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Four Fabulous Non-Fiction Titles to Try

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Steve JobsSteve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Celebrate the Macintosh computer’s 30th Anniversary by reading the story of how it all began. Isaacson paints a portrait of a complicated man whose genius propelled both industry and artistry to new–and previously unimaginable—levels.



Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff

Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Charlie LeDuff turns his investigative powers to his hometown, studying and evaluating the causes of its decline and its attempts at regeneration. Fascinating!



The Gardner Heist

The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World’s Largest Unsolved Art Theft by Ulrich Boser

One museum, two thieves and the Boston underworld–the story behind the lost Gardner masterpieces worth $500 million and the art detective who swore to get them back. Also participate in the East Grand Rapids branch’s live Skype chat with the author on March 20. (Registration required).



My Korean Deli

My Korean Deli: How I Risked My Career and Mortgaged My Future for a Convenience Store by Ben Howe

This sweet and funny tale of a preppy editor buying a Brooklyn deli with his Korean in-laws is about family, culture clash and the quest for authentic experiences. This title is also available as an eAudiobook with wonderful narration by Bronson Pinchot.



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Book Review: Harry Sue by Sue Stauffacher

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Harry SueHarry Sue by Sue Stauffacher

Harry Sue’s parents are on the inside… in the joint… in jail, and there’s no chance they’ll be sprung anytime soon. Living with her bad-tempered and neglectful grandmother, Harry Sue is desperate to escape, so she devises a plan to reunite herself with her mother: she’ll embark on a life of crime and be sent to live with her mom in the slammer. If only Harry Sue’s “crew” on the outside didn’t need her so much, this would work like a charm.

Pure hearts are few and far between in the world, but Sue Stauffacher has created a character whose heart gleams golden even as her edges remain rough. Harry Sue tries to put her plan in action, but she is constantly distracted from her purpose by her need to care for those around her. She watches over the “crumb snatchers” in her grandmother’s daycare to make sure they’re safe and fed, and she daily distracts her friend, Homer Price (a quadriplegic who won’t come out of his tree house) from his own dark thoughts. She yearns for her absent mother, but her own plans to be near her are derailed by the mothering she must do for those around her.

Stauffacher doesn’t shy away from weighty issues like abuse, neglect and loss, but she juxtaposes them with jailbird slang, quirky humor and wacky events that keep this book entertaining rather than maudlin. She also includes a set of supporting characters that renew the reader’s faith in the human race’s potential to do the right things. West Michigan readers will also enjoy the book’s references to local landmarks.

Take a chance on Harry Sue and see if she ends up doing time, or if life has something better in store for her. You won’t be disappointed you did. And check our KDL’s author interview with Sue Stauffacher on the KDL website!


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Celebrate a Classic: Laura Ingalls Wilder

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Little House on the PrariePlan a book club or get-together in honor of a classic author!  February 7 was the birth date of Laura Ingalls Wilder (she was born in 1867).  Re-read Little House on the Prairie, and then swap frontier stories as you munch on a tasty tidbit from the Little House Cookbook (Fried Parsnips and Succotash, anyone?).  To add some hilarity to the event—and for an updated take on an old classic—read The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the PrairieJust try to hold back your laughter as you experience author Wendy McClure’s offbeat quest to rediscover the wonder of the novels by visiting the locations immortalized in the classic series.

“As you read my stories of long ago I hope you will remember that the things that are truly worthwhile and that will give you happiness are the same now as they were then. Courage and kindness, loyalty, truth, and helpfulness are always the same and always needed.”  ― Laura Ingalls Wilder

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