October 2020 Prime Picks
America's Test Kitchen
America's Test Kitchen
Cooking for One should be a mainstay in
household, whether it be a bachelor, someone newly single, or a young
just starting out on their own. The recipes also can attract members of
households that eat apart, on different schedules.
involves scaling down recipes, more efficiently using or building a
staples, and creatively using leftovers and odd ingredients for best
all these skills and more, going beyond the recipes presented to
obstacles to single-portion cooking, from food waste to using
hand to best advantage.
photos of completed dishes, introductions to each meal that explain why
recipe works above other similar competitors, and easy step-by-step
that include a sidebar of 'improvisation' suggestions make Cooking for One is the item of choice for
any single cook looking
to produce quality results in acceptably small proportions.
the Slow Cooker
Shelly Marie Redmond, MS, RD, LDN, Culinary Dietitian
Skinny Louisiana...in the Slow Cooker
provides a follow-up to Shelly
Marie Redmond's first cookbook about low-fat Louisiana dishes, walking
through recipes that can be made either in the slow cooker or an
A wide range
traditional Louisiana dishes are adapted for quicker cooking, from
and Crockpot Red Bean and Turkey Chili and more general fare, such as a
'n Sweet Apricot Chicken and a Easy Breezy Apple-Cinnamon Pork Roast.
Skinny Louisiana...in the Slow Cooker
represents a blend of
Louisiana traditional flavors and new innovations and comes from the
the Skinny Louisiana brand, who is also a culinary dietician and
The blend of
photos, easy, inviting recipes, and dishes designed for variety and
makes Skinny Louisiana...in the Slow
Cooker an appealing cookbook especially recommended for busy
interested in healthy Louisiana-based fare.
Women in the
Women in the Kitchen: Twelve Essential Cookbook
Writers Who Defined the
Way We Eat, from 1661 to Today pairs a history of American
cooking with a
specific focus on twelve selected cookbook authors whose approaches
American cooking and recipes.
those with a casual interest in food will readily recognize the names
Farmer, Julia Child, and probably Alice Waters, among others. Each
receives a biographical sketch, discussions of her books and dishes,
information about her role in American culinary history.
adjunct to the
historical survey, Women in the Kitchen includes
fifty original recipes along with updated versions that Willan tested
adapted for modern kitchens.
More than a
collection but embellished with many mouth-watering suggestions, Women in the Kitchen is especially
recommended reading for those who like blends of culinary histories and
biographical sketches. Its focus on some of the major women who changed
taste and face of cooking in America is very nicely done.
John B. Nici, M.A.
AP Art History, a recommended study guide
for students planning on
taking the AP Art History exam, provides all the review and practice
needed to make this a successful effort.
includes three full-length practice tests, visual images and history of
artists and art movements, the latest test practices and content
on these changing focuses, and sections of vocabulary, summaries, and
practice exercises geared to each chapter.
illustrations of the art world abound, while surveys of architecture
those of other cultures, such as Hindu architectural history), art
cross-cultural comparative discussions round out a study guide that is
logically arranged for progressive learning, and well detailed.
the exam need this in-depth reference, but AP
Art History also will appeal to anyone looking for a
refresher course in
art and architectural history.
Alaska Native Art
University of Oklahoma Press
Northwest Coast and Alaska Native Art
excels in lovely full-color
art pieces made by the Indigenous artists of the Northwest Coast and
features pieces from the Denver Art Museum that celebrate their
permanent new galleries covering the subject.
these images are rare stories about each piece and stories about the
long-standing history of working with living Native artists.
tribal cosmology, tradition, and artistic heritage provide readers with
outstanding survey that needs no prior introduction to Northwest Coast
history in order to prove accessible and enlightening.
Linda Seger and John Rainey
Michael Wiese Productions
You Talkin' to Me? How to Write Great Dialogue
belongs in any film
or performing arts library, as well as many a creative writer's
comes from experts in screenwriting who provide writers with a strong
with examples of what constitutes powerful dialogue.
dialogues that work not just on paper but in film and on television
makes for a
book that goes beyond most introductory explorations, especially with
emphasis and approach.
building characters and psychological interactions and using sound to
or connect their actions is nicely done, as are case study notes that
specific examples of such dialogue in action.
From scenes that can't be made more effective through dialogue alone to the fine line writers must walk between authentic expression and communication, chapters delve into the basics of what makes dialogue move from ordinary to great.
You Talkin' to Me? How to Write Great Dialogue
reading for creative writers, playwrights, actors, and anyone who would
the foundations of superior dialogue.
