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New Rock Biographies

Just in time for Christmas! Check out one of these new biographies of your favorite rock stars:

Bruce by Peter Ames Carlin

My cross to bear by Gregg Allman with Alan Light

A natural woman: a memoir by Carole King

Waging heavy peace: a hippie dream by Neil Young

Helen Milliken Former Michigan First Lady Dies

Former First Lady of Michigan, Helen Wallbank Milliken died today. Wife of Michigan's longest-serving governor, William Milliken, Helen Milliken was a strong advocate of women's rights and environmental issues. In a 2006 interview by the Associated Press she said, "Nobody ever saw anybody burn a bra; they're too expensive, but the myth has survived. There have been excesses, but the goal has always remained the same: equal opportunity for women." Ms. Milliken is survived by her husband, William and son, William, Jr.

Lincolnmania!

Steven Spielberg's highly anticipated new film Lincoln opens on November 9. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis as our 16th president, and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln, it is inspired by Doris Kearns Goodwin's 2005 book Team of Rivals: the political genius of Abraham Lincoln. The film focuses on Lincoln's final few months in office, specifically his tireless efforts to get the 13th Amendment to the Constitution (abolishing slavery) passed.

September is Classical Music Month

Classical music speaks both to the mind and to the heart, giving us something to think about as well as to experience.

—William J. Clinton, President of the United States, 1993-2001

Celebrate opening night at one of the many concerts offered throughout the month of September.The painting, featured above, is Attributes of Music by Anne Vallayer-Coster (1770)

Author Talk at Nicola's Books

Sacrilege: a thriller by S.J. Parris — On Monday, August 27 at 7:00 PM at Nicola's Books in Ann Arbor. Dr. Darcy Lockman will talk about her challenging, yet fulfilling, journey to become a psychotherapist. She received her Ph.D at Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University. She is currently a practicing psychotherapist in New York where she lives with her family.

50th Year Anniversary of Marilyn Monroe's Death

On August 5th, 1962 the world lost an American beauty and legendary Hollywood actress Marilyn Monroe.

The Prince and the showgirl [videodisc] by Warner Bros. Pictures

The asphalt jungle [videodisc]: the city under the city Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents a John Huston production

All about Eve [videodisc] by 20th Century Fox

Monkey business [videodisc] by Twentieth Century Fox

Gore Vidal 1925-2012

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

Summer Olympians

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

Something in the air: American passion and defiance in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics by Richard Hoffer

Berlin Games: how the Nazis stole the Olympic dream by Guy Walters

Dream team: how Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the greatest team of all time conquered the world and changed the game of basketball forever by Jack McCallum

A Stolen Life Book Discussion

Join the Adult Contemporary group on Monday, August 20 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

A stolen life: a memoir by Jaycee Lee Dugard — In the summer of June of 1991, Jaycee Dugard was a normal 11-year old kid. Until the day her life was stolen. For 18 years she was a prisoner. She was an object for someone to use and abuse. She became a mother and was forced to be a sister. She survived an impossible situation. It's her story — in her own words, in her own way, exactly as she remembered it.

Ernest Borgnine 1917-2012

Movie and television actor Ernest Borgnine has passed away at the age of 95. His long career included many memorable roles in films such as Bad Day at Black Rock, From Here to Eternity, The Dirty Dozen, The Wild Bunch, and The Poseidon Adventure. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1955 for his title role in the film Marty as a lovelorn butcher, and also appeared on numerous roles on television, including the lead on the comedy McHale's Navy from 1962 to 1966, and in the 1980s on the action drama Airwolf.

You've Got Mail!

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

Nora Ephron 1941-2012

Author, screenwriter and director Nora Ephron has passed away from acute myeloid leukemia at the age of 71. Ephron directed eight feature films and was credited as screenwriter on more than a dozen. She earned three Oscar nominations for writing Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally, and Silkwood. Perhaps her best known novel was Heartburn which was based on her marriage to reporter Carl Bernstein. She began her career in the 1960s as a reporter for the New York Post , and in the 1970s wrote columns for the magazines Esquire and New York.

Overcoming Addiction

Check out these inspirational stories from people who have hit rock bottom and lived to tell the tale.

Broken: my story of addiction and redemption by William Cope Moyers with Katherine Ketcham


Fall to pieces: a memoir of drugs, rock 'n' roll, and mental illness by Mary Forsberg Weiland


Guts: the endless follies and tiny triumphs of a giant disaster by Kristen Johnston

Mitch Ryder at Ypsilanti District Library

Devils & Blue Dresses by Mitch Ryder.    Detroit's own, Mitch Ryder will discuss and sign his autobiography on Thursday, June 21 at 7:00p.m. at Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti, MI.  Ryder will be interviewed by Martin Bandyke of Ann Arbor 107.  A Question and Answer session will follow the interview. Copies of Devils and Blue Dresses will be available for purchase.  The event is free, seating is on a first come, first serve basis.  For more information contact the Ypsilanti District Library.

Another Time, Another Place

Find out what life was like growing up in bygone days:

Big Russ and me: father and son: lessons of life by Tim Russert — South Buffalo, N.Y. in the 1950s

Defending Baltimore against enemy attack: a boyhood year during World War II by Charles Osgood — Baltimore in the 1940s

A girl named Zippy: growing up small in Mooreland, Indiana by Haven Kimmel — Mooreland, Indiana in the 1960s

Hotel kid: a Times Square childhood by Stephen Lewis — New York City in the 1930s

The life and times of the last kid picked by David Benjamin — Small-town Wisconsin in the 1950s

The life and times of the thunderbolt kid: a memoir by Bill Bryson — Iowa in the 1950s