Monday, September 11, 2017

New Non-fiction

School is back in session, the temperatures are getting a little cooler and everyone has busy schedules. But if you like books, you will always find a few minutes here or there to pick one up and read for a little while. Below are a few books that you will find on the new nonfiction kiosks on the main level.

And Here, 100 years of Upper Peninsula writing 1917-2017. Upper Peninsula literature has been suppressed or minimized in Michigan anthologies and Michigan literature as a whole. If you love the U.P. you will find stories that are eclectic, surprising, vivid, harsh, warm and wild. If the U.P. runs through your veins, whether you were born here or just visit, this book beautifully conveys the country through the best words and best writers of the past and present. (810.8 AN)

Happiness, a memoir, by Heather Harpham. This is a shirt-grabbing, page-turning love story that follows a one-of-a-kind family through twists of fate that require nearly unimaginable choices. With intelligence and lyricism and compassion, Harpham gives us her story of the rocky road that sometimes leads right where you want it to. At first glance, this book is a honest captivating story about parenting a sick child, but it turns out to be something even more interesting, exploring the complexities of love. (618.3 HA)

The Great Quake, how the biggest earthquake in North America changed our understanding of the planet, by Henry Fountain. On March 27, 1964 at 5:36pm a magnitude 9.2 earthquake struck the state of Alaska. This earthquake demolished the city of Valdez and swept away the island village of Chenega. It devastated the southern half of the state and killed more than 130 people. A day later, George Plafker arrived to investigate. He hunted for clues to explain how and why it took place. His fascinating scientific detective work in the months that followed helped confirm the then controversial theory of plate tectonics. Journalist Henry Fountain brings the quake and its aftermath to life in vivid detail. With reporting from Alaska and in the company of George Plafker, Fountain shows how the earthquake left its mark on the land and its people, and on science.

Everything All At Once, by Bill Nye. From his time as a young physics student to his years working as a professional engineer, Bill developed a worldview that there was no problem that could not be solved with the unique blend of curiosity, patience, and creativity. This is the story of Bill’s life thus far and a guide to honing your own nerd mindset. He moves through the moment when he fell in love with physics, math, and the power of the slide rule. He shares lessons he learned as an engineer at Boeing, a stand-up comedian, the CEO of The Planetary Society, and a beloved figure on television. This book is also a stirring call to arms, urging you to stand up and become an active, rather than passive, member of your democracy. Bill argues that deep down, we’re all nerds in a way, and nerds don’t give up. Bill teaches us that we have the ability, the power, and the responsibility to think critically and take control of the future.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Sci-Fi on Tap

The Peter White Public Library has started a new book club:  Sci-Fi on Tap.  It meets the third Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm in the Ore Dock’s tap room.  Join us to discuss some classics and check out what’s new in PWPL’s science fiction section.

Convergence by C.J. Cherryh is the 18th novel in her Foreigner series.  After successfully negotiating a treaty with the Kyo, Bren Cameron must now present it to the human government, many of whose members distrust him because of how he has embraced the Atevi language and culture. Meanwhile, on the mainland Cajeiri, heir to Tabini-aiji, at the felicitous age of nine, must learn how to deal with the many Atevi clans, not all of whom like the changes that humans have brought with them.

Imagine a universe where a different anthropomorphized sapient mammal populates each planet.  Such a universe exists in Barsk:  The Elephants’ Graveyard by Lawrence M. Schoen.  The fants, considered the lowest of all species, live on a dreary, rainy world, valued only for the pharmaceuticals it provides, especially koph which allows users to communicate with the dead.  When a number of dying elderly fants disappear but do not appear in the spirit world, it is up to Jorl, historian and speaker to the dead, to discover what has happened to them.

When Maria wakes up in the cloning vat filled with synth-amneo fluid, it takes her a moment to realize that not all is as it should be.  Globs of blood are floating around her vat and the other crew members have been cloned meaning that they must have all died in the same time frame.  Is there a killer among them?  With decades missing from her memory, Maria, the other crew members, and the ship’s computer IAN must solve the mystery of their death, rebirth, and pasts if they are to survive in this sci-fi mystery Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty.

