Nice New Book Goodness

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!

What's the Hoopla?

Here are the top 5 circulating items on Hoopla so far this month.  And remember you don't have to wait!  Immediate gratification can be yours!

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What Are My Neighbors Up to?

Here is a list of our most popular items this week.

You Are What You Read!

Greetings and welcome to the Last True Summer Weekend Edition of You Are What You Read.  There are no housekeeping chores this week.  No Taffy/Fudge/Cheese love and The Loft remains silent due to roof work.   This coupled with a sunset that will occur tonight at 6:58 just is too tragic.

Autumn arrives on Wednesday at 4:22 a.m. so this is truly our last summer weekend for 2015.  The Ancient Greeks believed that this was when the Goddess Persephone returned to the Underworld to be with her husband Hades.  Those of you, who remember your Greek myths, remember that her story is an explanation of the seasons.  Persephone was the beautiful daughter of Zeus, the Head Dude of all the Gods and Demeter, the Harvest Goddess.   While playing in a meadow with her nymphs, she was seized by Hades, who had a wild crush on her and forced her to live as his wife in the Underworld.  Demeter, like all mothers who have their kids messed with, got beyond peeved.  And when she learned Zeus had a hand in this?  Forget it. She refused to let the earth bear fruit until her daughter was returned to her.  Zeus, like all husbands everywhere, realized when caught in a stellar screw-up that Happy Wife=Happy Life relented.  But because Persephone had eaten 6 pomegranate seeds which was  the fruit of Hades (Pomegranate!  Who can blame her?) she was forced to spend six months of the year in the Underworld (our fall and winter). Her return in the spring is marked by flowering meadows and fertile fields.  Here’s hoping that Persephone’s journey to the Underworld is a slow one and that her return is swift.

This week we have applications, tragedy, death, a villain, an Alaskan cruise and Moses.  Robert Moses that is.

We are not so cold-hearted that we would forget The Playlist.

Let us begin.

The Always Fabulous Babs B has finished reading The Admissions by Meg Mitchell Moore.
“This is a hilarious, compelling novel about college applications, suburban scandals and a Big Secret.  The Hawthorne family of Marin, CA seems to have it all and the eldest daughter is a senior applying early decision to Harvard, her father's alma mater.  The plot takes some entertaining twists and turns when family secrets and lies are revealed.  Readers who love books filled with dysfunctional characters should enjoy this book!”

Barbara M is passionate about a new one that is nominated for The Booker Prize. “I’ve just finished reading The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma and wow, what a powerful book. I generally don’t read first novels but this one is noteworthy. It has been a long time since a book made me cry and this one did which makes  it is so very hard to write about. It is raw. It is poetic. It is akin to a Greek tragedy in which you want to stop what is inevitable. . The story is about a family living in Akure, Nigeria. When an accidental murder occurs it sets off a series of disastrous events and what unravels is predestined and tragic. The characters are real and the writing lyrical. This is one of the best books I’ve read this year.”

Pat T can be found listening as usual. “I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the audio book, Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande.  Dr Gawande writes about the disconnect between doctors and the aged population. Until recently, most medical schools did not even offer courses on gerontology, and many doctors are ill-equipped to deal with aging and dying   Dr. Gawande takes a refreshing look at innovative people who are offering alternatives solutions, such as hospice/palliative care, geriatric clinics and nursing homes that embrace life.  This book is so thought provoking and will appeal to families who are caregivers to their aging parents, those that work in the health profession and baby boomers who are fast approaching this stage in their life when they will have to have the hard conversation about their quality/quantity of life.”

Miss Lisa of the CL and artist in her own right is excited about a graphic novel this week.” I finally read Nimona, the graphic novel by Noelle Stevenson. I got the nudge (the tickle had been there a while) after seeing it on the YA National Book Award Shortlist. And it was totally awesome. Words of praise on the back say “Irreverent” and “vibrant” and all those words are true. The art toes the line between elegant and playful and reflects the strength of the story. Sir Ballister Blackheart is a villain, and Nimona is his eager sidekick. She is a shapeshifter of incredible power and mysterious origin, who is also a sassy teenager with a sensitive heart. Blackheart has a bone to pick with the Institute of Law Enforcement and Heroics, who cast him into the role of villain after a tragic accident. So who’s the villain and who is the hero? I read it twice in a row!

