Friday, November 30, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
The 2007 Teens' Top Ten is:
- New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
- Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
- How to Ruin a Summer Vacation by Simone Elkeles (not owned by DPL)
- Maximum Ride: School's Out - Forever by James Patterson
- Firegirl by Tony Abbott.
- All Hallows Eve (13 Stories) by Vivian Vande Velde
- Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
- River Secrets by Shannon Hale
- Bad Kitty by Michele Jaffe (not owned by DPL)
- Road of the Dead by Kevin Brooks
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Are you going to be one of those unfortunate travelers braving the airports over the Thanksgiving holiday? If you are, why not load up your MP3 player with a few audio books to occupy your time? Many new titles have been added this month.
Among the new downloadable audio book titles are:
Among the new downloadable audio book titles are:
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Andrews, Mary Kay
Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy
Creation in Death
A Lick of Frost
Hamilton, Laurell K.
Look Me in the Eye
Robison, John Elder
The Secret Life of Josephine
Ellis, Joseph J.
Charlie Bone & the
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Bradford, Barbara Taylor
Last Night at the Lobster
Patterson, Richard North
Monday, November 19, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Find out if you know when to use "it's" or "its and "there," "their," or "they're" with this fun little quiz. If you grew up in a household like mine, with a mother who would correct us by saying things like “that is THEY, not, that’s them.” you will find it a piece of cake. I only missed one, don’t tell my Mom, or the Library Director either because she knows her grammar like nobody’s business. Hmmm, was that correct grammar?
Anyway if you have fun with the quiz, and pondering the subtleties of the English language, you may want to check out:
Eats, Shoots, and Leaves by Lynne Truss
Grammar Snobs are Great Big Meanies by June Casagrande
When You Catch an Adjective, Kill It by Ben Yagoda
Spunk and Bite by Arthur Plotnik
Right, Wrong, and Risky by Mark Davidson
Much Ado About English by Todd Watson
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Friday, November 09, 2007
Thursday, November 08, 2007
There are thousands and thousands of families and individuals dealing with devastating physical or mental conditions which are chronic, life-changing, or long-term disorders. Most are kept private and only the bravest among us decide to publish their stories. It’s remarkable to me that some people have the strength and mental foresight not only to keep a record of their health struggles but then have the tenacity to write fascinating personal memoirs about how they coped and survived. Here are some of the recent best:
"Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy" by Geralyn Lucas (362.1969) is a charming, hilarious, yet very frank account of a 27-year-old’s battle with breast cancer. Even while losing her vibrancy and her looks, Geralyn’s journey will inspire anyone struggling with self-image or illness.
"Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips" by Kris Carr (616.994) is the written companion to Carr’s wonderful TLC TV documentary “Crazy Sexy Cancer”, composed after her diagnosis with rare liver tumors. She covers dating, sex, appearance, recipes, medical and holistic resources including young survivor support groups in this ultimately joyous memoir..
"Sick Girl" by Amy Silverstein (818.5) is fierce and provocative as it details the painful experiences of a young heart transplant recipient who now, at age 42, is a 17-year survivor. Silverstein chronicles her harrowing medical journey and readers can live her nightmare from the inside—an unforgettable and compelling experience.
"Never Give Up" by Tedy Bruschi (796.332) tells the inspiring story of the 31-year-old New England Patriot linebacker’s debilitating stroke, the surgery to repair a hole in his heart, his recovery, and eventual return, eight and a half months later, to the ranks of professional football. Go Pats #54!
"Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s" by John Elder Robison (362.196) tells the painful growing-up memoirs of a man who was not diagnosed with this highly-functioning type of autism until he was 40. Robison is Augusten Burroughs’s (“Running with Scissors”) brother so you may be already familiar with their dysfunctional family.
"My Lobotomy" by Howard Dully (617.481) heart-wrenchingly describes his 1960 brain surgery in which icepick-type instruments were inserted through his eye sockets to sever his frontal lobe and cure his supposed mental illness. Dully shows great courage in telling his story, especially about what drove his parents to such an unconscionable act.
"Born on a Blue Day" by Daniel Tammet (362.196) is an engaging and intriguing first-person account into the mind of a high-functioning, 27-year-old autistic savant. Tammet learned Icelandic in a single week and recited pi up to the 22,514th digit. He also experiences synesthesia, which enables him to experience numbers and words as shapes, colors, textures and motions.
"The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness" by Elyn R. Saks (616.898) is the gripping memoir of a life spent grappling with hallucinations, medications, and psychoses, and one woman’s path toward coming to terms with her schizophrenia. Saks overcame much to now lead a full life as a law professor.
We’re happy to add that all of these authors are doing well! Good health to all!
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
- "Love in the Time of Cholera" based on the Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel stars Benjamin Bratt and Javier Bardem.
- "Mist" is based on a story by Stephen King that appeared in "Dark Forces" and "Skeleton Crew".
- "Atonement" is based on the Ian McEwan novel, and the movie stars Keira Knightley and Vanessa Redgrave.
- "The Other Boleyn Girl" (great book, by the way) was written by Philippa Gregory, and is only one of her novels based on Henry VIII. The movie stars Natalie Portman and Scarlet Johansson.
And for the kids...
- "The Golden Compass" based on Philip Pullman's very popular Dark Materials series. The movie stars Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig (should 007 be in a kids movie?).
- "Charlie Wilson's War" based on the book by George Crile, and starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts.