So Little Time Left For Summer Book Reading

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A few more days and school will be starting. It is 103 degrees outside and the clothing stores are clearing out their summer stock. Next week there will be winter coats on the racks. Time seems to be flying by. And we have so many books and you have so little time. What shall we do? Grab a good book, fill up the ice tea glass and forget about the 100 degree weather. Kick back and get lost in a good read.

New non-fiction

"Mortgages 101," by David Reed: Big banks and mortgage companies try to tell you how easy it is to apply for and get a mortgage. But the bottom line is: if you don't ask the right questions and seek the right information, you're not going to get the best deal.This book tells you absolutely everything you need to know about finding and securing the best loan, including how to cut the cost of your mortgage insurance, improve your credit score and more. If you think you already know everything about mortgages, this book is for you. And if you don't know anything at all about mortgages, this book is the place to start.

"Heart Sense for Women" by Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D.: In this groundbreaking new book, Dr. Sinatra reveals why conventional medicine has ignored and misdiagnosed women's heart disease for so long. The book explores the amazing differences between men's and women's hearts. How the first symptom of heart disease in women is often sudden death -- and how to detect a woman's "early warning signs" before it is too late. The pros and cons of HRT in protecting your heart. The world's oldest secret to a healthy heart and much more.The book is an invaluable resource to help every woman to stay healthy and respect the mystery of the heart.

"Mary Magdalen -- Myth and Metaphor" by Susan Haskins: From the repentant whore of medieval painting to the tattooed temptress of Martin Scorsese's "The Last Temptation of Christ," Mary Magdalen has endured over the centuries as a powerful icon of sin and redemption. The truth of her role in early Christianity has been mythologized and misunderstood, yet she remains an archetype who continues to compel our imagination. Expertly tracing 2,000 years of art, literature and history, Susan Haskins offers a bold new portrait of the woman who witnessed Christ's crucifixion and resurrection -- the mysterious Magdalen who holds the key to our cultural understanding of the links between sex, sin and the feminine experience.

"109 East Palace," by Jennet Conant: They were told as little as possible. Their orders were to go to Santa Fe, N.M., and report for work at a classified Manhattan Project site, a location so covert, it was known to them only by the mysterious address: 109 East Palace. They were greeted by Dorothy McKibbin. When they stepped across her threshold, they became immersed in a parallel universe -- the desert hideaway where Robert Oppenheimer and a team of world famous scientists raced to build the first atomic bomb, before Germany,and bring World War II to an end. In this riveting and deeply moving account, drawing on a wealth of research and interviews, Conant reveals an exceptionally gifted and enigmatic man who served his country at tremendous personal cost and whose singular achievement and subsequent undoing, is at the root of our present nuclear predicament.

"Sister Age" by M.F.K. Fisher: In these remarkable stories, M.F.K. Fisher, one of the most admired writers of our time, embraces age as St. Francis welcomed Brother Pain. With a saint as a guide, she writes in her forward, perhaps we can accept in a loving way "the inevitable visits of a possibly nagging harpy like Sister Age." But in the stories it is the human strength in the unavoidable encounter with the end of life that Mrs. Fisher dramatizes so powerfully. This is a quietly moving collection by one of America's most eloquent writers.

"Long Way Round" by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman: It started as a daydream. Poring over a map of the world at home one quiet Saturday afternoon, Ewan McGregor -- actor and self-confessed bike nut -- noticed that it was possible to ride all the way around the world, with just one short hop across the Bering Strait from Russia to Alaska. He picked up the phone and called his best friend, Charley Boorman. And so began the adventure of a lifetime. Despite all the obstacles, they managed to ride over 20,000 miles in four months, changing their lives forever in the process. As they traveled, they documented their trip, taking photographs and writing diaries by the campfire. A fascinating, frank and highly entertaining travel book.

"Low Carb Gourmet" by Karen Barnaby: Over the past few years, low carb, high-protein diets have changed the way America eats. But how much steak, nuts and cheese can a person eat? If you're a low-carber, you have been looking for a cookbook that will provide the variety, sophistication and sublime taste sensations that true food lovers crave. This book is for you. In this book, anyone who is currently on -- or contemplating going on -- a low carb diet, will find a wealth of recipes, tips and inspiration. The author/chef applies her carb-cutting techniques to more than 250 recipes. Filled with lush color photographs, tips on low-carb shopping and menus and ideas for entertaining.

"Bringing Tuscany Home" by Frances Mayes: When Frances Mayes fell in love with Tuscany and Bramasole, millions of readers basked in the experience thorough her three best selling memoirs. Now, Frances and her husband share the essence of Tuscan life as they have lived it, with specific ideas and inspiration for readers stateside to bring the beauty and spirit of Tuscany into their own decor, meals, gardens, entertaining and most important, outlook on life. In her inimitable warm and evocative tone, Frances helps readers develop an eye for authentic Tuscan style, with advice on how to choose a Tuscan palette for the home; cultivate a Tuscan garden; set an imaginative Tuscan table using majolica and vintage linens and much more. The book is a treasure trove of practical advice and memorable images.

Don't forget to get on the list for the new Harry Potter book, "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince." The library has three copies and one book on tape.

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