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  • Book cover of George : a magpie memoir

    George : a magpie memoir

    by Hughes, Frieda

    Reviewed by: Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Literature & Fiction

    December 6, 2023

    Call Number: 598.864 H893

    In the prologue to this memoir Frieda Hughes says, “The things I longed for, other than health, happiness and wealth, probably in that order, were plants, pets, and a home of my own that I would never have to move from. The plants and pets were the embellishment and confirmation of the permanent home and, therefore, the sense of stability and belonging that I craved.”

    From her earliest memories, as a very young child, she craved and yearned for a stable permanent home, which for most of her life she did not have. She had a family, but they were never in one... Read Full Review

  • Book cover of Being Henry : the Fonz . . . and beyond

    Being Henry : the Fonz . . . and beyond

    by Winkler, Henry, 1945-

    November 27, 2023

    Call Number: 812.092 W775-2

    Henry Winkler has worked as an actor, director, producer, and is the author of several series of children’s books. Now, with Being Henry, Winkler tells the story of his own life and it is a fascinating read.

    Winkler writes his memoir with charm and grace. He describes the difficulties that faced his parents, who were German immigrants just prior to the outbreak of World War II. He also describes a home life that was an uncomfortable mixture of comfort and abuse. Winkler’s parents were strict authoritarians who often expected more of their son, an... Read Full Review

  • Book cover of The celebrants : a novel

    The celebrants : a novel

    by Rowley, Steven, 1971-

    November 20, 2023

    Two weeks before their college graduation, a group of friends, who have become family during their college experience, must attend the funeral of one of their own. Alec has died of an apparent drug overdose and it shakes them all, Craig, Jordan, Jordy, Marielle, and Naomi, to their cores. Alec’s death causes them to question everything they know on the eve of venturing out into the “real world” as adults. In response to their collective pain and confusion at the loss, Marielle suggests “the pact”: at any time in the coming years when they feel that they need it, any member of the... Read Full Review

  • Book cover of Midnight at the Houdini

    Midnight at the Houdini

    by Dawson, Delilah S.

    November 13, 2023

    Call Number: e-Audiobook

    According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, magic is: 1) the use of means (such as charms or spells) believed to have supernatural power over natural forces, and 2) the art of producing illusions by sleight of hand. In her new novel, Midnight at the Houdini, Delilah S. Dawson tells a tale filled with both types of magic referenced by Merriam-Webster, plus a few more just for good measure, and the results are themselves magical.

    For Anna Alonso, magic became irrelevant when she was 10 years old. After attending a princess themed birthday party that... Read Full Review

  • Book cover of Seed to plate, soil to sky : modern plant-based recipes using Native American ingredients

    Seed to plate, soil to sky : modern plant-based recipes using Native American ingredients

    by Frank, Lois Ellen

    Reviewed by: Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Literature & Fiction

    November 7, 2023

    Call Number: 641.63 F828

    Lois Ellen Frank is the Chef and owner of Red Mesa Cuisine, where she cooks and works with Chef Walter Whitewater. In this book she highlights basic indigenous foods: corn, beans, squash, chiles, tomatoes, potatoes, vanilla and cacao as starting points for scrumptious modern recipes. She refers to these ingredients as  “the Magic Eight, [that] were given to the world by Native Peoples of the Americas. Part of Red Mesa Cuisine’s mission is to provide Indigenous foods and cultural education. We like to call it Native American Cuisine with a modern twist.” Pause for more... Read Full Review

  • Book cover of The shadow glass

    The Shadow Glass

    by Winning, Joshua

    October 30, 2023

    The line between artistic genius and madness is razor fine and artists often madly dance along, and across, that line while they are working to manifest their vision. Jack’s father, Bob Corman, was no exception. Bob put everything he had into The Shadow Glass, an epic fantasy film done entirely with puppets. When the film was released in the mid-80s, it was a financial failure and Bob never quite recovered. He spent the rest of his life pursuing and promoting his masterpiece, often ignoring any/everything that wasn’t related to The Shadow Glass. This included Jack, who used to... Read Full Review

  • Book cover of A season of monstrous conceptions

    A Season of Monstrous Conceptions

    by Rather, Lina

    October 24, 2023

    Sarah has always known she is different. Her parents never missed an opportunity to remind her. They never faltered in telling her how she was one of the children being born in England who were monstrous, with claws, too many eyes, or mouths, or with fur, tales, or scales, or any number of “differences.” Sarah’s anomaly was easily removed shortly after she was born, so she has been able to “pass” for someone “normal”. But Sarah has never felt able, never been allowed, to fit in.

