November 2012 Archives

Visit Sunny Chernobyl by Andrew Blackwell


The Chernobyl nuclear disaster scares the beans out of me. I picture boiling skin and hair falling out in clumps and little red babies crying. Scary stuff. As repugnant as those thoughts may be, I still find mass catastrophes somehow interesting in a macabre type of way. Reading Visit Sunny Chernobyl: And Other Adventures in the World's Most Polluted Places by travel writer Andrew Blackwell managed to give me the willies while entertaining the heck out of me.

Stupidity abounds in this book and Blackwell knows it. He lets us in on the joke while analyzing the causes and effects that pollution of different kinds has on the world we live in. Blackwell visits seven places on Earth that have been ravaged by pollution and describes how the pollution happened, its effect on the environment and possible outcomes, if any. All while keeping his sense of humor. We visit the oil sands in Alberta, the coal fields of China and the chemically polluted rivers of Port Charles, Texas amongst others.

I found two particular chapters to be the most interesting, or sad, depending on how you spin it. One was about Chernobyl and the other about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is an immense area of the North Pacific where a bunch of currents converge, bringing with them loads of plastic bottles and chemicals that swirl around in a huge area of pollution.

My favorite, or the most horrifying to me, was the first chapter of the book about visiting the catastrophic Chernobyl site in the Ukraine. Believe it or not, they give guided tours! Entire cities still stand vacant, kindergarten classrooms still have colorful drawings on the floor and people still fish in the streams! Unbelievable. Blackwell writes about the firemen who responded to the nuclear disaster knowing the radiation was going to kill them. He writes of the huge shell they put up over the entire reactor that is now crumbling and leaky, allowing radiation to seep out. Scary. Not light reading. But Blackwell writes in a way that is fun and enlightening; only his topics are horrific.
I don't recommend a career as a tour guide at the Chernobyl site!

Dan @ Central

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Brain Trust by Garth Sundem


Brain Trust by Garth Sundem presents lab-tested 'secrets' and tips from 93 top scientists on a plethora of subjects from dieting to destroying bridges. Each of these helpful (if not entirely practical) tricks and concepts come in their own individual section, with the individual contributing scientist prominently credited. The bite-sized bits keep the book from getting stale, combined with the slick and self-aware writing style of the author who readily admits to not knowing as much as his cavalcade of contributors. To help keep you engaged, the author also includes some challenging puzzles between segments, testing your own ability to put some of the concepts presented to use. While perhaps not anything you'd want to base a senior thesis off of, the book is fun and engaging popular science that keeps itself fresh. Definitely worth a read for those looking to see the science behind all sorts of odd and interesting subjects.

Tim @ Central

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Let Linda Howard Put a Little Love in Your Life

Linda Howard is a prolific writer of suspense, mystery, danger and passion. Here are four of her books that I have read and enjoyed recently.


In Dream Man Marlie Keen lives a quiet and normal life in Orlando, Florida. One night while driving home she has a nightmare or some kind of clairvoyant episode about a local serial killer. Reluctantly, and at the risk of being ridiculed, Marlie goes to the police and tells them what she "saw." Her description matches that of a recent crime, even so Detective Dane Hollister doubts the source of her information. That is until the serial killer starts to hunt Marlie. Dane takes Marlie's safety very seriously and decides to do everything he can to make sure she does not become the serial killer's next victim.

In Prey Angie Powell runs a wilderness guide business in Montana. Unfortunately, her company is slowly failing as a neighboring wilderness guide company run by Dare Callahan seems to be taking away her customers. Her luck worsens when she takes three shady men out on a trip to hunt bear. When she doesn't return home after a torrential rain storm, Dare Callahan worries and goes looking for her. Eventually he finds her only to become the prey of a man-eating bear.


In Ice Gabriel McQueen returns home from the service to visit his family for the holidays only to discover a life-threatening ice storm is about to barrel into town. He doesn't want to leave his family right upon arriving, but his father asks him to go check on a neighbor to make sure she's OK. Unfortunately, that neighbor is Lolly Helton, a girl he never liked when he was younger. Meanwhile, Lolly plans to make a quick stop at her house and then leave town, but two unsavory characters take her hostage and plan to rob her. They all get trapped on the mountain in Lolly's house along with Gabriel who just barely makes it there through the ice. The criminals have guns, are on drugs, and completely irrational. There's nowhere for anyone to go or hide. The dire situation quickly turns into kill or be killed.


Veil of Night is not as serious and dark as the other three novels I've listed here. Wedding planner Jaclyn Wilde has a devil of a client in Carrie Edwards who lives to make others miserable. With several weddings coming up in just a few days, poor Jaclyn doesn't have time for the drama Carrie creates. You'd think life would be better if Carrie just went away, but a simple departure is not in her nature. Someone murders her and everyone's a suspect. From there the mystery unfolds like a game of Clue.

Valerie @ MPL Central

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Top 10 by Alan Moore

toptenjacket.jpgAlan Moore's Top Ten, a short-lived comic series now collected into two wonderful bound volumes, sits off to the side when most people talk about his greatest works as Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell hog the spotlight. Yet for the casual reader, Top Ten probably holds the most appeal. Without the daunting reputation of being a juggernaut of the genre like Watchmen and V for Vendetta, Top Ten establishes itself quickly as an accessible, interesting, and entertaining read. A police procedural comic set in a city where everyone and everything (including household pests!) has some sort of super power; it's a Hill Street Blues for the cape-and-cowl crowd.

Top Ten has many highlights, from the well-developed and diverse cast of characters, to the art filled with sly comic book jokes and references amongst the background characters, to the smart, sly subversion of both police procedural and superhero tropes. Those wary of Moore's tendency to constantly destroy, maim, and murder characters in his work take note: as this was originally planned as an ongoing series, the characters have a surprising survival rate. Overall, for anyone who likes new twists on familiar concepts, both volumes of Top 10 are definitely worth checking out. While not as lauded as some of Moore's work, Top 10 is one of his more 'fun' works, and the artwork by Gene Ha and Zander Cannon is superb. Don't mistake 'fun' for light, however, as the crimes these super-powered police officers have to deal with can get both intense and disturbing.

Tim @ Central

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The Gallery of Regrettable Food by James Lileks


Get ready for holiday entertaining with the recipes in The Gallery of Regrettable Food, James Lileks's hilarious survey of recipes from the 40s, 50s, and 60s! Focusing on cookbooks put out by food companies and associations, Lileks went through such culinary masterpieces as Cooking with 7-Up, Victory Meat Enders (National Live Stock and Meat Board), Specialties of the House (North Dakota State Wheat Commission), Toast and Things (Toastmaster Company), How Famous Chefs Use Campfire Marshmallows, It's Dessert Time! (from Jell-O--dust off those jello molds), and Cooking for a Man (A-1 Steak Sauce), gleaning a bewildering array of dishes, complete with original photographs and retro illustrations.

Some of my favorites include: 7-Up cheese-filled pancakes, creamed brains on toast (perfect for that zombie party you're planning for next Halloween), spaghetti a la diable, harlequin spinach (made with Heinz Ketchup), standing frankfurter roast (looks sort of like a standing rib roast, tastes like, well, yeah, hot dogs), sardines with cheese sauce, Benedictish frankwiches (looks like eggs benedict, tastes like hot dogs with cheese sauce), and cucumber and salmon jello mold (not making this up). Lileks's sardonic commentary livens up what could have been a pretty grim look at American cooking. Still unsure what to serve your guests? Check the Milwaukee Public Library's Historic Recipe File.

Chris @ Bay View

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On display November 12 - December 10
Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, A Man for All Times - National Traveling Exhibition

Organized by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the exhibition has been made possible in part through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, dedicated to expanding American understanding of human experience and cultural heritage. The exhibit features seven panels that display text, photos and graphics about the 16th president. The exhibit begins by discussing Lincoln's early life in Kentucky and then continues through his time in Springfield, as president, his assassination and finally his legacy. The exhibit also has two displays specifically devoted to slavery and the Civil War.


Abraham Lincoln: A Man of HIs Time, A Man for All Times Sunday, November 25, 2 p.m.

Patricia Lynch, co-founder of the West Side Soldiers Aid Society, Inc. will speak about Milwaukee's connections to our 16th president. She is dance mistress of West Side Victorian Dancers, and author of Milwaukee's Soldiers Home. Learn about the threads connecting pioneering women and men to President Abraham Lincoln. Program begins in Mozart's Grove and then moves to Meeting Room I. Abraham Lincoln Program Presented by The West Side Soldiers Aid Society, Inc.

Still Need More Lincoln In Your Life?

teamofrivals.jpg Expand on your knowledge of the life of our 16th President by seeing the new Steven Spielberg film Lincoln, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones, and Sally Field among others in a star-studded ensemble. The film focuses on just the last four months of Lincoln's life, adapted from Doris Kearns Goodwin's book Team of Rivals. If you have time between the upcoming post-Thanksgiving dinner tryptophan haze and Black Friday shopping madness, take the chance to check out both the masterful movie and the wealth of knowledge in Goodwin's terrific text.

