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Home Game

HomeGameThis is not a book about sports, though it is by the author of Moneyball and The Blind Side. In his memoir and based on his Slate Magazine column Dad Again, bestselling author Michael Lewis describes the huge disparity between what he expected to feel and what he was actually feeling when his children were born.

Culture Grams For Your Viewing Pleasure

African violinThe database "Culture Grams" gives facts and photos of all the world's countries including specific flags, recipes, and famous people hailing from that nation.  New features are the video clips and slideshows where one can watch and hear music performances on instruments indigenous to the culture or see slides of the Great Pyramids of Egypt, monasteries of Armenia, houseboats of the Netherlands, and a plethora of other possibilities. Tune in to Culture Grams today!

Pop Culture Universe

beatlesThe database "Pop Culture Universe" has overviews of every decade, from the 1960's to the 2000's and articles that cover cultural life from the 1870's "gilded age" to the present.  Anything concerning arts, film, fashion, food, drink, literature, politics, religion, sports, radio, television and technology from these decades are discussed.

What the World Eats

What the World EatsWhat the World Eats, photographed by Peter Menzel and written by Faith D'Aluisio, is a look at families from around the world and what they eat in a typical week. The menu varies widely, as you can imagine, and there is quite a bit of variety represented. Interspersed with the photos and interviews with the families are facts about nutrition, health, wealth, and a bunch of other topics that relate to what we eat.

I Heart Mom!


Because I Love HerMother's Day is this Sunday and Because I Love Her celebrates the deepest bonds between mothers and their daughters. This collection of the best female literary writers of our time reveals what their mothers taught them, what they want to impart to their daughters and what they learned as the bridge between the two.

On Being a Grandmother

Eye of My HeartEye of My Heart is an emotional and engaging collection of essays by 27 writers who describe how the love they feel for their grandchildren is elevated to a whole new level. For some, grandmotherhood is parenting a grandchild; while others welcome the opportunity to feel young again and be indulgent. These are real stories that resonate true in today's busy, complicated world.

It takes a long time to grow an old friend

Girls From AmesJeffrey Zaslow, columnist for the Wall Street Journal and co-author of "The Last Lecture," has written a journalistic account of the lifelong friendship between 11 girls born in Ames, Iowa, in 1962-1963. The book, "The Girls from Ames: A Story of Women & a Forty-Year Friendship," describes the turning points in women's friendships and why women, more than men, hang onto their longterm friends.

The current state?????

Have you ever noticed the current state of the world and wondered...WHY?  Visit Daryl Cagle's Professional Cartoonist Index for a different view of today's events.

It Sucked and Then I Cried

It Sucked and Then I CriedAnother book featured on Monday's Oprah was blogger Heather Armstrong's memoir of why committing herself to a mental hospital to overcome her postpartum depression was the best decision for her and her family. It Sucked and Then I Cried is a brave cautionary tale about crossing over that invisible line where everything changes and it only gets worse. But most of all, it's a celebration of a love so big it can break your heart into a million pieces.

Sippy Cups Are Not For Chardonnay

Sippy CupsOn Monday April 6th, comedian and tv writer/producer Stephanie Wilder-Taylor is scheduled to appear on the Oprah show. Her memoir, Sippy Cups Are Not For Chardonnay describes the author's transformation into the perils of parenting. From sharing parental responsibilities to the science of the Diaper Genie, this book combines laugh-out-loud humor with sassy wit and is a refreshing, honest look at modern motherhood.

Mexico escapes

Most Michiganders know Cancun and Cozumel well. Both are among the closest and nicest spots in Mexico for travelers from the eastern half of the United States. But when it comes to the Pacific side of Mexico, we're more hazy. Which town is which? What are the major attractions? And how do you get there from Detroit? Here's a brief Mexican Pacific primer on three great destinations: Cabo San Lucas, Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta.

Now for Kids: Inspiring Books from "Three Cups of Tea"

Three Cups of Tea has been on the New York Times paperback nonfiction bestseller list for 108 weeks running (currently in the #1 slot) for good reason: Greg Mortenson, who is carrying out his mission to build schools — and peace — in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan, is living proof of how one person can truly make a difference in the world. Now, Mortenson’s story is accessible to young children through the newly published picture book Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg and Three Cups of Tea. A Young Readers’ version of Three Cups of Tea has also just been published. My 8-yr-old son and I saw Mortenson in late January when he spoke to a packed auditorium (800+ people) at Ann Arbor’s Huron High School.

Feminine Mystique

Feminine MystiqueOn this day (February 19) in 1963, Betty Friedan published The Feminine Mystique, a call for   women to achieve their full potential. Her book generated an enormous response and revitalized the women's movement in the U.S.

Culturegrams

CultureGrams is a database which would be of interest to a wide range of patrons-from a high school student who has to do a country report to the family going on a vacation to a remote island off the coast of Africa. Culturegrams helps take each culture and country on its own terms and appreciate it for the gifts it brings to the world table.

How Free People Move Mountains

Doesn't it seem as if partisan bickering dominates politics and government these days? Are we so caught up in red state/blue state, liberal vs. conservative that perhaps we have lost sight of what is really important?

3 New Books in Social Science Make Top 10

Next 100 Years#10: The Next 100 Years presents a fascinating picture of what lies ahead. George Friedman turns his eye on the future by offering a lucid, highly readable forecast of the changes we can expect around the world during the 21st century.

He's Just Not That Into You

This same-titled-book-turned-movie is based on a line delivered by one of the characters in a Sex and the City episode, "Pick-A-Little, Talk-A-Little," from 2003. It makes a single-woman wonder: if I like the guy, why is he sending me mixed messages?

Black History Month: On-line resources

Looking for a resource to help you with a Black History Month assignment?  We have collected many on-line resources to help you find biographies, images, timelines and quizes.