Friday, October 7, 2016


One of the great joys of visiting the Monrovia Public Library is just browsing the shelves and looking for something that looks good. So whatever your cup of literary tea, take a look on the New Book shelves for some non-fiction books to check out and read.

Even those critical of government institutions enjoy walking out to the mail box and opening it. How the Post Office Created America by Winifred Gallagher is a marvelous history that tells the story of how mail service brought the 13 colonies together and evolved into a service that delivered personal and civic news and encouraged democracy across the U.S. Full of anecdotes and delving into the mechanics of the institution and the jobs of its employees, this is a little-known view of American history. 

A common theme between adult children and their parents is the pained relationship that calls for changing bonds when a parent needs care. In her memoir The Bridge Ladies Betsy Lerner retells the discoveries she makes when she joins her mother’s card club and in the process learns about companionship and how to repair her mother/daughter conflict. This is a touching and funny book for readers who enjoy biographies or are looking to solve their own generational issues.

According to psychologist Angela Duckworth, passion plus persistence (what she calls grit), is the key to achievement. This popular TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) speaker relates in the new book Grit how her research shows that perseverance trumps talent. Empowering readers to go out and succeed, she shares the stories of how determination and perseverance played a role in the success of such individuals as spelling-bee champs and West Point cadets. Grit is one of the hottest new self-improvement books - find it at the library today!

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