New DVD Releases

Here is what you can find new to the shelves in the upcoming days.

Remembering "Bobfest"

Monterey...Woodstock...Bangla-Desh...Live Aid...all gatherings of music royalty that were cultural milestones. Add "Bobfest" to the list: a 1992 tribute concert to Bob Dylan held at Madison Square Garden. Onstage that night were Eric Clapton, members of The Band, Byrds and Rolling Stones, Richie Havens, Stevie Wonder, George Harrison, Johnny Cash, Lou Reed, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Neil Young, and many, many more, plus of course, Bob Dylan himself.

A couple of months ago, a deluxe two-disc edition DVD of the concert was released -- a great way to travel back in time (how young everyone looks!) and relive this momentous evening. It's obvious that the 80s were still lingering with all the big hair and bright colors, but the music is what really matters. You'll hear timeless numbers like "Masters of War," "Blowin' in the Wind," "The Times They Are A-Changing," "Just Like a Woman," "Absolutely Sweet Marie," "You Ain't Going Nowhere," and the grand finale, with everyone on stage to pay tribute to one of the 20th century's most important artists. A must for music fans!

Nice New Book Goodness!

Selected by Jen
Selected by Jen

Here is what you can find on the shelves that is new next week. Come in and visit us, or put your items on hold from home! We will let you know when they are ready for you to pick up!

You Are What You Read!

Hosted by Jen Dayton
Hosted by Jen Dayton

Hello! I am back!  First I want to send a big thanks to Steph for stepping up last week.   So thanks Steph.  As you can see, the message from the SoNo loft is in the form of a question, ‘What is Your Weird?’  It’s a worthy question for this last day of Spring.  We all have our ‘things’.  Some of mine are as follows and not in any real order:  The Edies of Grey Gardens, Little People, any episode of Hoarders, Clowns, Dolls with Teeth, Victorian Taxidermy Tableaux and of course when Wild Animals decide that they have had enough of  us humans and our nonsense  and they kill and eat us (see the films Grizzly Man and  Black Fish).  Sally of the Reference has an obsession with Extreme Weather.  Caroline?  If it’s on Bravo, she’s all over it.  Cathy?  Our girl Hugette is a favorite.  Abby?  She is all about Scientology.  Amanda?  That girl loves herself some Graveyard.  And of course you know all about our Anne Perry fixation which has so many elements of weirdness, that it’s hard to focus on the whole Chicks with Bricks main story.  So c’mon!  What is your weird obsession?  What will you never have your fill of?  What makes you take a step back; cock your head and say, “I need to learn more about that because that is MESSED UP!”  This week we have an unfortunate accident, a whodunit, some grief, murder, mental unbalance, some serious planning, football and of course we have the playlist and some added value.  Interested?

Let us begin!

Barbara M is working on Family Life by Akhil Sharma.  “While this is classified as fiction it is in  fact the story of his family’s immigration from India to the United States and  his older brother’s unfortunate accident. Akhil’s older brother was a brilliant boy who after only a short time in the United States passed the exam to be admitted to the Bronx High School of Science, a highly competitive New York City High School. His aspiration was to become a surgeon. The accident left him in a vegetative state and the family, far from their home in India, coped or didn’t cope in different ways.  The story is told from the younger brother’s  point of view and it is poignant, heart-breaking and very real. “

Abby has just finished watching the British whodunit Broadchurch starring  David Tennant. “ Set in a picturesque coastal English town, it is the story of the aftermath  when 11- year- old Danny Latimer is killed. The investigation is hampered by the secrets of Danny's family, and the community's collective desire to find someone to blame for the youngsters tragic death. I enjoy Tennant's work and Olivia Colman as  Ellie Miller, an officer who grew up in town and is  a friend of  the Latimer Family is a terrific actress.  Overall, with so many twists and turns there were some gaps in the storytelling and investigation, but the performances and scenery make it a worthwhile watch. In a move that may or may not work, the series is being re-done as a version in the US, with Tennant again starring but as an American detective. “

