UNBROKEN, A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Laura Hillenbrand

All I can say is 'wow' about this book. Louis Zamperini would probably have made the first 4 minute mile in the Olympics but was drafted into the army. The first part of the book is about his wild childhood and teen years and how running turned him around. Then during WW II his plane crashed and he was on a raft for about 50 days, shot at by the Japanese, then captured by them and was a POW. I was horrified to read what the Japanese soldiers did to the POWs. Then the book continues with his release after the war and coming home and life after the war. The book is long and detailed with 50 pages of documentation so is a true history. I couldn't put it down, read it in 48 hours (didn't do much else). Zamperini was an amazing man and even more amazing is how he survived all of this and lived to tell about it.

Sue N.,Youth Services

My Stroke of Insight, A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey

Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D.

This book was recommended by 2 other staff members, Holly and Diane. Having just had a stroke (and fortunately not having any repercussions from it) I was interested in reading this book. The first few chapters were quite heavy and scientific about the workings of the brain. Then she talks about her stroke and the 8 years it took for her to completely recover.  But the fascinating thing about the book was the last few chapters about the left and right mind, how to accept the way we think and peace of mind. One of the best sentences was: "When I am simply grateful, life is simply great."  This book is really worth reading.

Sue N, Youth Services

Beat the Gym

Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Tom Holland

If you are interested in joining a gym this book is a must read. Tom Holland walks you through what to look for, what questions to ask, gym etiquette, how to use the different machines and my favorite part –what to do when you get there. He gives great examples of exercise routines and motivates you just like a personal trainer would. A great book for those interested in joining a gym and even the lifelong gym member.

Jan H, Technical Services

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Stroke-free for Life

Thursday, June 16, 2011
David Wieberes, M.D
Having just had a stroke in May, I really wanted to study up on strokes, the symptoms, prevention and treatment. I learned a lot and will refer to this book periodically. It is a really good book for anyone to read.

Sue N., Youth Services

Detroit Disassembled Photographs

Thursday, June 16, 2011
Andrew Moore

The title says it all. A collection of photos of Detroit, the part of Detroit that is rotting away. The pictures are both amazing and heartbreaking. You need to read Reimaging Detroit: Opportunities for Redefining an American City by John Gallagher (which gives hope for the future of the city) while pondering these photos. This is a 2011 Michigan Notable Book.

Holly, Youth Services

Reimaging Detroit: Opportunities for Redefining an American City

Thursday, June 16, 2011
John Gallagher
I was born in Detroit, as were both my parents and my son, and raised in a northern suburb (Romeo which is in Macomb County). I went to college in Detroit, I've worked in Detroit, I've played in Detroit, I met my husband in Detroit, I was married in Detroit, I have friends who live in Detroit. Detroit is part of who I am. Detroit also breaks my heart. I see a shell of what was a great city. I still believe in Detroit and I believe that for Michigan to survive, Detroit must survive. John Gallagher's book gives a history lesson about how Detroit grew, peaked and fell. This isn't just about the "auto industry", but urban development Gallagher's book aslo give hope highlighting positive changes taking place in Detroit and a few senerios that will lead the city to a rebirth. Gallagher is a veteran journalist who writes about urban and economic development for the Detroit Free Press. This is a 2011 Michigan Notable Book.
Holly, Youth Services

7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis (Audio Book on CD)

Monday, November 8, 2010
Bill George
Former CEO of Medtronics and a professor at Harvard Business School Bill George gives 7 short lessons on leading in a crisis:  1) Face Reality, Starting With Yourself; 2) No Matter How Bad Things Are, They Will Get Worse; 3) Build a Mountain of Cash and Get to the Highest Hill; 4) Never Waste a Good Crisis; 5) Before Asking Others to Sacrifice, Volunteer Yourself; 6) Don't Be Atlas: Get the World Off Your Shoulders! 7) Be Aggressive: This is Your Best Chance to Win in the Market.

Kathleen Z., Library Director

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The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Gretchen Rubin

About a month ago I finished reading The Happiness Project and I don't think a day has passed where I haven't thought about it at least once. What I most enjoyed about this book is learning about Rubin's Twelve Personal Commandments which include things like "Act the way I want to feel," "Do it Now" and "There is only Love." In addition to trying to live by her personal commandments, Rubin undertakes various themes for each month of the year attempting to live out several principals she has set for herself. For instance, for January her goal is "Vitality" so she undertakes activities designed to boost energy.

Rubin explains her goals for the month and then tells her readers how she did with accomplishing that goal. Like all of us sometimes she would meet her goals, others she'd miss them. What I admire about the book is Rubin's candor. We all make mistakes. Rubin owns up to hers with all of us reading.

I could relate to her stories of getting impatient with her husband or frustrated by something her daughter had done. What's most important, it seems it to keep trying. Some things will work,others might not, but through it all, she is still growing and learning every day.

In the end, this is a book about happiness and one woman's quest to find it. In the process she helps all who read it discover what makes them happy.

Cyndi L., Reference

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In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Michael Pollan
Pollan is the author of The Omnivore's Dilemma.  "Eat food.  Not too much.  Mostly plants.," is his advice.  This short book help explain why the Western diet that reduces food to bite-size nutrients has produced a large group of people who are over-fed and under-nourished.  His inspiring research gives good guidance to help us put our food "back together" to enjoy eating well and being healthy.

Kathleen Z., Library Director

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Change Your Brain, Change Your Body: Use Your Brain to Get and Keep the Body You Have Always Wanted

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Daniel G. Amen, M.D.
Change Your Brain, Change Your Body

The key to a better body is a healthy brain. Based on the latest medical research, as well as on Dr. Amen’s two decades of clinical practice, Change Your Brain, Change Your Body shows you how to take the very best care of your brain. Some of the things I learned or were reinforced are ways to reach and maintain my ideal weight, how to sharpen my memory, how to avoid depression and how to increase my willpower. This is easily readable and you can skip around in the book and still get lots of hints to make your life better.

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Betsy H., Reference