In My Home Kitchen
Cooking Slow: Recipes for Slowing Down and Cooking More,
by Andrew Schloss
For countless generations before our own, home cooks knew the value of preparing a meal over the course of an entire day. Slow cooking from decades and centuries past can be attributed to less technology and gadgetry, thriftiness with the pocketbook, the general pace of life, and a deep caring for the family and friends with whom the meal was shared. In Slow Cooking, Andrew Schloss breathes new life into all-day (or in the case of the decadent, over-night, lemon-custard cheesecake) methods of braising, grilling, stewing, steaming and roasting. From meat and potatoes, to grains and vegetables, to the aforementioned desserts, this cookbook is as much about the food as it is about the people you will be feeding.
Crackers & Dips: More Than 50 Handmade Snacks,
by Ivy Manning
Confession (why do I always feel as though I am revealing my dirty little secrets most when I write this cookbook column?): I have not actually used this cookbook yet. I have read it and drooled on nearly every page and dog-eared it and made my selections for last minute gift-giving. Homemade, frosted animal crackers? Yes, please! It is one of those rare cookbooks I feel quite confident recommending without having really utilized yet. Great price. Great design. Lovely and tantalizing photos. Simple recipes. And this one has got practicality written all over it. Who doesn't need an impressive appetizer this time of year?
Great Books in the Classroom
Without truly even knowing how it has happened, we now have some wonderful projects in the works with all of the third graders at Shay Elementary here in Harbor Springs.
Mrs. Hunt's class was adventurous enough to be the first to invite us into the classroom for a book talk. Then, we welcomed her students to the store, for a field trip during which each child selected one paperback book to take back to school. Our latest update has almost everyone finished with their selection and hard at work on book trailers, written reports and other visual representations of their books. We can't wait to see the finished projects and get feedback from the readers for whom these books are most intended!
Since our visit from Mrs. Hunt's class, Katie has been to both Mrs. Hammond's and Mrs. Dunn's classrooms, to present works of realistic fiction. After the New Year, these students will also be moving ahead with their book projects.
We have an anonymous donor to thank for growing the experience to include the entire third grade.
If you or someone you know wishes to sponsor a classroom, the cost is $150. While every child will receive a visit at school, as well as a field trip to the bookstore, they will also have the enriching moment of choosing a book from the shelves. Literacy and educational projects will be adjusted for the appropriate grade levels.
Just contact the store today with any questions, and stay tuned for details about an Open House in late winter, when all of the third grade reviews will be on display in the store!
World Book Night
Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 23rd 2014 - World Book Night!
Now, we know that's a way's off, but the deadline for Giver applications is January 5th, so don't wait to get yours finished. If you have any questions about how you can help to put great books into the hands of those who do not have ready access to them, just let us know. Click here
to learn more about World Book Night nationwide, and to access a full list of titles and Giver application guidelines.
And the Award Goes to . . .
In November, the 63rd annual National Book Awards were handed out in four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People's Literature. As always, some winners were expected. Others, less so. Either way, it's another impressive list of winners and finalists.
The Good Lord Bird, by James McBride
The Flamethrowers, by Rachel Kushner
The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri
Bleeding Edge, by Thomas Pynchon
Tenth of December, by George Saunders
Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, by George Packer
Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin, by Jill Lepore
Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields, by Wendy Lower
The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832, by Alan Taylor
Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief, by Lawrence Wright
Metaphysical Dog, by Frank Bidart
Stay, Illusion, by Lucie Brock-Broido
The Big Smoke, by Adrian Matejka
Black Aperture, by Matt Rasmussen
Young People's Lit
The Thing About Luck, by Cynthia Kadohata
The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, by Kathi Appelt
Far Far Away, by Tom McNeal
Picture Me Gone, by Meg Rosoff
Boxers & Saints, by Gene Luen Yang
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notes from the bibliofiles
First, I do apologize for the lateness of this December newsletter. This season has been significantly more busy than anticipated, which is wonderful. People are excited about books - about new releases for themselves, about donating books to food pantries and toy drives, about gifting books to children and grandchildren.
So, this edition of "Notes from the Bibliophiles" may be squeaking in under the wire, but it's for good reason. We've been busy introducing books to their new readers! And this newsletter may be a tad briefer than others, but I promise it is just as thoughtful and created with you in mind. I trust something will catch your eye.
