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–by Sue Schafer Manager, Sylvania Branch, Toledo Lucas County Public Library

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Did you know that May is National Hamburger Month? Now is the time to brush up on your barbecuing skills and try some new recipes.

Here are some great books to get you started!









Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction, Clarkson, Potter Publishers, 2013
By Bobby Flay
Try some of the best grilling recipes from chef-restauranteur and Food Network star Bobby Flay.









Fresh Grilling: 200 Delicious Good-For-You Seasonal Recipes, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014
By Better Homes and Gardens
Celebrate the fresh flavors of summer and the joys of outdoor grilling in a way that is light, healthy and delicious.









Grill This Not That: Backyard Survival Guide, Rodale, 2012
By David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding
With a ravenous fan base clamoring for even healthier, affordable options, the authors team up again to redefine America’s favorite pastime: the backyard BBQ.









The Grilling Book: the Definitive Guide from Bon Appétit, Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC, 2013
This is the ultimate summertime grilling companion, featuring more than 350 recipes, full-color photographs, how-to guides, and tips to simplify your grilling life, from the experts at Bon Appétit.









Feeding the Fire: Recipes and Strategies for Better Barbecue and Grilling, Artisan Books, 2015
By Joe Carroll
The author makes stellar barbecue and grilled meats in Brooklyn, New York, at his acclaimed restaurants Fette Sau and St. Anselm. In Feeding the Fire, Carroll gives us his top 20 lessons and more than 75 recipes to make incredible fire-cooked foods at home.


Books for Boomers MARCH 2017

–by Sue Schafer Manager, Sylvania Branch, Toledo Lucas County Public Library

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With St. Patrick’s Day approaching, why not take the opportunity to read some contemporary Irish authors? Here are some engaging suggestions to help you start the celebration!

The Green Road
W.W.W. Norton & Co., Inc., 2015
By Anne Enright

Rosaleen Madigan’s four children enter adulthood in Western Ireland at a time of great change. In the decades that follow, they all forge their own paths through life, but a visit home one Christmas forces them to face their mother’s aging and the decision that she’s made that will have repercussions on all their lives.

Nora Webster
Scribner, 2014
By Colm Toibin

In the late 1960s in Ireland, Nora Webster must rebuild her life and raise her four children alone after her husband dies.

The Wonder
Little, Brown and Company, 2016
By Emma Donaghue

A village in 1850s Ireland is mystified by what appears to be a miracle–a little girl seems to be thriving after months without food. An English nurse and an international journalist try to get to the root of why the child may actually be the victim of murder in this psychological thriller.

Instructions for a Heatwave
Alfred A. Knopf, 2013
By Maggie O’Farrell

When a recently retired family patriarch clears out his bank account and disappears during a sweltering summer in 1976, his three children converge on their mother’s home for the first time in years and track clues to an ancestral village in Ireland, where they uncover illuminating family secrets.

Soft Skull Press, 2011
By Neil Jordan

Describes the parallel but opposite lives of two boys in Dublin from different sides of the tracks who are constantly mistaken for each other until a family tragedy changes them forever.



–by Sue Schafer Manager, Sylvania Branch, Toledo Lucas County Public Library

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Are you a busy person who never seems to have the time to read all of the books that you want to read? Why not listen to audiobooks? Whether you are cooking, driving, or cleaning, audiobooks are a great way to get some reading done. Try some of these great audiobooks with fantastic readers!

The Night Circus, Random House Audio, 2011
By Erin Morgenstern; Reader: Jim Dale; 11 CDs (Unabridged)
A fierce competition is underway, a contest between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in “a game,” in which each must use their powers of illusion to best the other. Unbeknownst to them, this game is a duel to the death, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will.

Dad is Fat, Random House Audio, 2013
By Jim Gaffigan; Reader: Jim Gaffigan; 5 CDs (Unabridged)
The popular comedian shares his misadventures as an unlikely father of five, from his formative years in a large Irish-Catholic family, to his middle-of-the-night diaper-changing foibles, to his struggles to lull tyrannical tots to sleep.

