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Jul 20

Fun Hammock Reads!

Posted on July 20, 2015 at 11:38 AM by Craig Jacobson

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hammock.jpgHeading up north this summer with your family? In honor of National Hammock Day on July 22, here are a few new adult reads to relax with in your hammock:

The Guest Cottage-Nancy Thayer
Sophie Anderson has lived a very structured life; the calm, voice of reason for her husband and two children. But when Sophie’s husband announces he is leaving her for another woman, she feels lost and in desperate need to get away. And so, with her children in tow, Sophie rents a summer house, hoping the distraction will be what they all need to heal.
Trevor Black, software entrepreneur who has recently lost his wife, is looking for the same escape from reality when he unknowingly rents the same beach house for him and his heartbroken son, Leo. Determined to make the best of things, the two agree to share the house and in the process discover a great deal about themselves and what the future holds. The Guest Cottage is a beautifully written novel about finding oneself after loss. This is one summer read you won’t want to miss.

Hugo-Rose.jpgHugo & Rose-Bridget Foley
Rose’s ordinary life is failing to impress her, especially compared to the vividly exciting world she inhabits in her dreams. As the result of a childhood accident, Rose’s dreams take her to a magical island that she’s shares with Hugo, a brave hero whom she adores. But what happens when Rose meets Hugo in real life? How will she react?  Hugo & Rose is a fun read that stimulates the imagination. You are sure to enjoy Rose’s dream world and root for her as she attempts to balance the real with the imaginary.

Wonder Garden-Lauren Acampora
Looking for something with a bit an edge? Wonder Garden is just the book for you.  Acampora brings you a series of stories from the people of Old Cranbury, a sweet-seeming suburban town. What happens behind closed doors? Who’s living a double life? What is everyone hiding? This creepy and complex read will open your mind to what may be happening in the lives of those around you.

bornsurvivors.jpgBorn Survivors: three young mothers and their extraordinary story of courage, defiance, and hope-Wendy Holden
In this extraordinary true account, three pregnant women meet in Auschwitz and attempt to conceal their pregnancies as they fight to survive. Their journey to freedom seems impossible, but Priska, Anka, and Rachel refuse to give up, believing both in themselves and in the power of miracles.  Find out if/how they escape in this eye-opening story of courage and perseverance.

Find the Good-Heather Lende
As an obituary writer in a small Alaskan town, Lende has learned to appreciate the little moments in life. She is encouraging and thoughtful in her experience and advice. Her positive outlook outlines a realistic approach to life’s problems while avoiding the dreaded victim mentality.  Find the Good really is the feel good book of the summer. Check it out today!

War Bonds: love stories from the greatest generation-Cindy Hval
Hval’s War Bonds highlights the stories of thirty different couples who met during the World War II era. Filled with wonderful detail and photographs from the 1940s and today, this book is sure to pull on the heartstrings. Moving and well-worth your time.

Take some time this summer and enjoy a good book in your hammock. The Reference staff at Frank L. Weyenberg Library are happy to assist you in finding the perfect book for your vacation.

Happy Reading!

*Images courtesy of EasiCat and http://rangeleycottage.com/

Jul 06

Summer in the Northwoods

Posted on July 6, 2015 at 12:00 AM by Craig Jacobson

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Spending time in northern Wisconsin, regardless of the season, is a beloved pastime. From fishing to hiking to swimming, outdoor recreational activities are abundant. Sometimes you may just want to curl up with a good book on the porch instead. Fortunately, there is a diverse selection of books, all set in northern Wisconsin, to interest readers of all ages. Thrills, nostalgia, and adventure thrive in these titles for all ages:

For Adults:
deathstalks.jpgDeath Stalks Door County and Death at Gills Rock by Patricia Skalka — These  two murder mystery titles both feature park ranger Dave Cubiak investigating crimes in beautiful Door County.

wakerobin.jpgReturn to Wake Robin: One Cabin in the Heyday of Northwoods Resorts by Marnie O. Mamminga — This memoir recalls fond memories of five generations spent in Big Spider Lake near Hayward, Wisconsin from the 1920s through the 1960s.   

The Northwoods Table: Natural Cuisine Featuring Native Foods by Henry Sinkus — Hankering for some old favorites? This cookbook has a large selection of recipes featuring foods native to Wisconsin, including venison, lake perch, cranberries and much more. 

Spirit of the North: A Photographic Journey through Northern Wisconsin by Richard Hamilton Smith — This beautiful photograph collection depicts the northwoods through all four seasons. 

For Kids & Teens:

Bird Lake Moon by Kevin Henkes — Mitch and Spencer are both spending the summer at Bird Lake with their families in an effort to heal past wounds.
The Island by Gary Paulsen — From the author of The Hatchet, The Island focuses on fifteen-year-old Wil who escapes home each day by rowing to a solitary island in an effort to fish, paint, write, and learn about the nature surrounding him. 

One Came Home by Amy Timberlake — A Newberry Honor award winner, this historical fiction is set in the small town of Placid, Wisconsin during the late 19th century. Murder, mystery, sharpshooters, and a narrator who speaks her mind, this title is sure to entice readers of all ages. 

Look for these titles to round out your summer reading list this summer and enjoy all the summer activities our state has to offer!

Jun 22

Calling All Grillmasters!

Posted on June 22, 2015 at 11:08 AM by Craig Jacobson

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barbecue chicken.jpgIt’s official!  Summer’s here, so let the grilling begin! If you have meat, fire, smoke, and time -you have the makings of a great barbecue.  Ray Lampe, known as Dr. BBQ, is the author of, Slow Fire: the beginner’s guide to barbecue.  He will tell you everything you need to know to make fall-off-the-bones dishes.  Whether you have a stove-top smoker or a regular backyard grill, you will be a complete success when you use any one of his 68 recipes.

Myron Mixon, known as the “winningest” man in barbecue, is quite the expert when it comes to smoking meat.  Whether you want to compete or just grill in your backyard, Mixon makes it simple and delicious.  In his book, Everyday Barbecue: at home with America’s favorite pitmaster, there are 150 great recipes for such things as Ribs the Easy Way or King Rib Sandwiches.  Grilling becomes easy with all of his helpful hints so that you will want to barbecue everyday instead of just special occasions.

Bobbie Flay, from the Food Network, wants you to get everything right when it comes to grilling.  In his book, Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction, he shares 150 great recipes ranging from Tuscan Rosemary Smoked Whole Chickens to Pimento Cheese Bacon Burgers.  There are recipes for side dishes, appetizers, and great drinks to serve your guests.  Besides the great recipes, he also tells you everything you need to know about the different grills, fuels, woods, and utensils for grilling.  There are also ten tips for the perfect cookout.  Guy Fieri, also from the Food Network, has great advice for outdoor cooking in his book, Guy on Fire: 130 recipes for adventures in outdoor cooking.  Whether you’re having a backyard barbecue, going camping, or joining friends for tailgating, Guy has the perfect recipe for any occasion.

Grill This Not That, is a great book if you are interested in saving time, money, and calories.  It contains 125 great recipes as well as cool tips, industry secrets, and essential information on how to grill great tasting and healthy food.  This book has done all the homework to figure out which ingredient should be substituted with another ingredient to get rid of unwanted calories.  It’s done the same for which grills and utensils are the best to use and to get the job done.

20140903-big-flavor-grill-cover-ed-anderson-2.jpgIf you are a Cook’s Illustrated aficionado, then you are going to love what they have done to grilling in their latest book, The Big Flavor Grill. To bring flavor to their dishes, they avoid the marinating step and use spice rubs.   Using spices from around the world, they have created 130 recipes for Asian, Mediterranean, Latin, and Caribbean dishes.  Once the grilling is complete, marinade-like ingredients (citrus, hoisin, ginger, basil, etc.) are then added to the dish to enhance the flavor even more.   It takes grilling to a whole new level.  Another great book to try if you like using marinades and rubs would be The Barbecue Lovers Big Book of BBQ Sauces.  With 225 recipes you are bound to find the perfect sauce for meat, seafood, or vegetables.

COVER-hi-res-final-Grilling-Vegan-Style-by-John-Schlimm.jpgThe Cooking Light Magazine is also able to show you a healthier way to grill in their new book, Cooking Light Way to Cook Grilling.  Whether using gas, charcoal, or an indoor grill, this book will show you how to grill in a healthier way without sacrificing the bold flavor.  They also offer many tips and techniques to help make your grilling experience a success.  If meat is not part of your diet you can still have a great BBQ, Grilling Vegan Style is just the book to help you.  Everything you need to know on how to prepare plant based foods is shown in this book along with 125 recipes to get you started.

Kathie Lee is a co-host of Food Network’s, The Kitchen, and she has just written a book called Endless Summer Cookbook.  What’s great about this book is that it celebrates summer and all the fresh foods that are abundant at this time of year.  With over 100 recipes, you will have everything you need for every day meals or special entertaining.

So what are you waiting for?  Let’s fire up the grill and have a wonderful summer!