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Forbes Travel Guides

Forbes has issued its first set of four and five star awards for hotels, and restaurants as the new brand name for what was formerly known as the Mobil Travel Guide. The awards were given out under the Mobil brand for more than 50 years. The ratings are based on evaluations of more than 500 attributes. For a complete list of winners go to http://www.forbestravelguide.com..

PostSecret

PostSecret: Confessions on Life, Death, and God by Frank Warren

Frank Warren collects postcards sent in by people all over the world. These postcards contain secrets, admissions, proclamations and whatever other content the anonymous submitters wish to share. Warren then posts images of these cards on the PostSecret website and in this, his second book. Warren will be at the University of Michigan on December 4 to speak about this project and this book.

Authors Meet Technology

Technology can be a writer's best friend. More and more authors are establishing their presence beyond their websites on Twitter, Facebook, etc. In a recent article by Rege Behe of the TRIBUNE-REVIEW interviewed Ann Rice, Gregg Hurwitz, Alafair Burke and others about their decision to blog.

Go Red! Go White!

Hey fans! The Detroit Red Wings are playing tonight at 7:30 p.m.! Check your local t.v. listings for the channel, but according the Red Wings website, it will be playing on Fox Sports. We are playing against the sneaky Florida Panthers so beware. They will have their claws sharpened and ready to dig in and try to beat us. Let the icefest begin!

Claudette Colvin takes the prize

Claudette ColvinClaudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose has been named the winner of the 2009 National Book Award for Young People's Literature. Don't miss the chance to read more about this courageous teenager and the role she played in the Civil Rights Movement.

Enjoy a stress free Christmas!

Beat Ebenezer Scrooge (your budget) and The Grinch (the economy) at their own game! Have a fun, festive and fancy Christmas Holiday without spending a lot of cabootle! Plan now and make your holiday season spectacular and stress-free. Everything you need is here to help stimulate your creativity; we have books ranging from 300 Ways to make the best Christmas ever to Christmas comfort and joy : 501 crafts, decorating and food ideas to make your holiday unforgettable. Be the envy of your friends and family and spend pennies for presents by checking out websites like http://simplemom.net/ and http://www.allfreecrafts.com/ for the frugal conscious!

For the love of books

Recently, I had the awesome opportunity to hear a lecture by world famous reading guru Nancy Pearl. Nancy expresses her love for reading in such a way you can't wait to discover your next book. Nancy has won numerous awards for her uncanny insight into books and the celebration of reading. If you're stumped on what to read next check out her books (ex. Book lust, More book lust, Book crush for kids and teens). You can also check out Pearl's picks on our website. They are witty lists that help you find the right book for the mood. You can learn more about Nancy and her books at www.nancypearl.com

Great American Smokeout

Spread the word and spread the health - Thursday, November 19th is the Great American Smokeout 2009. If you or a loved one has been trying to quit smoking, give it a try on this day. You'll be in good company. For more tips on kicking the habit, try Kicking Butts: Quit Smoking and Take Charge of Your Health.

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Eat This, Not That! 2010

It's amazing how thousands of easy food swaps can save you 10, 20, 30 pounds — or more. Author David Zinczenko explains which foods to avoid and which to substitute in Eat This, Not That! 2010: The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution! This is the completely expanded and updated for 2010. Recipes are included.

Going Green Builds Wealth

We all know that "Going Green" saves our planet Earth. But there's an added benefit, "Going Green" can also help you build personal wealth. In The Green Millionaire: A Practical Guide to Achieving Real Wealth While Helping to Save the Planet, author Nigel J. Williams explains how small changes like programming your thermostat or switching to rechargeable batteries can lead to savings. Then learn how to turn those green savings into wealth.

Feminine Knits

Feminine Knits: 22 Timeless Designs by Lene Holme Samsøe
Filled with mostly sweaters and jackets, this book offers delicate, girlie knits you can craft by hand. Many of the patterns feature lace and other decorative elements that give the garments something special. While feminine, most of the garments also appear sturdy enough for everyday wear.

