May 11, 2017 - May History
May 11th (today) is rather a boring day when it comes to national holidays. There are only two. National Foam Rolling Day – I think you are supposed to be rolling on basically a large foam Cheeto that is about three feet long and six inches in diameter. It’s supposed to give you a bit of a massage. And National Twilight Zone Day. The first episode aired on October 1st, 1959 so why this day? Nobody knows. That’s it for the day. But it is May and spring is here in all its glory. Since I have nothing more interesting to tell you about this day, let me give you a few bits of May history and weather lore. The May full moon for some Native American tribes is The Flower Moon, The Corn Planting Moon, or the Milk Moon. The Anglo-Saxon name for this month was Tri-Milchi or three milks because the grass was so lush you could milk the cows three times a day. “A cold May is kindly and fills the barn finely.” “A wet May brings a big load of hay.” “Mist in May and heat in June makes harvest come right soon.” The May we’ve had so far, based on the above lore, looks like it will be ushering in huge crops. There are many books by popular authors being published now, some as part of the spring lists, and some anticipating the summer beach books. Below is a sampling of some of the new titles that have been arriving. When one of those cold, misty May days arrives and you don’t really want to be outside, then grab one of these fascinating titles. The time is almost always right to curl up with a good book. Enjoy!
- “Deviate: The Science of Seeing Differently” by Beau Lotto. The world-renowned neuroscientist, entrepreneur and two-time TED speaker explores how understandings about how the world is perceived can expand humanity's ability to create and innovate.
- “DNA Is Not Destiny: The Remarkable, Completely Misunderstood Relationship Between You and Your Genes” by Steven Heine. A leading cultural psychologist challenges current understandings about the role of DNA in health, drawing on his own genome sequencing results to explain what genes can actually tell us and why psychological biases can render people vulnerable to media hype.
- “Flavor: The Science of Our Most Neglected Sense” by Bob Holmes. A journey into the surprising science of the sense of flavor by a veteran New Scientist correspondent outlines narrative principles in neurobiology and modern food production to reveal the broad range of factors that can affect one's appreciation of what we consume.
- “Head Strong: The Bulletproof Plan to Activate Untapped Brain Energy to Work Smarter and Think Faster – In Just Two Weeks” by Dave Asprey. The Silicon Valley professional biohacker and best-selling author of The Bulletproof Diet outlines a revolutionary plan for improving brain resilience, sharing strategic practices in nutrition, inflammation reduction and promoting neuron growth. 100,000 first printing.
- “Borne” by Jeff VanderMeer. In a ruined, nameless city of the future, a scavenger named Rachel finds a creature named Borne, a leftover from a biotech firm called The Company, and she takes it back to her underground lair, where she must shield it from her drug-dealer boyfriend, Wick. By the author of the “Southern Reach” trilogy.
- “Beartown” by Fredrik Backman. In a forgotten town fractured by scandal, an amateur hockey team might just be able to change everything. By the New York Times best-selling author of “A Man Called Ove”.
- “The Forever Summer” by Jamie Brenner. When a single careless mistake costs her the job she so carefully built, straitlaced Marin joins a stranger claiming to be her half-sister in Cape Cod, where she meets family members she never knew she had during a fateful summer of revelations and self-discovery.
- “Music of the Ghosts” by Vaddey Ratner. Returning to the Cambodian homeland she fled as a child refugee decades earlier, Teera finds herself in a country of survivors and perpetrators of the Khmer Rouge holocaust before bonding with a mysterious musician who claims to have known her late father. By the best-selling author of “In the Shadow of the Banyan”.
- “The Drowning King, No.2 (Fall of Egypt)” by Emily Holleman. A dramatic follow-up to Cleopatra's Shadows is set four years after the execution of Bernice and finds Arsinoe and her sister Cleopatra facing a terrible choice between allowing the Roman army to steal power from their ailing father or taking the throne into their own hands.
- “War Cry, No. 14 (Courtney Family)” by Wilbur Smith. A sequel to Assegai is set in Africa between World Wars I and II and finds widower Leon Courtney navigating murky political waters while his headstrong daughter, Saffron, travels to culturally contrasting London to attend Oxford.
- “The Witchfinder’s Sister” by Beth Underdown. A tale inspired by the witch hunts of mid-17th-century England follows the experiences of Witchfinder General Matthew Hopkins's disgraced sister—who, upon returning, pregnant and unmarried, to her brother's home—discovers how he is targeting the marginalized women of their community.
