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October Book Review Denison, Iowa by Dale Maharidge

Maharidge and his photographer Michael Williamson lived in Denison for one year interacting with the people of the town and observing events that transpired. The story Maharidge wrote demonstrates the strained relationships between the Anglo citizens and the growing Latino population. In addition, Denison was suffering the changes in farming and agriculture and from the loss of jobs to overseas businesses, thereby creating a real loss in local business. In the 1980’s the meat-processing plant froze wages and remained static. He wrote about  alone Lutheran woman who taught English to Latino immigrants. The author continues to trace the lives of the citizens, their trials and tribulations that lie behind the picture of the ideal Midwest town.

Maharidge chose Denison because it was the perfect example of the changes that were occurring in the nation as small towns struggle to stay alive during some hard economic times. Denison, Iowa is an interesting, thought-provoking book that takes a detailed view of the demographics and in the culture that coincides in a troubled small community.

Other books by Dale Maharidge:

Bringing Mulligan Home: The Other Side of the Good War

Journey to Nowhere: The Saga of the New Underclass

Someplace Like America: Tales from the New Great Depression

The Last Great American Hobo


The Coming White Minority

Leapers(A Rick Waverly mystery/adventure)


New Books September 2013

AV 333.72 CUL Culture of Conservation Iowa State University Extension
AV 371.302 MEM Memory Skills DVD GPN
AV 373.238 TES Test Taking video Educational Video Network
FIC CAM Grave Gourmet Campion, Alexander
FIC EVA Four To Score Evanovich, Janet
FIC EVA Hard Eight Evanovich, Janet
FIC EVA High Five Evanovich, Janet
FIC EVA Hot Six Evanovich, Janet
FIC EVA Seven Up Evanovich, Janet
FIC GOL Red Sky Blue Moon Golden, Bruce
FIC HAR Eventide Haruf, Kent
FIC WAT Vidalia in Paris Watson, Sasha
025.50941 MAR Evaluating the Impact of Your Library Markless, Sharon
152.41 ILL Why Love Hurts Illouz, Eva
153.42 KAH Thinking, Fast and Slow Kahneman, Daniel
155.7 BOE Moral Origins Boehm, Christopher
155.7 STE Evolved Apprentice Sterelny, Kim
297.09 VAN Puritan Islam Vann, Barry
305.697 FIS Are Muslims Distinctive? Fish, M.
322.3 ROT Power, Inc. Rothkopf, David
324.25695 ROY Hamas and Civil Society in Gaza Roy, Sara
328.73 OXF Oxford Handbook of the American Congress Schickler, Eric
330.9 FRI Engineering the Financial Crisis Friedman, Jeffrey
331.25 SCH Predictable Surprise Schieber, Sylvester
333.792 FER Nuclear Energy Ferguson, Charles
339.4 EDE So Rich, So Poor Edelman, Peter
362.10973 HIL U.S. Health Policy and Politics Hillstrom, Kevin
365.975 DRU Plague of Prisons Drucker, Ernest
394.1 MIN Tasting Food, Tasting Freedom Mintz, Sidney
421.1 MER Merriam Webster’s Guide to Punctuation and Style Merriam Webster
423 MER Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary Merriam Webster
423.12 MER Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Thesaurus Merriam Webster
511.326 STE In Pursuit of the Unknown Stewart, Ian
530.09 SIM Cultural History of Physics Simonyi, Karoly
599.938 TAT Masters of the Planet: the Search for Our Human Origins Tattersall, Ian
610.73 CR Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America: Summer Incidents and Accidents No. 6 Krau, Stephen
612.8 DES Brain DeSalle, Rob
628.10977 COM Water Quality Matters to Us All Comito, Jacqueline
641.3 ALL Primal Feast Allport, Susan
709.45 NAG Controversy of Renaissance Art Nagel, Lexander
728.3 WRI Passive Solar Architecure Wright, David
728.92 PLO David Plowden the American Barn Plowden, David
729.29 SYM Symphony: Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall Gehry, Frank
730.9 CHE Sculpture of the World Cheney, Sheldon
