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JANUARY 20, 2014
Is this your lucky day?

Patrons of the Marathon County Public Library's Wausau Headquarters — and soon patrons at other MCPL locations — have a chance to get lucky and check out hotly anticipated new releases of books, music and movies — with no waiting list!

MCPL Wausau recently started a "Lucky Day" shelf on which we put one or more copies of popular new releases. These are items that can't be reserved; once they are on the shelf, they are up for grabs.

Are you one of the hundreds who request James Patterson’s or Janet Evanovich’s newest novels? Keep an eye on the first-come, first-served Lucky Day shelf, and you may not have to wait. And, with some patrons finding that lucky copy, the wait for other patrons on a book or DVD request list should be reduced.

Call 715-261-7200 for more information.

www.mcpl.us/lucky-day

(from the MCPL Newsletter, Jan. - Mar., 2014)

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DECEMBER 9, 2013
World Book Night 2014: Sign up today!

Sometimes after you read a really good book, you want to share it with as many people as possible. On April 23, 2014, you might have a chance with the World Book Night giveaway.

Each year, a WBN committee selects 30-35 titles (it's 35 in 2014) made up of adult and young adult fiction, non-fiction and poetry. The books' authors agree to waive royalties and publishers print special World Book Night editions free-of-charge – all with the goal of encouraging reading among non-readers. If your favorite book is on the list, you can apply to be a WBN volunteer for the chance to pass out 20 copies of the book at a location of your choice to people who seldom read books or never read books.

All Marathon County Public Library locations are encouraging their community members to apply, and the deadline is Jan. 5. Answer a few questions – why you want to participate, to whom you want to give the books, etc. – and choose the MCPL location where you plan to pick up the books. If you're chosen, WBN will ship your books to that library and we'll host receptions for volunteers about one week before the April 23 giveaway. Books cannot be distributed before April 23, and they cannot be sold.

Applications can only be filled out online at http://www.us.worldbooknight.org. If you don't have a computer and the Internet at home, stop by any MCPL location and we'll help you get started. Applicants will be notified in February. (About 95 percent of applicants are accepted, so you have a pretty good shot at being chosen.)

Here is the list of 2014 World Book Night titles:

Is one of your favorites on the list? Stop by any MCPL location or contact us for more information. We'll help you help others by sharing your love of reading!

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JULY 22, 2013
Recent Books and Older Gems

MCPL is starting a new feature comparing older books with recent releases. Look for these reviews in our newsletter and at mcpl.us/blog. For this installment, staffer Amy Ryan looks to the garden for recommendations.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle"
by Barbara Kingsolver

For one year, Kingsolver and her family vowed to eat only the food they grew on their family farm in Virginia or could buy from local sources. This humorous and inspirational memoir tells the story of that year -- month by month, vegetable by vegetable, animal by animal. It’s a book I try to read every spring as I plan my own vegetable gardens.

— Check it out: www.mcpl.us?t=animal vegetable miracle

 

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle"Growing a Farmer"
by Kurt Timmermeister

When Seattle restaurateur Timmermeister decided to move out of downtown, he ended up on a four-acre parcel of farmland on Vason Island. “Growing a Farmer” is his journey from cook to cultivator, organized by subject. This a great reference for the person who wants to start growing their own food and raising their own meat.

— Check it out: www.mcpl.us?t=growing a farmer

(from the MCPL Newsletter, Jul-Sep., 2013)

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JULY 14, 2012
100 Books to Read Before Kindergarten
This list is modified from the New York Public Library's "100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know."

