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Unaccustomed Earth

by Jhumpa Lahiri
Monday, September 21, 2009

Jhumpa Lahiri's writing spans the world of India where her parents were born, and the United States where she was raised. Her latest book, Unaccustomed Earth, portrays first generation Americans like herself trying to reconcile the Old World values of the previous generation with contemporary life.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author takes the readers from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand, telling stories of the lives of sisters and brothers, parents and children as they move from India to America and back again.

Two other books by this talented author are...

Sippy Cups Are not for Chardonnay

by Stefanie Wilder-Taylor
Monday, September 21, 2009

As an expectant mother, I am trying to read and gather information about being a parent before I have a crying newborn on my hands (and probably very little time to myself to read). The title of this one sounded great and right up my alley - I don't know that much about newborns, sippy cups, car seats and so on. While I found this book to contain some helpful information, I wouldn't say it was "the book" best suited for the subject but I very much enjoyed the author's humor and the humorous way she handled situations and told personal stories - I even found myself laughing out loud several...

Monday, September 21, 2009

This is the BEST BOOK that I've read in a long time! If you like Harlan Coben, with a little James Patterson sprinkled in the mix, with a Nordic European flavor (ie the ice, the cold, the isolation, burrrr) and themes (ie female victimization; female vanquishing tormentors), this this SERIES is the read for you! Yes, this is the first of what was intended as a 10 piece series and touted as an International Bestseller. Unfortunately, the author succumbed to his demise in 2004, under somewhat cloudy circumstances, if my sources are to be believed. I'm reading the second...

The Leisure Seeker

by Michael Zadoorian
Monday, September 21, 2009

The Leisure Seeker is the most compelling novel I have read in a long time. An elderly couple-wife with terminal cancer and husband with Alzheimers, drive in an RV from Michigan to Disneyland in California on Route 66. Frequent reference to the Detroit area make for local interest and the people they meet, adventures they have and the emotions of very old people make a 'don't put down till you're done' book.

Sue N., Youth Services


Sunday, July 26, 2009

What is the safest area to sit in on an airplane? Where is the best place to have a heart attack? (You may be surprised by this answer - I was.) Why do so many people die when they shouldn't? In tough times, who bounces back and who doesn’t? Who overcomes adversity and who gives up? And perhaps most important: What do survivors and thrivers know about beating the odds that the rest of us don’t? We all hope we never need to know these answers, but it doesn't hurt to be prepared. There are lots of true stories plus research to back up the author's answers. There is a website, www....