World AIDS Day 2006

Yesterday, Dec. 1 was Worlds Aids Day, a time to be reminded of the still widespread scourge of this devastating disease. Many remembrances and ceremonies were held to remember those who died and to raise awareness of treatment and prevention.

Two new books in our collection highlight the urgent need for care. Dr. Arthur M. Fournier's book, Zombie Curse: A Doctor's 25-Year Journey Into the Heart of the AIDS Epidemic in Haiti describes the role of poverty in the spread of AIDS in this country and his founding of Project Medishare.

Melissa Fay Greene, the author of Praying for Sheetrock has written a new book, There is No Me Without You: One Woman's Odyssey to Rescue Africa's Children. Greene tells the story of Haregewoin Teferra, an Ethiopian woman who took in many AIDS orphans. In the process, she uncovers the urgency of the AIDS pandemic in Ethiopia which has the highest concentration of AIDS orphans in the world.

Both of these books can be compared to Tracy Kidder's Mountains Beyond Mountains, the story of Dr. Paul Farmer's work in Haiti and the book chosen for this year's Ann Arbor Reads.

Yesterday is a film originally released in 2004 which tells the story of a South African woman, Yesterday, who learns she is HIV positive, and is shunned by the women in her village. Her one dream is to live long enough to see her child start school. Not a true story but it easily could be.

Civic Lessons

Could you pass the new Pilot Naturalization Exam? The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service has redesigned the test to focus on the principles of our nation rather than recitation of facts. The library has many resources to help guide you through the citizenship process.

Galens Tag Days

You know the holiday season has officially begun in Ann Arbor when you see the medical students in their bright red ponchos on almost every downtown street corner. Today and tomorrow (December 1 and 2) members of the UM Galens Medical Society will stand on street corners and near shopping areas in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti to raise money for Washtenaw County children's charities. After dropping your donation, don't forget to wear your Galens' tag!

New Kids BOCD

If you enjoyed the listening to the Harry Potter BOCD series, the narrator Jim Dale has also recently released a version of Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie in a BOCD format! Charlie Bone and the Hidden King by Jennifer Nimmo has now been released in the BOCD format also. If you enjoyed the Harry Potter Books these are along the same lines and lots of fun. The narrator for these BOCD's has a great storytelling voice. Both of these books on CD are now available at the library!

The New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books of the Year

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This Sunday the New York Times Book Review features their selection of the 100 Notable Books of the Year.

The Ann Arbor District Library has all of these books.

Click on read more for the Fiction & Poetry and the Nonfiction titles linked to the library catalog.

Monk

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What do cheese, daisies, and reindeer have in common? Well, nothing really... But I betcha Monk could find a connection in order to solve a case!

Don't know about Monk? Check out Seasons 1-3 on DVD. Now watch every-single-episode... and-in-order... there will be a quiz...

BTW... Monk (Tony Shalhoub) played the voice of Luigi in the animated film Cars.

Still not on DVD

Despite the rapidly approaching demise of the VHS format, there are still many great (and just plain good) films that haven't yet made it onto DVD--and maybe never will. Below are some of the titles you won't find on DVD yet. Fortunately, we still own them on VHS.

African Queen
Anne of the 1,000 Days
Celine and Julie Go Boating
Downhill Racer
The Great McGinty
Greed
The Gunfighter
The Incredible Journey (1963)
The Jazz Singer (1927)
El Norte
Prospero's Books
Show Boat (1936)

The Play Ground

The Play GroundThe Play Ground

"Hallelujah, Hallelujah." Tis the season to sing and hear the glorious Handel's Messiah. We have sung it and listened to it and there is great pleasure in both. The University Musical Society Choral Union and the Ann Arbor Symphony's annual concert is Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3 at Hill Auditorium.

Nate the Great

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Remember Nate the Great? His pancake breakfasts? Rosamond? Anne and her dog Fang?

If so (or if not and your curious,) check out the Nate the Great series by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat.

I think it's time to reintroduce the pint-size detective.
Forget Columbo, hire Nate to get to the bottom of things...

And I bet you didn't know that there's a Nate the Great website, did ya?

The Marseilles Trilogy

Fabio Montale is a marginalized neighborhood cop in the Arab ghetto in Marseilles.

1. Jean-Claude Izzo's Total Chaos is a compelling noir tale of growing up poor and immigrant, especially poor and Arab. The story mixes organized crime, police corruption and compartmentalization, the uneasiness of love and friendship, the requirements of honor, and a keen sense of place (food, drink, neighborhoods).

2. Chourmo

3. Solea (due out in June 2007)

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