Thursday, January 7, 2016

Buried Treasure: medical & health books you might enjoy

Buried treasure – Occasionally while sorting through our collections, we stumble upon some hidden gems. Most recently we have been organizing our Health and Medicine collection – lots of books on diet and wellness including low carb, low cholesterol, and vegetarian (New Year’s Resolutions, anyone?).  We have loads of books and DVDs on a wide variety of exercise programs – pilates, yoga, tai chi and many more. Plus, tons of informational books on a variety of specific issues  – heart disease, autism, diabetes, and back pain - just to name a few.
A few hidden gems we discovered recently:
The ACL Solution: Prevention and Recovery for Sports’ Most Devastating Knee Injury by Robert G. Marx, MD. A “must-read” for athletes, coaches and soccer moms. Includes prevention strategies, surgical options, and exercises to help recovery.
Moments of Clarity: Voices from the Front Lines of Addiction and Recovery by Christopher Kennedy Lawford. A member of the famous Kennedy clan, Lawford fought his own demons of drug and alcohol abuse before becoming sober. Here, he has collected more than 40 stories, mostly from celebrities, who tell of the moment they realized that their life had to change and outline their journey to sobriety. Included are Alec Baldwin, Judy Collins, Richard Dreyfuss, Jamie Lee Curtis, Katey Sagal, and Martin Sheen.
Stand by Her: A breast cancer guide for men by John W. Anderson. More than a million women worldwide are diagnosed with breast cancer and need the support of family and friends, but particularly their husbands, fathers, sons and brothers. Based on the author’s personal experiences and research, the book offers strategies from diagnosis through treatment and recovery.
Doctor, Your patient will see you now by Steven Z. Kussin. A serious car accident ended this author’s 30-year career as a physician. His experience as a patient gave him a unique perspective on  how to choose a doctor and hospital and negotiate the ins and outs of the health care system.
My beef with meat: the Healthiest Argument for Eating a Plant-Strong Diet by Rip Esselstyn. – A former national champion swimmer and firefighter makes the case for a plant-based diet. Lots of recipes included.
Macular Disease: Practical Strategies for Living with Vision Loss by Peggy R. Wolfe – Living well with vision loss - Filled with tips on how to organize and adjust your living space, how technology can help, and advice on how to handle social interactions and emotional well-being. Beneficial to anyone experiencing vision loss, not only those with macular degeneration.
     Look for these and other medical and health books in Dewey numbers 610 - 619 in the library's non-fiction collection. Or ask at the Reference Desk for consumer health information, books, articles and best health websites to use.

-Jennifer Manns

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Most Popular Mysteries at BHPL in 2015

Title Author  # Times checked out

The Stranger  Coben, Harlan  46

14th deadly sin  Patterson, James 32

Deadline  Sandford, John 37

Scottoline, Lisa 28

The Enemy Inside Martini, Steve 22

NYPD red 3  Patterson, James 22

Death of a liar  Beaton, M. C. 21

Crash & burn  Gardner, Lisa 21

The Cinderella murder  Clark, Mary Higgins 27

The Burning room  Connelly, Michael 23  

Most Poplular New Fiction at BHPL in 2015

Title Author Total Circulations*
Go set a watchman  Lee, Harper 66
Truth or die  Patterson, James, 1947- 29
After You  Moyes, Jojo, 1969- 28
Rogue lawyer  Grisham, John 25
Where they found her : a novel  McCreight, Kimberly. 22
The melody lingers on : a novel  Clark, Mary Higgins 22
Country : a novel  Steel, Danielle 20
The little Paris bookshop : a novel  George, Nina, 1973- 19
The fall : a novel  Lescroart, John T. 19
The Rumor : a novel  Hilderbrand, Elin 18

Monday, December 7, 2015

Re-post: December Holiday Thoughts at the Library

Friday, December 19, 2014

Our blog's December holiday posts over the years:

The one in which Ellen listens to Dylan Thomas' 'A Child's Christmas in Wales' and tells us the Berkeley Heights connection with the author.

The one in which Anne tracks Santa Claus using the NORAD website. I am sure there is an app now, right?

The one listing a few of the library's MANY holiday craft books. 
It is probably too late to make crafts for gifts now, but you could start for next year or just enjoy looking at the pictures and then enjoy shopping online on Etsy letting someone else do the hard work of crafting.

Favorite Holiday Books gives you a small reading list for the season.

And feast your eyes on 'The Best Christmas Board' on Pinterest
and Hanukkah Card Ideas on Pinterest

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Post-daylight Savings Monday Blues, but 3 Good Books Save the Day

Forgive me for ranting for a few sentences before I get to the book portion of this post.  It is Monday.  It is not just any Monday, however.  It is the Monday after Halloween so everyone is carefully avoiding the candy in the staff room.  It is the Monday after the end of Daylight Savings so everyone is already cranky anticipating the drive home in the dark.  Also, for me, it is the day to retrieve the October statistics, download the bank statement, and check the bills to be paid.   This is too much pressure for one day – especially Monday.  On a positive note, I have just finished reading three really, really good books.  Does this qualify as a trifecta, Triple Crown, hat trick, or bases loaded?  Or, is it just good luck? 
When I first saw the title of The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks I thought of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah and, of course, had to find a recording.  The secret chord in the title is the same secret chord that “… David played and it pleased the Lord.”  The narrator is Natan, David’s prophet and confidant.  The story, from David’s youth through the end of his reign, is filled with family, battles, power, betrayal, love, loss, music, more battles, and spiritual visions.  As David’s biographer, Natan sees David as both a great king and a flawed man.  Geraldine Brooks has also written Year of Wonders and People of the Book.  She remains in my top five favorite list.
Loretta Young will be remembered as the epitome of beauty, elegance, and grace.  Adriana Trigiani captures the glamour, as well as the dark side, of the Hollywood studios by following the fictionalized career of Loretta Young.  All the Stars in the Heavens tells the story of how movies were made before special effects and animation.  She gossips about famous and infamous love affairs.  Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy and David Niven appear, disappear and re-appear throughout Miss Young’s life.  Her career takes her from Hollywood movies to success on the radio to the still early days of television.  Her story is not always happy and several of her decisions must be viewed in the context of a different time in this country and very different standards of how movie stars were expected to behave.  I raced through this book.
Sarah Vowell, in Lafayette in the Somewhat United States, describes herself as a “… historian-adjacent, narrative nonfiction wise guy.”  How true!  I recommended this book to a friend by saying that the author’s attitude is flippant and occasionally borders on being disrespectful to the Founding Fathers.  I love it!  I am reviewing history that I had forgotten and receiving a much more comprehensive overview of the participants in the Revolutionary War.  I’m glad that I know the ending in advance or I would be seriously nervous about the outcome.  Comparisons to the current political situation are timely and, at times, too accurate to be funny.  I am looking forward to reading Vowell’s earlier books.

- S. Bakos