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NOVEMBER 30, 2011
A Book We Love: A Redbird Christmas
A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg

When a very sick Chicagoan moves to Lost River, Alabama to live out his last days in warmth and comfort, he is surprised by the attentiveness of the small town’s spinsters. Their ruthless pursuit of this eligible bachelor makes for some funny moments, but he is busy elsewhere – getting more involved in the life of an abandoned young crippled girl. As Christmas nears, this heartwarming tale becomes magical, ensuring a lovely holiday for all!

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NOVEMBER 29, 2011
Your Library Account...
...has some great features! Have you discovered them yet?

 

Check out these selected features:

READING HISTORY. Remember that really good book you checked out last year but can’t remember either the author or title? Now you can simply search through your Reading History to jog your memory. To enable Reading History click on the green tab that says My Library Account at the top of the JCPL home page, enter your last name and library card number and click Submit. Click on Reading History. Once you “enable” it, from now on everything you check out will show up in a list of titles (Prospector and Inter-Library Loan items are not included but may be listed as “Information unavailable”).

MY LISTS. This feature allows you to create lists of books, DVDs, music CDs, etc. on topics that you yourself create. When you come across a title that interests you but you’re not ready to check out, click on Add to My Lists at the top of the page. This brings up Save Records to a List, and from the drop-down menu, choose Create a New List, name it and add a description if you’d like. This is a wonderful way to create personalized bibliographies that you can go back to time and again. Your lists can be edited or deleted at any time.

MY REVIEWS. This feature shows any titles that you have reviewed on our catalog. Did you really enjoy The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society? Why not let others know? Find a title that you’d like to review and below the catalog entry you will see Add a Review. If you aren’t already logged in, it will prompt you to do so and the guidelines and instructions pop-up box will come up. Other reader ratings and reviews will show up here, also, from the websites Good Reads and NoveList. A great way to find new reading material!

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NOVEMBER 27, 2011
A Book We Love: The Night Circus

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is a spell-binding, enchanting fairy-tale for adults. Two magicians, Marco and Celia, who have been groomed for their roles since they were children, compete in a life-altering game of skill. The venue for their fierce competition is Le Cirque des Reves - the circus of dreams – where their magic saturates the air, creating the performers and the performances and ultimately spinning them into a gentle, slow-burning romance.

 

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NOVEMBER 26, 2011
Standley Lake Book Group favorites
We all know how difficult it is to get a room of people to agree on anything. BUT our Standley Lake Thursday Night Book Group agreed on a few titles that everyone loved. We think you might like them too!

 

The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard
This fast-paced true adventure story recounting a little-known episode in Theodore Roosevelt’s life reads more like a fictional page turner than a nonfiction book. After losing his 1912 bid for re-election as President, a bored TR and his 24-year-old son, Kermit, joined an expedition exploring the Amazon river basin where they encountered perilous rapids, poisonous plants, deadly insects, wild animals, and hostile natives. Author Candice Millard adroitly keeps you wondering how any of the expedition party can possibly survive the journey.

Beneath a Marble Sky: A Novel of the Taj Mahal by John Shors
Colorado author John Shors's debut novel is a winning combination of historical fiction and a love story that revolves around the creation of the Taj Mahal – a grieving emperor's monument to his beloved dead wife. If you like Shors's writing style, you may also enjoy his subsequent novels, Beside a Burning Sea, Dragon House, The Wishing Trees, and his latest, published this year, Cross Currents.

Halfway to Heaven: My White-Knuckled and Knuckle-Headed Quest for the Rocky Mountain High by Mark Obmascik
Colorado author Mark Obmascik writes about his quest to scale all of Colorado’s fifty-four 14,000 foot mountains and to do it in less than a year. The results are often hilarious and harrowing at the same time. Follow along as Obmascik bonds with his fellow climbers through “man-dates,” dodges lightning bolts and takes some dangerous tumbles along the way. If you enjoy this adventurous escapade don’t miss Obmascik’s first book The Big Year -now a major motion picture with Steve Martin and Jack Black.