Here are two recent releases which have particularly captured my attention in the past week:
The Encylopedia of Early Earth, by Isabel Greenberg
(Little Brown, $23.00) is sure to earn its stripes in the canon of original, and stunning graphic novels. All genres of literature experience periods of reinvention. The graphic novel or comic book form, is no exception. It has seen an evolution from the easily recognizable newspaper strips, to full-length serials of social commentary, to your fairly standard superhero tales, to the heyday of graphic memoir. All of these styles are still incredibly popular and relevant, but this other is coming into play, as well. It is perhaps the graphic novel in its purest form - a graphic
novel. An illuminated story. Words and pictures.
In Greenberg's exquisite combination, readers are treated to a vision of early Earth. Not that of dinosaurs and ape ancestors, but of an entire civilization - as curious and emotional as ourselves. More specifically, it is the story of one young man, who leaves his North Pole home in search of love, only to find it at the South Pole - a place he can never fully reach, due to the sensitivity of this Earth's magnetic fields. Along the way, our narrator relays the people he meets and the tales he gathers, confirming once more, that the need to share our stories is a common and timeless human quality.
If you have encountered even just one of the plethora of reviews which have started to surface of late, of Robert Stone's Death of the Black-Haired Girl
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $25.00), you likely read what an engrossing story he has woven in this relatively short novel. I don't mean to sound redundant, but I wish to second the sentiments of every single review I've read, and say that Stone is one of the great ones. I am so sorry to have passed him by all these years, and yet so happy to have found him now. It is a writer with a rare gift who can make every word count. Who can explode the narrative at a break-neck pace, and yet always maintain control over the revelations. Who can capture the nuance and slang of a heaping cast of characters, and yet imbue them with enough universality to reflect all the light and dark inside every one of us. The genius of Death of the Black-Haired Girl
, in particular, is the simplicity. No flourishing turns of phrase, no rambling descriptions, no inconceivable vocabulary. It is fast, dirty, biting and honest. This is what makes it so haunting. It is a story that is happening right now, somewhere.
Maud Stack is our black-haired siren of the title. She is a siren in any number of ways. She has seduced her professor. She pens violently controversial articles for the school gazette. She hops aboard an unstoppable ride of drugs, alcohol and madness. As the reader approaches just one of the many inevitable tragedies along the way, Stone decidedly colors every one of his characters in a shroud of gray. Moral ambiguities and personal demons run rampant. The whole bunch - from Maud's police officer father to the college counselor (an ex-nun) to her B-movie actress roommate to the homeless that wander the crumbling city blocks surrounding the liberal arts college - struggles to separate the black from the white and clearly define the two. But in an institution of higher learning, preserving that image is everything.
No one will walk away with their hands clean. Even the reader becomes complicit and accountable. Did I mention that this one will haunt you?
Thank you, as always, for your support in rounding out this transitional calendar year. We certainly would not be here without our fellow bibliophiles.
Wishing you a joyful and relaxing Christmas, and peace, health and happiness in the New Year!
|new titles released this month|
Call us anytime to reserve these new titles:
The Apartment, by Greg Baxter (Twelve, $24.00)
Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy, by Elly Blue
(Microcosm Publishing, $14.95)
The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams, by Ben Bradlee, Jr.
(Little Brown, $35.00)
The Gods of Guilt: A Lincoln Lawyer Novel, by Michael Connelly
(Little Brown, $28.00)
Command Authority: A Jack Ryan Novel, by Tom Clancy (Putnam,
Lost Detroit, by Cheri Y. Gay (Pavillion Books, $18.95)
Brown Dog: Novellas, by Jim Harrison (Grover Press, $27.00)
Glorious War: The Civil War Adventures of George Armstrong
Custer, by Thom Hatch (St. Martin's Press, $28.99)
Innocence, by Dean Koontz (Bantam, $28.00)
Vatican Waltz, by Roland Merullo (Crown, $24.00)
Autobiography, by Morrissey (Putnam, $30.00)
Warsaw 1944: Hitler, Himmler and the Warsaw Uprising, by
Alexandra Richie (Farrar Straus Giroux $40.00)
Tickets for all three shows are available now at Between the Covers and Crooked Tree Arts Center. Don't miss this magical and classic performance!
Between the Covers wishes our loyal readers
a happy start to 2014 with a one-day New Year's Sale!
On January 1st, from 10 am to 3 pm, stop by to find discounts strung up about the store. Choose your coupon and apply it to your entire day's purchase!
