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Friday, May 27, 2016

Staff Picks

Every year we pull together a list of what the library staff recommends from their reading. Browse around and see if you find anything interesting -- the links will take you straight to the catalog.

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Audiobooks

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Recommended by: Marcia S.


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Bad luck and trouble : CD [sound recording] by Lee Child

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Deep black: death wave : CD [sound recording] by Stephen Coonts

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Extremely loud & incredibly close : CD [sound recording] by Jonathan Safran Foer

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Girl in translation: CD [sound recording] by Jean Kwok

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Gone with the wind: CD [sound recording] by Margaret Mitchell

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Juliet: CD [sound recording]: a novel by Anne Fortier

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The jungle : CD [sound recording] by Upton Sinclair

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The kitchen house : CD [sound recording] by Kathleen Grissom

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Left neglected: CD [sound recording] by Lisa Genova

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Nothing to lose : CD [sound recording] by Lee Child

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Revolution: CD [sound recording] by Jennifer Donnelly
Recommended by: Marcia S.


Donnelly weaves together the lives of Andi, a depressed modern-day teenager, & Alexandrine, a brave young woman caught up in the French Revolution. The interplay between the contemporary & the historical is seamless in both plot & theme. The storytelling grips hard & doesn’t let go. Readers fascinated with French history, the power of music, and/or contemporary realist fiction will find this brilliantly crafted work utterly absorbing.

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Room : CD [sound recording] by Emma Donoghue
Recommended by: Marcia S.


Michal Friedman shines as Jack. The voice she creates for Jack is so convincing, you may even mistake her for an actual child. Her powerful performance is complemented by Robert Petcoff's sinister Old Nick, & Ellen Archer's portrayal of Ma, whose gentle voice is infused with patience, terror, & hope. The chemistry between the players creates a gem of an audiobook that will haunt you long after the story's end.

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Sarah's key: CD [sound recording] by Tatiana de Rosnay
Recommended by: Marcia S.


The story is heart-wrenching. Polly Stone gives an excellent performance. Her characters are easy to differentiate. Her French accent is convincing. Her flawless transitions alternate between English and French and the 1942 and present time setting of two stories. De Rosnay's novel is captivating, and the powerful narration gives it even greater impact.

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Save me: CD [sound recording] by Lisa Scottoline
Recommended by: Marcia S.


At the quick pace of a thriller, Scottoline masterfully fits every detail into a tight plot chock-full of real characters, real issues, and real thrills. A story anchored by the impenetrable power of a mother's love, it begs the question, just how far would you go to save your child?

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The silent girl: CD [sound recording]: a Rizzoli & Isles novel by Tess Gerritsen
Recommended by: Marcia S.


Creepy and mesmerizing. The story is told through the eyes of both the people solving the crime and the person suspected of committing it. This book comes with a twist!

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Unbroken: CD [sound recording]: a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
Recommended by: Marcia S.


An amazing story of the courage, suffering, survival, and forgiveness of a World War II soldier, Louis Zamperini, as he fought and was imprisoned in the Pacific. It is a story that is both gut wrenching and heartwarming. Narrator, Edward Herman, does a masterful job.



 

 


  

 




 

 



 

 
 











































































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Australia : DVD [videorecording] by Baz Luhrmann

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The crimson wing - mystery of the flamingo : DVD [videorecording] by DisneyNature

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Frontier House : DVD [videorecording] by PBS Home Video

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Hamlet : DVD [videorecording] by William Shakespeare

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Hey hey it's Esther Blueburger : DVD [videorecording] by Keisha Castle-Hughes

 



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Children & Youth

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The 100-year-old secret by Tracy Barrett

Bed hog by Georgette Noullet

Buster goes to cowboy camp by Denise Fleming

Eddie: the lost youth of Edgar Allan Poe by Scott Gustafson

Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix

If you give a dog a donut by Laura Joffe Numeroff

The magic half by Annie Barrows

Out of my mind by Sharon M. Draper

Peter and the starcatchers by Dave Barry

The Red Blazer Girls : the ring of Rocamadour by Michael D. Beil

The rise and fall of Mount Majestic by Jennifer Trafton
Recommended by: Debbie H.


