Travel Stories

Posted on: May 13th, 2015 by ckopacek

Get inspired for your next trip! Listen to other people’s travel memoirs and stories.

Hector and the Search for Happiness

Hector and the Search for Happiness

by Francois Lelord

Hector, a young psychiatrist is very good at treating patients in need of his help. But he can’t do much for those who are simply dissatisfied with life, and that is beginning to depress him. When a patient tells him he looks in need of a vacation, Hector takes a trip around the world to learn what makes people happy and sad. As he travels from Paris to China to Africa to the United States, he lists his observations about the people he meets.

Horatio's Drive

Horatio’s Drive (America’s first road trip)

by Dayton Duncan & Ken Burns

The companion volume to the PBS documentary film about the first–and perhaps most astonishing–automobile trip across the United States. In 1903 there were only 150 miles of paved roads in the entire nation and most people had never seen a “horseless buggy”–but that did not stop Horatio Nelson Jackson, a thirty-one-year-old Vermont doctor, who impulsively bet fifty dollars that he could drive his 20-horsepower automobile from San Francisco to New York City. Here–in Jackson’s own words and photographs–is a glorious account of that months-long, problem-beset, thrilling-to-the-rattled-bones trip with his mechanic, Sewall Crocker, and a bulldog named Bud. Jackson’s previously unpublished letters to his wife, brimming with optimism against all odds, describe in vivid detail every detour, every flat tire, every adventure good and bad. And his nearly one hundred photographs show a country still settled mainly in small towns, where life moved no faster than the horse-drawn carriage and where the arrival of Jackson’s open-air (roofless and windowless) Winton would cause delirious excitement. Jackson was possessed of a deep thirst for adventure, and his remarkable story chronicles the very beginning of the restless road trips that soon became a way of life in America.Horatio’s Driveis the first chapter in our nation’s great romance with the road. With 146 illustrations and 1 map.

Land of Lincoln

Land of Lincoln

by Andrew Ferguson

A journalist embarks on a cross-country odyssey in search of Abraham Lincoln’s place in modern-day America and discovers the often surprising legacy of his personality, philosophy, and mythology.

NPR Road Trips

NPR Road Trips, Family Vacations

n three previous novels, Tom Corcoran established himself as a shrewd observer of Key West’s eccentricities and landscape. In Octopus Alibi , he delivers Alex Rutledge to labyrinths of the past, agendas of power, and greed that jumps generations. The suspected murder of a long-missing woman, the death of an elderly mentor, and the suicide of Key West’s popular mayor are revealed a single April day. Rutledge, a freelance photographer with part-time forensic ties to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department and the KWPD, must accompany fishing guide and friend Sam Wheeler to identify a body in Broward County. Hours later, back on the island, a Key West detective coerces Alex into documenting Mayor Gomez’s demise. Rutledge also learns he must administrate the estate of Naomi Douglas, the woman who encouraged his creative photography. Rutledge soon suspects that nothing is as it appears. The police choose not to see crimes. Only Rutledge senses foul play on the island, a linking of deaths, and the threat of more peril. Home-front troubles compound the dilemma. Teresa Barga, Alex’s new housemate, is absorbed by the arrival in town of Whitney Randolph, a college friend with cash, wild stories, bent morals, and more alibis than an octopus has suckers. Randolph, it appears, has already slithered into the unfolding suspense, linking himself to scam victims and murder victims. Rutledge must ignore a relationship gone sour, then focus on wisps of clues to connect the past and present. Friends act out of character, officials become duplicitous, and threats of violence take Alex to the most dangerous confrontation of his life. Filled with edgy characters and insights to island existence, the tight plot of Octopus Alibi promises Tom Corcoran’s most unforgettable tale of the hot, crazy tropics.

On the Road

On the Road

by Jack Kerouac

On the road is a thinly fictionalized autobiography, filled with a cast made of Kerouac’s real life friends, lover, and fellow travelers. Narrated by Sal Paradise, one of Kerouac’s alter-egos, On the road is a cross-country bohemian odyssey that not only influenced writing in the years since its 1957 publication but penetrated into the deepest level of American thought and culture.

Ride of Our Lives

The Ride of Our Lives

by Mike Leonard

Mike Leonard wanted to give his parents the ultimate family reunion. And so, one February morning, three generations of Leonards set out on their journey under the dazzling Arizona sky. In the course of their humorous, often poignant cross-country tour, from the desert Southwest to the New England coastline, the Leonards reminisce about their loves, their losses, and their rich and heartwarming (and sometimes heartbreaking) lives, while encountering a veritable Greek chorus of roadside characters along the way.–From publisher description.

Three Weeks with My Brother

Three Weeks With My Brother

by Nicholas Sparks

This collaboration between brothers will appeal to the legions of Sparks fans who are interested to know more about their favorite author’s life–and eager to read each new book he writes.- Nicholas Sparks’s most recent novel, The Wedding (Warner, 9/03), had a first printing of 1.25 million copies and debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list.- The Guardian (Warner, 4/03), an instant New York Times bestseller, has over 700,000 copies in print to date.- The author’s #1 New York Times bestselling track record includes Nights in Rodanthe (Warner, 9/02), A Bend in the Road (Warner, 2001), and The Rescue (Warner, 2000).- A Walk to Remember (Warner, 2000) has nearly four million copies in combined print and the Warner Bros, feature film was a hit in 2001.- The Notebook (Warner, 1996) was on the New York Times bestseller list for over one year and has over 4.5 million copies in print combined. The New Line feature film (Fall, 2003) stars James Garner and Gena Rowlands and was directed by Nick Cassavetes.

Trains and Lovers

Trains and Lovers

by Alexander McCall Smith

The rocking of the train car, the sound of its wheels on the rails, and there’s something special about this form of travel that makes for easy conversation. This is just what happens to the four strangers who meet on a train. As they travel by rail from Edinburgh to London, they entertain one another with tales of how trains have changed their lives.

Wayoff the Road

Way off the Road

by William Geist

Celebrated roving correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning and bestselling author Bill Geist serves up a rollicking look at some small-town Americans and their offbeat ways of life. “In rural Kansas, I asked our motel desk clerk for the name of the best restaurant in the area. After mulling it over, he answered: ‘I’d have to say the Texaco, ‘cuz the Shell don’t have no microwave.’” Throughout his career, Bill Geist’s most popular stories have been about slightly odd but loveable individuals. Coming on the heels of his 5,600-mile RV trip across our fair land is Way Off the Road, a hilarious and compelling mix of stories about the folks featured in Geist’s segments, along with observations on his twenty years of life on the road. Written in the deadpan style that has endeared him to millions, Geist shares tales of eccentric individuals, such as the ninety-three-year-old pilot-paperboy who delivers to his far-flung subscribers by plane; the Arizona mailman who delivers mail via horseback down the walls of the Grand Canyon; the Muleshoe, Texas, anchorwoman who delivers the news from her bedroom (occasionally wearing her bathrobe); and the struggling Colorado entrepreneur who finds success employing a sewer vacuum to rid Western ranchers of problematic prairie dogs. Geist also takes us to events such as the Mike the Headless Chicken Festival (celebrating an inspiring bird that survived decapitation, hired an agent, and went on the road for eighteen months) and Sundown Days in Hanlontown, Iowa, where the town marks the one day a year when the sun sets directly between the railroad tracks. Along the wacky and wonderful way, Geist shows us firsthand how life in fly-over America can be odd, strangely fascinating, hysterical, and anything but boring.