Savings begin at 20% off, and a few lucky customers may even get their hands on a 40% off coupon!
(Not to be combined with any other discounts. One coupon per paying customer. Discount applies to in-stock items only. Select consignment and fundraiser merchandise are not eligible for discounts. All sales final.)
inside a snow globe
by judy cummings
Sitting at my computer this morning and looking out the window made me think of snow globes. The snow was falling in slow motion and I almost felt as if I were inside that globe looking out. Needless to say the weather ramped up as the day went on and now it is more like being inside a whirling vortex. How nice it is to be inside and warm, with the wind howling outside. Add a good book and a couple of warm cats and you have the making of a perfect evening. There is nothing nicer than falling asleep, warm and safe, with the storm outside your walls.
As I do every year at Christmastime, I have overextended myself and my limited capabilities. Now it's a matter of taking a deep breath and trying to stay focused and finish one project at a time. We get so immersed in our projects that we forget to look around and look beyond. Now is the time - the time to look beyond - to do something for someone else. Now is the time to set aside all those projects and go outside and play with the kids or grandkids. Their wonder at a snowflake or their delight in playing in the freezing cold will renew your spirit and help you believe in the magic of Christmas.
I have neglected my reading - I know! It's criminal! However, I am in the middle of The Night Guest, by Fiona McFarlane
(Faber & Faber, $26.00), a debut novel. The main character, Ruth, is a widow living alone in a remote beach house. During the previous night she has dreamt of a tiger in the living room, or at least she thinks it was a dream. The following morning a taxi arrives at her doorstep and out comes Frida, a force of nature. Frida says she is a government worker sent to help Ruth with her daily chores at no cost to Ruth. In the course of time, Frida becomes indispensable, eventually moving in with Ruth. Ruth is confused - did she ask Frida to move in? Have Ruth's sons arranged for this to happen? A sense of unease begins to creep, ever so slightly, into the story. I CAN'T WAIT to see what happens! Put this one on your wish list!
Thank you for supporting and believing in the power of the independent book store and for supporting the businesses in your community. We wish you a very merry Christmas!
do it yourself in 2014
The New Crochet: A Beginner's Guide, with 38 Modern Projects, by Marion Madel (Potter Craft, $19.99)
Get on jump start on your New Year's resolution - and make it a fun one this time around - with some of our favorite D.I.Y. books of the year!
From the publisher: Crochet gets a chic makeover in this beginner-friendly book from French designer and crochet teacher Marion Madel. The 38 quick and easy projects include oversized scarves, cozy cowls, lacy shawls, decorative embellishments, bags, and much more.
Fold Me Up: 100 Paper Fortune-Tellers for Life's Pressing Questions, by Michelle Taute (Perigree Books, $16.00)
From the publisher:
Cootie catchers aren't just for kids anymore! These 100 paper fortune tellers provide a fresh take on a childhood favorite with answers/strategies for handling tough adult situations and answering important life dilemmas like:
Should you have another cocktail?
What Jane Austen heroine are you?
What is your '80s movie alter ego?
Furniture Makeovers: Simple Techniques for Transforming Furniture with Paint, Stains, Paper, Stencils, and More, by Barb Blair (Chronicle, $24.95)
"I enjoy reading decorating books but rarely bestow upon them a permanent place on my bookshelf. However, I found this book to be such an excellent resource and full of so many great tutorials that Furniture Makeovers is in my home to stay." -Tonya Lee, About.com Decorating Editor
Paper Play, by Lydia Crook (Running Press Kids, $12.95)
From the publisher: Find out how much fun a simple piece of paper can be! Every page of this book can be used to play games or make fantastic paper creations - from a paper snowflake, pretty beads, or a never-ending card, to a magic trick, a paper town, and more! Pick a page at random; add scissors, pens or glue, then follow the instructions. Discover the endless ways you can play with paper.
Carve, Stamp, Play: Designing and Creating Custom Stamps, by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer (Interweave Press, $24.99)
From the publisher:
Take an exciting journey into printing with custom-carved stamps! In this complete stamp-carving workshop, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer covers every aspect of creating and using rubber stamps, including carving linear and curved designs, alphabets, complex and repeating geometrical shapes, and image transfers.