Ten-year-old Persimmony Smudge leads (much to her chagrin) a very dull life on the Island at the Center of Everything . . . until the night she overhears a life-changing secret. It seems that Mount Majestic, the rising and falling mountain in the center of the island, is not a mountain at all it's the belly of a sleeping giant, moving as the giant breathes. Follow Persimmony on an adventure to save the Island.

Sleepy, oh so sleepy by Denise Fleming
Recommended by: Kathy W.


All different kinds of baby animals are sleeping in this book, but the little human baby is the most special. With large colorful pictures and a rhythmic pattern, this is a very good story to read to young children at bedtime.

The Steel Pan Man of Harlem by Colin Bootman
Recommended by: Debbie H.


A mysterious man appears in Harlem and promises to rid the city of its rats by playing the steel pan drum.

Umbrella summer by Lisa Graff
Recommended by: TerriAnne C.


A Sunshine State Young Reader's Award winner, this is a touching novel about a young girl whose brother has just died, and how she rises above grief through the healing power of community. This tender book about love and loss benefits from main character Annie's quirky personality, which lightens the serious tone.

Wonderstruck : a novel in words and pictures by Brian Selznick

The very sleepy sloth by Andrew Murray

War horse by Michael Morpurgo


The 100-year-old secret by Tracy Barrett

Bed hog by Georgette Noullet

Buster goes to cowboy camp by Denise Fleming

Eddie: the lost youth of Edgar Allan Poe by Scott Gustafson

Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix

If you give a dog a donut by Laura Joffe Numeroff

The magic half by Annie Barrows

Out of my mind by Sharon M. Draper

Peter and the starcatchers by Dave Barry

The Red Blazer Girls : the ring of Rocamadour by Michael D. Beil

The rise and fall of Mount Majestic by Jennifer Trafton
Recommended by: Debbie H.
Ten-year-old Persimmony Smudge leads (much to her chagrin) a very dull life on the Island at the Center of Everything . . . until the night she overhears a life-changing secret. It seems that Mount Majestic, the rising and falling mountain in the center of the island, is not a mountain at all it's the belly of a sleeping giant, moving as the giant breathes. Follow Persimmony on an adventure to save the Island.

Sleepy, oh so sleepy by Denise Fleming
Recommended by: Kathy W.
All different kinds of baby animals are sleeping in this book, but the little human baby is the most special. With large colorful pictures and a rhythmic pattern, this is a very good story to read to young children at bedtime.

The Steel Pan Man of Harlem by Colin Bootman
Recommended by: Debbie H.
A mysterious man appears in Harlem and promises to rid the city of its rats by playing the steel pan drum.

Umbrella summer by Lisa Graff
Recommended by: TerriAnne C.
A Sunshine State Young Reader's Award winner, this is a touching novel about a young girl whose brother has just died, and how she rises above grief through the healing power of community. This tender book about love and loss benefits from main character Annie's quirky personality, which lightens the serious tone.

Wonderstruck : a novel in words and pictures by Brian Selznick

The very sleepy sloth by Andrew Murray

War horse by Michael Morpurgo

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Teen

13 little blue envelopes by Maureen Johnson

Before I fall by Lauren Oliver

The angel of death : a forensic mystery by Alane Ferguson

The boy who dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson

The cupcake queen by Heather Hepler

Dead connection by Charlie Price

Vixen by Jillian Larkin

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Fiction

The best of me by Nicholas Sparks

Black water transit : a novel by Carsten Stroud

Bluebird, or, the invention of happiness : a novel by Sheila Kohler

Cane river by Lalita Tademy

The caregiver by Shelley Shepard Gray

Chasing the night by Iris Johansen

Cold Sassy tree by Olive Ann Burns

Dark secrets of the old oak tree by Dolores J. Wilson

The devil amongst the lawyers : a ballad novel by Sharyn McCrumb

Dining with joy by Rachel Hauck

The dry grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew

Finding Jack : a novel by Gareth Crocker

The flock by James Robert Smith

The folk of the fringe by Orson Scott Card

Gap Creek: a novel by Robert Morgan

Georgia Bottoms : a novel by Mark Childress

The goodbye quilt by Susan Wiggs

Heat wave : a novel by Nancy Thayer

The hunt [text (large print)] by Allison Brennan

I still dream about you: a novel by Fannie Flagg

The journey by Wanda Brunstetter

Kiss me, kill me [text (large print)] by Maggie Shayne

The last lie by Stephen White

Legends II : new short novels by the masters of modern fantasy by Robert Silverberg

