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Dog Daze

Lovers of dogs and/or dog stories will be delighted to know that a deluge of delights awaits them this publishing season. Here is but a sampling of some recent dog tales. Take your pick of the litter!

A dog called Homeless by Sarah Lean

The vanishing by Christopher Holt

The dogs of winter by Bobbie Pyron

Dances with Dogs

The dogs of winter by Bobbie Pyron is an incredible, heart-pounding survival story based on fact.  Ivan is but one of 80,000 to 2 million homeless children forced to fend for himself in Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union. Most of these abandoned children form packs and live in vacant buildings and/or underground train stations. What distinguishes four year old Ivan Mishukov is his decision to depend on a pack of feral street dogs instead of other children for his survival.  For two years they eek out an existence together, helping one another just as a family would.  Enduring the brutal Russian winters with temperatures often twenty below zero is almost beyond belief.  As Ivan is later quoted as saying, "I was better off with the dogs.

Historical Fantasy

If you enjoyed A Great and Terrible Beauty, try one of these:

Clockwork angel by Cassandra Clare

Grave mercy by Robin LaFevers

The diviners by Libba Bray

Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle

National Book Award Winners

Michigan's own Elmore Leonard was awarded The National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the ceremony announcing the 2012 winners of the National Book Award.

The round house by Louise Erdrich




What We're Reading November 2012

Thanksgiving Day kicks off a month of celebrations. May we suggest a movie, tips from Martha Stewart on Thanksgiving prepartions, a history, music to sooth, and a story about family.

Planes, trains and automobiles [videodisc] by Paramount Pictures

Martha's classic Thanksgiving [videodisc] by [presented by] Marth Stewart Living Omnimedia

Mayflower: a story of courage, community, and war by Nathaniel Philbrick

Thanksgiving [sound recording]: a Windham Hill collection

Thanksgiving night: a novel by Richard Bausch

Great Book Adaptations on Turner Classic Movies

Read the book? See the movie. Throughout the month of November, Turner Classic Movies is featuring film adaptations of well-known novels. The films run 24 hours on Mondays and Wednesdays. A variety of themes are featured including Southern Novels, Adventure, American Literature, Westerns, Science Fiction and more. Stories for Children and Young Adults will be shown all day on Thanksgiving Day.

From Book to Film

Several major films being released this fall and winter are based on novels you can find in the Library's collection. Get them while you can!

Les misérables by Victor Hugo — Starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe. Release date: December 25

On the road by Jack Kerouac — Starring Kristen Stewart, Sam Riley. Release date: December 21

Anna Karenina: a novel in eight parts by Leo Tolstoy — Starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law. Release date: November 16

Breaking dawn by Stephenie Meyer — Starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. Release date: November 16

The hobbit, or, There and back again by J.R.R. Tolkien — Starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen and directed by Peter Jackson. Release date: December 14

Nobel Winner Mo Yan 莫言

Chinese writer Mo Yan 莫言, winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature, set much of his fiction in his home province Shandong, China. His books touch on many of contemporary China’s most sensitive themes, including the Cultural Revolution and the country's strict family-planning policies. The award citation states that "Mo Yan has created a world reminiscent in its complexity of those in the writings of William Faulkner and Gabriel García Márquez, at the same time finding a departure point in old Chinese literature and in oral tradition." CPL has many of his works in Chinese, a couple in English translations, as well as a DVD of his Red Sorghum.

Steven Kellogg

Favorite children's author Steven Kellogg celebrated his birthday on October 26. He has written many fun and silly books for kids. Check some of them out:

A-hunting we will go! by Steven Kellogg

Pecos Bill: a tall tale by retold and illustrated by Steven Kellogg

Lunch & a Book November 2012

On Thursday, November 8 at noon we'll be discussing:

The language of flowers: a novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh — After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, Victoria Jones is unable to get close to anybody and her only connection to the world is through flowers. She uses the Victorian language of flowers (originally developed to convey romance) to communicate grief, mistrust, and solitude. Praised by Booklist as "enchanting, ennobling, and powerfully engaging", this debut novel creates a vivid portrait of a woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past. 

Far Out Fantasy

The scorpions of Zahir by Christine Brodien-Jones is a riveting, fast-paced mixture of fantasy, sci-fi, adventure, mythology, mystery, family affairs, and travel. Feisty Zagora Pym sets off for Morocco with her astronomy-crazed brother and archaeologist father to connect with a long lost colleague (Pitblade Yegen) of her father and explore  ruins of the ancient city of Zahir. But Pitblade had been kidnapped, mammoth scorpions have invaded the city, and the rogue planet, Nar Azrak, is on a collision course with earth. With the help of members of the Azimuth tribe, thought to have been extinct, Zagora begins a daring quest to restore order and harmony to this desert land. Key to success of this mission is returning the Oryx Stone to the apex of a buried pyramid.

Farm Picture Books

Have you ever wondered what living on a farm might be like? Get a glimpse into farm life past and present with these great picture books.

Cock-a-doodle-doo, creak, pop-pop, moo by Jim Aylesworth ; illustrated by Brad Sneed



It's milking time by Phyllis Alsdurf ; illustrations by Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher



Meet the dogs of Bedlam Farm by Jon Katz

Clothing & Getting Dressed

The weather is changing and soon we'll have to bundle up in our warmest clothes, so why not read a picture book all about getting dressed? Listed below are some fun choices.

Ella Sarah gets dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine



Under my hood I have a hat by Karla Kuskin ; illustrations by Fumi Kosaka



Jesse Bear, what will you wear? by Nancy White Carlstrom ; illustrations by Bruce Degen

First Book in a Great Mystery Series?

The secrets of Shakespeare's grave by Deron R. Hicks ; illustrated by Mark Edward Geyer has action, humor, suspense, and family intrigue.  An unscrupulous, greedy relative theatens to take control of the family publishing business from Colophon and Case's father. Enter Julian, an eccentric cousin. He and Colophon join forces to solve a centuries' old mystery about a hidden family fortune that dates back to Shakespeare's time. She is even able to enlist the help of her obtuse older brother Case in a valiant attempt to save their father from financial ruin. Puzzles, hidden clues, creepy graves, slapstick chases, and diverse family dynamics keep readers riveted. A open ending ensures at least one more gripping epsisode in The Letterford Mysteries.

2012 Nobel Prize in Literature

The 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to Chinese author, Mo Yan. As one of mainland China's best known authors, Mo Yan has created over 10 novels and 80 short stories in his 30-year career. According to The Guardian he is "notable not only for his creative engagement with modern Chinese history but also, more simply, for his dedication to the craft of writing." You can check out his prize-winning works in Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, or English translation.

Big breasts and wide hips: a novel by Mo Yan; translated from the Chinese by Howard Goldblatt

Life and death are wearing me out: a novel by Mo Yan; translated from the Chinese by Howard Goldblatt

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