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel by Helen Simonson 
This British debut novel is a charming tale about the widower Major Ernest Pettigrew and his budding romance with Pakistani shopkeeper Jasmina Ali. Throw in a family fight for a valuable pair of hunting rifles, greedy relatives, and the local country club of snobs and you’ve got yourself a modern comedy of manners. We’re looking forward to hearing more from Helen Simonson in the future.

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NOVEMBER 23, 2011
Have you rocked out to a good book lately?
I always think it is fun when I’m listening to a song and the lyrics try for a little more than just “Oh, baby baby” (not that there’s anything wrong with that) and stray into sophistication. Not all rock stars want to be paperback writers like Lennon and McCartney, but there’s plenty of evidence to suggest those rock and rollers have at least read their share of paperback books (hardcover too).

 

Have you ever read Lolita (or as Sting puts it, “that book by Nabakov”)? Have you ever tried The Hobbit, Tolkien’s famous fantasy that inspired Led Zeppelin’s “Misty Mountain Hop”? Led Zeppelin fans are much obliged to stay with Tolkien and read The Lord of the Rings while they listen to “Ramble On.” Just don’t let Gollum and the evil one steal your girlfriend!

Of course, the classic of the rock-is-literary genre must be Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit,” with its psychedelic allusions to Alice in Wonderland. If you’re sticking with the trippy tunes, check out Pink Floyd’s underrated “Animals.” This entire short album is based on George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

Like the harder stuff? Metallica’s “One” was an attempt to reconstruct Dalton Trumbo’s harrowing anti-war novel Johnny Got His Gun in song. And it’s just possible that Aerosmith took their name from Sinclair Lewis’ Arrowsmith, though I’m not sure on that one. Still, it’d be fun to think so!

Yo rappers, peep this: Eminem said in “Lose Yourself” that he didn’t want to grow old in Salem’s Lot, but you can still read the classic vampire novel by Stephen King. I promise the scares won’t take more than a decade off your life, max.

Of course, sometimes you get the reverse. Wallace Stegner’s novel Big Rock Candy Mountain comes directly from the Harry McClintock song of the same name. It just goes to show that whether a novel references a song, or a song references a novel, reading always makes you a rock star. It’s just too bad that sitting in front of a TV waving a plastic book around doesn’t make for a very good Playstation game!

You all have any other examples of novels mentioned in popular songs? Let us hear about them!

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NOVEMBER 22, 2011
Escape to the South

The Dry Grass of AugustThe Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew
Anna Jean Mayhew's first novel explores the complicated connections between people, mother and daughter, husband and wife, child and caregiver. Focusing on a family vacation in the Deep South during the days of desegregation in the 1950s, events unfold through the eyes of Jubie Watts. At thirteen years old Jubie is more attached to their black maid, Mary, than to her neglectful parents. The tragic outcome of that trip catches the reader, as well as the family, unawares. With elements reminiscent of The Help and The Secret Life of Bees, this is a bittersweet novel that's not to be missed.

 

The Girl Who Chased the MoonThe Girl Who Chased the Moon  by Sarah Addison Allen
Step into the enchanted world of Mullaby, South Carolina, in Sarah Addison Allen's novel The Girl Who Chased the Moon. Emily Benedict is a newcomer and the discoveries she makes about her mother's mysterious flight from Mullaby before her birth couldn't be more surprising. The town's loner and famed cake baker, Julia Winterson, helps Emily find her truths while yearning for a second chance of her own. Addison's characters are quirky and memorable, much like the story she tells. Spend a little time in Mullaby and you're sure to be charmed.

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NOVEMBER 19, 2011
Gluten-free cooking
Approximately 1 percent of Americans (about 3 million) are gluten intolerant, and an equal number are suspected to have gluten sensitivities. If you need to or want to eat gluten-free, you’ll find plenty of cookbooks at the library. Let’s take a look at some of the options.

