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Elaine Pereira is the author of I Will Never Forget: A Daughter’s Story of Her Mother’s Arduous and Humorous Journey through Dementia.  In heartbreaking and humorous stories, Pereira tells of her upbringing and the increasingly difficult role as caregiver to an unpredictable mother.  I Will Never Forget shares a powerful and emotional story that can help people affected by dementia take comfort in knowing they are not alone.

Elaine Pereira is a retired Occupational Therapist who worked with special needs children.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Wayne State University and later completed her Master’s Degree.  Pereira and her husband live in southeastern Michigan.

Elaine Pereira will appear at the Milford Public Library on Tuesday November 13 at 6:30 p.m.  You can register by phone at 248-684-0845 or online at http://www.milfordlibrary.info.  

ImageBooks will be available for sale and signing.  A portion of the author’s proceeds will benefit Alzheimer’s research. 

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The second installment where I share my love of British police procedurals and detective fiction.   Dalziel (pronounced D-El – it took me years!) and Pascoe are two Yorkshire based police detectives whose partnership spans almost 40 years of Reginald Hill’s writing.  Andy Dalziel is an old-fashioned street cop with a brash and often offensive manner who clashes with Peter Pascoe’s university educated, middle class ways.  Together, they’ve weathered 24 novels, short story collections and novellas since “A Clubbable Woman” was published in 1970.  The Dalziel and Pascoe series was turned into a BBC series in 1996 and ran for 12 seasons.  Midnight Fugue (2009) was their last novel together.  Reginald Hill died in January 2012.

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Wire in the Blood

I have an obsession with British police procedurals and detective fiction.  Since the days of Agatha Christie, British authors seem to have dominated this particular brand of genre fiction.  Over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll be highlighting some of my personal favorites.

The Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series by Val McDermid.

Tony Hill knows that even the most meticulous serial killers leave their identities behind in every crime scene.  As a criminologist, Dr. Hill can identify a killer’s habits and psychological profile, but it’s up to Carol Jordan of the Bradfield police to actually catch the killer.   The first book of the series The Mermaids Singing introduces us to Hill and Jordan as they try to catch serial killer who leaves behind the bodies of young men, each with his throat slashed, each who had been tortured in a different and disturbing way.

McDermid’s series was turned into a television series in Britain with Robson Green starring as Dr. Tony Hill.  The series Wire in the Blood is available on DVD.  Her latest Hill and Jordan book The Retribution was published in 2011.

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And in more book awards news, the finalists for the Audie Awards have been announced. The Audies honor spoken word entertainment.

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The Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalists have been announced.

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The Darlings by Cristina Alger

Attorney Paul Ross has it made.   Married to the daughter of billionaire financier Carter Darling, Ross has become accustomed to the world of Park Avenue apartments, custom made suits and weekends in the Hamptons.   But soon “The Darlings” are caught up in a regulatory investigation and a scandal that will make Paul reconsider where his priorities lie.  The Darlings offers a glimpse into the world of the 1% and presents its precarious existence.

“Cristina Alger’s debut novel offers a fresh and modern glimpse into New York’s high society.  I was hooked from page one.”  — Lauren Weisberger author of “Last Night at the Chateau Marmont”

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With the huge popularity of the PBS Golden Globe award-winning series, Downtown Abbey, you may be interested in reading some books set in World War 1.  Here are just a few:

The Ghost Road by Pat Barker
It is the third volume of a trilogy that follows the fortunes of shell-shocked British army officers towards the end of the First World War.

Among the Mad by Jacqueline Winspeare The sixth book in the Maisie Dobbs series and set between the wars in England, has Maisie working as a special advisor to Scotland Yard, attempting to find the identity of a crazed man who is threatening to inflict damage on innocent people.

Elsie and Mairi Go to War by Diane Atkinson
(Non-fiction) The author details the realities of the sacrifices  of two courageous British women who set up a hospital for soldiers during WW1.

                         

Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
A young  American soldier ambulance driver for the Italian army falls in love with a British nurse in this classic Hemingway novel.

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The Library of Michigan recently announced its list of 20 books  during the past year that feature people, places, events or authors related to Michigan or the Great Lakes region. The list began 22 years ago with selections made by a panel under the auspices of the  state library.  Below are some of the selected titles available at our library.

In a follow-up to “The Detroit Electric Scheme” is a thrilling novel, “Motor City Shakedown”  by D. E. Johnson,  set in 1911 Detroit.  Will Anderson tries to find justice for the death of his best friend while battling the Detroit criminal underworld,  a corrupt police department and his own personal demons.

In “Once Upon a River”  by Bonnie Jo Campbell , the author  creates an unforgettable heroine reminiscient of Huck Finn in 16-year-old Margo Crane. After the violent death of her father, Margo takes to the Stark River in her boat, with only a few supplies and a biography of Annie Oakley, in search of her vanished mother. Her river adventure  through rural Michigan forces her to decide just how much she is willing to pay for her personal choices in life.

The heroine in “South of Superior” by Ellen Airgood  finds herself uprooted from Chicago to care  for an aged family friend in the Upper Pennisula.  As she begins to experience the ways of the small, tight-knit town, she is drawn into the lives and dramas of its residents.

     

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Winter seems to be the time of year where we focus more on the insides of our homes, and become more anxious to take care of the clutter and reorganize. If you need some ideas for how tackle your project, give these books from our shelves a look:

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2011 Book Picks

With the end of the year drawing near, the  “Best Books” lists from various media are popping up everywhere with opinions on what to read from the 2011 offerings. Here are just a few lists to help you sort through the best of the 300,000 some traditionally-published books this year:

New York Times 10 Best Books

NPR

Publishers Weekly

Amazon

Washington Post

Kirkus Reviews for Best Fiction and Non-Fiction

Barnes and Noble

Library Journal

Book Page

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