s most successful
authors. His success was not without
challenges. He was born in New Orleans
in 1925. He was raised in Michigan and
graduated from the University of Detroit Jesuit High School in 1943 and
immediately joined the Navy. He served
as a Seabee for three years in the South Pacific. It was during this period he received the
nickname Dutch after pitcher Dutch Leonard. Following
his military service, he enrolled at the University of Detroit and pursued his
writing career. He graduated in 1950
with a BA in English and philosophy. He
then accepted a job as a copy writer with the Campbell-Ewald Advertising
career started in the 1950s writing short stories and pulp Westerns. He would get up at 5:00 a.m. in order to
write before going to work. During the
50’s and 60’s five of his Westerns were made into films-The Tall T, 3:10 to Yuma,
Hombre, Vladez is Coming and Joe Kid. During his lifetime, 17 of his novels were
adapted into film.
first crime novel The Big Bounce was
made into a movie in 1969. His breakout
novel Glitz made Elmore a household
name. Many of the mysteries were set in
Detroit and featured wisecracking characters who do violent and stupid things
in offbeat settings. Plot twists and
sparse narrative are hallmarks of a Leonard novel. Called the “Dickens of Detroit”, Leonard
spent time with Detroit homicide detectives, but said “If I lived in Buffalo,
I’d write about Buffalo”.
working on his 46th novel at his death. The PWPL has most of his
novels. Some are even in audio book
format. The best of Leonard’s western
fiction is collected in The Tonto Woman
and Other Western Stories. Nineteen of Leonard’s best short stories are
featured in this paperback. The Complete Western Stories of Elmore
Leonard contains 30 of his western short stories. Either book would be a great introduction to
his writings about the American frontier.
Many of the
settings for Leonard’s books are far-flung and play as much a role in the
novels as do his wacky characters. Tishomingo Blues is set in Mississippi
and features Dennis Lenahan, a high diver, who witnesses a mob hit from his diving
platform. If this wasn’t enough, the
characters get drug into a deadly Civil War reenactment with a colorful cast of
Glitz follows Lt. Vincent Mora, a Miami
police detective who is visiting Puerto Rico to recover from a gunshot
wound. He has seen everything there is
for a cop to see, but he has to escape the vengeance of ex-con Teddy. Mora travels to Atlantic City where he meets
up with Teddy and the mob in a crazy battle against good and evil.
Detroit, Freaky Deaky features Detroit
police detective Chris Mankowski as he leaves the bomb squad for the sex crimes
division. Unfortunately, his first case
is filled with explosive twists as a-not-so-successful actress walks into his
office claiming that one of Detroit’s leading citizens raped her.
Get Shorty was a hit film, and follows
the fortunes of Chili Palmer, a Miami loan shark. Palmer travels to Las Vegas and then
Hollywood in an effort to get horror-film producer Harry Zimm to pay up on
$200,000 in gambling debts. Readers can
follow along as hustlers get hustled and the ins and outs of Hollywood get
Palmer ends up in Be Cool as the
partner to LAPD’s Detective Darryl Holmes. Chilli has a hit on his tail and the
two men dive into the seamy underside of the music industry in an attempt to
wrest singer Linda Moon away from her dangerous promoter.
Marshal, Raylan Givens is one of Leonard’s more popular heroes. In
Riding the Rap, he is chasing fugitive felons. When Harry Arno escapes again, Givens feels obligated
to join the search. Unfortunately, he
finds that Arno’s disappearance is not all his doing, but part of a complicated
hostage and ransom scheme where the hostage must pay up or be killed. Raylan is pretty sure he knows where Arno is
being held, but can he get there in time?
Mitchell thinks he is meeting his mistress but instead he is treated to a “this
is your life” home movie and blackmail scheme that threatens to destroy his
marriage, his reputation and his multi-million dollar company. The three psycho thugs who set him up in Fifty Two Pick Up, don’t realize how
tough their mark can be, even when it involves murder.
When the Women Come Out to Dance is a
collection of Leonard’s short stories; many featuring his favorite characters. For a quick glimpse into the style of this
accomplished author, this collection of short stories is a good place to start.
If you are
an Elmore Leonard fan, this is a good time to reread some of his westerns or
mysteries. If you haven’t ever read a Leonard book, this is a good time to see
why Michigan lost one of its best writers ever.
|by Pam Christensen, Library Director
October 12, 2013
The City of Marquette has two
sister cities-Higashiomi Japan and Kaijanni Finland. The delegation to Sister Higashiomi left this
week for a 10 day visit in Japan. This
is a good opportunity to inform readers about the Sister City Room at the Peter
White Public Library and our Sister City materials. Delegations
visiting Marquette from both Sister Cities have brought books, CDs and DVDs as
a gift to the City, and these items are available at the library. The Sister City collections are housed in the
Sister City Room and items can be checked out.
This article will feature some of the books from our Japanese Sister
delicious, colorful and fun to eat, but to the novice may seem too complex to
create at home. Sushi for Wimps by Aya Imatani explains how to use rice, fish,
seafood, vegetables and meats to create fun, attractive and delicious
sushi. The book includes clear
directions and photos to illustrate how to make all types of sushi.
considers a visit to Japan should look at Japanscapes;
Three Cameras, Three Journeys by Ben Simmons, Johnny Hymas and Gorazd
Vilhar. The photographers travel Japan
to capture the beauty and mystery found in the country. Simmons captures the postmodern chic and
vibrancy of the colors and patterns of urban Japan. Hymans visits the countryside and shows the
understated elegance of rural Japan.
Vilhar focuses on the spiritual legacy of a country rich in traditions
Asian Noodles and Snacks is part of the
Learn to Cook series and includes noodle recipes from around the world. The book includes a glossary of ingredients
and recipes for condiments, sauces, dips, wraps, rolls, fritters, patties,
breads, crackers, skewers, grilled meats, noodle soups, noodles in sauce and
stir fried noodles. This book is a good
start for an Asian inspired party or unusual dishes to spice up a potluck.
Japan Style by Geeta Hehta and Kimie
Tada offers a rare glimpse of 20 of the finest Japanese-style homes to be found
today. Lavish photographs demonstrate
the timeless style that uses space and natural elements to create a serene
oasis. A beautiful book is packed with
photographs that capture the style of Japanese interior design.
archery is called Kyudo-the way of the bow.
It is the oldest of Japan’s traditional martial arts and the one most
closely associated with Japan’s bushido or warrior. This book is written with the novice as well
as experienced archer in mind. Hundreds
of detailed illustrations, photographs and text bring the sport alive. Kyudo,
the Essence and Practice of Japanese Archery by Hideharu Onuma and Dan and
Jackie DeProspero is an excellent introduction to this form of archery.
also the subject of Advanced Stick
Fighting by Masaaki Hatsumi. This
type of martial art has been hidden for years and is one of the least
understood and most intriguing sport.
Hatsumi is a grand master of stick fighting and has worked to educate
people about the traditions and techniques of the ancient fighting art.
Japanese Home Cooking by Shunsuke
Fukushima shows the reader how to prepare simple to make meals that look
elegant and delicious. Photos of the
ingredients, equipment and completed dishes educate the cook and accompany easy
to read and follow directions. Japanese
cooking is beautiful, delicious and healthy.
This book will help anyone master quick, easy and delicious foods that
can be made at home.
Harumi’s Japanese Cooking by Harumi Kusihara is a best cookbook of
the year winner in the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. This cookbook features more extensive menus
and courses than does the previous book.
Harumi is a phenomenon in Japan because of her cooking and lifestyle
books and magazines. She focuses on
effortless, down-to-earth and non-pretentious approach to stylish eating and
living that follows a philosophy of elegance and simplicity. This cookbook has recipes for appetizers,
entrees, soups, noodles, tofu, seafood, poultry, beef, pork, sushi, vegetables,
desserts and drinks.
Any visitor to Japan should visit
Kyoto and go to the Kimono style show.