Sweet Ann who does not seem to have any weirdness tells us about The Possibilities by Kaui Hart Hemmings.  “This novel is about grief and how one woman faces it and goes on with her life.  It is not your typical sad book but one that will make you chuckle as you meet the other people who are coping with the loss as well.  Sarah St. John lives with her father in Colorado.  She is a single Mom to twenty-two year old Cully who died in an avalanche.   Everyone in her world is having a difficult time with Cully's death.  While it is a book about grief  it is also a book about relationships and the people who can make you smile.   Ms. Hemmings previous novel, The Descendants, is written in a similar way with a serious subject and lighthearted moments. “

The Fabulous Babs B is in full summer read mode with Field of Prey by John Sanford.  “This is another top-notch thriller from John Sanford.  The character of Lucas Davenport from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension returns to investigate the disappearance and murder of 15 young girls.  Davenport teams up with Catrin Mattson, a detective with the county sheriff's office.  When the killer decides Mattson is going to be his next victim, the case escalates quickly.  Halfway into the story, Sanford throws in a big twist that I never saw coming.  I think this is the best of Sanford's Davenport novels in a long time and I am not alone!  To quote Stephen King this is ‘The Perfect Summer Read.’”

And then we come to Pat S who has just read Regeneration by Pat Barker.  She tells me that she is not in “summer reading mode” but honestly I don’t think that she and I ever are.  Maybe we need to add that to the “weird list?”  “This is the first book of a WWI trilogy by Pat Barker. Set in the psychiatric convalescent hospital of Craiglockhart, Regeneration is a fictionalized account of the poet Siegfried Sassoon's time in this facility when he had been labeled 'mentally unbalanced' for declaring the war a 'senseless slaughter'. Told through the eyes of both the patients and the physicians, Barker explores the ethical and moral ambiguities of war. It is heartrending to read the recounting of battles and frontline conditions which left healthy young men physically and psychically shattered-not necessarily at the hands of the enemy, but by virtue of the incompetence and arrogance of their own commanding officers. While not an easy read, this is certainly a provocative one.”

Steph, for those unaware, recently became engaged.  This of course is influencing her reading as you will see.  I know we all wish her and the fiancé all the best.  “This week I read A Practical Wedding, by Meg Keene. I have been looking at a lot of wedding books and magazines lately, and most of them seem custom-designed to make a lady anxious so she will buy things she doesn’t need. This book is the complete opposite, and sorely needed in the field of wedding planning. The book includes not just great basic information on the practical side planning a wedding (down to giving you a sample of a spreadsheet to keep track of the details!), it also includes advice on the emotions and everything else that goes with it. And there’s no agenda. If you want the big church wedding, or the small barn wedding, or to elope, or whatever else, Keene’s got your back. It’s like having a really cool aunt who just happens to be a wedding planner. Her blog is also fabulous! It’s also, unlike most wedding books, not bride-centric, because it emphasizes creating a wedding that works for the whole couple—I am making my partner read it as well. Of everything I’ve looked at, this is the only book on weddings I whole-heartedly recommend. I will be buying it for engagement presents in the future.”

Virginia the Tall Cool Texan is in summer mode but she’s not happy but her unhappiness has a good resolution.  I’ll let her explain.  Virginia the floor is yours!  “I continued my summer reading this week with Emily Giffin’s new novel The One and  Only.  The book takes place in a small town outside of Dallas, TX and shockingly (I say snidely) the story line revolves around football.  Seriously people, there is more to Texas than football, although, with this book you would never realize it.  Here is my quick synopsis:  Someone dies…football.  Breakup, career change…football. Dating someone new, while having feelings for someone forbidden…football. Domestic abuse…football. Happily ever after…winning the national championship in football.  Oh yeah and  in between all of that was more football.  As you can tell, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the book. The best I can say is it made me nostalgic for real Tex-Mex food, Neiman Marcus and the Ritz Carleton bar. I guess I can thank Giffin for inspiring me to make my plane reservations for a trip home to Dallas.”

