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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Afternoon Book Discussions/July through December 2015

     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:

 July 15th                       Registration begins June 17th
The City of Falling Angels
Written by John Berendt
          Traces the aftermath of the 1996 Venice Opera House fire, an event that devastated Venetian society and was investigated by the author, who through interviews with such locals as a suicidal poet, a surrealist painter, and a master glassblower learned about the region’s rich cultural history.

August 19th                 Registration begins July 15th
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
Written by Anthony Bourdain
         A New York City chef who is also a novelist recounts his experiences in the restaurant business and exposes abuses of power, sexual promiscuity, drug use, and other secrets of life behind kitchen doors.

September 16th            Registration begins August 19th
Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker
Written by Jennifer Chiaverini
         Presents a fictionalized account of the friendship between Mary Todd Lincoln and her dressmaker Elizabeth Keckley, a former slave.

October 21st                Registration begins September 16th
Defending Jacob
Written by William Landay
         When his fourteen-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student, assistant district attorney Andy Barber is torn between loyalty and justice as facts come to light that lead him to question how well he knows his own son.

November 18th            Registration begins October 21st
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin
Written by Erik Larson
         Documents the efforts of the first American ambassador to Hitler’s Germany, William E. Dodd, to acclimate to a residence in an increasingly violent city where he is forced to associate with the Nazis while his daughter pursues a relationship with Gestapo chief Rudolf Diels.

December 16th             Registration begins November 18th
What Alice Forgot
Written by Liane Moriarty
         Suffering an accident that causes her to forget the last ten years of her life, Alice is astonished to discover that she is thirty-nine years old, a mother of three children, and in the midst of an acrimonious divorce from a man she dearly loves.



Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Outdoor Projects: Books to Inspire You

                        Prepare your yard for a staycation this summer when you create one or several outdoor projects as described in these books.
            The Bartlett Book of Garden Elements: a Practical Compendium of Inspired Designs is written by Michael and Rose Bartlett. Michael, now deceased, and Rose traveled the world for thirty years in search of unique garden ornamentation that is now documented with the information and colorful photos in this book. Examples of fences, fountains, and furniture, to stairs, sundials, and swimming pools, and more are given.
            Mosaic Garden Projects: Add Color to Your Garden with Tables, Fountains, Birdbaths, and more is written by Mark Brody and Sheila Ashdown. Here they present 25 projects that range in easy to advanced ability level. Tools, supplies, materials, and techniques are described and templates are provided. Color photos complement the text.
            The Backyard Homestead Book of Building Projects is written by Spike Carlsen. Carlsen, an expert woodworker, and former editor of Family Handyman, provides illustrated instructions for 76 projects that promote a sustainable lifestyle. Some of these projects cover harvesting and food preparation, storage and workspaces, animal shelters and feeders, and more.
            The Complete Guide to Outdoor Carpentry: Complete Plans for Beautiful Backyard Building Projects is a Black & Decker publication. Step-by-step instructions are given for more than 30 projects, including chairs, tables, benches, swings, and more. All are accompanied by color photos.
            Outdoor Wood Projects: 24 Projects You Can Build in a Weekend is written by Steve Cory. The projects are easy-to-do and include complete illustrated instructions. Construct planters, trellises, window boxes and outdoor furniture; some made from new wood, others from reclaimed wood or bamboo for extra savings.  

Monday, June 8, 2015

Alternative Diets

            Here are some more diet and cookbooks featuring healthy foods, as selected by librarian Nicole. Two books are based on the Paleo diet, and the other three on juicing.

            Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans, written by Michelle Tam, offers a variety of family-friendly Paleo recipes as well as strategies for stocking the pantry, feeding kids, maximizing flavor, and saving time in the kitchen.

            The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat, written by Loren Cordain, presents a breakthrough nutrition program based on eating the foods we were genetically designed to eat – lean meats and fish and other foods that made up the diet of our Paleolithic ancestors.

            The Blender Girl: Super-Easy, Super-Healthy Meals, Snacks, Desserts and Drinks is written by Tess Masters. This debut cookbook from the powerhouse blogger behind, features 100 gluten-free, vegan recipes for smoothies, meals, and more made quickly and easily in a blender.

            The Joy of Juicing: 150 Imaginative, Healthful Juicing Recipes for Drinks, Soups, Salads, Sauces, Entrees, and Desserts is a creative collection of juicing recipes from award-winning broadcast journalist and bestselling author Gary Null.

            The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet: Lose Weight, Get Healthy and Feel Amazing is written by Joe Cross. He gives readers all the tools they need to embark on their own journey to health and wellness, including inspiration and encouragement, recipes, and diet plans.