Jul 23, 2010

summer trips to the library


i love a good trip to the library in the summer: the soft hum of quiet activity and intellectual pursuit, the always super cool air conditioning, the interesting community of multigenerational library patrons going about their business. moms and toddlers with picture books, grandpa's with newspapers, teens with friends, enthusiastic readers of all shapes and sizes.

my kids always have their summer reading lists to work through, that is our departure point and excuse for going. we always joke that there is no limit on the number of books you can check out, except of course your very own personal limitation: what you can carry. no matter what we came in for, we always have our arms full, books piled a bit too high, when we leave.

above is a cache of books from a recent trip. what a gold mine these books have turned out to be. japanese hot pots is amazing. in fact i keep renewing it, so i will have to buy it because i can't bear to put it down. there will be a lot of japanese hot pot dinners on my table this winter. earth to table is beautiful and has just the sort of brilliant simple recipes i love. empires of food is a fascinating read on food history and the economics of food throughout civilization. really wonderful. love them all. who knows what treasures i will find this week when i return these and go back for more. i am on deadline this weekend to finish the rest before i have to return them early next week. read read read read read read. have a great weekend! xo, g

2 comments:

  1. oh yes the hotpots book sounds like it could be good! love that kind of japanese food - so savory and subtle!

    i have great memories of libraries too when my family would go somewhere for the whole summer and we'd get new cards and get to explore a whole new collection of reading materials.

    nice memory, thanks! enjoy!

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