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Latest Additions July 28, 2014

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Such wild weather! I hope everyone is a-okay! (Of course I wouldn’t have minded if a few of the weeds in my backyard had been blown over but maybe next time?) And I got some serious reading done as I was trapped inside closing and opening my windows -to keep the rain out but let the breeze in- over and over again. How about you? A solid alternative to reading would have been cleaning the ice cream out of the freezer -just in case the power went out, but I didn’t think of that in time. Rats! Maybe you were much much smarter than I was and you combined the two! Which might mean you don’t have anything left to read?! How lucky you have all these books recently added to The Reading Room to choose from next:

All the Birds Singing by Evie Wyld
The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemer
A Simple Murder by Eleanor Kuhns
And Then There Were Nuns by Jane Christmas
My Real Children by Jo Walton
Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

Then you should rush in for the last official week of the Adult Summer Reading program! You could win the most amazing, epic basket -ever (so far this year)!!

epic finale -view from afar!So this week it’s more of a question -what’s *not* in this basket as opposed to what *is* in this basket! A variety of books, dvds. owl note cards, supersized snacks, a book on cd, and a fantastic carrying case, can all be yours if you drop off the winning entry! And then don’t forget to come Saturday, August 9th for the final Summer Reading celebration from 3:30 to 4:30!!

See you soon!

— Stacey

Big Little Lies- Coming on Tuesday! July 25, 2014

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Liane Moriarty follows her massively successful The Husband’s Secret with Big Little Lies. Entertainment Weekly magazine says “A surefire hit… The Aussie author of last year’s runaway hit The Husband’s Secret comes back with another winning and wise novel that intertwines the lives of three women.” Don’t miss out; holds are building, but we’ll have plenty of copies!

~Ann

Pure Michigan July 24, 2014

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Picture yourself on a white sand beach on Lake Michigan by the town of Saugatuck, known as “The Art Coast of Michigan”; imagine yourself sipping wine at Sandhill Crane Vineyards in Jackson just down the road from Detroit; perhaps you might find yourself in Paradise, a great little town on the shores of Lake Superior at the north-eastern tip of the Upper Peninsula. The open road is ready to take you there- to Michigan. Your trip begins with our new travel books about Michigan.

Michigan by Laura Martone (5th ed.) is part of the Moon handbooks series. Moon handbooks give you the tools for a great vacation. The can’t miss sights, activities, restaurants, and accommodations are marked with a special designation to be easy to find. With so many quaint spots in Michigan to explore, this full guide comes in handy.

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Michigan by Jeff Counts (3rd ed.) part of the Explorer’s guide series. National Geographic Traveler magazine calls this series “a classy series with encyclopedic coverage” and that’s what you get with this guide. Includes everything you need including getting around, family activities, green space, where to stay, etc. Sidebars mark the author’s favorites in each chapter.

michigan explorers guide

Backroads & Byways of Michigan : Drives, Day Trips & Weekend Excursions  by Matt Forster (fully revised 2nd ed.) is filled with color photographs and maps. Itineraries and drives are offered that are to places just off the beaten path. Some of the tours include, “The Grape Coast: Michigan’s wine Country,” “Through the Heart of Michigan: Following the Grand River,” and “Superior’s Scenic Shoreline.”

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~Ann

Latest Additions July 21, 2014

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Hellloooo to you Mr. Sun -you great big ball of gas! You’re so bright and strong and shiny today! I think we’re always pretty pleased to see you, but today I am woefully unprepared -no sunglasses! Now don’t run away on my account, I’ll just squint a bunch while you hang around above us… shining! Nicely done my friend, nicely done! The only, teeny tiny downside? It’s hard to justify sitting around reading when it’s such a nice day for doing things… Of course you could always Listen Up! (heh heh) Or check out some of these more traditional-style print books for when the clouds roll in?

Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch
The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness
The Wind is Not a River by Brian Payton
Bittersweet by Colleen McCullough
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

And then you can use any -or all!- of these titles to enter the Adult Summer Reading Program! If your entry slip is selected you might win this basket full of non-fictional things -or to say it another way- these books, dvds, magazine, and alllll the snacks inside are (mostly) real and true!

week six -nonfiction fun!See? See you soon?! Enjoy!

— Stacey

A Day at the Movies July 17, 2014

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imagesIt’s been awhile since I’ve been excited by a new movie release but now there are a couple that I would really like to see in the theater instead of waiting for the DVD to come out. One, Snowpiercer, is a sci-fi film about a future world where the remainder of humanity lives in a train because of a failed attempt to solve climate change. The passengers are divided by class and the poorest have decided they’ve had enough! It’s directed by Korean director Joon-ho Bong and stars Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton. The other movie I’d love to see is Boyhood, director Richard Linklater’s opus about a family with a young boy that was filmed over 12 years and highlights his growth and the changes within his family. It’s such a fascinating concept and it’s gotten great reviews.

