Monthly Archives: October 2010

The French Revolution

Loosely structured on the greatest identity crisis ever, The French Revolution is the hilarious, tragic, and deeply imaginative story of a San Francisco family forging its place in history. Esmerelda Van Twinkle, a failed pastry chef turned outsized copy shop manager, stumbles into motherhood after a semi-intentional liaison with good-natured coupon distributor Jasper Winslow. Born on Bastille Day, their twin children Robespierre and Marat revolt against archaic rules imposed by their autocratic grandmother, surmount radically misguided parenting, navigate factional infighting, and combat wars in the Middle East to achieve great personal gain. But just as the family is on the cusp of achieving meteoric success in politics, business, music, and gastronomy, fissures from the past crack open spectacularly, derailing their bid for long-lived power while cementing a reputation for the ages. Matt Stewart blends vibrant prose, unforgettable characters, and a multi-layered plot based on the extremes of the historical French Revolution for a relentlessly entertaining debut novel. Viva la révolution!
Matt Stewart Made headlines worldwide when he released the French Revolution via Twitter on Bastille Day 2009. He has been known to blog for the Huffington Post. This is his first novel. For more on Matt’s adventures , visit

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for October 25

Knuffle Bunny Free: an Unexpected Diversion by Mo Willems

“Trixie and her family are off on a fantastic trip to visit her grandparents—all the way in Holland! But does Knuffle Bunny have different travel plans?

“An emotional tour de force, Knuffle Bunny Free concludes one of the most beloved picture-book series in recent memory, with pitchperfect text and art, photos from around the world, and a stunning foldout spread, culminating in a hilarious and moving surprise that no child or parent will be able to resist.”                  [JPB WILLEMS]

Come Fall by A. C. E. Bauer

“Lu Zimmer’s best friend moved away last summer. Salman Page is the new kid in school. Blos Pease takes everything literally. Three kids who are on the fringe of the middle school social order find each other and warily begin to bond, but suddenly things start going wrong. Salman becomes the object of the school bully’s torment, and Lu’s pregnant mother has some unexpected complications. Is something conspiring against them?

“In fact, through no fault of their own, Salman and Lu have become pawns in a game of jealous one-upmanship between Oberon and Titania, the king and queen of Faery, with the mischievous Puck trying to keep the peace.”   [J BAUER]

Reckless by Cornelia Funke

“For years, Jacob Reckless has been secretly disappearing to another world, a world behind a mirror, a world for which his father abandoned his family. The mirror world is Jacob’s escape from reality. It’s a place for treasure hunts and magnificent quests. A world where witches haunt the forests and giants and dwarfs roam. A world locked in a deadly war.

“Jacob’s secret seems safe, until one day his younger brother Will follows him, with disastrous consequence. Faced with a curse that is quickly turning Will to stone, the Reckless brothers are thrust into a race against time to find a cure before Will is lost forever.” First in a new series by the author of Dragon Rider, The Thief Lord, and the Ink Heart series.

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Books for Small Business

e-Riches 2.0

In a good economics and bad , someone  still making lots of money. There is a very good chance that their success involves savvy use of the emerging Social Web. Today the public is online, even if one’s business has nothing to do with the Net, computers, or technology. To keep up with the competition, one need to promote what one sell by using the latest online marketing techniques to interacts with the customers.

Scott Fox , the author of this book helped many people maximize profits with his strategies. For example:

1-put free social networking sites like LinkelIn, Facebook, Twitter, Digg, and MySpace to work for your business.

2-Influence online marketing to spread your brand, build your own customer communities online, and manage your “reputation cloud”

3-Inexpessively use blogs, Rss,  Feeds, email and auto responders to spread your product presence worldwide.

4-Take advantage of online video, Internet, radio, free webinars and podcasts to attract new customers…

Scott Fox is the +1 e-business advisor and internet success coach in Hollywood. He is also popular speaker at UCLA, NYU, and  USC. His website is



It is difficult time for small business to experience, but history shows that if you make it through a severe economic downturn , chances are your business will emerge more focused more competitive and more the book Conquer the chaos : how to grow a successful small business without going crazy , two successful entrepreneurs provide six strategies to bring order to a business–not just to survive, but to thrive. They outline six strategies that small business owners can use to build their business and yet have time to spend with their families, make money, have control, and achieve purpose. They describe how to gain control of the chaos by building emotional capital, practicing disciplined optimism, asserting entrepreneurial independence, centralizing and organizing operations.

Mask and Martineau, entrepreneurs who co-founded an email marketing software company for small businesses. 


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Immigration Kit for Checking Out

Thanks for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, we now have a new Civics and Citizenship Toolkit at the Information Desk for you to check out.  It contains 5 books, a DVD, a CD-ROM, and a box of Civics flash cards to help you prepare becoming a citizen of the United States.  It is first come and first serve.  You can check it our for 3 weeks. 

If you are preparing the citizenship exam or if you know someone who is a citizenship applicant, you will find this kit to be of great help.  Just bring your library card to the information Desk to check it out.

