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Friday, October 24, 2014

You CAN Handle the Truth: New Non-Fiction Picks October 2014

Posted by the Information Services Department (Gwen B., Amanda E., Lisa E., Kristen R., & Joyce D.

Every month, the cataloging department gets to see new books before everyone else.  Listed below, along with their Dewey Decimal classification, are our top picks of the non-fiction books that looked most interesting, ultra-informative, or just plain fun.

155.2 MCM Why You're Not Married - Yet: the Straight talk you need to get the relationship you deserve by Tracy McMillan. Based on her wildly popular Huffington Post article—one of the site’s most-viewed of all time—Why You’re Not Married . . . Yet dishes out straightforward, no-holds-barred practical and proven advice for women hoping to head down the aisle or just have a great relationship. With sisterly insight, razor-sharp wit, and refreshing candor, McMillan points out the things that might be in your blind spot: unhelpful attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs so easy to identify in others, much more difficult to see in yourself.

248.845 STO How to Raise Selfless Kids in a Self-Centered World by Dave Stone. In this third book from the Faithful Families series, Dave Stone continues to share his practical, conversational, and humorous approach to the challenges of building a strong spiritual foundation for the family. He equips parents with what they need to raise kids whose focus is not always on themselves. Some topics include: Becoming Other Focused, Service, Generosity, Forgiveness, and much more.

355.54 STI Special Forces Survival Guide by Alexander Stilwell. Written by a former member of the British Territorial Army, Special Forces Survival Guide arms readers with the survival techniques used by special forces units around the world. Trained to take on the toughest missions in the most challenging environments, these warriors must be able to master any situation, including escaping danger, evading capture and surviving with little or no gear.

641.5954 SAL Six Spices: a Simple Concept of Indian Cooking by Neeta Saluja. Featuring recipes and introducing the use of fundamental spices, this collection guides cooks of various levels of expertise in the preparation of healthy, delicious Indian meals. It focuses on a different cooking technique, offering insight into foods that at times can seem daunting for the novice cook.

747 SAN 150 Best Minimalist House Ideas by Alex Sanchez Vidiella. One of the most popular interior design trends, minimalism highlights the essence of a room, stressing clean lines, clutter-free spaces, and a limited color palette.In 150 Best Minimalist House Ideas, photographs and floor plans of minimalist homes around the world are featured.

779 DIO Dior, the Legendary Images: Great Photographers and Dior. Reaching beyond the intimate setting of the fashion show, the photographer paints a portrait of haute couture that takes the courturier's intention to enchant the public and elevates it to the level of the sublime. The great names in photography, the mythical photos that have contructed Dior's imae, and the emblematic subjects of the house's iconography - whether they are dreams of faraway place or captured in the vast open-sky "studios" of Paris or Versailles - are all evoked in this vast panorama that takes us through more than sixty years in the history of fashion photography.

B Glass The Todd Glass Situation: a Bunch of Lies About My Personal Life and a Bunch of True Stories About My 30-year Career in Standup Comedy by Todd Glass. A hilarious, poignant memoir from comedian Todd Glass about his decision at age forty-eight to finally live openly as a gay man and the reactions and support from his comedy pals, from Louis CK to Sarah Silverman.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Staff Book Reviews: New Non-Fiction

Posted by Cary H.

Poirot and Me by David Suchet

I have been reading Agatha Christie novels since I was in my early twenties.  Once discovered, I have devoured most of her stories, both in print and on television.  Those of us who have followed David Suchet’s 24-year-long television career portraying Christie’s famous detective Hercule Poirot, know that the final episodes were completed this fall.  I was very anxious to read his book, ready to learn and understand what this role has meant to him. 

I am a very sympathetic reader on this topic, but I must say I will not give the book the 5 stars so many readers are giving it on Amazon.   I would say 3.5 stars, mainly because I got bored while reading the book.  As I said, I was fully prepared to love this walk down memory lane with an actor who has provided me with hours of on-screen enjoyment, but his writing tone and the anecdotes he decided to impart both had a slight feeling of self-indulgence. 

Now, who am I to deny David Suchet his moment to bask in the lime light?  He more than deserves all his accolades as a wonderful actor in this Christie series.  But, as a writer, I felt like the book was just a bit too self-satisfied for my taste.  Other readers seem to love it and you may too.  Give it a try. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Meet the Staff: Allie L.

Posted by Allie L.

How long have you worked at the library?  Since August

How many items do you have checked out right now?  4

How many items are on your hold list?  2

What book can you read again and again without losing interest? Why do you still read it?  I think one series I will always go back to is Harry Potter. Every time I re-read them, I find new things or I relate differently to one part or another. They never get old for me.

What is your favorite aspect of working at the library?  My favorite aspect is being able to talk to everyone about what they like to read or watch. I’ve picked up so many good books and shows from this.

What is your guilty reading (or listening) pleasure?  My guilty reading pleasure is anything by Shel Silverstein. His poems are so quirky and fun and they always make want to laugh!  

What books do you feel guilty for not having read?  I never read Brave New World (even though I was supposed to in high school), but I’m starting it now!

What is your perfect reading environment?  I love to read by a window when it’s storming outside or outside when it’s sunny!

If you were stranded on a desert island, what single genre of books would you want with you?  I would definitely want fantasy books with me.

What was your favorite children’s book when you were a child? What is your favorite children’s book now?  My favorite book was Love You Forever by Robert Munsch, along with Is your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino.  I have to say that both of these are still my top 2 children’s books!