Readers Guide


By robin nettles


May 2, 2016
April 25, 2016
April 18, 2016
April 11, 2016
May 2, 2016 

Should I avoid caffeine? Do I need to make a birth plan? When does the morning sickness stop? Can my baby hear my voice? Does breastfeeding come naturally? What should I buy for the baby? How will I know when I am in labor? Experts answer all your questions about pregnancy, birth, and newborns – and amazing images show you what’s really happening inside your body. The Pregnancy Encyclopedia (618.240) by DK books is the encyclopedia all expectant parents should read.

WANT NOTHING + DO ANYTHING = HAVE EVERYTHING. Could it really be that simple?  According to the concepts detailed in Neil Pasricha’s book, The Happiness Equation (158.000), it is. Many believe that doing great things and achieving success is what leads to happiness. Counterintuitively, Pasricha believes one should strive to be happy, and in doing so, great works and success will follow. “Clear, practical, and thought-provoking, The Happiness Equation reveals how all of us can live happier lives.” – Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project

Writer and activist Laura Bates has collected more than 100,000 testimonies from people around the world in support of her Everyday Sexism Project. Started as a web site in 2012 where people could share their experiences of daily, normalized sexism, the movement has now gained international press and attention from many celebrities.  Her book, Everyday Sexism (305.420), is sparking a new wave of feminism.  Kirkus Reviews calls this book, “a potent reminder of how far feminism has come and how far it has to go.” 

Imagine you are a successful fashion designer, caring wife, and doting new mother whose life feels vital and full of promise. Imagine learning you have leukemia and death is imminent.  Charles Bock’s second novel, Alice & Oliver, is a deeply moving story of how, in the span of a day, life’s purpose can change from exploring the wonders of young family life to basic survival. New York Times bestselling author Matthew Thomas calls this novel, “desperately moving and beautifully life-affirming…a study in the power love has to give purpose to existence.” 

Even in Paradise, by Elizabeth Nunez, is receiving rave reviews.  Peter Duckworth is a wealthy landowner who decides to divide his Barbados estate among his three daughters.  This reimagined story of King Lear set in the Caribbean is the epic tale of family betrayal and manipulation.  “Nunez crafts an introspective tale as her vividly drawn characters navigate complications of heritage, race, and loyalty."

Considered the best work of legendary short-story writer Lucia Berlin, A Manual for Cleaning Women is a posthumous collection of 43 autobiographical stories depicting everyday life experiences that reads like one long conversation.  Berlin’s offbeat humor, get-on-with-it realism, and ability to layer details that echo across stories and decades give her book a tremendous staying power. – Publishers Weekly  

Other new titles:

Fiction –
Clawback, Jance
Runaway, May
Treachery at Lancaster Gate, Perry 

Non-fiction –       
Becoming Grandma (306.874), Lesley Stahl
Why the Right Went Wrong (320.520), E.J. Dionne
Big Bang Theory: Official Trivia Guide (791.457), Faberman

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April 25, 2016 

Many a tome has been written regarding the principles of physics. Carlo Rovelli’s Seven Brief Lessons on Physics (530.000), however, reads like a book of poetry and is more a meditation on the joy and wonder of a few key discoveries than it is a scientific textbook full of calculations and equations.  At a mere 96 pages, Rovelli’s book “makes the mysteries of the universe almost comprehensible.”—Evening Standard 

Life with four-year-old Noah has never been ordinary and Noah’s nightmares are becoming more and more frightening.  When his mother is forced to seek psychiatric assistance she meets Jerome Anderson, a professor of psychiatry whose work involves children who seemingly remember details from a previous life. Struggling with a diagnosis that may end his life before he can prove his controversial theories, Jerome needs one more case history to finally redeem his work. Noah might be just that case. Jodi Picoult calls Sharon Guskin’s novel, The Forgetting Time, provocative, evocative, and fresh…an explosive debut.”

Can you name the polar explorer, World War I military officer, and record-setting balloonist whose passion for Earth sciences ranked him among Copernicus and Darwin? Mott T. Greene’s biography, Alfred Wegener: Science, Exploration, and the Theory of Continental Drift (551.136), is the only complete account of the scientist’s life and work. “A well-deserved tribute to one of the most creative and energetic scientists of the twentieth century.” – Metascience  

Years of simmering tensions come to a head one cold afternoon in New York when the severely dysfunctional Plumb siblings gather to confront their oldest sibling’s reckless behavior, a behavior that is jeopardizing “The Nest” – the trust fund that is desperately needed to solve a myriad of self-inflicted problems. The Nest, by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, is a story of how family members depend on one another and how they let one another down. “Humor and delightful irony abound in this lively first novel.” – New York Times Book Review 

Unnaturally Delicious (338.100) by Jayson Lusk is an inside look at how science and technology, alongside today’s innovators, are serving up super foods to save the world. Lusk believes that true sustainability depends on the use of agricultural innovation, developing technology, and the age-old constant – change – to best address the future of our food.  

