Stardust

Stardust was quite a good read. It’s a fairy tale but for mature teens and older readers. Be advised that there is some graphic language. And Yes they do ultimately live happily ever after. Gaiman is a central figure in the emergence of the "graphic novel," a genre that combines novelistic storylines with comic-book graphics and is well known for his many other works such as the graphic serial novel "Sandman" : and other works.
It’s exciting to learn that Stardust has been made into a movie that is coming out this summer with a star-studded cast including Robert De Niro, Peter O'Toole and narrated by Ian McKellen. Hopefully the movie will remain faithful to the story line. There is also a graphic novel version of this book illustrated by Charles Vess.
The Ann Arbor District library has a great collection of graphic novels with collections for youth, teens and adults.

I Lost My Tooth in Africa by Penda Diakite

Amina is going to Africa to visit her father’s family. On the way she notices that she has a loose tooth. Her father tells her if she loses her tooth in Africa and puts it under a gourd she will get a chicken from the African tooth fairy. This Coretta Scott King Honor and Reading Rainbow book is filled with hope and family love. It is a wonderful adventure for a small child.

Life Journeys

Were you 20 something in the 70’s? Are you 50 something in the new millennium?
These stories are good ArmChair travels with people finding their way since coming-of-age in the 1970s.
Better Off: Flipping The Switch On Technology is the story of an MIT graduate who decided to step away from a high-tech future and work an Amish-style farm life for the first two years of marriage. Same River Twice is a documentary on the “grown-up” lives of five Colorado River Guides “since they left the summer river life” of their youth. William Least Heat Moon wrote Blue Highways in 1982 while traveling county roads (the blue highways on maps) across the US, and visiting with residents all along the way. Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain’s Journey is written by Linda Greenlaw, the only female Swordboat Captain off the east coast of Main.

New Fiction on the New York Times Best Sellers List (5/13/07)

The setting of Anita Shreve's latest bestseller Body Surfing will poignantly remind readers of past novels. She returns to the summer house on the coast of New Hampshire, the enthralling scene of Fortune's Rocks, The Pilot's Wife, The Weight of Water and Sea Glass. Once again it is the tragic setting for betrayals and deceptions, by friends and lovers and by families. And once again Shreve weaves a spell with seductive characters and a hypnotic mood.

The other new books are Simple Genius by David Baldacci, Back on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber, and The River Knows by Amanda Quick. None of these authors are strangers to the List.

Take it to the top

On May 16, 1975, Japanese climber, Junko Tabel was the first woman to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. Later, in Japan, reflecting on the trip, she commented,"I can't understand why men make all this fuss about Everest- it's only a mountain." Since then, more women have met or want the challenge including a group of Nepalese women who call themselves Daughters of Everest. These are Sherpa women who want to climb but are held back by traditional customs and financial constraints.

If you're preparing to challenge some summits this summer, you'll find some great inspirational and reality testing reading at the library in our books on mountaineering.

Jerry Falwell Dead at 73

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One of the most controversial religious leaders in our country's history died Tuesday. Agree or disagree, Falwell always had an opinion about all things social, political and theological. See what Jerry Falwell had to say and what others said about him...not always the same thing. Read the CNN obituary.

The lives of others

May 16 is Biographers Day, the anniversary of the meeting in London on May 16, 1763 between James Boswell and Samuel Johnson. Boswell is one of the first
writers to be known primarily as a biographer and his work, Life of Samuel Johnson, is regarded as a model of biographical writing. It is also a testament to his fortitude in pursuing Johnson who was known for his biting wit and sullen nature as evidenced by this characteristic quote: "Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully."

Kid Bits - 2nd-4th Grade Reads

Youth Librarians have been making school visits to announce Summer Reading starts when school stops in June!
Here are two recommended books for kids in grades 2-4.
In Star Jumper: Journal Of A Cardboard Genius, Alex can make ANYTHING if he can just figure out how to get enough cardboard boxes and duct tape.
In The Homework Machine, Brenton is a 5th grade software ace and figures out how to make his computer do homework. It will even print in his handwriting. The teacher notices that class homework assignments have all become A+. Hmmmm.... She needs to FIGURE IT OUT!

Colby Buzzell wins 2007 Blooker Prize

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Colby Buzzell, author of the stunningly honest and brutally funny My War: Killing Time in Iraq, has won the 2nd annual Blooker Prize, given to honor the wealth of high quality writing originating on the web in blogs and websites, that is then turned into book form. Buzzell went from slacker to solder at age 26, and ended up serving a tour of duty in Iraq as an Army machine gunner.

Buzzell’s award is particularly ironic, given yesterday’s news from the Pentagon. U.S. troops’ access to YouTube and MySpace (among 11 other websites) will be denied, in an effort to control the flow of reporting by active duty troops on the battlefield to the world at large. Not surprisingly, the perspective of the boots on the ground often diverges from the official press releases.

For more information about this year’s Blooker short list, go to this previous blog on the Library’s website.

Rurouni Kenshin @ Animanga Club, Thursday, May 17th

Join us this Thursday @ the Malletts Creek branch from 7:00 to 8:30 as we travel back to Meiji-era Japan with the Rurouni Kenshin anime and manga. We'll be watching episodes of the anime, courtesy of Media Blasters, and doing a fun trivia quiz (with small prizes for the winners!). Not a fan of Kenshin? Do you think Peacemaker Kurogane or Kaze Hikaru has better swordfighting action? Come anyways! You can talk about ANYTHING relating to anime, manga, Japan--and give us your ideas for summer events. Snacks and drinks will also be served. See you there!

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