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Banned Book Week 9/30-10/6, 2012

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September 30th through October 6th, 2012, marks the annual celebration of the freedom to read known as Banned Book Week. This year also marks the thirtieth anniversary of the celebration, three decades of liberty and the first amendment. You too can celebrate by picking up a challenged or banned book from your local library.

Below is a list of the ten most frequently banned or challenged books in the United States in 2011, as reported to the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom. All of these books are freely available in the Milwaukee library system.


1. ttyl; ttfn; and l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
These books follow three friends, Zoe, Maddie, and Angela, as they IM one another about their day-to-day experiences, feelings, and plans through their high school years.


2. The Color of Earth series, by Kim Dong Hwa
This Korean graphic novel chronicles the lives of a single mother and her daughter in rural Korea, and is a moving and evocative look at love as seen through the eyes of one feeling it for the first time and another who longs to savor it once more.

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3. The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.
Also see our previous reviews here and here.

mymomcover.jpg4. My Mom's Having A Baby! A Kid's Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler
Elizabeth's mom is having a baby, and the whole family is involved. Elizabeth learns all about the baby's development, and she traces his growth, month by month. She learns how the baby got inside Mom, too.

5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.


6. The Alice Series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
A series of books that follow young Alice McKinley from elementary school all the way through high school, exploring various themes of relationships, dating, sex, friendship, life problems, families, religion, and understanding.


7. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Huxley's classic prophetic novel describes the socialized horrors of a futuristic utopia devoid of individual freedom.


8. What My Mother Doesn't Know, by Sonya Sones
A series of poems reflect the thoughts and feelings of Sophie, a fifteen-year-old-girl, as she describes her relationships with a series of boys and as she searches for Mr. Right.

gossipgirlbooks.jpg9. Gossip Girl Series, by Cecily Von Ziegesar
The series revolves around the lives and romances of the privileged teenagers at the Constance Billard School for Girls, an elite private school in New York City's Upper East Side. The books primarily focus on best friends Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen, whose experiences are among those chronicled by the eponymous gossip blogger.

10. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, Scout, as her father, Atticus Finch -- a crusading local lawyer-- risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.

For more information and lists on frequently challenged books, check out the ALA's website on banned and challenged books.

The above annotations are in part from our catalog or the readers' advisory database NoveList.

Tim @ Central

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The Damned Busters by Matthew Hughes

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damnedcover.jpgWhen confronted with an accidentally summoned demon offering him his hearts desires for the low-low price of his soul, Chesney Anstruther makes the one decision you wouldn't expect. He says no. Thus begins The Damned Busters, a fun little romp by Matthew Hughes and the first in his To Hell and Back trilogy. Chesney is by all accounts a nerdy loser, an actuary who has no real friends, no love life, a tiny apartment and his only passions being numbers, pornography, and comic books. Yet his chance encounter with the demons of hell starts him on a strange and curious path to finally fulfilling his greatest dream: Chesney gets to don a cape and cowl and start fighting crime as the heroic Actionary. But when your powers come from a negotiation with the denizens of hellfire and brimstone, not everything goes as you plan, and it turns out other people can broker deals with the devil for their more nefarious dreams.

Matthew Hughes' book is humorous, light-hearted, and irreverent in its bizarre mish-mashing of Faustian and caped crusader tropes. While low on character development (especially in terms of the few female characters of the book), the pace is swift and the dynamics of heaven, hell, and humanity keep the book interesting. Indeed, when the politics of the divine and demonic are front and center, the book is at its most thoughtful and original, Chesney's crime fighting career is sadly an exercise in common chauvinistic male fantasy. Overall, however, Hughes' writing provides an amply quick and fun read. The premise has a lot of promise. The first sequel, Costume Not Included, is already published and the final volume of the trilogy is on the way.

Tim @ Central

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It may sound odd but I've always wondered what I would do if I was stranded in a foreign country. I can speak English and fumble my way through French and Italian. However, speaking the language isn't necessarily going to help if you have run out of money, have nothing to eat and nowhere to sleep. For example in 2010 after Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted people were stranded in airports everywhere. Would I have been able to manage an extended stay so far away from home?

