Monday, September 19, 2016

Season of bounty and harvest

Fall is a season of bounty and harvest.  PWPL is celebrating the season this Sunday September 18, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm at the Steinhaus Market with a barbecue.  Enjoy a delicious meal featuring the Market’s pulled pork and barbecue chicken with all the fixins as well as live music all day.  Tickets are $12.00 at the door and all proceeds will benefit the collections and services of Peter White Public Library. To enjoy your own harvest at home, check out these new cookbooks on PWPL’s shelves:

Meathead : the Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling by Meathead Goldwyn- For succulent results every time, nothing is more crucial in barbecuing and grilling than understanding the science behind the interaction of fire and food. In this book, "Meathead" Goldwyn, pitmaster, national barbecue cookoff judge, and curator of the world's most popular barbecue website, debunks the myths that stand in the way of perfect outcomes. Along the way, he reveals all the secrets every successful griller needs to know, from which wood chips to use to which equipment to choose.

The Love & Lemons cookbook : an Apple-to-Zucchini Celebration of Impromptu Cooking by Jeanine Donofrio - Sometimes all you need is a little spark of inspiration to change up your regular cooking routine. The Love & Lemons Cookbook features more than one hundred simple recipes that help you turn your farmers market finds into delicious meals.   Organized by ingredient, The Love & Lemons Cookbook teaches readers how to make beautiful food with what’s on hand and in season.  The book also features resources to show readers how to stock their pantry, gluten-free and vegan options for many of the recipes, as well as ideas on mixing and matching ingredients.

Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz - A recipe collection from the popular food blog Minimalist Baker features simple, quick vegan recipes that require ten ingredients or less, including such options as spiced buckwheat pancakes, cornbread chili potpies, and Thai quinoa meatballs.

Modern Potluck : Beautiful Food to Share by Kristin Donnelly - Modern Potluck is a cookbook and guide for today’s potluckers that delivers Instagram-worthy dishes packed with exciting, bold flavors. These 100 make-ahead recipes are perfect for a crowd and navigate carnivore, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and vegan preferences gracefully. With beautiful color photographs and lots of practical information such as how to pack foods to travel, Modern Potluck is the ultimate book for gathering friends and family around an abundant, delicious meal.

Crisps, Cobblers, Custards & Creams by Jean Anderson – It seems as if everything old is now new again! Anderson has put together a collection of desserts that range from silky, rich puddings to hot, baked cobblers and are destined to become new family favorites. The recipes come from family favorites, are meticulously tested, and offer something for everyone's tastes, any day of the year.

The Farmhouse Cookbook by Sarah Mayor - This collection of over 100 mouthwatering recipes inspired by the traditions of the farmhouse kitchen, with a modern twist Mayor captures the true taste of today's country cooking and brings the fresh ingredients and seasonal flavors of a farmhouse kitchen into your own home.

- Heather Steltenpohl, Development Director

Monday, September 12, 2016

Famous Photograhers

Interested in works of famous photographers? Check out these selections available at Peter White Public Library.

Ansel Adams in the National Parks: Photographs from America's Wild Places edited by Andrea G. Stillman
This year, the National Parks Service turns 100 but we can’t celebrate our national parks without mentioning the man who gave us the most iconic and breathtaking images of our treasured common spaces – Ansel Adams. Ansel Adams in the National Parks features over 200 of Adams' photographs, spans forty national parks, and provides some commentary from the artist about his creative and editing processes. This comprehensive collection of Adams’ work in the national parks is not only a testament to his skill with a camera but also to his ability to capture the beauty of our natural world.
Adult Non-fiction779.36 AD

Dorothea Lange: Museum of Modern Art Exhibition Catalogue, 1966 by the Museum of Modern Art, New York
This thin hardcover book by MOMA, with an introductory essay by George P. Elliot, serves as a brief photo examination of the life and work of Dorthea Lange. Lange helped create the field of photojournalism with her work which captured the struggles of farmers during the dust bowl, Great Depression, Japanese internment camps in the US, and many other social issues.
Adult Non-fiction 779 Ne

Finding Vivian Maier directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel
A fascinating documentary, Finding Vivian Maier follows John Maloof as he attempts to uncover all of the secrets of the mysterious nanny who has come to be known posthumously as one of the greatest street photographers of the 20th century. Vivian Maier’s work was discovered by accident and has since been the center of controversy and delight within the photography community. Maier worked mainly in the Chicago area, never married, but accumulated a private body of work consisting of over 100,000 photographs; many of which were never printed during her lifetime.
DVD Adult Non-fiction 770.92 FI

