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.
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
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
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 road to grace [large print]: the third journal of the walk series by Richard Paul Evans
What doesn't kill you [large print] by Iris Johansen
The beginner's goodbye [large print] by Anne Tyler
The hunter [large print]: a novel by John Lescroart
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.
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
Paris: a love story: a memoir by Kati Marton
Mortality by Christopher Hitchens ; foreword by Graydon Carter ; afterword by Carol Blue
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
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.
Promoters,musicians,songwriters,recording studios...all these people behind the scenes.
Here, there and everywhere: my life recording the music of the Beatles by Geoff Emerick and Howard Massey
Lonely avenue: the unlikely life and times of Doc Pomus by Alex Halberstadt
Mrs. Adams in winter: a journey in the last days of Napoleon by Michael O'Brien
Mike Wallace [Large print]: a life by Peter Rader
Lots of candles, plenty of cake [Large print] by Anna Quindlen
—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
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.
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
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
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