730.92 ROW Calder Sculpture Rower, Alexander
730.924 DES Auguste Rodin Descharnes, Robert
731.832 FRA Great American Carousel Fraley, Tobin
736.4 FAU Art of Whittling Faurot, Walter
737.497309 FRA Double Eagle Frankel, Alison
738.1 DAV Wheel Thrown Ceramics Davis, Don
738.1 HAU Complete Guide to Painting on Porcelain & Ceramic Hauser, Priscilla
738.27 JAC Haviland China 2 vols. Jacobson, Gertrude
738.4 MCG First Steps in Enameling McGrath, Jinks
738.8 FER Teapots Transformed Ferrin, Leslie
739.2 ANC Ancient Gold Marazov, Ivan
739.27 YOU Workbench Guide to Jewelry Techniques Young, Anastasia
741.109 LEO Cherished Objects Leopold, Allison
741.2 MAR Sketching School Martin, Judy
741.24 MAR Encyclopedia of Colored Pencil Techniques Martin, Judy
741.5 GIA Comics Crash Course Giarrano, Vincent
741.5 HAR Art of the Comic Book Harvey, Robert
741.5 JON Men of Tomorrow Jones, Gerard
741.5 KAT Julius Knipl Katcher, Ben
741.5 RIC Foundation Course Cartooning Richardson, John
741.5973 NEW New Yorker Book of Literary Cartoons Mankoff, Bob
745 WAL Folk Art Walton, Stewart
745.0973 LAU Craft in America Lauria, Jo
745.4095 WEL Chinese Art Welch, Patricia
745.5 HAL Color Printer Idea Book Hall, Kay
745.592 SIM Making Furniture & Dollhouses Simmons, Dennis
746.43 EPS Nicky Epstein’s Knitting for Your Home Epstein, Nicky
746.43 ISA Classic Knits Isager, Marianne
746.43 NOB Style at Large Noble, Carol
746.43 PHE Simply Beautiful Sweaters for Men Phelps, Linden
746.432 ALB Knitter’s Stash Albright, Barbara
746.432 FOR For the Love of Knitting Falick, Melanie
746.432 FRO Jean Frost Jackets Frost, Jean
746.432 HAM 25 Gorgeous Sweaters Ham, Catherine
746.432 KNI Modular Knitting Made Easy Knight-Bowman, Andra
746.432 MEL Book 1: the Knit Stitch: the Knitting Experience Melville, Sally
746.432 PRI Kids’ Knits Price, Lesley
781.1 HIG Music Between Us Higgins, Kathleen
791.4334 CAV World History of Animation Cavalier, Stephen
810.8032 GRE Greenwich Village Reader Sawyers, June
823.7 CHW Jane Austen, Game Theorist Chwe, Michael Suk-Young
914.04 WES Western Europe Lezard, Sian
914.1104 SCO Scotland Wilson, Neil
914.3712 PRA Top 10 Prague Dorling Kindersley
915.9304 THA Thailand LeBas, Tom
915.9804 IND Indonesia Ver Berkmoes, Ryan
917.304 UNI United States on the Road Dar, Alyse
917.5904 FRO Frommer’s Florida Bassman, Stephen
918.504633 FOD Fodor’s Peru Kealy, Kelly
918.504633 PER Peru Miranda, Carolina
918.6604 ECU Ecuador & Galapagos Lawrence, Rachel
919.84 BOL Bolivia Mutic, Anja
955 OXF Oxford Handbook of Iranian History Daryaee, Touraj
970.004 WIT Infinity of Nations Witgen, Michael

Banned Books Week 2013

ALA Seal

ALA Seal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Banned Books vs. Challenged Books

When a book is banned it is removed from a collection. A challenge is an objection raised by groups or a person to a book and is an attempt to remove the book from a collection or school curriculum. Banning restricts access of all citizens to those books that are banned.

“The American Library Association promotes the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinions even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular, and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those viewpoints to all who wish to read them. The following is a list of frequently asked questions on banned and challenged books:” Source:

Banned Books week  September 22-28, 2013 featured many events across the county. Of particular note Bill Moyers, the host of “Moyers & Company” a long-time supporter of Banned Books Week, has produced a video essay addressing the importance of our freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. “Censorship is the enemy of truth, even more than a lie,” said Bill Moyers. “A lie can be exposed; censorship can prevent us from knowing the difference.”

