Thursday, April 27, 2006

Preview Shelf -- Library Offers Leisure-Hour Comfort

The new Crawfordsville District Public Library has been planned to provide a variety of restful places for reading. Try the spacious periodicals room inside the entrance, the useful small-meeting capsules, the private carrels, and the soft upholstered chairs along the upper windows, all designed to offer profitable experiences whether or not you have a borrower's card.

Here are the most recently requested books of information. Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness is Joshua Shenk's documentation of how the 16th President harnessed his problem to fuel his success. American Vertigo by Bernard-Henri Levy tells about his travels through our country following in the footsteps of Alexis de Tocqueville, whose Democracy in America (found at 320.973 Toc) was such an influential study of our country. Andy Rathbone's Windows XP for Dummies now contains expanded e-mail, security, and upgrading instructions. The AARP Guide to Pills is essential information on 1,200 medications including generics. Mean Girls Grown Up by Cheryl Dellasega describes adult women bullies and females who are still victims. Gail Sheehy's Sex and the Seasoned Woman concerns her findings about those between forty and death. Two pet books are Don't Shoot the Dog!: The New Art of Teaching and Training by Karen Pryor, and ThinkDog an owner's guide to canine psychology by John Fisher.

Next comes new Young Adult reading. I Am The Messenger is Australian Markus Zusak's story about an underage cabdriver whose life is routine until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery. German-born Josef Holub's An Innocent Soldier tells of a young farmhand trying to survive after being drafted into Napoleon's army. The Cup of the World by John Dickinson describes itself as a book that hides within itself a secret amidst a battle between good and evil. Cheap. Fast. Good! by Beverly Mills & Alicia Ross shows ways to eat well for less dollars and tells how to plan smart, shop smart, and cook smart. The Complete Book of Raw Food, compiled by editor Lori Baird, explains vegetarian cuisine made with living foods. Denise Vivaldo's How to Start a Home-Based Catering Business makes the complex task easier with organized facts. New science fiction includes Pretender by C. J. Cherryh, her 2nd book of the third Foreigner sequence, Jack McDevitt's Seeker, a galaxy-spanning adventure, and Douglas Preston's Tyrannosaur Canyon that travels from the moon to an eerie area of New Mexico. A trio of westerns begins with Night Hawk by Stephen Overholser about a skinny youngster hired as a wrangler on the frontier. Elmer Kelton's Six Bits a Day is his prequel about Hewey Calloway as he leaves the family farm in 1889 to find work in the West Texas cow country. A Sudden Country by Karen Fisher is based on the actual events of Oregon migration in 1847 emphasizing two characters' survival. Authors often offer their personal experiences. The Story of My Life: An Afghan Girl on the Other Side of the Sky by Farah Ahmedi interweaves her childhood in Afghanistan with her adolescence and life as a senior in a Chicago high school. A different kind of history is Dante's Cure, psychotherapist Daniel Dorman's work bringing a nineteen-year-old out of schizophrenia through a healing process dealing with her family history over seven years. Still another experience was Norah Vincent's experiment told in Self-Made Man. After hearing women's convincing comments that men have always had it better, she uses makeup, a trainer, and a voice coach to infiltrate the male world for 18 months learning how hard it is to be a man, even in a man's world.

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