Waiting for the Morning Train

Monday, August 1, 2016
Bruce Catton
Waiting for the Morning Train

An American Boyhood


Anyone interested in Michigan history, or Americana for that matter, should check out this memoir by Civil War historian Bruce Catton. He writes about his boyhood in Benzonia, Michigan, in the early twentieth century. Unlike other northern Michigan towns, Benzonia was not a lumbering town. It was a Christian community that supported a preparatory academy for young people, which Catton attended and was headed by his father. I really enjoyed Catton’s stories about the academy: his playing in a band, a near tragedy ice surfing on Crystal Lake, and the long train and boat trips to visit relatives. Throughout, he weaves in Michigan and world history and observes the effects of technology on both. I think a lot of readers, like me, can relate to Catton’s boyhood and his philosophical take on change.

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Doris M., Reference


I Quit Sugar

Saturday, June 25, 2016
Sara Wilson
I Quit Sugar

Your Complete 8-Week Detox Program and Cookbook


From the book cover:

“Sarah Wilson thought of herself as a relatively healthy eater. She didn’t realize how much sugar was hidden in her diet, or how much it was affecting her well-being. When she learned that her sugar consumption could be the source of a lifetime of mood swings, fluctuating weight, sleep problems, and thyroid disease, she knew she had to make a change.

What started as an experiment to eliminate sugar--both the obvious and the hidden kinds--soon became a way of life, and now Sarah shows you how you can quit sugar too.”


I like this book. Cutting back on sugar (fructose) and getting back into clean eating habits has been on my agenda lately. This book was a good kickstart for me. It has some of useful tips, information, and recipes.

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Tania K., Circulation

The Sleep Revolution

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Arianna Huffington
The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time

Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time

This was an interesting read about the importance of sleep. Lack of sleep risks include heart attack, stroke, diabetes and obesity as well as problems on the job and in our relationships. The author, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, offers some possible help to getting more sleep including the familiar--put aside the electronic devices, exercise more, and meditate--but some less so, including suggestions on how to use the latest sleep-tracking devices and sleep-optimizing hotels. Also included are some actual meditations in the back. Our library owns the physical book plus it is available through to download on your mobile device as an ebook as well as an audiobook. I plan to listen to the meditations on the audiobook when it becomes available.


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Betsy H., Reference

Lorena Garcia's New Taco Classics

Monday, June 13, 2016
Lorena Garcia with Liz Balmaseda
Lorena Garcia's New Taco Classics

This is one of the best cookbooks I’ve seen recently, and I read a lot of cookbooks. If your family enjoys Mexican food, you might want to peruse this in a shady nook somewhere, preferably while sipping a margarita! Most, but not all, of the recipes have a fairly short list of ingredients. The sauces, slaws, salads, breads, and condiments look surprisingly simple. The pictures are bright, beautiful, and will get your appetite going. The few recipes that call for multiple steps and sub-recipes are the tacos and meat dishes, which include the meat recipe itself and the recipes for sauces, salsas, and slaws to accompany it. If you’re short on time, simply substitute store-bought items such as salsa, sauce, or tortillas. My personal favorite chapters are the breads and slaws.

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Laura P., Circulation

Silent Chase: Submarines of the U.S. Navy

Friday, June 10, 2016
Steve Kaufman
Silent Chase

I found this book interesting and was written well. It gave enough information about the subs but not an overload of technical jargon. There were a lot of pictures to see different parts of the submarine. If you are interested in submarines or military this is a good book.

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Jeremy E., Administration

National Geographic Kids: Everything Robotics

Friday, May 13, 2016
Jennifer Swanson
National Geographic Kids: Everything Robotics

All the Robotic Photos, Facts, and Fun!


Who doesn't love robots?! Take a tech trip with this highly engaging and interactive book. Readers of all ages will get excited about the fascinating science behind these bots and let their imagination soar!

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Kate D., Youth Services

Dad is Fat

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Jim Gaffigan
Dad is Fat

Apparently Jim Gaffigan is a comedian. I’ve never seen him but this is a laugh-out-loud book. Jim has five children and a “very fertile” wife, and they all live in a two-bedroom apartment in New York City. Everything is funny--from car trips to toddlerhood, eating in restaurants with 5 kids, and a first ski and airplane trip with all of them. I recommend this book to anyone who is a parent.

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Sue N., Youth Services (and mother of two!)



Lost in My Own Backyard

Monday, April 25, 2016
Tim Cahill
Lost in My Own Backyard: A Walk in Yellowstone National Park

I would love to live in the vicinity of a national park. Tim Cahill, founding editor of Outside magazine, writes about his experiences in his book, Lost in My Own Backyard: A Walk in Yellowstone National Park. No wonder he might get lost, considering the Yellowstone National Park covers almost 3,500 square miles. He touches on the popular landmarks in the park, but also writes about hiking the backcountry. He stresses paying attention to the fact that wildlife is allowed to run free. You need to know safety tactics when confronting large animals like bison, moose, and especially bear. Bears can smell who may be in their environs from 18 miles away. He also warned about horseflies in July, stating that their bites actually tear bits of flesh off the body. Cahill reminisces about finding out-of-the-way geysers, rainbows shown in waterfalls, and even seeing moonbows in the waterfalls at night. Besides gathering information from Cahill’s encounters, he lists other books to get a better understanding of Yellowstone National Park.

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Geralyn B., Technical Services


Alone In the Wilderness (DVD)

Thursday, April 21, 2016
Alone In the Wilderness (DVD)

My family (husband and 3 kids ages 5, 10, and 12) watched this together on the recommendation of my co-worker, Marilyn S.. We ALL were fascinated by this documentary of a man who moved to the Alaskan wilderness at age 50, built a log home with hand tools, and lived there until he was in his eighties.

It was amazing to watch him craft things like door hinges and a bowl, seeing the cabin in the dead of winter covered in snow. The scenery is beautiful and the narration of life in the wilderness is interesting. Hope you like it as much as we did.

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Peggy G., Circulation

Crazy Horse: Sioux War Chief

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Peter Guttmacher
Crazy Horse: Sioux War Chief

Since I am going to South Dakota next August, I wanted to study some history of the region. This is a youth book but certainly not a little kids' book. I learned so much about the issues between the Indian tribes and the soldiers who were there to protect the settlers. The life of Crazy Horse is fascinating as is the description of the tribes' way of life. I plan to see the giant sculpture of Crazy Horse in South Dakota which was begun years ago and is still being worked on. This book is something we should all read since we missed this information in our high school history classes.

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Sue N., Youth Services