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Sippy Cups Are not for Chardonnay

Tuesday, September 22, 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

Monday, July 27, 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

Friday, May 29, 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

Friday, May 29, 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

Friday, May 29, 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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The Gift of Years, Growing Older Gracefully

Thursday, March 12, 2009
Joan Chittister
Wonderful advice for people facing retirement and who are reaching 70 years of age. The author tells how to live these years productively and with purpose. Each chapter, labeled Fear, Joy, Loneliness, Sadness, etc. explains what to do and ends with a 'burden of these years' and a 'blessing of these years.' I found this book very helpful as I plan to retire in a year or so.
 
Sue N., Youth Services
 

The New Earth

Thursday, March 12, 2009
Eckhart Tolle

Tolle is able to take complex concepts about enlightenment, human nature and behavior and weave in examples from the Bible, Buddhism, Taoism, as well as history’s greatest thinkers and artists. His skill at tying all of this together is very impressive. He thoroughly describes all the facets of living a life with presence and awareness, rather than living out the roles and inner thoughts by which we have come to define ourselves. Some of his terminology can be challenging, but he usually gives clear definitions as he goes along. For example, his explanation of a human being: Human is "...the functions you fulfill, whatever you do--all that belongs to the human dimension". Being is "found in the still, alert presence of Consciousness itself, the Consciousness that you are." "Human is form. Being is formless. Human and Being are not separate but interwoven."

Kathleen Z., Library Director

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Running With the Bulls; My years with the Hemingways

Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Valerie Hemingway

An interesting look at a life style that is so different from my own. As a teenager, Valerie Danby-Smith gets a job working for Ernest Hemingway during his years in Spain and Cuba (about 1959-1961). Her relationship with the Hemingways is what this book is all about. She does have a lot of insight and revelations about the years spent with them and tells her story in a interesting way. I didn't care for all the name dropping but it was probably necessary to tell the story of their lives. After Ernest death, Valerie marries Gregory, his son. This was one roller-coaster of a marriage and a tragic story itself. It was brave of her to tell it.

Margaret, Reference

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The Peacock Princess

Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Sara Harris and Barbara Mosallai Bell

I found this book while looking for princess stories for the kids. It is the true life story of an American woman (and her daughters) who married an Iranian man and was trapped in Iran with brutal conditions and home life. It reminded me of Sally Field's "Not Without My Daughter" and its always amazing to me how some of the middle eastern men do a complete turnabout when they leave the U. S. and return to their homeland.

Sue N, Youth Services
 

Beautiful boy, a father's journey through his son's addiction

Tuesday, May 20, 2008
David Sheff

This is a must-read for anyone interested in drug/alcohol addiction.

Sheff, an author/ journalist, tells the story about his struggle with his meth-addicted son, and how it affected him, his entire family and group of friends. It is both heart- warming and heart-wretching . He has meticulously researched the dependency ... to the drug and to the addiction.

The New York Times Magazine article, My Addicted Son, won an award from the American Psychological Association. The son, Nic Sheff, published a memoir from his perspective, entitled Tweak, soon to be available at HCDL.

Donna O., Reference
 

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