It's a Mystery!

We've all been wondering about the twelfth title of Lemony Snicket's popular Series of Unfortunate Events which is shrouded in secrecy. Harper Collins has a contest for children to guess the title of the newest book. The deliciously devilish book is due out in October.

New Nonfiction Books on the New York Times Book Review Best Sellers List (9-4)

Does Scott Peterson merit four books?

The most recent book debuted this week at #10 on the NYTBR Best Sellers list. Forensic psychiatrist and psychiatric thriller writer Keith Ablow is the latest to peek Inside the Mind of Scott Peterson.

He joins company with Court TV’s Catherine Crier and her book, A Deadly Game: the Untold Story of the Scott Peterson Investigation.

These professional crime profilers are joined by Scott Peterson’s sister, Anne Bird with Blood Brother: 33 Reasons My Brother Scott Peterson is Guilty and by Scott Peterson’s girlfriend, Amber Frey with her Witness for the Prosecution of Scott Peterson.

All four of these books had initial print runs of at least 150,000 copies.

The Play Ground

The music season is opening with fanfare and September will be a busy month for The Play Ground and all music lovers.

On September 10 at 8pm the Arbor Opera Theater will open its 2005-2006 season with A Bernstein Celebration. The evening's centerpiece will be Trouble in Tahiti, a one-act chamber opera premiered in 1952 and the first opera Bernstein wrote. Set in suburban America, the story chronicles the emotional decline of a contemporary marriage. The remainder of the evening will feature selections from other Bernstein works such as West Side Story, Mass, and Candide. The performance will take place at St. Clare's/Temple Beth Emeth.

God Bless the Child by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog Jr.

God Bless the Child is a Coretta Scott King Honor Book that is based on the song by Billie Holiday. The illustrations depict the migration of African Americans from the rural south to northern cities during the early 1900's. The book, like the song, exemplifies the spirit of hope and love so engrained in the black community.

Set in New Orleans

Just one week after the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina, questions abound as to how New Orleans, one of our country's most distinctive cities, will recover from the unexpected blow it has endured. Will it become a ghost town largely given over to tourism? Will its people, especially the poor who make up the Big Easy's essential fabric, be able to return? And if so, what of the city's unique flavor and singular joie de vivre will return with them? New Orleans' evocative atmosphere is the setting of many books and films, most notably Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire and Suddenly, Last Summer. A couple other titles that come to mind are Interview with the Vampire and Jitterbug Perfume. Can you think of others?

Früheads Unite!

"Take a dash of Ogden Nash. Add a smear of Edward Lear. Toss in a Beatles news conference circa 1964, a sprinkle of Elvis Costello, four media-saturated childhoods and a splash of Monty Python. Garnish with a deep sense of concern about the world. Cultivate in Canada. Mix well" -Ted Anthony, AP National Writer

"{Moxy Fruvous} sound like the Roches meet XTC at a party thrown by Camper Van Beethoven for Robyn Hitchcock's marriage to Cole Porter with They Might Be Giants as wedding band and Tom Lehrer acting as minister, but just as everyone starts singing old Queen songs, the party is crashed by the entire cast of The Muppet Show. Moxy Fruvous is that good." -Dave Anderson writer for 'The Octopus', Champaign, Illinois

Velvet Underground

Based on the novel of the same title by Sarah Waters, the three-part BBC production of Tipping the Velvet brings the lesbian underground of Victorian England to vivid and moving life. Eighteen-year-old Nancy Astley is an oyster girl in search of herself and and the deeper truths of love. We follow Nan's adventures through the 1880's London Music Hall scene, decadent sapphist lairs of the lesbian elite, bitter back alleys, and the warm homelife of early labour movement organizers. With a screenplay by Andrew Davies (of Bridget Jones's Diary fame), viewers are swept away into a world of lush life, harsh realities and passionate tenderness.

Motivate, Communicate, Lead!

Ann Arbor communications consultant, John Baldoni, is the author of several books on leadership including his most recent, Great Motivation Secret of Great Leaders. Using a variety of historical and contemporary individuals as examples to illustrate key aspects of motivation, Baldoni examines how leaders energize, encourage and exhort individuals and teams to achieve success. Baldoni spoke last year at one of the Library’s ‘Sunday Edition’ lecture programs on his previous book Great Communication Secrets of Great Leaders. A video of that program will be broadcast on Ann Arbor’s Community Access Channel 17 on September 13 (3:30 pm), September 15(1:30 pm), September 16 (5:00 pm) and September 17 (1:30 pm). A videotape of his presentation is also available from the library.

Stormbreaker

I just read the most exciting book the other day. It is called Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz. It is about a boy named Alex Rider, who finds out that his recently mysteriously deceased uncle was a spy for British Intelligence, MI6. He is quickly sucked in by MI6 to finish what his uncle started. To find out what happens when a 14-year-old boy suddenly has to uncover an evil plot having to do with lab top computers and biological warfare that could kill all of the children in England, you have to read the book, OR see the movie. That’s right, if you are an Alex Rider fan, the movie Stormbreaker is in production right now. Also catch Anthony Horowitz’s new series The Gatekeepers. The first book, Raven’s Gate, is in the library now.

Who Should Be the Next James Bond?

Producers of the James Bond franchise recently informed actor Pierce Brosnan that his services were no longer required. It seems as though just about every working male actor on the planet has been mentioned as a possible replacement, including Ewan McGregor and Clive Owen, but no one seems to fit the role like Brosnan did. Who do you think should be the next actor to utter the words, "Bond, James Bond?"

Meanwhile, if you're a Bond fan, you'll want to check out The James Bond Story, a documentary about the history of the man and the films.

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