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Nancy's Notes - January 13, 2010

"The Boy from Baby House 10" by Alan Philps & John Lahutsky, "Beyond Alzheimer's" by Scott D. Mendelson, M.D., Ph.D, "True Compass" by Senator Edward Kennedy

We were closed one day last week because of blizzard conditions. Before making a trip to the library on those terrible days, please remember to call ahead to make sure we are open. This is the first year since I've worked at the library that we have closed an entire day because of weather.

This week I have a variety of non-fiction books that readers might enjoy. The first, "The Boy from Baby House 10", begins in Russia in 1990.  A boy named Vanya suffers from cerebral palsy after being born prematurely.  Several months later, he is abandoned by his mother and sent to an orphanage called Baby House 10.  There his childhood was taken away from him.  Vanya entered a nightmare world, confined to one room, he was ignored by the staff and labeled an "imbecile".  Vanya was consigned, for a time, to a mental asylum where he was kept in an iron-barred crib, lying in his own waste.  Even his dire surroundings didn't destroy his spirit.  He reached out to everyone around him.  Several of those he touched began a campaign to find him a home.  Through many twists of fate, Vanya is brought to the attention of single woman living in the United States.  After a lot of red tape, she adopted Vanya and gave him a home of his own.

Scott D. Mendelson, M.D., Ph.D, has written "Beyond Alzheimer's", which dicusses causes and treatments of Alzheimer's disease.  He believes that Alzheimer's is one of several types of dementia.  Rather than being a result of aging, Mendelson believes dementia is primarily the result of bad diet, stress, lack of mental and physical exercise, and poor lifestyle choices.  He explains how the brain ages and the various methods for diagnosing dementia as well as how it can be misdiagnosed if a person has suffered a head injury or stroke, has a vitamin deficiency, or is taking a medication with side effects.  The book recommends herbs and vitamins to delay dementia.  He also makes suggestions for commonsense lifestyle changes.

The public has always been fascinated by the Kennedy family.  Senator Edward Kennedy tells his story in "True Compass".  Edward was the youngest of nine children born to Joseph Kennedy and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy.  As a young man, he played a key role in the presidential campaign of his brother, John.  In 1962 he was elected to The U.S. Senate.   Kennedy re-creates life with his parents and brothers and explains their impact on his life.  He talks of a life that has been marked by tragedy and perseverance, a love of family, and an abiding faith.

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