Check out these new titles recently added to the Library's Biography shelves.

If : the untold story of Kipling's American years by 1954- Christopher E. G. Benfey

The large print titles published in October revealed books written not only by popular authors, but also new titles on relevant non-fiction topics such as the Me Too movement, the benefits of therapy, and how we interact with strangers. 

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A senior partner at a prestigious New York law firm, Kate Morgan couldn't be prouder of her three grown children. Tamara, Anthony, and Claire all went to great schools, chose wonderful career paths, and would have made their father proud. A single mother for years after the death of her husband, Kate keeps a tight rein on her family, her career, and even her own emotions, never once asking herself if she truly knows her children . . . or if her hopes for them are the right ones, and what they want. She is about to find out. During one hectic summer in Manhattan, Kate's world turns upside down. One child has been keeping an astonishing secret while another confesses to an equally shocking truth. A wonderful match and picture-book wedding are traded for a relationship that shakes Kate to her core. A totally inappropriate love affair and an out-of-wedlock baby complete the chaos. Challenged as a mother and as a successful independent woman herself, Kate struggles to keep up with a dizzying and escalating chain of events, and begins to realize that she has a part to play in the chaos. Because Kate too has kept secrets from her children. Sometimes the surprising choices our children make are the right ones . . . better than what we wanted for them. More often than not, parenting is about letting go of our dreams and embracing theirs.

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"This is a random universe," Reacher says. "Once in a blue moon things turn out just right." This isn't one of those times. Reacher is on a Greyhound bus, minding his own business, with no particular place to go, and all the time in the world to get there. Then he steps off the bus to help an old man who is obviously just a victim waiting to happen. But you know what they say about good deeds. Now Reacher wants to make it right. An elderly couple have made a few well-meaning mistakes, and now they owe big money to some very bad people. One brazen move leads to another, and suddenly Reacher finds himself a wanted man in the middle of a brutal turf war between rival Ukrainian and Albanian gangs. Reacher has to stay one step ahead of the loan sharks, the thugs, and the assassins. He teams up with a fed-up waitress who knows a little more than she's letting on, and sets out to take down the powerful and make the greedy pay. It's a long shot. The odds are against him. But Reacher believes in a certain kind of justice . . . the kind that comes along once in a blue moon. 

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Stay informed about current events with these timely resources.

Travel back to 1988 and read about some of the headline stories from that year!

January 20. The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Drifters, The Supremes, and Bob Dylan are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The phantom of the opera by 1868-1927 Gaston Leroux

January 26The Phantom of the Opera opens on Broadway.

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Sometimes we can't just travel to another place instantly. However, thanks to Storytime, we can travel to many other places just by turning the page and reading a book. Enjoy taking your next trip with these great books!

Stories and Songs from Storytime

Neo-expressionism, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, dominated the art scene in the late 80s. Learn more about art in the 80s and particularly about Jean-Michel Basquiat with these resources. 

Basquiat by 1960-1988 Jean-Michel Basquiat
Basquiat : a graphic novel by illustrator 1965- Paolo Parisi

In 1988 the average gallon of milk cost $1.89, a dozen eggs was .65 cents, and pork chops were .40 a pound. And while eggs and milk are staples, what about exciting new food items...such as very sugary drinks! 

 

Below is a list of foods introduced in 1988:

 

McChicken by McDonald's

While the McChicken was originally introduced in 1980, its sales were disappointing. However fresh on the heels of the success of the McNuggets, the McChicken was re-introduced years later and found its tasty, breaded way into the hearts of consumers.

 

Lunchables by Oscar Meyer

Originally designed as a way for Oscar Meyer to sell more bologna and other lunch meat, the handily packaged Lunchable was introduced to Seattle markets in 1988. However, as a shift in attention changed concerning childhood obesity, the Lunchable quickly came under fire. Geoffrey Bible, former C.E.O. of Philip Morris (prior owner of Kraft Foods), remarked that he read an article that said: "If you take Lunchables apart, the most healthy item in it is the napkin."

 

Powerade by The Coca-Cola Company

In 1988 Powerade became the official drink of the Olympics. Powerade's main competition is Gatorade, which is manufactured by PepsiCo. Sadly, recent numbers show that Gatorade controls three-quarters of the market. 

 

Teddy Grahams by Nabisco

These delightful, bear shaped grahams (complete with belly button) were also introduced 1988. When first introduced, Teddy Grahams were available in honey, cinnamon, fruit punch, and chocolate flavors. Teddy Grahams sold more than $150 million worth in its first year. Take that, Oreo.

 

Diet Mountain Dew by PepsiCo

First introduced in 1986 as "Sugar-Free Mountain Dew," PepsiCo changed its name to Diet Mountain Dew and re-released it in 1988. Mountain Dew Code Red and Amped Energy Drink followed later. 

 

Pepsi Wild Cherry by PepsiCo

1988 was clearly a banner year for healthy drinks produced by PepsiCo. Its name, logo, and taste have been slightly modified over the years, but Pepsi Wild Cherry is considered a regular, permanent product.

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