- Published on Sunday, 21 April 2013 01:00
There are so many interesting books out there to read, but why limit yourself to one genre when you can explore them all? Check out the following collection of ecclectic books, which is sure to have something that peaks your interest!
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach
The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: the questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn't the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts? Can constipation kill you? Did it kill Elvis? In Gulp we meet scientists who tackle the questions no one else thinks of-or has the courage to ask. We go on location to a pet-food taste-test lab, a fecal transplant, and into a live stomach to observe the fate of a meal. With Roach at our side, we travel the world, meeting murderers and mad scientists, Eskimos and exorcists (who have occasionally administered holy water rectally), rabbis and terrorists-who, it turns out, for practical reasons do not conceal bombs in their digestive tract.
- Published on Monday, 01 April 2013 01:00
Just a few of the greatest and most popular English-language poets ever to put quill to parchment. Their names remind us to celebrate National Poetry Month in April 2013.
Conceived in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry that hopes to "increase the visibility and availability of poetry in popular culture while acknowledging and celebrating poetry’s ability to sustain itself in the many places where it is practiced and appreciated."
- Published on Tuesday, 26 March 2013 01:00
Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams III was born 102 years ago, on March 26, 1911. Recognized as one of our greatest playwrights, he was responsible for penning numerous classics of the American stage including The Glass Menagerie, Night of The Iguana, and two Pulitzer Prize winners: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and A Streetcar Named Desire.
Who could forget this famous scene from Streetcar, featuring one of the American Film Institute's most memorable movie quotes of all time?
Enjoy one of Tennessee Williams's timeless works of American drama today.
- Published on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 15:55
The quick double-thump of the basketball, the adrenaline-surged race down the court, and then the magical last second “swoosh” at the final buzzer…Yessss! It’s March Madness and time for some page -turning hoops at the Pioneer Library System, where we’ve got the best seats in the game. Learn all about the history of Basketball, the jump shot to the pros and the inside scoop of the hoops. This month we got Magic, a Doctor, a Bird, and a little “Thunder” to cheer for March Madness. Check these titles out and get in the game!
A big, thick, steaming bowl of witty and intelligent commentary on the greatest players and teams ever to grace the League, written by popular columnist and TV and radio sports personality Bill Simmons.
- Published on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 11:52
March 19 marks the 77th birthday of Ursula Andress, who in 1962 became famous for her iconic bikini-clad scene in Dr. No, the first James Bond film. 007 celebrated his 50th anniversary on the silver screen in 2012 with the release of Skyfall starring Daniel Craig.
Bond On Bond : Reflections On 50 years Of James Bond Movies by Roger Moore and Gareth Owen
Sir Roger Moore, the longest-starring Bond, has written a book that features all the Bond movies, along with a wonderfully witty account of his own involvement in them. From the girls to the villains, the cars to the cocktails, and oh so many gadgets, it's illustrated with over 400 hundred iconic images from all the films including many previously unseen photos from the Bond archive as well as photos from Moore's personal collection.