In The Hike by Drew Magary, businessman, Ben, away on yet another trip, decides to take a hike near his hotel.  When he witnesses two men in Rottweiler masks killing a young girl, he screams for help, only to have the men start chasing him.  Unable to find his way out of the woods or to get any cell phone reception, he must begin his journey where the one rule is to stay on the path if he is to find his way back home.

Set in the not too distant future, Crosstalk by Connie Willis examines unexpected consequences.  Briddey Flannigan is in love with co-worker Trent Worth.  When he asks her to undergo a medical procedure to enhance their emotional communication, she is delighted, despite warnings from her family and company nerd, C.B. Schwartz.  When she wakes up from surgery, however, it is not Trent’s emotions that she feels, but C.B.’s voice in her head.  How could this happen?  And will the unexpected consequences end there?

Littered with discarded biotech from the Company, ravaged by drought and war, the world described in Bourne by Jeff Vanermeer is a polluted and dangerous place.  One day while scavenging, Rachel finds a piece of biotech which she names Bourne.  Is Bourne a plant? Animal? Person?  Despite warnings from her partner Wick, Rachel decides to raise Bourne as her child, a decision that will have massive consequences not only for her but the world she lives in.

--Carolyn McManis, Programming Coordinator


Every year when I see that first glimpse of color in the trees, I wonder if I’m ready.  Fall is a time of transition for many people, whether it is simply starting a new school year or a move or a life change.  Peter White Public Library has many new titles that may guide you through your next transition.

If you’re a parent of a teenage girl you may be witnessing changing moods by the minute.  In Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood, author Lisa Damour, director of the internationally renowned Laurel School's Center for Research on Girls, pulls back the curtain on the teenage years and shows why your daughter's erratic and confusing behavior is actually healthy, necessary, and natural. Untangled explains what's going on, prepares parents for what's to come, and lets them know when it's time to worry.

Tell Me Everything You Don't Remember: The Stroke That Changed My Life is a memoir of survival.   Christine Hyung-Oak Lee woke up with a headache on New Year’s Eve 2006. By that afternoon, she saw the world quite literally upside down. By New Year’s Day, she was unable to form a coherent sentence. After hours in the ER, days in the hospital, and multiple questions and tests, she learned that she had had a stroke. For months, Lee outsourced her memories to her notebook. It is from these memories that she shares her experience.

We have many books that give advice on how to reorganize or enrich your life.  One of these is Let it go: downsizing your way to a richer, happier life by Peter Walsh.  Walsh doesn't see downsizing as a difficult chore, rather, it's a freeing, rejuvenating process. In Let It Go, you'll access Walsh's many tips and practical takeaways, such as how to understand the emotional challenges that accompany downsizing; how to create strategies for working with your spouse, adult kids, or siblings without drama; how to calculate the amount of stuff you can bring into your new life; and how to identify the objects that will bring you real happiness, and the rest that you should let go.

Another such book is Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-lived, Joyful Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans.  Burnett and Evans believe that in order to change, people need a process-- a design process-- to help them figure out what they want and how to create it. Rather than dreaming up a lot of fun fantasies that have no relationship to the real world-- or the real you-- they show us how to build a future brick by brick, how to approach our own life design challenges with curiosity and creativity. They give us the tools and show us certain simple "mind-sets," and how to use them to practice life design.

Author Earl E. Hocquard offers hope to the newly single in his book, Dating Doesn't Have to Be Disastrous Anymore: Rediscovering Who You Are and What You're Looking For.   According to Hocquard, we bring good qualities and personal flaws into our relationships. We bring health and a hurtful past. Quickly, we realize how much work a relationship demands. Each of us can invest good things for great results. It helps to understand: The different dynamics that cause unhealthy, hurtful relationships and those qualities that help grow healthy, inspiring ones; The art of building meaningful skills in communication, listening, conflict resolution, and identifying the values you are seeking in another; how to identify a healthy relationship, how to discern unhealthy ones, and how to bring healing and growth to your past dynamics and wounds."

