電子菜譜:廣式燒臘點心 – New Cooking eBooks in Cantonese

資深大廚教你製作美味燒臘,精緻點心,經典糖水.在線閲讀或下載

Overdrive cover 在家做燒味, 陳偉 (eBook)
“香港的燒味舉世馳名,許多香港人都愛吃這種食物,資深燒臘名師陳偉把繁複的專業技藝,簡化成在家也能做到的燒烤食物,書中有香料和一般常用味醬介紹,並附有許多個人製作心得,與讀者分享。全書介紹了50多款美味食物,還運用那些滷燻食物再配搭其他食材,變化成許多家常菜餚,天天有加餸。” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 美味滋补煲汤, 刘振鹏 (eBook)
“冬春季,餐桌上有碗热气腾腾的鲜汤,常使人垂涎欲滴,既能取暖,又能开胃,夏秋季节,餐桌上有碗凉的差不多的清肺汤,既能排毒,又能养颜,想想就觉得胃口大开。《美味滋补煲汤》主要内容包括:煲汤全攻略、滋补蔬菜汤、滋补肉菜汤、滋补水产汤和滋补甜汤。内容丰富、信息量大、实用性强。助您喝出健康好身体。” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 糖水, Unknown (eBook)
“香港潮流糖水和經典糖水共冶一爐,簡單易做,撘配新穎,顏色吸引,除了自家烹煮外,還可作糖水店的參考建議。” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 蔡潔儀百味料理–香港糕點, 蔡潔儀 (eBook)
“蔡潔儀百味料理的叢書之一,挑選香港常見50款糕點甜品編集成書,尤其是節慶食品、坊間小吃等。每款食譜會突出烹調成品特色與技法,以及每菜一食材的介紹。” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 天天吃海魚, 陳紀臨 (eBook)
“每菜一魚,標有其特徵、別名和烹調方法,還兼附魚相片,方便確認。作者是飲食世家出身,博學多聞,游走四方,全書挑選40多道魚菜,深入考究每種魚的資料,運用不同的烹調技巧,突顯菜式。篇末還附加海魚概說,增加閱讀興趣和常識。” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 一盅兩件, 黃健欽 (eBook)
“資深點心師黃健欽擁有40多年入廚經驗,其點心作品創意不凡。點心離不開飲茶,本書既講點亦講茶。55款創新口味或造型的點心中,有「飲茶」必食的多款美點外,還以茶入饌,煎炒焗炸蒸煮等法炮製的美點,均有圖解詳細解說製作方法,是點心製作愛好者必備的參考書。” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 食療食物大全, 鍾庸 (eBook)
“‧利用食物防治疾病,在中國已有數千年歷史。食物藥源,到處可見,不論瓜果蔬菜,還是糧食肉蛋,既可食用,又能入藥,具有安全可靠,簡單易行的特色。 ‧本書用數百張彩圖和簡明扼要的文字,深入淺出的紹了達三百種「食用的藥物」,取這些飲食物料作為輔助治療劑或食療品,都能收到恢復健康,促進病體痊癒的效果。 ‧本書原作者是譽滿港澳的已故著名中醫鍾庸先生,有豐富的臨床經驗。原書出版多年,現今再經本草學及食療專家關培生先生對全書作修訂,在考核名實,評述氣味功能,解說食療功效和闡釋實際應用方面都作了嚴謹的校勘,使全書更具科學性,並充份反映了目前食療研究的成果。 ‧本書附錄了常用食療方及百餘種常見食物的詳細營養成份分析表,具有相當高的參考價值。” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 家有靚湯, 伊曼 (eBook)
“喝湯是飲食文化一種,香港湯種可說是五花八門,有養生湯、滾煮湯和西式湯羹等。這本書集合了四十多種湯,中西合璧,還附加了選煲心得,食譜還兼備了中、英、印尼文,適合不同讀者的需要,自用或送禮皆宜。書末還附設了常用湯料的認字咭以供外傭使用。” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 真味香港菜, 陳紀臨 (eBook)
“作者夫婦是著名食家「特級校對」陳夢因先生的子媳,繼承其父對飲食的品鑒,強調廚藝,捨棄盲目追求名貴食物,堅持「做菜是要用心來做,不是用手來做」的理念。本書以實例發揚「特級校對」的飲食哲學,除了提供具體的份量和烹調的步驟方法,還講述做菜的道理,使讀者能利用今天的食材和廚房設備,容易地做出可口的家常菜。陳家廚房從來沒有秘密,有的是特級校對留下的做菜智慧和思考方法,悟道者受益不盡。 本書借著懷舊菜式喚起集體回憶,提倡「在家吃飯」,讓讀者們一起感受家庭溫馨。” (Overdrive description)

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New non-Fiction eBooks for you to read

Here are our latest non-fiction eBooks for April, enjoy!

Pondlife: A Swimmer’s Journal/ by Al Alvarez
“Here’s the paradox: your body becomes steadily more troublesome just at that point when the world, which you are soon to leave, becomes sweeter, more poignant, more beautiful, more desirable…The ponds of Hampstead Heath are small oases; fragments of wild nature nestled in the heart of north-west London. For the best part of his life Al Alvarez – poet, critic, novelist, rock-climber and poker player – has swum in them almost daily. An athlete in his youth, Alvarez, now in his eighties, chronicles what it is to grow old with humour and fierce honesty – from his relentlessly nagging ankle which makes daily life a struggle, to infuriating bureaucratic battles with the council to keep his disabled person’s Blue Badge, the devastating effects of a stroke, and the salvation he finds in the three Ss – Swimming, Sex and Sleep. As Alvarez swims in the ponds he considers how it feels when you begin to miss that person you used to be – to miss yourself. Swimming is his own private form of protest against the onslaught of time; proof to others, and himself, that he’s not yet beaten. By turns funny, poetic and indignant, Pondlife is a meditation on love, the importance of life’s small pleasures and, above all, a lesson in not going gently in to that good night.” (Overdive summary)

