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A Mother's Unconditional Love Print Email

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When Kristine Barnett's son was two years old, he was diagnosed with autism.  Doctors quickly informed her of the lifelong limitations he would face because of his condition.  In The Spark: A Mother's Story of Nurturing Genius, Barnett explains how she focused not on the disability, but on what her son could do, encouraging his interest in math and science.  By age 13, he was attending college and astounding scholars with his advanced knowledge of astronomy and mathematical calculations.  Barnett's uplifting narrative captures her efforts to nurture an extraordinary boy whose talents might have been lost in a world where strict borders define what is considered "abnormal."  Happy Mother's Day to all Moms!

 
National Teacher's Day Print Email

Jacket covers from Tony Danza's book (mentioned in article) showing him in a white shirt and tie in front of a classroom, and the DVD cover of The Hobart Shakespeareans, showing teacher Rafe Esquivel in front of a classroom.

National Teacher's Day is today (May 7th), a day to recognize and honor educators.  TV star Tony Danza developed a new appreciation for teachers after he spent a year teaching English at Philadelphia's largest high school.  He recounts the experience in an enlightening and funny memoir, I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had.  Danza struggled to keep his students engaged while realizing they had needs beyond education that were difficult to meet.  For another story about what it takes to be a truly inspiring teacher, check out the DVD The Hobart Shakespeareans about Los Angeles elementary school teacher and winner of the American Teacher Award, Rafe Esquith, who teaches his students to understand and perform Shakespeare as a motivational teaching tool and unique method of education.

 
Latino Book Month Print Email

Jacket cover from Junot Diaz's During May's month-long celebration of books by and for Latinos, check out This Is How You Lose Her, the critically acclaimed short story collection by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Junot Diaz. In these dazzling stories, Diaz chronicles the romantic pursuits and disappointments of Yunior, a recurring character who longs to be in a loving relationship but can't seem to sustain one. In several of the stories, Yunior struggles to deal with the machismo legacies of his Dominican culture and change his cheating ways. As always, Diaz writes with breathtaking insight about love, cultural assimilation and family heritage.

 
Star-crossed Lovers Print Email

Jacket covers from the first six books on this list

This Bookish list of stories about star-crossed lovers contains some newer titles, some contemporary bestsellers, a couple of teen titles and a classic for good measure.  Good beach and vacation reading if you are making lists!  Click HERE to view in the catalog, place requests, or add to your "for later" lists.

 Jacket covers of the last six books on this list

 
A New Tool to Find Good Reads Print Email

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We've added a new tool to the library catalog to help you find enjoyable reading!  When you look up a particular book, in the upper left hand corner of the screen you'll see the phrase "Reading Recommendations and More from NoveList."  Clicking on this link provides quality recommendations to other similar books and authors, as well as ratings from readers at GoodReads.  All conveniently linked to the catalog to make both discovery and procurement easy!

 
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