This is the follow-up volume of poetry to Trethewey’s 2007 Pulitzer Prize–winning Native Guard and it clearly shows why she is the new Poet Laurette of the United States.
She beautifully blends her personal family history into the history of America, especially the deep south. She is an interracial child, when a black woman and white man marrying was not only dangerous but illegal in her parents home state. She uses her poetry to show the struggles of not only southern America but of many forgotten names and faces in history. Natasha Trethewey uses her knowledge of history and the faces in colonial paintings as inspiration. She meditates on captivity, knowledge, and inheritance throughout this work. As she reflects on a series of estrangements from her father she comes to an understand how they are part of the ongoing history of race in America.
A unique look at life and what is really important: family, love, loyalty and hope and all told through the eyes of a dog. But not any ordinary dog. Enzo knows that he is different from other dogs. He has learned about life and this strange human world through television and from the words of his master, Denny Swift, a race car driver.
Funny, but at times heart-wrenching this is a beautifully written story of humanity and compassion as only Enzo can share it. Keep the Kleenex nearby.
Adriana Trigiani describes the haunting beauty of the Italian Alps so well you can smell the crisp mountain air and hear the ringing of the chapel bells. Here in these humble mountain towns prior to WWI we meet Enza, a practical oldest daughter, and Ciro, a strapping mountain boy. They briefly meet as teenagers, despite growing up in villages just a few miles apart. Due to forces beyond their control both teens end up traveling to America separately. Ciro, as his only chance of escaping a vindictive priest and Enza to save her family’s future. But neither know the other has left for America.
Ciro masters shoemaking and Enza takes a factory job in Hoboken when they again are briefly reunited. But Ciro has volunteered to serve in World War I and Enza is determined to forge a life of her own, begins a career as a seamstress at the Metropolitan Opera House at the time of the great tenor, Enrico Caruso.
Will they ever find love and success? Is true love with each other or someone else and what does it mean to succeed? All these questions are answered in this historical epic that sweeps you from the Italian mountain peaks, to bustling New York City to the mountains of Minnesota in the early 1900s.
This cookbook starts off with a brief history of cookbooks in the United States and then moves into Missouri written and published cookbooks. It shows how early cookbooks where a record of our cultural heritage. How the cooks of the day would move from recipes for a fine dinner on one page to recipes to keep ants out of the house and add color to a flowers bloom on the next then back to recipes for every day meals.
The authors used more than 150 publications to discuss Missouri’s cookbook heritage. They started with manuscript cookbooks from 1821 in St Louis including those from the William Clark family. Yes, that’s Clark from the Lewis and Clark Expeditions. They continue on to modern days including the popularity and fundraising efforts of community and civic group cookbooks and how the state’s beef council has put recipes on the Internet.
An informative, fun history of cooking, every day life and even politics in Missouri.
A history of tea and tea-time in England with emphasis on Jane Austen’s lifetime as well as examples of different tea traditions from different levels of British society and quotes from Austen’s novels that illustrate these traditions.
Did you know that coffee appeared in England before tea? Some households even served coffee or hot cocoa instead of tea at tea time but since tea had become the fashionable drink of high society and royalty this afternoon or evening repast became refered to as “tea.” The book includes recipes for tea treats and other drinks served at tea time with both traditional recipes and modern forms of the same recipes.
A satisfying conclusion to The Giver series that ties all the main characters together from all 3 previous stories, The Giver, Gathering Blue and Messenger. Claire’s story could also be a strong story on it’s own but it was great to finally found out what happened to baby Gabe. : )
At last, Neferet’s evil has been exposed and the High Council is no longer on her side. But it’s not that easy to get rid of Neferet. She tries to involve humans in the vampyre world and the running of the House of Night including reaching out to Aphrodite’s father the mayor. The twins are still barely speaking and now Kalona is supposed to a warrior for the House of Night. Can they trust him? And what does the visions Zoey sees through the Seer Stone mean? Grandma Redbird also plays an important part in this continuing saga of the House of Night.
Zoey is finally home at the House of Night in Tulsa. She along with Stark, Stevie Rae and Rephaim must now battle Neferet. Can they convince the High Counsel of Neferet’s true nature? What will become of Kalona now that he has separated from Neferet?
Other changes are taking place at the House of Night. Humans are being employed for the first time, including a handsome horse whisperer that haunts Lenobia and the mysterious young teen, Aurox. But is he really human? What is his destiny and how will affect Zoey and her friends?
A collection of funny, thoughtful and sometimes surprisingly grown-up comments from preschoolers collected and organized by a preschool teacher on all sorts of topics. Quick, fun read.
A beautiful collection of poems that paints word pictures so clearly that you can see the battlefield with the civil war soldiers and you can feel the fear and anger of the poet’s family dealing with prejudice in the south. This collection is not only a Pulitzer Prize winner but also by the current U.S. Poet Laurette.
The sequel to Anna Dressed in Blood with all the heart-thumping suspense and clever quips you would expect from main character Cas and his friends. The ghost girl, Anna saved ghost-hunter Cas and his friends in the first book by dragging the voodoo monster, Obeahman, down into Hell. But now she’s reappearing in Cas’ dreams and in his room and her voice is coming from other ghosts. Cas realizes she is being tortured and he’s determined to rescue her despite all advice to the contrary. This sequel takes Cas and his friends to Britain and explains the creation of the athame and Cas’ connection to it.
