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Given the success of Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" and Jennifer Chiaverini's new novel "Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker," some may be eager to learn more about Elizabeth Keckley (1819-1907), the actual woman who purchased her freedom from slavery, worked as a seamstress in Washington D.C., and became a friend to Mary Todd Lincoln.

Elizabeth Keckley published her memoir "...

101 Recipes You Can't Live Without by Lori Powell

"101 Recipes You Can't Live Without" offers a wonderful opportunity to begin the year making conscious and healthy food choices. What is great in this cookbook is how it identifies nutrients that will have the most health-promoting potential.

The easy-to-use index allows the reader to search recipes by ingredient. Don't worry that the recipes call for freaky, odd-ball...

"The Girl Who Chased the Moon" by by Sarah Addison Allen

My book discussion group just finished a delightful book by Sarah Addison Allen entitled "The Girl Who Chased the Moon: a Novel." If you're looking for a gentle read, I would recommend it. The book is probably best described as an adult fairy tale.

The book opens with 17-year-old Emily Benedict arriving in Mullaby, North Carolina after the death of her mother. Emily hopes to find answers...

From Sumerian times to Rome to the present day, "Drink: A Cultural History of Alcohol" by Ian Gately discusses the development of alcohol and its cultural treatments by civilizations through the centuries. The book tells the story of the explosion of new types of alcohol, in addition to beer and wine, beginning in the 1700s, and how some popular liquors were either discovered by accident or by techniques used to preserve other...

"Tenth of December" by George Saunders

It seems that everyone is talking about George Saunders and his latest story collection "Tenth of December." A writer for the New York Times Magazine labels it "the best book you'll read this year." That's a bold claim in January when a whole year of books lies ahead. How can you pick the best book of any given year? I might have a most-loved book, or one that taught me the most, a most imaginative, or the most promising new author. So who knows...

"Let's Pretend This Never Happened" by Jenny Lawson

You may not know who Jenny Lawson is, but you should. She rules the geeky underworld of the Internet with style and aplomb. She writes blogs, tweets up a storm, and gets famous people to pose for pictures holding random objects. No kidding, she gets to do that for a living! Her pseudonym, "The Bloggess" tells it like it is in her own unique, sarcastic, stream-of-consciousness delivery. Jenny's writing style is always honest and authentic served with a small side of snark. Her #1 New York Times bestseller "...

"Blood Money" by James Grippando

As I was reading James Grippando's new book,"Blood Money," I couldn't help but think of the tagline for "Law and Order:" Ripped from today's headlines. It blends elements from the Casey Anthony trial, outrage over an unacceptable O.J. Simpson verdict, and a ruthless media mogul interested only in ratings.

The book opens with defense attorney, Jack Swyteck, and his client, Sydney Bennett, awaiting a...

Having a Party with Jonathan Richman

I grew up listening to the Modern Lovers, Jonathan Richman's original band in the 1970s and 1980s. While never achieving popular fame, the band received much critical praise and over the past decades, many bands have covered their more popular songs, such as "Roadrunner," "She Cracked" and "Pablo Picasso." Richman, the heart of the Modern Lovers and its main songwriter, continues to write, record and play live shows.

The library has several of his CDs in its collection, including "...

Several popular crime fighters will be featured in new books coming out next month.

"Guilt" by Jonathan Kellerman is the latest in the long-running Alex Delaware series...

"The Brave Cowboy" by Joan Walsh Anglund

Children and adults alike will marvel at the illustrations of the young cowboy in "The Brave Cowboy" by Joan Walsh Anglund. First published in 1959, this relatively unknown classic is a hidden gem in the world of vintage children's books. The language is accessible and the story is easy to follow and the author's inspiration for the main character came from her son when he was about three-years-old. In many ways the book acts as a...

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