Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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Birds are astonishingly intelligent creatures. According to revolutionary new research, some birds even rival humans in their remarkable forms of intelligence.

Consider the Clark's nutcracker, a bird that can hide as many as 30,000 seeds over dozens of square miles and remember where it put them several months later; the mockingbirds and thrashers, species that can store 200 to 2,000 different songs in a brain a thousand times smaller than ours; the well-known pigeon, which knows where it's going, even thousands of miles from familiar territory; and the New Caledonian crow, an impressive bird that makes its own tools.

In The Genius of Birds, acclaimed author Jennifer Ackerman not only tells the story of the recently uncovered genius of birds, but also delves deeply into the latest findings about the bird brain itself and what it means to be intelligent.  RA (portions provided by publisher).

Saturday, May 21, 2016

The Viscount Needs a Wife

The Viscount Needs a Wife is a standalone regency romance filled with historic traditions. The author takes us on a journey through a difficult time in England when the country was in mourning and vulnerable, she weaves a timeless romance with intriguing characters for all to enjoy.

In this romance, Kitty Cateril feels trapped in the home of her late husband's family. When her best friend writes her about the local Viscount needing a wife, Kitty thinks this might be the answer to her problem. But does she want to marry without love? *JK*

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

North to Alaska!

In waters as far and icy as the Bering Sea, a fierce  young woman finds herself through the hard work of fishing.
Tara Marconi has made her way from Philly to "the Rock," a remote island in Alaska governed by the seasons. Her mother's death left her adrift, with a seemingly impassable rift between her and her father. But in this  rugged frontier she works her way up the commercial fishing ladder--from hatchery assistant all the way to king crabber. Disciplined from years as a young boxer, she learns  what it means to work, to connect, and how to make a home she knows is her own. The Alaskan Laundry by Brendan Jones has a real sense of place and an indomitable heroine. ML


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Becoming Grandma

Take a look at Becoming Grandma: The Joy and Science of the New Grandparenting by broadcast journalist, 60 Minutes correspondent and grandmother Lesley Stahl. She explores the world of grandparenting by examining her own experiences with her daughter and granddaughter, as well as her husbands and other famous and non-famous grandparents experiences. She also interviews professionals in various fields about the role of grandparents past and present. Jennifer Smith, guest blogger.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Every Bride Has Her Day

Every Bride Has Her Day is the second book in the Magnolia Brides series, and it can be read as a stand-alone. It is not dependent on the first book to understand the characters. This book can touch your heart and the ending is so wonderful it can make you cry. It is a story of finding your one true love and this story is about Cricket and Sam.

As Cricket and Sam work side by side on the old house and on her flower shop, the sparks start to fly. With the help of a homeless dog, who will howl up a blue streak until they give in and kiss, these two might have found more than they bargained for. *JK*