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Art@ the Library: Waterford Twp. From the Air, 60 Years Ago

Waterford Twp From the Air, 60 Years Ago is an exhibit of aerial photography that was taken by Homer Tinney after WWII. He was hired by businessmen, realtors, developers and builders to take aerial photos of real estate of most of Oakland County. The exhibit includes notable lakes, cities, towns, gulf courses and commercial/industrial properties in the Waterford and Clarkston area. This exhibit will run through October in the Library lobby. It also features photography by Randy Rieth who created the exhibit. Email Randy Rieth rdrieth@sbcglobal.net if you have questions about this exhibit.

Tenants and Landlords

A recent report in the news said that U.S. apartment vacancies have hit a 23 year high.  We hope that's translating into lower rents for Waterford's apartment dwellers.  Did you know there's a useful reference booklet  for tenants and landlords about their rights and responsibilities in rental relationships available at the library? It's called, "Tenants and Landlords: a practical guide".  Pick one up free at our Leggett branch library or in the adult department of the main library, courtesy of your state representative or state senator.
You can also view it online here:
http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/Publications/tenantlandlord.pdf

Breaking Clean by Judy Blunt

Breaking Clean (Biography)
by Judy Blunt
This is an excellent memoir of a woman who grew up in an isolated farm community of Montana during the 50s and 60s. Exquisite poetic descriptions enhance the quiet storytelling of a young girl's struggles for emotional independence in a community that insists on conformity. The author shows with great sensitivity the difficulities farmers face living off the land as our society transitions to corporate farming. Her sense of local humor, rendition of language and place creates an unforgettable experience for the reader. This is her first book.

Check our Catalog for Breaking Clean

The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff

The Monsters of Templetonmonsters of templeton cover, by Lauren Groff, takes you on a wild genealogical ride. The main character, Willie Templeton, must discover the identity of her biological father who she has never met. In the process, she digs up monster after monster in a historical closet that contains the "memoirs" of her revered fictional American family.

Search for this book in our catalog: The Monsters of Templeton

Run by Ann Patchett

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is a great work of fiction about a white couple, ex-mayor of Boston-Bernard Doyal and his wife-Bernadette, who adopt two black children, Tip and Teddy. Bernadette dies and leaves her husband to raise their family which includes their first born son Sullivan who seem unreliable and drug addicted. Race is an undercurrent in this beautifully told family drama about a father who has high expectations for his children.

 Search our library catalog for Run

The Lost Symbol

Fans of the Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons, did you know Dan Brown has a new Robert Langdon thriller out, The Lost Symbol?  Place your hold now!  Or give us a call and we'll be happy to get you on the waiting list.  While you're waiting for a copy of that one,  you may wish to try some  Da Vinci Code readalikes.

October is Vegetarian Month

Eat healthy, try some new vegetarian recipes!  We've got quite a collection of vegetarian and vegan cookbooks in our cookbook section under the call number 641.5636.  A few of the lastest ones:  Vegan Soul Kitchen: fresh, healthy and creative African-American cuisine , Vegan lunch box around the world: 125 easy international lunches kids and grown-ups will love! , Vegetarian Times Fast and Easy: great food you can make in minutes.

Our favorite baseball announcer

We have books by and about Ernie Harwell. We also own the CD Ernie Harwell's Audio Scrapbook.

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

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Cory Doctorow's new Hugo Award Winning book Little Brother is a compelling YA novel that looks at the recent issues brought about by the Department of Homeland Security when a terrorist attack kills thousands in San Fransisco. 17 year old Marcus Yarrow, is captured by the DHS and tortured along with his high school friends. They are forced to give up their passwords and login IDs in exchange for freedom. The author, in language that stings and sores, delivers a great story and terrific characters.

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

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If you like historical fiction and you haven't already read all the books in Oprah's book club (this was one), you'll love Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.  It's the story of the building of a great cathedral during medieval times, and the life stories of all the interesting people involved in that endeavor.  A smart and ambitious monk, a skilled stone mason, a clever young lady, an evil bishop, and so much more.  Really absorbing (and really long!).