DJ Jazzy Patty McC is weighing in on the Weird with some eye and ear candy this week.  Patty?  What’s doin’?  “ There are artistic geniuses all around us and rarely do they do things that are considered normal. What is “normal” for one person may not be “normal” for another whether you’re an artistic genius, working parent or stay-at-home mom. What gets you up and motivated in the morning is probably different for your partner, children, parents or friends. My daughter told her teacher that our family motto is, ‘Let Your Freak Flag Fly.’  This week I have a couple of videos to share that are freaky genius. The first is from the band OK Go. They’ve created another musical masterpiece complete with mind-blowing video for their new song, ‘The Writing’s on the Wall’. It was filmed all in one shot (it took 50 takes) and is chock-full of optical illusions and great art. 

The second video is Stay With Me’ by Sam Smith and if you don’t know who he is yet you will soon. The mind-blowing thing about this song is that the Gospel Choir is HIM! A recent NPR interview with Sam on All Things Considered uncovered this little known fact:

So, this week I invite you to be more accepting of yourself, others and try living in a state of non-judgment. Embrace your own quirks and share them unselfconsciously with others, they may just surprise you. Now, I have to ask, DL DUZ THIS MUZIK MAEK ME LOOK WEIRD? 2014”

Nice New Book Goodness!

Selected by Jen
Selected by Jen

Here is what you can find on the shelves that is new next week. Come in and visit us, or put your items on hold from home! We will let you know when they are ready for you to pick up!

New DVD Releases

Here is what you can find new to the shelves in the upcoming days.

You Are What You Read!

Hosted by Jen Dayton
Hosted by Jen Dayton

Hi, faithful YAWYRers! While Jen is off playing in North Carolina, I (Stephanie) am filling in. We wouldn’t want to leave you with no new book recommendations just as it’s finally starting to feel like summer! And this week is full of great summer reads, including romance, Concord, Hemingway (will he ever go away?), and a DL staff favorite who is taking us to Mallorca. Yes, all of us. Pack your bags, we’re leaving soon!


Amanda read The Ugly Duchess by Eloisa James, who is also one of my favorite romance novelists. "This is perhaps the best romance novel I've read. From the first sentence to the last, the story is engaging. Lots of stories give some multi-page introduction before getting into the meat of the plot, but this one dives straight in. There's even a totally unexpected but thrilling twist to the story—one that I never saw coming! It's wonderful that Daisy has such a level head on her shoulders. At the beginning, she's 17 and full of starry-eyed romance. The moment she stops seeing James as her almost-brother and starts seeing him as a man is believable and just like real life. Later on, she grows into a very competent, independent woman who has turned a failing estate into a very profitable one. She's a great heroine."


Virginia survived to tell us about her reading, and I am sure glad she did. “Consumption (ok, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but it was a horrid summer cold) hit my household this past weekend, and the only thing that made it bearable was a bottle of Nyquil, the new season of Orange is the New Black and the historical novel Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood.  I loved, loved, loved this book. My only complaint is that it was way too short, and I wanted more. Written in four parts and based on real love letters and telegrams, the book gives a glimpse of the life each of Hemingway’s four wives had with him and how they all came to this brilliant but tortured man. It is a captivating read and a perfect summer read. Also, I just started listening to The Vacationers by Emma Straub and I am already caught up in the dysfunction and strife of the family and friends vacationing together in Spain.”


But wait! You thought that was the last you’d hear about Emma Straub today? (Remember her first book, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures?) Think again. Jeanne is listening to it, too. “I’m recommending the audio version of Emma Straub's newest book, The Vacationers. It's kind of a beach read; in fact, it is set on the beaches of Mallorca (or Majorca) so the print version might be easier, but the day-to-day infidelities, backbiting and general dysfunction of the Post family and their friends is much more satisfying out loud. In the book, the NYC and Miami couples and singles converge on a borrowed house for two weeks, and Kristen Sieh has just the right voice and tone to let us enjoy other peoples' discomfort.”