When Gods collide/ by Kate James
“Still wrestling with her own experience of growing up in India as the child of Australian missionaries, Kate James is haunted by the story of murdered compatriot Graham Staines. Along with his two young sons, the manager of the mission at Baripada (who helped establish the Mayurbhanj Leprosy Home) was burned alive by Hindu fundamentalists in Orissa while asleep in his car. In search of the man behind the 1999 headlines – and the context behind the conflict in a country known for its religious tolerance – Kate returns to the subcontinent where she grew up. She travels from the hill station of Ooty to Darjeeling via the steamy Coramandel Coast, visiting Catholic shrines, an atheist ashram, a temple to Hindu missionaries and the Kolkata slums, as well as Staine’s Home and her own childhood school. Part detective story, part personal journey, Kate’s engrossing reportage explores India’s complex tapestry of religion and mysticism, assessing its Christian, Buddhist, Hindu and athiest heritage as she comes to terms with the faith she has rejected.” (Overdrive summary)

Intelligent Leadership: What You Need to Know to Unlock Your Full Potential/ by John Mattone
“In today’s business environment, leaders at all levels are facing enormous challenges when it comes to achieving and sustaining breakthrough operating results. Globalization, economic change, more stringent regulation, and tougher governance make realizing shareholder value increasingly difficult. Intelligent Leadership is written for leaders who want to become more effective, strategic, operationally focused, and balanced. It is for leaders who are striving to take control of their destiny and become the best they can be. In this groundbreaking book, leadership coach John Mattone—recently named to the “guru radar” by the prestigious Thinkers50—taps into his years of experience working with high-achieving professionals to give readers a roadmap for developing and mastering their executive maturity. Supplying three unique tools—the Wheel of Leadership Success, Map of Leadership Maturity, and the Leadership Enneagram—the book helps readers calibrate their abilities so they can simultaneously focus on their strengths and address their weaknesses. The goal is to improve key tactical competencies (such as critical and strategic thinking, decision-making, talent and team leadership, and communication) and integrate them with equally important inner traits like values, character, and beliefs in order to achieve their leadership potential. Featuring best practices, authoritative research, practical assessments, and enlightening examples of both good and bad leadership, this book equips readers with the knowledge, skills, and passion they need to become the leaders they were meant to be.” (Overdrive summary)

Springsteen on Springsteen: Interviews, Speeches, and Encounters/ by Jeff Burger
“Offering fans an extensive look at the artist’s own words throughout the past four decades, Springsteen on Springsteen brings together Q&A–formatted articles, speeches, and features that incorporate significant interview material. No one is better qualified to talk about Springsteen than the man himself, and he’s often as articulate and provocative in interviews and speeches as he is emotive onstage and in recordings. While many rock artists seem to suffer through interviews, Springsteen has welcomed them as an opportunity to speak openly, thoughtfully, and in great detail about his music and life. This volume starts with his humble beginnings in 1973 as a struggling artist and follows him up to the present, as Springsteen has achieved almost unimaginable wealth and worldwide fame. Included are feature interviews with well-known media figures, including Charlie Rose, Ted Koppel, Brian Williams, Nick Hornby, and Ed Norton. Fans will also discover hidden gems from small and international outlets, in addition to radio and TV interviews that have not previously appeared in print. This collection is a must-have for any Springsteen fan.” (Overdrive summary)

Magical Thinking/ by Augusten Burroughs
“Augusten Burroughs’s “Running with Scissors” was ‘funnier and more alarming than any memoir in recent history’ (“Independent on Sunday”). “Dry” proved that he could do it again. And now, with these true stories, his fans are in for a treat. “Magical Thinking” gives voice to thoughts we all have but dare not mention. What makes the collection so original is Augusten’s sharp-eyed observations about things that are unique to him, but somehow universal to us all.” (Overdrive summary)

The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present/ by Eric Kandel
“Publisher’s Weekly “Engrossing … Nobel-winning neuroscientist Kandel excavates the hidden workings of the creative mind. Kandel writes perceptively about a range of topics, from art history–the book’s color reproductions alone make it a great browse–to dyslexia. … Kandel captures the reader’s imagination with intriguing historical syntheses and fascinating scientific insights into how we see–and feel–the world.”” (courtesy of Overdrive)

Non-Fiction eBooks for February

Here are our latest non-fiction eBooks for February, enjoy!

The Body Ecology Guide to Growing Younger: Anti-Aging Wisdom for Every Generation/ by Donna Gates, Lyndi Schrecengost
“Regardless of our age, we all want to look and feel younger, healthier, and more alive. That’s the goal of The Body Ecology Guide to Growing Younger: a holistic program that will redesign your relationship to your body and your life.Expanding on the principles in the landmark bestseller The Body Ecology Diet, this long-awaited book provides a blueprint for restoring a vital friendship with our bodies as the years pass and, in turn, creating beauty, longevity, and well-being in ourselves and our world. Through diet and unique anti-aging therapies, Donna Gates 1; the originator of Body Ecology, a world-renowned system of healing 1; shows us how we can live fuller, healthier, more meaningful lives.A fascinating blend of cutting-edge medical information, practical health advice, and spiritual wisdom, The Body Ecology Guide to Growing Younger is relevant for people of any age. This groundbreaking book suggests that we don’t simply have to age gracefully, we can age with panache.” (Overdrive summary)

A Kiss Before You Go: an Illustrated Memoir of Love and Loss/ by Danny Gregory
“After the loss of his wife in a tragic accident, beloved artist Danny Gregory chronicled his grief in the medium he knows best—the pages of his illustrated journals. This intimate reproduction of his journal is a stirring visual memoir of Gregory’s journey towards recovery. Uniquely sincere, and by turns tender, raw, and hopeful, Gregory’s idiosyncratic text and illustrations capture the darkest and lightest moments of his “year of magical drawing.” Gregory’s process reminds us that creative expression offers its own therapy, and that living each day to its fullest may be as simple as putting pen to paper. Anyone who has experienced loss will take solace in this refreshingly candid look at grieving, while art lovers will marvel at the artist’s beautiful celebration of the power of creation.” (Overdrive summary)