Love starts with Elle by Rachel Hauck

Miles to go : the second journal of The Walk by Richard Paul Evans

The neighbor by Lisa Gardner

Once upon a time, there was you : a novel by Elizabeth Berg

One summer by David Baldacci

One Tuesday morning by Karen Kingsbury

Secret life of bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Recommended by: Debbie H.
It's 1964, the year of the Civil Rights Act, in Sylvan, S.C. Fourteen-year-old Lily is on the lam with motherly servant Rosaleen, fleeing both Lily's abusive father T. Ray and the police who battered Rosaleen for defending her new right to vote.

The sense of an ending by Julian Barnes
Recommended by: Lynn M.
You get towards the end of life -- no, not life itself, but of something else: the end of any likelihood of change in that life. You are allowed a long moment of pause, time enough to ask the question: what else have I done wrong?

Shelter Mountain [paperback version] by Robyn Carr
Recommended by: Marie C.
Great author for goodtime reading.

Sisterhood everlasting : a novel by Ann Brashares
Recommended by: TerriAnne C.
Return to the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants... ten years later. From #1 New York Times bestselling author Ann Brashares comes the welcome return of the characters whose friendship became a touchstone for a generation.

Skylight Confessions by Alice Hoffman
Recommended by: Lorraine S.
Another unique book by Hoffman. The story of a family beset with ghosts and drugs, yet the generations get through it to survive and prosper

Slaughterhouse-five by Kurt Vonnegut
Recommended by: Lynn M.
LISTEN: Billy Pilgrim has become unstuck in time. There is no beginning, no middle, no end, no suspense, no moral, no causes, no effects. What we love in our books are the depths of many marvelous moments seen all at one time. And so it goes. Po-tt-weet?

A tree grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Recommended by: Marcia S.
Francie Nolan grows up amid the poverty of a Brooklyn tenement, in this poignant novel set in the early 20th century. A timeless classic that brilliantly captures a unique time and place as well as incredibly rich moments of universal experience.

A turn in the road by Debbie Macomber
Recommended by: Janice P.
Really good book about families and the loves of yesterday.

The Union quilters : an Elm Creek quilts novel by Jennifer Chiaverini
Recommended by: Janice P.
Good book. An Elm Creek quilts novel about the Civil War and the northern women's part during that time.

A walk across the sun by Corban Addison
Recommended by: Marcia S.
Some readers might say that this is a "hard book to read", and that's true--at first. Coming face-to-face with the gritty realities of the horrendous trade in young girls is difficult. But Addison deftly weaves a tale of beauty and redemption throughout. It reads like a thriller, but has the soul of poetic lyricism.

Wesley the owl : the remarkable love story of an owl and his girl by Stacey O'Brien

A vintage affair : a novel by Isabel Wolff

Virgin River [paperback version] by Robyn Carr

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Mystery

Ghost a la mode by Sue Ann Jaffarian

Heads you lose by Lisa Lutz

Sticks and scones by Diane Mott Davidson
Recommended by: Lorraine S.
Another fast paced mystery by Davidson. This one is set in a castle that was transported from England to the U.S. Lots of twists and turns.

Sweet and deadly [text (large print)] by Charlaine Harris
Recommended by: Lyn E.
Originally published in 1981, Harris reminds us of a world before Internet and IPhones with the sounds of typewriter keys from the newspaper office. When the body of the late doctor's nurse is found in an old shack, a small Southern town explodes in secrets.

To have and to kill : a wedding cake mystery by Mary Jane Behrends Clark
Recommended by: TerriAnne C.
"New York Times"-bestselling author Clark's brand-new Wedding Cake Mystery series gets off to delicious start with this first installment. And book number two -- The Look of Love -- is another good read.

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Nonfiction & Biography

13 seconds : a look back at the Kent State shootings by Phillip Caputo

20th-century dreams by Nik Cohn

All my life : a memoir by Susan Lucci

All that is bitter and sweet : a memoir by Ashley Judd
Recommended by: Mickey C.
An interesting book about a young woman working to help exploited women and children

Ambrose Bierce's Civil War by Ambrose Bierce
Recommended by: Tom M.
Some of Bierce's Civil War Memoirs, along with several of his shorter fictional War Stories. Bierce may be best known for "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge", which is included in this anthology. Bierce is one of a small handful who wrote of the Civil War from firsthand experience.

