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What’s New in LGBTQ: New Arrivals to Check Out for Hoboken Pride

31 Jul

Hoboken is celebrating LGBTQ Pride again in August this year and the library is participating with great events like our Vogue Program featuring Drag Queen Performers from NYC and a discussion of the history of the Dance.  In honor of LGBTQ Pride here are some of the recent LGBTQ additions to our collections.

The Book of Pride: LGBTQ Heroes Who Changed the World
by Mason Funk
The Book of Pride tells the story of the LGBTQ rights movement from the early days in 1960s to current day participants in the movement.  Check it out and see where the movement has been and where it is going from the courageous tales of those who were there.  It is available as a digital audiobook from Hoopla.

Rainbow Warrior: My Life in Color
by Gilbert Baker
The rainbow flag has become an iconic symbol of the LGBTQ pride movement.  In his memoir, Rainbow Warrior, you can learn more about the artist and activist who first created it. Gilbert passed away in 2017, but his legacy and art lives on.   It is available as an ebook and digital audiobook from Hoopla.

Naturally Tan: A Memoir
by Tan France
Tan France is one of the stars of Netflix’s popular Queer Eye and the first openly gay South Asian man to be on a TV show.  In Naturally Tan, he looks back at his childhood in England when he was bullied and his path to coming out and living happily with his husband in Salt Lake City.  It is available as an ebook and digital audiobook from eBCCLS.

The Affair of the Mysterious Letter
by Alexis Hall
Alexis Hall is one of my favorite authors.  His latest novel, The Affair of the Mysterious Letter reimagines Sherlock Holmes as Ms. Shaharazad Haas a consulting sorceress who must solve a blackmail case of a former lover, Miss Eirene Viola.  It is available as an ebook from eBCCLS.

You can see more LGBTQ related posts here!

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Head of Reference

New Recipes for the New Year: COOK90, New Pizza, Flavors of Africa, and The Secret Ingredient

9 Jan

Are you stuck in a cooking rut or looking to start cooking for yourself for the first time this year? I’ve selected some books that we’ve just gotten in at the Hoboken Public Library that I’m planning to borrow in the future that you might enjoy as well.  Check out these books in the New Year and get to cook some new tasty recipes!

COOK90: The 30-Day Plan for Faster, Healthier, Happier Meals
by David Tamarkin and the editors of Epicurious
photographs by Chelsea Kyle
If your life is similar to mine as a working mom whose partner also works full time it can be a struggle to create healthy meals each days and too easy to fall back on takeout which can bring with it increased calories, fat, and sodium. COOK90 put together by the popular online recipe cite, Epicurious, seems like a great choice for anyone who has made a New Year’s resolution to cook more since it encourages users to challenge themselves to prepare breakfast, lunch, and dinner for 30 days.  I’m not sure if my husband and I will quite meet the challenge for every day, but the book seems a good way to meet our personal goal of cutting down significantly on takeout during the week.  There are over 100 recipes in the book along with strategies to help with getting you cooking more.  Dishes like cocoa oats with yogurt, honey, and hazelnuts sound like a tasty way to put the takeout menu away.

New Pizza: A Whole New Era for the World’s Favorite Food
by Stefano Manfredi
new pizza
Speaking of take out, our most frequent choice is pizza, my son’s favorite and most requested food.  My husband’s family growing up had the tradition of watching a cheesy movie every Friday along with an extra cheese pizza with pepperoni, something we often enjoy on the weekends with our son.  As much as I enjoy the delicious pizza that the tri-state area’s pizzerias are famous for; I know making my own is a healthier option.  Stefano Manfredi in his book, New Pizza, uses whole wheat flour and fresh ingredients to give his pizza a healthier twist by looking back at the way it was historically made.  Manfredi is a leading expert on Italian food who grew up in Lombardy so I’m hoping that using his recipes and techniques we can create our own tasty slice of Italy from scratch.  New Pizza will be of interest to those interested in the history of pizza as well as making it.

Flavors of Africa: Discover Authentic Family Recipes from All Over the Continent
by Evi Aki
flavors of africa
I’m a huge fan of Ethiopian cuisine and some of our favorite dishes to make are ones prepared in a traditional Moroccan tagine we got several Christmases ago, but I’m less familiar with the food elsewhere in Africa so Evi Aki’s Flavors of Africa is on my list of cookbooks to check out.  Aki grew up with traditional Nigerian dishes but she also includes recipes from all over the continent.  I find this book extra appealing with its connection to family recipes that Aki collected from her own family and friends.  With African American History Month coming up in February this seems like a great choice to checkout no matter what your background and celebrate a group of immigrants to the US who have a delicious heritage to share.

The Secret Ingredient: Recipes for Success in Business and Life
by Gigi Butler
secret ingredient
You might have heard of Gigi Butler from Gigi’s Cupcakes.  In The Secret Ingredient Butler shares not only a delicious recipe for cupcakes or other desserts in each chapter, but also discusses her journey to overseeing a successful business which started in Nashville and then became a franchise destination.  I always enjoy memoir/cook book hybrids since it gives you a sense of where the recipes come from and how they were created which makes them seem even sweeter to me.  Whether baking is a favorite hobby of yours like it is for my son and I or you are looking for an inspirational book to start off the New Year this might be a good pick for you to check out.

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Head of Reference

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