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Ben Behind His Voices: One Family's Journey from the Chaos of Schizophrenia to Hope

Kaye, Randy. Ben Behind His Voices: One Family's Journey from the Chaos of Schizophrenia to Hope. 2011. 616.898 Kaye.R

Ben was an average teenager until his world began to crumble. Unable to focus and diagnosed with ADD, he dropped out of school at the age of 16. He spent the next few years jumping from job to job and misdiagnosis to misdiagnosis. It was finally in his early twenties that Ben was diagnosed with schizophrenia and he and his family began to get the help they desperately needed to heal.

Author Randye Kaye, Ben's mother and a radio personality, writes honestly and with hope of her family's journey through the world of mental illness. 

 Rika G. 



MI-5. 2002-2011. (DVD 791.5472 Mi5).

Originally titled "Spooks," this fast paced, intelligent series about the British internal security service has run for nine seasons on the BBC offering viewers complex plots without relying on flashy explosions, over-long car chases, untempered foul language, and the usual cheap thrills so often used in this genre. Creator David Wolstencroft has put together a superb ensemble cast (Matthew MacFayden, Peter Firth, and Rupert Penry-Jones, to name a few) spot-on dialogue, and original scripting, plus he manages a fine balance between edge-of-your-seat action and the relationship stories of the people who inhabit this spy vs. spy world of high peril, secrets, and lies. Taut, tense, and very addictive. 

Barbara L. (Reader's Services)


The Rocky Road to Romance

Evanovich, Janet. The Rocky Road to Romance. 2004. (Paperbk Romance Evano.J).

Ah, February. Ah, romance. In celebration of Valentines Day and to stretch my reading horizons a bit, I ventured into the paperback romance stacks at EPL. A few pages into one depicting a lady in low-cut Regency gown swooning against a background of gothic architecture on its cover had me rolling my eyes and quickly replacing the book on the shelf. But then I spotted this one by Janet Evanovich, author of the hugely popular "numbered" mystery series featuring bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. Well, I figured, here's an author with a proven talent for character, plot, and pacing that will most likely appeal to someone looking to avoid overwrought writing, bodice ripping, and heavily contrived plots. It was a good pick. Funny, light, and cast with likable characters including a very appealing couch potato of a dog, this has all the earmarks of a good rom-com.

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365 Thank Yous

Kralik, John. 365 Thank Yous. 2010. (179.9 KRA)

John Kralik was at a low point in his life--his business was doing poorly, he was going through a second divorce, and his relationships with his children were precarious, among other problems. During a long walk he assessed his situation and opted for a positive act that might make his life more bearable. He decided to look for opportunities to show gratitude for what he already has, and thus embarked on a personal journey to express thanks to those around him. This simple decision had a profound impact on the author, improved his life, and, he says, led  him to be a better person. This is one of those deceptively short books that could change your whole outlook. (Shira S., Reader's Services)



Bridesmaids. 2011. (DVD 791.4372 Bridesm) 

Yes, reader, I liked this. Despite its raunchy, sometimes "over-the-top" humor, Bridesmaids is funny, smart, and surprisingly touching. Kristin Wiig, who also co-wrote the screenplay, plays Annie, the out-of-work baker who is asked to be maid of honor at her best friend's (Maya Rudolph) wedding. But when the rich and beautiful Helen (Rose Byrne) starts to take over the wedding plans, "stuff" happens. Added to the mix are the other members of the bridal party, including the mother of adolescent sons Rita, newlywed Becca, and the bridegroom's sister Megan (Academy Award nominee Melissa McCarthy). Terrific performances, a witty script, and the message of true friendship take this out of the predictable sitcom realm and make for a very enjoyable and satisfying comedy. (Laura)



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