The beauty of the kimono is something that you will never forget. Making
Kimono and Japanese Clothes by Jenni Dobson details the flowing silks and
delicate colors of Japanese fabrics. An
expert dressmaker and quilter Dobson translates genuine Japanese garments and traditional
techniques into easy-to-follow assembly instructions that allow almost anyone
to recreate traditional Japanese clothing.
of Japan have existed for over 800 years, and photographer Johnny Hymas
captures gardens from the medieval times to the present in Japan the Living Gardens. A
diverse number of gardens including a Zen garden, a Karesansui garden and
Japanese Tea garden are just a few of the examples of the glorious gardens
featured in this stunning work of art. A
stay-at-home trip to Japan is as close as the Peter White Public Library.
|by Pam Christensen,Library Director
October 5, 2013
Whether you’re reading
for entertainment or education, the juvenile non-fiction collection at Peter
White Public Library offers an array of fascinating true tales. From pioneers to civil rights, animal rescues
to America’s oldest farm, stories of these interesting families and individuals
inspire and teach. They include: Wild
Horses: Black Hills Sanctuary by Chris Peterson, j599.6655PE, An Extraordinary Life: The Story of the
Monarch Butterfly by Laurence Pringle, j595.789PR, Tuttle’s Red Barn: The Story of America’s Oldest Farm by Richard
Michelson j629.45ST and these others:
Cut Down Shin Creek, The Pack Horse Librarians of Kentucky by Kathi
Appelt, j027.07AP, champions a group of brave women who ride through rugged
terrain in the Appalachian Mountains in the bone chilling cold, freezing sleet
and through swollen creeks, all to bring library books to isolated houses. One of the poorest states in the country at
that time, Kentucky has been especially hard hit after the stock market crash
of 1929. As part of President Franklin
D. Roosevelt’s WPA project, young women are paid $28 a month to deliver books,
magazines, reference materials and homemade scrapbooks to the crooks and hollows
of the hills of Kentucky. They bring free public library materials to those
rural areas for the first time. The
women ride horses 12 to 13 hour a day, most without a lunch, and over rough trails.
There are no roads. Their determination is inspiring and encouraging,
considering that their materials were all donations. The WPA doesn’t pay for a single
As pioneers settle the
west, the need for mail service
across the heartland becomes a necessity and the Pony Express is born. In They’re Off! The Story of The Pony Express by Cheryl Harness,
j383HA, the Wild West comes to life.
They race horses day and night to deliver the mail, in spite of Apache
and Piute warriors, horse thieves and snowy mountain passes. On April 8, 1860, the first rider leaves San
Franciso bound for St. Louis, Missouri.
What follows is how the Pony Express works through the Paiute War, the
Civil War and the invention of “talking wires”, telegraph lines. Though it has a brief existence, the Pony
Express is an important part of American History, and Harness’ exciting telling
of it is sure to please readers.
Remember Little Rock: The Time, The People, The Stories by Terrence
Roberts, j379.263WA, gives first-hand accounts of “The Little Rock Nine”, the
first group of African American students to integrate Central High School in
Little Rock, Arkansas. They want what
their peers want, a chance at the best education in Little Rock and Central High
is known for its top notch academics.
But the white community of Little Rock, all the way up to Governor Orval
Faubus does not want to follow the federal mandate to integrate. The first day
of school the Governor orders the Arkansas National Guard to surround the
school. They are still there the second
day. As the nine try to enter the
building, the Guard blocks their paths, turning them back into the cruel jeers,
jabs, and for some physical attacks by the mob outside the building. So begins the story of their school year, one
riddled with deep hatred and racism.
Their firsthand accounts of perseverance, courage and strength through
the cruelest of circumstances is a must read for all.
Crows, falcons, ducks,
geese, crayfish, bass, weasels, a boa constrictor, mice, and “eek” a tarantula,
fly, waddle, swim, run and crawl off the pages of this hilarious chapter book
by the author of Julie of the Wolves. The Tarantula in My Purse and 172 Other Wild
Pets by Jean Craighead George, j921GE, tells of George’s family “pets” all
wild, and all fun. Her three children
delight in raising abandoned wild animals, some that take on human like traits,
and others, like a frog, who still act wild.
These wildlife enthusiasts can’t get enough of their furry, feathered,
scaly pets, raising some for adulthood in the wild and others as lifelong
family members. They even build a pond in their living room. Readers who love animals will love these
In Adelina’s Whales by Richard Sobol, j599.5SO, young Adelina eagerly
waits for the return of the Gray Whales to her tiny village of La Laguna in
Baja California, Mexico. The whales come
to this remote place to have their babies in the protected lagoon. As we hear stories of Adelina’s grandfather’s
first encounter with a gray whale, we see photos of the majestic creatures as
they surface for the only human connection they allow – at La Laguna. Readers will learn whale facts as well as the
interest scientists and researchers have in this tiny ramshackle village that
hosts these mamas and babies every January. With a forward from Robert F.
Kennedy describing the fight to preserve the Lagoon, readers will understand
how precious the lagoon is to the giant mammals.
Stories of courage,
bravery, the fight for equal rights and amazing aptitude abound in Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to
Dream by Tanya Stone, j629.4ST. It takes
38 years from the time women first test as physically apt as men for the space
program, for the first woman to command a space shuttle for NASA. Stone’s thorough research results in stories
of 13 women who in 1960 hope to become astronaut candidates. They are the first female pilots to undergo
rigorous tests as scientists scrutinize their physical, psychological and physiological
characteristics to see if they are capable to astronaut candidates. The women excell at the tests, in some cases
perform better than the original Mercury 7 male crew. But NASA, the Navy, and several male
astronauts are not ready for females in space and block them at every turn,
making it an unattainable goal until 1999.
These brave women push anyway, proving that determination and sheer will
can see a dream come true.
|by Jeni Kilpela, Youth Services
September 28, 2013
Autumn is a time of change: school beginnings, lower temperatures and
shorter days, changing leaf color, and the end of gardening and mowing the lawn.
The list of changes goes on for this time of year, but I experienced a change
myself recently. I changed or broadened my interest base of reading material to
include the genre of the graphic novel. I’ve highlighted a few new ones as well
as some new novels by favorite authors.
Four new books came up that are in a series entitled AIR by G. Willow
Wilson. I’d never really looked at graphic novels as I thought they were for a
“younger” crowd of readers, and were hardcover “comic books.” But these graphic
novels attracted me so I opened up the first volume, Letters from Lost Countries. Ms. Wilson and
artist/illustrator M.K. Perker make a good team that develops a sense of
intrigue, fantasy and a little bit of romance. AIR’s main character, Blythe, is
a new flight attendant for Clearfleet Airlines. The series chronicles her
escapades as she travels around the world doing the impossible. PWPL has the first four titles of this
Another new graphic novel that I readily picked up is about an old
favorite. I’ve followed the comic strip “Unshelved” by Gene Ambaum & Bill
Barnes for over ten years since its creation under the title of “Overdue.” Set
in the library world of Mallville Public Library, characters Dewey, wife Cathy,
Mel the library manager, Colleen, Tamara, and many others live and breathe
library. PWPL now has an “Unshelved” collection entitled BIBLIOVORES in the
graphic novels section. Daily strips sometimes come very close to real-life
library activity, while at other times it is totally unreal. Come in, read it
and enjoy the world of library.
DEAD IRON: the age of steam by Devon Monk is my trek into
science-fiction. Not knowing how a book could be a Western, a “gritty
steampunk” and magic all-in-one, I went to Google to find an answer. Steampunk
is a new sub-genre of science-fiction that typically features steam-powered
machinery, and is especially set in the industrialized American West. Bountyman
Cedar Hunt lives by tracking beasts and lost things. While searching for a
missing boy, Cedar learns that his dead brother may, in fact, be alive. The
price for information on his brother is high; the Madder Brothers want him to
find the Holder, a mysterious machine that opens doors to other worlds
including that of the Strange. Enter antagonist, Shard LeFel, a railroad tycoon
who currently possesses the Holder and needs the device to put an end to his
earthly torment. Monk’s action-packed story is filled with vivid landscapes of
Oregon’s early frontier life as he ventures into this new sci-fi genre.
Yet again I stretched myself to pull the new Jack Reacher novel off the
kiosk. Written by Lee Child, NEVER GO BACK continues the Reacher saga in this eighteenth
book about the former military cop. Reacher returns to the Virginia headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP, to meet the new CO,
Major Susan Turner. Her voice has intrigued him over the telephone and he wants
to meet her. When he arrives at headquarters, he promptly gets arrested for a
crime he supposedly committed over sixteen years ago. Both Turner and he are
put into the brig (jail). From there it gets busy as Child turns up the action:
both break out of jail, make a cross-country trip and try to discover why
Reacher is just now discovering he may have a daughter. All of this happens
while he’s trying to clear himself, too.
The pace is fast and the suspense is good. Enjoy!
Clive Cussler has added another novel, THE MAYAN SECRETS, to his Fargo
Adventure series that he again co-authored with Thomas Perry. This adventure begins
with Sam and Remi Fargo in Mexico doing humanitarian aid following a terrible earthquake.
They find an unearthed Mayan tomb and discover within it a “new” codex full of
information about Mayan civilization. Not knowing what to do with their
discovery amid the earthquake’s chaos, the Fargos bring it home to California.
