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  • Book cover of Our Hideous Progeny

    Our Hideous Progeny

    by Mcgill, C. E.

    June 20, 2023

    In Frankenstein, Mary Shelley tells the tale of how Victor Frankenstein challenges the “natural order” and explores the secrets of life itself by creating a being made from the pieces of other men. But what if Victor had chosen another direction for his research? What if, instead of choosing to reanimate a human, Victor had chosen to experiment on something else? What if Victor had chosen to re-create a dinosaur?

    Mary Sutherland has been fascinated by science since her childhood discovery of an unusual stone on the beach that turned out to be a fossil.... Read Full Review

  • Book cover of Paradise now : the extraordinary life of Karl Lagerfeld

    Paradise now : the extraordinary life of Karl Lagerfeld

    by Middleton, William, 1802-

    Reviewed by: Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Literature & Fiction

    June 13, 2023

    Call Number: 746.52 L174Mi

    It is not necessary to be interested in the world of haute couture to find this biography of Karl Largerfeld compelling and engrossing. The creative genius of Karl Lagerfeld is the magnetic star that will captivate you. His childhood interests were drawing and painting until a fateful December, 1949 when, "The house of Christian Dior traveled from Paris to the still-destroyed city of Hamburg to stage a series of fashion shows," and the teenage Karl declared, "I am leaving to become a fashion designer in Paris." So began his career as a fashion designer, but that was not the only... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Into the riverlands

    Into the riverlands

    by Vo, Nghi

    Reviewed by: Andrea Borchert, Librarian, Koreatown Media Lab

    June 5, 2023

    Into the Riverlands is the third in the Singing Hills Cycle series of novellas. But you can read them in any order, and the characters in this installment are delightful. 

    The Singing Hills series follows the journey of Chih, a wandering cleric of the Singing Hills Monastery and their companion, a talking Hoopoe with a perfect memory, called Almost Brilliant. The clerics of the Singing Hills Monastery and their Hoopoe companions travel collecting and recording... Read Full Review

  • Book cover of Empress of the Nile : the daredevil archaeologist who saved Egypt's ancient temples from destruction

    Empress of the Nile : the daredevil archaeologist who saved Egypt's ancient temples from destruction

    by Olson, Lynne

    Reviewed by: Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Literature & Fiction

    May 30, 2023

    Call Number: 932 O51

    Christiane Desroches-Noblecourt was born in Paris, France, November 17, 1913, and her lifelong passion for Egypt began as a toddler when her grandfather took her to see the Luxor Obelisk in the Place de la Concorde. He told her about its history and connection with France. As a child the history did not interest her as much as the hieroglyphs. “Those images spoke to me.” A few years later, she became fascinated with the Egyptian antiquities at the Louvre.  Eventually she became the world’s leading expert on ancient Egypt; a trained, experienced archaeologist; and... Read Full Review

  • Book cover of Mayumu: Filipino American desserts remixed

    Mayumu: Filipino American Desserts Remixed

    by Balingit, Abi

    Reviewed by: Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Literature & Fiction

    May 24, 2023

    Call Number: 641.8 B186

    According to Abi Balingit, “From my childhood to my mid-twenties, one thing has remained the same: my insatiable desire for new combinations of sweet, salty, savory, sour and umami in desserts.”  In her cookbook/memoir she writes about, “what it means to be a Filipino American baker in New York, and to make sweets that taste like home in a tiny kitchen.” She never considered writing a cookbook until contacted by Emmy, who later became her agent.  And Emmy discovered Abi because of her blog, The Dusky Kitchen - Baking... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for The Lies of the Ajungo

    The Lies of the Ajungo

    by Utomi, Moses Ose

    May 15, 2023

    “There is no water in the City of Lies.”

    Tutu has lived all of his short life in the City of Lies with his mother. Located in the Forever Desert, the City of Lies used to have water. . .but the inhabitants were vanquished by the fierce Ajungo Empire which required, in exchange for water, that every person aged thirteen and older have their tongue cut out. The cost is terrible and the Ajungo do provide water, but just enough to keep most people alive. There are still many who die of dehydration, the “blood drought.”