Week in Winter

A Week in Winter

by Maeve Binchy

Stoneyville is a small town on the coast of Ireland where all the families know each other. When Chicky decides to take an old decaying mansion, Stone House, and turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the sea, the town thinks she is crazy. She is helped by Rigger (a bad boy turned good who is handy around the place) and her niece Orla (a whiz at business). Finally the first week of paying guests arrive: John, the American movie star thinks he has arrived incognito; Winnie and Lillian, forced into taking a holiday together; Nuala and Henry, husband and wife , both doctors who have been shaken by seeing too much death; Anders, the Swedish boy, hates his father’s business, but has a real talent for music; Miss Nell Howe, a retired school teacher, who criticizes everything and leaves a day early, much to everyone’s relief; the Walls who have entered in 200 contests (and won everything from a microwave oven to velvet curtains, including the week at Stone House); and Freda , the psychic who is afraid of her own visions. You will laugh and cry as you spend the week with this odd group who share their secrets and might even have some of their dreams come true.

 

 

Wedding Music

Posted on: May 12th, 2015 by ckopacek

Trying to choose your wedding music? Want to listen to music from your wedding? Maybe you just want to listen to the music you heard at a recent wedding! Enjoy a variety of wedding songs from these musical selections.

Best Wedding 50

Best Wedding 50

Contents: CD 1. Arrival voluntaries (61.05). Trumpet voluntary / Clarke — Lohengrin. Bridal chorus / Wagner — Toccata / Martini — Wedding march from Nordmøre / trad. Norwegian — Two trumpet tunes & air / Purcell — Wedding day at Troldhaugen / Grieg — Water music suite no. 2 in D. Alla hornpipe / Handel — Trumpet tune / Stanley — Gloria. Gloria in excelsis Deo / Vivaldi — Te deum. Prelude / Charpentier — Solomon. Arrival of the Queen of Sheba / Handel — Trumpet concerto in D. Allegro / Telemann — Come, ye sons of art. Symphony: Largo ; Allegro / Purcell — Canon in D / Pachelbel — Aida. Grand march / Verdi — Music for the royal fireworks. Réjouissance / Handel — Ricercare à 4 / Andrea Gabrieli — The four seasons. Spring. Allegro / Vivaldi — Suite for trumpet and strings in D. March ; Messiah. Hallelujah chorus / Handel.

CD 2. Vows and prayers (60.45). Samson. Let the bright seraphim / Handel — Morning has broken (Bunessan) / trad. Gaelic — Ave Maria / Schubert — A Gaelic blessing / Rutter — Alleluia / Mozart — The Lord’s prayer / Malotte — Ave Maria / Bach-Gounod — Guide me, O thou great redeemer / Hughes — O for the wings of a dove! / Mendelssohn — Five mystical songs. The call / Vaughan Williams — Because / D’Hardelot — The first time ever I saw your face / McColl — Unexpected song / Lloyd Webber — Lakme.Flower duet / Delibes — Amazing grace / trad. — Five mystical songs. Let all the world in every corner sing / Vaughan Williams.

CD 3. Departure voluntaries (55.47). A midsummer night’s dream. Wedding march / Mendelssohn — Symphony no. 5. Toccata / Widor — Now thank we all our God / Karg-Elert — Brandenburg concerto no. 2 in F, BWV 1047. Allegro assai / J.S. Bach — Carillon-sortie in D / Mulet — Suite for trumpet and strings in D. Overture / Handel — Marche de triomphe / Charpentier — Pomp and circumstance march no. 1 / Elgar — Mein gläubiges Herz / J.S. Bach — Concerto for two trumpets in C. Allegro / Vivaldi — Marche pontificale / Widor — Violin partita in E. Gavotte en rondeau ; Cello suite no. 4. Bourrée / J.S. Bach — Grand Chœur dialogué / Gigout.

Brides Guide to Wedding Music

Bride’s Guide to Wedding Music

Contents: Prelude: Courante from Three lute dances / Francisque (arr. Grandjany) (1:59) — Adagio from Sonata in E-flat / Mozart (6:37) — Allegro from Brandenburg concerto no. 4 in G / J.S. Bach (6:44) — Air from Water music (Suite no. 1) / Handel (7:12) ; Processional: Trumpet voluntary (The Prince of Denmark’s march) / Clarke (2:50) — Prelude to Te Deum / Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1:45) — Canon in D / Pachelbel (4:58) — Trumpet tune / Stanley (2:49) — “Wedding march” from Lohengrin / Wagner (arr. Bayco) (1:46) ; Ceremony: “Jesu, joy of man’s desiring” from cantata 147 / J.S. Bach (3:12) — Allegro from “Spring” of the Four seasons / Vivaldi (3:14) — “Ave Maria” / Schubert (6:39) — “The call” from Five mystical songs / Vaughan Williams (2:06) — “Sheep may safely graze” / J.S. Bach (5:41) ; Recessional: “Wedding march” from A midsummer night’s dream / Mendelssohn (4:45) — “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” from Solomon / Handel (2:45) — First movement from Brandenburg concerto no. 1 in F / J.S. Bach (3:46) — Toccata from Organ symphony no. 5 / Widor (5:06).

Classic Wedding Album

The Classic Wedding Album

Contents: Sheep my safely graze ; Oboe concerto in D minor, adagio / Bach — Largo (Xerxes) / Handel — Orchestral suite no. 3 in D, Air / Bach — Tocatta / Monteverdi — And I love her –dt Alleluia (exsultate, jubilate) / Mozart — Suite no. 1, rondeau (Mastpiece theatre) / Mouret — Trumpet voluntary / Clarke — Canon in D / Pachebel — Jesu, joy of man’s desiring / Bach — Lohengrin. Bridal chorus / Wagner — Ave Maria / Bach — Samson. Let thebright Seraphim / Handel — Ave Maria / Schubert — Be my love — Camelot. If ever I would leave you — West side story. One hand, one heart — Water music suite ; Arrival of the queen of Sheba / Handel — Wedding march / Mendelssohn — Organ symphony no. 5 in F minor / Widor.

Modern Wedding Collection

The Modern Wedding Collection

Contents: In my place / Coldplay — Chasing cars / Snow Patrol — Here comes your man / Pixies — You’re beautiful / James Blunt — In your eyes / Peter Gabriel — Beautiful day / U2 — Just like heaven / Cure — Daughters / John Mayer — Do you realize? / Flaming Lips — Transatlanticism / Death Cab for Cutie — Everlong / Foo Fighters — Today / Smashing Pumpkins.

 

Music for a Royal Wedding

Music for a Royal Wedding

Contents: A midsummer night’s dream. Wedding march / Mendelssohn (Jörgen Ernst Hansen, organ) (5:32) — Canon / Pachelbel ; arr. Paillard (Orchestre de Chambre ; Jean-François Paillard) (6:14) — Messiah. Hallelujah chorus / Handel (English Chamber Orchestra and Choir ; Raymond Leppard) (4:02) — Concerto for trumpet and organ in F major. Adagio / Albinoni (Maurice André, trumpet ; Marie-Claire Alain, organ) (7:11) — Requiem. Pie Jesu / Fauré ; ed. Rutter (Oxford Choir of New College ; Capricorn ; Edward Higginbottom) (3:16) — Cantique de Jean Racine / Fauré (Chorale Philippe Caillard ; Orchestre national de l’Opéra de Monte-Carlo ; Louis Frémaux) (4:42) — Samson. Let the bright seraphim — Let their celestial concerts all unite / Handel (Helen Watts, contralto ; London Voices ; English Chamber Orchestra ; Raymond Leppard) (7:06) — Turandot. Nessun dorma / Puccini (Plácido Domingo, tenor ; Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin ; Nello Santi) (3:23) — Jerusalem / Parry ; orch. Elgar (BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra ; Sir Andrew Davis) (2:25) — Enigma variations. Nimrod / Elgar (BBC Symphony Orchestra ; Sir Andrew Davis) (4:14) — Requiem. The Lord is my shepherd / Howells (i Fagiolini ; Robert Hollingworth) (2:27) — Panis angelicus / Franck (Camille Maurane, Marie-Claire Alain) (4:21) — Trumpet voluntary / Clarke ; arr. Faerber (Maurice André, trumpet ; Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn ; Jörg Faerber) (2:46) — Solomon. The arrival of the Queen of Sheba / Handel (il Giardino armonico) (3:12) — Lohengrin. Wedding march / Wagner (Jörgen Ernst Hansen, organ) (2:18) — Organ symphony no. 5. Toccata / Widor (5:27) ; Toccata in G major (excerpt) / Dubois (2:31) (Marie-Claire Alain, organ)

