The Knife Man: The Extraordinary Life and Times of John Hunter, Father of Modern Surgery

Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Wendy Moore

This book is both repugnant and fascinating. Anatomist John Hunter had an insatiable curiosity about the human body, as well as those of animals. He had no qualms about dissecting hundreds of bodies, nearly all "resurrected" from their graves, some acquaintances (such as a giant who thought his friends would prevent his being cut apart by Hunter), and preparing specimens from them for his collection. His collection included women at different stages of pregnancy. Hunter also conducted human experiments, including one on himself to test his theory regarding venereal disease. The discoveries Hunter made and the surgical techniques he developed helped spur new thought regarding medicine, which at the time still prescribed bloodletting as a treatment for disease. And what's more fascinating than anecdotes about Hunter's work? He married, had children, and continued to dissect people in his house.

Doris, Reference

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Who Do You Think You Are? The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History

Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Megan Smolenyak

There is no such thing as an ordinary family.  Every family has its own unique stories just waiting to be discovered by YOU!  This guide gives you all the information you need to start sleuthing into your own family history.  Megan does a great job of providing the basics to get you started, without overwhelming you with too many details.  This book is bursting with tips, shortcuts, recommendations, and things I wish I would have known when I started doing genealogy.  This book is billed as the companion to the hit TV series recently on NBC called "Who Do You Think You Are?"  There is a recap in the book of the celebrities and how they traced their family history.   I especially like the chapters on researching military records and birth, marriage and death records.  Highly recommended!!

Margaret, Reference

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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

Women, Food and God

Thursday, July 1, 2010
Geneen Roth

I've been a fan of author Geneen Roth since back in the days when she wrote a monthly article for Prevention Magazine.  She writes easily and practically about our collective compulsion with food.  One of my favorite topics! 

This is not a "diet book," nor is it a solution to overeating.  But it does offer a substantial helping of "food for thought."  She devotes more than one chapter to what she calls "The Voice," that is the way we talk to ourselves and the fact that most of us believe it!  For them to make a difference, the lessons here need to be practiced, and practiced and practiced again (like yoga). 

I love this quote from the book, "Freedom from obsession is not about something you do; it's about knowing who you are.  It's about recognizing what sustains you and what exhausts you.  What you love and what you think you love because you believe you can't have it."  It seems to me as though this advice can be applied to many aspects of life.

I cautiously recommend this book, and, for me, it was worth reading.

Kathleen M., Administration

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Sh*t My Dad Says

Thursday, July 1, 2010
Justin Halpern

My initial skimming of this book left me in stitches and laughing out loud with co-workers, family and friends at the bluntness of this father's words and advice.  Laced with four letter words and a straightforwardness that would make many uncomfortable, this father has a remarkable ability to speak his mind without self-censorship.  To many this could be interpreted quite negatively and even looked down upon as being crude, unfeeling or uncaring, but with further reading and reflection, it became clear to me that this father's gift is having a knack for telling it like it is.  This book is not for those that are easily offended by real life conversations that are uncensored with PC because of the frank and seemingly brutal honesty that this book delivers.  Overhearing my Dad talking to his Dad about this book and their own memories of their special father child relationship brought a smile to my face.  This book of more than just a bunch of funny recollections; it shows us the very important role a father figure can play in all our lives.

Emily D., Circulation

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Merle's Door

Thursday, July 1, 2010
Ted Kerasote
Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog

Lessons from a Freethinking Dog


Another great story and look at life in Wyoming. Out of nowhere, a dog "happens" to join a group of people camping, backpacking, and canoeing - so they adopt him! He's given a life jacket and he joins one man's life forever. A fabulous book!

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Marilyn S., Circulation

Strength Training for Women

Thursday, June 24, 2010
Joan Pagano

For those women looking to start a strength training program I highly recommend this book. It has great pictures with easy to understand directions for how to do various exercises. There is also a section for different exercise programs. The author tells you what exercises to do and how many reps and what weight to start with. I liked this book so much I bought my own copy!

Jan H., Technical Services

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A Dog Year

Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Jon Katz
A Dog Year

I love anything by Jon Katz. He writes wonderful nonfiction, mainly about Border Collies. A superb look into life in upstate New York with dogs, cats, sheep, and even donkeys! A Dog Year is a good Katz book to start with.

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Marilyn S., Circulation

How Starbucks Saved My Life

Thursday, February 11, 2010
Michael Gates Gill
"A son of privilege learns to live like everyone else." 52-year-old Michael lost his job with a 6 figure salary, lost his wife after having an affair and was lucky to get an entry level job as an inner city at Starbucks. He learned about being in the minority, since he was the only white staff person. The book tells a lot about the running and philosophy of Starbucks and how 'the old guy' was able to learn new skills and come to enjoy a new phase in his life. Fascinating fast read.
Sue N.,Youth Services

Social Networking for Genealogists

Thursday, February 11, 2010
Drew Smith

This book covers many forms of social networking - blogs, wikis, message boards and mailing lists, RSS, tags, podcasts and a few others. I really like his simple and organized approach to these topics. It's no surprise that Drew Smith is a librarian! Each chapter begins with definitions of a few key words, and follows with why and how this technology is used. He also gives you a few suggestions to try out and apply your new knowledge. Definitely not just for genealogists.

Margaret B., Reference and Technical Services

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