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"Most people don’t think about singing when they think about revolutions. But in Estonia, song was the weapon of choice ..." - Filmmakers James Tusty and Maureen Castle Tusty

Take a Walk in My Shoes: A Year in the Life. We’ve all heard this sentiment before. But what is a good way to experience these different lifestyles and points of view? By reading of course! From a doctor’s first year as a physician to a teacher’s first year in a huge city school, from a front porch stoop that serves as a neighborhood’s hangout to a full-fledged farm supporting a family that has no idea how to farm. Stop by the Nonfiction Department today to see which path you will choose to get a new understanding of someone else’s world.

Coop: A Family, A Farm, And the Pursuit of One Good Egg by Michael Perry

The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood by David Simon
364.177 SIM

Celebrate American Independence with a good book!

To understand Stieg's work, I said, one had to know who he really was.--pg. 185

I picked up this book yearning to learn more about the author who died before his novel legacy was even published. That fact in itself intrigued me; I just really wanted to learn more about Stieg Larsson's life from an unbiased source. With this relatively short biography, you get the straight facts--no beating around the bush, just the candid and honest facts--from the one constant presence in his life: Eva Gabrielsson.

When I picked up Lynne Rossetto Kasper and Sally Swift’s book The Splendid Table’s How to Eat Supper, I didn’t realize that it was a cookbook based on a Public Radio show. All I cared about was the gorgeous spoonful of a bright golden yellow potato, onion and almond concoction (“Almond-Turmeric Potatoes” p. 289) pictured on the cover. I am a huge fan of Public Radio, though, so when I finally settled into a comfy chair at home and made this discovery, I was pleasantly surprised. I’ve never heard a food show on the radio before (WBHM doesn’t carry it) but it makes me happy to know one is out there.

Are you a gamer?  Whether you enjoy old school classics videogames or more modern fare, we’ve got a selection of documentaries that will interest you!

The library’s new Readers’ Group discussed “Relationships, for Better or Worse” on Saturday, February 18.  The titles presented are listed below.

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

Time is sometimes limited when it comes to sitting down and enjoying a good book. This is why the Hoover Public Library offers free eBooks for both children and adults at

Check out the real story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the focus of the new George Lucas film, Red Tails:

Dogfights Season Two


The Tuskegee Airmen

A new acquisition to our adult nonfiction collection, Still Life: Inside the Antarctic Huts of Scott and Shackleton with photography by Jane Ussher and essays by Nigel Watson of the Antarctic Heritage Trust, is a beautiful and haunting memorial to those first doomed explorers of the South Pole. Bound in rough canvas with coloring reminiscent of the century old material still slowly decaying in situ in Antarctica from the original expeditions, the detailed photographs within are intimate investigations of what life was like for these adventurous, and often heroic, men. The climate and isolation of these modest huts in Antarctica has left intact and untouched many artifacts of this time period. Jars and tins of food stores sit unopened. Hams still hang in muslin bags.