Nonfiction

Amazing Facts About Ancient Egypt

Monday, January 28, 2008
James Putnam

I happened upon a little fun book called Amazing Facts About Ancient Egypt by James Putnam (932). Since I'm going there in March, I enjoyed all the fun and serious stuff in the uniquely illustrated quick read.

Sue N., Youth Services

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Shattered Dreams

Monday, January 28, 2008
Irene Spencer

When we usually see these families, they are all smiling and seem happy but this book by Irene Spencer tells the true story of poverty, loneliness, tiredness and a very sad way of life. She was married for 28 years, shared with 9 other wives and had 13 children of her own. She lived in squalor with no electricity, indoor plumbing or proper health care. Very sad book but also revealing.

Sue Neff, Youth Services

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River of Doubt

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

This book is non-fiction but reads like a fast paced novel. You won't be able to put it down! A very interesting group of people embark on an exploration of the Amazon river with some disastrous results. The group includes American naturalists, a Catholic priest, a U.S. president and his son, a Brazilian general and more. They encounter near starvation, injuries, cannibals, and the fury of nature in their quest to map and explore the river. If you like adventure and history, you'll love this book.

Margaret, Reference
 

Mountains of the Pharaohs

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Since I'm planning a trip to Egypt in 2008, I've starting to read about it and I found a new book Mountains of the Pharaohs by Zahi Hawass, a top Egyptian scholar (932 Haw). It tells the story of the pyramid builders, their lives and how they built the Giza and other pyramids. Book includes information on the kings, archeology and civilization of Egypt.

Sue N., Youth Services
 

Why Gender Matters

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

As a mom of a 3 year old boy I find it fascinating to watch the way he thinks and his endless energy. Robbie is so different from our neighbor's daughter who is only 9 months older. Leonard Sax, M.D., PhD. addresses gender differences in Why Gender Matters. Sax's research is not "touchy-feely" but based on brain research. An interesting read that has applications for me as a parent and professionally as one who works with children. Okay, it even explained a little bit about my husband!

Holly, Youth Services

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