We have often been advised that chicken soup is the best aid when we have a cold. The advice is once more confirmed in the new book, Ah-choo!: The Uncommon Life of Your Common Cold. Author, Jennifer Ackerman, participated in a research project and knowingly got infected by a common cold virus. She looked into the medicine and business of the common cold and made her findings interesting and accessible in this book. Here are excerpts from several reviews of this book:
“In the hands of gifted science writer Ackerman, the cold is addressed with dry wit while she covers every detail from soup (chicken, of course) to nuts (folk remedies)” – Booklist review
“In addition to detailing exactly how the virus works, Ackerman delights in busting the many myths, and confirming a few truths, that have been around for millenia.” – Mclean’s review
“It wasn't a hard-hitting science book, but Ackerman made the common cold a bit more accessible to everybody whether you know a lot about science or not. “ – Goodreads community reviews
There are several other health books that are recommended by reviewers as timely, informative and good to read:
Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things by Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie
“Pollution is no longer just about belching smokestacks and ugly sewer pipes—now, it’s personal. The most dangerous pollution, it turns out, comes from commonplace items in our homes and workplaces.” -- Product description.
“This is one scary book. Using a variety of test methods, the authors determined individual ‘body burdens,’ or the toxic chemical load we carry. The innocuous rubber duck, for example, offers a poison soup of phthalates that ‘permeate the environment and humans.’" – Booklist review
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
“This is a brilliant, riveting history of the disease that Siddhartha Mukherjee, a cancer researcher and physician, calls "the defining plague of our generation." – Entertainment Weekly review
“The eminently readable result is a weighty tale of an enigma that has remained outside the grasp of both the people who endeavored to know it and those who would prefer never to have become acquainted with it.” – Booklist review
“In this book, renowned geriatrician Mark Lachs takes readers on a grand tour of adult medicine, showing how we can navigate a complex and confusing system to make the best choices for ourselves and our loved ones.” – Production description.
“Here one can find invaluable guidance on how to pick a good primary care doctor, choose the best nursing home, avoid hospital system 'cracks you didn’t even know you could fall through,' and even stave off age-related illnesses.” – Booklist review
For me, some of the best, most comforting times during cold or rainy evenings have been a series of movie nights watching The Lord of the Rings trilogy!
I prefer to watch the films in order, viewing each part, one at a time…gradually, savoring each scene. In order to get the gestalt of the adventure, I begin with The Fellowship of the Ring and keep going until I have finished watching The Return of the King! All of these epic movies are available at your San José Public Library.
These films are also available in spanish language.
Also, you can read each of the books, also available at your San José Public Library and compare the story line with the film. In this way, you can see the difference between J.R.R. Tolkien’s, Lord of the Rings and the version that Peter Jackson et al. has brought to the big screen.
In The Unreleased Beatles, author Richie Unterberger examines the group from a unique perspective. That is to say he explores the huge amount of material that that Beatles did not intend for public consumption (i.e. bootlegs, out takes, alternate recordings, rare film footage), but is available if one looks hard enough. A great opportunity to look behind the scenes while the Beatles developed their craft.
Wanting something to read one day, I spotted The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted: And Other Small Acts of Liberation by Elizabeth Berg. The book is a collection of short stories that deal with women from their teenage years up to age 80. Some of the stories made me laugh out loud, while others touched my heart. I loved this book so much, I sought out other titles that she's written. I love that she jumps right into her stories. Her characters are so real and are easy to relate to. If you'd like to learn more about her and her books, here is her website.
Planning a trip to the Happiest Place on Earth? The library has a wealth of books that will help you plan for your vacation to Disneyland. In addition to excellent travel guidebooks, we also have various materials on the history of the park. Some of my favorite books to reference when visiting Disneyland are The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland, the fabulous Disneyland Encyclopedia, and if you love searching for Hidden Mickeys, Disneyland’s Hidden Mickeys is always a must.
There are also some fantastic web resources like allears.net (this website includes menus for all the restaurants) and mouseplanet.com (which has great message boards with tips from other travelers and a very informational weekly update). And while you're in Disneyland, don't forget to say hello to Mickey Mouse!
A recent change in library policy now requires users to renew their materials online.
If you have any questions, please ask a library staff member.
You may not have read any works by Dorothy M. Johnson, but if you're a fan of western films, you've probably seen The Man who Shot Liberty Valence, The Hanging Tree and A Man Called Horse, all classic films based on her short stories.
Her works are sometimes hard to track down (don't forget the M if searching by keyword), but worth reading. She takes familiar western themes and often narrates them from a woman's or child's point of view, usually with an interesting twist.
If you want to learn more:
Well, we're almost a quarter of the way through 2011 now...How are those New Year's resolutions going? If you're like me, perhaps you've vowed yet again to get (and stay) active this year. One of my goals was to take up swimming again as part of my exercise routine. I had just been contemplating local lap swim pools in my area a few weeks ago when I spotted Swimming for Exercise among the new books. It was like fate telling me to get back in the pool. I bought a new suit, cap, and goggles, and I was ready to go.
Swimming for Exercise has all of the basic information that you'll need to start or get back into swimming as an exercise routine, including tips and advice about what you'll need to get started, sample workout plans (adjusted for beginners, intermediate, and advanced), a techniques refresher on the four major strokes, and stretching & strength-training exercises to improve swim performance. It's also filled with lots of nice full-color photos. This simple but useful book was exactly what I needed as a final push to literally take the plunge. I'm happy to report that I've been swimming laps twice a week for a few weeks now, and I feel great! Here are some local pools in the San Jose area that offer lap swim. You can also check our catalog for additional books & DVDs about swimming.
If you’re reading a heavy subject, sometimes pictures help.
If you’re bored with a heavy subject, sometimes the pictures and the words can grab you when nothing else does.
I’m fascinated with Writers and Readers Documentary Comics. Over the years there have been titles on a number of subjects from Philosophy to Opera to Obama. This series features illustrations by well-known comic illustrators including Richard Appignanesi who also edited a number of titles in this series.
These titles are not always easy to track down. This series has been released by different publishing houses with some overlapping subjects. If you don’t find the “for beginners” series, try “Introducing” as a first word, or pair ”introducing” with the name of an artist. Here's what I found entering the keywords “Appignanesi” and “introducing”.
Enjoy and have fun!
Event tickets, spa treatments, flying lessons, and oil changes... all at 50-90% off regular price! These are just a few of the huge variety of items you can get on Groupon -- currently one of the most popular consumer websites around. But how does it work?
It's actually based off of a sociological idea made popular by New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell. Called "the tipping point," it is defined as the moment when an event goes from unpopular to popular or common. When a deal is posted on Groupon, it has to have a specific number of people who are willing to buy it before the deal can be activated. If you are one of first purchasers (before the activation) you are committed to buying the groupon once it hits (if it ever does) that tipping point. After the number is reached, anyone after can purchase the deal until it expires. To learn more about the company, check out their company page, or you can also read about ;a contest they're running where one lucky person was chosen to live off only groupon deals for one year.