Wednesday, November 19, 2014

New Nonfiction

The Peter White Public Library offers these new non-fiction titles.

World Order by Henry Kissinger.
The veteran statesman examines the background, and causation for current trends in global relations. He shares his outlook on these relationships, and an outlook for how nations can interact and be at peace in an era of diverging, extreme viewpoints, technology, and increased global communication.
New Adult Non-Fiction 327 KI

Atlas of Indian Nations by Anton Treuer.
This new comprehensive atlas pertaining to Native American history is
published by National Geographic. Treuer is professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University in Minnesota, and editor of Oshkaabewis Native Journal, the only academic journal of the Ojibwe language.
New Adult Non-Fiction 970.004 TR

Budget Bucks In Your Lap: Become a More Successful Whitetail Hunter Anywhere by Gale Arden Bott.
In creating this hunting strategy guide, no deer were baited and no agricultural lands used. The experiments took place on public lands, to determine the best methods in producing encounters with bucks.
New Adult Non-Fiction 799.2765 BO

Season of Saturdays: A History of College Football in 14 Games by Michael Weinreb.
College football is a phenomenon, massive spectacle, and noted for intense rivalries. From the first game in 1869, author Weinreb explores the roots and history of the college brand of football. In part, he does this by selecting 14 key games to dissect, sometimes with hilarious results. Being a Penn State fan, his analysis tends to favor Big 10 history.
New Adult Non-Fiction 796.3326 WE

When Paris Went Dark: the City of Light Under German Occupation, 1940-1944
By Ronald C. Rosbottom.
When the German Army took occupation of France in June of 1940, the country was forced to accept the reality of being ruled by a foreign government. Many French had left Paris, but those who remained had to deal with the gloom of German occupancy. Through the use of primary, first person sources, the author paints a picture of what life was like during these times.

New Adult Non-Fiction 940.5344 RO

Slow Dancing with a Stranger: Lost and Found in the Age of Alzheimer's by Meryl Comer.
Alzheimer’s advocate and broadcast journalist Comer provides a personal account of her husband Harvey’s battle with the disease, and her role as his caretaker.
New Adult Non-Fiction 616.831 CO

--Bruce McDonald, Assistant Director

Monday, November 17, 2014

New books for youth

Did you know it takes baby elephants two years to grow inside their mothers before they are born? In A
Baby Elephant in the Wild by Caitlin O’Connell, large colorful photos depict the story of baby Liza, an African elephant in Namibia. This informational book includes fun facts that are both easy and interesting to read for new and seasoned readers. How many muscles does young Liza have in her trunk? How much does she weight when she’s born? Come check this book out to learn those answers and a whole lot more.

The kids at Beecher Prep are back! In 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts, Mr. Browne, the beloved teacher in R.J. Palacio’s Wonder has assembled “words to live by” for every day of the year. Encouragements, enlightenments,  and comforting words will challenge reader’s every day of the year. Mr. Browne included the words of famous people and the words of his students; which are fascinating for all ages.

“All the diamonds ever published would fill one double decker bus”. That’s one fact of many in the 60th edition of the Guiness World Records 2015, now available in Youth Services. This hardcover edition has thousands of updated records, along with photographs and stories of how record setters made and accomplished their feats. Interested in making your own GWR attempt? Page 5 details how to set your own record and get it certified by the GWR team. The 2015 edition packs multiple facts on each page, along with large colorful photos.   

Follow a sweet felt mouse as she decides how to choose a pet for her very own. I Wish I Had a Pet written and illustrated by Maggie Rudy suggests some hilarious ideas, such as a frog in a dress, a caterpillar on a leash, roly-polies, a bird four times a mouse’s size, a grasshopper that plays fetch, a sweater-wearing iguana and many more. The surprising suggestions will make any reader laugh as mouse thinks about the pros and cons of each pet. Which one does she chose? Come grab the book to find out.

When lion rescues an injured bird in The Lion and the Bird by
Marianne Dubuc, the pair enjoy winter activities, like sledding and ice fishing, until the day spring arrives. Bird rejoins the flock and the Lion spends the rest of the year alone. When fall returns, lion looks expectedly to the skies, wondering if he will see his old friend. Sparse, easy text makes this a good book for beginner readers. Charming illustrations tell the story of fast friends that reunite year after year.

Baby bear follows a bee into the city in The Bear’s Song by Benjamin Chaud. Translated from the French, Chaud’s fast-paced text follows Papa Bear on an adventure to find his little one. As baby bear runs from one page to the next, stories within the story jump out from pages filled with detailed , rich illustrations. The surprise ending will elicit smiles and applause as Papa finds his baby.

He’s a tiny, tiny king in a big, big world. And he wants someone to share it all. In the The Tiny King by award-winning illustrator, Taro Miura, bright, colorful characters tell the story of a king who is lonely. Can he find true love with a big princess? Yes. And he’s so happy when they have ten little children,  he sends all the soldiers home on holiday. 

