Holly W.

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

Jesus: a Pilgrimage

Friday, September 26, 2014
James Martin, SJ

First off, you need to know that I’m a bit of a Jesuit groupie (if those are two ideas that can actually be combined).   I went to University of Detroit for my undergrad degree, and had some fabulous Jesuit professors.  So, of course, I had to read Jesus: a Pilgrimage by James Martin, SJ.  You might recognize his name from NPR, FOX, PBS or Comedy Central – he’s a regular on The Colbert Report.   Right from the start, Martin explains that this book isn’t just for Catholics or Christians or for those with extensive knowledge of the life of Jesus.   He hopes that it is truly a book for all that anyone who reads it will find something that speaks to them.  Martin paints the picture of the Holy Land today, while examining the stories from the Gospel in historical context, and sharing with us, his personal reactions.   Know going into it that this is a big book (400 pages plus) but that you won’t want it to end.  The good news is that Martin has written quite a few books!  Check our catalog!

Holly, Youth Services

Locomotive

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Brian Flora
Locomotive

I’m always telling people, you are never too old for a good picture book!  The 2014 Caldecott Medal winner and 3 honor books are worth spending time with.  The Caldecott Medal is sometimes defined as the “best illustrations”, but it is more than just the pictures.  The award is given for how the illustrations work within the story, how they move the story along.  The 2014 Caldecott medal winner is Locomotive by Brian Flora.  Locomotive tells the story of traveling by transcontinental train in the 1860’s.  There are 3 honor books as well.  Journey by Aaron Becker is the wordless story of what happens when a young girl, using a red marker, draws a door into another world.  Remember Harold and the Purple Crayon?  Journey takes that idea to the level of artwork.  Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Schaar Idle is the charming (wordless) story of a little girl and a flamingo learning to dance a beautiful dance.  Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner tells the story of the cat who is bored with all his cat toys.  That is until an alien spaceship makes an emergency landing in his living room.  If it’s been awhile since you’ve looked at a picture book, you will be amazed by these.  Don’t just read the words; remember to look at the pictures!   It’s the picture book version of “take the time to smell the roses.


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Holly L. Youth Services

 

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
William Joyce
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Regardless of your age, if you love stories and books- you will love The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.  Morris loves words, stories, books and order.  Until, one day his world is disrupted by a storm and his words are scattered.  Thus begins his journey and his new story.  Treat yourself to a beautiful story and the beautiful illustrations.  Check our catalog

Holly, Youth Services 

How we do harm

Monday, June 11, 2012
Otis Webb Brawley, with Paul Goldberg
How we do harm

The subtitle sums up the book: "a doctor breaks ranks about being sick in America." Dr. Brawley spells out how the medical treatment you receive is directly related to what your medical insurance covers, "the wallet exam". While this wasn't a surprise to read, I hadn't thought about the over treatment that those with the "best medical insurance" receive and the harm that this can cause.  Or that the limitations of one’s medical insurance, or lack of, can result in treatment that is actually more expensive and less effective. While I wasn't surprised by how much the drug industry influences which drugs doctors prescribe, I definitely was naïve about the extent and the kick-backs.  Dr. Brawley is a Detroit native, who acknowledges those who helped him in receiving his education, from elementary school on, and shaping the doctor he is today.  His story alone is fascinating.  The book left me with a lot to think about, especially in light of waiting for the Supreme Court’s decision about mandatory health insurance.  This is definitely “not boring nonfiction”.  Check our catalog

Holly, Youth Services

The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right

Friday, April 27, 2012
Atul Gawande
Checklist Manifesto

I'm a list maker by nature: to-do lists, books to read lists, things to knit lists, places to visit lists. Checklists haven’t been my thing.  After reading The Checklist Manifesto, that might be changing.  This short book is a fascinating look at what seems to be such a simple idea, the checklist.  Atul Gawande, a general and endocrine surgeon, leads the World Health Organization’s Safe Surgery Saves Lives program.  Gawande starts with surgery, but looks to other professions that deal with complexity and how they create and use checklists.   It’s about the 3 “C”s…complexity, checklists and conversation.  Check our catalog   Also available as an audio book.

