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lOB Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter thriller, cupcakes, marriage and trees but not all at once Adults and children The pieces, organized by booksellers, book club mem- season and written from her bers, book lovers and librari- homes in Palm Beach, Fla., ans are invited to submit and Ithaca, N.Y., are long on short "'book reports" or rec- description and take on a ommendations on books they meditative quality. (If you have read and want to share like narrative drive, you with others, should look elsewhere.) To submit a recommenda- Throughout, Ackerman tion, include title and author, highlights the ways we are yourfirst name only, contact nature, not just a part of information, hometown and nature or in nature. She three to five paragraphs about exults in the teeming the book and why it is recom- connections, seen and un- mended (or not). Any and all seen, among living things. book reports are eligible, In the process she draws although the editor,reserves on many fields--archeology, the right to edit for grammar, art, literature, meteorology, style and length, religion, organic farming Send submissions to Mona and beekeeping. Hill by e-mail to mhHl@ At times Ackerman's, by fax at prose can approach the over- 283-3952 or mail to P.O. Box written and her habit of B, Quincy, CA 95971. making lists can grow tire- some. But overall, she has "Dawn Light: Dancing created a lyrical meditation with Cranes and Other on mutability, symbolized Ways to Start the Day" by by those fleeting moments of Diane Ackerman first light. This collection of short If there is a message here, essays by noted naturalist it is: pay attention. Lest we and poet Diane Ackerman find ourselves like her celebrates all aspects of mother, wondering as she dawn, from bird and animal neared death, "Where did all behavior to mythological the time go?" and artistic representations Available at the Plumas to names and rituals. County Library. Delaine Quincy "Hello, Cupcake!" by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson Just one look at the front cover can be intimidating for someone who has little skill in cake decorating, but don't let that stand in your way. It's amazing what a box of cake mix, cans of frosting and a lot of candy can turn into over a Saturday after- noon. I started offwith basic sprinkles and silly faces. My kids had a blast creating their own designs. TII I': ' E X T E !: ('\XX()T II()l.t) The techniques were easy out from the beginning. to follow and the pictures My only slight editorial helped a lot. Using the Ziploc comment, if I were the bags made for a very easy publisher, might have been cleanup. The author includes to put a question mark after many helpful tips from the title. recipes to candy guides. Ruth Quincy By the end of the after- noon, I had created the Hoot Owls (p.171) and my own ver- sion of the Dogs from the cover. If you have any inter- est in cake decorating this book is a great place to start. Theresa Epilog Books "A Happy Marriage" by Rafael Yglesias This book says it is a novel but is clearly the author's story of his real-life A HAvvY MAI~Ia]AC.:,; marriage of almost 30 years to Margaret, who died of cancer in 2004. The story mostly moves back and forth between the two ends of their relation- ship--their meeting and be- ginning involvement together, and the end of their time to- gether-when the latest re- currence of Margaret's cancer is recognized as terminal. The book jacket says, "This achingly honest story is about what it means for two people to spend a life- time together--and what makes a happy marriage." For someone less iritent on promoting the book, however, I think it might be fairer to say this is the author's ego-driven story of his view of the marriage--his view of its contentments and dis- satisfactions, including his detailing of an affair that apparently lasted an appre- ciable time, and the myriad ways that others (his par- ents, her parents, friends, colleagues) disappointed him or failed to adequately appreciate his talents and good deeds. The author and his wife had two sons, and at times while reading I squirmed as I imagined how the sons might feel in reading their father's tell-all memoir. Yglesias clearly feels theirs was ultimately a happy marriage, and he seems to have been a devoted care- giver for his wife as her life neared its end. Surely any couple who has been together for so many years will know there will be ups and downs in .their shared history. I am not giving away any surprises in the book by these com- ments, as the storyline and its conclusion are spelled Customer reviews from B&B Booksellers in Chester "Secret of the Seventh Son" by Glenn Cooper I found it hard to put down this intriguing thriller. What starts as an investiga- tion of mysterious serial killings becomes a race to uncover the truth behind a centuries old conspiracy. It's a suspenseful tale full of characters that have been written with texture and depth. The content and style are reminiscent of Dan Brown. Like Brown, Cooper also jumps back and forth through several different story lines as the complexi- ties of the story unfold. There were some great twists and an unexpected solution that left me breath- less. Even a month after reading this book, I still think back on many parts of this story. I greatly enjoyed it and would recommend it. Theresa Epilog Books "The Host" by Stephanie Meyer A great fiction-science If it's ing we can' ll find som o can. CONSTRUCTION SINCE 1984 m General Building Contractor Calif. Lic. #453927 (530) 283-2035 fiction fusion for readers who enjoy a story that's a little unusual. Imagine "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" from a benevolent snatcher's point of view. It's a really cool twist on a familiar theme, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Al- though marketed for adults, "The Host" would appeal to Meyer's teen fans as well. "Conifers of California" by Lanner This is a rare book that is both beautiful and practical. While it's lavishly illustrat- ed with drawings by Eugene O. Murman, whose archived work inspired its creation, it is also filled with amazing photos. In addition, you'll learn to identify all 52 species of conifers in California in three ways: from a distance, underneath and in the hand. This book is one you'll pick op over arid over, and it makes a great gift. NATIONAL BESISELLER MY JOURNEY THROUGH MADNESS E I. ~ \ Ii . S \ K S "The Center Cannot Hold" by Elyn R. 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