Celebrate Fat Tuesday!

Celebrate Fat Tuesday!

fattuesdaysplGet in the mood for Mardi Gras with these books and DVDs!

American Horror Story: Coven  (DVD)
The exceptional young witches at Miss Robichaux’s Academy are under assault by forces of ignorance and hate. Caught in the turmoil is new arrival, Zoe, who harbors a terrifying secret of her own. Fiona, a Supreme Witch with unimaginable powers, is determined to protect the Coven, but her obsessive quest for immortality will lead her to cross paths with a formidable voodoo queen and a murderous slave owner cursed with eternal life.

Fat Tuesday By Brown, Sandra (Print Book)
It’s Mardi Gras week in the French Quarter, a perfect time for narcotics cop Burke Basile to avenge the acquittal of his partner’s murderer by kidnapping the defense attorney’s sheltered wife. So begins Sandra Brown’s riveting story of corruption in the Big Easy. As the crisis reaches a fevered pitch, the line between saint and sinner blurs. Who will find redemption as the clock ticks toward midnight on Fat Tuesday?

Keepsake crimes By Childs, Laura (eBook)
New Orleans scrapbooking shop owner Carmela Bertrand delights her customers with the sophisticated looks she achieves with their scrapbooks. But among her client’s keepsakes she finds a tip of her own-about a murder

Paper crafts for Mardi Gras By McGee, Randel (Print Book)
Dress up as a jester or a king or queen and lead a Mardi Gras parade! Follow storyteller Randel McGee as he explores the history and symbols of Mardi Gras in PAPER CRAFTS FOR MARDI GRAS. Create a Columbina mask, paper bead throw necklace, a gold doubloon necklace, a rhythm maker, and more!

Treme, the Complete First Season (DVD)
Amid the ruins of New Orleans, ordinary people–musicians, chefs, residents–find themselves clinging to a unique culture and wondering if the city that gave birth to that culture still has a future.

New Year’s Resolutions

Have you made your new year’s resolutions yet? Are you already struggling to keep them? Here are some books to help you stick to your goals this January and for the rest of the year. Broken down into categories, the following books will give you guidance and advice on how to live your best 2016 and beyond.

 

To Get Orgaspark joynized:

Spark Joy : an Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up : The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo

Work simply : Embracing the Power of Your Personal Productivity Style by Carson Tate

Small Move, Big Change : Using Microresolutions to Transform Your Life Permanently by Caroline L. Arnold

 

To Get Fit:thinner in 30

Thinner in 30 : Small Changes That Add Up to Big Weight Loss in Just 30 Days by Jenna Wolfe

Younger Next Year : The Exercise Program by Chris Crowley

2,100 Asanas : The Complete Yoga Poses by Daniel Lacerda

 

Broad ForkTo Eat Better and Cook More:

The Broad Fork : Recipes for the Wide World of Vegetables and Fruits by Hugh Acheson

Homemade Kitchen by Alana Chernila

V is for Vegetables : Inspired Recipes & Techniques for Home Cooks from Artichokes to Zucchini by Michael Anthony

First Bite: How We Learn to Eat by Bee Wilson

How Not to Die : Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease by Michael Greger

 

Presence

To Live Up To Your Potential:

Rising Strong by Brené Brown

Presence : Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy

Big Magic : Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

 

 

Index CardTo Save Money:

The Index Card : Why Personal Finance Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated by Helaine Olen

To Give More:

Simple Giving : Easy Ways to Give Every Day by Jennifer Iacovelli

Best Books of 2015

It’s the best time of year. Or at least the best time of year for book lists. All of these books are considered the best of 2015 and Sewickley Public Library owns them! Pick one up for your winter travels today.

 

FictionH is for Hawk

Delicious Foods by James Hannaham

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

The Green Road by Anne Enright

The Incarnations by Susan Barker

The Love Object by Edna O’Brien

The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud

Purity by Jonathan Franzen

A Spool of Blue Thread by Ann Tyler

 

IncarnationsNonfiction

Barbarian Days: a surfing life by William Finnegan

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Edge of the World by Michael Pye

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

Hold Still : a memoir with photographs by Sally Mann

On the Move : a life by Oliver Sacks

Pacific by Simon Winchester

Witches of America by Alex Mar

 

If these books are not enough to satisfy, check out NPR’s Book Concierge  or the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2015.