“At once haunting and effervescent, The Summer Before the War demonstrates the sure hand of a master. Helen Simonson’s characters enchant us, her English countryside beguiles us, and her historical intelligence keeps us at the edge of our seats. This luminous story of a family, a town, and a world in their final moments of innocence is as lingering and lovely as a long summer sunset.”Annie Barrows, author of The Truth According to Us and co-author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society 

Other new titles:

Fiction –
Deadly Jewels
, De Beauvoir
Terrible Virtue,
Most Wanted, Scottoline                                  

Non-fiction –       
     Why the Right Went Wrong (320.520), 
The Oz Family Kitchen (541.500),
The Invention of Science (509.000), Wootton             

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April 18, 2016 

Have you ever wondered if it really was an assassin’s bullet that killed James A. Garfield or why the body of Zachary Taylor was exhumed 140 forty years after his death? DEAD PRESIDENTS (973.099) by Brady Carlson, host of NPR’s Weekend Edition for New Hampshire Public Radio, explores the curious ways our presidents have been commemorated through gravesites, monuments, memorials, wax dummies, and costumes! Complete with twenty-five illustrations, this read will take you on an adventure into the surprising afterlives of our nation’s leaders.  

Hartford Books Examiner calls Susan Strecker “an author to watch.” NOWHERE GIRL is the story of Cady’s refusal to surrender to the death of her twin sister, Savannah, sixteen years ago.  Their unbreakable bond, still shared through Cady’s dreams, gives Cady reason to believe that Savannah’s murder was not a random act but possibly the result of her hidden, self-destructive behavior. A call from the rookie cop who covered the murder and a glimpse at the case file draws Cady into a world of deception and betrayal.  A compelling read about loss, finding forgiveness, and the strength needed to live as a survivor.  

Americans are spending 70 to 80 percent of their incomes on rent, and as a result, eviction is becoming common place for millions each year. Matthew Desmond’s embedded fieldwork, reported in EVICTED (339.460), takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to transform our understanding of extreme poverty and to witness how those affected are determined to overcome one of America’s most urgent issues. Kirkus Reviews says, “This stunning, remarkable book—a scholar’s 21st-century How the Other Half Lives—demands a wide audience.” 

The Hourglass Factory, the debut by Lucy Ribchester, is a historical novel set in London during the suffragette movement and hunger strikes of 1912.  The well-paced and plotted story begins with the disappearance of a famous trapeze artist in the middle of her act.  The investigation takes an Inspector and a Fleet Street reporter deep into a bizarre underworld of London’s criminals and its socialites. With characters ranging from a possible Jack the Ripper victim to an escaped tiger, “how can one resist such a deliciously over-the-top, historically savvy novel?” -  Kirkus Reviews

Who isn’t familiar with Bill Nye the Science Guy? His message of combining human ingenuity with scientific curiosity has unlocked many possibilities over the past twenty years. But what is the challenge the world is currently facing? Nye’s Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World (363.738) looks at climate change, not as an issue we cannot overcome but rather a challenge society needs to rise above – to make the world a cleaner and more efficient place. The Science Guy urges, “Make no small plans, dream mighty things.”

National Book Award Finalist Mischa Berlinski has written a daring novel of love, politics, and death on the troubled island of Haiti. Peace-Keeping is an atmospheric tale involving Terry White,  a former deputy sheriff and failed politician, his trip to the United Nations to help train Haitian police, and the ensuing scandal that occurs in a town full of political corruption and mismanagement. Sometimes the power – thirsty and their need for love displace morality and good judgement.  Publishers Weekly calls this one “a fascinating and well-plotted novel.”

Other new titles:

Fiction –
At the Edge of the Orchard, Tracy Chevalier                        
Bad Signs, R.J. Ellory
Burning Down the House, Jane Mendelsohn

Non-fiction –    
Where I Am (236.200), Billy Graham
Paleo Perfected (641.563), Paleo
88 Days to Kandahar (958.100),  Robert L Grenier

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April 11, 2016 

The Oak Ridge Public Library has more to offer than just books! Check out the NEW DVD area for these and many other popular movie titles.


The riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world's oldest and most trusted institutions. When the newspaper's tenacious Spotlight team of reporters delve into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston's religious, legal, and government establishment.


Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the rest of the beloved Peanuts gang make their big-screen debut, like they've never been seen before, in state-of-the-art 3D animation. Charlie Brown, the world's most beloved underdog, embarks upon an epic and heroic quest, while his best pal, the lovable beagle Snoopy, takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron.


Iconic ballerina Misty Copeland made history when she became the first African-American woman to be named principal dancer of the legendary American Ballet Theater. Get the incredible, behind-the-scenes story of how she overcame outmoded ballet culture stereotypes and near career-ending injuries to become one of the most revered dancers of her generation.

DVD 324.720                      
Our Brand is Crisis                                           

Follows James Carville, Jeremy Rosner and a team of political consultants as they launch a media-savvy campaign for Bolivian presidential candidate Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada. With unprecedented access to think sessions, media training and the making of smear campaigns, witness a shocking example of America 'spreading democracy' overseas and its earth-shattering aftermath.

DVD 508.787 WILD                                           
Wild Yellowstone

Experience the wildlife and natural history of Yellowstone, told with a fresh voice, tuned to the experience of extremes. With gorgeous visuals, captured with revolutionary new cinematic tools and techniques, this show conveys the immersive intimacy and epic scale of this remarkable global destination. This is a land of fire and ice. A world at once unimaginably ancient and dynamically alive.

Other new titles:


    Reading Rainbow: Miss Nelson is Back


DVD 363.738      
    Explorer: Bill Nye’s Global Meltdown

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