The bond : our kinship with animals, our call to defend them by Wayne Pacelle
Recommended by: Mickey C.
An eye opening must read. The Bond reminds us that animals are at the center of our lives. How we treat them is one of the greatest themes of the human life.

Also recommended by: Tom M.

Recommended for anyone who cares about the fate of animals. Most anyone who has rescued a homeless dog will tell you that it’s a favor they don’t forget (p. 73). The USDA continues to fail to enforce the law regarding animal welfare (see Gail Eisnitz. Slaughterhouse. 1997.). In 2001 The Washington Post interviewed beef plant employee Ramon Moreno, who reported that animals were sometimes still alive when going down the “disassembly line”. “They die, he said, “piece by piece”” (p. 103).

The Central Park Five : a chronicle of a city wilding by Sarah Burns
Recommended by: Tom M.
More than a typical true crime tome; it is as much a socio-economic statement. Much of the racial stereotyping present in the late 1980s continues to this day, as it has for over 200 years. Racial profiling contributed to their conviction, with the help of sensational National Media. The authors are working on a documentary of the incident, which I will view when it is available. The young men were exonerated after they had completed their sentences, after the true perp. confessed.

Choosing to see : a journey of struggle and hope by Mary Beth Chapman
Recommended by: Janice P.
Inspirational book about a family tragedy and how the family is working through it.

Confessions of a prairie bitch : how I survived Nellie Oleson and learned to love being hated by Alison Arngrim
Recommended by: Katherine S.
I never watched Little House on the Prairie but decided to pick this up to read. The author has dealt with a lot in her life BUT she has been an advocate for a few causes including child abuse. She does share a few heart warming stories of her days on the prairie.So those of you will get your little house on the set tales.

The Delany sisters' book of everyday wisdom by Sarah Louise Delany
Recommended by: Christine K.
The second book by sisters in their 100's include delicious recipes along with wise words for all ages. Even includes instructions how to make your own soap!

Food : more than 150 off-the-hook recipes by Guy Fieri
Recommended by: TerriAnne C.
Food Network superstar and #1 "New York Times"-bestselling author Fieri's irresistible personality bursts off the page in his first-ever full-color cookbook, filled with more than 125 original recipes, along with gorgeous photos and illustrations and loads of great cooking tips. Try the Red Rocker Margarita Chicken sandwich, yummy!

From this moment on by Shania Twain
Recommended by: Mickey C.
This book offers a straightforward view of a life that has been littered with amazing highs and lows.

God's guest list : welcoming those who influence our lives by Debbie Macomber
Recommended by: Janice P.
A really motivating book about the people who cross your path in life.

The greater journey : Americans in Paris by David G. McCullough
Recommended by: Sandy H.
Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough has done it again... made reading history fascinating and enjoyable. From around the 1830's to the early 20th century many soon to be famous Americans made the arduous journey to Paris to learn many things, and returned to be leaders in art and medicine. Follow Samuel B Morse, Harriet Beacher Stowe, the 1st female American Doctor, Elizabeth Blackwekll, Emerson Whistler and others exploring the wonders Paris had to offer. They came back to America to enrich our young country.

The handmade marketplace by Kari Chapin
Recommended by: Katherine S.
This book is a great resource for any crafter that is waiting to take their wares to the next step. Regardless of if it is online selling or craftshows or advertising etc. This book is a concise reference book

Having our say : the Delany sisters' first 100 years by Sarah Louise Delany
Recommended by: Christine K.
Two sisters living in their 100's shared their lifelong experiences. Their papa was indeed a slave, and he and their mother overcame obstacles after the Civil War and raised each of their ten children to succeed. An important piece of Black history.

Here comes trouble : stories from my life by Michael Moore
Recommended by: Sandy H.
On Oscar night 2005, Moore used the occasion of his winning an award for Bowling for Columbine to criticize President Bush's newly launched war in Iraq. This prompted Glen Beck to suggest he be killed. He had to hire Navy Seals to safeguard him, his house and family. Moore offers a collection of vignettes that demonstrates how he came to be a major critic of government and corporate America.

