Sign Language for Kids

Did you know you can teach your dog sign language or that you could have a secret conversation with your friends in sign? Aside from being able to communicate with deaf friends and family, these are a few good reasons to learn signing. A new book, Sign Language for Kids: A Fun and Easy Guide to American Sign Language by Lora Heller with excellent photographs and easy instructions, will have you signing in one day. Give it a try.

Love to Read - Memoir of a Book Lover

Today 9/12/05 on Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

Writer, professor and Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan is one of those lucky people in life who has been able to combine her passion with her profession. She discusses her new memoir, Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading. What a great title. Funny! I can almost hear my wife saying these same words when I mistakenly ask her a question when she's holding a book.

Bayou Farewell

Publisher's Weekly calls Mike Tidwell's 2003 Bayou Farewell: The Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana’s Cajun Coast a "lyrically intense travelogue". But it also sounds a clear warning: "...hundreds of Louisiana towns and cities, all just a few feet above sea level, lie increasingly prone to that deadly wrecking ball of hurricane force known as the storm surge. Coastal wetlands, it turns out, provide more than just a critical nursery for shrimp, crabs and fish. Every 2.7 miles of marsh grass absorbs a foot of a hurricane’s storm surge, that huge tide of water pushed inland by the storm’s winds.

The Play Ground

The Play Ground is on its toes this week because there are so many dance events on the horizon. Flamenco Michigan featuring Peter Suarez and many local artists will be at the Kerrytown Concert House on September 14 at 8pm. Suarez has performed with the
Gypsy Kings, at Radio City Music Hall and is a regular with the Metropolitan Opera.
In addition, the Artichoke Dance Company of New York City will present an evening of intimate dances for small spaces on Monday, September 12 at Canterbury House. The company is known for its daring and energetic dancing. Wait, there's more: The Mark Morris Dance Group will be at the Power Center on September 16 and 17. Once considered the bad boy of modern dance, Morris is now an influential choreographer.

New Fiction Titles on the New York Times Bestseller List (September 11, 2005)

Are you still looking for a summer escape? If you like mysteries, four popular authors have released new titles to entertain you. For a more contemplative read during these last days of the season, the final volume of poetry by Mattie Stepanek enters the list at #15.

At #1 is Point Blank by Catherine Coulter: the latest romantic thriller by this very prolific author features the married FBI couple of Savich and Sherlock.

At #6 is Tyrannosaur Canyon by Douglas Preston: hunting dinosaurs in the Southwest takes a deadly turn.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 through October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. Judith Ortiz Cofer would be a perfect place to begin your reading, as a storyteller born in Puerto Rico, she writes with a poetic exactness and a respect for her culture. Call Me Maria is her newest title for Teens, in which the main character tells her story in poems, letters, and prose. Cofer's book An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio won the Pura Belpre Award and the Americas Award, among others. This i

Working on Capital Hill

On the Diane Rehm show Thursday July 22 guest host Susan Page of USA Today interviewed Kristin Gore about her book. Many novels are set in Washington, but Sammy's Hill, the story of a young Capitol Hill staffer, is written by a true D.C. insider. Kristin Gore talks about how growing up in a political family shaped her first novel.

Kristin Gore is a novelist and television screenwriter. She is the daughter of former Vice President Al Gore.

Sleeping Freshman Never Lie

Sleeping Freshman Never Lie is the best book for the starting school blues. In the same week Scott starts high school as a freshman, he finds out that his mother is having a baby. If a new sibling isn’t enough to worry about, Scott also has to be concerned with bullies, capturing the attention of the beautiful Julia and keeping up with all his homework. Scott spends his freshman year creating a survival manual for his new brother/sister so that they don’t go through the same trials and tribulations as he does. David Lubar, author of Hidden Talents and Dunk, has created a hilarious book containing some good messages about being in high school.

Mysteries with a Strong Sense of Place

Faithless, just released on August 30, is the latest suspense thriller from Karin Slaughter that features medical examiner Sara Linton and her ex-husband, police chief Jeffrey Tolliver. This series is set in Grant County, Georgia – a small, sleepy backwood kind of a place where enough violence and tragedy keep them busy.

Slaughter’s “Southern sensibilities, combined with compelling characters, detailed descriptions of crime scenes and psychological tension” have many critics picked her as heir apparent to Patricia Cornwell.

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.

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