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Monday, January 31, 2011

A Novel Bookmark

Author and artist, Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord, has a great idea for a bookmark that children, and adults, can use to keep track of their reading. If you start now, you can have a ginormous bookmark by the end of the year! Watch the video below:

There's more information on Susan's blog, click here.

Susan also teaches her book-related crafts in our area, so watch out for listings in Boston area newspapers or subscribe to her newsletter, "MakingBooks Monthly," which is found on her Making Books with Children site.

After looking through Susan's site, you will be inspired to try your hand at bookmaking. Several related books including Altered Books, Collaborative Journals, and Other Adventures in Bookmaking by Holly Harrison [702.81 HAR], and for kids Bookworks: Making Books by Hand by Gwenyth Swain [J 745.5 SWA], to get you started.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Poetry Friday--Remembering Reynolds Price

Last week the novelist, Reynolds Price, passed away at age 77. In his obituary, the New York Times called him "one of the most important voices in modern Southern fiction." We have a number of his novels, including the notable Kate Vaiden [F PRI].

Reynolds was also an accomplished poet. The Collected Poems [811 PRI] is on the shelf, and in memory of this accomplished writer, I'd like to share "Anniversary."


Three years ago this week,
         You found an egg
Beside a hot crossroad,
         Pierced, drained but spared;
Intact--and no known hen
         For four, five miles.
How? Who? and Why? I took it
         As you gave it--
Silent gift--and propped it
         In a window.
Those years pass. Its eyeless
         Muddy gaze
Survives and says this much--
         "Function can change,
Form persevere,
         Fragile wholes
Be ruined yet outlast lives."
A humdinger of an ending, don't you think?

Head over to Wild Rose Reader and spend a little time with Elaine and the Poetry Friday Round-Up.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Oscars Time!

Earlier this week the nominations for this year's Academy Awards were announced.

There were ten films nominated this year for Best Picture! Two of them we already own in DVD format and we will purchase the others as they are released.

The nominees are:

Black Swan.

The Fighter. Based on the book by Bob Halloran, Irish Thunder: The Hard Life & Times of Micky Ward [B WAR].


The Kids Are All Right.

The King's Speech.

127 Hours. Based on the book by Aron Ralston, Between a Rock and a Hard Place [B RAL].

The Social Network. Based on the book by Ben Mezrich, The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal. [338.761 MEZ]

Toy Story 3. [J DVD TOY]

True Grit. Based on the book of the same name by Charles Portis [F POR].

Winter's Bone [DVD WIN]. Based on the book of the same name by Daniel Woodrell [YA WOO].

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Happy Birthday Mr. Dodgson!

Tomorrow, January 27, is Charles Lutwidge Dodgson's birthday. The name doesn't ring a bell? How about Lewis Carroll? The famed author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland [F CAR or J CAR] was born Charles Dodgson in 1832.

Of course, Lewis Carroll is mainly remembered for his fantasy children's books, but, he was also a mathematician, photographer, and, a poet!

Poems of Lewis Carroll, selected by Myra Cohn Livingston [821.8 CAR], includes poems that are also word puzzles. Puzzles of all kinds, especially mathematical puzzles, were a great interest of Carroll, some of which are found in Mathematical Recreations of Lewis Carroll [793.74 DOD].

The relationship between Alice Liddell, the girl who inspired Carroll to write the Alice books, and Carroll, is a topic of much speculation. It has been explored by the novelist, Melanie Benjamin, in Alice, I Have Been [F BEN or LP BEN]

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Make Your Own

Canned soup has gotten so much better since the days when Campbell's condensed chicken noodle soup was about the only kind we had. But, even better than the "healthier" canned varieties of today is the pot of soup you make yourself. There's almost nothing involved in making a pot of soup other than a little chopping and a little waiting--and a good recipe.

You won't be surprised to find that we have more than one cookbook devoted exclusively to making soup. Even if your tastes run to chicken soup only, the variety of chicken soups found within our collection is amazing.

In Sunday Soup!: A Year's Worth of Mouthwatering, Easy-to-Make Recipes by Betty Rosbottom [641.813 ROS] you'll find "Tortilla Soup with Chicken, Lime, and Smoked Chilies" and "Cream of Chicken and Fennel Soup."

