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June 25, 2012


by Richards, Keith
780.91 Richards RIC

“I imagined everything. I never thought it would happen.”

Keith Richards’ autobiography opens with a 1975 flashback to a Fordyce, Arkansas, road house where he and fellow Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, in preparation for an upcoming concert in Dallas, “hung in the john” for forty minutes and “got high.”

Born in 1943, an only child to factory workers, Mr. Richards grew up in London’s lower-income area of Dartford. Given the consumption of drugs and alcohol, the perennial bad boy of rock and roll exhibits amazing recall. He discusses his falling-out with “Sir” Mick, his twenty-nine year marriage to former model Patti Hansen, post-war rationings, hating school and after-school beatings.

He recalls fondly his beloved maternal grandfather, Gus, a jazz musician, introducing him to a “sweet lovely little lady,” a gut-string classical Spanish guitar and a chance meeting at a Dartford train station with former primary “mate,” Mick Jagger, who at one time lived a few doors away, that changed his life.

Life is available in large-print, e-book, downloadable audiobook, and cd, on which it is narrated by actor Johnny Depp.

— Recommended by Kathleen Rivenburg, Flanner House Library


June 18, 2012

Money Rules:  The Simple Path To Lifelong Security

Money Rules: The Simple Path To Lifelong Security
by Chatzky, Jean
332.024 CHA

Having experienced tough economic times, the time is right to follow Money Rules, The Simple Path to Lifelong Security. Author Jean Chatzky, the financial editor for NBC’s Today Show and the personal finance contributor for Prevention and Newsweek Magazine, has come up with 94 Rules to obtain financial security in and despite tough economic times.

She begins by stating two basic principles. First, that personal finance is more personal than it is finance and secondly money is simple – people make it complicated. The author gathered her own set of Money Rules along with the money rules from financial advisers, analysts, bankers, accountants, and lawyers and came up with 94 rules to live by.

Despite wisdom to the contrary, your home and retirement are no longer your greatest asset. According to Ms. Chatzky, Rule Number One is that your job is your most important investment. Breaking the Rules into 7 parts, the author explains how to make, keep, spend, invest and protect your money and assets.

This would be a great gift to give.

— Recommended by Peggy Wehr, Fountain Square Library


June 11, 2012

Kilt Dead

Kilt Dead
by Dunnett, Kaitlyn

Liss MacCrimmon is a dancer with a Scottish-American touring company until a leg injury abruptly ends her career. Struggling to adjust to life without dancing, she returns to her childhood home town, Moosetookalook Maine. Her aunt has a shop there which sells all things Scottish, and Liss has taken on the task of running it while Aunt Margaret travels. With a business degree, she is sure that she can improve sales while building a new life for herself. Unfortunately, nosey neighbor Mrs. Norris is found murdered in the store, and Liss becomes the prime suspect when it’s discovered that she’s the retired teacher’s beneficiary. Since the police aren’t even looking for anyone else, she’s forced to do her own investigating with the help of Dan Ruskin, an old high school friend. Kilt Dead is the first in a series of “cozy” mysteries with titles such as Scone Cold Dead and The Corpse Wore Tartan. Think Agatha Christie or Jessica Fletcher with a Scottish flavor and a big yellow cat named Lumpkin.

— Recommended by Georgia Silvers, Warren Library


June 4, 2012

Leonardo's Lost Princess: One Man's Quest to Authenticate an Unknown Portrait by Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo's Lost Princess: One Man's Quest to Authenticate an Unknown Portrait by Leonardo da Vinci
by Silverman, Peter
741.945 Leonardo SIL

This is a fascinating account of an incredible art find and the controversy surrounding it. The discovery of a new portrait by Leonardo da Vinci is far from an everyday occurrence. Leonardo, the ultimate Renaissance man, is known for just four portraits of women, including the iconic Mona Lisa. Peter Silverman relates the story of his purchase of a chalk on vellum portrait of a young girl, listed as a 19th century German painting in an auction catalog. In a chatty, relaxed narrative, he recounts how he came to believe that this work of art was created by the genius Leonardo. Along the way, we learn how experts authenticate works of art, and that the conclusions are often not unanimous. New scientific technologies, finger print analysis, Renaissance fashion experts, and a Polish library all play an important role in this amazing tale. By the end, we learn the girl’s identity and story, and the evidence that convinced prominent experts that Leonardo did indeed paint La Bella Principessa.

— Recommended by Joanna Wos, Central Library


May 28, 2012

The Ever-Running Man

The Ever-Running Man
by Muller, Marcia

In this fast-paced entry in her Sharon McCone mystery series, Marcia Muller has her private eye protagonist risking her marriage to track down a serial bomber who has been targeting branch offices of her husband’s company. It seems that each of the three partners, including her husband, has a colorful past that could invite payback from someone. As more secrets are discovered and blind alleys are pursued, more bombs explode and more strains press on her marriage. Her husband was not entirely forthcoming to her about some shady incidents in his past. There are frequent references to events that occurred in previous books of the series, but rather than distracting from the story, they generate an interest in reading the earlier books. The characters are well defined and the story well developed.

— Recommended by Rebekah Koves, Wayne Branch