Massive police hunt in England! Two children vanish!

An encounter with an anti-gravity machine catapults Peter and Kate back to the 18th century and sets in motion a calamitous chain of events. While a massive police hunt gets underway to find the missing children in the 21st century – in 1763 a hardened criminal, the Tar Man, steals the anti-gravity machine and disappears into the London underworld.

Stranded in another time and forced to chase the Tar Man to his lair, Peter and Kate find a friend and guide in reformed cutpurse, Gideon Seymour. Gideon does every thing he can to help them, but will his dark past catch up with him before the machine is recovered?

Read Gideon the Cutpurse or listen to it on CD. Above description taken from the book's web site.

Cookies- anyone?

Cookies

One of my colleagues recently brought to work to share a container of home made cookies she made using her grandmothers recipe - yummy! I'm not knocking Toll House cookies but nothing compares to cookies made from scratch.

Does anyone remember the ongoing Cookie Bear comedy sketch on many of the Andy Williams television shows back in the sixties? Did the bear ever get any cookies?

If you don't have a favorite cookie recipe or are just looking for some great new ideas check out some of the Library's great books on cookie making and other desserts. A few I'd recommend are King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion, The 250 Best Cookie recipes and A Bakers Tour all available at the Library.

Mid-October NPR Picks: Midlife Leaps and Spanish Royalty

Read about public-radio journalist and author Katherine Lanpher's move to the Big Apple in her new book Leap Days: Chronicles of a Midlife Move. She left Minnesota on Leap Day 2004 for a chance to work with Al Franken in New York, and explores many topics in this collection of essays, including religion, middle age, and parenthood. You can listen to her on Talk of the Nation.

Nicaraguan writer Gioconda Belli has taken the compelling and dark tale of Juana of Castile, daughter of Isabelle and Ferdinand and mother of many monarchs, and spun it into a novel called The Scroll of Seduction, which was recently translated into English. Read an excerpt of the novel or listen to Jacki Lyden speak with Belli about her new book on All Things Considered.

A Hedonist in the Cellar: Adventures in Wine

Jay McInerney, author of Bright Lights, Big City and other novels, is also the wine columnist for House & Garden. This collection of his columns is reviewed by Michael Steinberger in next Sunday’s New York Times Book Review. Steinberger is gladdened by the emergence of “a more literary style of wine writing” in America. Steinberger finds the book “crisp, stylish and very funny.” He writes that “one of McInerney’s many virtues as a wine writer is that he seems to have no agenda apart from maximizing his pleasure.”

Additional recent wine books to enjoy with a glass of your favorite wine:

Extremely Pale Rose: a Very French Adventure by Jamie Ivey
The Grail: a Year Ambling & Shambling Through an Oregon Vineyard in Pursuit of the Best Pinot Noir in the Whole Wild World by Brian Doyle
History in a Glass: Sixty Years of Wine Writing from Gourmet edited and with an introduction by Ruth Reichl
Red, White, and Drunk All Over: a Wine-Soaked Journey from Grape to Glass by Natalie MacLean
Wine: a Life Uncorked by Hugh Johnson

Sweetheart of the Month- Bela Lugosi

Friday, October 20 is the birthday of Bela Lugosi, classic horror hero who stole our hearts in the original film production of Dracula. Lugosi was born on October 20, 1882 in Lugos, Hungary. Most of his acting career was in Germany before he came to the U.S. in 1921. Best known for his roles in horror movies, Lugosi started out playing more traditional roles, including Shakespeare.

Check out our great horror movie collection at AADL for a truly spooky Halloween night.

October is Family History Month in Michigan

Geneology

You never have all the information you want about your ancestors. There's always someone or some questions that you never asked until it was too late. Fortunately some records keep getting easier to locate and view.

Some states such as West Virginia have set up sites click here that allow people to view and download vital records such as birth, death and marriage records over 75 years old. Hopefully Michigan will do so in the near future. Recently I discovered the death certificates of my maternal grandmother and great grandmother via West Virginia's fine web site. What a find! Saved me hours of travel and/or countless correspondence.

A deeper understanding of Lemony Snicket

Did you ever notice that the character Mr. Poe has two sons named Edgar and Allen, and realize the connection to the poet Edgar Allen Poe?

If you like Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events you may want to check out this article from NPR. NPR has both the audio for an interview with Mr. Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) as well as an article discussing the literary allusions in the books (such as the one above). It's a fun read for any Snicket fan.

Animanga Club Vintage Night!

Spend your Friday night watching Anime, and playing DDR. October 20th from 7-8:30pm, we will be celebrating Vintage Night in the Multipurpose room at the Downtown library. On the docket so far are Urusei Yatsura and Kimagure Orange Road. Give a shout out for your favorite oldies but goodies and we can watch them. There will be a DVD and a VCR player set up, so there will be no discrimination of technology. Plus, the laminator is coming out to make all your best manga drawings into cool bookmarks and signs to decorate your bedroom.

Freedom River by Doreen Rappaport

John Parker was a former slave who was separated from his mother when he was eight. He bought his freedom for the sum of $1,800, and become a businessman who employed more than twenty-five men, both black and white. He never forgot what it was like to be a slave and helped over 900 slaves cross the Ohio River to freedom. Doreen Rappaport tells this story of one of the unsung heroes of the Underground Railroad in Freedom River.

Most Mamas Are Not Madonna

Madonna and her husband apparently are adopting a one-year-old boy from the African country of Malawi, which reportedly does not normally allow international adoption. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt recently adopted a child internationally. With all this controversy and excitement in the news - celebrities! babies! money! - it should be pointed out that for most parents, international adoption is yes, exciting, but it also requires a lot of research. A good place to start is Complete Book of International Adoption or hop to Hands Across the Water adoption agency in Ann Arbor.

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