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At the Captiva Library: Take Time to Read

By Staff | Jun 1, 2012

Captiva Memorial Library’s summer reading programs, Dream Big Read! for kids and Own the Night for teens start in June. For a complete schedule of events or sign-up information visit the Lee County Library website at library.lee-county.com or telephone 5334890.

Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection

  • By A.J. Jacobs?”New York Times bestselling author and king of “immersion journalism” A.J. Jacobs tackles his most challenging experiment yet: a yearlong mission to radically improve every element of his body and mind – from his brain to his fingertips to his abs. Having lifted his spirit in The Year of Living Biblically and sharpened his mind in The Know-It-All, A.J. Jacobs had one feat left in the self-improvement trinity: to become the healthiest man in the world. He doesn’t just want to lose a couple of pounds, or finish a triathlon, or lower his cholesterol.

First, he had to tackle a complicated web of diet and exercise advice, most which is nonsensical, unproven, and contradictory. Second, he had to consult a team of medical advisers. And finally, he had to subject himself, over the course of two years, to a grueling regimen of exercises, a range of diets and nutritional plans, and a brutal array of techniques and practices to improve everything from his hearing to his sleep – all the while testing the patience of his wife.

This latest work bursts with hilarity and warmth, all the while testing our culture’s assumptions and obsessions with what makes good health and allowing the listener to reflect on his or her own health, body, and eventual mortality.” *

The Woman Who Wasn’t There: The True Story of an Incredible Deception?

By Robin Gaby Fisher

“The astounding story of Tania Head, whose heartrending account of surviving the World Trade Center attacks made her a celebrity ? until it all turned out to be an elaborate hoax.?It was a tale of loss and recovery, of courage and sorrow. Tania Head’s account of her experiences on September 11 – from crawling through carnage to escape the south Tower to losing her fiance in the north Tower – made her both a victim and a hero. She became a key figure in the World Trade Center Survivors’ Network, leading tours at Ground Zero and using her own assets to fund charitable events to help survivors, never seeking personal monetary gain.

A problem would emerge, much later, with Tania’s inspiring account. None of it was true. When Tania approached filmmaker Angelo Guglielmo to make a documentary about the survivors of September 11, he not only got hours of exclusive interview footage with her, he became her friend and confidant. Eventually Tania’s story began to crumble and the magnitude of her lies came to light – not only did she not work in the Towers as she had claimed, she wasn’t even in the country at the time of the attacks.

Told from Guglielmo’s unique insider perspective, this is the incredible story of one of the most audacious quests for acclaim in recent memory-one that poses fascinating questions about the essence of morality and the human need for connection at any cost.”

Mrs. Kennedy and Me: An Intimate Memoir

By Clint Hill?”An intimate and fascinating memoir by Clint Hill, who spent four years as First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s Secret Service agent. Even today, decades after JFK’s presidency and Jackie’s death, the public continues to be fascinated with the former First Lady. Clint Hill will forever be remembered as the agent who jumped onto the car after President Kennedy was shot and clung to the sides of the car as it sped toward the hospital.

Now, in Mrs. Kennedy and Me, he recounts those painful memories along with his fonder recollections of the First Lady’s strength, class, dignity, and beauty during the time he was assigned as her personal agent. Hill was by Mrs. Kennedy’s side for some of the happiest moments in her life as well as the darkest. He was there for the birth of John, Jr. as well as for the birth and sudden death of Patrick Bouvier Kennedy on August 8, 1963. Hill was there for Jackie’s first meetings with men like Aristotle Onassis, Gianni Agnelli, and Andre Malraux; Jackie’s trips to Europe, Asia, and South America; Kennedy-family holidays in Hyannis Port; and the dark days following the assassination.

They addressed each other as “Mrs. Kennedy” and “Mr. Hill,” even though they were often closer to each other than they were to their respective spouses – yet their relationship remained professional. An astonishing and intimate portrait, told for the first time, Mrs. Kennedy and Me is a remarkable and true story of heroism, heartbreak, and humanity.” *??Service: A Navy SEAL at War

By Marcus Luttell?”Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell returned from his star-crossed mission in Afghanistan with his bones shattered and his heart broken. So many had given their lives to save him, and he would have readily done the same for them he wondered why he and others, from America’s founding to today, had been willing to sacrifice everything-including themselves-for the sake of family, nation, and freedom follow Marcus Luttrell to Iraq, where he returns to the battlefield as a member of SEAL Team 5 to help take on the most dangerous city in the world: Ramadi, the capital of war-torn Al Anbar Province.

There, in six months of high-intensity urban combat, he was part of what has been called the greatest victory in the history of U.S. Special Operations forces return to Afghanistan and Operation Redwing, where Luttrell offers powerful new details about his miraculous rescue he reflects on what it really means to take on a higher calling, about the men he’s seen lose their lives for their country, and the legacy of those who came and bled before.

A thrilling war story a profoundly moving tribute to the warrior brotherhood, to the belief that nobody goes it alone, and no one will be left behind.” *??Don’t Put Me In Coach: My Incredible NCAA Journey from the End of the Bench to the End of the Bench

By Mark Titus?”An irreverent, hilarious insider’s look at big-time NCAA basketball, through the eyes of the nation’s most famous benchwarmer and author of the popular blog ClubTrillion.com (3.6m visits!).

Mark Titus holds the Ohio State record for career wins, and made it to the 2007 national championship game. You would think Titus would be all over the highlight reels. You’d be wrong. In 2006, Mark Titus arrived on Ohio State’s campus as a former high school basketball player who aspired to be an orthopedic surgeon. Somehow, he was added to the elite Buckeye basketball team, given a scholarship, and played alongside seven future NBA players on his way to setting the record for most individual career wins in Ohio State history.

Think that’s impressive? In four years, he scored a grand total of nine – yes, nine – points. This book will give readers an uncensored and uproarious look inside an elite NCAA basketball program from Titus’s unique perspective.

In his four years at the end of the bench, Mark founded his wildly popular blog Club Trillion, became a hero to all guys picked last, and even got scouted by the Harlem Globetrotters not your average basketball star … a wild and completely true story of the most unlikely career in college basketball ?