Nonfiction

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

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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North County: a personal journey through the borderland

Thursday, February 11, 2010
Howard Frank Mosher

I noticed the book when I was checking it out to a patron, otherwise I wouldn’t have found it because it was written in 1997 and I don’t normally look for books shelved in 917.304. Mosher describes his solo trip from the east coast of Maine to the western shores of California. He follows little traveled, sometimes impassable highways and byways between the United States into Canada. He travels with little baggage, mainly his fishing gear and journals to transcribe his experiences. His goal was to fish in the many rivers and lakes in the “North Country” and to meet the local townspeople in villages with populations sometimes under 25 people. Some of the characters he meets are smugglers that transport illegal items across the border. I will probably read another book by Mosher (fiction; copyrighted 2003) that we have in our collection called The true account: concerning a Vermont gentleman's race to the Pacific against and exploration of the western American continent coincident to the expedition of Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark because I enjoy accounts of exploration and experiencing nature.

Geralyn B., Technical Services

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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
 

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

Tuesday, September 22, 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

Tuesday, September 22, 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

Tuesday, September 22, 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
 

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