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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Readers' Advisory

Farewell Wayne Dyer
Self-Help Writer
Charismatic and camera-friendly, Wayne Dyer became well known after the publication of his first best-selling book, Your Erroneous Zones, in 1976. Since then, he has been a proponent of such typical New Age concepts as "living in the moment" and making "choices that bring us to a higher awareness," as he told a reporter for the St. Petersburg Times in 1994. In addition to books, Dyer has used audio recordings and the broadcast media to his advantage, securing his position as a cultural icon and leading light in the areas of motivation and self-awareness. (Biography in Context).
Dwyer was diagnosed with lymphocytic leukemia in 2009.  He died in August 2015 at the age of 75.

Readers' Advisory

Farewell Oliver Sacks

An author and physician in the field of neurology, Oliver Sacks (1933-2015) helped fuel debate about the essential qualities of humanity through his books, essays, and lectures. The author of such well-known works as Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Sacks used case studies from his own practice to advocate re-humanizing the medical arts. His stories of courageous patients coping with handicaps inspired popular movies, plays, and even an opera, but they spoke most eloquently on their own as a testament to the hardiness of the human spirit. (Biography in Context).

Click here for books by and about Oliver Sacks.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Readers' Advisory

The Wright Brothers
David McCullough (2015)

Pulitzer-winning historian McCullough  sees something exalted in the two bicycle mechanics and lifelong bachelors who lived with their sister and clergyman father in Dayton, Ohio. He finds them—especially Wilbur, the elder brother—to be cultured men with a steady drive and quiet charisma, not mere eccentrics. McCullough follows their monkish devotion to the goal of human flight, recounting their painstaking experiments in a homemade wind tunnel, their countless wrong turns and wrecked models, and their long stints roughing it on the desolate, buggy shore at Kitty Hawk, N.C. Thanks largely to their own caginess, the brothers endured years of doubt and ridicule while they improved their flyer. McCullough also describes the fame and adulation that the brothers received after public demonstrations in France and Washington, D.C., in 1908 cemented their claims. (Publishers Weekly)

Friday, June 12, 2015

Readers' Advisory

The House We Grew Up In
by Lisa Jewell (2014)

Meet the Bird family. They live in a simple brick house in a picture-perfect Cotswolds village, with rambling, unkempt gardens stretching just beyond. Pragmatic Meg, dreamy Beth, and tow-headed twins Rory and Rhys all attend the village school and eat home-cooked meals together each night. Everybody in town gushes over the two girls, who share their mother’s apple cheeks and wide smiles. Of the boys, lively, adventurous Rory can stir up trouble, moving through life more easily than little Rhys, his slighter, more sensitive counterpart. Their father is a sweet gangly man, but it’s their mother, Lorelei, a beautiful free spirit with long flowing hair and eyes full of wonder, who spins at the center.

Time flies in those early years when the kids are still young. Lorelei knows that more than anyone, doing her part to freeze time by protecting the precious mementos she collects, filling the house with them day by day. Easter egg foils are her favorite. Craft supplies, too. She insists on hanging every single piece of art ever produced by any of the children, to her husband’s chagrin.Then one Easter weekend, tragedy occurs. The event is so devastating that, almost imperceptibly, it begins to tear the family apart. Years pass and the children have become adults, found new relationships, and, in Meg's case, created families of their own. Lorelei has become the county’s worst hoarder. She has alienated her husband, her children, and has been living as a recluse for six years. It seems as though they’d never been The Bird Family at all, as if loyalty were never on the table. But then something happens that calls them home, back to the house they grew up in—and to what really happened that Easter weekend so many years ago.

Delving deeply into the hearts and minds of its characters, The House We Grew Up In is the gripping story of a family’s desire to restore long-forgotten peace and to unearth the many secrets hidden within the nooks and crannies of home. (Publisher's summary).

Friday, May 15, 2015

Readers' Advisory

Farewell B. B. King
King was known for his hits My Lucille, Sweet Little Angel and Rock Me Baby.  He was born in Mississippi in 1925 and began performing in the 1940s.

His awards included:
Grammy Awards for Best R&B Vocal, for The Thrill Is Gone, 1971; and for Best Traditional Blues Recording, for Blues 'n' Jazz, 1984, for My Guitar Sings the Blues, 1986, and for Live at San Quentin, 1991. Humanitarian Award, B'nai B'rith Music and Performance Lodge of New York, 1973; NAACP Image Award, 1975. Inducted into Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, 1987; Lifetime Achievement Awards from National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (special Grammy), 1988; from Songwriters Hall of Fame, 1990; and from Gibson guitar company, 1991. Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, 1990; Presidential Medal of Freedom, 1990; National Heritage Fellowship from National Endowment for the Arts, 1991; Grammy Awards for Best Traditional Blues Album, for Blues Summit, 1993; Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album, for Blues on the Bayou, 1999; Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album, for Riding with the King, 2000; Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby?, 2000; Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album, for Christmas Celebration of Hope, 2002; Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance, for Auld Lang Syne, 2002; Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album, 80, 2005; Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album, for One Kind Favor, 2008.

"B. B. King." Contemporary Black Biography. Vol. 7. Detroit: Gale, 1994. Biography in Context. Web. 15 May 2015.
For material by and about B. B. King, click here.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Readers' Advisory

Me Before You
by Jo Jo Moyes (2012)

"They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life--steady boyfriend, close family--who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after a motorcycle accident. Will has always lived a huge life--big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel--and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy--but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living. A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn't have less in common--a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart? (From publisher).

Monday, April 20, 2015

Readers' Advisory

Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins (2015)

Obsessively watching a breakfasting couple every day to escape the pain of her losses, Rachel witnesses a shocking event that inextricably entangles her in the lives of strangers.