Posted by Alana T.
Television shows touch many aspects popular culture. From fashion to food, what our favorite characters are doing on the small screen often influence our real lives. It's no surprise then, that some of the most popular TV shows have inspired cookbooks. There are quite a few out there and I've selected some of the best known for a review on the blog. We'll start by looking at some cookbooks based on shows from the past.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Every month, the cataloging department gets to see new books before everyone else. Listed below, along with their Dewey Decimal classification, are our top picks of the non-fiction books that looked most interesting, ultra-informative, or just plain fun.
001.73 SMO Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven't Touched Since High School by Kevin Smokler. "The author guides you through books commonly assigned in high school English classes and describes why you would enjoy re-reading them again." -Amazon
640.73 AND Jane Austen's Guide to Thrift by Kathleen Anderson and Susan Jones. A must-read for those who love everything Austen. The authors highlight usable wisdom and good advice from a variety of books.
B ANGELOU Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou. The author describes the complex, and sometimes difficult, relationship with her mother.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The staff is flexing their filmography muscles to find new ways to explore our fabulous DVD collection and make recommendations. The rules of our game were simple: ONE - only DVDs from Edwardsville; TWO - each selection must be based on something, anything from the previous DVD; and THREE - only 48 hours per choice (get that list moving!). The results are explained below. Links between selections are highlighted in purple.
(1) Alana T.: Dae Jang Geum Season 1 (2003). A South Korean mini-series based on the true story of the first woman to become both the head of the royal kitchens and the King's personal physician. The food is amazing! (2) Zach H.: Oldboy (2003), also South Korean, this movie follows Daesu, a man who is kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years. After his is released, he goes in search of his abductors. (3) Amanda E. Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003). Also released in 2003 and like Oldboy has a scene in which a man's tongue receives major damage. (4) Sara S.: Get Low (2009). Robert Duvall as an eccentric hermit who stages his own funeral. The movie is driven by the life story of Felix that has flash back and revelations of love, death and violence. (5) Gwen B.: Seven Days in Utopia (2011). The move stars Robert Duvall and Lucas Black who are in Get Low. Black plays a young golfer trying to find himself and runs into Duvall, the eccentric rancher. (6) Karen K.: The Ring (2002). Naomi Watts has seven days, but they are far from Utopian. After watching a strange video, she receives a phone message stating "seven days." She must solve a mystery to prevent dying at the end of those seven days. (7) Jacob V.: From the director of the The Ring, we bring you... Mousehunt (1997). Directing his first feature length film, Gregor Verginski relays a delightful tale about two goofy men who inherit an antique house with a rodent 'problem'. They'll soon find out that it may be more difficult to get rid of this stubborn mouse than they had bargained for! (8) Keegan G.: The Widow's Might (2009) is the first feature length film by the teenaged director John Moore. this family friendly movie is about standing up for the right thing. (9) Deanne H.: The Trip to Bountiful (1986). Widow Carrie Watts (Geraldine Page) is stuck in a small apartment with her wimpy son and shrewish daughter-in-law. This is the story of her escape to Bountiful, her girlhood home. Page won an Academy Award for her role.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
How long have you worked at the library? I started 3/18/13.
How many items do you have checked out now? 4
How many items are on your hold list? None - there are no holds! But I have a long Goodreads to-read list. (This post was prepared during our transition to Polaris when we could not place holds.)
What is your favorite book format? Book.
If you use multiple formats, what percentage do you use each? 60% book, 40% Kindle.
What is your favorite aspect of working at the library? I love seeing the pre-publication books. I had no idea that these existed. I love being surrounded by so many books and people who love books.
What is your guilty reading (or listening) pleasure? People magazine - but I would never buy one; Twilight books (don't tell anyone).
What books do you feel guilty for not having read? I recently read East of Eden for the first time and wouldn't believe I had been deprived of that experience for so long. So I feel guilty I haven't read all those classic gems.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what single genre of books would you want with you? History books - I love Tudor history, War of the Roses, Napoleon, etc.
What was your favorite children's book when you were a child? What is your favorite children's book now? I loved the Narnia and Frances books (bedtime for Francis, etc.). Now I love the Harry Potter series. I've read all of them out loud to my son.
Before you worked here, what was your worst library transgression? None! Ever! The library is Holy ground! Okay, well maybe an overdue fine or two when I couldn't extend a hold and had to finish...
Labels: Meet the Staff
Thursday, May 9, 2013
This is a wonderful story of a recently widowed American food writer who must travel to China when she learns of a paternity claim against her late husband’s estate. Her editor gives her the opportunity tp write an article about a Chinese chef while she is there. The author uses her story to bring to life the amazing culture and cuisine of the Chinese people. It is a factual learning experience encased in an endearing fiction novel.
This is a story that is true for many families with the downsizing of businesses. The Hobart family had it all—beautiful home, private school for the three children to attend, the latest of electronics, fancy cars and the latest in clothes. Then the husband loses his job and brings financial ruin to the family. They lose everything. But what they can fit in their old Mustang as they head up north from Charlotte, North Carolina to live with Mrs. Hobart’s parents. Going through Pennsylvania, they have an accident which leaves the Mustang in need of repairs. An Amish family takes them in until their car is fixed. Will the family survive living a completely different life with the Amish? Will the children quit blaming their parents for this uprooting of their easy lives and leaving behind all of their friends? It’s amazing what they all find out while living with the Amish family. It’s a story we can all learn from!
Labels: EPL patron reviews
Monday, May 6, 2013
How long have you worked at the library? I have worked at the library for 3 weeks
How many items do you have checked out now? I have 5 items currently checked out.
How many items are on your hold list? I have 3 items currently on hold.
What book (or books) can you read again and again without losing interest? Why do you still read it (them)? There are two books I can read again and again. The first is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. The second is The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. Both books draw me in and take me away from daily life. I am able to imagine myself interacting with the main characters and helping them along their journeys.
What is your favorite book format? My favorite book format is definitely a book I can hold in my hands.
If you use multiple formats, what percentage do you use each? While I do prefer books in my hands, I do use my iPad and Kindle to read. I would say 60% books, and 40% e-reader.
What is your favorite aspect of working at the library? My favorite aspect is interacting with the patrons. I love helping them find items they are looking for on the shelves. I also love watching the children put books in the book drop.
What is your guilty reading (or listening) pleasure? My guilty reading pleasure is definitely the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy.
What books do you feel guilty for not having read? I feel guilty for not having read more of the classics. Such as: Little Women, Robinson Crusoe, Arabian Nights, Canterbury Tales, etc.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what single genre of books would you want with you? I would want mystery detective books. Especially Kathy Reichs and Janet Evanovich.
What was your favorite children’s book when you were a child? What is your favorite children’s book now? My favorite children’s book as a child was Go Dog Go. It was the first book I ever read by myself, and, soon after, had it memorized. My favorite children’s book now would be The Night Before Christmas. I currently have 47 different copies of the story, with the oldest being published in 1928.
Labels: Meet the Staff