For those facing the end of life for themselves or a loved one, Caring for the Dying: The Doula Approach to a Meaningful Death describes a whole new way to approach death and dying. It explores how the dying and their families can bring deep meaning and great comfort to the care given at the end of a life. Created by Henry Fersko-Weiss, the end-of-life doula model is adapted from the work of birth doulas and helps the dying to find meaning in their life, express that meaning in powerful and beautiful legacies, and plan for the final days. The approach calls for around-the-clock vigil care, so the dying person and their family have the emotional and spiritual support they need along with guidance on signs and symptoms of dying. It also covers the work of reprocessing a death with the family afterward and the early work of grieving. Emphasis is placed on the space around the dying person and encourages the use of touch, guided imagery, and ritual during the dying process. The guidance provided can help a dying person, their family, and caregivers to transform the dying experience from one of fear and despair into one that is uplifting and even life affirming.

Sometimes the conscious choice not to change can lead to a new relationship with old circumstances.  How we come to feel at home in our towns and cities is what Melody Warnick sets out to discover in This Is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live. She dives into the body of research around place attachment--the deep sense of connection that binds some of us to our cities and increases our physical and emotional well-being--then travels to towns across America to see it in action. Inspired by a growing movement of placemaking, she examines what its practitioners are doing to create likeable locales. She also speaks with frequent movers and loyal stayers around the country to learn what draws highly mobile Americans to a new city, and what makes us stay. The best ideas she imports to her adopted hometown of Blacksburg for a series of Love Where You Live experiments designed to make her feel more locally connected.  Examples are dining with her neighbors, shopping small business Saturday and marching in the town Christmas parade.

--Ellen Moore, Web Developer

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

New Selections

The Peter White Public Library offers these recently added new titles.

Lake Fish: Modern Cooking with Freshwater Fish by Keane Amdahl.
A cookbook for those who want to make the most of their catches from the lakes and streams. The recipes in this volume focus on species found in the upper Great Lakes, in our local rivers, streams, big lakes, and smaller lakes. Many of the non-fish ingredients are foods that are commonly foraged, grown in gardens, or purchased from local farmers.
New non-fiction 641.392 AM

Prohibition in the Upper Peninsula: Booze & Bootleggers on the Border by Russell M. Magnaghi. Another local history volume from NMU history professor Dr. Magnaghi. This time he chronicles the raucous history of prohibition in the Upper Peninsula. Many in the UP were finding ways around the outright ban of alcohol that existed in Michigan from from 1917 to 1933, be it home-production, bootlegging, a “prescription” for alcohol, or by amassing large personal stashes just as the ban was going into effect. Enforcement largely fell on the newly formed Michigan Constabulary (State Police). The book touches on a variety of topics, including the dance-hall culture, and attitudes around the region towards other vices at the time. Illustrated with numerous images from the period.
New non-fiction 364.1332 MA

Seven Stones to Stand or Fall: A Collection of Outlander Fiction by Diana Gabaldon.
If you can’t get enough of the exploits of the characters in the Outlander series, this book contains seven novellas which serve to fill in storylines and timelines not covered in the full Outlander novels. Five of these novellas are pre-existing material, and two are newly written. Book 9 in the Outlander series “Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone”, is not due out until at least 2018.
New fiction under Gabaldon

A Dog’s Way Home by W. Bruce Cameron.
From the author of the bestselling novel “A Dog’s Purpose”, which was turned into a feature film, and was one of the movies shown at the library last month. This is the third book in the Dog’s Purpose series, all of which are owned by the library. In this book, Lucas Ray discovers a puppy in an abandoned building, and they form a quick bond. The main problem is that the apartment he shares with his disabled mother does not allow dogs. Man and dog must find a routine that does not get them in trouble, which is difficult to achieve.
New fiction under Cameron