An atmospheric blend of Celtic folklore, adventure, a coming of age story. Each fall water horses rise out of the Scorpio sea on to the island and are captured by the men of the island who attempt to train and tame them to ride. On November 1st a race is held along the beach. Some riders make a name for themselves for winning, for their bravery or by dying in the race.
Sean Kendrick is the 19 year old returning champion having won the race 4 times. He works as horse trainer for the wealthiest man on the island but all Sean really wants is a place of his own and Cor, the water horse, who he has trained for several years but belongs to his boss. Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. Her parents never allowed her to even watch the races. But the future for both Puck and Sean depend on winning the race.
What book has all of my favorite genres in one? The Diviners. It is historical fiction with a murder with paranormal fantasy elements mixed in to both the main characters lives and the mystery. Fun and full of atmospheric descriptions and twists and turns in the mystery plot.
Evie O’Neill has embarrassed her family in small town Ohio and been shipped off to live with her uncle in 1920s New York City—and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. Her parents want her to stay out of trouble and calm down but New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces as well as where her best friend from childhood lives. Soon enough, Evie is running with a glamorous Ziegfield girl and a rakish pickpockets. When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie’s uncle is called in by his police friend as a consultant and Evie winds up right in the middle of the case. But Evie has her own secret. Her mysterious power that got her in trouble in her hometown and makes her feel different from everyone else her age, but can it help her solve the mystery and what secrets do her new friends have?
My only disappointment was that I didn’t know when I started that book that it was book one of a series. But that just means you get to spend more time with Evie, her uncle and all the other characters in books to come!
What would happen if all of Earth’s music is beloved by all of the alien cultures out there in space and then they discover the Earth’s copyright laws and that they owe us gazilions of billions of dollars? Would they try to reach a legal settlement, try to hide the fact, copy all the music and blow up the Earth and go on…
Find out in this fun science fiction novel, .
The author relates his life long search for the First Folios of Shakespeare. The first collection of Shakespeare’s plays published after his death. He shares the history of different copies of the Folio and in some cases can only share the search and known characteristics of still missing copies.
Author of the Discworld series Terry Pratchett writes about cats and how to tell if your pet or neighborhood cat is a “real” cat. He humorously writes a history of cats, tips on how to relate to cats and why a “real” cat is the best kind of cat to have a round. With humorous illustrations by Gray Jolliff.
A bedtime story of a character in Pratchett’s Discworld series becomes a real book that you can pretend you are reading along with Captain Vimes as he reads it to young Sam. I’ll leave it to your better judgment if you want to read it to your kids or not. They might decide that they want a collection like the main character in the story.
From the Discworld book, Snuff, “A charming tale for people of all ages (but especially for young Sam Vimes) from the pen of Miss Felicity Beedle, Discworld’s premier children’s author.
‘Vimes’ prompt arrival got a nod of approval from Sybil, who gingerly handed him a new book to read to Young Sam. Vimes looked at the cover. The title was The World of Poo. When his wife was out of eyeshot he carefully leafed through it. Well, okay, you had to accept that the world had moved on and these days fairy stories were probably not going to be about twinkly little things with wings. As he turned page after page, it dawned on him that whoever had written this book, they certainly knew what would make kids like Young Sam laugh until they were nearly sick. The bit about sailing down the river almost made him smile. But interspersed with the scatology was actually quite interesting stuff about septic tanks and dunnakin divers and gongfermors and how dog muck helped make the very best leather, and other things that you never thought you would need to know, but once heard somehow lodged in your mind.”
A quirky guide to time travel including how to build your own time machine, skills you need for different time periods like dragon fighting and knowing the symptoms of the black plague and what to do to avoid time paradoxes.
References several science fiction movie characters, tv shows and books related to time travel in any way. Speaks very reverently of Dr. Emmett Brown and his time traveling Delorian. Did I mention this is found in the humor section of non-fiction at the library?
Iron Druid Series book 2
Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care for witches. But he’s agreed to make a non-aggression treaty with the local coven when a new coven of witches shows up in Arizona. The new coven has a dark history on the German side of World War II and a bad history with both Atticus and the local coven members.
With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants arriving from Las Vegas and two dangerous Celtic goddesses vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the German witch hunt. But aided by his magical sword, his neighbor’s rocket-propelled grenade launcher, his faithful hound Oberon and his vampire attorney, Atticus is ready to show the witchy women they picked the wrong Druid to hex.
Iron Druid series # 1. A new series that mixes ancient religions and modern life. Join Atticus, the only surviving Druid, (yes, he’s over 2,000 years old) and his Irish Wolfhound, Oberon as they try to blend in to modern day life in Arizona. Unexpected visits from the gods of old stir up trouble and Atticus has to call on his lawyers from a specialized law firm that help unique clients. Since they are werewolves and a vampire (somebody has to work the night shift) they are experts in following modern law and explaining away weird goo from a dead deity on the front lawn.