The New England Soup Factory Cookbook by Marjorie Druker and Clara Silverstein [641.813 DRU] has "Greek Orzo, Lemon, and Chicken Soup" and "Spicy Chicken and Rice Flu Chaser Soup."

The Daily Soup Cookbook by Leslie Kaul [641.813 KAU] will give you instructions for making "Thai Chicken and Ginger with Coconut" and "Bogota Four Potato Chowder with Chicken."

Brother Victor-Antoine d'Avila-Latourrette, in his Twelve Months of Monastery Soups [641.813 DAV], alas, does not have any chicken soup recipes! But, with 175 other soups to choose from, there is sure to be something to please you! And, if you really must have your meat, then throw some cut up chicken into his "Minestra Toscana" or "Potage Printanier a la Francaise."

Monday, January 24, 2011

Hurricane Proof Art

About two weeks ago, the Salvador Dali Museum reopened in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Dali Museum had moved into a new building. Here are the details from an earlier press release:
The largest collection of Salvador Dali works outside of his native Spain is being moved to a more secure location, a hurricane-proof, cement and glass building located just blocks away from its original location in St. Petersburg, Florida. The collection of 2,140 pieces, including 96 paintings by the "enfant terrible" of Surrealism, as well as numerous etchings and drawings, will be relocated in a new, $35 million structure in that west-central Florida city that will have a sturdier structure and be less exposed to the elements. The most unique aspect of the new Salvador Dali museum will be its 45 centimeter-thick (18-inch-thick) walls, capable of resisting the impact of a Category 5 hurricane packing winds of up to 265 kilometers (165 miles) per hour.

Its external structure and interior design evoke elements that are very characteristic of Dali (1904-1989)...
Just a little bit of trivia: Dali died 22 years ago yesterday! I wonder what he would have thought about this ultimate weather-proof building?

You can view many of Dali's works, and learn more about his personal life, in these books from our collection:

Dali. [709 DAL]

Gibson, Ian. The Shameful Life of Salvador Dali. [709 GIB]

Salvador Dali. [759.6 SAL]

Photo by Rusty Boxcars

Friday, January 21, 2011

Poetry Friday--Winter Eyes

It snowed again this week barely a week after the nor'easter, and since weather follows a roughly seven-day cycle, I wonder what we'll have next week?

To celebrate this wonderful awful season called winter, today I've chosen a book from the children's room, Winter Eyes poems and painting by Douglas Florian [J 811.54 FLO].

Within its pages are a nice variety of poems that cover every aspect of the season. There are poems on such diverse topics as ice fishing, wool, cabin fever, and animals' burrows. Lucky for us, Florian does not restrict himself to poems about snow and ice. Here's my favorite, "Winter Time":
Winter Time

Summer hums.
It speeds along.

Spring zings,
A brief sweet song.

Autumn falls,
Thin as a dime.

But winter
Boy, if you live in New Hampshire, you know just how long that time really is!

Visit Tara at A Teaching Life for this week's Poetry Friday Round-Up.

Thursday, January 20, 2011


Did you slip-slid your way home in the sleet on Tuesday and warm up with a nice bowl of soup? I did. Yum!

If you have kids, fix them a bowl of soup and keep the warm feelings going by reading one of these soup books:

Davis, Aubrey. Bone Button Borscht. [JP DAV]
Poverty has made the people of a small town stingy and sour, but the arrival of an old beggar who claims he can make borscht from buttons, teaches them the value of friendship and sharing.

Iwai, Melissa. Soup Day. [JP IWA]
A mother and child spend a snowy day together buying and preparing vegetables, assembling ingredients, and playing while their big pot of soup bubbles on the stove. Includes a recipe for "Snowy Day Vegetable Soup."

Meddaugh, Susan. Martha Blah Blah. [JP MED]
When the current owner of the soup company breaks the founder's promise to have every letter of the alphabet in every can of soup, Martha, the talking dog, takes action.

Rodman, Mary Ann. Surprise Soup. [JP ROD]
Kevie, excited by the prospect of being a big brother, helps make a special soup to welcome his mother and new sibling home from the hospital.

