Nonfiction

Grandma Gatewood's Walk: the Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail

Monday, November 17, 2014
Ben Montgomery
Grandma Gatewood's Walk: the Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalach

Admittedly, there are women that have hiked long distances such as, Loreen Niewenhuis who wrote, “A 1,000-mile walk on the beach: one woman's trek of the perimeter of Lake Michigan” and Cheryl Strayed who wrote “Wild: from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail.” “Grandma Gatewood” as she was known, hiked in Keds sneakers without a map, sleeping bag or tent over the rough terrain of the Appalachian Trail, which is 2050 miles. She started walking when she was 67 years old, and actually hiked the trail 3 times! When she finished the first time, Grandma Gatewood was so uplifted by the scenery that she sang the first verse of “America, the beautiful.” She gained notoriety as she visited small towns to buy food or seek shelter. But, she didn’t even tell her adult children what she was doing, only that she was going to ‘take a walk.” Ben Montgomery told of her experiences in the book, “Grandma Gatewood’s walk: the inspiring story of the woman who saved the Appalachian Trail.” After her treks, she gave speeches to many groups and further inspired many to attempt “walking in her footsteps.” I thoroughly enjoyed Grandma Gatewood’s adventure, all you have to do is “put one foot in front of the other.”  Check our Catalog

Geralyn B., Technical Services

The Periodic Table: A Visual Guide to the Elements

Friday, October 31, 2014
Paul Parsons & Gail Dixon

Not really into science, you say? This book just may change your mind. The authors provide much more than the details you’d expect to find in the periodic table.  Each element is pictured in color opposite a full page on its discovery, history, and uses. Some of those uses are unbelievable. Radon—which we’re told to test for and guard against in our homes—once was sold as a health supplement!  And though the book doesn’t mention TV show The Big Bang Theory in its entry on yttrium, the entry sure brings to mind the episode where the friends shoot a laser to the moon. Chemistry has never been more fun to explore! Check our catalog.

Doris, Reference

Smart Money Smart Kids: Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money

Monday, October 27, 2014
Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze
Smart Money Smart Kids: Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money

Smart Money Smart Kids: Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money

by Dave Ramsey & his daughter Rachel Cruze



Dave Ramsey and his daughter co-author this book giving parents advise on how to "raise money smart kids in a debt-filled world."  They show how teach your children to work and continue through with what your child should do with their hard earned money (spend, save, give).  The book is filled with principles of good money managment for children as well as stories of Dave's children learning those principles.  Sometimes a co-authored book seems disjointed but Dave and Rachel help this by identifing themselves before each section that they write.  Also by using two different fonts in the book helps the reader know who is talking.  Overall the book is similiar to other Dave Ramsey books but this one is meant to apply to children. This is a very well written book and reads quick with good practical information for being money smart and raising money smart kids.  Check our Catalog

Jeremy E., Administration

The World According to Bob

Monday, October 6, 2014
James Bowen
The World According to Bob

The Further Adventures of One Man and His Streetwise Cat

I loved this nonfiction book. It's a story of a young man who lived in Australia and moved to England. He didn't have a very good life but he was a talented musician! He becomes a street musician as well as a drug user. He spies a street cat and takes him in. He looks after him and takes him on his street gigs. It was a nice story; I recommend it!

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Marilyn S., Circulation

Belle Isle to 8 Mile: An Insider's Guide to Detroit

Monday, October 6, 2014
Cassie Basler
Belle Isle to 8 Mile: An Insider's Guide to Detroit

For a few weeks I've relied on this book as I've navigated some new and some familiar territory in Detroit. My son transferred to Wayne State in August and I've tried to seek out new places each time I visit him. 
Most recently we stopped at PizzaPapalis on a rainy Saturday night. I'd consulted this, my new favorite guide, to learn a little more about PizzaPapalis. We had a wonderful time and I think seeing Greektown added a new dimension to my son's experiences in Detroit. I think I'm going to have to pick up a copy of this guide for myself there's so much to discover here.  
Here's what the book's website has to say about the authors and the guide itself: 
"Edited by siblings and lifelong, seventh-generation Detroiters Andy, Emily, and Rob Linn - with contributions from a team of more than 30 Detroit-based writers and researchers - Belle Isle to 8 Mile: An Insider’s Guide to Detroit is the result of thousands of hours of research, thousands of site visits, and contributions and ideas from hundreds of local residents, making this streetwise guide a key for unlocking the city."
I can't wait to find out hidden gem we are going to find next time we visit Detroit. Check our Catalog

Cyndi L., Reference

Inside Marine One

Thursday, October 2, 2014
Ray L'Heureux
Inside Marine One

Everyone knows that Air Force One is the presidents' plane but Marine One is the helicopter used for the president, and dignitaries.  My sister lives in DC and often sees Marine One from her 11th floor balcony.   She recommended this book and it is fascinating, explaining the training of the Marines who fly it, the maintenance and when it is used.  The helicopters are partially dismantled to put in large cargo planes for overseas flights and then must be ready for the president to use.  Amazing how much is involved in all this work.  The authors doesn't say much about the Obamas but has a lot of interesting information about the second Bush president.    You can't put this book down until you have read all of it. Check our Catalog

