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KFOR Book Chats – 2009


Starting in April 2002, and continuing through November 2018, a panel of library staff members have appeared somewhat regularly on Cathy Blythe’s Problems and Solutions program on radio station KFOR 1240 AM & 103.3 FM in a segment called “Book Chat,” sharing information about books, literacy and library programs. Here is a list of the books discussed on the shows during 2009:

November 19, 2009

Murder is Binding
by Lora Barrett

The streets of Stoneham, New Hampshire are lined with bookstores . . . and paved with murder. When she moved to Stoneham, city slicker Tricia Miles met nothing but friendly faces. And when she opened her mystery bookstore, she met friendly competition. But when she finds Doris Gleason dead in her own cookbook store, killed by a carving knife, the atmosphere seems more cutthroat than cordial. Someone wanted to get their hands on the rare cookbook that Doris had recently purchased-and the locals think that someone is Tricia. To clear her name, Tricia will have to take a page out of one of her own mysteries – and hunt down someone who isn’t killing by the book.

Candy Apple Dead
by Sammi Carter [ not in the libraries’ collection — try our InterLibrary Loan service ]

Abby Shaw has returned to her hometown of Paradise, Colorado– leaving behind a career in corporate law and a cheating husband–to take over her aunt’s candy shop, Divinity. But her sweet new life quickly turns sour when a fellow merchant dies in a fire. With all clues pointing to arson–and Abby’s brother as the number one suspect–she must sink her teeth into finding the killer.

What We Eat : The True Story of Why we Put Sugar in Our Coffee and Ketchup on Our Fries
by Burton Wolf [641.3 qWol]

This book based on a PBS series discusses the history and culture of American food. With wonderful pictures and great stories this book will entertain and delight it’s readers.

The Quotable Cook
by Kate Rowinski [641.3 Quo]

For anyone who loves to cook or eat, here are sumptuous quotes and sayings on every appetizing course in the art of the meal from a variety of famous people, such as Robert Frost, Jackie Gleason, Mao Tse-Tung, and William Shakespeare.

A Quilter’s Holiday
by Jennifer Chiaverini

The Elm Creek Quilters are home for the holidays, “when days spent hand-stitching heartfelt gifts for loved ones bring forth holiday spirit.

The Great Christmas Cookie Swap Cookbook : 60 Large-Batch Recipes to Bake and Share
by the editors of Good Housekeeping [641.568 Goo]

Butterscotch Fingers, Chocolate Crinkles, Gingerbread Cut-Outs, Peppermint Meringues: all these Christmas cookies sound delectable, but nobody can bake dozens of recipes at the same time. The solution? A swap! All across America, families, neighbors, community, and church groups gather at Christmas cookie swaps, where nbsp;each participant brings a large batch of his or her favorite recipe to share. Everyone fills a plate or tin with samplings of the tasty treats; the more people, the merrier—and the more kinds of cookies to try. It’s a fun way to enjoy a variety of Christmas tastes without doing all the work yourself—and to celebrate with those you love. Good Housekeepinghelps home bakers enter into the joy, camaraderie, and pure deliciousness of this tradition with a new collection of 60 favorite Christmas cookie recipes from around the world—each configured to make batches of at least eight dozen cookies. Choose from holiday classics and contemporary twists; they’re easy to make with everyday ingredients. And each recipe has been triple-tested for success in the famedGood HousekeepingTest Kitchen, so you can bake with confidence. For extra help, there are also great tips on techniques and shortcuts, as well as fun ideas for throwing the best cookie swap ever. Finally, as a special bonus, the book features removable blank recipe cards in the back—so you can pass along the recipe.

by the editors of Gooseberry Patch [745.594 qGoo]

This series of books will make your Christmas a breeze. Filled with wonderful recipes and simple gift ideas, you will find many ideas to make your holiday wonderful.

