Adult Recommendations

1776 by David McCullough

Take a moment to sit back in your lawn chair this month and reflect about our nation’s anniversary.  Exactly 239 years ago Americans were having quite a different summer than many of us get to enjoy in 2015.  Noted historian and story-teller David McCullough takes the reader through the entire tumultuous second year of the American Revolution, arguably the most notable of the eight-year war.  Central to the book’s theme are the events of early July. On July 2, 1776, John Hancock, presiding over the delegates in Philadelphia, declared it is “…necessary to dissolve the connection between Great Britain and the American colonies…”  While the colonists rushed to celebrate the British responded quite differently.  1776 will lead you through the trials and tribulations of our newly forming nation.  1776 is a magnificent summertime read!

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

I loved The Ocean at the End of the Lane so much that I read it in one sitting. Returning to his childhood home for a funeral, the unnamed main character begins to recall memories he'd repressed for years. All it takes is a walk down the lane to flood the character with memories of his mysterious childhood friend, Lettie Hempstock, and the frightening but magical adventures they had. The story is thoughtful and intriguing, and encourages the reader to engage in childhood magic and fantasy. 

How to Cook Without a Book

How to Cook Without a Book is literally changing my life.

Recipes are wonderful, but for years I have been awed by people who can meal-plan and cook from memory without spending hours poring over cookbooks. Most of the time, I don’t trust myself to properly make a pancake, much less prepare a roast, without slavishly finding and following a recipe. I have longed to gain the mysterious knowledge of ingredients and cooking techniques that seem to come so naturally to others.

In How to Cook Without a Book, Pam Anderson provides the answers I’ve been looking for. She equips her readers to cook everything from soups to sautés from heart. She teaches them how to keep a well-stocked fridge and pantry, and even provides memory rhymes that capture the central steps of each cooking technique.

I highly recommend this book to anyone longing for the freedom to cook from the heart instead of from a book.