The #1 Weddinig Album

The #1 Wedding Album

Contents: Disc 1. Wedding bells — Lohengrin. Bridal chorus / Wagner — Suite. Allegro / Stanley — Trumpet tune and air / Purcell — Te Deum. Prelude / Charpentier — Orchestral suite no. 3 in D major. Air : Air on the G string / J.S. Bach — Xerxes. Largo in F / Handel — Sheep may safely graze / J.S. Bach — Double violin concerto in D minor. Largo ma non tanto / J.S. Bach — My heart will go on : [love theme from "Titanic"] / James Horner — Panis Angelicus / Franck — Ave Maria / J.S. Bach, Gounod — West Side story. One hand, one heart / Bernstein — Exsultate, jubilate. Alleluja / Mozart –Judas Maccabaeus. See the conquering hero comes / Handel — Samson. Let the bright seraphim / Handel — Water music suite no. 2. Alla hornpipe / Handel — A midsummer night’s dream. Wedding march / Mendelssohn.

Disc 2. Lohengrin. Bridal chorus / Wagner — Trumpet voluntary / Clarke — Trumpet tune in C / Purcell — Sonata no. 1 in C for trumpet and organ. Allegro / Viviani — Die Bankelsangerlieder. Sonata / traditional– Canon in D / Pachelbel — The heart asks pleasure first / Nyman — Sleepers awake / J.S. Bach — Greensleeves / traditional — Jesu, joy of man’s desiring / J.S. Bach — Ave Maria / Schubert — Gianni Schicchi. O mio babbino caro / Puccini — German requiem. How lovely is thy dwelling place / Brahms — Be my love / Brodszky — Because / D’hardelot ; Teschemacher — Rondeau : Masterpiece theatre theme / Mouret — Lyric pieces. Wedding day at Troldhaugen / Grieg — Battle suite. Canzon in imitation of an English bergamask / Scheidt — Music for the royal fireworks. La rejouissance / Handel — A midsummer night’s dream. Wedding march / Mendelssohn.

Perfect Autumn Wedding

Perfect Autumn Wedding

Contents: The four seasons : Violin concerto in F major, op. 8, no. 3, RV 293, “Autumn”. Allegro / Antonio Vivaldi (4:46) — Vocalise, op. 34, no. 14 (arr. for cello and orchestra) / Sergei Rachmaninov (5:26) — Sonata octavi toni a 12 / Giovanni Gabrieli (5:01) — Te Deum, H. 146. Prelude (arr. for organ) / Marc-Antoine Charpentier (2:23) — Canon in D major / Johann Pachelbel (4:44) — Lohengrin. Wedding march (arr. for organ) / Richard Wagner (2:07) — Music for the royal fireworks, HWV 351. Overture / George Frideric Handel (8:07) — Trumpet voluntary / Jeremiah Clarke (2:27) — Ave Maria, D. 839 (arr. for soprano and orchestra) / Franz Schubert (4:50) — Serse = Xerxes, HWV 40 : Ombra mai fu. Larghetto (arr. for oboe and orchestra) / George Frideric Handel (3:40) — Sicilienne, op. 78 (arr. for flute and harp) / Gabriel Faure (3:34) — Vesperae solennes de confessore, K. 339. Laudate Dominum / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (4:15) — A midsummer night’s dream, op. 61. Wedding march (arr. for organ) / Felix Mendelssohn (6:08) — Concerto for 2 trumpets in C major, RV 537. Allegro / Antonio Vivaldi (3:21) — Samson, HWV 57. Let the bright seraphim (5:24) ; Messiah, HWV 56. Hallelujah (3:36) / George Frideric Handel.

Rockin and Rollin Wedding Songs

Rockin’ and Rollin’ Wedding Songs Volume 2

Contents: If you wanna be happy (Jimmy Soul) — I’m gonna get married (Lloyd Price) — I wish that we were married (Ronnie & the Hi-Lites) — Here comes the bride (Prince Buster) — Wedding bells (Tiny Tim & the Hits) — Three steps from the altar (Shep & the Limelites) — Down the aisle of love (Quin-Tones) — I hear bells (Wedding bells) (Dell-Vikings) — Babalu’s wedding day (Eternals) — Bells, bells, bells (The bell song) (Billy & Lillie) — Girl I want to marry you (Jay & the Techniques) — With this ring (Platters) — Let’s get married (Al Green) — Big Bopper’s wedding (Big Bopper)

Wedding Day Music

Wedding Day Music

Contents: From here to eternity (Michael Peterson) — I do (Paul Brandt) — Another you, another me (Brady Seals) — Between now and forever (Bryan White) — Forever and ever, amen (Randy Travis) — Amen kind of love (Daryle Singletary) — With this ring (Sawyer Brown) — More than you’ll ever know (Travis Tritt) — My love (Little Texas) — The wind beneath my wings (Gary Morris).

 

Well Tempered Wedding

Well-tempered Wedding

Contents: Prelude music: Ave Maria / Franz Schubert. Andante, from Piano concerto in C major, KV 467 / W.A. Mozart. Be thou my vision. Air on the G string : from Orchestral suite no. 3 in D / J.S. Bach. Holy ground / Geron David ; The majesty and glory of your name / Tom Fettke. Sheep may safely graze : from Cantata no. 208 / J.S. Bach. Lord, be glorified / Bob Kilpatrick. Seasons of life / Mark Hayes. Largo, from the opera Xerxes / G.F. Handel. My heart ever faithful, sing praises : from Cantata no. 68 / J.S. Bach. Liebestraum / Franz Liszt. Spring comes early / Mark Hayes. Savior, like a shepherd lead us / Bradbury. Canon in D major / Johann Pachelbel. Prelude in C major with Ave Maria / J.S. Bach, Charles Gounod — Processional music: Jesu, joy of man’s desiring / J.S. Bach. Bridal chorus : from Lohengrin / Richard Wagner. Trumpet tune / Henry Purcell. Trumpet voluntary / Jeremiah Clarke. Joyful march / Mark Hayes. Rondeau, from Symphonic suite no. 1 / Jean Joseph Mouret — Vocal music: I will be here / Steven Curtis Chapman. To make you feel my love / Bob Dylan. You are the one that I want / Mark Hayes. A wedding blessing / Mark Hayes. Wedding song (There is love) / Noel Paul Stookey. The Irish wedding song / Ian Betteridge. Love will be our home / Steven Curtis Chapman. The greatest of these is love / Mark Hayes. Song of community / Mark Hayes. The Lord’s prayer : medium voice / Albert Hay Mallotte [i.e. Malotte]. The Lord’s prayer : low voice / Albert Hay Mallotte. In this very room / Ron Harris — Interludes and service music: Together / Mark Hayes. Loving you is joy / Mark Hayes. Forever / Mark Hayes — Recessional music: Wedding march : from A midsummer night’s dream / Felix Mendelssohn. The rejoicing : from Music for the royal fireworks / G.F. Handel. Ode to joy : from Symphony no. 9 / Ludwig van Beethoven. Hornpipe, from Water music / G.F. Handel — Postlude music: Joy song / Mark Hayes. Danse joyeux / Mark Hayes.

 

 

 

Weddings

Posted on: May 6th, 2015 by ckopacek

Going to a wedding, planning a wedding or just like to read about weddings…Here are some books about weddings that will inform and possibly amuse you!

