Nonfiction

The True Tails of Baker and Taylor

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Jan Louch
The True Tails of Baker and Taylor

The True Tails of Baker and Taylor," by Jan Louch, a super fun, informational book, about the "goings on" inside a small library in Nevada.  They have the 2 resident cats, so between the cats, the staff and the patrons, it is an interesting read.  Check our catalog.

Marilyn S., Circ. 

Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Carlo Rovelli
Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity
The subject of the book is theoretical physics, but it is written in beautiful prose for a reader who has an enthusiasm for the wonder of the universe.  This works even if you don’t understand the complicated equations that are included for those who do understand them.  The author’s enthusiasm is contagious as he presents some amazingly creative ideas that challenge how to think about “reality”.  Some of the best sections are the descriptions of the
evolution of physics from ancient times to present. Check our catalog.
 
Kathleen Z., Administration

The Wright Brothers

Friday, February 24, 2017
David McCullough
The Wright Brothers
This biography gave the Wright brothers, Wilber and Orville, a humanness that I had never read about before.  It made me appreciate their hard work and dogged determination even more than I had in the past.  Both of the brothers had a talent for making and fixing things and a deep curiosity about movement especially flying.  Orville, the younger one, had “dark” periods which is how it was described in the diaries and other documents.  It was probably some sort of deep depression that he suffered from time to time. Their family was close-knit and supportive.  Their father was a well-known traveling minister who had a talent for writing and was well-respected for his integrity.   Their mother died of tuberculosis when they were in their 20s and her death was deeply mourned by the whole family.  Katharine, their younger sister and the only female sibling, was college-educated and very supportive of their work, helping in many ways behind the scenes as their bicycle store and then their airplane business grew.  A very good read.  Check our catalog
 
Kathleen Z., Administration

Table Manners: How to Behave in the Modern World and Why Bother

Thursday, February 9, 2017
Jeremiah Tower
Table Manners: How to Behave in the Modern World and Why Bother

I picked this book up on a whim, hoping it would prove to my kids that putting your elbows on the table qualifies as poor table manners (check out the book to find the answer).  This is a very quick read full of practical and relevent advice, dished out in a fun and amusing way.  A great read for anyone who needs a refresher on everyday or business etiquette.  Check our catalog.

Tanya H., Reference

 

 

 

Being Jazz

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Jazz Jennings
Being Jazz

I chose to read this book to see if I could get a better understanding of what being transgender means.  It’s written by a teen transgender girl.  Jazz was born a boy but knew from a very early age that she wanted to be a girl.  Her parents allowed her to live as a girl beginning around age 4.  This book tells the story of her life from infancy to about 15.  It was interesting insight into the world of transgender people.  The writing was so-so but it did hold my interest all the way through the book.  Check our catalog

Laura G., Youth Services

 

Pogue's Basics: Money

Friday, January 6, 2017
David Pogue
Pogue's Basics: Money

Are you looking for ways to save money?  Then check out this book!  It is filled with 150 tips on how you can save money on all sorts of things; like which credit card to use, how to lower your cable bill, how to save money when traveling and how to cash those old savings bonds that you don't have the certificate for anymore.  I really enjoyed the different websites Pogue suggest you check out for further savings. All in all, a great little book I'm sure you'll find something you can use in.  Check it out today!

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Jan H., Technical Services

 

The bookseller of Kabul

Friday, December 16, 2016
Asne Seierstad
The bookseller of Kabul
I love reading books about other worlds and cultures.  This one is extraordinary.  Seierstad was in Afghanistan with the military when she wandered into a bookshop in Kabul.  Intrigued with the owner she proposed joining his home to enable her to tell their story.  She writes with respect and graciousness of life, in particular, for women in a culture and religion most of us westerners know nothing about.  She is able to tell the story with little judgement, but lets it speak for itself and gives voice to what the various members of the family experience, think, and feel.
 

Cindy A., Circ.

Vietnam: A History of the War

Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Russell Freedman
Vietnam: A History of the War

I usually enjoy books by Russell Freedman and this one caught my eye. I was a child during the time of the Vietnam War: old enough to be aware of it, but too young to understand any of the politics behind it. The author did a great job of explaining the history of Vietnam and things that led up to the U.S. war in the country. Facts were presented in a clear and very readable manner. I learned a lot!

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Laura G., Youth Services

No Better Friend

Friday, November 18, 2016
Robert Weintraub
No Better Friend

The book is about "A Man, A Dog, and Their Incredible True Story of Friendship and Survival in WWII." The smarts and instincts of the dog, Judy, are amazing given the circumstances she was in. If you enjoy WWII books and/or dog stories, this is a book worth reading. The book is well written and is a quick read.

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Jeremy E., Administration

J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World Movie Magic

Monday, November 14, 2016
Jody Revenson
J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World Movie Magic

Volume 1: Extraordinary People and Fascinating Places

 

Are you a Potterhead of the first order? Did you come to our library’s Harry Potter Day this past Saturday, November 12, 2016? Are you ready to see more of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World in the upcoming new film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, opening this Friday? Then this book is for you!

In it, you'll get brief, fun look at the production of the movies Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the Harry Potter films full of tidbits about set design, costume design, art design, and other behind-the-scenes info with lots of full-color photos and illustrations. A quick read recommended for fans of the Harry Potter films and his magical world.

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Brandi T., Reference

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