Ferndale Library Staff Recommends: Kathleen's Sensible Selections

Insights on Synesthetes to Soup, and even "Sh*t" someone's dad says, our commendable Library Page Kathleen has quite a blend for this week's recommendations.

Kathleen Hellenberg works the morning shift here at the Library as a Page. We're lucky to have her too, as she has a knack for neatness and organization and has consistently displayed hearteningly dedicated service (not just to the orderliness of our shelves) but to the Library itself, its staff and patrons. 

That, among our regular weekly recommendations, Kathleen's picks really run the gamut - definitely something for everyone here, enjoy: 

Kathleen's Picks

By Kathleen Hellenberg


How refreshing to watch a movie whose male lead does not use violence when confronting the man who had an affair with his wife. George Clooney's character's wife is in a coma following a boating accident and will soon die. He seeks out her lover to give him a chance to pay his last respects. The way he goes about tracking down the lover is filled with heart and humor. He learns much about himself and how to be a good parent to his daughters in the process. We also have the book that the movie is based on.


SH*T MY DAD SAYS by Justin Halpern
814.6 H 

If you are offended by mild swear words, don't even think about reading this book. But if you can get past that, you might enjoy how the author, “In one sweep of a paragraph, ranges from hysterical to disgusting to touching – and does it all seamlessly.” You can read the rest of the above quote, and others, on the back jacket cover. This book is a laugh-out-loud short, fun and funny read.


BLUE CATS AND CHARTREUSE KITTENS: How Synesthetes Color Their World by Patricia Lynn Duffy
 152.1 D

Synesthesia is described as a blending of perceptions, and occurs when one of the five senses is aroused, yet two respond. This author sees letters in colors. She describes her own experiences and that of others with different forms of synesthesia who see the colors of words, numbers or music, or feel the shapes of tastes or touch sensations. She includes scientific information and research that exists regarding the condition. The book is described on the jacket cover as “a must-read for artists, writers, and creative thinkers, as well as science and health buffs, or anyone generally intrigued by the brain, the senses, and perception.”


MY FIRST BOOK OF POLISH WORDS by Katy R. Kudela                  
CHILDREN'S non-fic
J 491.8 K

I grew up in a family where the older generation spoke Polish when they didn't want the younger generation to know what they were saying. This is a great beginning book for learning Polish words. It's one of a series of many “My First” books in various languages now available at the library.


 641.813 T

This book has over 500 recipes for soups, chowders, chilies and stews. There is a full-color photo of one or more of the recipes on each page. Quotes from the creators of each soup are printed above the lists of ingredients. I've already made several of these soups, and will definitely be making more soon.

Ferndale Patch thanks Kathleen Hellenberg and Jeff Milo at the Ferndale Public Library for contributing to Patch! Check back soon for more ideas from library staff. Are you looking for recommendations on something specific? Email jessica.schrader@patch.com, and we'll pass on your questions to the library.


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