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Hidden Treasures? What kind of treasures? Books!

You may have been in the library and saw a book that caught your attention. Perhaps someone was checking it out, checking it in, asking about it, or maybe you saw it on one of the many carts that our library pages use to get materials back where they belong. Believe it or not, there are things that we may not have seen before either. Today, while in the Adult Biographies, several titles jumped out asking to be picked up and considered:

Dog Days : A Year in the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile by Dave Ihlenfeld
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The first rule of Book Club is: you DO NOT talk about Book Club. The second rule of Book Club is: you ignore the first rule and definitely tell all of your friends about Book Club! The book club in question is known as Insatiable Readers and is less like a traditional book club, and more like a bookish social club. I talked with book group leader Pam to get the inside scoop on the library’s newest group and here is what you need to know:


 

 

The library’s Readers’ Group discussed Favorite Sports on Saturday, July 15.  The titles presented are listed below.

 

A Singular Woman, the biography of President Obama's mother reads like a travel book. This book takes the reader from Ann Dunham's early childhood in Kansas, teen years on Mercer Island in Washington state, college at the University of Hawaii and anthropological field work in Indonesia. This is a fascinating look at the woman who President Obama says "was the single constant in my life."

-JR

The Nonfiction Department has recently added some great new books on Chinese history. Check out these titles on China’s long history:

  • Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, the West, and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War by Stephen R. Platt
  • The Boxer Rebellion and the Great Game in Chinaby David J. Sibley
  • China’s Wings: War, Intrigue, Romance, and Adventure in the Middle Kingdom During the Golden Age of Flight by Gregory Crouch
  • Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China by Ezra F. Vogel
  • Restless Empire: China and the World Since 1750 by Odd Arne Westad

In honor of International Women’s Month, check out We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Ms. Adichie herself is an author, public speaker, and activist of women’s rights and issues. Having grown up in Nigeria, she discusses her personal experience being a young girl in a country and society that often did not place emphasis on respect for women’s general education, medical needs, and rights equal to those of their male counterparts. The short, first-hand account originated as a Ted Talk and was then adapted into written form.

This month’s Insatiable Readers book group is delving into the world of Participatory Writing. This style cultivates the idea that the best way to learn about something new is to live it! The featured books this month will cover authors’ adventures and experiences from their very own “participatory year.” We will be talking about everything from Shonda Rimes’s My Year of Yes to A.J. Jacobs’s The Guinea Pig Diaries.

There’s an old saying, “Anyone who says they only have one life to live, must not know how to read a book.” Any seasoned reader can relate to that adage in the sense that a good book is not one you simply read, but one you can almost live; even if it is for just a short period of time and only in your mind.

The name is Baer, Bob Baer.

The Company We Keep by Bob and Dayna Baer, former CIA field operatives, reads like a Bond spy thriller. These two professionals are adventuresome, daring and self-confident. Their world is full of shades of grey. Life in the field is dirty and monotonous. There's no glamour in Tajikistan or Bosnia. Side trips to the Swiss Alps and the French Riviera lend a touch of Bond to their work. Learn more about Bob Baer's CIA career by reading his first book, See No Evil. -JR

Have you wanted to broaden your horizons with a good book lately? Or perhaps you’ve felt like reading something that will take you back to your roots? In either case, Promised Land: Thirteen Books that Changed America by Jay Parini is sure to inspire you with ideas for your reading list. This collection of essays focuses on the core thirteen books that entered American life and explains how they altered how we think and act. The author also offers a list of 100 other influential books in our history. Find this book, and others like it, in the Literature Room in the Nonfiction Department.

Or perhaps you want to plan the Great American Road Trip? Here are some great stories about traveling around our wonderful nation:

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