1. Hug – Jez Alborough
2. Old Black Fly – Jim Aylesworth
3. Ten, Nine, Eight – Molly Bang
4. Machines at Work – Byron Barton
5. Madeline – Ludwig Bemelmans
6. The Mitten: a Ukrainian Folktale – Jan Brett
7. Goodnight Moon – Margaret Wise Brown
8. Bad Kitty – Nick Bruel
9. Mr. Gumpy’s Outing – John Bunting
10. Little Cloud – Eric Carle
11. The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle
12. Maisy Goes to the Library – Lucy Cousins
13. Ten Black Dots – Donald Crews
14. Freight Train – Donald Crews
15. Click Clack, Moo: Cows That Type – Doreen Cronin
16. Good Dog, Carl – Alexandra Day
17. Jamberry – Bruce Degen
18. Gossie – Olivier Dunrea
19. Are You My Mother – P.D. Eastman
20. Go, Dog, Go – P.D. Eastman
21. Eating the Alphabet – Lois Ehlert
22. Planting a Rainbow – Lois Ehlert
23. Color Zoo – Lois Ehlert
24. Go Away, Big Green Monster – Ed Emberly
25. Olivia – Ian Falconer
26. Bark, George – Jules Feiffer
27. Lunch – Denise Fleming
28. In the Tall, Tall Grass – Denise Fleming
29. Mama Cat Has Three Kittens – Denise Fleming
30. Corduroy – Don Freeman
31. Millions of Cats – Wanda Gag
32. The Three Bears – Paul Galdone
33. Is Your Mama a Llama? – Deborah Guarino
34. Kitten’s First Full Moon – Kevin Henkes
35. Off to School, Baby Duck! – Amy Hest
36. Where’s Spot? – Eric Hill
37. Bread and Jam for Frances – Russell Hoban
38. Rosie’s Walk – Pat Hutchins
39. Julius – Angela Johnson
40. Harold and the Purple Crayon – Crockett Johnson
41. Henry Hikes to Fitchburg – D.B. Johnson
42. Hello, Goodbye Window – Norton Juster
43. The Snowy Day – Ezra Jack Keats
44. Whistle for Willie – Ezra Jack Keats
45. Leo the Late Bloomer – Robert Kraus
46. The Carrot Seed – Ruth Krauss
47. The Story of Ferdinand – Munro Leaf
48. Tacky the Penguin – Helen Lester
49.Swimmy – Leo Lionni
50. Froggy Gets Dressed – Jonathan London
51. George and Martha – James Marshall
52. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? – Bill Martin
53. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom – Bill Martin
54. The Squeaky Door – Margaret Read McDonald
55. Goin’ Someplace Special – Patricia McKissack
56. Martha Speaks – Susan Meddaugh
57. Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose – Scott Gustafson
58. I Kissed the Baby! – Mary Murphy
59. The Jacket I Wear in the Snow – Shirley Neitzel
60. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie – Laura Numeroff
61. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Helen Oxenbury
62. Jazz Baby – Lisa Wheeler
63. The Tale of Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter
64. Goodnight Gorilla – Peggy Rathmann
65. Officer Buckle and Gloria – Peggy Rathmann
66. Curious George – H.A. Rey
67. My Friend Rabbit – Eric Rohmann
68. The Line-up Book – Mariabina Russo
69. First the Egg – Laura Vaccaro Seeger
70. Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak
71. Hop On Pop – Dr. Seuss
72. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish – Dr.Seuss
73. Duck on a Bike – David Shannon
74. No, David! – David Shannon
75. It Looked Like Spilt Milk – Charles G. Shaw
76. Sheep in a Jeep – Nancy E. Shaw
77. Come Along Daisy – Jane Simmons
78. The Stray Dog – Marc Simont
79. Fire Truck – Peter Sis
80. Caps for Sale – Esphyr Slobodkina
81. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble – William Steig
82. Dinosaur Roar – Paul Stickland
83. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly – Simms Taback
84. Have You Seen My Duckling? – Nancy Tafuri
85. Polar Express – Chris Van Allsburg
86. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – Judith Viorst
87. Ira Sleeps Over – Bernard Waber
88. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile – Bernard Waber
89. Mouse Paint – Ellen Stoll Walsh
90. Tuesday – David Wiesner
91. Max Cleans Up – Rosemary Wells
92. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus – Mo Willems
93. Knuffle Bunny – Mo Willems
94. I Went Walking – Sue Williams
95. A Chair for My Mother – Vera B. Williams
96. The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, & the Big Hungry Bear – Audrey Wood
97. The Napping House – Audrey Wood
98. How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? – Jane Yolen
99. Trashy Town – Andrea Zimmerman
100. Harry the Dirty Dog – Gene Zion

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MAY 22, 2012
Help Us Discover New Books!
As part of our efforts to keep our collections up-to-date and complete, we invite you to submit a Purchase Suggestion form whenever you discover we don’t own a specific item or items of a particular topic or genre.

Purchase suggestions may be made in person or online at www.mcpl.us/account/suggest

Your input is always appreciated, and if we buy the item you’ve suggested, we will set it aside and contact you when it’s ready to pick up at the MCPL location of your choice!

(from the MCPL Newsletter, May-July 2012)

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MAY 8, 2012
Maurice Sendak, Beloved Author and Illustrator
Sadly,  well-known children’s author and illustrator, Maurice Sendak, recently died at age 83.  Fortunately for all children, and everyone who loves children’s literature,  he left us so many wonderful, unforgettable  books to enjoy over and over again.