Everybody’s Fool, Random House Audio, 2016
By Richard Russo; Reader: Mark Bramhall; 15 CDs (Unabridged)
The story returns to the setting of “Nobody’s Fool” to find Sully confronting a daunting health prognosis, which he hides from his loved ones, including his longtime mistress, an increasingly distant best friend, and an obsessive chief of police. Series: Nobody’s fool, 2

A wry, bittersweet sequel to ‘Nobody’s Fool’

A wry, bittersweet sequel to ‘Nobody’s Fool’







Me Talk Pretty One Day, Time Warner Audiobooks, 2001
By David Sedaris; Reader: David Sedaris; 5 CDs (Unabridged)
In a collection of essays, observations, and commentaries, the humorist describes his recent move to Paris, life as an American in Paris, his struggle to learn French, his family, and restaurant meals.

The Rosie Effect, Simon and Schuster Audio, 2014
By Graeme Simsion; Reader: Dan O’Grady; 7 CDs (Unabridged)
Don Tillman and Rosie are back again, and they’ve relocated to New York. Rosie is continuing her studies, while Don is teaching and even adding to his small circle of friends. But when Rosie announces that she is pregnant, Don is once again out of his depth. What follows are crazy situations that could only happen when Don is involved. Series: Rosie novels (Graeme Simsion), 2


–by Sue Schafer Manager, Sylvania Branch, Toledo Lucas County Public Library

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If you are feeling frazzled and rushed, why not stop by the library and check out some of your favorite holiday movies? From heartwarming to funny, you’re sure to find something entertaining! Here are some suggestions to help you get in the holiday spirit.

Elf [DVD videorecording], New Line Productions, 2003
Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa’s elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn’t fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. As it happens, this is Walter Hobbs (James Caan), a cynical businessman. After a DNA test proves this, Walter reluctantly attempts to start a relationship with the childlike Buddy with increasingly chaotic results.

Miracle on 34th Street [DVD videorecording], 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 1947
In this Christmas classic, an old man going by the name of Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade. Kringle proves to be such a hit that he is soon appearing regularly at the chain’s main store in midtown Manhattan. When Kringle surprises customers and employees alike by claiming that he really is Santa Claus, it leads to a court case to determine his mental health and, more importantly, his authenticity.

It’s a Merry Muppet Christmas Movie [DVD videorecording], MGM Home Entertainment, 2002
On Christmas Eve, an angel petitions God to send help for Kermit the Frog who has lost all hope after losing the Muppet Theatre.

Mickey’s Christmas Carol [DVD videorecording], Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 2013
It’s the same old classic Charles Dickens story with an all-star Disney cast. Uncle Scrooge McDuck is appropriately enough Scrooge and is visited by his dead partner and three spirits in one night to remember the joys of Christmas.

Krampus [DVD videorecording], Universal Studios Home Entertainment, 2016
While the holiday season represents the most magical time of year, ancient European folklore warns of Krampus, a horned beast who punishes naughty children at Christmastime. When dysfunctional family squabbling causes young Max (Emjay Anthony) to lose his festive spirit, it unleashes the wrath of the fearsome demon. As Krampus lays siege to the Engel home, mom (Toni Collette), pop (Adam Scott), sister (Stefania LaVie Owen) and brother must band together to save one another from a monstrous fate.


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Do you enjoy historical fiction? Take a trip back in time that will have you hooked from beginning to end. Brew a pot of tea, plug in the electric blanket and settle down for some of these page-turning suggestions. 

Brooklyn, Scribner, 2015
By Colm Toibin
Leaving her home in post-World War II Ireland to work as a bookkeeper in Brooklyn, Eilis Lacey discovers a new romance in America with a charming blond Italian man before devastating news threatens her happiness.

The Light Between Oceans, Scribner, 2012
By M.L. Stedman
After moving with his wife to an isolated Australian lighthouse where they suffer miscarriages and a stillbirth, Tom allows his wife to claim an infant that has washed up on the shore, a decision with devastating consequences.

Mrs. Poe, Simon and Schuster, 2013
By Lynn Cullen
Struggling to support her family in mid-19th-century New York, writer Frances Osgood makes an unexpected connection with literary master Edgar Allan Poe and finds her survival complicated by her intense attraction to the writer and the scheming manipulations of his wife.

Secrets of a Charmed Life, New American Library, 2015
By Susan Meissner
Young American scholar Kendra Van Zant, eager to pursue her vision of a perfect life, interviews Isabel McFarland just when the elderly woman is ready to give up secrets about the war that she has kept for decades…beginning with whom she really is. What Kendra receives from Isabel is both a gift and a burden–one that will test her convictions and her heart.

The Nightingale, St. Martin’s Press, 2015
By Kristin Hannah
Reunited when the elder’s husband is sent to fight in World War II, French sisters Vianne and Isabelle find their bond as well as their respective beliefs tested by a world that changes in horrific ways.

