Check it Out at the Vermillion Public Library

Check it Out at the Vermillion Public Library by Anne Marshall New York Times Best Sellers

Adult Fiction � July 16, 2002

#8 The Mulberry Tree, by Jude Deveraux. A widow whose billionaire husband left her only an old farmhouse discovers secrets about him.

#9 The Shelters of Stone, by Jean M. Auel. Love and danger in a prehistoric society.

#11 Mount Vernon Love Story, by Mary Higgins Clark. The married life of George and Martha Washington.

#12 Chopping Spree, by Dianne Mott Davidson. The caterer and amateur sleuth Goldy Schulz investigate the murder of an old friend.

#13 The Dive From Clausen's Pier, by Ann Packer. A young woman from Wisconsin, whose fiance has been rendered a quadriplegic, decides to move to New York and start a new life.

#14 The Summons, by John Grisham. A law professor discovers more than $3 million in cash in his father's study.

VPL showcased book of the week

My pick of the week is a new non-fiction selection, When the Brain Can't Hear: Unraveling the Mystery of Auditory Processing Disorder, by Dr. Teri James Bellis. If you or anyone you know has difficulty comprehending spoken language, or if your child is struggling in school, this book could have the answers you need.

APD is the silent struggle that plagues millions of American children and adults when sound travels through imperfect auditory pathways. I chose this book for the subject and for the author. Bellis is a professor of audiology at The University of South Dakota, the author of an authoritative text for professionals of the hearing impaired, and has published numerous featured articles in medical and academic journals. She has spent more than 15 years in the field of auditory neuroscience and is America's leading speaker on APD.

New adult non-fiction

Traumatic brain injury can interrupt without warning the life story of any one of us in the midst of creating. Ruthann Johansen's 15-year-old son survived a terrible car crash, and even with massive trauma to his brain, she knew his story had not ended. Listening in the Silence, Seeing in the Dark is the story of reconstructing life after brain injury.

In the spring of 1993, Ben Kilham, a naturalist who lives in the woodlands of New Hampshire, began raising a pair of orphaned wild black bears. The experience changed his life. Among the Bears is a first-person account of wild bear behavior that is both a thrilling animal story and a groundbreaking work of science.

Art Across America is a comprehensive guide to American art museums and exhibition galleries. This resource contains 1,680 entries with maps and illustrations, and is edited by John J. Russell and Thomas S. Spencer.

Did you know George Washington's spy ring used invisible inks, secret signals and double agents? Did you know the balance of power in Word War II's Pacific arena was transformed by America's ability to decipher Japanese codes? Check out David Owen's Hidden Secrets: A Complete History of Espionage and the Technology Used to Support It.

The above non-fiction books are on display on the new bookshelves located behind the circulation desk. If they are unavailable, please ask a staff member to place a hold on your selection.

"Chapter -A-Day" on-line book club

E-mail program readings for the week of Aug. 12 include: Spirit Dive, by Michael Cottman, Big Ugly, by William Weld, The Runaway Heiress, by Stef Ann Holm, The Infidel, by Joe Musser, Customer Chemistry, by Mary Naylor and Susan Greco. The Teen Book Club offering of this week is Goodbye, Amanda the Good, by Susan Richards Shreve.

To receive more information or to register, visit the library's Web site at, and click on the book club logo.

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