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dynamicoceans:

Sea otters are a keystone species… meaning that they have a large impact on the abundance of animals in an environment. The more sea otters, the more types of animals living in said environment. 
Unfortunately, these sea otters are doing poorly. This is partly due to pollution but also a parasite that is in cat poo. So please, make sure that you are picking up after yourself and your pets to keep these critters and everyone else healthy. x  

It is Sea Otter Awareness Week! Here are some books on these amazing creatures: 
Sea Otters by Patricia Kendell
Sea Otters in Danger by Ella Mineo
Sea Otter by Suzi Eszterhas

dynamicoceans:

Sea otters are a keystone species… meaning that they have a large impact on the abundance of animals in an environment. The more sea otters, the more types of animals living in said environment. 

Unfortunately, these sea otters are doing poorly. This is partly due to pollution but also a parasite that is in cat poo. So please, make sure that you are picking up after yourself and your pets to keep these critters and everyone else healthy. x  

It is Sea Otter Awareness Week! Here are some books on these amazing creatures: 

Sea Otters by Patricia Kendell

Sea Otters in Danger by Ella Mineo

Sea Otter by Suzi Eszterhas

Here is a small selection of what is new this week at PWPLS:

Word War 1 in 100 Objects by Peter Doyle

A dynamic social history commemorating the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. General readers and history buffs alike have made bestsellers of books like A History of the World in 100 Objects. In that tradition, this handsome commemorative volume gives a unique perspective on one of the most pivotal and volatile events of modern history.

A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey: Seasonal celebrations, traditions, and recipes by Jessica Fellowes

It’s 1924 and there have been many changes in the world of Downton Abbey since we were first welcomed by the family and their servants twelve years ago. A generation of men has been tragically lost at the front, there are once again children breathing new life into the great house, a chauffeur now sits at the Grantham dinner table and hems are up by several inches. Yet despite all of this unsettling upheaval, it is a comfort to find that many things at Downton remain largely unchanged.

Neil Patrick Harris: Choose your own autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris

Tired of memoirs that only tell you what really happened?
Sick of deeply personal accounts written in the first person? Seeking an exciting, interactive read that puts the “u” back in “aUtobiography”? Then look no further than Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography! In this revolutionary, Joycean experiment in light celebrity narrative, actor/personality/carbon-based life-form Neil Patrick Harris lets you, the reader, live his life. You will be born in New Mexico. You will get your big break at an acting camp.

U2: The definitive Biography by John Jobling

John Jobling takes readers beyond the myth in this unauthorized biography to present the first comprehensive account of the illustrious Irish rockers in 25 years. Drawing on extensive interviews with insiders including record label scouts, studio presidents, politicians, music critics, and childhood friends, Jobling investigates the U2’s most personal relationships and controversial business practices, delivering a vivid portrait that traces the rock phenomenon from its conception to post-punk champions to political crusaders.

Malice Toward None: Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address by Jack E. Levin

As humble and faithful as the president who delivered it, Lincoln’s landmark Second Inaugural Address still resonates today. The speech was an attempt to unite a fractured people in a time when our nation was at its most divided, nearing the end of the Civil War.

Thirteen Soldiers: A personal history of Americans at war by John McCain

John McCain’s evocative history of Americans at war, told through the personal accounts of thirteen remarkable soldiers who fought in major military conflicts, from the Revolutionary War of 1776 to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a veteran himself, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and a long-time student of history, John McCain brings a distinctive perspective to this subject. Thirteen Soldiers tells the stories of real soldiers who personify valor, obedience, enterprise, and love.

Working Stiff: Two years, 262 bodies, and the making of a medical examiner by Judy Melinek, MD

The fearless memoir of a young forensic pathologist’s “rookie season” as a NYC medical examiner, and the cases—hair-raising and heartbreaking and impossibly complex—that shaped her as both a physician and a mother. Just two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Judy Melinek began her training as a New York City forensic pathologist. With her husband T. J. and their toddler Daniel holding down the home front, Judy threw herself into the fascinating world of death investigation—performing autopsies, investigating death scenes, counseling grieving relatives.

Felt-o-ween: 40 scary-cute projects to celebrate Halloween by Kathy Sheldon

Celebrate the spookiest day of the year by having some crafty fun! The team behind the popular Fa La La La Felt and Heart-Felt Holidays brings you 40 BOO-tiful decorations and costumes for a festive Halloween. Requiring little or no stitching, these felted projects are 100% beginner-friendly, including pumpkin candy bags, a huggable vampire stuffy, a creepy crawly wreath, and plenty of ears, headbands, and other wearables for revelers young and old.

