Saturday, May 30, 2009

Staff Recommendation: B is for Beer

Don't let the "children's book" moniker fool you. This is a book for children and adults alike. Part Alice in Wonderland, part exploration into the remarkable history of the divine brewski, B is for Beer contains all of the laugh-out-loud humor, insight, mysticism, and subversive spirit that you would expect from Tom Robbins!

B is for Beer by Tom Robbins
Reviewed by: Ryan

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Staff Recommendation: What to Eat

This book is a major asset to people who are curious about how food production impacts both the world and ourselves. It offers a logical and straightforward view on nutrition that is accessible to both the seasoned veteran and the uninformed enthusiast. What's best, the book doesn't have to be read from cover to cover, so you can select the parts you're interested in.

What to Eat by Mario Nestle
Reviewed by: Dominique

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Staff Recommendation: Into the Beautiful North

It seems rare to find a novel that is both beautifully written and tells a captivating story, but Urrea has accomplished this in his brilliant novel. Filled with wonderful characters and flowing language, this book will make you see illegal immigrants in a totally new light. Highly recommended!

Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea
Reviewed by: Steph

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Staff Recommendation: Minding the Body, Mending the Mind

The way we think about and react to situations is directly connected to our mental and physical health. Stress, anger, fear, and other negative emotions, if not limited, can literally make us ill. Borysenko shows how we can reduce these negative patterns through a change in outlook, basic meditation techniques, and other strategies to help you feel calmer and happier.

Minding the Body, Mending the Mind by Joan Borysenko
Reviewed by: Cesa

Friday, May 22, 2009

Staff Recommendation: New Rules of Posture

This book presents a holistic perspective by breaking down the barrier between mind and body. Mary believes that poor posture is the result of emotional problems. Therefore, changing your posture might change the way you feel about yourself and your surroundings. If you have problems with slouching or chronic pain, this book is well worth reading.

The New Rules of Posture by Mary Bond
Reviewed by: Dominique

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Staff Recommendation: Outcasts United

This book is more than the story of a remarkable soccer team, it is the story of a determined woman and a town rocked by prejudices and the ravages of not just one, but several wars. St. John combines history, politics, and memoir in this heartbreaking and heartwarming story of a group of boys whose only connection is their love of soccer.

Outcasts United by Warren St. John
Reviewed by: Mandy

Monday, May 18, 2009

Staff Recommendation: New Moosewood Cookbook

Katzen originally compiled this collection of recipes from the bohemian Moosewood Cafe she helped found in the 1970s in Ithaca, NY. The book retains the spirit of the restaurant in its hand written and illustrated pages, and healthfully delicious recipes. Worth it for the Mushroom Strudel recipe alone, this simple yet elegant cookbook is invaluable for any home cook, vegetarian or otherwise.

The New Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen
Reviewed by: Jen

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Staff Recommendation: A Year in the World

The author of Under the Tuscan Sun lends her lush style of travel writing to her adventures across Europe from Scotland to Portugal to the Greek islands. Mayes reflects at length on the peoples and their cultural, historical, and especially culinary highlights, sprinkling irresistible recipes throughout the next. It's the next best thing to exploring these places yourself!

A Year in the World by Frances Mayer
Reviewed by: Jennifer

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Staff Recommendation: Shopping for Porcupine

The author of the wonderful novel Ordinary Wolves tells his own story of growing into adulthood while living off the land in the Alaskan wilderness. Illustrated with Kantner's own majestic photographs, Shopping For Porcupine documents his own childhood and raising his own children on the tundra. These essays are charming, harrowing and enlightening, and always generous.

Shopping for Porcupine, by Seth Kantner
Reviewed by: Scott

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Staff Recommendation: Love Begins In Winter

This is the second collection of short stories by a very talented writer. Like with The Secret Lives of People In Love, the stories in this book are haunting, vivid and full of life. The title story follows an odd and lonely violinist as he searches to connect with the world. The writing is impressionistic, surprising and absolutely lovely.

Love Begins in Winter, by Simon Van Booy
Reviewed by: Stephanie W.

Simon will speak about & sign Love Begins In Winter on June 2nd at 7:30pm at Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl Street. We hope to see you there!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Staff Recommendation : Tales of Wonder

In 1958's classic The World's Religions, Huston Smith introduced several generations to Islam, Buddhism, Judaism and Hinduism. Now, with Tales Of Wonder, Smith pulls back the veil on a life well-lived, from his childhood as the son of missionaries in China to his involvement in the Civil Rights movement, to his first-hand experience of religious practice.

Tales of Wonder: Adventures Chasing the Divine by Huston Smith
Reviewed by: Scott