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Manga fans rejoice! Below you will find a list of the teen manga in the library that falls under the yaoi or shonen-ai genre (this doesn't include manga in the adult section; hopefully that list will come later!). What is yaoi you may ask? It's when the main relationship in the story involves two male characters. Sometimes this evolves into a romantic relationship, sometimes it's just heavily implied that a romantic relationship could exist between the characters. Forget about looking for yaoi subtext in these series, the love is right in front of you!

La Esperanca - Georges Saphir is the perfect student: good grades, good looks, and beloved by everyone. But his world is turned upside down when Robert Jade shows up. The ultimate delinquent, Robert is annoyed at Georges' act, so he makes it his mission to shatter Georges' perfect image. As Robert pushes Georges to his limits, the two boys realize they may be more similar than they had thought.

Gravitation - When your dream is to become the biggest rock star in Japan, nothing is easy. Especially love. Shuichi Shindou is the lead singer of the band Bad Luck. He's a little goofy and childish, but his band mates find it endearing. When Shuichi accidentally bumps into Eiri Yuki, a cold, stoic, novelist, Eiri criticizes Shuichi's song lyrics. Not one to take that lying down, Shuichi attempts to confront Eiri about his harsh words, and over the course of the story Shuichi keeps finding himself inexplicably drawn to Eiri. Can romance truly bloom between such different people?

Loveless - Set in a world where youth have cat ears and tails and adults don't, Ritsuka Aoyagi has just started attending a new school when he meets Soubi Agatsuma. Soubi turns out to be a friend of Ritsuka's older brother, who had recently been murdered. Ritsuka is determined to find the cause of his brother's death and teams up with Soubi. The two form a duo and compete in magical duels where Soubi is the 'Fighter' and Ritsuka is the 'Sacrifice.' Together they seek the truth and attempt to take down the secret organization, Septimal Moon.

Tokyo Babylon - As a powerful magician and heir to a long line of onmyouji that have served the emperor, Subaru Sumeragi lives in Tokyo and solves occult murders with his twin sister and their mutual friend, Seishiro Sakurazuka. The three face off against magic and demons that plague the world, but not all is as it appears. Seishiro declares his love for Subaru, but will Seishiro's dark secrets prevent the two from being together?

Cantarella - Cesare Borgia is the illegitimate son of an Italian aristocrat. As an infant, Cesare's soul was sold to the devil to ensure his father became Pope. As a young boy, Cesare is shunned by his father and the boy realizes that he has demons and dark spirits that protect him. As he grows older and his life begins to fall apart, Cesare begins to rely on the darkness within him. He uses his skill and seductive looks to manipulate men and women alike, but can he regain his humanity when he keeps pushing away those he loves?

Some other series that aren't specifically yaoi but have those yaoi undertones that fangirls can't get enough of (at least according to the fanbase) include: No.6, Godchild, Petshop of Horrors, and Vampire Doll.

Happy reading!

Emerging Writers: Writing & Review Meetup

Thursday January 21, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Come with questions, a work in progress, or an empty notebook. All writers are welcome in this casual, supportive environment.

Authors Bethany Neal and Alex Kourvo will be on hand to answer questions and give encouragement. This is an excellent opportunity to meet your fellow Ann Arbor writers and get feedback from published authors.

This is a monthly meetup that welcomes all writers to ask questions, connect with other writers, or simply have a dedicated time and place to work on their projects.

 

Author Jan Jarboe Russell and Holocaust Survivor Irene Butter Discuss The New Book "The Train to Crystal City: FDR's Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America's Only Family Internment Camp During World War II"

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October 2, 2015 at the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

Author Jan Jarboe Russell and local Holocaust survivor Irene Butter paid a special visit to AADL to discuss Russell’s new book, which features a chapter about Irene Butter.

The Train to Crystal City: FDR's Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America's Only Family Internment Camp During World War II is the dramatic and never-before-told story of a secret American internment camp in Texas during World War II, where thousands of families, many of whom were US citizens, were incarcerated, with approval from President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Combining big-picture World War II history with a little-known event in American history, The Train to Crystal City reveals the war-time hysteria against the Japanese and Germans in America, the secrets of FDR's tactics to rescue high-profile POWs in Germany and Japan, and how the definition of American citizenship changed under the pressure of war.

Author Jan Jarboe Russell is a former Nieman Fellow, a contributing editor for Texas Monthly, and has written for the New York Times, the San Antonio Express-News, Slate, and other publications. She is the author of Lady Bird: A Biography of Mrs. Johnson and has also compiled and edited They Lived to Tell the Tale. She lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband, Dr. Lewis F. Russell, Jr.

Irene Butter, born in Berlin, Germany grew up as a Jewish child in Nazi-occupied Europe. A survivor of 2 concentration camps, she came to the US in 1945. After graduating from Queens College in New York City, she obtained a Ph.D. in economics from Duke University. She and her husband were on the faculty of the University of Michigan for more than 35 years. Since the late 1980s, she has been teaching students about the Holocaust and the lessons she learned during those traumatic years. She is a co-founder of the Raoul Wallenberg lecture series at the University of Michigan and is also one of the founders of ZEITOUNA, an Arab/Jewish Women’s Dialogue group in Ann Arbor.

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Author Jan Jarboe Russell and Holocaust Survivor Irene Butter Discuss The New Book "The Train to Crystal City: FDR's Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America's Only Family Internment Camp During World War II"


Nature Anatomy

Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts & Pieces of the Natural World by Julia Rothman is a beautiful book! The book offers great information about the natural world in a fun way accompanied by wonderful illustrations that are the bulk of the book. The beauty of the book is heavier than the content, so there’s no overwhelming you with information – just fun facts and cool images.