As for me—I have been reaching way back into the past and re-reading Walden by Henry David Thoreau for a book group. And I’ve found it holds up remarkably well! How can any of us disagree with this sentiment? “Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations. Books, the oldest and the best, stand naturally and rightfully on the shelves of every cottage. They have no cause of their own to plead, but while they enlighten and sustain the reader his common sense will not refuse them.”


And to send us into the weekend with a smile, especially because it looks like the sun will be making an appearance…The Playlist, which this week is SO FRESH IT’S HOT! Inspire us, DJ Jazzy Patty McC: “Being influenced by what we choose to consume, what we surround and immerse ourselves in is not a bad thing; subconsciously, we take things in, absorb them and then make them our own. Sometimes in our lives we need a little new, a little FRESH! My family has a tradition of creating a theme for our summer. This summer we’ve dubbed it “The Summer of Discovery & Exploration.” No doubt it grew out of our theme from last year “The Year of No Fear” and our move from Connecticut to Michigan. So I invite you this summer to create your own FRESH family theme, or borrow ours. Read something outside your normal genre. Plant something in the ground. Grab a cookbook and try a new recipe. Listen to some new music, a new band. Whatever you choose to do, make it FRESH and make sure you get outside to discover and explore. You just might be surprised at how much it fills you with joy. The surprise could even come from the realization and awareness that it was right there all along in your own backyard, and that’s NEVER a bad thing. Now go forth, discover and explore. Oh, I almost forgot, a BIG ‘Happy Father’s Day’ to all you Daddios!”

You Are What You Read!

Hosted by Jen Dayton
Hosted by Jen Dayton

The message this week from the SoNo Loft is Adventure Awaits!  And indeed it does!  Next week I am going on vacation to what is referred to, without irony it should be noted, by the Traveling Companion as The Homeland.  The rest of us call it North Carolina, specifically Southern Pines and Pinehurst.  The real adventure here is that I will be attending my first major golf tournament.  Those who know me realize that this may not be the best fit.  But I am going in, I am excited and I will report back.  Sweet Ann is also having an adventure next week and will be exploring areas of New York City with one of her sons that she has never been to before.  She is excited.  Erin and Mallory are going to the Ninety9 Bottle Craft Beer Fest tomorrow in SoNo as their adventure. And they are excited too. So I encourage you all to get out there.    The weather promises to be glorious so no excuses will be accepted.  Have an adventure this weekend! Try something new. Get excited about it and then report back and let us know what you did.  This week we have a Painter, a biologist, a rotary phone, Australia, Norway, a pile, some drinking, Liverpool, Ozarks, pain meds, Nazis, and golf.  Because it would appear all roads lead to golf.  Playlist?  You betcha!  Would it be a weekend without one?

Let us begin!

John has been busy. Very, very busy.  Here is what he has been working on.  “First, there was The Painter, Peter Heller’s second novel.  Hellers first book, The Dog Stars, was one of my favorites from 2012 so you can imagine I was anxious to read his second.  The storyline was not at all what I expected and I found myself, once again, engrossed in his storytelling. Hellers prose is clean and clear and his descriptions of nature will leave you feeling like you’re standing in a mountain stream, underneath a clear, starry sky. If a novel about vigilante painters piques your interest, you will enjoy this one.  I then moved on, and quickly through, the first two books in Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy: Annihilation and Authority (the third book comes out in September). This is serious science fiction for connoisseurs of the genre.  The series begins are we are dropped into the mysterious ‘Area X’ as a biologist representing an all-female, multi-disciplinary research team. But things start going wrong terribly wrong immediately, just as they did for the dozens and dozens of teams that came before them. This is an eerie and deeply psychological series that will give you goose bumps and keep you turning the pages.”

