Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Planning Ahead for Thanksgiving!

Hard to believe, but it's less than 6 weeks until Thanksgiving!  Time to dust off old recipes or why not look through some of our many cookbooks and start a new family tradition?

A Thanksgiving Holiday Cookbook by Emily Raabe

Learn how to make turkey pot pie, corn pudding, and other Thanksgiving dishes.  Recipes are geared so that the whole family can join in!

Thanksgiving Entertaining by Lou Seibert Pappas

Everything from how to prepare a traditional New England style Thanksgiving feast to a more contemporary California influenced Thanksgiving meal.

Historical Thanksgiving Cookery by Robert W. Pelton

Want to try the Thanksgiving dinners that Americans in the past have enjoyed?  This volume contains the favorite recipes from the early days of our nation - from the Revolutionary War through the Civil War.

We have these and many other cookbooks - come in and explore!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Horror Fiction Titles

With Halloween coming up fast, I thought I would feature some of our newer horror fiction for those who want to get into the mood.

Entropy in Bloom by Jeremy R. Johnson "For more than a decade, Jeremy Robert Johnson has been bubbling under the surface of both literary and genre fiction. His short stories present a brilliantly dark and audaciously weird realm where cosmic nightmares collide with all-too-human characters and apocalypses of all shapes and sizes loom ominously. In "Persistence Hunting," a lonely distance runner is seduced into a brutal life of crime with an ever-narrowing path for escape. In "When Susurrus Stirs," an unlucky pacifist must stop a horrifying parasite from turning his body into a sentient hive. Running through all of Johnson's work is a hallucinatory vision and deeply-felt empathy, earning the author a reputation as one of today's most daring and thrilling writers. Featuring the best of his previously independently-published short fiction, as well as an exclusive, never-before-published novella "The Sleep of Judges"--where a father's fight against the denizens of a drug den becomes a mind-bending suburban nightmare--Entropy in Bloom is a perfect compendium for avid fans and an ideal entry point for adventurous readers seeking the humor, heartbreak, and terror of JRJ's strange new worlds."

The Devil Crept In by Ania Ahlborn "Young Jude Brighton has been missing for three days, and while the search for him is in full swing in the small town of Deer Valley, Oregon, the locals are starting to lose hope. They're well aware that the first forty-eight hours are critical and after that, the odds usually point to a worst-case scenario. And despite Stevie Clark's youth, he knows that, too; he's seen the cop shows. He knows what each ticking moment may mean for Jude, his cousin and best friend. That, and there was that boy, Max Larsen...the one from years ago, found dead after also disappearing under mysterious circumstances. And then there were the animals: pets missing out of yards. For years, the residents of Deer Valley have murmured about these unsolved crimes...and that a killer may still be lurking around their quiet town. Now, fear is reborn--and for Stevie, who is determined to find out what really happened to Jude, the awful truth may be too horrifying to imagine."

Dark Cities by Christopher Golden "An anthology of horror stories in urban settings: back alleys, crumbling brownstones, gleaming high-rise towers, or city hall. Terrifying urban myths, malicious ghosts, cursed architecture, malignant city deities, personal demons (in business or relationships) twisted into something worse; virtually anything that inspires the contributors to imagine some bit of urban darkness."

Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero "The summer of 1977. The Blyton Summer Detective Club (of Blyton Hills, a small mining town in Oregon's Zoinx River Valley) solved their final mystery and unmasked the elusive Sleepy Lake monster--another low-life fortune hunter trying to get his dirty hands on the legendary riches hidden in Debo├źn Mansion. And he would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for those meddling kids. 1990. The former detectives have grown up and apart, each haunted by disturbing memories of their final night in the old haunted house. There are too many strange, half-remembered encounters and events that cannot be dismissed or explained away by a guy in a mask...The time has come to get the team back together, face their fears, and find out what actually happened all those years ago at Sleepy Lake. It's their only chance to end the nightmares and, perhaps, save the world."