Mayan expert David Caine advises them of the book’s value and importance. Before
they can properly deal with it, it’s stolen. Their real adventure begins; find
the thief and the codex and stay alive while doing it.
|by Vicki Mann, Reference Desk
September 21, 2013
White Public Library offers these new adult non-fiction titles.
Search of the World Before the Great War by Charles Emmerson
Great War, empires and cities stood on the brink of massive change. Through
exhaustive research and narrative Emmerson attempts to recreate the great
cosmopolitan cities of the world, and the way things were going prior to the
upheaval of war. New adult
non-fiction 909.82 EM
iCloud for iPhone, iPad, & iPod touch Absolute Beginner's Guide by Brad
Just what is
“the cloud”, what can I do with iTunes? Miser’s guide assists those who have
recently acquired an Apple device, or want to do more with the one they already
own. New adult
non-fiction 006.5 MI
Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age by
Catherine Steiner-Adair Author
Steiner-Adair addresses how technology and the associated devices we take
everywhere are changing family dynamics. Offers step-by-step solutions to
encourage children to be happy, active, and engaged. Stage-by-stage analysis of
child development and the technological challenges that come along the way. New adult
non-Fiction 303.4834 ST
Encyclopedia of Reggae: The Golden Age of Roots Reggae by Mike Alleyne
guide to reggae from 1960s Jamaica onward. Short narratives devoted to each
major contributor to the reggae scene, and guides to reggae sub-genres such as
ska, dub, and dancehall. New adult
non-fiction 781.646 AL
The Tumultuous Life of Motown's First Superstar by Peter Benjaminson
to fame in the early 1960s and was recognized as “The Queen of Motown”. Also
known as “Miss Hitmaker”, she helped define the record label and their early
success. Benjaminson is an authority on Motown and associated artists, covering
in this volume Mary Wells’ life, loves, and career until her untimely death
from cancer in 1992. New adult
non-fiction 780.92 Wells
Inventor of the Electrical Age by W. Bernard Carlson
intends to demystify the gifted scientist who brought us AC power distribution.
The Serbian-born inventor also contributed to radio, television, and other
technologies that continue to shape the modern world. Tesla was an idealist,
celebrity, and showman. He consciously engaged in self-promotion and cultivated
his persona as an eccentric genius to attract attention to his groundbreaking
body of work. New adult
non-fiction 621.3092 CA
|by Bruce MacDonald, Circulation Librarian
September 14, 2013
anticipation of the upcoming Universal Design Conference to be held at
library on October 2 & 3, today’s column highlights resources
through the library’s electronic catalog which is available in the
online, anytime, through the library’s website: www.pwpl.info.
is a superior approach to planning and construction that is inclusive,
and never obvious, while improving function and usability for everyone-
homes, businesses, products and communities. Going beyond the Americans
Disabilities Act requirements, Universal Design concepts are stylish,
and make good sense for all ages and all abilities.
learn more about this new, sensible and creative trend? A simple
subject search for “universal design” in the library’s catalog provides
of available books and resources full of inspiring ideas that can be
the library shelves under the nonfiction call number 728.087.
under this subject heading contains the “AARP
Guide to Revitalizing your Home: Beautiful Living for the Second Half
by Rosemary Bakker. Packed with accessible ideas and full color photographs for all areas of
home-gardens, entries, kitchens, baths, living spaces and bedrooms, the
covers flooring, lighting, storage, fixtures, appliances, security as
touching on what makes a livable community.
option is “The Accessible Home:
Designing for All Ages and Abilities” by Deborah Pierce.
Published in 2012
by Taunton Press, this book provides stylish ideas for each area of the
and how those designs can be adapted as life changes- from raising
children to aging in place issues as well welcoming visitors of all
This book will help you plan and adapt your home for those unforeseen
circumstances life can throw your way.
catalog also opens the door to other library holdings throughout the
your use. One such book that has helped this writer with an unforeseen
altering change is “Universal Design for the Home” by Wendy Jordan.
“Great-Looking, Great-Living Design for All Ages, Abilities and
this book is a gallery of wonderful, gorgeous and inspiring photographs
plan drawings that help you see what your home can become and still be
attractive, comfortable space to living in for the whole family.
option to learn more about the advantages of Universal Design, is to
for the library’s conference on October 2 and 3. The regional
is presented by Thrivent Financial and a host of other community
and national organizations, is open to all consumers as well as
people, architects, builders, planners, students, public health
and those involved with community planning.
speaker, Cynthia Leibrock, is an award winning author, international
lobbyist, and universal designer with over 30 years of
mission is to improve health, longevity, and life quality though
design. Prominent clients include: The Betty Ford Center, Toyota,
The Smithsonian National Design Museum including an exhibit with Julia
For twenty years she has taught courses in the architecture department
Harvard University. Her keynote includes a virtual tour of
her home which
was recently on the cover on The New York Times. Leibrock’s
newest book, “Design Details for Health:
Making the Most
of Design’s Healing Potential” is part of the library’s
collection as well.
at the conference will speak on accessibility and inclusivity in
recreation and landscape design;
universal design in business, construction,
aging in place issues,
health care practices, and state
of universal design projects. In addition NMU’s Human Centered Design
will showcase their work in a gallery tour and the first ever Above and
ADA Awards will be presented in recognition of exemplary upgrades in
our area. The
conference winds up with a hands-on demonstration of assistive
indoor use and outdoor recreation for people who experience barriers to
independent living. Devices range from low cost and low tech to high
outdoor recreation vehicles for increased health and wellness.
conference details and registration information for this unique
opportunity- right in our own backyard- can also be found on the
website or by visiting or calling the library at 226-4318. Don’t miss
|by Margaret Boyle, Programming
August 24, 2013
the monthly film series featuring foreign and
independent films, opens the new season on September 20 with “The
Intouchables,” a French film starring the smiling Omar Sy. Sy plays
young, unemployed Senegalese immigrant hired to be the caregiver for a
wealthy quadriplegic, Philippe, played by François Cluzet. The
between the two leads is delightful in this very touching and funny
movie is based on a true story discovered by the directors in a
film. Abdel Sellou, the real Driss, published his memoir, You Changed
shortly after the film was released.
“The Odd Life of Timothy Green” pulls at your heart
strings. A family film and a bit mushy, this fairy tale deals with a
couple’s desire for a child. When they receive a diagnosis of
Cindy and Jim Green write down the characteristics of their ideal
the slips of paper in a wooden box and bury the box in the garden.
stormy night they wake up to find Timothy, a young boy covered with
the kitchen. Except for the leaves growing on his legs, Timothy appears
and enthusiastically enters into family and small town life. In many
tales, the force at the center of the magic must leave yet the love
this film the arrival of autumn brings bittersweet changes. This movie
beautifully written novel,
Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
PBS Masterpiece comes “Mr Selfridge,” the story of American
retailer Harry Gordon Selfridge, who became the energetic force behind
most elegant and opulent department store. Founded during the early 20th
century, Selfridge’s sold everything new and trendsetting. The
series starring Jeremy Piven includes a
Island,” a Masterpiece Classic presentation, stars
Benedict Cumberbatch and Ruth Wilson as landlords in post-World War II
Naomie Harris and David Oyelowo star as a Jamaican couple who marry for
convenience and immigrate to Britain searching for better
opportunities. The three-hour
production explores issues of racism and colonialism.
Japanese film “Quill” tells the life story of a yellow
Labrador Retriever. We follow Quill from birth, through training as a
dog, and pairing with his new owner, Watanabe, who is reluctant about
on a dog. Soon, however, Quill wins him over, proving himself faster
than a cane. This film is also based on a true story.
Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones star in
“Lincoln,” the recent award winning and inspiring film directed by
Spielberg. This film focuses on Lincoln’s drive to end the Civil War,
slavery and save the Union during the last four months of his life.
reveals the intensity with which Lincoln dealt with Congress, lobbyists
wife and children.
Lazhar,” set in Montreal, is the story of how a
middle school class deals with their teacher’s death by hanging with
of a new substitute teacher. Monsieur Lazhar, a recent immigrant from
understands the shock and grief of his students because of painful
his past. The teacher and students give strong, profoundly moving
Cumberbatch stars in an English thriller, “The Last
Enemy.” This almost five-hour long Masterpiece production examines a
society set in London in the near future when technology and the fear
terrorism merge and put everyone and all places under constant
Cumberbatch plays Stephen Ezard, a brilliant mathematician working in
who returns to London to attend his brother’s funeral. Within a very
span, Stephen falls for his widowed sister-in-law, discovers a dying
woman in his brother’s apartment, becomes the spokesperson for a
database at the urging of his former girlfriend, and gets involved in a
governmental conspiracy, all the while trying to figure out who he can
is a film you definitely do not want to watch
near young children. You may prefer getting together with a group of
friends for this one. Set in prudish Victorian London, a young doctor
engineering roommate accidentally discover the electro-mechanical
this satisfying romantic comedy.
medical story set in London, this time in 1895,
“Bramwell” is a four-season British production starring Jemma Redgrave
Eleanor Bramwell, a young, passionate and very intelligent doctor who
to improve public health services for people living in London’s East
The writing, acting, locations, costumes and sometimes gruesome medical
procedures are brilliant.