Sendak’s more than 50 works have evoked praise and criticism, sometimes both for the same books.  His best-loved work, Where the Wild Things Are, was also criticized for being too scary for children, and his Caldecott Honor book, In the Night Kitchen, was frequently challenged or banned for the depiction of a nude child. 

His recently published book Bumble Ardy is about an orphaned pig and his birthday party.  My Brother’s Book, a new poetry book inspired by his brother Jack, is scheduled for publication in February 2013.

Check-out his books @ your local MCPL and share them again and again with your children and grandchildren.


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APRIL 5, 2012
MCPL-Wausau Staff Picks for Favorite Children's Books

From picture books to easy readers to older children's fiction, the staff at MCPL-Wausau list their favorite children's books!







 

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MARCH 15, 2012
Fun, Absorbing Reads

These books are on my e-reader and in my book bag. I heartily recommend all of them. If you can suspend reality for a while you will enjoy these fun, absorbing adventures. Happy reading!


Book Cover: 'Dragonswood ' by Janet Lee Carey Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey -- In 1192 A.D. on Wilde Island, Tess, the daughter of a cruel blacksmith, is accused of witchcraft and must flee, but when she meets a handsome and enigmatic warden of Dragonswood who offers her shelter, she does not realize that he too harbors a secret that may finally bring about peace among the races of dragon, human, and fairy. Janet Lee Carey definitely knows how to tell a story; you won’t be disappointed.

Book Cover: 'Dragon's Keep' by Janet Lee Carey Dragon's Keep by Janet Lee Carey -- In 1145 A.D., as foretold by Merlin, fourteen-year-old Rosalind, who will be the twenty-first Pendragon Queen of Wilde Island, has much to accomplish to fulfill her destiny, while hiding from her people the dragon's claw she was born with that reflects only one of her mother's dark secrets. This companion novel to Dragonswood, was named the best book of the year by the American Library Association and School Library Journal. This enthralling story of a girl searching for her identity will keep you turning pages and perhaps rooting for the dragons. This is a wonderful story for teens and adults.

Book Cover: 'Earwig and the Witch' by Diana Wynne Jones Earwig and the Witch by Diana Wynne Jones -- Although an orphan, Earwig has always enjoyed living at St. Morwald's, where she manages to make everyone do her bidding, but when she is taken in by foster parents who are actually a witch and a demon, she has a hard time trying to turn the situation to her advantage. This plucky heroine’s story is a fun read.

Book Cover: 'Fateful' by Claudia Gray Fateful by Claudia Gray -- When seventeen-year-old Tess Davies, a ladies' maid, meets handsome Alec Marlow aboard the RMS Titanic, she quickly becomes entangled in the dark secrets of his past, but her growing love puts her in mortal peril even before fate steps in. This timely read will appeal to fans of the Downton Abbey series and those interested in stories about the RMS Titanic.

Book Cover: 'The One and Only Ivan' by Katherine Applegate The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate -- When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life. This tender story will capture your heart and perhaps leave you thinking more about our relationship to other living creatures; a story for all ages.

Book Cover: 'The Other Felix' by Keir Graff The Other Felix by Keir Graff -- Worrying about his father losing his job and the bully at school, fourth-grader Felix has terrifying dreams of the same monster-filled place every night until he meets someone there who looks and sounds strangely familiar. This story may help children facing similar challenges.

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FEBRUARY 3, 2012
Fantastical Reads for a Winter's Eve

Castles, wizards, witches, dragons, ogres, knights, princesses, adventure, mystery--all of my favorite ingredients blended into wonderful stories that hook me every time. Here are a few flights into fantasy that have kept me up late at night turning pages.


Book Cover: 'The Emerald Atlas' by John Stephens The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens -- Kate, Michael, and Emma have passed from one orphanage to another in the ten years since their parents disappeared to protect them, but now they learn that they have special powers, a prophesied quest to find a magical book, and a fearsome enemy.

Book Cover: 'Ogre of Oglefort' by Diane Stanley Ogre of Oglefort by Diane Stanley -- When the Hag of Dribble, an orphan boy, and a troll called Ulf are sent to rescue a princess from an ogre, it turns out to be far from the routine magical mission they expect.

Book Cover: 'The Silver Bowl' by Eva Ibbotson The Silver Bowl by Eva Ibbotson -- From the age of seven when she became scullery maid in a castle, Molly has seen visions of the future which, years later, lead her and friend Tobias on an adventure to keep Alaric, the heir to the throne, safe from a curse.

