Reviews and Blog Posts: nonfiction

Hugo Award Nominees

Saga

The Hugo Awards, presented annually since 1955, are among science fiction's most prestigious awards for books, short stories, graphic format books, movies, and television.

The winners won't be announced until September, so you have plenty of time to get caught up on some of the year's best science fiction! The nominees are:

Best Novel

James Beard Foundation Award Finalists Announced

Ripe

Whether you love discovering new recipes or just want to drool over the beautiful photographs, you'll want to check out the James Beard Award finalists for excellence in cookbooks and food writing.

American Cooking:

Fire in My Belly, Kevin Gillespie & David Joachim

Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking, Nathalie Dupree & Cynthia Graubart

Southern Comfort, Allison Vines-Rushing & Slade Rushing

Beverage:

How to Love Wine, Eric Asimov

Inventing Wine, Paul Lukacs

Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced

Theft

The finalists for the 25th annual Lambda Literary Awards were recently announced. The Lammys celebrate GLBT literature and are given in many categories, including fiction, romance, biography/memoir, children's/young adult, and sf/fantasy/horror.

If you want your next read to have GLBT themse, this is a great list to start with! For the complete list of finalists, see the Lambda Literary Foundation web site. The site also lists past winners and nominees. 

Cold, Colder, Coldest

Antarctica

During the colder months, some folks like to read about tropical climates and warm days. I have a tendency to want to read about places that are even colder than where I am.

Enter my obsession over books about Antarctica. I don't know that I'll ever get to visit there, but I do love to read about it, both in fiction and nonfiction. While there is a vast body of literature about Antarctic explorers such as Amundsen, Shackleton, and Scott, my reading about the cold continent tends to be about modern folks--scientists and other curious types--who have recorded their time there and are often studying the (few) animals that live there, along with other studies including climate change, the earth's history, and even the possibilities of life on Mars.

The Dirt Candy cookbook

by Amanda Cohen, Ryan Dunlavey

Reviewer Rating:
4

A graphic memoir? A cookbook? Why not be both? Amanda Cohen shares the story of  Dirt Candy, her all vegetable restaurant in New York, along with recipes, technique, and the reality of building a restaurant and working every day to make it the best it can be. The graphic format...

Love a Good Mystery? Check Out the Edgar Nominees!

Map of Lost Memories

Love mysteries, but don't know what to read next? See if you missed any of the best mystery and crime novels, true crime, and biography of 2012 by perusing the nominations for the Edgar Awards!

The Edgars, given out by the Mystery Writers of America, have been honoring great mystery writing since 1946. This year's awards will be given out on May 2--plenty of time to read the nominees in your favorite category and predict your own winner!

Best First Novel:

The National Outdoor Book Awards

Buried in the Sky

Living in Colorado, many of us enjoy being connected to the outdoors, whether we hike, ski, rock climb, or enjoy a beautiful day in a city park. When you just can't get outside, or when you want to have a virtual adventure, checking out winners of the National Outdoor Book Awards might satisfy your need for nature.

The National Outdoor Book Awards have been around since 1997, and are given out every November. The Awards are sponsored by the National Outdoor Book Foundation, the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education, and Idaho State University. They recognize excellence in outdoor writing and publishing in a number of categories, including Outdoor Literature, Natural History Literature, History/Biography, Design & Artistic Merit, Classic, Children's, Nature & Environment, Instructional, and Guidebooks.

This is how : proven aid in overcoming shyness, molestation, fatness, spinsterhood, grief, disease, lushery, decrepitude & more-- for young and old alike

by Augusten Burroughs

Reviewer Rating:
4

I am a fan of self-help books because I enjoy learning how others solve their problems. But, the fluffy happy books get stale fast when bad things happen to me.  There have been times I have rolled my eyes with exasperation like "Really, this is going to make me feel better?"  Fortunately, Mr.

Rabid for Rabid

Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus

55,000 people die in agony from this virus every year.

I'm talking rabies, people. I assumed (incorrectly) that this virus was mostly extinct. Rabies is very much alive and well - thanks to a lack of vaccines and treatment in some parts of the world. As a bleeding heart who is likely to try to help any injured animal that crosses my path, I decided to do a bit of research to see exactly how prevalent rabies is in Colorado. The Colorado Department of Natural Resources has some very accessible information, in case you're interested.

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.

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