Jacki @ Central

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Redheads Die Quickly by Gil Brewer


If you enjoy good 1950's short story literary schlock, you just can't beat Redheads Die Quickly by Gil Brewer. I mean these very short stories, usually no more than ten pages, are the epitome of pulp and have the consistency of mashed grapefruit or papaya. The pages drip blood from dismemberments, flash purple and orange from bruised moll's faces and sting from a left hook to the midriff. These stories are HARSH. These stories are BRUTAL. These stories are an absolute HOOT!

The title story features a punch-drunk redhead, another has a jealous lover willing to blow up his own boat to kill his rival and yet another stars an axe wielding spurned lover around a campsite. All of the stories in this collection were originally published in pulp detective magazines in the 1950's. Reading these stories is like stepping into a forgotten world of fedora's and fists, high pants and twists and maybe an occasional "babe" in a two piece bikini that you just know won't have a happy demise.

Though the term "pulp fiction" refers to the cheap paper the stories were printed on back in the day, in this collection the "pulp" could stand for the bruised faces and smashed bodies that appear regularly. These stories will bash your brains to a pulp with their blunt language and scuzzy characters. Getting beat up has never been this much fun!

Dan @ Central

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Argo by Antonio J Mendez and Matt Baglio


Hollywood meets high stake espionage in Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History, a true and suspenseful thriller. CIA operative, Mendez relates the daring rescue of six diplomats being held captive during the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979. Discover how the group eluded apprehension for two months, donning disguises and moving from place to place, never knowing complete safety. Now a major motion picture directed by Ben Affleck and starring Affleck as Mendez, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, and John Goodman.

Dave @ Forest Home & Zablocki

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Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card


Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card hardly needs more praise thrown onto the heap of accolades it has already accumulated. Nebula and Hugo award-winning, recently voted the third greatest Sci-Fi/Fantasy novel in an NPR survey, and recently awarded the Margaret A. Edwards Award for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature, there is little doubt that the book has been both a popular read and critically acclaimed since its original publication. The question then becomes if the book lives up to the hype.

The briefest summary of the book doesn't instill a potential reader with confidence, as it reads like your typical military sci-fi trope. A genius boy of six is recruited into Earth's galactic fleet, excels in all his training far above his peers, and is constantly considered humanity's last hope in their great war against the bug-like aliens. Indeed, the overall plot isn't exactly filled with surprising twists and turns, those familiar with the genre will feel the events folding along familiar lines. The real power of the book is in its characters and psychology. The titular character Ender and his siblings are intensely interesting, young people with intelligence way beyond their years. It is precisely because of these intricate characters that the book succeeds on a narrative and emotional level. Ender's Game is truly a case where the praise is well warranted. With a movie adaptation coming in 2013, now is a great time to finally read (or re-read) this modern classic.

Tim @ Central

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Astray by Emma Donoghue


Astray contains 14 stories inspired by people and events of the past, mostly the 1800s. If you enjoyed the imagination present in Room, you'll likely be a fan of Astray as well.

There is great attention given to the characters, especially their desires. Donoghue studied 18th-century literature at Cambridge and here shares the details of events like the laws of body-snatching and the typical drink of a Yukon gold miner without sounding like a researcher. Period slang and attitudes of characters ranging from a 1630s Puritan snitch to a 1960s retired Ontario sculptress are handled with deftness.

In "The Lost Seed"; a woman gives her daughter up for adoption, then writes the Children's Aid Society demanding her return, in "The Gift"; the Tammany Hall bigwig is found to be a woman; in "Onward," a Victorian Londoner is forced into prostitution...the stories reveal the moral ambiguities of survival while others remind us of how precarious travel and communication were in the past. Though linked collections have become something of a trend, here, each story is strong and they can be read independent of one another.

Jacki @ Central

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National Book Award Winners 2012

The National Book Awards (NBA) has a reputation for recognizing literary excellence. Independent panels of five writers choose the National Book Award Winners in four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People's Literature.

Now, over a half-century since its inception, the National Book Awards continues to recognize the best of American literature, raising the cultural appreciation of great writing in the country while advancing the careers of both established and emerging writers like Richard Powers, Jonathan Franzen, and Lily Tuck.


Nonfiction: Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity.

The dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the twenty-first century's great, unequal cities. In this fast-paced book, based on three years of uncompromising reporting, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human. Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees fortune in the recyclable garbage of richer people. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a rural childhood, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption. And even the poorest Annawadians, like Kalu, a fifteen-year-old scrap-metal thief, believe themselves inching closer to good times. But then, as the tenderest individual hopes intersect with the greatest global truths, the true contours of a competitive age are revealed.


Ficion: Louise Erdrich, The Round House.

When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, 14-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with his three friends to find the person that destroyed his family.

Poetry: David Ferry, Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations

To read David Ferry's Bewilderment is to be reminded that poetry of the highest order can be made by the subtlest of means. In poem after poem, his diction modulates beautifully between plainspoken high eloquence and colloquial vigor, making his distinctive speech one of the most interesting and ravishing achievements of the past half century. Ferry's translations, meanwhile, are amazingly acclimated English poems. Once his voice takes hold of them they are as bred in the bone as all his other work. And the translations in this book are vitally related to the original poems around them.

Young Peoples Literature: William Alexander, Goblin Secrets
Hoping to find his lost brother, Rownie escapes the home of the witch Graba and joins a troupe of goblins who perform in Zombay, a city where humans are forbidden to wear masks and act in plays.

Jacki @ Central

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Rob Sheffield: Talking to Girls & MixTapes

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Rob Sheffield is a music writer known for his work in Rolling Stone and Spin. You may have seen him on VH1 talking about pop songs on specials like 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders and the like. His two memoirs, Love Is a Mix Tape and Talking to Girls about Duran Duran, show how great a role pop music has played in his life and experiences, from the ecstatic to the deeply tragic.

Love Is a Mix Tape, his first book, is about his marriage to fellow music writer Renée Crist. Sheffield tells his story through his collection of mix tapes, a once-beloved means for music obsessives to share tunes with each other in the pre-MP3 era. In this romance, every tape tells a story: from their first meeting, to their wedding day, to the sweet and cozy life they shared in Charlottesville, Virginia and then, sadly, to Renée's sudden passing in 1997. The tapes don't end there, though-- they aid Sheffield through his grief and recovery as he begins to build a new life for himself.

Talking to Girls about Duran Duran is not nearly as heavy but still very personal. This book focuses more on Sheffield's youth as an awkward teenager in the Eighties, a time when MTV was ascendant and the only things girls ever seemed to want to talk about were the pouty pretty boys in Duran Duran. He writes reverently of the bands and songs he loved then and how they shaped his understanding of the world around him. Both books will stick with you long after reading them and will send you scurrying to Freegal to listen to the songs he writes about.

Brett @ Central

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National Native American Heritage Month Reads

In honor of November being National Native American Heritage month, we present some suggestions of novels and autobiographies by Native American authors to help celebrate and learn about these rich ancestries and traditions.


The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich tells the story of ambitious young Evelina Harp, a part-Ojibwe, part-white girl prone to falling hopelessly in love. Unaware of a violent event that marked the beginning of her mixed ancestry, she learns disturbing truths from her gifted storyteller grandfather.

housedawncover.jpgHouse Made of Dawn by N Scott Momaday is the story of a young Native American, Abel who has come home from a foreign war to find himself caught between two worlds. The first is the world of his father's, wedding him to the rhythm of the seasons, the harsh beauty of the land, and the ancient rites and traditions of his people. But the other world, modern, industrial America, pulls at Abel, demanding his loyalty, claiming his soul, goading him into a destructive, compulsive cycle of dissipation and disgust. And the young man, torn in two, descends into hell.

When a fellow officer is killed while searching the vehicle of a Native American, deputy sheriff Jimmy Doe discovers that the killer is targeting another victim, prompting Doe to launch an investigative road trip across Texas. Thus begins the book All the Beautiful Sinners by Stephen Graham Jones, an intensely plotted book that will leave you unable to set the book down.

Tom King's Truth and Bright Water tells the story of the lives of the inhabitants of two towns, Truth and Bright Water, separated by a river running between Montana and an Ottawa Indian reservation. The two towns intertwine over the course of a summer as seen through the eyes of two young boys.


Perma Red by Debra Magpie Earling is a love-crossed saga about a young woman coming of age under perilous circumstances, and about the consequences of her often contradictory desires. In this breathtaking tale of the American West, a tragic love story unfolds against a classic clash of cultures.


Susan Power's Roofwalker is a collection of short stories features such subjects as a Sioux spirit travelling the night sky in search of good dreams, a Sioux elder's hope to return to her prairie home, and a Harvard student's reevaluation of the learning process.