The Lawrence Public Library won the 2013 John Cotton Dana Award for its Banned Book Trading Cards. Their Facebook page contains the cards and a picture of the author.


Out of 464 challenges as reported by the Office for Intellectual Freedom the following contains the titles and authors of the ten most frequently challenged books in 2012:

  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey.
    Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group
  2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie.
    Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
  3. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher.
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James.
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
  5. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson.
    Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group
  6. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.
    Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green.
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
  8. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
    Reasons: Unsuited for age group, violence
  9. The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
  10. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
    Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence


How to Access the Databases

Here is a good illustration how to get access to our electronic resources from EICConnect. If you have questions library staff will be happy to help.

Here is a good illustration how to access our electronic resources from EICConnect. If you have questions library staff will be happy to help.

New at the SCC Library August 2013





LaFleur, Myrna Exploring Medical Language book+4CDs AV 610.14 LAF
Hallinan, Olivia Lark Rise the Candleford Season One 4 DVDs AV 791.4575 LAR
Hallinan, Olivia Lark Rise the Candleford  Season Two4 DVDs AV 791.4575 LAR
Hallinan, Olivia Lark Rise the Candleford Season Three 4 DVDs AV 791.4575 LAR
Hallinan, Olivia Lark Rise the Candleford Season Four 2 DVDs AV 791.4575 LAR
Shakespeare, William Tempest DVD AV 822.33 SHA
Burgess, Anthony Clockwork Orange FIC BUR
Butler, Octavia Blood Child FIC BUT
Dick, Philip Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? FIC DIC
Kincaid, Jamaica Talk Stories FIC KIN
Leguin, Ursula Unreal and the Real V. 2 FIC LEG
Wallner, Michael April in Paris FIC WAL
Weiner, Jennifer Fly Away Home FIC WEI
Baum, L. Wizard of Oz J BAU
Leeper, Julia Headquarters USA 2 vols. REF 384.602 HEA
Giesecke, Joan Fundamentals of Library Supervision 023.9 GIE
Hill, Jacob Excellence in the Stacks 025.1977 EXC
McAdoo, Monty Building Bridges 027.7 MCA
Heath, Chip Decisive 153.83 HEA
Robinson, Ken Element 153.9 ROB
Roizen, Michael You Stress Less 155.9 ROI
Christensen, Clayton How Will You Measure Your Life? 158.1 CHR
Halvorson, Heidi 9 Things Successful People Do Differently 158.1 HAL
Thompson, Mark Admired 158.1 THO
Witham, Larry City upon a Hill 251.00973 WIT
Law, Cardinal Betrayal 253.2 BET
Sipe, A. Celibacy in Crisis 253.252 SIP
Ohlson, Kristin Stalking the Divine 255.973 OHL
Selmanovic, Samir It’s Really All about God 261.2 SEL
Neal, Connie What’s Christianity To Do with Harry Potter? 261.5 NEA
John Paul II Memory and Identity 261.7 JOH
Lacorne, Denis Religion in America 261.70973 LAC
Schlabach, Gerald Unlearning Protestantism 262.001 SCH
Greeley, Andrew Priests 262.142 GRE
Schoenherr, Richard Goodbye Father 262.142 SCH
Gould, Meredith Catholic Home 263.088 GOU
Geniesse, Jane American Priestess 266.0092 GEN
Stark, Rodney Cities of God 270.1 STA
Teresa, Mother Mother Teresa 271.97 TER
Goldstone, Lawrence Out of the Flames 273.6 GOL
Allen, Brooke Moral Minority 277.3 ALL
Reath, Mary Rome & Canterbury 280.042 REA
Reeves, Thomas Empty Church 280.4  REE
Sweeney, Jon Almost Catholic 282 SWE
Gibson, David Rule of Benedict 282.092 GIB
Gibson, David Coming Catholic Church 282.73 GIB
Henold, Mary Catholic and Feminist 282.73082 HEN
Harrington, Anne Dalai Lama at MIT 294.3 DAL
Grozni, Nikolai Turtle Feet 294.3 GRO
Love, Robert Great Oom 294.3 LOV
