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A funny book for dog lovers

Dogs Are People,Too by Dave Coverly has the subtitle “a collection of cartoons to make your tail wag” and that is exactly what it is.

The Primates of Park Avenue: a memoir by Wednesday Martin

What a funny and interesting memoir. Wednesday Martin, PhD, has worked as a writer and social researcher in New York City for more than two decades. Using her background in anthropology and primatology, Primates of Park Avenue compares Martin's research of primates to the social climbing rituals she discovered while trying to fit in upon her arrival on the Upper East Side of New York with her husband and young son.

New debut thriller set in Milwaukee

If you like thrillers or if you are waiting for the next Jack Reacher book, you should try The Drifter by Nicholas Petrie. The Drifter is set in Milwaukee and features a Marine veteran named Peter Ash who suffers from “white static” when he has to be indoors. Peter learned that his sergeant, Jimmy Johnson, died as a result of suicide, and Peter feels guilty that he was not there to help Jimmy.

Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body by Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson, the Golden Globe-winning, Oscar-nominated actress, and founder of the activewear line Fabletics, has just come out with a new book, Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body. Anyone who struggles with their body image should read this. It is a beautiful, insightful, and personal look at health from the inside out, an authentic plan for an authentic life from a woman who truly lives what she speaks.

What happened to the daughter from Not Without My Daughter?

In the new book, My Name Is Mahtob by Mahtob Mahmoody, the daughter from the bestselling book and movie Not Without My Daughter tells about her life—what she remembers of her escape from Iran, developing lupus as a teen, her strong relationship with her mother, her feelings about her father, her ongoing fear that her father would come back into her life, and her Christian faith.

Perfect Touch by Elizabeth Lowell

If you like authors Sandra Brown and Nora Roberts, Elizabeth Lowell ranks right up to their caliber when it comes to romantic suspense. Her latest, Perfect Touch, blends just the right amount of action, mystery, suspense, and thrills. A former soldier turned rancher and a beautiful designer and art appraiser must race to stop a vicious killer, all while fighting their sizzling attraction for each other.

The healing powers of reading out loud

Recently my husband was hospitalized for 3 days. I decided he needed a distraction to take his mind off of his pain, so I read to him. I can’t say that it cured him, but it did help to relax him. I chose to read the book Living a Country Year by Jerry Apps because of its nostalgic, folksy, calm tone. If you know someone having a difficult time, perhaps you will want to try reading to the person. Or, if you don’t feel comfortable with reading out loud, you can try one of the Library’s many audio-books. Help make someone feel better with reading out loud.

Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson

Over the years, so much has been written about the Kennedy family but little information has been available about Rosemary, the intellectually disabled daughter of Rose Fitzgerald and Joseph P. Kennedy. Author Kate Clifford Larson used Rose Kennedy's diaries and correspondence, letters from Rosemary's teachers and doctors, and exclusive family interviews to bring Rosemary's story to life in Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter, a profoundly revealing family story.

When it’s Right by Jennifer Ryan

Don't let the picture of the hunky cowboy on the cover fool you. When it's Right by Jennifer Ryan has a storyline with real substance. There is romance, of course, but the story line touches on serious subjects like domestic abuse, addiction to drugs and the effects it has on children who live through it. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a story where the underdog finally gets all that they deserve.

Resolve to learn something new in the New Year

Although I usually read fiction, I enjoy a nonfiction book now and then. One book that I found enjoyable and educational was Wisconsin Agriculture: a History by Jerry Apps. This illustrated book is very readable yet informative and covers geology, history, and current issues in Wisconsin agriculture.

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