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Get it All: Fiction and Non-Fiction combos

Have you ever read something in a novel that you were curious about and wanted to explore further?  Satisfy your curiosity (and widen your understanding) by pairing a fiction with a non-fiction  book on the same subject.  Here are some pairings to try:

Cover image for The atomic city girlsCover image for The girls of Atomic City : the untold story of the women who helped win World War IIThe Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard  FICTION

The Girls of Atomic City: the untold story of the women who helped win World War II by Denise Kiernan  NON-FICTION

 

 

 

Cover image for The Last Kind Words Saloon : a novelCover image for Dodge City : Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the wickedest town in the American WestThe Last Kind Words Saloon by Larry McMurtry  FICTION

Dodge City:  Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the wickedest town in the American West by Thomas Clavin NON-FICTION

 

 

 

Cover image for The only woman in the roomCover image for Hedy's folly : the life and breakthrough inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the most beautiful woman in the worldThe Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict  FICTION

Hedy’s folly: the life and breakthrough inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the most beautiful woman in the world by Richard Rhodes  NON-FICTION

 

 

 

Cover image for The wanderersCover image for Endurance : a year in space, a lifetime of discoveryThe Wanderers by Meg Howrey FICTION

Endurance:  a year in space, a lifetime of discovery by Scott Kelly  NON-FICTION

 

 

What fiction/non-fiction titles would you recommend that would go together well?

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One Minute Book Review: Sickened

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Sickened:  the memoir of a Munchausen by proxy childhood by Julie Gregory

Sickened by Julie Gregory tells the story of a young girl, the victim of Munchausen by proxy, and her struggle to survive in an abusive household. This book will capture you from the first few pages, taking you into the life of a child whose sickness is all in her mother’s head. Perfect for anyone looking to learn more about the rare disorder that plagued the life of Gypsy Rose Blanchard among others, Sickness provides a firsthand account of a victim’s experience.

∼ Brianna, Library Page

Sickened: the memoir of a Munchausen by proxy childhood
by Julie Gregory
Bantum Books, 2003


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One Minute Book Review: The Road Between

Cover image for The road betweenThe Road Between by Courtney Peppernell

I am a huge fan of new age contemporary poetry. However, I’m an even bigger fan of Peppernell’s The Road Between. Something about this book reached right into my soul and dragged me on an emotional roller coaster ride. I remember sitting up late in my dorm room, wrapped in a blanket with a cup of eggnog, reading this book. I had to keep putting it down and giving myself breaks because it was too much to take in all at once, but I read the whole book that night. I couldn’t stop even if I wanted to. Peppernell spoke right to my very being. It was as if she had read my thought and put them on the paper for me, it was so personal and relatable. 100/10, I would recommend this book, even to those who aren’t poetry fans. It’s beautifully written and it will (definitely) make you cry.  

∼ Samm, Library Page

The Road Between
by Courtney Peppernell
Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2017


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Author Event: Jerry Thornton

Author Event: Jerry Thornton

Monday April 8th at 7pm

How do the Patriots do it? Eleven Super Bowls, and now 6 Rings.

Come hear Jerry Thornton talk all about the modern history of 15+ years of football dominance as seen through the Patriots’ Super Bowls.


Jerry Thornton writes daily for Barstool Sports and co-hosts their NFL podcast, Laces Out, and is a stand-up comic. He’s also the bestselling author of From Darkness to Dynasty: The First 40 Years of the New England Patriots as well.

To register for this event, CLICK HERE.  For further information contact Danielle at 978-686-4080×12 or  dkimerer@nevinslibrary.org


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Critical Hours: Search and Rescue in the White Mountains

Critical Hours: Search and Rescue in the White Mountains

Monday March 25th at 7pm @ Nevins Library

A sudden storm, a forgotten headlamp, and suddenly a leisurely hike turns into a treacherous endeavor for those who hike the White Mountains.

In the past decade, inexpensive but sophisticated navigation devices and mobile phones have led to alarming levels of overconfidence on the trail. Adding to this worrisome trend, the increasing popularity of ventures into mountainous terrain has led hikers seeking solitude—or an adrenaline rush—into increasingly remote or risky forays.

Join us and hear stories from Sandy Stott, former editor of Appalachian Mountain Club’s journal Appalachia, about the hikers who climb the mountains, and the steadfast Search and Rescuers who help save countless lives every year.

 


Sandy Stott is the author of Critical Hours: Search and Rescue in the White Mountains, a former editor of Appalachian Mountain Club’s journal Appalachia, a longtime English teacher, and a lifelong wanderer in the White Mountains.

To register for this event, CLICK HERE.  For more information, contact Danielle at 978-686-4080×12 or dkimerer@nevinslibrary.org


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Great Backyard Bird Count 2019

How Many Birds Can You Find?

 

During President’s Day weekend this year, February 15th-18th, there is an amazing science project that families or individuals can do (and the statistics that you all will compile help professional scientists with their work).  It’s called the Great Backyard Bird Count.

You don’t have to come to the library to be a part of it, you don’t even have to leave your home or neighborhood. It’s easy to participate:

1. Login or Register for the count via www.birdcount.org (you can do this at home, or, if you’d like some help, come on up to the Reference Desk and we can get you all set up).

2. Count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the GBBC (Monday’s even a holiday for most). You can even count for longer than 15 minutes if you wish!

3. Count birds in as many places and on as many days as you like—one day, two days, or all four days. Submit a separate checklist on eBird for each new day, for each new location, or for the same location if you counted at a different time of day. Estimate the number of individuals of each species you saw during your count period.

4. Enter your results on the GBBC website by clicking “Submit Observations” on the home page. Or download the free eBird Mobile app to enter data on a mobile device.

The Sibley Guide to Birds by David Allen Sibley

A Field Guide to the Birds by Roger Tory Peterson

All the Backyard Birds: East by Jack L. Griggs

The Birds of America by John James Audubon

For more Info (and a really, really cool checklist), here’s a PDF file you can print out at home (we’ll have some here too!!).

Happy Counting!!

Some Great Black History Month Reads

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