No New Titles on the New York Times Bestseller List (1/8/06)

There has not yet been a new title making the List in 2006. Once again I can recommend a book "off-list".

Some fans of Prime Suspect may not know that Lynda La Plante created the series and its memorable heroine. Her new mystery Above Suspicion has just been released in the States and in it she introduces Anna Travis. While not as experienced or world weary as Tennison, this young detective bravely risks her life to catch a vicious serial killer.

Singing for Dr. King by Angela Shelf Medearis

Sheyann Webb courageously accepted an offer to lead the freedom songs during the civil rights marches in 1965. She was only nine years old and wanted to help Dr. Martin Luther King and African Americans gain the right to vote. This Just For You book touches on the subject of peaceful protests during the Civil Rights Movement. It is designed for children to read and discuss the important issues in the book with a parent.

The Play Ground

"I got the horse right here..." You bet (get it?). This is one of The Play Ground's favorites and we got it right here. This weekend the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre is presenting Guys and Dolls at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre at the Michigan League. Classic book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows and music by Frank Loesser. Get your foot ready to tap. Too short a run? So,"Sue Me."

Remembering Rosa

Nikki Giovanni's newest treasure, Rosa, is magnificently illustrated by award winning artist Bryan Collier. Collier received a Caldecott Honor for his illustrations of the beautiful Martin's Big Words. In this biography for young children Giovanni and Collier capture, in colorful detail, the dramatic moment when Rosa Parks sparked one of the most significant events in the struggle for civil rights.

MLK Books for Teens

Teens can celebrate MLK day by reading books that reveal the truths of racism - from period narratives to modern day struggles - a dramatic account of the Emmett Till case or an inspiring book of quotations from famous blacks.

A Heart Divided, by Cherie Bennett
When sixteen-year-old Kate, an aspiring playright, moves from New Jersey to attend high school in the South, she becomes embroiled in a controversy to remove the school's Confederate flag symbol.

Getting Away With Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case, by Chris Crowe

DVDs for MLK Day

Blue-Eyed 2

The Complete Blue-Eyed: For over 30 years Jane Elliott, left, has been America's most highly acclaimed diversity trainer. Her powerful and controversial "blue eyed/brown eyed" exercise has had a life-changing impact on thousands in schools, corporations and government. The original "Blue eyed," the definitive record of her technique, proved so powerful that it has been made into three separate versions so it can be conveniently used in any setting. Also available at AADL is the follow-up documentary titled A Class Divided, which reunites the teacher and students 15 years later to analyze the enduring effects of the experience.

Other recommended DVDs:
February One (2003)
Boycott (2001)
Citizen King (2004)
Martin Luther King: "I Have a Dream" (2005)

But Is it art?

It all began, more or less, with a white porcelain urinal, signed R. Mutt and dated 1917. Titled Fountain, the object was submitted under pseudonym by the French artist Marcel Duchamp to the first annual exhibition of the Society of Independent Artists. Though it had been announced that the exhibition would be neither juried nor censored, Fountain was rejected on the grounds that it was “by no definition a work of art.” The subsequent spark of interest in the object and the theoretical issues it provoked, however, ensured Fountain a significant place in the history of Modern art.

Now Fountain is back in the news, the subject of contemporary artist Pierre Pinoncelli’s most recent caper. The artist used a small hammer to hit the object, into which he had previously

Lost and Found

The disappearance of Caravaggio’s The Taking of Christ, baffled art historians for two centuries. Jonathan Harr turns his considerable skills to this mystery in his highly acclaimed The Lost Painting: The Search for a Caravaggio Masterpiece. A starred review in Booklist calls it an “effortlessly educating and marvelously entertaining mix of art history and scholarly sleuthing.” Listen and decide who should star in the film adaptation.

Teddy’s Last Adventure

Was Theodore Roosevelt the 2nd greatest president of the 20th century after FDR? He was certainly the most adventurous. His final expedition, the first descent of an unmapped, rapids-choked tributary of the Amazon, nearly cost him his life. Candice Millard’s retelling of the trip, River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey , is more spellbinding than fiction and worthy of the man himself.

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