Golden Globe Award Winners

Last night the 73rd Golden Globe Award winners were announced in top categories for motion pictures and television from the past year. It’s always fun to see the winners and speculate who will also win at the Oscars.

Best Motion Picture – Drama went to The Revenant, which is in theaters now (also winning Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture for Leonardo DiCaprio and Best Director for Alejandro Iñárritu), Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy went to The Martian (also winning Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture for Matt Damon), Best Motion Picture – Animated went to Inside Out, and Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language went to Son of Saul.

As for TV Series… Best Television Series – Drama went to Mr. Robot, Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy went to Mozart in the Jungle, and Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television went to Wolf Hall.

Be sure to check out the full list of winners to see who won in all categories.

The Gorgeous American Qur'an

Artist Sandow Birk’s beautiful new book American Qur'an is truly a revelation. Birk worked on this project for almost ten years. His website states his motivation:

“At a time when the United States was involved in two wars against Islamic nations and declared itself to be in a cultural and philosophical struggle against Islamic extremists, American artist Sandow Birk’s latest project considers the Qur’an as it was intended – as a universal message to humankind.”

This project took him all over the world and introduced him to the many complexities of Islam. He ultimately hand transcribed the Qur’an using traditional methods and then placed the text over top illustrations of everyday American life. American Qur'an should not be misconstrued as an illustrated Qur’an, but rather a Qur’an whose sacred text enriches the images it shares the pages with.

If you are interested in reading the Qur’an in full for the first time, I would not start with this hefty book; AADL does have more standard translations of the Qur’an and it’s easily found online. However, if you want to see a beautiful interpretation of the Qur’an that is uniquely American, you should check this book out!

Download of the Day: January 10

Payday! - Cecilia Minden

Here's a book to introduce your child to the economics of earning.

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Download of the Day: January 9

Spiked - MIke Arsenault

When journalist Eddie Bourque's partner turns up dead, Eddie is determined to uncover the story, only to get pulled into a dangerous criminal underworld.

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Fabulous Fiction Firsts #574 "So with the lamps all put out, the moon sunk, and a thin rain drumming on the roof, a downpouring of immense darkness began. Nothing, it seemed, could survive the flood..." ~ Virginia Woolf

Noah's Wife by Lindsay Rebecca Stark draws upon the motifs of the biblical flood story to explore the true meaning of community.

When Noah met his wife on a rain-battered whale-watching ship, the attraction was electric and mutual. The torrential downpour on their wedding day failed to spoil the happy occasion. Now Noah, a charismatic and energetic young minister has been called to a gray and wet little town in the hills where it has been raining for as long as anyone could remember, where everything - including the church is rotting in the rain.

Driven by her desire to help her minister husband revive the congregation, Noah's wife, who "has a talent for bringing out the best in people", is thwarted by the resistance of her eccentric new neighbors, and by Noah's crisis of faith.

As the river water rises, flooding the once-renowned zoo, the animals are evacuated - sending the penguins to the freezer at the local diner, the cheetah to the organist, the red fox to Noah's wife, and the peacocks (nursing a broken wing) to the general store. But the worse is still to come. And it will take everyone working together to keep their world afloat.

"Variously romantic, symbolic, philosophical, feminist, and fanciful, this is an atmospheric tale that meanders to a sweetly rousing conclusion. Forget the ark, forget the patriarch. It's the women who tend to triumph in this modern take on an Old Testament parable."

For character-driven novels about small-town life, readers might try The Next Queen of Heaven by Gregory Maguire; The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman; and The Mitford series by Jan Karon.

Download of the Day: January 8

Bootleggers - Barbepest Official Orchestra

This Celtic-themed world folk album features sounds and arrangements from music traditions across the globe.

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New from British author Tessa Hadley: The Past

British author Tessa Hadley is known for her ability to poetically describe the messiness and complications of everyday life, especially within familial relationships. In her most recent novel, The Past, Hadley works her magic again, telling the story of four adult siblings who gather at an old family country house for the summer. The ultimate goal of the holiday is to determine whether to keep the vicarage in the family or to sell it, but of course, much happens over the course of the steamy months spent at the decaying home.

