Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Winter of Our Despair

It was the best of winters; it was the worst of winters. Who am I kidding? It's the winter of our discontent. Winter sucks, and February is the longest short month of the year, and this year it even has an extra day in it. Notice how the presidential election years are always in leap year? That's so they can fit in all the extra BS.

It's the winter of our despair here at From My Shelf Books & Gifts and we are throwing a party. We'll be hosting horror author Patrick Thomas. Everyone knows winter is hell, and several of the author's books take place there.

It will be a hell of a good time. Also get great advice from dark, elder god, Cthulhu. Don't know who he is? Don't wait any longer, come by and find out. Don't worry if you can't pronounce Cthulhu. It wasn't meant to be pronounced by human lips.

We'll also be serving our own special brand of Hellfire chili. All profits go the Second Chance Animal Sanctuary. You must sign a waiver before consuming this spicy western style chili that will kick you in the butt today and tomorrow. Remember, it's for the puppies and kitties, so buy a ticket. It's only 5 bucks.

Wellsboro is also holding it's second Winter Fest to hold the darkness at bay. There won't be any sacrificing of virgins, but there will be ice sculptures and more chili tasting at other places if you like that bland tomato soup with beans some people call chili.

This is all taking place February 20th. So, get out of the house and come to From My Shelf Books meet an author, shake your fist at the heavens, and get some fresh air before the Apocalypse comes to you...

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Doctor Who Coloring Book

Planets, galaxies, villains, heroes, the Doctor, the TARDIS and the time vortex--all intricately illustrated in this adult coloring book packed with original Doctor Who art. With 96 stunning pages to color, plus all the best quotes from the beloved TV show, this out-of-this-world adult coloring book is perfect for any creative Doctor Who fan.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Jimmy Bluefeather

Old Keb Wisting is somewhere around ninety-five years old (he lost count awhile ago) and in constant pain and thinks he wants to die. He also thinks he thinks too much. Part Norwegian and part Tlingit Native ( with some Filipino and Portuguese thrown in ), he's the last living canoe carver in the village of Jinkaat, in Southeast Alaska. When his grandson, James, a promising basketball player, ruins his leg in a logging accident and tells his grandpa that he has nothing left to live for, Old Keb comes alive and finishes his last canoe, with help from his grandson. Together (with a few friends and a crazy but likeable dog named Steve) they embark on a great canoe journey. Suddenly all of Old Keb's senses come into play, so clever and wise in how he reads the currents, tides and storms. Nobody can find him. He and the others paddle deep into wild Alaska, but mostly into the human heart, in a story of adventure, love, and reconciliation. With its rogue's gallery of colorful, endearing, small-town characters, this book stands as a wonderful blend of Mark Twain's THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN and John Nichols's THE MILAGRO BEANFIELD WAR, with dashes of John Steinbeck thrown in.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking, and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way

The latest Scandinavian publishing phenomenon is not a Stieg Larsson like thriller; it's a book about chopping, stacking, and burning wood that has sold more than 200,000 copies in Norway and Sweden and has been a fixture on the bestseller lists there for more than a year. "Norwegian Wood "provides useful advice on the rustic hows and whys of taking care of your heating needs, but it's also a thoughtful attempt to understand man's age-old predilection for stacking wood and passion for open fires. An intriguing window into the exoticism of Scandinavian culture, the book also features enough inherently interesting facts and anecdotes and inspired prose to make it universally appealing. The U.S. edition is a fully updated version of the Norwegian original, and includes an appendix of U.S.-based resources and contacts.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening: How to Grow Nutrient-Dense, Soil-Sprouted Greens in Less Than 10 Days

The Low-Tech, No-Grow-Lights Approach to Abundant Harvest
Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening offers good news: with nothing more than a cupboard and a windowsill, you can grow all the fresh salad greens you need for the winter months (or throughout the entire year) with no lights, no pumps, and no greenhouse.
Longtime gardener Peter Burke was tired of the growing season ending with the first frost, but due to his busy work schedule and family life, didn t have the time or interest in high-input grow lights or greenhouses. Most techniques for growing what are commonly referred to as microgreens left him feeling overwhelmed and uninterested. There had to be a simpler way to grow greens for his family indoors. After some research and diligent experimenting, Burke discovered he was right there was a way And it was even easier than he ever could have hoped, and the greens more nutrient packed. He didn t even need a south-facing window, and he already had most of the needed supplies just sitting in his pantry. The result: healthy, homegrown salad greens at a fraction of the cost of buying them at the market. The secret: start them in the dark.
Growing Soil Sprouts Burke's own descriptive term for sprouted seeds grown in soil as opposed to in jars employs a method that encourages a long stem without expansive roots, and provides delicious salad greens in just seven to ten days, way earlier than any other method, with much less work. Indeed, of all the ways to grow immature greens, this is the easiest and most productive technique. Forget about grow lights and heat lamps This book is a revolutionary and inviting guide for both first-time and experienced gardeners in rural or urban environments. All you need is a windowsill or two. In fact, Burke has grown up to six pounds of greens per day using just the windowsills in his kitchen Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening offers detailed step-by-step instructions to mastering this method (hint: it's impossible not to succeed, it's so easy ), tools and accessories to have on hand, seeds and greens varieties, soil and compost, trays and planters, shelving, harvest and storage, recipes, scaling up to serve local markets, and much more.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

