Coloring books for grownups?
In the vein of “never say never”…did I ever think I’d be featuring a coloring book on this blog? To my surprise, I found myself requesting this one from Blogging for Books in exchange for a free and honest review. Several of the patrons at my library have been requesting coloring sessions (they’re wildly popular in libraries and other venues), so I’m hosting two “Adults Only” coloring parties in the coming months. I have to say that Wonderland by Amily Shen, a renowned Taiwanese artist, is one of the loveliest adult coloring books I’ve seen. It is inspired by Alice’s Adventures, and even has picture puzzles to search out. It would make a lovely gift! At the end of the summer, I’ll let you know how the coloring parties went.
Some nonfiction books I like:
In this season of gardening fever, All The Presidents’ Gardens, by Marta McDowell is a beautiful history of Presidential gardens from Washington to Obama. There are some beautiful photos and lush descriptions of how the White House grounds have grown and changed with each inhabitant of the White House. Anyone who plans on visiting the White House should take a look at this lovely book. There are descriptions of the gardens which can be toured. The book also includes a plant list of plants, shrubs, and trees planted on the White House grounds.
Elements of Pizza by Ken Forkish could be subtitled: Everything you ever need to know about the art of creating your own pizza! Forkish thoroughly covers all the elements of dough chemistry and all the different kinds of pizza crusts. There is an entire chapter on equipment and ingredients–also wonderful sauce recipes and ideas for toppings. There are recipes for flatbreads and other artisanal pizzas, as well–makes my mouth water just looking through the beautiful photos.
Game of Crowns by Christopher Andersen is the answer to every “royal junkie’s” craving! In my opinion, it’s one of the best royal biographies in recent years. It is a pretty complete summary of all the ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ and happenings over the past years of Queen Elizabeth’s reign. Andersen gives a pretty complete summary of the women on the throne including the Queen Mother, Elizabeth, and those at one time or another, as heirs to the throne: Diana, Camilla, and Kate. It’s full of interesting tidbits for any royal watcher.
Within the space of a few weeks, I read two books about Rosemary Kennedy. Her story had long been of interest to me as part of a general fascination with the famous Kennedy family, and also because Rosemary spent the majority of her life at the St. Coletta home and school which is only a few miles from where I’ve lived in Wisconsin for most of my adult life. While she was still alive, I knew that Rosemary was residing there but not that she was able to be ‘out and about’ in the nearby communities.
Of the two books, Rosemary, the Hidden Kennedy Daughter, by Kate Clifford Larson, was the one I most preferred. It was well researched and was the most far reaching in covering the history and scope of the Rosemary’s place in the Kennedy family. Rose Kennedy, the matriarch of the family is portrayed in a very unfavorable light. She seemed heartless, and along with Joseph Kennedy, ruthless in their treatment of a daughter who was ‘different’. The Missing Kennedy by Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff, the niece of the nun who cared for Rosemary for most of her life included lots of intimate details about Rosemary’s habits, likes and dislikes, and many personal photos. It also explores the connection of Rosemary’s disability with the founding of the Special Olympics.
Next blog, I’ll tell you about some of the fiction books I’ve been reading.