Thurman, Robert Why the Dalai Lama Matters 294.3 THU
Epstein, Mark Going to Pieces without Falling Apart 294.3444 EPS
Wiesel, Elie Sages and Dreamers 296.0922 WIE
Frymer-Kensky, Tikva Christianity in Jewish Terms 296.3 CHR
Kushner, Harold Living a Life that Matters 296.36 KUS
Chmara, Theresa Privacy and Confidentiality Issues 344.73 CHM
Aufderheide, Patricia Reclaiming  Fair Use 346.7304 AUF
Lucas, Henry Search for Survival 338.064 LUC
Tropp, Laura Womb with a View 362.198200973 TRO
Anderman, Eric Psychology of Classroom Learning 2 vols. 370.15 PSY
Fuhrman, Joel Eat To Live 613.25 FUH
Fuhrman, Joel End of Diabetes 616.4 FUH
Notbohm, Ellen Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew 618.92 NOT
Doyle, David Collector’s Guide to Prewar Lionel Trains 625.19 DOY
Lerner, Brenda Food in Context 2 vols. 641.3 FOO
Harvard Business Review HBR’s 10 Must Reads On Managing Yourself 650.1 HBR
Kaplan, Robert What You’re Really Meant To Do 650.1 KAP
Samuel, Mark Making Yourself Indispensable 650.1 SAM
Pozen, Robert Extreme Productivity 650.11 POZ
Ghilani, Mary Working in Your Major 650.14 GHI
Meister, Jeanne 2020 Workplace 658.3 MEI
Drucker, Peter Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask about Your Organization 658.4013 DRU
Andreas, Fred Simple Path to Sustainability 658.4083 SIM
Berson, Alan Leadership Conversations 658.4092 BER
Sharma, Robin Leader Who Had No Title 658.4092 SHA
Sinek, Simon Start with Why 658.4092 SIN
Smith, Paul Lead with a Story 658.45 SMI
Cagan, Marty Inspired 658.575 CAG
Wenzel, Anne Entrepreneur’s Guide to Market Research 658.83 WEN
Prose, Francine Lives of the Muses 700.922 PRO
Shibukawa, Ikuyoshi Designer’s Guide to Color 4 701.85 SHI
Bernet, Peter Cloisters 709.02 CLO
Blair, Sheila Art and Architecture of Islam 1250-1800 709.17 BLA
Chagall, Marc Marc Chagall 709.2 MAR
McKean, Hugh Lost Treasures of Louis Comfort Tiffany 709.24 MCK
Ho, Chuimei Splendors of China’s Forbidden City 709.5109033 HO
Davidson, Marshall American Heritage History of  the Artists’ America 709.73 DAV
Haskell, Barbara American Century 709.73 HAS
Fell, Derek Impressionist Garden 712 FEL
Lloyd, Christopher Christopher Lloyd’s Flower Garden 712 LLO
Buchanan, Rita Taylor’s Master Guide to Landscaping 712.6 BUC
Martin, Edward Home Landscapes 712.6 MAR
Conran, Terence Terence Conran’s Garden Style 717 CON
Berkun, Scott Confessions of a Public Speaker 808.51 BER
Prufer, Kevin New Young American Poets 811.54 NEW
Shapiro, Alan Song & Dance 811.54 SHA
Stewart, Susan Columbarium 811.54 STE
Strand, Mark Man and Camel 811.54 STR
Stryk, Lucien Collected Poems 1953-1983 811.54 STR
Szporluk, Larissa Isolato 811.54 SZP
Troupe, Quincy Architecture of Language 811.54 TRO
Bever, Lillias Bellini in Istanbul 811.6 BEV
Creech, Morri Field Knowledge 811.6 CRE
Davis, Christina Forth a Raven 811.6 DAV
Doyle, Ben Radio, Radio 811.6 DOY
Gordon, Noah Novel Pictorial Noise 811.6 GOR
Gregg, Linda In the Middle Distance 811.6 GRE
Mackowski, Joanie Zoo 811.6 MAC
James, Henry Portrait of a Lady 813.4 JAM
Fitzgerald, F. Tales of the Jazz Age 813.52 FIT
Herrin, Lamar Romancing Spain 813.54 HER
Kubica, Chris Letters to J.D. Salinger 813.54 LET
Oates, Joyce Faith of a Writer 813.54 OAT
Ephron, Nora I Feel Bad about My Neck 814.54 EPH
Rich, Adrienne Human Eye 814.54 RIC
Smith, Annick In This We Are Native 814.54 SMI
Ratzenberger, John We’ve Got It Made in America 814.6 RAT
Tarr, Rodger Uncollected Writings of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings 818.5209 RAW
Shakespeare, William Complete Works of William Shakespeare 822.33 SHA
Swift, Jonathan Gulliver’s Travels 823.5 SWI
Austin, Jane Mansfield Park 823.7 AUS
Dickens, Charles Life & Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby 823.8 DIC
Wilde, Oscar Oscar Wilde the Complete Works 828.809 WIL
Mallegg, Kristin Almanac of Famous People 2 vols. 920.02 ALM
Fowler, Loretta Columbia Guide to American Indians of the Great Plains 978.004 FOW
Lubet, Steven Murder in Tombstone 978.02 LUB
Kurzman, Dan Disaster 979.4 KUR
Welland, Sasha Thousand Miles of Dreams 979.4 WEL
Bahrampour, Tara To See and See Again 979.5 BAH

