The Girl's Guide: the handiest new book!

It has always seemed to me like there are a lot of “life guidebooks” out there, especially geared towards women. Some have good info, but are often focused on a single subject: housekeeping, fashion, love and romance, health or careers, but rarely all of the above. Life can be confusing and I’ve often wished for a book that has tips and suggestions about all of that stuff that I can just keep around the house. And now, we’ve got one! The Girl’s Guide, by Melissa Kirsch, covers all these subjects—and more—in a single, simply designed new book and I love it!

Chapters include Health and Body Image, Money and Finance, Careers and Work, Dating, Sex and Romance, Spirituality, Home Ec for Modern Times, and sections on fashion sense, friendship, and getting along with and navigating familial and other close relationships. The format of the book is incredibly handy. There are longer sections, but everything is summarized in short, bolded phrases, too, for those just scanning quickly for info. Particularly relevant or important information (for example, the difference between a credit report and a credit score, or what to do if you feel like you’re going to cry at work) is detailed in cute turquoise boxes throughout the book. There are even a few checklists in The Girl’s Guide, including one for outfitting your kitchen and another for things to make sure you check on before purchasing a home. This book is incredibly useful, comprehensive, and realistic, and is a must-read—and maybe even a must-own!—for women everywhere.

Download of the Day: May 26


How to Write a Letter - Cecilia Minden and Kate Roth

Want to write to your penpal, but don't know how? You need this book!

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By Mouse & Frog

By Mouse & Frog is a new picture book by Deborah Freedman. It features a nice, quiet mouse who is writing a story. A fantastic story! So many ideas are flowing out of his pencil! But Frog is super duper enthusiastic about the storyline and keeps interrupting Mouse’s writing process with his own ideas.

“Once upon a time Mouse was trying to tell a story, but Frog bounced and bounced without listening to Mouse!”

Will Frog stop interrupting? Will Mouse get to finish writing the story? Will teamwork be involved at all?! This charming book will make you giggle and smile and appreciate the balance that's in every friendship.

Michigan Activity Pass - Check Out Free Passes to Michigan Attractions


Looking for adventure this summer? The Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) is newly expanded, offering free or discounted entry to more than 360 attractions across the state. Library card holders can log in to the MAP site to explore opportunities close to home or farther afield. Use the Advanced Search option to narrow your results by area of interest, such as art, historical sites, maritime, children's activities, campgrounds, and many more.

Use MAP to get free or discounted entry to some of the historic lighthouses dotting Michigan's coast, to art museums such as the Detroit Institute of Arts or the Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, to history museums like the Yankee Air Museum, the Michigan Firehouse Museum, and the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, as well as to state parks and campgrounds throughout Michigan,

Find MAP on the library's website under Unusual Stuff and explore your options for making this summer a non-stop Michigan adventure!

Check out the program brochure for a complete listing of participating locations.

Download of the Day: May 25


Martin Bandyke Under Covers: Martin interviews Ray Davies

Drivetime gets a chance to dig a little deeper.

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Download of the Day: May 24


Clouds - Kristian Taus

Minimal, spaced-out piano. Written almost like a contemplative soundtrack — evocative of memories or forest walks.

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Download of the Day: May 23


Words: Episode 1

Words, there's lots of ways to use 'em, and this podcast takes a look at the many ways they are being used right here in Ann Arbor.

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Fabulous Fiction Firsts #531

A "propulsive" historical set among the world of early 19th c. female pugilists - The Fair Fight * * by first-time author Anna Freeman has been widely compared to The Crimson Petal and the White. It is a "raucous, intoxicating tale of courage, and self-reinvention..."

Ruth Downs was considered too unattractive to serve the clientele of the "the convent", a Bristol brothel where she was born and raised. She was saved from a life of drudgery by a natural scrappiness, witnessed in a cat-fight by George Dryer who became her patron as a professional pugilist.

Scarred by smallpox, manor-born Charlotte Sinclair, trapped in twisted power games with her scoundrel of a brother who married her off to a mean and neglectful husband, was desperate for an escape.

When the two women met, it was Charlotte who presented Ruth with an extraordinary proposition.

Drawn from historical real-life and fictional (see Author's note) "(g)amblers, drinkers, fighters, hookers; the fancy, the rowdy, the rude—Freeman does a wonderful job of spinning this furious yarn, in which the fury of women plays the lead role. Great characters and wild turns of events make this book a knockout."

The New York Times praised that The Fair Fight "breathes, shouts and swears, confident in its form and bold as brass in its execution." A new voice to watch for fans of Sarah Water's.

* * = 2 starred reviews

Download of the Day: May 22


Up from Ashes

An hour-long documentary behind the scenes of the Traverwood Branch construction process — drawing board designs, deadlines, and one-ton draft horses harvesting the lumber.

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Suggest A Title For Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Reads 2016

Read a good book lately?

Suggest a good book to the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads planning committees and your suggestion might be selected for the upcoming Read (which will take place in January & February 2016). Committees will be meeting over the summer to consider hundreds of possible titles – and they want your help!

You can suggest a title by visiting the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads website. Suggest a title by June 15 and it will be considered for selection in the Fall.

Launched in 2003, Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads is a community initiative to promote reading and civic dialogue through the shared experience of reading and discussing a common book. Help make the 2016 Read the best ever!

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