 

Just needGluten-Free Made Simple simple family meals?

Gluten-Free Made Simple: Easy Everyday Meals that Everyone Can Enjoy by Carol Field Dahlstrom
Many GF cookbooks use hard-to-find flours and expensive ingredients while Dahlstrom uses everyday ingredients to create easily prepared meals that everyone in the family will enjoy.

Looking for gluten-free and vegetarian?

125 Gluten-Free Vegetarian Recipes125 Gluten-Free Vegetarian Recipes: Quick and Delicious Mouthwatering Dishes for the Healthy Cook by Carol Fenster
From snacks and appetizers through main dishes and sides to desserts, Fenster has created quick and easy gluten-free vegetarian recipes. Serving meat eaters along with vegetarians? Divide the dish and use the chart to add the proper amount of animal protein to one-half.

How about Asian, Italian & Mexican gluten-free recipes?

Gloriously Gluten-Free CookbookThe Gloriously Gluten-Free Cookbook: Spicing Up Life with Italian, Asian, and Mexican Recipes by Vanessa Maltin
Each chapter begins with a note from a well-known chef before Maltin presents starters, sides and main dishes for each cuisine and ends with a chapter on desserts. The author has also included information about Celiac disease.

Don’t forget dessert!

Gluten-Free CupcakesGluten-Free Cupcakes: 50 Irresistible Recipes Made with Almond and Coconut Flour by Elana Amsterdam
Amsterdam’s book contains recipes for classic cupcakes, an entire chapter of chocolate cupcakes, special occasion cupcakes, and even savory treats like cheddar muffins.

...Or the holidays!

Gluten-Free and Vegan HolidaysGluten-Free and Vegan Holidays: Celebrating the Year with Simple, Satisfying Recipes and Menus by Jennifer Katzinger
Holidays may be the hardest part of a gluten-free diet, but here you’ll find recipes for holidays from Thanksgiving through Halloween. Katzinger has chosen to create menus with recipes for complete holiday meals, not just recipes that typically contain gluten.

This is just a small sample of the gluten-free cookbooks at Jefferson County Public Library. Search our catalog for gluten-free diet recipes to find more titles.

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NOVEMBER 18, 2011
Our favorite travel narratives
Have you ever thought it would be nice to travel more or maybe see the six other continents, but you just don’t have the time or money to do it? Travel narratives are a great way to learn more about other cultures and landscapes. You can also ride along on some daring adventures that you might be afraid to try yourself, like summiting Mount Everest or kayaking all alone for 600 miles down the Niger River in West Africa to Timbuktu. Here are some of my favorite travel narratives:

 

The Cruelest Journey : 600 Miles to Timbuktu by Kira Salak 

The Kid Who Climbed Everest: The Incredible Story of a 23-year-old's Summit of Mt. Everest by Bear Grylls

Traversa by Fran Sandham

Men of Salt: Crossing the Sahara on the Caravan of White Gold by Michael Benanav 

Whatever You Do, Don't Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide by Peter Allison

Beneath Blossom Rain: Discovering Bhutan on the Toughest Trek in the World by Kevin Grange

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NOVEMBER 17, 2011
Celebrity Memoirs
Isn’t it fun to take a peek into the lives of celebrities? To me, celebrity memoirs and biographies are like an extended version of People magazine. I love listening to the celebrity’s own voice, but you often get more “dirt” if you read a biography written by someone else. Here are a few books I have enjoyed, a couple of new-ish memoirs, and a couple of those “unauthorized biographies!” Enjoy!

 

Stories I Only Tell My FriendsStories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography by Rob Lowe, 2011
A teen idol at fifteen, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at twenty, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences as a painfully misunderstood child actor in Ohio uprooted to the wild counterculture of mid-seventies Malibu, where he embarked on his unrelenting pursuit of a career in Hollywood.

sTORI TellingsTORI Telling by Tori Spelling with Hilary Liftin, 2008
Here is Tori's chance to finally tell her side of the tabloid-worthy life she's led, and she talks about it all: her decadent childhood birthday parties, her nose job, her fairy-tale wedding to the wrong man, her so-called feud with her mother. Her memoir goes into the real life behind the rumors: her complicated relationship with her parents; her struggles as an actress after 90210; her accident-prone love life; and, ultimately, her quest to define herself on her own terms.