May 4, 2017 - NLW Bingo Winners
You may or may not recall that this year we celebrated National Library Week for an extra week. We did the extended play version for a very good reason. A very good reason aside from the fact that, I mean, really, is it possible to celebrate public libraries too much? Public libraries are, after all, preservers of history and culture, bastions of life-long learning, foundational to the idea of democracy itself, and a very cool and hip place to hang out. But getting back on the train of thought I just derailed myself from, we extended our National Library Week celebration to allow those of you who were playing our Library Bingo game time enough to get a bingo, or for those of you with pluck and determination, a blackout card. Thanks to the Friends of the DeForest Area Public Library we were able to offer the fabulous prize of a fifty and a hundred dollar Amazon card for winners chosen randomly from the entries in the bingo or blackout categories. I am happy to say that 137 people finished a bingo or blacked out a card and made it to the drawings. The winner in the bingo category was Kaylee Rausch and in the blackout category, Cory Ann Butcher won. I have been told by participants and staff alike that the bingo game was a blast and they learned things about the library they hadn’t known. (And yes. It’s true. Blow me down, but you can learn Pirate (and dozens of other more traditional languages) on Mango, an online resource we subscribe to.).
Below you will find some of the new books that arrived during the past week at your library. Enjoy!
- “The Gift of Anger: And Other Lessons from my Grandfather Mahatma Gandhi” by Arun Gandhi. The grandson of Mahatma Gandhi shares 10 vital and extraordinary life lessons imparted by the iconic philosopher and peace advocate, sharing Gandhi's particular insights into how emotions like anger can be guiltless motivational tools if properly used for good purposes.
- “Lessons from the Prairie: The Surprising Secrets to Happiness, success, and (Sometimes Just) Survival I Learned on America’s Favorite Show” by Melissa Francis. A self-help primer for fans of the beloved show Little House on the Prairie , written by the former child star best known as Cassandra, shares behind-the-scenes stories from the set and the lessons the author learned from her work with Michael Landon. By the best-selling author of “Diary of a Stage Mother's Daughter”.
- “Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy” by Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant. From the Facebook COO and #1 New York Times best-selling author of “Lean In”, and the #1 New York Times best-selling author of “Originals” comes a book about finding resilience and moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks.
- “The Secrets of My Life: A History” by Caitlyn Jenner. The author chronicles the first part of her life as Bruce Jenner and rise to fame as a gold-medal-winning Olympic decathlete; her marriages and her relationships with her children; her transition; and her experience as the world's most famous transgender woman.
- “An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back” by Elisabeth Rosenthal. An award-winning New York Times reporter reveals expensive dysfunctions in America's healthcare system, outlining practical guidelines for recognizing misleading information and obtaining the care and pharmaceuticals needed to safeguard family health interests.
- “A Fine Mess: A Global Quest for a Simpler, Fairer, and More Efficient Tax System” by T.R. Reid. The Washington Post correspondent and best-selling author of The Healing of America presents an international investigation into America's failing tax code to share plainspoken assessments of current problems and what the author believes can be learned from other democratic nations.
- “Cold Welcome, No. 1 (Vatta’s Peace)” by Elizabeth Moon. Decorated military hero Kylara Vatta survives a disastrous shuttle crash in a distant future, spacefaring culture where she finds herself stranded on an arctic land mass that proves more mysterious than she ever suspected.
- “Anything is Possible” by Elizabeth Strout. Two sisters, one who trades self-respect for a wealthy husband and one who discovers a kindred spirit in the pages of a book, struggle with intimate human dramas at the sides of their community members and a returned Lucy Barton. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Olive Kitteridge”.
- “The Delight of Being Ordinary: A Road Trip with the Pope and the Dalai Lama” by Roland Merullo. Meeting during a highly publicized official visit at the Vatican, the Pope and the Dalai Lama embark on an unsanctioned, undercover vacation through the Italian countryside to rediscover the everyday joys of life. By the award-winning author of “Breakfast with Buddha”.
- “My Cat Yugoslavia” by Pajtim Statovci. A love story set in two countries in two radically different times follows the experiences of a Yugoslavian bride and her gay outcast son in present-day Finland, where a pet boa constrictor and a loquacious cat compel a journey of healing and cultural understanding.
- “No One Is Coming to Save Us” by Stephanie Watts. A tale inspired by The Great Gatsby is set in the contemporary South and follows the difficulties endured by an extended black family with colliding visions of the American dream. A first novel.
- “Fallout, No. 19 (V.I. Warshawski)” by Sara Paretsky. Savvy investigator Vic leaves her comfort zone in Chicago to investigate the disappearances of a young film student and a faded Hollywood star in Kansas, where a university town, the remnants of the Cold War and long-simmering racial tensions are stirred into violence by mysteries and murders.