Top Chef: The Cookbook
by Brett Martin [641.5 Mar]

Top Chef, the number-one rated food show on cable television, presents the official companion cookbook revealing the dish on both the food and the chefs creating it. Featuring 100 fabulous recipes from the first three seasons of the show, including dishes from the Elimination Rounds and the Quick-Fire Challenges, it dares fans to join the fun by recreating their favourite recipes at home. During in-depth discussions with contestants, judges, and crew, every question is answered, like who creates the challenges, who came up with the “Pack your knives and go” tagline, and what have these guys been doing since Top Chef? Extensively photographed, readers will get a satisfying look into the Top Chef pantry (as well as what to stock in their own pantry), see close-ups of competition sites, and relive a variety of classic show moments, not to mention viewing enticing shots of every recipe. Handsomely packaged in a chef-appropriate canvas jacket and available just in time to obsess over season 4, this is a must-have for anyone who ever picked up a knife.

September 17, 2009

Custom Knits: Unleash Your Inner Designer With Top-Down and Improvisational Techniques
by Wendy Bernard and Kimball Hall [746.432 Ber]

Along with being pleasurable and satisfying, knitting can sometimes be frustrating: the turtleneck that looked so fabulous on the model is too bulky for your body, or the cardigan you spent countless hours on just doesn’t fit right. Herein lies the beauty of Custom Knits, which teaches knitters how to use improvisational techniques to achieve spectacular results—and to unleash their inner designers.

Heat: An Amateur’s Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany
by Bill Buford [641.594 ItaYb]

Any “foodie” worth his or her salt has wondered, at some time, what it would be like to work in the kitchen of a big-name restaurant, for a big-name chef. And just as many of us have wondered, how do those big-name chefs, like Mario Batale, Bobby Flay and Wolfgang Puck get to BE big name chefs. Journalist and author Bill Buford decided to quit wondering and find out, by offering his services to various chefs and other food gurus free of charge in exchange for this insider knowledge. “Heat” is inspiring , fascinating and full of earthy humor, and makes an unforgettable read for aspiring chefs and daydreaming foodies alike.

Style Evolution : How to Create Ageless Personal Style in Your 40s and Beyond
by Kendall Farr [646.34 Far]

Now you don’t have to be a celebrity to have a consultation with your own personal stylist. Focusing on issues facing a woman over 40, Farr features clothing and accessory ideas for every body type. As well as do’s and don’ts in fashion trends.

How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization
by Franklin Foer [796.334 Foe]

Soccer is much more than a game, or even a way of life. It is a perfect window into the crosscurrents of today’s world, with all of its joys and sorrows. Soccer clubs don’t represent geographic areas; they stand for social classes and political ideologies, and often command more faith than religion. Unlike baseball or tennis, soccer is freighted with the weight of ancient hatreds and history. It’s a sport with real stakes — one that is capable of ruining regimes and launching liberation movements. In this remarkably insightful, wide-ranging work of reportage, Franklin Foer takes us on a surprising tour through the world of soccer, shattering the myths of our new global age along the way.

Adventures at the Auction : The Ultimate Guide to Buying and Selling at Auction — In Person and Online
by Leslie Hindman, with Dan Santow [381.17 Hin]

I still remember the first time I ever bought anything at an auction, and how nervous I was. I’ve been to hundreds of sales since then, but it’s still thrilling and a little nerve-wracking, too. This book is a great behind-the-scenes look at what goes on on both sides of an auction. It will answer your questions about how to bid, how to spot a bargain, and how to understand what the heck the auctioneer is yelling about. There are lost of different types of auctions-everything from wine to fine art to antique farm equipment (a favorite in Nebraska!) is sold to the highest bidder. Leslie Hindman makes them all seem comprehensible, and captures the fun that can be had from, as I like to think of it, “competitive shopping”. In the middle of winter, when auctions are few and far between, this book is a reminder of all the things I love about a good auction, and why my favorite way to spend many of my weekends is at a sale.

Bend-the-Rules Sewing : The Essential Guide to a Whole New Way to Sew
by Amy Karol [646.5 qKar]

Author Amy Karol brings stitchers a down-to-earth introduction to sewing, including 30 projects so adorable and cool theyll inspire anyone to pick up a needle and thread. Playful, modern projects, which include pillows, aprons, and purses, help novices master sewing skills while providing immediate sewing gratification and confidence.

