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BOOK NOTES: “The Minecraft Guide for Parents,” ... “The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook,” ... “Puppy Bible"

“All Fishermen are Liars,” by John Gierach1 / 2
“The Drunken Botanist,” by Amy Stewart2 / 2

Grand Forks Public Library

“The Minecraft Guide for Parents,” by Cori Dusmann. Has your household been hit with Minecraft mania? This timely title offers instruction and advice for adults looking to both help their children play the game as well as set reasonable limits on exploring this vast virtual universe.

“The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook,” by Brent Ridge. If you planted a garden this year, you’re probably up to your eyeballs in vegetables right now. Using this fresh vegetable-focused cookbook you can make the most of your hand picked veggies, not to mention cutback on canning duty.   

“Puppy Bible: The Ultimate Week-by-Week Guide to Raising Your Puppy,” by Claire Arrowsmith. Everyone loves a new puppy; but not when it’s pooping on your favorite rug.  Keep those little accidents to a minimum by learning to train your puppy properly with this easy-to-follow guide.

“All Fishermen are Liars,” by John Gierach. Veteran fly-fishing writer John Gierach takes the reader all over North America in pursuit of fish and fishing tales. Indeed, as the author asserts, “fishing is always the answer,” even when the question remains unclear.

East Grand Forks Campbell Library

“Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less,” by George McKeown. It’s not about getting more done in less time, it’s about getting only the right things done. It is not a time management strategy, or a productivity technique, it is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter.

“The Gifts of Imperfection,” by Brene Brown. This book engages our minds, hearts, and spirits as she explores how we can cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, "No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough," and to go to bed at night thinking, "Yes, I am sometimes afraid, but I am also brave. And, yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable, but that doesn't change the truth that I am worthy of love and belonging."

“The Drunken Botanist,” by Amy Stewart. This book explores the dizzying array of herbs, flowers, trees, fruits, and fungi that humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration, and sheer desperation, contrived to transform into alcohol over the centuries.

“My Promised Land,” by Ari Shavit. This is an authoritative and deeply personal narrative history of the State of Israel, by one of the most influential journalists writing about the Middle East today. Facing unprecedented internal and external pressures, Israel today is at a moment of existential crisis. Shavit draws on interviews, historical documents, private diaries, and letters, as well as his own family’s story, illuminating the pivotal moments of the Zionist century to tell a riveting narrative that is larger than the sum of its parts: both personal and national, both deeply human and of profound historical dimension.