Download of the Day: August 3

Nerd Nite #13 - Michigan's Woodstock: The 1970 Goose Lake International Music Festival: The Greatest Show You've Never Heard Of

This is the story of Michigan's huge outdoor music festival at the height of the hippie era... and no one's heard of it, because nothing went wrong.

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Fabulous Fiction Firsts #545 - "I have heard the mermaids singing each to each. I do not think that they will sing to me ..." ~ T.S. Eliot

"Dazzling...[a] quirky, raucous, and bewitching family saga", high praise by Sara Gruen for Erika Swyler's debut novel Book of Speculation, and rightly so. I simply couldn't put it down.

After his younger sister Enola runs off to read tarot cards for a traveling carnival, cash-strapped librarian Simon Watson lives alone in the decrepit family home that he watches nervously as it slowly crumbles toward the Long Island Sound. An old bound journal arrives at his doorstep one late June, almost at the same time his sister returns, restless and secretive. Fragile and water damaged, the book is a log from the owner of a traveling carnival in the 1700s, who reports strange and magical things, including the drowning death of a circus mermaid. Since then, generations of "mermaids" in Simon's family have drowned, always on July 24, including his mother.

As his friend Alice looks on with alarm, Simon becomes increasingly convinced that Enola will be the next victim of the family curse, and the answer must lie in the book.

"Debut author Swyler creates a melancholy world with hints of magic at the edges... Fans of historical novels, especially titles with circus themes or touched with a hint of the supernatural such as Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus, Katharine Dunn's Geek Love, or Katharine Howe's The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, won't want to leave this festival."

The Mermaid's Child by Jo Baker - the acclaimed author of Longbourn brings us the magical story of a young girl in search of her mother...who her father believes just might be a mermaid. Malin Reed, always odd and awkward never quite fits in. When her father dies, she takes to the road in search of her mother. Apprenticed to a series of strange and wonderful characters, Malin embarks on a grueling journey that crosses oceans and continents - she even disguises herself as a boy in order to get a position on a slaving ship. Misadventures, rescues (by an eccentric librarian), icebergs and pirates, Malin's journey eventually comes to a fitting end.

This pungent early novel, only now available in the U.S, (is) "beautifully written and hauntingly strange,...a remarkable piece of storytelling, and an utterly unique work of fantasy..."

The Mermaid's Sister by Carrie Anne Noble, set in a mythical Pennsylvania mountain tells the story of three foundlings taken in by Auntie, a village wise woman. When Clara realizes that her sister Maren, is slowly but surely turning into a mermaid, she and best friend O'Neill set out to take Maren to a new home in the sea. Adventure finds them when a traveling show kidnaps them all, and Clara must overcome her inner doubts about who she really is in order to save them all.

"Like all good fairy tales, this one touches on deeper themes of sibling rivalry, jealousy, insecurity, and questions of identity...Noble's treatment of the mermaid theme is fresh and original, and even her minor characters are beautifully depicted."

Like mermaids? You might also enjoy Mermaid : A twist on the classic tale by Carolyn Turgeon, and The Sea House by Elisabeth Gifford.

Download of the Day: August 2

Good and Cheap - Leanne Brown

While studying nutrition at NYU, Leanne Brown wrote this cookbook as a way to teach people how to eat well and affordably. You need to download this cookbook.

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Download of the Day: August 1

From Gecko Feet to Adhesive Tape - Wil Mara

Learn about how nature has inspired technological innovations with this book on the similarities between gecko feet and a new adhesive tape.

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FAST, FRESH & GREEN

Looking for a way to liven up your dinner routine? Have you considered vegetables? That’s right, you read correctly, vegetables!

This book, FAST, FRESH and GREEN: MORE THAN 90 DELICIOUS RECIPES FOR VEGGIE LOVERS by Susie Middleton, offers tons of recipes that elevate common vegetables beyond the everyday with tips for the perfect cooking approach. These are not your grandmother’s vegetables! (Okay, I know we all still LOVE our grandmother’s veggies.) But, imagine the difference between steamed broccoli and ‘Grilled Broccoli Rabe with Lemon and Parmigiano’ (page 187). And for summer, the chapter on “No Cooking” is perfect, featuring recipes like ‘Heirloom Tomato, Summer Peach and Fresh Herb Gazpacho Salad’ and ‘Colorful Chinese Kick-Slaw,’ both of which sound like the perfect side dish for a sticky August evening.

And for more yummy book suggestions featuring veggies, see here.

Cloth: 30+ Beautiful Projects to Sew from Linen, Cotton, Silk, Wool, and Hide by Cassandra Ellis

Everything has a story, even cloth. Cloth is a most unusual craft book in that Ellis shares history and stories and impressions of each kind of cloth, along with intriguing projects and beautiful, full-page pictures. All of these natural fibers have long associations of human use and are still valued today for being timeless, beautiful, strong and eco-friendly fabrics.

The aesthetic sense of each kind of cloth glows from the page, but in an understated and time-worn way. There is nothing glossy, or glitzy, or frivolous here. The projects are useful and practical, while still being beautiful and artistic. Additional information on appropriate tools, natural dyeing and resources for natural fiber cloth, and patterns enclosed in a folder at the back, make the book easy to use as well as a joy to peruse.

If you are a do-it-yourselfer you will enjoy sampling the projects and, if you are not, enjoy this lovely book for the calm, graceful, elegant mood it inspires.

Download of the Day: July 31

Circonflexe - Oliostere

This jazz-funk album is described as "progressive jazz frolicking on melodic polyrhythms" and who can say it any better than that?

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Want to read the next big hollywood blockbuster before it's even made? Patrick Rothfusses Kingkiller series spurred a bidding war this month!

If you're a fan of fantasy fiction there is a good possibility that you've heard the name Patrick Rothfuss sometime in the past decade. His works include epic fantasies and not for children picture books a novella and short stories but the title that was on the tips of all the movie execs lips this past month was Name of the Wind.

Name of the Wind is the story of young Kvothe (pronounced like Quothe), his adventures and misadventures as he strives to learn magic and gains some powerful foes along the way. What makes this fantasy different from others is that it doesn't seem to follow a formula for a story like so many fantasies do, rather it is a man recounting the story of his youth to an historian. It could be said that the book is many shorter stories combined into one greater narrative that continues into the second book of the series The Wise Man's Fear and will conclude in the final book of the trilogy which will be entitled Doors of Stone which currently has no publication date.

So if you want to check out the latest hollywood craze before it's even begun filming check out Patrick Rothfuss' work!

Download of the Day: July 30

Argus Eyes For Victory

Ann Arbor's Argus Camera goes to war!

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TV Spotlight: Space Ghost Coast to Coast

In Space Ghost Coast to Coast volumes 1, 2, and 3, Space Ghost, a 1960s superhero, now goes by Tad Ghostal and hosts a late night talk show. Though an animated character, he interviews real people, alongside his keyboard playing praying mantis sidekick Zorak, and director Moltar. It is seriously the most ridiculous thing I saw on television (thank you Adult Swim and Cartoon Network!) in the late 1990s and it definitely helped shape my warped sense of humor. There are some crazy interviews!

In these seasons he interviews folks such as Bob Denver, Ashley Judd, Weird Al, Thurston Moore, Alice Cooper, Matt Groening, Adam West, Jim Carrey, Michael Stipe, and many, many more. I’m excited to watch these again now!

I’d rather watch these than the 1960s series Space Ghost and Dino Boy episodes, but either way – good stuff!

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