The Story of Measurement

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The Story of Measurement by Andrew Robinson
Sometimes in this biblioblogosphere (the world of blogging librarians) you see a book that just screams “I am going to blog this.”

As someone who enjoys nonfiction, maps, and miscellany, this book is such a book.

Full of very nice pictures and graphics, this book explains the history and potential future for all things measured. We go on a tour from the subatomic particle to the vastness of space and ALL things in between.

They even have a section on “Book and Library Classification” for those needing a goodnight book.

Don’t look for it on the shelf just yet, I am taking this one home!

Daughter’s Keeper

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Ayelet Waldman, known for her fun Mommy-Track mysteries, shows a more serious side with Daughter’s Keeper. Waldman tells the story of Elaine and Olivia, a mother and daughter with a difficult relationship. Elaine is a single mother and has always felt that she is incapable of showing enough love for her daughter. Olivia is grown now and living with her illegal immigrant boyfriend, constantly rebelling against her mother. They are forced to lean on each other in the face of a difficult situation, causing them to see one another in a different light. This book discusses drug laws, illegal immigration and romance, but its great strength is a story about a mother and daughter coming to trust one another.

"Mr. Darcy’s Diary"

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Many of our blog entries lately have listed books relating to “Pride and Prejudice” since we just completed our Jane Austen Festival. Another entry in this area of interest is “Mr. Darcy’s Diary” by Amanda Grange. I’ve read one or two other books from Darcy’s point of view but I liked this one the best. Since it is written as diary entries, we are shown Darcy’s thoughts, emotions and viewpoint. I found this to be an engaging format that ties in well with Austen’s book. A fun read if you enjoyed “Pride and Prejudice”.

The Year of Fog

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A touching novel of grief, loss and hope, The Year of Fog is the story of how lives can change in an instant, with consequences that touch many lives. Abby and her fiancee’s daughter Emma are walking on the beach when Abby stops to photograph a seal. Her attention is drawn away from Emma for only a moment, but in that instant Emma disappears. The novel follows Abby’s search for Emma, her never-ending guilt driving her to search tirelessly for the lost child. The author explores the nature of memory and perception and weaves these themes throughout the story. As a parent, a missing child is the worst nightmare imaginable, but I found this book to be touching, suspenseful and well written.

World War Z: an oral history of the zombie war

>Ever since George Romero brought us the film “Night of the Living Dead”, people have been fascinated with zombies. Whether in film, such as the “Return of the Living Dead” series, or more recently “Shaun of the Dead”, or in books such as “The Zombie Survival Guide”, our culture cannot seem to get enough of the “walking undead”.

World War Z: an oral history of the Zombie War by Max Brooks is the latest addition to the Zombie Lexicon. While a lot of the typical zombie stuff is in here, such as moaning zombies with a thirst for fresh humans, what sets this book apart is the style in which the book is told.
For fans of the books “Spoon River Anthology” by Edgar Lee Masters or “Winesburg, Ohio” by Sherwood Anderson, you will instantly recognize the particular method Brooks uses to tell this story.

Instead of a linear retelling of the events surrounding the Zombie War, in which humanity must save itself from the unstoppable moaning hoards, we are told of the events through the first person stories of the war’s survivors.

Gripping, tragic, and at times humorous, World War Z is not only a must read for zombies, but for fans of good literature as well.

Jane Austen Festival

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The tea cups are washed. The linens are folded away. We had so much fun at our Jane Austen Festival! We had great turnout for all three events. If you didn’t get the opportunity to grace us with your presence, you can still join in the fun. Both movies from the film festival, Pride and Prejudice and Bride and Prejudice are available for checkout here at the library. I’ve also made lists of my favorite Jane Austen related books. It includes commentary and biography, movies, contemporary adaptations, adaptations set in Austen’s time, and read alikes. My favorite commentary is The Friendly Jane Austen: a well-mannered introduction to a lady of sense and sensibility by Natalie Tyler. This mix of fun information includes explanations of the novels, quotes, and information about the times. It’s informative for those who want to know more but light enough for the casual reader. Manhattan Public Library is your source for all things Austen!

My Life with George

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Do you love dogs? Did you love Marley and Me by John Grogan? My Life with George: What I Learned about Joy from One Neurotic (and Very Expensive) Dog might be for you. A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named George changes the lives of Judith Summers and her young son, Joshua as they recover from the loss of two close men in their lives. George is “as time-consuming as a full-time job and as expensive to run as a ferrari”. He is accident prone and suffers every ailment known to dog, running up vet bills to the unbelievable amount of $25,000 (thank goodness for pet insurance ), but the love George gives cannot be measured. This sweet story filled with tender moments and hilarious tales will win your heart.