Enjoy dinner and a book discussion hosted by members of the community and facilitated by the book’s author or a speaker with a unique perspective on the work. Then, gather at the Library for delectable desserts, coffee and interesting conversation with all event participants.
Please indicate your top three book choices either by mail or online (below). Once we receive your preferences and payment, we will reserve your spot and notify you of your book assignment, host and location. Space is limited and books will be assigned in the order that paid RSVPs are received. Copies of books are on reserve at the library and are also available for purchase at Creekside Books and Coffee.
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The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food and Love, by Kristin Kimball
When Kimball, a NYC writer, interviewed a dynamic young gentleman farmer, her world changed. Their first year together on Essex Farm, an organic community farm and co-op that strives to build an agro-ecosystem that is sustainable economically, environmentally, and socially, is chronicled in this book. http://www.kristinkimball.com/
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You Are an Ironman: How Six Weekend Warriors Chased Their Dream of Finishing the World’s Toughest
Both a riveting sports narrative and fascinating, behind-the-scenes study, this book vividly captures grueling feats of human endurance, while exploring the emotional toll and the psychological payoff of six participants in the 2009 Ford Ironman Arizona. http://www.jacquessteinberg.com/about-you-are-an-ironman/
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Baseball’s Starry Night: Reliving Major League Baseball’s 2011 Wild Card Night of Shock and Awe, by Paul Kocak
Providing a fan’s-eye view of a night that many have called the most exciting in the history of Major League Baseball, this book hears from 20 fans in their own words. Exciting and personal eyewitness accounts, either from the stadiums or their living room, give a “you-are-there” feeling. http://baseballstarrynight.com/
O Lucky One, by Stephen Lewandowski
This collection has a simplicity and clarity that express the poet’s dedication to nature and the environment. The poems embrace nature’s mysteries and spiritual qualities in a way that is similar to the Transcendentalists of the 19th century. http://foothillspublishing.com/2010/id57.htm
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Thomas Jefferson’s Crème Brûlée: How a Founding Father and His Slave James Hemings Introduced French Cuisine to America, by Thomas Craughwell (Release 9/18/12)
In 1784, Jefferson struck a deal with his slave, James Hemings, taking him to Paris to master the art of French cooking in exchange for his freedom. James apprenticed under master French chefs while Jefferson studied the cultivation of French crops (especially grapes for winemaking) to replicate in American agriculture. This nonfiction story behind their adventure includes 12 of their original recipes! http://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Jeffersons-Creme-Brulee-Introduced/dp/1594745781
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Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man, by Walter Stahr (Release 9/18/12)
Progressive Governor of NY, outspoken US Senator, Secretary of State and closest advisor to Lincoln during the Civil War, Seward was one of the most important Americans of the 19th century. Drawing on hundreds of sources previously not available or neglected, this new biography sheds new light on this complex figure, as well as on pivotal events of the Civil War and its aftermath. http://walterstahr.com/books/seward-lincolns-indispensable-man/synopsis/
Giant in the Shadows: The Life of Robert Todd Lincoln, by Jason Emerson
Ten years of research and previously unavailable materials went into the making of this newly published biography of President Lincoln’s only surviving son. The remarkable man and achievements of Robert Lincoln, who was a Union soldier, a minister to Great Britain, a U.S. Secretary of War and president of the Pullman Car Company, are illuminated as he made his own indelible mark on history. http://www.jasonemerson.com/giantintheshadows.html
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Twelve Desperate Miles: The Epic World War II Voyage of the SS Contessa, by Tim Brady
The story of the November 1942 invasion of Allied forces in North Africa with a spotlight on a little–known aspect of Operation Torch: the role of the SS Contessa. A banana boat of Honduran registry, it was the only vessel with a draft shallow enough to make it up the Moroccan river. While portraying the ship’s journey day–by–day and describing its colorful crew, the overall invasion and its aftermath are chronicled. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303815404577336231301479306.html
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Summer in a Glass: The Coming of Age of Winemaking in the Finger Lakes, by Evan Dawson
Summer in a Glass is not a book about wine; it’s a book about hope. Filled with likable characters from around the world, Dawson tells the story of how they arrived at the same place to lift up an industry. They go on to change a region, but more importantly, they change their own lives in ways they desperately need. http://www.evandawsonwrites.com/
Adirondack Kids, by Justin and Gary VanRiper, Illustrated by Carol VanRiper
This series of 12 chapter books for middle readers is a family effort, written by a father and son team with interior black and white illustrations by mom. Together they glean from their past summers spent in the Adirondacks to tell adventurous stories filled with nature and fun! Carol and Gary VanRiper will also talk about how to begin writing and the publishing process. http://www.adirondackkids.com/
Skaneateles: The Character and Characters of a Lakeside Village, by Kihm Winship
Returning to OFTB this year, well known raconteur Kihm Winship will present: A Return to Skaneateles: More Characters Revealed, based on his book. Guests will be delightfully entertained with more local tales of the lives of the interesting people whose personal histories have become woven into the tapestry of our community. http://kihm6.wordpress.com/; http://www.amazon.com/Skaneateles-Character-Characters-Lakeside-Village/dp/B004DIQER8
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Freddy the Pig, by Walter R. Brooks
CNY author Walter R. Brooks published his charming series of books centered on Freddy the Pig, and the other talking animals at Bean Farm, from the 1920’s until the 50’s. These stories are included on many lists of best loved children literature. Sean Kirst will focus his discussion on the idiosyncrasies of Brook’s wonderful characters and why these books remain popular today.
Thank You to our Hosts:
Amy and David Allyn
Paula and Ed Conan
Elizabeth and Evan Dreyfuss/Jean and Jack McGlynn
Theresa and Scott Elia
Mary and Joe Gaffney/Barbara and Jed Delmonico
Carrie Lazarus and Dave Birchenough
Amy and Chris Neumann
Sally and Bob Neumann
Flo and Pete Swartz
Peg and Doug Whitehouse/Rita and Gary Trenti
Carol and John Young
Thank You to our Sponsors:
Victory Sports Medicine and Orthopedics
CNY Fertility Center
M & T Bank
Creekside Books and Coffee
Monogram Shop of Skaneateles
Village Bottle Shop