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How to Pack: Travel Smart for Any Trip

Monday, June 19, 2017
Hithu Palepu
How to Pack: Travel Smart for Any Trip

I'm about to head out on an oversees trip and packing is always a source of anxiety and worry for me before big trips like this. So I was very happy to see this title among the Library's new books and checked it out straightaway.

This compact little book is full of lots of practical advice for efficient, hassle-free packing and includes blank packing lists at the end to photocopy and have on hand for future trips. I took lots of notes and really needed the sample packing lists.

I still need to carefully consider and plan what clothing I will pack, as my wardrobe is not as well-defined and composed as the author's own wardrobe seems. She's made suggestions for packing accessories which I will use, but I would have loved a resource lists for purchasing recommended travel bags and accessories, including both high-end and more affordable pieces. I also will not create a packing station in my home, as she suggests, but I do like her forward-thinking in having everything I use each time I travel well-supplied and ready at hand.

This was a quick read and will help me plan my packing more efficiently and less stressfully. I'd recommend this book to anyone who travels, whether on a fairly regular basis or only rarely.

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Brandi T., Reference

Rising Strong

Thursday, June 15, 2017
Brene Brown
Rising Strong
If we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall.  This is a book about what it takes to get back up and wholeheartedly go another round.  The author, Brene Brown, is a researcher who doesn’t write “feel good and get over it lessons”.  Instead, she writes about common denominators of people who find themselves face down in the arena and work through the pain, shame, fear, etc. to pull themselves up and get back into life. Check our catalog
 
Kathleen Z., Administration

Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich

Saturday, June 3, 2017
Norman Ohler
Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich

A well-documented and surprising account of the extremely high use of methamphetamines and other opioids by Germans from the 1930s through the end of WWII and the Nazi downfall. The facts are astounding! The drugs caused almost super-human behavior which was crucial to the Wehrmacht Army gaining more territory in 100 hours than they did during all of WWI, defeating the strongest military at that time, and capturing France in only eleven days. They were also crucial in forcing the Czech President to surrender his country and prolonging the war in Europe by years although German officials realized by the end of 1941 that they could not defeat the Russians.

Five years of research in the scattered and incomplete records of Hitler's personal physician, Dr. Theodor Morell, provide information of the massive pharmaceutical capabilities (833,000 pills were pressed daily) and evidence of Hitler's extensive and possibly unknown use of a variety of stimulants and animal by-products. Hitler personally took 120-150 pills and 8-10 injections each week near the end of the war when his supplies ran out and production facilities had been destroyed. There can be no doubt that these substances altered the course of the war and history itself.

Although only about 65% of Morell's records are known to exist, they are scattered in Koblenz, Munich, Washington, D.C., and College Park, MD and have only been available to the public since 1998. Previous attempts to translate from the German and miscellaneous notations have made accurate interpretation very difficult and are often erroneous.  Mr. Ohler's dedication and efforts are outstanding and provide an interesting and thought-provoking read.  Check our catalog

Dana A., Reference

 

 

Oranges and Sunshine

Thursday, June 1, 2017
Margaret Humphreys
Oranges and Sunshine

I saw the movie starring Emily Watson several years ago and loved it.  It was so well done and movingly sad what these children had been put through.  I just read Margaret Humphries book and was very pleased that the movie had been true to her voice.  Great Britain had a bureaucratic system for decades, through the 1960's, to emigrate it's orphans and foster children to its' outer realms like Canada and Australia.  Margaret shares heartbreaking details of the adults that are still little children wondering what did they do wrong, missing a mommy. Her background as a social worker made her the perfect ally in their search, navigating the system for answers and providing great empathy. Check our Catalog

 
Cindy A., Circulation
 

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

 

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