I am Maru by Mugumogu
Recommended by: Katherine S.
If you love cats, you will enjoy this photo book that follows the exploits of the YouTube sensation Maru. Loads of fun photos that will uplift your spirits.

Into the wild by Jon Krakauer
Recommended by: Tom M.
This reads almost like Kerouac's 'On the Road', but it is narrated by a third person researcher rather than being told in the first person. Includes letters and journal entries by the subject, Chris (Alex) McCandless. Alex did not survive his ultimate odyssey into remote Alaska. While McCandless signed much of his grafitti during his travels "Alexander Supertramp", his last message was signed Chris McCandless. (Also available as an audiobook [CD recording]).

Into thin air : a personal account of the Mount Everest disaster by Jon Krakauer
Recommended by: Tom M.
Krakauer brings the reader painfully close to the setting from which he writes. That has been the case with all of his work I have read to date. The reader will relive the author's tragic experience, feeling the remorse of those on this expedition, feeling the bone chilling cold along with them.

Lab 257 : the disturbing story of the government's secret Plum Island Germ Laboratory by Michael C. Carroll
Recommended by: Tom M.
This reads like a horror tale of a catastrophe in the making. Plum Island is also involved in Biological Warfare; very scary. The bumbling administration is terrifying, moreso in that the overall day to day operations have been privatized. To use a cliche, it is truly a ticking timebomb. Summary from booknews.co. Lab 257 sits two miles off the eastern tip of Long Island and is the site of a U.S. government "Animal Disease Center" that has been riddled with safety problems. This work charts a history of the germ laboratory's experimentation, examining numerous virus outbreaks and government cover-ups and investigating the links between Plum Island and outbreaks of Lyme disease and West Nile virus possibly brought to shore from Plum Island. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com).

Late, late at night : a memoir by Rick Springfield
Recommended by: Katherine S.
Rick is an interesting cat. This was a easy read and Rick's tales of his youth are quite humorous at times. I was never a fan of his music or his acting. And you really don't need to be to enjoy this biography.

Martha Stewart's cupcakes : 175 inspired ideas for everyone's favorite treat by Martha Stewart
Recommended by: TerriAnne C.
My mouth watered on every page. Lots of great recipes and decorating ideas. Try the Jumbo Chocolate Cream Filled ones!

Moby-Duck: true story of 28,800 bath toys lost at sea and of the beachombers, oceanographers, environmentalists, and fools, including the author, who went in search of them by Donovan Hohn
Recommended by: Sandy H.
An adventure romp around the seas with references to Ahab's chase for the white whale, Mr Holn has filled the book with all kinds of interesting and amazing facts and personal quests of the scientists who study the climate and the sea. Eric Carle wrote "10 Little Rubber Ducks" after reading about these toys lost at sea. It's a pleasure to read.

Oogy : the dog only a family could love by Larry Levin
Recommended by: Tom M.
Written by Oogy's family, this is a beautiful 'tail' of a family who brought in - and completely loved - an unwanted and unloved former bait dog. Oogy is one of the most beautiful creatures imaginable, when one looks beyond outer beauty. Highly recommended for all animal lovers. As a person involved in Dog Recue, I found this especially poignant.

On my own at 107 : reflections on life without Bessie by Sarah Louise Delany
Recommended by: Christine K.
The last surviving sister, aged 107, wrote this book in honor of her sister (and co-author of Having Our Say, and Book of Everyday Wisdom) who went to Glory at age 104. An inspiring book for anyone who has lost a loved one.

Operation Dark Heart : Spycraft and Special OPs on the Frontlines of Afganistan and the Path to Victory by Anthony Shaffer
Recommended by: Tom M.
An exciting eyewitness account of fighting terrorism in Afghanistan using the military's most cutting-edge espionage tactics. Shaffer's work was subject to a pre-publication ban. I read that distribution was halted until segments were redacted. Amazon had it listed 'available'. A day or so after I ordered the title, I received an email stating that publication had been delayed. The ban has since been rescinded (purportedly after sections were struck from print).

The paper garden : an artist [begins her life's work] at 72 by Molly Peacock
Recommended by: Sandy H.
This beautifully bound book with gorgeous full page color reproductions is a layered story...part biography, memoir, English Georgian history, and art appreciation. After the death of her 2nd husband in 1768, Mary Granville Pendarves Delany 1700-88, began to imitate flowers in paper collage which were praised by Sir Joseph Banks of Kew Gardens. King George III and Queen Charlotte gave her a house in Windsor. Poet and author Molly Peacock weaves Mary's story with her own memoir and artistic discoveries.

