Springfield Township Library - Book +Web Reviews

Wednesday, January 25, 2006



Librarian’s Pick of the Week: “No Man’s Land” by G.M. Ford. Be warned: this book is not for
sissies! Ford’s thrillers are always fast and furious, with their share of grisly deaths and bloody
incidents, but this one tops them all. Arizona’s Meza Azul Penitentiary, up to now, has held a
prisoner named Timothy Driver, who was a Navy submarine commander before he came home to
find his wife with another man. Driver killed both of them in a jealous fury, and has been since
confined to a small cell, lighted and observed 24 hours a day. When he breaks out with a killer
named Kehoe, his first act is to demand to see Frank Corso, and if it doesn’t happen quickly, he’ll
kill one hostage every six hours until it does. Corso isn’t interested in meeting the man he once
wrote a book about again, but he can’t help himself. Once inside the prison, Corso finds himself
escaping with Driver and Kehoe inside an oil tanker (!), and the chase is on. Definitely not for the
faint-hearted, but a trip and a half for everyone else.

Also new and recommended: Companioning the dying: a soulful guide for caregivers” by Greg Yoder;“Being Self-Employed” by HolmesCrouch; “St, Patrick of Ireland” by Philip Freeman; “The Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes” by Theodora Lau; “How to Photograph the Paranormal” by Leonore Sweet; “Eddie Rickenbacker: an American Hero in the Twentieth Century” by W. David Lewis; “Blender Baby Food” by Nicole Young; “America’s Complete Diabetes Cookbook” by Katherine Younker; and Downhtown: My Manhattan” by Pete Hamill.

For young children: “The Cat Came Back” by Fred Penner; Don’t BeSilly, Mrs. Millie!” by Judy Cox; “The First Day of Winter” by Denise Fleming; “Nora’s Arl” by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock; “A Truck Goes Rattley-Bumpa” by Jonathan London; “Baby Sea Otter” by Betty Tatham and “How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?” by Jane Yolen. For Young Adults: “Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator” by Jennifer Allison; “The Big Nothing” by Adrian Fogelin; “Not the End of the World” by Geraldine McCaughrean; “Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie” by David Lubar; “Marie, Dancing” by Carolyn Meyer’ and “Pulling Princes” by Tyne O’Connell.
If and when it snows this season, the Library may close if conditions become dangerous. Please call the Library first before you visit if the weather is bad; if you get our answering machine, it means the Library is closed.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Library Corner…
Today’s “Wedding Invitations” are as varied as the guest list. They formally announce a happy
upcoming event and request your presence at the celebration. Jennifer Cegielski’s book
encompasses all styles from the whimsical to the very traditional. She touches on etiquette,
enclosures and wording to make sure your festivities begin in the best way possible. Are you
disappointed when you look in the mirror? Is there a facelift in your future? “Your Complete Guide
to Facial Cosmetic Surgery” by Jon Mendelsohn, M.D. gives you the facts and also answers any
questions you may have. Before and after photographs are helpful in determining the best
procedure for your individual needs. Can a troubled teenager find happiness living with her gay
uncle in New York City? Edwin John White addresses this prospect in “Breakfast with Tiffany.”
This story will charm anyone who has ever had the pleasure of dealing with a 14 year old!
Today’s handicapped are on the move like never before. “Barrier-Free Travel” by Candy
Harrington is a wonderful guide for disabled persons. This is a must-read for slow walkers or for
anyone in a wheelchair or scooter. Hand-embroidered fabric is timeless. It can be as versatile as
the person doing the stitchery. Margie Bauer’s “The Embroiderer’s Handbook” encompasses all
stitches and techniques. This is a step by step guide for the beginner as well as the accomplished
embroiderer. Simplified instructions and photographs make for easy learning. Are you a
woodworker in need of instant gratification? Be sure and check out “Quick and Easy Weekend
Woodworking Projects.” This manual contains 23 home improvement projects that you can finish
in just 2 days. So have fun and be creative while you add to the beauty of your home. As much as
we hate to admit it, the summer is fading. Have your children been reading during their long break
from school? It’s not too late to come into the library and pick up some of books on their school
reading lists. And hey, you moms and dads should be setting an example by reading in front of
your kids. And don’t forget about reading to them. Make it fun, and the little ones will want to start
reading on their own.