The Delightful Mallory joined our ranks as a full timer this week and we could not be more pleased.  Here is what she has enjoyed recently. “Rainbow Rowell does this thing.  She creates these characters, these deeply flawed, difficult characters, and makes you fall desperately in love with them.  Rainbow's newest protagonist, Georgie, can be found in the July debut Landline.  Georgie is career-driven to a fault, used to getting what she wants, a barely-there mother and wife and she  is about to receive the opportunity of a lifetime.  In saying yes to this new opportunity, she loses both her husband and two young daughters. And just what is her method of coping?  Wearing awful velour track suits and utilizing a magical, time-traveling rotary phone!  As Georgie rapidly spirals downward, she also begins to understand what truly matters and what it takes to fix it.  Landline is as quick as it is touching, the perfect summer read.”

Miss Elizabeth of the CL has a new obsession.  I’ll let her explain. “This week I discovered a new obsession streaming on Netflix (and soon to be available at the library!) Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. Set in the roaring 20's in bustling Australia, the television series follows the entirely glamorous, fabulously wealthy, Honorable Miss Phryne Fisher as she solves crimes around Australia, flies planes, drives fast in wicked-looking cars, wears gorgeous clothing, and has innumerable flirtations with dangerous men. In short, the series is perfect and I cannot recommend it enough. So imagine my joy when I discovered my new favorite TV show is based on a series of detective novels! I raced through the first Phryne Fisher Mystery in just a few days. Cocaine Blues follows Phryne's return to the continent where she was born into poverty many years before, on a mission to determine if the wealthy daughter of an acquaintance is being poisoned by her philandering husband. Drama, intrigue, and delectable descriptions of clothing and luncheons follow. “

Sweet Ann has just finished Days in the History of Silence by Norwegian author Merethe Lindstrom. “I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it is in my top favorite reads of this year.   The novel takes place in Norway and centers on the long marriage of Eva, a former teacher and Simon, a retired doctor.  It is a very thoughtful and wonderful reflection of a marriage and the secrets that a couple share between themselves.  Simon has stopped talking and spends his days in silence and while  Eva misses his voice she accepts that silence is the way he deals with his past.  Their grown daughter thinks she would be happier if Simon was put in a home.  This novel is described as unnerving and it is as Eva, the narrator of this novel, reflects on her marriage and the secrets their shared past.  I can't recommend this novel enough and it will stay with you long after you finish reading it.

Abby was abroad last week.  Here is one of the titles she is excited about. “BEA provided me with the opportunity to meet authors whose work I have long respected. I was charmed by David Mitchell and enjoyed hearing him speak because of the content of his talk, anticipation over his new novel The Bone Clocks, and on a more superficial note, his wonderful accent. I’ve read a few of his previous books and find him to be a thoughtful writer capable of creating complex worlds. His latest, The Bone Clocks, is at the Top ‘O the To Be Read pile.”

Steph has found some peace in between the covers of the following.” During this past crazy week my respite was Fourth of July Creek, a debut novel by Smith Henderson. I knew I had to check it out after hearing great things about it at BEA, and then getting an email from John with the subject line ‘OMG’ that contained only the link to this book. The story centers around Pete Snow, a social worker in rural Montana who is only slightly less troubled than the families he helps out. His wife and daughter are leaving him, he drinks like a fish, and lives on his own in a cabin. But that’s nothing compared to the dysfunction he sees on a regular basis, especially after he returns a kid to his backwoods survivalist father in a cabin where he is defacing US coinage in preparation for the end of the world. (Believe me, that sentence doesn’t come close to explaining the insanity of Jeremiah Pearl.) As Snow’s life and the lives he manages get increasingly chaotic, his daughter goes missing, her story popping up in between chapters and growing increasingly dire. Sounds cheery, right? Well, it’s a grim book, but a great one. Henderson’s writing is rough and oh-so American, reminding me of Cormac McCarthy by way of Bonnie Jo Campbell, and the story is addictive to the point of making me wish for a train delay. OMG is right!”