-- Jenifer Kilpela, Youth Services

Monday, October 27, 2014

Cheesy Reads

Now that the season has turned to fall and colder weather is the norm, many people are thinking about comfort foods.  What is more comforting than cheese?  Whether you eat cheese right off the block, cook with it or make your own, cheese can delight in many ways.
            Alison Lewis has challenged cooks to look at the grilled cheese sandwich in a whole new light.  150
Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches captures the popularity and trendiness of grilled cheese.  The sandwiches in this book can be served for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack or dessert.  They feature a variety of ingredients including fruits, vegetables, beef, poultry, pork, fish and seafood.
            Hot and Cheesy by Clifford A. Wright features more than 250 recipes using cheese that have collected from around the world.  The easy to follow recipes include fritters, pastries, casseroles, pastas, sandwiches, pizzas, breads and almost anything else that can be topped with cheese.  Historical and cultural notes add to the interest of this handy cookbook.
            Maître Fromager Max McCalman is America’s first restaurant-based Maître Fromager and an advocate for artisanal cheese production around the world.  Mastering Cheese was written as a guide for cheese lovers who would like to elevate their knowledge of cheese to connoisseurship.  McCalman has developed a compelling set of classes for understanding and experiencing cheese.  Every nuance of cheese is covered in this comprehensive tutorial.
            McCalman and David Gibbons have also partnered to produce Cheese, a Connoisseur’s Guide
to the World’s Best.  This guidebook offers descriptions and background on the great cheeses of the world.  200 of the world’s best cheeses are profiled in this illustrated guide.  Some of the cheeses are well known, while others are unfamiliar outside of their region.  Nevertheless, this guide gives the reader an excellent starting place to develop a cheese bucket list.
            Eating local has become the goal of many amateur and professional cooks.  What is more “local” that creating your own dairy and cheese products.  The PWPL has a number of books to help the home cook create some tasty dairy products.
            The Home Creamery by Kathy Farrell-Kingsley is an easy-to-follow step-by-step guide for making fresh dairy products including butter, yogurt, sour cream, crème fraiche, cream cheese, ricotta and more.    The author also includes a number of recipes for muffins, snacks, soup, pasta and desserts that can be made with the resulting dairy products.
            Ricki Carroll is the founder of the New England Cheesemaking Supply Company based in Massachusetts.  Her book Home Cheesemaking is considered the home cheesemaker’s bible.  The third edition of this book includes recipes for 75 homemade cheeses as well as a collection of recipes using a variety of cheese.
            Practical Cheesemaking by Kathy Bliss contains many photos and diagrams related to cheese production.  Those with a scientific bent would enjoy her technically sophisticated book.  Bliss and her husband have a small dairy in the West Highlands of Scotland where they manufacture a wide range of cheese, yoghurt and ice cream.  The book is directed toward those interested in commercial production rather than making cheese as a hobby.
            Home Dairy with Ashley English is a great starting point for anyone interested in making cheese, yogurt, butter, ice cream and body care products from milk.  English shares the knowledge she has collected during her own dairy-making journey.   Over 40 kitchen- tested dairy recipes and plans for a homemade cheese press are included in this helpful book.
            Love, betrayal and revenge are not generally the first words most people would associate with The Telling Room by Michael Paterniti is a true tale of the world’s greatest piece of cheese and the horrible blood feud that it started.  Equal parts mystery and memoir, travelogue and history this book is a compelling work of literary non-fiction.
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            Maggie Foard’s Goat Cheese combines the foods we all crave with the natural goodness of goat’s milk cheese.  Cheese made from goat’s milk is gaining in popularity because of their unique flavors and health benefits.  Beautiful photographs and over 60 farm-fresh recipes make this a wonderful primer on everything goat’s milk cheese has to offer.
            If you would like to explore the many facets of cheese this fall, the PWPL offers a variety of books that will help you learn all about cheese.

By Pam Christensen
Library Director

Monday, October 20, 2014

New Science Fiction

For all the Sci-Fi enthusiasts, here are a few new books to keep you enthralled for weeks to come. Cold weather and rainy days seems endless, so why not come on over to our library and grab a couple books to take your mind off the weather and the woes of the world. Heat up some hot chocolate, get your blanket and settle down to a day of fantasy galore.

Lock In, by John Scalzi is a novel of the near future, but with new viruses popping up very recently, I’m wondering if this book isn’t a novel about the present. A new highly contagious virus makes it way around the globe and this virus doesn’t care if you are old, rich, poor, black, white, Asian or green. Trim your fingernails before cuddling up with this book, otherwise you will chew them down to the bone.

Want to step into new worlds? Try The Long Mars by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter.  These two great authors team up yet again to create an intriguing sci-fi novel that will keep you in your seat. What better place to be as you travel with these authors to worlds unknown in space.

Light and darkness, evil versus good, royalty, a queen uncertain, protected by her loyal servants, kingdoms
needing to be ruled and saved, battles and betrayals, what more could you ask for? The book, The Queen of the Tearling, by Erika Johansen, will grab your attention to the point that you will feel like you are in the middle of all that’s happening. You will want to grab your sword and jump in to save the queen.

Now this book will take you to times of muskets and magic, fantasies galore in a setting reminiscent of the early Victorian period, with bayonets, blood and secrets. It will keep you curled up next to the fire for several days. The Shadow Throne, Book Two of the Shadow Campaigns, by Django Wexler is a novel of an epic fantasy of military might and magical conflict.

Diabolical lobsters from outer space? Who will save us? Why Uncle Wonder of course! The Madonna and the Starship by James Morrow captivates your imagination in this hilarious novel. As you know, James Morrow is a brilliant author and has written many books and this one manages to juggle the absurd, which is far more entertaining than many other novels you may have been reading.

New York Times Bestselling author, Anne Bishop has created, Written in Red, a novel of the Others, will have you coming back for more. This is a world inhabited by the Others, unearthly entities, shape shifters and vampires to mention a few, who rule the earth and prey on humans. Fitting subject since Halloween is just around the corner. I’d keep the light on after reading this.

David Weber’s, Like a Might Army is full of battles.  A complex political and military tapestry, past and future technologies all come together in this magnificent saga. The characters come alive and focus on the people who embody the strengths and weaknesses of an imperfect but always hopeful humanity.

--N.M. Information Technology Department