Friday, June 23, 2017

#ShelfLife - June 23, 2017

Whether you'd prefer exotic travel or going completely off the grid, check out this week's #ShelfLife selections:

First, all you readers that prefer solitude, check out How to Survive Off the Grid from Tim MacWelch and the editors of Outdoor Life magazine.

Next, all you lovers of literary fiction absolutely must check out Novel Destinations by Shannon McKenna Schmidt and Joni Rendon. This book is a guide for bibliophiles to more than 500 literary sites across the United States and Europe. Check into Hemingway's favorite hotel in Sun Valley, or stroll about Bath's Royal Crescent while entertaining fantasies of Lizzie Bennett and her Mr. Darcy.

If you'd like to travel back in history, go back to the Gilded Age of astronomy when the moon's shadow fell across the American West in the total solar eclipse of 1878 with American Eclipse by David Baron.

Or, if you'd rather a have a bit of lighter reading with the kids, travel back in time to that awesome taco party (but don't let the dragons near the salsa!) in the cute sequel Dragons Love Tacos 2.

We're in for a wet start to the weekend, and we think rainy days are the best for snuggling up to a good book. Leave a comment below and let us know what you're reading this weekend and your book could be featured in the #ShelfLife next week!


Looking for something new and interesting to read this summer for your #ReadingWithoutWalls challenge? Check off the “read a book about a topic you don’t know much about” box when you check out HOW TO SURVIVE OFF THE GRID: FROM BACKYARD HOMESTEADS to BUNKERS (AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN) by Tim MacWelch and the editors of OUTDOOR LIFE magazine. The book is an illustrated guide for the modern homesteader that covers energy efficiency, finding and pumping your own water, keeping chickens, goats, bees, and other critters for those folks who dream of leaving it all behind and heading for the hills. And, just FYI, if you’d like to read a few issues of OUTDOOR LIFE, download full issues for free with your library card from FCPL’s Zinio digital magazine service at www.forsythpl.org. #FCPLstories #ReadingWithoutWalls #offthegrid #outdoorlife #timmacwelch #wildlife #survival #survivalskills #zinio #magazinemonday #amreading #nonfiction #bookstagram #librariesofinstagram
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Follow in the footsteps of much-loved writers, including Ernest Hemingway, Jane Austen, and Robert Frost when you check out NOVEL DESTINATIONS (Second Edition): A TRAVEL GUIDE TO LITERARY LANDMARKS FROM JANE AUSTEN'S BATH TO EARNEST HEMINGWAY'S KEY WEST by Shannon McKenna Schmidt (@noveldestinations) and Joni Rendon. For vacationers who crave meaningful trips and unusual locales, this book is a guide for bibliophiles to more than 500 literary sites across the United States and Europe. Check into Hemingway's favorite hotel in Sun Valley, or stroll about Bath's Royal Crescent while entertaining fantasies of Lizzie Bennett and her Mr. Darcy. The fully revised second edition includes all of the previous sites-with updated locations-plus color images and an expanded section on all things Brontë. The book begins with thematic chapters covering author houses and museums, literary festivals and walking tours. Then, in-depth explorations of authors and places take readers to Franz Kafka's Prague, James Joyce's Dublin, Louisa May Alcott's New England, and other locales. #ShelfLife #amreading #amtraveling #noveldestinations #fiction #nonfiction #travel #vacationreads #forsythreads #summerreading #readingwithoutwalls
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The countdown is on! We’re eight weeks and four days away from witnessing a solar eclipse on August 21. Stay tuned for more information on eclipse programs at FCPL, but while you wait for the moon to cast its shadow, check out AMERICAN ECLIPSE: A NATION’S EPIC RACE TO CATCH THE SHADOW OF THE MOON AND WIN THE GLORY OF THE WORLD by David Baron. From publisher @w.w.norton: On a scorching July afternoon in 1878, at the dawn of the Gilded Age, the moon’s shadow descended on the American West, darkening skies from Montana Territory to Texas. This rare celestial event—a total solar eclipse—offered a priceless opportunity to solve some of the solar system’s most enduring riddles, and it prompted a clutch of enterprising scientists to brave the wild frontier in a grueling race to the Rocky Mountains. AMERICAN ECLIPSE animates the fierce jockeying that came to dominate late nineteenth-century American astronomy. James Craig Watson, virtually forgotten in the twenty-first century, was in his day a renowned asteroid hunter who fantasized about becoming a Gilded Age Galileo. No less determined was Vassar astronomer Maria Mitchell, who—in an era when women’s education came under fierce attack—fought to demonstrate that science and higher learning were not anathema to femininity. Despite obstacles erected by the male-dominated astronomical community, an indifferent government, and careless porters, Mitchell courageously charged west with a contingent of female students intent on observing the transcendent phenomenon for themselves. Finally, Thomas Edison—a young inventor and irrepressible showman—braved the wilderness to prove himself to the scientific community. Armed with his newest invention, the tasimeter, and pursued at each stop by throngs of reporters, Edison sought to leverage the eclipse to cement his place in history. What he learned on the frontier, in fact, would help him illuminate the world. #ShelfLife #forsythreads #fcplstories #davidbaron #americaneclipse #astronomy #eclipse2017 #librariesofinstagram
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