Introducing Julia our RA High School Intern!  Take it away Julia!  I went to my very first BEA last Thursday and met some very cool publishers and authors. I brought home plenty of books that are going on the list to read in the upcoming weeks, including We Are Called to Rise, about a child’s fate told through an immigrant boy, two women, and a young veteran. I’m excited to read these new books, but before I do I had to go back and read a book from years ago that I just never got around to, Gone Girl. I know everyone is probably over it by now, but I’m halfway through and enjoying it immensely. Also, in the past week I’ve gotten a recommendation from Stephanie, the head of Readers’ Services, about the book Red or Dead by David Peace. It’s about The Liverpool Football Club, who, with the help of their beloved coach, make it up the ranks and win the title. I haven’t heard such glowing reviews from a book in a long time, so it’s going on the ever-growing list of novels I’ll make time to read.”


Virginina the Tall Cool Texan is still on the treadmill. Still listening.  Go Virginia! “I love a great mystery/thriller, especially as an audiobook, because it makes my workouts go so much faster, and  The Weight of Blood  by Laura McHugh did not disappoint.  In fact, it was so outstanding, I am actually sad I already finished it, and wished I would have paced myself a bit more.   A young girl living in the Ozark Mountains is haunted by the gruesome death of a friend and goes searching for answers only to find they lead back to the mystery of her missing mother.  If you liked Gone Girl, this dark novel is for you.  Also, I just finished All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner.  The main character, Allison Weiss, is a woman who supposedly has it all; the perfect home, a great husband, a precocious daughter and a wonderful, fulfilling job.  Unfortunately, she also has a serious addiction to painkillers.  When it spirals out of control her perfect life crumbles around her.  While I am not sure I loved this book, I did enjoy it and parts of it have stuck with me.  It is worth reading and I think it is going to be a very popular book this summer.”   

 
Pat S
is not happy this week.  She found Flash Boys by Michael Lewis to be less than satisfying.  Here’s her reasoning.  ”Now, we all know that I am a longtime fan of all things Michael Lewis, so imagine my delight when I finally got my hands on Flash Boys. The first third of the book introduced the topic of high frequency traders in the finance industry and their ability to game the system by virtue of a technical glitch of ‘micro-seconds’, or ‘frontrunning’ thus affecting the transparency of the market. Lewis focuses on the technological developments in the operation of financial markets which have occurred at such a fast pace that the regulatory board (SEC) has not been able to keep up with them. In his usual style, Lewis gives us a narrative that includes heroes, villains-and the moral high ground. Unfortunately, where in books such as The Big Short, Liars’ Poker and Boomerang  Lewis has been able to successfully de-mystify the complex world of the financial industry for the layperson, he misses the boat this time around. I stuck with the book for my book group, but am sorry to say that at the end, I am still not sure of what frontrunning is.  On a happier note, neither were the other members of the book group!”

Babs B is doing things a little differently.  “This isn’t my typical summer beach read but it is a beautiful novel that shows how courage and hope can be two of the most powerful motivators of all time. The Auschwitz Escape by Joel Rosenberg  delves into one of the darkest moments of history.  His main character, Jacob Weisz, is faced with the horrific reality of being Jewish in Germany during WWII.  Fighting as part of the Resistance, Weisz is captured as he courageously works to free a train full of Jewish prisoners.  Taken directly to Auschwitz, Weisz’ only goal is to escape and let the world know of the atrocities being committed at the death camps. Rosenberg was inspired to write this book after his visit to Auschwitz in 2011.  You will be inspired at the lengths he goes to survive and I highly recommend this read!”


