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WWII nonfiction

World War II and the Nazi Regime are endlessly fascinating subjects for historians and the public alike. Thousands of books have been written about the most violent and disturbing years of the 20th century. As time goes on, more discoveries are made in the form of newly uncovered letters, diaries, and declassified government documents. In addition, the passage of time gives us new insights and a deeper understanding of how these events have impacted our world.

Here are 5 excellent books about World War II written in the last 8 years. 

12.29.2017 Higher CallA HIGHER CALL: AN INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY OF COMBAT AND CHIVALRY IN THE WAR-TORN SKIES OF WORLD WAR II
By Adam Makos
(2012)

In December 1943, American bomber pilot Charlie Brown and German ace flyer Franz Stigler met in the skies over Germany. The bomber, nearly torn to shreds and with half its crew dead, was miraculously still flying, but a few shots from the Messerschmitt would end all that. In an extraordinary gesture, Stigler, risking a firing squad if his superiors found out, let the bomber escape and even escorted it to safe airspace. Forty years later, the two men would seek each other out and their stories would finally be told. 

 

12.29.2017 Hitlers Holy RelicsHITLER’S HOLY RELICS: A TRUE STORY OF NAZI PLUNDER AND THE RACE TO RECOVER THE CROWN JEWELS OF THE HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE
By Sidney Kirkpatrick
(2010)

The Nazis plundered many masterpieces of art and history during WWII, but a secret bunker held the ones that Hitler valued most: the Spear of Destiny and the Crown Jewels of the Holy Roman Empire. World rulers throughout history had been obsessed with these ancient artifacts, but at the end of the War they disappeared. Revealing the story of the lost jewels for the first time, Kirkpatrick takes readers deep into the twisted Nazi ideology of medieval mysticism and world domination. 

 

12.29.2017 Iron WindAN IRON WIND: EUROPE UNDER HITLER
By Peter Fritzsche
(2016)

There has been much written about the Nazi political and military leadership, but what about ordinary German citizens? What did they think of the Nazi party, and how did they deal with the chaotic and violent actions taking place in their country? Using diaries, letters, and more, Fritzsche creates a wider and more nuanced understanding of the effects of the War on German civilians. 

 

12.29.2017 GI BridesGI BRIDES: THE WARTIME GIRLS WHO CROSSED THE ATLANTIC FOR LOVE
By Duncan Barrett
(2014)

Over 70,000 British women became GI brides, marrying American servicemen who were stationed in Britain during WWII. This is the true story of 4 of these women, who gave up everything for love and faced the challenge of making a new home in America with a husband they sometimes barely knew. 

 

12.29.2017 BonhoefferBONHOEFFER: PASTOR, MARTYR, PROPHET, SPY
By Eric Metaxas
(2010)

As Nazism spread across Germany, there were a few who were bold enough to stand up to the Regime and even attempt to sabotage it. One of these was Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Now considered one of the greatest theologians of modern history, Bonhoeffer was a Christian pastor who fought against the Nazi ideology with words and actions. Using newly discovered documents, Metaxas reveals Dietrich’s extraordinary life and his courageous death.

 

hockey everyone

The library has something for everyone. Whether you are researching a topic or looking for leisure reading, the library has many resources to choose from in a variety of formats. For example, say you are looking up the subject of hockey (okay it’s no secret that I love the sport). The library has you covered—no matter how old you are or what format you're looking for. Check out the variety of resources I can find on this one topic:  

12.27 MiracleDVD: MIRACLE
Directed by Gavin O’Conner
(2004)

Based on the true underdog story of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team that won the Gold through hard work, determination, and team work.

 

12.27 My First Book of HockeyEasy Reader: MY FIRST BOOK OF HOCKEY
By Mark Bechtel
(2016)

This is the perfect book for anyone, not just a beginning reader, to read before their first hockey game. It explains the basic rules, terms, and positions of the game with clarity and humor. 

 

12.29 Dino HockeyPicture Book: DINO-HOCKEY
By Lisa Wheeler
(2007) 

It’s the carnivores vs the herbivores in this rhyming hockey match up. But who will win? 

 

12.27 Being Sloane JacobsYoung Adult: BEING SLOANE JACOBS
By Lauren Morrill
(2014)

Sloane Emily Jacobs and Sloane Devon Jacobs meet in Montreal where they will stay in the same hotel while attending camp—one for figure skating, the other for ice hockey.

