Nonfiction

In the Sanctuary of Outcasts

Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Neil White

Neil White, a well to do journalist and book publisher, begins kiting checks and is sentenced to 18 month in a federal prison. But the prison he is sent to is at Carville, Louisiana where the last people in the U.S. with leprosy are housed. He met the most amazing inmates and patients and his view on life was totally changed. A fascinating memoir.

Sue Neff, Youth Services

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Bobby and Jackie: a love story

Sunday, November 22, 2009
C. David Haymann

Excellent love story about two people, by virtue of their shared pain, found each other and were able to get on with their lives. This book shines a light on the Kennedy Brothers extra extra-marital proclivities. This is definitely not for those who were shocked by JFK's dalliance with MM.

Donna O., Reference

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The Accidental Billionaires: the founding of Facebook: a tale of sex, money, genius and betrayal

Monday, September 21, 2009
Ben Mezrich

Looking for a good true story? It's true! I just finished the Accidental Billionaires...Be right in the same Harvard dorm room with the players as ideas germinate. Follow their successes. Compare to what it is today.

This should be required reading for everyone remotely interested in start ups...anyone who ever thought that they had an inspirational idea about...anything never done before...which is probably each of us!

Easy read - written by the author of 21, which started at MIT.

P.S. Another good business/mgt book (previously blogged) is The Future of Management by Gary Hamel. Here you will find case studies on the "new" and successful Google, Toyota, Whole Foods, etc., business models.

Donna O., Reference

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The Girl Who Played With Fire

Monday, September 21, 2009
Stieg Larsson

WHOA! I just finished Book 2 in Larsson's series. It's a must read for those who started with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. This book fills in Salander's story ... why she is the way she is. (Remember this is for those who read James Patterson/Alex Cross, Harlan Coben's stand alone suspense, Patrica Cornwell's Scarpetta series, etc.) There's a a great line in the sequel which sums it up ... she's a "woman who hates men who hate women". I can't wait for the next one, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest by Stieg Larsson (Paperback - Oct 31, 2009). But I might have to miss the movie... I abhor violence ; )

Donna O., Reference

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Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: how to calm, connect and communicate with your baby

Monday, September 21, 2009
Tracy Hogg with Melinda Blau

Not yet having a newborn nor knowing that much about babies - I found this book fascinating. The author describes what she feels is the best way to adjust to a newborn in the home and how to go about this transition. Instead of the parents completely 100% catering to the baby or the baby completely going with the parents' schedule/life, she suggests more of a compromise and talks about mutual respect for both sides. She has a system that sounds easy to follow and adjust to your life. Five different personality types of babies are discussed including how to identify which one your baby is, how to comfort and soothe each type and what each type needs. I'm looking forward to implementing some of her strategies into my life when I get there. Right now it all sounds like information I will use or at least have in the back of my head when I go through this adjustment period.

Janice, Youth Services
 

Sippy Cups Are not for Chardonnay

Monday, September 21, 2009
Stefanie Wilder-Taylor

As an expectant mother, I am trying to read and gather information about being a parent before I have a crying newborn on my hands (and probably very little time to myself to read). The title of this one sounded great and right up my alley - I don't know that much about newborns, sippy cups, car seats and so on. While I found this book to contain some helpful information, I wouldn't say it was "the book" best suited for the subject but I very much enjoyed the author's humor and the humorous way she handled situations and told personal stories - I even found myself laughing out loud several times. So if you're in the stage of your life that I'm in, I would recommend this book

Janice, Youth Services
 

The Survivor's Club: The Secrets and Science that Could Save Your Life

Sunday, July 26, 2009
Ben Sherwood
The Survivor's Club: The Secrets and Science that Could Save Your Life

What is the safest area to sit in on an airplane? Where is the best place to have a heart attack? (You may be surprised by this answer - I was.) Why do so many people die when they shouldn't? In tough times, who bounces back and who doesn’t? Who overcomes adversity and who gives up? And perhaps most important: What do survivors and thrivers know about beating the odds that the rest of us don’t? We all hope we never need to know these answers, but it doesn't hurt to be prepared. There are lots of true stories plus research to back up the author's answers. There is a website, www.thesurvivorsclub.org, with a free quiz and a Reading Guide which can be used by book clubs. A very interesting and enlightening read!

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Betsy H., Reference

Loving Frank

Thursday, May 28, 2009
Nancy Horan

This is a great book for book clubs!! Themes and events in the book will lead to a lively and spirited discussion. It is a fascinating work of historical fiction that will have you enthralled to the last page. It is one of those books that lead you to do further research on the topic (architecture) and people. The book chronicles the love affair between Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Borthwick Cheney from about 1907-1914. This was a shocking, scandoulous affair at the time since both Wright and Cheney were married to other people. Highly recommended!

Margaret B., Reference

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Renegade Champion, the Unlikely Rise of Fitzrada

Thursday, May 28, 2009
Richard R. Rust

This book is about Jane Pohl, a daughter of a West Point army officer, and the horse, Fitzrada, with whom she forged a great partnership. If you love horses, you will really like this book. Even if you are not interested in horses, you may be interested in the historical aspects of the book regarding the army, West Point, and women’s lives in the 1940s and 50s. Fitzrada came from the U.S. army calvary stock and was scheduled to be destroyed. He was rescued by Jane and her father and became one of the most well-known show jumpers in the late 1940s. They won many championships together. Most men could not ride him but over the course of 5 years of training and riding, Jane and Fitz became true partners. Jane was a pioneer of her time—leading the way for women to be included on the Olympic equestrian teams. My only complaint is that I would have liked more photos to be included in the book.

Margaret B., Reference

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Three Cups of Tea...One Man's Mission to Promote Peace and Build Nations...One School at a Time

Thursday, May 28, 2009
Greg Mortenson

An extraordinary story. Greg Mortenson, a former mountain climber, discovers his true life mission by building schools for the poor, mountainous villagers in Pakistan and Afghanistan. His journey is an inspiring adventure tale. You will be enlightened and discover interesting facts about this region of the world seen through his eyes. This book is inspiring. Greg has turned a single promise to a small village into a life mission. His determination to build schools in remote areas that have hostile environments that sometimes include hostile insurgents is awesome. The story is one of hope and encouragement. One person can make a difference that can change the world.

Kathleen Z., Library Director

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