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Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Mark Twain, one of America's best-known and well-loved authors, was born on November 30, 1835. His works have been translated into hundreds of languages, and Hollywood continues to produce film adaptations of his books. The following Special Collection focuses on his life and work.

Vintage Knits

Vintage knits : 30 knitting designs from Rowan for women and men by Kaffe Fassett ... [et al.] — Rowan is known for its fine yarn and carefully crafted knitting patterns, and this book includes thirty patterns inspired by classic designs, but adapted for contemporary sizing. As usual for Rowan, the excellent styling makes the photographs into windows to other worlds and times, sure to provide you with some inspiration.

How to Grow Practically Everything

How to grow practically everything by Zia Allaway, Lia Leendertz — This hefty volume is truly chock full of ideas for gardening projects. From creating garden beds to container gardening to edibles to attracting wildlife, this book really covers a lot of ground (ha!). Beginners will find the introductory sections useful, while more seasoned gardeners will be able to jump in to the particular project that suits their interest.

Vampire Knits

Vampire knits : projects to keep you knitting from twilight to dawn by Genevieve Miller — Fans of the Twilight saga will feel right at home with the projects featured here, from Pulse Protectors (wrist and neck warmers) to the Countess Bathory Scarf. Bella and Edward are well represented in these knitted objects and there's even a chapter of wolf-inspired goods, so members of Team Jacob are included, too. Check out the Vampire Knits Blog for even more.

Kiplinger Retirement Report

If you and your family haven't discussed the future consequences of a longer lifespan, the Oct/2010 issue of KRR can offer several informative comments this often-confusing subject can present. The Kiplinger Retirement Report is published monthly and appears in print form on the CPL Adult magazine shelve.

Wool Toys & Friends

Wool toys & friends by Laurie Sharp ; photography by Kevin Sharp — If you've never needle felted before, you might think it's difficult, but it is so easy to pick up, and the projects you can create are so cute! You can learn more about the author and see even more needle felted items at her blog, WoolPets, and see loads of her creations in her galleries.

Great Gardens of America

Great gardens of America by Tim Richardson ; photographs by Andrea Jones — From New York to California, Ohio to Florida, this beautiful book features full-color photographs of gardens all over the United States and Canada. The gardens range from formal to meadow to whimsical, and you'll not only get ideas for your own garden, but perhaps even ideas of places you'd like to visit.

Decorating Dreams

I am an excellent armchair decorator. This does not mean that I like to decorate armchairs. No, I like to sit in my cozy chair, poring over lovely oversized books on interior decorating, and fantsize over the house I might someday have. And this month's bumper crop of design books offers plenty to dream about.

Alexa Hampton: the language of interior design by Alexa Hampton

Timeless elegance: the houses of David Easton by David Easton with Annette Tapert

Embroidery Companion

Embroidery companion: classic designs for modern living: 30 projects in decorative embroidery, counted cross stitch, and crewelwork by Alicia Paulson — Paulson has a real knack for taking simple, classic techniques and giving them a contemporary edge. Her style is folksy but not dated. Keep up with her latest projects at her blog, Posie Gets Cozy.

Knitting 24/7

Knitting 24/7 : 30 stylish projects for busy knitters ; hats, scarves, socks, bags, mitts, and more for busy, passionate knitters by Veronik Avery ; photographs by Thayer Allyson Gowdy ; styling by Karen Schaupeter — These projects are not only handy accessories that you'll want to have at hand in your wardrobe, they're also, for the most part, portable so you can take them with you while you're making them. Check out a photo gallery online, and then pick up the book from CPL.

Art That Moves

Art That Moves: Animation Around the World by John Bliss is a new book in our Children's Nonfiction collection. Not only does it explore the history of animation, different types of animation, and how animation works; but it also has cool photographs and activities you can try at home! Be sure to keep an eye out for it on our New Book Shelf. Enjoy!

Bags in Bloom

Bags in bloom : create 20 unique flower purses with simple embroidery stitches and easy-to-sew patterns by Susan Cariello — For anyone starting out with embroidery, this book has a superb stitch gallery, illustrating a number of techniques in large color photographs. Also included are instructions for constructing a number of types of handbags, and for finishing an embroidered handbag neatly.

New Vietnamese Books

New books in Vietnamese are on the shelves now. Come in and browse or collection or look online. New titles include:

Jill Eaton's Knitting School

Jil Eaton's knitting school : the complete guide to becoming a confident knitter by Jil Eaton ; photographs by Nina Fuller — This book has everything the beginning knitter needs to know, and illustrates it all with clear color photographs and drawings. There are also some neat beginner projects, way more interesting than the typical scarf, though that's included, too. Who thought their first project could be a hand puppet? It can be!

Stitched So Cute

Stitched so cute! by Mary Engelbreit — Parents or grandparents looking for cute projects to decorate their children's rooms, look no further. Everyone else, there are also a lot of adorable projects here for you, too! Complete with patterns and instructions, this book offers the tools to make the projects pictured and then expand to your own original ideas. The toadstool pincushion is my favorite, what's yours?

Dare to Be Square Quilting

Dare to be square quilting : a block-by-block guide to making patchwork and quilts by Boo Davis — This guide to quilt-making lays out the basics for the beginner and offers some really cool project ideas and patterns. Watch a trailer for the book to see some of the neat designs.

The Reclusive Miss D

Fun fact about Emily Dickinson's poetry — many of her poems can be set to the tune of 'The Yellow Rose of Texas'. Try it sometime. It's addictive.

Dig deeper into Dickinson's life and works with the riveting new biography of the poet: Lives like loaded guns: Emily Dickinson and her family's feuds by Lyndall Gordon. Gordon explores the poet's letters, poems and community to offer the reader a fascinating new perspective.

November is Diabetes Month

Diabetes A to Z: what you need to know about diabetes — simply put — covers everything you need to know for living well with this condition. More important, it gives you clear and concise explanations that's appropriate for all diabetes patients and their caregivers.