Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Susannah Cahalan
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

At age twenty-four, Susannah Cahalan's world fell apart.  Suddenly, the lights were too bright and colors were too vivid.  There was anxiety...fear.  She could "hear" what others were thinking about her.  And it wasn't good.  She was delusional.  The first doctor said it was due to her lifestyle - on the fast track at the New York Post, excessive partying, lack of sleep, too much alcohol.   But her family knew better.  She endured a "month of madness" while doctors ruled out what she didn't have.  Until one day, when life looked its bleakest, another young brilliant mind joined the team.  Susannah was in hell...could they bring her back?  Was there a cure or was she resigned to a psych ward...or worse?  Could her problems be caused by something physical?  

Great Book!   I couldn't help but think about the number of people who have suffered because of how little we know.  I could not put this book down until I finished. Check our catalog.

Donna O., Reference

My Mother Was Nuts

Thursday, November 1, 2012
Penny Marshall

This is an odd book.  Prior to reading this, I had always liked Penny Marshall.  She has had an interesting life, no doubt about it.  It is a very easy to read book, very conversational.  You can all but hear Penny speaking with that distinctive voice as you read it.  But in this book, there is no insight into how she felt about the things that happened to her.  There was no demonstration of the way that she may or may not have been affected by some of these extraordinary events.   She certainly has had a lot of ups and many downs.  She had a lot of success and some hardships as well.  However, this is just a chronological list of these events, told with more name-dropping than I have ever seen in a Hollywood memoir. After reading this book, I actually like Ms. Marshall a lot less than I did before.  She made a lot of the same bad choices over and over, and some of them were disturbing.  If her brother had not already been a big success, it's highly unlikely she would have had a career in Hollywood.  It’s like there’s not a person in there, just kind of shallow and not very grateful.  It was also not very funny, which is surprising as well.  Thumbs down from me, save your time for a more worthwhile book.   Check our catalog. 

Pat P., Tech Services




Thursday, August 23, 2012
Tina Fey

          Tina Fey’s humor is in every paragraph of this book.  She is self-deprecating and very funny about it.   Because there is a hefty dose of sarcasm in her humor, I had to listen to this in smaller doses than I listen to most books.  The story includes her childhood as well as her career at Second City in   Chicago which led to her television career on “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock”.   Mostly, Tina is very appreciative of all who helped her along the way and has a brilliantly humorous way to express it.      Check our Catalog.

Kathleen Zaenger, Director


In Stitches, a Memoir

Monday, March 12, 2012
Anthony Youn, M.D.
In Stitches, a Memoir

This 2012 Michigan Notable Book was fun to read since it takes place in our immediate area, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, etc.  Youn shows just what goes into the making of a doctor, year by year.  There is some humor and some sadness but you get a true picture of a doctor's education.  Interesting.  Check our catalog

Sue N., Youth Services 

Temple Grandin (DVD)

Friday, January 6, 2012
Temple Grandin (DVD)

Temple Grandin is a story of a young woman's life with autism and how she and her family worked with it. Quite amazing, a tadge disconcerting when she visits the stock yards and slaughter houses and how she addresses the issues of how the animals should be treated with care and respect. Actually, a couple of our patrons at the library met her when she was attending university. A great enlightening movie.

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Marilyn S., Circulation


Soul Surfer (DVD)

Friday, January 6, 2012
Soul Surfer (DVD)

A VERY nice family movie, actually based on a true story, so well done. The Soul Surfer is about a young girl that had her arm bitten off by a shark--a great portrait of family life in Hawaii and how the family coped with the devastating accident and over came everything.

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Marilyn S., Circulation

All My Patients Have Tales

Friday, January 6, 2012
Jeff Wells
All My Patients Have Tales: Favorite Stories From a Vet's Practice

Favorite Stories From a Vet's Practice


This great read is a nonfiction book about a new young vet, kind of like an updated James Harriott. Each chapter makes you smile! If you love animals, this book is for you!

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Marilyn S., Circulation

The Education of Henry Adams

Friday, December 2, 2011
Henry Adams
The Education of Henry Adams

Henry Adams is the definition of a prodigal son.  In his autobiography, he provides a unique account of 19th century American history.  As the grandson and great-grandson of two of the most celebrated American presidents, he struggles to find his own identity. Despite being written by an older hand, he preserves the cynicism and ambivalence of his younger days.  This biography is not the usual reiteration of historical bullet points found in textbooks, but a very personal journey through aristocracy and the political turmoil of his era.  There are more interesting chapters of his life than others, but his unique writing style impresses upon the reader that every small occasion provides an education.  Check our catalog

Nate, Reference

Saddled: How a Spirited Horse Reined Me In and Set Me Free

Thursday, July 28, 2011
Susan Richards
This memoir is not so much a horse/human relationship story, but is about the power of having an animal to care for so that, you in turn, can care for yourself. Susan discovers that the commitment to her horse is so strong that it pulls her out of alcoholism and an abusive marriage. Susan’s passion for her horse, Georgia, gave her a reason to go on. Animal lovers will relate to this book and it is an easy read.
Margaret, Reference

All that is Bitter and Sweet

Thursday, July 21, 2011
Ashley Judd
Ashley Judd's memoir is a slow painful read. Do not pick it up thinking oh-I love her movies, let me get the inside scoop on her wonderful childhood and breaking into the business. It is heart wrenching. She shares the pain of being neglected and unloved as a child and how this has shaped her adult life. She intertwines this very personal experience with the lives she encounters in her work abroad with Population Services International. She is an advocate for women and children all over the world suffering in poverty. She tells their stories, particularly the stories of prostitutes. She was an empathetic listener and she shares their stories with grace.

Cindy A. Circulation

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