Root, Phyllis. Soup for Supper. [JP ROO]
A wee small woman catches a giant taking the vegetables from her garden and finds that they can share both vegetable soup and friendship. [Note: when I used to do storyhours, this was one of my favorite titles to read aloud!]

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Book Trailers

Yesterday I mentioned a site that contains book trailers rather than a list of recommended books for young readers--Book Trailers for Readers. The trailer is designed to get the viewer interested in reading the book. Here's a sample from Penguin Books for the YA novel, Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson [YA AND]:

If your kids are intrigued by book trailers, the quickest way to find them are to go to YouTube and type "book trailers" in the search box. To narrow your search, you may wish to search under "book trailers for children," or "book trailers for YA."

Many of the trailers have been produced by the publishers of the books, but others have been made by fans and students. Teachers may find that creating a book trailer is a way to renew kids' interest in books--something besides the old book report standby, "dress like the main character." To see examples of kid-made productions, use "book trailers by students" as your search term in YouTube. Then, visit Book Trailers for Readers, which has a page on making your own book trailer, as does eHow, Squidoo, and HubPages.

Here's a student-created video on making book trailers!

Producing book trailers sounds like both a fun and an educational project. If you or your kids end up creating one, send us a link!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Good Books for Young Readers

With the internet, there is no reason for a younger reader to say, "I don't know what to read." Recommended reading lists abound--and they come in all shapes and sizes.

Classics for Children is an annotated list from The Horn Book magazine, the premier children's literature review source.

TV personality, Oprah, encourages adult reading through her book discussions, but did you know she also has recommendations for children? You can find them here.

Parents magazine weighs in with its "Best Children's Books by Age."

Boys Read is an organization devoted to cultivating boy readers. Their list of recommended books can be accessed here. There is a ton of information and resources for readers of both sexes, so make sure to look through the whole site.

Book Trailers for Readers is a site set up by a Teacher Librarian to highlight books for children and teens. Rather than listing books, the site has videos known as book trailers. The site also promotes the "Sunshine State Young Readers Award Program," which is similar to the Ladybug, Great Stone Face, Isinglass, and Flume awards voted on in the state of New Hampshire. Kids can find some interesting titles on these locally produced lists.

Of course, you can always go to a book to find lists of good books to read! 100 Best Books for Children by Anita Silvey, is found in our Professional collection [P 011.62 SIL], but we'd be happy to loan it to you. If your child is a reluctant reader, one of the books that we have in our First Teachers collection for parents is Best books for Kids Who Think They Hate to Read: 125 Books That Will Turn Any Child into a Lifelong Reader by Laura Backes [FT 028.5 BAC]. This book is particularly good for the child who doesn't like to read, and who, as a result, uses the excuse, "There are no good books."

Monday, January 17, 2011

Martin Luther King Day

The Library is closed today in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

We were finally able to purchase the DVD set of the PBS series covering the Civil Rights era in our history, Eyes on the Prize [DVD 323.1 EYE], and we have another interesting DVD set called Voices of Civil Rights [DVD 323.1196 VOI], which is a History Channel production.

One of the more recent books about King was published in 2010, Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the International Hunt for His Assassin by Hampton Sides [364.152 SID]. It joins the many others covering Dr. King and his life and times, including the trilogy by Branch Taylor, which are found in 323.1196 BRA.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Poetry Friday--Seriously Funny

Seriously Funny, an anthology edited by Barbara Hambly and David Kirby, is subtitled: Poems about Love, Death, Religion, Art, Politics, Sex, and Everything Else [811.6 SER]. Overall, it's not pee-in-your pants, but humor is a very personal thing, and the editors were not looking for pee-in-your pants humor. The editors told of their selection strategy in the "Introduction,"
We're not looking for funny poems; we're looking for seriously funny poems, ones that evoke poetry's timeless concerns but include a comic element as well. We have nothing against Dorothy Parker and Ogden Nash, but our interest lies only in poems of literary merit that also bring at least a smile and sometimes a belly laugh.
Hambly and Kirby edited the book with quite a bit of humor as is evidenced in the chapter titles such as "Let Us Be Friends a While and Understand Our Differences: Fiends and Neighbors," or "From My Bowels to Your Inbox: Poetry Goes to Work."

