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July 30, 2011
The Mining Journal

People have been talking about The Girls of Room 28 by Hannelore Brenner. This book documents the friendship, hope and survival in Theresienstadt internment camp near Prague. From 1942 to 1944, 12,000 children passed through this camp on their way to Auschwitz. Only a few hundred children survived. Ten of these children, residents of Room 28, tell how they managed to stay alive. Brenner met these 10 women at their yearly reunions during the 1990s. Interviews, journals and diaries were used to capture the story of Theresienstadt and its survivors.

Author Patricia Shelley Bushman was a figure skater in her youth and has combined her love of skating with a well researched tribute to the United States 1961 World Figure Skating Team in the book Indelible Tracings. As the team, coaches and family members boarded a flight for Prague, little did they realize they would be among the 73 killed when the plane crashed near Brussels. The rich history of figure skating, the profound affect this disaster had on the sport and the positive that has evolved from that tragedy are all recounted in this compelling book.

Customer service can make or break a business. In these tough economic times, it is even more important. Zingerman's Guide to Giving Great Service by Ari Weinzweig and Getting Them to Give a Damn by Eric Chester are slim volumes filled with practical advice for anyone in the service industry. Zingerman's Deli is a Michigan success story and is known nationally for providing excellent customer service. Chester discusses how to connect with Generation Y "kidployees" and work with them to transform your business.

The story of Michael Oher has been featured in the hit film "The Blind Side," starring Sandra Bullock. In I Beat the Odds, Oher and author Don Yaeger tell his story. Oher is convinced that anyone can achieve a better life. He tells about his darkest hours as a neglected and homeless child in Memphis and how he set goals to break out of the cycle of poverty, addiction and hopelessness that trapped his family for so long. In addition to playing NFL football, Oher has spent his life trying inspire hope in others, and this book will certainly do that.

Stand up paddling is a hit in the Marquette area. For those interested in understanding the sport, Stand Up Paddling - Flatwater to Surf and Rivers by Rob Casey explains the sport, the gear and the techniques that make for a successful and enjoyable paddle. Before investing in a paddleboard, explore the sport and all of its facets with this informative work.

Paddlers, swimmers and boaters all take comfort in knowing the Coast Guard patrols Lake Superior. Deadliest Sea by Kalee Thompson recounts the story of the greatest rescue in Coast Guard history. On March 23, 2008, the Alaskan fishing trawler Alaska Ranger began sinking in the frigid Bering Sea. The closest Coast Guard station was 800 miles away. The rush to save the 47 crew members of the sinking ship took place in snow squalls, gale force winds and enormous swells. This is a testament to the dedication of the Coasties, but also a sobering look at what could have prevented this disaster.

We Two by Gillian Gill is a new biography documenting the life of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Gill offers a revolutionary portrait of the most influential marriage of the 19th century. Albert's early death left Victoria alone, but also gave her the opportunity to shape the perception of her marriage and her life in the way she wanted them remembered. Journals and letters written by the couple, and put in context by the author, reveal much more about this legendary partnership than was previously known.

Red Dust Road by Jackie Kay recounts the adventures she has while looking for her birth parents. Her father was a Nigerian student who met her mother, a nurse, in a dance hall in Aberdeen, Scotland. Her adopted parents were Scottish free spirits who experienced life to the fullest. The colorful characters and wry humor captured in this memoir make it a delight to read.

These new books, and many others, await you at the Peter White Public Library.

-Pam Christensen

Library Director



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