The dressmaker's handbook of couture sewing techniques : essential step-by-step techniques for professional results by Lynda Maynard — Making your own clothing, or making for others, can be deeply satisfying, but when the insides don't look as good as the outsides or the garment can't survive being laundered, one can quickly get frustrated. This book offers instructions for techniques for finishing, for showing off special details, for hiding what you don't want to show off, and for selecting the right techniques for your project. Also included is a directory of fine fabrics, including how to handle them and special techniques that will help preserve their luxury feel.
Don't want to be cooped up in the house this summer? Play some cool outdoor games and keep boredom at bay. Need ideas to get you started? Check out the list of books below. You'll find new ideas for games along with some old familiar favorites.
Run, jump, hide, slide, splash: the 200 best outdoor games ever by Joe Rhatigan & Rain Newcomb
Get out!: outdoor activities kids can enjoy anywhere (except indoors) by Hallie Warshaw with Jake Miller; photography by Julie Brown
The omnivore's dilemma: a natural history of four meals by Michael Pollan. The bestselling author of The Botany of Desire explores the ecology of eating to unveil why we consume what. This title should provoke a lively discussion for your book group.
75 birds, butterflies & little beasts to knit and crochet by Lesley Stanfield — Amigurumi and critter knitting have gotten quite popular lately, and this book brings a natural approach to each. Included here are patterns for flowers, bugs, leaves, sea life, fruit and veg, and even eggs and bird nests. All of the projects within are realistic rather than cartoonish, and some even use non-traditional knitting/crochet materials such as raffia.
Society for Military History — Distinguished Book Awards
Vietnam's forgotten army: heroism and betrayal in the ARVN by Andrew Wiest
Caesar: life of a colossus by Adrian Goldsworthy
Tomorrow's garden : design and inspiration for a new age of sustainable gardening text and photographs by Stephen Orr — Many people are embracing the opportunity to DIY rather than hiring a landscaper, and lots of folks are increasing their awareness of the lasting impact that garden design choices make on the overall landscape. Maybe you choose to grow edibles to cut down on your grocery costs, or perhaps to plant an ornamental garden instead of maintaining a lawn that requires a lot of water. These and other sustainable choices are covered here by garden expert Orr.
Extraordinary gardens of the world by Monty Don — When I think about where I'd like to travel, places with beautiful gardens rank high on my list. This book is a virtual travelogue of all types of gardens located in places all around the globe. The large format suits this book well, as the photos are big and colorful, inviting the reader to get the feeling of being in each garden. Gardeners and travel buffs alike will enjoy this book.
Here are a few book suggestions to get your flowers blooming just in time for summer:
Ortho's all about successful perennial gardening by written by Janet Macunovich
Green flowers: unexpected beauty for the garden, container, or vase by Alison Hoblyn; photographs by Marie O'Hara
Mastering color knitting : simple instructions for stranded, intarsia, and double knitting by Melissa Leapman — Colorwork techniques are among the most intimidating to many knitters. It's so easy to get your strands tangled, or for a carefully worked intarsia pattern to end up puckered or stretched. This book includes a lot of instructions as well as tips for making your colorwork come out looking like you hoped it would, and has twelve projects to try.
Has your book group tried our Book Club in a Bag kits? Each kit has 8 books, a resource guide with book discussion questions, author information, and articles relating to the book. A complete list of kits is available at: Book Club in a Bag. To reserve a kit for your group, contact the Adult Reference Desk at (734) 397-0999.
An unfinished life [Large print kit] by Mark Spragg
Water for elephants: [kit] a novel by Sara Gruen
Wild color : the complete guide to making and using natural dyes by Jenny Dean — This guide not only provides instructions on how to dye your own yarn, it also includes an extensive, detailed list of plants you can use to make your own natural dyes. In addition, there is a handy chart for determining what dyeing method is best for which types of fiber, and each plant listing shows swatches of what colors you can expect to create with it. Many of these plants may already be growing in your garden!
Trees and shrubs : a gardener's encyclopedia by senior consultants Geoff Bryant and Tony Rodd — A companion to Annuals and Perennials, this book provides the same kind of detailed information, but this time about trees and shrubs that a gardener might use in the garden and landscape. There are a wide variety of plants listed, including twenty species of Maples alone.
If your book group is like mine, food is a big part of every meeting. There are some wonderful cooks in my group, so when it's my turn to host I turn to these cookbooks. What's your favorite cookbook?
The cat who — cookbook by Julie Murphy & Sally Stempinski
Best Novel: Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
Best First Novel: The Long Quiche Goodbye by Avery Aames
Best Non-fiction: Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks: 50 Years of Mysteries in the Making by John Curran
Best Short Story: “So Much in Common,” by Mary Jane Maffini, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine — Sept./Oct. 2010
Best Children’s/Young Adult: The Other Side of Dark by Sarah Smith
Miller's costume jewelry by Judith Miller — This book is a guide to costume jewelry, with basic information about the evolution of costume jewelry throughout history as well as a visual guide to pieces by various designers. Throughout the guide, there are sidebars that highlight the jewelry worn by famous people, including actresses, first ladies, and others.