Don't Give Up, Don't Give In: Lessons from an Extraordinary Life

Thursday, February 12, 2015
Louis Zamperini and David Rensin
Don't Give Up, Don't Give In: Lessons from an Extraordinary Life

Louis Zamperini’s story has been told through the movie “Unbroken” and by the book of the same title by Laura Hillebrand.  This book is in Louis’ own words, revealing more of his life and the lessons he has learned along the way; and was finished only a few days before he passed at age 97.  There are gems of wisdom and advice throughout.  One of my favorites is  “no matter how old you are, don’t stop challenging yourself with new experiences, but be smart about it, please”.   He was skateboarding, mountain climbing and skiing well into his eighties. Check our Catalog

Margaret B., Reference


Deep Down Dark: the untold stories of 33 men buried in a Chilean mine and the miracle that set them free

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Hector Tobar

I’ll admit I had a sketchy (at best) memory of the 2010 mining accident that left 33 Chilean miners trapped miles underground for 69 days.  Generally, I do not read nonfiction books, but this one came to me via NPR’s Morning Edition program in the form of its first book club selection  It seemed worth a try.  The Pulitzer Prize winning author, Hector Tobar, wrote the personal stories of the minors (based on post-rescue interviews) so very eloquently, I almost felt like I knew some of the men and their families.  It’s an extremely incredible and emotional story – I suppose some would say a “miracle.”  I was actually afraid the writing might be too technical for me, but, again, due to the skill of the author, I think almost anyone will be able to understand the enormous difficulties with this rescue.  Definitely worth reading.  Check our catalog!

Kathleen M., Administration

Tuesday Tucks Me In

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Luis Carlos Montalvan
Tuesday Tucks Me In

Tuesday Tucks Me In was written by seventeen-year veteran of the U.S. Army, Luis Carlos Montalvan, who served multiple tours in Iraq. Luis’s experience as a solider and current veteran combined with the advanced education he has earned in journalism and narrative medicine make him very qualified to educate others about the challenges some veterans face following their days in the service. Unfortunately, as a result of his service, Luis suffers multiple disabilities including post-traumatic stress disorder

Told through the voice of Tuesday, young readers are shown what a typical day looks like supporting Luis. The comfort and constant care that this service dog displays for his friend is heartwarming for readers and will be enjoyed by dog lovers of any age. Written for grades Kindergarten through third, this book is appropriate for its intended audience and does a nice job adequately covering the issues being presented. Simple text and photographic illustrations naturally help build reader connections to the informative text. The tone is well balanced filled with both humorous and realistic writing that speaks directly to the calm and soothing effect Tuesday has on Luis. Pictures of Tuesday giving kisses, hugs, and cuddling with Luis at night show the amazing bond these two have formed.

The book ends with more information about service dogs, the effects post-traumatic stress disorder can have on your life and how Tuesday has made a difference for Luis. The information describes not only what a service dog is but what organization trains service dogs and what the training entails. As Luis speaks about his disabilities and the debilitating effect they were having on his life, he states that his furry friend saved his life and makes it possible for him to not only function each day but to get out and make a difference in other veterans lives. Additional information with current website links is also offered for readers that wish to learn more about service dogs, wounded warriors or ways to help disabled veterans. Tuesday Tucks Me In is an excellent resource that can be used to introduce young readers to the challenges some veterans face after serving our country.

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Emily D., Circulation



The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II

Friday, January 2, 2015
Denise Kiernan
Girls of Atomic City

      Oak Ridge Tennessee was a city built in a remote rural area of the south in only 6 months during World War II to accommodate a secret

      mission to help win the war.   At one point over 75,000 people lived and worked there and it used more electricity than New York  City. 

      However, the world outside did not even know the city existed until after two atomic bombs were dropped on Japan.  This account weaves

       stories based on the voices of some of the women who worked there who were interviewed when in their 80s and 90s.  The book tells the

       human side and captures the spirit of the people who did not know the real purpose of their work. They only wanted to help end the war.   

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Kathleen Zaenger, Administration

The Periodic Table: A Visual Guide to the Elements

Friday, December 26, 2014
Paul Parsons and Gail Dixon
The Periodic Table: A Visual Guide to the Elements

This book was a surprise to me on how interesting it was.  I initially thought I would be flipping through the book looking at the summary section and pictures for each element.  Instead I got hooked on reading the history of the elements and how it is used in our world.  The writing was interesting and not your typical boring scientific writing that I expected. Check our Catalog

Jeremy E., Administration

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


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