--Bruce MacDonald, Technical Services Librarian

Monday, August 14, 2017

Joys of outdoor work

These glorious summer days are perfect for getting outdoors. Even the tasks of weeding and watering a garden are a pleasure. Peter White Public Library’s new nonfiction collection, housed on the main floor of the library, has several books that celebrate the joys of working the soil and being active in the natural world.
Infestations of aphids have been a real problem for many gardeners this summer thanks to the abundant rainfall this earlier in the season. Instead of reaching for the chemical insecticide, consider reading The Humane Gardener by Nancy Lawson for tips on using natural predators to curb your bug problem. The book’s author promotes the concept of understanding your property as a whole ecosystem with compassion for all the variety of life in it. For example, one ladybug can eat up to fifty aphids a day, a much better alternative for the earth than chemical controls. Developing an appreciation of your property’s ecosystem will enrich your outdoor gardening experience. 577.554 LA
Garden designer, Kate Frey and biology professor, Gretchen LeBuhn, are the authors of The Bee Friendly Garden, a how-to guide to make your yard attractive to these busy pollinators. Topics covered in this well illustrated book range from why bees are essential to our ecosystems, what food sources to plant that support bee populations (an often other animals), and how to provide shelter for all kinds bees. 595.799 FR
Taking the interest in bees several steps further is Save the Bees with Natural Backyard Hives by Rob and Chelsea McFarland. This book explores the wonder of the world of honeybees and gives an overview of the process of getting set up to keep bees, how to maintain a healthy hive, troubleshooting problems and how to harvest the honey. Joining a local beekeeping group is another way to learn more before diving into this rewarding hobby. 638.1 MC
Readers who want to make a positive impact on the environment and help the effort to combat climate change will enjoy The Permaculture Promise by Jono Neiger. Permaculture is the art of using the patterns and features observed in the natural world to design our communities and living spaces. The author covers practical ideas each of us can utilize to stabilize our food supply, fulfill our energy needs, build smarter homes and ensure a good supply of clean water. 631.58 NE
In The Wood for the Trees: One Man’s Long View of Nature author Richard Fortey leads the reader through a year in the life of his four-acre woodland in Oxfordshire, England. Twelve chapters, one for each month, cover the geology, natural history, flora and fauna of this piece of land under his stewardship. An award winning paleontologist at London’s Natural History Museum, Fortey’s writing style is very readable and informative, providing an interesting “walk” through the woods in all seasons. 577.3094 FO
What’s new for readers who don’t have a piece of earth to till? Check out Urban Jungle: Living and Styling with Plants by Igor Josifovic and Judith De Graaff. Full of inspiring colorful photographs, the authors provide plenty of ideas on how to bring the outdoors in by decorating with hanging plants, succulents, indoor trees and herbs to create a light and contemporary decorating style. For more indoor garden tips visit the authors’ online blog at 635.965 JO
Happy gardening! 
--Margaret Boyle, Circulation Services

Monday, August 7, 2017

Local Historian Sonny Longtime

The library has a copy of all seven local history books written by Sonny Longtine over the past eighteen years, You can find them in our Michigan collection of regional books.  The books are listed below, newest to oldest, beginning with U.P. People, which is hot off the press.  All of these non-fiction books can be found by their call numbers on the upper level of the library.

U.P. People (2017) – 977.49 LO – Longtine once again uses the tagline, “Incredible Stories About Incredible People” to describe the stories within.  Following the format of Courage Burning, U.P. People features incredible people who claim the U.P. as their source of inspiration.  Find stories about George Shiras III, the first to photograph animals at night with a trip wire; Nita Engle, a most extraordinary watercolor artist; Steve Mariucci and Tom Izzo, all-star athletes who went on to become famous coaches in football and basketball; Dr. Paul Van Riper, longtime physician and namesake of Van Riper State Park in Michigamme; Anne Clemenc, union organizer in the Copper Country; William G. Mather, who instituted safety practices in the Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company; and Charlotte Armstrong, mystery writer and author of numerous television screenplays.  All forty-two stories are supplemented by photos and drawings.

Michigan's Upper Penninsula Magnificent Mansions and Courtly Cottages (2015) -720.9774 LO - The subtitle, “The Houses We Live In, The Buildings We Work In, The Churches We Pray In,” aptly describes the subject matter.  Buildings are grouped together by architectural design, such as Gothic Revival, Tudor Revival, Arts & Crafts, Art Deco, and Modern, with the Table of Contents listing the building, the city, and date of construction all in one line.  The story of each structure includes a complete history from its construction to present day use.  Black and white photographs of the buildings and close-ups of architectural details add to their historical interest.  There’s a huge glossary of architectural terms, with a similarly large bibliography at the back of the book.