London in the 1950s is still impoverished. “Call the
Midwife” is a new British series that follows the nursing nuns and
live at Nonnatus House and provide midwifery and other medical services
women in the East End. The series is funny, moving, honest and
that autumn is nearing you may want to gather on the
sofa and view these DVDs and hundreds more that are available in the
audio-visual collection on the main floor.
|by Cathy Seblonka, Collection
August 3, 2013
White Public Library new
book shelves hold a variety of reading material.
in the Closet by Tobias T. Buhk bids readers welcome to
Michigan, home to
the grit and tire smell of Detroit, more than 3,000 miles of beach. Michigan boasts of the
shoreline in the world and more registered snowmobiles than any other
spend summers in cabins
cooling off by the Big Lake, and residents bundle up, watching the snow
it grows. Even in
this outdoor paradise,
there is still room for crime and plenty of places to bury bodies. The author takes to the
chronicle some of the Great Lakes State’s more intriguing, hair-rising
compelling crime cases. You
look at Michigan the same way again.
Buhk teams up
with Dr. Stephen D.
Cohle to explore the everyday world of the Kent County Morgue located
Michigan. Cause of Death: Forensic Files of a Medical Examiner
with the gruesome sights, the caustic smells and the frightening sounds
writing duo examines the
twisted tales of the bodies that have rolled through the doors of the
County Morgue. Fans
detective stories will like this book that details what happens in the
day-to-day life of the Grand Rapids area Medical Examiner.
1933, Albert Einstein, like so
many others of his generation, became a refugee due to the spread of
Europe. He settled
in Princeton, New
Jersey where he accepted a position at the newly established Institute
Advanced Study. The modest, retiring theorstician, his principal
behind him, had unwittingly become something of a sage whose opinions
issues affecting humanity were eagerly sought by a variety of people. With good humor and with a
compass, Einstein responded and became an internationally respected
spokesperson for ethical humanism and a symbol of the scientist as the
conscience. Einstein in America,
the Scientific Conscience in the Age of Hitler and Hiroshima by Janice Sayen
recounts his life from 1933 until his death
in 1955. This time
development of the atomic bomb and his early efforts to achieve
control over nuclear weapons as well as Einstiens lifelong pacifism,
relationship with Judaism, the nature of his support for Isreal and his
stand against McCarthyism and the Cold War.
This fascinating book paints a personal
portrait of the private Einstein
as recounted by those who knew him best.
Steve Hamilton sets his Alex McKnight series in Paradise, Michigan. Hamilton took a break from
the series several
year ago to pen The Lock Artist. He returned last year with
Die a Stranger and
follows that with Let It Burn. In the newest mystery
novel McKnight finds
that even retirement can’t shield him from his former duty to serve and
the residents of Detroit. A
Motown is a trip he would just as soon forget.
The city continues to remind him of his
partner’s death and the bullet
still lodged near his heart. When
old sergeant calls to notify him of the release from prison of a young
helped put away, nagging doubts draw McKnight back to the city and on a
nostalgic trip of the days before his partner died, his marriage fell
before he left Detroit, for what he thought would be forever. What if he and his fellow
fooled and the real killer not only got away, but went on to kill again
the setting for Manifest Injustice
by Barry Siegel. This
true story of a
convicted murderer and the lawyers who fought for his freedom is a
tale about what happens when justice goes awry.
Bill Macumber was imprisoned for 38 years for
the gruesome murder of a
couple found by a school bus of students in the Arizona desert in 1962. The brutal murder of a
bewildered the Maricopa Sheriff’s Department and resulted in a number
chilling confessions. The
case went cold
until an estranged wife implicated her husband Bill Macumber. Despite
questionable evidence and extraordinary irregularities, he was tried
crime and convicted. The
the involvement of the Arizona Justice Project.
Macumber’s story provides startling and
upsetting truths about our
justice system and the dedicated lawyers who never stopped working on
behalf. This story
is filled with twists
and turns and may change the way many people understand the court
|by Stanley Peterson, Maintenance
July 27, 2013
|Hot Off the Cart
of the perks of working in a library is perusing the
carts as they roll out of the Technical Services Department where
cataloged, labeled, and otherwise prepared to go on the shelves. In preparation for this
column I walked
downstairs and found a cart of books that had just been received and
waiting for processing. From
that cart I
chose those books with titles that seemed to leap out at me—yes, I
following books by their covers.
the tradition of M. F. K. Fisher, Laurie Colwin, and Ruth
Reichl, Blue Plate Special is a narrative in which
cooking it, reflecting on it—becomes the vehicle for unpacking a life.
Kate Christensen explores her history of hunger—not just for food but
and confidence and a sense of belonging—with a profound honesty,
her unorthodox childhood in 1960s Berkeley as the daughter of a
activist who ruled the house with his fists. After a whirlwind
awakening, Christensen strikes out to chart her own destiny within the
world and the world of men, both equally alluring and dangerous. Food
kinds, from Ho Hos to haute cuisine, remains an evocative constant
not just as sustenance but as a realm of experience unto itself, always
reflective of what is going on in her life.
The year is 1819,
and the renowned chef Owen Wedgwood has been kidnapped by
the ruthless pirate Mad Hannah Mabbot. He will be spared, she tells
long as he puts exquisite food in front of her every Sunday without
Cinnamon and Gunpowder is a
epicure’s adventure simmered over a surprisingly touching love
dash of the strangest, most delightful cookbook never written. Author
has crafted a uniquely entertaining novel full of adventure: the
story turned on its head, at sea, with food.
Vicker’s new novel, The Cleaner of Chartres, by
Salley Vickers tells the story of Agnès Morel. A quiet presence in the
French town of Chartres, she can be found cleaning the famed medieval
each morning and doing odd jobs for the townspeople. No one knows where
came from or why. Not Abbé Paul, who discovered her one morning twenty
ago, sleeping on the north porch, and not Alain Fleury, the irreverent
restorer who works alongside her each day and whose attention she
her tawny eyes and elusive manner. She has transformed each of their
her own subtle way, yet no one suspects the dark secret Agnès is hiding.
Good Life Lab by Wendy J. Tremayne is
the inspirational story of how one couple
ditched their careers and high-pressure life in New York City to move
New Mexico, where they made, built, invented, foraged, and grew all
to live self-sufficiently, discovering a new sense of value and
the process. Alongside their personal story are tips and tutorials to
readers in the discovery of a fulfilling new lifestyle that relies less
money. Tremayne wholeheartedly believes that everyone has the skill,
imagination and creativity to make it work.
Colin Firth by Mia March is a novel about
three women, connected in secret and surprising ways, who
are in for a life-changing summer when rumor has it that actor Colin
coming to their Maine town to film a movie.
In Finnish Free
Knits, Kristen TenDyke teaches readers how to knit sweaters
with no assembly required. Through clever planning and some simple
the projects in Finish-Free Knits are shaped and
knitting-- without sacrificing the pockets, buttonbands, and shaped
that are accomplished in most designs by sewing together separate
addition, she demonstrates how to shape armholes, join pieces as you
short-rows for shaping, and more.
Cure Your Child with Food, Kelly Dorfman, a nutritionist,
gives parents the tools they need to become nutrition detectives; to
recalibrate their children’s diets through the easy E.A.T. program;
finally, to get their children off drugs—antibiotics, laxatives,
back to a natural state of well-being.
Grounded in science and filled with case
studies, this is a book for
parents whose children suffer from mood swings, stomachaches, ear
eczema, anxiety, tantrums, ADD/ADHD, picky eating, asthma, lack of
a host of other physical, behavioral, and developmental problems.
Debut novel The Irresistible Blueberry Bakery by Mary
Simses tells the story of a
high-powered Manhattan attorney who finds love, purpose, and the
promise of a
simpler life in her grandmother's hometown. Ellen Branford is going to
her grandmother's dying wish--to find the hometown boy she once loved,
him her last letter. Ellen leaves Manhattan and her Kennedy-esque
Beacon, Maine. What should be a one-day trip is quickly complicated
almost drowns in the chilly bay and is saved by a local carpenter. The
turns Ellen into something of a local celebrity, which may or may not
unravel the past her grandmother labored to keep hidden. As she learns
her grandmother and herself, it becomes clear that a 24-hour visit to
may never be enough.
