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Click for availability and more information 100 Simple Things You Can Do To Prevent Alzheimer's and Age-related Memory Loss, by Jean Carper
I'd been talking with a patron one day about age and memory loss. She returned to the desk a short time later with Jean Carper's book 100 Simple Things You Can Do To Prevent Alzheimer's and Age-related Memory Loss. I decided to take a look. The book explains how this disease ravages the brain. The good news is there are things we can do to prevent, or at least ward off, the onset. Exercise and diet are key to preventing the plaques from building up in the brain and interfering with memory. There are also supplemental drugs you can take to turn the tables in your favor. You can use certain brain exercises to keep your brain healthy. Internet searching has also been credited with helping since it involves quick, frequent decision making. People who develop Alzheimer's carry a certain gene. This doesn't mean they'll get Alzheimer's - only that they are more prone. As the author states, the more you know about the disease and ways to prevent it, the better are your chances of avoiding it. Everyone should read this book to protect their health and quality of life.

Click for availability and more information Lisbon: War in the Shadows of the City of Light, 1939 - 1945, by Neill Lochery
While the role of Portugal in World War II might be considered minor by many, Neill Lochery, in his new book Lisbon: War in the Shadows of the City of Light, 1939 - 1945, has written an interesting account about how Portugal did manage to remain neutral during that conflict. The Portuguese government faced many issues threatening that avoidance of war involvement : mainly the possible invasion from Spain or Germany into its territory. Portugal has a great natural resource with its wolfram (tungsten) supply, which was a much-needed element in the manufacturing of armaments. Leading the Portuguese government was Antonio de Oliveira Salazar. He began as Portugal's finance minister and then became Prime Minister from 1932 until 1968. Salazar ruled as virtual dictator and guided Portugal through the tricky diplomatic waters of maintaining its neutrality during the war years. Salazar played both the Axis and the Allies against each other with its wolfram trade as well as other political issues.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the war years in Portugal was the collection of refugees and personalities that sought safety there. For many escaping the Germans, Lisbon was the port from which they left for foreign shores. Even the Duke and Duchess of Windsor found temporary refuge there after leaving Nazi-occupied France. Another notable character floating around Lisbon, as an intelligence office for the British government, was Ian Fleming, who gained widespread fame as the writer of the James Bond books after the war. Thus, especially for those who are interested in lesser-known aspects of the World War II years in Europe, Lisbon is a very enjoyable read.

Guinea Dog

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Click for availability and more information Guinea Dog, by Patrick Jennings
When his mother brings home a guinea pig instead of the dog he has always wanted, fifth-grader Rufus is not happy. But the new family pet "Fido" acts exactly like a dog, not a guinea pig!

My Life as a Book

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Click for availability and more information My Life as a Book, by Janet Tashjian
Summer is finally here, and Derek Fallon is looking forward to having fun. But his parents decide to send him to Learning Camp in hopes that he will finish his summer reading. As Derek forms unexpected friendships and uncovers a family secret involving himself, he realizes summer vacation may turn out better than he expected.

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