New November Cookbooks

With the approach of Thanksgiving, it’s time to break out the cookbooks for recipes old and new. Give these fall releases a try for something different this turkey day.

 

My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life My kitchen year

By Ruth Reichl

In the fall of 2009, the food world was rocked when Gourmet magazine was abruptly shuttered by its parent company. No one was more stunned by this unexpected turn of events than its beloved editor in chief, Ruth Reichl, who suddenly faced an uncertain professional future. As she struggled to process what had seemed unthinkable, Reichl turned to the one place that had always provided sanctuary. “I did what I always do when I’m confused, lonely, or frightened,” she writes. “I disappeared into the kitchen.” My Kitchen Year follows the change of seasons–and Reichl’s emotions–as she slowly heals through the simple pleasures of cooking.

 

Jacques Pépin Heart & Soul in the Kitchen Heart & Soul in the Kitchen

By Jacques Pépin

In the companion book to his final PBS series, the world-renowned chef shows his close relationship to the land and sea as he cooks for close friends and family. Jacques Pépin Heart & Soul in the Kitchen is an intimate look at the celebrity chef and the food he cooks at home with family and friends–200 recipes in all.

 

Near and FarNear & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel

By Heidi Swanson

Known for combining natural foods recipes with evocative, artful photography, New York Times bestselling author Heidi Swanson circled the globe to create this mouthwatering assortment of 120 vegetarian dishes. In this deeply personal collection drawn from her well-worn recipe journals, Heidi describes the fragrance of flatbreads hot off a Marrakech griddle, soba noodles and feather-light tempura in Tokyo, and the taste of wild-picked greens from the Puglian coast.

 

The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking through science The Food Lab

By J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

In The Food Lab, Kenji focuses on the science behind beloved American dishes, delving into the interactions between heat, energy, and molecules that create great food. Kenji shows that often, conventional methods don’t work that well, and home cooks can achieve far better results using new–but simple–techniques.

5 Books That Will Give You Chills

Halloween is around the corner and ghosts and goblins are everything. For those of you looking for a good scare, look no further. Here’s a list of books sure to chill you to the bone.

 

Doctor SleepThe Shining by Stephen King

In The Shining, Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote . . . and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

Bonus Book : Doctor Sleep

In Doctor Sleep, Stephen King returns to the character and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. 

 

Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice

Interview with the Vampire, opens with the seductive purr of F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus) stating, “I was a 25-year-old man when I became a vampire, and the year was 1791.” And so our ultimate antihero, Louis, begins the elaborate retelling of his long, tortured life as a vampire. Winding through the ages, from New Orleans to Paris, we follow Louis and his undying mentor, Lestat, as they feed on humans, whet their carnal appetites, and uncover an underworld of vampire brethren.

Scary Stories to tell in the dark

 

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz

Walking corpses, dancing bones, knife-wielding madmen, and narrow escapes from death—they’re all here in this chilling collection of ghost stories.

 

Dracula by Bram Stoker

The defining novel of the classic horror genre, Bram Stoker’s defining achievement holds as much weight today as it did more than a century ago. Told through a series of letters and newspaper clippings, Stoker laid out the framework for realistic horror which would pave the way for Stephen King and H.P. Lovecraft with his now-world-renowned titular character, roughly drawn from Romania’s Ivan the Terrible. A dark classic for the ages and a brilliant piece of literature.

 

The Woman in BlackThe Woman in Black by Susan Hill

Arthur Kipps, a young lawyer, travels to a remote village to put the affairs of a recently deceased client, Alice Drablow in order. As he works alone in her isolated house, Kipps begins to uncover disturbing secrets – and his unease grows when he glimpses a mysterious woman dressed in black. The locals are strangely unwilling to talk about the unsettling occurrence, and Kipps is forced to uncover the true identity of the Woman in Black on his own, leading to a desperate race against time when he discovers her true intent…

Fall Into Reading

As the weather starts to cool and the leaves begin to change, you might be looking to curl up with a good book. So grab your pumpkin spice latte and take one of these books home today.