    After the sudden and unexpected death of her husband, Sarah moved to London. She hoped... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for The Getaway

    The Getaway

    by Giles, Lamar

    October 16, 2023

    Karloff Country is a marvel. Modeled on Walt Disney World in Florida, Karloff Country is a slightly smaller theme park/resort complex with a similar number of theme parks as Walt Disney World, but also includes: planned communities for all of its employees, a power plant, vertical farms to provide the food necessary for both resort operations and for the residents, and an airfield. All of this is surrounded by a wall, which protects both the employees and guests from the crime, chaos, and food shortages that exist outside. When Jay’s parents get jobs working at Karloff County, he... Read Full Review

  • Book cover of The road to Roswell : a novel

    The Road to Roswell

    by Willis, Connie

    October 10, 2023

    Call Number: SF

    UFO, the mere mention of this acronym (unidentified flying object) conjures images of flying saucers and beings, ranging from short to tall, who are slender, with large dark eyes and green or gray colored skin. Sometimes they wear shiny silver jumpsuits!

    Since 1947, when debris from the crash of an unidentified object was spread over several acres of a local ranch and collected by authorities from Roswell Army Air Field, Roswell, New Mexico has become nearly synonymous with UFOs, big-eyed aliens, and tall tales about encounters and abductions by both. And in her... Read Full Review

  • Book cover of Daughters of Latin America : an international anthology of writing by Latine women

    Daughters of Latin America : an international anthology of writing by Latine women

    Reviewed by: Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Literature & Fiction

    October 3, 2023

    Call Number: 808.8 D2385-2

    Sandra Guzmán has compiled a monumental collection of writing by women, whom she designates as Latine, the gender-inclusive form of “Latino” and “Latina.”  She states, "This is a journey into a luminous universe of texts that navigate across time and space, genres, styles, languages, and traditions. The Daughters gathered in this groundbreaking international anthology span five centuries of the written word, containing the wisdom, memory, and DNA of oral traditions more ancient than time itself.” Included are “140 Daughters of Latin America, recent and past, from 50... Read Full Review

  • Book cover of Mister Magic : a novel

    Mister Magic : a novel

    by White, Kiersten

    September 25, 2023

    Val has lived on the ranch for as long as she can remember. In fact, she has no memories of when she wasn’t living here, in rural Idaho, with her father. She teaches riding to the locals, but rarely leaves beyond supply runs to a local town. Her entire life is built around her father and a few regular ranch hands. Everyone else is transitory, staying just long enough to learn what they need.

    When Val’s father dies, she is faced with a future that is not only unwritten, but it is unconsidered. Val has never contemplated a life anywhere other than the ranch. Her... Read Full Review

  • Book cover of Asada : the art of Mexican-style grilling

    Asada: The Art of Mexican-style Grilling

    by Lopez, Bricia

    Reviewed by: Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Literature & Fiction

    September 18, 2023

    Call Number: 641.76 L864

    Bricia Lopez and Javier Cabral lay out the facts, “Carne asada is not just a taco . . . in millions of backyards across Southern California, asada means family, friends, memories, great music, cold drinks, good times, and the community you’ve built.”--in all its multivarious forms.

    This is a cookbook that is a feast for all your senses, from the book’s cover (original font), end papers (day-glo lime green); illustrations that are single or double-spread color photographs of Los Angeles, and of ingredients and finished dishes; and informative and personal anecdotes... Read Full Review