In One Foot in Front of the Other Ann Webb documents the events that took place after she found herself stranded in an European airport. With her vacation coming to an end, her flight home was cancelled due to an AirFrance pilot strike. Webb had a limited budget and could not afford to purchase a higher priced ticket for a flight home -- she was suddenly stranded and homeless in Paris, France. She was forced to sleep outside and struggle to find work, food and shelter in the face of harsh challenges before tapping inner strengths to salvage her life.

Valerie @ MPL Central

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Restless in the Grave by Dana Stabenow

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When Alaskan billionaire Finn Grant's plane crashes, state trooper Liam Campbell suspects foul play. There is no shortage of suspects but only Liam's wife has threatened Grant's life publically. Liam hires private investigator Kate Shugak to shift through Grant's complicated personal and business dealings to discover the truth. The beauty, harshness and individuality of Alaska make a great backdrop for Restless in the Grave, Stabenow's latest enthralling mystery featuring Aleut private investigator Kate Shugak and Alaska State Trooper Liam Campbell.

Fran @ Bay View

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Which Book Next? Oct 3, 2012 11am to 3pm

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FDR and Chief Justice Hughes by James F Simon


President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's plan to bring the United States out of the Great Depression depended heavily on the New Deal initiatives of his first term. Programs such as Social Security and bank deposit insurance reshaped Americans' lives, but many other New Deal programs were ruled unconstitutional by a conservative Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes. This set the stage for FDR's "court-packing" plan, whereby additional seats, filled by his nominees, would be added to the Supreme Court, tipping the balance in favor of the administration's New Deal. In FDR and Chief Justice Hughes: The President, the Supreme Court, and the Epic Battle Over the New Deal, Simon details the personalities behind one of the most decisive political battles of Roosevelt's presidency.

Chris @ Bay View

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Wonder by R J Palacio


When ten year old August was little, he wore a space helmet to go outside so people wouldn't stare at the facial anomalies he was born with. But when he enters the fifth grade at Beecher Prep, he must find the strength to face others and in doing so, teach them about the importance of acceptance and kindness. Check catalog for availability.

Fran @ Bay View

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Various Positions by Martha Schabas


Various Positions is a disturbing, well written first novel told from the point of view of Georgia. Georgia is a fourteen year old ballet student, focused on maintaining an excessively lean dancer's body. She also encourages a friend to engage in starving to the point of anorexia. The theme of uneven power relationships between older men and younger women is reflected in the dysfunctional marriage of Georgia's parents, and her own unhealthy fixation on her harsh ballet instructor, Roderick, aka "The Rodemizer."

Deb H @ Bay View

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The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain


Have you ever wondered how awesome it would be if you had been born into royalty or had rock star parents and never had to worry about paychecks, rent or gas prices? Have you wished your boss or the President could walk a day in your shoes? Be careful what you wish for because the grass is always greener...

Mark Twain personally knew about both sides of the poverty fence and if anyone could write a humorous satire about such a heavy topic, it's him.

Published in 1881, The Prince and the Pauper is a role reversal tale about two similar looking boys trading places in society and the lessons they both learn. The novel satirizes English royalty and highlights the plight of the poor in England during the 1500s. Twain could write some pretty funny scenes about heavy subjects and make them enjoyable for everybody.

It's a shame Charles Dickens wasn't alive to read this novel. I think Twain may have been a tad influenced by Oliver Twist and David Copperfield while writing this novel. Though this novel is set in 1547 England, the storyteller's voice is distinctly Twain, and you can't get more American than that.

The Prince and the Pauper is fun for readers of all ages and backgrounds.

Dan @ Central

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Frank Zeidler Centennial


Frank Zeidler, Milwaukee's most recent Socialist mayor, would have celebrated his 100th birthday on September 20th, 2012. He wrote about serving as mayor (1948-1960) in A Liberal in City Government: My Experiences as Mayor of Milwaukee. It primarily focuses on the 1948 election, the day-to-day aspects of governing, the annexation drive that doubled Milwaukee's land size for population growth and economic development, and unsuccessful efforts for a metropolitan government to reduce duplicate units of government in the Milwaukee metropolitan area.