WEEKLY MOVIE REVIEW: We showed 3 Autumns 2 Winters at the Indie Int’l Film Festival on Monday night. It’s a French film distributed by Film Movement and was shown at the Cleveland International Film Festival. Inspired by the 60’s/70’s New Wave film movement, it’s about a group of 30 somethings trying to figure out their lives in Paris. Filmed in a gritty style with a full frame and featuring voiceover narration, interviews and chapters, it’s a quirky, meandering movie with lots of humor and a winning star in Vincent Macaigne, described as the new ‘Gerard Depardieu’ of French cinema.

New releases:

Non-StopDVD and Blu-Ray: another Liam Neeson led action thriller.
Le Week-EndDVD and Blu-Ray: Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan star in this British film about a long-married couple who take a vacation to Paris to try to rekindle their relationship.
The Raid 2DVD and Blu-Ray: an Indonesian action film – sequel to The Raid.
Rio 2DVD and Blu-Ray: another sequel, this one to the children’s film Rio.
Under the SkinDVD and Blu-Ray: Scarlet Johannson stars as an alien in the form of a voluptuous young woman combs the streets of Scotland in search of men who then disappear.
WrinklesDVD: an animated film with an eccentric cast of characters set in an old-age home. Based on a graphic novel.
Nymphomaniac, Volume I - DVD: Lars Von Trier’s latest film about the life of Joe, a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac.
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Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow- DVD: a Taiwanese film with a humorous look at relationships where two couples face upheavals with their significant others.
MaidentripDVD: a documentary about 14-year-old Laura Dekker who set out, camera in hand, on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to be the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone.
WatermarkDVD: a documentary that explores the ways in which humanity has shaped, manipulated and depleted one of its most vital and compromised resources: water.
Endeavour Series 2 – DVD: Yay, more Inspector Morse!
Orphan Black Season 2DVD
Case Histories Series 2 - DVD

Happy Watching!

~ Dori

 

Listen Up! July 16, 2014

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This was such an easy category to define! Audiobooks are any book of any genre, it’s only limited by the format -you need to listen with your ears not read with your eyes. Love it! The only catch? I think it takes time to be a good audiobook listener, but once you’ve got the knack you’ll find all sorts of chores aren’t as horrible anymore. Let’s listen in (haha!) to what everyone had to say about their selection this time around, shall we?

Carol: Joseph Finder’s edge-of-your-seat thriller Suspicion takes place in contemporary Boston. Writer and single dad Danny Goodman finds that he can no longer afford his daughter’s fancy private school and is given a generous loan by her best friend’s dad, millionaire Thomas Galvin. Galvin might work for a drug cartel though, and the DEA wants Danny to snitch–putting Danny’s and his daughter’s lives in jeopardy. This was a great book to listen to, but next time I pick up a book by Finder, I’ll be sure to get a paper copy to allow me to read it at the lightning fast pace his books deserve!

Julie: Published eight years ago, Michael Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma is just as important for every American to read (or listen to!) today. We are plagued with too much, often conflicting, information on the age old question of what to eat for dinner. Something seemingly simple has become incredibly complicated, but Pollan helps us understand it better. I read the book many years ago and have found that listening to it is even easier and the narrator, Scott Brick, very good at bringing what is already compelling nonfiction, to life.

Steve: Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander, by Phil Robertson, is the autobiography of the patriarch of the popular Duck Dynasty clan. Phil tells of his life story, warts and all, and you might be surprised to learn that he was not a real nice guy, walking out on his family for a life or partying before finding God. The stories about starting the duck call business are pretty funny and are the true strength of the book. There is some preaching and Bible quoting, but it’s not until the later chapters that it becomes more prominent. Narrator Al Robertson, the eldest son of the family, lends an authentic voice to this audio version.

Jamie: Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson is set in Newcago (the city formerly known as Chicago) after an unknown event has altered the humans of Earth. Now they come in two categories: normal and epic. Epics have special powers they use for their own gain and rule any weaker opponent with no mercy, until David decides to enact revenge for his father’s death. Everyone thinks that Steelheart is unbreakable, that he has no weakness. But, David has seen him bleed. He sets out to join the Reckoners, a group of ordinary people that study the weaknesses of Epics and destroy them. The reader of this audiobook is MacLeod Andrews, who really brings the action to life.

Megan: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin and narrated by Scott Brick is like a love letter to little bookstores and people who love them. It is at once both a heartwarming and heartbreaking story about the power of words. After the death of his wife, bookstore owner A.J. Fikry seems determined to wallow in grief and drink himself to death. However, a bizarre and seemingly unrelated series of events provide A.J. with an opportunity to rebuild his life. Scott Brick, an acclaimed voice artist, is the award-winning narrator of over 600 audiobooks. Fans of audiobooks will no doubt recognize his familiar voice, while those new to listening will be charmed by his work.

Emma: In Can’t Wait to get to Heaven by Fannie Flagg, Elner Shimfissle falls off a ladder while picking figs upsetting a hornets’ nest. She dies later at the hospital, enters heaven temporarily, and meets up with a variety of people including her sister, Ginger Rogers, and Thomas Edison. But heaven isn’t ready for Elner just yet. An uplifting and entertaining story.