On a Farther Shore: the Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson, Author of Silent Spring/ by William Souder
“She loved the ocean and wrote three books about its mysteries, including the international bestseller The Sea Around Us. But it was with her fourth book, Silent Spring, that this unassuming biologist transformed our relationship with the natural world.
Rachel Carson began work on Silent Spring in the late 1950s, when a dizzying array of synthetic pesticides had come into use. Leading this chemical onslaught was the insecticide DDT, whose inventor had won a Nobel Prize for its discovery. Effective against crop pests as well as insects that transmitted human diseases such as typhus and malaria, DDT had at first appeared safe. But as its use expanded, alarming reports surfaced of collateral damage to fish, birds, and other wildlife. Silent Spring was a chilling indictment of DDT and its effects, which were lasting, widespread, and lethal.
Published in 1962, Silent Spring shocked the public and forced the government to take action-despite a withering attack on Carson from the chemicals industry. The book awakened the world to the heedless contamination of the environment and eventually led to the establishment of the EPA and to the banning of DDT and a host of related pesticides. By drawing frightening parallels between dangerous chemicals and the then-pervasive fallout from nuclear testing, Carson opened a fault line between the gentle ideal of conservation and the more urgent new concept of environmentalism.
Elegantly written and meticulously researched, On a Farther Shore reveals a shy yet passionate woman more at home in the natural world than in the literary one that embraced her. William Souder also writes sensitively of Carson’s romantic friendship with Dorothy Freeman, and of her death from cancer in 1964. This extraordinary new biography captures the essence of one of the great reformers of the twentieth century.” (Overdrive summary)

SpielbergThe Man, the Movies, the Mythology/ by Frank Sanello
“Based on more than a half dozen interviews with the director himself, this unauthorized biography recounts Spielberg’s childhood, education, career, philanthropic and charitable endeavors, and his extremely private personal life. This updated edition explores Spielberg’s latest filmmaking efforts, from Schindler’s List to Men in Black 2.” (Overdrive summary)

The Grand TourLetters and photographs from the British Empire Expedition 1922/ by Agatha Christie
“Unpublished for 90 years, Agatha Christie’s extensive and evocative letters and photographs from her year-long round-the-world trip to South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and America as part of the British trade mission for the famous 1924 Empire Exhibition.
In 1922 Agatha Christie set sail on a 10-month voyage around the British Empire with her husband as part of a trade mission to promote the forthcoming British Empire Exhibition. Leaving her two-year-old daughter behind with her sister, Agatha set sail at the end of January and did not return until December, but she kept up a detailed weekly correspondence with her mother, describing in detail the exotic places and people she encountered as the mission travelled through South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and Canada.
The extensive and previously unpublished letters are accompanied by hundreds of photos taken on her portable camera as well as some of the original letters, postcards, newspaper cuttings and memorabilia collected by Agatha on her trip.
Edited and introduced by Agatha Christie’s grandson, Mathew Prichard, this unique travelogue reveals a new side to Agatha Christie, demonstrating how her appetite for exotic plots and locations for her books began with this eye-opening trip, which took place just after only her second novel had been published (the first leg of the tour to South Africa is very clearly the inspiration for the book she wrote immediately afterwards, The Man in the Brown Suit). The letters are full of tales of seasickness and sunburn, motor trips and surf boarding, and encounters with welcoming locals and overbearing Colonials.
The Grand Tour is a book steeped in history, sure to fascinate anyone interested in the lost world of the 1920s. Coming from the pen of Britain’s biggest literary export and the world’s most widely translated author, it is also a fitting tribute to Agatha Christie and is sure to fascinate her legions of worldwide fans.” (Overdrive summary)

DearieThe Remarkable Life of Julia Child/ by Bob Spitz
“It’s rare for someone to emerge in America who can change our attitudes, our beliefs, and our very culture. It’s even rarer when that someone is a middle-aged, six-foot three-inch woman whose first exposure to an unsuspecting public is cooking an omelet on a hot plate on a local TV station. And yet, that’s exactly what Julia Child did. The warble-voiced doyenne of television cookery became an iconic cult figure and joyous rule-breaker as she touched off the food revolution that has gripped America for more than fifty years.
Now, in Bob Spitz’s definitive, wonderfully affectionate biography, the Julia we know and love comes vividly — and surprisingly — to life. In Dearie, Spitz employs the same skill he brought to his best-selling, critically acclaimed book The Beatles, providing a clear-eyed portrait of one of the most fascinating and influential Americans of our time — a woman known to all, yet known by only a few.
At its heart, Dearie is a story about a woman’s search for her own unique expression. Julia Child was a directionless, gawky young woman who ran off halfway around the world to join a spy agency during World War II. She eventually settled in Paris, where she learned to cook and collaborated on the writing of what would become Mastering the Art of French Cooking, a book that changed the food culture of America. She was already fifty when The French Chef went on the air — at a time in our history when women weren’t making those leaps. Julia became the first educational TV star, virtually launching PBS as we know it today; her marriage to Paul Child formed a decades-long love story that was romantic, touching, and quite extraordinary.
A fearless, ambitious, supremely confident woman, Julia took on all the pretensions that embellished tony French cuisine and fricasseed them to a fare-thee-well, paving the way for everything that has happened since in American cooking, from TV dinners and Big Macs to sea urchin foam and the Food Channel. Julia Child’s story, however, is more than the tale of a talented woman and her sumptuous craft. It is also a saga of America’s coming of age and growing sophistication, from the Depression Era to the turbulent sixties and the excesses of the eighties to the greening of the American kitchen. Julia had an effect on and was equally affected by the baby boom, the sexual revolution, and the start of the women’s liberation movement.
On the centenary of her birth, Julia finally gets the biography she richly deserves. An in-depth, intimate narrative, full of fresh information and insights, Dearie is an entertaining, all-out adventure story of one of our most fascinating and beloved figures.” (Overdrive summary)

Top 10 2012 – Non-Fiction eBooks

Here are our most downloaded adult non-fiction eBooks for 2012 – yes it’s The Fry Chronicles again at number 1 :

1- The Fry Chronicles/ by Stephen Fry
“Thirteen years ago, Moab is my Washpot, Stephen Fry’s autobiography of his early years, was published to rave reviews and was a huge bestseller. In those thirteen years since, Stephen Fry has moved into a completely new stratosphere, both as a public figure, and a private man. Now he is not just a multi-award-winning comedian and actor, but also an author, director and presenter. In January 2010, he was awarded the Special Recognition Award at the National Television Awards. Much loved by the public and his peers, Stephen Fry is one of the most influential cultural forces in the country. This dazzling memoir promises to be a courageously frank, honest and poignant read. It will detail some of the most turbulent and least well known years of his life with writing that will excite you, make you laugh uproariously, move you, inform you and, above all, surprise you.” (Overdrive summary)

2- Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia/ by Elizabeth Gilbert
“It’s 3 a.m. and Elizabeth Gilbert is sobbing on the bathroom floor. She’s in her thirties, she has a husband, a house, they’re trying for a baby – and she doesn’t want any of it. A bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair later, she emerges battered and bewildered and realises it is time to pursue her own journey in search of three things she has been missing: pleasure, devotion and balance. So she travels to Rome, where she learns Italian from handsome, brown-eyed identical twins and gains twenty-five pounds, an ashram in India, where she finds that enlightenment entails getting up in the middle of the night to scrub the temple floor, and Bali where a toothless medicine man of indeterminate age offers her a new path to peace: simply sit still and smile. And slowly happiness begins to creep up on her. A funny, tender, utterly beguiling story about a woman’s search for happiness.” (Overdrive summary)

3- Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals/ by Jamie Oliver
“If you love food and have hungry mouths to feed when you get home after a long day, then allow Jamie to introduce you to a revolutionary way of cooking. In 30-Minute Meals he’ll show you how to make a complete meal in the time you’d normally spend on one dish. What you’ll be able to achieve in 30 minutes will absolutely blow your mind! This is not about compromising on quality. It’s about being organised, working fast and using shortcuts and clever tricks to put insanely delicious plates of food on the table in no time. Each meal has been carefully crafted so that there’s no faffing about – just good, fast cooking. Jamie has created complete menus of foods that go beautifully together and planned the recipes in a unique and easy-to-follow way. This kind of cooking is all about using every minute wisely, having fun and reclaiming your kitchen for the job it was meant for. Once you start cooking this way, not only will you love it; you’ll never look back.” (Overdrive summary)

4- Civilization: The West and the Rest/ by Niall Ferguson
“If in the year 1411 you had been able to circumnavigate the globe, you would have been most impressed by the dazzling civilizations of the Orient. The Forbidden City was under construction in Ming Beijing; in the Near East, the Ottomans were closing in on Constantinople. By contrast, England would have struck you as a miserable backwater ravaged by plague, bad sanitation and incessant war. The other quarrelsome kingdoms of Western Europe – Aragon, Castile, France, Portugal and Scotland – would have seemed little better. As for fifteenth-century North America, it was an anarchic wilderness compared with the realms of the Aztecs and Incas. The idea that the West would come to dominate the Rest for most of the next half millennium would have struck you as wildly fanciful. And yet it happened. What was it about the civilization of Western Europe that allowed it to trump the outwardly superior empires of the Orient? The answer, Niall Ferguson argues, was that the West developed six “killer applications” that the Rest lacked: competition, science, democracy, medicine, consumerism and the work ethic. The key question today is whether or not the West has lost its monopoly on these six things. If so, Ferguson warns, we may be living through the end of Western ascendancy. Civilization takes readers on their own extraordinary journey around the world – from the Grand Canal at Nanjing to the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul; from Machu Picchu in the Andes to Shark Island, Namibia; from the proud towers of Prague to the secret churches of Wenzhou. It is the story of sailboats, missiles, land deeds, vaccines, blue jeans and Chinese Bibles. It is the defining narrative of modern world history.” (Overdrive summary)

5- The Quantum Universe: And Why Anything That Can Happen, Does/ by Brian Cox & Jeff Forshaw
“The authors of the international bestseller Why Does E=mc2? present a simple theory that leads to concrete and quite astonishing predictions for the natural world” (Overdrive summary)

6- How to Do Everything iPad/ by Joli Ballew
“Tap into every feature of your iPad! Get the most out of the revolutionary iPad with help from this easy-to-follow guide. Covering both the Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 3G models, How to Do Everything: iPad shows you how to quickly master the basics, such as customizing your iPad, using the Multi-Touch screen, accessing the Internet through wireless and cellular connections, syncing, and backing up your data. Learn to use Mail, Safari, iBooks, iTunes, Maps, the App Store, and much more. View photos and video, create a slideshow, watch movies, use GPS, and play games. If you’re looking for a book as cutting-edge and streamlined as the iPad itself, you found it!” (Overdrive summary)

7- Loving Sex/ by Laura Berman
“Loving Sex is a frank, approachable book for couples. It is the first contemporary sex guide to put as much emphasis on emotional connection as on physical pleasure, providing the foundation for a lifetime of intimacy.
Written by Dr Laura Berman who has over 20 years’ experience of helping couples achieve greater intimacy, Loving Sex is guaranteed to help you experience the heady heights of physical ecstasy and emotional intimacy.” (Overdrive summary)

8- iPad 2: The Missing Manual/ by J. D. Biersdorfer
“The iPad is an amazing media device, once you really know how to use it. In this entertaining book, New York Times tech columnist and iPad expert Jude Biersdorfer shows you how to get the most out of this sleek tablet to surf the Web, send and receive email, watch movies and TV shows, read eBooks, listen to music, play games, and even do a little iWork. It’s the book that should have been in the box.” (Overdrive summary)

9- Arguably/ by Christopher Hitchens
“A collection of the most important and controversial writings from the unapologetically provocative yet universally admired Christopher Hitchens.” (Overdrive summary)

10- iPad 2 Fully Loaded/ by Alan Hess
“Apple’s new iPad 2 offers new functionality, WiFi or 3G connectivity, a choice of data plans, and a new and more powerful iOS 4 operating system in a thinner, lighter device. This book shows how to get the most from every feature. It covers the two front- and rear-facing cameras, advice on using the multitouch display, and the pros and cons of WiFi vs. 3G. Then it explores video chatting with FaceTime, streaming music and movies to your HDTV, tips on shooting HD video, how to sync the iPad to your computer and transfer content, and much more.” (Overdrive summary)

eRead your facts

Below is a list of our latest non-fiction eBooks. From computing, home management, gardening, cooking, decorating, to “what ifs”, you’re spoilt for choice!

