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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

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Lost Detroit: stories behind the Motor City's majestic ruins

Friday, December 16, 2011
Dan Austin
Lost Detroit

These "lost" buildings in Detroit still stand, or rather totter, in a dilapidated state, their histories fading like the paint on their walls.  But they echo back to a time when Detroiters lived, loved, toiled, played, celebrated and dreamed great dreams in these buildings and, thereby, helped shape a nation. Check our catalog

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Detroit Disassembled Photographs

Friday, June 17, 2011
Andrew Moore

The title says it all. A collection of photos of Detroit, the part of Detroit that is rotting away. The pictures are both amazing and heartbreaking. You need to read Reimaging Detroit: Opportunities for Redefining an American City by John Gallagher (which gives hope for the future of the city) while pondering these photos. This is a 2011 Michigan Notable Book.

 
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Reimaging Detroit: Opportunities for Redefining an American City

Friday, June 17, 2011
John Gallagher
I was born in Detroit, as were both my parents and my son, and raised in a northern suburb (Romeo which is in Macomb County). I went to college in Detroit, I've worked in Detroit, I've played in Detroit, I met my husband in Detroit, I was married in Detroit, I have friends who live in Detroit. Detroit is part of who I am. Detroit also breaks my heart. I see a shell of what was a great city. I still believe in Detroit and I believe that for Michigan to survive, Detroit must survive. John Gallagher's book gives a history lesson about how Detroit grew, peaked and fell. This isn't just about the "auto industry", but urban development Gallagher's book aslo give hope highlighting positive changes taking place in Detroit and a few senerios that will lead the city to a rebirth. Gallagher is a veteran journalist who writes about urban and economic development for the Detroit Free Press. This is a 2011 Michigan Notable Book.
 
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Schools Cannot Do It Alone: building support for America's public schools

Friday, June 17, 2011
Jamie Vollmer
A Fascinating Read for all regardless if you currently have a child in the school system.
 
Point One - I work in the "government or non-profit world" (depends on your definition) and I consider the library a part of "the educational system".  But, I bring a business degree to what I do.  There are times that I think we all "need to think more like the business world", within the understanding that "my business" doesn't follow the all of the same "rules".  Point Two- My world within the library is that of youth services.  I follow things like brain research; the importance of play in learning; changes in the school system.  I know what's happening in our public schools today.  Point Three- Boy did this book prove me wrong!
 
My knowledge of the history of the public school system in this country was seriously lacking even though I'm a graduate of the public school system and I currently have a first grader in the Howell Public Schools.  What until you read the list of expanded curriculum and added duties!
 
Author Jamie Vollmer, a business man, came to the world of education reform with the "do it the business way and we'll save public education" mindset.  Along the way, he's learned more than he ever thought he would as he's traveled from critic to ally.  He tells his personal story, gives the history of the public school system including the system flaws that prevent reform and change, and then turns to the local communities spelling out the unique relationship between the public schools and the community as a whole- regardless if you have a child in school or not.  Our schools cannot do it alone and without our schools our communities cannot thrive.  The bonus, you aren't reading a textbook.  Mr. Vollmer has a sense of humor and can tell a story.
 

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Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul

Thursday, September 30, 2010
Stuart Brown

What is play?  Why do we play?  Does everyone play, what about animals?  What is your play style?  What happens if you don’t play?  Dr. Brown answers all of the above questions and more.  You may think of play as something only children engage in.  This book will open your eyes and change the way you think about and engage in play.



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The New Frugality: How to Consume Less, Save More and Live Better

Thursday, August 12, 2010
Chris Farrell

Chris Farrell is the Economics Editor of Marketplace Money and being the NPR junkie that I am, I had to take a look at his latest book.  The book contains many of the “rules” that you have heard before: pay yourself first, live within your means, save more, have a margin of safety, pay off your debt, avoid debt etc.  The difference is the way that Farrell predicts we will look at money and how we will use money.  Times have changed and our attitude and how we handle our money need to change as well.  Being green is a money matter.  Is homeownership really the way to go?  How the idea of “retirement” is changing.   How much money will one need for retirement? Some common sense investing tips including a reality check.  Finally how generosity and gratitude are part of being frugal.  I found that the discussion about what “retirement” has meant over the course of time and Farrell’s suggestions about what it will be for us gave me a lot to think about.



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**This book is only available through MelCat Interlibrary Loan

 

Map of Bones

Thursday, August 12, 2010
James Rollins

Another wild ride, non-stop page turning!  In the second Sigma Force novel, we find Painter Crowe no longer a field agent but Director of the Sigma.  Welcome a new team of field agents lead by Grayson Pierce.  Mix in a Lieutenant of the Carabinieri Corps, special unit that investigates art and antiquity thefts in Rome and her uncle who is the Monsignor who heads the Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology at the Vatican.  Hold on as all are drawn into a mystery revolving around the bones of Magi.


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**This book is only available through MelCat interlibrary loan.

 

The Great Reset: How New Ways of Living and Working Drive Post-Crash Prosperity

Thursday, July 29, 2010
Richard Florida

The Great Reset presents an interesting, sometimes fascinating, framing of our current economic situation or crisis. Florida sets the stage by looking back at two time periods, the Long Recession of the 1870’s and the Great Depression of the 1930’s, both which have striking similarities with the present. Florida’s argument is that we aren’t in a “crisis” but a “reset”. A “reset” isn’t limited to just the economy, but reaches out broadly across social order and geography. For me, The Great Reset helped put things in perspective, especially the historical comparisons. Florida also looks forward, not with crystal ball clarity, about what changes we need to make as we progress through this reset to a new social and economic framework. Richard Florida, director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, is the author of The Rise of the Creative Class and Who’s Your City. His work is referenced in the MI Prosperity Initiative and the New Economy training presented by the Land and Policy Institute, MSU. This is not a textbook filled with technical jargon; it is totally accessable and easy to read.

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Family Vegetarian Cooking: 225 satisfying meatless meals

Thursday, July 22, 2010

As with most cookbooks, I started glancing through the recipes mentally keeping a list of what looked good enough to try.  I quickly realized that the majority looked yummy and were making the “to try” list.  Then I shared it with my mom, who had the same reaction.  I’ve learned not to purchase too many cookbooks, but this is one for my personal collection.  Added bonus- I recognized all of the ingredients (including spices).  Even if you aren’t a vegetarian, you will find some great recipes for meatless meals.



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