Zeidler rode public transit and did not drive, but that did not stop him from supporting expressway planning and construction when he was mayor. James Casey's Mayor Frank P. Zeidler: Transportation Development in Post-War Milwaukee documents how the City took an early lead to build expressways in Milwaukee County. The Department of Public Works (DPW) broke ground on the S. 44th St. (Stadium South) Expressway in 1952. Progress was slow due to lack of federal funding that would not come until the 1956 Interstate highway program and suburban opposition to the city potentially building espressways into the suburbs. Sensing this, the Milwaukee County Expressway Commission took over expressway construction in late 1953 and the East-West Expressway (I-94) was built within the city limits to State Hwy. 100, thus avoiding Wauwatosa and West Allis by a few blocks. Casey also briefly covers Zeidler's unsuccessful efforts to persuade the Common Council to create a Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) or allocate $600,000 to save the last remaining Rapid Transit interurban (light rail) lines to Waukesha and Hales Corners. Photos and materials from the Carl F. and Frank P. Zeidler Papers collection are on display at the Central Library and City Hall.

Van Lingle Mungo

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Oct 4, 2012 at 6 pm Libba Bray at MPL!

divinerscover.jpgTrouble is brewing, you can feel it on the wind! Speaking of trouble, seventeen-year-old spitfire Evie O'Neill proves to be too much for small-town Ohio - after a mysterious, scandalous incident Evie's parents send her to live in New York City (how could life in Manhattan in the Roaring Twenties be a punishment?) with her uncle Will. He runs The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult--also known as "The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies." Evie soon finds herself helping her uncle try to catch a serial killer, but in her quest to bring media attention to the museum (and, of course, herself) seems destined to fall into the crosshairs of some powerful forces. The stories of many other characters and themes of the age wind through this dense and intense introduction to the Diviners series.

Author Libba Bray is coming to MPL! Meet the award-winning author and hear her discuss this new series in Centennial Hall's Loos Room on Thursday, October 4. Doors open at 6; presentation at 6:30, book sale and signing to follow. Program in conjunction with Boswell Books. Come in your best 1920s costume, there will be a contest with prizes!

Mandy @ Central Youth & Community Outreach Services

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Shiloh, 1862 by Winston Groom


Americans were horrified by the more than 5,000 casualties suffered in the first major fighting of the Civil War, at the Battle of Bull Run in 1861, but those losses were eclipsed by the 23,000 dead, wounded, and captured at the Battle of Shiloh. The Union army's victory at Shiloh unleashed a bloodier and more destructive phase of the war and brought Union generals Ulysses S. Grant and William T. Sherman to national prominence, while the Confederate army suffered the crippling loss of general Albert Sydney Johnston. Shiloh, 1862: The First Great and Terrible Battle of the Civil War was published for the 150th anniversary of the battle this year, Groom's account is perfect for the general reader, complementing Shelby Foote's classic narrative of the Civil War.

Chris @ Bay View

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My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf


What would you think if you discovered that one of your high school classmates had murdered and dismembered seventeen men and boys? In this graphic novel, award winning cartoonist Derf recounts his high school years when he not only knew Jeffrey Dahmer but, at times, considered him a friend. In the seemingly harmless high school nerd that Dahmer appeared to be, were there hints of the monster that would emerge? How well do we truly know the people around us? A must read for true crime fans, the book gives insight into the troubled teenage years of one the most heinous killers in history. This is a chilling book about the beginnings of evil.

Fran @ Zablocki

For those interested in a little complementary audiovisual experience with their graphic novel, the documentary The Jeffrey Dahmer Files will be playing at the 2012 Milwaukee Film Festival.
"Jeffrey Dahmer's grisly murders of 17 people shook Milwaukee to its core, even more so because the man seemed so ordinary in person. In this critically acclaimed documentary that debuted at SXSW, filmmaker Chris Thompson gives a voice to a detective, a medical examiner, and a neighbor who came face-to-face with Dahmer and deftly intermingles their stories with archival footage and everyday scenes from Dahmer's life."

It will screen:

Tuesday, Oct 2; 7 pm Oriental Theatre
Sunday, Oct 7; 3 pm Oriental Theatre
Monday, Oct 8; 9 pm Fox-Bay Cinema
Wednesday, Oct 10; 6 pm Fox-Bay Cinema

For more information, see the documentary's website.

