The language of flowers: a novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Winterdance: the fine madness of running the Iditarod by Gary Paulsen
My name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira
1984: a novel by George Orwell ; with an afterword by Erich Fromm
Martha Stewart's handmade holiday crafts : 225 projects and year-round inspiration for everybody's favorite celebrations by from the editors of Martha Stewart Living — Every year is full of celebrations, and this book includes crafty projects you can make to help celebrate ten of the most commonly honored holidays. Many of these projects are also adaptable enough that you could use them for birthdays, anniversaries, and other get-togethers. Some are even possibilities for any time, like the embroidered cards and flowery notes.
Making artisan chocolates: flavor-infused chocolates, truffles, and confections by Andrew Garrison Shotts ; photography by Madeline Polss — Since December 29th is National Chocolate Day, do not let the chance to explore the art and world of chocolate escape you. In this book, you will get the chance to immerse yourself in the creation of chocolate that is to die for. Don't forget the artistic flair to make your new delights a one of a kind treat!
Designing with grasses by Neil Lucas — Like many gardeners, I tend to think of ornamental plants in terms of perennials and annuals, but I often neglect to remember the grasses. There are so many beautiful grasses that can really bring depth and flair to a garden, and this book highlights them. Not only do grasses bring beauty, they are often very healthy for the ecosystem and bring environmental benefits. This book has information on varieties of grasses, how to use them in your gardens, and how to keep them healthy.
Knitting in the details : charming designs to knit and embellish by Louisa Harding — There are a variety of techniques you can use to bring a little something extra to your knitting projects. This book covers embroidery, duplicate stitch, beading and a number of other such techniques. It's amazing what a difference a seemingly small effort can make.
Pruning & training by Christopher Brickell, David Joyce — There are so many plants that like to climb or have other growth habits that make it easy for gardeners to help them grow in a particular shape or pattern. This book covers a huge variety of those plants, as well as presenting background information on how different types of plants grow and the basics of both pruning and training. There's info here on how to prune and train established plants as well as how to get new plantings started to match your vision.
The death of North Korea's controversial leader, Kim Jong Il, was announced earlier this week by DRPK state television. Although North Korean legend claimed that Kim was born on Mount Paekdu — a cherished Korean site — Soviet records indicate that he was born in Siberia in 1941. His father Kim Il Sung was a guerilla fighter who became a communist leader in Korea in 1945 after the defeat of Japan in World War II. After the Korean peninsula was divided into two states — the North, administered by the Soviets — and the South by the United States, the stage was set for the beginning of the Korean War. After the North invaded the South in 1950, three years of bloodshed ensued, killing millions and leaving the peninsula permanently divided to this day. Kim Jong Il became the country's "Dear Leader" in 1994 upon the death of his father. Kim Jong Il was widely criticized throughout the world for devoting much of his country's resources on building up its nuclear arms arsenal, while at the same time his countrymen were suffering from a prolonged famine. His youngest son, Kim Jong Un, has been designated as his successor.
Rogue regime: Kim Jong Il and the looming threat of North Korea by Jasper Becker
Under the loving care of the fatherly leader: North Korea and the Kim Dynasty by Bradley K. Martin
Birds of a feather by Jane Yolen — Striking photographs are what caught my eye right away on Jane Yolen's new book. This book has 14 spirited poems about familiar, as well as less common birds in the Eastern U.S. Each poem is matched with a photograph of the bird with realistic colors and sharp details. Yolen has written over 300 books for children and won many medals for her work.
Into the unknown: how great explorers found their way by land, sea, and air by Stewart Ross — Brave explorers have vivid stories to tell and they range from sailing on the oceans to landing on the moon. This book takes a fascinating look at the adventures of many great explorers. Fresh storytelling and unfolding cutaways and cross sections keep the reader engaged.
Registration is required and will begin on January 21, 2012. The February reading selection will be available for pickup at the Canton Public Library's Help Desk on January 21.
Every year CPL's Lunch and a Book Club picks our favorite reads of the year. These are our favorite reads for 2011. The picks are as eclectic as our group! Feel free to join us. We meet on the second Thursday of every month at noon in CPL's Community Room.
Catching fire by Suzanne Collins
The forgotten garden: a novel by Kate Morton
The Star Wars craft book by Bonnie Burton — Star Wars fans, get ready! This book contains a Millennium Falcon-full of awesome crafty projects. Star Wars maven Bonnie Burton is back with instructions to make your own Wookiee sock puppet, AT-AT herb garden, R2-D2 crochet beanie, Jabba the Hutt body pillow, and a ton of other way cool projects. Many of the projects are easier than bulls-eying womp rats, while others may require you to use the force (or perhaps have a helping hand from a parent or Jedi).
Christopher Eric Hitchens, author and journalist, columnist and literary critic for The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, World Affairs, The Nation and others died at 62 years of age on December 15th from complications from esophageal cancer. He was voted the world's 5th top public intellectual in a Prospect/Foreign Affairs opinion poll. Here are some of the books Canton Library owns by this controversial author:
God is not great: how religion poisons everything by Christopher Hitchens
Hitch-22: a memoir by Christopher Hitchens
Annie's ghosts: a journey into a family secret by Steve Luxenberg Combining the power of reportage with the intrigue of mystery, "Annie's Ghosts" explores the nature of self-deception and self-preservation. The result is equal parts memoir and riveting detective story as one son seeks to uncover family secrets. Set in Detroit, this makes for a great discussion with local interest.
Lacy knits : 20 delicate projects in soft, luxurious mohair-silk yarns by Alison Crowther-Smith ; photographs by John Heseltine — Knitting lace can seem intimidating, but it really doesn't have to be difficult. There are many lace stitches that are almost as simple as knitting a basic rib pattern. Lace knits feel so indulgent and can be a great way to spoil yourself or someone you care for. This book includes patterns for scarves, wraps, shrugs, and even pillows and corsages.
Backyard birding : using natural gardening to attract birds by Julie Zickefoose ; and the editors of Bird watcher's digest — Watching birds in your yard can be a great way to relax and learn more about native creatures. Having birds in your garden can also benefit you in other ways: many feed on insects, which can help your garden flourish and make your yard a more pleasant place for people, too. Many of the plants that attract birds also attract butterflies - a double bonus!
Selected and reviewed by Library Journal contributors, here is their list of the best health books of the year:
The mommy docs' ultimate guide to pregnancy and birth by Yvonne Bohn [et al.]
The diabetes manifesto: take charge of your life by Lynn Crowe, Julie Stachowiak
The buena salud guide for a healthy heart by Jane L. Delgado; foreword by John C. Lewin