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Pearl Harbor Remembered

Today marks the 74th anniversary of the surprise attack on Hawaii's Pearl Harbor by the Imperial Japanese Navy. The early morning attack on December 7, 1941 on the U.S. fleet stationed in the harbor, and at Hickam Field where 51 airplanes were on the ground, was the catalyst for the United States' entry into World War II. Nine ships were sunk and twenty-one were severely damaged and nearly half of the airplanes were destroyed or severely damaged. The death toll numbered 2,403 - 1,177 from the battleship Arizona alone.

What We're Watching: December 2015

Don't miss these documentaries.

Good hair [videodisc] by Chris Rock Entertainment [and] HBO Films

Mighty uke [videodisc]: the amazing comeback of a musical underdog by a Tiny Goat film ; written, directed, produced & edited by Tony Coleman & Margaret Meagher

Lights out! [videodisc] by CBC ; written and directed by Michael McNamara ; produced by Judy Holm and Michael McNamara

Route 66 [videodisc]: the ultimate road trip by Greene HD Productions

Wagonmasters [videodisc] by directed by Sam Smartt and Chris Zaluski

New Books on the Biography Shelf

The year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606 by James Shapiro


Life in motion: an unlikely ballerina by Misty Copeland with Charisse Jones


Reckless: my life as a Pretender by Chrissie Hynde


My journey by Donna Karan ; with Kathleen Boyes ; foreword by Barbra Streisand


Joy: poet, seeker, and the woman who captivated C. S. Lewis by Abigail Santamaria


The lost detective: becoming Dashiell Hammett by Nathan Ward

Edmund Fitzgerald 40th Anniversary

November 10 marks the 40th anniversary of the sinking of the iron ore carrier Edmund Fitzgerald. The ship sank in Lake Superior in 1975 killing its crew of 29. The date will be commemorated by several events around the state including those at the Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven, and at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Gallery in Whitefish Point.

The wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Frederick Stonehouse


Mighty Fitz: the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Michael Schumacher


Gales of November: the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Robert J. Hemming

What We're Reading: November 2015

Star Trek fans will want to read The Autobiography of James T. Kirk...  Highly recommend Dissent...it is both a reassuring and disconcerting look at our political history.   A. D. Scott weaves a mystery throughout this novel about of a small Scottish Highland village in 1956.

Native American Biographies

In honor of Native American Heritage Month check out some of the biographies of notable First Americans from the Library's collection, or go to this list for more information.

Tecumseh: a life by John Sugden

Sacajawea by [by] Harold P. Howard

Chief Joseph & the flight of the Nez Perce: the untold story of an American tragedy by Kent Nerburn

Crazy Horse: a Lakota life by Kingsley M. Bray

Pocahontas by Grace Steele Woodward

Native American Heritage Month

birdIn 1990, President George H.W. Bush declared the month of November as "National American Indian Heritage Month", which has come to be commonly referred to as Native American Heritage Month. By either name it is a time of "recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S." The Library's collection is a great place to look for materials about Native Americans and their place in our country's history.

500 nations: an illustrated history of North American Indians by Alvin M. Josephy, Jr. ; based on a documentary filmscript by Jack Leustig, Roberta Grossman, Lee Miller, and William Morgan with contributions by John M.D. Pohl

The Cambridge history of the native peoples of the Americas

Daily life of Native Americans from post-Columbian through nineteenth-century America by Alice Nash and Christoph Strobel

Five Came Back

Five came back: a story of Hollywood and the Second World War by Mark Harris. The extraordinary wartime experience of five of Hollywood's most legendary directors, Frank Capra, John Ford, John Huston, William Wyler, and George Stevens all of whom put their stamp on World War II and were changed forever by it is chronicled by Mark Harris.  

State of the union [videodisc] by Liberty Films presents ; as produced on the stage by Leland Hayward

The man who shot Liberty Valance [videodisc] by Paramount Pictures ; screenplay by James Warner Bellah and Willis Goldbeck ; produced by Willis Goldbeck ; directed by John Ford

The asphalt jungle [videodisc]: the city under the city by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents a John Huston production