Strength Training for Women

Thursday, July 29, 2010
Joan Pagano
Strength Training for Women

This is a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to strength training for women, showing techniques to help tone muscle, burn fat, and defy the ageing process. It is a resource for women of all ages looking to improve their overall health. An anatomy chart that depicts the major muscle groups and the exercises that are best suited to them is included. Exercises are labeled as beginner, intermediate or advanced level. Many of Pagnano's beginner exercises require no special equipment, relying instead on everyday fixtures like chairs, walls and kitchen countertops. Other exercises use free weights, stretch bands and stability balls. The color photos, diagrams and clear explanations make the exercises easy to follow, and Pagano provides full training programs for improving posture and strengthening the lower, upper and core muscles of the body. This book may be one of the best substitutes for pricey gym memberships and personal trainers. After reading through this book I have ordered a copy for myself and hope if I have it always available at home I will use it at least occasionally.

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Betsy H., Reference


Waiting on a Train

Thursday, July 22, 2010
James McCommons

The author delivers a passionate defense of the passenger rail service in the United States.  He details much of the history of AMTRAK and its bumpy ride of the last forty years.  Many of his arguments  for a better public transportation system are aimed at a greener America.  This was a joy to read.

Mary L., Reference

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Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham and the Science of Success

Thursday, July 22, 2010
Matthew Syed
I love athletics.  I especially love to watch young people participate in sporting contests.  And one of the things that fascinates me the most is why some kids are better than others...were they born under a lucky star?  Did they win the "gene pool," that somehow predetermines who is the best of the best?
Well, not according to Matthew Syed.  In Bounce he goes to great lengths to prove his theory that talent is a myth and only practice breeds perfection.  He writes, "What does all this tell us?  It tells us that if you want to bend it like Beckham or fade it like Tiger, you have to work like crazy, regardless of your genes, background, creed or color.  There is no shortcut, even if child prodigies bewitch us into thinking there is."
This is very interesting stuff, and, if like me, you believe there is at least a bit of science to every success story, I would highly recommend Bounce!

Kathleen M., Administration

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Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

Thursday, July 22, 2010
Spencer Quinn

Chet is the canine assistant to sleuth Bernie in Dog on It. Together they're on the trail of a missing teenage girl. You may have to reconsider your own dog's abilities after reading what wacky Chet does.

Doris, Reference


The Last American Man

Thursday, July 22, 2010
Elizabeth Gilbert

Eustace Conway was enamored with a pioneer spirit and living off the land at a young age. After graduating high school, he lived in a teepee for 17 years. He has accomplished many adventures including walking the 2175 mile Appalachian Trail; surviving on what he hunted and gathered; hiking across the German Alps (in sneakers); kayaking across Alaska; living with the Navajo in New Mexico and the Mayans in Guatemala; and traversing the United States from east to west and south to north using horse power.

Eustace set a record by crossing the U.S. by horse in 103 days. Besides learning survival skills from natives, Eustace soaked up his mother’s tomboy inclinations and his grandfather’s tutelage of nature. One of his missions in life is to encourage others to live off the land. He visits schools and communities dressed in animal furs, encouraging other humans to go back to nature. He invites apprentices to his Appalachian utopian wilderness called Turtle Island near Boone, North Carolina. Most of them leave because Eustace’s expectations are too high—he strives for perfection. Visit for more insight into the last American man. I hope to read more personal narratives of humans going “back to the land.” Who knows, someday I may be one of them.  FYI, Gilbert also wrote Eat, Pray, Love and Committed.

Geralyn, Technical Services

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Gold Medal Fitness

Thursday, July 22, 2010
Dara Torres

When Gold Medal Fitness came across the circulation desk as a recently returned item I caught a glimpse of the cover and initially thought, “Here’s another “quick fix” fitness book.” But, I took a second to identify the woman on the front. Dara Torres is one of the most celebrated swimmers of all time and at the age of 42, competes with girls half her age. Now intrigued to find out what she is promoting, I tossed her latest title into my bookbag as a potential vacation read.

Once settled into my beach chair overlooking Deep Lake at our family’s cabin in Northern Michigan I picked up Gold Medal Fitness and skimmed the entire book in one sitting. Dara’s inspirational writing gives those interested in fine tuning their fitness an excellent nutrition plan to prepare your body for the stretching and strengthening exercises she used to transform her body. She also incorporates ways to enjoy cardiovascular activities and why rest and recovery are so important for your body in any sports training plan. I look forward to integrating some of the concepts that Dara touches on and also working through her stretching exercise to help improve my physical health.

Emily D., Circulation

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Design Your Natural Midwest Garden

Thursday, July 22, 2010
Patricia Hill

I love colorful gardens.  I hate cutting the grass.  I want a garden to be beautiful from spring to summer.  I don’t want to spend time and resources endlessly watering my garden.  I believe that compost is better than chemical fertilizers.  I believe that native plants, and lots of them, are the way to garden.  If your gardening philosophy matches mine, or you just like gardening books with great pictures, time spent with this title will be time well spent.  I’m currently plotting and planning to turn a lot of my grass into gardens.

Holly, Youth Services

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Thursday, July 22, 2010
Rebecca Skloot

In 1951,Henrietta Lacks died of cervical cancer, but in 2010 her cells live on. Before she died, doctors removed cancer cells from Lacks and those cells were successfully reproduced. The cells were then sold to scientists and researchers throughout the world. Over time the HeLa cells were used in developing a polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses and the effects of the atom bomb; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions, according to Skloot.

In the past few decades a handful of articles have been written about Henrietta Lacks, but Skloot is the first person to delve deeper into the story of the woman and her surviving family members. In researching her book, Skloot a gifted writer and researcher, learned that Lacks’ family knew very little about the cells and how they have been used.

While the subject matter may seem intimidating, Skloot skillfully breaks down difficult concepts. She includes details that make readers feel as though they are riding along with her as she conducts her interviews and earns the trust of Lacks’ sons and daughter.

Her quest to learn about Lacks makes a compelling story.  Don’t be put off by the scientific subject matter, this is no dry science book read. You’ll be cheering Skloot on as you turn page after page.

Cyndi L., Reference

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The Guardian Building, Cathedral of Finance

Thursday, July 22, 2010
James W. Tottis

As I was browsing in the new books in the East Wing, I discovered "The Guardian Building, Cathedral of Finance" by James W. Tottis.   It is an art book with the call number 720.977.   I like Detroit and enjoy going there and am anxious to go and check out the Guardian Building.   The book has great photos and tells a lot of the history of downtown as well as the building itself.  The book includes art, architecture, history and more.

Sue N., Youth Services

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The Daily Coyote

Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Shreve Stockton
The Daily Coyote: A Story of Love, Survival, and Trust in the Wilds of Wyoming

A Story of Love, Survival, and Trust in the Wilds of Wyoming


A woman leaves New York for life in San Francisco and decides it is still not what she likes. She drives across the States, comes through Wyoming, and falls in love with it. She returns to live there. It is a great story that provides lots of insight into life in another great state, plus a look at coyotes and their precarious lives.

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Marilyn S., Circulation


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