Sheryn Morris


  • Book cover of Bits and pieces : my mother, my brother, and me

    Bits and pieces : my mother, my brother, and me

    by Goldberg, Whoopi, 1955-

    June 10, 2024

    Call Number: 812.092 G618

    For all her candor, no-holds-barred way of expressing herself, we may think we know all there is to know about Whoopi Goldberg. How wrong could all of us be, as you will discover in this autobiographical memoir. This remembrance is primarily about Whoopi's immediate family (her mother Emma Johnson and her brother Clyde Johnson), and all they meant to each other. It is an homage, a paen, especially to her mother, definitely in charge of Whoopi and brother Clyde. She led by example, not putting up with any nonsense, and doing all of it with an abundance of love, kindness, wisdom and magic. The... Read Full Review

  • Book cover of The outsider : the life and work of Lafcadio Hearn : the man who introduced voodoo, Creole cooking,

    The outsider : the life and work of Lafcadio Hearn : the man who introduced voodoo, Creole cooking,

    by Kemme, Steve

    May 13, 2024

    Call Number: 814 H436Ke

    Lafcadio Hearn, a man with unusual origins and a complex life, whose early life gave no indication as to what he would later achieve, as he repeatedly overcame obstacles and controversies that became a part of his life until his death, and even after. The subtitle of the book is an enticing hint to Lafcadio Hearn’s achievements and to his fascinating life. His father was an Irish officer-surgeon and his mother was a noble-blooded Greek woman, and he was born in 1850 on the Greek island of Lefkada. Lafcadio is a variation on the place where he was born.  Abandoned by both parents, he was... Read Full Review

  • Book cover of The Kamogawa food detectives

    The Kamogawa food detectives

    by Kashiwai, Hisashi, 1952-

    May 7, 2024

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    This is the first book, in a series, to be translated from Japanese into English. From the illustration on the book cover and the title of the book, this might seem to be a cozy mystery. And, in some ways it is. The Kamogawa Diner is located on an insignificant side street in Kyoto, and there is no signage outside. So, how do customers find this place, and how do the owners stay in business? First of all, there is a daily set menu for regulars who eat there. Other customers find the diner from a vaguely worded ad (“We find your food.”) in the Gourmet Monthly. The diner is... Read Full Review

  • Book cover of Sharks in the rivers

    Sharks in the rivers

    by Limón, Ada.

    April 29, 2024

    Call Number: 811 L734

    “Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden appointed Ada Limón as the 24th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress on July 12, 2022 and reappointed her for a historic two-year second term on April 24, 2023. Limón’s second term will begin in September 2023 and conclude in April 2025."In this collection of poems there are several themes that Limón’s poetry encompasses. Among them are recurring metaphors of water and aquatic life. There are long poems, one with multiple stanzas, and there are... Read Full Review

  • Book cover of Musical tables : poems

    Musical tables : poems

    by Collins, Billy

    April 22, 2024

    Call Number: 811 C7115-14

    Billy Collins is a former U.S. Poet Laureate (2001 - 2003). Over the years he has become very well known for poems and for his poetry readings. "In 2002, as US poet laureate, Collins was asked to write a poem commemorating the first anniversary of the fall of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center on September 11. The reading was in front of a joint session of Congress held outside of Washington, DC," and “One of Billy Collins’ most critically acclaimed works, “Fishing on the Susquehanna in July” has been added to the preserved works of the United States Native American literary registry... Read Full Review

  • Book cover of A year of last things : poems

    A year of last things : poems

    by Ondaatje, Michael, 1943-

    April 8, 2024

    Call Number: 821 O575

    Michael Ondaatje is first and foremost a poet whose insights, perceptions and writing style are evident, as well, in his prose. Generally he is well known for his historical novel, The English Patient, and the eponymous film. Even though the film differed, somewhat, from the novel, it was just as elegiacally beautiful and haunting in plot, photography and accompanying score. As I have stated before, “Poetry is the most intense and concentrated form of... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Leave Me Alone With the Recipes: The Life, Art, and Cookbook of Cipe Pineles

