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New Books on the Biography Shelf

Ambition and desire: the dangerous life of Josephine Bonaparte by Kate Williams


Seven letters from Paris: a memoir by Samantha Vérant


The art of Neil Gaiman by Hayley Campbell ; foreword by Audrey Niffenegger


Victoria: a life by A.N. Wilson


I must say: my life as a humble comedy legend by Martin Short ; with David Kamp


So anyway... by John Cleese


The wild truth by Carine McCandless

2014 National Film Registry Inductees

The National Film Registry of The Library of Congress has just announced it's list of inductees for 2014. Established in 1989, the films are selected for their enduring importance to United States culture. For a history of the Film Registry you can watch the fascinating documentary These amazing shadows: the movies that made America. Titles available in the Libary's collections can be found below. The entire list — complete with film history — can be found here.

The big Lebowski [videodisc] by Universal ; PolyGram Filmed Entertainment presents a Working Title production


Ferris Bueller's day off [videodisc] by Paramount Pictures presents a John Hughes production ; produced by John Hughes and Tom Jacobson ; written and directed by John Hughes


Into the arms of strangers [videodisc]: stories of the Kindertransport by Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Sabine Films, Skywalker, U.S. Holocaust Museum

December is a Time to Celebrate!

The month of December is filled with many different holiday celebrations — Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa are just some of the special observances this month. Learn more about all these holidays through the many resources at the Canton Public Library. This Special Collection can help get you started!

General

The American book of days by Christianson, Stephen G — A day-by-day record of American history from January 1 through December 31. For each of the 366 days of the year (including February 29), several substantial essays explore significant events of military, scientific, ethnic, or cultural significance.

The book of the year : a brief history of our seasonal holidays by Anthony F. Aveni — Discusses the origins and modern development of our holidays and provides an entertainng glimpse into their evolution.

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving represents more than a turkey feast and football on television, not to mention a four-day weekend for many people and the opening of the holiday shopping season. The resources in this Special Collection delve into the depth and breadth of the Thanksgiving holiday. Enjoy!

General

The Thanksgiving Book by Lucille Recht Penner (1985): Gathers together woodcuts, art, oral literature (poems and prayers from the Indians) and texts from old cookbooks, early American household accounts, and harvest lore from around the world.

History

Giving Thanks: Thanksgiving Recipes and History, from Pilgrims to Pumpkin Pie by Kathleen Curtin and Sandra L. Oliver (2005): Traces the history of Thanksgiving, explores the origin and development of various holiday traditions, and offers an assortment of recipes ranging from appetizers to dessert.

A Great & Godly Adventure: The Pilgrims & the Myth of the First Thanksgiving by Godfry Hodgsen (2006): Disputes the legendary history of Thanksgiving by presenting a more authentic history of the Plymouth settlement, and explains the reasons behind the distortion of facts that gave rise to the holiday's traditions.

Hunting and Cooking

The Edmund Fitzgerald

The sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald will be commemorated today. Twenty nine lives were lost when the ship sank in Lake Superior on November 10, 1975 about 17 miles from Whitefish Point.  Gordon Lightfoot recorded a memorable tribute to the lost crew in his song The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. For more information on the Edmund Fitzgerald and other notable Great Lakes shipwrecks try some of the titles below. The Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle and the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum are also both great sources for information on the tragedy. 

Mighty Fitz: the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Michael Schumacher


Gales of November: the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Robert J. Hemming


The wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Frederick Stonehouse

Native American Biographies

In honor of Native American Heritage Month check out some of the biographies of notable First Americans from the Library's collection, or go to this list for more information.

Tecumseh: a life by John Sugden

Sacajawea by [by] Harold P. Howard

Chief Joseph & the flight of the Nez Perce: the untold story of an American tragedy by Kent Nerburn

Crazy Horse: a Lakota life by Kingsley M. Bray

Pocahontas by Grace Steele Woodward

Election Alert!

Polls are open Tuesday, November 4, 7:00 AM-8:00 PM for the 2014 statewide election. For information on where to vote go the Michigan Voter Information site. For a sample ballot go here. For information on the candidates and issues check out one of the following sources: