Library Column – May 1, 2008

Have you tried out the downloadable audiobook service? Just go to , click on audio books and then click on downloadable audio. This will take you to the ListenUp! Vermont web-site. Check out the hundreds of audiobooks available to Warren and Waitsfield residents. You do need to get your library card number expanded to 14 digits in order to use the service, so stop in or call the library for help. As an adjunct to this service, we have 4 MP3 players available for loan. These handy gadgets can be checked out for two weeks at a time and I’ll be happy to show you how to download your first book and transfer it to the player. Starting in June the site will work for Mac users and the files will be I-pod compatible. Any questions? Just call us or send an e-mail to


The Secret History of the War on Cancer by Devra Davis. Highly recommended! A dense, challenging read, but a real wake-up call on where the real “junk” science is coming from. The entire plot can be seen in wonderful Herblock cartoon (1977) reproduced on page 198. A scientist is being badgered by a man labeled Gov’t: “Could you hurry and find a cure for cancer? That would be so much easier than prevention.” Behind him are some rather large men carrying portfolios labeled Asbestos industry; Chemical and pesticide industries; Food and drug industries; Polluting industries and Tobacco interests.


The Arraignment by Steve Martini (audio cassettes or book). Lawyer Paul Madriani gets sucked into something that looks like the drug trade, involving Mexican partners, cross-border money laundering and sudden murder. But the real story is a bit more complicated.


New Views of the Solar System from Compton’s by Britannica. The latest science on the nature, composition and organization of our local bit of the cosmos, illustrated and nicely organized. A good companion to our new set of DVDs, The Planets, a four volume exploration on the same topic.


A Guide to Fiction Set in Vermont for Children & Young Adults by Ann McKinstry Micou. Do your children like to read books about Vermont? This wonderful guide will help you track down hundreds of exciting books for children of all ages.


Trouble the Water by Nicole Seitz. A tragic and joyous story set on an island in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Two sisters, divided by secrets, learn to face their despair and open up to life. An older woman who has given up on life struggles back from the brink and a Gullah community offers open-hearted help to three outsiders.


Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal by Ben Macintyre (biographies). A great story for anyone who likes spy novels or World War II novels. This is non-fiction, but the story is totally amazing, the personalities bizarre and fascinating, and the central character, Eddie Chapman, is alternately puzzling, irritating and amusing. Includes some interesting bits about the British Double Cross System and details describing how the Enigma intelligence was actually employed against the Germans.


See you at the library!


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