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News from the Art Circle Public Library for the week of April 22, 2014

In time for Mother’s Day, New York Times Bestselling author, Kelly Corrigan, shares an excerpt from her thoughts on motherhood and her latest book (listed below):  “It can be hard to revel in the domestic litter of backpacks, laundry baskets, and jock straps, much less the cacophony of clashing siblings or the near silence .. . . This abstract performance art, called FAMILY LIFE, is our run at the ultimate Improv, our chance to be great for someone, to give another person everything they need to be happy, ours to apologize for, to try again for, to get a little more right next time for, ours to watch disappear into their next self:  toddler to tike, tween to teen, ours to drop off somewhere to miss forever .. . .  WE MUST STOP FORGETTING . . .THIS IS IT!  THIS IS THE GREAT ADVENTURE!”

From how-to books to memoirs and more, below are some new book titles mothers will love, either to borrow from ACPL or to receive as a gift. 

“Glitter and Glue” by Kelly Corrigan.

From the New York Times bestselling author of “The Middle Place” comes a new memoir that examines the bond – sometimes nourishing, sometimes exasperating, occasionally divine – between mothers and daughters.  When Kelly Corrigan was in high school, her mother neatly summarized the family dynamic as 'Your father's the glitter, but I'm the glue.'  This meant nothing to Kelly (until she became a live-in nanny and) her mother's voice was suddenly everywhere, nudging and advising, cautioning and directing, escorting her through a terrain as foreign as any she had ever trekked. 

“Mommy Memoirs: A Hilarious and Heartwarming Look at the Trials and Triumphs of Being a Mom” by Ann Van De Water.

Here is a delightful journey from pregnancies and births to marriages and a hysterectomy!  There are few stones left unturned as author Ann Van De Water describes her hectic life as a mother of three boys in short read-it-and-run stories that will have her audience laughing out loud one minute and grabbing tissues the next.  These true-to-life experiences filled with humor, tenderness, practicality, and joy, written by a "been there, done that" mom, will have other moms and grandmothers reminiscing and expectant moms anticipating their own adventures.   All will come away knowing they are not alone on their journey through motherhood.

“The Madwoman in the Volvo” by Sandra Tsing Loh.

“From an imaginatively twisted and fearless writer “(Los Angeles Times), here is a hilarious memoir of middle age.  In The Madwoman in the Volvo, Loh speaks hilariously and honestly about her life as a mother, a daughter, and an artist. She recounts her journey through a tumultuous time of life, trying to maintain appearances during an epic hormonal—and that means physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual—change.  The upbeat conclusion: it does get better.

“A Blessing On the Way: Counting Each Day While You’re Expecting” by Sue Christian & Meg Christian.

This book is an attractive devotional that provides expectant mothers with an encouraging message for each day, as they count down the 280 days until the birth of their child.  Each daily devotion features a short inspirational thought or quotation as well as a passage of Scripture.  Additional pages are included with space for moms to record their personal thoughts and reflections as they prepare for the adventure of a lifetime.

“Three Weeks with Lady X” by Eloisa James.

Eloisa James writes with a captivating blend of charm, style, and grace that never fails to leave the reader sighing and smiling and falling in love.  Her style is exquisite, her prose pure magic.  A novel by Eloisa is a delicious treat that shouldn’t be missed.  A wonderfully original voice in romance fiction!

“How to Tie A Scarf” by Potter Style.

From designer silk squares to chunky homemade knits, this guide is filled with inspired ways to style your scarves.  Inside you'll find:
- Step-by-step tutorials for square, oblong, and embellished scarves
- Styles for the summer, fall, winter, and spring seasons
- DIY scarf accessories featuring camera straps, tote bags, necklaces and more.  Wrapped in a silky cover and with a beautifully designed interior, “How To Tie A Scarf” is the perfect gift for anyone who loves the finishing touch of a well-styled scarf.

“Mom Seeks God: Practicing Grace in the Chaos” by Julia Roller.

This work offers a highly relatable story and useful advice to help new moms grow in their faith as they address life changes with grace, patience, and prayer.  As readers discover ten essential faith practices, they’ll learn that motherhood, itself, is a spiritual discipline, and may be God’s most effective technique for forming a more Christ-like life.

“The Most Important Lesson:  What My Mother Taught Me That Will Change Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Forever” by Laura Anthony.

“The Most Important Lesson” provides the framework for caregivers and families to create a legacy of their own with their loved one and bring comfort, support, and greater purpose and meaning in the process.  Society and future generations will benefit from the wisdom of our loved ones when following the guidelines contained in this book.

“The Little Big Book for Moms” by Lena Tabori.

This beloved classic's 10th anniversary edition features a fresh cover design, new art, and a new Introduction.  Ideal for moms who don't want their little ones to miss out on classic tales, this book contains fairy tales, nursery rhymes, stories, and early 20th-century illustrations.

“The Little Big Book for Grandmothers” by Alice Wong & Lena Tabori.

This is a charming book filled with fairy tales, poetry, nursery rhymes, song, stories, words of wisdom, activities, and recipes that are sure to enchant and delight.  The Little Big Book for Grandmothers is brimming with many of the classic and favorite things grandmothers grew up with, and illustrated with charming vintage art she is sure to adore.

Information Tip of the Week

With the warm weather and sandal-wearing season on the way, both men and women can benefit from a recipe for an easy, all-natural, homemade foot scrub.  YouTube beauty guru, Essie Button, swears by this one:

Mix all of the following ingredients in a plastic bowl, transfer to an air-tight jar, and store in the fridge for later use.  Combine about 1 ½ cups sea salt, ½ cup almond oil (or olive oil if you prefer) 1-2 tsp. lemon zest, 1 lemon, and 3-4 drops of peppermint oil (or essential oil of your preference).  This concoction is the key element in any at-home, spa-pedigree pedi.   All you need is ten to fifteen minutes, this exfoliator, a warm footbath, a pumice stone, and you’re good to go.  Simply soak your feet in a hot water and milk bath for ten minutes, massage the scrub into the soles of your feet using the callous stone, then rinse and dry.

Quackers Joke of the Week

Q.  What are marshmallows filed under in the library?

A.  The Dewey Gooey Decimal System!


For more information, contact the Art Circle Public Library of Cumberland County at 484-6790, online at, by e-mail at or  The library, at 3 East Street, is open to the public on: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The Cumberland County Archives & Heritage Center, at 95 East First Street, is open to the public on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.          


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Monday, April 21, 2014