First Comes Love...

Want to look for love in all the right places? Or, are you working to improve a current relationship? We have oodles of books just for you. Some of our newer titles incude:

Why do fools fall in love?: a realist's guide to romance by Anouchka Grose

Girl, get your mind right!: the tell-it-like-it-is advice your love life has been missing by Tionna Tee Smalls

Connect to love: the keys to transforming your relationship by M. Gary Neuman

New Romance Short Stories

If you enjoy romances, don't overlook the romance short stories. These anthologies are shelved with the Short Stories, located on the wall opposite Science Fiction. This past month alone we received several great new romance short story collections.

The guy next door by Lori Foster, Susan Donovan, Victoria Dahl

The other side by J. D. Robb ... [et al.]

On the hunt by Gena Showalter...[et al]

Primal by Lora Leigh ... [et al.]

Jane Eyre Revisited… Again

Jane Eyre is a classic I love to revisit. I don't think I am alone, considering the oodles of sequels, adaptations, and movies based on the book. And [rapturous sigh] a new movie version is being released on March 11, 2011. If you are a fellow Eyre-head, browse the Jane-related works at CPL to pass the time as you wait breathlessly for the latest movie to premiere.

Movies

Jane Eyre — I love Charlotte Gainsbourg as Jane, but, really, what were they thinking to cast William Hurt as Rochester?

Jane Eyre by BBC Enterprises — I can't help myself. I adore this 1985 BBC miniseries, even though Timothy Dalton is way too handsome to be Rochester.

Jane Eyre by BBC; WGBH Boston — Speaking of good looking, have you seen this Masterpiece Theatre version with Toby Stephens?

Adults Writing Children’s Lit Group

Our group for adults interested in writing children's books will meet for the first time on Saturday, March 12th from 2:00-3:00 PM. It will be a chance for writers to share work, get feedback and discuss the craft of writing. If you are a writer of children's fiction, please join us in the Purple Room to learn more.

Hot Chocolate

For years I regarded hot chocolate as a warm childhood memory, long pushed aside for the bitter deliciousness that is my morning espresso. After two eye-opening hot chocolate experiences: a thick, sweet cup in NY at Jacques Torres Chocolate and another equally thick, but less sweet serving in Ann Arbor at Frita Batidos, the quest to create my own perfect hot chocolate began.

There are recipes for Jacques Torres' hot chocolate online but I also wanted to expand my horizons. For a baseline, I used Joy of Cooking (the 2006 edition). Hot chocolate is a deceptively simple beverage: many recipes call for only milk/water and chocolate. Despite this, I have yet to create the Platonic Ideal of Hot Chocolate.

Wicked Reads

If you like fiction about vampires, werewolves and other paranormal beings, then give these books about witches a try:

Brida: a novel by Paulo Coelho; translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa

Waking the witch by Kelley Armstrong

My favorite witch by Lisa Plumley

Prefer nonfiction? Check these out:

A delusion of Satan: the full story of the Salem witch trials by Frances Hill; introduction by Karen Armstrong

Witchcraze: a new history of the European witch hunts by Anne Llewellyn Barstow

Food Reading

Even when I don't feel like cooking I gravitate toward the cookery section of the library. I'm always interested in food and there are so many wonderful books on that subject that rarely list a recipe. The result? Hours spent comtemplating my favorite subject without the guilt of untried recipes haunting me. Just a few of my favorites are:

The man who ate everything : and other gastronomic feats, disputes, and pleasurable pursuits by Jeffrey Steingarten — Vogue food columnist Steingarten writes hilariously about his obessions with food.

Tender at the bone : growing up at the table by Ruth Reichl — Former Editor in Chief of Gourmet Magazine Reichl writes a moving account of how her life in food began.

Romance on Ice

Isn't it exciting when two perfectly unrelated, but equally beloved, things mash together? I love reading romances and I love watching ice hockey. Apparently, I am not the only one. Rachel Gibson and Deirdre Martin are just two of the authors who have written fiction with hockey players as the heroes. Grab one today and get in a little reading before the Wings take on the Blackhawks tomorrow.

Body check by Deirdre Martin

Simply irresistible by Rachel Gibson

Fair play by Deirdre Martin

Amazing (Homemade) Cakes

Ever wanted to try your hand at making an awesome, intricate cake to rival those seen on Amazing Wedding Cakes or Ace of Cakes? Start at your library, where we have almost 50 books on cake decorating, including some familiar faces from television.

Ace of Cakes: inside the World of Charm City Cakes by Duff Goldman and Willie Goldman

Cake boss: stories and recipes from mia famiglia by Buddy Valastro

The confetti cakes cookbook: spectacular cookies, cakes, and cupcakes from New York City's famed bakery by Elisa Strauss with Christie Matheson

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