Monday, October 27, 2014

The Bones of a Saint

Saint Brigid's Bones: A Celtic Adventure, is a novel about the world of ancient Ireland, where Christianity and paganism are existing side by side. St. Brigid's bones have been stolen from the small monastery in Kildare that she established and the sisters face a cold winter. In ancient times pilgrims would make a prayer journey to a monastery and pray in the presence of saintly bones, and make a financial offering. Without the bones, the sisters will have no income, so a young nun, Sister Deirdre is assigned the task of finding them. She is appealing, a bit of a rebel, and comes from a family of pagans and singers, a noble family. This novel is written by a historian, Philip Freeman, and the history is rich and colorful, with sympathetic characters. For those history lovers! ML

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Million Dollar Prize

When your mother, the most remarkable female mathematician in history, dies your world becomes skewed in more ways than one. Alexander Karnokovitch wants to put his mother to rest privately, but it is not to be.  Many colleagues from around the world intend to come and pay their last respects to the remarkable Rachela, and they will not be swayed. Of course it is rumored that she has solved a famous mathematical problem and that solution may be hidden in her home. As the math crowd descends on Madison, Wisconsin—Alexander (Sasha) has to deal with their demanding personalities in addition to his grief. The Mathematician’s Shiva by Stuart Rojstaczer is a funny, introspective, and enlightening novel about academia and family life. DB

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fashion Fix-its

Is your favorite shirt old, worn  and torn? Rips, tears and snags are inevitable. Rather than ditch those damaged articles, learn how to mend them. Denise Wild of BurdaStyle magazine illustrates basic and advanced fix-it techniques that are sure to help you restore your clothes. The fashionable hints at the end of each chapter will help you add that extra zip to your duds.  Mend & Make Fabulous: sewing solutions & fashionable fixes will have you looking refreshed, repaired and ready to roll! DB