Book Cover: 'A Tale of Two Castles' by Gail Carson Levine A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine -- Twelve-year-old Elodie journeys to Two Castles in hopes of studying acting but instead becomes apprentice to a dragon, who teaches her to be observant and use reasoning, thus helping her to uncover who is poisoning the king.

Book Cover: 'Thomas and the Dragon Queen' by Shutta Crum Thomas and the Dragon Queen by Shutta Crum -- When the princess is kidnapped by a dragon queen, thirteen-year-old Thomas, a new--and very small--squire-in-training boldly sets out on a quest to rescue her.

Book Cover: 'Tuesdays at the Castle' by Jessica Day George Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George -- Eleven-year-old Princess Celie lives with her parents, the king and queen, and her brothers and sister at Castle Glower, which adds rooms or stairways or secret passageways most every Tuesday, and when the king and queen are ambushed while travelling, it is up to Celie--the castle's favorite--with her secret knowledge of its never-ending twists and turns, to protect their home and save their kingdom.

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JANUARY 24, 2012
Films Based on Books: Academy Award Nominees

The nominations are in for the 2012 Academy Awards, and it's worth noting that several of the nominated films were based on books! We've listed these books below for your consideration. While you wait for the Oscar winners to be chosen and announced on February 26, you may want to check out and read your favorite film's literary counterpart!


Book Cover: 'Moneyball' by Michael Lewis Moneyball by Michael Lewis -- Billy Beane, the Oakland A's general manager, is leading a revolution. Reinventing his team on a budget, he needs to outsmart the richer teams. He signs undervalued players whom the scouts consider flawed but who have a knack for getting on base, scoring runs, and winning games. Moneyball is a quest for the secret of success in baseball and a tale of the search for new baseball knowledge-insights that will give the little guy who is willing to discard old wisdom the edge over big money.

Book Cover: 'The Descendants' by Kaui Hart HemmingsThe Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings -- Matthew King was once considered one of the most fortunate men in Hawaii. His missionary ancestors were financially and culturally progressive-one even married a Hawaiian princess, making Matt a royal descendant and one of the state's largest landowners. Now his luck has changed. His two daughters are out of control, and his charismatic, thrill-seeking, high-maintenance wife, Joanie, lies in a coma after a boat-racing accident and will soon be taken off life support. The Kings can hardly picture life without her, but as they come to terms with this tragedy, their sadness is mixed with a sense of freedom that shames them-and spurs them into surprising actions. A memorable journey that leads to both painful revelations and unforeseen humor and growth.

Book Cover: 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' by John Le CarreTinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carre -- A modern masterpiece in which le Carre expertly creates a total vision of a secret world,Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy begins George Smiley's chess match of wills and wits with Karla, his Soviet counterpart.It is now beyond doubt that a mole, implanted decades ago by Moscow Centre, has burrowed his way into the highest echelons of British Intelligence. His treachery has already blown some of its most vital operations and its best networks. It is clear that the double agent is one of its own kind. But which one? George Smiley is assigned to identify him. And once identified, the traitor must be destroyed.

Book Cover: 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close' by Jonathan Safran FoerExtremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer -- Jonathan Safran Foer emerged as one of the most original writers of his generation with his best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated. Now, with humor, tenderness, and awe, he confronts the traumas of our recent history. Nine-year-old Oskar Schell has embarked on an urgent, secret mission that will take him through the five boroughs of New York. His goal is to find the lock that matches a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11. This seemingly impossible task will bring Oskar into contact with survivors of all sorts on an exhilarating, affecting, often hilarious, and ultimately healing journey.

Book Cover: 'The Help' by Kathryn StockettThe Help by Kathryn Stockett -- Aibileen is a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, who's always taken orders quietly, but lately she's unable to hold her bitterness back. Her friend Minny has never held her tongue but now must somehow keep secrets about her employer that leave her speechless. White socialite Skeeter just graduated college. She's full of ambition, but without a husband, she's considered a failure. Together, these seemingly different women join together to write a tell-all book about work as a black maid in the South, that could forever alter their destinies and the life of a small town...

Book Cover: 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' by Stieg LarssonThe Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson -- The disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden, gnaws at her octogenarian uncle, Henrik Vanger. He is determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder. He hires crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist, recently at the wrong end of a libel case, to get to the bottom of Harriet's disappearance. Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old, pierced, tattooed genius hacker, possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age--and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness--assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, an astonishing corruption at the highest echelon of Swedish industrialism--and a surprising connection between themselves.