Politics & Social Issues
It Was All a
It Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became
Donald Trump goes
beyond most political examinations of the Trump presidency to examine
foundations of the GOP party itself.
about how Trump hijacked the party for his own purposes, but Stuart
outlines how Trump actually reflects the party's growing moral and
from the 1960s to modern times.
party's evolution decade by decade and draw important connections
processes and people and the culmination of its changing values in the
of Donald Trump as its leader.
political analysis should be foundation reading for anyone who would go
a Trump presidential analysis to follow the changing foundations and
Live Free Or
readers interested in analyses of American politics and direction
should place Live Free Or Die: America (And
the World) On
the Brink at the top of their reading lists.
news host author
Sean Hannity here provides not only his first book in ten years, but a
consideration of American values, traditions, and the principles of
achievement which seem under attack today.
of a blast at Democrats in particular as it warns of the dangers of a
platform, social strife, and the values the Democrats embody, in
this book for its close contrast between both parties' ideals and their
to democratic principles will find Live
Free or Die offers food for thought on the widely divergent
belief systems of both parties.
The Presidents vs. the Press: The Endless Battle
Between the White
House and the Media from The Founding Fathers to Fake News
stormy presidential relationships with the media didn't originate with
present-day events, but have their roots in American history.
held a personal belief that his administration and ideals embrace
political and ethical goals than others. At the same time, reporters
with revealing White House operations and meanings behind press release
messages have felt the drive to expose the truth in whatever form it
gives readers a history of various presidential leaders and the
media reporting that either plagued or supported their administrations.
It should be
mentioned that this is no casual survey. As chapters explore eighteen
presidents and the link between news reporting and their policies and
objectives, readers receive a solid connection between politics and
course in either media studies or politics should be without this
Simon & Schuster
Reaganland: America's Right Turn 1976-1980
offers the fourth,
concluding volume to a series of sweeping histories covering the
American conservatism in the postwar era. It should be cautioned that
isn't for the casual follower of Reagan's policies or psyche, but for
hardcore political history enthusiast who, preferably, has absorbed the
volumes in the series, Before the Storm,
Nixonland, and The
be put off by either heavily footnoted studies or over 1,000 pages of
that charts Reagan's evolution, politics, and influence on his times.
to detail contrasts political and social history during this volatile
American evolution, using Reagan's focus as a focal point for probing
evolution of the right-wing party in America.
claims of misrepresentation, plagiarism, and scholarly failings,
addition to the series is packed with food for thought. This offers
buffs an intriguing discussion that will be enhanced by an overall
conservatism's roots, tenets, and methodology through reading and
other books (both about Reagan and about American conservatism) with
Science, Nature & Technology
T-Minus AI: Humanity's Countdown to Artificial
Intelligence and the New
Pursuit of Global Power documents how countries around the
raised the stakes for becoming first in the drive to instigate AI. It
from a national expert on artificial intelligence who considers this
from scientific, social, and political standpoints.
similar-sounding discussions which approach their topics from a given
discipline, T-Minus AI aims to
provide those with relatively little familiarity on the subject with a
wide-ranging discussion of AI's promises, threats, and political impact
discussion of its effects on the world as a whole makes for a
social discourse that should be on the reading lists of not just high
college students, but anyone concerned about the intersection of
politics, and social change.
the End Times
Bunker: Building for the End Times
examines the world of preppers,
who prepare for global disaster by fortifying their medical and food
stockpiles, building bunkers against apocalypse so they and their
traveled around the world to visit those physical bunkers and survival
He interviewed various preppers at different stages of their work and
various communities also at work, from Utah Mormons to the vision of
Condo and those who built Fortitude Ranch.
of security and the insights of preppers on their choices and others'
fortifications to how people become 'hardwired for survival', this is a
fascinating account that looks at more than just physical structures.
examines the social, psychological, and political sentiments of those
who are involved in bunker-building activities.
Bunker is a powerful account recommended
for anyone considering
survival tactics and approaches.
When More Is
Roger L. Martin
Harvard Business Review Press
When More Is Not Better: Overcoming
America's Obsession with Economic Efficiency draws important
between business and politics, considering the problems facing the
American society alike.
maintains that the economy has, for too long, been viewed as a
for pursuing greater efficiency when, in fact, it has shifted to make
more accessible to the already-rich and less to the middle class and
reality, the economy needs to be changed to seek balance over
efficiency and allow
for a more even distribution of wealth, over freestyle system
to achieve this balance, encouraging the creation of a complex system
receives regular scrutiny and a design principle based on less of a
model and more of a flexible course of action.
economic stability and a different kind of approach to growth and
distribution will find When More Is Not
Better an intriguing consideration of new possibilities and
economic systems and management.
provide engaging stories to young people with good reading skills who
detailed descriptions of nature and accompanying colorful, delightful
Bulion's Leaf Litter Critters
$7.99) receives whimsical and fun drawings by Robert Meganck as it
soil and leaf litter and the creatures that call such places their home.
