Black Tudors by Miranda Kaufmann

By | 2018-04-14T09:56:23+00:00 April 14th, 2018|Categories: BookClique, Non-Fiction|

A court trumpeter. A silk weaver. A salvage diver. A circumnavigator… A common misconception both that people of African origin were absent from European countries till after the end of World War II, or, if their presence is acknowledged, it is assumed they were enslaved. But slavery was not allowed in 16th century England, and it [...]

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Native Plants of the Midwest by Alan Branhagen

By | 2018-03-10T12:05:12+00:00 March 10th, 2018|Categories: BookClique, Non-Fiction, TCPL|

Interested in planting the right stuff in your yard and flower gardens? Native Plants of the Midwest by Alan Branhagen is for you. In fact after browsing the copy we have at the library you might want to buy a copy to have on hand. Landscaping and gardening books and magazines are like cooking ones to [...]

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The perfect cookie : your ultimate guide to foolproof cookies, brownies & bars by America’s Test Kitchen

By | 2017-12-02T11:48:26+00:00 December 2nd, 2017|Categories: BookClique, Non-Fiction|

As someone who has had a love affair with cookies (especially the dough!) and baked them for decades, it’s hard to surprise me with any recipes I haven’t seen before. But cookbooks are just like running books to me - worth looking through just for that little nugget of information or inspiration that you might not [...]

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Simple Printmaking by Peter Weiss

By | 2017-11-06T14:00:35+00:00 November 4th, 2017|Categories: BookClique, Non-Fiction, TCPL|

Simple Printmaking is my “go to” book before I start any printmaking project. As a sporadic printmaker who works on their dining room table it’s helpful to be reminded  that you don’t need fancy equipment or even a studio to make exceptional art. Simple Printmaking begins with a basic list of materials and straightforward tips that [...]

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Tower Dog by Douglas Scott Delaney

By | 2017-10-23T15:27:43+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Categories: BookClique, Non-Fiction|

Anyone who knows me knows the scorn I feel for cell phones but on the other hand, I love reading about our infrastructure, whether it’s bridges, tunnels, skyscrapers or cell towers, I find the work that goes into it and the workers who do it fascinating and I’mnot talking about the desk jockeys who are designing [...]

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H.H. Holmes: The True History of the White City Devil by Adam Selzer

By | 2017-10-23T15:27:43+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Categories: BookClique, History, Non-Fiction|

H.H. Holmes: The True History of the White City Devil provides an intriguing complement and contrast to Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City, as the author aims to uncover and convey the actual facts regarding the case of the man who is frequently (erroneously) called:  “America’s First Serial Killer.” The better-known portrayal of Holmes (as [...]

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Farm Dogs by Janet Dohner

By | 2017-10-23T15:27:44+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Categories: BookClique, Non-Fiction|

There’s another fantastic book out from Storey Publishing and it’s Farm Dogs by Janet Dohner.  Any book about farm dogs is probably going to be good but this book is divided into sections on Livestock Guardian Dogs, Herding Dogs, Terrier and earth Dogs, and Multipurpose Farm Dogs.  There are detailed explanations of every breed as far [...]

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Milk Cow Kitchen by Mary Jane Butters

By | 2017-07-10T21:38:00+00:00 May 14th, 2017|Categories: Adults, BookClique, Non-Fiction|

I do not see how anyone could flip through Mary Jane Butters’ new book Milk Cow Kitchen: “cow” girl romance, cheese recipes, farmstyle recipes, backyard cow keeping and not want to own cows – those big brown eyes!  Chock full of pictures, diagrams, recipes, stories, and advice, this is one of the best farm animal books [...]

Guilty Thing: A Life of Thomas De Quincey By Frances Wilson

By | 2017-07-10T21:42:30+00:00 May 14th, 2017|Categories: Biography, BookClique, Non-Fiction|

Despite being a school dropout, a lifelong deadbeat and drug addict, Thomas De Quincey was also an influential writer and critic ahead of his time.  He was a personal friend of several of the English Romantic poets and author Frances Wilson displays a deft understanding and descriptive style in recounting his virtues, his failings, and his [...]

The Shepherd’s View by James Rebanks

By | 2017-07-10T21:42:56+00:00 May 14th, 2017|Categories: BookClique, Non-Fiction|

I encourage anyone with a rural background or a longing for the rural life to read The Shepherd’s View by James Rebanks.  It’s actually a combination of reading and viewing the beautiful photographs of sheep and the Lake District in England where some families have been shepherds for centuries .  Rebanks explains the shepherd’s dialect, what [...]