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Books to support your New Year’s resolutions

With so many of us making New Year’s resolutions to eat healthily, nurture our relationships, manage our time better and hone the power of our minds, here are some new books at the library to help you:

• “Cook This, Not That” by David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding tells you how to cook restaurant meals for less money using healthy ingredients.

• “Don’t Panic: More Dinner’s in the Freezer” by Susie Martinez, Vanda Howell and Bonnie Gracia provides recipes for make-ahead meals.

• “The Essential New York Times Cook Book” by Amanda Hesser offers classic recipes for a new century.

• “Tao II” by Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha reveals the highest secrets and most powerful practical techniques for the Tao journey.

• “Power Thoughts” by Joyce Meyer offers 12 strategies to win the battle of the mind and overcome negative thinking.

• “Double Delicious” by Jessica Seinfeld provides recipes for good, simple foods for busy, complicated lives.

• “Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That” by Ina Garten is all about saving time and avoiding stress while having fun in the kitchen.

• “Simple Times” by Amy Sedaris takes readers back to the days when we wore handmade sweaters and carved cooking utensils out of bark.

• “Rachael Ray’s Look and Cook” has 600 photos and 100 main course recipes.

• “Love, Lust & Faking It” by Jenny McCarthy returns to her comic roots in this candid look at women, men, sex, romance, heartbreak, love and how (not) to fake it.

• “Throwdown!” by celebrity chef and restaurateur Bobby Flay shares popular recipes from his Food Network show.

Craft Circle

This month’s Craft Circle informal needlecraft get-together takes place this afternoon from 1-3 p.m.

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“Elvis and the Memphis Mambo Murders” by Peggy Webb is the third mystery featuring Elvis the Bassett Hound. “Falling Home” by Karen White is a romance about a woman who must leave her successful New York life to return home to small-town Georgia. “Daniel’s Desire” by Sherryl Woods is a romance in the Devaney Brothers series. “The Corpse Wore Tartan” by Kaitlyn Dunnett is the latest in the Liss MacCrimmon Scottish mystery series. “The Man Without a Gun” by Lauran Paine includes both a short story and full-length novel in the western genre. “True Grit” by Charles Portis, a western first published in 1968, was the basis for the movie starring John Wayne. “Dead or Alive” by Tom Clancy is the latest in the Jack Ryan adventure series.

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“Bad Blood” by John Stanford is the latest in the Virgil Flowers mystery series.

Other novels

“The Bordeaux Betrayal” by Ellen Crosby is her third novel of suspense set in the Virginia wine country, this one focusing on an old bottle of Bordeaux that Thomas Jefferson may have purchased for George Washington.

“When the Light Goes” by Pulizer Prize- and Oscar-winning author Larry McMurtry brings back his character Duane Moore.

Quotable quote

“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.” — W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965), British novelist and dramatist.

Thanks to our donors

For monetary gifts, we are grateful to Gil and Lenore Bright for their generous donation in honor of Jim and Margaret Wilson, to Robert and Molly Mosby, as well as William and Robbie Nyara for their gifts in memory of Joan Seielstad, and to Rice Reavis. We also thank the Friends of the Library, who donated the money to fence the area on the west side of the library.

For books and materials this week, we thank Jerry Dermody, Joseph Granias, Bamma Laizure and Pierre Mion.

As we thank these donors and the many of you who have been so generous to the library in 2010, we note that many nonprofits are suffering greatly from fewer donations during this bad economy. We feel blessed to live and work in this very generous community.

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