Radical Brewing: Recipes, Tales, and World-Altering Meditations in a Glass
by Randy Mosher [641.23 Mos]

Mosher sees homebrewing—and by extension craft brewing—as an antidote to corporate, mass-market beers. Over two decades of brewing and beer research, he has probed the depths of beer history in both his reading and his brewing. Radical Brewing displays the many unique ales and lagers that have resulted from his celebration of beer while serving as a vehicle for discussing a creative, “outside the lines” approach to modern brewing. Through it all, the reader is treated to Mosher’s irresistible love of beer and brewing as well as some very humorous asides on beer history.

Reaching the Animal Mind
by Karen Pryor [591.5 Pry]

After thirty years of training creatures both tame and wild, Karen Pryor, pioneer in the field of no-punishment animal training, presents what she knows about teaching animals and what they in turn have taught her. Pryor’s clicker-training system is a safe, effective way to modify and shape behavior. Karen can teach anyone to train animals with a cheap, plastic, handheld clicker, rewarding wanted behaviors and ignoring the unwanted. No leash-jerking. No pushing. No smacking. Animals quickly learn that one behavior gets them a reinforcing click and a bit of food, while undesirable behaviors get them nothing. Given the choice, animals quickly focus on what works and abandon what doesn’t. Pryor explains the science behind her system, how it works and why it works, and its applications for teaching humans as well. — From publisher description.

May 21, 2009

And Only to Deceive
by Tasha Alexander

From gifted new writer Tasha Alexander comes a stunning novel of historical suspense set in Victorian England, meticulously researched and with a twisty plot that involves stolen antiquities, betrayal, and murder And Only to Deceive For Emily, accepting the proposal of Philip, the Viscount Ashton, was an easy way to escape her overbearing mother, who was set on a grand society match. So when Emily’s dashing husband died on safari soon after their wedding, she felt little grief. After all, she barely knew him. Now, nearly two years later, she discovers that Philip was a far different man from the one she had married so cavalierly. His journals reveal him to have been a gentleman scholar and antiquities collector who, to her surprise, was deeply in love with his wife. Emily becomes fascinated with this new image of her dead husband and she immerses herself in all things ancient and begins to study Greek. Emily’s intellectual pursuits and her desire to learn more about Philip take her to the quiet corridors of the British Museum, one of her husband’s favorite places. There, amid priceless ancient statues, she uncovers a dark, dangerous secret involving stolen artifacts from the Greco-Roman galleries. And to complicate matters, she’s juggling two very prominent and wealthy suitors, one of whose intentions may go beyond the marrying kind. As she sets out to solve the crime, her search leads to more surprises about Philip and causes her to question the role in Victorian society to which she, as a woman, is relegated.

Moon Called
by Patricia Briggs

Meet Mercy Thompson. She’s a volkswagen mechanic named Mercedes. She’s a serious martial arts student who can take care of herself. She has more bills than money, most months. And, she just happens to be able to change into a coyote whenever she feels like it. Mercy is a shapeshifter, with a werewolf for a love interest and a faerie for a business partner. If you are looking for a great summer book, try this urban fantasy series-it’s funny, scary and action-packed with a fast-moving plot and truly memorable characters. Plus, there are three more books in the series to enjoy. It’s an altogether howling good read!

People With Dirty Hands: The Passion for Gardening
by Robin Chotzinoff [635 Cho]

For many people, summer is the time to bring out the shovel, sharpen up the pruners and get our hands dirty in the garden. Robin Chotzinoff understands the love of gardening, and she writes about it with wit and charm in this collection of essays. Here, you will meet rose rustlers, chili perfectionists and orchid thieves, among others. Plus, you will be treated to the author’s own stories of her gardening life. I still think of Chotzinoff’s description of her special gardening costume every time I’m pulling on the gloves for another weeding session. So, after your day of growing things is over, relax with a great book about others who share your passion for getting their hands in the dirt.

Lavender Morning
by Jude Deveraux

When Miss Edi passes away, she leaves Jocelyn Minton all her worldly possessions, including an eighteenth-century house and a letter with clues to a mystery that began in 1941. In an attempt to understand the legacy that has been left to her, Jocelyn digs into Miss Edi’s mystery and soon discovers some shocking surprises about her family’s history and a man with his own mysterious past.

Summer People
by Brian Groh

A tremendously appealing and mordantly funny novel about friendship, compassion, and social privilege, Summer People tells the story of Nathan Empson, a young college dropout and aspiring graphic novelist who has just accepted the most unusual job of his life. In exchange for serving as a summer “caretaker” for Ellen Broderick, the eccentric matriarch of Brightonfield Cove, Maine, Nathan will earn a generous salary and gain access to one of the last bastions of old New England wealth-an exclusive coastal community the likes of which he has never known. It seems at first like easy money: accompanying Ellen to the immaculate Alnombak Golf and Tennis Club, or joining her for an evening of cocktails and conversation at a neighbor’s mansion overlooking the anchored yachts of Albans Bay. But not everyone in the community is welcoming-or even civil-to someone they regard as an interloper. So Nathan finds solace in the companionship of a philosophical, ex-punk Episcopalian pastor, and the alluring nanny of the pastor’s children, a feisty, dark-eyed beauty named Leah. Nathan invites Leah for walks and late-night picnics on the beach, yet as his relationship with her deepens, he finds it difficult to ignore his employer’s unexpectedly unnerving behavior. With each escalating mishap, a new aspect of Ellen’s colorful past comes to light, exposing the secret lives of her old friends, flames, and enemies, as well as the story behind a scandalous incident Nathan must prevent her from repeating-however inept his efforts may be. In this big-hearted, immensely satisfying debut novel, Nathan must contend with competitors for Leah’s affection and with an increasing suspicion that Ellen needs more help than he can provide. But sounding the alarm over Ellen’s condition would mean leaving her beachside home, his summer job, and the romance that may well change his life.

Speed of Dark
by Elizabeth Moon

In the tradition of Flowers for Algernon, Moon’s thought-provoking novel asks whether we treat impairments of the brain at too great a cost. Lou Arrendale is a young autistic living in a future time, when most of the symptoms of autism can be controlled through medication. Lou lives on his own, works full time at a job where his abilities to recognize patterns are valued, and socializes with nonautistics during his weekly fencing class. Although baffled by the complex social signals and subtle facial cues of nonautistics, Lou is content with himself as he is–until he falls in love with Marjory. When his supervisor pressures him to try an experimental treatment that will eradicate his autism, Lou must decide whether the benefits of life as a “normal” will outweigh the possible loss of the unique qualities that make him who he is. Moon is effective at putting the reader inside Lou’s mind, and it is both fascinating and painful to see the behavior and qualities of so-called normals through his eyes. — Booklist Review by Marilyn Parets, February 1, 2003

Jane Austen Ruined My Life
by Beth Pattillo

English professor Emma Douglas has always done everything just the way her minister father told her she should. Life was good until the day Emma finds her husband in bed with another woman. Suddenly, all her romantic notions, a la Jane Austen, are exposed as foolish dreams.

by Wilbur Smith

The world is on the brink of World War I in Smith’s epic of the Dark Continent. Big-game hunter and British army reserve officer Leon Courtney (of the Courtney family, last depicted by Smith in The Triumph of the Sun ) also spies for the British in this graphic, colorful, and vivid novel of intrigue, romance, and violence. In short, Smith is up to his usual exciting stuff. A brutish German nobleman, Count von Meerbach plans to incite hard-line Boers to rebel against England; Courtney tries to stop it and, along the way, falls in love with Meerbach’s beautiful mistress, who is also more than she appears to be. Africa in 1913 was a cruel and often brutal land but one of exquisite beauty, and Smith describes it in great detail. He is deeply sympathetic to the native peoples and their dealings with Europeans. Although sometimes overly florid when it comes to the language of romance, Smith here delivers for fans of good, action-filled historical fiction. — Library Journal Review by Robert Conroy, April 15, 2009

March 19, 2009

Steering by Starlight : Find Your Right Life, No Matter What
by Martha Beck [158.1 Bec]

Outlines a step-by-step process for reconnecting with one’s life purpose, drawing on research in psychiatry and neurology while sharing inspirational tips for changing one’s perspective, overcoming roadblocks, and experiencing greater fulfillment.

