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Monday, August 27, 2018

Celebrate Every Day With Books 8/27/2018 - 9/2/2018

Celebrate Every Day With Books 8/27/2018 - 9/2/2018

It seems like everyday has some new theme to celebrate so I thought it might be fun to see what kind of interesting books I can find  (new, old, or coming soon) for an everyday holiday. In fact, most days have more than one holiday!

Just so you know I have not read most of these but the ones I pick seem the most interesting.  You can probably find tons more books for each holiday but I am only going to pick two books for every holiday.

Let me know what you think.  Do any of them seem interesting to you? Is there another book you think would be a better choice?



Banana Lovers Day

Title: Banana Split by Josi S. Kilpack
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Cozy Mystery
What It Is About?: Sadie Hoffmiller has survived eighteen months of nonstop adventures filled with murder, deceit, and danger. She could really use some rest—and maybe even some time to heal—relaxing in the tropical paradise of Kaua'i. However, palm trees and sunshine are not as effective a medication as Sadie had hoped. And when she finds herself entangled—literally—with a dead body, she is forced to face the compounding fears and anxieties that are making her life so difficult to live.”(from Goodreads)
Available: NOW

Title: We Are Bananas. By Charles Saatchi
Genre: Art, Popular Culture
What It Is About?: In his new book, Charles Saatchi looks at hard-to-believe bewildering facts. Amongst the startling images, these mystifying hidden stories are explained in Saatchi’s entertaining, succinct style.”(From Goodreads)
Available: NOW


Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

Title: The Rainbow Bridge by Adrian Raeside
Genre: Fiction, Children's, Picture Book, Animals, Pets
What It Is About?:Adrian Raeside captures the special bond between humans and their pets, and with marvelous illustrations, brings a gentle humor to a story that will resonate with children and pet lovers of all ages.”(from Goodreads)
Available: NOW

Title: The Legend Of Rainbow Bridge by William N. Britton (illustrated by Dandi Palmer)
Genre: Fiction, Children's, Picture Book, Animals, Pets
What It Is About?: “The Legend of Rainbow Bridge by William Britton has comforted the hearts and souls of countless animal lovers around the globe. Written for adults and children of all ages, Mr. Britton s healing words offer solace and comfort to those left behind when their beloved companions journey to Rainbow Bridge. This beautifully revised hardcover edition is filled with stunning new illustrations by Dandi Palmer and is a must for all who share their lives with animals of any kind.” (From Goodreads)
Available: NOW


More Herbs, Less Salt Day

Title: Herbs And Spices by Cinzia Trenchi
Genre: Non-Fiction, Health & Fitness, Herbal Medications
What It Is About?:Even in the smallest gardens, there’s a world of herbal remedies awaiting us—and this beautiful book is packed with a wide variety of wonderful recipes to try. They include delicious dishes and extracts, such as Sautéed Wild Fennel with Broad Beans and Artichokes; infusions and juices, like a Lime and Lime Flower Honey Tisane; and products for personal care, including Clove Soap, Lavender Scrub, and Soothing Toothpaste with Aloe and Mint.” (From Goodreads)
Available: NOW

Title: The Art Of Herbs For Health by Rebecca Sullivan
Genre: Non-Fiction, Health & Fitness, Beauty & Grooming
What It Is About?: This beautifully photographed book contains a wealth of knowledge for anyone who wants to improve their health with herbs. Herbal medicine has been used for centuries, and in this thoughtful and inspiring guide, Rebecca Sullivan shares a combination of traditional wisdom and modern ideas.” (From Goodreads)
Available: SEPTEMBER 4TH 2018


Beach Day

Title: Lighthouse Beach by Shelley Noble
Genre: Fiction, Women’s Contemporary
What It Is About?:  “Nursing broken hearts and broken dreams, four lost women embark on a journey to find their way back into happiness with new love, friendship, and the healing power of Lighthouse Beach.”(From Goodreads)
Available: NOW

Title: Beach Day by Karen Roosa (illustrated by Maggie Smith)
Genre: Fiction, Children's, Family
What It Is About?: The perfect board book for summer! Buoyant verse and bright, playful illustrations capture the singular feeling of a hazy, lazy day by the ocean, complete with a ball game with new friends, water-skiers and sailboats, and a picnic lunch. A captivating introduction to the beach for young children.”(From Goodreads)
Available: NOW


