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Posted by jdunc on 11/25/15
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In the follow-up to her 2011 bestseller Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and other concerns), Mindy Kaling returns with insights into her life, career, and just being awesome. Why Not Me? is a collection of essays that provide a funny and honest look at life as a woman in the entertainment industry.

Kaling spends a significant portion of the book discussing her body image. She is often praised in the media for being a confident curvy woman. She tells a story of one journalist who comments over breakfast “don’t worry about the calories much, do you Mindy?”. She is baffled at why people are so surprised to see someone who looks like her on TV or why it is so shocking that she would put jam on her toast.

She also dishes on the men in her life and her working struggles. She reflects on her rise through the industry and gaining confidence as a writer and actress. The last essay of the audiobook discusses how to be a confident woman. She provides very smart, witty comments and to her it comes down to hard work.

The book is like an honest conversation with a friend. While she is funny, she is also really smart and insightful. One of the final chapters discusses the things she worries about. The list reveals an emotional side with worries like “will I forget my mother’s voice”. Kaling lost her mother to pancreatic cancer in 2012.

Fans of other funny women, like Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, will love this book. I highly recommend the audiobook version so you can hear it read by Mindy.
essays, humor
Posted by Uncle Will on 11/18/15
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I've been a composer for greater than 50 years. Over that time I've been asked a lot about my influences and what songs inspire me. Henry Mancini is probably my favorite composer and this song, Moon Dance, is quite inspirational.
It can be found on the CD, Down To The Moon, that won the Grammy in 1987. It was written by Andreas Vollenweider who is a Swiss harpist that's recorded 14 albums. Down To The Moon was his 5th album and it was re-released in 2005 and again in 2006. It's been written that his music ". . . evokes nature, magic and fairy tales. . . "
AHML will be hosting a library-wide exhibit on Fairy Tales (January-March 2016). Check this out if you want a head start getting into the mood.
Posted by Lucy S on 11/14/15
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Before she was Beryl Markham the first woman pilot to fly across the Atlantic from east to west and the first licensed horse trainer at the age of 18, she was Beryl Clutterbuck. Born in England, her family moved to Kenya to farm and train racehorses around 1906. Her mother could not adapt so she returned to England leaving her husband and five-year-old Beryl behind. Left to her own devices she grew up a wild child in the Kenyan countryside, survived a lion attack and sought the company of the farm worker’s families. Without the usual social conventions to shape her upbringing, Beryl grew up very strong minded and thought that women should have the same privileges as men.  Her unconventional ideas also spilled over into her mostly unsuccessful love life. 

I enjoyed reading Paula McClain’s historical fiction novel, Circling the Sun, about an adventurous woman who fought against stereotypes and worked hard at her endeavors. It was also eye-opening to read about a time of European settlers in Africa. Those who read Out of Africa or saw the movie will recognize this storyline as Beryl had a long-term complicated friendship with the author Isak Dinesen (Baroness Karen Blixen in the book).

I listened to this story in audiobook format and appreciated hearing this narrator’s voice with the added important element of proper pronunciations for unfamiliar names and places.
Posted by jonf on 11/12/15
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After a showdown with the Yemeni terrorist known as the Panther, John Corey returns to New York City to take a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. John is expecting this to be a quiet job but after being assigned to follow Russian diplomats he discovers a whole new threat.
John is covering a party for Russian oligarchs when Vasily Petrov, a Russian diplomat is taken from the party. John finds out there is a plan for the Russians to plant a dirty bomb on a Saudi Prince's yacht and have it blow up in New York harbor.
The story is the 6th in the John Corey series and is typical fast paced writing by Nelson DeMille.
Spy Suspense
Posted by annetteb on 11/11/15
Do you enjoy graphic design? If so, consider trying out Adobe Creative Cloud in one of our studio suites
In addition to CS5 and CS6, our studio now features Adobe Creative Cloud. Included in this collection are popular programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Adobe Premiere Pro. If you are unfamiliar with Adobe Creative Cloud, consider booking a 1:1 appointment or attending our tech classes, as you learn about the wonderful new assets to this update. 
For more information, contact the Tech Help Desk.
Posted by annetteb on 11/08/15
Do you have multiple photos and slides that you'd like to digitize? If so, consider using one of our studio spaces as you take on your next digitization project.
The batch scanner is an excellent tool that will allow you to scan multiple photos at once, rather than having to scan each one individually. Your scans can also be touched up nicely with the photo editing software installed on the Mac in Studio A.
Learn more about the studios by contacting the library or stopping by the Tech Help Desk.
Posted by annetteb on 11/08/15
If you've used the GoPro 3, you'll love the GoPro 4! This latest edition of the GoPro features a viewmaster, so that you'll be able to capture video from a unique perspective in the best possible way. 
The camera supports 2.7K30, 1080p, 1440p, Video, captures 12MP Photos at 30 fps and possesses an Ultra Wide Angle Glass Lens + SuperView. Additional features include Camera Housing Waterproof to 131' ; Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Connectivity ; Video and Photo Time-Lapse ; Protune Mode for Video and Photo ; One-Button Operation with QuikCapture ; Auto Low Light and Night Photo Modes. Flat and curved adhesive mounts are included.
For additional instruction, stop by the Tech Help Desk!
Posted by BARB W on 10/29/15
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There is a good chance that we may all know someone with obsessive compulsive disorder, commonly known as OCD. A new book, The Man Who Couldn’t Stop: OCD and the True Story of a Life Lost in Thought peels back the layers of this often baffling disorder with honesty, careful research and abundant humor.