Eames: Beautiful Details edited by Eames Demetrios 
This large, hardcover book details one of America's greatest and most iconic design couples, Charles and Ray Eames. Though the Eameses' are best known for their groundbreaking furniture designs, this book explores their important and experimental, contributions in the areas of architecture, exhibit design, textile design, product design, graphic design, toy design, film, and photography. That may seem like a lot of topics for one book to cover but all of that information is made easy to digest through glossy high-resolution images that fill the pages. The book offers a comprehensive look at the life of Charles and Ray through their eyes and the eyes of their family, with several intimate family photos found only between these pages. This book will inspire and challenge you to think "outside the box" while reminding you that the beauty of life lies within the details. 
New Adult Non-fiction 745.4 De

Sixty Years Life: a 60th Anniversary Celebration 1936-1996 by Time Inc. Life Books
With images ranging from war to athletes, from the White House to fashion, this glossy-paged book celebrates some the most moving moments from around the world captured on the pages of LIFE magazine.  As you thumb through each page, the importance of photography as a means of documentation becomes more apparent.  As stated in the books opening pages by magazine founder Henry R. Luce, the purpose if LIFE was “to see life; to see the world.”  This book clearly shows the magazines dedication to that purpose as well as the evolution of the world during the six decades covered. 
Adult Non-fiction 779.0904 Li

Thursday, September 8, 2016

New horror titles

I love a good scary story. There is something about the longer shadows as fall rolls in that has me craving a good, suspenseful, story. Here are five new horror titles recently added to PWPL’s collection.

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
My Best Friend’s Exorcism has thus far, been my favorite book of 2016. Grady Hendrix, author of the hit Horrorstor, a book about a haunted Scandinavian style home store, hits the same horror humor notes with My Best Friend’s Exorcism. Set in the 1980’s, the story revolves around lifelong best friends, Abby and Gretchen, as they navigate the social lives of high schoolers in the south. After a night of skinny-dipping goes wrong, Gretchen begins to act differently, and only Abby can discover how to save her. Is their friendship strong enough to survive a demonic possession? Hendrix’s homage to the 80’s is the perfect balance of nostalgia and original storytelling. Be sure to check out, and listen to, all the 80’s musical chapter titles for an even more enjoyable reading experience.

The Fireman by Joe Hill
Joe Hill, New York Times Bestseller and son of Stephen King, is following in his father’s footsteps as an iconic horror writer. The world of The Fireman is terrorized by a worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion and a group of heroes determined to save civilization, led by a man known as the Fireman. Known as Draco Incendia Trychophyton, or Dragonscale, is a highly contagious spore which makes gold and black marks across the host’s body, eventually leading to spontaneous combustion which sends the whole world into a blaze of fire. Following the lives of nurse Harper Grayson, and her husband Jakob, The Fireman explores the challenges of life with hardships while maintaining a compassionate attitude towards those in dire situations. 

Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff
Jim Crow America may not be the typical setting for a horror novel, but Matt Ruff makes the time truly terrifying and supernaturally eerie in Lovecraft Country.  Atticus Turner, an Army Veteran, returns to Chicago only to discover his father, Montrose, is missing. Setting out with his uncle George, the publisher of The Save Negro Travel Guide, and childhood friend Letitia, Atticus begins a cross country trip to find his father, leading him to the Braithwaite estate. But as Atticus learns more about the Braithwaite’s, the more they seem straight out of his favorite science fiction novels. Secret organizations, Lovecraftian horrors, and themes of hope and freedom run deep through Ruff’s historical fantasy novel.

Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink
Podcast are becoming a popular form of entertainment for audiophiles. Welcome to Night Vale is based on the wildly popular podcast of the same name set in a mysterious desert in the great American Southwest. In Night Vale, ghosts and angels roam the town, no humans are allowed in the library, and government conspiracies are commonplace. In this story, Pawn shop owner Jackie is given a paper with the words “King City” written on it by a man in a jacket holding a suitcase. PTA treasurer Diane Crayton’s son, Josh, is a distant teenager, and also a shape shifter. As Diane tries to reconnect with her son, she also comes across the words “King City”. What does it mean and how does it connect Jackie and Diane? Written by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, the same authors of the podcast, Welcome to Night Vale is the perfect creepy tale for a dark night.

The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker
Clive Barker is one of the most noted writers in horror. In The Scarlet Gospels, Barker’s first adult fiction novel since 2007, Barker brings back two of his most captivating characters, Harry D’Amour, a private eye, and Pinhead, the high priest of Hell.  Encapsulating the supernatural, magical, and malevolent features of our world and the underworld, The Scarlet Gospels achieves what many horror novels do not; striking a chord between horrific characters and emotional tenderness. Even if you haven’t read the stories of Harry D’Amour or Pinhead, you will still enjoy this epic tale. 

--Tracy Boehm, Technical Services Librarian