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Books & Bagels November 2014

Saturday, November 15, 2-3pm

For children in grades 4-6

 

 

November's group will read and talk about Stanford Wong Flunks Big Time by Lisa Yee. Stanford is an all-star basketball player and the youngest student to make the A-Team. Unfortunately he isn't seeing any A's in the classroom, much to the displeasure of his school-obsessed father. When Stanford finds out he flunked English and can't go to Basketball Camp during the summer he feels like his life is over. Especially when he has to make sure his friends don't find out, while being tutored by the super-smart Millicent Min--the girl his father wishes he could be more like. In this funny and heartfelt novel, find out about the true power of friends, family, and yourself.

The first 15 participants to register will receive a free copy of Stanford Wong Flunks Big Time.

As always, Books & Bagels is for children in grades 4-6.  Thank you to Panera Bread of Frandor for providing the bagels, and many thanks to a generous, anonymous donor for providing copies of Books & Bagels titles to program participants.

The Friends of ELPL Participate in Amazon Smile

Who hasn't heard about Amazon.com? Well, if you shop via Amazon.com, you can choose The Friends of The East Lansing Public Library as Amazon's charity recipient when you buy through Amazon. It's a simple one-click choice! 

See the link below for more information. It's WIN-WIN! Thank you!

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Lopsided: How Having Breast Cancer Can Be Really Distracting by Meredith Norton

From Goodreads.com

Lopsided is not your ordinary cancer memoir. Meredith Norton chronicles every step of her experience, starting with her bizarre symptoms while living in Paris to moving back home to California and living with her compulsive parents and their five television sets. Irreverent and incredibly funny, Norton rails against self-pity and victimhood and rants about the innumerable copies of Lance Armstrong’s cancer survival book pressed on her by well-meaning family and friends.

Alongside the harrowing portrait of her treatments, Norton offers equally amusing memories from her offbeat life. We see her childhood time during a somewhat racist ski trip, a family reunion at a Florida alligator farm, and her life in a tree house with a neighbor, who, despite being vegan, hates mice enough to taxidermy them into miniature versions of racecar drivers, Jesus, a UPS delivery man, and Sally Jesse Raphael.

Like David Sedaris and Augusten Burroughs, Norton’s razor-sharp wit is at once riotous and excruciating. Lopsided is the remarkable debut of a masterful humorist.

View the full list of Breast Cancer Awareness titles at ELPL

Stand By Her: a Breast Cancer Guide for Men by John W. Anderson

From Goodreads.com

Laura Landro, "Wall Street Journal's" "Informed Patient" columnist, has selected STAND BY HER as one of 2009's best health books, and a recommended read for the New Year. Selected by "Library Journal" as one of the Best Consumer Health Books of 2009

Scared. Shocked. Depressed. These words describe the more than one million women worldwide who are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. But they also apply to the husbands, fathers, sons, brothers, and friends to whom cancer sufferers turn for support. "Stand by Her" is written to help these men be the very best supporters they can be, combining solid practical advice with emotional guidance--based both on the author's personal experience and his extensive research. Offering insight into medical, psychological, family, sexual, and financial issues, "Stand by Her" takes the reader through: - Interpreting and handling the initial diagnosis - Making preparations for treatment, from finding doctors and hospitals to organizing family members into an effective team - Advising her while recognizing that treatment decisions are hers and hers alone - Maintaining a sense of normalcy in everyday life - Preparing emotionally and practically when the prognosis is not good The book also provides an exhaustive section of print, online, and other resources for patients and caregivers. One day the war against breast cancer will be won. Until then, women need their men to help them fight. This landmark book will help any man overcome the fear and frustration of dealing with the disease, and arm him with the knowledge and resources he needs to Stand by Her.

View the full list of Breast Cancer Awareness titles at ELPL

Eating Pomegranates: a Memoir of Mothers, Daughters, and the BRCA Gene by Sarah Gabriel

From Goodreads.com

An intensely powerful and moving memoir about genetics, mortality, family, femininity, and the author’s battle with cancer After the grief of losing her mother to cancer when Sarah Gabriel was a teenager, she had learned to appreciate "the charms of simple happiness." With a career as a journalist, a home in Oxford, England, a husband, and two young daughters, she was content. But then at age forty-four, she was diagnosed with breast cancer—the result of M18T, an inherited mutation on theBRCA1 gene that had taken the lives of her mother and countless female ancestors. Eating Pomegranates is Gabriel’s candid and incredibly intimate story of being forced to acknowledge that while you can try to overcome the loss of a parent, you can never escape your genetic legacy.

Being diagnosed with the same disease that killed her mother compelled Gabriel to write this story. In her struggle for survival, she recounts the rigors of her treatments and considers the impact of a microscopic piece of DNA on generations of her family’s dynamics. She also revisits her past in an effort to reclaim her identity and learn more about the mother who disappeared too early from her life. Beautiful and brutal, Eating Pomegranates—like the myth of Persephone and Demeter, which inspires the title—is about mothers and motherless daughters. It is about a woman so afraid of abandoning her children that she is hardly able to look at them, and about the history of breast cancer itself, from early radical surgeries to contemporary medicine.