Moving Inward: The journey to meditation by Rolf Sovik

Provides illustrated instructions and guidelines for starting a new meditation practice or enhancing and existing one.

In honor of college football Saturday, here is are some interesting facts about the sport:

- Oklahoma won 47 games in a row from 1953 to 1957. It is still the longest Division 1 winning streak of all time

- The school with the most Division 1-A victories is Michigan. The school with the most 1-AA victories is Yale.

- The longest field goal ever kicked is 67 yards, done by three players — Steve Little of Arkansas, Russell Erxleben of Texas, and Joe Williams of Wichita St.

For more, please go to: http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0771517.html

Happy Sloth Day! 

photo from: http://itsmecharlotte.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/baby-sloth.jpg

[Illustration: Eric Lebofsky]

Gainesville Neighborhood Library is back!

Why did the librarian keep reading the book on anti-gravity? It was impossible to put down.

Here is a small sample of what is new this week at PWPLS:

Born Reading: Bringing up bookworms in a digital age—from picture books to ebooks and everything in between by Jason Bogg

A program for parents and professionals on how to raise kids who love to read, featuring interviews with childhood development experts, advice from librarians, tips from authors and children’s book publishers, and reading recommendations for kids from birth up to age five.

First Impressions: A novel of old books, unexpected love, and Jane Austen by Charlie Lovett

Sophie Collingwood is drawn into a mystery when two people request a copy of the same very rare book from the antiquarian bookshop where she works.  

I’ll Be Back Right After This: My memoir by Pat O’Brien

Growing up, TV and radio broadcaster Pat O’Brien was the skinny Midwestern kid with the divorced parents and the alcoholic father. He drove himself to the University of South Dakota after finishing his last late-night shift and moved in while his roommate was asleep. His life was unceremonious—until he was picked up in the student center by a professor who envisioned his future as the household television name he would become.

Stories of My Life by Katherine Patterson

From her childhood in China to the moment she won her first National Book Award, literary icon Katherine Paterson shares the personal stories that inspired her children’s books. Told with her trademark humor and heart, Paterson’s tales reveal details about her life from her childhood with missionary parents, to living as a single woman in Japan, to raising four children in suburban Maryland with her minister husband.

The Impulse Society: America in the age of instant gratification by Paul Roberts

The Impulse Society is an ambitious, audacious work that gathers together a series of familiar, but seemingly disparate stories into a single master narrative for our troubled times. Central here: how our entire socioeconomic system has become one giant engine devoted to the selfish, short-term impulses of individuals, CEOs and politicians—while ignoring the pressing, long-term needs of society. Combining illuminating analysis with colorful, telling anecdote, Paul Robertslays out the history and geography of this new social order and charts a clear pathway toward a different and brighter future.

Angry Optimist: The life and times of Jon Stewart by Lisa Rogak

Since his arrival at The Daily Show in 1999, Jon Stewart has become one of the major players in comedy as well as one of the most significant liberal voices in the media. In Angry Optimist, biographer Lisa Rogak charts his unlikely rise to stardom. She follows him from his early days growing up in New Jersey, through his years as a struggling standup comic in New York, and on to the short-lived but acclaimed The Jon Stewart Show.

Agent Storm: My life inside al Qaeda and the CIA by Morten Storm

Morten Storm was an unlikely Jihadi. A six-foot-one red-haired Dane, Storm spent his teens in and out of trouble. A book about the Prophet Mohammed prompted his conversion to Islam, and Storm sought purpose in a community of believers. He attended a militant madrasah in Yemen, named his son Osama, and became close friends with Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born terrorist cleric. But after a decade of Jihadi life, he not only repudiated extremism but, in a quest for atonement, became a double agent for the CIA and British and Danish intelligence.

News Sorority: Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour-and the (ongoing, imperfect, complicated) triumph of women in TV News by Sheila Weller

For decades, women battered the walls of the male fortress of television journalism, until finally three—Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, and Christiane Amanpour—broke through, definitively remaking America’s nightly news. Drawing on exclusive interviews with their colleagues and intimates from childhood on, bestselling author Sheila Weller crafts a lively and eye-opening narrative, revealing the combination of ambition, skill, and character that enabled these three singular women to infiltrate the once impenetrable “boys club” and become cultural icons.