BossypantsBossypants by Tina Fey, 2011
From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon, comedian Tina Fey reveals all, and proves that you're no one until someone calls you bossy.

Unbearable LightnessUnbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain by Portia De Rossi, 2010 Known for her roles on the hit TV shows "Ally McBeal" and "Arrested Development," de Rossi delivers an account of the years she spent secretly suffering from bulimia, all the while living under the glare of Hollywood's bright lights.

Oprah: A BiographyOprah: A Biography by Kitty Kelley, 2010
Kitty Kelley presents the first comprehensive unauthorized biography on multifaceted media mogul and international role model Oprah Winfrey, with roughly 850 interviews as well as three years of extensive research. Readers will come away with a greater appreciation of who Oprah really is beyond her public persona and a fuller understanding of her important place in American cultural history.

AngelinaAngelina: An Unauthorized Biography by Andrew Morton, 2010
Award-winning biographer Andrew Morton unveils the life of powerful celebrity Angelina Jolie. Daughter of actor Jon Voight, Jolie hit the Hollywood scene at a young age and as she developed into a stunning young woman, won international acclaim for her role in Girl, Interrupted. However, she was also deemed wild, strange, reckless, and overly sexual. Lately though, Jolie has become a humanitarian, U.N. Goodwill Ambassador, a praised mother, and a partner to actor and philanthropist Brad Pitt.

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NOVEMBER 16, 2011
Read this book before retiring

What Color is Your Parachute RetirementWhat Color is Your Parachute? For Retirement: Planning a Prosperous, Healthy, and Happy Future
by John E. Nelson and Richard N. Bolles
Berkeley, CA: 10 Speed Press, 2010

 

I admit I picked up this book in error, mistaking it for the bestselling classic on "how-to-find-what-you-want-to-do-in-your-work-life." But this book is different. It deals with what comes after your work life: retirement. Whether or not you are nearing retirement, you may want to take a look. This book approaches the subject of retirement from a different angle. While other books emphasize savings, or social security benefits, or health plans, What Color is Your Parachute? For Retirement deals with questions to ask yourself concerning the passions in your life. What are your favorite skills? Where do you most enjoy using them? And how do you find a place and a job/hobby to use these skills? Geography and psychology also come into play. For instance, do you plan to move upon retirement? Will your new home support you financially as well as psychologically? Questions such as these will help you determine what you are saving for and how you will use this money in your retirement. Worksheets and self – assessment exercises round out this easy to read, comprehensive guide.

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NOVEMBER 15, 2011
Get your bake on...

Fall means many things to many people, but to me, the shorter days and crisp air signal the beginning of the holiday baking season. Whether you’re an actual baker or an armchair sweet tooth, you will enjoy these books.

Baking from my homeBaking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan
This beautiful, accessible volume from James Beard Award-winner Greenspan features hundreds of yummy recipes and a novice-friendly glossary of terms and techniques.
 

A World of CakeA World of Cake: 150 Recipes for Sweet Traditions from Cultures Near and Far by Krystina Castella 
This delightful title – more anthropology lesson than cookbook – offers recipes (and mouthwatering photos) for everything from Cajun king cake to Greek vasilopita.
 

High Altitude BakingHigh Altitude Baking: 200 Delicious Recipes & Tips for Perfect High Altitude Cookies, Cakes, Breads & More
Until I discovered this indispensable book, I’d never baked a normal-looking cookie. This is a must-read for high country bakers.
 

What's New CupcakeWhat’s New, Cupcake? by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson
The recipes in this book are meant to be simple and made with mostly store-bought mixes, frostings, and candies, but the photos of artful cupcakes throughout this book are the real treat.

