Are you wondering if she's going to make it all the way to "Z" with her mystery series? I think you're going to enjoy reading this lengthy and fascinating blog post by a librarian who attended a Sue Grafton book signing in Arizona recently. (Scroll down her blog until you come to Friday, December 11th's post). Don't you wish you'd been there?
Bill Bryson tells of his adventures traveling all over the vast, remote, and unfamiliar (to us) country of Australia. The book is filled with absolutely fascinating information and it's so humorous, too. I downloaded the digital audio version from our NetLibrary collection and listened to it. It's read by the author. I didn't want the book to end --there's so much more of Australia to explore, as he keeps pointing out! It really made me want to take a trip to the land down under.
Waterford Twp From the Air, 60 Years Ago is an exhibit of aerial photography that was taken by Homer Tinney after WWII. He was hired by businessmen, realtors, developers and builders to take aerial photos of real estate of most of Oakland County. The exhibit includes notable lakes, cities, towns, gulf courses and commercial/industrial properties in the Waterford and Clarkston area. This exhibit will run through October in the Library lobby. It also features photography by Randy Rieth who created the exhibit. Email Randy Rieth email@example.com if you have questions about this exhibit.
A recent report in the news said that U.S. apartment vacancies have hit a 23 year high. We hope that's translating into lower rents for Waterford's apartment dwellers. Did you know there's a useful reference booklet for tenants and landlords about their rights and responsibilities in rental relationships available at the library? It's called, "Tenants and Landlords: a practical guide". Pick one up free at our Leggett branch library or in the adult department of the main library, courtesy of your state representative or state senator. You can also view it online here: http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/Publications/tenantlandlord.pdf
Breaking Clean (Biography) by Judy Blunt This is an excellent memoir of a woman who grew up in an isolated farm community of Montana during the 50s and 60s. Exquisite poetic descriptions enhance the quiet storytelling of a young girl's struggles for emotional independence in a community that insists on conformity. The author shows with great sensitivity the difficulities farmers face living off the land as our society transitions to corporate farming. Her sense of local humor, rendition of language and place creates an unforgettable experience for the reader. This is her first book.
The Monsters of Templeton, by Lauren Groff, takes you on a wild genealogical ride. The main character, Willie Templeton, must discover the identity of her biological father who she has never met. In the process, she digs up monster after monster in a historical closet that contains the "memoirs" of her revered fictional American family.
is a great work of fiction about a white couple, ex-mayor of Boston-Bernard Doyal and his wife-Bernadette, who adopt two black children, Tip and Teddy. Bernadette dies and leaves her husband to raise their family which includes their first born son Sullivan who seem unreliable and drug addicted. Race is an undercurrent in this beautifully told family drama about a father who has high expectations for his children.