Storytime for Grownups: Passover, Easter, and Springtime Renewal

Spring has sprung! Whether you’re enjoying the holidays or the beautiful weather or you’re focused on spring-cleaning and getting ready for hurricane season, consider picking up one of these springtime reads and musical treats!

Bikel, Theodore. “A taste of Passover: a celebration of the joys & music of the holiday”. (DVD)

“This musical Passover feast is hosted by Broadway star Theodore Bikel, with New York cantor David Levine, Yiddishist Harriet Chasia Segal, and the New England Conservatory. Crafted by artistic director Hankus Netsky, the film includes sacred traditional music and favorite Passover drinking songs, silly seder songs in homespun and concert versions, with commentary by humorist Moshe Waldoks and a demonstration of the perfect matzo ball.” ®Bowker

DeFreitas, Stan. “Complete guide to Florida gardening”.

The first new edition in ten years of the bible of Florida gardening. Addressing the needs of gardening novices, seasoned hobbyists, and horticultural professionals alike, the author once again created a reference book that no Florida gardener should be without.” ®Bowker

English, Ashley. “A year of picnics: recipes for dining well in the great outdoors”.

“Savor good food and good company while lounging beneath the shady canopy of trees or under the sparkle of a starry sky. With just a picnic blanket and a little inspiration, you can transform mealtimes into an opportunity to relax, connect, and enjoy the outdoors. A Year of Picnics presents everything you need to picnic through the seasons, with over 70 picnic-perfect recipes, tips on selecting your location, advice for packing your basket, and creative ideas for outdoor activities. Through 20 themed picnics–celebrate the bounty of summer produce with a Table to Farm Picnic or revel in the colors of autumn with a Falling Leaves Picnic–you’ll discover the ways food can be elevated by your surroundings. From mountaintops to meadows, rooftops to formal gardens, let your picnicking take you to new places.” ®Bowker

Heller, Peter. “Kook: what surfing taught me about love, life, and catching the perfect wave”.

“With grit, poetry, and humor, Peter Heller, acclaimed author of The Whale Warriors recounts his remarkable journey of discovery–of surfing, an entirely new challenge; of the ocean’s beauty and power; of the strange surf subculture; of love; and, most of all, of how to seek adventure while crafting a meaningful life.” ®Bowker

Mangusson, Margareta. “The gentle art of Swedish death cleaning: how to free yourself and your family from a lifetime of clutter”.

“In Sweden there is a kind of decluttering called döstädning, dö meaning “death” and städning meaning “cleaning.” Margareta instructs readers to embrace minimalism, and suggests which possessions you can easily get rid of (unworn clothes, unwanted presents, more plates than you’d ever use) and which you might want to keep (photographs, love letters, a few of your children’s art projects). Digging into her late husband’s tool shed, and her own secret drawer of vices, Margareta introduces an element of fun to a potentially daunting task. Along the way readers get a glimpse into her life in Sweden, and also become more comfortable with the idea of letting go.” ®Bowker

“Martha Stewart’s vegetables: inspired recipes and tips for choosing, cooking, and enjoying the freshest seasonal flavors.”

“In this beautiful book, Martha Stewart–one of America’s best-known cooks, gardeners, and all-around vegetable lovers–provides home cooks with an indispensable resource for selecting, storing, preparing, and cooking from the garden and the market. The 150 recipes, many of which are vegetarian, highlight the flavors and textures of everyday favorites and uncommon varieties alike, “–

Meier, Leslie. “Easter bunny murder: a Lucy Stone mystery”.

“A holiday tradition turns lethal in small-town Maine. The residents of Tinker’s Cove have always dressed their toddlers in their Sunday best for the annual Easter egg hunt at Vivian Van Vorst’s beautiful mansion. But this year, Pine Point is looking a bit seedy. The lawn is unkempt, no one is directing traffic, and VV is nowhere to be seen. Worst of all, her grandson, Van Vorst Duff, dressed in a bunny suit, drops dead at the gates of the estate before he can hide a single egg.” ©Kirkus Reviews

Rips, Nancy. “Seder stories: Passover thoughts on food, family, and freedom”.

“Passover is the Festival of Freedom in the Jewish community worldwide. More than any other holiday, it symbolizes what it means to be Jewish: family, food, and fun coupled with an obligation to pass on their story to future generations. ‘Seder Stories’ contains the memories of childhood Seders from 101 Jewish people. Some of them are famous, like Rabbi Harold Kushner and attorney Alan Dershowitz. Others are famous only within their circle of friends and family. Some of the stories are funny, some poignant, some thought provoking and worth reading. All of them are charming.” ®Bowker

Tronstad, Janet. “Easter in Dry Creek”.

“Clay West is back in town with amends to make and minds to change. The cowboy has spent four years in jail for a crime he did not commit, and he’s determined to restore his good name. The former bad boy’s first priority is convincing childhood friend Allie Nelson of his innocence. But she–more than anyone–has suffered in his absence. Allie can’t admit how much she’s missed Clay–and she can’t betray her family by putting her trust in him. She vows to forget her schoolgirl crush. But Clay will settle for nothing less than her forgiveness–and her whole heart.” ®Bowker

Wilkinson, Gary. “I believe in Easter”. (eVideo)

“Easter – It is a word with origins in pagan tradition and yet it has come to embody the oldest and most important festival in Christianity. Discover the origins of Easter in this thoroughly researched and emotionally charged docu-drama. Trace the history of Easter to ancient Egypt where the story finds its roots in the deliverance of the Israelites from slavery and learn how Passover symbolism in intricately woven into the events surrounding the crucifixion of Jesus Christ – The Lamb of God. Learn how the church adapted and transformed pagan tradition into the celebration of the Resurrection. See how culture, emperors, apostles and popes have influenced how we celebrate Easter today. The program features new powerfully dramatized scenes from the gospels, along with documentary footage shot in the Holy Land and at the Vatican, plus insightful commentary from church scholars and historians.” ®Bowker


Once again, we’d like to thank Adam Davis, Director of System Services for the Palm Beach County Library System, for showing us how wonderful springtime really is! The Palm Beach County Library System has dozens of electronic books, printed books – both novels & non-fiction, audiobooks, and DVDs or Blu-ray discs from just about every series and film. Travel to your closest branch or find them on the web!