Check It Out

Check It Out by Anne Marshall Showcased Book of the Week

How can something so elementary to make be so unexpectedly delicious and satisfying? Artist and cook Nadia Roden transforms the classic Italian ice into the brightest and freshest player in any meal or for any special occasion. Granita Magic: 55 Ices For Every Reason and Every Season brings together remarkable ingredients to make that can be served as an intermezzo, an appetizer, a snack, a dessert, or for breakfast.

Imaginative ingredients such as ginger, pomegranate, rosemary or green tea, as well as vegetables like red pepper, tomato, horseradish, cucumber or carrot, and fruits ranging from plums and pears to kiwi and cranberry, elevate glittering ice crystals to something absolutely irresistible. Accompanying each of the 55 recipes are lively and playful designs created by Roden, who was inspired by 1950s wallpaper and textile designs.

Get ready for holiday entertaining and find this wonderful recipe book in the non-fiction section of the adult new bookshelves beyond the circulation desk.

Recorded Books on CDs

Best-selling author Beverly Lewis offers listeners a moving tale of love and spiritual awakening. In The Redemption of Sarah Cain, she examines the conflict between two very different cultures with the life of a modern businesswoman and her five amish nieces and nephews.

From the author of Girl with the Pearl Earring comes the elegant and compelling story Falling Angels. Author Tracy Chevalier builds a truly moving novel set in a time of transition in early 20th century London.

John Sandford, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist brings to fans a new series featuring Kidd, a computer whiz, artist and professional criminal. The Hanged Man's Song is filled with the hypnotic atmosphere, unique characters and superb intrigue that make Sandford one of today's most popular thriller writers.

The last two books on CD are from the heart-warming collection of writings by Jan Karon. In Shepherds Abiding, Father Tim's days are filled with reading, writing and helping his parishioners. But when he finds a battered nativity scene, it stirs childhood memories and he embarks on a journey of faith.

In This Mountain, Father Tim and his wife Cynthia are back in their beloved Mitford, where the Episcopal minister finds retirement disorienting.

These new Books on Compact Disc can be found in the audio area of the library, to the north of the circulation desk.

Online Book Club

The Online Book Club Chapter-a-Day offers many selections to Internet patrons. Each book will run five days (Monday-Friday) with a new book starting every Monday. Check out this service by registering at the library's Web site, http://vpl.sdln.net, and clicking on the book club logo. Selections for the week of Dec. 1 will be:

Audio Book: No selection for this week.

Business: 24/7 Innovation, by Stephen M. Shapiro.

Fiction: Welcome to Higby, by Mark Dunn.

Good News: Brotherhood of Betrayal by Randall Authur.

Horror: Born Burning, by Thomas Sullivan.

Mystery: The Vagabond Clown, by Edward Marston.

Non-Fiction: The Great Railway, by Bazaar Paul.

Pre-Pub: No selection for this week.

Romance: I Got You, Babe, by Jane Graves.

Science-Fiction-Fantasy: The Shape Changer's Wife, by Sharon Shinn.

Teen Book: Out of Bounds, by Beverly Naidoo.

Celebrate Life, Literacy a& Learning

In celebration of its 100 years of service, the Vermillion Public Library has commissioned Stephen K. Ward to research and write a book of the library's history. Wine & Women: The Making of the Vermillion Public Library in a Man's World will be perfectbound and include many photographs. The finished product will be available in early 2004 for $10 per copy. Sign up at the front desk to reserve your copy.

The final week of VPL Storytime will be Dec. 1-4. Sign-up for the spring session will begin in January. Please watch for further details.

Well known author birthdays rounding out the month of November include Louisa May Alcott, Madeleine L'Engle, and C.S. Lewis in Nov. 29. Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, would have celebrated his birthday on Nov. 30.

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