5 Gardening Favorites
by Heather Roulo
With the return of spring comes the promise of a luxurious garden. Knowledge and planning can make your outdoor garden a pleasure rather than a chore. The right reference books will step you through preparing your garden for success.
Whether you have many questions or a few, these books will inspire you with new ideas and lead you to select plants that will thrive in your garden’s conditions. Avoid the pitfalls of planting the familiar and branch out into the ecstatic. These five books will change your garden for the better.
1. The New Western Garden Book: The Ultimate Gardening Guide by The Editors of Sunset
This book is an indispensable resource for beginning and knowledgeable gardeners. Providing steps to setting up a garden, plant, and maintain, this perpetual favorite’s newest edition is the perfect resource for your gardening questions. Check out details on specific plants or skim for general ideas for your zone. It contains excellent pictures and maps to show where plants will grow best. This classic is in its 9th edition, and it’s still going strong. Some reviews claim the organization of this edition made it difficult to navigate, so you may want to keep your eyes open for an earlier edition.
2. Dirr’s Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs by Michael A. Dirr
Considered by many to be an essential garden book, and used in university landscape architecture classes, this book explores the breadth and scope of trees and shrubs. It combines two previously published titles… continue reading in the Spring 2018 magazine.
Five Books to Achieve Cozy
by Michele Roger
Winter requires a bit of self-care. Reaching the state of “cozy” is a complex process as the temperature drops. Here are five books to inspire that wonderful state of winter bliss in all of its forms.
FOR YOUR HEART
1. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
If you love to read, the thought of a “book doctor” may have danced across your wish list at some point. In The Little Paris Book Shop, instead of therapy, the broken hearted of Paris flock to Monsieur Perdu and his floating barge of literary apothecaries. On the barge, he will “prescribe” a book to cure your sadness, heal your heart and help you to venture out into the realm of love once more. The big question is, can Monsieur Perdu mend his own heartbreak?
“Monsieur Perdu sensed eyes brushing over him from under mascaraed lashes. If he caught, held, and returned a woman’s gaze, he would already be entangled in the ‘cabeceo’, the silent exchange of glances that was the currency of every tango negotiation, an “invitation with the eyes.”….continue reading the Winter 2017 issue of SEARCH Magazine.
Food in Literature
by Sumiko Saulson
“She continues to cook, using the process of preparing the meal to parse her thoughts. Each act of cooking is a meditation upon her life. By the end of the meal, she decides that her abusive husband has no real power over her.”
1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
In Jane Eyre, food represents comfort. During childhood,Jane and her best friend Helen Burns live in an orphanage, where the kindness of adults is gauged by their generosity concerning food. Helen is sick with consumption.
Tea, bread, and butter are staples the kindly Miss Temple offers the girls. The orphanage restricts the amount of food they are allowed to have, so that the tiny pat of butter and bit of bread are barely enough for just one girl.
Miss Temple makes up for it by supplying the girls with generous slices of seedcake to supplement the toast and butter. Caraway seed cake was a popular British snack cake of the Victorian era.
2. Love by Toni Morrison
In Love, two childhood best friends, Heed and Christine, have their lives torn apart when Christine’s grandfather takes Heed as his bride, instigating a lifelong battle over inheritance. Christine’s mother is a talented cook. Christine loves food. Heed, a trophy wife, thinks about the service more than….continue reading the Fall 2017 issue of SEARCH Magazine.
Change Your Life with Books
by Rick Kitagawa
Looking for a little reading adventure this summer? Check out these
four books that will change your life for the better.
1. The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth by James Altucher If there was ever a gut-check in the form of a book, this is it. If you will ever throw a book down and scream at it, it will probably be this one, assuming you haven’t read his previous book, Choose Yourself!. In this book, your truths and assumptions—like your 401k, your job, and the importance of goals—will be torn down quickly. Even though Altucher will continue to push, poke, and challenge you and all that you hold dear, he also provides many solutions so that you walk away empowered and ready for the new challenges waiting on the horizon.
Altucher’s writing style is very conversational. Reading this is like listening to a crazy old friend of yours who happens to have made and lost millions over the year and is trying to save himself by saving you. If you’re going to read one book on this list, this is it, but be warned….continue reading the Summer issue of SEARCH Magazine.
5 Fantastic Dog Books
by Carrie Sessarego
Groucho Marx once famously said, “Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”
Indeed, dogs and books go together like chew toys and tennis balls. Here are five recommended books about very good dogs.
1. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
This classic novel of adventure is as exciting now as it was when first published in 1916. Buck grows up pampered and adored in “the sun-kissed Santa Clara Valley,” until he is stolen, transported to Alaska, and trained as a sled dog. In Alaska, Buck quickly learns how to fight for dominance among other sled dogs and how to survive a series of masters ranging from indifferent to abusive. Buck find a true friend in John Thorton, but is also tempted to abandon the world of humans altogether…continue reading the Spring issue of SEARCH Magazine.
5 Spooky Books for Fall
by Emerian Rich
The Vampyre by John William Polidori
Purportedly the very first fiction written about vampires in 1819 by a close friend to Byron, The Vampyre is a must read for any vampire enthusiast. Lord Ruthven is a suave British nobleman and vampyre. Since this book is in the public domain, you can read this for free at Project Gutenberg. There is also a free edition on Amazon Kindle as well as a free audio version through LibriVox.
The Mysteries of Udolpho by Anne Radcliffe
Perhaps one of the most non-read famous books, Udolpho was spoken about in Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey. Udolpho is like Loch Ness or Bigfoot for Austen fans. They’ve heard of it and wondered about it, but very few of us have actually tried to read it. A great Gothic novel in its own right, the book follows a girl who suffers the death of her father and supernatural terrorists in a gloomy castle. While the language is not for everyone because it’s written in old-style English, for those of you who can fight through it, you won’t be disappointed in the tale. You can get this public domain book on Amazon free…read more in the Fall issue of SEARCH Magazine.
In the Summer Issue of SEARCH Magazine,
we explore 5 Books that will transport you to the sea
by Carrie Sessarego.
“In the summer, our hearts turn to the ocean! We are so fortunate to have the sea right at our doorstep in the Bay Area. Here are five very different books about the ocean that are guaranteed to make you reach for your swimsuit or, alternatively, make you feel very content to stay on the sand.
- How Stella Got Her Groove Back, by Terry McMillan
This book was hugely popular upon its release in 2004, but it lost some of its luster when the author’s personal life failed to reflect the happy ending of her fictional counterpart. Setting real-life…” to read the full article, check out the free eCopy here.
In the Summer Issue of SEARCH Magazine,
An Interview with Unleashing Mr. Darcy author, Teri Wilson
“By now, you’ve most likely heard of the Hallmark Channel’s smash hit, Unleashing Mr. Darcy which premiered in January. Starring General Hospital’s Ryan Paevey and Heartland’s Cindy Busby, the modern take on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice hit the screen with much acclaim. Pleasing both readers of Jane Austen’s original works and fans of the new version, Unleashing Mr. Darcy almost broke Twitter with the amount of retweets and #unleashingmrdarcy posts during the premiere.
Unleashing Mr. Darcy would not have come to be without the brilliant book of the same name by author Teri Wilson. As a reader, Unleashing was one of those books I finished in two days, up all night. Teri’s original concept took place in Britain, so the changes Hallmark made by bringing it to the US were there, but slight. The script still captured Teri’s magical connection between Darcy and Elizabeth in the dog show-themed retelling…” to read the full article, check out the free eCopy here.
In the Spring Issue of SEARCH Magazine,
Looking for reading this Spring?
Carrie Sessarego has some great suggestions!
“Spring is a time when everyone feels a sense of uplift, except for those who suffer from hay fever. Whether you are buried in a pile of tissues or picnicking in the park without a care, here are five fun books that will put a spring in your step.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
When better to read a book about a secret garden than in spring? This Victorian classic avoids the sentimentality of many other Victorian works by giving us a tough, angry heroine who does not want to be in England, does not want to make friends, and is generally disagreeable. When Miss Mary, an orphan who was born to English parents in India, is sent to her uncle’s Yorkshire mansion to live, she meets another child who is every bit as disagreeable as herself…” to read the full article, check out the free eCopy here.
5 Books to Read this Holiday
that aren’t A Christmas Carol
by Carrie Sessarego
“I adore the novel A Christmas Carol. The original version, by Charles Dickens, is short (a feature that is always appreciated during this busy time of year) moving, and very funny. The only thing I dislike about A Christmas Carol is that it’s so famous you’d think it was the only winter season book in existence! Cozy up to A Christmas Carol, and then dive into these five books that are guaranteed to get you through the holidays.
- Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott. This classic opens with the famous line, “Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents.” The first few chapters of this classic novel about five sisters and their mother during the Civil War takes place during and near Christmas, and the remainder of the book is just as delightful. Although this is a classic novel, the language is easily accessible to the modern reader, and the themes of sisterhood, growing up, and striving for self-determination resonate with modern readers as much today as they did when the book was first published in 1880. This is a ‘feel-good’ book in the best way, full of iconic characters and vivid scenes...” to read the full article, download the free eCopy of SEARCH Magazine‘s Winter Issue.