Tuesday, March 29, 2011

This Just In

Every day at the library we see people poring over the shelving carts -- books that have just been returned and are waiting to be shelved. What makes these books so special? If someone else just read it, it might be worth another read. It could be a hot title ready for another checkout, or a classic that's stirring new interest, or a book with seasonal tips. For whatever reason, we gravitate to the popular. To that end, these are a few of the in-demand new non-fiction books. These books had people waiting on them the moment they arrived at the library, so get in on the action and click on a title to request a copy for yourself!

  • Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell -- The Baltimore Sun said, "Vowell could make a trip to the DMV interesting," so see what she does with the remarkable history of Hawaii.

  • Against All Odds by Scott Brown -- The autobiography of Massachusetts Senator and rising political star Scott Brown.

  • Every Day by the Sun by Dean Faulkner Wells -- This memoir of the Mississippi Faulkners includes "pioneers, nobel and ignoble war veterans, three never-convicted murderers, the builder of the first railroad in north Mississippi, the founding president of a bank, an FBI agent, four pilots (all brothers), and a Nobel Prize winner" who you may have heard of!

  • Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein -- This book describes "the dark side of pink and pretty" and ponders how "girlie-girl" culture may be impacting our daughters.

  • The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Lemmon -- The incredible, inspiring story of Kamila Sidiqi, who became the sole breadwinner for a family of five sisters after her father and brother were forced to flee Kabul -- with nothing more than needle and thread.

Happy reading! -Alan

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Last Month of Safari 2011

Three more destinations! If you haven't made it to Cultural Safari yet this year, it's a great way to enjoy a fascinating journey without leaving home. Or, the library at least. This month we're going to:
  • Florence - March 10 : Visit the cradle of the Renaissance in a "tour of the city through the eyes of its artists, architects and poets.
  • London - March 17: Rick Steves takes us all across London, from St. Paul's Cathedral and the British Museum to the British Library and the London Eye.
  • Australia - March 24: Visit the Australian Alps, Tasmania's glacial lakes, and the primeval rainforest at Lamington.

All Safaris start at 12 noon and include light refreshments. Hope to see you there!