Books on Tap - April 2016

Start your spring off right, by reading about health and medicine and how it affects you! Meet at Jimmy's at 6:30 pm on April 12th and discuss Being Mortal: illness, medicine and what matters in the end by Atul Gawande.

"In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending

Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering.

Books on Tap - March Follow Up

We celebrated our wonderful "winter" weather by having a discussion on a truly heart-wrenching book. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, by Carson McCullers, was a beautifully written story about honestly tragic characters and events. Many connections were made between issues going on in the 1930s south as compared to issues we face today. There were many points on race, privilege, human rights, and gender equality that we are still dealing with today. There were many who felt the books was not an ideal read because of how sad everything was - no light at the end of the tunnel - but we discussed that even through the sadness, the writing was absolutely amazing! That Carson took experiences from her own life, put it in writing, and lived to tell her own tale, speaks volumes of her as an individual.

Come to Jimmy's on April 11 when we discuss Being Mortal: illness, medicine and what matters in the end by Atul Gawande.

Spare Parts by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley

If your children love rhyming stories, Spare Parts, by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley, should be your next read.  Rhoobart is in need of a new heart, and on his journey to find one, he meets new robots, some scary and some sweet.

Books, Bites, and Bids just seven weeks away!

Books, Bites, and Bids

The 5th Annual Books, Bites and Bids is just 7 weeks away!  East Lansing is such a generous community!  The library has received some amazing silent auction items including; five 10-visit passes to the East Lansing Family Aquatic Center, two music CDs from recording artist Barbara Bailey Hutchison, one night's stay at The English Inn, dinner for four, plus free appetizer coupons from the Hall of Fame Cafe, four admission passes to Henry Ford/Greenfield Village, one week in Hilton Head, eight free admission passes to Impression 5,  four tickets to a Lansing Lugnuts game, one overnight stay with breakfast for two at the East Lansing Marriott, a Sweet State Gift Box from Michigan Awesome, a Festival Pack from the Old Town Commercial Association, a bonfire and hayride package from Peacock Road Tree Farm, a one year membership to Potter Park Zoo, three bags from Saltwater Canvas, a Coca-Cola Holiday Village from Susan Dennis, wine festival passes for four and a wine event for four from Traverse City Wine Festival, Tupperware products, music CDs from Wanda Degan, two tickets to the Williamston Theatre, a Basic Party Package from Zap Zone, and gift cards and gift certificates from:

Many other wonderful items from generous donors will be added as the fundraiser date approaches so make a habit of checking for updates.

Grand Grillin’ will be providing the delicious food, along with wings from Buffalo Wild Wings, and a huge pie from Grand Traverse Pie Company!  There will be beer and wine as well.

Hamilton: An American Musical

You guys, Hamilton is so good. IT'S SO GOOD. If you haven't yet heard -- or heard of -- the stage musical that has taken Broadway by storm and taken home the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, then my friend, you are IN FOR A TREAT: 



Jen's 2015 Oscar Nominees List!

Best Picture Nominees
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant

Actor in a Leading Role
Bryan Cranston in "Trumbo"
Matt Damon in "The Martian"
Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Revenant"
Michael Fassbender in "Steve Jobs"
Eddie Redmayne in "The Danish Girl"

Actress in a Leading Role
Cate Blanchett in "Carol"
Brie Larson in "Room"
Jennifer Lawrence in "Joy"
Charlotte Rampling in "45 years" (will be ordered soon!)
Saoirse Ronan in "Brooklyn"

Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale in "The Big Short"
Tom Hardy in "The Revenant"
Mark Ruffalo in "Spotlight"
Mark Rylance in "Bridge of Spies" 
Sylvester Stallone in "Creed"

Actress in a Supporting Role  
Jennifer Jason Leigh in "The Hateful Eight"
Rooney Mara in "Carol"
Rachel McAdams in "Spotlight"
Alicia Vikander in "The Danish Girl"
Kate Winslet in "Steve Jobs"

Writing Adapted Screen Play
The Big Short" adapted from the book "The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine" by Michael Lewis
Book on CD
Print book

"Brooklyn" adapted from the book "Brooklyn" by Colm Toibin
Hoopla audiobook
Print book

"Carol" adapted from the book "Carol" by Patricia Highsmith (the book is also known as "The Price of Salt")
Print book

"The Martian" adapted from the book "The Martian" by Andy Weir
Overdrive ebook
3M Cloudy ebook
Print book
In Spanish print book

"Room" adapted from the book "Room" by Emma Donoghue
Book on CD
Print book
Lit Kit

Writing Original Screenplay
Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina
Inside Out
Straight Outta Compton

Nopi by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully

Ottolenghi himself admits, in the very first paragraph of the Introduction to Nopi, that this is a food porn book.  He writes:

"If you happen to have any of my previous books - Ottolenghi, Plenty, Jerusalem, and Plenty More - you will notice right away that the dishes in this book are somewhat more complex.  Therefore, most of the recipes here will be more challenging for home cooks."

Um, yeah!  But don't let that stop you for checking out his latest, which features his collaborations with Ramael Scully at Nopi, their restaurant in Soho (London, not New York).  You, most likely, won't make the Fondant Rutabaga Gratin or the Roasted Pork Belly with Crushed Butternut Squash and Apple and Walnut Salsa, but paging through the recipes and ingredients will certainly spark your imagination to try some of their fantasic pairings in your own home kitchen.  I'm definitely trying the Baked Blue Cheesecake with Pickled Beets and Honey (p. 211) and  the Corn Bread with Roasted Peaches and Maple Cream.  

Week 4 Leaderboards

Greetings once again, Hot Reads Participants!

Take a gander at our week 4 leaderboards.

We are almost finished with our first month, but there are still 2 to go. Still plenty of time to earn those coupon prizes and grand-prize entries.