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BOOK NOTES: New releases in Grand Forks/East Grand Forks libraries for the week of May 11

Grand Forks Public Library

  • “My Gentle Barn: Creating a Sanctuary Where Animals Heal and Children Learn to Hope” by Ellie Laks. Founder Ellie Laks started the Gentle Barn after adopting a sick goat from a run-down petting zoo in 1999. Some two hundred animals later, the Gentle Barn has become an extraordinary nonprofit that brings together a volunteer staff of community members and at-risk teens to rehabilitate abandoned and/or abused animals.
  • “Grin and Bear It: How to Be Happy No Matter What Reality Throws Your Way” by Jenni Pulos. “Grin and Bear It” is the spark we all need to ignite our passion, to get out there and be positive, find the funny in life, be present, and learn how to be happy no matter what reality throws your way.
  • “Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationships with Cats and Dogs” by David Grimm. In this fascinating exploration of the changing status of dogs and cats in society, pet lover and award-winning journalist David Grimm explores the rich and surprising history of our favorite companion animals.
  • “Eating Dangerously: Why the Government Can’t Keep Your Food Safe…and How You Can” by Michael Booth. Anyone interested in knowing more about how their food makes it from field and farm to store and table will want the inside scoop on just how safe or unsafe that food may be. They will find answers and insight in these pages.
  • East Grand Forks Campbell Library

    • “The Neanderthals Rediscovered: How Modern Science is Rewriting Their Story” by Dimitra Papagianni looks at the Neanderthals from their evolution in Europe to their expansion to Siberia, their subsequent extinction, and ultimately their revival in popular novels, cartoons, cult movies, and TV commercials.
    • “Whatchagot Stew” by Patrick F. McManus is both memoir and cookbook. A word of warning: Before jumping into the recipes it might be wise to read McManus’s childhood memoir first. Beyond the much-expected mirth, however, are solid and delicious recipes gathered and tested by Pat’s sister.
    • “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” by Patrick Lencioni. Kathryn Petersen, Decision Tech’s CEO, faces the ultimate leadership crisis: Uniting a team in such disarray that it threatens to bring down the entire company. Lencioni’s utterly gripping tale serves as a timeless reminder that leadership requires as much courage as it does insight.
    • “38 Nooses” by Scott W. Berg. In August 1862, after decades of broken treaties, a six-week span of intense conflict began as the Dakotas clashed with settlers and federal troops. Berg recounts the story and subsequent mass execution through several remarkable characters, including Little Crow, Sarah Wakefield and Abraham Lincoln.