i scream SANDWICH! and Other Summer Treats

Learn to make tasty summer treats including ice cream sandwiches, paletas, gelato, and sorbetto.

For many of us, summer brings memories of rushing to greet the ice cream truck or enjoying a dripping cone at the beach.  My favorite childhood summer treat was the ice cream sandwich, vanilla ice cream wedged between two chocolately cookies, so I was delighted to discover Jennie Schacht's new book i scream SANDWICH!

The recipes include classics such as S'mores and the Better-Than-It, Ms. Schacht's version of the famous San Francisco It's It Ice Cream Sandwich first sold at Playland at the Beach in 1928.  The author also explores flavors of the world with treats such as Latin Love, which is Dulce de Leche ice cream on Brown

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Hot Summer Street (Lit)

The winners for the Street Lit Book Award Medal (SLBAM) have been announced for 2012 titles. If you're a K'wan Foye fan, you'll be pleased.

Moll Flanders book coverStreet Literature, a sub genre of Urban Fiction, found its beginnings with stories which were serialized in newspapers. The works of Daniel DefoeCharles Dickens and Jacob Riis are early examples of the genre.  Although many of today's stories are released by major publishing houses

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The Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love by David Talbot

A letter from Mary Farrell, Branch Manager of Lakeview, to the Lakeview Book Club about The Season of the Witch by David Talbot. It's one we all REALLY liked!

Hello Everyone,

Ten of us were at Lakeview to discuss The Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love by David Talbot and all liked it!
 

We started out discussing the writing style of David Talbot. Three of us mentioned it was difficult to track at times and maybe more editing could have helped that. One pointed out that most of it was based on interviews Talbot had done with participants and observers of these events. The rest thought there was no problem with the writing at all and that the book was gripping and the

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Traveling with Fiction

Looking for a book to take on vacation with you this summer? Check out our list of suggestions.

Each year, as summer approaches, I find myself thinking about vacation even if I’m not taking one.  When I do travel, I like to read fiction set in the places to which I’m traveling.  And if there’s no vacation on the horizon, I still love to get carried away with a good book set in a location I’d like to visit.    

I know many library patrons also enjoy reading fiction set in other locales. Listed below are some titles I’ve recommended to patrons and other that that have been recommended to me. 

Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea

Into the Beautiful NorthA contemporary story set in a small Mexican village.  After most of the men in her village have moved North for work, nineteen-year old Natalia,

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In Abundance: authors explore how we got fat.

Three Bay Area authors give thier take on your expanding waistline.

This year's Summer Reading theme: “Reading is So Delicious” got me thinking and reading about what an abundance of delicious may do to our bodies.
 
Two journalists and a doctor, all residents of the Bay Area, tackle just this subject.
 

 How the Food Giants Hooked Us  by Michael MossSalt, Sugar, Fat gives an enlightening and sometimes frightening account of the processed food industry in the United States and beyond. Moss discusses how the biggest names in Big Food once

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Wild: from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

Go "Wild" with Cheryl Strayed in her memoir of her 1,000 mile hike of the Pacific Coast Trail!!! You will feel like you walked beside her!

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When is nonfiction better than fiction?

When the writer makes you feel like you lived it alongside her...When you are happily exhausted and you did none of the work....When you "Can't-Put-It-Down."

The name "Cheryl Strayed," is a chosen name which captures the reality and the spirit of the story. At 23, Cheryl was on the verge of the abyss emotionally and literally when she hikes, ALONE, 1,000 miles on the Pacific Coast Trail from Mojave to Oregon. She

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in May

Here's a preview of 10 great novels coming this month.

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Book Giveaway: Ghana Must Go

Enter a contest to win Ghana Must Go, the debut novel by Taiye Selasi.


Book Cover of Ghana Must Go

 

Ghana Must Go is the story of an immigrant family of Ghanaian and Nigerian descent headed by a successful doctor living the American Dream in Boston with his wife and four children. But when he leaves his family for another woman, the family splits apart. Sixteen years later estranged family members meet again in Accra, reunited by the patriarch’s funeral. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly calls it “gorgeous” and “driven by eloquent prose.” You can read more about it 

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2013 Pulitzer Prizes Announced

Earlier this week the 2013 Pulitzer Prizes were announced. Are you feeling inspired to read any of this year’s award winners?

Earlier this week the 2013 Pulitzer Prizes were announced.

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Finalists Announced for 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

How many of the nominees for this year's IMPAC Dublin Literary Award have you read?

Looking for a great book? Earlier this week, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award announced its 2013 shortlist.

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