Thursday, May 18, 2017

May is...National Bike Month

BICYCLING, 1873. - A quartet of intrepid bicyclists pedaling their way in 1873 from London, England, to John O'Groat's, the northermost point of Scotland. Wood engraving from a contemporary English newspaper.. Fine Art. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. Accessed 9 May 2017.
May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try... National Bike to Work Week 2017 will be held on May 15-19. Bike to Work Day is May 19!
~from The League of American Bicyclists' website

There's still a little time to celebrate National Bike Month with and the Brew Cruise tonight and Bike to Work Day tomorrow, though we missed most of the Duke City Classic, which runs from the 12th - 21st. New Mexico seems to attract cyclists - a local family are bringing mountain biking to TV with a show called Mountainbike Mania (according to New Mexico True, mountain biking has become more popular in the state); new races are being created locally; you can tour "New Mexico Enchanted Lands" with the Adventure Cycling Association (for a fee) or ride in the Tour de Gila; the New York Times even featured an article about cycling Santa Fe a few years ago, and the Santa Fe Reporter just covered women's place in the Outside Bike & Brew. Tourists are reminded to watch out for goatheads!

Search the library catalog for materials about cycling!

What's your experience cycling locally? Let us know any resources we might have missed in the comments!

Local Bicycling Resources


New Mexico Cycling Calendar

Critical Mass Albuquerque  


Ghost Bikes [Duke City Wheelmen]

Bicycling [City of Albuquerque]

This page provides information about biking in Albuquerque. The City of Albuquerque has more than 400 miles of bike paths and trails. Albuquerque promotes healthy and responsible bicycling. Learn about trail etiquette, take a bicycle safety class (adults can can earn a refurbished bike equipped with a bike helmet and a bike lock!), visit the Esperanza Bicycle Safety Education Center - where you can donate a bike or attend an open bike clinic.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Biographers Day

Today is Biographers Day, commemorating the day biographer James Boswell met his subject, Samuel Johnson, in a bookshop in 1763. (See Johnson and Boswell: A Biography of Friendship.) Do you often think about the biographer rather than their subject when checking out a book? Have you ever read the biography because you know the biographer is a good writer? 

We've enjoyed biographies by Peter Ackroyd, Robert Caro, Donald Spoto, Diane Middlebrook, Stephen Ambrose, Stacy Schiff, David McCullough, Nancy Milford, Claire Tomalin, Caroline Moorehead, Lytton Strachey, A. N. Wilson, Brenda Maddox, Antonia Fraser, Lee Server, Amanda Foreman, Alison Weir, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Peter Guralnick. We've put together a list of some of the library's more recent acquisitions below - is there a biographer or biography you'd like to recommend? Let us know in the comments!

Manderley For Ever by Tatiana de Rosnay

Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King


The 20 Best Biographies and Autobiographies of All Time [Telegraph] 

25 Recommendations For Life Changing Biographies For the Voracious Reader In You [Thought Catalog]

11 Must-Read Biographies About Incredible Women [HuffPost]

15 Best Autobiographies Everyone Should Read at Least Once In Their Life [Lifehack]

Best Biographies [Goodreads]

Thursday, May 11, 2017

National Nurses Week

Do you know a nurse? Has a nurse helped you recently? Celebrate nurses and nursing for National Nurses Week - May 6-12 is "Year of the Healthy Nurse." Here's some fiction and non-fiction recommendations for all ages from the library catalog that emphasize the history of modern nursing, stories from the front lines, and the contributions of nurses to society.


Call the Nurse: True Stories of a Country Nurse on a Scottish Isle by Mary J. MacLeod 

I Wasn't Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse edited by Lee Gutkind 

Critical Care: A New Nurse Faces Death, Life, and Everything In Between by Theresa Brown 

Searching for Augusta: The Forgotten Angel of Bastogne [DVD]  

The Nurses: A Year of Secrets, Drama, and Miracles with the Heroes of the Hospital by Alexandra Robbins  

With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin  

In Falling Snow by Mary-Rose MacColl 

Where Night Is Day: The World of the ICU by James Kelly 

Beautiful Unbroken: One Nurse's Life by Mary Jane Nealon  

Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth

Young Adult


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

New & Novel: Mysteries

NANCY DREW COVER, 1930. - 'The Secret of the Old Clock.' 1930 jacket illustration from The Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series by Edward Stratemeyer and Harriet Stratemeyer Adams.. Fine Art. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. Accessed 3 May 2017.
While you're waiting for new titles by Paula Hawkins, Donna Leon, Anne Hillerman, and other bestsellers with long hold lists, why not check out some other mysterious and suspenseful reads you might have missed?


DIS MEM BER and Other Stories of Mystery and Suspense by Joyce Carol Oates

The Whole Art of Detection: Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes by Lyndsay Faye 

What's Become of Her by Deb Caletti

What My Body Remembers by Agnete Friis 

Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham [YA]

I'll Eat When I'm Dead by Barbara Bourland

Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens

I See You by Clare Mackintosh

A Fever of the Blood by Oscar De Muriel 

The Thirst by Jo Nesbo [Harry Hole, 11]

Cold Earth by Ann Cleeves [Shetland, 7]

The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths [Ruth Galloway, 9]

Duplicity by Ingrid Thoft [Fina Ludlow,4]  

Take Out by Margaret Maron [Sigrid Harald, 9]  

The Templars' Last Secret by Martin Walker [Bruno, Chief of Police, 10] 

Glass Houses by Louise Penny [Inspector Gamache, 13] 

Old Bones by Trudy Nan Boyce [Sarah Alt, 2] 

What the Dead Leave Behind by Rosemary Simpson [Gilded Age, 1] 

The Secrets of Gaslight Lane by M.R.C. Kasasian [Gower St. Detective, 4]

Alice and the Assassin by R. J. Koreto [Alice Roosevelt, 1]

The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein [YA; prequel to Code Name Verity]

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Road Trips

Camper under starry sky near Merritt. Photo. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. Accessed 10 Feb 2017.