Andrew Sean Greer, the author of The Confessions of
Max Tivoli, comes The Impossible Lives of Greta
Wells, a romantic
story of a woman who finds herself transported to the “other lives” she
have lived. After
the death of her
beloved twin brother and the abandonment of her long-time lover, Greta
undergoes electroshock therapy. Over the course of the treatment, Greta
herself repeatedly sent to 1918, 1941, and back to the present. In
worlds, Greta finds her brother alive and well—though fearfully masking
true personality. And her former lover is now her devoted husband…but
be unfaithful to her in this life as well? Greta Wells is fascinated by
alter egos: in 1941, she is a devoted mother; in 1918, she is a
reality has its own
losses, its own rewards; each extracts a different price. Which life
choose as she wrestles with the unpredictability of love and the
of even her most carefully considered choices?
Humans by Matt Haig had the most distinguished cover on
the cart I perused, featuring a large nose front and center. The premise seems equally
evocative. When an
extraterrestrial visitor arrives on
Earth, his first impressions of the human species are less than
Taking the form of Professor Andrew Martin, a prominent mathematician
Cambridge University, the visitor is eager to complete the gruesome
assigned him and hurry back home to the utopian world of his own
everyone enjoys immortality and infinite knowledge.
|byEllen Moore, Reference
July 13, 2013
|Switch Up Summer Reading
to switch up your summer reading?
Try out a historical fiction title and look
at what could have been.
Z: A Novel of Zelda
Fitzgerald by Theresa Ann
Fowler - This dazzling novel captures the
and tragedy of the first flapper, Zelda Fitzgerald.
belle Zelda Sayre meets F. Scott
Fitzgerald at a country club dance in 1918 and the "ungettable" Zelda
has fallen for him despite his unsuitability.
After Scott sells his first novel, Zelda
boards a train north to marry
him. At the dawn of
the Jazz Age, the
unimagined attention, success and celebrity makes Scott and Zelda
their own time. Their story follows them across the country and to
they cavort with the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Sara and Gerald Murphy,
Gertrude Stein. Like
a Gatsby party, the
fun can’t go on forever. This
looks at who Zelda might have been, other than Scott’s wife and how she
have tried to forge her own identity while enduring the trials of life.
The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin –
This tale reveals the marriage of one of Americas most extraordinary
Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
For much of her life, Anne Morrow stood in the
shadows of those around
her. When Anne travels to Mexico City,
she meets Colonel
Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the
Atlantic. He sees Anne as a kindred spirit, a fellow adventurer, and
will be changed forever. In the years that follow, despite her own
Anne is viewed merely as the aviators wife. The life she once longed
produces heartbreak and hardships, ultimately pushing her to reconcile
for love and her desire for independence.
Painted Girls by Cathy Marie
- This novel introduces readers to
two sisters in
Belle époque Paris. Following their father's sudden death, the van
sisters find their lives upended. Set at a moment of profound artistic,
cultural, and societal change, this tale follows two sisters to the
impulses of "civilized society."
With so much against them in the underworld of
1878 Paris including
alcoholism, prostitution, even murder, and the girls are almost sure to
lost. However the
girls may even have a chance
to survive, perhaps flourish
The House Girl by Tara
Conklin – Two remarkable women, separated by
more than a
century, lives unexpectedly intertwine.
In 2004, Lina Sparrow discovers a controversy
rocking the art world: art
historians suspect that the paintings of Lu Anne Bell, an antebellum
known for her humanizing portraits of the slaves, were actually the
work of her
house slave. In piecing together Josephine's story, Lina embarks on a
that will lead her to question her own life, including the full story
mother's mysterious death twenty years before.
Out of the Easy by Ruta
Sepetys – New Orleans’ French
with secrets in this
young adult novel set in 1950. Seventeen-year-old
Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She
devises a plan
get out, but a mysterious death leaves her involved in an investigation
will challenge her allegiances. Josie
caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine
|by Heather Steltenpohl, Finance
July 6, 2013
is finally here on the calendar, but temperature-wise
I’m not so certain. Whatever you’re doing this summer, paperbacks are
right size to put in a bag and carry wherever one may be going. That’s
selected a few of our new paperbacks to highlight in my favorite genre,
mysteries. I hope you enjoy these quick reads while enjoying the
and the U.P.
Swanson is the author of a new series, Devereaux’s
Dime Store Mystery. In the series, Swanson writes Devereaux Sinclair
back home in
Missouri where she opens a little store. In the first book, Little Shop of Homicide, a gift from
store causes questions about her innocence in a murder case. She
aid of family, friends and a deputy U.S. Marshall to clear her name; to
she’s not like her criminal father. A second book in the series is
entitled Nickeled-and-Dimed to Death.
sleuth Devereaux quickly joins authorities to solve another murder in
has her friend Boone as the suspect. Follow her again as she works to
murder and clear him.
series of books that is good to read belong to “A Farmer’s
Market Mystery.” Paige Shelton writes this series following the
Becca Robins, heroine extraordinaire. Becca lives on a small farm and
jams and preserves for her living. Follow her as she interacts with her
neighbors solving murders in Fruit of All
Evil, Farm Fresh Murder, A Killer Maize and
Crops and Robbers. The PWPL has all four titles in our
next selection, “A Cheese Shop Mystery” entitled To
Brie or Not to Brie was written by
Avery Aames. Set in Providence, Ohio, main character Charlotte Bessette
learned how to handle work, love and family commitment while still
recipes. Everyone loves her new Brie blueberry ice cream. But someone
out for the stranger in town. He turns up dead in the freezer of the
Cream Parlor. Charlotte works throughout this book to find the murder
still maintaining her shop; creating food for Matthew’s wedding and
life. Recipes included.
D.C. is the setting in Maggie Sefton’s latest, Deadly
Politics. Unemployed Molly Malone
turns to her niece Karen for help in finding a new job. Through Karen’s
connections, Molly accepts a position with a freshman senator. All is
in the office; Molly discovers secrets. Are the secrets what caused
kill Karen? Molly is quickly on the trail to find her niece’s murderer.
and speaking about jobs that might kill… Elaine Viets is
author of a mystery series called “A Dead-End Job Mystery.” There are
titles in this series, but the one that I picked up is Murder
with Reservations. It’s the story about Helen Hawthorne, a
housekeeper at Fort Lauderdale’s Full Moon Hotel.
She works hard for her paychecks cleaning
rooms at the hotel and definitely understands why co-worker, Rhonda,
up-and-left. Then poor Rhonda is found dead, in the dumpster. Helen
paranoid that someone is following her, only to discover that it’s her
he have anything to do with Rhonda’s death?
Phelan authored Spurred
Ambition that is set near fictional Pinnacle Peak, AZ. Enter
lawyer and rock climber. After discovering an illicit affair and the
the man she believed was her father is not, Hannah leaves the “family”
She takes a job doing legal work for the Tohono O’odham Office of
Affairs which is on a local reservation. Tony Soto is her new boss, but
something feels odd. Is Tony innocent, or does he know about the hoax?
is kept busy as she tries to unravel two mysteries at once.
would this list be without “A Library Lover’s Mystery” on
Another series and
another terrific mystery paperback, Due
or Die by Jenn McKinlay has Library Director Lindsay Norris
than just reference questions. She’s searching for answers to the
who murdered Mr. Rushton and who’s out to get Carrie, his wife. PWPL
multiple titles in this series.
|by Vicki Mann, Reference Desk
June 22, 2013
life’s experience is the goal of the biography or
addition to the story
of one’s life, the biography can also teach the reader how a person fit
the social fabric of the day. A
of biographies have been written by and/or about people from the Upper
by Steve Lehto is
the story of Douglass Houghton and his life of exploration. Houghton died tragically
at the young age of
36 while traveling by boat on Lake Superior.
As Michigan’s State Geologist Houghton’s
explorations and surveys
documented the minerals that have been such an important part of the
Pellonpaa and Jerry Harju tell the story of the popular host of Finland Calling in Suomi
born during the Depression in Ishpeming.
He was a successful athlete and served in the
military in Korea. He
worked underground as a miner and then
landed a job in television. That
has spanned over 50 years, and as Pellonpaa states about his life “I’m
through with it yet.”
recorded by Homer H.
Kidder and edited by Arthur P. Bourgeois is a collection of the
tales told by Ojibwa storytellers Charles and Charlotte Kawbawgam and
LePique. The book
tells about early
Ojibwa history, culture, rituals and other important religious and
events experienced by these three important local Native Americans.
served as a Lutheran pastor for forty years in Michigan’s Upper
addition to growing up in Chatham.
