Friday, August 10, 2012

The Fleeting Days of Summer

Officially the hottest on record, the days of summer 2012 seemed to form one long heat wave. Before we know it, though, summer will end (the Fall 2012 semester begins on August 27th)--and the focus will shift from barbecues, vacations and lazy days to classes, research and all the trappings of a brand new academic year.

While the calendar still has a little summer in it, allow us to suggest the following from the collections of TWU Libraries--for escaping the heat, giving your mind a change of scenery . . . and relishing these last fleeting, glorious days of summer.

Items in TW
U Libraries' Cookbook Collection may not be checked out--but visit the Woman's Collection on the second floor of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus to browse, read, dream, plan (and copy) to your heart's content.

People's Pops: 55 Recipes for Ice Pops, Shave Ice and Boozy Pops from Brooklyn's Coolest Pop Shop by N. Jordi, D. Carrell and J. Horowitz
A collection of 65 seasonal ice pops and shave ice recipes

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home
by Jeni Britton Bauer

Learn how to prepare professional-quality ice creams, yogurts and sorbets using unique flavors and minimally processed milk; flavors include salty caramel and roasted pump
kin five-spice (yum!).

Cornelia Guest's Simple Pleasures: Healthy Seasonal Cooking and Easy Entertaining by C. Guest and D. Reverand
The author shares the story of her commitment to vegan eating after her mother became ill, then offers recipes and entertaining ideas to follow suit--among them, recipes for stuffed squash blossoms, raspberry muffins and chilled asparagus soup.

Summer Rental
by M.K. Andrews
Ellis questions everything she believed after losing an all-consuming job, while Julia struggles with insecurities that threaten a loving relationship and Dorie confronts a maelstrom of problems after a shocking betrayal.

One Summer by D. Baldacci
ack, terminally ill and preparing to say goodbye to his family, has a miraculous r
ecovery after his wife is killed in a car accident, and struggles to reunite his family at her childhood home on the South Carolina oceanfront.

Cabin: Two Brothers, a Dream, and Five Acres in Maine by L. Ureneck
The account of years spent building a small post-and-beam cabin in the hills of western Maine tells a deeper story about brotherly bonds, home and nature and explores the satisfactions of building and physical labor. Inspired by his From the Ground Up New York Times blog, this is the author's memoir about building and brotherhood. Confronted with the disappointments and knockdowns that can come in middle age--job loss, the death of his mother, a health scare and a divorce--Lou needed a project that would engage the better part of him and put him back in life's good graces. City-bound for a decade, he decided he needed to build a simple p
ost-and-beam cabin in the woods. He bought five acres in the hills of western Maine and asked his younger brother, Paul, to help him. Twenty years earlier the brothers had built a house together; now Lou saw working with Paul as a way to reconnect with their shared history and to rediscover his truest self. As the brothers undertake the challenging construction with the help of Paul's sons, nothing seems to go according to plan. But as they raise the cabin, Lou reveals his own evolving insights into the richness and complexity of family relationships, the healing power of nature, and the need to root oneself in a place called home.

The Darkest Evening
by W. Durbin
In the 1930s, a young Finnish-American boy reluctantly moves with his family to Karelia, a communist-Finnish state founded in Russia, where his idealistic father soon realizes that his conception of a communist utopia is flawed.

One Writer's Garden: Eudora Welty's Home Place by S. Haltom, J.R. Brown and L. Clay
The authors of One Writer's Garden draw connections between Welty's gardening and her writing. They show how the garden echoed the prevailing style of Welty's mother's generation, which in turn mirrored wider trends in American life: Progressive-era optimism, a rising middle class, prosperity, new technology, women's clubs, garden clubs, streetcar suburbs, civic beautification, conservation, plant introductions and garden writing. The authors illustrate this garden's history--and the broader story of how American gardens evolved in the early twentieth century--with images from contemporary garden literature, seed catalogs, advertisements and unique historic photographs. Noted landscape photographer Langdon Clay captures the restored garden through the seasons.

Camp Summer Read: How to Create Your Own Summer Reading Camp by C.K. Gooch and C. Massey
Get students to continue to read during the summer months—and enjoy it! Camp Summer Read: How to Create Your Own Summer Reading Camp is the brainchild of two Texas librarians who have created just such a camp—and have a waiting list of kids who want to attend.

Dogtag Summer
by E. Partridge
In the summer of 1980 before she starts junior high school in Santa Rosa, California, Tracy, who was adopted from Vietnam when she was six years old, finds an old ammo box with a dog tag and picture that bring up painful memories for both Tracy and her Vietnam War-veteran father.

How T́ía Lola Saved the Summer by J. Alvarez
When three girls and their father visit for a week in the summer, it takes T́ía Lola to make Miguel forget his unhappiness with the absence of boys and embrace the adventures that ensue.

Viola in the Spotlight by A. Trigiani
Back home in Brooklyn, fifteen-year-old Viola has big summer plans--but with one best friend going to camp and the other not only working but experiencing her first crush, Viola is glad to be overworked as an unpaid lighting intern when her grandmother's play goes to Broadway.

~Jimmie Lyn Harris

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