We Love Memoirs Day

Title: The Boy Who Slept Under The Stars by Roseann Lloyd
Genre: Memoir, Poetry
What It Is About?:Roseann Lloyd's new poetry collection takes us on a sister's unflinching exploration into grief for a brother lost on a solo hike in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota. His clothes are found but not his body. How does one mourn without a body? This absence calls up memories of his life and mixed emotions; it evokes other disappearances—children missing in Iraq, climbers lost on Everest, a college student drowned.”(From Goodreads)
Available: NOW

Title: Dark Star by Alan Strachan
Genre: Non-Fiction, Biography, Memoir
What It Is About?: Vivien Leigh was perhaps the most iconic actress of the twentieth century. As Scarlett O'Hara and Blanche Du Bois, she took on some of the most pivotal roles in cinema history. Yet she was also a talented theatre actress with West End and Broadway plaudits to her name. In this ground-breaking new biography, Alan Strachan provides a completely new full-life portrait of Leigh, covering both her professional and personal life. Using previously-unseen sources from her archive, recently acquired by the V&A, he sheds new light on her fractious relationship with Laurence Olivier, based on their letters and diaries, as well as on the bipolar disorder which so affected her later life and work. Revealing new aspects of her early life as well as providing glimpses behind-the-scenes of the filming of "Gone with the Wind" and "A Streetcar Named Desire," this book provides the essential and comprehensive life-story of one of the twentieth century's greatest actresses.” (From Goodreads)
Available: FEBRUARY 28TH 2019


World Beard Day

Title: Boo’s Beard by Rose Mannering (Illustrated by Bethany Straker)
Genre: Fiction, Children, Picture Book, Dog
What It Is About?: This sweet book familiarizes children with social disabilities, such as autism and Asperger’s syndrome. Children learn the meaning of facial expressions and are introduced to the possibility that some children may have difficulty interacting with them.”(From Goodreads)
Available: NOW

Title: The Philosophy Of Beards by Thomas S. Gowing (Illustrated by John Kettlewell)
Genre: Fiction, Humor, Topic, Relationships
What It Is About?: Reminding us that since ancient times the beard has been an essential symbol of manly distinction, Thomas S. Gowing (whom we trust had a spectacular beard) presents a moral case for eschewing the bitter bite of the razor. He contrasts the vigor and daring of the bearded—say, lumberjacks and Lincoln—with the undeniable effeminacy of the shaven. Manliness is found in the follicles, and the modern man should not forget that “ladies, by their very nature, like everything manly,” and cannot fail to be charmed by a fine “flow of curling comeliness.” Even old men can hold on to their vitality via their beards: “The Beard keeps gradually covering, varying and beautifying, and imparts new graces even to decay, by highlighting all that is still pleasing, veiling all that is repulsive.” (From Goodreads)
Available: OCTOBER 23RD 2018


World Coconut Day

Title: Luscious Coconut Desserts by Lori Longbotham (Photography by Lucy Schaeffer)
Genre: Non-Fiction, Cookbook, Desserts
What It Is About?: When you think of coconuts, what comes to mind? Paradise, of course! Toasted, sugared, creamy, or crunchy, nothing compares to the flavor of coconut. Lori Longbotham, beloved author of the popular Luscious series including Luscious Lemon Desserts and Luscious Chocolate Desserts offers a taste of paradise with over 60 recipes for coconut-based cakes, tarts, cookies, custards, sauces, and candies. From classic coconut cream pie to Coconut Pistachio Baklava, Lori's recipes are proof that sweets can be nutritious! Coconut is high in fiber, rich with vitamins and minerals, and utterly indulgent. This is a great cookbook for those who are delighted by coconuts!”(From Goodreads)
Available: NOW

Title: Coconut by Ben Mims
Genre: Non-Fiction, Cookbook, Ingredients
What It Is About? Whether you're a recent coconut convert or a longtime lover, Ben Mims's cookbook will give you newfound admiration for this hard-shelled fruit. This edition cracks the coconut open from all angles, with recipes like Black Pepper-Coconut Dutch Baby, Soaked Coconut & Semolina Cake and Indian Coconut & Red Cabbage Slaw.”(From Goodreads)
Available: NOW

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Celebrate Every Day With Books 8/20/2018 - 8/26/2018

Celebrate Every Day With Books 8/20/2018 - 8/26/2018

It seems like everyday has some new theme to celebrate so I thought it might be fun to see what kind of interesting books I can find  (new, old, or coming soon) for an everyday holiday. In fact, most days have more than one holiday!