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Windows 8/ by Paul McFedries
“A practical guide for visual learners eager to get started with Windows 8
If you learn more quickly when you can see how things are done, this Visual guide is the easiest way to get up and running on Windows 8. It covers more than 150 essential Windows tasks, using full-color screen shots and step-by-step instructions to show you just what to do. Learn your way around the interface and how to install programs, set up user accounts, play music and other media files, download photos from your digital camera, go online, set up and secure an e-mail account, and much more.
•The tried-and-true format for visual learners, using step-by-step instructions illustrated with full-color screen shots to show exactly how things are done
•More than 600,000 copies of previous Teach Yourself VISUALLY books on Windows have been sold
•Shows how to perform more than 150 Windows 8 tasks, including working with files, digital images, and media; customizing Windows; optimizing performance; and sharing a computer with multiple users
•Covers installing and repairing applications, system maintenance, setting up password-protected accounts, downloading photos to your computer, and managing media files
Teach Yourself VISUALLY Windows 8 is the fastest, easiest way for visual learners to get going with the newest version of Windows.” (Overdrive summary)

101 Ways to Clean Out the Clutter/ by Emilie Barnes
“Home management expert and bestselling author Emilie Barnes comes to the aid of every clutter keeper with 101 simple ideas to rid rooms of piles, stacks, and disarray. Readers will rediscover space and peace in their home as they:
•stop making excuses for the useless items they keep
•eliminate junk mail before it junks up a drawer
•take back control over “stuff” and taste freedom
•subtract an item before adding an item
•reap the rewards of prioritizing time and space Better than a how–to show, this compact resource can go anywhere a reader needs a little encouragement and lots of tips to transform clutter to cleaner at home, a friend’s house, church, or the office.” (Overdrive summary)

Any Size, Anywhere Edible Gardening – The No Yard, No Time, No Problem Way To Grow Your Own Food/ by William Moss
“Edibles continue to be popular choices for gardeners, and beginning gardeners are no exception. Author William Moss takes a beginning gardener through all the steps needed to grow vegetables and fruits in any setting, regardless of the available (or desired) size. This book covers container gardening, vertical gardening, raised-bed gardening, and traditional methods to help gardeners everywhere bring a taste of homegrown freshness to their gardening experience.” (Overdive summary)

At My Table/ by Fay Lewis, Neil Corder
“At My Table is a lavishly illustrated cookbook filled with over 100 deliciously simple, yet inspirational and foolproof recipes for any occasion—from brunches and lunches to afternoon tea, and early evening snacks to both formal and informal dinners. And, to enhance every occasion, there are fabulous table settings and cost-effective ideas—centerpieces, napkin holders, place settings, to mention a few—on how to transform an ordinary meal into an unforgettable experience. Fay Lewis believes each mealtime should be a memorable occasion to be cherished and enjoyed with family and friends. And, through the pages of this book, Fay invites you to join her table and experience each timeless recipe, with photographs that look good enough to eat.” (Overdrive Summary)

Candice Olson Kitchens and Baths/ by Candice Olson
“Popular TV star Candice Olson shows you how to create your dream kitchen and bathroom
Kitchens and bathrooms are the most commonly renovated rooms–and also the best investment with the highest payback value upon resale. This book is chock full of tips, inspiration, and ideas from popular TV star Candice Olson, whose designs have wowed fans around the world. Brimming with hundreds of full-color, before-and-after photos of Candice’s stunning room makeovers, the book gives advice for choosing colors, materials, and furnishings to make any space shine.” (Overdrive summary)

New Zealand As It Might Have Been 2/ by Stephen Levine.
“A mix of short stories and commentaries—some whimsical, some grim—this work of creative conjecture offers a perceptive and positive new slant on significant New Zealand events and personalities.
A mix of short stories and commentaries—some whimsical, some grim—this work of creative conjecture offers a perceptive and positive new slant on significant New Zealand events and personalities. With a modest degree of adjustment, this compilation examines “what if” scenarios ranging from the historical and literary to the athletic and offers alternative conclusions. Altering the lives of Katherine Mansfield, New Zealand’s most famous writer, and national hero Sir Edmund Hillary as well as revisiting New Zealand’s avoidable choice to fight alongside the Americans in Vietnam and the possible effects of a postwar visit by Winston Churchill, this second volume presents a variety of visions of a country that nearly was.” (Overdrive summary)

Mixed eBag of non-fiction

If your smartphone is crying out for new titles to download, have a look at these ebooks that have just been added to our eCollection. There’s something for every discerning eBook worm!

What Color Is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers / Richard N. Bolles
“Career expert Richard (“Dick”) N. Bolles has now written forty-one books all with the same title: What Color Is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers. In order to tailor his authoritative guide to the current job- market, Bolles not only updates the book each year, but he also reconceives it, reinvents it, and rewrites it, so that one year’s edition is often vastly different from the year before. This is the case with the 2013 edition. Inventions in the book this year include a brand-new transferable skills grid, a novel way to discover what fields you would most like to work in, and a revamped version of his famed self-inventory instrument, the Flower Exercise.
What Color Is Your Parachute? is the world’s most popular job-hunting guide, and it has helped millions discover their unique gifts, skills, and interests. This has allowed them to land a job even in hard times, and to create for themselves a new, interesting, and inspiring career and life.
With fresh insights into resumes, networking, interviewing, salary negotiation, entrepreneurship, and social media, What Color Is Your Parachute? has everything you need to dust off your motivation and find your dream job.” (Overdrive summary)

Hitler’s OlympicsThe Story of the 1936 Nazi Games/ Anton Rippon
“For two weeks in August 1936, Nazi Germany achieved an astonishing propaganda coup when it staged the Olympic Games in Berlin. Hiding their anti-Semitism and plans for territorial expansion, the Nazis exploited the Olympic ideal, dazzling visiting spectators and journalists alike with an image of a peaceful, tolerant Germany. In Hitler’s Olympics, Anton Rippon tells the story of those remarkable Games, the first to overtly use the Olympic festival for political purposes. His account, which is illustrated with almost 200 rare photographs of the event, looks at how the rise of the Nazis affected German sportsmen and women in the early 1930s. And it reveals how the rest of the world allowed the Berlin Olympics to go ahead despite the knowledge that Nazi Germany was a police state.” (Overdrive Summary)

Fodor’s London 2013
“Expanded Coverage: London’s Olympic stint yielded plenty of new or polished-up restaurants, hotels, and attractions, making this guide perfect for travelers heading to London after the Olympic festivities.
Indispensable Trip Planning Tools: Convenient overviews of each neighborhood’s highlights make planning simple, as do best bets for hotels and restaurants, free things to do, and family favorites. There’s also practical advice for getting around, and a city map shows the Underground and includes key attractions, nearby dining, and great walks.
Discerning Recommendations: Fodor’s London 2013 offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor’s Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. “Word of Mouth” quotes from fellow travelers provide valuable insights.
TripAdvisor Reviews: Our experts’ hotel selections are reinforced by the latest customer feedback from TripAdvisor. Travelers can book their London stay with confidence, as only the best properties make the cut. ” (Overdrive Summary)

