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!

2015 Man Booker Prize Longlist Announced!


The 13 books nominated for the prestigious Man Booker Prize were announced yesterday, July 29th. This is the second year in which authors of all nationalities are eligible for the award - previously only authors from the United Kingdom and Commonwealth were considered. The award is given for an outstanding work of fiction, and is selected by a panel of five judges.

The list of nominees includes 5 Americans, up from 4 in last year's list. They include:
Bill Clegg - Did You Ever Have A Family? (release date September 8, 2015)
Leila Lalami - The Moor's Account (release date September 9, 2015)
Marilynne Robinson - Lila
Anne Tyler - A Spool of Blue Thread
Hanya Yanagihara - A Little Life

You can find copies of all of the finalist books published so far that are owned by AADL on this list. The shortlist will be announced on September 15, revealing the final 6 titles under consideration. The winner will be announced October 13, 2015, so stay tuned!

Download of the Day: July 29

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom - Cory Doctorow

This futuristic tale features a group of volunteers dedicated to preserving the magic of DisneyWorld, even if they have to go to war to do it.

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NPR Books' Summer Of Love

The hottest month of the summer is almost upon us and in honor of their Summer of Love theme this year, NPR Books has just released a list of 100 swoon-worthy romances to keep you occupied during August and beyond. Readers and authors alike voted on their favorite romance novels, and then the votes were tallied and divided into categories to produce the final list, which you can check out here!

I love the diversity of the list: it includes historical, paranormal and LBGT romances, classics such as Pride and Prejudice, and entire series. There's even a YA category! Even readers who don't consider themselves readers of romance novels will be able to find something that catches their eye. Look for any of the books that interest you from the list in our catalog!

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