Lauren: The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson relies heavily on Larson’s research of primary source material and recounts the people and events surrounding the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Larson writes in a signature “narrative nonfiction” style, telling the story of true events in a way that reads like fiction. We learn about Chicago before the turn of the century and the Chicago World’s Fair through two men: Daniel H. Burnham, the lead architect of the Fair, and Dr. H.H. Holmes, the man known as “America’s first serial killer,” who lured victims into the labyrinthine Chicago hotel where he did his killing. This book keeps up a swift pace by moving back and forth the creation of the Fair and the sinister actions of Dr. Holmes. Larson takes us on a journey from the construction of the White City through the opening of the Fair and it’s reception around the world, as well as from the moment Holmes claims his first victim to the moment the law finally catches up to the killer. The audiobook is read by Scott Brick. Brick has an impressive resume and brings a smooth and sophisticated tone to the narration that really keeps the listener entranced.

Chris: Bossypants written and read by the great Tina Fey was a real joy. I read the book when it first came out, and even though Tina’s voice was in my head, her comedic timing wasn’t. Oh, what a difference; the audio was so much better. Hearing her recount her dating experiences, working dilemmas—at Second City, SNL and 30 Rock—and just her quirky observations shouldn’t be missed.

Stacey: Homeland by Cory Doctorow is the sequel to Little Brother and I would suggest reading them in order for maximum enjoyment, but it’s not deal breaker. The content of these stories is reminiscent of George Orwell’s 1984, with the Government playing fast and loose with the civil rights of citizens but the more recent publishing dates appropriately reflect the changes in technology, the global political climate, and still manage to include entertaining pop culture references! A bonus feature to the audio edition? Wil Wheaton is the reader!! So. Much. Fun! -and thought-provoking too.

Next time? We’re going from one pretty open-ended genre -audiobooks- with plenty of options to another pretty open-ended genre -award winners! The easy-peasy definition of this genre: the book you chose won some sort of official, recognized award! Enjoy!

— Stacey

I Spy July 16, 2014

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dragnet nation

My husband reads as many, if not more books as I do. I frequently take home library books I think he’d be interested in. One recent title is Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance by Julia Angwin. Here’s what he has to say about this new book.

Dragnet Nation: is about how we are always being “watched” when we are online or using our cell phones; the surveillance comes from corporations who want to track what we buy, and from governments who worry that we are criminals. Angwin’s book, full of interesting and sometimes shocking anecdotes, gives a first-person account of her struggle to maintain her privacy in a world that seems determined to take it away.

~Ann

Latest Additions July 14, 2014

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Yowza! It’s getting muggy out there. How lucky there are indoor places to enjoy some lovely A/C. Might I suggest one of the best places to escape the heat is the library? Hmm? Doesn’t that sound delightful?! And while you’re here, you should stop off and take a look at this week’s basket:week five -girls night in!This is a great basket for a Girls’ Night In -there are dvds of the romantic comedy variety, books to read that will put a smile on your face (one of them is signed by the author!) a few magazines with *lots!* of quizzes to take, an Old Maid card game, and sweet treats! Start the phone tree and get the ladies ready for a party at your house! (Yes, we *can* be there! Thanks for the invite!)

Now you must be looking for books to read! (Those entry slips don’t fill themselves out people!) How about:
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
Nantucket Red by Lelia Howland
China Dolls by Lisa See
On the Rocks by Erin Duffy
Suspicion by Joseph Finder

See you soon!

— Stacey

Latest Additions July 7, 2014

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You know how they rush the holidays along anymore? I think there’s a new, and even less likable, trend -focusing on the upcoming season before you settle into the current season! For example: the Summer season started a whole two weeks ago and there are already advertisements encouraging us to get ready for Fall! Let’s all band together and say, “Pfft! It’s Summertime!” One sure fire way to celebrate summer? Join the Adult Summer Reading Program!! What a great way to embrace the season *and* -even better?- potentially win a basket full of great stuff! Do you want to see this week’s special treat?week four -action & adventure!This basket is packed with all kinds of dangerously fun action and adventure items! (As dangerous as a Library can be possibly be seen as endorsing…) Way in the back is a fast-moving Frisbee, a book to guide your adventures through the world of craft beers, a different book detailing Theodore Roosevelt’s epic journey down the Amazon River, a few tasty treats to keep your energy up as you explore this basket, and some very important Band-Aids -just in case you get a paper cut from turning those pages too quickly!

Looking for a book or two to put on those entry slips? How about:
Here Comes Mrs Kugleman by Minka Pradelski
A Paris Apartment by Michelle Gable
Tempting Fate by Jane Green
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
From the Kitchen of Half Truth by Maria Goodin

Not a shabby way to start a new week, right?! Enjoy!

— Stacey

New Summer Reading July 5, 2014

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Here’s a selection of what you can look forward to next week.

Act of War- Brad Thor

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands- Chris Bohjalian

The Good, the Bad, and the Emus- Donna Andrews

Power Play- Catherine Coulter

 

~Ann

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