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Truth and Beauty

Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Ann Patchett

A very interesting read. This is a story (nonfiction) about the friendship between Ann and a fellow writer, Lucy Grealy. If you are interested in gaining insights into what a writer's life is like, you would enjoy this book. Most of all, it is about friendship. I think it would be a good book club pick because it would generate lots of good discussion questions.

Margaret, Reference

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The Worst Hard Time

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Timothy Egan

I recently read the Livingston Reads 2008 book, The Worst Hard Time, the untold story of those who survived the great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan. I don't usually read history but this book grabbed me and I learned a great deal about the decade of the '30 and the terrible life of the people of the Dust Bowl. After I read the book, I checked out the DVD, Surviving the Dust Bowl and was amazed at how closely the DVD followed the book, even interviews by some of the same people. Both the book and the DVD present "the remarkable story of the determined people who clung to their homes and way of life, enduring drought, dust, disease- even death- for nearly a decade."

Sue, Youth Services

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The Future of Management

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Gary Hamel

Surely you’ve heard that Toyota surpassed Ford Motor and is now the #2 automaker in the world. Are you familiar with the (business) chant Innovation, Innovation, Innovation? Read The Future of Management, by Gary Hamel, visiting professor at London Business School since 1983, “the world’s leading expert on business strategy” (Fortune magazine), “the world’s reigning strategy guru” (The Economist), and author of business bestsellers.

Hamel buries our existing management model, which is as old as its long deceased creators. He implores today’s managers to set aside their self-interest and study the successful, though sometimes eccentric, upstarts and incorporate their strategies – Whole Foods Market, W.L. Gore (Gore-Tex) and Google. Hamel’s Management 2.0 proposes to take Innovation out of R&D and give it to everyone –empowering employees, flattening and lattice-ing management’s hierarchy. It’s easier for upstarts but existing businesses can, painfully, join the new century, succeed … and thrive!

The case studies alone are worth the read. And what about Toyota? According to Hamel, Toyota empowered “ordinary people” to problem solve. And Google? Well,… you have to read it for yourself.

Donna O, Reference

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Mr. Brooks (DVD)

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Mr. Brooks is a very successful businessman who celebrates being named Man of the Year by caving in to his alter ego and committing murder "one last time." There are more than a few strange twists to this thriller on DVD.

Doris, Reference

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A Lifetime of Secrets

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Frank Warren

This book is a compilation of postcards containing life secrets that were sent to the author. These amazing secrets reveal that most people are so much alike, but are terrified that they are alone and different. This is an incredibly moving book and easy read - filled with visuals of the postcards that aid the secrets themselves. This book is for anyone who wants to feel a connection to others.

Jen, Circulation & Administration

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Prisoner of Tehran: A Memoir

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Marina Nemat

In 1982, 16 year old Marina Nemat was arrested, tortured and sentenced to death for political crimes. One of the guards fell in love with her eventually made her convert to the Islam faith and marry him in order to save her life. Part of the book tells of her life before the 2 years in prison. You get a feel for the political history and terrible unrest of Iran and Iraq in the 1980s.

With the situation in that part of the world today, this is an excellent background book as well as a fascinating one.

Sue N, Youth Services

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90 Minutes in Heaven

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Don Piper

This is an extraordinary 'true story of death and life'.Don Piper was killed when a semi crashed and landed on top of his car. He was left for dead for 90 minutes until someone realized he was breathing.During this time he went to heaven and the early part of the book describes in great detail his wonderful experience there. He had no desire to return to earth. The remainder of the book tells how this changed his life and gives encouragement to people with serious injuries. It took him several years to heal and more than 2 before he could talk about what happened.The book is very hard to put down but very inspirational and moving.

 

Sue N, Youth Services

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The Education of Little Tree (Book and DVD)

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Forrest Carter
The Education of Little Tree

This story tells a tale both harrowing and enlightening about American Indian children taken from their parents and brought up to conform to the
customs of  "the white man." The author is a descendant and his story is that of his grandfather. This is a brilliant read and must watch movie.

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Marilyn S., Circulation

Touching Snow

Sunday, February 24, 2008
M. Sindy Felin

This small book packs a lot of emotion. This is a story of a family of Haitian immigrants and the abuse the young girls suffered at the hands of their step-father. If you don't have a strong stomach I would not recommend this book. The details can be awfully vivid. Once again, this book shows the reader how one person can live through extreme situations and make it. Anyone who has ever suffered abuse, or know someone who has, can relate deeply to themain character's struggles.

Jen, Circulation & Administration

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Suddenly Sixty and Other Shocks of Later Life

Sunday, February 24, 2008

While choosing books for a Youth Services poetry display, I came across a fun book by Judith Viorst entitled Suddenly Sixty and other shocks of later life. The author has written books about the 40s and 50s and this one really makes light of growing older and what it brings. Lots of fun.

Sue, Youth Services

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