Oprah’s been talking about going vegan, meaning she’s not using or eating anything created from animals or animal by-products. Being vegan is about having an eye for the details of what you’re consuming and how it was created. So what’s there left to eat if you don’t eat meat and cheese? Plenty!
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All Dr. David Huxley wants is to put the intercostal clavicle into place in his near-complete brontosaurus skeleton. OK, he wants a million dollars for the museum, too, but that might not happen. Every time Huxley gets near the money donor’s lawyer, an infernal woman makes him look like an idiot. Susan is a “Who’s On First” hurricane and David gets the screwball brunt of it…but only because she adores him. Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn battle each other into falling in love in Howard Hawks’ 1938 box office flop (but absolutely wonderful comedy), Bringing Up Baby.
“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent,” so said Victor Hugo. The Lyric Opera of Chicago has been giving voice to the thunder of the soul since 1952.
Logen Ninefingers is a barbarian Northman legendary for his brutality. Glotka is a broken soldier turned Inquisition torturer. Jezal is a foppish noblemen’s son and a soldier – the mirror image of Glotka before he was crippled in battle. Ferro is a warrior woman, hell bent on nothing less than vengeance against an entire empire. And the first of the Magi, the great wizard Bayaz, has gathered them all for his own, private purposes. Say one thing about The Blade Itself, the beginning of the First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie, say it’s a brutal book about brutal people who are never quite all bad – and that’s what makes them so compelling.
Zeitoun insists on riding out Hurricane Katrina as his family flees for safety. In the aftermath, he provides whatever assistance he can from his secondhand canoe before his story takes a troubling turn. Dave Eggers‘ disturbing, nonfiction account shows how extreme circumstances can obstruct the lines between heroes, authority, victims and criminals.
Cathleen of Fiction/AV/Teen Services recommends The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown:
“Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.” – Robert Frost
The Andreas sisters are named for three wildly different Shakespeare heroines, and the one thing they have in common is that their lives are messy. Bianca has just been fired and is swimming in debt. Cordelia gives up her semi-nomadic life when she discovers she’s pregnant. Rosalind had already been living at home in order to care for their ailing parents, and the tension of her upcoming wedding isn’t helping. In Eleanor Brown’s The Weird Sisters, all three end up back under the same roof, and the curtain rises on a masterful blend of drama and lightness that would make the Bard proud.