When I was in elementary school I considered myself a pretty good athlete, after all I was the second fastest kid, the second farthest thrower, the second hardest kicker, second most accurate basketball shooter and I was pretty good at football. As far as football goes, I went to every Cincinnati Bengals home game and grew up looking up to those monstrously huge men. Residing in Norwood, at the time, the only guy I knew of that made it to the NFL or any professional sport from my hometown was Brian Pillman, but he never made it past a pro training camp. He did, however, make it as a professional wrestler.
As a six year old, watching those NFL games, I knew I didn’t want to be hit that hard, by anybody, thus, I turned my attentions toward baseball and soccer, after all I wasn’t even the best athlete in my grade, I was second. The best athlete in my grade, the guy that was first in all those categories did make it in the NFL. Not only that, he won the Super Bowl with the New England Patriots. Even as a young kid I knew my friend Marc Edwards would make it in football someday. Not only did he have tools and the talent but he had the drive and determination to rise up out of blue collar Norwood. The book Odyssey : from Blue Collar, Ohio to Super Bowl champion by Aaron M. Smith is about Mr. Edwards and chronicles what it takes to make it to the professional level in athletics and compete. He battled through some of the same adversity we all have. Nothing was handed to him, he knew what he wanted and worked to make his goal.
Even though he had talent, it still takes hard work to make it in any industry and Marc is evidence of that. This story is not about being a professional athlete it is about being the best person you can. Mr. Edwards’ odyssey should give inspiration to us all. Find your talent and work to make your goals.
November 22, 1963 changed the United States forever. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in his motorcade, and a broken-hearted America has spent nearly 50 years remembering and speculating about the tragic events in Dallas. In his latest novel, mega-best-selling writer Stephen King asks a fascinating question: What if you could go back in time and change that day? More specifically: What if you could save JFK? In 11/22/63, an English teacher travels back to 1958 and begins a quest to alter history. Space and time are placed on the line in King’s thought-provoking and much-anticipated novel. Due out in November, put a copy on hold now.
Beauty Queensby Libba Bray begins with a plane crash that strands thirteen beauty pageant contestants from the “Miss Teen Dream” on a deserted island. Only the island really isn’t deserted. In a dormant volcano on the other side of the island lies the hidden lair of evil corporate spies who are about to give bombs made from hair remover cream to an Elvis loving dictator. This book has something for everyone: mystery, suspense, snakes big enough to swallow humans whole, perils of teeth whitening, questioning sexuality and reality TV pirates with British accents.
The contestants’ ranks are filled with the typical pageant stereotypes like the perfect beauty queen from Texas who has been in pageants since she was three and believes that the girls should practice their talent routines while waiting to be rescued. However, the girls begin to work together and learn to do for themselves without worrying what their parents, pageant officials or society in general will think. They learn to fish with their curling irons and filter water with an evening dress. So, after providing themselves with clean drinking water, food, and shelter, the girls must rescue shipwrecked reality stars and finally put a stop to an illegal arms sale. Along the way there are short commercial breaks brought to you by the Corporation. The book is filled with footnotes about the fictional products and shows available from the Corporation whose motto is “Because Your Life Can Always Be Better.”
This book is about teenage girls on a journey of self-discovery. However, it is also a campy, satirical look at society today. No subject is left uncovered by this book. Shots are taken at corporate America, reality TV and product advertising. It also explores taboo topics like GLBT and plastic surgery in teenagers. So, I would not only recommend this book to teenagers, but anyone looking for a funny unique character driven story.
There are some great fiction titles coming out this fall, especially if you have a favorite character you have been following for years. Here are just a few of the titles sure to make a buzz:
V is for Vengeance – Kinsey Milhone Mystery by Sue Grafton ( November 14)
Red Mist - Kay Scarpetta Mystery by Patricia Cornwell ( December 6)
The Drop – Harry Bosch series by Michael Connelly ( November 28)
Kill Alex Cross – Alex Cross mystery by James Patterson ( November 14)
Kill Shot – Mitch Rapp series by Vince Flynn ( November 1)
Explosive Eighteen – Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich ( November 22)
The Next Always – new Inn Boonsboro Trilogy by Nora Roberts ( November 1)
A few stand-alone titles you will not want to miss:
Litigators – John Grisham ( October 25)
Zero Day - David Baldacci ( November 1)
Best of Me – Nicholas Sparks ( October 11)
11/22/63 – Stephen King ( November 8 )
Our Collection Development department usually places orders for titles from best-selling authors approximately 6-8 weeks prior to the publication date. Check the “Coming Soon items on order” link on our catalog to see when these blockbusters have been ordered!
Check out one of these new cookbooks today by clicking on the title.
The Everything Cooking for Kids Cookbook by Ronni Litz Julien. Offers recipes and advice for helping parents prepare well-balanced, nutritious and delicious meals for kids of all ages, with information on childhood eating disorders.
Description of the book: As in The Lace Reader, Barry delivers an atmospheric Salem, Massachusetts setting, remarkable narrative tension, and an unforgettable ending that candy—coats nothing. The heroine, Zee, must sort out the real story of her family’s past before she can move forward with her own life, thus setting the stage for a beautiful use of the metaphor of celestial navigation through out the book. The Map of True Places asks fundamental questions about the nature of reality versus storytelling, development of self versus loyalty to family, and how to find your true north.