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A Celebration of friendship: Harper Lee and Truman Capote

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 9:27am by mansii


If you have affection for [s:Harper Lee|Harper Lee's] Scout Finch and her endearing, if imperfect, small town in the South, you will be delighted by [a:Neri, Greg|G. Neri’s] brand new book [b:1486462|Tru and Nelle]. Inspired by the real-life friendship of Harper Nelle Lee and [a:Capote, Truman|Truman Capote], this precious chapter-book recounts the fictionalized adventures of this imaginative pair who forge their friendship from mutual quirkiness and love for books. Tru, a seven-year-old gentleman who wears pristine suits with pride, feels abandoned when he is sent by his parents to stay the summer in Monroeville, Alabama. Yet it is here that he finds a place to belong alongside little sized but big-hearted Nelle, who is more comfortable in overalls than a dress. With Sherlock Holmes as their hero, the two step out to unravel the mystery of a theft, and end up revealing both prejudice and courageous kindness in the hearts around them. A tale for those who have ever felt like the odd-one-out, this celebration of the healing joys of sincere friendship will bring smiles to anyone young or old who can’t get enough of [b:1432245|To Kill A Mockingbird], enjoys historical tidbits, or even just craves a good mystery!

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MAP: Exploring the World

Tue, 02/23/2016 - 3:34pm by manz

[cover_image]|b14858265[/cover_image]The 300 maps on the pages of [b:1485826|Map: Exploring the World] are paired in such a way that they complement or contrast each other, rather than be presented in chronological order. This big and beautiful book includes old maps, modern maps, and everything in between. A variety of artistic style and presentation of information in the maps look amazing on the pages of this new book.

You’ll find maps of the depth of the world’s oceans, a map of Vesuvius, survey maps, a serio-comic war map, astrological charts, a geologic map of Mars, a bird migration map, star charts, population maps, sea charts, maps of Disney Land and Hollywood, maps of the brain, and plenty of world maps and state maps, among many others. Included with each map is a rich blurb about the map and its creator.

Also included is a very interesting and brief timeline of cartography and a timeline of world history. It's great from an artistic point of view, as well as history!

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Lectures & Panel Discussions

CANCELLED: Ypsilanti as an African-American City with Local Historian Matt Siegfried

Wednesday February 10, 2016: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Lectures & Panel Discussions

Women's History Month Event: Great Girls in Michigan History

Saturday March 19, 2016: 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room
Grade 3 - Adult

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Lectures & Panel Discussions

Building Matters: Kahn Arbor

Wednesday March 2, 2016: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

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Wayne State University Press E-books Are Here!

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 10:41am by lucroe

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We are extremely pleased to offer e-books from [:go/wsuebooks|Wayne State University Press].

Library patrons can download these e-books (they are in PDF format) after logging in to our website. Enjoy titles such as [:catalog/record/wsu-2385|Coney Detroit] and, find out how Detroit became the coney hotdog capital of the world! Interested in Detroit music history, check out [:catalog/record/wsu-2297|MC5: Sonically Speaking, A Revolution of Rock'n'Roll] or [:catalog/record/wsu-2961|Techno Rebels : The Renegades of Electronic Funk] Or how about some Michigan history, specifically young women, try [:catalog/record/wsu-3654|Great Girls in Michigan History] or the automotive variety, [:catalog/record/wsu-3704|Reuther Brothers : Walter, Roy, and Victor]. Or how about a study on a tv show, like [:catalog/record/wsu-2044|Doctor Who], [:catalog/record/wsu-2247|Deadwood], or the [:catalog/record/wsu-2861|Sopranos], to name a few.

There are more titles to choose from so check out the list [:go/wsuebooks|here] and start downloading today!

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2016 Michigan Notable Books Announced!

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 11:43am by Sara W

The [|2016 Michigan Notable Book Award winners] have been announced! These are books recognized by the [,2351,7-160-54574_39583---,00.html|Library of Michigan] for "celebrating Michigan people, places, and events."

There are 20 books on the list, covering a wide variety of topics and aimed an an array of different audiences, including children's books, nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. This [|list] covers the Michigan Notable titles available for borrowing through AADL, but wait, there's more! Back in October, AADL hosted David Maraniss for a discussion of his book, [|Once in a Great City: a Detroit story], which can be [|downloaded or viewed] directly library's site.