October Book Review



In October, I will be reviewing Denison, Iowa by Dale Maharidge.  Maharidge’s first book, Journey to Nowhere: The Saga of the New Underclass, moved Bruce Springsteen to write songs the songs “New Timer” and “Young’s Town.”  In 1990, Maharidge won the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction for And Their Children After Them. Maharidge is a professor at Columbia School of Journalism.

In this nonfiction book, Maharidge discusses the lives of people and their adaptation to a changing culture in a Midwest town during the era of Pax Americana. Pax Americana is a historical concept of liberal peace in the Western world due to the “power” of the United States around the turn of the 20th century. 


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Life of Pi Book Review

The Life of Pi is the story of Pi a boy while growing s up in India who develops an enduring love for God and animals. His father who owns a zoo is forced to close it and sell all the animals. Some of the animals are sold to other zoos in Canada and America. The remaining animals travel to a new home with the family to Canada. During a raging storm, at sea, the ship sinks and Pi, a boy of sixteen, is the only human survivor a long with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. The rest of the story talks about Pi’s battles and thoughts while braving the challenges of a harsh, unforgiving environment and trying to convince Japanese officials his story is true.  This is an adventurous, funny, and entertaining book. The Life of Pi was the winner of the 2002 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Find this book at RiverShare Libraries:*&query=&page=0

If you like The Life of Pi here are other books you may want to read:

gullivers_travels Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
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sidd_sm Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

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brave Brave New World by Aldous Huxley: Considered Science Fiction but has a religious theme:

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July Book of the Month

I have selected Life of Pi by Yann Martel as July’s book of the month. The movie is breath-taking in its 3 D effects and includes a charming story of a boy and a Bengal Tiger. If you have not seen the movie, I highly recommend it. I have never read the book but I hope it is as good and humanely sensitive as the movie.    Book of Pi

This Bright River by Patrick Somerville

The novel is basically about the difficulties Ben and Laura have experienced in the past and the growth that takes place between the two characters.

Both grew up in St. Helens, Wisconsin.  Ben has returned to St. Helens  after serving a prison term to sell the home of his deceased uncle. Lauren, a doctor,  has recently divorced her husband who was also a doctor.  Ben struggles to keep his sanity while dealing with many troubles: primarily the betrayal by a friend who seized the contributions to a video game Ben and Lauren created.  Most of all, Ben was troubled by the mysterious death of his cousin in Michigan where the novel’s  river flows.  Lauren struggles with the memories of her abusive father and a failed suicide attempt. Together they search for the meaning behind their past hardships.

I was  bored at times and interested at others while reading this book. Ben was highly introspective person which was boring and confusing.  However, I enjoyed reading about his return to his childhood hometown, where he became familiar with the people and the town again.

Usually, I do not like romance novels.  When they first met Lauren had no interest in Ben.  I was interested to see if anything developed between them.  However “This Bright River” is more than a romance novel. It is a psychological thriller especially when Lauren’s ex-husband became involved.  As their characters develop, I began to empathize with the two of them and cared for them as human beings.

Because of the attention to character, the suspense, and drama that keeps the reader turning the pages, I recommend this book as a fascinating novel, well worth the read.

Other psychological novels include The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman, The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh and The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult.

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