Author David Adam is intimately knowledgeable about OCD as he has experienced it for twenty years.  He weaves many narratives into this story about his personal obsessions and compulsions, and will win over readers with the candid retrospect of his experiences.

But it is more than just a journey into the complicated tangle of ideas in his head. Adam also details the psychological, social and scientific aspects and reveals the research and treatments that have been used and are currently used for sufferers of this condition. He also speaks to the historical struggle to classify OCD; there was often conflict over its origin as a behavioral or mental disorder.

Insightful and absorbing, this book will enlighten with its fresh perspective.
Posted by Uncle Will on 10/16/15
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What if Santa Claus was the real deal? What if Santa was real, but just not quite the person you were led to believe he was? If this premise interests you, then this Finnish coal black comedy is just what you need to fill your holiday stocking. 
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale is a film that was based on an award winning short film released in 2005 entitled: The Official Rare Exports Inc. Safety Instructions. That "shorty" is included in the DVD special features; however, please don't watch it until the film is over because it will be a spoiler. 
Newcomer actor, Onni Tommila, plays Pietari Kontio. Pietari lives with his father near the base of the Korvatunturi Mountains in Lapland. It is a rough life, but the two have each other, which makes up for any shortcomings. The plot is fairly simple. Once a year the countryside men hunt to kill and dress beasts to last them through the bitter winter months. What the hunters are not prepared for is a very different kind of beast.
This film is rated R and a bit too intense for younger viewers. However, if you are looking for a holiday film that is off-center, yet still entertaining, check this one out.  If you enjoy Onni Tommila's performance, you can catch him in his newest film which stars Samuel L. Jackson: Big Game.
Posted by Lucy S on 10/13/15
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Sasha Martin is a food blogger and author who set out to write about her ambitious project to cook a meal from every country in the world – 195 countries in 195 weeks, in alphabetical order by country, with a motto of bringing the world to your kitchen.  In order to write her book about this endeavor she confronted harsh realities of her upbringing to how she got to this place in her life where she could succeed.
When author Sasha Martin was a little girl she lived in a small apartment in Boston with her mother and brother, Michael. Their father was not a part of their lives. Her mother’s creativity in the kitchen kept Sasha from knowing just how poor they were and instilled a love of cooking. Unfortunate events lead to the children going back and forth from their mother to a series of foster homes, each time a longer stay away. In the end, the legal system won out with guardianship granted to Patricia and Pierre; old friends of Sasha’s mother. Sasha was 10 and Michael was 12. Devastated to be separated from their mother, the children moved to Atlanta then Paris. Their mother stepped further away in a misguided attempt to have them bond with a new family. Two years later, something tragic happened to Michael, who suffered more than he could ever say. No one is the same again with a deeper divide opened between Sasha and her guardians.
Sasha returned to the United States to attend college and reunited with her mother. Tentative at first, it was Sasha who reached out, their relationship grew. So much happened to this family and to the legal guardians, more lives could have been irretrievably crushed. Cooking and the simple act of eating turned out to be a way to nurture, connect and heal. Her website Global Table Adventure invites you to cook the world, eat global and shop local.
This story is inspiring to me, a painful past remade into a bright future.
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