 

Cake WrecksCake Wrecks: When Professional Cakes Go Hilariously Wrong by Jen Yates 
If your cake decorating skills are as lackluster as mine, this hysterical book of ugly, weird, and downright creepy professional cakes will make you feel better. A follow-up book, Wreck the Halls: When Cake Wrecks Get Festive, will be out just in time for the holidays.

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NOVEMBER 13, 2011
For fans of old movies, old friends, and good stories

Have you met Marisa de los Santos? No? Well, I highly encourage you to make your introductions! With her lively mix of poignant and funny, cozy and contemporary there is much to enjoy in these novels:

Love Walked InLove Walked In 
Cornelia Brown wasn't expecting her very own Cary Grant to walk into the coffee shop she manages in Philadelphia. It's what happens after Martin Grace sweeps her off her feet that is the real story, though. When 11-year-old Clare Hobbes shows up, looking for her father, Cornelia's life becomes full in a way that she hadn't expected. This touching story of friendship and family is both thoughtful and entertaining.

Belong to MeBelong to Me
In de los Santos' follow up novel, Belong to Me, she revisits the life of Cornelia. While marriage to her childhood friend, Teo, is what she has always hoped for, moving to the suburbs may be more than Cornelia can handle. For every run in with Piper Truitt, though, there is her growing friendship with Lake and her gifted son Dev to balance it out. The connections between the characters and the poetic language are, again, the highlights of de los Santos' second novel.

Falling TogetherFalling Together 
A lot has changed in the six years since Pen, Will, and Cat have last spoken. After reuniting at their college reunion, Will and Pen pledge to find Cat and rebuild their incredible friendship. All of their lives and emotions have become more complicated, though. This is another touching, smart story of the truths of the human heart from de los Santos.

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NOVEMBER 12, 2011
I Never Metaphor...

I never metaphorMardy Grothe has been collecting sayings since his college days - all kinds of sayings: metaphors, sayings involving the word ‘if,’ others involving the word ‘never,’ oxymoronic sayings, and more. In I Never Metaphor I Didn’t Like, he groups the metaphors by category, such as ‘wit & humor,’ ‘insults & criticism,’ and ‘life-altering metaphors.’

Grothe quotes authors as diverse as Johnny Carson, Mark Twain, Mother Teresa, and Aristotle. His explanations introduce each category, often comparing similar metaphors from different eras and different cultures. Some examples: “Acting without thinking is like shooting without aiming,” by B.C. Forbes; “I personally am inclined to approach housework the way governments treat dissent; ignore it until it revolts,” by Barbara Kingsolver; and “Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers,” by Isaac Asimov. This is not a book to be rushed through but one to be dipped into, a little here, a little there. Enjoy. I have.

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NOVEMBER 11, 2011
Ready Player One

Ready Player OneThree hidden keys open three secret gates.
Wherein the errant will be tested for worthy traits.
And those with the skill to survive these traits,
will reach The End where the prize awaits.

In Ernest Cline’s exciting new novel, Ready Player One, the answer to this riddle will win you billions!

James Halliday created Oasis, a virtual world that was so wildly successful that it made him one of the wealthiest people in the world. Before his death in 2044, Halliday - having no family to leave his fortune to - hides a video game Easter Egg within his creation. The first person to find the Egg, inherits his company.

So for all you gamers out there – the race is on and you’re invited to join the adventure! Follow super geeks Parzival, Art3mis, and Z as they try to solve the puzzle that will make them billionaires and stop the evil Internet service provider IOI (Innovative Online Industries), from taking over the cyber world.

Half the fun is that Halliday packed his clues with ’80 trivia, referencing everything from The Road Warrior to R.E.M.; Devo to Dungeons & Dragons.

So are you Ready Player One? You can start by reading the first three chapters online. Available in hardcover, e-book, and book on disc.

