Reference Librarian Barbara’s Pick

All-time favorite sheet cakes & slab pies : easy to make, easy to serve / Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough ; photographs by Eric Medsker  (2017 cookbook 641.8653 Weinstein)

Collects recipes for old-fashioned, comforting desserts suitable for every occasion, including such options as vanilla cake with confetti frosting, blueberry buckle, chocolate chip ricotta cheesecake, and lemon meringue pie.

Reference Librarian Barbara’s Pick

Niki Jabbour’s veggie garden remix : 224 new plants to shake up your garden and add variety, flavor, and fun / Niki Jabbour  (2018 non-fiction, 635 Jabbour)

Presents planting and growing advice for 224 varieties of unusual vegetable and herbs from around the world, including the Cape gooseberry, Middle Eastern molokhia, Asian celtuce, Japanese winter squash, and Thai basil.

Staff Picks, October 5th

  • Circulation and Outreach Manager Patricia’s Pick:

    Jackie's GirlJackie’s girl : my life with the Kennedy family / Kathy McKeon (2017 biography, 92 McKeon)
    A coming-of-age memoir by a woman who was Jackie Kennedy’s personal assistant and nanny for more than a decade shares the lessons about life and love that the author learned from the glamorous first lady.

  • Reference Librarian Barbara’s Pick:

    You Don't Look Your Age

    You don’t look your age : and other Fairy Tales / Sheila Nevins (2017 audiobook biography, CDBK 92 Nevins)
    A famed television producer and president of HBO Documentary Films shares frank but lighthearted advice for today’s women on how to navigate the challenges of pursuing a career in a man’s world, balancing the responsibilities of a working parent, aging in a youth-obsessed culture and thriving as a feminist in a dynamic marriage.

  • Circulation Assistant Toni’s Pick:

    Hillbilly ElegyHillbilly elegy : a memoir of a family and culture in crisis / J.D. Vance (2016 non-fiction book call# 305.562 Vance)
    Shares the story of the author’s family and upbringing, describing how they moved from poverty to an upwardly mobile clan that included the author, a Yale Law School graduate, while navigating the demands of middle class life and the collective demons of the past.

Staff Picks, September 27th

Circulation Assistant Karen’s Pick:

Invisible EmmieInvisible Emmie / Terri Libenson (2017 children’s graphic novel, J Graphic Libenson)
The lives of two middle school girls, one a quiet artist, the other a popular overachiever, intersect on a day shaped by a misdelivered note, crushes, humiliations, boredom and drama.

Sunday Reference Librarian Liz’s Pick:

Spies of Revolutionary ConnecticutSpies of revolutionary Connecticut : from Benedict Arnold to Nathan Hale / Mark Allen Baker (2014 non-fiction, 327.12 Baker)
Covert intelligence played a critical role in the American Revolution. Connecticut produced an extraordinary number of spies on both sides of the conflict, from the infamous traitor and Norwich-born Benedict Arnold to Patriot Nathan Hale, executed by the British for espionage. Spying during the Revolution entailed coded messages, early submarines with the first exploding torpedoes and the penalty of death for those caught in the act. Despite the risk, some spies even played both sides as double agents, such as Edward Bancroft, who was never caught.


Reference Librarian Barbara’s Pick:

As Close to Us As BreathingAs close to us as breathing : a novel / Elizabeth Poliner (2016 fiction book call# F Poliner)
In 1948, a small stretch of the Woodmont, Connecticut shoreline, affectionately named “Bagel Beach,” has long been a summer destination for Jewish families. Here sisters Ada, Vivie, and Bec assemble at their beloved family cottage, with children in tow and weekend-only husbands who arrive each Friday in time for the Sabbath meal.