Encore: Finding Work That Matters in the Second Half of Life
by Marc Freedman [ library only has as a Hoopla E-book ]

Encore tells the stories of Ryder, Speedling, Chambers, and other encore career pioneers who are not content, or affluent enough, to spend their next thirty years on a golf course. These men and women are moving beyond midlife careers yet refusing to phase out or fade away. They are searching for a calling in the second half of life, crafting a new phase of work that offers not only continued income but the promise of more meaning – and the chance to do work that means something beyond themselves. As their numbers swell, these individuals stand to transform the nature of work in America. They also hold the potential to create a society that balances the joys and responsibilities of contribution across the generations – in other words, one that works better for al of us.

Freakin’ Fabulous: How to Dress, Speak, Behave, Eat, Drink, Entertain, Decorate, and Generally be Better Than Everyone Else
by Clinton Kelly [646.7 Kel]

The stylish fashion consultant who helps TLC’s viewers revamp their wardrobes now shows how to revamp one’s life with this fun, irreverent, and informative guide to being fabulous, looking good, and having a blast while doing so.

How to Have Style
by Isaac Mizrahi [746.92 Miz]

Misrahi believes all women have an inner sense of style waiting to come out. He shows you how to listen to that inner voice that tells you what’s right- and what’s wrong- when you look in the mirror.

The Fat Girl’s Guide to Life
by Wendy Shanker [ not in the libraries’ collection — try our InterLibrary Loan service ]

With a mandate to change the world–and the energy to do it–Shanker shows how media madness, corporate greed, and even the most well-intentioned loved ones prey on people’s shrink-to-fit minds, if not their shrink-to-fit bodies.

Perfumes the Guide
by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez [668.54 Tur]

The authors combine their talents and experience to review over 1,500 fragrances, separating the divine and the good from the monumentally awful. Their witty, irreverent, and illuminating prose provides not only an essential guide to shopping for fragrance, but also a unique reading experience.

The American Ethnic Cookbook for Students
by Mark Zanger [j641.59 Zan]

This book presents the dishes of more than 120 ethnic groups now in America.

January 15, 2009

A New Leash on Life
by Emily Carmichael [ not in the libraries’ collection — try our InterLibrary Loan service ]

Dog trainer Jane Connor has always preferred the company of canines, so when her kennel is destroyed in an Arizona wildfire, she finds her whole world in ashes. Jane managed to rescue all the animals, but her status as a local hero won’t pay the bills. Soon she’s reluctantly agreeing to work on a reality TV series about life on the dog show circuit–starring herself and her golden retriever, Shadow. Jane has complete confidence in Shadow’s star quality–until she sets eyes on their chief competitor:an irritatingly perfect little papillon! Worse, the dog is attached at the leash to hunky Cole Forrest. Jane can hardly hide her attraction off-camera, so how will she conceal it from a national audience? It’s exactly the kind of distraction she doesn’t need. But in a summer of surprises, Jane just might discover that an old dog learn new tricks–when love is the treat.

Planet Cat: A Cat-a-Log
by Sandra and Harry Choron and Arden Moore [636.8 Cho]

Here is the cat’s meow: a lively, entertaining, one-of-a-kind assemblage of more than 400 lists on all things cat. It’s all here, from the origins of the species to care and training to breeds and behaviour to famous cats in history, art and literature. The book even includes a list of celebrity cat people. Illustrated with more than 150 photographs and line drawings, this irresistible package is sure to delight cat lovers everywhere. Featuring: How to say cat in 46 languages; Hemingway’s cats; Cats who changed history; Tricks you can teach your cat; Cat food recipes; An IQ test for your cat; And more!

Why Does My Dog Act That Way? A Complete Guide to Your Dog’s Personality
by Stanley Coren [636.7 Cor]

Psychologist and dog expert Coren (Why do Dogs Have Wet Noses?, The Intelligence of Dogs) returns with another insightful, fascinating look at everyone’s best friend in this primer on the canine psyche. Drawing on a rich body of research, Coren patiently and systematically explains that dogs come hardwired with reliable personalities, allowing their human companions to interpret and predict their everyday behavior. Armed with that knowledge, Coren gives readers tips on how to create a “superdog,” a welcome four-legged family member who socializes well with others and isn’t overly emotional. Along the way, Coren debunks a number of myths (among them that dogs are little more than domesticated wolves), offers development tips for the key stages in a dog’s life (beginning at birth) and providing owners a complete roadmap for socializing their puppies. — from Publisher’s Weekly

