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Missing Lisbeth Salander? Meet Vanessa Monroe.

Stock Your Freezer

book coverIf you are like me, you've been burned by cookbooks before. You know the ones - the cover looks great, lots of hype, the pictures are glossy and delicious-looking, but after buying it you only end up liking one or two of the recipes. So, now I rarely buy a cookbook without first test-driving a library copy. My most recent test drive was fabulous, and not only will I buy a copy for myself, but I may gift a few copies too.

Audiobooks as Medicine?

I recently read a blog post on the Audiobook Blog that mentioned an article about research done with stroke patients and audiobooks. According to the abstract provided, the patients who listened to audiobooks recovered their auditory sensory memory faster than those who listened to music instead of books, and much quicker than those who did not listen to either.

Summer Science Reads

book cover imageNPR recommended this summer's best science books, "five engrossing summer releases that will satisfy anyone from a curious nonscientist to a biochemist eager to refresh her mind with new ideas in neuroscience."

Suggested titles:

Missed one of those great CBC documentaries?

Not to worry, the library has lots of them right here on DVD. You can catch up with titles like

Marcelo in the Real World

I recently finished listening to this thoughtful book and I can't get it out of my head. The story recounts the summer Marcelo, a 17 year old boy with high-functioning Asperger's, must work at his father's law firm rather than in the stables at his private school. His father wants him to learn to

Marcelo in the Real World

I recently finished listening to this thoughtful book. It recounts the summer Marcelo, a 17 year-old boy with high-functioning Asperger's, must work at his father's law firm rather than in the stables at his private school. His father wants him to learn to cope with the "real world". Observing the world through Marcelo's eyes is both fascinating and enlightening.

Classic Radio

Tune in twice a week to Sirius XM Book Radio (Sirius #117; XM #163) to hear "Penguin Classics on Air," a half-hour radio show written and produced entirely by Penguin employees. "Penguin Classics on Air" will air Mondays from 3:30-4:00 pm and Thursdays from 11:30-midnight.

American Myths

It seems that part of being a Canadian is gleefully teasing our "Superpower" neighbour. I admit that watching Rick Mercer's "Talking to Americans" always makes me laugh. So, I got curious when a book called American Myths: What Canadians Think They Know About the United States crossed my desk.