Sunday, April 10, 2011

Weekend Update; Library Loot

I had a meeting the other day at the library and because it started 30 minutes after my yoga class and they are right around the corner from each other-it left me about 20 minutes to browse at the library.  Browse quietly at the library by myself, she said with glee. 

I've become addicted to the NEW section of nonfiction, but specifically usually  just for cookbooks.  This time though I sort of did a swoop through all the nonfiction section.  I'm not a nonfiction reader, prefering fiction hands-down almost always but for some reason I found a ton of interesting titles this week.

1. The Locavore Way; Discover and Enjoy the Pleasures of Locally Grown Food by Amy Cotler (2009). This one has lots of tidbits and helpful advice.  As I paged through it there was plenty in there I didn't already know so I had to bring it home.

2. Earth to Table; Seasonal Recipes from an Organic Farm by Jeff Crump and Bettina Schormann (2009).  I love good farm stories and this one has beautiful photos as well. 

3. The Power of Small; Why Little Things Make All the Difference by Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval (2009).  I liked the pages I read through and thought it might enlighten me a bit.

4. River House; A Memoir by Sarahlee Lawrence (2010).  A dad and his daughter build a cabin together in Oregon.  Proof that I miss my own Dad. 

5. Scout, Atticus and Boo; A Celebration of Fifty Years of To Kill a Mockingbird  by Mary McDonagh Murphy (2010).  This is a collection of interviews from authors and icons...Wally Lamb, Rosanne Cash, Rick Bragg, Tom Brokaw, Scott Turow, Adriana Trigiani and Andrew Young, just to name a few.  I read part of one chapter while standing and was intrigued.  Mockingbird is one of  my all-time favorite reads.

6. Johnny Cash; The Biography by Michael Streissguth (2006).  This wasn't on the new shelf but on a music display.  We love Cash in our house and I thought Teenage Boy might enjoy this.

7. Legendary Homes of Lake Minnetonka by Bette Jones Hammell w/ photography by Karen Melvin (2010).  When I was a kid we boated on this lake (thanks, Dad) and now my brother lives near the lake.  I recognize some of the landmarks and enjoy reading about the architechture of these beautiful homes.  My mom was here on Saturday and it was nice to look through some of it with her.

Have you read any of these?  Which section of the library do you usually frequent?

While it was strange to not have one fiction book in my stack,  I am just about to finish Moon Over Manifest,  I have to finish The Glass Castle for next Monday's book club and I have two books to read for my 5th grade book clubs so I guess I'm fiction-full as well.

Happy Reading.
Hope you've had a peace-filled weekend.


Ms. Blakely said...

I just got "Moon over Manifest" at our middle school book fair- I was told it was wonderful. I was so excited because it was BOGO so I also got "The Evolution of Calpernia Tate"--two books I've been wanting to read!!
Anyway, I'm sure you've read "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver--what a great read about local foods, recipes, etc. We read it as our summer read a couple of years ago for book club. It was the PERFECT book for summer. Loved it!

Jen at Introverted Reader said...

Oooh, I love the sound of the Mockingbird book. I'll have to keep an eye out for it.

I usually know exactly what I want when I swoop into my library now. I kind of miss browsing the stacks. I need to start doing that again. When I do browse, I start at the New Adult Fiction section, and then I'll do a quick glance over the YA titles.

Elaine said...

I prefer non-fiction. Memoirs are my favorite, but I like other kinds of non-fiction also. To me, it is much harder to find a good fiction book than non-fiction. I love fiction, too, just have a harder time finding what appeals to me in that category. I always check the new non-fiction first at the library, then if I haven't found enough books I move over to new fiction. I just finished reading a memoir called Poser: My Life in 23 Yoga Poses by Claire Dederer.