Dog Talk: Lessons Learned From a Life With Dogs
by Harrison Forbes [636.7 For]

Dog Talk chronicles Harrison Forbes’s life with dogs, from the first bond he formed as a boy with a Belgian Tervuren named Sabina, to the story of Lex, a police dog who attacked his owner’s wife, and was redeemed by Harrison’s intense love and respect for the breed.nbsp; Forbes also offers practical aspects of understanding and dealing with whatever type of dog the reader may have.nbsp; In Dog Talk, the pet owner will find fascinating insights into behavioral problems, as each chapter addresses a different situation or issue. Here are some of Harrison’s trademark insights into dog behavior and training: *Energy management is the basis of behavior management : unwanted or aggressive behavior, is often the result of pent-up, frustrated energy *Dog behavior should always be taken in context; a dog that is housetrained in its home isn’t necessarily so everywhere else *Every dog’s make-up is individual and distinct–:a combination of nature and nurture *Non-verbal communication, structure and clearly delineated limits, and the human-canine bond are basic building blocks in a good relationship *Reasonable expectations are key to an enjoyable pet experience. Dog Talk is at times funny, irreverent, insightful, and touching, and it will deepen the reader’s understanding of dog behavior and as a result will enable him to approach his own dog in a fresh and motivated way to begin, improve, mend, or strengthen a relationship that can last a lifetime.

My Cat’s Not Fat, He’s Just Big-Boned
by Nicole Hollander [741.5 Hol]

Cats who think too much, cats who hypnotize their owners, cats who plot dastardly deeds but get distracted, cats who think they’re kids, and of course cats obsessed with food, food, food. Nicole Hollander’s “Sylvia” cartoon strip appears in newspapers nationwide and is syndicated by the Los Angeles Times Syndicate.

The Good, Good Pig: the Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood
by Sy Montgomery [636.4 Mon]

Montgomery’s books on exotic wildlife (Journey of the Pink Dolphins, etc.) take her to the far corners of the world, but the story of her closest relationships with the animal kingdom plays out in her own New England backyard. When she adopts a sickly runt from a litter of pigs, naming him Christopher Hogwood after the symphony conductor, raising him for slaughter isn’t an option: Montgomery’s a vegetarian and her husband is Jewish. Refitting their barn to accommodate a (mostly) secure sty, they keep Christopher as a pet. As he swells to 750 pounds, he becomes a local celebrity, getting loose frequently enough that the local police officer knows to carry spare apples to lure him back home. The pig also bonds with Montgomery’s neighbors, especially two children who come over to help feed him and rub his tummy. Montgomery’s love for Christopher (and later for Tess, an adopted border collie) dominates the memoir’s emotional space, but she’s also demonstrably grateful for the friendships the pig sparks within her community. The humor with which she recounts Christopher’s meticulous eating habits and love of digging up turf is sure to charm readers. — from Publisher’s Weekly

Don’t Shoot the Dog
by Karen Pryor [ not in the libraries’ collection — try our InterLibrary Loan service ]

A groundbreaking behavioral scientist and dynamic animal trainer, Karen Pryor is a powerful proponent of the principles and practical uses of positive reinforcement in teaching new behaviors. Here are the secrets of changing behavior in pets, kids–even yourself–without yelling, threats, force, punishment, guilt trips…or shooting the dog!

Travels with Charley in Search of America
by John Steinbeck [818 Ste]

With the success of Marley and Me, a whole lot of “man and dog” books have appeared on the market. But one of the best in the genre is one of the older titles — John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley in Search of America. The Charley of the title is Steinbeck’s standard poodle, and they do, indeed set off in the author’s truck to rediscover the “real” America. Stenbeck describes what they find in his understated but perfectly descriptive style, giving a bittersweet portrait of the US in the early 1960’s. This book is a short read, but it touches the heart. The relationship between the author and his remarkable traveling companion, and the fact that the reader of today knows that turbulent times are just ahead for the nation they are exploring.

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