Book Life Read: Growing Up With Books Has Lasting Literacy and Technology Skills

Here's a great book life read from the Smithsonian Magazine -"Growing Up Surrounded by Books Could Have Powerful, Lasting Effect on the Mind." It highlights a study showing that when kids grow up around books, it has lasting literacy effects when they are older.

Research study link - Scholarly culture: How books in adolescence enhance adult literacy, numeracy and technology skills in 31 societies.

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Make Your Art No Matter What: Moving Beyond Creative Hurdles by Beth Pickens


 

This was an interesting read. Written by a licensed counselor who has found a niche field with artists and creatives, this book explores things that may hold back an artist - and it has nothing to do with the actual motion of picking up a paintbrush or a pen.

She lists topics that she says every artist struggles with, and they are the names of the a different chapter in the book: Time; Work; Asking; Money; Fear; Grief; Other People; Education; Thinking + Feeling; Isolation; Marketing; and Death + God. Examples from different artists help illustrate different situations and topics, as well as the author's own thoughts and experiences.

At first look, I was expecting this book to tackle things that may physically obstruct an artist from doing their work - like a better organized work space. This book instead tackles the mental and emotional barriers or roadblocks that artists face. From the Thinking + Feeling chapter:

When artists take better care of themselves and stabilize mental health issues, it becomes easier for them to maintain a regular practice and their output grows exponentially. We are robbed of an artist's life and gifts when that person gives up on creating art, becomes immobilized, or dies by suicide or overdose. We must take care of ourselves and each other.

An immensely useful book for anyone who creates for a living. Mental health awareness is a very important topic that some prefer to gloss over.

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Wine Time by Barbara Scott-Goodman

Wine Time by Barbara Scott-Goodman is a handy cookbook for any party, gathering, get-together, holiday or even a quick dinner for two and you need some pretty on the plate that’s easy to put out. The review, select sample inside pictures from the publisher, and an adapted recipe to try from the cookbook is on the cookbook blog. Enjoy!

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Book World Article to Read: An Independent Bookstore's Fight with Amazon is About More Than Price

 


A great article "A Kansans Bookshop's Fight with Amazon is About More Than the Price of Books" by Casey Cep is about Amazon and the whole of the indie bookstore market, and why independent bookstores are so important to the health of communities. It's a great read. 

Most people probably don't know that some authors who publish with Amazon can't market or sell their books in independent bookstores or have licensing agreements with public libraries - thereby creating an even bigger hole in the digital divide. 

You don't have to completely stop shopping at Amazon:

Caine argues that, even if American shoppers never fully divest from Amazon, it is crucial that we not purchase all our goods from one company—and he maintains that any given act of consumer decision-making might alter our habits and help lead to larger changes.

Long live independent bookstores, and public libraries.

Link is below, from The New Yorker.

https://www.newyorker.com/news/us-journal/a-kansas-bookshops-fight-with-amazon-is-about-more-than-the-price-of-books

 

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The No Recipe Cookbook: Quick and Easy Healthy Meals to Save Money, Time, and Calories by Dr. Samantha Pillay

 


 

The No Recipe Cookbook: Quick and Easy Healthy Meals to Save Money, Time, and Calories by Dr. Samantha Pillay is made on the premise that learning to cook without a recipe is possible, and doing so will save your time and money, and is healthier in the long run since you know exactly what you are putting inside your body. Pillay’s story at the beginning lays out how meal planning has helped her over the years. There are no pictures, and no real standardized recipes, but conversationally she takes the reader through each dish start to finish.

Read the full review on the cookbook blog, and try a whole baked cauliflower recipe from the book. 

 

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Herbarium: The Quest to Preserve and Classify the World’s Plants by Barbara M. Thiers


 

A truly excellent read for anyone into botany. While it is a little on the academic side, the pictures break up the text and people interested in biographies and history would find this a great book to read and to add to their library collection.

Read the full review on the garden blog, and view some pages from the book.

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Medicinal Herbs for Family Health and Wellness by JJ Pursell


Medicinal Herbs for Family Health and Wellness: 123 Trusted Recipes for Common Concerns, From Allergies & Asthma to Sunburns & Toothaches by JJ Pursell is a great reference for keeping the family healthy using herbal medicine. The same author wrote Medicinal Herbs for Immune Defense.

 
Overall, another great book on herbal medicine by this author for anyone interested, beginners or advanced, in preparing herbal wellness preparations at home.

 

 

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Animal Embroidery Workbook by Jessica Long


Animal Embroidery Workbook was reviewed on Sew Now This craft blog. A great resource for hoop embroidery with lots of tips on the Thread Painting technique.

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Creative Crochet Projects by Stephanie Pokorny


A fun and colorful crochet book with fun and colorful projects. Creative Crochet Projects is reviewed on Sew Now This blog.

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Women in the Kitchen: Twelve Essential Cookbook Writers Who Defined the Way We Eat from 1661 to Today by Anne Willan


 

The book has a great premise and the recipes seem to be the classic ones associated with the chefs they are taken from. Willan takes older recipes and either condenses the procedure making it easier to follow, or actually creates a list of ingredients and writing out the procedure for old recipes written in paragraph form.

For the full review along with a recipe for almond milk with violet leaves, visit Women in the Kitchen on The Cookbook Papers cookbook blog.

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Niqiliurniq: A Cookbook from Igloolik by Micah Arreak


 

Niqiliurniq by Micah Arreak celebrates the Igloolik cuisine in northern Canada by showcasing what is eaten there.

A fascinating book with great pictures and unique ingredients from a remote village in Canada (including seal meat and narwhal skin).

Read the cookbook review and try a recipe here Niqiliurniq: A Cookbook from Igloolik from the Cookbook Papers, the cookbook review blog.

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The Culinary Art Portfolio of Josephine E. Jones by Wendy Jones


The Culinary Art Portfolio of Josephine E. Jones by Wendy Jones is a collection of photographs taken by John Turner in 1977 and created and styled by Josephine E. Jones. Wendy Jones is her daughter. Read how the pictures came to be and more about Jones herself from The Culinary Art Portfolio of Josephine E. Jones review on The Cookbook Papers cookbook blog.

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The Self-Sufficiency Bible by Simon Dawson


 

The Self-Sufficiency Bible is a wonderful reference for anyone wanting to survive on their own, and for those who just want to know how to do basic stuff on a small homestead.

Great book with recipes, tips on homesteading and sustainable living on your own, and nice growing and production charts throughout. Read the full review for The Self-Sufficiency Bible on the Cultivate to Plate garden blog, plus try a great recipe for the Brilliant Brown Sauce - a copycat HP Sauce.

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Grow Bag Gardening by Kevin Espiritu


 

Grow Bag Gardening is a great book on all things "grow bag gardening."

For the full review, book contents, definition of what grow bag gardening is as well as air pruning, along with some great fertilizer and soil recipes from the book, see Grow Bag Gardening on the Cultivate to Plate garden blog.

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Cook, Eat, Repeat by Nigella Lawson


 

The latest cookbook by one of my favorite cookbook authors, Nigella Lawson. From The Cookbook Papers review:

I love a good cookbook and I love a good story, and the two come together in Cook, Eat, Repeat by Nigella Lawson. Like her previous books, the cookbook contains really good (and well tested) recipes. I think she has a gift for writing and storytelling, and this book is no exception to her talents, and she makes talking about a simple recipe seem much more important that feeding people.

Read the full review of Cook, Eat, Repeat from The Cookbook Papers cookbook blog, and try the recipe for Anchovy Elixir. Yum!

 

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