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June 2013 Staff Reviews, Cooking, & More
Here are three new staff reviews for you! Also, plan ahead for our July author readings. Plus, check out the latest in Cooking.
Our staff brings you three new favorites.
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Bobcat and Other Stories
by Rebecca Lee
reviewed by Matt
I picked up this collection with no idea what to expect. I got swept
in directly with a story of a dinner party in which the host feels
queasy thinking about making a terrine, and in which one of the guests
reports being attacked by a bobcat on a recent vacation in India, and
in which another guest opines "But the dream of a happy family can be
so overpowering that people will often put up with a lot to approximate
it. Sometimes a little blindness keeps the family together." These
stories are full of fascinating characters and situations which leave
plenty of room to explore desire, deceit, cultural conflicts, and
The Guns at Last Light
by Rick Atkinson
reviewed by Jeff
I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that Atkinson is one of the
"go-to" authors for anyone interested in World War Two, and The Guns At Last Light
is the latest proof of his talent. The book chronicles the final year
of fighting in western Europe, a period of time that many Americans
assume was a sweeping charge to victory. In fact, after the Normandy
landings in June 1944, daily life turned into a brutal mess for
soldiers in the front lines. There was terrible terrain, lousy weather,
supply shortages, bad leadership, and of course the German armies
opposing them. For people in the line of fire, there is no such things
as a good war. The Guns At Last Light is the final volume in Atkinson's Liberation Trilogy that includes An Army At Dawn (the North African campaign) and The Day Of Battle (the invasion of Italy). The three volumes are now side by side on my bookshelf.
by Paul Gallico reviewed by Sandy Originally published in 1950 as The Story of Jennie,
and out of print for many years, this lovely and loveable children's
classic has now been reprinted as part of the New York Review Children's
Collection. It's a timeless tale of a young boy, longing for a cat of
his own, who, while racing across a London street toward a kitten he has
spied, is struck down by a truck and wakes up actually being a cat. A
stray, Jennie, befriends him and teaches him how to survive as a cat.
One of the most delightful chapters in the book is entitled, "When in
Doubt-Wash." Anyone who has ever had a cat will be intrigued by the
truth behind Jennie's philosophy as well as her instructions. The author
nails it perfectly. Children and adults alike will be enthralled by
this warm and satisfying adventure story.
Check out our author readings in July. Mark your calendars today!
Monday, July 8, 7pm
In Breaking Chains
Nokes tells the story of the only slavery case adjudicated in Oregon's
pre-Civil War courts--Holmes v. Ford. Through the lens of this
landmark case, Nokes explores the historical context of racism in
Oregon and the West, reminding readers that there actually were slaves
in Oregon, though relatively few in number. Breaking Chains
sheds light on a somber part of Oregon's history, bringing the story of
slavery in Oregon to a broader audience. The book will appeal to
readers interested in Pacific Northwest history and in the history of
slavery in the United States.
Thursday, July 11, 7pm
This compact guidebook will walk you through the best Portland has to
offer. It includes step-by-step descriptions and detailed maps of 22
excursions--from half-mile strolls to more rigorous four mile jaunts. It
will lead you along the Willamette River, through the elegant downtown
and well-preserved older neighborhoods, and along the trails of popular
city parks. If you're planning to visit Portland--or explore your
hometown--you'll be sure you're on the right track with Walking Portland
to guide you.
The Healing Paradox
Thursday, July 18, 7pm
Why does Western medicine fail to cure chronic physical and mental
illness? Dr. Steven Goldsmith's answer is at once counterintuitive and
commonsensical: the root of the problem is our combative approach.
Instead of resisting and fighting our ailments, we should cooperate with
and even embrace them. Drawing on fascinating case studies and personal
experiences from his forty-year career as a medical doctor and
psychiatrist--as well as abundant clinical, experimental, and public
health data--Dr. Goldsmith presents an exciting, revolutionary approach
that will change the way you think about medicine and psychotherapy.
