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lOB Wednesday, March 17, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Sl00"'ng bo,,k picks ,x,nside,r style, fo,300', history, family, WELCOME, GENTLE READER 283-3952 or mail to P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. "Stylized: A Slightly Obses- sive History of Strunk & White's The Elements of Style" by Mark Garvey Since its fwst edition in 1959, "The Elements of Style" has been a staple for English teachers and aspiring writers. Garvey takes fans and foes of "the little book" inside the sto- ry of its making, from William Strunk's self-published guide for his writing students at CorneU (where E.B. White en- countered it for the first time) to its near apotheosis as an ar- biter of American prose style. Garvey explores the friend- ship between the two men; White's relationship with the sharp-eyed editor, Jack Case, who thought to turn one of his essays into "Elements"; and the conflation of White's style with The New Yorker, for whom White wrote for most of his career. (For those of you Adults and children--book- sellers, book club members, book lovers and librarians -- are invited to submit short "book reports" or recommenda- tions on books they have read and want to share with others. To submit a recommenda. tion, inzlude title and author, your first name only, contact information, hometown and three to five paragraphs about the book and why it is recom- mended (or not). Any and all book reports are eligible, al- though the editor reserves the right to edit for grammar, style and length. Send submissions to Mona Hill by e-mail to mhill@, by fax at who don't know, the White here is E.B. White of"Char- lotte's Web" fame.) Garvey is an unabashed fan of"The Elements of Style," and his narrative is inter- spersed with reflections on the book by well-known contem- porary writers. He also in- cludes some witty correspon- dence between White and the many readers-- some fans and some scolds-- who wrote to him about the book over the years. Garvey also takes on the book's critics, but seems to prove their point (the most common of which is that "Elements" is a guy thing, having its roots in Victorian conceptions of manliness and morality) by quoting just one female writer. Yet the prickly fact remains that Strunk and White were right about so much, from Strunk's oracular admonition "Omit needless words" to White's more introspective ob- servation that writing "is the Self escaping into the open." Delaine Quincy "Food Rules" by Michael Pollan This is a very nice short read. It only took me about an hour to get through it. And it is a nice size to carry around to remind us when shopping and eating out. If you read "In Defense of Food" by Michael Pollan you got all the theory, science and history that this book pares down to 64 "rules." Most are things we know are best for us to do but don't really live by. Like, cooking your own food instead of relying on prepack- aged food and spending more to buy less. In other words, buy your food at co-ops and farmer's markets. They often carry products with better nutritional value and that are more filling. I liked the short "rules" with small bits of information to back it up. Some were things we re- member our mothers and grandmothers saying. ! re- member my grandmother say- ing "your eyes are bigger than your belly" to everyone in our family if we left food on our plate. Of course, now it's prefer- able to actually learn to do that very thing. My best memory is when she would sing "turn the water in the sink, everybody have a drink" whenever we said we were thirsty, as of course water was and is the best fluid we should consume ... oh and it's just as good from the "tap" without the extra packaging and potential haz- ards of the plastics etc.! Enjoy and remember "Eat Food"! Chris, Epilog Books "Impatient with Desire" by Gabrielle Burton Living in the Sierra Nevada, ! have heard and read accounts about the Donner Party. The suffering and sacrifices they made to survive that harsh winter in 1846- 47. Pioneers with the desire to change their lives headed out West to California with the promise of freedom, land and gold! Take that trip with a new twist, told through the letters and personal journal entries of Tamsen Donner, the wife of George Donner and mother of five young daughters who all shared the journey together. The story takes you on the epic journey from planning in the Donners' small farmhouse in Springfield, Ill., across the rugged terrain experiencing problems along the way. Members of the group lost cattle, had damaged wagons, defended themselves against Indian attacks, and suffered injuries or death before they arrived in the Sierras. This novel is an inspiring tale of tragedy you won't be able to put down. A powerful read that I highly recommend. Theresa, Epilog Books "The School of Essential Ingredients" By Erica Bauermeister In her debut novel, Erica Bauermeister will seduce you with words and phrases every bit as delicious as the food she describes. It is a story of life, love, and the love of and magic of food. Comprised of a collection of short stories, the novel tells about each of the people in a small cooking class held by the proprietress of a popular little restaurant you'll be long- ing to dine at. Their stories are a tender and evocative combination of ingredients that make up this delectable tale that varies from tender, savory, bitter and sweet. As the characters cook up amazing dishes, the food awakens wistful reflections and bittersweet memories, and inspires all of them. Each student is affected by the scents textures and tastes that forever transform them and bring them together. This book was like a won- derful meal that left me feeling happy and satisfied at the end. So in the words of another famous food;e, "Bon appetit!" and enjoy. Danea, Epilog Books More customer reviews from B&B Booksellers in Chester... "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott I recommend this book to girls who would like to read about four sisters who love each other very much. In this book the character Jo learns not to have a temper and not be so fussy. The four sisters are happy to live with one another and do almost every- thing together. "Change of Heart" by Jodi Picoult Picoult does not disappoint her readers in this novel. Fol- lowing the same moral com- pass as in her past writings, this time she speaks of the death penalty in all its politi- cal and religious controversy. She combine's characters of a Priest, a Rabbi's daughter, and an unusual death row in- mate who shows signs of mira- cles, all working towards his wish to be an organ donor af- ter execution and give the biggest miracle of all -life. 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