Here's a poem by Stephen Dobyns called "Spiritual Chickens":
A man eats a chicken every day for lunch,
and each day the ghost of another chicken
joins the crowd in the dining room. If he could
only see them! Hundreds and hundreds of spiritual
chickens, sitting on chairs, table, covering
the floor, jammed shoulder to shoulder. At last
there is no more space and one of the chickens
is popped back across the spiritual plain to the earthly.

Read the rest at The Times Online and you'll also find a rather unnecessary commentary accompanying the poem!
I'm certain there's something for everyone in Seriously Funny, except for, perhaps, the completely humorless individual. (And don't we all know at least one of those?)

Now to relieve you of those visions of ghostly chickens in your head, why don't you head over to the Poetry Friday Round-Up being hosted by Laura Salas.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Check Out Our Display Case!

Since we probably will receive a fair amount of cold, ice, and snow over the next few months, we thought we'd highlight a few winter-themed works of fiction in our display case. These are books that you can read while warm and cozy at home and you can be glad you're not out in some of the chilly situations depicted in these novels!

Some of the titles include:

Bialosky, Jill. House Under Snow. [F BIA]

Macomber, Debbie. The Snow Bride. [F MAC]

Meade, Glenn. Snow Wolf. [F MEA]

Siler, Jenny. Iced. [F SIL]

Stuart, Anne. Black Ice. [F STU]

Thayer, Steve. Silent Snow. [F THA]

Bundle up! It's cold out there!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Breaking News: The Library will be closed today due to inclement weather!

On Monday, the American Library Association announced its awards for books for young readers--the Randolph Caldecott Medal and the John Newbery Medal. Here's the list of 2011 winners:


A Sick Day for Amos McGee illustrated by Erin E. Stead, written by Philip C. Stead. [on order]

Honor books
Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet Slave illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Laban Carrick Hill. [J B DAV]
Interrupting Chicken written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein. [JP STE]


Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool [J VAN].

Honor books
Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman. [J 811.54 SID]
Heart of a Samurai: Based on the True Story of Nakahama Manjiro by Margi Preus. [YA PRE]
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia. [J WIL]
Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm. [J HOL]

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Are you a closet writer? If so, there is a place for you to go online and share your work with the world without the bother of a middleman publisher. It's called Figment and it is worth checking out if you are also a reader, which I assume you are since you're reading this blog!

Lest you think that Figment may be unregulated, there's a page of Guidelines that participants must adhere to.

Besides original writing, there are also previews of forthcoming books (from recognizable publishers), author interviews, forums, a blog, and contests. And, for parents with teens, with a little oversight it's a "safe" site for your young writers and readers. (Participants must be 13 to sign up.) There's even a place for teachers to sign up to receive news about "educational programming and partnerships."

Here at the library we have a great book for readers who also want to be writers. It is written by Francine Prose, a well-respected contemporary writer, and is titled Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them [808.02 PRO].

When it came out, the New York Times review stated,
Her notions of good writing are elastic and open-minded: a liberal view rooted in a belief in the importance of reading. "The advantage of reading widely," she notes, "as opposed to trying to formulate a series of general rules, is that we learn there are no general rules, only individual examples to help point you in a direction in which you might want to go."

Monday, January 10, 2011


Way back, when cameras began, there was the pinhole camera. Guess what? It's back--at least in Korea it is. Check out this video on the 21st century pinhole camera:

There are some interesting books on the history of photography in our 770 section, including this one: The Keepers of Light: A History and Working Guide to Early Photographic Processes by William Crawford [770.9 CRA]. The book is rather old, so look to it for historical information, rather than as a how-to. And, if you look through some of the lists of chemicals early photographers used in their work, you'll realize why many of them ended up poisoned!

To see photographic history preserved online, go to Photomuse. After viewing the timeline, head off to the websites of the two cooperating institutions that put Photomuse together, The George Eastman House and the International Center of Photography (ICP).

Friday, January 07, 2011

Poetry Friday--Today at the Bluebird Cafe

One of the things I miss during the winter months is the birdsong every morning. When it starts up again in the spring, it is always a joyful time for me. So, to make up for the lack of birds in the real world of wintery New Hampshire, I decided to look at the children's book, Today at the Bluebird Cafe: A Branchful of Birds by Deborah Ruddell, illustrated by Joan Rankin (J 811.54 RUD).

