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Honest to Goodness

What I like about Anthony Bourdain is that he delivers the honest to goodness truth.

His writing on his experience in the kitchen is accessible. It's as if Mr. Bourdain is sitting across the table from you with a cup of coffee (or beer) and giving you the lowdown on the area's restaurants. His travels are honest and inspiring. He delivers his take on food and life with a punch, cutting to the real heart of the matter.

Romance of the Paranormal Variety

Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler

We have all been inundated by vampires as love objects but how about a few of their other supernatural brothers? There is more to paranormal romance than just bloodsuckers. There are Djinn, Werewolves and Barghests oh my! Not to mention some others that are just "other."

While not your average bodice rippers, here are some great reads to get you ready for RomCon next week!

Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler is the first in a wonderful series that introduces Jane True, a selkie who never knew. Now she finds herself in a whole new world, and while her first love interest is a vampire, there is someone else lingering at the edges that just might be the one!

KIDS - Recommended New Books

Every month, librarians from Denver Public Library branches get together to talk about new books for school-aged kids.  If you're looking for some new titles to keep you reading until school begins, here are some that we recommend.

Younger Readers:

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Michael Connelly!

Michael Connelly, born July 21, 1956, is a popular author you may or may not know.  If you want to know more about Michael Connelly or any other author, our database Literature Resource Center can help.

Wordless Woodcut Novels

Image from God's Man by Lynd Ward

Lynd Ward is known as a graphic innovator.  A prolific artist, he has illustrated more than 200 books for children and adults. 

In 2010, the Library of America published a two volume collection of six wordless woodcut novels by Lynd Ward.  The first novel God's Man was originally published the week of the 1929 stock market crash and was considered the first woodcut novel published in the United States. 

Seeking Understanding

I enjoy discovering new quotes.

I recently saw a wonderful quote by Marie Curie. “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.

Serene and Volcanic

Pablo Neruda

"Today, I dedicate this to you, you are long like the body of Chile, delicate  like an anise flower,  and in every branch you bear witness to our indelible springtimes... you guard the sun, the earth, the violets in your slender shadow when you sleep. And in this way, every morning  you give me life."  - Pablo Neruda from the poem "Every Day, Matilde"

Such tangible and raw beauty lifts off the pages of Pablo Neruda's poetry. How such words can then take form in the mind and senses to create a world within your world. His poems allow the soul to escape to exotic places of body and earth and allows the soul to come back to the not so exotic places of home. Truly an inspiration for love and lover, the serene place of mind, and volcanic places of the heart.

Colorado Authors Series: Dom Testa at Schlessman

Dom Testa

Award winning Colorado author, speaker, broadcaster, and philanthropist Dom Testa will be at Schlessman this Saturday, July 23, at 2 p.m.

Testa hosts a top-rated morning radio show, speaks to schools and professional organizations all over the country, writes the best-selling Galahad book series for young adults, and oversees the non-profit educational foundation The Big Brain Club. He has won numerous awards for his writing and his radio program. The latest book in the Galahad Series is The Dark Zone. Books will be available for sale and signing.

City Tales: New Orleans

new orleans mon amour

The Crescent City. The Big Easy.  Jazz, beignets and vampires.  Hurricane Katrina.

What comes to mind when you think of New Orleans? These days it's hard not to think of the ravage left behind by Hurricane Katrina. Nearly six years later, Nola has still not fully recovered. The hurricane and its aftermath has forever altered this beloved Louisiana city, a fact evident in each one of these titles.

My New Orleans: The Cookbook by John Besh

Take Me Out to the Ball Game Section of the Library

Wow!

Do you find baseball games a little slow? If you're like me, a game can seem to go on forever, and don't even get me started on extra innings. Too bad they're not all like this:

Instead, take a good book along.

These titles (suggested by former DPL librarian Jon Flanagan), should cover all the bases:

The New Bill James Historical Baseball Atlas

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