—William J. Clinton, President of the United States, 1993-2001
Classical music speaks both to the mind and to the heart, giving us something to think about as well as to experience.
Celebrate opening night at one of the many concerts offered throughout the month of September.
21st century houses: 150 of the world's best by [editor] Robyn Beaver
The borrower: a novel by Rebecca Makkai
Two hundred years after Detroit surrendered to the British during the War of 1812, the city's riverfront will host a weeklong gala (Sept. 5- 10) which will include a replica tall ship, and four military ships. It was on August 16, 1812 that Gen. William Hull, commander of Fort Detroit, surrendered after being led to believe that the British forces across the river in Windsor were much larger than they actually were. After the war, he was court-martialed for his actions and sentenced to death, but was pardoned by President James Monroe because of Hull's service in the Revolutionary War. Visitors to the riverfront can expect to see the US Brig Niagara, the USS De Wert, the USS Huricane, and the Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay. The original USS Niagara was Adm. Oliver Hazard Perry's flagship during the War of 1812. The current ship was rebuilt in 1913, 1933 and 1988. Other planned events include concerts and a Red WIng alumni versus Navy personnel softball game.
The British Army at Mackinac, 1812-1815 by Brian Leigh Dunnigan; illustrated by Eric Manders
Heaven awaits the bride by Anna Rountree — Anna Roundtree was caught up in multiple heavenly visions and became a bride of Christ in Heaven. Full of heavenly lessons, this is a very inspiring read.
The 2012 London Olympics by Nick Hunter — Last night, sadly, was the closing ceremonies for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. It was such a spectacle to watch and I have to admit, I may be going through Olympic withdrawal. Are you? Have no fear! We have great books on London, Brazil (where Rio de Janeiro will be the host of the 2016 Summer Games), and the Olympics. Have fun reading and reliving all your favorite things about this year's Summer Games!
Check out these fantastic tales of surviving historic atrocities, crashes and the worst Mother Nature has to offer:
Between a rock and a hard place by Aron Ralston
Buried alive: the true story of the Chilean mining disaster and the extraordinary rescue at Camp Hope by Manuel Pino Toro; foreword by Natalie Morales
Don't let your book group miss these:
The tenderness of wolves: a novel by Stef Penney
A three dog life by Abigail Thomas
Moral disorder: stories by Margaret Atwood
The Ministry of Special Cases by Nathan Englander
If you're wondering just what in the world is happening with our weather lately, the National Climatic Data Center at NOAA has the answer. According to their recently released report State of the Climate: National Overview for June 2012, the 12-month period from July 2011 to June 2012 was the warmest on record for the contiguous United States. (Their records go back to 1895.) The national average temperature was 3.2 degrees higher than the long-term average, with every single contiguous state except for Washington warmer than average temperatures. In addition, the period from Januray to June 2012 was the warmest first half of a year on record. For more reading on weather and what it has done — and can do — check out some of these titles:
Gore Vidal, the noted author, playwright and essayist has died at the age of 86 due to complications from pneumonia. Vidal was also known as an outspoken political commentator. During his long literary career he wrote some 25 novels, several screenplays, and more than 200 essays. He also appeared in several films, including the politcal satire Bob Roberts.
1876: a novel by Gore Vidal
Burr: a novel by Gore Vidal
The 2012 Summer Olympics are being held in London beginning July 27 and concluding on August 12. Officially known as the Games of the XXX Olympiad, the games will comprise 32 sports and 302 events. Locally, you can catch all of the exciting coverage on NBC. In the mean time, however, you can catch up on the stories of past Summer Olympians at the Library:
Rome 1960: the Olympics that changed the world by David Maraniss
Berlin Games: how the Nazis stole the Olympic dream by Guy Walters
Sharks! by Anne Schreiber
Backyard detective: critters up close by Nic Bishop
Monster hunt: exploring mysterious creatures by with Jim Arnosky
Check out these great reads about the creepiest, crawliest creatures around!
Incredible arachnids by John Townsend
Ant lions and lacewings by text by Elaine Pascoe; photographs by Dwight Kuhn
Goliath bird-eating spiders and other extreme bugs by Deirdre A.
The bat house builder's handbook by Merlin D. Tuttle & Donna L. Hensley
Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955. Queen Elizabeth celebrates her Diamond Jubilee this year, China is becoming a world power, and Andy Farrell creates his list of the greatest ever golfers.
The 100 greatest ever golfers by Andy Farrell
Walt Disney: a biography by Louise Krasniewicz
Monarchy. The complete series. Disc 1 [videodisc] by a production of Thirteen/WNET New York in association with Channel Four Television and Granada Video
Waking giant: America in the age of Jackson by David S. Reynolds
The Boxer Rebellion and the great game in China by David J. Silbey
After Camelot [large print]: a personal history of the Kennedy family 1968 to the present by J. Randy Taraborrelli
The beginner's goodbye [large print] by Anne Tyler
Xo [large print] by Jeffery Deaver
War of the worldviews [Large print]: science vs. spirituality by Deepak Chopra, Leonard Mlodinow
Criminal: a novel by Karin Slaughter — Award winning author, Karin Slaughter will talk about her new book on Tuesday, July 10 at 7:00PM at Nicola's Books in Ann Arbor. Copies of Criminal will be available for purchase and signing.
The great escape by Susan Elizabeth Phillips — Susan Elizabeth Phillips, 4 time Romance Writers of America's Favorite Book of the Year will introduce her new book at Nicola's Books on Thursday, July 12 at 7:00PM
A fascinating look at personal correspondence throughout history:
Dear America: letters home from Vietnam by edited by Bernard Edelman for The New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission; [with a new introduction by Senator John McCain; foreword by William Broyles, Jr.]
The 50 greatest love letters of all time by [selected] by David H. Lowenherz
Letters of the century: America, 1900-1999 by edited by Lisa Grunwald & Stephen J. Adler