Reviews and Blog Posts: nonfiction

Your Aging Parents and You - What to Do?

Declining health and other age-related disabilities are forcing your self reliant parents to endure heartbreaking lifestyle changes. Whether on the verge of relinquishing their independence and sense of dignity to a dependence on caregivers or adjusting to changes that are already in place, your folks are relying on your support.

Research guide and true story, the very readable A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents - and Ourselves by Jane Gross, New York Times reporter and creator of The New Old Age blog, offers a wealth of web-based resources and anecdotal insights gained from experience and research.

Ice Pop Summer

Perfect Pops

The July/August issue of Martha Stewart Everyday Food magazine led me to this recipe for fudge bars, and a summer long obsession with creating fun, refreshing, and tasty ice pops! (the lemon ice recipe in that issue was a hit, too!).

While it seems that summer will soon be over, with school starting up soon and the weather cooling down a bit, it's still warm enough to crave an ice pop after work or school on a hot day! They can be as simple as blending together fruit, water, sugar, and lemon juice and freezing it or as creative as strawberry basil or any other combination that sounds good to you! They can be healthy or decadent, or even just for grown ups!

Yes, Chef?

Yes, Chef

One of the summer's hottest memoirs is Marcus Samuelsson's Yes, Chef. If you want another culinary memoir to read while you're waiting for this highly acclaimed book, check out some of these other tales of cooking education & life in the kitchen.

Life, On the Line, Grant Achatz

The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears at the World's Most Famous Cooking School, Kathleen Flinn

Out of the Frying Pan: A Chef's Memoir of Hot Kitchens, Single Motherhood, and the Family Meal, Gillian Clark

Waiting for Are You My Mother?

Are You My Mother?

Over the weekend I read Alison Bechdel's new graphic memoir, Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama.

This follow up to her 2006 memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, which focused on her father, concentrates both on her relationship with her mother and on her therapy process. At one point, Bechdel refers to Are You My Mother? as a meta-book, as much of it deals with the time period when she was writing Fun Home, as well as her interactions with her mother around writing both that book and Are You My Mother?

Carlos Fuentes, November 11, 1928 – May 15, 2012

The Writings of Carlos Fuentes

Prolific Mexican intellectual, novelist, essayist, and occasional commentator Carlos Fuentes died suddenly May 15, 2012 at the age 83. The author of The Writings of Carlos Fuentes quotes Fuentes as saying that "writing implies an engagement with history, culture and identity." There is no doubt that Carlos Fuentes engaged generations worldwide in truly seeing and contemplating Mexico.

Carlos Fuentes gave many fascinating interviews and many of them are available to watch online. The library has many titles by and about Carlos Fuentes, in Spanish and English. Here are a few:

Locus Award Finalists Announced

Welcome to Bordertown

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation recently announced the finalists for the 2012 Locus Awards. The Locus Award celebrates science fiction, fantasy, and horror, and nonfiction works related to these subjects. If you're looking for a good read, try some of these!

Science Fiction Novel:

Leviathan Wakes, James S.A. Corey

11/22/63, Stephen King

Embassytown, China Mieville

Rule 34, Charles Stross

Hugo Nominees Announced!

Among Others

The nominees for the Hugo Award, given in 15 categories by the members of the World Science Fiction Convention, were recently announced. For the complete list, check the Hugo website.

Here are some of the nominated novels, works of nonfiction, and films that the Denver Public Library owns:

Best Novel:

Among Others, Jo Walton

A Dance With Dragons, George R. R. Martin

Deadline, Mira Grant

Embassytown, China Miéville

You Must Remember This...

Moonwalking with Einstein

The USA Memory Championship was recently held in New York. Want to learn about the world of competitive memory, or improve your own brain power?

One recent book that looks into what it takes to be a memory champion is Joshua Foer's Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything. Want to see if you can remember the title and author? Picture Michael Jackson & Albert Einstein, both moonwalking, with a number 4 between them. Really concentrate on the image. See if you can recall the title & the author's last name (without looking!) at the end of this post!

2012 Audie Award Nominees

First Grave on the Right

The Audie Awards recognize distinction in audiobooks and spoken word performance, and are presented by the Audio Publishers Association. Here are some of the 2012 nominees owned by DPL:

Bossypants, Tina Fey, narrated by Tina Fey (Biography/Memoir, Humor)

Here Comes Trouble, Michael Moore, narrated by Michael Moore (Biography/Memoir)

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou, narrated by Maya Angelou (Classic)

It's That Time of Year Again...

Blood, Bones & Butter

I enjoyed doing a nontraditional favorites of the year list last year, so thought I'd compile my favorite reads of 2011, in various categories, as the year comes to a close.

Favorite Cookbook:
Martha Stewart's New Pies & Tarts: 150 Recipes for Old-Fashioned and Modern Favorites.
Everything I've done from this book so far has been wonderful. The Brie & Apple Tart will be Christmas morning breakfast at our house, and later we'll have the Rocky Road Pie!

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