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The author of My Friend Dahmer, a chilling graphic novel, recollects a teenage Jeffrey Dahmer in a series of vignettes pulled from memories and extensive research. Derf and his friends made up the "Dahmer Fan Club," treating the future serial killer as an oddball mascot. The author paints a somewhat sympathetic portrait of his former friend, but makes it clear that his sympathy ends with Dahmer's first murder.

Although much has been written about Dahmer, the graphic novel format makes this particular book unique. Derf's minimalistic drawings create a nightmarish atmosphere, and enhance the subject matter rather than trivializing it. Be sure not to skip the 22 pages of plain text the author includes towards the end of the volume. It summarizes the author's research and provides further insight and details to the stories presented earlier in the book. My Friend Dahmer is a quick and fascinating read for fans of true crime stories, and/or graphic novel enthusiasts.

Submitted by Jennifer P. @ Washington Park (5/27/2012)

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Leaving Mundania by Lizzie Stark


Lizzie Stark's Leaving Mundania: Inside the Transformative World of Live Action Role-Playing Games details the author's own trip down the rabbit hole to look at one of the more frowned-upon hobbies in the world. Plunging in headfirst, Stark takes an appropriately immersive effort in learning about this hobby that combines elements of genre fiction, make-believe and the occasional epic battle. A hobby often thought too 'geeky' by other geeks, the author takes a wonderfully kind and yet still journalistic approach to her analyses and efforts. She doesn't merely observe others in the hobby, she participates herself, sharing not only her observations on LARPing but most importantly on the hobbyists themselves. She explores various forms of LARP, from the elves-and-sword fantasy to the Scandinavian artistic and political explorations, and even the immersive training efforts for modern military and historical reenactment, with a keen eye and equally smart prose.

Indeed, while Stark provides a broad picture of the hobby's particular charms and quirks, it is the stories of the individuals she meets that are the real highlight of the book. Seeing these individuals, their backgrounds and personalities and the role their hobby of choice plays in their lives provides a very human and sympathetic face to what is an often derided and ridiculed pastime. Through these people, Stark manages to tell a series of empathetic vignettes in her overall exploration of LARP, creating a page-turning and honest exploration of a compelling subculture and its many facets.

Tim @ Central

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Restoration by Olaf Olafsson


Restoration is a novel about restoring masterpieces in art, both painted and structural. It's set in Tuscany, Italy during World War II. A beautiful woman, Kristin, is found injured along the roadside leading to a mansion on the hillside. This mansion serves as an orphanage and respite to those in need of medical attention. Kristin carries with her a dangerous secret. When another individual, unaware of Kristin's secret, creates his own secret, everyone's lives become threatened by more than just the bombs.

Mary S @ Bay View

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Sept. 26, 2012 at 6:30 pm Tonya Hurley at Bay View Library


Agnes, a suicidal Catholic schoolgirl, Lucy, a notorious teen socialite, and Cecelia, a street musician on her own, are all lost girls who end up in the same emergency room on Halloween evening. They later discover that sometime during their hospital visit, they have been gifted with beautiful bracelets, each with a different amulet. The amulets eventually lead them to a decommissioned church and mysterious, beautiful boy named Sebastian who believes that their destinies are entwined in a battle of good versus evil.

The Blessed is the first book in a trilogy by Hurley, the author of the popular Ghostgirl series and involves readers in the lives of three girls who are somehow connected to martyred saints who lived centuries ago. This book has many interesting twists on the usual supernatural themes.

Tonya Hurley will be at the Bay View Library, Wednesday, September 26th at 6:30 to speak about her new book, The Blessed. Books will be available for purchase; a book signing follows the event.

Fran @ Bay View

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Show Dog by Josh Dean


Whether you're a dog owner, Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show devotee, or fan of Best in Show, you'll enjoy Show Dog: The Charmed Life and Trying Times of a Near-Perfect Purebred, a behind-the-scenes look at a year in the life of Jack, an Australian shepherd on the dog show circuit. As journalist Josh Dean follows Jack and his human entourage, he reports on the training, grooming and travel that go into Jack's development from a beginner to a seasoned show dog. Along the way, you'll learn the history and culture of dog breeding and showing.