23 Days in July: Inside the Tour de France and Lance Armstrong’s Record-Breaking Victory / John Wilcockson
“A riveting day-by-day account of the 2004 Tour de France “filled with expert detail and rich with history, as Wilcockson knows the Tour as well as any journalist alive.” -ESPN.com” (Overdrive Summary)

Bitten. Unpretentious Recipes From a Food Blogger / Sarah Graham
“Bitten is aimed at twenty- and thirty-somethings (or anyone who is young at heart). Author Sarah Graham believes that anyone can cook delicious, wholesome food, and to that end presents this collection of no-mess-no-fuss recipes, for entertaining family and friends. It is written in a blog-based style that is current, chick and sharp.” (Overdrive Summary)

Soft + Simple Knits For Little Ones. 45 Easy Projects
/ Heidi Boyd

“Colorful Handknit Clothes and Toys for Babies, Tots and Kids This book is packed with tons of bright and cute handknits to make for the special little ones in your life, whether you’re a beginner or an expert knitter. Best of all, every design is functional and touchable, guaranteed to get plenty of use and love. From a cozy stroller blanket with clever ties and a pocket for a small stuffed bear, to a cotton rollneck sweater with an intarsia giraffe, this book has something to make any wee one happy. Inside Soft + Simple Knits for Little Ones, you’ll find: an easy-to-follow illustrated techniques section that will teach beginners knitting basics patterns for irresistible toys, including a trio of hand puppets, lovable fairy dolls and a castle purse complete with a cast of royal finger puppets to fit inside patterns for comfy, fun clothes babies and kids will actually want to wear, like a stylish and warm swing jacket with matching mittens, a fleecy-soft shark sweater and even a foxy stole for pint-sized fashionistas These knits are so fast and easy, you can create a soft and simple gift in a single afternoon. Get started today!” (Overdrive summary)

Building Android Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Making Native Apps with Standards-Based Web Tools / Jonathan Stark
“It’s true: if you know HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, you already have the tools you need to develop Android applications. Now updated for HTML5, the second edition of this hands-on guide shows you how to use open source web standards to design and build apps that can be adapted for any Android device.
You’ll learn how to create an Android-friendly web app on the platform of your choice, and then use Adobe’s free PhoneGap framework to convert it to a native Android app. Discover why device-agnostic mobile apps are the wave of the future, and start building apps that offer greater flexibility and a much broader reach.
•Convert a website into a web application, complete with progress indicators and other features
•Add animation with JQTouch to make your web app look and feel like a native Android app
•Make use of client-side data storage with apps that run when the Android device is offline
•Use PhoneGap to hook into advanced Android features, including the accelerometer, geolocation, and alerts
•Test and debug your app on the Web with real users, and submit the finished product to the Android Market” (Overdrive Summary)

Non-fiction eBooks: Eclecticism wins!

This list of most popular Adult non-Fiction eBooks checked out in the last two weeks shows how diverse the reading tastes of our customers are. There’s a bit of everything!

The Fry Chronicles / Stephen Fry
“Thirteen years ago, Moab is my Washpot, Stephen Fry’s autobiography of his early years, was published to rave reviews and was a huge bestseller. In those thirteen years since, Stephen Fry has moved into a completely new stratosphere, both as a public figure, and a private man. Now he is not just a multi-award-winning comedian and actor, but also an author, director and presenter. In January 2010, he was awarded the Special Recognition Award at the National Television Awards. Much loved by the public and his peers, Stephen Fry is one of the most influential cultural forces in the country. This dazzling memoir promises to be a courageously frank, honest and poignant read. It will detail some of the most turbulent and least well known years of his life with writing that will excite you, make you laugh uproariously, move you, inform you and, above all, surprise you.” (Overdrive summary)

The Antidote / Oliver Burkeman
“Hilarious and compulsively readable, The Antidote will have you on the road to happiness in no time.? In an approach that turns decades of self-help advice on its head, Oliver Burkeman explains why positive thinking serves only to make us more miserable, and why ‘getting motivated’ can exacerbate procrastination.?
Comparing the personal philosophies of dozens of ‘happy’ people—among them philosophers and experimental psychologists, Buddhists and terrorism experts, New Age dreamers and hard-headed business consultants—Burkeman uncovers some common ground. They all believe that there is an alternative ‘negative path’ to happiness and success that involves coming face-to-face with, even embracing, precisely the things we spend our lives trying to avoid –textpublishing.com.au” (Overdrive summary)

A Life on Gorge River / Robert Long
“Robert Long and his family – wife Catherine, and children Christan (17) and Robin (14) – live in complete isolation, in a hut two days’ walk south of Haast in South Westland. Robert has lived there for nearly 30 years; Catherine for 20 and the kids all their lives. Their only contact with the outside world is a helicopter or plane once a month, and two trips a year to the ‘outside world’. This is the story of how and why Robert – known locally as ‘Beansprout’ – came to live at Gorge River, and the family’s experiences there over the years, living self-sufficiently and forging close bonds with the natural environment. It is an inspiring tale of one man’s decision to ‘drop out’ of capitalist society and successfully establish a lifestyle most New Zealanders can’t even imagine, harking back to the days of the earliest pioneers.” (Overdrive summary)

747 things to do on a plane / Justin Cord Hayes
“This fun travel reference shows you how to make the most of your mile-high experience. Whether you’re onboard for business or pleasure, headed to a conference in Toledo or a week in Tahoe, your time spent in the airport and flying through the skies can be just as enjoyable as the rest of your trip. Forget tapping your foot on that ugly carpet or drooling on that (supposedly) “one-time-use-only” pillow—this fun travel reference shows you how to make the most of your mile-high experience. Complete with puzzles to test your smarts at 30,000 feet and exercise instructions for an onboard workout, it’s all in here. So whether you’d prefer starting on the next great American novel, or seeing who can ante up and win a Texas hold’em tourney, this book will be your perfect traveling companion.” (Overdrive summary)

Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track / Richard P. Feynman
“Feynman’s letters – offers an unprecedented look at the writer, thinker, Nobel Prize-winning physicist whose scientific mind and lust for life made him a legend in his own time.” (Overdrive summary)

