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2011 Edgar Awards

Every year the Mystery Writers of America nominate books that represent the best in mystery fiction.

Here are the nominees for Best Novel:

Caught by Harlan Coben
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
Faithful Place by Tana French
The Queen of Patpong by Timothy Hallinan
The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton  WINNER
I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman

How many have you read? For more suggestions of great mysteries, see the full list of nominees here. Other best of categories include Paperback Original, True Crime and Teen. Read more

2010 State and Local Census Numbers

Map of Michigan

The US Census has released local census counts for the State of Michigan. Waterford's 2010 population count is 71,707 people. There are a number of resources to review the census data in more detail. Some of the resources include:

The Fixer Upper by Mary Kay Andrews

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Dempsey Jo Killebrew is basically fired from her public relations job in Washington D.C. due to her big shot boss (who she thought was looking out for her) being caught in a politcal scandal.  Running out of money and with nowhere else to turn, she takes her dad's suggestion to work on fixing up his old, run-down family home in Guthrie, Georgia.  And a lot of work it turns out to be!  Trials and tribulations, satisfying manual labor, romance, and even some revenge ensue.  I saw this on a couple "best popular fiction of 2009" lists.  If you like Jennifer Crusie, you'll like this book.  I downloaded the digital audio book from Download Destination and listened to it on my MP3 player.

Technology Update - March 2011

Image of keyboardIf you have used our public computers this past week, you may have noticed a change in the login screens on our public computers and the sign-in screen on the sign-up stations. These changes are part of an upgrade to the system that manages our public computers. SAM (Smart Access Manager) is the system that manages each person's time and printing on our public computers. It also allows you to reserve a computer from home or work and control the level of Internet access you have on our computers. In addition to the new login screens, a few of the new and improved features from the upgrade include:

 

  • Faster printing - The slowness of the printing in the old system was a frustration for all of us. Printing happens much more quickly with the new system.
  • Eliminating confirmation notice when using sign-in station - This "feature" of the old system was quite an annoyance! It's gone and the sign-in process at our Adult sign-in station is much easier to complete. 

If you didn't notice the changes, that's OK! Our goal was to complete the upgrade with as little inconvenience as possible to our users. 

The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino

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Yasuko Hanaoka is a divorced, single mother who thought she had finally escaped her abusive ex-husband Togashi. When he shows up one day to extort money from her, threatening both her and her teenaged daughter Misato, the situation quickly escalates into violence and Togashi ends up dead on her apartment floor. Overhearing the commotion, Yasuko’s next door neighbor, middle-aged high school mathematics teacher Ishigami, offers his help, disposing not only of the body but plotting the cover-up step-by-step.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest By Steig Larsson

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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Steig Larsson is the supurb third and most likely last book we are to see from the author who so unfortunately passed away from a heart attack at the age of 50. According to biographical sources, he left about 3/4s of a fourth Millenium Series novel left unpublished on his computer at the time of his death. The third novel in this series pulls together many of the threads of the two previous books. Lisbeth spends much of the book recovering in the hospital, trying to avoid Blumkvist, and awaiting trial for crimes committed. Larsson takes no shortcuts and for that I was grateful. I liked that you experience this story from a variety of points of view-from the staff at Millenium, the motorcycle gang, the secret police and their invisible unit known as The Section. This is a long book, but the author maintaines the tension for 599 pages and if you liked the first two novels, you will not be disappointed.

New Michigan History DVDs

Due to the generous 2010 donation by patrons Dorothy and Arnie Collens, the WTP Library now owns two Michigan History DVDs:

The Orphan Train in Michigan 1854--1927 which tells the story of 12,500 children who where brought from New York City and Boston to 44 Michigan towns.

Michigan's Lumbering Days and Camp Life which illuminates in archival photos and stories the life and times of michigan lumberjacks.

For more information about Program Source International, a local production company that has created 25 documentaries on Michigan history and delivers lectures on these topics to profit and nonprofit groups, go to their website.

The Power of Less : The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential...In Business and in Life by Leo Babauta

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The Power of Less is a quick read filled with a lot of useful suggestions on how to make more of your life by doing less. Unlike many books that promote complicated organizational systems, Leo Babauta outlines a series of simple but powerful methods to streamline your work and your life. While many will find some of the suggestions challenging, like only checking e-mail once or twice a day, there's good ideas for anyone looking to bring more order and focus into lives filled with distractions and demands. The author also maintains the blog ZenHabits where you can find more about the ideas outlined in this book. 

Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

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Animal Vegetable Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver is the kind of book that will be enjoyed by readers who love cooking and gardening. The author invites you into her family's decision to move from dry as a bone Arizona to Virginia to live on the land and eat only locally raised foods. This is a lovingly crafted memoir that educates and entertains the reader on the pros and cons of agribusiness. I think this could easily be used as a high school or college textbook.

The Postcard Killers by James Patterson

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This murder mystery revolves around murders in various locations in Europe announced to specific reporters with a postcard. An American detective, whose daughter was one of the victims, doggedly pursues the clues. Some of the murder scene descriptions are grizzly but the mystery and suspense made it worth the read.

Review by: Chris Hurt, Library Aide, Technical Services