Nonfiction

Dogtripping

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
David Rosenfelt
Dogtripping: 25 Rescues, 11 Volunteers, and 3 RVs on Our Canine Cross-Country Ad

25 Rescues, 11 Volunteers, and 3 RVs on Our Canine Cross-Country Adventure

 

This is a lovely story about two great people, a husband and wife. They live in California but were originally from the East Coast. They decide to go back to the East Coast but they have a "boat load" of Golden Retrievers that they have rescued. They recruit several volunteers with campers and vans and make the trip. This is a great read!

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Marilyn S., Circulation

A Lion Called Christian

Friday, August 7, 2015
Anthony Bourke and John Rendall
A Lion Called Christian

When I began this book, I was concerned that two men were purchasing a lion cub from Herrod's Department Store in London. But this time, such a purchase turned out alright. It became a remarkable bond between the friends and Christian the lion. They  raised him for about 7 months and then had him transported to Africa to be in his rightful home. With help, he managed to become integrated into a lion's life and several years later, the men returned and were welcomed affectionately by Christian.

It is a heartwarming story when you often hear of wild animals who do not fare as well in society. Well worth reading.

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Sue N., Youth Services

Elephant Company

Monday, July 6, 2015
Vicki Croke
Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who He

The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II

 

One of the BEST books ever! It's about a young Englishman who goes to Africa to work with elephants in the teak wood industry. It's really enlightening on that topic. Then World War II happens. He is now married and continues to be in the service for WWII. This inside information on the important role that elephants played in the victory of WWII in Africa is amazing.

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Marilyn S., Circulation

Very good lives : the fringe benefits of failure and the importance of imagination

Monday, June 22, 2015
J. K. Rowling
Very good lives : the fringe benefits of failure and the importance of imaginati

This book is the commencement address J. K. Rowling gave at Harvard University. In it she tells the graduates she would like them to remember two things. The first is the benefits of failure, when she failed it made her stop pretending and become what she really is. The second is the importance of imagination. She implores the graduates to imagine themselves in others shoes and then imagine better and set out to fulfill that dream. All in all an inspiring book. One we can all learn something from.

Jan H., Tech Services

Better than before : mastering the habits of our everyday lives

Thursday, June 11, 2015
Gretchen Rubin
Better than before : mastering the habits of our everyday lives

Gretchen Rubin illustrates the core principles of habit formation with dozens of strategies that she uses herself and tests out on others. She presents a practical, concrete framework to allow readers to understand their habits—and to change them for good.  I like the idea of being better than I currently am. I like self-help books.  I am fascinated with the idea that if I make something a habit I won’t have to think about it anymore, I will just do it.  Will I really exercise regularly, eat what will make me feel and act better, not procrastinate, etc?  We are not all the same.  There is a quiz at the back of the book so you can determine whether you are an Upholder, a Questioner, an Obliger or a Rebel.  Each individual forms habits differently depending upon which you are.  And you may overlap and have tendencies from more than one group. I especially like the last two sentences on the book jacket. “Change is possible. When we master our habits, we can make our lives better than before.” I am going to continue working on good habits – so that I don’t come home in the evening, crash and eat every carb I can get my hands on. I will have a plan and hopefully it will be a habit so I will automatically do the healthful thing. At least it is worth a try! This book held my interest.  I wanted to know what she had to say on the subject and she backed up her ideas with research. I have even looked at her blog which has more good ideas  Check our Catalog

Betsy H., Reference

the life-changing magic of tidying up

Saturday, June 6, 2015
marie kondo
the life-changing magic of tidying up

“This international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear you clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home – and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.”  With a claim like that, I had to give the life-changing magic of tidying up: the Japanese are of decluttering and organizing a try.  I’m a saver, a have piles of stuff, and boxes of stuff.  I become emotionally attached to objects.  I hate to throw away stuff that is still in usable condition.  But clutter is stressful and it needs to go!  Kondo’s approach definitely has an eastern feel, but ultimately it makes sense to me.  First answer the question of why you want to tidy up? Then approach your belongings in a certain order and for each item ask “does this bring me joy?”  Realize that objects serve a purpose and once they have fulfilled that purpose, it’s time for things to go.  The book is easy to read, written in small sections allowing you to read a little at a time if you choose.  Good Luck if you take on this decluttering approach.  Check the catalog for the hard cover.  Check the catalog for the audio CD.

Holly, Youth Services

Blind curves : a woman, a motorcycle, and a journey to reinvent herself

Friday, June 5, 2015
Linda Crill
Blind curves : a woman, a motorcycle, and a journey to reinvent herself

“Blind curves: a woman, a motorcycle, and a journey to reinvent herself” by Linda Crill and the true story/movie “Wild: from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail” by Cheryl Strayed have similar storylines. Both of these true “adventures” are taken by women after suffering a loss of a relationship. These individuals have strong “backbones” and challenge themselves to risks. Linda in “Blind curves” learns to ride a motorcycle just before she joins 3 other individuals on a 2,500 mile round trip on the West Coast from Vancouver, Canada to Mendocino, California. After “laying” a motorcycle down on top of herself during her motorcycle test to driving her Harley up craggy trails with blind curves, this woman truly reinvents herself. Cheryl Strayed similarly challenged herself to backpack the Pacific Crest Trail without previous experience or someone to watch over her in case of tragedy. 

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Geralyn Technical Services

 

Permission to parent : how to raise your child with love and limits

Friday, June 5, 2015
Robin Berman, MD.
Permission to parent : how to raise your child with love and limits

Read this book on how to explore effective parenting through Love, Limits and Time.  Dr. Berman draws from her clinical experience as a psychiatrist, mother, her colleagues, accomplished teachers and role model parents to guide, inspire and teach us to be the best parents possible. “Loving your child is an instinct. Good parenting is a teachable skill.” Harvey Karp M.D.  This book is a real gift!      Check our Catalog

Kate D., Youth Services

Ashley's war : the untold story of a team of women soldiers on the Special Ops battlefield

Friday, June 5, 2015
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Ashley's war : the untold story of a team of women soldiers on the Special Ops b

I'm interested in the women in the military and this book was exceptional. The reader gets to know the women well, their applications for the military, their training and the actual work they were doing with the Afghan women and children.  As men soldiers were not allowed near the women, Ashley and her teammates were able to get a lot of pertinent information as to what was going on with the insurgents and terrorists.  It was dangerous and very hard and these women are heroes. It was a difficult reading but a worthwhile one. Check our Catalog

Sue N., Youth Services

Unbroken : a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Laura Hillenbrand
Unbroken : a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption

About the book:

On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

 

The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.

 

Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.

 

My review:

This is an excellent book that is well worth the read.  Check our Catalog

Tania K., Circulation

 

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