Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Real Food???

I recently viewed a terrific movie called "Fresh" which draws a picture of our food supply definititely making you THINK! Michael Pollan, one of the most notable writers on the subject of our food sources today has a number of thought provoking books to check out. Michael's simple statement on maximizing your health through diet?
"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."
For more in depth writing from Michael pick up one of the following."Food Rules", "In Defense of Food" and "The Omnivore's Dilemma."

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Visions of Peace 2010

Elm Street Books will be open late this Friday til 8:00pm to support Rosie's Visions of Peace 2010 group Art Show. Please join them for music, food and peace.

Pam's Latest Pick

If you, like me ,are eagerly waiting for Steig Larrson's last book in his thriller trilogy,(to be published this spring,)..and need something right now, The Man from Beijing by Henning Mankell is for you. Set in rural Sweden, a photographer travels to a small town and comes upon the atrocious deaths of many families. A district judge from the city realizes she has a connection to the case ,and through her, the thriller unravels a centuries old revenge. It spans time and continents mixing the taunt twist and turns, with historical facts. The combination makes this an exciting read.
Pam McF

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Crazy CT Storm

So here we are day four of the aftermath of the crazy CT storm. A Northeaster blew through here on Saturday and left us without power, without water, trees and wires all over the roads and schools closed.
Makes you realize the horrendous scale of Katrina and the Haiti earthquake. At least we have warm weather and crews all over the place trying to put the towns back together.

ESB has not lost power and we have some great storm picks. Pam is reading "Ordinary Thunderstorms" by William Boyd. A piece of fiction that explores how one chance occurrence can evolve rapidly into a life-leveling storm. She is totally enjoying it.

A classic storm tale is R.A.Scotti's piece " Sudden Sea: The Great Hurricane of 1938." This detailed retelling of the 1938 hurricane that ripped across seven Northeastern states and killed 682 people will keep you turning pages well into the night even by candlelight.

"Not Without Hope" is a new book about a tragedy at sea that saw four friends embark on a fishing trip during a blustery day, with only one man returning two days later. Witnessing incredible heroism and unspeakable tragedy, the author Nick Schuyler creates a story of survival, friendship, resolve and courage. Stop by for a copy.

Saturday, March 6, 2010


This week I am on vacation at one of my main haunts, Jackson Hole, WY I have spent many days here and never tire of the views, the snow, the skiing, the parks, the pace, the people or the soul. Went to yoga yesterday and the instructor read out of a really neat book, "365 Yoga Daily Meditations."

Good book for some thoughtful time...and you can't beat yoga for keeping you limber.

Went cross country skiing in Grand Teton National Park the other day...talk about beautiful. Snow, woods and the serenity of nature. I know that sounds like a cliche, but it is'nt. Life is good. Donate some $$$ to our National Parks, they are treasures. Check out their website. http://www.nps.gov/ This is one of my favorite books on the National Parks. The National Parks: Our American Landscape" by Ian Shive & Tom Kiernan. Great gift book.
Another beautiful book on the National Parks is " Silence and Solitude: A Yellowstone's Winter Wilderness" by Tom Murphy & Tim Cahill. Amazing photos of the park in the deep of winter.

Want to read a really great book set in Wyoming? Pick up " The Legend of Colton Bryant" by Alexandra Fuller. True story of a young Wyoming roughneck in the oil industry and the life shaped by the industry and the place. He is a heart warming character who will stay with you for days to come. Alexandra Fuller is a wonderful author. Check out her website to see her other books. www. alexandrafuller.org She was at Elm Street books a few years ago.
It is a ten day here today so enough blogging, time to ski!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Molly and Lynne's Picks

Molly and Lynne are best friends. They do everything together. Although they don't read the same kind of books they each love books. Molly loves balls too. Molly's pick is " Love is the Best Medicine" by Dr. Nick Trout. A heartwarming story of what two dogs taught one veterinarian about hope, humility and everyday miracles.

Lynne's most recent pick is "Caught" by Harlan Coben, an Elm Street favorite.

Coben's fans won't be disappointed as he once again delivers! This time the mystery involves a missing suburban teen, the sexual predator who might be involved, and the reporter who is doubting her instincts about her story. This roller coaster plot will keep you guessing...enjoy.