Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Hazardous Waste Disposal

Homeowners in Northfield Township can safely dispose of unwanted household cleaning and maintenance products this week through Northfield Township’s Household Hazardous Waste Program.

The items can be dropped off between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday, September 18, and Friday, September 19, at the Northfield Township Road District garage, 1928 Lehigh Avenue.

Acceptable items are: antifreeze, cleaning products that are consumer commodities only, charcoal lighter fluid, driveway sealer (limit of 2 five-gallon buckets), drain cleaners, paint thinners and gasoline in approved/original containers only, insecticide and herbicides.

For more information, click here. Identification will be checked.

Real Reviews for Readers

Enrique's Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother by Sonia Nazario. Call Number 305.23 NAZ

Though the book was written seven years ago, it covers one of the hottest topic in today's news--children and young adults who cross into the U.S. from Central America and their lives once they succeed in arriving here. Nazario, a journalist, worked backward to study one young man's journey; she retraced his steps from his home in Honduras to meeting his mother after an eleven year separation. The most revealing aspect of the book was the harrowing journey from Honduras to Mexico and finally, through an expensive coyote, to Laredo, Texas. The sadness of his life with his mother after both of their sacrifices was a poignant portrait as there was a huge adjustment on both sides. This is an unforgettable and revealing story of hardship and perseverance

Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr. Call Number B CLARK, H. DED

This is one of those true stories that deserved the special treatment and research that Dedman did. He co-wrote it with Huguette Clark's cousin who had phone conversations with the reclusive heiress when she lived in a hospital room for the last twenty years of her life. The daughter of a copper baron richer than Carnegie or Rockefeller and worth $300 million, she acquired apartments and houses in New York, California and Connecticut, but never lived in them or even visited. That wasn't even the oddest part: she collected dolls and had houses made especially for them by European craftsman. She never saw the dolls but had a caretaker take photos and bring them to her hospital room. She had a view of an air conditioning unit from her last hospital room but owned a home in Santa Barbara on a mesa. A remarkable exploration of wealth and the sad life of Huguette Clark. (Worth reading just to learn about the caretaker, a Licensed Practical Nurse, who inherited $30 million.)

Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H.W. Bush by Geoff Dyer. Call Number 359.9435 DYE

Though this is a subject I had no particular interest in exploring, Dyer takes the reader through the fascinating world of life on an aircraft carrier. We learn what the crew is engaged in, that no alcohol is allowed, that most of those serving are about 20 years old, and that they are purposely kept busy most of the time. And there is a "jail" on board when they do get into trouble. Dyer had to be accompanied at all times or he'd be lost. (At least that is what the journalist was told.) From the kitchens to the flight deck, Dyer shares what he learned in the two weeks he lived on board. Fascinating, at times funny, and very informative.

The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit. Call Number 814.54 SOL

Solnit is a brilliant observer; she can take a variety of unrelated topics and somehow they are connected. Included in these essays are: her relationship with her mother, Che Guevara and leprosy, her own health problems, apricots, Iceland and many others. Don't worry if these may not appear to grab your interest--you will be enthralled by her inventive prose, her wisdom and clear thinking. I am a fan.

- Reviews by Iva Freeman

Thursday, September 11, 2014

New in Nonfiction

Find these titles and many more in the New Nonfiction on the first floor.

The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Germanic Ancestry in Europe by James M. Beidler. Call Number 929.1072043 BEI

Follow your family tree back to its roots in Bavaria, Prussia, Württemberg and beyond. Beidler walks you through the exciting journey of researching your Germany heritage, whether your ancestors came from lands now in modern-day Germany or other German-speaking areas of Europe.

The Art of Whimsical Lettering by Joanne Sharpe. Call Number 745.61 SHA

Create stylized fonts and expressive artwork based on your own handwriting. Learn twenty art techniques for creating a variety of lettering styles using a variety of mixed media tools and products.

The Plant Lover's Guide to Sedums by Brent Horvath. Call Number 635.93372 HOR

Sedum breeder and nurseryman Brent Horvath dispenses growing tips and design advice for using these rewarding and versatile plants in every part of your garden.
Love Sick: A Memoir of Searching for Mr. Good Enough by Frances Kuffel. Call Number 306.7 KUF

In this sharp and irreverent memoir, Frances Kuffel recalls her quest to replace her on-again, off-again lover with someone new and preferably less unstable. Fifty-three and never married, Frances opens her mind to all possibilities. Once she finally figures out what she's looking for, the only challenge left is to find him.
The Virgin Way: Everything I know About Leadership by Richard Branson. Call Number 658.4092 BRA

Virgin Group founder Branson has taken on giants like British Airways and won, and monsters like Coca-Cola and lost. Now he gives an inside look at his strikingly different swashbuckling style of leadership.

Monday, September 8, 2014

September is Hunger Action Month

Think about the pantry this month
September is Hunger Action Month, a nationwide campaign to take action on the issue of hunger in America. There are families without enough food to eat in Glenview who turn to the Northfield Township Food Pantry for assistance.

Consider dropping off non-perishable food donations at the pantry, 3801 W. Lake Avenue, or make a credit card donation here. These Glenview businesses also provide drop-off locations during regular hours: AAA Lock & Key, 1730 Waukegan Road; Effective Air, 2033 Johns Court; First American Bank, 2102 Willow Road; and the Book Market at Hangar One, 2651 Navy Boulevard.