Memories, the Life
and Two-Pronged Ministry
of Les Niemi recounts his life and service to churches
UP. Short vignettes
illuminate his life
and faith as well as tell about his contemporaries, society and faith. An entertaining look at
Niemi’s life and
My Father, Doctor Van
by Charles Van
Riper is the story of beloved physician Paul Van Riper.
His son writes a lively, humorous,
compassionate and earthy account of the extraordinary country doctor
to the UP to treat and heal its residents.
Van Riper came to the UP in 1901 at the behest
of the Oliver Iron Mining
Company. He lived
in Champion and
provided medical care to local residents for almost 70 years.
came to the UP from Finland at the turn of the Nineteenth Century. Joseph Damrell, Isaac’s
grandson edited his handwritten
memoirs into an autobiography that details life in rural Finland in the
1800’s and in Ewen, Michigan in the first half of the Twentieth Century. The title of this work is Isaac Polvi, Autobiography of a Finnish
Immigrant. The memories of Polvi are vivid and thought
Mukkala’s writings have delighting readers with his sense of humor and
autobiography The Gift of Wings is
no exception. Mukkala
details his life in the sky in this
fast paced book. Mukkala tells about his career in the US Air Force,
he traveled, the planes he flew and the people he met.
Frederic Baraga is receiving renewed interest due to the canonization
Diary of Bishop Frederic Baraga was edited and annotated by
Walling and Rev. N. Daniel Rupp. The
documents his travels and service throughout the UP.
The daily life and struggles of a priest on
the frontier is fascinating reading.
Shepherd of the
Wilderness by Bernard
J. Lambert is the product of 18 years research into the life of Bishop
Baraga. Using texts
and records from
Europe and the US, Lambert has pieced together a definitive biography
Baraga. He makes a
strong case for
beatification of Baraga and gives the reader a thorough look at why
Nevue was a descendant of immigrants from Quebec, Canada. He grew up on a backwoods
Champion. His story
is one of working on
the farm, hunting and fishing, and attending school as a boy. His interest in
the customs and culture of
the late 19th and early 20th
centuries are captured in
this readable book. A Boy’s Paradise is his autobiography.
Small Town D.A.
by Robert Traver is the
story of a District Attorney serving in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. This candid account of “the keeper of the public
father confessor” is humorous, poignant and challenging. The book tells the tales
of those who run afoul
of the law and their treatment by the court.
is a third generation miner who worked for Cleveland Cliffs and out of
appreciation and concern for his fellow workers became a labor union
autobiography 52 Steps Underground
realistic picture of labor on the Marquette Range and chronicles
regional history. For
in how laborers shaped the mining industry and what being underground
really like, this is a must read.
White Public Library has an extensive collection of biographies that
Upper Peninsula history. These
are but a
few of the many volumes that will help readers to understand the
people who shaped the UP of today.
|by Pam Christensen, Library
June 15, 2013
you ever wanted to learn to bake? Do you already consider yourself a
baker? “Your Time To Bake,” by Robert L. Blakeslee can help you create
wonderful works of culinary art in your kitchen at home. This is a
the novice baker. It has the qualities to turn non-bakers into
creators of cakes, cookies, pies, and other delectable baked goods. I
enjoyed making the scones. I added raspberries, blackberries, and
with the blueberries to “berrify” the recipe.
book to pick up from
the library if you want to get your bake on is “Pies Sweet and Savory,”
Caroline Bretherton. This book is all about constructing pies from
book can help open your mind to different types of pies, from meat pies
vegetarian quiches. It has rich chocolate tarts and divine fruit
there is a pie for every taste and occasion. One recipe that blew me
the spicy beef hand pies. The one thing I would suggest when making
is make two batches of dough. I ran out of dough with one batch.
isn’t the only fundamental when it comes to creating food. Let’s talk
of our American favorites, the burger. How about “The Book of Burger”
New York Times bestselling author Rachael Ray? A lot of folks love to
wonderful cookout in the heat of summertime. If you want to spice up
cookout, try making a burger that will get all of your friends saying
This book has all types of burgers patties with choices of beef,
salmon, veggie, and lamb. There are plenty of recipes for side dishes
any types of burger.
you ever heard the phrase, “Southern Cooking?” Well the book “Texas
by Robb Walsh will help you understand southern cooking like never
most cookbooks, this book has chapters. Each chapter gives a
tells stories about all of the recipes in the chapter. They provide
of where these recipes originated and then some. I made a delicious
chicken stew but wasn’t sure what to pair it with. When I opened this
found a really tasty boardinghouse biscuits recipe that helped complete
but not least is a book that will make you smile, say “Cheese.” “Hot
Cheesy” by Clifford A. Wright has some super good recipes for the fan
cheese. Over 250
recipes that involve
cheese are compiled here. Fritters, pastries, casseroles, pastas,
sandwiches, breads, and everything else you can stuff, top or sprinkle
cheese fill this book. I fell in love with two recipes. The Broccoli
Dish and the Broccoli Stems Pistachio au Gratin dishes get your mouth
for more, if you like broccoli and cheese, of course. The cool thing
these two recipes is that you use the broccoli florets for one recipe
broccoli stems for the other.
remember every recipe that you come across is only a guideline. It is
encouraged in the culinary world to add your own twist to a recipe.
kitchen time should be fun time, enjoy creating dishes with these ideas
the library collection.
|by Shane Sizemore, Maintenance
June 1, 2013
By Dale Maharidge.
father, Steve Maharidge, served with the US Marine Corps during WWII,
silent about his experiences. The only visible evidence of his service
single photograph hanging in his basement, a picture of him standing
fellow serviceman. After his father’s death, the author spent twelve
piecing together the story of Love Company, his father’s unit in the
Theater. Interviews with other surviving members of the company bring
experiences to light, and how those times changed them.
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Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari.
does not refer to a specific place, but is a Portuguese term for the
bush. "In the bush lay Africa's essence," writes Mosquito Coast author
Theroux. Now in his 70s, as he returns to Africa to embark alone on a
through the southern portion of the continent by train, bus, and bush
Since his time in the Peace Corps fifty years ago, Theroux has spent a
deal of time in Africa, and illuminating backwater locations through
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Where: Discovering America's Great Forgotten History.
forgotten and overlooked places of history all around the US are given
in this entertaining volume by Andrew Carroll, who “hated history”
learned to love it on his own terms. The author travelled the country
the places where significant events happened and tell their stories.
that inspired the book was the spot where the brother of John Wilkes
saved the life of President Lincoln’s son, Robert.
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Paris: Life and Love on a Short Drive Around Half the World.
Cadillac is an unlikely choice of vehicle to drive across the desert
roads of Eurasia en-route to Paris. This is precisely what the author
husband set out to do in the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge, a rally
antique vehicles where finishing the race is the primary objective. A
recount of that trip and the tests they faced along the way.
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Cherry Lane: Tales from the Life of Music Industry Legend Milton Okun.
man of music, Milt Okun’s career includes time as a singer, teacher,
arranger, publishing executive, and author. Founder of Cherry Lane
Publishing Company, he was instrumental in discovering and mentoring a
of performers from folk to opera.
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In the City
of Bikes: The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist.
to Amsterdam for a semester to study how bicycles had been so
integrated into the city transportation plan, the author instead
local and stayed. What didn’t change was his dedication to studying
an essential part of Amsterdam, its bicycling culture, and how it came
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|by Bruce MacDonald, Circulation
May 25, 2013
|Dig into Reading
into Reading, the 2013 summer reading program theme of
many area libraries, supports a wide range of interests. We invite you
your library and dig into these new books for children.
book as playful and creative as its subject matter, Paul
Klee for Children by Silke Vry
encapsulates the spirit of the German painter and abstract art. Vry’s
offers vignettes of Klee’s life, beliefs, struggles, and refreshing
including his use of lines, color, rubbish, sand and even chocolate
Vry incorporates numerous reproductions of Klee’s work and invites
dig into drawing using artistic techniques inspired by Klee’s
Traylor stores memories deep inside himself for
eighty-five years. One summer day in 1939, he sits on a wooden crate in
downtown Montgomery and starts drawing. Traylor draws from his
and farmers from his early life in the fields, images from slavery and
Civil War, and the people he see everyday on the Montgomery streets.
