August 21, 2014

Blue Zones Power 9: Wine @ 5

This is the sixth post in a nine-part series in which we are sharing resources available at the library to help you get on track with the Blue Zones Project.

According to the Blue Zones website, "Moderate drinkers outlive non-drinkers, especially if they share those drinks with friends." We're aware of the possible dangers associated with alcohol, but in limited amounts, some alcoholic beverages - especially wine - do have their benefits as well. Check out this article from that suggests that drinking one glass of wine with dinner may help you de-stress and decrease your risk of heart disease.

Here are a few titles in the library's collection that will help you Wine @ 5:

Oz Clarke's Introducing Wine
by Oz Clarke

Learn how to taste, buy and serve wine; how to open and how to store wine; how to choose wine in a restaurant; and how to match food with wine. In his always lively and clear descriptions, Clarke surveys the range of tastes available and directs you to the wines that will give you what you want.

Drink This: Wine Made Simple
by Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl

Grumdahl presents this handy guide that will show you how to stop being overwhelmed and intimidated, how to discover, respect, and enjoy your own personal taste, and how to be whatever kind of wine person you want to be, from budding connoisseur to someone who simply gets wine you like every time you buy a bottle.

Wine for Dummies
by Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan

This down-to-earth guide cuts through wine snobbery and tells you what's in, what's out, and what's new in wine. This update of the bestselling For Dummies classic covers everything from established and emerging wine regions to pairing wine with food to collecting wine.

Wine Uncorked
by Fiona Beckett

A practical introduction to the enjoyable art of tasting and drinking wine. With the aid of a unique, specially created flavor wheel, it helps you explore and identify the exciting and subtle flavors of wines and choose those you will like best, so  you can select wine with confidence to complement any mood or occasion.

If you'd like to check out any of these books, click on the title to be taken to our online catalog. You can place a hold on the item using your library card number and your PIN.

All book descriptions adapted from book jackets.

August 11, 2014

Staff Pick: Half Bad

Sally Green's Half Bad is the thrilling start to a trilogy about a young witch with an indomitable will to survive. Nathan Bryn looks forward to his seventeenth birthday when he'll receive three gifts and become a full witch. But he's a Half Code. Born the illegitimate son of a white witch and the infamous, hated black witch named Marcus, he's put under strict surveillance and house arrest by the council of white witches that views him as a threat.

Nathan is eventually imprisoned in a cage, beaten and handcuffed by a merciless trainer because of the council. Through all this, he struggles to determine if he's inherently good like his mother or evil like his father. As his seventeenth birthday approaches, Nathan fights to escape and find his father while remaining undetected by the council and the witch hunters after him. He must receive his three gifts before it's too late.

Half Bad is a thought provoking and engaging read that I couldn't put down. Green's character is honest, and the story makes you want to fight on his side. I look forward to reading the next book, Half Wild, which is due out March of 2015.

If you'd like to check out our copy of Half Bad, you can find it in our catalog by clicking here.


July 25, 2014

Staff Pick: What If...

I saw Shirley MacLaine's book on the NEW SHELF and picked it up. What If...A Lifetime of Questions, Speculations, Reasonable Guesses, and A Few Things I Know for Sure. It is full of questions from a lifetime of speculations from a very interesting woman who has been in show business for many years.

It is a pretty quick read as each question is presented and followed by responses from Shirley MacLaine's very unique perspective. It was quite interesting as she has been learning about the world and religion as well as history and the future in unusual ways.

I have read a couple of her other books, so I kind of knew what to expect. Shirley has an interesting voice and I really enjoyed it. If you'd like to c heck it out, you can find it in our online catalog by clicking here.


July 10, 2014

Orange is the New Black Book Club

Orange is the New Black is the popular comedy/drama about a woman's experience in a women's federal prison. The series was originally aired only on Netflix, and all episodes of season two recently became available. We came up with some reading recommendations for a few of our favorite characters - books you should check out too! See the infographics below:

Shakespeare Saved My Life by Dr. Laura Bates

The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

Party Monster by James St. James

Burned by Ellen Hopkins

Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs

Beyond Fundamentalism by Reza Aslan

Carrie by Stephen King

The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff

July 3, 2014

Staff Pick: Kids Are Weird

From the author that brought us Darth Vader and Son comes a new book that is full of hilarity. Brown illustrates the daily life of his five-year-old son Oscar. Whether it's the deeper musings of his mind or the first thing that comes to his head when he's angry, Oscar is truly a child to be reckoned with.

Everything in this book is funny. I laughed with almost every turn of the page. Kids really do say the funniest things and what makes it even better is how serious they are about it sometimes. Oscar can say things that make no sense at all like, "It's like I have a secret weapon inside me that makes me control my body." He also says things that are actually pretty deep like, "Instead of getting closer to my destiny, I keep getting farther away."

Even if you don't have children, I highly recommend that you pick this book up. It's a super quick read and full of great humor. And if you like it, I suggest you try out his other books, *Darth Vader and Son and *Vader's Little Princess.

If you'd like to check out Kids Are Weird, you can find it in our online catalog by clicking here.


*These titles aren't currently available in our catalog.