The book covers a variety of birds, including a few, like the penguin and the hoopoe, that are not going to be found in the typical NH backyard. Still, there are plenty of birds that are recognizable to most. Here's one who doesn't exactly sing, but who's voice is recognizable all year long:
Blue Jay Blues

Blue as a bruise
on a swollen knee,
ruling the world
from a maple tree.

Squawking out orders,
getting his way,
hogging the feeder,
and having his say.

Raising a fuss,
causing a flap,
a flying complainer
in need of a nap.
Adults might wish to pick up the anthology,
Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems about Birds [821 BRI] to get their fill of bird songs. (I looked at Bright Wings back in March when it was first released.)

Fly over to Live. Love. Explore! to see Irene for this week's Poetry Friday Round-Up.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Art from Natural Materials

Photo courtesy The Machine Jesse Green

I came across a website for a Massachusetts artist, Jesse Green, a.k.a. "The Machine," who creates sculptures from trees, using a chainsaw. This type of art is familiar to anyone who lives in New England as you often will see a squirrel or bear in a front yard or holding up a mailbox. You can listen to an interview with Green here.

Another artist, Andy Goldsworthy, uses stone, water, and other natural materials to create works of art that often don't last for longer than a day. You can view his work, and learn the philosophy behind his art in Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy, Working with Time [DVD 730.92 RIV]. You can learn more about Goldsworthy here.

Another form of ephemeral art made of natural materials is the sandcastle. For some, this may be the wrong time of year to be thinking about sandcastles, but for others, a crisp sunny day on a deserted beach might be the perfect time for a sandcastle artist to work. Read more about the art in Sandcastles: Great projects: From Mermaids to Monuments by Patti Mitchell [736.9 MIT].

On a smaller scale, you can create works of art with materials found right in your own backyard. For kids we have several books including Kid Style Nature Crafts: 50 Terrific Things to Make with Nature's Materials by Gwen Diehn [J 745.5 DIE] and for adults we have The Complete Book of Nature Craft Techniques: From Baskets and Bows to Vinegars and Wreaths, Everything You Need to Know to Craft with Natural Materials by Deborah Morgenthal [745.5 MOR].

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Tall Tales

I'm on a number of email lists and occasionally I come across something that tickles my fancy. A message from the Wisconsin Historical Society (don't ask me how I got on that list!) led me to Larger Than Life: Tall-Tale Postcards. If you don't know what a tall-tale postcard is, here is one:

Image courtesy Wisconsin Historical Society

Take a look at the postcards and prepare to be amazed!

For more tall-tale postcards, visit the Tall Tale Postcard group on flickr.

One of my favorite tall-tale heroes is Paul Bunyan. Children's writer and illustrator, Steven Kellogg, has retold Bunyan's tale, as well as those of other legendary characters. Look for Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed, Mike Mink, and Pecos Bill; all are found in JP KEL.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Film Preservation

Last week the Library of Congress National Film Registry announced its list of films to be preserved.

The oldest film was made in Thomas Edison's labs in New Jersey, back in 1891! You can see it here courtesy the Library of Congress!

Here's the complete list, those titles owned by the Library are in red:

1. Airplane (1980) [DVD AIR]
2. All the President’s Men (1976) [DVD ALL]
3. The Bargain (1914)
4. Cry of Jazz (1959)
5. Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB (1967)
6. The Empire Strikes Back (1980) [DVD STA]
7. The Exorcist (1973) [DVD EXO]
8. The Front Page (1931)
9. Grey Gardens (1976) [DVD B BEA]
10. I Am Joaquin (1969)
11. It’s a Gift (1934)
12. Let There Be Light (1946)
13. Lonesome (1928)
14. Make Way For Tomorrow (1937)
15. Malcolm X (1992)
16. McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971) [DVD MCC]
17. Newark Athlete (1891)
18. Our Lady of the Sphere (1969)
19. The Pink Panther (1964) [DVD PIN]
20. Preservation of the Sign Language (1913)
21. Saturday Night Fever (1977) [DVD SAT]
22. Study of a River (1996)
23. Tarantella (1940)
24. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) [DVD TRE]
25. A Trip Down Market Street (1906)