Book Cover: 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret' by Brian SelznickThe Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick -- Caldecott Honor artist Brian Selznick's lavishly illustrated debut novel is a cinematic tour de force not to be missed! Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo's undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo's dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery.

Book Cover: 'War Horse' by Michael MorpurgoWar Horse by Michael Morpurgo -- In 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey's courage touches the soldiers around him and he is able to find warmth and hope. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer's son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?

Book Cover: 'Albert Nobbs' by George MooreAlbert Nobbs by George Moore -- Set in a posh hotel in nineteenth-century Dublin, Albert Nobbs is the story of an unassuming waiter hiding a shocking secret. Forced one night to share his bed with an out-of-town laborer, Albert Nobbs' carefully constructed facade nearly implodes when the stranger disovers his true identity-that he's actually a woman. Forced by this revelation to look himself in the mirror, Albert sets off in a desperate pursuit of companionship and love, a search he's unwilling to abandon so long as he's able to preserve his fragile persona at the same time. A tale of longing and romance, Albert Nobbs is a moving and startlingly frank gender-bending tale about the risks of being true to oneself.

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JANUARY 11, 2012
Snowy Day Anniversary Party

On Saturday, January 21 @MCPL Wausau we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication of the children’s picture book, The Snowy Day, authored and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats (1916-1983).  In 1963 Keats received the Caldecott award for his illustrations in The Snowy Day, published in 1962.  This award is given annually to an artist of the most distinguished American Picture Book for Children published in the previous year. 

The Snowy Day was one of the first children’s picture books to feature an African American child as the main character.  It is the story of a boy named Peter experiencing the simple enjoyment of the first snowfall.

The Snowy Day Anniversary Party starts at 10:30 with a special family storytime featuring The Snowy Day and other books by Ezra Jack Keats.  Following the stories will be snowy crafts, treats, and a movie highlighting 6 of Keats’ books and information about the author/illustrator.

Please join us on Saturday, January 21 at 10:30 for this fun family event @MCPL Wausau.

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JANUARY 10, 2012
The Best Books of 2011

In case you missed them, here are 20 of the most highly-reviewed and popular books of 2011! We’ve compiled the “Best Books” lists of the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, NPR, Barnes & Noble, Kirkus Reviews, and Amazon.com, and listed the top books here for your consideration. Use the links below or contact us to request any of these books today!


Book Cover: 'The Art of Fielding' by Chad Harbach The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach -- A baseball star at a small college near Lake Michigan launches a routine throw that goes disastrously off course and inadvertently changes the lives of five people, including the college president, a gay teammate, and the president's daughter.

Book Cover: 'The Tiger's Wife' by Tea Obreht The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht -- Remembering childhood stories her grandfather once told her, young physician Natalia becomes convinced that he spent his last days searching for "the deathless man," a vagabond who claimed to be immortal. As Natalia struggles to understand why her grandfather, a deeply rational man would go on such a farfetched journey, she stumbles across a clue that leads her to the extraordinary story of the tiger's wife.

Book Cover: 'The Marriage Plot' by Jeffrey Eugenides The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides -- Madeleine Hanna breaks out of her straight-and-narrow mold when she falls in love with charismatic loner Leonard Bankhead, while at the same time an old friend of hers resurfaces, obsessed with the idea that Madeleine is his destiny.

Book Cover: 'Catherine the Great' by Robert Massie Catherine the Great by Robert Massie -- The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who traveled to Russia at fourteen and rose to become one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history.

Book Cover: 'In the Garden of Beasts' by Erik Larson In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson -- The bestselling author of "Devil in the White City" turns his hand to a remarkable story set during Hitler's rise to power. The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America's first ambassador to Hitler's Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history.

Book Cover: 'State of Wonder' by Ann Patchett State of Wonder by Ann Patchett -- Award-winning "New York Times"-bestselling author Patchett ("Bel Canto, The Magician's Assistant") returns with a provocative novel of morality and miracles, science and sacrifice set in the Amazon rainforest--a gripping adventure story and a profound look at the difficult choices we make in the name of discovery and love.

Book Cover: 'Bossypants' by Tina Fey Bossypants by Tina Fey -- From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon, comedian Tina Fey reveals all, and proves that you're no one until someone calls you bossy.

Book Cover: 'Blue Nights' by Joan Didion Blue Nights by Joan Didion -- Shares the author's frank observations about her daughter as well as her own thoughts and fears about having children and growing old, in a personal account that discusses her daughter's wedding and her feelings of failure as a parent.