Cancer is a Bitch / Gail Konop Baker
“Gail Konop Baker was a runner, yoga practitioner, doctor’s wife, and lifelong subscriber to Prevention magazine. But right before her forty-sixth birthday, she heard the words that would forever change her life: Just to be safe, I think we should biopsy. It was the beginning of her yearlong battle with breast cancer and its fallout—a battle that would upstage any midlife crisis she’d worried was waiting in the wings. Cancer Is a Bitch is her raw, moving, and funny account of juggling midlife, motherhood, and marriage with a rogue boob—and, ultimately, triumphing. It will, as author Lolly Winston said, “crack [you] up one minute, then bring [you] to tears the next.””(Overdrive summary)

The New iPad Fully Loaded/ Alan Hess
“The new iPad Fully Loaded is a one-of-a-kind resource for squeezing every bit of functionality from your new iPad. Whether you’re downloading content of any sort, looking to get the most out of iOS5, or using your new iPad to control anything from your home stereo system to your vehicle, nothing is out of the realm of possibilities.
As you progress through this captivating, full-color book, veteran author Alan Hess takes you beyond the basics and show you how to fully utilize your new iPad and it’s impressive features. Peppered with sophisticated tips and tricks, The new iPad Fully Loaded encourages you to modify your new iPad to your own specifications and teaches you never-before-revealed tricks so that you can truly get the most out of this amazing device.” (Overdrive summary)

Audrey Hepburn / Kathryn Dixon
“A few short years after WWII ended, Audrey Hepburn was discovered in a Monte Carlo hotel lobby by the French novelist Colette to assume the title role in the Broadway production of Gigi. Having barely survived the war in her home in Arnhem, Netherlands, Audrey was forced to give up her dream of being a prima ballerina because she was both too tall and too malnourished from the starvation and deprivation she suffered during the war years.
An immediate success as Gigi, Audrey was whisked away to Rome to film Roman Holiday with Gregory Peck. The role of Princess Anne would win her an Oscar for Best Actress, the first of five nominations throughout her career.
This book tells the story of Audrey Hepburn, one of only ten actors to win a competitive Oscar, Tony, Emmy, and Grammy. But, in her eyes, possibly the best role of her career was that of Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. Her first-hand experiences in the Netherlands during WWII uniquely qualified her to relate to children devastated by war and famine and to convincingly advocate on their behalf to some of the most powerful men and women of the 1980s and 1990s.” (Overdrive summary)

New non-fiction in our eBook collection

We have all sorts of non-fiction being added to our eBook collection and here are some of the new addtions. Science, history, food, dream interpretation and more …

90-Day Geisha / Chelsea Haywood
“Millionaires, surgeons, serial killers, CEOs: I light their cigarettes, mix their drinks. We engage in conversation. I am the facilitator of good times. I am a hostess. Step into the surreal world of a Tokyo hostess club and gain an exclusive underground pass through the eyes of author Chelsea Haywood as she explores a way of life unique to the Japanese, experiencing $600 dinners, kabuki theatre, Harajuku shopping sprees and first-class trips to ‘anywhere you want to go’. This is the true story of one girl’s immersion in the world of hostessing, a late-night entertainment for wealthy Japanese men drawn from the traditional institution of the geisha. While the foreign slowly becomes familiar, Chelsea’s initial enthusiasm turns into turmoil as she struggles to maintain both her sanity and her marriage in the face of material excess and relentless temptation.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

The A to Z of Dream Interpretation / Pamela Ball
“The most authoritative, comprehensive and up to date book available on dreams and dreaming, The A to Z of Dream Interpretation enables you to tap into a whole new level of knowledge and understanding. Uniquely, each entry within the extensive A to Z section offers three levels of interpretation based on the latest research—spiritual, psychological and everyday. Where appropriate, a fourth interpretation by gender helps you understand more fully the dreams of partners and friends. In addition, this book will help you to see the link between sleep and dreams, the different types of dream and how to deal with them, as well as the people and theories that have shaped dream interpretation and analysis. Written by one of the world’s foremost dream interpreters, The A to Z of Dream Interpretation gives you the opportunity to heal previous trauma, to enhance the way you live and to reach for the best within yourself.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Amanda Ursell’s Baby and Toddler Food Bible: Your Essential Guide to Feeding Your Child for Their First Four Years / Amanda Ursell
“The list of what foods to introduce to your child and when can be daunting, especially in this day and age when everything from food safety to allergy issues dictates certain rules. Written by the UK’s leading nutritionist, Amanda Ursell, while she was caring for her own baby and toddler, everything in this book has been tried and tested by a busy, working mum!” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

And Then Life Happens / Auma Obama
“A moving account about life in two cultures, and Auma Obama’s relationship with her brother, Barack. While her younger brother Barack grew up in the U.S. and Indonesia, Auma Obama’s childhood played out at the other end of the world in a remote village in Kenya, the birthplace of the siblings’ shared father. Barack and Auma met for the first time in the 1980s, and they built a lasting relationship which lead to travels together in Kenya, research into their family history and finally Auma’s support for her brother’s political career and eventual bid for the U.S. presidency. Auma spent sixteen years studying and living in Germany, moved to England for love, and gave birth to a daughter there. The tension between her original and chosen worlds and cultures was a constant challenge, and eventually Auma returned to Africa and worked to support young men and women in shaping their futures. In this candid and emotional memoir, Auma shares her own story as well as recollections of and experiences with her famous brother, who says about their first encounter: ‘I hugged her, we looked at each other, and laughed. I knew right then that I loved her.'” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, The West and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War / Stephen R. Platt
“In the early 1850s, during the waning years of the Qing dynasty, word spread of a major revolution brewing in the provinces. The leader of the this movement – who called themselves the Taiping – was Hong Xiuquan, a failed civil servant who claimed to be the son of God and the brother of Jesus Christ. As the revolt grew and battles raged across the empire, all signs pointed to a Taiping victory and to the inauguration of a modern, industrialized and pro-Western china. Soon, however, Britain and the United States threw their support behind the Qing, soon quashing the Taiping and rendering ineffective the years of bloodshed the revolution had endured. In Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom, Stephen Platt recounts the events of the rebellion and its suppression in spellbinding detail. It is an essential and enthralling history of the rise and fall of a movement that, a century and a half ago, might have launched China into the modern world.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Bitten: Unpretentious Recipes From a Food Blogger / Sarah Graham
“Bitten is aimed at twenty- and thirty-somethings (or anyone who is young at heart). Author Sarah Graham believes that anyone can cook delicious, wholesome food, and to that end presents this collection of no-mess-no-fuss recipes, for entertaining family and friends. It is written in a blog-based style that is current, chick and sharp.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