My pick for you all this week is one that is somewhat selfishly motivated.  It’s the first ever pick for the Golf Channel’s newly formed book group and it’s called Arnie, Seve, and a Fleck of Golf History:  Heroes, Underdogs, Courses and Championships by Bill Fields.  As I stated in the intro I am going down to Pinehurst and I will be attending my first ever US Open.  I am not a sportif person.  I don’t really follow anything but Ohio State Football because in my family that is a non-negotiable.  My brother Peter is the golf fan.  He loves the game and he would take great delight in pointing his finger at me and stating with great confidence that someday I was going to need to know about golf.   Of course, I told him with utter confidence I would never need this knowledge.  I apologize to my brother and so now here I am, going off to the US Open with Bill Fields.  There is a truth in the genius of really beautiful writing and it is this:  even when you don’t care about the subject one whit, the writing alone carries you along and draws you in until without realizing it you do, indeed, care.  Take for example this first paragraph from his essay entitled King of the Hill:

        Sam Snead’s swing used to resemble a Faulkner first sentence. It was long, laced with the perfect pause, and                           blessed with a powerful ending.  Now that he is eighty-four years old it is only slightly less so. He is driving off a tee                   beside me, on a piece of Florida land that was a swamp way back when and he still purrs.

See?  Genius!  So think of me next Sunday while I attend my first ever Open and Bill reports on his 30th.  And pick up his book in the meantime.  An entire channel devoted to the game can’t be wrong. And I know I’m not.

DJ Jazzy Patty McC is in da house to let us know about what’s going on in The State Which Shall Not Be Named. It would appear that she is all about the Adventure. Take it away Patty! “It’s been a rainy week in the Midwest but who am I to complain when the weekends are resplendent with ALL that is summertime? The sun and temperatures here have granted the worker bees a bounty of weekend blessings. The grass is thickly growing underfoot and my organic container garden is sprouting on the balcony. If you have not kicked off your shoes and let loose your tresses, you really need to do that. Do it now, I’ll wait… Life here in the D is bursting with hope, promise and lots and lots of green. I’ve coined it the new Brooklyn. Skinny jeans, flannel and ironic facial hair can be found everywhere, thankfully mostly on the men folk. We are the testing site for self-driving cars, the 10.4 acre living roof of the Ford Rouge Center and home to Hantz Farms, the world’s largest urban farm.  Life is an adventure for sure and humans are natural storytellers and creators. So, this week I invite you to get outside, start your own adventure and just for fun change your narrative. Let me know how that goes. Don’t forget to enjoy it with a frosty glass of lemonade. “

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Jen Dayton

Jen Dayton is our Collection Development Manager (AKA she oversees and plans the direction of our book purchases). Jen is tireless in her search for great  new books which maybe initially flying under your radar. A voracious reader, Jen, has the power to tell you what your next favorite book will be.

 

 

 


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Greetings and welcome to the Hellidaze edition of You Are What You Read!  It’s hard to believe that this time next week we will all be standing in line trying to return that gift that leaves us scratching our head and pouring ANOTHER glass of eggnog.  The words from The SoNo Loft remain ‘Just Breathe’ so, as always in the coming days, heed the message, stop, and take a deep breath.  I know that for myself, this weekend will be spent tying up those loose ends and then as a reward for just getting it done, a Sunday Morning Meet Up with a selection of some of my Outlaws for a catch-up and some breakfast.  Remember People!  The important stuff always gets done and the most important piece of the Hellidaze is being with your people!  As a reminder we are closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day but we will see you bright and early on the 26th for our regular hours.   Next week, we will have our big reveal as to what the Library’s Top Ten Reads of 2014 are.  So put your heads down, power through it with a bit of joy, a whole lotta eggnog, maybe some pants with an elastic waist and we’ll catch up next week. This week we have Lord Byron, whimsy, Miss Alabama, genius, and some Little House. Of course we have The Playlist for your dashing through the snow, rain or ice, or whatever it is the Weather Gods will be slinging at us.

Let us begin!

Abby explores the history of the seemingly newish Tech Industry with The Innovators by Walter Isaacson.  “My biggest takeaway from The Innovators is that even the most creative and brilliant minds need to master the art of collaboration in order to bring about progress. The book opens with the story of Ada Lovelace, born in 1815, who was the daughter of Lord Byron. Ada was an accomplished mathematician and early logic theorist whose work set others on the road to computing. In fact, throughout the book, women are the unsung heroes of early computer programming. While men tended to build the machinery, it was women who were instrumental in making the contraptions work. The Innovators is an enjoyable and educational book; that’s a tough combination to master, but Isaacson has again shown he has found the right formula.”

