Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Up: A Mother and Daughter's Peakbagging Adventure by Patricia Ellis Herr is the story of a mother and her determination to make sure her daughters know they can do what they set their mind to. Patricia and her husband Hugh, a nationally acclaimed hiker in his own right, also want to make sure their children develop a healthy love of nature and all things outdoors. Combine these two things and you have the story of a very young girl determined to summit all of the 4000-footer mountains in New Hampshire (48 in all!). This book is the true story of this journey. It makes me want to go for a hike and as I read the book I felt some pangs of jealousy but also found myself rooting for this spunky young girl who started out when she was only five years old. Does she make it? You'll have to read the book to find out. SG
Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives: The Funky Finds in Flavortown, America's Classic Joints and Killer Comfort Food. Narrated in Fieri's signature vernacular (eg. "Son of Tatum O'Neal!"), the book provides short descriptions and anecdotes from restaurants and eateries around the country -- including Clarkston, Michigan's own Union Woodshop. HM
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
David Sedaris is hilarious! His new book Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls will literally make you laugh out loud. He entertains with stories about his childhood and family, his book tours, and his views about traditional marriage and big-box stores. While his tales start out about him they definitely remind you of someone you know. Sedaris is irreverent, offensive and funny. Maybe growing up with his father had something to do with it. Put on a thick skin and read this book! DB
Marlene Zuk is a professor of ecology, evolution and behavior at the University of Minnesota. She has written Paleofantasy ; What Evolution Really Tells Us About Sex, Diet, and How We Live.
There is much talk recently in magazines and web chatter how we are just not evolved for modern life. Supposedly there was some wonderful hunter-gatherer past that we did well in...we chased game down and didn't eat grains. We ate everything raw and were perfectly suited for our environment.
No, sadly this is a paleofantasy. Zuk argues and quotes many research studies to show that the pace of evolution is not eons long. We are evolving and adapting all the time. "Even assuming we could agree on a time to hark back to, there is the sticky issue of exactly what such an ancestral nirvana was like. Do we use examples of modern day subsistence existence in a few remaining parts of the world?" Or do we speculate, using fossils and bones to construct what that existence was like? As one commenter on a "Paleo" blog says "It is idiotic to model one's behavior on the practices of pre-modern humans on the belief that it will make you live longer, or result in improved quality of life... You are not a pre-modern human. Get over it." Zuk not only is witty about this misconception, she also quotes the newest research in DNA and biology. Fascinating!
Everyone is reading "The Four Corners of the Sky" by Michael Malone. From May 15th through June 1st it will always be available as a downloadable book to all of our Oxford cardholders. Just go to tln.lib.overdrive.com and 'check it out' and then let us know what you think! SG
Friday, May 10, 2013
Who hasn’t enjoyed The Wizard of Oz movie starring Judy Garland, based on the book by L. Frank Baum? With the movie release of Oz the Great and Powerful there has been a resurgence in popularity of all things Oz and we have just the book for you at the library. Everything Oz by Christine Leech and Hannah Read-Baldrey is a book with over 50 Oz themed projects including Over the Rainbow Cake, Tin Can Lanterns and Cowardly Lion Hand Puppets. You can even find a recipe for treats for Toto! This book is visually appealing with quotes from Baum’s book interspersed throughout, ideas for decorating, and pages you can photocopy for making gift tags, puppets and more. It's the type of book you don't need but can't do without. Personally, I'm thinking of trying an Emerald City themed party featuring glow in the dark green jello. (Wondering what makes the jello glow? You'll have to read the book!) I'll send the Winged Monkey invites to get guests in the mood. SG
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The Darkling by R. B. Chesterton (aka Carolyn Haines) is a quick and easy read, which is sometimes exactly what you want on a sunny, beautiful afternoon. HM