MedlinePlus: Current Quality Health Information For You Free!

Today there is much online information available on health and medical conditions, but is the information from a trusted source? Since 1998, MedlinePlus is such a source which is available anywhere, anytime, and for free—with no advertisements!

MedlinePlus is an online health information resource for patients, their families and their friends. It is a service provided by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest medical library and a part of the prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH). Information is provided in both English and Spanish. The information is free, comprehensive, and links to a worldwide array of other resources (e.g. support groups, videos, clinical trials).

The web site includes Health Topics, Medical Tests, a Medical Encyclopedia, Drugs & Supplements, Healthy Recipes, and much much more. All is kept current, and one can sign up to get updates. Links are included to, journal articles, and how to find an expert.

This resource could be the first place you go after you speak to your doctor…maybe the last, too, for follow up. Take a minute and follow the link to check out the page yourself.

Here (below) is an example of some of the information on the coronavirus:

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Staff Picks Added For 2019: Ck Them Out!

More than 50 book titles are now designated the 2019 Staff Picks at the North Castle Library and may be found in the curated collection.  Curated is a fancy word for staff choices.  This collection is located to the right of the main circulation desk in Armonk. How many you have read?*    Check them out! 

  1. Give Me Your Hand(Abbott, Megan)     FIC
  2. The Pianist from Syria: A Memoir (Ahmad, Aeham)     B AHMAD
  3. House of Spirits (Allende, Isabel)      FIC
  4. Words of My Father: Love and Pain in Palestine (Bashir, Yousef Khalil)     B BASHIR
  5. November Road (Berney, Louis)      FIC
  6. The Fledgling (Butler, Octavia)     SCI FIC
  7.  I Had to Survive: How a Plane Crash in the Andes Inspired My Calling to Save Lives (Canessa, Dr. Robert) 363.124 C
  8. The Luminaries (Catton, Eleanor) FIC
  9. To Be Taught, If Fortunate (Chambers, Becky) SCI FIC
  10. Verax: The True Story of Whistleblowers, Drone Warfare, and Mass Surveillance  (Chatterjee, Pratap) GN 327.1273
  11. Odysseus Abroad (Chaudhuri, Amit)     FIC
  12. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (Clarke, Suzanna) FIC
  13. The Water Dancer: A Novel (Coates, Ta-Nehisi) FIC
  14. Passage (Cronin, Justin) FIC
  15. Dutch girl: Audrey Hepburn and WWII (Dotti, Luca/Matzen, Robert) B Hepburn
  16. Rebecca (DuMaurier, Daphne) CLASSICS
  17. Riding the Elephant: A Memoir of Altercations, Humiliations, Hallucinations, and Observations (Ferguson, Craig)  (B Ferguson)
  18. Outlander (Gabaldon, Diana) FIC
  19. Fire Sermon (Haig, Francesca) SCI FIC
  20. Healthy Eating, Healthy World: Unleashing the Power of Plant-based Nutrition (Hicks, J. Morris) Non-fiction
  21. Their Eyes Were Watching God (Hurston, Zora Neale) CLASSICS
  22. A Doll’s House (Ibsen, Henrik) 839.82 I (also available in Project Gutenberg)
  23. An American Marriage (Jones, Tayari) FIC
  24. Pachinko (Lee, Min Jim) FIC
  25. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (Levitt, Steven) 330 L
  26. Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother (McBride, James) B McBRIDE
  27. The Good Lord Bird (McBride, James) FIC
  28.  Dreamsnake (McIntyre, Vonda) SCI FIC
  29. Red, White and Royal Blue (McQuiston, Casey) FIC
  30. Delta of Venus (Nin, Anais) FIC
  31. Library Book (Orlean, Susan) 027.479 O
  32. The Dutch House (Patchett, Ann) FIC
  33. Nineteen Minutes (Piccoult, Jodi) FIC
  34. The Overstory: a Novel (Powers, Richard) FIC
  35. River of Fire (Prejean, Sister Helen) B PREJEAN
  36. Daisy Jones and the Six (Reid, Taylor Jenkins) FIC
  37. A Woman Is No Man (Rum, Etat) FIC
  38. Incomplete Book of Running (Sagal, Peter) 796.425 S
  39. Strong Poison (Sayers, Dorothy) MYST
  40. Accidental Veterinarian: Tales From a Pet Practice (Schott, Philipp) 636.089 S
  41. An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11 yo Panhandler, A Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny (Schroff, Laura)      974.71 S
  42. Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (See, Lisa)      FIC
  43. Murder Wears a Little Black Dress (Sennefelder, Debbie)  (see reference librarian)
  44. Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks(Skloot, Rebecca) 616.027 S
  45. Secrets Between Us (Umrigar, Thrity) FIC
  46. The Third Hotel (Van Den Berg, Laura) FIC
  47. The Temple of My Familiar (Walker, Alice) (see reference librarian)
  48.  In a Dark Dark Wood (Ware, Ruth) FIC
  49. The Martian (Weir, Andy) SCI FI
  50. The Summer Wives (Williams, Beatriz) FIC
  51. Robopocalypse (Wilson, Daniel H)  (see reference librarian)
  52. Before We Were Yours (Wingate, Lisa) FIC
  53.  Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate (Wohlleben, Peter) 582.16 W