The book talks about North American Landscapes including deserts and grasslands. It has sections on weather with storms, clouds and snowflakes. There are chapters on landforms, minerals, and fossils. And the book wouldn’t be complete without covering birds and many other animals, as well as bodies of water, trees, leaves and flowers! Nature Anatomy is a delight for the senses. If you’re into the natural world and whimsical illustrations give it a peek.

"V" is for Varmints

Varmints are animals that cause mischief or nuisance.
Ms. Rachel thinks varmints are cute and silly . So … varmints were in Storytime.
SO COZY used all varmints to create the drama and conclusion.
Ms. Betsy accompanied and Ms. Rachel led “Gray Squirrel” for action/music fun.
You can participate more with the song on the CD SING IT! SAY IT! STAMP IT! SWAY IT!
”Skunk’s Party” is an “oral tradition story”.
Skunk “only lifts her tail when she’s scared or mad.”

For more fun varmint stories, try these favorites:
POSSUM COME A-KNOCKIN’ AT The DOOR … with Appalachian rhythm and action.
THOSE DARN SQUIRRELS
OL’ MAMA SQUIRREL will protect her babies!
MUNCHA! MUNCHA! MUNCHA! is what the rabbits do.
The RABBIT PROBLEM
BRAVEST Of The BRAVE
WEASELS

Emerging Writers: Writing & Review Meetup

Thursday March 17, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Come with questions, a work in progress, or an empty notebook. All writers are welcome in this casual, supportive environment.

Authors Bethany Neal and Alex Kourvo will be on hand to answer questions and give encouragement. This is an excellent opportunity to meet your fellow Ann Arbor writers as well as get feedback from published authors.

This is a monthly meetup that welcomes all writers to ask questions, connect with other writers, or simply have a dedicated time and place to work on their projects.

Emerging Writers: Writing & Review Meetup

Thursday February 18, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up.

Come with questions, a work in progress, or an empty notebook. All writers are welcome in this casual, supportive environment. Authors Bethany Neal and Alex Kourvo will be on hand to answer questions and give encouragement. This is an excellent opportunity to meet your fellow Ann Arbor writers as well as get feedback from published authors. This is a monthly meet-up that welcomes all writers to ask questions, connect with other writers, or simply have a dedicated time and place to work on their projects.

The Marvels by Brian Selznick

Brian Selznick has done it again. The Marvels is a beautiful book and the third in what the author is calling a trilogy, following the Caldecott Medal winning The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck. The books are all stand-alone novels in words in pictures. Not just pictures – gorgeous, amazing illustrations done by the author.

The first 400 pages of The Marvels are all pictures and the tale begins in 1766 as we follow the story of a fantastical theater family from generation to generation, starting with Billy Marvel, survivor of a shipwreck. The last section of the book is told in words and takes place in 1990 and centers on a runaway youth named Joseph with map in hand searching for an uncle he’s never met.

The two stories seem unrelated but converge in the most beautiful way and it is up to the reader to connect the dots. I loved that it was loosely based on real people and a real house! If you enjoyed the first two books in this words and pictures format, this one should be a treat as well. To quote a theme in the book, Aut Visum Aut Non. You either see it or you don’t.

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #560 "When the past has past from you at last, let go.. then, climb down and begin the rest of your life with great joy.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

After the Parade * * by Flannery O'Connor and Rona Jaffe Award winner Lori Ostlund is a deeply moving debut about breaking ties, moving on and taking charge of one's life at any age.

For 20 years, Aaron Englund has lived under the Pygmalion-like shelter of his older partner, Walter whose teaching position took them to Albuquerque. Now the 40 year-old Aaron is finally ready to take control of his life, by moving alone to San Francisco.

Gone are the comforts of a two-income household and Walter's insistence on elegant living. Between a shoddy garage apartment and the absurdly ramshackle ESL school where he teaches, Aaron sees that real freedom will not come until he has made peace with his memories of Morton, Minnesota, and his heartbreak childhood, where after his abusive father's death (falling off a float in the town parade), his mother selfish and enigmatic, ran off with the town pastor.

But it was the larger-than-life misfits of his childhood that he remembers best - the sardonic, wheel-chair bound dwarf named Clarence,; a generous, obese baker named Bernice, a kindly aunt preoccupied with dreams of The Rapture who helped Aaron find his place in a provincial world hostile to difference. When an opportunity presents itself to finally close this chapter in his life, he heads home. "The building blocks of this novel are anecdotes, in all of their illuminating, messy glory. Everything here aches, from the lucid prose to the sensitively treated characters to their beautiful and heartbreaking stories."

"Written with homespun charm and unceasing vitality, After the Parade is a glorious new anthem for the outsider."

* * = 2 starred reviews

100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life by Jonathan Adler

There is no proper or correct way to decorate, just intriguing ways to dwell in Happy Chic-ness…

Dwell, embrace, twist, explore, and ponder are the facets the book is broken into.

Since it’s by Jonathan Adler 100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life is full of wit and humor along with lifestyle wisdom, home décor advice, help in doing less with more, and a bit of how-to directions and patterns to make a few things to jazz up your home (or life).

The book is useful as well as funny, and offers up things like encouragement to hop on a Greyhound bus or do more with your hair, and includes a cross-stitch pattern, talk about pillows, and even an illustration of Kim Kardashian. Quite the combo – yet it all makes sense in the way the book is put together! One of my favorite parts of the book is the vocabulary guide, which includes definitions for words such as: cocktail table, glunge, craftastic, Skandi, mothic, maximalism, and ornamental hermit.

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