Where White Men Fear to Tread is the autobiography of controversial Native American Leader Russell Means. In the book, Means describes his efforts in pursuit of Native American self-determination, from a seventy-one-day takeover of Wounded Knee to running for President in 1988.

Lakota Woman by Mary Brave Bird is a unique document, unparalleled in American Indian literature, a story of death, of determination against all odds, of the cruelties perpetuated against American Indians, and of the Native American struggle for rights. Working with Richard Erdoes, one of the twentieth century's leading writers on Native American affairs, Brave Bird recounts her difficult upbringing and the path of her fascinating life.

In Code Talker, author Chester Nez (the last surviving member of the original twenty-nine code talkers) discusses his life growing up in the Checkerboard Area of the Navajo reservation, and shares the story of how he helped the United States develop and implement a secret military language based on his native language during World War II that became the only unbroken code in modern warfare.

The annotations above came from both our own library catalog and NoveList.

Tim @ Central

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How To Be Black by Baratunde Thurston


Attention prospective readers: How To Be Black is not a book about how to change the color of your skin. Rather Baratunde Thurston has given us a thought- provoking and humorous examination that explores the ideas of what it means to be black and challenges the thoughts within the African American community of the definition of blackness.

Thurston tells his own story of being raised by a single mother in the inner city of Washington DC while attending the primarily white, privileged school, Sidwell Friends. Thurston advises his black readers on how to handle different life situations such as the chapter on "How to be the Black Employee" and the required thought process of deciding whether or not to eat the watermelon at your employer's holiday party.

Thurston also solicits the personal experience of "The Black Panel" to answer questions such as "When did you first realize you were black?" and "Do you know how to swim?". If you like open and candid discussions of race flooded with sarcastic and racial humor, How To Be Black will be an interesting read no matter what color your skin is.

Kimberly @ Forest Home

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Anthony Frederick's Horseshoe Crab: Biography of a Survivor is the best book I've ever read about horseshoe crabs. It's also the only book about horseshoe crabs I've ever read, but don't let that fact take away from what is a highly engaging and excellent book on these unusual creatures. Frederick's fascination with these peculiar sea creatures translate well to the written page, his enthusiasm and sense of wonder making even the drier (and more scientific) parts fun to read. But don't think the book is all boring science. The colorful and entertaining digressions that call comparisons of the horseshoe crab to old b-movies and a few other oddball concepts add extra fun for the reader, letting the book remain on the lighter side of nonfiction.

Overall, Frederick provides not only interesting science about horseshoe crabs, but also a very strong case for why these ancient creatures are worth not only conservation but admiration as well. The various stories of different horseshoe crab preservation efforts are striking and informative, painting a picture that shows the very human side of the study of marine life in general. An overall fun and informative read, this book won't make you feel crabby for reading it.

Tim @ Central

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Curiouser and Curiouser!


"Curiouser and curiouser!" exclaimed Alice as her legs grew and grew after eating a cake labeled "eat me" in a scene from the imaginative novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Hmmm. Curious indeed. I find the stories and poems of Lewis Carroll to be totally absurd and totally engrossing at the same time.

Lewis Carroll (real name Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) published Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in 1865 and its sequel, Through the Looking Glass in 1871. Both are considered extremely important works of literature, and considered by some scholars to be works of "nonsense."

After being tantalized by the grinning Cheshire Cat or the Mad Hatter, give some of Carroll's poetry a try. It'll blow your mind. I suggest The Hunting of the Snark (1874) or Jabberwocky(1871), which appears in the text of Through the Looking Glass.

The writings of Lewis Carroll far transcend the time and space traveled since he created Alice in 1865. Besides being a brilliant mathematician and innovative photographer, Carroll had an imagination for the ages. To quote the grinning Cheshire Cat, "We're all mad here." Indeed we are.

Dan @ Central

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Give Books! 2012


Join us Wednesday, November 14th from 10:30 to noon at Central Library.

Hear about the best books 2012 has to offer for gift-giving. Suggestions from librarians will make holiday gift-giving a breeze. This is your chance to ask questions before you buy. Many genres, including children's and young adult, will be presented. Preview the titles on our Give Books! 2012 Pinterest board.

Jacki @ Central

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Nov 13, 2012 at 7 pm Sherman Alexie at MPL

blasphemy.jpgSherman Alexie's Blasphemy collects short stories both old and new written by the PEN/Faulkner Award winning author. Touching on the subjects of race, love, revenge, addiction, infidelity, and even the cost of progress, Alexie's stories equally entertain as well as evoke deep emotions and thoughts. The power of Alexie's prose is great enough that the stories will resonate with you well after you've finished reading.

