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Tessa’s Famous Author Recommendation: Langston Hughes

Short stories and poetry are both pretty alien to me, outside of my college years, since it is rare for me to like them. Knowing that there are exceptions to any generality, I occasionally take a quick look at something passing across my desk. Last month I withdrew a worn-out collection of Langston Hughes’ short…

Tessa’s Recommendation: Easy Reading Off-Planet Romances for the SciFi fan!

Feel like you need some easy reading time? Then join me on the fascinating future planet of Harmony, discovered through and between Jayne Ann Krentz different series and pen names! This famous and best-selling author has been writing since 1979, usually with a paranormal twist to her romances. Around the turn of the millennium she…

5 Healthy Towns Recipes — Return of the Salsa King

It was 5 Healthy Towns time again in Grass Lake! Brad West gave us a variety of fiery and sweet salsas to sample. Next month’s program is ‘Fall Fungi’ showing attendees how to harvest and prepare some fantastic fall ‘shrooms. Reservations are required; please call the Grass Lake Branch at (517)522-8211 or email grasslake@myjdl.com to…

Birder's Guide To Everything

Tessa’s DVD Dis: A birder’s guide to everything

The new release DVD A birder’s guide to everything was missed by most people when it was in theaters for a couple months. That’s probably just as well. This pic should be missed. Even though reviewers on Rotten Tomatoes seem to like it, I simply can’t agree. This is a movie about a father-son relationship…

A variety of Summer Coolers from the program.

5 Healthy Towns — Summer Coolers

It’s recipe recap time from the latest 5 Healthy Towns program in Grass Lake. July brought Brad West again, this time with a rainbow of breezy summer drinks for all to enjoy. Try your hand at some of them below. The next 5HT program features Brad again, in the ‘Return of the Salsa King’, teaching…

Instagram Class at Carnegie

Are you a photographer looking to share your photos with the world? Do you want to document your travels or feature your art or hobbies? Instagram is a social network that lets you share photos and videos with friends and family. If you have a smartphone or tablet and an eye for detail, Instagram is a great way to…

Tessa’s Rave Review of Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger is a near-perfect read that fails to get 5 stars due to a couple jarring anachronisms in this early 60’s setting–one character’s name is Ariel, which wasn’t used in the early 60’s, not really. Then, at a crisis point, one character is thinking, “God, just kill me now.” Again, that…

Tessa’s Juvenile Series Review: SYLO by D. J. MacHale

The first book in a new series, SYLO is action-packed with twists and turns that keep you guessing. This book will appeal to boys, since the main characters are boys, there isn’t a lot of romance, and there is heart-pounding, nonstop danger and suspense. Set on an island similar to Martha’s Vineyard, the story begins…

Joyce’s Book Review The All-Girl Filling Station Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg

I love Fannie Flagg’s books. Even the character’s names make me smile. For example: Sookie Poole who is looking forward to relaxing and traveling with her husband after just marrying off the last of her daughters, Lenore Simmons Krackenberry, Sookie’s mother who, to most people is a lot of fun, but for Sookie she is…

Tessa’s New Book Review

The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld Chosen as Amazon’s Best Book of the Month for March 2014, The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld is widely described as magical, a fantasy, with mythic beauty. This description brought me to read it with some skepticism. And I was right—it isn’t really a fantasy. That isn’t to say I didn’t…