Multiplication Mountain

Multiplication Mountain” helps listeners practice the multiplication tables while singing the thirteen catchy tunes. The CD starts with the ones, fives, tens, and elevens and as children climb up the imaginary mountain, they are introduced to the other facts. Each tune is repeated twice, once with the answers and then without the answers. This allows children to learn and memorize the multiplication tables.  Various music genres are included:  jazz, reggae, rock and roll, country and classical and there is a backup chorus.

A Touch of Dead:Sookie Stackhouse:the complete stories

The author of the best-selling Southern Vampire mystery series has put all of the short stories featuring her series heroine, telepathic barmaid Sookie Stackhouse, in one volume. You’ll enjoy these short fantasy/mystery stories set in mythical Bon Temps, LA. Where else can you read adventures about a woman who dates vampires, has a shape shifter for a boss, and a witch for a boarder?  Good fun that goes down easy!  For anyone who enjoys the Southern Vampire series, vampires, supernatural creatures, or light mysteries with a touch of fantasy.  

1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die

This cross-genre listing of musical recordings is a great resource for music recommendations and commentary. I love that it jumps from Chicago to the Chieftans, Queen to Rachmaninoff. Each album writeup also includes listings of key tracks and more suggested listening. The author, Tom Moon, is a frequent contributor to NPR's All Things Considered.


Abdulrahman Zeitoun decided to ride it out as Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans. Zeitoun, a prosperous Syrian-born building contractor wanted to protect his home and his properties, so he stayed while his family fled the city. After the levees broke he grabbed his garage sale canoe and paddled through the city, rescuing neighbors trapped in their homes and feeding the trapped neighborhood dogs. He thought that it was God’s plan to stay and help those in need. And then he disappeared.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Will Grayson, meet will grayson. Will Grayson, Will Grayson is the product of two fabulous YA storytellers, John Green and David Levithan, who write in alternating chapters about 2 non-related characters with the same name. Will Grayson has 2 rules in life: don’t care too much and shut up. His best friend is Tiny Cooper ("He may be the world's largest person who is really, really gay, and also the world's gayest person who is really, really large."), my favorite character, and the moral compass of this book. And he is one large, entertaining, big-hearted dude.

Soul of Rock and Roll

The music, the voice, the sunglasses, the unassuming appearance, the standing stock still on stage, and oh, that marvelous quavering warble. Roy Orbison’s career spanned over 40 years and this set highlights songs from the beginning of his career to his live performance 2 days before his voice gave out. You can hear Orbison develop his fantastic voice over the years with early recordings like “Mean Little Mama” and on to sweeping ballads like “Crying”, “Only the Lonely” and the gorgeous “Blue Bayou”.

Ship Breaker

Timing is everything…leaking oil tankers, massive hurricanes, global warming, pirates and melting arctic ice. Ship Breaker is set in America’s Gulf Coast region, in the not so distant future after multiple, massive hurricanes, called “city killers” have devastated the gulf cities. Ship Breaker chronicles the adventures of Nailer, a skinny, teenage boy who is a member of an indentured crew, scavenging for copper wire and other useful materials on grounded oil tankers that litter the drowned coast of a city called Orleans.

The City and the City

First the title caught my eye; then the cover illustration…..the second “city” in the title reads backwards, implying a mirror image.  However, there a two different city-scapes pictured, and as the reader soon learns, travel from one city to the other involves an existential leap as the cities occupy the same space, but are seen only one at a time.

Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians

“So, there I was, tied to an alter made from outdated encyclopedias, about to get sacrificed to the dark powers by a cult of evil Librarians.” (1)

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Want to read a book that’s a little scary, has some mystery, a mean governess, an enormous manor house with secret passages, and an escape from a cruel orphanage? This is the book for you!

19th Wife

Fundamentalist Mormon breakaway polygamous sects have been in the news recently, and this intriguing book threads two stories together: one, of Brigham Young’s rebellious 19th wife in the 1870’s, and the other a 19th wife in present-day southern Utah, accused of murdering her husband.


Oscar nominated for Best Original Screenplay, Whit Stillman’s account of a young middle-class man’s foray into New York City’s debutante society sparkles with highbrow wit while capturing the sublime clumsiness and naiveté of youth. A romantic misadventure; his characters are trying their bodies and intellects on for size.

Dope Sick

This fantastically written novel could be considered “young  adult” due to the protagonist’s age and circumstances, but it could appeal to anyone older as well. The story follows character Lil J from his first-person point of view. He is running from the NYPD after a police officer is shot by one of his accomplices after a drug deal gone wrong. Lil J ends up hiding out in an abandoned building in a ghetto where he meets a mysterious character named Kelly.

Bresser’s Cross-Index Directory

Commonly known as the “city directory,” Bresser’s covers greater Washtenaw County, is published yearly, and is available in the Reference collections at both the Whittaker Road and Michigan Avenue locations.  Past volumes are housed in the Michigan Ypsilanti Heritage Room at YDL-Whittaker.


This is a fantastic, all-in-one book about backyard or more extensive homesteading. If you are a gardener or are interested in raising chickens, bees, worms, and other farm animals, then this is a great book for you. Sections include: growing your own food, canning, keeping chickens, bees, etc., generating your own energy, simple structures on your land, and much more. The color photographs and illustrations are inspiring. This is a thoroughly researched text and it is easy to read. A lot of care and thought went into this book.

Award Winners & Bestsellers

Nobel Prize
2015 Prize in Literature
Svetlana Alexievich

National Book Award

2015 Prize for Fiction
Fortune Smiles
by Adam Johnson

2015 Prize for Nonfiction
Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Newbery Medal
2016 award
Last Stop on Market Street

by Matt de la Peña

Caldecott Medal
2016 award
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear
y Lindsay Mattick, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Printz Award

2016 award
Bone Gap

by Laura Ruby

New York Times Fiction Bestsellers (top 5 combined print & e-book sales)
The Last Mile
, by David Baldacci
The Obsession
, by Nora Roberts
Stuck-up Suit, by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward
Bounty, by Kristen Ashley
The Girl on the Train
, by Paula Hawkins

New York Times Nonfiction Bestsellers (top 5 combined print & e-book sale)
The Rainbow Comes and Goes, by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt
The Sleep Revolution, by Arianna Huffington
When Breath Becomes Air
, by Paul Kalanithi
Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates
, by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaegar
Alexander Hamilton
, by Ron Chernow


More Award Winners & Bestsellers

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Academy Awards

American Booksellers Association National Indie Bestsellers

Billboard Top 100 songs

Caldecott Medal

Coretta Scott King Award

New York Times Bestsellers

Newbery Medal

Printz Award