    Leave Me Alone With the Recipes: The Life, Art, and Cookbook of Cipe Pineles

    March 28, 2024

    Call Number: 641.594 L4395

    The story of how this manuscript was found, and eventually published, is a serendipitous adventure, with many discoveries about the woman who created it, and connections with some of the people who knew her. In 2013 Sarah Rich was at an exhibition of the California International Antiquarian Book Fair in San Francisco. It was a chilly, somewhat gloomy day, and the books on display seemed to mirror that atmosphere. All the book jackets were in muted, dull color tones until, “The climactic moment of our visit to the fair could only be captured in the most brilliant hues, for the work we found... Read Full Review

  • Book cover of Breaking through : my life in science

    Breaking through : my life in science

    by Karikó, Katalin

    March 4, 2024

    Call Number: 574.19092 K183

    Katalin Karikó shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2023, with Drew Weissman “for their discoveries concerning base modifications that enabled the development of effective mRNA vaccines against COVID-19." Her journey to this achievement could not have been predicted by her, or by anyone else. Her life and work are remarkable in many ways that she recounts in this warm, insightful memoir, sometimes told with wry, humorous asides. The inspiration for the book is “a long-belated thank-you [to] all my teachers from my earliest days in Hungary right through to the world-renowned... Read Full Review

  • Book cover of Tanya Holland's California soul : recipes from a culinary journey West

    Tanya Holland's California Soul: Recipes From a Culinary Journey West

    by Holland, Tanya

    February 27, 2024

    Call Number: 641.59794 H737-1

    In her cookbook/memoir/history Tanya Holland organizes recipes in four chapters arranged by the seasons (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter), preceded with a lovely foreward by Alice Walker. In the introduction the successful American chef, restaurateur, podcaster, writer and cookbook author states, “I claim it all,” Black, African American, from the African diaspora, descended from enslaved people “brought to this country by Europeans. Americans have been and still are all on the journey together. And as an African American woman, the contributions that my ancestors made to what Americans eat... Read Full Review

  • Book cover of Walk through fire

    Walk through fire

    by Johnson, Sheila, 1949-

    February 13, 2024

    Call Number: 658.31242 J69

    Sheila Johnson has had an exceptionally rewarding personal and professional life, overcoming many obstacles that would have discouraged and leveled many other people. All her life, from the time she was very young, Sheila Johnson has worked steadily and relentlessly.  Among her many accomplishments are: co-founder of BET (Black Entertainment Television); the first African American woman billionaire; the only Black woman to be the co-owner of three professional sports teams; and the founder of Salamander Hotels and Resorts. The pathways to those signal achievements are part of her... Read Full Review

  • Book cover of How not to be a politician : a memoir

    How not to be a politician : a memoir

    by Stewart, Rory

    January 31, 2024

    Call Number: 320.942 S851

    Both the title and book jacket of Rory Stewart's political memoir are ironic. The title because it is emblematic of Rory Stewart’s sincere attempts to make a difference, domestically and internationally, by entering British politics, in which he was frequently confounded by the motivational tactics of other politicians. It was very easy for that to happen because elected officials, to whom he was obligated, frequently changed political positions in mid-sentence. If the intricacies of American congressional politics are confusing, well British parliamentary ways and means are even more so.... Read Full Review

  • Book cover of But will you love me tomorrow? : an oral history of the '60s girl groups

    But will you love me tomorrow? : an oral history of the '60s girl groups


    January 22, 2024

    Call Number: 789.1 B9835

    You know the melodies, the tunes, the lyrics, the remixes because you have heard them, and you do hear them everywhere: the radio, piped-in in stores, online, e-media, movies … Sometimes it’s just the music, sometimes it's the music and the lyrics. There is a certain brightness, rhythm, saucy innuendo in the lyrics or titles, and often some irreverence in the vocal interpretation by those female singers, all in harmony, singing those unforgettable songs. The book's title is the title of a song, "But will you love me tomorrow?" which was controversial in its day, 1961, because it raised all... Read Full Review