Monday, January 31, 2011

New Non-Fiction

Looking for something to read while the snow and sleet pile up outside?  Try one of these new titles.

At home with Madhur Jaffrey : simple, delectable dishes from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, & Sri Lanka / Madhur Jaffrey 

This may not be the usual way to describe a title, but this book looks delicious!  I spent some time flipping through the photographs and recipes and found this to be an extremely accessible cook book.  For all of you out there who have tried to cook an Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi or Sri Lankan dish and failed, this is the book for you.  Here is a video of the author talking about the book--my mouth was watering as I watched it.

This is a title for those who would like to grow fresh vegetables & herbs but have limited garden space.  Most microgreens (think peas, radish, kale, basil, broccoli, flax, parsley, and more) are ready in a week, and you can grow them in the winter. 'Microgreens' contains growing instructions, information on individual varieties, tips for getting your children involved in your micro-garden, and recipes so you can enjoy your micro-harvest.  Read more about microgreens here.

Ratification: the people debate the Constitution, 1787-1788

This work tells the dramatic and engaging story of how the Constitution got ratified.  Federalists and Anti-Federalists worked at cross purposes.  The nation's Founders and ordinary citizens of the Republic fought passionately to construct the government they desired--and it wasn't always pretty.  Using newly uncovered archival material, Pauline Maier describes the debates and details how mobs in Philadelphia, Albany and New York City trashed buildings and roughed up their foes.  For a detailed and exciting account of the ratification of the Constitution, you can't beat this book.

New Reference

Kelley blue book used car guide : consumer edition, 1995-2009 models

Whether you're buying or selling, get the right price for your used car with this resource.  While the most recent version of the blue book can not leave the library, we have a photocopier available for your use that costs 10 cents per page (or free paper and a pencil to jot down your notes).

Nolo's encyclopedia of everyday law : answers to your most frequently asked legal questions / by Shae Irving & Nolo editors. 

Do you have a legal question?  This title was written by a team of attorneys and answers legal questions in plain English.  Topics covered include: credit & debt, workplace rights, wills & estate planning, buying a house, divorce, small claims court, domestic violence, adoption, social security, intellectual property, probate, child custody & visitation, retirement accounts, bankruptcy, child support, legal malpractice, living together, mediation, landlords & tenants, and criminal law.  While the 2010 version can not leave the library, the 2008 version can be checked-out. 

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