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Join Linda Taylor as she kicks off our spring film series featuring stories of family relationships. Double Happiness, is the story of... more
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The Adult Readers' Blog
Yesterday five deer were outside my kitchen window. Elegant lawn ornaments in the falling snow. My heart thrilled to see them at the same time it ached for their struggle to survive. They are part of a regular group of visitors to my suburban backyard. A few weeks ago it was two red foxes passing through. The wildlife at my backdoor is changing. I'm not ready for lions, tigers, or bears but as the current cold snap continues it looks like we have a March of the penguins. They are adorable and at least the one in this photo is already dressed for Ohio weather.
- H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald is the 2014 winner of the British Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction. A daughter deals with her father's early death by raising and training a hunting goshawk. A sometimes brutal pursuit. The author is informed by her reading of The Goshawk by T. H. White (currently available as an EBook)
- You can literally march with the penguins at the Cincinnati Zoo Penguin Parade
- Knitting sweaters for penguins recovering from oil spills is the hobby of Australia's oldest man. It is also a controversial practice
- Elephant in the Living Room is a documentary about the exotic pet trade in Ohio. It follows a Dayton humane officer before the changes to the law.
Dan Brown’s latest, The Inferno follows the pattern of Brown’s other thrillers. There is an intellectual puzzle to be solved while baddies chase and threaten the good guys. The fate of the world is in Langdon’s hands and hands of the brilliant Sienna Brooks, who accompanies him. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri, specifically “Inferno”, is the key to deciphering an obscure message left by an obsessed scientist, Zorbrist, who is intent on saving the world by destroying it. The chase and race is on… through the streets, alleyways, secret underground passages, hidden doors and tombs of Florence, Venice, and Istanbul.
Along the way Langdon delivers a running commentary on the rich history of the Italian Renaissance, Christian, and Islamic art. The abundance of information can distract from the plot versus enrich. I would recommend reading this book for the excitement of the chase, the clues and the underlying theme, but not the convoluted plotting.
Real Snacks: Make Your Favorite Childhood Treats Without all the Junk
Twinkie lovers’ have no fear – you can make your own at home, and guess what? You’ll know exactly what’s in them. This cookbook includes recipes for all kinds of “junk food” of your youth, made with healthier ingredients. There are gluten and dairy free options too.
Battle Ready: Memoir of a SEAL Warrior Medic
Mark L. Donald joined the U S Marines straight out of high school as a way to escape his abusive father and avoid trouble with neighborhood gangs. Given the work ethic installed by his mother and an innate competitive sense, he quickly earned a position on a Reconnaissance Team, the equivalent of a Navy Seal or Army Green Beret. During the extensive training required for this team, he observed the Navy Hospital Corpsmen HM1 at work, and realized that this was what he was truly meant to do. The story of his transition to a Navy HM1, during the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan War makes for a gripping read. This book gives a great inside look at life on the battlefield and the devotion required of a true soldier.