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Memoirs in Medicine

If you're hooked on television series like House or Scrubs, you may like these medical memoirs.

The Raw (Foods) Truth

There's been a buzz about raw foods diets lately with many people wondering about the safety and benefits of such a lifestyle. They also wonder how to go about starting one. Before beginning a raw foods diet, be sure to read up on the health benefits as well as the consequences of raw foods. You may also want to consult your doctor to see if this lifestyle is right for you. Try these books for more information:

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Eating Raw by Mark Reinfeld

The Green Foods Bible by David Sandoval

Everyday Raw by Matthew Kenney

De-Clutter Your Home and Your Mind

Is clutter affecting your life and your attitude? Maybe it's time to clear the cobwebs and get rid of the junk! In Throw Out Fifty Things, author Gail Blanke tells readers to clean out the clutter not only in their house but in their minds. Her inspiring book shows that holding onto useless things of the past are not only a waste of space but can also be an inhibition to a better life. Check it out and free up some space in your own life!

Fantasy With a Little Romance On the Side

Do you like fantasy fiction with a little love thrown in for fun? Try these suggestions for a different side to fantasy fiction:

Cholesterol and Dementia - Are They Linked?

A new study by Kaiser Permanente has discovered that there may be a link between high cholesterol and dementia. Are you concerned about your cholesterol levels? The library has many books regarding high cholesterol and diet. Check one out today!

Exploring Genealogy at the Westland Public Library

Are you new to genealogy and would like to know the basics? The Westland Public Library will be hosting a program for genealogy newbies on Thursday, August 6th at 7 pm. Kris Rzepczynski, genealogy librarian and expert from the Library of Michigan, will be presenting. Register by calling the adult reference desk at 734-326-6123.

National Immunization Month

August is National Immunization Month. Most people think that only children need vaccines, but did you know that adults need to be immunized too? Check the immunization schedules on the CDC website to see what vaccines are needed at all stages of life. For more information, read The Vaccine Guide: Risks and Benefits for Children and Adults by Randall Neustaedter.
[Photo courtesy of eLibrary.]

Riveting Medical Thrillers

Medical thrillers come in all genres!  If you like Dean Koontz and Michael Chrichton, give these books a try:

Love In the Time of Fridges

What do you get when you cross the absurd humor of Kurt Vonnegut with a bunch of talking fridges, one spin-dryer and a paranoid city government?  You get the hilarious and offbeat novel Love In the Time of Fridges by Tim Scott.  Ex-cop Huckleberry Lindbergh finds his way back to New Seattle and into a whole heap of trouble after eight years of being away. 

Who Knew? Swearing Can Be Good For You!

That curse word that you blurt out when you hurt yourself may be more than just using bad language.  A recent English study suggests that swearing after an injury actually helps you handle the pain.  That just might explain why swearing has survived so long.  For an in-depth look at cursing, read

Toxic Chemicals on Our Pets

An April, 2009 paper by the National Resources Defense Council found that certain flea and tick pet collars have such a high concentration of toxins that they may cause cancer and other health disorders. These chemicals are especially dangerous to young children who are more likely to ingest them than adults.
For natural alternatives to pet care, read Pets and the Planet by Carol Frischmann.

Michigan Genealogist

Are you an avid genealogist who likes to keep up on current genealogy in Michigan? The friendly librarians at the Library of Michigan publish the Michigan Genealogist newsletter quarterly, and it's a wealth of information! The current issue features the upcoming Abrams Genealogy seminar, historic newspapers, and more!

More Ammunition For the Battle of the Bulge

Many Americans are concerned about the link between belly fat and heart disease. As a result, much has been written regarding how to lose that belly with diet and exercise.

Cherry Hill's Church On the Ridge Turns 175

Cherry Hill United Methodist Church shares its 175th birthday with the township this year. This congregation was home to some of Canton's first pioneers, who may have found their way here down the Sauk Trail, which is now Michigan Avenue. For more church history, read Time In Its Flight: The Community of Cherry Hill and the Church on the Ridge by Madelyn C. Bastian.
Photo courtesy of the Canton Historical Society.            

Art Is In the Eye of the Reader

Master the Art of Reading this summer with these art related titles!

Fiction (Read these titles for the Expressionism category or listen to them for Postmodernism).