A great book! LeDuff’s writing is edgy, poetic and poignant. Anyone who has had an attachment to Detroit should read this tragically comic and eye opening account of the past and present. Charlie LeDuff’s life and perspective is endlessly fascinating and the book is not only a chronicle of Detroit’s downward spiral but a narrative as well on the decline of western civilization. His internal connection with the city reveals the deplorable conditions under which devoted firefighters must endure amidst the lawlessness of its vastly vacant neighborhoods. By most accounts as LeDuff’s fame grows so does his notoriety which could be interpreted as calculatedly narcissistic. Most notably however the book is a sincere diatribe, a no holds barred expose of the shamefully corrupt and pathetically inept de-evolution of a once proud city.
Are you looking for a great book, or want a good recommendation of what to read next? Let the library staff guide you, as we are constantly reading and reviewing titles old and new. Check out the list of “What We’re Reading” that is updated frequently as new reviews flood in. You may even find your new favorite author!
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For many of us, the busiest, most stressful time of the year is right around the corner: the holidays. Stop by the library and check out our collection of material about stress management to help keep calm and carry on during this happy time of year.
At 7:55 a. m. on December 7, 1941 the United States military base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was attacked by nearly 200 Japanese aircraft. Nearly all of the United States Pacific fleet was stationed at Pearl Harbor. This attack, which decimated the fleet and left nearly 3,000 dead, was a date that will live in infamy, but did turn the tide of war when the United States immediately entered World War II.
Register now for the Hunger Games After-Hours Teen and Tween Challenge! Patrons ages 11-18 are invited to compete in the Quarter Quell. Starting at the Cornucopia, tributes will compete in a series of challenges until a lone victor remains. Prizes will be awarded and refreshments will be provided. Registration is available on the teen page of the library events calendar or by calling (248) 642-5800. A signed parental permission slip is required to participate. Registration is now open.
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Did You Know: sports collection
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Baseball is over.
The season is done.
But there’s other ways
For a kid to have fun.
There’s football and soccer,
Then hockey and skating,
Unless you like sitting
For six months, just waiting.
“Off Season”, by Douglas Florian, in Autumnblings
We cheered on our Detroit Tigers through the last game of a great season, and now we can turn our attention to other sports! There are books about all the sports named in the poem quoted above. Baseball, football, soccer, hockey, and skating are just a few of the many athletic endeavors you can explore in our collection. Do you love to ride horses? Is rockclimbing your passion? You can read about professional teams, individual players, or how you can play the game. Sports books are found in the nonfiction collection with call numbers from 796 – 799. Don’t forget to look for biographies of your favorite athletes and stories about the sports you love.
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Meet the Youth Staff: Paul
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My name is Paul Dwyer, and I’ve been a youth room page for almost 20 years. I’ll celebrate that historic mark in March of 2014. I believe I am the longest working page in the youth department. Marian has known me since I was a child and my mom brought me to story times and other children’s programs. I do have a full time job working as an Admissions Coordinator at a Montessori School. I met my wife Kate here at the library while she worked as an adult room page. We wed in June of 2011, and I became a stepfather to Kate’s daughter Skylar, who is now a second grader at Conant Elementary. My wife and I are huge car buffs. Our car-themed wedding included die cast model cars as our table centerpieces. Being married to Kate has been a wild ride, from becoming an instant father to traveling across the Atlantic for a dream vacation in Ireland.
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Any of the Mo Willems books featuring Pig and Elephant, in the Beginning to Read section (BEGINNING TO READ E WIL). These hilarious stories of two best friends will grab the attention of your child and make them want to read it again and again. One of my favorites is Today I Will Fly.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, by Alvin Schwartz (J 398.2 SCH). These are short stories and old legends that will make you jump and have you sleeping with one eye open.
Ireland, by Joanne Mattern (J941.7 MAT). My wife and I enjoyed reading this as we are both Irish, and it gives great background detail to the climate, landforms, wildlife, economy, people and the traditions of Ireland.
The Library will be closing at 5:30p.m. on Wednesday, November 27 and will stay closed on Thursday, November 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Library will reopen on Friday, November 29 at 9:30a.m.
Saturday, December 8 is the next Second Saturday Sale.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.
This book could be categorized as a counter-terrorist procedural. It goes into great detail about the tracking down of a notorious terrorist hiding in Somalia. While it is, definitely not long on character development, there are some interesting character types: lots of military super-stars, several computer geniuses, an Israeli spy, and the evil terrorist himself - who of course shows a cowardly side. The technology is up-to-the-minute, and the military/political organizations are real. Forsyth is back with another edge-of-your-seat, ready-for-the-big-screen thriller.
Molly, a young girl in the present day foster care system is assigned to help clean out 91 year old Vivian’s attic. As the two work side by side, Vivian, adopted from an orphan train in 1929, reveals her experience with the train movement which transported nearly 200,000 children from New York across the Midwest to find homes for the orphans. Molly interweaves her own story as a child of foster care. Even though the book is fiction, it is rooted in fascinating historical accuracy of the orphan train movement which ran from 1853 to 1929.This is a heartfelt, almost heart breaking story of richly drawn characters’ that persevere in the face of adversity yet will leave you with insight and the raw emotions of abandoned children’s hearts.
In 1965 Alek was sent to spend the summer with his grandmother Alma whom he both fears and loves. Alma is deeply troubled by the fact that her wayward sister, Ruby, is having an affair with Alma's married boss. Then one night there is a terrible explosion killing Ruby and 40 other revelers at a local dance hall. The town closes ranks and no one is charged with the crime. During Alex’s visit his grandmother decides to break her silence and reveal the truth about the explosion. The novel is loosely based on a real event told to the author by his own grandmother.
This is a fantasized look inside the real world of the Romanov family and their clandestine worship of the anointed spiritual demigod known as Rasputin. To Russian peasants and nobility alike he became a fearsome and loathsome martyr as told through the eyes of his eldest daughter. Rasputin’s daughter tumultuously races against time and the elements to uncover the assassination plot against her father, the most controversial figure among many dark and convoluted forces. The death of Rasputin sets in motion the impetus for the downfall of the Russian empire and the chaotic rise of the Bolshevik revolution.
Ignore the title (an acronym for Failed in London/Tried Hong Kong) – this is a wonderful character study of Sir Edward Feathers, a archetypal English barrister and judge, from when he’s a lonely small child sent to England to be raised away from the tropical ailments of Malaya, to his final days in as a wealthy expatriate returned to England.. The moving account of his life as a child and man of the British Empire parallels much of the 20th century's history. First of a wonderful trilogy about Feathers; the second novel being the story of his wife Betty; and the third the story of their friend/rival Veneering.
The Royal Spyness series takes place in 1930’s London, centering on young, single, Lady Georgiana Rannoch, an impoverished royal relative of Queen Mary. Being fond of her pluck and intelligence, Mary often sends “Georgie” on private missions. Georgie bravely makes her own way in the world despite her family wanting to marry her off to a titled European. Peopled with cameos of the era’s celebrities, this is a fun series of the British cozy genre. First book in the series is “Her Royal Spyness”.