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Library Talk – April 26, 2018

Library Talk, April 26, 2018

April almost over, and our “spring’ days have been limited!  The redbuds, dogwoods, apple trees and lilacs are currently showing off their lovely blossoms, and of course the dandelions and violets are becoming quite prolific.

Just a reminder that we have many books on gardening, including garden design, how to grow for fun as well as profit, very specific books to very broad topic coverage, all with a healthy dose of optimism… We also subscribe to Mother Earth News for the latest in organic and how-to gardening and homesteading ideas. The April/May issue has info on top plants for companion planting, DIY garden irrigation, and an article on eating and using cattails, those ubiquitous tall spiky plants seen around ponds and in ditches. Also included are articles on building a board and batten door, easy and quick to make cheeses, using common plants as poultices (including a weed that does very well around here, the plantain) and more.  While the current issue stays in the library, all back issues can be checked out.

We received our first issue Bee Culture: The Magazine of American Beekeeping.  With the continued interest in our bee books and bee talks, this was a natural addition to our collection. Not only is it filled with beekeeping articles and editorials, it is also a good place to look for companies for supplies as well as reviews of the latest gadgets and trends.

New in the fiction section include: Iris Johansen’s Eve Duncan series Shattered Mirrors, John Sandford’s Twisted Prey and David Baldacci’s The Fallen.  In the non-fiction, cooking seems to be the theme, with Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering and Rick Bragg’s memoir of sorts titled The Best Cook in the World…Tales from My Momma’s Cooking. Both are fun to read even if you don’t cook— Joanna’s is filled with lots of very doable southern comfort food along with short personal comments about each recipe. Rick’s book is longer, with lots of writing about his life, the southern region he grew up in, the history of some of the family favorites generations old as well as the history of the land, and of course the amazing ability and recipes his momma had—so for those of you that like to ‘read’ a cookbook more than just look for a recipe to try, this is a book worth savoring.

Matthew