Nonfiction

Miracle in the Andes

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Nando Parrado
Miracle in the Andes

Nando and his rugby team from Uruguay were on a charter flight heading to a competition when the plane crashed in the Andes Mountains. Nando describes the 72 days on the mountain and the long trek home. His mother, sister, and many of the team members perished in the crash and in the 12 days of bitter cold waiting for help. Finally Nando and another man hiked 12 days in terrible conditions across the mountains until they got to Chile and help from the peasants there. The book is gripping and almost impossible to believe with all they went through and still survived. I read it on my Nook and was glad to get the book at the library so I could see the photgraphs more clearly. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and would recommend it to readers who like true survival stories.

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Sue N., Youth Services

Truck Tunes (DVD)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Twenty Trucks
Truck Tunes (DVD)

If you know a child that loves trucks, he/she will love this DVD! The DVD features ten different trucks (bulldozer, grader, impact hammer, front-end loader, forklift, etc.); each truck has its own song that includes facts about that truck and shows corresponding video of that truck doing its job and working on a job site. Each song sounds different so you don't feel like you're listening to the same tune throughout the DVD. While you can find individual Twenty Trucks videos on YouTube, I appreciate the DVD for car trips and for the longer duration.

 

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Janice H., Youth Services

The Road to Little Dribbling

Monday, March 21, 2016
Bill Bryson
The Road to Little Dribbling

Adventures of an American Living in Britain

 

The author is funny, dry, and very informative about the places he writes about. I am from Jolly Old England so I really get what he says and describes!!

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Marilyn S., Circulation

The New Health Rules: Simple Changes to Achieve Whole-Body Wellness

Monday, March 7, 2016
Frank Lipman, M.D. & Danielle Claro
The New Health Rules

I am impressed with the simplicity and (what I consider) truth in this book. It is divided into five major sections including Eating, Moving, Boosting, Healing, and Living, which are then subdivided into one page recommendations such as “Eat the Colors of the Rainbow,” “Don’t Eat Over The Kitchen Sink,” “Caffeine Can Have A Half Life Of Seven Hours,” “Move Five Minutes Out Of Every Hour,” “Cultivate Kindness,” “Do Something You Love For At Least 10 Minutes A Day,” “Music Can Work Like Meditation,” and “Just Say No (Thanks)”.

This book is easy to pick up and flip through the pages. You can start anywhere and read as much or as little as you have time for. Most of these ideas are things we already know but don’t always do. I find it good to review these simple, no-nonsense recommendations for everyday life so that just maybe I will try to do a few more healthy things.

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Betsy H., Reference

Trapped Behind Nazi Lines: The Story of the U.S. Army Air Force 807th Medical Evacuation Squadron

Thursday, March 3, 2016
Peter Braun
Trapped Behind Nazi Lines

This is a fascinating story of an incident during World War II. A group of  men and women, Army Air Force medical workers whose work was to care for wounded soldiers, were on a mission when their plane crashed in Albania.

For 6 months they evaded the German troops, climbed mountains, trudged through waist deep snow, and stayed with partisan families in a lot of small towns. They suffered cold and hunger and fear but did finally get to the coast and on a boat going to Italy. Some great photos and illustrations add to the interesting parts of the book. I strongly recommend it.

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Sue N., Youth Services

Boundless: Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Kathleen Winter
Boundless: Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage

Kathleen Winter had recently packed a “getaway suitcase” in hopes of traveling when she received an invitation to be a writer on board a ship cruising the “Northwest Passage.” This educational voyage carried other resource staff such as marine biologists, geologists, birdwatchers, and cultural ambassadors (heritage). Kathleen was a long-time resident of Newfoundland, but now she was given the chance to travel closer to the Arctic Circle via Greenland, Baffin Bay, Beechey Island, Prince of Wales Island, King William Island, and Bathurst Inlet. This route was historically unsuccessfully travelled by Sir John Franklin and his entourage of two ships in 1845 in the hopes of finding a northern route “to the Orient.” Kathleen experienced setting foot on “ancient” land that indigenous people inhabited the best way they could, considering glacial melt was making their food sources (polar bears and seals) scarce. Unfortunately, she also experienced a panic when the ship ran aground. This happened because parts of the Northwest Passage were not charted or landmasses had shifted. Her journey's tale is told in Boundless: Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage.

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Geralyn B., Technical Services

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History

Monday, February 29, 2016
Brian Kilmeade
Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates

If you enjoy American history add this book to your reading list.  As a history buff, I thoroughly enjoyed learning something new about our early American history and found this book timely in light of the current challenges the United States faces today.  This is a little known story of how a newly independent nation was challenged by pirates and the Muslim powers from the Barbary coast and what happened when Thomas Jefferson decided to stand up to intimidation.   Check our Catalog

Tanya H., Reference

Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story

Friday, February 5, 2016
David Maraniss
Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story

This is a 2016 Michigan Notable Book. The author was born in Detroit and is an associate editor of the Washington Post. He is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and a best-selling author.

This story is about Detroit in 1963 when things on the outside looked so upbeat for the Motor City. Maraniss describes the signs showing that things would soon fall apart for Detroit. It’s a well-told story that captures your interest about an exciting time in Detroit’s history (think Motown), but I can’t recommend the audio because the tracks are long – up to 50 minutes - and, while the author is a good reader, he is not great.  Read the book instead.

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Kathleen Z., Administration

438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea

Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Jonathan Franklin
438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea

Imagine surviving in the Pacific Ocean for 438 days!

Salvador Alvarenga’s story, 438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea by Jonathan Franklin, reveals his tale of “resilience, will, ingenuity and determination” to survive drifting west 6,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean from Mexico to the Marshall Islands. Alvarenga was a shark fisherman who had to travel over 100 miles from shore to fill a cooler because oceans have been overfished. After setting 2,800 hooks, 4,000 pounds of fish brought a man about $150. Alvarenga, being very experienced, felt more at home on the sea, but gale force winds are never predictable.

Two fishermen left Costa Azul, Mexico on November 18, 2012 and one survivor drifted to shore on Tile Islet on January 29, 2014. Besides catching/storing fresh water and food, Alvarenga had to “survive” seeing & conversing with people after his time at sea. It was especially hard because the inhabitants where he landed didn’t speak Spanish. I felt like I was in his boat with a broken motor, catching and eating raw food, and staying out of the sun.

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Geralyn B., Technical Services

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things

Monday, December 7, 2015
Jenny Lawson
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things

Jenny Lawson admits it: she’s mentally ill and has rheumatoid arthritis. She knows how mental and physical pain claws at the psyche. Lucky for her—and for us—she has decided to be furiously happy whenever her ailments allow and share how she copes when flare-ups inevitably happen. Lawson writes about all sorts of crazy things; some that she experienced, others that seem to come out of nowhere. And she describes her lows uniquely. Lawson’s language is often saltier than I prefer, but she definitely is funny and insightful. Ultimately, hers is a message of hope and encouragement.

I read the audiobook; we also have the print version.

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Doris M., Reference

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