Adult Recommendations

The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care by Angelo Volandes, M.D.

The subject of our mortality is painful for many Americans to consider let alone discuss with others. As a result, many of us put off having a conversation with our loved ones and doctors about our end-of-life care wishes. Often, this results in second-guessing, anguish, and guilt. To highlight the need for each of us to plan for end-of-life care, the author explores the end-of-life experiences of seven seriously-ill hospital patients, ranging from palliative care to intense intervention. Dr. Volandes provides information about the latest free online video resources to aid readers in having “The Conversation” about preferences ahead of time with loved ones and doctors.

Written with insight and compassion, this book is a quick, must-read for anybody who does not have end-of-life care plans in place.  

Washington: A Life By Ron Chernow

The aspect of our politics has wonderfully changed since you left us”, wrote Thomas Jefferson about George Washington after America’s first president chose to retire at the end of his second term.  Jefferson did not stop with comments like that. During Washington’s second term in office, Jefferson had insinuated that America’s first and only unanimously-elected president was lucky and over-rated. The political intrigue between these two very different founding fathers is just one of many interesting facets of this compelling biography of George Washington.  The reader will learn about Washington’s ability to command undisciplined troops against a powerful British military, his influence in molding a new government, and all this against a backdrop of an on-going turbulent relationship with his mother. The nurturing of this new government was no easy task. During Washington’s second term, two political paradigms started taking shape. Washington pushed for a strong federal government while Jefferson led supporters for more states’ rights.  Sounds like 2015! 

Ice Pops!: 50 delicious, fresh and fabulous icy treats

Don’t be fooled by this book’s run-of-the-mill title. These are no ordinary ice pops. Nope, these are “gourmet artisan ice pops,” and just reading through their tasty names is enough to make your mouth water.

Put together by an aunt and nephew who have sold their pops on the streets of New York and London, the book is bursting with flavorful creativity. The recipes include all kinds of pops from the easy-to-make and delicious-to-eat Milk & Honey, to the classic Sweet Pear & Ginger, to the unique Pistachio & Rose, inspired by an Egyptian milk dessert.

So, if you’re looking for something cool and delicious to get you through the last few hot weeks of summer, or need a fancy dessert to serve for your Labor Day party, Ice Pops is the book for you!