Quick Picks from CMCL

November 26, 2012

Off the Shelf: In Memoriam

Filed under: Books, Off the Shelf — Tags: , , , , — Mark @ 8:38 am

This is the time of year when the promise of Winter Solstice and Holiday Festivities brighten our long nights. As we move through the darkness, we also reflect on our love and gratitude for friends and family near and far and especially those who are no longer with us to share the beauty of the season.  The following titles were recently added to the library’s collection by members of our community in memory of loved ones.

Best wishes, Lynne. 

In Memory of James B. Horton, Jr.,
The Man Who Fed the World, by Leon Hesser.

Here is the award-winning story of Dr. Norman Borlaug, one of only five people to ever win the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Congressional Gold Medal. Borlaug is credited with saving over a billion people from starvation through his work in genetics, specifically with plant breeding that led to the development of high-yield, disease resistant wheat. Borlaug maintained that world hunger and problems such as deforestation could be solved by increasing the productivity of agriculture on the best farmland. These noble aims precipitated equally compelling challenges posed by monoculture, agribusiness, and agrochemical corporations. Can we find a balance?

In Memory of Norma Zabel,
Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money, and Community in a Changing World, by Billy Parish and Dev Aujla.

As the excitement of the Presidential election wanes, we are called to sustain a high level of energy and engagement around a range of issues dogging our nation. One of the most persistent problems is our unemployment crisis. In this book, two earnest young activists encourage the jobless and underemployed to “embrace the power of non-linear career paths.” Drawing on their backgrounds in green energy and community organizing, the authors provide many exercises designed to better aid readers in identifying & following their bliss and promoting social progress.

In Memory of Mary and Robert Little:

Bill Moyers Journal: The Conversation Continues, by Bill Moyers.

For many years, viewers and readers have looked to Bill Moyers for illumination on the complex issues of our day.  Here the reader is presented with dozens of conversations culled from Moyers’s third PBS series that ran from 2007 to 2010.  Michael Pollan, Jane Goodall, John Grisham, Karen Armstrong, and Barbara Ehrenreich are just a few of those individuals with whom Moyers engages in this brilliant compilation.

Martha’s Entertaining, by Martha Stewart.

In her own inimitable style, America’s most trusted guide to stylish living welcomes you into her home for a banquet of inspiration on entertaining throughout the year. “Set among Martha’s dining rooms, kitchens, gardens, and patios, this is her most intimate book yet, a new classic for hosts and home cooks of every generation” and a sure bet for fresh ideas to make the coming holidays delicious and gracious.

Vegan Holiday Kitchen: More than 200 Delicious, Festive Recipes for Special Occasions, by Nava Atlas.

Mouthwatering vegan recipes await you in this exciting new cookbook by one of the most respected names in vegetarian and vegan cooking. Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas are covered along with ideas for any festive occasion.  Whether or not you are vegan, you’ll want to check out these outstanding recipes, many of which have been reprinted in the New York Times, Diner’s Journal, and the Washington Post.

In Memory of Ronald A. Watson, and purchased for our Bethany Branch,
The Art of Happiness: a Handbook for Living, by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler.

Updated in 2009, here is the latest edition of the beloved classic that started the genre of happiness books. When you find yourself overwhelmed by the hectic pace of the holiday season, reach for this timeless gem to tap your inner reset button and gain insight into navigating life’s obstacles on a deep and abiding source of inner peace.

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