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The Cove

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Ron Rash
The Cove

Ron Rash is quite a storyteller.  This book is set in North Carolina, in the Appalachian mountains.  After WWI, Laurel and her brother Hank are trying to go on with their lives, and then a stranger appears on their mountain who will change everything.   This is a beautifully written, haunting, ultimately tragic story that you will think about long after you are done reading it. Check our catalog.

Margaret, Reference

Make the Bread, Buy the Butter

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Jennifer Reese
Make the Bread, Buy the Butter

What you should and shouldn't cook from scratch - Over 120 recipes for the best homemade foods

Trust me, this is one funny cookbook. Even if you have no plans to cook anything from this book, it is a delight to read. Don't miss Chapter 2, where Jennifer goes in search of the perfect egg, and learns a lot in the process; or Chapter 15 where she decides to raise a Thanksgiving turkey. When is homemade better or cheaper? Jennifer cooks her way to the answer. She recommends shortcuts that will save us countless hours in the kitchen. Check our catalog.

Margaret B., Reference

The War of 1812 - DVD

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Brian McKenna
The War of 1812

Since we are remembering the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, and I know I have ancestors who fought in it, I thought I would review my history.  This is a very well-done portrayal of the war events by the National Film Board of Canada.  The actors are fantastic, and the war is shown through the viewpoint of Native Americans, the British and Americans.  I like that it shows the war from all angles; not just the American view.  This is a 2 disc set divided into 4 parts, and has won numerous awards.  Catch up on a forgotten piece of history with this DVD - and make sure you watch the moving ending. Check our catalog.

Margaret, Reference

Bloody Times: The Funeral of Abraham Lincoln and the Manhunt for Jefferson Davis

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
James L. Swanson
Bloody Times: The Funeral of Abraham Lincoln and the Manhunt for Jefferson Davis

 

A great read!  This book is highly recommended for young people.  History is not dull in this chronicle of events that occurred as the civil war was drawing to a close.   Bloody Times is an adaptation of  James Swanson’s  bestselling book Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer.    It is full of unique and not commonly seen photographs, a who’s who of the civil war, a glossary, recommendations for further reading, and places to visit.  If you would like to introduce a reader to a great book in this time of the civil war sesquicentennial, this is it!  Check our catalog

Margaret, Reference

A Southern Woman's Story

Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Phoebe Yates Pember
A Southern Woman's Story

Published in 1879, this is a journal of Phoebe Pember's experiences as matron of the Confederate Chimborazo Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, during the civil war years.  It is really full of delightful, poignant stories written quite well, that I will be thinking of for a long, long time.  It is a quick read, only 90 pages, and well worth your time.  Check MelCat for availability

Margaret, Reference

The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

Friday, December 2, 2011
Deborah Blum
The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age N

Blum is a Pulitzer Prize winner who makes chemistry real and fascinating in her tale of the careers of two important people in the field of forensic toxicology, Dr. Charles Norris, and Alexander Gettler.  The book follows the events in New York in the early 20th century.  Each chapter is named after a poison, and contains the unsettling real-life cases in which these two men devised methods to solve the crimes and detect the poisons.  Some parts are a little gruesome, and a little heavy on the chemistry, but a good read nonetheless.  Check our catalog for the audio book  or Check MelCat for the book

Margaret, Reference

Killer Stuff and Tons of Money

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Maureen Stanton
Killer Stuff and Tons of Money

A fascinating look at the antiques business by a very gifted writer.  This book is nonfiction but reads like a novel.   I love how the author interjects historical information into the story, so you get a history lesson as well as following an antique dealer through the trials and tribulations of the long hours spent at antique shows.  I was really interested in what this type of career was like and Maureen Stanton portrays it with great honesty and detail.  Check our catalog

Margaret, Reference

 

Southern Living – 40 Years of our Best Recipes

Thursday, July 28, 2011
My mother always used to get Southern Living magazine. So when I saw their best recipes printed in a beautiful cookbook, I couldn’t resist. The photos are great and the recipes are tried and tested. I always make gravy by “feel”, not measurements, so my daughter was happy to see a printed recipe for the milk gravy that she loves. We liked this cookbook so much that we bought our own family a copy.
 
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Saddled: How a Spirited Horse Reined Me In and Set Me Free

Thursday, July 28, 2011
Susan Richards
This memoir is not so much a horse/human relationship story, but is about the power of having an animal to care for so that, you in turn, can care for yourself. Susan discovers that the commitment to her horse is so strong that it pulls her out of alcoholism and an abusive marriage. Susan’s passion for her horse, Georgia, gave her a reason to go on. Animal lovers will relate to this book and it is an easy read.
 
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Burning Bright: Stories

Sunday, April 24, 2011
Ron Rash
This book is about Appalachia and its heart, mood, terrain and place in time. The stories span the years from the civil war to present; and they all have a unique flavor. I really like Dead Confederates, The Corpse Bird, and Burning Bright. What a treat to pick up a book and find a very satisfying story in only a few pages. If you haven't read short stories before, give this book a try. I really enjoyed it.

Margaret B., Reference/Technical Services

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