Yellow Owl's Little Prints: Stamp, Stencil, and Print Projects to Make for Kids, by Christine Schmidt (Potter Craft, $21.99)
From the publisher: Celebrated indie artist Christine Schmidt offers 25 hip, imaginative, and personalizable decorations, toys, puzzles, and keepsakes for children using simple hand-printing techniques.
Draw Your Own Alphabets: Thirty Fonts to Scribble, Sketch, and Make Your Own, by Tony Seddon (Princeton Architectural Press, $19.95)
From the publisher: Draw Your Own Alphabets
is a fun, hands-on workbook that teaches how to create funky hand-lettered fonts sure to jump off the page, poster, or screen. Presenting thirty complete alphabets, custom-drawn in a variety of styles by various young designers and illustrators, this do-it-yourself guide demonstrates how to adapt the letters and make them your own.
The Filmmaker Says: Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom (Princeton Architectural Press, $14.95)
"Compelling and sometimes controversial words from the visionaries behind the camera . . . from Charlie Chaplin to Kathryn Bigelow to Akira Kurasawa. Their words, compiled and carefully arranged by Jamie Thompson Stern to create a flowing dialogue, are sure to inspire budding film students and avid moviegoers alike."- Cool Hunting
DIY Chalkboard Crafts: From Silhouette Art to Spice Jars, More Than 50 Crafty and Creative Chalkboard-Paint Ideas, by Lizette Schapekahm (Adams Media, $18.99)
From the publisher: The chalkboard isn't just for the classroom anymore! . . . From bookends and lampshades to cake toppers and ornaments, you'll transform ordinary household items into eye-catching pieces with beautiful chalkboard crafts.
Braids, Buns, and Twists!: Step-By-Step Tutorials for 82 Fabulous Hairstyles, by Christina Butcher (Chronicle, $19.95)
"This book should be every hair hopper's new bible." -BUST Magazine
Learn to Knit, Love to Knit, by Anna Wilkinson (Potter Craft, $19.99)
From the publisher: Colorful, fun, and utterly adorable, Anna Wilkinson's designs appeal to beginner knitters who haven't been inspired by typical beginner projects . . . these unique pieces will inspire beginners to pick up a pair of needles and fall in love with knitting.
Maureen Abood is the author and photographer of the blog Rose Water & Orange Blossoms, where she writes about her Lebanese family and food, and life Up North in Michigan. Her upcoming Lebanese cookbook will be released in spring 2015 from Running Press.
My favorite cookbooks, and probably yours too, are rich with great prose, lavish photography, sumptuous design, and recipes we're dying to get into the kitchen and make. Here are several cookbooks that keep me swooning:
The Kinfolk Table: Recipes for Small Gatherings, by Nathan Williams
: Just a very cool, very beautiful book that emphasizes the joy of cooking for friends. Entertaining doesn't have to be overwhelming, or intimidating, or a chore when we do a few simple things, well. This is the subtle message told in The Kinfolk Table
, through stories of interesting people all over the world and some of their favorite recipes, with a peek into where they live and how they come to the table. A great gift book.
The Glorious Vegetables of Italy
: Every book my friend Domenica Marchetti writes about Italian cuisine is a treasure. If there was ever a book that will get us to cook and eat our vegetables with gusto, and lots of them, it's here. The recipes offer tremendous, delightful range in Domenica's trusted voice, and the presentation is a knockout. Domenica has Michigan roots, too!
With all of the Christmas cookies and candies that get turned out of my kitchen this time of year, I always like to bake a special cake for Christmas Eve and again for New Year's Eve (my favorite night of the year to . . . stay in). Plus, we have lots of birthdays in the family this time of year.
I turn to the pages of Vintage Cakes, by Julie Richardson
andMiette: Recipes from San Francisco's Most Famous Pastry Shop, by Meg Ray
all year long, but give them even more attention from Thanksgiving through the end of the year. Always winners.
Heidi Swanson is one of those people we just can't help but want to emulate. The way she cooks, eats, and lives is all about healthful and delicious. HerSuper Natural Every Day: Well Loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen
remains my go-to for everything - from a great salad (her blog, 101 Cookbooks, offers creative salads frequently) to a quick, flavorful snack.
|bookmark series #2|
|Our new pair of bookmarks has arrived - hot off the presses! Each one is a miniature work of hand drawn art by Len Cowgill, from the Tamarack Gallery in Omena.
(A few times each year, Between the Covers will feature bookmarks designed by a different artist. Buy books and collect them all!)