Reviews and Blog Posts: nonfiction

Going on vacation with Slash

Slash

This year I'm skipping the traditional beach read and taking some rock 'n' roll with me instead.

These stories will surely make any vacation debauchery seem tame in comparison. So if you find yourself cringing after a night of too many margaritas, take solace in knowing that the boys of Mötley Crüe have you beat by a mile. Seriously.

Johnny Depp reads to me

Life by Keith Richards

Oh, yes, I've been spending a lot of time with Mr. Depp.

Ok, so I might be stretching the truth just a bit. The truth is I recently began listening to Keith Richards' autobiography, Life, read by Johnny Depp and I don't think there could be a more perfect reader. Depp's droll tone conjures Richards (except Depp is easy to understand!) and when he slips into a British accent it doesn't sound fake (a must for me).

James Beard Book Awards Announced

The 2011 James Beard Book Awards were recently announced. You may know of the James Beard Awards for chefs. While often those award winners are far away (with restaurants hard to get reservations at!), many of the cookbook award winners are available in the library. For a complete list of winners and nominees, click here.

Cookbook Hall of Fame: On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen, Harold McGee

Cookbook of the Year: Oaxaca al Gusto: An Infinite Gastronomy, Diana Kennedy

American Cooking: Pig: King of the Southern Table, James Villas

2011 Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced

Pulitzer Prize

Every year the Pulitzer committee grants awards in 21 different categories. This year, the Denver Post won the category of Editorial Cartooning. Read on for the winners in the Fiction, History, Biography, Poetry and General Nonfiction categories!

Fiction

History

Biography

Journey on the Appalachian Trail

At over 2,100 miles, the Appalachian Trail is the world’s longest footpath. While many folks have read about the AT in Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods, there also are many more books out there detailing the reality of thru-hiking the AT.

While I doubt that I will ever undertake the daunting task of walking from Georgia to Maine, the stories of those that have will continue to enthrall me.

A Journey North: One Woman’s Story of Hiking the Appalachian Trail, Adrienne Hall

The New Appalachian Trail, Edward B. Garvey

Happy Birthday, Harry Houdini

Houdini

One of the first biographies I remember reading as a kid was of Harry Houdini. His escapes and life totally fascinated me, and his life of magic continues to lure people in today.

The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero, William Kalush

Houdini: The Handcuff King, Jason Lutes

Final Seance: The Strange Friendship Between Houdini and Conan Doyle, Massimo Polidoro

Houdini! The Career of Ehrich Weiss, Kenneth Silverman

Colorado Authors Visiting Schlessman

I see Your Dream Job

Got plans for the next 3 Saturdays? You do now — with the Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series at the Schlessman Family Branch!

First up this Saturday, March 26 at 11 a.m. is Paula Reed, who writes historical fiction and romance. Her newest book, Hester, is a continuation of The Scarlet Letter that follows Hester Prynne to England and an encounter with Oliver Cromwell. Come and be carried away to the 17th century in this story of family, love, and desire.

Look to the Skies

Do you ever look up to the sky and ponder the moon, planets, and constellations? Wish you knew more about the science behind ice moons, the asteroid belt, space travel, and what the heck NASA is up to? Check out some of these books and know more about what you're looking at when you're looking up!

The Planets, Dava Sobel

scent of the missing: love and partnership with a search and rescue dog

scent of the missing: love and partnership with a search and rescue dog

Dogs are doing their part to help tsunami-ravaged Japan. Remember the photos from Katrina? 9/11? Oklahoma City? Do you ever wonder about the stories behind the search and rescue teams whose photos capture our hearts? Are these people paid rescue workers or volunteers? Could you and your dog form a search and rescue team?

Humans have long used dogs, with their remarkable scenting abilities, to pursue and recover people who have fallen prey to crime, misadventure, or catastrophe. Recent tragedies such as the tsunami in Japan and Hurricane Katrina have brought search and rescue (SAR) recovery to the forefront of daily news. In Scent of the Missing: Love and Partnership with a Search and Rescue Dog, Susannah Charleson introduces us to this world as she vividly describes the adoption and training of her puppy, Puzzle.

Lammy Finalists Announced Today

Inseparable: Desire Between Women in Literature

The Lambda Literary Foundation announced the finalists for the 23rd annual Lambda Literary Awards today. Winners will be announced on May 26.The Lammys honor achievement in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) writing.

With 114 finalists in 24 categories of LGBT literature, there will be books of interest to many on this extensive list. Showing the evolution of LGBT publishing, this is the first year that the Transgender category has had enough nominations to be divided into fiction and nonfiction (the Bisexual category was first split just last year). Other categories include Anthology, Children's/Young Adult, Drama, Poetry, SF/Fantasy/Horror, Gay & Lesbian Debut Fiction, Memoir & Biography, Mystery, and Romance.

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