Murder in Michigan's Upper Peninsula (2014) - 364.1523 LO - This book consists of twenty-one Upper Peninsula murders lifted directly from WADING IN BLOOD and repackaged with a new cover.  Some of these short stories have been re-written into full-length books or made into modern documentary films.  “Spousal Assassin,” a 1992 murder in Ontonagon, became “The Sweater Letter” by Dave Distel (also found in the true crime section under 364.1523 DI).  “A Staircase to Death,” covers the death of 73 people in Calumet’s 1913 Italian Hall Disaster, which has been the subject of various books such as “Death’s Door: The Truth Behind the Italian Hall Disaster and the Strike of 1913” by Steve Lehto (977.4993), and two recent documentaries on DVD:  “Red Metal: The Copper Country Strike of 1913” (977.499 RE) and “1913 Massacre” (977.4041 NI).

Wading in Blood: Murder in Michigan: A Riveting Read on Legendary Murders that Spanned Upper and Lower Michigan (2009) - 364.1523 LO – The title is very descriptive of thirty-six short stories of murder, each one more ruthless than the last.  These spectacular crimes range from “A Hymn for the Hangman,” an 1830 story of a Detroit tavern owner who beat his wife to death, to “A Picture Perfect Plan for Murder” in 2008, unraveling the tale of a woman falling over a cliff at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Munising while hiking with her husband.  Did she fall or was she pushed?  The book includes photos and drawings to enhance the factual text of each story. 

Courage Burning:  Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (2006) - 977.39 LO - Longtine highlights “Incredible Stories About Incredible People” by telling short stories about notable figures in the U.P. from founding fathers to modern day pioneers.  There are well-known names such as John Longyear, John Voelker, Charles Kawbawgam, and Peter White, along with lesser known, but quite awesome, people such as Fred Rydholm, William Blakewell, and Maggie Waltz. These short biographies are accompanied by photos that enhance the information.

Michigan's Upper Peninsula:  Life, Legends, and Landmarks (2002) - 977.49 LO – Longtine moves from the history of buildings to the history of interesting people and places in the U.P.  Did you know about the Flying Bietila brothers - Finnish ski jumpers from Ishpeming?  How about Henry Ford’s home away from home at the Thunder Bay Inn  in Big Bay, which was also the setting for the filming of the movie, “Anatomy of a Murder.”  There are tidbits of information from every corner of the U.P.

Marquette, Then and Now (1999) - 977.496 LO - This book, with its historical and current photographs of city landmarks, appeals to historians, tourists, and everyday residents of Marquette.  The stories are brief, but full of interesting facts about each structure.  Take the book with you on a walk around town to reap the full benefit of its content.  Longtine established his style of combining story and photographs in this extraordinary publication.

--Lynette Suckow, Reference Desk.

Monday, July 31, 2017

New fiction

It’s time to dive right into a few adult fiction books. I know it’s summer and being outdoors is probably high priority, but why not check out one of these great novels in case you want to sit down under a big oak tree to cool off or cool off at the lakeshore?

A Separation by Katie Kitamura is a very suspenseful story of infidelity and intimacy. I know same old same old you say? This is about a woman who is about to end her marriage and then her husband goes missing and she went to find him. She found she understands less than she thought she did about the man she used to love. Her secrets are revealed as the author propels you into a world of a woman on the edge.

Do you like thrillers? Then this is the book for you: The Agent Runner by Simon Conway is a thrilling thriller. Conway takes his readers behind the headlines in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and unveils a nightmare of violence, double agents, drugs, sadistic torture and so much more. This is a very vivid and true to life story that will possibly make you forget to take a breath.

Elan Mastai is an award-winning screenwriter and All Our Wrong Todays is his first novel. It's about time travel and alternate timelines, written with a gallon of humor, a couple quarts of wisdom, and a cup or two of insightfulness and optimism. This story is about the various versions of ourselves that are shed and grown into over time and about friendship, family, unexpected journeys, and of course, love in its many forms.

