Let’s face it: it’s been hot. Standing in a sauna while wearing a parka kind of hot. So grab some shade, a comfy spot and a cold drink to beat the heat. Here are the recommendations for you to keep cool through August!
Chris – Technical Services
I Like To Keep Myself In Pain – By: Kelly Hogan – New CD’s: 781.63 HOGAN, K.
This is the first CD for Kelly Hogan, better known as a backup singer for the likes of Neko Case among others. I would describe her as a cross between country singer, Deanna Carter and Cyndi Lauper. Her 13 tracks are bluesy, soulful and poetic.
Living In The Material World – By: George Harrison – Music CD: 781.66 HARRISON
George’s 2nd Solo album following the breakup of the Beatles in 1970 follows him on his spiritual path. George said he was greatly influenced by Bob Dylan’s way of writing, each word chosen, each phrase having meaning. In my mind another great poet taken from us to soon.
Memphis Blues – By: Cyndi Lauper – Music CD’s: 781.63 LAUPER, C.
What can I say, Cyndi at her best, interpreting some great blues songs.
To Sleep With the Angels – By: David Cowan & John Kuenster – Non-Fiction: 372.9 COW
Of the ½ dozen books I have read on the subject of the Our Lady of the Angels fire of December, 1958 this is the best researched and most complete of this day in Chicago history. The authors takes you step by step through the day from the vantage point of everyone involved-the fire department, the nuns and teachers in the school, the children who survived, the parish priests, the school boards and the police investigators who pieced this puzzle together and still came up with an “Undetermined Cause”.
Quiet, The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking – By: Susan Cain – New Non-Fiction: 155.232 CAI
An exploration of the EXTROVERT ideal, how we undervalue the introvert, inspiring stories of successful introverts, and how introverts can change how they see themselves. I especially enjoyed Chapter 5, The Secret of public speaking for introverts.
Melissa – Reference
The Secret of Lost Things – By:Sheridan Hay – Fiction: HAY
This novel is about a young girl who travels to America from Australia upon her mother’s death to carve her own path in life. She finds a job with a New York book dealer, where she meets a true cast of characters and finds herself in the midst of a hunt for a lost manuscript. What this novel is really about is the plight of human suffering and how that can be used to form relationships that help heal wounds. The characterization is excellent, and while they each vastly differ from each other, Hay presents them in way that allows empathy for each. The surface storyline is captivating, and like many of the classics housed within the book dealer’s store, there is more to the story than it seems.
At Home: A Short History of Private Life – By: Bill Bryson – Non-Fiction: 643.1 BRY
Looking around his own home, Bryson wondered about the history of domestic life. For instance, why of all countless spices available, do salt and pepper both have a permanent place on the table? Where and how did company sit before the risqué invention of the sofa? How has the home changed throughout history? Absolutely an interesting read through and through. Bryson does an excellent job sharing the history of the home by touring from room to room, and giving the surprisingly interesting tales of the items found within each room.