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What's Cooking?: Bittersweet

Do opposites attract?  It certainly does in the culinary world.  It is the pairing of opposite ingredients such as sugar and vinegar as in strawberries and balsamic vinegar, salt and sugar as in chocolate covered pretzels, or spicy white pepper and vinegar in hot and sour soup.  Exploring combinations of the six basic tastes of sweet, salty, sour, bitter, pungent, and umami  opens a palate of sensations.  The cooking trend is combining these contrasting flavors resulting in a complex layering that bursts and surprises the taste buds.  The outcome is never subdued or tepid.  There is a welcomed nontraditional bite that makes you wonder how and why these pairings come to work together so well.

Welcoming Our Robot Overlords

Cthulhu 2016 - When you're tired of choosing the lesser of two evilsAre you trepidatious about Trump? Not happy with Hillary? Over your crush on Cruz? Are you just not "feeling the Bern"?  You may not be alone.  A lot of people have been expressing their disenchantment with the American political process of late.  Happily, Speculative Fiction is here to remind you... things could always be worse.

Coming in July 2016


Atkins, Ace. The Innocents.

Carriger, Gail. Imprudence.

Castillo, Linda. Among the Wicked: A Kate Burkholder Novel.

Connolly, John. A Time of Torment: A Charlie Parker Thriller.

Coulter, Catherine. Insidious.

Ephron, Delia. Siracusa.

Fairstein, Linda. Killer Look.

Johansen, Iris. Night and Day.

Kava, Alex. Reckless Creed.

Lindsey, Johanna. Make Me Love You.

McCall Smith, Alexander. Chance Developments: Stories.

Silva, Daniel. Untitled.

Steel, Danielle. Magic.

Woods, Stuart. Dishonorable Intentions.

Young, Heather. The Lost Girls.


Carville, James. We’re Still Right–And They’re Still Wrong.

Coming in June 2016


Bradford, Barbara Taylor. The Cavendon Luck.

Cussler, Clive & Boyd Morrison. The Emperor’s Revenge.

Danielewski, Mark Z. The Familiar. Vol. 3: Honeysuckle & Pain.

Evanovich, Janet & Lee Goldberg. The Pursuit: A Fox and O’Hare Novel.

Finder, Joseph. Guilty Minds.

Furst, Alan. A Hero of France.

King, Stephen. End of Watch.

Giffin, Emily. First Comes Love.

Meltzer, Brad & Tod Goldberg. The House of Secrets.

Patterson, James. Private Rio.

Proulx, Annie. Barkskins.

Roach, Mary. Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War.

Shriver, Lionel. The Mandibles: A Family, 2029–2047.

Straub, Emma. Modern Lovers.

Thor, Brad. Foreign Agent: A Thriller.

Tyler, Anne. Vinegar Girl.

Coming in May 2016


Armstrong, Kelley. City of the Lost.

Atherton, Nancy. Aunt Dimity and the Buried Treasure.

Atkins, Ace. Robert B. Parker’s Slow Burn.

Baker, Jo. A Country Road, a Tree.

Barr, Nevada. Boar Island.

Cleave, Chris. Everyone Brave Is Forgiven.

Deveraux, Jude. The Girl from Summer Hill: A Summer Hill Novel.

Haigh, Jennifer. Heat and Light.

Harris, Charlaine. Night Shift: A Novel of Midnight, Texas.

Hill, Joe. The Fireman.

Kava, Alex. Reckless Creed.

Martini, Steve. Blood Flag: A Paul Madriani Novel.

Patterson, James & Maxine Paetro. 15th Affair.

Preston, Douglas & Lincoln Child. Beyond the Ice Limit: A Gideon Crew Novel.


Gay, Roxane. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body.

New DVD Releases for March 22

We have three new titles for Tuesday, March 22nd.  They are:

Daddy's Home (Comedy - Will Ferrell)

Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (Fantasy)

Letters, The (Drama - Untold Story of Mother Teresa)

Better Than Google

If you come into the library anytime after school, or on week-ends, you will see tables crowded with tutors and their tutees.  Good money is spent on hiring tutors who help students with their academic subjects, SAT preparation and improving writing and reading skills. I feel this is a needless expense when there is a great database like Learning Express Library waiting for you.

New DVD Releases for March 15th

We have four new titles for Tuesday, March 15th.  They are:

Big Short, The (Drama)

Brooklyn (Drama - Saoirse Ronan)

Game of Thrones: Season 5

Sisters (Comedy - Tina Fey)

New DVD Releases March 8, 2016

We have two new titles for Tuesday March 8th.  They are:

In the Heart of the Sea (Drama - Chris Hemsworth)

Victor Frankenstein (Drama - Daniel Radcliffe)

New Romance Fiction for March 2016

In paperback:

Where She Belongs by Johnnie Alexander (1, Misty Willow) C, M, I
To Win Her Favor by Tamera Alexander (2, Belle Meade Plantation) H, I
Duke of My Heart by Kelly Bowen (1, A Season for Scandal) H
The Knave of Hearts by Elizabeth Boyle (5, Rhymes with Love) H
By Break of Day by M. L. Buchman (7, Night Stalkers) C, M
Unexpected Rush by Jaci Burton (11, Play by Play) C, E
The Hunter by Kerrigan Byrne (2, Victorian Rebels) H, M
Hometown Hero by Cate Cameron (2, Sullivan Lake Romance) C
No Exit by Lena Diaz (2, Exit, Inc.) C, M, O
Extreme Honor by Piper J. Drake (1, True Heroes) C, M

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