Nonfiction

Love at First Bark

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Julie Klam
Love at First Bark

Writer Julie Klam goes to great lengths to help her four-legged friends. She lovingly welcomes an incontinent Boston terrier into her home, wiles away a hot summer day hanging out with an abandoned pit bull in New York City and spends much of what was supposed to be a vacation in New Orleans learning about rescue work there. Klam, a writer whose stories have appeared in Rolling Stone, O: The Oprah Magazine, Glamour and The New York Times, has got such a good heart and she’s tenacious. You’ll find lots of smart, funny writing, plenty of love and respect for animals and a little sadness in these stories of her life as a dog rescuer.

Reading this book made me feel like I was curled up and cozy with my favorite, cuddly pup. Listen to Klam’s description of sweet Clementine, who arrived after being shuffled around by several owners, “She was a stranger in a strange land, and it had to be so hard. I kissed the top of her head and she turned around and licked my cheek one time.” This book is sure to please dog lovers and anyone who likes a glimpse into life in the big city.  I also highly recommend her earlier book, “You Had Me at Woof.” 

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Cyndi L., Reference

Killer Stuff and Tons of Money

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Maureen Stanton
Killer Stuff and Tons of Money

A fascinating look at the antiques business by a very gifted writer.  This book is nonfiction but reads like a novel.   I love how the author interjects historical information into the story, so you get a history lesson as well as following an antique dealer through the trials and tribulations of the long hours spent at antique shows.  I was really interested in what this type of career was like and Maureen Stanton portrays it with great honesty and detail.  Check our catalog

Margaret, Reference

 

Hairy, Scary, Ordinary: what is an adjective

Monday, October 31, 2011
Brian Cleary
Hairy, Scary, Ordinary: what is an adjective?

What a fun and entertaining series!  Verbs, Nouns, Adjectives, Pronouns, Adverbs, Prepositions, Synonyms, Antonyms. Homonyms, and Homophones all receive hilarious illustration!  Within each book the part of speech being focused on gets highlighted to make it easy for the reader to know which words fit the bill.  "Adjectives help tell us more, Like narrow street or favorite store, Hilly, chilly, fast, and fun, undercooked and overdone.".  My young authors at home really enjoyed this series. It helped clarify, in a fun way, when I asked for more detail-add an adjective or adverb.  Great for getting back to school or even once school starts to reiterate what they are learning.  Check our catalog

Cindy A., Circulation

Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson

Friday, August 12, 2011
Bronwyn Mills

I spent last weekend at Jackson's Mills, a state facility built on Stonewall Jackson's home so I decided to read about him. This book has great photographs and all the information about Jackson's youth. He was basically an orphan at age 11 and more or less educated himself before getting into West Point. He was an excellent soldier and many believe that the war might have come out differently if he had not been killed in an accident by his own soldiers. Fun reading about him when I had just seen his grandfather's grave and the land they owned.

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Sue N.,Youth Services

Animals Make Us Human

Friday, August 12, 2011
Temple Grandin (audiobook)

I listened to 7 out of 10 disks of this book on a trip last week. It was written by an author who has autism and is about insight into animal feelings and emotions. Fascinating authenticated studies and information about the best life for animals and what we should be doing for them. There are sections on dogs, cats, horses, cattle and pigs. My animal lover daughter found it much more interesting than I did but it was worth while listening to.

Sue N., Youth Services

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Living with Kids and Dogs... Without Losing Your Mind

Friday, August 12, 2011
Colleen Pelar, CPDT
Great book to read before getting a dog for your family because of the sound advice the author/dog trainer suggests ensuring a good relationship between the dog and family. However, if you already have a dog in the family and are experiencing some issues with “Fido” and your kids this book has great information and positive training tips to implement that are useful and easy.

Kate, Youth Services

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The Right Words at the Right Time Volume 2: Your Turn!

Friday, August 12, 2011
Marlo Thomas and new Friends.

A collection of stories written by everyday people on how one word or phrase made a major impact on their lives. I love the book and it has some great quotes that I will always remember that can change my life. The power of words!

Kate, Youth Services

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Semper Cool, One Marine's Fond Memories of Vietnam

Thursday, July 28, 2011
Barry Fixler
I’ve always been interested in the war in Vietnam and this book is told from the view of an 18 year old boy who joins the Marines. Some of the things in the book are funny but of course a lot of it is tragic. I can't imagine how these young men survived this experience. And a lot of Fixler's friends and fellow soldiers did not. The book also tells about coming home and how that worked out. Very interesting history book.
 
Sue N., Youth Services
 

A Secret Gift

Friday, July 22, 2011
Ted Gup

I read about this book in the newspaper and had to get it from MelCat. Ted Gup got an old suitcase when his grandfather died. In 1933, Sam Stone was doing better with finances so he offered to give 75 people some money to help them through the Great Depression. They had to write letters describing their lives and why they were deserving. He gave $5 to each of these people and in 1933 that was a lot of money. People bought food, clothing, paid their rent, etc. The book presents some of these letters which really show how life was during the Great Depression. It is a gripping book and most appreciated by older people who have lived during those years or who remember their families talking about it. I think my generation (older!) can see how it affected our lives and how we live them.

Sue N., Youth Services
 
 

Your Bones: how you can prevent osteoporosis and have strong bones for life-naturally

Friday, July 22, 2011
Lara Pizzorono

This book has a lot of information on vitamin supplements, exercise, and other helpful ways to help your bones. I was distressed about the information concerning Boniva and Fosamax since I do take Boniva. It made me doubt whether I was doing the right thing for my bones. So I am taking this information but not necessarily using it. Interesting book though.

Sue N., Youth Services

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