Chris @ Bay View

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Please join us Thursday, September 27th, 2012 at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall at 733 N. Eighth Street. Gail Tsukiyama, on tour for her new novel A Hundred Flowers, will enjoy a conversation with her friend, noted Wisconsin author Jane Hamilton. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Advance registration is required; call 414-286-3011 or register online at

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"Let a hundred flowers bloom; let a hundred schools of thought contend."
Mao Tse-Tung issued an invitation to the people of China in 1956. He encouraged them to share their frank opinion of the communist government and of how to create a stronger nation. A Hundred Flowers tells the reality of what happened during the Chinese Cultural Revolution through the fictional experience of one family. Professor Sheng Lee writes a letter expressing concerns about the present and suggestions for a greater China. When the letter is received by Mao's representatives, Lee is taken away for 're-education.' His family home becomes filled with sadness because they know they may never see him again.

Kai Ying, Sheng's wife, manages the household despite missing her husband and worrying about her son. Then, without telling anyone, Sheng's father, Wei, boards a train for Luoyang to find his son. Wei has much to tell him and much to atone for. The solace of family and tradition amidst guilt and secrets is beautifully rendered.

Jacki @ Central

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Big Reads for Small Businesses

Did you know Milwaukee Public Library has an entire collection of books dedicated to helping you start and operate your own business? It's true! We support Milwaukee's small business owners by providing quality information on business topics that range from finance to management. Here are just a few of the books that can make a major impact in your small business:


The Small Business Bible: Everything You Need to Know to Succeed in Your Small Business by Steven D. Strauss

The title says it all! In addition to tips and insider information, this updated edition includes chapters on the latest technology trends and strategies for success during periods of economic volatility. This is a must-read for all small business owners.

Get Financing Now : How to Navigate Through Bankers, Investors, and Alternative Sources for the Capital Your Business Needs
by Charles H. Green

Are you finding the financial planning aspect of your small business daunting? Let Get Financing Now help. With advice on locating funding at any stage of a business cycle, this resource is equally valuable for start-ups and growing businesses.

The New Rules of Marketing and PR : How to Use Social Media, Blogs, News Releases, Online Video & Viral Marketing to Reach Buyers Directly by David Meerman Scott

This Businessweek bestseller has the latest in PR and marketing strategies that will help you harness the power of web-based communication. Includes case studies reflecting successful marketing and PR campaigns.

Learn about even more great business resources by attending one of the library's Starting a Small Business classes. These free drop-in classes are offered monthly at the Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Kristina @ Central

The Rook by Daniel O'Malley


"Dear You, The body you are wearing used to be mine." Through a series of letters to Myfanwy Thomas, from former self Myfanwy Thomas, she must figure out who she is, who betrayed her, and just what on earth is going on. Thomas is a "Rook" in a secret British government organization, there to keep secret from its citizens any supernatural crimes and villainy.

Thomas encounters fascinating co-workers in the Checquy Group, a house-sized cube of flesh, and a closet full of clothes she never would have bought herself (but actually did).

The Rook, a clever debut story from Australian author O'Malley is energetic, suspenseful, and laugh-out-loud funny. It quickly took up residence in my Top 5 favorite books of all time. I actually wouldn't mind hitting my head so I could read it all over again, and be just as enraptured as I was the first time through!

Ali @ Bay View

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Volumes on Vegetables

Are your vegetables are coming in faster than you can eat them? Now is the time to try new recipes for all the fruit and vegetables you are harvesting. If you don't have an urban garden, then get thee to a Farmer's Market. Milwaukee Public Library has a huge selection of cookbooks to provide you with an abundance of ideas to encourage you and expand your repertoire of recipes. If you want to preserve all that freshness, we have some new books that will help, too.

