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Kitchens of the Great Midwest

by Bond Drager on August 15th, 2016
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I recently enjoyed the book Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal. I love books about food (Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal Vegetable Miracle is one of my all-time favorites) and Kitchens of the Great Midwest not only vividly captures the sensory experience of some terrific meals, it also evokes memories of my own Midwestern childhood and the foods I grew up with.

It has a unique structure: Each chapter is told from the point of view of a different character, and sometimes there are jumps forward of several years at a go. This left me wanting more with every chapter change.

Here’s an excerpt of Amazon’s synopsis: When Lars Thorvald’s wife, Cynthia, falls in love with wine–and a dashing sommelier–he’s left to raise their baby, Eva, on his own. He’s determined to pass on his love of food to his daughter–starting with puréed pork shoulder. As Eva grows, she finds her solace and salvation in the flavors of her native Minnesota. From Scandinavian lutefisk to hydroponic chocolate habaneros, each ingredient represents one part of Eva’s journey as she becomes the star chef behind a legendary and secretive pop-up supper club, culminating in an opulent and emotional feast that’s a testament to her spirit and resilience.

I didn’t want to put this book down. It was funny and sweet, and I couldn’t wait to find out what happened to the characters.

Enjoy!

New local biography series – Iowa City People: Steve Bridges

by Bond Drager on June 28th, 2016

The first episode of our new biography series, “Iowa City People” has made its debut online and on Library Channel 20. Our guinea pig guest, “Captain” Steve Bridges, has a fascinating story. Most people in Iowa City know him as the morning co-host on KCJJ 1630, but there’s a lot more to his tale.

Video Staff Picks: Summer Reading Recommendations

by Bond Drager on June 9th, 2016

Get tips for some great books and movies to enjoy this summer. Plus take a quick peak at our digital magazine service.

City Lights
dir. Charlie Chaplin

Bazaar of Bad Dreams
by Stephen King

A Study in Charlotte
by Brittany Cavallaro

For more information about
Digital Johnson County
Visit
www.icpl.org/zinio

On Air: Episode 18

by Bond Drager on June 2nd, 2016

Click here to get the episode!

The old gang is back together! Meredith, Brian, Jason, and Melody are chatting about books and travel – destinations they want to visit because of a book or places they’ve actually visited due to reading. They’re also talking about movie adaptations of popular books. Of course, they’ll share ideas of lots of other great books and materials to enjoy.

Books and Travel for Summertime


What we’re reading/watching/listening to

  • 00:41 Jason: The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss and Day of the Dead by Various Artists (distributed by 4ad)
  • 03:38 Brian: The Strumbellas
  • 06:50 Melody: Shattered by Kevin Hearne (Iron Druid Series)
  • 08:34 Meredith: Audiobooks from Digital Johnson County

Books and Travel (but not Travel Books!)

  • 12:30 Brian: The Road Headed West: a 6,000-Mile Cycling Odyssey through North America by Leon McCarron, Going Somewhere by Brian Benson, Life is a Wheel by Bruce Weber
  • 20:50 Jason: Sixpence House by Paul Collins
  • 25:05 Melody: Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
  • 30:25 Meredith: Centennial TV Show/book, Road Food by Jane & Michael Stern

Book to Movie Adaptations

  • 33:45 Brian: Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  • 37:50 Melody: Adaptation based on The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean
  • 39:20 Jason: The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
  • 42:43 Meredith: Love Story by Erich Segal
  • 43:58 Brian: Room by Emma Donaghue

Video Staff Picks: Memoirs, Music, and More with Terri

by Bond Drager on March 24th, 2016

Memoirs, Music, and More (in March!) with Terri

On Air: All Things Hamilton!

by Bond Drager on March 10th, 2016

Get the podcast here or from iTunes or Stitcher

Do you love musicals? Do you hate musicals but like hip hop? Do you hate musicals and hip hop but love American history? Have you heard of Hamilton but have no idea what it is? Brian and Anne have the low down and they’re going to help you out. They’ll also share ideas of lots of other great books and materials to enjoy.
All things Hamilton with Anne, Brian, and Meredith

What we’re reading/watching/listening to
00:42 Brian: Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach
03:28 Anne: Once in a Great City by David Maraniss
05:04 Bond: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenedes
07:07 Meredith: Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Hamilton the Musical
12:00 Hamilton the Musical
20:28 Aaron Burr, Sir
23:54 You’ll Be Back
26:48 John Adams Miniseries
29:12 War of Two by John Sedgwick
31:05 Duel with the Devil by Paul Collins
34:40 Brian’s list of other musicals similar to Hamilton

Video Staff Picks: Doggies!

by Bond Drager on December 29th, 2015

We hope you enjoy this video of a few staff with their favorite furry friends, plus books.

Mama’s Materials with On Air: The ICPL Podcast

by Bond Drager on December 17th, 2015

In Episode 16, Meredith chats with Melody and Bond about materials from ICPL that are particularly applicable to parents both experienced and not so experienced.

~Enjoy!

You can also get our podcast from iTunes or Stitcher

Picture Books and Holiday Survival with On Air: The ICPL Podcast

by Bond Drager on November 24th, 2015

This week we’ve got two great episodes of On Air: The ICPL podcast to share.

In Episode 15, Meredith interviews Casey and Morgan from the Children’s Department about some great picture books for young readers.

Plus, enjoy this special bonus episode, a rerun of one of our favorites: How to Survive the Holidays with ICPL, which originally posted in November, 2014.

~Enjoy!

You can also get our podcast from iTunes or Stitcher

Video staff picks: Documentaries with Terri

by Bond Drager on November 10th, 2015

Do you need some fresh documentary recommendations? Come up to our second floor and enjoy all the fun and informative viewing our nonfiction DVD collection has to offer.




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