The Hole: a novel by Hye-yng P’yn  A man wakes up paralyzed from a car accident that killed his wife. He's taken care of solely by his mother-in-law, who begins to show erratic behavior as she digs up her daughter's prized garden.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Hispanic Heritage Month

We're in the middle of National Hispanic Heritage Month and we have been posting a different spotlight on Facebook every day.

Some of the people we have already featured include :

  • Antonia Novello, MD
  • Oscar de la Renta
  • Selena Gomez
  • Antonio Banderas
  • Eva Longoria
  • Jorge Ramos
  • Sonia Sotomayor
  • Ted Cruz
  • Ellen Ochoa
Hispanic Heritage Month runs through October 15 - keep watching to see who else we feature this month.  In the meantime, why not check out one of the Hispanic authors in our collection?

  • Isabel Allende (Daughter of Fortune; The House of the Spirits, etc)
  • Julia Alvarez (Before We Were Free; How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent; etc)
  • Jorge Luis Borges (An Introduction to English Literature; Selected Poems 1923-1967)
  • Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist; The Spy; Aleph; Adultery; Manuscript found in Accra)
  • Zoraida Cordova (Labyrinth Lost)
  • Junot Diaz (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao; This is How You Lose Her)
  • Carlos Fuentes (The Diary of Frida Kahlo; The Old Gringo; The Campaign)
  • Esmeralda Santiago (Conquistadora)
  • Alisa Valdes (The Feminist and the Cowboy : an Unlikely Story)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Medical Related Non-Fiction

An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take it Back is a book on the American healthcare system by Elisabeth Rosenthal. The author explains how our system of healthcare went from a caring endeavor to a convoluted and highly profitable industry in a few short decades. Rosenthal breaks down this behemoth system into its various components--hospitals, doctors, and insurance and pharmaceutical companies. She discusses how hospital systems that are managed by business executives act like predatory lenders and hound patients and seize their homes. Patients receive coded bills from doctors they never saw. Research charities get into bed with pharmaceutical companies and surreptitiously profit from the donations made by hard working people in good faith. Rosenthal offers hope by spelling out exactly how we can decode medical double speak, avoid the perils of the pharmaceutical scheme, and get the care you and your loved ones deserve.

Inferno: A Doctor's Ebola Story is by Steven Hatch, M.D. As an infectious disease specialist, Dr. Hatch came to Liberia in November 2013 to work at a hospital in Monrovia. Six months later, several of the physicians he had served with were dead or unable to work and Ebola had become an international worry. Hatch returned with the aid organization International Medical Corps to help establish and Ebola Treatment Unit. In this hastily built structure in the middle of the jungle, he witnessed the selfless care given by the unit's physicians, nurses, and other caregivers. He explores this deadly virus as well as the afflicted country of Liberia to reveal how the Ebola outbreak stoked anxieties that were exploited for political gain around the world. He discusses how generations of inequality left Liberia vulnerable to this crisis and how similar circumstances could fuel another plague elsewhere. Hatch feels that by understanding and alleviating these stressors, another outbreak in other countries could be curtailed more quickly.

A Surgeon in the Village: An American Doctor Teaches Brain Surgery in Africa is by Tony Bartelme. Dr. Dilan Ellegala goes to Tanzania and is shocked to find that there are only three brain surgeons for its population of forty-two million people. In Haydom Lutheran Hospital, even the most basic surgical tools are absent, not even a saw to open a patient's skull can be found. Here, people with head injuries or brain tumors are left to heal on their own or die. Dr. Ellegala is confronted with a villager suffering from severe head trauma, so he takes it upon himself to buy a tree saw from a farmer, sterilize it, and then uses it to save the man's life. Ellegala realizes that there are far too many neurosurgery patients for a single person to save and he will soon be leaving Tanzania. The only solution is to teach someone the skills necessary to perform these complicated and dangerous procedures. He finds his first potential student in Emmanuel Mayegga. Though he has no formal medical degree, Mayegga is a stubborn and determined medical officer who possesses the dexterity and intelligence to do brain surgery. As he guides the Tanzanians in their studies, he also challenges the Western medical establishment to do more than send vacationing doctors on short-term medical missions. He offers a solution that could potentially transform the care of more than two billion people around the world.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Don't Forget About Our Online Resources!

