Check It Out

Check It Out by Anne Marshall Showcased Book of the Week

Thinking of a kitchen warmed by the oven and the comforting smell of baking bread? Here is the perfect book to highlight, since the weather is turning cold. The Midwest, so rich in farmlands, ethnic traditions, and neighborly spirit is naturally home to America's best breads. Judith M. Fertig brings to the table 150 recipes for hearty whole grain loaves, elegant Sunday dinner breads, breakfast muffins and scones, dessert and teatime quick breads, and pastries. Prairie Home Breads is filled with the very best of our baking heritage.

Adult Non-Fiction Books

Stardust Melodies by Will Friedwald takes 12 legendary songs and gives the reader a history in detail and understanding. Each chapter explores one of America's most popular songs drawing on his vast knowledge of records and the careers of performing artists.

Pasta is the ultimate fast food. It's easy to prepare, healthy, and tastes great. In Pasta, by Silvana Franco, the cook will find recipes for classic sauces, meat and seafood dishes, and soups, all with enticing photos of great food.

Debbie Travis, the author of several other decorating books, brings the homeowner two more additions to her collection of ideas. Check out The Painted House which includes more than 35 quick and easy finishes for walls, floors, and furniture. Her second book now in the library is Kid's Rooms containing more than 80 innovative projects from cradle to college.

The next time you face a late-night bout of sickness, and can't reach the doctor, just reach for a brand-name product in your own kitchen instead of medications. Joey Green, author of Polish Your Furniture with Panty Hose now has 1,150 more astonishing ideas in Amazing Kitchen Cures.

Online Book Club

Featured books for the week of Nov. 4-8 include: The Pirate Hunter, by Richard Zacks; Losing Gemma, by Katy Gardner; First Comes Love, by Christie Ridgway; Silent Pledge, by Hannah Alexander; Secrets of an Executive Coach, by Alan Downs. The Teen Book Club selection for the week is Fighting Invisible Tigers, by Earl Hipp. Join VLP and the Online Book Club by registering at the library's Web site,, and click on the book club logo.

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