As I had already seen the movie, I was hesitant to then listen to the audio book. I was really afraid that my having viewed the movie would lessen the experience of the listening to the audio book, but this was an awesome book to listen to/read. Collins brings the characters to life. I couldn’t wait to get back into my car and on the road to hear more - and I already knew what was going to happen! This book is for anyone who likes to stay on the edge of their seat. Whether you read it or listen to it, you are sure to enjoy every last minute of the story.
There is something about this very sad book that makes it impossible to put down even if you think you would rather be reading something lighter. It takes place in Iran in the time from the eighties to the present. It is a disjointed set of stories of the families of those who were imprisoned or even killed for disagreeing with the Iranian governent. There are children raised with cousins by grandparents, children who remember their parents being taken away, and children whose parents never return. As adults they try to lead "normal" lives, but their experiences in Iran in the eighties color everything. A truly compelling read.
If you have ever wondered what it would be like to have a loved one returned to you after their death, read this book! The International Bureau of the Returned, has been inundated with people returning from the dead all over the world. The Returned are not zombies, ghosts or vampires - just humans. They are returning at an alarming rate, and the Bureau is trying to interview each individual about their “returned” experiences. Nine year old Jacob is one such Returned, and his parents Lucille and Harold are trying their best to handle him. When Harold and Jacob are caught and sent to a “Returned Camp” Lucille takes matters into her own hands. The author touches on many types of Returned including war criminals, a famous artist and the elderly. This is a deeply touching read.
There’s something about those Gale girls. Stuff happens when they’re around – scary, magical, dangerous stuff. Alysha Gale isn’t sure why her grandmother willed her a “junk” shop in Calgary, but given that there’s a Monkey’s Paw with one wish left in the display case, it’s no surprise that there are also dragon lords overhead, a leprechaun for her first customer, and an evil sorcerer intent on mayhem. No worries, Aly can cope, and if she can’t she’s not afraid to bring in the big guns – the Gale Aunties! Calgary is about to get some very special protection – with luck, it may even survive the experience!
Ever since wheat has been genetically altered fifty years ago to provide the greatest yield, wheat has become nutritionally bankrupt and causes blood sugar to spike more rapidly that eating pure sugar. Davis claims that eliminating wheat from the diet will result in: weight loss, alleviation of type 2 diabetes, recovery from colitis and celiac disease, improvement in cholesterol, reversal of osteopenia, cessation of many skin disorders, including psoriasis and reduction of arthritis pain
This is an accessible, fun series of essays written by the President of the St. Louis Zoo. He writes about a wide variety of animals, as well as the behind the scenes world of zoos. Mr. Bonner is dedicated to the cause of conservation, and his love of the natural world is infectious. There are a lot of funny stories here, but given the topic, some sad ones as well. A very informative book that is recommended for anyone interested in wildlife or the business of zoos.
James Hutton was a Scottish doctor, farmer and geologist but unfortunately not a skilled writer. Because of this last quality, he never received recognition for proving in 1788 that the Earth was millions of year old rather than the biblical 6,000. Nevertheless, his remarkable observations led to a new understanding of the continual forces that are shaping land and seas. In 1830 Charles Lyell would give Hutton the credit he deserved in his influential book Principles of Geology.
November is National Alzheimer's Awareness Month, but it is never too early to become aware of the symptoms associated with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Whether for yourself or a loved one, the library offers a variety of resources to assist you with being aware of the symptoms or help care for yourself or someone you know who has been diagnosed. While you are here, why not check out some of our vitality kits, specialized resources that focus on sharpening your mind, memory, and physical health to help in the recovery from or prevention of injury or illness.
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Anniversary of the Kennedy Assassination
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November 22, 1963 is a day that will forever live in infamy. Many people can still recall where they were at the exact moment they heard the news about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. This year will mark the 50th anniversary of this landmark event that rocked the nation as well as the world at-large. In the days, months, and years that have followed, much speculation has been made and a great deal of analysis has been done regarding the assassination. Stop by the library to check out the variety of books and movies the library owns about this tragic event.
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Did You Know? The Origin of Modern Thanksgiving
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Many, if not all of us have heard the story regarding the pilgrims, Native Americans and the first Thanksgiving. However, this story has little to do with why today, we celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of every November. The first Thanksgiving in the form that we now celebrate was proclaimed by George Washington in December 1777, after the end of the Revolutionary War. Subsequent presidents would proclaim various Thanksgivings, but Abraham Lincoln would proclaim Thanksgiving to be held on the final Thursday of November, 1863, which would set a precedent of Thanksgiving being observed annually. It was not until a proclamation made by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939 that established Thanksgiving as the fourth Thursday in November, as it is recognized today.
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Coffee & Conversation
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The cold winter months are coming, but that doesn't have to mean you can't stop by the library. Perhaps you might even be able to grab a hot cup of coffee while you're here. The library offers you the opportunity for "Coffee & Conversation" on the third Friday of every month. Coming up on Novemer 15th, December 20th, and January 17th, stop by the library at 10 a. m. for a cup of java and the opportunity to chat with some great and interesting people. See you there!
The Library will close at 5:30p.m. on Wednesday, November 27 and will remain close on Thursday, November 28 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. The Library will reopen on Friday, November 29 at 9:30a.m.
Check out the Friends Second Saturday Sale coming up on December 14! These sales are offered each month from 9:30a.m. – 3:30p.m. The first hour is open to members only. Not a Friends member? Memberships are very affordable and available on our website, at the door on the day of the sale or pick up a membership form at the Welcome Desk the next time you visit the Bloomfield Township Public Library.
The book starts out as the story of Sophie and her artist husband Edouard Lefevre being separated when Edouard goes off to fight in World War I. He leaves her with a beautiful portrait of herself. The focus of the book then shifts to what happened to the painting. We find it almost a century later in the home of Liv Halston. When the Lefevre family claims the painting was stolen by the Germans in WWI and want it returned to the Lefevre family as restitution, the story becomes a real page turner.