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Presidential History

Once every four years, Americans enter into a months-long national spectacle — often with bitter battles, high drama, mudslinging, and hilarious blunders. At the end of all of this discourse, we ultimately entrust the leadership of our country to the victor. Although, the election of George Washington as the country's first president was a foregone conclusion, the campaigns to follow were usually anything but. This Special Collection provides a guide to those individuals elected to lead our country, as well as a look at how the Presidential campaign has evolved in the last 200 years. As we observe Inauguration Day 2013, this is a good time to immerse yourself in some presidential history.

Reference Books

America at the polls. [Vol 2]: a handbook of American presidential election statistics by [compiled by] Alice V. McGillivray, Richard M. Scammon, Rhodes Cook

The American presidents by editor, first edition, Frank N. Magill ; associate editor, first edition, John L. Loos ; editor, revised edition, Tracy Irons-Georges

Guide to U.S. elections

Super Bowl Kickoff!

The NFL playoffs are in full swing and Super Bowl 47 is right around the corner. While you're waiting, catch up on some of the lives of some of the sport's greatest players and coaches — both past and present:

Moving the chains: Tom Brady and the pursuit of everything by Charles P. Pierce

Namath: a biography by Mark Kriegel

Happy Birthday Elvis!

Elvis Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi. He would have turned 78 this year. A multi-dimensional performer, Elvis' diverse talents are on display in the many recordings and movies that he left behind:

Careless love: the unmaking of Elvis Presley by Peter Guralnick

The Colonel: the extraordinary story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley by Alanna Nash

Book Club Choices January 2013

"You gotta have friends... and this month's selections examine the lives and friendships of a variety of women.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group: January-June 2013

The Canton Seniors Book Group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month from 2:00-3:00 PM in Group Study Room A. We meet every month except December. Adult Services librarians, Elaine Skrzynski and Joyce Simowski, alternate leading the discussion. Copies of the discussion book are distributed at the monthly meeting or ask for a copy at the Adult Services Help Desk.

Year 2012 Top Non-Fiction Books Picks

Our favorite reads this year from the Adult and Children/Tweens/Teens Librarians:

Behind the beautiful forevers by Katherine Boo

We've got a job: the 1963 Birmingham Children's March by Cynthia Levinson

The righteous mind: why good people are divided by politics and religion by Jonathan Haidt

Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking by Susan Cain

Paris: a love story: a memoir by Kati Marton

Mortality by Christopher Hitchens ; foreword by Graydon Carter ; afterword by Carol Blue

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