later, Traylor has become one of our most important self-taught
artists. Dig into Don Tate’s tribute to Traylor, It
Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw, illustrated
R. Gregory Christie.
Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm dig into research for
their book, Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas. Chisholm, a
Marquette native and winner of a National Medal of Science awarded by
Obama on February 1, teaches at MIT and has researched prochlorococcus,
smallest phytoplankton for 25 years. This luminous picture book
explains how tiny
plants called phytoplankton play an essential part of the ocean’s food
absorbing sunlight and getting gobbled up by bigger and bigger
zooplankton to whales, in addition to supplying half the earth’s oxygen.
you ever sat in a barley field at dusk and felt the
world turning? Digging back to her youthful experience, zoologist
introduces young people to the natural world by describing four seasons
and sounds found in places as diverse as countryside and seashore, city
forest. Davies includes recipes for compost, berry crumble and bird
cakes in her
collection of poetry and information, Outside
Your Window: A First Book of Nature illustrated by Mark
go round the moon, Sally go round the stars, Sally go
round the chimney pots, with an Oosha Mary Ann.” Enjoy familiar and
not-so-familiar nursery rhymes, poems and children’s songs in Sally Go Round the Stars: Favorite Rhymes
from an Irish Childhood collected by Sarah Webb and Claire
Ranson, and illustrated
by Steve McCarthy. The authors dig deep onto old Irish songbooks,
nursery rhyme collections and their childhood memories to select
this lively resource.
you like community picnics? Auntie Yang’s
Great Soybean Picnic written by Ginnie Lo and
illustrated by Beth Lo tells the story of their Auntie Yang who bravely
China in 1945 to attend a university in the United States. The war in
prevents her return so her family and her sister’s family settle
Chicago. They miss China, their family back home and Chinese food,
soybeans. On a thrilling Sunday drive, the two families discover a
soybeans growing among the corn fields. The friendly farmer allows them
soybeans which they take home, turn into favorite stir-fried dishes and
picnic. For 40 years Auntie Yang holds an annual soybean picnic which
an important gathering for immigrant Chinese families in the Chicago
around the world in 1768 with eleven-year-old
Nicholas. The young sailor accompanies Captain James Cook on a
voyage aboard the sailing ship HMS Endeavour. In Nick’s historical
read entries noting their “discovery” of Australia, exotic creatures
endless scientific specimens. The men open new worlds for colonists
insects, starvation, storms, spear throwing native peoples, and the
death of a
third of their crew. Dig into adventure by reading Sailing
the Unknown by Michael J. Rosen with detailed illustrations
by Maria Cristina Pritelli, a contemporary self-taught Italian artist.
might not dig into reading until you’ve experienced
books and a loving adult or caretaker reading to you. In Anna McQuinn’s
Lola Loves Stories we
meet a sweet
little girl who loves nothing more than listening to her daddy read a
library book every night. In turn, Lola follows her daddy’s example in Lola Reads to Leo. Baby brother Leo
cries a lot when he’s hungry or tired or needs a diaper change. Big
comes to the rescue with her best books.
into Reading begins June 10. Visit us to find these
books and many others that may inspire you to dig into a great many
|by Cathy Seblonka, Youth
May 11, 2013
|Rainy Day Reading
we’re all happy to see summer weather arriving and looking forward to
time outdoors, don’t forget the library’s DVD collection for those cold
rainy Michigan summer days.
For fans of
James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and
Small series that ran on PBS, the library has a season of Young James Herriot.
he became famous, a wide-eyed and eager James Herriot arrived at
Glasgow Veterinary College to pursue the career he'd dreamed of since
childhood. A backdrop of profound social change at home and abroad adds
story of Jame’s education.
In 1965, the young Detective
Constable Endeavour Morse is recruited into the hunt for a missing
and finds himself in the midst of a murder investigation. For fans of
Inspector Morse series Endeavour
gives a look into the history of the opera-loving detective. We’re hoping for another
We follow Quill,
a yellow lab retriever guide dog for the blind, from the litter,
his selection to become a guide dog, and his life with a foster family
his first birthday, followed by highly specialized schooling in guiding
sightless. He is paired with a blind man who is at first reluctant to
Quill. But Quill's great patience, gentleness, and skill eventually win
over and they become inseparable friends.
Language 101: a Beginner’s Guide to American Sign Language is
students as well as teachers, parents, and professionals learning ASL
clearly and naturally with the deaf.
We’ve added additional sign language DVDs to
broaden your vocabulary.
If you had to be out of town like I did
and missed the chance to attend the Model A Ford Club of America’s
summer, we have the 60 minute DVD detailing the highlights of Model A Ford Club of America 2012 National
Thanks to a generous donation from a
patron, we have Makers: Women Who Make
by Meryl Streep,
this is the story of how women have helped shape America over the last
years through one of the most sweeping social revolutions in American
in pursuit of their rights to a full and fair share of political power,
economic opportunity, and personal autonomy.
Life as a Turkey. Leave it to PBS to produce a nature
edifying and touching as it is unlikely. You’ll enjoy vivid, remarkable
re-creations of naturalist/-author/artist Joe Hutto's experiences
group of wild turkey hatchlings as they progress toward maturity and
go their separate ways.
Paraclete Press has produced a
series of DVDs on dealing with grief.
local groups, agencies and individuals dealing with grief, these DVDS
help. The titles
Death’s Door: Help for the Grieving Process after Someone You Love Has
on our Hearts: Walking through Grief after a Miscarriage, Stillbirth,
the Sudden Death of a Loved One: Guidance for when the Unthinkable
Parents Grieve: finding new Life after the Death of a Child.
through the Shadows: Hope for Healing after someone You Love has
Will Miss You: Support for Grieving the Death of a Pet.
|by Caroline Jordan, Collections
you want to increase your computer skills so you can surf the web more
efficiently and find information more quickly, send and receive
spreadsheets, slides, edit pictures, and create letters, resumes, brochures or posters?
Then you might want to
check out a couple of these books or many other similar books we have
shelves that were too numerous
Windows 8 Simplified
McFedries makes learning Windows 8 a breeze. Beautiful full color
illustrations, easy steps to follow, no long winded explanations or
to confuse you. Tour the windows desktop, work with applications, surf
and use e-mail and calendars and create and manage many different kinds
All-in-One for Dummies
by Peter Weverka is advertised as 8 books in 1.You
will learn in the “Dummies” fashion about Word, Outlook, PowerPoint,
Access, Publisher and many common office tools will be covered as well.
book teaches Office 2010, so you will need at least a basic
any of Microsoft’s office’s older versions to get the most out of this
would not recommend
this for those
who only have a rudimentary
knowledge of using a computer.
2007 Microsoft Office System
by Microsoft Press allows you to learn
at your own pace and develop the skills you need. This book contains a
companion CD if you want to use it along with the book. Creating documents, spreadsheets, slide
shows, e-mail, calendars
and organizing and formatting text are a few of the things you will
& Tricks Microsoft Office 2007 Simplified
by Kate Shoup is a great book if
you already know the basics and want to go beyond that and learn lots
shortcuts, trick and tips to improve and increase your current skill
with all the “Simplified” books, it has full color illustrations and
step-by-step instructions. So grab this book if you want to maximize
following books were written with our seniors in mind, but technically
speaking, anyone of any age would benefit from the information
Seniors for the over 50s in easy steps
by Michael Price is as it’s title mentions,
easy to follow, with step-by-step
instructions for word processing, report writing, presentations, photo
slide shows, spreadsheets and more. The book is fully illustrated in
would be a great way to expand your current computer abilities.
2010 and 2007 for Seniors
by Studio Visual Steps will teach you how to create
letters, greeting cards and brochures in Word and how to create a
in Excel and make a photo album with audio, video and transition
PowerPoint. You will need basic computer skills to use this book
and you will need either Office 2007 or 2010 installed on your computer
order to get the most benefit from this book.
|by Nicki Malave, Information
May 4, 2013
April 13, 2013
|Author - Kristine O'Connell George
you like short poems, especially those about nature and
every day occurances, you’ll want to read the library’s collection of
Kristine O’Connell George. The
has published several books about observations in nature, such as”
A Journal of Poems” that tells the story of a hummingbird that built
the backyard becoming the focus of one family’s spring and summer. The poems are enhanced by
illustrations of Barry Moser.
Great Frog Race,” Toasting Marshmallows: Camping
Poems,” and “Old Elm Speaks: Tree Poems” are three volumes of poems
wonders of being in the outdoors, taking note of the plants and
and insects that make up an ecosystem.
Kate Kiesler illustrated all three books in a
calm combination of oil
paints. Try to
illustration for the poem, ”Summer fills the empty space between two
a hammock.” It’s exactly like that.
Dog Poems” and “Little Dog and Duncan” are two books
about the same adorable girl and her dog, illustrated in detailed
by June Otani. George’s
poems address the small pleasures of dog ownership and the special
children have with their dogs. The
second book includes a visit from Duncan, a very large dog who brings
unusual dynamic to the group.