Paul Auster, the first recipient of the NYC Literary Honors in the category of fiction, has written several bestselling books like Sunset Park, Invisible, and The New York Trilogy.  His latest, 4321, is the first novel he’s written in seven years. The story starts out in Newark, New Jersey in March of 1947 and is about a boy, the one and only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson. The story presents four simultaneous and independent fictional paths for this boy's life to follow. This novel will keep you guessing right up to the end.

Lastly, there’s Feversong by Karen Marie Moning, the epic conclusion to her pulse-pounding Fever series. This story, like the others in the series, features MacKayla Lane. If you have read her other books in this series, then you must read this one. MacKayla has unleashed “The Sinsar Dubb”, a sentient book of evil that has possessed her body and will stop at nothing to satisfy its insatiable quest for power. This is a must read.

--Nicki Malave, Network Coordinator

Monday, July 24, 2017

New novels

It’s late July and that means we are (finally!) into full summer vacation mode!  Whether you are a beach bum, backwoods braveheart or a glamping enthusiast, your experience will be complete when you pack a new novel.

Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy
Liv and Nora take their families on a holiday cruise and everyone is thrilled. The ship's comforts are enjoyed by all. The children love the buffet and the independence the ship offers. But when they go on an onshore excursion, the families find themselves far from the ship’s safety.

No One is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts
JJ Ferguson has returned home to Pinewood, North Carolina, to build his dream house and to pursue his high school sweetheart.  As he reenters his hometown, he's shocked to find that the people he once knew have changed, just as he has. JJ's return, the wealth he’s accumulated and his plan to build the dream home stirs up not only his family, but the entire town.

Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane
After Rachel Childs suffers an on-air breakdown, she lives as a shut-in. However, she now enjoys her ideal life with an ideal husband--until a chance encounter causes that life to dissolve. She finds herself within a conspiracy and must find the will to conquer her deepest fears.

American War by Omar El Akkad
Sarat Chestnut is only six when the Second American Civil War breaks out in 2074. When her father is killed and her family is forced into Camp Patience for displaced persons, she grows up shaped by surroundings.  The decisions she soon have tremendous consequences not just for Sarat but for her family and her country, rippling through generations of both strangers and family.

Marlena by Julie Buntin
Everything about fifteen-year-old Cat's new town in rural Michigan is lonely, until she meets her neighbor, the manic, beautiful, pill-popping Marlena. Cat, naïve and desperate for connection, is quickly lured into Marlena's circle. As the two girls turn the untamed landscape of the desolate small town into their playground, Cat catalogues a litany of firsts while Marlena's habits grow more sinister. Within the year, Marlena is dead, drowned in six inches of icy water. Now decades later, Cat finds herself still tangled in the past.

The Girl Before by JP Delaney
After a traumatic break-in, Emma needs a new place to live. Finally she finds a safe, affordable option that is also an architectural masterpiece.  But there are rules. The enigmatic architect who designed the house retains full control: no books, no throw pillows, no photos or clutter or personal effects of any kind. The space is intended to transform its occupant--and it does. After her own personal tragedy, Jane also needs a fresh start. When she finds One Folgate Street she, too, is drawn to the space--and to its creator. Moving in, Jane soon learns about the untimely death of the home's previous tenant.  As Jane tries to uncover the truth she finds herself on the same path, and experiences the same terror, as the girl before.

Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan 
Nora and Theresa Flynn are young women they leave Ireland for America. Nora is the responsible sister; she's shy and serious and Theresa is gregarious--thrilled by their new life in Boston.  When Theresa ends up pregnant, Nora is forced to come up with a plan—a decision with repercussions they have yet to understand. Fifty years later, Nora is the matriarch of her big Catholic family with four grown children.  Theresa is now a cloistered nun and estranged from her sister.  After decades of silence, Nora and Theresa are forced to confront choices they made fifty years before.

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz 
When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway’s latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. Alan’s traditional formula has been hugely successful--so successful that she must continue to put up with his increasingly questionable behavior if she wants to keep her job.  Conway’s latest tale includes the standard dead bodies and intriguing suspects, but as Susan reads, she’s convinced there’s a real story hidden in the manuscript. 

--Heather Steltenpohl, Development Director