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August 5, 2013

Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall: How I Learned to Love My Body By Not Looking At It For A Year

Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall: How I Learned to Love My Body By Not Looking At It For A Year
by Gruys, Kjerstin
646.7042 GRU

Kjerstin Gruys is one brave woman. She spent an entire year not looking in mirrors! This wasn’t just any year, though—it was the year she got married! Motivated to work on her body image after trying on wedding dresses, Gruys challenges long-held cultural beliefs and stereotypes about female beauty. From buying clothes without the assurance of dressing room mirrors to avoiding reflective windows at seemingly every turn, Gruys relates her experiences in a thought-provoking and often conversational tone (the book was largely adapted from her blog of the same name). A in Ph.D. student in sociology , Gruys includes plenty of research to back up her anecdotal evidence of the way many women struggle to uphold an idealized version of beauty. Any woman who has ever struggled with body image issues (are there any who haven’t?) will relate to Gruys’ engaging narrative.

— Recommended by Carrie O'Maley, Central Library

 

July 29, 2013

Once Upon a Flock: Life with My Soulful Chickens

Once Upon a Flock: Life with My Soulful Chickens
by Scheuer, Lauren
636.5 SCH

Deep in my soul, I believe I’m a farmer, but I know I’d much rather read about someone else’s adventures in agriculture than actually do the work myself. Lately I’ve had a fascination with chickens, and judging by the popularity of backyard flocks, I’m not alone. Lauren’s Scheuer’s new book tells in words, drawings, and photographs, the tale of her small chicken flock from her first notion of a flock through family skepticism, four cute baby chicks, adolescent hens, and the joy and delight she finds in her small flock. Jenny, one of her first baby chicks, undeniably turns out to be a rooster, and gets amusingly relocated during a daughter’s farm field trip. Tragedy is averted when Marky the dog learns to live successfully with the flock. Lauren is also the author of a chicken blog, Scratch and Peck, for those who want to continue following the antics of Lucy, Lil’ White, and the others.

                                                      — Recommended by Ruth Hans, Warren Library

 

July 22, 2013

Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct
by Sharp, Zoë
MYS SHA

If you are looking for a crime thriller series with an abundance of action, adventure, and suspense to begin then Killer Instinct is for you. Author Zoë Sharp introduces readers to Charlotte “Charlie” Fox in this first title of the series. Main character Charlie Fox teaches self-defense to women in a Northern English City. She learned her skills during her short stunt in the Army Special Forces. Since leaving the army she has taken up working security at New Adelphi Night Club in Lancaster where a serial killer is on the loose. The author takes you on a wild ride while Charlie searches for the killer. This is an excellent introduction to Charlie Fox and Zoë Sharp leaves you wanting more. She is now up to book six. After reading this one you will definitely want to try the others in the series, which the library owns in various formats.(Killer Instinct is also available in large print.)

                                                         — Recommended by Denyce Malone, Flanner House Library

 

July 15, 2013

The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds with Common Birds

The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds with Common Birds
by Zickefoose, Julie
598.07234 ZIC

Bird lovers will be enamored with this journal-style memoir written by Bird Watchers Digest author Julie Zickefoose. Her love of birds shows through the stories told of birds she and her husband have rescued and rehabilitated over many years. Julie has also added her sketches and watercolors to nearly every page giving the book added personality.

The first story is told of a bluebird that her husband rescues from the clutches of a Sharp-shinned Hawk. Julie examines the bird to make sure he doesn’t need any medical attention. Eventually she names the bluebird Mr. Troyer. His wing is a little damaged but not enough to cause a flying issue. Much to Julie’s delight he returns every year to mate and live in the bluebird boxes in their yard. Julie tells that over the years she has learned that although a species of bird may have common traits and habits each bird has an individual personality.

This book was a joy to read especially since I am a bird enthusiast myself. This is one I will purchase and read over and over again.

                                                       — Recommended by Kris Gould, Nora Library

 

July 8, 2013

Perfect Peace

Perfect Peace
by Black, Daniel
FIC BLA

First, imagine that you could have anything you wanted in the entire world. Now, think about exactly what you would do to get it. Would you do anything, and I do mean anything to get? Suppose what you really wanted most in the world was a baby. But not just any baby. You want a very special female child who hangs the moon. One that you can dress in ribbons and tutus – and one who plays with dolls and dreams that she is a pretty princess…

Well, you can have that pretty little girl if you want her bad enough. You can have that living doll if you wish for it hard enough. That’s exactly what Emma Jean Peace did in the novel Perfect Peace, by Daniel Black.

Emma Jean wanted a baby girl so bad, that after birthing 6 sons in as many years, she finally birthed a seventh child, whom she named Perfect. The twist to this novel is that Perfect , although made to be the perfect girl, isn’t a girl at all. In fact, Perfect was actually born a boy. Throughout the novel, Black spins a story of how Emma Jean is able to convince her husband, her children, her town, and even Perfect Peace herself that Perfect is a girl. The novel also tells Perfect’s story. It tells of her warm and loving early life, her discovery of her adolescent self and the turbulent truth it brings; finally ending with Perfect’s decision to choose her own identity.

                                       — Recommended by Rhonda Oliver, Brightwood Library