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What's Cooking?: Healing Foods

As I was preparing the Chicken Wine Soup for my daughter-in-law after she gave birth, I realize we often overlook the restorative and healing powers of food.  This Chicken Wine Soup is traditional in the Chinese culture and prepared for new mothers in their recovery from childbirth. This soup contains an abundance of ginger and glutinous rice wine in the soup to help rejuvenate and warm the body. The dried lily buds and wood ears are believed to have anticoagulant properties. The dried Chinese mushrooms revitalize the body and improve its immune system.  Of course, everyone is familiar with the healing quality of chicken soup. There are some who await a new birth with anticipation just to be able to partake of this soup along with a small bowl of pickled pigs’ knuckles with hard-boiled eggs cooked in sweetened black vinegar and ginger.  You may think this latter dish is unappetizing but it is often requested unabashedly.  Although I think the taste is unique and delicious, the true focus is on the restorative value of its ingredients.

New Romance Fiction for May 2010

In paperback:

Desires of a Perfect Lady by Victoria Alexander H
Demonkeepers by Jessica Andersen (4, The Final Prophecy) C, S
Cold Hearted by Beverly Barton (5, Griffin Powell) C, M
Dead by Midnight by Beverly Barton (6, Griffin Powell) C, M
A Most Sinful Proposal by Sara Bennett H
The Secret Duke by Jo Beverley (10, The Mallorens) H
The Devil’s Playground by Jenna Black (5, Morgan Kingsley, Exorcist) C, S
Rogue in My Arms by Celeste Bradley (2, The Runaway Brides) H
Enigma by Carla Cassidy (Harlequin Intrigue: Maximum Men) C, M
Out of Eden by Beth Ciotta C

New Speculative Fiction for May 2010

New to our shelves:

Dark Matter by S. W. Ahmed SF
Backlash by Aaron Allston (4, Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi) SF
Tales of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld) H, R
Directive 51 by John Barnes SF, A
Mirror Kingdoms: The Best of Peter S. Beagle by Peter S. Beagle, with Jonathan Strahan, ed. F, H
The Desert Spear by Peter V. Brett (2, Demon trilogy) F
Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs (5, Mercy Thompson) F, H, R
Changes by Jim Butcher (12, Dresden Files) F, H
Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror by Ellen Datlow, ed. H
Breakfast at Twilight and Other Stories by Phillip K. Dick, with Gregg Rickman, ed.  (2, The Early

New Music Releases May, 2010

 

Allan, Gary.  Get Off On the Pain                                                        MC ALLA GOO M00

Bach, Johann Sebastian.  Six Partitas                                                 GP BACH SP E62

New DVDs for May 2010

 

THREE DAY DVDS

$9.99                                                                                 #11894

CORINTHIANS, RAKES, AND INCOMPARABLES, OH MY!

This month, I'm continuing the historical romance theme and tackling... Regencies! 

Why is the Regency such a popular setting?  Lots of reasons-- just take a look at what was going on in those days: the Napoleonic Wars, the peak of the Industrial Revolution, the women's rights movement, the birth of Gothic literature, and the Romantic poets, just to name a few.  It was the day of Beau Brummel, the Elgin Marbles, Byron, Keats, Shelley (both of them), Ann Radcliffe, and of course, Miss Jane Austen.  And at the heart of it all, the Ton: the glittering, fascinating, hothouse environment of Britain's upper crust.  Wealth, privilege, education, and refined manners, all held together by a rigid code of conduct for the space of a London Season.  I like to think of the Regency period as romance's answer to the sonnet: the rules might seem oppressive and needlessly complicated, designed to strangle creativity, but think what marvellously subtle and nuanced work can result!  Is it any wonder that the Regency is the most popular type of historical romance in our library?

Fiction Audiobooks

BCD Allen

   The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen.  Read by Rebecca Lowman.  6 discs.  7+ hours.

BCD Barclay
     Never Look Away: a thriller
by  Linwood Barclay.  Read by Jeffrey Cummings.  11 discs.  12+ hours.

BCD Science Fiction Barnes
     Directive 51
by John Barnes.  Read by Susan Ericksen.  18 discs.  21+ hours.

BCD Berg
     The Last Time I Saw You
by Elizabeth Berg.  Read by the author.  7 discs.  8+ hours.

BCD Bognanni
     The House of Tomorrow
by Peter Pognanni.  Read by Lloyd James.  9 discs.  10+ hours.

BCD Brennert
     Moloka’i
by Alan Brennert.  Read by Anne Noelani Miyamoto.  15 discs.  17+ hours.
BCD Cannell
     The Pallbearers
by Stephen J. Cannell.  Read by Scott Brick.  8 discs.  9 hours.

Coming in September

Fiction:

Barr, Nevada. Burn.

Nevada Barr brings her acclaimed New York Times bestselling Anna Pigeon series to Minotaur Books with one of her most compelling, complex novels yet!


Brown, Rita Mae. A Nose for Justice.

On Jeep Reed's Wings Ranch near Reno, Jeep, her great-niece, former Wall Street banker Magdalene "Mags" Rogers, and their two dogs King and Baxter investigate a pump company employee's disappearance, along with an environmentalist's shooting "suicide" and the identity of a really cold corpse.


Gabaldon, Diana (text) & Hoang Nguyen (illus.). The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Nov

Coming in August

Fiction:

Brown, Sandra. Tough Customer.

Investigator Dodge Hanley is helping the daughter of a former lover, who has a stalker.

Connolly, John. The Whisperers

Charlie Parker teams up with undesirables in order to capture a group of Vets who are smuggling goods across the US Canadian Border.

Cook, Robin. Cure.

New Mysteries May 2010

Mercy Killing by Stephen Solomita
Wheel of Fate by Kate Sedley
Wrecked by Carol Higgins Clark
Shadow of Your Smile by Mary Higgins Clark
Crimes by Moonlight edited by Charlaine Harris
False Pretences by Veronica Heley
Silent Intruder by Gerald Hammond
Midnight Fires by Nancy Means Wright
Silent Auction by Jane K. Cleland
Off Track by Clare Curzon
Sham Rock by Ralph Mcinerny
Only a Game by J.M. Gregson
Glazed Murder by Jessica Beck
Mint Juleps, Mayhem and Murder by Sara Rosett
House to Die for by Vicki Doudera
Inheritance by Simon Tolkien
This Body of Death by Elizabeth George
Six Mile Creek by Richard Helms
Ring of Death by Sally Spencer
Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

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