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–by Sue Schafer Manager, Sylvania Branch, Toledo Lucas County Public Library

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As the days grow shorter, the nights grow longer, and as Halloween approaches, now is the time to curl up with a book that will scare you!  Try some of these true crime and horror books that will make you want to sleep with all the lights on!

The Good Nurse: a True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder
Twelve, 2013
By Charles Graeber
After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed “The Angel of Death” by the media. But Cullen was no mercy killer, nor was he a simple monster. He was a favorite son, husband, beloved father, best friend, and celebrated caregiver. Implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients, he was also perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history.


People Who Eat Darkness: the True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo and the Evil that Swallowed Her Up
Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2012
By Richard Lloyd Parry
This book looks at the disappearance and murder of Lucie Blackman in Tokyo, following every step of the investigation and offering a grim portrait of her suspected killer.


Scribner, 2014
By Stephen King
Years after a charismatic minister is banished in the wake of a faith-shattering tragedy, a heroin-addicted rock-and-roll guitarist from the same hometown reconnects with the man and forges a terrible pact.


Interior Darkness: Selected Stories
Doubleday, 2016
By Peter Straub
This is a collection of stories from the past 25 years by the award-winning author which includes “Mr. Club and Mr. Cuff,” “The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine,” and “Blue Rose.”


The Woman in Black
Vintage Books, 1983
By Susan Hill
Arthur Kipps, a young solicitor, travels to the north of England to settle the estate of Alice Drablow, but unexpectedly encounters a series of sinister events.

Books for Boomers

By Sue Schafer Manager, Sylvania Branch, Toledo Lucas County Public Library

Are you trying to decide on a family vacation? Whether you want to travel near or far, the Sylvania Branch Library has the books to help you get started! Check out some of these great resources!

Tourist Trains Guidebook, Kalmbach Books, 2015
By Randy Rehberg
This book thoroughly describes at least 500 excursion trains and railroad museums throughout the United States and Canada.

Along Interstate I-75, Mile Oak Publishing, 2015
By David Hunter
This is a “must have” guide for your drive to and from Florida. Getting there is half the fun— local knowledge, “Insider” and money saving tips, lodging and restaurant recommendations, mile-by-mile entertainment, and colored road strip maps for those driving from Midwest states to the Florida border.

Detroit & Ann Arbor, Avalon Travel, 2014
By Laura Martone
This compact guide covers the best of Southern Michigan, including Detroit’s treasured Belle Isle and one-of-a-kind The Henry Ford Museum, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, one of America’s pioneer wildlife conservation centers.

Where the Locals Go: More than 300 Places around the World to Eat, Shop, Play, Celebrate
and Relax, National Geographic Society, 2014
National Geographic’s insider tips offer a unique look at the places and activities around the world that captivate the residents–from regional festivals, undiscovered local restaurants, and lesser-known art galleries, to quiet places to sit and watch another world stroll by.

The Complete Guide to Alaska Cruises, Fodor’s, 2014
Fodor’s correspondents highlight the best of Alaska cruising, including detailed ship reviews, planning tips, and information on more than 20 of the most popular ports.

Books for Boomers

By Sue Schafer Manager, Sylvania Branch, Toledo Lucas County Public Library

May is Sports and Fitness month, and you probably can’t wait to take advantage of the new warm weather. Here are some book suggestions to keep you active and healthy, as well as help you shape up for summer!

Younger Next Year: The Exercise Program, Workman Publishing, 2016
By Chris Crowley
This is the definitive exercise book that the one-million-plus readers of the Younger Next Year® series have been waiting for—and the exercise book that takes the intimidation out of starting a workout routine.

Anatomy of Exercise for 50+, Firefly Books, 2012
By Hollis Lance Liebman
The exercises in this book support good health at any age, but for those over 50 they can help in the prevention of age-related problems like joint mobility, balance and fatigue, as well as medical conditions like heart disease, colon cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis, and Alzheimer’s.

Fitness after Forty: Your Strong Body at 40, 50, 60 and Beyond, American Management Association, 2015
By Vonda Wright
The author is the creator of a unique exercise program tailored to the needs of mature athletes. You will learn how to approach exercise in a new way, gain flexibility, benefit from aerobic exercise, and much more.

