Seniors

Super Bowl Kickoff!

The NFL playoffs are in full swing and Super Bowl 47 is right around the corner. While you're waiting, catch up on some of the lives of some of the sport's greatest players and coaches — both past and present:

Moving the chains: Tom Brady and the pursuit of everything by Charles P. Pierce

Namath: a biography by Mark Kriegel

The Bus: my life in and out of a helmet by Jerome Bettis and Gene Wojciechowski

Manning by Archie and Peyton Manning with John Underwood

When pride still mattered: a life of Vince Lombardi by David Maraniss

The Battle of New Orleans

On January 8, 1815, during the War of 1812, British forces suffered more than 2,000 casualties in their attack on New Orleans. The defending U.S. forces were led by General Andrew Jackson who became a national hero as a result. Ironically, neither side knew that the war had already ended two weeks before with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent.

The Battle of New Orleans by Robert V. Remini

Patriotic fire: Andrew Jackson and Jean Laffite at the Battle of New Orleans by Winston Groom

The pirates Laffite: the treacherous world of the corsairs of the Gulf by William C. Davis

Happy Birthday Elvis!

Elvis Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi. He would have turned 78 this year. A multi-dimensional performer, Elvis' diverse talents are on display in the many recordings and movies that he left behind:

Careless love: the unmaking of Elvis Presley by Peter Guralnick

The Colonel: the extraordinary story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley by Alanna Nash

Dead Elvis: a chronicle of a cultural obsession by Greil Marcus

Elvis and me by Priscilla Beaulieu Presley with Sandra Harmon

Elvis Presley by Bobbie Ann Mason

Time is… Time was… January 2013

The North American International Automobile Show, known as the Detroit Auto Show around here, opens to the public on Monday, January 19. The first Detroit Auto Show was held in 1907. What began as a local show is now international in scope.

The car: the evolution of the beautiful machine by Rod Green

Merrily we roll along [videodisc]: The early days of the automobile by NBC News Productions

Motorcars of the classic era by Michael Furman

Wheels for the world: Henry Ford, his company, and a century of progress, 1903-2003 by Douglas Brinkley

Look What's In Large Print January 2013

Year 2012 Top Movie Picks

The artist written and directed by Michel Hazanavicius — An actor famous for his roles in silent films forms a relationship with an actress who is headed for fame in the new era of sound films.

The avengers written and directed by Joss Whedon — Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, and Captain America assemble together for the very first time ever in this epic, action-packed blockbuster.

The best exotic Marigold Hotel directed by John Madden — A group of British retirees decide to outsource their retirement to a newly renovated hotel in Jaipur, India, that is being marketed as a retirement residence - but when they arrive, they find it to be in less luxurious condition than they had imagined.

The big year directed by David Frankel — Three men put their lives and careers on hold in an attempt to set a new record for the number of bird species spotted during a year.

If You Like Kate Morton…

...here are more books with family secrets lurking in British manor houses.

The glass of time: the secret life of Miss Esperanza Gorst: narrated by herself by Michael Cox

The thirteenth tale: a novel by Diane Setterfield

A suitable vengeance by Elizabeth George

The orchid house: a novel by Lucinda Riley

The uninvited guests by Sadie Jones

The St. Zita Society: a novel by Ruth Rendell

Murder Will Out January 2013

Oscar Wilde and the Vatican murders by Gyles Brandreth

Kill my darling: a Bill Slider mystery by Cynthia Harrod -Eagles

Back in the habit: a Falcone & Driscoll investigation by Alice Loweecey

The last minute by Jeff Abbott

Beauty to die for: a spa mystery by Kim Alexis & Mindy Starns Clark

Emancipation Proclamation 150th Anniversary

President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. It declared "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free." Every advance of Union troops into the Confederacy expanded former slaves' freedom. Additionally, the Proclamation allowed black men into the military, and by the end of the Civil War almost 200,000 black soldiers and sailors had joined and fought for the Union cause.

Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation: the end of slavery in America by Allen C. Guelzo

Abraham Lincoln and the road to emancipation, 1861-1865 by William K. Klingaman

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