The Olympics are over, but if you haven't had enough, the Book of Olympic Lists will give you something else to contemplate. David Wallenchinsky and Jaime Loucky have compiled a book filled with trivia and stories compiled from summer Olympics since 1896-2012. The biggest upsets, funniest Olympians, unluckiest competitors, Royal Olympians, Olympians on the Titanic, Olympic families and far-out excuses are all included in this fun-to-read book that will give lots of ammunition for trivia games.
Gerald Chertavian is the founder and CEO of A Year Up. His book of the same name details the program he has developed to teach young adults real skills for real jobs with real success. Chertavian is a former technology entrepreneur and Wall Street banker. As a Big Brother in the Big Brother/Big Sister program he saw firsthand, how good teens were placed in an Opportunity Divide. In 2000, he dedicated his life to the Year Up program that prepares willing young adults to enter the workforce by providing job training, mentorship, internships and then real jobs.
Hank Haney served as the coach for professional golfer Tiger Woods for six years. The Big Miss is a revealing look at the world of professional golf as well as a personal look at Woods. Haney is considered the best golf instructor alive today. He watched as Wood's game and personal world crashed in 2009. This autobiography recounts how he influenced one of golf's brightest stars and ultimately decided there was nothing more he could do to help him with his career.
Julie Zickefoose is a wildlife rehabilitator specializing in birds. The Bluebird Effect describes the uncommon bond she develops with common birds. The text of the book is organized into 25 chapters. Each chapter focuses on a specific bird. The author's detailed drawings and watercolors accompany the text. Her tales about rehabilitating birds gives the reader a look at the characteristics of each bird as well as heart-touching stories about the variety of birds that come to her for recovery.
Jeffrey Zaslow is the bestselling author of The Girls from Ames and The Last Lecture. His latest book The Magic Room is set at Becker's Bridal in Fowler, Michigan. Thousands of women have gone to Becker's for their wedding dress. Since 1934, the store has turned dreams into reality with the perfect wedding dress. Fowler is home to 1,100 residents and 2,500 wedding dresses. The stories of the brides featured in the book shows how weddings and the expectations for marriage have changed over the years.
The Secrets of Saffron, the Vagabond Life of the World's Most Seductive Spice by acclaimed food writer Pat Willard is a historical look at the sensuous spice that has remained exotic for the past two thousand years. Saffron has been reported to cure disease, defy death and enhance romance. The book includes delightful and delicious modern and ancient recipes for the delectable spice. Willard is also the author of the book On the Road with the WPA.
American Icon by Bryce G. Hoffman is the compelling story of how Alan Mulally pulled off one of the greatest commercial turnarounds ever seen. Mulally put together a bold plan to save the Ford Motor Co. and transformed the company into the most profitable automaker in the world. This behind-the-scenes story tells how Ford managed to survive without the government bailouts that saved GM and Chrysler.
Loom knitting is an easy craft to master and can be used to create beautiful hats, socks, scarves, mittens, jewelry and home accessories. Isela Phelps features 40 simple and snuggly designs for the loom in her book Loom Knitting Scarves, Hats, Bags and More. If you have problems with knitting needles, loom knitting might be just the thing for you. The PWPL also has Phelps' book The Loom Knitting Primer.
Mod Podge has been used to craft all sorts of items for the past 40 years. Amy Anderson details 40 projects that can be undertaken by crafters of all ages to produce items that can accessorize, celebrate the holidays or decorate the home. Mod Podge Rocks is a nostalgic look at this easy-to-use craft product and will provide creative ideas for those who like to spend time making their own items. Mod Podge can safely be used by just about any age group, so look at this book and let your creativity soar.
Glock, The Rise of America's Gun by Paul M. Barrett explains how the Glock pistol has been adopted by over two-thirds of America's law enforcement personnel, glamorized by TV and movies and been coveted by crooks. Gaston Glock, an obscure Austrian curtain rod manufacturer, developed a lightweight plastic framed gun with a large capacity spring action magazine that took the world by storm in the early 1980s. This book is filled with corporate intrigue, political maneuvering and bloody shoot outs. Glock is the inside account of this legendary weapon and the man who invented it.
Whatever your interest, the Peter White Public Library has a new book that will educate, entertain or inform you.
- Pam Christensen