The Village Life

The fast pace in A2 may have you wondering what life in a more pastoral setting would be like. Before making the move to greener pastures, listen to a few of the Miss Read books on compact disc and decide if the village life is really for you. Things can get rather complicated in Thrush Green especially in Winter. The Changes at Fairacre may also give you pause. What with vegetable gardening falling off, can coffee houses be far behind? Will pasta restaurants take over Market Square? The Miss Read stories are a delightful summer escape to England – no passport required.

Countdown to the Man Booker Prize 2006 begins

Countdown to the Man Booker Prize 2006 begins

The longlist for the 2006 Man Booker Prize, one of contemporary fiction's most prestigious international awards, has been announced by the Booker judging panel. The shortlist of six authors will be announced September 14, 2006, and the winner of the £50,000 purse will be named on October 10, 2006.

Some of the authors on the longlist are as follows:

Peter Carey Theft: A Love Story
Kiran Desai The Inheritance of Loss
Nadine Gordimer Get a Life
Kate Grenville The Secret River
James Lasdun Seven Lies
Mary Lawson The Other Side of the Bridge

For the full list, go to the Man Booker Prize 2006 website.

Not Bitter

Even though Testimony. Vol.1, Life and Relationship by India.Arie is a musical ode to a failed relationship, do not expect negativity on this cd. This cd, which is a follow-up to her 2002 Grammy Award winning Voyage to India is filled with hope and positive messages.

Great Article on Wikipedia

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The July 31 New Yorker magazine has a fabulous article, "Annals of Information: Know It All: Wikipedia takes on the experts," which begins, "On March 1st, Wikipedia, the on-line interactive encyclopedia, hit the million-articles mark, with an entry on Jordanhill, a railway station in suburban Glasgow." Pulitzer Prize winner Stacy Schiff wrote the New Yorker article, which you can access through General Reference Center Gold. Or check out the July 31 New Yorker from the periodicals area of one of our libraries.

New 4-star DVDs

Here are four 4-star titles recently purchased by the Library.

Windsor Castle: A Royal Year chronicles a year in the life of the world's oldest working castle. "A must-see for Anglophiles and royal watchers" (Booklist).

John and Abigail Adams is based heavily on the extraordinary correspondence between the second President and his wife. "Combining fine on-location shooting, solid dramatic recreations...this is highly recommended." (Video Librarian).

History of Black Achievement in America uses dramatic recreations, archival footage, stills and artwork to produce "an outstanding eight-part series that brings much-needed balance, highlighting the exemplary contributions of African Americans to U.S. society and culture" (Video Librarian).)

Gen Con or Bust!

I went to Gen Con, the Best Four Days in Gaming, this weekend in Indianapolis. It was really awesome. I saw tons of new card games, board games, and role playing games. I also found out some cool stuff like the book Dragonology is now a board game. The new video game based on Eragon was available to play even though it doesn’t come out until November, and there was big talk about the movie coming out in December.

The Play Ground

Knead some dough? The Play Ground is sure we all need some extra cash, but how about some lovely bread? We all need that too. Every Saturday at 10a.m. you can tour
Zingerman's Bakehouse. It is a chance to view artisanal bread and pastry baking and get a free treat. Kids under age 6 not admitted. Zingerman's Bakehouse, 3711 Plaza Dr. $5 (kids ages 6-12, free). Reservations required. 761-7255.

Risks Assured: Women on the road!

Did you know that:
The number of women-only tour operators has increased 230% in the past decade?
Of all nature, adventure or cultural trips travelers, 75% are women?
The average adventure traveler is not a 28-year old male, but a size-12, 47-year-old female? More women travel statistics

Maybe that’s why the U.S. State Dept. feels the need to put out Tips for Women Traveling Alone and prompted website such as SERIOUS SAFETY TIPS FOR WOMEN to advise solo women travelers of the “power in vocal embarrassment", and to practice screaming before you leave home!

Not that Thelma and Louise would heel any of these - they were in for the thrills, the risks, and the possibilities of the open road, and in turn, have inspired a whole new fiction genre. Here are just a few:

Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling Funeral by Kris Radish. From Sonoma to Manhattan, 5 women carry Annie Freedman’s ashes inside a pair of red sneakers to the special places in her life and try to unravel the secret she left them.

Ladies Coupe by Anita Nair. Set in contemporary India – 45 and single, an income-tax clerk weighted down by a demanding family, buys a one-way ticket on the all-women sleeping car bound for a resort town.

Lady Luck's Map of Vegas by Barbara Samuel. A snazzy Thunderbird, Route 66, some mother-daughter bonding and a few saucy secrets.

Loop Group by Larry McMurtry. Needing a change of scenery from their complicated lives in Tinsel Town, two women of a certain age take a fun and sex-obsessed road trip through Texas. Hey, let's be careful out there.

Voice of Faith and Science

A new book out this summer by Francis Collins, head of the Human Genome Project, is entitled The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief. Enlightening and engaging, this book is the subject of a wonderful current article at Salon. Collins, who joined the U-M faculty in 1984 and still has ties here, talks in the Salon interview about topics including C.S. Lewis and athesism.

Dog Leads Senator around Washington, D.C.

Here's a new picture book your family might enjoy, My Senator and Me: A dog's eye view of Washington D.C., by Sen. Edward Kennedy, illustrated by David Small. The book follows Kennedy and his Portuguese Water Dog, Champion Amigo's Seventh Wave, or "Splash," through an action-packed day in the nation's capital. A New York Times review was less than a rave - it said Splash's voice sounded like a civics lesson - but I liked this book, particularly the illustrations!

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