Paul Newman : a life in pictures by Yann-Brice Dherbier
Recommended by: Tom M.
A great photo-journal of a truly great man. His philanthropic work is unparalled, as brought to the reader through the more than ample text.

Peace from broken pieces : how to get through what you're going through by Iyanla Vanzant
Recommended by: Mickey C.
This book is essential for anyone who needs to process pain, transform, and renew.

The return of the wolf : reflections on the future of wolves in the Northeast by Bill McKibben
Recommended by: Tom M.
Four essays by some of the best known and respected nature writers we have: Bill McKibben, John Therberge, Kristin DeBoer and Rick Bass.Discusses the controversial prospects of wolf introduction to portions of their former range in northern New England and upstate New York, from the ecological & ethical viewpoint, as well as the human aspects.

Sacco and Vanzetti : the men, the murders, and the judgment of mankind by Bruce Watson
Recommended by: Tom M.
At the very least, Sacco and Vanzetti should have been granted a new trial. Spences Sacco (grandson) stood next to Michael Dukakis in 1977 as Dukasis said "high standards of justice... failed Sacco and Vanzetti." In the eight decades since their execution, debate has raged over what was probably a miscarriage of justice. See Upton Sinclair's "Boston" and many others.

A singular woman : the untold story of Barack Obama's mother by Janny Scott
Recommended by: Sandy H.
Travels and travails of many lives of our President's strong and fascinating Mom. This mother of a path-breaking politician was a quiet revolutionary in her own right, according to this vibrant biography. Former New York Times reporter Scott paints Stanley Ann Dunham (1942-1995) as a study in unconventionality: Scott gives us a vivid, affecting profile of an unsung feminist pioneer who made breaking down barriers a family tradition and whose legacy extends well beyond her presidential son.

A stolen life : a memoir by Jaycee Lee Dugard
Recommended by: Mickey C.
A memoir of kidnapping, torture and abuse. Ms. Dugard is living proof that life can start over. You will find a new role model after reading this book.

Also recommended by: Marcia S.

"A Stolen Life" was written by Jaycee herself and covers the period from the time of her abduction in 1991 up until the present. In her stark, compelling narrative, she opens up about what she experienced—and offers an extraordinary account of courage and resilience. (Available as an audiobook [CD recording]).

Sweet Judy blue eyes : my life in music by Judy Collins
Recommended by: Tom M.
Judy Collins -- a true icon of the Folk Renaissance -- tells her story with rare candor and intense passion. In turn heart-wrenching, soul searching and humorous, Judy allows us an in-depth look into her life and intense love of all she holds dear; loved ones, music, and all of humanity. “Sweet Judy Blue Eyes” goes far beyond the mere biography. Enjoy reading the book, or having Judy read it to you. The CD includes five original songs by Judy. (Also available as audiobook [CD recording]).

Sweetness : the enigmatic life of Walter Payton by Jeff Pearlman
Recommended by: Sara D.
I remember watching "Da Bears" with my Dad growing up in Chicago. Not only was Walter a great athlete, he was a great man.

Three little words : a memoir by Ashley Rhodes-Courter
Recommended by: Debbie H.
Traces the author's painful childhood in a series of foster homes, her deteriorating relationship with her emotionally unstable mother, abuse at the hands of a foster family, and her subsequent efforts to advocate for an improved foster care system.

Trust me, I'm Dr. Ozzy : advice from rock's ultimate survivor by Ozzy Osbourne
Recommended by: Sara D.
Here's a medical book that is actually funny from the prince of darkness himself!

Under the banner of heaven: a story of violent faith by Jon Krakauer
Recommended by: Tom M.
Jon Krakauer's work is a detailed History of the Mormon Church and Fundamentalist spin-offs. This is the prevailing theme of this work, moreso than the double murder of Brenda and [baby] Erica Lafferty, committed by two Fundamentalist brothers, Ron and Dan Laffert. (Also available as an audiobook [CD recording]).

Untied : a memoir of family, fame, and floundering by Meridith Baxter
Recommended by: Mickey C.
A book about a strong woman who over came an abusive husband.

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