Margaret B.

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

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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

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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

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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.

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Cheating Death: The Doctors and Medical Miracles that are Saving Lives Against All Odds

Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Sanjay Gupta, M.D.
This book is fascinating! I read it almost 1 year ago, and I am still thinking about some of the things I learned from this book. I learned that chest compressions are more important than rescue breaths when giving CPR; that stopping the body functions with cold/ice can be a lifesaver; that people do in many cases, come back from comas; and that countries define death differently. I believe Gupta himself defines this book as a medical thriller, and I would have to agree with him. He weaves in stories of real life cases and situations to define the medical concepts which makes this book read like a novel. Available through MelCat.

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Buffalo for the Broken Heart: Restoring Life to a Black Hills Ranch

Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Dan O'Brien

Dan wanted to live a noble life, one true to his beliefs, and he found it on the wind-swept prarie of the Black Hills.  O'Brien gives you a glimpse into ranch life and doesn't shy away from the financial hardships that it brings.  He has a fierce love of the land and displays it in every page.  His beautiful writing brings the Western Great Plains to life whether he's describing the habits of the buffalo, how falcons hunt, or how the grasslands can be restored.   Read every page and loved it!



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Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home

Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Rhoda Janzen

A week after Rhoda’s husband told her he was leaving her; she was injured in a car crash.  She goes home to her Mennonite family to heal, and reflects upon her marriage, growing up in a Mennonite home and what the future will bring.  At times, this book is laugh-out-loud funny, and with her self-deprecating humor you can’t help but like her.   It’s a quick read, a little rambling at times but does contain some true nuggets of wisdom.



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People of the Book: A Novel

Thursday, August 5, 2010
Geraldine Brooks

This book has an intriguing plot with beautiful writing.  One night in the city of Sydney, Australia,  Dr. Hanna Heath, a rare book conservator, gets a phone call that will change her life. The Sarajevo Haggadah, which disappeared during the siege in 1992, has been found, and Hanna has been invited by the U.N. to report on its condition.  Ultimately, the Haggadah brings together Jews, Christians and Muslims. 



It’s not an easy read in the sense that you can put it down for days and pick it up again.  There are several time periods, unfamiliar locations, difficult names – but the effort is well worth it.  Highly recommended!



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