10% Happier:How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge and Found Self Help that Actually Works-A True Story

Friday, April 25, 2014
Dan Harris
10% Happier

Nightline and Good Morning America News Anchor Dan Harris writes a funny and interesting book about his journey through spirituality and self help. He is trying to calm his "inner voice" that propels him to make poor decisions and not be as calm and serene as he would like to be. After an on-air panic attack he knew he had to make some changes. It is an honest account of Harris's struggle with many interesting side stories about well known names like Peter Jennings. I found it to be a fun and interesting read. Check our Catalog

Jan K., Youth Services

Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning Hope and Repair

Friday, April 25, 2014
Anne Lamott
Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning Hope and Repair

A little group of us from the library had the privilege of singing “Happy Birthday” to author Anne Lamott along with hundreds of other fans when she was at Calvin College in Grand Rapids on April 11. Lamott was visiting my hometown as part of the college’s Festival of Faith and Music. We were thrilled to spend an hour in her company. Her most recent book “Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair” is just as meaningful and lovely as any other she’s written. It’s a perfect antidote for anyone struggling with one of life’s curveballs, big or small. Like her talk in Grand Rapids, it’s loaded with pearls of wisdom, stories of struggles she’s endured and dotted with her funny observations. I especially enjoyed this from Lamott, “I know God enjoys hearing my take on how best we should all proceed, as I’m always full of useful advice. I’m sure God says either, “Oh, I so love Annie’s selfless and evolved thoughts,” or else, “Jeez. What a head case.”   Reading her books always softens my perspective on something I find troubling. Make sure to spend some time with this one. Check our Catalog

Cyndi L., Reference

How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Thomas C. Foster
How to Read Literature Like a Professor

As a soon-to-be journalism major, I've been especially interested in the finer points of language and communication recently. This growing interest led me to my latest read: How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster. The title may make the book sound a bit dry, but this piece of non-fiction is a far cry from boring. Foster’s humorous and witty style had me engaged from cover to cover, and I can honestly say I learned a lot about how to take the most meaning away from the novels I love. Foster teaches readers what to look for in literature – such as symbolism and allusions – and explains how such strategies work to build a story. After completing this book, I’m looking forward to digging into the deeper workings of my next read! Check our catalog  for this ebook

Makayla M., Circulation



To Dare Mighty Things: The Life of Theodore Roosevelt

Friday, April 4, 2014
Doreen Rappaport
To Dare Mighty Things

An outstanding tribute to one of the great presidents of the United States.  What better to way to introduce young readers to one of America’s great heroes than in a picture book biography?  The illustrations beautifully capture a determined, courageous, ambitious Teddy Roosevelt, seeking to make his world better a place.  He was known as “the man with the plan” and that he had.  In the back of the book readers will find resources cited to learn more about Theodore Roosevelt.  This book is a good introduction into the life of our twenty – sixth president.

 “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” Theodore Roosevelt. Check our Catalog

Kate D., Youth Services

Annie's Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Steve Luxenberg
Annie's Ghosts

This book is really good on so many levels.  It’s a memoir of a son trying to find out all the reasons his mother kept a life-long secret.  The journey takes him to long lost family, the depression, a bustling Detroit, the immigrant experience, the holocaust, and the treatment of the mentally ill and handicapped.  I appreciate all the research the author put into this book.  It was amazing!   Check our Catalog

Margaret B., Reference

House of Abraham: Lincoln and the Todds, A Family Divided by War

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Stephen Berry
House of Abraham

Very seldom have I read a book about the real human cost of the civil war and its effect on one family.  It is well known that the war between the states was “brother against brother” but this book really brings it home.  Most of Mary Todd Lincoln’s family sided with the Confederates, and as you can imagine, caused great problems and difficulties for the president.  Very interesting read. Check our Catalog for the book on CD 973.709Ber

Margaret B., Reference

Best Tent Camping Michigan

Friday, March 28, 2014
Matt Forster
Best Tent Camping Michigan

My family started camping 2 or 3 years ago.  Our first few outings were a little disappointing because the campgrounds where we stayed were for the most part more suited for RV camping.  They were treeless and offered no privacy, some were covered in gravel (not fun for tenting)  I was so relieved when I found this book.  It has been a great help in finding some lesser known, more rustic camping accommodations.

Most of the campsites suggested in this book are "rustic" sites (no electric, no modern showers) but for us it has been really helpful in choosing a campground.  In many cases the author even suggests specific camp sites within the campground and points out which sites offer what features.  Great resource for car camping.

Available on MEL loan. See staff if you need assistance.

Peggy G., Circulation

Fourth and Long: The Fight for the Soul of College Football

Thursday, March 6, 2014
John U. Bacon
Fourth and Long: The Fight for the Soul of College Football

Bacon looks at major college football through the lenses of four Big Ten schools—Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, and Northwestern. The 2012 season was a tumultuous one for all four.

John U. Bacon can be heard regularly on Michigan Radio and writes so well about what he loves - SPORTS.  He graduated fron Ann Arbor Pioneer and and has been a Big Ten fan as long as he can remember.

Fourth and Long reveals intimate scenes behind closed doors, from a team’s angry face-off with their athletic director to a defensive lineman acing his master’s exams in theoretical math. It captures the private moment when coach Urban Meyer earned the devotion of Ohio State’s Buckeyes on their way to a perfect season. It shows Michigan’s athletic department endangering the very traditions that distinguish the college game from all others. And it recreates the euphoria of the Northwestern Wildcats winning their first bowl game in decades, even as they do honor to the student-athlete ideal.

Most unforgettably, Fourth and Long finds what the national media missed in the ugly aftermath of Penn State’s tragic scandal: the unheralded story of players who joined forces with Coach Bill O’Brien to save the university’s treasured program—and with it, a piece of the game’s soul.


Check our catalog for this book.


Diane M., Administration

Humans of New York

Thursday, January 2, 2014
Brandon Stanton
Humans of New York

Photographer Brandon Stanton has found a way to make the largest city in the United States seem not quite so big and impersonal with the daily photographs he presents on Facebook "Humans of New York."  I look forward to learning about the people Stanton discovers each day. Not only are the photos beautiful, moving and thought-provoking, Stanton also includes captions with wonderful insights. A collection of his photos has been compiled in this book which was No.1 on the New York Times Bestsellers list recently. Check it out; it’s like taking a trip to New York City. Check the Catalog.

Cyndi L., Reference

Eat Move Sleep

Friday, December 20, 2013
Tom Rath

This interesting quick read gives suggestions to help you make better choices to become healthier.  Each short chapter has 3 researched-based findings and ideas on how to apply them to your life.  In as little as 30 days you could be on your way to a longer, healthier life.  Check it out and see what small choices you can make that will lead to big changes in your health.  Check our catalog!


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