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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

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.

Eyes on Egypt

Egypt is a fascinating country and the children's department offers a lot of books to help you learn about its history and ancient sites. Tour Egypt also offers teachers, parents, and kids information about Egypt's monuments, ancient and modern life, as well as travel and events.

Parenting Help

Hey Parents,
Summer is here and the kids are home. Are you already dreading those two words, "I'm bored"? Well check out the parenting collection in the Children's department. We have a variety of topics in this collection with parenting advice, as well as books to give you tips on summer activities to do with your children. The green hour will help you get your kids outside and Summer smarts for cool kids will help you encourage thinking skills while entertaining at the same time. Family Travel & Resorts is also great if you're going on a vacation.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey kids!

Well, LB is at it again. This past weekend he went to a wedding with Miss Ruth in New York. On the way home they stopped at Niagara Falls. This means that LB has been to Niagara TWICE and New York TWICE this year! Wow! What a lucky bear! But since there are always new things to try, he had some new adventures. Miss Ruth introduced LB to Yogen Fruz, which is really yummy frozen yogurt. It's hard to explain really, so he took lots of pictures. Basically you get to pick the flavors of your frozen yogurt from the fresh fruit provided, and then they blend it all up! The result is cold, fruity, pink wonderfulness! Sadly, there isn't any Yogen Fruz in Michigan, so I doubt I will get any soon. But it is located in other cool places! Maybe someone will take LB to California or Iowa or Minnesota or Hawaii or Bulgaria so he can get some more. Wow! Yogen Fruz is in a lot of places!

I can't wait to see where LB ends up next! Until then...
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Far, Far Away: Fictitious Journeys

On glorious wings : the best flying stories of the century by edited and introduced by Stephen Coonts

Up in the air by Walter Kirn

Summerland by Michael Chabon

Dear American Airlines by Jonathan Miles

Thorndyke Thoughts


Hey Kids!
No, I haven't shrunk! Remember my little friend LB? Well he had himself an adventure recently. He snuck into a librarian's suitcase and traveled all the way to the Dominican Republic! Man, he's so lucky to be travel size. I think someone would notice if I tried to do something like that. Any who, LB told me all about the fun things that he did. Sounds like the DR is a pretty fun place! You should check out some of the books we have at the library and read about it!

Looking for a Fun Family Vacation Before School Starts?

Start with one of the Michigan adventures in the new book The 10 Best of Everything Families : An Ultimate Guide for Travelers by Susan H. Magsamen. Will it be a trip to the Sleeping Bear Dunes, Mackinac Island, Greenfield Village or just a Sunday ride to the Diary Store at Michigan State University? Organized regionally and thematically, from the local to the national and the international (itineraries for Cape Town, London, Vancouver, and Hong Kong), the book is filled with ten-best lists, sidebars, maps, and more. A perfect resource for planning a week-long vacation with grandparents, a dream trip across the country, or a short getaway close to home.

Your library card can be the ticket to an amazing destination

Recently I spent time in Savannah, GA, where, on a local hotel TV channel, I viewed John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.berendt  He described how he fell in love with Savannah and decided to live there for a while.  His book not only details the murder that took place at the historical Mercer house, but also depicts Savannah's history, beauty, and some of its idiosyncratic residents.  Upon returning home, I checked out the book and the mo

Fish News -- Where Have You Traveled?

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I was thinking about my new house today here at CPL. It sure is a long way from the ocean where I come from! Where is the farthest place you have been away from home? Why did you go there?
You can answer me by clicking comment on my blog.

Your friend,
Nemo

P.S. Wave at me when you go by!!
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Fuel Cost Calculator

Plane fares are so expensive, especially if you have a big family, it might just be cheaper to drive.  But how do you know for sure?  AAA Fuel Cost Calculator can help you decide with their interactive site.  You enter in where you are going and what kind of vehicle you own and it tell you approximately how much it will cost in gas.  If only the airlines were so helpful.

The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric weiner

I just finished reading a travel memoir called "The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's search for the Happiest Places in the World", that was both humorous and introspective. Eric Weiner deserves points for devising a new way to address the question of what makes peaple happy and why. To this end he goes off to nine unusual locales including Bhutan, Iceland and Qatar. His final stop is United States, which "is not as happy as it is wealthy". With engaging wit and some suprising insights, the author ( a self-professed grump) offers travelers some interesting new ideas for sunnier destinations and dispositions.

Great Travel Info Available at the Library

I just returned from a vacation on the Pacific coast of California.  Here's a photo I took.  A book I used to plan my trip is Experience the California Coast and here is a map of the area from the library's collection.

Dear American Airlines by Jonathan MIles

Sometimes the planes don't fly on time. Bennie Ford, a fifty-three-year-old failed poet turned translator, is traveling to his estranged daughter's wedding when his flight is canceled. Stuck with thousands of fuming passengers in the purgatory of O'Hare airport, he watches the clock tick and realizes that he will miss the ceremony. Frustrated, irate, and helpless, Bennie does the only thing he can: he starts to write a letter. But what begins as a hilariously excoriating demand for a refund soon becomes a lament for a life gone awry, for years misspent, talent wasted, and happiness lost. A margarita blend of outrage, wicked humor, vulnerability, intelligence, and regret, Dear American Airlines gives new meaning to the term "airport novel" and announces the emergence of major new talent in American fiction.