Let Me Tell YouLet Me Tell You by Shirley Jackson

Let Me Tell You brings together the deliciously eerie short stories Jackson is best known for, along with frank, inspiring lectures on writing; comic essays about her large, boisterous family; and whimsical drawings.

She wields humor, terror, and the uncanny to explore the real challenges of marriage, parenting, and community–the pressure of social norms, the veins of distrust in love, the constant lack of time and space.

 

Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller

Our endless numbered days

Peggy Hillcoat is eight years old when her survivalist father, James, takes her from their home in London to a remote hut in the woods and tells her that the rest of the world has been destroyed. Deep in the wilderness, Peggy and James make a life for themselves. When Peggy finds a pair of boots in the forest and begins a search for their owner, she unwittingly begins to unravel the series of events that brought her to the woods and, in doing so, discovers the strength she needs to go back to the home and mother she thought she’d lost.

 

The Lake House

The Lake House by Kate Morton

From the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Secret Keeper and The Distant Hours, an intricately plotted, spellbinding new novel of heartstopping suspense and uncovered secrets.
Living on her family’s idyllic lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented sixteen-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure…

 

The Lost Landscape: A Writer’s Coming of Age by Joyce Carol OatesThe Lost Landscape

The Lost Landscape is Joyce Carol Oates’ vivid chronicle of her hardscrabble childhood in rural western New York State. From memories of her relatives, to those of a charming bond with a special red hen on her family farm; from her first friendships to her earliest experiences with death, The Lost Landscape is a powerful evocation of the romance of childhood, and its indelible influence on the woman and the writer she would become.

October Staff Pick : Boys in the Boat

Our October staff pick comes from Pat Drogowski. This is what she had to say about it.

The Boys in the Boat “My summer favorite, maybe all-time favorite:

 The Boys in the Boat : Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin  Olympics by Daniel Brown

The popularity and challenges of crew are intricately and interestingly described through the  Seattle college team that makes it to 1936 Berlin Olympics team! This was the number-one sport of that era.  But more than that is the struggle of the main character faced with extreme poverty, family abandonment and the stamina and courage to win and lose. History and the extremes of life during the Depression and Dust Bowl are woven so well into this story. He is an unsung American hero to say the least.”

September Staff Pick : The Royal We

This month we have a great selection from one of our librarians, Lynne H.

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica MorganThe Royal We

“The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan has been my favorite book of the summer. It’s totally basically fanfiction of Kate Middleton and Prince William… but don’t laugh, I swear it’s really good! For those who love easy to read chick lit that you don’t have to think about.”

If you enjoyed this book, check out the other YA books written by these two : Spoiled and Messy.

 

New Fiction Books – September 2015

Check out some of these new fiction books to hit the Sewickley shelves this month!

 


Among the Ten Thousand Things Among the Ten Thousand Things
 Julia Pierpont
F PIE
Jack Shanley is a New York artist who doesn’t mean to plunge his family into  crisis. His wife, Deb, gladly left behind a career as a dancer to raise their two  children. In the ensuing years, she ignored the weaknesses of the man she  married. But then a package arrives in the mail: a cardboard box containing  sheaves of printed emails chronicling Jack’s secret life.

Bennington Girls Are Easy
Charlotte Silver
F SIL
Bennington College, founded in 1932 as a suitable refuge for the wayward daughters of good families, maintains its reputation for attracting free spirits.  Here’s the story of two graduates as they move to New York and try to figure out what they are actually doing with their lives.

Constant Fear
Daniel Palmer
F PAL
When Jake Dent’s dreams of baseball glory fell apart in a drunk-driving incident, his marriage did too.  In those dark days a popular survivalist blog helped him restore his sense of control.  A suspenseful thriller.

Crooked Heart
Lissa Evans
F EVA
When Noel Bostock—aged ten, no family—is evacuated from London to escape the Nazi bombardment, he lands in a suburb northwest of the city with Vera Sedge—a thirty-six-year old widow drowning in debts and dependents. Always desperate for money, she’s unscrupulous about how she gets it.   Excellent reviews!

The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty
Vendela Vida
F VID
In this literary thriller, a woman travels to Casablanca, Morocco, on mysterious business.  While checking into her hotel, she is robbed of all of her money and identification.  She soon finds that she feels strangely liberated by her sudden  freedom to be anyone she chooses.