Book Cover: '1Q84' by Haruki Murakami 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami -- An ode to George Orwell's "1984" told in alternating male and female voices relates the stories of Aomame, an assassin for a secret organization who discovers that she has been transported to an alternate reality, and Tengo, a mathematics lecturer and novice writer.

Book Cover: '11/22/63' by Stephen King 11/22/63 by Stephen King -- On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? Stephen King's heart-stoppingly dramatic new novel is about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination. A thousand-page tour de force.

Book Cover: 'Swamplandia!' by Karen Russell Swamplandia! by Karen Russell -- Twelve year old Ava must travel into the Underworld part of the swamp in order to save her family's dynasty of Bigtree alligator wrestling. This novel takes us to the swamps of the Florida Everglades, and introduces us to Ava Bigtree, an unforgettable young heroine.

Book Cover: 'Blood, Bones and Butter' by Gabrielle Hamilton Blood, Bones and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton -- Before Gabrielle Hamilton opened her acclaimed New York restaurant Prune, she spent twenty hard-living years trying to find purpose and meaning in her life. Blood, Bones & Butter follows an unconventional journey through the many kitchens Hamilton has inhabited through the years: the rural kitchen of her childhood; the kitchens of France, Greece, and Turkey; Hamilton's own kitchen at Prune, with its many unexpected challenges; and the kitchen of her Italian mother-in-law, who serves as the link between Hamilton's idyllic past and her own future family.

Book Cover: 'Thinking, Fast and Slow' by Daniel Kahneman Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman -- Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities and also the faults and biases of fast thinking, and the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on peoples' thoughts and choices.

Book Cover: 'There But For The' by Ali Smith There But For The by Ali Smith -- At a dinner party in the posh London suburb of Greenwich, Miles Garth suddenly leaves the table midway through the meal, locks himself in an upstairs room, and refuses to leave. An eclectic group of neighbors and friends slowly gathers around the house, and Miles' story is told from the points of view of four of them.

Book Cover: 'Arguably: Essays' by Christopher Hitchens Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens -- Essayist Christopher Hitchens ruminates on why Charles Dickens was among the best of writers and the worst of men, the haunting science fiction of J.G. Ballard, the enduring legacies of Thomas Jefferson and George Orwell, the persistent agonies of anti-Semitism and jihad, the enduring relevance of Karl Marx, and how politics justifies itself by culture--and how the latter prompts the former.

Book Cover: 'Ten Thousand Saints' by Eleanor Henderson Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson -- When his best friend Teddy dies of an overdose on the last day of 1987, Jude Keffy-Horn finds his relationship with drugs and his parents devolving into the extreme when he gets caught up in an underground youth culture known as straight edge.

Book Cover: 'Before I Go to Sleep' by S.J. Watson Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson -- In this gripping psychological thriller in the vein of "Shutter Island" and the film "Memento," an amnesiac attempts to reconstruct her past by keeping a journal and discovers the dangerous inconsistencies in the stories of her husband and her secret doctor.

Book Cover: 'The Night Circus' by Erin Morgenstern The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern -- Waging a fierce competition for which they have trained since childhood, circus magicians Celia and Marco unexpectedly fall in love with each other and share a fantastical romance that manifests in fateful ways.

Book Cover: 'Lost in Shangri-la' by Mitchell Zuckoff Lost in Shangri-la by Mitchell Zuckoff -- Award-winning former Boston Globe reporter Mitchell Zuckoff unleashes the exhilarating, untold story of an extraordinary World War II rescue mission, where a plane crash in the South Pacific plunged a trio of U.S. military personnel into the jungle-clad land of New Guinea.

Book Cover: 'The Devil All the Time' by Donald Ray Pollock The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock -- Set in rural southern Ohio and West Virginia, The Devil All the Time follows a cast of compelling and bizarre characters from the end of World War II to the 1960s: Willard Russell, tormented veteran of the carnage in the South Pacific; Carl and Sandy Henderson, a husband-and-wife team of serial killers; spider-handling preacher Roy and his crippled virtuoso-guitar-playing sidekick, Theodore, running from the law; and caught in the middle of all this, Arvin Eugene Russell, Willard's orphaned son, who grows up to be a good but also violent man in his own right

(from the MCPL Newsletter, Jan.-Mar. 2012)

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JUNE 28, 2011
Holiday Reads

The holiday weekend is coming, and I am packing my bag, my book bag that is. I have quite a few children's books in it for a first read, and some for re-reads.