Karen and Jim Shepard
Tuesday, July 23, 7pm
Annie Bloom's is thrilled to host wife-and-husband author duo Karen and Jim Shepard. Karen Shepard's new novel is The Celestials
In June of 1870, seventy-five Chinese laborers arrived in
Massachusetts to work for Calvin Sampson, one of the biggest
industrialists in that busy factory town. This book beautifully
reimagines the story of Sampson's "Chinese experiment" and the effect
of the newcomers' threatening and exotic presence on the New England
locals. Jim Shepard's latest, You Think That's Bad
, is a wildly
diverse collection of astonishingly observant stories. Like an expert
curator, he populates the vastness of human experience--from its
bizarre fringes and lonely, breathtaking pinnacles to the hopelessly
mediocre and desperately below average--with brilliant scientists,
reluctant soldiers, workaholic artists, female explorers, depraved
murderers, and deluded losers, all wholly convincing and utterly
Roosevelt High School Writers
Where the Roses Smell the Best
Monday, July 29, 7pm
This a collection of poetry, prose, and vignettes is about what makes
Portland special. These pieces were written by students of Roosevelt
High School as well as established authors and poets.The result lets
you see how Portlanders see Portland's people, places, and lifestyles.
From the eccentric personalities who live among us to the natural
beauty that surrounds us, this book captures Portland in its entirety. Where the Roses Smell the Best
is the first publication of Roosevelt High School's Unique Ink
Publishing. Unique Ink is a student-led publishing center whose mission
is to work with the community to publish regional pieces. The
publishing center will enable youth and adult writers to powerfully
raise their voices.
New in Cooking
are some of the latest titles from our Cooking section. As always,
click on the title or cover image to link to our website, where you can
read more or purchase the book.
by Deborah Madison
This groundbreaking new cookbook is Madison's crowning achievement: a
celebration of the diversity of the plant kingdom, and an exploration of
the fascinating relationships between vegetables, edible flowers,
herbs, and familiar wild plants within the same botanical families.
Destined to become the new standard reference for cooking vegetables, Vegetable Literacy
shows cooks that, because of their shared characteristics, vegetables
within the same family can be used interchangeably in cooking. It
presents an entirely new way of looking at vegetables, drawing on
Madison's deep knowledge of cooking, gardening, and botany. Inspiring
improvisation in the kitchen and curiosity in the garden, Vegetable Literacy will forever change the way we eat and cook.
Twenty-Dollar, Twenty-Minute Meals
by Caroline Wright
This cookbook has it all. A bold and irresistible promise: make fresh,
delicious meals for four for $20 or less, and that take twenty minutes
or less to prepare. A dynamic young author with serious fans. And the
singular point of view that pulls it all together, from the narrative
recipe style to the author's unerring sense of the ingredient-forward
way people want to cook and eat today. Twenty-Dollar, Twenty-Minute Meals
is for millennials on a budget and young moms and dads who want to
make the kind of food they eat in restaurants or read about on
blogs--for anyone who likes to cook and entertain but doesn't always
have a lot of time (or money).
It's All Good
by Gwyneth Paltrow
When Paltrow's doctor prescribed an elimination diet to clear out her
system and help her fatigued body heal, she was concerned that so many
restrictions would make mealtime boring. Together with Julia Turshen,
she compiled a collection of 185 delicious, easy recipes that followed
her doctor's guidelines. And it worked! After changing her diet,
Paltrow healed totally, felt more energetic and looked great. Now, in It's All Good,
she shares the go-to dishes that have become the baseline for the
restorative diet she turns to whenever she feels she needs it. Recipes
include: Huevos Rancheros, Hummus Tartine with Scallion-Mint Pesto,
Salmon Burgers with Pickled Ginger, even Power Brownies, Banana "Ice
Cream," and more!
Poor Man's Feast
by Elissa Altman
Born and raised in New York to a food-phobic mother and food-fanatical
father, Elissa was trained early on that fancy is always best. After a
childhood spent dining everywhere from Le Pavillion to La Grenouille,
she devoted her life to all things gastronomical. But love does strange
things to people, and when Elissa met Susan--a small-town Connecticut
Yankee with parsimonious tendencies and a devotion to simple living--it
would change Elissa's relationship with food, and the people who
taught her about it, forever. With tender and often hilarious honesty
(and 27 delicious recipes), Poor Man's Feast is a universal
tale of finding sustenance and peace in a world of excess and
inauthenticity, and shows us how all our stories are inextricably bound
up with what, and how, we feed ourselves and those we love.