Nonfiction

The Complete Book of Bone Health

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Diane L. Schneider, MD
Complete Book of Bone Health
This book has 426 pages of great iinformation on bone density scans, risk factors for bone loss, and medicines and supplements both good and bad. It is a 2011 book with many references so I feel it is reliable information.  Anyone with osteopenia will want to take a look at this book. I spent many hours with it and made copious notes.  Check our catalog
 
Sue N., Youth Services

Your Bones, how you can prevent osteoporosis and have strong bones for llife-naturally.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Lara Pizzorno
Your Bones
 
I am very concerned about osteoporosis and found this book informative and valuable. It answers a lot of questions and gives great suggestions for everyday things a person can do to help their bones. The book strongly opposes the 'Sally Field' drug, Boniva, which I have been taking. And it explains the reasons why the author and other reference sources oppose it.  This is a very current book, published in 2011 with many references for each chapter.  Check our catalog
 
Sue N., Youth Services

The Education of Henry Adams

Friday, December 2, 2011
Henry Adams
The Education of Henry Adams

Henry Adams is the definition of a prodigal son.  In his autobiography, he provides a unique account of 19th century American history.  As the grandson and great-grandson of two of the most celebrated American presidents, he struggles to find his own identity. Despite being written by an older hand, he preserves the cynicism and ambivalence of his younger days.  This biography is not the usual reiteration of historical bullet points found in textbooks, but a very personal journey through aristocracy and the political turmoil of his era.  There are more interesting chapters of his life than others, but his unique writing style impresses upon the reader that every small occasion provides an education.  Check our catalog

Nate, Reference

The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

Friday, December 2, 2011
Deborah Blum
The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age N

Blum is a Pulitzer Prize winner who makes chemistry real and fascinating in her tale of the careers of two important people in the field of forensic toxicology, Dr. Charles Norris, and Alexander Gettler.  The book follows the events in New York in the early 20th century.  Each chapter is named after a poison, and contains the unsettling real-life cases in which these two men devised methods to solve the crimes and detect the poisons.  Some parts are a little gruesome, and a little heavy on the chemistry, but a good read nonetheless.  Check our catalog for the audio book  or Check MelCat for the book

Margaret, Reference

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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