Dictatorship of the Dress

Dictatorship of the Dress

by Jessica Topper

As the dress-bearer for her mother’s wedding, Laney Hudson has a lot more baggage than the bulky garment bag she’s lugging from New York to Hawaii. Laney is determined to prove she’s capable of doing something right, but running chores for her mom’s fairytale nuptials is proving to be a painfully constant reminder of her own lost love. So when she’s mistaken for the bride and bumped up to first class, Laney figures some stress-free luxury is worth a harmless white lie. Until the flight crew thinks that the man sitting next to her is Laney’s groom, and her little fib turns into a hot mess. The last thing Noah Ridgewood needs is some dress-obsessed diva landing in his first-class row. En route to his Vegas bachelor party, the straight-laced software designer knows his cold feet have nothing to do with the winter weather. When a severe storm leaves them grounded in Chicago and they find themselves booked into the last available honeymoon suite, Laney and her in-flight neighbor have little choice but to get better acquainted.

Disneys Fairy Tale Weddings

Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings

by David Tutera

Disney plays host to over 2,000 weddings each year, with ceremonies occurring at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland. However, for many couples, a wedding on Disney property is an impossibility because of travel or cost constraints and because high demand reduces availability. And with the Disney Weddings Web site getting 60,000 visitors every month, it’s clear that many brides would love to bring a little Disney magic to their weddings, even if they can’t say, “I do” in Anaheim or Orlando. In February 2007, Disney launched the Couture Wedding Collection by master party planner David Tutera. The collection features four different themes-Simply Chic, Classic Elegance, Cocktail Soiree, and Enchanted Garden-all created with David’s signature attention to detail. These dream weddings are available exclusively to couples getting married in the Disney parks. But doesn’t every woman deserve to feel like a princess on her wedding day? Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings will help couples to plan a perfect wedding-complete with Disney charm-no matter where the ceremony is held. David Tutera guides readers through all the steps necessary to have a beautiful and memorable day. From flowers to food to lighting to decorations, David covers it all. The book also features special sections written by fashion designer Kirstie Kelly, who creates wedding gowns inspired by the Disney Princesses. With Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings as inspiration, any bride can turn her wedding into a fairy tale come true.

Emily Posts Wedding Etiquette

Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette

by Anna Post

Today’s weddings are a beautiful blend of traditions, reflecting what matters most to each couple. They are also more complicated than ever, with new customs replacing the old, new technologies to help plan and communicate, and new relationships to consider as families grow more complex. But while weddings evolve, one thing has remained constant: A wedding is one of the most special days in a person’s life. Surrounded by friends and family, it is a day for everyone to celebrate. The Emily Post Institute has been answering etiquette questions for more than ninety years, and Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette will provide you with everything you need to know from past traditions to modern updates so you can approach your wedding with grace and ease.

E-Plan Your Wedding

E-Plan Your Wedding: How to Save Time and Money With Today’s Best Online Resources

by Crystal Melendez

You know how demanding wedding planning can be. Time, money, and energy are all in short supply. But planning a wedding should be fun, not frantic. Savvy couples are putting a wealth of convenient resources to work for them, saving thousands of dollars and hours of needless hassle.The Internet, forever changing how we live, work, and play, is creating today’s new wedding planning frontier. Do you know about all the latest shortcuts, discount bargains, and planning tools? They’re yours for the taking. And you don’t have to be a techno-whiz to exploit them.Whether you’re planning your own wedding or helping somebody else, this is the only book you need. Put today’s best online resources to work for you.

Everything Wedding Book

Everything Wedding Book: Your all –in-one guide to planning the wedding of your dreams

by Katie Martin

Ever since it was published as the first book in the Everything series, The Everything Wedding Book has been the go-to resource for brides-to-be. Now it’s back and better than ever! Written by trusted wedding planner and expert Katie Martin , this new and improved edition includes information on: Multicultural and interfaith ceremonies Having a nontraditional wedding Floral design, with a new lighting and décor section Planning an eco-friendly wedding Using the Internet to set up a wedding website and to buy products and services From the guest list and invitations to the honeymoon and thank-you cards, this is the definitive guide for anyone planning, helping to plan, or hoping to someday plan the wedding of her dreams!

InStyle Weddings

InStyle Weddings

by Hilary Sterne

Whether staged with black tie formality in a candle-lit chateau or with bare feet under a summer oak tree, the perfect wedding is only perfect to the extent that its personal. When you’ve decided to say yes, In Style Weddings is the one book you’ll need to create your unique expression of this timeless ritual. So that when the time comes to say I do, you’ll be in the moment and loving it. Here’s a world of inspiring options shown in exquisite detail invitations, dresses, flowers, music, cakes and tips from today’s top wedding planners on how to make it all come together in a way thats personal, meaningful, and just right. In Style Weddings takes you inside the entire planning process, from choosing the right ring for you to honeymoon ideas that add the perfect blush from high adventure to serious serenity.

Last Decision Youll Ever Make

The Last Decision You’ll Ever Make: A Groom’s Survival Guide

by Mark Connelly

From bridezillas and wedding planners to mother-in-laws, bad bridesmaids, and clueless best men–at last, a laugh-a-minute survival guide for men about the pitfalls and pleasures of getting married In this wedding survival guide written by a man for other men, the reader will find no references to “your special day” and no floral motifs–this book offers sensible and realistic advice while providing belly laughs and wry insights into the terror and wonder of the last decision you’ll ever make. Using hilarious quotes from films, books, and TV shows, the guide provides a serious groom’s-eye view of everything from the proposal to out-of-control mothers-in-law to feral best men. A wedding is about you and your partner, your friends and family, and fun times, not silver-gilded wedding programs and bonbonniere (don’t ask). Enjoying the wedding process is about perspective, good humor, and not taking the whole production too seriously. So sit back, learn a bit about wedding stuff as well as your bride and what she’s going through, and have a few laughs along the way

Rustic Wedding Chic

Rustic Wedding Chic

by Maggie Lord

RusticWeddingChic.com is the number one online resource for rustic & country weddings. Rustic weddings are the hottest alternative to the traditional hotel ballroom, allowing couples to make their day more personal. Maggie Lord, founder of RusticWeddingChic.com shares inspiration, ideas and advice on planning a rustic and country wedding. Get an insider’s look at real weddings set in rustic locations, country and farm destinations, and backyard venues, all with an independent, eco-friendly and creative approach. Rustic Wedding Chic is also the inspiration for a collection of rustic wedding favors and goods from Whispering Pines.

Style Your Perfect Wedding

Style Your Perfect Wedding

Want a beautiful wedding that perfectly represents you and your partner? Style Your Perfect Wedding has all the advice you need for the wedding of your dreams. From unique wedding ideas to creative wedding themes, from fun bridal shower ideas to handmade wedding crafts, from a beautiful bouquet to the best dresses for your bridal party, Style Your Perfect Wedding is like having your own private wedding coordinator with you every step of the way to your wedding. Filled with wedding ideas, Style Your Perfect Wedding is easy to browse and reference — tailor your wedding for any season or theme, and create a wedding that’s perfect, even for the bride on a budget. It’s filled with over 50 charming projects, including: save-the-date cards, centerpieces, linens, ring cushions, and confetti. This book also has fantastic ideas for getting your bridal party involved in designing and planning your wedding. This book brings dream weddings within reach, no matter how big or small you want your celebration to be. Want a big, beautiful wedding that your friends and family will talk about for years to come? Want a more intimate wedding, complete with handcrafted details? Style Your Perfect Wedding has everything you could want for a smaller wedding, too. Including notes on wedding customs from around the world, practical advice, and tips and tricks for the bride-to-be, Style Your Perfect Wedding is an indispensable resource for brides.