Here are a few:

artofveggiescover.jpgThe Art of Cooking with Vegetables by Alain Passard. Chef and restaurant owner of L'Arpège in Paris presents recipes that are introduced to entice. These will leave you eager to try combinations that are something a bit different but with easily accessible vegetables. Imagine a "summer mosaic of green vegetables" or "a harlequin's garden of vegetables dressed with stuffed dates". Oh Yum! Wine pairings are provided, too.

freshgreencover.jpgThe Fresh and Green Table by Susie Middleton. The author's hope is that you incorporate more vegetables into your meals. You won't miss the meat with these recipes. Don't "Summer-on- a-Pizza" (right now) and "A-Walk-In-the-Woods Pizza" (in fall) sound divine? Very detailed instructions on everything from main dish salads, one dish dinners, eggs and veggies, gratins, gallettes, tarts and veggie pasta sauces should give you perfect-every-time results.

gardengrillcover.jpgThe Gardener and the Grill by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig. Hop on! The garden-to-grill movement is moving fast. Known as the Barbecue Queens, the authors believe grilling gives more flavor and they share recipes for grilling vegetables, breads, greens, and fruit, Vibrant recipes for dressings, marinades and rubs chock full of herbs and spices are unique and designed to enhance the flavors of meats and vegetables alike. Your whole foods have never tasted so good.

herbivoracicover.jpgHerbivoracious by Michael Natkin. By the author of the blog of the same name, come sophisticated vegetarian recipes. Non-vegetarians will find an abundant variety here, too. Cheddar-battered onion rings, anyone?

rawsomelycover.jpgRawsomely Vegan by Mike Snyder. You'll find 300 nutritious, scrumptious, fantabulous recipes to satiate your hunger. Legumes, seeds and nuts are given ample explanations while fourteen chapters cover everything you can imagine: dips, drinks, desserts, salad, soup, smoothies, salads, sauces, spreads, sides, sandwiches and s'more.

zuppecover.jpgZuppe by Mona Talbott. Soup gems from the kitchen of The American Academy in Rome are arranged by season. Peas, peppers, potatoes, zucchini, tomatoes all find a home among these soups. The summer chapter includes three soups that can be served at room temperature and three that should be served cold. Spring's "Minestra Verdissima" (so fun to say that out loud) uses eight vegetables from your garden or market.

For more selections please use or click on these subject headings in our catalog: Cooking (Vegetables), Canning and Preserving, or Cooking Natural Foods. To accompany to all those vegetables you may want to check out all of our great barbecue books, too.

Rebecca D @ Central

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Bad Animals by Joel Yanofsky


When Joel Arnofsky is asked during a radio interview whether having an autistic son has made him a better father, he answers, "God no...all this has made me a worse father." A professional book reviewer, he has sucked up life lessons from classics, modern fiction and memoirs. When his young son Jonah is diagnosed as having autism, Arnofsky clears shelf space for a new set of books, books which "strike chords, ring bells, miss the mark, make no sense, make too much sense". Bad animals: A Father's Accidental Education in Autism, his own "so-called memoir" uses Jonah's year in the fifth grade as a platform for anecdotes both funny and sad, commentary on other books about raising children with autism, and a candid look inside the thoughts of a parent who does not sugarcoat his own stubbornness, frustration, and irritation. Neither does he conceal his love for his "kooky, charming" son. Even though he refers to himself as a defeatist and a quitter, he knows that giving up on Jonah is one luxury he cannot afford.

Anna W @ Central

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Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter by Lloyd Kahn


Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter: Scaling back in the 21st Century is about alternative living spaces, architecture, charming habitats - off the beaten track- such as tree houses, vintage gypsy caravans, and long boats. If one considers taking to a house on wheels or sprucing up a cabin cruiser, this softbound coffee table book is packed with ideas. Loaded with photos, sketches and bits of information about a variety of really tiny shelter - this is not a scholarly work. Nor is it a detailed "how to," but it is a pleasure to vicariously enjoy the folk artistry, and whimsy of the featured homes.

Deb H @ Bay View

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A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash


"They will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover." Mark 16:18. Jess and Christopher Hall (Stump) are brothers in a backwoods North Carolina town. Stump is the first-born, born in the midst of a blizzard that made travel more than difficult given the dirt and gravel roads. Midwife Adelaide Lyle was the one who delivered him, steeped in the traditions and cures of old time folk belief. Stump doesn't speak. But there are secrets that these two brothers share. And there is knowledge of the church and its pastor that Adelaide keeps to herself. But there is a high cost for these secrets. A cost that will change the lives of these townsfolk forever. Check catalog for availability.

Mary @ Bay View

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