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for October 18

For the Love of Soccer by Pele

“In this picture-book autobiography, readers see a young Pelé playing soccer alongside a boy who has the same love and enthusiasm for the sport. Morrison’s illustrations are filled with dynamic action shots, showing the boys’ legs stretching to incredible angles in order to execute a perfect shot. Readers witness dramatic scenes such as one painted with a soccer ball sailing high in the air against the backdrop of a vast blue sky, as Pelé, now appearing as a teenager, and the young boy look on. A spread near the end shows an adult Pelé autographing the child’s soccer ball. The pinnacle of the short text is represented with a vibrant spread showing a ball reaching the net—”GOOAALL!”         [JPB PELE]

Annie and Snowball and the Wintry Freeze by Cynthia Rylant

“Henry and Mudge” fans will enjoy reading about his cousin, Annie, and her rabbit Snowball.

“Annie loves winter. She loves her pink earmuffs. She loves her pink hand muff. And she really loves her pink polka-dot boots. But most of all Annie loves playing in the snow with her cousin Henry and his big dog, Mudge.” The eighth book in the series. Ready-to-Read Level 2             [JE RYLANT]

Thomas and the Dragon Queen by Shutta Crum

“A kingdom is at war.
A princess has been kidnapped by a dragon queen.
A brave squire volunteers to set out on a quest to rescue her.
But there’s just one small problem. He’s Thomas, the shortest of all the squires. With little more than a donkey, a vest, and a sword, Thomas will have to use all of his courage and determination to battle a beast with many heads, reach a forbidden island, and rescue the princess from a most fearsome dragon-and an even more fearsome fate!
“Part thrilling adventure and part enchanting fantasy, sprinkled with charming black-and-white illustrations, Thomas and the Dragon Queen will delight young readers from start to finish.”            [J CRUM]

4-H Guide to Training Horses by Nathan Bowers and Katie Bowers Reiff

“Training a horse is one of the biggest challenges a 4-H’r (or any animal lover, for that matter) can take on, and one of the most rewarding.  This step-by-step illustrated guide offers the first-time horse trainer straightforward instructions for getting started with a foal, a yearling, or an older horse.  With expert advice on safety and equine care, the guide covers the basics of establishing trust and authority, training with a bit, training to drive, training to allow riders, achieving different gaits, reaching definite goals, and breaking an old horse of bad habits.  Whether you’re a 4-H’r taking up the project of a lifetime, or someone simply interested in training a horse, this book provides all the information you need to get started — and to succeed.”             [J636.10835 BOWERS]

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Mario Vargas Llosa ,The Nobel Prize in Literature 2010

This is  the best news for the ending of Hispanic Heritage celebration Month 2010.

The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2010 is awarded to the Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa

for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual’s resistance, revolt, and defeat“.


Writer and journalist. Journalist with La Industria, Piura, Peru, and with Radio Panamericana and La Cronica, both in Lima, Peru, c. 1950s; worked in Paris, France, as a journalist with Agence France-Presse, as a broadcaster with the radio-television network L’Office de Radiodiffusion Télévision Française (ORTF), and as a language teacher; Queen Mary College and Kings College, London, England, faculty member, 1966-68; Washington State University, Seattle, writer-in- residence, 1968; University of Puerto Rico, visiting professor, 1969; Libre, Paris, cofounder, 1971; Columbia University, New York, NY, Edward Laroque Tinker Visiting Professor, 1975; Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, Robert Kennedy Professor, beginning 1992. Former fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC; former host of Peruvian television program The Tower of Babel; Peruvian presidential candidate, Liberty Movement, 1989-90. The latest book that has been translated to English is :

The bad girl / Mario Vargas Llosa ; translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman

Booklist review :

Ricardo Somocurcio is just a teenager when his fate is sealed; he falls in love. Her name is Lily, and she is Chilean, an exotic figure in the upper-class Lima neighborhood of Miraflores. Then the truth comes out that she’s actually Peruvian, and worse, she’s poor. Is her name even Lily? Ricardo wants two things from life: to live in Paris and to be with the “bad girl.” He achieves his first goal, finding steady work as an interpreter and translator, but the bad girl is always tantalizingly out of reach. When he meets her again, she’s en route to Cuba, supposedly to train as a guerrilla fighter. She drifts in and out of his life, changing her identity with each new husband or lover, always finding time to scorn—but still tryst with—her adoring “good boy.” They’re opposites in every way except for their shared lack of true identity. Still, if a masochist and a sadist are a perfect pair, they’re a handsome couple. The endless abuse plays out against the news of distant Peru: coups, dictatorships, insurrections, occasional elections. Vargas Llosa (The Feast of the Goat, 2001) is at his core a political writer, although in this tale of expatriate obsession, any statement may lie in the characters’ political apathy. The repetitiveness of their relationship may lead some readers to call it an early night, but Vargas Llosa’s energetic, sexually charged prose will have others lying awake.

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