Veil of Night

Veil of Night

by Linda Howard

Jaclyn Wilde is a wedding planner who loves her job – usually. But helping Carrie Edwards with her Big Day has been an unrelenting nightmare. Carrie is a bridezilla of mythic nastiness, a diva whose tantrums are just about as crazy as her demands. But the unpleasant task at hand turns seriously criminal when Carrie is brutally murdered and everyone involved with the ceremony is accusing one another of doing the deed. The problem is, most everyone – from the cake maker and the florist to the wedding-gown retailer and the bridesmaid’s dressmaker – had his or her own reason for wanting the bride dead, including Jaclyn. And while those who felt Carrier’s wrath are now smiling at her demise, Jaclyn refuses to celebrate tragedy, especially since she finds herself in the shadow of suspicion. Assigned to the case, Detective Eric Wilder finds that there’s too much evidence pointing toward too many suspects. Compounding his problems is Jaclyn, with whom he shared one deeply passionate night before Carrie’s death. Being a prime suspect means that Jaclyn is hands-off just when Eric would rather be hands-on. As the heat intensifies between Eric and Jaclyn, a cold-blooded murderer moves dangerously close. And this time the target is not a bride but one particularly irresistible wedding planner, unaware of a killer’s vow.

Wedding Officiants Guide

The Wedding Officiant’s Guide: How to Write and Conduct a Perfect Ceremony

by Lisa Francesca

Last year, one in three American weddings were officiated by a friend or family member. With the officiating trend on the rise, novice officiants need a resource to guide them. In The Wedding Officiant’s Guide , interfaith minister Lisa Francesca breaks down the entire officiating process, from becoming an ordained officiant and interviewing the couple to drafting and performing a moving ceremony. Written in an engaging and friendly tone, and featuring empowering advice, suggested readings, stories and lessons learned from new officiants, and practical tips from wedding planners, this inviting handbook will help new officiants write and deliver a wedding ceremony that fulfills marriage laws, delights guests, and honors the marrying couple.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prom

Posted on: May 5th, 2015 by ckopacek

Prom season is here! There are some exciting prom scenes in these movies to get you primed for prom!

American Pie

American Pie

Follows the hapless adventures of four “unlucky in love” high school friends as they gear up for the prom.

 

 

 

Back to the Future

Back to the Future

It’s the mid-80′s, and Marty McFly is your average 17-year-old slacker who happens to be friends with an inventor, Doc Brown. Doc’s latest invention is a time machine, that ends up transporting Marty back to1955 where he must bring his parents together so that he will exist when he gets back to his own time.

 

 

Carrie

Carrie

Carrie White is a shy young girl who doesn’t make friends easily. After her class mates taunt her about her horrified reaction to her totally unexpected first period one of them takes pity on her and gets Tommy Ross, her boyfriend and class hunk to invite Carrie to the senior prom. Meanwhile another girl who has been banned from the prom for her continued aggressive behavior is not as forgiving and plans a trick to embarrass Carrie in front of the whole school. What she doesn’t realize is that Carrie is– gifted, and you really don’t want to get her angry.

 

 

Footloose

Footloose

City-boy Ren McCormick finds he has been moved into an uptight Midwestern town where the local officials have banned dancing and rock ‘n roll music. Ren revolts with his best friend Willard and the minister’s daughter. A timeless struggle between innocent teenage pleasures and adults’ need for rigid morality.

 

 

Grease

Grease

It’s love when a greaser falls for a good girl in this classic musical depicting young life in the fifties.

 

 

 

Mean Girls

Mean Girls

When a young girl who has lived in Africa and been homeschooled moves to New York, she must enter a public high school. Survival of the fittest takes on a whole new meaning when she falls for the ex-boyfriend of the most popular girl in school.

 

 

Never Been Kissed

Never Been Kissed

Josie, a twenty-five-year-old Chicago copy editor, gets her first assignment as a reporter, going undercover at her old high school to learn about today’s teens. While working, she finds that memories of her own high-school years come back to haunt her.

 

 

Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink

A poor girl falls in love with a rich guy, and it angers both their families and their friends.

 

 

 

Prom

Prom

At ‘Prom,’ every couple has a story and no two are exactly alike. For Nova Prescott, it’s a classic tale of opposites attracting when she finds herself drawn to the guy who gets in the way of her perfect prom. Share the laughter and the drama as secrets are brought to light, seemingly steady relationships unravel and new romance catches fire.

 

 

Prom Night

Prom Night

Donna’s senior prom was supposed to be the best night of her life. A night full of magic, beauty, and love. Surrounded by her best friends, she thought that she would be safe from the horrors of her past. But when the night turns from magic to murder, there is only one man who could be responsible, the man she thought was gone forever. Now, Donna and her friends must find a way to escape the sadistic rampage of an obsessed killer, and try to survive the night of their prom.

 

 

10 Things I Hate About You

10 Things I hate About You

Cameron is the new kid in school who becomes smitten with the beautiful Bianca. But Bianca’s overprotective and domineering father forbids Bianca to date unless her older sister Kat, a surly and hostile senior, does. In a bid to get Kat a boyfriend, Cameron sets up a plan to have the school stud, Joey Donnar, bribe Patrick Verona, an outcast senior with a rumor-filled past, to take Kat out on dates so he can go to the school’s homecoming dance with Bianca. However, neither Patrick or Kat expect their relationship to lead to something so much more.

 

 

Twilight

Twilight

Isabella Swan moves to gloomy Forks, Washington to live with her father. She begins her junior year in high school and becomes fascinated by Edward Cullen. He holds a dark secret which is only known by his family. To Edward, Bella is what he has waited 90 years for, a true soul mate. But he knows the further they progress in their relationship the more he is putting Bella and those close to her at risk.

 

 

 

 

Add “Spring” to your step.

Posted on: March 31st, 2015 by ckopacek

The hills are alive with the sound of music…Not only do we have the 50th Anniversary Sound of Music Collection here are a variety of other genres to put a little “spring in your step.”

Break Stuff

Break Stuff

by Vijay Iyer Trio

Contents: Starlings — Chorale — Diptych — Hood — Work / Thelonious Monk — Taking flight — Blood count / Billy Strayhorn — Break stuff — Mystery woman — Geese — Countdown / John Coltrane — Wrens.

Broadway Lafayette

Broadway-Lafayette

Contents: Piano Concerto in G major / Maurice Ravel — The Circle and the Child : Concerto for piano and orchestra / Philip Lasser — Rhapsody in Blue / George Gershwin.

 

Face The Fire

Face the Fire

by Michelle Chamuel

Contents: Face the fire — The fall — Golden — Made for me — Lottery — Weight of theworld — Rock it — Wake up — Money — Give you.

 

Forever Charlie

Forever Charlie

by Charlie Wilson

Contents: Somebody loves you — Touched by an angel — Goodnight kisses — Just like summertime — Unforgettable (feat. Shaggy) — Sugar.Honey.Ice.Tea — My favorite part of you — Infectious (feat. Snoop Dogg) — Hey lover — Things you do — Birthday dress — Me and you forever.

Happy Prisoner

Happy Prisoner: the bluegrass sessions

by Robert Keen

Contents: Hot corn, cold corn — 52 Vincent Black lightning — Footprints in the snow — 99 years for one dark day / feat. Peter Rowan — East Virginia blues — Poor Ellen Smith — Long black veil — This world is not my home — T for Texas / feat. Lyle Lovett — Peter Rowan intro — Walls of time — White dove — Old home place — Twisted laurel — Wayfaring stranger / feat. Natalie Maines.

Interlude

Interlude

by Jamie Cullum

Contents: Interlude — Don’t you know — The seer’s tower — Walkin’ — Good morning heartache / feat. Laura Mvula — Sack o’ woe — Dont’ let me be misunderstood / feat. Gregory Porter — My one and only love — Lovesick blues — Losing you — Out of this world — Make someone happy — Come and get me — Lullaby of the leaves — Come rain or come shine.

No Cities to Love

No Cities to Love

by Sleater-Kinney

Contents: Price tag — Fangless — Surface envy — No cities to love — A new wave — Noanthems — Gimme love — Bury our friends — Hey darling — Fade.