Dilemma” is a book of big sister poems from a fourth
grader to her preschool sister. As
any sibling relationship, there are great times together and there are
frustrating times when you want to be an only child.
Nancy Carpenter’s pen and ink watercolors
pick up on the moods of both sisters, increasing the impact of these
and “Book!” are both aimed at preschoolers who have
their own way of looking at the simple things in life.
A visit to the park is a way to try out
action words, while the small act of reading a book is only one of the
youngster can use books for.
Me a Poem” is a series of poems centered around a
child folding his own set of origami animals and thinking about the
characteristics of each one. The
book is one ongoing illustration of bright acrylics by Lauren Stringer
moves from page to page as each animal takes a turn to inspire a poem. Origami instructions can
be found at
Upstream” is a collection of middle school poems
accented with several full page spreads of pen and ink drawings by
Tilley. The first
one depicts students in
the hallway with one boy trying to remember his locker combination. It matches a poem from
page 10: “I’ve got
your numbers. Twelve…eleven…twenty-one. Why won’t you open?” Anyone who’s been to
middle school can relate
to these thoughts on school, friends, and growing up.
O’Connell George will be featured at the Young
Authors Conference the second week of May, with a special appearance at
Peter White Public Library on Tuesday, May 7th
at 6:30. The event
is open to the public.
|by Lynette Suckow, Website and
January 12, 2013
|A Variety of Nonfiction Books
architects, owners and contractors are trying to build
environmentally friendly buildings.
Frank Lloyd Wright
Natural Design, Organic
Architecture is a beautifully illustrated look at Wright and
desire to work and
live with nature and to use it to create livable homes and cities is as
relevant now as it was during his lifetime.
All Standing by Kathryn
is the remarkable story of the legendary Irish Famine ship called the
Johnston. More than
one million people
fled Ireland to North America during the Potato Famine and more than
them would die aboard one of the 5,000 “coffin ships” carrying them to
remarkable crew of the Jeanie
Johnston never lost a passenger or crew during 11 voyages to North
Maryka Biaggio’s first novel Parlor
Games is the tale of May Dugas, once named “the most
dangerous woman in the
world” by the Pinkerton Agency. The
novel opens in 1917 as May is facing trial for extortion in her
Menominee, Michigan. Is
May as dangerous
as agent Reed Dougherty claims or just an innocent caught in nefarious
not of her making? You
as the reader can
McMurtry is known for his historic novels and screenplays. He turns his attention to
life of infamous General George Armstrong Custer in his newest work. Lavishly illustrated, this
how the memory and legend of Custer were born in the aftermath of his
against a large Lakota Cheyenne Village on June 25, 1876. Custer redefines
reader’s understanding of the American West.
The Best American Short Stories of
2012 by Tom Perrotta includes North
Country by Roxane Gay. She
her PhD. From MTU and serves as Co-Editor of PANK, MTU’s literary
captures the spirit of
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, as seen from an outsider, in this eloquent
Minnesota’s rugged terrain is the setting for Lake
Country by Sean Doolittle.
When Wade Benson was convicted for killing a
young woman in a fatal auto
accident after he fell asleep at the wheel, the judge handed down a
controversial sentence. Unfortunately,
the victim’s brother decides to settle the score.
Only one man can try to derail the horrible
revenge plot that threatens to spin out of control and take many
Audiologists agree that Americans are suffering a national epidemic of
hearing impairment. Seventeen
the population or 50 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss. For many, this condition
hits between the
ages of 19 and 44. Katherine
one of the many for whom Shouting Won’t
her personal experiences
as a guide, Bouton discusses this invisible disability and offers
advice and a
wealth of information about hearing loss.
Spring will be here someday and Foraged
Flavor will get you ready to take advantage of nature’s
Tama Matsuoka Wong and Eddy Leroux
have compiled a book that will help foragers find fabulous ingredients
backyard, woods or farmer’s market.
Arranged by season, the book includes drawings
of each ingredient and
recipes that make the most of its flavor and characteristics.
Standing in Another
Man’s Grave by Ian Rankin marks the 20 year
anniversary of Rankin’s writing career.
For this riveting mystery he brings back
Detective John Rebus who has
never shied away from lost causes.
Hazlitt is still mourning the loss of her daughter, after she
ago. No sightings,
no body and no clues
have led everyone to call the disappearance unsolvable.
Two more women have disappeared from the same
place, and Rebus is determined to put the pieces together to bring
the cold case.
Anna Starmer has come to the
rescue of the color-challenged among us with the Color
Scheme Bible. This
book presents 200 distinctive color schemes inspired by nature, art,
describes how colors interact and the effect they have on a room. Each scheme features a
main hue, accent
colors and highlight colors. Starmer
explains how to use each color for walls, woodwork, upholstery and
to bring out the best in the room.
The Dummies books have helped
millions of people conquer their fears about a myriad of subjects. Ed
and Mary Ewing-Mulligan help the reader understand and enjoy wines and
champagnes in Wine for Dummies. This book explains grape
varieties and wine
styles, deciphers wine lists and labels, give hints for selecting and
wine, pairing wine with foods and how to shop for wine and read
chapters, lists and tables
make this book easy-to-use as well as a complete introduction to what
can be a
|by Pam Christensen, Library
you been wondering what the end of the Mayan calendar
will mean? Many
notable writers have been
pondering the same thing and have written a batch of books about
America that may pique your interest.
Ashes of the Earth: a
Mystery of Post-Apocalyptic America by Eliot
Thirty years after a nuclear holocaust, a group of survivors
have formed a colony named Carthage
on the on
the edge of what was once Lake Ontario. Ruled by a governor with
absolute power, this
fragile community is threatened by secret crimes, government
between generations, and has a history of banishing those who suffer
Boone, once a revered
colony founder, investigates a murder that reveals criminal elements
story highlights the
need for societies to salvage ideas and values (instead of material
order to rise up from the ashes.
Angelmaker by Nick
clock repairman Joe Spork finds himself in deep trouble after a friend
to fix an old machine which turns out to be a doomsday device linked to
father’s gangster past. Pursued
monks, government agents, a serial killer and an Asian drug lord, Joe
realizes he’ll need the help of Edie Banister, an elderly WWII
save the world from annihilation.
story unfolds we gradually learn that the doomsday machine was built to
world peace by forcing us to speak only the truth.
However, in the wrong hands, truth-telling
can prove deadly.
The Children of Men by P.
Set in England
in the year 2021, P. D. James’ novel suggests a bleak future devoid of
that is filled with despair and violence.
Central to the story is Theo Faron, an Oxford
history professor who is
approached by a group of dissidents who harbor a dangerous and
secret: a young woman’s hidden pregnancy.
The Dog Stars by Peter
Heller’s debut novel features a pilot named Hig who is about
to embark on a journey of discovery.
a flu pandemic has killed nearly everyone he knows, Hig has co-existed
dog and a loner named Bangley for nine years at an abandoned airport in
Colorado. When he
hears a voice on the radio, Hig
becomes haunted by the thought of finding other survivors. Flying a 1956 Cessna, Hig
soon sets out on a
six-week trip, gaining insights along the way about connection, love,
Flood by Stephen Baxter
Stephen Baxter’s daring novel is a postapocalyptic story
about a world where rising tides mean high ground is rapidly becoming a
precious commodity. Set in the year 2016, this story follows the
attempts of four
political prisoners freed from captivity in Barcelona who search
solutions to the world’s rising ocean levels.
The Omega Point: Beyond
2012 by Whitley Strieber
December 21, 2012 has come and gone without incident.
The year is now 2020 and energy from a
supernova is disrupting the sun, creating solar storms that are
earth. Even as the
wealthy of the world
hide in huge bunkers underground, they know they won’t survive long
some sort of miracle. The
seems to lie with one man, David Ford, a psychologist at the exclusive
Clinic. He and many
of his patients were
once classmates at a center which preceded the clinic where Herbert
taught them a science so ancient its truths have passed into the realm
by time travelers from an ancient civilization may prove essential to
Parable of the Sower by
Octavia E. Butler
Set in the year 2025, this novel portrays a world in decline
overwhelmed by pressures of global warming, pollution, ethnic conflict
other problems. Young,
eighteen-year-old Lauren Olamina flees her walled Californian community
is overrun by a desperate mob of pyro addicts called “paints” who seek
and work. Joining
other refugees who are
flooding north, Lauren is buoyed by her faith in a philosophy/religion
Earthseed, which she believes will one day carry people up to the
|by Lisa Shirtz, Reference