Monday, January 03, 2011

The Best of 2010

As 2010 ran out, media sources issued their lists of "Best Books of 2010." Many of these lists are compiled by individuals, and thus, the list is purely the likes of one person. When you see a book appearing on several of these lists, though, it's time to pay attention. Here are some books that I found on multiple "Best of" lists:


Donoghue, Emma. Room. [F DON]
Narrator Jack and his mother, who was kidnapped seven years earlier when she was a 19-year-old college student, celebrate his fifth birthday. They live in a tiny, 11-foot-square soundproofed cell in a converted shed in the kidnapper's yard. The sociopath, whom Jack has dubbed Old Nick, visits at night, grudgingly doling out food and supplies. But Ma, as Jack calls her, proves to be resilient and resourceful--and attempts a nail-biting escape.
Egan, Jennifer. A Visit from the Goon Squad. [F EGA]
Bennie Salazar, an aging punk rocker and record executive, and the beautiful Sasha, the troubled young woman he employs, never discover each other's pasts, but the reader does, in intimate detail, along with the secret lives of a host of other people whose paths intersect with theirs in the course of nearly fifty years.
Franzan, Jonathan. Freedom. [F FRA] This title was on most of the lists that I saw including those of Publisher's Weekly, New York Times, NPR Critic Maureen Corrigan, Library Journal!
The idyllic lives of civic-minded environmentalists Patty and Walter Berglund come into question when their son moves in with aggressive Republican neighbors, green lawyer Walter takes a job in the coal industry, and go-getter Patty becomes increasingly unstable and enraged.
Mitchell, David. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. [F MIT]
The year is 1799, the place Dejima in Nagasaki Harbor, the "high-walled, fan-shaped artificial island" that is the Japanese Empire’s single port and sole window onto the world, designed to keep the West at bay; the farthest outpost of the war-ravaged Dutch East Indies Company; and a de facto prison for the dozen foreigners permitted to live and work there. To this place of devious merchants, deceitful interpreters, costly courtesans, earthquakes, and typhoons comes Jacob de Zoet, a devout and resourceful young clerk who has five years in the East to earn a fortune of sufficient size to win the hand of his wealthy fiancĂ©e back in Holland.
Shriver, Lionel. So Much for That. [F SHR]
A searing, deeply humane novel about a crumbling marriage resurrected in the face of illness, and a family’s struggle to come to terms with disease, dying, and the obscene cost of medical care in modern America.
Shteyngart, Gary. Super Sad True Love Story. [F SHT]
Thirty-nine-year-old Lenny Abramov, living in a society in which books are not valued, immortality is highly sought after, and America is in a credit crisis, falls in love with twenty-four-year-old Eunice Park and attempts to convince her that holding on to one's humanity in a cruel world is still important.

Hillenbrand, Laura. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. [B ZAM]
A biography of Olympic runner and World War II bombardier, Louis Zamperini, who had been rambunctious in childhood before succeeding in track and eventually serving in the military, which led to a trial in which he was forced to find a way to survive in the open ocean after being shot down.
Lewis, Michael. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine. [330.973 LEW]
The real story of the crash began in bizarre feeder markets where the sun doesn't shine and the SEC doesn't dare, or bother, to tread: the bond and real estate derivative markets where geeks invent impenetrable securities to profit from the misery of lower- and middle-class Americans who can't pay their debts. The smart people who understood what was or might be happening were paralyzed by hope and fear; in any case, they weren't talking.
Skloot, Rebecca. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. [616.0277 SKL]
Intimate in feeling, astonishing in scope, and impossible to put down, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks captures the beauty and drama of scientific discovery, as well as its human consequences.
Smith, Patti. Just Kids. [B SMI]
American singer-songwriter Patti Smith describes her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, reflecting on how they first met, their pact to support one another, the challenges they faced, the people with whom they socialized and worked, and other related topics.
Wilkerson, Isabel. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration. [304.8 WIL]
Chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson compares this epic migration to the migrations of other peoples in history. She interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to new data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.
These great books are waiting for you on our shelves. I'm sure one of the above titles will end up on your "Best Books" list!