by Adam Davis, Director of System Services, Palm Beach County Library System
It’s Springtime in South Florida! When I moved down here, this became my favorite season of the year – my mulberry tree is full of leaves and starting to sprout berries, and I’m ready at a moment’s notice to clean my house and plant new flowers. It’s also one of the most reflective times of the year as Jews and Christians celebrate Passover and Easter. Whatever you’re celebrating this spring, the Palm Beach County Library System has something for you! Check ‘em out!
Amster, Linda [Editor]. “The New York times Passover cookbook: more than 200 holiday recipes from top chefs and writers”
“A perennial favorite with more than 200 holiday recipes from top chefs and writers, The New York Times Passover Cookbook includes beloved family recipes and innovative kosher cuisine that will make your holiday particularly savory and festive. Compiled by Linda Amster and featuring mouthwatering contributions from Craig Claiborne, Mimi Sheraton, Wolfgang Puck, Alice Waters, and many others, The New York Times Passover Cookbook offers a cornucopia of delights to add magic to your Seder meal…and to any family gathering thereafter!” Bowker
Brioso, Cesar. “Havana hardball: spring training, Jackie Robinson, and the Cuban league”.
“In February 1947, the most memorable season in the history of the Cuban League finished with a dramatic series win by Almendares against its rival, Habana. As the celebration spread through the streets of Havana and across Cuba, the Brooklyn Dodgers were beginning spring training on the island. One of the Dodgers’ minor league players was Jackie Robinson. He was on the verge of making his major-league debut in the United States, an event that would fundamentally change sports–and America. To avoid harassment from the white crowds in Florida during this critical preseason, the Dodgers relocated their spring training to Cuba, where black and white teammates had played side by side since 1900… Havana Hardball captures the excitement of the Cuban League’s greatest pennant race and the anticipation of the looming challenge to MLB’s color barrier. Illuminating one of the sport’s most pivotal seasons, veteran journalist César Brioso brings together a rich mix of worlds as the heyday of Latino baseball converged with one of the most socially meaningful events in U.S. history.” Bowker
Kondo, Marie. “The life-changing magic of tidying up: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing”.
People swear by the powers of this book. If this is up your alley, check out the book (available in multiple formats), the guides to the book which break down the concepts held within, and register for the Royal Palm Beach Branch Library’s workshop of the same title on Saturday, April 22 at 10:00 a.m. Kathy Andio will share decluttering and organizing tips from the New York Times best-seller at this engaging event.
Meier, Leslie. “Easter bunny murder: a Lucy Stone mystery”.
“At the start of Meier’s delightful 19th Lucy Stone mystery… the families gathered outside elderly Vivian Van Vorst’s mansion, Pine Point, in rural Tinker’s Cove, Maine, for VV’s annual Easter egg hunt are puzzled to find the gates closed. Then the Easter Bunny emerges from the house, runs clumsily toward the gates, and collapses on the ground. The Easter Bunny-VV’s grandson, Van Vorst Duff-dies on the way to the hospital. VV had always been generous with her wealth, but Lucy, part-time reporter for the local newspaper, learns that she has been reclusive recently and funds may have been tight. Did some envious family member off Duff because he was VV’s heir, or did he die of natural causes? If it’s murder, is money or revenge the motive? Cozy fans will enjoy Lucy’s hunt for the truth.” PWxyz, LLC.
Pahigian, Josh. “Spring training handbook: a comprehensive guide to the Grapefruit and Cactus league ballparks”
“Spring training is a time of renewal for baseball, when teams and fans descend on Florida and Arizona to begin the ever-hopeful new season. The pace is a little slower, the fans are closer to the action, and the players are more accessible: the sport returns to its idyllic roots. When the first edition of this book was released, 18 of the MLB teams trained in Florida and 12 in Arizona. As 2013 arrives each league consists of 15 teams; together they utilize 14 parks in Florida and 10 in Arizona. This heavily illustrated work dedicates a chapter to each park, including modern Cactus League marvels like Camelback Ranch and Salt River Fields, and Grapefruit League bastions like Joker Marchant Stadium and McKechnie Field. Florida’s Fenway Park replica, which opened in 2012, is included… Each provides a description of the park, and a recounting of its history, followed by a summary of the home team or teams’ spring history. Next is a review of the park’s seating, concessions and fan traditions. Each chapter concludes with information about nearby baseball landmarks and attractions.” Bowker
Piercy, Marge. “Pesach for the rest of us: making the Passover Seder your own”.
“Piercy writes that the book is not intended for Orthodox Jews but, rather, for secular and religious Jews, with a modern slant into a more satisfying and meaningful way to celebrate the holiday. She offers recipes, poems, and blessings as she delves into all the rituals and practices, and she reminisces about the Seders spent with her grandmother when she was a child. Piercy, the author of 17 novels, 17 volumes of poetry, and a memoir, has written an engaging account of this important holiday.” –George Cohen Booklist
Rips, Nancy. “Seder stories: Passover thoughts on food, family & 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
Steves, Rick and Gene Openshaw. “Rick Steves’ European Easter”.
“Rick Steves, America’s expert on Europe, explores the rich traditions, celebrations, and history behind some of Europe’s most colorful and charming Easter celebrations. Discover Carnevale in Venice, Lent in Cantiano, Holy Week in Sevilla, Easter Sunday in Greece, and beyond. Touching on Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland, Spain, Greece, and the Vatican, and filled with fascinating insights and vibrant full-color photos, Rick Steves European Easter is a delightful way to understand Easter heritage from a multicultural perspective.” Bowker
Wilkinson, Gary. “I believe in Easter”. [Film available for free through Hoopla at www.pbclibrary.org]
“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.” Summary provided by Hoopla.
Zoepf, Katherine. “Excellent daughters: the secret lives of young women who are transforming the Arab world”
“As a journalist based in the Middle East in the years after 9/11, Zoepf was in a unique position to observe the political and cultural zeitgeist emerging from the Arab world. Young women in particular were the targets of some of the most vocal commentary. Hidden behind veils, their actions and attitudes inaccessible and, perhaps, inexplicable by Western standards, Arab women were perceived as being pawns and puppets of a controlling, patriarchal society. Based on interviews and conversations with women in five Arab countries, including the hot spots of Syria, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia as well as Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates, Zoepf profiles women at the forefront of the headline-grabbing Arab Spring rebellion and behind the scenes of quieter yet equally intense societal changes.” –Haggas, Carol Booklist
The Palm Beach County Library System has dozens of electronic books, printed books – both novels & non-fiction, audiobooks, and DVDs or Blu-ray discs covering the entire political spectrum. Travel to your closest branch or find them on the web! As always, we’d like to thank Adam Davis, director of system services for the Palm Beach County Library System, for all his help in putting together this list.
Be sure to check out the other listings on our Storytime for Grownups series to learn more about our world around us.