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Brownie Obsession

Ever have a brownie craving you simply can't escape?  Tame it with these delectable recipes:

--201 Brownies and Bars: Chewy, Crumbly, Crunchy Cakes: 201 Delicious Recipes, 201 Tantalizing Pictures by Gregg R. Gillespie

--Fat Witch Brownies: Brownies, Blondies, and Bars from New York's Legendary Fat Witch Bakery by Patricia Helding with Bryna Levin

Sweet Treats

Yesterday was National Ice Cream Day.  Did you miss it?  Fear not!  All of July is National Ice Cream Month, so you still have plenty of time to celebrate.  Get your share of the frozen treat by creating your own unique flavors at home:

 

 

Unusual Cookbooks

 

Browse the library shelves and you'll find thousands of cookbooks with typical variations on burgers, casseroles, pizzas, desserts, vegetarian dishes, drinks, etc.  But why bring home a regular recipe when you can try one of these unusual cookbooks instead?

 

Nosophobia

A word of caution:  Reading these books may induce Medical Student Syndrome.  It's similar to the feeling you get after reading about spiders.  You almost think one is crawling up your arm at that very moment. If you choose to read about these diseases, you may just trick yourself into thinking you've caught one. 

Read at your own risk:

 

Having A Bad Day?

The Book of Awesome will help change that.  This collection by Neil Pasricha is a celebration of the small things that can make us smile, like licking the batter off of the beaters of a cake mixer, the smell of books, and when you get the milk-to-cereal ratio just right. Each entry has a witty write-up explaining why each moment can be considered awesome. 

Vacation Season

 

Memorial Day is only a few days away, which means summer isn't far behind.  Want to take a vacation but don't know where you should go?  These books can guide you right. You'll find enough suggestions to keep you vacationing for a lifetime.

 

Sea, Air, and Land

The Navy SEALs have been mentioned thousands of times in the press since the raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan.  Want to know more about this elite group of soldiers?  These books will give you an in-depth look into the lives of those who have earned their place in the SEAL ranks:

 

 

Derby Celebrities

The Kentucky Derby is America's oldest continuous sporting event on record.  It's been run every year since 1875.  The race itself only lasts a few minutes, although the stories surrounding the event last much longer.  Read about some of the famous

The Royal Wedding

We broke away from the British monarchy long ago, but that hasn't stopped us from wanting to know everything about the British throne.  Royal watchers on this side of the pond have been dishing about the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton since the engagement was announced late last year.  The wedding is less than a month away and the press is abuzz with details and speculations.  If you can't get enough of the coverage, these books are for you:

 

That Time Again

Yes, signs of spring are all around us.  Squirrels are scampering, trees are budding, the grass is growing.  You know what that means:  Lawn care.  These four books will get you started on the path to a greener yard from spring through summer and into fall: 

 

 

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