Get Up! Why Your Chair is Killing You and What You Can Do About It, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014
By James A. Levine
Health expert James A. Levine’s original scientific research shows that today’s chair-based world, where we no longer use our bodies as they evolved to be used, is having negative consequences on our health and is a leading cause of diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Levine shows how to throw off the shackles of inertia and reverse these negative trends through simple changes in our daily lives.

This is Your Do-Over: The 7 Secrets to Losing Weight, Living Longer, and Getting a Second Chance at the Life you Want, Scribner, 2015
By Michael Roizen
From the best-selling coauthor of the YOU series, this is the ultimate guide to reversing damage, optimizing health, and living a life filled with energy and happiness.

Books for Boomers

By Sue Schafer Manager, Sylvania Branch, Toledo Lucas County Public Library

Do you need a recommendation for a good read? Stop by or give us a call, and your friendly and knowledgeable librarians will recommend books based on your preferences. Here are some staff favorites to help you get started!

The Flight of Gemma Hardy, Harper, 2012
By Margot Livesey
After her widowed father drowns, Gemma Hardy leaves Iceland to live with a family in Scotland where she encounters many difficulties growing up . Eventually she accepts a post as an au pair on the Orkney Islands where she finds herself attracted to her employer, Mr. Sinclair. When Gemma returns briefly to Iceland to search for her family she understands more about herself. This story is set in the 1950s and 60s.

My Name is Lucy Barton, Random House, 2016
By Elizabeth Strout
Set in the mid-1980s, Lucy Barton, hospitalized for nine weeks, is surprised when her estranged mother shows up at her bedside. Her mother talks of local gossip, but underneath the banalities, Lucy senses the love that cannot be expressed. This is the story that Lucy must write about, the one story that has shaped her entire life. A beautiful lyrical story of a mother and daughter and the love they share.

Gratitude, Alfred A. Knopf, 2015
By Oliver Sacks
No writer has succeeded in capturing the medical and human drama of illness as honestly and as eloquently as Oliver Sacks. During the last few months of his life, he wrote a set of essays in which he movingly explored his feelings about completing a life and coming to terms with his own death.

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War that Changed American History, Sentinel, 2015
By Brian Kilmeade
The authors of George Washington’s Secret Six present a pop-history narrative that illuminates a lesser known confrontation between the recently inaugurated third President and Pasha of Tripoli pirates who openly challenged his leadership by attacking American ships.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2012
By Robin Sloan
The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco webdesign drone and landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything. Soon he embarks on a complex analysis of the customers’ behavior and ropes his friends into helping him figure out just what is going on.

Books for Boomers

Books for Boomers

By Sue Schafer Manager, Sylvania Branch, Toledo Lucas County Public Library

Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? This is the perfect time to re-evaluate your health needs and kick start your health goals. Here are a few book suggestions to help you get started.

Eat Clean, Stay Lean: the Ultimate Guide to Cleaner and Cleanest Foods, 2015
By Wendy Bazilian
This is an easy to use, visual guidebook to better health, delicious food, and a slimmer you. Learn how to make 50 smarter choices in the supermarket and 150 cleaner, fast meals at home, all of which can help you lose weight while you enjoy real food that tastes great–and it even includes real pie.

The Whole 30: the 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom, Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt, 2015
By Melissa Hartwig
This book provides the step-by-step, recipe-by-recipe guidebook that will allow millions of people to experience the transformation of their entire life in just one month.

The Brain Fog Fix: Reclaim Your Focus, Memory, and Joy in Just 3 Weeks, Hay House Inc., 2015
By Mike Dow
The Brain Fog Fix is a three-week program designed to help you naturally restore three of your brain’s most crucial chemicals: serotonin, dopamine, and cortisol. You will find yourself thinking more clearly, remembering more accurately, learning more quickly, and unleashing the floodgates of your creativity.

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How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease, Flatiron Books, 2015
By Michael Gregor
This book examines the fifteen top causes of premature death in America ― heart disease, various cancers, diabetes, Parkinson’s, high blood pressure, and more ― and explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can sometimes trump prescription pills and other pharmaceutical and surgical approaches, freeing us to live healthier lives.

The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People,
By Dan Buettener, National Geographic, 2015
This book reveals how to transform your health using smart eating and lifestyle habits gleaned from new research on the diets, eating habits, and lifestyle practices of the communities he’s identified as “Blue Zones”—those places with the world’s longest-lived, and thus healthiest, people, including locations such as Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula; Ikaria, Greece; and Loma Linda, California.

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