  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and the The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo are in the read again category. I love her warm, interesting characters, beautiful prose, and tales where love conquers, maybe not all, but a lot. She clearly writes for all ages, or for at least for all who have their imaginations and belief in love and magic still intact.

  • Okay, I'll admit it. I love dragons. So, Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton, where all the characters are dragons is also in my bag.

  • What's a holiday read, without a villain, so Capt. Hook, The Adventures of a Notorious Youth by J.V. Hart will occupy a place in my bag too.
     
  • Teen novel, Matched by Ally Condie, was recommended as a terrific summer read by Librarian Nancy Pearl on NPR, so it's going in my bag too. Set in a futuristic world, the Society makes all life decisions, including who seventeen-year-old Cassia will marry.
  • And, just because Ireland is never far from my heart, I picked up the beautiful National Geographic book, Britain & Ireland: A Visual Tour of the Enchanted Isles by Robin Currie.  Ireland, here I come....via my lawn chair. 

I will probably add a few more books, just in case, but I think that I have a good start.

Don't forget, the Summer Library Program is happening @ your library now, and is open to all ages. Sign up today @ your MCPL location, get some great books, learn some new things, and have a wonderful well-read holiday weekend.

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MARCH 7, 2011
THE KING'S SPEECH...You've Seen the Movie, Now Read the Book!
If you were one of the many movie-goers enchanted by the Oscar-winning movie, THE KING'S SPEECH, but were wondering how accurate the movie was, here's your chance to find out "the rest of the story." Marathon County Public Library now has copies available of THE KING'S SPEECH written by Logue's grandson, Mark Logue, and Peter Conradi.

Though ostensibly the biography of Lionel Logue, THE KING'S SPEECH devotes a great many pages to Logue's work with King George VI. The authors utilized the private diaries kept by Logue to present a detailed,  insider's view of the special relationship Logue enjoyed with the King. In some cases, those details conflict with what's depicted in the movie. However, their portrayal of George VI engenders even more sympathy for and admiration of the man wearing the crown.

If you've seen the movie, you really owe it to yourself to read the book. THE KING'S SPEECH is a rare look inside the life and times of a monarch.
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Find it in the Library Catalog (V-Cat):
The King's Speech by Mark Logue

(plus, you may request the DVD here: http://bit.ly/g5XSHj)

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DECEMBER 21, 2010
Tackle Excess
Digging Out, (Tomkins/Hartl) is for family members of those who hoard. Gloria and Kathy were desperate; their elderly mother lived surrounded by tons of paper, books and debris. She had scabies and respiratory problems from living in a trash-filled home and refused to let her daughters clear and clean. She stumbled over the clutter and broke her wrist .  If this describes a situation in your family, you'll benefit from the many approaches they offer, such as when to intervene or not;  whether or not dementia is an issue; how to manage when multiple hoarders live together and how to ensure the cleanliness and safety of your loved ones over their protestations.
 
Is your dining room table rendered useless due to piled up papers?  Do you  churn, but  never discard? Are your sofa cushions invisible due to piles of unfolded laundry and last summer's newspapers? If I just described  your living space, check out a new book  about stuff run amok.  Stuff, Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things (Frost/Steketee) gives vivid examples of lives literally choked by the accumulation of things. They illuminate how our possessions exert power over all of us, whether we're savers, collectors, hoarders or even compulsive cleaners. If your identity or peace of mind depend on collecting stuff you can't live without, read this!

Link to Stuff: http://mcpl.us/?bib=894290
Link to Digging Outhttp://mcpl.us/?bib=919916

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NOVEMBER 17, 2010
New York Times Best-Sellers!
Do you follow the New York Times Best-Seller Lists? So do we! What’s more, we’d like to make it easier for you to find and borrow these hot new books from the Library!

Visit www.mcpl.us/catalogs/books and click on the “NY Times” tab for direct-links to our Library Catalog (V-Cat) for the top five best-selling books in multiple categories!

                                                                                                                                                                                                     (from the MCPL Newsletter, Autumn 2010)

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JULY 29, 2010
Eagles On Library Shelves
The eagles have landed on your library's shelves.    Come and check out these wonderful new books on eagles.  
Come and check out these, and the other many "good reads" about the special bond we share with our non-human friends. 

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JULY 22, 2010
Browse & Request Our Newest Books!
There's more to our collections than what you'll find on the shelves!

