Helen Gurley Brown, media giant, has died

Helen Gurley Brown who stunned, shocked, and delighted generations of women with her revolutionary 1962 book, Sex and the Single Girl, has died.

Ms. Brown had an enormous influence on American society with her way-before-her-time ideas about single women and their sexuality. She expounded on her ideas in several venues, none more prominent than her thirty years at the helm of Cosmopolitan magazine.

She and her husband, Hollywood powerhouse producer, David Brown (Jaws (1975) and The Sting (1973), to name two), worked as a team to promote Helen's columns, her books, a brief TV show, and multiple appearances on The Tonight Show.

In 1964, Natalie Wood, Henry Fonda, and Tony Curtis starred in the movie Sex and the Single Girl, loosely based on the book.

Her memoir, I'm Wild Again: Snippets from My Life and a Few Brazen Thoughts (2000) and her 2009 autobiography, Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown, by Jennifer Scanlon were big hits among the curious who may have been surprise to learn the the Browns were happily married for 51 years.

In 1995, the Magazine Publishers of America bestowed upon Ms. Brown, their highest honor, the Henry Johnson Fisher Award, making her the first woman to be so awarded.

Ms. Brown, who was 90, died in New York City.

Magazines A-Z: M: Music & Musicians

Whether you're a music professional, amateur, or simply an enthusiastic fan, M: Music & Musicians is for you. It is a celebration of music and the people who make it.
Norah Jones, Garbage, and Grace Potter are featured in the current issue, with the Indie scene being covered as well as a column devoted to the Classics. Lots of reviews for what's about to be released, along with reviews for tools of the trade. While we're on the subject, here's a few other titles covering music, Acoustic Guitar, Downbeat, and of course, Rolling Stone.

Crafty Magazines for Kids

Fun, new, crafty ideas for kids are always waiting for you at the AADL. Check out the Library's diverse range of youth magazines for your next in-home project, be it a dynamic science experiment, a creative craft, or a racing vehicle.

Let's start with Muse: the magazine of life, the universe, and pie throwing. Yes, "pie throwing" really is in the magazine title, for this publication is all about maximizing the fun while learning about the natural world. Several of their science experiments are on their website, including the relevant Cell Phone Slip Up experiment that tests whether talking on a cell phone affects your concentration.

You may have seen Family Fun kids: fun stuff to make and do on the magazine shelf and wondered what kinds of projects were hiding inside. From Candle Making 101 to Cozy Bird Cottages to French Toast Casserole recipes (YUM!), this magazine -- as well as its website -- is a well so deep with ideas that if Tikki Tikki Tembo fell in, he might never come back out.

The AADL owns 68 youth magazine titles covering topics such as crafts, science, homeschooling, gaming, music, sports, nature, and everything in between. You can now request magazines for pickup at your local branch library.

Easy English News

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AADL carries the Easy English News at all of our locations. This publication is written at a 3rd or 4th grade reading level but with newsworthy topics of interest to adults. Let all your English Language Learning friends & relatives know about this resource in our collection. Their website is awesome, too!

Teen Stuff: Music Magazines

Want to know what your favorite musicians are up to today? The AADL has eight magazine titles covering everything related to music. For the guitarists and drummers among us, check out Guitar World and Drum! magazine for techniques and tips from current and legendary players. For the latest news, pics, and updates from your favorite music makers, check out Revolver: The World's Loudest Rock Magazine, AP: Alternative Press, Rolling Stone, Spin, Vibe, and XXL: Hip-hop on a Higher Level.

The AADL owns 47 teen magazine titles covering topics such as lifestyle, fashion, gaming, music, sports, celebrities, and everything in between. You can now request magazines for pickup at your local branch library.