The Always Delightful Pat S is here with one of my favorites of the year,   This is Your Life, Harriet Chance! by Jonathan Evison.  “Told by a second person narrator with the enthusiasm of the old This is Your Life MC, Harriet Chance begins as a tale about a quirky older widow exploring life on her own on an Alaskan cruise. Boarding the ship with her luggage and a letter from her soon to be ex-best friend Mildred, the life that Harriet believed she had lived is soon to be uncovered as a big lie. Visited intermittently by Bernard, her dead husband, Harriet begins to troll through memories of Harriet the child, the young career woman, the new bride and mother-to try to find how she has wound up here. Harriet is a very likable character-an ‘every woman’  who comes to see that the course of one’s life can change by virtue of a single choice. This is an incredibly touching story.”

Steph is here with a book she is, as usual wild about.  So wild this is what she did when she was done doing all that wedding stuff.  “Jen is right, I did do something momentous with my time away--I started reading The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert Caro. Of course this book is outstanding:   it won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 1975. But what’s astonishing is that forty years after publication, it is every bit as potent and relevant as the day it was published (aside from some vocabulary choices that have not aged well). The writing is vivid and the research he and his wife did is undeniably masterful. Moses, who was the most powerful man in NYC government for decades, comes to life as a driven and complicated man. Reading it while commuting is like living in the middle of a book, as you pass over bridges built by Moses and drive down roads that he begged, borrowed, and stole in order to pave. Who knew municipal bonds could be exciting? It’s a doorstop, but every page is worth it. I’m in the last 150 pages and don’t want it to end.”

DJ Jazzy Patty McC is here from Meat Chicken with The Playlist and some exciting news.  Mazel Pats!  And what’s good? “Our eighteen months of communal condo living has come to an end. This week and next we’re on the move. Literally. We played the real estate game, rolled the dice and bought a house. The time has come to pack up our things again, bust into the off-site storage unit and move our things a mile and a half down Woodward Avenue. Soon, my son will walk to school and my daughter will bike to the high school.  Me? I’ll be busy turning a house into a home and I couldn’t do that without my jams. May you have smooth moves of your own.  “


New eBooks from OverDrive

Here are the new books available from OverDrive.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America by Dick Cheney

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff 

House of Thieves by Charles Belfoure

On the Move by Oliver Sacks

Rising Strong by Brené Brown 

Sisters in Law:  How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World
by Linda Hirshman

New eBooks from 3M.

These are the new titles available from 3M.

New eBooks from 3M.

These are the new titles available from 3M.

Nice New Book Goodness

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!

What's the Hoopla?

Since you're ferrying everyone around town to sports and after school activities why not be listening to something you all can enjoy!  Here are some suggestions via NPR. And remember you don't have to wait!  Immediate gratification can be yours!

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Endless Bummer

Love & Mercy, on DVD Sept. 15
Love & Mercy, on DVD Sept. 15

If you Google "Brian Wilson" and "tortured genius," you'll get over 300,000 hits. The man behind one of America's most beloved pop groups, the Beach Boys, is the very definition of a tormented soul, even as he wrote some of the happiest, sun-drenched songs in music history: "California Girls," "Good Vibrations," "Fun Fun Fun," "I Get Around," "Don't Worry Baby," and more.

There's a disturbing story behind the hits, though. The Beach Boys' manager also happened to be the Wilson brothers' father, and he pushed Brian to the limit and beyond. Brian's artistic vision often clashed with the other band members' ambitions, and he struggled to put the sounds in his head onto vinyl.

After the Beach Boys' heyday, Brian fell under the manipulative "therapeutic" care of a psychologist, who alienated him from his family and he managed to extract himself from the depths of mental illness and abusive co-dependency is the story told by Love & Mercy. It's a tour de force performance, with two actors portraying Brian (Paul Dano covers the early era and John Cusack plays Brian in the later years). The DVD was released today -- place a hold here to catch this excellent new bio-pic of an American legend.





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