Lost in the Fog

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You all know by now that I am the queen of light-weight reading, so I’m sure you’ll wonder about me writing about a book about World War II, but I just couldn’t resist this book. Lost in the Fog is the story of Rachel Van Meers, an illegitimate child born in Belgium before World War II. Rachel started life in a difficult situation and it went downhill from there. Her mother was not exactly mother of the year, her grandmother was cranky, and she was about to experience the joys of enemy occupation. This is a great first-hand account of life in Belgium during the war. We are shown the atmosphere of distrust, the lack of food, and the under-the-table bargaining.

She had a tough life, but this book is never depressing. She tells her stories of oppression, but they are more than balanced by her strength, wit, and ability to laugh at the ridiculousness of the human condition.

Are you ready for some (fantasy) Football?

>Yes, it is that time again. The gridiron, the turf, the nachos, the sport that is American football. This can only mean one thing: Fantasy football players are getting ready to pick the players for their teams this year and the Manhattan Public Library has the resources to keep you on top of your game.

First is one awesome reference book: The ESPN pro football encyclopedia / edited by Pete Palmer, Ken Pullis, Sean Lahman, Tod foreword by Ron Jaworski.

This book has the stats for every player that was on a roster last year. An invaluable resource when trying to decide between picking Larry Johnson of the Kansas City Chiefs with the first pick in the draft, or LaDanian Tomlinson of the San Diego Chargers. (Personal Note: My first round pick will be Peyton Manning based on his numbers of the past 5 years.)

Second, we also have computers available for public use so you can update your roster if you cannot do so from home.

A really good online resource for all things Football is the National Football League webpage.

So sit back, grab the nachos, find the remote, and enjoy the game.

"Fractured"–a Thriller!

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I picked up a copy of Karin Slaughter’s new book Fractured and found it hard to put down! This bestselling suspense novel is set in Atlanta, GA. A murder and kidnapping start off the book and the pace never slows. Believable, complex and interesting characters combined with an intense story line creates a suspensful page-turner. Plan on some late nights to finish this once you start!

Ready to Retire?

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With three children in college right now, my retirement plans seem a very long way off. But if you are thinking about retiring and are looking to relocate somewhere new, you might be interested in a new library book America’s 100 Best Places to Retire. Celebrate your leisure days in Celebration, FL–but plan to spend $800,000 on a single family home in this disney-created community. If you enjoy the changing seasons with dramatic scenery in the Great Smokey Mountains, try Waynesville, NC. Ocean County, NJ offers sandy beaches, picturesque seaside towns and lush forests, with single family home median costs at $275,000. Hattiesburg, MS offers friendly people, a “Retirement Connection” that welcomes new retirees to the community and a low cost of living along with lots of southern charm. Lists in this book include the Best Arts Towns, the Best Lake Towns, the Best Budget Towns, the Best Undiscovered Towns and more. Each town has a description with housing costs, climate, taxes, education, health care and contact information. Whether retirement is a long way off and you’d like to visit new communities to compare them or you are ready to retire soon and look for new adventures, this book contains a wealth of information for planning your future.

Fun with the French Revolution

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Lauren Willig has created an enjoyable series, filled with suspense, romance, and humor, starting with The Secret History of the Pink Carnation. Spinning off the classic The Scarlet Pimpernel, Willig introduces us to England and France during the French Revolution. Amy Balcourt is half French and half English. When her brother invites her to stay in Paris, she looks forward to helping out the cause of thwarting the French government, but things never turn out as originally planned. This series is just plain fun.