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Patron Page Turners is a new way to build a stronger sense of community between patrons throughout North Carolina and the library. With Patron Page Turners, patrons can share their thoughts and feelings about different books they read and make recommendations of what books to read next. For added inspiration, there are also some collected staff reviews included.

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Latest Review by You (Our Patrons)

Latest Review by You (Our Patrons)

Bob the street cat high-fives his official biographer James Bowen on the publication of their new book.

A Street Cat Named Bob and How He Saved My Life by James Bowen

Much has been written about the relationship between humans and animals. Therapy dogs go to nursing homes, and dogs help people who are blind or have other disabilities. Dogs sniff out drugs and help find lost people for law enforcement. They ease life for returning veterans suffering PTSD. Some research has even shown that petting an animal can lower blood pressure. But what can a CAT do?

It seemed that the cat Bob’s fur wasn’t quite right the night James Bowen found him on the doorstep of one of the apartments in his building. But then James wasn’t quite right either. He was living in supported housing and visiting the pharmacist each day for his fix of methadone. He worked as a musician in the streets of London, living on money people threw into his guitar case. But Bob changed all of that in ways James never could have imagined.

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Latest Collected Reviews by Staff

Latest Collected Reviews by Staff

The Storyteller’s Secret: From TED Speakers to Business Legends, Why Some Ideas Catch On and Others Don’t

By Carmine Gallo - DB084509

Carmine Gallo’s book, The Storyteller’s Secret: From TED Speakers to Business Legends, Why Some Ideas Catch On and Others Don’t, is truly easy to understand and also entertaining. Gallo proves that successful communication is found in the power of storytelling. Facts and data aren’t enough to influence people, but effective storytelling works because the human brain is hard-wired to love stories.

The Storyteller’s Secret shares the storytelling strategies that many have used, in business, philanthropy, government, or in personal life. The book demonstrates the successes that famous and not-so-famous people have achieved by using these storytelling strategies. The book also shows how to use your past adversities to your advantage. By changing how you view your past, you can use your setbacks to create your own successes.

The Storyteller’s Secret is a fun and informative read in 37 short chapters that will empower you to achieve your goals by showing you how to tell your own story.


Happiness is a Choice You Make: Lessons from a Year Among the Oldest Old

By John Leland - DB090123

New York Times reporter John Leland was assigned to follow six people, ages 85 and up, for a year. Initially, Leland expected to compile a story of challenges and loneliness. Instead, he came away inspired, and with a whole new plan for living his own life. Happiness is a Choice you Make: Lessons from a Year Among the Oldest Old is the engaging result of his study.

Leland states that to be happy, you just have to think like an old person. Through the lives of his six subjects, he shows us that “Happiness is about perspective,” and “Wonder is a choice too.” These six elders, taking their own challenges in stride, show us how to embrace life at any age by maximizing today.

Happiness is a Choice You Make is an uplifting and rewarding guide for people of all ages. Caregivers for the elderly will also find this a useful and relevant book. Others will find it a wonderful read.

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