Modern Pioneering: More than 150 recipes, projects, and skills for a self-sufficient life by Georgia Pellegrini


Reviewed by Terry Zignego (Library Staff)

If you are looking for unique recipes for preserving food, this book is full of “fun-spiration”. Recipes include champagne, strawberry and black pepper fruit roll-ups, homemade tinted lip gloss using beet juice, red wine popsicles and spicy red pepper hummus, just to name a few. A chapter on foraging wild edible plants is an extra bonus. I’m adding this book to my Christmas list.

Located in Adult Fiction (640 PEL)

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

Being Mortal

Reviewed by Terry (Library Staff)

This book was especially timely for me. My 88 year old mother, who up until she fell & broke her leg, worked part time 3 days a week and led an active life. She insisted on moving back to her apartment and we were so concerned for her safety, constantly advising on what we thought was best for her. This book helped me understand Mom’s continuing need for independence & a productive life. Gawande writes of freer, more socially fulfilling nursing home models, where quality of life is the goal. He also addresses hospice care. Everyone should read this book.

Located in Adult Nonfiction (362.175 GAW)

A Murder of Magpies by Judith Flanders

Murder Magpies

Reviewed by Terry Zignego (Library Staff)

Samantha Clair, a London book editor and new amateur sleuth, becomes involved in a criminal investigation involving gossipy author Kit Lowell and his new book about a fashion-industry scandal. Amusing characters and a somewhat unique plot make this a page-turner. A quick read for mystery lovers.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC FLANDERS), as well as in CD Book form.

Why I Wake Early by Mary Oliver


Reviewed by Terry Zignego (Library Staff)

Mary Oliver writes about the beauty of the natural world. Thoughtful poems about birds, rocks, rivers, flowers, frogs, blueberries…these things are worthy of our attention. Walk outside, be silent, mindful.

Mary Oliver reminds us to wake early. Perhaps tomorrow I will visit the pond….

Available through the CAFE Library System

Almost Somewhere by Suzanne Roberts

Almost Somewhere

Reviewed by Terry Zignego (Library Staff)

Part memoir, part nature guide, part travelogue, this story is about three college women grads who spend one month hiking California’s John Muir Trail. One hiker is experienced, the other inexperienced and bulimic. Roberts writes about outdoor as well as relationship challenges with honesty and humor. I enjoyed her vivid nature descriptions as well as the bits of John Muir & trail history interspersed throughout. I will add the John Muir trail to my hiking bucket list.

Located in Adult Nonfiction (796.51 ROB)

Being Buddha at Work by Franz Metcalf & BJ Gallagher

Being Buddha

Reviewed by Terry Zignego (Library Staff)

Filled with wisdom that can be used in a wide variety of work situations. The sections on Customer Service, Care & Feeding of Employees and Solving People Problems were very helpful. I would recommend this to anyone who strives for mindfulness and the desire to improve relationships.

Located in Adult Nonfiction (294.3 MET)

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle by the Countess of Carnarvon

Reviewed by Terry Zignego (Library Staff)

Try this book if you are a Downton Abbey fan. The true story of the splendor of Edwardian life in a great house against the backdrop of the First World War. Lady Almina offers an inspiring and revealing picture of the woman at the center of the history of Highclere Castle. The story of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb by Lord Herbert & Howard Carter is also part of the book. The audio is wonderfully narrated by award winner Wanda McCaddon.

Located in Adult Nonfiction (942.271 CAR) and on CD Book.

More Things in Heaven and Earth by Jeff High

Reviewed by Terry Zignego (Library Staff)

Although he would rather be working at a research hospital, a young doctor takes a job in a rural Tennessee community in order to help pay off his med school loans. Luke Bradford finds it difficult to fit into the tightly knit community, experiencing both the pros and cons of small town life. Good character development and a few mysteries are developed as part of the plot. This is a feel-good read with a happy ending.
If you enjoy the Mitford series or are just looking for a thoroughly pleasant read, give this a try.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC HIGH)

Small Plates by Katherine Hall Page

Reviewed by Terry Zignego (Library Staff)

These 9 short story mysteries are delightful and appeal to a variety of moods and tastes. I especially enjoyed the quirky endings in several of the stories. Katherine Hall Page, author of the Faith Fairchild cozy mystery series, is an Agatha Award winner. I look forward to reading one of her full-length mysteries in the near future.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC PAGE)

Where the Peacocks Sing by Alison Singh Gee

Where Peacocks

Reviewed by Terry Zignego (Library Staff)

I have mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed the cross-cultural story in the relationship between the author and her Indian husband Ajay. But found myself judging Gee’s obsession with trendy fashion, money and status, although these were most likely symptoms of her glamorous job as a magazine writer. By the end of the memoir, Gee matures emotionally and finds value in family and home. Amazon refers to this book as a “modern-day fairy tale”.

Located in Adult Nonfiction (920 GEE)