Archive for January, 2012

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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Walking by this book, How Bad Are Bananas?: The Carbon Footprint of Everything by Mike Berners-Lee the title grabbed my attention. In this slim book, the author uses the energy required to produce a banana as a unit of measure of the energy consumed in many other items encountered in daily life i.e. 1 banana=8 plastic bags to help the reader gain some perspective on how much carbon they are using in the world. Its an excellent introduction for those of us uneducated about the carbon implications of choices we make in everyday living. You’re sure to find some surprises in the carbon footprints of a wide variety of products and services from cherry tomatoes to e-mail, swimming pools to  nylon pants.

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Like so many people, you may have resolved on January 1 to lose weight, get in shape and improve your health. We can help support you in turning your resolutions into reality. We have many books, DVDs and electronic resources on getting in shape, getting healthy and losing weight. Here are a few to get you started. Or stop in and browse through the Dewey 613.2s. (Park in the back of the lot and get in a little extra walking!)

Why We Get Fat and What to Do About it by  Gary Taubes

Healthy Eating [electronic resource] : Smart Food Choices for Life! by Penny Steward

Change your Brain, Change Your Body : Use Your Brain to Get and Keep the Body You Have Always Wanted by Daniel G. Amen

The Life You Want! : Get Motivated, Lose Weight, and Be Happy by  Bob Greene

Eat to Live : the Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss by Joel Fuhrman

Just Tell Me What to Eat! : the Delicious 6-Week Weight Loss Plan for the Real World by Timothy S. Harlan

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