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Chill Factor: How a Minor-League Hockey Team Changed a City Forever by David Paitson and Craig Mertz arrives on the shelves in March 2015. The authors claim the team cut a path in the ice leading directly to the Blue Jackets and Sunday's NHL All Star game.
When I hear the word puck, I think of a Shakespearean character so I was surprised to discover how many all stars wore number 9. Maurice Richard, Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull and Wayne Gretzky (he chose 99 because he couldn't get 9). There's even a children's book on that very subject. I'll never hear “Revolution 9” by the Beatles in quite the same way again.
- The Highest Number in the World by Roy MacGregor is about a young hockey player disappointed because she gets jersey number 9
- Mr. Hockey: My Story by Gordie Howe is the recent autobiography of a famous number 9
- Boy on Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard by John Branch. Concussions and sports violence are in the news again because of football. This book looks at hockey.
- Honda, a sponsor the NHL All Star Game, gives car to controversial star Ovechkin to be donated to charity
Secret History of Wonder Woman
Jill Lepore writes a story rich in historical detection about the most popular female superhero of all time while revealing a fascinating family story and history of twentieth-century feminism.
Wonder Woman was created in 1941 by William Moulton Marston. Marston's life was greatly influenced by early suffragists, starting with Emmeline Pankhurst, and including Olive Byrne and Margaret Sanger. Marston and Byrne wrote a regular column for “Family Circle “celebrating conventional family life, even as they themselves pursued lives of extraordinary nonconformity. Marston’s other claim to fame —-he invented the lie detector test.
Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Annie Hewitt is out of options. She returns to her mother’s cottage on Maine’s Peregrine Island with a mountain of debt, no real job prospects, and only her amazing puppet skills to sustain her. Going into a harsh winter, both her future and the landscape look bleak.
The forbidding house at the top of the hill houses a man who traumatized her as a teen, a friend in need, and a little girl who has lost her voice among the waves. In this modern Gothic, Annie’s time on the island will be marked with mystery, romance, thrills, love, and the sense of belonging she has always wanted – from the people she thought least likely to provide it.
2. A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino
Taking place over the span of 24 hours, this inventive novel follows a rotating cast of raucous characters through the snowy streets of Philadelphia. The book centers around Madeline Altamari, an aspiring jazz singer who is nine years old. Left to her own devices after the sudden death of her mother nearly a year ago incapacitates her father, Madeline is smart mouthed, grieving and about to have the adventure of her lifetime on Christmas Eve Eve.
Add Madeline's principal who has it out for her because she is her mama's daughter; her favorite teacher Miss Sarina Green, recently returned to Philly after a divorce; and the owner of the Cat's Pajamas, Lorca, who is facing the club's imminent demise along with several other colorful characters and you have a highly entertaining whirlwind of a novel with a healthy dash of magical realism rounding out the entire affair. It's a small book, and though it can easily be devoured in one sitting it will remain with the reader long after the last, powerful line. A recommended read for music lovers, prose lovers, and really just about anyone with a sense of humor and wonder.