Thursday, September 29, 2016

Nonfiction Book Review

My Father Before Me by Chris Forhan

A readable and engaging exploration of a family. Forhan felt completed to discover who his father was before he killed himself in his mid forties leaving his wife and 8 children. He was able to interview a number of people who knew his father in a variety of capacities: his wife, Chris' siblings, other relatives, and employers. A business associate who Eddie, the father, had spent a lot of time with said he had never mentioned that he had a family. Forhan's own life story is woven throughout and reveals details about American life in the 60s and 70s. Solid and memorable. 
- Iva Freeman

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Nonfiction Book Review

As head writer of the sketch comedy series Inside Amy Schumer, Jessi Klein is largely responsible for taking Schumer’s particular brand of humor – think bawdy, subversive, and feminist-friendly – and launching it into the cultural zeitgeist. Fans of the series will find particular delight in You’ll Grow Out of It, Klein’s new book of similarly minded essays, which are largely about trying and failing to live up to contemporary standards of femininity. Klein is not afraid to overshare – she gets candidly hilarious (and sometimes gross) about her adventures in dating, wedding planning, infertility, and childbirth. Some essays are more relatable than others; as a thin, white, and highly paid TV producer, Klein is not exactly an ideal everywoman. (Her struggles include feeling less than glamorous at the Emmys, fighting with her boyfriend on an impossibly luxurious spa vacation, and deciding whether or not to purchase a $10,000 wedding dress.) And yet, with her self-deprecating humor, Klein still manages to charm, especially when she’s railing against impossible beauty regimens and gender disparities. (On the pressures of the natural childbirth movement, Klein observes, “No one ever asks a man if he’s having a ‘natural root canal.”) Ultimately, You’ll Grow Out of It is a satisfying and riotously funny book about one woman’s awkward journey into womanhood. – Romi Pekarek Smith

Monday, September 19, 2016

Library Program--Doing Business Online: Safety Matters

Doing Business Online: Safety Matters
Thursday, September 22, 2016
7-8 PM
Community Room

There is nothing more convenient than doing your banking or making a purchase from the comfort of your home.  However, venturing out on the internet takes us away from the safety and security our homes provide.
Glenview Credit Union will discuss how to be prepared when facing the risks posed by the Internet.

Please register here.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Consumer Reports Online

Buying a new Refrigerator?  Wondering about the safety features on SUV’s? Want a guide on purchasing mattresses?  Consumer Reports Online can answer these questions and many more. Through rigorous testing of thousands of products, Consumer Reports provides detailed buying guides for a large range of products, along with news stories, pricing, recommendations, and their very popular ratings.
Ratings for mattresses

Easily find what you are looking for with this fully searchable web tool. Search by category, brand, or product number.  You access Consumer Reports Online through our website in the library or at home with a valid Glenview library card.
Happy hunting!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Join us for a discussion of Hector Tobar's The 33

Bookit! Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, September 28
7 PM, Multipurpose Room
No registration necessary -- Just drop in!

The 33: Deep Down Dark: the untold stories of 33 men buried in a Chilean mine, and the miracle that set them free by Hector Tobar

When a Chilean mine collapsed in 2010, 33 miners were buried underground beneath thousands of feet of rock for 69 days. Meanwhile, their families and the world waited to see whether the men would be rescued alive. In this gripping survival tale, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Hector Tobar recreates the disaster with tension building suspense.

Copies of The 33 are available now at the Reader Services Desk.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Labor Day Trivia

Happy Labor Day!
The first observance of Labor Day was likely on Sept. 5, 1882, when some 10,000 workers assembled in New York City for a parade. The parade inspired similar events across the country, and by 1894 more than half the states were observing a “workingmen’s holiday” on one day or another. Later that year, with Congress passing legislation and President Grover Cleveland signing the bill on June 29, the first Monday in September was designated “Labor Day.” This national holiday is a creation of the labor movement in the late 19th century and pays tribute to the social and economic achievements of American workers.

Who Are We Celebrating?
158.5 million
The number of people age 16 and over in the nation’s labor force as of May 2016.

16.4 million
The number of wage and salary workers age 16 and over represented by a union in 2015. This group included both union members (14.8 million) and workers who reported no union affiliation but whose jobs were covered by a union contract (1.6 million). Among states, New York continued to have the highest union membership rate (24.7 percent), and South Carolina had the lowest rate (2.1 percent). 

15.2 million
The number of employed female workers age 16 and over in service occupations in 2014. Among male workers age 16 and over, 11.8 million were employed in service-related occupations.

The percentage increase in employment, or 141.9 million, in the U.S. between December 2014 and December 2015. In December 2015, the 342 U.S. counties with 75,000 or more jobs accounted for 72.5 percent of total U.S. employment and 77.8 percent of total wages. These
342 counties had a net job growth of 2.2 million over the year, which accounted for 81.4 percent of the overall U.S. employment increase.

Another Day, Another Dollar
$50,383 and $39,621
The 2014 real median earnings for male and female full-time, year-round workers, respectively. The 2014 real median household income of $53,657 is not statistically different in real terms from the 2013 median of $54,462.

The Commute to Work
6.3 million
The number of commuters who left for work between midnight and 4:59 a.m. in 2014. They represented 4.5 percent of all commuters. The most common time was between 7 a.m. and 7:29 a.m. – with 20.6 million commuters.                                                                                                                            
The percentage of workers age 16 and over who drove alone to work in 2015. Another 9.2 percent carpooled and 0.6 percent biked to work.

26.0 minutes
The average time it took workers in the U.S. to commute to work in 2014. New York (32.6 minutes) and Maryland (32.3 minutes) had the most time-consuming commutes.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Nonfiction Book Review

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. R. Vance

Vance has provided the reader with a clear understanding of growing up in the holler. He gives his impressions of life in the Ohio rust belt, populated by mostly Scots IrishA graduate of Yale Law School, he knew no one who had gone to an Ivy League school, or any family members who had even completed college. The book has reached a wide audience because it explains why many people living in poverty see hope in Trump's promises to bring jobs back. Vance weaves his own success story alongside the story of his own family; they worked in the coal mines, as day laborers and mill workers. Many had issues with drug addiction, alcoholism, and joblessness among other struggles. Vance shows  an ever present loyalty to place and family. Vance shares valuable insights that only an observant insider could reveal. On August 17, 2016 Terry Gross had an excellent interview with Vance on NPR's Fresh Air. - Iva Freeman