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January 16, 2008

New Books shelf features variety of selections

<i>Library on the Move</i> column

PALESTINE — Now that we are into the new year and things are returning to “normal” (whatever that is!), you are probably ready to catch up on all the new books that the library has received recently. Here are some samples from the New Books shelf — one of my favorite places in the library.

The broad scope of topics even surprises me sometimes. I think we might have a book about any topic you can think of — and if we don’t, and you want it, we’ll get it. Just let us know.

• “Top 10 of Everything 2008” by Russell Ash – Would you have guessed that Romeo and Juliet was the number one most-produced play by Shakespeare between 1878 and 2006? Wrong! The most –produced Shakespearian play is “As You Like It.” The oldest continuously operating university in the world is Parma in Italy—since 1064! The most-cited scientific journal is “Journal of Biological Chemistry.” How about that for obscure?

• “Speaking of Faith” by Krista Tippett – “A journalist and former diplomat, [the author] has created, hosted, and produce the popular public radio program “Speaking of Faith.” Tipplett observes that faith is as much about questioning as it is about certainties.

• “Why I Jumped: My True Story of Postpartum Depression, Dramatic Rescue and Return to Hope” by Tina Zahn – You probably saw the dramatic jump and rescue on the news in July 2004. Learn more about the kind of depression that leads people to suicide.

• “Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World” by Bill Clinton – “We all have the capacity to do great things. My hope is that the people and stories in this book will lift spirits, touch hearts, and demonstrate that citizen activism and service can be a powerful agent of change in the world.”

• “Beyond the Mommy Years: How to Live Happily Ever After…After the Kids Leave Home” by Carin Rubenstein, PhD – The author beaks down post motherhood into three stages: grief, relief, and joy. She promises that an exciting and enriching life with great adventures follow.

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