A Brilliant Darkness / Joao Magueijo
“One of the greatest mysteries of twentieth-century science: a tormented genius discovers a key element of atomic fission, then disappears forever.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Democracy Despite Itself: Why a System That Shouldn’t Work at All Works So Well / Danny Oppenheimer and Mike Edwards
“Why democracy is the most effective form of government despite irrational (and sometime oblivious) voters and flawed (and sometimes inept) politicians.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Ethical Chic: The Inside Story of the Companies We Think We Love / Fran Hawthorne
“In this age of social activism, pinpoint marketing, and immediate information, consumers demand everything from the coffee, computer, or toothpaste they buy: an affordable, reliable product manufactured by a company that doesn’t pollute, saves energy, treats its workers well, and doesn’t hurt animals—oh, and that makes them feel cool when they use it. All companies would love to have that kind of reputation, and a handful seem to have achieved it. But do they deserve their haloes? What does it take to become so admired? Can a company make a profit doing so? And how can consumers avoid being tricked by phony marketing? In Ethical Chic, award-winning author Fran Hawthorne takes her investigative-journalism skills–honed from more than two decades as a business journalist—to analyze six favorites: Apple, Starbucks, Trader Joe’s, American Apparel, Timberland, and Tom’s of Maine.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

OverDrive is a digital media platform where library customers can download eBook and audio titles onto Mac or PC and transfer them to portable devices e.g. eReaders (Kobo, Sony Reader). Choose from a growing collection of contemporary fiction, non-fiction, classics, young adult and children’s titles. You can download for free, 24/7, from the comfort of your own home and never have to pay overdues!

Try the quick start guide or take a guided tour to get started now.

New non-fiction eBooks

Cookbooks on an eReader make so much sense – screens can be wiped – but when pages get stuck together with wayward dinner, disaster. With that in mind, step fearlessly into the kitchen and try your hand at some of the delicious looking Moroccan dishes in these new non-fiction eBooks. We’ve also added items on the history of cigarettes, organisation tips, running tips and some ideas for turning dull speeches into memorably hilarious ones.

Perfectly Reasonable Deviations From the Beaten Track: The Letters of Richard P. Feynman / Richard P. Feynman
“Feynman’s letters – offers an unprecedented look at the writer, thinker, Nobel Prize-winning physicist whose scientific mind and lust for life made him a legend in his own time. Richard P. Feynman was raised in Far Rockaway, New York, and received his Ph.D. from Princeton. He held professorships at both Cornell and the California Institute of Technology. In 1965 he received the Nobel Prize for his work on quantum electrodynamics. He died in 1988.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Android Phones For Dummies / Dan Gookin
“Eager to learn the ins and outs of your exciting, new Android phone? Then this is the book you need! Written in the typical fun and friendly For Dummies style, this full-color guide covers the basics of all the features of Android phones without weighing you down with heavy technical terms or jargon. Veteran world-renowned author Dan Gookin walks you through everything from getting started with setup and configuration to making the most of your phone’s potential with texting, e-mailing, accessing the Internet and social networking sites, using the camera, synching with a PC, downloading apps, and more.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

The Beginning Runner’s Handbook: The Proven 13-Week RunWalk Program / Ian MacNeill
“This easy-to-use, practical guide helps runners safely build strength and endurance, get motivated and set realistic goals, choose the proper footwear and clothing, eat right, and avoid injury. Completely updated, this fourth edition contains a wealth of new material. A revised RunWalk program gives runners a choice between running 10K or covering the distance by running and walking. A whole new chapter on preparing for charity runs reflects the popularity of getting fit while giving back to the community. There are expanded and enhanced sections with cross-training options such as trail running and bootcamp sessions; information on running through pregnancy; facts about barefoot running, minimalist shoes and shorter strides lengths, plus links to online sources of information and running communities. Combining advice from the experts, training tips and testimonials from runners of all ages, The Beginning Runner’s Handbook is a step-by-step road map for achieving running success.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

2500 Jokes to Start ‘Em Laughing / Robert Orben
“There is no better, faster, or more effective way to reach out and grab an audience’s attention than the adroit use of humor. An apt, well-timed joke can soothe the hostile, focus the uninterested, and the spur on the enthusiastic. In this latest collection from Robert Orben, master of the one-liner and fountain of humor for the great TV and stand-up comics, are gathered over 2500 short, relevant, and sharp laugh-getters that can easily be added to speeches, lectures, presentations, or casual conversation. Arranged into several hundred categories for ease in selection, the subject matter is topical – ranging from acupuncture and air pollution to women’s liberation and X-rated movies. Most of the jokes are one-liners that move with a snap and a sizzle that anecdotes and lengthy stories lack. Here you will find openings and closings for speeches, plus random and specific comment invaluable to anyone who has ever been called upon to “say a few words.” A marvelous tool for speakers, writers, and performers, Mr. Orben’s newest book will also provide hours of laugh-filled reading for everyone.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

The Cigarette Century: The Rise, Fall, and Deadly Persistence of the Product That Defined America / Allan Brandt
“The widely acclaimed, award-winning history of the cigarette. Allan M. Brandt is the Amalie Moses Kass Professor of the History of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He holds a joint appointment in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Authentic Recipes from Morocco / Fatema Hal, Jean Hamon, Bruno Barbey
“A heady mix of spices, aromatic tagines and warm, buttery couscous, it’s no wonder Moroccan cuisine has become so popular! Full of favorites like caraway soup, slow-cooked lamb stews, spicy salads, flatbreads, sublime desserts and mint tea, Authentic Recipes from Morocco contains over 50 recipes that reveal the treasures of regional Moroccan cooking.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

The 8 Minute Organizer: Easy Solutions to Simplify Your Life in Your Spare Time / Regina Leeds
“From the author of New York Times bestseller One Year to an Organized Life, the book for anyone too busy to get organized.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

OverDrive is a digital media platform where library customers can download eBook and audio titles onto Mac or PC and transfer them to portable devices e.g. eReaders (Kobo, Sony Reader). Choose from a growing collection of contemporary fiction, non-fiction, classics, young adult and children’s titles. You can download for free, 24/7, from the comfort of your own home and never have to pay overdues!

Try the quick start guide or take a guided tour to get started now.