Nonfiction

This Year I Will

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
M.J. Ryan

It's getting close to back to school time and I think for many people that means taking stock and getting back into a routine. While this book was written with those who make New Year's resolutions in mind, I think it has value for anyone looking to change a habit and stick with it at any time of the year.



Ryan has great advice on why we fail to keep resolutions and tips for making resolutions that are concrete. She offers examples of what has worked for herself, her family members and her clients.



What I liked most about her book is that Ryan offers many examples and options, but encourages people to try them out and keep only the solutions that are right for them. For example, she said some people are motivated by rewards, others are not.  This book is sure to help anyone who'd like to make a change and looking for some insight on how to do just that.

Cyndi L., Reference

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Clara's War, One Girl's Story of Survival

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Clara Kramer

This is a gripping story, similar to Anne Frank's Diary, about survival in Poland during WWII.  Eighteen people lived in a bunker under a house and were allowed up at various times to help clean the house and breathe fresh air.  At times, soldiers and Nazis also lived upstairs and the families could not mover for hours or days.  The book goes into much more detail about what was going on outside and with the progression of the war than does Frank's book. Mr. Beck, an alcoholic, womanizer and anti-Semite, steps up and saves almost all of the people.  You really feel the torture and fear that the families go through during this trying time.



Sue N., Youth Services

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Cheating Death: The Doctors and Medical Miracles that are Saving Lives Against All Odds

Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Sanjay Gupta, M.D.
This book is fascinating! I read it almost 1 year ago, and I am still thinking about some of the things I learned from this book. I learned that chest compressions are more important than rescue breaths when giving CPR; that stopping the body functions with cold/ice can be a lifesaver; that people do in many cases, come back from comas; and that countries define death differently. I believe Gupta himself defines this book as a medical thriller, and I would have to agree with him. He weaves in stories of real life cases and situations to define the medical concepts which makes this book read like a novel. Available through MelCat.

Margaret, Reference

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Foot by Foot Through the U.S.A.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Francis Line
Foot by Foot Through the U.S.A.

A High Adventure Odyssey to Every State in the Union

 

Written by two Howell High School grads in 1920, who left home on an adventure and literally walked America. I believe a brother is still living in his 90s. What a narrator and an adventure!

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Marilyn S., Circulation

 

Blind Courage

Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Bill Irwin

I had read this book years ago so I ordered it through MelCat to read again. Bill Irwin with is guide dog Orient, became the first blind person to thru-hike the 2,100 mile Appalachian Trail. I have walked on the trail- 15 minutes on two different sections- and found that little bit very difficult. What an amazing story. Bill had gone through 3 marriages, alcoholism and a break with his children and he felt that God told him to do this trip. This is a very inspiring book. We don't own it but I'm recommending that we order it for Howell.
Sue N., Youth Services
 
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Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker, the Unlikely Friendship of Elizabeth Keckley

Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Lynda Jones
When I was in Washington DC a few weeks ago, I took a mile and a half historical tour in the city (in 104 degree heat, no less). The actress, an amazing African American woman, portrayed and gave us the history of Elizabeth Keckley and Mrs. Lincoln. It was fascinating and wanting to know more about Mrs. Keckley, I checked this book out of the new non-fiction section. However it is really a youth book, not very long, but with great photographs and good information. It was fun to read and I would recommend it to adults and teens.

Sue N., Youth Services

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The Promise: God's Purpose and Plan When Life Hurts

Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Jonathon Morris

Why did I lose my job? Why did mom die? Why do I have cancer? Fr. Morris leads us on the path to healing  when things happen beyond our control and we are hurting.  Great read and great help!



Sharon D., Circulation

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The New Frugality: How to Consume Less, Save More and Live Better

Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Chris Farrell

Chris Farrell is the Economics Editor of Marketplace Money and being the NPR junkie that I am, I had to take a look at his latest book.  The book contains many of the “rules” that you have heard before: pay yourself first, live within your means, save more, have a margin of safety, pay off your debt, avoid debt etc.  The difference is the way that Farrell predicts we will look at money and how we will use money.  Times have changed and our attitude and how we handle our money need to change as well.  Being green is a money matter.  Is homeownership really the way to go?  How the idea of “retirement” is changing.   How much money will one need for retirement? Some common sense investing tips including a reality check.  Finally how generosity and gratitude are part of being frugal.  I found that the discussion about what “retirement” has meant over the course of time and Farrell’s suggestions about what it will be for us gave me a lot to think about.



Holly, Youth Services

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Buffalo for the Broken Heart: Restoring Life to a Black Hills Ranch

Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Dan O'Brien

Dan wanted to live a noble life, one true to his beliefs, and he found it on the wind-swept prarie of the Black Hills.  O'Brien gives you a glimpse into ranch life and doesn't shy away from the financial hardships that it brings.  He has a fierce love of the land and displays it in every page.  His beautiful writing brings the Western Great Plains to life whether he's describing the habits of the buffalo, how falcons hunt, or how the grasslands can be restored.   Read every page and loved it!



Margaret, Reference

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Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-shirt

Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Megan Nicolay

If you’re looking for a fun thing to do to end your summer, then look no farther than Megan Nicolay’s book; Generation T. This unique, totally chic book will instruct you on how to transform old, unwanted t-shirts into totally new, stylish ones. It will teach you how to slash, cut, sew, and tie your t-shirts into practically anything; including a wedding dress. I had tons of old t-shirts laying around and I had so much fun with them using this book. You don’t even need any crafting experience; all of the projects are rated from easy to hard.



Laura W., Circulation

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