ecosystems are not common explorations in children's stories, but here
alive as Bulion pairs simple, fun rhymes with a paragraph of science
draw readers into these worlds.
drawings are icing on the cake of a unique, fun exploration.
also join forces in Amphibian Acrobats
(9781682631843, $7.99), which provides middle grade readers with the
appealing blend of illustration, science, and poetry, offering
engaging details on amphibians.
celebration of different kinds of acrobats in this world will draw
the science with a flavor of opportunity missing from more staid
outstanding, top recommendations for advanced elementary through middle
ages 4-8 will relish Lisa Papp's Madeline
Finn and the Therapy Dog (9781682631492, $17.99), which
puppy's education in becoming an official therapy dog.
Madeline's assistance, and masters new skills, the ultimate goal
and close, posing new challenges as Star and his friend journey to a
community to test his newfound abilities.
information on therapy dogs and their abilities and training, along
lovely story of a girl who loves her puppy and his special purpose in
Arlo: The Lion Who Couldn't Sleep by
(9781682632222, $17.99) will reach kids ages 3-7 with a story of
that's perfect for bedtime read-aloud.
refrain repeated during the course of his story outlines mindfulness
which parents can use to help their child adjust to bedtime. The
calmness is very nicely presented.
Batten's Life in a Frozen World: Wildlife of
Antarctica (9781682631515, $18.99) excels in gorgeous color
Thomas Gonzalez as it surveys Antarctica's landscape and wildlife.
The Cousteau Society when he took a group of children from around the
Antarctica, and has been fascinated by the region ever since. Her book
the gorgeous drawings with much in-depth information suitable for
6-10, making for an outstanding scientific exploration directed to an
that usually doesn't receive such colorful depth.
Wonderful You (9781984837387,
receives fun drawings by Ramona Kaulitzki, who outlines the excitement
different families experience over a new baby's imminent arrival.
receives descriptions that relate to fruit, flowers, and vegetables in
rhyming survey that emphasizes joy, celebration, and the busy routines
preparing for a new addition to the family.
descriptions and multicultural families are nicely presented and
involvement of all kinds of families as they prepare for the big event.
Luci Soars by Lulu Delacre
(9781984812669, $17.99) comes from a
bestselling artist who adds a fine touch to a story that opens with
white illustrations and ventures into a colorful realm as it describes
who is born without a shadow.
her lack of a shadow and views her condition as a detriment, but as
by, she learns to view her omission as a strength...perhaps even a
greatness designed for a generation that will benefit from more
personal abilities and using them wisely.
unique additions to any leisure reader's collection.
arrivals from Sleeping Bear Press represent an outstandingly diverse
of recommended leisure reads.
Raccoon's Perfect Snowman
(9781534110670, $16.99) tells of Raccoon's love of building and
perfect snowman when winter arrives.
friends to try out their hands at the task, but can't resist giving
'helpful tips' to improve their efforts. Unfortunately, his directions
sometimes anything but helpful.
his friends without demanding their perfection? A fine lesson on
Diesen's Sing Some More!
receives gorgeous colorful illustrations by Howard Gray as it follows
who blend their skills to provide a neighborhood sing-along concert.
that explores this musical effort is the perfect delivery vehicle of
kids are introduced to musical concepts, vocabulary, and insights that
examples with definitions.
Bobby Babinski's Bathtub
$16.99) enjoys whimsical, fun drawings by Kevin M. Barry, who brings to
lesson not just in bathtub fun, but hygiene.
uniquely captivating drawings pair nicely with a lilting rhyme as a
tries to entice his son to enjoy bath time despite the child's initial
enjoy bath time with the zany results explored in Judy Young's
Lowell Gallion's Tip and Tucker, Paw
Painters (9781534110991, $9.99) will appeal to grades K-1
with Book 3 in a
series of Tip and Tucker adventures. André Ceolin's pictures are
engaging and bright, offering fun embellishments to this story of
friends whose different approaches to life are enlightening.
involved in art projects, but the little hamsters face a challenge when
try to join in the fun.
will have kids laughing and reading.
Shaw's Tails from the Animal Shelter
(9781534110489, $16.99) receives engaging drawings by Liza Woodruff as
surveys the experience of adopting a pet from the animal shelter.
Poetic stories and explorations of how community animal shelters work to connect people with pets provide information to parents and young readers ages 4-8, who will have the reading skills and comprehension to understand both the humor and the practical information.
want to learn more about animal adoption will find Tails
from the Animal Shelter a whimsical, fact-filled exploration.
These are lovely surveys, highly recommended for picture book readers and read-aloud parents looking for striking blends of illustration and story line.