Library Picks: Kathleen’s Suggestions

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(Jeff Milo, FADL Circulation Specialist, Jan.11, 2015)

This regular column will provide Oakland County with cultural recommendations, in books, film, music and more, from an undeniably trusted source, one of its area libraries (as well as other community members in the weeks to come). The Ferndale Area District Library is part of a county-wide cooperative of 60+ libraries, so if you’re looking for something that we don’t own, rest assured, another of our fellow libraries (like Royal Oak, Hazel Park or others) can provide you with anFerndale 115_FFL interloaned copy.

This week, FADL’s trusty page Kathleen Hellenberg offers her latest listenings and readings, from therapeutic compositions in music to recipes with raw food and more.

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Kathleen’s Picks

Conquer Stress (album) “Meditations to take you from tension to tranquility”seed_suzanne_rowe_ongoing

A severely injured woman I knew was able to relax so completely into the stress it caused in her body that doctors called her their miracle patient. Her recovery was rapid and complete. Relaxing into stress is the key to conquering it. Becoming aware of which part of your body holds the stress and staying with it while focusing on relaxing releases the resistance to it and allows it to dissipate. What a valuable skill to have!
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The Flint Heart by Katherine and John Paterson (Juvenile Fiction)
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“The Universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper” The above quote, printed on the back cover, intrigued me into reading this book, as I hoped to find more such wonderful ideas fleshed out. I did not find the quote in the text because it is from the original story, and this book is a freely abridged version from Eden Phillpott’s 1910 fantasy. Still, there is much to appreciate and enjoy here, both for the adult reading it, perhaps as a bedtime story, and the child listening to it.

If you want to find out what havoc a cold, black, flint heart can wreak on those who use it and the way to restore their warmth, enter into this story of magical things!
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Buddha-Bar V by David Visan (album)

Eclectic, exciting, exotic, unusual and international describe this selection of familiar songs, some not, in various, sometimes unexpected languages which diners and drinkers can enjoy at the unusual restaurant located round the corner from Place Concord in Paris, sitting under a towering statue of Buddha. In this two CD set, the music for the bar is upbeat, while the music for the dining area is peaceful and relaxing.

I grew up participating in the yearly Holiday Folk Fair in Milwaukee, Wisconsin which is a celebration of ethnic cultures, waterworktheir food, products and dances, and I loved listening to the multicultural selections on this set. I played it over and over until I had to return it, and never tired of it.
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Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People
by Jennifer Cornbleet (Non-Fiction)
Call # 641.563 C

Raw food contains many enzymes important for digestion, and with the holidays full of treats, it’s a good idea to be sure to add some raw food to your menus. Whether you’re a raw foodist, vegan, vegetarian, meat eater, or have dietary dda_ad_06restrictions, you’ll find recipes in this book to enjoy.

There are dips, spreads, pates, soups, dressings and desserts that will make your  mouth water. I’m looking forward to making Hummus with Zucchini instead of chickpeas,  Dairy-Free Ranch Dressing, Almond Cookies, Key Lime Mouse and Flourless Chocolate Cake!
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The Film Music of John Barry (album)

James Bond movie theme fans will love this disc. John Barry composed the majority of the Bond theme songs, and many are on this CD. Barry composed and was nominated for Oscars for his music for “Mary, Queen of Scots” and “Chaplin”, and won Oscars for “Born Free”, “Dances with Wolves,” “Out of Africa,” and my favorite, “The Lion in Winter” [although this jazzy version is totally inappropriate for the theme song of a movie set in 1183, in England].

Barry is also responsible for the music of the popular movies “Robin and Marian,” “The Cotton Club,” “Somewhere in Time,” “Indecent Proposal,” “Midnight Cowboy” and many others.

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