The Silent Spring

On Thursday, April 13, 1962, The Silent Spring by Rachel Carson was published. The book sounded an alarm about the use of chemicals, especially pesticides, and the harm they caused to humans and the environment. The book's publication heralded the beginning of the environmental movement. Carson, an ecologist, took great pleasure in her natural surroundings, and in her observations saw disturbing signs of the effects of these pollutants.

Local Documentary about Local Writer in the Works

Thomas Lynch, Milford undertaker and author of the National Book Award finalist The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade, is the subject of a full-length documentary-in-progress by Ann Arbor filmmaker Beth Winsten. Winsten recently won a Silver Telly Award (first place) for a five-minute trailer of "Undertakings" and will be on hand, Saturday, May 13, to discuss her film at the Ann Arbor Book Festival.

Fore!

With Phil Mickelson winning his second Masters title this past weekend and mother nature starting to accomodate us a bit more, I'm guessing those of us who love the game of golf are getting pretty excited. As you start cleaning your clubs and visiting the driving range to shake the winter rust off your swing, make sure you take a look at the library's materials about golf.

Check out the DVD set of instructional tips from Golf's Magazine's top 100 teachers or a 3-disc set containing everything you ever wanted to know about Tiger Woods. If you're in the mood for some comedy, it's never a bad time to re-watch Happy Gilmore or Caddyshack.

Golf-related books recently added to the collection include The Golf Handbook, The Lost Masters, and The Secret of Golf.

Let me end with a friendly reminder: If you're out on the course and you hear someone yell "Fore!"...Don't look up to see where the ball is!

2006 Thumbs Up! Nominee

Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie--Vote For Me!
Scott hilariously documents in his journal (not a diary!) the trials and tribulations of his first year in high school – falling in love, drifting apart from his friends, dealing with his mother’s pregnancy, and learning more about himself than he expected.

2006 Thumbs Up! Nominee

Day of Tears -- Vote For Me!
Her master promised Emma that she would never be sold, but in 1859 she and over 400 other slaves were sold during a two-day auction know as “the weeping time.” Based on a heart wrenching true moment in history.

Multiple voices [master, slaves, runaways, adult, child] combine to create a horrific tale of slavery. In many ways this book is more powerful than reading a historic account. If this book is your choice for the best of 2005, vote for it by using the green ballot available at the library and put it in the box posted in the teen area, or give it to the librarian, or e-mail your choice to davise@aadl.org .

Calling All Gardeners

The crocuses are blooming, daffodils and tulips are emerging, and Spring is turning all gardeners' thoughts to the outdoors and the growing season. As a small nod to National Garden Week (April 9-15) here are some very recent books to consider as you plan your flower and vegetable gardens or think about reviving your lawns.
P.Allen Smith P. Allen Smith's Color for the Garden.
Marlene A. Condon The Nature-Friendly Garden
Fern Marshall Bradley Vegetable Gardening: From Planting to Picking

Quarter life crisis

It's not easy being green. Or not having much of anything green in your pockets. Or not knowing whether you went to the right college, or have a useful degree, or will ever find the right direction in your life. Quarter-life crisis anyone?

This book could make it a little easier: Should I Do What I Love? (or do what I do--so I can do what I love on the side). Even if it doesn't prove to be helpful, who doesn't love a snarky book?

2006 Thumbs Up! Nominee

Magic or Madness -- Vote For Me!
When her rational, magic-hating mother suffers a mental breakdown, Reason is taken to live with her grandmother, Esmerelda, where she discovers that something as simple as opening a door can bring forth a world of danger. Review after the break.

New Fiction Titles on the New York Times Best Sellers List (4/2/06)

Do you plan to use your extra daylight savings on reading a good book? There are two new contenders on the List this week.

At #5 is Dirty Blonde by Lisa Scottoline: it can be dangerous being a judge when the plaintiff murders the defendant.

At #14 is What Price Love? by Stephanie Laurens: a reformed scoundrel helps a noblewoman rescue her gambling brother. Can love be far behind?

2006 Thumbs Up! Nominee

Totally Joe -- Vote For Me!
From Addie (his oldest friend) to Zachary (his newest friend) and all the letters in between, Joe writes the story of his life as an alphabiography for school. Through this he learns about his friends, his family, and his own life as a gay 13-year-old.

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