P.S. The movie rights have already been sold. Let’s hope they make it soon!

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NOVEMBER 10, 2011
Dewey Rediscovered
You may find it confusing, awkward, or just plain curious, but the Dewey Decimal Classification system is the way most public libraries arrange the books on their shelves. Developed by a young Melvil Dewey in 1873, the system revolutionized the way library books were shelved.

Previously, books might be shelved in the order it which they were received. Or, they might be shelved together regardless of the topic just because they “looked nice” together on the shelves. With his radical ten-category classification system for ALL of human knowledge as of 1873 (you can see the potential for problems already!), Dewey brought order to the chaos.

Dewey’s ten major categories are:

000: General Works (Miscellaneous)
100: Philosophy
200: Religion
300: Social Sciences
400: Languages
500: Pure Sciences

600: Technology (Practical Arts) including medicine, engineering, business accounting, agriculture, salesmanship, etc.
700: Fine Arts (including architecture, painting, photography, music, amusements, etc.)
800: Literature
900: History, Geography, Biography

The folks at The Straight Dope website have put together a nice history of the Dewey system.

Look for reading recommendations from each category coming soon!

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NOVEMBER 9, 2011
Whose daughter is it, anyway?
Daughters sure are welcome in book titles these days, aren’t they? It seems like every other book that comes out these days uses the same construct: The [Insert Job Profession]’s Daughter. Let’s review for those following at home:

The Bonesetter’s Daughter (2001)
The Abortionist’s Daughter (2006)
The Apothecary’s Daughter (2008)
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter (2005)
The Coven’s Daughter (2011)
The Headhunter’s Daughter (2011)
The Heretic’s Daughter (2008)
The Demon Trapper’s Daughter (2011)
The Pope’s Daughter (2005)
The Lightkeeper’s Daughter (2009)
The Witch’s Daughter (2011)
The Butterfly’s Daughter (2011)
The Hangman’s Daughter (2010)
The Paramour’s Daughter (2010)
The Gerbil Farmer’s Daughter (seriously?) (2009)
The Fecund’s Melancholy Daughter (no, I mean it—seriously?) (2011)

Trust me, this isn’t even close to an exhaustive list! Daughters, daughters everywhere, all the titles did shriek!

So what’s going on here? I want to blame Amy Tan for starting the trend, but maybe it was Loretta Lynn, the Coal Miner’s Daughter. I’m writing a novel at the moment that doesn’t even have a female character in it but I’m thinking of titling the manuscript “The Something Something’s Daughter” just to catch the publisher’s attention. The predominance of XX chromosomal offspring in book titles is really staggering. What about the XYs? Don’t fictional people have sons anymore? (To be fair, The Pope’s Daughter and The Gerbil Farmer’s Daughter are actually about real people, so they’re somewhat off the hook). Oh well. Capitalizing on a marketing trend may make for a bland book title, but that doesn’t mean the books themselves are bad. Check out these or any other “daughter” titles and let us know what you think about them!

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NOVEMBER 8, 2011
Celebrate Fall with Food
The upcoming book for the November 10th Arvada Book Group meeting is The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman. While the book itself is a work of fiction centered on the complicated relationship between two very different sisters, the title has inspired me start to thinking about cooking. As we head deeper into the fall season, I have been searching for cookbooks that focus on making soups & stews, casseroles, roasts and all other manner of yummy, cold weather dishes. This has put me in the state of mind to start gathering new cookbooks and books about cooking. Here are a few I have come across lately: 

 

Nonfiction Books About Cooking:
Blood, Bones and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton

Childrens’ books :
Eat Your Math Homework : Recipes for Hungry Minds by Ann McCallum
The Do It Myself Kids' Cookbook : Nothing Sharp, Nothing Hot by Laurie Goldrich Wolf
The Family Dinner : Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal at a Time by Laurie David ; with recipes by Kirstin Uhrenholdt

Cookbooks:
Hunt, Gather, Cook : Finding the Forgotten Feast by Hank Shaw
Cooking in the Moment : a Year of Seasonal Recipes by Andrea Reusing
Fresh from the Market : Seasonal Cooking by Laurent Tourondel and Charlotte March
Slow Cooker Revolution by America’s Test Kitchen
Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Cookbook by Julie Kaufmann.