Just so you know I have not read most of these but the ones I pick seem the most interesting.  You can probably find tons more books for each holiday but I am only going to pick two books for every holiday.

Let me know what you think.  Do any of them seem interesting to you? Is there another book you think would be a better choice?



Mosquito Day

Title: The First Mosquito by Caroll Simpson
Genre: Fiction, Juvenile, Myths & Legends, Native American
What It Is About?: While practicing his spear-throwing one day, young Yax loses his spear among the trees. Ignoring his mother’s warnings about the dangers of the woods, he wanders into the forest, only to learn the hard way about the value of parental wisdom. Fortunately, the members of the village are able to enlist the help of friendly spirit creatures—Creek Woman, Thunderbird, and the Lightning Snakes, who set a trap for the boy’s pursuers and help transform a fierce monster into the insect now known as the mosquito.”(from Goodreads)
Available: NOW

Title: The Mosquito Book by Brett Ortler
Genre: Non-Fiction, Nature, Animals, Insects
What It Is About?: This book contains everything you need to understand and avoid mosquitoes, including a review of CDC-recommended repellents and products.”(From Goodreads)
Available: NOW


Poet’s Day

Title: Poet by Don Tate
Genre: Non-Fiction, Picturebook, Children's, Biography
What It Is About?: In the nineteenth century, North Carolina slave George Moses Horton taught himself to read and earned money to purchase his time though not his freedom. Horton became the first African American to be published in the South, protesting slavery in the form of verse.” (from Goodreads)
Available: NOW

Title: After Emily by Julie Dobrow
Genre: Non-Fiction, Biography, Literary
What It Is About?: Utilizing hundreds of overlooked letters and diaries to weave together the stories of three unstoppable women, Julie Dobrow explores the intrigue of Emily Dickinson’s literary beginnings. After Emily sheds light on the importance of the earliest editions of Emily’s work—including the controversial editorial decisions made to introduce her singular genius to the world—and reveals the surprising impact Mabel and Millicent had on the poet we know today.”(From Goodreads)
Available: OCTOBER 30TH 2018


Tooth Fairy Day

Title: The Tooth Fairy Wars by Kate Coombs (illustrated by Jake Parker)
Genre: Fiction, Children, Picture Book, Fairies
What It Is About?:It's the Tooth Fairy against Nathan, a boy who'd rather keep his tooth than get the cash, thank you very much!

Nathan's lost his first tooth! And he's thinking he'll hold on to it, so thanks-but-no-thanks, Tooth Fairy. This is one tooth that is staying with its owner.

Except the Tooth Fairy has other ideas. And we're not talking about some run-of-the-mill garden fairy here. No, this is the Tooth Fairy. She's on a tooth procurement mission, and she's not about to let some little boy get the best of her.

But she may have met her match in Nathan.”(From Goodreads)
Available: NOW

Title: The Tooth Fairy’s Royal Visit by Peter Bently & Garry Parsons
Genre: Fiction, Children, Picture Book, Fairy Tale, Adaptation
What It Is About?: The prince has lost his first tooth! He's asleep in his bedroom in the palace ... but the palace is enormous! Will the Tooth Fairy ever find him? And meanwhile, can she help find another set of important royal teeth that have gone missing?!”(From Goodreads)
Available: NOW


Day For The Remembrance Of The Slave Trade And Its Abolition

Title: Slaves Waiting For Sale by Maurie D. McInnis
Genre: Non-Fiction, History, United States, Civil War Period
What It Is About?:This innovative book uses Crowe’s paintings to explore the texture of the slave trade in Richmond, Charleston, and New Orleans, the evolving iconography of abolitionist art, and the role of visual culture in the transatlantic world of abolitionism. Tracing Crowe’s trajectory from Richmond across the American South and back to London—where his paintings were exhibited just a few weeks after the start of the Civil War—Maurie D. McInnis illuminates not only how his abolitionist art was inspired and made, but also how it influenced the international public’s grasp of slavery in America. With almost 140 illustrations, Slaves Waiting for Sale brings a fresh perspective to the American slave trade and abolitionism as we enter the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.” (From Goodreads)
Available: NOW

