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Car Repairs Made Simple

In today's economy, many people are keeping their cars longer and older cars require special love and care.  Car maintenance is not for the faint of heart, but the library can help you brush up on your auto repair skills. Clueless About Cars is just one of many titles in our collection that can help keep you and your car on the road.

New Hope For Postpartum Depression

New research by scientists at the University of California has discovered a potential link between a hormone released by a pregnant woman's body and the liklihood of that new mother developing postpartum depression.  For more information about postpartum depression, read A Deeper Shade of Blue by Ruta Nonacs and Behind the Smile: My Journey Out

Marriage on fire!

Looking for something inspirational to boost your marriage relationship? "Fireproof" is the definite date night movie that brings realism and enlightment to what a marriage is all about. Take it one step further and check out the book "Love Dare", the guide used in the movie to restore a broken marriage.

Super Bowl XLIII

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals play for the Vince Lombardi Trophy in the 43rd Super Bowl Championship at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay.  Allen St. John takes readers off the playing field and behind the scenes in The Billion Dollar Game.

The Root of All...

Money may not be the root of all evil, but in Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and the Global Crisis of Americn Capitalism, Kevin Phillips makes a pretty good case that our current financial crisis is rooted in its irresponsible manipulation.  This book clearly explains the history and details of the reckless behavior that created instability in global credit markets, which is now taking its toll on the broader economy.

Fitness on a leash

Despite our best intentions, this time of year may make it hard to keep up with our walking regimen. It's great to have a workout partner who is always ready to go with you at a moments's notice. Luckily, a lot of us do, our dog!

Defiance

This extraordinary tale of three men who led a heroic group of resistance fighters during World War II opened in theaters last month.

Lunch and a Book - May 14

Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking (Malcolm Gladwell) How do we think without thinking, seem to make choices in an instant--in the blink of an eye--that actually aren't as simple as they seem? Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept? Why do some people follow their instincts and win, while others end up stumbling into error? And why are the best decisions often those that are impossible to explain to others?

2008 Top Nonfiction Picks

America 1908
by Jim Rasenberger
A breathtaking ride through the highs and lows of one spectacular, pivotal year in American history.

NHL All-Star Game

It's the best in the Eastern Division against the Western in the 2009 NHL All-Star Game this Sunday January 25th in Montreal.  Find out who the superstars are in the league with the current edition of HockeyNow!

Are You a Locavore?

Locavore (noun): One who tries to eat only locally grown foods. Being a locavore is good for you, good for the earth, good for local farmers and good for the Michigan economy! Learn more about how and why to be a locavore; check out "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle," by best-selling author Barbara Kingsolver, with Stephen L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver.

Have you read "The Number"?

Book jacket to"The Number" made me re-think how much money I would need to retire, how much longer I might live and how to best invest my money.

Adult Contemporary Discussion Books Since 1988

Motor City blue by Loren D. Estleman — January 1988

The situation in Flushing by Edmund G. Love — February 1988

The prince of tides by Pat Conroy — March 1988

Rascal [sound recording] by Sterling North — April 1988

Year 2007 Top Nonfiction Picks

Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love and Betrayal by Ben Macintyre: In 1941, after training as a German spy in occupied France, Chapman parachuted into Britain with a revolver, a wireless and a cyanide pill, with orders from the Abwehr to blow up an airplane factory. Instead, he contacted MI5, the British Secret Service. For the next four years, Chapman worked as a double agent, a lone British spy at the heart of the German Secret Service.

A Charmed Life: Growing Up in MacBeth's Castle by Liza Campbell: The daughter of a titled Scottish father recounts the horrors of her childhood in spite of popular beliefs about her fairy-tale lifestyle, describing her father's struggles with alcoholism that resulted in numerous brushes with death and the loss of his family's legacy.

Year 2006 Top Nonfiction Picks

All Governments Lie! The Life and Times of Rebel Journalist I. F. Stone by Myra MacPherson: Always skeptical, "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out," he memorably quipped. I. F. Stone was ahead of the pack on the most pivotal 20th-century trends: Hitler and the rise of Fascism, the Cold War, Vietnam, and Reaganomics.

Year 2005 Top Nonfiction Picks

Woman in the Mirror by Richard Avedon: An unparalleled portrait of women brings together 125 tritone photographs, taken over a tumultuous half century of changing social institutions and values, cultural ideals, popular styles, and high fashion, accompanied by an incisive essay on the life and work of the great photographer.

I'm Not the New Me by Wendy McClure: A humorous but poignant chronicle of the American weight-loss culture draws on the author's online sites Pound and Candyboots to describe her battle with self-esteem and weight, from dealing with a family legacy of fat and drastic surgery, developing self-confidence, to struggling to understand oneself both after the weight loss and if you gain it back.

Year 2004 Top Nonfiction Picks

Burned Alive by Souad: A memoir by a young Jordanian woman who was the victim of an "honor crime" describes how she was nearly killed by her own family, her struggle to survive critical burns after being set on fire, and her determination to build a new life for herself.

Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America by Steve Almond: After confessing to being a lifelong chocoholic, the aptly named Almond traces the history and bittersweet business practices of the companies producing those addictive candy bars.

The Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker edited by Robert Mankoff: Showcases the work of hundreds of artists who have contributed to the magazine throughout its 80-year history.

Year 2003 Top Nonfiction Picks

All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror by Stephen Kinzer: Traces the events leading to the 1953 coup in Iran and it's consequences, discussing the covert operations under the joint authority of Eisenhower and Churchill involving prime minister Mossadegh and CIA officer Roosevelt.

Best Food Writing 2003 edited by Holly Hughes: The very best writing about food is found in this wonderfully crafted annual collection of culinary essays that includes the work of John Thorne, Amanda Hesser, and Calvin Trillin, among others.