The three sisters, Harriet, Fran and Alice, are curious about their brother Roland’s third wife and eager to feel her out as well as to visit with and care for their teenaged niece, Molly. Fran’s children run wild over the course of the summer, spying on Molly and her new love interest and making an unsettling discovery in an abandoned home in the woods. Harriet, the eldest sister, was planning to spend much of the vacation relaxing in solitude, but instead finds herself enthralled with one of the house guests with a passion she has never experienced before. Relations amongst the family members and house guests are all at once loving and turbulent as old wounds are reopened and resentments that had been nearly forgotten are remembered. Hadley artfully delves deeply into the emotions and thoughts of her characters, while also luxuriously describing the natural world around them. BookPage calls The Past “a novel of remarkable skill and scope,” and it's one that readers will not want to miss.

Hadley is also the author of Clever Girl, Married Love and Other Stories, The London Train, and five other works of fiction, all available at the AADL.

Ready, Set, BAKE!


Have you gotten hooked on The Great British Baking Show yet? Whether you are watching on Netflix or catching it on PBS, it's adorable and addictive, and will send you searching for a Victoria sponge recipe that uses American measurements.

Here are some ways AADL can foster your newly-awakened baking obsession:

Bakers looking to stretch their skill sets will find the recipes and instruction they need in The King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion: All-Purpose Baking Cookbook, which covers everything from A (apple pie) to Y (yeast breads), and probably something that starts with Z, too. Along with helpful technique tips, this cookbook provides ingredient and equipment advice helpful to bakers at all levels.

Dorie Greenspan's Baking: from my home to yours is a gem - Greenspan is a true expert and offers recipes ranging from easy to ambitious, but she provides plenty of illustrations and guidance along the way. Her World Peace cookies are not to be missed.

There's also The Cook's Illustrated Baking Book: baking demystified with 450 recipes from America's most trusted food magazine, or Baking Illustrated: a best recipe classic, both produced by the team at Cook's Illustrated, and which are heavily tested and laboriously detailed. As the founder of Cook's Illustrated, Christopher Kimball has cemented his reputation as a provider of precise instruction, and he's built a dedicated fanbase through hosting PBS' America's Test Kitchen and his appearances on public radio's The Splendid Table.

If bread is more your cup of tea than sweet desserts, try Flour Water Salt Yeast: the fundamentals of artisan bread and pizza by Portland, OR-based Ken Forkish. Bakers who are serious about bread will find both excellent recipes and the reasons why they work in this bread-baking bible. For bread-lovers who do have a sweet tooth, Beard on Bread by the inimitable James Beard is a good fit. Like all of Beard's work, it is eminently readable, but the recipes within are a little sweeter and softer than bakers interested in a more artisan-approach may desire.

True disciples of The Great British Baking Show may have to check out Mary Berry & Lucy Young Cook Up a Feast just to satiate their Mary Berry fixation. She's a good-hearted master home baker who provides tried-and-true methods for foolproof recipes, and instructions for getting things done ahead of time so you can properly enjoy an event for which you are baking.

Fiction lovers might enjoy The Art of Baking Blind by Sarah Vaughn, a story about contestants in a baking competition who learn a thing or two about attempting to leave their real-life struggles behind and aiming for culinary perfection. There's also Simply From Scratch by Alicia Bessette, about a widow who enters a baking contest to shake off her grief, and ends up finding a friend in a motherless neighbor girl who came for the desserts, but finds more benefit in the companionship.

Knead any more proof of AADL's baking resources? No? How about another baking pun? No again? Well, happy baking, friends!

Download of the Day: January 7

AADL Talks To: Ryan Gregg, Rishi Narayan, and Bud Van de Wege Jr. of Moe Sport Shop

Past and present owners of Moe's Sport Shop come together to discuss the shop's 100-year history in Ann Arbor.

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Download of the Day: January 6

Crafting with Duct Tape - Dana Meachen Rau

Duct tape is versatile stuff, and this book will guide you through some basic directions to get you started crafting and personalizing projects with it.

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