School is back in full swing!  Do you or your children need some homework help?  We have the following resources to help :

MAGNOLIA - An online database of scholarly journals, newspaper archives, and literary critiques.  Ask at the Reference Desk for the address and password to access this extensive collection.

World Book Online - The online version of the popular encyclopedia and more.  Ask at the Reference Desk for the ID and password to access.

Gage Cengage - Online reference books, including the Contemporary Black Biography series.  Patrons with a Google account can sign in and be able to save articles and citations to Drive as well as print and email (with any email account).  Highlighting, note-taking and audio options are also available.  Ask at the Reference Desk for details on how to access their site (GVRL has free apps for Android and IOS devices called Access My Library).

Salem Press Online - A selection of reference books specifically for high school age and up.  Patrons can set up a free account to save search information, citations, and articles.  There is also a feature to allow you to print and/or email articles and citations.  Ask at the Reference Desk for details on how to access the site.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Two Books; One Title

This week, I'm featuring two books that share the same title and both are mysteries. That is where the similarities end, however, as each is by a different author, each takes place in a different time period, and each has a very different plot.

The first book is What the Dead Leave Behind: A Gilded Age Mystery by Rosemary Simpson. Set in New York City during the Great Blizzard of 1888, this story follows heiress Prudence MacKenzie; who waits impatiently in her Fifth Avenue home for her fiance's safe return. As morning breaks, more than two hundred people are found to have died in the icy winds and freezing snowdrifts. Unfortunately for Prudence, her fiance, Charles, is one of the deceased. He is found with head crushed by a heavy branch and he is holding an ace of spades playing card in his hand. Prudence knows that the playing card was a code that Charles shared with his friend, Geoffrey Hunter, a former Pinkerton agent and attorney from the South. Convinced that Charles was murdered, Prudence turns to Geoffrey for help to find the killer and to help protect her inheritance from her shady stepmother who seems to be more interested in the money than Prudence's well-being.

The second book is What the Dead Leave Behind: A McKenzie Novel by David Housewright. Former St. Paul, Minnesota police detective Rushmore McKenzie is the unlikeliest of millionaires. He does the occasional unlicensed private investigation, mostly doing favors for friends and those in need. When his stepdaughter, Erica, asked for just such a favor to help out a college friend, Mckenzie doesn't have the heart to refuse. Her friend's father, Malcolm Harris, was murdered a year ago in New Brighton, just outside of the twin cities and the case yielded no clues and has gone cold. When McKenzie starts nosing around in the case, he turns up another case that is tangentially related to Harris's and both cases lead back to a group of friends with whom the victim was close. His case is full of odd, suspicious coincidences and nothing more, until someone decides that McKenzie is getting too close and decides to make things very personal.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

August New Adult Fiction!

These are some of the new titles that we added to our New Adult Fiction section in August!

 The Baker's Secret by Stephen P. Kiernan

After her kind mentor is arrested because of his Jewish heritage, a young baker's apprentice in Normandy engages in discreet resistance activities, baking contraband loaves of bread for the hungry using surplus ingredients taken from occupying forces.

Bad Dreams and Other Stories by Tessa Hadley

In these short stories it's the ordinary things that turn out to be most extraordinary: the history of a length of fabric or a forgotten jacket. 

Indigo by Charlaine Harris

Investigative reporter Nora Hesper spends her nights cloaked in shadows. As Indigo, she's become an urban myth, a brutal vigilante who can forge darkness into weapons and travel across the city by slipping from one patch of shadow to another. Her primary focus both as Nora and as Indigo has become a murderous criminal cult called the Children of Phonos. Children are being murdered in New York, and Nora is determined to make it stop, even if that means Indigo must eliminate every member.

Love Story by Karen Kingsbury

Decades ago, John and Elizabeth Baxter lived a love story that is still playing out in the lives of their adult children and grandchildren. But few of them know the exact details of that story or the heartbreak that brought the two together.