Gourmand Awards


The Gourmand Awards are given to notable books in a variety of food and drink categories as well as magazines. They are judged by culinary arts professionals from around the world. It is free and open to anyone to enter: authors, publishers or even readers. Over 150 countries had entries for this year’s competition. This year also included best culinary app which went to America’s own Dorie Greenspan’s Cooking with Dorie. Her books have won numerous awards and she is a pioneer in developing a cooking app. Here is a sampling of other Gourmand award winners from our collection:

See mix drink: Gourmand award winner for best cocktail book
Food lover's guide to wine: Best book for Matching Food and Drink
Lucky Peach: Best cooking magazine
Eleven Madison Park Cookbook: 3rd place best authors and chef
Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook: Book of the Year Finalist
Food of Spain:Best World Cuisine cookbook
How Italian Food Conquered the World: 4th place Best Italian cookbook
How to Cook Indian: 3rd place Best Asian cookbook
Extra Virginity: the sublime and scandalous world of olive oil:Winner in the Sustainable category
Fundamental Techniques of Classic Bread Making:3rd Place for cookbooks about bread making
Loukoumi Celebrity Cookbook: 2nd place for Fundraising, Charity, &Community cookbooks and 3rd place went to the free (with donation going to Relief for Japan fund) online cookbook from Microsoft .Net gurus, Net Gurus can Cook

Magazines A-Z: Calliope, Yes and Know

Calliope -- pronounced kuh LIE o pee -- was a muse of the arts and sciences and it also serves as the name of an oldie but a goodie magazine for kids that is now back on the shelves of your library. Exploring world history, this Cobblestone publication covers history by highlighting art, museums, and maps for grades 5 and up.
Newly added are two Canadian magazines, Yes Mag The Science Magazine for Adventurous Minds. Topics in the premiere issue include: keeping turtles out of shrimping nets, extreme racing-what makes these athletes tick, and how to make a balloon-powered mini-racer. The companion mag for younger audiences, Know features in its premier issue caves, beehives protecting farmer's crops from elephants, a home lab recipe for 'drip-drop' rocks, along with a look and find challenge in each issue.
What are you waiting for? Check these out today.

How To Get The News at AADL!

This may be refresher for some of you, but for many it will be a bit of NEWS! At all of our branches, we get several newspapers every day. Some newspapers, however, only come a few times a week or even just a few times a month.

We also have a steady supply of backdated newspapers available on microfilm at our Downtown branch, on the second floor. By clicking this newspapers link, you can see all of the newspapers that the AADL owns.

To search even more newspapers - including the Ann Arbor News, Detroit News, and New York Times, just to name a few - you can visit our newspaper database collection if you are have an AADL library card. Some of these newspapers go all the way back to 1831! You can always access this collection of databases and many others from the research tab, located at the top of aadl.org.

Magazines A-Z: Bass Player

Ever wonder why Jack Bruce of Cream, Jethro Tull's Glenn Cornick, Free's Andy Frasier, or Third Power's Jem Targal had such a fat round bass tone yet could play a quick flurry while playing each note distinctly? Well, meet the 1962 Gibson EB Series bass in the December issue of Bass Player magazine!
A recent addition to the library's magazine offerings, Bass Player is filled from cover to cover with profiles of gifted musicians and their instruments. It includes tutorials displayed in notation as well as tab and has extensive reviews of the latest gear and accessories. There are also frequent articles detailing the history of specific bass designs both classic and obscure like the Gibson EB, or, in the same December issue, the Fender P-bass of the 1950's.
Bass Player magazine also includes a record review column called, The Graveyard, where readers are directed to classic recordings featuring groundbreaking bassists. As an example, the December 2011 issue has a review of Blue Cheer's, Vincebus Eruptum and commentary on the playing style of their powerhouse bassist, the late Dickie Peterson.
Even the magazine's advertisements, featuring the latest and greatest of four, five, six, and even seven string basses, can get any bass player ready to walk that beat!

Magazines A-Z - Holmes: The Magazine to Make it Right

Added to this year's collection is Holmes: The Magazine to Make it Right full of inspiration and tips on the best practices and products for your home. Who is this Holmes guy, you may be asking? He is a Canadian professional contractor who began to learn the trade as a six year old following his Dad around and asking questions. Now he has a popular TV show, currently in its fifth season, creator of the Holmes Foundation which is a charitable foundation that supports the training of youth in the skilled trades through apprenticeships and scholarships, and in addition, is thriving as a twenty year contractor renovating homes.
For other home maintenance and do-it-yourself repair you might also try: This Old House, Old House Interiors, Fine Homebuilding, or The Art and Craft of Custom Home Building.

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