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Friday, November 20, 2009

Afternoon Book Discussions

Join us once a month, on a Wednesday afternoon from 1:00 to 2:00 pm, to discuss a fiction or non-fiction book selection. Coffee, tea and cookies are served. Books are available at the Circulation Desk four weeks before the discussion date. Our schedule is:

January 20th
"The Senator’s Wife" by Sue Miller

February 17th
"The Nanny Diaries" by Emma McLaughlin

March 17th
"The Omnivore’s Dilemma: a Natural History of Four Meals" by Michael Pollan

April 21st
"West of Then: A Mother, a Daughter and a Journey Past Paradise" by Tara Bray Smith

May 19th
"Snow in August" by Pete Hamill

June 16th
"The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story" by Diane Ackerman

Recipes for a Tasty Christmas

Here are three cookbooks to help you prepare for the Christmas holiday season.

“Christmas Cookies: 50 Recipes to Treasure for the Holiday Season” is a collection of a variety of Christmas cookies, along with guidelines on the baking, storage, and mailing of them. There also is information on how to host a holiday cookie swap and a cookie-decorating party.

“Southern Living Christmas Cookbook: All-New Ultimate Holiday Entertaining Guide” presents more than 350 holiday recipes, from appetizers to desserts, as well as 32 menus for the holidays and for parties during the rest of the year. You can host dinners, brunches, buffets, cocktail parties and more.

“Woman’s Day Christmas Cookies, Candies and Cakes” includes an abundance of recipes, with accompanying color photos, of a variety of shaped, drop and bar cookies along with those for cakes and candies.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Recent Book Selections by Staff

Children of Dust: A Memoir of Pakistan, written by Ali Eteraz, is the story of the evolution of the author’s Muslim beliefs. Born into a Pakistani fundamentalist family, he immigrates to the United States as a teen and then returns later to Pakistan, but returns again to the U.S. after his life is threatened. Eteraz explores how his fundamentalist Muslim beliefs have taken a more moderate turn.

The Code Book: The Evolution of Secrecy from Mary Queen of Scots to Quantum Cryptography, written by Simon Singh, is an account of the use of encryption and cryptography throughout history.

Excuses Begone!: How to Change Lifelong, Self-Defeating Thinking Habits by Dr. Wayne Dyer, is a guide to getting unstuck from all of the excuses that keep you from reaching your life goals.

Hardball, by mystery writer Sara Paretsky, features another adventure for female detective V.I. Warshawski. This time, she is involved with missing people, one who has been gone for forty years and other more recent cases.

One of Those Malibu Nights, written by Elizabeth Adler, combines mystery and romance, detectives and movie stars. A search for missing persons takes P.I. Mac Reilly from southern California, to Mexico, to the streets of Rome and the French countryside.