When Your Grandparent Dies: A Child's Guide to Good Grief

Explaining what happens from a child's-eye view, the elves depict the difficult days before, after, and beyond a grandparent's death. They explore the meaning of death and heaven, as well as how to stay close in spirit with a grandparent who has died. Includes questions for discussion.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Zombie Stories of H. P. Lovecraft

Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, and other experts on horror fiction deem H. P. Lovecraft the master teller of weird tales. These six chilling stories all published between 1921 and 1933 offer compelling journeys into the land of the undead.
The collection begins with "The Outsider," the tale of a recluse whose overwhelming loneliness emboldens him to seek out human contact. Subsequent stories include "Herbert West Reanimator," written as a satire of "Frankenstein" and used as the source for a popular horror film; "In the Vault," in which an undertaker experiences supernatural revenge; "Cool Air," an account of a doctor's fanatical obsession with defying death; and "Pickman's Model," focusing on an artist's gallery of nightmares. "The Thing on the Doorstep" concludes the compilation with the compelling tale of a man whose body is preyed upon by a spirit that refuses to die.

Monday, January 18, 2016

The Everything Guide to Spices for Health: A Complete Guide to the Natural Health-Boosting Benefits of Everyday Spices

Discover the amazing powers of spices and herbs
Spices have long been celebrated for their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and curative properties. From increasing energy to boosting metabolism and relieving joint aches, spices can help you improve your body, mind, and spirit. In "The Everything Guide to Spices for Health," you'll learn how to tap into these benefits and promote overall wellness with uses for dozens of popular herbs and spices, including oregano, sage, chili pepper, and saffron.

Inside, you'll find more than 50 wholesome, health-boosting recipes, such as: Turmeric, Apple, and Carrot JuiceSzechuan Pepper Chicken and Noodle SoupBasic Indian-Style Curry with LambSpiced Coconut and Date "Bliss" BallsRose, Elder Flower, and Hawthorn TeaSumac and Walnut SaladSo get ready to spruce up the spice rack and start reaping the incredible benefits of these kitchen staples. With this book, you'll find it easier than ever to incorporate delicious, health-boosting herbs and spices into your diet.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Book Giveaway For The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet Bigfoot (Totally Ninja Raccoons, #1)

The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet Bigfoot by Kevin Coolidge The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet Bigfoot (Totally Ninja Raccoons, #1)
by Kevin Coolidge
Release date: Dec 22, 2015
Enter to win one of ten free copies signed copies of "The Totally Ninja Raccoons" by author Kevin Coolidge.

In The Totally Ninja Raccoons meet Bigfoot, our protagonists discover they are not meant to be ordinary bandits, but rather carry the potential to be something extraordinary, ninjas.

In this origin story, the Ninja Raccoons begin their ninja training, and meet their first potential employer--Gypsy the cat. Gypsy sends the Raccoons on their first mission, to capture the elusive Bigfoot.

Things aren't what they seem to be. Bigfoot isn't the monstrous beast, as he's been portrayed. Gypsy isn't the benign employer. Cats want to take over the world.

The Totally Ninja Raccoons learn that sometimes you have to choose your own path if you want to choose your destination.

There are more things in heaven and earth than the raccoons ever dreamed. Cats are trying to take over the world. Monsters are real, and Chinese food really will make you hungry soon after you eat it. It's up to The Totally Ninja Raccoons to stop it.

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The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet Bigfoot by Kevin Coolidge

The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet Bigfoot

by Kevin Coolidge

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Making Artisan Pasta: How to Make a World of Handmade Noodles, Stuffed Pasta, Dumplings, and More

Learn how to use the best ingredients and simple, classic techniques to make fresh, homemade pasta in your own kitchen with "Making Artisan Pasta." Calling for just the simplest ingredients and a handful of unique kitchen tools, making pasta at home has never been easier, more fun, or more delicious.
Inside, you'll find:
- Recipes for pasta doughs made completely from scratch, with such delicious ingredients as buckwheat and whole wheat flour, roasted red pepper, asparagus, and even squid ink and chocolate
- Fully illustrated step-by-step instructions for rolling, shaping, and stuffing dough for gnocchi, lasagna, cannelloni, pappardelle, tagliatelle, ravioli, and dozens of other styles of pasta
- Detailed instructions on how to make the ultimate in pasta: hand-stretched dough
- Chinese pot stickers, Polish pierogi, Turkish manti, and other delectable pastas from beyond its traditional Italian borders
- Artisan tips to help anyone, from novice to experienced, make unforgettable pasta
Through author and chef Aliza Green's pasta expertise and encyclopedic knowledge of all things culinary, plus hundreds of gorgeous photos by acclaimed food photographer Steve Legato, you ll never look at the supermarket pasta aisle the same way again.
"Making Artisan Pasta is on""Cooking Light""'s Top 100 Cookbooks of the Last 25 Years list for Best Technique and Equipment. "