 

12.27 The Science of HockeyGraphic Novel: THE SCIENCE OF HOCKEY WITH MAX AXIOM, SUPER SCIENTIST
By B.A. Hoena
(2016)

Sports and the graphic novel format teach the science behind the hockey. What a great way to learn about science! 

 

12.27 The Boys of WinterE-Audio Book: THE BOYS OF WINTER
By Wayne Coffey
(2017)

The back story of the 1980’s U.S. Olympic Hockey team comprised of interviews from the players and their opponents. Kirby Heyborne does an excellent job at narration. 

 

12.27 99Nonfiction: 99: STORIES OF THE GAME
By Wayne Gretzky
(2016)

The history of the game as seen through the eyes of “The Great One” as he discusses those who have influenced him and the sport. 

 

12.27 Simply IrresistibleRomance: SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE
By Rachel Gibson
(1998) 

Georgeanne leaves the wealthy, older owner of the Chinooks Hockey Team at the altar, hitching a ride out of town with John Kawalsky, the new bad boy acquisition to the team.

 

christmasy

So much of the Christmas season is simply magical during childhood:  twinkling lights, glittering snow, crackling fires, the smell of warm cookies, favorite holiday songs, an abundance of decorations, the anticipation of giving and receiving gifts, etc…  However you celebrate, what you love most is probably steeped in personal traditions that you look forward to every single year.  Of course, a favorite tradition for many people is breaking out their beloved childhood Christmas books.  You gotta love a good Christmas book!  Whether your favorite characters include Scrooge, Charlie Brown, Rudolph, or the Grinch, surely there’s at least one story that you love to read every single year.  I’ve realized, however, that some of my favorite Christmas stories aren’t really Christmas stories at all!  But they have beautiful Christmas scenes that pull at my heartstrings whenever December rolls around.

So whether you’ve overdosed on too many Hallmark movies and need to take a step back, or all of a sudden it’s next June and you’re yearning for a little holiday spirit, here are five not-Christmas kids’ books with Christmas scenes that will put the warmth and magic right back in your heart:

12.22 Harry PotterHARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE 

 
12.22 Little WomenLITTLE WOMEN

 
12.22 The Lion the Witch and the WardrobeTHE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE
 

12.22 The Mysterious HowlingTHE MYSTERIOUS HOWLING

 

cooking the books 01

I promise that I cook my family more than meatloaf. Really, I do. In the small handful of recipes I’ve shared with you here from library cookbooks, it seems like meatloaf is really over-represented. I solemnly swear that the next recipe I share will not be meatloaf. 

Right now, I am very pregnant. I’m the kind of pregnant where just standing up for more than 5 minutes makes me tired and winded. The kind of pregnant where people passing me in the hallway look at my belly and then give me sympathetic looks. With only a few weeks until my baby is due, you can bet that the meals that I’m cooking for my family are getting few and far between and are starting to consist of things I can mostly prepare sitting down. 

That’s why the concept of a “dump meal” appealed to me; something simple that didn’t require constant tending and simmering and checking on things. Something I could mix, pop in the oven, and then leave alone while I took a short nap on the couch. 

I chose this recipe because I already had most of the things on hand. I would put it in the solidly “okay” category. I probably needed to amp up the seasoning a little bit; I put in 2 lbs of ground beef instead of 1 ½ and though I tried to compensate by adding a little bit more of everything, I still wished for a little more flavor. 

The plus side? These took approximately 5 minutes to mix, 3 minutes to put in the muffin tins, and 15 minutes to bake. They made enough that we’ll be eating leftovers for a few days, which means I don’t have to cook again, and at this point in my pregnancy that’s the kind of mealtime math I like. 

12.21.17 Dump DinnersEasy Pizza-style Mini Meatloaf Cups
from Dump Dinners
by Julia Grady
(2015)

 

 Ingredients: 

1 egg, beaten
½ cup pizza sauce plus extra for topping
¼ cup bread crumbs, Italian-seasoned
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon oregano
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 ½ pounds ground beef
1 ½ cups mozzarella cheese, shredded 

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly coat muffin tins with cooking spray.
2. In a bowl, mix together egg, pizza sauce, bread crumbs, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper. Add ground beef and mix well.
3. Divide mixture evenly into muffin tins. Press down in center of beef mixture to make indent in center. Fill center with shredded cheese.
4. Bake for 15 minutes or until meat is cooked through. Serve topped with additional sauce and cheese. 

Makes 12 servings.

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