    “There are no heroes in the City... Read Full Review

  • Book cover of On the curry trail : chasing the flavor that seduced the world : in 50 recipes

    On the Curry Trail: Chasing the Flavor That Seduced the World: In 50 Recipes

    by Iyer, Raghavan

    Reviewed by: Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Literature & Fiction

    May 10, 2023

    Call Number: 641.6384 I97

    According to Raghavan Iyer, “The sophistication of Indian cuisine, balancing six taste elements: hot, sour, sweet, bitter, salty, and astringent (umami was a much later discovery), is deeply embedded in the annals of ayurvedic medicine, from around the first century BCE, a science that dictated the role of spices, herbs, and other flavorings to regulate various body types for a sense of equilibrium. Temperature contrasts, colors, aromas, and textures were under consideration as well, as practitioners of ayurveda combined seemingly disparate ingredients with highly nuanced... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Going Zero

    Going Zero

    by McCarten, Anthony

    May 1, 2023

    We all know that we are constantly being observed and monitored in today’s world. There are security and surveillance cameras on many homes, businesses, and on the traffic lights at intersections. ATMs and now self-check out machines in retail establishments also include cameras. Purchases, whether online or in a brick and mortar store can, and are, tracked. Many retail establishments offer “discount” cards or memberships that track customer purchases. And the personal information of banking and/or retail customers is regularly breached and sold, while many people willingly... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Weyward: A Novel

    Weyward: A Novel

    by Hart, Emilia

    April 24, 2023

    “The connections between and among women are the most feared, the most problematic, and the most potentially transforming force on the planet.”  From: On Lies, Secrets, and Silence by Adrienne Rich

    Altha is a 21-year-old woman who, in 1619, is accused of, and tried for, witchcraft in her small English village. She is a healer, like her mother before her. Her mother was long suspected of being a witch for daring to have a greater understanding of biology and physiology than the local doctor. In a small village, that suspicion grows and... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Catching the light

    Catching the light

    by Harjo, Joy

    Reviewed by: Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Literature & Fiction

    April 18, 2023

    Call Number: 811 H2816H-3

    From 2019 to 2022 Joy Harjo was the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States, and was the first Native American in that position. She is a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation that is geographically located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Harjo is clear in affirming that the Muscogee Creek Nation Reservation is “at the border of three Native nations that also include the Osage and Cherokee. We honor and acknowledge those original keepers, past, present, and future, who care for these lands. We acknowledge the source of... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for The motion picture teller

    The Motion Picture Teller

    by Cotterill, Colin

    April 12, 2023

    Supot Yongjaiyut knows he is not living his best life. The year is 1996 and Supot lives in Bangkok. During the day, he works for the Royal Thai Mail Service, a job he loathes and for which he knows he has no aptitude. When he’s not at work, he spends his evenings watching movies with his best friend Ali. Ali owns a video store and shares a love of movies, all movies, with Supot. Another thing both men share is the belief that they are waiting for “something big” to happen to them. And that when that something big happens, they will both begin to live their lives the way they were... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Visual thinking : the hidden gifts of people who think in pictures, patterns, and abstractions

    Visual thinking : the hidden gifts of people who think in pictures, patterns, and abstractions

    by Grandin, Temple

    Reviewed by: Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Literature & Fiction

    April 5, 2023

    Call Number: 152.1 G753

    Temple Grandin did not start to speak until she was two years old and was diagnosed with brain damage. Her parents were advised to place her in an institution.  She was born in 1947 and Temple says, “I was exhibiting most of the behaviors now fully associated with autism, including lack of eye contact, temper tantrums, lack of social contact, sensitivity to touch, and the appearance of deafness ... the medical profession had not started applying an autism diagnosis to children like me."  However at the time Temple was diagnosed with brain damage it was her... Read Full Review

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