Library News


By: Virginia Volkman
For: Red Rock News
Date: September 12, 2014


Arizona Humanities Program: Ann-Mary Lutzick will present "With a Beefsteak and a Cup of Coffee: The Harvey Girls of the Southwest" on Monday, September 15, at 1:30 p.m. at Sedona Winds Retirement Community, 405 Jacks Canyon Road. This program is sponsored by the Library and funded by the Friends of the Library, and is free and open to the public.


Unusual Book Titles Available at the Library

Every so often as I wander through Sedona Public Library’s shelves I stumble upon books that jump out because of their unusual titles. Here are a few that caught my attention recently and may pique your interest as well.

Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

The author is an acclaimed philosopher and novelist who provides a dazzlingly original plunge into the drama of philosophy, revealing its hidden role in today’s debates on religion, morality, politics, and science.

Plato’s role in shaping philosophy was pivotal. On her way to considering the place of philosophy in our ongoing intellectual life, Goldstein tells a new story of its origin, re-envisioning the extraordinary culture that produced the man who produced philosophy.

Imagine that Plato came to life in the 21st century and embarked on a multicity speaking tour. What would Plato make of Google, and of the idea that knowledge can be crowd-sourced rather than reasoned out by experts? With a philosopher’s depth and a novelist’s imagination and wit, Goldstein probes the deepest issues confronting us by allowing us to eavesdrop on Plato as he takes on the modern world.

My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag . . . and Other Things You Can't Ask Martha by Jolie Kerr

The author of the hit column “Ask a Clean Person” offers a hilarious and practical guide to cleaning up life’s little emergencies.

Life is filled with spills, odors, and those oh-so embarrassing stains you just can’t tell your parents about. And let’s be honest: no one is going to ask Martha Stewart what to do when your boyfriend barfs in your handbag.

Thankfully, Jolie Kerr has both staggering cleaning knowledge and a sense of humor. With signature sass and straight talk, Jolie takes on questions ranging from the basic—how do I use a mop? —to the esoteric—what should I do when bottles of homebrewed ginger beer explode in my kitchen? Even the most nightmarish cleaning conundrums can be solved with a smile, the right supplies, and a little music.

Edible: An Adventure into the World of Eating Insects and the Last Great Hope to Save the Planet by Daniella Martin

In this rollicking excursion into the world of edible insects, entomophagist Martin takes us to the front lines of the next big trend in the global food movement and shows us how insects just might be the key to solving world hunger. Along the way, we sample moth larvae tacos at the Don Bugito food cart in San Francisco, travel to Copenhagen to meet the experimental tasters at Noma’s Nordic Food Lab, gawk at the insects stocked in the frozen food aisle at Thailand’s Costco, and even crash an underground bug-eating club in Tokyo.

Martin argues that bugs have long been an important part of indigenous diets and cuisines around the world, and investigates our own culture’s bias against their use as a food source. She shines a light on the cutting-edge research of Marcel Dicke and other scientists who are only now beginning to determine the nutritional makeup of insects and champion them as an efficient and sustainable food source. Whether you love or hate bugs, this book will radically change the way you think about the global food crisis and perhaps persuade you that insects are much more than a common pest.

Sedona Public Library is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. The land on which our beautiful library sits was donated, and the library building was constructed with private funds and is entirely debt-free. Donations and grants allow us to continue to offer free and innovative services to residents and visitors. Your tax-deductible donation may be sent to: Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, AZ 86336.


Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is also presented on Sedona Biz.
Virginia Volkman is Director of the Sedona Public Library.

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