Alessandra’s Book Bites: Was Betty Crocker a real person? Yes you say! Are you sure? The answer can be found in Susan Marks fascinating new book “Finding Betty Crocker: The Secret Life of America’s First Lady of Food. In “No Mountain High Enough: Raising Lance, Raising Me” Linda Armstrong Kelly, the mother of champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, recounts an extraordinary story of the resilience of the human spirit and the remarkable effect of great parenting. Paul McCartney said, “If you want to know anything about the Beatles, ask Tony Bramwell. He remembers more than I do.” Now you can read all about the Beatles in Tony Bramwell’s book, “Magical Mystery Tours: My Life With the Beatles.” If you were a fan of the PBS series Inspector Morse, you will want to read, “The Two of Us: My Life with John Thaw” a biography written by John Thaw’s wife, Sheila Hancock. Jay Atkinson’s “Legends of Winter Hill” is the true story of his experiences as a rookie private eye for the storied firm McCain Investigations founded by the late Joe McCain, Sr. one of the most decorated police officers in Boston history.Librarian’s Pick of the Week: “The Fight in the Dog” by Wayne D. Dundee. Jan Mosby is a
reporter for C-2-C, “aimed…between those inclined toward Time and those inclined toward
People.” Mosby apparently makes a big mistake when an elderly neighbor of hers has a dog
stolen and Mosby writes a story about it, which sets someone off enough to nail the carcass of a
dog to her bedroom door. Mosby won’t back off the story, which begins to look like a lot more
than just one stolen dog. Calling in her boyfriend, private detective Joe Hannibal to be her
bodyguard, Mosby begins to try to track down more leads, calls on an animal rights group, and
learns about “bunchers” who kidnap dogs in one area and transport them to other states to
participate in dog fights. One lead leads to another, as Mosby and Hannibal meet up with a
dangerous motorcycle gang, discover clues which lead to the powerful moneyman behind these
activities, and find that more than dogs are involved in the slaughter. Mosby and Hannibal make a
good team, each holding up his end of the action admirably. On the New Fiction shelves: “The
Interview Room” by Roderick Anscombe; “A Way from Home” by Nancy Clark; “Looking for
Peyton Place” by Barbara Delinsky; “Killing Rain” by Barry Eisler; “The Undertaker’s Wife” by
Loren Estleman; “An Ex to Grind” by Jane Heller; “Vendetta” by Fern Michaels; “The Dame for
Hire” by Sandra Scoppetone; and “The Tea-Olive Bird Watching Society” by Augusta Trobaugh.
In New Mystery Fiction: “Spider Dance” by Carole Nelson Douglas; Trouble in Paradise” by Pip
Granger; “Running Dark” by Joseph Heywood; “The Cold Dish” by Craig Johnson; “Son of a Gun”
by Randye Lordon; “A Plea of Insanity” by Priscilla Masters; “Unlucky for Some” by Jill McGown;
and “Cross Bones” by Kathy Reichs.
As parents probably know, the Library has purchased books in the last two years or so for young
children learning to read, featuring vowel sounds, phonics and blended sounds. Now we have two
new series for the same level, one using children’s names beginning with the same letters (“Fran
and Fred,” Grace and Grant,” “Quinn and Quenton”) and one teaching how words rhyme (“Moe’s
Toes Froze,” “A Career for Mr. Lear,” “Claire’s Bear Scare.”) These title and more may be found
in the E Non-fiction section of the Children’s Library. All of these titles were purchased by the
Friends of the Library from funds donated by Township residents and we offer our heartfelt thanks
to those who contributed to the most recent fund drive. Also look for new titles in the Large Type
Books section, specifically for those whose eyesight may not be what it used to be. Authors
Lauren Bacall, Andrew Greeley, Sharyn McCrumb, Amanda Quick, Janet Evanovich, Nora
Roberts, Robin Cook and Nancy Taylor Rosenberg are some of the featured authors.

Alessandra’s Web Bites: Summer reading suggestions for children and teenagers: (www.booksense.com/bspicks/kidspicks/sum05index.jsp); (www.hbook.com/booklists/summer.asp); (www.neh.gov/projects/summertimefavorites.html). Family & Kids Travel: (http://dest.travelocity.com/Tips/Item/0,3295,_AOLSVC_70,00.html); a collection of articles on topics related to family travel, traveling with children and teenagers, and minors traveling alone.Month by Month Planting Calendar at (www.demesne.info/Garden-Help/Planting-Calendar/); this site presents lists for each month of flowering plants that may be planted in gardens in the United States. Pop-Up and Moveable Books: (ww.library.unt.edu/rarebooks/exhibits/popup2/); An exhibit of pop-up and movable books published from 1850 to the present from France, Germany, the U.S. and Czechoslovakia. (www.railpictures.net); a database of tens of thousands of photographs of trains from the U.S. and Canada. As the summer inevitably winds down, I would like to give our Middle School students the very good advice to get their summer reading done now before the books have to be returned to the
school library. Some students don’t realize that the books are loaned to us over the summer and
must be back to us early enough so that everything may be packed up, and returned early
enough for the school librarian to check everything in and return them to the school shelves
before school begins. In addition, these books are on a two-week loan period and cannot be
renewed because so many students need them, and each book only gets so many circulations
before they must be back at school. We don’t like to disappoint anyone, so plan to get your books
soon!
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