Have You Eaten Your Frog Today?

Tend to procrastinate? Need to improve your time management skills? If so, take some advice from Brian Tracy, author of Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time. His secret to ending procrastination? Tackle the biggest, most challenging task of your day first thing. That's your "frog," says Tracy. If you're like many people, you'll instead try to complete several quick, easy and/or enjoyable tasks first thing in the morning. You'll learn why it's so important to "eat that frog" first, along with loads of other useful time management tips. No time to read a book, you say? No problem! Listen to the audiobook (on CDs) in your car while driving to work or running errands.

Fanatical Football

Hey sports fans! Check out the latest stats on your favorite teams in our fun and informative collection of books and DVD's on football. Whether you root for the U of M Wolverines or the Detroit Lions, fill those downtimes during commercial breaks and half-time shows with pages of cool information on teams, players, and bowl games found in our collection! Have fun tossing the pigskin!

New Cookbooks!

Today I got two books I have been eagerly anticipating. It was like Christmas in November! The first is a world-wide compendium called The dumpling : a seasonal guide by Wai Hon Chu and Connie Lovatt. The second is My bread : the revolutionary no-work, no-knead method by Jim Lahey. You may know Lahey from Mark Bittman's writing. I've tried bread made with his incredibly easy method and it is delicious. I can hardly wait to try out the recipes.

Holiday Cooking

One of my favorite things to do this time of year is start thinking about recipes I'll use for upcoming holiday celebrations. Cooking can be even more fun when you're able to include helpers, and the Children's Department has a whole range of cookbooks that work well with kids. I've enjoyed The Kids' Holiday Baking Book, but there are many other cookbooks that can help you create memorable, yummy holidays creations for whatever holidays you celebrate!

Christmas Gifts from the Kitchen

christmas gifts from the kitchenChristmas Gifts from the Kitchen by Georgeanne Brennan has lots of wonderful homemade dessert recipes that are perfect for gift giving this holiday season. You'll find ideas for cookies, candies, breads and preserves. The recipes are uncomplicated and easy to follow. Perfect for even the amateur in the kitchen.

House Beautiful Colors for Your Home

house beautiful colors for your homeAre you looking for the perfect color to paint your living room but feeling overwhelmed? Check out House Beautiful Colors for Your Home for inspiration. Well known designers share their favorite color ideas. There are lots of color samples throughout this book to help you choose the perfect color.

Arm Yourself with Knowledge

It seems we can't go a day without hearing about the seasonal flu or the H1N1 virus. Check the flu.gov website for the frequently updated flu shot locator and myths and facts concerning the flu. Also included are guides for professionals on maintaining business continuity during an epidemic. The Library catalog offers books for the young and young-at-heart such as Chicken soup by heart by Esther Hershenhorn and for the more adventurous Dread: how fear and fantasy have fueled epidemics from the Black Death to avian flu by Philip Alcabes.

Fall of the Berlin Wall

Thousands of visitors, including dignitaries and world leaders, are in Berlin today to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Wall divided the city and Germany into East and West for three decades until it was brought down on November 9, 1989. Today's celebration will include concerts, fireworks and the symbolic collapse of a wall of oversize dominoes that has been set up in the area where the Wall once stood. It will be toppled later today - just like the Wall was 20 years ago.

World Heritage Sites

The new book "World Heritage Sites", is a treasure trove of information. Readers will be impressed with this all encompassing testament to world culture. It describes 878 sites from 141 countries which the United Nations has designated as culturally or enviromentally important to the world. "World Heritage List", has proved to be a valuable tool in the battle to preserve much of the world's cultural and natural heritage. Its strict criteria results in only the world's most spectacular and extraordinary sites making it onto the list. The list has been publicly available online at http://whc.unesco.org but never in a book format like this.