Gourmet Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe (and a cookbook!)

Any combination of Valrhona chocolate and macadamia nuts has got to be wonderful, but see this post for yourself so you can try it out! This recipe is taken from Pastries, a new cookbook from French pastry chef Pierre Herme. I was interested to see that the literary type bloggers on PW were eager to get baking, too!

Shira S.

Poetry 365

Poet Laura Kasischke

This month for Poetry 365 we’re highlighting Laura Kasischke’s ambitious new volume Space, in Chains.  A 2011 NY Times Notable Book, the Pushcart Prize winner’s eighth collection finds her pursuing her signature stream-of-consciousness style while also exploring her new interest in the prose poem.  Mingling homey memories of childhood with questions about the existence of God, Kasischke’s haunting and hypnotic pieces often resemble impressionist paintings as they “walk that perfect Plathian line between the everyday… and the eternal.”  So check out this profound new collection, sample a poem below, and clear your calendar… our National Poetry Month celebration is about to begin.

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Encyclopaedia Britannica in the Digital Age

After a mere 244 years, Encyclopaedia Britannica is ending its print edition. First published in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1768, the Chicago-based company will focus on its online version only. The Chicago-based company said the print edition will stop being available “when the current stock runs out.” You can, however, purchase the final hardcover copy on Britannica’s website for $1,395.  Read the article here. Laura

Favorite Read-Alouds of 2011

EPL Children’s Librarian Brian Wilson has compiled a top 10 list of his favorite picture books from 2011 to read aloud. Each has large kid appeal, strong reviews, lots of interactive elements to encourage audience participation, and is designed to be read aloud to large groups of children. Brian also has a list of the best fiction picture books of 2011.

For more great recommendations, feel free to stop by or call the Children’s Room at Main and the North Branch!