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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 thrills to see them at the same time it aches 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 Costa Award. The author deals with father's early death by pursuing a lifelong dream to become a falconer. A dream inspired by a childhood 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.
50 High-Impact, Low-Care Garden Plants
Snow is still on the ground but gardening is blooming in my heart. The month of March finds seed catalogs, gardening books, and over wintered herbs strewn all over my kitchen and dining room. The need is for spring!
My favorite gardening books for Ohio are authored by Tracy Disabato-Aust. Every spring I start a plant list for my garden from Tracy’s book, 50 High-Impact Low Care Garden Plants. The book has a little bit of everything from grasses to shrubs, but all are Ohio hardy and easy care. My favorite stand out plants are Bear’s Breeches, Variegated Aralia, Blue False Indigo, Bleeding Heart, and Hellebore. The Dragon's Eye Pine made the list this year but where to plant, the garden is getting full!
This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathon Tropper
No one is more surprised than Judd Foxman when his father passes away. Not so much by the death, but by the nonreligious patriarch’s last wish to have the family sit Shiva, a Jewish tradition that requires his mother and siblings to spend an entire week together under one roof. This wouldn’t be so bad if Judd’s family wasn’t so dysfunctional. As this group of unique characters are forced to spend time together old wounds are brought to surface and they are made to deal with issues they would have rather continued to ignore. The only family member not present is Judd’s wife who has been openly having an affair. As Judd unwillingly reconnects with his family and struggles to deal with the reality of his deteriorating marriage what results is a novel full of biting, albeit slightly dark humor with realizations about family life and love.
The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles
If you're looking for something to brighten your dreary winter day, pick up Pancol's first English-translated novel. The plot revolves around two sisters - Iris, a glamorous, rich attorney's wife and her plain Jane, bookish sister Jo. The story begins when Jo's husband empties their joint savings account and leaves her for his manicurist, who he runs off to farm crocodiles with in Kenya. Jo is left to pick up the pieces of her life and raise her two daughters, Zoe and Hortense, on the meager salary she makes as a 12th century scholar. Iris and Jo hatch the perfect scheme - Jo will write a medieval historical novel that Iris will take the credit for, thus giving Jo the money she needs and Iris the fame she craves. As in life, things don't go quite as planned and hilarity ensues. It's chick lit done up en Francais; humorous, quite charming and perfect to curl up on the couch with and escape to bright, sunny Paris, if only for a few hundred pages.