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Biography Suggestions by Grade

Looking for fascinating stories about real people? Explore the following list for some suggestions.

Kindergarten

Mali under the night sky: a Lao story of home by Youme

The watcher: Jane Goodall's life with the chimps by Jeanette Winter

Looking at Lincoln by Maira Kalman

The boy who loved math: the improbable life of Paul Erdős by Deborah Heiligman; illustrated by LeUyen Pham

The tree lady: the true story of how one tree-loving woman changed a city forever by H. Joseph Hopkins; illustrated by Jill McElmurry

First Grade

The little plant doctor: a story about George Washington Carver by Jean Marzollo; illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max

Chow Down Delights: Trail of Crumbs

Trail of crumbs: hunger, love, and the search for home: a memoir by Kim Sunee — one woman's story of the strength, perseverance, and passion that food brought to her life. At the age of three Kim Sunée was abandoned at a South Korean marketplace by her mother. Left with only a handful of food Sunée survived three days and nights before a she was found by a police officer. Adopted by a family in New Orleans she was one of two Asian children in her community growing up. At 21 she became involved with a French businessman, moved abroad, and gained the title of stepmother to his eight year old daughter. Throughout her journey whenever she felt uneasy, lonely or out of place preparing and cooking gourmet meals brought her comfort and calm.

Busy Moms Book Club

The April title selection for the Busy Moms Book has been changed to Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace With Marriage by Elizabeth Gilbert. In the follow up to Eat, Pray, Love (2006), Gilbert examines her reluctant marriage to Felipe, the Brazilian businessman she met at the end of her post-divorce travels, and considers her doubts about the institution of marriage. Join us Thursday April 15th in the Children's Purple Room at 11 am for what should be an interesting discussion.

Enemies of the People

On tonight's Colbert Report (Comedy Central) author Kati Marton will be the special guest to discuss her latest book, Enemies of the People. A native Hungarian, she spent the first 8 years of her life under a repressive dictatorship. In this true-story thriller, Marton relates her eyewitness account of her mother's and father's arrests during the Cold War in Budapest.

Busy Moms Book Club

On a frigid night in 1988, an orange kitten was shoved into an after-hours public library book drop in Spencer, Iowa. In her memoir, Dewey : the Small Town Library Cat who Touched the World, Vicki Myron tells her story of how this sweet cat, named Dewey ReadMoreBooks, had an impact on her, the library patrons in this small community and all over the world. Register online and join us on Thursday, January 21st, at 11:00AM in the Purple Room for a fun and interesting book discussion!

Perfection: a Memoir

On Friday January 8, the guest on Oprah will be Julie Metz, author of Perfection: a Memoir of Betrayal and Renewal. On a January afternoon, her life changes forever. As Julie begins to put her life back together after her tragic loss of her husband of 12 years, she learned of his affairs. Determined to know the truth and come to terms with it, she confronts each of the women. This is a story of starting over; not from a place of perfection, but peace.

Bich Minh Nguyen's Great Michigan Read Author Tour

The Michigan Humanities Council announced the details for Bich Minh Nguyen, author of Stealing Buddha's Dinner, to tour Michigan as part of the Council's 2009-2010 Great Michigan Read. The Council will bring Nguyen to five Michigan cities - Grand Rapids, Traverse City, Midland, Lansing, and Plymouth - from October 13-17, 2009. The public is invited to each event, but seating is limited. All events are free except where noted. A book signing will be provided at each location. Those interested are encouraged to contact each of the sites for more information.

A Big Little Life

Novelist Dean Koontz thought he achieved contentment in his life; happily married to his high-school sweetheart and a very successful writing career with more than 20 New York Times bestsellers so far. Then along came Trixie, a retired service dog from the Canine Companions for Independence. Koontz, who often features dogs in his books, never had owned one. In his memoir, A Big Little Life, he tells the story of falling in love at middle age with lovable Golden Retriever.

Author Bich Minh Nguyen to speak in Plymouth

Author Bich Minh Nguyen, who wrote Stealing Buddha's Dinner will speak at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 17th at the Penn Theatre in Plymouth.

Nguyen and her family left Vietnam in 1975, and relocated to Michigan. Stealing Buddha's Dinner is a memoir of the author's childhood and experiences of assimilation into American culture. This is Nguyen's only appearance in the Detroit area; and her presentation is not to be missed.

A Homemade Life

When you visit Molly Wizenberg's blog, Orangette, you will find interesting introspections on food and life, interspersed with beautiful photographs. If this all sounds good, but you don't care so much for the blog format, check out her first book, A Homemade Life.

A Fabulous Food Life

Moira Hodgson, former restaurant critic for the New York Times and current colmunist for the New York Observerbegan her food education as a child moving around the world as a British diplomat's daughter. In her new book, It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, she recounts the fascinating food, places, and people she has discovered throughout her life.