This book is a timely read for the Halloween season. Joe Hill tells what appears to be a simple ghost story. Aging rocker, Judas Coyne, who likes to collect rare and strange items, buys a supposedly haunted suit online. When the promise of a haunting becomes all too real, Judas tries to rid himself of the suit, and in the process, discovers that the ghost that is haunting him is related to someone from his past. It gets a bit bogged down in detail at some points, and is not up to par with Hill's more recent book, NOS4A2, but still a good book for the holiday.
This is an interesting and thought provoking account of a young woman’s time in a Connecticut prison. She is incarcerated ten years after her crime of participating in drug trafficking in her early twenties. To say the least she is a different person at the time of her incarceration than she was at the time of her involvement with the wrong people that led to her crime. Her book speaks candidly about the “war on drugs”, the rehabilitation of those incarcerated, the dynamics of prison life, the treatment of prisoners, and lessons learned from her experience. A worthwhile read.
This is a touching yet comedic novel about an alien’s point-of-view of the human race. He assumes the identity of a prominent Cambridge Mathematician and arrives on Earth initially filled with pre-conceived, negative impressions about humans. But on further exploration, he learns to appreciate the hope and beauty within the human race’s flaws and idiosyncrasies. Truly a laugh-out-loud funny book.
Korobi Roy is engaged to be married into a well-to-do family, but many obstacles are thrown in the way of the marriage. Korabi thought she was an orphan, but when her beloved grandfather dies the covers over the family secrets slowly unravel. Korobi decides she must know who she is and thus must find her father before she enters into marriage. She leaves Kolkata and goes to America to search for him. Throughout the romantic story swirl issues of trust, love, race, caste, family, money, and religion. The supporting characters are a fascinating lot with many of the same conflicts troubling them in different ways. It's a wonderful read that explores modern Indian culture.
The Youth Department will be hosting a Pumpkin Painting Party on Monday, October 28, 2013 from 6:30-7:30p.m. You supply your pumpkin and we will supply everything needed to make it fabulous! This all-ages event is fun for the entire family. No registration is required.
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Did You Know?
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Michigan Chillers author Johnathan Rand’s real name is Chris Wright? He was born in Pontiac, MI on November 24, 1964. Why not check out one of his thrillers for Halloween?
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Meet the Youth Staff...Jae
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Jeanette Stepanian, AKA Jae, has been a page in the youth room for 13 years. You can see her pushing carts, shelving books, and talking to patrons four mornings a week. When she is not at work, she is busy keeping up with her four children, 12 grandchildren and three great-grandsons. She is excited to welcome her first great-granddaughter in February of next year. She is also looking forward to hosting her entire extended family for Easter, as she does every year. Jae is a huge sports fan and cheers on the Tigers and Red Wings every chance she gets!
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The Story of the Detroit Tigers by Nate LeBoutillier (J796.357 LEB) – This is an excellent history of the Detroit Tigers. It covers everything from their first season in 1901 to current players. All of the greatest players and most memorable moments are included.
The ABCs of Detroit Red Wings Hockey by Ann Jacogs-Mooney (J796.962 JAC CONCEPT) – From A for Assist to Z for Zamboni this fun alphabet book, located in our Concept Collection, is perfect for little hockey lovers.
Michigan (CHILD DVD 917.74 MIC) – This educational DVD explores all that is exciting about Michigan. From the fun activities to do year round to the industries that helped make our state great, this is a fun DVD to watch with kids.
There are no scheduled closings for the month of October.
The Friends of the Bloomfield Township Public Library will be holding their BIG book sale on Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10. Sale hours are 9:30am – 3:30pm on Saturday and 12noon – 4:30pm on Sunday. The first hour on Saturday is for Friends members only. The Sunday sale will be an Inventory Close-Out Sale. All adult books will be 25cents and children’s book will only be 10cents each! Come find a treasured book or favorite movie!
Joan C. Luksik
This is a book for anyone who's ever thought they were special, or talented, or brilliant when they were young. It looks at six characters who saw the world as their apple in the mid 1970s and what their lives actually became in adulthood.
Reviving a lost literary art, Tammet presents twenty-five familiar essays--each one a gem. He offers warm and wise personal observations about being human and points out curious mathematical aspects of life (usually of surprising simplicity and elegance.) The author comes armed with the knowledge of ten languages and the ability to recite pi from memory to beyond 22,000 places. Note: If this book sounds interesting, consider also The Housekeeper and the Professorby Yoko Ogawa.
This charming memoir tells the story of the author’s unique upbringing in San Francisco with her father. Alysia’s father is bisexual and loses his wife when Alysia is young. Against the urgings of family, he chooses to raise her himself at a time when single fathers were not common, no less gay single fathers. Her childhood is full of the colorful characters that go in and out of her father’s life, her father’s relentless search for a mother figure for his daughter, and many touching moments of normality amidst the chaos. Along the way, they forge a powerful father / daughter relationship that lasts them well into Alysia’s adulthood, when she returns to San Francisco to be with her father as he is dying of AIDS.
This is a short but revealing book translated by David Mitchell (author of Cloud Atlas), written by a 13 year old Japanese boy with autism. Unable to communicate verbally, he uses an alphabet grid to answer questions about autism. Between the questions, he weaves in short stories, telling tales and teaching lessons. He is self aware and poignant, breaking stereotypes about autism and giving voice to the autistic child. This is a book that can be read in one sitting and it is quite inspirational.