 

Reflections

Reflection

by Fifth Harmony

Contents: Top down– Bo$$ — Sledgehammer — Worth it (feat. Kid Ink) — This is how we roll — Everlasting love — Like Mariah (feat. TYGA) — Them girls be like –Reflection — Sugar mama — We know.

Soul Traveler

Soul Traveler

by Marion Meadows

Contents: Celebration Road — Magic men — Andalusian sunset — Soul traveler — Humanity — Invisible — Mother Earth — Dark beauty — Life in the clouds — Dream catcher — Real time — Last ticket to somewhere

Sound of Music

Sound of Music: 50th Anniversary

Contents: Prelude and The sound of music — Overture ; Preludium ; Dixit Dominus ; Morning hymn ; Alleluia — Maria — I have confidence — Sixteen going on seventeen — My favorite things ; Salzburg montage — Do-re-mi — The sound of music — The lonely goatherd — Edelweiss — Grand waltz — Laendler — So long, farewell — Processional waltz — Goodbye Maria ; How can love survive waltz — Edelweiss waltz — Entr’acte — Climb ev’ry mountain — My favorite things — Something good — Processional and Maria — Sixteen going on seventeen (reprise) — Do-re-mi (reprise) — Edelweiss (reprise) — So long, farewell (reprise) — Nuns and Nazis ; Escape ; Climb ev’ry mountain (reprise) ; Finale — End titles.

 

 

 

 

New Thrillers

Posted on: March 31st, 2015 by ckopacek

Looking for an edge of your seat book to listen to? Here are a few CD books that  are new to the library and have some intrigue, mystery and action!

Amnesia

Amnesia

by Peter Carey

When Gaby Baillieux releases the Angel Worm into Australia’s prison computer system, hundreds of asylum-seekers walk free. And because the Americans run the prisons (let’s be honest: as they do in so many parts of her country) the doors of some five thousand jails in the United States also open. Is this a mistake, or a declaration of cyber war? And does it have anything to do with the largely forgotten Battle of Brisbane between American and Australian forces in 1942? Or with the CIA-influenced coup in Australia in 1975? Felix Moore, known to himself as “our sole remaining left-wing journalist,” is determined to write Gaby’s biography in order to find the answers–to save her, his own career, and, perhaps, his country. But how to get Gaby–on the run, scared, confused, and angry–to cooperate?

Breaking Creed

Breaking Creed

by Alex Kava

Ryder Creed and his dogs have been making national headlines. They’ve intercepted several major drug stashes being smuggled through Atlanta’s airport. But their newfound celebrity has also garnered some unwanted attention. When Creed and one of his dogs are called in to search a commercial fishing vessel, they discover a secret compartment. But the Colombian cartels’ latest shipment isn’t drugs. This time, its cargo is human. To make matters worse, Creed helps one of the cartel’s drug mules escape- a fourteen-year-old girl who reminds him of his younger sister who disappeared fifteen years ago. Meanwhile, FBI agent Maggie O’Dell is investigating a series of murders- the victims tortured, killed, and dumped in the Potomac River. She suspects it’s the work of a cunning and brutal assassin, but her politically motivated boss has been putting up roadblocks. By the time she uncovers a hit list with Creed’s name on it, it might be too late. The cartel has already sent someone to destroy Creed and everyone close to him.

Endangered

Endangered

by C.J. Box

Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett had good reason to dislike Dallas Cates, even if he was a rodeo champion, and now he has even more–Joe’s eighteen-year-old ward, April, has run off with him. And then comes even worse news: The body of a girl has been found in a ditch along the highway–alive, but just barely, the victim of blunt force trauma. It is April, and the doctors aren’t sure if she’ll recover. Cates denies having anything to do with it–says she ran away from him, too–and there’s evidence that points to another man. But Joe knows in his gut who’s responsible. What he doesn’t know is the kind of danger he’s about to encounter. Cates is bad enough, but Cates’s family is like none Joe has ever met before. Joe’s going to find out the truth, even if it kills him. But this time, it just might.

Insatiable Appetites

Insatiable Appetites

by Stuart Woods

It’s a time of unexpected change for Stone Barrington. A recent venture has achieved a great victory, but is immediately faced with a new challenge: an underhanded foe who is determined to wreak havoc at any cost. Meanwhile, when Stone finds himself responsible for distributing the estate of a respected friend and mentor, the process reveals secrets that range from merely surprising to outright alarming. From the lavish brownstones of Washington, D.C., to the grand estates of New York’s outer boroughs, the trail of sabotage, corruption, and murder culminates in a stunning conclusion.

 

Private Vegas

Private Vegas

by James Patterson

Las Vegas is a city of contradictions: seedy and glamorous, secretive and wild, Vegas attracts people of all kinds–especially those with a secret to hide, or a life to leave behind. It’s the perfect location for Lester Olsen’s lucrative business. He gets to treat gorgeous, young women to five-star restaurants, splashy shows, and limo rides–and then he teaches them how to kill. Private Jack Morgan spends most of his time in Los Angeles, where his top investigation firm has its headquarters. But a hunt for two criminals leads him to the city of sin–and to a murder ring that is more seductively threatening than anything he’s witnessed before.

 

Trust No One

Trust No One

by Jayne Ann Krentz

It’s no coincidence when Grace Elland finds a vodka bottle next to the lifeless body of her boss, motivational speaker Sprague Witherspoon. The bottle is a terrifying- and deliberate- reminder of the horrors of her past. Grace retreats to her hometown to regroup and tries to put everything she’s learned about positive thinking into practice- a process that is seriously challenged on the world’s worst blind date. Awkward doesn’t begin to describe her evening with venture-capitalist Julius Arkwright. She has nothing in common with a man who lives to make money, but the intense former Marine does have some skills that Grace can use- and he’s the perfect man to help her when it becomes clear she is being stalked. As Witherspoon’s financial empire continues to crumble around them, taking a deadly toll, Julius will help Grace step into her past to uncover a devious plan to destroy not only Grace, but everyone around her.

Warriors

Warriors

by Ted Bell

On the streets of Washington, D.C., a brilliant scientist, the brains behind a revolutionary fighter aircraft prototype in development by the Pentagon, is snatched by masked thugs and disappears. Now five years later, an elderly professor at Cambridge University has been murdered, a victim of bizarre, ancient Chinese torture. Alex Hawke teams up with Scotland Yard former Chief Inspector Ambrose Congreve to find the killer, but this death is merely the opening gambit in a tense and lethal game of geopolitical brinksmanship. In the United States, the president’s behavior makes many question his fitness for leadership. Is his mental health deteriorating–or is there something far more sinister at work? The answer is crucial, for hostilities are rapidly escalating between China, North Korea, and the United States, as China launches a vastly advanced fighter far more sophisticated than any seen before–military technology that might leapfrog everything the U.S. and Great Britain now possess. With the situation edging closer and closer to the yawning abyss, Hawke faces a female Chinese mastermind and assassin named Chyna Moon. He must infiltrate enemy territory and neutralize their advantage . . . or risk the outbreak of World War III.

Wolf Winter

Wolf Winter

by Cecilia Ekback

Swedish Lapland, 1717. Maija, her husband Paavo and her daughters Frederika and Dorotea arrive from their native Finland, hoping to forget the traumas of their past and put down new roots in this harsh but beautiful land. Above them looms Blackåsen, a mountain whose foreboding presence looms over the valley and whose dark history seems to haunt the lives of those who live in its shadow. While herding the family’s goats on the mountain, Frederika happens upon the mutilated body of one of their neighbors, Eriksson. The death is dismissed as a wolf attack, but Maija feels certain that the wounds could only have been inflicted by another man. Compelled to investigate despite her neighbors’ strange disinterest in the death and the fate of Eriksson’s widow, Maija is drawn into the dark history of tragedies and betrayals that have taken place on Blackåsen. Young Frederika finds herself pulled towards the mountain as well, feeling something none of the adults around her seem to notice. As the seasons change, and the “wolf winter,” the harshest winter in memory, descends upon the settlers, Paavo travels to find work, and Maija finds herself struggling for her family’s survival in this land of winter-long darkness. As the snow gathers, the settlers’ secrets are increasingly laid bare. Scarce resources and the never-ending darkness force them to come together, but Maija, not knowing who to trust and who may betray her, is determined to find the answers for herself. Soon, Maija discovers the true cost of survival under the mountain, and what it will take to make it to spring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Humor Month

Posted on: March 31st, 2015 by ckopacek

April is National Humor Month enjoy it with some big laughs.