Pat T has a solution for us this week. “If you are feeling stressed with the holiday rush, I suggest you take 10 minutes to read the delightful, Everything I Need to Know About Christmas I Learned From a Little Golden Book, by Diane Muldrow. Basically, this whimsical book agrees that yes, the holidays are a lot of work, but it also reminds of us what we would be missing if we didn't celebrate. So keep it simple and enjoy this special time with family and friends!
Happy Holidays!”

Sweet Ann is breaking out of her usual fare and doing things a little differently “I am listening to I Still Dream About You by Fannie Flagg.  It’s read by Ms. Flagg and it's a hoot.  I am known for reading on the side of dark and depressing but occasionally I need a chuckle.  You wouldn't think this book would make you smile since it opens with the main character, Maggie Fortenberry, a former Miss Alabama, planning her demise in the local river. Maggie is an interesting woman who can't stop putting other’s needs before her planned departure.   This novel contains race relations, a little person, a murder mystery and a cast of characters that will make you smile. “

Steph is getting that jump on 2015. “I’m using the holidays to start getting ahead on my 2015 reading. This week, I read Kelly Link’s short story collection Get in Trouble, which comes out in February. She is a genius who brings a new life to everything she writes. Whether you’re a lifelong short story lover, or have been coming back to stories thanks to writers like George Saunders, or perhaps don’t like them at all, you’ll find something to love in this book. Link combines the clarity and structure of an Alice Munro story with the imagination of our best fantasy writers. Each story has a surreal element (for instance, superheroes are real and they have conventions like every other profession) and is set in a world that is otherwise our own.  The tension between reality and fantasy is spectacular, taking most of the stories to a whole new level. While not all of them are perfect, there are 5-6 stories in here that blew me away. I can’t wait to start recommending this one.” It comes out in February and will be in the catalog next week.

How am I avoiding the Hellidaze? The same way I always have; with my nose in a book.  I have never been shy about my love of The Little House Books. In fact, not only was the next installment in the series was always one of my favorite gifts under the tree growing up but if I am being totally honest, it was probably the first of many obsessions that I cultivate to this day.   I had nothing but contempt for the TV series by the way.  They weren’t faithful to the stories and Melissa Gilbert just plain annoyed me.  So I will be tucked away in a corner with Pioneer Girl:  The Annotated Autobiography by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Pamela Smith Hill, editor.  Hidden away from the world since the 1930’s, Wilder’s biography has a lot of surprises in it.  Think a not-so-sunny prairie with financial insolvency, early death and child labor.   Add to that some meticulous foot notes by the folks at the South Dakota Historical Society who researched each and every sentence, added photos pertaining to the text when they could be found and I will be in Little House Heaven. For those hankering for more on the true story there is this New Yorker article that I reread every couple of years and don’t forget another favorite of mine Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie by Wendy McClure. 


DJ Jazzy Patty McC from That State Up North.  What’s doing Pats? “Greetings from the Motor City! Chanukah is here and Christmas is right around the corner. Seems like everywhere I turn there’s a procession of cars with menorahs on top or a car grille with a wreath strapped on to it. How is this not a fire hazard? Folks here take their holidays VERY seriously. Plastic Santa’s line the rooftops, 12-foot blow-up Chanukah Bears holding dreidels sit on lawns and Hines Drive Lightfest will celebrate its 21st year. It’s a 4-mile light show spectacular complete with 55 animated holiday-themed displays. Because here in the Motor City, we do everything with our cars, holiday driving through a light show on a roadway is just part of the seasonal merriment. So may you have a dusting of snow for your holiday, enjoy a steaming mug of Glögg in front of the old Yule log and share it with those you love. This year it seems appropriate to share something from The Godfather of Soul. Happy Holidays everyone!”

DL FUNKY CHRISTMAS 2014

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