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At the Library: Dalmatians topic of the next summer reading program activity

By Staff | Jul 15, 2015

What is lovable, quirky and has spots all over? Dalmatians! Come make a dalmatian and learn some interesting facts about this wonderful dog. This one of a kind art studio with artist DiVitto Kelly is sponsored by the Captiva Memorial Library Board. Summer reading is in full swing so join in and read, read, read to earn points to provide meals and supplies for the injured animals at CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife).

Teens and tweens too can read to provide meals and supplies for the injured animals at CROW. To unlock digital badges and earn points to make a difference for CROW, sign-up for summer reading online at leelibrary.readsquared.com

Memoirs and biographies reveal much:

“Sister Mother Husband Dog” (etc.)

by Delia Ephron

“Bestselling author Delia Ephron shares a deeply personal collection of stories and essays, anchored by a loving remembrance of her sister Nora. In ‘Sister Mother Husband Dog,’ Delia Ephron brings her trademark wit and effervescent prose to a series of autobiographical essays about life, love, sisterhood, movies, and family. In “Losing Nora,” she deftly captures the rivalry, mutual respect, and intimacy that made up her relationship with her older sister and frequent writing companion. Other essays run the gamut from a humorous piece about love and the movies-how one romantic comedy completely destroyed her 20s-to the joy of girl friends and best friendship, the magical madness and miracle of dogs, keen-eyed observations about urban survival, and a serious and affecting memoir of life with her mother and growing up the child of alcoholics. Ephron’s eloquent style and voice illuminate every page of this superb and singular work” *

“Unremarried Widow”

by Artis Henderson

“Artis Henderson was a free-spirited young woman with dreams of traveling the world and one day becoming a writer. Marrying a conservative Texan soldier and becoming an Army wife was never part of her plan, but when she met Miles, Artis threw caution to the wind and moved with him to a series of Army bases in dusty Southern towns, far from the exotic future of her dreams. If this was true love, she was ready to embrace it. But when Miles was training and Artis was left alone, she experienced feelings of isolation and anxiety. It did not take long for a wife’s worst fears to come true. On Nov. 6, 2006, the Apache helicopter carrying Miles crashed in Iraq, leaving 26-year-old Artis-in official military terms-an ‘unremarried widow.’ In this memoir Artis recounts not only the unlikely love story she shared with Miles and her unfathomable recovery in the wake of his death-from the dark hours following the military notification to the first fumbling attempts at new love-but also reveals how Miles’s death mirrored her own father’s, in a plane crash that Artis survived when she was 5-years-old and that left her own mother a young widow.” *

“Taking the Stand”

by Alan Dershowitz

“In ‘Taking the Stand,’ Dershowitz reveals the evolution of his own thinking on such fundamental issues as censorship and the First Amendment, Civil Rights, abortion, homicide and the increasing role that science plays in a legal defense. Alan Dershowitz, the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard University, and the author of such acclaimed bestsellers as ‘Chutzpah,’ ‘The Best Defense,’ and ‘Reversal of Fortune,’ for the first time recounts his legal biography, describing his struggles academically at Yeshiva High School growing up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, his successes at Yale, clerking for Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg, his appointment to full professor at the Harvard at age 28, the youngest in the school’s history. Dershowitz went on to work on many of the most celebrated cases in the land, from appealing (successfully) Claus Von Bulow’s conviction for the murder of his wife Sunny, to the O.J. Simpson trial, to defending Mike Tyson, Leona Helmsley, Patty Hearst, and countless others.” *

“Yesterday, Today,

Tomorrow: My Life”

by Sophia Loren

“In her first memoir, the Academy Awardwinning actress Sophia Loren tells her incredible life story from the struggles of her childhood in war-torn Naples to her life as a screen legend, icon of elegance, and devoted mother. In her acting career spanning more than six decades, Sophia Loren became known for her striking beauty and dramatic roles with famed costars Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando, Gregory Peck, Jack Lemmon, and Paul Newman. The luminous Italian movie star was the first artist to win an Oscar for a foreign language performance, after which she continued a vibrant and varied career that took her from Hollywood to Paris to Italy-and back to Hollywood. In ‘Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow,’ Loren shares vivid memories of work, love, and family with winning candor. Born in 1934 and growing up in World War II Italy, Loren’s life of glamour and success was preceded by years of poverty and hardship, when she lived in her grandparents’ house with her single mother and sister, and endured near starvation. She shares how she blossomed from a toothpick-thin girl into a beautiful woman seemingly overnight, getting her start by winning a beauty pageant; and how her first Hollywood film, ‘The Pride and the Passion,’ ignited a high-profile romance with Cary Grant, who would vie with her mentor, friend, frequent producer, and lover Carlo Ponti to become her husband. Loren also reveals her long-held desire to become a mother, the disappointments she suffered, the ultimate joy of having two sons, and her happiness as a mother and grandmother. From trying times to triumphant ones, this scintillating autobiography paints a multi-dimensional portrait of the woman behind the celebrity, beginning each chapter with a letter, photograph, or object that prompts her memories. In Loren’s own words, this is a collection of “unpublished memories, curious anecdotes, tiny secrets told, all of which spring from a box found by chance, a precious treasure trove filled with emotions, experiences, adventures.” Her wise and candid voice speaks from the pages with riveting detail and sharp humor. Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow is as elegant, entrancing, and memorable as Sophia Loren herself.” *

“Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty”

by Diane Keaton

“Diane Keaton has spent a lifetime coloring outside the lines of the conventional notion of beauty. In ‘Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty,’ she shares the wisdom she’s accumulated through the years as a mother, daughter, actress, artist, and international style icon. This is a book only Diane Keaton could write-a smart and funny chronicle of the ups and downs of living and working in a world obsessed with beauty. In her one-of-a-kind voice, Keaton offers up a message of empowerment for anyone who’s ever dreamed of kicking back against the ‘shoulds’ and ‘supposed tos’ that undermine our pursuit of beauty in all its forms. From a mortifying encounter with a makeup artist who tells her she needs to get her eyes fixed to an awkward excursion to Victoria’s Secret with her teenage daughter, Keaton shares funny and not-so-funny moments from her life in and out of the public eye. For Diane Keaton, being beautiful starts with being true to who you are, and in this book she also offers self-knowing commentary on the bold personal choices she’s made through the years: the wide-brimmed hats, outrageous shoes, and all-weather turtlenecks that have made her an inspiration to anyone who cherishes truly individual style-and catnip to paparazzi worldwide. She recounts her experiences with the many men in her life-including Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, and Sam Shepard-shows how our ideals of beauty change as we age, and explains why a life well lived may be the most beautiful thing of all. Wryly observant and as fiercely original as Diane Keaton herself, ‘Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty’ is a head-turner of a book that holds up a mirror to our beauty obsessions-and encourages us to like what we see.” *

* Book jacket/publisher description

-Senior Librarian Ann Bradley is branch manager Captiva Memorial Library.