Author Sherman Alexie is coming to MPL! Meet the award-winning author and hear him discuss this new collection in Centennial Hall on Tuesday, November 13. Doors open at 6:30; presentation at 7:00, book sale and signing to follow. Program is proudly presented in conjunction with Boswell Books.

Tim @ Central

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The 9th Step by Grant Jerkins


After getting away with a hit and run accident in which a woman was killed, Helen P quits drinking and joins AA. Wanting to comply with its 9th step (making amends), but afraid to admit her guilt, she befriends the grieving husband without revealing her identity to him. The two fall in love, but now a blackmailer is threatening her. How far will she go to protect her secrets? Check catalog for availability.

Mary @ Forest Home

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Every Day by David Levithan

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For A, each day is spent in a different body. A has learned not to become attached, to live the borrowed life in the least disruptive manner possible--including music lessons, sporting events, and family tirps. But it is not until meeting Rhiannon that A's life takes shape. And now every day becomes about one thing: her. A dazzling exploration of what it means to be human, in any form. Check catalog for availability.

Jennifer @ Forest Home

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Nonprofit Know How

In today's world running a successful nonprofit takes passion, dedication and business savvy. Here are just a few of the resources at Milwaukee Public Library that can help your nonprofit reach its full potential.

nonnonprofit.jpgThe Non Nonprofit: For-profit Thinking for Nonprofit Success by Steve Rothschild

Steve Rothschild, a former corporate manager who started a successful nonprofit, Twin Cities RISE, shares business principles that can be applied to nonprofits in order to achieve tangible results. This isn't about selling out to the bottom line, it's about using the best business techniques that will ultimately benefit your nonprofit.

gorillamarketingnonprofits.jpgGuerrilla Marketing for Nonprofits: 250 Tactics to Promote, Recruit, Motivate, and Raise More Money by Jay Conrad Levinson, Frank Adkins, and Chris Forbes

Is there anything more essential to a nonprofit than effectively communicating a mission or vision? Think of marketing as the art of attracting and convincing stakeholders - be they funders, clients or volunteers. Guerrilla Marketing for Nonprofits lists easy to implement and cost-friendly solutions to nonprofit marketing conundrums. It's a quick read and you'll be sure to have a handful of new ideas!

financefundamentalsfornonprofits.JPGFinance Fundamentals for Nonprofits: Building Capacity and Sustainability by Woods Bowman

Looking for a basic understanding of nonprofit finance? Look no further than Finance Fundamentals for Nonprofits. This book shares best practices and discusses solid finance principles for nonprofits in jargon free text. Dr. Woods Bowman is well known for his work on public finance and he presents a hands-on guide to nonprofit financial management.

Find even more great titles on nonprofit management at your Milwaukee Public Library!

Kristina @ MPL Central


If you have ever watched a Green Bay Packers game on a Sunday, you have heard Siragusa, or "Goose" give his colorful and highly opinionated commentary from the sidelines. Goose: The Outrageous Life and Times of a Football Guy is written in the same style, candid and down to earth. This memoir will make you laugh, cheer, shake your head, laugh some more, and then think seriously. Siragusa offers a no-holds-barred look at the NFL, with locker room stories and brief peeks at the way things are done when the cameras (or the refs) aren't looking. From hilarious anecdotes about his New Jersey childhood and wild college days, to behind-the-scenes glimpses at some of the greatest players in football history, he shares them all with his signature love for life and uncensored insight.

David @ Forest Home & Zablocki

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The Twelve by Justin Cronin


In 2010 Justin Cronin captured readers with The Passage, a thriller spanning almost 100 years, setting up the story of a vampire apocalypse caused by a military experiment gone awry. Those anxiously awaiting the second book, can now delve into The Twelve which continues the story with a few survivors introduced in the first book as they meet a cast of new characters.

With The Passage, Cronin moved seamlessly between timelines and he does the same in The Twelve. At time zero, we follow three dominant characters coping with the evolving viral epidemic, and the death it causes. Then we jump a hundred years forward and the story of Amy, Peter, Alicia and others from The Passage comes together with new leaders of the post-apocalyptic revolution to take down the original vampires.

Though The Twelve ends on a satisfying note, how will this epic story all end in the final volume of the trilogy? Sounds like we have to wait until 2014 to find out...but I'm certain it will be worth it.

Jacki @ Central

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