At the Library: Take a reading detour into nonfiction titles

At the Library: Take a reading detour into nonfiction titles



Recently I was perusing a magazine that had a list of the best books of 2017 so far. It included all types of subjects, but there were definitely a few books that caught my eye. Although I enjoy lots of fiction, non-fiction (usually history) is what I really love to read.

“Animals Strike Curious Poses” is a collection of essays by Elena Passarello. The essays investigate a different famous animal named and immortalized by humans. Beginning with Yuka, a 39,000-year-old mummified woolly mammoth that was recently found in the Siberian permafrost. The book itself is modeled loosely after a medieval bestiary, which were detailed, illustrated volumes that described animals and rocks. These playful essays traverse history, myth, science, and more, bringing each beast vibrantly to life.

Several months ago there was a segment on CBS Sunday Morning about Douglas Preston’s book, “The Lost City of the Monkey God.” Preston is the author of one of my favorites, “The Monster of Florence.” His new book chronicles Preston’s journey to the Honduran interior to find a lost city of immense wealth. In 2012, evidence of such a city was discovered through technology that could map the terrain under the densest rainforest canopy. Preston and the research team battled nature as they ventured into the forest with the hopes of confirming this discovery, and found more than they bargained for during the dangerous journey.

“The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South” by John T. Edge reveals how the South came to be at the forefront of American culinary culture, and how issues of race have shaped Southern cuisine over the last six decades. The fascinating book tells the story of food and politics in the South over the last half-century, beginning with the pivotal role of cooks in the Civil Rights movement. Noted authority John T. Edge narrates the South's food evolution, and traces how the food of the poorest Southerners has become the signature trend of modern American haute cuisine.

As always, come by the library to browse the shelves to find a book, movie, music, or both!

Top-requested books■1. “The Rooster Bar” by John Grisham■2. “The Midnight Line” by Lee Child■3. “Two Kinds of Truth” by Michael Connelly■4. “Origin” by Dan Brown■5. “End Game” by David Baldacci■6. “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng■7. “Don’t Let Go” by Harlan Coben■8. “Hardcore Twenty-Four” by Janet Evanovich■9. “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate■10. “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles

Top-requested movies■1. “Dunkirk (2017)”■2. “Despicable Me 3”■3. “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”■4. “Atomic Blonde”■5. “The Glass Castle”■6. “Victoria & Abdul”■7. “The Hitman’s Bodyguard”■8. “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”■9. “The Dark Tower”■10. “Dunkirk (2004)”

Top billingFor All Ages■MONDAY — 6-7:00 p.m., Eating for Your Health: Holiday Eating – Learn more about how to eat nutritiously around the holidays!■TUESDAY — 10:15-11:15 a.m., Holiday Sing-a-long Circle with Olean Center Friends – Join the Olean Center for their first ever interactive holiday sing-a-long! All ages are welcome, and everyone is encouraged to bring their own instruments; 3:30-4:30 p.m., Teen Writer’s Workshop – We’ll have snacks, writing prompts, and time for everyone to share their work; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Knit & Crochet Club – Bring your project, work on a project with others, or swap yarn and ideas with fellow yarnies; 6-6:45 p.m., Meditation Group – Practice your mindfulness and breathing on our third floor Terrace Room!■WEDNESDAY — 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friends of the Westerly Library Book Sale – The book sale is running through Saturday December 9th! This is a great opportunity to stock up on books and media, and to grab some holiday gifts; 10-11 a.m., 1-to-3-Year-Old Storytime – Enjoy a fun-filled, interactive storytime with your little ones; 5-7:45 p.m., Art Exhibit Opening: “International Waters” by Ocean Inspirations – Don’t miss the opening reception for the latest exhibit in the Hoxie Gallery; 6-7:30 p.m., Tell Me Your Story: Book Talk – Rona Mann joins us to share her latest book; 6-7 p.m., Saint Michael Choir and Band – The talented young musicians from St. Michael School will perform Christmas music during the holiday stroll!■THURSDAY — 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friends of the Westerly Library Book Sale – The book sale is running through Saturday December 9th; 10-11 a.m., 3 to 5 Year-Old Storytime – Join us for an hour full of stories, rhymes and crafting fun; 4:00-5:15 p.m., Altered Book Crafternoon – Learn how to “upcycle” old books to create beautiful flowers, coasters, and more! This program is FULL; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Chess Club – All ages and experience levels are welcome; 6:30-7:30 p.m., Black Tie Brothers Present Songs of the Holidays – Phil Audette and Brendon Bjorness-Murano (together known as the Black Tie Brothers) will perform some of your favorite holiday hits!■FRIDAY — 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friends of the Westerly Library Book Sale – The book sale is running through Saturday December 9th; 10:15-11:15 a.m., Sign & Craft feat. A Bad Kitty Christmas and The Little Drummer Boy – This special holiday-themed storytime will engage young ones while also teaching them some useful sign language; 2-5 p.m., Free Create Friday – Drop by to exercise your creative muscles with our iPads! From using sketching apps to playing with Garage Band…the possibilities are endless.■SATURDAY — 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Friends of the Westerly Library Book Sale – Today is the last day of the sale, which means it is $10 bag day! Fill a bag and pay only $10; 1-2 p.m., Black Tie Brothers Present Songs of the Holidays – Phil Audette and Brendon Bjorness-Murano (together known as the Black Tie Brothers) will perform some of your favorite holiday hits; 12:30-3:30 p.m., Kaydie and Amanda will lead another needle felting workshop. This workshop is FULL.

Caroline Badowski is a reference librarian at the Westerly Library.


 
 
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