Combining passion, humor, fierce intelligence, and clinical detail, Eating Pomegranates is an extraordinary book about an all-too-ordinary disease.

View the full list of Breast Cancer Awareness titles at ELPL

The Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Book by Lynn C. Hartmann, Charles L. Loprinzi, medical editors

From Goodreads.com

From the breast health experts at Mayo Clinic comes a guide to the many aspects of breast cancer;from prevention, to care and coping, to survival, to living with hope. Trustworthy information offered in a spirit of companionship.

The Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Book is the trusted resource for anyone wanting reliable information about this dreaded disease. Mayo Clinic set out to provide comprehensive and up-to-date facts in easy-to-understand language. They've succeeded in this handbook for those who've been diagnosed, or for those who want to give sensitive and helpful support to someone with breast cancer. The Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Book stands out for its tone of companionship, as well as for the many patient stories that appear throughout the book.

This straightforward, yet approachable resource will empower all who are affected by breast cancer. Here are facts about the disease, but also suggestions and inspiration for working effectively with one's doctors and caregivers. This volume offers solid tools for coping with the many uncertainties and decisions that need to be made when one is diagnosed.

View the full list of Breast Cancer Awareness titles at ELPL

Everybody's Got Something by Robin Roberts and Veronica Chambers

From Goodreads.com

"Regardless of how much money you have, your race, where you live, what religion you follow, you are going through something. Or you already have or you will. As momma always said, "Everybody's got something." 

So begins beloved Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts's new memoir in which she recounts the incredible journey that's been her life so far, and the lessons she's learned along the way. With grace, heart, and humor, she writes about overcoming breast cancer only to learn five years later that she will need a bone marrow transplant to combat a rare blood disorder, the grief and heartbreak she suffered when her mother passed away, her triumphant return to GMA after her medical leave, and the tremendous support and love of her family and friends that saw her through her difficult times. 

Following her mother's advice to "make your mess your message," Robin taught a nation of viewers that while it is true that we've all got something -- a medical crisis to face, aging parents to care for, heartbreak in all its many forms --- we've also all got something to give: hope, encouragement, a life-saving transplant or a spirit-saving embrace. As Robin has learned, and what readers of her remarkable story will come to believe as well, it's all about faith, family and friends. And finding out that you are stronger, much stronger, than you think.

View the full list of Breast Cancer Awareness titles at ELPL

Books on Tap - November 2015

For November, Books on Tap will discuss One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper

*Please note this change in date* We will meet the 3rd Tuesday of the month, November 18th at 6:30 at Jimmy's Pub. 

“'Mistakes have been made.' Drew Silver has begun to accept that life isn’t going to turn out as he expected. His fleeting fame as the drummer for a one-hit wonder rock band is nearly a decade behind him. His ex-wife is about to marry a terrific guy. And his Princeton-bound teenage daughter Casey has just confided in him that she’s pregnant—because Silver is the one she cares least about letting down.

So when Silver learns that he requires emergency life-saving heart surgery, he makes the radical decision to refuse the operation, choosing instead to spend what time he has left to repair his relationship with Casey, become a better man, and live in the moment—even if that moment isn’t going to last very long. As his exasperated family looks on, Silver grapples with the ultimate question of whether or not his own life is worth saving."

Review from Amazon.

Books on Tap - October Follow Up

Who would've thought that so many parallels would be drawn between current events and the events that occurred in The Handmaid's Tale? Many people brought up the similarities of what happened to Offred as to how societal practices are being enforced around the world. There were definite elements of historical accuracies brought out in our discussion; mainly how the first thing to be destroyed by an incoming ruling party is the writings that existed before their time. In the case of Offred, not only did they get rid of the written past, they also took steps to prevent future generations of women from being able to read or write. While many felt that Margaret Atwood's book was better classified as dystopian, overall they seemed to appreciate the different view of what a society could be come.

For November, we will read One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper.

Teen Read Week 2014

So you've heard about Teen Read Week but do you know what it is? No, well here is a brief overview; Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually during the third week of October. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.

Splintered by A.G. Howard

From Goodreads.com

This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg

From Goodreads.com

A funny, honest novel about being out, being proud . . . and being ready for something else.

Rafe is a normal teenager from Boulder, Colorado. He plays soccer. He's won skiing prizes. He likes to write.

And, oh yeah, he's gay. He's been out since 8th grade, and he isn't teased, and he goes to other high schools and talks about tolerance and stuff. And while that's important, all Rafe really wants is to just be a regular guy. Not that GAY guy. To have it be a part of who he is, but not the headline, every single time.

So when he transfers to an all-boys' boarding school in New England, he decides to keep his sexuality a secret -- not so much going back in the closet as starting over with a clean slate. But then he sees a classmate breaking down. He meets a teacher who challenges him to write his story. And most of all, he falls in love with Ben . . . who doesn't even know that love is possible.

This witty, smart, coming-out-again story will appeal to gay and straight kids alike as they watch Rafe navigate being different, fitting in, and what it means to be himself.

Winger by Andrew Smith

From Goodreads.com

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