Popular books are often in demand (and therefore, unlikely to be found just sitting on the shelf), but you can preview and request most of our new books by using our "New & Forthcoming Books" webpage! www.mcpl.us/catalogs/books 

(also accessible from our website's main menu under "Catalogs")

These books represent our most recently-ordered Adult Fiction, Adult Nonfiction, Teen Books, Children's Books, and New York Times Best-Sellers. Many of them haven't even arrived at the Library yet, so it is an excellent opportunity for you to get on the request list ahead of time. Once you're on the request list, we will contact you when the book becomes available for pick-up at the MCPL location of your choice.

(Please note that many of these items will be "On Order" for several weeks (or more) before they are released... so if you're looking for something to read in the immediate future, you might want to browse our current holdings in our Library Catalog (V-Cat).)

The "New & Forthcoming Books" webpage is updated sporadically, so if you're interested in being notified as soon as new books have been added, join the Marathon County Public Library's Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/MCPL.Wausau

Happy Reading!

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JUNE 21, 2010
Sharing Fun Memories with an Old Friend!
Carol Burnett was a welcome visitor to American households for decades. First appearing on The Garry Moore Show, she made us laugh with her limber body and rubbery face not to mention a fine singing voice. Yet what impressed most was her innate sweetness and naturalness. What you saw what was you got: a talented singer-comedienne who didn't take herself seriously, someone who was so glad we had those times together. That impression was only reinforced when she hosted her own variety show - The Carol Burnett Show - which many rate as the finest, funniest variety show ever. Burnett shares some of the most meaningful - and usually hilarious - moments in her long career in her  appealing and entertaining biography, This Time Together: Laugher & Reflection.
 
In short chapters Burnett takes the reader through her life and the many people she met along the way. She recalls friends and colleagues with obvious delight and affection. She gives unstinting credit to so many people who helped her personally or professionally. And there's scarcely an unkind word or trace of self-pity in sight.
 
Some of Burnett's most revealing and funny stories are the ones she tells on herself. For instance, the first time she met Cary Grant, her childhood idol, she was so in awe of him she tried to bolt from the party! Turns out he was a big fan of hers! Once, on an airplane, the in-flight movie was 'The Front Page,' one of Burnett's lesser performances. After the film was done, Burnett asked the stewardess for the P.A. and apologized to the other passengers for her bad acting! The laughs come quick and easy in this book.
 
This Time Together is a perfect summer reading selection. You can read the book straight through or pick a chapter at random and jump in. So, if you want to share some memorable moments with a classy, funny lady, pick up a copy. You won't regret it!  

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MAY 20, 2010
Author Brett Champan @MCPL Wausau
Please help MCPL welcome Wisconsin northwoods author Brett Champan back to Wausau this Saturday, May 22.   Brett will be at MCPL Wausau from 11:00-3:00.  Brett Champan is the author of the novel, Rearview Sunset.   He will be happy to converse with you in person during this time period.  He will not be doing a formal presentation.

Brett grew up in Wausau.  While in grade school he decided that he was going to be a writer.  In addition to writing, Brett loves the outdoors, riding his horse,  and has a passion for teaching and helping people grow.   

Come and spent some time chatting with Brett about writing, horses, teaching, Wausau memories,  or whatever you wish.  His novel will be available for autographing and purchasing during his visit to the Wausau Library this Saturday.

Brett Champan's novel Rearview Sunset is available to be checked-out here.

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MAY 10, 2010
Mandela's Way

Looking for a book that you can read in a weekend, or an evening, that will inspire your life forever, maybe even change it?  Then do what I did; read Mandela’s Way: Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage by Richard Stengel.   
 
Over a three year period author Richard Stengel spent many hours interviewing Nelson Mandela, eating with him, accompanying him on walks, watching him work, and campaign.  The result is a wonderful book that shows a rare glimpse into the world and wisdom of this extraordinary man.

The African concept known as ubuntu—“the profound sense that we are human only through the humanity of others; that if we are to accomplish anything in this world, it will in equal measure be due to the work and achievements of others”, pervades Mandela’s philosophy.   Through Stengel, Mandela shares his thoughts on love, fear, leadership, forgiveness, the importance of finding something that gives you pleasure, and so much more.

Is Nelson Mandela a hero?  In Mandela's words, “a hero is a man who believes in something, is courageous, who may risk his own life for the good of the community”.  So by his own definition he is, but he readily acknowledges  that he has "stood on the shoulders" of thousands of others. 

Mandela’s Way and many other materials on Nelson Mandela are available at your library.  

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