Bob and Tom Radio

Bob & Tom radio the comedy tour. v. 1

Radio favorites Bob and Tom take their hilarious act from the dial to the stage for a memorable night of laughs featuring the biggest names in stand-up comedy.

 

 

 

Fluffy Movie

The Fluffy Movie

Gabriel ‘Fluffy’ Iglesias, the world-famous Hawaiian-shirt-clad comedian, takes viewers on a joke-filled journey into his life in this nonstop laugh fest. The funnyman delves into subjects such as the joys of parenting a teen, the similarities between India and Mexico, and more hilarious observations, while also providing fans with special backstage access and exclusive never-before-seen footage from his sold-out Unity Through Laughter tour.

 

God Said Ha

God said, “Ha!”

In this film of her one-woman show, former Saturday Night Live cast member Julia Sweeney recounts the worst year of her life. Something more than a stand-up routine, the comedienne performs on a stage set with only a couch, a chair, a table, and a lamp.

 

 

 

Kevin Hart Let Me Explain

Kevin Hart : let me explain

Kevin Hart, one of today’s most successful comedians, delivers a hysterically funny performance in this record-breaking, sold-out, live performance from Madison Square Garden.

 

 

 

Mr Universe

Mr. Universe

Jim Gaffigan performs live stand-up comedy. He answers such questions as why whales are fat; the effect of hotel rooms on behavior; fast food; etc.

 

 

 

Obsessed

Obsessed

Jim Gaffigan is back with a brand new hour long comedy special. He has a clever, quiet and infectious style as he talks about everyday scenarios that people can relate to. As one of the top comedians out today, he continues to raise the bar with new material and of course, some bacon.

 

 

Ron White A Little Unprofessional

Ron White. A little unprofessional

Filmed live at the Paramount Theater in Austin, Texas, and features ‘Tater Salad’ with cigar in one hand and drink in the other, delivering all new material.

 

 

 

Saturday Night Live

Saturday night live the best of Steve Martin

Although he was never a cast member on SNL, Martin currently holds the record for number of times hosting the show. From his early days as a stand-up to becoming a household name, he has played many memorable and hilarious characters.

 

 

 

Thou Shalt Laugh

Thou shalt laugh

Seven comedians who all happen to be Christian, including Taylor Mason and Michael Jr., give hilarious performances with family-friendly jokes and stories that poke fun at daily trials and tribulations we can all relate to.

It’s not too early to think about gardening!

Posted on: March 31st, 2015 by ckopacek

Here are some books that will help you prepare your garden and maybe even inspire you to try something new.

American Grown

American grown: the story of the White House kitchen garden and gardens across America

by Michelle Obama

In her first-ever book, American Grown , Mrs. Obama invites you inside the White House Kitchen Garden and shares its inspiring story, from the first planting to the latest harvest. Hear about her worries as a novice gardener – would the new plants even grow? Learn about her struggles and her joys as lettuce, corn, tomatoes, collards and kale, sweet potatoes and rhubarb flourished in the freshly tilled soil. Get an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at every season of the garden’s growth, with striking original photographs that bring its story to life.

Garden Rescue

Garden Rescue: first aid for plants and flowers

by Jo Whittingham

Whether the wisteria is wilting or the cherry tree isn’t producing any fruit, Garden Rescue will help identify and treat the minor issues and major problems that can harm plants. With information on both edible and ornamental gardens, Garden Rescue provides flow charts to help diagnose the problem, discover options, and then implement the best course of action. A photo gallery of the most dangerous pests and diseases will help you recognize early warning signs, then take action to keep their plants in the very best of health.

Gardening in Iowa

Gardening in Iowa and surrounding areas

by Veronica Lorson Fowler

This month-by-month guide to gardening in Iowa includes tips from some of the more than two thousand members of the Federated Garden Clubs of Iowa.

 

Gardening with Heirloom Seeds

Gardening with heirloom seeds: tried-and-true flowers, fruits, and vegetables for a new generation

by Lynn Coulter

Heirloom seeds are more than the promise of next summer’s crookneck squash or jewel-colored zinnias. They’re living antiques handed down from one generation to the next, a rich inheritance of flavor and beauty from long ago and, often, far away. They are sometimes better adapted to pests and harsh conditions than many modern varieties and often simply smell or taste better. Gardening with Heirloom Seeds serves as a resource for gardeners, cooks, and plant lovers of all levels of expertise who want to know more about finding, sharing, and propagating the seeds of heirloom flowers, fruits, and vegetables.

Groundbreaking Food Gardens

Groundbreaking Food Gardens

by Niki Jabbour

Vegetable gardens can be designed for flavor AND fun! Niki Jabbour has collected 73 plans for novel and inspiring food gardens from her favorite superstar gardeners, including Amy Stewart, Amanda Thomsen, Barbara Pleasant, Dave DeWitt, and Jessi Bloom. You’ll find a garden that provides salad greens 52 weeks a year, another that supplies your favorite cocktail ingredients, one that you plant on a balcony, one that encourages pollinators, one that grows 24 kinds of chile peppers, and dozens more. Each plan is fully illustrated and includes a profile of the contributor, the story behind the design, and a plant list.

Indoor Kitchen Gardening

Indoor Kitchen Gardening

by Elizabeth Millard

Author and Bossy Acres CSA co-owner Elizabeth Millard teaches you how to grow microgreens, sprouts, herbs, mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers, and more—all inside your own home, where you won’t have to worry about seasonal changes or weather conditions. Filled with mouthwatering photography and more than 200 pages of DIY in-home gardening information and projects, Indoor Kitchen Gardening is your gateway to this exciting new growing method—not just for garnishes or relishes, but wholesome, nutritious, organic edibles that will satisfy your appetite as much as your palate.

Making Butterfly Gardens

Making Butterfly Gardens

by Dana Meachen Rau

Whether you’re looking for something to do on a rainy day or making a personalized gift for a friend, crafts are a great way to pass the time. Follow along with the exciting activities in these books to build the skills you need to create amazing art projects of your own.

 

Mister Owitas Guide to Gardening

Mister Owita’s guide to gardening

by Carol Wall

“In this profoundly moving memoir, Owita teaches Wall how to find grace amid heartbreak and to accept that beauty exists because it is fleeting–as in her garden, as in life.” — People , 4 stars “A perfect spring awakening.” — Good Housekeeping A true story of a unique friendship between two people who had nothing–and ultimately everything–in common. Carol Wall, a white woman living in a lily-white neighborhood in Middle America, was at a crossroads in her life. Her children were grown; she had successfully overcome illness; her beloved parents were getting older. One day she notices a dark-skinned African man tending her neighbor’s yard. His name is Giles Owita. He bags groceries at the supermarket. He comes from Kenya. And he’s very good at gardening. Before long Giles is transforming not only Carol’s yard, but her life. Though they are seemingly quite different, a caring bond grows between them. But they both hold long-buried secrets that, when revealed, will cement their friendship forever.