We've all had the road trip impulse, haven't we? That feeling of wanting to get the heck out of Dodge. To up sticks and seek out a change of climate. Who hasn't heard the siren song of the open road?  We are a nation of migrants, after all - whether it be immigrants coming to America, wagon trains heading west, or the Great Migration. And of course, here in Albuquerque, we live on Route 66 - the Mother Road, with all the travel magic that name invokes.

Writers from Walt Whitman to John Steinbeck to Jack Kerouac have all felt the urge to embark on that much-vaunted voyage of self-discovery, the road trip. Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert took one in It Happened One Night, Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper hit the road in Easy Rider, and Jim Jarmusch's Stranger Than Paradise is a classic of the genre. But there are many reasons to take a road trip, many different routes, many destinations, and the journeys are all different. Take a virtual trip with one of the road trip stories listed below, and get away from it all without leaving the comfort of your armchair.Have you taken a road trip recently? Let us know in the comments!

Le Road Trip: A Traveler's Journal of Love and France by Vivian Swift

Utopia Drive: A Road Trip Through America's Most Radical Idea by Erik Reece

The Trip: Andy Warhol's Plastic Fantastic Cross-Country Adventure by Deborah Davis

Sometimes we actually think we can completely move away from our troubles - that's called a geographic cure, except psychologists would argue that that's no cure at all. For those who don't want to plan a getaway, consider This Is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live. 😊

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Salaam Reads

In 2017, Simon & Schuster will launch the first set of children’s and young adult literature from its new imprint, Salaam Reads. Salaam means “peace” in Arabic, and the goal of the imprint is to highlight literature with a focus on Muslim experiences in the U.S. and around the world...  Salaam Reads will publish books that include well-developed, complex characters; themes of identity negotiation and ordinary kid issues; and narratives that are poignant as well as funny—all of which are intended to affirm a wide range of experiences that are specifically Muslim as well as universally appealing.
~Amina Chaudri, "Books and Authors: Talking With Zareen Jaffrey

We are very interested to check out books from this new imprint! Zareen Jaffrey, the executive editor of Salaam Reads, is interested in sharing the "richness of diversity within the Muslim community that is rarely seen in pop culture," but via stories - books from this imprint "will not contain Islamic education as they’re not a vehicle for teaching Islam; the only requirement for the books on this list is that they have a Muslim main character." There will be about nine releases a year, ranging from picture books to young adult fiction. As Simon & Schuster put it in their press release announcing Salaam Reads, "Children’s books are a fantastic way to get to know our local and global Muslim neighbors." We couldn't agree more, and hope you will take advantage of the new titles in the system, as well as some other Muslim-themed reads recommended by Jaffrey and by library staff.

Salaam Reads Titles

Amina's Voice by Hena Khan

The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi

Related Materials - Picture Books & Juvenile Fiction

The Night of the Moon by Hena Khan 

Sitti's Secrets by Naomi Shihab Nye

Dear Malala, We Stand With You by Rosemary McCarney with Plan International   

Deep in the Sahara by Kelly Cunnane  

The Garden of My Imaan by Farhana Zia 

Shooting Kabul by N.H. Senzai

The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye

The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney

It Ain't So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas 

The Green Bicycle by Haifaa Al Mansour  

Alia's Mission: Saving the Books of Iraq - Inspired By a True Story by Mark Alan Stamaty

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Coping When Things Come Unstuck

When someone you love dies, and you're not expecting it, you don't lose her all at once; you lose her in pieces over a long time—the way the mail stops coming, and her scent fades from the pillows and even from the clothes in her closet and drawers. Gradually, you accumulate the parts of her that are gone.
~John Irving, A Prayer For Owen Meany 

And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.
  ~Haruki Murakami, Kafka On the Shore

"It's darkest before the dawn." "This too shall pass." "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." "Time heals all wounds." Most of us have had faced adversity, in one or the other of its many forms - job burnout, surviving cancer,  mending a broken heart,  loss of a pet, becoming a widow/er, coping with chronic illness - and most of us have heard a lot of platitudes as we try to muddle through the aftermath. Seems like a lot of folks think you should just be getting on with your life, but that's easier said than done. Instead, Buddhist scholar Pema Chödrön suggests:

We think that the point is to pass the test or overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don't really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It's just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.

It can be difficult to buck the expectations of others, or even yourself, and take your time to cope with whatever life has dished out on your plate. Here's a list of books that w hope might help you along your journey. You can find more books on this topic using a subject search of  "Adjustment (Psychology)." Is there a book that has helped you through a crisis? Let us know in the comments.

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice For Difficult Times by Pema Chödrön [eBook]

Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life by Susan David, PhD

Out of the Woods: A Memoir of Wayfinding by Lynn Darling

Addict in the house: a no-nonsense family guide through addiction & recovery by Robin Barnett, EdD, LCSW

Ten Years Later: Six People Who Faced Adversity and Transformed Their Lives bu Hoda Kotb with Jane Lorenzini

The Ten Things To Do When Your Life Falls Apart: An Emotional and Spiritual Handbook by Daphne Rose Kingma  

How to Cope: The Welcoming Approach to Life's Challenges by Dr. Claire Hayes

AfterShock: What To Do When the Doctor Gives You, or Someone You Love, A Devastating Diagnosis by Jessie Gruman [eBook] 

A Widow's Guide to Healing: Gentle Support and Advice For the First 5 Years by Kristin Meekhof, James Windell 

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath