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Readers Place: It’s all about the girls

jell-o girls
Jell-O girls: a family history
  by  Allie Rowbottom. 2018.  929.209 ROW
A gripping examination of the dark side of an iconic American product and a moving portrait of the women who lived in the shadow of its fractured fortune, JELL-O GIRLS is a family history, a feminist history, and a story of motherhood, love and loss. Rowbottom considers the roots of trauma not only in her own family, but in the American psyche as well, ultimately weaving a story that is deeply personal, as well as deeply connected to the collective female experience.    


Fly girlsFly girls : how five daring women defied all odds and made aviation history by Keith O’Brien. 2018. 629.13 OBR
High adventure and high ideals merge when a corps of intrepid female aviators battle to take part in the hugely popular air shows of the 1920s and 1930s. Ultimately, one of our heroines would win a race that earned her the right to be called America’s best pilot.


Dead girls

Dead girls by Graeme Cameron. 2018. FIC CAMERON
Two months after a brutal attack by a serial killer, police detective Alisha Green fights her own failing memory and conflicting accounts from a witness and a surviving victim to hunt down the dangerous man who nearly killed her.



My girlsMy girlsa lifetime with Carrie and Debbie   by Todd Fisher. 2018.  BIOG FISHER                
Fisher’s mom was the multitalented Debbie Reynolds; his sister, actress and author Carrie Fisher (The Princess Diarist, 2016), achieved cult status as Princess Leia in Star Wars. As the avowed caretaker and champion for both his mother and sister from the time he was a child, Fisher was fiercely protective of their lives and legacies. Poignant and joyous, genuine and reverential, Fisher’s tribute to these larger-than-life creative ladies is a down-to-earth portrait of a loving mother and supportive sister.


Compiled by Ina Rimpau

Posted by Barbara | 17 Oct 2018 | Comments Off on Readers Place: It’s all about the girls

Readers Place: Education

Tara Westover’s memoir Educated, in which she recounts pursuing a higher education in defiance of her survivalist parents’ contempt for the same, has been on the New York Times Bestseller list for 29 weeks. Here are some additional new titles showcasing the transformative power of education.

Enchantress of numbersEnchantress of numbers: a novel of Ada Lovelace  by Jennifer Chiaverini. 2017. FIC CHIAVERI
The only legitimate child of poet Lord Byron, Ada was destined for fame long before her birth. Banishing fairy tales and make-believe from the nursery, Ada’s mother provides her daughter with a rigorous education grounded in mathematics and science. Any troubling spark of imagination–or worse yet, passion or poetry–is promptly extinguished. Or so her mother believes.


NewcomersThe newcomers: finding refuge, friendship, and hope in an American classroom  by Helen Thorpe. 2017. 373.182 THO
Powerful and moving, this account of teenaged refugees adapting to life in America offers a nuanced take on immigration, multiculturalism, and America’s role globally.




You can do anythingYou can do anything: the surprising power of a “useless” Liberal Arts education  by George Anders. 2017. 650.109 AND
The success stories depicted demonstrate that liberal arts majors’ career paths are often unconventional and nonlinear. The author also provides examples of businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies that make a practice of hiring liberal arts majors, as well as fields for which such students are ideally suited, including market research, social media, fundraising, and project management.


Reading with PatrickReading with Patrick : a teacher, a student, and a life-changing friendship  by  Michelle Kuo. 2017. 371.826 Kuo
As a Teach for America volunteer, Kuo  moved to Helena, AR, where she encouraged students to find their voice by assigning readings from black authors and having students write self-reflective pieces. One of the students, Patrick Browning, transformed from a withdrawn pupil into a thoughtful young writer. Two years later, Kuo learned that Patrick was in jail for murder. She returned to Helena and tutored Patrick as he lingered in jail, awaiting a trial that may never happen. This account is her memoir of this time, but it is also a meditation on race in America.

Compiled by Ina Rimpau

Posted by Barbara | 20 Sep 2018 | Comments Off on Readers Place: Education

New titles in Mental Health

To complement the September Main Library display of titles dealing with mental health, here are a few recent publications of note:

healthy mind toolkit

The healthy mind toolkit: simple strategies to get out of your own way and enjoy your life by Alice Boyes, 2018. 616.891 BOY
Blending scientific research with techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy, Dr. Alice Boyes provides easy, practical solutions that will help you identify how you’re holding yourself back and how to reverse self sabotaging behaviors.     



Gorilla and the bird
Gorilla and the bird: a memoir of madness and a mother’s love  by Zack McDermott, 2018.  BIOG MCDERMOT
The author, a Brooklyn public defender, describes the devastating psychotic break that took him from New York back to his roots in Kansas, where his tough Midwestern mother helped him return to sanity and rebuild a stable life. 



Kevin ShowThe Kevin show by Mary Pilon, 2018. BIOG HALL
The incredible story of Olympic sailor Kevin Hall, and the psychiatric syndrome that makes him believe he stars in a television show of his life. Kevin suffers from what doctors are beginning to call the “Truman Show” delusion, a form of psychosis named for the 1998 movie, where the main character is trapped as the star of a reality TV show. When the Director commands Kevin to do things, the results can lead to handcuffs, hospitalization, or both.


What made Maddy run

What made Maddy run: the secret struggles and tragic death of an all-American teen  by Kate Fagan, 2017. 616.858 FAG
Why would a 19-year-old academic standout and member of the University of Pennsylvania track team take a running leap from the top floor of a parking garage? This is an expansion of espnW journalist Kate Fagan’s feature on Maddy Holleran, who died by suicide in 2014. With the cooperation of Holleran’s family and unfettered access to Maddy’s computer and text messages, Fagan sorts through a maze of communication for clues into the life of unfiltered Maddy.                                                                                             

Okay fine whatever: the year I went from being afraid of everything to only being afraid of most things  by Courtenay Hameister, 2018.  818.602 HAM                                             
Prolific radio-talk-show personality Hameister hosted the Portland-based Live Wire! for 12 years, all the while suffering from crippling obsessive-compulsive disorder, in addition to a lifetime of generalized anxiety disorder, or GAD. In this memoir, she shares the successes and epic failures of her recent Okay Fine Whatever project, an attempt to overcome fear by engaging in dozens of terrifying activities. This series of self-inflicted dares includes an hour in a sensory deprivation tank, a Brazilian bikini wax, a trip to a professional cuddler, an evening at a sex club, and 28 internet-matched first dates.

Compiled by Ina Rimpau


Posted by Barbara | 29 Aug 2018 | Comments Off on New titles in Mental Health

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