Dear Friends,

July is here, and with it sweltering days when we long to escape. This week’s Brain Treats provides you with plenty of reading options, including suggested cookbooks to dive into if you would rather cook at home than hazard a restaurant visit. Register today for upcoming programs before we take a late summer Speaker Series hiatus. And don’t forget to ensure that the Athenaeum of Philadelphia can continue to provide these benefits; if you have not yet paid your annual dues, please do so today! (you can pay at or send your check to the Athenaeum.)

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia will be closed on Friday, July 3. Please order any books for Thursday vestibule pick-up by Wednesday afternoon.
Library Services

New Books
The June and July bookshelf lists (new book purchases) are now available on our website. Any of these books can be reserved and picked up in our vestibule Tuesday and Thursday 10am-2:30pm. For more information on our in person services, click here. 
Whether you’re staying in Philly or heading to the shore, we have our “Beach Reads” eBook selections collected in one easy place. Click here to see our list of suggestions! We also have curated selections of Anti-Racism Resources , Historical Mysteries , and more. Not set up with eBooks yet? Email Lois Reibach to get started. 
Librarian Suggestions
Coronavirus restrictions have most of us staying home more and as a consequence, doing more cooking. If you are feeling that your quarantine cuisine could use an upgrade, why not borrow a cookbook from the Athenaeum's collection, and perhaps discover a new recipe?
Titles to savor include (but are not limited to):
The Book Club Cookbook : Recipes and Food for ThoughtFrom Your Book Club's Favorite Books and Authors   (Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp)
Brunetti's Cookbook (recipes by Roberta Pianaro ; culinary stories by Donna Leon) For all you fans of Donna Leon's Venetian mysteries!
Dinner for Everyone : 100 Iconic Dishes Made 3 Ways-- Easy, Vegan, or Perfect for Company (Mark Bittman)
Dinner Made Simple : 35 Everyday Ingredients, 350 Easy Recipes (by the editors of Real Simple)
Fix It With Food : More Than 125 Recipes to Address Autoimmune Issues and Inflammation (Mark Symon)
Magpie : Sweets and Savories from Philadelphia's Favorite Pie Boutique (Holly Ricciardi)
Mark Bittman's Kitchen Matrix : More Than 700 Simple Recipes and Techniques to Mix and Match for Endless Possibilities (Mark Bittman)
My Kitchen Year : 136 Recipes That Saved My Life (Ruth Reichl)
River Cottage Veg : 200 Inspired Vegetable Recipes (Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall)
Susanna Foo Fresh Inspiration : New Approaches to Chinese Cuisine (Susanna Foo)
Sweet Simplicity: Jacques Pépin's Fruit Desserts  (Jacques Pépin)
Vegetable Harvest : Vegetables at the Center of the Plate (Patricia Wells)
We also have recent issues of Bon Appétit magazine available as well as the eBook Little Book of Jewish Feasts .
If you would like to dig into one or more of the above tasty titles, contact Librarian Jill LeMin Lee to arrange a pickup in the Athenaeum's vestibule, or to have the book(s) mailed to you.
Online Events

There will be no webinar this week, but you can still sign up for our next two programs!
Wed, Jul 8, 2020 5:30 PM EST
Andrea Barnet on Change-makers: Four Visionary Women who Made a Difference
Next week on July 8, Andrea Barnet will be joining us to talk about her book Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World . We suggest reading the book first!
Wed, Jul 15, 2020 6:00 PM EST
Hamilton: How the Musical Remixes American History
The following week, historian Richard Bell will be joining us again to speak on the musical Hamilton, which will be coming to Disney+ this weekend. Bell will teach us what the musical gets right and wrong about history.
Our staff delights to serve you in this time. We wish you a weekend of remembrance of the joys and responsibilities of freedom, of virtual or in-person celebration with loved ones, health, and joy.

Beth Hessel
Executive Director