Sue N., Youth Services

Jesus: a Pilgrimage

Friday, September 26, 2014
James Martin, SJ

First off, you need to know that I’m a bit of a Jesuit groupie (if those are two ideas that can actually be combined).   I went to University of Detroit for my undergrad degree, and had some fabulous Jesuit professors.  So, of course, I had to read Jesus: a Pilgrimage by James Martin, SJ.  You might recognize his name from NPR, FOX, PBS or Comedy Central – he’s a regular on The Colbert Report.   Right from the start, Martin explains that this book isn’t just for Catholics or Christians or for those with extensive knowledge of the life of Jesus.   He hopes that it is truly a book for all that anyone who reads it will find something that speaks to them.  Martin paints the picture of the Holy Land today, while examining the stories from the Gospel in historical context, and sharing with us, his personal reactions.   Know going into it that this is a big book (400 pages plus) but that you won’t want it to end.  The good news is that Martin has written quite a few books!  Check our catalog!

Holly, Youth Services

Come Cook With Me: An 80-Year Collection of Recipes, Wisdom and Stories From My Own Kitchen

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Dorothy Zehnder
Come Cook With Me: An 80-Year Collection of Recipes, Wisdom and Stories From My

After having eaten at both Bavarian Inn and Zehnder’s in Frankenmuth for many years it was a treat to look at the recipes from the co-founder and kitchen manager of the Bavarian Inn. Dorothy signed the book and made personal notations about which were her favorites as well as comments about her family. I can personally recommend the recipe for Apple-Cherry Pork Chops on page 120.

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Betsy H., Reference

Hidden Girl: : the true story of a modern-day child slave

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Shyima Hall with Lisa Wysocky

The memory of my family was the only thing that kept me going through these tough times, even though I was often filled with hate for my mom and dad (Hall, p.62).

 Shyima Hall was born in Egypt on September 29, 1989.  The seventh child of a desperately poor family, Shyima’s archetype closes resembles that of the innocent.  Hall knew her family was poor but didn’t care, she didn’t know any different she was surrounded by poverty.  Bonded with her siblings, whom she was responsible for, Shyima felt loved and loved them very deeply in return.  At the age of eight, Shyima was asked to give up her childhood and her family.  At the age of eight, Shyima was sold into slavery to repay a debt her older sister had caused the family.  Shyima moved to Cairo with the wealthy family she was required to serve.  For over eighteen hours a day, seven days a week this little girl was required to meet the needs of each member of the family without question.  For fear of the safety of her family, Shyima obeyed doing the best that she knew how.  At the age of ten, her captors moved to Orange County, California and successfully smuggled Shiyma in with them.

Most people think slavery in the United States was stamped out during the Civil War, but that’s not true.  Legalized slavery is gone, but today as many as 17,500 people who are held in bondage are illegally brought into our country every year (Hall, p.23).

Moving to California continued to foster the mounting resentment Shyima felt for her family.  How could they have sold her to complete strangers to be a slave?  How could her mother have abandoned her?  Isolated from the world, Shyima was filled with desperation and a complete sense of hopelessness.  Was this the life she would be destined to fulfill?  A life without choice.   A life controlled by others. 

I believe that the only way I kept any dignity or sense of self was during the few hours I had to myself in the middle of the night.  That was my time, and I could finally let down my guard and be me (Hall, p.63).

After being in California for two years, an anonymous call rerouted Shyima’s life and brought an end to her servitude.  The journey beyond this call was filled with many challenges and disappointments.  Learning was a struggle; Shyima had never been to school.  Driven to succeed Hall learned English, social skills, and much more to help her to fit into this new world and culture.  Shyima worked hard through all of the obstacles that were tossed her way to truly become free.  Shyima now lives as a US citizen and regularly speaks out about human trafficking.  A topic that is amazingly relevant in our current day and age.

I don’t know why my early life was as hard and unfair as it was, but our experiences – good and bad – shape us into who we become (Hall, p230).

Hidden Girl: the true story of a modern-day child slave grabs ahold of your heartstrings and baffles the mind to know people are still imprisoning others as slaves.  People are imprisoning children as slaves.  This book will be appreciated by readers of any age, speaking in a way that makes the retelling personal, heartbreaking and empowering.

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Emily D., Circulation

My Stroke of Insight

Friday, August 29, 2014
Jill Bolte Taylor
My Stroke of Insight

Because a dear friend had a stroke, I decided to read this book to help understand what she was experiencing.  Stroke is so common, nearly everyone could benefit from reading it.  It is the first person account of a young (37) neuroscientist who has a stroke and loses all of her left brain function.  Because of her expertise, she is able to describe in detail what happened to her and the long road to recovery she travelled.  It was a seven year plus journey, but she did have a complete recovery.  A fascinating and accessible read, I would recommend this to anyone. Check our Catalog

Pat P., Administration

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