Holly, Youth Services

Dead End in Norvelt

Monday, March 12, 2012
Jack Gantos
Dead End in Norvelt

Being a Children’s Librarian, I look forward to the annual announcement of the Newbery Award winner.  And each year I wonder, will I like the book?  Will kids like the book?  Some years I agree with the Newbery committee, and other years I don’t.  This year, I’m on board.  Dead End in Norvelt transports the reader back to 1962 in Norvelt, PA where we spend 2 months with Jack Gantos, age 12.  Its summer vacation and Jack has plans!  That is until he ends up grounded.  Jack is confined to his room, reading history books left over from a book sale.  Freedom for Jack arrives via an elderly neighbor who needs his assistance is typing the obituaries for the town’s newspaper.  Miss Volker, once the town’s nurse, promised Eleanor Roosevelt that she would take care of all of the original residents of Norvelt and she will keep her promise to the end, writing their obituaries.  Take a step back in time and meet some amazing characters, learn some history, realize the importance of taking care of one another, and for fun mix in bloody noses, underage driving lessons, Hell’s Angels, and the building of a bomb shelter.  Check our catalog

Holly, Youth Services 

The Taker

Friday, February 3, 2012
Alma Katsu
The Taker

Alma Katsu's The Taker is an American Library Association-Booklist Top Ten Debut Novel of 2011. The Taker has been described as "an epic supernatural love story" at the crossroads of literary and historical suspense with an unique supernatural myth. 

I’m cheating here, but sometimes other just say it better...

“A centuries-spanning epic that will keep you turning pages all night. This marvelous debut is a thinking person’s guilty pleasure.” —Scott Westerfeld, New York Times bestselling author of Leviathan 

Be forewarned, it appears I have once again  stumbled onto the first book of a trilogy. Check our catalog

Holly, Youth Services

A Discovery of Witches

Saturday, January 14, 2012
Deborah Harkness
Discovery of Witches

Wow!  I loved this book.  Setting- the world as we know it, with a twist.  Along with humans, the world is inhabited by other creatures- witches, vampires, and daemons.  Diana Bishop is of "the Bishop family" of witches.  But Diana wants nothing to do with witchcraft and doesn't "use" her powers.  She is a historian, graduate of Yale, currently at Oxford studying alchemy manuscripts.  Unknowingly, Diana discovers a bewitched manuscript.  Everyone, well not the humans, want this manuscript and will stop at nothing to get it.  Enter Matthew Clairmont, vampire and geneticist.  Are Matthew's intentions honorable?  Is he turely there to protect Diana?  Get caught up as the story unfolds, the characters develop and we learn more about Diana and Matthew's families and histories, and the world of these other creatures.  Fall under the spell of this novel.  But, be forwarded that this is the first of a trilogy, the current publication date for book two is July 2012.  Author Deborah Harkness is a history professor, she lists 10 nonfiction titles that influenced her writing of the All Souls Trilogy (see her list, scroll down the page).  Check our catalog or check the Digital Catalog and Download Center for the eBook.

Holly, Youth Services

Love in a Nutshell

Saturday, January 14, 2012
Janet Evanovich & Dorien Kelly
Love in a Nutshell

Janet Evanovich is probably best know for her Stephanie Plum series, but she got her start writing romances.  Evanovich teamed up with Michigan author Dorien Kelly and  Love in a Nutshell is the result.   Kate Appleton's life isn't going the way she planned, she's recently divorced and unemployed.  So, she returns to Keene's Harbor, MI to rehab her family's summer home into a Bed & Breakfast.  Needing a job to fund her Bed & Breakfast dream, she ends up working for Matt Culhane at his brewery.  On the surface, Kate is the new floater, but she is really trying to help Matt determine who is sabotaging his business.  Escape for a few hours to the westside of the state, meet the residents of Keene's Harbor, and watch the sparks fly between Kate and Matt.  Check our catalog

Holly, Youth Services

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