If you are in the mood for fiction with a foodie-themed twist try:
The Love Goddess' Cooking School by Melissa Senate
Cooking with Jane Austen from the Feasting with Fiction series by Kirstin Olsen
A Catered Thanksgiving : a Mystery with Recipes by Isis Crawford

Please consider the library if you are searching for good cookbooks or interesting books about cooking and food! All of the titles listed above are available or may be requested at our wonderful Jefferson County Public Libraries.

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NOVEMBER 5, 2011
Do you miss Stieg?

For Stieg Larsson fans: Another amazingly dark and entertaining Scandinavian crime novel has just arrived! Jo Nesbø’s Headhunters will be a thrilling find for suspense readers who gravitate to all things Nordic. An international bestseller, the English translation has finally been published here in the United States.

The charming and devious Roger Brown is a wildly successful corporate headhunter. He and his beautiful wife live way above their means, so he supplements his income with art theft. Reserve your copy before the masses discover this new release.

To learn more about the book, watch this clip, in which author Jo Nesbø is interviewed about Headhunters.

Rather wait for the film? A movie adaptation by the folks who produced the Stieg Larsson films premiered in Oslo in August 2011, and an American version is on its way.

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NOVEMBER 3, 2011
In praise of pumpkins

Backyard Giants: The Passionate, Heartbreaking, and Glorious Quest to Grow the Biggest Pumpkin Ever
by Susan Warren

Growing the world’s heaviest pumpkin has become an international sport, and this engaging book chronicles the efforts of two Rhode Island gardeners to set a record with their own behemoth gourd. Warren takes readers through an entire growing season – from fastidious seed selection to final weigh-in. Wives are neglected and bank accounts drained as the pumpkins amass 30 pounds a day, under constant threat from deer, mice, and fungus. This hilarious exposé reveals just how far some gardeners will go for one (very big) payoff.

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NOVEMBER 2, 2011
Vote for One Book, One Golden

Help us choose the title for our first One Book, One Golden program! Patrons may cast their vote for one of three choices:

Bellwether by Connie Willis

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Growing Up True: Lessons From a Western Boyhood by Craig S. Barnes

Click here to learn more about the selections and to cast your vote.

Voting ends Nov. 11. We will announce the 2012 One Book, One Golden community selection in January.

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NOVEMBER 1, 2011
November Book Groups at JCPL

Are you curious about what goes on at Jefferson County Public Library’s monthly book discussion groups? JCPL sponsors eight book groups for adults at libraries throughout the county. Members read a variety of titles, ranging from literary fiction and classics to biographies and books by local authors. If you’ve ever wanted to see what a book group is all about, don’t be shy. Our book groups are free and new members are always welcome.

Here are the books our groups will discuss in November:

Arvada Library: Thursday Night Book Group
7 p.m. on November 10
The Cookbook Collector: A Novel by Allegra Goodman

Belmar Library: Thursday Night Book Group
7 p.m. on November 3
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

Columbine Library: Tuesday Afternoon Book Group
2 p.m. on November 1
Room: a Novel by Emma Donoghue

Evergreen Library: Thursday Night Book Group
7 p.m. on November 10
The Thunder and the Sunshine: Four Seasons in a Burnished Life by Gary Hart

Lakewood Library: Tuesday Afternoon Book Group
1 p.m. on November 22
Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 by Stephen Puleo

Lakewood Library: Tuesday Night Book Group
7 p.m. on November 8
A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace

Standley Lake Library: Thursday Night Book Group
7 p.m. on November 10
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Wheat Ridge Library: Thursday Morning Book Group
9 a.m. on November 17
Kill Me: a Novel by Stephen White

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