Monday, December 1, 2014

Great Books, Great Activities at the South Sioux City Public Library

Great Books, Great Activities at the South Sioux City Public Library
Family Movies:  Join us for a family-friendly movie on Monday night at 6:00 p.m. and again on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.­­­

Computer Classes:  Tuesdays and Thursdays are dedicated to computer classes.  Stop by the circulation desk at the library to get a schedule of classes.

Tangled Yarns:  Join us on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. for a time of learning needlecraft together. 

Feeding our Winter Friends:  The Garden Group will discuss the care and feeding of the birds and mammals that frequent your garden area in the winter.

Read a New Book:  December is “Read a New Book Month”.  Stop by the library and check out one of these new titles.
Personal by Lee Child.  In this novel, the military tracks down Jack Reacher, after the French president is shot by a long range sniper, who can only be caught by Jack Reacher. 

Benediction by Kent Haruf.  "Set in the High Plains of Colorado, Benediction is a story about the grace that lies within us all"--Back cover

Last Winter, We Parted by Fuminori Nakamura. “A young writer is assigned a difficult task by his editor: he is to write an investigative biography of a death row inmate named Yudai Kiharazaka, a thirty-five-year-old photographer who has been convicted of the murders of two women. Kiharazaka's victims--or his "models"--had been burned alive while the photographer tried to capture the perfect picture of their essences. But trying to unearth the truth about Kiharazaka will force the writer to grapple with horrifying archival material and to interview dangerous, grotesque people--not least of all Kiharazaka himself”-from the catalog record.

The Way of Serenity:  Finding Peace and Happiness in the Serenity Prayer by Jonathan Morris offers a phrase by phrase exploration of the serenity prayer and how practicing its principles leads to a happier life.

 For the Love of Baseball:  a Celebration of the Game that Connects us All edited by Lee Gutkind is an anthology of stories and essays from authors like Roger Angell, Kevin Baker, and Jeff Greenfield on the topic of baseball.  This is a great diversion, while we wait for spring training.

Pearl Harbor Day, December 7thThe attack on Pearl Harbor was the start of American involvement in World War II.  The following are some titles related to the war.

The Hopkins Touch:  Harry Hopkins and the Forging of the Alliance to Defeat Hitler by David L. Roll is the story of Harry Hopkins, one of President Roosevelt’s most trusted advisors, and his tireless work to defeat Hitler.
Under the Eagle:  Samuel Holiday, Navajo Code Talker by Samuel Holiday is the autobiography of one of the “Code Talkers”, who was able to decode Hitler’s transmissions, that allowed the United States to lead the world into victory, as well as Samuel Holidays life beyond his days as a code talker.

Dancing with the Enemy:  my Family’s Holocaust Secret by Paul Glaser.  "The ... story of the author's aunt--a Jewish dance instructor who was betrayed to the Nazis by the two men she loved, yet managed to survive World War II by teaching dance to the SS at Auschwitz. Her epic life becomes a window into the author's own past and the key to discovering his Jewish roots"--Dust jacket flap.

Frozen in Time:  an Epic Story of Survival, and a modern quest for the Lost Heroes of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff.  “In Nov. 1942 a U.S. cargo plane crashed into the Greenland ice cap, the B-17 sent on the search-and-rescue mission got caught in a storm and also crashed, miraculously all nine men aboard survived. A second rescue operation was launched, but the plane, the Grumman Duck, flew into a storm and vanished. The survivors of the B-17 spent 148 days fighting to stay alive while waiting for rescue by famed explorer Bernt Balchen. Then in 2012 the U.S. Coast Guard and North South Polar mount an expedition to solve the mystery of the vanished plane and recover the remains of the lost plane's crew”-from the catalog record. 

Forgotten Ally:  China’s World War II, 1937-1945 by Rana Mitter.  "For decades, a major piece of World War II history has gone virtually unwritten. China was the fourth great ally, partner to the United States, the Soviet Union, and Great Britain, yet its drama of invasion, resistance, slaughter, and political intrigue remains little known in the West. In this emotionally gripping book, made possible through access to newly unsealed Chinese archives, Rana Mitter unfurls the story of China's World War II as never before and rewrites the larger history of the war in the process. He focuses his narrative on three towering leaders -- Chiang Kai-shek, Mao Zedong, and the lesser-known collaborator Wang Jingwei -- and extends the timeline of the war back to 1937, when Japanese and Chinese troops began to clash, fully two years before Hitler invaded Poland. Unparalleled in its research and scope, Forgotten Ally is a sweeping, character-driven history that will be essential reading not only for anyone with an interest in World War II, but also for those seeking to understand today's China, where, as Mitter reveals, the echoes of the war still reverberate"-- Provided by publisher.

So many books so little time; choose well and have a great week.

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