Speedy Vegetable Garden

The Speedy Vegetable Garden

by Mark Diacono

Typically, vegetable gardening is about the long view: peas sown in spring aren’t harvested until summer, and tomatoes started indoors in February can’t be eaten until July. But it’s not true for all plants. Some things can be planted and eaten in weeks, days, even hours. The Speedy Vegetable Garden highlights more than 50 quick crops, with complete information on how to sow, grow, and harvest each plant, and sumptuous photography that provides inspiration and a visual guide for when to harvest. In addition to instructions for growing, it also provides recipes that highlight each crop’s unique flavor.

Your Midwest Garden

Your Midwest Garden: an owner’s manual

by Jan Riggenbach

It’s a rare midwesterner who doesn’t grow something, whether potted plants on a porch, caged tomato vines, a blooming border, or a solitary rose. And it’s an even rarer midwestern gardener who isn’t sometimes flummoxed by extremes of weather, pesky insects and persistent diseases, or simple questions about what to plant where. For nearly four decades, Jan Riggenbach has given these gardeners answers, as well as a weekly dose of gentle humor and wise counsel, in her widely syndicated newspaper column, Midwest Gardening. Your Midwest Garden draws on these columns to offer readers in America’s heartland all the gardening information they want and need, along with plenty they might not even suspect they’re missing.

 

Geisel Awards

Posted on: March 13th, 2015 by ckopacek

The Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year. Check out the following Geisel Award honorees and winners:

Ball

Ball

by Mary Sullivan

A dog with a ball is one of the most relentlessly hopeful creatures on Earth. After his best little-girl pal leaves for school, this dog hits up yoga mom, baby, and even the angry cat for a quick throw. No luck. Forced to go solo, the dog begins a hilarious one-sided game of fetch until naptime’s wild, ball-centric dream sequence.

 

Big Guy Took My Ball

A Big Guy Took My Ball!

by Mo Willems

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In A Big Guy Took My Ball! Piggie is devastated when a big guy takes her ball! Gerald is big, too…but is he big enough to help his best friend?

 

Mr Putter and Tabby Turn the Page

Mr. Putter & Tabby Turn the Page

by Cynthia Rylant

Mr. Putter and his fine cat, Tabby, love reading their favorite books over and over. So when Mr. Putter sees a sign at the library that says “Read Aloud with Your Pet at Story Time,” he signs up! But then Mr. Putter’s friend and neighbor, Mrs. Teaberry, wants to join. If Mrs. Teaberry brings her good dog, Zeke, to the library, who knows what will happen? With Zeke up to his usual tricks, story time might get too exciting!

 

Penny and Her Marble

Penny and Her Marble

by Kevin Henkes

When Penny spots a marble in Mrs. Goodwin’s front yard, she picks it up, puts it in her pocket, and takes it home. It’s a beautiful marble–it’s big, shiny, blue, smooth, and fast, and Penny loves it. But does the marble really belong to Penny? What do you think will happen?

 

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

by Eric Litwin

Pete the Cat is wearing his favorite shirt–the one with the four totally groovy buttons. But when one falls off, does Pete cry? Goodness, no! He just keeps on singing his song–after all, what could be groovier than three groovy buttons?

 

Rabbit and Robot

Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover

by Cece Bell

Rabbit’s carefully planned visit with Robot doesn’t work out exactly as he imagined in this offbeat tale about two comically mismatched friends. Rabbit is excited: his friend Robot is coming to spend the night! Rabbit has left nothing to chance and has drawn up a list of all the things they will do. First off is making pizza, but Robot only likes nuts and bolts and screws on top. Next on the list is watching TV, but the remote is missing, and Rabbit is panicking! Will Robot find a logical solution to the problem? Number three is . . . uh-oh! Why is Robot lying down instead of playing Go Fish? And what is that message reading “BAT” printing out from a slot on his front?

 

Waiting is Not Easy

Waiting Is Not Easy!

by Mo Willems

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In Waiting Is Not Easy!, Piggie has a surprise for Gerald, but he is going to have to wait for it. And Wait. And wait some more…

 

Watermelon Seed

The Watermelon Seed

by Greg Pizzoli

With perfect comic pacing, Greg Pizzoli introduces us to one funny crocodile who has one big fear: swallowing a watermelon seed. What will he do when his greatest fear is realized? Will vines sprout out his ears? Will his skin turn pink? This crocodile has a wild imagination that kids will love. With bold color and beautiful sense of design, Greg Pizzoli’s picture book debut takes this familiar childhood worry and gives us a true gem in the vein of I Want My Hat Back and Not a Box.

You Are Not Small

You Are (Not) Small

by Anna Kang

Two fuzzy creatures can’t agree on who is small and who is big, until a couple of surprise guests show up, settling it once and for all!

 

 

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Courageous Americans

Posted on: March 7th, 2015 by ckopacek

Try one of these books and be inspired by a courageous American.

American Sniper

American Sniper

by Chris Kyle

He is the deadliest American sniper ever, called “the devil” by the enemies he hunted and “the legend” by his Navy SEAL brothers . . . From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle earned legendary status among his fellow SEALs, Marines, and U.S. Army soldiers, whom he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle’s masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time. Adrenaline-charged and deeply personal, American Sniper is a thrilling eyewitness account of war that only one man could tell.

Boston Girl

The Boston Girl

by Anita Diamant

A story “about family ties and values, friendship and feminism told through the eyes of a young Jewish woman growing up in Boston in the early twentieth century. Addie Baum is The Boston Girl, born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for and suspicious of America and its effect on their three daughters. Growing up in the North End, then a teeming multicultural neighborhood, Addie’s intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can’t imagine–a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture, and new opportunities for women. Addie wants to finish high school and dreams of going to college. She wants a career and to find true love. Eighty-five-year-old Addie tells the story of her life to her twenty-two-year-old granddaughter, who has asked her “How did you get to be the woman you are today.”

Boys in the Boat

Boys in the Boat

by Daniel James Brown

This book tells the story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. It traces the story of the team that defeated elite rivals at Hitler’s 1936 Berlin Olympics, sharing the experiences of their enigmatic coach, a visionary boat builder, and a homeless teen rower.

 

Don't Give Up Don't Give In

Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In

by Louis Zamperini

Zamperini’s story has touched millions through Laura Hillenbrand’s biography Unbroken. Now, in his own words, Louis Zamperini reveals, with warmth and great charm, the essential values and lessons that sustained him throughout his remarkable journey. He was a youthful troublemaker from California who turned his life around to become a 1936 Olympian and a world-class miler at the University of Southern California. Putting aside his superstar track career, Louis Zamperini volunteered for the army before Pearl Harbor and was thrust into the violent combat of World War II as a B-24 bombardier.

Forgotten 500

The Forgotten 500

by Gregory A. Freeman

In 1944 the OSS set out to recover more than 500 airmen trapped and sheltered for months by villagers behind enemy lines in Yugoslavia. Classified for over half a century for political reasons, the full account of Operation Halyard, a story of loyalty, self-sacrifice, and bravery, is now being told for the first time.

 

 

Lone Survivor

Lone Survivor

by Marcus Luttrell

On a clear night in late June 2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs left their base in northern Afghanistan for the mountainous Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious al Qaeda leader known to be ensconced in a Taliban stronghold surrounded by a small but heavily armed force. Less then twenty-four hours later, only one of those Navy SEALs remained alive. This is the story of fire team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing, and the desperate battle in the mountains that led, ultimately, to the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history.

Narrow Road to the Deep North

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

by Richard Flanagan

August, 1943: Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his affair with his uncle’s young wife two years earlier. His life, in a brutal Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma Death Railway, is a daily struggle to save the men under his command. Until he receives a letter that will change him forever. A savagely beautiful novel about the many forms of good and evil, of truth and transcendence, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.

Orphan Train

Orphan Train

by Christina Baker Kline

Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to ‘aging out’ out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse…. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance. Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life–answers that will ultimately free them both.

Unbroken

Unbroken

by Laura Hillenbrand

On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared–Lt. Louis Zamperini. Captured by the Japanese and driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor.