The 2012 James Beard Foundation Book Awards were recently announced. These awards celebrate books about cooking in various categories. Check out these award winning titles the next time you're looking for a new recipe to try, or you just want to read about the wonderful world of food!
Cookbook of the Year, Cooking from a Professional Point of View: Modernist Cuisine, Nathan Myhrvold with Chris Young and Maxime Bilet
Courage is not the absence of fear,
but rather the judgment that something
else is more important than fear.
The new books listed below were written by individuals who have faced uncommon challenges and have found a path to meaningful life. These individuals aren’t superhuman. They simply refused to stay mired in despair. With much support from family, friends, and medical professionals they have crafted lives that help all to see that a perfect body is not required to live well.
In her book The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson gives a thorough account of the Great Migration (the mass exodus of over six million African Americans who migrated from the southern regions of the U.S. to the northern).
The "Black Exodus" was motivated by several factors and is a crucial element in America's history and culture. Wilkerson's investigative research presents a multifaceted approach to understanding the reasons blacks migrated from the south to the north.
Ms. Wilkerson spent fifteen years working on her book and had interviewed over a thousand people before settling on three key individuals who reflect the different waves of the migration period.
More Than 36 Days: Four Ordinary Men Face Extraordinary Circumstances is the stories of four Colorado men who served as U.S. Marines during World War II in the battle for Iwo Jima. It is not a war book--it focuses on the men, their backgrounds, and how the war experience defined them. They spent 36 days on the island, but their stories are much more than that. Learn from the hearts and souls of Don Whipple, Joe Weinmeier, Max Brown, and Jim Blane.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13th. Impress the mom in your life by teaching her about the history of Mother’s Day. Then give her a day to remember by taking part in some of the following fun activities in and around the city or plan a relaxing day at home.
In the United States the first known suggestion for Mother’s Day came in 1872 from Julia Ward Howard, author of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic". Howard envisioned a day of peace, but her idea didn’t catch on. Finally, in 1907 on the anniversary of her mother's death Anna Jarvis arranged a church service in Philadelphia to honor all mothers. She then began a letter writing campaign to congress and news outlets.
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!
Not to cast any aspersions on America’s most beloved children’s poet, but there is much more to poetry for young people than the great Shel Silverstein. April is National Poetry Month, and thus a perfect opportunity to explore the wide world of children’s poetry.
From anthologies of works by modern children’s poets to poem picture books to novels in verse, children’s poetry is a wide open and growing genre full of humorous, touching, and imaginative writing that is sure to inspire and delight any child who is exposed to it.
In 1841, fourteen-year-old Nakahama Manjirō is fishing with friends when their boat is shipwrecked on an island off the coast of Japan. They are rescued by an American whaling ship and after requesting to stay aboard the ship, Nakahama becomes the first Japanese person to set foot in the United States. This incredible true story is the basis for NPR's Back-Seat Book Club selection for May.
Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus is the story of a boy who is a simple fisherman but dreams of becoming a samurai. He never lets go of his dreams, despite living in a society where there is no chance for changing your station in life. After his rescue from the island, he is given a great opportunity: travel to California and begin a new life.
Everyone, it seems, wants to read the Hunger Games – even elementary school kids. But how young is too young? These are, after all, books that take place in a post-apocalyptic world in which teenagers are forced to kill other teenagers. Surely, they are not appropriate for younger readers.
Or are they?
Although the plot of the books is somewhat shocking, the author gives her subject matter a thoughtful and thought-provoking treatment that rises above the gruesome premise. The main character, Katniss, is a hero in the classic sense – a strong and smart survivor who makes interesting and even admirable moral choices within the immoral universe in which she finds herself.