*Note: hyperlinks may have purchase information, but know that your local library system should have them for you!

Memoirs: Best of the Best…Then and Now

Memoir is a form of biography, an historic account written from personal knowledge.  An autobiography is a chronological retelling of one’s own experience, while a memoir provides a less formal, more specific timeline and an intimate relationship to the writer’s memories, relationships, feelings and emotions.  Gore Vidal explains it as,  “A narrative, or how one remembers one’s own life, while an autobiography is history, requiring facts and documentation.” (from Palimpsest, 1995).

Today there are many lists of outstanding memoirs.  The most recent may be The New York Times Book Review (July 14, 2019) article entitled, “The 50 Best Memoirs of the Past 50 Years.”  Three editors (Dwight Garner, Parul Seghal and Jennifer Szalai) culled the list and explain their choices in an online video.  Only the top 25 choices were ranked, with the remaining 25 items in alphabetical order by author.

The ranked list (below) includes memoirs from the North Castle Library collection, with recent titles added.  As always, readers are encouraged to share their favorites with us!

  1. Woman Warrior, Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts, by Maine Hong Kingston(1976) (2)
  2. Hitch-22, A Memoir, by Christopher Hitchens (2010) (5)
  3. Palimpsest, A Memoir, by Gore Vidal (1995) (7)
  4. Dreams From My Father, A Story of Race and Inheritance, by Barack Obama (1995) (10)
  5. Patrimony, by Philip Roth (1991) (11)
  6. A Tale of Love and Darkness, by Amos Oz (2004) (14)
  7. Wave, by Sonali Deraniyagala (2013) (19)
  8. Hold Still, A Memoir With Photographs, by Sally Mann (2015) (22)
  9. Country Girl, A Memoir, by Edna O’Brien (2013) (23)
  10. Persepolis, the Story of a Childhood, by Marjane Satrapi (2003) (24)
  11. Experience, by Martin Amis (2000) (27)
  12. Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2015) (31)
  13. Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion (2005) (32)
  14. Barbarian Life: A Surfing Life, by William Finnegan (2015) (33)
  15. Personal History, by Katharine Graham (1997) (34)
  16. Thinking in Pictures, And Other Reports From My Life with Autism, by Temple Grandin (1995) (35)
  17. Autobiography of a Face, by Lucy Grealy (1994) (36)
  18. Priestdaddy, by Patricia Lockwood (2017) (41)
  19. H is for Hawk, by Helen Macdonald (2015) (42)
  20. Color of Water, A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother, by James McBride (1996) (43)
  21. Angela’s Ashes, by Frank McCourt, (1996) (44)
  22. Life, by Keith Richards (2010) (46)
  23. My Lives, by Edmund White (2006) (48)
  24. Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson (2012) (49)

More recent titles added by Staff:

  1. Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover (2018)
  2. Becoming, by Michelle Obama (2018)
  3. Hillbilly Elegy, A Memoir of a Family and Culture In Crisis, by J.D. Vance (2016)
  4. Nanaville: Adventures in Grandparenting, by Anna Quindlen (2019)
  5. Not My Father’s Son, A Memoir, by Alan Cummings (2014)
  6. Born a Crime, Stories From a South African Childhood, by  Trevor Noah (2016)

The Library would love to learn your personal favorite; let us hear from you!

Diana Cunningham

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