Title: The Slave-Trader’s Letter-Book by Jim Jordan
Genre: Non-Fiction, Social Science, Slavery
What It Is About?: In 1858 Savannah businessman Charles Lamar, in violation of U.S. law, organized the shipment of hundreds of Africans on the luxury yacht Wanderer to Jekyll Island, Georgia. The four hundred survivors of the Middle Passage were sold into bondage. This was the first successful documented slave landing in the United States in about four decades and shocked a nation already on the path to civil war.”(From Goodreads)
Available: NOW


Shooting Star Day

Title: The Fallen Sky by Christopher Cokinos
Genre: Non-Fiction, Science, Nature, Astronomy
What It Is About?:In this acclaimed volume, prizewinning poet and nature writer Christopher Cokinos takes us on an epic journey from Antarctica to outer space, weaving together natural history, memoir, and in-depth profiles of amateur researchers, rogue scientists, and stargazing dreamers to tell the riveting tale of how the study of meteorites became a modern science.”(From Goodreads)
Available: NOW

Title: Shooting Star Rider by Nayoung Jin (illustrated by Genevieve Cote)
Genre: Fiction, Juvenile, Fantasy & Magic
What It Is About?: One warm summer night, a shower of shooting stars sweeps across the sky. Elinor looks out of her window and makes a wish: "Make grandpa well." Elinor waits and waits for her wish to come true. Then, one morning, she receives a postcard--from a shooting star! Instead of granting her wish, however, the star tells her not to wait for miracles from shooting stars anymore. Outraged, Elinor sets out to change the shooting stars' minds, embarking on an adventure that leads her to the far reaches of outer space. Can she convince the stars that granting wishes is their most important job of all?
This imaginative picture book from debut author Nayoung Jin reminds us just how important hopes and dreams can be.” (From Goodreads)
Available: NOW


Pony Express Day

Title: Orphans Preferred by Christopher Corbett
Genre: Non-Fiction, History, United States, 19th Century
What It Is About?: Orphans Preferred is both a revisionist history of this magnificent and ill-fated adventure and an entertaining look at the often larger-than-life individuals who created and perpetuated the myth of “the Pony,” as it is known along the Pony Express trail that runs from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California. The Pony Express is a story that exists in the annals of Americana where fact and fable collide, a story as heroic as the journey of Lewis and Clark, as complex and revealing as the legacy of Custer’s Last Stand, and as muddled and freighted with yarns as Paul Revere’s midnight ride. Orphans Preferred is a fresh and exuberant reexamination of this great American story.”(From Goodreads)
Available:  NOW

Title: West Like Lightning by Jim DeFelice
Genre: Non-Fiction, History, United States, 19th Century
What It Is About?: Populated with cast of characters including Abraham Lincoln (news of whose electoral victory the Express delivered to California), Wild Bill Hickock, Buffalo Bill Cody (who fed the legend of the Express in his Wild West Show), and Mark Twain (who celebrated the riders in Roughing It), West Like Lightning masterfully traces the development of the Pony Express and follows it from its start in St. Joseph, Missouri—the edge of the civilized world—west to Sacramento, the capital of California, then booming from the gold rush. Jim DeFelice, who traveled the Pony’s route in his research, plumbs the legends, myths, and surprising truth of the service, exploring its lasting relevance today as a symbol of American enterprise, audacity, and daring.” (From Goodreads)
Available: NOW


Dog Day

Title: Dogs On The Beach by Lara Jo Regan
Genre: Non-Fiction, Art, Photography
What It Is About?: In this breathtaking series photographer, Lara Jo Regan combines two universally popular subjects - dogs and beaches - breaking new ground in dog, beach, travel and animal photography. Readers are treated to a vibrant, pleasure-packed journey spanning all seasons, a timeless treasure surely to be widely savored, gifted and shared. A passionate, world-renowned chronicler of canine life (Dogs in Cars, Mr. Winkle series, Dog Plays), the author spent three years shooting Dogs on the Beach, traveling to some of the most scenic seascapes in America to capture the primal joy of dogs romping and rolling in the sand, splashing in surf, lounging in the sun and even catching a few waves. One literally re-discovers and experiences the sensuous joys, child-like pleasures and expansive beauty of the beach through these remarkable intimate images of blissed-out dogs in paradise.”(From Goodreads)
Available: NOW

Title: The Dog Master by W. Bruce Cameron
Genre: Fiction
What It Is About? Set against the most dramatic time in our species' history, The Dog Master tells the story of one tribe's struggle for survival and one extraordinary man's bond with a wolf--a friendship that changed mankind forever”(From Goodreads)
Available: AUGUST 28 2018