This list will lead you to explorations of [|niche Michigan industries], [|celebrations of famous Michiganders], [|National Book Award-finalist storytelling], and [|mouth-watering recipes]. So, congratulations to our new Notable authors, and next time you seek a pleasant, Michigan-inspired read, look about you.

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Always Lost: A Meditation on War

Friday December 11, 2015: 11:55am to Wednesday February 24, 2016: 9:00pm
Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

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NPR's Best Books of 2015

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 6:17pm by eapearce


NPR recently released its [:|Best Books of 2015 list], an in depth yearly endeavor where critics and NPR staff choose their favorite books of the year and compile them into a genre-spanning list of several hundred titles. I love that, along with the expected books on the list that are getting accolades from numerous publications and organizations, NPR’s list always contains more obscure titles that many readers likely missed over the course of the year.

You can view all of the titles from the list that we have available in our catalog [:|here].

So what’s on this list of nearly 300 books? Here’s a preview:

In [:catalog/record/1474954|Speak], by Louisa Hall, a young Puritan woman travels to America with her unwanted husband, while in other time and place Alan Turing writes letters to his best friend’s mother and a Jewish refugee tries to reconnect with his distant wife. Elsewhere in time and space, a lonely young girl speaks with an intelligent software program and a formerly celebrated Silicon Valley entrepreneur is imprisoned for making illegal lifelike dolls. How does Hall tie all these characters together? As they all try somehow to communicate across gaps, Hall connects their stories, creating an amazing book that is a blend of historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy.

[:catalog/record/1482666|V is for Vegetables] offers more than 140 simple recipes for cooking vegetables in unique and unexpected ways at home. Author and chef Michael Anthony has cleverly divided the chapters of the book by vegetable, so if you ever find yourself staring at kohlrabi or tomatillos in the grocery store, curious about how one cooks such things, this is the book for you! And even expert cooks will be refreshed by Anthony’s new ideas for ways to use common vegetables like broccoli, tomatoes, carrots and squash.

[:catalog/record/1470723|The Battle of Versailles] tells of a little-known event that took place at the Palace of Versailles: as a fundraiser for the restoration of the palace, the world’s elite gathered in the grand theater there for a “fashion competition” of sorts: five American designers (including Oscar de la Renta and Anne Klein) faced off against five French designers considered to be the best designers in the world—Yves Saint Laurent, Hubert de Givenchy and others. The American clothes were expected to be a laughingstock but instead, the garments and the energy of the models who wore them wowed the crowd. By the end of the evening, American fashion in the world had transformed from a footnote to an enormous influence, not only on style itself but also on the way race, gender, sexuality and economics were treated in fashion in the years to come.

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It Ended Badly: a fun winter read

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 11:10am by eapearce


New to the AADL collection is [:catalog/record/1481861|It Ended Badly], a fun book by Jennifer Wright detailing thirteen of the worst breakups in history. The book spans centuries: from medieval Rome to the Debbie Reynolds-Eddie Fisher-Elizabeth Taylor saga of 1950s-60s Hollywood, the breakups in the book are carefully chosen for their drama, their absurdity, and, of course, for the heartbreak they caused. This book is no downer though, despite its technically sad subject matter. Wright describes the characters vividly and throws in amusing anecdotes to keep the overall tone light. “If he was unhappy,” she writes about Timothy Dexter, who told everyone his wife was a ghost while she was still alive, “it seems it would have been easier to divorce than to pretend your wife does not exist, especially when she was still living in your home and throwing things at you.”

The introduction suggests that this book is intended for those who have just undergone a rough breakup (“If you are lying in bed right now, a pint of ice cream in one hand, a bottle of Scotch in the other, and this book clenched between your teeth, with tears streaming down your face over how much you loved, loved, loved your ex, let me commend you on how well you are coping. You could be doing so much worse.”), but I think it’s a fascinating read for anyone. Readers will learn a great deal about the individuals that Wright focuses on in the book, and about the time periods that they lived in, AND feel entirely equipped to answer trivia questions with obscure historical romance themes/have something at least moderately interesting to talk about with anyone at upcoming holiday parties. It Ended Badly is a great book to burrow under a blanket with on a chilly December evening, accompanied by a warm winter beverage.