The Dog Master: A Novel of the First Dog
Bruce Cameron
F CAM
During the Ice Ages, one tribe struggles for survival and one extraordinary man bonds with a wolf—a friendship that changes mankind forever.

How to Be a Grown-up
Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
F MCL
The authors of The Nanny Diaries are back with a humorous look at a fortysomething wife and mother thrust back into the workforce, where she finds herself at the mercy of a #bosshalfherage.

In a Dark, Dark Wood
Ruth Ware
F WAR
What should be a cozy and fun-filled weekend deep in the English countryside takes a sinister turn in this twisted debut psychological thriller. 

Kitchens of the Great Midwest Kitchens of the Great Midwest
 Ryan Stradal
F STR
After a childhood shaken by tragedy, Eva finds solace and salvation in the  flavors of her native Minnesota.  Blessed with a sensitive palate, she  ultimately becomes the mysterious chef behind the most sought-after dinner  reservation in the country.

 

Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings
Shirley Jackson
F JAC
From the renowned author of “The Lottery” and The Haunting of Hill House, comes a new volume of previously unpublished and uncollected stories, essays, and other writings.

The Library at Mount Char
Scott Hawkins
F HAW
A debut fantasy author with great reviews!  “A spellbinding story of world-altering power and revenge…Hawkins has created a fascinating, unusual world in which ordinary people can learn to wield breathtaking power—and he’s also written a compelling story about love and revenge that never loses sight of the human emotions at its heart.” – Kirkus

Make Your Home Among Strangers
Jennine Capó Crucet
F CRU
When Lizet, the daughter of Cuban immigrants and the first in her family to graduate from high school, secretly applies and is accepted to an ultra-elite college, her parents are furious at her decision to leave Miami.

The Marriage of Opposites Marriage of Opposites
Alice Hoffman
F HOF
From the author of The Dovekeepers and The Museum of Extraordinary Things: a forbidden love story set on the tropical island of St. Thomas about the extraordinary woman who gave birth to painter Camille Pissarro—the Father of Impressionism.

The Night Sister
Jennifer McMahon
F MCM
In the 1950s, the Tower Motel was the shining attraction of tiny London, Vermont.  Now it stands in disrepair, alive only in the memories of three women —and the memory of something dark and sinister that ruined their friendship.

The Third Wife
Lisa Jewell
F JEW
In the early hours of a summer morning, Maya Wolfe stumbles into the path of an oncoming bus.  Was it a tragic accident? Or suicide?

Villa America
Liza Klaussmann
F KLA
An intriguing novel set in the French Riviera during the twenties and based on the real-life inspirations for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night. 

Woman with a Secret
Sophie Hannah
F HAN
Described as “like watching a nightmare come to life,” could this thriller be the next Gone Girl?

Rave Reviews from Summer Reading 2015

Summer is winding down, but are you still looking for something to read? Here are some of the books patrons rated highly in the summer reading program and what they had to say.

FICTION

God Help the ChildGod Help the Child
Toni Morrison
“This is Toni Morrison’s latest book and it is, like all of her novels, amazing. The story is set in modern day and is riveting. I could not put it down.”

The Chaperone
Laura Moriarty
“I have a new favorite author!”

The Girl Who Chased the Moon
Sarah Addison Allen
“I love the novels that this author writes! This is one of my favorites because it combines magic with small town living. Where two women and a town are healing from a tragic event from the past. It also combines a bit of romance in with the mystery of that tragic event.”

Light Between the Oceans  The Light Between Oceans
M.L. Stedman
“This book grabs your attention and holds it until the very last page. It took me two days to read, and I loved every minute of it. The    way  it’s  written makes it seem like a fairytale, but the actual storyline is touching and sad. Highly recommend.”

 

 

 

NONFICTION

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban I am Malala
Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafzai
“Incredibly inspirational and poignant read. Highly recommend to everyone. Gives a detailed description of history in Pakistan, of       her life, and of her movement to have widespread education.”

 

 

The Boys in the BoatBoys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown
“Super! Excellent education about crew, (history, boats, important persons involved in development), fine and in depth development of individuals, highs & lows…highly recommend!”

 

For more ideas and reviews, go to tinyurl.com/adultsrc2015