The temperature is rising, the flowers are growing, and the rain is falling. (I’ll just pretend that I didn’t see any snow yesterday.) April is a nice month, it’s the start of something good. It’s just nice to see the snow go away and the flowers come up. While the weather has been all over the place, the snow on the ground is gone and I say good enough. I have even managed to bring a book outside a few times already. I’m glad I did too, because I came across some excellent books. Here’s what WPL read this month.
Rob: This is a busy month, so I’ve been dabbling with both fiction and non-fiction.
When you’re learning how to do basic maintenance, it can be tough. There’s so much to learn to take care of a place, and if you’re not handy naturally it can be tough. The Holmes manual is a great place to start if you’re working on a home and not sure what to do. I’ve recently used this book to improve my bathroom, and have learned a lot about other potential projects for the summer. This book is very useful for people like me. It proves you don’t need to know what you’re doing from the start, you just need to know where to look to find what you need.
I would recommend this book to anyone who’s a do-it-yourself type and wants a trusted source of information.
This book has appeared a few times in this blog over the past few months, and here it is again. Finally it was my turn to read it, and yes – it was worth the wait. One of our frequent contributors, Angela, even picked it as her favourite book of 2014 and if I had read it last year I might have agreed. I don’t want to give too much away, but the book explores life before and after a pandemic that wipes out most of humanity. St. John Mandel, a Canadian writer, explores how humanity adapts mainly through characters from the arts community living the motto “survival is insufficient.” I’ll agree with Angela, and even George R.R. Martin -who said this was one of the best books of 2014.
Yes, I’m one of those adults who often forays into the YA section. Picked this one up as it was a “Big Read” that came through a Twitter feed and it just happened to be sitting new and unread on the library shelf. It’s the story of teen aged twins (fraternal–a boy and a girl) who have a falling out over…you guessed it…a guy. Noah tells the story of the 13 year old twins, and Jude from the 16 year old perspective. By the end both stories are intertwined (and you’re sitting there screaming…”Talk to each other”) and so are all of the characters. A lot of mystery, superstition, as well as typical teen angst. Pick this one up before the holds list grows; it’s already in production stages of hitting the big screen!
The subtitle above could have just as easily read “the chemistry and physiology of flavour” as this book considers the mysteries and experience of flavour. Although the chapter on chillis makes a convincing argument that many people consume chillis for the heat sensations rather than their particular taste. Do you know that there is a specific scale for measuring a chilli’s intensity? For those who also delight in explorations of popular science topics. Warning to the reader, you may feel a compulsion to snack.
A related book that I read last year is: Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal. by Mary Roach 612.3 ROA. Remember the silly rhyme that goes, “Over the lips and across the gums. Look out tummy, here it comes!”… well, this nonfiction work considers what happens to our food when we eat it, and afterwards. As a writer Mary Roach is sometimes vulgar, but always fun.
Finally, another older title but one that is a great tie-in: The Flavor Bible by Karen Page and Andrew Dorenburg. 641.5 PAG. This encyclopedia will be appreciated by any adventurous cook who wants to experiment with flavour combinations.